Event Calendar of The His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche

September 4, 2010

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave enlightenment to 120 believers with Buddhism and helped them to relieve all kinds of suffering in the world at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei.

September 5, 2010

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

Prior to the start of the puja, a female disciple publicly shared her story about how her nephew had received the help from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. A Saturday of the end of April in 2008, she received a call from her brother at Tai-nan, helplessly informing her that his son was in the intensive care unit of a hospital, the doctor had issued a notice of critical condition, these two days were the critical period. He asked whether the disciple’s guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, could help his son. The moment she heard this news her tears had already falling down all over her face. She told her brother that she would rush to the Jewellery Company and implored for help of the guru. When she arrived at the Jewellery Company, it was already very late. She could only make prostrations to the dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and, in front of the photo; she reverently reported the situation to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Some dharma brother kept reminding her that her brother and sister-in-law should come to implore for help. She told her brother she didn’t have the chance to meet with her guru and told him that they should come in person. They should come to implore that their son had a chance to be saved in such a critical condition. If, however, their son’s physical condition couldn’t no more be recovered, they should implore that their son wouldn’t fall into the three evil realms after passing away. This disciple didn’t have a chance to make offering at the Jewellery Company, so she made the offering at the following puja.

Her sister-in-law was once a nurse and wished that her son didn’t have to undergo any surgery. It’s because various medicines used in her son such as antibiotics had already exceed a limit a child could sustain. She hoped that her son could no longer suffer from any other medical treatment. But her brother still insisted on accepting the doctor’s suggestion and proceeded to have an operation. The couple, therefore, was disagreeing with each other. Her sister-in-law eventually decided to go to Taipei and make an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The day her sister-in-law went to Taipei, the disciple had already waited her in the Jewellery Company. When the time for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to leave the throne was approaching and her sister-in-law was still on the way, the disciple went to implore for help without her sister-in-law on site. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche responded “Who needs help? Where are his parents? Have they made offering yet?” This disciple replied” he is my nephew and his mother is at the entrance of the Metro Rail Transportation. She is one the way here.” A dharma brother nearby replied for her “the disciple had made great offering at the center.” The moment her sister-in-law saw the guru, she immediately knelt down and implored the guru to help her son. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked that before the child got ill where he had been to. Her sister-in-law replied that he had been to some temples. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then said “No! Before he went to those temples, where did he go?” Her sister-in-law replied “during Ching-ming holiday, they went back to Pu-li for worshiping their ancestors.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then asked “Whether the child went to the grave yard to worship ancestors?” Her sister-in-law replied “it was unknown whether his father brought him together or not.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave the following enlightenment “the child was ill because he had eaten some meat that had been used as sacrifice to worship ancestors. When the child’s grandma passed away, who did his father argued with?” Since her sister-in-law didn’t know Hakka language, she didn’t know what had happened. The disciple then answered “indeed, there was argument.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then compassionately bestowed blessings to the child and gave the following enlightenment “The reason for the child’s illness is that his merits were already used up. When a child was ill, you’d know what the most painful matter is! Tonight is critical. If his temperature keeps going upward, nothing can be done. If the temperature remains, come to see me tomorrow.”

The next day her brother and sister-in-law came together to make an audience with the Vajra guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Her brother reported his child’s conditions to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and told Rinpoche that they decided to follow the doctor’s advice and the child would have the surgery. Compassionately, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave her brother two precious nectar pills, telling them that one should be taken prior to the surgery and one after. At the same time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also told them not to argue any more. During which, the child kept losing weight. Her sister-in-law wished that the child could take one nectar pill first. But her brother insisted that the pills were to save the child’s life. They must wait until the surgery. Amazingly, for various reasons, the surgery wasn’t carried out as scheduled. For the one thing, the anesthesiologist does not recommend the use of anesthesia. For the other, the child’s conditions had been changing to the extent that the surgery wasn’t conducted. Finally, some other doctors even suggested that the child could naturally recover so the surgery wasn’t necessary. Because of all these reasons, the surgery had been postponed for several times.

Later on, her brother and sister-in-law went to Taipei again to implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the child to regain health without undergoing the surgery. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked whether they had sought divine advices in other temples. They gave a positive answer. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then severely reprimanded them that if they didn’t believe in Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, why prayed for their help? Rinpoche asked them to return the nectar pills and reflected on what they had been doing wrong since young ages. No sooner they made great repentance. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately gave the following enlightenment: Making great repentance is also a kind of offering which is able to accumulate merits. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then once again recited mantras for the child and allowed the parents, on behalf of the child, to attend the auspicious Chod and regular pujas. Rinpoche also again gave them precious nectar pills.

She was extremely grateful for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings and salve. After her sister-in-law attending the pujas, the child’s conditions were gradually improving, from their receiving the notes of critical conditions to the child being transferred to ICU and then doctors saying the surgery was unnecessary for the hole in the lung was automatically healed. Finally, the child was transferred to ordinary ward and then completely recovered. This disciple was very grateful to the power of the Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s compassion. It was also because of the incident the disciple profoundly experienced the impermanence of life and the law of causes and effects. Only by relying on the Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would she be granted a chance to break off the cycle of reincarnation.

In the past several pujas, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has taught you Master Gampopa’s dharma teachings about the methods of practices by use of your mind thoughts. The content is still within the scope of the Exoteric Buddhism. The Exoteric Buddhism is about theories. It is like before you start doing anything, you would need to know the underlying principles. Some people, however, think understanding theories are equivalent to practicing Buddhism. Actually, knowing theories doesn’t mean that you can achieve them. You would need methods to achieve it, and Vajrayana is about the methods.

After listening to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings of these weeks, you felt you understood some but you found these teachings can’t achieve at all. This was because you have not practiced tantras, which would not be imparted publicly . Some think the Sakyamuni Buddha had not taught any tantras and tantras are fake. In fact, there exist tantras in sutras. The problem lies in the fact that people who read sutras can’t figure out tantras. Mantras in some dharma texts are incomplete. Once when Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang transmitted dharma to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the mantras in the dharma text wasn’t completed. It all depends on the guru to make the mantras a whole. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was learning Exoteric Buddhism, Rinpoche also thought there were no tantras. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, nonetheless, was perplexed that, even Rinpoche had recited sutras and made repentance for several hours, how come Rinpoche wasn’t able to obtain the achievement described in the sutras. It is impossible that Buddhas and Bodhisattvas were incorrect. Nor is it possible that the Buddha Dharma is wrong. If the Buddha Dharma is wrong, it is not the Buddha Dharma. The methods Buddhas and Bodhisattvas taught must be those can’t be accomplished. Therefore, when one uses the ways taught in Exoteric Buddhism can’t obtain the achievement described in the sutras, it’s because he has not practiced Mahayana. By practicing the Exoteric Buddhism, it will takes trois grands eons to attain Buddhahood. It is a very long duration which could not be counted by human beings.

Some may contend why the Sakyamuni Buddha didn’t explain the Buddha Dharma to its fullest. As a matter of fact, during that time, it was not easy to propagate the Buddha Dharma. It’s not like nowadays when Western and Islamic countries more or less have heard of the Buddha Dharma. When first turning the dharma wheel, the Buddha only gave enlightenment to the six servants. At that time, people in India knew little about the Buddha Dharma. Two forms of religions were popular there. One was the worshiping religion, similar to the one prevalent among Taiwanese. They’d use fruits to worship spirits, pray for their desires, and expect gods would give them what they wanted in return. The other form is meditation related to Hindu. For instance, practitioners would stand with one leg for a long period of time to experience the painstaking way of practicing.

Till now, an old religion, Jainism, is still popular in India. Those ordained practitioners who believe in this religion should not wear any clothes and have to take a vegetarian diet. In addition, unlike those Buddhist ordained practitioners who shaved their hair off, gurus of the ordained practitioners of Jainsim plucked their hair tuft by tuft.

Caste system has been rooted in India for centuries. If you are a Shudras (lower class), no matter how much knowledge you’d acquired or how wealthy you are, you’ll be a Shudras for the lifetimes to come. You can’t ever change your status. For the class of Brahmins (aristocrats), life is extremely enjoyable. But for the class of Shudras (lower class), life is extremely painful. So at the beginning of turning the dharma wheel, the Buddha explained to the Shudras the suffering of being in the cycle of reincarnation and taught them how to break off the cycle of birth and death. Additionally, the Sakyamuni Buddha had to travel around, debated with practitioners of other religions, and painstakingly promoted the Buddha Dharma. You, on the contrary, can easily approach to the Buddha Dharma by turning on your TV to the extent that you have no respect to the Buddha Dharma and don’t cherish it.

In fact, the Sakyamuni Buddha had mentioned tantras in sutras. For instance, in Amitabha Sutra, there is a passage describing that if one can recite once, twice or even ten times of Amitabha’s mantras, he can obtain a rebirth in the pure land of Amitabha Buddha. Many masters are mistaken that as long as a dying person can recite Amitabha’s mantras ten times, he can be transferred to the pure land of Amitabha. How can it be so simple? If you have witnessed the process of how your relatives or family members passed away, you would know that dying people’s way of breathing would change. They would exhale more air and inhale less. It is very different from their normal way of breathing to the extent that dying people can’t possibly recite the mantras all by themselves. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche carried out pujas for the dead, Rinpoche would summoned their consciousnesses in front of Rinpoche and know their last thoughts which are their attachments. To eliminate any attachment of the dead needs a kind of great prajna (wisdom) like a sharp knife. It’s very difficult for you to eliminate your attachments. That’s why all sutras require you make great repentance. So-called reciting once or twice of Amitabha’s mantras means, when dying, people should only think of Amitabha Buddha without any other distractive thoughts. To do this, nonetheless, is extremely hard.

On the spot of the puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked attendees to sit quietly for around ten minutes and try to keep one’s mind on Buddha Amitabha. After the completion, everyone acknowledged that they had many thoughts and could not make it. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed the enlightenment: Just now when you were sitting still, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had no thoughts and already entered into the state of concentration. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mind did not move, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew that you had disturbing thoughts. Many disciples have taken refuge for years, attended many pujas, and heard much Buddhist teachings bestowed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, but they could not even control their thoughts. It is because they are not obedient and have not learned tantric dharmas.

In the Buddhist Sutra, Buddha Sakyamuni did mention tantric dharmas. The reason people cannot tell is that a practitioner cannot perceive it if he has not learned and practiced tantric dharmas. A tantric practitioner, like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, who has attained the position and experienced the stage, is then able to immediately recognize the tantric dharmas depicted in the Sutra. The Zen practitioners do not have the statue of Buddha with them. They have nothing in their meditation room. Even so, they are not unable to attain Buddhahood in this life since they still have the thought of sitting meditation event though they are seated with meditation.

It is said in the tantra part of Tripitaka that that Vajrayana is not publically transmitted. It is not because there are many secrets hidden but in that the dharmas cannot be transmitted to people of insufficient capacity. The same rule is also applied in Eastern Tantric School, Tang Tantra, and Tibetan esotericism. Disciples who do not possess the qualifications cannot be transmitted with the dharmas. The main point of sufficient capacity is to attain the development of Bodhichitta. A Vajra Guru is very strict and careful on transmitting tantric dharmas to disciples. The power of conduction of Vajrayana dharmas is very great and it can help many sentient beings. If you have not developed compassionate heart and Bodhichitta, but still have the thoughts of greediness, hatred, and ignorance, the big ability from your achievement of tantric practices will let you harm sentient many beings instead. It is like that when a criminal has no weapon, he could only beat others with his fists. With a knife, he could hurt another person. With a gun, he could shoot more than ten people in a short time, like the gun shooting on campus happened in some foreign countries. Countries of great power with armies and high-tech weapons can cause countless casualties once they start a war. It is also can be illustrated that a person who learns kung-fu can use it to protect himself in right way; on the contrary, if he uses it inappropriately, he can play the bully. The reason why those to learn tantras are of high capability is the similar, but is not absolutely the same.

Instead of having compassion, now you are full of greediness and afflictions. Thus you are not the worthy vessel to learn Vajrayana. The reason you cannot correct yourself is that you separate Buddhism cultivation from your daily life. What Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is most different from others is that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche takes himself as a single role, that is, always a Buddhist disciple. Each and every thought of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is thinking of his Guru, His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche. Every thought is about the Guru. He takes Guru’s things as the first priority and deeply believes that every words spoken by His Holiness Drikung Chetsang are all Buddha-Dharma. It is unlike you who acts as various kinds of roles and only be a Buddhist disciple in pujas. When you are out, you become some other’s lover. At home, you play the role as a son or daughter. You do not apply Buddha-Dharma to your life all the time. Lately there was a disciple who rejected to meet Guru as he had an appointment with his family. When you rejected Guru’s instruction, you cut off blessings from Guru at the same time, like switching off the power.

Some people may think that why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche needs to spend time correcting such tiny issues. In fact, it is stated in dharma texts that gold needs polishing to be luminous. Speaking in modern words, a diamond needs cutting for the brilliance. All sentient beings have Buddha’s nature. But their Buddha’s nature is covered by afflictions so that it cannot manifest. The one who helps you polish the jewel is just your Guru. It is like that even if you own a gem stone; you still need a lapidary to make the certification to tell the stone is real or fake. His Holiness Drikung Chetsang is like the lapidary. In this life he is going to find out mahasiddhas in the world. Like a gemstone needs cutting and polishing, the means of teachings adopted by a Vajra Guru is to cut, carve, beat, and scold so as to make you transform. The raw ore is originally coyness. And the methods of Exoteric Buddhism are to cut it into blocks to transform it into a gem. As you know, a diamond needs cutting with many small facets. It is just like the teaching methods of Vajrayana through which the diamond gets chipped with small facets. In the similar way a Vajra Guru cut off his disciples’ angles and thereafter their natural mind appear.

Yesterday Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche received believers from 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. It was really exhausting. When it was about to come to the end, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that he was not going to receive disciples unless their family member passed away or got serious illnesses. Then, a disciple who had waited for a round took her daughter to seek audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, asking for instruction on her daughter’s examination held by school next month. This disciple did not notice at all that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has already received more than one hundred people and almost been knocked up. Instead, the disciple insisted ask Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for her daughter’s examination. It illustrated that the disciple had no compassion to her Guru at all. She just wanted to make use of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and squeezed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche dry. People who have not developed compassion would think about themselves and do not consider others. They even cannot see their Guru is going to faint!

How will one’s exam go is related to his merits, causal conditions, and efforts he makes. One’s exam does not certainly go well merely depending on blessings. The blessings are to remove away the karma that might have caused obstacles to your examination. However, if you do not make efforts but merely want to rely on blessings, it is not possible for you to have a magical hand to write down correct answers. You shouldn’t ask Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to take the exam for you. As the Buddha did not learn calculus, the Buddha shouldn’t take the exam for you. If one were able to write down correct answers with an automatic hand, one might have been possessed by a ghost. However, ghosts are also from the ancient time and did not learn the science of geometry, physics or chemistry. They cannot hold your hand to write down correct answers.

You may think that a practitioner should use his magic power to help you achieve your goal. If they refuse to help you, you may say they are not compassionate. However, supernatural power is not used to bless children for getting a better score on their exams. Actually, magic power cannot change one’s karma. Taking Maudgalyayana for example. He was the foremost in supernormal powers among the disciples of Buddha Sakyamuni. But he was stoned to death by people. It was because that he still needed to pay off his karmic credit. If a person with magical power could be omnipotent, Maudgalyayana should have avoided the event! However, the truth is that even a person has supernormal power, he still cannot eliminate his karma!

Purpose of blessing is to recharge your mind so that you have energy to continue your practice of Buddhism. There is a big Buddhist center which prepares a pairs of model of Buddha’s footmarks whenever the annual exam season comes, and claims the examinees would earn a high score if they touch these. Such an activity causes people to misunderstand Buddhism. This disciple showed her persistence of Rinpoche’s blessings upon her daughter. How good it would be if she had the same persistence of attitude for her learning Buddhism. Maybe she thought her daughter’s exam was very important. Whether her daughter earns high score or not is just a problem of a kid. But what will happen if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is too exhausted to be down? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could benefit so uncountable sentient beings and help so many people and save so many kids!

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sighs with emotion that it is difficult to meet a disciple of high capability. One of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s good friends, who was dead, asked Rinpoche if Rinpoche had a good disciple whenever he met Rinpoche. Rinpoche always shook his head in response. Why are there no disciples of high capability? Your mind is changing all the time so it is difficult for you to make firm determination to learn Buddhism. If you could follow guru’s instructions accordingly, you are making the offering actually. Lately Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche tested some disciples but the result is the same. Rinpoche instructed them to come to meet Rinpoche but they said they could not make it as they had already had appointment with others. Guru would not say anything meaningless. Guru would be responsible for all what he instructs. You think others are more important than your Guru, but you forgot you would not have had your present life if you had no your Guru. You all take the advantages of your Guru. When you have troubles, you see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche as your Guru. But after your problems are solved, you don’t behave like having no Guru and learn Buddhism on the position that is good for you. Such events let Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche feel that Rinpoche’s disciples are such kind people.

Although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has taught so much Buddha Dharma in the past years. These teachings should be enough for you but you still do not listen to them and adopt them to your life. Therefore, Rinpoche said that in the future it would be enough for you that the ordained disciples lead you recite the mantras. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is tired indeed. Upon the completion of the grand puja of June 6, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ever reported His Holiness that Rinpoche wanted to retire this year. But His Holiness did not agree.

In 2002, His Holiness ever came to Taiwan to preside over the Thousand-armed Avalokitesvara puja. At that time, the puja was organized by a former government official and one of the Drikung centers in Taiwan, not the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche thought all what Rinpoche should do was just attending the puja, therefore Rinpoche led his disciples to go to the venue. It was no until 10 minutes before the start of the puja that the person in charge came to tell Rinpoche that His Holiness was looking for Rinpoche. When Rinpoche arrived at the door of rest room of His Holiness, His Holiness looked at Rinpoche and scolded Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately “You do not wear the dharma clothes. Why don’t you wear the dharma clothes?” If you were Rinpoche, you must have had explained that “no one told you to do so”, and so on. That is you would have had defended yourself first. Even you did not speak out your explanation, you would have explained in your mind. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not make any explanation, and just said one sentence: “I am sorry”, and then went home to change clothes immediately.

A guru sometimes challenges his disciple’s heart through various means. His Holiness was also challenging Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche unceasingly. Why? It is because the Vajrayana disciples’ mind toward their Guru must be very firm and solid, can’t waver any little. Therefore, His Holiness still kept challenging Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche if Rinpoche’s mind was changed till a few years ago. For example, When His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang did not know about Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s habits, His Holiness once told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to come at 6:30 am. Nevertheless, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche showed up, His Holiness dismissed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche by saying there was really nothing to do. If you had been Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, you would have felt annoyed. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche merely obeyed to His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s instructions and did not ask for the reasons. Thereafter, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang learned about Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s habits, the appointment would then be set for 7:30 am instead of 6:30. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche agreed readily to do what was told, there were times that His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang changed his mind. In fact, the guru was only challenging his disciple to see if the disciple 100 percent obeyed his guru. In regard to all the instructions of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does nothing but shows his obedience without having any personal thoughts.

When you were young, you would listen to what the adults said. Once you grew up a little bit, you began to consider yourself knowing and refuse to listen to others. Therefore, you became self-opinionated. A couple days ago, there was a news report saying that a teacher, who had called a student “the king of being late”, was sued by the student and was actually sentenced to 4 months in prison. Nowadays, students are more prestigious than teachers. They cannot be hit or scolded. Otherwise, the teacher might be sued. The disciples now are prouder than the teachers, too. They have their opinions and do not obey to their guru. Modern people do not know how to show respect to their teachers at all. How do you think a teacher can teach?

During previous weeks, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche explained an extremely important Buddhist practice means—to practice with your thoughts. Today, the Mahamudra of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage will be expounded. Nevertheless, all these are still teachings of Exoteric Buddhism. When one learns about the Buddhist teachings in Vajrayana, he has to understand the Buddhist theories and means to practice. The theories refer to the content of the sutras in Exoteric Buddhism and the means refer to tantra. According to the great Gampopa, the teachings of the Paramitas are to contemplate and search for the surrounding phenomena that one’s heart was attached to. One should avoid analysis and logic of the concept of one and many, and contemplate it appropriately. However, this is not a perfect practice. The Paramitas refer to a practice means in Exoteric Buddhism. After attaining wisdom, one should contemplate and search for ways to eradicate all the afflictions caused by the external phenomena. One has to contemplate and search for the origins of all kinds of illusions and afflictions and ways to eradicate them. It is like fire by rubbing sticks, but also still need to look for combustion of materials. Such a practice takes a very long time to complete and it would be a period of time that is too long to be measured.

The sword held in the right hand of Bodhisattva Manjuri indicates that the afflictions have to be cut off by the sword of wisdom. The teaching of a Vajrayana guru is a combination of the heart essence of lineage gurus’ realization and attainment of Buddhahood, Exoteric Buddhist theories, and the experience that the guru has gone through in practice. Therefore, Guru’s blessings is like power switch that could recharge you in a short time. Thus, the guru’s teaching of wisdom will help you achieve accomplishments fast in this life. Therefore, it would be unusually strict as well as efficient. You will save a lot of time in practice with such teaching. If one fails to treasure the current life by cultivating diligently so as to attain achievements, he will live this life in vain. His coming and leaving will be in vain, too. Nevertheless, it is not easy and rather difficult to meet a Vajrayana guru who can truly teach tantra to you.

When you want to understand the Buddhist teachings that you are listening to, it is a desire for the external phenomena as well. What you ordinary people see, hear, and smell through your physical bodies is not a real phenomenon. It takes wisdom to prevent one’s heart from attaching to the illusion created by the external phenomena. Panna is wisdom, which is like a sharp sword that cuts off one’s attachment and illusions. It is impossible to ask you to leave your attachment behind. Therefore, you are taught to recite the name of Guru and Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. By doing so, you have a pure mind. And it is also because your every thought is about Guru and Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, your mind does not have any space for evil thoughts. You will then be able to untangle your heart from the external phenomena. You tied up the knots yourself and, therefore, only you yourself are able to untangle them. The guru can only teach you how to do it, but the guru cannot do it for you. You are the one to carry it out. The biggest difference between Buddhism and other religions lies in that one only has to listen to the instructions of the gods or deities in other religions, whereas one is taught how to make the changes himself by the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in Buddhism. One has to carry out the practice himself, for the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas cannot do it for him.

To avoid practicing on one and many is to leave your differentiating thoughts behind and cultivate your impartial mind. In fact, the difference in everything in the world is derived from one’s heart. In the Tang Dynasty, heavy women were considered beautiful. If they had seen modern women, they would be surprised and wonder why they wouldn’t eat what they can eat and actually think skinniness is beauty. In fact, the differences between heaviness, skinniness, beauty, and ugliness are created by your dichotomy, i.e. differentiation. If you women don’t eat what you can eat and try to be bony, you are actually showing the form of someone falling into the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, where beings cannot eat the food they have. Therefore, do not cut your eating portions simply for losing your weight any more!

In fact, the Buddhist teachings are the top technologies. When it comes to theories such as the origin of the universe and the evolution of the animals, modern scientists can only guess and deduce while the Buddhist teachings explain the real and existing phenomena. When you see an object, you see its form and think that there is one thing. However, from the scientific perspective, the object is composed of many molecules instead of one. Even a cell will multiply and become many cells, which are originated from one single cell. Actually, it is your differentiation. You think that you have a left hand and a right hand. Nevertheless, when you look at yourself in the mirror, you will see that your raised right hand turns out to be a left hand in the mirror. Actually, it was nothing but discrimination. You might think it is due to the mirror reflection. Human beings’ mind is the same. They reflect all the outer phenomena. With the various thoughts generated through one’s differentiation, one will thereby have attachment and then afflictions.

Why did Buddha Sakyamuni come to the earth? What was expounded with the various practice means bestowed throughout his 49 years of teaching? In the beginning verse of each Buddhist sutra, it is said that one wishes to understand the true meanings taught by the Buddha. The meaning here is not saying the textual meaning. Everyone wants to know what true meanings of the Buddhist teachings are. Actually, Buddha Sakyamuni came to the earth for one major matter—to teach the people to gain liberation form the cycle of birth and death. However, in the Diamond Sutra, the Buddha himself said in his final moments that the Buddha himself had never bestowed any teaching. And Buddha also said the right dharma must be given away eventually, let alone the incorrect dharma. Many people are confused with this. As the Buddha gave various Buddhist teachings in so many years, why did the Buddha say that no teaching was given? In fact, the teaching here does not refer to any means, but the phenomena existing in the universe. The Buddha bestowed teachings in accord with the karmic connections. The Buddha came to the world to help the sentient beings leave their sufferings behind. As the Buddha himself had left his sufferings behind, no Buddhist teaching was needed for the Buddha himself. However, the sentient beings are still in the sea of suffering in reincarnation, so the Buddha taught various ways to the sentient beings so as for them to leave their sufferings behind. Everything phenomenon is generated and eliminated by karmic connections. Nothing is permanent. For example, you have been taught to contemplate the Buddhas and your guru to suppress your evil thoughts. When you reach your final stage in practice, such a practice means would be useless for you will refrain from generating evil thoughts naturally. Why have evil thought? It is because you don’t think of your Guru in your mind. How evil your mind is that you did not try to think of Amitabha only when Guru instructed you to do so. If the Buddha ever gave a teaching for the sentient beings to attain liberation from the sea of sufferings in reincarnation, then the teaching would not need to stay in the world. Therefore, not a single teaching exists.

The teaching of Exoteric Buddhism is to teach you to fix your thoughts onto a recitation of the Buddha’s name. Such a practice means will prevent you from falling into the three lower realms, but it won’t bring you to Buddhahood. The teaching of a Vajrayana guru is to teach you to fix upon the heart mantra of the guru, the yidam, the Buddhas, and the Bodhisattvas. As the heart mantra is the compassion, merits, virtues, and aspiration of the guru, yidam, Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas, mantra recitation will open up your Buddha nature, the ultimate nature and Dharma body that everyone has. Vajrayana teachings could help you to cut off your mind’s perception affected by your body.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked a disciple what he felt about the Buddhist teachings bestowed in today’s puja. He then said that, even with his Buddhist study under various gurus in the past years, he had never heard what the guru just taught about mantra recitation leading to the revelation of one’s Buddha nature. He praised in amazement for such an auspicious practice means.

Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked the other disciples what they had heard in today’s puja. A disciple was speechless about it and merely tried to explain his situation. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told him repeatedly not to think and merely verbalized his previous thoughts. However, he still would not speak. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed that, as he wouldn’t speak at the guru’s command, he should take off the vest of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center and leave.

Another disciple said: “Although we have the Buddha nature from birth, we have accumulated so much greed, hatred, ignorance, arrogance, and doubt that end up covering our Buddha nature. When we recite the heart mantra of the Buddhas, we will then reduce such illusions.”

Another disciple said: “Upon hearing today’s teaching, she then thought that her illness was impermanent, too.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then said that she was still thinking about herself.

Another disciple said: “I should not defend myself against Guru”

Another disciple started to talk about the recitation of the heart mantra of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her to talk about something else. Nevertheless, the disciple still said the same words, and therefore was told by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to take off her vest of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center and leave.

Another disciple started with the mantra recitation as well. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche again told her to talk about something else. The disciple then showed her repentance. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her to take off her vest of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, but she could remain as a believer.

Another disciple said: “The guru said that the birth of a thought also initiates its elimination. According to the guru’s previous teaching, one should not go after a thought that he generates and should let it disappear naturally. Secondly, I lack the appropriate capacity as I have such heavy karma. I often fail to put my thoughts under control. The guru said that one can get the guru’s blessing and control himself in critical times as long as he puts the guru in his heart.”

Another disciple said: “When looking at one’s mind, there is no self. When looking at the phenomena, nothing is permanent. Think about the sentient beings all the time. The karmic connections rise and fall.”

Another disciple said: “Originally, I had great fear about death. I feel very emotional after hearing the guru’s teaching and knowing that one can attain liberation from the reincarnation in the six realms simply by recalling the guru and the yidam on the verge of his death.”

Another disciple said: “One should concentrate when he recites mantra.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then asked, “Did I say anything about being concentrated today?”

Another disciple said: “If we remember the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, the guru, and the Buddha’s name, our nature of mind, i.e. Buddha nature, shall be revealed gradually.”

Another disciple said: “I heard that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche might have some ordained people lead us in the recitation instead. I feel great repentance and pray that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not give up on the disciples. I will work harder.”

Another disciple said: “I felt ill while doing full prostrations today and did not have any thoughts for the benefits of the sentient beings. Also, I heard Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche say some lamas would be sent to lead us in sutra recitation. I feel great repentance. I have sought refuge for 6 and half years and have practiced nothing. I pray that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not give up on us.

Another disciple said: “Everyone has thoughts such as greed, hatred, and ignorance and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche teaches us ways to prevent these thoughts.”

Another disciple said: “A disciple would not exist without his guru. Whatever the guru says, we should act upon it.”

Another disciple said: “We should listen to what the guru says. No matter what the guru says, we should be obedient and refrain from retorting.”

Another disciple said: “Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche teaches by example. No matter what challenges or blessings His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang brought to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche never rejected and completely accepted. As a Vajra guru does everything for his disciples, a guru would regard his disciples as jewels. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas are so compassionate that they have taught many means to over all the problems that the sentient beings face in their Buddhist study. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that one should learn Buddhism regardless of time and place. One should not be a Buddhist disciple only in the Buddhist center and change once he leaves.”

Another disciple said: “His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. I feel that the hearts of us ordinary people are easily moved by external forces. Therefore, we should recite the Buddha’s name taught by the guru and abide our hearts on it.”

Another disciple said: “I first recalled that everyone has the Buddha nature according to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s previous teaching. When one recite mantras, he will be reciting the heart mantra of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, and thereby remaining beside his guru.”

Another disciple said: “One should continue to reflect on himself from the bottom of his heart and refrain from asking for anything external.”

Another disciple said: “We should not be self-opinionated towards what the guru says and have to do what was told. This is my problem and I feel really sad.”

One after another, several disciples spoke about the Buddha dharma they had heard today. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened the attendees that it was not very easy to meet a guru of Vajrayana; if the guru worked hard to teach Buddha dharma, but the disciples, like wondering ghosts, did not listen to Buddha dharma clearly, then the guru would have no condition to transmit the dharma! It was really very difficult for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to encounter a disciple of good capacity to transmit the tantra of Vajrayana. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not enlighten us the Buddha dharma spoken in these few weeks again and may no longer teach Buddha dharma every week later next year. For so many years, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had really spoken too much repeatedly and continuously. If you cannot determine to wholeheartedly practice Buddha dharma in this life and cannot pray for the guru’s teachings with a sincere heart, you really cannot learn the dharma!

None of you had thought that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would ask the disciples to stand up and answer questions. Those who had sought refuge had to stand up and answer. You would never have guessed that your guru would do this. Never had it been done before. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can employ a lot of means. In the beginning of the puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche actually chat and laugh with you. You would never have seen it coming. As a saying goes, “Hidding a dagger behind a smile,” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche actually hid wisdom behind his smile. You people are like wandering ghosts. When you feel that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is not talking about your physical problems, you refuse to listen and merely fill your hearts with opinions and desires. Because of the shock, your hearts was able to settle down at once without having other thoughts. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche believed that you would be more concentrated on what the guru says during next puja.

Why did Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ask the disciples to say the dharma another way? Do not speak about the same thing for everyone about the heart mantra. You all continued to say what others had said. Nevertheless, how could everyone have the same experience? Buddha dharma has only one kind and has no right or wrong; but because each person’s capacity and karmic connections are different, what was heard by each one would be different. Buddha dharma will change based on each sentient being’s mind and will never be the same as the copied papers from a copy machine; everyone’s feeling will never be the same. Even for a copy machine, when it was used for a long time, its ink will become less and the color will be lighter, not to mention us, the human beings. In addition, many people talked about mantra recitation, sitting in meditation, and things about themselves. They were still very selfish and failed to keep what the Buddhist teachings had done for the benefit of beings in mind.

