Wandering in the World of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III’s Chinese Paintings

Supernatural Abstract Colors: Oil and Acrylic Paintings by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III

It is precisely due to his extraordinary talent, exceptional wisdom, sublime morality, and extensive vision that H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is able to make one after another world-shocking achievement in art. Here, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III employs his supernatural abstract colors to introduce us once more to a new world of art that is beautiful, mysterious, and soul-inspiring. This truly is not just some fancy talk, for as soon as you set your eyes on these oil and acrylic paintings, you will find the bright and dazzling colors leaping and dancing, vigorous like billows sluicing over thousands of miles, yet stored up into wonders at the fine tip of a brush. Gentle yet resolute, they freely transcend worldliness. Various colors are mixed ingeniously and beautifully, distilling beauty from their mutual nourishment. One could say they present a state of superb craftsmanship excelling in nature, and of form becoming flexible and elusive. Words cannot describe such harmonious, refined, and soothing artistic enjoyment.

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Supernatural abstract color is a perfect world composed of colors. It does not have any concrete worldly form but uses only colors to form shapes and express feelings. Color is its shape and theme, and it blends into touching charm. These colors, under H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III’s hand, suddenly converge into unparalleled, marvelous, and bright magic, expressing the vivid spirit of a flowery scene or the vigor of the roaring sea. Yet, they can be ever so exact when their meaning is revealed through the tip of a brush. The fine details are often revealed among rough strokes, and their charm is naturally displayed. These works of art are fused with the essence of the universe, Nature, and the earth.

The art of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III has already cast off the bondage of the common world. Its form and meaning are both like a golden dragon breaking away from the earth’s crust and soaring in the azure sky above the blue sea, free at will, unbridled and unrestrained, all worldly dust whisked away, ever-changing, and beautiful beyond compare! In front of these soul-inspiring rare treasures of art, we admire the exceptional artistry that flows from the boundless heart of the Buddha. We absorb the beauty that transcends all confinements of reality, the beauty created from His use of ever-changing colors for the appreciation of mankind.

It is no surprise that these amazingly beautiful pieces are the creations of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. The supernatural abstract color is just the crystallization of His various astonishing talents and the outflow of His limitless artistic wisdom. He truly deserves to be called a master artist the likes of which have never been seen in history.

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Beyond Craftsmanship

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Fragrant Loofa in a Purple-Bamboo Forest

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Heavenly Treasures in Motion

More Featured Paintings by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III


Mist, Clouds, and Autumnal Color

Artist: H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III

“Mist, Clouds, and Autumnal Color” is a splash-color painting that conveys a very strong sense of flowing watery ink and colors. An air of power and grandeur expressed through clouds that seem to swallow mountains and waters pervades the entire painting. The natural captivating charm of this scene is similar to the charm of a scene on the ground after a long, flowing river has just rolled by. This setting is embellished with red maple leaves and houses amid autumnal, cloudy mountains, presenting a wonderful image distinctly characteristic of fall. When carefully examining the watery ink that produced such charm, one can see beautiful areas that are themselves paintings within a painting and details that are hidden within rough brushwork. Even within small areas are subtle variations of darkness and light, of the surreal and the real, all the while embodying splendid charm.

This painting is one of the representative splash-color works that H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III created in His youth. It belongs to the “Pomo Weiyin” style of painting. Very tiny signs of charm can be seen amid this large-scale splash-ink painting. Soaring charm and exceptional beauty are words that aptly describe this work. The original version of this painting contains the inscription “Mist, Clouds, and Autumnal Color; Dorje Chang III” and is stamped with the three-dimensional, eight-jewel, gold-inlaid fingerprint seal. There also exists a duplicate that is generally the same as the original. That duplicate contains the inscription “Mist, Clouds, and Autumnal Color; Zhi Wan Yee” but does not contain the fingerprint stamp.


A Lotus Pond Has Carp

A Lotus Pond Has Carp

Artist: H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III

The Title “A Lotus Pond Has Carp” suggests profound Philosophical implications that transcend everyday life. In addition to its masterful artistry, the painting contains subtle messages of the Dao and its fruits. The lyrics on the left and right sides of this work correspond perfectly with the image of the fish, forming a whole that awakens and enlightens, richly rewarding its viewers.

Why is this painting so artistically enchanting that it stirs the hearts of those who see it? One reason is that the fish are depicted with uncanny realism. The swimming carp are infused with vitality. The painting’s details clearly reveal the damage done to the carp’s skin, accumulated over a lifetime in the water, through lines that fade in and out. Appearing as delicate as a fine gauze, the translucent fins, for example, possess a natural realism. Texture and spirit are captured with utter precision, providing the viewer with stirring aesthetic pleasure. The surface and bottom of the pond are depicted with a wonderfully hazy charm, while the lotus flowers, leaves, and pods are portrayed in bold freehand brushwork with distinct and unusual brushstrokes rapidly applied.

The painting is mainly composed of back ink and rich colors. Only a few brushstrokes were used to create each vibrantly red flower, which seem to emit a pure fragrance. The hanging lotus pods embellish the painting, conveying an elegant contrast of hues and instilling a sense of vitality. As the fish swim about, free of any inhibition, the sunlight faintly reflecting off the water ripples provides the illusion of movement that occurs in the natural world.


