All respected and honored renowned leaders of Buddhist organizations, great virtuous ones, rinpoches, dharma masters, acaryas, and masters of dharma-listening sessions,
Greetings with the joy of the dharma and peace to you all!
Today, on this auspicious day of peace and good fortune and in the midst of this extremely magnificent celebration, the curtain has been lifted for the unprecedented H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Grand Dharma Assembly. At the same time, the ceremony celebrating the first-publishing of the greatest Buddhist book Expounding the Absolute Truth Through the Heart Sutra in the world will also be held.
You all should know that having “H.H.” at the start of the Buddha name of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is a completely different concept from adding “H.H.” before the names of some dharma kings in the world. Their “H.H.” was placed by their disciples privately out of respect. However, the “H.H.” at the start of the Buddha name of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III was affirmatively designated by Resolution No. 614 of the Senate of the United States Congress. This “H.H.” represents the supreme and highest status, conveying the same meaning as having “H.H.” before the names of the Catholic Pope and the Queen of the Great Britain.
The status of a Buddha is established from the perfect expertise in both exoteric and esoteric Buddhism, perfect and amazing mastery of the Five Vidyas, truly perfect and flawless accomplishment, and attaining the supreme, non-differentiating, and perfect enlightenment of Anuttara-samyak-sambodhi. The status of a Buddha cannot be established by artificial touting or uplifting, nor can it be created by recognition. Simply speaking, the accomplishment of a Buddha itself is the status of a Buddha. As an analogy, gold is always gold without requiring touting or recognition. A pile of recycled copper is still copper no matter how much flattery is applied. This truth is not decided by human actions. Rather, it is determined by its inherent nature and structure.
In the entire history of Buddhism, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III created countless first-places:
First, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III truly manifested the accomplishment of “perfect expertise in both exoteric and esoteric Buddhism and perfect and wondrous mastery of the Five Vidyas” that is the highest standard of Buddhism. The concept of the Five Vidyas is known to almost everyone in Buddhism. Many who are masters also claimed to possess the Five Vidyas. However, the fact is that no one ever manifested the true and perfect Five Vidyas. They can only talk about the Five Vidyas. Only H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III perfectly applied all conditional dharmas and unconditional dharmas to truly manifest the accomplishments of the Five Vidyas one by one before living beings for them to see in reality. Just look at the thirty big categories of accomplishments published in the treasure book H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. It is quite evident that throughout history no holy one has ever reached such a height.
Next, as the supreme great Buddha, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III made the vow “I will bear all negative karmas and sins of living beings, I will give all my good karmas and merit to you.” This is the grandest, the deepest and broadest, and the most compassionate power of vow in the entire dharma realm. His Holiness the Buddha is the highest and the most revered primordial Buddha in the dharma realm and always manifests unselfishness and great compassion to dedicate all His accomplishments from the supreme, non-differentiating, and perfect enlightenment to others.
As another example, for the first time, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III brought to people in this earthly world the The Supreme and Unsurpassable Mahamudra of Liberation, Expounding the Absolute Truth Through the Heart Sutra, and other core dharma. In a non-sectarian way, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III has revealed the pure and correctBuddha-dharma of Buddhism and transmitted the holiest dharma of liberation. The blessing and merit power of such dharma is unimaginably high. Whether the disciple practices the Mud-Pill Path-Fruit dharma, which is the highest distinct Path-Fruit dharma applicable to a certain group; or one practices the Corpse Pose Tummo (Inner-Heat) Samadhi, which is the highest of the Tummo dharmas; or one practices the Vajra Substitute Body Meditation; or one practices the Xianliang Great Perfection, which within a two-hour period beginning from the time the disciple receives the initiation and related dharma to the time he practices it and becomes accomplished, the disciple can directly see holy states, realize holiness, and even instantly see the rainbow-body state. Those persons of holy virtue sitting here today on the platform with their certificate of holy virtue hanging in front of them have personally experienced this. Only the direct transmission by a Buddha of the highest Buddha-dharma, the State Practice Initiation, enables all cultivators to attain instant realization and become liberated in this very lifetime through cultivation in accord with the dharma. .
