This is a is a weekly guided meditation class with Lohan Priest Glenn Smith. You will experience "The Three Mysteries" that form the path of an Esoteric practitioner. Mudra, mantra and visualization are the means of attaining transcendence.
The Three Word Complete Maintainer Mantra
Living Buddha Dechan Jueren, May 28, 2000
Translator: Kuo Transcriber: Jim Stewart
Dari Rulai Temple, Los Angeles, CA
Esoteric Buddhism teaches the attainment of Buddhahood in this body. My goal is that, among my disciples here, about 60% should reach a certain level of understanding within a few years. To attain that level of realization depends first on my teachings, and, more importantly, on your effort to learn. If you don't practice, then it will not be effective. If you are hungry and I give you a dish of food, but you don't eat, then it does not satisfy your hunger.
The first mantra is "the complete maintainer," or the "three syllable" mantra: Aum, Ah, Houm.
Aum symbolizes "All and Every Buddha."
Ah symbolizes "All and Every Bodhisatva.
Houm symbolizes "All and Every Vajra."
That's why this mantra is called "the complete maintainer."
The application of this mantra depends on the different temples, altars and rituals involved. If you are making an offering of food or money to the altar, this mantra symbolizes your intent. When you do a service, this mantra is a blessing for the service you are performing for a person.
For example, when you are making an incense offering to the Buddhas, take three sticks, light the fire at the tip, but do not blow on it. Just move it in a circle to encourage the fire. Do not use a broken piece of incense.
Every day make an incense offering as a way of practicing dharma. When you raise the incense sticks above your head, you are forming a mudra. Silently chant the three syllable mantra, and visualize as follows:
Aum - hold your hands in front of your crown, visualize, "My body, mind and speech are three as one as the Buddha."
Ah - hold your hands in front of your throat, visualize, "My mind is as pure as the lotus."
Houm - hold your hands in front of your heart, visualize, "My consciousness is a firm seed to attain the highest awareness."
After you have made the three movements, place the incense on the altar, the first stick goes in the middle, the others go on either side, left or right first doesn't matter, just as long as the tips of the three sticks line up.
Another use of this mantra is as follows:
Aum - visualize a brilliant white light nectar of elixirs enter the top of your head, wash through your body so all the karmas of your bodies through many lifetimes are quickly purified.
Ah - visualize a brilliant red light nectar of elixirs enter your throat and quickly purify the karma of your mouth in this life.
Houm - visualize a brilliant blue light nectar elixir enter your heart and all the karmas of your mind through many lifetimes are quickly purified.
As you go through your day to day work, every moment think of these 3 things and you will quickly purify your body, mind and speech. You will receive blessings of every Buddha, Bodhisatva and Vajra.
Please take this knowledge into your heart so you will never forget it.
Until June 30, every day I will lead the chanting and I will teach you the "Tongue Dharma", the Surangama Dharma and many rituals and stories about how to attain enlightenment, so try to be here every day.
The main dharmas I will teach you this year are the Surangama - Heroic March and the Vajracita - Diamond Heart, and perhaps at the end of the year, the Lion's Roar and the Great Compassion.
You can also come to the temple during the day and learn from whoever is here.
My wish is for at least some of you to quickly attain to a certain level of understanding so you will know enough to go and teach others. Then you will be the light that leads everyone toward enlightenment, to help them rise to ever higher standards of attainment. On that day the Master and Kuo will no longer teach, and will just translate the dharma, sutras and tantras.
Questions and Answers by Kuo (not Master Yu):
Note that there is a nasal m on the end of the word Houm.
We will not translate the meanings of the mantras, because they are difficult to translate.
After June 30, the master is likely to be traveling and Kuo will lead the teachings, supplemented by the other students.
After you light it, you circle the incense three times in either direction (it doesn't matter).
Aum - Buddha symbolizes the highest purity and awareness (white)
Ah - Bodhisatva symbolizes those on the path toward Buddhahood (red)
Houm - Vajra symbolizes the indestructible thunderbolt (the dark blue is the color of space of the night skies)
You should chant the Surangama mantra every day, any number of times, any time in the day. You can also listen to the meditation tapes if you have the time, but learn the mantra first.
Counting with the hands and fingers: each finger position is a mantra, (there are over 2000 mantras).
Start with palms down. When you start chanting, turn left palm up and touch the thumb to the first finger. Move the little finger to right for the first saying of the mantra, then move each successive finger to right. After you finish moving the thumb, then turn the right palm up and move the fingers and thumb in succession, starting with the little finger. After completing ten chants, move the left thumb to the second finger, turn the right palm over and repeat. After you complete 30, place the left palm in the right palm, raise your hands to your heart, and move your right fingers and thumb for five more, then move your left thumb for #36. Then place your hands on your knees and begin the second round of 36.
If you are only counting six, use only the left hand, touch your thumb to the index finger, then the rest of the 4 fingers. turn over hand with fingers curled, for #5 first extend the thumb, then for #6 extend the index finger.
To count 9 times, do 4 with left hand as above, then 4 with the right hand with 4 fingers, then for # 9 place both hands palms down.
About Master Yu Tian Jian, Living Buddha: :
Recognized as a Living Buddha in China, Yu, 52, has reached the highest possible rank in Buddhism, and is thought to be the reincarnation of a high spiritual leader in a 1,700-year-old tradition. Some people consider his rank similar to or even higher than the Dalai Lama's. He has been honoured by Buddhist leaders from other countries. His full title is Master Yu Tian Jian the Great Enlightener Golden Crown Dharma King.
Yu is a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine as well as author of a book about Hanmi Buddhism that has sold a million copies in China. He was born in 1951 in Chaoyang City, Manchuria, just in time to grow up in the oppressive early years of the Chinese Communist regime. Yu became, he says, "an excellent Communist." He had only six years of formal education in elementary school, and his youth was full of hardship, "a rough life."
As a young man he was attacked by bandits and shot through the head, leaving scars still visible today. Miraculously, he survived that and other attacks. His body bears the marks of 27 knife wounds and two bullet wounds. Through the tough times there were bright notes. One was Yu's amazing memory: he read anything once and remembered it. Another was a man who seemed to be a spirit guide of some kind, who appeared whenever Yu most needed help. When he was 39 and head of the heavy machine factories in his province, he says he was amazed when the man who had appeared to him in spirit form over the years approached him in flesh and blood and told him his destiny as a high Buddhist leader. "My teacher came to me in physical form, a real man, Oct. 24, 1989," Yu says. "I made my decision right then and within three days I resigned my job, resigned as a member of the Communist party, and donated all my savings to charity. My relatives thought I was a fool. "I spent six months with him at a monastery, learning and practising. Much of what I know, I learned from him.
He was trained in the traditions, theory and thought of the Hanmi Mystery School of Esoteric Buddhism. Yu attained enlightment as a result of these experiences. At the end of the six months, his teacher left him and returned to spirit form, he says. Yu has spent the last 13 years travelling throughout China, teaching and healing. Some of his students have established a temple of Hanmi Buddhism in California, of which he is abbot. He also has sanghas in several other places, including Japan, Taiwan, Toronto, Amherst, Massachusetts and Las Vegas. He has recently been followed around by a film crew making a documentary about him. Since his own destiny has taken such a dramatic turn, Yu says he hopes to help other people improve their own. "I would like to let people get to know Buddhism and to learn how Buddha dharma (teachings) can relieve suffering," he says. "I would like to see people learn it for themselves so they can change their destinies."