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The H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum has been committed to and actively participating in all kinds of charity work to support the community.

LOS ANGELES, CA, June 22, 2021 — The U.S. Capitol raised the national flag on May 15th, 2021 to send birthday congratulations and pay respect to the Pope of Buddhism H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. To celebrate this wonderful and auspicious day, the U.S. Postal Service in Washington D.C. issued a special commemorating first-day cover of the U.S. Capitol raising the national flag to celebrate the Birthday of the Pope of Buddhism H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. It was specially noted to be an official limited edition on the first-day cover.

For many years, the H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum has been committed to and actively participating in all kinds of charity work to support the community. This year, 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 to families with children for their unmet needs.

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.

On June 19th, 2021, 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, Chief of Covina Police Department David Povero, Former Mayor of City of Walnut Mary Su, 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, 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.

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As early as January 2018, the World Peace Prize Awarding Council and the World Peace Prize Religious Leaders Title Awarding Council came to the resolution to canonize H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III as the Pope Of World Buddhism. Still, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III refused to accept it. The World Buddhism Association Headquarters received the canonization decree and the scepter to broadcast true Buddha Dharma and benefit all living beings. When the World Buddhism Association Headquarters respectfully presented the canonization decree for the Pope Of World Buddhism and the scepter to H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III said: “Shakyamuni Buddha sits majestically at the top of the scepter. We should respect Nomo Shakyamuni Buddha.” Then He held the scepter high above the Head, holding palms with a single hand to signify respect. However, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha said that He is only a humbled practitioner of cultivation. He sternly refused the canonization and returned the decree and the scepter to the two councils.

On September 23, 2020, The World Peace Prize Awarding Council and the World Peace Prize Religious Leaders Title Awarding Council arrived at the final joint resolution, in which they affirmed that the action taken by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III to return the canonization order and the scepter of the Pope Of World Buddhism is invalid. H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III has officially taken the throne as the Pope Of World Buddhism from January 31, 2018! Moreover, the title Pope Of World Buddhism only belongs to H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. No one else can use it. That is a permanent, unchangeable, and definitive conclusion!

The World Buddhism Association Headquarters entirely agrees with the resolution arrived by the World Peace Prize Awarding Council and the World Peace Prize Religious Leaders Title Awarding Council, and the affirmative conclusion which they made concerning H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III! The Headquarters definitively considers the two councils’ resolution is wholly accurate and 100% in agreement with the reality. Please see the detailed conclusion of the two committees in the media report.

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The World Peace Prize Awarding Council Together With Religious Leaders Title Awarding Council:
The Conferment of the Pope of Buddhism to His Holiness Dorje Chang Buddha III is Unchangeable

On September 24, 2020, the Chairperson of both the World Peace Prize Awarding Council and the World Peace Prize Religious Leaders Title Awarding Council Suzi Leggett announced the ultimate resolution of the two Councils at the Holy Miracles Temple of the World Buddhism Association Headquarters: “The return of the conferment decree and the Pope of Buddhism Scepter by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is not effectible. The title, status, and authority of the Pope of Buddhism belong only to H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, and cannot be exercised by anyone else.”

In 2018, after extensive vetting, the World Peace Prize Awarding Council and the World Peace Prize Religious Leaders Title Awarding Council officially conferred the title of Pope of Buddhism to H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. The conferment decree and the Pope of Buddhism Scepter was signed and presented by the then Chairperson of the two Councils Han Min Su. Nonetheless, to everyone’s surprise, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III was totally unmoved by the noble status and tremendous honor that came with the Pope of Buddhism title, and did not accept the conferment. H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III said: “Within the field of Buddhism, there are Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. There are titles of Dharma kings, rinpoches, Dharma masters, eminent monastics, greatly virtuous persons, and Holy Gurus. There is no need for a Pope. I am a humble cultivator. I am not able to take on such a heavy responsibility.”

When the World Buddhism Association Headquarters presented the conferment decree and the Pope of Buddhism Scepter that they received to H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, His Holiness the Buddha saw that there was a seated statuette of Namo Shakyamuni Buddha on the Scepter and immediately raised the Scepter above His own head to show respect to Namo Shakyamuni Buddha, the Lord of Buddhism of the saha world. No one would have anticipated that H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III actually returned the conferment decree and Pope Scepter directly to the two Councils.

