Tuesday, September 23, 2014

磁场 -死亡 Aura - Death


Hahaha!

Its gruesome to just get a glance at certain individual passing by & Viola!

One can see this person in a scenario lying down in death!

Yes! 
Remember GM said he can see the Lord of Hell or  his subordinates standing behind certain individuals, waiting to take them to Hell?

What do we do to help then?

Put them into GM's hands of course! :)

GM knows best how to help them. 

You can invoke GM's presence, chant Gm's mantra, and visualize that GM beams light on this individual and all related karmic associates.

That all!

Simple?

Tantrayana is often Simplicity too, but most made their lives complicated by thinking that Too Simple means no good or not effective!

Remember any important point though: Sincerity or a Sincere Heart.

Cheers all


Om Guru Lian Sheng Siddhi Hom
Lama Lotuschef



Monday, September 22, 2014

Dream - Receding Flood 梦 -退洪水




In this dream:
I was out for a stroll.
The place has a large Chinese Inhabitants.

The cars parked in a row length-wise along a street were flooded almost to the roof.
I somehow "walked" over and using my left palm, pressed on the one car's roof to expel the water and I repeated with another.

The flood water somehow started to recede gradually from my pressing on the roof of the first car.
After completing the emptying of water from the second car, the flood water seem to be almost gone.

In this whole process, I remained dry and none of the water wet any part of me!

The owner of the first car, happened to notice this scenario.
He shouted to his neighbors to come quick and look at how I emptied the cars of water!

He is a heavily build man with a light yellow singlet and bermudas.

Hahaha!
Guess what?
Only he can see me but not the rest!!!

Well, GM taught me how to recede Flood waters?

Interesting little adventure!

How to do it?

Well, the usual standard ingredients like:- Visualization & Mobilisation of Qi energy!
For details, please ask your own Root Guru!


Cheers all


Om Guru Lian Sheng Siddhi Hom
Lama Lotuschef


Sunday, September 21, 2014

师尊讲-真诚的心 GM on Sincere Heart




2014年9月20日聖尊蓮生活佛盧勝彥開講「大圓滿九次第法」-西雅圖雷藏寺
http://vimeo.com/106711894


09/20/2014 Nine Stages Dharma of the Great Perfection Dzogchen by Grand Master Lu-Ling Shen Ching Tze Temple
http://vimeo.com/106711940



[Pure Karma has shown that you can cultivate in any way, as long as you have Sincere Heart to make a difference to all beings.

Many criticised our methods of doing Fire Puja/Offering!

However, before you criticise any one, Please wake yourself up with adequate knowledge and in this case Buddha's fundamentals or foundation bricks, first.

Now,
1. What is Fire Offering?
2. For what Purpose?
3. How to do it effectively?]


Dear all, 
Yes! Today's topic that GM touched on - Sincere Heart and Offering! :)

How much has you grasped though?

O! Remember this blog contains write-ups of Lotuschef's experiences in cultivation and certain views or concepts derived from knowledge of Buddha Dharma.

If you do not agree with what is written, it is fine.

However, do not hit out at sharing of Buddha Dharma, and especially when you do not have the relevant knowhow!

Yes! Core has yet to remove the Self Damaging post published about Disciplines and about Lotuschef!

Hahaha!
By now, most should have already understand what Lotuschef did in analysing the Disciplines post, agree?
If you still failed to grasp the fact that the post is not GM's statements, then Amituofo!

Many of you are truly left far far behind, as GM progresses deeper into Maha Perfection Dharma & Buddhahood.
O! Not that GM neglect you purposely though, the fact is you failed to Heed GM's teachings and also listened blindly to those that are not sharing True or Authentic Buddha Dharma with you!
You neglected or gave up on GM, your root guru!

Now Ask Yourself Again: How much of GM Lu's sharings have you truly comprehend and can use for the betterment of All, which of course include Yourself too!

Has Lotuschef shared "garbages" or some other group that is supposed to be doing "Admin"?

I shared many ways to check out who is Genuine or not too!

