Event Calendar of The His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche

August 1, 2010

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the auspicious regular puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei.

Prior to the beginning of the puja, a male doctor disciple publicly made his repentance about his serious lack of filial piety to his parents, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas. He also felt grateful to the immeasurable kindness of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. His father was 98 years of age, who was sent to hospital in mid June, diagnosed with a terminal lung cancer, and eventually died on the 28th of July. The conditions were not sufficient enough for his father to be granted the Phowa Dharma of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche because the disciple has not solidly and genuinely learned and practiced Buddhism. For this, his father had endured the sorrow of being dead for two extra days until his consciousness was transferred during the Chod puja on the 30th of July.

Witnessing the suffering of his father because of being ill and dying has caused him great pain. He knew that his pain has resulted from his not able to practice Buddhism as taught. He has not done charities and made offerings as soon as possible, even after more than thousands of times when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been teaching the importance about doing so. Since he was crystal clear about it, his crime was even greater. Recently, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has reprimanded him several times, reminding him to properly make offering. He, however, was so self-righteous as to think that there would be plenty of time and opportunities to do so. This is not following exactly what was taught in the Buddha Dharma. This is the most serious lack of filial piety to his parents. Therefore, his father had suffered a great deal when passing.

In the past seven years after he took refuge, he has witnessed the unimaginable auspicious signs on the dead disciples or disciples’ family who had been granted Phowa Dharma. The crowns on the head of the dead were warm, their faces appeared peaceful, and their bodies were supple after more than ten hours after their passing. When his father inhaled his last breath, his mouth was wide open and there appeared liver mortis. After his family had recited sutras for eight hours, his father’s mouth was still lightly open and the body was still stiff with livor mortis. From these signs, he knew that his father was feeling pain, clinging, anxious, and fearful. The conditions and merits were not sufficient enough for his father’s consciousness to be immediately transferred. The disciple was grateful for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessing and help. Without the blessing and help, his father would have to suffer the illness for three more months because the doctor had predicted that there were three more months of life for his father with the terminal liver cancer. Because of the blessing of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, his father died earlier so as to terminate the pain. It has greatly reduced the suffering, including the patient’s and the family members’.

For most cancer patients, at the end of their life they have to suffer tremendous pain. Because of the blessing of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, his father didn’t experience a bit of pain; never was a pain killer was injected. When his father was passing away, his father was at peace without any struggling. These were all due to the blessing and help of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. On the 30th of July, his father’s consciousness was transferred during the Chod puja. He wanted to thank Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the immense kindness and grace.

He has learned Buddhism for several years and had also experienced many other religions. Moreover, he had been on the verge of dying due to his illness of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARA) and was rescued by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. He deeply realized that, in this world, there exists no other human being, things or objects that can help him or his family to be liberated from the suffering of the cycle of reincarnation. As a doctor, he could only witness his father’s pain while his father was ill and then indirectly informed his father that it was a terminal cancer and not treatable by doctors.

At first, his father wasn’t willing to accept any religion. His father gradually was changed and agreed to swallow the nectar pills blessed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and allowed that, on his father’s behalf, he went to seek Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help. When his father and family members decided to follow the course of the nature, no medical treatments such as the microscopic examination, surgery, or chemotherapy were performed. Thus, no vicious karmic conditions were again established with karmic creditors. They would like to thank Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for this.

He clearly understands that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is a rare practitioner in several hundred years of human history, who has achieved the level of Bodhisattva. The immeasurable compassion and wisdom of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can bestow unimaginable help to sentient beings, allowing them to break off the cycle of reincarnation. As disciples, what we should do is just follow what was taught in the Buddha Dharma. Without spending a lifetime to read numerous sutras and painstakingly studying, we’d be able to attain the great merits that are so desirable yet unattainable by many practitioners who have been practicing Buddhism for several decades. The only requirement is to do it.

He knew all about this, but again and again he had wasted his time, thinking that he still had plenty of it and opportunities would be always there. This is an error of not deeply believing in and contemplating on the impermanence of life. He should know better that it’s important to correct his behaviors of body, speech and mind. He has to change his ways of thinking. Yet, his clinging to worldly interests became an excuse that it’s all right to save just a little of his fortune. He thought he had paid enough respects to and had faith in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Without following what was taught and making offering, however, is not respectful and faithful. Without genuinely practicing Buddhism is lack of filial piety. He felt sorry to his parents. He also felt sorry that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had saved his life from the illness of SARS. More important, he felt extremely regretful because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been teaching helping disciples with Rinpoche’s life.

He has been seriously lack of filial piety, not only to his parents, but also to the Guru, Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas. He even felt regretful to sentient beings and all his karmic creditors. With such deep regrets, he vowed that, from now on, he will exactly follow what was taught in the Buddha Dharma. He wished his case can also be a lesson to all attendees. He once again thanked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Afterwards, another young disciple took the podium to share his experience. About three years ago, his whole family attended the Chod puja performed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, which would transfer consciousnesses of sentient beings. That was the first time Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche used the dharma instrument made of a human thighbone, which was granted by His Holiness Kyabgon Chetsang. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, during the last period of the puja, blew the instrument to give blessings to sentient beings. At the end of the puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said “if you get ill after attending this puja, congratulations! You’d pay back one more karmic debt.” At that time, he thought little about it like previous pujas he had attended and just went to a dharma brother’s home. Next morning when he went to school as usual, he felt a burst of chest pain and a little faint. He thought the symptoms were psychological so he went on to school without doing anything. The symptoms, however, continued till after school. He felt something wrong. So he went back to the dharma brother’s home to collect his stuffs and went home by public transportation. Before heading home, he went to a neighborhood clinic. After seeing him, the doctor suggested some medicine, but said “if the symptoms do not improve by tomorrow, it could be pneumothorax.” (a disease that gas enters and gives pressure to the lungs). He asked “if it is pneumothorax, what should I do?” The doctor replied “it will take one to two months to recover.” He thought he was just entering a college and would not like to take a leave of absence because of the disease!

After returning home, while doing his regular evening Buddhist practices, he resumed the practice of make full prostrations that he had stopped for nearly one year. Seeing this, his mother said “Why don’t you do it regularly? Isn’t it too late, when you are ill, to pray the dharma protector to help?”

The next day, his parents went with him to a hospital nearby. After the doctor of chest division listened to his description, the doctor said it was pneumothorax and asked him to take X-ray first. After reading the results of X-ray, the doctor said “the left lung has only one third left due to the pressure. How come you could still walk around? Hurry up. You should be hospitalized and take rest in bed.” The doctor planed to insert a tube into his left lung where was atrophied and extracted the air that pressured the lung. It was about 11am. His parents soon signed him into the hospital, but it was not until 12pm the room was ready. The out-patient clinic was not closed yet so he and his mother waited until 5pm when the doctor came to insert a tube for him.

The next day was the day for regular puja. His parents applied a leave of absence to the hospital for him for the reason of attending an “important examination.” They went to the puja together, during which they listened to a dharma tape-recording taught by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. While listening, he was feeling that what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche taught was all about his problems. A sensation of chillness to his heart emerged. After returning to the hospital, the nurse on duty told him “the water level of the machine has not been high enough. The air can’t be sucked out.” In other words, the machine attached to him had not been working for the whole day. The nurse poured enough water into the machine and asked him to watch the water level. If it was not enough, he should add more by himself. After six days of staying in the hospital, he was released.

While in hospital, he was kept lying in bed and listening to the tape-recording of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teaching on the Buddha Dharma. He would also review his school work. His mother came to the hospital every day, taking care of him, encouraging him and bathing him. His mother also applied Bao-Yuan balm, specially made by the Glorious Jewel Clinic, to the opening of the intravenous injection. It was not until the end of visiting hours did his mother leave the hospital. He was grateful for his mother’s taking care of him.

On the third day in the hospital, the doctor had arranged X-ray examination for his entire body. At the time, the symptoms almost all disappeared. On the fourth day, in addition to sitting on the bed, he could also walk around in the hospital. Two days later, the doctor suggested his release from the hospital and extracted the rubber tube for him. The doctor advised that he should return every week to make sure the disease wouldn’t resume. The next day he was discharged from the hospital he went to the regular puja with his wholehearted gratefulness. If not for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings and the protection of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, it was impossible for him to recover so soon. Nor would it possible to feel such minor pain and be able to make full prostrations.

His cousin also was diagnosed with the same disease, pneumothorax and was hospitalized for seven days. Three weeks later, however, his cousin returned to the hospital for surgery, experiencing a lot of pain. They had the same illness, but the results were very different. He was very grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. He only went back to the hospital twice for routine check up. His doctor said his lung was already healed. As long as he paid attention to his physical conditions, the disease wouldn’t recur.

When he examined his behaviors in accordance with the Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas, he found that he was not even qualified for one practice. He has to make great repentance because he has not followed what was taught in the Buddha Dharma. Nor did he listen to what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has taught. He, however, has received so many blessings. He’d like to thank Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for teaching him the Buddha Dharma, which has reduced his greediness, hatred, ignorance, arrogance, and suspicion. A short week of hospitalization had greatly stabilized his faith in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, from shaky to firm believing. He has become more reflective on his behaviors. When introspecting, he knew that, without the incident of being ill, he might be lost some where in the world. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has taught “without the Buddha Dharma, you would become nothing and wouldn’t live a life you have now.”

He was grateful to the blessings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas. Without the Buddha Dharma taught by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, he wouldn’t be a healthy person who can walk around. Rather, he’d become a sick person who has to visit hospitals all the time. He might also become a vicious person who is full of hatred, dissatisfaction, and afflictions. He was grateful, again and again.

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ascended to the throne after disciples’ sharing and gave the flowing enlightenment. You shouldn’t think that, after taking refuge for seven years, your family would definitely be granted the Phowa Dhrama, unless the disciple has made great offering on behalf of his family. In addition, the disciple should also give rise to great respect and repentance. Since February of this year, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had seen the darkness on the disciple’s face, knowing that someone would die in his family. At that time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had not known the disciple’s father was at such an old age. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche kept reminding the disciple to make great offering, and also requested him buy some products of the Glorious Jewel Group. He replied that he had to do some financial calculation. Even he was so good at calculation, he didn’t do any harm to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche but to his father. It has resulted in the lack of opportunity for his father to be transferred by Phowa Dharma at once when he died. His father had painfully waited for two more days. This is what the disciple has to make repentance, his lack of filial piety. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was still so compassionate to help his father and transfer his father’s consciousness during the Chod puja.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued to give enlightenment that compared to the pain one would experience when dying, your illness and unfortunate were actually nothing. These were not painful at all. When passing away, one would feel extreme pain and fear. It’s like to be placed in a completely remote location, seeing no one and not knowing where to go. Some may say that the experience of dying is like entering a white tunnel with light. It is not like that. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will explain the experience of dying in the future. That’s why the Phowa Dharma is so auspicious. It helps the dead to avoid such painful experience and grants them with sufficient merits to find Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche right after the last breath was inhaled. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would at once perform the Phowa Dharma for them and transfer their consciousnesses to the pure land.

The Phowa Dharma is a Tantra. When the Buddha Amitabha transmitted the Phowa Dharma to the Guru Padmasambhava, Amitabha said this dharma should not be widely spread. But later Buddhist practitioners knew how great this dharma was. More and more practitioners began to teach this dharma to the extent that they practiced this dharma as one of routine rituals, thinking that it would be appropriate to just read the text. Actually, performing this dharma is not as simple as they thought. Some practitioners would claim that they can perform the Phowa Dharma to an audience of ten or twenty thousand people. After the text was read, attendees thought they had been transmitted with the dharma and they will be able to be reborn in the pure land. They are wrong. Some Rinpoches would assert that they can perform the Phowa Dharma for the dead. After the rituals, they insist that falling hair is the proof of the success of performing the dharma. It, in fact, is not that easy. For Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the Phowa Dharma would not be performed casually. As all you know and many of you have witnessed the power of the Phowa Dharma performed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Whoever dead has been bestowed the Phowa Dharma performed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, his crown on the head must appear a round hole, the auspicious sign of the perfect completion of the Phowa Dharma. Moreover, the consciousness must be transferred to the pure land. An owner of a funeral home had seen the auspicious signs of the dead who had been helped by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s performing the Phowa Dharma. He has seen many remained in his life as well as certain knowledge about transferring consciousnesses. Only can the auspicious signs resulting from the perfect completion of the Phowa Dharma performed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche convince him. As he has seen how selflessly Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been helping sentient beings, he thought to himself why can’t he change?

The life of this disciple was saved by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. When SARS was infected Taiwanese people, this disciple was one of them. Because of the blessings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, not only was his life rescued, but his later recovery was also unexplainable by modern medical science. For most SARA patients, even if they could survive, the functions of their heart and lungs would be seriously weakened. Climbing up stairs or walking would make them short of breath. This disciple, however, is now healthy as a normal person. It’s not that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is short of cash. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche doesn’t want disciples’ money. It is that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was creating opportunities for disciples to make offering to the Guru so as to accumulate more merits. More than once, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has reminded every one that those who can be reborn in the pure land of the Buddha Amitabha are people of great kindness, those who have been practicing the Ten Virtuous Deeds. The first virtuous deed is not killing. Those who are still eating meat can’t be reborn there. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche wishes all the family members of the disciples can be granted the Phowa Dharma and the dead can be liberated from any suffering. Those who are still alive can know how great the Buddha Dharma is and the bliss would be emerged from them.

Why wouldn’t some disciples’ family be granted the auspicious Phowa Dharma? It’s because those who without sufficient merits can’t attain a rebirth in the pure land of the Buddha Amitabha. Therefore, the Guru will tell you how to accumulate merits for your family. The Guru will create conditions for disciples who, in turn, have to follow what has been taught to accumulate merits. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once taught that even if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has promised to perform the Phowa Dharma, the family of the dead might not be able to reach Rinpoche at the moment of pasing because of the lack of merits. Longevity is the result of our merits, so are our health and the chance of not falling into the hells. Which way would you like to use your merits? Some patients have already been inserted many tubes on the whole bodies. Their family still came to pray for their longevity. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave the enlightenment that if it is you who has been inserted tubes and lying in bed for one day, can you stand it? Would you feel comfortable? If you use the merits in praying for the patients’ longevity, they will eventually fall into the hells. The disciple who just shared his experience prayed for the blessings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to his father of 90 something years of age. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked him to make 500 full prostrations for his father. He did. The merits of his fathers, thus, accumulated. That’s why his 90s-year-old father with terminal cancer would suffer nothing and died earlier than the prognosis. But this is the result of following Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teaching. If you simply do it by yourselves, it wouldn’t be effective.

The disciple has been assumed that he had been dead. If he was dead, had it has been meaning for him to have money? Unfortunately it happens that he loves the money too much. Therefore Rinchen Dorjee particularly instructed him to make offering so to accumulate merits for his family members. When does Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche assign anyone among his 1000 disciples, except him, to make the offerings?

A disciple implored Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to accept his offering of more than 10 millions ND dollars for consecutive 5 times, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not. The money is his earnings from selling his house in June. Why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not accept his offering? It is because this disciple hoped that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could help him complete all what he want by making such an offering. The reason Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche salvage sentient beings is not that Rinpoche desires the offerings. The sutra ever said that a guru should not fawn on believers and distort the Buddha dharma to earn their offerings. If one does not have the right attitude of making offerings, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not accept his offering even a penny coin. Why to bestow merits upon one whose attitude of making offering is wrong? What is the correct attitude? The key is, by making offering, in order to gain liberation from reincarnation and to attain Buddha so to benefit sentient beings. But you look forwards family members’ health or children’s welfare. All of these are your desires and ask Guru and Buddha and Bodhisattvas to fulfill your desires.

The key of making offering is not the quantity but the quality. A good depiction from an old woman is that it is not too less to make the offering of 1 cent coin and not much to make the offering of one thousand dollar either. Such a woman who serves Buddha and Bodhisattvas by cleaning up the temple knows the importance of heart of making offerings. Usually, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not accept offerings from believers. Why? It is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not want to owe believers. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will accept the offerings only from very few believers in order to help them make karmic connection with Buddha and Bodhisattvas. The disciples must make offerings to their guru because guru dedicates his merits from his practices to all sentient beings every day. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still makes offering to His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang as before while His Holiness still makes offerings to Buddha and Bodhisattvas too.

Although this disciple is a medical doctor, he does not care about the pains of the patients. He did not treat them seriously either. What he think in his mind is how to invest and make big money. When he heard of Rinpoche’s comments on future of the real estate cycle, he went to invest the real estate business immediately. Two years ago, he lost 2 millions NT dollars in fund investment but he did not care since his broker was female. But although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ever saved his life, he never thought how to repay Rinpoche’s grace, nor arise deep gratitude. Why instruct you to make the offerings? It is to teach you to let go what you care about most. If you can’t let go your fortune, you must be unable to let go when you are dying. And you will have more suffering of death, more obstacles to obtain rebirth in the Pure Land.

Just now, you have heard the disciple say that his father’s mouth was still open even after the family recited the Buddha’s name for 8 hours. Besides, his body was very stiff. You should not think that sutra recitation equals to salvation. Without a pure and clean heart and the heart to benefit the deceased person, any recitation will fail to salvage the deceased. In India, the late Mother Teresa conducted a lot of virtuous deeds and would even hold leprosy patients in her arms. However, when she passed away, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw her photo. Her mouth was wide open. Only in the later photos was her jaw seen lifted by gauze, but her mouth was still open. In other religions, they also know that it is not good for a deceased per to have an open mouth at death. Nevertheless, there is no way to help the deceased person to close his or her mouth. However, when the Phowa is performed to transfer the deceased to a good place, his body would relax and his mouth would close. Why do people open their mouth when they die? It is because one finds himself unable to draw one more breath on the point of death and naturally opens his mouth to draw a breath just like what he does when having a stuffy nose. As the dying person cannot breath through his nose, he tries to draw one more breath as he doesn’t want to die yet. He would be shocked to find no air being drawn and become nervous. As the person got all tensed up, his jaw bones would be stuck and prevent his mouth from closing up.

Some people came to tell Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that their parents were ill and asked for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s advice on what they could do for their sick parents. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew that it would be impossible for them to make a great offering for their parents’ illnesses. Therefore, Rinchen Dorje Rinpoche would ask if they could do 2000 prostrations for their parents every day. Some of them agreed immediately and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would tell them to do 200 prostrations first at the Buddhist center. Usually, those who were told to do so would never show up again. You people are incapable of doing anything for your parents’ illnesses. As you are unable to achieve what a practitioner can do to help the sentient beings, you should not be arrogant any longer. All you can do is implore a virtuous guru with your sincerity and reverence and be obedient.

Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued his teachings on differentiating thoughts expounded in the previous puja. If a practitioner wants to attain Buddhahood in his current life and benefit the sentient beings, he will then adopt a different direction and attitude with respect to his Buddhist study. It was said last time that the great Gampopa asked the practitioner who just began to learn Mahamudra should regard all the conditions in his mind as differentiating thoughts. As one confirms his own nature in practice, he should further his practice by contemplating on the true form of the ultimate nature until realizing the non-birth Dharma body and Emptiness. The Dharma body refers to the Buddha nature, the nature of mind, and Emptiness. When a Buddhist practitioner is in this beginning stage on the basis of a thorough understanding of the Exoteric Buddhism, he or she should practice through Vajrayana means without having any direction or being goal-oriented so as to realize Emptiness. Otherwise, he would be against the Buddhist teachings regarding to the liberation of the sentient beings from their suffering and reincarnation.

The Dharma body does not refer to any statues of Buddhas or Buddhist sutras. It is best depicted in the Diamond Sutra:Do not find me in colors or forms, nor should you find me in sounds. The Dharma body does not have any shapes, colors, or forms. No instrument is able to reveal its optical spectrum. When you generate compassion, you will then gradually realize that the sentient beings are not different from us. Thereby, you will be able to blend into all the matters in the universe. The Buddhist sutras already tell us that there are worms in human bodies. These worms refer to the many sentient beings, i.e. the bacteria, in the human bodies. Do not think that they are very small. They, too, are living beings. So, does the body belong to me or the sentient beings? What difference is there between sentient beings and me? When one is able to attain an impartial mind, he will be able to blend into all the matters in the universe and even become integrated with the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and the sentient beings. Such is attaining one’s ultimate nature, the Dharma body, and the Buddha nature.

Someone who is in the beginning stage of his Buddhist study is different from those who just started to attend pujas or adopted a vegetarian diet. Such a person has a thorough understanding of the fundamentals in Exoteric Buddhism and is about to initiate his Vajrayana study. Many people begin to learn Buddhism in order to improve the health conditions of themselves or their family members. Such a deed has no cause for criticism, but it is not learning Buddhism. You can see that many people are doing full prostrations in the venue. They think that they are learning Buddhism, and in fact they aren’t. What they’re thinking about is their family or their health. Therefore, they merely form karmic connections with the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. One who begins to learn Vajrayana should not be goal-oriented or have any direction because he would be placing restriction upon himself by drawing a box around himself. Such a box would not prevent the practitioner from making progress, but would let the practitioner generate attachment to Dharma. There was an incident that occurred several years ago. A disciple’s mother once sought refuge to an ordained master, who had been a nun for 30 years. Nevertheless, she learned Buddhism in a goal-oriented way and thereby generated attachment to Dharma, always thinking that she would come back to the world to help the sentient beings with her vows. Therefore, she conducted wrong practice.

If a Buddhist beginner learns Buddhism in a goal-oriented and directional way, his practice will be against the Buddhist teachings that help liberating the sentient beings from their suffering and reincarnation. Some people might have a question. As one takes the vow to attain rebirth in the Pure Land and liberation from reincarnation, would such an aspiration be directional, then? In fact, this is different from the aforementioned goal orientation. There are two circumstances in which one would aspire to attain rebirth in the Pure Land:For one, Bodhisattvas with true practice in this life would go to the Pure Land to benefit more sentient beings. For the other, those who are in the lower level of the lower grade of birth in the Pure Land are able to go there because of the help of a great practitioner. They would begin their practice as a Bodhisattva of the first level of enlightenment and would benefit the sentient beings when they attain Buddhahood. Therefore, the Pure Land is a terminal to them, not a destination. Even an Arhat, who aims to salvage himself, needs to have an altruistic mind so as to transform his karma and attain liberation from the cycle of birth and death. To take vows is to be aspired. The aforementioned ordained master cannot go to the Pure Land by herself because she did not have firm renunciation. With vows to return to the world for helping the sentient beings, they will not be able to return in accord with their vows if they do not attain the attainment of a Bodhisattva. Instead, they will return with their karma. Benefiting the sentient beings is a vow but not a goal. What Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche thinks now is not to be attached to the idea of going to the Pure Land of Buddha Amitabha. Any Pureland will do, for benefiting the sentient beings can be achieved in any place.

Why does one have to go to the Pure Land of Buddha Amitabha? According to Jetsun Milarepa, if a practitioner is unable to attain Buddhahood during his current life, the intermediate state, or next life, he will have a high risk of falling into the hell in the reincarnated lives to come. As we live in this world, we cannot avoid committing killing. Even though you are on a vegetarian diet, you still kill lives. The act of spraying the pesticide speaks for itself. Even in organic farming, beings will be hurt as long as you dig in the earth. When you walk on the street, you can’t help but kill an ant or a small animal by stepping over it. All the karma of killing stays with you and accumulates on your body of karmic retribution. Therefore, the cause of falling into the hell is created. The disciple who works as a doctor was scolded today because he did not act in accordance with his guru’s instructions. Because of his subtle attachment, he made his father suffer. Such a deed was totally opposite to filial piety and his cause of falling into the hell has been rooted. In order to help him, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told him to express repentance. Had he not expressed his repentance in front of the attendees, his root of going to the hell would be very firm.

Once you are in the hell, it would be a very long wait before you can come out. Buddha Sakyamuni knew that it would be difficult for the sentient beings to attain rebirth in any Purelands of the Buddhas, so the benevolent Buddha Sakyamuni introduced Buddha Amitabha to the world. Because of the vows taken by Buddha Amitabha, it is easier for you to go to the Pure Land of Buddha Amitabha than that of other Buddhas. The Pure Land of Buddha Amitabha was told personally by the Buddha Sakyamuni himself. In the Sutra of Buddha Amitabha, the Pure Land is said to be covered with gold and have beautiful scenery. When you want to eat, food will rise from the ground, everything but meat. After you finish the meal, the utensils would vanish automatically. Those who like to eat and dislike doing the dishes would find themselves most comfortable in the Pure Land. In fact, one would not truly eat anything there, for eating is merely a thought. As to the description of the beauty of the Pure Land, it is to fulfill your expectations.

One has to understand where his thoughts originate. You often thought thoughts comes from the responses to either what people do or some changes of outer environment. This is incorrect. Those thoughts are already inside your mind. Thoughts actually rise from one’s nature. As thoughts do not occur because of the surrounding matters or people, one does not need to blame others. The reason why you get angry is not because of what someone does to you, but because you originally have the thoughts of getting angry deep inside your heart. Therefore, when someone does do something, that thought of getting angry comes out from your mind under such a condition. If you have no thoughts of anger since your previous lifetimes, you will not get angry at what he does. Thoughts arise because your mind moves. Our nature was influenced by the differentiation accumulated in our previous lifetimes, therefore generating and bringing the karmic forces to this life. We are reincarnated because we have differentiation. You people still do not believe what is stated in the Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha’s Fundamental Vows. All the thoughts generated by the sentient beings are karma as well as crime. Even the scientists have found evidence that one’s brain waves travel across the universe when they occur and thereby have influence upon the wave motion throughout the universe.

You generate every single thought for yourself. You differentiate matters in accord with your preferences, thinking that your opinion is right and refusing suggestions from others. You always think that the dishes you cook are the most delicious. No matter what others say, you would never change your cooking style. All these are derived from differentiation. Take the aforementioned nun as an example, although she had sought refuge for tens of years, she did not dare to close her eyes to sleep before she died because she was worried that she would miss the arrival of Buddha Amitabha and thereby fail to follow the Buddha to his Pure Land. She could not relax and sleep until Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed teachings upon her. She eventually received the precious Phowa performed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and went to the Pure Land. The ordained nun had such attachment that she insisted seeing the Buddha herself. She clung to such thoughts of differentiation and generated attachment to the Dharma. Even if one thinks that it is good to learn Buddhism and that it is bad not to learn Buddhism, he is having thoughts of differentiation as well.

You are all selfish. Superficially, you say that you do things for the benefit of your company and your family. However, the reason behind all these is to benefit yourself. You have been taught since childhood to live for your own benefit. You even do so with your education. When you receive education, you then become a person with knowledge and etiquette. To have such knowledge and etiquette is to benefit you as well. You would be liked because of your politeness. Such thinking is different from the Buddhist teachings and altruism.

Because of the virtuous and evil thoughts, one’s body of karmic retribution would have experiences when outer temptations occur. Then, one’s heart would move and generate virtuous and evil karma, making you fall into reincarnation. However, without Buddha nature, the Dharma body, one would never have cultivated the Ten Meritorious Acts and thereby got the body of karmic retribution in his current life.

For example, we think that dark clouds would prevent the sun from being seen, but actually the white ones can do so, too, just like today’s sky is covered up with white clouds. Thereby, we are unable to see the sun shine. Our nature of mind is similar to the sun. Any virtuous or evil thoughts would cloud your pure and clear mind so that the light of our nature can’t show. For example, locks made of iron or gold can lock people up. Ordinary people might think that gold has greater worth. In fact, any virtuous or evil thoughts would lock us up and keep us reincarnated. They are essentially the same and no differentiation needs to be made.

That Buddhist nun thought that the virtuous deeds she had done had great helps to herself. So she persisted in the virtues she had done before and did not want to let go of them. The attachment to virtues prevented her from liberation until Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helped her to be reborn in the Pure Land. Therefore, you must follow a capable and virtuous guru to practice Buddha dharma. Doing this can help you not to let your merits become virtues in the human and heaven realms. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had taught us before the importance of dedication, we should dedicate all of our virtues practiced to all sentient beings to prevent turning our merits into virtues. We should not dedicate our virtues to specific objects either. If we are not willing to dedicate we will be drawn into the cyclic existence by the karmic power of virtues. If we still dedicate the virtues to specific relatives and friends, we will harm them and let them be pulled into the cyclic existence.

To go to the Pure Land of Amitabha Buddha, one must be a person of great virtues with enough virtues, merits, causes, and conditions. Virtues and merits are two different matters. It is not just depending on doing virtues alone either. Like Emperor Liang, how many virtues he had done? How much contribution he had made to the Buddhism? Rinpoche believes that what Emperor Liang had done is much and much more than what we had done. We all have heard “the repentance ritual of Emperor Liang”. For a deceased concubine, Emperor Liang asked the Master Bao-Zhi to write the repentance ritual. In the history of Chinese Buddhism, Emperor Liang stands in a pivotal position. Before Emperor Liang’s time, there were very few monks/nuns or Buddhists who were vegetarians. But Emperor Liang requested all monks/nuns to be vegetarians and advocated vegetarian diets. His “repentance ritual of Emperor Liang” also spread widely in later generations. However, Emperor Liang was eventually surrounded by the enemy and starved to death. This was because he did not have merits to change his karma from past generations of lives. Comparing with Emperor Liang, the virtues you have done are far less than his. But even the practices of Emperor Liang only attained virtues, not merits. So for a Buddhist disciple, a capable guru is very important, because the guru will teach the disciples how to distinguish and accumulate virtues and merits and how to prevent turning merits into virtues.

If one uses equality to treat one’s distinguished mind, one will not distinguish farness and nearness, long and short. We can use Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoch’s story as an example. Even if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was in India while the deceased person was more than 2000 kilometers away in Taiwan, a distance of a six-hour flight, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still practiced the Phowa dharma and could punch a hole in the crown on top of the head of the deceased person in only fifteen minutes and perfectly completed the dharma. The deceased person would display all of the auspicious signs of a perfect Phowa conduction. This was because Rinpoche used equality to treat the distinguished mind. Otherwise, this could not be done with such a long distance. An undistinguished mind does not distinguish good or bad, long or short, distance, and self and others; such mind will not feel whether a person is good or bad. When benefiting sentient beings, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche treats all of them with a mind of equality and will not distinguish who has money or who has not. As long as sentient beings have sufferings, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will definitely help. On Friday, there were close to 1300 people attending the Chod puja presided over by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. After the puja, you felt very happy, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche felt uncomfortable for a very long time at home. When salvaging sentient beings, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not have a distinguished mind. At that day, the sentient beings receiving the helps of liberation rushed in one after another like tidal waves; and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not distinguish whether a ghost was more terrible, whether a ghost was better-looking, or this ghost had heavier karma such that Rinpoche did not want to help him. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had none of these thoughts. Only the help from a mind of complete equality can benefit endless sentient beings. At the day, the hell of fire had been opened by shaking such that many sentient beings could leave the hell.

Of course, for beginners, this kind of practices of using a mind of equality to treat our distinguished mind is not that easy. Hence, we must follow the guru’s teachings and truly practice them, not a bit more and not a bit less. Finally, to confirm that the our original nature is the Dharma body of no origination and attains enlightenment on void of nature.

Buddhist scriptures have mentioned a howling hell. Literally it is not easy for us to grasp its meaning. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once went to the oncology division of a hospital at night to bless a patient. Rinpoche heard the sound of mournful screams from a patient who could not tolerate the unbearable pains of cancer. That was a sound screamed with the person’s full strength due to the unbearable pains. Then, other patients also issued strong howls one after another. Hearing those sound made you feel as if you were in the howling hell. Why is a cancer very painful? From Exoteric Buddhism’s point of view, this pain is from your karmic creditors; from the perspective of Vajrayana, the pain is from our distinguished mind. If we can attain the mind of equality, we will naturally not feel the pains. You cannot achieve this, can only implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has definitely achieved this. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has a very serious spinal scoliosis and should not be able to sit with such a straight posture from any known medical theory. However, when sitting long or walking, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not feel very painful. Yesterday, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche met with believers in the venue of the Buddhist center, from 4:30 in the afternoon to 10:00 in the evening, and did not leave the seat due to the spinal scoliosis. This was because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has attained the ability of using equality to counter the distinguished mind. Although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still has such a spinal scoliosis this serious spinal scoliosis, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not feel painful since Rinpoche does not have the thoughts of pain inside his mind.

The meditative practice in Exoteric Buddhism is to use meditation, chanting, repentance prostration, or to concentrate one’s power of mind to fix on a sentence of the Buddha’s name so as to suppress the thoughts. The practice of Vajrayana does not view thoughts as devils or something one has to give up, but uses thoughts as a practice tool to reduce one’s thoughts or to prolong the period between arising thoughts, further to practice concentration and open one’s wisdom.

When a believer comes to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and says he want to learn Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often ask him to go home and think the reason. In fact, it does not matter if he finds his answers. What more important is when he follows Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche;s instructions to think this issue over, he will knows he himself has numerous thoughts and also find that all of these thoughts come from himself.

When Huinen, the Sixth Patriarch, went to a Buddhist monastery in Guangdong, he heard two monks discussing over a moving banner. One of them said that it was the winds that moved the banner and the other argued that it was the winds moving along with the banner. Had you heard such a discussion, you would have considered it a state of Zen. However, the Sixth Patriarch told them:The noble ones, it is your hearts that are moving. When the guru heard what Huinen said, he immediately stepped down from his throne and asked Huinen to ascend the throne to bestow teachings.

Each of you has the experience of sitting in a moving car. When we sit inside the car and look out the window, the houses and trees outside the car window seems moving away from us quickly. However, the houses and trees are not actually moving; it is the car that is moving. And you, sitting in the moving car, is like your mind. Because your mind moves, this will generate differences; because your mind moves, you see everything moves. If your mind does not move, then everything outside will not move either. But it is not easy for you to realize this.

A male disciple said that when he had been a monk in other Tibetan Buddhist order he had followed many gurus and read many Buddhist scriptures. However, he had never heard the contents of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s enlightenments today. And he had never seen someone who could use such plain sentences and analogies in daily life to explain the mind and the thoughts. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche indicated that though the content of today’s enlightenments is from the book written by Master Gampopa, you could not understand it even if you read the text in the book. Especially, everyone had the experience of sitting in a moving car, even for those who lived far away in Tibet. However, you could not detect even sitting in a moving car could have anything to do with Buddha dharma. Who could use the experience of taking a car that everyone had to explain the nature of mind? A person who has not attained enlightenments cannot speak with such contents. A practitioner who has attained the enlightenment of void of nature has his wisdom opened and can effortlessly use anything in the universe to teach and explain Buddha dharma.

Buddha Sakyamuni once said, everyone has the condition to attain Buddhahood. Why have I attained Buddhahood, but other sentient beings have not?

The nature of each sentient being is all pure and clean. It is just obscured by the distinctions of the likes and the dislikes from generations of lives. It is very difficult for one to practice under this turbid and evil world in the Dharma Ending Age. But everything is a blade with two edges. Because we are in this difficult environment, it makes us determined to practice Buddha dharma diligently. If we were born in the feeling of happiness, it would be difficult for us to practice Buddha dharma! The sutra of Amitabha has stated that in this turbid and evil world each of us all has a pure and clean self-nature; our nature is also like a Lotus; it grow up from the filth without being polluted. “To feel exuberantly happy” is a Buddhist term. The human mind is like a flower wrapped in layers. The mind mentioned here does not refer to the heart, but refers to the inherent human nature which is overshadowed and covered by five poisons. When the mind has no attachment, the mind can be opened. When the mind opens, it will have no differentiation; it will not differentiate sentient beings, Buddha, and I; and it can be integrated into the universe of majestic and myriad phenomena and can contain all things.

In 2007, when performing a retreat in Mt. Lapchi where Venerable Milarepa had performed retreat before, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche personally saw the sufferings of sentient beings in the six realms. The phrase of “personally saw” does not mean imagining, seeing, or realizing. It refers that when Rinpoche’s nature appeared Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was together with the sentient beings without any difference. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche attained the enlightenment of a bit of Dharma body and knew the endless pains suffered by sentient beings in the six realms from the cyclic existence. Due to this, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche cried his heart out for hours. After the completion of the retreat, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reported this to His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang enlightened that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had attained enlightenment on void of nature. Venerable Milarepa had once said that he dared not to even think about the sufferings of sentient beings in six realms in the cyclic existence! When entering into the nature of Dharma, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can see the sufferings of reincarnations. However, Venerable Milarepa had reached a state that as long as his thought moved he could know the sufferings of reincarnations.

For the above mentioned dharma, you should not start to practice them at home, particularly for those who have not taken refuge. You come here today just to hear stories. Because you have not taken refuge, no matter how you practice the dharma at home, there will be absolutely no effect.

The Dharma text has documented how to attain the achievements of immortality and how to have a lifespan the same as that of Sun and Moon. That is, how long the sun and the moon exist, how long the dharma practitioner can live. But almost no one can attain accomplishments of this dharma since the practitioner has to be away from the crowd. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche cannot attain achievement on this dharma either. Many people came to implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche not to let their parents die and wanted their parents to live some more days. Yesterday, there was a believer who implored Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in such a way. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked the believer to be like her sick parents lying in bed with tubes inserting all over her body after she went home. If she could stand the sufferings, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would let her parents live. All of you have seen that many intubated elderly people were very uncomfortable and always wanted to unplug the tube. Many people are persistent and do not want to bear the feeling of losing loved ones and let their loved ones suffer the pains unnecessarily for a very long time, just to satisfy their greedy desire of seeing the loved ones once more. How good could it be for an unhealthy body to live longer? Having helped so many sentient beings, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has not seen one sentient being who implored Rinpoche on how to reduce the sufferings of parents after their deaths and who did not implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to let their parents go to a good place after parents’ deaths. Only sons or daughters can practice Buddha dharma on behalf of the parents. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has practiced well, so Rinpoche’s shelter of virtues also let the body of Rinpoche’s mother has reduced pains.

Yesterday Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche met 130 believers without taking a rest from PM 04:30 to PM10:00 approximately.  Sometimes you may see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche turning his neck. That is because of displacement of the cervical spine in Rinpoche’s neck, the “Qi” (氣) could not go through without turning the neck. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s body is with S-shaped Scoliosis. The symptom is so serious that Rinpoche should wear the Metal Bracing for the severe Scoliosis, but Rinpoche does not do it. Rinpoche can be able to sit with straight and help sentient beings for a long time because of his mind without thinking of other different things. Today some of you sitting in the venue feel the legs hurt, one reason is that you have no desire for Dharma. Another one is that you expected to attend the puja which will be benefit for your family or your troubles will be solved or you may wish to get rid of illness. Therefore when the content of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s enlightenment is not conformed to your expectation, you will feel that is not your business and start to lack of focus and feel hurt in your legs. Why people feel their legs hurt and sore? It’s because they ate meat, killing sentient beings.

There are a lot of people to have the surgery treatment when they have the bone spurs. A female disciple, who is a surgical doctor, advised the possibility of risk to have the surgery with the bone spurs. When getting rid of the bone spurs by the surgery, the best condition will not be proliferated anymore for the temporary several years. But it needs to have the surgery again for the problem of bone spurs proliferation. Her grandmother was one example of this case. Why you feel the bone spurs hurt? That is because you discriminate it with your mind. The human beings were reincarnated for more than ten thousands generation in the six realms, those sentient beings who have the causes and conditions with you are uncountable. When you attending the puja, only thinking to get rid of the suffering for this life, forget those sentient beings that have the causes and conditions with you are still suffering. The problem of bone spurs proliferation was due to the improper treatment with the causes and effects. When you only solve the problem for this life, others of those sentient beings come and asking for the debt. You may doubt that the capability of Buddha is extraordinary, why are there remains without being salvaged? That is not the problem of Buddha, that is because of your mind discriminates it and confining to be salvaged only for this life. Therefore there are lots of sentient beings cannot be salvaged. The sentient beings are staying in your body, or in your belly. The sutra mentioned that there are beneficial germs between our eyes and eyebrows. There are also beneficial germs which are not parasites or ascarids accelerate the processing of digest in our belly. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was diagnosed with skin cancer, he practices and endeavors to benefit sentient beings including those cancer cells. Therefore when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche accomplishes great attainment, those cells are also benefited by his attainment, therefore they would not disturb you to let you hurt.

