True Buddha Dharma-character Treasury - Golden Mother of the Jade Pond
On Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, 3:00 pm, at Taiwan Lei Tsang Temple, True Buddha School Dharma King Living Buddha Lian-shengSheng-yen Lu will preside over a Golden Mother of the Jade Pond Ceremony, bestow empowerment of Golden Mother Uncommon Practice and the Eight Practices, Water-offering Practice, Golden Mother Instant Wealth Practice, Substitute Practice, and Nine Phoenix Eradicating Defilements Practice, and discourse Lamdre. (Live Webcast Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSonbYoE-ip1YaYOVEAu8jw/live)
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【Golden Mother of the Jade Pond Mudra :】
Interlace the fingers of both hands inwards. Place the middle fingers upright and touching. Point the index fingers apart. Touch the thumbs lightly against the middle fingers (hold the mudra in front of your chest.)
【Golden Mother of the Jade Pond Seed Syllable:】
Hum (white in color)
【Golden Mother of the Jade Pond Mantra:】
【Golden Mother of the Jade Pond Dharmalakṣaṇa Introduction】
Golden Mother of the Jade Pond wears a phoenix crown. In her left hand, she holds a celestial peach (or Ruyi). In her right hand, she holds a celestial dust-whisk. In appearance, she is as beautiful as a celestial being and is an exquisite young girl. She rides on a nine-phoenix carriage in a dignified manner with a smile on her face. She looks upon all sentient beings with compassion.
''The Great Primordial Golden Queen Mother of the Jade Pond of the West (Golden Mother of the Jade Pond)'' is one of the three principal deities of Living Buddha Lian-shengSheng-yen Lu, the root lineage guru of the True Buddha School. She was also the first principal deity with whom he attained spiritual union. In earlier days she opened his ''deva-eye'' and has been the eminent divine spirit supporting him behind the scenes.
In the caves of Dunhuang, Shakyamuni Buddha, Queen Mother of the West (Golden Mother of the Jade Pond) and Padmakumara appear side by side, symbolizing that the three are of equal importance. It proves that the predestined relationship between Living Buddha Lian-sheng (Padmakumara) and Golden Mother of the Jade Pond is so intimate that it is inseparable.
Golden Mother of the Jade Pond is also called Queen Mother of West because she lives in the Celestial Palace of the Jade Pond above the wind in the Kunlun Mountains. This is in the west and west belongs to gold, so she is called Golden Mother. Queen Mother of West and Golden Mother are one entity, just with different names. Some address her as Queen Mother, others as Golden Mother.
Golden Mother of the Jade Pond, King of East (Emperor of Donghua), and Xiangguang Youth (Padmakumara) were found engraved in Eastern Han Dynasty cultural relics excavated at Yinan, Shandong. The Eastern Han Dynasty cultural relics are considered the earliest uncovered antiquities.
Therefore, Grand Master Lu most venerates the ''Great Celestial Golden Mother of the Jade Pond,'' and states that ''Golden Mother of the Jade Pond'' is the Queen of Immortals, Immortal Queen.
Golden Mother of the Jade Pond is the Queen of Immortals whereas Amitabha is the King of Buddhas and Ksitigarbha, the King of Earth. These are the three principal deities of Living Buddha Lian-sheng.
Golden Mother of the Jade Pond is one of the Five Elders within the Taoist School. She guards the west like a mother taking care of all living souls.
The ''Five Elders'' of the Taoist School are Huang Lao reigning over center, the earth of the five elements; Mu Gong Shang Sheng, east, wood; Golden Mother of the Jade Pond, west, metal; Huo De, south, fire; and Shui Jiun or Shui De, north, water.
The ''Five Elders'' are equal to the ''Five Directions Buddhas.'' Therefore, the level of Golden Mother of the Jade Pond is very high, equivalent to that of a Buddha.
In Chinese religion, from the beginning, the most ancient Daluo Golden Immortal is Golden Mother of the Jade Pond. She is the greatest celestial venerable deity and the only one who transcends all heavenly deities, surpasses all limits, and possesses the greatest dharma power with infinite might.
Jade Pond Golden Mother is the ultimate, supreme immortal. In the Legends of the Immortals, Golden Mother of the Jade Pond is ranked first among the Immortal Celestial Beings. ''Gou Hui'' is her emanation body, Golden Mother of the Jade Pond is the enjoyment body, and Daluo Golden Immortal ''Xian Tian Yi Qi (The Primordial Qi)'' is the dharma body.
It is recorded in Taoist books that Saint Xuanxuan Shangren transmitted the dharma to the ''Heavenly Deity of East Mu Gong Shang Sheng.'' Later ''Mu Gong'' transmitted the dharma to Golden Mother of the Jade Pond. 'Mu Gong' is also known as ''King of East.'' Golden Mother of the Jade Pond is known as ''Queen Mother of West.''
In Taoism, ''Queen Mother of West'' is considered to be the mother of sentient beings. All spirits originally emanated from her.
