CHAPTER 1 ARRIVAL UPON MOUNT of HEART-SUMMIT VISIT TO HELLíS GROTTO Buddha Tse Kong who manifested on August 16th, 1976, leap year of the Dragon (1976) gave this quatrain: Paradise or hell is within manís heart Good or evil depends on oneís self will I, Tse Kong will accompany Yang Tsíien tonight On the lotus flower, we together depart.
Buddha Tse Kong: Tell me, Yang Tísien You are going to take a trip with me to hell. How do
you feel about that?
: I thank Heaven and Buddhas for having granted me this opportunity to visit hell. Iím really delighted.
TK: The Temple of the Sages belongs to the Southern Sector of Celestial Kingdom. Its disciples should be devoted to
cultivating virtues, saving those people drowning in perdition in the harbour of illusions, disseminating books and sutras for preaching good to fill the whole universe with a religious spirit. The Celestial Emperor
has ordered that a narrative of the ďVoyages to HellĒ be published in a book. Since this is your first time to visit such an important place, you will relate in detail all that you have seen to help people
understand clearly what hell is like. You can do this because you will have known every road in hell. While you make use of your mediumnistic brush-pen, I have taught you many things. A bond has therefore been
created between master and disciple which is strong and lasting. Now, our Almighty Lord in the Heavenly Kingdom has arranged for us to visit the kingdom of darkness in order to write a book. It is a great joy for
me, because this is a chance for us to express our ardent and sincere desire to awaken and educate people. Day by day, they will probably show improvement. Letís get going!
Venerable master, I thank you for the teachings youíve just given me. But Iím told that for a descent to hell, there must be a prodigy steed or a lotus flower. How could we get going? Do you mean we go on
TK: Yang Tsíien, how naive of you! How can people go down to
hell on foot? Do you suppose weíll have to walk on clouds or fly on smoke? In this society of advanced science, people travel by cars and other mechanized vehicles. Do you think we can depend on such means of
transport? In reality, hell is without a door. Everyone has to enter by himself. To do otherwise is pure imagination. It requires patience and completion of the long path of regeneration before one can reach
: It seems to me youíve been drinking tonight, Master.
TK: True! Iíve had some alcohol for Iím struck with fright at the moral conduct of human
beings. Their morals and customs give me horror. To salvage them from loss is too difficult. An immense sadness invades my heart. I had to turn to alcohol to drown my sorrows. I know you are fond of alcoholic
beverages, too. A little inebriety would help us arrive in hell with lesser pain.
: Iím not used to drinking, as you know, Master. I pray you not to ridicule me! TK: Oh, I see. Well, time is pressing. Iím going to have a flower of lotus appear, and weíll make a dais of it for our
YT: Your buddha dharma is really miraculous and boundless. No sooner said than done, a white lotus- flower is in sight. But
my feet are not clean, I dare not step on this magnificent dais of lotus.
TK: Your heart as well as your speech are pure. Thatís enough. Even though, your feet may be dirty, it
doesnít matter. There is a proverb about the lotus: ďGrowing in mud, but never get impregnated with the bad odour of mud.Ē
YT: Since you permit me, I may now try to get on
this flower of lotus. Iím settled, Master. Which direction are we going?
: Close your eyes. Iíll show you. Weíll arrive in no time.
: At your request.
: Now, you may open your eyes.
YT: Say, Master! What place is this? I see a high mountain and on the slope I read three
golden words ďMount of HEART-SUMMITĒ with glitter that dazzles my eyes.
TK: This mount is named ďHeart-SummitĒ. On the top of it, is the door that
leads to paradise. Looking down from the top, youíll see a dark, bottomless grotto. Itís the grotto of hell. After his death, the soul of a man who has led an upright, honest life will come up to the top of the
mountain and proceed to paradise. For those who did evil in their lives, when arriving at the top, they will be struck by vertigo, will lose consciousness and tumble down into the bottom of the grotto of hell. It is
for this reason that the sages of old times have taught the following: ďoneís heart is capable of creating paradise, or creating hellĒ.
YT: In other words, paradise and hell are the actual creation of man. This explains the existence of immortals and of demons as well.
TK: We donít have much time left tonight. Letís stop here and get ready for the return to the Temple. Get quickly on the dais of lotus.
: Iím seated, Master.
TK: Make sure your eyes are closed tightly. If you do open them, they canít resist the
winds that blast from the world of darkness.
YT: How true, how true! Itís blowing like a gale. I can hardly stand it.
TK: Here we are, at the Temple. Young man, just alight and your soul will be reinstated in your body.