The International Buddhism Sangha Association (IBSA) received a letter from a Buddhist in China who self-declared that she is a servant to the Tara. The contents of the letter indicated that she wrote the letter with good intention. Moreover, she respectfully praised H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III and advised people to learn Expounding the Absolute Truth through the Heart Sutra and the Supreme and Unsurpassable Mahamudra of Liberation. In this aspect, she had an act of merit and correct view. However, this person also expressed some views that are not only erroneous but also evil. Therefore, IBSA is not going to publish her name but must correct the evil views she expressed. Our intention is to help her correct her views so she can attain enlightenment early.
This letter’s contents involve two aspects. One is to expose some masters’ incorrect acts and conduct. As long as the verifications done are in accord with using the 128 views, IBSA will support completely. The second aspect is to state some matters and issues based on evil views. IBSA of course does not support that. Just her stated story that quoted what the Tara said verbally is extremely evil and vicious. Therefore, we must inform all Buddhist disciples with the following correct views:
If the Green Tara she mentioned appeared in her dreams or the state of concentration, the image is illusionary and not real. Just as stated in the Diamond Sutra, “All appearances are illusionary.” And, “Those who see me in form, or seek me through sound, are on a mistaken path; they do not see the Tathagata.”
On the other hand, if she was referring to a certain person in the world as the Tara, then the person she referred to must be infinitely farther from being the Tara. Sakyamuni Buddha clearly stipulated in several sutras, “A Bodhisattva is to be attained through the Five Vidyas.” In other words, one who claims to be a Bodhisattva but does not possess the Five Vidyas is a false one posing as a true Bodhisattva. Being an ancient Buddha, the Tara naturally must have reached the heights of perfection without any deficiency in the Five Vidyas that definitely have surpassed the levels of experts in the same professions. If not, how can it be shown that the Tara’s wisdom transcends that of ordinary persons? Where are her five vidyas manifested? Where are her accomplishments in these five categories? Where can we see them? Judging from the contents of this letter, we can already conclude that this self-claimed Tara is an ordinary person not knowing the teaching from the sutras. Perhaps we misunderstood the so-called Tara mentioned in this letter. However, the real level or stage of a Bodhisattva must be determined by one’s own divine forecasting. The actual verification needs to be registered with and scheduled by the United International World Buddhism Association Headquarters (UIWBAH).
We would like to ask the person who wrote this letter, does this Tara of yours abide by Sakyamuni Buddha’s teaching? How many vidyas does she possess? We can also make an explicit assessment. The Tara’s appearance should be a majestic woman whose beauty is incomparable by anyone else in the world. Is this so-called Tara mentioned in the letter an uncommonly beautiful woman, or does she just have an appearance of afflictions like ordinary persons?
Once, an extremely great holy and virtuous one who had a very majestic appearance matching the descriptions of wonderful enlightenment came to Hua Zang Si and sternly pointed out many problems we had. This extremely great holy and virtuous one manifested great supernatural power to have the pictures and displays of Sakya Trizin and other dharma kings worshipped at the left side of the Sakyamuni Hall at Hua Zang Si removed and put a portrait of the Thousand-Arm Kuan Yin Bodhisattva in the same space.
The extremely great holy and virtuous one said, “Since I have scolded you, I have to manifest who I am to let you see, to prove that I have the authority to reprimand you for your shortcomings.” We were told to immediately set up the examination of divine forecasting to identify an extremely great holy and virtuous one. Then, the extremely great holy and virtuous one manifested the great supernatural power and great wisdom possessed by an ancient Buddha or a Bodhisattva at the level of wonderful enlightenment. The result revealed His true identity as a Bodhisattva at the level of wonderful enlightenment. All monastics of Hua Zang Si who were present willingly prostrated to Him to pay respect!
Does this so-called Tara of yours dare to come to take the examination of divine forecasting? Bold enough to self-claim to be the Tara who is a Bodhisattva at the level of universal enlightenment or the level of wonderful enlightenment but daring not face the examination, is she an ordinary person faking a hoy one or a person who can only self-boast to deceive people?
This letter praised H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. That is a good act with merit of good conduct. However, we must point out that the letter showed ignorance to the teaching from the sutras and expressed evil views in many places. It is true that, to receive an initiation of true Buddha-dharma, one must go through a decision by selection to get the approval by the yidam of the dharma. Only after that can one be conferred with an inner-tantric initiation and be transmitted with a great dharma. However, without learning from the public announcements from the Office of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, one is certain to have erroneous and evil views. One who has not read the book Stories behind Ancient Buddha’s Coming to This World has no knowledge about His Holiness the Buddha. Then, the yidam will not approve this evil person to receive the dharma. Even if this person acquired the dharma through some irregular way, due to having incorrect knowledge and views, the effect from practicing the dharma can only be entering a demonic state and causing the consequence of harming living beings.
