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ifting the Veil off Fourteen Root Infractions in Tantric “B

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admin 发表于 2014-05-22, 12:20 PM. 发表在: TrueHeartNews
Published:2014/05/22 08:00
(By the True Heart News interviewing team in Taipei)
The cultivation of the Vajrayana Tantra and the contents of the associated fourteen tantric root infractions, or root downfalls, have long been shrouded in mystery and have been inaccessible subjects for Chinese Buddhists. That is to be changed now. Tsongkhapa’s exposition of the fourteen root downfalls has recently been translated into Chinese by Tshangyang Dorje (昌央多杰), providing scholars of the four major tibetan “Buddhist” sects access to the study of tantric precepts. The fourteen root infractions of Tibetan Tantric buddhism were established specifically for the Vajrayana Tantra, and have nothing to do with the Buddhist precepts.
Tibetan “Buddhism” bases its exegesis of the fourteen root infractions upon Tsongkhapa’s Fruit Clusters of Siddhis, which defines each precept and details their ordination procedures. Moreover, because of his preference for and attachment to the Highest Yoga Tantra (Anuttarayoga Tantra), Tsongkhapa consciously included the underlying philosophy of the Highest Yoga Tantra in his explication of the associated fourteen root infractions.
In Vajrayana, sexual Tantra is practiced by all guru masters of the four sects of Tibetan “Buddhism,” and has demoralized Tibet since the late Ming Dynasty. Political rivalry amongst the four sects and their discrepant interpretations of the tantric precepts further exacerbated the situation and brought about chaos in Tibet. The resulting political and social turbulence prompted Tsongkhapa to compile the first complete and systematic exposition of the fourteen tantric root infractions.

As the Gelug sect took over the leadership power in the Tibetan theocracy starting with the fifth dalai lama, the exegesis of the root infractions by Tsongkhapa, a patriarch of the Gelug lineage, was deemed correct and naturally became the most authoritative guidelines for Vajrayana practitioners. It has been devoutly and unquestioningly adhered to ever since.
In Old Tibet, tantric doctrines had been guarded with absolute secrecy and were rarely transmitted to outsiders. However, after the 14th Dalai Lama went into exile in Dharamsala, India, in the mid-twentieth century, the esoteric tantra has been deliberately taught and disseminated to Westerners publicly, especially Hollywood luminaries, with the goal of popularizing Tibetan Tantric “Buddhism.” As for the people in mainland China and Taiwan, they did not learn the truth about Vajrayana Tantra until Tibetan "Buddhism" made its way back from the West to Asia.
The Vajrayana Tantra had been propagated in Old Tibet for centuries. But because of geographical isolation and inaccessibility, its spread was very limited in mainland China. The exile of the 14th Dalai Lama prompted a swift and global expansion of Vajrayana’s tantric Couple-Practice. Given the liberal attitude toward sexual matters in Europe and America, Westerners usually do not resist the sexual tantra as much as conservative Asians.
To make matter worse, the 14th Dalai Lama has been preaching the Vajrayana Tantra as a kind of Buddhist cultivation. With open endorsement from some hedonic Hollywood celebrities, Tantric “Buddhism” built up an international popularity almost overnight, transforming this once obscure cultish faith that preaches sex as a means of spiritual enlightenment into the most-recognized Buddhist branch for Westerners, the majority of whom have practically no knowledge of orthodox Buddhism.
The last few decades saw Tantric “Buddhism” coming back to haunt Asia. Today, Tibetan Tantric “Buddhism” is spreading underground in mainland China, while in Japan, Shingon Buddhism is allowing its monastics to marry and have children in the temple. In terms of Buddhist doctrinal practice, the essence of Mahayana Buddhism has been totally adulterated in Japan and has degenerated into a theistic faith, deviating far from the Bodhisattva Way as well.
All gurus of Tibetan “Buddhism” are bound by the vow to expound the dharma in writing and therefore must publish books on the Tantra once they are conferred the guru status. Since their works focus entirely on the Vajrayana Tantra and oftentimes duplicate each other’s materials, the mass of books they flood the market with are drowning out the ones composed by Dharma masters of orthodox Buddhism and fueling the trend of Couple-Practice cultivation in China.
The film industry is another advocate of Tibetan “Buddhism.” Movies such as Little Buddha and A Kid from Tibet praise the Tibetan gurus as living gods, as if all maroon-robed lamas possess extraordinary powers and profound insight of the Buddha Dharma, while in reality, they only specialize in the Couple-Practice Tantra which is altogether perverted and non-Buddhist in nature.
Many fictions and movies glamorize the mudras, or hand-seals, of Tantric “Buddhism” as being able to effectuate amazing supernatural powers. People not in the know have no idea that the “action hand seals,” for instance, actually symbolizes highly complicated sex positions. In fact, these mudras are gestures for entangling body parts in the bedchamber.
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