Yes! Match those that Dictate & Order against GM Lu's statements!
Are they the Ones that GM said: Have not yoga with Me?
Are they the Ones that GM said: All About Money?

Do you realised now that GM shares Maha Perfection Dharma, many of them failed in having or cultivating the Required or Relevant Characteristics of Buddhas?

What did GM said in the above session about "Qualifying as a Buddha"?

Don't miss all the wonderful Truths that GM shared in this session!

O! When you Pronounced that Lotuschef or anyone else is lacking, it is You yourself that lack the necessaries to understand Authentic Buddha Dharma? 

Please spend your very limited time in this lifetime Prudently!
Go do some research on Sutras and this pursuit will definitely benefit you, rather than waste your time on scolding me! 
Hehe!

Cheers all


Om Guru Lian Sheng Siddhi Hom
Lama Lotuschef 


Lankavatara Sutra - Discrimination



The following is an extract from the Lankavatara Sutra 楞伽经
This is also called the Self Realisation of Noble Wisdom.

1罗婆那王劝请品第一 
Link: http://wap.goodweb.cn/news/news_view.asp?newsid=55099
[You might also like to check out this one, for they explained this sutra in current day Chinese language called 白话 - comprehensive language. ]


Mahayana Lankavatara Sutra

Translated into English by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki

Chapter 1: Ravana Asking for Instruction

 
"Lord of Lanka, conducting thyself in this manner, 
let thee be further purified in the way thou hast attained; 
by disciplining thyself well in Samadhi and Samapatti, 
follow not the state realised and enjoyed by the Sravakas, Pratyekabuddhas, and philosophers, which rises from the imagination of those who discipline themselves according to the practices of the puerile philosophers. 

They cling to the individual forms of the world created by their egotistical ideas; 
they maintain such notions as element, quality, and substance; 
they cling tenaciously to views originating from ignorance; 
they become confused by cherishing the idea of birth where prevails emptiness; 
they cling to discrimination [as real]; 

they fall into the way of thinking where obtains [the dualism of] qualifying and qualified.


For the Chinese version, See also: http://www.dizang.org/bk/dj/100.htm

You might also like to check out this one, for they explained this sutra in current day Chinese language called 白话 - comprehensive language. 


Just the above passage is really not easy for most to understand, what more practice? 
Agree? :)

What's the problem with most aspiring to be Yogi?

All explained in the above passage too!

More! 
Do you understand the text or GM's speeches and sharings, ENOUGH to practice accordingly?

That means: Know what you can do & What you Can't!

Now this KNOW, is a real immeasurable topic too! :)

As I am positively sure that most didn't bother to follow the Avatamsaka Sutra shared in this blog, I sincerely hope that you give diligent effort to this sutra which GM Lu said is Enlightening Sutra.

Hahaha! 
That is if you can grasp what is shared by Buddha!

O! This one about Karma - 因果
As GM said that Fully understanding Karma, one is enlightened. 
Same as Sakyamuni Buddha who realised this!



Cheers all


Om Guru Lian Sheng Siddhi Hom
Lama Lotuschef

Saturday, September 20, 2014

观想的变化 Variants of Visualization






Chat: 

Dear Fashi,
Thank you very much for your kind guidance, will keep that in mind always.


Reply: 
No need to thank me, Sn is sharing good stuff with you all, and I sincerely hope that you all stay on track and listen to GM.

As Root Guru, he is all each of us need to guide us on the Bodhii Path.

When we can't even do One practice well, why go put time into another?

