H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III: Teaching People to Attain Wisdom Through Compassion, Especially in These Uncertain Times

By  //  December 16, 2021

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One recognition certificate from a sect can make the status of a rinpoche, while being recognized as the reincarnation of a Buddha requires confirmation from multiple Dharma kings of all different sects.

Generally, when a rinpoche reaches significant status, they are also recognized by more than one of the eminent monastics. H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, who has been recognized by over 100 Dharma kings, regent Dharma kings, great rinpoches, and top leaders of various Buddhist sects, is the first person in Buddhist history to receive this many recognitions. 

It is the belief of all of these powerful individuals that H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is the true reincarnation of the Primordial Buddha, Dorje Chang Buddha. For over 1,000 years, this system has been used by numerous sects in order to recognize their reincarnated Buddhist practitioners.

Based on Buddhist principles, a “Buddha” has attained the supreme level of wisdom and enlightenment, and there is no one above a Buddha. So it goes without saying that a Buddha is the highest leader in the world when it comes to that religion and culture. That makes H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III the highest leader of Buddhism in today’s world.

Building on the Foundation of Compassion

As H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III works with others and makes his way in the world, he remains unaffected by awards and fame, and by those who would seek to slander him. His goal is only to contribute to the world, and to teach Buddhism to people, so the world can have more peace and happiness in it.

The cultivation of Buddha Dharma is what H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III focuses on, rather than his standing and status as the reincarnation of a Buddha. Buddhist teachings are based on causality, peace, harmony, and compassion, and these are the main tenets that H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III lives by. As he shares his compassion with others, he is able to change lives.

At the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, His Holiness Dorje Chang Buddha III took the lead, donating equipment and materials for personal protection. This equipment for fighting the pandemic was donated to police departments, hospitals, and other public service institutions. His Holiness the Buddha also told people publicly:

“The emergence of the pandemic is a result from causality. Throughout the history of mankind and society, there have been occurrences of many pandemics of different types and forms. The COVID-19 pandemic is a type of contagious plaque, which is just infection through popular contact.

The symptoms would transform based on the changes in one’s physical conditions and the climate and spread to others. But people will also generate antibodies in response. However, this disease is not going to become extinct. Yet vaccines can provide very significant protecting effects to people.

Therefore, all of you should not be under pressure or become worried. Rather, all should follow the exhortation of the government and obey the government regulations.

Have yourself vaccinated. That will protect yourself and also others. Furthermore, the pandemic will not cause a closure to people. In the end, it will be opened up everywhere because our country will not allow closure to happen, and the world will not allow closure to happen.”

Living simply and focusing on humility rather than material rewards, he has never been concerned with his own well-being. He lives for the service and well-being of others, and to teach them the Buddha Dharma that will bring them enlightenment and liberation.

The more people who have this understanding, the more people will continue to show that understanding to others, to help others and to benefit society. This can cause a ripple effect of peace and harmony, which will spread far and wide through his teachings and the information he passes along to people around the globe.

Celebrated as a Scholar, an Artist, and a Healer

From a very early age, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III has been seen as extremely talented in a number of areas of life. Even as a child, he had wisdom beyond his years and talents that were strong and unexpected. Documentaries were made about his artistic abilities, and people came from far and wide to learn Buddha Dharma from him.

That occurred even before he was officially recognized as he is today. It is the belief of Buddhists that H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III holds supreme knowledge of the universe.

Others have spent their entire lives seeking the wisdom and understanding H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III has, but it seems as though he was born with it. Today he lives in California, and he continues to teach Buddhist leaders, holy gurus, Buddhist practitioners, and people from every walk of life who seek out his wisdom.

Whether people have questions about Buddhism, need mental or physical healing, or want a deeper understanding of life, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III will not turn them away. As the sutra said that a Buddha is the king of healing, he helped more than 300 people in one day during his time in China.

