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By John Vincenti, Los Angeles Post-Examiner, November 8, 2021

The City of Covina’s Tree Lighting Festival was held on November 5th, with the participation of the Covina Christmas Parade Committee, and the H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum, and other businesses and individuals in the city. The City proudly partnered with people and organizations in the community, to bring local families together and get into the spirit of the upcoming holidays.

The lights of the Covina Christmas tree were lit up amongst the music of the Covina concert band and the cheers of the crowd. (Photo by David McCarty)

While the tree lighting has been done for years, this year was different and expanded, with more of a storyline to the festivities, and an added sense of joy and purpose. After COVID-19’s disruption of so many festivals and get-togethers last year, this year’s tree lighting and festival atmosphere were designed to bring back the sense of joy and wonder that makes the holiday season a special one for so many people. It’s a great time of year to move on from a tough time in life with a renewed spirit of happiness and peace.

 

The representative of 22nd Senate District Susan Rubio’s office presented the certificate to the City of Covina. (Photo by David McCarty)

When asked about the history of the event and the differences compared with past tree lighting events, Covina’s Mayor Jorge A. Marquez said, “The City of Covina has had a Christmas Parade that’s run for 70 years. We also have a tradition of lighting up the Christmas tree every year, to add extra holiday cheer. The difference now, compared to the past, is we have added a storyline within the event, to keep kids entertained, and added activities for kids and their families to enjoy.”

With the lingering issues caused by the pandemic, and the stress and strain that has put on many families, it’s important for everyone to have some fun and fellowship as the holidays approach this year. The City of Covina was focused on that during the festival, and the City is dedicated to making the holiday season a better one for the community, as much as possible. Taking time away from worries, for families to celebrate and enjoy the magic of the holiday season, is a great way to do that.

Brian Tyan, the President of the H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum, shares that opinion. The museum chose to partner with the City of Covina for this event by collaborating with the Covina Parks and Recreation Department and the Covina Christmas Parade Committee, in order to bring the joy of the holiday to the community more fully.

The event was held at Heritage Plaza, and included the Covina Farmer’s Market, where visitors could get great food and shop for holiday gifts. There was also live holiday music from the Covina Concert Band, and plenty of free activities for everyone to enjoy. Giveaways, letters to Santa, and children’s crafts were just some of the offerings the City worked to make possible. While adults understand the seriousness of the pandemic, and the toll it took last year, the children were often the ones who missed out.

The Christmas light decorations of the H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum building attracted a large number of local residents. (Photo by David McCarty)

When asked about what he feels the event means to the community, the Mayor replied, “To me, this Christmas I believe allows us to come together as a community, to kick off the winter holiday and enjoy each other’s fellowship. Especially this year, with COVID-19, we are hoping to get back to normal, to celebrating not just Christmas but each other, as a strong, tight-knit community.” While the City of Covina already has a Christmas parade, the Tree Lighting Festival added even more joy and completeness to the festivities.

This year was the 31st tree lighting ceremony for Covina, and the event has been a favorite of the community all during that time. According to Tyan, the H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum recognizes that last year was rough on people, with losses including jobs and loved ones. The hope is that, through the Tree Lighting Festival, more people in the community can feel joy in their hearts and experience a reprieve from the pandemic.

To help encourage that, a professional holiday lighting company was hired, and that company decorated the entire museum building and the parking lot. There were snow machines on the event date, so people could enjoy the experience of snowfall. Parents and children were able to take photos with the snow falling, and there were light-up elements to add to the happiness and peacefulness of the occasion, as just one aspect of the overall festival, and the joyous atmosphere it produced for residents of Covina.

The museum sponsored the hot cocoa and coffee booth, where anyone could get free cocoa or coffee during the event to keep warm and cozy on a chilly night, and increase the feeling of holiday cheer. There were glow sticks and gifts for visitors who came to the booth, and the fun and excitement of the trackless train, allowing kids at the event to have a free train ride as part of the festival and as a way to move on from COVID-19 and have more adventures.