When a person is not steadfast in cultivation, much time is wasted.

and TIME is the Essence in Assignment [3], when we have a good Guru and a Human shell to cultivate.
so at least try to leave the infinite reincarnation behind this lifetime. :)

It is scary how karmic foes play with one too!
therefore, stay focus.
Cheers dear
~~~~~~~~~~

On recent Sunday in Seattle's Rainbow Temple, GM shared a very important key with all!

Visualization Variants!

He said most visualize the same Moon disc rising from the sea; then a fine cloudless sky; then the moon disc has a seed syllable; .........

He said can vary and simplified to just the Seed Syllable......

In Pure Karma's compiled Sadhana, I have shared variants to visualization from the Initial stage to the end of each practice.

Hahaha!
Of course, the "Indignant" missiles came hurling at me lol!

WHY? 
Like our Fire Puja event, where each one get an individual lotus filled with offering, to offer on their own.
Big Brothers & Sisters already said that "GM didn't teach this way"; so Lotuschef is wrong! :)

Am I? 
If they understand the articles about Tantrayana being Simple & Also Immeasurable; they would Never waste precious time creating negatives for themselves by Hurling Indignant & Angry Missiles at me and slander me, as well as ordering all to stay away from me, else I "corrupt" them! 
O! I will also hurt their "Wisdom Life"!

Hahaha!

I advised all to sit straight or straightening the spine during cultivation, and Padma Guru said the same, as well as GM!

I shared variants of Visualization and the Avatamsaka Sutra documented the Immeasurable ways or methods that Buddha can succour & teach each individual, as per their Intelligent and other characteristic levels.
Now that GM openly Pointed Out that you do not need to be fixated on One way of visualization, I sincerely hope that more will Wake-Up to the fact that One should not always have the same visualization for the same practice.

Sometimes, GM or the Yidam of session, will come & show you variants in Visualization. :)

Of course, as GM said: Believe or not, up to you!

Chat: 

18 Sep 10:14 - AA: I dun join them in smoke offering unless its chant bai zi Ming zhou
: Me n my husband decided to heed your advice n 修四加行

 Lotuschef Lama: U read the article I wrote about Maha mudra?
 AA: Ya

Lotuschef Lama: Seem really hard for ppl to understand how to do a good job with One!
: Can't even do One job well then go take on another n result in both also failed.
: Like answer to Assignment 3 part 2. Hehe.
 Simple but most never bother to apply what shizun n I shared.

AA: Ok. Can try a mini one n c how the effect.
: But your mindset must be clear
: Its not for our own benefits
: Its to help all sentient beings

Lotuschef Lama: Simple things are very important though. 
Especially in Buddha's teachings

AA: He dun mInd trying out one small scale fire puja
: But I Wan him to clearly understand its for all n not self before I agree to go ahead

Lotuschef Lama: Let's see how n choose daytime so not obvious

AA: I dun wan helen n shery to bear more karma too
Lotuschef Lama: Just tell Helen to throw away those stuff that spoiled.
: I will be back in SG around Christmas.

AA: Ok
Lotuschef Lama: Can't hurry anyway.

AA: Ok

19 Sep 20:07 - AA: Hi Fashi
If u going to MT house on Sep 27, my family can fetch u

Lotuschef Lama: I don't think can go. The place is a greater mess today n going to be worse as they lay tiles n cut them. Dust will fly all over. My neighbor's is good example. Then the other flats they started to do or going to do next week onwards will continue to be a pollution problem. I can't breathe easy too. Imagine wearing a face mask to sleep?

AA: Hahaha....understand

Lotuschef Lama: Right now just clean up my room n cover the toilet gap. Bathe n planning to rest. Like last nite, I so tired after the cleaning, I sleep without dinner!
: Lucky only 10 days inside house. N 5 days outside. Else I don't know when I can breathe easy again.

AA: I see...lol
: Am surprised u still have energy to write blog

Lotuschef Lama: I heard the gaze is back too. N I am coughing

AA: Ya. Today psi quite high. Please take care

