Master Feng Zhou, The Dragon’s Garland, and Xi’an

Only a few days before flying to Xian did I come to understand what would be my work there. The Seven Siddhas had told me that they saw that I would need to place and activate each of the enlightened pearls from the Dragon’s Garland at specific locations in Xian to raise powerful enlightened energies of ancient enlightened masters that once influenced society. They said this would bring peace between China and Taiwan, elevate the ancient Taoist and Buddhist teachings for all of China, and be the key to bringing peace and harmony to the world.

The Seven had given me vague descriptions of where to go in Xian to use my mystical Buddhist abilities to activate the Dragon’s Garland pearls. I felt like I was going on some sort of a spiritual scavenger hunt.

On the first day in Xian, I met with the team for the China-World-Universe-Enlightenment mission briefing. I met with Siyana, who had joined me from the last Mt. Kurama retreat in Kyoto, and Kenjin, an accomplished previous student of mine. Kenjin also brought a few of his students. Joy – a very bright and balanced professional photographer born in Kenjin’s hometown and now living in LA, Elva – a Chinese social media influencer, working to help her 200,000 followers to be successful in their lives, and Gaoxing, a knowledgeable professional Xian tour guide.

Kenjin’s students were a bit bemused, but politely accepting of my explanations of ascended masters, places of power, UFOs, and saving the world by placing invisible dragon’s pearls around Xian. After the briefing, we were off to meet a Taoist master. The Seven Siddhas had foretold that I would need to find a Taoist Master as an ally. They said the master would offer important seeings about where each pearl of the Dragon’s Garland should be set and activated.

The Seven Siddhas said that Kenjin would be critical in finding the Taoist master. They said that Kenjin and Siyana were destined to help me in this work. They said that everything they’ve ever done for dharma in this and every past life has led them to this moment, this opportunity to ascend to the work of Vishnu, the world-dharma, a way much higher than the way of self-enlightenment. The Seven said that Kenjin and Siyana would be critically helpful in finding the masters that I would need to ally with to accomplish my work.

Having earlier agreed to help me with this work, Kenjin had told his Chinese meditation class over Zoom about his upcoming trip with me and that we needed to find a Taoist master in Xian who would help us with our work. One of Kenjin’s students knew someone who knew someone — who knew someone, and they set up a meeting for us with the Taoist master.

Kenjin had spoken to the master’s assistant and told her our mission. The Taoist master arranged transport for us from our hotel to his location. It was a very high-tonal impeccably executed experience. A driver in a Mercedes drove us an hour outside of Xian to a special mountain range. I don’t remember the Chinese name, but Kenjin said it was known as the “Dragon’s Back”, that it was the continental divide of North and South China, and that we’d meet the Taoist master at the foot of a mountain that is central to Taoism and quite famous.

When we arrived, the Taoist master, Feng Zhou came out to meet us. He appeared to be around 45 years old and had short greying hair and a distinguished trimmed beard of equal length with no mustache. He wore all white and was energetic and smiling. He showed us to his Taoist workshop. This is where he practiced his Taoist arts and disciplines. Here Feng Zhou would play an old Taoist lyre, create calligraphy masterpieces, and train in Tai Chi Chuan for dharma cultivation. Amongst Feng Zhou’s art and calligraphy, we sat down for tea, and I learned about the master’s life.

Feng Zhou spoke extensively, only giving Kenjin a few moments to translate for me. My notes here are a limited summary of his profound teachings.

He started by saying that he was very excited to meet me and that he had a seeing prior to my arrival. He saw that I would come to meet him, that I am a psychic, spiritual man who knows the world and the cosmos beyond all people – and that we would talk about and share high dharma about the cosmos.

I learned that Feng Zhou is 71 years old, but he looks and moves as if he’s far younger. He was living alone in a small hermitage on the famous Taoist mountain from 1992 – 2018. Then the government cleared everyone off of the mountain and destroyed any buildings there. Feng Zhou said China’s premier leader Xi Jinping had a Taoist seer who told him that a negative force, or being, or energy was draining the enlightened energy (or “dragon energy” as Feng Zhou called it) of the mountain, and would close off China from that energy for good unless Xi Jinping acted.

Feng Zhou told us that the mountain was the center of China and the doorway to the dragon (enlightenment). He said it was the center of China because of ascended enlightened masters who lived there for countless ages.

Feng Zhou lost his hermitage but was absolutely ready to continue with the highest dharma. So he decided to start teaching. Now he and his followers are building a 5 story Taoist center in town, central Xian. He invited me to come share the dharma there when it’s ready.

