Great holy virtuous ones elucidated, “The effect of an inner-tantric initiation is to invite the yidam (a Buddha or a Bodhisattva) to come to the mandala to accept the disciple receiving the initiation. As long as the disciple cultivates and practices according to the dharma, his/her ending of birth and death is one-hundred-percent guaranteed!! The requirement of receiving an inner-tantric initiation is that one must have made real contribution to the true undertaking carried out by the Buddha and have created great merit. Examples are doing good deeds, relieving disasters, propagating the true dharma, practicing good karmas, abstaining from practicing evil dogmas, and contributing to temples with the genuinely true dharma of the Tathagatas.”
Yesterday, someone told me that some people thought that, since she had contributed a lot of funds to support and build temples, install Buddha statues, and visit famous mountains to pay homage to the Buddha, what she did is establishing great merit. Actually this is not correct. It could be merit, but could also be sin or negative karma. The reason is that you have to look at whether the temple is practicing the genuinely true dharma of the Tathagatas or not and whether the abbot of the temple is an ordinary person or a holy virtuous one at a certain level. If the abbot is a holy virtuous one, you will have merit to speak of. If, on the contrary, the temple’s abbot is an amateur to Buddhism or a master of evil teachings, the temple will transmit false Buddha-dharma and practice evil views from generation to generation and may even engage in forecasting based on word analysis, fortune telling, and spreading superstitious belief to heretics, strange or paranormal phenomena, evil deities, or spiritual manifestations. Such a temple will become a site of defrauding living beings and generating sin and negative karma, and people who make offerings to build this type of temples will definitely be sinful and malicious accomplices. We understand that people who intend to do Buddhist work absolutely want to know making offerings to which temple and doing what Buddhist work are creating truly permanent merit, but we can only say “that is unclear.” The reason is that you must see whether what the temple advocates and spread belongs to the true dharma of the Tathagatas or not and whether the temple’s abbot is a holy eminent monastic or not. If the abbot is not a holy eminent monastic and is an amateur to Buddhism, there exists no cause of planting merit and there is no way to know whether the successor of the next generation will be evil or upright.
Great holy virtuous ones said, “Exactly because we do not know about the temples you made donations to, we dare not make conclusive statements in response to your inquiries regarding upright or evil and good or bad. In short, if the temple does not have a holy one as the abbot, there is no way to know what it will be in the future as a result of incidents and changes as history evolves.” The real situation is exactly as the great holy virtuous ones said. For example, Beijing has a very huge temple called the Tanzhe Temple. After the changes occurred through history, not only the temple has no eminent monastic now, there is not even a monastic stationed at the temple. The temple only has non-monastic staff personnel maintaining the cultural relics there. You all can think and recall the fact. How could be such situation existing only in the Tanzhe Temple? There are so many declined temples, closed temples, and temples used by heretics to deceive people. The number is in many thousands and is not what anyone can count.
Venerable Mozhi said, “I can guarantee that the Ancient Buddha Temple to be built by our World Buddhism Association Headquarters will be led by an abbot who is a great holy virtuous one with a one-hundred-percent certainty and the lineage will be succeeded by holy virtuous ones from generation to generation. If you sincerely make your best effort to donate to this temple, you are a person who establishes great merit!!! Remember, what we say here is that making donations to the Ancient Buddha Temple sincerely with the best effort is great merit. One who causally follows the formality to make a donation or who does not do so wholeheartedly with the best effort has no great merit. The key is in the word ‘sincerity.’ Receiving what initiation and learning what dharma based on the donor’s merit will be determined from the process of decision by selection. The yidam will look at what vow you have made and how great your merit is and decide. Why do we make such a guarantee? For specifics, please read the details of Announcement No. 20180102 from the World Buddhism Association Headquarters. Then you will know why we dare make such a guarantee.”
There is a Ms. “Dongfang” who has no knowledge about Buddhism. She baselessly wrote slandering words without learning about the locality and situation of the Ancient Buddha Temple. She even directly slandered the fundamental teachings and Buddha-dharma of Sakyamuni Buddha and slandered the Three Jewels of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. She wanted to deny the law of cause and effect and slandered the Buddha. Doing so is truly an act of sin and dark karma! Related to her slandering, today I looked at the related documents and materials at the World Buddhism Association Headquarters (WBAH), including the schematic drawing from the geological report and the planning diagram. There is not any false word from what WBAH said. The Holy Heavenly Lake truly exists. Under the ground there is truly a big lake of crystal deposit. It is true that a big underground river flows through under the ground of the Holy Heavenly Lake. It is true that the local council passed a legislation to approve the land at the Holy Heavenly Lake as a religious site. It is true that the World Buddhism Association Headquarters decided to build the main Buddha hall of the temple as the tallest Buddhist grand hall in the world. Moreover, the diagrams of the Buddhist Center (the Buddhist City) and the Ancient Buddha Temple have already been drawn.
Dharma King Gar Tongstan, WBAH’s chairman, said, “The Holy Heavenly Lake is a very good holy site, unless an even better treasure site can be found to benefit even more people. In short, we guarantee that the tallest Buddhist grand hall in the world will definitely be built!!! Furthermore, we guarantee that, during the month of laying the foundation for the temple, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will be invited to come in person to the ceremony of presenting a petition to a Bodhisattva. At the grand ceremony to consecrate the temple, Buddhas will be invited to bestow nectar to empower the holders of great merit in contributing to the construction of the temple and the merit holders who sincerely contributed to the temple!”