In 2007, after coming out from the retreat, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had reported to his Three Grace Root Guru, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had only two worries left in this life; one is Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mother because Rinpoche’s mother had given him a human body; another one is His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang since His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang had given Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche the dharma body. As for the other things, regardless of the disciples, the businesses, or the Buddhist centers, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not have the slightest attachment and worry.

There was a disciple who had brought offering money of eight digits to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked him whether he had followed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s instruction to explain things to his father. The disciple said no. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then did not accept his offering. Not listening to the guru’s words is equivalent to disrespect; disrespect means no offering; and no offering means no virtues. Making offerings does not always mean giving money. Listening to the guru’s words is equivalent to making offerings.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked a disciple, “What is the crime a disciple has if the disciple does not listen to the Buddha dharma taught by the guru seriously?” This disciple said that there are three similes expounded in a Buddhist sutra. According to his previous Buddhist sutra study, there are three kinds of crimes committed by the disciples. The first kind is a up-side-down container that cannot take any nectar, such as falling asleep or drowsy when listening to Buddha dharma. He cannot listen to Buddha dharma as if a cup putting upside down that cannot contain any dharma water. The second kind is a dirty container; the disciple has incorrect understandings and views about Buddha dharma and is like a dirty cup; even if the cup is filled with pure and clean dharma water, the water will become fully polluted with the dirt. For example, many people practice Buddha dharma for their health, wealth, and completely for their own interests. People like that cannot contain any pure and clean Buddha dharma. For example, some people do not have a clean and pure heart and are quite self-opinionated. Any clean and pure Dharma water would be polluted. Some people are like that and merely pay attention to economic issues such as changes in the realty estate market. The third kind if a leaking container; the disciple is like a leaking cup with a hole; even if the cup is filled with nectar water, the nectar will drain out; when the disciple listens to Buddha dharma, the dharma will enter through his left ear but leave from his right ear; and nothing will stay in him. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened us that an up-side-down container is like someone who falls asleep or gets dizzy; a dirty container is like that one is attached and does not have a pure and clean mind; a leaking container is like someone who merely lets the sounds enter his right ear and leave from his left ear. It will be useless for us to listen to Buddha dharma with these three kinds of methods. The guru is capable of helping his disciples to settle their hearts at once and clarifies the polluted water. For example, what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had taught actually gave the disciples a very good opportunity to reflect on themselves. Thereby, they would remind themselves to be absolutely reverent while listening to the Buddhist teachings.

We should have a respectful mind to the Three Jewels. Disobedience is equal to disrespect; disrespect is equal to making no offering; making no offering is equal to no virtues; if having no virtues, you will not attain the pure and clean Buddha dharma. Those disciples who had followed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to visit India and Nepal had seen that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not understand Tibetan, but, during the entire period of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s enlightenment, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had always sat reverently. A disciple in the present puja quoted the text of a scripture to describe the concentration of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche: “Sitting in a very low and bad seat; generating the virtue of adjusting the mind; viewing with a full smile; as if drinking the rain of nectar”, and to describe Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s reverence when sitting in a lower seat during the puja presided by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. Why were there still disciples who could not speak about what he thought about today’s enlightenments after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had enlightened the attendees for more than an hour in the puja? This was because the disciples were not respectful to Buddha dharma and were the same as wondering ghosts; their minds went to somewhere else as long as the puja started.

We, as disciples, should be obedient. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche taught us Buddha dharma, we may not be able to understand all of the teachings; but our minds are the most important matters. We will certainly make use of these Buddha dharma in the future. The more you want to remember them, however, the more you cannot remember them. If we have a reverent mind to the guru and the Three Jewels, no matter what we answer is just one sentence, the guru will understand it. Like the disciple who was just expelled, he did not talk no matter what. Maybe you would say that he was scared; but it was Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who asked him to talk; and he had to talk. Why didn’t he talk? One reason was that he was disobedient and was afraid of making mistakes. Another reason was that he feared he could not do well; this was considered as attaching to outside circumstances. In Buddha dharma, there is no such problem as whether you do well or not or whether you are correct or not. Doing well or not is determined by others, not by you yourself. Before doing anything, some people would say that they are afraid they may not do well; once they say such words, they are destined to do the thing badly, because they have already had the default to do it badly. You were afraid of talking even under the guru’s instruction. If you did not have such courage, how could you practice Buddha dharma? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has enlightened us many times that practicing Buddha dharma is to change our incorrect behaviors; changing ourselves is the biggest project in the entire universe, requires courage, and is a true man’s behavior.

That disciple persisted all along in not daring to speak; he feared he was inarticulate and would speak the wrong things; and he guessed what the guru wanted to hear. You should not guess the guru’s idea, because you could not guess it! Maybe if you just say a word, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will feel that you have listened to the dharma. This is just like before when Buddha Sakyamuni held up a flower and the Venerable Mahākāśyapa saw the flower and smiled, the Buddha then knew that he had attained the enlightenment. A disciple should just truly follow the guru’s instructions.

In 2002, under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s imploration, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang held the first great puja with over ten thousand participants in Taoyuan Arena, Taiwan. This was also the first puja of ten thousand participants held by Drikung Kagyu order in Taiwan. Before holding the puja, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang had gotten diarrhea in Hong Kong because of eating bad food. And when His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang entered Taiwan, the two most trusted lama aides of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang were rejected to enter Taiwan by Taiwan’s Custom officers due to their passports. All of these obstacles indicated that the true dharma would transmit to Taiwan! Fortunately, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had already done a lot of preparatory work as well for follow-up actions. When the workers set up the stage of mandala the day before the puja and proceeded to put up the roof of mandala, no matter how they did, they could not set up the roof properly. From 4 o’clock in the afternoon of that day to 5 o’clock in the morning of the next day, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always stayed in the Arena to watch over the progress and constantly recited mantras to bless the situation; Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not leave until the complete construction of the mandala and the decoration of the Arena. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not recite mantras to bless the situation constantly on the spot at the time, the construction of the venue would not have been completed. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew that after holding this puja of over ten thousand attendees, Drikung Kagyu lineage would begin to flourish in Taiwan. Judging from the present condition, this is indeed the case.

Under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s consent, the president of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center shared with all attendees the praise to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche from the leader of Drikung Kagyu order’s Buddhist Center in Outer Mongolia after he had come to Taiwan and attended the Chod and regular puja held by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche last week. This leader was from East Germany. When he saw Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche constantly received so many seriously-ill believers and gave them blessings every Saturday, he indicated that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had great compassion. Under this kind of condition, ordinary Rinpoches would become seriously ill themselves as well. And when meeting the believers, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was always sitting straight and completely unaffected by the impact of scoliosis. He found that some people wore the vests of Glorious Buddhist Center and some did not. The president of Glorious Buddhist Center explained to him that those who did not wear the vests were believers. He was very impressed that these believers came to implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help without seeing or hearing any advertisement or publicity. He praised Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche even more after hearing that the ten thousand participants of every year’s great puja also came to attend the great puja simply by word of mouth of the disciples of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center.

On the official website of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center indicated that there were so many sentient beings obtaining Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s conduction of the Phowa Dharma, many cremated skulls of those deceased who showed there was a round, even, well defined, through and through penetrated hole. It is noted that there was one believer’s picture taking picture before cremation, it could be obviously seen the round hole on the deceased’s scalp who had been kept in the body refrigerator for more than 7 days long before obtaining the Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s conduction of the Phowa Dharma. The person in charge of Drikung Kagyu Mongolian Buddhist Center highly praised that he just only saw a book to mention for this kind of phenomenon , but never personally seen before. He could not imagine that there was person who had indeed achieved it with the evidence of pictures. This person kept asking:” His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang is very superior in the practicing the Phowa Dharma, has he ever seen those pictures before?” The Chairman of the center replied “Yes, His Holiness had seen those pictures before”. This person continually stated that he only put 3 Buddhist statues in the mandala of Mongolian Buddhist Center, Padmasambhava is the middle of the mandala, and both sides of the mandala are the Yeshe Tsogyal. Therefore he entreated that he could have a dharma picture of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to be worshiped in the mandala as well.

In the meantime, there was a great applause in the venue. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that the applause is for the effort of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, not for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. That is because that there was only Gelu Linkages of Tibetan Buddhism in Mongolia. In these years, there was a branch of Drikung Kagyu established by the effort of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. The condition of Drikung Kagyu center in Mongolia is not like Taiwan, His Holiness instructed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to help this branch of Drikung Kagyu. When His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang just said the necessary of help, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would offer a big money more than you can imagine it. For Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, there is only one word “Yes” under the guru’s instruction. That is because that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always believes that guru always gives the opportunity of doing good deeds for disciples.

In fact, the causes and conditions of having Drikung Kagyu order in Taiwan started from His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. In 1983 His Holiness Drikung Kagyu Chetsang came to Taiwan for the first time. At the time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is already His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s disciple. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was also the Chairman of Dharma Protection Committee of the first Drikung center in Taiwan. Before that, there was no Drikung Kagyu order in Taiwan. Because His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang personally visited Taiwan to set up Drikung Kagyu order, there were then the Buddhist centers of Drikung Kagyu order established later gradually one after another.

There was impossible to have the relationship with the Linkages of Drikung Kagyu if there was no His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang coming to Taiwan spread abroad the Drikung Kagyu Linkages of Tibetan Buddhism since 1983. Recently there were some centers allied to establish a Drikung Kagyu Taiwan Federation. But Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center did not join this association, because His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang ever proclaimed that it is not necessary to have a Drikung Kagyu Federation in Taiwan. Apparently there is also a Dharma photo of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang on the website of this federation; actually they are taking advantage of the reputation of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang is the lineage holder of Drikung Kagyu Order. Their action does not respect the lineage holder. We must listen to guru’s instruction and indeed implement with it. That does not mean that you are outwardly compliant but inwardly to do something which is not permitted by the guru. There was one Rinpoche who is outwardly compliant to His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang; however he clandestinely advocated this issue. According to the law, we have no right to prohibit someone to establish a federation. However from the point of view by Buddhism, that is a disgraceful, inappropriate and unsuitable behavior which will have the cause and effect in the future.

As long as His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang affirms Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center which belongs to Drikung Kagyu Order, Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center is of Drikung Kagyu Order no matter what others said.

In year 2008, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang personally came to Taiwan and held a meeting with the Rinpoches of all of Drikung Kagyu centers in Taiwan; His Holiness would like to preside over a large-scale puja in Taiwan for more than 10,000 attendees in year 2009. As there was no other centers which had the experience to organize such a large-scale puja, Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, which has many experiences, was proposed to should take in charge of this matter. But there were some centers opposed to this proposal. Therefore this puja had been postponed till June 06, 2010. Other centers thought that Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center had taken advantage of this opportunity to be well-known for it, therefore many centers were absent from this puja. No one from these centers enrolled to attend this grand puja. These centers are Drikung Kagyu Center of Chinese Buddhism (chaired by Xu Yulan), Taiwan Tibetan Vajrayana Mahamudra Five Paths Institute (with Guru Gar Namrol Rinpoche and chaired by Ling Yishi), Drikung Kagyu Dupgyud Buddhist Center (with Guru Drubgyu Tenphel Rinpoche and chaired by Wang Xinfa), Amitabha Foundation Taipei (with Guru Ayang Rinpoche and chaired by Zhang Guozhu), Vajra Dharma Connection Institute of Taiwan’s Tibetan Buddhism (with Chöphel Rinpoche), Drikung Illumination Teachings Center (chaired by Xu Yulan), Taiwan Tibetan Vajrayana Mahamudra Five Paths Institute Kaohsiung (with Guru Gar Namrol Rinpoche and chaired by Cai Chaozong), Deities of Wealth of Five Direction Monastery of Drikung Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism (with Guru Chöphel Rinpoche). The Gurus of these centers, Gar Namrol Rinpoche, Drubgyu Tenphel Rinpoche, Ayang Rinpoche, Chöphel Rinpoche, and Lamkyen Gyalpo Rinpoche never participated in the grand puja. Moreover, although Gar Namrol Rinpoche and Chöphel Rinpoche were in Taiwan on the day of grand puja, they did not attend the puja either. Only Tritsab Rinpoche, Bhumang Rinpoche, Senge Tenzin Rinpoche, Rasbsang Rinpoche, Yeshi Rinpoche, Palme Khyentse Rinpoche attended this puja. They did not understand clearly that this puja was hosted by Drikung Kagyu Order and presided over by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, not Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center just merely the coordinator. The chairman of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Culture Exchange Association also reported, being as the coordinator, members of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Culture Exchange Association sponsored the expense of this grand ceremony with over NT$ 19 million. It did not include Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s own expense on other arrangements for His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. In order to ensure that there was a safe and comfortable place for His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to take rest, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche arranged a accommodation for His Holiness, and all of those affairs when His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang stayed in Taiwan. Due to these arrangements, Drikung Kagyu followers, lamas, and Rinpoches from other centers had chances to seek an audience with His Holiness.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was not long for fame and fortune. If other centers thought that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was for the purpose of fame and fortune, there are so many disciples who can let Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to show on the TV media every day. During His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang staying in Taiwan, there were so many interviewed by the media, you could also see that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not show in the media. Even if the host of TV media invited him to join the interview in the TV program, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche declined their invitation.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche are not willing to be famous, just trying keep a low profile to help sentient beings. Nevertheless, the outsiders would slander and secretly attack Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in order to let him disappeared because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has lots of disciples. They thought that they can not go on subsisting due to the existence of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. There are so many outsiders covetous and jealous Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with so many disciples. Many years ago, they even put a curse on Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not practice any dharma to fight back for them. That is because that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche practices mercy and compassion which can let go everything, if they needed the disciples; he would not grasp for the disciples. There was also a young Rinpoche having the conversation of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and proclaimed that once Rinpoche Dorjee Rinpoche passed away, those disciples of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could transfer to his own center.

If they were against Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would let them do whatever they want and would even step down to make them happy. However, if they show disrespect towards the lineage and His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will never let them pass. If they want to make it big, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, who conducts big businesses, will never give in. Without His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the Drikung Kagyu Lineage would not be what it is today. We are not making a distinction between Tibetan and Han as any ethnic group can learn the Buddhist teachings. However, there is no need trying to create a particular conflict on the difference among ethnic groups.

That is the harm from the outside situation. For the internal situation, all of the disciples did not cherish the Dharma and not willing to listen to guru’s instruction to adjust one’s behavior. If you can actually learn the Dharma to adjust yourself, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not care himself to persist in teaching no matter how tired he is. But actually it is not, you embraced the Buddhism with the attitude to obtain the blessing and take refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. With this kind of attitude, you would rather stay at your home. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is never to fear suffering and tired for help sentient beings. But if the disciples with this kind of attitudes, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is indeed tired. There was not only one time that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to allow him to retire. After June 6th 2010, His Holiness presided over the large-scale puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reiterated that he would like to retire, but His Holiness did not promise him. Therefore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is still very laboriously to teach the Buddhism. An order of Buddhism is flourished which does not depend the amount of disciples, but there are some disciples who can indeed realize the meaning of Buddhism and practice it actually.

In these years, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has chased lots of disciples. The Chairman of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center replied that there were already over 1,000 people. Some of those people transferred to other centers of Drikung Kagyu. Moreover, there was someone went to the US. and became a disciple on Drikung Kagyu in US. Therefore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can also be named “the helmsman of Drikung Kagyu Order in Taiwan”. Those expelled disciples can fill with other 40 centers of Drikung Kagyu Order. If you would like to transfer to other centers, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can introduce for you.

The Chairman of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center went on reporting that some of the government officers did not aware Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been presided over the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousnesses for many years. Furthermore, there is a high level of government officer mentioned that after seeing the well-regulated processing of the large-scale puja on JUN 06,2010, presided over by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, he was impressed that the disciples of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche are not only disciplined, but also Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is also keeping well with the disciplines. Besides the Chairman of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center also knew an Ngakpas of Nyingma (Red Sect) who is holding lots of Dharma as well. He ever stated that the Drikung Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism is much flourished these years. That is because that there are two important persons: One is His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang laboriously traveled worldwide to spread the Buddhism, another one is your guru: Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

As we all disciples of Drikung Kagyu Lineage, we should all unite together in the way that we make efforts to propagate Buddha Dharma by ourselves and meet together to handle with problems. We should not create disputes in order to earn the fame or wealth. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not it at all. Today, why these facts are talked openly is hoping all of you know the beginning and subsequent development of these events, and hoping the believers not to be misled either. Learning Buddhism surely is good. But the time when the effects will be manifested is not expectable. Therefore, if someone does not know these events clearly, you should tell you him the whole story. If some officers do not know them, the Chairman should tell clearly them as well. All disciples of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center should be aware of their words and actions outside of the center. You should report to the Chairman immediately whenever you hear of inappropriate words. You don’t need to report them to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is to transmit the Buddhist teachings only. When someone does disadvantageous actions against the lineage, His Holiness, or your Guru, you should stand out to protect the Buddha Dharma and lineage but not to contend with them. All disciples at the scene said loudly to promise that they will do as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche advises you all to adopt the vegetarian diet and to be obedient. Adopting vegetarian diet involves the changes of your eating habit only. But being obedient is hard to achieve. You are not obedient since you were little. When your mother knew you were full, you still quarreled with her to eat more. When she asked not to play, you still tried to jump more times. When you were little, you were obedient for fearing of being hit. Therefore, when you grow up, you are not obedient. Only being obedient could change your future.

September 12, 2010

At the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei, disciples and believers reverently listened to the audio-recordings of dharma teachings by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, which were recorded on the 15th of February in 2004. The teachings were about the Four Uncommon Preliminary Practices.

Before the puja, a new disciple who just took refuge on the 18th of July, 2010, shared her experiences of and expressed her gratitude to how Venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helped her daughter and family. She also made repentance of her lack of reverence and her full of evil thoughts and karma related to greediness, hatred, ignorance, arrogance and doubt.

Due to her child’s hepatomegaly (enlargement of the liver) and frequent low blood sugar and doctors recommend a liver transplant, she had been feeling very frightened and anxious. With the introduction of a dharma brother, she and her husband made an audience with Venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the first time in January of 2010. The first impression when she walked into the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center was its divine and solemn atmosphere. While waiting, she was not aware of her tears already falling down her face. Her profound arrogance and suspicion, made her actually disbelieve in the Vajra guru, Venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Even she and her husband had knelt down in front of Rinpoche as if they were sincere, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still could penetrate her disbelief by first sight. She felt extremely afraid when meeting with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the first time. Yet for the sake of her daughter, she foolishly asked Rinpoche “whether my daughter should undergo liver transplant?” Soon after she finished her question, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche at once reprimanded her “you should make your own decision.” And then Rinpoche compassionately said “After the decision is made, either do it or not, I will certainly help you!” At that time, she was not able to comprehend the mercy and meaning of Rinpoche’s words. She even further replied “I’d like to take refuge.” As if being hit by thunders, she then was severely scolded by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche “Taking refuge? I don’t think so. You didn’t a bit believe. Your child has been staring at me, but you still don’t believe. Do you think your taking refuge would save your child? It’s superstitious. Don’t try to take advantages of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.” Rinpoche continued saying “You have despised the book. Someone has given it to you. You have time to watch TV but not read the book!” (A dharma brother has giving them an auspicious book, Happiness and Suffering, written by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche). At the second, she was surprised that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would acknowledge of that matter. After returning home and thinking about what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had said, she felt very upset for committing such a mistake as if she had caused sorrow to an elderly family member.

When the second time she met with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she said she hoped to learn Buddhism. Venerable Vajra guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked her why. She couldn’t give an answer. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once again reprimanded her “You think learning Buddhism can save your daughter? You mindsets are all wrong.” Rinpoche again told her “You shouldn’t take advantages of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas!” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then compassionately held her daughter. In Rinpoche’s arms, her daughter magically stopped crying and fussing. Immediately, she and her husband were so touched and started to cry. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche granted them the dharma audio-recordings about making repentance and said “After listened to it five times, you can come back again!”

The third time she made an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche occurred when she finished listened to the dharma audio-recordings of making repentance for five times. Venerable Vajra guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche made sure they had made sufficient repentance. Without their asking, Rinpoche granted them the opportunities to attend pujas with their daughter.

Ever since her daughter started attending pujas, she has received constant blessings from Venerable Vajra guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. In addition, the doctors and staff at the Glorious Jewel Chinese Clinic have been taking good care of her. The edema has gradually disappeared and her spirits and energy got better, she’d become active and make a lot of noise. People couldn’t tell the difference if she has been ill from a rare disease “glycogen storage disease type one,” only seeing the nasogastric tube attached to her and feeling strange. If children who had the same rare disease got fever, their blood sugar level would drop to 30 or 4o from 100. If her daughter gets temperature, she will be immediately sent to an emergency room, hospitalized, and got the treatment of intravenous drip until the fever is gone. All these procedures are to prevent her from a shock or even dying because of low blood sugar. Through continuous blessings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, nonetheless, her daughter’s blood sugar has never dropped too low when getting a fever, having been remained at a stable level.

At first she and her family were very surprised by this fact. The doctor also told them it’s impossible to maintain a stable level of blood sugar. Ever since then, they didn’t have to rush to a hospital when her daughter gets high temperature to have intravenous drip. She was grateful to Venerable Vajra guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The enlarged liver originally accounted for one third of her daughter’s belly, having oppressed her stomach and other organs. When the liver became smaller, her abdominal circumference had reduced from about 66 cm to 53 cm. On September 6, her daughter underwent an ultrasound examination. The results indicated the fact that her daughter’s liver has been reduced a lot. She once again thanked for the compassion of Venerable Vajra guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

In retrospection, when she was still a believer, what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her was directly pointing to her evil thoughts. She didn’t know that she had been a superstitious person. It’s not until Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche pointed out did she realize it. At that time, she indeed didn’t concern other things, but her daughter’s health. She was once naively thinking that her daughter’s illness would be gone as long as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche touched her daughter’s head. She was so ignorant to the horrible effects of the law of cause and effect. Nor did she realize what responsibilities she should bear for. Until she heard the dharma audio-recordings of making repentance did she understand how profound her evil karma she had created. She had committed so much evil karma and eaten so many sentient beings. Although she had temperately been a vegetarian for five years in college, she still ate vegetables cooked with meat. Later on, she ate a great deal of fish, had barbeque as night snack, and frequently visited all-you-can-eat restaurants. Her body, speech and mind had also committed enormous evil karma. As she was listening to the dharma audio-recordings of making repentance, she’d be crying and having goose bumps. Especially when she heard the story about Lord Jigten Sumgon got leprosy and how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche salved patients of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), she realized the terrible results of the cause and effect for illness and suffering. She also realized that her daughter’s illness and pains were resulted from her and her husband’s committing of evil karma.

When in college, she and her husband joined a youth group of Buddhism. They also led children’s Buddhism camps as volunteers. Such minor virtuous deeds made them think they were actually kind persons. They even thought they were genuine Buddhist practitioners. When thinking back, she felt that they were very stupid. She had taken refuge in Exoteric Buddhism, practiced seven-day meditations and attended camps of learning Buddhism. All these made her think she’s already a Buddhist practitioner, and felt special and arrogant. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once taught “It is unclear why, in Taiwan, many who have learned Buddhism have become arrogant!” She knew she was that kind of person. Many friends and relatives were bearing similar attitudes, thinking that they had doing kind deeds, making prostrations, and reciting sutras would qualify them as Buddhist practitioners. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also taught “Authentically cultivating Buddhism was to completely change one’s body, speech and mind.” Such auspicious teachings, especially the dharma teaching of making repentance, were never heard of in other Buddhist centers. It was till now she realized that she had met an authentic master, Venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She just began to learn Buddhism.

No sooner when she began to attend pujas, she’d dream of being surrounded by her karmic creditors, so many that the whole Taipei Arena couldn’t have them all. Additionally, she’d also dream of Venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sat on the throne. Or Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave dharma teachings in the heaven and was surrounded by dragons. All these probably were due to her thinking, not real. But what was real was that she could feel the indiscriminative compassion of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to all sentient beings. When she had nightmares, she’d be awakened by hearing the dharma name of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Her one-year-old daughter would pull her palms together whenever she heard the dharma name of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche or the name of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. Once her daughter would grasp a red envelope with money in it and make offering to Venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The young child’s mind was even firmer and purer than that of adults. This was due to the great blessing and theopneusty of Venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

On August 16th, she, her husband and her daughter attended the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousnesses at Kyoto, Japan, during which a disrespectful thought occurred to her. While on the way to the venue at Kyoto, she thought about the teachings of Venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche about attending pujas with the mindsets of being respectful and with repentant heart. Moreover, we should attend pujas on behalf of sentient beings. She, however, didn’t actually practice the teaching at all. She thought she was following Rinpoche’s words accordingly and began to learn Buddhism only because she regularly attended the pujas at Taipei, Taiwan. When the location of participating in the puja changed to Kyoto, her deeply hidden evil thought emerged. She thought it was disciples and believers from Taiwan who glorified the venue because the number of Japanese attendees was very small. Because of such evil thought, her daughter had constantly made a fuss, disturbing the peace of the venue and the procedure of Rinpoche’s performing dharma rituals. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had them out of the venue. She thought about her lack of qualities as being a disciple due to her evil thoughts and nature. She didn’t consider the efforts Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been making to travel around in order to liberate and help sentient beings. She was very disrespectful. When she told her husband her thoughts, her husband reprimanded her that she should immediately make repentance. How come she’d chase her thoughts? It was extremely irreverent. Even her husband recognized the grandiose of the Kyoto center, a brick and a tile were obtained with difficulty. It was beyond our imagination how much efforts and planning Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had made to finish constructing this center. She should be dammed to enter hells after passing because of her evil thought, falling into the 18th hell was not enough to redeem her mistakes. She was that kind of person Venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had described: knowing others’ kindness and never paying back. Recently, she’d think she must have a bad luck to be reprimanded by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for not taking good care of her daughter. She had not admitted her errors yet. Without Venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, her daughter would have to undergo a transplant operation for her liver. After the operation, her daughter must have gone through a great deal of pain and probably will not live for long. She and her family would have been in great sorrow. She was regretful for having such a terrible evil thought, not to mention her lack of gratefulness. Before going to Kyoto, she didn’t realize how profound her evil thoughts were.

In Kyoto, they stayed in the best hotel and had the best meals. She was so grateful to and moved by such a wonderful arrangement, knowing how little she could do to pay back. The Chinese medicine her daughter has been taken was also the best and the freshest. What Venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave to disciples was always the best. She has witnessed how much effort Venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been making to receive and help believers for 5 to 6 hours every Saturday. She didn’t care to bother the guru with trivial things on Saturdays. She made repentance how come she has remained her evil habits and wasn’t able to change. She’d lose her temper due to her exhaustion caused by her daughter’s need to be fed 24 hours a day for low blood sugar. Although she knew no matter how fatigued she felt Venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche must be more exhausted, she’d get angry with her daughter and her family the second her thought of hatred emerged.

It was like Venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often reminded us “Ordinary humans’ thoughts are nothing but evil karma.” She felt she was nothing. She could do little of what the guru could accomplish. Nothing she could help of alleviating suffering of sentient beings. What she could do was exactly following what was taught in the Buddha Dharma and changing her evil habits. Once again, she thanked the immense kindness of Venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

After the sharing, attendees began to reverently listen to the audio-recordings of Venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, which were recorded on 15th of February, 2004.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave the following teachings. Last week, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche taught about the four important forces as you contemplated on Vajrasattva. The second protective force was to be determinate. Vows you have made should never be violated again. You, nonetheless, always repeatedly made the same mistakes and then came to Rinpoche to apologize all the time. Apologizing doesn’t equal to making repentance, which means knowing your faults and not committing the same mistakes again. But you’d commit the same errors so you’d repeatedly apologize for your faults. Why is that? It’s because you didn’t carefully observe the precepts. Nor did you cultivate the Ten Kind Deeds. You have especially violated the precept of becoming greedy, hatred and ignorant, which is the origin of all evil karma. Many of you think you have not done anything wrong and incline to show off your accomplishment in front of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. You’d be afraid that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche doesn’t pay attention to you so that you’d become hatred toward others. Being hatred to others doesn’t necessarily mean to scold others. Showing attitudes or being impolite when talking count as being hatred. If you continuously avoid cultivating the Ten Kind Deeds, no matter how much repentance you’d make, it’s to no avail. Last Friday, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just told you that you must have faith in Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, believing in whatever they have done for us. No matter what they have arranged for us, we should accept. Don’t think of matter with your desires. You actually hope to achieve your goals with your own thoughts. It is greedy and distractive thoughts, which are the root of all evil karma.

The way Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche making vows is to vow Rinpoche’s body, speech and mind will never commit any evil deeds. Even if the whole universe is destroyed, the vows will not. The way practitioners of Exoteric Buddhism make their vows is that their vows will continue as long as they are alive, whereas in Esoteric Buddhism, practitioners’ vows should always be observed before they obtain Buddhahood. It is greediness if you do not carefully maintain the pureness of your body, speech and mind, if you chase the thought about others’ perception on you, and if you hope your guru can pay attention to you. Actually, a guru with authentic achievement will not place too much importance on any disciple, unless some disciple has truly observed the Five Precepts and practiced the Ten Kind Deeds and he has achieved certain accomplishment. If you have not done so, no matter how you performed in front of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinpoche will not take any notice on you. Don’t think that you have done some minor things and then wish to be recognized. This thought is a kind of greediness, hatred, and ignorance. Furthermore, if you are inclined to gossip, you have violated the Five Precepts. The precepts are our tool to learn Buddhism. Without the tool, it’s impossible for you to achieve anything. Those who hope to further their Buddhist practices, they will be very strict in observing the precepts.

It is described in sutras if monks or nuns don’t posses sufficient moralities, it means they actually do not cautiously observe precepts. When they receive offerings or prostrations, their merits will be “discounted” as people talk about such situation. Put it another way. If one doesn’t carefully observe precepts but still accept offerings and prostrations, he’d become ugly, his face would twist and get emaciated, his body would become skinny, his health would deteriorate, and his lifespan would be shortened. When he dies, he’d enter hells. Even if he’d be reborn as a human, he would be born a deaf or a mute. It’s enough to judge whether a guru is qualified to accept offerings and prostrations by examining the guru’s facial conditions. Nowadays, many masters are either so skinny like a skeleton or their faces have already twisted. Some are even getting ill all the time. They have to wear hats in summer. They’d be diagnosed with many diseases, including heart problems which need surgeries. Why is so? It’s because they don’t cautiously observe precepts. In the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, if a guru who has ascended the throne can’t observe precepts, the outcomes would be more serious than this. In addition to his facial features would change, he might be threw out of the throne simply by an earthquake. More seriously, when he dies, he’d enter the Vajra hell. For those masters who utilize the practice of reciting mantras to help sentient beings and who also has achieved the accomplishment of Ngakpa (master of reciting mantras), their merits are especially great and their performance is extremely auspicious. But, on the other hand, if they violate any precepts, the punishment would be especially severe. It’s because they should know better. When you take refuge under such a master (Ngakpa), the merits of the master can definitely keep down the effects of your karma and allow you sufficient time to practice Buddhism. If you break the precepts of Samadhi, disbelieving in your guru, the Buddha Dharma, Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and dharma protectors, the power to suppress karmic effects would immediately disappear.

It’s more likely for women to violate precepts. They are inclined to become jealous and suspicious. When the aunt of the Sakyamuni Buddha wished to be ordained, initially the Buddha didn’t approve her wish. Only after Master Ananda pleaded three times did the Buddha agree. That’s why Shakyamuni Buddha established 348 precepts for Bhikkhunis, nearly 100 more precepts than those for Bhikkhus. Additionally, the Buddha once said after the existence of nuns, the time for the Age of Right Dharma was 500 years shortened. It was mistaken for the widespread concept that it will take women 500 years more to practice Buddhism. Why would the existence of female Buddhist practitioners shorten the Age of Right Dharma? It’s because women are more likely to violate precepts. Without precepts, there is no Buddha Dharma. Why are women more likely to break precepts? Its’ because women are more narrow minded, reluctant to be infringed and taken advantages of, and easily to get jealous. Moreover, women are more likely to take over what does not belong to them, including other women’s husbands. This kind of possessive mindset does not necessarily have to be physical possession, but psychological. That’s why, in many sutras, it has been emphasized that practitioners would pray not to be reborn as a female. It’s not that women are essentially worse. Without women, there would be no Lord Jigten Sumgon and Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. But their mothers are not like the women mentioned above. Those women mentioned above always tend to make troubles. They are suspicious, jealous, stingy, showing off, and afraid that people would not notice them. Why would women like to wear make-up? Why would women like to be noticed? The answers are all in the sutras.