Feng Zhou said that kicking everyone off the mountain stopped the negative force. Then he said that he was raising the dragon energy of China to bring it to the world for peace, harmony, and enlightenment. To achieve this, he explained, there were several steps required. He said that he was excited because I was doing the same work as him.

The steps are:

  1. Put an empowered Red Jade Dragon in a specific Xian Zen temple. This physical object is infused with many metaphysical structures to promote the elevation of the dragon energy.
  2. Share Chinese culture. Sharing culture will bring harmony and the dragon energy will flourish.
  3. Share enlightenment. Express dharma in the highest way. Feng Zhou will not just teach a “village”, but work in a “federation”, higher than the United Nations to bring enlightenment to the whole world.

Feng Zhou told me he got bored of Taoist texts/intellectual understandings and searched for greater truth. He said, he won’t speak to me about concepts from any book, that he will speak to me genuinely, only from his experience and awareness.

He said that ascended masters came to him. Andromeda, Pleiades, Arcturus, and a tall blue-skinned man were his teachers. These teachers empowered Feng Zhou and he did chakra meditation. Feng Zhou showed me pictures of him being with his masters. In the pictures, there were beautiful lights around him as he sat on the mountain.

Then Feng Zhou asked about me and what led me to him. Kenjin told him my story of illness and transformation to world-dharma work. Feng Zhou was fascinated by my story of healing. He talked about how powerful music and sound are for healing. He said that I, Ahjan, am living proof. Feng Zhou told us that he worked with a Canadian doctor in an experiment that proved his Taoist lyre music healed internal organs.

Feng Zhou said that he wanted to create a band with healing instruments and music. He said he had 9 crystal bowls in one of the other rooms. He said that his music is called the Dragon’s Roar because it is the sound of enlightenment.

Feng Zhou said he was very happy to meet me – very excited! He said he sees that I do the same work he does, bringing peace, harmony, and enlightenment to the world.

During a break, while I was appreciating one of Feng Zhou’s large calligraphy paintings, “The Great Supreme”, Kenjin came over to me and said he had never seen a Taoist or Buddhist in China talk about stuff like this, especially a recognized master. I laughed and said that we found the one Taoist master in China who is on the same page/UFO as us in our work.

Feng Zhou said he wants to help me and that I can ask anything of him. I asked about the locations for the pearls of the Dragon Garland and about his thoughts on ecological harmony. He immediately told us the 12 places to activate the pearls of the Dragon’s Garland and then spoke of being in balance with nature.

He said that in Taoism they recognize that nature in the outside world is the same as nature in the mind. He said that people try to fix nature, but make it worse because they come from self. He told a story of a river that ran out of fish because of things that man did to create imbalance. Later, others wanted to restore the fish to the river, but by putting fish back in the river they created a whole new imbalance. I didn’t get the story details, just the main point.

Then Feng Zhou played his Taoist lyre for us and it was very magical. He used Qi Gong breathing and power from his Dantean, along with clear, powerful dimensions from the sacred mountain. For me, it was a meditation. I felt the dimensions of the mountain and the enlightened energy of the dragon. I was able to attune to the vibration so that I could recall it and reconnect to Feng Zhou’s power for my work in the future.

I recognized all of Feng Zhou’s words as truth. Everything he said aligned with what I knew to be true, and I felt a deep sense of validation and clarity from his teachings. I was profoundly grateful to have met him and to have experienced his profound insights and wisdom. Feng Zhou’s guidance was incredibly helpful, providing direction and deeper understanding for my work. I have a deep recognition of Feng Zhou’s mastery and attainment of wisdom, appreciating the powerful ways he embodies and shares his spiritual knowledge.

Just before bidding us farewell, Feng Zhou said that this was a good first meeting and that he’d like to keep in touch and for me to come to visit him again and that he’d like to visit me in America. I was honored. I was happy that we could stay connected and collaborate in the future. As a parting gift, he gave me a calligraphy that he had made just for me. It was called “The Lotus of Purity and Love” and had a red heart painted on the bottom.

Activating the Pearls of the Dragon’s Garland

The next day, we set off for our first Dragon Garland location. We drove along the great mountains, the Dragon’s Back, to the first place where Lao Tzu taught Taoism and where he wrote the Tao Te Ching. Lao Tzu, the legendary sage and author of the Tao Te Ching, emphasized the importance of living in harmony with the Tao, the fundamental principle that underlies and unites the universe. His teachings encourage simplicity, humility, and the pursuit of wisdom, which resonate with the essence of the Golden Pearl.

