白度母証契儀軌

林鈺堂敬造


前行

陳供如常。
頂禮三拜。


正行

上座依軌修習:


一、發心

合掌虔念:

無常遷變瞬息間,有情漂流苦海中,
清明此座太珍貴,為眾修証白度母。


二、觀空

結定印,默念三遍:

法皆緣成,相依而共存;
捨對立分別,現一體本淨。

觀想全法界回歸本來清淨,而呈現為無有邊限之天藍色光明。


三、整體

觀想於此藍色光明中出現全法界之四聖六凡。

行者之父母分居其右、左兩側。前為歷世之冤親,後為六道眾生。六道中最需救助之地獄眾生緊隨行者之後,然後依序為餓鬼道、畜生道、人道、阿修羅道、天道之一切眾生。所有眾生皆與行者同一面向。

行者前方之空中則為一切諸佛、菩薩、聲聞、緣覺、護法等聖眾。白度母居於正中,白色四臂觀音菩薩安住其上空,彼等為西方極樂世界一切聖眾所環繞。此等之外,則為所有其他淨土之佛、菩薩及聖眾,層層環繞。所有聖眾皆慈憫顧視六道眾生。


四、皈依

合掌虔念三遍,並觀想一切眾生皆仰望空中之白度母,而合聲齊念:

皈依金剛上師
皈依聖白度母
皈依圓融佛法
皈依菩提聖眾

觀想一切聖眾皆因眾生能明辨及抉擇解脫之道而感到欣慰,並由白度母代表一切聖眾攝受眾生之皈依。白度母從心輪放出白光照臨每一眾生,為彼消業、培福、長養菩提。然後此白光即進住每一眾生心中,大小如一燭焰,永遠閃耀菩提光芒,照明菩提正道。


五、供奉

觀想一切有情皆欣喜參預廣大長遠之供奉,並與行者合聲齊念:

遍法界珍寶,傾明行證德,離惜遺供獻;
乞慈憫攝受,演妙法善巧,無疏漏救渡。

觀想一切聖眾皆因此等供奉純粹基於菩提心而欣喜接納、受用。一切聖眾皆得圓滿之受用。一切聖眾放五色光(藍、白、黃、紅、綠)充遍法界,加持一切眾生。然後,白色四臂觀音及白度母以外之一切聖眾皆化光進入白色四臂觀音,白色四臂觀音再化光降頂進入白度母心中。


六、讚頌

觀想六道眾生合聲齊念;行者傾忱念誦,並可加用鈴、鼓、引磬、木魚等:

聖白度母淨光照,十方有情心性開!
聖白度母清音演,三世得聞煩惱除!
聖白度母恆憶念,雖陷五濁離塵垢!
聖白度母是依怙,賜福延壽無不顧!

觀想白度母於聆讚後,因行者及眾生之正信而大為歡喜。白度母由心輪放出鮮明白光,充遍法界,加持一切眾生。白度母隨即以甘露灑淨眾生之身、語、意業,並賜飲甘露以增長眾生的壽命及慧命。


七、成就

觀想全法界一切眾生經白度母甘露加持而回歸本淨,全都化光融成無限的天藍色光明。白度母渡生圓滿,亦化光融入本淨之光明中。全法界成為無限無分的一體。

於此藍色光明中,忽然炳現羯摩杵,杵上現八獅子座,再漸次於座上現蓮、日墊、月墊。月墊正中豎立白色之種子字「當」 。當字轉化成白度母白色之虹光身,細腰豐乳之妙齡少女相,具足報身莊嚴,跏趺而坐。面有三目,掌心及足心各具一目,共有七目。額上之目觀十方淨土,餘六目分別慈視六道,以賜加持。右手伸,仰掌置膝上,作接引印。左腕微曲,近心,以拇指及無名指捻花莖,餘三指直伸,持烏巴拉花。白度母之心輪有蓮,上為日墊,再上為月墊。於此月墊之正中,當字豎立;於月墊之周沿則為白度母心咒之咒字排成一圈。咒字皆白色。此等咒字依次逆時鐘方向排列,平均分佈於圓周。

白度母心咒

嗡、搭蕾、督搭蕾、督蕾、媽媽阿於、布令加那、布金古魯葉、娑哈


八、轉咒

念誦心咒,並觀想心輪內之咒輪旋轉。中央之當字不動,但圓周之咒輪則順時鐘方向愈轉愈快。良久之後,咒輪才漸漸減速旋轉,直到停止。

咒輪旋轉時,同時放出一波波的白光,漸漸傳遍法界。每一波白光中皆有無數的白度母,隨波分向十方去救渡種種的眾生。


九、一氣

閉口,舌抵上顎,以鼻修深呼吸。吸氣時觀想一切眾生之愚痴、罪業、病苦、煩惱、業障等等皆化為濁惡之黑氣,而被白度母以大慈悲心吸入。住氣時觀想此等黑氣皆已被白度母之大智、大德所淨化,而轉化為可以長養眾生慧命的清新智氣。呼氣時觀想此清新智氣充遍法界,成熟眾生,使早開悟、証果。