When examined more closely, the painting has an intricate style to ascertain, for it seems to transcend realistic fine brushwork and convey the feeling of freehand brushwork. It is not in the style of conventional paintings. Instead, freehand brushwork was applied to produce the effect of fine brushwork with close attention to detail. Fine brushwork was applied that transcends realism. The real and the surreal blend, resulting in a work that excels the beauty of a natural lotus pond. It represents a combination of techniques from the “Menglong” style of painting and bold, large-scale freehand brushwork.

Although both are fish paintings, this work and the marvelous Dragon-Carp Playing in a Lotus Pond, a painting with carp and lotus pond by the same artist, possess entirely different wondrous appeal, reflected in their lotus leaves, flowers, and pods. For example, the lotus leaves in “Dragon-Carp Playing in a Lotus Pond” possess an elusive, abstract charm, while those in this painting are portrayed in a bold, direct manner. To say this painting’s explicit portrayal merely lies in its powerful, bold strokes, however, would not suffice. More accurately, one should describe it as possessing a solid and penetrating spirit with an unrestrained charm. This painting deserves the following words used to describe Chinese paintings of the highest level: “The whole scroll may appear messy as if it was smeared by the golden paws of a flying dragon; yet, what appears chaotic is not in disorder, for there is a soaring charm that is inexhaustibly beautiful.”

The other painting, “Dragon-Carp Playing in a Lotus Pond,” lies at the other end of the artistic spectrum. Each of the two art pieces represents the best of their respective styles. The lotus leaves and flowers in “Dragon-Carp Playing in a Lotus Pond” were depicted in watery ink and looked soft, moist, fragrant, and natural. That painting’s wondrously charming, vibrant, and exquisite leaves and flowers seem to be in a constant state of change. Together, they carry the viewer into a world of wafting fragrance.

Both paintings contain lotus leaves, flowers, and pods. However, one possesses a firm tone, as if muddy dragons rolled wildly across the scroll, as well as an aggressive, sharp style. Conversely, the other embodies the loftiness of a divine dance amidst the clouds and the purity and elegance of jade. However, the perspective of this comparison is merely one of artistic appreciation.

Upon encountering the title of this painting, “A Lotus Pond Has Carp,” those with superior understanding will immediately recognize that it points to the wonderful essence and profound meaning deeply embedded in the painting. The mention of carp is not simply to indicate that the lotus pond contains carp but rather to indicate that the artwork includes the Dao. The painting’s extraordinary artistry, which is utterly devoid of any trace of the mundane, mysteriously reveals the true face of holy wisdom. The Dao hidden in this painting is not what ordinary people can understand.

For the painting, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III composed these lyrics of a Dao song: “No Dao exists on the high mountain, yet hearts yearn to go there. A lotus pond has carp; men have inquired about them. Which path leads to the truth is worth pondering. It would be better to look tranquil to our original nature, like a lotus flower sitting over its leaves in tranquility.” These lyrics speak of mysteries unknown to the ordinary person – seeing fish, not as fish; seeing water, not as water; no Dao exists on the high mountain, so no value exists in searching for it; and the fish have neither life nor death.

To understand the origin of the painting, we must ask: where did the fish come from? What state of realization was relied upon and gave birth to this exquisite painting? What form of realization manifested this mysterious, hazy, and illusory painting? The magical illusion of the fish and water is nothing more than a superficial image. Spirit is within; A life force underlies spirit. Sprit is empty or nothingness. The original essence of all things is neither empty nor substantive. Everything illusory and impermanent quickly changes in time and space, but their original nature remains constant. Thus, the lyrics of the Dao song continue: “To find our original nature, do not seek the source, as the source is our original nature, tranquil and unmoving, like a lotus flower sitting over its leaves in tranquility. There is no such thing as arising, passing away, and change. From this surpassing wisdom, usages that arise from Buddha-nature will naturally manifest. These usages include calligraphy and painting. Only in such a way is a consummate work created.” Thus, one should understand the tremendous meaning of this song of Dao written in this painting. Profound mysteries are deeply hidden within it.

In case the viewer remains oblivious to this first stanza, the second stanza of the song continues with: “The carp rely on the Dao, and the Dao awakens the fish.” The Dao refers to the state of holy ones, a realm that transcends the realm of ordinary people. It does not refer to regular abilities. The artist created this carp painting based on such a holy state. “The Dao awakens the fish” means that this painting of carp in a lotus pond was accomplished based on the wisdom of the transcendent Dao. Only with such wisdom could this lifelike, graceful scene of carp swimming in water be painted, a setting that combines the real and the surreal, emptiness and substance in such a wondrously appealing way. This scene of carp complimented by the boldly and powerfully depicted lotus leaves results from the artist’s awakening to the holy Dao.

This painting of carp, then, is merely an expression of one who has attained the Dao and reached enlightenment. Thus, this work is not just an ordinary combination of brush strokes, color, ink, and water. Instead, it results from techniques derived from the beautiful application of holy wisdom. The profound mysteries contained in “A Lotus Pond Has Carp” cannot possibly be conveyed by the superficial meaning of the words in its title! Actually, this explanation is entirely unnecessary. All those with discerning eyes will understand once they see the lyrics of the Dao song and the calligraphic skills with which they were written on the painting. This painting of carp that contains an accompanying Dao song is the work of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, the creation of a Buddha.

Carp Skin

Partial enlargement of the painting to show the brushstroke details

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After the Rain

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Monk Jigong

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Noble and Pure