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face. However, there is a chance that the
most intimidating of enemies may topple
forward onto the ground at your feet if you
merely alter your position by a few inches
or degrees of angle at just the right moment.
In that sense, to say we prefer to "adapt"
rather than to "make forward
advancements" hits the mark. +

Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi of Noda-shi. Japan, is the grand-
master of rhe nine historical warrior traditions that make up
the foundation fo the Kasumi-An martial arts training

Dainichi Nyorai in Japanese)' ' or "willing-
ness of grander truth to be known" makes
it possible for us to see through our human
limitations and go on to "awakened con-
sciousness". In other words, Mahavairocana
as the dharmakaya "body of essential ulti-
mate universal truth" communicates its truth
to us in a way that we can apprehend it if
we try.

The vajrayana teachings, known as
Mikkyo in Japan, were developed in north-
ern India, and were only later carried on to
China, Japan, ~ o n g i i a , and Tibet. In

Indian Roots ancient India, the greatest teaching center for
these vajrayana doctrines and practices was

of Mikkyo a Nalanda thousand University, years before which it was lasted finally for burned almost
by Rev. C . Jikai Choffy to the ground by Moslem invaders who

Mikkyo is the Japanese ~ ~ a j r a ~ a n a swept into India with their Islamic tradition.
"diamond vehicle" spiritual practice By the time of that destruction, however, the
historically associated with feudal Japan's vajra~ana teachings had been transmitted
ninja warrior families. Originally an Indian successfully on to the rest of Asia.
development, the Japanese vajrayana method Much of the lore that came to be known
has been preserved and handed down by two as Japanese Mikkyo was carried from India 1
distinct lineages in Japan for almost 1,200 to China by an Indian master of vajrayana
years. The Tendai tradition was brought back known as V&&,adhi. Trained at Nalanda
from China in 805 by the e University from child-
scholar priest Saicho, later hood and motivated to ,
known as Dengyo Daishi, carry the enlighten-
the founder of the temple ment teachings to the
complex atop Mt. Hiei. world outside of India,
Thc Shingon tradition was Vajrabodhi arrived in
brought back in 806 by China in 719, having
Saicho's fellow traveller travelled through Java
Kukai, later known as and Sri Lanka.
Kobo Daishi, who estab- While on the island of
lished his center atop Mt. Java, Vajrabodhi first
Koya. met the man who was to

The main theory behind become his devoted
the practice of Mikkyo is disciple, Amoghavajra,
based on studying the truth to whom he transmitted
of our human experience as the esoteric vajrayana
our approach to the realiza- init iations. Later, "
tion of universal ultimate Amoghavajra joined his
truth. n -e use a method teacher Vajrabodhi in
h n u - n as reaching for the China. where the senior
attainment of sarnnirsu. or teacher Vajrabodhi
"triple secrets ' alignment, taught until his death in
to brine about the realiza- the year 74 1.
tion w inred . This three-way awakening to
ultimate truth is possible by means of taking
charge of our inner vision ("how we see
things" ). our speech ("how we understand
and communicate things"), and our actions
("how we bring things about"). We must
work to bring our personal thoughts, com-
munications. and actions into harmony with
those of a grander universal ideal as "role
model a .

This alignment of personal direction with
that of grander universal truth occurs through
a process known as adhisthana in the original
Sanskrit. and kaji in Japanese. Through this
kaji, the "grace of Mahavairocana (or

Amoghavajra staled on in China himself,
spending the rest
esoteric texts and
among Chinese practitioners

Koya in the year 806.

student Huiko eventually became the teacher
of Kukai. who then went on to establish the
Japanese Shingon Mikkyo tradition of Mt.

Subhakarasimha was another In
master of vajrayana who left India to teac
in China. He arrived in China in the year
7 16. at the advanced age of eighty years old.
He is credited with the major work of trans-
lating the Mahavairocana Sutra (known as
the Dainichi Kyo in the Japanese language)

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