Event Calendar of The His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche

August 1, 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.

August 2, 2009

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche held a regular puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Taipei and enlightened the attendees about the importance of “faith”. The Buddhist sutras say, “Faith is the mother of merit and virtue.” The most fundamental is the faith to practice, learn and listen to the Buddhist teachings. Although you all claim to have faith in the Buddhas, you, strictly speaking, have no faith at all because you believe in Buddhas with desires. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has received and helped innumerable people in the Glorious Jewel Jewellery Company, yet has never seen anyone who does not have desires and has a pure and clean heart while paying the visit. The Buddhist teachings do not exist to satisfy one’s desires but to help the sentient beings to leave the suffering caused by overwhelming desires. Reciting Sutra, making prostrations, and attending the repentance ceremonies do not take effect if one does not have absolute faith.

The Master Gampopa explained the importance of “faith” in seven aspects: 1. Factors to arouse faith 2. Attainment of deep faith 3. Classification of faith 4. Achievement of white and pure virtuous dharma through understanding the essence of faith 5. Precipitation of one’s turbid mind by means of faith 6. Effects of faith 7. The firm attainment of faith.

Prior to the start of puja, a female believer who had once taken refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche made her repentance. She had used to have vascular inflammation all over her body, and found the symptoms lifted after seeking refuge in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She thought her recovery was due to the vegetarian diet, and subsequently left the Buddhist center because she never obeyed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s instruction. She thought that she had recovered from this illness. She also met an ideal spouse, and even became pregnant. Unexpectedly, while she was having such a wonderful life, the disease recurred and she had to be treated with steroids. For days she had been suffering from the swelling and itchy feeling all over her body and failed to fall asleep. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche took her as an example and said, “She thought that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had helped her cure the disease and thereby had not been diligent in practice. Besides, she actually thought that she would recover as long as she continued to be on a vegetarian diet. She didn’t believe in the law of cause and effect.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is capable of ceasing one’ suffering temporarily so as to enable him to learn Buddhist teachings, to accumulate merits and wisdom to pay off his debts, and to reduce or even void his karmic retribution. Why is the believer’s disease unable to be cured? The problem lies in the fact that she doesn’t have faith. She considers herself having faith, but she has not followed what the Buddhas have instructed. She only believed herself to be a good person who is learning the Buddhism. The problem lies in whether she has practiced the Ten Meritorious Acts and whether she has followed the instructions. She came with desires and left because she thought her disease had recovered. Furthermore, she even defamed the Buddhas and showed no gratitude at all. She has not repented truly yet. One should has his gratitude to the sentient beings who helped him. Additionally, one should has his gratitude to his foes as well because they helped him realize his own faults. At the onset of learning the Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche started with complete faith and no desires. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew that Buddhist teachings are good. Without asking why they are good, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche simply had firm belief in the fact that learning Buddhism is a good thing to do.

Aspect one: Factors to arouse faith. Firstly, if one reads more Buddhist sutras, his faith in the Three Jewels will arises. The underlying requirement is that one has to make an offering before reciting the sutras. No one has the time to read the Buddhist sutras nowadays, so one should listen to the audio recording of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Dharma talks. It is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has condensed the Buddhist sutras and taught the key points so as to save people’s time. If one recites the Buddhist sutras out of curiosity, instead of reverence, he may as well not recite it at all. What people like to do now is to simply open and read the Buddhist sutras. Anyhow, in ancient times, before people opened the sutra, they needed to cleanse their body first, changed to a new or clean set of clothes, and made an offering (at least the Sevenfold Offering). Then, after the offering was made, they would then open the Buddhist sutra in reverence. We, on the other hand, would wear pajamas or shorts, eat noodles, or even pick our nose while listening to the audio recording of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Dharma talks. Incense is burned in some better cases. What we have been doing is showing no reverence to the Guru as well as the Buddhist teachings. If one does not make any offering, he will not have any merits. Without merits, even if Buddha Sakyamuni personally bestowed the teachings upon someone, the person would not take the words in. One should make offerings throughout his lives. If one is fond of calculating, his karmic creditors will calculate against him. Don’t think that watching and listening to the Buddhist teachings on TV, the so-called “Buddhist center in the living room,” will work. When one sits in the living room, he will never sit upright as in the Buddhist center. One tends to seek back support after some time, to drink something when he feels thirsty, or even eat. There will be no reverence at all! When one listens to the Buddhist teachings in a Buddhist center, he will feel reverence in the atmosphere of the Buddhist center and be influenced by the surrounding. Before one reads a Buddhist sutra, he should pray first and expound the reasons why he would like to read the sutra. It is wrong for one to think that reading a sutra may help others in a certain way. Although the Sutra of the Medicine Buddha is for curing the diseases and the Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha’s Fundamental Vows is for transference of consciousness, both of the sutras are actually about ways to make offerings. Some people might think why his repeated listening to the audio recording of the Dharma talk on “Repentance” has not taken effect. It is because they have listened to it while enjoying back support and eating food at home.

Hanging out with friends who have the same belief would help your faith arise. Therefore, just get together with people who have the same thoughts. After Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche took refuge, the wine-and-meat friends were all gone naturally. If you still have that kind of friends, it means you do not have such a faith that you are attracted by the same kind of people. If you meet some troubles, or your family members ask you to eat meat, it is because you do not have faith so the blessings from Dharma protector and Guru stop. It takes the determination of your own to cut off evil conditions. Why can’t we attach ourselves to the non-Buddhist path? It is because depending on the non-Buddhist path will cause an effect on you and sways your heart in learning and cultivating Buddhism; for example, it will make you think that earning money is your first priority. We have to know that without Buddha-Dharma, there will be no human life, as your future could not be changed without Buddha-Dharma. The woman who acquired skin vascular inflammation came down with the illness again at her most wonderful time in her life. It is when we are most arrogant and conceited that our karmic creditors come to knock our doors. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has often enlightened that Venerable master Wuda, who introduced Water Repentance, has been a Buddhist monk for hundred years since the Three Kingdoms era. Until one lifetime he was conferred the title of Emperor’s teacher (also known as the National Master) by the Emperor, he began to feel arrogant and conceited. Then, his karmic creditors immediately became a skin ulcer with a humanlike face that could talk.

Devote to a true virtuous friend, and the belief would arise naturally. Not a Dharma master necessarily is a virtuous friend. One who teaches you to practice virtuous deeds is not absolutely a virtuous friend, either. A virtuous friend is who truly practice the Buddhism and holds the Dharma that could help him be liberated from the cycle of birth and death. To depend is to take refuge. To cease is to stop all evil, stop the heart going outward and stop all the elements of getting into the cycle of reincarnation.

To accept and hold that death is impermanent, and then belief in the Three Jewels will arise naturally. Make practice and keep in mind that death is impermanent, like the shadow following us. Hold in mind that one will die some day. In the Universe, there is no other way but Buddha Dharma that can make the dying process less suffering. To accept that death is impermanent does not mean that you are asked to wait for dying. You have to zealously prepare for it without being slack even for a second. As what Samantabhadra Bodhisattva has said: one has to learn and cultivate the Buddha’s teachings as zealously as to put out a fire on one’s hair. The time of death is uncertain. Even if one has magic power or a fortune teller foretells how many ages you will live to, the things would have a possibility to change. For example, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has ceased and abstained from evil and the longevity then is prolonged. Besides the time we use to have meals, sleep, make friends, work, and so forth, there is really very little time left for us to learn and cultivate the Buddha’s teachings. Thereafter, do not wait until you get retirement then you start to learn Buddhism. One’s mouth keeps open after dead is because that one still does not believe that he would die in such a short time. It is said in the Sutra that a human being dies when his chi stops. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that the caused reason for human beings’ death is unexplainable even by the current medical science. There were 5 disciples who are doctors present in the puja, but all of them honestly said they did not know the reason. When one dies, one’s heartbeat suddenly stops. Death captures you away so fast. Among a million people, there is only one person could survive after getting first aid. In fact, it is that the one should not be dead yet. If one has deep belief in this truth, the belief in orthodox Dharma will arise. A human being has both outer chi and inner chi. When one’s outer chi stop but his inner chi still exists, one’s life still could be saved with an esoteric Dharma.

Second, the attainment of deep faith: the desire and attachment to the world could be retrieved and changed. Make a choice between good and evil, and get a clear insight into the principles and rules of karma, cause and effect. Applying nothing without Dharma; carrying out nothing without Dharma.

Third, belief could be classified into: 1. belief of purity, namely the belief without any requirement. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche first time met His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche and Mahasiddhas of lineage, he did not think about at all the Karmic obstruction elimination and merits and virtues increase thing. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just felt happy to have the conditions to see His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche. After Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s perfect completion of retreat in Lapchi Snow Mountain in 2007, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw the boot of Mahasiddha Marpa, who achieved Hevajra, and held it in hand and placed it on his forehead. Immediately Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s skin crawled with tears running all over his face. The so-called pureness is not to harbor a heart for oneself at all, even without a thought of being on behalf of the sentient beings to prostrate towards Buddha.

2. It is through the belief of great determination to bring out the insight into Buddha Dharma, but not through one’s thinking by the words. The right insight is the right cognition and right views of liberation from the cycle of birth and death, but not for desire satisfaction. Among the believers who required a visit with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in Glorious Jewel Jewellery Company on Yi Xian Road yesterday, there was a 13-year-old boy who learned the game of “go” and had some conflicts with his mother because of “go”. Although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche never learned “go” or read books about it, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told the boy the basic principles of “go”. It was achieved from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s practice and cultivation on Buddhism as well as meditation. Besides, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had an intention to reconcile disputes among the boy and his mother; therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could know the principles of “go”. You do not know lots of things because you have doubts in Buddha Dharma.

3. It is through belief of desire to hope to attain Buddhahood more early. With a pure heart, one’s business will not hinder him from learning and cultivating Buddhism. And one would think it merely a process, without a thought of “being hindered” in one’s mind. Obstacles are just an appearance that always changes, but not the essence. When one in his mind thinks there is no obstacle, one will not get any obstacle. Cut off evil, practice the Ten Meritorious Acts and then evil things will not happen to you. For example, a disciple who had a car accident last week, but he only broke his leg and did not lose his life. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened on this case: it is because the disciple ever listened to other people talking about the right and wrong of Guru, so his karma could not be changed. If it were not for his attending the Thirty-five Buddhas Repentance puja, he would have died. However, his complexion turned better as he broke his leg in the car accident and paid off his karmic debt. Before, his complexion looked in black.

Fourthly, by understanding the essence of faith, you can tell the goof faith from fake faith, and further achieve white and pure virtuous deeds. Holding faith is to believe the impermanence of life and death and understand the law of causes and effects about the karma. The so-called obstacles of learning Buddhist Dharma are originated from your own thoughts. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has never felt any obstacles. Although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche encountered bankruptcy at the beginning of his learning tantras, had no money for food, and later contracted cancer, he has never requested H. H. Chetsang Rinpoche for help. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has never been curious about why he did not have food to eat or why he should suffer from cancer. Why bothered to ask? The reasons are fairly simple. Having no food to eat is due to the fact that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche didn’t make proper offerings nor do enough charities in his past lives. Suffering from the illness of cancer is due to the killing karma of the past. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is happy to deeply believe in the law of causes and effects. Being bankruptcy is to pay back the karma of being poor; Contracting skin cancer is to pay back the killing karma. As a result, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was able to overcome one obstacle after another.

Some people may ask whether they had done something seriously wrong to result in what it is today. Those who ask such a question don’t think they had done anything wrong; why something went wrong was only due to bad luck. This is a kind of resentment resulting from a disbelief of the law of causes and effects. It is not the true faith because you still wish a life of no troubles. It’s outwardly compliant but inwardly unsubmissive. As your genuine faith really arises, what you practice and recite will be effectual to accumulate merits. If your practices are sporadic, you don’t believe genuinely; instead, you have your own thoughts

Fifthly, the metaphor for the importance of faith can be described as follows: the faith is like a jewel that could purify water is placed into the turbid water to settle your turbid minds. To comprehend Buddha Dharma, you need to settle your minds that are full of desires.

Sixthly, the effect of faith is to reduce all kinds of misconducts as an old moon is waning and to increase good conducts as the moon at the first quarter is waxing to its fullest. Although you have read the biography of Milarepa, you didn’t pay close attention to a description that Marpa instructed Milarepa stay in caves to practice Buddhism for the rest of his life. After Milarepa’s father died, his widowed mother was hectored by her relatives. So she demanded Milarepa to learn witchcrafts from Bonpo and then, with the witchcrafts, kill those relatives by raining hailstones. Buddhist sutras have described that the life of those who kill would be shortened and suffered from a great deal of illness. Moreover, they must fall into hells after passing away. Milarepa later has developed great faith in Buddha Dharma and his Guru Marpa, knowing that only through learning Buddha Dharma and guidance of his Guru could he be rescued. Milarepa accepted the challenge of building a house for Marpa, which house would be torn down and rebuilt repeatedly till Marpa’s dakini’s help to stop the challenge. Even after Milarepa had attained accomplishment and the king respectfully invited him out of the cave, Milarepa still followed his Guru Marp’s instruction to stay in the cave and practice Buddhist Dharma with only one cotton-made clothes on him. Only did the Guru know how to help his disciple. The karmic fruit would not disappear even when the accomplishment has been attained. To pay back his killing karma, Milarepa spent the rest of his life in extreme poverty and solitary.

Seventhly, the attainment of solid faith will not violate true dharma because of one’s desire, greediness, hatred, and delusion. At the beginning of learning Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche started to be abided by precepts. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche drank alcohol before. However, after taking refuge, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stopped drinking for the sake of doing business and his business has been done well. Some disciple, once hearing that they can’t consume any food used to worship ghosts and gods, began to worry and even decided not to learn Buddhism. If you have faith, you’d naturally not encounter anyone who would force you to eat anything you are not supposed to have. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mother naturally began to using non-meat rather than meat to worship Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s father. Some disciples have helped out at the venue and became worrisome about their incapability to fulfill the responsibilities. What you don’t know is when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asks you to do something, whether it is done successfully depends on Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s merits. You are only running errands, so you should just focus on the “running”. If you worried about being reprimanded, it’s because you were not willing to accept the truth that the Guru’s reprimands were for your own good.

The above-mentioned enlightenment by Gampopa is extremely helpful to you. You should go home and reflect on whether you have achieved genuine faith. All the disciples can request today’s tape recordings to listen at home, but not for those who did not take refuge yet.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued to enlighten again the importance of development stage. If you can practice development stage well enough, your greediness, hatred and delusion at least can be subdued or even disappeared. Even if you can’t achieve the completion stage, you’ll not enter the three evil realms after passing away. After taking refuge, you’ll not fall into the three evil reams. It’s not because of the protection of dharma protectors; it’s because of your practice of the development stage. In the Universal Gate Chapter of the Lotus Sutra, it says that you should always respectfully recite Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. It doesn’t mean you always need to mention about or read aloud Avalokiteshvara; instead, you should continuously think and always respectfully contemplate the deity so that your merits can be accumulated. When you practice Buddha Dharma, you ought to contemplate a deity with respect. If you don’t respect your guru, it’s impossible to practice contemplation well enough. At the moment of your death, your body would disappear. So does your consciousness. If you are used to contemplate a deity and your thoughts are full of the appearance of the deity, you will not be dragged by your karma to the three evil reams.

Stages of tantric practice include preliminary practice, main practice, and dedication prayer. Preliminary practice is making vows. Main practice is the development stage and dedication prayer is the completion stage. If one practices the completion stage well, one can attain Buddhahood in this life, in the intermediate state of Bardo, or within seventeen generations of lives. Preliminary practice is your motivation of learning Buddha dharma. If your motivation is not for your own benefits or for satisfying your own desires, but for wishing to help others and benefit all sentient beings, then your practice will obtain effectiveness. Hence the dharma texts of “taking refuge and developing Bodhicitta” and “the four immeasurables” are the most essential verses and the most correct dharma of preliminary practice taught by Buddha and Bodhisattvas for us to cultivate and practice. One should just act accordingly and never again add any other ideas of one’s own. Main practice is, in fact, to practice the Ten Meritorious Acts and the Six Paramita. It is a true main practice if one practices with the minds of Six Paramita. There are many methods for practicing Buddha dharma, but a guru teaches disciples according to each disciple’s tendency of a specific dharma. A stricter dharma can let you quickly understand the auspiciousness of Buddha dharma and help to quickly pay off your karmic debts, not delaying it till your next life. In your next life, if you do not encounter a guru to help you, you will definitely owe more and more karmic debts. If one can pay off all karmic debts, one will feel free and easy. People have vexations because they do not want to pay off their karmic debts. Buddha Sakyamuni still had had nine calamities before he attained Buddhahood; His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche has also experienced many hardships, so did Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Practicing trantra, especially, will speed up the happenings of many things. One should believe in the principle of cause and effect, not escape from it, and not ask about it. If you had difficulties, you need Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to save you from the difficulties the first time. But you should feel sorry to the guru if you need the guru to save you again since you have asked too much. Life has always been this way, eighty or ninety percent of unsatisfactory things do not go as wishes; it should be considered good if one can make a good living ten or twenty percent of the time. If one encounters troublesome problems, one should handle them with compassion, not with resentment. If one can firmly do like this, one should be able to see one’s own achievements one day. For instance, if one no longer hates or dislikes people or matters one previously hated or disliked, this is the achievement one has attained.

Stop doing the Ten Evil Deeds and start doing the Ten Meritorious Acts is very important. Practicing both of the Ten Meritorious Acts and the Six Paramita are for benefiting all sentient beings. If one practices them just for one’s own benefits, one will harm sentient beings. Buddha and Bodhisattvas were used to human beings who practices Buddha dharma and attain accomplishment; one can only obtain a human body by practicing the Ten Meritorious Acts; hence, the Ten Meritorious Acts is fundamental. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has emphasized the importance of the Ten Meritorious Acts from the beginning.

The first thing is to make sure one does not kill and should release life as much as possible for all sentient beings. If you are scared when seeing a mouse, this means that you still have the mind of killing and have not attained a compassionate heart. If one has attained a compassionate heart, one will not have any hatred or resentment to any sentient beings naturally. One will definitely kill if one is not a vegetarian. It is releasing life if one does not have the mind of killing. One should repent and keep precepts every day; this is because one will certainly kill inadvertently; so it is most important for one’s mind to release life as much as possible. Therefore, ancient practitioners have the “Vassa” (Rains retreat) to avoid going out and stepping on insects accidentally. For dealing with mosquitoes, one should focus mainly on prevention; do not use pesticides at home; one should use organic insect repellents as much as possible to just drive away the mosquitoes and flies at home.

In 2007, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had a retreat in Mt. Lapchi where Venerable Milarepa had once practiced. Due to the very low freezing temperature in that area, regular persons like you would want to leave after one hour of stay. But there is no road there for one to leave; one can only arrive there in good weather by taking a helicopter flight. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s retreat room comprised just a layer of wooden boards and there are gaps between boards; so when sleeping at night, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche needed to wear clothing and slept in sleeping bags. And all kinds of insects and worms, seen or unseen, would enter the room to warm themselves through the gaps. There were seven types of spiders alone. One night, when sleeping, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche felt an itch at his back and then scratched the back. But the itching remained; so Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche scratched the back again and, later, grabbed out a large caterpillar. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, then, released the caterpillar. If one still has the mind of killing, one will be scared when encountering a caterpillar like that. When one’s mind of killing is reduced, one will see and not step onto the insects naturally. If one has a firm mind of no killing, the mosquitoes and insects will gradually run away from one’s home.

Once in India, when living in a hotel, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw a centipede in the bathroom. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then grabbed the centipede, put it in a bag, gave the bag to the hotel manager, and asked the manager to liberate the centipede’s life. A practitioner will not be harmed by any poisonous insects. The bathroom floor was black, but the centipede just stopped motionlessly on the white foot mat; if the centipede were on the floor, it might bite Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Once upon a time when Buddha Sakyamuni was walking, the road ahead there were a flock of pigeons on the ground. When Buddha Sakyamuni approached the pigeons, they had stayed unmoved. One of the disciples of Buddha Sakyumini then tried walking close to the pigeons, but they fly away. The disciple asked Buddha Sakyamuni why, as he had been well kept the precept of no-killing. Buddha Sakyumuni stated because a Buddha has no any killing karma of passed lives, and no habit of killing which the disciple still possessed. Therefore, the pigeons could sense and fly away.

If one gets hurt by poisonous bugs or snakes, it is due to one’s serious killing karma or hatred. If one would think “better to make it dead” upon seeing bugs, it is an evil thought. All the hardship and suffering of the human beings is caused by killing karma. Bear in mind not to commit killing at all, under any circumstances. While working in a famous hotel’s kitchen for three months at his age of 18, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had never handled any meat. In addition, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was forbidden to go to the kitchen by his grandmother, and therefore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not have any chance to help catch the chic hen to be killed. So neither had Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche handled the meat at home. Because the mind of killing in past lives were cleaned, and the cause of killing had been cut off.