Lotuschef Lama: Hai. Don't tell you all; then later harder to rescue you all lol

AA: Hahaha....the group wan to change back to cultivate Bai zi Ming zhou tomorrow

 Lotuschef Lama: Anyway, still depends on personal choice to listen or not.

AA: Except sn
I told them I wont join smoke offering cultivation in future. I only go if it is bai zi Ming zhou

Lotuschef Lama: I woke at 3 am. So write something or read researched materials

AA: Then suddenly received watsapp saying they wan change back to bai zi Ming zhou
But Sn still prefer we go ahead with smoke offering tomorrow

Lotuschef Lama: Lw emailed me this morning thanking me for the email advising you all on cultivation n feng shui

AA: She very kind de


 Lotuschef Lama: Sn probably wants to learn Smoke offering.

AA : Maybe
Lotuschef Lama: Hai! Can do one well, then go learn another. Big problem!
 That's why lost total trust in GM n think needs to do something else as bai zi ming not good enough!

Lotuschef Lama: Never mind what others think. i advise them is for their good. Choice is their's to accept or scold me :)
AA :)  That's what I think too

Lotuschef Lama: When desperate even more easy to make big mistakes

AA: True

Lotuschef Lama: Many scold me but I am still fine. Why? My intent is to help n not to harm.
AA:  :)

Lotuschef Lama: Wu is good example to follow. Concentrate on One

AA: Ya.  Now my husband oso concentrate on one

Lotuschef Lama: Staying focus. He got big clients that just somehow sent by GM

AA: Then they must cultivate as diligently as Wu ma
N do more charity

Lotuschef Lama: Ya lol. So easy to believe TT, showed they not focus at all

AA: Me too....at first. Lol
Luckily I go meet u

Lotuschef Lama: Ya. Weishu listened to me n do charity.
GM makes sure you don't go wrong way mah.
GM knows best. But ppl just can't be patient n good n cultivate properlY

AA: TT Also trying to help us but maybe wrong way loh. He's not totally at fault.
Lotuschef Lama: He got too much he thinks need to do n have.

AA: He really 用心 in guiding us the smoke offering

Lotuschef Lama: That's not the point. In suggesting smoke offering as alternative, shows he is unsure bai zi ming can help him n HG clear karmic foes.

AA: I c
At least now they oso propose change back to b z m z

Lotuschef Lama: That's why I always explain but no one seems to remember n apply. Hahaha!
My fault! I lousy teacher!  :) :) :)

AA: Hahaha.
No negative thoughts
U are number one teacher
Even if the whole world 抛弃你 , I will standby u :)

 Lotuschef Lama: I got GM la. Hehe!

AA: Ya ya me too

 Lotuschef Lama: They don't understand my sharing then best don't waste my time teaching them the same thing over n over again lol

AA: If they confirm change to b z m z tomorrow, then I can go for cultivation le . Yeah
This statement will make people misunderstood that u gave up on us

Lotuschef Lama: Else u stay at home n do with your hubby n girls lol

AA: Ya. Was planning to do tat before receiving their msg

 Lotuschef Lama: Like GM, I will not neglect anyone.

AA: That's what I tell them

 Lotuschef Lama: But Affinity must be matured for GM or me to help

AA: I really 深深体会 this affinity after this incident
Those with heavy karmic foes 是听不进去的

 Lotuschef Lama: 三不能度:没缘; 不信; 业障深

AA: True. I'm so thankful that I have 缘

Lotuschef Lama: 这是佛说的。

AA: Haha. Frankly I'm quite worried now becos hubby want to change job.

 Lotuschef Lama: 没办法度。 就像对牛弹琴!

AA: But I know GM will bless me with a 出路

Lotuschef Lama: He should stay until he gets stable.

 Lotuschef Lama: Yup. Your hubby the aura really better than when I first met him liao. Must continue to work hard lol

AA: At least now he chants b z m z
But he still refuse to 供养 before eating

 Lotuschef Lama: Like wu can do many times of 108 times a day. :)
Don't force, just leave him be

AA Ya ....I always use Wu case to encourage my husband

 Lotuschef Lama: Hy in medan also same
I saw his aura real lousy n ask whether he can chant 108 times n dedicate to all. He said can. So his aura changed n he looks like statue of GM on his altar since last year
GM established a link for me n Hy back in 2010. Hahaha! Now we do Fire puja in his place regularly. Great right?

