From China to Japan and Back Again: An Energetic Example of Bidirectional Sino-Japanese Esoteric Buddhist Transmission
2. Part 1: Background
3. Part 2: Neo-Zhenyan and Wuguang
4. Part 3: Energeticism
In this world[,] there are two aspects, the material and the spiritual. The transformations of the material world are controlled by physical laws. Natural calamities and diseases originate in this area [the material world]. Therefore, if one wants to avoid natural calamities and diseases, there is no way other than through the control obtained from scientific research…. Therefore, neither the buddhas nor kamis nor religion have control over the material world. Instead it must be observed that [religion] commands the foundations of the spiritual world.
Religion entails consciousness controlling matter, science entails matter controlling consciousness. In fact the power of consciousness is great…
4.1. Part 3.A: Energetic Emptiness
Ever since the antiquity, cosmologies attempted to prove the position of either idealism or materialism. It was assumed that either materialism or idealism provided the correct worldview. However, an outside observer understands that each position highlights one aspect of reality and both constitute different perspective on the same reality.
The essential path to the gate of Chan is one simple road… the Vimalakīrti-nirdeśa refers to this as the ‘non-dual dharma gate,’ philosophy calls it ‘monism’… The body and mind are not two means that the body and consciousness are two aspects of a single material…Anthropologists have concluded that humans have been on the earth for 250,000 years. Throughout this entire time, they have been misled by the notion that the mind and body are separate…This has given birth to suffering and the plight of humanity’s woes. Standard Buddhism says “form and mind are not two” … meaning that matter and consciousness are the same substance.
In order to claim that Buddhism was not only harmonious with but also superior to science, Inoue additionally equated energy with the tathātā to demonstrate that science was only now discovering something that Buddhists had known for millennia (Kōda 2014, p. 107).Matter and mind are phenomena. Suchness is the essence. Energy [力] develops out of the Suchness of matter and mind. […] With the energy possessed by its essence, Suchness evolves freely, independently, and naturally, and through natural selection discloses the two realms of matter and mind, giving birth to the myriad of phenomena and their transformations.
When, for instance, we say that we feel a material thing, as we put our hand upon a book or a desk, it is really the experience of some changed form of our organism which we feel, and which is due to the manifestation of the energy induced by the grasp of the hand.
The original nature of Mahāvairocana Tathāgata is guang. This was said in antiquity when religion began to advance. Later, sciences concerning change have developed and [obtained] this knowledge—but [science] has lost the original principle. Every tiny atom shines upon inspection, each particle has energy—it has electricity. If your hand physically comes into contact with something, electricity is emitted—any sort of physical contact produces electricity. There is no copulation that does not emit guang.
大日如來本性實是光, 初期的進步精華宗教學說, 以后的變化科學發達也知道, 但迷失原則. 微 細的原子, 每個檢照起來每粒都有光有電, 手碰便發出電, 有接觸才有電, 沒有交配便不發出光.
“Being is not true being”. ‘Not true being’ assumes form once it has been mysteriously arranged and organized, this is why it can be called ‘mysterious being.’ Take for example a television and electromagnetic waves. When the television has yet to be turned on it does not receive a signal. Once turned on, it receives a signal, as [the electromagnetic waves] have been arranged. This is therefore called ‘mysterious.’ Electric waves are formed by the vibrations of electrons, if a television’s signal is not correctly calibrated then it will display a blurry, snowy picture since the electric particles within it are scattered. If the [television’s] frequency is tuned to that of the particles, the picture projected will be very clear. Originally non-being [coalesces] into the image of being but being will also become non-being because it is just the transmission of mysterious being.
“It is not true emptiness” …because within true emptiness there is raw material, it is tiny and cannot be seen, like electrons, atoms, molecules…it is impossible to see. Its ‘being’ is nothing more than a light-wave ‘being’ rises out of ‘emptiness’, ‘emptiness’ becomes ‘mysterious being,’ ‘being’ will once again revert to ‘emptiness.’ It comes and goes within the three realms like an unending circle.
4.2. Part 3.B: The Dao of Electric Mahāvairocana
Mahāvairocana is the Dao, the Dao is the principle behind the production of all phenomena, [thus] certainly all phenomena are the Dao’s body.
The fundamental origin of the universe’s entire body is guang, guang is the Dao.
5. Part 4: Energetic Metaphysics
The karmic force of primary causes is like a wavelength from a broadcasting station. It causes the realm of the living and realm of the dead to intermingle without disorder, becoming the impetus for rebirth, and one can see the positive and negative elements that it absorbs.
Buddhism advocates the Dharma-gate of non-duality, not dualism. Pay attention! Buddhism is not spiritism; it is the ideology of karmic-force and dependent origination.
