Mindful Walking connects us to our Mother Earth, Christians, Buddhists, Muslims, Jewish, Hindu, Atheist’s and all traditions respecting our common heritage as human beings. “Wherever we walk, we can practice meditation. This means that we know that we are walking. We walk just for walking. We walk with freedom and solidity, no longer in a hurry. We are present with each step. And when we wish to talk we stop our movement and give our full attention to the other person, to our words and to listening.” -Thich Nhat Hanh
St Patrick’s Day Parade
Ireland, Los Angeles, France and Thailand came together on St Patrick’s Day March 17th to mindfully walk in Cork’s St Patrick’s day parade in the tradition of Thích Nhất Hạnh the Vietnamese monk who founded Plum Village. The Mindful Walking Meditation Group was again led this year by Phra Ajahn Rumpai Kaenkul, Abbot of the Wat Buddhamahadhatu Temple in Blarney, Co Cork. ( Thai Forest Tradition).and Vajra Acharya Douglas Sutton, Vice abbot of the Dari Rulai Temple in Los Angeles.( Chinese esoteric Hanmi School)
They were joined by first time visitors to Ireland and the parade of monk Ashley Barritt from France, and Phramaha Surasin Pasanno of Amnat Charoen Province in Thailand.
The Great Enlightener
49th MahaVairocana Dharma King
Living Buddha Dechan Jueren
Living Buddha Dechan Jueren, otherwise known as Master Yu Tian Jian, is the current lineage bearer, the 49th MahaVairocana Dharma King of the Hanmi Lineage. Living Buddha Dechan Jueren’s mission was to spread the teachings of the Hanmi lineage throughout the modern world. He brought the Hanmi lineage teachings to the west and, for the first time, made them accessible to the public when founding Dari Rulai Temple.
Master Yu (Living Buddha Dechan Jueren) was born in an aristocratic family of Chinese medicine in Chaoyang City, Liaoning Province, in 1951. He grew up surrounded by ancient traditional Chinese medicine. Well cultured in medical ethics, diligent in his studies, and intelligent by natural endowment, Master Yu Tian Jian was a famous doctor of Chinese medicine, the Chief of Mizhong Research Center of China. In the past, Yu Tian Jian studied carpentry, bench work, undertook such positions as squad leader, workshop director, factory director, general minister, and so on. Master Yu had ascended through his independent thinking, quick reaction, superb wisdom, and his photographic memory.
Under the guidance of a great master, Master Yu returned to Buddhism in 1989, and started to directly take part in spreading the primary thought of Buddhism and the simple methods of studying Buddhism. In 1989, he happily encountered Great Master Hui Ling, who was the current Dharma King and lineage bearer of the Hanmi Mystery School of Esoteric Buddhism in China at that time, and received all his training in the traditions, theory and thought of the Hanmi Chinese Esoteric School of Buddhism, including all of his musical training and instruments.
Under the instruction of Master Hui Ling, Master Yu attained enlightenment, knowing everything in the past, present, and future. This new consciousness revealed to him that he must undertake a most noble mission. Resolutely, he resigned all of his positions, and devoted his entire personal wealth to the great and selfless cause of expanding Buddha Dharma by teaching people how to recognize the true essence of Buddhism.
Living Buddha Dechan Jueren had endured extreme hardship, traveling across many mountains and rivers throughout China, south to the Yiangzhi River and to the Yellow River, in order to spread his words of enlightenment. He left an indelible impression in more than twenty provinces and autonomous regions in that part of the world.
In order to exemplify his teachings, Living Buddha Dechan Jueren would cure patients of their life threatening ailments, giving them new life and hope.
On August 15, 2008, the 105 year old Grand Master Fozhi, the Abbot of Yingtian Monastery in Chengdu, Sichuan province, passed on the Dharma Lineage Holder-ship of the Linji School of Chan/Zen Buddhism. Master Yu then became the 47th Dharma Lineage Holder of Linji Chan/Zen Buddhism.
Master Yu passed away on Dec 23, 2011 9:09am China time (Dec 22, 2011 5:09pm PST). His disciples continue the mission while awaiting the Master’s return. perspiciatis unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque laudantium, totam rem aperiam, eaque ipsa quae ab illo inventore veritatis et quasi architecto beatae vitae dicta sunt explicabo.
Chinese Esoteric Buddhism or Hanmi Buddhism
The Chinese Esoteric School of Buddhism or Han Mi 漢密 traces its lineage to Sakyamuni Buddha. It continues down to Nagarjuna, Nagrjuna to Nagabodhi, Nagabodhi to Vajrabodhi, Vajrabodhi to Amoghavajra, and Amoghavajra to Huisu. The lineage continues down to Huitong, Huitong to Huiling, Huiling to Dechan Jueren.
These precious teachings were once again thought openly to the public to transmit the realised practice, to guide those who aspire to know, and to raise the awareness of the cultivators.