Moreover, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is the first extremely great holy one in history who does not accept any offerings and only serves living beings free of charge. At any time and any moment, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is always teaching His disciples to consider living beings’ interests, care for living beings at anytime and anywhere, and regard living beings as one’s own parents and family members. His Holiness the Buddha is aware of living beings’ hardship in life, does not wish to see them feel any pressure, and made the vow of only serving living beings without accepting any offerings. His Holiness the Buddha not only made this vow, but also carried it out in this manner. In this world, there has been no great virtuous one or holy one who has done so. Throughout history and until now, no one has ever done so. His Holiness the Buddha always said that He is a servant to living beings and worked hard every day for living beings without being compensated. His Holiness the Buddha not only does not accept money or properties from living beings, but also used the money from selling His paintings to support monastics’ living, contribute to disaster relief efforts, and assist people in poverty. Let’s look at those dharma kings and rinpoches in the world. Without expecting them not to accept money, it will be nice if they do not lie. [not sure why this is here]H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is just like Sakyamuni Buddha and only has the conduct of benefiting others and facilitating their enlightenment.
Additionally, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III received the largest number of and the highest recognitions and corroborating recognitions in the history of Buddhism. In 2006, the International Buddhism Sangha Association (IBSA) sent the book A Treasury of True Buddha-Dharma printed with a lotus on the cover to the dharma kings and regent dharma kings of all major sects of Buddhism in today’s world. They were so moved by reading this treasure book that they engaged in definitive confirmation. They recognized that H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is the reincarnation of Dorje Chang Buddha who is the master of all Buddhas and is the ancient primordial Buddha’s coming to this world for the third time. The more than one hundred recognitions, congratulations, and corroborating recognitions received were never surpassed by anyone in history. Actually, His Holiness the Buddha is always a Buddha and does not need any recognition. Moreover, how could holy and virtuous ones who are lower than the Buddha have the qualification to write recognitions for the Buddha? As an analogy, Sakyamuni Buddha expounded the Tripitaka by relying on the enlightenment and accomplishment of the Buddha and is a Buddha without requiring recognition from anyone. A recognition written for the Buddha would be a sheet of worthless paper to the Buddha, because the person writing the recognition is too much lower than the Buddha in terms of accomplishment and enlightenment. It would be like the Sixteen Venerable Ones coming forward to recognize the Buddha. The effect of such a document of recognition would be nothing other than insulting the Buddha. H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III does not need recognition by anyone either.
However, it is a remorseful fact that there are even people who are false rinpoches and have no virtue not admitting the fact that they wrote recognitions. For instance, there is a dharma king. Because he only had recognition by a rinpoche, he felt somewhat embarrassed comparing to the numerous recognitions and corroborating recognitions that H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III received. In particular, he always claimed the perfect proficiency in both exoteric and esoteric Buddhism and full command of the Five Vidyas. However, he has no thorough understanding in any dharma of exoteric or esoteric Buddhism. All he could do is carelessly and erroneously teach the sutras and use confusing logics to express the dharma. He does not have any uncommon accomplishment in the Five Vidyas to speak of. Dalai Lama is in the same category of virtue and conduct and even went so far as to instruct this person not to admit having written a document of recognition, out of his hatred against H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III being a Buddha. Needless to say how small the status of a dharma king of a sect is in comparison to a Buddha. The apparent inferiority of his status is obviously very humiliating and motivated him to lie. Actually, you all are very clear about what they are. Just by telling lies, they are not even as good as a common good person! Their mentality and conduct have already broken away from Buddhism and no longer belong to the morality and cultivation that a dharma king should have. A person who has no realization even defames H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. Where is his morality?