A: Spirit Communication
To evoke the presence of a dead person and interact with it, one just needs to recall and visualize his [former] body and situation, this is the best method to make the world of the living and dead meet. Thus, recalling his living form will lure the dead to tend to the living. Similar to how pricking one’s body in a certain place with a needle causes his attention to focus on that spot, the living person, by focusing the force of his visualization, can stimulate the force of the deceased’s consciousness and thus solicit a miraculous response, and interact with the spirit…this thought-wave will then match the wavelength of the deceased’s skandha of consciousness…it is thus easy for the imagined image of the deceased to materialize. The length of time depends on the [living practitioner’s] forces of concentration…Therefore, helping ghosts to pass over to the next incarnation, casting curses, performing incantations, necromancy and exorcism all work according to this principle. Some people do not believe in the existence of the minds of spirits or deny the existence of the intermingling between the dead and the living, but they are mistaken.
令死者喚起存在與覺受, 生人 僅以意識觀想其亡者處身於何境, 這是冥陽相會之最好辦法, 亦即是憶念死者生前之容貌相狀, 誘令死者的意志趨向於生者, 例如將針刺激身體某部位, 令其注意集中該處一樣, 生者用集中觀想力, 可使亡者喚起神識集中力, 其當處即可感應靈交…由此念波反應亡者的蘊識波長…即容易幻起亡者的色相幻影, 其幻影之殘留時間長短, 即視乎其專注力如何而定….所以超度亡靈, 或加持消災, 咒咀降伏, 均由此理則來發生效力…. 有人不信靈識的存在或否認冥陽的交涉關係存在乃是謬誤的.
If you miss your relative, you must whole heartedly think of him when he was alive and the times you had together, when you were filial to him, ceaselessly superposing your consciousness with him like water mixing with milk. If you can grasp the essence of this, you and the deceased can begin to enter a small world where your consciousnesses are living together and interacting, (this is the deep wisdom behind Buddhist practice). If you are a Chinese Buddhist, then you are able to use a beautiful memorial tablet and give him offerings, prepare nice foods and belongings from his life as offerings just like when he was alive and the two of you were together on earth.
你要是想念親人的話, 你必需一心憧景着它生前與你一起時, 你對它的孝順情景, 不斷地與喜歡的心情相融如同水乳, 果能把握到這要義, 你就能與亡者開始進入天涯咫尺之心靈交感生活. (此具有甚深的佛學妙理, 特別在此一提), 假如你是中國的佛教徒, 能用美麗的牌位來祭祀它, 妥備美味適合它生前善愛的供品來供養, 宛如生前一樣地在一起.
It is not inevitable that one will be able to perceive the world of the fourth dimension through cultivation as [that ability] is a kind of other-power since perceiving the world of the fourth dimension requires hosting a spirit. The ‘fourth dimension’ refers to what will happen in the future and is not something within the mind of buddhas and bodhisattvas. For example, if a person goes to a temple to perform rituals and hears people saying that the deity enshrined within an icon has clairvoyance and clairaudience, [he may then] envily think, “How wonderful it would be if I could hear things from far off distances”! [If he then] proceeds to supplicate, “Bodhisattva! You can perceive things from far off distances, you can also see the future. If you could enable this sight within me I would be everlastingly grateful.” [Only] if it so happens that the frequency of the spirit’s [mind] inhabiting the icon and yours are congruent or linked through karma that the spirit will then possess you. This would then cause you to have a dual personality. You will then have someone else’s eyes as your eyes will be exchanged, they are not your eyes as they have become ‘yin eyes,’ which people commonly refer to as ‘spirit-eyes’.
然而四次元的世界不一定是修行人才能看到的, 這是一種他力, 要鬼神附在我們的身才能看到四次元的世界, 四次元的事情是未來世間要發生的 事情, 並不是佛菩薩心裡面的事情. 譬如某個人去廟裡面拜拜, 聽人講廟裡 的神如千里眼能看到千里以外, 順風耳能聽到千里以外, 他就很欣羨,想: 我能看到千里外有多好！便求, ‘菩薩！你能看到千里外的事, 未來過去也 能看到, 若能使我看到, 那真是感恩不盡’. 恰巧鬼神附在神像的身上與你的頻率符合, 跟你有緣, 他就附到了你的身上, 附在你的身上你就成為 雙重人格了. 當你附了另一個人的眼, 你就換了眼, 就不是你的眼睛, 就變成了陰眼, 一般人稱為靈眼.
Evil ghosts from the Ghost Realm will possess deviant, selfish peoples’ bodies. In this world there are many people who have become mentally ill by being invaded by malicious spirits (evil spirits and malicious ghosts). Because the evil spirit entered into the human’s body, his consciousness has been changed into a double personality. This force of consciousness agitates the cranial nerves, producing hallucinations and causing the consciousness of the living host to become hazy. In fact, however, there is no god or ghost tormenting the person, it is just that the [host’s consciousness] is being mixed with the wavelength of an evil ghost, similar to the effect of a radio receiving a mixed signal. Therefore, the thoughts of our consciousness are like a radio whose [signal’s] modulation must be safeguarded.
If you happen to come across someone suffering due to being possessed by an evil ghost, do not fear. Just visualize yourself as the nirmāṇakāya of the Great Spirit [Mahāvairocana] and emit mighty waves of compassionate light to break through his dark shadow, his dark shadows will then be harmonized with yours and the sufferer will recover and return to normal. If you approach it with a hostile mentality, there will be adverse effects.
