The Sutra of Authentic Dharma that Removes Hindrances and Bestows
This True Buddha Sutra is the spontaneous revelation from the Own
Heart of Living Buddha Lian-sheng, the Emanation Body of White Mahapadmakumara
of Maha Twin Lotus Ponds in Western Paradise.
Supplication for the blessing of Living Buddha Lian-sheng:
Om, Ah, Hum.
With reverence I make my purified body, speech, and mind
an offering to Mahavairocana.
The Holy Buddhalocana is the Dharma Body,
and Padmakumara is the Bliss Body,
Living Buddha Lian-sheng is the Emanation Body,
these three bodies being the same in essence as the Buddha's Grace.
Homage to His True Buddha lineage,
and to His transcendent power that encompasses the whole Universe.
Radiating light throughout the Three Times,
He can manifest Himself instantaneously.
Disciples of Buddha should constantly cry out
for His pure light which magnifies virtue and wisdom.
In the past His Realization was prophesied by Shakyamuni Buddha,
and by Amitabha Buddha He was entrusted with the mission of salvation.
Maitreya Bodhisattva bestowed on Him the Red Crown,
and Guru Padmasambhava taught Him the Tantra.
We pray You never abandon
Your past vows to liberate us all.
Thus as You embrace and enfold us with protection and care,
empower us to more quickly attain realization.
Namo Mahavairocana Buddha
Namo Living Buddha Lian-sheng
Namo the True Buddha Assembly, all Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and
Mahasattvas everywhere throughout the Three Times.
Recite the Sacred Edict three times:
The Western True Buddha Assembly, Maha Twin Lotus Ponds, the
Eighteen Mahapad- makumaras, the Holy Revered One Robed in White,
the Holy-Red-Crown-Vajra-Master, the Secret Master of the Realm
of Vajra-mantra, the Great Enlightened Founder of Ling Xian True
Buddha School: the Illustrious Tantrika Sheng-yen Lu.
The censer is now lit, suffusing the Dharma Realm, and from afar
the scent is inhaled by the True Buddha Assembly. Auspicious are
the gathering clouds, as we now request, with sincere and earnest
hearts, that all Buddhas manifest.
Namo cloud canopy of fragrance, Bodhisattvas, Mahasattvas. (3
Chant 3 times:
Namo True Buddha Assembly, all Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Mahasattvas.
Invocation of the Two Buddhas and Eight Bodhisattvas:
Namo Vairocana Buddha of the All-Conquering Palace in Dharma
Namo Amitabha Buddha of Western Paradise
Namo Mahasattva Avalokitesvara
Namo Mahasattva Maitreya
Namo Mahasattva Akasagarbha
Namo Mahasattva Samantabhadra
Namo Mahasattva Vajrapani
Namo Mahasattva Manjusri
Namo Mahasattva Hindrance-Removing Bodhisattva
Namo Mahasattva Ksitigarbha
Namo all Bodhisattvas and Mahasattvas
Sutra Opening Verse:
The most supreme profound Dharma,
is rarely encountered in hundreds and thousands of kalpas,
now receiving this transmission and blessing,
I vow to penetrate the true meaning of Tathagata.
The Sutra of Authentic Dharma that Removes Hindrances and Bestows
Good Fortune, spoken by Living Buddha Lian-sheng:
Thus have I heard. At one time, White Mahapadmakumara was present
at the Maha Twin Lotus Ponds, sitting upon the great white lotus
dharma-throne; surrounding Him were seventeen other great lotus
blossoms. The Green Lotus radiated green light, the Yellow Lotus
yellow light, the Red Lotus red light, the Purple Lotus purple light.
Each lotus blossom was mysteriously wonderful, pure, and full of
The White Padmakumara, silently calling forth his spiritual power,
transformed the Maha Twin Lotus Ponds into an extraordinarily splendid
place filled with golden light. All the flower-buds simultaneously
burst into fragrant blossoms. Jade grasses sent forth a wonderful
scent. White cranes, peacocks, parrots, saris, kalavinkas, and jivajiras
all took on a golden hue, and sang graceful heavenly songs in harmony.
The sky filled with golden light. A pure and wonderful heavenly
melody resounded from the sky. The fragrances suffused all realms.
Golden sky-abodes, adorned throughout with golden lotuses, radiated
splendor. From the sky there showered heavenly flowers.
At that moment, the ground shook violently in Maha Twin Lotus Ponds
and throughout countless heavens the tremors could be felt. Buddhas,
Bodhisattvas, and Sound-Hearers all felt it as well and came to
Maha Twin Lotus Ponds, as did the rulers of all the Thirty-three
Heavens. The assembly included beings from the Twenty-eight Heavens,
Lords Indra and Brahma, the eight classes of supernatural beings,
and the Fourfold Sangha, all of whom came to hear the revelation
of quintessential teaching.
At that moment, the Golden Padmakumara emitted the Great Wisdom
Light. The White Padmakumara emitted the Dharma Realm Light. The
Green Padmakumara emitted the Ten Thousand Treasure Light. The Black
Padmakumara emitted the Subjugation Light, Red Padmakumara the Vow
Light, Purple Padmakumara the Proper and Dignified Light, Blue Padmakumara
the Virtuous Fruit Light, Yellow Padmakumara the Fortune Fulfilling
Light, and the Orange Padmakumara emitted the Child Innocence Light.