Ordained disciples would also argue with their personal opinions. If you do not pay attention to your body, speech, and mind, the power of antidote and of protection will not appear. And the vow you make is nothing but in vein. Your mind will move once you meet some situation. The difference between an ordinary person and a saint lies in that an ordinary person’s heart is moved by the environment, while a saint’s heart can change the environment. Nowadays men is gradually to be like women. Men become concerned about face-saving, and the mindset is just like the one of women who like to be beautiful. Why women like to be beautiful is that they mind face-saving. Why men are concerned about face-saving is that they are sensitive about their reputation.

Yesterday a doctor disciple came to pray Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for visiting one patient of his. It was very late in that day, and the disciple said he needed to be with his mother so he could not go. However, in fact he did not accompany his mother but his wife. He thought Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was very nice so he just needed to knee to him. He did not think Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s saying matters! And what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is different is that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would do whatever His Holiness Drikung Chetsang speaks. Look at you. You only think about yourselves and your own profit. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche says the same as you think, you do it. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s saying is not the one you think, you won’t do it. In this way your power of repentance will not generate. Nor will your karma be eliminated. You cannot expect those who do not keep their promise to their benefactor to help their enemy.

Samaya is to keep one’s promise! When you are taking refuge, you have been told that all the words of a yogi or ngakpa are dharma language. A yogi or ngakpa recites mantras every day, and what they teach you is all for helping you accumulate merits and eliminate karma. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not at will ask you for something. Once Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche speaks to ask but you refuse to do it, dharma protectress Achi will then leave you. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche never raises an unreasonable request. However, you always think with your stupid thoughts.

Two disciples, wife and husband, had an ominous dream. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche talked to their elder sister and elder sister’s husband to ask the two disciples to work for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s business. However, their elder sister and elder sister’s husband thought their younger brother had to help their home’s business. Therefore, they just refused Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s request. They did not get it that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked their younger brother to work for him was just for helping him accumulate merits! So now, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would like to announce to you that if the couple would have no money to eat, no house to live, no car to drive, or could not afford their children’s tuition fee, their elder sister and her husband ought to take the responsibility. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does everything for your benefit without telling you the reason in advance. It is because that in Buddhism it talks about conditions. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche creates the conditions for you, but it is you yourselves who decide to take it or not. It would be wrong if you regard you very smart and can compensate in another way. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has met a lot of difficulties and seen many worldly things in this life, at the age of 57, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche seeks for nothing but for that sentient beings in the six realms can get liberation from suffering. It is just as the same teachings bestowed by Yunga Rinpoche and Drubwang Rinpoche to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. To help sentient beings of the six realms get liberated from suffering, the means adopted by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche must be very severe. They are not giving some Buddhist lessons or speaking some pleasant words to you.

On Friday a dharma master who had been a nun for decades and fell ill now was lifted by people up here. The dharma master had certainly done more recitation and Buddhist activities than you. But she still could not relieve the pains no matter how she recited Buddha’s names. The conditions for her to come here today resulted from that there was a disciple’s mother who was mental-disordered and therefore she found a Buddhist temple to stay. The prerequisite for her to stay in the temple was that she needed to take refuge under an ordained person there. And the nun was just her guru under whom she sought refuge. Having this virtuous cause, she gained the virtuous effect. The day no sooner did Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestow blessing than she needed no more injection of morphine. Originally she was injected with morphine every day to stop pains. That day when she was lifted up by people, she expressed her gratitude to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She also implored for the dharma record of teachings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She knew what’s what! Having been a nun for decades in which she had practiced the Pure Dharma and what she contacted was all Buddha-Dharma, yet she was unable to resolve her karma. It is because she did not find the right dharma! Today’s teachings for you were taught by His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche. With these teachings Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can change karma, and so do you. If you could not, it would be due to you do not listen to it and still be self-righteous. Those who regard themselves clever and feel they are doing good to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will make mistakes. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has repeatedly reminded you that, by taking Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the illustration, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche never refuses any request from His Holiness Drikung Chetsang. To anything asked by His Holiness Drikung Chetsang, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche says yes without hesitation. You, on the contrary, always think first. A practitioner’s wisdom is not understandable to you ordinary people. What you have learned before is worldly experiences. However, with the wisdom of nature Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has practiced to attain, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche looks everything with very far and deep views. The reason why you often attend repentance rituals but still cannot resolve your problems is that you do not observe precepts. For those who do not keep precepts by which they commit breaking their vows, even if they have made determination on the power of protection, their karmic power of past lives will still exist and cannot be changed.

Yesterday over 100 people went to see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche even visited 2 hospitals without stopping for rest. One disciple even said that he wanted to follow Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to the hospitals to help the patients recover. Don’t be a dreamer! Five years ago, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang bestowed a protection practice upon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately after hearing about Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s constant visits to the hospitals. Why do people who received Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings feel relieved at once? For example, the ordained person’s karmic obstacles knew that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would be able to help salvage them, so they stopped hurting the person. The so-called blessings are not for you, but for your karmic obstacles, i.e. beings that you harmed. When these beings are pleased, they will bring no harm to you. Therefore, one should make his determination. Nevertheless, you will find it extremely difficult to make the determination with your current capacities because you have too many personal opinions. What should you do then? You should follow your guru’s example and learn his ways. During the pujas, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has bestowed a lot so as to give you an example. If you are able to take in what you have heard and follow the instructions, you will have the strength.

In the mean time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw disciples who forgot to put on the red vest of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center and told them to leave right away. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that their behavior was like ascending the Dharma throne for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Why would they forget? They had no circumspection and failed to consider their attendance in the puja an important matter. Why can’t some people enter today? Because they were late on Friday. When you are late, you owe something to sentient beings. You people still do not believe the law of cause and effect. Anyhow, in order to get the power of refraining from misdeeds, one must be firmly determined and refrain from making any evil karma in body, speech, and mind. Never give yourself any excuse. The two disciples found an excuse of being forgetful for themselves. Such conduct is making an excuse. When you are wrong, you are wrong. There are no explanations. If you try to explain, you do not have any repentance. Without being repentant, your problems can never change. Why are we still so painful? It is because we violated our pure and clean vows, i.e. the four great vows, in our previous lifetimes. We have to learn the Buddhist teachings for the benefit of sentient beings. For the same reason we must attain Buddhahood. Can a person who must attain Buddhahood continue to commit evil conduct in his body, speech, and mind? How can one turn virtuous if he continues to commit evil conduct in his body, speech, and mind?

Thirdly, to rely on. To rely on is to depend on. Who can we depend on then? We can depend on the auspicious and sublime noble beings for help and get rid of our adversity being reincarnated in sufferings. Subjects that we may rely on include the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, orthodox Dharma, and our guru. Therefore, we rely on the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, orthodox Dharma, and our guru with the two aforementioned powers. To put it simply, one should express his repentance openly, admit his own mistakes and wrongdoings, and vow that he will never commit them any more. What if you repeat your mistakes? All your virtues would vanish, including those accumulated from your previous sutra and mantra recitation, kept vows, and observed precepts. You will only have merits left for your next life. Do not think it is alright to make a minor mistake. Do not think that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would get soft-hearted seeing your make your imploration on your knees. It can never work. What mistake would such a person have made? It was greed, being reluctant to let go. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche constantly says that the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and the guru do not bring harm to you. You would like to take anything but disadvantages.

To verbalize one’s repentance is to show his repentance openly. One has to show his repentance openly by saying what it is in front of the statues of Buddhas, the guru, and the public, which consists of Buddhist learners under a common guru. Only when one does this can he really express his genuine repentance. If one keeps everything in his heart, says nothing, and merely prays to the Bodhisattvas, “Bodhisattvas, you know that I have heavy crimes and karma. Help me, then.” It is useless. If one does that, he actually doesn’t want to know about his mistakes. Some people say that they do not know how to repent. Instead of being ignorant, they actually do not want to repent, for they do not think they have made any mistakes. That is why he fails to know how to repent. According to the Buddhist sutras, as long as we have not attained Buddhahood, we can never look into the faces of the sentient beings, our parents in previous lifetimes, and our teachers in previous lifetimes. Because of that, we have to show repentance. So, we have to do it and never repeat the mistakes again. Never ever. The more serious the vows, the more strength you will have to supervise yourself. You will then examine every single thought that you generate. In the sutras, it is said that one should not be afraid of generating illusions. Instead, he should be afraid of realizing it slowly. When one does not know how to reflect upon himself, he has serious problems. Many people tend to excuse themselves by pointing their fingers to others. They would say, “You were the one who told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche about this. If you had not said it, how could Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche have known about this?” For people who often say things like that, or think that others speak ill of themselves in front of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knows about your past, how can Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche not know about your thoughts?

Repentance is directly linked to the auspicious powers of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. That is what Vajrasattva is for. If you only attend pujas and refuse to express your repentance, you will have no strength. In the Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha’s Fundamental Vows, there is a repeated saying, “Every thought of an ordinary being is karma and crime.” Because you are selfish and self-opinionated, you thereby get karma and crime.

The blessing means that the power of merits and virtues by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can temporarily help you to constrain the karma, and give you the time to practice dharma. Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will save those who have urgent needs but not the one who are in poor. They will help you when you have disasters but helping once is enough. They cannot save you again if you are disobedient. Because you have deviated against the teaching and criteria from Buddhas. There is no necessary to request Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche recite mantras whole day for you. the unfailing supply of the blessing will bestow to you when you believe and follow the teaching of guru. In previous years Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was too poor to even have a meal, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had skin cancer, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not call His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and implore His Holiness for performing dharma rituals for him.

That does not mean that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is not willing to bestow the blessing to you. That is because that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has to help those sentient beings from outsiders every day. Yesterday there was a male disciple requested Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to bestow blessing to his mother for a slight illness. However this male disciple was not aware that there were so many believers needs Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help. This male disciple should make 500 times full prostrations and make repentance in representative of his mother. To go into whys and wherefores, you are too lazy to implement those dharma which has been learned from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Another disciple nervously asked for the blessing because he took a X-ray picture and found that his liver is slightly ill. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked him how many times of making full prostrations has he done for every day? He replied only 50 times of making full prostrations. The purpose of guru transmitted the dharma is to let you implement it in order to let Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has the extra time to help those sentient beings who had no opportunity to meet Rinpoche before. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would be stuck by disciples like you if you are not willing to practice dharma actually. If you can indeed practice those dharma transmitted by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, a lot of things have been solved already.

It does not mean that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is not willing to help the disciple with difficulty but the disciples can handle those small issues or hitches by yourself. You can make more full prostrations or reciting the Mantras. If not ,you can also make offering or listen to Dharma recording more. Since you have took refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for years and already had the benefits bestowed by Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, Why don’t you believe it? What is the definition of “Believe”? It means that you must believe you can achieve it by yourself. Why can Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche achieve it, but you cannot achieve it? What are the problems? That is because that you do not believe them: The first one is that you don’t believe the law of cause and effect, the second that you don’t believe Buddha, the third is that you don’t believe you can make it. Therefore you would rely on Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for every trouble. It was just like to play lute to a cow for the enlightenment of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, you ate just thinking that those are just the stories only.

In fact, the old people are naturally with some a little problem for their health. Being a son, it will be enough to make full prostrations on behalf of your parents. What we can do is to rely on Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Vajrasattva, but you have to do by yourself. If there was no need to practice dharma by yourself, thus Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not have performed retreat. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could rely on that Drubwang Norbu Rinpoche,Yunga Rinpoche and His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, would it be necessary to for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche practice dharma so much? You are all the worship-believer not a disciple of Buddhism. If you were only listening to Dharma more and more but you would not be willing to practice it, your next life will become a pet to have with someone taking care of you. Like the giant pandas in China Sichuan, they might listen the dharma so much but too lazy to practice it in their previous life, otherwise how could it be so many people to take care of them? They might be the example for your future like you if you don’t want to make decision to leave a break in order to finish the assignment. All you would make explanations are that: You are very tired after off duty, you have to take care of children and parents, you have to cooking which is very tired..etc.

The fourth is for the power of counteraction (pratipaka-bala). What is the meaning of “Counteraction”? Why today we could not to be liberated from reincarnation and we are still in suffering ? That is because that we have done evil deeds for our previous lives. So we must reduce or prevent the bad effect of evil karma by doing virtues that has the opposite effect, that is called counteraction. The virtues doesn’t mean that you donate some money to the charitable organization, that is the worldly virtue which can not be transferred or counteracted the evil karma for your previous lives. A real and important virtue is just like aforementioned enlightenment is to make repentance. For the criteria of Buddha, when you benefit yourself , it can be called “Evil deeds”. When taking refuge, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had mentioned that the evil karma would be reduced or disappeared just by the way of doing virtue exactly. What is the meaning of doing virtue? The greed, hatred, delusion must not be existed in each of your notion. If there is any evil notion, the seed of evil by your previous life will get the opportunity to germinate, growing, blossom, fruiting. Those evils accumulated by our previous lives can only be found by the wisdom of Buddha. You can only review that how many evil and virtue notions did you have yesterday? We must be laboriously and constructively change our thought. Why did Buddha teach us so many dharma gateways? Those are the ways to counteract those bad habits: greed, hatred, delusion, self-conceit, and doubt. In order to transfer our evil karma, we must be aware of our notions with vigilance. You have to immediately to examine it when the initial notion appeared, you must make repentance at once to prevent it from recurrence if that was a bad notion. You must continually keep on doing it and never to break it off.

Why was Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often telling your face is dark? That is because that your mind is still having with evil karma, why was your appearance not turning a good-looking or sinister in appearance? That is because that you are still apt to compare with others and have the evil notion. When your mind change, the appearance is changing accordingly, naturally you will become a good health. Although the waist of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is still not recovered, but the health of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is getting better gradually to compare with last year and the year before last. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is aware of his condition except he feels tired every day. Why is the health of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche getting better? That is because that the evil deeds are gradually decreasing and the virtue is increasing. How to change your mind? To learn the mind of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas is the way to change your mind. The mind of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas is only to benefit sentient beings. You don’t afraid to be at a disadvantage and haggle over with others. Those people who like to haggle over with others whole day, will get lose at last. If your children are educated to avoid being at a disadvantage for everything from one’s childhood, they are absolutely doing evil deeds when they grow up. Don’t think that it is a pity when your children are bullied or at a disadvantage. Don’t think that it is not good when your children are beaten and scolded. Don’t think that it is not good when the teacher treat your children fiercely. Those will enhance your children with the evil notion when you have those thought. There are a lot of people always complain that their children are unruly. That is the root cause when you educated the unruly child not to be at a disadvantage, it is hard to be rectified when he grows up.

His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang enlightened us that the dharma how to transfer your mind and the meditation and the way of practicing dharma which are in respect of enhancing our virtue. Why do you need to practice Dharma Protector of Drikung Kagyu Achi every day? Why do you need to make meditation for 3 minutes? Why do you have to make full prostrations? Those are the one and only way to increase your virtue. But most of people are lazy, thinking those are virtue deeds to donate with a little money to a charitable organization or spend money for lighting the luminary. On contrary, those are not virtue. Why the old people will have the suffering? That is because of the killing karma. If you are not willing to make full prostrations, that is because you are afraid of pains. When you are afraid of feeling pain, the pains will increase. Someone even thought that ones will die form the cerebral congestion or high blood pressure when keeping on making full prostrations. If you are afraid of death and pain, you have to repay the debt to your karmic creditors by your human body. Or you have to repay the debt to your karmic creditors by the suffering in the Realm of Hells. Don’t think that you will not go to the realm of hells when you have learned the Buddhism. You will go to Realm of Hells when you have not learned in the right way. Last Friday the nun who was an example for a Bodhisattva to remind you that even if an ordained person could not release the suffering from the karma retribution if ones could not meet a yogi or an Ngakpa to help her. She has done many good deeds and lots of disciples. Could it be said that she is unable to recite the name of Buddha? She was sleepless and continually recited the name of Buddha. If there is no Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she has been in the suffering of karma retribution. That is because she did not practice the real virtues because she could not meet a real guru with virtues to give her the correct instruction and teaching.

Many people thought that they can hear the advanced or deeper dharma from the enlightenment of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and the enlightenment of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche must be less than His Holiness. Last time, Dalai Lama enlightened the Dharma at Jangchubling Monastery. There was a disciple telling Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the dharma which enlightened by Dalai Lama has already mentioned by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. For the beginner of learning Dharma, the dharma is the same for all gurus. That is because you are not qualified to learn the Tantra. You still have the suspicion with gurus who are not qualified to learn the Tantra. Being a person who learns the Tantra must be absolutely obeying the guru’s instruction. Even if the guru asks ones to die, you have to die without any objection. There was once time, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was a believer of Drikung Kagyu Order, the first center of Drikung Kagyu Order in Taiwan was lack of NTD200, 000 and calling Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for help. During the time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche only had money which was prepared for office rental. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave money to the center of Drikung Kagyu Order, and then tried to explain the lesser of office for the reason. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s philosophy – Buddha-Dharma, Drikung Kagyu Order and guru is the first priority. The last one is Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and sentient beings are in front of Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is so strictly to treat himself, so he can achieve it. As for you, you cherish yourself too much and so care your own benefits as to unable to be strict with yourself. Ones Learning the Tantra will be very strict with himself, not for sentient beings.

And then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang has mentioned the most effective and complete of Vajrasattva meditation with reciting the one-hundred-syllable Vajrasattva mantra, it will be the most powerful for treating our problems. Why could Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche practice dharma so fast? That is because that the Yidam of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is Vajrasattva. When His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang would like to transmit the heart of Mahamudra teachings, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche made the appeal to His Holiness: He needs to complete 100,000 times one-hundred-syllable Vajrasattva mantra within 20 days and would be dared to accept the heart of Mahamudra teachings from His Holiness. It would be a laborious for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche during the 20days to recite 100,000 times one-hundred-syllable Vajrasattva mantra without enough time to have eating and sleeping. That is because that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche worried his heavy karma which was not appropriate to accept the important Dharma teaching, therefore that was only way to fix himself strictly.

Why His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang let Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to ascend the Dharma Seat and start to have the disciples. That was not for the big offering by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, but for that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has completed the way which the Tibetan could not achieve it. He is completely following the teaching of dharma, and self-disciplined more and more. Before His Holiness did not yet allow Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can start to accept disciples, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would never accept someone can prostrate to him. After His Holiness allowed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to ascend the Dharma Seat and start to have the disciples, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then started to accept someone can make offering and prostrate to him. That is not like you who are so arrogant to claim that you can accompany with your guru to see the patients and heal their illness.

In the Four Uncommon Preliminary Practices, make full prostrations and the Vajrasattva mantra are the most important basis for practicing the dharma. If you were not complete, there would be useless for others. Even though you can make mandala offering more than 100,000 times every day, there will be no good fortune reward. Even though you have learned the Four-Session Guru Yoga with 1,000,000 times,it will be useless for any reaction. When learning the dharma, we must keep the concepts in mind that we will die in future. We will die toward the way to do anything. If you have this mind, you would not forget to wear the red vest to attend the puja. You would know each of details for the sake of attending the puja which is for the purpose of birth and death. Another male disciple leaving the red vest in the taxi, will not be punished for NTD5, 000 only, there will be something happened in future.

Why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche called you one by one? It is because to let you to make repentance in public. This disciple kneed down besides Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and spoke in very low tone to say “I left my red vest in the taxi. I would like to make repentance.” Who did he want to make repentance? That’s why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche called you one by one  to let you to make repentance in public. At that time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw a disciple yawning. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked him to stand up, and also said that his parents spoil him too much and his attitude towards his parents is too bad. Therefore, this disciple was very mean to parents and this was also the reason why he yawned and felt bored. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche punished him by kneeling in the puja.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche proceeded to bestow enlightenments of the teachings of His Holiness Drikung Chetsang to the attendee: During the process of practice of the four kinds of power – of repentance, of protection, of devotion, and of antidote, we shall not have any contamination, evil karma, or evil behavior created. If you have some created, your karma cannot be eliminated. The reason why so many people who attend the repentance rituals and learn Buddhism still have karma manifestation is that during the process there are contaminations, namely, the heart of greediness, hatred, delusion, arrogance, and doubt, and the evil behaviors.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche usually scolds you, corrects you, and finds faults with you is due to that your behaviors and speeches have been always contaminated. You are doing evil so that your practice takes no effect. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has two ordained disciples who have been much scolded too. Do not think in mistake that as they are ordained people, they would not be scolded. The truth is they are. Therefore, you can see many people who seem to be diligent Buddhist learners and involve in many Buddhist activities such as attending repentance rituals still have many problems. The reason is just they have contamination, evildoings, and evil karma.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche picks on you is because that many a little makes a mickle. If you pay no attention to your petty actions, thoughts, and speeches, you will have evil behaviors, like the female disciple who kept getting into a temper at others, making impolite speeches, talking back in defiance with a poke face. Thus is one kind of evil behaviors. You, the present attendees, no matter men or women, often act in thus way. You may disbelieve what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has said and think Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is too severe and strict. However, today the teachings are bestowed by His Holiness Drikung Chetsang.

Keeping on polluting yourselves, then your evil behaviors are created, and then the evil karma manifests. Taking a nun disciple for example, she used to take out the remaining dishes given by others after she finished the meals in a restaurant. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche blamed on her and queried her with what qualification could she take things from others. She should have been grateful to people for giving her food. The reason why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche disallows you to make offerings to the two ordained people is that their living expenses are supported by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Besides, they do not possess sufficient virtues to receive offering.

Here the teachings of His Holiness Drikung Chetsang are very clear and just the same as what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has told before. There was a female disciple who was scolded by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on her driving the reverse direction. It was just the evil behavior from which she minded herself convenience only and did not care about others. You often ride in the reverse direction and it is also the evildoing and contamination. You always talk about to eliminate karma, but do you think some recitation of Buddha’s names cannot help eliminate karma. It can but with preconditions of that you need to cease all evil thoughts and acts. Have you stopped it? You even have not started to do full prostrations after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche transmitted it to you. This is evil! Because you do not act in accordance with the teachings! If you just make excuse by saying that you have no time to do it, you will not be able to change your karma!

Before, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche made prostrations, on behalf of father, of the Eighty-eight Buddhas Repentance every day for a year. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has taken him himself as an illustration for you, you do not need to seek Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche if your parents get ill. Just make full prostrations on behalf of your parents! However, being lazy and unwilling to make the prostrations, you have the contaminated heart of greediness.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche recalls when he started to help people; he met a woman who suffered from gastric cancer. At that time she was unable to eat due to her stomach being blocked in by cancer cells. After being blessed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for two times, she was able to have food. Her doctor also said that her tumor became smaller. The women had four sons. One among them studied in Japan, and the other three came to ask for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s instruction. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche disliked people ask him what they could do. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would definitely ask in reply what they could do. People who ask the question are basically arrogant. Hence, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told them they could recite twenty thousand times of the Mani Mantras per day per person and dedicate the merits to their mother. As a result, all of them replied that they had no time to do that.

Later on, the son who studied in Japan came back to Taiwan. At the age of over thirty, he had not been out to work, and he was the real one of the karmic creditors to his mother. No sooner than his coming back did he state that he insisted mother take the medical treatment. Their mother then underwent chemotherapy and passed away half month later. From time to time people come to ask Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche if they should go under the operation or not. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has nothing to say. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche advises them believe in Buddha-dharma, the case would be like a previous one that a disciple’s wife whose unborn child received Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help and recovered from cerebral edema. Originally the doctor asked them to give up saying that it was not possible for a fetus with wet brain to recover. Nevertheless, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told them do not fear and promised them the child would certainly be recovered. As a result, their daughter was born healthy and fine. Recently this mother had found herself having a tumor and became to be afraid. She came to ask Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche if she needed an operation. From the way you can tell, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has nothing to say to this kind of disciples but vomits blood.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would vomit blood in that the disciple was merely asking for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s endorsement. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her not to have an operation, she would like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to take the responsibility; whereas, if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche suggested her undergo the surgical operation, she would want Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to bless her on it. How loathsome the disciple could be. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche himself had ever had skin cancer and there were two affected parts on his body. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche never asked His Holiness Drikung Chetsang to conduct a dharma nor asked for any instruction for it. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew it was his own karma, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would rather cultivate Buddhism diligently! Make a self-reflection. There is a doctor disciple who knows very clear about Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s illness of skin cancer. At that time the disciple implored Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to remove the cancer cells. There was a mole of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche suddenly turned grey, became hard and raised. That was just the prognosis of skin cancer. On the spot two doctor disciples also confirmed the saying of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. A disciple said he had ever seen Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s black spots have obviously disappeared. Now Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has more beautiful complexion than yours. In which method Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche developed? It is to believe that one must have his faults, to believe in Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, to believe in His Holiness Drikung Chetsang, and to believe that one can definitely make it. The spots on Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s face were actually the forewarning of liver cancer!

You disciples are all detestable as you are doing evil. Not believing in Buddhas and Bodhisattvas is evil. Not giving what a Guru asks for is evil. And you even find a lot of excuses. The husbands shirk responsibilities toward the wives and vice versa. People who are so evil are not able to practice virtuous deeds. People who lost their vest of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center are not able to practice virtuous deeds. Here the teachings of His Holiness Drikung Chetsang are very lenient indeed. It says that do not have contamination, nor the evil karma or evil behaviors. After that, you can counteract your previous evil karma. The reason why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could attain is that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has listened to what His Holiness Drikung Chetsang has taught. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has the complete faith in Buddha-dharma. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not fear death, taking it for granted as feeling his evil karma is too heavy. How about you? At that time Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had a wide range of spots on face, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just completely changed even his constitution through his cultivation of Buddhism.

We shall be very aware of our mindset. Supervise and control yourselves rather than slack off. When you become a little bit slack, your karma of past lives would get a chance to step in and stop you from listening to Buddhism. Like a disciple who was disallowed to attend today’s puja and she only could stay outsides. It was because the day before yesterday when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was back at the Glorious Jewel Jewelry Company, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave instruction to let the believers come first to seek audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and the disciples queue up behind. It was because the advice-seekers are in the time of suffering. However, the disciple thought she was greater than others as she was about to make offering. She abruptly kneed down before Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, taking out a cash gift. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche returned the cash gift to her. And then, she still came to another female disciple who was also too nosy. She did hear Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s instruction, but she still helped the one to take the cash gift to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche again refused. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not take the offering made by those who do not even listen to his guru. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche pays most attention to sentient beings. The disciples who have taken refuge of course should line up behind. People who seek audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the first time are in their most difficult time. However, the female disciple, considering herself somebody, rushed to make the offering before others.

Another female disciple brought a stack of red envelops to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. There was writing on one of them, saying that the person wanted to make an offering to His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. So, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche rejected all the offered red envelops. Previously in India, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche already told you not to make offerings with differentiation. Besides, as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is so busy, what if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche forgets to make the offering to His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang? The karmic retribution of such a mistake would be really heavy. Did you want to look for trouble for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and want Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to remember that one red envelop needs to be offered to His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang?

So, you never follow the instructions. You have been told that you should have Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche make appropriate arrangements for you if you want to make offerings. If you want to make an offering to a specific subject, at least you should offer more. There were only two or three thousand NTD. If you offer 2 million NTD, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will remember that it is for His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. It is clearly stated in the Dharma texts that one should not differentiate his offerings between a lama and a master. You always make offerings with differentiation. Who would want your money?

Such conduct is an evil deed, evil karma, and a polluted heart. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once taught you that you should make offerings with a heart of loving kindness and compassion. In the Universal Door Chapter, what is said to teach about making offerings? If one makes offerings with differentiation by saying this one for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and the other for His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, what can such offerings do even being accepted? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche believes in the law of cause and effect. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche forgets about this, its cause and effect are very serious and cannot be joked around. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would rather reject your offering on behalf of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang.

Before His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang recognized Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s attainment, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche never dared to accept any offerings, nor did Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche dare to let others do prostrations to him. Why? It was because His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang had to confirm that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s karma had been purified first. The guru is the yidam.

Therefore, the Dharma text teaches us that we should make imploration to Vajrasattva so as to make sure that we have purify our evil conduct accumulated in our previous lives. After Vajrasattva confirms, the yidam would say, “Buddhist, you have purified all your evil karma and pollution.” Therefore, we should have firm faith and realize that we have been purified. It is of utmost importance. So, what does faith refer to? One should have faith that he would be able to make it. Our purified evil karma does not necessarily manifest through our physical bodies. Many people think that they won’t be sick when their evil karma is purified and that everything has to go well since the evil karma is purified. In fact, it depends. You forget about a saying, “To have reduced heavy karma retribution.” You might have had to go into the hell as your karmic retribution. Nevertheless, as you practice Vajrasattva, you will then develop diseases as a manifestation of your karma accumulated in previous lives so that you can pay off your debts.

Therefore, it can sometimes take place after a practice being performed. Some people might feel ill after a Chod puja and think that it was the practice that set them up. In fact, they would be defaming the practice with such comments. When a practice is performed, your karma will be purified. However, as one’s karmic retribution cannot be changed and has to take effect. His heavy karmic retribution would thereby be reduced and he might get sick. For example, a disciple had a car accident and his leg was bumped. Such a thing surely happens. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche made the determination to benefit the sentient beings, all his businesses collapsed and even left nothing for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to eat. Why? It was to pay off his debts. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not regret or complain. As for you, you would have thought that maybe you had not done the recitation or visualization properly. Such thinking was actually better. For worse, some might even think that they should have given up practice for practice had brought them misfortune. They would think that they should have refrained from reciting and that it was the recitation that caused the problem. People who think like that are those who have committed heavy evil karma.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often says, “The Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will do harm to us.” If you conduct every practice means with Bodhichitta, will the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas do harm to you? Never. Why do problems still occur? They are actually reduced heavy karmic retribution. You have to pay off your debts. Originally, you had to pay back 1 million and now you can meet your debts with merely 500 thousand. You still need to pay the money back and cannot get away with it. Therefore, congratulations to those who have minor physical problems. It means that you will not fall into the hell. A disciple whose mother felt a bit ill brought his mother to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for blessing. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then scolded the disciple, “How many sentient beings did your mother kill? How can she not feel ill?” Therefore, we should not mistake the saying “to purify all the evil karma and pollution.” It doesn’t mean that nothing will happen. Do not think this way. When some problems occur, you should generate joy about yourself and have gratitude to the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and your guru because they help you dissolve all your previously accumulated evil karma in this life. You will not have to bring the evil karma to your next life. If one’s karma is not purified and debts not paid off, he can never attain liberation from the cycle of birth and death. So, when you have anything that goes against your will during your Buddhist study, never turn back, regret, or generate any evil thought. If you have such a thought, you will defame the Buddhas and shed the Buddha’s blood. Such crime is really heavy. You can claim yourself ignorant before seeking refuge. As you have taken refuge, your crime will be even heavier if you make the mistake deliberately.

In the past, a Rinpoche asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, “Did you have a grudge when you had nothing to eat at that time?” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche replied, “No, it was my karma and my karmic retribution.” Even a Tibetan found it difficult to believe that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, a Han person, could make it. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was still a believer who supported the Drikung Kagyu Lineage, tens of millions NTD was donated. If you had been Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, you would have thought of your previous donations and regretted. You would have complained that His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang did not perform any practice for you and that lamas did not recite sutras for you. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not have such thoughts at all. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche only knew about his heavy karmic crime and felt immensely grateful to His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang as well as the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas for granting Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche the opportunity to pay off the debts.

