Public Announcement No. 20160105: The Exam–20 Sample Questions

Published on April 27, 2016

by the United International World Buddhism Association Headquarters:

Regardless of what a great dharma king, venerable one, great rinpoche, or great dharma master a master may be, if he or she has not received a grade level through taking the examination and also falsely claim to be a holy one, this person is a false figure infiltrated into Buddhism. Such a person is comparable to a piece of rusty metal rather than a piece of gold!!!

Now some people who have the purpose of avoiding the examination and covering up the fact by speaking falsely came up with an excuse to say that the examination given by the United International World Buddhism Association Headquarters (UIWBAH) does not use standard problems of Buddhism and that is why he or she does not need to take the examination. We ask you all to note a fact. One who makes such statement is a demonic person or swindler without a doubt. Now, twenty problems of the written test of the examination are listed for you all to judge whether they are problems testing the knowledge on authentic Buddhism or not:

  1. Give simple explanations of faith-vow-practice and precepts-concentration-wisdom;
  2. Which schools does exoteric Buddhism refer to?
  3. How many sects does esoteric Buddhism have? Who was the founder of each of these sects?
  4. What do the three spheres include? When were the three spheres formed? What is the dharma sphere?
  5. Discuss: What is concentration? What is correct concentration? What is its origin? What effects and usage can concentration produce?
  6. How many precepts and disciplines for cultivating and practicing Buddhism are included in the 128 views?
  7. Is the practice of the four limitless states of mind contradictory to meditative concentration and true such-ness? Explain your answer;
  8. What is the central view emphasized by the Prajna Shastra? What is the main point of Madyamaka (the Middle Way)? Briefly describe the belief and ideas presented in the Abhidharma-kosa Treatise;
  9. What benefits does the Broad Commentary on Levels of Bodhi Path provide?
  10. Which three sutras are called the key understanding of all sutras, the king of all sutras, and the summary of all sutras, respectively? Do the Sutras of Agamas and these three sutras mutually oppose? Explain your answer;
  11. Describe the benefits and faults of the view of nihilism (denial) and the view of eternality (permanence). What is the correct view?
  12. What is unconditional dharma? What is conditional dharma?
  13. What are the effects or usage of each of the dharmas of Ghost-Feeding Offering, Demon-Subduing Fire Offering, Water-Land Dharma Assembly, Feeding Ghosts with One’s Own Body, and Vajra Fa Man Zue Jue?
  14. What is the Mind-Only School’s argument of attaining liberation? What is the view of liberation of the Hua Yen School? What is the key point in the Discipline School’s approach to attain accomplishment? What is different in the Agama School’s teaching?
  15. What are the concepts of initial breakthrough, breaking the grave barriers, and breaking the firm barrier, which are also called the plain nature, the clean and pure nature, and the unconditional nature respectively?
  16. What are stubborn emptiness, small emptiness, big emptiness, empty emptiness, quiescent emptiness, or the eighteen types of emptiness?
  17. Within the Hetu-Vidya (vidya of causality), what are knowledge from direct perception, knowledge from inference, knowledge about known states, and knowledge about unknown states? How to achieve unity without duality?
  18. Briefly describe: What is meditation? What is concentration? What is cessation? What is contemplation? What are the effects from the four meditations and the eight concentrations and the utilizations of the three bodies and four wisdoms?
  19. What are the view of natural wisdom and. the view of the other emptiness? What are emptiness of self vs. emptiness of dharma and emptiness of others vs. emptiness of dharma? What are the differences between these concepts? From which sects did these concepts originate?
  20. What are the main commentaries/treatises written by Nagarjuna, Aryadeva, Dignaga, Chandrakirti, Vasubandhu, Asanga, Adi Sankara, and Buddhapalita, respectively? What are the views expressed in these works?

Can you say these test problems are not standard questions about Buddhism? Only evil heretics would say that these are not standard test problems of Buddhism. We clearly inform you all that UIWBAH practices and abides by the standard Buddhism taught by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, Sakyamuni Buddha, and all Buddhas in the ten directions.

Concerning cultivation and learning Buddhism, every Buddhist has a common wish. That is to find a master who is a true holy one. However, people tend to choose a fine master through superficial appearance. This shared symptom of fault has widely become a habitual nature among Buddhists. For example, when a leader or great dharma king of a major sect is mentioned, they would think this person is a reincarnated Bodhisattva, without knowing that this dharma king may have been recognized erroneously at the time of choosing the reincarnated child and thus is a mundane ordinary person. Or, upon seeing a master who has read numerous sutras and commentaries in the Tripitaka and has written books and articles that are broadly distributed, they would recognize this person as a great Bodhisattva without doubt and invest their own wisdom-life in him entirely. If they see a master demonstrating uncommon and miraculous power, they would regard this person as an orthodox holy one. These many chaotic situations of various types are causing harm to innumerably many Buddhists. Actually, superficial appearance can be a stumbling rope that trips a cultivator to a deluded path. If a cultivator is not clearly aware of the situation and does not use the 128 views to verify and validate, the outcome is certain to be unconsciously devolving into the misery of sinking into the suffering ocean of the ignorance, greed, and anger without the chance of leaving.

To correctly choose a fine master who is a holy virtuous one with certainty, you must see the dharma attire worn by and the certificate held by this master that indicate the grade level and must also use the 128 views to verify and validate this master’s speech and conduct. Other than these, any prominent status, miraculous manifestation of cultivated power, or whatever superficial identity or title cannot represent the fundamental nature of accomplishment or realization.