No stealing. One who does charity would not be greedy. Taking graft is stealing too. Practice charities through renunciation in your mind. It is practicing charities if one has sympathy toward the beings.

A little boy of one and a half years old, who is a son of a couple of the disciples, mistakenly swallowed a small-scale battery days ago. Through the X-ray check in a hospital, the battery was in his stomach. The boy was in danger of poison releasing from the battery. A physician had tried three times in the first twenty four hours to take it out via the Gastroscope techniques, but failed. In the second day, it seemed the battery stick to his stomach and ulcer was developing. The physician said if in the next day the battery could not be taken out via Gastroscope technique, a surgery would be operated. The young couple, experienced indescribable painfulness, went to the Glorious Jwellery Company to make prostration to the dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. In the afternoon of that day, they witness their son gazed to some direction for a while and then said “thank you, Rinpoche”. Afterwards, upon the doctor’s checking it showed the battery was in the large intestine and finally was drained out. The little boy avoided a surgery and much pain. Assured the disciples that the little boy visualized the Rinpoche, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said the couple had prevented much expense and a surgery, and added that disciples should have sympathy for the beings, should care about sufferings of the other patients in the sickroom rather than care about their son only.

Doing charities help the beings released from sufferings. Sympathy is a quality of charities. With sympathy, one would not take belongings from others. In brief, one should develop the qualities in the mind, do not commit any sin of killing and theft.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche further emphasized that this year the swine flu would spread. With incredibly attentive mind, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reminded all the attendees do not take ice, ice cream, and ice-cold water, do not eat the meat. In this way, the chance to be infected with swine flu should be reduced. Also, do not eat salad, either, at least not in this year. It seems the swine flu is related to the state of the lung and the kidney. If the lung is cold, one could be infected with flu easily. It is a Year of Fire, an opposite to extreme cold. Therefore, things of the two extremes (Fire & Cold) might occur. Note that it has been no rain for a period of time. In this autumn, it is likely the swine flu would spread. Recently, there is a group of students infected with the swine flu. The weather is so hot these days but students like to take ice; it tells the consequence.

August 4, 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.

August 5, 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.

August 8, 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.

August 9, 2009

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche held a regular puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Taipei, enlightening the attendees on “Bodhichitta” and the ten qualifications for a Vajrayana disciple to seek refuge under a virtuous guru. If one who learns Buddhism doesn’t arouse faith, he will easily fall onto the non-Buddhist paths. Nowadays, both Tibetan Buddhism and Exoteric Buddhism teach that Bodhichitta has to be developed. In fact, when first turning the Dharma wheel, Buddha Sakyamuni didn’t talk about Bodhichitta nor mercy and compassion, but enlightened the Buddha’s attendants on the Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination and the Four Noble Truths, which are called the original Buddhism, the Southern Buddhism or the Hinayana. Why didn’t the Buddha talk about Mahayana and Vajrayana? It is because that the learning of Buddhism not progresses only in stages but also is according to each sentient being’s background of this life as well as past lives. Nonetheless, all the eighty-four thousand dharma are to be practiced for the same purpose: to be liberated from the cycle of birth and death. The ordained practiced on the Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination and the Four Noble Truths while some of these can not practiced by lay people. For example, a Bhiksuni has to observe over 200 precepts, whereas a lay person starts with the Five Precepts. Strictly speaking, all precepts are based on the Five Precepts.

Later in time, the Lord Buddha talked about Bodhichitta, which we called the Wish Fulfilling Jewel because there will be less difficulties if one practices Buddhism with Bodhichitta. Bodhichitta is to transform all the self-benefiting thoughts into altruistic ones. Now, everybody does all things for their own benefit. One will gradually develop Bodhichitta through training for mercy and compassion. Therefore, one starts with taking refuge, practicing on the Five Precepts, the Ten Meritorious Acts, and mercy and compassion, and then achieves the development of Bodhichitta.

A Bodhisattva practices the Six Paramitas in his daily life. First of all is the practice of charities and generosity. To practice charities and generosity means that one has to renounce everything. If one doesn’t learn how to practice charities and generosity, he will not be able to achieve renunciation. By training in Exoteric Buddhism, one is able to transform his thinking. Every single thought of the Bodhisattvas is for the benefit of the sentient beings, and then actions are taken. One needs a guru’s help to develop and enhance the Bodhichitta.

Why does one have to practice on the impermanence of death? We know that everything is impermanent and constantly changing. Our health, life span, and partners are all impermanent. If one doesn’t know about impermanence, he will not have the determination to learn and study Buddhism. Those who do not learn Buddhism suffer very much while facing their deaths. All the sentient beings in the six realms experience the painful decomposition of the four elements (earth, wind, water, and fire), but Buddhist learners experience a faster process of the decomposition of the four elements. It takes some people a month, others three days, and still others a short time for their four elements to decompose according to their karmic forces. We have seen patients in the hospital with a bedside fan or intensive cold air-conditioning, but they would still complain about the heat. Later, they would keep complaining about the coldness even being covered with thick comforters. This phenomenon is caused by the decomposition of the element of fire. Such suffering from hot and then cold is one million times greater than the hot and cold feeling that one experiences in a cold. Catching a cold is also caused by the imbalanced element of fire, so Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has always been advising everyone not to eat anything icy or cold so as to avoid catching a cold.

If one doesn’t recognize the fact that death is impermanent and follows him like a shadow, he will attain achievement in the practice of Buddhism. The reason lies in that one may get lazy and find all kinds of excuses so as to refrain his practice at any time. Furthermore, one might even think that the purpose of learning Buddhism is to seek a peaceful mind. The learning of Buddhism is not to achieve peacefulness in one’s mind, but instead to examine clearly how evil one’s heart is. Then, one can transform his thinking from the pursuit of temporary benefits and happiness in his current life to a pursuit of eternal and everlasting joy. As the heart of mercy and compassion is an essential tool, one has to acquire it through long-term training.

Yesterday, a believer asked for attending the puja. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked whether she had adopted the vegetarian diet, she replied that she couldn’t have adopted the vegetarian diet because of her husband. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened the attendees that her remarks were evil because she, unwilling to be a vegetarian, had her husband take the blame. Even though her husband had really asked her to eat meat, she could have made the decision herself. In fact, it was all due to the fact that she didn’t have enough determination. Without keeping the impermanence of death in mind, one will have evil thoughts when encountering anything. To blame others for one’s own problems like she did is to say harsh words. None of us believe that reincarnation is suffering, and we still think that reincarnation won’t happen to us.

As stated in the Diamond Sutra, those who believe themselves are liberating the sentient beings are not Bodhisattvas. The reason lies in the fact that one will differentiate himself from the others while he clings to the idea that he is liberating the sentient beings. Thereby, he will forget mercy and compassion and whatever he does is conducted deliberately, which is Samskrta Dharma (Conditioned Dharma). As it is stated that “activating the mind without dwelling on anything”, one is to conduct without any purposes.

The two types of Bodhichitta are Relative Bodhichitta and Absolute Bodhichitta. Relative Bodhichitta is developed from the bottom of your heart to alleviate suffering and sorrow of sentient beings. You ought to train your thoughts and habits to benefit others. It is to practice based on your mind. No matter what dharma you have been practicing, you should treat all sentient beings as your own mothers. After such habitual practices of developing Bodhichitta, none of your thoughts will be to benefit yourself. After your Relative Bodhichitta is firmly cultivated, your guru will teach you the Absolute Bodhichitta which not only involves transforming your thoughts but also practicing the void of nature. Based on your clean and pure nature, you can practice the Absolute Bodhichitta in your four mighty appearances: walking, living, sitting and sleeping. In so doing, your heart will not adhere to worldly affairs and will be empowered to benefit sentient beings. Consequently, you will have the power to do Bodhi acts.

Master Gampopa enlightened the following ten qualifications for a disciple to receive and follow teachings of a guru:

Firstly, you should receive and follow teachings of a spiritual friend with a weariless mind. A spiritual friend is a dharma practitioner who can assist you to be liberated from the reincarnation of birth and death. Once a disciple of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche went to listen to the enlightenment of some His Holinesses and thought it would be more auspicious. It turned out that the content was the same as what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has taught. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that Buddha Dharma is consistently the same across time and space, regardless it is taught by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, H. H. Chetsang Rinpoche, or the Lord Shakyamuni. The so-called dharma are actually different ways of practicing Buddhism; no dharma is more auspicious than others.

Secondly, you should make financial offerings without stinginess. Genuinely making offerings is to offer your sons and wife; you shouldn’t be calculative over your offerings. When H. H. Chetsang Rinpoche instructed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to restore the glided roofs of Drikung Thel Monastery, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche promised it although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had no funds. Even Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was then short of funds, his heart was full of faith that he would achieve the goal. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sold a set of his favorite antique furniture that he’d never again see anything similar like it and therefore accomplished great virtues for his guru. As H. H. Chetsang prophesized that after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche accomplished the restoration of the glided roof of the Cannon Library and that of the Jambudvipa Ornament Hall which was required by Drubwang Norbu Rinpoche, Drikung Lineage would be flourishing. Local Drikung believers, especially those elderly believers, were weeping while seeing the golden roofs. It’s because the palaces of Buddhas are made of gold, representing that Buddha Dharma illuminates lives of sentient beings with shiny golden light. Buddhas’ ligtht is also the color of golden. Unlike Exoteric Buddhism, the roofs of important monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism are made of gilt bronze.

In 2001 when H. H. Chetsang Rinpoche planned to build Songtsen Library, a German was willing to donate money for the construction of the building, but not for the installation of its inner infrastructures. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche realized the need of H. H. Chetsang Ripoche, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche voluntarily asked H. H. Chetsang Rinpoche to send a group of lama for Vajra dance to Taiwan. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche planned the performance around Taiwan in person and prayed to Achi in his daily practice that he could collect funds of USD 200,000 for H. H. Chetsang Rinpoche. It ended up that, deducting expenses such as taxes to the government, Richen Dorjee Rinpoche had collected donations of a little over USD 200,000, which Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche didn’t save for himself but was offered to H. H. Chetsang Rinpoche. This fund was just enough to install all sorts of soft wares and to spend in the inauguration ceremony of the library.

Thirdly, you should receive and follow teachings of your guru with uncontaminated genuine heart. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would punish those disciples who do not show filial piety. It’s because filial piety is the most basic conduct for disciples. If you can’t show filial piety and don’t respect your parents, you can’t practice Bodhichitta. Some disciples who took refuge for a very long time and thought they could have their own disciples and help people are lack of genuine hearts. If you think you’re great, you don’t possess Bodhichitta.

Forthly, we ought to reply on and devote to Guru with wisdom of no ignorance. Do not doubt, deliberate, nor wonder about all the teachings bestowed by Guru, as Guru teaches the disciples without asking repay. Wisdom is that do not consider whether Buddha Dharma that is listening to will take effect or not. Before this puja, one disciple reported to all the attendees that her mother had to undergo a surgery because of coronary occlusion. This disciple went to Glorious Jewel Jewellery Company to make prostration in front of the dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, reverently and sincerely praying for her mother to be exempted from the surgery suffering. Later on, her mother was brought to the operation room. After 3 hours, her mother was unexpectedly diagnosed by doctor that she did not need the surgery. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened the reason why it takes effect by our prostrating in front of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s dharma photo is that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has attained some stage, and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is on behalf of the lineage Gurus, Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and Dharma Protectors. Hence, we could obtain the blessings from the lineage Gurus, Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and Dharma Protectors when we prostrates under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Dharma photo and pray with reverence.

Fifthly, we ought to rely on and devote to Guru with reverence of no conceit. We ought to see Guru as the king of doctor, Buddha Sakyumuni. All illnesses arise from that of heart, namely greed, hatred, and ignorance. Buddha Dharma does cure the illness of the heart. See ourselves as a patient and our heart is ill. See Guru’s Dharma as the best medicine. We always respect doctors because we need them to save us. If we do not respect doctor, we won’t take the medicine prescribed by doctor. If we are not reverent to Guru, we won’t use the Buddha Dharma taught by Guru. Nowadays, many people listen to the Sutra but few of them truly practice it. It won’t take any effect if we do not practice in accordance with Guru’s instructions even if we listen to them one million times.

Sixthly, we ought to rely on and devote to Guru with filial obedience of no hesitation. Deeply believe without hesitation that the teachings of Guru are the very dharmas that can benefit sentient beings, and do not ask more questions. Those who ask much would be unfilial. Showing filial obedience is by that whatever parents do, one will still respect them and show filial obedience for them. Do not think oneself is better than one’s parents because he practices the Buddha’s teachings. Even if parents commit crimes, they are still parents, but it does not mean that you could commit crimes, too. Do not doubt the caring heart of Guru and parents for you. Both Guru and parents will never do harm to you. When you were a child, you followed up almost 90% of the teachings given by parents. Now you have grown up and not following up parents’ advices any more, as you think that what parents talk about does not make sense. One who does not show filial obedience for one’s parents would not show that for Guru, either.

Seventhly, we ought to rely on and devote to Guru with honesty of no deceitfulness. Have no falseness or deceitfulness, and reverently devote to Guru with one’s deeds in accordance with words. Some people appear to show a lot of reverence to Guru, but they would still say a lot of words to deceive Guru and thus their deeds do not accord with words. One is not a Guru if one knows nothing or easily be cheated by you. Whatever Guru talks to you is all good for you, as Guru sees things not just for the present but for what it will be after a long-term period, including for your next life. Guru teaches you the preventive ways. However, Guru can not prevent you from not listening to him.

Eighthly, we ought to rely on and devote to Guru with humbleness of no arrogance. Do not be rude or imprudent. Do not show off your wealthy family. When one is rich, one would easily be arrogant. Hence, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is especially strict with those who are rich. When Guru begins to speak, one ought to stop whatever he is doing, even something official, or writing to show one’s reverence. Since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was a child, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has always stood at attention to receive parents’ scolding and beating, and this is coming from the reverence of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The true offering, especially in Vajrayana, is to be completely reverent. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that there was one disciple who was scolded very much by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, because she often kept on doing another thing when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche started to speak to her.

There was one disciple who devoted several millions in NT dollars to some charitable organization. Now he met some troubles and asked the dharma master of the organization for help, but only got an answer: “Well, it is impermanent.” Of course, it is impermanent; when a disciple meets sorrowful difficulties, however, his Guru has to help him. When a disciple is in sufferings and sorrow, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would teach him to make repentance at first, and then provides him with appropriate help. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sees people lacking of reverence, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not say something to them. Only when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche scolds you, you then have the opportunity to change your self. If you are afraid of being scolded, maybe you should stop learning the Buddha’s teachings. It is also a good thing being scolded by your boss in your work place, as by which you could learn your self problems. Some people say that do not talk something to some Dharma brother in case Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would know and scold. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that those who are afraid of being scolded are arrogant and do not possess humility. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not scold one if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not care about one heartly. In Tibet, Tantric Dharmas are not transmitted in six kinds of circumstances, among which one is not transmitted to the Han people. The reason why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is able to obtain these Tantric Dharmas is that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is even more reverent to His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche than the Tibetans are. The Tibetan people said: ”even the Tibetan people can’t achieve what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has done.” If one does not achieve this, how could one’s merits and virtues be accumulated or how could one’s Karma be altered? It is not easy for Tibetans to admire especially a Han person so much that they call him Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been admired by them because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has attained all of these conditions.

Ninthly, one should follow and devote to a guru without resentment nor anger, but instead with a mind of calmness and endurance. Tilopa had ever instructed Naropa to jump off a cliff, to sexually harass a woman, and to kill a person. And Naropa did all these things, and had no tiny of resentment even he was beaten to death. That a guru punishes and scolds his disciple is to reduce the disciple’s arrogant heart. One’s arrogant mind is the biggest enemy of practicing Buddha dharma. One with such a mind is very easy to fall into a devil’s path. It is also arrogance if one thinks that his mantra reciting sounds better than others’. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has met many people who were learning the “The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path of Enlightenment” (Lam-Rim Chen Mo). Those people became very arrogant since they thought they had learned a lot of knowledge about practicing Bodhisattva’s paths. Studying commentaries does not mean practicing Buddha-Dharma. His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche had also stated that reciting sutras, reciting mantras, or prostrating to Buddha are not practicing Buddha-Dharma, but correcting one’s own behaviors is.

Tenthly, one should see one’s guru with the appearance of a normal person, but with the appearance of a Yidam. A guru transmits dharma on behalf of the Yidam and is a pure yidam. One should view the guru the same as the Yidam himself. One should not think one’s guru is a regular person because of the guru’s human appearance; one should view the guru as a Buddha. What the guru teaches and does are all done on behalf of the Buddha; if one see the guru as the Buddha, one will obtain the Buddha’s blessings. His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche had once enlightened that if one thinks the guru is wrong, it really is one’s own fault. This is because an authorized guru must have achieved a certain attainment in order to take the dharma seat. If an unqualified guru sits on a dharma seat, the dharma protector will push him off the dharma seat or let him die if it is hard to push him off the seat. Some people have even criticized the guru about breaking precepts. But whether one broke precepts or not is commented by his guru, not by you or other people. A person who is not qualified to give precepts has no qualification to say that a person is breaking precepts. Saying that a person is breaking precepts is lying. Not to mention there are the distinctions of keeping precepts, opening precepts, and breaking precepts. There are also fundamental precepts and Vajra precepts which are all different. These cannot be understood by ordinary people.

Although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has never seen these ten qualifications taught by Master Gampopa before, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has always been conducting himself and teaching disciples like this way. It is thus obvious that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had ever followed master Gampopa to learn Buddha dharma in one of Rinpoche’s past lives. These ten qualifications had been met by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche naturally since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had practiced them in past lives. Vajrayana disciples need to pay special attention to these ten qualifications. A guru will not reason with you; if you want to reason with your guru, you do not need to learn Buddha dharma. This is just like a doctor will not explain in detail the composition and effectiveness of each medicine prescribed to you. In the dharma-ending age the karma of all sentient beings are severe, so the methods used by a guru are more ferocious. If you can endure these methods, you will be able to pass. The things instructed by the guru needs to be completed quickly; do no think that it is ok to do them gradually; there is no time to wait for your completion. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often thought about the impermanence of birth and death and often felt that he is going to die tomorrow or even tonight. You are all very cruel and want guru’s help for everything. Do not depend on the guru for what the guru has taught you or what you can practice and do by yourself.

Some person who just came back from a trip to Tibet told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that he has telepathy and powerful skills. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that if it was just this simple, then all Tibetans should have attained the achievements. If one wants to acquire the ability of telepathy, one should not learn Buddhism. It would be faster from learning other religions. However, learning these is not ultimate way and cannot change one’s karma. From the death process of his father, who had been a daoist practitioner, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche realized that other religions have nothing for the death. The most important thing in life is death; and one cannot control one’s own death process. Even if you have learned to reduce the pains of body and mind at the time of dying, you will still suffer the pains when you are in the Bardo state. One who had practiced well will go up to Heaven quickly; one who had done a lot of evils will fall into Hell; the others will be trapped in the middle.

A guru’s mind always concerns about his disciples. Two days ago, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche thought about His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, then, received a phone call from His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche telling that His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche will visit Ladaka in the next month and will not be able to be contacted by phone. So Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can report matters to His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche in advance if there are any. This shows that the correspondence between Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche is heart to heart. And this is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has completely met the ten qualifications required for Vajrayana disciples to follow and devote to their guru.

You need to examine yourselves to see if your behaviors and minds are the same or not. Do not be arrogant because of one’s family background or one’s knowledge. One needs to adjust and smooth one’s attitude. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would adjust and smooth the attitude in front of His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche and would not show the regular imposing manner as a guru.

Once upon a time in ancient India, a novice monk made mandala offering to an Acharya to make a plea for teachings. The Acharya said “we did not make much condition in past lives” and suggested the novice monk to learn from the Master Atisha as he had abundant condition with Master Atisha which was very strict in the transmission of tantric teachings. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened “a guru would not judge your offerings but making offerings has been a preliminary part of the ritual of pleading for dharma teachings since old times.” In some occasions, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would instruct some believers to attend pujas, while Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not say anything about this except the believers pray for that on their own. It is because of different their causes and conditions of past lives. The Master Atisha then guided the novice the practices of Avalokiteshvara Accomplishment Dharma. With complete conformity, the novice practiced all the teachings and attained the accomplishment of marks of seeing, touch and sound. Then the Master Atisha let the novice to plead Avalokiteshvara for teachings. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened “a disciple’s attainment must be identified and confirmed by the guru. It is like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would have reported to His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche about concomitant signs associated with the deity, which are always achieved for each of the retreats, to let His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche confirm Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s attainment.” That the Avalokiteshvara is not easily to be seen by human beings without appropriate conditions is because of the mercy and compassion to avoid greediness from the beings. Only if have you attain the achievement of the Five Precepts, the Ten Meritorious Acts, Mercy and Compassion mind and the boddhictta, and moreover you completed practices in retreats, otherwise you could not see the Avalokiteshvara.