Therefore, one should have correct thinking towards learning Buddhism. When your husband beat you for no reasons during your Buddhist study, congratulations to you! Your husband might have wanted to divorce you. Everything was alright after you were beaten. You might say that Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara was not efficacious. Even with daily recitations of the Six Syllable Mantra for the benefit of your husband, things did go as you wished. You would then give up on the recitation. The better ones would go to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and asked, “Did I conduct the recitation in a wrong way so it didn’t work?” It’s not. Being beaten by your own husband is better than being killed by others. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once warned a man not to go out at night until the end of a certain month. Otherwise, he would be seriously beaten. The man thought for a while, knowing that it would be impossible for him to stay indoors at night since he had so many friends in Taiwan. Therefore, he went to the United States. One night in the US, he went to a bar for some drinks and was beaten by the locals. He ended up staying in the hospital for 2 months. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once told another man that he should definitely remain at home on the night of the Dragon Boat Festival, or he would be beaten. The man really followed the instruction and did not go outside that night. However, he drank a few alcoholic drinks at home and had a quarrel with his girlfriend, who then beat him up. Therefore, cause and effect cannot be changed.

At this time, some children were quarreling in the venue. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then admonished a child that he would have an ulcer on his tongue if he enjoyed scolding others.

Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued. The law of cause and effect is actually a lot of fun. A practitioner like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would also know that one will have problems if he does not have repentance or faith in the Buddhist teachings. When one has repentance and faith in the Buddhist teachings, his problems will be relieved and even vanish. Therefore, you have to practice genuinely in accord with the practice means taught by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. You should practice diligently. The fact that you cannot solve your problems lies in that you have been polluting yourself and committing evil karma and deeds. As long as you have any hateful thought against others, you are evil. One can easily generate a hateful thought. For example, “This person has made me lose my face” is a hateful thought. “This person set me up and let me be scolded by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche” is another example of a hateful thought. “The guru scolded me and I am pitiful” is a hateful thought as well as a bad habit, too. You are more fortunate than Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, for you have Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to supervise you. Who supervised Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche? The fact that you are scolded an punished by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is actually your merits accumulated in your previous lives. If you feel a bit unhappy, thinking that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche wronged you or mistook you, you will have committed evil deeds. You are all transparent in front of a practitioner, who knows clearly about your thoughts.

So His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, using his own experience of practices, suggested us that “among all the dharmas of practices, contemplating and meditating on death and impermanence” are the most important. Why don’t you attain achievements on practicing Buddha dharma now? It is because you do not want to die and are very afraid of death, and secondly, you do not accept impermanence. What is impermanence? It is change. All of you wished that good things could be eternal. If good things could be eternal, bad things would be eternal as well. So when you think good things should not be changed eternally, your bad things will not be changed eternally either. This is because you have confirmed them. The Buddha has said that all dharmas do not change which means that everything will change; everything is not constant and does not have self-nature; everything is generated and eliminated based on causes and conditions and is forever changing.

Any sentient being definitely will die. The sentient beings of the six realms will still die, even in the heaven realm, the highest realm, let alone us, the sentient beings in the human realm. So Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always stressed that Buddha Sakyamuni came to this world only for one great thing: helping sentient beings escaping from the cyclic existence. In order to leave the cyclic existence, we have to think why we will die. When we could clearly know why we would die, we could then accomplish the achievement that we would not be reborn; not being reborn causes no death; when there is death, there must be birth; when there is birth, there must be death, circling continuously. For us to become no death and no birth we should not just say so; we have to truly accomplish the behaviors of stopping evil deeds and doing virtuous deeds. This virtue is not doing charities in this world; the virtue of doing charity will still let us stay in the cycles of birth and death. The true virtue refers to the methods of attaining Buddhahood, which is real virtue, pure virtue, and the virtue without mixing impurity. When we can achieve this virtue, the power of birth and death will then not happen. Why do we have birth and death? It is because we have karma, regardless of evil karma or virtuous karma. When we do not accept the fact of death and always use any method to avoid it, we will do evil karma.

In our world, everything and every process in this life is causes and effects, causes and conditions. These are all dharmas of generation and elimination and not important. The most important is our own major event of birth and death and sentient beings’ major events of birth and death. There is a phrase of liberating one self and then liberating others. If you could not handle your own birth and death, how could you have the conditions to help reciting sutras and liberating for others? If you could not liberate yourself, how would you have the strength to liberate others? Practicing Buddha dharma is not learning supernatural powers, is not learning supernatural correspondence, is not learning any fame and wealth, and is not learning curing illnesses; Practicing Buddha dharma is that we can understand, accept and face the two things, impermanence and death. If we understand that our awareness dies on impermanence, then our whole practice can have meanings and will be successful. Why didn’t you attain achievements? It was because you had the following thoughts all day long, “Rinpoche is compassionate and will let me earn more money”, “If I am kind to Rinpoche, I will have good business”, “I will just have virtues by relying on Rinpoche”. These matters have nothing to do with death and impermanence. Therefore, your practices have no meanings and will not succeed.

Hence, we should accomplish that our future life will not be affected by our death; we must keep precepts; we must practice the Ten Good Deeds; and we must practice true meditation.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then continued to speak His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s enlightenments: “If we do not understand, or may not correctly realize, the importance of death and impermanence, even if we diligently practice other dharmas, it will be difficult for us to attain great accomplishments.” The meaning of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s words is that if you do not have the correct concept of knowing the purpose of practicing Buddha dharma, even if you have practiced many dharmas, you will not have any great accomplishments. As the nun on Friday, she did not understand death and impermanence. She recited Buddha’s name in her whole life without attaining achievements; her only accomplishment was that she found someone to help her to just reduce her sufferings. This was because she always thought, the same as many people, that practicing Buddha dharma was for gaining one’s own merits and for obtaining one’s own virtues, but these had nothing to do with impermanence and death. After you attach importance to these two things, you can then put everything in this world down, again and again. We have so much pain today because we cannot let go, because we cannot give up, and because we cannot throw things away. Hence, there was such idiot. It was obvious that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had saved his daughter, but he still came to ask Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche whether his daughter needed a surgery. He was just afraid of death. What was wrong? It was because he did not know clearly, did not contemplate, and did not accept the importance of death and impermanence. Because when we think this is mine, this belongs to me, or I own this matter, that is just “permanence”. When you are certain that things are permanent, you will suffer when losing these things.

Life is fundamentally impermanent; good thing changes to bad thing and bad thing changes to good thing, circling repeatedly without stopping. Where does our suffering today come from? It comes from our attachment to permanence. Having the concept of permanence is the inception of pain. When you hope that you have no suffering, you will start to do evil deeds.

Therefore, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang repeatedly reminded us that if you did not pay much attention to and did not understand the importance of death and impermanence, even if you diligently practiced other dharmas, you could not have great accomplishments. Strictly speaking, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had not practiced any great dharma and could not even perform many mudras, because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was not a formally trained Rinpoche. Why has Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had a little accomplishment? This is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has profoundly accepted and realized impermanence and death. For example, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was too poor to eat anything before, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew that this was impermanence and had no resentment and no regret. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche neither blamed others nor thought like you as “Recite more of this mantra so that we can turn around sooner”. This was like certain male disciple who had performed full-body prostrations every day in the hopes of turning better. Now he had gotten better, at least he was not in jail.

A person with big capacity can naturally accept this phenomenon. We often said that we should not attach to any condition and go against any condition; this is the truth. Because impermanence is the natural phenomenon of the whole universe and birth and death are also the natural phenomena for all sentient beings, including non-material world, there is only one method for us to avoid these two phenomena, attaining Buddhahood. In order to become a Buddha, we should benefit sentient beings to be qualified. Therefore, we have to learn many dharmas, to practice the Six Paramitas, and to practice Thirty-Seven Practices, and so on. Why? These are not to change your fate. However, this thing is very strange. As long as you are willing to resolve to have a mind of liberating from the cycles of rebirth and death, your fate will change immediately. As master Naropa had said, “If you are willing to generate Bodhicitta and are determined to use Bodhicitta, your karma will be naturally eliminated.” Why can a person who generates Bodhicitta eliminate his karma? Because he will soon become a future Buddha, his karma from past generations of lives will not hinder him; when he attains Buddhahood, all his karmic creditors will follow him and attain Buddhahood as well.

Sometimes your practicing of Buddha dharma was forced. For example, the two daughters of a male disciple were forced to practice Buddha dharma, because their mother told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that she wanted her two daughters to practice Buddha dharma at the time of receiving the help of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Phowa dharma when she passed away. The two daughters were reluctant and did not even practice the full-body prostrations. They thought Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche spoke about this casually and whether Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche lied to them. Having two more disciples or having two less disciples will not affect Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Why did their mother want them both to practice Buddha dharma? This was because she was saved by Buddha dharma such that she could leave sufferings and attain joyfulness.

Therefore, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang said that we should focus on the fundamental teaching of death and impermanence, understand it, accept it, and remember it in our mind; our practices will then be effective. These few sentences are golden rules; you should achieve them. Especially for those elders here, you should not be afraid of sick all day long, should not be afraid of having a child who has no filial piety, should not be afraid of being reprimanded by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche scolded you for your own good. You have lived for few decades without being reprimanded by others; only Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was not afraid of doing so.

When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helped sentient beings by practicing the Phowa dharma, the coming sentient beings were very miserable because they knew they did not have human bodies now; and they did not know what to do in the future; no one could help them. These are not serious. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had seen the sentient beings in the realm of hell; they are really suffering.

Hence, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang said that the true Mahamudra is to practice Buddha dharma in the moment under any circumstances. It means that no matter you are under good conditions or difficult times, your any phenomenon in every second is Buddha dharma. Buddha dharma is to benefit sentient beings. This means that when being in good times you should use your good power to benefit more sentient beings while when being in bad times you can use the phenomena of difficulties to benefit sentient beings as well; you can let the sentient beings understand the dreadfulness of karmic retribution. When you get sick, your sickness displays and tells other people that I now have to receive the result caused by the evil deeds I had done in the past. For example, previously when being the employee of a jewelry store in Hong Kong, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had taken the boss’ list of customers to do private business and had earned a lot of money. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was complacent and thought he was very capable, very skillful, and very cleaver. As a result, when arriving in Australia, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had paid off the whole karmic debts by being cheated by other people. So your karmic retribution of not doing your work diligently is very miserable. For all of you who get paid, ask yourself how many things you have done for your boss; for those who take salaries from the government, for example, teachers, civil servants, bank tellers, they all have karmic retributions after taking advantages without doing much work. Especially for those who write articles, they all have karmic retributions. Why are you not afraid of karmic retributions? It is because you do not understand impermanence and do not accept the fact of death.

When being in financial difficulty, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still practiced Buddha dharma. When being in prosperous times, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche practiced Buddha dharma even more. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not say to practice Buddha dharma later until he get rich because of being poor. Some male disciple previously introduced many poor friends to come here. None of them can be seen now. He told them practicing Buddha dharma would bring them money. However, after they have learned Buddhism for a very long time, they still have no money. So they do not come. Because the disciple’s concept is not correct, his friends’ concept is naturally the same as his concept. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang said that the true Mahamudra is that a Buddhist practitioner has to practice Buddha dharma under any circumstances; for the practitioner, any circumstance is Buddha dharma. You all want to be smooth on practicing Buddha dharma; this is wrong; practicing Buddha dharma may not be smooth. When practicing Buddha dharma, Master Naropa had many obstacles. Milarepa was like this as well. How can one be always smooth? Later when Milarepa’s virtues and merits appeared, he then started to be smooth. Why you are not smooth before your virtues and merits appear? It is because you have not cleared your karma. To clear your karma, you have to following the teachings of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and the guru.

His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang later said that through the practice of Mahamudra a practitioner can attain the perfect Buddhahood; to achieve this goal, the practice has to be effective. What is called effective? To make your practice effective, you have to understand that all phenomena absolutely depend on each other. This truth is that all you have seen, heard, and felt do not occur by themselves; they all have their causes and effects and their causes and conditions. A matter will not suddenly emerge; a condition will also not suddenly happen to you. There must be a reason before they occur; there must be a condition before they happen. When the condition matures and the karmic retribution ripens, those things can then happen today. The meaning is that if we planted an evil cause today, and in between the planting of the cause and the emergence of the evil result there was no evil condition to help, this seed may not germinate or even die. So His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang taught you previously to use virtuous deeds to counter. For example, we had done evil deeds in the past, but we repent today; and this is the beginning of virtue. If the force of your counteraction is virtuous and helpful conditions, and the evil seed does not have the opportunity to be irrigated, it will have no chance to sprout; if the seed does not germinate and grow, the evil result will not occur. Therefore, good and evil cannot cancel out each other; they depend on each other; evil can turn into good and good can turn into evil; it all depends on the causes and conditions arising during the process. If the causes and conditions during the process are correct, then continuing on the path you will see the virtuous fruit; even if the evil seed has sprouted, but because you have a lot of virtuous seeds, the evil fruits that can grow are small; thus, you will receive your serious retribution lightly. We often have a wrong idea that “We did a bad thing and a good thing. They can cancel each out.” For example, many people have earned money they should not deserve to earn. But they think it will be fine if they can donate one-tenth of the money. Impossible! The efforts we have to pay for doing virtues have to be many more times more than the strengths of doing evils in order to use the virtuous result to change the evil result or to prevent it from happening.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was originally a person who would die in his forties. Because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had taken refuge and continuously done virtuous deeds, the fruit of death did not appear at that time. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was originally a person who would get cancer. Because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had continuously done virtuous deeds, the retribution of cancer was reduced. Practicing Buddha dharma is not for giving you supernatural power, fame, higher rank, and wealth, but completely for your mind. If you do not eliminate karma first, even if you have virtues, good fruit will not grow relative to your heavy karma. We can suppress or even eliminate the evil fruits, we can suppress or eliminate the virtuous fruits as well. This is relative and interdependent. Do not think that you have taken refuge today and the virtues have appeared; so you will see the virtuous fruits. If the middle actions have contaminations, evil deeds, or evil karma, the virtuous fruits will not occur. This is because your causes and conditions are bad and will suppress or even kill the virtuous fruits. Therefore, good and evil are interdependent, not canceling each out. Good could turn into evil and evil could turn into good. For example, at the time of liberating sentient beings, some of the deceased persons should not fall into the realm of hell according to their original karma. But if the person who performs the ritual of liberation is not following the true dharma, for example, fighting or disputing in front of the deceased person, or having a dirty and polluted mind, he will immediately generate the evil cause of falling into the realm of hell for the deceased person. The deceased person has the supernatural power of a ghost and will know what you think in your mind. If he has generated any angry thought, he will go down to the realm of hell.

Why could some people still receive Phowa after doing evil deeds in their whole life? Perhaps before he died, he met a virtuous guru and had a repentant and faithful mind. This is virtue, so he had the virtue to receive Phowa. Another reason was that his sons and daughters were very filial and constantly came to implore the guru. The third reason was that this virtuous guru and the deceased person had connections in the past; even if the deceased person did evil deeds in this life, because he had done really thick virtues in his past lives, the guru could still help him when he needed the most help.

Many folk beliefs promote the idea of changing one’s fate. In Buddha dharma, one’s fate cannot be changed, but “turned”. If one’s fate can be changed, then the law of cause and effect will not be followed. The things here, taking underwear, cutting some hair and nail, calculating birthday horoscopes, and building a stranger’s grave, do not change one’s fate, but forcefully take away one’s future virtues and use it now. These things have consequences. Perhaps one will become better now, but more serious matters may happen in the future. Previously, there was a believer who had introduced a certain person who is now a disciple to come to the center. The believer was a real estate dealer. He had once gone to a famous Earth God temple in Taipei Country to pray to the Earth God. Actually, the god over there was not the Earth God, but a mountain God. He prayed for a business deal for a piece of land and actually made the deal and earned a lot of money. The money was shared among many people. In the end, those who had shared the money either lost their property or had family members dying. For this believer, his most loved son died. Buddha dharma uses the term of “turning”, starting to turn from one’s mind. If your mind can turn, then your fate will turn by following your mind. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is an example. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is a person who should die earlier. Because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mind had turned, matters had naturally turned by following Rinpoche’s mind.

We should understand all phenomena are interdependent, nothing existing without relationship with others. It is like what Buddha said that there would have been no Buddhas if there were no sentient beings. It is sentient beings’ needs that Buddhas appear. If there have been no sentient beings to be salvaged, everyone was Buddha, surely there was no Buddhas. Therefore today we are in a big family, do not be proud for your elder age so that everyone should listen to you. Do not think you are someone for your having big wealth. These are all incorrect. It is because all phenomena are interdependent. Therefore, by understanding it, we will realize the origins of all phenomena. All Buddha realized it as well on their path of learning Buddhism, and eventually achieve their aspiration perfectly and attain Buddhahood. This is like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche truly realized “the origination” when performing retreat. We all hear of the condition arising and condition ceasing. We all know its meaning, but we don’t realize it. You have not been able to realize the originations. For example, someone tells you a dish is very delicious. Then you smell it and look at it and think it should be delicious. But how delicious is it? You have no idea before you eat it. Such situation is similar to the realization. No matter how much Buddha and Bodhisattvas tell us, we still have no true experience before we practice these teachings until attaining Buddhahood and being recognized by your Guru. Before you attain Buddhahood, it is like you are stand aside to look at a cooker cooking good-smelling and good-looking dishes. You do not whether they are delicious before you eat it. The process of realization is similar to it.

The key point of learning Buddhism is to realize the essence all originations is empty. When one realizes all phenomena’s origination, one realizes the emptiness and he will have no attachment, let go the birth and death and gain liberation from birth and death. Why do you have so many troubles? Because you have not realized the the essence all originations is empty. These dharmas that just taught you are to help you achieve such an attainment. Why to advise let got the greed, hatred, ignorance, proud, and doubt? It is because those are deeply attached would not be able to realize the originations. If you are attached deeply, you will not let go. It is not to advise you to give up something. It is to advise you to let go your many incorrect thinking, and incorrect experiences. Why ask you not to be full of yourself for your learning of Buddhism? It is because your fullness of yourself is nothing to do with the principles of “the originations are empty”. You are just looking at a cooker to cook dishes. You have not entered the date yet. It is like you know Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has big power. But you don’t know how big power it is. Therefore why so many sentient beings can’t realize today? It is because their deeds are contaminated and they are not willing to let go something. They are afraid of being unsafe after letting go something. They are afraid of not able to make money after letting go. Therefore, these people are always reincarnating on the ocean of birth and death.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will give His Holiness’ teaching faster than before. It is because many sentient beings need Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. You hundreds of disciples do not annoy Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche anymore. If you are still unwilling to correct yourself and instead still make faults continuously, either Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will disappear or you will be expelled one after another because you are qualified to learn Buddhism. You will make evil karma sooner or later if you still learn Buddhism in this way.

When we attain power by learning Buddhism someday, we should do our effort to fulfill requests from sentient beings, let alone commands from our Guru. There was an ordained disciple who was used shake her body when reciting sutra. She thought she was practicing dharma, was reciting sutras, was looking forwards to attunement. She was attached. As she is less attached, her body does not shake. But she still can’t let many things go. This time she intended to pay pilgrimage to Nepal but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not grant her request. Why? It is because she is deeply attached to go, thinking that she will accumulate merits. That’s why she was not granted although she had borrowed money. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not like disciples borrowing money for making pilgrimage. Do not think this time you will have merits because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will lead you to Nepal. This is we will do our efforts to let Drikung Kagyu flourish to benefit more sentient beings. Our merits are too less to be born at the time of Sakyamuni Buddha. Therefore we are going to the birth place of Sakyamuni Buddha on behalf of sentient beings to continue the dharmas and to view the Buddha. This is the key point. It is not to accumulate merits. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not grant her request, and she was obedient not to go. She had many bad habits but she corrected these faster than you.

Dependent origination and void of nature, in your current status, is only a terminology; you cannot understand it. But you should know that this is a very important process which you have to realize in your practices. If you can apprehend this process, the practices after that should be very easy. All practices we have done before include ways to change many of our ideas and words. Why? It is to let us drop and put down our mind of attachments. For example, some female disciple was attached to herself very much; things she did could not be handled by others, because she felt that if others involved in her matters, she could not claim her credits in front of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. This is attachment. A persistent mind let us suffer, let us reincarnate, and let us do evil karma.

Up to now, the teachings will be more and more profound later. You will feel profound because your mind has been polluted and because your mind still has had evil acts and evil thoughts; so you cannot absorb the teachings. Why would Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche tell and warn everyone to have a repentant mind, to have a compassionate mind, and to generate Bodhicitta every time when conducting dharma? This is the reason. Absolutely do not say that currently you do not need to learn so deep. Buddha dharma is to believe in yourself, to believe that as long as you follow the guru’s teachings you will definitely attain accomplishments; it is only the question of time. You have to correct those things you will most likely do. You have to immediately correct the most likely mistakes or the errors pointed out by others; do not always repeat the mistakes again and again; do not take credits in front of others. We should treat others well because we are Buddhists. It should be fine for us when we treat others well and they do not know that, because we are Buddhists. It should be fine for us when we treat others well and they do not repay our kindness, because we are Buddhists. If you treat others well, but speak about it all the time, hoping others to know this and hoping others to repay you, you are not Buddhists. The thirty-seven practices of a Bodhisattva do not state that when you treat others well, other people should repay your kindness. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often said that making repentance prostrations could not eliminate your karma from past generations of lives. It is just a condition that will assist you. It will help you to have opportunities to listen to Buddha dharma in the future. This is because you still have not put everything down. With this kind of mindset, you will never understand such things as death, impermanence, and dependent origination and void of nature. If you have not attained accomplishments in this level, your karma from past generations of lives cannot be turned. If you do not listen to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s words, no matter how important you are to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, you will be expelled the same as others. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will definitely do what he has said. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche absolutely knows clearly whether you have changed or not.

Now this large venue has been ready. Last December, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche particularly went to invite the three grace root guru His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang; and His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang would particularly come to preside over the inauguration ceremony of the new Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche believes deeply that the disciples of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center will become more and more in the future; and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not give you any chance to waste any more of his time. Those of you who have taken refuge for a long time still have not changed your old problems. Especially, those of few persons who are around Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche have too much influence on other people; other people will misunderstand. Hence, those of you who would not change your old problems should be prepared to leave the Buddhist center at any time!

In Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s life, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will cherish all sentient beings. All disciples are Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s pride and joy, but you have to be worthwhile to be Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s pride and joy. How to be worthwhile? It is that you have to correct yourself and get rid of your evil deeds. You should not repent in front of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche all the time; too many sentient beings need Buddhas and Bodhisattvas’ help. Last night, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche went to a hospital. There was an old man in the hospital who was shouting continuously, but no one helped him. Today, you could have such causes and conditions from past generations of lives such that His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always gave you help; however, you still could not change those bad habits and still thought you were correct. After completing the retreat, when coming back, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will have actions. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not let the name of Glorious Jewel be shattered for appeasing a few people. The name of Glorious Jewel was given by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and was the name of Jigten Sumgon. If the disciples under this venue could not truly practice Buddha dharma, the effects would be too much. This will affect Glorious Jewel since this Buddhist center has the name of Glorious Jewel. When every person speaks Glorious Jewel, he reads Jigten Sumgon and will attain Jigten Sumgon’s blessings. The more people read Glorious Jewel, the better Taiwan will be. So if those of you who are around Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still do not correct yourselves, after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche comes back from the retreat, you should be careful and watch for yourselves! Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche definitely will achieve what he has said. The Vajra guru is not compromised and will immediately help you to cut off anything that is not related to Buddha dharma. The Vajra guru will help those who really want to practice Buddha dharma.

There are too many sentient beings need the help from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Sometimes for the Puja on Sunday, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would feel sorrowful because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was unable to help those sentient beings in hospitals and has to take care the futile disciples like you and leave those sentient beings alone in hospitals lying on the bed and helpless without anyone can help them reliving those suffering even if the doctor and nurse does. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is all day long to guide you. Why would you like to follow Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to visit the patients? What can you do for them? Can you solve their suffering?

Today Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened the dharma which is not for the benefit of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, but it is for the sake of the linkage of Drikung Kagyu, the name ” Glorious Jewel” in remembrance of Lord Jigten Sumgon and His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang which can be transmitted forever without any worst situation. We have to be strict with myself and broad-minded towards others. Do not attempt to rectify others defects when you are nearly equal. The life for a human being is only several decades in the world. No matter what you are in office or doing the business, those are the worldly perspective with the causes and conditions. When your time is over, you have to go back naturally, so it is not necessary to incur hatred with others. When you reduce one of the evil deeds, you will gain one of virtue; those are interdependent with each other. Today the dharma enlightened by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will be important for your future life no matter how old you are or whether you have made mistake or not. If you can accept it, it will benefit you for your future life. If you are not willing to listen to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and think that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche blamed you unjustly again, or suspecting someone acting as an informer to let Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche trouble you, it means that you are incorrigible! If you have a tiny hatred mind, it means that you have not learned and practiced “the thirty-seven practices of Bodhisattvas”. Even if you don’t have the hatred mind, it is inappropriate to have the depressed mind.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ever mentioned before, on one occasion ,Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with two Rinpoches at the living room of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. Just the attendant of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang was not there, His Holiness asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to brew up the milk tea. Then His Holiness had a taste and said” It is tasteless!” If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also blamed you like this, all you with the first reaction are that “That was my first time to do it; you should not criticize me like that!” Even if you did not speak it out, you may feel unfair and disappointed. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche without thinking anything and took back the milk tea and tried again. Just encountered the attendant coming back, Rinpoche asked for help from the attendant. That is a example that His Holiness trained for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Because His Holiness is familiar with that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not be familiar with this kind of affairs, His Holiness especially asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to brew up the milk tea, not to consider the repute of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in order to look at the reaction of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was blaming disciples, the disciples were often looking at their left and right hand side to indicate that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was not aimed at me. Or you might feel why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would blame you? That is others fault which is not my business. How can it be possible to rectify your defects? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not make any explanation and never to tell His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang”His Holiness, you cannot blame me, because I am not familiar with it!” Without any notion and took it at once.

September 18, 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.

September 19, 2010

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the auspicious regular puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei. Prior to the beginning of puja, a female disciple shared her experience of her mother’s death. Her mother, her sister and she took refuge on the 18th of July this year and her mother died in the early morning of 27th of August.

In the dharma audio-recordings played last week, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche taught the meaning of origination of conditions and void of nature. All worldly phenomena are resulted from causes and conditions and closely related to the law of cause and effect. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened the importance of impermanence of life and of forgoing our attachments. Rinpoche taught us that we must have faith in causes and conditions, our guru, and Buddhas. We must believe that we can cultivate the determination of exactly following the teachings of the Buddha Dharma and correct our behaviors. With the belief that we’ll all die, we learn Buddhism to break off the cycle of birth and death. Two weeks ago, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, sitting on the throne, has also profoundly bestowed the teaching about the importance of “complying with” one’s guru’s teachings. During the same puja, a disciple also shared his understanding about the faults we would commit when our mind, metaphorically speaking, as a container has become leaking, filthy, and turning up-side-down. The sharing about the three faults was alarming to all disciples not to make the same mistakes.

Nonetheless, while taking care of her ailing mother until her death, she has repeatedly committed the three faults without a slightest awareness of her self-righteousness. She was not aware that she has learned the Buddha Dharma only according to her life experience, her greediness and clinging. It was not until her mother died, her wishes fell apart and her pain emerged did she thought of the teaching Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who has been reminding us: Every single thought of ordinary humans is contributed to our karma.

Her mother has been a diabetic patient for 39 years, experiencing all the complications of diabetes. Ten years ago, her left leg was already amputated. Early November of last year (2009), her right leg was accidentally injured causing cellulitis. She was grateful for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s severe reprimands back then to advise them take a vegetarian diet, make repentance and learn the Buddha Dharma.

After participating in the weekly regular pujas and the monthly Chod pujas, her mother’s medical treatments had been carried out smoothly. The medical team of her mother’s diabetes evaluated her mother’s conditions and suggested that, with her cardiac stents and weekly dialysis, it’s not suitable for mother to undergo amputation of her right leg. They adopted a less drastic procedure and treatment. Two weeks later, the affected part was improved. Her mother was discharged. They were able to care the wounds at home.

Because of the diabetes, her mother’s hearing loss was severe, leaving her hearing a quarter of the sound frequencies. Additionally, because of retinopathy, her mother could see little. Objects away from her mother became faint. Since her mother had never had any contact with the Buddha Dharma and thought she’d never done anything wrong, she was reluctant to attend pujas. Her older sister and she insisted that her mother should go with them. Thus, her mother unwillingly went with them. With little understanding of the Buddha Dharma and severe hearing loss, her mother had misunderstood many of the teachings of the Buddha Dharma. They had to promptly explain what they heard, correcting what her mother had heard wrong. When her mother began to grasp the essence of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings, her mother’s mind became as pure as a child. As her mother could accept the Buddha Dharma, she was able to forgo her attachments. No sooner did she ask: Let’s take refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche!

On the 29th of June, her mother fell down when she used the toilet. Then she underwent a surgery due to femur fracture. On the 9th of July, another surgery was taken place to clear the dialysis fistula. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has taught that after taking refuge many karmic-related matters might manifest sooner. After taking refuge on the 18th of July, the pace of all matters had accelerated, so frequently and quickly that they were not able to prepare. On the 30th of July, the stable conditions of the wounds on the right leg suddenly deteriorated, with the right foot terribly swelling. Cellulitis was back! At that moment, what she could think of was to take an absence for the puja, not to taking up a vacancy. Even though her older sister told her she could still go, she insisted on bringing her mother with high temperature to the emergency room!

On the 31st of July when she made an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinpoche asked her whether they applied the balm on the wounds. She completely forgot to do such thing! Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then sighed “Come on! Why didn’t you!” Afterwards, she immediately contacted another doctor disciple in the hope to check into his hospital. But in that hospital, there was even no space in the emergency room. To control the timing of curing the inflammation, her mother was checked into another hospital. With the successful experience of her mother’s last hospitalization, she hoped to reduce the inflammation as well as keep the schedule of dialysis treatment for three times a week.

Huge doses of injecting anti-inflammatory medication, medication of pain relief and other oral taking medicine made part of her mother’s life quality with a full stomach of medication. These medications also caused her sleepiness and loss of appetites. Her mother could only take in four tea spoonful of rice soup. Additionally, these medications also resulted in the enlargement of the bile duct and the chronic inflammation of the liver. Even though doctors of internal medicine were willing to adapt to the request of less drastic procedures, they insisted on no applying any Bao-yuan balm onto the wounds. After acquiring the consent of the doctors and signing the agreement of voluntarily being discharged, on the 18th of August, her mother finally was transferred to the hospital where the doctor dharma brother worked.

She was grateful for the help the doctor dharma brother and his hospital provided. Without witnessing the medical procedures they applied to her mother, she wouldn’t realize how terrible her mistakes were. The use of the Bao-yuan balm and the treatment used by the doctor disciple were the key that her mother’s wounds could be healed. She knew both very early on, but kept ignorant. That’s why the guru would sigh “Come on! Why didn’t you!” She had committed the three faults that her mind had been like the three kinds of containers: leaking, filthy, and turning up-side-down. She was the most ignorant disciple. She made the repentance that if she could believe in and follow the guru’s teachings and forgoing her using of life experience, she’d use the Bao-yuan balm sooner and her mother would not have to suffer so much.

She treated her mother’s wounds with the way suggested by the doctor dharma brother and then applied the Bao-yuan balm on the wounds. Within two days, the purplish swelling that had spread to the ankle faded away to the edge of the feet. Moreover, no pills of pain relief were needed! On the 7th of August, her mother made an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, made a significant offering, and implored for the ritual of Phowa Dharma after passing. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked her mother: What do you ask for? Her mother, not understanding the Buddha Dharma and having severe hearing loss, simply reverently handed her offering to Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked again: What do you ask for? Because of having no knowledge of the Buddha Dharma, her mother said “Please perform the ‘breaking body’ dharma for me.” Her mother couldn’t even correctly say the name of the Phowa dharma. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche replied with a smile and then bestowed the blessings for a long while.

With the guru’s merciful blessings, at around 11 PM, her mother, deep in sleeping, suddenly awaked and asked her to upright her bed. Her mother sat up vertically with her palms together in silence for a long while and then fell asleep due to exhaustion. Later on, the same thing occurred. She asked her mother what’s happening and her mother responded that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche came to see her twice or three times. While in deep sleep, her mother was still aware of being respectful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and sat right up. This showed her mother’s reverence to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Serious illness resulted in her mother’s delirium, but it couldn’t prevent her from rapidly cultivating her reverence and the mind of make offerings. For more than 20 days in her delirium, both days and nights, she repeatedly did the same action of sticking her hand into her pocket to get things out. She also continuously asked for red envelopes, exclaiming “Hurry! Hurry up! No time left anymore. It is very rude, if I’m not ready.” While her consciousness was clear occasionally, this disciple would remind her mother to make repentance to all the sentient beings she had hurt. Her mother would reverently put her palms together and repented. Within such short and painful period of ill time, her mother’s reverence, repentance, and the sense of making offering soon arose.

