Hanmi Buddhism & Dechan Jueren
Living Buddha Dechan Jueren
Living Buddha Dechan Jueren, otherwise known as Master Yu Tian Jian, is the current lineage bearer, the 49th MahaVairocana Dharma King of the Hanmi Lineage. Living Buddha Dechan Jueren’s mission was to spread the teachings of the Hanmi lineage throughout the modern world. He brought the Hanmi lineage teachings to the west and, for the first time, made them accessible to the public when founding Dari Rulai Temple.
Master Yu (Living Buddha Dechan Jueren) was born in an aristocratic family of Chinese medicine in Chaoyang City, Liaoning Province, in 1951. He grew up surrounded by ancient traditional Chinese medicine. Well cultured in medical ethics, diligent in his studies, and intelligent by natural endowment, Master Yu Tian Jian was a famous doctor of Chinese medicine, the Chief of Mizhong Research Center of China. In the past, Yu Tian Jian studied carpentry, bench work, undertook such positions as squad leader, workshop director, factory director, general minister, and so on. Master Yu had ascended through his independent thinking, quick reaction, superb wisdom, and his photographic memory.
Under the guidance of a great master, Master Yu returned to Buddhism in 1989, and started to directly take part in spreading the primary thought of Buddhism and the simple methods of studying Buddhism. In 1989, he happily encountered Great Master Hui Ling, who was the current Dharma King and lineage bearer of the Hanmi Mystery School of Esoteric Buddhism in China at that time, and received all his training in the traditions, theory and thought of the Hanmi Chinese Esoteri School of Buddhism, including all of his musical training and instruments.
Under the instruction of Master Hui Ling, Master Yu attained enlightenment, knowing everything in the past, present, and future. This new consciousness revealed to him that he must undertake a most noble mission. Resolutely, he resigned all of his positions, and devoted his entire personal wealth to the great and selfless cause of expanding Buddha Dharma by teaching people how to recognize the true essence of Buddhism.
Living Buddha Dechan Jueren had endured extreme hardship, traveling across many mountains and rivers throughout China, south to the Yiangzhi River and to the Yellow River, in order to spread his words of enlightenment. He left an indelible impression in more than twenty provinces and autonomous regions in that part of the world.
In order to exemplify his teachings, Living Buddha Dechan Jueren would cure patients of their life threatening ailments, giving them new life and hope.
On August 15, 2008, the 105 year old Grand Master Fozhi, the Abbot of Yingtian Monastery in Chengdu, Sichuan province, passed on the Dharma Lineage Holder-ship of the Linji School of Chan/Zen Buddhism. Master Yu then became the 47th Dharma Lineage Holder of Linji Chan/Zen Buddhism.
Master Yu passed away on Dec 23, 2011 9:09am China time (Dec 22, 2011 5:09pm PST). His disciples continue the mission while awaiting the Guru’s return.
Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to insight into the true nature of life.
Buddhist practices such as meditation are means of changing oneself in order to develop the qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom. The experience developed within the Buddhist tradition over thousands of years has created an incomparable resource for all those who wish to follow a path — a path which ultimately culminates in Enlightenment or Buddhahood.
Because Buddhism does not include the idea of worshipping a creator god, some people do not see it as a religion in the normal, Western sense. The basic tenets of Buddhist teaching are straightforward and practical: nothing is fixed or permanent; actions have consequences; change is possible.
Thus Buddhism addresses itself to all people irrespective of race, nationality, or gender. It teaches practical methods (such as meditation) which enable people to realise and utilise its teachings in order to transform their experience, to be fully responsible for their lives and to develop the qualities of Wisdom and Compassion.
There are around 350 million Buddhists and a growing number of them are Westerners. They follow many different forms of Buddhism, but all traditions are characterised by non-violence, lack of dogma, tolerance of differences, and, usually, by the practice of meditation.
The first Temple was established in the UK by Dharma King Dechan Jueren, 49th lineage bearer of the Chinese Esoteric School, and 47th lineage bearer of the Linji School of Chan/Zen Buddhism.
The Hanmi Lineage
Hanmi Chinese Esoteric School of Buddhism
The Hanmi lineage has its origins in the spiritual teachings and practices of ancient India that were developed by the Brahmans, and were then evolved and transmitted by the great saint Shakyamuni Buddha over 2,400 years ago.
Disciples of Nagarjuna brought the Buddhist teachings from Nalanda monastery in India to Xi’an city in China around 1,300 years ago, and combined them with Taoism and Confucianism.
The awakened masters have preserved this knowledge through an unbroken lineage in the Hanmi Chinese Esoteric School of Buddhism. The current lineage bearer is Living Buddha Dechan Jueren, otherwise known as Master Yu.
Hanmi Buddhism was established between 712 to 720 A.D. during the reign of emperor Tang Xuanzong (or Hsuan Tsung) by the Three Great Founders, Subhakarasimha, Vajrabodhi, and Amoghavajra. They came to the Daxing Shansi (Great Propagating Goodness Temple) in today’s Xi’an City and translated many Buddhist sutras and tantras from Sanskrit to Chinese. Assimilating the prevailing teaching of Confucianism and Taoism, they evolved the teaching into Hanmi, which was more easily understood by the Chinese people.
