I am trying to track down the source reference for this prophecy, about iron birds flying across the sky and Tibet being invaded and the dharma going to the land of the red people. I have looked at a lot of sites, but none of them have the source of the quote. If anyone who reads this knows, please post it or let me know.
Hi William, I think you should better ask a reliable Nyingma or Kagyu-teacher for the source. Many of these prophecies are terma. There are several cycles/ different volumes of terma, discovered on different moments in history. You could ask for example Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche (or senior members of his organization), people from Penor Rinpoche Yangsi’s organization, one of the lamas from Chanteloube (Tulku Pema Wangyal Rinpoche), Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche or yet another Nyingma or Kagyu-teacher or disciple. I think even if you just mail them, they will be glad to help you on your way. Actually, these are teachings you should receive yourself, from a good source. Good luck ! If you do not get anywhere, you can mail me (I am Sakyapa, by the way).
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Sunday, March 25, 2012
Leong at 8:18 AM
Shocking Prophecies made by
Padmasambhava more than a
thousand years ago
Many people are familiar with the prophecies of
Nostradamus made more than seven hundred years
ago, but few people are aware of the prophecies made
by Padmasambhava (also known as Guru Rinpoche),
the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, more than one
thousand years ago.
When asked by his disciple when is the beginning of
Dharma-ending age, Guru Rinpoche replied; “When the
Iron Birds(1) are flying in the sky and the Iron Horses
(1) are running on the roads, we know that dharma-
ending age has arrived. At this time, Tibetan Buddhism
shall flourish globally. When the iron bird flies and the
horses run on wheels, the Tibetan people will be
scattered like ants across the world, and the Dharma
will come to the land of the red men (Western
In this Dharma-ending age, “Rulers do not act like
Rulers, Subjects do not act like Subjects, Fathers do
no act like Fathers, Sons do not act like Sons” (2), the
relationships between Fathers and Sons are more like
Playmates. Women do not honor and uphold chastity;
men indulge in lust and unrestrained sexual
1) Iron Birds and Iron Horses are known now as
Airplanes, Cars and Trains.
2) This reminds me of Confucius’ Analects: “…ruler be a
ruler, the subject a subject, the father a father, the son a
son”, with regards to maintaining a world of order. What
this means is that ruler shall uphold the duty as a ruler
by serving the interests of the citizens. The citizens shall
behave like citizens, by being law-abiding, respect the
authorities and maintain law and order. Parents should
act as parents by being providers, teachers and
guardians to their children. Children shall be obedient
and respect their parents.
Guru Rinpoche further prophesied that in that era (or
rather now), carriages do not require horses to move,
they self-propel (3). Youngsters in that era step on
something that shaped like a bullhorn and there are
wheels underneath that allow them to skate
everywhere (4). It is even stranger that people in that
era do not need to leave their houses to know things
that happen around the world, just by sitting in front of
a mirror (5）.
3, 4, 5) Car, Skateboard, Roller Blades, TV and LCD
panels, i.e. computer with internet connections.
Guru Rinpoche further said that in that era, many
ordained monks are greedy and pursue wealth and
fame. They travel everywhere to cheat on their
followers. They plan and think of ways to get offerings
and donations from followers and possess their own
private wealth and properties, yet they do not engage
in any Buddhist practices or chanting on their own.
They indulge in music, dance and entertainments. They
break precepts and vows without any remorse (6).
6) This is happening now. Bogus monks are everywhere
especially in the Eastern countries. This prophecy
coincides with Buddha’s prediction that “There is no
disappearing of the true Dhamma until a counterfeit
Dhamma arises in the world. Once a counterfeit Dhamma
arises then there is a disappearing of the true Dhamma.”
When i read that The Buddha told his disciples the most
important sutra of all, the Surangama Sutra, should be
the first to be destroyed, i asked myself how could any
teaching be destroyed at this digital age? I could print a
thousands copies and bury them underground and
someday someone would dig it up and revives the
teachings again. Or i could upload copies of the sutra to
all the available servers on the internet. How could it
possibly be destroyed?
Then one day, while doing research and reading news
regarding some Buddhist sect in Taiwan proclaiming that
the Surangama Sutra is fake and that Buddha never
taught that, do i realize what Buddha meant by
“Destroy”. This realization was brought to me by a
renowned Buddhist master over a seminar that Sutras do
not get destroyed physically, they are destroyed by being
“discredited”. In other words, by saying that Surangama
Sutra is fake and that Buddha never taught that, nobody
will ever read or bothered with that Sutra again and that
is how it is “destroyed”. This will eventually happen to
the entire Buddhism as the predicted by The Buddha, as
the Dharma ends when nobody has faith or believe in it
I would also like to note that the credibility of Buddhism
is in the hands of those who represent it, those who
spread and teach in the name of Buddhism especially
those in “high authority” and/or with many followers.
