Dharma Reference Chart

The Five Dharmas

The Howl of the Devil-Tiger (P'o) - The Way of the South, of Fire and of Ghost-Flame.
The Way of the Resplendent Crane (Hun) - The Way of the North, of Water and of Blood.
The Song of the Shadow (Yin) - The Way of the West, of Metal and Bone.
The Path of a Thousand Whispers (Balance) - The Way of the Center, of Earth and of Jade.
The Dance of the Thrashing Dragon (Yang) - The Way of the East, of Wood and of Flesh.

Dharma Rolls

Auspicious Occasions: (Dharma Virtue) versus P'o rating in a resisted roll contest; difficulty is permanent Willpower rating.

  • Virtue wins: Burst of den; gain one Dharma-level.
  • P'o wins: Demon rebels; P'o takes over for one scene.
  • Neither wins: vampire is discouraged; no change.

Acts of Blindness: (Dharma Virtue) versus P'o rating in a resisted roll contest; difficulty is permanent Willpower rating.

  • Virtue wins: Kuei-Jin keeps control; retain current Dharma level.
  • P'o wins: Flash of diao; lose one Dharma level.
  • Neither wins: vampire may feel remorse, or may not; no change.
Dharma level Social Bonus Virtue Pair Max Trait Max Chi Points/Turn Status Age
0 -4 10 5 1 chih-meifhin any
1 0 10 5 1 disciple any
2 0 10 5 1 disciple any
3 0 10 5 1 disciple one year
4 0 10 5 2 jina five years
5 0 10 5 2 jina 10 years
6 1 12 6 3 jina/mandarin 100 years
7 2 14 7 4 mandarin/ancestor 250 years
8 3 16 8 6 ancestor 500 years
9 5 18 9 8 bodhisattva 1,000 years
10 ? ? ? ? bodhisattva/arhar ?

Dharma Levels and Benefits

Notes: The Dharma Level and Benefits chart shows some of the obvious "perks" of an advanced state of awareness.

  • The Dharma Level entry is obvious.
  • Social Bonus refers to the Dice Pool bonus for Social rolls against Kuei-Jin of a lower Dharma rating.
  • Virtue Pair Maximum: Kuei-Jin of great Dharmic understanding can increase opposed Virtue ratings to high levels. So, a Kuei-jin of Dharma 6 could raise Hun and Po, or Yin and Yang, to 6 each, or 4 and 9, or any other combination totaling 12.
  • Trait Maximum: Like Kindred of potent blood, enlightened Kuei-jin can concentrate their Chi to such a degree that they may raise Attributes, Abilities, and Disciplines above 5.
  • The Chi Points entry tells you the maximum amount of Chi you can spend per turn.
  • The Status entry gives the approximate raning in Kuei-jin its society a vampire of that Dharma level posseses. There are exceptions on both ends of the spectrum - foolish ancestors or exceptionally enlighened jina - but such exceptions are relatively few and far between.
  • The Age section reflects the "minimum age requirement" of the level. The break-point, Level Six, signifies the union of Yin and Yang - a balance that takes many years to achieve and many more to master. Note that this is the minimum age requirement to reach that level - many Kuei-jin take much, much longer, if they get there at all.

Auspicious Occasions

  • Being taught by a Kuei-jin who has mastered a higher level in your Dharma.
  • Being taught by a Kuei-jin who holds a higher rank than yours; but in a different Dharma.
  • Receiving instruction from a bodhisattva.
  • Receiving instruction from a Yama King or similar powerful spirit.
  • Understanding a master's koan.
  • Journeying through the spirit worlds (for the first time).
  • Understanding a master's koan.
  • Doing something within the tenets of your Dharma that costs you something important.^
  • Meditating for at least one week with one of the training methods (see that section).
  • Coming very near to death (within one Health Level of final destruction).
  • Receiving an auspicious omen.^

Acts of Blindness

  • Violating some important tenet of your Dharma.^
  • Attempting to follow the tenets of your path, but failing in some really costly manner.^
  • Acting in an extraordinarily egotistical manner.
  • Losing yourself in mortal concerns and neglecting enlightenment.
  • Losing yourself to the P'o (even if you belong to the Devil Tiger path).
  • Discovering that a Dharma teacher lied to you.
  • Being banished by a priest or other person with True Faith.
  • Killing an ancestor or bodhisattva.
  • Meeting the Little Death.
  • Receiving a bad omen.^

^ - See Dharma descriptions for details.