Event Calendar of The His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche

November 6, 2010

From 4:30 PM to 10:45 PM, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave enlightenment to 138 believers with Buddhism and helped them to relieve all kinds of suffering in the world at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei.

November 7, 2010

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over an auspicious “Lama Chopa” puja (Guru puja) at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei,. Before the puja, a male disciple publicly shared his experience of his learning Buddhism. The following is his sharing. During last week’s puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted a Phowa Dharma for a female disciple on site. This is so auspicious and rare. On the earth, no one could have obtained such accomplishment to do so. In the past nine years, he had learned the Buddhist teachings of another lineage and diligently practiced and observed precepts. Additionally, he had followed several prominent gurus of that lineage. During the period of his learning with those gurus, he had not witnessed such capacities in those gurus who just made great efforts to teach the Buddha Dharma, telling him how to be selective in learning Buddhist theories, how to make decisions with regard to karmic effects, and how to observe precepts with assiduity. Nonetheless, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, in the crowd of more than 1000 attendees, was able to at once know who had stopped breathing. This is unimaginable. All of you probably are unable to notice a person next to you who just died, not to mention in a crowd of 1000 people. When that female disciple passed away last week during the puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately said “carrying her over, I’ll perform the dharma.” All attendees, including him, had no clue of what’s going on, only thinking that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche probably intended to bestow blessings onto her. The fact was she had passed away and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would conduct the Phowa Dharma for her. The Guru’s mercy and vows are extremely inconceivable to care for every single individual sentient being.

He took his learning as an example to continue his sharing. During previous learning Buddhism, he had strove to practice and been a diligent learner. When he was in India, he once brought his mother to India to attend an empowerment puja. One evening, his mother, who had heart diseases, didn’t feel well. The next morning he took her to meet with his most capable guru, imploring the guru for giving blessing onto his mother. After his guru reciting mantras, the guru even orally transmitted a prayer directly to her, telling her to recite it more often. After the transmission, his mother didn’t say much about it. However, before they went to India, once his mother’s heart was also ill. At that time, he had not taken refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche yet, but his brother was already a disciple. They had prepared for sending the mother to emergency room. His guru was in Taiwan, too. But he could only call to his guru’s attendant, explaining the emergent situation and asking whether or not it was all right to send the mother to emergency room. After that, he took his mother by car, with the guidance of his brother, to the Jewellery Company to make an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Upon arrival, his mother got off the car first and he drove on to park the car. With a very short period of time while he parked his car, his mother already walked out of the Company when he returned back. His mother told him that right after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave her the blessing, she felt as if a stone were released from her heart. She could breathe again. Although the two gurus both gave blessings, the differences were so huge.

In the tradition of his previous lineage, gurus would orally transmit a dharma to those disciples with sufficient faith and capacities, but disciples have to practice the dharma on their own. For instance, one of the important gurus had envisioned his expiry that he would die in no time. The guru knew that it wasn’t a good sign so he went to meet his own guru. His guru, however, didn’t perform any dharma for him or promised him anything. His guru simply transmitted a fire offering of White Tara and asked him to practice by himself. Later on, this guru strove to practice the fire offering of White Tara until the expiry signs disappeared. In that lineage, gurus’ job was to transmit dharma but disciples had to practice on their own. It was never heard of that your gurus might do something for your sake. Nor did it occur that your gurus would protect your from evil things to happen. In the past years of his learning the Buddha Dharma in that lineage, he had not seen such things. When joining Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, he found that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been extremely compassionate to disciples and even to believers. Oftentimes, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was willing to forgo his life in order to perform dharma for disciples and believers. Unfortunately, he has observed that disciples’ and believers’ minds of making offering and paying respects have not firmed enough. Compared with the experience of being in the other lineage, their reverence and faith were welled up from the bottom of their hearts without slightest doubt.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is a perfect guru. This disciple had been to many places, observed so many masters, and even followed several great gurus. But no one can like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who can achieve what he taught. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can completely and perfectly achieve what he taught. The Buddhist tradition Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has inherited is very pure and clean. For instance, such pure and clean inheritance can be observed from the reliance dharma Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been practicing. For us, it is more like a story to hear how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been following Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. This disciple had practiced a reliance dharma so he knew very well that it is a very challenging task. Comparing the reliance dharma the principal of Buddhist College had practiced with that of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, his acclamation goes to that of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Take a simple example. Once Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had planned to hold a puja in Holland, but later Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang informed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang would like Rinpoche to follow Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to New Zealand. At once, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche changed his schedule to Holland to the extent that the date to Holland had been rescheduled for four or five times. That was the first time Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would hold a puja in Holland and all the participants were foreigners. Nonetheless, as long as Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang wished Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to accompany Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could forgo the puja in Holland. For a guru who had authentically obtained certain accomplishment, such way of practicing the reliance dharma must be very difficult. Take another example. The principal of Buddhist College who had transmitted “the dharma of one’s guru” to him once went to Hong Kong, with a Chinese translator, to propagate Buddhism. For some unknown reasons, Dalai Lama then suddenly wanted to use that Chinese translator who was very good at the work. The Kyabgon wanted him to return to India to work for Kyabgon. The principal, however, was unwilling to do so because all matters were already settled in Hong Kong. If the Chinese translator returned to India, the principal would not be able to propagate Buddhism, so he insisted on finishing the plan. As a result, as they went back to India, the principal and the translator were stabbed by knives to death at their place. It’s impossible for us to know the origination of the conditions when our guru wants us to do something. Nonetheless, if we are unwilling to follow our guru’s words, there will be some unexpected things happen.

