Pancha Tanmantra

About

This martial art is about facing the enemies that reside within our own mind. It helps us to develop the courage and self-discipline to negotiate this life with dignity and compassion, so that in the end, we have no enemies to fight. This is the true nature of the spiritual warrior"

H.E. Prince Ratu Sri Acharya Vajra Kumara Pandji Sakti (1955 - 2004)

Bhante Thitaketukko with Prince Ratu Pandji Sakti
at King Pandji Sakti Puri, Singaraja, Bali, Indonesia
Pancha Tanmantra is a dynamic tantric healing art form based on the Auravedic, Chinese Medical and Kung Fu traditions utilizing the five element, meridian systems and animal forms as it was traditionally taught at Sri Vijaya Monastery in Java, Indonesia.

Pancha Tanmantra is a unique healing art form that utilizes ancient wisdom in order for practitioners to develop a healthy body, speech and mind. This ancient lineage and wisdom is still if not even more relevant in these modern times. One of the founders of Kinesiology, the late Dr John Thie, actually made a substantial offer to H.E. Prince Ratu Pandji Sakti for the possibility of purchasing the licensing rights to the art form due to it's practical embodiment and healing applications for both practitioners, students and clients of Kinesiology. What Dr John Thie did not realize was that regardless of how much he offered it is impossible to break a divine lineage founded on the the kindness, compassion and devotion of many enlightened beings. The five elements relate directly to the balanced function of the physical body, organs, meridians or energy pathways as it activates kundalini energy, awakens the five senses, balances thoughts, emotions and feelings. Pancha Tanmantra is referred to as "the five subtle seeds of life" and is the only Tantric Martial Art as such as it comes from a Royal Tantric Buddhist Lineage combining soft and hard movements, balancing masculine and feminine energies, incorporates specific gestrures, breathing and specific sounds as it was taught in the monasteries and Royal Courts for several thousands of years.

Ratu Giri Rakkhito with Bhante Thitaketukko
Pancha Tanmantra was brought to Australia in 1983 as part of a complete Buddhist Vajrayana bridge teaching as taught by the late Grandmaster of the school, His Eminence Prince Ratu Sri Acharya Vajra Kumara Pandji Sakti of Singaraja, Bali, Indonesia. Ratu Giri Rakkhito Mahatera at Brahma Vihara Monastery in Singaraja consecrated him as the lineage holder of the Vajrayana tradition in South East Asia in 1994. This is the same lineage of Ratu Acharya Dharmakirti who was the Abbott at Sri Vijaya Monastery in Java, Indonesia. Ratu Dharmakirti was also known as Lama Tserlingpa, teacher of the famous Atisha the Indian Prince who propagated the Lamp of Enlightenment in Tibet. Although most uninformed students of Buddhism assume that Tibet is the only authentic Buddhist lineage, this unbroken Indonesian lineage was pivotal in propagating the teachings of love and kindness to Tibet.

Bhante Jinarakkhita with Ratu Giri Rakkhito
  and Bhikkhu Agga Jinamitto
Bhante Jinarakkhita who was known as Ti Zheng Lau He Shang was the teacher of Bhante Thitaketukko who was the teacher of Ratu Giri Rakkhito Mahatera one of H.E Prince Ratu Pandji Sakti's lineage teachers. All of whom were accomplished in the art of Pancha Tanmantra in varying degrees. Bhante Jinarakkhita was the pivotal in reviving Buddhism in Indonesia since Islam became the predominant religion. Ratu Giri also happened to be a member of the Kehmenuh family that historically had been the spiritual advisers of the royal family of Pandji. Renown for his great compassion, he was also a musician, playing the Jazz Trumpet and driving a red Corvette before fully renouncing. Ratu Giri quickly achieved Arahantship and became the lineage holder for South East Asia. Before he passed over, he consecrated H.E. Prince Ratu as his successor. Ratu as we affectionately call him renounced his life as a prince to become a Buddhist Lama having been recognized from a young age. He studied various other Martial Arts since then and was a Doctor of Chinese Medicine which helped him to realize, refine and revive the art from to its fullest potency.

