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Concerning Universal Absolution in 2017

Greetings to the brethren,

This letter is to be read in all the congregations, assemblies, and correspondence offices no later than July 15, 2017.

It has been more than ten years since the last rite of universal absolution was granted to the entire Assembly of the Religion of Light. The time has come again for this very special rite to be observed for the benefit of all members of the various Spiritual Communities within the Religion of Light.

There are three specific reasons behind this need, especially at this point in humanity’s existence:

     1) the increase of new members over the last ten years who did not benefit from the previous absolution,
     2) the fact that there are many who have not been able to receive the Holy Seal due to not having a cleric in their particular congregation,
     3) the Living Spirit has called for the people of the Religion of Light to prepare for their future, and that the first step in this preparation is to become cleansed.
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Manichaeism in Tibet

The following are excerpts from a recent lecture presented in Beijing, China (part 1)

Manichaeism has existed in Tibet since around 260 C.E. Adherents of the Religion of Light in Tibet strictly maintained Manichaean religious ideals all the while within a Buddhist context.

Over the years, Manichaeism began to appear, at least on the surface, like Vajrayana, Mahayana and Pure Land Buddhism throughout Tibet and China. The Religion of Light has had a profound effect on each of these Buddhist schools. At one time almost all of Tibet was practicing Manichaeism.
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Did Monijiao (Manichaeism) disappear in China?

…Manichaeism originated in Babylon and was expressed in Syriac and Persian terms. The religion quickly spread to other lands such as India, China, Tibet and even into the Western hemisphere. In the West adherents were severely persecuted and murdered.

In China, Monijiao accepted both the general Buddhist scriptures alongside those of Daoists. Monijiao accepted Amitabha Buddha (Amida), Ksitigarbha, Laotzu, and Manjusri as divine messengers as well as the majority of other Bodhisattvas. In the Monijiao tradition, Mani (Moni) is viewed as an emanation of Laotzu.

… During and after the 14th century in southern China, adherents of Monijiao became more involved with the Pure Land Mahayana schools of Buddhism.

Read excerpts from a lecture presented in Beijing on September 16, 2012 concerning Monijiao (Manichaeism) in China.