Last year, a couple, Mr. & Mrs. Chen Jr-gwang, came to the Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas to attend the Water-Land-Air Dharma Assembly and took refuge with Triple Jewel and Five Precepts. After they returned to Canada, there were many auspicious responses. Mrs. Chen who usually recited the Amitabha Sutra diligently, somehow became lax later on. One night, she dreamt of Gwan Shr Yin Bodhisattva telling her, "You have been reciting Amitabha less recently. You should recite more."
A week later, Gwan Shr Yin Bodhisattva again appeared in her dream, asking, "Do you know there are usually many Buddhas and Bodhisattvas at the Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas?" She said, "I didn't know." The Bodhisattva asked her, "Do you want to see them?" "Absolutely!" she replied. Thereupon, Gwan Shr Yin Bodhisattva gave her a pair of glasses. After putting them on, she saw that there were Buddhas and Bodhisattvas all everywhere in the air. In the middle were Vairochana Buddha and Shakyamuni Buddha who stood great and tall. Gwan Shr Yin Bodhisattva said, "Usually there are many Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in this Way-Place. But especially when the Dharma Assemblies for great events are held, the whole space is full of them.
This year, at Calgary's Flower Adornment Monastery, during the celebration for Gwan Yin Bodhisattva's Birthday, someone saw the Three Sages of The West, accompanied by soldiers and officials from the Heavens. Vairochana Buddha stood particularly tall and large. The protection and mindfulness of all Buddhas in the Ten Directions is real. I hope that we will all mutually encourage each other on to greater efforts.
James Lu: Gwan Yin Bodhisattva manifests in different forms to rescue living beings, which is another way to propagate the Buddha-Dharma. While the Ven. Abbot Hsuan Hua expounded many Sutras in the past twenty years in order to propagate Buddhism in the West, he only wishes that we could draw near to the Dharma soon, to understand our inherent-nature. The Ven. Abbot once said, "The translation of the Sutras is a holy work." South of San Francisco, at the International Translation Institute, there are now a group of people engaged in this work. I wish that all of us will be able to join in this work. In this way we will indirectly help the Ven. Abbot to spread the Dharma. In this supreme Dharma Assembly, I wish everyone will contribute his ability as a share. You may say this is another way we have received the instructions of Gwan Yin Bodhisattva.