Generally speaking, nectar can be divided into two categories. Ordinarily, rinpoches and dharma teachers make pills which they call nectar by using herbs together with such things as sharira and worldly ingredients and then empower such material by reciting certain mantras, but the great dharma kings in times past had access to another kind of nectar. Even today extracts from the remaining ancient pills are used to produce nectar.
It can be said that this “man-made” nectar is not true nectar. It is estimated that this sort of empowered nectar has only one percent of the power of true nectar.
What is true nectar? True nectar is precious food which is bestowed by the Buddhas from the Land of the Buddhas. It is not a food or substance which exists in this earthly world. As you will see on this website Holy Beings exist in the world today who can also cause the Buddhas to manifest true nectar. A number of Nectar Dharma Assemblies have even been held in America that demonstrate this amazing power! These assemblies are rare and seldom held. Those who are able to attend receive many blessings. Only when certain conditions mature and all of the disciples present are of model virtue will the Buddha realms respond. This nectar is produced out of nothingness and does not exist in the human realm. It is incomparably wonderful!
How does true nectar manifest? There is a master on the level of at least a Dharma King who, due to his or her level of realization, is able to successfully invite the Buddhas to arrive in the sky and bestow nectar. This precious food is something which emanates from nothing. The Supreme Leader of Esoteric and Exoteric Buddhism, His Holiness Dorje Chang Buddha III Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu, conducted three such nectar assemblies in southern California in the year 2000 for the benefit of his disciples and living beings. Nectar was manifested and given to those present at that time. (There are video tapes available of these events.)
The photographs shown above show some of the different types of nectar bestowed by the various Buddhas. Although not shown here, the Buddha also invoked Golden Nectar from Ratnasambhava, the Buddha of the South, in June of 2000. When the Red Bodhi Nectar was invoked, the Buddhas also bestowed more than one thousand yellow, white, and black shariras in the gold bowl at the time the nectar descended.
When the master conducts the nectar dharma ceremony, there must be a space in between the master and his disciples. The distance between them is about fifteen yards to over one hundred yards. The master cannot come close to the disciples. The master can only sit on the dharma platform and is not allowed to leave his seat. At a place far away from the master, a disciple will, in front of other disciples, use pure water to wash and wipe dry the dharma bowl (this dharma bowl is an ancient dharma bowl made of pure copper and gold which has been handed down through a lineage of Dharma Kings). That disciple will place the dharma bowl in front of himself and in sight of other disciples, who will stare at the dharma bowl, never losing sight of it for a moment.
Then, the master, who is a far distance away on the dharma platform, will practice the dharma. From the Land of the Buddhas, the buddhas will bestow nectar which falls from the sky. It may turn into red light, blue light, or a colorful rainbow as it enters the dharma bowl which is being guarded by the disciples. It is incomparably wonderful. The master will then order the disciples to open the lid of the bowl to exhibit the nectar. At this time, the disciples are astounded to see that inside the dharma bowl in front of them is incredibly marvelous nectar that has come from the Land of the Buddhas. Its form is definitely unlike any form that can be found in this human world. Only after the disciples have confirmed the arrival of nectar does the master have the right to step down from the dharma platform to view the nectar and empower the disciples by giving them nectar to eat. If one has just one taste of this nectar in its pure form, one’s life span will increase to over one hundred and twenty years. This nectar can cure all ailments and diseases, such as varicose veins, AIDS, cancer and so on. After one applies a bit of nectar on the sore or eats nectar, the sore or disease will be totally cured and will disappear without trace within two to three minutes. Pure nectar can only be taken by those possessing a very high level of purity and virtue. In fact, the dharma protectors will not allow nectar to be bestowed if there is anyone lacking in virtue present.
The ancient masters of India and Tibet had this power. Today we have two dharma kings who also have the level of realization necessary to invoke true Holy Nectar from the various buddhas. Each of the various types of nectar has a mysterious and organic structure and appears to be alive. It moves and shakes and sometimes transforms into liquids. Participants in the Los Angeles Nectar Assembly declared that the paste they ate (due to their karma, they were not able to eat the pure nectar, but rather liquidized nectar mixed with a sort of flour) was delicious and that a delightful sensation spread throughout their entire body when they tasted it. Some said that it was incomparably sweet and aromatic. Some of the paste was made into pills and given to other disciples who were not able to attend the assembly. However, it is estimated that pills made from either the sacred nectar shown here or empowered nectar made by most masters retain only five percent of the power of the original nectar once it leaves the sacred mandala.
The bestowing of holy nectar marks a grand occasion in the history of Buddhism during which the correct dharma of the Tathagata was exhibited. It proved the awesome power of the magnificent Shakyamuni Buddha, Master Padmasambhava and all the holy and great Bodhisattvas. It proved that the Buddha-dharma truly exists in the world today and that it is not something which is merely theoretical. That which is merely theoretical is certainly not the Buddha-dharma, rather it is only Buddhist studies. The true Buddha-dharma emphasizes real practice and skills such as the ability to have the buddhas bestow true nectar.
More is available on the Nectar Dharma Assemblies in the books H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III and Dharma That Every Buddhist Must Follow.