On Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, 2:00 PM, at Taiwan Linkou Stadium, True Buddha School Dharma King HH Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu will preside over a Nagarjuna Bodhisattva National Protection, Calamity Eradication, Blessing,
and Deliverance Ceremony and bestow empowerment for Nagarjuna Bodhisattva Personal Deity Practice and Middle Way. (Live Webcast Link: http://zhong-guan.org/other/index/542)
Nagarjuna Bodhisattva National Protection, Calamity Eradication, Blessing, and Deliverance Ceremony will be held on Feb. 25, 2018 at Linkou Stadium (Multipurpose Gymnasium, National Taiwan Sport University), Taoyuan. Many of you should already be familiar with this venue because this is precisely where Grandmaster turned the dharma wheel and transmitted the extraordinary Mahottara Heruka Practice the third time in 2017. One may recall that, outside the ceremony venue, there was a great white lotus pond with more than 200 prayer wheels of Grandmaster’s books symbolizing the collective wisdom of his lifelong dharma propagation. The lotus pond and prayer wheels, lit up in the darkness and accentuated by the moonlight, were amazingly beautiful and magnificent. One may also remember the special effects of lighting and 3D images playing during the ceremony enhancing the significance of the dharma. The most significant and unforgettable part of the ceremony, of course, was Living Buddha Lian-sheng’s inspirational dharma discourse.
In 2018, another everlasting dharma opportunity exceptional in both heaven and earth will be available at Linkou Stadium. It will be a trans-century encounter between the Dharma King of this era, Living Buddha Lian-sheng, and the Second Buddha, Nagarjuna Bodhisattva, who is highly revered in both Sutrayana and Vajrayana. Everyone is cordially and sincerely invited to this grand ceremony to experience the boundless brilliance of the wisdom of Nagarjuna Bodhisattva’s Middle Way.
One may know of Nagarjuna, a highly reputable holy saint, but not be familiar with him. According to About Nagarjuna Bodhisattva from Grandmaster’s Book 261, Meditation Within Meditation, this great bodhisattva, who is well-known in the Buddhist community, is actually the incarnation of Tathagata of Wonderful Cloud Unhindered King. He therefore descended with virtuous roots and a great vow to liberate sentient beings from this worldly inferno.
After mastering the intricacies of the Buddhadharma by reading numerous books, Nagarjuna began actively writing books to overthrow and subdue heretics and propagate Buddhadharma. In his literary works, he passed on to Buddhist disciples volumes of valuable wisdom concerning cultivation. He is therefore hailed as the Lord of a Thousand Treatises.
Among the many treatises written by Nagarjuna, the most famous is the Middle Way Treatise which directly points to the core Mahayana philosophy of ”middle way.” The philosophy of the Middle Way Treatise was highly influential in the Buddhist community and also laid the foundation of the Middle Way School. For this reason, Nagarjuna has been praised as the Second Buddha.
Born with deep roots in Buddhism, Nagarjuna studied sutras of both the Theravada and Mahayana traditions. Later, he was even invited by Great Dragon Bodhisattva to a dragon palace to study the profound and exquisite Buddhist scriptures. Eventually, Nagarjuna attained enlightenment.
Due to fate, Nagarjuna opened a mysterious iron tower in South India, met Vajrasattva, and received the precious Vajrayana transmission from Vajrasattva. Thus began Nagarjuna’s destiny to propagate the Vajrayana teachings far and wide in the human realm and become the founder of Vajrayana. Because he is respected as the founder by the Vinaya,Three Treatises, Pure Land, Dharmalaksana, Zen, Tiantai and Huayen schools of Buddhism, Nagarjuna is also honored as the founder of the eight schools of Sutrayana and Vajrayana.
In hopes that the exquisite philosophy of Nagarjuna and the Middle Way Treatise can be analyzed in depth for the benefit of countless sentient beings, Master Lianyue of Zhongguan Temple respectfully supplicated Living Buddha Lian-sheng to discourse the dharma. Pleased by Master Lianyue’s the request, Living Buddha Lian-sheng compassionately agreed to give a discourse on Nagarjuna and the Middle Way. This request established the dharma opportunity of Nagarjuna Bodhisattva Grand Ceremony on Feb. 25, 2018.
We look forward to your participation in turning this supreme dharma wheel. May we all be showered in the wisdom of Nagarjuna Bodhisattva and attain remarkable siddhi.
About Nagarjuna, Sheng-yen Lu’s Book 261: Meditation Within Meditation
!!Please be aware that before engaging in any True Buddha Vajrayana practices, one must first take refuge and receive the respective empowerment.!!