Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Charitable Donations

With great aspiration, while benefiting and liberating sentient beings from the suffering sea of reincarnation in this Age of Degenerate Dharma, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has auspiciously demonstrated how to implement the Dharma in one’s everyday life. Since 2005, each time he has successfully presided over the Drikung Kagyu’s auspicious earth terma Tantra—the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness—as well as the Grand Memorial Puja for Lord Jigten Sumgön, all proceeds from offerings made by the attendees to Rinpoche have, in their entirety, been donated to the Department of Social Affairs at the Ministry of the Interior for charity toward social welfare programs, thus allowing all participants an opportunity to do good deeds and accumulate good fortune.

After a restructuring of government branches that occurred in 2013, disaster relief services, which were originally under the scope of the Department of Social Affairs at the Ministry of the Interior, were transferred over to Account 302, which operates to this day under the Social and Family Affairs Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare (henceforth to be abbreviated as SFAA). Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has continued to make large financial and material contributions to the Ministry of Health and Welfare and its subsidiaries so that whenever any major calamity occurs, the most immediate and direct help can be provided to victims straightaway. Past examples have included the flooding from Typhoon Morakot in 2009 and the 2014 gas explosions that occurred in Kaohsiung, the Formosa Fun Coast dust explosion in New Taipei City in 2015, and so on. Mindful of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s benevolence, the relevant government departments have issued Rinpoche with a special login registration and even special letters of gratitude expressing their thanks to him. For a list of donations and charitable contributions Rinpoche has made over the years to the Ministry of the Interior and to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, please refer to the tables below.

Over the past decade or more, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has donated at least NT$78,100,000 toward various social charities and welfare programs. Not only has he made ongoing contributions over the long term to special government accounts to provide help for people in need in every corner of society, but sometimes he has even made direct donations for the immediate relief of locations requiring assistance. For example, straight after the Tainan earthquake of 2016, Rinpoche donated NT$1 million on behalf of the His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Buddhism Foundation, and personally contributed another NT$1 million. Simultaneously, under the auspices of the Glorious Jewel Group and the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Cultural Exchange Association, further contributions of NT$1 million and NT$500,000 were made, respectively. (For details, please refer to page 2 and page 8 of the 0206 earthquake donation roster listed on the Tainan Bureau of Social Affairs website.) In 2018, when an earthquake struck Hualien, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche again made a donation of NT$5 million to help victims rebuild their homes. (For details, please refer to the Minister of Health and Welfare 0206 Hualien Earthquake Disaster Project Donation Public Credit Attachment Line No. 8729 and Hualien 0206 Earthquake Disaster Area Donation Enquiry Bank of Taiwan Donation Details 1070209 Attachment Page 4.) The guru is always teaching his disciples to implement the Dharma in their daily lives, and that doing good deeds is the most basic prerequisite of being human. Moreover, Rinpoche practices what he teaches by leading the way to show care for society, and uniting everyone’s strength toward the great ocean of the public good.

Well-cultivated and eternally compassionate, Rinpoche has put Buddhism into practice in the mundane world, causing people to be inspired, full of praise, and rejoiceful!

Tables attached:
Charitable donations Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has made over the years to the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Health and Welfare as well as the recipients and nature of the help provided.

(In New Taiwan Dollars / yuan)

Date Donor Donated Amount Donation Expenditures Notes
2005/09/27 Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche 4,520,634 Donated to the Ministry of the Interior for the handling of charity and social welfare.
2006/09/07 Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche 4,681,276 Donated to the Ministry of the Interior to be used toward social welfare programs such as social assistance, welfare for the elderly, welfare for the disabled, and so on.
2007/09/11 Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche 4,896,905 Dedicated to social welfare programs.
2008/09/01 Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche 4,160,467 Dedicated to social welfare programs.
2009/10/06 Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche 6,237,848 Assistance dedicated to victims of the 2009 Morakot Typhoon.
2010/10/04 Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche 6,001,838 Dedicated to social welfare programs.
2011/06/25 Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche 2,162,157 Dedicated to social welfare programs.
2011/08/14 Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche 6,136,059 Dedicated to social welfare programs.
2012/06/14 Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche 2,487,562 Dedicated to social welfare programs.
2012/09/21 Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche 6,983,860 Dedicated to social welfare programs.
2013/06/18 Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche 3,010,401 Dedicated to social welfare programs.
2013/12/03 Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche

(Glorious Jewel Buddhist Cultural Exchange Association, Taiwan R.O.C.)

7,556,610 Dedicated to social welfare programs.
2013/11/06 A total of NT$37,508,669 was transferred from Account 301 originally at the Ministry of the Interior to Account 302 at the Social and Family Affairs Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare.
2013/12/16 1,889,152 Remitted to the Ministry of Health and Welfare for emergency assistance.
2014/02/17 37,542 Remitted to the Ministry of Health and Welfare for emergency assistance.
2014/05/02 Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche 100,000 Dedicated to social welfare programs.
2014/05/19 300,000 Donation made to support the family of Deputy Precinct Chief Ke Xiongfei of Dashan police station in Miaoli County, who died while in the line of duty during student protests.
2014/05/27 25,250 Remitted to the Ministry of Health and Welfare for emergency assistance.
2014/08/12 27,500 Designated for use toward charity accounts at the National Health Insurance Bureau.
2014/09/12 2,250,000 Transferred to be used as special assistance for the rebuilding of households affected by the 2014 Kaohsiung gas explosions.
2014/10/27 500,000 Remitted to the Ministry of Health and Welfare for emergency assistance.
2015/01/27 5,000 Designated for use toward charity accounts at the National Health Insurance Bureau.
2015/02/10 7,500 Designated for use toward charity accounts at the National Health Insurance Bureau.
2015/08/11 2,250,000 Transferred to a special donation fund for victims of the Formosa Fun Coast dust explosion.
2015/11/09 160,500 Remitted as emergency assistance to the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
2015/12/07 5,250 Dedicated to health insurance charity accounts.
2015/12/21 1,200,000 Dedicated to cover special expenses of community care centers for the elderly.
2016/07/15 308,900 Designated as a donation toward a life care fund for tattooed elders of indigenous peoples.
2016/07/27 Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche

(Glorious Jewel Buddhist Cultural Exchange Association, Taiwan R.O.C.)