Ratu Oka Gede Kehmenuh and Ratu Giri Rakkhito with
H.E. Prince Ratu Sri Acharya Vajra Kumara Pandji Sakti
The art form of Pancha Tanmantra originated in India when it was known as Pancha Vidya over 2500 years ago. Pancha Vidya means the "Five Wisdoms", an ancient art form that was only taught in the royal court. Unbeknownst to many, Prince Siddhartha the historical Buddha studied this art form as part of his comprehensive training. This oral tradition explains the connection to Kung Fu with India, as this particular lineage is one of the oldest, so old that it is a secret to most. After he realized enlightenment, the teaching of Buddhism traveled initially to ancient Greece around 400BC but it did not become main stream due to the decline of that society and what we now know as the end of the golden era or classical period. Buddhism as such eventually spread through out the east to Indonesia before going to China and Tibet. Several hundred years after the Buddha's life, Buddhism propagated to Indonesia which influenced the golden era of King Sailendra's Borobudur Temple and the Majapahit Empire, King Indrabodhi brought the art form of Pancha Vidya to complement the Buddhist monks sitting meditation practice.

H.E. Prince Ratu Sri Acharya Vajra Kumara Pandji Sakti
H.R.H. Princess Marianne Maetrie Vairocani Dewi Pandji Sakti with
visiting Shaolin Monks at King Pandji Sakti House in Melbourne in 2003
 Ki Arya Hanuman Budhi Yantra Pandji Pandita with
H.E. Prince Ratu Sri Acharya Vajra Kumara Pandji Sakti
Around 500AD a descendant of the same Indian royal family, a monk and master of this art form called Bodhidharma visited the sister school in Indonesia on his way to China. He spent many years in China at the famous Shaolin Temple where he was called Damo meaning Dharma. Being a highly realized master he refined Chinese Zen Buddhism by removing incorrect views, dualistic concepts, puritanism and false piety. Although some traditions claim he founded Kung Fu he actually introduced the 18 Luohan Hands System to the existing Kung Fu and propagated his mastership of ancient medicine. In China he was known to have lived till the age of 150, his body vanished shortly after his death. Very few know that he then returned to the sister school at Sri Vijaya Monastery and ultimately dying in Bali, Indonesia at the age of 250. Prior to his return to Indonesia, Pancha Vidya had propagated and evolved in a different direction having integrating with the local Islamic culture over time it eventually evolved to the more popularized style known as Pancha Silat. When Bodhidharma returned after having realize the light body, went on to refine Pancha Vidya and renamed it to Pancha Tanmantra as it is known today.

Bhante Jinarakkhita with Thrangu Rinpoche 1984
This authentic practice was developed and designed over thousands of years to cater to each individual student's capacity. The art form has survived thousands of years through the guidance, protection and blessing of this unique and secret lineage as well as numerous virtuous realized beings. Unlike most modern day healing modalities that are constantly being created this has survived the test of time. Through practice, this art form nurtures and develops mindfulness, awareness, compassion, dignity, confidence, longevity, health, fitness, discipline, courage, suppleness, sexuality by balancing the masculine and feminine and promotes well being. It aids in prevention and healing by aligning energy flow and balancing the emotions to help students practice a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.
Ratu Giri Rakkhito Mahatera with
The Dalai Lama at Brahma Vihara,
Singaraja, Bali, Indonesia

The practice of Pancha as it is affectionately called can strengthen, empower and heal the practitioner on many levels. Pancha means 'five' and Tanmantra means 'subtle seeds of life'. Practitioners of this art form develop a deeper sense of being and a body awareness and harmony that generates an authentic and disarming charisma. Students not only learn an sophisticated, beautiful and refined art form through these ancient movements but also directly experience one's subtle body to gain an sensory and emotional intelligence as each movement, gesture and sound articulate and nourish the body, mind and spirit. The union of these specific movements, breath and sound where passed down by many great masters and sages designed to ignite ones light body through the energy pathways within ones physical body. The format of the classes are taught as it was thousands of years ago. It became known as the training of the Bodhisattva or spiritual warrior. Hence why it is referred to as the Path of the Bodhisattva and can only be learned through the blessings of this authentic royal lineage. This art from is the Heart Tantra of Martial Arts.