Thangka Image Appeared
Don't say that a Thangka is merely a painted image,
Disciple Xin Ping comes weekly to bring me food supplies that are sufficient for a whole week, and she has been doing this for over six years. A while back while admiring thangkas hung in my altar room she expressed a wish to get one for her own altar. So I asked disciple Xiao Yan in Bei Jing, China to obtain a Four-arm White Chenrezig (Tibetan name for Guan Yin) Thangka for her as a token of my gratitude for her long-lasting efforts in making offerings to me. Due to busy family affairs she has since neglected to hang it up. Unexpectedly, last night in a dream the Guan Yin in the Thangka appeared to her and said to her: "Lunar September 19, the Memorial Day of Guan Yin's Renunciation of Worldly Engagements, will soon arrive, so you should hang the Thangka up, and I am identical to your Guru." After she woke up she immediately opened the Thangka to take a good look and found out that the appearance is indeed that of a male. She used to follow the traditional Chinese concept of Guan Yin being a beautiful female figure; but now she realized that Guan Yin was originally male. It is rare to have an inspirational experience wherein a Buddha image appeared to give teachings, so I recorded it truthfully here with the hope that it might inspire more faith in people who are interested in or already progressing on the enlightenment path.