The guru has kept reminding disciples whether one can obtain the Phowa Dharma depends on the amount of merits one has accumulated. Moreover, to accumulate one’s merits is an extremely slow and difficult process, but the process of merits’ attrition is extremely fast. While her mother’s dying, the disciple returned twice her identification cards. This is a serious mistake which has become a tremendous obstacle for her mother to obtain the Phowa Dharma and be reborn in the pure land. Being deprived of sleep, she exhaustedly looked after her mother. This had reinforced her clinging, not able to change her mind, which drove her simplemindedly to finish up last few matters. Four days before her mother’s death, even the wounds on the foot had improved, the lung functions had reduced: the lung water had increased and she had breathing difficulty.

On the 25th of August, her mother was sent to the intensive care unit (ICU). In addition to her bipolar disorder and delirium, staying in the ICU made her mother even more insecure. To sooth her mother’s anxiety, in the past experience, doctors and nurses would allow her to stay in the ICU to keep her mother company. On Thursday, August 26th, her younger sister was unhappy to know that they’d attend the Chod puja at such a moment. And she remembered that some dharma brothers mentioned several things, including reminding her mother to think of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on the top of her mother’s head giving blessings, to remember the guru’s dharma name Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and to remember her mother’s dharma name was Hui-Jin Dorma. The disciple also remembered to play the dharma audio-recordings by the side of her mother.

With all these matters ready, she told her older sister: Let’s carry out the responsibilities separately. You go to attend the puja! I’ll stay in the ICU to play the recordings. She thought the plan should be complete. Later, her older sister called from the antique company, telling her that the dharma brother suggested her think over the plan again. She replied, however, how can she do this perfectly? Another dharma brother indirectly told her that in the time like this it’s necessary for you to attend the puja. Attending the puja could both help her mother and the karmic creditors of her mothers, which would accumulate merits for her mothers. Nonetheless, she responded that the guru once said that learning Buddhism should also fulfill worldly responsibilities. She emphasized the importance of being filial to parents. She believed that the guru would not blame her. Even if she indeed made a mistake, she would be willing to be punished. At that time, she didn’t realize her mistake had seriously swept up her beloved mother’s merits.

For four days and nights before her mother’s death, her mother couldn’t fall into sleep, which aggravated her mother’s pain. She was grateful for a dharma brother’s reminding to tell her mother to let go. Long time ago, she had taught her mother to let go of everything. But all of a sudden she realized why her mothers couldn’t sleep for days and nights. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has taught that before passing one’s karmic force would emerge. The most possible karmic force was one’s children. She then quickly approached to her mother’s ear and said “Mother! Please let go. Letting go of everything! The house can’t live in anymore. Please don’t cling to this world! Focus on remembering Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s image. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will help you. Don’t be afraid! Everyone will sooner or later walk to the end of this road. You are the one finish it earlier. I and the older sister will follow, too.” After listening to her, her mother rushed to say a few words of thanks and farewell. Her mother closed her eyes, focusing on finishing the journey.

Mother closed her eyes, and all she wanted was to die. Being almost breathless, she still leaned her head and attentively listened to the dharma records of teachings bestowed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on birth and death. When it was played with the 2nd CD, it happened to be 2:46 am at which mother passed away! The female disciple immediately placed a phone call to the Glorious Jewel Antique Company and left a message of mother’s name, to which animal symbol she belonged, in which group she was, and the time she passed away. Getting up a panic, the disciple forgot to feed a nectar pill to her mother. Luckily there was a dharma brother who sent her nectar pills at 3:00 am and taught her how to feed them to her mother.

Early in the morning of August 27th, holding a calm and peaceful mood, she led all her family members to recite mani mantras for her mother. She thought her mother had already obtained the help of Phowa dharma, as Guru promised. However, 15 minutes before their completion of mani mantra recitation, she got informed that as she returned the pass id of the puja of Chod, which illustrated she had no faith in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the power of blessing would decline! Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had cared about her mother’s condition, as her mother was also Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s disciple! But now what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could do was to help her mother not to fall into the three evil paths! Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed her to arrive the Buddhist center with her elder sister by 5:00 pm and do full prostrations there until the Chod puja begins. At that time, undertakers were helping her mother to change clothes. In a hurry, she told in her mother’s ear: “Mother, please come to the Buddhist center to attend the Chod puja tonight! Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is going to help you. You must remember to come!”

She accompanied her mother to the funeral parlor. After getting out of the car, she could not stop tearing. And she even cried loudly after being home, in her mind with repentance unable to say! It was not until that moment did she start to understand how important to rely on a Guru, and the reason why there are four refuges instead of three. The account for her previous calmness was all because of Guru’s blessings. On the moment she was in greatest fear, it was only to reply on Guru could her mind be settled.

Recalling the father-like compassionate Guru, who once choked with sobs on the Dharma throne because there was a father of a disciple, who had sought refuge for seven years that did not obtain the Phowa from Rinpoche due to lack of karmic conditions, she believed that now guru must be also concerned about her mother not obtaining transference. She felt sorry to Guru, and also to her mother! While she was doing the full prostrations at the venue, she respectfully looked up at the dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Within her heart filled with repentance and gratitude, she repented that she had not corrected herself so that her mother suffered a lot, and she was grateful to the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for willingly conducting Phowa ritual for her mother for liberation from the cycle of birth and death. Hereafter, her faith in guru will never waver and not influenced by anything or any person! She makes up her mind to strive to cultivate Buddhism as if putting out a fire on her head. She will believe in the law of cause and effect, have faith in guru and Buddhas, as well as believe that she can act in accordance with the teachings. With the mind on mortality, she will cultivate Buddhism to get liberation from the cycle of birth and death. She will listen to Guru and diligently build up the foundation on the Buddhist path.

She was thankful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for telling in the Chod puja that there was Phowa dharma included in the Chod rituals, and all the beings attended today were transferred! Her original strained heart was suddenly released! She had gratitude for Guru’s measureless grace and favor. After her mother’s cremation, there was a hole on the osteoporotic skull. And the bones were in colors of orange, white, and lavender. Few of them were even emerald. The hole on the crown of mother’s head was very small but well-defined. Also, she would like to thank many dharma brothers who provided assistance when she was helpless. She was also thankful to dharma brothers who attended her mother’s funeral.

At the beginning of the puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that there is a typhoon today and you originally thought it may bring heavy storms. But it is stormless. Many Buddhist centers cancelled the pujas they planned to hold today. Only the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei is still holding the puja. It is stated both the Sutra and dharma text that the merits and virtues accumulated through Buddhist activities in a day of typhoon, storm, earthquake, eclipse or a lunar eclipse will be extraordinarily great. As an abnormal astronomical phenomenon manifests, there will be many sentient beings meeting with disasters. And the pujas held at that moment can benefit those sentient beings. Hence, the virtues and merits are greater than usual.

Do not think it is Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who needs the puja. It is, in fact, you who need to attend the puja. The place hit by a natural disaster is due to its residents’ shared evil karma. From the viewpoints of astronomers, a typhoon is composed of winds and rains. However, in Buddhist views, within a typhoon there are plenty of beings such as evil ghosts and dragons that were hurt by people. So it is generated from people’s shared karma. The reason why people die in accident every time a natural calamity happens is that, in Buddhist points of view, actually there is no accident but the law of cause and effect, causes and conditions. Those people who untimely die is because they have created many evil karma from past lives, and did not know to repent nor cultivate Buddhism in this life.

Yesterday Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told you intentionally that it would be fine for you to make the decision on if you attend the puja or not. In fact, it mattered! A Guru has various methods to test his disciples. Those disciples who did not come today for fear of danger on way showed that they have no faith in guru and that they have not made up their mind to cultivate Buddhism. Not listening to Guru in ordinary days, they just listened when guru said it would be fine not to attend puja for a typhoon day because they cared about their own security. When you were out for puja, hardly did you get wet in the rain. It might have been heavy rains and winds. However, neither is it rains nor winds. As long as you attend pujas with a sincere heart for the benefit of sentient beings, have faith in guru, the dharma protector would arrange well for you.

In 2007, His Holiness Drikung Chetsang led Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to perform three-month retreat in Lapchi Snow Mountain. There was no path to it. It would take one whole week to arrive there even by riding a horse, and take over one hour by a helicopter. The day before they left after completing the retreat practice, it was heavy rains in the mountain, which caused the airflow unstable. The weather conditions made it not possible to fly the helicopter. Nevertheless, the next morning when they were going to depart, it was not raining. A helicopter flied from Kathmandu arrived there. At that time, His Holiness Drikung Chetsang just perfectly completed the retreat practice and was going to leave. According to Tibetan Buddhism’s traditions, plenty of rituals such as tea offering need conducting. But the pilot worried about the weather and kept pushing. After they got in the helicopter, they saw a vast expanse of whiteness. They even lost the way due to the invisibleness and almost smashed into mountains. Luckily the helicopter turned around before smashing. It was really a close call.

The day after they arrived at the destination, the pilot especially came to express thanks to His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche. Were it not for His Holiness having been in the helicopter, they might have smashed into mountains during the flight. The reason why they departed despite of the danger was that His Holiness Drikung Chetsang knew there were over two hundred disciples of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center waiting in Kathmandu for receiving His Holiness Drikung Chetsang and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who just perfectly completed the retreat. Because His Holiness Drikung Chetsang had promised he would go out from retreat on that day, he would do it regardless of the risk of losing life and arrived at Kathmandu as planned. Deeply believe in Buddha-Dharma, one will have the conditions to live on and benefit more sentient beings in the world. Hand all things over to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to arrange for you, your problems will be naturally and perfectly resolved.

From the content of the disciple’s sharing, it can be seen that the disciple still viewed her Vajra Guru from the points of views same as she was learning Exoteric Buddhism. She murmured around half an hour and you may probably have no idea what she was talking about. She thought she had learned a lot and red many Buddhist Sutras. At the moment of her mother passing away, she even whispered in her mother’s ear: “The house is ruined and cannot be dwelled.” However, not everyone is able to comprehend the meaning of this kind of metaphor. She adopted the wordings she red in the Sutra, but perhaps her mother cannot understand and wondered how come her house be destroyed. This act may cause pains to her mother instead. The spirit of her mother may come back to take a look at the house to see what happened. Although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had consented to conduct Phowa ritual for her mother, the disciple was self-righteous and returned the pass id of the puja of Chod because she wanted to take care of her mother. But the truth was she could not do anything. By doing so, she could not have the causal conditions to immediately find Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to conduct Phowa ritual at the moment when her mother passed away. And so her mother additionally suffered with another 24 hours. She returned the pass id because she did not believe in Guru. As she returned it, she returned the merits too. She only believed that the medical treatment adopted by doctor could save her mother. And she did not think Guru was capable to help her mother. However, it was also her mother’s karma that let her not obtain the Phowa ritual of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Several years ago, an ordained disciple’s elder brother who had cancer came to seek audience with the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. At first he did not believe in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. After years passed, his disease became very severe and he came to make repentance to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Through being blessed and helped by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, his pains were reduced a lot. Then the faith arose in him. However, his karmic creditors did not let him go. When he had pulmonary edema, his children took doctor’s advice and intubated his lung to withdraw the liquid. He was originally in a coma, but was awaken with scolding due to the pains caused by intubation. Thus you can see how painful the patient was caused by this kind of medical treatment. Hence, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often warns you that one’s karmic creditors are from his close family members rather than from outdoors.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has told you many times that you are not a Guru and have no qualification to teach others on Buddhism. So you shall not talk about Buddhism to other people. In Drikung Kagyu, even a Khenpo is not allowed to ascend the Dharma throne to impart dharma before getting an admission of His Holiness Drikung Chetsang. In current step you only need to follow Guru’s teachings. This disciple self-righteously explained Buddhism to her mother and chose the medical treatment for her. She did not at all believe the teachings of guru. Nor did she believe that Chinese medicine would cause fewer side effects to her mother. Therefore she let her mother suffer a lot. In fact, the effect of Chinese medicine has been confirmed by medical field. More than half of the Chinese medicine output by China is exported to Japan per year. And one tenth of it is exported to the U.S.A. and purchased by pharmaceutical factories there. What a pity for you, Han people, to not believe the effect of the medicine left by your ancestors!

Chinese herbal medicine does not do harm to the human bodies, whereas the antibiotics and antiphlogistic used in western medicine are both poisons. If you don’t believe this, you may go ask the doctors what antibiotics and antiphlogistic are. A disciple who works as a doctor stood up and said that antibiotics are extracted from streptomyces and are mainly composed of bacterial toxins and metabolite. Such substance is actually toxic. As for the antiphlogistic, it suppresses the inflaming wound so as to stop the pain and quickly reduce the inflammation. Nevertheless, the medicine has a lot of negative side effects for the human body, such as stomach problems, gastric ulcers, edema, and even renal necrosis. While the antiphlogistic solves a problem, it actually creates another new problem. In fact, complications derived from the administration of such medicine are more than their benefits.

Yesterday, while Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was receiving believers at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, some disciples took their family members to see and implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to help their seriously-ill father who had to stay in the hospital. One of the patient’s daughters regarded Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche as an ordinary master and did not have faith. At once, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told them that the capillaries in their father’s lungs were all broken and did not work. Therefore, oxygen could not be transported to the larger vessels or the heart, which literally meant that the patient could not breathe at all.

To become a Rinpoche, a practitioner has to cultivate his knowledge in the five sciences, one of which being the medicine. Therefore, a guru that has attained the level of a Rinpoche is able to diagnose patients. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche never studied medicine, but practitioners of a certain attainment understand what they see to some degree. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had not known about such an illness, but immediately knew what it was when they came to see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. With Dharma Protector Achi’s help, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche directly pointed his finger to the eldest daughter who did not have any faith and asked her if her father’s condition was as described. She gave a positive reply right away and her faith in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche grew. Before bestowing the blessing, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked the mother, i.e. the wife of the patient, if she was able to let her husband go. She said she was willing to let him go and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche began to recite mantra and give blessing. With Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessing, those who can have longevity will recover soon and those who can’t will pass away shortly. Afterwards, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told the daughters that had taken refuge to do 100 full prostrations at the Buddhist center for their father so as to help him accumulate merits and receive the Phowa. As a result, with the blessing bestowed in the previous night, their father then passed away this morning. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche happened to have the time to help the deceased with the Phowa. Had the daughters not listened to the instruction and did 100 full prostrations, their father would not have sufficient merits to receive the Phowa. Even if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has promised to help you, you cannot be helped without sufficient merits.

Many of you have a misunderstanding, thinking that you can implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to help your ill family members to recover or live longer. Nevertheless, as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche himself can get sick and die, how can Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche help them escape death? When a patient’s body is useless, living longer only increases his suffering and will make him fall into the hell after death. Their father had used to kill a lot of birds. The way he killed the birds was to hold their heads and suffocate them to death. That was why he would have the disease that prevented him from breathing. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche talked about this, one of the daughters nodded and said that their father had used to live in the mountains and killed many birds. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed blessing upon their father, it was actually the sentient beings he had harmed that received the blessing. By doing that, the hatred of the sentient beings may cease and let him go smoothly without falling into the hell.

You all pursue temporary gains, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has a long-termed vision to benefit the sentient beings. One’s life is his merits, too. To let the patient die sooner is to let him suffer less. When he lived fewer days, his merits for these living days were used to stop him from falling into the hell. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told the daughters to do full prostrations and they did, they thereby received the blessing. The Dharma Protector would help them choose the right time, so their father passed away at a time when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was available to perform the Phowa for him. They were reluctant to make offerings when they made their imploration, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was still compassionate. As they would not let go of their money, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche let them do prostrations to the Buddhas so as to help their father accumulate merits.

During the puja, one of the daughters also reported to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche about the auspicious signs of the body that manifested at completion of the Phowa. Originally, the deceased’s mouth was wide open when he died. It later closed completely and all his limbs were bendable and very flexible. When they touched the crown chakra of the deceased, they also felt its warmth. According to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the deceased had not had any merits to receive the Phowa because of the lack of Buddhist study. However, his daughters have sought refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for many years and have made some offerings. In addition, they listened to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s instruction to do full prostrations at the Buddhist center. Therefore, their father was enabled to have the merits. In fact, they only did 100 full prostrations each. Nevertheless, as they were obedient, had faith in their guru, and thereby showed reverence to the Three Jewels, their reverence had been transformed into merits.

When the power of one’s virtuous karma is greater than that of his evil karma, the later shall exert a lesser influence. A few days ago, the bones of a 72-year-old female disciple’s hand were fractured due to a fall. In fact, she had reduced her heavy karmic retribution. As she was at such an old age, how could the consequence of a fall be so minor?

You have failed to believe that the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas do not bring you any harm and do everything for your benefit. Without the blessings of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Dharma Protectors, and virtuous deities, you will live a very different life today. As you have sought refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, you are protected and blessed by your guru around the clock. Do not think that you have earned merits through practice and thereby live an easy life. Without the constant blessing and protection from the guru, Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Dharma protectors, and deities, your laziness would constantly take effect in your Buddhist study and you would not be determined to learn Buddhism properly. Even though you have been taught to do full prostrations, you can always find an excuse to be lazy. However, why would you continue to do prostrations after you stop? It is because of the Dharma protector’s blessing.

When one learns Buddhism, he has to be certain about his destined death because everyone has to die eventually. When one learns Buddhism, he learns how to face and deal with death. At hearing this, a believer added her own opinion and thought that one had to die in order to learn Buddhism. While Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is bestowing the Buddhist teachings, you are not supposed to practice. When you listen to the Buddhist teachings, you have to be like an empty container so as to take in the pure and clean Buddhist teachings and should not think about whether you understand the teachings or not. If you think so, you will be like the aforementioned believer and add your opinions to the pure and clean Buddhist teachings. That is why she would have such a misunderstanding. In fact, everyone has to die. When your merits are fully consumed, you will die. In fact, the Buddhist teachings are really simple. A person’s life is under the influence of his virtuous and evil karma. When the power of your virtuous karma is greater than that of your evil karma, you feel contented and happy. On the contrary, when the power of your evil karma manifests, you feel ill and suffered.

While Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was still learning Exoteric Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was driving an imported luxury car that few people owned in Taipei. However, when becoming all determined to learn tantra, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately got bankrupt and had nothing left. If you had been Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, you would have given up. Nevertheless, knowing that everything was cause, effect, and karma, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche felt happy about paying off his debts sooner. When you make the determination to learn tantric practices, your karmic forces will manifest soon because you can never attain liberation from the cycle of birth and death without meeting all your debts in this life.

Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued to explain the practice means on one’s mind according to the teachings of the great Grampopa. In the teaching of Mahamudra, a practitioner contemplates, searches, analyzes and examines his heart of attachment so as to untangle the stubborn fast knot formed by his heart and the external phenomena. When you know what your attachment is and cut it off, the fast knot formed by your heart and the external phenomena can be untangled.

There are 51 mental factors for a human being. Our greed, hatred, ignorance, arrogance, and doubt all exist in the 51 mental factors. Under the influence by these mental factors, a power called mental capability is formed. It enabled us to generate both virtuous and evil karma and to be reincarnated in the six realms. Why do people feel relaxed after drawing their last breath? It is because the mental factors would refrain from taking any effect and their mental capability would be stopped and eradicated. Therefore, the deceased would be relaxed. However, even if one dies, his mental factors will continue to exist.

In Tripitaka, besides stating the external tantric practices in its tantra section, the rest part talks mainly about the mind, telling you what mind is, its effects, and its power. However, the way to control one’s mind is not stated in Tripitaka. One can only control his mind through tantric practices. Before learning tantric practices, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often felt puzzled. Why couldn’t one achieve the ability to benefit the sentient beings as stated in the Buddhist sutras? In the teaching of Vajrayana, having a guru is very important. Without a guru, one will never learn tantra. Without learning tantra, one will never attain liberation from reincarnation in this life. A Vajrayana guru bestows his experience in practice upon you while directly correcting and guiding you disciples to fix your mistakes. Therefore, you can save a lot of time in practice and have the opportunity to cultivate the practice means that leads to liberation from reincarnation. If you read sutras and learn Buddhism on your own, how can you practice with the 84,000 practice means in the Buddhist teachings? Even if you practice Zen Buddhism, learn about its teaching that directly points to one’s mind, and try to find out how mind works by yourself, it will take you a very long period of time to achieve accomplishments through meditation. The Mahamudra teaching that points directly to one’s mind is to follow a strict Vajrayana guru that constantly supervises you and directly points out your faults so as to correct and change you on the spot. Even so, it is very difficult to truly correct oneself. A genuine practitioner pays attention and examines his own thoughts around the clock no matter where he is. By doing that, he watches himself to see if he has committed any greedy, hateful, and ignorant conduct. Even those who are non-practitioners should at least reflect upon their own body, speech, and mind before sleep every day so as to see if they have lived in greed, hatred, and ignorance and to refrain from repeating the same mistakes.

At hearing this, some of you would begin to wonder what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just said. Would Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche call you up again to answer his questions and scold everyone again? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche smiled and said that you would not be asked to stand up and answer questions for today. The practice means on one’s mind bestowed today is an important foundation and is going to be very helpful for your Mahamudra practice. It is a profound practice means. As long as you listened attentively, it will be extremely helpful for your future practice no matter how much you have taken in. All you had to do was listen with an open mind. To listen with an open mind is not to be modest, but to empty your mind. If a glass is full of dirty water, it cannot hold any clean water. The Buddhist teachings are clean water. One has to pour out his dirty water through his Buddhist learning and prostrations to the Buddhas. To have an open mind is to have completely nothing in your mind, which is like an emptied and purified bottle, so that you can accept the clean and pure nectar of the Buddhist teachings that flows into it. Only by doing that can one say that he is learning Buddhism with an open mind.

When your mind is no longer attached to external phenomena and is not affected by them, you will gradually reveal your pure and clean nature. You can practice even when you are in dreams. Whenever you have the thoughts of greed, hatred, or ignorance in your dreams, you will immediately wake up and repent right then. When you can detect what the attachment is in each of your thoughts and can break off and eliminate the attachment one after another, your pure and clean nature will naturally reveal and recover to the original clean dharma nature, that is, the state of the true dharma realm.

While performing a retreat in Jangchubling Monastery for the first time, whenever having the thoughts of greed, hatred, or ignorance in dreams during sleep, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would wake up at the moment and repent immediately. Dream is also the manifestation of consciousness. And Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mind had already begun to calm down. If you cannot put your attachments down, you cannot perform a retreat. You suffer because you have attachments and cannot give them up. When you have a thought of greed, you should use almsgiving and donating to counteract. When you have a thought of hatred, you should practice compassion. When you do not believe in Buddhism and are ignorant, you should then use wisdom. Some people persist in getting married while some people persist in not getting married. These are the function of self-consciousness.

Previously there was the event of killing some tourists of a Hong Kong tourist group in Philippines. When the Philippine government official appeared publicly to handle the situation, he smiled during the press conference and caused a public outcry in Hong Kong. This official was just persistent in pleasing people, so he always smiled and thought that people would like him because of that. This attachment was so strong that it let him always keep the same facial expression and not change the expression based on different situations. There was also a believer who came to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and said, “If I die, then what? I will be unable to stay in this world to liberate others in the future.” This was caused by the ignorance of totally not understanding Buddhism and the greedy attachment of wanting to liberate others. Buddha dharma is for generations of your rebirth and death, not just for this generation of your living life now. If you think you are a monk or a nun and have read many Buddhist sutras and have attended many pujas so that you understand Buddha dharma and are an accomplished practitioner, this kind of thinking is also an attachment.

You are holding your perception of a true self and not willing to give it up. For satisfying the needs of this body, you have done many evil deeds. You think this is beneficial and insist in satisfying the body and hurting other people. In fact, this body is false and is the manifestation of cause and effect and karmic retributions; it is not eternal. This idea is difficult for you, because you have been educated since childhood that you should not let yourself suffer losses. You would take anything but a beating. When you had done wrong, you just said that you did not know that and that was caused by others and that was not your responsibility. When you blame others and think others make you unhappy, you should actually think carefully. Why are you unhappy about this matter? Why do you have such a distinction of likes and dislikes? Why do you feel right and wrong? Why do you feel hurt? What you like the most and what you dislike the most are all your attachments and the forces to let you reincarnate continuously. If you can examine all of your attachments one after another, as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has always reminded everyone to examine your body, speech, and mind every day before sleep, and change yourself by focusing on your attachments to greed, hatred, and ignorance, you will make progress on the path of practicing Buddha dharma. Why did Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche make progress quickly on the path of practicing Buddha dharma? It was because before going to bed every day Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would think about what kinds of attachments he had during the day; when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did this continuously, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s attachments were gradually and naturally reduced.

When watching an internationally well-known television program, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw the program had invited three people on the show to discuss the origin of life; one person was a Catholic; one person was a scientist; and the third person was an expert on spirituality. In the end, their explanations to the origin of life were vague and unclear. In this world, there is not a doctrine, or a theory which can explain the origin of life clearly. Catholics believe that human was created by the Lord, and the human’s offspring was born because Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. This is a myth. If human beings really were created, everyone’s thinking should be the same, just as using a computer to copy data. But, in fact, everyone’s thinking is different; even animals have thinking. For example, a Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s employee in Japan once imitated the barks of his dog. At the moment, everyone laughed at him. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told him that his dog did not like to eat the food which was black and hard and the dog’s certain leg was not comfortable. This employee said right away that these things were correct. Hence, even dogs can talk, have thoughts, and have their attachments.

What is the fundamental difference between human beings and animals? Human beings work for survival; this has the same meaning as animals going out to search for food. Animals will also do works, find a partner, have offspring, and play with friends. What is the difference between you and animals? You also do works, get married, and bear children. From a scientific point of view, human is also a kind of animals. What is the point for us to have this life? Is one’s life to live the same life as animals?

Everything in this world is the result of cause and condition, and cause and effect. An ancient Zen master said all things have Buddha nature; even a stone has Buddha nature as well. A stone’s existence and its location are also the result of cause and condition and Buddha dharma. The founder of Drikung Kagyu order, Jigten Sumgon, once said that where a stone exists has its cause and condition as well; the stone is not there just randomly. These words have the same meaning. Buddhist scriptures have stated that all sentient beings have the same essence as the Buddha and have the conditions of attaining Buddhahood. Wisdom can be classified as the innately possessed wisdom and the subsequent wisdom. The innately possessed wisdom is the condition to attain Buddhahood. The subsequent wisdom is the method to benefit all sentient beings. Therefore, when one says all people have Buddha nature and the condition of attaining Buddhahood, one actually refers to the innately possessed wisdom. And the subsequent wisdom can only be developed by the irrigation of Dharma water after one practices Buddha dharma. This subsequent wisdom can only be useful and developed by relying on and following the guru one hundred percent. The innately possessed wisdom is the condition while the subsequent wisdom is the method. Only having the condition without the method cannot let you attain Buddhahood; only having the method without the condition cannot either. We have to have both.

The meaning of benefiting oneself and benefiting others is two different things. You have to first practice by yourself and attain the ability to liberate yourself from the cyclic existence. After that, you can then help to liberate others from the cyclic existence. When you practice diligently and attain the subsequent wisdom, you can then use the subsequent wisdom to benefit sentient beings; when you continuously perform the Buddha dharma of benefiting sentient beings, this will naturally open your subsequent wisdom and let you walk on the path of attaining Buddhahood. A guru of Vajrayana will use a variety of methods to help disciples. Actually, Buddha is also a terminology and Buddha dharma is also the result of cause and condition. A Buddha has attained Buddhahood so he does not need Buddha dharma. When sentient beings have not attained Buddhahood and need the helps of Buddha dharma, The Buddha and Buddha dharma will then exist. When all sentient beings have attained Buddhahood, the Buddha and Buddha dharma will not be needed and will not exist naturally.

Yesterday, a believer sought an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche; she cried hard and continuously because her husband was having an affair. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened her that there is no perfect life in this world; the descriptions of perfect lives were only used in literary fictions. Have you seen any couple who died together? Even if they died together, their deaths would have a few seconds of time difference; so this was still not perfect. Today she felt so much pain because her attached mind did not let her put the pain down. She felt she was hurt; was her body which was harmed? Or was her mind which was harmed? Her body was unharmed and the feelings of her mind would eventually disappear as well. These were all false and would certainly not exist. Besides, the couple, both of them, now have such an old age and cannot do anything; you should not persist in must having a perfect life. Until this time, the believer then began to smile through tears. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche indicated that while in Japan whenever seeing some old couple on the road with the husband sitting in a wheelchair and the wife walking with a stick, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would feel very sad in his heart. Not liking you who will think that the old couple is very affectionate, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was sad because the old couple did not have someone to rely on and without the help of Buddha dharma their dependence on each other will let them suffer even more.

Why do you women have to have a considerate man? Why do you men have to have an obedient woman? These are attachments. Once in the Hong Kong airport, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw a couple in their fifties. The wife walked in front and looked back and saw her husband glanced the other woman; the wife got angry and scolded her husband in public in the crowded airport. Many women could not bear that their husbands looked at other woman. But it was fine for these women to look at other man. In fact, your husband just had a glance and could not do anything.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked everyone to examine the goodness and evilness of the mind before a thought is generated. If one cannot do so, one has to at least examine whether the words spoken and the deeds done at the day are evil or not in the evening. Anything which is done to benefit you yourself is evil. You should repent and cannot do it again. Many years ago, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche first came to Taiwan, the first thing Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche learned was the three-word curse in Taiwan’s society. However, after taking refuge under Exoteric Buddhism and practicing Buddha dharma for seven or eight months, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche suddenly discovered that these curses were no longer spoken by him. This was because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had practiced Buddha dharma such that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s thoughts gradually changed to be virtuous.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had just enlightened us about diligence in the previous few pujas. Diligence is a constant focus on the teachings of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and the guru. As long as there is any interruption, there is no diligence. Practicing Buddha dharma should be a natural thing, just like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche naturally did not speak foul language. There is no goodness or badness in practicing Buddha dharma. Those who said they did not practice because they were afraid they would not practice well are the most evil people. The most important thing in practicing Buddha dharma is to start to practice it. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche taught us to use the contents of “the thirty-seven practices of a Bodhisattva” to examine ourselves. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not ask you to memorize the contents of “the thirty-seven practices of a Bodhisattva”, but ask you to use the rules in there to change yourself. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has taught you; you have to practice these teachings to indicate that you are following the guru’s words. If you just hear the teachings without using them in your real life, it will be useless for you even Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will teach them again many more times. This is the same as His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang teaching Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche; Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had to practice himself and correct his deeds himself. If you are obedient and correct yourself, you will gradually find that you are no longer angry at those things which would have made you angry and you are no longer happy or painful about those things which would have made you happy or painful. This means that you have begun to change. However, this is not to let you become indifferent. Those who see sentient beings’ sufferings without having any feeling cannot attain compassion.

Human’s body is the karma-reward body formed by combining one’s evil karma and one’s virtuous karma. Virtue and evil cannot cancel each other out. We must repay the karmic debts of many of our evil deeds; we can rely on extremely great amount of virtuous karma to change the taste of our karmic retribution or temporarily suppress the occurrence of the karmic retribution; but we cannot let the karmic retribution disappear. Before the occurrence of the karmic retribution, we should practice Buddha dharma diligently to change ourselves so that we can change the taste of the karmic retribution and make it less painful. Since very long time ago, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had always enlightened us that any words spoken by the guru were Buddha dharma and we should just follow and do it. Just as the mentioned sisters whose father passed away last night, because they were obedient to the guru’s instruction and performed full-body prostration, their father could then attain the Phowa dharma and be reborn in the Pure Land. Buddha dharma has no fixed dharma. There are eighty-four thousand kinds of dharmas. The guru will use different methods based each sentient being’s different causes and conditions. You should just be obedient and do what the guru says. If you do not know each person’s attachments, causes and conditions, you cannot use Buddha dharma appropriately to help him. Buddhist sutras has stated that for those who have heavy evil karma and lower capacity, the guru should enlighten them the law of cause and effect; for those who have middle capacity, the guru should enlighten them the cause; for those who have higher capacity, the guru should enlighten them the importance of the void of nature. Without His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s permission, even a Khenpo cannot enthrone a dharma seat and teach Buddha dharma.

