The book H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III contains a more detailed explanation by Gadu Rinpoche of what happened when H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III gave the discourse “What Is Cultivation?” However, I would like to give my own personal testimonial of what I experienced. Like Gadu Rinpoche, I was very fortunate to be present when these holy events occurred. Since I have followed my Buddha Master, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, I have seen many awesome and unbelievable events and been blessed by being able to participate in and witness many Buddhist ceremonies and receive dharma empowerments and initiations. This experience was truly amazing and was also an example of how different people saw or experienced different things. This is often the case when we witness holy states. Our karma is different, so the manifestation of holy states appear to us differently.
These lights first appeared when we were sitting and respectfully listening to a dharma discourse. I had requested that my Buddha Master give us a discourse on “What is Cultivation?” and His Holiness had graciously consented. We knew this would be a special discourse, since it was being recorded and many great dharma teachers and rinpoches had been summoned to attend. Suddenly there appeared a bright flashing light. I thought someone was using a flash camera, only that seemed very disrespectful and this was much brighter and dazzling and had a more golden color than that of a camera. I very rudely looked around. There was no camera nor apparent source. My second thought was that I was just imagining it. Of course no one else was showing any signs of seeing anything–they were all so engrossed in our Buddha Master’s discourse, and much too well behaved to respond. The lights came again many times–I lost count after the third, but I know it was more than three times. They were very bright and quite distinct. No sooner had the Buddha Master ended the discourse and we had paid our respects, did everyone begin talking at once. Even though it was in Chinese I could gather from the hand gestures and excitement that they had seen the same thing I saw. I believe all of this was recorded on the CD of this discourse. Ven. Gadu Rinpoche, whose English is quite good, explained what he had seen as did several others. It appeared that everyone present had seen something. There was no doubt that holy beings had come to listen to this very important discourse (it is printed in the book H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III and included on this web-site) and they were very pleased and showed their joy by blessing us with their presence.
For a short period of time after that, these lights would miraculously appear. Once they flashed most auspiciously when the Buddha Master was talking to Ven. Gadu RInpoche. At that time the Holy Beings were indicating approval of the design proposed for the cover of A Treasury of True Buddha-Dharma (the manuscript version of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III). They also flashed one Sunday morning at the hermitage where I live when I was reading one of His Holiness’s discourses in preparation for a class that would be taught later on that day. They came at another time when the Buddha Master was giving a discourse, but this time I was told to not be distracted and pay attention to the Buddha Master. I am pretty sure that was also included in the recording, but I must confess that before I was reprimanded, I searched the mandala thoroughly for any possible sources of light. There were none. These were truly blessings from another dimension. These were the manifestation of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas who came to show their respect to our great Buddha Master!
There is no doubt that the book H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is an extraordinary work. Not only does it introduce H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III to the world and share the reactions to the book of the leading Buddhists in the world today, it also documents a few of the awe inspiring accomplishments of this magnificent Holy Buddha the most important of which are the many teachings that can lead many beings to liberation. Since most of the book will be published in English as well as Chinese, it is truly a most auspicious blessing to the entire world. It represents the dissemination of the true Buddha-dharma for this time and age and in the Western and Asian worlds.
Disciple Zhaxi Zhuoma