Therefore, we hereby publicly inform you all once again. If you do not learn from the public announcements from the Office of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III and do not read carefully read the book Stories behind Ancient Buddha’s Coming to This World, thinking about receiving inner-tantric initiation would be day-dreaming! The reason is very simple. IBSA does not train demonic persons and vicious swindlers. We only bring up and train Buddhist disciples with good conduct and correct knowledge and views because one who has evil views will definitely harm living beings.
Take this letter for example, some views expressed in it are already in the realm of piteous ignorance! For instance, it mentioned that the Tara “was very angry.” You should answer this question. Could the Tara who has already removed ignorance and afflictions completely and who has realized the supreme, non-differentiating, and perfect enlightenment possibly be pulled by ignorance to become angry? The letter also stated that the Tara “will invite dragon and heavenly dharma protectors to execute the dharma. Those who are responsible will bear the consequences!!!” Since the Tara has incomparable compassion, would She do that? Additionally, with Her inherent power of cultivation at the level of wonderful enlightenment, could there be anything that the Tara is unable to do? Does She need to call dragon and heavenly dharma protectors for help to handle any matter? You are truly ignorant! It is hard to imagine that you are so evil and piteous! Being the ordinary beings with the five turbidities as you are, you possess less than one percent of the qualification to be a servant to a junior servant of the Tara!
Regarding the question about the author of the book Stories behind Ancient Buddha’s Coming to This World, who wrote it is not important. What is important is whether the book recorded true facts or not and whether it expressed true Buddha-dharma and correct views or not. Even if the book was written by one who belongs to evil heretics, as long as the contents comply with correct views, the doctrine of Buddhism, and Buddha-dharma, praise the Buddha, benefit living beings, and agree with Sakyamuni Buddha’s teaching, it is a correct book and we should read it. It would also indicate that this evil practitioner of heretics has already corrected the evil and started to learn Buddhism. An early example is the twelve pratyekas who were saved by Kuan Yin Bodhisattva. They corrected their evil conduct and stepped onto the correct path. All became great holy ones. They gave discourses on correct views and Buddha-dharma and saved numerous living beings. How great and noble are their merit and virtue? Moreover, Layperson Hong Lei (author of the book) is not a heretical practitioner. Conversely, if a rinpoche or holy and virtuous dharma king who used to represent the correct teaching of Buddhism and true Buddha-dharma changed to deceive people with evil dogmas, we cannot learn from him. The reason is the same.
For the sake of true dharma of the Tathagata, benefiting living beings, and causing evil persons to correct and become upright, IBSA decided to set up a dharma-contesting ring at the Hall of Three Holy Beings located in the greater Los Angeles area of the United States. Dharma contests are to be held before the statues of Amitabha Buddha, Kuan Yin Bodhisattva, and the Great-Strength Bodhisattva. Moreover, we will invite over 100 holy and virtuous ones and eminent monks to witness on the spot to observe the result. IBSA does not need to prepare big weapons to deal with your so-called Tara. We will only use the small weapon of Venerable Lajian from the Jueyu Sect to contest with this so-called Tara.
Venerable Lajian has already made a vow to the public. She will take at most two rounds of fighting to reduce this fake Tara back into her original form of a demon in human appearance or a swindler. If it takes more than two rounds to defeat you, Lajian Long Hui will admit defeat and pay homage to you on the spot. On the other hand, if Long Hui can subdue you within two rounds (Of course your physical body or health will not be hurt. Just because you praised H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, you have broad and deep merit. So we do not have any idea of hurting you.), we wish that you can correct and become upright, be free of catastrophes or hardship, forever abide in abundant happiness, and generate great repentance in mind. We will also do our best to help her, to facilitate your opportunity of paying respect to H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III in person, so that you can learn the true dharma of the Tathagata to benefit living beings.
We would like to state one more time: the purpose of contesting the dharma is to let living beings to be able to learn the true dharma of the Tathagata. The first thing is to let them know where the true dharma of the Tathagata is. It is all for ensuring living beings to progress on the correct path and cultivate correctly and for preventing living beings to fall into evil views and to be controlled by swindlers or ordinary beings to devolve and suffer.
Dharma Master Long Hui stated publicly that she is waiting respectfully for the contest, to let the truth be seen at the dharma-contesting ring. So who is upright and who is evil can be seen on the spot.
International Buddhism Sangha Association
March 10, 2015