Astus wrote:How fascinating. I wonder on what basis does the CTTB claim this to be restricted to them. Or is it just the translation they worry about but not the Chinese and other translations?
CTTB is well aware of the other translations that are circulating around the web and in other monasteries, however, the version that was done by BTTS is strictly to be in the confines of CTTB, because it has updated hand gestures and the Ven. Master's own commentaries on the hands, also there were issues with the mantras in the past, so the Master was able to fix this, not only that, but the version that was done by CTTB has the full commentary to each verse and function in the lines of the Great Compassion mantra and the 42 hands and eyes, and how one can use its verses and what should be done prior to using the verses etc., but no, CTTB doesn't claim that this dharma is theirs, only that the version of their text should not be circulated openly, and as far as I know, CTTB is the only place that transmits the hands and eyes with the proper preliminary practices before the actual practice of the hands and eyes.
A friend of mine scanned a version of the Dharani Sutra that he had received in Malaysia, and sent it over to me. I compared the version that BTTS did with the one my friend showed me, and there were differences in the mantras and mudras, also the commentary by the Master was very clear and precise as to how to use the gestures, whereas the other one just had pictures and mantras and the praise that goes a long with each hand. There are also various 'platforms' one has to establish before engaging in the actual practice that the other sutra my friend sent me didn't talk about. So, yeah, you can see why DRBA is very strict against the propagation of this sutra. It is mainly because it has all the preliminary practices inside that guide the practitioner on how to truly make full use of the hands and eyes.
I apologize if I seemed too dramatic or if any of you felt I was 'trampling' in your business. I've had a lot of heat and scolding because I looked at this teaching which wasn't transmitted to me, and I know how important it is to CTTB so I try to inform others as best as I can so that one doesn't steal the dharma or do something that they're not supposed to do. I'd rather inform people first rather than have them misleaded and do something improper and have the seeds of that negative karma bear fruit, and result in negative conditions for them in the future. I hope you all understand.