Event Calendar of The His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche

May 2, 2009

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened believers with Buddhism and helped them to relieve all kinds of suffering in the world at Glorious Jewel Jewellery Company.

May 3, 2009

The His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche held the regular puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center and continued to enlighten the Vajrasattva dharma. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche first enlightened: In Buddha sutras, Buddha Shakyamuni is not addressed as the founder of Buddhism but as a teacher. It is because the worldly people neither follownor realize all principles Buddha has taught. Those principles are all the truths in the universe which even cannot be verified by sciences. Therefore many people do not believe.

The guru abides by precepts and will not speak carelessly. Everything the guru says are beneficial to the sentient beings. However people only love to hear what they have expected and therefore not following instructions becomes the obstacle of learning Buddhism. Every word the guru says is Buddha Dharma. Any of his arrangements for the disciples is to help them cultivate merits and virtues as well as causes and conditions. There must be a reason whenever the guru asks his disciples to do something. Disciples can accomplish anything if only they have belief in guru and Buddha Dharma. Whether one has a job, a harmonious family or not are all resulted from what he had done in his past lives. He will not lose his job nor having an inharmonious family because of learning Buddhism. When practicing the tantric dharma, it is of more importance to one-hundred-percent obey what guru says and must not have any tiny bit of doubt.

Master Bodhidharma had ever predicted that there will be more people of later generations understand the principles but few people practice them. That is to say there will be very few people who truly follow Buddha Dharma to practice. Nowadays there are many people that listen a lot but no one practices. This time Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has asked all disciples to do one thing but everybody failed to accomplish it. This is considered lack of offering heart. Considering this, considering that and do not completely believe in the guru. Therefore everyone is not able to practice the tantric dharma.

The practitioners in the Kagyu Lineage, known as the lineage of oral transmissions in Tibet, conduct their practices only when every single word and sentence in the text has been orally transmitted by the Guru. The Kagyu Lineage was originated from Tilopa, one of the 84 great accomplished Indian masters in the 10th century. After Tipopa observed that Naropa went through the twelve hardships without changing his aspiration for achieving the Buddhahood, Tilopa then transmitted his teachings to Naropa. Thereafter, Naropa passed the teachings onto the great translator Marpa. In order to learn about the Buddhist teachings, Marpa exchanged all his belongings for gold, which he then brought with himself on his trip from Tibet to India to request the teachings. When Marpa returned to Tibet, he widely spread what he had learned. Milerapa, being among Marpa’s most prominent disciples, had Gampopa take hold of the teachings he had been bestowed. Before the time of Gampopa, the forefathers of our tradition were lay practitioners. In 2007, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed a retreat in Nepal and practiced a dharma transmitted by the great Marpa. At completion of the retreat, His Holiness showed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche the sacred objects kept at the monastery, and Marpa’s boots were among them. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche held Marpa’s boots and placed them onto the crown of His head, the blessing was immediately manifested. The reason why some people, meeting Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the first time, would feel a warm current streaming into their body when receiving Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessing is a phenomenon closely associated with reverence.

Lord Buddha once told the Bodhisattvas in the lower seats that Buddhist teachings would diminish in India. Nonetheless, the Buddhist teaching would be spread far and widely in the land of snow northeast to India, while the Earth would be at the time of the five degeneratious. Lord Buddha then asked whether any Bodhisattvas would like to travel to the land of snow to bestow the oral teachings. The Bodhisattvas in the lower seats remained silent at the time, and then a young Bodhisattva stood up, vowing to Lord Buddha that he would go to the land of snow to propagate the practice of shamatha. The later generations called this Bodhisattva the Prince Moonlight, who was then incarnated as the great master Gampopa. The ceremonial hat bestowed by His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche as recognition of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s attainment is a Gampopa ceremonial hat. A Gampopa ceremonial hat can be worn by an ordained or lay Guru who has attained the tantric accomplishments and with the recognition of his Guru.

Some people make the mistake that Esoteric Buddhism was originated from the Brahmanism. Before Buddha Sakyamuni attained the Buddhahood 3000 years ago, he had been an Indian prince. At the time, Brahmanism was popular among the Indian people. After having failed to attain the realization by practicing austerity for 6 years, Buddha Sakyamuni knew that the sitting in meditation of the Brahmanism wouldn’t help one to be liberated. Therefore, he abandoned the austerity practice and accepted the milk from a shepherd girl. He practiced by himself and eventually attained the Buddhahood under a Bodhi tree. After his enlightenment, Buddha Sakyamuni talked to his five attendants about the Four Noble Truths and the Twelve Links of Dependant Origination.

Afterwards, the Buddha transmitted the Dharma to people “The White Skeleton Meditation Practice” (to contemplate one’s flesh and blood transforming into a pile of bones and thus for one to abandon everything.) But some practitioners would have a thought of committing suicide due to they think there would be nothing left eventually. Knowing that, the Buddha did not push on this practice actively. The Buddha, afterwards, transmitted the path of the bodhisattva of Mahayana. Buddhist disciples write sutra on the Buddha’s enlightenment on the experience of the practice of attaining Buddhahood. Buddha Shakyamuni preached the Dharma not only on the earth but also in the God realms, and transmitted and left Tantra to people as well. However, the Buddha never transmitted Tantra publicly. There are still many Tantric practices written in the sutra that could be seen by enlightened sages, while the ordinary people would not know it even they read it.

Mantra is the merits, mercy and compassion, Bodhi, power of vows, and blessings of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Yidams in the doctrine. The extent of comprehension and the level of realization on one same mantra would be different according to one’s level of practice. Hence, the mantra is unexplainable. With the wisdom of Buddha, it is not possible to explain the Mani Mantra out even spending the duration of three-major Kalpa. Doing much recitation of mantra is helpful for the purification of the heart, by which is more efficient than by practicing the teachings from the Buddhist Sutras. If you continually recite mantras, the Dharma protectors and virtuous gods would come to watch over you and prevent you from the causes and conditions of doing evil. Repeat doing it again and again, then the strength of mantra would emerge. Mantra exists in many Buddhist texts, not the Brahmanist teachings.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche makes a blow into a sacred vase during puja. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had ever blessed a boy with a puff on the boy’s burn wound on his forearm, and then the boy recovered soon without any scar. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche possesses this strength is because the heart of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is virtuous in hope that all sentient beings would be liberated from sorrow. The Chi existing in our body from birth to death is Karmic Chi. Scientists found that a human being would lose a bit of weight as soon as he dies. Some people say it is because the spirit leaves from the body. From the Buddhist view, it is the Chi leaving to reincarnate.

If one’s mind is purified, the karmic “chi” inside one’s body will be changed. Without practicing Buddha Dharma or repenting one’s misconducts, one would still inherit negative karmic “chi” from past lives. Reciting mantras helps us alleviate our negative karmic “chi” and transfer it to the “chi” that can benefit all beings. As we continuously recite mantras over a long period of time, we will naturally and gradually stop badmouthing, inciting troubles, or talking nonsense that is useless to all beings.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche went on to enlighten that Vajrasattva is the Nirmanakaya (the Emanation Body) of Samantabhadra. The Nirmanakaya manifested to assist those who have vowed to take on the path of Bodhisattvas. To attain the bhumi of Bodhisattvas, all karma cumulated from past lives must be purified. Thus, we must depend on Nirmanakaya’s help. Those who have not yet determined to take on the path of Bodhisattvas can’t be helped even when Nirmanakaya appears in front of them. It is essential to purify our karma when we vow to practice Bodhisattvas’ way. When all karma is purified, all obstacles will be removed and our health will naturally be improved so as to help all beings. Those who are with insufficient merits can’t help others and the most effective method to accumulate our merits is to practice Bodhisattvas’ way.

Vajrasattva’s head is slightly tilted left and his face is carrying a smile. That smile is like the joyful smile of a father when seeing his children showing good behaviors. And that smile represents Vajrasattva’s joy of seeing people accomplishing the Buddhist practices and being able to benefit all sentient beings. His head tilting left represents mercy and compassion. One’s repentance cannot be made with a heart of hatred or greed. It should be made with mercy and compassion as well as wisdom so as to generate its strengths.

Any bodhisattva should not attach to any visualized and heard phenomenon. Everything is void of nature; it will disappear and reappear. A person who practices Bodhisattva’s path will not be affected by physical pains in his body and when he stops doing evils all things will change. Although having severe Scoliosis, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can still instruct Buddha dharma for three hours in a cross-legged sitting position. It is not Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has no nerves; it is because even if the body still suffers the pain but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mind is not affected by it. The most difficult part is to separate one’s body and mind such that the pain is in one’s body, but not in one’s mind. His physical body affects the mind of an ordinary person, but the mind can be trained to control the body. When one manifests one’s wisdom, one’s mind will not be moved or affected; then Buddha dharma one has listened and learned will generates effects such that one will know where one will go after the death of this life. If one has no refusal to the Buddha dharma taught by the guru, one would be able to experience it.

Vajrasattva holds a bell in his left hand and a dorje in his right hand. It has the same meaning of a Buddhist temple with a bell on its left side and a drum on its right side. The bell represents to awaken the muddled minds of all sentient beings, which are covered by desires. Ringing the bell will open people’s muddled minds and let in Buddha’s light. The technique of shaking the bell has its meaning as well. It represents non-emptiness, which is not nothingness. It is like burning a wood and the wood’s molecules and atoms do not just disappear; they actually still exist, just being transformed to another form. The bell represents one must not stay in the states of clinging and only-emptiness.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche further enlightened that all the cells of a human body will be renewed within every seven years. The new cells would be good and healthy if one always does good deeds in the past 7 years, and good fortune would accompany as a consequence. That is why people said one’s fortune will change a lot every ten years. Therefore, by learning the Dharma one’s breath and energy would become better. In Buddhist teachings, the number “seven” occurs often because of its relation to human body structure. Those who like eating meat would fall into the hell. It could be tell which Path one would be living by reading one’s appearance revealed before one’s dying. Those died when they were not ill would go to the higher realms. Those suffered from illness or died in accidents would go to the lower realms. The consciousness could not be transferred by non-authentic rituals, and it’s useless if the transference ritual service is obtained through a purchase. Furthermore, it could not be achieved only by prostrate oneself with repentance in order to go to the Amitabha Pure Land. Baochi Gong, the author of the Emperor Liang Repentance Ceremony helped the emperor’s queen go to a heaven path only. Needless to say what state we could achieve?

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could penetrate a hole on the crown of the deceased by conducting the Phowa rituals and help the cancer patient recover by the blessing through the sacred vase. It is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has attained the accomplishment of the void of nature and thus is able to change the arrangement of inner elements of the material. Don’t you listen to the saying “Wine and meat pass through the intestines” and make the mistake that it is allowed to eat meat and drink wine. Although Ji Gong acted like a lunatic, however, according to historical records, Ji Gong was supposed to have been to Tibet to have learned tantric Dharma including the uppermost tantras in Tibet and attained the accomplishment. Therefore the fish he ate was still alive after he spit it out. Do not eat meat until you could do like this.

The spread of Flu (H1N1) started a panic, whereas so many people died from AIDS was unnoticed. From the viewpoint of Buddhism, these all are the effects of karma. The people adopting a vegetarian diet will have many less chances to get the sick, yet many more chances to be healed being contracted.

We should seize chances to initiate virtuous conditions with others so that we might get help when we are in need of help. Whether we could receive a good care in hospital for being old or ill has something to do with the virtues as well. Even the one cultivates the Arhatant practice, he needs still to have virtuous conditions with others, or he would have no helper to sent him the meals during his retreat.

May 6, 2009

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened believers with Buddhism and helped them to relieve all kinds of suffering in the world at Glorious Jewel Jewellery Company.