In the Drikung Kagyu Order, there is one lama who is able to discontinue eating food and drinking water anymore, because he has cut off the clinging of eating food, only relying on the energy from the cosmos for living. Have he achieved the Buddhahood or not? Actually he has not yet achieved it. He just eliminates the bother to search foods or excrete the waste material from his body, also have the extra time to practice dharma. But it is not necessary to do it by this way. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang also advised he drink some water in order to avoid the abdominal adhesions in his stomach. In concept of the five elements in ancient Chinese cosmology, the stomach belongs to the element of Earth which is very important of those five elements. When the elements of a human body are unbalanced, it will be the root cause of illness. If the stomach is adhesion, the other organs will be effected when the “Qi” is obstructed. It means that we cannot be liberated from the effect of human body because the body is the karmic retribution. The teaching of Vajrayana is not that to ask people to abandon or cut off something, but that you can adopt and take advantage of the human body to become a tool in order to practice with it. What you have practiced are the heresies if they could not help you to be liberated from the cycle of birth and death to attain the Buddhahood. It does not means that you are doing wrong because there is wrong or right in the Dharma, but that you will be unable to be liberated from the cycle of birth and death which has been deviated the path to attain the Buddhahood. There is no right or wrong for Buddhism, it means that it is not relative with Dharma what you have done.

Even if one has the ability of the supernatural powers cannot change the law of cause and effect and the karma power. Mahamaudgalyayana had the superior ability of the supernatural powers which could see his mother being suffering in the hungry realm, tried to transfer some foods with the supernatural powers for his mother, but it was in vain. Moreover he died from the fighting by someone hitting. Besides Mahamaudgalyayana would like to take advantage of the supernatural powers to help the clan of Buddha Sakyamuni from being killed by the enemy troops, he expanded his earthen bowl with his supernatural powers and put all the people of this clan together floating in the air. After the enemy troops had passed, he put down the earthen bowl and found only a pool of blood inside. Those are the evidences to prove that the supernatural power is unable to change the cause and effect and karma power.

There were three yogins in India; they would like to take advantage of the supernatural power to avoid being caught by the Yama. One of the yogins hid in the deep mountains; at last, he was died from the compressing of earthquake where the two mountains were combined together. Another one was floating in the air, but dropping from the air by the hitting of thunder. The third one hid in the crowd of market, but he was died by the steps of a scaring elephant. For the point of view by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the supernatural power is just merely the by-product of practicing. It is a convenient dharma gateway to help sentient beings. Sometimes Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not speak out even he is able to see something will take place in the future.

If you are encountering something with undulatory reaction by what you like or dislike, it means that you did not practice the Buddhism. This kind of people will do the evil deeds anytime. Because when he would dislike something, he would protect himself and hurt someone; when he would like something, he would like to be clinging to get or occupy it, he will do the evil deeds as well. As long as the human beings will be affected and controlled by the sense of eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind. It is so called the Six Thieves in the Sutra. We will do the evils deeds if we would like to satisfy the feeling of the Six Thieves that is why the practice of Exoteric Buddhism is to eliminate the desire creating by the Six Thieves. For example of Hinayana Buddhism, the practitioner is unable for cooking because he would like to eliminate the annoyance. But the teaching of Vajrayana tells that all the external circumstance is created by the mind. All you have felt from the Six Thieves is through from the effect of mind. For example, what are you thinking? Why would you think? Where is the notion coming from? It is coming from our mind. Therefore the Mahamudra of Vajrayana is directly practicing the mind. The guru of Vajrayana teaches the various methods to practice it from the mind creating by the sense of the Six Thieves in order to review the each of notions. Where are they coming from? A greedy notion is clinging to listen that someone admires you for your ability or performance. A stupidity notion is clinging to think that you are lack of the ability or thinking it is difficult.

Last month, there was a Rinpoche in China Qinghai made a phone call to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and asked him for help due to this Rinpoche would like to hold a grand puja. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ever helped this Rinpoche before, but two years before, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang instructed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche temporarily suspend the financial assistance. If you stand in my shoe, you must think: “It will be a great virtue to hold the grand puja, if it is not allowed to have the financial assistance, maybe I can do some favor with it” But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche refused for anything because he is fully compliable with the guru’s instruction.

Now you are in position of being a student. Is there any student who was not blamed by the teacher? There was no one raising the hand in the venue. Even if your examination is very good, there must be something blamed by the teacher. Those who would like to avoid the guru’s scold are the most evil deeds, because they don’t want to change themselves. The guru of Vajrayana will help the disciple’s behavior. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang understood that the problem of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was the arrogant mind. Therefore His Holiness undertook and aimed the problem for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Just like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened before: there was one time without pre-notification, His Holiness blamed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche “Why didn’t you wear the Dharma clothes?” Another time was that His Holiness asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to brew up the milk tea. And then His Holiness had a taste and blamed” It was tasteless!” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has passed each level by complying with the guru’s instruction. In year 2007, after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had performed retreat at Lapchi, the first lunch with His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, His Holiness blamed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche what he had done. If you stand in my shoe, you would think that “I have performed laboriously, why I should be blamed to have such a lunch?” But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche heard His Holiness point out the mistake, was grateful and apologized on the spot and made prostration to His Holiness. That is because that only a good guru can continually remind and care the disciple’s mistake.

Yesterday there was a disciple who had found breast cancer was suffering for the swelling of her right hand. She begged for his right hand with the blessing bestowed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in order to make the full prostrations. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche tell her to make full prostrations trying her best. But you may think that why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked her to do it when she was in the suffering of pain. Rinpoche enlighten her: If you did not make full prostrations, you will be much more painful. When you killed the chicken, how painful of those chicken were. You are too cherishing the body to bear with a little pain. When the sister would like to in the name of this disciple, Rinpoche was blamed her, Why wasn’t she willing to make full prostrations until someone getting illness? On the surface, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was blaming her, in fact, she has already got the blessing.

If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not have any problem in his body, Rinpoche could not qualify himself to ask you. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has illness for the whole body, just as you have known, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s body is with severe S-shaped Scoliosis, Could it be said that it is painless? Actually it is negative, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche accepts the karma retribution and not clinging to the pain of the body or the feeling of the body. There was a physician disciple mentioned that the severe scoliosis could cause painful by each of moving, moreover it could cause the incontinence or obstruction of urine. Some of the organs would be deformed or swelling by this illness. That is because that the human body needs the frames to support with it, the muscles and Plexus are adhered to those frames. Therefore they will be hurt by the big pressure when the frame is not in the right position, it is impossible to make the full prostration. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked her whether she had done it after going home. How many times she had done? Was her right hand broken or not? She replied that she had made the full prostrations for over 10 times, her hands are also well.

All of Your virtues are not enough; you are not willing to make offering as well. The only way is to make prostration for Buddha. But all of you do not beseech to make full prostrations in the venue. That is because that it has been crowd with people in the venue now. Today it was the essential of Mahamudra for today’s enlightenments which are very important. It will be the great offerings to guru if you can follow up the regulation of Buddhism, fully believe and listen to the guru’s instruction. When you believe guru which is respectful to Three Jewels, and then you can accumulate the virtue to change your future life. When the puja is over, there is sunshine outside of windows in the venue. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that it is rare to see sunshine during the invading of typhoon. Prior to the beginning of this teaching, the sky was covered denesly dark clouds. But now when the teachings is ending it becomes sunny. It is just like human being is on the path of brightness from darkness by learning Buddhism. It is a very good sign for today’s taechings.

September 24, 2010

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

The Chod to be performed toady was a special dharma of Tibetan Buddhism. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang once said that there are eight dharma methods which can help practitioners obtain accomplishment in this lifetime. The meaning of obtaining accomplishment is saying if one can focus on practicing one of the dharmas during his life, he can obtain the liberation from the cycle of birth and death. The Chod puja is one of the eight dharmas. Some of you, however, might say that obtaining liberation from the cycle of birth and death is not important to you as you can live your life according to your desires. And you don’t know anything about next lifetime, therefore you don’t want to care about it too much. It can’t say that such a thinking is incorrect, but it is irrelevant to the Buddha Dharma. In Tibetan, the word Chod indicates the meaning of “cutting off”. But what to be cut off? It means to cut off the roots of all afflictions. The reason we’d feel sorrow is that we have desires and needs which will result in afflictions. And our afflictions will then lead to our entering the suffering ocean of reincarnation.

Don’t think that Chod is not related to the Buddha Dharma. Chod was comprised based on the concepts of kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity described in sutras, and connected with the concept of wisdom. The concept of wisdom in the Buddha Dharma is not about worldly intellects. There are two categories of wisdom: root and acquired wisdom. All humans were born with root wisdom. But the root wisdom was concealed by all kinds of filthy afflictions such as greediness, hatred, and ignorance accumulated in past lifetimes. It was so deeply veiled that we are not aware of its existence. All sentient beings, however, were born with root wisdom, even an insect does. The other wisdom, the acquired wisdom, can be cultivated by learning the Buddha Dharma. It was a method of benefiting sentient beings. As one achieves the accomplishment of acquired wisdom, he can help sentient beings and further attain Buddhahood.

In the Buddha Dharma there are two kinds of benefits; benefiting self and benefiting others. When one is certain that he has obtained accomplishment and can be liberated with his own practices, his guru has to confirm his accomplishment and then he can begin to learn the methods of benefiting others. With all these qualifications, he can begin to perform dharma for others and help them be liberated from the cycle of birth and death. Any dharma method deviated away from these principles can’t be counted as dharma to benefit others. The vows of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are to help sentient beings break off the cycle of birth and death. Through performing Chod puja, a practitioner can assist sentient beings to eliminate afflictions and then be liberated from the cycle of birth and death.

Don’t think that performing Chod is an easy task. It actually would take a very long period of time to practice and attain the accomplishment. When you attend the Chod puja, you should be respectful to the Three Jewels so to accumulate merits. The Three Jewels are Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. Those practitioner groups that are either ordained or lay and are able to perform Dharma to benefit sentient beings can be called Sangha. Drikung Kagyu Order is a very conscientious school. Practitioners of Drikung Kagyu Order have to perform retreats and their performance and their accomplishment have to be recognized. Without such procedures, no practitioner of Drikung Kagyu Order can ascend to a throne, not to mention ascending to such a high throne as the one Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has seated. Don’t think that everyone can seat on such a high throne. If you casually sit on it, you will suffer the consequences. The milder one is you would be getting serious ill or shortening your life span. The more serious consequence is you might die. The unsparing consequence is falling into hells after death. As a ma matter of fact, ascending to a throne to propagating the Buddha Dharma takes tremendous efforts. Being a Rinpoche has to take care of numerous matters. It is not like your imagination that the status of a Rinpoche would simply render esteem and respect.

Many people may claim that they are endowed with “special constitutions,” having extraordinary senses. The truth is as long as you are alive, you’ll have senses. It’s nonsense to assert one’s “special constitution.” When blown by wind, you’d feel something. It’s not that you are special so to sense it. If you think you can see, listen to, or dream of Bodhisattvas, ghosts, or spirits, it’s because you are influenced by TV programs. Don’t try to excuse yourself by saying that you never watch such TV programs. In Taiwan, many temples and TV shows have provided you various chances to see such images. You have already watched them so to leave impressions in your mind. Don’t be superstitious. To improve their viewing rates, those shows would lie to their audience. The fact is that we are all ordinary humans. There is no such thing as “special constitutions.” We Chinese grew up eating rice, whereas other foreigners grew up drinking milk. What we eat is different so that our physiques and constitutions are different. So do our body orders. The body order of vegetarians is different than that of those who eat meat. Take another example. The body order of people living in southern Taiwan is different from that of people living in northern Taiwan, because they eat different kinds of food.

In Diamond Sutra, the Buddha had enlightened that it was an evil perception to pray for seeing the image and sound of the Buddha. Unless your level of accomplishment has attained to that of Bodhisattvas, you might be able to visualize Bodhisattvas. Otherwise, it’s impossible to visualize any. There are three kinds of emanation of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas: Dharmakaya, Sambhogokaya, and Nirmanakaya. Dharmakaya is the one who has attained the accomplishment of a Bodhisattva, Sambhogokaya is the physical body a Buddha or a Bodhisattva was reborn into the world, and Nirmanakaya is the manifestation of thoughts, speech, and objects of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Thus, a sutra is a kind of emanation of the Buddha. Without sufficient causes, conditions, and merits, one can’t even see a sutra, the Nirmanakya the Buddha, not to mention visualizing Dharmakaya and Sambhogokaya. Actually, the body you obtained this lifetime is a kind of Sambhogokaya, retribution of all the virtuous and evil karma accumulated in past lifetimes. When the force of your virtuous karma has used up, it’s the time you begin to get ill. It is caused by your karma of killing. Therefore, before attaining the accomplishment of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, any practitioners can’t visualize Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. It’s because you are still in different state of mind. You have not reached the level of authentically practicing the Buddha Dharma. If you still think you do see Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, it’s seeing ghosts alive.

What is described in the sutra is related to theories of benefiting sentient beings, but not about methods for doing so. What is taught in Varjayana is about methods to benefit sentient beings. Gurus of Vajrayana must purely, cleanly, and conscientiously observe precepts. Tantras in Vajrayana can’t be publicly transmitted. In the dharma texts, it has description about “not to transmit tantras within six ears.” It means a guru must transmit tantras to his disciple one to one, depending on a disciple’s causes, conditions, and root capacities. One’s root capacities are resulted from his virtuous deeds in past lifetimes. Don’t think that you can learn tantras as long as you have received empowerment of Rinpoches who came from Tibet. The meaning of bestowing empowerment indicates that your guru has confirmed that you can practice the dharma of certain deity. And then you must receive the transmission of reciting mantras. With such procedures, it can be counted as authentic practice. Otherwise, there will be no effects. To support temples and believers in Qing-hai, China, or Tibet, many Rinpoches have attempted to raise funds by continuously teaching dharma methods or tantras or bestowing empowerment. Such way of teaching is not in accordance with the Buddha Dharma. There will be no effects.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche keeps pure precepts, and all disciples of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center must adopt vegetarian diets. If a Buddhism learner could not attain no killing, all he does would be in vain. You must start by controlling your own tongue. Stop eating meat anymore.

The cause of modern people getting sick is all from killing karma. When you who have not taken refuge are asked if you believe the law of cause and effect, each of you would all answer yes you do. However, you are still eating meat and not taken the Buddhist Sutra’s advice “Cutting of eating sentient beings’ meat.” Do not believe the rumors of that a Tibetan Buddhism practitioner is allowed to eat meat. Both his Holiness Drikung Chetsang and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche adopt vegetarian diets. Some late Mahasiddhas of Drikung Kagyu were also vegetarians. Even Lord Jigten Sumgon, the founder of Drikung Kagyu, had adopted vegetarian diet in Tibet 800 hundred years ago. In that era, it was not possible to successfully plant and harvest vegetables in Tibet. However, Lord Jigten Sumgon still could abstain from meat in that kind of environment. You, who are born in the free Taiwan with Buddhism, therefore have no reason to not adopt vegetarian diets!

Once you eat meat, by which you cut off the seed of compassion and have no relation to any Buddha-Dharma. It is not Buddhas and Bodhisattvas who punish or reward you but it is you whose own business. Do not think dumping buckets of fishes into the sea and reciting the Mantra in the meanwhile is freeing captive animals. In fact, adopting vegetarian diets is really releasing living creatures. No more find an excuse and say that you need to work and have some have social intercourses so that you are not able to abstain meat. Adopting vegetarian diets is just a habit. It is like that when other people ask you to have the food you don’t like, and you insist not eat them. Similarly, you can just say that you don’t like eating meat and you are a vegetarian. For those who still have meat, please do not come here anymore. In Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, adopting vegetarian diets is strictly required. No sooner had Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche made the determination to observe precepts than Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche cut out alcohol and smoking. Therefore, do not say you cannot do it. As long as you make up your mind, you can definitely be a vegetarian. Now the Western people also encourage people to adopt vegetarian diets and not have meat for the benefit of health and environmental protection. They consider adopting vegetarian food is good for the earth. They do not advocate it out of a merciful and compassionate heart.

When we are talking about wildly engage you in the Buddhist activities for the deceased, it does not mean to go everywhere for attending pujas in many Buddhist centers. Not attending every puja would be effective but the puja held by an authentic Guru. And the larger number of attendees, the better. Often attending thus kind of pujas can benefit sentient beings. If a puja, with large number of attendees and most of them come for the benefit of sentient beings, is held by an authentic Guru and blessed by gurus of the lineage, the puja can in deed benefit countless beings.

It really needs very virtuous causal conditions and merits of the past lives for you to you come here to attend the Vajra puja with 1300 attendees today. The Chod puja, conducted by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, is getting more and more attendees no matter how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche tells not to come. And it is all because you have the causal conditions and virtuous karma accumulated in past lives. Also, many sentient beings want you to attend. You should deeply cherish thus previous causes and conditions. Attending a Chod puja can help you accumulate merits more than those created through your recitation of the Sutras and attending of repentance rituals of ten years. In Taiwan, there is no person who dares to perform Chod puja for a thousand people simultaneously. Only Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche dares to do it. Nowadays in the world there are also very few rinpoches who conduct Chod puja with such many attendees. The reason is that seemingly the number of the comers is 1300 but actually each of the comers brings numerous sentient beings. If the consciousnesses of the beings do not get well transferred, they will cause the practitioner troubles.

Why one needs to perfectly comply with precepts while cultivating Buddhism? When one goes to school, he needs to observe the school’s regulations; when one work for a company, he needs to do in accordance with the company’s policy; and citizens of a country need to follow its law. The reason for setting so many rules to restrain people is that a human’s mind is easy to indulge. People yawn or get distracted in a puja are because they feel bored and impatient, thinking what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is talking about has nothing to do with them. Therefore they do not pay their attention. If you were charged one million for entrance fee for each puja, you would not have become distracted but taken it seriously, for you pay for it. But it is actually a wrong concept by regarding only when it charges it is effective. The truth is that money cannot buy Buddha-Dharma! Those who yawn or lose their attention in puja will get reborn as a pet in their next life! You can find that nowadays there are some pets that live even a better life than humans. They are held in their masters’ arms, enervated fed without need to worry about food and clothing. Those pets are reincarnated from those who dozed in puja. People who have that kind of behaviors and cannot listen to Buddhism are due to ignorance. Attention does not mean that you need to close your eyes. One does not need to close his eyes while sitting in meditation. When you are hearing Buddhism, you have to keep an attentive mind. No matter you are able to comprehend it or not, you ought to pay attention when listening. Thus, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s enlightenment teachings can enter your consciousness. And it will take effect someday.

You may all expect that the compassionate people need to kindly treat others, and a Buddhist practitioner must have a smiling face. It turns out just the opposite – Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the disciple of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, does especially scold. You have been taught that you ought to cultivate Buddhism as desperately as to put out the flames on his hair. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche repeatedly gives you teachings. But you are just like the people depicted in the Lotus Sutra that who are saved by Bodhisattvas but immediately return to make the same mistakes. Do not think you only need to make repentance to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and then it would be all right. That is an apologetic behavior, while the sincere repenting is to admit, accept, face what he has done wrong and never commits again! Today you meet the Vajra dharma that can fast bring benefit to you. Thereafter, your mind should not be in a slow tempo but make up to cultivate Buddhism right away.

During the Chod puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helps you through visualization and mantra recitation. Do not think that visualization is ineffective. When you furnish your house, you would imagine scenes of different coloration and then realize your imaginary furnishing. It is also visualization and can be practically executed. Only through visualization can mantra recitation gather strength. Every Vajrayana Rinpoche wears some things to protect himself, such as a Protection Chakra or statues of Buddha. However, when performing the practice, the practitioner has to take off everything that protects himself. A regulation in the Dharma text goes, “One should not wear any protective objects while performing the Chod puja.” When the practitioner has such protective objects on, sentient beings will be frightened and dare not to get close. Therefore, the practitioner does not protect himself in the Chod puja and gives himself entirely for the sentient beings to eat. Many people have seen Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche being eaten and distributed to the sentient beings in the Chod puja. Most of the witnesses were either old or very young. Old people and children have fewer opinions and do not think too much. They are not as complicated as you, so they can see the process.

You have to pay your absolute attention during the puja. When you are concentrated, you have reverence, which will generate merits. Only when you have merits, your attendance in the pujas will take effect. It is very important to listen attentively. Whether you have learned Buddhism or not, you must have heard about Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara achieved his accomplishments in practice through ears, i.e. listening to the Buddhist teachings with his ears in order to practice. To listen does not mean that one only listens with his ears. One has to listen attentively and be very concentrated. No matter how much you understand, you will be able to retain the Buddhist teachings you heard in your eighth consciousness if you listen reverently and attentively. It will definitely be helpful to you in the future. When you generate a thought, do not chase after the thought. Let your mind be concentrated on the guru’s voice in sutra and mantra recitation.

There are so many people attending the puja, but everyone has got different benefits. Even with the same officiating practitioner, the minds of the attendees vary, so do the results. When you attend the puja, you need to have reverence. Nothing is an accident, for everything abides by the law of cause and effect. The mother of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha loved to eat soft-shelled turtle eggs and thereby fell into the hell. It is very easy for one to fall into the hell. Who did not scold others? Who did not get angry with other people in your heart? Who did not eat meat? None of you. As long as you have committed one of the deeds, it is enough for you to fall into the hell in the future. Many people might think that they do not know anything to take place after their death. As there are so many people in the world, you won’t have to wait until you die. You may visit the intensive care unit. In this degenerate age, the sentient beings have got heavy karmic obstacles. The advanced medical technologies actually make modern people suffer more than those living in the ancient times. Many people have to undergo a lot of treatments, surgical operations, and medication. They suffer because of their illnesses and will certainly fall into the hell. Before you die, you will see your future birthplace in your following life. You don’t have to wait until your next life comes. A practitioner can see what the person will become of. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sees it and fears for the sentient beings who will fall into the hell. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche feels extremely anxious for the sentient beings, constantly gives advice to them, and continues to host pujas.

Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed the very auspicious Chod puja of Drikung Kagyu and led the attendees in the recitation of the Six Syllable Mantra. At completion of the puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued to bestow the Buddhist teachings.

You came to attend the puja because you have learned about Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s extraordinary powers. As you have come to the puja, you should cherish such karmic connection and merits. Today’s puja is attended by 1,300 people and this small venue is fully packed. Before you came to the puja, you thought that you would gain some benefits and were willing to squeeze yourself in here. In fact, you have been tempted to come and given candy to eat, so Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would have the opportunity to admonish you in the puja in hopes that you can change so as to attain liberation from the cycle of birth and death. It doesn’t matter if you will seek refuge and learn Buddhism or not. At least you will not fall into the three lower realms after attending the Chod puja. Nevertheless, you must refrain from committing evil deeds from now on. Due to their evil deeds, people have been reincarnated in the six realms. A guru dearest hope is to prevent you from falling into the three lower realms. As to attaining Buddhahood, one can only achieve it through practice.

When natural disasters or wars break out in a certain place, they are usually generated by killing karma. Although there were several typhoons coming at Taiwan in recent years, things always turned out fine. It was because many Buddhist centers constantly held pujas and carried out Buddhist activities. Besides, large-scaled pujas have been held every year. For example, the latest typhoon was pretty powerful, but eventually did not do much damage. Although Kaohsiung was flooded and suffered material losses, it was fortunate that no one died. However, the same typhoon caused great damage and many lives in Guangdong because there was shared killing karma in the area. All the warfare in the world is caused by the killing of lives. When you kill and eat the beings, hatred will grow among you. They will certainly come back to you to take your life as a means to collect their debts. When you eat a mouthful of meat, you need to pay off what you have eaten. Sometimes you would be cut and bleed, and it serves as a result of your previous killing as well. Do not think that these were merely natural phenomena. When typhoons constantly strike a certain place, it is because the local people do not believe the law of cause and effect or the Buddhist teachings. When earthquakes constantly occur, it is because people in the area are all very arrogant and stubborn. When there are floods, it is generated by people’s greedy thoughts. When fires constantly take place, it is caused by hatred. All of these are shared karma of the locals.

The first thing a person needs to correct is his mouth; you should not eat meat again. After attending the puja, if you immediately go out to eat meat again, today’s puja would be useless for you. If after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has helped you to clean your karma, you would still eat sentient beings’ meat and come here again to implore for Buddha and Bodhisattva’s help, not only the virtues you have accumulated today would be gone in an instant, but also you would make Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche die. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche dies because of exhaustion, many sentient beings would not get helps.

You should not drink alcohol again. Alcohol is not good to your health, will harm your body, and will also make us irrational. Some may think that if you do not drink alcohol you will not have friends. Actually, those who drink alcohol with you are just fair-weather friends. Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have advised us not to drink alcohol and not to eat meat; these advices are for our own good; every bite of meat you eat will have to be repaid by you. The gene of ancient human who lived nine thousand years ago can still be found in the current human body; sentient beings are inside your body. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche began to practice Exoteric Buddhism since thirties years old. Like ordinary people, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche started to practice Buddhism from the basics of Exoteric Buddhism. Before practicing Exoteric Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could also be considered as a person who was good at drinking alcohol. Even when drinking a whole bottle of XO or brandy, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not get drunk. However, once Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche practiced Buddha dharma and knew the karmic retributions for drinking alcohol and eating meat, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately quitted drinking and changed to a vegetarian diet. Those disciples who had taken refuge for a long time all have seen a large black liver spot on Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s face more than 10 years ago. This was generated because of drinking alcohol which led to poisonous internal organs. Even if some people did not have spots in their faces, they will still have red dots on their noses. Do not think this is the sign of getting rich (發). It is actually the sign of dissipating (發) the poisons in their bodies.

Many women like to look beautiful and are afraid of getting old, so they spend money to buy a bunch of cosmetics. But actually vegetarians look just younger! Because being afraid of not getting enough nutrition, you have eaten a lot of meat. Do you know what is inside the meat? It has antibiotics and growth hormone. What is growth hormone? It will let you grow faster and accelerate your aging. Our body is a karma-reward body which is combined from our virtuous and evil karma. Do not think the body is yours. Your health is attained from the virtuous karma you had done from your past generations of lives. When your virtuous karma is used up, your health will naturally become bad. You would not think that your health is bad because of killing living beings; it is all under the law of cause and effect. There are people who take vitamins to improve their health. Actually, they are taking poisons!

All of you should seriously cherish your virtues. Cherishing your virtues does not mean not wasting food usually referred to by most people. Some people have already been stuffed, but still wanted to finish the remaining food. As a result, they have bad stomachs and have to see doctors. This is foolish, instead of cherishing your virtues. After attending today’s puja, the non-disciple believers may not have another chance to come here to attend pujas again, so these people should cherish this opportunity of being able to attend this Vajrayana’s Tantra puja. The meaning of cherishing virtues is that you should cherish the virtues of practicing Buddha dharma and seize the opportunity to practice Buddha dharma diligently. Those who really believe deeply in the law of cause and effect and have experienced impermanence will be like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and will actively practice Buddha dharma and seriously prepare for death. Those who do not want to be cut or to be sliced at the time of their deaths should immediately start to practice Buddha dharma seriously. The more the modern medicine are, the more painful, people die. People in ancient times all died of old age or died at home quietly. But for modern people, before dying, many of them are still under surgery and suffer very painful death. If you do not want to have three-tubes attached to your body before death, you should practice Buddha dharma diligently. The above mentioned three-tubes means that you are lying in a hospital bed with breathing tube, gastric tube, and catheter inserted in your body simultaneously. Try to imagine this. Do you want to be inserted with these tubes before you die? Do not think letting your family member do these medical treatments or letting him live longer are good for him. You could try to lie in bed yourself with these tubes inserted for a whole day; you would definitely not be able to endure this! What our body looks like is also the presentation of virtuous karma and evil karma. Poor health is actually caused by killing living beings. It is all under the law of cause and effect. You will get sick because of running out of virtues. Do not worry that your body has illnesses; having illness in your body is for you to repay your karmic debts. If we can use this karma-reward body to repay our karmic debts, just let it be! Our karmic debts definitely have to be repaid. Since practicing Buddha dharma, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has always been very pleased to have the opportunities to repay the karmic debts. Once a debt is repaid, it will just be all right. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s business was collapsed; Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s marriage was ended; these were all repaying the debts. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was also very happy that he had gotten skin cancer. It is even better for a person to use his physical body to repay the karmic debts because this body will eventually not be able to be used one day anyway. If we can use this body to repay the karmic debts owed from our past generations of lives, it is really worthwhile for us.

Practicing Buddha dharma is an honorable thing. Why do you not dare to tell others you are a Buddhist? Why do you not dare to tell others you are a vegetarian? Have Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and the guru taught you to steal, to rob, or to do illegal things? Not at all! If they have not taught so, why do you practice Buddha dharma secretly and why do you fear others know you are a Buddhist? Or do you think Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are compassionate so they can be easily bullied? You can see on television that some government officials or actors all have publicly said that they are Christians or Catholics. Even some Muslim would publicly speak what they do not eat during what period in their fast days. Catholics also openly defend their religious practice of not eating meat one day a week. Why do you not dare to say you are vegetarians? Some may even claim that he is a chairman of a company, his position is not proper for him to be religious, or consuming meat with clients would be better to help his business. These thoughts are your excuses. You are afraid of inconvenience and of being criticized. As a president, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche never has such inconveniencies.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once went to a three-star Michelin restaurant in France and ordered vegetarian dishes. The chef wasn’t very good at preparing for vegetarian dishes, although he certainly was quite proud of his cooking and looked down upon Asian people. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, nonetheless, still asked the chef to come over and told him why the dishes were not cooked well. The chef was convinced and apologized at site. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche left the restaurant, the chef even offered a small present. Being a learner of Buddhism, you should be like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who would never shy away from telling people Rinpoche’s a Buddhist. Don’t lose your strength of character, as you progress in learning Buddhism.

Someone considered that learning Buddhism is just a tool to benefit them. Some of women used to recite mantras in order to dedicate to their husband. They all wish that her husband worked abroad would not have the affairs with other women, and all the women would be far away from her husband. The mantras are not for the use of imprecating disaster on others. You all know that it is useless to make the dedication. In fact, if ones has no relations with others, how could he have a good business? You don’t overstrain to think that his everything is bad thing which will be involved in the extramarital relations. There is no definition for good or bad in the sutra, only talking about the cause and effect, causes and conditions. If your husband would have the extramarital relations, it means that there must be the karma cause with him in your previous lives: if you did not let other couples to be apart, there is no one to disturb you or spoil your family. So do not only blame for others, those are your mistakes what you had done by your previous lives.

Some of people may teach you like this:” If your family members stop you learning the Buddhism, you have to recite the Great Compassion Mantra much more and delicate to your family members, and then they will not obstruct you to learn Buddhism.” You had found that it is useless, because the function of the Great Compassion Mantra is not for the use of imprecating disaster on others. It is a different style from other Buddhist Centers in the Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Buddhist Center: Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always enlightened you:”If your family members obstruct you to learn Buddhism, you have to stop coming here first, because there must be some problems with you. If you have already change yourself, not only your family members will not obstruct you anymore, but they will follow up you to learn Buddhism. ” There are a lot of examples.

There were some wives took the money from her husband to make offerings, it had caused that their family members had felt antipathy to slander Buddhism. It is inappropriate thing, because ones slander Buddhism will fall into the Hell. Maharatnakuta sutra has mentioned that the money for make offerings must be coming from your owned money. If your husband has gave you, it can be considered as your money, and then you can make offerings for it. Do not lend or cheat money or naive to believe that you will earn much more money when you mortgage your house and make offerings for all of them. There is no mention in the sutra. Do not have the inordinate desire for making offering or merits. Today there are 1300 attendees in this venues, simultaneously reciting the six-syllable Mani mantra will be the great merits.

