On Day 13 of the Lunar yearH.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III does not have an inner-tantric mandala. As of now, there is no inner-tantric mandala that meets the two major stipulations of the Dharma in the United States of America. Based on what we know, Great Dharma King Dodrupchen IV Thupten Trinle Palzang, Wangzha Shangzun, and tremendously holy gurus of Gold Button Level 4 who are not named here can perform true inner-tantric initiations. However, currently, there is no inner-tantric mandala established in the United States of America or China. We have not heard about any dharma king of other sects and schools who have successfully established an inner-tantric mandala that truly conforms to the stipulations of the Dharma. Because there exists no inner-tantric mandala now, true inner-tantric initiations cannot be performed now. In short, no great dharma king or venerable one who has not attained Gold Button Level 3 can preside over a true inner-tantric initiation in an inner-tantric mandala that meets the two major stipulations of the Dharma.
Some Buddhist disciple said, “I am not stupid! I want to learn from Buddha, not an inner-tantric initiation. H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III has said that there are many Dharma methods in learning from Buddha that can lead to accomplishment. I can still attain accomplishment by learning other Dharma methods.”
What this disciple said is correct. However, you only know half the truth. It is right that any other Buddha Dharma can lead to accomplishment. Still, you forgot the Dharma imparted by Sakyamuni Buddha says that it takes three great asankhyeya kalpas to attain accomplishment and liberation. Additionally, one must broadly practice the six paramitas in all acts. Only through receiving an inner-tantric initiation can one learn the Buddha Dharma that enables one to attain accomplishment in seven lifetimes, three lifetimes, or the current lifetime, or even to see the Yidam who is a Buddha or a Bodhisattva on the spot in person. No other practice of Buddha Dharma can do it except inner-tantric initiation.
Other Dharma methods require one to broadly practice the six paramitas in all acts through three great asankhyeya kalpas. That means it takes 3.84 billion years for one to become accomplished. If one does not practice the six paramitas in accord with the Dharma in these 3.84 billion years, one still will not attain accomplishment. Do you understand now? Can you again say that you are not stupid? We tell you clearly that there is no other way than the inner-tantric initiation that enables one to immediately see the holy state and realize holiness the moment one practices it.
As to what H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III said that all sects and schools are equal where He is, that is because He is the Buddha encompassing the entire Buddhism. He is not sectarian. Can His Holiness the Buddha not hold as equal the different sects and schools? Could He say which is high and which is low or which is fast and which is slow? Had Wangzha Shangzun not received a state-practice inner-tantric initiation from H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, He would not have attained His current realization that is above Gold Button Level 3!
Wangzha Shangzun already announced last year that He would establish an inner-tantric mandala that meets the two significant stipulations of the Dharma publicly in the United States of America. Still, He did not have one-hundred-percent confidence in performing the Dharma of “Presenting a Petition to a Bodhisattva.” However, in the unlikely case that He is unable to do it by himself, He will respectfully beseech a Yuzun of Gold Button Level 4 to assist in “Presenting a Petition to a Bodhisattva” to build the mandala.
What you said is correct that Wangzha Shangzun had a completely different appearance every time He received eminent monastics and greatly virtuous ones. Additionally, Shangzun once applied the power of Tummo Concentration through one finger to remove hindrances for Zhaxi Zhuoma Rinpoche, who is the head of the Vajrasana Temple. The temperature of Tummo heat from His finger scorched Zhaxi Zhuoma Rinpoche and caused her to scream. When His palm touched the head of Songjie Rinpoche, who is the head of the Macang Temple, Songjie Rinpoche collapsed on the spot due to the burning and had the fluid called Honey of Merit flow out of his head. Mozhi Jiaozun once contested in Tummo power with Shangzun and was defeated. Shangzun has a very deep and profound accomplishment and should have no problem at all in successfully establishing an inner-tantric mandala.
Inquiry Center of the World Buddhism Association Headquarters
Written on behalf of great holy virtuous ones to answer questions raised
February 28, 2018
(original translation by Benxin, translation last edited by Zunba 2020-10-05)
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