When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reciting the mantra, those sentient beings realize that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is sincere to help them, therefore they would stop to hurt someone. The purpose of you to recite the mantra is for yourself; those sentient beings who were hurt by you understand what you think, thus it will not be effective for them.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened for those believers: Do not think that you are able to practice with attainment when you are listening the dharma by entering into meditation. If you don’t take refuge under a guru, without the blessings from the guru, there will be no attainment for all lifetimes. The Tibetan Buddhism especially emphasizes the importance of guru. It does not mean that the guru is much more important than Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. The reason is that we are at the degenerate age of the Dharma without the merits to met Buddhas and Bodhisattvas; only rely on guru to be able to learn the Dharma.

The most important thing is guru at the teaching of Vajrayana. All you have the problems: you deem that you can practice attainment by yourself only by reading the sutra and reciting the mantras. It is impossible to do it! Even the Sixth Patriarch Huineng could attain realization when hearing someone recited the Diamond Sutra. He still needs the guru. Since the Fifth Patriarch who transmitted the dharma of mind to him, then he could benefit for sentient beings. Hence, it is impossible to attain accomplishment without guru’s guidance. Why it is so important? Because the guru is an experienced practitioner,who can guide you on the correct way of learning Buddhism. An experienced guru can know how to benefit his disciples.

Today Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened the teaching of Gampopa by the stage of learning with beginning stage, intermediate stage and final stage which are skillful means in order to explain clearly. In the Universe of sentient beings, who can achieve Buddha are only the human beings in the earth need to communicate with language. Thus that is the reason for the appearing of the sutra, and a guru appears to teach the sutra. For a disciple with the good conditions and capacities, it is not necessary to explain too much. The sutra mentioned with respect to Kasyapa’s smile by Buddha’s holding a flower. The Venerable Kasyapa attained the state of full enlightenment of arhatship only by Buddha’s holding a flower. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang ever transmitted the dharma to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, originally it estimated need for one week to finish it, at last it only took one hour. A example for the dharma in the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness, which is a great dharma. When His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang transmitted it to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, His Holiness opened the dharma text and modified somewhere of the text, went through the text by reciting it for one time. Then this dharma had been transmitted to Rinpoche. It is because that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has owned virtuous roots by the previous lives without need too much language.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is not a reincarnated Rinpoche, but is a practitioner that achieves the attainment of Rinpoche position during this lifetime. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, like you do now, was used to think that reciting sutras and making prostration is so called learning of Buddhism. But there is one difference between Rinpoche and you. That is when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche makes incenses offering, make prostration, or make repentance, Rinpoche think he is doing these on behalf of sentient beings. But although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has taught so many times, you are still so selfish that you think you make prostration or practice dharma for yourself. The difference lies in the fact that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has virtuous roots of numerous lifetimes but you don’t. As you don’t, you must make repentance. Why there was a disciple motioned that he/or she did not know how to make repentance? Recently these pujas, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche taught everyone from the beginning by diligence and concentration, the purpose of the teaching is to let everyone know how to review yourself daily, and don’t make mistake to hurt sentient beings repeatedly. When making mistake, you have to make repentance to ensure that you will not make the same mistake again.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened a lot with respect to dharma which will not be repeated again. Even if Rinpoche spoke so much, an example like the physician disciple was told for over 7 years, who still persists in his old ways. Ones can attain the accomplishment and merits, not to look at whether living a good life or not. Ones with a great merits depends on whether he is painless before his dying hour and going to the pure land and liberated from reincarnation after he passing away. Everyone will die even if Buddha Sakyamuni had the ill in order to repay the debt before he died. Our body is a body of karmic retribution. If we can repay the debt of previous lives with this body of karmic retribution, just let it go! Before Buddha Sakyamuni passed away, although he had the ill, but he was without the suffering of illness and the process of died. The face shape of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang is round with lots of merits to be able to have a disciple like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and not necessary to be exhausted for it. The face shape of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is square facing with the disciples without enough virtuous roots, Rinpoche has to reiterate and advise disciples hardly. There was one believer had the cancer asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to let the illness can be peaceful with her. She hurt so many sentient beings, how could she claim for peace? There is not enough time to kneel down and kowtow for forgiveness!

The Dharma must be implemented in our daily life; otherwise it is just merely another kind of religious believer. Just like other religion, they worship their deity or God on the top who is the only one can practice attainment. But the Dharma tells us, we all have owned the nature of Buddha, everyone can attain Buddhahood. The key point is whether you have made the decision to follow the teaching of Buddha to practice it seriously.

The process of learning Buddha by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is different from you. Rinpoche did not see the requirement of the dharma text and then started to practice with it. Because of the virtuous roots accumulated by previous lives, when Rinpoche attained a stage of level with causes and conditions, and reviewing the dharma text and he find out that he already achieved the criteria mentioned in the dharma text. Last several weeks, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that the non-stop of concentration can be diligence. That is not only useful in learning Buddha, you will not make mistake in work, in life, or in school. Those who can make concentration will be superior to others. It does not mean that you will be excellent or handle a task faster than others. It aims that you will not hurt others to have the zero ratio of making mistake. Living in the world, do not hurt sentient beings due to your mistake. Last Friday at the Chod puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that a practitioner, who has attained the Siddhi of Spranbrala Yoga never discriminate sentient beings with help. When your mind attaining the Equality, which can hardly do something wrong, as well as not to hurt sentient being.

Last week Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche met 250 believers, even if a glance at one believer is a kind of blessing. The eyeball would be bulged out for 250 people not to mention that Rinpoche had to recite mantra for believers. It was very hard. The guru of Vajrayana is helping disciples every second. An example like the physician disciple, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not know that the disciple’s father with 98 years old had ill. But how could Rinpoche help him with various methods. Because Rinpoche is thinking his disciple, even if Rinpoche has been over 60 years old, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang still takes care and thinks his disciple- Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The relation between a guru of Vajrayana and a disciple is closer than the couples or children. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can dare to say” he is always benefiting sentient beings anytime!” No matter Rinpoche is saying on the dharma seat or doing everything under the dharma seat, he is always benefiting the sentient beings.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has encountered vast misfortunes in his worldly life: his father had early death, his business corrupted a couple of times, his marriage suffered discord, and contracted cancer, that is almost any kinds of misfortunes that one could find in a novel. According to a doctor, the melanin skin cancer, that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had contracted, is classified as acute and fatal one. Nonetheless, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had not taken any treatment on it, had disregarded it, and instead has been completely focused on practicing the Dharma. As a result, crust of the skin cancer came off itself not long ago. Some weeks ago, a believer came to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to ask blessings for his mother. Through the power of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, his mother had been first transferred from ICU to an ordinary sickroom and then went home. However, the believer was still not satisfied with the condition, so the believer came again to ask if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could help his mother speak so that the family could know what the mother would need? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stated that the family members have desire if they could simply fulfill the mother’s requests and thus could be free from staying with the mother all day. As children of the mother, they lack of patience to the mother. Furthermore, from the other view point, if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche makes the mother speak a little more, what if the mother would deliver bad speeches all day? Have they ever thanked about it?

When the lineage founder of Drikung Kagyu, Jigten Sumgon, contracted leprosy and was in danger, he said “I think that the beings in illness are so helpless, however I have blessings and protection from my guru. Even if I die now, I have the guru”, and the fear disappeared within his mind. Thinking of the mercy and gratefulness from the guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche cannot stop his tears for a long while.

Be grateful! Nowadays people are becoming non-grateful. An ancient proverb tells us that repay the merit of someone, who gives you a cup of water, with all the water of a spring. Be grateful to all beings, to the guru, and to Buddha and Bodhisattvas. As long as one is truly grateful, one will take immediate action and will do one’s best for one’s guru, without any concern over one’s own standing points. The truth is: when His Holiness Chetsang asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to take a three-month retreat, the response by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is one word “yes”; for any instructions from His Holiness Chetsang, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been always doing his best to accomplish them to the degree of devoting his life. One must have true respectful mind that means not only to completely accept and concentrate on guru’s speech, but also to practice them in daily life. Respectful mind does not merely refer to how much you practice the rituals received from the guru.

A true disciple would not bring about concerns from the guru; instead, the disciple will completely follow the teachings and achieve them at all possible. If so, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could be free from worries on the disciples in Taiwan when he has to leave Taiwan for something. It is not important if you could understand or not about today’s key note delivered from the Rinpoche; the key point is you have to hear and follow. Someday at certain karmic conditions, you will be benefited on the Dharma practices. Learning Buddhism is a process through stages. Only a qualified and virtuous guru could guide you how to achieve the steps of practices. You may find an analogy in education system that one has to accomplish the criteria of elementary schools, high schools and the colleges. In Dharma practice, the guru would grant you empowerments, retreats, and cultivation of development stages and perfection stages.

Next, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche transmitted the ritual of Protector Achi to those newly converted disciples. In addition to the transmission, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened them on the practice: Achi is the grandmother of Jigten Sumgon, the Drikung Kagyu lineage founder; she is an un-common Protector. Protectors could be referred as family, common, or un-common ones. Family protectors are particular to some families; common protectors are consecrated among every lineage; and un-common protectors support a certain lineage. Protectors are also known as worldly or sacred types. The spirits that you worship in temples are of worldly type, while sacred ones refer to Bodhisattvas of Eighth Ground above. Protector Achi, having achieved Buddhahood, is un-common. There are many different texts to perform Achi practice. Today, the text is suitable for taking practices at home. The text must not be disclosed to any other non-disciples, even a glance of the text is not allowed – that would break your vow. If you break the vow, you would encounter numerous obstacles in the path to learn Buddhism. Protector Achi protects Buddha Dharma and those aspired after learning Buddhism. You shall not make false supplication to her. Your supplication shall be according to the ritual text, and none of others. Do not repeat the mistakes that a disciple conducted divination to Protector Achi.

Protector Achi supports the true Dharma. You will have benefits if you take the practice everyday. Furthermore, bad things might be avoided.

Today, upon the moment you disciples receive the transmission, you must practice the ritual everyday. In general, the practice should be taken after five oclock in evening after you have finished your businesses of the day. In some occasion, if you are stuck at some activity such that you are not able to take practice in the evening, you must do it in the morning. No matter how busy you are, practice it in each and every day. You cannot take a leave for the practice because practicing the ritual is not part of your business job. If you take a leave, it stands for a pause or stop of the daily practice and thus you deceive yourself. As part of the ritual, you shall offer a cup of black tea. After the ritual practice, you might share the tea with the other beings but not to drink it.

August 7, 2010

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave enlightenment to 167 believers with Buddhism and helped them to relieve all kinds of suffering in the world at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei.

August 8, 2010

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the auspicious regular puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei.

Prior to the beginning of the puja, a female disciple took the podium to share her experience of how Venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche transferred the consciousness of her nephew in a puja and how her sister was helped.

Her sister’s only son was 29 years of age and she had three times attended the Great Indiscriminated Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness puja. It was unfortunate that her nephew had been unable to participate in the puja due to the lack of conditions. In the early morning of July 20th, while on their way home, her nephew and a friend accidentally ran into a sidewalk probably due to making a U-turn speedily. The car then rapidly hit the median strip. According to the description of witnesses, when the car was turning over for a few times, some small flames were seen on both sides of the car. But within a few seconds the fire blazed and then the car exploded. Her nephew and his friend were burned to death. This accident was reported in that day’s news. When she saw the shocking picture of the burned car, she knew how great the sorrow must be for her nephew to lose the life and for his family to lose the loved one. She also knew that the Vajra Guru, Most Venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, was the only person could help the dead and the family.

The car and the bodies were burned to turn blackened and documents and identification cards were also destroyed by the fire. Before his nephew’s remain was examined by a forensic doctor and the accident was investigated by a prosecutor, the body must be frozen in a large refrigerator. His family couldn’t even recite any Buddha’s name beside the body. Her sister was in great sorrow, on the verge of being collapsed, and unable to believe her sweet son was already gone. The disciple told her sister that, being in such a sudden shock and suffering, her nephew could only be salvaged by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The disciple suggested her sister implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to perform a puja to protect her nephew’s consciousness. Her sister, however, didn’t take her suggestion for she has been practicing both Exoteric Buddhism and Taoism and she has been very strong minded, too. The disciple felt worried that her nephew was being suffering. She also felt helpless because she didn’t know what to do so that her sister could believe that the Vajra Guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche absolutely could help her nephew.

Customarily the elders are not suitable to deal directly with younger relative’s funeral. So it was the deceased’s sister who was responsible for all the funeral matters. The sister also hoped to do some things as much as possible for her brother eventually. So the sister told the disciple that she was willing to implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to help her brother on behalf of her mother. It was about two o’clock in the afternoon. This disciple immediately called the dharma brother in Glorious Jewel Antique Company and indicated that she wanted to implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to help the deceased. The disciple obtained the dharma brother’s help to relay the message. However, she had to wait until Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche returned the phone call before she could implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Later, when the legal medical expert and the prosecutor came to the funeral home to examine the deceased’s remains, the disciple, accompanying her niece to her nephew’s remains, saw the upper body was charred, the lower body had torn skins and gaped flesh, and the limbs were bending and shrinking. The disciple could imagine how sudden the accident had been and how fierce the fire had been. She could even felt that her nephew had experienced extreme sufferings. After the remains had been examined, she immediately gave her niece a nectar pill; her niece then put the nectar pill into her brother’s mouth. The disciple told her nephew, “This is the nectar pill that has been blessed by the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Do not be afraid. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will help you.”

Later, after completing the official recording of the accident in the funeral home, the family members then drove to the scene of the accident to attend the ritual of calling back the soul of the deceased conducted by a Taoist master. It was about half past four o’clock at the time; it was still in daylight; there were many vehicles on the road. At the beginning, the Taoist master conducted the ritual on the sidewalk. But, the disciple’s niece did not get any successful sign when throwing “Jiao” in the ritual. This indicated that her nephew’s soul still had not returned to the tablet with the inscribed nephew’s name. Then, they stopped the traffic on the road and let the Taoist master conduct the ritual in the middle of the road. The traces of charred cars could still be seen clearly in the middle of the road. The Taoist master did such ritual several times back and forth. However, her nephew did not get even one successful sign of throwing “Jiao” when the evening came. The family members felt even sadder. At the time, this disciple did not understand the meaning of the ritual of calling back the deceased’s soul. However, she continuously thought that her nephew was extremely afraid; so she prayed to the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to conduct Buddha dharma to help to protect her nephew’s soul such that he would not be afraid. About six o’clock in the evening, her niece finally obtained a successful sign of throwing “Jiao”. When everyone was ready to get on the car to bring the tablet home, this disciple received a phone call telling her that the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had asked her nephew’s name and his birth animal of Chinese zodiac, and had already conducted dharmas for her nephew.

That evening, when she practiced the ritual of Achi Dharma protector, she prayed to the Dharma protector to help her nephew so that her nephew could have cause and condition to attain the help of salvation from the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The next day, her sister was still in great sorrow. The disciple told her sister  again that only the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could liberate her sister’s son, they should go together to implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and this was the last thing they should do for this child. And her sister agreed unexpectedly. When the disciple’s sister and niece came to the Buddhist center to seek an audience with the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on July 24th, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately and compassionately promised the sister to help to liberate her son in the Chod puja on July 30th. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche further enlightened them that this child had repaid the karmic debts of past generations of lives in this life; the causes of such accident were very complex; for the friend died at the same accident, they did not need to deliberately make contact with the friend’s family or arrange anything; they should let everything run its course; the son and the friend had had some disputes at the day of the accident. In addition, the deceased’s idea was to take his remaining savings to help those who could not pay for the medical bills in hospitals. And they should personally give the money to those in need and should not donate the money to any foundation. Indeed, the deceased person had often given charities and made donations during his lifetime. Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also described clearly the furnishings of the deceased’s bedroom; the room had a desk; there was a computer on the desk; the deceased had been there on that day; and the computer was just moved back to his home from the company by his colleague on that day; the deceased often liked to sit in front of the computer. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche further enlightened them that this is not to show off Rinpoche’s supernatural powers, but to tell them that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can really help the deceased person. Those who died of accidental death require special dharma to salvage and regular pujas have no way to do so. Do not waste money. They should take the money to help those in need. And Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would help to liberate the deceased son. The deceased’s mother was very grateful, and constantly prayed and made offerings to the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Originally, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not accept her offerings; but because she gave rise to a respectful mind, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately accepted her offerings to accumulate virtues for her son.

This disciple and her sister both wished that, following the teaching of His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, they could find some patient who couldn’t afford medical bills and would use her nephew’s money to pay for it. No sooner did they find a low-income patient who had been suffering from a cervical dislocation. This patient just underwent the forth surgery and couldn’t pay the bill of 90000 dollars. While her sister was planning to donate to the patient the 86900 gift money for the funeral, one friend magically sent 3100 more gift money. Thus the total donation was added up to exactly 90000 dollars. This made them feel extremely incredible. They couldn’t help but admiring Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s profound vow and compassion to salvage sentient beings.

Her sister was quite concerned about the fact that her nephew’s body was so damaged. However, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once gave the enlightenment to her sister “when human beings die, can we bring with us our bodies?” After cremation, the scull of her nephew appeared to be pinkish white. It seemed so clean. Around the crown of the head was a tiny round hole. Such auspicious signs indicated that her nephew’s consciousness was exactly transferred. Although the sorrow of the death was difficult to overcome, the fact that her nephew can learn Buddhism in a pure and clean place was the mother’s wish and made her quite pleased.

The disciple was very grateful to the Vajra Guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to transfer her nephew’s consciousness. She also was grateful for Rinpoche’s help and blessing to her sister. She thanked all those dharma brothers who had helped her and given her the nectar pills blessed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Some of them had gone to comfort and care for her sister in person. Most important, without the Vajra Guru, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, her nephew couldn’t obtain such an auspicious transference of consciousness. She was grateful to the Vajra Guru, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas.

Then another disciple shared the story about Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saved his little son whom was released from suffering of epilepsy, and transferred his father-in-law’s consciousness by conducting Chod ritual.

Someday in 2007, this disciple got a phone call from his ex-colleague mentioning that he and his wife (who had already taken refuge) decided to move back to Taiwan, as his wife had an encephalic dngioma and saved by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. In that conversation he could feel it seemed that the two dharma brothers had found a floating wood in the ocean and both of them had immense gratitude to their guru.

Having been married for long without a child, he was suggested by his ex-colleague to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. At that time he and his wife took doctor’s advice to receive the test-tube. However, it didn’t go smoothly as many fragments were produced during the process of cell division of the embryo. Even the successful rate was so low, like merely hundredth, for them, they would like to give it a try. A baby would stay if he had causal condition with them. Due to insufficient merits, causes and conditions, they did not see the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche even thought they had come to the Glorious Jewel Jewelry Company.

At the end of November, 2007, his had a son. On the third day of his son’s birthday, also the moment they were going to leave hospital, a nurse said that the icteric index of their son was higher than normal. They were asked if they would like to stay at hospital longer and let their son receive an ultraviolet ray treatment. Having decided to an institute providing postpartum service in Hualien, they just left the hospital after getting a report of the ultrasound exam of his son’s brain and heart with a normal result. On the fourth morning at the institute, a nanny, when bathing his son, found his son lacking of energy, unlike a normal baby. The nanny suggested and assisted them to register the pediatric department. Then doctor checked and found his son had hypoglycemia and jaundice. Therefore, his son underwent the ultraviolet ray treatment and an intravenous fluid. At that time, they thought their son would soon recover and leave hospital as a medical team was helping their child. However, the next morning, they were informed by doctor that their son had cyanosis (stop breathing and face turning black) and cramp. They were also suggested to transfer his son to the department of cranial nerve. Their son was then transferred to child incentive care center and received various checks, including twice of spinal fluid extraction which were respectively sent to two medical centers for analysis. The test results were all normal. No infection of virus. However, their child’s epilepsy was still out of control. Every time he entered the child incentive care center and saw his child was pasted over the sensing pasters, lying still without any movement in an incubator, he felt so helpless in heart. And then, he thought of his ex-colleague’s guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. However, his relatives and friends were advising him that he worship his ancestors and pray from blessing and protection. Due to his insufficient merits, causes and conditions, his thought of seeking and audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was hindered. He planned in heart that he went to his big brother’s home to pray ancestors and parents for seeing them through. Several days passed, his son still lived in the child incentive care center. Doctor told him if his son kept having convulsion, he would then undergo invasive medical treatments. He felt immense pains in his heart, thinking of his son might lose his life, and now was such tortured. Luckily after taking shot of vitamin B6, the next day the child’s convulsion was under control. But the doctor told them their son had to take antiepileptic drugs and vitamin B6 tablets in his whole life to control the brain’s discharging with abnormal electric waves.

The doctor explained to him that his child’s brain got hurt in the part of grey matter and white matter due to its abnormally discharging, which led to large area damaged and became hollow. Therefore, doctor made a prescription of one-month antiepileptic drugs and vitamin B6, as well as asked them to have the child receive regular rehabilitation program. He was clearly aware to the child’s condition. But he wanted to know the cause that was not provided by doctor. The thought was always borne in his heart.

Around at the age of seven month, the child was transferred to a hospital in Hsintien. However, the child did not get better due to this change. Doctor prescribed more other medicines with stronger dose. In Feb. 2009, the child was hospitalized due to oxyhepatitis caused by his reaction to medicine. Doctor told them they would use another antiepileptic drug with lighter effect on liver, and adopt ketogenic diet as a treatment to reduce the ill-effect, which would be better to the child. During the process of the child’s experiencing fasting and eating, this parents gradually lost confidence to the ketogenic diet treatment. Finally they decided to stop this experiment of ketogenic diet and return to the original doctor in Hualien for treatment.

In June 2009, the dharma brother placed a phone call again to care about them. This time he told the dharma brother about the child’s condition. As the child was already at the age of one year and seven months, the dharma brother thought in this period the child’s brain would fast, which is very important. Therefore, the dharma brother felt worried and asked him to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche as soon as possible. The next afternoon he immediately went to the Glorious Jewel Jewelry Company for seeking Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. A dharma brother of the Glorious Jewel Jewelry Company told him, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was in business and could not be able to come here, so he had to come the next day. If he could reverently do prostration toward the dharma picture of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, he would have the opportunity of seeing Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The next noon he successfully got a number ticket and on way home he was thinking how to speak to implore for help, contemplating in his mind on this issue. At four o’clock he brought his wife and child to the Glorious Jewel Jewelry Company where were clouded with people who were going to seek audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. While waiting, he heard a believer asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche he should take Chinese medicine or western medicine. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed enlightenment that Western medicine had two-hundred years while Chinese medicine had three-thousand years, which he would believe and chose. In the disciple’s mind he decided to believe Chinese medicine and let his child receive the Chinese medical treatment.

When he and his wife were holding their child, keening before Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, in his mind he felt unusual calm. He reported to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche about his son having epilepsy soon after birth so he prayed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for blessing. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately asked him what blessings he wanted from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. At that time he did not understand the true meaning of blessing, therefore he said he was imploring Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to bless the child for growing up in health and peace. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened: “This child’s meeting the condition is caused by your home.” He went blank at that moment, did not ask anymore. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then asked if they have adopted vegetarian diet or not. Before they came to see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche they have decided to adopt vegetarian diet. His wife reverently replied to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche: “We and our child had meat before but now we have already adopted vegetarian diet.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked them to attend puja and enlightened that he had cured many children like their son. The child would recover, but not sure what the time would be. At the moment the disciple asked a silly question whether or not he could stop the western medicine his child had taken and adopt Chinese medicine. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told: “It’s up to you.” He thought to his mind: Just take Chinese medicine. His wife also spoke to ask about her father’s state of ill. Asking about her father’s name and Chinese animal symbolic sign, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed enlightenment that her father would not lose his life but get some suffering. Hearing that, his wife felt much relieved. Imploring for the dharma recorder of repentance, he and his wife happily left the Glorious Jewel Jewelry Company, no more worry about the child like before.

Thereafter, they returned to Hualien and told the doctor that they had decided to let their child take Chinese herbal medicine instead. At that time, the doctor told them that Chinese herbal medicine would have little effect on curing epilepsy. Besides, in some of her cases, children were able to reduce the dose of their medication gradually, so she wanted them to give up on the idea of using Chinese herbal medicine. Furthermore, the doctor mentioned that many Chinese herbal medicines were adulterated with western medicine and advised that they should be cautious. Nevertheless, he and his wife insisted switching to Chinese herbal medicine. One month passed, the blood test showed no sign of western medicine. Therefore, the doctor felt relieved and prescribed 1 month of epilepsy medication, reminding them to have the child take the western medicine immediately if any seizure occurs and continue to undergo rehabilitation.

Two weeks after their meeting with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the number of seizures decreased significantly from 30s to single digit. Beginning from the third week, the child has had no seizures any longer. He used to be inactive, lying on the bed all day without even the strength to turn himself around. Besides, he couldn’t respond to any visuals except for sounds. However, after seeking refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the child has become very active and can turn himself freely on the bed. He even fell off the bed several times. Before long, the child was then able to move his limps with the help of his mother and began to show response to lights. His eyes are now able to follow even the faint light sent from a cell phone screen.

On December 5th, 2009, he and his wife, along with their child, went to implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to salvage his father-in-law. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said on the Dharma throne that he didn’t show up in ordinary times and merely appeared when he had problems. He felt ashamed of his own conduct, for he came to bother his guru only when problems occurred to him indeed. Even so, the benevolent Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still asked about the name and birth animal of his father-in-law and began to recite mantras and bestowed blessings. They were told to sign up for the Chod puja on behalf of his father-in-law. He felt very grateful that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed the practice for his father-in-law.

When his child returned to the rehabilitation center, the therapist found that the child’s expressions in his eyes were totally different and became very active. The therapist asked the child’s mother about the treatments they underwent to cause such great changes in the child. She then said that they did not have the child undergo any treatment. It was all because of the blessing of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that enabled the child to make great progress in moving and responding. He felt really grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, who stabilized their hearts when they felt most helpless so that they did not have to be worried about the child’s medical condition. Thereby, they have been able to be concentrated in their Buddhist learning. He recalls his ignorance in believing the advanced medical sciences would help improve the child’s condition. He tried various kinds of western medicine to control epilepsy and failed to prevent the seizures from happening. Instead, the medication caused the decline of brain activity, which indirectly influenced the child’s learning ability. Thanks to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s compassionate blessing, the child’s epilepsy has been put under control and the activity and learning ability of the child improved simultaneously. Because of their child, he and his wife were able to accept the Buddhist teachings. Under the guidance of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, they were then able to practice in accord with the teachings and realize the Buddhist teachings in their daily lives.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ascended the Dharma throne and bestowed the following teachings: In last week’s puja, the words of the great Gampopa were expounded. For the practitioners in the beginning phase of their Buddhist study, they should confirm that everything is nothing but differentiating thoughts. The beginners do not refer to those who began to attend the pujas, began to adopt a vegetarian diet, just sought refuge, or came to pray for peace and blessings. It has nothing to do with you people, for what you have done is unrelated to the learning of the Buddhist teachings that lead to liberation from the cycle of birth and death. Although you have not entered the beginning phase yet, the benevolent Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still bestowed the previous teachings in recent pujas, for they are essential basis of one’s learning of Mahamudra and meditative concentration of Drikung Kagyu.

In the future, when Mahamudra is transmitted, one who does not have the basis will want to feel something, to see the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, or feel ghosts following him when he sits in meditation, just like what many people do nowadays. There will be a lot of problems. The practice of meditative concentration has to be guided by an experienced guru. If one practices meditative concentration in a wrong way, one would have the meditation diseases in better cases or even become mentally retarded in worse cases. Meditation disease cannot be cured by any doctor. They occur because the practitioner have employed a wrong way to practice meditative concentration and therefore caused inappropriate circulation of his qi in his body.

Regarding to sitting in meditation, Buddha Sakyamuni especially bestowed two sutras so as to prevent the sentient beings from practicing in a wrong way. One is Shurangama Sutra and the other is Lankavatara Sutra. According to Shurangama Sutra, a practitioner might consider himself practicing correctly and feeling comfortable while sitting in meditation. Having such a thought is wrong. When his arrogance is generated, the devil would fly through the practitioner’s mouth and into his body, helping him to reach the level in his imagination. As the practitioner would think that having no thought equals to entering a meditative concentration, he would continue to practice and think that he has entered the ultimate concentration and realized Emptiness. Then he would attach to the state and then be unable to attain liberation from the cycle of birth and death. Some people even think that they practice so well that ghosts would come near to listen to his recitations of sutra and mantra. As you are not capable of helping the beings in the Realm of Ghosts, they would not take notice of your presence at all.

The disciple who spoke before the puja mentioned a ritual to call back the spirit of the dead. Actually such a ritual is completely useless. It can never summon the spirit of your deceased relative and might even call back another spirit to your home. Those who died in an accident are conscious before death. Even some people might seem to be in a coma, they were conscious about their incoming deaths. That is why they would be very scared. When they drew their last breath, they merely felt painful for a while and did not realize that they were dead. Therefore, they would remain in the place where the accident took place. Why do some people think that accidents would recur over and over again in the same zone? Many people think that it is the deceased ones looking for their substitutes. It is actually not the case. When you have similar karma with those who died in an accident, you will go to the accident prone zone when your life is about to end and die in another accident. Actually this is because birds of a feather flock together. The ghosts would find their counterparts and gather together, and then another fatal accident would take place. Once, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw a news report saying that a dog was run over by a police car. A police officer took two photos on the scene. One of the photos had the dead dog right in front of the wheels. The other was shot when the dog’s body was removed, but it could still be seen that the dog was walking around the car. That was the dog which died in the accident. It did not know about its death and was still walking around on the scene.

Some people would cast the divination blocks in the ritual of calling back the spirit of the dead, and thought they had the spirit of their deceased family member. However, how do you know that you are calling back the spirit of your family member rather than another spirit? Those who committed great evil deeds would fall directly into the hell. Those who conducted great virtuous deeds would go straight to the heavenly realms. Most people would become ghosts and wandered around after death. Apart from the Buddhist center, you can find ghosts anywhere you go. There are ghosts in many people’s houses. Ghosts are afraid of light, so they do not come out during daytime. However, in the afternoon, ghosts with more merits will begin to come out. They might play a trick on you just for fun so that you can get a “Yes” answer from the divination blocks, making you think that you have called back the spirit. Before the puja, the disciple mentioned her nephew, who died in an accident. It took his family several hours to get a “Yes” answer from the divination blocks. In fact, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche already bestowed blessing upon him at the time. That was why they could get a “Yes” answer from the divination blocks.

Ghosts not only possess and follow human beings, but also attach to things. In the previous years, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sometimes would tell disciples or believers who came to throw away something in their house. It was because beings from the Realm of Ghosts were attached to the item, which then influence the owner’s health and the harmony of the family. Nevertheless, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche seldom tells disciples such matters nowadays. Do not think that the ghosts would not come to your house since you do prostrations to the Buddhas at home. It depends on your guru’s attainment in practice and the protection of Dharma protectors. If family members commit a lot of evil deeds and eat meat, they would not live in harmony for sure. Sometimes, you might see someone having verbal and physical conflicts on the street. It was caused by ghosts as well. Do not watch them or try to mediate. Just report the case to the police. If one practiced other religions during his lifetime and thereby had more merits, he would become a ghost of great powers and congregate wandering ghosts in the area to turn them into his subordinates. Many deities revered in the temples are actually ghosts. Anyone who had prayed at a large temple of Land God must express their great repentance as soon as possible. The reason for that would be explained in the future.

At this moment, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche called a disciple and asked what his educational background is. This disciple replied that he was graduated from a vocational school. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked another disciple about it, knowing that a Vocational school is one kind of senior high schools following the education of a junior high school. Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked him whether it is a vocational high school. This disciple only murmured a nasal sound ”En”. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche expressed that Rinpoche was also graduated from a junior high school, this disciple replied with this attitude whether he is prejudiced against those who was only graduated from a junior high school? And then instructed the Chairman of the Glorious Jewel Buddhism Culture Exchange Association to explain what this disciple has done. The Chairman reported that the disciple personally wrote an E-mail to Office of the President Republic of China (Taiwan) without consulting to others like the team leader or the Board member of the Association. He invited President Ma Ying-jeou to attend the Drikung Kagyu’s Great Indiscriminated Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness which will be presided over by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on October 03 2010. Furthermore, there was no esteem to ask President Ma by using “You”(你 Ni) instead of  the esteemed character-You (您 Nin)  in the Email. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche spread Buddhist Dharma based on the sentient beings are indiscriminate, neither names of sponsors nor special status to be discriminated in favor of it. When inviting the believers to attend this puja, the disciple must explain the aspiration for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to spread the Buddhist Dharma, the meaning of Great Indiscriminated Puja and the attitude to attend the puja. Therefore the believers will have the respectful mind and confidence to attend the Great Indiscriminated Puja which will be presided over by the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has ever reiterated that the disciples must be grateful for government and sovereign. We could not have such a good and peaceful environment to learn Buddhism without the protection from the government and sovereign, that is the reason why we have to be grateful for our government and President. When the Glorious Jewel Buddhism Culture Exchange Association issuing the formal letter with the standard procedures and policy which is very conscientious and careful. But the content of the letter issued from this disciple was informal and frivolous for a government or a President. It would cause others think that the Association or all the disciples of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center who are impolite and frivolous for government and sovereign.

Originally Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had no intention to punish for this disciple. Because his motive is to let more people joining the puja in order to benefit more sentient beings. But he replied to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche only with a nasal sound “En”. Even if such a guru who ever bestowed him with blessings and protection, he is so impolite to treat Rinpoche, no mention to ask Mr. President with a rude attitude. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reproached “Was it a correct attitude to treat your guru without proper respect?” It has been taught for years without any progress for such a disciple.  This disciple only thought to invite more of their friends and relatives to attend the Great Indiscriminate Puja. Therefore he would ask more people to attend and directly sent a personal E-mail to Office of the President. Without thinking whether it would cause others with embarrassment. Furthermore there is no requirement that there will be a punishment if you did not achieve it, or you will get a reward when you invited a lot of attendees? The Office of the President was very polite and replied “Your esteemed association, please kindly send another formal invitation letter.” With respect to the affair of Dharma, even thinking there is no problem to have the agreement from His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, the permission from His Holiness in advance is still necessary. Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche starts to go further after get the permission. There is no relation between the attitudes of one’s behavior with one’s education, as well as how many of the books ones have read. Although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was also graduated from a junior high school, he pays attention to respecting others and politeness. This disciple was not only lack of the basic politeness, but also lack of correct attitude for the morals of being a man, who is self-righteous and arrogant, would not be like the disciple of Buddha. Therefore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed this disciple to return his red vest, meaning that he is no longer to be a disciple and make offering to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, he can only be a believer.

July of the lunar calendar is coming; lots of TV programs talking about the matter for the door of hell will be unlocked during that time. Furthermore, someone said that the door will be opened gradually; the ghost will not go out in the same time. In fact, there is no in the existence of unlocking the door of hell. That would be a big trouble to open the door. It is depicted in Buddhist sutra that the number of beings in the realm of hell is as many as the amount of snowflakes falling in a snow. If the inference was existed, the beings suffering in the realm of hell would run out and are not willing to go back when the door of hell is unlocked. If you only help them in July, could it be said that there is not necessary to help them in other months? When you leave the door of the venue, there are beings everywhere, most of them you are unable to see it. There is not necessary to choose the specified month to help them.

Someone would say that there is a ghost behind you; it is an irrelevant behavior to threaten others. One who has the real ability is to help them, not only to speak out and let others to be scared. One who can benefit sentient beings, the good result will obviously be seen. Several weeks ago, there was a mother to entreat Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed the blessings for her daughter who had a serious illness in the hospital. The next week of that day, his daughter with a wheelchair could meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. One more week later, she could meet Rinpoche by walking herself. Another example is that a male believer looked pale which had a cancer disease met Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche at first time. Recently he was energetic and his complexion was gradually recovered. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche help the sentient beings will let you to see the differences which are really helpful for sentient beings.

All you are scared of the ghost. In fact, there is not necessary to be scared of it. There is no enough time to help them, how could we be scared of them? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ever saw a film which described a child seeing his shadow and then screamed out and asked his mother for help. That is the same like you, once hearing someone said that there are two ghosts behind you, you would be frightened. Of course, there are two “ghosts” behind you indeed. One is your shadow, another one is your ancestor. Someone also said that he can see the ghost due to his body constitution which is effected by the influence of TV programs. In fact, those claimed to be able to see the ghost that 99 percent of those ghosts are only the illusion. There are only one percent of people, who re-birth by their vow had achieved the stage of Bodhisattvas by their previous lives have the ability to see the ghost, or else they are the same kind of beings. In Taiwan, most temples enshrine those gods or deities which are worship of ghost. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has the ability to be visible of sentient beings in the heavenly realms and ghost realm. There were several experiences to prove it. In the time of Buddha, most popular religion is Hinduism in India, not Buddhism. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ever told those believers who believe in Hinduism. Rinpoche could describe those deities what they looked like and what they were wearing. They were very surprised! And then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told that they put the wrong position for their deities which caused their health problem. Don’t be afraid of the ghost. We can also attain the achievement by helping those beings. A real ability for a great practitioner is not necessary to be present on the spot in order to transfer ones consciousness. As everyone knows, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helps countless of sentient beings in the ghost realm without being on the spot to transfer ones consciousness.

Some of people take the child to recall of the soul as long as the child is crying or bustling. Two days passing, if the child is still crying or bustling again, they would be going to have the same ritual again and spend more money. There is a family or a family with a temple to recall of the soul which is the same to execute it by the ghost or ancestor, who was not salvaged in their family. The child would be scared and also be quite for a while due to the touch of the ghost. Therefore it would be recurrence when the ghost is disturbing the child later. How can a ghost to help the child when the ghost could not be salvaged? Why the children could not be well-behaved? Because of the law of cause and effect, the second is the ancestor was not willing to do good deeds; the third is eating meat and killing karma. Therefore you must make repentance and learning Buddhism. Do not watch those TV programs of fortune-telling or discussing ghost story anymore. There was a mother like but feared to watch this kind of TV program, hiding behind the pillow to watch the TV and asking the children not to watch it but she still hold their hands without release because she is scared and not willing to let her children go. These kinds of TV programs are deception. Not only you but also your children have not to watch it anymore. You have to choose the TV programs which are benefit for the global environment, life or promoting your knowledge.

Many people used to consider the seventh lunar month as a Ghost Month. In Buddhist sutras, there is no Ghost Month, nor the notion opening gate of the Ghost Realm. Actually, the custom of worshipping ghosts derived from the story of Maudgalyayana who was the foremost in supernormal powers among the disciples of Buddha Sakyamuni. The custom had spread to Korea and Japan as well. Maudgalyayana used his mind-reading supernatural power and explained to the deceased their horrific conditions and gave them an account why they had fallen into Ghost Realms. Those who are reluctant to do charity and offering, prevent the others from offering, or regret their offerings would fall into Ghost Realms. In Ghost Realms, the beings cannot eat anything; when they eat, any food would be transformed into fire within their throat. The Maudgalyayana was so sad about his mother’s horrific conditions in the Ghost Realm, yet nothing could he do to change such results. Therefore, the Maudgalyayana asked Buddha how to save his mother? Buddha indicated that, on July 15th, he could offer food for the practitioners who were about to accomplish their retreats.

