WHAT IS MEANT BY PROFIECIENT IN EXOTERIC AND
ESOTERIC BUDDHISM AND THE 5 VIDYAS

THE REAL MEANING OF THE FIVE VIDYAS

written by Venerable Akou Lamo Rinpoche / Wearing a dharma hat, Venerable Akou Lamo Rinpoche conducts a Dharma Assembly for rinpoches, dharma teachers, and laypersons.

Yun Sculpture by Dorje Chang Buddha III Holiest Tathagata Master Wan Ko Yee Traditionally, the vidyas are divided into the five major vidyas and the five minor vidyas. The five major vidyas are the silpakarmasthanavidya (craftsmanship vidya), the cikitsvidya (healing vidya), the sabdavidya (sound vidya), the hetuvidya (causality or Buddhist logic vidya), and the adhyatmavidya (inner realization vidya). The five minor vidyas are rhetoric, ornate diction, prosody, dramaturgy, and astronomy. Actually, the Five Vidyas are not that narrow. Everything in the universe can be classified into five aspects of brightness and darkness. To develop everything that is good in the universe and that benefits living beings is classified as “bright.” That which confuses and is bad is classified as “dark.” This is the real meaning of the Five Vidyas (Five Bright) of which the Buddha spoke.

Congratulatory Letter of Dharma King Sakya Trinzin CATEGORY ONE
Recognitions and Congratulations

The category of recognitions and congratulations mainly makes public the original recognition certificates and corroborating congratulatory letters written by dharma kings, rinpoches, and eminent monastics in the world of Buddhism today to H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu Holiest Tathagata. This category also contains brief introductions to these dharma kings, regent dharma kings, rinpoches, and eminent monastics. H.H. Mahavairocana Dharma King Zunsheng has recognized the identity of and has made written predictions about H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, who is an incarnation of the primordial Buddha. The Buddha name of the third Dorje Chang Buddha is H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu. In 2006, the publisher distributed some of the initial manuscripts of this book about the accomplishments of H.H. Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu. After famous great dharma kings and rinpoches of the highest order in the world read that initial manuscript, all of them were very moved and astounded. They wondered what being of holy virtue has descended into this world and how such a being is able to manifest the pinnacle of realization not manifested by anyone else in the past few thousand years of Buddhist history.

Those dharma kings immediately practiced dharma and entered a meditative state in order to evaluate and affirm the true identity or status of H.H. Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu. Thus, the karmic conditions matured for the occurrence of a great event in Buddhism. More than three holy great dharma kings who are incarnations of Buddhas or Mahasattvas and more than ten holy masters issued formal documents recognizing the identity of His Holiness and congratulating Him, thereby exceeding the minimum requirements of the dharma. Those masters of great holiness confirmed that H.H. Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu Holiest Tathagata is the incarnation of Dorje Chang Buddha, the master of the Five Buddhas in the five directions and other Buddhas. Each of those masters of great holiness is a famous personage of the highest level in the world today and is an incarnation of a Buddha or Bodhisattva.

Among such masters of great holiness are the following four people: The world-renowned supreme leader of the Sakya sect, H.H. Great Vehicle Dharma King Sakya Trizin, who is a true nirmanakaya of Manjushri Bodhisattva; H.H. Dharma King Omniscience Jamyang Lungdok Gyaltsen, also known as Lama Achuk. His Holiness is the incarnation of Venerable Longsal Nyingpo, who was one of the twenty-five great disciples of Guru Padmasambhava; H.H. Dharma King Mighty Lion Renzeng Nima, who is the incarnation of King Gesar; and H.E. Master Urgyen Xirao Woxiu, who is the incarnation of Urgyen Lingpa, an outstanding disciple of Guru Padmasambhava. This master of Tibetan esoteric Buddhism is known as an extremely holy being in modern Tibet who possesses great supernatural powers.