靈界之惡靈是會憑依邪見自私的人身的, 世間上多被惡靈（邪靈惡鬼）入侵變成神經病， 因其惡靈入人體之意識變成雙重人格, 精神動力發動腦神經, 起了幻覺, 精神恍惚, 其實沒有什麼一個神或鬼的個體在作弄, 只是惡靈波長雜交, 如收音機不正常收入雜波一樣的結果, 所以吾人的精神思想像收音機要保持真善美正常才行你若遇到被惡靈侵犯的患者, 作不要怕, 要觀想你自己是大靈之化身, 放出強烈的慈光加以沖破其黑影, 其黑影就被你同化, 其患者就會回復正常, 若果以敵視的心理 去對待反會副作用.
6. Part 5: Radical Prediction
We have already entered the Space Age. Advances in learning and technological developments have already led us to discover the secrets of the universe[,] such as electrons, atoms, nuclei and genes, all of which have gradually [shown] that reality and the opinions of esoteric Buddhism [and science] are consistent with one another. We will not sink back into the depths of superstitious mysticism. Śākyamuni’s true enlightenment certainly foresaw the science of the future world. Currently, the esoteric Buddhism of this mysterious world is destined to meet the wants and needs of humanity. The fast-approaching twenty-first century will [see the actualization of] the world of Zhenyan/Shingon.
Currently, our ability to produce copies of [material] phenomena is limited to recalibrating the vibrations of a few ionized atoms. Bigger things like human bodies currently remain exceptionally difficult to copy. Nevertheless, I believe that in the near future we will invent ways to copy these kinds of [larger] masses. This will give rise to the method of ‘human bodily deconstruction’. Once that invention emerges, the world will change into a paradise devoid of the fear of birth and death. If you want to go to America or Europe, you can just wirelessly transmit your frequency. If you want to be sent to thirty seven requisites of enlightenment you can just sit in a chair, press a button, be deconstructed and be transferred there. Upon the arrival [of your frequency], your [body] will be reconstructed. So simple, you don’t even need to fear aircraft accidents. [Currently], when someone gets terminal cancer and dies, he is mourned. In the future we will record his frequency, atomically deconstruct him and send his ionized atoms out into space. The next day we could reconstruct him to invite him to a meal and then send him back after the meal. If it was like this, there would be no need to grieve. We would have no need for graveyards or sūtra recitation. This would be best…In the future, [this kind of] technology will develop. At that time, there will be no more kleśas. Then, we will pass laws requiring people to retire at the age of sixty. We will then let them have fun on earth for five years. At the age of sixty-five, they will surely be deconstructed and sent into space lest the world become overpopulated. You will take your great grandparents, grandparents and elder parents to be deconstructed and send them into space as bringing them back to share a meal will be a simple matter that just requires the financial means to reconstruct them. Once a year you can invite them to eat at a restaurant, then travel with them around Taiwan and then send them back. You will no longer need to perform ancestral veneration. In the future it will be like this. That is what I say, if you even just barely open your eyes you can see that this will undoubtedly be invented.
目前的傳真只做到這些，由聲的震動經電離子傳真，影像亦用電離子傳真，但較大的物質粒子要傳真仍非常為難，如人體。但我個人認為在不久的將來這種物質傳真就會發明，那就是「人體分解術」，等到這個發明出來，地球就能變成極樂世界了，就不用怕生死了。要到美國或歐洲，就用無線電一打；例如要送一個人過去，頻率調好，要送到三十七處的地方，你坐在椅子上，把鈕一按，人就分解了，從這邊傳真到那邊，到了那邊再組織起來，很簡單，不用怕飛機失事。 人若患了癌症將死， 死時會悲哀，所以乾脆就用電離子分解放到空間，將頻率記住，改天要請他吃飯時再將他組合，吃飽後再送他回去，這樣的話就不用傷心，不用墓地，不用唸經，這樣最好…將來科技會更發達，那時就沒有什麼煩惱，然後法律便會規定六十歲就要退休，並讓你在地球上玩五年，六十五歲就一定得改換到空間去，不然人就太多了；把曾祖父、祖父、老爸都解析到空間去，反正回來吃飯很簡單嘛，只要有錢，把曾祖父、祖父、老爸組合好再邀過來，一次請到飯店去吃，吃完再旅遊台灣一週後再送回去。一年請一次，不用另外再祭拜。將來是會變成這樣的，這是我講的，你們僅管睜著眼去看，這種科技一定會發明.
7. Part 6: Mistaken Identity
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Bahir, C.R. From China to Japan and Back Again: An Energetic Example of Bidirectional Sino-Japanese Esoteric Buddhist Transmission. Religions 2021, 12, 675. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12090675
Bahir CR. From China to Japan and Back Again: An Energetic Example of Bidirectional Sino-Japanese Esoteric Buddhist Transmission. Religions. 2021; 12(9):675. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12090675Chicago/Turabian Style
Bahir, Cody R. 2021. "From China to Japan and Back Again: An Energetic Example of Bidirectional Sino-Japanese Esoteric Buddhist Transmission" Religions 12, no. 9: 675. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12090675