Here we should notice about something hidden: First, when Buddha Sakyamuni was propagating his teachings, Sakyamuni was accompanied by many disciples in the areas of India and Nepal. And, none of the monasteries had been built yet. In India, the months of April, May, and June are the hottest yet rainy season. Therefore, the practitioners would stay in a single place for retreats during this time – it is called Vassa. Upon their completion of the retreat, it would be around the 15th of the seventh month. The day in India calendar might be calculated as 15th of the seventh month in Chinese lunar calendar, yet which day would be the exact one might be further verified. Furthermore, when the Maudgalyayana made his offering, the offerings were dedicated to Arahats who had certain attainment but not to ordinary monks or nuns. Nowadays, in the Meal Ceremony for the Sangha, they even prepare the meal like a banquet. It is created by the followers. The Maudgalyayana’s story had been further developed as a religious observance so-called Yu-Lan-Pen. There is a Buddhist sutra that includes accounts of the beings suffering in Ghost Realms; they told Maudgalyayana their deeds and why they had fallen into Ghost Realms. Why the Maudgalyayana could help his mother be released from the Ghost Realm was through practices instructed by the Buddha. When Buddha Sakyamuni was alive, he had not mentioned any particular rituals for consciousness transference. Instead, Buddha gave teachings to the people who had made supplication, and also created opportunities for them – it is the cause. The followers must take guru’s practices on the teachings faithfully, through which the karmic connection could be developed then.

In fact, many rites that prevail in modern exoteric Buddhist societies do not belong to the practices in Buddha sutras, but rather they have been developed based on the local customs or living styles. For example, many exoteric Buddhist groups ask certain manners about how to hold a meal bowl; the manners were derived from Tang Dynasty. You can also find that many Japanese, who might be wealthy and educated, have the same manners, because the culture of Tang Dynasty had deep influence on Japan. Moreover, the robes, that modern exoteric ordained practitioners are wearing, are also derived from Tang’s dressing style. That is, facts are that many such customs have been simply following on local cultures, and then as time passes they become part of Buddhist rites and rituals because people have been familiar with them. The mentioned observance called Yu-Lan-Pen is also such an example in Japan; the custom is popular in Japan. Be aware of the roots of many things; we shall be clear minded and do not follow blindly.

When one would like to worship one’s ancestors or the beings in heaven realms, one ought to not offer meat as a sacrifice. The ancestors could not take the food even they could see it, even the beings in heaven realms could only smell it and cannot take it. The food must be consecrated through mantra reciting to transform its nature such that the beings could take them. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s father, a master of Taoism, had said that many people had offer food to the dead, however the ghosts could not take it. In contrast, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is practicing the Chod ritual, the Rinpoche would offer his own body as food for the ghosts. It would be achieved through certain mantra reciting to visualize his own body as food that beings in the ghost realms would receive.

Ghosts fear bright light most. If you are someone who conduct virtuous deeds, your body will naturally shine. When a ghost sees you, it wouldn’t dare to get close and would even do prostrations to you in hopes that you might help out. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often travels overseas. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stays at a hotel, the ghosts do not dare to enter Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s room even without the practice of rituals. They only dare to wander outside, hoping to be helped. It is because the Dharma protectors would protect Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. If you are so curious about ghosts, you may as well commit a lot of evil deeds and get yourself into the Realm of Ghosts. You shall understand them by then.

Many people like to come ask a question after attending a puja for salvation: Where are my ancestors now? If you are told the place where your ancestors are, you won’t be able to see it anyway. Besides, does it really help you or your ancestors when you have the answer? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said in the Chod puja that, as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche benefits the sentient beings equally without any differentiation, your heart during the puja would be the key to the salvation of your ancestors. When you come ask about the place your ancestors went to, you are showing your disbelief and lack of reverence in the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. In fact, when you want to know if your ancestors have been salvaged or not, just look at your own family. If the family members quarrel a lot and someone in the family has some weird diseases, then they must have ancestors suffering in the hell. If everything goes well in the family, nothing serious happens, and no one has any incurable unknown sickness, your ancestors should have been salvaged. It is like what the ancient people said: Those who have done virtuous deeds will enjoy prosperity and those who have committed evil deeds will definitely suffer from misfortune.

Many years ago, a female believer came to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Her ill mother had been staying in bed and couldn’t walk or talk. The believer, whose father was the owner of a construction company, came to implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessing upon her mother so that she could talk. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked her if her request was based on the fact that her mother’s possessions had not been allocated. She admitted. Even though her mother was like a living corpse, her selfish brother still purchased a machine at USD$600,000 to sustain her life. The patient’s chest had to be cut open and the machine provided an external circulation for the patient. A disciple who works as a doctor confirmed that this machine, called Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation(ECMO), was very expensive and the hospital he’s serving in does not have such equipment. Unless the condition of one’s body is unable to function any longer, this machine can make a patient live even if his heartbeat has stopped. The cost of using such life-sustaining equipment may be up to 1 million NTD per week. According to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the son’s conduct did nothing but increased his mother’s hatred. Can you imagine living with your chest cut open and your body inserted with numerous tubes? How painful would it be? If you cannot stand living in such a condition for a single day, why would you want your parents to go through such suffering? After listening to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s advice, he daughter then implored Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to free her mother from suffering. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche agreed and said that her mother would pass away soon and leave behind all her suffering after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessing. Before long, the believer came back. She told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that, 3 days after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessing, she went back home after visiting her mother at the hospital and saw her mother sitting in the living room. She was stunned, for she never thought she would see her mother there. Then, her mother said thank you to her, telling her that she no longer felt painful. After that, her mother vanished and she got a call from the hospital immediately. Her mother had just drawn her last breath. Even with ECMO, a powerful machine which can sustain a person’s life for 1 to 2 years, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was still able to help her mother finish all the suffering. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not see her mother, nor did Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ever see such a machine. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew through visualization how it worked and how the chest needed to be cut open for it, thus bringing immense suffering to the patient. If any of you wants to live like her mother, you may make an appointment in advance, and the disciple who works as a doctor would arrange it for you.

The more progress the science is developed, the more karma human beings accumulate. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ever said several times that one will not die if his longevity has not come to the end, even without life support system. If it is time for his longevity, all assistances from the advanced medical science actually do not help the patient but increase his pains. If one’s longevity has not come to the end, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will help save his life with best efforts. How long one’s life duration will be is not significant. It is more important to rescue your dharma body or wisdom life. You are selfish that it looks like you looking forwards to extending your parents’ longevity but actually you don’t want to feel miserable for the sufferings from the loss of your family members. It is your fear of getting hurt that leads to others’ affliction. The reason why a woman does not want her husband die earlier than she is that she feels she could not live alone by herself, not due to her loving him so much. Why are you so selfish to let others being in suffering? As you could live well before you got married, just live in the same way once he is dead.

What is the filial piety? Knowing his father had not been salvaged yet, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche made prostration towards Buddha on his behalf everyday for 2 years. Unless you could do these as Rinpoche did, otherwise do not say you are filial. But you can’t make it thought. You are unwilling to make offering or to make full prostration. You come here just for asking blessings, hoping to prolong your parents’ longevity. But actually in this way you are throwing your parent problem to Buddhas. There are no medicines that could make people live forever without aging. There is no a human being who will not die. If it was possible, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would have practice dharma to live forever with death. If performing rituals without working hard could make fortune, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would have performed the dharma for Rinpoche first to make fortune.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued to bestow enlightenment: Last week the first step of Buddhism cultivation was mentioned, and in the step one ought to regard all the thoughts in one’s mind as differentiating thoughts. The practitioner who just begins to cultivate Buddhism refer to those who get the transmission of Mahamudra and start the practice, rather than referring to you believers who come to listen Buddhism every week, nor to you who are doing the full prostrations. The teachings are very important and no matter how much you can comprehend, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would like to teach. Because it is related to the meditation of Mahamudra that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is going to transmit. It is a basic concept. If you do not have correct mindset of Buddhism cultivation, it would be very dangerous for you to learn Mahamudra meditation.

In the Sutra it is stated there are two main barriers of learning Buddhism. One is the barrier of defilement, and the other is the barrier of the known. Actually there are the antidotes to eliminate these two barriers. Hence, they are not the most difficult and severe issues. The most critical is that when one learns to sit in meditation, one may meet two dangerous conditions – negligence and murkiness. Negligence refers to that when you sit in meditation you feel agitated and full of improper thoughts. Therefore, your mind could not calm down. Many people have this kind of condition. This is less dangerous and there are methods to control it. You may regard murkiness as falling asleep but they are different. Sleep is for physical rest. If it did refer to sleep, the Buddha would have adopted the word sleep rather than murkiness. Murkiness means that when you are sitting in meditation, you feel your heart is sunken and have no feeling to the outer world anymore. You may consider yourself in a state of being thoughtless. You cannot hear any sound of the outer world, cannot feel your breath and heartbeat. You mistakenly think you obtain enlightenment and enter into the state of great concentration. But in fact, you cannot get out of it! From scientific point of view, one regards himself having no brain wave and heart wave. But it couldn’t be true. Brain, the command center of a body, gives instruction for all the operation of the body. Some part of the brain may stop operating, but the brain wave must be kept to maintain the most basic function of body’s operation such as breathing, heart beating, and so forth. It is not talking about the body’s all functions would stop. One still needs the body to practice and cultivate Buddhism. Those who had ever learned meditation in past lives or have cultivated Buddhism to some extent this life will probably be of murkiness. But meditation in murkiness is very dangerous.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, when was learning Exoteric Buddhist meditation, ever had this kind of experience for two times. One time it occurred at his home. At that time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sat in meditation every evening. In one evening, while sitting in meditation, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche soon entered the state of heart sinking. There Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche couldn’t hear any sound. It was not until Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche heard a girl’s laughter did Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche awakened himself. That laughter was not made by his family members as they had already fallen asleep. The voice could be made by the dharma protector Achi who has always protected Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Taking a look at a clock, over three hours passed. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche felt as if only one minute passed. Were it not for the dharma protector’s saving, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s heart would have been locked.

Another time when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche went to a temple in Keelong with friends, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sat in meditation before a stone-made statue of Avalokitesvara. In a short time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche entered the state of heart sinking. It was heavily raining with thunders. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not hear any sound of it. It was not until his friends’ mobile phone rang did Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche be awakened with a start. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche thought it might be a while, but actually one hour passed. If no causal conditions for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to wake up, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche might have been in that state and looked like a vegetable that has life but has not reaction to outer world at all, even needs no eating! Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reported to his Guru – His Holiness Drikung Chetsang. And His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche told His Holiness Drikung Chetsang that there was a meditation practitioner in Malaysia who also entered into murkiness and couldn’t get out from it. Having these two experiences, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew his practice methods were wrong. So he has not easily taught disciples on mediation. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche clearly knows how to meditate is most helpful for disciples. That Guru bestows you blessings before you conduct a retreat practice is to protect you. That Guru is nearby your retreat room is just to avoid you from having this occurrence. One must follow an experienced Guru to learn and practice meditation in case he goes wrong.

Meditation practice does not necessarily refer to sitting in meditation. But why do we still have to sit in meditation? It is because when people are sleeping or standing, due to the different postures, the changing of mind and channels differ. As for the posture of sitting in meditation, compared to other postures, it is of most help to control and help one to concentrate in his mind and channels. It can let you practice concentration. Hence, normally people would practice sitting in meditation.

These weeks’ teachings are clearly bestowed on the dharma of concentration, discrimination, thoughts, and so on. Because before Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche transmits Mahamudra meditation, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would like disciples first have a clear and certain foundation of the Buddha-Dharma for liberation from the cycle of birth and death. His Holiness Drikung Chetsang ever told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche not to painstakingly give Buddhist teachings every week, but just trained two people on behalf to give a speech, as you are not worthy vessels and just take the teachings as story. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still bestows teachings and makes nothing of hardships. You must keep in mind the teachings of these weeks that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has bestowed.

A beginner has to confirm that every phenomenon is a differentiating thought. Then, he should confirm that the differentiating thoughts are his primordial knowledge and awareness. Also, he has to understand that these thoughts are not caused by any outer environment or other people. All the thoughts are originated from one’s own nature of mind. When one’s nature of mind is challenged by the interferences and temptations in the surroundings, it is actually one’s corresponding responses, i.e. the karmic connection, that cause his heart to move and generate differentiating thoughts. Therefore, do not say that others have done something to annoy you, that you don’t like someone because the person has spoken ill of you, or that other people’s praise has made you like them. All these are your differentiation. You often blame others for your mistakes, but it actually is your differentiation that makes a distinction between good and bad. Many people want to eliminate all their thoughts. However, since thoughts are originated from one’s nature of mind. If you want to eliminate your thoughts, does that mean you want to eliminate your nature of mind? In fact, the cause and condition rise and fall at the time. As you have identified the origin of your thoughts, you should then cut off the karmic connection that brings about the thoughts. Then, you will refrain from having differentiating thoughts in a natural way. The reason why the Heart Sutra got its name lies in that the sutra explains the nature of mind, the Buddha nature.

Human beings have the same nature as the Buddhas. The heart is pure and clean, without moving at all. In Heart Sutra, it is said that one’s nature of mind is not born, does not die, is not pure, is not stained, does not increase and does not decrease. As thoughts cannot be eliminated, you do not have to see them as disasters or monsters. This is why Vajrayana is so auspicious. Thoughts can manifest in dreams during one’s sleep. That Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche muddled while sitting in meditation was also caused by thinking that no thoughts equal to meditative concentration. How can one practice without having any thoughts? Only when one has thoughts can he see his true nature with a clear mind.

Actually, “understand the mind and realize the nature” is two things. To realize one’s true nature is not to see the nature with naked eyes or feel it. It is to perceive and recognize clearly the nature of mind, Dharma body, which is commonly known as the illumination of one’s nature. On the other hand, “understanding the mind” refers to an understanding of Bodhichitta, loving kindness, and compassion. In one’s path in learning Buddhism, seeing one’s true nature and having a clear mind are both indispensible. According to the Diamond Sutra, if one seeks Buddha nature in colors, forms, or sounds, such conduct would be evil. Anything that does not teach people to attain liberation from the cycle of birth and death is evil. As the Dharma body does not have any shape, weight, size, color, or optical spectrum, how can we recognize it then? It is to employ our thoughts to discover our Dharma body. Where do our thoughts come from? From our nature of mind. When we see through our differentiating thoughts, we then know the primordial knowledge and awareness. If one knows his true nature without a clear mind, it would be still in vain. One has to have loving kindness, compassion, and Bodhichitta so as to benefit the sentient beings.

According to the Buddhist sutras, when one enters the final stage of his practice, he even has to renounce the Buddhist teachings, let alone the non-Buddhist teachings. Human beings generate attachment due to the Five Poisons and thereby fall into reincarnation, experiencing endless sufferings in it. One can even generate Dharma attachment with his Buddhist study. One has to take heed of all of the above. When Buddha Sakyamuni attained Buddhahood, the Buddha said that all the sentient beings have the pure and clean nature of mind just like the Buddha himself. Why has the Buddha attained Enlightenment and the sentient being haven’t? It is because the sentient beings have failed to combine their true nature and mind.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once said that the greatest power in the universe is loving kindness and compassion. When you are able to understand your mind and realize your nature, the powers of loving kindness and compassion in your true nature will naturally manifest. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestows blessings to cancer patients, it is not to help the patient or bless his karmic creditors, but to let them know that everything was caused by discrimination. Therefore, they can drop their attachment and manifest their compassion, stopping to harm the patient temporarily.

You have to keep it in mind that all your feelings come from thoughts of your own discrimination. The moves of your mind generate discrimination and attachment. Just like the account of “the heart moving with the banners” with the Six Patriarch, Huinen, if your heart does not move, how can you feel that the banners are moving? Hence, everything is originated from the generation of differentiation in one’s mind. Just like what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said last week, when you sit in a car, you will feel that the surrounding things are moving. However, the things never move. It is the car that is moving. You, sitting in the car, is like the heart. Because your heart moves, differentiation is generated. As you feel that everything is moving with your moving heart, if you can hold your heart still, all the surrounding things will not move, so to speak.

If you think carefully, you will realize that you always worry about being harmed before doing anything. Being under the control of our eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and thoughts, we spend a lot of energy to search food, buy clothes and many necessities so as to protect our bodies. You want to see something that looks, sound, and feel good. If fact, you do not worry about harming your pure and clean nature. Whatever you do is to protect your body of karmic retribution, accumulated with your evil and virtuous karma. When you worry that others might criticize your look, shape, weight, or personality, you are actually worrying about bringing harm to the body. Due to selfishness, you unconsciously do a lot of things and cause harm to others without realizing your faults. In fact, everyone’s body comprises of similar atoms, elements, and molecules. Unless you have practiced Tantra and are able to rearrange the order of the elements, everyone is actually no different from one another. Our bodies do not have much left once we die indeed, just some elements and atoms. Furthermore, a disciple who is a doctor said that a person would merely leave a jar of cremains, and even less for the elderly. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also reminded the attendees that one’s cremains can do nothing more than being sprinkled on the land as a fertilizer.

Practitioners of the intermediate stage should not be abiding, i.e. they realize that all phenomena in the word is the result from the discrimination of self own nature so they are not attached to all the phenomena. When you cut off the discrimination between the goods and the bads, you mind will get tired and stay at ease. “Getting tired” here does not mean to be tired of something. It is saying you don’t have either likes or dislikes, and don’t arise any thoughts for all phenomena in the world. It is hard to describe such an experience, so using “getting tired” to explain it. A practitioner has realized both the virtuous thoughts and evil thoughts will cause the virtuous karma and evil karma respectively which furthermore cause himself be unable to gain liberation from reincarnation. Therefore he will be tired of this way of reincarnation life, which is full of desire. Therefore his mind will become tranquil gradually and eventually achieve the stage of no thought. But practitioners who achieve the stage of no thoughts should not be satisfied with this state of no thought. When a practitioner experiences that his practice achieved a certain attainment, he should not have the thought such as ”I have achieved the attainment”, which will let his mind be attached to this thought and unable to be liberated from reincarnations. The pure nature is obstructed by the firm discrimination of previous lifes, which therefore create virtuous karma and evil karma that contaminate your nature. When your practice of contemplation achieve the stage of “understand the mind and realize the nature”, the power of mercy and compassion of your nature will be revealed naturally. That is the stage which is depicted in the Diamond Sutra “Generate the mind without attaching to any thoughts”

Here is an example of practice by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche: Yesterday Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche met the believers from 4 PM to 9 PM, there is no thought to think a way to protect him, only thinking how to help sentient beings. No matter Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reproached or gave the blessings to sentient beings, only thinking whether the reproach or the blessings will be helpful for sentient beings in the future. If it will be helpful for sentient beings, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will be without thinking himself and help sentient beings. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche help the sentient beings depends on the different situation of people or causes and conditions. Just like when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche benefits sentient beings, there is no desire or looking forward to getting reward from sentient beings. Those all are helpful for each word or reproach from the enlightenment by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Therefore it is most evil deed to dissuade someone not to talk to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in order to avoid the blame from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

A disciple expressed, although he has been read a lot of article from other famous monks, there was no preciseness to explain the meaning of “Without being constrained by preconceived notions arising from the senses”, he never heard about it. Another disciple also added that the enlightenment from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche which is very extraordinary to have the basic concept for a disciple to be on the correct way. If there is no experience of real practice, which cannot be explained so clearly.

Jetsun Milarepa ever said that if ones could not be attain the achievement in this life or next life, that is his practice does not achieve the accomplishment of being liberated from reincarnation, he definitely will fall into the Realm of Hells in one of his next lifetimes. It is very suffering to be in the realm of hells as the duration is at least one thousand human-bieng’s years long. That is just a small hell only. Ones will be re-birthed in the animal realm after that. And only after getting through numerous sufferings and miseries in the Animal realms, he can be reborn as a human-being and lives in a poor and hard life. You have the merits to be born in Taiwan: You have the clothes to wear, the house to live, having the food to eat. You should stop complaining. Is a country full of resentment a good place to live? Buddha Sakyamuni know that it is hard to attain the achievement to be liberated from reincarnation at degenerate age of the Dharma. Therefore, Buddha is merciful and compassionate to introduce the pure land of Buddha Amitabha in his later period for sentient beings, who might fall into Hell Realm to endure suffering in the future. If ones have the merits and causes and conditions, he can go to the pure land to be continue his practice until attaining the achievement.

These several weeks Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened the importance of concentration. Because of concentration, we can reduce those unnecessary attachment. Furthermore, the concentration will help our thoughts abstain from distraction. The source of our attachment comes from our not observing precepts and not making repentance, and then we will be getting self-righteous. If someone said “I don’t know what’s wrong with me? I don’t know how to make repentance” That is his another mistake on mistakes.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche advised that you should make full prostration with concentration, doing it with your mind instead of your body. You don’t have too much thought on it. Don’t think it will be good for your health or the karma obstacles will be eliminated. When making full prostration, you could visualize you do it on behalf of your parents or sentient beings. By doing so, you could do it with full concentration. To eliminate karma obstacles is not that the karma will be disappeared. When Ones learn the Buddhism for a period, there is someone asking him not to practice it anymore; or someone ask him to get married and not to learn the Buddhism anymore. Those are the karma obstacles which refrain you from learning Buddhism. Those enlightenments on the pujas during these weeks are very important for learning Buddhism. You must heed it; there will be very useful in the future for learning in the Buddhism.

The way of practicing Vajrayana accords with the conditions. It does not asked you to eliminate the thoughts, or to stop the grass from growing by put a stone on it, nor to help the grass growing. The growing grass may be useful for sentient being too. If you attach to eliminating all evil thoughts, you will develop more attachments and experience more sufferings. For example when a mosquito flies to bite you during your sitting in meditation, you start having the thought that your karma is so heavy that even a mosquito comes to you for your sitting meditation practice. But you can’t control yourself to eliminate such a thought. Some of the masters might remind you to have the mercy and compassion to let the mosquito bite you gradually and also tell it be careful not to get full. That is an artificial manner. In fact, your being bit by a mosquito is also due to the law of cause and condition, and the cause and effect, as well as paying debt. It would not bite you if there were no such conditions.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reminded all the attendees again that, during July of Chinese Lunar Year, there is not needed to particularly go to several Buddhist centers for the salvation ceremony It is not to say that attending salvation ceremony is not allowed. It is saying that it is not necessary to join salvation ceremony particularly in June. It is rather to donate the money personally to help those who need see doctors or go to school but have no money than go to several Buddhist centers for salvation ceremony.

After performing the rituals of Dharma Protector Achi and dedicating all merits to sentient beings, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed another Dharma Talk about the importance of “mental focus” by one sentence as following: “Mental focus is very important. No mental focus, no concentration. And no concentration, no practicing the path.

The concentration by Buddhism is to do it thoroughly without increasing nor decreasing. Do not have extra self opinions to increase or decrease anything. Master Kuang-chin ever said that be concentrated on everything you do. So it is necessary to do anything with concentration. Why do you get scolded in the office? The reason is nothing with your intelligence. It is your do not follow the work steps that your supervisor instructs. For example, he gives you 7 steps in sequence for your assignment, but you jump to step 7 directly from step 1. Sometimes you create your own step 8. Surely these behaviors will cause problems and will bring damages to your company. Do not find excuses to rationalize the changes you made by yourselves that your boss does not understand the whole conditions due his absence on the first line. The regulations that the boss makes is the result from his evaluation all advantages of the company, and these are inter-dependent and dispensable among all departments. Don’t think you are right to be against these rules. The owner of the company is your boss. If you are so much capable, be a boss by yourself. As you earn paid from this company, just follow your supervisor’s instruction to do your jobs well. Generally the self-righteous are those who think they are very capable, who love to show their talent but often make mistakes. Moreover, do not have the attitude that you just do your own jobs without caring about other’s works. It is not saying that you should get involved in affairs of other departments, but you’d better care about what others do.

Those who observe precepts well will attain concentration naturally and make less mistakes as well. On the other hand, those who do not observe precepts will not understand their thoughts. And they often think if what they have done violates the precepts? Are they correct? Should they be done? How can they attain concentration with so many thoughts? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche upholds the precepts purely as each of his thoughts is to benefit sentient beings. What comes up with Rinpoche’s mind is if doing something will benefit others? Or how to do to help others? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche never think how well he will be, and so each of Rinpoche’s thoughts is virtuous naturally.

Many people want others understand them. But they don’t understand themselves, how could other people understand them? Do you know how your lungs work to breathe? How does your heart beat? How others know what you don’t know.

The practices Buddha taught us are different from your habitual patterns. Buddha have so much powerful capability that Buddha would have told us what are good for us and these must have been depicted in the sutras. Even what kinds of fishes live under the sea have been stated in the sutra texts. Many thousands years ago, Buddha can’t swim nor dive, how could Buddha know all of these? It is just because Buddha has grea powerful capability. Therefore, you should not been the inventors. The content of sutra is numerous and many things are told. But the content is not just what you could think of. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw these sutras, the only thought comes up with his mind is “faith”, thinking that one must do it abidingly. On the other hand, you are always suspicious and wondering if to do or not, and thinking the reasons why you should do, and so on. Be “foolish” to learn Buddhism. On the Buddhist path, the attainment you will achieve is not related to how well you do for your study at schools. Milarepa did not study at school but he achieved great accomplishment for his lifetime. Be willing to take ant unfavorable conditions. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche takes the unfavorable conditions all his life. It is also said in the “37 Practices of Bodhisattva” that we should treat our enemies as our holy guests because we will not achieve accomplishment without the presence of enemies. Do not think you practice Dharma well as long as you follow Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. How well Rinpoche has practices and how much accomplishment Rinpoche has attained is nothing to do with you. You are not eligible to say you are learning Buddha Dharma. Adopting vegetarian food, making repentance, and reciting sutras or mandras, all of these are not counted as learning Buddhism. Only listening to guru’s teachings and applying them is practicing Buddhism.

August 14, 2010

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave enlightenment to 105 believers with Buddhism and helped them to relieve all kinds of suffering in the world at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei.

August 15, 2010

Disciples and believers of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei, reverently listened to the teachings of His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, which were recorded on February 8th of 2004. The teachings were about oral transmission of the Four Preliminary Practices.

Before the commencement of the regular puja, a female disciple publicly shared her experience of how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had helped her and her family. In June of 2008, when she first made an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinpoche gave a profound enlightenment with regard to her thought on how, with a self-interest goal in mind, she planned to study Buddhist sutras at home. What Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her was very different to the ways of learning Buddhism in Exoteric Buddhism. It took her a long while to think about what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said to her. Later, in 2008 and 2009, she twice took part in the Great Indiscriminated Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness presided over by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Eventually, she took refuge on the 30th of January in 2010.

In July of 2008, with a seven-month pregnancy, she brought her friend to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. At that time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately asked her if she had any problem in mind. She replied with a smile: No. Yet, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche put a sutra on top of her head and recited mantras for a while to give her a blessing. That surprised her, though at the same time with a great deal of joy. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche didn’t explain why she’d receive such an auspicious blessing. It was not until October of 2008 did she realized why. Her doctor informed her that, under the condition that the neck of the baby was surrounded by the umbilical chord in two circles, she smoothly and naturally gave a birth to her daughter. This situation again surprised her. She had been through more than ten times of prenatal examines, but her doctor didn’t detect such abnormal situation. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, nonetheless, had already known the problematic pregnancy. Without the blessing of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, her daughter wouldn’t be in the world with her now.

In mid November of 2009, on a Saturday afternoon, her oldest son was playing with green beans at home. All of a sudden, out of the blue, he began to scream and cry. She tried to stop him by severe scolding but to no avail. Her son cried even harder to the extent of throwing up all over the floor. She knew something was wrong and attempted to calm him down. She asked him what’s going on and realized that her son was frightened by two invisible sentient beings. Seeing her son hysterically crying and screaming, she could only hold him tightly in her arms. Panicked and helpless, she lost control and angrily reprimanded those invisible sentient beings: Why would you take advantage over such a defenseless child? After she vented her anger on the invisible sentient beings, her son appeared to resume his calmness. And then she rushed out with her son to a dharma venue, respectfully asking the master to protect her son with a dharma instrument. By astrology, the master said her son probably was harassed by ancestral spirits, suggesting her to take care of this matter as soon as possible. The master couldn’t guarantee how long the blessing could protect her son. Extremely frightened, her son was reluctant to return home. Even at home, no matter where she went, her son followed her at all times. As a mother, seeing her son’s fear, even with a slightest hope, she’d be tempted to try any temple or teachers with any reputation, as long as they could solve the problem.

For the following days, she was anxiously making phone calls or searching on internet in the hope of any solutions to put an end to this matter. Unfortunately, the replies were either costly, 30000 NTD per query and no promise of any solution, or refusal, if the problem was due to the harassment of ancestral spirits. Seeing the helpless and terrified look of her son, she felt worried and powerless. In a late night, a thought from no where drove her, from the bottom of her heart, silently to scream out “Help me! Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche!”

The next day near noon at work, a dharma brother of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, who she hadn’t seen for a long while, went to see her on purpose. The dharma brother inquired whether she had been all right lately. Touched and on the verge of tearing, she believed that it was Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche heard her praying, directing the dharma brother to bring her and her son to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on that Saturday. When meeting Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinpoche kindly asked her address. After a brief meditation, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her that the problem arose from a newly bought blanket covering on the bed and anther stuffed puppet at home. Rinpoche asked her to bring the blanket and the stuffed puppet to the venue next Saturday and gave her son a Vajra knot for protection. She followed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s instruction to come to the venue with the things next Saturday. It turned out as Rinpoche’s enlightenment that the problem was due to the blanket and the stuffed puppet rather than the interference of ancestral spirits. With the blessings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, her son was laughing again as before and no longer fearful to go home. She was grateful for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help to those sentient beings and the teachings of correct concepts about Buddha Dharma.

In the early morning of March 3rd, 2010, she was half awaken and dreamed about Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sitting on the throne at the venue and she standing in front of Rinpoche with her palms together, listening to the teachings and nodding frequently. When she woke up, she could only remember her feeling of gratefulness toward Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche but couldn’t remember the details of the teachings. In the evening around seven or eight o’clock the same day, she was busy in the kitchen while her son and daughter were arguing in the living room, fighting over a pen to draw. She wanted to stop them and rushed to the scene, but it was already too late. She saw her daughter grab the pen and heavily punch toward her son’s left eye. Covering his left eye with his hand, her son was crying with a gush of tears. Astonished, she slowly and gently removed her son’s hand and found that the wound was very close to his left eye and it hurt deeply. While seeing the blood oozing out of the wound, she suddenly realized why she’d dread of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She was extremely grateful to the blessing of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche so that her son could escape such a tremendous mishap and keep his precious left eye. In the meantime, she used the Baoyuan balm to smear onto the wound. To her surprise, the wound was healed the next day. Till this day, the wound magically left no scar at all.

On March 23rd, 2010, her brother called her for help, saying that he had lost his appetite, couldn’t have bowl movements, and were often having difficulty in breathing. He had seen many doctors, diagnosing that he had panic disorder. She then shared her experience of how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had helped her two children and hoped her brother could seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for help. That night, her brother dreamed that he was in a wooden house, sitting in the opposite of a practitioner with red and yellow clothes. That practitioner had no hair and wore a pair of glasses. Her brother saw the practitioner took off his glasses and wipe them. After putting them on, the practitioner gave a blessing to him with a smile. In the dream, through receiving the blessing, her brother felt a stream of chi flowing around in his body. All of a sudden, he no more felt difficulty in breathing. With the flow of the chi, his body felt so comfortable that was beyond description. After receiving the blessing, her brother rushed to the practitioner and made a prostration, saying “thank you, Rinpoche!”

The next day when her brother woke up, he felt extremely incredible and hurried to call her. She at once told her brother to log onto internet and search for photos of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. What her brother found was a photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche taken several years ago. Her brother said the clothes were similar to those of the practitioner in his dream, but he was not certain if the practitioner was Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. On April 2nd, her brother still felt ill. So she invited her brother to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche the next day which was a Saturday. It was till he saw Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and received the blessing that he was definitely sure the practitioner in his dream was Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Now, her brother’s health was almost completely recovered. She was grateful for the compassion and mercy of the Guru. Even to a believer like her brother, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also made great efforts to help.

Afterwards, another disciple shared her experience of how His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had helped her family. Several years ago, from a dharma brother of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, this disciple heard of the incredible vows of a practitioner who were willing to undertake any efforts to help others. If one wished to help his parents’ health, one would be compassionately helped. However, one shouldn’t simply see this practitioner as an ordinary fortune teller and asked whether a relationship would end up good. She was shocked. For the one thing, she felt this practitioner was very special. With such a great power, the practitioner wouldn’t use it to benefit himself, but to compassionately fulfill children’s wishes. For the other, she felt ashamed because she rarely thought of her own parents, not to mention thinking of their health conditions. This dharma brother also encouraged her to attend the Chod puja held every Friday and the regular puja held every Sunday. Because of concerning her two young children and not willing to bother her mother-in-law to care for them, she politely declined to go.

In the summer of 2006 when her children grew older, she discussed with her husband about seeking audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche at the Glorious Jewellery Company and imploring for her attending the monthly Chod puja. Her mother-in-law also agreed with her going. Upon meeting with compassionate Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinpoche at once approved her attendance. When she could ashamedly utter “hoping my parents” with chocked voice and wasn’t able to finish the sentence, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche at once mercifully asked her whether she hoped to reduce her parents’ suffering of illness. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was crystal clear about her thought.

In the spring of 2007, her mother-in-law was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Because of the serious side effects, they decided for her to stop taking the target medicine. Consequently, the controlled illness gradually deteriorated. She then suggested her husband bring her mother-in-law to seek help from His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in the hope of reducing her pain. The disciple didn’t explain to her husband about all kinds of virtuous deeds of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had been doing. Her busy husband, therefore, didn’t right away bring her mother-in-law to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who would leave for performing a three-month retreat in no time. Seeing the health of his mother was deteriorating, the husband was worried that the mother could not live pass August. The mother probably wouldn’t be able to meet His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in this lifetime. She had heard that once a dharma brother kept going to make prostrations every day to the dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in the Jewellery Company, even Rinpoche was away in performing a retreat. The power of Rinpoche’s blessing still could reach the dharma brother. Although she hadn’t taken refuge at that time, she went to the Jewellery Company to make prostrations to the dharma photo. She was grateful for the mercy of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, granting her mother-in-law peace during the three months. Additionally, when her mother-in-law sought an audience for the first time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave her blessings which not only reduced her pain but allowed her more time to listen to the teachings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Such opportunities also let her mother-in-law know authentic Buddha Dharma and accumulate merits.

Her mother-in-law’s health was getting worse. Sometimes she might be hesitant to attend puja. Dharma brothers encouraged them not to suspend. As a result of attending each puja, her mother-in-law became more energetic after puja. Being the patient at the terminal stage of cancer, sitting in the Buddhist center for four hours, she got more energy. Thanks should go to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings.

Although her mother-in-law had pulmonary adenoma, she never couched but merely had pains and difficulty of excreting at the terminal stage. In the end she passed away in peace at home. It was a Saturday’s afternoon. Her husband right away went to the Glorious Jewel Jewellery Company to seek audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche soon consented to bestow her mother-in-law the Chod ritual. Before that, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche first protected her consciousness from suffering. Her husband would like to make the offering to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately declined. The His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche valued and helped the deceased without asking for return. Thus is indeed a Mahasiddha’s demeanor that could not easily be achieved by the ordinary.

After the body of her mother-in-law’s was cremated, the bones were in color of pink and looked very beautiful, which was just the auspicious sign of being transferred by the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

In August 2008, this disciple’s father was checked in hospital and found to have Colorectal cancer. Even at the age of eighties, his father was still in good health condition and suggested by doctor to undergo the surgery operation. The disciple’s second elder sister’s husband who worked at a famous hospital in Kaohsiung asked her father to go south immediately, and arranged a well-known doctor to execute the operation for him.

Being taken well care by her mother, her father soon recovered after the operation. Due to the hardship of attending to her father, her mother was exhausted both in mind and body. Therefore, father moved to a professional caring center. Not long after, the center informed them that father might have been infected with AIDS. The center also reminded them to right away bring their mother to have a check. Both the two times of tests of her father were with a result that he probably had acquired the infection. The disciple’s second elder sister’s husband exclaimed that although a check before blood transfusion was executed, there still existed the window period, and he also had the chance to be infected during the process of operation or blood transfusion. Her sisters and she worried about this very much, for that their father was very old and had cancer. How could he afford another disease like this? They also worried about their mother, for that she might also have been infected when she cleaned father’s wound. Thinking of parents’ hardship of raising and educating them, and suffering from thus disease at old age, and the possibility of having AIDS, they felt so helpless and scared. All they could do was to keep praying before the dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche every day for compassion and blessings. Finally the result of the third check came with that their father was not infected with AIDS. She was so thankful for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings.

Her father did not get improvement on health condition in the center, had low appetite, and caught colds from time to time. He insisted go back to Taichung, his own home. In January 2009, not long after returning home, father ever felt cold. It was even not enough for him to be covered with three layers of quilts plus a stove. He also complained the pillow was not thick enough even though it was already in 10-cm height. At that time she did not realize it was just the appearances of the dissolution of the four major elements that was enlightened by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Soon after, doctor checked and found that the cancer cells of her father had transferred to his liver and lymph. The family members were all shocked by the bad news, as originally father was in phase 0 of colorectal cancer that was already removed during the operation by a famous doctor. How could the cancer cells transfer in such a short time of four months? In fact, this was just same as what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has taught: The problem cannot be solved if one merely wants to abandon it with an operation without any repentant heart.

In April end, her father was hardly able to eat. He needed the Nasogastric feeding. Nor did he can control the excretion. Gradually he could not identify his friends. Besides, due to the pains of cancer, he started to take some analgesics. Her husband took the dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for him to look at, and told him to take ease as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would help him. Having never believed in any religions, father nodded with an ease mind. In the morning of 27th, she was informed by her elder sister that father’s blood pressure had a sudden fall. She hurried to Taichung. Fortunately, during the time of being on panic, she was reminded by a dharma brother to go to the Glorious Jewel Jewellery Company to do prostration before Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s dharma photo and pray for helping her father. After returning home, she found father’s mouth was closed, as if falling asleep, with a peaceful face, not as serious and august as he usually was. The disciple had great immense to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for blessings and bestowing the rare nectar pills.

Compared to other cancer patients, her father’s suffering was much reduced! She came with elder sister to express gratitude to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and implored for transferring their father’s consciousness. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche not only consented but also asked if their father had a younger brother who died in mainland China. Her elder sister said yes. Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed them to list their uncle’s name for transferring in the Chod puja. At the moment she was so shocked and thankful. She had never heard from father that she had an uncle who died 10 years ago. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just knew it, and compassionately and initiatively said that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would transfer her uncle’s consciousness. The disciple again showed her gratitude to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. At her first time of meeting Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she prayed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for keeping her parents away from pains of diseases. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche never forgets her praying. Till now , wherever in the inland or mainland, without discriminating between the ones who took refuge or not, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has kept blessing on her all family members along with her in every minute.

Then, the disciples and believers of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center reverently listened to the dharma teachings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche recorded on February 1st, 2004. The teachings were about oral transmission of the Four Preliminary Practices.

The Four Preliminary Practices of Tibetan Buddhism include all main points Buddha has taught us as antidotes to the 84,000 afflictive emotions. Some people ask what they should practice. No matter which practice mean you adopt, it won’t take effect before you finish the practice of the Four Preliminary Practices. As for those who have not taken refuge, today it is just to let you have some connection to it, and you are still unqualified to practice. Even if you are told how to do full prostration and you do accordingly at home, it won’t take effect. You are just doing some exercise and accumulate the causal conditions with Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

This time before Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche transmits the Four Preliminary Practices, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has given the teachings of the Four Ordinary Foundations for almost one year. It is the all concept for a Buddhist disciple. In particular, Thirty-Seven Bodhisattva Practices are the standard and rules for all Buddhist disciples to act in mind, speech, and body. For a Buddhist learner without acting in accord with Thirty-Seven Bodhisattva Practices, it would be as if he climbs a tree to catch fish and cannot get anything. In Taiwan’s Exoteric Buddhism, Thirty-Seven Bodhisattva Practices are not much valued. It is because Taiwanese like to attend the lesson of Sutra, hear about the Name and appearance, and get understanding by themselves. Both the Eastern and the Western take Buddhism as a kind of knowledge to study. Those who have this kind of mindset slander the Buddha. Slandering the Buddha refers to your misunderstanding of the Buddha’s meaning, self-righteously thinking that you have comprehended it. The reason why many Buddhist centers in Taiwan do not place value on Thirty-Seven Bodhisattva Practices is that they are strict requirements. However, if you want to get liberation from the cycle of birth and death, you need to keep precepts and it would not be possible for you to not practice Thirty-Seven Bodhisattva Practices. One cannot count as a Buddhist disciple for he takes refuge under the four famous centers, attends the repentance ritual, recites the Sutras or Buddha’s names, or attends Zen meditation session for seven days. It is clearly stated in the Thirty-Seven Bodhisattva Practices that you ought to attain them and then could be regarded as a Buddhist disciple.

