My dear friends, from Beijing to Lhasa, Mt. Kailas to Canton, China is a wondrous land of
infinite wisdom. With the most temples, highest mountains, largest monasteries and grandest
palaces in the world, it is also home to many of most powerful martial, medicinal and
spiritual masters in the world. Relatively unchanged since ancient times there are thousands
of different tribes in China, Tibet, Xinjiang, Mongolia and Manchuria that are still
living as their ancestors have since the noble dynasties of the golden age. Their temples
and caves are full of chanting monks and nuns, houses full of grain, and there
is a fresh air of peace and prosperity radiating throughout the land. That's
why right now is the best time in modern history to go and see for yourself. The
revolutions are long over and the shopping malls haven't taken over yet. A brief moment in
modern time where people still wear tribal clothing, sing songs of spiritual liberation
and journey from temple to temple amongst the vast array of snow peaked mountains that
reach out into the heavens. Whether your Sacred Journey is to study the wisdom traditions
of health, healing and enlightenment, make a pilgrimage to the sacred mountains, or
just for the adventure may you attain the everlasting state of joyous luminosity!!!
During the seventies the founder of Sacred Journeys Linhai began learning the
sacred martial, medicinal, and wisdom traditions of the Far East in his home town
of New York City. He was captivated by the exploration of qi, channels, chakras,
mind, Zen, Dzog Chen, Mahamudra and the stories of the legendary masters of
antiquity who could fly through the sky, walk through mountains, crush rocks, heal
people with a wave of their hand and so on. Linhai was told many times though that
during the Cultural Revolution all of the temples in China were destroyed and all
of the great masters had fled to the West. Never-the-less Linhai was unwaveringly
drawn to the magic of the Orient and by the time he reached twenty three China's
bamboo curtain was just lifting, so in 1984 he went to see for himself what China
was really like. After all, "you gotta go to know", and what he found was
vastly different than what he expected. Though they were just cleaning up after the
hurricane of Western Globalization and the Cultural Revolution he found that
you didn't have to have a view of the Great Perfection to see that China was
the most expansive Dharma nation in the world. Temples, palaces, monks and nuns
covered the landscape in every direction from Lhasa to Beijing and the great
masters with their special abilities and siddhi powers were everywhere. Soon after
arriving in China Linhai made it to the legendary Shaolin Temple. He received
the Sudden Enlightenment Qianneng Empowerment and immidiately realized
the material reality and life force of qi energy; ki or prana. Then the late
great Abbot Dechan grabbed him by the hand and while telling him his past, present,
and future gave him a transmission of Bodhicitta that opened his eyes to the
great compassion of the Buddha's light and set the future course of his life.
As the years rolled by Linhai continued his Sacred Journey through the four corners
of the Central Kingdom from Manchuria to Tibet, Xin Jiang to Hong kong. He found and
endless array of hill tribes, high plains nomads, hidden valleys, villages, temples
and hermits that had no contact with the outside world and still lived in nature like
the American Indians used before the Europeans arrived four or five generation ago.
Hiking, hitching and treking on horseback Linhai met hundreds of great martial,
medicinal and spiritual masters that have all helped ripen his being and found
that the ones with the legendary powers were still in China sitting like a mountain
with a view like the sky. Protected by the dharmapalas they were undisturbed by the
karmic winds of revolution demonstrating the highest levels of skillful means and wisdom.
During the 1700's the West began invading China by 1912 was eventually
overthrown by America ending the noble Qing Dynasty. The Communists
liberated China in 1949 but the Cultural Revolution began in 1965
and lasted until 1976. These extremely turbulent times created tremendous
destruction and an exodus from the central kingdom. Some were refugees and some
went to the West to fulfill the prophesy of Shakyamuni and Padmasambhava. However,
where less than a fraction of one percent of the population left the vast majority
stayed behind to put the power of their Dharma realization
to the test saving their lives, communities, monasteries and carry on the
wisdom traditions in the sacred mandala of their homeland. Martial arts masters like
Huang Feihong, Wang Xiangzhai, Wan Lisheng and millions of others didn't just
practice the martial arts in the dojo recreationally, they perfected it by really
using it to survive the chaos of western invasions and revolutions where
hundreds of millions of their countrymen have died. Medicine masters like Zhou
Qianchuan and abbot Juzan perfected their healing arts by treating the constant
stream of patients with their spiritual energy and traditional medical systems.
Spiritual masters such as Tsewang Rimpoche didn't flee when the Red Guards came
the Huang Long Monastery. He flew above the temple and after they couldn't shoot
him down with their machine guns they ran away in repentance. The temple remains
unscathed to this day as the symbol of a real Dharmapala at work. The Panchen Lama is
another great master who stayed behind to work with the powers that be to resurrect
the Vajrayana teachings and rebuild temples and became know as "the light of Tibet"
for his magnanimous work. In the great expanse of mind's treasure China is an
indestructible mandala of the great perfection and a renaissance of their ancient
culture and wisdom traditions are currently in bloom.
Sacred Journeys grew from these grass root experiences of bodhicitta and a yearning
to help others gain access to the rich and wonderful experiences the Far East has to
offer. Right now as you read this introduction there are great living Buddhas,
Bodhisattvas, Maha Siddhis, Immortals, Dakinis, and masters of all kinds bestowing
the highest levels of blessings, empowerments and teachings the Dharma has to offer.
Great Zen masters such as Yongxin has thousands of visitors every day. Great tertons
like Jigme Puntsog has ten thousand monks in residence practicing the freshly revealed
terma treasures of Padmasambhava. Gatuo Rimpoche has guided over ten thousand
people in obtaining the rainbow body and a new generation of masters such as Adzom
Rimpoche gathers tens of thousands of people for his empowerments and teachings. Where
else can you find such wonder? Sacred Mountains like Emei, Kailas, Wutai, Wudang, and
thousands of others have many great masters guiding innumerable sentinent being into
the vast expanse as we speak, and if you have fortunate karma to meet with one of them,
you too can receive the blessings of the East.
Whether you are going sight seeing, horse back riding or mountain climbing Sacred Journeys
would like to help you realize your goal. If you are going on pilgrimage this is where you have
to go. Whether you are organizing a private tour or going with one of our groups the
journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.
So give us a call!!!
In the sphere of ultimate reality this is Dewachen !!!
Land of Supreme Bliss.
Empowerment in Amdo
Shaolin Abbot, Dechan
Master Wang Xiangzhai
His Holiness Juzan
The Panchen Lama