The most freedom place to learn Buddhism is Taiwan, even if there are lots of Buddhist Temples in Japan, there are still some barriers for different factions of religion. You do not think or beseech for something when learning Buddhism. Before learning Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not expect that one day he will become a Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was born in China and grew up in Hong Kong. His life original plan was to emigrate to Australia, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not anticipate coming to learn Buddhism in Taiwan due to karmic connection. Those are the causes and conditions. He never knows that he will be a Rinpoche and he will accept someone make prostration to him and kneeling down to him in order to pray for help. Is anyone could imagine that a citizen of Hong Kong would come to Taiwan and become a Rinpoche? It means that Taiwan is a treasure island. It is rare to have a perfect human body: you can see by your eyes, you can hear by your ears, you can speak with your mouth and you are sane. Furthermore you can listen to dharma and attend the Tantra Puja. It is indeed not so easy, you must cherish it.

Originally Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not intend to preside over the Chod puja in this month. Because there will be a great puja on October 03, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has already been very laborious, but you repeatedly beseech in all sincerity, then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche promised to practice the Chod Dharma. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not care whether you would make offerings to Rinpoche or not, you do not think that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would need this puja to accumulate the merits. The level for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is no need to rely on you to accumulate the merits, on the contrary, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continually gives his merits to you. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always help you regardless of his personal safety or life. If you go on eating meat, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will ask you not to attend the puja anymore; you can try to other centers where are lack of believers. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche needs to help those sentient beings indeed in the sufferings. It will be unfavorable for you if those sentient beings, who long for the help from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, know you are consuming a guru by this way.

After going home, you don’t have to take too much time for chatting. To think it over: Why could Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche achieve it, but you could not do it? Not to mention being a Rinpoche, it is to laborious, at least, you must achieve that: To understand the important of learning Buddhism and grasp this lifetime to learn and practice Buddhism. Today Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche without regret practiced dharma for you, you must feel grateful for Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and gurus to transmit and reserve Dharma. You must believe that this world will not be existed if there are no Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Dharma. No matter what you have learned Buddhism or not, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas silently compassionately benefit sentient beings, the light of Buddha is always illuminating all of us, just the sentient beings does not know it.

After the puja was over, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche blew the dharma instrument of a human leg bone for the attendee in order to blow up the unfortunate or filthy substance. You will not so anger after that. All the attendee felt grateful for the blessing bestowed by the most venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

September 25, 2010

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave enlightenment to 125 believers with Buddhism and helped them to relieve all kinds of suffering in the world at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei.

September 26, 2010

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the auspicious regular puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei. Before the puja, a female disciple shared her experience of being helped by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. A magic thing occurred this week in her: Most of her tumors disappeared. This result surprised, beyond any words. This is a miracle, but not given by god. It was bestowed by the guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. This is all due to the compassion, powerful and virtuous blessings, and merits of the guru. The disciple will never be able to return such immense kindness of the guru.

She actually didn’t do anything special to treat her illness. In the past two years, the only treatment she actively received was visiting the Glorious Jewel Clinic of Chinese Medicine which was also given by the guru. Within these two years, without the blessings of the guru such as allowing her to perform a retreat that rendered her opportunities to accumulate merits, she’d either die already or lie in the bed of an intensive care unit. Her friend was diagnosed with chest tumor later than she, the so-called breast cancer, but her friend passed away already. Moreover, during the terminal period of her friend’s illness, she lived a life without any quality. Endless chemotherapies caused her great pain and she eventually died with the pain. If not for the blessings of the Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she would not be alive right now. During these two years, she didn’t particularly nourish her health, nor did she go to bed and get up earlier. She did the same job and had a sweet tooth as usual. Thus, it is Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who gave her a whole new life. Some may say that she has not fully recovered yet. For her, that is not important anymore. Because of her illness, she met the Vajra guru. She had the opportunity to listen to the Buddha Dharma and attend pujas. She hopes, in the future lifetimes, she can be liberated from the cycle of birth and dead, being able to leave all the sorrows and attain happiness. She hopes to help all sentient beings to do so. This is the most important thing.

The day, May 21st of 2008, prior to her birthday, she was told she got tumors. When her friends and her got together to celebrate her birthday, they all gave her best wishes for her longevity, great health and eternal youth. The next day, however, the doctor informed her that 99 percents of the chance that she had tumors. This contrast was too ironic and too huge. She suddenly realized that the fact of impermanent life would occur any second. Later, through the introduction of a dharma brother of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, she took refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Four months ago, all of a sudden, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her that the smallest tumor had disappeared. One month ago, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her again that another larger one had been gone already, while the largest one had stopped growing. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked to undergo a check-up. Originally, she thought going through a check-up was a procedure without any dignity so she was reluctant to go. However, it was the guru’s advice. She followed. She went to a surgeon who is also a dharma brother. After the examination, the dharma brother told her the following: It seems that you can live a long time. The careful ultrasound results indicated that the small one disappeared, the color of the medium size one became grey, and the large one has not only stopped growing but also shrunk to the size of 1.5 cm from 1.8 cm to 2 cm. In addition, the shape of the large tumor has changed. At that moment, her gratitude to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can’t be described in words.

She’d thought, during the two years, she only had two tumors. When she made an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche more than two years ago, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her that she had three tumors. As a believer then, she thought Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was probably incorrect in counting. After the exam of this time, the doctor told her she indeed had three tumors. She asked the doctor why the medical report only recorded two. The doctor replied that the medical report only recorded the primary two. The size of the minor one was only 0.6 cm, so it was not written down. The disciple wants all the attendees to believe that the guru is always right! The information from the guru is far more precise than scientific equipments.

As a matter of fact, at the beginning of the diagnosis of her cancer, she once wished to make an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Back then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was in Japan to hold the inauguration ceremony of the new center. Rinpoche was not in Taiwan so she could just make prostrations in front of Richen Dorjee Rinpoche’s dharma photo. In the mean time, she heard from other dharma brothers that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has not been an advocate of chemotherapy and surgical procedures to cure cancers. She, however, had been in the other lineage of Tibetan Buddhism (the Red Lineage) for many years and never heard of such thing. Although she believed in the capacity of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she went to ask another Rinpoche friend whether, in the Esoteric Buddhism, it was not suggested for cancer patients undergo surgeries. That Rinpoche friend told her that, in the Esoteric Buddhism, human body is the mandala of one hundred peaceful and wrathful deities. If one undergoes an operation, one of the four gates would be destroyed and the rest three can barely function. If chemotherapy is applied, the whole mandala would be rendered useless. What she should do was making public repentance and vows. In so doing, she probably would have a chance to survive. That was the first time she’d heard such thing from a Tibetan Rinpoche and she realized that there was no such difference as Tibetan or Han Rinpoches. There were differences of various levels of accomplishment.

She waited until Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche returned from Japan and implored for meeting Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her not to fear. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would help her. The requirement was that she has to attend every single puja held in Taiwan and can’t desire other things. In the mean time, what she has to do was diligently learning Buddhism. After passing, she will not fall into the three evil realms. Therefore, she canceled the surgery schedule, health aide, and the dietician of organic food. When facing the cancer, even if she has been learning Buddhism, she still felt fearful and anxious. She couldn’t but feel admiring to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s courage and vision.

When she was till a believer and once as she attended a puja, she witnessed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted a Phowa Dharma for a believer. Later, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave the enlightenment that although it seemed quite easy to emit the sounds of “pei, pei, pei” when carrying out the Phowa Dharma, the effectiveness of the dharma was resulted from consuming the practitioner’s life , merits, practices, compassion, and virtues. At that moment, she was so touched that she made a relatively small offering, comparing with the amount Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had rejected. Because of the minor offering, however, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her that her merits have profoundly accumulated.

More than two years ago, sitting at the throne, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often mentioned a new disciple who had breast cancer and had dig into ants’ nest as a child. That disciple is her. She always felt that she’s kind person. But when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche talked about her digging ants’ nest, she realized how evil she had been. An ants’ nest was a house of numerous ants, but she’d pour water into it. In sutra, it has a description of “causally concordant effect” , meaning that if one was merciful in last lifetime, he would be also merciful in this lifetime. Therefore, she must be very vicious last lifetime so her behaviors would be so evil in this life.

When genuinely making offering, one wouldn’t ask anything in return. Disciples, nonetheless, often are very calculated so as to think whether buying things at the Glorious Jewel Company would cost more. If one’s mind is used to haggle over such things, how come he is able to open up his mind. With such a bickering mindset, the channel of his heart wouldn’t be enlarged. Certainly, there would no such phenomenon of exuberant happiness observed in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. When disciples practice Six syllabi Mani every day, they have to contemplate on offering precious treasures to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. However, for disciples, to contemplate is one thing, to do it in reality is another. She shared her experience that when making offering she’d ask nothing in return, not to mention to make offering to a rare, precious, Vajra guru.

Two days ago, a nurse of about 18 years of experience told her that she never heard that any cancer would automatically disappear. The disciple had known Vajrayana for a long period of time. It’s not until she met Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did she realized that she had never truly learned Vajrayana. Nor did she meet an authentic guru. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is able to transform the structures of molecules. But disciples of low qualities often don’t believe Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s capacities. Disciples are even less than those non-Buddhists who often say “believing will lead to miracles.” In the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, disciples have witnessed numerous miracles (for instance, a elderly disciple of terminal cancer was able to travel to Japan, India and Nepal to attend pujas), but we still don’t believe that our Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is truly a treasure. The degree of our guru’s preciousness can’t be described in words. The transmission of the Buddha Dharma isn’t just transmitting knowledge. The accomplishment of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been attested by Rinpoche’s painstaking genuine practices. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had been through life-threatening dangers, family dispersing, and extreme poverty. Richen Dorjee Rinpoche’s son once shared that his father’s achievement is worthwhile. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can afford incenses and fruits, Rinpoche would definitely make both offerings. When can’t, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would try the best to at least offer incents. In the poorest condition, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had to share a meal box with Rinpoche’s son. In summer time, not wanting to use a fan, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still remained the daily practice of making full prostrations. In the worst poverty, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would always take a Buddha’s statue and Rinpoche’s son with Rinpoche, never selling the statue.

Even young children and women can acknowledge the preciousness of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. For instance, when she went to perform a retreat in India, she witnessed the scene that after meeting with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, an Indian woman used her forehead to touch Rinchen Dorjee Rinopche’s feet. In India, this is the most respectful honor one can pay. Take another example. When she once had a meal with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she saw a boy about six years of age, from far away, trying to get closer to Richen Dorjee Rinpoche by moving his body slowly toward Rinpoche. Finally, the boy moved to the front of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to take a closer look. These are evidences of how limitless the theopneusty of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has possessed.

In 2007, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed the retreat practice in the Lapchi Snow Mountains, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once entered the dharma realm. Think about what a person who can enter the dharma realm could be? Actually, the person before you is a living Bodhisattva. If he is gone, it will be humans and the earth’s loss. It is just like Guru Rinpoche who eventually transformed his body into the rainbow body and went to other realm for liberating the sentient beings there. If you couldn’t diligently cultivate Buddhism with more efforts, someday Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will leave. It will be disciples’ and sentient beings’ loss.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has attained the state of being free and acting in accordance with the fortune. He has the ability to let the tumor disappear, and make a hole on the deceased’s crown of head with Phowa dharma. The disciple was saying that her previous guru had ever said there was no person able to conduct the legendary Phowa dharma. Now, she could saw it in Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center of Drikung Kagyu. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s walking, living, sitting and sleeping, laughter and scolding are all Buddha-dharma. Even Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s glance at you has blessing power. Each and every behaviors of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche are all giving blessing. Don’t be too surprised if you see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche coming out from a cheap seafood restaurant; Need not to be shocked if you see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche being received by a chairman of a famous brand store in France; Don’t be too astonished if you behold Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche handsomely driving a world-famous brand roadster on Taipei’s street. This is all our Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who has attained the achievement, been at ease, acted in accordance with luck, and owned all kinds of treasures naturally.

She was really thankful for the disease that let her understand the cause and effect of the illness. She hopes she could have more severe disease and thus she can transform the disease into the methods of practicing Buddhism. If she did not acquire the disease, she would not have the opportunity to know how evil she was, how impermanence stays all around, she might not have made up her mind to devote herself to Buddhist dharma, she could not have a grasp of the fear a sentient being has when facing the death, and she could not have had the chance to meet the authentic Guru. Doubtlessly she needs to thank for falling ill that led her to the Guru she can rely on life after lives. And it also let her know how previous Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is. All we dharma brothers, as being Vajra disciples, can do is follow Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and listen to him, who has attained the highest yoga tantra.

The puja began and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had given Gampopa’s teachings on “heart” in the pujas of previous weeks. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ever told you that it is ok if you cannot comprehend the content of the enlightenment teachings. As you have not developed the Bodhicitta, you would not understand the content. However, no matter you can get it or not, as long as you devote your mind when listening, it must be helpful for you in the future.

You often hear that some people may say developing the mind to be a volunteer, to donate money for some Bodhisattva or some puja. But the term here “developing mind” is actually wrongly employed. Developing mind refers to developing Bodhicitta. Before developing Bodhicitta one needs to develop mercy and compassion. What you think about the mercy and compassion may be affected and doing it with purpose. Being merciful and compassionate is not just being a good guy, or priting the Sutras, prostrating to Buddhas, or sitting in meditation. One is not able to benefit sentient begins before he attains the mercy and compassion of emptiness. Recitation of the Sutras is at most to give some comfort to sentient beings.  As to develop Bodhicitta, one needs to first take refuge, comply with the Five Precepts, the Ten Meritorious Deeds, and then to develop mercy and compassion. Thus Bodhicitta could be developed. Bodhicitta could be divided into the Relative Bodhicitta and the Absolute Bodhicitta. One needs to practice to achieve the Absolute Bodhicitta so that he can really benefit sentient beings and liberate them from suffering.

In other religions in the world, mercy and compassion are not mentioned. A Buddhist disciple would denigrate the dharma if he thinks it is compassionate to do good things. There is a famous group that says they are Buddhist organization but actually is the non-Buddhist paths but attached their teachings on Buddha-Dharma also teaches people to recite the Sutras, keep precepts, and practice virtuous deeds. However, they ask their believers to come back to this world in the next life by proclaiming that they would come for liberating beings with vows. As you all know, what you get in this life is from what you did in past lives, and what you will get in future life is from what you have done in this life. It is not possible for you to return to save beings in the next life without achieving the stage of Bodhisattva in this life. You will be just reborn in accordance with your karmic power.

Most of the so-called Buddhist disciples in the current society break the precept of speaking deceitful words. Even some of them receive other people’s offering before they practice to be qualified. Therefore they cannot repay but only with their own body. Speaking deceitful words does not refer to telling a lie. Lying is related to personal ethics. And speaking deceitful words mainly refers to that when the practice has not attained the level but he claims he has, or, on the contrary, when the practice has attained the position but he ignores sentient beings’ seeking for his help. Thus is speaking deceitful words. Thirty-Seven Bodhisattva Practices are the rules that Buddhist disciples should observe. One needs to completely do it and then he could be considered a Buddhist disciple. Not completely do it, even merely one of them is missed, one cannot be regarded a Buddhist disciple, but at most a Buddhist believer. Do not regard it is Buddhism practice to recite the Sutras and sit in meditation, or you will be arrogant as you learn more. If one is not able to control his health conditions and says it is because he needs to carry the karma of sentient beings, he is not sure if he can liberate himself from the cycle of birth and death, even though he has been an ordained person for several years. In previous time when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was learning Exoteric Buddhism, he sat in meditation per day and recited 49 times of the Great Compassion Mantra and the Heart Sutra, as well as 10,000 times of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara’s name. With such diligent practice, he still felt bewildered and did not know why he was not able to do same as what the Sutras depict, why he had no ability to benefit sentient beings. It was not until that he learned the tantric dharma did he understand the reason.

As soon as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche made up his mind to practice tantric dharma, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche went bankrupt, divorced, had no money to eat, and acquired cancer. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not pray for Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, nor did Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche implore His Holiness Drikung Chetsang to conduct a dharma for him. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew these were all about self-own cause and effect, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche completely accepted them and was willing to repay his debts. Having cancer results from evil karma accumulated from past lives. Although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has not killed any sentient being in this life, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had loved to eat seafood for years. Thereafter, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche acquired skin cancer. Some people may say it is a “demon test”, but it isn’t. Actually the wording “demon test” is used by I-Kuan Tao. Buddha never said anything about “demon test”.

It is stated in the Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha’s Fundamental Vows: All thoughts that ordinary people arise within themselves and all ideas they generate are karmas, are sins. People who retort or explain no later than being unjustly treated is because they want to be less hurt, by which is just evil! Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has guided you with Buddhist teachings for years and asked you to introspect on your body, speech, and mind, but you have not acted according to teachings. Especially those who have sought refuge for year have not corrected their bad habits. It is also a Dharma-attachment for an ordain person who wishes someday he could have disciples, be an abbot, when build a Buddhist temple.

There was one disciple who has followed behind Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and taken refuges for many years, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche pointed out her mistakes for correction, she right away replied that the mistakes were not made by her. Do not think those who follow behind Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche definitely well practice. In your point of view you may think her action is very normal in that one would clearly explain it if the errors are not made by him. However, that when a Vajra Guru speaks to you but you make an explanation means you do not believe Guru’s speaking and do not admit you have something wrong. Because if you explain, you are saying you are not wrong, it’s others’ faults, and Guru unjust treat on you. In Thirty-Seven Bodhisattva Practices, it is mentioned that when people unjust treat you, as a Buddhist disciple, rather than making explanations, you still even feedback them with merciful heart and praise their merits. The cause for you to be unjustly treated results from that you have treated other in the same way in your previous life. Especially when a Guru unjust treats you, actually he is eliminating your karmic obstruction. No matter how many years you have practiced Buddhism, if you still have arrogant heart, you will not be able to learn compassion or to practice Vajrayana dharma. A Buddhist learner will be less arrogant as he cultivates Buddhism. That is, to be modest about and hide his skill. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often says that you know I’m of great ability, but you have no idea how great the ability I have! Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche views His Holiness Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche too deep to be fathomable. Only once in a while would His Holiness Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche show Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche some. So as you view Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche fathomable.

His Holiness Drikung Chetsang several times tested Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche aiming at his problem of arrogance and saw what his reactions would be with the following cases: His Holiness Drikung Chetsang took the wind out of his sails to his face by suddenly scolding him, such as blaming him on not being dressed in ceremonial garment, disliking and avoiding the milk tea Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche made. At that time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche followed His Holiness Drikung Chetsang’s instruction to make the milk tea. As soon as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche served the tea, His Holiness Drikung Chetsang took a sip and said it was really insipid. Then, His Holiness Drikung Chetsang put the cup on the table, ignoring it. If you were Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, you might ask His Holiness Drikung Chetsang if he would like it with more tea, milk, or sugar input. But under that circumstance, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who is a worthy vessel, just said sorry and then took the cup away to remake another one. If one makes any explanation to guru, one means that guru wrongly blames on him. As one does not believe in guru, one will not obtain guru’s blessing. To bless is like that guru helps charge you with electricity so as for you to have sufficient energy to cultivate Buddhism, and to remove the obstacles on your Buddhist path.

His Holiness Drikung Chetsang fixes Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s arrogance with various kinds of methods. In 2007 Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, under His Holiness Drikung Chetsang’s instruction, went to Lapchi Snow Mountain, Nepal to perform three-month retreat. At that time there was an ordained disciple who ever sought refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche requested for following with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to conduct the retreat. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just told her: If you do not dare to die, just come! In Tibetan Buddhism, it is very rigorous to perform a retreat practice. Particularly for Yidam Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche practiced during the 2007’s retreat, if he had not attained the highest yoga tantra, some part of it is to attain tumo and get through the central channel, he would have not been able to conduct the retreat. Otherwise, the one would have fallen severe ill, even worse, lost his life, or for the worst, fallen into hells. For an ordinary who can be led by his Guru to complete that three-month retreat practice may feel very proud and regard himself different from others; however, for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, he does not feel so.

As soon as coming out from the retreat room, the guru and the disciple met and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche teared. His Holiness Drikung Chetsang was also very happy. But His Holiness Drikung Chetsang still continued to fixing Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. On the first lunch after their perfect completion of the retreat, His Holiness Drikung Chetsang scolded Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on his inappropriate arrangement of some issue. If it were you, you might have felt wronged, as one who just finished the three-month retreat and lost his weight by more than 7 kilograms and even almost died but got blames on the first meal after the perfect completion of the retreat. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had no thoughts but right away made prostration out of gratitude to His Holiness Drikung Chetsang. In fact the issue was done by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s disciple without Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s notice. Yet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not shift responsibility onto others. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche felt it was still his responsibility because he did not well do the management on his disciples. In 2007 His Holiness Drikung Chetsang still went on testing Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. It was also because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche completely believes in Guru and reverently accepts Guru’s teachings without even a bit of own thoughts, later Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche obtained the transmission of many tantric dharmas from His Holiness Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has a female disciple, whose son had cancer. During the period of her son’s disease, she was begrudged offering to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. After her son’s death, she came to make offering. Originally she wanted to leave the house to her son, to watch her son growing up, getting married, having babies, living a happy life as everyone regards. But her son acquired cancer and died and after that she tried to offer the house to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche refused and returned her offering. Due to her lack of the offering heart and being begrudging, her son suffered more from diseases.

Why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche clearly knew that the disciple who just now shared his story about her cancer cells’s size becoming smaller, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still asked her to see a doctor. It is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew that disciple did not believe. You all believe in what a doctor says to you. Only after a doctor’s check and confirm the result as same as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s enlightenment are you aware that guru is really efficacious. Due to that Guru all knows about the disciple’s reverence heart to guru, the disciple’s merits start to rise as she is reverent and makes offering. Guru naturally sees and bestows assistance to her.

Many beings are not aware of the fear of killing karma! An ant hole could live with one million beings! A crab might also have many parasites in it. Killing karma is badly horrible. Why could the cancer be cured so soon? Where have the cancer gone? The cancer patient recovered so soon is because the esoteric has the methods for the practitioner to exchange his own merits with the sentient beings’ disease wind. It is not necessarily to let the beings know the practitioner is helping them. The practitioner does it silently. And the reason that you are told that Buddhas and Bodhisattvas cannot give you everything and you must do it by yourselves is on account that, for the beginners, they might be superstition, cheated and made use by others. In Milarepa’s era, a distrustful Tibetan came to ask Milarepa: “Jetsun Milarepa, you say you can transfer sentient beings’ disease into you and so the beings would get recovered. But I have not seen it. Can you show it to me?” “Okay,” said Milarepa, “Now I’m going to show you how I transfer some part of the being’s illness in me to that door.” After Milarepa said it, the door broke into pieces. That Tibetan still did not believe and required: Can you transfer the diseases into my body so that I can feel them for a while? As a result, Milarepa just transferred a bit part of the illnesses to him. But he could not stand the pains and rolled on the ground. In thus way then he started to be convinced.

As being a true Buddhist learner, when one finds the sentient beings do evil, he should have pity for their making mistakes and should not criticize others by saying they are destined to come to grief and retribution, by which is very evil behaviors. One should not find others’ faults and not scold people with Buddha’s teachings in particular. Some people who say their parents have too heavy karma to hear Buddhism would be enlightened by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that: Yes! Your parents’ karmic obstacles are so heavy that they have the child like you who scolds his parents! Correct yourself first, and then your family members then have the possibility to learn Buddhism. In terms of having heavy karma, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has such heavy karma that he takes the kind of disciples like you. Rather than going out to find you, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche takes you disciples who spontaneously come to seek refuge. It also means that you followed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in learning Buddhism in previous lives but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not teach you well, so all get together again in this life. Buddha-Dharma is employed to self-inspect. As everyone is a future Buddha, we should not criticize others. Every sentient being has Buddha’s nature and is able to attain the Buddhahood. Mistakes made by any sentient beings are also the ones we have ever made. Some of them are the manifestations for us from Bodhisattvas. It shows us their karmic effect resulting from what they have done. If we had no faults, we would have lived in comfort in the heaven realms rather than being in human realm.

After Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche started to cultivate Buddhism, at first his mother did not consent, as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s father was a Taoist. But now Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mother would ask Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s son to attend pujas and tell him how great the pujas are. Some people would like, after they start to learn the Buddha’s teachings, to request their parents to adopt vegetarian diets by telling them if they do not abstain meat they will fall into hells. Nevertheless, rather than asking his mother to be a vegetarian, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just continuously cultivates and practices Buddhist teachings to correct himself. If your family members do not accept your cultivating Buddhism yet, the reason may be that something you do is annoying them, or you have not talked with them clearly.

Many people have cultivated Buddhism for years but still do not know what mercy and compassion is. Mercy and compassion is not to be a good person and do good things, while the non-Buddhist paths may say it is. We are not saying that non-Buddhist paths are not good, but they cannot liberate people from the cyclic existence, and the people would waste their life. Why one needs to attend pujas is that the Guru imparts dharma according to sentient beings’ heart. There are more than one thousand attendees who are listening to teachings bestowed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in the meanwhile, but due to everyone’s capacity are different, each individual has different realization. Sometimes you feel like that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is talking about you, but in fact Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is giving Buddhist teachings according to the listeners’ hearts.

There is no “Buddhist center in the living room” depicted in the Buddhist Sutra. In the living room one may hold a remote control in his right hand and a cup of tea in left, and he easily lie down on the couch, even worse, to holding a glass of wine. In thus way he cannot learn any Buddhist teaching. Some people may call others by Bodhisattva. Although it is pleasant to hear, it may have their arrogance developed and they may think they are already a Bodhisattva so no need to practice anymore. Some people call others by even “Elder Bodhisattva.” Can Bodhisattvas be divided into an elder one? Just call them “the elder.” Every individual has his own different causes and conditions. A guru imparts dharmas according to the conditions. It is stated in the tantra part of Tripitaka that if a disciple does not possess Vajrayana capacity, the guru cannot impart Vajrayana tantric dharmas to him. The reason is that tantric dharmas are so powerful to benefit myriad sentient beings; but on the contrary, if the practitioner employs tantric dharmas for his own benefit, it will cause big harms to other beings. It is also stated in the Sutra that if a person with the Hinayana capacity, you cannot speak Mahayana dharma to him. It is because compassionate Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are afraid it is not good for the disciples of insufficient capacity to slander the Buddha if he hears the dharma but cannot accept it.

People who have strong self-clinging cannot learn the mercy and compassion of emptiness. If, when being unjustly treated and thought you do wrong, you easily get angry, feel violated and fear to be hurt, it is all the very evil behaviors. If you feel wronged and hurt, it implies that you still have the concept of “ego.” One who has strong self-attachment is not able to develop compassion. To cultivate Buddhism, one must reply on and devote to an authentic guru. To learn and practice Vajrayana dhamras in particular, you need the Guru to continuously supervise and correct you so that you can gradually change your bad habitual patterns. From time to time you are anxious and irresolute about the future. It is because in your heart you are aware that you have not done well but continue on evildoing. Being conscious of your heavy evil karma, you are in fear of your future. Humans are one of the intelligence of animals, so you can somehow feel about it. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has practiced Buddhism to attain to cut off all the evil causes; thereafter he feels at ease for the future. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often says that it is the biggest program in the Universe for you to change yourselves.

During the reign of Emperor Wu of Liang, he did a lot in order to propagate the Buddhist teachings and built many Buddhist monasteries. He implored the Venerable Baozhi to compose the Emperor Liang’s Jeweled Repentance for his concubine. Before Liang’s time, the ordained population had not had to adopt a vegetarian diet. Emperor Liang began to have the ordained become vegetarians, so this was what the regulation originated. Emperor Liang had the great merits to meet with Master Bodhidharma. Nevertheless, when he asked Master Bodhidharma if he had accumulated a lot of merits and virtues, Master Bodhidharma told him that he merely had merits instead of virtues. Master Bodhidharma then had to face to the wall for 9 years because of the reply. Emperor Liang made a common mistake of a Buddhist learner thinking that he had done a lot and getting arrogant with his practice. He got annoyed at hearing Bodhidharma say that he did not have any merits and virtues. His mindset was actually attachment to what he had achieved by thinking he had attainment in practice. Emperor Liang ended up starving to death, so we can see that merits are not enough to transform one’s karma accumulated in his previous lives.

What is the difference between merits and virtues? One cannot attain Buddhahood with merits, which can be used up and fail to transform one’s karma. On the contrary, virtues enable you to transform your karma, to attain liberation from the cycle of birth and death, and to benefit the sentient beings. Besides, virtues do not run out and will help you attain Buddhahood. Therefore, a virtuous guru will teach you how to accumulate merits by means of taking refuge, practicing the Five Commandments and Ten Meritorious Acts, cultivating loving kindness and compassion, and then realizing Emptiness and Bodhichitta. If one fails to realize loving kindness and compassion in Emptiness, he will not be able to turn merits into virtues. In fact, it is easy to examine your practice to see if it works. Just see if your personality and illness have changed. If not, it means that you have not conducted any practice. Many of you still make donations to some “society of merits and virtues”. Do not think that you might get some merits and virtues. If you really want to conduct virtuous deeds, take the money to the needy personally. Do not let some “society of merits and virtues” do it for you. Many people are still cultivating their merits instead of virtues throughout their lives. Such a practice is wrong!

You often hear other people talking about the so-called Threefold Wheel of Essential Emptiness in making donations and charities. Nevertheless, the three wheels do not refer to the given item, the receiver, or the giver. As there are three wheels, the word “wheel” must be meaningful. Other people do not know how to explain it and then create another meaning for the term. Why are there wheels? In fact, the explanation can be found in tantra. In tantra, one has three wheels, i.e. body, speech, and mind. Therefore, one has to achieve essential emptiness in his body, speech, and mind while making donations and charities. However, one has to attain loving kindness and compassion realized in Emptiness in order to make it. In Exoteric Buddhism, although one knows that the essence of making donations and charities is empty, they have failed to explain why they use the term “three wheels.” All of you know that the body functions at the command of the brain. In the Buddhist teachings, the brain is a representation of one’s body, for all the reactions are directed by the brain. Therefore, the body in Vajrayana Buddhism refers to one’s brain. However, what gives commands to the brain? Why can the brain think? Questions like these cannot be answered even with advances of modern medicine. A disciple who works as a chief physician admitted during the puja that no answer could be found in the field of medicine. Even if every part of the brain has been analyzed, it is still unknown why one’s brain can think. In fact, every reaction of a person derives from his consciousness and his mind give commands to the brain. Why do some people still have heart beats while being brain dead or remaining in a coma? This is because his heart has completely shut down and does not respond to the external world. Therefore, his brain does not react and appears to be brain dead. Nevertheless, as his merits are not completely consumed, his heart will continue beating as long as he still has life.

During a retreat conducted many years ago, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche took a walk in the room after dinner as usual. Although the room was small, a walk enabled Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to stretch his legs a little bit while continuing the recitation of the yidam’s mantra simultaneously. While walking, his leg kicked a chair, which made a noise. At that instant, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche realized the empty nature of the origination of interdependence. There are over 1000 people listening to the Buddhist teachings bestowed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, but everyone has a different understanding according to their capacities. Sometimes, you feel that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is talking about you. In fact, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestows the Buddhist teachings in accordance with the attendees’ hearts without any differentiation and gives advice to help the sentient beings with his compassion realized in emptiness.

One who has realized loving kindness and compassion in Emptiness will not attach to anything in the world. However, one should further his practice by cultivating his Bodhichitta on the Bodhisattva path. Bodhichitta is better than loving kindness and compassion, for one hopes to have the power to benefit the vast population of sentient beings in the six realms. You have seen what the Dharma text says during your recitation. Bodhichitta is a wonderful jewel and those who aspire to have Bodhichitta are able to accumulate their merits and virtues. If one attains the ultimate Bodhichitta, he will be able to transform his karma without even expressing repentance. In the Chinese history, a monk called Ji Dian was criticized due to his anti-moral behaviors. It is stated in the history book that Monk Ji Dain went to Tibet and stayed for a long time. From Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s perspective as a Vajrayana practitioner, it can be known that Ji Dian had attained the stage of simplicity in Anuttara Yoga, so he regarded everything as drama and did not respond to the worldly people’s conduct. All he thought was how to benefit the sentient beings. His demeanor was a natural manifestation of his Bodhichitta.