Many people may think if they more listen to the Sutra, their wisdom would be unsealed. Or they may think as long as they recite Buddha’s name much, their wisdom can be certainly unsealed. It may be right. But the problem lies on that these conditions couldn’t be reached by you. The methods can be applied to the worthy vessels that never doubt the Buddhism, Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Gurus at all, as well as deeply believe the law of cause and effect. Like the Six Patriarch Huineng who beheld the Buddha-nature within him once he listened to the Vajra Sutra. Like the Abbot Kuang-Chin who had recited Buddha Amitabha’s names for his whole life and got enlightenment and attainment of eighth-stage Bodhisattva at least. They attained the achievement due to their virtuous roots of past lives and, the most important, not like you who have many self-thoughts and doubts, judging your guru and the teachings of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Therefore, you are not able to make yourselves as a Buddhist disciple by listening to the Sutra and the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, reciting Buddha’s names, and sitting in meditation, let alone to understand the mind and realize the nature!

Buddha-dharma is to be applied in your daily life. There was a person was told by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that the house he was going to buy had some issues. But he thought the price was good and just bought it. Later on he found the house was a sea sand house. He came to ask for advice of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on whether or not he should accuse the seller. In mundane view, it seems that he should bring the case to court. However, in supramundane view, this was also his merits and causal conditions. As long as the thing is not too severe, harmony is what matters! You cannot just be at a disadvantage situation. You have such heavy karma is just because that you cannot suffer losses. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can learn it is also because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is willing to be an unfavorable situation. You like to show your good side and hope Guru would take note of you, by which is against the Thirty-Seven Bodhisattva Practices. Repeat listening to the dharma teachings Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has given on the eightfold noble path, learning, pondering, and practicing , the discipline, meditation, wisdom. Do not think you have already known them as you have listened to them. We must adopt the teachings in our daily life. With those basic concepts, the Four Preliminary Practices will then take effect.

It does not matter if you do full prostrations in beautiful or standard postures. What matters is that you have to be aware why you are doing this. The reason for you to repeat the same mistakes is that you do not believe in the law of cause and effect, or the teachings given by Buddhas and Gurus. Therefore, you keep making mistakes and even excuse yourselves. One who goes on making errors in this life would definitely fall into the cycle of reincarnation, or the three lower realms. Do not think you will not fall into the three evil paths just because you listen to some Buddhism or take refuge. The prerequisite is to firmly believe in the law of cause and effect. If you do not believe in the law and think you will be all right as long as taking refuge, you will still have the chance of falling into the lower realms.

The virtue of a guru is absolutely sufficient to suppress your karma from past generations of lives. However, as long as you have a little suspicion, the help from the guru’s virtue will be gone right away. The help Buddhas and Bodhisattvas give us is to let our obstacles from past generations of lives stop interfering with us and to give us enough time to practice and attain Buddha dharma in this life. Buddhist scriptures have stated very clearly that Buddhas cannot change our karma. Who can change it? Ourselves. We can use Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s story as an example. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang is Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s root guru. In Drikung Kagyu order, several old mahasiddhas were very fond of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. According to your idea, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche should not need to practice Buddha dharma since these great masters can practice to help Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and dedicate the merits to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Why for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to practice so hard? This idea is not correct. The blessings they gave to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was to reduce a little the hindrance of practicing Buddha dharma and the time of attaining Buddhahood for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still has to rely on himself. Buddhas and the guru take rice and vegetables to cook a meal and carry the dishes to the table; you still have to eat the dishes; just looking at them would not make you full; you have to eat the dishes to become full. The meaning of Buddha dharma is similar to this. So you surely have to practice it truly; do not slack off; do not think there is still time.

A few days ago, on the street, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw a female disciple who drove a car, opened the skylight to let her child’s head stick outside the skylight, and felt causal and elegant. Why was the disciple so negligent? It was self-righteous. Such people usually have no sense of crisis in their lives. She absolutely has no sense of crisis to her way of practicing Buddha dharma either. What is the sense of crisis? You have to be clear that we may fall into the three evil realms in an instant. Do not think it is very difficult to fall into the three evil realms; it is very easy. There is a story that because a monk had spoken a wrong word when lecturing Buddha dharma he was reborn as a fox for five hundred generations. Think for a while. How many words have you spoken wrong in your life? How many people have you cursed? How many things have you done wrong? If you have not determined to use Buddha dharma to train your consciousness a little time everyday in your short decades of life, you do not have enough sense of crisis; you would easily fall into the three evil realms. It is similar to this female disciple who drove; she thought this road did not have much traffic, so it was ok to let her child play and she thought that they would not be so unlucky. Who knew that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would appear at any time. Why are kids so disobedient now? These are all created by these parents.

Many people think that practicing Buddha dharma is very difficult. This is because you still think that you are right. When you think you are correct, you, of course, cannot accept Buddha dharma. There is no right and wrong in Buddha dharma. Buddha dharma is not a dichotomy, not a comparison. Buddha dharma is absolute; Buddha dharma tells us why we are reincarnated in the six realms, where we have done wrong, and what we should do. However, you have to practice it! For example, now in Taiwan it is very popular for people to listen to the lecture of Lamrim. They think they are cultivating and practicing Buddha dharma after listening to the group discussion of Lamrim. This concept is wrong. Buddha dharma is not for you to study or talk about. Buddha dharma is not a topic of conversation. Buddha dharma has to be used in daily lives. Each sentient being has different capacity and different habits; each sentient being also has different acceptance of Buddha dharma. So when different people sit together to discuss Buddha dharma, eventually, the conclusion will be a fight. Although Tibetan Buddhism has the custom of letting lamas debate the contents of Buddhist scriptures and their actions seems to be arguing, they debate the topic given by the guru after class after listening to the guru’s lecturing of Buddhist scriptures, rather than comparing who has practiced better, who has remembered more, or who has listened more.

According to different people and different capacity, Buddha has said so many words for us to listen. Buddhist scriptures have mentioned that one needs to listen more. It is not to listen to more of different forms of Buddhism, but to diligently pay attention to and listen to the true meaning after the guru’s lectures. It is not how much amount you have listened. For example, how much percentage of “the thirty-seven practices of Bodhisattvas” have you done? Why haven’t you done? You have not listened more! You have just listened once, or you have not listened even until now; how could you change your karma? In our generations of lives, we have been accustomed to laziness, or wanting people to do things for you. So we are very lazy even during the process of practicing Buddha dharma, just like walking corpses. Everyday, we go to work, eat, and sleep; what thought in our mind are our kids, husband, wife, and the problems of work. However, we have not thought about the problems of our lives and we all think that we are correct and have not done anything wrong, or we have been good people and not committed any crime.

Buddhist scriptures have stated that in order to truly repay Buddhas’ kindness and the guru’s kindness one should determine to generate great Bodhicitta and practice Buddha dharma; such person is just a man who repays other’s kindness. Hence, you did not have gratitude, but come to take revenge and hold Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and let Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche be extremely busy. The questions you asked are not related to Buddha dharma at all: my son did not behave well recently, my house is leaking, etc. Yesterday, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche scolded a couple. The wife had not previously believed in Buddhism. When she had been pregnant, a doctor had discovered that there had been a water tumor in her daughter’s brain. The couple had wanted to abort the daughter. In the end, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas had helped her and her daughter had been born healthily without the problem of water tumor. Yesterday, the wife went to a hospital for examination and discovered that her waist had lumps. The couple began to fear again. So they asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche whether to cut off the lumps.

Why did they ask? It is because they believe that doctors are the authority and practitioners are by-products and fortune tellers. They thought that by following Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s instructions if there is something happened in the future Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has to take the responsibility. Apparently their daughter had been saved by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. But as long as something happened, they started to have doubts again. Don’t they come to take revenge?

Buddha has never prevented people to see doctors. But some illnesses caused by the law of cause and effect cannot be cured by doctors. The wife believed in Buddha in the end because the doctor had said to give up her daughter and the doctor had not been able to let the water tumor in the baby’s brain disappear, and Buddha had the methods to help her. However, when beginning to have a problem, she had doubts again. If she truly believed in her heart, she would not even ask. Previously, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had had skin cancer, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had not asked His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had known that that had been his own karma. Why did you come to ask? It was because you still did not admit that you were wrong; secondly, you were afraid of dying. What do we learn by practicing Buddha dharma? It is to prepare us that we may die every second. Buddha said that life is impermanent. And impermanence changes at any time. You are so frightened about dying; how do you live your life like this? Where is your faith to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas?

There was a disciple who even came to ask about whether to sue others, but no one had asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche about Buddha dharma! What kind of Buddha’s disciples are you? Changing karma relies on you yourself. The purpose of the guru transmitting dharmas is for you to practice them without a doubt. You come to listen to Buddha dharma today because you know Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has great abilities. All of you are not willing to spend your money.

Two years ago, there was a disciple whose mother was in pool health. The disciple did not have a lot of income, but he made offerings quietly. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not conduct dharmas, but his mother’s health became well immediately. Last Sunday, I had just said that you should not haggle over with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche all the time. Buddha has said that Buddha dharma is to truly follow and practice the Buddha’s teachings. What is “to truly follow and practice the Buddha’s teachings”? It is to do it. Otherwise, what is the purpose for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to speak so much Buddha dharma? If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche were like you, wouldn’t His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsange have felt disturbed? The guru should help you; but you have to use the correct method and have to have faith. Over the years, you have seen and heard a lot of things. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had not resolved your problems, would you have come to take refuge and practice Buddha dharma? Absolutely not, because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is not a famous practitioner and is unknown in Taiwan. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always reminded you that if you are determined to practice the supramundane dharma, there should be no problem for your matters in the mundane dharmas. You just did not listen; you even did not recite mantras every day. After you have been scolded by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and a lot of your karmas have been eliminated on Sunday, you go home, feel very comfortable, and on Monday start to relapse to your evil behaviors. You are those people who do not cry until seeing the coffins.

The dharma of the four uncommon preliminaries has stated up front that the guru is very important since if there were no guru, you would not be able to listen to Buddha dharma; even if you had heard Buddha dharma, you might not understand it; if you did not have an experienced guru to help you, it would be very difficult for you to cut into this dharma. Therefore, when you are taught by an experienced guru, you have to accept and listen to the teachings; and you have to truly practice them without any discount; do not do it stealthily; do not do it just for coping with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche; how much you have practiced will affect you yourself and has nothing to do with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang is constantly improving and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is constantly practicing. But these achievements cannot be given to you; you have to attain the achievements by practicing yourself. Everyone has the opportunity to attain Buddhahood. But this opportunity is created and given to you by Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. After that, it all depends on you yourself to continue the opportunity.

Why has Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche taught so much this time when transmitting the four preliminary practices? It is to build a correct mind. After you have understood it, when you practice the full-body prostration, even if you do it not as complete, as long as your mind is correct, your practice will be as useful. I hope this time you who practice the full-body prostration will not come to ask stupid questions. Do not come to ask the guru whether to turn on the air conditioner when sweating. You ask these stupid questions because you are afraid of being hurt. You ask these to protect yourself without any thinking. If you go to Tibet and watch those Tibetans doing the full-body prostration, you will really cry. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has personally witnessed on the road those Tibetans who performed the full-body prostration along the way to the Potala Palace. Being born in Taiwan means that you had practiced well in your past generations of lives and you are enjoying life here. The poorest people in Taiwan live better than those who live in Tibet and Qinghai. The problem of practicing Buddha dharma you now face is that you are afraid of hardships and pain, and your physical body is very precious and cannot be hurt. Will Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and the guru harm you? You have not learned to first review where your problems are and just go to ask the guru. These foolishness means that you have not repeatedly listen to the Buddha dharma taught by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and you have never listened to it attentively. If you are willing to listen carefully and have done it, will you still come to ask these stupid questions?

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has said that practicing Buddha dharma has to have a mind of absolute death! There were some disciples whose face colors were changed after they had heard about it. Surely people will die. When you experience pains, hardships, swelling in the head, and pressure in the chest after making full-body prostrations, do not think whether you begin to become bad, the karma is coming, or to stop doing it for a while. When getting further uncomfortable, you may first go to ask the guru. This kind of mentality means that you have not generated Bodhicitta, you are selfish, and you cannot endure hardships. So people said that it is difficult for wealthy people to practice Buddha dharma. Being wealthy is not necessarily to have a lot of money. Comparing with other backward areas, you can be counted as wealthy people. So you are very difficult to practice Buddha dharma! Those who can endure extreme hardships are above normal people. Only if you can endure pains, you can then have virtues. When you are lazy or enjoy, you are using up your virtues. Those who perform full-body prostrations have virtues because they endure hardships. It is not a natural law for people to get old or to die; it is due to running out of virtues! For Drubwang Rinpoche, Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche, and Yunga Rinpoche, if they wanted to live several more years, they could live several more years. Why could they do that? It was because they lived hard lives such that their virtues grew continuously. They could determine whether they wanted to live or not. You cannot decide, because you are dragged by the karma.

Not only is the purpose of make full-prostrations to make repentance, but also to let you realize the sufferings of our body. We are seldom to be aware of the suffering from our bodies and self-righteously think we are having the auspicious day and enjoying the life! But Buddha told us that the body is just the karma retribution. Why we had a serious ill or fell the three evil realms? That is because we did not cherish ourselves and did the evil deeds. Make full-Prostrations to let us regardless of the body, the function of the body is to learn the Buddhism not to enjoy it or have some feeling on it. The most important meaning of make full-prostrations is to eliminate our arrogant mind, to let us to be humble and respectful and grateful for Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and sentient beings. Enduring the suffering is very important; most of people could not attain Buddhahood because they are not willing to endure the suffering. Enduring the suffering is not a self-torture; Buddha Sakyamuni ever said that the dharma is not a self-torture, because the self-torture is a unreasonable suffering. The meaning of enduring the suffering is to realize that the body is a mass of suffering. That is so-called the “suffering” and “arising” from the Four Noble Truths: suffering, arising extinction and the path. Through the process of make full-prostrations, ones with the good conditions and capacities will realize that the body is a mass of suffering. So he can make up his mind to be liberated from reincarnations. Why so many Buddhist people cannot have this kind of mind? Because they are still uninterruptedly enjoying the feeling of body through the six- roots. The body is just the congregation of karma, if you are not in the right path: Learning and practicing Buddhism, and then benefit the sentient beings, your body is wasted. Therefore make full-prostrations can let to understand and realize the suffering, and then we can realize the source of suffering and have the capability to benefit the sentient beings.

If you have the notion that you will have the opportunity to learn Tantra after completion of make full-prostrations. That is an inappropriate notion. Make full-prostrations is a special practice of Tibetan Buddhism, it also called “the Great KowTow” in Tibet. If you would go further to practice Prana Nadi and Bindu, if your Nadi is obstructed which is unable to practice it. So there is a theory to describe it: When your body keeps still, the Qi keeps still as well. When the Qi keeps still, the Channel of Qi (Mai) will be obstructed. Just like most of you with a lot of illness, the reason is that you seldom exercise, even if the exercise is partial. Make full-prostrations is for whole body, which can let the Meridians and Channels of the body getting straight. Normally the Meridians and Channels are shrunk when we are sitting, standing and sleeping. That is reason why the Qi is obstructed. If ones make full-prostrations well, it is not talking about that the posture is perfect or not, it is that he comprehends the meaning of making full-prostrations with a correct mind and then his body turning well and face will became good-looking.

Most of people did not change anything, because they had the incorrect concept and wrong notion. It is hardly to repeat it when ones with a wrong notion. Why you need to make 110 thousands of prostrations. Because if some making of 100 thousands of prostrations is inappropriate, so 10 thousands of prostrations is a complement. It doesn’t matter that the process of making prostrations must be toward to the statue of Buddha. The most important thing is that there is an enough of space for making full-prostrations. For the beginning of making full-prostrations is not necessary to do too much, make 50 full-prostrations every day. After days you can add the quantity of making full-prostrations when you feel suitable. The quantity of making full-prostrations cannot go backwards when you have already added. Do not feel tired and ask Bodhisattvas for leave. Bodhisattvas are not your boss which is not necessary to ask for leave, which is the excuse of laziness. When you have once time of slack, there would be the second and the third times, at last you will give up. Do remember that it must not break off to make full-prostrations every day. You have to supply water because of making full-prostrations will be sweating, if you feel lack of energy to have the high calorific capacity of foods like chocolate or milk, don’t be afraid of getting fat, I have to mention it in advance ,otherwise there is someone to ask the question for it. That is why the sutra mentioned that the mind of human-beings is unbelievable and complicated.

Why we have to make full-prostrations? It means that throwing the five parts of body (both knees, both elbows and the head) to the ground in prostration to the Buddhas, one’s five poisons that are greed, hatred, delusion, self-conceit, and doubt, we have to discard them from his body down to the ground. When we are raising the hands, it means that we are longing for Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to salvage us from the sufferings of sea. It doesn’t matter whether you have done this action or not, the important things is that you don’t hurry up to make full-prostration, each time of making prostration must be distinct. Furthermore, you don’t have the notion to make it by yourself, and you are on behalf of sentient beings. Because sentient beings are so pitiful without the opportunity to learn the Buddhism and suffering in the cycles of reincarnations in the six realms. Most of people are thinking that it is my own merits and good fortune because I am making the full-prostrations. This concept is against with the Bodhicitta of Vajrayana, and it will get the less of blessings.

Just like the Bird flu, thousands of chicken was killed. Those sentient beings were so pitiful even more for the death of heavy karma. In the earth and all over the space, each of the sentient beings has the relation with us. You don’t think that that is not my business for those deaths of the chicken, or the war in Iraq. The science has approved that the earth will be affected when there is one celestial body changed. Therefore what Buddha mentioned is the true in the universal. It was saw by the wisdoms of Buddha, we cannot keep ourselves clean and pure because we are the parts of universal, we will be affected when others are suffering. There when we are thinking we are making full-prostrations, you will not have an auspicious day when sentient beings are sufferings in the sorrow. That is the same reason even if your home is keeping order; you will be affected when the outside of environment is not good.

The life of our body cannot be existed alone. To break off the ego-clinging does not mean that I have not existed. This individual body is existed, but the nature of mine is not existed. Where did I come from? When you mentioned “I” is a kind of clinging mind. Ego-clinging is that considering oneself in the right, do not think those are right what you are thinking, what you said, what you have done. Ego-clinging is that one is selfish, who cannot learn the mercy and compassion to salvage him and others. No matter how suffering and unfortunate you are, you should realize that those are the causes and effects. No matter the suffering or happiness is an illusion, impermanent, variable and inconstant with regard to the Dharma, but sentient beings misunderstand that the thing is permanent, so he would be clinging in something. For example someone take money seriously, someone is unwilling to burn his fingers even others ask for help because he is afraid of burning his fingers or being frame and thinking the most important thing is his job. That is unable to have the mercy and compassion mind, because he is willing to help others, not to mention the best thing he has owned.

Guru urge and advise you earnestly and kindly just wish that you will realize the important of Dharma in your life. Do listen to the enlightenment of guru indeed to change your inappropriate habit. Once you realize how to let go, you can be content with anything. Those clinging things would be harmful for you. In fact, you can review it by yourself: what are the most things disquieted you? If you can review it and change it with dharma, you will be curable. On the contrary, you are not willing to review it and insist you are right, you will be incurable. There are a lot of mentions in the sutra that today you are harmed, cheated or robbed which all have the causes. Even if your skin is scratched or bloody, it is the cause that you ever killed sentient beings before. Buddha said that his toes were bloody because he killed sentient beings in his previous life. That means that even if you protect yourself very well, it will be useless when the karma retribution coming.

Therefore the process of making full-prostrations is to help us to review ourselves: Which was the uneasy thing about what you had done? Which were the most things that you are reluctant to give up? Which were the most things that you like or dislike? Those are your karma. When you like one thing and cling to it which will cause your reincarnations. There was a story, a monk not only practiced but also meditation very well. However when he is dying, he was thinking the peach that was his favorite fruit. It caused that he was re-birthed and became as a worm on the peach, eating the peach every day. Due to the notion of eating desire with great relish, he would fall into the animal realm. Therefore the greed, hatred, delusion, self-conceit, and doubt are the causes to fall into the three evil realms. A woman indulges in the enjoyment and not willing to do the household affairs, which will be the cause to fall into the animal realm when she is dead.

Buddha has mentioned that the cause and effect was not invented by Buddha. It is a truth. There are ineffectual karma and effectual karma for each thing. When you are sleeping,there will be an ineffectual karma. The effectual karma is that every thought and intention which is for your benefit will generate the karma. The generated karma is the power causing that we are in the cycles of reincarnations. Every thing has its cause and effect, make full-prostrations will let us to review ourselves during the process of suffering: Where were my problems? Why didn’t I pay attention or find it? Therefore it will be an opportunity to be curable and liberated from suffering ocean of reincarnation. It is not that every thing has to rely on the help and blessings from your guru. Rinpoche wish that make full-prostrations has to complete in one year at least. For over 60 years old who cannot make full-prostrations is unable to learn Phowa Dharma in the future, it means that you have to rely on the help from guru. You have to try your best to make full-prostrations otherwise your karma will not be clear.

After you accomplished the first preliminary practice, making full prostrations, you can continue to practice the second uncommon preliminary practice, Vajrasattva. In the Exoteric Buddhism, there is no such yidam as Vajrasattva. In the Esoteric Buddhism, the Tibetan Buddhism, Vajrasattva is a very important yidam. Varjasattva is the emanation of Samantabhadra, representing wisdom and vows of all Buddhas. As the Sakyamuni Buddha had said if the evil karma of all sentient beings in all their lifetimes could be solidified, the whole universe, even without any limits, couldn’t store the evil karma. It is also like Ksitigarbha said all the thoughts of ordinary humans are karma and crimes. They are all stemmed from self-interests. When you are selfish, your karma and crimes would be manifested. Let’s not think too far about past lifetimes. Let’s just review this lifetime. The karma we had created is already countless. Beginning from when you were a fetus in your mother’s womb, you had started to consume fish and shrimps. After you were born, the habits of past lifetimes such as greediness, hatred, ignorance, arrogance, and suspicion gradually developed. And then you learned how to fight with your siblings over things you like. You neglected your teachers’ words, talked back to your parents, and lacked of filial piety. As you started your career, you’d rob fame and interests from others. All your thoughts were about how to set up people. All these various evil karma can’t be cleansed easily. It must be through a yidam with supreme vows and power to help us. Vajrasattva is such a yidam. Before we obtain a profound enlightenment, we have to eliminate all the obstacles. When learning the Exoteric Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had made a great deal of repentance and donations. At that time, Rinpoche thought he had cleansed all the karma. It was not until Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche began to learn Tibetan Buddhism did Rinpoche realized that it was not true. What Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had done was creating certain merits and conditions for Rinpoche to listen to the Buddha Dharma. After Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche learned the dharma method of Vajrasattva, Rinpoche realized that eliminating one’s karma could only depend on oneself. In addition to making repentance to get rid of your karma, the most important method is not to committee the same mistakes. You shouldn’t implore your Guru for forgiveness all the time. Nor should you apologize to your Guru, either! If you violate certain fundamental precepts and then wish to resume your status as a disciple, it will be impossible. It’s not that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are not compassionate. It’s that you will ruin the reputation of the center. It is well-known that disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center will strictly observe the rules of the center and rigorously practice the precepts. If disciples of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche violate any precepts, especially in man-and-woman relationship, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will be particularly strict in such matter without any exception. Moreover, being filial piety would be another important precept to carefully practice.

Once a disciple’s father was seriously ill and the disciple implored blessings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed blessings onto the father, Rinpoche clearly informed the disciple that his father could only live for another 12 days. This disciple then asked what they could do. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche taught the disciple and his wife to take turns to recite Mani, accumulating conditions to obtain the Phowa Dharma for their father. It turned out that the couple didn’t take turns to recite Mani. Most seriously, on the 11th day, the couple disappeared. Their father died on the 11th and a half day. The hospital could locate where the couple were because they went on a vacation. It was not until the 13th day did they be found. Because of their disappearance, their father lost the chance to be transferred by the Phowa Dharma. The disciple and his wife who was also a disciple were severely reprimanded by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Even so, they didn’t make repentance, either. Consequently, they were expelled out of the center. Not following your Guru’s words has already broken the precept of Samaya. Lack of filial piety has also broken the five precepts. Nor did they practice the Ten Virtuous Deeds. Thus, you should all be very careful. Joining this center is to learn Buddhism. Try not to be distracted. This center is not a venue for socializing purpose. Nor is it a place for match makers. If you find appropriate conditions to engage in a relationship, do it sincerely. If you feel it is just for fun and are not serious, please stop doing so. It’s because if the relationship doesn’t end with a satisfying result, one of you absolutely will quit coming. This is a serious crime; it would terminate one’s life of obtaining wisdom. This crime is more serious than slandering Buddhism. You’d fall into the Avici Hell when passing away. In the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, there are no such things as studying groups or entertaining activities. All of you are busy every day in living your life. On top of that, you have to practice the Buddha Dharma. Time is already not enough. Basically, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not wish to bother you with other things, unless it is related to matters of the Center or the Order. This Center is established completely for learning and practicing the Buddha Dharma. It is Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s hope that mundane matters can be diminished to the least here.

To achieving enlightenment, we have to eliminate all the obstacles. For the beginners, you should focus on cleansing your karma. Many people came to seek help from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and Rinpoche would definitely ask them to listen to the tape-recordings about making repentance. Why? If your karma is not cleansed, it will not be effective to practice other dharma. If you don’t make repentance, your karma will never be eliminated. If you deny your errors, your karma will not be gone, either. It is not until your karma is eliminated will the obstacles on the path of your learning the Buddha Dharma be reduced.

There are four kinds of obstacles: karmic, afflictive, preconception, and habitual hindrances. Karmic hindrances include all the evil and virtuous deeds we have carried out. Karma is not necessarily evil; it actually comprises of white and black karma. White karma is kindness, and black karma is evilness. Why would white karma create hindrances for our learning Buddhism? After we conducted virtuous deeds and didn’t know how to dedicate to all sentient beings, we’d think we were doing kind deeds. This thought would become a karmic power that will leave us some virtues. What’s wrong with obtaining virtues? First of all, it is relevant to the cycle of reincarnation. Secondly, the virtues we obtained probably will not cut off our habits of carrying vicious deeds. For us as Buddhists, we certainly can’t do any evil deeds. Then, how should we treat our kind deeds? First, we shouldn’t purposely look for conditions to carry out kind deeds, but simply follow what conditions we encounter. Secondly, when we conduct kind deeds, we should keep them in mind, but forget about them after we are done. Thirdly, remember to dedicate our kind deeds to all sentient beings.

The karmic obstacles can be differentiated into two categories: committed by those who have received precepts or not. If one who committed errors didn’t receive precepts, his crimes can be overlooked because he wasn’t acknowledged the precepts. Nonetheless, if one has received precepts and committed the same mistake, it is a more serious crime because he should know better. The more advanced the precepts one received, the more serious karma one would commit. For example, if an ordinary person commits a wrongdoing of killing sentient beings, his karma will be resulted solely from his killing. If, however, a Bodhisattva commits a wrongdoing of killing sentient beings, the crime is equivalent to killing his father and he will fall into the Avici Hell. Although what he killed is not the parents of this lifetime, he will not fall into the Avici Hell but hells. If a Ngakpa like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche violates the not-killing precept, what the master violates is not simply the not-killing precept but the karma of killing his mother and a yidam. It is a very serious matter. That is why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche kept advising you that whenever you began to recite Mani, you should not commit any karma of killing. That is why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asks you to take a vegetarian diet. You know the reason now. Even though you have not attained the level of a Ngakpa, as soon as you begin to recite mantra, all sentient beings are like Yidams to you. Your killing of any sentient beings means a serious crime for you.

The second kind of obstacle is related to our afflictions. Afflictive obstacles arise from an attachment to the self. Such attachment would result in motivations of committing all kinds of evil karma. Generally speaking, there are 84000 kinds of afflictions. In summary, all our afflictions are attributable to five poisons: greediness, hatred, ignorance, arrogance, and suspicion. Last year, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has spent much time explaining in detail about evil and virtuous karma. Rinpoche will not repeat again. Simply put, they are about distractive thoughts not in accordance with the truth.

The third kind of obstacles is related to our preconceptions. Obstacles of preconceptions are our attachment to our distractive thoughts about the body, speech and mind. We treat the knowledge and experience we learned through our fleshy body as real. This is a kind of distractive thought. Those who are with serious preconception obstacles are those who hardly accept the Buddha Dharma. He’d think he’s smart, well-informed, acknowledgeable, and understandable about worldly matters. He also thinks he knows about human characteristics. So he thinks the Buddha Dharma is not applicable. He believes that as long as he’s smart enough he would not have any afflictions. Nor would any unfortunate things occur to him. That’s why those who are with heavy preconception obstacles are more likely to enter into vicious paths and follow vicious teachers to learn inappropriate dharma methods. Why is that? It’s because he is not aware that learning Buddhism is not for knowing but for awakening. Awakening from what? From knowing what mistakes one has made. Learning Buddhism isn’t for increasing your ability, for enriching your knowledge or improving your intellects. The more knowledgeable one is, the more difficult for him to learn Buddhism. The higher social status one is, the more difficult for him to learn Buddhism, too. He is hindered by his preconceptions. Strictly speaking, preconception obstacles sometimes are more serious than afflictive obstacles. Those who with a great deal of afflictions might want to diminish them, so that he’d like to learn and listen to the Buddha Dharma. He might even correct his behaviors according to what was taught by the Buddha. Those who with serious obstacles of preconceptions believe they are in high class and think they have learned a lot. As a result, they might easily walk onto vicious paths.

The forth is barrier of habitual patterns. Habitual patterns are our habits and the way we think that are brought from past lives. Habitual patterns let us reincarnate in the six realms. The most severe habitual patter is the lust. We are reincarnated in the six realms because we have sexual lust. In Sravakayana, lust is regarded as great scourges and cannot be touched, even to be thought of or mentioned. In Bodhisattvayana, it is divided into proper and improper sexual conducts. Sexual conducts between husband and wife are proper. Of course, for more details, there are many explanations on the range of proper and improper sexual conducts. Habitual patterns make us unaware of what we’ve done wrong, with intention or not. For example, some people who are unwilling to practice charity and make offering in this life must be reborn from the realm of hungry ghost in past life wherein they are not used to practicing charity and making offering. Some people who are afraid of death and show fear must be reborn from small animals such as a timid deer. These habitual patterns would affect our correct concept of Buddhism in this life. Why we need a Guru to guide us is because Guru can see our habitual patterns and Guru has various means to break our bad habitual patterns. The barriers would hinder all of our seeds of wisdom and keep us away from the opportunity of getting enlightened. For eliminating the barriers for future Buddhist path, we have to practice the dharma of Vajrasattva. There are many methods to eliminate obstacles, such as, in Tibetan Buddhism, the Heart Sutra is also adopted as a method of eliminating obstacles. Fire offering and smoke offering are also used. The most solemn is to practice Vajrasattva. Particularly for the people in the era of decadence of Dharma, Vajrasattva is extremely important.

The nectar we are talking about is significantly meaningful. It would be later explained in the tantric teachings. The nectar indeed exists! We all know the sun has solar energy composed of dots rather than a line. In tantric dharma there is a practice to absorb the lightening dots of the sun, namely the sun’s energy. All yidams have energy that can provide us help to recover our consumed energy. But you ought to have absolute faith in your Guru, and contemplate Vajrasattva as the Guru without distinction. As your ordinary people’s heart cannot see the yidam, you have no idea how the yidam looks like. However, you often see your Guru, so it would be easier for you to take your Guru as a basis to contemplate. It is not saying that Guru has attained the achievement of yidam. It is just a convenient mean.

The yidam you are visualizing is not substance. In the dharma text it is described that the yidam, rather than being like printed on a tangka or made by copper, is like a rainbow that is visible but untouchable. The reason we visualize is that we ordinary people are used to existence and are not used to inexistence. Therefore, you are taught with the convenient mean to do the visualization first. It is stated in the Heart Sutra: “Emptiness does not differ from; form does not differ from emptiness. Form is emptiness and the very emptiness is form.” It is just like the rainbow. You can see the color of the rainbow. But can you say it exists? No it doesn’t. While you say it doesn’t exist, it exists. Furthermore speaking, the form and emptiness is from our discriminative heart. The two are actually one. Because discrimination arises in us, thereupon we see the rainbow. If we have no discrimination, we won’t see it. With more thoughtful mind, one would say the rainbow has seven colors. Even furthermore, one would study how it appears. All of these come from the unceasing discriminative mind.

The meaning of the phrases stated in the Heart Sutra is that what we see is the form. But its essence is changing and impermanent, not eternal. It is our ordinary people’s heart that distinguishes its color and solid form. The form is perceived by the perceptions of the six organs of sense. The ordinary have not been able to feel the true meaning and content. The outer appearance we see is false. No outer appearance is fixed and unchanging. Therefore, the form is used to indicate the appearance. The essence is emptiness, while emptiness does not refer to inexistence. All things and phenomenon result from the arising and ceasing conditions. The conditions gather, something is produced and let us see. When the conditions fall apart, it disappears too. In the scientific view, all the objects we see are composed of molecules and atoms. Molecules and atoms would depart as well as combine. This is what the Buddha said on the arising and ceasing of conditions. Emptiness does not differ from; form does not differ from emptiness. That is, the form and appearance is distinguished by us ordinary people. In the Buddha’s view, it is all about the conditions. It arises from conditions as well as ceases from conditions. Therefore, visualizing the yidam is also an arising of condition. Because of the habits from past lives, we are used to touching, seeing, and hearing. Through visualization we can feel practicality, and feel that we are practicing the yidam. In fact when one attains the Buddhahood or Bodhisattva, one would no longer need it. As for the ordinary, they need it.

Therefore, the yidam’s feet are above our head. And we do not need to make sure if his feet need to be in or out of the lotus for letting the water pour. The yidam is not concrete. It is through the effect of our consciousness that the yidam manifests. The yidam is in the nature of emptiness. Where the water from the toes comes is in the range of your visualization. You can think that the feet are out of the lotus so that the water pours onto your head. You can also think the water is pouring through the lotus onto your head. Never mind too much the position of the feet. When you care too much, you have the clinging to it.

We ordinary people do not have sufficient power to eliminate karma. Therefore, through the effect of visualization, we make our heart be the same as the yidam’s and then get the yidam’s blessings to eliminate our karmic power. You may wonder if the karmic power can really be eliminated. When your heart is same as the yidam’s, the pure one without any thought and delusion, when you believe in yidam and Guru, your heart is pure too. And your karma can be moved away. But if you have a little bit doubt, if you think to yourself: “Is it so miracle? Is it so real?” Then you will be wrong. It is stated in the Sutra that our heart is the king of everything. What we do and make is based on our heart. For example, every people’s home is decorated in different style that is made by your heart. The ordinary’s hearts are inconceivable. As you can come up with different style of decoration for house, being dressed in different clothes, and cook different dishes, you can think out the yidam. The heart has strong effect. All things are thought out by it. When your heart is pure, implicit trust and accept the Guru and yidam, your karma will be definitely removed. If you are still in doubts by thinking: “Is that true? How much I should do to make it well-done? I do not know.” That would be evil thought. And your karma will last and cannot be eliminated. Why some people practice Vajrasattva well while other people cannot achieve lies on the improper thoughts, doubts, delusion, unbelieving, and not practicing, and thereby you cannot make it.

His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche has ever said: the essence of ordinary beings will be hindered by the materials such as fences, trees, woods, and so forth. If one becomes a Bodhisattva, attains Buddhahood, he will no longer have these obstacles. It is because he will not be hindered by any spiritual materials. There is no obstruction to his activities. If one is a sage, he would know that the teachings of Guru are attainable, and all he needs to do is just follow accordingly without self-thought. However, you have too many thoughts coming from your life experiences. Do not think you are well-learned. The human experiences are just accumulated by each generation for the useful ones. But what are the useful experiences to Taiwan are not surely useful to Hong Kong. What are useful to Hong Kong are not certainly useful to China. What are useful to China are not certainly useful to the United State. Due to every place has its method. Nevertheless, Buddha-Dharma is useful for every sentient beings. It is a learning method to overcome all the spiritual and material obstructions.

Several years ago, some living creatures were found to live nearby a crater in the depth of the Pacific Ocean, where the temperature was around 1000 degree. The existence of the living creature is against the theory what we had realized. However, the Buddha has clearly taught that sentient beings could be divided into categories of humidogene, viviparity, oviparity, and metamorphosis. The living beings near the crater were born by humidogene. And the case of metamorphosis could be taken as the ghosts manifest after death. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has always reminded you not to be self-righteous. Just act in accordance with Guru’s teachings and do not think too much. It is not despotism. It is because your methods will make you be limited. The methods of Buddha are to teach you how to break the scope and not be limited in the narrow space.

Why does Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always want you to be obedient? It is because the guru has learned, has experienced, and knows that you definitely can attain accomplishment by using this method; there is no need to add any method you think you know; there is no need to reduce any method you think it is wrong; just do it by following the teachings and you definitely can attain achievements. Buddha dharma emphasizes that we should truly follow and practice Buddha’s teachings. The Buddha’s wisdom cannot be understood by our ordinary people. What Buddha has seen are the matters more advanced than science. Buddha had already told us the situation of the universe; it was just that later many Buddhist masters did not explain Buddha dharma from this direction, but from the direction of superstition; they told you it was good just to do repentance prostrations or to recite the great compassion mantra; but they did not explain why it was good. However, Buddha dharma talks about wisdom, that is, the insight into all truth. So at the beginning when your wisdom has not been opened, you have to truly follow and practice Buddha’s teachings, without any reduction. Even if the Buddha dharma taught by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche today is not, you think, what you have heard before, you must follow it exactly, because Buddha dharma has no fixed methods; Buddha dharma is not immutable and frozen, but the teachings that can generate everything according to the minds of sentient beings. As long as you can exactly practice the Buddha dharma taught by a virtuous guru, you will certainly be ok; but if you practice by using your own ideas, situations and problems will definitely arise.

When transmitting Buddha dharma to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang often only said a few words, or sometimes finished the transmission in 15 minutes. Only speaking the essence of the dharma is enough; there is no need to speak more about the non-essential branches and leaves. Later, it all depends on your own practices. However, for you, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has to continuously speak and constantly criticize; and you are still the same. This is because you are too smart and that gives you too many obstacles instead. When seeing Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Yunga Rinpoche told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche many Buddha dharmas. When speaking halfway, Yunga Rinpoche suddenly said to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, “For you, you will know things without others speaking a lot to you.” The meaning of “know things” here is that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has a characteristic; as long as any elder told him any word, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would immediately do without any doubt or thinking; even if the elder asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to die, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would go to die as well, not like you. There is a disciple who knew clearly that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ran a travel agent; but even when buying a flight ticket, he would consider from all directions and were afraid that he would buy the ticket more expensive from Rinpoche’s travel agent. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had helped his family a lot, even helped him to have a son. But he is still ungrateful. You just come to apologize, but have no reverence to the guru and the dharma.

Buddha dharma is very simple. You feel Buddha dharma is cumbersome because your mind has too many wild fancies and ideas. So you will complicate the simple matters. Although the Buddha had spoken twelve large sutras, these scriptures are, in the end, to teach you how to liberate from the rebirth and death and how to attain Buddhahood. It is just that the needs and capacities of sentient beings are all different; so the process of practicing Buddha dharma for each sentient being is different; but the conclusion should be the same. Today you have taken refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche; this is your causes and conditions. The methods taught by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche are Rinpoche’s own experiences. The fact that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has done those means that you can certainly achieve those. You cannot do those because you are not obedient.