十、相即

經過聖凡一氣之融通,白度母與眾生交融於本淨光明中;聖凡之名相區分漸漸消逝。全法界再度呈現為無限無邊的藍色光明。

由此本淨光明中,白度母化現為行者之相,以便在世間隨緣教化及救渡,而後下座。下座後,即藉此行者之形像及言行而開展慈悲救渡之善巧方便於無盡。

今晨夢見一紙素描之白度母側像。度母面向右方,坐一小推車上,車旁有侍女成排。因此依據拙編〈白觀音證契儀軌〉,並參考陳上師之〈白度母事理行證分格儀軌〉,而有此作。

                      
                     二〇〇六年七月十九日
                     養和齋    於加州



白度母讚頌

The praise to White Tara

The praise to White Tara


White Tara Unification Sadhana Yutang Lin


Preliminaries

Arrange offerings as usual.
Do prostration three times.


Regular Practice

Ascend the seat and practice in accordance with the sadhana as follows:


1. Motivation

Fold palms together and sincerely recite:

In a blink the swift changes of impermanence may arrive,
Sentient beings are drifting in the ocean of suffering,
This altruistic session born of sober clarity is all too precious,
For all beings this sadhana is practiced to realize White Tara.


2. Original Purity

Rest the hands in Dhyana mudra, and silently recite three times:

All things are conditional phenomena,
Mutually dependent and coexistent;
Renouncing antagonistic discriminations,
All appear as original purity in oneness.

Visualize the whole Dharmadhatu return to original purity, and appear as boundless sky-blue light.


3. Totality

Visualize that all the four classes of saints and the six realms of sentient beings appear from this blue light.

Visualize that one's father and mother are to the right and left side, all beings related to one through past karma to the front, and the rest of the sentient beings behind. Among the six realms of sentient beings behind one, those in hells who need salvation most are closest to one, then are the other beings in the order of hungry ghosts, animals, humans, asuras, and finally the heavenly beings. All sentient beings are facing the same direction as the practitioner.

Visualize that in the space in front of the practitioner are all the holy beings: Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Arahats, Pratyeka-Buddhas, Dharma Protectors, etc. At the center is the White Tara, with the white four-arm Chenrezi presiding in the space above White Tara, and they are surrounded by all holy beings of the Western Pureland of Utmost Joy. These are in turn surrounded by layers after layers of all the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and holy beings of all other purelands. With great compassion all holy beings look attentively at all the sentient beings below.


4. Taking Refuge

Fold palms together and sincerely recite three times the following refuge formula while visualizing that all sentient beings are gazing with admiration at White Tara in the sky and recite together in unison:

I take refuge in the Vajra Guru.
I take refuge in the White Tara.
I take refuge in thorough Buddha Dharma.
I take refuge in holy beings of Bodhi.

Visualize that all holy beings are rejoicing over sentient beings' ability to recognize and choose the path toward liberation. White Tara, on behalf of all holy beings, grants refuge to all sentient beings. From the heart chakra of White Tara rays of white light radiates forth to each and every sentient being. In this way each sentient being's bad karma is eradicated, merits increased, and Bodhicitta nurtured. This ray of white light then stays, like a candle flame, in the heart of the sentient being, shines forth the light of Bodhi, and sheds light on the right path of Bodhi forever.


5. Offering

Visualize that all sentient beings take delight in participating the making of extensive and long-term offerings and donations, and that they join the practitioner in reciting in unison the following stanza:

Filling the whole Dharmadhatu with treasures,
Pouring all attainments of the wisdom path,
Offered without reluctance nor omission;

Beg to accept out of compassion and empathy,
Exhibit skillful display of the wondrous Dharma,
Salvage without neglect nor omission.

Visualize that all holy beings are delighted by the Bodhicitta which is the pure motivation underlying these offerings, and therefore gladly accept and enjoy the offerings. Each and every holy being obtains complete enjoyment of all sorts. All holy beings emit lights in blue, white, yellow, red and green color that enlighten the whole Dharmadhatu and give blessings to all sentient beings. Then all holy beings other than the white four-arm Chenrezi and White Tara transform into lights and merge into the white four-arm Chenrezi. And then the white four-arm Chenrezi also transforms into light that descends through the top of White Tara and merges into White Tara's heart chakra.


6. Praise

Recite with ardent devotion and may use accompanying Dharma instruments such as bell, drum, inverted bell (Yin Qing) and wooden fish; visualize that all sentient beings join the practitioner in ardently reciting in unison the following praise:

Holy White Tara emits pure lights,
Spiritual nature of sentient beings in all directions are revealed!

Holy White Tara enunciates clear sounds,
Sorrows of sentient beings at all times are eradicated!

Holy White Tara always remembered,
Even trapped in the mire of sorrows one is still spotless!

Holy White Tara is the savior,
Granting merits and prolonging lifespan without discarding anyone!