7,078,009 Dedicated specifically to welfare for children and adolescents, women, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
2016/09/20 16,300 Designated for use toward charity accounts at the National Health Insurance Bureau.
2016/10/25 70,000 Designated as a donation toward a life care fund for tattooed elders of indigenous peoples.
2017/10/01 Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche 3,057,266 To be used toward social welfare and family support for children and adolescents, women, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

Source: Special letters from branches of government and Special Account 302 on the SFAA’s website (Link: https://www.sfaa.gov.tw/SFAA/Pages/List.aspx?nodeid=671

An overview of special letters and thank-you letter sent to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche regarding his donations.

Date Contents of special letters and thank-you letters Organization that sent the thank-you letter
2005/09/27 A total of NT$4,520,634 in proceeds from the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness of the Drikung Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism donated (including offerings from attendees as well as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s personal contributions) for charity and social welfare. Ministry of the Interior
2006/09/07 A donation of NT$4,681,276 to be used toward social welfare programs such as social assistance, welfare for the elderly, welfare for the disabled, and so on. Ministry of the Interior
2007/10/04 A donation of NT$4,896,905 to be used toward social welfare programs such as social assistance, welfare for the elderly, welfare for the disabled, and so on. Ministry of the Interior
2008/09/01 A donation of NT$4,160,467 to be used toward social welfare programs such as social assistance, welfare for the elderly, welfare for the disabled, and so on. Ministry of the Interior
2009/10/06 A donation of NT$6,237,848 dedicated toward disaster assistance for victims of the 2009 Typhoon Marakot. Ministry of the Interior
2010/10/04 A donation of NT$6,001,838 to be used toward social welfare programs such as social assistance, welfare for the elderly, welfare for the disabled, and so on. Ministry of the Interior
2011/06/25 A donation of NT$2,162,157 in proceeds from the 794th Grand Memorial Puja for Lord Jigten Sumgön of the Drikung Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism, deposited into Special Account 301 at the Ministry of the Interior for charity and social welfare programs. Ministry of the Interior
2011/08/14 A donation of NT$6,136,059 in proceeds from the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness of the Drikung Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism, deposited into Special Account 301 at the Ministry of the Interior for charity and social welfare programs. Ministry of the Interior
2012/06/14 A donation of NT$2,487,562 in proceeds from the 795th Grand Memorial Puja for Lord Jigten Sumgön of the Drikung Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism, deposited into Special Account 301 at the Ministry of the Interior for charity and social welfare programs. Ministry of the Interior
2012/09/21 A donation of NT$6,983,860 for charity and social welfare programs. Ministry of the Interior
2013/06/18 A donation of NT$3,010,401 to help with the handling of charity and social welfare programs. Ministry of the Interior
2013/09/15 A donation of NT$7,556,610 in proceeds from the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness of the Drikung Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism, deposited into the SFAA’s Special Account 302 for charity and social welfare programs. Letter from the Social and Family Affairs Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare.
2014/08/19 A donation of NT$3 million to serve as livelihood and home-rebuilding assistance for victims of the 2014 Kaohsiung gas explosions. Letter from the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
2016/01/08 Donations to 11 public welfare institutions for the elderly to help toward the provision of such goods as warm clothing and canes. Thank-you letter from the Social and Family Affairs Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare.
2016/02/04 A donation to 9 placement and education institutions for children and adolescents, to help toward the provision of wool caps and socks. Thank-you letter from the Social and Family Affairs Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare.
2016/11/26 A long-term donation toward material assistance for nationally treasured tattooed indigenous elders, benefiting villagers in Hualien. Thank-you letter from Xiulin Township office, Hualien County.
2016/11/26 Enthusiastic concern for the social welfare of disadvantaged people and nationally treasured tattooed indigenous elders, and material donations to villagers. Thank-you letter from Taian Township office, Miaoli County.
2017/04/28 A long-term donation toward material assistance for nationally treasured tattooed indigenous elders, benefiting villagers in Hualien. Thank-you letter from Xiulin Township office, Hualien County.
2017/05/18 Enthusiastic concern for the social welfare of disadvantaged people and nationally treasured tattooed indigenous elders, and material donations to villagers. Thank-you letter from Taian Township office, Miaoli County.
2017/07/11 A 2016 donation to nationally treasured tattooed indigenous elders of Zhuoxi Township, Hualien County. Thank-you letter from Zhuoxi Township office, Hualien County.
2017/07/11 A 2017 donation to nationally treasured tattooed indigenous elders of Zhuoxi Township, Hualien County. Thank-you letter from Zhuoxi Township office, Hualien County.
2017/10/01 A donation of NT$3,057,266 in proceeds from the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness of the Drikung Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism, deposited into the SFAA’s Special Account 302 to be used toward social welfare and family support for children and adolescents, women, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Letter from the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
2018/06/29 On February 6, 2018, a magnitude 7 earthquake struck Hualien, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche made donations to assist its victims to rebuild their homes. (Related Link) Appreciation Award from the Minister of Health and Welfare

 

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Updated on September 2, 2018