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The temple already disappeared in the river of history and many profound cultivation techniques were lost.[1]

Myth

Vajrapāṇi (Sanskrit: "Vajra in [his] hand") is one of the earliest-appearing bodhisattvas in Mahayana Buddhism. He is the protector and guide of Gautama Buddha and rose to symbolize the Buddha's power.

Vajrapāni is extensively represented in Buddhist iconography as one of the earliest three protective deities or bodhisattvas surrounding the Buddha. Each of them symbolizes one of the Buddha's virtues: Manjushri manifests all the Buddhas' wisdom, Avalokiteśvara manifests all the Buddhas' immense compassion, and Vajrapāni protects Buddha and manifests all the Buddhas' power as well as the power of all five tathāgatas (Buddhahood of the rank of Buddha).

Vajrapāni is one of the earliest Dharmapalas of Mahayana Buddhism and also appears as a deity in the Pali Canon of the Theravada school. He is worshiped in the Shaolin Monastery, in Tibetan Buddhism and in Pure Land Buddhism (where he is known as Mahasthamaprapta and forms a triad with Amitābha and Avalokiteśvara). Manifestations of Vajrapāni can also be found in many Buddhist temples in Japan as Dharma protectors called Nio. Vajrapāni is also associated with Acala, who is venerated as Fudō-Myōō in Japan, where he is serenaded as the holder of the vajra.

Known Cultivation Technique

Notable Members

Unnamed Eternal Life Being

The unnamed Eternal Life Being was present during the Battle of Ruism, working in concert with Daozi to defend Ruism from the attacks of Ancient Heavenly Court.

Song Shuhang

The Demons of the Nine Serenities from the 77th Mountain, the Next Life Mountain consider Song Shuhang as the survivor of the temple when he visited the Vajrapani Immortal Cave.

For his efforts in defending Ruism during the Battle of Ruism, Song Shuhang was promised the temple’s Eternal Life Being cultivation techniques by Daozi.

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