“What I say today does not have any word that is remotely untrue. I, as a person who will soon attain accomplishment, dare not say any false word to add a slightest bit of dark karma. It will be terrible if such dark karma forms an obstacle blocking the path toward nirvana. I am not that ignorant and stupid! Some people said over the phone that our WBAH’s building the Ancient Buddha Temple is for the wish of me, Gar Tongstan, to serve as the abbot of the Ancient Buddha Temple. Today, I tell Buddhist disciples and kind people: I, Gar Tongstan Ciren Gyatso, simply have no qualification to serve as the abbot of the Ancient Buddha Temple. As one who is at the level of Golden Button Grade 2 and does not even have the accomplished practice to establish an inner-tantric mandala, I do not even have the qualification to serve as the prior of the Ancient Buddha Temple. Additionally, I do not have the karmic condition to respectfully view and pay homage to the Ancient Buddha Temple. So, today is the last time that I speak from my heart as the chairman of the World Buddhism Association Headquarters. After today, WBAH’s chairman will be served by Venerable Mozhi. I once again congratulate that such a good venerable one will serve as the chairman. This is the good fortune for living beings. Although I am confident for my freedom from birth and death, I am not quite confident about returning to the human world after arriving at the Buddha-land. This is because I do not know whether Amitabha Buddha will approve me to return to the human world to pay respect to the Buddha or not, unless H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, my beneficent Master, summons me.”
Even until now, you still have doubts about where the true dharma of Buddhism is. Why don’t you think about the fact that Chairman Gar Tongstan knows clearly about his karmic conditions. In a letter dated July 16, 2016 that he wrote to the planning and preparation committee of the Juexing Temple in Taiwan, a forecast was already made. Why did Dharma King Gar Tongstan reply in writing that he could not serve as the abbot of the Juexing Temple in Taiwan? This was because he does not have such a karmic condition. Dharma King Gar Tongstan is able to clearly know the arising and generation of the karmic conditions related to his accomplishment regarding birth and death. Doesn’t this prove that he is an accomplished one in the true dharma of the Tathagata? People who have doubt such as you are so silly and ignorant and so pitiable!!! Demons have almost exterminated your seed for accomplishment and liberation that you have after the millions of eons. They tried to deceive and mislead you into not believing the World Buddhism Association Headquarters and slandered Buddha-bestowed nectar as “scheme plus magic.” Great holy virtuous ones hope that a last-ditch effort can rescue those pitiable living beings such as you and have made the decision to make an exception to cultivated Buddha-bestowed nectar! There can be two scenarios as stated in the following:
One, we will wash the bowl clean and then put the cover on the bowl. That “Dongfang” can put the bowl at any place to play the “scheme plus magic,” but we will guard and watch the bowl. If she can apply the “scheme plus magic” to cause nectar which is not in the form of any substance in the world to descend into the bowl, I will lead the crowd to respect her as our master.
Two, conversely, for the sake of having the presence of “Dongfang” to prove the dharma and thus save Buddhists, we will let “Dongfang” wash the bowl clean. She can then place the bowl anywhere as she wishes and guard and watch the bowl herself. The tremendously great holy virtuous one will, from a distance of several dozen meters to bestow nectar from the space to the bowl placed before and guarded and watched by her! If Buddhas do not bestow nectar, I, Chen Yigu, will cut off my right arm by myself and burn it as an offering to Buddhas, as the warning and punishment to me! This is because I irresponsibly speak nonsense and should meet malicious retribution! On the other hand, once nectar is bestowed, my condition is that “Dongfang” must write to the public to repent her sin of slandering Buddha, dharma, sangha, and nectar and, from then on, correct the evil and pursue kindness, benefit mankind, learn and practice true Buddha-dharma, and be a good person!!!
Why do I dare to guarantee so adamantly and definitively? This is because I followed H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III for 23 years. I know so well that H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is a true Buddha! I saw Buddha-bestowed nectar with my own eyes. I saw that Buddhas arrived in the sky and then bestowed nectar into the dharma bowl so vividly. 20 years ago, when I spoke to Great Geshe Luosang Zhenzhu, he said that great holy virtuous ones could not even compare to a finger of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. He mentioned that the difference between Buddha-dharma in Tibet and Buddha-dharma held by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III was as big as the separation between the ground and the sky. Who could invite Green Tara to manifest for me to see? Only H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III did that. Dharma kings in Tibet were unable to! I, Chen Yigu, saw in person that the 32 major marks of a Buddha appeared from H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. That was when I and several other people went to pay respect to the tremendously great holy virtuous one. His servant led us into a room on the 18th floor with only one door to wait inside. Once we got in, all we saw was the empty room and the blue sky and white clouds outside the window. Suddenly, the tremendously great holy virtuous one appeared in the sky outside the window and penetrated the glass to enter the room, but the glass was still perfect without any damage. At this time, a solemn and majestic mandala emerged inside the room and manifested itself! After being scared into screaming, all we had was the excitement and joy while our faces were covered by tears! As a person who experienced true Buddha-dharma, why don’t I dare to make such a guarantee?!!!
Buddhist Disciple, Chen Yigu
February 3, 2018
I Dare to Guarantee What Is Merit and What Is Sin, and Buddha-Bestowed Nectar