Therefore, this dharma assembly reminds Buddhist disciples to greatly heighten your attention. In the future, whenever you find virtue-less figures of a similar kind who slander the Buddha and slander Buddha-dharma and whenever you witness people who slander H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, slander Expounding the Absolute Truth Through the Heart Sutra, or slander the dharma expounded by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, we as Buddhist disciples should stand up as a cultivator to guard the dharma and to protect living beings’ interests. We should apply the bodhicitta of great compassion to help those who slander the Buddha and do damage to the true Buddha-dharma due to their evil views stop committing faults. We may even need to criticize them to cause them to turn away from the evil and return to the correct path. This is to prevent them from descending into the three lower realms or even the hell of uninterrupted suffering. This is the vow of bodhicitta that Buddhist disciples should make.
On this extremely magnificent day, in addition to inform you all that our supreme and highest H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is a one-hundred-percent true Buddha in the universe, the scripture Expounding the Absolute Truth Through the Heart Sutra that was personally expounded by His Holiness the Buddha will also be made public to you all today. Expounding the Absolute Truth Through the Heart Sutra contains the densely extracted precious essence from the treasury of Buddha-dharma. During the period of 49 years when the supreme leader of Buddhism in this earthly or Saha world, Sakyamuni Buddha, expounded the dharma, 84,000 dharma gates were taught. However, 22 of these 49 years were spent on expounding prajna, the absolute truth of attaining liberation. You can imagine how important the absolute truth of prajna is! The Mahaprajnaparamita Sutra has 600 chapters and embodies boundless merit. However, the text of the sutra is very long and not easy for all of you to understand . Now, we finally have waited until H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III collectively and harmonically condensed the precious essence of the absolute truth of prajna and the principles of the Tripitaka and cultivation into this book of more than 400,000 Chinese characters. Expounding the Absolute Truth Through the Heart Sutra is the utmost treasure of precepts, cultivation, and dharma practice for attaining holiness, and is this world’s unprecedented supreme sutra leading to accomplishment and liberation.
Additionally, the Dharma Voice Publishing, L.L.C. also respectfully invited holy and virtuous ones and eminent monks to confer empowerment as a group. As a result, the first-publishing copies of this Buddhist scripture have been stamped with a first-publishing seal that brings the special magnificent empowerment of beseeching auspiciousness and good fortune. The seal was empowered by a total of six dharmas practiced by holy and virtuous ones, eminent monks, as well as Buddhist disciples of the seven types through chanting sutras and mantras of exoteric and esoteric Buddhism for long periods of time and a subsequent dharma assembly to merge the dharma waters. The dharma assembly was led by Dharma King Gar Tongstan who is a great holy and virtuous one at the level of two Sun-Moon wheels. Heavenly dragon dharma protectors suddenly arrived at the scene. At that time, wind was blowing, rain was pouring down, and thunder was roaring, with five-colored sunlight shining. The magnificent scene was beyond description by words. We never expected that the sutra even called holy states to manifest in the sky. Moreover, Buddhas bestowed from the sky nectars that penetrated the roof and the covering lid to enter into the dharma bowl. We witnessed Buddhas and heavenly dragons respectfully congratulating the sutra Expounding the Absolute Truth Through the Heart Sutra. Therefore, we hereby make the best wish to you all. After respectfully beseeching and receiving this sutra, you shall respectfully and earnestly read it. This is not a matter of reading through once or twice. You should read repeatedly and over and over again to understand the meaning of this sutra and learn the dharma well. By cultivating in accord with the dharma and following the precepts, one will naturally realize and become enlightened by the absolute truth of human life and the universe.
Today, we took a special initiative and invited the holy dharma bowl used to receive Buddha-bestowed nectars to the venue of this dharma assembly. After a while, this holy bowl will be rung loudly to empower and beseech good fortune for you all. In addition, the United International World Buddhism Association Headquarters (UIWBAH) also responded to a special request from the Dharma Voice Publishing, L.L.C. to invite the contrasting photos of Namo [again, not sure what this means. Isn’t “Namo” used to express “homage to” or something like that? Can it also be used as a form of address?) H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III to the venue of this grand dharma assembly taken in October 2012 when His Holiness the Buddha reversed an aged appearance to that of a youth.