In today’s announcement, Chairperson Suzi Leggett said: “Over the past several decades, the World Peace Prize Awarding Council has presented the World Peace Prize to President Ronald Reagan, Hon. Mahatma Gandhi, H.E. Yitzhak Rabin, and presidents and prime ministers of other nations. There has never been a precedence of retraction. All determinations made and implemented by our Councils are very solemn, serious, and absolutely cannot be changed…The return of the conferment decree and Scepter of the Pope of Buddhism by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is deemed not effectible. The title, status, and authority of the Pope of Buddhism belong only to H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, and cannot be exercised by anyone else. This is a permanent and unalterable determination!” Despite the fact that H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III still would not accept the conferment, Chairperson Leggett once again presented to the World Buddhism Association Headquarters the conferment decree and Pope Scepter that H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III previously returned.

Venerable Mozhi Rinpoche represented the World Buddhism Association Headquarters to receive the conferment decree and Pope Scepter signifying the conferment of the title of Pope of Buddhism by the two Councils to H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. He said, “The World Buddhism Association Headquarters considers the decision made by the two Councils to be a remarkably proper and sagacious. Ever since Namo Shakyamuni Buddha entered parinirvana, there has not been a supreme leader who has the authority to guide all Buddhists the same way that the Buddha did. However, the authoritative position of the Pope of Buddhism certainly is not a role that a leader of a single Buddhist sect would have the attributes to fulfill; rather, the Pope must be a leader who has authority over the entirety of Buddhism, namely, a Buddha. Namo H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III holds the perfect teachings of Buddhism and meets the criteria used by all Buddhist sects to recognize a Buddha. His inherent nature is that of a Buddha, His unsurpassed, complete, and perfect enlightenment is that of a Buddha, and His state of virtue is that of a Buddha. Just based the accomplishment of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III in Lifting the Pestle onto the Platform, surpassing His own base weight standard by 59 levels, no one can possibly match such a record. H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III also has perfect mastery of Exoteric and Esoteric Buddhism, perfect accomplishments in the Five Vidyas, and so forth, all of which truly are attributes of the perfect enlightenment of a Buddha. No other Buddhist Holy Guru in this world possesses such qualities.

“Just by the facts that H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III vowed to benefit living beings purely on a voluntary basis and does not accept any offerings throughout His entire life, and that He possesses perfect wisdom and unimpeded accomplishments, no other Holy Guru can be of comparison. Only Namo H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III can take on this immensely noble, holy, and heavy responsibility of the Pope of Buddhism, to properly guide Buddhists onto the correct path of learning Buddhism. Therefore, on behalf of Buddhists, the World Buddhism Association Headquarters thanks the World Peace Prize Awarding Council and the World Peace Prize Religious Leader Title Awarding Council for having made the ultimate decision.”

Below is the statement announced by Suzi Leggett, the Chairperson of the World Peace Prize Awarding Council and World Peace Prize Religious Leaders Title Awarding Council:

The Conferment of the Pope of Buddhism to

His Holiness Dorje Chang Buddha III is Unchangeable,

The Return of the Conferment Decree is Deemed Not Effectible

The field of Buddhism in today’s world is rather chaotic, there need to be a preeminent Buddhist leader of authority to lead and correctly point Buddhists to the right direction. All Buddhists know that other than a Buddha, no great Bodhisattva, great Dharma king, great lama, or great Dharma master is qualified to hold the title and status of authority to be the world’s highest leader of Buddhism. In particular, the entire field of Buddhism has now been infiltrated by many fake rinpoches and fake Dharma masters who are not true Buddhists. As a result, Buddhism all over the world has fallen into a state of chaos and confusion.

Within the traditions and formal systems of Buddhism, there are several dozen sects, such as Esoteric, Exoteric, Zen, Pure Land, Mahayana, Theravada, and so forth. Regardless of how high the status of a Dharma king or a great master of any school may be, such a person can only lead their own school. Besides, each school of the sectarian system has also been infiltrated by a great number of fake rinpoches and fake Dharma masters. These people are amateurs who do not understand Buddhist teachings in the Sutras; yet they feign to be greatly virtuous people or eminent monastics. Thereupon, gradually and inconspicuously, evil and non-Buddhists teachings have been mixed into authentic Buddhism founded by Shakyamuni Buddha. This is mainly because there is currently no preeminent leader in the entirety of Buddhism. There is no supreme leader of authority to take hold of true Buddhist teachings and true Buddha Dharma.