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by Richard Brown, The American Reporter, September 20, 2021

The H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum has reopened. For many years, the museum has committed itself to charity work, and supporting the surrounding community. But people who are not familiar with the museum or the area may not know about all the beautiful things this museum has to offer. Its reopening is truly important for the area, and great for art circles as well as those who want to experience all the amazing works the museum has to offer.

Located in a historic, more than 114-year-old building in Los Angeles County, the H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum is full of cultural atmosphere and masterpiece of art. The original opening of the museum was in 2014, when a large crowd attended the Grand Opening ceremonies. Not only were the crowds big, but there were dignitaries and important figures who came for the occasion, and understood the solemness and value of the museum itself. U.S. Air Force bombers flew over in formation and left colorful cloud trails behind.

From its opening day onward, the museum has offered a vast, rich collection of calligraphy, ink-wash paintings, sculptures, oil paintings, and other artistic treasures. All the works at the H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum were created by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III himself, and there is a large quantity of art that has been collected for display.

But like so many venues during the pandemic, the museum had been forced to close. Now, though, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum is open again, and travelers far and wide can come to explore everything it has to offer. The museum has rich collections of great artwork, including oil paintings, Chinese paintings, color-painted tiles, calligraphy and Yun Sculptures. The Yun Sculptures are something to behold, and these sculptures follow a type that is both unprecedented and unique.

Many past visitors have said the Yun Sculptures are the greatest artworks that they have ever seen. These sculptures are a new art form, which H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III created for humanity. They are unique, in that they have fine, complex details in their carving, expressing a sense of multidimensionality not found in other artwork. These exquisite pieces offer endless variation and rich, gorgeous colors that are unsurpassed in the art world.

There are currently seven of Yun sculptures on exhibit in the museum, and those who have seen them describe them as having a beauty that “captures people’s souls.” These works of art are truly indescribable, and must be seen to be fully understood. Their value and grace are beyond the works of other artists, none of whom have ever replicated such expressive elegance.

The museum was originally established to showcase the works of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, who has no official link to the museum. The moral characters and ethics of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III are deeply admired by many people around the world. A group of people in Los Angeles County chose to secure the funds and create a museum in his honor, to display his artwork. Since that time, the museum has been on a mission to promote his noble moral characters and accomplishments, and to help more people understand his work and benefit the society.

Now that the museum is back open, more people who live in or visit Los Angeles County can come to the museum and see all that it has to offer for them. Not only does the H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum display artwork, but it also participates in charitable giving in the Los Angeles community and beyond. It has been active in helping with disaster relief, alleviating poverty, and helping those who are elderly, ill, and infirm. Visitors to the museum will be surrounded by beauty and compassion.

The museum will also offer art scholarships to high school students beginning next year, to encourage them to continue creating and developing art, and expressing themselves through color and design. While the H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum displays only the works of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III himself, the museum also recognizes the value and diversity that exist in the work of other artists, and in other forms of art. Because of that, it wants to encourage the community to create and showcase all types of art.

There are many reasons to visit the H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum. Now that it is once again open to the public, and in a time of uncertainty and difficulty, visiting a peaceful, artistic location may help ease worry and fear. When there are difficult times, compassion and love matter. Additionally, art matters. It is one of the few things that can bring people together, calm the mind, and uplift the spirit when times are dark.

The H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum is pleased to be back open, and able to offer more help and hope to the community once again. There are few words to really express the depth of value that the museum brings to the Los Angeles County area, but visitors will feel it when they arrive. Art can bring courage, joy, and peace to people, and help them face the challenges they may be experiencing in their lives.

The H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum is open on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, from 10am to 5pm, and the Treasure Room is open every Saturday from 10am to 1pm. General admission is free to the public.

For more information, visit www.hhdcb3cam.org.

