The Three Vehicles of Dharma


The Three Vehicles of Dharma are the Greater Vehicle, the

Middle Vehicle and the Lesser Vehicle. Since the Vehicles

differ, there are distinctions between the sudden and the

gradual realizations, and the temporary and the true realizations.


The Greater Vehicle of Dharma is the true Dharma, and has a line

of heritage. The true Dharma stays inert when it should and

manifests Itself when the time comes. Transmitting the true

Dharma can bring sudden realization to a person. Sudden

realization means that one can be enlightened when Tien-Tao

is transmitted to him by the Enlightened Teacher with Tien-Ming1

through the secret verbal message and the meeting of the hearts. 

Transmitting Tien-Tao is transmitting the true Dharma. Upon

the transmission of Tien-Tao, one may even instantly become a

Buddha, taking the giant step of transcending the Qi-tien9,12 and

returning to Li-tien.9,11  Tien-Tao is so precious that whoever

receives It becomes a Buddha or a Saint, and It has never been

transmitted lightly before.  This is why Confucius said “One who

awakes to Tao in the morning will not have any regret even if he

dies in the same night.”


Buddhism emphasizes Zen, seeking enlightenment through

introspection and meditation. Through this practice, miseries

can be demolished and salvation is brought to all. Taoism

emphasizes the refinement of vitality into spirit, and then

from spirit into soul. This practice circulates the spiritual energy

inside the body through the meridians, and finally interacting the

spirit of fire from the heart and the spirit of water from the kidneys

to coagulate into the immortal embryo. This methodology applies

abdominal breathing techniques to start the process, and utilizes

soft breathing techniques to incubate, coagulating the spirit and the

soul. Finally, a flash of the true yang (fire) or the true yin (water)

will appear, allowing either the Yin-shen (the yin spiritual image)

or the Yang-shen (the yang spiritual image) of himself to enter or

leave his body at will.  Even for those few fortunate ones who

achieved such accomplishment, they are still bounded by the

Hou-tien.10  Thus, if one extends his faith into his understanding

of the Truth, then extends his understanding into his daily practice,

and finally extends his practice into his confirmation of Tao, he can

then become a Sage or a deity in Qi-tien. This is the gradual

realization and the Middle Vehicle of Dharma.


Those who attend sermons, pray, participate in charity works, or

donate money to help the poor and the needy are following the law

of karma. A Buddhist Sutra states “If asking about the cause from

prior lives, it is what you receive this life. If asked about the reward

in next life, it is what you do this life.” Those who perform good

deeds in their current lives pave rewards for next lives. When they

use up their rewards, they go back into the cycle of birth, death and

rebirth, just like an arrow that was shot into the sky will come back

to Earth when it exhausted itself. Since the practice of performing

good deeds will only keep the practitioner as a good person, it is the

Lesser Vehicle of Dharma. This practice cannot help one to return to