During the last two days, an article titled “With Special Concern, The Scene of Tens of Thousands of People Beseeching Good Fortune in Hong Kong Was Extremely Magnificent” appeared on the internet. This article gave an untrue report. First its title is an evil statement that slandered the Buddha. Moreover, its contents represented the conduct of making false statements to people in the world. It is true that the person who wrote and published this article brought serious damages to the image of the International Buddhism Sangha Association (IBSA). This event caused the chairperson of IBSA to make a self-criticism publicly. Chairperson Long Hui said, “I know the person who published this article. She learned dharmas from me before. She is also making a diligent effort in furtherance of Buddhism. Earlier this year, I introduced her to pay homage to H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III in person. I have undeniable responsibility in this. In the article she wrote, stating that tens of thousands of people praying for the flight of Malaysian Airlines was the only part that is a fabricated lie. Other contents in the article were true. That was why I only mentioned casually to her at the time that she should not publish what was untrue in the article. However, I did not seriously stop her. Consequently, this sinful inferior deed was committed. Therefore, the responsibility is in me. Thus, at today’s meeting of the board, I present this written self-criticism to members of the board as well as to all Buddhists. I must bear responsibility for this fabricated untrue report that stated that tens of thousands of people prayed for the flight of Malaysian Airlines at the H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Grand Dharma Assembly held in Hong Kong. This is because a true Buddhist should strictly obey the precepts and cannot speak falsely and tell lies to anyone, not to mention fabricating a non-existent story.”
The fact was that praying for the flight of Malaysian Airlines was done at the Bodhi Monastery in Los Angeles, not in Hong Kong. The dharma assembly held in Hong Kong this time was purely the H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Grand Dharma Assembly and the Assembly Celebrating the First-Publishing of Expounding the Absolute Truth through the Heart Sutra, without being mixed with any agenda unrelated to these topics. Moreover, nothing that is unrelated to the H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Grand Dharma Assembly was allowed to be mixed in. Chairperson Shi Long Hui said, “She hereby makes her deep repentance to all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in the ten directions. She knew that she did not fulfill her duty and beseeches Namo H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III and all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas for forgiveness.”
The International Buddhism Sangha Association acknowledged that Dharma Master Shi Long Hui recognized this issue deeply at the meeting of the board and submitted her written self-criticism. Actually, this event of making false statements baselessly is not too much related to Dharma Master Shi Long Hui. It was caused by another rinpoche who did not obey the precepts and deliberately committed the act of making a whopping lie.
H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is quite concerned about this act of speaking falsely. His Holiness the Buddha said, “The situation is totally out of order in the current dharma-ending era. The fact that rinpoches outside tell lies and speak falsely agrees with the phenomena of swindlers faking holy persons that are characteristic of heavy negative karma and producing impediments in this dharma-ending era. However, even a rinpoche recognized by you International Buddhism Sangha Association could not break away from the precept-violating bad habit of speaking falsely and telling lies. That is too piteous and makes all Buddhas in the ten directions disappointed! A cultivator dressed in the clothing of Buddhism even made up a set of lies out of thin air and published them on the internet. How could all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in the ten directions accept this kind of persons?”
“You should clearly know a fact. Though I as a humble one am not capable, I should still be compassionate toward living beings just as all Buddhas in the ten directions. After all, she published many articles that propagate true Buddha-dharma. We always allow living beings to correct their sinful mentality, speech, and conduct. If she can completely clean up the lies and rumors she spread, repent from the bottom of her heart, and totally correct her deeds and mind, she is still a member of those I protect and care for. If she continues to have such evil habits left in her, I can only say that her affinity with Buddhas and Bodhisattvas has ended.”
Now we must seriously point out that the dharma expounded by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III embodies profound meaning. This cultivator has to remove completely her article that contained the lies she made up and was published on the internet, publish a correct and truthful new report, and become a very honest cultivator. This is because your status was recognized by the International Buddhism Sangha Association. Othewise, IBSA cannot beseech forgiveness from Namo H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III and Namo Sakyamuni Buddha.
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