How do I know in advance in giving him some advice can do that?
Affinity!

AA: Wow..great!...I oso hope to be like this one day..but I hope to look Like statue of guanyin instead.heehee. By the way, did GM ever said in one of the 开示 that those born in 2012 are born in 水龙年 n is here to 讨债的?
I happen to come across one of LH Shang shi 开示 saying this

 Lotuschef Lama: Can't remember. But don't take it to heart, n shunt this person. Remember all are equal.

AA: Ok

Lotuschef Lama: Don't listen to LH too she is the one always points to her 3rd eye,

AA: Ok

Lotuschef Lama: N she is the one that blurly ring the bell for 4 over hours cruising a lake to purify the sea spirits n beings

AA: Oh ya u said before. Haha

Lotuschef Lama: I only need about 30 seconds
Ya. I wrote about it too. Rd shared her video with me, saying I am very like LH!

AA: Haha

Lotuschef Lama: Hehe. I said I am not like her
I am not dumb enough to do what she did for 4 over hours lol. Shows she also didn't cultivate properly to yoga. So don't know how to apply with ease.

AA: Heehee. Four hours can fold many stars

Lotuschef Lama: Are you successful with the stars?

AA: I concentrate on folding the sides first. Wait till I have about 100 sides then I start to fix

Lotuschef Lama: Maybe instead of cultivation, you people can come over n we fold lotuses or whatever n chat.
Discussing what GM shares n hope you all can truly understand.

AA: Your house?

Lotuschef Lama: There's lots of key points in GM's speeches
Ya. They have some long tables

AA: Tomorrow I ask them.

Lotuschef Lama: Ya. Before Hk trip lol

AA: :)

Lotuschef Lama: Each bring something that you have research n share n discuss.

Lotuschef Lama: So we can do on Sunday afternoon

AA: Sun afternoon many people have family day

Lotuschef Lama: But Saturday you all have cultivation

AA: Yaloh
But why now u don't join us in our cultivation anymore?
Besides the point tat u can do more things prior to joining us

Lotuschef Lama: GM said let you all truly learn to cultivate without any more guidance from me.

AA: I c. Tats what I think too. 修行靠自己

Lotuschef Lama: SoMe of you think I abandoned you all liao n angry with me. ☺

AA: Not angry but disappointed

Lotuschef Lama: From the start I teach you to talk to GM
If you all don't try then how to free yourself?

AA: True. Now we trying very hard
Every cultivation we take turns to lead
Whose house who will lead lol

 Lotuschef Lama: Asking you all to lead cultivation in turns, is giving you all the go ahead to stand up on your own n not lean on me

AA: Ya now I understand your 用心良苦
 Only we can help ourselves

Lotuschef Lama: Like LC & YC, I said to repeat after me, they also don't want to try.
I said many times that GM teach n guide you n provide you with all necessaries, then lead you to the foot of a mountain. All you need is to climb the mountain with what GM has shared. The final lap must be your own effort
I also willing to teach you all but Self must make efforts.

AA: True :)

Lotuschef Lama: Reading auras tell me who is really putting in efforts

AA: I c
I post in chatgroup asking anyone interested to go over on sun pm Liao. Lets wait for response
I see. 谦虚 is a good virtue

Lotuschef Lama: Must be after first week October , so hdb complete my unit n hopefully the rest.

AA: Ya I told them after u back fm hk


Lotuschef Lama: October 2nd week can cos also preparing stuff for Hk

AA: I will tell them after first week oct

Lotuschef Lama: Each one can bring drinks n snacks n have tea party

AA: Ok
Tmr after cultivation we can discuss too
But if go hawker Ctr I dun think they allow outside food haha

Lotuschef Lama: Best is from 2.30pm as hawker Centre will be quite empty by then.
No la. It's free sitting.

AA: Ok

Lotuschef Lama: That prawn noodle store side mostly sell morning. Afternoon empty liao

AA: I c

Lotuschef Lama: Anyway, can't expect me to keep spending my time with a small group. GM needs me to help more ppl. Can't help if ppl are disappointed. :)

AA: True
I thought u sleep Liao lol

Lotuschef Lama: What I taught you all, already enough to be Buddhas liao.
No. Went to get cereals to eat then take medicine. My fever come back again

AA: Oh no
~~~~~~~~~~~~