May 10, 2009

The regular puja was held at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei. Disciples and believers listened with reverence to the audio recording of the teachings enlightened by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on April 13, 2003. One third of the Tripetaka is composed by Maha-prajna-paramita sutra. Therefore it is obvious how important prajna (wisdom) is. Some people think that wisdom is bestowed by the Buddha, can be obtained by imploration or can be unsealed. These are all wrong concepts. All sentient beings were born with the wisdom like that of Buddha’s. However, it is simply that we haven’t achieved enlightenment. The Five toxins, greed, hatred, delusion, pride, and doubt, have sealed our wisdom so that we are not able to see our pure and clean nature. Reciting mantra, reciting Buddha’s name, practicing repentance and conducting prostration are not the true dharmas to unseal our wisdom. They can simply help subdue our afflictions. A virtuous guru knows how to benefit his disciples and yet it all depends on if the disciples truly follow the Buddha Dharma taught by the guru and accept one-hundred-percent without their own thinking. For example, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had instructed his disciples not to eat ice cream in India before they left. Two disciples still disobeyed and ate the ice cream. As a result they got the typhoid with severe diarrhea and fulminant hepatitis respectively.

Afflictions come from attachments. It means one always think what he has done is correct. Wisdom means one clearly realizes that everything arises and ceases from causes and conditions without self-nature. Everything we saw, heard or felt has its causes and effects and they are law of development and extinguishment which is void of nature said in Buddha Dharma. Void of nature means everything we knew from our experiences in the human world has no self-nature. Development arises from causes and conditions and extinguished as well. The thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas teach us not to be afraid of being harmed nor despised by others. This is to break our ego-clinging. One who has strong ego-clinging can not realize sentiment being’s sorrow nor arising a mercy and compassion heart. If one had a tiny bit of ego-clinging heart, and he could not chop afflictions absolutely.

One must practice the Five Precepts and Ten Meritorious Acts if he wishes to be liberated from life and death in this life after seeking refugee. If he doesn’t use guru’s teaching of Buddha-Dharma in his life, he will neither be liberated from life and death nor avoid disasters. We will be better if every single mind we have is to wish sentient beings better than me. Learning Buddhism is not for present happiness, future wealth and health, or even not for future enlightenment. Because your asks are against cause and effect, so you ask nothing. The reason why you all can listen to Buddha Dharma here is definitely because you have practiced the Five Precepts and Ten Meritorious Acts in your past lives. You failed to practice perfectly so you reincarnate in this life. It is because the memory lost from life to life that makes you forget your past vows of learning Buddha Dharma to benefit the sentient beings. The reason why you come to learn Buddhism now is because you have sufferings and sorrows, problems and needs to change your fortune. All those thoughts differ from Buddhas’. We will have more virtues and fewer troubles in learning Buhddism if every single mind is to hope sentient beings are better than us, and all wishes will be fulfilled.

Nevertheless, we often forget that we cannot live alone in this world and need helps from many other people. If these people do not live well, we will not live well, either. Let’s start from our family. As long as our thoughts and behavior are getting more virtuous, our family members will follow us to learn and study Buddhism. If one learns the Buddhism stealthily or does no dare speak the truth, he had better not learn the Buddhism. If ones own parents are not affected to come learn the Buddhism, it indicates that he hasn’t changed yet. The biggest problem of learning the Buddhism is the ego-centrism, which makes people refuse to change themselves. The reason why we still have a dim facial complexion is because that the light of our hearts is dim whose brilliance has not been revealed and we have not developed Bodhichitta vows yet.

The Chod puja is not able to be practiced by ordinary people. The practitioner to practice Chod must know all the Buddhist philosophy well, know that sacrificing and offering himself is essential to the learning of Buddhism, and he can practice it only when he does it for the benefits of others. If the attendees of the puja also think this way, they will accumulate much more merits and virtues than those for the dharma practitioner. Such merits and virtues are called merits of rejoices. If one thinks about the benefits for himself, his family members, and his businesses while attending the puja, he has a heart which is far from that of the Buddhas and the Bodhisattvas and a heart on the outer path. If one does not act according to the teachings repeated enlightened by the Guru, the condition with the Guru will eventually disappear.

Theoretically, Chod dharma originates from the Heart Sutra. The Heart Sutra states that the appearance of everything has a false appearance. Only one who understands this can abandon all the greedy thoughts. The Chod practice includes Phowa, Tsa Lung Trulkhor, and Mahamudra meditation. It is the Chod dharma that The Protector Achi conducted at her final moments. Upon completion of the practice, she manifested as the rainbow body and was transferred to the Pureland.

During the Chod puja, the attendees should stop making any requests for themselves and start to make the requests for the sakes of the sentient beings instead. If we live in an orderly world and a safe country, those Buddhist learners will be able to practice the Buddhism in a favorable environment. Even if a family member of yours has painful medical conditions, do not make the plea only for him. You should think that others with diseases are suffering from pains as well. Extend your thought and wish that the sentient beings could be freed from painful medical conditions. Such a way of thinking will be an even greater help to your family member. When blessing the elderly and the young, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always treats them as His own family members.

There was a child of 4 to 5 years of age born with severe scoliosis. He could not have eaten or excreted urine and stool by himself and had been incapable of walking. He came to pray Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for his blessing for four weeks. He now has a glowing and exuberant facial complexion and can walk as well as eat. His parents showed great reverence during the process of blessing, so the effects took place very soon. Although they had no idea about the Buddhist teachings, they did have sincerity. To have sincerity is for one to have faith in the Buddhas and the Bodhisattvas in the way that he abandons his own thoughts and hands himself to the Buddhas and the Bodhisattvas without any fears because the Buddhas and the Bodhisattvas will never do us harm. Do not be afraid of whatever happens to us for they are the manifestation of our karmic effects. Only when one is able to make it that way will he have the opportunity to change and purify the karma from the previous lives. You have the opportunity to attend this rare Chod puja, so you should stop being so selfish and broaden your mind instead. Think that with your heart will accord with that of the Buddhas and the Bodhisattvas, your karmic relatives and creditors will naturally turn to help you and not to obstacle your practices.

The aspiration of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva is not to attain Buddhahood until all hells are vacated. The aspiration of Avalokiteshvara is to help all the sentient beings. The aspiration of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is to help all the sentient beings attain the Buddhahood. All the aspirations of the Eight Great Bodhisattvas have been made to aid the sentient beings. We are among the sentient beings. When you vow to help the sentient beings, you are actually helping yourself, and the power will be immense.

Vajrayana says that all sentient beings are our mothers, since we have had been millions of lives. Many sentient beings have been related with us from the past lives. The present infectious disease is caused from killing. People in Hong Kong enjoy eating animals alive, and the epidemic situations are most serious there. Therefore, the Buddha has persuaded us to adopt the vegetarian diet. There would be no merits and virtues accumulated in being a vegetarian, whereas that could stop the continuous chances of creating evil conditions with sentient beings so as to be able to pay off the debts owed from the past. Having cancer is also caused by killing, including swatting mosquitoes or cockroaches. Hence, we have to repay the debts through learning and cultivating the Buddha’s teachings. One suffers from cancer is because that in his mind he only hopes himself could be better but not mercifully and compassionately concerning about the sufferings of sentient beings.

Buddha Dharma uses the law of cause and effect to explain all phenomena in the world. Every thing happening has its own cause. The law of cause and effect is not created by the Buddha and is not complicated either. However, we usually forget what we have done and do not accept when the effects are manifested. The most important in believing in Buddha is to deeply believe in the law of cause and effect. A virtuous or evil cause arises, and its related effect must occur sooner or later. The reason why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche usually has the saviors and turns bad luck into good fortune is that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been very nice to many other people. That might be a cause planted even a few decades ago. It is against the natural law of the Universe that not believing in the law of cause and effect but instead thinking it is the fortune given by some deity. One is eligible to be Buddhist at all if he is so superstitious that he believes he is unlucky or harmed by others.

It is just a flash of thought that could let us attain Buddhahood or the state of Bodhisattva, or let us fall into the hell. It is ourselves that control if we will fall into the hell or go up to the heaven, not by others. Evil thoughts, conducts and speeches are the roots of falling into the hell. If your family do not accept you to learn and cultivate the Buddha’s teachings, you had better pause for a while and self-criticize why your behaviors are not accepted by others. Do not blame or resent them who hinder you from learning and cultivating the Buddha’s teachings, since there must be something not well done by you. Do not listen to those who say that reciting the Great Compassion Mantra could stop your family member hindering you, by which is a way of sorcery. When you correct yourself well, he or she would naturally allow you to learn and cultivate the Buddha’s teachings. It is also your fault if you are not allowed by your parents to adopt the vegetarian food or learn Buddhism, since you have not corrected your behaviors. They see nothing changed in you after you learn and cultivate the Buddha’s teachings.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been advising the parents not to let their children eat meat. Once there was a child sent to an intensive care unit because of having a cold, but when the cold was cured, the child’s lower torso became paralyzed. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche blessed the child, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche contemplated that the child had had some meat ten days ago at a vender by seashore. The child’s parents also confirmed this fact. It was this meat that this child ate caused his illness. Many people let their children eat meat because they worry about that their children do not have sufficient nutrition. On the contrary, it is harmful to their children.

There accumulated a great deal of antibiotics, hormone, and medicine in meat nowadays. Many children are early matured due to eating meat because there is too much hormone in the meat from fast food restaurants. As we take in too much antibiotics by eating meat, our bodies could not develop proper antibodies; consequently we’d acquire illness easily. In addition, when eat germy meat that are contaminated or are used to worship ancestors or ghosts, our health would be jeopardized. The lamas, officials, and staff of the monastery led by H. H. Kyabgon Chetsang are all vegetarians, so is Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Yet, for various reasons, those who are not willing to adopt the vegetarian food claim that their family would condemn their becoming vegetarians. In truth, their families are afraid that once they become vegetarians they might become monks or nuns and then abandon their familial responsibilities. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is not an ordained practitioner, nor did Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche let people discard their familial responsibilities. It is important to clarify this fact and never argue with your family for such practicing Buddhism that should be a wonderful thing.

A very faithful and devout Buddhist will naturally get together with good people. If one does not have enough faith and is still doubtful about Buddha dharma, there will be many people to hinder one’s practice of Buddha dharma. This is because one has no full confidence. Why will one have no full confidence to the dharma taught by Buddha? Because one’s self-righteousness! If a person thinks he is smart, capable, very knowledgeable, and has very good understanding of everything, he will have doubts to Buddha dharma. What Buddha said is the truth and Buddha has no reason to deceive us. Refraining from incorrect speech is among the five precepts which Buddha wanted us to observe, so Buddha would not lie to us. One has suspicions towards Buddha dharma because one does not believe deeply the law of causes and effects.

Having faith to Buddha dharma is to believe in what Buddha said and to practice it truthfully. Do not separate practicing Buddha dharma from your daily life. It is wrong to separate them. Buddha dharma is our way of life! If one does not apply Buddha dharma in one’s daily life, his practices do not take effects even if one can recite mantras, has taken refuge, has visited many famous Buddhist temples, and has met many Rinpoches.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche further emphasized that if your spouse does not want you to practice Buddhism, you had better not come to do it so as not to let your spouse calumniate Buddha. The sixth patriarch Hui-Neng was capable of getting the fifth patriarch’s complete teachings and inheritance. But before the time was mature, he had been hiding in a hunter’s home for sixteen years and always been patient. One needs full confidence to practice Buddha dharma. And when one encounters any difficulty during the practices, one needs to overcome the difficulties by one’s heart, not to give up, or to deceive other people. The sixth patriarch Hui-Neng did not lose his faith even if he was not discovered by other people. We should learn from these accomplished Buddhist monks for practicing Buddha dharma and should not be self-righteous. When we read the biography of Milarepa, we should learn the kind of attitude he had for practicing Buddha dharma as well as review our own attitude. Venerable Milarepa said that one who sincerely read his biography would certainly receive his blessings. That is because sincerely reading the biography is also learning Milarepa’s heart of practicing Buddha dharma at the same time, so Milarepa definitely give one the blessings. We should take the ordained Buddhist masters and the gurus as our role models and follow their directions of practices; we should not be self-righteous and try to find our own ways. This is not superstition. Superstition is to believe something blindly and thoughtlessly. Contrary to a superstition, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has enlightened us the methods of examining a guru and wanted us to examine clearly and consider thoroughly before taking refugee; if we decide to stay, then we should not be halfhearted or unsettled.