Since a Dharma king, patriarch, or great master of any school can only lead their own school, none of them is eligible, either in virtue or realization power, to be the authoritative leader of the entirety of Buddhism. Only a Buddha can be the King of the entirety of Buddhism and the authority in all Buddhist teachings and principles, in the same way the God in Christianity has authority over the entirety of Catholicism. Ever since Buddhist history in this world began with Shakyamuni Buddha, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is the only Buddha who has truly been recognized by all major sects of Buddhism. A total of more than 100 documents of recognitions, corroborations, and congratulations have been formally issued by Buddhist leaders, Dharma kings, regent Dharma kings and great rinpoches of all major sects. Such a feat of recognition has never been achieved by anyone else in the history of Buddhism.

In particular, the Pope of Buddhism H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is the first person in Buddhism to possess substantive holy realization power of a Buddha and perfectly flawless accomplishments at the pinnacle of the Five Vidyas. His selfless state of virtue is revered by all. His Holiness the Pope of Buddhism is also the one and only who possesses the inherent nature and physical constitution of a Buddha that no other eminent Buddhist monastic or virtuous person in this world has so perfectly attained.

After the Chairpersons of the World Peace Prize Awarding Council Han Min Su and myself, as well as the World Peace Prize Religious Leader Title Awarding Council spent two years vigorously examining all evidences in great detail, we have formally made the ultimate, permanent, and irreversible determination that on January 31, 2018, the conferment decree and the Scepter of the Pope of Buddhism were to be presented to H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. That date signified the official ascent of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III to the authoritative throne of the Pope of Buddhism.

The World Peace Prize Awarding Council and the World Peace Prize Religious Leaders Title Awarding Council had officially conferred the title of the Pope of Buddhism to H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III in January 2018. However, at that time, the Pope of Buddhism H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III refused to accept the conferment decree and the Pope Scepter, stating His reasons being: “Within the field of Buddhism, there are Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. There are titles of Dharma kings, rinpoches, Dharma masters, eminent monastics, greatly virtuous persons, and Holy Gurus. There is no need for a Pope. I am a humble cultivator. I am not able to take on such a heavy responsibility.” In light of this, the World Buddhism Association Headquarters took the liberty to accept the conferment decree and the Pope Scepter for H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III.

However, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III returned the conferment decree and Pope Scepter to the World Peace Prize Awarding Council and the World Peace Prize Religious Leaders Title Awarding Council. The two Councils deem the return of the conferment decree and Scepter to be unjustifiable. The conferring of the title of Pope of Buddhism was a determination reached by both Councils after serious and solemn vetting, and the conferment has already been implemented. Under no circumstances can we be so lacking in rigorousness to accept the return of the conferment. This decision has been made by the two Councils. This is not a decision for H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III to make on his own.

Over the past several decades, the World Peace Prize Awarding Council has presented the World Peace Prize to President Ronald Reagan, Hon. Mahatma Gandhi, and H.E. Yitzhak Rabin, and presidents and prime ministers of other nations. There has never been a precedence of retraction. All determinations made and implemented by our Councils are very solemn, serious, and absolutely cannot be changed. Therefore, the World Peace Prize Awarding Council and the World Peace Prize Religious Leaders Title Awarding Council hereby issue our ultimate statement regarding this matter as follows: The return of the conferment decree and Scepter of the Pope of Buddhism by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is deemed not effectible. The title, status, and authority of the Pope of Buddhism belong only to H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, and cannot be exercised by anyone else. This is a permanent and unalterable determination!

We wish that under the Pope of Buddhism H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, true Buddhism will greatly flourish, and the world will be greatly benefited!



