On Day 10 of the Lunar year
An “inner-tantric mandala” has a time limitation. After the great holy virtuous one who established the mandala has entered nirvana for three years and three months, the “inner-tantric mandala” will become an ordinary mandala and will no longer possess inner-tantric empowerment.
In a “Buddha Hall of True Buddha Dharma” established in accord with the Dharma by a master who has received the inner-tantric initiation of establishing a mandala, as long as the seed of the Buddha hall is preserved, even if the statues and images of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas that are being worshiped therein are replaced, the Buddha hall is still a “Buddha Hall of True Buddha Dharma.” But if statues or images of heretic deities are worshiped there, the Buddha hall is contaminated and ineffective.
Note: Buddha halls that have been consecrated or have objects of empowerment stored inside Buddha statues do not belong to “Buddha Hall of True Buddha Dharma.”
Inquiry Center of the World Buddhism Association Headquarters
Written on behalf of great holy virtuous ones to answer questions raised
February 25, 2018
(original translation: Benxin; translation revised by Zunba 2019-03-16)
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