The novice raised questions to Avalokiteshvara “what is the fundamental of all dharma? what is the biggest obstacle to Buddhist practices? In which directions to make diligent effort? which one of the understandings is more important? how many types of consciousness? on which one could rely to cultivate perfect accumulation?” The Avalokiteshvara gave him the enlightenment:

First, Bodhichitta is the fundamental of all dharma. Ao long as one who has developed Bodhichitta have attained the achievement of the Relative Bodhichitta and started practice the Absolute Bodhichitta, one could still achieve attainment even though one does not repent of the deeds.

Secondly, even the tiniest karmic effect is an obstacle to one’s practices. Either virtuous or evil karmic effects would hinder the path to enlightenment and the liberation from samsara. These include doing virtuous deed with hope of repay. The “the essences of three wheels are void of nature” is explained by the Exoteric Buddhism that one should not have the forms of offering giver, the offering objects, the offering receiver when doing charity. However, it should be said “the essences of three forms are void of nature” in this way of explanation. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that in fact it refers to the Top Chakra, the Throat Chakra and the Heart Chakra. It is like we use the Throat Chakra to make speech, use the Heart Chakra to think of something, and use the Top Chakra to conduct. Therefore we use the body, speech and mind to do charity, and should understand the body, speech, and mind not only arise by the conditions but also cease by the conditions. So the essence of doing charities also follows the law of cause and condition, and the law of arising and ceasing, and obviously is “the essences of three wheels are void of nature”.  Do not do any more evildoings that initiates evil causes. Bodhisattva Nagarjuna ever manifested such an example. The non-Buddhists were always unable to kill him in whatever approaches, because Bodhisattva Nagarjuna had cleaned his karma. The only karma remained was he had used a tree leaf to cut off the head of an ant; Bodhisattva Nagarjua then cut his own head off with a leaf.

Third, one should devote in practices of karma, causes and effects. All conducts should be virtuous.

Fourth, the Correct View is the most important one of the understandings. In summary, the Correct View clearly refers to the understanding of view of how to cut off the reincarnation.

Fifth, some said there are six types of consciousness while some claimed eight types. Avalokiteshvara enlightened that mind could be exemplified as monkeys in a castle which could not stay in stillness and jump around. Learning Buddhism could turn your mind into wisdom; make you be stable as an elephant which see around clearly before moving steps steadily

Sixth, to cultivate perfect accumulation one should rely on the Prajna-Paramita which refers to void of nature. The Buddha Shakyamuni enlightened void of nature for twenty-two years. It could not be realized by ordinary beings and it could be realized when the causes and conditions came timely.

You disciples perhaps would understand a little about what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened today when you are reading the ten qualifications for varjayana disciple to rely on guru. Without Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s explanation, it is impossible for you to understand the teachings of Avalokiteshvara’s instructions furthermore enlightened by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on your own.

August 16, 2009

At 5PM, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over an auspicious Chod puja of Drikung Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Kyoto, Japan. The puja was attended by a total of 108 people, including local Japanese believers and disciples from Taiwan. The day was also the Daimonji Gozan Okuribi (Daimonji Bonfire), a famous traditional festival in Kyoto. Besides, although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had just practiced Phowa around noon for a disciple who had passed away in Japan that day, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still presided over the auspicious Chod puja of Drikung Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism as scheduled, demonstrating the extraordinarily vast merciful and compassionate vows of a Vajrayana Guru.

At the start of the puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave enlightenment to the attendees. “It was the second year for the Chod puja to be conducted here on August 16th. Many people in Japan go to the monasteries to make worship this day, and in August, according to their traditions, a lot of Chinese people visit the monasteries to make worship as well. Everyone’s purpose of worship is to worship their ancestors, and some people do it to pray for peace. In Buddhism, there is an underlying story behind the ceremonies held in August. In the time of Buddha, one of the main disciples of Buddha Sakyamuni, Maudgalyayana, who was the first in the attainment of supernatural power, once saw through his supernatural power that his mother had fallen into the Realm of Hungry Ghost after her death. The sentient beings in the Realm of Hungry Ghost are able to see the food, but unable to eat it. Even if they swallow the food, it will turn into flames while going through the throat and thus cause great suffering. As stated in the Buddhist sutras, the sentient beings in the Realm of Hungry Ghost would scramble to eat human feces, urine or even phlegm. What kind of people would fall into the Realm of Hungry Ghost after death then? Those who don’t practice charities in their lives, prevent others from practicing charities and offerings, or even regret their practice of charities will fall into the Realm of Hungry Ghost after they die. In the Buddhist sutras, the form of a hungry ghost is described to have a head larger than its body, a thin neck, a huge abdomen, and thin limbs. In fact, we sometimes see that it is how African children who suffer from hunger look like.

Maudgalyayana saw that his mother couldn’t have food to eat, so he had food sent to her by his supernatural powers. Upon going through his mother’s throat, the food turned into flames, so she couldn’t swallow it. Therefore, Maudgalyayana asked Buddha Sakyamuni how to save his mother. It happened to be summertime back then. In the time of Buddha Sakyamuni, all the disciples would accompany Buddha Sakyamuni to conduct a retreat during summertime, the so-called summer retreat. 3000 years ago, temperatures in the Indian summer were as high as the ones we have nowadays, and taking a long walk outside would be inadvisable. Besides, there are so many insects crawling on the ground in summer. If one doesn’t pay enough attention, he will step over these beings and kill them. So, the ordained people were advised not to walk outside. Buddha Sakyamuni told Maudgalyayana that the ordained were about to come out of their retreat and instructed Maudgalyayana to make offerings to those ordained people who would come out of their summer retreat as well as to dedicate the merits and virtues to his mother, thereby making her to obtain rebirth in the Realm of Heavens.

What we can learn from this story is firstly that the Buddhist teaching emphasizes filial piety. As long as our parents and ancestors are still suffering, we have to come to their rescue. Secondly, even though Maudgalyayana has great supernatural power, he still didn’t have enough merits to transfer the consciousnesses, and thus was unable to help his mother. Thirdly, it is important for the sentient beings to make offerings. As stated in the Buddhist sutras, one will accumulate vast merits and virtues when making offerings to Arhats, and will accumulate even greater merits and virtues when making offerings to practitioners who aspire to be Bodhisattvas. More merits and virtues will be accumulated through making offerings to Bodhisattvas in Vajrayana than to Bodhisattvas of Exoteric Buddhism. Therefore, if one makes offerings to a wrong person, he will not be able to help his ancestors.

The practice of Buddha-Dharma could be classified into: 1. Hinayana, of which the doctrines are based on the Four Noble Truths and the Twelve Nidanas, and the stage of its path to enlightenment is the position of Arhat. The most representative sect in Japan is Agon Shu in Kyoto, and its practice is in accordance with Agama Sutra that depicts the ways of practice of Arhat. 2. Mahayana, of which the doctrines are based on the practice of the Six Paramitas, and the stages of its path to enlightenment are from the position of bodhisattva ground (first ground) to the position of ten Bhumis. The representative sects in Japan are Zen school, Pure Land Buddhism, Huayang school、and Lotus Sutra Zong. 3. Vajrayana, or known sect of secret true words, and the practices could be classified into four stages, namely Kriya tantra, charya tantra, yoga tantra, highest yoga tantra, and the stages of its path to enlightenment are from the position of bodhisattva ground (first ground) to the attainment of Buddhahood. The representative sect in Japan is the Eastern Tantric sect that was transmitted from Tang Tantra in Tang Dynasty in China. In the Eastern Tantric sect, the tantra to be attained accomplishment is Kriya tantra and charya tantra only, and therefore its main practice is Mandala. The so-called Japanese Tiantai school was transmitted from Tiantai Zong, mainly focus on the process of change of mind, from Zen’s view. In China, there are no people who practice Tiantai Zong since its practice is too minute and complicated.

The Dharma to be performed today is the practice of Tibetan tantra. Tibetan tantric practices has all four stages of trantra. This Dharma is called “Chod” in Tibetan, by the definition to cut off, a way to cut off the suffering of birth and death. The Dharma performed today is of the stage of highest yoga tantra.

There are Eight Sadhana practices of Tibetan Buddhism, and Chod is one of them. One who has the best capacity and practice this dharma could be enlightened and attain Buddhahood. One who has the middle capacity and practice this dharma could attain Buddhahood soon after he dies. One who has the lowest capacity and practices this dharma could attain Buddhahood in his next life.

In Tibetan Buddhism, there are four major Tibetan Buddhist Schools, namely Nyngmapa, Kagyupa, Sakyapa, and Gelukpa. The practices of Nyngma and Kagyu are mainly esoteric practices, while Sakya and Geluk mainly focus on exoteric sutras.

Chod is of great help for the sentient beings who have fallen into the realm of Hell and Ghost, and it is extraordinarily auspicious to transfer the consciousness of those who die an unnatural death (of being drowned, in a car accident, being killed) by the Chod Dharma. It is also very helpful to cure the diseases caused from the harm by ghosts and deities. People nowadays especially are likely to offend ghosts and deities, making them angry by killing, fishing by a river, hunting animals in a forest, hacking trees, contaminating water source, barbecuing by the river in mountains, blasting through the mountain with bombs, and etc. All the above actions will offend ghosts and deities, such as mountain gods, water gods, and tree gods. By doing those, in mild cases, they would acquire incurable diseases. Although the medical science is developing rapidly now, there are even more incurable diseases newly developed. Many cases of dying in a natural disaster are caused by offending ghosts and deities. Performing this dharma could pacify the anger of ghosts and deities. There is still another special benefit of performing this dharma. It could pacify the rage of ghost king that not only controls the spirits of some people after their death but also make them in suffering and sorrow.

The practitioner of Chod needs to possess great mercy, compassion, merits and virtues, profound meditation and keep precepts very well. While performing Chod, the practitioner offers with his own body towards ghosts and deities, as well as makes an offering towards Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Therefore, the practitioner does not wear or take any Buddhist photo or protection object with him. You can not learn it now, since one has to accomplish many practices to achieve the attainment of transforming one’s body into the nectar. Nectar is a kind of food like water. The sentient beings could obtain merits and virtues by eating nectar. You can not perform the dharma as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does, since your flesh is smelly and ghosts do not want to eat it.

So today Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, on behalf of all Japanese believers, makes offerings to all the ancestors, ghosts, and gods and hopes that this will help your careers, health, families, this area, and the peace of the whole nation.” The above remarks spoken by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche represent the motivation of attending this puja. Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche removed the protective object wearing in the body and enlightened the attendees that we could think our parents, ancestors, and elders being on our right-hand side, our younger generation, our same generation being on our left-hand side, the sentient beings in the six realms of reincarnation (Heaven, Asura, Human, Animal, Hungry Ghost, Hell) being behind us, and the karmic creditors who have grudges with us being in front of us. Thinking that for a moment was enough. Following that, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche started to conduct the auspicious Chod dharma.

After the perfect completion of the dharma, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened, “the Japanese followers must be very curious about what is performing during the conduction of the dharma. This dharma text covers the dharma texts from both Exoteric Buddhism and Esoteric Buddhism. Some of them can be translated to let all of you know. During the conduction of the dharma, it is necessary to use Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mighty strengths to gather all the gods in the world (including all heavenly gods, area gods), the devils who make us sick, all karmic creditors who have grudges with us, all Gandhabba (the god who offers incense to Buddha and Bodhisattvas), Yama, the dragons, Yaksha, the goddesses, Rasetsu (the ghost specialized in eating human beings), powerful devils, Brahma, the sun, the moon, the stars, all dragon gods, land gods, many different ghosts, the accomplished devils, very ferocious monsters, the little devils, the sick devils, the devils who let us die young or shorten our life span, the devils who let us get plagues, ghosts of mountains and rivers, and the harridan; they are all gathered here to receive the blood and flesh given from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did this on behalf of you to eliminate the past animosities between those sentient beings mentioned above and you. So it is very hard to conduct this dharma. If you are careful, you will notice that the voice of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche before conducting the dharma is much more sonorous than the voice now, since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche needed to spend a lot of virtues to conduct the dharma. This demonstrates the merciful and compassionate heart of a Vajrayana practitioner.”

After that, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led all attendees to practice the dharma protector ritual to thank the dharma protector for protecting the puja to be completed perfectly, and also thank the dharma protector for letting all successfully come to attend puja. If there is no dharma protector’s help, there would be many difficulties.

In addition, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche noticed that there is a Pure Land Buddhist temple known as the millions of times in Kyoto. We do not know how this millions of times are practiced, but it is not easy for a practitioner of Tibetan Esoteric Buddhism to practice and reach millions of times. One first needs to practice for ten years to understand the meanings of the Buddhist sutras. Then a Vajra guru transmits the dharmas of practice to the practitioner. He has to make one hundred thousand times of full prostration (the lead disciple demonstrated the flow of the full prostration), to recite a mantra of one hundred words for one hundred thousand times, to practice one hundred thousand times of mandala offering to Buddha, Bodhisattvas, and the guru, then to practice one hundred thousand times of Guru Yoga. Afterwards, the guru will bestow empowerments and transmit mantras. Reciting mantras has two parts including contemplation. The one hundred thousand times recitation of mantra needs to be performed during a retreat. During the retreat, one is not allowed to speak to anyone, not allowed to leave the retreat room, to be a vegetarian, not allowed to cut one’s hair, not allowed to cut one’s finger nails, not allowed to shave one’s beard, not allowed to speak on the phone. Only after reciting one hundred thousand times of mantras in such a way, one’s practice then can be effective and then can begin to attain accomplishment. If a guru only transmitted the method of reciting a mantra but did not teach how to contemplate or to perform a retreat, a practitioner cannot attain any accomplishment regardless how many times the mantra has been recited.

After all the attendees recited the dedication prayer, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened: “There are three stages in the rites. The first is the preliminary practice, i.e. why we do it today. In Vajrayana, everything we do is solely to benefit the beings. The second stage is the main practice, i.e. performing the ritual and reciting mantras. The third stage is dedication. Finally, reciting the prayer “Aspiration Prayer for Rebirth in Amitabha’s Pure Land” is to wish that we could obtain rebirth in the Amitabha’s Pure Land after the end of this life. Buddha’s pure lands are far more auspicious than heaven. Therefore, we recite this prayer every time after the completion of the dharma practice.”

All the gurus of the Vajrayana have the wish to transmit what they have learnt in this life. Establishing a Buddhist center in Japan, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has a vow to disseminate the dharma in Japan thoroughly. But the propagation of Buddha Dharma needs the dependant origination. Though Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and gurus have the vow to help the beings, it is needed someone to plead for dharma so as the teachings can be transmitted. In other words, if you would like to learn something, you have to ask people. So does the dharma. If no one pleads with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to give the teachings, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would only perform rituals but not transmit teachings because of no dependent conditions. However, the guru is quite patient, and will give teachings only if one plead for. The guru could tell the genuineness or fake of the pleading, since there can be nothing that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche don’t know.

Last year, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told the architect and the designer that this year it would have huge rainfall beyond the historical records; and it seems what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told is happening. Last year, the architect and the designer both were reluctant to believe it, because they thought Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is not Japanese and how would have known the weather in Japan? Therefore, it’d better to believe the guru’s words.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche especially treated all the attendees dinner, and they also enjoyed Daimonji Bonfire festival in the yard of Buddhist center around eight o’clock. They didn’t need to go to the downtown which was crowded downtown and might be unable to see the bonfire either. The last owner of the house did not open this yard, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche opened it for the guests. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued to enlighten on the attendees that “we should thank for those people who have made pretty much efforts to carry on many things to burn the bonfire for us. Thanks people for their devotion.”

On the afternoon of the same day, a regular puja was held at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Taipei, and the disciples and believers reverently listened to the audio recording of the Dharma talk previously bestowed by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche during the puja held on May 18, 2003. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened the attendees on the auspiciousness of Lama Chopa puja. In every Buddhist sutra, Buddha Sakyamuni always teaches that we have to make charities and offerings continually throughout our lives despite of whether we are Buddhist learners or not. Everything we enjoy in this life is a result from the charities and offerings that we made in previous lives. Nonetheless, we made these too less, so our virtues are so little that we expend them very fast. In order to continue to accumulate virtues, we have to continue to make charities and offerings in this life, just like His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche as well as many Rinpoches have been making offerings everyday. As stated in the Universal Door Chapter, Bodhisattva Akshayamati (Bodhisattva Inexhaustible Intention) made an offering to Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who then presented the offering to Buddha Sakyamuni. It shows that even a great Bodhisattva make offerings as well, not to mention worthless ordinary people like us. It is wrong to think that make offering is not necessary, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas must be merciful and compassionate to me, or the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas must help me. As the say goes, “The Buddhas liberate those of favorable causes and conditions.” How are the causes and conditions obtained? They are obtained through our offerings to the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and the Guru as well as staying close with the Guru with a clear and pure heart during the past lives, without asking anything in return or being superficial. The key point of making offerings is not how much wealth is donated. What is most important is whether we have a heart of offering, whether we regret making the offering, whether we make the offering with a differentiating mind, and whether we calculate the offering.

What is a discriminating mind? Many people have an odd habit of discrimination among the receivers that they would make offerings to, such as monasteries, Rinpoches, the Guru, or His Holiness for their offerings. Since starting to learn Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always has been giving his offerings directly to his Guru, who would then make the arrangements, and has never worried about it. Problems are constantly aroused when we make offerings with a discriminating mind. For instance, this time His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche is going to perform a retreat in a remote and quiet place in Nepal which is unreachable on foot. A few days ago, His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche called and told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that His Holiness had forgotten to bring money. His Holiness instructed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to wire 10,000 USD to His Holiness because it would need 40 local people to carry the necessities and food from the Nepalese capital all the way up to the mountains for His Holiness and other monks to perform their retreats. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then did this immediately.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that 220,000 NTD of this 10,000 USD was the balance in the saving account of your offerings to His Holiness, and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sponsored the rest. Therefore, you should not think that we are making any offering by giving 100 or 200 NTD to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche while attending the pujas. We shouldn’t think that we have done a lot. Every time when going to perform a retreat, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would make an offering first upon meeting with His Holiness, who would then definitely accept it. His Holiness doesn’t always accept offerings from other people, especially those who have not taken refuge in him. Nevertheless, His Holiness would definitely accept offerings from his root disciple in a frank manner. Doing this in such a frank manner does not show that His Holiness wants Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s money. The reason lies in that one really can’t make progress in his learning in Buddhism without accumulated virtues. Take Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s obtaining of the mantra against the God of Plague as an example, this mantra would not have been presented and been obtained by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had not been making a lot of offerings in recent years.

You must be thinking that maybe these Rinpoches gave the mantra for the money. They didn’t. It was because they knew that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche renounces everything and that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would give the obtained practice away instead of keeping it for himself. Thereby, how many of us have not yet shared the blessed water with others? The water doesn’t belong to you, but to the sentient beings. This is an opportunity bestowed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for you to practice charities and offerings, and you still haven’t carried it out!

During the empowerment of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara conducted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, 172 disciples of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche attended it, sitting in the lower seats. After the offering food was distributed, more than ten shares of them were left and one lama gave them to one of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s disciples. What the lama meant was to share these with others through the disciple, but the disciple thought that the lama had given them to him and kept all of them in his pocket. He had such greed and wouldn’t renounce them to share with other Dharma brothers who were after him and didn’t get any. Did he really obtain them? No, because he did not renounce them, all the blessing in them vanished at once! The heart of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas is giving everything away to benefit the sentient beings. Nonetheless, your heart is full of yourselves and you wouldn’t renounce anything. Therefore, this SARS outbreak is a disaster caused by our selfish, terrible, and indifferent attitude during the past decades. Today’s Lama Chopa puja is conducted to enable us to make a virtuous cause and condition with the Gurus of Drikung Kagyu Lineage, and to understand a little bit about our unwillingness to renounce and practice charities and offering.

When attending the puja, those who are mothers should discipline their children and should not let them do whatever they like to do. The longer they can stay in the puja venue, the more benefit they will get. When being in the former puja venue, children were used to stay for as long as 3 hours without going to the bathroom, and, here, they are running out of the venue before long. This is totally because the parents haven’t educated their children in daily life and have spoiled them. If we don’t discipline our children at home, they will grow up to be selfish and disrespectful to others. Those children of our next generation, who are getting less disciplined and less polite, are all trained by you their parents.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued to explain that we have to understand the reasons why we have to learn the Buddhist teachings before we learn to practice the Four Preliminaries. As impermanence and death were enlightened in the previous week, Milarepa, the great accomplished master of the Kagyu lineage, once said that we shouldn’t not worry about the so-called fortune or misfortune, good or poor health, matters such as our business and wealth, or whether our children will be rich in the future. Instead, we should worry about and fear impermanence, birth, death, and aging. We have to pray that our Guru, the Three Jewels, and all the Buddhas bestow blessings upon us constantly. The life span of sentient beings on Earth is undetermined and their death is undetermined, too. This means that the death time of each sentient being is undetermined.

