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Puja Held at Onsenji Temple in Japan

On May 17th, 2019, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over an auspicious puja at Osenji Temple in Kinosakicho, Yushima, Japan. In the May 18th of the Japanese newspaper, Daily News, an article was published about Rinpoche’s promotion of the Dharma.

          Newspaper clipping source:Japan Daily News

The origin of Onsenji Temple (The designated cultural property of Kinosaki-cho)

Matsudaisane Onsenji Temple was named by Emperor Shomu as the “Guardian Temple of Kinosaki Hot Springs”. For the past 1300 years, it has continued to protect the hot springs and their visitors.

The following is a translation of the article:

Puja Held at Onsenji Temple by a Master Practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism
Attended by Local Residents of the Toyooka Municipality of Kinosachiko, Yushima, Japan

Based out of Taiwan, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, a master practitioner who promotes Tibetan Buddhism, presided over a special puja on May 17th at Osenji Temple in Kinosachiko, Yushima, Japan (the temple’s abbot being Ogawa Hideaki). It was attended by local residents and believers from Taiwan.

Last spring, Master Practitioner Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche visited that temple for the unveiling of the standing statue of the Eleven-Faced Avalokiteshvara (a cultural property of great import), which occurs once every thirty-three years. This was the origin for this puja.

Master Practitioner Rinpoche said, “The purpose of coming here today is to benefit more people in Japan. Those of you who believe in Avalokiteshvara will enjoy happiness, and all participants of today’s puja will obtain merits.”

Rinpoche said to the reporter, “Exoteric Buddhism is the foundation of Buddhism; without mastering it, one cannot cultivate the Tantra to help sentient beings.”

Photo caption: Master Practitioner Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presiding over a special puja at Osenji Temple in Kinosachiko, Yushima

Khenpo Namdol Makes a Special Trip from Yunnan to Participate in the Auspicious Puja Presided over by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche at Osenji Temple in Japan.

After the Puja, the Khenpo shared,

“The title, ‘Rinpoche’, means a great, precious treasure, and is not given to just anyone. Rinpoches reside in many temples in Tibet, but they are all at different fruitions and stages of cultivation. In the Adornment of Mahayana Sutras, it is written that there are six kinds of preciousness: Rarity, strength, mightiness, auspiciousness, supreme virtue, and supreme propitiousness. Why is a Rinpoche precious? It is because it is rare to be able to encounter, see, and listen to a Rinpoche who has genuinely attained fruition. Why are they called Rinpoches? They can only be given that title if they are true practitioners who possess compassion and bodhicitta.

“Auspicious signs have manifested over the past two days. Yesterday, while preparations were being made for the puja, there was a halo around the sun; and right after the puja finished today, while on the road going back, we saw a halo around the moon. For a master practitioner, this is nothing extraordinary, but for us ordinary people, it is absolutely unfathomable. Master practitioners have achieved realization already, so they naturally accumulate mundane good fortune without effort. There are not many people who have achieved the fruition of our Rinpoche. I have taken part in many pujas presided over by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, both in Taiwan and other places such as Europe and Tibet, and these auspicious phenomena and signs appear every time. This means that our Rinpoche is very accomplished. These signs are for us ordinary people—that is, those of us who do not yet have the resolve of non-retrogression—to see, so that we believe. Moreover, I have not just seen these auspicious signs this one time; they occur every time.

“At today’s puja, it was not our small group of disciples who received and welcomed Rinpoche; it was the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, devas, and sentient beings. They came here to listen closely as he spoke the Dharma, and their presence manifested as auspicious signs such as rainbows, snowflakes, and so on. They are evidence of the unfathomable merits Rinpoche has cultivated, as well as his infinite, vast, all-embracing power of the Three Worlds.

“The abbot of Osenji Temple and his entire family have great respect for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The minute they say how solemn, compassionate, and dignified he is, they automatically gave rise to a sense of reverence—not a superficial respect; a reverence that originated deep within their hearts. All of these auspicious signs that have appeared are for us ordinary people to see and to bolster our faith. That is all I have to say for now. Tashi delek.”

A halo around the sun that appeared during puja preparations on May 16, 2019 A halo around the moon that appeared after the perfect completion of the puja on May 17, 2019

Updated on May 22, 2019