This was a beautiful temple complex amidst majestic mountains. There we met a Taoist healing master who diagnosed our health conditions and cured us of future illnesses. Then we walked up the mountain to the actual temple where Tao Tzu taught. There we sat and began the transmission of the Golden Pearl, the pearl with the enlightened powers for spreading the Buddha Dharma. At the temple where Chinese enlightened teachings first began, we transmitted and activated the Golden Pearl. Kenjin became the holder of the pearl and we could feel the light of Taoism spring up through the heavy human aura of the world.

The Golden Pearl’s power to spread enlightened teachings and revitalize ancient wisdom is closely aligned with Lao Tzu’s teachings in several significant ways. Firstly, the Golden Pearl’s ability to revitalize ancient wisdom mirrors Lao Tzu’s focus on returning to the simplicity and purity of natural principles. By promoting ancient wisdom, the Golden Pearl encourages a reconnection with foundational truths that can guide individuals and societies towards a more harmonious existence. Secondly, the Golden Pearl’s role in spreading enlightened teachings aligns with Lao Tzu’s advocacy for spreading the understanding of the Tao. Lao Tzu taught that true knowledge comes from aligning with the Tao, and the Golden Pearl similarly works to disseminate spiritual insights that elevate consciousness and foster a deeper understanding of life’s interconnectedness. Finally, the Golden Pearl’s impact on global awakening to higher consciousness reflects Lao Tzu’s vision of a world where individuals live in accordance with the Tao. By fostering enlightened awareness, the Golden Pearl helps create conditions for a collective spiritual awakening, much like Lao Tzu’s teachings aim to cultivate wisdom and enlightenment on both personal and societal levels.

Next, following Feng Zhou’s directions, we went to Chongyang Temple, a Taoist temple where Wang Chongyang became enlightened and taught the famous Seven Taoist Masters. Wang Chongyang had created a new form of Taoism, incorporating Taoist philosophy, yogic disciplines, and mysticism. He also incorporated Buddhist insights and Confucianism. There we activated the Moon Pearl, the pearl that brings unity through acceptance of all truths.
The Moon Pearl’s qualities of advancement through mutual understanding, unity through acceptance, and promoting global harmony by dissolving barriers between people, cultures, and ideologies align closely with the teachings and legacy of Wang Chongyang and the Seven Taoist Masters.

Wang Chongyang, the founder of the Quanzhen School of Taoism, emphasized the integration of Taoist, Buddhist, and Confucian teachings. His approach to spirituality was inherently inclusive, advocating for the acceptance and synthesis of diverse spiritual paths. This aligns with the Moon Pearl’s promotion of unity through acceptance, encouraging a collective spirit where different ideologies and cultures can coexist harmoniously.

The Seven Taoist Masters, Wang Chongyang’s foremost disciples, continued to advance his teachings by embodying and spreading these principles of inclusivity and mutual understanding. The Moon Pearl’s focus on dissolving barriers between people and cultures resonates with their efforts to bridge gaps between different spiritual traditions and to foster a more unified and harmonious society. Moreover, the Moon Pearl’s role in fostering global harmony through mutual understanding reflects Wang Chongyang’s vision of spiritual advancement. He believed that true progress comes from understanding and embracing the interconnectedness of all beings. By promoting a collective spirit and mutuality, the Moon Pearl embodies Wang Chongyang’s teachings on the importance of spiritual unity and the dissolution of divisive barriers. The Moon Pearl’s qualities elevate the inclusive and unifying principles of Wang Chongyang and the Seven Taoist Masters, emphasizing mutual understanding, acceptance, and global harmony as essential components of spiritual advancement and societal harmony.

Next, we went to the Thatched Roof Temple. This was the first Buddhist Temple in China. Kumarajiva was a Buddhist adept and expert Sanskrit-to-Chinese translator who lived near Kashmir and came to this temple. He was the first to bring complete Buddhist doctrines to China. A Chinese ruler was intrigued by what he had heard about Buddhism and sent an army to where Kumarajiva lived to bring him to China. The general decided to take over the town and keep Kumarajiva for himself as a prisoner, where he was forced to translate Buddhist texts for the general. Later, another Chinese ruler, hearing of this sent a larger army and freed Kumarajiva. Kumarajiva then moved to China and taught in the Thatched Roof Temple. There we activated the Blue Pearl – with the power to hold the enlightened truth, the pearl which holds the structures for holding enlightened insight and wisdom.