In the Galaxy there are four great continents situated east, south, west, and north. The earth belongs to the South continent. In the four continents, who have the shortest longevity are the human beings in the earth. As with short longevity, we feel that time is so pressing that we make the determination to cultivate Buddhism. The so-called “Longevity is uncertain” and “Death is uncertain” is in that all we sentient beings had done make our merits be used up and our longevity be reduced, and especially being irreverent to the Three Jewels, namely Buddha, Dharma, Sangha, showing no filial obedience to parents, not serving one’s teachers, and transgressing the Five Precepts would very soon have a result of shortening our merits and longevity. In the short decades, when we are alive in the world, the negative conditions are much more than the positive conditions. You can just think that for the past decades, there might have been one or two events with that we truly felt satisfied, while the others were all negative conditions. Such as SARS this time is the negative condition that can make you die immediately. Even a car accident, maybe just caused from your incaution, will also make you die. The conditions to be alive are very few. You always hope that you can live long; however, the longevity is not to be expected or asked for, but to be obtained by doing yourself. It is just like that Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche and Drubwang Rinpoche, both are Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Guru, are at the age of almost 80. 2 years ago, they had already wanted to return (to dust). We prayed them to stay and their life, as a result, could be prolonged. Yunga Rinpoche, another Guru of mine, was asked by Guru Rinpoche to stay in the world. The three elders continued to stay to take hardship to benefit all sentient beings; therefore, the longevity could be obtained. Their prolonged longevity is not to enjoy life, fulfill their wishes, see what they want to see nor do what they want to do, as you may think. If it is not for benefiting the sentient beings but for satisfying your self thoughts, you will still be in suffering even if you pray for and obtain more longevity. Last time Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has ever enlightened that there was a person who was practiced with Amitayus ritual at his request. After his longevity was prolonged, however, he was bit by maggots to death. Simply speaking, the longevity could be expected for benefiting sentient beings, not for benefiting oneself.

As the old saying goes, practice virtuous deeds and tell no one. While the virtuous deeds done by you are known by other people, its virtuous karma manifests. For example, in some Buddhist organizations, if one donates NT$1,000,000 to the organization, one would be praised on a stage and obtain a praising board. The merits of one’s donation just manifest while the praising words are spoken. However, some people like it, and this is “caring for fame”. Practice virtuous deeds, tell no one, and not beings publicly praised, and then the merits of your virtuousness would be built up.

Our body is not firm, and death is uncertain. Although we look like very strong and our personality appears to be very tough, indeed our body is very fragile. Even the tiny virus caused a worldwide panic. When death comes, there is nothing but the proper Buddha Dharma beneficial for oneself. Hence, before death comes, we ought to take the time when we are healthy to truly and diligently practice and cultivate Buddha Dharma.

Samantabhadra Bodhisattva has said that body and mind are impermanently assembled, like borrowed objects and should not be arranged by one self. It is impermanent for our body and spirit to get together today. They are changing all the time, and one thing makes our spirit assembled inside. Now, our body is just a house where our spirit temporarily lives in this life. The house will definitely be broken, so we ought not to be attached to the fake ego. Through the Six Roots, the Six Dusts emerge, and with that we feel it is ourselves who see, hear, smell, act, and etc. But who on earth is acting? From Buddhist view, it is a reaction of your heart to the Six Roots that contact with all the movement of the outside world and then also make responses to them. This is impermanent. But if an ordinary person is attached to the six feelings and considers it as just the ego, then selfish thoughts will be brought forth, and each of his thoughts will be only for satisfying the six feelings – eyes (you want to be satisfied by seeing something good-looking), ears (you want to hear praising words), nose (you want to smell the flavor you like), tongue (you want to taste the food you’re content with), body (you hope to enjoy life and avoid any hard work), heart ( you want to satisfy the greediness of all your thoughts). Because of the attachment to the fake ego, we constantly make karma. Therefore, Samantabhadra Bodhisattva has taught us how to be mindful of the impermanent.

When walking, we should contemplate that the road we are walking on is impermanent. It is not a practice for us to recite mantra or Buddha’s name at the same time when we are driving or walking. We could often see that some Exoteric Buddhism learners in Taiwan are reciting Buddha’s name with a Buddhist Rosary and a counter when they are on a bus; however, it is wrong practice. For Tibetan Buddhism, when one recites mantras, one has to keep the Dharma text in a clear and pure place to truly practice, and only by doing so does it take effect. What will the effect of your reciting mantra and Buddha’s name be when you are driving and walking? It is still the improper thought! It may be better than other improper thoughts you may have, but it won’t take any effect, nor will it help you obtain liberation from the cycle of birth and death. Instead, it will bring you more troubles, as your car may crash into another one when you are reciting mantra and driving at the same time. Therefore, do not say that you want to learn Pure Land Buddhism to continuously recite Buddha’s name in the six periods of day and night, or even 24 hours all day long, so as to get rebirth in the Pure Land. Reciting Buddha’s name in six periods of day and night is referred to doing the thing continuously during a specific time in a day while being in retreat. It will take effect only when we pray to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas with the sincerest heart. When one always intermittently recites mantra, one could not be concentrated but only with the improper thoughts.

Why we need a Guru? It is because a Guru knows how to practice and cultivate Buddhism to meet the requirements in the most efficient way. A real state is to be in the state of meditation. Therefore, Samantabhadra Bodhisattva has taught us that when you are doing a thing, be concentrated and do it well. Walk when you walk. You could contemplate that the road is impermanent. The road we are on would probably change at any time. We could also contemplate the impermanence of the road when we are driving. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche drives in a very fast speed with an agile reaction, and it comes from: 1. not reciting Buddha’s name at the same time 2, being concentrated 3, watching the road. You are not concentrated so you may crash into a pedestrian. Zen means to do everything with a concentrated heart on it. Therefore, Zen could be practiced when you drive a car, have a meal, sleep, or even go to a bathroom. Doctor of traditional Chinese medicine also tells that do not speak when going to a bathroom; otherwise, one’s Chi might be leaked out. The teachings of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas could be practiced in our daily life. Not as you may think that only a sit in meditation or Sutra recitation are practices of Buddhism. Contemplate that the road is impermanent when you are walking, and only by that you could understand to bring the orthodox Buddha Dharma into our limited life.

When we are at home and keep a seat, we could contemplate that the place we live is also impermanent. The world, including the room you stay, the Earth, the Galaxy, and the solar system, where we are born into is always changing and impermanent. Only with a mind pondering over this, one could determinedly tell himself that he is going to get rebirth in the Pure Land.

Someone once said if adopting a vegetarian diet was a prerequisite to taking refuge, he’s not willing to take refuge. This is not following the Buddha Dharma taught by the guru. This also shows your faith is changes  all the time, so does your supramundane heart. Possessing a supramundane heart means you’re determined not to reincarnate in the three realms, not to return to this world and play around in it. You must be certain that you don’t want to reincarnate. To be ordained is not necessarily to have your head completely shaved. It means to leave the home in the three realms, the so-called home of reincarnation. Oftentimes someone would come to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and asserted that he wouldn’t like to return to this world this life. Nonetheless, when all of a sudden he became rich, got married, had children and so forth, his supramundane heart disappeared. He became attached to a thought that he wanted to witness his children growing up and getting married, and thus set aside the Buddha Dharma.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had enlightened that in order not to kill beings people should hold vegetarian wedding banquets. However, a couple claimed that, because of the rejection of their parents, they couldn’t follow that specific instruction. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that if they couldn’t follow the instruction, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas couldn’t help, either. As a result, their faith was disappeared immediately. That’s why you can observe that your faith, supramundane hearts, and minds are always impermanent and change.

Samantabhadra Bodhisattva once said: “Be diligent and strive to stand fast to your vows.”  You all have vowed, but don’t follow up. When we took refuge, we had vowed. Even if we haven’t taken refuge in Buddhism in this life, we did so in our past lives. It is because if we had not taken refuge in past lives, we wouldn’t be able to obtain a human body. One of Vajrasattva’s repentant verses says: “Because we have forgotten our vows and done evildoings repeatedly, we are in the cyclic reincarnation. That’s why we should make repentance.” That is a vow to sentient beings, your guru, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. A vow is a promise. We have promised to benefit all sentient beings, without letting them suffer. We also promised Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to abide by precepts, practice Buddha Dharma, and be liberated from life and death.

The method to stand fast to your vows lies in your constant diligence. Diligence is not about listening a lot or understanding a lot. Instead, it means adopting a particular dharma, continuously practicing it, constantly improving yourselves, and never being negligent. The largest problem of the way you learn Buddhism is easily becoming negligent. Be negligent is when you feel too busy to practice Buddha Dharma for several days. Consequently, you’d lost several days to be engaged with Buddha and Bodhisattvas and create beneficial conditions with sentient beings. That’s why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asks you to practice Dharma Protector Achi everyday. It’s also why you ought to live your life in accordance with precepts. Why should you recite mani everyday? It is to firm up your vows and prevent your faith and supramundane hearts from vacillating.

You should contemplate the discrimination is impermanence; such discrimination is to tell long from short, and good from bad. What your eyes see, your ears hear and mouths taste is to discriminate. You even discriminate your offerings, so do you when seeing a Budda statue and your guru. This is how your afflictions arise. When you feel someone is nice to you, you’d talk to him more. When you foresee someone may do damages to you, you disregard him. All these are afflictions and discrimination.

In tantric practices, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche treats what his eyes see as graceful. Such gracefulness doesn’t relate to the idea of beauty, nor does it mean fondness. It indicates that everything seen and heard is beneficial for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to accomplish Buddhahood. Nothing would harm Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The reason we’d feel fearful and encounter enemies is because of the fact that we have discriminate people into two categories: benefactors and snobs. Because we keep pondering upon such discrimination, it is only inevitable that when such people show up, you’d have strong feelings toward them.

If you try not to discriminate people, your conducts does follow what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had enlightened about the Thirty-seven Practices of Bodhisattvas: “All sentient beings are Bodhisattvas.” If so, you naturally would not be harmed. Therefore, Samantabhadra Bodhisattva said: “One should cultivate a pure and kind heart.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that it is the purpose of reciting Thirty-seven Practices of Bodhisattvas to cultivate your pure and kind hearts. But don’t think that you have practiced Thirty-seven Practices of Bodhisattvas well. Don’t think that listening to the teaching once is enough to understand the meanings. Even Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is still cultivating Thirty-seven Practices of Bodhisattvas accordingly. The Thirty-seven Practices of Bodhisattvas are to help you develop the pure and kind hearts. Why do you keep making mistakes and violating precepts? It is because you still possess a discriminating heart and don’t follow the Thirty-seven Practices of Bodhisattvas in daily life. That why problems have continuously emerged.

Samantabhadra Bodhisattva went on saying: “apprehension and enlightenments is also impermanent.” When learning Buddhism, many people would pray to Buddha and Bodhisattvas for attaining enlightenment earlier. If you pray in this way, that’s a conditioned dharma, an impermanent dharma. Attaining enlightenment is not obtained by your prayers, and is not to earn a certificate. The meaning of “enlightenment” lies in a genuine understanding of the truth of the universe. It doesn’t rely on how many books or sutras you’d read or how many times you’d recite mantras. “Attaining enlightenment” is to eradicate all your negative habits developed in past lives and then you can certainly see your true nature.

Therefore, to attain enlightenment is also impermanent because your enlightenment will change for different attainment. To become enlightened does not you attain completely perfect state of mind, or the state that your wisdom and merits are completely perfect. Being enlightened is simply to initiate your understanding of what the ultimate truth is. Many people like to have certain kinds of feeling when they mediated in the hope to be influenced. This concept is also incorrect. The feeling and perception of every single meditation is different. You’d feel the difference of your everyday mediation because you have not accomplished the state of unmovable mind. It is because your minds are not unmovable by the influence of the Six Roots, without attachment, and without seeking conditions. That is, your minds have not yet completely reached the unmovable state. The differences between unmovable and meditated state of mind will be explained in the future.

Thus, if you can’t abandon your “feeling” and “perception” and wish to obtain some meditated and blissful feeling, you have possessed a heart of attachment. A heart of attachment is a devil’s heart. You often think that devils must carry out evil conducts. But what devils do is to prevent you from being liberated. How would devils be effective to prevent you from being liberated? The answer is a heart of attachment. So, if you are attached to the same feeling when you recite sutras and mantras or when you meditate everyday, it means you can’t forgo and you would pursue that feeling. This is why you are still in the cycle of reincarnation.

Therefore, the dharma text stated that we should not attach to this apprehension and enlightenment because they are all impermanent. We should “realize the same enlightenment as the state of dharma nature.” This is to say that through unceasing practice and through the guru’s blessings and help, we should continuously cultivate ourselves for the benefits of all sentient beings until attaining Buddhahood. Simply speaking, it is not to satisfy with the current condition, which does not mean that we want our house bigger or much more wealth, but means that we should not feel we have practiced well, have attained accomplishments, have realized and understood the dharma. Such a satisfied heart is an attaching heart and an arrogant heart. So Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has enlightened that as long as we have not attained Buddhahood for a day, we all have sins and all need repentance since we have violated our vows. Before attaining Buddhahood, we should not slack and should not think we have practiced well because of the presence of good attainment. Otherwise, many problems may occur. Even His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche have to go to perform retreats; and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has never stopped the activities of benefiting all sentient beings

Before one attains Buddhahood, all apprehension and enlightenments are impermanent, so one should not be complacent. By contemplating the impermanence in this way, when our death comes, we would know the key to how to go away from the death, and furthermore attain the state of no death. At that time, we will feel no pain of death in our mind. The reason why we do not want ourselves and our relatives to die is because we refuse to contemplate the impermanence and also do not understand the death so that we could not accept death. Only when we know that everything is impermanent, we could be able to attain the state of no birth and no death.

Someone through a disciple of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that how one can liberate from the cycle of birth and death. He hoped to achieve it by a few talks from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. However, it is not so easy. Even many great monks cannot attain the accomplishment of liberating from the cycle of birth and death. So we have to practice today’s teachings from Bodhisattva Samantabhadra every day and do not give it up. After gradually training ourselves, we will completely realize that anything happened is impermanent; and happiness, sufferings, gains, and losses are impermanence as well. By practicing this way, the sufferings in our life will be reduced somewhat, otherwise, we will be suffering strongly every day because we do not accept the impermanence.

Impermanence is not invented by the Buddha. It is the true principle of all physics. It is been known by those who have learned physics that the changes of each of the substances in this world never cease. Therefore, anything which has happened to us is definitely impermanent. As long as we are ordinary people, as long as we are still inside the six realms of reincarnation, all of these must be impermanent. The thought that one does not believe in the impermanence is the wrong view, according to Buddha’s teachings. It does not mean the right understanding and the right view to follow a well-known Buddhist master to practice Buddha dharma. Instead, it does to accept the teachings taught by Buddha. Buddha has told us that everything is impermanent. And we should accept it, truly contemplate it, truly practice it, and not have questions, not to fall short of practice, not to have doubts; because there is no reason for Buddha to deceive us.

After we are able to contemplate and accept the impermanence, we then are eligible to achieve the state of the correct understanding and the right view. Otherwise, the Eightfold Path is meaningless to us. Therefore, even if we can pray for and obtain something today, they are still impermanent since anything we obtained will be lost eventually. That is why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has often enlightened that one should ask for nothing in return, which means that we don’t have to pray for them since they are impermanent. They will be obtained naturally without asking for them since the rule of one’s life is impermanent. As long as the causes and the conditions are possessed as well as the effects are ripened, things will be presented naturally as well as be eliminated naturally. Therefore, one does not need to worry.

Some people pray for many things. Of course, Buddha has many skillful methods. The so-called “enticing one with one’s desires” is to satisfy some of your reasonable desires in advance to entice you to practice Buddhism. Simply speaking, it is to first coax you into practicing Buddhism. There were some people asking for children, couples who quarreled, or persons whose businesses were collapsing before, it is to entice them to practice Buddhism that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helped them to pray for their wishes as well as to solve their problems. Then, when their Buddhist studies started, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche taught and corrected their conducts strictly. Therefore, when our wish are fulfilled by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s helps, do not think that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is very powerful and very compassionate; maybe it is the beginning of another suffering. Although Buddha has many skillful dharmas to help and liberate all benighted sentient beings, surely these cannot be against the laws of cause and effect either. That’s why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would tell people about the thoughts of the deceased who received the conduction of Phowa dharma by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. It is and not to honor how much powerful Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is. This is to satisfy their wishes and they will then come to practice Buddha dharma naturally.

So the focal point of these talks taught by Bodhisattva Samantabhadra to us is “impermanence”. As long as we are happy to accept and contemplate it, even if we are seriously ill, we will recover faster than others because we know that our illness will be cured eventually. If we do not believe in impermanence and think that we are too ill to be saved, then we would truly not be able to be saved. Not only the physical body of this life but also the future lives can’t be saved because we would die with hatred and the feeling of having been offended by everyone, such as doctors, nurses, and all family members. However, if we accept it, even if in this life we die due to the illnesses, we will not contact this illness next life because of impermanence. And we will not die with hatred either.

Many people have come to ask Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche what words the deceased has left to them. In fact, there is no word left before everyone dies; at the time of dying, there is even no time to worry about oneself; how can one leave any word to others? The usual thoughts of the deceased are their last desires. Therefore, it was very cruel to a dying person that many people shook him to make him to leave his words before his last breath. Therefore Bodhisattva Samantabhadra taught us that “one should contemplate impermanence while walking, living, sleeping, and eating.” In this way, the pressure of our daily life will then be reduced. We often said that we had a lot of pressure, but actually there was no one to put pressure on us. Why we felt pressure is because of “permanence”. This is like a person worries himself doing wrong; these continuous worries will really make him do wrong since he is cursing himself every day.

We all wanted Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to be efficacious all the time, but did not listen to the teachings taught by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. It is useless no matter how many Buddha dharmas we have listened to, if we not truly follow and practice the teachings accordingly. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche attained the accomplishments from as being a follower as all of you. So Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knows what methods and approaches are the most useful to you and can be done by you. The Buddha dharma instructed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is not invented by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just, through the experience of practices, taught us the Buddha dharma in simpler way that can be used in our daily life. But we are self-righteous and think that we are different from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Our body structure and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s are exactly the same, however. So one day we surely could attain whatever the accomplishments Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has attained. If we cannot achieve it, that must be because we are self-righteous and think that we have knowledge, wisdom, smartness, experience, and ability. The self-righteousness will let us feel very hard, very difficult, and stressful in our paths of practicing Buddha dharma.

We certainly can achieve the teachings taught by Buddha and bodhisattvas today and certainly we can do them well to a certain extent as long as we truthfully practice these accordingly. We cannot achieve them because we do not truthfully follow and practice the teachings accordingly. And often times, we find excuses for not practicing the dharma. Simply speaking, we never keep our promises.

In his twenties, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche traveled from Hong Kong to Australia to do suit business. At that time, one friend of his was going with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and he wanted to carry some jewelry to sell there. Seven days prior to their departure, he came to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and said that he has difficulty obtaining the jewelry. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche happened to know the people at the jewelry factory, and then offered to pay a visit to the factory with him. Subsequently Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told the owner that this person would be his traveling companion on the trip to Australia and that the person would be the holder of the jewelry while Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would help him do his business. The owner immediately agreed to let him take the jewelry because of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. That day, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche didn’t put his signature down or make any promise. A total of 2,000,000 HKD of jewelry was taken. With greed in mind, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche didn’t declare the jewelry to the customs. Hence, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche made mistakes in the past as well. Upon arriving in Australia, the jewelry was confiscated by the customs and the 2,000,000 HKD was gone at once.

When they returned to Hong Kong, the jewelry factory wanted to collect the debt from that person, who didn’t have the money to pay. The owner called and asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to help make the person pay. Eventually, it was Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who actually met the debt. If we had been in the position, we would never have given the money. We would consider ourselves kind enough just to speak to the person for the owner, not to mention to give the money away. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had a different thinking. This matter, in which the person took hold of the jewelry because of the presence of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, took place because the owner gave face to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Though Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was not legally responsible for the matter, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was morally responsible after all. Besides, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew that his own family would break apart once Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche paid the money because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not have so much, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still gave the money out. After the payment was made, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche loss his business and was divorced with his wife. Nevertheless, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche never regrets because money and family are both impermanent to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

But, due to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s sense of honor and justice, someone, unknown to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, would come to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s rescue whenever Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was in jeopardy during the past decades. We wouldn’t have done it. We wouldn’t give even 2000 dollars, not to mention a sum over 2,000,000. At best, we would promise to make the phone call and ask for the payment, which would be giving him face already. Nonetheless, this is why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is different. 2,000,000 at the time is equivalent to 20,000,000 HKD now. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would rather let his business closed and get divorced with his misunderstanding wife than change his personality, whereas we change our personality at any time.