We have no idea when our death would come. If one does not believe that the impermanence always manifests itself in our daily life, one would not really make up one’s mind to practice the Dharma. Impermanence is to say that changes occur at all times. Those who feel difficulties about learning the Buddhism are because they have no beliefs in impermanence and also refuse changes. Scientifically, it is said that nothing could remain unchanged. Bodhisattvas and the guru could help you, teach you, but could not change your own karma. One has to overcome the hardships by oneself and to be sure to follow their teachings, in a manner without any compromise. Keep in mind that impermanence would always accompany us. During prosperous days, one should be cautious about that something bad might happen. During hard times, one should not feel sorrow because the situation would become better soon. Therefore, be always aware of your conducts, speech and mind to cut off any negative deeds and commit yourself on doing any virtues. Your fortune might then be changed. If one does not achieve good deeds, does it perfunctorily, or does it by one’s own interests, one’s life would not be changed.

We definitely did uncountable negative deeds in our past lives, otherwise we would have been living in Amitabha’s pure land. The bad karma could be not changed only by some very minor good deeds. One has to cut off negative deeds immediately, discipline oneself to follow the teachings, and start conducting good deeds, then one is becoming a true practitioner. Otherwise, what is accumulated by the dharma learnt is the fortunes for one’s future lives, but still be in the ocean of reincarnation. The one whose practices are not in accordance with the dharma to reduce affliction would attain rebirth as a treasured creature in one’s next life. If one mistakes only that the Buddha would increase one’s fortunes and does not delve into its true meaning, that is the ignorance. That’s also why one would fall into the Animal realm. However, due to the accumulated fortunes one would become a treasured creature.

Listen to the audio recording of the teachings of the Thirty-Seven Practices of the Bodhisattva repeatedly. Do not think that you have known them. Do make a self-examination if there are any deeds of your daily life do not accord with the teachings and correct them right away! Once the Theoretical part is understood, the Practical part must be practiced immediately. The Practical part is more important than the Theoretical part. The Hui Neng, sixth Patriarch of Zen, did not read. He did not have the idea about the Theoretical part. He, however, he cultivate Practical part by applying Buddhism in his daily life. Venerable Master Guang Qin did not read either, but nobody would say he did not practice well. Buddhism is not a knowledge, while there are a lot of people in Taiwan like to study the Buddhism as research knowledge. They do not like to practice Buddhism in their daily life. When reading Buddhist sutrua, do not attach to understand it. Just read it with sincerity and will attain awakenings some day. To explain sutras with words is no other than to explain words with words. Buddhism is profound and vast that its meaning adjusts according to your attainments of enlightenment. Therefore, do not think that listening to the audio recording of the teachings for a few times is enough. This attitude tells us that you have taken Buddhism as knowledge; you do not practice and use it truly.

There is only one Buddha Dharma – to help us to be liberated from cycle of birth and death. It is taught in various skillful ways according to the individual temperament, causes, and conditions but the reason, principle, and process of Buddhism, however, are invariable. For the reason of skillful teachings, the Buddhism is classified into 3 branches, the Great Vehicle, the Lesser Vehicle, and the Vajra Vehicle to teach people of different temperaments. In order to be liberated from cycle of birth and death, one has to adopt one particular Dharma practice, that is, closely follow the Guru that he has confirmed and learn all the Guru’s teaching; do not listen to more teachings from others. All sections of Buddhism are included in the Tibetan Buddhism has all the teachings of all Buddhist Schools to teach people of different temperaments by various dharma. The difference of dharma is not to tell which one is more powerful, instead is for needs of the practitioners of different temperaments.

The child will behave like animals if he is given the cow’s milk since he was born and then eats meat. That he will be restless and not listen to you are made by what you gave him to eat. In the western societies, the people of higher class and culture level, the more they adopt a vegetarian diet. The SARS is also caused by meat-eating.

May 15, 2009

The His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche held the regular puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center to conduct the auspicious Chod puja of the Drikung Kagyu Linage. The pujas hold at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center have always been started on time. However today’s puja was delayed because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had a little incident on his way to the venue. The front of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s car was hit by a bus. At first, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not want to investigate the responsibility. However, since the bus was stopped by an enthusiastic motorcycle rider on the scene, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had no choice but to handle this incident and the puja was therefore delayed. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened: Having this little incident, many sentient beings’ karmic debts were kept off from happening. It means the karmic debts of the sentient beings who have attended today’s puja are serious. It also means that some of them did not have enough reverence to the Three Treasures. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche urged the attendants again that they should not attend if they cannot be a vegetarian. The tantric pujas are different from the general pujas. Without sufficient virtues, one is not able to attend the tantric pujas. It is considered practicing offerings if one has reverent heart. Virtues arise from practicing offerings. One will have obstacles if he has no virtues.

Buddha Dharma cannot be reasoned by human’s intelligence because the accomplishments of the Buddha Dharma are beyond human being’s experiences. However, Buddha Dharma does not talk about myths. Buddha would not talk about things that human being cannot achieve. Upon attaining enlightenment, Buddha said that every sentient being was born with the condition to become a Buddha. Why are sentient being unable to attain Buddhahood? Therefore, Buddha had started to enlighten the methods to attain Buddhahood. The purpose of attaining Buddhahood is firstly, for one to liberate himself from life and death. Secondly, for one to benefit the sentient beings and help them to be liberated from life and death.

The sufferings of human beings originates that they always consider themselves righteous. Therefore, the learning of Buddhism starts with practicing charity. Everything has to be detached. If one doesn’t train himself to eliminate the attachment, he won’t attain enlightenment by reciting sutras and attending repentance ceremonies. The biggest attachment for the human beings is to attach to their wealth and body. As long as a person thinks of his bits of fortune, even the Guru’s grace can be forgotten. Additionally, in order to take care of one’s body, an enormous amount of money is wasted and lots of karma is created. Hence, one should practice giving right from the very beginning, making contributions to the sentient beings and offerings to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

Lord Buddha presented a lot of stories to demonstrate the practice of charity. In one life, the Buddha saw a female tiger which could not produce milk for her young due to lack of food. He then jumped into the cave to offer himself as her food. In another life, the Buddha was born as a king. To challenge the Buddha’s compassion, the lord of the heaven transformed himself to be an eagle and chased a dove. When it flied by in front of the king, the eagle complained, “Your protection for the dove shall lead to my death by starvation. Where is your compassion?” The king then cut off a piece of his own flesh that weighed the same as the dove for the eagle to eat. In addition, the Buddha once lived as a giant animal in an area facing food shortage so as to feed the sentient beings with his own flesh.

The practice of chakra protection would normally be conducted before the performance of a tantric ritual so that the puja venue may be freed from external interference. Then, another practice of chakra protection would be carried out to prevent the officiator from being interfered by jealous sentient beings. Nevertheless, all the protecting Dharma instruments will have to be removed when the Chod puja is performed, and the practitioner exchanges his own body for the sufferings of the sentient beings. The Bodhichitta and compassion are the foundation of tantric practices, and the attendees of the puja need to possess great compassion as well. If misfortune occurs in one’s family, it indicates that he does not develop compassion, Bodhichitta, and repentance. If he has developed all of these, he will definitely be able to change his own karma. The learning of Buddhism is not a worshiping ritual, but rather a self-correction process. If the karma could be changed by the prayers, there would be no use practicing Buddhism even for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Today, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche came hurriedly to conduct the puja because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not want the sentient beings to wait, although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still had plenty of works of his own company to handle. However, a small incident just occurred, and the sentient beings had to wait. Hence, things are always changing and impermanent. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche felt joyful about this incident that others might feel bad since this occurrence kept many other bad happenings off for the sentient beings. The Dharma protector was so compassionate that it happened only to the car while Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche himself was doing well during this car incident. So it is impossible that all one’s wishes will come true. There must be something going athwart with one. Only Buddhas may attain everything. Even Buddhas and Bodhisattvas’ wishes could not all come true, because they still could not change the karma of sentient beings.

For example, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who has attained the remarkable accomplishment is able to transfer the consciousness of a cockroach after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche swats it. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would scrape the skin off a few days later. The karma effects manifest very soon. Why everyone can still eat meat? If evil effects resulting from making evil causes do not manifest, will virtuous effects resulting from making virtuous causes manifest?

Today’s car incident was resulted from the jealousy of accomplished devils who wished to prevent this Chod puja from happening. The incident was also a trial initiated by attendees’ karmic creditors to test your patience and check if you’d become fidgety. Now, it is you who need this Chod puja, not Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. It makes no difference to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche whether there are pujas or not because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is very firm about his future. Regardless of his own wellbeing, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still came and conducted the puja. Thus, if attendees remained undetermined about, doubtful or willful toward Buddha Dharma, it is quite inadequate with such mindset.

We ought to cherish any causes and conditions to learn and be in contact with Buddha Dharma. Don’t waste the merits of attending pujas in mundane matters. Merits accumulated would alleviate our suffering when we die. If we attend pujas in the hope of relieving pains of all beings in the six realms, it would give rise to the positive conditions with all beings. As such, we’d obtain some assistance from other beings when we are dying. The fish and meat we once ate would come to interfere in our death. It’s because the their elements would remain in our cells. The genes of beef and pork we ate would disturb us so as to cause immense pain to our death. To avoid such pain, we ought to practice Buddhism and learn to be detached from worldly affairs. The Chod puja is a ritual to teach us how to become detached.

You should not use your human brain to think of the guru’s wisdom because the guru’s wisdom has transcended ordinary human intelligence. Before you can attain the accomplishment of wisdom, the fastest way of practicing dharma is to completely respect the three jewels (namely Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha), to have faith, to be obedient, and to follow Buddha and guru’s teachings exactly in everything. That’s how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has attained the accomplishment of the Rinpoche position from an ordinary person in this life. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche completely reveres all His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s teachings, follows them exactly and immediately, and has none of any willful idea. Do not think that only the enlightenments Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave on the dharma seat are beneficial to everyone and are Buddha dharma while Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s words in ordinary times are not. This is wrong thinking. Actually, all what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does or say, and what they are during Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s life is all Buddha dharma.

It is also to repay our karmic debt when incidents happened to whatever, people or thing, we like and make us sad. It is very often that one might see what one wants to see the least and one might lose what one likes the most. How one’s life can always proceed according to one’s wishes! Feeling dissatisfied is the essence of life. You should not be attached to your affection. When you recall it later, you will find no answer for why you were so attached at the time.

Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that everybody visualizes their own elder relatives, peers, karmic creditors and the sentient beings surrounding them at the right side, the left side, the front, and the rear respectively. Think it once would be enough and don’t worry about the space at all. In Dharma, the ten directions of the dharma realm stand for ten dimensional spaces in scientific terms. Japanese scientists demonstrated five dimensional spaces already. In present space this venue we see is a space for teaching the Dharma, however it is not the same if conceived from the other space. When we visualize these sentient beings, there would be certain connections with them and therefore they will be benefited from this puja.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then conducted the Chod rituals. After the completion of the rituals, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that one should not recite mantras very loud during the puja, but instead his reciting should mainly follow that of the conductor. Loudness does not mean concentration and the most important is the mind while reciting. It could not last long time to recite by the throat. Furthermore, the others would be distracted by your sound of reciting that they might dislike. Each phrase of the mantra constitutes Buddha’s and bodhisattvas’ wisdom, compassion, vow power, merits and the virtues. Each syllable of the Mani Mantra stands for different meanings, and it has certain association to the some positions of the human body. Reciting in the right way would improve the health as well as eliminate the karma, otherwise reciting improperly is not different from a parrot’s speaking. Therefore, each mantra must be initiated and oral transmission by the guru, otherwise the reciting would not work. That’s why many people are not benefited from reciting mantras. They simply are not practicing the appropriate instructions.

