We are extremely glad to
share with you, a recycled issue we specially produced and sent 3 years
ago - on this same special day. About
two thousand years ago, Lord Buddha, our Teacher and the Teacher of Gods
and Men, turned the holy Wheel of Dharma for all, opening the door to the
Deathless, pointing out the route to Liberation from the endless strife
of samsara. Today, millions of Buddhists
worldwide remember Lord Buddha and His supreme compassion and love for the
world. The great monasteries of Tibet of all traditions commemorated with
hundreds of thousands of butter lamps nestled amidst drones and waves
of blessings through recitation of the sacred texts. However,
for the Drikung Kagyu Tradition, today rings with an added sparkle
and special blessing. Today is
also the birthday of the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, the Senior Co-Head
of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage, the lineage descended from Lord Milarepa and
also a co-sister lineage of the Karmapa's Kamtshang Kagyu. Je
Tsongkhapa's Heruka Chakrasamvara and Guhyasamaja lineages are, indeed,
very much descended from the Drikung Kagyu. As CAS's
education centre - Camden Education Center ( www.camden.edu.sg
) - was established and is going into its 6th year with hundreds of
students coming in and graduating - through the sacred insight and advice
of the Drikung Kyabgon, not forgetting too that CAS's first Buddhist centre
in Malacca is also established through the sacred insight and advice of
the Drikung Kyabgon, it will be dreadfully wicked if we forget about the great
kindness of the Drikung Kyabgon. So,
all the Beings @ CAS ( Camden Education Center & Phuntsok Cho Ling -
included !! ), touched our crowns to your lotus feet, palms
clasped, sincerely beseeching that You live for a hundred aeon, forever
turning the Holy Wheel of Dharma like Lord Buddha Himself, for the good
and happiness of the many, for the good and happiness of Gods and Men,
for the good and happiness of the world.
We send the Special Issue below on "Chokor Duchen": the day (today ) Lord Buddha first turned the holy Wheel of Dharma in our human realm for "the good, the happiness and the well-being of gods and men."
This is the day, according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, when our actions are multiplied 10 million times, hoth the good and the bad.
Most importantly, today's the day when millions of Buddhists around the world recall with deep gratitude, the unparalleled greatness and unbelievable compassion of Lord Buddha Shakyamuni who descended into our world during our particularly difficult age when beings are "strongly-wilful, difficult-to-tame" and when even past Buddhas do not manifest in.
Hence, here, Lord Buddha Shakyamuni unleashed his divine powers as recounted in "The Miracle Sutra", solely and completely for triumph over samsaric fat egos ( we are too familiar with !! ).
Just rejoice that we are with Lord Buddha and are walking ( even if stumbling ) on the path of the holy Dharma !!
"Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha !!"
bb & all frens @ CAS in homage to Lord Buddha Shakyamuni
Then the Blessed One sent forth a brilliant light that suffused the world in a majestic splendour ....
Then the Blessed One focused his mind in such a way that when he put his foot down on the ground, the great earth began to move. The great thousand third-order thousand world system, and so this great teetered, tottered, and tremored in six different ways: it quivered, quavered, and quaked; it shifted, shuddered, and shook.....
And the sun and the moon were shining, blazing and radiant. Various wonderful and fantastic things also appeared. Deities in the skythrw divine lotuses down on the Blessed One - red, blue, and white ones - and they threw "agaru", sandalwood and "tagara" that had been pounded into powders, as well as "tamala" leaves and flowers from the divien coral tree. They also made their divine instruments resound and threw cloth streamers....
From a distance, those seers saw the Blessed One adorned with the 32 marks of a Great Man:
"He was like the dharma embodied,
like a sacrificial fire that had been fed with oblations,
like a lamp placed in a golden vessel,
like a mountain of gold that moved,
and like a golden object variegated with many jewels.
That is to say, they saw the Lord Buddha,
whose great intellect is expansive and quick,
spotless and stainless....."
Then those sages approached the Blessed One. Having approached, they venerated with their heads the feet of the Blessed One and then stood at a respectful distance......
Then the Blessed One called on them with his Brahma-like voice: "Come, O monks! Follow the religious life!" As soon as the Blessed One spoke, there they stood - heads shaved, garbed in monastic robes, bowls and water pots in their hands ... and the disciplined deportment of monks who had been ordained for one hundred years......
Meanwhile the Blessed One, who was respected, honoured, revered, and venerated with the offerings and honours accorded to gods and men, who was surrounded by arahants, and who was attended by seven groups of gods and a large crowd of people, approached the miracle pavilion ....
From the Blessed One's body emerged rays of light that illuminated the entire miracle pavilion in a light the colour of gold....
Then Shakra ( lord of the gods ), Brahma and the other gods, along with many hundreds and thousands of deities .... disappeared from the world of the gods and reappeared standing in front of the Blessed One. Some of the gods, led by Brahma, then circumambulated the Blessed One 3 times, venerated with their heads the feet of the Blessed One, and sat down to his right. ....
The Blessed One created an array of buddhasrisinng up to the abode of the gods of Akanishta such that there was an entire assembly of lord buddhas. Some of these magically created buddhas were walking, some were standing, some were sitting, and some were lying down. Some ... were performing the miraculous deeds of causing fire and heat, making rain and lightning. Othes were asking questions and others were answering them......so that the entire world, even young children, could see the multitude of buddhas, without any onstructions, all the way up to the abodeof the Akanishta gods.
Such is the Buddha's innate power ......
Then the Blessed One ... gave a discourse on the dharma that penetrated the 4 Noble Truths such that many hundreds and thousands of beings accepted the taking of the refuges as well as the precepts .....
"Fortunate are those people in the world
who have taken refuge in the Buddha.
Those people who have served the Buddha
will one day attain nirvana.
Those who offer even a few services
to the Victor, to the Guide,
will come to a wonderful heaven.
They will find the eternal abode."
This was said by the Blessed One.
Extracted from Divine Stories - Divyavadana: "The Miracle Sutra"; translated by Andy Rotman, Wisdom Publications.