Dear all, staying focus is also a very important key as Stage One in Mahamudra is Concentrate on One!

Cheers all

Om Guru Lian Sheng Siddhi Hom
Lama Lotuschef

Karma [2] – Sadhana untuk membangun jodoh baik [2]


Ditulis oleh Lotuschef – 19 September 2014
Diterjemahkan oleh Lotus Nino
Sumber: Karma 因果 – Affinity Practice 因緣法 [2]



Baca juga: 因果 – 因緣法 [1]

Teman-temanku sekalian,
Artikel di atas dibagikan oleh Sn dan di dalamnya diuraikan berbagai kiat dasar dengan jelas.

Kudengar kalau Rd menyarankan Yn untuk pindah rumah karena fengshui rumahnya tak baik untuk dihuninya. :)
Hahaha!

Bukan karena fengshui rumahnya, tapi justru individu masing-masing yang harus berbuat sesuatu untuk mengubah karmanya sendiri!

Lihatlah si Wu, setelah menolongnya kali ke-2, ia mulai rajin menjapa mantra 100 Aksara Vajrasattva.
Ia menolong dirinya sendiri dan juga banyak insan lain.

Kamu semua lupa kalau aku pernah menyarankan untuk memulai dengan membuat niat bahwa “Mulai dari sekarang, semua pahala dari perbuatanku, akan dilimpahkan untuk semua insan. Semoga semua semua insan selalu sehat dan bahagia!”

Itu juga merupakan Bodhicitta Niat yang tercakup di dalam Sadhana Empat Prayoga & Pertobatan Vajrasattva (四家行).

Aku juga dengar kalau kalian melakukan Puja Asap (Dhumapuja)!
Hahaha!

Pindah rumah dan juga melatih Dhumapuja untuk menggantikan Pertobatan Vajrasattva, menunjukkan kalau mental kalian “terganggu” dan TERSESAT!

Ingatlah 一心不乱, di mana Hatimu tak terpengaruh oleh berbagai macam dorongan hingga memicumu untuk bertindak.

Aku juga menyarankan semua untuk mau beramal. Apakah kalian benar-benar beramal secara sukarela tanpa mengharap pamrih?

Cara yang sederhana adalah dengan membeli kertas sembahyang, melipatnya menjadi teratai, dan mempersembahkannya untuk semua arwah, dewa bumi, serta dewa kota setiap harinya. Juga tak lupa untuk mempersembahkan kepada mereka semua saat melakukan sesi sadhana bersama!

Kalian juga bisa melipat kertas sembahyang dan menitipkannya kepadaku untuk dipersembahkan saat ada puja di sini ataupun luar negeri.
Pun masih bisa turut melakukan sponsor acara amal seperti yang kita lakukan di luar negeri.

Atau, bisa juga dengan menjapa Sutra Maharaja Avalokiteshvara (Gaowang) atau Mantra 100 Aksara Vajrasattva untuk dilimpahkan pahalanya kepada SEMUA INSAN!

Ini semua kembali lagi apakah KAMU memang mau mengubah nasibmu sendiri.
Semua poin di atas juga ada di artikel yang Sn bagikan.

Mohon dipahami dulu apa itu Melatih Diri!

Begitu juga dengan Sadhana Empat Prayoga dengan Pertobatan Vajrasatta, ia mencakup Pertobatan dan Penyucian – seperti yang Mahaguru katakan, adalah yang Terbaik dalam aspek Pertobatan dan tak ada sadhana lain yang bisa mengunggulinya!

Berpikirlah dengan baik dan gunakanlah Kebijaksanaan saat kamu memutuskan untuk melakukan suatu hal. Jangan sampai melenceng dari Jalan Bodhi dan ajaran-ajaran Mahaguru, karena nantinya kamu malah makin jauh dari Mahaguru!

Renungkan selalu bahwa ajaran Mahaguru akan selalu membimbingmu.
Karena dari situlah kamu bisa memperkokoh jalinan silsilahmu dengan Mahaguru, Sang Guru Akarmu.

