When I first got to Guanyin Cave, I sat on a rock. I didn’t have a bench or a platform. There was nothing at all, so I just sat down there. That day we went to take a look. Originally there was a spot just big enough for a person to sit down, so I sat there. After sitting for about half a month, one morning I woke up to find out that I couldn’t move my legs anymore. They were like wood, without any feeling at all. I had to slowly massage them for half an hour before I could get down. I thought to myself, “This place is so damp! I’m afraid I won’t be able to endure the dampness. However, where can I go if I leave Guanyin Cave? There’s no good place to go. It took Guo Kuanpu’s introduction for me to be able to stay here. He had to rely on his connections so I could live here. If I leave, how can I face him after he made a special referral to enable me to come here? If I told him I can’t stand the dampness, it would seem that I didn’t have very much patience. That’s it! Even if I die, I’m not leaving Guanyin Cave. Let things be as they may. If it’s damp, so be it!” After that, I continued staying there. I had no possessions of my own. When it was time to eat, I went to the Arhat Rock at Feng Mountain to eat.
One day, as I was returning from Arhat Rock, I ran into a huge snake. This snake was very thick, and it had gone into Guanyin Cave. When I arrived, the snake slithered off towards a back entrance to the cave. I pursued it to the entrance, where it paused, trying to decide whether to run or to turn around and fight me. Finally the snake turned around and looked at me, and then slithered away. That was one big snake!
Before I went to Guanyin Cave, there had been no water there. Two pools had been built at Guangdao before I arrived, but the pools were always dry. During the time I stayed there, however, there was plenty of water every day. The water was very pure. That’s why, when Guo Man drank it, she said, “This water is so sweet!”
Today, I’m not afraid to tell you that, no matter where I go, there’s always water there. That’s because when I was in Manchuria, I accepted ten dragon disciples. It was at the Dragon King Temple. I took my four disciples Guo Neng, Guo Shun, Guo You, and Guo Zhi along. Ten dragons came to take refuge with me, and I said to them, “There’s been a drought and no rainfall for three or four months! It’s terribly dry!” I said, “Your Dragon King is so lazy, not letting any rain fall. If you ten dragons wish to take refuge with me, you must first make it rain and only then will I give you the refuges. If you don’t make it rain, I won’t transmit the refuges to you!” The dragons objected, “We don’t have the authority to make it rain. The Jade Emperor has to give the order before we can make it rain. If there’s no order, we dare not casually let the rain fall.” Then I said to them, “You go tell the Jade Emperor that there’s a monk named so-and-so in Harbin who wants it to rain within a 40-li [3
li is approximately 1 mile] radius of Harbin. I don’t care what happens farther than that, but it has to rain within 40 li. If it rains tomorrow, then I’ll let you all take refuge and become my disciples the day after tomorrow. Otherwise, I won’t let you all take refuge!” Strangely enough, the next day it did indeed rain, but only within a 40 li radius of Harbin. There was no rain beyond that distance. The third day, I gave the refuges to those dragons, and since then, whenever I go to a place that has no water, water will come. I’m telling you the circumstances for this. Western Bliss Gardens, for example, used to not have any water. After I finished building it, water started gushing out in the back, all because of my dragon disciples.
Let me tell you something else. After I came to the United States, I have forbidden there to be rain whenever I go out. Whenever I have to take a car ride somewhere, I always tell my disciples ahead of time, “Today, you have to control the rainfall. If it rains while we are on the road, when we get back I will make you kneel before the Buddhas for seven weeks—49 days, without getting up, without using the restroom, without eating. You won’t be permitted to do anything but kneel there for 49 days straight! If it doesn’t rain, then you won’t get punished!” I say this to whoever goes out with me, such as Guo Hu. Actually, he doesn’t have this power. It’s all because my dragon disciples are obedient and don’t let it rain when I go out. I usually tell you that if you are sincere when you do “three steps, one bow” on the road, it will not rain in the place where you are bowing, nor will it rain in front of you or behind you. This is due to my dragon disciples. If you are sincere and move them to help you, they will do this. If you aren’t able to move their hearts, because you have false thoughts as you bow, they will know it and think, “Ah! You are not cultivating the Way!” Then, they will not protect you. If you are sincere, my dragon disciples will all help you out.
