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Venerable Master Hsuan Hua’s “Seven Guidelines for Recognizing Genuine Teachers”

The Ayurveda Healing Arts Institute and its parent the Medicine Buddha Healing Center would like to acknowledge and offer its sincere appreciation to the Medicine Master Buddha (Bhaisajya Guru Vaidurya Prabaha Buddha in Sanskrit [also called Senjya Menla in Tibetan and Yao Shi Fo in Chinese]), and to the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua, the founding Abbot of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas ( and the Dharma Master of Buddhist Sutras (scriptures), Mantras (chants and prayers), Meditation, and Precepts. His pure devotion to the Buddha, the Buddha’s Teachings (Dharma) and the practitioners of Buddhism (Sangha) and his tireless effort to translate into English, Spanish and other languages the truths found in the ancient Buddhist Sutras without compromising its spiritual messages remain as a constant inspiration for the faculty and founders of this Institute. As such, we honor the Venerable Master Hua’s memory, by this dedication.

Based on the Buddhist wisdom and common sense found in the revered Shurangama Sutra, prospective students of the Ayurveda Healing Arts Institute are encouraged to examine the teachers and graduates of any school they are considering attending with the following guiding principles.

1. Are they greedy?

2. Does they have ulterior motives?

3. Are they contentious?[1]

4. Are they respectful to the Triple Jewel?[2]

5. Do they keep the Five Moral Precepts[3] strictly?

6. Are they selfish?

7. Do they promise to transmit their own secret teachings?[4]

[1] Contentious can refer, among other things, to excess pitta fiery conditions of tending to argue or fight, to be aggressive or highly competitive, to be jealous or envious, to dominate others, to slander others, to being controversial, and to being litigious and liking to go to court or to sue others.

[2] The Triple Jewel (Ratna Traya) refers to all Buddhas and the Buddha Nature - the God Consciousness, the Buddha’s and God’s Sacred Teachings (the Dharma) and the sattvic (pure hearted) practitioners (both lay people and monks or nuns) of Ayurveda, Buddhism, Yoga and the Vedas (the Sangha). A more strict interpretation refers to “The Buddha – The Buddha’s Teachings – The Buddhist Monks and Nuns”

[3] The Five Precepts are: 1. No killing – do no harm. 2. No stealing – do not take what is not given. 3. No sexual misconduct – do not cause one’s sexual desire to break the relationships of others or harm others. 4. No lying, no harsh speech, no divisive speech, no gossip, no frivolous speech. 5. No taking drugs, alcohol or other substances which make the mind unclear and harm the body. In summary, “No fighting, no greed, no seeking, no pursuing personal advantage, and no lying.” Just before Shakyamuni Buddha left this world, he was asked by his disciple Ananda, “Who shall be our teacher now that you are departing this world?” The Buddha replied, “Take the Precepts as your teacher.”

[4] Especially for a large monetary fee or big donation or in exchange for sexual favors.

Adapted from Fair Use Source: Upasaka Ron Epstein, Buddhism A to Z, 1999

Primary Original Source: The Tripitaka of Sutra, Shastra and Vinaya Dharma teachings (as found in the scripture storehouse of the Indian Sanskrit - Siddham, Chinese, Tibetan and Japanese traditions of the Nalanda Tradition of ancient Nalanda University) of Shakyamuni Buddha, and his Arya Sagely Bodhisattva Bhikshu Monk and Upasaka disciples.

These Good and Wise Advisors (Kaliyanamitra) Dharma Master teachers include Arya Venerables Nagarjuna, Ashvaghosha, Aryasura, Aryadeva, Kumarajiva, Shantideva, Chandrakirti, Chandragomin, Vasubandhu, Asanga, Hui Neng, Atisha, Kamalashila, Dharmarakshita, Tsong Khapa, Thogme Zangpo, Patanjali, Sushruta, Charaka, Vagbhata, Nichiren, Hsu Yun, Hsuan Hua, Shen Kai, Tenzin Gyatso, Kyabje Zopa, Ajahn Chah, Vasant Lad, and other modern day masters. We consider them to be in accord with Tripitaka Master Hsuan Hua’s “Seven Guidelines for Recognizing Genuine Teachers

Nalanda Online University's teachings are based especially on the Dharma Flower Lotus Sutra, the Avatamsaka Sutra, the Shurangama Sutra, the Ksitigarbha Sutra, the Bhaisajya Guru Sutra, the Dharani Sutra, the Vajra Sutra, the Prajna Paramita Hridayam Heart Sutra, and their commentaries (shastras) by the above Arya Tripitakacharya Dharma Masters. In respect (bhakti), we say “Om Namo” to them all for their often selfless (no self) and anonymous contributions to Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine.

Fair Use Compilation Sources for the Above Material on the Teachings of the Buddha Dharma and Sangha:

Primary Fair Use Compilation Source: Epstein, Ronald B., Ph.D, compiler, Buddhist Text Translation Society's Buddhism A to Z, Burlingame, California: Buddhist Text Translation Society, 2003. ISBN 0881393533 Paperback: 284 pages.

Secondary Fair Use Compilation Source: The Seeker’s Glossary of Buddhism, 2nd ed., San Francisco, California: Sutra Translation Committee of the United States and Canada, 1998:

Secondary Fair Use Compilation Source: Muller, Charles, editor, Digital Dictionary of Buddhism [DDB], Toyo Gakuen University, Japan, 2007: Username is “guest”, with no password. - Based in large part on the Dictionary of Chinese Buddhist Terms with Sanskrit and English Equivalents (by Soothill and Hodous) Delhi, India: Motilal Banarsidass, 1997.

Secondary Fair Use Compilation Source: Ehrhard, Diener, Fischer, et al, The Shambhala Dictionary of Buddhism and Zen, Boston, Massachusetts: Shambhala Publications, 1991. 296 pages. ISBN 978-0-87773-520-5,,

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