About Master Yu
Written by Paul Kendall   

Living Buddha Dechan Jueren (得禅觉人-大日如来法王)  is the current lineage holder of Hanmi, He is the MahaVairocana Dharma King, the 49th Lineage Holder of the Esoteric School. He is also the 47th Lineage Holder of the Linji Chan School, and the honorable abbot of the 1000-year old Longquan Monastery in Inner Mongolia's Chifeng, the vice-abbot of Wendu Monastery in Qinghai Province. He is a 9th generation Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor, and acknowledged as a Living Buddha in China.

Dechan Jueren is also known by his given name and called Master Yu Tianjian. He is Manchurian Chinese from the north eastern province of Liaoning, city of Chaoyang. At the age of 39, he attained self-realization under the guidance of the 48th Mahacharya of the Esoteric School, Grandmaster Huiling of Putian, Fujian Province.

Dechan Jueren attained the highest awareness, he sees the past, the present and the future, and understands his mission as the Dharma Lineage Holder. When his master found him in 1989, he resigned his position as a plant manager in China, and donated all his savings of over one million RMB to the cause of reviving Buddha-Dharma. He said, "I want to let people know the truth of the Buddha-Dharma again."


Hanmi is Chinese Esoteric Buddhism. The Buddhist masters assimilated the prevailing teaching of Confucianism and Taoism, and evolved the teaching into Hanmi, which was more easily understood by the Chinese people. Chinese Esoteric Buddhism predates the Tibetan Esoteric School, or Lamaism. Hanmi Buddhism, being forced underground for over twelve hundred years, is not as well known as Lamaism.

Hanmi Buddhism was established between 712 to 720 A.D. during the reign of emperor Tang Xuanzong (or Hsuan Tsung) by the Three Great Founders, Subhakarasimha, Vajrabodhi, and Amoghavajra. They came to the Daxing Shansi (Great Propagating Goodness Temple, the predecessor of Temple of the Great Enlightener -- MahaVairocana) in today's Xi'an City and translated many buddhistic sutras and tantras from Sanskrit to Chinese.

Subhakarasimha, an eminent Indian monk, translated the Vairocanabhi-sambodhi-tantra, or the Mahavairocana Sutra from Sanskrit to Chinese.

Vajrabodhi, a graduate of Nalanda Temple, received complete empowerment and transmission from Nagabodhi, who received from Nagarjuna.

Amoghavajra, a Singhalese, was the most famous Yogacharya of his time. He came at the age of 15 to China, where in 718 he became a disciple of Vajrabodhi, and later of Subhakarasimha. The Tang emperor granted dharma instruments to Amoghavajra who set up the first abhiseka-bodhi-mandala at Daxing Temple, thus founding Hanmi.

After Vajrabodhi's death in 732, and at his wish, Amoghavajra went to India and Ceylon in search of esoteric or tantric writings, and returned in 746, when he baptized the emperor Xuanzong. He was especially noted

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Master Yu (Living Buddha Dechan Jueren) was born in an aristocratic family of Chinese medicine in Chaoyang City, Liaoning Province, in 1951. He grew up surrounded by ancient traditional Chinese medicine. Well-cultured in medical ethics, diligent in his studies, and intelligent by natural endowment, Master Yu had ascended through his independent thinking, quick reaction, superb wisdom, and his photographic memory.

In the past, Yu Tian Jian studied carpentry, bench work, undertook such positions as squad leader, workshop director, factory director, general minister, and so on.