The Blue Pearl’s qualities align with and elevate the spiritual essence of the Thatched Roof Temple in Xi’an and the contributions of Kumarajiva. The Blue Pearl is known for its ability to bring forth spiritual teachings, provide insight and wisdom, and promote spiritual balance and good feelings. The Thatched Roof Temple, also known as the Caotang Temple, is historically significant as the place where Kumarajiva translated numerous Buddhist texts from Sanskrit to Chinese. Kumarajiva’s work at this temple was instrumental in spreading Buddhist teachings throughout China, which aligns perfectly with the Blue Pearl’s role in bringing forth spiritual teachings. Kumarajiva’s translations provided spiritual answers and wisdom to many, echoing the Blue Pearl’s quality of holding insight and wisdom. His efforts to make Buddhist texts accessible in Chinese were pivotal in establishing a strong foundation for Buddhism in China, much like how the Blue Pearl structures and disseminates spiritual teachings. Furthermore, the Blue Pearl’s ability to bring spiritual balance and good feelings is mirrored in the Thatched Roof Temple’s serene environment, which has long been a place of spiritual refuge and contemplation. The temple’s historical role in promoting Buddhist teachings and providing a space for spiritual growth aligns with the Blue Pearl’s mission to foster spiritual balance and well-being. The Blue Pearl’s attributes of advancing spiritual teachings, providing wisdom, and fostering spiritual balance closely relate to the historical and spiritual legacy of the Thatched Roof Temple and Kumarajiva’s transformative work in spreading Buddhism throughout China.

Next, we went to the ancestral home of, and very first Pure Land Buddhist Temple. This temple was beautiful, facing the Dragon’s Back mountain range. Here we placed the Cloud Pearl. The Cloud Pearl embodies the transformation from a limited state to enlightenment, the understanding of life’s transient nature, and the promotion of new ways for resolution and empowerment. In Pure Land Buddhism, these attributes are present in several key teachings. First, the Cloud Pearl’s transformation from a limited state to enlightenment is seen in Pure Land Buddhism’s focus on rebirth in the Pure Land. Followers believe that through faith in Amitabha Buddha and the recitation of his name (Nianfo), they can transcend the limitations of samsara and achieve enlightenment.

The Cloud Pearl’s understanding of life’s transient nature aligns with Pure Land Buddhism’s teachings on impermanence. The practice of seeking rebirth in the Pure Land encourages followers to recognize the temporary nature of earthly sufferings and aspire for a higher, more enduring state of spiritual existence.

Lastly, the Cloud Pearl’s promotion of new ways for resolution and empowerment is echoed in the compassionate and accessible practices of Pure Land Buddhism. By emphasizing the universal accessibility of Amitabha’s vows, Pure Land Buddhism provides a path to spiritual empowerment and equality, offering hope and a means to overcome life’s difficulties through faith and devotion.

The next day we started off early in the morning and headed to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda in Xian’s old city center. Xuanzang (the monk from the story Journey To The West) oversaw the construction of the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda to store the scriptures, statues, and relics he brought back from his pilgrimage.
There we climbed up five stories to where the Dharma Pearl is stored in a golden chest. At the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, precious Buddhist artifacts are housed, each contributing to the spiritual significance of the site. These Buddhist artifacts are imbued with blessings and empowerments connected to the enlightened teachings and practices upheld by the pagoda.

The Dharma Pearl is dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of Buddhist doctrines. The pearl represents the essence of dharma and the ethical principles that guide spiritual practice. It underscores the pagoda’s function as a center for Buddhist learning and moral guidance. Sitting before the Big Wild Goose Pagoda’s Dharma Pearl, we activated the Rainbow Pearl of the Dragon’s Garland. The Rainbow Pearl embodies every enlightened blessing together as one, much like Avalokiteshvara’s 1000 hands of compassion, creating environments where peace can flourish. This pearl nurtures equality, justice, and ethical principles, aligning seamlessly with the Big Wild Goose Pagoda in several ways.

The Big Wild Goose Pagoda was historically significant as a repository for sacred Buddhist texts brought from India by the monk Xuanzang. Similarly, the Rainbow Pearl represents the unity of enlightened blessings, promoting an environment where diverse spiritual teachings can coexist and flourish, fostering global peace and understanding. The Pagoda stands as a testament to the spread of Buddhist compassion and wisdom across China. The Rainbow Pearl, embodying Avalokiteshvara’s 1000 hands of compassion, mirrors this by nurturing environments of equality and ethical principles, which are essential for a compassionate and just society.