Everyone has his or her karmic connection, and we should not force it. Even if those who have the karma to become a monk or a nun are married, they would soon end it for an unknown reason. According to the Buddhist sutra, one needs to have taken vows in previous lives in order to become a monk or a nun. Only those with a lot of merits are able to become a monk or a nun. Becoming a monk or a nun is good given that they won’t have as many afflictions as we have. Nonetheless, a monk or a nun can easily become arrogant. Although the laity have more afflictions, but they can still practice and carry out the Buddhist teachings in their lives. Only when one does that around the clock can he conduct genuine practice and cultivate merits and virtues. The lay people should not consider it a good thing to imitate the life style of a monk or a nun. Do not think you can skip work and merely recite the Buddha’s name and mantra by saying that you want to practice. Do not have your spouse sleep on a separate bed and thus let him or her worry and defame the Buddhas while you try to observe the pure precept. Such deeds are not good, for you have to be responsible for their defamation of the Buddhas, which will let them fall into the hell. The so-called sangha does not refer to the ordained population only. The ordained population include Bhikkhu, Bhikkhuni, and Sramanera. The four groups refer to the Bhikkus, Bhikkhunis, Upasakas and Upasikas, who follow the same guru in order to learn Buddhism. Only with the four groups can the congregation be called sangha. The laity and the ordained should not look down upon each other. If someone has decided to be a monk or a nun, we should praise him or her. On the other hand, if a lay person is willing to learn Buddhism, we should show respect to him or her.

Some ordained people set a goal for themselves. They think they are able to become a monk or a nun because they have got great merits. Therefore, in order to accumulate more merits, they vow to begin taking disciples in 3 years, to become an abbot and build a monastery in 5 years, and to help 1 million people become a monk or a nun in 10 years. All these vows are nothing but inventions that derived from one’s desires and attachment and are against the Buddhist teachings. Therefore, Taiwan is truly the paradise for the inventors. If one really wants to learn Buddhism and practice, he definitely must learn about the practice means of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas without adding or subtracting anything from what you learn. Do not try to be an inventor. As the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas know about everything, all we have to do in our Buddhist study is take the vows of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s vow is: if the sentient beings have not attained Buddhahood, I shall not attain Buddhahood. You see that Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha is the only Bodhisattva that has a long face, for Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha has got a great vow: if the hell is not empty, I shall never attain Buddhahood. Nevertheless, how many sentient beings are there in the hell? That is why Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha has to exert great efforts to salvage the sentient beings. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has a long face, too, so Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has to work as hard as Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha. The reason why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has taken so many disciples lies in that you formed karmic connection with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and were once Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s disciples in your previous lives. You were not taught properly in your previous lifetimes, so Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has to give you instruction again in this life.

In the Diamond Sutra, it is said that we should eliminate the four marks of existence: self, others, sentient beings, and life. The mark of self refers to one’s attachment. People are closely attached to their bodies. As they try to avoid being harmed, they thereby continue to commit evil deeds. The mark of life refers to time instead of one’s life span.

Don’t think you have achieve accomplsihment because of your attending to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for several years. If you fail to eliminate your attachment to your ego, any sutra recitation will be in vain. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has told you many times that His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang employed various means to eliminate Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s ego. You might think that only through making explanation can you let others understand what actually happened. It might work with worldly affairs, but it will never work with the Buddhist teachings. The fact that you want to explanation lies in that you feel harmed. It shows that you are still clinging to your ego and thinking that your guru has mistaken you. If you think your guru is wrong, you should take the Dharma throne yourself. Whatever the guru says is said in your best interest, all you have to do is follow the instructions and refrain from giving any explanations.

Even though Jetsun Milarepa was a great accomplished master, Milarepa couldn’t even write his name well. All of you have heard about Master Guang Qin. Although Master Guang Qin could not read, he would provide explanations for any text in the Buddhist sutras you brought to him. Because Master Guang Qin only had one thought— Buddha Amitabha, he was then able to attain achievements in practice, unlike you, who have too many thoughts while learning Buddhism and thereby have failed in your practice. When Jetsun Milarepa was young, his family was set up by his uncle and other relatives. Milarepa was deprived of his own properties and lived in great hardships. Milarepa listened to his mother’s advice and learned wizardry, casting hails and took many lives of his relatives. Logically speaking, one who has killed others will certainly fall into the hell. How could such a person attain any accomplishments? Even with the achievements the person has got, he will still need to go to the hell once. Nonetheless, Jetsun Milarepa did not fall into the hell. When Milarepa’s guru, Marpa Lotsawa, told him to build a house, Milarepa built a round one. Marpa Lotsawa told him to tear it down and reconstruct a new one. Milarepa then built a square one, which was then torn down according to Marpa Lotsawa’s instruction. Afterwards, Milarepa built a triangular house. Marpa Lotsawa never told him what kind of house was to be built, neither did Marpa Lotsawa explain why the houses had to be torn down and rebuilt. Milarepa did not ask and merely obeyed to his guru. You will never be able to guess or understand what a Vajrayana guru is thinking and teaching about. You should know that the location where Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted a retreat in the mountains of Lapchi, at an altitude of 4,500 meters above sea level, was exactly the place where Jetsun Milarepa himself had done retreats. One of the caves in which Milarepa had practiced was at an altitude of 5,000 meters above sea level and was not even accessible.

Prior to his departure, Marpa Lotsawa told Milarepa that the later should never leave the caves in practice. Milarepa abided by his guru’s words, and spent the rest of his life in caves. Logically, Milarepa should have failed his practice because of his killing of lives. Nonetheless, Jetsun Milarepa had great virtuous roots and enough merits so as to meet with a Vajrayana guru, Marpa Lotsawa, who helped Milarepa transform his karma through various strict means. Milarepa abided by his guru’s teaching and practiced in the hostile environment of caves throughout his life, thereby paying off all his debts caused by his evil deeds with lifelong loneliness. His karmic retribution of going to the hell was thus substituted. Milarepa was able to meet all his debts and attain Enlightenment in one lifetime. According to Jetsun Milarepa, those who have read the life stories of Milarepa and grown faith will be bestowed with blessings from Jetsun Milarepa himself. Look at the image of Jetsun Milarepa, and you will see Milarepa raise his right hand to his ear. It serves as an indication that Milarepa is listening to the imploration of the sentient beings rather than have hearing impairment. A genuine practitioner will never become hard of hearing.

Thereafter, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued to bestow the teaching of heart by the great Gampopa. You have been taught how to untangle the fast knot formed by the attachment your heart has to the external phenomena. There are three parts in one’s heart: its appearance, its essence, and its nature. The theories were expounded during the previous weeks and the methods of execution would be explained today. All you have to do is listen up. It is normal for you to be confused and puzzled while listening to the teachings because you have failed to truly carry them out. The Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center places high emphasis on the instruction on the Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas and you have been taught to examine your body, speech, and mind at all times with the Thirty-Seven Practice of Bodhisattvas. Only when you have achieved all the 37 practices can you become a real Buddhist.

The appearance of heart refers to the response that the heart has towards external phenomena. The various matters in the external phenomena are all appearances of heart. The heart accept all the matters in the external phenomena through our physicality—eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and thinking, all of which are called the six thieves. Originally the external matters do not exist. Nevertheless, as one’s heart responds to these matters, they are then considered real and permanent. Let’s think. Don’t we begin to see things around us with our eyes ever since we get up? All we hear with our ears are external sounds as well. The air you breathe in and out comes from the external world too. Once you perceive all the external matters, your heart will be influenced by your consciousness and then react to them. Thus you create various feelings and afflictions. How does the “self” you have perceived exist? If a mirror is not placed in front of you, will you be able to see what you look like then? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw in a TV program that monkeys would think the mirrored images were real when a mirror was placed before them. As a result, the monkeys would rush towards the mirror and try to touch and catch the monkeys in the mirror. In fact, you are just like the monkeys. Your heart is like a mirror reflecting various external images, which make you think that everything truly exists, become closely attached to them, and get reluctant to let go. However, according to the Buddhist teachings, such images do not exist in the mirror and they appear to exist because you heart has moved. If you are able to put your heart under control, the external images will have no effect on you. You should know that everything which rises in the external world is empty in its nature, fake, constantly changing, and impermanent. Nothing in the world is worth being attached to.

This is not to ask you to abandon, reject, or exclude everything outside. After you have clearly realized this true phenomenon, you should change your mind, gradually learn to control your mind, and further change your life. Therefore, the purpose of Buddhism is to teach you how to control your life and fate in your own hands such that you can change your future generations of lives. The mind mentioned in Buddhism does not mean the organ of heart. The power of mind is huge. The mind can change the environment, but not the other way around. So the mind can be called as the king and is in charge of everything. If you can control your mind, you can then control your future. In Buddhism, among the Five Wisdoms, the Wisdom of the Great Round Mirror is related to the appearance of the mind and is a very important part for our practices of Buddha dharma.

The enlightenments in recent few pujas were all focusing on the problem of “mind”. Buddha Sakyamuni had taught Buddha dharma for 49 years. But in the end Buddha Sakyamuni said that he had not taught any dharma. If you try to understand its meaning, you will still be clueless even if you have finished reading the whole volume of the Tripitaka. The dharmas enlightened by the Buddha are all for solving the sentient beings’ problems of mind. Buddhism teaches us to act according to conditions, according to sentient beings’ conditions. When the causes and conditions end, the Dharma will not exist naturally. Buddha Sakyamuni spent a dozen years to talk about the void of nature; what the Buddha talked about is Prajna, that is wisdom, that is the nature of mind as well.

In addition to the outside environment, the appearance of mind is also related to our internal thoughts, that is, the constantly generated virtuous and evil thoughts. Both virtuous and evil thoughts will produce the karma which let us reincarnate. So long as we are humans, we will have no way to get rid of our tumultuous thoughts, because as long as we breathe we will have thoughts. In the Tantra of Vajrayana, there is the teaching of the method to counter the problem – Mahamudra; it is a dharma which focuses on the practice of breathing, channels, and kundalini. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had the experiences of practicing Zen of Exoteric Buddhism and Mahamudra. The Mahamudra of Drikung Kagyu order has a method to teach meditation. This method and the method of meditation taught by Zen Buddhism are very similar, but not exactly the same. If you use the method of Exoteric Buddhism to practice Buddha dharma, you need such a long time as three great Asana-khyeyas to attain accomplishments. In general, a practitioner who practices Mahamudra needs to have good health and have to open up his middle channel before 30 years of age in order to attain accomplishments. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just came to Taiwan to practice Buddhism at 38 years old. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still attained achievements on practicing Mahamudra at fifties years of age. Hence, with the practicing method of Mahamudra of Vajrayana, as long as you can follow a virtuous Vajra guru, completely follow and do what the guru has taught without increasing or decreasing anything, and constantly correct your habits from past generations of lives under the guru’s supervision, you will rapidly attain accomplishments on practicing Mahamudra. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often treated illnesses for people, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s health did not deteriorate because of that; the disease of S-type scoliosis does not affect Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche either. Even Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s doctor of Chinese medicine said, after feeling the pulse for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s health condition is as strong as the health of a thirty-year-old or forty-year-old person.

The meaning of Mahamudra is not to use a big palm of a hand to hit as explained erroneously by some TV programs. It needs to take a long time to explain its meaning; so Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not explain it today. Mahamudra is also known as the Mahamudra of Ganges. Its practicing method and pithy formula were transmitted to Naropa by Tilopa at the riverside of Ganges. From the perspective of tantric Mahamudra, the accomplishment of a truly transmitted tantra cannot be just attained by public empowerment or practicing mantras transmitted during the empowerment. Tantra can also be divided into several parts. Empowerment is only in the range of Kriya Tantra. There are also different levels in Kriya Tantra. To really learn Tantra, you need a guru to transmit the pithy formula and the method of practicing.

In last week’s puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had asked attendees to focus only on the name of Amitabha Buddha for ten seconds without other thoughts. Many people indicated that they could not achieve it. When previously practicing Exoteric Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche every day spent a lot of time to recite the Universal Gate Chapter of Avalokiteshvara, 49 times the Great Compassion Mantra, the Heart sutra, the Ten Small Mantra, ten thousand times the holy name of Avalokiteshvara, and meditation and so on. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still felt that he could not do the part of controlling his minds mentioned in Buddhist scriptures. After learning Tantra, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then knew that as long as one breathes one will have thoughts; through the practice of Tantra, one can then control one’s own mind and thoughts.

A mundane world does not refer to man’s world. The six realms wherever the beings are in the cyclic existence are called the mundane world. If you still have attachments, you are in the fields of the six realms. Buddha dharma cannot be separated from the worldly dharma. It does not mean that Buddha dharma is the same as mundane dharma. Buddhist dharms that are stated in Buddhism are totally different from the thinking way we are used to from life after lives. In human world, people negotiate with reasons. However, in Buddha-Dharma, it is not like that. Thus, do not ever view Buddha-Dharma with your human experiences. Methods the Buddha has taught are absolutely helpful and attainable to sentient beings. As long as we truly carry them out, we can change our future. It is also the meaning of the phrase “Buddha dharma cannot be separated from the worldly dharma.” Now in your Buddhism cultivation and practice, besides to eliminate the obstructions of self-attachment, the most difficult part is that you do not know how to carry out the Buddha’s teachings in your daily life. Therefore, Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center actively advocates “Thirty-Seven Bodhisattva Practices” that is the prerequisites of a Buddhist disciple. Truly carrying out each of the practices in daily life, then one can be considered as a true Buddhist disciple. Even merely with one of them not attained, one cannot be regarded as a real Buddhist disciple but a Buddhist believer. Do not think you would abandon working, getting married, running any business for that you just need to recite the Buddha’s names. It is unnecessary to have this kind of passive thoughts. You have to continue your life and work vigorously. Buddhist doctrines are not passive. Those are for you to employ in your daily life. If everyone stops to work, this world will be finished. We have to live according with the conditions. Whatever your role is, may be a wife or a staff, you ought to do well what you should do.  Positively face and deal with all businesses in your life.  For the present outer conditions, just take it. However, in our heart we ought to clearly and steadfastly know about the path to follow in this life.

Humans live in the Evil World of Five Turbidities, that are, the view turbidity, the affliction turbidity, the life turbidity (not want to die), the living beings turbidity (people being entangled with each other), and so forth. With heavy karmic obstacles and insufficient merits, modern people cannot see the Buddha. According to the Buddha, the heart is pure, and the Pure Land is pure. A pure heart does not mean the heart is clean. Nor does it mean that one can live in a rubbish dump as if living in the Buddha’s land. The Buddha, when he was bestowing teachings, ever used his magic power to manifest the supremeness of the Buddha’s land to the present audience. They were there listening to the Buddha’s teachings but in the meanwhile they could see and enter another different world and space. Now what we are able to know is three-dimension space. Japanese scientists have found five-dimension space, and they consider there are still six and seven-dimension space. They just have not been able to prove it. Worlds of the ten directions, depicted in the Buddhist Sutra, means there are ten-dimension space. As long as your heart is pure, even though you live in the world, you can see in person the space where Buddhas exist in the same time.

Two biggest problems you have are: first, you care not able to control your heart; second, you are not able to carry out Buddha-Dharma into your daily life so as to change and correct your evil habits and behaviors. To change one himself is the most difficult program in the Universe, whereas it also brings out the most merits. As long as one can completely listen to his Vajra guru, he will obtain guru’s blessings and the thoughts arise in his heart will be reduced, even to no thought. In the weekly pujas organized by Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center you are closed here for two to three hours. During the period you do not do evil and have that many evil thoughts at lease. Of course some people still have the evil thoughts by feeling what the guru is speaking of is not their business. Having this kind of thoughts are just evil. In the annual Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousnesses organized by Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, there are over 10,000 attendees who sit quietly for so many hours. It is also due to the guru’s blessings to suppress their thoughts arising into their heart. They are not able to attain it with their efforts alone. Exertion refers to concentrating one’s attention. It is not only very important in Buddhism cultivation but also in your daily living. If you can be concentrated, it will be great help for your work and study. Rather than sitting in meditation for three hours but with many thoughts, it is better to be concentrated for one second. Rather than reciting the Sutras for many hours with a discomposed heart, it is better to be single-minded on reciting a Buddha’s name for one time.

A guru gives you blessings is to charge you with electricity. However, you cannot rely on guru’s blessings for everything, unless one completely listens to his guru. His Holiness Drikung Chetsang, who is a Mahasiddha reincarnated for eight times and is of great ability, is Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s root guru. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche cannot just depend on His Holiness Drikung Chetsang’s blessings. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche himself still needs to conduct retreat practice, correct his behaviors according to guru’s teachings, and does many things. Even when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche falls ill, he does not pray for Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and guru but practices dharmas himself.

Buddhist teachings are not separated from mundane affairs. It is not saying that an ordained person can run business, they are not allowed! Ordained people ought to observe the ordained precepts. There is a Buddhist temple in southern Taiwan is selling something. If they do not have sufficient funds to build the temple, they can just not make it such big scene. Two years ago the temple’s depositary of Buddhist texts caught fire. As the depositary of Buddhist texts represents the Buddha-Dharma, the Buddhist center without it could not retain. It is a good thing to be ordained and cultivate Buddhism. But do not argue with your family members for your Buddhism cultivation. Several years ago, a disciple was opposed by her father against his cultivation of Buddhism. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, unlike other people who would ask her to dedicate the merits from her recitation of sutra to her father, told her not to come to pujas for a while. At that time she sadly cried for this, but she listened to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and stopped coming. In the meanwhile, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her that as long as she had faith in guru, she would certainly be able to attend pujas someday. Sure enough, she now gets the consent of her family members to attend pujas. And she also got married. If she had not listened to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche at that time, she would have been an unfilial daughter by driving her father disgruntled. The one who does not show filial obedience would have no merits. It is not saying that you should be afraid of your husband or wife. It is the karmic relation of past lives for you to be together with your couple. Do not say you have no idea. The works by the founder of Drikung Kagyu are written by the Ratnakuta Sutra that is for the practitioners who are on the Bodhisattvas path. It is also stated in the Ratnakuta Sutra that people who have the karmic connection to their family members should not ignore their couple’s request and have them unsatisfied.

Nowadays there have been fewer and fewer ordained people. In previous time, when a tonsure master is going to give the tonsure, he would ask the newly inducted monk: “Have you paid off your debts of love?” Debts of love here do not refer to the love between men and women. Actually it is asking that has the one paid off the debts of love between you and sentient beings? If not, the one would not be tonsured. But nowadays no one asks the question. As prophesized in the Sutra, the number of ordained people will become fewer and fewer. Not it is really rare for people who would like to be ordained. There was a person who came to implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for letting him become ordained, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche dared not to consent. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had not been initiated into monkhood, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, unlike others who still dare to give ordination but by which it will definitely lead to its karmic effect, dared not to give it to people. Precepts of Tibetan Buddhism are very strict. Many people receive the bodhisattva precepts and make themselves have three burnt marks However, There is no burnt mark thing depicted in the Sutras. Those people are the inventors to do so. There is also no burnt mark on Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s body. The point does not lie in outer apperence but in if your heart attains to be the same as Bodhisattvas’.

A human’s heart is unceasingly moved and affected by outer environment. The five sense organs are not used to be unaffected by outer stimulation. Therefore people feel bored, and always want to do something. They cannot get used to the heart’s calmness. In fact, when your heart is not affected by outer environment, and you are just the master of it, you will be indescribably at ease. If you are not able to attain it, the simplest way for you is to listen to guru, practice based on the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas’ teachings, and carry out Buddha-Dharma in your life.

It is true what Buddha have told us: In the sutra mentioned, there are four dvipas (islands) living human beings in Mount Sumeru. The Human being live in the Earth belongs to the Southern dvipa where the sufferings are more than the happiness. Therefore only the human beings in the Earth have the opportunity to learn Buddhism. Those human being living in other dvipas with the great merits has more than 1,000 years of life where are joyful places. There is no one would like to learn Buddhism, and there is no Buddhism as well. Not long ago, the scientists found that there is planet behind the Sun which is alike with the Earth where may have human beings living there. Therefore it is true what has mentioned in the sutra, but the human beings are lack of the merits to see it and find it. Ones who has lots of good karma or too rich is hard to learn Buddhism. Therefore sutra has mentioned that wealthy individuals have difficulty practicing Buddhism. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang ever told a rich man in Taiwan to perform retreat in India for several times. But this rich man always said “he is busy and need to take care of 3,000 personnel, he cannot disregard them to perform retreat, which is the example of it. He has owned the business because of his good karma in his previous lives, but it caused that he is unable to learn Buddhism. In fact, whether can he perform the retreat or not? It is definitely ok for him as long as he can make up his mind. That is because that everything can be achieved as long as guru has mentioned. To make short of the matter, it depends on your sincere mind to listen to guru’s instruction, and then you can do everything.

Someone asked why Buddhism is declined in India since Buddha Sakyamuni established Buddhism in India. Some of people had the wrong thought: The Buddhism was declined due to the Esoteric Buddhism and Hinduism were combined together. Actually the reason is because of the Indian Caste System. The sentient being is as equal in the Buddhism, but the caste system has been existed for a long time in India. The four social classes are defined clearly. Being the Harijans (Outside class system – known as ‘Untouchables), you will be forever in this level and having the lower castes of works for generations. Even if there are different levels between the sanitary workers on streets and the servants work in the dwelling. You cannot change social classes in the caste system. For the sake of governance, the rulers persist in keeping this system in India. On the contrary, it advocates equal chance in Buddhism that even if one is Harijans can attain Buddhahood through the learning of Buddhism. This kind of theory is not preferred by the rulers. Two years ago, thousand of doctors took street protest in protest at university quotas for lower castes in India. There are only two upper castes have the opportunity to study medicine at higher caste universities. Because they think that an Untouchable is someone who works in an ignominious, unclean and polluting occupation can never become a doctor. The concept of caste system is not conformed to Buddhism. Therefore the Buddhism is gradually ignored in India.

The farthest place for Buddhism expanded is Turkey. Formerly Buddhism in Afghanistan, where ever had the biggest standing Buddha statue in the world, had a long history, but now they believe the Islam. Years ago there was a regime that destroyed the standing Buddha Statue. Soon after, the regime also collapse. In Buddhism, causal conditions are talked about. If in an area there is no person desiring for Buddhism, it means the area has no causal conditions and Buddha-Dharma would not exist there. Some of India people practice religion is Muslims, but there is Sikhism which is an opponent of Muslim in India. Right now Buddhism is prevailed in China and Japan because of the culture background. The theory of Buddhism is accepted for Chinese people. Buddhist teaches people must be obedient to their parents which is the same concept of filial piety with the Orient people. But the Western people do not agree with that. Besides Buddhism teaches Buddhist must respect their ruler. This point of view is welcomed by the all the past dynasties of Chinese Emperors. Twenty years ago, there were lots of religions taking part in the Tian An Men Incident, only Buddhist did not. Right now on the contrary, the Buddhism is blooming in China. It means that do anything must not be swayed by one’s feelings and act rashly. The Buddhism tells people must think thrice. In the Chinese proverb has mentioned that think thrice before you act. It is because that everything has the cause and effect.

You would get the effect by what you have done before. Your future will be changed by what you are doing now. Don’t tell the fortunes, because it is just the appearance of empirical rule accumulated by your previous lives which is not permanent without change. Someone is born with the cancer gene, but it would be uncertainly happened for cancer for ones whole life. Why? If ones have done lots of good deeds, it can change one’s life and the taste of evil deeds, even more the effect will be depressed. That is why the Buddhism tells us not to tell the fortunes.

Being human beings is very rare. Practitioners of Hinayana have to become monks or nuns. They do not want any afflictions, thinking the body is trouble; they would like to dispose of it. So they do not wear any unnecessary substance even than the tell beads. They do not cook either. Politely speaking they give other people the change to plant merits by making offering. Practitioners of Mahayana think that the body is an important Dharma tool. But they do not know how to protect their body. In the theory of Confucianism mentioned, All of your body is coming from your parents, you cannot arbitrarily damage it. Those who intend to suicide always think that is my own body, no one has the right to order me not to do it. It is incorrect! That is because your life is given by your parents, when you commit suicide which equals to kill a human. As you know, it is the most serious crime for murdering oneself. The theory in Hinayana Buddhism has the same point of view, thinking that one’s suicide which equals to kill a human. In Mahayana’s point of view, the body is a sort of dharma instrument for cultivating Buddhism, and one’s suicide is to destroy the dharma instrument. It is clearly indicated in the theory of Vajrayana, thinking that the human body is the Mandala of Hundred Peaceful and Wrathful Deities. When ones is born, dividing the body of Hundred Peaceful and Wrathful Deities will enter his body. An example of Gentle Yidam as Buddha Sakyamuni is a peaceful deities. An example of Fighting Yidam is an fierceful deities. When you suicide meaning that you have destroyed the Mandala. The karma retribution is to fall down the hells without respite as Avichi Hell. You must not do it. There was one time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche transfer a consciousness of ghost who died from suicide. The imagine is appalling because there is no any light in the isolated room, although there are lots of ghost in this room, this male ghost can only see himself and felt very lonely. He repeats doing the same thing before his dying and can not stop by himself. For ones jumping from a building, he cannot escape from this action to jump the building again and again. For a wrist cutter which is repeating for this action as well. It can’t bear for those suffering. Even if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche felt appalling, not to mention the person involved. If ones is died from suicide, unless the salvaged from the Vajra guru, he will be suffered in the Hells for more than thousands years. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has saw the terrible imagine, he realized that it is very terrible for those who died from suicide. Rinpoche always continually advise sentient beings not to suicide. You must advise others the terrible of suicide, not only to advise that if someone would like to suicide, only thinking it before doing it.

It is your merit that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can be beside you and point out your fault. Originally His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang was not always at his side but just from time to time tested Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. the Tantra cannot be heard by a third person and transmitted to the disciple without the conditions and capacities. Do not think that you are learning the Tantra when the guru or Rinpoche in the Tibet has given your empowerment and taught you the way of contemplations and recited mantras. It is because that Tantra will not be taught to a practitioner before he has studied the theory of Exoteric Buddhism for at least 10 year, unless you are superior in the conditions and capacities. There are Kriya and Charya in Tantric Buddhism, even if it has divided different levels in the Kriya. Some of Rinpoche hasn’t yet learned and practiced the Tantra as well. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang ever said that there are some of dharma texts read by all Rinpoches, but they may not know there is a knack inside. It is impossible to obtain the knack without the guru personally oral transmitting. Buddha is afraid that sentient beings will go on the wrong track by the wrong teaching, tell us that “to rely upon the dharma, or truth itself, and not upon men” and “Relying on the meaning not rely on the words.” It means that there is no martyr for Buddhism. Even if your guru has been passed away, you can practice in according to the guru’s teaching. The heart of a Vajra Guru and disciple are hooked with each other. They are altogether take efforts for benefiting sentient beings. “Relying on the meaning not rely on the words.” It means that you must practice the dharma in according to the meaning of Dharma, you must not practice blindly only rely on conversational talent or the attractive speech.

The Tibetans know to respect that it is rare those lay practitioners who can practice the position of Rinpoche. The other orders are quite few persons can attain the correct retribution by this life. The most special order is Drikung Kagyu, where have lots of Rinpoches who has practiced by this life, not through the reincarnations. There are included Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Guru Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche and Guru Yunga Rinpoche. And Drubwang Norbu Rinpoche is as well. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is the only un-ordained Rinpoche of Han lineage who has achieved confirmation of genuine practice and genuine attainment in this life. The way of his practice is like Jetsun Milarepa, which has undergone the worldly sufferings to gain the attainment in this life.

One more week is October 3, the day for “Great Non-discriminating Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousnesses”. Each of the great pujas is not acting merely for the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center own benefit. Those pujas can be smoothly proceeded which is because of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche went to His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche in order to ask permission to hold the event. It was only after obtaining permission from His Holiness that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was able to proceed with plans to hold the puja in Taiwan. It is because all the dharmas Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has learned are transmitted from His Holiness Drikung Chetsang. Some of Drikung Kagyu rinpoches think they can just hold pujas by themselves without obtaining His Holiness’ consent. In fact, His Holiness 36th Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang and His Holiness 37th Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang are the Dharma Holders of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism with great merits and the blessings from Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, the Gurus of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage, celestials and snake spirits, Dharma Protectors. When two of His Holiness agree with that .all of the blessings naturally bestowed from the His Holiness and Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, gurus of the lineage and Dharma protectors, thus those pujas are completion of works by this reason. You also discovered that those friends, who are seldom contact, inexplicable appeared and joined this puja. Those are the help from the Dharma Protector. As long as you have reverent and confident mind, the Dharma Protector would help you naturally. You must be grateful for the opportunities to have the good deeds bestowed by guru, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, and sentient beings.

When you learn and practice Buddhism, no matter what you would like to be a Bodhisattva to help sentient beings or liberate yourself from the cycle of birth and death, it is impossible to complete it without having the karmic connections with sentient beings. The sutra has mentioned that it will be good for health for releasing a captured animal. But it depends on the conditions of practitioner. The practitioner must have the capability to help the sentient beings to liberate from the animal realm. Otherwise it is helpless. To make karmic connection which is not merely releasing those captured animals or reciting Dharani sutra. As long as you can be abstinence from taking life with no the notion of killing can be considered as releasing the captured animals. You have to know, it is complicated for the causes and conditions of sentient beings. It is possible that the captured fish will be died due to inappropriate environment. Those animals originally living well, but they are caught due to the merchants have revenue because of you would like to release the captured animals. Or there were two fish living together. One of two fishes which is destined to come to the end of its life, but it was caught and releasing to other place. Therefore another fish has to become a “scapegoat”. You can not excuse that you did not know what are their causes and conditions. If you have done it, you have to take responsibility for the karmic retribution.

In the end of year 2009, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche predicted that the water calamity would be serious with rainstorms in year 2010. There was no meteorologist or weather sensor able to predict it. Now you can see, same as predicted, many places had rainstorms that caused floods for unknown reason. Those are the common karma, right now the evil karma are more than the good karma. The disciples of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center supported the money and devoted your energies for the Great Puja; it will be helpful for you for the path of learning Buddhism in future. You will have the good Dharma conditions with sentient beings. When you gave someone the copy of sutra, tell beads which are the kinds of making karmic connection. But those are not the Dharma conditions. The real Dharma conditions are that to let them have such an opportunity to have the cause and conditions with Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Every disciple proceeds under the guidance of Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche not for your own benefit which will impress Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to bestow the blessing for the puja. These years the natural disasters happened in Taiwan had no obvious damage due to the Great Puja held in Taipei. There was one time, three typhoons coming in the same time before the Great Puja, at the last moment they transferred to other places without causing the big casualty in Taiwan. You are only tired for the physical body, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is tired for all aspects of this important matter. Before two days of this great puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will perform a retreat for it.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reiterated and instructed that the disciples must not be arrogant; you must be polite and courteous for the believers, as around twenty thousand people are going to attend the grand puja and many of them come for first time and also have never learned Buddhism before. If there would be some believers not aware of the rituals, it doesn’t matter and it is venial for reciting or doing wrong. If there would be one believer reciting loudly, you do not turn your head to look at him, it will be a very impolite behavior. And also he may recite more because of your looking. It does not matter if there were clamorous children in the venue; it means that it will be prosperous and flourishing. If there is someone taking picture, you must immediately notify the staff in the venue. It is because that this is a Puja of Tantra. Taking the pictures to home is helpless, as it is impossible to practice it accordingly. Actually taking photos or films of the puja is stealing the dharma. It is not saying the Buddhist dharma will not be taught. For a guru of various accomplishments, he would like to transmit them out. There were many fake Esoteric Buddhist groups that have no dharma texts but ask their people to take pictures and make recording in lots of pujas, and then use those for propagation. For this, we are not going to boycott them but to protect Buddha-dharma. Hold pujas according to the dharma. Constantly hold pujas. Thus, Buddha-dharma will spread in the world then. If there is someone smoking, you could notify the staff to urge them not to smoking, for the eight groups of spiritual beings do like the smell of smoking.

As there will be up to 20,000 people attending this grand puja, some of the attendees may have unexpected behaviors. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche advices that all disciples of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center are voluntary workers, despite if they are the staff or not, and all have to give them a hand when they need help.

Updated on October 11, 2010