Due to seeing living beings’ miserable situations caused by the harms brought to them by evil masters, Namo H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III was in tears of great compassion and bodhicitta. His Holiness the Buddha then practiced the dharma of Mightily and Fiercely Bearing Karmas to transfer living beings’ dark karmas to Himself. Because the dark karmas accumulated within H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III’s body, after only three months, His Holiness the Buddha suddenly turned into an elderly person of over 80 years old. After practicing the dharma of reversing an aged appearance to that of a youth to release the dark karmas from the Buddha’s body, only a little over ten minutes later, the Buddha had skins peeling off from His face and a transformation of His bone frame. His Holiness the Buddha changed to an appearance of a teen or a young man in His 20s. The most amazing fact is that His appearance is not only extremely majestic but also far more handsome than when He was at the age of about 20 years old. There is no way to describe the youthfulness and majestic appearance in words. I can only use these two mundane sentences to express the real situation: It was like a god coming from the capital of heaven in delighted steps. Anyone looking at the extremely handsome appearance would know He is a Buddha! The change was really dramatic like astounding the heaven and shaking the earth. His appearance is completely different from the past.
You all will view and pay tribute to four photos of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. The first one is a photo of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III taken in 1994, which is 20 years ago. The second one is an image of an elderly person taken in October 2012 when bearing living beings’ dark karmas. The third photo shows His appearance after returning from an old age and restoring His youth in about 10 minutes and was taken on the next day from the previous one. After restoring His youth, the bone frame of His face greatly changed and became that of a different person. The fourth photo was taken during the last month.
However, we at the IBSA never imagined that His Holiness the Buddha would even state that He is an ordinary person, that He does not know the dharma of reversing an aged appearance to that of a youth, and that the change was a result of treatment by the methods of medicine and was a phenomenon of medically removing speckles, wrinkles, and aged skin. His Holiness the Buddha said that this is simply meaningless, all things are temporary and impermanent, and only cultivating with the bodhicitta of great compassion to benefit living beings can be eternal.
Although this is what His Holiness the Buddha said, how could we who had witnessed the fact in person on the spot believe? What high-tech method of medicine can turn an old age to a very young age within a time interval of a little over ten minutes? Moreover, not only the muscles and skins changed completely, even the bone frame of the face was totally transformed and greatly altered! From His Holiness the Buddha’s describing His supremely great dharma and unsurpassable holy realization as His being the same as an ordinary person, we can thoroughly see the great, selfless, and unselfish holy purity of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. Today, the four photos of His Holiness the Buddha spanning 20 years are respectfully displayed in the specifically created Holy Object Chamber, for you all to view and pay homage to and to witness the true Buddha-dharma in reality.
All attendees of the assembly, after you beseech and receive the sutra Expounding the Absolute Truth Through the Heart Sutra, please be guided by the volunteers and follow the queue to enter the Holy Object Chamber to view and pay tribute to the exhibited holy objects. Here we must give you a special reminder. Photographing is absolutely prohibited. H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III stated seriously, “The photos captured the situation of medical treatment and must not be used as propaganda. Therefore, if anyone tries to take pictures in hiding, that would be insulting all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in the ten directions. I will not transmit the dharma to anyone who takes pictures.”
We at the IBSA once again remind you all. We can only respect Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, and must not insult the Buddha. His Holiness the Buddha does not wish to publicize the photos showing the reversing of His aged appearance to that of a youth for self-publicity. The fact that we can see the photos today is already very magnificent. How can we not respect His Holiness the Buddha’s wish? One who does not respect the wish of His Holiness the Buddha is unlikely to attain accomplishment even if he or she learned the dharma.
Later, when you enter the Holy Object Chamber to pay homage to the holy objects, due to the limitation of time and space, please do not prostrate. You should walk slowly but please do not stop. Please have the mentality of benefiting others so every attendee of the dharma assembly today will be able to view respectfully the visage of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III.
Now, in advance, we wish the dharma assembly a perfect success. We wish that you all have an auspicious and magnificent experience, beseech and bring back the supreme treasure scripture, acquire perfect good fortune and wisdom, and attain enlightenment early!