The Pagoda, a center for Buddhist learning, has been instrumental in disseminating Buddhist teachings and philosophies. The Rainbow Pearl’s essence of creating equality and justice resonates with the Pagoda’s role in educating and enlightening individuals, ensuring that ethical principles and justice are upheld in the pursuit of knowledge and spiritual growth. The Pagoda offers blessings similar to the Rainbow Pearl, fostering harmony, compassion, and enlightenment in the world.

Next, continuing our journey, we went to the Qinglong Temple. Qinglong Temple, also known as the Blue Dragon Temple, is a historically significant Buddhist temple in Xi’an. Dating back to the Tang Dynasty, it holds a pivotal role in the history of Vajrayana Buddhism. The temple is famous for its connection to the Japanese monk Kukai, who studied there before returning to Japan to establish Shingon Buddhism. Kukai’s teacher, Huiguo, a prominent and revered Chinese Buddhist monk, was a master of Esoteric Buddhism and played an important role in the transmission of Vajrayana Buddhism. Under his guidance, the temple became a significant hub for the study and practice of this profound Buddhist tradition. There we activated the White Pearl of the Dragon’s Garland. The White Pearl, which embodies the essence of instant enlightenment and the realization that one can achieve enlightenment in this lifetime, aligns deeply with Shingon Buddhism and the teachings of Kukai, as well the spiritual essence of Qinglong Temple.

Shingon Buddhism, founded by Kukai, emphasizes the attainment of enlightenment within one’s current lifetime. This awareness is the essence of the White Pearl’s power to facilitate the actualization of enlightenment in the present moment, highlighting the possibility of attaining spiritual awakening instantly. Kukai’s teachings focus on the inherent potential for enlightenment in every individual, which aligns with the White Pearl’s promotion of equal opportunities for spiritual growth.

Qinglong Temple served as a pivotal location for the development and dissemination of Vajrayana Buddhism in China and Japan. Kukai’s connection to this temple underscores its importance in the spread of esoteric Buddhist teachings. The temple’s serene and mystical atmosphere, enhanced by the presence of a monument to world peace, creates an ideal setting for meditate
ve practices that facilitate enlightenment, much like the White Pearl’s ability to foster spiritual awakening.

The White Pearl also supports the redistribution of resources and opportunities, aligning with the equitable principles of Shingon Buddhism that Kukai propagated. By encouraging the fair distribution of spiritual knowledge and practices, the White Pearl and Qinglong Temple both work towards creating an environment where enlightenment is accessible to all, fostering a collective movement towards spiritual equality and harmony.

Next, we went to Ba Xian An Palace, the Temple of the Eight Immortals. This temple is dedicated to the Eight Immortals, legendary figures in Taoist mythology who are believed to possess the power of immortality and the ability to perform miraculous deeds. The temple serves as a significant spiritual center for Taoist worship.

The temple features intricate architecture that reflects traditional Chinese design, with ornate roofs, detailed carvings, and vibrant murals depicting the stories and exploits of the Eight Immortals. These murals and statues within the temple vividly illustrate the Taoist principles of harmony, balance, and the pursuit of immortality.

The temple’s spiritual ambiance is enhanced by the numerous altars and halls dedicated to various deities and the Eight Immortals themselves. Each Immortal is honored with specific offerings and rituals that attract many devotees seeking blessings, guidance, and protection. The temple grounds also include tranquil gardens and courtyards, providing a serene environment for meditation and reflection. Here we activated the Green Pearl of the Dragon’s Garland.

The Green Pearl embodies resilience, eternal life, and nature’s balance, promoting sustainable practices that respect all forms of life and creating a world of abundance and harmony. This essence aligns with the Temple of the Eight Immortals in several ways.

First, the Green Pearl’s focus on resilience and eternal life mirrors the enduring legacy of the Eight Immortals, who are revered in Taoist mythology for their immortality and miraculous deeds. The temple, dedicated to these legendary figures, symbolizes the aspiration for eternal life and the strength to overcome life’s challenges, much like the resilient qualities of the Green Pearl. Second, the Green Pearl’s emphasis on nature’s balance and sustainable practices aligns with the Taoist principles depicted in the temple’s intricate architecture and vibrant murals. Taoism deeply values harmony with nature and advocates for a balanced coexistence with the environment. The temple’s spiritual presence and its annual temple fair, which attracts devotees seeking blessings, reflect this harmonious relationship with nature and the community, fostering a sense of collective well-being and sustainability. Lastly, the Green Pearl’s vision of a world of abundance and harmony is encapsulated in the teachings and cultural heritage of the Temple of the Eight Immortals. The temple’s rituals, stories, and celebrations promote a worldview where all forms of life are respected and cherished. This nurturing environment, enriched by the spiritual presence of the Eight Immortals, aligns with the Green Pearl’s mission to cultivate abundance and harmony in the world.