The purpose of reciting mantra is the same as that of reciting sutra. We, however, do not have much time to recite sutra every day. Besides, it is not easy for us to concentrate our attention on reciting sutra. Thus reciting mantra is more skillful dharma to practice.  It is not appropriate to explain the meaning of mantra. For example, the meaning of Mani mantra could not be taught within an incalculably long eon even with the wisdom of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. It is because the understanding of the mantra is different at the realms that are attained. Therefore, the meaning of mantras is not appropriate to be explained.  Moreover, you might be unable to make progress because you are attached to the meaning of mantra that he understands. The reason why the tantric dharma is taught in public is the teachings of the tantric dharma is not because there are secrets that could not be talked. It is because you won’t realize the tantric teachings if you have not attained the realm for your practice. The reciting of the Great Compassion Mantra was efficacious before the mantra was explained. Nevertheless, since it was explained sentence by sentence, the mind in reciting the Great Compassion Mantra is no longer sincere because the mind would be attached by thinking about which Bodhisattva is for the sentence that is being recited. Therefore, do no try to understand the meaning of a mantra.

Do not either think that there will be ghosts come to listen to when you reciting a mantra. The ghosts would come to you only either when they need your help or because there is gratitude or resentment between them and you. Do not be afraid to repay the debt of gratitude or resentment. A bodhisattva fears nothing because he possesses the heart of mercy and compassion and is not afraid of being hurt.

May 17, 2009

The His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche held the regular puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center and continued to enlighten the Vajrasattva dharma. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche first enlightened the importance of the following four simple sentences regarding “Prayer for Guru’s Teachings”. The very important four brief sentences are: Based upon each individual’s vows; In according with each individual’s vow, their different temperament and seeking, I pray for the mercy, compassion and pity of the Guru, So as to turn the Dharma Wheel of the three vehicles.”; Spinning the Dharma wheels of Three Vehicles. Of all religions in the world, only Buddhism emphasizes “conditions”. Conditions not only relate to one side, it will work only when mutual sides share the same thoughts. Every minute and second, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are ready to help and liberate sentient beings. However, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas cannot give their help if sentient beings do not supplicate for help. One hand for one of Buddha Amitabha’s postures shows a mudra of leading the sentient beings. However, sentient beings must also reach out their hands to receive the help. Therefore, it will also require supplication even just wishing to hear one name of Buddha Amitabha.

“In according with each individual’s vow”: Every sentient being’s thoughts are different. The guru helps the sentient beings based on each individual’s vows. These vows are not the vows that ask for safety, blessing, wealth and health (Such supplications of which asks for one’s benefits cannot not be fulfilled). These vows mean to supplicate for liberating all sentient beings as well as oneself from life and death. For example, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s vow is to help all sentient beings attain Buddhahood.

“Their different temperament and seeking.”
One’s capacity is an accumulation of the opportunities and root from his previous life after lives. People’s temperament vary according to the degrees of their acceptance of the Buddhist teachings. One who has a great temperament is a person who acts upon his Guru’s words without any doubts. The reason that the scenarios introduced by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche during his Buddhist talks enable many people to feel related while others feel remote lies in the fact that each of them has a different capacity. Those with greater temperament show reverence, repentance, and obedience, and act upon the instructions regardless of their own gain or loss. Others, with lesser temperament, will think off and on for the assignments given by the Guru. The Guru knows a disciple’s temperament upon seeing his reactions in regular time. Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean that those with lesser temperament would be ignored. It’s the teaching and blessing methods that will be differed for them. If one’s seeking are related to the Buddha-Dharma, the Guru will always help him out.

“I pray for the mercy, compassion and pity of the Guru,”
The Buddhas and Bodhisattvas only worry if you will end up falling into the three lower realms after this life. If one falls into the hell, at least he will stay 1000 human years. Before he is to be a human being, he has to stay away from hell、hungry ghost and animal realm step by step. Therefore, if one enters the three evil realms, he will spend his thousands and hundreds lives there. If you pray for Guru、Buddhas and Bodhisattvas without the most sincere repentance heart, it will be ineffective. We should pray sincerely and briefly.

“So as to turn the Dharma Wheel of the three vehicles.”
There is no use to watch and listen to the TV’s Buddha-Dharma program. We simply can’t believe that we don’t have the talent, nor do we believe the feasibility of our falling into the three evil realms as well as the impermanence of death. Hence, we will definitely fluster while facing the upcoming death and only the Buddha-Dharma that we can rely on. In the Seven limbed Offering, we pray for the Buddha abiding in this world that originated at the time of the Buddha initially turning the Dharma Wheel. Mara Papiyan prayed to the Buddha that his devil descendants wouldn’t be able to survive if the Buddha abiding longevity. Therefore, Sakyamuni Buddha died at age of 79 whereas other great practitioners died at age of 100 or 200. That is why we have to pray our Guru abiding in the world first instead of asking with some few teardrops. Besides, We have to change ourselves and the Buddha-Dharma can exist forever.

In the Hinayana, they don’t think there is Amitabha because the Buddha had not mentioned about it. However, it is said in Mahayana that the Sutra has ever mentioned Amitabha. Furthermore, in Mahayana they don’t think there are Tantras, while Tantra is indeed depicted in the Sutra. So all the above sayings are wrong. Mudra of meditation and the gesture of Half Bow with Joined palms are tantric dharma, and so is the Auspicious sleeping Posture which could only be performed by the one who attains accomplishment of practicing Tantras.

The preciousness of Buddha Dharma is not for Buddha Dharma could bring something to us, but for it could change our future.

Not engaging in trivial chit-chat is not simply making no lewd joke or with no enticing words. Instead, for a practitioner, it means not to speak anything unrelated to Buddha Dharma. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche took a man in Yun-Nan who had obtained Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help for example. This man acquired an odd disease and sought help from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked him if he had ever flirted with a woman in front of the gate of the woman’s home in Myanmar. This man answered yes he did. Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told him: “(The behaviors and speeches of) you made the Door God angry, which caused you to suffer from this disease.” Some ghosts and gods do not like the words of lewdness or disrespect.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always immediately follows up any instruction given by His Holiness, without a single thought of his own. Only after the assignment is undertaken and some problems are met, does Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche report the related to His Holiness. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not concern too much before setting it off. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gives any instruction to a person, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche already thought through it. We, however, could only consider a thing in 2-3 years’ time, while Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ponders deeply over a thing for a long period even after we die. Hence, we only need to follow his instructions accordingly.

Tilopa once ordered his disciple Naropa to take liberties with a princess. Most people would believe Tilopa must be insane. But Naropa had absolute faith in his Guru, so he went on and did what was asked. Certainly Naropa was beaten up to almost death, and yet with this his karmic debts were cleared completely. Milarepa followed his Guru Naropa’s command to practice retreats in caves for his entire life, never leaving the caves. Such hardships had helped Milarepa to redeem the karma of killing people.

As we realize and handle our problems well, our pure and lucid minds would be revealed so as to liberate others. The first to practice Buddhism is not to trouble others, and yet we often tend to immerse ourselves in self-pities, having no inkling of serving others. We all had listened to the audio recordings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings of Buddha Dharma. Have we realized about what our conducts are different from Buddha Dharma? If not, we don’t have the repented heart. If we don’t have the repented heart, we would still be in reincarnation and have opportunities of carrying out evildoings. Acknowledging the fault of reincarnation is very important for Buddhists. We ought to realize that reincarnation is a fault and the only the pain suffered from reincarnation in the six realms is real. Illness and pains caused by karma will eventually pass away. However, we all concentrate on these passing phenomena but forget the most important sufferings of reincarnation.

Ghosts are afraid of the lights emitted by Buddha. At the night of the day when taking refuge under Mahayana, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche dreamed of entering a Buddhist temple with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s guru; when opening the door, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stepped back due to the strong Buddha’s lights inside the main hall of the temple; only upon hearing the guru’s encouragement, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then went forward and entered the main hall. Any Rinpoche who has practiced the Phowa dharma knows that after one’s Bardo (spirit of intermediate state) leaves the body, one will feel like leaving away from a home and does not know where to go and has no idea about whether that place is good or bad. If you do not have a firm faith to your guru, you will be afraid and recoil when seeing Buddha’s lights; when you recoil even one step, you will fall into the three evil realms of reincarnation. It is very easy to fall into the three evil realms of reincarnation, so we must have absolute faith towards our guru. The face of a deceased person who had received the Phowa dharma looked good because the deceased person had already no fear. And this would naturally affect his family members to have no fear and no sorrow.

Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened the meanings of Vajrasattva’s dharma appearance, ritual instruments, and mudra (ritual gesture). The dharma that is practiced by forming mudra does not mean it is tantric. One should not form mutras arbitrarily; there is no forming mutras in the highest tantra dharma. Vajrasattva protects a person who has already made up his form mind to liberate himself from the realms of reincarnation. We must firmly believe that Vajrasattva can benefit us. At the time of our death, if our mind and heart is not pure, even if we are reciting Amitabha’s name, our karmic creditors will still come to hinder us from dying. So we need Vajrasattva’s help to remove the obstacles. Vajrasattva can also help us for our meditation practice. It is very dangerous for us to meditate without following the correct method and we have to have the guru to teach us. Reciting Vajrasattva’s “Hundred Syllable Mantra” by sufficient times with right contemplation stage is helpful to eliminate one’s karma and to improve one’s meditation. There was once when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was performing a retreat to practice the ritual of Vajrasattva, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw an outbreak of fire in the dry grasslands and the fire would soon be going to spread to the rooms where some nuns lived nearby. So Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche contemplated himself as Vajrasattva to stamp out the fire and two minutes later the fire was put out on its own. This is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had corresponded with the Yidam of Vajrasattva. It is not corresponding with the Yidam when one sees a Bodhisattva in one’s dream. It is a hallucination produced by one’s persistent heart.

Everybody would have clinging attachment to their own bodies. Human body is constituted by seventy percent of liquid, and the others in the body are rare chemical elements that cost no more than ten dollars. Imagine if one’s name or identities are all disappeared, what your values would be? What are worth attaching to? The world one precepts through one’s eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and heart is not true. Assume one recognize the world as is. A table is made from wood, and in turn wood from trees, trees from seedlings, seedlings from the seed, then is it a table or a seed at all? Tables would corrupt or decay because the combination or arrangement of atoms and molecules would change. None of the materials in this human world would sustain forever, and those without significant values to human would not last for long. Never make yourself stick to certain ordinary thinking models, and find no way out.

The sorrows and suffering, in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s perspective, are simply tonics to the body, while the joys equate to poison. But ordinary beings like us take it as the contrary. Whatever happens to one are made by the power resulting from the causes he created in his past lives, don’t constantly grasp at them. Nonetheless, it is not to negatively wait for change. We could positively do something to raise the causes and conditions for sentient beings, could positively practice the dharma and change ourselves, could also initiate the causes and conditions for the family. However, don’t worry about if the family members would accept it or not.

Huilian, an ordained disciple of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, had an elder brother who got cancer.  Around seven years ago, he went to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for help. Having not sufficient virtues, he did not believe in Buddhism at that time. He, therefore, suffered a lot by chemo-therapy and Endotracheal Intubation. Fortunately, Huilain accumulated virtues for her family, because she attended upon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for 2 or 3 hours every time when Rinpoche enlightened and helped believers. She, therefore, helped her brother to have the fortune to be transferred by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with Phowa Dharma. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche prolonged Huilian’s brother’s life for him to have the opportunity to accumulate his virtues (not to enjoy himself) to obtain the Phowa Dharma.

Taiwan has maintained peace for the past decades, so there are many sects of religions take root here. In many countries, however, the Buddhist monasteries are merely somewhere for sightseeing. We had cultivated ourselves in past lives so that we might be born in Taiwan.

Do not produce tinkling sound of metal striking beside a deceased in 8 hours after his death. That would make him disturbed and painful. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once conducted Phowa Dharma for a deceased whose consciousness coming in horribly upset and knew that there were Taoist priests knocking metal instruments. He called to the family that if they’re seeking Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for help, they had to ask the priests to leave.

After the puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened believers with Buddhism and helped them to relieve all kinds of suffering in the world at Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center.

May 23, 2009

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened believers with Buddhism and helped them to relieve all kinds of suffering in the world at Glorious Jewel Jewellery Company.