Why are we publishing in this category written recognitions and congratulations showing the identity of H.H. Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu Holiest Tathagata as being the third incarnation of Dorje Chang Buddha and the second incarnation of the holy Venerable Vimalakirti? It is because this is in conformity with the rules and system of esoteric Buddhism by which the identity of a reincarnated rinpoche or reincarnated Bodhisattva is affirmed. These dharma rules cannot be changed. Throughout the history of Buddhism, the dharma rules of esoteric Buddhism have required that the true identity of all reincarnated beings of holy virtue, all reincarnated Bodhisattvas, and all reincarnated Buddhas is firmly established only after such identity is recognized by famous holy and eminent people of great virtue. Otherwise, no matter how well the reincarnated person knows the sutras and no matter how high the reincarnated person’s level of realization is, he is only one who spreads the dharma of exoteric Buddhism. His true identity has not been conclusively established as the reincarnation of a holy being. (Read More)

CATEGORY TWO

The Virtue of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III
and Holy Occurrences

Great Perfection Rainbow State at the Vajra Throne. The photograph on the left was taken at the time when the holy scene was being viewed.

In the course of benefiting living beings in this world, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu Holiest Tathagata has unintentionally revealed His state of virtue and realization. This has truly enabled us to widen our knowledge of the realization, great compassion, enlightenment, and most magnificent conduct of a Buddha. Holy phenomena can be seen wherever H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III goes. Such phenomena appear when His Holiness conducts initiations for and transmits dharma to eminent monastics, rinpoches, dharma kings, or even famous Bodhisattvas. Such phenomena also appear when His Holiness gives discourses on the dharma to His disciples or when His Holiness blesses living beings to increase their good fortune and wisdom.

Examples of such holy phenomena include the following. Both humans and non-humans have prostrated to H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III and have listened to His Holiness’s discourses on the dharma. Sentient beings, non-sentient things, birds, aquatic animals, land animals, flowers, grass, trees, tiles, and stones have all expressed respect for His Holiness’s dharma discourses either verbally or through physical actions. His Holiness taught a disciple how to transmit dharma on His behalf. When the person who was transmitted dharma by that disciple passed away, that person’s body emitted light. Thunder rumbled in the sky in reaction to the voice of His Holiness. Under instructions from H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, Amitabha Buddha escorted people to the Western Paradise of Ultimate Bliss to visit there before they passed away. After one of them returned from his visit, His Holiness set a time for him to pass on to that Pure Land. Also under the instructions of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, someone who was already being escorted to the Western Paradise returned to the human realm.

There are truly so many examples of such holy phenomena that it is impossible to relate each of them in this one book. Thus, other than the individual examples contained elsewhere in this book, we have separately listed in this category 108 short descriptions of different holy occurrences. The auspicious number 108 represents the amount of beads in a Buddhist rosary. The listing of these holy occurrences was done to bless all good Buddhists and bring happiness to living beings. The specific times, places, people, and other details relating to each of these 108 holy occurrences will be published in the book Records of Holy Occurrences. (Read More)

CATEGORY THREE The Holy Realization of the Holiest Tathagata

Many people saw Aksobhya Buddha and the Long Life Buddha appear on the clouds in the sky and bestow this Buddha-land nectar. This is how the Buddha-land nectar originally looked when it descended, as nobody touched it. When this Buddha-land nectar was descending, the seven types of Buddhist disciples surrounded the bowl and respectfully chanted mantras. They personally saw the Buddha-land nectar emit flashes of light as it descended into the totally empty purple gold-copper bowl. The Buddha-land nectar descended into the bowl from a height of tens of thousands of feet, yet not one bit of it fell outside of the bowl. Moreover, the Buddha-land nectar clearly quaked in the bowl. Those Buddhist disciples who were there ate the Buddha-land nectar. Nothing on earth can compare with its delicious taste. Various strange illnesses were cured on the spot, including middle and late-stage cancer, which immediately vanished.

H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu Holiest Tathagata is the true incarnation of Dorje Chang Buddha. Thus, all conduct of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is that of a Buddha, whether it be teaching disciples how to walk the path of enlightenment or saving living beings who are in the midst of hardship. Examples of His Holiness’s holy realization are too numerous to describe.

One example involves the great layman Huibang Huang, who was a professor at Jiangxi Teacher’s Training University and vice-chairman of the Jiangxi Buddhist Association. At the age of ninety, he had never personally seen Amitabha Buddha. He had hoped to see that Buddha. H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III agreed to his request and gave him one opportunity to see that Buddha.