The students of Hanmi must learn to forgive everyone, to respect everyone, to help everyone, and to give happiness to everyone while bearing the disaster and pain alone.
Hanmi practitioners aspire to know oneself, change oneself and conquer oneself.
Wisdom is that which cannot be given to you but can only be revealed by realisation.
The Hanmi Lineage
The Hanmi lineage has its origins in the spiritual teachings and practices of ancient India that were developed by the Brahmans, and were then evolved and transmitted by the great saint Shakyamuni Buddha over 2,400 years ago.
Disciples of Nagarjuna brought the Buddhist teachings from Nalanda monastery in India to Xi’an city in China around 1,300 years ago, and combined them with Taoism and Confucianism.
The awakened masters have preserved this knowledge through an unbroken lineage in the Hanmi Chinese Esoteric School of Buddhism. The current lineage bearer is Living Buddha Dechan Jueren, otherwise known as Master Yu.
Hanmi Buddhism was established between 712 to 720 A.D. during the reign of emperor Tang Xuanzong (or Hsuan Tsung) by the Three Great Founders, Subhakarasimha, Vajrabodhi, and Amoghavajra. They came to the Daxing Shansi (Great Propagating Goodness Temple) in today’s Xi’an City and translated many Buddhist sutras and tantras from Sanskrit to Chinese. Assimilating the prevailing teaching of Confucianism and Taoism, they evolved the teaching into Hanmi, which was more easily understood by the Chinese people.
Subhakarasimha, an eminent Indian monk, translated the Vairocanabhi-sambodhi-tantra, or the Mahavairocana Sutra from Sanskrit to Chinese.
Vajrabodhi, a graduate of Nalanda Temple, received complete empowerment and transmission from Nagabodhi, who received from Nagarjuna.
Amoghavajra, a Singhalese, came at the age of 15 to China, where in 718 he became a disciple of Vajrabodhi, and later of Subhakarasimha. The Tang emperor granted dharma instruments to Amoghavajra who set up the first abhiseka-bodhi-mandala at Daxing Temple, thus founding Hanmi.
After Vajrabodhi’s death in 732, and at his wish, Amoghavajra went to India and Ceylon in search of esoteric or tantric writings, and returned in 746, when he baptized the emperor Xuanzong. He was especially noted for rain-making and stilling storms. In 749 he received permission to return home, but was stopped by imperial orders when in the south of China.
In 756 under emperor Suzong he was recalled to the capital. His time until 771 was spent translating and editing tantric books in 120 volumes, and the Yogachara rose to his peak of prosperity. He died greatly honored at 70 years of age, in 774, the twelfth year of Taizong, the third emperor under whom he had served. He was given the title of the Thesaurus of Wisdom, Amogha Tripikata and the posthumous rank and title of a Minister of State.
Historically, the Hanmi Chinese Esoteric School of Buddhism was thought to have been lost when Emperor Tang Wuzong banned the teaching. Huiguo, the last known disciple of Amoghavajra, left China and had gone with Kukai to Japan to establish the Japanese Esoteric school of Buddhism, later known as Shingon. Unknown to history, Amoghavajra had another disciple, Huisu, who received all the religious instruments and dharma transmission. He then became the Dharma Lineage Bearer. Since then, Hanmi has been underground for over twelve centuries, and has been passed on through one master per generation.
Master Yu was the highest and only master of Hanmi, was the Honorable Abbot of the 1,000-year old LongQuan Temple in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, was a doctor of Chinese medicine, and was acknowledged as a Living Buddha in China.
Master Yu, from Chaoyang, Liaoning, at the age of 39, attained realization under the guidance of Grandmaster Huiling, the 48th Maha-Acharya of the Hanmi lineage. Master Yu saw the past, the present and the future, and understood his mission as a Hanmi successor. He resigned his position as a plant manager in China, and donated all his personal savings, over 1 million RMB, to the cause of reviving Buddha-dharma. He said,”I want to let people know the truth of Buddhism again.” He experienced all kinds of hardship as he journeyed through great rivers and mountains in order to transmit Dharma and to heal people. He has left indelible impressions everywhere.
In 1989, a discovery was made in the Heaven Chamber of the North Pagoda at Chaoyang City, Liaoning Province. They found sharira, or the bone relic of the Buddha, sutra and tantra engraved in silver plates in Chinese, two Chinese Stupas of the Diamond and the Womb Worlds, and the Stupa of Five-Buddha-Five-Wisdom. Later, a Hanmi mandala was also discovered in the Earth Chamber of Famen Temple (Famensi), or Dharma Doorway Temple at Fufeng County, Shaanxi Province. These discoveries predict the revival of Hanmi Buddhism.
Master Huiling found Master Yu on the 99th day after the discovery. Master Yu received complete empowerment and transmission, and became the Great Enlightener MahaVairocana Dharma King Dechan Jueren, the 49th Great Acharya and lineage bearer of the Hanmi Chinese Esoteric School of Buddhism.