May 24, 2009

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche held the regular puja and conducted the auspicious Lama Chopa Guru Puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei to commemorate the birthday of Kyobpa Jigten Sumgön of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage. The main reason for today’s commemoration is to remind everyone must have a grateful heart to the guru who teaches us the Buddha Dharma, to the Lineage and Lord Jigten Sumgön. Regardless of the ordained or lay people, there is no such thing that one can attain achievement without a guru when learning Buddha Dharma. He must truly practice according to the teachings of the guru who truly follows the Buddha Dharma. True practicing of Buddha Dharma must obtain the oral transmissions from generation to generation.

The most important thing that one must avoid is self-pride attitudes. Everyone has self-pride attitudes. One will be further away from the path of learning Buddhism should he have self-pride. Before one attains enlightenment nor he does not need the guru, he is not qualified to scold other people or his own family members with Buddha Dharma. Buddha did not use “precepts” to punish or award us but taught us to control ourselves. They are not used to control others. If one does not have the 20 criteria of being a guru, he cannot bestow precepts to others, either. After seeking refuge, some people start to use the Buddha Dharma they have learned from the guru to control others. They judge if others have done evil deeds or broken precepts based on their own thoughts. Such behaviors are forbidden. Whether one has violated, broken, exceptional or covered the precepts, only the guru who bestows the precepts has the wisdom to judge. In the Buddhist center, do not say anything like “this is what the rule says”. Doing so will make people feel pressure when learning Buddha. All human beings carry the karma accumulated from the past. Karma is resulted from the five poisons: greed, hatred, delusion, pride, and doubt. Buddha Dharma is able to treat these five poisons.

Tibetan Buddhism places high importance on the pureness and cleanness of the lineage. There will be no blessing power if there is no pureness and cleanness. Why can’t the lineage be interrupted? It is considered a bad omen if the lineage has been interrupted. If one follows the Buddha Dharma, the Deva, Naga and others of eight groups of spiritual beings will bestow their protection and support. In addition, the longer the lineage lasts, the greater the protection powers will be. For Drikung Kagyu Lineage, the Lineage has been passed down to the current the 37th Lineage holder. It means there are a total of 37 generations. In each generation, many gurus have vowed to benefit sentient beings and therefore there will be great power accumulated from generation after generations. As the Drikung Kagyu Lineage has never been interrupted since Kyobpa Jigten Sumgön, therefore its blessing power is extremely powerful because of the blessings given by Lord Jigten Sumgön, Lineage Holders and gurus of each generation.

Lord Jigten Sumgon, the founder of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage, was born in Yushu, Qinghai. Jigten Sumgon’s coming was predicted in many Buddhist sutras. In the Gongdu Sutra, it is said: “At a place called Dri, the source place of the Dharma, Ratna Shri will appear in the Year of the Pig. He will gather a hundred thousand fully ordained monks. After that, he will go to the Ngonga Buddha-Field. He will be called Stainless White Sugata and will have a large retinue.” In the Gyalpo Kaithang it is said: “From glorious Samye to the northeast, at a place called Drikung, the source of the Dharma, the Lord-King Trisong Desen will be born in the year of the Pig as the Sugata Ratna Shri. He will gather a hundred thousand bodhisattvas. He will go to the Ngonga Buddha-field and be called Stainless White Sugata. In that Buddha-field, he will become the Fully Perfected King.”

Lord Jigten Sumgon was the reincarnation of the layman Vinalakirti, who was in the time of Buddha Sakyamuni. Although the layman Vinalakirti enjoyed great wealth, however he practiced Buddhism exceptionally well. On one occasion, the layman Vinalakirti manifested himself as being sick. Buddha Sakyamuni sent the Bodhisattva Minjushri and other great Bodhisattvas to console him. The layman Vinalakirti then took the opportunity to expound to the great Bodhisattvas the priniciple of void of nature. Lord Jigten Sumgon once contracted leprosy during a retreat. He considered himself a dying person and hence bid a final farewell to the Yidam. While he was making the first prostration, he felt quite dispirited because he knew all of these were his own karma. Then, at his second prostration, he thought that he would not be afraid of dying if he is able to attain rebirth in the Pure Land by practicing the tantric practices. At his second prostration when he was thinking to practice the Transference (Phowa), he developed a great merciful and compassionate mind. Thereby, his health fully recovered. Those who are afraid of death are the ones who have no faith in the Buddhas and the Guru. The Bodhisattvas are concerned about the suffering of the sentient beings, and one can give treatments to the sick only when he, too, has an illness.

The Guru gives his blessings with a pure mind. Nonetheless, whether the receiver has pure faith or not will influence the effect of the blessing. For example, an old Rinpoche in his seventies in Qinghai recently fell ill. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche merely said on the phone that he would recover his health in the following seven days, and then the Rinpoche did get well on the seventh day. The reason why some sick people in the puja venue have not been able to recover for a long time lies in the fact that they do not possess pure faith. Therefore, the effects of the blessing to them have been far from how it could be, as a result, they cannot be released from the illnesses.

Jigten Sumgön had a vegetarian diet because he understood the principles of causes and conditions and knew that a person should only make good conditions and not create bad ones with all sentient beings. The recent epidemic of influenza is also a result of eating meat. Those who like to eat seafood or those who like to eat ice and thus tend to have cold in lungs are more vulnerable to be infected.

The purpose of today’s memorial puja for Jigten Sumgön is not only for us to receive blessings but also for us to learn his attitude of practicing Buddha dharma and his heart of benefiting all sentient beings. Through this puja, we will be able to create conditions with all the gurus of our lineage in the past. The Drikung Kagyu order has never been involved in politics and focused completely on the true practice of Buddha dharma; so many temples of our order were built in the remote mountains.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has extremely deep causes and conditions with Kyobpa Jigten Sumgön, the founder of our lineage. As early as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had taken refugee under His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, Kyobpa Jigten Sumgön was once in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s dream to save Rinpoche’s life. In that dream, Kyobpa Jigten Sumgön was on the top floor of a stupa and wanted Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to go down the stupa. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche went downstairs floor after floor, there were lamas in each floor hitting Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’ body with whiskbrooms. Only when reaching the ground, then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw a very bright path leading forward. A few days later, while Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche drove on a highway, the road ahead suddenly became dark and the steering wheel was also out of control. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately recited a mantra and then a flash of golden light gleamed in front of Rinpoche’s eye. Immediately, the car was ramming into the roadside guardrail. After breaking eight roadside cement columns, the car bumped and hurtled back to the middle of the road and stopped in a horizontal position. Approximately a few seconds later, a bus was approaching and almost hit the stopped car. Surprisingly, the body and wheels of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s car were not damaged, and after a while a large road rescue vehicle came without being notified to rescue and carry Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s car. The driver of the rescue vehicle further urged Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to leave the scene quickly. This accident let Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche repay a heavier karmic debt with a lighter karmic redistribution. Once in another time, Kyobpa Jigten Sumgön appeared in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s dream and transmitted Rinpoche a mantra; he wanted Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to recite this mantra and then blow air out of the mouth before any meal to cleanse the killing karma caused by eating food. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche further enlightened that one should not be afraid of being beaten or criticized by one’s guru; this is similar to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s dream that is to eliminate karmic debts for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to be hit by whiskbrooms. If one has a close relationship with one’s guru, before one can attain Buddha, one will be protected by one’s guru life after lives.

Following the enlightenment, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted the Lama Chopa practice. After the perfect completion of conduction, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led the attendees to sit in meditation for 20 minutes as well as gave blessings to everyone in the meantime. Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued to give enlightenment: the meditation dharma of Drikung Kagyu is Mahamudra. Mahamudra is the meditation dharma of utmost auspiciousness and sublime, rather than a mudra. Mahamudra has both the exoteric and esoteric teaching parts. There are 4 stages, in which there are furthermore 3 sub-stages for each stage, of Mahamudra. Therefore, it means it takes 12 stages to attain Buddhahood. Mahamudra is different from the Silent Illumination Meditation. The Silent Illumination Meditation practice is to observe and reflect the heart of one’s own, and thus does not need the 12 stages.

Bodhisattvas know that sentient beings are prone to be slack because human beings had been in the Heaven realm at least one life in the past. The beings in the Heaven realm have great merits and therefore they tend to enjoy pleasure. All Bodhisattvas and virtuous deities have made vows that they would bless, protect and support the beings who vow to learn and cultivate the Buddha’s teachings, and keep them from being lazy or idle. Without the blessings, ordinary people’s mind would be so distracted that they are not able to keep practicing Buddha Dharma. The energy of ordinary people’s heart is very weak. They would shrink back once they encounter difficulties and tell themselves to complete it in another day, which is the manifestation of laziness, not retrogression. We are not eligible to say we retrogress on the Buddhist path. From another point of view, it is also because our eyes, ears, noses, tongues, and bodies are stimulated by the external temptations, the strength of heart become weakened.

That Guru gives blessings to us is like charging up a battery. It needs to plug in for the conduction of electricity. That one has any doubt, even a little bit, about his guru is that he himself unplugs the plug, and of course he would not obtain blessings anymore. Human beings must have feelings as they own the five faculties. If one is concerned that he might be interrupted by sounds during his seated meditation, actually it is because his heart is disturbed. It is also incorrect to close the eyes in order not to see things during the practice of seated meditation, because it is easy to have an illusion when closing eyes. Besides, when closing eyes for a longer time, one would see red light and starlight that he thought is the golden light. Furthermore, it is also easy to fall asleep and is unable to pluck up the spirits when closing eyes.

Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not encourage that we practice the seated meditation alone without guidance. It is incorrect to pursue certain kind of tranquility and blissfulness by meditating. Nor is it correct to look forwards to getting response. It is quite easy to acquire illness by practicing the seated mediation because the “chi” or the air may circulate in a wrong direction. As for those who have not sought refuge yet, taking a vegetarian diet, being kind, and practicing the Ten Good Deeds would be helpful to your lives.

Conducting this puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has initiated the conditions for us to possess sufficient cause and condition to learn the Mahamudra in the future lives. Those who have the cause and condition to learn the Mahamudra need to have great merits, great respectfulness, and great repentance. That year when H. H. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche was to transmit the Mahamudra to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, with the extremely modest, reverent, and repentant heart, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche expressed his wish to recite one hundred thousand times of the One Hundred Syllable Mantra of Vajrasattva within twenty days in a retreat room before receiving the transmission. The reason why most people are not able to accomplish most of dharmas is that they are not in meditation during the practice of dharma. There is the practice of precepts, meditation, and wisdom; however, for current people, it is difficult to depend merely on observance of percepts for them to achieve meditation. Therefore, Mahamudra is the practice that helps to train us for the practice of meditation. Whoever can perfectly accomplish the Mahamudra can practice other dharmas quickly.

We hurt living beings, intentionally or unintentionally, every day although we adopt the vegetarian diet. There are still many sentient beings died for us because the farmers hurt many underground insects when planting vegetables for us and lots of sentient beings of bacterium live in food when the food are being brewed. Therefore, we have to repent, chant mantra, and dedicate the merits to all beings every day. These practices are not for ourselves, but for countless debts that we have owned sentient beings and are hard to replay.  But to maintain the healthy body in order to learn Buddhism, we can not help but eating non-sentient beings. Nevertheless, even a stone has Buddha-nature. There are many tiny germs inside that facilitate its decomposition. Moreover, there are also dragons attached to it. Today, people cut trees and pillars of high buildings are poured deep under ground where dragons live. As a result, many people get cancer and Lupus Erythematosus nowadays.

Make offerings constantly. If you are reluctant to renounce, you can not accumulate merits. Without merits, you would not be able to accomplish any practice even if you have received the transmission.. From the esoteric view, in general, a practitioner can not accomplish the Buddhist practice beyond the age of 40. Nevertheless, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche attains enlightenment, because he offers everything he has. We have to make four offerings, food, shelter, medicine and clothing to our parents. The grace and favor of Buddha and Guru is broader than parents. Our parents can only give us a body of this life, while Buddha and Guru can teach us to change our future lives.

Buddhism is preserved and glorified in the snow-land, Tibet, because Tibet used to be a very enclosed area with bitter living conditions. Only those who can take bitterness will understand it. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche attained much realization during his retreat in Lapchi Snow Mountain. The place of that kind of circumstance is a pure land to those with realizing Buddhism. But if one does not change his heart and reform, he can not complete the retreat in that place. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has made it, and all of you can make it, too. You can not achieve, because you do not believe. To learn any dharma method, you must have a heart of firmly faith in the lineage and Guru. The heart is the most important.