Subhakarasimha, an eminent Indian monk, translated the Vairocanabhi-sambodhi-tantra, or the Mahavairocana Sutra from Sanskrit to Chinese.
Vajrabodhi, a graduate of Nalanda Temple, received complete empowerment and transmission from Nagabodhi, who received from Nagarjuna.
Amoghavajra, a Singhalese, came at the age of 15 to China, where in 718 he became a disciple of Vajrabodhi, and later of Subhakarasimha. The Tang emperor granted dharma instruments to Amoghavajra who set up the first abhiseka-bodhi-mandala at Daxing Temple, thus founding Hanmi.
After Vajrabodhi’s death in 732, and at his wish, Amoghavajra went to India and Ceylon in search of esoteric or tantric writings, and returned in 746, when he baptized the emperor Xuanzong. He was especially noted for rain-making and stilling storms. In 749 he received permission to return home, but was stopped by imperial orders when in the south of China.
In 756 under emperor Suzong he was recalled to the capital. His time until 771 was spent translating and editing tantric books in 120 volumes, and the Yogachara rose to his peak of prosperity. He died greatly honored at 70 years of age, in 774, the twelfth year of Taizong, the third emperor under whom he had served. He was given the title of the Thesaurus of Wisdom, Amogha Tripikata and the posthumous rank and title of a Minister of State.
Historically, the Hanmi Chinese Esoteric School of Buddhism was thought to have been lost when Emperor Tang Wuzong banned the teaching. Huiguo, the last known disciple of Amoghavajra, left China and had gone with Kukai to Japan to establish the Japanese Esoteric school of Buddhism, later known as Shingon. Unknown to history, Amoghavajra had another disciple, Huisu, who received all the religious instruments and dharma transmission. He then became the Dharma Lineage Bearer. Since then, Hanmi has been underground for over twelve centuries, and has been passed on through one master per generation.
Master Yu was the highest and only master of Hanmi, was the Honorable Abbot of the 1,000-year old LongQuan Temple in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, was a doctor of Chinese medicine, and was acknowledged as a Living Buddha in China.
Master Yu, from Chaoyang, Liaoning, at the age of 39, attained realization under the guidance of Grandmaster Huiling, the 48th Maha-Acharya of the Hanmi lineage. Master Yu saw the past, the present and the future, and understood his mission as a Hanmi successor. He resigned his position as a plant manager in China, and donated all his personal savings, over 1 million RMB, to the cause of reviving Buddha-dharma. He said,”I want to let people know the truth of Buddhism again.” He experienced all kinds of hardship as he journeyed through great rivers and mountains in order to transmit Dharma and to heal people. He has left indelible impressions everywhere.
In 1989, a discovery was made in the Heaven Chamber of the North Pagoda at Chaoyang City, Liaoning Province. They found sharira, or the bone relic of the Buddha, sutra and tantra engraved in silver plates in Chinese, two Chinese Stupas of the Diamond and the Womb Worlds, and the Stupa of Five-Buddha-Five-Wisdom. Later, a Hanmi mandala was also discovered in the Earth Chamber of Famen Temple (Famensi), or Dharma Doorway Temple at Fufeng County, Shaanxi Province. These discoveries predict the revival of Hanmi Buddhism.
Master Huiling found Master Yu on the 99th day after the discovery.
Master Yu received complete empowerment and transmission, and became the Great Enlightener MahaVairocana Dharma King Dechan Jueren, the 49th Great Acharya and lineage bearer of the Hanmi Chinese Esoteric School of Buddhism.
Sifu Jules was ordained in the Hanmi School by Master Yu in August 2008 and together with her husband Jim and many others, supported the opening of a temple in Danbury in 2009. In 2012 the Jambhala Centre was first opened in Maldon, Essex (UK). Through its various incarnations, the Jambhala Centre Temple is now sited in Tendering, Essex (UK) and run by Abbot Sifu Jules.
Gestures & Meanings
Often we do not understand fully the gestures or words which we use. We just somehow feel a resonance with them. The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another.
To perform Namaste, we place the hands together at the heart centre, close the eyes, and bow the head. It can also be done by placing the hands together in front of the third eye, bowing the head, and then bringing the hands down to the heart. This is an especially deep form of respect. In Buddhism, each finger on the hand also represents a section of sentient beings, eg: humans, animals, hungry ghosts and gods. By bringing the hands together you are also offering a blessing to each realm.
Although in the West the word “Namaste” is usually spoken in conjunction with the gesture, in India, it is understood that the gesture itself signifies Namaste, and therefore, it is unnecessary to say the word while bowing.
“Nama” means bow, “as” means I, and “te” means you. Therefore, Namaste literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you.” We bring the hands together at the heart centre to increase the flow of Divine love. Bowing the head and closing the eyes helps the mind surrender to the Divine in the heart and envisage the compassion from your heart being offered and reciprocated to and from the other. One can do Namaste to oneself as a meditation technique to go deeper inside the heart centre. If it is done with deep feeling in the heart and with the mind surrendered, a deep union of spirits can blossom.
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