Sunday, August 2, 2009

Water Samadhi Repentance

2 days after my 2nd Dorje Khadro, a yellowish substance oozes out from my eye and I did further repentances such as Water Samadhi Repentance at a local chinese temple, make a lamp litghting offering there with my name written on it, and reciting the The Dharani called ' Possessing the Limbs of All the Buddhas' which was recently adviced by Kyabje Lama Zopa for preventing untimely death and avoiding the A (H1N1) flu and other illnesses. After all these repentances, and going for the scan, the result of the scan turned out to be "all clear". Thank goodness. I heaved a sigh of relief and bowed immediately to the Buddha (and the nurse as well). To show my gratitude to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, I did my 3rd Dorje Khadro that night and right after that, went to the 2nd night of Water Samadhi Repentance (even though it was already late and going to end soon when I reached there).

But it's ok. No trouble is too troubling had I not had a clean report from the doctor. I wrote more of this in my "dream book" notepad. My mother said I should not be listening to the doctor. I disagreed. I said if he had cheated me, that's his problem. He will bear with his karma sooner or later. There is no escape. However, if his advice is true and I donot listen, and something happen to me, it is my fault. And I am not going to save my money just because of a probability of it being untrue. I am not going to live in regret of not going to the scan when I had the chance. I told my mother she must be clear about matters.

Tonight I would not be able to go to the final volume of the Water Samadhi Repentance as I have an invited dinner to attend and I have to fetch others to go there too. But I will be mindful of the Buddhas, Bodhisattavs and Sagely Ones whom I deeply respect and pay my homage! As a closing to this post, I will append below the story behind the Water Samadhi Repentance ritual. I had been doing this repentance for a long time, even before my formal practice in Tibetan Buddhism. There is no reason for me to give up my Chinese Mahayana practices even though I am in Vajrayana now.
Origin of the Holy Water Repentance Ritual
(Compassionate Samadhi Water Repentance Ritual)

The Holy Water Repentance Ritual is attributed to a famous monk -- Wu Da (literally, Realization without Obstruction) during China's Tang Dynasty. Wu Da became a monk at the age of 7 and by age of 14, he was already preaching Buddha Dharma to the emperor.

One time when Monk Wu Da was young and visiting various temples, he encountered an ill monk residing next to him at a temple. This monk he met had ulcers all over his body and reeked rancid and odorous smells. All, except Wu Da, stayed away from him. Wu Da sympathized with this monk and often took care of him. Later on, this monk recovered. In return for his kindness, this monk told Wu Da: "I appreciate your kindness. If you ever run into a difficult situation in the future, please come to Jiulong Mountain at the County of Peng in the Province of Sichuan. The location where I reside is marked by two pine trees joined together. My name is Kanaka." The recovered monk then left.

Later in life, due to his many virtuous deeds and highly regarded practice, he was elevated the head monk of the state by the emperor (around 869 A.D.) Wu Da is actually not his original dharma name, but a name given by the emperor. One time, with this incomparable rise of fame and power, he succumb to the feeling of pride while preaching the dharma. Just as sudden as this sense of pride surfaced in his mind, out of no where, a ball of some sort came flying into his left knee. Immediately, a human face appeared on his left thigh, with eyes, brows, mouth and even teeth, all indistinguishable from a real human face. This face was so alive that it even required daily feed of food and water. Monk Wu Da was in excruciating pain everyday but no doctors could find a cure.

One day, Wu Da remembered what Kanaka had said to him many years before. He then left for Sichuan in order to find his old friend for help. When he finally came to the right mountain and hiked up the rough and difficult path, the only thing that was clear was that he had no idea where to go to find his friend's residence. Then all of a sudden, he saw two pine trees at a distance, joined together as described by his friend. Upon arrival, he found a grandiose building, with his friend greeting at the gate. After describing his troubles, he was assured by Kanaka that it would be a simple matter and that his wound would be cleansed by the water under the rock the next day.

Next morning, Wu Da was led by a child servant to the site of the spring. Just as he was about to cleanse his ulcers with the samadhi water, the face shouted out angrily: "Do not wash it! Do not wash it! Did you read the history from the West Han Dynasty about the story between Ang Yuan and Tsuo Chao?" "Yes", Wu Da answered. "Then you should know that Ang Yuan wrongfully murdered Tsuo Chao. You were Ang Yuan and I was Tsuo Chao at the time. You falsely accused me of wrong doing in front of the emperor and caused me to be bisected at waist as a painful punishment. I have been trying to avenge myself ever since. However, you have been a disciplined monk during your past 10 lives and had many shields from the protectors of Buddha Dharma. I was finally able to approach you when your pride surfaced because of the special treatment you were getting from the emperor. Now, thanks to Kanaka, this water will resolve our long-standing bad karma and I will no longer seek retaliation in the future".

Wu Da, this famous head monk of the state, was scared to death and washed off the ulcers immediately. He then fainted due to the excruciating pain that was penetrating to the bones. When he woke up, the human face on his thigh had disappeared. He returned to the pine trees to thank Kanaka. But he could not find even a trace of the house.

As an appreciation for Venerable Kanaka's compassion that made him realize the karma from past lives, he built a hut at that location. The repentance ritual he performed daily at dawn and dusk is the Compassionate Samadhi Water Repentance we have today.



jessica said...

Hi, i'm trying to translate the meaning of all three parts of the water repentance (from Chinese to Indonesian) into a more detailed explanation. I'm wondering do you have any reference about the meaning of the sutra in English? So far I can only find the origin of the sutra. Thanks!

jessica said...

Hi, I'm trying to interpret the whole 3 parts of the Water Repentance from Chinese to Indonesian. I'm wondering do you have any reference about it? Thank you.

Mahabodhiyana said...

No I am sorry, I donot have the English translation but the monks and nuns at Budddhist temples might have. You can ask around.

jessica said...

Thanks for suggestion.

jessica said...

Thanks for your suggestion.