Visualize that White Tara, upon hearing this praise, is very pleased by the right faith of the practitioner and the sentient beings. White Tara emits bright white lights from her heart chakra shining through the whole Dharmadhatu and giving blessings to all sentient beings. Then White Tara sprinkles showers of nectar upon sentient beings to purify their karma of body, speech and mind. The nectar is also granted for sentient beings to drink in order to nourish their wisdom and expand their lifespan.


7. Accomplishment

Visualize that, through the nectar blessing of White Tara, all sentient beings in the whole Dharmadhatu have returned to the original purity; they all transform and merge into a boundless sky-blue light. White Tara, having thus purified all sentient beings, also transforms and merges into this light of original purity. The whole Dharmadhatu becomes a limitless and indiscriminative Oneness.

In this vast expanse of blue brilliance, suddenly there appears a karma vajra. Above the karma vajra, there appears a magnificent Dharma seat supported by eight lions.
Then above the seat there appears, one after the other and one above the other, a lotus, a sun cushion and a moon cushion. At the center of the moon cushion there appears a white seed word "Dang" Dangstanding upright. Dang transforms into White Tara with white brilliant rainbow body, appearing as a teenage maiden with full breasts and slender waist, complete with all adornments of a Sambhogakaya, and sitting in lotus posture. She has three eyes on her face, and one eye each in her palms and soles, thus in total seven eyes. The eye on her forehead sees all Purelands in the ten directions. Each one of the remaining six eyes looks attentively with compassion at sentient beings in one of the six realms of transmigration respectively so as to grant blessings. Her right hand rests on her right knee with the palm facing up, and is in the mudra of granting guidance. Her left wrist is near her heart and bends slightly upward, and the thumb and ring finger form a ring, while the remaining three fingers are stretching straight, to hold the stem of a Upala flower. In the heart chakra of White Tara there is a lotus, above which is a sun cushion, and a moon cushion atop. Standing upright at the center of this moon cushion is a white seed word "Dang." Evenly distributed around and above the circumference of the moon cushion are the words constituting the Heart Mantra of White Tara. All words of this mantra wheel are white in color and are arranged counterclockwise in their regular order.

The Heart Mantra of White Tara

Weng Da Lei Du Da Lei Du Lei Ma Ma A Yu Bu Ling Jia Na Bu Jin Gu Lu Ye So Ha


8. Spinning

Recite the Heart Mantra and simultaneously visualize that the mantra wheel in the heart chakra is spinning. The word Dang at the center remains still. The mantra wheel spins clockwise with ever increasing speed. After a long while of spinning, the mantra wheel gradually slows down until it comes to a complete stop.

As the mantra wheel spins, it simultaneously emits waves of white light spreading in all directions throughout the whole Dharmadhatu. With each wave of white light countless numbers of White Tara are sent forth. These White Tara surf the waves of light to all corners of the Dharmadhatu in order to salvage all sorts of sentient beings.


9. One Breath

With mouth closed and tongue touching the upper front palate, practice deep breathing through the nostrils. While inhaling visualize that the ignorance, sinful karma, sickness, suffering, sorrows, karmic hindrances, etc., of all sentient beings are transforming into foul and black air, and yet are inhaled by White Tara out of great compassion. While holding the breath visualize that all such foul and black air has been purified by the profound wisdom and countless merits of White Tara into clean and fresh air of wisdom and compassion which will nourish the wisdom life of each and every sentient being. While exhaling visualize that this clean and fresh air of wisdom and compassion permeates the whole Dharmadhatu, nourishing and maturing all sentient beings so that they would open and expand their minds and attain full enlightenment soon.


10. Identification

Having merged through the communion in one breath of White Tara and all sentient beings, White Tara and sentient beings transform into light and become one in the brilliant blue light of original purity. The nominal distinction between "Tara" and "sentient being" gradually fades away. The whole Dharmadhatu again appears as limitless blue brilliance.

From this brightness of original purity White Tara appears in human form as the practitioner to facilitate teaching and salvaging sentient beings in this world in accordance with their various aptitudes and conditions. Then White Tara descends from the seat. Afterwards White Tara employs the form, speeches and activities of the practitioner to expand ingenious contrivances in limitless fashions toward the compassionate salvation of all sentient beings.


Epilog

In the morning of July 19, 2006 I saw in a dream a large piece of paper with a portrait of White Tara on it. The portrait consisted only of simple line drawings and it is a side view of Tara facing to the right. She sat on a small cart and there were a row of ladies in attendance alongside the cart. Hence, after I woke up, I began to compose this Sadhana in Chinese based on my previous work, "White Chenrezi Unification Sadhana" in Chinese. I also referred to Guru Chen's White Tara Sadhana in Chinese for some details. After the Chinese sadhana was completed, I translated it into English based on my previous work, "White Chenrezi Unification Sadhana."


July 20, 2006
A Study for the Cultivation of Harmony
El Cerrito, California, USA


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