In some earlier instances, a master was able to practice the dharma of dharma-straw person to save the soul of a deceased and practiced the Great-Compassion Kuan Yin Dharma to empower followers to expel their dark karmas with brightness; another master even had the supernatural power to uncover dharma of terma. Later, because they did not cultivate in accord with the dharma and fell into evil views, these people did not attain liberation in the end. A dharma king even had the state of descending into the lower realms manifesting at the time of death. Fortunately, assistance was provided by his side to let him listen to the recorded dharma discourse in time. That caused the dharma king to repent sincerely in his mind so that he was rescued to the Pure Land in time by Kuan Yin Bodhisattva and attained holiness with the fruit of Strota-apanna.

Buddhist disciples should look at the tracks created by earlier vehicles carefully. Regardless of what majestic and revered status a master or an even higher dharma king may have, whether he or she is holy or mundane cannot be judged by their status. The only correct way is to look at the dharma attire he or she wears that indicates the grade level and his or her certificate. True holy ones must be seen by the result of the examination and must be verified and validated through their views to see whether they have receded the cultivated realization to regress back to mundane ones or even swindlers.

A great dharma king leading a sect came to take the examination. He thought that he would certainly receive a grade level with golden button(s) because his reputation and influence in the world was absolutely most prominent. However, it was truly beyond imagination that he only scored 47 points in the written test and eventually passed at the level of Blue Button Grade 2. The proctoring seven holy ones and ten witnesses were all stunned and greatly astounded. They all thought this was a deeply impressing lesson. Whether one is holy and mundane absolutely cannot be judged from the status on the surface no matter who this person is.

To choose a fine master with certainty, the only correct standard is to have the seventeen proctoring masters to guarantee for you with their oaths. You must see the master’s result from the examination, make judgement on his understanding and view, and look at the dharma attire he wears that indicates his grade level and his certificate. All should be equal before the truth. Even a Buddha should also play the role of leading others and take the examination to let all see the result. However, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III does not want to take our examination of holiness, saying that He is not a holy person and is just an ordinary person. (For details, please see the speech printed below the photos of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III published by the Juehai Publishing House.) However, on the contrary, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III has received by far the most recognitions and corroborating recognitions in the entire history of Buddhism and provided an unprecedented example unachieved by any ancient holy one. Other than Sakyamuni Buddha being a Buddha in this world, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is the only Buddha being recognized in accordance with the dharma and is truly the world’s supreme leader of Buddhism. Therefore, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III does have the title of Buddha. That is why we at UIWBAH must make the ultimate correct determination to fulfill our responsibility to living beings.

Our Shang Zun, Jiao Zuns, and Ru Zuns presented the 100 problems in the written test for masters to H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III to beseech His Holiness the Buddha to expound the dharma to help us with the correct answers. On the spot, His Holiness the Buddha spoke casually to us with the explanations. Only then did we learn from the dharma expounded by His Holiness the Buddha that the answers we had prepared were coarse and not to the point. Only the answers given by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III are extremely precious and to the point.

Actually, the solutions and answers that H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III gave are certainly not limited by these 100 problems. The dharma He expounded since long ago has encompassed all topics within the scope of the Tripitaka. The recorded dharma lessons provided answers to hundreds of thousand possible problems. Additionally, the 128 views are the utmost treasure among the correct teaching, correct dharma, and correct precepts expounded by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. Since H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III does not take our examination of holiness, we at UIWBAH could only use the Dharma of Vajra Fa Man Zue Jue that is used to determine the holiest one among all holy ones. The proctors were not just 17 people and were actually several dozens of eminent monks and great virtuous ones monitoring the process of determination on the spot. The determinations from selections were made for Sakyamuni Buddha and H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. Conclusions from the determinations are that Sakyamuni Buddha is a true Buddha, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is the genuine incarnation to this world by Dorje Chang Buddha, the ancient Sambhogakaya Buddha. Separately, Master Hui Neng, the Sixth-Generation Patriarch of the Ch’an School, was determined to be a great Bodhisattva.

The statuses of common dharma kings, venerable ones, and masters cannot be verified or tested using such a great dharma used to determine the status of a Buddha. They must take the written test of 100 problems and an examination in the holy realm, with seven masters and ten witnesses proctoring on the spot to guarantee the examination takers. The seven masters consist of holy virtuous ones with golden buttons or at least embellishing virtuous ones or great virtuous ones at the level of Blue Button Grade 3. The ten witnesses are formed by rinpoches and dharma masters who are at the levels of Blue Button Grade 2 and Blue Button Grade 1. So there are altogether 17 proctors. It must be stated that, although there are great holy virtuous ones, holy virtuous ones, and great virtuous ones among the seven masters and ten witnesses, most of them are not holy ones. However, the most critical fact to be emphasized is that the seventeen proctors all took their oaths against poisonous consequences to guarantee the examination takers they jointly proctored, to ensure the truthfulness of the grade levels they received. Therefore, we must inform you all seriously that the buttons and certificates indicating the grade levels do represent masters’ true statuses. Furthermore, we must remind you all on how to see whether those who wear dharma attire indicating the grade level may have receded the attained accomplishment to regress back into a mundane person due to incorrect speech and conduct or not in the future. The best verification and validation is dharma of 128 views expounded by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III to verify, validate, and distinguish them. Then you will know whether to follow a master or not.

This public announcement is hereby issued.

 

                                    United International World Buddhism Association Headquarters

(Seal Stamped on every page)

                                    April 27, 2016