【Thousands reciting the True Buddha Sutra】~ A spiritual response of the True Buddha Sutra
(Excerpted from Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu Great Perfection Discourse #113 at Rainbow Temple on November 9, 2014 following the Vajravarahi Homa Ceremony)
Grandmaster asked, “Dharma Brother Kao Minglu, do you want to say something? Would you tell us about the time you saw Grandmaster’s Dharma body? Did you really see me?”
Dharma brother Kao replied, “I indeed saw it.”
“You actually saw it. Can you tell us for how long you saw it?"
“For several minutes.”
“How many minutes?”
Dharma Brother Kao Minglu responded, “Thank you, Grandmaster. I will start from the beginning. Often, when I hear about an effective practice, I will try it. A Dharma Sister once told me that her child was having difficulties in applying to a certain school. After she chanted the True Buddha Sutra seven times, her child was accepted. Another time, I awoke one morning and discovered that my neck was swollen on one side, so I recited the True Buddha Sutra seven times. Upon the seventh recitation, Grandmaster appeared right before me. I had not yet completed the recitation, so I continued on. My eyes were open and I saw that Grandmaster’s body was transparent. I did actually see Grandmaster with my own two eyes. At that time, I didn’t think too much about it. Last year, Grandmaster mentioned that his Dharma body, his illusory body, is tall and huge. I then remembered seeing Grandmaster. I only saw the upper half of Grandmaster’s body, but from this I could tell he must be very tall. I informed Grandmaster about this incident last year.”
Grandmaster asked, “My Dharma body was two stories high, correct?”
Dharma Brother Kao, “Yes, and Grandmaster was carrying a satchel with ‘True Buddha School’ written on it.”
“Good. Grandmaster’s Dharma body as seen by Dharma Brother Kao Minglu was two stories tall. Therefore, it wouldn’t be affected by floods. Even if there was flooding, I could still stand on top of the water. No problem. When one sees Grandmaster, one might find him quite unremarkable! I’m short! But my Dharma body is two stories tall! Not only that, it reaches up into the sky. How many stories does your house have?”
“My altar is on the second floor.”
“Your altar is on the second floor? So I was standing on the ground and as tall as the second floor. Does your house have only two levels?”
“There is also an attic.”
“An attic too? Well, I couldn’t get into the attic."
Grandmaster further discoursed as follows:
Before a vajra guru can teach the Tantric dharma for the benefit of others, he must actually possess the true and authentic blessing power of the lineage. Only after receiving the lineage blessing empowerment will one have the power to bless others. But, one must engage in actual practice. One won’t necessarily reach accomplishment just by hearing Grandmaster’s discourses. Take chanting the True Buddha Sutra, for example. I have rarely mentioned the True Buddha Sutra. I just occasionally say, “Recite the True Buddha Sutra once in the morning and once in the evening.” I do this because this is my secret and one should not divulge it. Usually, I advise chanting the High King Sutra. I rarely advise chanting the True Buddha Sutra. In my books also, I mostly advise chanting the High King Sutra.
I advise reciting the True Buddha Sutra only when all other methods are exhausted because the True Buddha Sutra is a revelation from the heart of a true vajra guru. This spontaneous revelation has tremendous power that bestows great lineage blessing empowerment. Chanting this sutra can lead one to spiritual union, and ability to see. It is very spiritually responsive. This is a secret! Do not divulge this! Through the years, I rarely advised reciting the True Buddha Sutra. I have mostly recommended reciting the High King Sutra one thousand times, because too many people chanting the True Buddha Sutra with too many miraculous responses would create an uproar! I am afraid of an uproar! A big uproar may result in more disciples in our school. I’m actually quite satisfied with my life already. I don’t need too many disciples. What I have is already sufficient. For this reason, I don’t advise reciting the True Buddha Sutra. Only if one is facing great difficulty will I advise chanting the True Buddha Sutra once in the morning and once in the evening. In this way, disaster will be averted.
【Thousands reciting the True Buddha Sutra】
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