After we can understand that contemplating is not the science of physics, we will not have so much confusion. Do not always want to figure it out. However, for a practitioner who practices contemplation well, he can even clearly contemplate the Yidan’s hair, the color of the Yidan’s eyes, and the knot of the Yidan’s clothes. You cannot contemplate the Yidan because you are careless and have too many wild thoughts. No wonder you cannot do things well. You often knock over the water, break things, and overcook rice because you are absent-minded and not focused. Those who are not focused will not succeed in doing anything.

His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang has said, “Since beginningless time, all Buddhas have blessed all sentient beings continuously.” However, sentient beings must have the ability to accept. So we need to only think in our mind that we have obtained the direct blessings from Vajrasattva. This requires that we have enough faith. Buddhas and Bodhisattvas has never stopped blessing us, but we just do not know. Today we can live a peaceful life because Buddha’s light is always illuminating us. If there were not Buddha’s light illuminating the earth, this earth would have been destroyed already; if there were no Buddha’s light illuminating the sentient beings in the six realms, the sentient beings in the six realms would never escape from the cyclic existence. Buddhist scriptures have stated that when we were born, Buddha would send 36 virtuous gods to protect each one of us. Why will some people still die? This is related to their group karma and fixed karma; the most important is the killing karma. Before we were born, we had already harmed many sentient beings due to the parent’s wedding banquet or our own one-month-old celebration.

His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang has said that you should have enough faith to the Yidan. The ability His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang has mentioned is not the level of abilities attained by a practitioner like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, but is your faith. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in the past had spoken “listening, thinking, practicing, precept, meditation, wisdom, faith, vow, and deed.”

“Faith” is the mother of all virtue. All of these merits are generated from the beginning of “faith”. This “faith” is not superstition. “Treating Buddha as an idol to worship and asking Buddha to help you solve everything” is a superstition. The meaning of “faith” is that we have to believe that Buddha and Bodhisattvas has the ability and the guru has the experiences to teach us the correct method of practicing Buddha dharma. You have to believe in this method and to do it. You have to believe that you have the ability to achieve it. This is “faith”.

You have not done so because you have two problems. The first is “doubt”. You thought you did not have to do it by yourself because you could just drop one thousand dollars and asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to conduct dharmas to help you. Where can you find something so good? In the outside Exoteric Buddhist venues, if you do not have one million dollars, you cannot hold a puja of Emperor Liang’s repentance ritual. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is not to ask for your money, but points out that you are all very greedy. Although you are very greedy, as a guru with a compassionate heart, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still sympathizes with you and worries that you may fall into the hungry ghost realm. The male disciple Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just scolded bothered about five hundred or one thousand dollars with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche; he will absolutely fall into the hungry ghost realm, that is, a hungry ghost who eats feces. The guru has sympathy for you, so you are then scolded by the guru continuously. It is not to ask you to give money to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. You have to remember these words. During the last puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked someone to give money to a patient and did not ask the person to give money to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Hence, you have to know where your problems are. Why do you still have a bunch of problems until now? The difference is that you do not have the ability to receive. What ability? It is the ability of “faith”. If you have enough “faith”, you definitely can receive the blessings of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and the guru. Buddha’s light is far and wide, can illuminate any place, and exists everywhere. As long as you have enough faith to the Yidan and the guru, you will receive the blessings directly. Every day, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche practices dharmas for all sentient beings. You are Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s disciples. So, of course, you will be standing in the front part of the list of all sentient beings. You are equivalent to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s family members.

If you have any evil thoughts, doubts, or a bargaining mind towards Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the dharma protector Archi would definitely know. Why did Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche know that the male disciple had a bargaining mind with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche? One day, during a meal time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche suddenly said that this male disciple should not vote since he held a foreign passport. The male disciple’s sister said, “Yes”. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche wondered why the male disciple did not need to go abroad. The male disciple’s sister said that he did go abroad. Since he went abroad, but did not buy the flight ticket from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s travel agent, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately knew his bargaining mind after hearing the answer. This matter indicated that the male disciple’s son had karmic connections with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche; and the male disciple’s son saved him. It was also the dharma protector’s help for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to see the matter of the female disciple who drove and let her child stand above the skylight. If you have faith to the guru, things will happen unexpectedly. If you want to calculate, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Buddha dharma is worth much more than the mundane dharmas of this world. A greedy person definitely cannot benefit sentient beings. And it would be useless for a person who does not benefit sentient beings to practice any Yidan.

When we practice Vajrasattva, we must be combined with the four forces, the forces of repentance. If we do not use these four forces to repent, we definitely can neither stop the fatal process of doing evil karma and increasing pollution, nor purify the evil deeds and businesses left in our bodies. And we want to tackle the bad karma with the four forces.

Among the four forces of repentance, the first is the force of repentance. When we repent, we have to think all bad deeds we have done in the past and we definitely have to think. Some master of Exoteric Buddhism has said, “Repent just once. After that, do not think again. Thinking again means that the karma still exists.” This statement seems correct, but is actually wrong. Previously, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had done a lot of repentance prostrations and thought he had repented, had attained achievements, and had cleaned his karma. Until Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had learned the practice of Vajrasattva, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just knew that he had not cleaned his karma. This was because when repenting, we only recited the following four sentences, “All evil karma I have done in the past all have endless greed, hatred, and ignorance; originating from today’s speech and mind, I repent for each one of those karmas today.” Many people had recited the sentences and felt that they had repented completely. However, this kind of repentance has no effect since the seeds are still in the mind. Why? This is because after reciting these four sentences, we do not know where we have done wrong; we do not bring up the problem and we do not repent openly and specifically. Buddhist sutra has stated clearly that a true repentance is to repent openly and specifically. What is “open and specific”? It means that you have to think it out and to speak it out. Reciting these four sentences is still better than not reciting the sentences and can resolve small karmas, but not big karmas. The heaviest karma of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was only resolved during Rinpoche’s first retreat. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has practiced many times more than you have practiced; but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still had to wait until the retreat to resolve the karma. Resolving the karma means to pay back the debts.

The repentance of Tibetan Buddhism is much sterner than the Exoteric Buddhism. When we make repentance, we have to review the whole life from the beginning of our births to the present where my mistakes were, it is the mistake that those was done for your benefit. In fact, all you know where you had made mistakes, but you are ashamed to speak out and deeply buried it in your mind. If you did not dispose it by this life, it will be recurred by the next life. Why is the strength of Vajrayana extra powerful? That is because Vajrayana will solve the problem once making decision to do it, that is not like the Exoteric Buddhism to create the links gradually which will be useless. Because the sentient beings with heavy karma which are unable to solve the problems only by relying on the karma connections in the degenerate age. Therefore you must deeply realize the root causes to solve the problems.

Except the tape-recording of repentance by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teaching on the Buddha Dharma, we have to think what we have done the evil deeds before. We must be aware of it. The meaning of repentance is that you will not make the same mistake. Why would you make the same mistake? Because lacked of vigilance to make the same mistake. We cannot consider a continuous long-term error eventually leading to the erroneous assumption that it is correct. All you are not willing to review yourself, but you are like to criticize others even more including your guru and Buddhas and Bodhisattvas! Have you criticized yourself and realize yourself indeed? If you did not do it, where is the power of repentance? How to eliminate the karma? Don’t think that you can conceal what you had done when you are not willing to think about it. An example is that a disciple likes to conceal anything, even if making mistake with a lot of explanations. When his wife has registered a ten days pilgrimage tours to Nepal, he came to say that he misunderstand what he has heard,  or explained that he would need the time to buy the Buddha statue, which were lots of explanations without the mind of repentance. Why did they regret for it after making decision? Because when they were considering money, they regretted at once. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is different from you; the promise will not be taken back once it is made, even if it will be danger to his life. Why would we have the evil karma? There will be karma if the promise is broken. Why would you be so easy to regret after speaking out? Because you did not review yourself and realize clearly what mistake you have done. You are living under the apology for your life. Apology is not equal to repentance. Repentance is not allowed to make the same mistake; apology will not change your future. Therefore the dharma gateway of repentance in Tibetan Buddhism is the first one of four powers, which is to dig it out of the debts for years like digging out the accumulation from the cesspit, no matter how smell it was! Then you will see what terrible of your intention and thought is. You will see the cause of your problem.

It is hard to practice the repentance because there are seldom people have the courage to admit the mistake, it is a behavior of true man, a behavior of brave and being a saint. You can dig out of your fault; at least you have the alertness not to make the same mistake, because you already know that it is wrong, inappropriate. You repeated an error and thought Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with mercy and compassion; it will be all right only if you entreat Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. There is no relation to the mercy and compassion, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is exhausted to blame you for the same things. Too many sentient beings need the help of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, if you are not willing to follow up Rinpoche’s guidance, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will let you go. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche believes that he will not be lack of disciples in his life, because he owed others in his previous lives, they already appeared in this life. Why would you repeat the error? That is because you did not dig out of your problems. You always misapprehend that Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are mercy and compassion, just say sorry to them will be ok. The Buddhist repentance is that you have to face with the mistake what you have done; you will not make the same mistake again. That is not that whether Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and Buddhas and Bodhisattvas forgive your mistake, or accept your repentance or not. When you repeat an error, the karma retribution will be coming. We make repentance to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and guru because we know that that’s our mistake and ask for guru to help us not to repeat it again. Meanwhile we are ready not to make the mistake in future. That is the meaning of repentance. Some of the disciples scratched the skins of drum, why did they make the mistake? That is because that they were careless. Due to this drum is provided by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Therefore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not to look into the responsibilities. Otherwise Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would blame you if it belongs to other’s property.

Repentance is to review yourself clearly, if you think that the problems were causing by others, you will make progress. Ones is successful and making progress who will be reviewed by oneself in advance, and then look for other’s problem. But we would look for other’s problem, and then review ourselves. That would be called as a good person, Furthermore Someone only find other’s problem without thinking himself. So why would we need to think about it? That is because that we have to enhance the alertness. Because we know that this impact is very powerful, we have to make repentance sincerely for this life and our previous lives. We also understand that it will affect us for the terrible effect with those behaviors and the evil nature which did not make repentance and were not dispersed before. That means that even if you did have the evil notion, you have to dig it out. That is because that this evil notion which will become an action to affect your behavior and language in the future. If you keep it in mind, it will affect you as if you are right to have the evil deeds. So repentance is very important for learning Buddhism, you must practice it, go through it and implement it. The Buddhas are incapable of achieving tasks: changing the karma of the sentient beings. He could not change the karma retribution. One has to change his karma on his own. What is the way? Make repentance. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will have more strict discipline. Because you did not make repentance, you will get use to have the habit to apologize to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche keeps enduring your behavior. Apology is not the repentance.

The second one is the power of protection. We have to firmly make up our mind to have the vow that we will never violate it. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has made the vow when he practiced the dharma of Vajrasattva: Even if the space is ended, the body, speech, and mind will not do the evil deeds anymore. It means that the vows will be permanent unless doing the evil deeds. That is the power of protection. If you are repeated an error, the karma retribution will appear. Why? Because if you were not willing to listen to the teaching of Buddhas and guru, the karma originally covered by the stone, which would be raised when the stone is removed. There are lots of examples, when one is not willing to follow up, his problem will be appeared at once.

There was a male disciple and a woman, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed them that their sons had to attend the puja, otherwise there would be something happened. However, only the son of male disciple attended the puja. The son of this woman was absent. Soon after that, the two boys had a car accident simultaneously. Finally the son of male disciple is alive till now and wishes to be a star. The son of that woman was died at that car accident. That is an example which was not willing to listen to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Because she thought that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was not serious to say it, she would not have the bad fortune because she was the believer of Avalokiteshvara and burning incense every day with lots of merits. To compare the merits you have made with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche which is not more than one in a ten thousand. To compare the merits of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with the merits of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, that is not more than one in a million. Therefore without the refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, your karma retribution will appear when you are not willing to listen to Rinpoche. That boy of the male disciple is a realist, he was absent after his problem had been solved, thought that he would be no problem after that and not necessary to attend the puja anymore. That will be impossible to be a star, because he did not repay Buddhas and Bodhisattvas for learning the Buddhism for saving his life. What kind of a star will be popular for this life? Those are the practitioners who ever had the good karma connections with sentient beings for their previous lives.

August 15, 2010

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche commanded those disciples who traveled to Japan to attend the grand puja practice the ritual of the dharma protector Achi and recite Mani at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Kyoto, and also dedicate all the merits to the success of the grand puja.

August 16, 2010

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the auspicious Great Indiscriminated Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Kyoto, Japan. Overall, there were 133 attendees, including 20 Japanese believers, one Japanese disciple, and 93 disciples and 19 believers from Taiwan.

Prior to the beginning of the puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche first lit the light at the mandala and then led attendees to recite prayers of taking refuge and making vows. As His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in person guided attendees to recite “Praise to Amitabha,” his graceful sound of prayers filled the whole universe, making attendees feel blissful, reverent, and a sense of making offerings. Unaware of their tears already shedding all over the faces, participants all felt the boundless compassion and theopneusty of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche; their feelings were beyond descriptions. And then, those Japanese and Taiwanese believers who drew a lot before the puja represented all sentient beings and reverently made mandala offering to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Before performing the rituals, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave the following precious enlightenment.

Today’s Amitabha puja of transferring consciousnesses was different to other pujas of transferring consciousnesses. There are two directions in learning Buddhism. One is related to the Exoteric Buddhism. Examples such as you Japanese are used to recite Buddhist sutras and make prostrations belong to the Exoteric Buddhism. The other direction is related to the Esoteric Buddhism; it is also known as Vajrayana which include more advanced dharma methods than the Exoteric Buddhism. In ancient time, Vajrayana was introduced to China from India. Tang Dynasty was the most prosperous period for Vajrayana; it was also during the time Vajrayana was transmitted to Tibet. Later, Vajrayana spread to Japan and was known as Eastern Tantric School which only includes two major tantras, whereas there are Vajrayana’s complete four tantras in the Tibetan Buddhism.

Whether you are Chinese, Japanese or Koreans, you must have heard the name of Amitabha, as long as you are Asians. Amitabha is a Buddha introduced by the Sakyamuni Buddha, during the last period of the Sakyamuni’s propagation of Buddhism. To liberate sentient beings from the cycle of reincarnation is the vow of all Buddhas. Anyone who prays to attain a rebirth in the pure lands will be helped by Amitabha Buddha.

Today’s Amitabha puja of transferring consciousnesses can’t be casually performed by any practitioners. A practitioner must take refuge first. After 10-year practices in the Exoteric Buddhism and then 3-year practices in Vajrayana as a foundation, your guru will have to examine whether you are qualified to accept the empowerment of Amitabha Buddha. And then under the supervision of your guru, you have to perform retreats, reciting Amitabha’s mantra at least one million times. A Buddhist center in Kyoto known as Root Buddhist Temple of One-million-times is named for their practices of reciting one-million times of mantras. For Vajrayana, however, reciting one-million times of mantras is only the beginning. Additionally, to be able to recite mantras is one thing, to be able to correspond with the deity is another. In other words, a capable practitioner of Vajrayana must be able to communicate with the deity. Whether a practitioner of Vajrayana can communicate with the deity must first be approved by his guru. Secondly, signs must be observed in accordance with the descriptions of dharma texts.

After the practitioner’s achievement through retreat, he needs to practice the dharma Phowa – which was personally transmitted out by Buddha Amitabha, and also called transference of consciousness – so as to be able to help to directly transfer the consciousness of the deceased, right after the death, to the Pure Land of Amitabha. The body of the deceased who got the transference through Phowa ritual would become very soft and had a big change. Besides, when the practitioner attained the achievement of Phowa, he himself would experience the process of death. One who is able to conduct Amitabha Puja for transferring consciousness must have gained the achievement of Phowa.

While you all do not want to die and have a fear of it, you like to do the things that would make you die earlier such as smoking, drinking, and eating meat. In last year 2009 Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has made a prophecy that there would be rainstorms hitting Japan in 2010. At that time the Japanese did not believe it. The recent rainstorm almost caused a flood that almost swamped the Temple of the Golden Pavilion. These disasters are the result that the ghosts and the deities of this region have not been transferred.

What is transference? Today the time is not sufficient to bestow the detailed teachings that will be given in the future. Simply speaking, transference could be interpreted by that when a person wants to go to a place, and another one leads him to go there. For example, one person in Kyoto would like to take the Shinkansen( new main line) to Tokyo but he has no money nor has he been there. One kind of people tell him where the station is , which is like that you list the names of the deceased in Buddhist temples, recite some phrases of the Sutra, and burn some incense. People who are more kindhearted would take the one to the station. However, the one still has to wait for people who would like to give him money to buy the ticket, which is like that people keep reciting the Sutra and prostrating before the Buddha until their ancestors get liberation from the three evil paths. If one person who has been to Tokyo and knows how to take the new main line shows up, not only to take the one to the station but also buy the tickets for him and bring him to Tokyo, how would the one who receive the help feel? In that way would Today’s Amitabha puja for transferring consciousness be like.

The great Amitabha puja for transferring consciousness is the first time to be conducted in Japan. Originally in Tibet it takes one day long to conduct this rituals. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knows that in the commercial society you have limited time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would rather take the hardships himself and condense the rituals within several hours today, without any omission. It is like the Espresso you drink which is condensed coffee without any missing ingredient.

During the process of the Amitabha puja for transferring consciousness conducted by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, you will see many rituals that you may not understand. But it is ok as you do not understand. You only need to believe that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has the ability to help those dead that you would like to receive the help go to the Pure Land.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued to start the rituals of the great Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness. It began with the recitation of the texts of making vows and the prayers of exorcism that would free today’s puja from evils’ interference. Followed with the prayers that describes the precious adorned appearance of Buddhas, including Avalokitesvara, Mahāsthāma and the scenes of Amitabha Pure Land. Then, the Buddha Amitabha is invited to the mandala, that makes the practitioner be the same as the Yidam without discrimination. The eight offerings are presented to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Again, the Buddha Amitabha and the Pure Land are introduced by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reciting the dharma texts and contemplating them in the meanwhile.

In fact, the descriptions are for the consciousness of the deceased rather than you. It is like that when you would like to introduce a person to another one who has never met each other, you would describe his looking; when you like to introduce a place to a person who has never been there, you would describe its scenes. Later on, the eight offerings and the five offerings are made by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on behalf to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. In the prayers Buddha Amitabha’s merits and the methods the Buddha uses to help you are stated. As for Buddha Amitabha’s power of vow, today’s time is not enough so it won’t be explained for the time being.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led the attendees reciting the Amitabha Heart Mantra. During the ritual of tea offering, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened the attendees that although because of reciting for a long time the dharma conductor can take this opportunity to quench the thirst with the offered tea, this is a kind of offering as well. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also instructed to let the attendees share the tea with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. During the ritual of Tsok Offering, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also compassionately let the attendees share the offered food with Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

During the ritual of transferring consciousness, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed all attendees to stand up; then the lead religious disciple made homage prostrations to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas on behalf of all attendees’ ancestors and all sentient beings they have harmed. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led the participants to recite a section of the prayer text. The prayer text described the fearful and desolate experiences of the sentient beings in hell when they were in the bardo, and prayed to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to give merciful rescue and protection. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche particularly asked the believer who was doing the Japanese translation to translate on the spot this important prayer text and let the Japanese attendees recite the prayer together. Later, when reciting the content of the dharma text, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was extremely compassionate, sympathized with the sentient beings’ sufferings in the cyclic existence, and couldn’t help crying.

The name list for transferring consciousness on the Mandala contains the ancestors whom you want to help to liberate today and the ancestors’ karmic creditors. And for these deceased people who will be liberated today, their karma from past generations of lives can all be eliminated.

After the perfect completion of the dharma, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche noticed that the time was earlier than the scheduled completion time; the time of dharma conduction was shortened. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then enlightened the participants that probably because today’s attendees were more respectful, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the dharma conductor, was not so tired comparatively.

It looked like Buddhas and Bodhisattvas had come to help you. But actually you had helped yourself. Why do we have to make offerings? It is because we do not have enough virtues. Having virtues does not mean that you can make money, have a career, or have a marriage. Buddhist sutras have said that only those who practice Buddha dharma can have real virtues. Many people thought that happiness in life is money, family, or a successful career. Previously, during the prayer in the process of the dharma conduction, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had helped all attendees to pray for the growth of virtues, lifespan, and wisdom. However, the growth of these are for you to practice Buddha dharma.

It seems that all attendees today only have one hundred more people. However, those who come at your back or whom you cannot see are much more than that. We Chinese have a phrase to describe a person who loves to drink. We call the person a ghost of alcohol. If you drinks a lot of alcohol, you will look the same as a ghost; and your friends of drinking alcohol together will also look the same as ghosts. Those who like to eat meat and fish, especially raw meat, will fall into the hungry ghost realm, like Japanese who like to eat slices of raw fish and raw meat. When you eat the raw meat, you will be the same as ghosts since ghosts also like to eat raw meat.

The enlightenments of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche were not for the use of giving scare to you. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has the capability to predict that those people will have something in future if they ate the fish and meat. Before learning the Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ate fish and meat as well, especially for fish was much more than you. However He found that those wine-and-meat friends who causing Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with higher greediness. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not ask you not to get married, make friends and do business when you learn Buddhism. Being a vegetarian does not mean that you can not make friends with others and do business. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is a vegetarian, also having a successful business.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has benefited sentient beings since 1996 which is more than 20 years. From the experience of practices realizing that all of Buddha’s saying is definitely correct and right, which can be achieved by yourself. Although it seems that Buddhas and Bodhisattvas helped you, but you have to do something by yourself.  Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have done everything which is for the sake of us. You must obey it. Besides, there is one more criterion that you need a guru and follow the guidance of your guru and Buddhas and Bodhisattvas’ teaching.

Now the disciples of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche are extended to Europe and the U.S. Most of western countries initiate the vegetarian. It is not only good for your health, but also for the earth and posterity. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened the reason why more and more disasters were happened in the world. There were lots of places with mudflows and landslides after raining. This age, just like the sutra saying, the gnome, the mountain god and the dragon deity were angry with people doing evil deeds; therefore they took vengeance on it. That is why the more and more people in Taiwan, Japan and other places in the world have cancer illness, the main reason was due to eating meat and killing.

Today’s puja will help the attendees to have good karma connections with Buddha Amitabha. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also wishes that today’s puja will benefit all people and bring blessings to Japan. You have the most blessed reward to join the puja in Tokyo: It was not only to attend the puja, but also having the dinner to enjoy the scenery of “Daimonji Fire Festival”. It is better than going to an izakaya (Japanese pubs), only difference is without beers and liquors.

And then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche treated the believers to have dinner and enjoyed Daimonji Fire Festival in the yard of Buddhist center. And Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche proceeded to led disciples to practice the dharma of the Dharma Protector of Drikung Kagyu Achi. After the completion of puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche not to shrink from toil and hardship and continued to enlighten on the Japanese disciple and believers with Buddhism, helped and gave blessings to sentient beings in order to relieve all kinds of suffering.

August 21, 2010

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave enlightenment to 140 believers with Buddhism and helped them to relieve all kinds of suffering in the world at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei.

August 22, 2010

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the regular puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei.

Before the puja, a female disciple shared her experience of how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately helped to transfer her father’s consciousness. She also shared with all attendees how she became a disciple and her reflections and introspections on her conducts after taking refuge.

One day near the end of 2005, when she was on her way back to Taipei from Taichung where she traveled for business, a policeman called her, informing her that her father died at home and asking her to hurry home. She was shocked and disbelieving. After her mother passed away, her father had been living alone but not far away from her home. He was able to take care of himself, although he had been ill for high blood pressure and angina pectoris. As she arrived at his father’s home, seeing her father’s body lying in the living room, blackish and cold, saddened her but she could emit a drop of tear.

Since the second day of her father’s passing, as soon as the sun was down, she’d become fearful and shivering, afraid of being alone and feeling regretful and guilty. Although a master in a temple told her to recite sutras and dedicate the merits to her father, doing so couldn’t diminish her anxious and fear. It is not until now does she realize how fearful and suffering her father was when passing. One of her long-term good friends is a disciple of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, who brought her to the Jewellry Company to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. That was the second time she had a chance to meet with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The first time occurred in September of 2004 when her son was in trouble because of his rebellious behaviors, and she went to seek help from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. At the time of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s instruction, she defended her son for his wrongdoings. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche severely scolded her, but still compassionately told her to listen to the Buddha Dharma more frequently. She, however, didn’t pay attention to Rinpoche’s words and thus fell short of Rinpoche’s teachings. To help her father’s consciousness to be transferred, she once again knelt down in front of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Immediately after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked her father’s name and the animal symbol of his birth year, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche entered into deep meditation. With extreme compassion, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then told her “you father had lived a life with bad habits. Sutras have described that only those men and women with merits and conditions can attain rebirths in the pure lands. What I can do is not let him fall into the three evil realms. The conditions between your father and you are not ample enough. Even if you had stayed by his side while he was passing, it was unnecessary that he’d be gone more smoothly. So don’t be sad.” And then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued saying “your father said the house he lived in can be at your disposal. You have to listen to the Buddha Dharma more frequently.” On her father’s funeral day, she attended to the Chod puja. Since the next day of her meeting with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she no more felt fear. This was the manifestation of the blessings Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had bestowed onto her father so that her father could escape suffering and obtain happiness. She, nonetheless, was so ungrateful that, after attending pujas twice, she stopped going and simply took advantages over the compassion and mercy of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. For this, she ruined her conditions and merits of learning Buddhism and wasted four precious years. As for her father’s house, three months after her father died, all of a sudden she felt an impulse to call a real estate agent and then singed a contract to sell the house. Even though people were interested in the house and came to see it, they’d get cold feet after neighbors told them someone died in the house. But magically, three days after she singed the contract, a Christian buyer didn’t mind the fact that someone died in the house. Within half an hour of negotiation, the house was sold out. When thinking back, this was due to the blessings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The matter could be handled without much trouble.

During the lunar holidays of 2009, she felt restless and distractive, only wanting to go out. Intuitively, she guessed she might be psychologically ill. During which, the news of a famous Buddhist master being dead was broadcast in news. She thought it was nice to learning Buddhism. Through learning Buddhism, her problems might be solved. But, whom should she learn Buddhism with? Was it a requirement to take refuge, if she wanted to learn Buddhism? Was it also a must to join others in a Buddhist center in order to learn Buddhism? Many questions emerged in her mind. Almost simultaneously, she thought of her good friend who was a disciple of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche so she mentioned her situations to her good friend. Her friend told her only Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could help her with her situations. Thus, she summoned up her courage to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the third time. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave her the opportunity to learn Buddhism so she took refuge on July 5th of 2009.

After taking refuge, she attended the puja of Daimonji Festival at Kyoto center on August 16th. It happened to be her period on the day of the puja. Because of excessive amount of blood oozing through her pants, the mattress she sat on was soiled. She was afraid that someone might notice it when the puja was over, she turned the mattress up side down and at once rushed to the bathroom, changing her pants. When returning to the venue, she found that the soiled mattress was collected back. Hoping to save her face, she didn’t have the courage to inform any volunteers in the venue. It was not until she came back to Taiwan did she report this accident to the dharma brother in charge and her group leader. In the meantime, she went to the Jewellry Company in two consecutive days to make repentance. A dharma brother told her on the second day that it was essential to make repentance. She, however, shouldn’t bother Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with such a trifle because Rinpoche had been working painstakingly in helping others. At the same time, the dharma brother called Kyoto center and asked someone there to help this matter. She was very regretful for trying to escaping her responsibilities. Because of her selfishness, several dharma brothers had wasted their time and energy. She felt extremely ashamed, meanwhile she also spotted various flaws and evil side of her characteristics. It’s just like the enlightenment of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche: The Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha’s Fundamental Vows describes that every single thought of mankind will only result in karma and sin.

On 12th June 2010 she joined a tour to the Cao-Xi temple in Yunnan Kunming. There because she was unsatisfied of her roommate’s work and rest schedule, anger aroused in her. Every time when she was doing the sessions in the morning and evening, she thought to herself: she even could not forgive and be considerate to the dharma brother, let alone to have compassion and Bodhicitta! Although she knew she was wrong, she still could not control her thoughts when meeting with the situations. She just repeated committing again and again. In the 6th afternoon, she went to the Cao-Xi temple where Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had practiced Buddhism in previous lives. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has ever enlightened disciples not to tell the fortunes, seek divine indications and sortilege. But the tour leader said that the dharma protector Veda and Avalokitesvara divination of the temple are very efficacious. A disciple of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center once came here and sought advice, and the results were just the same as what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had told. After the dharma brothers in the same journey heard of it, they asked for the divine indications one after another. When it was her turn to knee before the statue of Avalokitesvara, she prayed for advice on how to develop mercy and compassion. No matter how she shook the container, there was no lot falling out. She was so anxious that she sweated all over, thinking to herself: “Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, please help me.” Eventually she shook with a bad lot coming out, wherein written with the following indicative texts: “A beautiful girl often has an unfortunate life, having being frivolous since young. If not to change the mind, the one would be in a state of anxiety until her hairs turn white.” Reading that, she was so shocked, as the texts just hit the points of her shortcomings to remind her to change her mind and thoughts. She had immense gratitude to Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for making various kinds of opportunities for her to retrospect her mind and thoughts through different people, things, and objects. She was more thankful to Vajra Guru for constantly making causes and conditions for disciples to accumulate merits and listen to Buddhist teachings through that one can be gradually edified to correct his behaviors.

On 22nd July, her friend’s mother was hospitalized due to falling into faint. Cannot bear seeing mother suffering, 24th July her friend asked her to company with her to come to the Buddhist center to praying Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for helping her mother. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately enlightened that her mother had ever prostrated to Avalokitesvara so that she had the causal condition to see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also told her that the state of her mother’s losing her consciousness was called being on the point of death in the Sutra. It was all because when her mother was a teacher, she had the discriminative heart on liking and disliking her students. And, as a Buddhist, she still ate meat. Now it’s just in the step of flowering. And the fruit of the effect would be to fall into the animal realm. To show filial piety is not to take the elder to eat the delicious, supply them with fine dresses, or bring them to have fun. Only developing Bodhicitta at this moment to make prostrations to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, and make repentance on behalf of mother could she show the true filial piety. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked her friend to adopt vegetarian diet and make 100 times of full prostrations at the Buddhist center on the coming Monday and Tuesday. Then her attending the Chop puja of 30th July would take effect. Her friend acted accordingly. Her mother passed away in peace right on the next day afternoon after the Chod puja.

Later on, her friend told this disciple she could compare Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to her previous guru. Hearing so, she asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the dharma record of inspecting the conditions of an authentic guru after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche finished bestowing enlightenment to her friend. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche turned his head and ignored what she said. Nor did Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche take her offering. At that time she was still unaware of her making the mistake and where she’d gone wrong. In the next day puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche directly pointed it out. She contemplated on it for days and suddenly found how far wrong she’d gone.

Firstly, she did not comply with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings. Nor did she take as rules “Belief is the mother of virtues and merits.” In puja she did hear the answer provided by dharma brothers to the conditions of an authentic guru, the question raised by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She also knew whom she was following is a Vajra Guru of great achievement. But she still wanted to know what on earth the conditions of an authentic guru that recorded in the dharma record were. How evil her mindset was.

Secondly, she was greed for dharma. Knowing that dharma brother who had early taken refuge had hundreds of dharma record, she was so jealous and she wanted to own, too. However, for one year she followed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in cultivating Buddhism, she did not even repeatedly listen to these dharma record she asked for. Nor did she repeatedly read the event calendars of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and the book “Happiness and Suffering”, not to mention repeatedly thinking the theories in quietness and applying Buddha-Dharma into daily life. She did not reflect herself body, speech, and mind with The Thirty Practices of Boddhisattvas. She did not deeply believe in the impermanence of birth and death. She lived her life in ignorance. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had actually taught a lot, but she did not listen to them and act in accord with the teachings.

Thirdly, she had no compassion. That day she clearly saw Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was painstakingly receiving more than one hundred and twenty believers, including those on the waiting list. However, she selfishly concerned about herself only, and still went to consume Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s time.

She felt so fortunate that she could meet the Vajra Guru, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in her life. She made the determination, under the strict teacher’s teachings and supervision, to perceive and pay attention to her thoughts and minds, to act in accordance with Buddhism, to apply Buddha-Dharma into daily life, and to strive herself to correct her habitual evil patterns and ignorance brought from the past lives, to cut off the cause of reincarnation, and to obtain liberation from the cycle of birth and death so as to repay the favor and glace of Buddhas, Guru, and parents.

Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ascended the Dharma Thrown and continued to teach the content of Gampopa’s book on the mind and thoughts. In previous pujas, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has enlightened on the practice methods in the beginning and mediates steps for Buddhist learners. Beginners here is not talking about the believers who start to adopt vegetarian diets and attend puja, who have taken refuge for a while and could recite the Sutras and attend repentance puja, or who have sought refuge for long so that they could attain the mediate step. Instead, Beginners here refer to those who have clearly known and comprehended the Esoteric Buddhism and started Buddhist practices. Buddha-Dharma is not to understand but to realize. Now you have not started Buddhist practices. Do not regard recitation of the Sutras, prostrations to Buddhas, and attending repentance puja as Buddhist practices. Buddhist practices refer to cultivating Buddhism and correcting all the behaviors of the ordinary. It could not be considered Buddhist practice if one has even a little bit uncorrected behavior. All the acts, speeches, thoughts in the six realms are of the ordinary. All the teachings of Buddhism are just totally different from the mundane dharma of the ordinary. Therefore, no matter how you think in self-righteousness that you are learning and cultivating, in fact, you are not. One must rely on an authentic Guru, under Guru’s step-by- step teachings, and conduct retreat practice so as to truly start the Buddhist practices.

Every thought generated by an ordinary being is karma and crime. Any sentient being in the six realms, even in the Realm of Heavens, is an ordinary being. As long as one is ordinary, he has the opportunity to fall into the hell. According to Jetsun Milarepa, if one is unable to attain liberation from reincarnation in his current life, he will definitely fall into the hell in one future lifetime. Do not think that it is difficult to fall into the hell. All you have to do is not pay attention to your thoughts and fall into it in a split second. All of you have consumed meat in this life, so you will fall into the hell for sure. If you still wouldn’t listen to the guru’s teachings and take great vows to practice, your current karma cannot be transformed. In the Buddhist sutras, it is said that the number of the sentient beings in the hell, intangible and countless, is as large as that of snowflakes on a snowy day. According to the Buddhist sutras, the current civilization of the human beings is the third, followed by many ones to come. Recently, scientists have also found out that the current civilization isn’t the first one. Therefore, human beings will not extinct and you will still be reincarnated.

For example, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche recently performed a tantric Amitabha puja for transferring consciousnesses at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Kyoto, Japan. Many disciples followed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to Japan to attend the puja. Among them was a female disciple whose child had passed away in Japan a year before and been salvaged with the auspicious Phowa performed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Originally, she wanted to tell other disciples how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had helped her child in order to praise the merits and virtues of the guru. Nevertheless, another female disciple tried to dissuade her from giving her account, saying that the child’s father, also a disciple of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, had not yet come out of the shadows. So, she suggested the child’s mother to stop talking about the incident. The female disciple who dissuaded her considered herself knowledgeable after listening to a lot of teachings. The longer she learned Buddhism, the more self-opinionated she became.

The compassionate Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche admonished this female disciple, who had prevented others from praising the guru, during today’s puja. When someone praises the guru, one should rejoice. Nevertheless, instead of rejoicing, she actually tried to stop others from sharing. Such a deed is not advisable. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked if she had miraculous powers so as to know what others were thinking about or if she had had studied psychology so that she considered herself knowing. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked about her major, and she said that she had majored in sociology. Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that some social workers who graduated from the department of sociology are doing well, helping others every single day. However, others fail to care about others in sincerity and merely employ their own thinking on other people, just like what the female disciple did. When someone is in pain, the bystanders should not agree with him because such a deed would make the person feel pitiful for himself. Therefore, the person would never reflect on his own error. Some social workers feel pitiful for the women charged under domestic violence. In fact that is their cause and effect, too. Why would they marry a man who beats them? You all like men who are manly. Being with such a manly man, you would end up being beaten. The female disciple who stopped others from praising the guru had sought refuge for many years. Having heard a lot of Buddhist teachings, she still forgot that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had said a yes man could end up falling into the hell, too. She considered herself articulate, thinking that she would be able to comfort others so that they would know that she had helped. Having listened to the Buddhist teachings in these years, what has she got? The words she spoke this time had used up over half of her merits and virtues accumulated previously. The female disciple thought that she had lived smoothly and never been scolded by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She thereby considered herself well-learned and her words absolutely correct. Such thinking is arrogance. The disciple failed to examine the matter with the law of cause and effect and merely applied her own experience and knowledge onto the matter. Being a mother herself, she imagined that she herself would suffer a lot if she were the mother of the child who had passed away. This is to see a matter through one’s life experiences. However, life experiences are not the Buddhist teachings. The Buddhist teachings cannot be reasoned. The female disciple had no faith in the sublimity of the Buddhist teachings. Even though her guru’s powers had helped the family and the child’s parents, she was still self-opinionated.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche let the child’s father share thoughts regarding to his child’s death during the puja. He admitted that the first six months after his son’s death had been very difficult for him. Thereafter, whenever he thought of his child, who died young at the age of 4, he would eventually think of the fact that the child had been fortunate to receive help from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. During the six months when his child was sick, the child once said playfully that he wanted to be a Bodhisattva and asked if he could return after going to the Pure Land. The father then replied that he would be able to return to the world with his vows to help the sentient beings once he attained the level of Enlightenment of a Bodhisattva in the Pure Land, according to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings. During the final days before the child’s death, he did not cry even though he didn’t feel comfortable. He would stay in the altar room and his aunt would play the audio recording of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Dharma talk for him. When the child was alive, he had a very intimate relationship with his parents. Before he passed away in Japan, he began to pant. After contacting Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and receiving his blessings, the child’s breathing became stable and he drew his last breath in his parent’s arms a few minutes later. His consciousness was immediately transferred with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help. The child’s mother also said that she had gone out of the shadows. In fact, it is wrong to say that these two parents have walked out. If they really walked out of it, they would have left the Buddhist center. It is more appropriate to say that they are now able to go along with the child’s karmic connections and merits and have let go of their attachment to the child’s death.

Being reminded by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the child’s father added that his son had been diagnosed with leukemia, the so-called blood cancer. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then said that the child, at age 4, actually practiced better than adults. Everything child was thinking about before his death was Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. He has absolute faith in the Buddhist teachings and knew well that he would pass away in Japan. Besides, he did not have to go through the medical tortures in his final moments.

Why would the child who passed away in Japan have an intimate relationship with his parents from birth? It was because his parents had made the child suffer in their previous lifetimes. Children who die young are always the well-behaved and good looking ones. They would grow up smoothly and pass away in an accident all of a sudden, thus making their parents suffer immensely. Such children are the ones who are born to take their revenge, for they would make your heart ache. Even they have passed away, their parents would still suffer for them. On the other hand, children who look ordinary and act mischievously would not make you suffer as they are not particularly good. For example, the child in question was very behaved and smart. His death at the age of 4 then made his parents suffer a lot. Why would he be born into this family? His arrival indicated the fact that both of his parents’ families have had heavy killing karma. Just like the saying goes, “A family that accumulates goodness will always have excess good fortune. Likewise, a family that accumulates evilness will always have excess misfortune.”