Here is another short story. Around 1996, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helped a girl who had been thinking of nothing but committing suicide all day long. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw that she was possessed by a ghost and went to bestow blessings upon her. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche placed his vajra onto the crown of the girl, she began to look at Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in a seductive way. She was hoping that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s heart would be touched because, if it had been touched, the mantras would not have taken any effect. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ignored her and continued to recite the mantras. Later, she pushed forcefully because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s vajra was placed on her crown, and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ignored her, too. Then, the girl’s tears fell. Once her tears fell, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew that the ghost had left her, and she came to herself at once. Her first utterance was to pray Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to help the ghost beside her, who had just possessed her. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche agreed to help transfer it for sure. Later, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche forgot his own words. It was 6 months thereafter when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche realized that a mistake had been made. Due to the fact that the ghost had not been helped, it then played tricks behind Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Because of the Dharma protectors with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and all his family members, the ghost dared not to offend them. Therefore, the ghost prevented Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche from getting any business deals. Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche remembered that a previous promise hadn’t been carried out. The story tells us that, as long as we fail to carry out our promises, even if they can’t do anything about us in this life, they will definitely come after us next life. We have to think about how many promises we have failed to carry out in this life. To keep one’s oath or word is to carry out the promises. If one doesn’t carry out his own promises, he is not a human being.

It is said in the Sutra: ‘you should become a good person to perfection before attaining Buddhahood.’ Before one meets the conditions of a human being, one is not qualified to learn Buddhism. Confucius had given lectures for decades, and what he had taught about is just “to be a human being”. From the Buddhist view, the Ten Meritorious Acts is the standards of a human being; from the Confucianism’s view, a human being has to achieve benevolence, humanity, justice, virtue and morality. The two stories that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told to enlighten us were about benevolence and righteousness. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has a sense of honor and justice. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would let himself rather than other people be harmed, and this is a behavior of human being. If one does not behave in accordance with the conditions of human being, his practices of sitting in meditation and reciting Sutra will not take effect. For teaching us in being a human, Buddha has taught the Ten Meritorious Acts sutra and told us to practice the Ten Meritorious Acts.

The Ten Meritorious Acts are no killing, no committing adultery, no stealing, no lying, no slandering, no frivolous words, no harsh speech, no greediness, no hatred, and no delusion. To what extent have we achieved? We could commit no killing, and no adultery with an effort. We rarely achieve no stealing. Taking something without ask for owner’s permission in advance is a behavior of stealing. Buying a pirated copy is also a behavior of stealing. As for no lying, all of you have not achieved it. You may think that only telling a lie is lying. In fact, not doing what one has said is also lying. The story told by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was talking about this point.

No slandering is not to speak ill or well of somebody. Many women have this kind of problem. When a friend tells that her husband treats her badly, and the listener responds in saying that her husband is not supposed to act like that. And this kind of response is slandering. No frivolous words. Frivolous words is saying something to wheedle someone first. You often commit harsh speeches, too.

If the Ten Meritorious Acts are not practiced and achieved, one will definitely be born in the Realm of Hell or Animal in next life. Do not think you will not fall to the three evil paths just because you have already taken refuge. The one who keeps the precepts will naturally have no greediness. Without any greediness, one is naturally in the state of meditation, and one will not have emotional ups and downs. After that, one’s wisdom will emerge, and one will not do thing wrong anymore. We could be born as human beings this life is because we have practiced the Ten Meritorious Acts in past lives. Were it not for the practice of the Ten Meritorious Acts, it is not possible to obtain the human body, said by Buddha. In another words, if you do not practice well the Ten Meritorious Acts in this life, you will not be reborn as a human being in your future life. It is even not possible to get rebirth in the Pure Land of Amitabha before you meet the conditions of human beings.

Why this country, this world will be in such a mess nowadays? It is because people do not practice the Ten Meritorious Acts. All Buddhist practitioners feel anxious and worried to see that the situation is of more disorder. They want to influence as more people as possible. Take Taiwan for an example, there are several famous Buddhist organizations and they are known as to have ten million Buddhist disciples. We may ascertain according to the Sutra texts that Taiwan is not supposed to have any natural disaster or disease because there are so many people reciting the Sutra, making prostration under Buddha, and praying to Buddha. Why are there still natural disasters and the epidemic of infectious diseases? It is because those people have not achieved the qualifications. Some people still want to negotiate conditions in saying that they will not take refuge if it needs to adopt vegetarian diets. How could one change one’s karma should he hardly do in accordance with the conditions of human beings taught by the Buddha?

Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche teaches Buddha Dharma in a faster speed, because there is not much time. We could never be slack, lazy, never feel bored or useless. Last year, Drubwang Rinpoche especially asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to financially support the activity of that 250 lamas recite mantra for 45 days. And it is because the world is in such disorder. Drubwang Rinpoche wanted to revive all the Drikung Kagyu traditions. Both His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche clearly know that the time is not enough. How could you still feel bored of listening to Buddha Dharma? Do not think that coming here to listen to Buddha Dharma will bring about merits and virtues. If one does not listen to it attentively, then it won’t take any effect. Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are all in the hope that sentient beings could be liberated from suffering. Please think over the enlightenment given by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The Buddha has never told a lie to us. It is just because you have not achieved the teachings. Time is not enough for you to blame yourself. You are still sorry for your ancestors, let alone for Buddhas.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reprimanded tens of disciples who have registered to buy dharma DVDs but later changed the amount of their orders. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened it was not about if how many DVDs they would buy. These disciples already knew that the most or even all of profit of selling DVDs would be donated by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, rather than saved in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s. If those disciples couldn’t keep their words, they would not be able to cultivate their compassionate hearts, nor would they be able to cultivate the precepts of Samaya. Don’t think that it does not matter to change the number of DVDs to be purchased. This is not a matter of money because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has prohibited them from buying any. When they realized they might be harmed, they immediately changed the amount. They claimed that they didn’t have enough budget so when the price suddenly went up, they couldn’t afford. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that they can pay by installments or even tell Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that they don’t have money.

They were lucky that it was Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche they’d promised. It is like when these disciples conduct business with some businessman for a long time and that man says there will be new products, these disciples promise to buy without asking the price. After the promise, the man proceeds to produce the products. Later, when these disciples find out that the price is not what they imagined, they at once change the amount of their orders. Why do they change the amount of their orders? It is because they just don’t care about others. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that learning Buddhism is not simply making prostrations to your guru, Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas. You shouldn’t change your personality.

If the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center is established for profits, that’s very easy. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche wants to make money, the center doesn’t have to produce DVDs. The center can follow other Buddhist centers to collect the attendance fee of NTD 1000 for ech of individuals, no matter how old they are. There were 340 people in the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center attending the puja, so the center could raise a total of NTD 340000. If not NTD 1000, disciples would be willing to pay for a fee of NTD500. But very few had made offerings of NTD500 when attending pujas. Last time, only about twenty attendees made offering of NTD 500; the rest were NTD 100 or NTD 200. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche didn’t expel those disciples, although such money could do almost nothing in Taiwan. Sometimes you couldn’t even buy a meal-box with it; a movie ticket would cost almost NTD 300. From this fact, you could infer that Richen Dorjee Rinpoche doesn’t promote Buddhism for profits.

You always break your promises so it is only natural that your heart to learn Buddhism will turn back. As you encounter a challenge, you forget the mercy bestowed upon you by Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. You forget the fact that even a small affair requires many sentient beings’ painstaking work. Stingy persons like you will fail at your work place, not to mention learning Buddhism, because you never think of others; what you have in minds is yourselves. Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have blessed those who reprimanded today. Through them, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche attempted to educate others that you must remember your promises. If you can’t keep your promises, do not commit. If you have committed, human beings as well as ghosts will certainly ask you to follow through.

Last year when Drubwang Norbu Rinpoche instructed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to support this puja, Drubwang Norbu Rinpoche didn’t tell Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche how much the expense would be. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was learned it only this year. Yet, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche believed Drubwang Norbu Rinpoche would not demand any task that couldn’t be fulfilled by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. You can try to do some calculation. How much would it cost to have 250 lamas recite mani for 45 consecutive days. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche didn’t break his promises and pay for the expense accordingly. To the contrary, those disciples only thought of their own budget and then changed their commitments. They figured that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was so compassionate that he’d understand their decisions. When they dealt with this matter in a commercial fashion, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would deal with them in the same way: would not sell them any and let them keep the money to have a nice life. A thought can motivate you to attain Buddhahood, but a thought can also let you fall into hells. Let’s carefully recall the autobiographies of Milarepa and Marpa again. How these gurus were disciplined? All day long, you thought of achieving at some level, learning great dharma and tantric dharma, but, without merits, you can accomplish nothing. In what way you can accumulate merits? You must follow what Buddha Dharma teaches you to accumulate merits. As soon as you face something disadvantageous to you, you’d change your mind. In this way, you will never keep your promises to all sentient beings, Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and Yidam deities. If you can’t keep your promises, how come would you wish to accomplish anything?

The son of one of these disciples previously spent a lot of medical expenses due to sickness. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche went to see his son the first time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not ask for any condition. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche wanted to see deliberately whether these people have credibility or not. These people all treat money as a very important thing in their life. This time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not drive them out and still let them attend the Chod puja and the special puja. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not accept their offerings. All of them made offerings with discriminating hearts and senses of regret. In addition, the money they donated to support the new Buddhist center is also return to them.

It was like His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche went to perform a retreat this time; it is clear that H.H. Chetsang Rinpoche has so many disciples, among them many are rich people; but H.H. Chetsang Rinpoche only asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was not rich, but because H.H. Chetsang Rinpoche treated Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche as a disciple. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has given us opportunity to accumulate virtues for helping the great practitioner performing a retreat; this kind of virtues cannot be obtained easily just by asking or seeking. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always helped us on doing such things including Drubwang Rinpoche’s request this time. Drubwang Rinpoche requested Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to make a big offering to the temple in Drikung Thil this time. And most of the offering is your money. Why do you still discriminate? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that these people needed to think thoroughly where they had done wrong and they must not repeat the same mistake.

One should remember, first, does not regret after making an offering. Second, does not change one’s mind after making a promise. One should consider first whether one has the ability to do it or not. And one should not make a promise if one cannot do it. Once promised, one should honor the promise even going through fire and water to defy all difficulties and dangers. Otherwise, you will come back to repay the debt in your next life. It does not matter today that you have owed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not remember it. However, all sentient beings will remember that you have owed them. How many matters have you promised other people but never honored in your lifetime? How many things have you promised when worshiping your ancestors but never achieved? Many problems in your life come from not honoring your promises such that your karmic creditors come to collect the debts. If you still do not correct yourselves, there would be more karmic creditors coming to settle their debts.

Today, more than these people, all of you must change yourselves. Small accumulated evils gradually will become habits eventually; at that time, you will not be able to correct the habits. Repeat again. This world is really very chaotic. A person who does not determine to ruthlessly correct himself, even if he has taken refuge and recited Buddha’s name, is very easy to be embroiled inside this chaotic vortex. You must completely correct yourselves and do not give up on the Ten Meritorious Acts. You should change yourselves as much as possible and any small gain will be counted. If you are willing to listen to the guru’s teachings and Buddha’s teachings, there will be certainly no bad things happened to you. Do not repeat your mistakes; there are very few chances in your life for you to make mistakes. When you do something wrong, it is the true repentance if you never do it again after the repentance. The power of repentance is very strong. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s vow promised to the Yidam is that as long as the universe exists, the vow will still exist. Do you dare to make such a vow? You always forgot the Buddha dharma you had just listened after going home; that is why you have so much trouble.

August 22, 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.

August 23, 2009

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche held a regular puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Taipei and enlightened the attendees on the characteristics of the three practice traditions, Hinayana (Lesser Vehicle), Mahayana (Great Vehicle), and Vajrayana (Vajra Vehicle). Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has bestowed the following teachings: Many people consider themselves learning Buddhism by reciting mantras, worshiping the Buddhas, doing full prostrations, and making repentance. In fact, those are merely actions taken by a believer instead of a Buddhist learner. The learning of Buddhism can be classified into Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. What Buddha Sakyamuni expounded right after his attaining of Enlightenment was the Hinayana Buddhism.

Once being a prince, Buddha Sakyamuni witnessed the life’s suffering of birth, old age, illness, and death while making his rounds through the gates of the city. Therefore, Buddha Sakyamuni, accompanied by five of his attendants, left his home and went into the deep mountain areas to conduct self-torturing practices with the Brahmanism’s meditative method of that time. So, we have seen some images showing a bonny Buddha Sakyamuni, whose ribs can even be identified. Attaining nothing after 6 years practice, Buddha Sakyamuni decided to leave his practice place. At a river bank, the first person Buddha Sakyamuni met was a shepherd girl. After drinking the goat milk offered by the shepherd girl, Buddha Sakyamuni abided in meditation under a Bodhi tree and attained Enlightenment late that night. Upon his attaining enlightenment, the Buddha realized that all the sentient beings already possess the primary cause for enlightenment. Why could Buddha Sakyamuni attain Buddhahood, whereas the sentient beings are still not awakened? The Buddha rose from his seat and decided to turn the Dharma wheel. Nonetheless, no one prayed for the teachings. (Living in today’s modern world of advanced technologies, we have regarded the Buddhist teachings as something at our fingertips and do not know the fact that Buddhist teachings should be requested.) When Buddha Sakyamuni reached the attendants who had left home with him, they, who formerly had decided to ignore the Buddha because the Buddha had abandoned his original intention to conduct self-torturing practice, saw the Buddha’s dignified look and thereby asked the Buddha for sharing his experience in practice. Therefore, Buddha Sakyamuni enlightened the attendants on the Four Noble Truths and the Twelve Nidanas.

The Four Noble Truths refer to suffering, origination, path, and cessation. As all the sentient beings are originated from the concentration of all sufferings, one has to conduct practice with a path leading to the cessation of suffering so as to eliminate the suffering. The Twelve Nidanas explain the reason why sentient beings create karma. It is from one’s consciousness that experiences are generated. Under the influence of the six perceptions, i.e. the senses of one’s eyes, ears, nose, body, and thoughts, all kinds of causes and conditions thereby arise. These are the teachings of Hinayana Buddhism. Those who practice Hinayana Buddhism have to renounce everything and eliminate all the afflictions. They cannot live with the crowds and don’t even cook due to the afflictions that can be aroused. Hinayana practitioners do no cooking because it generates loads of afflictions such as thinking about what to cook and what to buy to cook it, as well as making the purchases and doing the washing, cutting, and cleaning-up after the meal is cooked. Therefore, instead of cooking, they beg for food. Someone said that, since the Buddha must have eaten meat from the begged food, we thereby don’t have to adopt the vegetarian diet. Such a remark is a great lie. The majority of the Indian population is on a vegetarian diet. Meat-eating is considered harmful in Brahmanism. Modern Yoga places emphasis on cutting energy-damaging food, i.e. meat, out of one’s diet. As Buddha Sakyamuni must have practiced in a remote farming village away from the cities, its people, who were on a diet of little meat, wouldn’t give meat to the monks who begged for food. Even if there had been meat, how do we know that the Buddha hadn’t taken it to feed the animals? Therefore, we should not say things that we don’t know about.

The highest attainment for a Hinayana Buddhist is the attainment of an Arhat, who is a practitioner liberated from reincarnation. If someone thinks that placing the 18 Arhats in his house can earn him blessing, it will actually have no effect at all. Unless this person and an Arhat had cause and condition many lives ago, the Arhat, who wants to eliminate the afflictions, would thereby repay the debts and help him.

In the Buddha’s middle years, Mahayana was introduced. It is not enough for one to aspire to eliminate his cycle of birth and death only. One has to take the vows to help all the sentient beings to leave the cycle of birth and death. The practice in Mahayana Buddhism is based on the Six Paramitas, i.e. practicing of charities and generosity, precepts, patience, meditation, perseverance, and wisdom. Those who do not want to practice charities and generosity are no practitioners. There was a married couple praying for good health. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told them that good health can be obtained simply through conducting virtuous deeds and enlightened them to spend one fourth of their income making offerings as well as practicing charities and generosity in accordance to the Buddhist sutras. They then felt scared. Patience is falsely explained by many people as tolerating the humiliations. Actually, one should tolerate all the things in the world, including happy and sorrowful ones, and must not be shaken by them. The practice of the Six Paramitas cannot be done by conducting it merely once or twice but numerous times and has to be done continually. If one conducts such a practice in accordance with the Exoteric Buddhism, it will take him three asamkhyeyakalpas to attain Buddhahood.

A disciple considered there was some translation error in the abridged Avalokiteshvara Dharma text and emailed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for advice. While Dharma texts are only names and forms, any enlightened Guru can explain the names and forms in a way that is beneficial to the sentient beings. In addition, as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has recited this text numerous times, would Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche not know if there were any errors? When the Guru orally transmitted the text, its meaning was explained and yet the disciple, still considering herself being knowledgeable, thought so much as to be self-opinionated. Whatever His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche says, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche acts accordingly and do not ask questions.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that there is positive as well as negative education. The reason why the notice of forbidding some disciples from attending the puja for weeks as a punishment has been spread to us lies in the fact that we all make the same mistakes.

His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche faxed a Dharma text requested by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on the disciples’ behalf to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s secretary because that was the only fax number His Holiness knew. Being in Japan, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bid the secretary to fax the text to a disciple, who should then fax it to Yunnan for the translation process. The disciple merely reported to the secretary that she had faxed it to Yunnan and failed to report the result back to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that her problem lay in the fact that she thought it alright to bid others to do things. She even said she didn’t have the memory of it and forgot things which had been written down. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche remembers everything clearly as long as it is said by His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche unless it involves some special terms which need to be written down.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bid a disciple to carry out a task concerning the Buddhist center in Japan. The disciple replied that he didn’t know how to do it and then left the matter behind. The disciple failed to pay attention to Guru’s business and didn’t report back to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche even after days had passed. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened us that His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche’s business is Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s business, whereas the disciple has failed to achieve this.

The chairman and the executive board member of the Buddhist center are both experienced and knowledgeable adults, but they often go ask Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for advice over trivial issues about the Buddhist center. Every time when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ends his hours-long teachings, they rush to the front to present their report without letting Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche take any rest. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always finds out that the things being reported are all trivial issues that don’t matter. They don’t even have pity for the Guru, let alone a heart of compassion.

Two disciples have been constantly forgetful about things while serving the Guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, even though those are regular matters to take care of. They are not attentive to the matters and even said that it is because they are afraid.

One disciple went to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s company to ask a 70-year-old staff there to prepare a billboard for Chod puja in Japan. An instruction from her made 7-8 staffs of the branch company in Japan start to take actions. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that if she did take the responsibility, she should have dealt well with the thing through a normal procedure of our Buddhist center. She may think that doing so was good for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, but she should not ask the staff in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s company to do the thing. Should she want to do thing good for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, why didn’t she think to make the board done in Taiwan and bring it to Japan by herself?

Another disciple was asked to bring the translated authorization letter, which was written by His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, to Japan. Right after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the 3-hour puja and received the Japanese believers, he then asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for instruction where he should arrange the letter. Rinchen Dorjee was worn out at that time and gave him a look, meaning that he could request it later again. However, the disciple did not ask again, and surprisingly he brought it back to Taiwan the next day. He was commissioned but left the thing unfinished. Just as what Namgyal Khenpo ever said, you do not know how to serve Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The attendant of His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche can grasp what His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche means by even a glance and knows how to do thing well. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also knows what His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche needs by a glance of His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche, and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would tell the attendant of His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche to arrange for it.

Still another disciple, who works in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s company, did not report to her superior after she made some mistakes in work. She even tried to conspire with some young staffs to conceal the truth. Around after one week, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew that accidentally and punished her. She then blamed the young staff for that the young staff should not bother Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with such a trivial thing. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave enlightenment on this case: all of you have been taught to practice patience, in Thirty-Seven Bodhisattva Practices; this disciple felt herself was wrongly blamed and she also blamed other people, showing that she did not practice patience.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that one should not grab business from those of the same business, let alone from one’s Dharma Brothers. One disciple who worked as an accountant in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s company and made some errors left the company and continued a new work in a restaurant, that run by another disciple. She went to another Dharma Brother’s restaurant to copy their menu and made use of her husband and herself relationship in her job of Buddhist center to bring her working team members, who used to hold a meeting in the another Dharma Brother’s restaurant, to her restaurant to dine together instead. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche punished the two disciples by having them replace their red vest with a blue one and disallowing their participation in the affairs of Buddhist center. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche took himself for example: Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Chinese Medicine clinic does not allow the doctors to bring their previous patients of their previous work place.

There were some steel wires in lunch box made by a restaurant of another disciple who argued speciously that the steel wires were left by a cook. However, she did not take the responsibility to do check, nor did she take any action on the cook for the mistake as she was afraid that the restaurant will not run smoothly without the cook. So she chose to be the Mr. Nice Guy. How can we make food without carefulness and cautiousness? The Japanese food imported by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s company would be off the shelf 15 days before their expiration date. The very reason is that we can not let people eat something bad.

Being considerate for sentient beings, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche especially found a kind of food in Qinghai that is good for beings’ health. And this food could be found only in Qinghai. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always does everything with carefulness and cautiousness. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche particularly instructed each of disciples who are doctor to write down a detailed report about the food. Every of them wrote the report in details except one disciple who merely described it roughly. It showed that the disciple had no sympathy the sentient beings and no heart to the things beneficial to sentient beings. So he did not truly do what Guru asked him to do.