That puts Buddhism at stake because its credibility is
tied to these people. So The Buddha said, in the
Dharma-ending age “follow only the Buddha-Dharma, and
not the person who teaches it. In other words, The
Buddha warned us against “Idolism”. It is The Buddha’s
teaching and your own practices that liberate you, not
any mundane person, not even any self-proclaimed or
public-acknowledged certified born-again “Buddha”.
The original teachings of The Enlightened Ones could
also be corrupted or altered by self-profiteering persons
or by intellectuals. This was also the reason Guru
Rinpoche concealed countless Terma teachings to
prevent the destruction of the secret mantrayana. And
for each of these terma treasure, the time, the identity of
its revealer, the person who would receive and hold the
teachings were also predicted.
With regards to mundane lives, Guru Rinpoche
commented that in that era, husband and wife
relationship shall be ruined and damaged by so-called
“double-tongues” women, who instigate, provoke and
create disharmony within families(7). Unfilial sons and
daughters will chase their parents out from home.
Brothers and sisters shall fight among themselves for
inheritance, and violate the five precepts without
remorse. Buddha’s teaching gradually faded and
eventually lost. There shall be incest among the
closest kin. Many people shall be addicted to
gambling, drugs and alcohol. Buddhas’ statues and
paintings, Buddhist ritual instruments are sold in flea
markets on the streets (8). Vintage valuables passed
down from generations to generations shall be sold
and auctioned in international markets. Deforestation
and over exploitation of nature causes ecological
imbalances thereby resulting in frequent natural
disasters. Thieves and robberies shall infest the entire
city and paupers and beggars are seen everywhere.
Note: Can anyone tell me what is not happening now?
7) The word “double-tongues” mentioned is what is
known to us now as “double-headed”. He specified
women that include friends, relatives and kin. This
means gossipy friends and kins deliberately giving bad
advises and information to create disharmony between
husbands and wives and eventually breaking up families.
8) It was mentioned that the karma for such
phenomenon is the widespread of infectious diseases.
In the year of metal dragon (9), demons entered the
water (10). In the year of Metal Snake(11）, demons
entered the wind and thunder frost hail, wreaking
havoc and creating disasters for many (12). In the
year of Water Goat (13), here shall be widespread of
infectious diseases (14).
9) Year 2000 is the year of Metal Dragon based on the
10) On August 12, 2000, the Russian Oscar II class
submarine Kursk sank in the Barents Sea and exploded.
11) Year 2001 is the year of Metal Snake based on the
12) i) Tropical Storm Allison that devastated southeast
Texas happened in June
ii) The 2001 Gujarat earthquake occurred in India, killing
20,000 people and causing injuries to 166,000 others.
13) Year 2003 is the year of Water Goat based on the
14) The outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome
(SARS) happened in 2003.
These incidents might not “appear” to be catastrophic or
on global scale. Similar to Chinese Calendar, the Tibetan
Calender Year has a 60 years cycle. For instance, in year
2000 it was year of Metal Dragon and in the year of 2060
it should be another year of Metal Dragon. Should He
could be referred to any year with that specific Element-
Alcoholics shall die of cerebrovascular diseases;
gamblers shall die of stomach disorder; slander shall
die of throat-related diseases; heavy smokers shall die
of lungs diseases; over consumption of eggs, garlic
and onion causes frequent nightmares resulting in
mental disturbances and eventually related death;
hunters and slaughter of animals shall die of liver and
intestines related diseases, sinners and those with
heavy bad karma shall die of many types of diseases
that are painful and sufferings.
The year of Wood Rooster is when the strength of
Buddhism is the weakest. Evil spirits and demons shall
take opportunity at this time to wrench more havocs
and creating more damages.
In the year of Earth Ox15, there shall be wars among
countries and many people shall perish.
15) 2009 is the Year of Earth Ox based on the Tibetan
Calendar. However it might not necessary be this year. It
could be another cycle of Earth Ox which is 60 years
from now. But for sure in 2009 we have encountered
frequent natural disasters of different scale.
The origin of this translated text is in Chinese. Any
mistake in the translation is solely my responsibility. I
am not sure if there is other more complete translation
out there in English, if there is, please inform me. Anyone
is free to use the content of this translation, responsibly.
Homage to Guru Rinpoche, if not because of Him i
weren’t be alive today doing this translation.
Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum.
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