May 26, 2009

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened believers with Buddhism and helped them to relieve all kinds of suffering in the world at Glorious Jewel Jewellery Company.

May 29, 2009

The His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche held the one-year inauguration anniversary puja of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Kyoto, Japan, in the center. There were a total of 126 persons that had attended this puja, including the local believers and guests from Japan, believers and guests from Taiwan, guests from India, and disciples of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taiwan. Right before the one-year inauguration anniversary puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted Dharma to give blessings to the prayer flags in the yard. The anniversary puja then started at 2:00 p.m. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that “Today is the anniversary day of the Kyoto Buddhist center, and is also the anniversary of Lord Jigten Sumgon, the founder of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage. Two rituals, Lamp Offering ritual and Lama Chopa ritual would be conducted during today’s puja.” The lamp offering is to make offerings to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of ten directions and Guru. There is a metaphor in Buddhism, which describes that sentient beings seem to be in the dark and be unable to see their future when there is no Buddhism. The Buddhism is like a bright lamp in the dark that guide us to see the brightness. If we make the lamp offering life after life, we will not have the eye disease in next life, and our skin will be more glabrous as well. Furthermore, if we are also practicing the Buddhism, our wisdom will be enlightened soon. The light of the offering lamps that is blessed and prayed by guru could light up the sentient beings in suffering in the space. It is depicted in many Buddhist texts about the merits of lighting lamps. When we have something that does not go well, making lamp offering to Buddha is a good thing.

The rituals of Lamp Offerings of Tibetan Buddhism is different that of Chinese Exoteric Buddhism or Japanese Buddhism. The Buddhism for human beings has been being taught and transmitted by gurus of generations since the time of Shakyamuni Buddha. Light the butter lamps in front of the Shakyamuni Buddha statue first and then light those before the Dharma Photo of His Holiness, representing His Holiness’ dharma are transmitted from Buddha. The followed lighting Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s butter lamps represents dharma was transmitted from His Holiness. Next take Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s butter lamp to light the butter lamps of the disciples and then the believers, and furthermore the representatives of believers light the butter lamps in front of Buddha statues, representing the dharma was transmitted from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Even for the great practitioners of non-Buddhist religions, they pray only for themselves, their own families, country or their followers. However, Buddhism is different that Buddhist practitioners do not pray for their own benefits. Buddha is always one behalf of all sentient beings to do all what he does, not particularly for a given being with particular instructions. It is said in Buddhist teachings that all sentient begins are equal that they would receive the help from the Buddhism when they need it, and receive the teachings from gurus. Even beings of Heaven Realm would receive help from gurus as well. It is depicted in the Buddhist text that Shakyamuni Buddha ever went to the Heaven Realm to give Buddhist teachings, also to the Asura Realm. That’s why we should adopt the vegetarian food and not to kill because all sentient begins are equal. It is contradictory that many people love their pet animals but still eat meat. Those sentient beings in the Realm of Hungry Ghosts and Realm of Hell could receive help from Buddhism as well, which could not be done by other religions. Therefore, lighting the butter lamps on behalf of all sentient begins does not mean you are fortunate because you are also the sentient beings in suffering. You are to pray for Buddha’s help on behalf of sentient beings today.

During the followed conduction of lamp offering ritual, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed attendees holding the butter lamps by their left hands. The left hand represents the mercy and wisdom, and its position is also closest to the heart.

Before the conduction of Lama Chopa ritual, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche introduced the origin of Drikung Kagyu lineage first. Buddhism was brought into Tibet by two occurrences. Tang Dynasty Buddhist princess, Wencheng, was married to Tibet with Exoteric Buddhism. Therefore, Chinese Exoteric Buddhism is taught in Tibet. The other occurrence that the Buddhism was brought into Tibet was from India. Kagyu refers to the oral instruction. Because the Buddhist teachings were taught by Shakyamuni Buddha orally, therefore the Buddhist teachings should be transmitted by gurus too as the tradition from Shakyamuni Buddha. The Kagyu was originated from India where there had been 84 Mahasiddhas from the life time of Shakyamuni Buddha till the fading of Buddhism in India. One of them was Tilopa, who attained great accomplishment in both of Exoteric Buddhism and Esoteric Buddhism. He transmitted the teachings to Naropa, and they both were Indians. At that time, there was a practitioner named Marpa in Tibet, who went to India to receive Buddhism from Naropa and attained accomplishment as well. Marpa transmitted teachings to Milarepa, who then transmitted them to Gampopa. Before Gampopa, all the gurus of Kagyu’s lineage are lay practitioners. Some married, and some had children while some had much wealth too. When Gampopa was at the age of thirty-two, his wife and children were passed away due to disease. He perceived the impermanence of life and started learning Buddhism, and then became the first ordained guru of the Kagyu lineage. He passed the teachings to Phagmodrupa, who passed teachings to the eight main disciples as well, and then eight Kagyu schools were originated.

Drikung is located in Tibet. It was recorded in history that Drikung Kagyu ever had one hundred eighty thousand ordained disciples during its most blooming time. The founder of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage was Lord Jigten Sumgon. It is predicted in the Sutra text that “A Tathāgata named Ratna Shri will appear at a place called Dri,” Ratna Shri is the dharma name of Jigten Sumgon. It is also written in another Sutra text that “From glorious Samye Monastery(where was the first Buddhist temple that Guru Rinpoche disseminated Buddhism) to the northeast, at a place called Drikung, the source of the Dharma, Sugata Ratna Shri will be born there in the year of the Pig. He will gather more than one hundred thousand practitioners to learn Buddhism with him.” He will go to the Ngonga Buddha-field and be called Stainless White Sugata. It is depicted in Buddhist text that Lord Jigten Sumgon ever lived during the time of Sakyamuni Buddha. He was Vinalakirti, who was the lay great Bodhisattva. Then, Vinalakirti reincarnated to be Acharya Nagarjuna. Jigten Sumgon was born in 1143. He took refuge under Phagmodrupa at the age of 25 to practice the Buddhism and had attained accomplishment. All the writings of Jigten Sumgon’s were based on the Ratnakuta Sutra. After he attained enlightenment, he realized the law of cause and effect as well as cause and condition, and adopted vegetarian food all the rest of his life.

Why need to adopt vegetarian diet? When you eat one piece of meat of sentient beings, you own them one piece of it. But we all thought the animals should be our food to be eaten. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave the example of H1N1 flu. The spread of H1NI flu is more serious in Japan. The medical or health conditions in Japan are the best in Asia, and are much better than those in India or China where there are much more population as well. However, few people in China or India suffered from H1N1 flu this time. It does not mean Japanese were misfortunate. From the point of view of Chinese medicine, Japanese enjoy drinking cold water by their customs on eating. Some even drink iced beer right after getting up. The cold drinks would lower the temperature inside the body, esp. the lungs and the respiratory system, so that it is vulnerable to get cold. Bencao Gangmu, the ancient Chinese medicine text, said that there are cold viruses inside the seafood. Cold foods are not good to our body. That’s why Japanese people’s resistance against the flu is worse. In addition, the hay fever is also popular in Japan. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche happened to be in Japan during hay fever season every year. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche never suffers from it because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not have cold drink. The hay fever is concerned with lungs, cold water, fish, and sashimi. You may try not to drink cold water nor to eat sashimi, and see if the condition becomes better next year.

It is said in Buddhist text that even though those who eat meat do virtuous deeds or attend pujas, they would be reborn to be Ghost King Great Strength, i.e. ghosts that possess virtues, at most. Why to be a ghost? It is because ghosts like eating meat. This is true and wish you could hear of it.

Jigten Sumgon had performed activities to benefit sentient beings widely. Those patients who possessed strong faith and reverence to him could be cured by him. Why? Because reverence means offerings and only making offerings could accumulate merits. Works will not take effect without merits. Why must have faith? It is like we must believe in doctor who writes out the prescription to cure our illness. If we don’t take the prescribed medicine, the illness will not be cured. The words from Buddha are like the medicine. They will not beneficial to you if you don’t take them. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche suggests that we should not be suspicious of Buddha Dharma. If you possess strong faith to Jigten Sumgon, you could be reborn in his Pure Land after you die.

There are differences between the esoteric gurus and the exoteric masters. The exoteric teachings is to practice for this life while the vow of esoteric gurus’ wish all sentient beings could attain Buddhahood. If you could be one disciple of an esoteric guru, he would protect you life after life. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s life was saved by Jigten Sumgon once this life, and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was also helped for the obstacles in practice. These are the most significant differences from the Exoteric Buddhism. The practice of Lama Chopa is to making offerings to gurus of all generations so that we have merits to learn Buddhism.

The ritual proceeded to the Mandala Offering and then the conduction of Lama Chopa ritual. During the ritual, the leading Dharma bother on behalf of all, made the tea offering to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in the Mandala, His Holiness, and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. After the perfect completion of the Lama Chopa ritual, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led all the attendees to practice the seated meditation. Upon the completion, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said: the meditation you just performed is called Mahamudra in Drikung Kagyu lineage. Before the meditating, you thought you pretty know how to do. However, in such a short period of ten minutes you felt pain in your legs but cold not have the pain under control, and thus had distractions in the mind. In this perspective, you are nothing but like a machine of eating, sleeping, and money making with a little more entertainment. The animals live this way too. So, what makes human beings different from animals? What is the human life? If one could understand what root cause of the problems is, or if one could reduce or subdue disturbing afflictions, and could help the sentient beings. That is what a meaningful human life. Man could learn through wisdom what the problems are and correct their deeds to change their own future with Buddhism. The future, that Buddha said, is not only for this life, instead is for life after life. Buddha believes one’s destiny is controlled by one’s own, not by the Gods or ancestors. By meditating practices, one could realize many things, but must follow guru to learn it and could not learn it on your own. The guru is quite attentive in the mind. That you could never realize based on the experiences from school days or worldly living days. Only could an experienced guru guide you how to meditate.

The name “Glorious Jewel Meditation Place” is bestowed by His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche for the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Kyoto. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has helped the attendees initiating the cause and condition of learning Mahamudra teachings through conducting the Lama Chopa ritual and leading all to practice the seated mediation. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche believes that the Mahamudra teachings will be propagated in Japan. It is named as The Ganges Mahamudra because it was taught by Tilopa to his direct disciple Naropa on the banks of the River Ganges. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche wishes that the Mahamudra will be widely propagated and blooming in Japan as the transmission of Mahamudra.

Tomorrow the fire puja ritual will be performed. The tantric dharma can be classified into four categories. The dharma of “cessation” could be used to cease the wars, natural disasters, and unknown diseases here. The other three dharma will not be performed tomorrow, and would not be talked about either today. The fire puja ritual must be performed by a practitioner who has attained the position of Rinpoche. Therefore, those ordinary monks, nuns, and practitioners are not eligible to perform the ritual. Why? The reasons might be given in the future, because it refers to the secret of tantra.

After the ceremony, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche met individual Japanese believers, to enlighten them with Buddhism and helped them to relieve all kinds of suffering in the world.

May 30, 2009

The His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche held the auspicious fire puja in the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Kyoto, Japan. There were a total of 127 persons that had attended this puja, including the local believers and guests from Japan, believers and guests from Taiwan, guests from India, and disciples of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taiwan. The puja began at 2:00 p.m. and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened: The fire puja was rarely conducted in Japan. The conductor must be a Rinpoche. It is depicted in Tantric text that, conducting a fire puja can eliminate infectious diseases, help those who are harmed by infectious diseases, and eradicate obstacles caused by devils. The so-called widespread infectious diseases are the harms by devils. For instance, the outbreaks of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) several years ago were to harm to human beings by devils. It can be eliminated by fire pujas. You can browse the web site of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center for more related articles. Fire pujas is helpful to pray for longevities. It is also helpful to become rejuvenated, which is not to chase boyfriends or girlfriends. To extend and rejuvenate your life is to grant you more time to practice Buddhism. Fire pujas would utilize a variety of offering items, which have their particular effect. For instance, grass is used to extend the longevity, unhusked rice is to increase your merits, beans are to improve your ability, other grains is to increase your wealth, black sesames is to eliminate obstacles. Additionally, there are special rules about how to use woods, or oil during the fire puja. Will it take effect too to burn these offerings by ordinary people? The answer is no. Only that by a Rinpoche can take effect.

