News about the Upcoming Glorious Jewel’s 2018 Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness
His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will preside over the 14th Great Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness of the Drikung Kagyu Order. Honorable believers from around the world are welcome to cherish this virtuous affinity and to participate in the grand puja to be held on September 23rd at Taipei World Trade Center’s Nangang Exhibition Hall, which will be beneficial to both the living and the deceased.
His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will preside over the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness of the Drikung Kagyu Order, for the 14th time, at Taipei World Trade Center’s Nangang Exhibition Hall on September 23rd, 2018.
Over the past 13 years, this grand puja has been held without any media advertising whatsoever, seeing more than 190,000 participants of the fourfold assembly from both Exoteric and Esoteric Buddhism. With as many as 710,000 deceased already liberated, it is currently the largest puja for transferring consciousness in all of Taiwan. This year, it is estimated that 25,000 people will take part in this great undertaking.
The Great Amitabha Dharma for Transferring Consciousness is a pure, auspicious earth terma Tantra of the Drikung Kagyu Order. The presiding guru His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche first practiced Exoteric Buddhism for more than ten years. Thereafter, under the guidance of his Three-Grace Root Guru, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, he has completed the basic Four Uncommon Preliminary Practices, had many yidams’ empowerments, conducted multiple successful retreats, and mastered the Simplicity Yoga of the Mahamudra. As a result, Rinpoche possesses great, awe-inspiring power and compassion, and is capable of liberating the deceased and benefiting the living during the grand puja.
The word “Indiscriminate” refers to the fact that “there is no discrimination and it is all inclusive.” Not discriminating between rich and poor, the presiding guru performs the puja with compassion to liberate all sentient beings equally. For this reason, no special honors will be given to any donors, nor will any admission fees be collected. All expenses will be jointly paid by the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. Furthermore, over the years, Rinpoche has donated all attendees’ offerings made on the day of the puja to a special account at the Executive Yuan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare or to charity organizations to serve as a nationwide charity relief fund. By 2017, that amount had surpassed NT$78,100,000. (For further details, refer to Charitable Donations）). For example, it was used to give assistance to victims of the Hualien earthquake that occurred earlier this year.
The word ‘grand’ in ‘grand puja,’ apart from its reference to the large number of attendees, means, most importantly, that the presiding guru possesses great bodhicitta. In the Chinese word for puja, fahui, the character fa means using the expedient methods spoken by the Buddha to help sentient beings to escape the suffering sea of reincarnation. The second character, hui, refers to a gathering of the fourfold assembly. Thus, the grand puja not only can bring deliverance to participants’ ancestors, but also can bountifully benefit all sentient beings by helping them to be free from suffering and obtain happiness. In addition, attendees can accumulate good fortune and eliminate hindrances.
Honorable believers from around the world are welcome to cherish this virtuous affinity and to participate in the grand puja to be held on September 23rd, which will be beneficial to both the living and the deceased.
Updated on June 27, 2018