Stand Straight Up on the Surface of the Water and Pay Respect toH.H.
Dorje Chang Buddha III by Bowing to His Holiness
been able to accompany H.H. Dorje Chang BuddhaIII Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu to Puttamonton, Thailand. I went
there together with Professor Yu-Hua Wang, who holds a
doctorate degree in Buddhism Dharma Philosophy from the
American League of Colleges and Universities, which is
composed of 83 colleges and universities in the United
States and around the world, and who also holds a Ph.D.
degree from Manning University in England. Other people
who went on that trip with us included H.E. Denma
Tsemang II, Venerable Dachu II Hengsheng Rinpoche and
Luoben Songzan. There were more than thirty of us all
Sakyamuni Buddha, we walked to a bodhi tree beside a lake
under which H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III sat. Perceiving
that the karmic conditions were special, Venerable Dachu
II Hengsheng Rinpoche knelt on the ground, put his palms
together in respect, and respectfully beseeched H.H. Dorje
Chang Buddha III to give a discourse on how an Arhat can
realize the state of a Bodhisattva, how a Bodhisattva can
ascend to the supreme and complete enlightenment of a
Buddha, and why a Buddha has to rely on saving living
beings to become a Buddha.
all directions and perched themselves on that tree. Various
types of wild fish in the lake beside H.H. Dorje Chang
middle of that group of people in front of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III’s
seat. It was extremely marvelous.
highest wondrous dharma, waves suddenly surged from the quiet waters of
the lake. There was a loud sound. A black dragon transformed itself into a
large black and gold fish. That fish emerged vertically from the water and
stood erect on its tail on the surface of the water. It resembled a dolphin
performing on the water. It bowed its head toward H.H. Dorje Chang
Buddha III after each movement. At this time, a white fish and a black fish
also did what that other large fish did, emerging from the water to pay their
respects to H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. This scene lasted about twenty
seconds. Some fellow disciples took out their cameras and pressed down
upon the shutter. They were able to capture that scene.
wonder over such an unrivaled sight. They knew that large fish was a
dragon-spirit who transformed itself into a fish in order to receive the
dharma and pay its respects to H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. They must
have been transformed dragon-spirits since no other type of fish has the
ability to use its tail to stand vertically upon the surface of the water.
Furthermore, two-thirds of the bodies of the fish were over the surface of the
water, leaving only the one-third tail portion of their bodies below the
surface of the water.
response evoked by the Buddha-dharma. One should practice the Buddhadharma
with a heart of humility. Amazing feats are like dreams and illusions,
like clouds and smoke that pass in an instant. One must not be attached to
them. They are not worth mentioning.”
pay their respects. This is the result of the merit and realization of a
Buddha-dharma given by H.H. Great Dharma King 1
. H.H. Great Dharma
King is a Buddha!” Guru Padmasambhava highly praised this great holy and
virtuous being and an emperor of China conferred upon him the title of
Khutukhtu Dharma King.
saw at that scene. Later, many newspapers reported on these holy events. If
there are false statements in what I have just stated, I am willing to receive
the most severe karmic retribution. Those were real events. May the merit of
this be dedicated to all living beings in the dharma realms.