Following Feng Zouh’s directions, we next went to Wolong Temple. Wolong Temple, also known as the “Sleeping Dragon Temple,” is a revered Zen Buddhist site of great significance. Established during the Tang Dynasty, it has long been a center for Buddhist worship, attracting monks, scholars, and devotees over the centuries. The temple has classic, beautiful architecture, which includes intricately designed halls, serene courtyards, and lush gardens that provide a tranquil environment for meditation. Throughout its history, Wolong Temple has been a sanctuary for those seeking enlightenment and a deeper understanding of Buddhist philosophy. Its gardens, filled with ancient trees and blooming flowers, create a perfect backdrop for contemplation, embodying the temple’s enduring legacy as a place of refuge, learning, and spiritual empowerment.

The temple’s main hall, often referred to as the Hall of Heavenly Kings, is a focal point of worship and features statues of Buddhist deities and bodhisattvas, each meticulously crafted to inspire reverence and contemplation. In the Hall of Heavenly Kings was placed the large carved red jade dragon Feng Zhou spoke of. The jade dragon was empowered to maintain the enlightened energy of the Dragon’s Back. There we activated the Red Pearl of the Dragon’s Garland.

The Red Pearl, offering dharma power, spiritual empowerment, physical power, steadfastness, and resilience, aligns with the essence of Wolong Temple. The Red Pearl’s attribute of steadfastness and resilience mirrors the enduring presence of Wolong Temple throughout centuries of historical change. Just as the Red Pearl grounds energies to support enduring peace and equitable structures, Wolong Temple stands as a testament to the enduring nature of Buddhist teachings and the resilient spirit of its practitioners. The temple’s tranquil atmosphere fosters a deep connection to dharma, empowering individuals spiritually and physically to cultivate inner peace and strength.

The Red Pearl empowers the temple’s grounds as a place of meditation. Zen emphasizes direct experience and insight into one’s true nature, and the Red Pearl’s dharma power supports this by empowering practitioners to deepen their meditative practice and achieve greater spiritual clarity. Additionally, the Red Pearl empowers the Red Jade Dragon to maintain and amplify the enlightened energy of the Dragon’s Back. This vital energy source is crucial for the growth of the Asian circle of power, which aims to foster peace, harmony, and spiritual enlightenment across the region. The synergy between the Red Pearl and Wolong Temple contributes to the continuous flow and expansion of this enlightened energy, ensuring that the temple remains a beacon of resilience, spiritual growth, and lasting peace. Leaving this temple, we could feel a strong senes of the power of the dragon energy Feng Zhou spoke of.

Next, we went to Guangren Temple. As the only Tibetan Buddhist temple in Shaanxi province, Guangren Temple is imbued with the profound spiritual energy of Tibetan Buddhism. Its sacred atmosphere is heightened by the presence of important relics and the daily practices of resident monks, making it a powerful center for spiritual transformation.

The Gelug Tibetan Buddhism practiced at Guangren Temple is characterized by its rich traditions of mysticism, meditation, and rituals aimed at achieving enlightenment. The temple’s practices often include tantric rituals, visualization techniques, and the recitation of mantras, all of which are designed to cultivate spiritual powers and insights. The presence of significant relics and the daily devotion of the monks contribute to an environment where the mystical aspects of Buddhism are palpably felt. There we activated the Purple Pearl of the Dragon’s Garland.

The Purple Pearl, representing enlightened magic, Buddhist mysticism, spiritual miracles, and all siddhis, aligns deeply with the essence of Guangren Temple. The Purple Pearl enhances these practices by infusing the temple with the essence of enlightened magic and spiritual miracles. It supports the attainment of siddhis, or spiritual powers, which are a hallmark of advanced Tibetan Buddhist practice. These powers, which can include clairvoyance, telepathy, and the ability to perform miracles, are seen as byproducts of deep spiritual realization and practice.

Moreover, the Purple Pearl’s connection to Buddhist mysticism resonates with the ancient Bon practices, which emphasize shamanic rituals, magical rites, and the invocation of spirits. The integration of Bon practices with Tibetan Buddhism at Guangren Temple creates a unique blend of spiritual traditions that enrich the temple’s mystical atmosphere. The Purple Pearl amplifies these practices, providing a conduit for spiritual lessons and teachings of magical transformation, thereby fostering an environment where both historical Buddhist and Bon mysticism can thrive.