Taoist immortal cultivation can be compared to the Three Realms of Buddhism as follows:
Realm of Desire - Realm of Earth Immortals
Realm of Form - Realm of Celestial Immortals
Realm of Formlessness - Realm of Golden Immortals.
Chinese Buddhism was formed from the mutual interaction between Buddhism transmitted into China and native Taoism. In Vajrayana Buddhism for example, the ''Highest Yoga Tantra'' and ''Inner Cultivation'' of Tibetan Vajrayana are very similar to the ''qi'' practice of ''Dan Ding'' within the Taoist school. Although Buddhism and Taoism differ in approach, they reach the same results.
There are several extremely significant passages contained in Golden Mother of the Jade Pond's Sutra of Universal Deliverance, Retrieval of Perfection, Liberation Through Stillness and Wisdom. Regarding cultivation of jing, qi and shen the sutra states: ''How is the fundamental basis strengthened? Mankind regards filial piety and fraternal love as the fundamental basis. In Taoism spiritual vitality and energy are regarded as the fundamental basis.'' In Confucianism, ''mankind takes filial piety and brotherly love as the fundamental basis. '' In Taoism ''Taoists take spiritual energy as the root; jing, qi and shen as the fundamental basis.'' Vajrayana takes ''qi, channels and drops as the fundamental basis,'' which is the same thing as jing, qi and shen in Taoism.
According to the sutra, ''One must first eliminate the six thieves. One's ears should not be influenced by sound. One's eyes should not be distracted by form. One's body should not be defiled by touch. One's mind should not attach to form.'' This is the meaning of ''no-mind.'' ''One's nose should not smell anything improper'' means that one no longer haphazardly smells various smells. ''One's mouth should not have greed for taste'' means that one no longer eats just for the sake of eating and one is not greedy for delicious food. One must first eliminate the six thieves. As long as one is obsessed with something or is addicted to anything whatsoever, the thieves are residing in one's body and it will be impossible for one to meditate. ''Form, feeling, conception, habitual action and consciousness, the five aggregates, becoming pure in themselves'' is Buddhism. Eliminating the ''six thieves'' is Buddhism. Seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touch, and mental consciousness are the six thieves. The five aggregates are form, feeling, conception, habitual action and consciousness. When one attains a clear understanding of the five aggregates ''The three essences, Jing, Qi, and Shen are joined and vibrant from prolonged nourishment, ascending and descending freely. What difficulty is there in liberation?'' This is qi. As long as the qi and channels are open and the drops radiate light, one attains the Tao naturally. Attaining buddhahood via qi, channnels and light drops in Vajrayana is the same as attaining Tao via jing, qi, and shen in Taoism.
Because of the guidance of Jade Pond Golden Mother, I, Grand Master Lu, was elevated from ordinary life to save sentient beings. The first deity with whom I attained spiritual union was Jade Pond Golden Mother. From the time I was twenty-six up until the present day, all that I, Grand Master Lu, have was bestowed upon me by Jade Pond Golden Mother. It is because of this that I, Grand Master Lu, am so utterly grateful and thankful to Jade Pond Golden Mother.
If not for Golden Mother of the Jade Pond there would be no True Buddha School. Everything about us originates from Golden Mother of the Jade Pond. She is also the ultimate all-inclusive dharma source True Buddha School.
Today's True Buddha School with its multitude of disciples, Grandmaster, Shimu, masters, senior reverends, dharma instructors, dharma assistants, chapter chairpersons and disciples, originated in its entirety from Golden Mother of the Jade Pond. I have therefore stated that, if not for Golden Mother of the Jade Pond, there would be no True Buddha School and without Golden Mother of the Jade Pond, my fate could not have changed.
In his dharma discourses, Living Buddha Lian-sheng has been revealing different images of the Golden Mother of the Jade Pond one after another. In 2017, he debuted the transmission of Dark-faced Golden Mother Uncommon Practice. This Golden Mother specializes in catching ghosts and is in charge of all affairs in the netherworld. She is extraordinary and magnificent.
True Buddha School Living Buddha Lian-shengSheng-yen Lu has personally transmitted many practices of Golden Mother of the Jade Pond such as Prin cipal Deity Practice of Golden Mother of the Jade Pond, Eight Great Practices of Golden Mother of the Jade Pond, Nine Turn Profound Skill, Godly Soldiers Dispatch Practice, Invite and Seize Wealth Practice, Top Scorer God of Fate, Water Offering, Instant Wealth, Body Substitution, etc... .
Golden Mother Sadhana Golden Mother Instant Wealth Sadhana Golden Mother Water Offering Sadhana Tiger Head Vajra Sadhana A Burning Fire Lotus, Chapter 13 of Book 241, Sacred Encounters with Deities The Energy Practices of the Golden Mother of the Jade Pond, Chapter 4 of Book 120, New Revelations from the Buddha King. Translated by Janny Chow; published by Purple Lotus Publisher ''Golden Mother of the Jade Pond's Sutra of Universal Deliverance, Retrieval of Perfection, Liberation Through Stillness and Wisdom'' (not the official translation, for reference only)
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