The Legend of the Origins of The Esoteric Teachings
According to Shingon legend, Vajrasattva, after having been initiated
by Mahavairocana into the deepest mysteries of Buddhism, hid himself
within an iron tower in southern India. There the Bodhisattva
concealed himself for centuries, until Nagarjuna opened the Iron
Tower and, according to one version of this legend, received from
Vajrasattva the two major sutras of Shingon Buddhism, the Mahavairocana
Sutra and the Vajrasekhara Sutra.
Herein lies the fundamental teaching and practice of Shingon Esoteric
Buddhism. Our bodies, speech, and minds in their present state
become the body, speech, and mind of the Buddha, and we thereby
become a buddha. This is the realm of the deep but lofty enlightenment
that is unique to Shingon Buddhism.
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