A new disciple made a contract with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s real estate agent for renting out his house. Before the contract’s expiration date, a person showed his intention of renting the house through the building attendant. The disciple rented out the house to this tenant for that he was afraid the tenant would not wait for him. On the other hand, the disciple felt sorry to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s real estate agent so that he suggested that he still pay the commission to the agent. Before the contract expires, he ought to rent the house out by the rules of the contract sighed with the real estate agent. But he broke the contract and proceeded by themselves according to the tenant’s will. He should have clearly talked to his tenant and asked his tenant to rent the house after the expiration of the contract. However, out of greediness for rental, the disciple transgressed the contents of the rules of the contract and let the agent’s staff facing the dilemma of receiving his commission or not. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that it could tell from that since this disciple broke his promise, he definitely does not abide by the law. He might think it would be no problem as he offered the commission to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche after he rented out the house and got the rental, by which, however, it showed that he was not reverent to the Three Jewels. Neither did he practice that even facing a risk of losing one’s life, one should not transgress one’s precepts, depicted in the Thirty-Seven Bodhisattva Practices. Thereafter, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened in the puja that it would not allow to receive the disciple’s offering, nor to let him attend any activity of the Buddhist Center. “Without trust and honesty, a man will not be well established.” One would have lesser problems should he think about other people first.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche scolded and punished those disciples who made mistakes, and also announced to all of you to let you know that you all make the same mistakes. Do not think that luckily your mistakes are not known yet. By punishing those disciples also could offset their sins of being irreverent to Guru. However, some people said that they have to be more careful to avoid being punished. If one could just act in accordance with the teachings of Guru, one would not be punished, and one does not need to pay attention to avoiding being punished. Those who practice the bodhisattva path would always pay much attention to one’s thoughts, behaviors, and speeches, so as not to bring any affliction to the sentient beings. You may think those things are so trivial that you do not mind at all. However, if one does not correct one’s evil habits, even for a small one, one could not learn Vajrayana. It is the evilest people who ask people not to tell something to someone for someone might tell Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and they are afraid of being punished by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

A couple shared their story with all attendees prior to the start of the puja. It was about an auspicious happening to their late 4-year-old son who obtained the Phowa rituals conducted by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. During the past 4 months, the little boy was diagnosed with blood cancer and was suggested by doctor to receive 6 kinds of the chemotherapy in hospital so that his life may be postponed for years. However, according to the monitoring report, he had a high probability of relapse after 5 years. Moreover, there were some cases that the patients might die of Immune Dysfunction and organ failure during the process of chemotherapy. The couple was unwilling to gamble with their son’s life and decided to hand it to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

Although little boy Chen, only at age of 4 years, did not follow Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for a long time, his faith in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was very firm and resolute. When he was ill, he once told his mother that he wanted to become Bodhisattva and obtain rebirth in the Pure Land. He also offered his favorite toy car to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and thus his merits could be accumulated to obtain the blessings of the fire offering puja conducted by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Caring nothing about the suffering of his disease on the terminal stage, little boy Chen insisted that he would go to Buddhist center in Japan to attend the Chod puja this time. In the airplane, he usually had a fever and his temperature was around 39 – 40 degrees centigrade. However, while being measured in the airport his temperature showed a normal result of 37 degrees centigrade. Moreover, he had almost no blood while being drawn in hospital, but tested with a normal result of blood pressure 90 in the Quarantine of airport in Japan so he could pass through the Customs and entered into Japan as he wished.

In the morning of August 16, the day of the Chod puja, little brother Chen knew when he would pass away in advance and told his mother that he was going to leave. At noon on the tour bus going towards the Buddhist center in Kyoto, Japan, he started to gasp for breath and asked to see the dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche; then he passed away in his parents’ arms, watching the dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche; the whole process took about six minutes. The Japanese translator on the tour bus immediately phoned Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Being more than one hundred kilometers far away from the tour bus, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then conducted the auspicious Phowa Dharma for little brother Chen. After the perfect completion of the Phowa Dharma, the crown on top of the deceased Chen’s head was warm, his face was in peace, and his body was soft. His body had no livor mortis after eight hours of his death, and was still soft when being dressed even after staying in the refrigerator in Japan for two days.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that you were even unable to compare with this four-year-old child and should feel ashamed. With his confidence, filial piety, and offerings to the guru, Buddha and Bodhisattvas and his achievement of the Ten Meritorious Acts before he died, he will be at least in the lowest of the middle grade to prepare to be a bodhisattva when obtaining rebirth in the Pure Land, living inside a lotus flower and accompanying with Bodhisattvas. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that when little brother Chen had passed away he had had no fear and had been in parent’s arms; such a thing as this has already been very rare nowadays; the children in the pediatric intensive care unit have all been inserted with tubes in their bodies and not been able to see their parents. And there were more than thirty disciples on board the tour bus reciting mantras together for him. These were all the virtues obtained from his offerings; his offering of the favorite toys indicated that he had already been able to give up. In addition, the fire offering ritual conducted by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche a few days ago also prevented little brother Chen’s remains from being dissected and thus relieved his family from sorrows caused by this procedure. If he passed away at home in Taiwan, he must have undergone through the dissection procedure, but in Japan he did not have to undergo this process. Because he passed away on the tour bus, little brother Chen did not bring any trouble to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. If he died after arriving in the Buddhist center in Japan, it will certainly disturb the Japanese believers at the spot.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that little brother Chen had not followed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for long, but he had had complete faith to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. In the past, it was a very short time since he had taken refuge, but he could attain the accomplishment of being reborn in the Pure Land. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that this was because these people knew their sufferings, did not ask for anything, and did not have any desires. And you still do not know your sufferings so you think that you still have time and are not determined to practice.

We should not pray for wealth, a stable job, etc. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is asking Buddha and Bodhisattvas to give him enough life such that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can practice Buddha dharmas perfectly in this life. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that why one would not have a stable job; that was because the one did not do things well. Otherwise, the boss would not let him leave.

Previously a person who earned his money by reciting sutras for the deceased had asked to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened him that what he could rely on to dare to receive money like that? When compared with him of being alive, a deceased person know more clearly whether a helper really has the heart and the ability to help him. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also let the lead disciple, who was used to recite sutras for the deceased, share with everyone her experience that it was hard to help the deceased by her reciting sutras and that after reciting sutras the livor mortis still appeared on the remains. The body of some deceased person would become soft after sutra reciting, but this did not indicate that the transference of coconsciousness was successful. That could be because the fear of the deceased was reduced. It is a successful transference only if the body is still soft after putting it in the refrigerator and taking it out a few days later. Every deceased person whose consciousness had been transferred by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with the auspicious Phowa dharma would not have livor mortis and the ascites he had before death would disappear out of thin air without discharge. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that livor mortis is just the meat the deceased had eaten and the beings the deceased owed before his death; it appears eight hours after death to let the deceased, whose spirit has left the body, see the gnawing of his body such that he will have anger and fall into Hell. And the ascites is also the meat swallowed in our belly that wants to let us suffer. We often saw dying people waving their hands to expel something; this is because the meat they had eaten had transformed into their deceased relatives to make them, who was afraid of death, fear. However, after the perfect completion of the Phowa dharma conducted by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the consciousnesses of these sentient beings and the deceased person are all transferred together, so the deceased person who has received the Phowa dharma will not have livor mortis and the ascites will also disappear immediately.

Buddhist sutra has stated that the remains of a deceased person are best to be cremated because the deceased person will not give up his body within forty-nine days after his death. Cemetery has more ghosts because the deceased are emotionally attached to the body and refuse to leave. Cremating the remains indicates that this life is really ended. Reciting sutras before the cremation is to remind the deceased person that the body can no longer be used. Buddhist scriptures have recorded that the lifespan of a ghost can go to one thousand years. If one does not do charity thoroughly during his life, that is, he does charity with greed and hatred, he will fall into the realm of the hungry ghosts.

For you ordinary people, even monks or nuns, reciting sutras cannot transfer the consciousness of the dead. Not only you have improper thoughts while reciting, but the major point is that you have no merits and power. Merits are attained from practice and power is the energy. One is qualified to perform transference only when having both. One needs to give up everything first in order to have the ability to perform transference. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not dare to perform transference until receiving His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche’s approval, not because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was afraid that he would get hurt, but because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche feared that the sentient beings would be angry about their consciousnesses not being transferred and fall into Hell.

Some Rinpoches and lamas ever said that there are very few people in this world who can conduct the Phowa dharma to transfer the consciousnesses of all sentient beings like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Regularly, not only the dharma conductor has to conduct the dharma near to the remains of the deceased person, but also there are regulations for the directions of the deceased person’s head and legs and for the dharma conductor’s seat. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can do like the dharma text has described that the dharma can be conducted in any place where birds can reach by fly. This is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has attained the blessings from His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche, the past gurus of Drikung Kagyu lineage, and Buddha and Bodhisattvas. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can attain these blessings because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helps all sentient beings without asking for anything.

One who views things unselfishly can handle things properly without hurting others and also without letting others to hurt himself. A selfish person will do things which hurt others and also hurt himself. You should focus on all sentient beings’ needs and all sentient beings’ happiness; you should put away your selfishness, make sacrifices, and offer dedications.

Vajrayana is also known as the sect of secret true words. One who practices Vajrayana should absolutely rely on the guru and make sure everything is done for all sentient beings. One who learns Vajrayana can change the results caused by all of one’s wrongdoings in the past. We are wrong in everything for ourselves and in every thought for ourselves. The reason for our carelessness is that we desire is too much.

One who practices Hinayana has to become a monk or a nun, cutting off all afflictions and leaving from the crowd. One who practices Mahayana has to believe in Buddhist sutras, believe in the law of cause and effect, and practice the Six Paramita. But Buddhist sutras have not stated that one can attain Buddhahood by merely practicing the Six Paramita. One who practices Vajrayana has to completely follow and devote to a virtuous guru without any doubt and surrender oneself completely. Practicing Vajrayana is the fastest to change a person’s karma, but the requirements are different; and it has to rely on one’s faith and reverence to the guru and the three Jewels. Like little brother Chen, he did not desire to make the sufferings disappear even at the most painful moment of his illness. So, although he had not learned Vajrayana, he had attained all blessings from the guru, Buddha and Bodhisattvas.

Since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche began to hold the Chod puja, the puja had been conducted regularly once a week for many years. Later on, the Chod puja was re-arranged to be held the once a month. Some people considered the power of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had degenerated, but actually Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s power has been accumulating and become stronger. Since the puja is held monthly, the number of attendees increase very much, how could Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conduct the dharma for them if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not have developed stronger spiritual power. Besides, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been being very busy. The motivation why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche let the disciples make offerings before their attending the Chod puja is to guide them, because many of them did not aware how to make offerings. Some of them had ever made offerings with alcohol coupons or lottery vouchers. The Master Marpa offered much gold when he pleaded for dharma teaching. Milarepa also made pretty much offerings to receive the Buddhist teachings. It does not mean the guru would want your money; if one does not make offerings, one would have not merits. Some disciples are questioning why it is free to attend the Chod puja before refuge but it has to offer money to attend the Chod puja after refuge. For those non-converted believers, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not accept their offerings since there can be no chance to repay them with Buddha Dharma. For those converted disciples, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche accepts their offerings and bestows Buddhist teachings. Some people think it has benefits as a Rinpoche who is prostrated by others. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said one would be benefited through prostration as the Rinpoche would respond with merits and virtues. Therefore, one would also be benefited by prostration to the dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued that the disciples need not to make offerings prior to attending the Chod puja since today. The disciples like to calculate and to evaluate the values according to money, therefore the disciples not only could choose to save money.

In the last, Rinche Dorjee Rinpoche cited the teachings of Master Gampopa. In the Vajrayano practices, Bodhichitta is most important. Bodhichitta is referred in two stages. One is Relative Bodhichitta; the other is Ultimate Bodhichitta. One could perfect the Relative Bodhichitta so long as to follow the guidance from the guru. To perfect the Ultimate Bodhichitta, one has to develop it based on the merits accumulated in one’s past lives, as well as devotion in this present life, and blessings by the guru.

There are seven types of consequences as a result if one had practiced the bodhichitta in his past lives. First, be born in a family of good natures. It is to be born in the higher ranking Brahman’s family according the hierarchy in India of the past. Nowadays, it means to be born in the place where people believe in Buddhism and the law of cause and effect. Second, obtain a wondrous body and attractive appearance. It does not refer to ordinary beautifulness, but truly good-looking and attracts eye sight of the others, as we are inclined to see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Third, obtain longevity. One would not die in accidents. Fourth, have no illness. That is not to suffer from fatal disease. For example, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could recover well even Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche contracted skin cancer. Fifth, possess various virtuous conditions. For example, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche received teachings from great master such as the wheel-turning sage king (His Holiness of the lineages). Sixth, obtain wealth. It would not be obtained through human intelligence. Seventh, obtain greater wisdom. One could realize pretty much more than ordinary people.

Without the blessings from the guru, one could not accumulate and develop a bit of the merits and virtues. Even one could accumulate a little merits, it accounts nothing on your own. It is because the guru always benefits to the beings continuously with compassion. One has to totally surrender to the guru and completely follow the teachings. Don’t have any doubts and selfness in one’s mind. As long as one has any tiny minor doubts, the guru’s blessings would be cut off. Then the virtues accumulated through practices would become merits, and it could be dissolved quickly. In contrast, the virtues would be confederated with the virtues generated by the guru and bodhisattvas and become extremely immense. Don’t consider a guru of Vajrayana according in the view point of Exoteric Buddhism. Be absolutely loyal and faithful to the guru and absolutely surrender to the guru, or one could not practice the Vajrayana path.

August 25, 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.

August 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.

August 28, 2009

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over an auspicious Chod puja of Drikung Kagyu Lineage at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Taipei. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has bestowed the following enlightenment: The Chod puja to be practiced today is one of the eight very important traditions in Tibetan Buddhism. The reason why these traditions are regarded as important for learning Buddhism is, by practicing one of them wholeheartedly, the practitioner can be liberated from the cycle of birth and death this life. Many believers think that consciousness transference is easy and reciting sutras at home could help transfer the consciousnesses of others. Even the ordained monks or nurses think so, too. Actually it needs many qualifications to perform the consciousness transference: Firstly, it depends on whether the sentient being to be liberated has connected causes and conditions, and, most importantly, whether the being has had connected causes and conditions with the Buddha in his past life after lives. If one has prostrated to the Buddha in his past lives, he will obtain help for the consciousness transference with appropriate conditions sooner or later, even he does not obtain such help at the point of death Furthermore, the practitioner who performs the practice of consciousness transference plays an important role. Here is a story:

There was a yogi. (A yogi is the practitioner who doesn’t reside in a particular monastery but travels around, and helps the sentient beings according to their conditions.) When the yogi walked past a mourning family, he saw a Rinpoche and a young Sami reciting the sutras for the deceased so as to transfer the consciousness of the deceased. Nonetheless, having watched for an hour, the yogi noticed that the deceased not only had refused to accept the transference to leave, but also had even aroused hatred. With his supernatural powers, the yogi saw that it was the officiating Rinpoche’s thinking about the offering to be made to him after the practice that gave rise to the deceased’s hatred. The odd thing was that the deceased had not fallen into the Hell realm although he had hateful thoughts. The reason lies in the fact that the young Sami had been reciting beside the deceased with mercy and compassion, which, therefore, let the deceased stay there. However, as the sincere young Sami didn’t have the power, the deceased was still unable to be liberated.

Hence, we shouldn’t think that famous Rinpoches are more powerful. If one has performed a practice in order to gain fame and wealth, the deceased will refuse to accept the help. The young Sami didn’t have the power because he hadn’t generated the mind of Bodhichitta or carried out the aspiration of Bodhichitta yet. When one dies, he will be like a poor person who is in need of help from the wealthy ones. If you are not rich, you won’t be capable of helping him even though you have such a spirit. Moreover, if a practitioner thinks about gaining fame and wealth, expects appreciation from others, or even hopes that someone will help him in the future due to his liberating others today, his practice will be conducted in vain.

Without practicing in life after lives, one will not have the power and energy to liberate the deceased to be reborn in the three upper realms even if he practices wholeheartedly this life. Take the recent flood disaster for an example, some people recited the sutras so as to help the victims be liberated upon hearing about the disastrous incident. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has great admiration for such a heart, but their action still failed to have any effect in terms of consciousness transference. Actually, transference of consciousness can be performed with any practice, and it is not necessary to rely upon a particular practice. Some people do not attend the Sunday pujas and merely attend the Friday Chod pujas because Chod pujas are for transferring the consciousnesses. They think that they can live vibrantly since their karmic creditors have been transferred. Such a thought is wrong. In fact, transference of consciousness can be performed in every puja!

Each of us has been reincarnated from the first cause and condition since the beginningless. (The term ‘beginningless’ doesn’t refer to an unknown time in the past, but void of nature.) We have been reincarnating in the six realms unceasingly until we practice Buddhism. Both evil and virtuous karma will make us reincarnated. The so-called one single nescience means the misunderstanding or misbelieving of the law of cause and effect as well as reincarnation. None of us believe the law of cause and effect. If we did, we would eliminate all our evil deeds immediately and carry out all virtuous deeds. As Bodhisattva Samantabhadra has stated, we should learn and study Buddhism as anxiously as a girl is putting out her burning hair. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche feels anxious, so does His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche, because time is running out. We don’t feel anxious at all and still think it a mere trial or something for entertainment.

The reincarnation doesn’t start only after one dies. For example, human cells renew, or are born and die, once every 7 years, one’s appearance always changes since he was born, one’s emotion change in 24 hours a day, and the phenomenon that one encounters constantly change, all these are regarded as reincarnation. In order to stop all the sorrows, one has to know where the sorrows come from.

The Dharma to be conducted today is very special. The practitioner must completely achieve the accomplishment of the Six Paramitas practice, namely practicing charity, precepts, patience, meditation, perseverance, and wisdom. All of these are the practices for those who practice the bodhisattva path. Do not think it is practicing charity by giving a cash gift to people or donating money to the victims of a natural disaster. The real practicing charity is to abandon all one’s best things to help all sentient beings. This dharma was developed based on the practice of charity as well as Prajñā, including both exoteric and esoteric teachings. If one does not practice Exoteric Buddhism well, one could not cultivate Budhicitta. Moreover, the practitioner has to realize the essence of void of nature. Void of nature does not mean nothing. It could be realized only through constantly practices of Buddhism. Furthermore, it also needs to retreat over a long period of time.

Chod puja, developed by the Machig Lapdron twelve hundred years ago, is presented only in Tibet but not in China. What the special part of the ritual of Chod is that it could be conducted by the practitioner himself alone without any other people’s help, while other rituals usually needs other’s help such as preparing, playing music instrument, arranging mandala, etc. Moreover, the practitioner must have attained the accomplishment of meditation of Nyima’s Dzogchen and Kagyu’s Mahamudra, namely the power of deep meditative concentration. Without such a well meditative power, the practitioner would be interfered by the ghosts among those sentient beings that are summoned by blowing the Dharma instrument.

When conducting Mengshan Food Bestowal, many Dharma masters have their eye lids drooping and do not dare to look straight because they will be scared to see the beings summoned. It is because one does not possess mercy and compassion so that he fears ghost and demon. Otherwise, one would not be afraid of being harmed anymore. Therefore, the Chod practitioner does not wear or take any protective objects such as sacred relics or Buddhist photo with him. Otherwise, when ghosts see the sacred light emitted from the sacred relics or Buddhist photo, they would be afraid to come to the Mandala to receive the help.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has ever said that when Chod puja is performed, the practitioner has to contemplate giving his own body for the sentient beings to eat and bite. Do not learn it when you recite mantra at home. If you contemplate that the sentient beings are biting your body, you would get sick instead. Why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s health is getting better by doing so is the practice regarding with the tantric dharma. Only the tantra dharma practitioners could have themselves eaten by ghosts, fulfilling their wishes. The wishes here are referred to the two major habitual customs of sentient beings: eating and sexual desire.

Today you have the proper conditions to attend this puja, do not be so narrow-minded to merely benefit youself. You have to know that many sentient beings need to be liberated. If you 1000 people on the spot all have sincerity, many sentient beings will obtain the help, and the merits and virtues could be extraordinary great. If your motivation is to help your karmic creditors or your child who early died be liberated, then that will be all what could be achieve.

No one could tell how many lives we have reincarnated. Suppose one has one thousand past lives, and he did things wrong ten times or ate ten fishes or shrimps in each of the lives, then, totally one will have owed ten thousand beings’ lives. However, you could not merely eat 10 fishes or shrimps in a life. Therefore, how many in total have you owed to? Let alone other evil karmas. You have to pay for all of these.

It is said in the Sutra that our human body is the body of karmic retribution. Karma is either virtuous or evil. Scientists also say that the genes could be good or bad. In fact, gene is karma which included what one has virtuously and evilly done in the past.

