Bodhisattva Manjusri and the Life Saving Tree
During construction, many cargo containers arrived daily, along with many contractors working onsite. In 2012, an onsite superintendent was hired to handle them, and to safeguard the proper respect being made to all the sacred Buddhist statues onsite.
The onsite superintendent became a Buddhist devotee, and was given the dharma name “Ren Sheng”, hoping he would reach enlightenment as his given name: “realizing true form is formless”. Many knew him by his English name “Poon”. One of his duties was to patrol the site before lock down at night.
On one wintry evening in December 2012, the hilltops were foggy with very poor visibility, making it treacherous to drive up and down the gravel tracks to reach the Manjusri Peak. When Poon made his rounds at the Manjusri Peak, he had to rely solely on his memory of the area to make a 90-degrees turn of his car to go down on the other track. Suddenly he lost control of his car, felt it was forcefully stopped, and heard faint noises at the same time. He got out of his car to investigate, and was alarmed to discover that he was only a few feet from the edge of the cliff, with a sheer drop of about 20 – 30 metres down. Luckily his car was stopped in time.
The next morning, he drove up to the Manjusri Peak and found a fallen tree across the path where his car stopped the night before, with visible brake marks on the ground. He had not seen any fallen tree previously, nor did he brake hard the night before at that spot. The tree was very big, about 40 - 50 feet long, with a diameter of about 10 feet. He thought someone had cut the tree down and laid it across the path before the edge of the cliff as a safety precaution. However, when he asked the contractors if they had cut down the tree, none of them knew anything about it. He then realized it was an act of blessing from Bodhisattva Manjusri together with help from the Tree God that his life was saved on that night.