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LOS ANGELES, June 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — On June 19th, 2021, the Museum donated funds to Covina Police Department to help enhance their internal facilities and funded the Parents’ Place Family Resource and Empowerment Center in support of their work in providing aids and resources to families. Numerous local deputies and distinguished members of the communities attended the donation ceremony at the H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum. The guests included Covina Mayor Jorge A. Marquez, South Pasadena Mayor Pro Tem Michael Cacciotti, San Gabriel Mayor Chin Ho Liao, West Covina Council Member Tony Wu, Walnut Council Member Dr. Allen Wu, Chief of Covina Police Department David Povero, Former Mayor of City of Walnut Mary Su, senior editor for Beijing-based Vision magazine Qianqian Xing, and Executive Director Elena Sanchez and representatives of the Parents Place Family Resource and Empowerment Center.

In addition, to cultivate outstanding people for the society, from this year on, the Museum will establish a scholarship program for prominent, art-talented high school seniors from low-income households in the LA County, with the intent of helping them continue their education and realize their maximum potentials.

When the nation struggled with the face mask shortage at the peak of the dreadful pandemic last year, the Museum managed to procure and donate 50,000 medical masks to Covina Police Department, the First-line workers of the City Government and the Emanate Health Foundation to help protect the frontliners to perform their daily jobs and protect others.

MUSEUM DONATING MEDICAL FACE MASKS TO THE COMMUNITY TO AID IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19

As the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is rampant throughout the world, the USA has also entered an emergency state in the fight against the pandemic. A large sum of medical goods have been exhausted in this battle. Such adverse conditions have caused grave threat to the lives of the medical workers and staff on the front line and created a huge hole in the defense against the pandemic. H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum is very concerned about the health and safety of the Covina community and the front-line workers and hopes to make some contributions at this difficult and dire time. On April 13 and 14, the museum donated 50,000 medical masks to Covina Police Department, the First-line workers of the City Government, and Emanate Health, in hope that these masks can provide safety guarantee to their health and hygiene, and to ensure the proper operation of the city. We support the local government’s effort in controlling the pandemic with practical action.

Guided by the teachings of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, our museum has always actively participated in the disaster reliefs and activities of aiding the poor in the US and the world. We have also held art exhibits with the themes of caring for the weak. In this pandemic, our museum once again extends its helping hand to the community and makes a contribution to the winning of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

On January 19, 2011, Mr. Vincent C. Gray, Mayor of Washington DC, the capital of the USA, proclaimed that the Nineteenth of January 2011 to be the “His Holiness Dorje Chang Buddha III Day”, and called upon everyone to salute H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III! This is the only Buddha Day proclaimed by the government in this world. In order to celebrate this great, victorious, and holy “H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Day”, this museum will hold a series of activities in Los Angeles, USA, on January 14, 2018 to show the highest solute to H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III and all Buddhas in the ten directions, and to pray for a prosperous and strong United States of America with its people enjoying comfort and abundance, peace in the world, and happy and blissful lives for all living beings!

The schedule of the activities is shown below:

 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Mobirise1. Releasing Lives for Auspice and Bliss
Time: 9AM
Place: 13759 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

2. Respectfully Listening to Wonderful Buddha Dharma Voice Recordings

 

MobiriseTime: 1:30PM
Place: The grand hall on the second floor of the museum at 170 E. School St, Covina, CA 91723

THE H.H. DORJE CHANG BUDDHA III CULTURAL AND ART MUSEUM HAS OPENED, ASTOUNDING THE WORLD WITH ITS BEAUTY

There were auspicious dancing lions, many officials and dignitaries cutting the ribbon, fighter planes from World War II leaving cloud trails in celebration, first-day covers being quickly sold out, and astounding and peerless exhibits. How good, beautiful, lofty, and excellent it was! Words of admiration reverberated through the exhibition rooms.

(LOS ANGELES) The United States now has one more art museum: the H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum. This museum exclusively displays on a permanent basis some of the accomplishments of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III relating to Buddhism, culture, and art. H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is a recipient of the World Peace Prize-Top Honor Prize and is the highest leader of Buddhism in the world, His status being affirmed by the United States Senate in Resolution 614.

