The Vajra Master Jinke Xuanlei and Sino Esoteric Buddhism
The Vajra Master Jinke Xuanlei was born in Yizhou, Guangxi Autonomous Region of China in December 1958. At an early age, he encountered His Holiness the Master Jinyin, an accomplished Buddhist hermit and the lineage holder of Sino Esoteric Buddhism, and had the great fortune to become his disciple. In the Lianyin Mountain, he was given the Dharma name Jinke Xuanlei during ordination and received Vajra Abhisekha from Master Jinyin as an initiation into the Inner Yoga Tantra. For more than ten years, The Vajra Master Jinke Xuanlei studied and meditated assiduously in the mountains of Guangxi under the guidance of Master Jinyin. After fully realizing the Heart Essence of Tantra, he mastered the five sciences and attained complete enlightenment.
Vajrayana Buddhism developed in medieval India and spread to China during the Tang dynasty in the 7th century. Therefore, Chinese Vajrayana Buddhism is called tang mi, or Sino Esoteric Buddhism. Indian Buddhist masters Subhakarasimha and Vajrabodhi from the Madhyamika and Yogacara schools of Mahayana Buddhism introduced esoteric teachings to the Tang imperial court. Although the transmission of Sino Esoteric Buddhism was thought to have declined and disappeared after the late Tang period, the lineage survived in secret and continued to be passed down and practiced through the present day.
Early photos of the Master practicing and retreating in remote mountain regions
Photos of Master Jinke Xuanlei before he came out from retreat with his Dharma brother Jinke Xuanfeng
In 1993, Master Jinke Xuanlei came out from retreat to propagate the Buddha-Dharma and healed people who were affected by diseases with his miraculous power. The extraordinary miracles such as materialization, and the subtle photon-like Dharmakaya wisdom manifested by the Vajra Master Jinke Xuanlei are unprecedented. His compassion and divine powers of wisdom are the emanation of an enlightened master’s accomplishments.
From there on Master Jinke Xuanlei was invited to India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan, USA, Canada, Australia, France, Palau, the UAE and many other places to spread the Dharma and to benefit sentient beings. Word of the Master’s acts of compassion and wisdom had spread around the world, people from all walks of life have given high praises to the Master.
In February 2017, the Vajra Master Jinke Xuanlei was invited to speak at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C., which gained approvals and admiration from over 100 heads of state, ambassadors and over 4000 eminent figures from around the world. The Master and his disciples organized World Peace Prayer Ceremonies, religious and cultural exchange events in the UN Headquarters, Washington D.C., New York, San Francisco, and many other cities. Their efforts made significant contributions in spreading loving-kindness and compassion, deepening the friendship between Americans and Chinese, and promoting peace in the world. As a result of the extensive and positive impact, the Master was again invited to attend the National Prayer Breakfast in 2018 and 2019.
Master Jinke Xuanlei speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast
The Vajra Master Jinke Xuanlei came to the United States for the first time in 2009 to preside over the “World Peace Prayer Ceremony” held in Washington Square on World Peace Day. People of different religious faiths, including Muslims, Catholics, Christians, and many others, as well as peace promoters and eminent persons from around the world, participated in the prayer ceremony.
World Peace Prayer held by the Master in Washington Square
At the official invitation of President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. of Palau, the Vajra Master Jinke Xuanlei participated in the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the independence of Palau to pray for the people of Palau.
The Vajra Master leading the prayer in Palau
President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. of Palau and the Vajra Master (Right)
Master Jinke Xuanlei visited India and Bangladesh in March 2015. The Master left a mark everywhere he went in which the followers of different religious traditions all showered him with affection and respect. During his visit, the Master was invited by Sanghanayaka Suddhananda Mahathero, a renowned Buddhism leader in South Asia, to visit the Dharmarajika Buddhist Monastery. Master Jinke Xuanlei and his disciples performed a prayer ceremony for people in Bangladesh.
The Master blesses people by touching their head in Varanasi, India
Visiting the Dharmarajika Buddhist Monastery in Bangladesh
The Vajra Master Jinke Xuanlei also visited the Shechen Monastery in Tibet with his disciples at the invitation of the Gyahsap Rinpoche. Shechen monastery is one of the six historical Monasteries of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Esoteric Buddhism. Wherever the Master went, local Tibetans showered the Master with white scarves, and prostrated before him in hopes that the Master would bless them by touching their heads. Hundreds of lamas, khenpos and Rinpoches lined up by the road to welcome the Master as he arrived. On December 29th of 2011, Drukhang Thubten Khedrup Rinpoche, a Gelupa high lama from Tibet visited the Vajra Master Jinke Xuanlei and engaged in friendly discussions with regard to the practice and development of Vajrayana Buddhism.
The Master (left) blessing Drukhang Thubten Khedrup Rinpoche (right)
The Master (right) with Shechen Gyaltsab Rinpoche (left)
Master Jinke Xuanlei performing Buddhist prayers in Tibet
People in Tibet welcomed the Master and waited to receive blessing from him
The Master incorporated the ethos of the modern era to create various forms of art, including Jinke mandala sculptures, porcelains, dances, music, and mantra chanting. These artworks encompass a profound wisdom, which integrated the essences from Buddhist, Confucian, and Daoist traditions. They are endowed with unimaginable blessings! Each artwork reflects the extraordinary and skillful methods used by the Master to spread the Dharma. It embodies the complex esoteric insight and encompasses the Master’s sublime understanding of the Buddha-Dharma.
The Master’s mandala art painting was widely received in India
Mandala paintings by the Vajra Master Jinke Xuanlei
Chinese calligraphy by Master Jinke Xuanlei, 2016
Colossal Painting Globe of Peace, Union of Humanity by Master Jinke Xuanlei, 2017
The Vajra Master Jinke Xuanlei is a Mahasiddha who has devoted his whole life to the Buddha-Dharma and has dedicated all his virtue, wisdom, compassion and merit to all sentient beings for their awakening. He vows to liberate sentient beings by guiding them to realize the pure bodhicitta, an aspiration for enlightenment for the sake of all beings, practice diligently the six paramitas in everyday life to end the suffering of samsara, and attain the perfect enlightenment.
As Master Jinke Xuanlei often says, “let the boundless love of our heart spread to every corner of the world. May there be no more hatred nor hostility. May all sentient beings feel the boundless love that has been brought forth by this auspicious connection we share!”
Photo of the Vajra Master Jinke Xuanlei