Some people who met difficulties and came to ask Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for instruction: “what did I do wrong?” That shows that the man only wanted to admit the one thing he did wrong and put aside all the other things. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does everything with a wish that it will not bring any effect to the next life. We have either attentively or inattentively killed many beings from life after lives. Even inattentively killing an ant could lead you to bleeding. On Aug. 16, before the puja in Japan started, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche unintentionally killed a big fly, and after tow days, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just had the back of one of his hands scratched, and the scar is still could be seen today. Although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has the ability to transfer the consciousness of the deceased, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still has to pay for what he owe, and pay it very soon. Let alone you or those who still eat meat. Some people even bargained by saying that he would still eat meat and would not adopt vegetarian diet until some day in the future. One who believes in the law of cause and effect does not ask a question like this.

In the morning of the day of last month when the total solar eclipse occurred, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted the Thirty-five Buddha Repentance Ritual. In fact, two months ago before the total solar eclipse, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had been worrying about it, because its followed phenomenon would be greatly good or greatly bad. It was not until ten days before the total solar eclipse that H. H. Chetsang Rinpoche made a call to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, saying “whether or not you’ve been thinking of me?” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche replied “yes,” and mentioned that he would like to conduct a puja while the total solar eclipse was occurring. After entering into a deep state of concentration for one second, H. H. Chetsang Rinpoche advised Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche perform the Thirty-five Buddha Repentance Ritual. Upon hearing that it was the repentance ceremony, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately knew that something serious would be coming forth. Since the Thirty-five Buddha Repentance Ritual was perform on that day, the later catastrophic typhoon that slammed into Taiwan caused a disaster in the south rather in the north. Theoretically the typhoon should have caused serious damage to the north because the typhoon eye was there. It is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had conducted the ritual and there were about one thousand disciples attended. In addition, many disciples who live in the middle of or southern Taiwan were not influenced by the typhoon due to their participation in the ritual. The repentance they’d made would not be useless.

Nowadays, there exists a fact that many people died at young ages; fewer and fewer died because of aging and far fewer died without illness or pain. For this, don’t count on that you’ll live a long life. Attending today’s puja is to sow seeds of conditions to learn Buddhism in the future. Without Buddhism, human beings have already become extinct. It is because we have been doing numerous evil deeds and killings only to gratify our appetites. Don’t think that eating meat would provide you with nutrition. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been adopting a vegetarian diet for decades; he is actually in better health than many of you.

A place damaged by a great deal of floods means people living there are loaded with greediness. All what those seriously greedy people do is to benefit themselves without concerning for other beings. Today’s Chod puja is happened to be first one after the flood disaster of August the eighth, you could mediate that you attended the ritual on behalf of the suffering beings in the typhoon-affected areas. This would accumulate a great amount of merits. Whether or not those suffering beings heard the reciting of mantras is not important. What’s critical is that you ought to wholeheartedly concentrate on your meditation. Your thought of benefiting suffering beings will be so powerful that Buddhas and Boddhisattvas will fulfill your wishes. It is not necessary to go into the typhoon-affected areas to conduct Buddhist rituals.

The mind can reach every destination in space without limitation; our body instead is bounded within certain distance. As Dharma Sutras indicate, mind of an accomplished master as well as his power can reach wherever birds can fly to. That’s why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was able to conduct a Phowa ritual two thousands kilometers far away from the deceased. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche doesn’t have to conduct rituals at the scene of the typhoon-affected areas. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does conduct a Buddhist ritual in the affected areas, the media will definitely report on the event of one thousand disciples with bright red vests while partaking in the ritual. However, a true Buddhist practitioner should never conduct rituals to obtain worldly wealth and fame. If so, the consciousness of any deceased won’t be willing to be transferred. More importantly, most people can only think of how to mend damages afterwards. Instead, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would take precautionary acts to prevent damages: he’d conducted the ritual in advance. In the future, natural and man-made disasters will occur more frequently. The sun represents masculinity and the moon femininity. It is not that femininity is not good. Femininity can sometimes represent mercy and compassion. If you continuously carry out evil deeds, the moon’s femininity will influence you. Something negative will happen to you.

All of you should stop eating meat. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was very fond of having sea food before. But after learning Buddhism, he fully understood the law of cause and effect so he stopped eating any sentient beings. It is not because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is afraid of being retaliated. It is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is afraid that if he doesn’t follow virtuous deeds, he’ll be eaten and bitten in future lives.

There have appeared many kinds of illness that can’t be cured. While being treated in hospitals, patients are actually experiencing the suffering of hells. For instance, due to diabetes, some are amputated, which also happens in hell. Some are intubated and extubated all over their bodies; children and elderly are confined in intensive care units all alone by themselves experiencing the solitude similar to that in the cold hell. Don’t think that this kind of suffering will never get to you. If you don’t learn Buddhism diligently, some day you’ll encounter them. Before such things happen, you’d think that you are strong and competent and you wish to be respected. Nonetheless, as soon as you become ill, you are subject to acts of others; nurses can take off your clothes without your consent. Who is going to respect you? You wish to be respected, but your deeds lead you the other direction against it. In other words, if you keep conducting evil deeds, therefore, continue to owe to sentient beings, no one will be able to help you.

Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche started to conduct the auspicious Chod Dharma. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche first instructed all of us to meditate for once that our elders were on our right-hand side, our same generation were on our left-hand side, all sentient beings in the six realms were behind our back, and all our karmic creditors were in front of us facing the mandala. And when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked us to speak the names of the alive and the deceased, we should speak out loudly. If we speak their names out loudly, indicating our sincerity, they would be able to hear their names and come.

After the perfect completion of the Chod Dharma, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened us that it was often misunderstood by Exoteric Buddhism that the tibia bone Dharma instrument is used to subdue the ghosts that are summoned by blowing it during the dharma conduction; and such a thought is not correct. The purpose of using a bone is to let everyone know that life is impermanent and that there are only bones left after dying. Another purpose is that to let human beings or ghosts to be liberated feel that he is being liberated by the one of the same type of beings. This is the method of “working in the same profession” in the four dharmas of attraction. The Master Dashi of scorched face in the Great Compassion Liberation Rite of Water and Land is the wrathful appearance emanated by Avalokiteshvara to liberate ghosts.

When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche blows the tibia bone Dharma instrument, the sound produced would be considered as a summons to all sentient beings in the ghost realm and as a command to all devils and the kings of ghosts. Some ghosts cannot be reborn because they are controlled by the kings of ghosts who have more powers. The sound produced by blowing the tibia bone can appease those powerful ghost kings and calm their greed such that the less powerful ghosts can then be liberated.

A tibia bone has to comply with many rules in order to be used as such a Dharma instrument. The Dharma instrument used by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for conducting today’s Chod Dharma is the one once used by His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche in the temple of Drikung Thil before and has been passed down from many generations of Drikung Kyabgon Rinpoches. The transmission of this Dharma instrument from past Drikung Kyabgon Rinpoches to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche means that the dharma tradition of the Chod Dharma will be passed down continuously. This Dharma instrument has been used by great practitioners so its blessing power is especially strong. The tibia bone Dharma instrument cannot be blown arbitrarily. If you blew it such that the ghosts came but you could not liberate them, they would follow you and asked you for things to eat every day; if they had nothing to eat, they would give you troubles. There was once a fake tantric guru who brought a bunch of tibia bone Dharma instrument for lamas to blow on television. But when those Dharma instruments were blown, only a short sound was made and no more sound later. This was because, on one hand, there were dharma protectors on the Dharma instruments and the dharma protectors would prevent anyone who did not have the right mind from blowing the instruments; one the other hand, those people had not attained the achievements of the tantric methods of channels and kundalini.

Some lineages ask the Chod Dharma practitioners to practice the dharma in cemeteries. In fact there was no tomb in Tibet 1200 years ago, only locations for sky burial and cremation. The so-called “forests of eight great cemeteries” refers to just the crematoriums. Because there were many wandering ghosts around in these cemeteries, the Chod Dharma practitioners could then come to these cemeteries to practice the dharma for accumulating their virtues. Furthermore, it was not possible in ancient times to gather thousands of people in a puja like today’s Chod puja.

Ostensibly it was Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who was conducting the dharma; but in fact the attendees will have chances to learn the Chod Dharma in the future or to be reborn in the Pure Land. But you still have to walk this path by yourself; Buddha, Bodhisattvas, and the guru will create opportunities for you, but how to continue is still your own decision. Your karmic creditors will also create opportunities for you; they are your benefactors, not your enemies. If you think that you can live a better life after your karmic creditors are liberated, attending this puja would be useless for you. It only has effects if you firmly wish them well.

As long as you practice Buddha dharma and do good deeds obediently, Buddha can help you suppress disasters. But it still depends on you to eliminate the karma. Even the disciples of Sakyamuni Buddha had to correct their behaviors and practice Buddha dharma diligently. Do not think that you do not have time; you will not be busier than Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche; busyness is just your excuse. The so-called “crimes flown away like flowers” indicates that your crimes have gone away. But your crimes may come back again. Only one practices Buddha dharma, one’s karma will not fly back again. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has spoken a lot of Buddha dharma because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not want you to turn practicing Buddha dharma into just worships and praying for desires.

Today’s puja is very auspicious since conducting this dharma after disasters will accumulate a great amount of virtues.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued the story told earlier. When the yogi saw the deceased person had had no condition with him in past lives such that he could not help the deceased, the yogi asked the family of the deceased to offer him a cup of tea on behalf of the deceased person. With this offering which created the condition between the deceased person and the yogi, then the yogi was able to help liberating the deceased person.

Before the Chod ritual was performed, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had enlightened many Buddha-Dharma to let everyone believe and subsequently develop everyone’s reverence. Otherwise, one could not have any benefits from the puja. If you raised your legs, you were not reverent, therefore the energy of your offering was quite few and nor is your merits. To some people the puja that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted is beneficial; to some others it seems non-effective. However, to the Buddhas sentient beings are equal; to the guru, the ritual is preformed without any discrimination. Why? The problem depends on one’s mind.

As the examples, there are two believers whose consciousnesses were transferred through the Phowa ritual performed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened if people, even disciples, usually are quite difficult to receive Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conduction of Phowa ritual to transfer their consciousness if they do not have an audience with or have pleaded with the Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the Phowa blessings. However, two female believers did have their consciousness transferred through Phowa ritual by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Besides, one of them committed suicide. Why could they have their consciousness transferred through Phowa by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche?

One of them, a woman, died of brain tumor. In her previous life, she was a fishing man and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was a Buddhist practitioner. She had made offering with a bowl of rice to the Rinpoche, and because of such a merit she did not fall into the hells. However, in her previous life she had accumulated much bad karma through killing the beings, so in the present life she often got illness, her life was short, and she obtained the woman body. But due to the merits of her offering, she could have her consciousness transferred through the Phowa by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Another woman, also a believer, was also a man in her previous life. In that life, she was a trainee in a restaurant and was in charge of brushing oil on roast ducks. Upon the completion of a retreat and when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was passing through, he put his palms together and paid worships to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in that life. In this life, this person died from hanging herself with the water tube in a bathroom, while she was sitting on the ground. It looked like a hanging roast duck. However, due to she had put her palms together and revered the Rinpoche in that life, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed the Phowa for her in this life.

She was making money through killing beings, therefore the result is to die from a sudden death. It does not mean to die by accidents. So, if your family makes money through killing beings, you have to repent thoroughly and deeply.

After conducting the Chod ritual for the attendees, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche became really exhausted and the voice became weaker. It is not because of how much times of reciting the mantra. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is sixty-two already and is making great efforts on helping everyone. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche urges that the believers should not eat meat any more. Think about the great mercy and compassion bestowed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who fully devotes time and spirits more than your parents do for you, it would be unconscionable if you still eat meat.

You don’t have true belief on the law of cause and effect, and even further become unwary of the cause and effect day after days. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has resolute and steady belief in the cause and effect, and through the practices gradually, the belief in cause and effect is more strengthened. If one could have firm belief in cause and effect, have strong belief in Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, one could have opportunities for rebirth in the pure land this life.

Some people do not have filial piety to their parents, while they fall in love. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche guided us that one who does not have filial piety to the parents would not have steady life. Why two people would become a couple, it is due to some debts or credits created in their past lives.

Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche talked about the swine flu and advised everyone not to have ice creams or chilly food. If the human body remains in around thirty-seven degrees Celsius, the organs would be in good functioning state and could tolerate or resist to infectious virus. But if one takes ice, the body temperature would drop, and the resistance to infection would be reduced. Through a long period of time, one would become much less immune to virus infection. Therefore, since practicing the Vajrayana, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has not taken ice cream, iced water and beverage any more. Nowadays, why there are many youths or young men get contracted the swine flu? It’s because they like eating or drinking the iced. If you take vegetarian diet and do not take ice, you will have less chance to suffer from the swine flu. But it still depend on if you will do evil deeds or not

August 29, 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.

August 30, 2009

Most Venerable Rinpoche held an auspicious regular puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Taipei and enlightened the attendees on the historical background of Tibetan Buddhism as well as important concepts in learning Buddhism. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has bestowed the following teaching: Regarding the issue people have been talking about in recent days, the fact that His Holiness Dalai Lama has been invited to visit Taiwan has aroused a lot of unnecessary disputes and misunderstandings, including misunderstandings about Tibetan Buddhism. A lot of people consider themselves understanding Buddhist teachings. However, instead of being something to understand, Buddhist teachings are to be experienced and realized through practice. Many people in Exoteric Buddhism in Taiwan have criticized Tibetan Buddhism. Originally, the abbot of a well-known Zen monastery thought the tantric practices in Tibetan Buddhism had been invented by the Tibetan people and were not teachings bestowed by the Buddha Sakyamuni. A famous master also denies the existing Tantric Buddhism and considers it a practice of the Indian Brahmanism. Neither of them is correct understandings.

While practicing the Exoteric Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche used to practice sitting in meditation for 45 to 60 minutes, 3000 to 10000 recitations of the sacred name of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, 21 or 49 (if time permitted) recitations of the Great Compassion Mantra, 1 recitation of the Universal Door Chapter, 3 recitations of the Heart Sutra, 21 recitations of Rebirth in Pureland Mantra and more on daily basis. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche cultivated even more diligently than many ordained people. Besides, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had been on a vegetarian diet for a year prior to his taking refuge.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was born into a Taoist family. During the time of Ching Dynasty, the great grandfather of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led an extremely wealthy family in Fujian by trading tea and farming silkworms. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s grandfather was offered an opportunity to take the imperial examination in the capital. Having passed the exam, he was then appointed to serve as the county magistrate in Suzhou. The family operated numerous businesses, virtually running all types of businesses except for coffin stores. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s father had practiced Taoism and attained an ability to let his consciousness leave the body. Ever since the age of 8, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had been trained by his father because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had suffered from poor health condition. His father hoped Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could live a peaceful and long life through having the protection from the deities in learning Taoism. It had been since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was a child that he had been able to sit in meditation, use charms with Taoist inscriptions, cure diseases and solve minor problems for others. Taoism at the time was somewhat combined with Buddhism. The primordial spirit of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche at the time was the Buddha of the Western Paradise. The Taoist primordial spirit is the Tibetan Buddhist yidam. At that time Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still didn’t know who the Buddha of the Western Paradise was. Thereafter, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s father died of a heart attack when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was 18 years of age. From his father’s death, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche realized that life is impermanent. No matter how powerful a person was in his life, he still can not control himself on the verge of death. Thereby, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche put away all his Taoist objects from then on.

Nevertheless, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was still quite mischievous. When first coming to Taiwan, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was constantly taken by many friends, who would like to introduce Taiwanese local culture, to places to consult a young medium or divination. As long as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche recited a Taoist incantation before entering the place, the ghost would leave upon his order. Then, regardless how efficacious the young medium had been, he wouldn’t be able to be possessed by the ghost, nor could the divination show any result.

Then, a friend took Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to see Master Guang Qin on the second day after a lunar new year. It was a year prior to Master Guang Qin’s death and a time when he no longer spoke but still granted blessings as usual to believers on the second day after the lunar new year. Having seen Master Guang Qin, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stood aside and waited for his friend. For unknown reasons, Master Guang Qin suddenly stopped to give Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche a 1-minute long gaze. Two days after the event, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche started to vomit while eating meat. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s wife at the time showed disapproval, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche tried to eat meat again and still vomited after swallowing the meat. Even the bile was puked up. Thereby, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche adopted the vegetarian diet from then on.

A year later, when meeting Master Jinneng, a guru in Exoteric Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked for taking refuge on his initiative. Unlike us, who came to pray with suffering and only took refuge after being helped, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche took refuge simply because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche felt that learning Buddhism is a good thing to do. Nonetheless, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s master in Exoteric Buddhism merely taught only one practice: practicing charities and generosity. As long as the guru called and asked for a certain amount of money, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would offer the money without asking about its purpose. An average person would think a lot in the face of such a matter and might think whether it is a stupid thing to do. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche completely believed that the master was an ordained person and therefore acted immediately upon the master’s words. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s master at the time did not establish a huge organization in order to conduct virtuous deeds. Instead, he diligently held repentance ceremonies and recited sutras for his disciples every month. Just like the enlightenment given by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche before, learning Buddhism is to prepare in advance rather than to handle events after they occur.

The scale of a charitable organization should be moderate, instead of being too large. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche donates money to the monasteries of the Lineage in need of sponsorship for projects such as reconstruction of statues, and gives the rest of money to government administrations. Some people think that many greedy officials in the government would put the money in their pockets, but they don’t know that every foundation has its expenses and employed staff and would be good to spend 5 dollars from a donation of 10 dollars on providing true help to people. As government officials have salaries paid by government already, are those working for a non-governmental organization less likely to keep the money? There was one occurrence that the cost of building a house had been 1 million dollars, but it went double when a charitable organization took over the case. It is unknown whether there was any corruption involved.

What on earth is the difference between Tibetan Buddhism and Chinese Buddhism? A late abbot of a famous Zen monastery in Taiwan had used to disapprove Tibetan Buddhism until he paid a visit to Tibet. Thereafter, he started to hold Tibetan language courses in his Buddhist center and no longer spoke any word of disapproval against Tibetan Buddhism. That was because he had seen the practice in Tibetan Buddhism and understood that, even with the differences in the cultural backgrounds of Tibetan Buddhism and Chinese Buddhism, they are both Buddhist teachings.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s master of Exoteric Buddhism also opposed that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to learn Esoteric Buddhism. During the period of learning Exoteric Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche met miracles appeared and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s master also did not want the miracles known by other people. Once, on the 9th day of one year, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche came to Nine Buddha Temple for heaven worship. Before reciting Sutra of Golden Light, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche pinched some incense powder with a thought spontaneously arisen in mind of being on behalf of sentient beings. On the photo that was taken by someone else at that time, it could clearly be seen that there was a light emitted from the Buddha statue on the Mandala directly to the heart place of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. From this we could tell that the mind is very important. A selfish thought would not obtain blessings. The blessings are for you to have enough courage and patience to learn and cultivate Buddhism. As said in the Sutra, the heart to learn and cultivate Buddhism, like that of a lion, has to be brave and courageous to go on the path without drawing back. Learning and cultivating Buddhism is the true man’s behavior. Without courage and patience, one might take with two steps forward and three steps back.

When His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche traveled to Taiwan, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew through one of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s good friends that His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche came this time was to raise a fund for the establishment of a temple in India. Getting this information, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche made an offering of NT 100,000 to His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not want to pay a visit to His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche in person, since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s master of Exoteric Buddhism had ever spoken something against Esoteric Buddhism. Later on, through Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s good friend’s highly recommending, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche invited His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s home. When they met for the first time, His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche did an activity that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has never seen His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche doing it again from that time till now, over twenty years. That was: His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche held one side of his own Buddha Beads and told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to hold the other side. In Esoteric Buddhism, the practitioner does not let other people touch his own Buddha Beads, not for that the practitioner is worried about his personal Buddha Beads being contaminated but the reason is that Buddha Beads represents all Buddha-Dharma as well as a meaning that the Buddhist lineage is transmitted on unceasingly. If one is not qualified to be handed on with the lineage, the practitioner will not let him to touch his Buddha Beads. Then, His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche recited mantras to bestow blessing, and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche felt Chi going from the Buddha Beads to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s heart. After that, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was devoted with no drawing back.

No false speech is not only referred to not lying but also not speaking of attainment you have not achieved yet. Moreover, it is also a behavior of false speech that one will not teach a disciple of the proper capacity the dharma that he knows as well as this disciple pleads for. A true practitioner speaks each word related to Buddha-Dharma. It is also false speech for a person to call another person “Bodhisattva” in admiration at his will. Only Buddha can prophesy one as Bodhisattva, and in Tibetan Buddhism only His Holiness has the qualification to prophesy about a disciple’s stage of realization.

It is a basic condition of being a human being to help and support for the victims of a natural disaster, yet it is not to benefit sentient beings. Only Buddha-Dharma could help sentient beings to be liberated from the cycle of birth and death. Helping sentient beings to be liberated from the cycle of reincarnation of birth and death is benefiting sentient beings. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was learning the Exoteric Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had doubted that why he could not achieve what is said in the Sutra and why he could not benefit sentient beings as depicted in the Sutra. In fact, the reason was that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche practiced Buddhism outwardly at that time, but was still afraid about the birth and death and tried to not think about this issue.