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened us that those children who have cancers are very suffering and there isn’t any doctor who dares to guarantee that after receiving chemotherapy, a patient will have no side effects and the cancer will not recur. Previously, a disciple’s child had gotten cancer and was very pathetic because he received chemotherapy and other kinds of torments which were equivalent to taking poisons to harm his body. On the spot, a doctor disciple told the attendees that in fact the current Western medical approaches, regardless of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or targeted radiotherapy, will harm a patient’s health. Although doctors say that now there are very few after-effects for these treatments, actually the after-effects still exist, and clinically doctors have seen many after-effects of chemotherapy. It is just that at the beginning the after-effects may not be obvious, but eventually the after-effects will occur. He also used the story of one of his friends who also was a doctor as an example. One of his friends had gotten nasopharyngeal cancer. After receiving chemotherapy, the friend’s cancer cells were under control temporarily and it looked like he lived quite well. But because the chemotherapy had damaged the esophagus in his neck, he had the problem of dysphagia. Ten years later, his cancer recurred and even his whole jaw was gone. After examination, the doctor found that he had a nerve injury in the brain caused by a large pus cells from the tumor in the brain. During the last phase of his life, half of his face was gone. Before he passed away, he refused to let any friends and relatives, including his wife, see him.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightens us that there are three kinds of disease. The first kind of disease can be cured by doctors. This kind includes all illnesses caused by imbalance of the four major elements in our body such as colds. The second kind of disease is caused by the evil karma we have done in this life and cannot be cured by doctors. The third kind of disease is caused by the evil karma we had done from past generations of lives and cannot be cured by doctors either. Everyone knows tracheostomy. Many people had had such surgical operation of tracheostomy before they died. This was because people in the modern era have heavy killing karma; when they were still alive, they killed chickens and fishes by cutting their throats. But will tracheostomy has any help for patients? On the spot, a doctor disciple explained the purpose of tracheostomy. He said that tracheostomy is to facilitate medical treatment and care because if a tube is inserted from the nose or mouth it will easily lead to oppression, or discharge, and clean-up is not convenient; but if a tube is directly inserted from the trachea, the length of the tube can be shortened by about 20 centimeters, the distance from nasal cavity to the trachea. However, tracheostomy does not have any help for the curing of an illness. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that a patient who had the operation of tracheostomy could not speak and could not recite Buddha’s name before he died; he could not even speak the guru’s dharma name and could not practice Buddha dharma at all.

A disciple had once introduced a believer to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche; the believer implored Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help for her mother’s serious illness. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened her that she should accumulate virtues for her mother such that her mother’s pains could be reduced when her mother died. The believer did not want her mother to die; so the disciple took her to see another Rinpoche. This Rinpoche conducted the ritual of Longevity Buddha for her mother and extended her mother’s life for several months. Later, living in the intensive care unit, her mother had persistent high fevers; even doctors and nurses could not find the reason for her symptom. By chance, she saw her mother’s wound caused by tracheostomy had maggots. After careful examination, she then discovered that her mother’s mouth was full of maggots; these maggots bit her mother to death. Why were there maggots in the intensive care unit which should have numerous isolated measures for such creatures? This was because the Rinpoche conducting the ritual of Longevity Buddha conducted the dharma without seeing the causes and effects. The dharma conduction indeed was useful; but the karma cannot be changed. Her life was prolonged, but she suffered even more painful death. Can you imagine the suffering of being bitten continuously in the mouth by maggots while unable to call for help? Do not think that she was in a vegetative state and had no feeling. Actually she had feelings, but could not express it. As long as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche blesses a person in a vegetative state, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will know what he wants to say. You just do not believe this. Virtues can only be used in one place. She did not listen to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and did not help her mother to accumulate virtues for passing away earlier. She wanted her mother to live more time. As a result, she used up her mother’s virtues. Her mother’s death was worse than that of the child died in Japan. The child had kept his virtues for using before death such that he did not suffer the slightest pains brought by any medical treatments.

When a child got sick, it was very painful for him to receive the complex medical procedures. Yesterday, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche met the believers in Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, a child with congenital diabetes cried loudly and continuously the moment he entered the door; he kept talking about wanting to go home; the voice was so large that others could not hear Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s enlightenments. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw that this child was not possessed by anything. When he came in front of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told him to see clearly that there was no injection needle here. After the child carefully watched and found no needles, he stopped crying. In fact, this child had had enough injections to feel very afraid. For making the child to take a shot, the mother had to coax him. How can a mother endure seeing her child in such a painful state? And can doing this really solve the problem? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked the child’s mother whether the diabetes could be cured by injecting the child with insulin every day. The child’s mother replied, “No”. You all have a very contradictory attitude, knowing clearly that the disease cannot be cured while letting the child endure so much sufferings.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche used his own story as an example. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s great-grandfather had raised silkworms and had had very heavy killing karma. From the generation of his great-grandfather to the generation of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, every male person in the family had either high blood pressure or heart disease. Except Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, everyone in the family had surgical operations, including Rinpoche’s mother, either in the brain or in the stomach. Beginning from Rinpoche’s great-grandfather to the generation of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, four generations has passed, but the karma of killing still exists. You still do not listen to the guru’s words now because your body has not yet begun to suffer. You are now still very proud and do not believe what Buddha said are true. You have seen some of your family members suffered when they passed away. Now before most people die, they will suffer medical treatments. However, not everyone has to suffer like this before death.

There was a master to be known as a mater of Secret sect who was died from multi-organ exhaustion due to the bleeding piles. From the point of view by the Esoteric Buddhism, it is a symbol that his Qi was going downward with bleeding. Therefore it is the reason to be re-birthed at the three evil realms. Although this master ever advised people to do good deeds, the most problems were that he did not mention others with the firm believing of the law of cause and effect, thus he got the karma retribution. If one only told people or disciples the skill how to pursue good fortune or avoid disaster without teaching the law of cause and effect, he will get the karma retribution. Besides, the disciple who spoke before the puja mentioned a famous master was died some time ago. This master was sent to hospital for emergency treatment, and his remains with the mouth opened, was returned to the temple by an ambulance. For a person learned Zen that he would treat life and death with impartiality: Even if he could not sit in meditation before he was dead, at least the mouth would not be open. When one finds it is unable to draw one more breath on the point of death and naturally opens his mouth trying to draw one more breath as he doesn’t want to die yet. It means that he did not attain the accomplishments to control or know well of his death.

Someone would say that ordained people have the karma retributions with illness on behalf of sentient beings. Actually it is just a pretext to varnish over the illness. Layman Vimalakirti once was present with the sickness, and Buddha Sakyamuni asked Bodhisattvas Manjushri and Ananda, to pay a visit to him. During their visit, Layman Vimalakirti gave talks that developed the void of nature and the conditions of the Buddhist enlightenment by Layman Vimalakirti. When you have illness, your way is just continually shouting for the suffering. Not to mention that you are unable to be by the way of the illness to let sentient beings can be in touch with Dharma and realize the precious Dharma. However Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can be by the way of the illness to transfer sentient beings. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche only accepted it without thinking to repay the debt or endure the karma on behalf of sentient beings. Because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is firmly believing of the law of cause and effect and realize that it is his own karma retributions to accept it. Therefore he was recovered without the treatment by a doctor only by the best medicine: Dharma. It doesn’t mean that you are not necessary to see the doctor when you have illness; it is an example to tell you the law of cause and effect. So you don’t have to think the reason why had the illness. Perhaps it is the opportunity that Buddhas and Bodhisattvas let Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to benefit more sentient beings, by this way to benefit those people with cancer.

There was a young male disciple with around 20 years old. On June 13th, when His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang had visited the tea party in the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, this disciple asked His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang a question and mentioned that, just like him, many young disciples in this center would like to go out to play and did not want to practice Buddha dharma diligently. Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche punished that he is no longer a disciple and can only be a believer. His mother is one of the disciples, yesterday asked a believer to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche accompanying with her son. Before meeting Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, this mother had taught his son how to talk to Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reprimanded this female disciple that how did she know the way of teaching for his son by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche? Did she think that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not know her purpose to let her son to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche when asked a believer pretended to inquire for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche? Her son has been 26 years old, is it necessary to teach him the way of talking? Why did not she teach his son since he is young, is he willing to listen to others when he is old enough?

It was the first time that the abbot of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the Drikung Kagyu’s Great Indiscriminated Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Kyoto, Japan. There were around 100 attendees people to attend this puja. Nevertheless, more sentient beings attended this puja as well, especially some sentient beings accompanied with a lama coming from Ladakh. Before Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche went to Japan, a lama who is from Ladakh entreated Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to salvage the sentient beings of Ladakh died in the flood. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked this lama whether he can wait for the Chod puja holding in the end of this month, or till October 03 at Taipei, the Drikung Kagyu’s Great Indiscriminated Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness, or he would like to join the oncoming Drikung Kagyu’s Great Indiscriminated Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness in Japan in order to transfer the deceased’s consciousness. This lama could not wait for it and replied Rinpoche that he would like to join the puja in Japan.

When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche coming back to Taiwan after the puja, he did not wear the Dharma Clothing on the aircraft. However Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche looked dignified and rather appealing in his dress, turning the attention by the chief purser. When she heard the voice of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she recognized Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who presided over the Drikung Kagyu’s Great Indiscriminated Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness. This chief purser has attended this pujas for years, but it was discontinued due to her contact person has been passed away last year. By this way of karma connections, not only this chief purser and but also she brings others more than 7 believers will attend the puja of this year. Without the dignified looking and the appealing of his dress, the chief purser would not pay attention on Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and have the karma connections to attend the Great Puja. Therefore you should not criticize the dressing of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that is because that you never know Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to benefit sentient beings by what kind of the ways.

In 2006, accompanied by his 500 disciples, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had a trip to India to paritcipate the birthday ceremony for His Holiness Chetsang. Rinpoche’s disciples played games of tug of war with ordained Tibetan monks and nuns, while His Holiness Chetsang was performing the role of an umpire. On the surface, it was playing games of tug of war; in fact, it was an opportunity for disciples of Han Chinese and Tibetan to play together and also an opportunity to bridge the gap in between. Men are familiar with discrimination between one and the others. However, the truth is that Tibetan Buddhism and Han tradition Buddhism are based on the same exoteric Buddhist teachings, though the tantric methods are preserved only in Tibetan Buddhism. In areas of Tibetan, lots of people would study the Shurangama Sutra, the Diamond Sutra, and the Heart Sutra. In Drikung Kagyu lineage, the founder had also created lots of writings based on the Ratnakuta Sutra and the Shurangama Sutra.

Some people did ask His Holiness Chetsang that how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, who does not speak Tibetan, could give Tibetan Buddhist teachings. His Holiness responded that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had studied lots of Buddhist texts. In some occasions, His Holiness would simply test Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with Dharma related questions. The tests were not about Buddhist theories; but rather, the test was to examine the responses or the expression in Rinpoche’s eyes. Through such tests and inspection, His Holiness Chetsang would know at what stage Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has achieved. People may take it for granted that one must be able to speak Tibetan in order to learn Tibetan Buddhism; in fact, it is a mistake. Buddha Sakyamuni did not propagate the Dharma using Tibetan. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had ever asked advice from His Holiness that if Rinpoche should learn Tibetan, and His Holiness responded that it’s unnecessary to spend the effort. You study Buddhist sutras in order to learn Buddhism. However, what the sutras convey is Buddha’s experiences in practicing Dharma; you definitely could not realize the text unless you have been really practicing the Dharma. Therefore, you shall be guided by the guru who has such real experiences. In the pujas held in India or Nepal, His Holiness Chetsang speaks Tibetan, in which Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche totally could not comprehend Tibetan, but Rinpoche would be in meditative state to hear the teachings. Even though Rinpoche did not understand the delivered teachings in the pujas, Rinpoche has been able to realize and completely achieve them in some later time.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then continued to bestow teachings on Master Gampopa’s enlightenment. The concepts relevant to primary and middle phases in learning Buddhism have been taught in prior pujas a couple of weeks ago. These right understandings and views might not be understood, especially for those who just took refuge. The Buddha Dharma, however, doesn’t exist for you to comprehend but to experience. Whether you can understand the content of today’s enlightenment doesn’t matter. What is important is you need to listen by heart. You should believe and accept it. The Buddha Dharma will definitely be beneficial to you in the future.

When you try to understand, your mind would begin to differentiate things. No matter what you can understand or accept, or no matter you try to understand or listen to more, these mentalities can be said to be differentiating. With such mentalities, you’d compare what you heard to your past experiences. As soon as you find what you heard is different from your experiences, your mind will resist what you heard. Thus, the Buddha Dharma you heard can only be stored in the Manas Consciousness (Obscuration Consciousness), rather than in the Alaya Consciousness (Store-House Consciousness). The Buddha Dharma we heard through one of our six roots – ear root – will be stored in the Manas Consciousness and will be executed. When you listen to the Buddha Dharma wholeheartedly and completely believe and accept it, the Buddha Dharma will be memorized in the Alaya Consciousness, which can be carried out into your next lifetime. The memory will be activated when the conditions are mature and when you need it. When you, however, try to understand but can’t, your mind will become resistant and be unable to accept what you heard. As a result, the Buddha Dharma can’t be stored in your Alaya Consciousness.

We are dependent on countless sentient beings, rather than living our lives independently. If you need to retreat any information in your computer, first of all, someone has to provide you with electricity. Then, someone has to manufacture the computer and design proper software for your computer. All these conditions are sufficient, you can retreat information from your computer. From such point of view, how come we can claim to have a self? All sentient beings are closely connected with us. We are indeed one entity.

Take another example. You had all learned mathematics. When your teacher explained mathematics to you in the class, you felt you didn’t understand. When you couldn’t figure it out at home, either, the successive content your teacher said wouldn’t make any sense to you. What you heard in the class didn’t ever register at all. The same situation can be applied to your learning of the Buddha Dharma. It can’t be learned by watching or hearing but by heart to accept it. When you feel you don’t understand what your guru has taught, your mind will soon resist it and then expel the Buddha Dharma from your mind. Even if you are endowed with the ability of listening, the Buddha Dharma can’t enter into your ear root. So the Buddha Dharma can’t be recorded in the Alaya Consciousness.

A Sutra has described “once something has entered through our ear root, it can become a seed for walking on the dharma path.” Some people think as long as one has heard a Buddhist mantra, it will be received in one’s mind. Some even would continuously play a mantra by the bedside of a dying person, thinking that the patient would keep that mantra in mind and then he can be helped. It is not that simple at all. Nor is it possible. When you hear a mantra, you need a virtuous guru to explain the meaning to you and teach you how to practice in order to be effective. Only when you are exactly clear about the mantra, it can be stored in your consciousness such that reciting the mantra would be beneficial. It is not true that if you recite mantras of some yidam, you’ll attain a rebirth at that yidam’s pure land. Sine it’s so easy for you to become attached, karma creation is inevitable. Among all the pure lands, only the pure land of Amitabha Buddha can accept those who are with virtuous karma. Therefore, no matter what mantras you recite, you’ll be able to attain a rebirth in the pure land of Amitabha Buddha. In fact, it is possible to go to Amitabha’s Pure Land earlier by your own praying when practicing and performing Amitabha’s Dharma. Few people have such a thought as people do not want to die. It appears to be unavoidable to have cockroaches even in vegetarian restaurants. Since owners of vegetarian restaurants are not willing to commit the karma of killing, they’d play the mantra of Avalokitesvara, thinking that it can’t get rid of cockroaches. In fact, there are many reasons for cockroaches to leave. It could be that the hygiene is improved. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche taught that if cockroaches can understand mantras, they won’t become cockroaches. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche started a store selling food products, there were mice in the store, too. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche didn’t wish to get rid of them. In stead, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche fed them during fixed time in the same location. It turned out that those mice just disappeared. If one truly is compassionate, one will not like to get rid of them, but rather wish them to be liberated sooner. Avalokitesvara vowed to liberate all sentient beings, how come Avalokitesvara will help you to get rid of them?

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche took his father as an example. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s father talked to other adults as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was a child, Rinpoche’s father would require Rinpoche could only listen to their words but couldn’t verbally participate. Nor could Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche look around. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s father told Rinpoche to listen carefully and remember adults’ talks, even if Rinpoche wasn’t able to understand the content. Adults’ talks would be definitely beneficial in the future. It’s not like some people now, who are inclined to ask why for everything.

The enlightenments about mental functions during recent pujas are quite profound and they are very important. In the future when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will teach you the meditation of Mahamudra, these enlightenments would be influential. If you don’t have correct concepts, learning Mahamudra will be very dangerous for you. You probably will so be evilly deviated in your practice that you will permanently be in the cycle of reincarnation in the six realms. Even if you may obtain the achievement in the Sphere of neither-perception-nor-non-perception in the Fourth dhyana Heavens, you are still in the six realms, not able to break off the cycle of birth and death.

The so-called capacity actually refers to the virtuous roots accumulated through your Buddhism cultivation in past lives. They are saved in your consciousness and brought to this life. The heavier your virtuous roots are, the more capacity you have. Whoever one is, the His Holiness or a reincarnated Rinpoche, as he gets reborn in this life, he would have to learn and cultivate Buddhism from the beginning. They just learn and cultivate it faster than normal. But it doesn’t mean the ordinary could not attain the achievement in this life. Nor is it saying that a reincarnated Rinpoche can attain the achievement without practice. The speed of Buddha-Dharma cultivation all depends on your virtuous root and the efforts you make in this life. Some disciples who work for the Glorious Jewel Group run by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche think they are helping Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. In fact they are helped! Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche only needs the help of his root guru, His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

Some believer who had cancer came to pray Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for letting her not die, for their children’s sake. But the truth is everyone dies, including all of you and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. If so, how can Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche help this believer not die, as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will also pass away. Indeed there is a tantric dharma through which one could attain an undead body. The 13rd throne holder of Drikung Kagyu has achieved the dharma and now still lives in the Wutai Mountain, while the present is the 37th lineage holder. This dharma is very hard to practice and attain. It can be said that in current times people hardly have the conditions to attain the achievement of an undead body. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could not make it either. However, an undead body is not for satisfying one’s attachment to worldly things. It is for shortening practice time by skipping the process of being reincarnated.

Before learning Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had already not been concerned about death, since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, at his age of eighteen, had seen the process his father’s death. When he went to the mortuary to recognize father’s body, there he saw many bodies were randomly scattered on the ground. When he went to the graveyard for picking up his father’s bones, he saw father’s body incompletely being corrupted. No matter how one lives in the life time, it will be all the same when facing death. All of these made Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche deeply realize that everyone dies eventually. What a human being comes for this life? How could a man be able to die in peace?

After the beginning and intermediate stages, Gampopa further taught on the latter stage of practice: all of our thoughts’ essences are emptiness. There are three main concepts:

First, all desires and thoughts are emptiness. One ought to clearly recognize that both desires and discriminative heart are emptiness. The essences of all thoughts are emptiness and changing rather than fixed. Emptiness does not refer to nonexistence or inherent existence. It refers to arising and ceasing from conditions, not being eternal. In fact the arising and ceasing are emptiness and happen simultaneously. The time it arises, it ceases. It is the extent of your attachments that make different time the arising and ceasing take. We ought to root out the discriminative thoughts at the very beginning time they arise in us. It is like that a single spark in forests could be easily extinguished by the wind. But if the tongue of flames blazes, the blow of the wind against the conditions will make the fire become even more raging, and more difficult to put out. The more raging the fire is, the heavier the wind will be. It is also stated in the Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas that one ought to destroy disturbing emotions such as desire the moment they first arise. The wind is that of greediness and ignorance. A live human must has thoughts. Actually one could not help sentient beings if no thought arises in him.

Thoughts also arise in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. However, once thoughts arise, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enters into the state of concentration, unlike you whose thoughts chase one after another and keep thinking over and over. You still keep pursuing the thoughts until they disappear, and produce more afflictions! Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knows that thoughts arise and cease from causes and conditions. Hence, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not intentionally eliminate one’s thoughts. In fact, all things such as your job and family you meet are merely the conditions. It would come and go eventually. Some people said that one’s personality determines his destiny but such a saying is not true. One’s personality is not unchangeable either. One of the significances of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s personality is urgency. But after learning Buddhism and practicing Dharma and correcting himself unceasingly, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also has accomplished many achievements. On the other hand, it was also due to his urgent personality that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is very brave and diligent in learning Buddhism as Rinpoche always makes his nest efforts to what he decides.

The practitioners at the latter stage would view “thoughts” as that all thoughts are emptiness, and they arise and cease from conditions. Therefore, when thoughts arise in him, he would not pursue nor suppress them. It is not possible for one to suppress thoughts even if he wants to do so. As you breathe, thoughts arise in you. You all are used to chasing the thoughts once they arise in you, in so doing more thoughts will arise. It is a similar case when getting along with people: Except for those who severely bit each other at the first meeting in the street with argument arising in them, generally speaking, people would not take a new colleague as their enemy at the first meeting when they join a new company! It is usual that after getting along with colleagues and someday you may feel one thing your colleague has done you wrong. After this kind of thought arises, you start to keep thinking and chasing it. Then countless thoughts of people doing you wrong arise in you. As a result, you regard all the surrounding people are the mean enemies. One has the enemies is because of his being selfishly oversensitive. In Vajrayana there is a practice method by which one regards every surrounding people as a Yidam. Holding such mindset, one would naturally have no enemy. In Buddhas and Bodhisattvas’ view, everyone is the future Buddha.

Modern scientists have been able to prove that everything in the world is composed of the same elements, constructed by molecules and atoms. You call the beings that move animals and those that don’t solid matters. Although a table might appear to be unmoving in your eyes, its molecules and atoms are constantly moving internally. It is our naked eyes that fail to observe these phenomena. Therefore, everything will decay eventually. Nothing is permanent. Modern scientists spent a great deal of money manufacturing instruments to measure energy in the universe. We now know that the smallest atom is composed of a minimal amount of energy, but we are still unable to see its form and color. Scientists have found that energy is generated with collision of two types of substances. Energy is not merely inexhaustible. It can be generated unlimitedly. However, the primordial construction is all the same. Our mind is energy. With the karma from our previous lifetimes, the karmic forces are formed and turned out to be our body of karmic retribution. Everything in the world is made up of molecules and atoms, so are our bodies. Therefore, all the changes in the molecules and atoms will have influence upon us.

This also serves as a proof for the Buddhist statement that everything sentient being is equal and all the sentient beings are essentially the same. Therefore, the Buddhist teachings are the most advanced technologies. A lot of what is stated in the Buddhist teachings is still unable to be expounded with the sciences. As to the historical debate of the order of arrival for the chicken and the egg, scientists now think that the egg came first because an egg has to develop first from a cell so as to become a chicken. Nevertheless, where did the cell come from then? If there was not chicken, where did the cell come from? Would the cell definitely develop to be an egg? In the Buddhist teachings, karmic connections, i.e. coincidences, were what gave rise to the egg.

After you seek refuge in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and attend pujas conducted by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not let you die in an accident. However, you must observe your precepts and devote yourself to the guru. Learning Buddhism is like studying. It takes at least 18 years for you to go from kindergarten all the way to college. As the Buddhist teachings are so vast, why can you make it within a few years? Even thought you are able to listen to the Buddhist teachings, you wouldn’t carry out what you have heard immediately. You must follow the instruction of the guru to take your steps. When you are in school, the teacher would give you assignments after instruction for you to do at home. If you don’t do it, you will never learn. The teacher can do anything to you, either. Even if you are punished, you still can’t learn anything without doing the assignments. You still do not believe that true practice is to realize the Buddhist teachings in your lives. You have to accept believe the Buddhist teachings and do not show rejection. No one else would be so patient as to continue to give Buddhist teachings to you. Don’t rely on Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to solve all your problems. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would help you in the beginning, but you need to change it yourself thereafter. It is already great mercy of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to bestow the Buddhist teachings upon you. You need to learn how to repent and correct your conduct. To repent is to admit, accept, face, and be responsible for everything happening to you and to refrain from doing it again. Such conduct is true repentance. The disciple who spoke before the puja is still learning Buddhism for her own feelings.

Every phenomenon, thing, matter is generated by cause, effect, and karmic connections. However, the essences of cause, effect, and karmic connections are the same and are all Emptiness. If our hearts are not influenced by the external world, no thought would take effect and no energy would be generated. Therefore, no phenomena or matter would arise. If one’s heart does move, he would not generate thoughts. However, what is heart? The non-birth Dharma body does not have any form, weight, or color. It gives rise to itself. In the Heart Sutra, the heart is said to be non-birth, non-elimination, non-increase, non-decrease, non-cleanness, and non-pollution. Our heart is a kind of energy. Because of cause and condition, all the differentiating thoughts are thereby generated.

The second concept is to turn negative conditions into your helpful companions in practice and to eradicate the roots of the differentiating thoughts so as not to go astray. Negative conditions are like what happened to the disciples whose child died young. One who has insufficient merits would die young. If one is able to accept the fact that the child has come to his family with the cause, effect, and karmic connections, and knows that everything is related to his own conduct, the debt will be paid as long as one accepts it as a fact rather than consider it misfortune. When one understands that every negative condition is empty, he will naturally be able to turn all the negative conditions into helpful companion in his practice. People become sick because of their previous conduct. The Buddhist teachings teach us to see everything from the perspective of cause and effect. When you are able to understand this, accepting and admitting that your human body is karmic retribution, you will not bring it to your next live as long as you meet all the debts this lifetime. Some people still have a wrong idea about cancer, thinking that the disease that you are attached to will follow you to your next life and therefore ghosts can have cancer, too. These are all wrong ideas due to self-opinions. Your sickness and suffering will not be taken to your next life. We bring the karma in our consciousness to our next life, instead.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once had skin cancer, suffers from severe scoliosis, and has problems with his neck vertebrae as well. Ordinary people who have such medical conditions would need to wear support clothes and stay in bed. Their heads would remain low, too. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is able to sit on the Dharma throne for 3 to 4 hours and can walk immediately after stepping down from the throne. A believer who has vertebral subluxation himself went to various Buddhist centers and met a lot of practitioners. However, he couldn’t be convinced by any of them. When he attended the non-discriminated Amitabha puja for transferring consciousnesses conducted by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, he saw that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sat upright during the grand puja in the cross-legged posture for over 4 hours. However, after the puja was completed, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stepped down from the Dharma throne at once and walk away without any stretching. He was immediately convinced, for he knew that people who have vertebrae problems have to stop and shift their postures for a while before beginning to walk. Thereafter, he has generated great admiration and faith in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and helped Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche all the time. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has never thought that his disease would actually help a believer’s faith grow immensely.

In fact, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is not against medical treatment, but talks about the law of cause and effect. As early as Hua-Tuo’s era in Han dynasty, China had the technology of surgery. With Chinese people’s smartness, it was impossible that they did not know such surgical method. But, why did they abandon the surgery as a method of medical treatment later? This was because they discovered that such surgical method had many after-effects. So they did not use it. On the other hand, the karma of modern people is heavier, so even the methods of medical treatments used on people are more painful methods such as surgery or excision. Modern people have many strange diseases; cancer patients are even more. There were no such serious diseases in the past; the most serious was leprosy. Because there were few air or water pollution in ancient Tibet and few people ate meat, few people contracted cancer disease. Therefore, they often used leprosy as an indication of serious disease because leprosy makes people become ugly. After taking refuge, some people still got cancer; it was not the event of taking refuge that let you get cancer; but you should get the cancer originally. Also it indicates that your mindset at the time of taking refuge was not correct and you did not follow and practice the guru’s teachings diligently.

The third concept is that after you have attained enlightenments on the nondual equality, you can then open the door of true dharma with the wisdom. True dharma refers to the dharma which teaches all sentient beings how to liberate from the cycles of rebirth and death. All people, things, and objects are arising and eliminating dependently, coming and going all the time; we should not attach to them. We should be clear in our mind that the most important goal for us is to liberate from the cyclic existence. This goal should not be changed.

When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche benefited sentient beings, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not have a distinguished mind based on sentient beings’ goodness or badness or on his religions, and would treat all suffering sentient beings equally. For example, previously Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had helped to liberate a deceased victim of a car accident. Ordinary people would think that a deceased victim of a car accident had very deep and heavy evil karma and have different views. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not have such views; so Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could give the deceased person the best help. The female disciple, mentioned previously, who had advised a dharma brother not to share the brother’s story just did not have a mind of equality; she thought she had a sociological background, could analyze others’ psychology, and understood more about people; she did not proceed from Buddha dharma’s perspective of a mind of equality, so she just lost and gave wrong suggestions to others. The major difference between Buddhism and other religions is that in other religions they all say their god or the Lord is omnipotent, but in Buddhism it says all sentient beings are equal, Buddha had attained achievements and everyone can attain achievements and become a Buddha one day.

You have to make sure all are your distinguished mind; all are dependent origination with the nature of void; furthermore, you have to make sure all are the self mind, that is, the unborn dharma body. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once performed a retreat in India. At the time, the room temperature was as high as 40 degrees; the windows could not be opened; and there were no fans and no air conditioning. There was no way for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to endure the hot temperature even after removing the clothes. Right then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche contemplated that he himself was suffering in the hell of fire on behalf of all sentient beings, reciting mantras to help sentient beings, and experiencing the pains of sentient beings. When this thought arose, instantly Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche felt very cool and all of the sweat was gone. This is exactly the phenomenon that your mind can change the environment. When you can recognize the entire outside phenomena are generated by the functioning of your distinguished mind, and further determine everything is generated by the thoughts of your own mind, you can just control your own mind to attain the achievement of unborn dharma body and attain the enlightenments on the truth of the universe. Therefore, Buddhist sutra has stated that one though is the same as ten thousand thoughts. Regardless of virtuous thoughts or evil thoughts, when we get to the bottom of them, they are all self-nature and dharma body. When you can indeed recognize that the essence and principle of every thought is actually the same, you can then recognize all of the thoughts in the universe. As you drink a mouthful of water in a lake, you can then know the quality and the flavor of the water in the whole lake.

Before the regular puja ended, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche repeatedly urged everyone to stop eating meat. Buddha had mentioned in Maharatnakuta sutra that at the Dharma Ending Age there will be Buddhist masters who flatter believers and distort Buddha dharma. Now there are many Buddhist temples which let believers do whatever they want; as long as they come to listen to Buddha dharma, whether they practice Buddha dharma or not is not important. Under the strict guidance of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, each puja have already had 1300 participants. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche loosened the discipline a bit, like the other Buddhist temples, and were nicer to believers, with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s record of receiving two hundred believers per week, now there would probably have already one hundred thousand attendees in the puja.

When listening to Buddha dharma, you should not use a distinguished mind of likes and dislikes to listen; doing this will generate rejection such that you will be unable to listen to Buddha dharma. Buddha dharma is not knowledge and cannot be just listened without being practiced. The meaning of practice is for us to use Buddha dharma in our lives and to change ourselves and everything without keeping the slightest matter. Practicing Buddha dharma is not practicing hardships, but should be very comfortable without generating any suffering. The guru has used a lot of very flexible ways to help us; those methods are not fixed. The content of today’s enlightenments is Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s experience of practices in the past. For the methods taught by Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, there are definitely ways to achieve them. You have not attained accomplishments because you still have not determined to do them. If you determine to follow what the guru taught to change your behaviors and be obedient, you can change your karma.

For these weeks, the enlightenments of the conditions of mind are very important to learn Mahamudra. All the beginnings is coming from a notion: An example like drinking water. At first you feel thirsty with the notion to drink water, and then you would need a cup. You will think whether you would like to drink a cup of water or hot water next. Or you will be going to think how about the tea, milk, coffee or Coffee Latte. From the first notion creating the numerous notions, it just a notion to drink water in the beginning. It should not have the incorrect concepts of learning Buddhism that the more Dharma you have learned the Buddhism, the more harder you will be. It will be delightful and joyful to learn Buddhism. Even if you are parted with your boy-friend, when your notions are clinging to the reason why he doesn’t want me? You will go on clinging chasseing in the chain of the notions to become more complicated. There is just one notion that you don’t want to be together with him. But he goes in advance, and you did not speak it out. Do not make the thought too complicated.

Not long ago, there were disciples went to Drikung Thil Monastery, and were entrusted to hand over the article which needs to be submitted to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. After accepting the article, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened the origin of Drikung Thil Monastery. The Drikung Thil Monastery is the ancestral monastery of Drikung Kagyu, which was established by Lord Jigten Sumgon before 800 years ago. The golden roofs of the “Cannons Library” of Drikung Thil Monastery were ruined for many years. Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was instructed by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to restore the golden roofs. Before construction of the golden roof, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang ever foretold that the Drikung Kagyu Lineage would flourish upon the completion of restoration of the golden roofs. Now it is as His Holiness predicted indeed flourishing after completion of restoration of the golden roofs.

Before that time, due to without the budgets to repair the golden roofs of the “Cannons Library” of Drikung Thil Monastery, which were ruined for many years. Originally there was a Tibetan have the Swiss nationality would like to support it; however the Chinese government had the rules that the foreigners were restricted to patronize the Tibetan temples. It encountered that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had the identity of Hong Kong citizen who had the qualified for this affair. Therefore His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang instructed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to be in charge of the construction. Meanwhile, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was short of money but he thought that it must be benefited for sentient beings that is was instructed by His Holiness, he promised it instantly without thinking that there was no source of funds at all. Finally it was accomplished accordingly.

Two disciples who took refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stated: they are grateful for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to bestow this extraordinary opportunity to sponsor the construction of the golden roofs of Drikung Thil Monastery with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Moreover they could follow with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and went to Drikung Thil Monastery to see the processing of construction. During that time, there was no convenient traffic which had to park the cars in the mid-slope of the mountain and walked to the Drikung Thil Monastery. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was suffering for the plateau pressure, but he was painstaking to lead those disciples to the Drikung Thil Monastery by walk. Because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew that the disciples would be discouraged unable to go on climbing to the Drikung Thil Monastery when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stopped doing it. The disciples are grateful that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was thoughtful and took care of disciples during that time.

There was another disciple, who took refuge for shorted period, and said: She has been to Drikung Thil Monastery last year. To compare with the past time, the traffic construction which was supported by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, has been improved better than before. Therefore they took the car directly to the square in front of the monastery. When they went out of the car, seeing the golden roofs of Drikung Thil Monastery was shining with golden light under the blue sky. A manager of the Drikung Thil Monastery guided them to the golden roofs of the “Cannons Library” and reiterated gratefully that those golden roofs were supported and restored by the abbot of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Besides they also found that the retreat room of Achi was also supported and repaired by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, according to the manager of Drikung Thil Monastery. This disciple also mentioned that she has a friend who is the disciple of the red sect of Tibetan Buddhism; she only knew the Drukpa Kagyu, Karma Kagyu, but was not familiar to Drikung Kagyu. Right now Drikung Kagyu is flourishing because of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s appearance. This Order of Drikung Kagyu is flourishing not only by the accomplishment of the guru His Holiness with his disciple: Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, but also the completion of restoration of the golden roofs in Drikung Thil Monastery.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stated that: In year 2000, when the golden rooftop was constructed, people who living around the Drikung Thil monastery, especially those elder people, had felt great happiness and had been much moved in tears. Many people prostrate themselves toward the golden-roof temple. In Tibet, people’s daily life is closely linked with monasteries, in that the monasteries would help them. It differs from the monasteries in Han Chinese, which mainly have become dwelling places for the ordained people. Some years ago, Rinpoche had ever seen that at a great well-known monastery, in a meeting for the ordained people and their family dependents, the ordained had seats under sunshade parasols while their elder family dependents had to be exposed under burning sun; their concept was somewhat inappropriate.

The Buddhist-text depository temple of the Drikung Thil was located and consecrated by the founder Lord Jigten Sumgon. It has great power. In Buddhist texts, it is said that the places Buddha lives have the rooftop of gold. Similarly, monasteries establish the rooftop, plated with gold, as an indication that it is a place where Buddha is and as a symbol to signify that Buddha Dharma is in this world. Thus, it is also said to have so-called golden lineage; transmissions and teachings of the lineage shine as gold. Therefore, the golden rooftop has great significance. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had declared to you, upon the moment of your taking refuge, that you would not have blessings from the guru if you do any of the five bad deeds; in addition, the guru also would not grant you virtuous practices. That His Holiness Chetsang instructed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to re-establish the golden rooftop is an indication of granting the Rinpoche virtuous practices. It is also a good example telling why one does need a guru, because the guru could show the opportunities and would also guide disciples how to cultivate and accumulate their merits and virtues.

August 27, 2010

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the auspicious Chod puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei.

At the beginning of the puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche first gave the following teachings. Many of you come to attend the Chod puja today for the first time, so an introduction to Chod dharma is given as followed. Chod is one of the eight major dharmas of Esoteric Buddhism. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang ever said that Chod dharma is one of the Eight Sadhana practices. By particularly practicing one of Sadhana practices for one’s lifetime, at best one can attain Buddhahood in this life, or at least one can gain liberation from the cycle of reincarnation and obtain a rebirth in the pure land. Chod in Tibetan means “cut-off”. What to be cut off? Practicing this dharma is to cut off all afflictions of previous lifetimes and next lifetime. To cut off one’s afflictions, one has to cultivate the wisdom of the Buddha Dharma. Mahaprajnaparamita Sutra (Large Sutra on the Perfection of Wisdom) contributes to a great portion of Great Treasury of Scriptures (the Chinese Buddhist Canon). Mahaprajnaparamita Sutra is to explain the meaning of wisdom and, as a matter of fact, Sakyamuni Buddha had spent 20 years of his life in teaching Mahaprajnaparamita Sutra. There are two kinds of wisdom: the innately possessed wisdom and the subsequently acquired wisdom. The former is the wisdom that we were born with, and the later is developed through practicing the Buddha Dharma. One can’t comprehend the meaning of wisdom by studying terminologies in the Buddha Dharma. The meaning of the innately possessed wisdom is beyond description, whereas the subsequently acquired wisdom can be explained by Buddhist terms. Actually, in the whole universe, only human beings need language to communicate. Many other sentient beings can communicate without using any form of language; they communicate through their minds. Sometimes, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can convey information to each other without verbalization.

To enlighten wisdom, one must first cultivate one’s compassion and Bodhichitta. It is not certain that one who has kindness also has the compassion, and that one who has compassion also has the Bodhichitta. The compassion needs to be cultivated and developed through the guidance of guru. The most fundamental way is to feel gratitude. Therefore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always advises you to feel gratitude to sentient beings. You should not blame others when something is wrong nor think it’s all others’ fault. Only in this way, you could learn compassion step by step. When you achieve the attainment of compassion power, you can start practicing Bodhichitta. This is the method of cultivation of Vajrayana Buddhism. The practices would proceed gradually. One has to follow the teaching of one’s guru step by step. By so doing, one could be liberated from the suffering of the cycle of reincarnation. One can’t obtain such achievement in one shot. Nor can one achieve it by simply thinking of it. Learning the Buddha Dharma is through the way of gradual edification. It’s because you can’t visualize the cycle of reincarnation, aren’t afraid of it or don’t believe its existence. You, nonetheless, all believe that you have ancestors, thinking it’s important to worship their spirits and fix their graves. In fact, our life now is due to what we had done in past lifetimes and what we are doing now will influence on our life of future lifetimes.

Oftentimes, you are mistaken of the Buddha Dharma, thinking that praying to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas can make your illness disappear. Although it has been described in sutras about various ways of praying to Buddhasa and Bodhisattvas, these ways are the first step that Buddhas and Bodhisattvas wish to satisfy your desires. This is so-called “utilizing people desires to summon them.” Once your desired were satisfied, any changes in your life still rely on your own efforts. It’s wrong to think that after your desires were satisfied, you’d have time to be with your children and husbands. Many believers came to implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for recovering from illness or for not dying. They’d say their children were still young. If they die, their husbands wouldn’t know how to take care of the children. If fact, these women were afraid that their husbands would find other women to look after their children. All sentient beings in the six realms will sooner or later die, including Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Given this truth, how come you’d believe Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can save you from dying? If by some method you can be saved, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would be the first to inform you. This, however, is impossible. If praying to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas can change things, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche doesn’t have to undertake any practice at all.