Some of you were curious about or even suspicious of Tibetan Buddhism. Time is too short to talk about this today. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often instructed disciples that if Buddhism is not beneficial to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, it means Buddhism can’t help all beings. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been solving problems or issues with Buddhism since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche began to learn Buddhism at the age of 36. For example, in 1993, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was diagnosed with skin cancer. Without taking medicine or undertaking any surgery, practicing Buddhism cured the cancer. You might think Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was simply telling you a fiction. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would never lie to you. Some thought Dalai Lama is the representative of Tibetan Buddhism. In fact, there are four major schools in Tibetan Buddhism, including Kagyu, Nyingma, Sakyapa, and Gelupa Lineages. Although each of the lineages has its own tradition rituals and practices, the final goal is the same: to attain Buddhahood. Dalai Lama is the political representative of Tibet. Drikung Kagyu has two Kyabgons: they are His Holiness Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche and His Holiness Kyabgon Chungtsang Rinpoche.

To learn the conduction of fire puja, it requires at least ten years learning of exoteric teachings as a foundation, i.e. the philosophy of Buddhism. For example, people in Japan transcribe Buddhist Sutra or recite Sutras is also a practice of exoteric teachings. Furthermore, to receive the tantras transmitted from guru, it also requires another 3-year practice. Many people thought reciting one million times of Mani mantras is an accomplishment. It’s a mistake. The reciting as well as the contemplation steps needs to be practiced during retreats. Reciting mantras at home can only create conditions with Yidam Deities.

Tantras could be classified into four categories. The first is Kriya Tantra (including reciting mantra, prostrating to Buddhas, making offerings and so forth). The second is Charya Tranta (which calls for practitioners to think, talk, and act similarly to the Yidam Deities). The other categories are Yoga Tantra and Supreme Yoga Tantra (which are to practice one’s channels and tigles). Trantas were brought into Japan too. It was named Eastern Tantras, but only comprises of Kriya Tantra and Charya Tantra while neither Yoga Tantra nor Supreme Yoga Tantra was transmitted in Japan. Eastern Tantras is also called Tang Tantras because it was transmitted to Japan in Tang Dynasty. In history, there was a Japanese master once traveled to Tibet, but they only learned Kriya Tantra and Charya Tantra. The fire puja will not take effect if a Rinpoche that has not attained accomplishment in Yoga Tanra or Supreme Yoga Tantra conducts it. You must wonder why. It is a secret. Why? It is like that on the Buddhist path you are studying in the kindergarten while the Yoga Tantra and Supreme Yoga Tantra are the courses to be taught by professors in college, which surely could not be understood by kindergartners. They are, therefore, like a secret for you. One can’t learn anything in Buddhism simply with curiosity. Without authentic practices, Buddha Dharma will not be passed on to you.

Among so many schools in Tibetan Buddhism, the practices of Drikung Kagyu are strictest and the most demanding. Most monasteries of Drikung Kagyu locate in remote mountains, meaning gurus and Rinpoches of Drikung Kagyu often need to perform retreats. Conducting the fire puja today was in memory of Jigten Sumgon as well as in the hope to contribute to this country Japan. As long as you came and held absolute respect and faith to Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, the Guru, and the Yidam Deity, the prayer Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche recited on behalf of you would be beneficial to you.

Conducting the fire puja need helps from the Yidam Deity. The Yidam Deity greeted for today’s ritual is Acala (or Immovable One). Many Japanese know Acala. What is the meaning of “Immovable”? It doesn’t mean that the deity does not move at all, or could make your enemies unable to move. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knows that during the wars of Shogunate Era in Japanese history, the generals took a statue of Acala with them and thought it could make enemies immovable. In deed, Tantras have the dharma to make people not to move. However, the meaning of “immovable” is to help human’s minds that are full of craving, hatred and ignorance (the so called three poisons) could receive helps through the assistance of Buddha Dharma and Acala. The ignorance is that one does not accept or believe in what Buddha says. Because of the three poisons, we constantly do thing wrong, make wrong decisions, and harm sentient beings. With the help of Buddha Dharma, our worries can be reduced or even eliminated completely. Acala holds a sword in his right hand. It is not for killing people, but for cutting off the afflictions with the sword of wisdom. Acala’s left hand holds a rope, which is to tie up one’s roaming heart and bring it back. Acala is present in a wrathful appearance. Why? Those of you have pets or children at home understand the wrathful appearance. It is like when pets or children do not behave correctly, your facial appearance will not look too agreeable either.

With an unusual cause, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche acquired this statue of Acala whose look is what Japanese are accustomed to see and feel. The look of the Tibetans’ is much more wrathful, proving that it may be more difficult to enlighten Tibetans than Japanese. Accidentally, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche found this statue in a store at Yun-Nan province of China. The owner stationed the statue in a corner and didn’t plan to sell it. Yet, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw it. He obtained it at Fu-Jian, a province nearer to Japan, and then brought it back to Yun-Nan. (It was because he knew that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not visit Fu-Jian, so instead he waited for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche at Yun-Nan). Obtaining this statue initiated Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s cause and condition to found a Buddhist center in Japan. The cause and condition between Acala and Japanese is very significant. You should learn the dharma of Acala and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will give teachings in the future. Acala is also one of the Yidam deities of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s, and is good for those who have problems in nervous system, could not sleep well at night or tend to bad tempers. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said with smile that: “His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche knew that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also had a bad temper so His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche transmitted the dharma of Acala to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche first. Later on, those Japanese could watch the fire puja outside in the yard if they want. Watching it by heart would be beneficial, too.” The Yidam Deity greeted for today’s fire puja is Acala.

During the ritual, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche let Japanese believers and disciples in the yard take turns to receive offering items and then throw them to the mandala of the fire puja. The puja had lasted for nearly three hours. During which, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had not taken a break for drink and had continuously conducted the ritual till its completion. The weather was fine and mildly cool in the afternoon, with rarely seen auspicious clouds in the shape of a dragon in the sky. There were the rare and auspicious signs of perfection.

Upon the perfect completion of fire puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave enlightenment on the Dharma seat: “Why do we have to practice the dharma of Achi Chokyi Drolma after the completion of the fire puja? It is because without the protection of Dharma protector, the puja would not be smooth and success. We are therefore thankful to Dharma protector and practice the dharma of Achi Chokyi Drolma after puja, in hope that Achi will continue to protect us. Then, when whole process of the puja was completed, it rained and thundered, which were auspicious signs manifesting the perfect completion of the puja.

The one-year inauguration anniversary puja was perfectly completed. In the evening, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had dinner with the disciples. It is of great merits to have food with a Mahasiddha. The disciples of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center had immense gratitude to our guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for bestowing on disciples the opportunity of accumulating merits.

May 31, 2009

The regular puja was held at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei. Disciples and believers listened with reverence to the audio recording of dharma teaching, which was enlightened by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on April 20, 2003, talking about the proper mental preparation for learning the Four Extraordinary Preliminary Practices. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that: it is very rare for the sentient beings to truly raise a great joyful heart, have firm faith and carry out the practices as soon as they listen to the Buddha’s teachings. Basically, all the sentient beings have doubts in Buddha Dharma. To truly believe in the Buddha, you have to deeply believe in the law of cause and effect. Being a vegetarian, correcting your bad temper, or abstain from doing evil are only watching out for coarse aspects, but missing many subtle marks. When a thought is aroused and followed by action, then the karma effect is created. If one repents right away after the thought, then the karma effect will not manifest. However, everyone usually considers it is just a trifle and does not pay attention. But small events accumulated will make a big event. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche took a female who had implored Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to help her late father for an example. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened to her that her four bothers were arguing with each other over the family possessions, and the deceased hoped they could stop arguing. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked the woman to relay the words to her bothers. But, she told her bothers that she dreamed that their father had said so, by which she transgressed the percepts. First, she said deceitful words. Second, she did not listen to a spiritual friend and therefore sowed an evil condition with the spiritual friend. Third, it might forfeit the causal conditions of her bothers to learn Buddhism. Everyone makes this kind of mistakes frequently, regarding himself infallible in learning Buddhist teachings. Therefore, the ancients said that it is easier for a naïve person to learn and cultivate the Buddha’s teachings, as he does not have too many thoughts of his own.

When you think you are right, you have the discriminated heart. When you have the discriminated heart, you lose the mercy and compassion heart. A Buddhist learner has to be very careful for his words and deeds. One ought to act like a Buddhist, correct himself right away as much as one can. Some people come to listen to Buddhist teachings only when they are pregnant, and do not come when they are not pregnant. That kind of practical people are unable to learn Buddha Dharma. They concern with practicality so much even to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, definitely so do they concern with practicality to people and events. Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and gurus are not for you to make use of like this. Is one still like a human being if he coms only for his own affairs and disappears when he is all right? Do not consider that the compassionate Buddha and Bodhisattvas will definitely help you. “Buddhas deliver those who possess the conditions that could be delivered” is saying that only the one with a sincere and earnest heart in hope of obtaining the blessings of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will have the conditions to obtain.

Each thought and speech of everyone everyday creates wave motions in the Universe. Nowadays, the astronomers often receive some signals that may be the signals from many million or ten million years ago. These are the signals created by the motions of thoughts in minds of sentient beings in the Universe. Hence, when an evil thought is aroused, the Buddha, Bodhisattvas, and the sentient beings in six realms will know. If you do everything only for yourselves, do not care about the others, or have no heart of offering, you will definitely waste your life. And it would be of no help to you even if Buddha Shakyamuni appears to preach Buddha Dharma in front of you. Life would pass by in the twinkling of an eye. There is nothing worth clinging to. To deal with our slackness and laziness, we should contemplate death and impermanence everyday. We have been moving on the way towards death since the day we were born. Therefore, in Buddhism, it is said that a birthday marks the day of hardship for one’s mother. Birthday means that another one year of our time being on earth has passed by. Is it still worth celebrating a birthday? However, the sentient beings are ignorant. They regard birthday as a happy day, unwilling to face the fact that death keeps in step with us every second and minute. That we diligently learn and cultivate the Buddha’s teachings in the decades is for the moment of facing death.

In Buddha Dharma, death is not necessarily a bad thing. We want to be liberated from birth and death, but if we are not clear about death, how can we release ourselves from being reborn? To be free from birth and death is to obtain liberation in this life from the reincarnation within the six realms. But most Buddhist learners ignore this. They think they have to learn and cultivate the Buddha’s teaching, attain realization of Buddha Dharma and achieve enlightenment early. Those actually are merely the residual products. Even benefiting sentient beings is also a by-product. The Buddha had preached Dharma for 49 years in hope that, through Buddha Dharma training and nurturing, everyone could obtain liberation from birth and death by themselves in a life. Therefore, a true Buddhist will pay much attention to death, rather than evade it or take it as a taboo.

Do not think that one who learns and cultivates the Buddha’s teachings will certainly be reborn as a human being in the next life. In fact, the percentage is very low. Keep firmly in mind that our physical bodies will die one day. Only after we make our mind well aware of what’s going to happen in this life could we encourage ourselves not to be slack in cultivating Buddha Dharma. On our deathbeds, even the relatives and friend surrounded are unable to help us. There is no one to go share with in dying. If we do not train our attitude toward death well in lifetime, the suffering of dying and the attachments will let us fall into the ocean of reincarnation. Therefore, remember to get a clear understanding of the true color of death. Phowa Dharma can lead us to understand the whole physical and psychological experience of the process before, between, after dying, and becoming in the intermediate state before getting rebirth according to the karmic effect. If one does not possess sufficient faith in his guru or is unwilling to make offerings, he is not able to learn such auspicious Dharma.