By placing the Purple Pearl at Guangren Temple, the temple’s inherent mystical energies are further activated, promoting the realization of spiritual miracles and the deepening of Buddhist wisdom. This synergy between the Purple Pearl and Guangren Temple serves to elevate the spiritual experiences of practitioners, helping them to harness the full potential of enlightened magic and mystical teachings.

Next, we went to Daxingshan Temple. One of the oldest Buddhist temples in China, Daxingshan Temple dates back to the Jin Dynasty. It features impressive halls such as the Hall of Heavenly Kings and the Sutras Collection Tower. The temple’s tranquil gardens and the revered statues of Guanyin add to its mystical ambiance, making it a sanctuary for deep spiritual practice and enlightenment. There we activated the Flame Pearl of the Dragon’s Garland.
The Flame Pearl’s attribute of spiritual purification aligns closely with the essence of Daxingshan Temple in several key ways. First, the Flame Pearl purifies all subtle energies within the temple, enhancing its already serene environment. This purification process helps cleanse the spiritual atmosphere, making it an even more powerful center for meditation and prayer.

The Flame Pearl’s ability to purify individuals’ intentions and actions is deeply connected to the practices at Daxingshan Temple. As visitors engage in spiritual activities within the temple, the Flame Pearl’s influence ensures that their intentions are pure and their actions are aligned with dharma, promoting personal spiritual growth and enlightenment.

Finally, the Flame Pearl’s purification extends to the collective energy of the temple community. By fostering a space of spiritual purity and clarity, the Flame Pearl helps create a harmonious and enlightened community within Daxingshan Temple. This collective purification enhances the temple’s role as a sanctuary for those seeking spiritual renewal and transformation, reinforcing its mystical and sacred nature.

Next, we went to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. This is a remarkable example of early Chinese architecture and Buddhist influence. Built during the Tang Dynasty, this pagoda originally had 15 stories, but now stands at 13 stories due to damage from earthquakes. It was part of the Jianfu Temple complex and served as a repository for Buddhist scriptures and relics brought back from India by the monk Yijing. There we activated the Sun Pearl of the Dragon’s Garland.
The Sun Pearl, with its attributes of bringing life and spiritual harmony, exposing truth, and energizing paths to peace, resonates deeply with the essence of the Small Wild Goose Pagoda in some significant ways.

First, the Sun Pearl’s ability to bring life and spiritual harmony aligns with the historical role of the pagoda as a repository for Buddhist scriptures. The sacred texts housed within the pagoda have illuminated the spiritual paths of countless individuals, much like the Sun Pearl’s light that dispels darkness and nurtures growth.

The Sun Pearl’s quality of exposing truth mirrors the Buddha’s story of the scary snake that turns out to be just a rope in the daylight. This metaphor relates to the pagoda’s enduring presence and its role in guiding practitioners towards enlightenment by dispelling ignorance and revealing spiritual truths. The pagoda, like the Sun Pearl, helps individuals see beyond their fears and misconceptions, fostering a deeper understanding and inner peace.

The Sun Pearl’s ability to energize and illuminate paths to peace is reflected in the serene environment of the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. The pagoda’s tranquil surroundings and its historical significance as a center for Buddhist learning and practice create a space where visitors can find balance and solutions to their inner conflicts. The Sun Pearl enhances this atmosphere by casting light on peaceful resolutions and nurturing spiritual growth, making the pagoda a powerful symbol of enlightenment and harmony.

Lastly, we went to the Wei River. Flowing through Xi’an, the Wei River is a powerful energy line and the cradle of ancient Chinese civilization. This river has nurtured countless generations, serving as a life-giving force that supported the growth and development of early Chinese culture and society. Its waters have witnessed the rise and fall of dynasties, and its banks have been home to some of the most significant historical events in China’s history. The Wei River’s continuous flow symbolizes the unbroken lineage of Chinese heritage and the deep-rooted spiritual significance that this mighty river holds. At the banks of the Wei River, we activated the Water Pearl of the Dragon’s Garland.

The Water Pearl, enacting Wu Wei, right action, and the flow of the Tao, aligns beautifully with the Wei River’s spiritual essence. Wu Wei, a central concept in Taoism, advocates for effortless action and harmonizing with the natural flow of life. The river, with its constant and unforced flow, embodies this principle perfectly. It shows how moving with the natural currents, rather than against them, can lead to harmony and balance.