One day when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was sitting in mediation for 15 minutes, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche suddenly spoke a few sentences in Chinese (Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is a Cantonese and speaks Cantonese as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mother tongue. Therefore, it was not possible to spontaneously speak Chinese out of a sudden.) Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then wrote down those sentences and took them to ask a few famous Zen masters in Taiwan. They had no answer, however. They just closed their eyes or changed the subject. One time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked a man possessed by deity for instruction, instead the man just invited everyone to drink alcohol with an intention to avoid the subject by bribery. However, observing the precepts, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not drink alcohol. It was not until after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche took refuge under His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche and asked for instruction that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche received the answer from His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche: these sentences described the state of Mahamudra.

Mahamudra is a method of meditation practice. To learn Buddhism, one must to learn how to meditate. By the teachings of Pure Land Sect, it is the state of meditative concentration to abide by mind singlemindedly without delusion, or to recite Buddha’s name naturally without cease. In Tibetan Buddhism, there are two major systems of meditation practice: one is Nyima’s Dzogchen and another is Kagyu’s Mahamudra. As for how to practice Mahamudra, His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche has ever enlightened: to practice Mahamudra, one does not only sit there, but need to perform retreat. The way of performing a retreat in Tibetan Buddhism is different from that in the Exoteric Buddhism in Taiwan nowadays. In Tibetan Buddhism, one who conducts a retreat must stay in a room alone. If he is a monk and has learned the Exoteric Buddhism for ten years and will go on to learn the Tantric practice, he needs to take a retreat of three years, three months, and three days. This kind of retreat is not like the former one mentioned. The practitioner does not need to always stay in the retreat room, but he can not leave the area such as the venue. Moreover, he only does practices and engaged no administrative matters of a temple. This kind of retreat must be led by a Guru’s guidance, usually by a Khenpo. After the three-year, three-month and three-day retreat is completed, those Rinpoches in the temple would conduct a fire offering ritual for these retreat practitioners. It is to offer and express gratitude for Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Dharma protectors’ blessings on the smooth going of retreat. Furthermore, through the fire offering puja, it is also to make repentance for not doing well in retreat. Some Dharma masters who learn Exoteric Buddhism criticize that fire offering ritual is not Buddha-Dharma but the Hinduist ritual of fire worship. However, this kind of version is wrong.

Buddhism in China could be traced back to the Han dynasty. At that time there was a White Horse Temple. In early period when the Indian Buddhist Dharma master came to China, only Taoism was popular in China. The courtiers of the government did not believe in Buddhism and instructed the Chinese Taoist master and the Buddhist masters to build up the Mandalas for matching magic powers. The Taoist master tried to burn the Buddhist masters’ Mandala with the True Samadhi Fire. As a result, the Buddhist master’s Mandala was not on fire, but the Taoist master’s Mandala was burned down instead. From that time, Buddhism started to flourish in China. However, that Buddhist master died sooner after the match. It has been said in Sutra that super natural power should not be demonstrated. Even one is able to step on water from being drowned, and enter into fire from being burned, he should not demonstrate his super natural power unless he does it for helping or benefiting other people. One who practices on the Bodhisattvas path ought to subdue the believers with his bodhicitta, but not by showing his super natural power. This story illustrated that the tantric practices did exist in the Age of Semblance Dharma, not longer after the Buddha’s time.

Till the Tang Dynasty, tantric practices were still transmitted over China, and it is called Tang Tantra. After that, tantric practices vanished from China. Only a few Dharma texts were left. However, how to do the meditation are not written on the Dharma texts because it needs a Guru to orally transmit. Therefore, do no think you are a knowledgeable person so that you can read the Dharma texts to learn Buddhism by yourself. Once, His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche transmitted a Dharma to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with on other person on the spot. His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche pointed at somewhere on the Dharma texts, saying that there were two missed mantras, which were unknown by other people. Then His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche orally transmitted the mantras to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

In the Tang Dynasty, China was like a melting pot of culture of Asia and the West. Several kinds of culture were melted together with no one being repellent. The main reason had something to do with the man in power, Li Shimin. He was not the Hans people. Later he was granted with the surname Lee from the emperor. Therefore, the Tang Dynasty could contain several kinds of culture and attained to the flourishing age. However, in the later age, there were still wars and chaos. It was too convenient in traffic to find a real place for Buddhism practice. The environment was not good for people to learn and cultivate the Buddha’s teachings. Hence, Tang Tantra was spread east to Japan, becoming nowadays the Eastern Tantric sect. However, only two parts of the Esoteric Buddhism were transmitted into the Eastern Tantric sect. At that time, Buddha-Dharma had been directly spread to Tibet from India. The Buddha has ever prophesied that Buddha-Dharma would flourish in the Snow land.

In fact, the China government is developing Tibet step by step. One of their policies is to let the coast provinces to be in charge of the construction of some specific areas in Tibet, to make the living environment there better. In previous time, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche went to Drikung Thil from Lhasa, it usually took 6-7 hours. Now since the road has been constructed, it only takes around 2 hours to get there. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ever provided financial support for the construction of the facilities surrounding Drikung Thil. Now the government continues on those facilities. Now, there has been improved a lot.

Years ago, H. H. Chetsang Rinpoche asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to repair Phagmodru monastery of Phagmo Drupa, the founder of the Kagyu Order. Although Phagmodru monastery needed to be repaired, it was indeed damaged by Tibetans themselves. Once, there were several Tibetans pretended to be ordained lamas, informing local country men that they were setting out to cultivate Buddhism at Phagmodru monastery. Those country men not only believed the fake lamas but also made food offerings for them to bring to the monastery. To their surprise, the fake lamas vanished after a couple of months and the monastery was terribly damaged because the fake lamas had dug into the ground to steal and then sell Buddha statues of more than nine hundred years old. H. H. Chetsang Rinpoche ever told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that there were more than one thousand Buddha statues in a stupa of the monastery. After the fake lamas had left, a great many of statues were still dug out, which directly proved how huge the amount was.

Han people’s cultures and ways of living are very different from those of Tibetans. Both also hold a variety of attachments to life. Some people insisted that certain specific culture should be preserved. To the contrary, if a culture remains unchanged, it will be eliminated sooner or later. That’s why a few minority tribes were eliminated by Han people in Chinese history. From the view point of history, Tibet did not have culture before. Because Han culture could be continuously adopted to the local customs, Han culture thus can be spread widely.

For Tibetans, their life is all about Buddha-Dharma; from birth to death, they live their lives in accordance with Buddha-Dharma. For Han people, Buddha-Dharma is for personal interests. Only when they have time would they think of learning Buddhism; they don’t integrate Buddha-Dharma into their lives. This is contradictory to Tibetans’ ways of life.

In early stage of Buddhism being spread to Tibet, not only esoteric but also exoteric Buddhist Sutras such as Heart Sutra, Diamond Sutra, Avatamsaka Sutra, Lankavatara Sutra and Surangama Sutra were brought in. Given this history, why do many Rinpoches of Tibetan Buddhism in Taiwan simply conduct rituals, without giving teachings on Buddha-Dharma? There are some reasons. Traditionally, the societal infrastructure was serf system; ordinary people didn’t possess any properties. The lands and houses were belonged to noble families or chieftains. Serfs could only own basic food and clothes to get by. A lot of Tibetans were farmers, but more were nomads. Nomads don’t have fixed residence so they won’t be able to listen to Buddha-Dharma often enough. They would have a chance to attend a great puja once a year. That’s why Rinpoches were used to give Buddha-Dharma teachings to ordained lamas, and perform Dharma rituals for ordinary people only. Therefore, when in Taiwan, Rinpoches are also used to perform Dharma rituals. On the other hand, monks in Taiwan’s temples rarely conduct Dharma rituals. It is true that ordained monks should focus on practicing Buddha-Dharma. But if monks don’t conduct rituals, how would they repay believers’ offerings?

Some people believe that it’s not good for Chinese to govern Tibet, but some believe that it is good. For example, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had encountered a Tibetan in China who became a soldier after Chinese army forced into Tibet. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked him how he thought about becoming a soldier. He replied that he had been a serf before; after Chinese army took control of Tibet, his life was improved. But for aristocrats, if their interests were threatened, they certainly would criticize the Chinese’s ruling of Tibet.

Sakyamuni enlightened Dharma in this world only because some disciples had earnestly pleaded for Dharma. The disciples closely following Sakyamuni were those who had accumulated great merits. They at least had accomplished the level of shravakas. So it would take 10 years for us to achieve their understanding of listening to one sentence of Buddha-Dharma. Dharma sutras are written talks that Sakyamuni enlightened to his disciples. So when we read sutras, don’t try to understand the meaning because we are not shravakas.

Several weeks ago, due to his health problems, a male abbot of a temple came to beseech Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for help. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked him whether his temple held activities frequently. He replied that he’d conduct the water repentance ceremony once a week. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche promised him to bless his temple in person and enlightened him about Venerable master Wuda’s story in the water repentance ritual. Out of his habit of being an abbot, this man thought he was well familiar with Buddha-Dharma. He corrected Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s enlightenment “Venerable master Wuda said…” by saying that this story was later written by someone rather than being said by Venerable master Wuda. This incident suggested that this ordained man was quite arrogant, believing that he knew more than others. In truth, he only possesses literal understanding of Sutras. Reciting Sutras wholeheartedly is more important than thresh the meaning of individual words.

Tantras are not transmitted in six conditions: the place, timing, causes and conditions, lack of individual qualities to learn, and Han people. Traditionally, tantras would not be transmitted to Han people. It is because Tibetans thought that Han people were smart but, however, they easily offended themselves with their wise. However, H. H. Chetsang Rinpoche broke this tradition and transmitted tantric teachings to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. In the history of Drikung Kagyu, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is the first guru with Han background who has achieved the attainment of Rinpoche within this life. In fact, many misunderstandings are caused by cultural estrangement. For those who had achieved the attainment of Bodhisattva, language is only a means. As long as you understand people’s minds, you don’t have to know their language to understand them. For example, once when being at the venue in Japan to conduct a puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was able to know that the translator had made mistakes and reminded her the errors, even though Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not know Japanese. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche understood people through their minds, rather than through listening to their words. Take another example. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche doesn’t know Tibetan language, either. But when attending pujas conducted by H. H. Chetsang Rinpoche, who spoke Tibetan language, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche entered into a deep state of concentration and listened with pure mind. Later on, through practicing retreats, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could fully comprehend the enlightenment of H. H. Chetsang Rinpoche. Moreover, sometimes H. H. Chetsang Rinpoche used Tibetan language to give one-to-one Buddhist instruction, and however, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did understand them.

In November of 2006, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche went to India to receive empowerment from H. H. Chetsang Rinpoche. In 2005, H. H. Chetsang Rinpoche told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that this ritual was three-day long. But later the schedule was changed to one-week, two-week and finally one-month long. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s responses to such changes were always “yes.” If you were Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, rather than a direct “yes,” you would have replied that you could only arrange to leave for one week. During a tea break of the puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche went to H. H. Chetsang Rinpoche’s room, along with several Rinpoches close to H. H. Chetsang Rinpoche and two His Holinesses of Talung Kagyu. One His Holiness of Talung Kagyu inquired Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche “you don’t understand Tibetan language. How do you learn Buddhism from H. H. Chetsang Rinpoche?” This question arose from the same curiosity of many Tibetans that how a Han people can achieve any accomplishment in Buddhism. To respond such question, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche replied “I do exactly what H. H. Chetsang Rinpoche said to me.” From then on, no Tibetans would ask Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche such a question. It is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche precisely follows the instructions of H. H. Chetsang Rinpoche. Even H. H. Chetsang Rinpoche once praised that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had demonstrated more reverence toward H. H. Chetsang Rinpoche than Tibetans had.

The first Indian mahasiddha who entered Tibet was the Venerable Atisha. He only transmitted Exoteric Buddhism; his teachings were known as the Kadampa. After Tantra was transmitted into Tibet by Guru Rinpoche, the Kadampa, later, became today’s red school, or called Nyingmapa. At the same period, Kaygupa began to develop in Tibet. The transmission of the Kagyu lineage was originated from the Indian mahasiddhas Tilopa and passed to Naropa, Marpa who was the first Tibetan guru, and then Milarepa. They are all lay gurus. Gampopa became a monk only after his children and wife had died of diseases. Before Gampopa met Milarepa, he had already had the ability to get into a deep state of concentration for two days long. When he met Milarepa, Milarepa said what he had learned was an ordinary religion, and that his dharma practice was useless like trying to squeeze oils from stones since these were not the ultimate dharma to liberate from the birth and death. So he sought transmission from Milarepa. After that the transmission was passed to Phagmodrupa. After Phagmodrupa, his eight lead disciples formed the so-called “big four and little eight” branches of the Kagyu order.

Kagyu and Nyingma focus especially on Tantra practices. Then Sakyapa also appeared which is known as the flower school. The founder of yellow school, Tsongkhapa, learned Buddha dharma from the Drikung Kagyu order. He founded the yellow school because the monks and nuns at the time had not kept their rituals and precepts well. The yellow school is also known as Gelugpa and focus especially on precepts.

In fact, the ultimate results of practicing under any of the four major sects are the same. As long as you practice the true dharma, you will eventually attain Buddahood no matter which sect you practice. It mainly depends on that which sect had the relationship with you in your past lives.

There are chieftains in the basic administration level of great Tibetan area. A chieftain has a piece of land and had built a temple in his territory; the temple had had a Rinpoche as it abbot and had been the center of life of the Tibetans living around that area. So after the abbot of the temple had passed away, there had to be new abbot coming to preside over the temple. If the previous abbot had not told anyone in which direction, in what house he would be reborn, or the zodiac of his parents in his next life, etc. before his death, it would be very difficult to find the reincarnated boy. So there were some people who practiced dharma rituals to seek for the reincarnated boy, or who went to gnam-mtsho lake observing patterns on the lake surface as signs for searching, or who found boys with great virtues and trained them to be abbots. In Qing dynasty there was also the lot-drawing system of golden bottles that two golden bottles were setup for drawing lots by the potential candidates to decide who is the real reincarnated boy. Even a reincarnated Rinpoche may not necessarily attain any achievement. Should such reincarnated Rinpoche not practicing Buddha dharma accordingly, His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche will deal with this situation according to what Buddha dharma stipulates. His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche is very strict about practicing Buddha dharma and will not delay dealing with problems in the lineage due to fear of spreading lineage-related scandals publicly. It is keeping the precepts if one takes actions based on issues instead of people.

At the time of Jigten Sumgon, the founder of Drikung Kagyu, he had as many as one hundred and eighty thousand religious disciples. These disciples came due to their causes and conditions with the Drikung Kagyu lineage regardless the conditions of almost no road and inconvenience travelling in Tibet at the time. At present, some groups rely on organizing activities to attract believers; they all want to be known by any chance. Every year’s ten thousand people great Amitabha puja conducted by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was held without posting any poster and without wasting any sentient being’s money in publicity. However, the number of attendees was more and more each year. This is because the guru has enough virtues, merits, causes, and conditions such that Buddha and Bodhisattvas will send those who have the condition to attend. There is no need to force people to attend the great Amitabha puja because even if some people are forced to attend, they are just little white rabbits who just stray into the jungle and will leave eventually.

Because there are sentient beings that need to be liberated, there are Buddha and Bodhisattvas. In another words, attainment of Buddha and Bodhisattvas are accomplished by all sentient beings. If everything in organizing the great Amitabha puja is for all sentient beings, Buddha and Bodhisattvas will come to help. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has always refused media interviews, except once for the lineage accompanying His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche to a TV program and once for the Indian puja accepting one magazine interview. The web site of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center is setup just for the sentient beings that have the conditions to see. If one who sees the web site can develop the reverence, even if he does not come to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, he can also find other gurus for learning Buddha dharma and the web site would have already played its role.

Some one has asked, “Some gurus of Drikung Kagyu lineage has performed long-term retreat without leaving their retreat rooms and do they have compassion like this?” Actually, the dharmas the gurus practiced are different from each other; as long as there is enough vow powers, the compassionate emanation will appear; it does not matter if the physical body is present or not. It was like in 2007 when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed a retreat in Napel, many disciples and believers came to the Glorious Jewel Jewelry Company to prostrate in front of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s photo and their family members would then get the helps from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Before the beginning of today’s puja, a disciple shared the story of her grandfather who was being blessed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche after his death. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not conduct any dharma when her grandfather passed away. But the remains of the deceased were very soft and can still be dressed smoothly eight hours after his death. Why was the body soft? It was because the disciple and the deceased had faiths to the guru.

When performing retreats, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not pray to be enlightened, but prayed that the merits accumulated by performing the retreats could benefit all sentient beings.

Tantra certainly exists. Buddhist sutras had a story that Buddha Sakyamuni had a naturally-appearing dharma wheel in the sole of his foot. Someone wanted to imitate and seared the sole of his foot with a pattern of dharma wheel. As a result, he had inflammation and ulceration in his foot and went to ask for Buddha’s help. His wound was healed after Buddha blew one breath onto the sole of his foot. The arm of a child of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s disciple was also scalded by hot water and the wound was very deep that the bone inside could be seen. It was Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who blew one breath onto the wound and the wound was healed very quickly and there was even no scar left. This was just Tantra! Tantra can stimulate all of body’s energy to help others and requires systematic methods for training. It also requires one to put down the world of wealth and fame in order to attain any achievement. If one has a heavy mind of greed and desire and does not respect for the guru one hundred percent, it is not very good for the one to practice Tantra. Tantra is somehow like the cable to the other side; if one walks the cable well, one will definitely reach the other side; but one could easily drop down with a slightest carelessness.

His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche said that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been paying reverence to the Guru. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would seek His Holiness’s advice even to publish a book because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is afraid that fame and wealth might deplete his merits. Before one achieves the attainment of an eighth ground Bodhisattva, everything could change, for he still has habitual behavior of a human. Therefore, one needs the guru to inspect his habitual faults. Why Milarepa was still able to achieve accomplishments after he had killed so many people? The reason lies in the fact that Milarepa followed his guru’s words and practiced in caves throughout his life. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also has been learning Buddhism by playing no tricks and enduring hardships.

In 1994, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was running out of money, His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche didn’t contact Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche at all for a whole year, so as to observe whether this disciple’s faith in the guru and the Three Jewels would fade a bit. At the time, many Rinpoches of other lineages offered on their initiatives to transmit the practices to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not change his devotion to his Guru. When it was time to practice the Guru Yoga, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche looked for His Holiness for more than a month and, eventually, was able to pray His Holiness on the phone for the oral transmission of the Guru Yoga practice. Even now, His Holiness Chetsang still talks about this story with other people.

Ever since 1995, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has helped innumerable sentient beings. Had Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche not achieved a higher attainment, his body and merits wouldn’t have been able to bear such a burden. On the other hand, His Holiness had known that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s life would end in June of 2007, and thereby commanded Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to do this three-month retreat. In June, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s heart once stopped beating, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche merely asked the Dharma protector to save his life if it would be beneficial to the sentient beings.

In 2007, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche took a three-month retreat at Lapchi snow area according to the instruction of His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche. Lapchi is an area that Milarepa once had retreats there. To conduct the retreat, His Holiness started preparations three years in advance. In days when the helicopter could not be used, His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche took horse riding and walked to reach the area and retreated there. The weather of the area is really harsh, the shepherds could only feed yak in summer days and in winter the yak would starve to death. In preparation for the retreat in 2007, His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche paid the shepherds to raise the yak there in order to have milk. Besides, the area is a holy place that Milarepa had retreated, therefore thefts were active in this area to steal ancient treasures. The shepherds who lives there could provide some protection.

The reason why His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche had such attentive arrangement is that it is rare to have such a good disciple of advanced quality. And the guru would do many things for the disciple, as best as possible. We all had accumulated certain merits to take refuge under Drikung Kagyu and receive blessings from the Lineage as we learn Buddhism. Don’t bear any tiny doubts in mind toward your guru; we are not qualified to certify the attainment state of the guru and not able to accomplish the guru’s activities. Think it is due to your own karma to have such idea, and repent it immediately. Furthermore, stop thinking why you have those evil thoughts. Our thoughts arise in responding to the six roots of eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and thoughts, it also will enter into manas consciousness. If we do not repent immediately, these thoughts will go into the Store consciousness. Once they become the seeds of virtual or evil karma, it would need very much effort to stop its growing.

Therefore, you should watch your own mind and observe your every thought carefully. Don’t think it does not matter to hide those evil thoughts and then nobody would know. In esoteric schools, there are hundred peaceful and wrathful dieties in our body since the moment of our birth. Those deities are Peace Diety and Protectors. How come they would not aware of your thoughts? If someone is reluctant in such notion, self-indulgent, and considers it is some restriction. Thus, the consequence is to take what happens.

Updated on September 3, 2009