According to the wisdom of Mahaprajnaparamita Suta, the Chod dharma was created 1200 years ago by a married-with-children Tibetan yogi, Machig Lapdron. The uncommon dharma protector A-chi, the grandmother of Jigten Sumgon, had attained her achievement when passing by practicing Chod dharma. That’s why in the dharma photo of A-chi you can see a dharma instrument made of a human thighbone worn around her waist. Many people might wonder whether, in the Esoteric Buddhism, using bones as dharma instruments suggests practitioners only help to transfer consciousnesses of ghosts. It’s not true. Using bones as dharma instruments is to remind people that we might die at any moment. There is nothing we need to fight so hard for. Even if we have won something over, it’s not yours. You can’t bring it with you when you die. Death would occur to elderly and it will also happen to youngsters and children. You should understand life is impermanent. Understanding it doesn’t mean that you just passively wait for its coming. Instead, knowing life is impermanent is to be prepared at any given moment and strive to carry out all virtuous deeds. In doing so, the suffering of dying might be reduced. From the Buddhism’s point of view, death happens every day. From the second we were born, or even when the moment we were conceived, the process of dying began. In other words, dying and living proceed simultaneously.

To practice Chod dharma, one has to learn the Exoteric Buddhism for 10 years as a foundation. And then, under the supervision of one’s guru, one has to perform retreat for 3 years and learn Tantras. It requires that the Tantras be transmitted one-on-one by your guru. While performing retreats, one has to achieve the level of corresponding with the yidam. The meaning of corresponding with the yidam is not able to visualize Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. It means that a variety of signs described in sutras must be manifested. Additionally, the function of the practitioner’s mind must be the same as that of the yidam’s. On top of these conditions, one has to recite one million times of Mani Mantra during the retreat. Don’t think that your recitations of Budha’s name can be counted. Your daily recitations are practices with distractions because you minds are often distractive. This kind of reciting is actually useless. To be effective, mantras must be recited under the instruction of your guru, following certain rituals, and carried out during retreats.

In the puja a female believer disrespectfully crossed her arms before her breast when listening to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings. Seeing her attitude, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche corrected her on the spot by telling her to leave if she disbelieved. She regarded attending puja is to attend a speech and hear the story, completely with no reverent heart. A speech usually charges. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche let the attendees attend pujas for free. If an attendee does not have reverent heart to the Three Jewels, the one makes no offering, by which no merits will be accumulated. As your merits are very shallow, you ought to attend puja with reverent heart to the Three Jewels. Only with reverence will your merits develop. And the puja will take some effect on you and your karmic creditors.

All the other dharmas need some assistants to help the rituals in progress. It needs to produce tormas to make the offering. It needs some people to blow dharma instruments and play the drum. Only Chod ritual could be performed by one person, without the need of offering torma. Instead, it is to take the practitioner himself as the offering object. In general, the practitioner wears some protective objects such as Buddha image or chakra. However, it is clearly stated in the dharma text of Chod that the Chod performer cannot wear any protective object, and nor does he make simabandha to protect the venue. It is completely open. Once the practitioner blows the dharma instrument of a human tibia bone, all the sentient beings, with or without causal conditions, that hear the sound will come in to receive the help.

A disciple had ever learned Chod from other guru and even went with the guru to a cemetery to practice. They thought they could attain the achievement by shaking the bell and turning the drum in the dark. There was also a dharma master who performed the ritual in a graveyard, and some people considered the dharma master did not fear ghosts so that he might be of greater ability. If it were true, graveyard guards, who live in the cemetery, would have also learned the dharma. It is stated in the Dharma texts that a Chod practitioner ought to go to forests of eight great cemeteries, refers to just the crematoriums rather than graveyards, for practice. In the previous time in India, they had already had the customs of cremation. In Tibetan tradition, cremation is adopted, too. As for interment, it is used in modern times. The reason for Chod practitioner to perform Chod in forests of eight great cemeteries is that there are many sentient beings whose consciounesses have not been transferred need to be liberated in these places. Therefore the practitioner goes to the places to develop the karmic connections to them, which is different case compared to people in modern time who actually fears a lot but still goes to graveyards to practice. Besides, not a normal practitioner is able to perform Chod for others. The practitioner has practice to attain the achievement of Chod before he practices on another Dharma texts for helping sentient beings. The practitioner who is able to perform Chod for others must have attained the achievement of Phowa.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche came to Taiwan in 1980. At that time in lunar July there was not as many people who worship in streets as now. Nowadays there are more and more people, almost every stores, buildings, and families would make the activities of worshipping. It could be said that it’s for simulating economy and the idea is made up by the businessmen, as “the ghost month” is not stated in the Sutra. It could be concluded in saying that the reason why more and more people worship in July is due to the people’s heart get greedier. The businessmen who make the worship in praying for good business are greedy for wealth. Normally people would worship with greediness for their family’s safe. Therefore, every year on 15th July of Chinese calendar, many people burn paper made to resemble money as an offering to the dead, which makes worse air contamination.

Apart from the Chinese July 15th, another case that makes the air pollution of Taipei heavier than other places in the world is the barbecue held in every Mid-Autumn Festival, 15th of the eighth lunar month. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche advised the present believers not to hold barbecue activity. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has helped many people who got sick owing to their attending barbecue. All disciples of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center do not eat meat. On the earth there commonly reside not only human and animals, but also ghost realm and deities that have not practiced to attain to the immortal realm such as earth immortal, deities, and so forth. The bad smell that produces when you barbecue will make dragons, mountain deities, water deities, and dakinis get sick. Then they will get angry and give a hard time you who barbecue. Hence, people who have barbecued will acquire cancer. Even if the ill does not outbreak in their life time, they will suffer from disease before dying. The karmic effect of barbecue is very severe.

Many people think they are good guys, as they regularly make a donation every month. The truth is that donating money only is not a practicing virtuous deed. To really practice virtuous deeds, one ought to personally take the money to those who cannot afford to pay the hospital bills, tuition fee, or meals. Never donate money to those charity organizations, by which it only creates another rich men. Among one thousand dollars you donate, perhaps only one hundred dollars be used for the need. And the remaining may be expensed on the administrative expense such as the operation of the foundation, rental fee, personnel pay, and so on. Hence, in the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousnesses Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche holds every year, all the offering of money made by attendees are donated to Taiwan’s Department of Social Affairs, Ministry of Interior for them to do the social welfare. As officials’ salary, water and electricity they used, and the rental fees are paid by government already. Therefore, the donation could be totally used for the needed. Some people dissatisfied with the government and make criticism on it. If you dislike it, you can leave! However, the truth is that without government, you will not live the same life as today. No matter on which government, you should not criticize. Some people may disapprove in saying that they did not vote for somebody. However, if one has merits, he would naturally live under a good governor. This is your shared karma. In the Sutra it is also stated that do not criticize the king.

It takes a deep state of meditative concentration to perform the Chod puja. Mahamudra, the meditation practice in the Drikung Kagyu Lineage, is different from any other meditative concentration, for their practice processes vary. There are four stages in the practice of Mahamudra of Drikung Kagyu, each containing 3 levels. Altogether there are 12 levels before attaining Buddhahood. A practitioner of Chod at least has to enter the stage of simplicity, the second stage, and thereby regards his life as a game. To such a practitioner, every person, matter, thing in life is a drama that comes and goes without being attached. Life is impermanent. Why do people have quarrels against each other? Actually, they do this just to fuel a sense of triumph. What is there to fight for? When one passes away, it is one single breath that fails to come and thereby brings about one’s death.

During the puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche transforms his bones, blood, flesh, and organs into favorite foods of the deceased through visualization so that they can eat freely. Superficially, what they eat is meat, which they loved during their lifetime. However, when the food gets into their bodies, it turns into nectar. It takes the help of tantric practices to transform the environment with one’s mind so as to benefit the sentient beings. Only when the sentient beings’ wishes are fulfilled will they listen to any advice and accept help. Any beings reincarnated in the six realms want to eat. One doesn’t eat because of hunger, but because of a lasting desire to eat. One can retain such a habitual pattern even when he has gone to the Pure Land of Buddha Amitabha. However, the bright side is that one does not have to cook in the Pure Land of Buddha Amitabha. All one has to do is think and he will see his food emerging from the ground. Besides, one will be able to eat with golden utensils. What’s even better is that no dish-washing is needed. All the utensils and leftover will vanish automatically. Therefore, lazy women who are reluctant to cook and wash dishes for their husbands must try to go to the Pure Land of Buddha Amitabha!

The Chod puja is especially helpful for the sentient beings who died in an accident and had heavy karma. For example, someone who had been burned to death in a car accident last month was transferred by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. His cremains revealed auspicious signs of completion of the Phowa and there was a clear-cut round hole at the crown chakra of his skull. It was because the Phowa is included in the Chod puja and the consciousness, i.e. soul, left his body through the crown chakra in his salvation. In fact, there are two matters involved in salvation: To lift the sentient beings up from the sea of sufferings in reincarnation and to help them go to the Pure Land of Buddha Amitabha. The Phowa is a practice bestowed directly from Buddha Amitabha to Padmasambhava. As it is a tantric practice, no record in the sutras can be found. Its translation literally means to transfer one’s consciousness, for the practitioner is able to help transfer the consciousnesses of the deceased to the Pure Land so as to prevent them from suffering in reincarnation. With equal loving kindness compassion, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helps the deceased through the tantric Chod puja.

Those who were burned to death usually had heavier karma, so it takes more than sutra recitation to salvage them. To make Exoteric sutra recitation work, one has to practice abstinence and bathe himself according to the Buddhist sutras. To practice abstinence means that one has to conduct observance of the Eight Precepts. The practitioner has to abide by all the precepts that a human being should observe. To bathe oneself means that one has to wear new clothes and continue reciting the Buddha’s name for 24 consecutive hours. Who is able to do that, then? Every December in the Drikung Thil Monastery, 150 lamas take turns reciting the Six Syllable Mantra around the clock for 45 consecutive days. It doesn’t mean that any lamas can carry out this task. Only those who have performed the 3-year retreat will be selected for the task so as to make it work. Otherwise, the task must be conducted by Rinpoches.

The meaning of Rinpoche is a jewel, a jewel in the human world. There are two types of Rinpoches: One type of Rinpoches includes those who attained the level of a Rinpoche in their previous lifetimes and was reincarnated to come back to the world. The other type refers to those who attain the level of a Rinpoche in this life. Nevertheless, the latter type of Rinpoches cannot be declared by the practitioner himself. His attainment needs to be confirmed by his guru. Even if one used to be a Rinpoche in his previous lifetime and had powers such as flying, he would still need to start his practice from scratch in this lifetime. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang has been reincarnated 8 times and still has to start all over again. After being recognized at an early age, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang then received instruction from 3 tutors. In his interview, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang also recalled having not much freedom at the time, unlike the way you educate your child. Even though you have made the rule for your child to watch TV for 30 minutes, the child can still watch it for as long as 1 hour. Although His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang had to conduct his Buddhist learning from scratch, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang was able to learn extremely fast due to his practice in previous lifetimes.

The reasons why you would attend the Chod puja lied in that you had practiced in your previous lifetimes and that you have got the karmic connections. Otherwise, as you are always so arrogant and do not listen to others, why did you feel moved and decide to come to the puja? In particular, the traffic is very heavy on Friday nights. It was not easy for you to come to the Buddhist center on time. Besides, many of you came without eating anything. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has formed more and more favorable karmic connections with the sentient beings by performing the Chod pujas. It can be seen that the puja is actually benefiting the sentient beings.

As long as you have reverence, absolute repentance, loving kindness, compassion, and gratitude while attending today’s puja, your ancestors and karmic creditors will be able to be helped. Since the officiating practitioner is the same, why would the puja bring about various effects among the attendees? The reason lies in the hearts of the attendees. You should not ask the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to lengthen your family member’s life. It is meaningless to ask for a few more days to live. You should implore the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to help your sick family members so that they do not have to suffer in their next lifetimes.

Afterwards, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche starts performing Chod.

After the puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued to enlighten the attendees: You are all afraid of ghosts, but actually ghosts are better than human beings. Human beings take their revenge when they have enemies, but never repay the grace of others. As to ghosts, they not only take their revenge against their enemies but also repay the grace of others. It can be seen why the ghosts are better than the human beings. Why do the ghosts repay the grace of others? It is because they are suffering. Therefore, if anyone provides them with some help or even has the heart to help them, they would feel grateful for that. On the other hands, human beings always blame their misfortune to their ancestors, saying that the tombs of the ancestors were misplaced or their ancestors have failed to give them blessings. Ancestors of Han people are most unfortunate. When their descendants live a good life, they wouldn’t be thanked. However, if anything bad happens to their descendants, the ancestors are always to blame, saying that the plates of the ancestors are not in a geomantically prominent place. Some people attach a Taoist spell on their doors out of a fear for ghosts and try to kick them out by doing that. Those who fear ghosts are people who do not have loving kindness or compassion. In fact, when there is a spell at the door, ghosts can still enter through the windows or the bathrooms. Ghosts are everywhere. There are only three objects that ghosts cannot go through. One is the Dharma throne of the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and a Vajra Guru. Another is the vajra. And the other is the womb of a woman, for a ghost would be trapped and born. One who eats meat, drink, and commit evil deeds are easily accessible to the ghosts. Ghosts naturally keep themselves away from those who conduct virtuous deeds in this life. It is because you are not similar. Besides, ghosts would never bring misfortune to such people and would even help them. To help them is not to give any benefits to them. The fact that they refrain from obstructing you is being helpful. If people think that ghosts would come for them, it is their imagination!

In the Dharma text of the Chod puja, it is said to have all the ghostly beings eat and drink whatever they like so as to make them joyful. Ghosts, any kinds of which you might think of, are mentioned in the text and would be helped. In today’s text, various forms of ghosts in your imagination, including those from the hell, the Realm of Asuras, the Realm of Ghosts, are described. Regardless their origin, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helped them equally, without differentiating their looks and forms. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not make any distinction between a good-looking Dakini and an ugly one and helped them all the same. If the practitioner has differentiation, he will not be able to complete the practice then.

Today, there are 1200 people attending the puja. Unlike most temples which let their big benefactors and money donators sit in front rows of a puja, for this puja, those who sit in the front rows are not benefactors, but those who have not taken refuge, because those who have not taken refuge are our guests. We should treat our guest courteously and let the disciples sit at the back rows. When sitting in the front rows, you can see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche more clearly; however, this may not give you any benefit; as long as you do something wrong, just like the previous female disciple, you will be scolded by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been 63 years old, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not have presbyopia. Except Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, you cannot find any practitioner who can conduct the Chod dharma for more than 1200 people at the same time in this world. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is old and may not have the strength to conduct the dharma ten years from now. Some people may think that they cannot see the effects of the puja anyway; you should not have such idea. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche began to conduct the Chod puja since 1995 and has benefited countless sentient beings. During the past 15 years, the members of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center have been increasing. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been 63 years old, but Rinpoche’s health is much better than that of an average 60-year-old person. From these facts, we could know that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s conductions of the Chod puja have benefited immense sentient beings.

Many years ago, not long after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche started to conduct the Chod puja, some other Buddhist centers saw that Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center had more and more disciples and believers, and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s undertaking of Buddha dharma was more and more thriving; they thought it was because of the Chod puja, so they started to conduct the Chod dharma as well; but after a while, they stopped the Chod puja quietly. You should know that if you practice the Chod dharma well, you can attain Buddhahood in this life and benefit all sentient beings; but if you do not practice it well, you will fall into the hell of Vajra. During the dharma conduction, when the dharma conductor blows the leg bone dharma instrument holding in his hand, all sentient beings related to you will come to this center; if those sentient beings cannot be liberated, they will stay here to disturb this place; the center will have situations happening and become unable to be maintained.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche advised us earnestly and kindly, and urged us again and again to have a vegetarian diet. This is not for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche or for Buddhism, but for us. Strictly speaking, there is no Buddhism, but Buddha dharma. There is a Christian hospital in northern Taiwan which asks their patients to eat vegetarian meals. The reason is that eating vegetarian meals will be helpful to the patients’ conditions, and their illnesses will be cured faster. Even such non-Buddhist religion advocates vegetarian diet; you claimed yourselves Buddhist, but still dared to eat meat and then implored Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to help you! Do not think that eating vegetarian dishes does not have nutrition. Whether you have nutrition or not all depends on your mind. If you mind is nutritious, even drinking water will give you nutrition. Do not believe that you have to eat meat to have nutrition. The largest land animal – elephant is a vegetarian; cow is also a vegetarian; are they all big and strong? As long as you have eaten meat or gotten angry with others in this life, you will certainly go to hell. Except those who were vegetarians in their mother’s wombs, please raise your hand if you have not eaten meat or not scolded people in this life. No one raised their hand among the more than 1000 attendees. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened us that just these two things can let us go to hell, become the same species as ghosts, and let ghosts be close to us. So everyone has to have a mind of big repentance, and attends the puja with a respectful, repentant, and faithful mind. Only such mind can help you and your karmic creditors.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often went to the intensive care unit to bless patients before and had seen many old and young people dying. In the Dharma Ending Age, sentient beings have very heavy karma; that is why there are so many people who have to suffer the pains of medical treatments such as surgery or chemotherapy. Those cancer patients who had done surgery or chemotherapy could not be saved in the end when the cancer cells proliferated. Many people here have seen the conditions of some relatives and friends in the intensive care unit. They were really miserable. In addition to tracheostomy, they had nasogastric tube, urinary catheter, and a tube for intravenous injection; this was the so-called three-tube treatment. Some elderly people felt uncomfortable due to these tubes; when they wanted to remove these tubes, the nurses would tie the patient’s hand and feet up forcefully without any sympathy. Was the situation like the struggling and jumping of a slaughtered fish or animal? There is still someone who said he did not want his illness-suffering mother die and wanted his mother to live longer! Can you lie in bed like your mother and be treated painfully all day long? It is not everyone who has to endure so much suffering of illness before one dies. Those who have practiced Buddha dharma can have less suffering. Buddha was also known as a man who was good at death. That means that Buddha was not subject to such suffering before Buddha died. If you have faith in Buddha dharma and the guru, after attending the puja, even if you have cancer, your pains can be eliminated or reduced; this is because your karmic creditors have been liberated and left you and will no longer hurt you.

In the text mentioned “Wish all karmic obstacles, annoyance, evils can be eliminated”. When you have illness, don’t attempt to beseech for more days for your life, you should request that the evil karmas accumulated by this life and your previous lives can be repaid in order to have a opportunity for learning Dharma to the path to Pure land without obstacles. There are two kinds of Karmas: Virtuous Karma and Evil Karma. The Karmic obstacles are the power which will obstruct you to learn the Buddhism. Not only evil karma but also virtuous karma will obstruct you from attaining Buddhahood. Someone may hear that the wealthy individuals have difficulty practicing Buddhism which is a kind of virtuous karma. All people in this venue of this puja, you would not learn the Buddhism and attend the puja without the suffering or difficulty. There are many people don’t believe and accept himself that he will go to the Hell, or he will have the reincarnations. However it has mentioned in the Sutra that one does not believe the reincarnations who must be a big evil person with evil statement. You did not see your ancestors, how can you believe that the ancestors were ever existed? The ancestors of Han Chinese people were the most pitiful; their   descendants always impute the reason of bad fortune to the inappropriate location of the memorial tablet or the Fengshui problem. Impermanence will appear anytime, but you don’t believe that one day you will die anytime. That does not mean that you have to wait for the day of coming without doing anything because of the Impermanence.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche promoted the teachings of the Drikung Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism for years without need the promotion or interview by TV program unless His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang was invited to have interview on TV program, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would accompany His Holiness. Buddhas and Bodhisattvas do not have any relationship with you; the guru is the same as well. But base on the Boddhicitta, they all wish that you can listen to the teachings that do not eat meat and kill the sentient beings and do evil karma. Wish all sentient beings to have a peaceful life in this land.

Today Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche proceeded the time of practicing Chod dharma was faster than before, it does not mean that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is so familiar with the dharma as to proceed it fast. One of the reasons is that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has a good breathing capacity, the other is the capability of meditation and the help from Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. When the capability of meditation is good enough, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would concentrate his attention on reciting the mantras. Without other notion which would not be affected by the environment, and then the processing of time would be faster than before. You had plenty of notions with a complicated mind so that you recited the mantras so slow. It would take times when a notion appeared, and take more times for further notions, therefore you could not speed up the time of reciting mantras. In 2007, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang led Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to perform a retreat with 3 months long in Mt. Lapchi where Venerable Milarepa had performed retreat before. After completing the retreat, His Holiness led Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to perform a burnt offing to Heaven. From the beginning of the ritual, both of them were reciting the mantras. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche recited faster, afterward His Holiness instructed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to recite all the mantras. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang was for purpose of benefiting Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to ask him reciting more mantras.

The Mantras are on behalf of the merits, virtues, aspirations, and compassion of the yidam and Buddha. Therefore they are called the Mind Mantras. “Na Mo A Mi Ta Bha” and the six-syllable Mani mantra all are six words which are relative to Tantra, Rinpoche would not talk about it today. The six-syllable Mani mantra is the mind mantra of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, which can not be translated the meaning of the mantras. Buddha Sakyamuni ever enlightened that it will not be enough time to explain the content of the six-syllable Mani mantra for more than 3 small eons. Each small eon is an extremely period of time. Originally the Great Compassion Mantra was very efficacious. Since someone smart aleck to translate the meaning of the Great Compassion Mantra word by word, it had been inefficacious since that time. That is because that there is not only one meaning of each mantra, but also depended on the different level of practicing dharma with different experience. Someone translated the meaning of mantras and wrote down in the paper, reciting the translative contents of mantras accordingly. For example :This sentence is the meaning of Vajra. Thus it will cause that it is limited by the meaning of the mantras only, other merits which are involved in this mantras will not appear anymore. That is an incorrect method.

Reciting the Six Syllable Mantra benefits various parts of our own body. OM benefits the head; MA-NI benefits the neck including the lymph gland, the thyroid gland, the trachea, and the weasand; PAD-MEI benefits the thoracic cavity above the diaphragm, in which it includes the heart and the lung; HUNG benefits the abdomen area, especially for women. These six syllables OM-MA-NI-PAD-MEI-HUNG could close the doors to reincarnations in six realms, while the syllable SHRI could transfer the consciousness to pure lands of Amitabha. However, it’s useless if you recite the manta at home; for example, repeatedly reciting HUNG, HUNG, HUNG. The practice works with Chi in our bodies. To accomplish the practice, one has to receive guru’s oral transmission and the empowerment through tantric methods, has to take retreats and follow guru’s instructions, and has to recite the mantra one million times in a retreat. Your doors to the six realms could not be closed by yourself alone. Furthermore, the criteria of taking a retreat in accordance with tantric methods are pretty strict. It has big differences from the methods of exoteric Buddhism. Everyone has to perform the practice by oneself, in that Buddhas and Bodhisattvas could not perform the practice on your behalf.

Concluding his teachings today, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that the beings, you had thought of today, could be released from sufferings. All the attendees felt gratefulness toward the Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche advised the attending believers not to eat meat any more. Otherwise, they should never come back to Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center any more. They should visit other places instead. You should listen to Buddhist teachings and do it accordingly by yourselves. Buddhas and Bodhisattvas can’t do that for you.

August 28, 2010

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave enlightenment to 110 believers with Buddhism and helped them to relieve all kinds of suffering in the world at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei.

August 29, 2010

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the regular puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei.

Before the puja, a female disciple who took refuge in 2005 shared her experience of how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had helped her and her family. In August of 2007, her father suddenly was hospitalized, with his whole body being swollen as if he was blown up. Because of ascites, his belly was so swelling that he couldn’t fall into asleep. At once, she brought her brother to make an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, imploring Rinpoche’s blessings. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave the enlightenment to her brother that he had to believe in Buddhism and change his father’s diet to vegetarian. In addition, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also told her brother that his father would be in most serious ill in September. On the same day when they returned to the hospital, they were surprised to see the father fall into sound sleep. After taking vegetarian diet, her father appeared to be like a healthy normal person. His face became rosy and he was so full of energy that he could even joyfully play with grandsons. Seeing such, her family began to oppose his father adopting a vegetarian diet. After her father ate soup made of meat, his whole body began to swell like a balloon. Every other hour, her father would vomit till his bile was spit out. On top of these symptoms, his whole body was in extreme pain and yet he only needed to inject painkiller, rather than morphine.

In September, the doctor was sure that her father was ill of terminal pancreatic cancer. All of a sudden, the backbone of her family was gone. Seeing her father get older and her grandmother become unbearable to her father’s suffering, she once again brought her brother to make an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. They implored for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to visit her father at the hospital and bestow him Rinpoche’s blessings to reduce his suffering. At once Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche promised. The next day as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche went to give blessings to her father, she witnessed the color of her father’s feet turn reddish from grayish white. His facial expression was also changed from painful to peaceful. After the blessings, his father had discharged 2000 cc urine, from 300 cc daily. That was the maximal amount since he was hospitalized. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave the enlightenment that her father had committed extremely heavy killing karma. That was why he’d be suffering from pancreatic cancer. They should arrange to let her father listen to the dharma tape-recordings about making repentance. Most important, he had to take a vegetarian diet.

At first, her father ate vegetarian dishes as she did. The discharge of the fluid from his body reached 5 kg; it was the most after his father was ill. Her family, however, was still against her father taking a vegetarian diet and brought chicken soup for him. After drinking the chicken soup, the conditions of his sickness completely changed. His whole body was swollen and every other 20-minute he’d vomit out bile and fluid with blood. She believed that only Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could liberate her father from such pain. Bringing offerings with her, she again implored Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for accepting the offering and helping her father to be liberated from the cycle of birth and death. Compassionately, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche accepted the offering and gave the following enlightenment: How would Rinpoche save your father, if he couldn’t follow Rinpoche’s words and take a vegetarian diet?

The next day, the signs of dying appeared in her father. During the regular puja of that Sunday, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed blessings onto her father. She was grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Her father miraculously asked to go home. Her family knew that it was time. Her father was the eldest son, with his parents and elderly relatives being still alive, so he wished to meet all elder relative on the day. He passed away in the afternoon of the next day (Monday). Because she had not learned and practiced Buddhism accordingly, the conditions for her father to be granted the Phowa Dharma were not sufficient enough. Her father had to endure more suffering for several day after passing. It was not until that Friday did her father receive the transference of consciousness during the Chod puja presided over by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

She was grateful for the blessings the Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has bestowed onto her father. Her father’s illness was different from other patients of pancreatic cancer. From falling ill to being dead, the illness proceeded within 3 weeks. Her father didn’t have to use morphine. Nor was he feeling unbearable pains that he’d be rolling and curling in his bed. More importantly, he died at home without experiencing the suffering of medical procedure. Her grandparents were able to see her father for the last moment. She was grateful for all these.

And then she continued to share her experience of how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helped her out of debt and was able to make basic offering. When she began to regularly attend pujas since 2005, her office was in Taipei and she lived in Chung-li. As a daily commuter from Taipei to Chung-li, her salary was far from enough and so she was in debt. Every month, she could only make meager offerings. She was grateful that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had gave the enlightenment that using one fourth of one’s to make offering was a basic obligation for a disciple. It has been recorded in sutras. She had been very ashamed that she hadn’t been able to do so. In early 2006, she attended the puja of Jambhala Dharma presided over by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and prayed to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the financial capacity that she could make offering with one fourth of her salary. At that time, there was a Chod puja every Friday evening. She had to take a half day off to pick up her daughter in Chung-li and then rushed to Taipei to attend the Friday’s Chod puja. Because of this, she had an idea of searching for a new job.

Not long after she had the thought, a former colleague told her that her current company was hiring new employees, asking her whether she was interested. The former colleague specially mentioned that the company was very close to her home. She thought to herself that how it was possible. Her mother’s home was in countryside and was surrounded by fields. There was no sight of any electronics industry. She immediately agrees her friend for an interview. When she interviewed with her boss, she boldly asked the following conditions: 1. every Friday, she had to take 2-hour off to attend pujas. 2. She would have to travel abroad once or twice to attend pujas held overseas. She would work very hard, but attending pujas was the most important thing. She would not jeopardize her work because of pujas. She hoped her boss could understand this. She remembered her boss asked her if the salary was fine with her. She replied that she hoped her salary could match her previous one. The most important thing was she being able to attend pujas. She wouldn’t be concerned too much about other things. And then she left.

Soon after she returned home, she received the information that she had been accepted. Three days later when she received the acceptance letter, she couldn’t believe that the new salary was higher than her expectation. In addition, the company would offer vegetarian meal boxes for lunch and dinner. It was a surprise to her that she could find the same industry and it only took her 10 minute to drive. The increased salary and the saved travel cost added up exactly to one fourth of her salary, so she could use it to make offering. All these were granted by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche! About half a year after she started her new job, she’d pay back her debt. She never missed her monthly mortgage.

She and her daughter were always envious of other dharma brothers who could follow Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to attend auspicious pujas held overseas. When she signed up for the trip to India for celebrating the birthday of Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, she didn’t know where she’d find the money. She thanked Sino Traveling Company for allowing her to pay in installments. Whenever each installment was due, some unexpected money would come up. So she was able to attend the ceremony. Making offering with one fourth of her salary wouldn’t be detrimental to her living. To the contrary, she could begin saving money. All these were due to the help from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche at all times so that she was able to solve problems time and again.

For example, she had to make short-term travel for her work, but she was able to return before pujas. Several times, her company asked her to travel for two weeks and the trip would make her unable to attend Sunday’s regular puja. At the last moment, however, some dramatic thing would occur to let her attend pujas. Once when her customers changed the meeting place to Shen-jun, the trip was cut short. The other time when the invitation letters continuously were not issued properly, she was not able to apply for a visa and her trip was postponed for 3 weeks. Because of the delay, she was able to attend the auspicious Dorje Phurba puja held on that week. After this incident, her boss and colleagues all believed that the blessings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would allow her to attend pujas she wished for. Moreover, her boss wouldn’t require her to travel unless she volunteered. Her colleagues wouldn’t apply visas for her in advance, being afraid that such applications would waste resources of the company. All these she was grateful to His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

She then made repentance of her recent mistake. On August 4th of 2010, before she headed for work, she turned on her car without checking any check like she didn’t before. Even she knew there were a lot of street cats around, she didn’t look under her car to see if there were cats sleeping under it. As she drove the car, she felt a tire was pressing onto something. Immediately, she stopped the car and went out to check. What she saw was a cat tumbled around twice and died in front of her. She’d violated the precept of not-killing by taking away its life. She was at a complete lost and didn’t know what to handle this situation. Her first thought was still going to the company, running away from the scene. She repented her selfishness and her lack of sympathy because she didn’t carefully take care of the dead cat’s body. She let her mother throw the body into a river. She could imagine how sad she would be if her body was thrown into a river, flowing with currents. She also repented she was terribly lack of filial piety. It was her fault, but her grandmother and mother were involved into this common karma by having them deal with the situation for her.

She had committed a series of mistakes and let down Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who had been painstakingly given dharma teachings to disciples. Moreover, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had already reminded them not to hang the body of a dead cat on tree trunks or throw it into river. When the problem occurred, she was not courageous and compassionate enough to handle the situation. She was even afraid of touching the body of the dead cat. What she felt was fear, rather than repentance. What she thought was how come this would happen? She didn’t make repentance to the cat because it was her fault and she should hurt it.

She felt that she was a selfish person. What she has been thinking was about work. Before going to sleep, she thought of work. The first thing she thought the moment she woke up was still her job. When her daughter came to her for help, she always responded that after she finished her work, she’d help. She never prioritized the Buddha Dharma. Every day, she wouldn’t undertake her evening dharma practice until she finished her work. Daily dharma practices were hardly rituals she needed to do for sentient beings. The sufferings of sentient beings were never like the sufferings of losing her parents. She figured that her daily reciting of Four Immeasurables was mindless, being only thinking of herself. Since July 10th, 2005, the day she took refuge, what made her fear the most was not able to follow Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and losing the opportunities to listen to the Buddha Dharma. What she feared was losing the chances, but the Buddha Dharma was never imprinted in her mind. Her speech and behaviors were not consistent with her mind. All her deeds were not in accordance with the Five Precepts and the Ten Virtuous Deeds. Because she has not changed her behaviors, till now, her mother has been raising and slaughtering chickens. She wished to make deep repentance to those sentient beings hurt by her and her family. Due to her not striving to learn and practice Buddhism, she felt regretful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, sentient beings, and her parents who had brought her up.

Then another female disciple shared the story of her child being helped by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche: For the five months starting from last year her child acquired blood cancer to his death, the child had been well-behaved, no crying, making trouble, or shouting in pain. The child has firmly reverence and faith in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Although the wife and husband are adults and has taken refuge, they cannot be compared to the 4-year-old child. The child spontaneously said he would like to offer his precious toy cars to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, while he had not allowed other people, even his younger cousin, to play the toys before.

In August 2009, the child heard the news that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would lead disciples to the Buddhist center in Japan. Even though he was in bad health conditions and would be in dangerous state to take the airplane, due to his wish for taking a look at the center in Japan, the disciple consented to the child. The husband and wife took the child to Japan. In the plane flying to Japan, the child suddenly panted, showed the whites of eyes, and kept vomiting. But he still did not cry or shout. The mother instead got very nervous and cried out. In the meantime, she was worried her child might die in the plane and would cause troubles to other travellers and dharma brothers. Therefore, the child’s father immediately informed the purser. The purser right away made a broadcast to ask if a doctor in the plane could help.

At the beginning, the female disciple cried out with panic and fear. Then she started to contemplate Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and hereupon her mind was calmed down. The situation of the child also gradually settled down. Concerning the child’s disease might outbreak again, the plane flied in a faster speed. Upon landing on Japan, the child was arranged to a medical room. At the point of time she was very worried if the child could pass through the Customs as he was having high fever. Surprisingly that through two times of measuring, the result of the child’s blood oxygen was up to 99.9%, and his body temperature was 36.5 degrees, showing no fever at all. The present ones were all shocked. According to the regulation, the child was released. The disciple was thankful for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings that made it possible for the child to smoothly enter Japan.

At the first night in Japan, the child hardly slept and woke up every five minutes. He still did not cry or shout. The wife and husband companied him in turns. At that time, the child almost ate nothing. The female disciple repented on her silliness for getting angry at him at that time and asking him to eat some and get energy to go to the center tomorrow. After the child got sick, he ate little. But he was still able to keep energetic and speak loudly. This was all because he constantly took the Chinese medicine.

In the tourist car, the child’s became short of breath and started panting. The disciple took the dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the child to look. He looked at it for half an hour, and passed away in peace in parent’s bosom. Soon after, his consciousness was transferred through Phowa conducted by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had ever instructed her to adopt sea-burial for her child’s bone ashes. However, due to being unwilling to abandon, she put the child’s ashes in home for half a year. It was not until April 2010, getting Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s enlightenment again, that she was no more clinging to her child and determined to listen to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to bury her child’s bone ashes in sea right away. When they tried to rent a boat at Danshui, the ship’s registry said recently it had been heavy wind and waves, and it was bad weather so that they may have a seasick; therefore, he asked them if they want to postpone. Thinking of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s enlightenment, she said they were not going to change the date, and would like to depart as soon as possible. Finally they made an appointment on May 1st to go to sea.

Her mother lived in Canada with her younger brother. Due to losing her beloved grandchild, she wept every day for months. Thereafter, the female disciple invited her mother to Taiwan to join the funeral of sea-burial in time.

On the day of the child’s funeral of sea-burial, the boat sailed the ocean where she was going to spray her child’s ashes into the sea. On the spot her mother and elder sister was soaping, being reluctant to part. Soon after, they saw there were around 40 dolphins jumping out of ocean. All the ship-owner and the crewmen were surprised and took up their camera to take pictures. The ship-owner said he had never seen such many dolphins during the years he went to sea. Especially May was not the season when dolphins appear. The disciple’s mother’s sorrow suddenly decreased. She said the child knew his father liked dolphins, so that he summoned so many dolphins to decrease his family members’ sorrow. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that the late child had stronger offering heart than adults. He would like to offer even his bone ashes left after his death to the beings in sea without sparing.

As what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has enlightened, usually a clever and favorable child comes to dun for debts. The female disciple’s child had been very sweet, not tearing during the period of illness. Nor did he cry or make troubles. In so doing, the family members would become more reluctant to part. Prior to the child’s death, he spontaneously asked to look at the dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and listen to the dharma record with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings. The parents felt ashamed that they were not as good as their child. Their supramundane mind and offering heart were not as strong as their child. She also repented that she had not diligently practiced, so she had no ability to solve her problems and needed to consume Guru’s energy and merits to help them. Having seen many rich people, however, she has never seen a person like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who keeps taking great amounts of money to help others, completely regardless of oneself. As you are fortunate to meet the Guru of such great ability and power of vows, completely regardless of oneself life, you must cherish. She mutually encouraged all disciples to take Guru’s things as their first priority to do with great efforts.

Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ascended the Dharma Throne and bestowed the Buddhist teachings on the auspicious Phowa to the attendees.

Buddha Sakyamuni came to the earth merely for a big issue: To teach and help the sentient beings to gain liberation from the cycle of birth and death. During 49 years the Buddha propagated dharma on the earth, all the Buddha talked about is not away from the point. Therefore, the dharmas that do not teach you to be liberated from the birth and death and to leave the continuous cyclic existence in the six realms of samsara are non-Buddhist teachings, wrong teachings. Many people also have the wrong view that they come to learn Buddhism for their safety or unlimited longevity. Buddha-Dharma teaches people to be aware of all true phenomenons in the universe where you exist. Although the Buddha has teaches various kinds of dharmas, it is just teaching different people in accordance of their various problems. To sum up, they are for the same purpose – to obtain liberation from the cycle of birth and death. All the Buddha has spoken is the real truth in the universe rather than being created by the Buddha. There are many descriptions about the universe, such as how the universe forms and so forth, depicted in the Sutra. In the Avatamsaka Sutra it is also stated that the color of the earth is blue. As 3000 years ago there was no advanced technological equipment such as spacecraft, how did the Buddha know? In some of sutra texts, the changes of fetus on placenta of pregnant women for every seven days are also depicted.

In fact, Buddha-Dharma is the most advanced technology. In later ages the findings of the scientists also prove the various phenomenons stated in the Sutra. In the beginning pages of Avatamsaka Sutra it is stated that outer the Saha Land there are many worlds. In modern language it could be saying that outer the solar system and galaxy where we reside, in the universe there are many other different galaxies. Due to the modern development of science, the scientists can observe the phenomenon in the universe and they also see many galaxies in different forms and colors as depicted in the Sutra.

In fact, nowadays the scientists have already proved the existence of spectrum and colors that are not visible to human’s eyes. However, some lights still cannot be measured by the modern technological equipment. Some people doubt on the reality of the auspicious lights, such as the curl of white hairs between the eyebrows of the Buddha, stated in the sutra. These lights really exist. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche personally saw the curl of white hairs. In fact, everyone has the curl of white hairs that are just covered by their greediness, hatred, ignorance and afflictions.

Every day you practice evildoings without awareness. You may think some of them are just trifles. But the truth is that you are practicing evildoings. Some disciples recently found they had cancer and regretted they did not listen and act in accordance with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings. Now they, wearing a long face, made repentance toward Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in saying that they hoped to do full prostrations in the Buddhist center. They thought doing the prostrations and making offerings would let them recover from disease. All of you practice evil every day by doing the things Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche tells you not to do and not doing the things Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche tells you to do.

As long as the things are instructed by his Guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does it immediately without hesitation. It is because the instructions given by Guru could be definitely attained. In 2007 His Holiness Drikung Chetsang asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to perform 3-month retreat. Instead of asking for time to consider, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche right away said yes to His Holiness, regardless of the disciples and his own company’s affairs. Nor did Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche make arrangements for the company. If it would be closed, just let it closed. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche let everything abide in accordance with causes and conditions. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche departed for retreat only after he left the money to pay to employees. On the contrary, you do not listen to Guru and do not act according to Guru’s instructions. A disciple was advised by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche not to go to the U.S.A, but she insisted go there, thinking her children, business, and family were important. She thought Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche might not understand her consideration and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s instruction was not related to Buddha-Dharma so she did not follow. After she came back and found herself have cancer, she was aware of the suffering and came to pray for Guru again! Some people may wonder why not Guru just told her directly so that she would have listened. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche deeply believed in impermanence, knowing that sentient beings’ minds as well as their things are changing all the time. Thereupon, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could not clearly speak it out. What Guru talks to you is all for your benefit. Just follow it.