Kini ada yang bermimpi Mahaguru datang dan memberikan berkat jamah kepala (Mo-ding). Tapi coba RENUNGKAN kembali dengan lebih mendalam, ADA APA?

Mahaguru muncul bisa saja sebagai sebuah peringatan untuk tak melenceng dari jalan pelatihanmu.

Tentunya hal tersebut juga salah satu wujud pemberkatan darinya!
Tapi bukan berarti bahwa kamu telah bersadhana dengan baik.

Jangan membuat kesalahan besar dengan hal-hal Tahayul dan lainnya seperti Fengshui, sampai kamu harus sepenuhnya tergantung padanya.
Metode Kemudahan (方便法) sangat bergantung pada pengaruh dan jodoh karma individu yang bersangkutan dengan Buddha!
Itu juga ditulis dengan jelas di artikel tersebut.

Bacalah dan cobalah untuk memahaminya dengan baik, maka kamu akan paham apa yang kucoba jelaskan kepadamu!

Hahaha!

Saatnya tersadarkan!


Salam semuanya.


Om Guru Lian Sheng Siddhi Hom
Lama Lotuschef

Friday, September 19, 2014

Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra




The Lankavatara Sutra
Self Realisation of Noble Wisdom

http://zen-ua.org/wp-content/uploads/lankavatara_sutra_english.pdf



Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La%E1%B9%85k%C4%81vat%C4%81ra_S%C5%ABtra


Sūtra doctrine

The Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra draws upon the concepts and doctrines of Yogācāra and Tathāgatagarbha.[1]

The most important doctrine issuing from the Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra is that of the primacy of consciousness (Skt. vijñāna
and the teaching of consciousness as the only reality. 

In the sūtra, the Buddha asserts that all the objects of the world, and the names and forms of experience, are merely manifestations of the mind:


On the contrary my teaching is based upon the recognition that the objective world,
like a vision, is a manifestation of the mind itself; 
it teaches the cessation of ignorance, desire, deed and causality; 
it teaches the cessation of suffering that arises from the discrimination of the triple world.[2]
Because the world is seen as being "mind-only" or "consciousness-only", all phenomena are void, empty of self (atman) and illusory:


There are four things by the fulfilling of which an earnest disciple may gain self-realisation of Noble Wisdom and become a Bodhisattva-Mahasattva: 

First, he must have a clear understanding that all things are only manifestations of the mind itself; second, he must discard the notion of birth, abiding and disappearance; 
third, he must clearly understand the egolessness of both things and persons...

As to the first; he must recognise and be fully convinced that this triple world is nothing but a complex manifestation of one's mental activities; that it is devoid of selfness and its belongings; that there are no strivings, no comings, no goings. 

He must recognise and accept the fact that this triple world is manifested and imagined as real only under the influence of habit-energy that has been accumulated since the beginningless past by reason of memory, false-imagination, false-reasoning, and attachments to the multiplicities of objects and reactions in close relationship and in conformity to ideas of body-property-and-abode.


As to the second; he must recognise and be convinced that all things are to be regarded as forms seen in a vision and a dream, empty of substance, un-born and without self-nature; that all things exist only by reason of a complicated network of causation...

As to the third; he must recognise and patiently accept the fact that his own mind and personality is also mind-constructed, that it is empty of substance, unborn and egoless.[3]:110–111


The Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra describes the various tiers of consciousness in the individual, culminating in the tathagatagarbha (womb of the Buddhas) or "storehouse consciousness" (Skt. Ālayavijñāna), which is the base of the individual's deepest awareness and his tie to the cosmic.


In the sutras the Bhagavan (aka Buddha) says that the tathagatha-garbha (womb of the Buddhas) is intrinsically pure, endowed with thirty-two attributes and present in the bodies of all beings, and that, like a precious jewel wrapped in soiled clothing, the ever-present unchanging tathagatha-garbha is likewise wrapped in the soiled clothing of the skandhas, dhatus and ayantas and stained with the stains of erroneous projections of greed, anger and delusion.[4]

However, the Buddha makes clear that the tathagatagarbha is not a self (atman) and is empty of self nature. He states that it is merely a useful means (upaya) of teaching the dharma to others:


The reason why the 'Tathagatas' who are Arhats and fully enlightened Ones teach the doctrine pointing to the tathagatagarbha which is a state of non-discrimination and image-less, is to make the ignorant cast aside their fear when they listen to teaching of egolessness. 

