2009 Master Noritake Shuunan, Abbot of Reiun-in Temple of the Myōshin-ji of Rinzai Zen Buddhism in Kyoto, Japan, and Accompanying Dignitaries Visit Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center
At noon of September 9th,2009, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche received Master Noritake Shuunan (the Abbot of Reiun-in Temple of the Myōshin-ji school of Rinzai Zen Buddhism in Kyoto, Japan), Minamikei Okajima (the nun from the Honko-ji of the Myōshin-ji of Rinzai Zen Buddhism), the Master Xuan Shu (one of Abbot Noritake Shuunan’s disciples in Taiwan), and the accompanying dignitaries at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Taipei.
Master Noritake Shuunan from the Reiun-in Temple, Kyoto, Japan, and the accompanying dignitaries visited the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Taipei and were welcomed ardently by the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center upon stepping out of the car.
Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed that the ordained disciples to receive Master Noritake Shuunan and the accompanying dignitaries at the main entrance of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center.
The Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center’s spacious venue and its sublimity made a great impression on the visiting dignitaries.
At the sight of ardent welcome from the 200 disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Master Noritake Shuunan brought his palms together joyfully to greet everyone.
Master Noritake Shuunan bowed reverently to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas on the mandala.
His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche walking toward the mandala.
Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche offered a scarf to the Dharma throne of His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche and touched the throne with his forehead in pious reverence.
At their first meeting, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche exchanged name cards with Abbot Noritake Shuunan.
Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche introduced Master Noritake Shuunan to the present disciples, extending his welcome.
Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche praised that, despite being in his seventies, Master Noritake Shuunan still makes efforts for his beliefs with perseverance.
Master Noritake Shuunan was very happy to meet with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and expressed his appreciation for being welcomed by such a grand gathering.
Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed a brief and essential explanation about the extraordinary auspiciousness of tantras.
Master Noritake Shuunan was attentively listening to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s enlightenment.
Master Noritake Shuunan showed great admiration for the Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s enlightenment and said to the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, “You are very fortunate!”
Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked Master Noritake Shuunan to take good care of his health and presented Master Noritake Shuunan with precious Pu’er tea.
This Pu’er, a national treasure in China, is extremely rare and very efficacious for preserving one’s health. The joyful Master Noritake Shuunan highly valued and accepted this precious gift.
Extremely Rarely, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche wrote the characters down with a calligraphy brush on the spot.
Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened, “All phenomena in the three worlds are of one's own mind; one will attain Buddhahood when one’s mind realizes the true void.” Additionally, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche personally wrote the 14 Chinese characters down with a calligraphy brush on the spot.
Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche personally gave the treasured piece of calligraphy to Abbot Noritake Shuunan.
Master Noritake Shuunan carefully scrutinized the treasured piece of calligraphy presented by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.
In great joy, Master Noritake Shuunan raised high the treasured piece of calligraphy presented by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.
Master Noritake Shuunan was immensely appreciative for the thoughtfully prepared gifts by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.
Master Noritake Shuunan presented Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with delicate fabrics in return.
Zen pictures and characters were printed on the cloth presented by Abbot Noritake Shuunan.
Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche shook hands in great joy with Abbot Noritake Shuunan.
Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche especially took the Dharma throne and conducted the rituals of Dharma Protector Achi for Abbot Noritake Shuunan so as to protect Abbot Noritake Shuunan.
Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche entered into a deep state of concentration throughout the practice.
During Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s practice, Master Noritake Shuunan brought his palms together to pray piously.
While Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was conducting the practice, the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center were reciting the mantras accordingly.
With the fortune to attend this extraordinary meeting, the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center expressed appreciation to their Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the given opportunity.
Master Noritake Shuunan brought his palms together to show his reverence and admiration to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.
This short meeting ended in a sublime and joyful atmosphere. Master Noritake Shuunan additionally invited Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to Reiun-in Temple during his visit to Kyoto.
Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed that the ordained disciples escort Master Noritake Shuunan respectfully to leave the venue.
At his departure, Master Noritake Shuunan still kept nodding goodbye to the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center.
It was not a mere visit paid by the abbot of the Reiun-in Temple to the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage, but also an exchange between Tibetan Buddhism and Japanese Buddhism.
The disciples reverently saw Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stepping off the mandala.
Updated on September 12, 2009