Born in China, he was quickly recognized there as having abilities well beyond his years. His artwork was exhibited in Taiwan, and he was named to the presidency of The Chinese Painting Research Association in Beijing in 1987. He has met with dignitaries from all over the world, including many in China before he moved to the United States.

When he visited Taiwan in 1995, it was not just dignitaries and important people he met with, but people from all over the area who lined up at his hotel to seek his help and guidance.

All throughout the day and night, the Buddha helped people without resting. H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III does not turn any of them away from the help they were seeking and the guidance they wanted and needed from the Buddha.

He has remained selfless and compassionate, helping those who are distressed, elderly, poor, or sick and infirm, as well as any injured or stray animals he finds during his travels. No one and nothing are turned away from the Buddha’s help.

Subjected to Defamation and Injustice

Throughout his life, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III has been subjected to injustice, and had his name defamed and slandered. Two years after he came to the United States, the Guangdong Shenzhen Public Security Bureau in China made a case against him and charged him with defrauding someone during a property sale.

But even the person who was named in the case came forward and said that it had not happened. The Buddha also had no record of ever owning the property, or of anyone else transferring it to him.

The case lingered for years, even going so far as getting INTERPOL involved and asking that they issue Red Notices for the arrest of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. After an investigation in China, thirteen legal experts came together and stated that the case was incorrect and fabricated, and that it was not accurate at all. INTERPOL’s investigation showed the same conclusion.

Eventually, China requested INTERPOL to withdraw the Red Notices against the Buddha, and in November 2009 INTERPOL wrote to His Holiness the Buddha that the Red Notices against him had been canceled. But all through the years when he was being defamed and investigated, he never said a word about it.

He made no public statement about the case, nor did he try to clear his name in any way. When he was asked to show the INTERPOL letter he received, he also chose not to do that. 

The reason that Shenzhen Public Security Bureau made the case against the Buddha, is because Shenzhen Public Security Bureau illegally took more than 700 paintings from the house the Buddha resided in.

These were paintings that were created by him during past decades. But he never said anything. In order to keep these paintings, the public security agents still tried to slander the Buddha through the internet, and continued to make claims that he was guilty.

If they stated his innocence, they would have to acknowledge their own crimes, including the made-up case and the stolen paintings from the Buddha and his disciple.

Finally, in 2019, due to mounting requests from the Buddhist community and its leaders, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III agreed to make the INTERPOL letter public. The World Buddhism Association Headquarters made the letter public and issued a statement as well.

That allowed those who were faithful to Buddhism all around the world see the truth of the facts in the case, and put their fears and concerns to rest. During the entire time, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III never said anything negative about his accusers.

The Most Dignified Buddha Treats Himself As Humanity’s Servant

Ever since the founding of Buddhism, it has been common practice for Buddhist disciples to make offerings to their teachers and masters. But H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III has vowed never to accept offerings, and to do everything out of love and compassion, without any requirements for compensation. He serves people only on a voluntary basis and will never take something in return for his services.

His compassion for the people who have helped him, those who have tried to harm him, and the world in general, seems to be unwavering. H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is committed to his teachings, and understands that the care and compassion he displays to the world is what matters.

From the art he creates to the people who come to him for healing, everything and everyone is treated with care. This is the way it has been done for more than 2,500 years, and H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III carries on the tradition.

By focusing on the situations of other people, instead of his own, the Buddha is able to show that he values the world and everyone in it, and that other people should do the same. It is only through serving others and having compassion for them that people can truly reach an enlightened state of joy and happiness.

While not necessarily easy to do in modern society, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III has been focused on the value of this accomplishment since he came to this world, and remains committed to it today.

During his life in China, and now that he lives in the United States, he has frequently been offered millions and even tens of millions of dollars in offerings.

He has never taken even a dollar of it, and has always turned it away. Some disciples have written about how they have wanted to give offerings, but that the Buddha would not accept them. Although he is always modest and says that he is humanity’s servant, we know that he is the most dignified Buddha in the world.