It is like a potter who manufactures various vessels out of a mass of clay of one sort by his own manual skill and labor ... that the 'Tathagatas' preach the egolessness of things which removes all the traces of discrimination by various skillful means issuing from their trancendental wisdom, that is, sometimes by the doctrine of the 'tathagatagarbha' , sometimes by that of egolessness ... 

Thus, 'Mahamati', the doctrine of the 'tathagatagarbha' is disclosed in order to awaken the philosophers from their clinging to the idea of the ego. 

Accordingly, 'Mahamati', the 'Tathagatas' disclose the doctrine of the 'tathagatagarbha' which is thus not to be known as identical with the philosopher's notion of an ego-substance. 
Therefore , 'Mahamati', in order to abandon the misconception cherished by the philosophers, you must depend on the 'anatman-tathagatagarbha'.[5]


The 'tathagatagarbha' doctrine has been interpreted as an expression of the doctrines of dependent origination and emptiness
While seemingly monistic in nature, describing the 'tathagatagarbha' as eternal (nitya) and immutable ('atman'), this doctrine is ultimately based on emptiness. 

According to Japanese scholar Yamaguchi Susumu, the most important point in the 'tathagatagarbha' literature is that "the 'pratitysamutpada' is the 'tathagatagarbha'."[6] 

Likewise, Ichijo Ogawa, argues that 'tathatagatagarbha' is basically equivalent to emptiness and the nature of the mind which allows it to understand emptiness. 

This interpretation is based on a passage from the Ratnagotravibhaga which states that "all sentient beings are possessed of the 'tathagatagarbha'".[7]


History and editions

According to one scholar, "it is generally believed that the sutra was compiled during 350-400 CE," although "many who have studied the sutra are of opinion that the introductory chapter and the last two chapters were added to the book at a later period."[8] 

A number of ancient translations of the Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra were made from Sanskrit into the Chinese language, as early as the 3rd century CE with a translation by the Indian monk Dharmarakṣa.[9] 
Of these, only three are now extant.

The first extant Chinese translation is Taisho Tripitaka 670 (楞伽阿跋多羅寶經). 
This is the earliest edition which was translated by Guṇabhadra in 443 CE, and divided into four fascicles.[10] 
This edition by Guṇabhadra is said to be the one handed down from the founder of Chinese Zen, Bodhidharma, to the Second Patriarch, Huike, saying:[11][12]


I have here the Laṅkāvatāra in four fascicles which I now pass to you. It contains the essential teaching concerning the mind-ground of the Tathagata, by means of which you lead all sentient beings to the truth of Buddhism.

The second extant Chinese translation is Taisho Tripitaka 671 (入楞伽經). 
This second edition was translated by Bodhiruci in 513 CE,[13] and divided into ten fascicles.[14] This edition is criticized in the imperial preface to the later translation, which says that it contains extra words and sentences mixed in that detract from the original meaning.[15]

The third extant Chinese translation is Taisho Tripitaka 672 (大乘入楞伽經). 
This third edition was translated by Śikṣānanda in 700-704 CE, and divided into seven fascicles.[16] This final translation was made at the behest of Empress Wu Zetian, after Śikṣānanda had completed his 80-fascicle translation of the Avataṃsaka Sūtra.[17] 

This translation is said to have employed five separate Sanskrit editions for accuracy.[18] 
Before the final edits to this version had been made, Śikṣānanda returned to India, and another Indian monk came to China who had studied the Buddhist sutras for 25 years in India, and who knew the Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra. 
He was then given the task of revising the translation made by Śikṣānanda.[19]

In addition to these Chinese translations, an extant Sanskrit edition of the Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra is available, as well as a Tibetan edition.[20]