You may think attending puja is the start of practicing virtuous deeds, so that all the evils you have done would not lead to bad results. This is wrong concept. The virtues and evils cannot offset each other. Both of them are done by you and will be undertaken by yourselves. Evildoing will lead to evil effects, while virtuous practices will lead to virtuous effect. If you could take the virtuous effects result from the virtuous causes to offset the evil effects from evil causes, the cause and effect relationship would not exist. Therefore, it is not possible to do that. You have to stop all kinds of evildoings and practice all sorts of virtuous deeds.

Virtues and evils are just like two parallel lines. It cannot be saying that the evil effect will not manifest due to one’s practicing virtuous deeds. If it were so, the virtuous deeds lead to virtuous karma but the evildoings do not lead to its karmic effect, and the law of cause and effect in the universe would no longer exist. The Buddha has told people the law of cause and effect that really exists in the universe. All follows the law of cause and effect, as well as causes and conditions. There is a person who has compered a Buddhist TV program of a Buddhist organization for years. When his child had an accident, his wife right away converted to Christian. It is not saying Christian is not good. However, this compere has cultivated Buddhism for years but still does not know the true doctrine of Buddha-Dharma. He thought he had contributed so much efforts to this organization but the abbot, who hosts this organization, did not give him help. He does not understand the law of cause and effect, causes and conditions that Buddhism describes. The karmic effects do manifest.

Those who eat meat are not able to get rebirth in the Pure Land even if they learn the Vajrayana teachings and receive the transmission of Phowa ritual. Do not think you can eat meat and will get there through tantric dharmas. You can be reborn in the Heaven of Desires at most by that but are still in the six realms. It is depicted in the Sutra that people who could be reborn in the Pure Land must be the virtuous men or women who possess merits, causes and conditions. The virtuous one here refers to those with great virtues. People with small virtues cannot get to the Pure Land! Being of virtue mentioned here refers to achieving the practices of the Ten Meritorious Acts. First of all is not killing. Therefore, how can those who cannot abstain from eating meat get there?

Your sutra recitation and assistance in reciting for 8 hours after someone’s death are all means of Exoteric Buddhism. Neither of them would be able to truly salvage the deceased. Besides, the sutras never mention that we should assist in reciting for 8 hours after someone passed away. In fact, the sutras merely say that we should recite the Buddha’s name for a deceased person around the clock within 49 days after his or her death so that he might be salvaged. Yesterday a believer came to see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, saying that his father’s complexion got better after he assisted in reciting for 8 hours. Nevertheless, this occurred because the deceased person felt calm upon hearing the Buddha’s name recited by his family members. It didn’t mean that the person’s soul was salvaged. If one wants to liberate and transfer a deceased person, favorite karmic connections will be needed to find a Vajra Guru such as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche so as to help the person. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told the believer that his father was not liberated yet and was followed by a group of beings, who were his comrades in the battlefields. His father used to offer sacrifice to them every year. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told him to attend the Chod puja and write down the names of his father and his comrades so as to liberate them. With the tantric Phowa practice, the practitioner is able to transfer consciousnesses of the deceased directly to the Pure Land and to create a clear-cut round opening in the crown chakra of the deceased person. The biggest difference between Esoteric and Exoteric Buddhism lies in that the former enables you to see the effect of the practice immediately.

According to Bodhisattva Samantabhadra, one attitude towards his Buddhist study should be like that of a young girl desperately trying to put out the flames in her hair. Learning Phowa is the most auspicious practice means for you to attain liberation from the cycle of birth and death in this life. Besides, Phowa is the only practice means which does not require a deep level of meditative concentration. As long as you have practiced Phowa in this life and remember a specific sound before you pass away, you will surely go to the Pure Land of Buddha Amitabha. Even though you had a sudden death, you can still make it with the memory of the sound. Therefore, no deep level of meditative concentration is needed for the practice. In fact, everyone knows clearly about their own upcoming death, even if they pass away in an accident. It is like finding your head being covered during sleep and waking up to gasp for breath. One becomes more sober for a period of time before his death. It is a sudden spur before one collapses. Anyone with a near-death experience would say that he saw his past conduct. This is because one gets nervous when he knows death is on the doorstep. When one becomes agitated, his or her thoughts run wild. Therefore, various consciousnesses will be mixed up and generate a lot of afflictions, which will easily bring him to the three lower realms. We human beings have eight consciousnesses. Only the eighth consciousness, the Alaya Vijbana, will bring memories from your previous lives to this life. When you die, all kinds of karmic forces would appear and take you to another realm. Your final thought on the verge of your death will determine the place you go for your next life.

Everyone can practice and learn Phowa, but they must have laid foundation in Exoteric Buddhism. The foundation in Exoteric Buddhism does not refer to one’s knowledge of the Buddhist terms. Instead, one must truly employ the Buddhist teachings in his life so as to lay the foundation. After one understands the Exoteric Buddhist theories, he will have to complete the four uncommon preliminaries, i.e. 100,000 full prostrations, 100,000 recitations of the Hundred Syllable Mantra, 100,000 mandala offerings, and 100,000 times of Guru Yoga. Then, his guru has to bestow him with the empowerment of Buddha Amitabha so as to enable him to recite 1,000,000 times of Buddha Amitabha’s heart mantra. Even if he cannot complete the recitations within a certain period of time, he will have to meet the requirement before his death. Many people think that it takes the empowerment of Phowa to practice the ritual. In fact, Phowa is a practice means and one needs to receive the empowerment of Buddha Amitabha instead. Because Phowa was transmitted by Buddha Amitabha, one needs the authorization of Buddha Amitabha to practice Phowa.

Only when a practitioner achieves accomplishments in Phowa can he learn to perform Phowa for the sentient beings. Besides, there are various ways of practicing Phowa for one’s parents and other people. Generally speaking, a practitioner needs to perform Phowa for a deceased person within 8 hours after the person’s death. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often performs Phowa for those who passed away more than 8 hours before. Once, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed the practice for someone who died in an accident about tens of hours before. Although the body was in the freezer, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, without going near the body, was still able to penetrate the stainless steel freezer and created an opening at the deceased person’s crown. In addition, when performing Phowa for a deceased person, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is able to learn about the final attachments of the person and tells his family about the person’s worries.

Before the puja, the female disciple whose child had passed away told her account to the attendees as if she was telling a love story about her motherly affection to her child. People who do not understand the Buddhist teachings would go along with her and praise her for her love towards the child. In fact, the fact that they are so reluctant to let go of the child only states that he was their karmic creditor. True familial affection is not shown by taking your family out to have fun or to make them happy. Instead, it can only be done by learning the Buddhist teachings so as to help them out. The so-called couple for 7 lifetimes or karmic connection for 3 lifetimes are not real. It is impossible for them to become a couple next life. Even though they agree to die together and tie a string between them, they cannot die at the same time. As long as there is difference in their death time and karma, they will be born to different places, too. Even though they share similar karma so as to meet again, they would have to wait for many reincarnated lifetimes.

According to the Dharma text, when a Vajra Guru achieves accomplishments, he will have more and more disciples and his Dharma activities will prosper. His health will improve and he will become younger. Wealth comes to him automatically, too. All these things are what you wish for. However, why wouldn’t such things happen to you? It is because you do not listen to your guru, thinking that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche merely talks about the Buddhist teachings while sitting on the throne. You don’t think that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche talks about the Buddhist teachings after stepping down from the throne and consider Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ignorant of your life style. The reason why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was able to attain the level of a Rinpoche lies in that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always listens to the guru’s guidance. Regardless of the bestowing time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche considers his Three Grace guru, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, speaks of the Buddhist teachings all the time.

According to the doctor’s diagnosis, the skin cancer that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche used to have was considered the most severe type of skin cancer. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche never underwent any treatment, medication, or injection and paid not attention to it. Nevertheless, the disease was cured without being treated and vanished automatically. Since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not undergo treatments, why was the doctor consulted then? It was because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche wanted to know what disease it was. Knowing that it was cancer, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was delighted, for one of his debts was met. If it had not been cancer, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would be very upset. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had eaten many beings in current life. If the debt was not paid off, it would be worse for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to meet his debt after death. You, on the contrary, would probably yell for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help. None of you have seen anyone doing nothing about the disease. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not let his mother or his Three Grace Guru, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche know about it and recovered completely with the Buddhist teachings!

All of you are scared of cancer. When you know that you have got cancer, you get so worried that you cannot eat or sleep, thinking that you will die soon. However, even though there are many people dying in traffic accidents, you still dare to travel by car. Those who die in car accidents pass away suddenly, but a cancer patient would at least have several months or even years to live, according to your doctor. One who has fulminant hepatitis might die soon after the disease breaks out. A disciple who works as a doctor shared with the attendees that a patient with fulminant hepatitis would fall into a coma in a matter of 1 or 2 days and might die within a week. Besides, when the disease occurs, the patient would suffer immensely and die in misery. As to cancer, you wouldn’t die immediately and at least have some time. Why do people make cancer such a horrible disease and want the patients to undergo various medical treatments? Many people die because of having a cold, but none of you are afraid of getting one. Isn’t it ironic? In fact, money factors are very much involved. As chemo therapies, electrical therapies, and target treatments all require a great deal of money, doing business has actually become part of modern medical treatments and has made it more complicated. Doctors in previous times used to treat the patients as if they are family, just like taking care of their own parents.

Whether one has achieved any accomplishments in Phowa can be examined by looking at a hole appearing in his crown. The crown chakra can be seen to have a clear-cut opening without any cracks. In fact, a newborn’s crown bone is soft and sunken. When one’s crown chakra was still open, he would still have miraculous powers. When he grows up, he would be prevented to see things and therefore the channel would be blocked. The statue of Buddha Sakyamuni shows a bulging crown because the Buddha has the miraculous powers. Even though you break your head to make it swell or to undergo a surgery to drill a hole, you would never attain such an ability. Traditionally, in order to examine if one has accomplished Phowa, a auspicious stalk would be inserted into the crown chakra. If it can be installed without fail, it means that the person has achieved it. On TV, some fake Vajrayana masters would insert the stalk into one’s Sahasrara chakra. This is wrong and very dangerous, for Sahasrara chakra is a chakra that congregates all the qi in a person’s body. If anything goes wrong, the person might die. Besides, it is rare to use the auspicious stalk to confirm nowadays due to hygienic concerns. As a matter of fact, a guru with attainment and accomplishment is able to make the judgement without employing the method.

The human body is composed of four major elements: earth, wind, water, and fire. The earth element refers to your bones, skin, and flesh. The wind element refers to your breath. The water element refers to all the fluid in your body, including blood, endocrine, glands, and hormones. The fire element refers to the energy in your body. Learning Phowa will allow you to gather your inner air and outer air into your central channel. When one practice Phowa, he has to open up his crown so that the energy in his central channel may contact with Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and you will know a lot more. During the practice process of Phowa, your qi will enter the central channel and travel upwards, all the way to your crown chakra and out. Some people suffer from a constant headache while practicing Phowa. Such a problem occurs because you do not have enough energy. Besides, it is also because your guru’s blessing is not powerful enough. Therefore, one can never attain any accomplishments without the blessing of his guru in his tantric study. If your guru’s blessing is not powerful enough, it will be difficult for you to attain achievement too. When one has opened up his crown chakra, he has to cultivate diligently and practice loving kindness, compassion, and Bodhichitta. In addition, he has to practice Phowa once a month. If he doesn’t practice it regularly, it is possible for his crown chakra to close.

In fact, with the advances in modern technologies, human beings suffer even more. People who apparently are dying would have to undergo resuscitating measures simply because his family is reluctant to let go. Therefore, the doctor has to give him electric shocks or press his heart hard. Anyone who has been through such measures would tell Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that he has great pain in his chest when his consciousness comes to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. There are no exceptions. Sometimes, they even carry a burning smell with them because of the electric shocks, for their chest skin would be burned as long as they have undergone resuscitating measures with electric shocks.

Why can Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche know clearly the process of death? A practitioner who has practiced Phowa must have experienced the process of death and breathing his last. Breathing one’s last can be classified as two kinds, internal breath and external breath. If one’s external breath has stopped, but his internal breath has not, he still has to chance to be saved. If one’s external and internal breath all have stopped, then he will not be able to live again. On June 8, 2007, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted a treat in Mt. Lapchi, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s breath once stopped and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew clearly that his breath stopped. But when practicing Phowa, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had experienced death; so Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not fear, just felt like sleeping. Moreover, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not perform any rituals to save his own life nor asked helps from Buddhas or Bodhisattvas or his guru. At this time, the dharma protector Archi fed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche a nectar pill and made Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche live again. And at the time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s external breath had stopped, but the internal breath had not. Also, two or three years ago, after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had conducted four Phowa dharmas to liberate the deceased persons one day within a few hours, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s breath and heart beats stopped for a period. That was also that the external breath stopped but the internal breath did not, so Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could be brought back to life again. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was not afraid of death. Actually, except His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and Rinpoche’s mother, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had nothing to worry about. As Dharma Protector Achi helped Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche be brought back to life, it meant that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was still useful and should not die. Since then, Rinchen Dorjee has helped sentient beings continuously until now. Some might have doubts if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche really experienced the process of death or if it was jst a dream? In fact, what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche talked about today is not an illusion, nor is boasts. It is described to let you know how auspicious the tantric teachings are.

One cannot have no thought. When one breathes, one will have thoughts. A practitioner who has attained achievement on practicing Phowa can lengthen the time of breathing stoppage, from a few minutes to even an hour, so that he can enter the meditative state of no thoughts. Some divers now train themselves to dive into deep water without carrying oxygen tanks; some can stay in the deep water for ten minutes without floating up to the surface to exchange for airs. But do they have thoughts? Yes. They still have. At least, they still have the thought of holding their breath. But their inner air and outer air do not enter their central channel. In fact, some careful persons could discover that when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted the Chod dharma, after reciting the sound of “Pei”, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was in a meditative state, motionless and no breathing. At this time, a disciple got up and reported that he had personally seen that after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had recited the sound of “Pei”, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was in a motionless meditative state with a straight body and no breathing. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened us that as long as we breathe we will have thoughts; only when our breathing stops, we can have no thought and then can help the deceased.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s accomplishment of Phowa has achieved the level of no distinction for the appearance of longevity and no distinction for the appearance of people, as being depicted in the Diamond Sutra. No distinction on the appearance of longevity means that one is free from the influence of time and distance. In fact, from Buddha’s point of view, there was originally no time and distance existed in this universe. Your concepts of time and distance were generated by the movement of your minds. Why did the Earth move? Why is a complete rotation of the Earth 24 hours? If you were in space, would you still feel the restriction of time? When you focused on something, you would feel that time passed quickly; when you did not want to work, you would feel that why it took so long to come off work. All of these are different due to the changes in your mind.

Drikung Kagyu’s Phowa is particularly well-known among the four major lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. When conducting the Phowa for a deceased person, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has never needed to stand beside the deceased person. Buddhist scriptures have stated that a practitioner of Phowa can conduct the dharma for a deceased person in any place where as long as a bird can fly to. This means that the conduction of Phowa does not have the restriction of distance. One may ask that for those who are drowned in the water, since a bird cannot fly into the water, can the Phowa still be conducted? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that the Phowa can still be conducted successfully in this case. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also said that the sentient beings could obtain Phowa practice from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche as long as they have the karmic connection and merits. In Tibet, some Rinpoches perform Phowa beside the dead in accordance with traditional rules, including which direction the dead’s head points at, how the dead’s legs are placed. These rules are also different for the  male or female dead. Even so, it is hard to say if their perform Phowa does succeed or not.

No distinction on the appearance of people means that the practitioner would conduct dharmas for sentient beings with equality and no distinction and he could conduct dharmas without seeing or knowing the deceased persons. Some of the dead had met Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, some had not. Even if some had seen Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not remember them because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was not good at recognizing people. Some people wanted to give the photos of the deceased persons to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that the photos were not needed; as long as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had the deceased person’s name and Chinese Zodiac animal symbol, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could conduct the dharma for that person. This is that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche uses the compassionate mind to help sentient beings equally and indiscriminately and will not distinguish your appearances or external features, and so on.

A practitioner who practices Phowa has to know the deceased’s last thought before his death in order to help him to put down his attachments and to receive helps. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche previously practiced Exoteric Buddhism, he, once and only once, went to assist chanting because his best friend’s father passed away and the friend called to ask Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help. After chanting for an hour, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche discovered that a group of ghosts had gathered to ask for help but the friend’s father had not gone. As it turned out, the father missed the friend’s mother and worried that no one would take care of her. So Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche quickly asked the friend who was busy handling the funeral to come back to tell his father himself that he would carefully take care of his mother until her last day. After that, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva come to receive his father. You should not think that reciting Amitabha Buddha’s name will definitely let you go to Amitabha Buddha’s Pure Land. Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva’s wish is that “if hell is not empty, he will not become a Buddha”. So if many deceased persons did not have enough causes and conditions to go to Amitabha Buddha’s Pure Land, Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva would come to receive them, preventing them from falling into the hell to suffer.

Phowa dharma was also known as “dharma of transferring consciousnesses”. It means that a Phowa practitioner can transfer the consciousnesses of deceased persons to somewhere else. A practitioner that achieves the highest accomplishment of Phowa can transfer his consciousness to the body of another animal. Previously, practitioners would often play this kind of trick; but now very few practitioners do such thing because there are much more people now and their minds are complicated as well therefore there will be great risks. If one day Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche transferred his own consciousness to the body of a bird, and if you thought this bird was Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and brought the bird back home, what should Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche do? It had once happened that there was a practitioner had transferred his consciousness to somewhere else during his meditative seating. At the time, another practitioner with the accomplishment of Phowa passed by and saw that the appearance of this man was very solemn. The practitioner also found that this body did not have a soul, so he transferred his own consciousness to the body. Later, when the original practitioner wanted to go back to his body, he could not go back. Because of his event, practitioners would not do anything like moving out their consciousnesses from their bodies.

In fact, Buddhist scriptures have stated that your body will have different changes and signs within 10 years, 5 years, 3 years, and 1 year before you die. Before dying, some old men would constantly wave their hands as if trying to expel something. This was because his karmic creditors came for debt collection. One kind of karmic creditors would show terrible appearances to scare him such that his four major elements would be in chaos and he would go to hell very soon. One kind of karmic creditors would transform into the relatives and friends with whom he was very familiar before and come to take him away. Some old men were afraid of sleeping in bed because they knew their karmic creditors were waiting for them there. Actually, the karmic creditors were not just in bed, they were everywhere. At this time, the family members must find an accomplished practitioner like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to bless him. Once being blessed, he will get better and the karmic creditors will leave. If the family members cannot find any accomplished practitioner to bless him, it would be better to donate or offer all of his property to others for accumulating his virtues. However, this is a very difficult thing to do. If the money left is only a few ten thousand dollars, you might be able to do it. If the money left is more than one million dollars, you will find reasons to ask, “Is this true?”, “Must do like this?”, “Will it be useful?” Actually, you are reluctant to give away the money and want to keep the money for yourselves.

If the four major elements, earth, wind, water, fire, in your body are unbalanced or uncoordinated, you body will be sick. This has absolute connections with your greed, hatred, and ignorance. Those who are very greedy will have problems in the water element. They will get lung, trachea, tongue, or teeth diseases. One’s unbalanced air could be seen from his tempers. If your teeth fall easily and are unstable, you definitely contract kidney disease. This is the problems of the earth and the water elements. Western medicine interpreted this as a result of not enough calcium. You can see that some elderly people can maintain their teeth in very old age; this means that they have less greed. Some of you have cold hands and feet because your heart is cold and you are cold to anyone or anything without any compassion; you only know to protect yourself and are afraid of being hurt. Western medicine thinks this is because you have poor blood circulation and your blood cannot reach your peripheral nerves. In Chinese medicine, through feeling the pulse, this will be explained as a lack of Qi and blood; the energy in your body cannot reach the limbs, so your hands and feet are cold. However, this does not mean that if your hands and feet are very warm, you are very passionate and will care for others. This may be that the fire in your liver is too vigorous or your blood pressure is too high.

Those who love to eat ground meat are particularly prone to get cancer. Those animals that were ground by machines had much more hatred than those animals that were killed by knifes because they felt great pain when their meat are grounded. Imagine if your finger was put into a machine and ground, how much pain you would have! How can the animal not hate you? Of course, they will take revenge on you! Some people would think I just ate a small piece of meat, not a whole pig, how serious could that be? If this animal is seriously attached to its body, it would always guard its body without leaving so it may follow you closely after you eat it. Therefore, those who love to eat ground meat will experience the kind of pain like that of the ground meat later.

The human body is composed by the four major elements, earth, wind, water, and fire. If the four major elements are balanced, one can then have good health and longevity. When the four major elements are unbalanced, one will be sick. When one has a mind of attachment, the four major elements will lose their balances. When one gets cancer, the fire element is unbalanced. In general, people think that cancer is not curable; but, in fact, this is not the case. Cancer can be cured by replenishing the fire element. Those who like to eat meat will get colon cancer; those who get lymphoma like to eat meat as well, particularly like to eat seafood. When helping sentient beings, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would put his palm above the person’s palm in order to know this person’s health conditions. For cancer patients, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did this, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would feel a stream of coldness. Why did Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche feel cold? This was because the consciousnesses of the sentient beings harmed by you had been accumulated in your body. Those who are alive belong to positive nature and have energy to generate heat; those who are dead belong to negative nature and are cold. Ghosts belong to negative nature; if there are many ghosts in your body, you have heavy negative Qi. The souls of sentient beings attached to your body will engulf the power of your fire element such that you do not have enough energy and will get sick. Therefore hands of many cancer patients are cold.

Every time when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted the Chod puja, you would feel that the venue was especially cold; this was because there were many invisible sentient beings that entered the venue. Another year, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had conducted the Chod puja on a small train in Japan. During the conduction of the puja, chilly air approached and all attendees on the train were trembling in coldness, because there were many ghosts that had not been liberated for many years accumulated in that valley and they entered the train in great numbers for receiving the help of liberation. However, after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche completed the dharma conduction, the attendees did not feel so cold, because the sentient beings had been liberated.

Many people don’t think that they have done the evil deeds, they always said” I have never done any evils deeds; I just wish my life to have a happy family and live with them for a peaceful and joyful life.” Actually to pursue a successful life is a kind of greedy thought. It depends on the cause and effect whether your family is peaceful and successful or not. Furthermore, what is the successful life? That is all imagination. Before the marriage, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also had the same concept to have a happy family. After being married, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew that was not a true. In fact, you will get more things to worry about it, that is because that your family members are so close with you as to be your karmic creditors. Some of the couples are very intimate, when you were on the verge of death, there will be one more person to shake you, shout with you and crying not to let you go. You would have the same feeling when you are dying how suffering the dead was. You could not help yourself to hit this person who disturbing you. Just like the female disciple who spoke before the puja, when she mentioned her dead son, describing the maternal love which is great as the same as in a novel. If you did not learn the Buddhism before, you would not think it by the view of cause and effect. That is because that you owed someone in the previous lives and you have to pay debt by the sorrow of the death in this life. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s son was born and smiled to him, this smile let Rinpoche to know this son will ask for something back. It is indeed that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had been solved numerous problems for his son.

A real practitioner will unwittingly reveal the power of compassion which will get naturally attraction, when he has been attained a certain level of accomplishment. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had the lunch this noon, an unfamiliar boy ran to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and looked at Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche at the side of him. The same story was happened in India, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was discussing affairs in the coffee shop of the Hotel. A Turkish young girl seeing Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche from outside of the shop, implored her mother to take picture with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Her mother was embarrassing but could not help to stop her daughter crying and screaming, had to come in this shop and ask for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately promised their request, they are leaving joyfully after taking pictures.

There are two kinds of dharma texts for Phowa. One is to practice Phowa for oneself and the other one is for other beings. Some of the gurus might say there was no dharma text for Phowa Dharma. It is wrong because he holds back a trick. In fact it is necessary to practice Phowa Dharma with dharma text. At the beginning of practicing the Phowa Dharma, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche needed the dharma text to practice it. Right now Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is not necessary to have the dharma text on hand, besides the processing time is faster than before. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could perform the Phowa perfectly by being aware of a few important points. That is not Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is so familiar with this dharma that he could recite so fast, but that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is getting more power of concentration than before. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ever asked for instructions to His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can benefit sentient beings by the Phowa Dharma and know their thought before they died. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang enlightened that there are three reasons: One is the great virtuous roots accumulated by the previous lives; it means that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ever performed the Phowa Dharma by the previous lives; therefore he can be familiar with it. The second is that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has owned the mind of Boddhicitta, mercy and compassion. The third is that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is in complete submission to the Linkages of Drikung Kagyu and Guru, therefore the Phowa Dharma can benefit numerous sentient beings.

There is a text book in Tibet describing clearly the processing of physical change on the verge of death. The Chinese medical science will judge by complexion, the Western medicine judges it by measuring the physical reaction. When passing away, there are extreme pains for two periods: One is the time of breathing one’s last, the second is that the karmic obstacles disturbing the sentient beings ask for the debts every 7 days after passing away. The suffering is the time when one can not breathe the last breath anymore. When passing away, the last breath is unable to pass through, and naturally opens his mouth and wants to draw one more breath. Normally the funeral service company would use the hot water to warm up the jaw bones in order to release the muscle of mouth. No matter the mouth how big it was, if the dead had granted Phowa Dharma, the mouth can be close naturally without hot compress. That is because that the dead had been transferred to a good place, his body would relax and his mouth would close.

Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche proceeded to enlighten the teaching of Gampopa. Gampopa taught us ”Learning any of the teachings, the cultivator’s mind should not be loose nor disorder”. “Loose” means that you are distracted and inattention,” Disorder” means that you are unwilling to listen to guru’s teaching and follow the guru’s instruction. Just like the daily assignment, if you are only focus how many mantras you have recited and when you will finish the assignment, not to seriously think the purpose why you need to recite it? What is the purpose of learning Buddhism? Whether there are any effects? Those are using the loose mind to learn Buddhism. You should apply the dharma into your daily life and do your best to help others receive benefits from Buddhism. It is not important if they could accept it. It is like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always makes his own best efforts to help sentient beings and such attitude does not change at all even though you do not accept or follow Rinpoche’s teachings. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche follow instructions from his three root graces guru His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to do his best without asking any repay.

An ordained disciple who was chased recently by Richen Dorjee Rinpoche is an example. That is because that she had no idea to practice dharma after taking refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and unsatisfied with others in the dormitory, always criticizing, took lots of time to search the sutras and wrote the anonymous E-mails to guru with snatches of gossip. That does not means that the guru could not accept the suggestion, but that it is not appropriate to harass guru by this way. This ordained disciple used a loose and disorder mind to learn Buddhism, and naturally revealing a disordered behavior.

Gampopa continually mentioned that: Learning the teaching must be according to the instruction by the guru, your mind will not be loose and disorder, otherwise you will be on the evil path, and that is the heart evil spirit. The external devils would not look for the ordinary person unless Buddha Sakyamuni or great practitioner. You do not have this qualification yet, not to mention the ghost. All of you would encounter the heart evil spirits of yourself. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not allow disciples to read sutras aimlessly. It does not mean that Rinpoche opposes to read sutras, but that you would read the sutras with wrong direction without guru’s guidance. Buddha Sakyamuni enlightened the Dharma was because that his disciples beseeched for dharma and encircled Buddha Sakyamuni with 3 circles and kneeling down respectfully, then Buddha Sakyamuni started to enlighten the Dharma for them. Those disciples had been already achieved the state of Arhats. Others sutras was beseeched by the Bodhisattvas, like Maitreya Bodhisattva beseeched the enlightenment from Buddha Sakyamuni. Therefore the contents of sutras are either for Arhats or Bodhisattvas, which are not for the ordinary people. If you did not go through the guru’s guidance, how could you understand the meaning of sutras? The writings of Lord Jigten Sumgon, the founder of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, were according to Ratnakuta Sutra.

So called “penetrating journey into the Buddhist sutras”, which does not mean that to research the terms of Buddhist sutra by hold one sutra only. It means that you have to penetrate the dharma, realize the most important of treasure in the Dharma: The ways to teach sentient beings can liberate oneself from the cycle of birth and death, leave sufferings, and to obtain happiness. Some of the sects was focused in one sutra and then established an individual sect. Therefore there are lots of sects in the exoteric Buddhism. The Hua-yen Sect comes from the Hua-yen (Avatamsaka) Sutra, the Pure land Sect was according to the Pure Land Buddhism, there is a Zen Sect coming from the Diamond Sutra. Some of people thought that they are the same reason to be divided into the four Orders in Tibetan Buddhism. In fact it is wrong, because they use the same dharma without difference in those orders or sects. There were two factors caused the four orders: One is the area is broadly and widely in Tibet, the traffic was inconvenient to have the different teaching. The second is that each of Rinpoches with the different power of vows and attracted the disciples with same power of vows to take refuge under Rinpoche individually.

Someone read the sutra clinging in a word or a sentence, exploring the actual pronouncing. In fact, even the same word will pronounce different pronouncing by different place. Like “Amitabha” is pronounced differently in Tibetan, Mandarin, Cantonese, but they are the same meaning.

It is impossible to learn Buddhism with an arrogant mind; the attitude must be with a respectful mind. It is inappropriate to have the concept to attend the puja by trying what you will get in the puja. The disciples of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center under the guidance of Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, It may not be known right now whether they will have any accomplishment in the future, at least, the outsiders all agree that Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center is a disciplined organization. Not like other groups smilingly treat believers , titled “Bodhisattva” with those believers, always encouraging that they have aspiration as long as they can attend the pujas no matter whether they are vegetarian or not. It will not happen in the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will immediately censure you as long as your thought or aspiration is incorrect. Why did Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche censure you? Being a guru with a tender-hearted will tell you when you made mistake. A tender-hearted does not mean that you can do whatever you like. It is that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche cannot bear to see you doing evil deeds which will be cause you re-birthed in the three evil realms, therefore Rinpoche prevents from you doing those evil deeds. If there was one day, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not censure you anymore. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will leave you alone and wait for you pass away. That is because that you will feel suffering when you lose your human body, then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will come to salvage you. There are two kinds of situations when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not censure you: One is that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche leave you alone since you have not understood the sufferings. Another one is that you are not willing to correct your faults so leave you alone for a while.

Your minds are in a terrible mess. Too many notions which will consume your merits. You can clearly distinguish the external devils, for example, you will scare when you see a terrible ghost. But you can not distinguish or be aware of the heart evil spirit appeared. You all know that how to protect yourself from harm, you will fight back when someone criticize you, you do not accept to adjust the incorrect behavior, those are the heart evil spirits. We are long for learning Buddhism well which is a kind of greed. Not willing to listen to the guru’s instruction which is the representation of delusion. The notion of greed, hatred, delusion, self-conceit is too tiny to feel it.

To learn Buddhism must be concentrated, you will feel the time faster when you are concentrated. You will also fell time slower when you are distracted. Therefore the definition of time depends on the mind of yourself. In the Diamond Sutra mentioned “No mark of a life” which means no difference for time. Why someone would feel asleep or would like to go to the toilet, especially for children and elder people? It is because that they feel Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened the dharma which is not relative with them. Someone would repeatedly look at the watch and think that the time was so long. Someone might feel that he would bear more than one and a half hour when he saw the time was just only PM3:30. Someone listened with great interest and feel the time is so fast. Those depends on one’s psychology. Some of middle-aged persons would go to toilet with the reason of that the bladder is insufficient or drinking water is too much. Every time Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche staying in the Dharma Seat for more than several hours and drink a lot of water as well, But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not leave Dharma Seat and go to toilet because all the notions of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche are full of benefiting sentient beings without the notion of going the toilet.

Nowadays people who contracted cancer believe in doctors’ advices that the patient has to take surgery and chemotherapy. They also believe that taking meat would build up their strength and increase resistance against the cancer cells. Although the doctors have been giving such advices, they could only tell you a probability that you might survive for a certain period; they constantly tell you hopes, even though the hopes would never come true. You all believe that doctors are qualified. However, the truth is that doctor’s license is no 100% guarantee of recovery from the sickness. Similarly, many people have encountered car collision even though they all have a driver’s license. People who contracted cancer shall not take meat. Why? Taking meat grows the cancer cells and will further nourish the cancer cells. A disciple, who is a doctor, stood up and reported what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said, including many teachings given before, are many of advanced research topics of modern western medicine. Taking an example, the disciple explained that medical studies show that cancer cells will intensify the permeation effect of the surrounding blood capillaries and absorb more nutrition from proteins. As a result, the cancer cells would become stronger. The disciple continued, taking meat is simply providing cancer cells with nutrition. Today, recent medical studies found that stem cells are long-lived ones in the human body; moreover, such cells are adaptive. For example, by applying chemotherapy some cells would be destroyed and thus the patient might feel well for a period of time. However, the stem cells would adapt to the status under chemotherapy. When cancer cells revive, the chemotherapy dosage will be become useless. That is also part of the reason that in modern medical science field the experts have questions if chemotherapy is appropriate or not.

Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche emphasized that people who contracted cancer shall no longer take meat, as it would be some sort of wasting your own merits. You should seize the time, abandon your clinging attachments, no more hatred, no more greediness, and harm no any beings. Cherish your own merits. Some people stated that taking vegetarian diet would harm their family relation. However, if you take another perspective, it means your concerns can be reduced and you might not encounter severe emotional disturbance from your family, on the verge of your death. They might shake your body and shout that you shall wake up and stay with them. When people have just died and if someone shake their body, they would still sense extreme painfulness, like earthquake and landslides, in the body if their body is shaken. In case that your family opposes your taking vegetarian diet, why not tell them that as a cancer patient you would die if you do not take vegetarian diet.

In modern time, there are more and more people got cancers. It’s because, without even noticing, people have committed a great deal of killing. Take those whose work as gardeners as example. Many of them have been diagnosed with leukemia. Oftentimes, they’d collect dry branches and foliages and burn them. Although these branches and foliages have already withered, many sentient beings live on them. When burning these dry branches and foliages, these people have killed these sentient beings. Additionally, as long as you hurt any species of dragons, they must take revenge. It has been described in sutras that dragons live underground. If people dig the earth into certain depth, therefore, they will do damage to dragons. By the same token, there are spirits live in mountains as well as in the ground. That’s why when Tibetans need to start any construction, they will first appease those sentient beings living underground. You may have witnessed some deaths in vast constructing projects. Why? When constructing deep foundation of buildings, constructers have to drive piles into the ground. Every pile was sticking into bodies of dragons. Thus, they must take revenge. The more prosperous the city, the more cancer patients in it.

Don’t think that practitioners in the Esoteric Buddhism eat meat. Lord Jigten Sumgon of Drikung Kagyu Order was a vegetarian. If Lord Jigten Sumgon thought it was appropriate to eat meat, he would have done so. When gurus have taken a vegetarian diet, why would disciples be allowed to eat meat? Even it was recorded in sutras that, in those areas where no grass can live, Buddhas would compassionately transform themselves into cows and goats to feed people. Because of the improvement of traffic conditions, in modern Tibet, buying vegetables is not difficult any more. Having vegetarian dishes is quite convenient, too. Some might contend that, in the time of Sakyamuni Buddha, Buddhist practitioners had to beg for alms along people’s houses so that they’d eat whatever people gave them. Thus, they’d eat meat, too. Those who ague so are people don’t understand Indian culture. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been to India many times. As far as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knows, most people in India are vegetarians. In southern India, almost every one is vegetarian. In the era of farming, people had no meat to eat until holidays of Lunar New Year. Therefore, it was impossible for the disciples of Sakyamuni Buddha to eat meat. Most importantly, the Buddha had told his disciples that they couldn’t beg for food over three households. If they couldn’t beg for food in three houses, it meant the merits to have food that day were not sufficient. They should fast. It’s not like you. When you want to eat something, even the restaurant has closed, you’d find the other. If the next one also has closed, you would go to another till you find what you want. You merits would be wasted in such a searching. Due to various incorrect views of practitioners eating meat, monks in Thailand also eat meat. As a result, many unfortunate incidents have occurred in Thailand.

There are so-called “triply clean meat”、 “nonuple clean meat” described in sutras. “triply clean meat” is the kind of meat that sentient beings were not killed because of you, you didn’t kill them, or when they were killed you were not on the site. “nonuple clean meat” refers to the dead bodies of animals who died because of mutual fights. When you see such kind of animal bodies, you can eat their meat. Considering modern hygiene, who dare to eat them? Don’t be troubled to find such kind of meat; just take a vegetarian diet. The Moon Festival is approaching. Don’t plan on barbeque. Those who have barbequed must get cancers. While dying, some patients would undergo electric shocks. The muscles of their chests would be burned like the grilled meat in the hamburgers. Why were some disciples diagnosed with cancers when moving to live in the U.S.? In states, they must have eaten hamburgers in which there was grilled meat. After eating it, they’d make repentance to the dharma protector A-Chi. It’s no use at all.

Last month a disciple came with an offering of big money. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked him to come back again only after he talks to his father clearly about this offering. But yesterday he came again and tried to make an offering of smaller amount, thinking to make the smaller offerings one after another. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche only asked him if he had talked to his father about this. He did not. As he did not follow guru’s instruction, he actually did not make offering at all. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche refused his offering of cash. Since he does not follow guru’s teachings, he would not follow the dharma that guru teaches. Therefore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not accept his offerings. Have you seen any Guru rejects the offerings?

Usually, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not accept offering from those people who receive help from Rinpoche. Instead, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche advises them to take their money to help those in need. Do not be too inactive when doing charity. Do not think that donating money to charity foundation is good activity of doing charity. In fact, most of the donation is used to pay the rent, utility fees, employee salary and so on. Only a small amount is left to help people in need. Such an activity is not doing charity. Instead, it helps bring up more rich people. To donate money, you should give the money to those who are sick but have no money to see doctors or have no money to go to school. Or you may donate the money directly to government’s offices because the office’s rent, utility fees, employee salary are already paid by the government. That means your donation will not be used for these unexpected expenses so that all of your donation can be utilized to help people in need. You don’t have to worry about local government’s corruption. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche donates money to The Ministry of the Interior, and The Ministry of the Interior report Rinpoche all of the expense item and its usage clearly without any corruption.

Studying sutra texts is the main practice of Exoteric Buddhism. But there are so many Buddhist sutras and the Dharma is so immense to study. Do you have 8 hours per day to read the texts? Even the ordained monks/nuns are not able to achieve this. Why Vajrayana is precious is that the cultivators just follow their gurus’ teachings and this is enough. Gurus are experienced practitioners so that they tell you the right and most suitable way to practice Buddhism with their own experiences, saving your much time on the Buddhist path. Time is money, so to save time is to save money. All of what gurus, either being on the dharma seat or in the daily life, say are all Dharma. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, unlike you separating your daily life from Buddha Dharma, lives with Buddha Dharma 24 hours a day. Your problem is you don’t live your life with Buddha Dharma. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always says YES in response to anything what his root guru His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang says.

Everything Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does, like annual is to benefit sentient beings. For example During the preparation meeting of this year’s “Great Indiscriminated Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness”, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s decision about refusing interview from any media stupefied many staff. This is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche help sentient beings by the causes and conditions, not for pursuing fame or wealth. The “Great Indiscriminated Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness” conducted by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche every year is so auspicious as it is very rare to hold a grand puja with more than 10,000 attendees. Merits accumulated by participating in such a grand puja is much more than your reciting sutrsa by yourself at home for 100 years.

Upon finishing the dharma talks, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately agreed a foreign guest’s request to be taken a photo with him in front of the mandala. This Easr German guest from the Outer Mongolia is in charge of a Buddhist center there. He married a Mongolian wife. In the past, only Gelug lineage is propagated in the Outer Mongolia. For the past few years, under the His Holiness’ endeavors, a Drikung Kagyu Buddhist center is established although its conditions are not as good as those of Taiwan’s centers. His Holiness instructed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche give his helps to this new center. Although he is a foreigner, his reverence towards the Buddhism is stronger than yours’. Probably it is because he is educated and so knows the preciousness. All of you are not like him that you don’t cherish the precious jewel in front of you.

Updated on September 3, 2010