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Living Buddha Dechan Jueren (Master Yu)
1951-2011

Living Buddha Dechan Jueren, otherwise known as Master Yu Tian Jian, is the current lineage bearer, the 49th MahaVairocana Dharma King of the Hanmi Lineage. Living Buddha Dechan Jueren’s mission was to spread the teachings of the Hanmi lineage throughout the modern world. He brought the Hanmi lineage teachings to the west and, for the first time, made them accessible to the public when founding Dari Rulai Temple.


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 Tian Jian was a famous doctor of Chinese medicine, the Chief of Mizhong Research Center of China. 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. Master Yu had ascended through his independent thinking, quick reaction, superb wisdom, and his photographic memory.

Under the guidance of a great master, Master Yu returned to Buddhism in 1989, and started to directly take part in spreading the primary thought of Buddhism and the simple methods of studying Buddhism. In 1989, he happily encountered Great Master Hui Ling, who was the current Dharma King and lineage bearer of the Hanmi Mystery School of Esoteric Buddhism in China at that time, and received all his training in the traditions, theory and thought of the Hanmi Chinese Esoteric School of Buddhism, including all of his musical training and instruments.

Under the instruction of Master Hui Ling, Master Yu attained enlightenment, knowing everything in the past, present, and future. This new consciousness revealed to him that he must undertake a most noble mission. Resolutely, he resigned all of his positions, and devoted his entire personal wealth to the great and selfless cause of expanding Buddha Dharma by teaching people how to recognize the true essence of Buddhism.

Living Buddha Dechan Jueren had endured extreme hardship, traveling across many mountains and rivers throughout China, south to the Yiangzhi River and to the Yellow River, in order to spread his words of enlightenment. He left an indelible impression in more than twenty provinces and autonomous regions in that part of the world.

In order to exemplify his teachings, Living Buddha Dechan Jueren would cure patients of their life threatening ailments, giving them new life and hope.

On August 15, 2008, the 105 year old Grand Master Fozhi, the Abbot of Yingtian Monastery in Chengdu, Sichuan province, passed on the Dharma Lineage Holder-ship of the Linji School of Chan/Zen Buddhism. Master Yu then became the 47th Dharma Lineage Holder of Linji Chan/Zen Buddhism.

Master Yu passed away on Dec 23, 2011 9:09am China time (Dec 22, 2011 5:09pm PST).  His disciples continue the mission while awaiting the Master’s return.

The Great Enlightener
MahaVairocana Dharma King,
Living Buddha Dechan Jueren
(Master Yu Tian Jian)
1951-2011

49th MahaVairocana Dharma King
and current lineage bearer of the
Hanmi Mystery School of Esoteric Buddhism
(Hanmi Chinese Esoteric School of Buddhism)

47th Dharma Great Acharya
and lineage bearer of
Linji Chan/Zen Buddhism

16th Lineage Holder 
of the renowned Zhaojuie Monastery

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