LOS ANGELES – Located in Covina, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum is the largest art museum in East Los Angeles County. It was opened in 2014 and has a collection of over two hundred pieces of art, including western paintings, Chinese paintings, calligraphy, poems, hand-painted tiles and marbles, as well as a unique style of sculpture called Yun Sculpture, which was never seen before in the world, all done by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. The art by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is considered world class. A painting by him, the Ink Lotus, was sold for 16.5 million US Dollars in the 2015 Spring Auction in New York, setting the highest record price in that auction and making it the price leader among art works by all living artists. The many micro-impressionist paintings by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III in the museum are vividly colorful. Though static and 2-dimensional, these paintings exude an energy of live that flows dynamically in three dimensions. The Chinese paintings by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III are full of varieties in subjects, including paintings of lively pandas and lions where the furs of the animals were drawn in painstaking details, and landscape paintings, some of which are done in fine brushwork and some with broad virility. The Ancient Village in Mountain and Springs painting measures only 2 inches on each side but contains minute and delicate sceneries of peaks, valley, waterfall, trees, and the sea of clouds.

There are also several carp paintings by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III in the museum. The Carp in a Lotus Pond set a price record for limited replicas with each copy sold for three hundred seventy-nine thousand and five hundred Dollars in the international art auction market many years ago. In 2016, the museum was added a huge frame of painting, the Dragon Carp Frolic in the Lotus Pond, which contains both fine brushwork and freehand brushwork. In that painting, the fish, lotus, water, flowers and watergrass all show spirits that are unforgettable, as is the tremendous force brought out by the brushwork. This painting is indeed a world-class treasure. It was already appraised for 59 million Dollars ($1,978,500 per square foot) by a reputable and legally certifiable appraisal company at that time. That painting is open for replication to public, and someone offered to purchase the copy if it is replicated successfully from the original painting for very high price. However, no one has yet been able to successfully replicate it so far. As can been seen, it has indeed reached such a great level! The offer is still good today, and anyone who is interested in replicating it is welcome.

What is the most applaudable is the several super-tridimensional Yun sculptures on display in the museum by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. Some are grandiose and others are delicate, but all look as though the energy of the universe is flowing and changing. Yun sculptures are unique in the world. There are only two museums in the world where they can be viewed and H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum is one of them.

As a non-profit organization, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum does not only display and promote art and culture by letting public visit for free, but also work to provide charity services of all kind in the community. For example, It make periodic visits and donations to senior centers, centers for abused women and children, handicap centers, centers for autistic youths, orphanages and other social service organizations. It also donates to and support local police and fire departments. The museum also holds periodic art contests and displays, provides scholarships to students and encourages youths to make creations in art and culture. These social services have won the museum critical acclaims among all levels in the society. Visitors to the museum not only are surprised by the wonderful beauty of the art in the museum but also leave with beautiful, blissful and happy impressions. They unanimously leave great comments and the highest ratings for the museum on Yelp, and as such Yelp specially presented H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum with its highest 5-star congratulatory award. The meaning it represents is that visitors all like the museum very much, and the precious treasures of the museum let people appreciate the beautifulness of art.

For more information, please call (626)281-6378, or visit hhdcb3cam.org.

ALL-STAR ASSEMBLY OF FAMOUS PAINTINGS AT GLOBAL ART CENTER NEW YORK INSPIRES FIERCE BIDDING WARS; GIANGUAN PRODUCES STAGGERINGLY HIGH AUCTION PRICE

In late March, global art center New York teems with jewelry, antiques, calligraphy, and paintings, as Sotheby’s, Gianguan, Christie’s and others hold their spring auctions. Spectacular jewels, and painting and calligraphy by famed artists past and present, vie for the attention, drawing in crowds of investors and collectors. The international economic slump of recent years has strained business livelihood and development; as real estate, steel and other industries across the board flounder and lose revenue, business groups have turned to the art market en masse to invest, anticipating future appreciation.

The artworks auctioned this spring consist almost exclusively of works by world-renowned masters, marking the first time in auction history in which so many major artists are gathered together. At the site of auction, the kaleidoscopic diversity of styles, modes, and aesthetics wowed viewers and sent buyers from all countries into a bidding frenzy. Of all of the works, however, one particular piece has been deemed supreme in both merit and value: “Ink Lotus— An utter chaos strewn with broken strokes: a peculiar sight, yet wondrously endowed with a soul-soothing charm,” by the contemporary H. H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. When the appraiser first unfurled the scroll and saw the painting, he declared with astonishment: “Dorje Chang Buddha III has arrived”— a revealing sign of the extreme prestige of H. H. Dorje Chang Buddha III’s paintings.