The interconnectedness of all beings, as represented by the Water Pearl, is also mirrored in the river’s role in Chinese civilization. Just as the river nourishes and connects various regions, fostering cooperation and collective well-being, the Water Pearl promotes unity and peace among people. This interconnectedness is crucial for achieving peace, as it emphasizes the importance of working together and supporting one another, much like the communities that have thrived along the Wei River’s banks for millennia.

The story of Zhuangzi and his transformation from a Taoist sage to a figure deeply influenced by Buddhist thought further illustrates the principles embodied by the Water Pearl. The story of Zhuangzi and the Buddhist centers around a philosophical encounter. Zhuangzi, a Taoist sage known for his profound insights and whimsical tales, once met a Buddhist monk. The monk, intrigued by Zhuangzi’s teachings on the natural flow of life and effortless action (Wu Wei), engaged him in a discussion about the nature of existence and enlightenment.

Zhuangzi, with his characteristic humor, used the metaphor of the river to explain his views. He spoke of how the river flows naturally, without effort, nourishing all life along its banks. Similarly, he argued, humans should live in harmony with the Tao, the natural order, without forcing actions or resisting life’s currents.
The Buddhist monk, in turn, shared insights from Buddhist teachings about the impermanence of life and the importance of inner peace and detachment from desires. The exchange highlighted the complementary nature of Taoist and Buddhist philosophies, with both sages recognizing the value in each other’s perspectives.

Through this encounter, Zhuangzi and the Buddhist monk found common ground in their pursuit of wisdom and understanding, illustrating how different spiritual paths can converge toward the same ultimate truths. Zhuangzi’s realization that the teachings of Buddhism and Taoism could coexist harmoniously reflects the river’s role in unifying diverse cultures and philosophies.

The Wei River stands as a testament to the power of natural flow and interconnectedness, mirroring the profound teachings of the Water Pearl. Together, they remind us of the importance of harmony, cooperation, and the collective pursuit of peace, both in the natural world and within our spiritual practices.
Now the work in Xi’an was complete. Activating each of the Dragon’s Pearls at their designated locations created a grid of enlightened power, forming a network of ancient spiritual places and a spiritual structure of light. This grid supports the enlightened energy of the Dragon’s Back, the vital energy line that runs through China, opening the entire Asian Circle of Power and promoting the spread of enlightened energy.

With this activation, the enlightened energy is now flowing more powerfully than ever, enhancing the potential for world peace and harmony. The Dragon’s Pearls, each with their unique spiritual attributes, work together to strengthen this network. The Flame Pearl purifies intentions and actions, the Sun Pearl illuminates paths to peace, and the Moon Pearl fosters emotional balance and understanding. The other pearls contribute to steadfastness, adaptability, spiritual clarity, and universal compassion, creating a cohesive and potent spiritual grid.

Having completed his work in Xian, Kenjin set forth to teach meditation and spirituality online to Chinese speakers everywhere with a focus on building harmonious spiritual and secular communities. Joy, through her professional photography, set out to show the world pictures of love to remind us all that life isn’t dull, sad, and limited; that love is freeing, uplifting, and accessible in everyone’s life. Elva, elevated by her experience with the Dragon’s Garland, set out to empower her 200,000 social media followers, to help them actualize their dreams and bring joy to their lives and the world.

Having established this powerful network in Xi’an, Ahjan and Siyana now turn their focus to Tainan, the ancient capital of Taiwan. Their mission is to connect the energies of ancient enlightened masters in Tainan with those of Xi’an, fostering peace between China and Taiwan. By activating the Dragon’s Pearls in Tainan, they aim to create a spiritual unification that transcends political conflicts. This unification will harness the potent energy of the Dragon’s Back and the newly reinforced Asian Circle of Power, establishing a foundation for lasting peace and harmony.

As Ahjan and Siyana set and activate the Dragon’s Pearls in Tainan, they will create an even stronger spiritual link between Taiwan and China. This connection will be more powerful and enduring than any political solution, as it will be rooted in the deep, transformative energies of ancient spiritual wisdom and enlightened power. Through their efforts, the vision of peace and unity will become a reality, driven by the collective spiritual awakening and harmonious energy flow across the region.

My final reflection after my experience in Xian is that I am not changing or elevating the energy of places with the pearls of the Dragon’s Garland. I am recognizing the enlightened energies and connections that already exist. Setting and activating the pearls is actually changing and elevating my own mind.

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