Do not wait for the guru to conduct Phowa rituals for you to transfer your consciousness at the dying moment. Life is impermanent. If one does not diligently practice Buddha Dharma, he will not have enough time. We are working to support our family and ourselves, as well as to make contributions to the society. Those are merely parts of the courses of human life. Whether or not one is promoted in office and become rich has necessarily something to do with the merits, but learning and cultivating the Buddha’s teachings is unconcerned with the fame and wealth and so on. Buddha advised that we ought to take our career, family dependants, fame and wealth to be impermanent. It goes against Buddha Dharma for one to think learning and cultivating Buddhism is good for those. A Buddhist has to always tell himself that death is just beside him. Do not believe the Deathbed Chanting Group is useful. If the Deathbed Chanting Group were useful, everyone would not need to practice Buddhism, and just need to donate money to the Deathbed Chanting Group of temples. However, there is no depiction in the Five Pure land Sutras that finding some people to practice supportive recitation could transfer the consciousness to the Pure Land of Amitabha. The so-called supportive recitation means that before you die, you have already practiced Buddhism and attained a certain level.  So when you are dying, the co-practitioners, the dharma brothers practicing Buddhism in front of the same mandala, recite the Buddha’s name to calm your heart. If one has not practiced in his lifetime, it would not work for him to obtain rebirth in the Pure Land merely through the supportive recitation, except that he meets a true tantric practitioner who is able to help him, while he still have to possess the merits as well as causes and conditions to meet.

Many people ask what they could do when their family dependant is dying. They ask the question in hope that their family dependant would recover after they recite some sutra. Why aren’t their dependants restored after they recite sutra? First, it is because the essence of the precepts of them is not pure, and it needs to recite the sutra or mantra with a heart not asking for anything to return. Second, it is due to fact that they do not make great offerings. It matters that whether or not one harbors the reverent heart when making offering, but not the objects of devotion matter. When one has the reverent heart, he has a sincere heart, and then his praying would be responded.

It is the thought of non-Buddhist path to think that learning and cultivating the Buddha’s teachings is for obtaining the virtues of the human and heavenly gods, or praying Buddhas and Bodhisattvas for a good life. One has to seek inward to see clear his true essence. What does Avalokitesvara recite with the Buddha beads holding in the hand? It is also the name of Avalokitesvara. It indicates that the inherent nature of all sentient beings possesses the conditions to attain Buddhahood, but we are just ignorant, forget, and do not understand it. Actually, we do not need to request any person, god, Buddha and Bodhisattva outward for anything. Strictly speaking, Buddha is not a religionist. Buddha is the one who has taught us to awaken to the nature of our own. Through Buddha Dharma learning, we are able to control our future fate.

If one does not show filial obedience to his parents, and does not serve his teachers, he will be unqualified to be a human being. Those two behaviors mentioned above are the difference between the behaviors of human beings and the beings of the three evil paths. One could say himself a Buddhist learner only when he shows filial behavior and serve his teachers. As one starts learning and cultivating the Buddha’s teachings, he ought not to be slack and lazy. Do not think you will wait many years to practice Buddhism. The changes within several years could make you have no opportunity to continue learning the Buddha’s teachings, or even make you have no opportunity to cultivate the Buddha’s teachings in your future lives. If one learns Buddhism, dedicates the merits to his family dependants, and hopes it would do well for them, later or sooner he will slack off. Every one has his own cause and effect, which could not be changed. Your Buddhism practices could at most let the suffering they are subjected to lighter than it has to be. Therefore, we understand that we can’t slack off even in the slightest degree in learning and cultivating the Buddha’s teachings. Talk to yourselves with every thought: time is passing second by second.

It is said in the Sutra that if one is not aware of death, he is quite easily to seek for the ease and happiness of the present life. That we are to seek for pleasure is the start of evil karma. If one contemplates that death is always beside him, he would know that the current days he lives are all the manifestation of karmic effect resulted from the karmic cause from the past. He would not therefore always seek to satisfy his desires in the remaining decades. Some people want to satisfy their cravings through their children, so they give their children lessons as many as possible after school, hoping their children could succeed some day. However, whether or not a child could have accomplishments is mainly related to the cause and effect from their past lives. The most important is to let the children listen to Buddha Dharma. They have no alternative but to attend schools to study. Listening to Buddha Dharma let them study more easily. Since they know clearly the reason why they have to attend school, they would have less pressure.

One with long earlobes will not certainly live long. One of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s friends had long earlobes. In physiognomy speaking, he would not have died merely around the age of 40. However, he had not contemplated death, but pursued the enjoyment of desires, liked to eat game and thus made much karma of killing. The one, no matter whether he learns and cultivates the Buddha’s teachings or not, who does not contemplate death would constantly seek out to fulfill his endless desires, consuming his energy and life.

In the past, we had regarded the world was created by some deities. But the Buddha has told us who does not create the Universe. Instead, all phenomena are conditioned dharmas resulted from the heart of all sentient beings. It is impossible for these phenomena to stay still and unchanged. All phenomena are undergoing the change of being from birth to death. A Buddhist learner has to be aware that as the macrocosm is impermanent, the microcosm, the body, is impermanent, too. In medical speaking, the cells in our bodies also renew once every 7 years. In the Sutra, it is said that our bodies go through fragmentary birth and death. Although there is the practice of Amitayus to prolong one’s longevity, it is for one who does not have sufficient time for practicing Buddhism to attain enlightenment.

The present world exists not only currently but it has undergone the phases of manifestation, maintenance, destruction, and emptiness. After the previous world ends, all turn to void. Then, after 20 minor kalpas, is the manifestation kalpas. The fundamental color is blue, so the astronomers see the blue light when a nebula starts to form now. Then it appears blackish green, moving in the directions of ease, south, west, and north, for which the astronomers see many nebula in shape of cross. Following is the formation of golden clouds, water, wind, and Sumeru. Sumeru is a whirlpool, not a solid. After the formation of Sumeru is the Seven Story Mountain, then the sentient beings appear, beginning from those in the god realm to the hell realm. This is because that in the beginning the sentient beings born in the god realm have lighter karma. Then the delusion, afflictions, and karmic effect follow, and with that, the sentient beings are born downward to the hell realm. The maintenance kalpas starts after 20 minor kalpas since the first sentient being reborn in the realm of hell. The longevity of human beings is reduced from immeasurable longevity to 10 years, and then is gradually added to 80,000 years. The present longevity of human beings is in the phase of deduction. In the destruction kalpas, there is no more being reborn in the hell realm, as they get rebirth in hells in other worlds only. During the destruction kalpas, there are only a few beings that commit the Five Unintermitted Karmas, slander the Dharma, or break the vows of Vajra Acharya remained in the Vajra Hell.

The Five unintermitted karmas include matricide, parricide, killing an arhat, shedding the blood of a Buddha, and destroying the harmony of the sangha. Destroying a Buddha statue with an evil thought is the commitment of shedding the blood of a Buddha. If one behaves not like a Buddhist disciple after he takes refuge, he is also shedding the blood of a Buddha, because he causes other people to slander Buddha Dharma, and also deprives other people of the wisdom life to learn and cultivate the Buddha’s teachings. All Dharma teachings are for benefiting sentient beings. None is better than the others. It is also slandering the Dharma if one dissuades other people from learning some Dharma teaching. Unless a guru who possesses virtues knows which Dharma teaching is suitable for your capacity, the heart of the guru is not slandering the Dharma. Disobedience of the vows of Vajra Acharya – breaking the vows of acting in accordance with the Buddha’s teachings, leave and criticize the guru who transmits Dharma and bestows empowerment to you – is also terminating other people’s wisdom life, which is a heavy sin and the one who commits will fall into the Vajra Hell, too.

In the eon of annihilation, the earth will be hit by severe drought. Raging fire erupts from Mountain Meru. It is dreadful. The men with a heart of hatred will be born at such time in the future. Accordingly, we should never bear a grudge, never hate anybody, and neither be fussy.

Once Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche took a plane, and the flight became very bumpy due to air turbulence. A couple sitting next to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was a Christian minister and his wife. The old lady was very frightened and screamed. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche tapped her shoulder and pacified her, “you are a good person. Your Lord will protect and bless you. Don’t be afraid.” The lady calmed down soon on hearing Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s words.  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that, as Buddhists, it is not necessary to force somebody else to conform to our standard. Any method that helps to relieve pains from sentient beings is considered buddhism. Thus we do not have to persuade her to Recite Gwan Yin (Chenrezig) Bodhisattva’s Name.  The Filipino maid of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s sister once asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to help her. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche advised her to recite The Holy Rosary more often and Mother Maria will bless and protect her. She was very delightful hearing this. The foregoing stories told us that to learn Buddhism is all a matter of personal undertakes. We should not assume we have a better status or standing than other people, so as to be eccentric or conceited. If you have been aware of this, do mend your ways.

To liberate sufferings being to the very best, we have to reform day by day under the nurture of Buddhism, to cultivate the virtues of Sila (morality), Samadhi (concentration), Panna (wisdom) well. Hence we may benefit beings freely and naturally.

Buddha’s introducing formation, existing, decay, and disappearance of the world to us was not telling a myth. In fact, Buddha contemplated in Samadhi so as to realize the changing process of the world, and told us the truth of what will surely happen. He wanted to remind us to seize the life. Do not waste time. And then we might not be born in the eon of annihilation.

Hatred is horrible, while hatred rising from other people’s better cultivation is even more horrible. Those who bear such mind would be born in such an eon.  After that, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued enlightening the process of how the world would be burnt down, and how sentient beings could not survive in the world and reincarnated into another world.  These teachings make us know that the earth is neither unchangeable, nor everlasting. Therefore, if one believes that he may prolong his family’s life by buying and using a facility that is an ignorant thought. To the end his family will die until he spends up all his money. Life runs out as money runs out.  Rather than this, it would be better to donate the money to those who can not afford to see a doctor. The virtue is not to save the physical life at present, but to save his future lives.  To accumulate virtues and merits for him, is in order to help him liberate from cyclic existence and achieve buddhahood in the future life and suffer no more from Birth, Aging, Illness, and Death. Length of life is not given by Buddha, but rather determined by what one does.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was once planning to visit India for a puja, and at meantime a friend of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche wanted to go to Nepal for learning Buddhism. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche lent him the money prepared for the India trip, without telling the friend what the money was for. Later Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s friend came back form Nepal, gifting Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche salt relics. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche used them to save his own mother’s life. For Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, to help others to succeed is the best thing; it is not so important for himself whether if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will achieve Buddhahood or gain advantage. The most important thing is to benefit others.

By seeing the change of natural world, we could learn the power of impermanence. It can not be influenced nor swayed by us. The only thing we can do is to use this life to learn Buddhism diligently and liberate ourselves from the cyclic existence of life and death. The world we were born in is impermanent; the fame, wealth, and knowledge we seek are also impermanent. Knowing impermanence, we know that it is not necessary to bring pressure to ourselves, and neither it is necessary to get ourselves too serious in worldly matters. We should keep our mind from being eroded by the “demons of permanence” which blocked us from abandoning birth and death. If we view matters by the way of “permanence,” we do not feel like to lose. It is the beginning of suffering. View every gain and lose by an ordinary heart. Quiet down and ponder for a moment every day to nurture yourself in Buddhism. Contemplate the impermanence everyday, And the power of mind will get stronger and stronger while the distress will get smaller and smaller.

For sure to ponder the inevitability of death, do not think about its drawing back or delaying. To accept the truth that death is always there, your new life definitely will turn up. There are two ways of the new life. One is cyclic and painful; the other is to attain Buddhahood in the Pureland. Whichever road you take, the death is still inevitable. The life of Buddha also demonstrated that death is an unavoidable fact. We are just like animals waiting to be killed; our lives are decreasing every second. Listening to the Buddhism for two hours, we have lost the two-hour life of physical body, but our life of dharma body was increasing.

We have to take death and impermanence for granted. Every day, we have to calm ourselves down to ponder the changing of our family and friends around us, as well as the changing of ourselves. Our body is an assembly of four gross elements by way of cause and condition. When one dies, its consciousness would roam somewhere else, leaving the body alone. A living body is nothing but a movable corpse. Do ponder the death and impermanence; affirm them and accept them. Thus you may change and improve yourself with determination. To let go is the starting point of diminishing suffering.

Updated on June 7, 2009