On the day of the grand opening of the museum, officials and dignitaries gathered and participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Seven planes that performed great feats during World War II flew in formation over the H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum, spraying cloud trails as their gift in celebration of the museum’s opening. The Post Offices of Washington, DC, the nation’s capital, the City of Los Angeles, and the City of Covina approved a special June 8th commemorative postmark for the grand opening of the H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum. People swarmed to buy the first-day covers, which were sold out only hours after their issuance.

The opening ceremony began with the “auspicious dancing lions” performance. State Senator Ed Hernandez, mayors or city council representatives from eight cities in the County of Los Angeles, and the newly elected Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell all attended the opening ceremony to extend their congratulations and present congratulatory certificates.

The H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum presented Executive Committee Member Certificates to three VIPs: Madam March Kong Fong Yu, who served 17 years as the Secretary of State of California; Ms. Marina Tse, former chief of the Western United States Office of the U.S. Department of Labor and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education; and Ms. Vivien Lau, the President of Hong Kong Bowling Sport Association and the Vice President of Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China.

The museum presented Honorary Advisor certificates to three well-known people: Mr. Alessandro Vezzosi, an Italian art critic and director of the Museo Ideale Leonardo da Vinci in the city of Vinci near Florence; Ms. Olivia Ruchellai, who is founder of the Otto Place Art Museum in Florence, Italy that mainly displays vanguard art; and Ms. Barbara Berlusconi, who is Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AC Milan, Italy. The museum also presented a Commissioner of the Cultural and Art Promotion Department certificate to Mr. Michael Chueng, a former chairperson of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, Los Angeles.

The H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum was established by renaming and renovating a historical building in the City of Covina. On the day of the museum’s grand opening, people from all over the world crowded into the exhibition rooms. On display were some of the cultural and artistic accomplishments of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III.

Those visiting the museum that day highly praised the exhibits as the best of the best, and many could not stop expressing their admiration. Some praised the exhibits as astounding and superb art. Some praised the exhibits as amazing and highly elegant art. “Wow” was a word constantly heard at the scene!

Housed in a well-known historic building in Covina, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum has a Holy Evidence Room that displays the Yun sculptures “A Pillar Holding Up Heaven” and “Colorful Charm.” Those sculptures not only imitate but actually surpass the beauty of nature. “Colorful Charm” is indeed an amazing multi-colored sculpture that seems to constantly change, making it a mysterious and marvelous creation. Even though it is a small faux boulder, when looking inside it, its depths seem endless.

Works of art by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III have sold for an extremely high price at art auctions. The highest record was set at the end of January 2010 when one of His paintings was sold at an art auction for the price of more than US$900,000 per square foot. The sale took place at the Hilton Hotel in San Gabriel, California, breaking the record for the highest price per square foot of any Chinese painting ever sold.

At an art auction held in New York in 2012, two limited release copies of paintings by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III were sold. “Carp in a Lotus Pond,” with only 200 limited release copies, was sold for almost US$380,000, and “Cat of Unique Charm,” with only 100 limited release copies, was sold for US$253,000. Those sales broke the record for the highest auction price of a limited release copy of a painting. Oil paintings by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III are sought by special collectors in the market for a price of over US$1,000,000 per square foot. The sculptures created by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III are even more highly valued.

Mr. Brian Tyan, President of the H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum, said in his speech that the museum will follow the teachings of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III and will actively participate in charitable activities in the United States and other parts of the world, such as disaster relief, poverty alleviation, and helping the old, sick, and weak. He also said the museum will set up youth art competitions and offer awards and scholarships in order to encourage and groom young artists and raise the quality of mind of different generations in society.

Mr. Tyan also stated that the artistic and cultural works created by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III do not just belong to a single locality or group of people. Rather, they are cultural and artistic treasures to be enjoyed by all Americans and all of humanity around the world. He hopes that everyone will support the museum and help it to reach its goals.

At this time, touring the H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum is free.

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