In the final three or four months of my two disciples’ bowing pilgrimage, it didn’t rain it all. As soon as they stayed over for three days at a friend’s house, it rained for three days straight. Once they moved on, the sky cleared. It typically rains every day in Seattle, but when they were bowing through that area, there was no rain. When they were done bowing, the rain came again. That’s how strange it was. I’m not trying to scare you, but all the Dharma-protecting ghosts and spirits really listen to me!
I don’t want to brag about myself. However, when I first arrived in Hong Kong and built Western Bliss Gardens, I planted a lot of papaya, bamboo, and pine trees. The second year, all the trees were blown down by a typhoon. Did you know that? Do you remember? At that time, I declared, “From now on, as long as I am in Hong Kong, I will not permit any typhoon or storm to come to Hong Kong. If I leave Hong Kong, then I don’t care.” After I made that statement, each time a typhoon seemed to be heading straight for Hong Kong, it would change course as soon as it came within 15 or 20 miles of Hong Kong, and go off to the side. For over a decade, Hong Kong had no typhoons. After I left Hong Kong and went to Australia, within a month, Hong Kong was hit by a hurricane. Store signs were blown about the streets, and many buildings were destroyed. Nobody was aware of the karma or the circumstances behind this. After I came to the United States, there was a hurricane and a mountain quakes that killed 150-160 people. These are matters of the past, which none of you know about. One year there was a great drought in Hong Kong. Hong Kong tried to regulate the water, but there was no water for several days. As the drought dragged on, even the water at Western Bliss Gardens diminished. This was serious! I called Liu Guo Juan over and told her, “You must recite the Buddha’s name and seek rain. If it doesn’t rain in three days, I will not permit you to return to Western Bliss Gardens ever again!” Actually she didn’t have the power to recite the Buddha’s name and make it rain. I just made a point of telling her that, and she very vigorously recited the Buddha’s name. Two and a half days later, a great rain fell and there was no lack of water. The other Buddhist monasteries claimed the credit, saying, “This is a response from our bowing in repentance,” or, “Our recitation of the Buddha’s name really worked,” or, “Our mantra recitations were efficacious.” In reality, they had no idea why or how it rained.
To tell you the truth, I do have the power to keep someone from dying. Tan Pu-cai knows! Tan Pu-cai took refuge with me when he was 77 years old. The fortune tellers read his fortune, and it said he would definitely die in December that year. He was afraid of dying, so he took refuge with me. After taking refuge, he said, “Master, if you let me live another ten years, I’ll help you build a monastery!” I said, “I’ll let you live twelve more years, not just ten.” He lived to be ninety-some years old. No one believes these stories. I have a lot of important matters that no one knows about or has any idea of how they happened. For instance, when Guo Man went to Western Bliss Gardens, she saw the peach trees crawling with caterpillars and said, “Master, I finally made it to Western Bliss Gardens to worship the Buddhas, but all those caterpillars here make me afraid to move.” [Disciple: She was always afraid of bugs.] I said, “Come back tomorrow, and they’ll be gone.” The next day she came up again, and there was not a single caterpillar in sight. Originally there had been about thirty caterpillars on each leaf of the peach trees, and the ground had been crawling with caterpillars, too. However, the next day when Guo Man came back, there was not a single caterpillar to be seen. I certainly had not killed them off with pesticide. How could they all have disappeared? All I did was say one sentence, no more, and that was: “Come back tomorrow, and they’ll be gone.” You all don’t realize that those bugs went to bow to the Buddhas, along with my dragon disciples. Most people don’t know about that.
Guo Man thought it was very strange. Do you know about this? [Disciple: Yes, I was there when she asked for your help. She said, “I am sick. I have a lot of illnesses.” Whenever she saw anyone at home who spoke in a slightly louder tone of voice, she would get upset.] Was she scared? [Disciple: Yes, she would go hide in a corner.]
Let me tell you the story. There was a weasel who wanted to take refuge with the Triple Jewel. It was this weasel that made her scared whenever she saw people. When she first told me her situation, I saw that the conditions were not yet ripe. The sickness was to last for 100 days, and there were thirty-some days to go, so I told her, “Wait a little while. Gradually, I’ll help you get well.” On February 14th, I said, “Today, you are supposed to get well. Go kneel before the Buddhas and bow.” She bowed for half an hour, and then I said, “You are well now. You have no more illness.” And she immediately had no illnesses! I gave the refuges to the weasel, and that’s why her illnesses went away. She used to be scared of everything because of that weasel.
To be continued