THE REAL MEANING OF THE FIVE VIDYAS
Traditionally, the vidyas are divided into the five major vidyas and the five minor vidyas. The five major vidyas are the silpakarmasthanavidya (craftsmanship vidya), the cikitsvidya (healing vidya), the sabdavidya (sound vidya), the hetuvidya (causality or Buddhist logic vidya), and the adhyatmavidya (inner realization vidya). The five minor vidyas are rhetoric, ornate diction, prosody, dramaturgy, and astronomy. Actually, the Five Vidyas are not that narrow. Everything in the universe can be classified into five aspects of brightness and darkness. To develop everything that is good in the universe and that benefits living beings is classified as “bright.” That which confuses and is bad is classified as “dark.” This is the real meaning of the Five Vidyas (Five Bright) of which the Buddha spoke.
Recognitions and Congratulations
The category of recognitions and congratulations mainly makes public the original recognition certificates and corroborating congratulatory letters written by dharma kings, rinpoches, and eminent monastics in the world of Buddhism today to H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu Holiest Tathagata. This category also contains brief introductions to these dharma kings, regent dharma kings, rinpoches, and eminent monastics. H.H. Mahavairocana Dharma King Zunsheng has recognized the identity of and has made written predictions about H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, who is an incarnation of the primordial Buddha. The Buddha name of the third Dorje Chang Buddha is H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu. In 2006, the publisher distributed some of the initial manuscripts of this book about the accomplishments of H.H. Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu. After famous great dharma kings and rinpoches of the highest order in the world read that initial manuscript, all of them were very moved and astounded. They wondered what being of holy virtue has descended into this world and how such a being is able to manifest the pinnacle of realization not manifested by anyone else in the past few thousand years of Buddhist history.
Those dharma kings immediately practiced dharma and entered a meditative state in order to evaluate and affirm the true identity or status of H.H. Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu. Thus, the karmic conditions matured for the occurrence of a great event in Buddhism. More than three holy great dharma kings who are incarnations of Buddhas or Mahasattvas and more than ten holy masters issued formal documents recognizing the identity of His Holiness and congratulating Him, thereby exceeding the minimum requirements of the dharma. Those masters of great holiness confirmed that H.H. Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu Holiest Tathagata is the incarnation of Dorje Chang Buddha, the master of the Five Buddhas in the five directions and other Buddhas. Each of those masters of great holiness is a famous personage of the highest level in the world today and is an incarnation of a Buddha or Bodhisattva.
Among such masters of great holiness are the following four people: The world-renowned supreme leader of the Sakya sect, H.H. Great Vehicle Dharma King Sakya Trizin, who is a true nirmanakaya of Manjushri Bodhisattva; H.H. Dharma King Omniscience Jamyang Lungdok Gyaltsen, also known as Lama Achuk. His Holiness is the incarnation of Venerable Longsal Nyingpo, who was one of the twenty-five great disciples of Guru Padmasambhava; H.H. Dharma King Mighty Lion Renzeng Nima, who is the incarnation of King Gesar; and H.E. Master Urgyen Xirao Woxiu, who is the incarnation of Urgyen Lingpa, an outstanding disciple of Guru Padmasambhava. This master of Tibetan esoteric Buddhism is known as an extremely holy being in modern Tibet who possesses great supernatural powers.
Why are we publishing in this category written recognitions and congratulations showing the identity of H.H. Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu Holiest Tathagata as being the third incarnation of Dorje Chang Buddha and the second incarnation of the holy Venerable Vimalakirti? It is because this is in conformity with the rules and system of esoteric Buddhism by which the identity of a reincarnated rinpoche or reincarnated Bodhisattva is affirmed. These dharma rules cannot be changed. Throughout the history of Buddhism, the dharma rules of esoteric Buddhism have required that the true identity of all reincarnated beings of holy virtue, all reincarnated Bodhisattvas, and all reincarnated Buddhas is firmly established only after such identity is recognized by famous holy and eminent people of great virtue. Otherwise, no matter how well the reincarnated person knows the sutras and no matter how high the reincarnated person’s level of realization is, he is only one who spreads the dharma of exoteric Buddhism. His true identity has not been conclusively established as the reincarnation of a holy being. (Read More)
CATEGORY TWO The Virtue of H.H. Dorje Chang
and Holy Occurrences
The Virtue of H.H. Dorje Chang
In the course of benefiting living beings in this world, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu Holiest Tathagata has unintentionally revealed His state of virtue and realization. This has truly enabled us to widen our knowledge of the realization, great compassion, enlightenment, and most magnificent conduct of a Buddha. Holy phenomena can be seen wherever H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III goes. Such phenomena appear when His Holiness conducts initiations for and transmits dharma to eminent monastics, rinpoches, dharma kings, or even famous Bodhisattvas. Such phenomena also appear when His Holiness gives discourses on the dharma to His disciples or when His Holiness blesses living beings to increase their good fortune and wisdom.Examples of such holy phenomena include the following. Both humans and non-humans have prostrated to H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III and have listened to His Holiness’s discourses on the dharma. Sentient beings, non-sentient things, birds, aquatic animals, land animals, flowers, grass, trees, tiles, and stones have all expressed respect for His Holiness’s dharma discourses either verbally or through physical actions. His Holiness taught a disciple how to transmit dharma on His behalf. When the person who was transmitted dharma by that disciple passed away, that person’s body emitted light. Thunder rumbled in the sky in reaction to the voice of His Holiness. Under instructions from H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, Amitabha Buddha escorted people to the Western Paradise of Ultimate Bliss to visit there before they passed away. After one of them returned from his visit, His Holiness set a time for him to pass on to that Pure Land. Also under the instructions of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, someone who was already being escorted to the Western Paradise returned to the human realm. There are truly so many examples of such holy phenomena that it is impossible to relate each of them in this one book. Thus, other than the individual examples contained elsewhere in this book, we have separately listed in this category 108 short descriptions of different holy occurrences. The auspicious number 108 represents the amount of beads in a Buddhist rosary. The listing of these holy occurrences was done to bless all good Buddhists and bring happiness to living beings. The specific times, places, people, and other details relating to each of these 108 holy occurrences will be published in the book Records of Holy Occurrences. (Read More)
CATEGORY THREE The Holy Realization of the Holiest Tathagata
CATEGORY FOUR Supreme and Profound
That Is Difficult to Encounter in Millions of Eons
Supreme and Profound
WHAT IS CULTIVATION?
Today you, who are a rinpoche, respectfully requested a discourse on the dharma relating to the question “What is cultivation?” This is a very fundamental lesson; indeed, the first lesson. Nonetheless, this is an important matter that many cultivators, including those who have practiced cultivation over many years, do not understand and are confused about. It is difficult to incarnate as a human being. It is even more difficult to incarnate as a human being with the opportunity to encounter the true Buddha-dharma. Thus, today I will enlighten everyone on dharma relating to the question “What is cultivation?” (Read the Full Discourse)