Manjushri on a Pond
Dear friends around the world,
Over two decades ago I was in Gaden Shartse Monastery and I had a vivid dream. The dream was interesting because I dreamed I was in Drepung Monastery and had a senior monk accompanied by a young monk come visiting me. In my dream I had a small house and I walked across a small stone pathway to receive the senior monk on a bright and sunny day. From his bag, the senior monk pulled out a painting of Manjushri as a gift for me. I was delighted in the dream. I remember looking at the painting very carefully. It was not very big, around 8 x 10 inches perhaps. Manjushri was yellow-golden in color with one peaceful face and two arms in “teaching the dharma” mudra (dharmacakra). He held the stems of two lotuses. The stems led to two open lotuses, one of which had a wisdom sword on top and the other a dharma text. He was youthful in appearance and he was tilted to the right slightly and his legs were left up and right down (the way Green Tara sits) in ‘Lalitasana’ (royal ease) posture. There were no surrounding Buddhas in the painting. The painting was fresh and beautiful and I stared and memorized the painting in my dream.
After giving me the gift, the monk and his assistant left and I went back in my room. I was thinking who that monk was and why give me this beautiful painting which I liked so much. Then I woke up. When I woke up, the Manjushri I had seen in my dream was vivid in my mind yet I had not seen a Manjushri in that form at all in thangkas, paintings, tsatsas, statues and so on. But I decided to visit a artist that lived nearby and gave him a description to recreate this painting which he did within a week or so. I brought the painting home and just kept it in my room. I didn’t put this Manjushri of my dreams (or ‘Dream’ Manjushri as I dubbed Him) on my altar with the rest of the Buddhas. I didn’t know if this was a genuine and authentic form of Manjushri or it was just something made up from my dreams. I don’t like to make up deities or iconography of deities without a valid source. So without a valid source I just kept my painting of ‘Dream’ Manjushri as a decoration piece and not on the shrine. After a few months, I was reading a text and there it was! This Manjushri in a Tibetan text. His picture was in this text and I was elated. I took my commissioned painting and compared it to this Manjushri in the text and concluded there is this form of Manjushri. It is an authentic form of Manjushri. This form of Manjushri does exist! So I finally took the painting and placed it on my shrine. I had never seen this form of Manjushri prior to the dream, yet I dreamt about it vividly. I found that strange but nice.
Since then I have commissioned more statues of this ‘Dream’ Manjushri for my shrine and I also invited a 9ft ‘Dream’ Manjushri for Kechara Forest Retreat. This special Manjushri arrived yesterday September 8, 2015. We had Him consecrated with mantras and relics and then craned over the wall to a pre-prepared space in the centre of our fish pond that many come to meditate around. After Manjushri took His place in Kechara Forest Retreat in the centre of a beautiful pond, offerings of food, light, incense and prayers were made to welcome Lord Manjushri here. I am so happy to have this beautiful image here to bless all visitors. I pray all beings who visit, associate, hear about, contribute, live at or work at Kechara Forest Retreat will be blessed by the immutable Buddha Manjushri. May they gain clear realization into the reality of appearances, let go of fears, achieve mahakaruna and be blessed with penetrative wisdom. I prayed to Manjushri all will be blessed to meet Manjushri in life after life till full enlightenment. May all beings reach the state of Manjushri which is full enlightenment.
I am most happy with this new 9ft statue of ‘Dream’ Manjushri arriving in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia. May He bless everyone always. I thought I would share some pictures for you to enjoy. I thank everyone involved in making all this possible very much.
The beautiful fish pond at Kechara Forest Retreat- Night view
This is our beautiful fish pond with gazebo in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. Many come to this pond to meditate, relax or just enjoy some fresh air. Now they can blessed with Lord Manjushri ‘arising’ from the water to bless them.
Kechara Forest Retreat’s fish pond-Day pictures. Just as beautiful.
Aren’t the fishes swimming beautiful and lucky to circumambulate around Manjushri daily.
Here is a list of some of the holy items enshrined within the large Manjushri:
- Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche Lobsang Yeshe’s hair
- Kyabje Ling Rinpoche’s beard
- Kensur Rinpoche Jampa Yeshe’s hair and nails
- Teo Chopon Rinpoche’s robes
- Protector rice
- Protector string
- A khata blessed by Dorje Shugden
- Chakras: Sosordrangma, Hayagriva, White Umbrella, Manjushri, Yamantaka, Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden
- Dorje Shugden ruel
- Rolled mantras including Vajrayogini, Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara, White Tara, Yamantaka, Green Tara, Dzambala
- Relics from Mt Kailash
- Herbal Tsongkhapa tsa tsa blessed by Dorje Shugden
- Tsongkhapa tsa tsa with Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche’s ashes
- Clay Dorje Shugden tsa tsa from Gangchen Ladrang
- One set of Dorje Shugden’s five families tsa tsas
- Serpom Protector pills
- Herbal pills
- Mani rilbu
- Zong Rinpoche jhinten rilbu
- Pabongka Rinpoche mani pill
- Wish-fulfilling pills
- Jumar 25 rilbu
- Zong Rinpoche mani pills
- Sand from a Yamantaka mandala
- Rice from a Manjushri mandala
- Rice from Gangchen Ladrang (Shigatse, Tibet)
- Bodhi leaves and soil from Lumbini
My wooden ‘Dream’ Manjushri statue on my indoor shrine.
Close-up -This is my personal 16 inch ‘Dream’ Manjushri that was commissioned for me from wood and gifted to me. This glorious Buddha Manjushri sits on my private shrine in my room. I really like this form of Manjushri.
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- Black Manjushri and An Overview of the Mind
- Manjushri initiation in Gaden Shartse
- 1000-armed Manjushri!!!
- Black Manjushri Thangka
- A Black Manjushri Sadhana
- Kechara Forest Retreat’s Manjushri!
- Dream Manjushri
- Must visit Manjushri at Kechara Forest Retreat
- Manjushri for Justin
- Hecelus Tan does his first Manjushri Retreat!
- Manjushri for Li Kim’s boys!
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