Naturally Formed Holy Statue

Yutang Lin

A Guan Yin statue born of past forest fire,
With three faces, holding a baby, so alive!
It took five hundred fire pujas to usher in;
Blessing to all six realms will last forever!


The mountain area where Adi Buddha Mandala is situated went through a huge forest fire in 1978. In 1986 Yogi Chen, while facing the ocean and kneeling on a slope on this land, recited Dragon King Sutra Stanzas to supplicate to the Dragon King for his blessing to this Dharma ground. Therefore, since then every time we went up to the land we would offer incense at this spot to commemorate the event. And the spot is called Dragon King Hill.

On Christmas Day of year 2000, after the 500th fire puja we went there to offer incense. As I was raising my upper body after bowing down toward the ocean suddenly I noticed in the lower left corner at a distance, among the trees and branches, there was a burnt wood in the shape of a standing Guan Yin. Gradually we went down there several times to take closer looks, and slowly we recognized various features that naturally constitute a close resemblance to the famous image of Song Zi Guan Yin, the Guan Yin that brings baby. This statue is at the center of a few surrounding trees that enclose to shape like a pavilion. Its bottom shoots out horizontally from a trunk, and hence the statue seems to stand in midair. Outside the surrounding trees there are two burnt-wood owls and a large turtle. By the right foot of the statue there is a large bear. From the front of the statue one could easily recognize topknot, outline of face, two eyes, nose and mouth. Its left arm holding a baby, near the tip there is a small face. To the left and right of the front face there is a side view of a face on each side; this is just like on the statue of the 11-face Guan Yin, there are three faces on each of the three lower levels.

Now we also offer incense in front of this naturally formed holy statue. Each time we offer six sticks of incense to signify our praying for all sentient beings in the six realms. And we call the slope leading to the statue, Guan Yin slope. Recently, with the help of digital cameras, Buddhists around the world may have a chance to view this statue when they see photos of our Dharma activities on-line. Therefore, I wrote all these down to help people understand the causal connections that led to this extraordinary display of miraculous transformation and conversion.

Written in Chinese on July 23, 2003
Translated on July 24, 2003
El Cerrito, California

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