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.