The Holy Cross


The Cross is a secret symbol of Ancient Mysteries, and is used by some religions, such as Christianity, as a major symbol. However, do you know that the Cross is also an important secret symbol in Buddhism? Here are the evidences:
  • The Greatly Wonderful Vajra, The Immortality Liquid Kundali, The Flaming Topknot, The Blazing and Majestic Buddha-Summit Scripture (Taisho Tripitaka 0965) says:

    At that time, the All-Buddhas-Summit-Wheel-King had settled the seats of the eight directions, and manifested on them the eight Buddha-Summit-Wheel-Kings. Then, the Bhagavan manifested further His relatives of the Seven Treasures, such as Styi Treasure, Horse Treasure, Treasury-Master Treasure, Precious Wheel Treasure, Elephant Treasure, Wish-Fulfilling Pearl Treasure, Military Treasure, and so forth, who were surrounding this Great Wheel. And then, the Bhagavan entered into Hooking Summon Samadhi, which omnipresently summons all beings of Dharma-Realm. His purpose of doing so, is to settle all sentient beings on the Way, help them achieve the Unsurpassed Bodhi quickly, and let the sentient beings, who are still in births and deaths, attain Buddha-Bodies.

    At that time, the billions of Buddhas of the ten directions, having perceived this Hooking Summon launched by the Buddha-Summit-Wheel-King who contains all Buddhas, all manifested their supernatural powers from their Concentrations, therefore, myriad varied treasures, such as precious flowers, precious garlands, precious perfumes, precious lamps, precious fabrics, and so forth, were rained down. These Buddhas arrived the Great Vajra Precious Peak Edifice located at the empty space of Dharma-Realm, congregated in the empty space, and said together:

    'Bhagavan the Wheel King, why not speak the Dharma of the Cross, to enable all sentient beings to attain Buddha-Bodies quickly within their present lifetimes?'

    Then, the Buddha-Summit-Wheel-King who contains all Buddhas, having heard this request, in order to manifest the mighty power of His great divine omnipresence, in order to reveal the Root that all Buddhas' cultivations have reached, and the Cultivation-Dharma of the past Buddhas, present Buddhas, and future Buddhas, in order to enable virtuous men and virtuous women to accomplish great Buddha-Works in their present lifetimes without abandoning their flesh bodies, and in order to give all sentient beings the benefit of attaining Buddha-Bodies, He spoke these Vajra Blazing and Majestic Light Buddha-Summit Wheel King Omnipotent Cross True Words: ......

    [The Original Chinese Text]

  • Dharma-Wheel-Turning Bodhisattva's Dharma That Defeats Demons And Enemies (Taisho Tripitaka 1150) says:

    ...and then, write on the top of the banner the True Words of Unhindered-King-Cross-Buddha-Summit......then, place your hand on the banner, and recite 108 times these Buddha-Summit True Words of the Cross......

    [The Original Chinese Text]

  • The Great Blue Vajra Yaksa's Dharma That Dispels Ghosts and Demons (Taisho Tripitaka 1221) says:

    If some acupuncture treatments are needed for the sick person, there are nine places that should be acupunctured. The first place is the Cross at his head, the second is Wind-Door Pit, the third is......

    [The Original Chinese Text]

  • The Five Lamps Meet At The Origin says:

    Everybody, you should know that, when a Realized One meets another person, if he meets with that one at the Cross of the street, he will do the handshake on the summit of the Thousand Peaks; if he meets with that one on the summit of the Thousand Peaks, he will do the handshake at the Cross of the street.

    [The Original Chinese Text]

  • The Quotations Selected by the Emperor says:

    Q: The gate of the Cross is not located at the tongue, and the places that the five-colored line break are at the feet. Venerable master, could you please explain that what is "The gate of the Cross is not located at the tongue"?

    The master answered: Whoever comes, give him some tea to drink.

    Q: What is "Break the five-colored line at the bottom of the heels"?

    A: Whoever comes, let him sit under the ground.

    The student said: Crack the gate of the Cross, and break the five-colored line!

    The master hit him, and said: You must eat thirty stick-hits for each of them.

    [The Original Chinese Text]

  • Furthermore, there is an old Chinese saying, which is familiar to the practitioners of Taoism and Buddhism. The saying is:

    The Cross of the street is the proper place to practice meditation

    [The Original Chinese Text]
So, where is the Cross? This secret has been revealed by the above pictures and scriptural texts.

The Original Chinese Texts:

大妙金剛大甘露軍拏利焰鬘熾盛佛頂經》(大正藏 0965)云:

爾時一切佛頂輪王。施八方坐位。各現八種佛頂輪王相已。時世尊復現七寶眷屬女寶馬寶主藏神寶輪寶象寶如意珠寶兵寶等。周匝圍繞此大輪四面。爾時世尊。復入鉤召三摩地。遍虛空法界。盡為鉤召。為欲安立一切有情速至無上菩提道故。為令處生死便證佛身。時十方俱胝諸佛。聞攝一切佛頂輪王鉤召。悉於定中出現神通。雨諸寶雨寶花寶鬘寶香寶燈寶繒等。俱到虛空法界大金剛寶峯樓閣。於虛空中而集咸言世尊。輪王何不說十字之法。令一切有情現世速得佛身。

爾時攝一切佛頂王。聞是語以為欲顯大神通威力故。欲說根本諸佛所證修行故。過去諸佛修行法故。現在諸佛修行法故。未來諸佛修行法故說。令善男子善女人。只於此生不轉肉身能成大佛事故。為利益一切有情獲得成佛身故。即說金剛熾盛光明佛頂輪王自在十字真言曰。

轉法輪菩薩摧魔怨敵法》(大正藏1150)云:
又於幢頂上書無礙王十字佛頂真言。

轉法輪菩薩摧魔怨敵法》又云:
按於幢上誦十字佛頂真言一百八遍。

青色大金剛藥叉辟鬼魔法》(大正藏1221)云:
若應炙其病人。炙有九處。一者頂十字中。二者風門穴中。三者[面/且]鏡。四者心臟。五者丹田。六者左風市。七者右風市。八者左彭矯穴。九者右彭矯穴。

五燈會元》卷第十九:
大眾須知,悟了遇人者,向十字街頭與人相逢,卻在千峰頂上握手。向千峰頂上相逢,卻在十字街頭握手。

禦選語錄》:
問。舌無十字關。腳斷五色線。請問和尚。如何是舌頭上無十字關。

師雲。恁麼的人來。與他茶喫。

進雲。如何是腳跟下斷五色線。

師雲。恁麼的人來。教他地下坐著。

進雲。打破十字關。掃斷五色線。

師打雲。你替他各喫三十棒。

  • 另,古有「十字街頭好打坐」一語,亦頗為人所熟知。


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