First, from my three karmas of body, speech, and mind, I express my gratitude to my respected Master, Dorje Chang Buddha III, for having performed an initiation for me and for having transmitted dharma to me. In so doing, His Holiness enabled me to receive incomparably wonderful empowerment from the Buddhas.
I am Luosang Danzeng Nuori Rinpoche. Because of the coming together and influence of karmic causes and conditions, the power of vows, and the power of karma, all of which have existed since beginning-less time, I have again come to this world. At the time of Dalai Lama VII, I was the Ganden Tripa (supreme leader of the Geluk sect). Xiazhu Qiuyang Rinpoche, who is the incarnation of Naropa, has affirmed my identity in this lifetime as being a rinpoche who is the reincarnation of a Ganden Tripa. As leader of the Geluk sect, I am responsible for making this sect founded by Master Tsgongkhapa flourish. Therefore, I must seek higher Buddha-dharma in order to protect the teachings and benefit living beings.
For a long period of time, I have been observing and gaining understanding of dharma kings, rinpoches, eminent monastics, and people of great virtue from all over the world. Finally, I found the Holiest Tathagata who possesses the highest Buddha-dharmaDorje Chang Buddha III. However, Dorje Chang Buddha III told me, “In a previous life you were a Ganden Tripa, the supreme leader of the Geluk sect. Thus, I must test you before I can accept you as a disciple.” Dorje Chang Buddha III set up six different tests to be passed. His Holiness told me that if I passed two of them, He would accept me as a disciple. Otherwise, I would not have the karmic destiny to be His Holiness’s disciple. Although I am the reincarnation of a Ganden Tripa, I naturally was not at all sure of the outcome of being tested by a Buddha. I could not help but be somewhat worried that Dorje Chang Buddha III would not accept me as a disciple.
I formally entered the testing area, where venerable ones, rinpoches, and dharma teachers were present to observe the tests. It was an open-air mandala. The first test involved answering questions on the spot about the sutra teachings. I answered all twelve questions correctly. Because some of my explanations were not complete, a very small number of points were deducted from my score. The second test required that I practice dharma to beseech the Buddhas to bestow nectar. I knew that I did not have such realization, since that is a matter to be performed by a Buddha. Naturally, I received no points for this. The third test was the selection of karmic affinity from a golden vase. Needless to say, this is also something I do not have the realization to perform and again received no points. The fourth test involved determining six great karmic conditions. Although I was behind a partition, my powers of concentration enabled me to see clearly the true situation on the other side of the partition. This probably was the result of some small merit of mine earned from being a Ganden Tripa. My determinations of what was behind the partition were of course correct all six times. The fifth test involved eliminating the negative karma of other living beings. Although I practiced visualization and entered concentration, I was ultimately unable to pass this test, which took place before many venerable ones and rinpoches.
The sixth test was “taking karma and eliminating karmic hindrances.” The Buddha Master took a vajra in His hand. As His Holiness gave a discourse on the dharma to me, He told me the rituals of that dharma practice. His Holiness told me how to lift that vajra from the ground and correctly place it on the part of the dharma dais where the seed syllables “ong, ah, hong, and she” were located. The Buddha Master said that many rinpoches could not lift that vajra from the ground onto the dharma dais. I thought, “How could this be difficult? That small vajra weighs one pound at the most. His Holiness took it in His hands without the slightest effort. Could it be that the vajra will change? I will easily lift it for sure.”
The Buddha Master placed the vajra on the ground and instructed me to lift it from the ground onto the dharma dais. While chanting a mantra, I finally decided to extend my arm and effortlessly lift it onto the dharma dais. I never thought that this vajra would turn out to be far more formidable than a fierce dragon or ferocious tiger. I did not have any way to lift it. It felt as if it weighed thousands of pounds and was fiery hot.
The Buddha Master then said to me in a serious tone of voice, “This is your one last chance. If for a second time you are unable to take the vajra and place it on the part of the dharma dais where the seed syllables are located, then you will not be able to immediately realize wisdom and supernatural powers.” However, my powers of concentration and my will had already been thoroughly destroyed. In the end, I was still unable to lift that vajra successfully.
Nonetheless, out of great compassion, the Buddha Master empowered me with boundless wisdom and merit. Originally, I would have had to go through three years and three months of retreat before I could take a seventh test. However, the Buddha Master right then and there allowed me to take the seventh test, which is a second-level test. Truthfully speaking, even this second-level test made me very worried. To my surprise, I passed it. Of course, words cannot describe the awesome empowerment that I received. It was incomparably wonderful. Under the empowerment of the Buddha-dharma, my whole body was like the fire of samadhi, and I perspired profusely. I am extremely happy, for I finally became a root disciple of Dorje Chang Buddha III!
I vow that the dharma teachings of this Buddha will be that upon which I fundamentally rely. The dharma teachings of Dorje Chang Buddha III are the dharma teachings of all Buddhas in the ten directions within the three spheres. All Buddhas attain Buddhahood through such dharma teachings. If people separate themselves from the dharma teachings of Dorje Chang Buddha III, then there will be no Buddha-dharma in this world at all. Dorje Chang Buddha is the sambhogakaya Buddha, the Master of all Buddhas, and the one who has attained the highest, unsurpassable level of enlightenment. I vow to realize soon supreme bodhi for the sake of all living beings. I beseech Dorje Chang Buddha III to transmit to me great dharma that will enable me to become a Buddha in this very lifetime so that I can bear the obligations of a Tathagata and benefit living beings.
From now until I attain bodhi, I will enlighten myself and others. This is the vow I will carry out!
Root disciple of a Buddha: Luosang Danzeng Nuori
September 3, 2007
(This is a complete translation of the Chinese text that follows originally written and signed by Luosang Danzeng Nuori.)