Initiation of Ven. Dachu II Hengsheng Rinpoche

Published on April 3, 2008
Ven. Dachu II Hengsheng Rinpoche

Ven. Dachu II Hengsheng Rinpoche

The following is the second part of an article by Ven. Dachu II Hengsheng Rinpoche in “Category 30” in the book H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. The first part can be found in “H.E. Dharma King Queji Jiangyang Qingzhen.”  

Although I longed for such a day [when I could receive initiation from my Buddha Master, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III], my situation seemed totally hopeless as day after day passed. Suddenly, the Buddha Master informed me one day that His Holiness wanted to tonsure me and perform an initiation for me. That initiation performed for me by the Buddha Master was especially wonderful. To prepare for that initiation, the Buddha Master tonsured me on a mountain slope outside the retreat building. A photograph taken of the Buddha Master tonsuring me unexpectedly showed an image of Dorje Chang Buddha with a clearly visible and colorful bun of hair on top of that Buddha’s head. However, when we looked at the photograph from a closer range, that Buddha image appeared just like the real retreat building. No matter how we viewed it, it was no longer a photograph of a Buddha image. Everyone there marveled at such a holy occurrence. Such wonderful karmic conditions portended that I would learn profound and great dharma.

Actually, I had already learned from other holy and virtuous people the Mind Within Mind, the Brightness Mahamudra, the Ganges River Mahamudra, the Great Perfection, and Vajra Division dharma. However, what I experienced on that day was an astounding and great dharma.

Ven. Dachu II Hengsheng Rinpoche was recognized by H.E. Dzogchen Ganor Rinpoche as being the reincarnation of a venerable one who was the direct successor to Dangba Sangjie of the Jueyu sect and who was a greatly accomplished practitioner of the rainbow body.

Ven. Dachu II Hengsheng Rinpoche was recognized by H.E. Dzogchen Ganor
Rinpoche as being the reincarnation of a venerable one who was the direct successor to Dangba Sangjie of the Jueyu sect and who was a greatly accomplished practitioner of the rainbow body.

The Buddha Master first performed for me a Selection of Karmic Affinity Initiation. In front of me, the Buddha Master wrote down with a brush the same seed character on ten separate pieces of paper. I put each of those seed characters under the sun to dry. After they were dry, I went to a place where nobody else was and secretly wrote down on each of the ten pieces of paper a different number that only I myself knew. I then rolled into a ball each of those ten pieces of paper on which a seed character was written. I placed each of the paper balls into a dharma container. I took that container out of the secret room and into the open-air mandala, placing it in the middle of the dharma platform. The Buddha Master, who had all along been practicing the dharma in the open-air mandala, then began ringing a bell and using a vajra. The power of the ten great vajra beings very soon thereafter arrived at the mandala.

The Buddha Master said, “Today I should transmit to you the Essence of Great Perfection Longchen Nying-thik of this world.” I asked, “Can I learn the Omniscience Xian Liang Great Perfection?” The Buddha Master
replied, “Let the Buddhas and vajra beings decide!”

I took a ball of paper out of the dharma container with my hand and very carefully unrolled it. I saw that the secret number on it indeed corresponded to the Essence of Great Perfection Longchen Nying-thik. That
was the only piece of paper out of the ten pieces of paper containing seed syllables whose secret number corresponded to that dharma. I rolled that piece of paper back into a ball as I had done before and placed it inside the dharma container. After the dharma container was shaken and all the balls of paper in it were mix up, the Buddha Master said, “It will still be the Longchen Nying-thik Great Perfection.” The Buddha Master then took a ball of paper out of the dharma container and placed in on my hand. I unrolled it and saw that, as predicted, it was the same piece of paper I took out a moment ago that corresponded to my receiving the Longchen Nying- thik Great Perfection Dharma initiation.

Since that paper indicated I should receive such an initiation, the Buddha Master began to perform that initiation. It seemed as if someone was standing inside of my ear as the transmission of that dharma began. As that dharma was being transmitted to me, I began to practice it. The Great Perfection state suddenly appeared before me. The “true-suchness” of the entire dharma realm appeared as a reality in which there was no distinction between emptiness and form. The sambhogakaya (reward body) vajra state also manifested, and the mandala began to circle around. I finally understood what holy dharma transmitted by a Buddha is. The Buddha Master then said, “Longchen Nying-thik is the highest dharma in this world. However, in the future you will still have the opportunity to learn the Omniscience Xian Liang Great Perfection!”

As I look back on my path of learning the dharma under my Buddha Master, H.H. Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu Holiest Tathagata, I realize that I finally learned the dharma only after going through many tests. My Buddha Master is a greatly compassionate and holy Buddha Dharma King who is totally unselfish, who has virtue that has reached a holy state, and who gives the holy heart of bodhi to living beings in the three spheres. If in this lifetime you do not learn under the Buddha Great Dharma King Master, you will not understand what is meant by “perfect mastery of the Five Vidyas.” If you do not follow the Buddha Great Dharma King Master, you will not be able to witness personally what “bodhi” is or be clear about “the path of the Bodhisattva.” His Holiness has full proficiency in all worldly dharmas and non-worldly dharmas and is able to apply each one of them without hindrance. His Holiness is able to implement these mundane and supra- mundane dharmas to constantly benefit living beings and uphold their devotion toward Buddhism.

I remember being at Phutthamonthon (Buddhamonton) in Thailand. Because karmic conditions had matured, I, as a rinpoche, beseeched the Buddha Dharma King Master to give us a discourse on the relationship between the Buddha and living beings for the purpose of benefiting living beings. Just as the Buddha Master began the discourse, dogs, birds, and countless fish appeared. Even more surprising was the black dragons that transformed itself into fish and stood alone on the water’s surface bowing to the Buddha Master. This truly has never occurred in human history. We can see from this just how magnificent the Buddha Dharma King Master is! Newspapers and magazines reported this holy event.

The Buddha Dharma King Master is the supreme being in the dharma realm. His Holiness’s unselfish and pure state is incomparable. For example, His Holiness would transmit to us various Buddha-dharma skills and teachings yet would instruct us not to reveal his name. Most of the disciples of His Holiness are great rinpoches and great dharma teachers. His Holiness’s disciples also include great Bodhisattvas. His Holiness has been the master of the Buddhas since beginning-less time. How could written words adequately describe His Holiness’s unsurpassed magnificence?

An honest account by Hengsheng