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Design Sifu
03-05-2001, 11:23 PM
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I thought that this was very interesting. May all of your heads bloom with
compassion this Spring! Bracketed remarks are from the originator of this
e-mail...

Dear Friends and Colleagues

Here's a synchronicity to amaze us all. In Afganistan, soldiers assault a
hundreds of years old Buddha statue with grenades, bombs and artillery,
following the orders of their geriatric Muslim fanatic leader. In South
Korea, a gilded wooden statue of Kuan Yin, the Bodhisattva of Compassion,
has sprouted forth flowers from its head, for the first time in 1000 years.

Truly we are blessed to live in these remarkable times. Ralph


MIRACULOUS FLOWERS SPROUT ON A GOLD STATUE IN SOUTH KOREA

"Flowers that bloom only once every 3,000 years are budding on the head of a
sacred Buddhist statue."

Buddhist priests in South Korea "say the legendary flowers blossoming on
the forehead of Kuan Yin the Compassionate" only appear "when the 'Sage
King of the Future' (also known as Maitreya, the future Buddha) comes
into the world," which one Buddhist leader called, "a delight that gives
joy beyond description."

"The Miracle of the Flowers, as it's now being called, happened in the
Chonggyesa Temple," in a suburb of Seoul, the capital of South Korea. "Tens
of thousands of pilgrims are flocking to see the white blossoms on the tip
of the eyebrow of the shining, gilded statue of Kuan Yin."

"'Kuan Yin is a gentle Buddhist deity who refused to enter paradise
(Nirvana--J.T.) because she heard the cries of suffering humanity,' says
religious expert Dr. Kenneth Ireland 'She is acknowledged to save the soul
of everyone on Earth, turning her back on none.'"

[Kuan Yin, an ancient Chinese goddess, has gotten blended with
Amida Buddha, who refused enlightenment until every sentient
critter cd share it. Japanese Amidists believe that if you call
on Amida even once --"Namu Amida Butsu!" -- WITH TRUE FAITH you will get
saved. Arlen and I got married in a Shinran church.Shinran taught that
Amida wd not reject anybody for lack of faith; if you call
on Amida even once WITH OR WITHOUT TRUE FAITH --"Namu Amida Butsu"--
you'll get there eventually. Ain't that the world's kindest religion? --bob]

'''Many are now saying that the monastery of Chonggye-sa could become the
Buddhist Lourdes because many cures are being performed there.'"

"According to the monks, 21 threadlike stems are growing from the statue of
Kuan Yin, each with a tiny white flower 'no bigger than the tip of a
ballpoint pen.'"

"This is the first time in the 1,000-year history of the monastery that the
flowers have blossomed."

"'Buddhists say sighting the flowers is like witnessing the birth of
Buddha,'" he added.

"Experts say it's unthinkable that the 500-year-old statue of Kuan Yin,
gilded every three years over the (original) woodwork, could produce
growing flowers without divine intervention."

"'Botanically, the flower is related to the ficus,' says botanist William
Grant, 'There is just no way it could take root in the statue.'"

"Dr. Ireland says the flowers are regarded as divine in India, Japan and
China and are believed to bloom only when a momentous event is about to
happen."

"Buddhist monks are currently keeping a prayer vigil at the statue, waiting
for the event that will change mankind's future forever."
:)

joedoe
03-16-2001, 01:33 AM
Hey, that's cool. I once read a novel called the Initiate Brother (or something like that) by Sean Russel about something similar. Something about when a certain plant in a certain place blooms, then a Buddha has entered the world.

Pretty cool.

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