H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III was going to allow great layman Huibang Huang to see Amitabha Buddha in the Kalachakra mandala state. When that Buddha was about to arrive, elder layman Huang suddenly said he did not want to see that Buddha. He said he only wanted to see a dharma protecting deity. Moreover, the more fierce-looking the dharma protecting deity was, the better. H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III replied, “Fine!” His Holiness immediately invited a dharma protecting deity to appear. After elder layman Huang saw that deity, he was so terrified he screamed several times and fell to the ground. He then picked himself up, placed his palms together in respect, and prostrated before His Holiness. There is an audio recording of this called “H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Practices Dharma to Invite a Dharma Protecting Deity to Appear for Disciple Huibang Huang.”

Another example involves laywoman Hui Hsiu Liu. H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III knew beforehand the exact time of her death. The same applies to laywoman Xianyun Zhao. H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III knew beforehand the exact day, hour, and minute she would pass away. (Read More)

CATEGORY FOUR

Supreme and Profound Buddha-Dharma
That Is Difficult to Encounter in Millions of Eons

Writings on the Buddha-dharma by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu Holiest Tathagata are treasures that are difficult to encounter in millions of eons. A few examples include Sutra on Understanding and Realizing Definitive Truth, What Is Cultivation?, Commentary on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra (the brief commentary is 40,000 Chinese characters and the somewhat detailed commentary is 380,000 Chinese characters), A Monk Expounds the Absolute Truth to a Layperson, and Correcting the Treatises of Patriarch Bodhidharma. In this last writing, His Holiness corrects the mistakes that the great Chan (Zen) Patriarch Bodhidharma wrote in his treatises that have been handed down from generation to generation.

The recorded oral discourses on the dharma given by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III cover an infinitely broad array of subjects. They encompass the essence of the Tripitaka and the profound meaning of the esoteric scriptures. There are even discourses that transcend the subtleties found in the Tripitaka and esoteric scriptures. All of those oral discourses thoroughly demonstrate that H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III possesses complete mastery of the Five Vidyas. Each audio or video recording of a discourse on the dharma given by His Holiness can be made into a book. Those dharma discourses have produced many eminent monastics, people of great virtue, outstanding laypersons, people with extraordinary knowledge, and even great dharma kings and rinpoches. Based on those discourses, people have become liberated from the cycle of birth and death and have become great masters. There are even great Bodhisattvas who are disciples of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. This is not at all surprising. Even Buddhas attained their Buddhahood by learning the dharma under Dorje Chang Buddha, who is the master of all Buddhas in the dharma realm. In reality, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is the primordial Buddha Dorje Chang Buddha. There is only one Dorje Chang Buddha in the dharma realm. No matter how many incarnations of Dorje Chang Buddha there may be, that incarnation is Dorje Chang Buddha. That is why Dorje Chang Buddha is the master of all Buddhas in the dharma realm.

The audio recordings of dharma discourses given by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III begin with the strict progressive levels of cultivation. These discourses contain extremely incisive teachings that concisely incorporate the twelve divisions of the Tripitaka and the ten divisions of the esoteric scriptures without losing the true meaning of the Tripitaka and esoteric scriptures. The topics covered are extremely broad. They vary from analyses of the dharma regarding the Trikaya (Three Bodies) and the Four Wisdoms of a Buddha to teachings on the vajra dharma of the Supreme Division. There are explanations of the true realization and manifestation of the Great Perfection of Ultimate Wisdom. H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III also possesses the Xian Liang Buddha Wisdom Great Perfection Dharma whereby the disciple experiences and sees the rainbow-body dharma realm state the very day that dharma is transmitted. Nothing is lacking either in theory or practice. Those recordings truly show that H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III has complete proficiency in exoteric and esoteric Buddhism and perfect mastery of the Five Vidyas. They also manifest His Holiness’s supreme enlightenment, wonderful prajna wisdom, and holy state of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, all which are part of the inner realization vidya. All of the recorded discourses are directed at Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Arhats, and all practitioners. (Read the rest of the 30 Categories )

WHAT IS CULTIVATION?

THE DHARMA OF CULTIVATION TRANSMITTED BY H.H. DORJE CHANG BUDDHA III

Today you, who are a rinpoche, respectfully requested a discourse on the dharma relating to the question “What is cultivation?” This is a very fundamental lesson; indeed, the first lesson. Nonetheless, this is an important matter that many cultivators, including those who have practiced cultivation over many years, do not understand and are confused about. It is difficult to incarnate as a human being. It is even more difficult to incarnate as a human being with the opportunity to encounter the true Buddha-dharma. Thus, today I will enlighten everyone on dharma relating to the question “What is cultivation?” (Read the Full Discourse)

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