Paintings and calligraphy by H. H. Dorje Chang Buddha III are difficult to come by, and even more difficult to acquire. According to auction specialists, the International Art Museum of America has offered to purchase H. H. Dorje Chang Buddha III’s sunflower and water lily oil paintings for over $1,000,000 per square foot, but has yet to acquire the paintings due to unsuccessful price negotiations.

H. H. Dorje Chang Buddha III’s “Ink Lotus,” sold at Gianguan’s spring auctions on March 22nd, was the highest selling of all of the paintings sold at the spring auctions— including Gianguan, Sotheby’s and Christie’s— surpassing multiple times that of works by renowned artists East and West, past and present, and trumping the selling price of all works by famed historical and contemporary masters sold at the spring auction, such as those of Shi Tao, Wu Changshuo, Yun Nantian, Qi Baishi, Zhang Daqian, Xu Beihong, Fu Baoshi, Pan Tianshou, Li Keran, Huang Binhong, Wu Guanzhong, and even the Five Dynasties’ Juran, the Southern Song Dynasty’s Su Hanchen, and the Ming/Qing Dynasty Wen Zhengming, and Zheng Banqiao. Buyers from various countries launched a bidding war over H. H. Dorje Chang Buddha III’s painting, which opened at US$10,500,000. After several intense rounds of paddle-raising among the final few bidders, an approximately sixty-year-old Caucasian from the United States finally beat out his competitors and fellow bidders (hailing from Paris and Southeast Asia), and won the painting at the hammer price of US$16,500,000 (before tax).

“Ink Lotus” is mounted, ink on paper, and ten square feet in size. Sold at US$1,650,000 per square foot, the painting was the highest-selling of all the paintings and works of calligraphy sold at the spring auctions.

At this spring auction, Zhang Daqian’s “Shen Shan Can Gu Si” auctioned for US$233,000; Pan Tianshou’s “Ting Yuan Wan Lai Qiu” auctioned for US$162,500; Wu Changshuo’s “Ju Shi” auctioned for US$370,000; Shi Tao’s “Shi Shu Hua San Jue” auctioned for US$3,946,000; and Zheng He’s calligraphy of Buddhist sutra auctioned for US$14,000,000. Not only did H. H. Dorje Chang Buddha III’s painting exceed the selling price of paintings by famed historical and contemporary artists sold at the spring auction, H. H. Dorje Chang Buddha III’s limited edition reproductions also hold the record for the highest-selling painting reproduction in world history, exceeding those of such world-renowned painters as Picasso, Monet, Van Gough, Cézanne, and Gauguin. H. H. Dorje Chang Buddha III’s limited edition of 200 copies of “Carp in a Lotus Pond,” for instance, auctioned at $380,000 dollars for one piece.

H. H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is a world-class master artist, as well as the highest world leader of Buddhism—a title neither self-appointed nor unilaterally proclaimed by any individual religion or group: in 2012 the United States Senate unanimously voted to approve the resolution to honor H. H. Dorje Chang Buddha III’s contribution to humanity, and conferred the title of His Holiness upon Dorje Chang Buddha III. H. H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is also the only Buddha in the world to have a Buddha Day—“H. H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Day,” proclaimed in writing by the mayor of Washington D. C. on January 19th, 2011. The USPS approved the issuance of a commemorative envelope in honor of H. H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Day. H. H Dorje Chang Buddha III has also received countless awards, including the World Peace Prize, the Presidential Gold Medal, the Congressional Republican Gold Medal, the International Leader Award, and the Martin Luther King Award, among others. H. H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is also a Fellow of Britain’s Royal Academy of Arts, and the only Fellow appointed in the Academy’s two hundred year history. The fellowship was awarded by the Academy’s President Phillip King, at a ceremony in the British Embassy in Washington. Furthermore, H. H. Dorje Chang Buddha III’s paintings are rare and hard to come by, as they are almost never found in circulation in society. All originals feature a three-dimensional fingerprint as authentication. Experts predict that H. H. Dorje Chang Buddha III’s paintings will become increasingly valuable and unattainable gems with the prestige of national treasures, since H. H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is focusing solely on Buddhist activities, and will no longer pursue painting.

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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