Upon seeing this, all the heavenly beings were greatly awed. Then
Indra arose from his seat and, joining his palms to White Padmakumara,
said, "This is most rare, O Holy and Revered One. By what cause
does the Maha Twin Lotus Ponds emit such great light and splendor?"
White Mahapadmakumara said, "I will expound upon this for
everyone present." Indra said, "The Holy Revered One is
the most mighty and powerful. Please explain to everyone present,
that all Men and Devas may know where to turn."
At that moment, White Mahapadmakumara addressed Indra and the assembly
as follows: "Very well, very well. I will now explain to you
and all the beings of the last period of this Buddha-kalpa, and
all those in the future who have an affinity with the sutra, that
all may know the True Buddha Dharma and the principle which removes
obstacles and bestows good fortune."
White Mahapadmakumara then said, "All Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
have, in order to liberate living beings, manifested the worlds
known as 'All-Conquering,' 'Wonderful Treasure,' 'Round Pearl,'
'Sorrowless,' 'Pure Rest,' 'Dharma Thought,' 'Full Moon,' 'Profound
Joy,' 'Profound Completeness,' 'Lotus,' 'Immutable,' and 'Omnipresence.'
Now, there shall be the 'True Buddha World.'"
Thus the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Sound-Hearers, Solitary-Buddhas,
and all the heavenly beings witnessed the Holy Revered One bringing
forth the True Buddha World, understanding it to be a manifestation
of the cause and fruition of great compassion of the auspicious
Well-departed Ones of the past, present, and future, and realizing
that the Holy Revered One came for the sake of all beings. All present
were moved by joy as never before. Then bowing their heads they
made praise with these verses:
The Holy Revered One of great compassion,
the Secret One who is most supreme,
had attained Enlightenment in the past,
and transcended all worldly passions.
He now establishes the True Buddha World,
showering compassion on all living beings.
Transforming Himself into a Pure Land founding Buddha,
He descends into the Saha World.
With Lian-sheng as His name,
He announces and proclaims the Dharma to all.
We have all now heard and
shall vow to protect and uphold His Dharma.
At that moment, the holy revered White Mahapadmakumara instructed
the assembly, saying "In cultivation, the key to realizing
the Buddha Jewel Sambodhi is a quiescent mind; that of realizing
the Dharma Jewel is purity of body, speech, and mind; that of realizing
the Sangha Jewel is refuge in a True Buddha Guru."
The Holy Revered One further instructed the assembly, saying "If
good men or women, on the eighteenth day of the fifth month of each
lunar year, make ablution, abstain from flesh, and wear new and
clean clothes, or on the eighteenth day of each lunar month, or
on their own birthdays, call upon the Two Buddhas and Eight Bodhisattvas
before the shrine, and reverently recite this Sutra of Authentic
Dharma that Removes Hindrances and Bestows Good Fortune, then their
supplications will be answered. Moreover, if incense, flowers, lamps,
tea and fruit are offered, along with sincere prayer, then all wishes
will be granted."
The Holy Revered One told the assembly, "People of this saha
world, be they high officials, nobility, renunciates, householders,
yogis, or common folk, who, upon learning of this sutra, uphold,
read and recite it, shall prosper above all others, have greater
lifespan, obtain either a son or daughter as sought, and be blessed
with measureless fortune. This is indeed a great fortune-bestowing
sutra for obtaining blessings.
"One may have deceased ancestors, enemies, close ones or creditors
who are unable to obtain liberation and remain lost in the nether
world. However, by upholding, reciting, printing and propagating
this sutra, the deceased will ascend to heaven, enemies will be
turned away, and those living will be blessed. If there be man or
woman seized by negative forces or afflicted by spirits, or confused
and haunted by nightmares, then, by upholding, printing and propagating
this sutra, all negative influences shall be banished, thereby restoring
peace and ease.
"If one suffers the physical retribution of illness and calamity,
whether due to non-virtuous body karma from previous lives or to
the afflictions of spirits, then, by holding, reciting, printing
and propagating this sutra, ill omens will immediately disappear
and the cause of illness will quickly be removed. If one suffers
from misfortune, legal entanglement or imprisonment, then, upon
holding, reciting, printing and propagating this sutra, all such
obstacles will dissolve immediately, and calamity will be vanquished
and turned into auspiciousness.
"Should nations enter into war, then whoever holds this sutra
and creates an image of Padmakumara, setting up offerings before
it, immediately receives extra prowess wherein no battle can be
lost. Those who recite, print, or propagate this sutra will receive
every good fortune, just as they desire. All hindrances will be
removed, and the sufferings of the cycle of birth and death will
Then, in the Western True Buddha Assembly at the Maha Twin Lotus
Ponds, White Mahapadmakumara proclaimed this mantra:
"Om, Guru, Lian-sheng Siddhi, Hum."
When the Holy Revered One completed this discourse, Indra and the
whole assembly, including devas, nagas, and the rest of the eight
classes of supernatural beings, and the Fourfold Sangha all paid
reverence. They brought forth faith and upheld the teaching.
Thus ends the Sutra of Authentic Dharma that Removes Hindrances
and Bestows Good Fortune.