Small stories and anecdotes of how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had practiced the reliance on Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang motivated this disciple only one thing: praise. Descriptions in dharma texts and sutras comprise of much more contents about practicing the reliance dharma. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can simply condense the contents into two words in Chinese terms (ting hua): “listening to your guru!” These were the oral pithy formula Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche created and transmitted. This disciple had to practice many kinds of dharma and learned various things to achieve the reliance dharma. He also had to mediate merits of his gurus, thinking of kindness of his gurus. But for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teaching, it is as simple as listening and following your guru’s words. All the rest will be included. Previously, he had to learn “nine hearts of Flower Adornment.” There are nine kinds of attitudes for a disciple to practice in order to rely on a guru. The teachings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can be abbreviated into pithy oral formula. Additionally, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s practicing experiences have demonstrated that Rinpoche’s achievement have inherited the lineage’s accomplishment. This disciple truly and deeply praised all of these achievements.

This disciple continued to share his observation of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s profound compassion. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is so deeply concerned about sentient beings’ suffering that Rinpoche is able to, in a split second, exchange their suffering with Rinpoche’s merits and virtues. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had publicly talked about this while sitting at the throne. This is a very advanced method in cultivating one’s Bodhichitta, called “giving and taking”(Tonglen in Tibetan). On this earth, there exist few practitioners who can do so. In theory or in practicing, this disciple knows how and indeed has diligently practiced it. But there is little effect or no effect. With profound compassion and forces of vows, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can give Rinpoche’s merits in exchange of sentient beings’ suffering. Once a friend of the disciple asked him how he could prove Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s great Bodhichitta and compassion. He only said one thing. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once continuously performed Phowa Dharma for 4 deceased in 3 to 4 hours. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had done this without considering Rinpoche’s own life. At the end, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had lost breathes, and even Rinpoche’s life. No one can do so to others. These 4 deceased were unknown to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could perform Phowa Dharma for them until Rinpoche stopped breathing. This is not ordinary people can achieve. This is Bodhichitta described in the Buddha Dharma and it is supported by very strong and profound compassion. This disciple had never witnessed such powerful compassion in those gurus he had followed. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, however, can both explain and truly achieve it. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can use very masterly way of teaching. Additionally, this disciple was very surprised to realize how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can teach such complex things in a simple and understandable way. It is like using a pithy formula to tell everyone the meaning of the most important concept.

This disciple continued to use two more simple examples. Practitioners of the lineage he once had taken refuge stresses on the process of understanding, thinking, and practicing the Buddha Dharma. In the process of understanding the Buddha Dharma, practitioners are most afraid of how to terminate three faults (metaphorically speaking, one’s mind is like a container): dirty container, up-side-down container, and leaking container. A genuine practitioner wouldn’t fear of being a dirty container or up-side-down container. One’s mind being an up-side-down container means no dharma can penetrate his mind while he listens to the Buddha Dharma. Meanwhile, one’s mind being a dirty container refers to the condition that he has held different thoughts or even evil thoughts to the extent that what he heard is not what his guru intends to teach. Buddhist practitioners fear most the third fault, being a leaking container, which indicates the condition that what was heard is forgotten. That’s why practitioners of that lineage spend a great deal of time in debating dharma texts, at least 7 to 8 hours a day. They are afraid of forgetting what was taught when they wish to practice it. They also spend tremendous amount of time in reading and memorizing dharma texts in the hope that the dharma meanings can be deeply engraved in their minds, never forgetting. His previous guru who has been taking the seat of the dharma platform was the most talented guru in debating dharma texts. When the guru was young, he once was very ill because of liver diseases. He was so sick that he couldn’t tell who he was. But as soon as he took the platform for debating all the Buddhist theories and dharma meanings, he remembered every single word. This is how hard they worked on remembering dharma texts. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teaching, however, has been very easy. When attendees finished listening to Rinpoche’s dharma teaching, under the blessing of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, they just spend a moment to meditate and all the dharma meanings will be deposited in their eighth consciousness. It means all the teachings can be stored in their minds. For this disciple, it is an unimaginable and auspicious way of teaching. The most fearful condition of forgetting dharma teaching can be explained in a straightforward and plain sentence. This way of teaching has helped practitioners save 20 to 30 years of practicing and debating, not to mention they are diligent learners.

Another thing is about thinking. In that school it strongly emphasizes on correct thinking. However, during his learning process, not a guru ever taught him how to think correctly. What he knew was only to, when the power of mindfulness of taking refuge arises, concentrate himself on one thing. Only by doing so was he able to think. Nevertheless, at the usual time when the power of mindfulness did not arise, it would be very difficult for him to think about any dharma, as the heart tended to be diluted and not able to be concentrated. As for the method taught by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, however, are very easy. It is to concentrate your thoughts on the main points of guru’s teachings after listening to the dharmas, not thinking about what the result would be or what the implications are. Someday, the answer will come out to you spontaneously. Thus it is about the thinking. And it is not possible for him to think of this kind of methods. By which is just the accomplishment Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has attained.

This disciple serves for Glorious Jewel Group. When he just moved into this new company, he met big troubles twice. And both were eliminated by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings. The first one was there happened to be a huge transformer box besides his  seat in office. This was a giant switch box. Everyday he heard many kinds of sounds from it. And he felt uncomfortable in his left head, having a bilious headache that he never had before. The symptom continued. One day, he felt really suffering. And under some circumstance, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche suddenly hit his left hindbrain severely before all the other colleagues. The first thought came to his mind was that he was afraid that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s hand may hurt. But he did not speak it out. In fact, that hard beat really caused him hurt. It continued to hurt until night. However, after that, the transformer box did not affect him anymore. He had no more bilious headache nor did he have any relapse. This is just guru’s blessings. Guru’s blessings exist in body, speech and mind. When guru manifests the wrathful form, he is teaching you a thing. But it is you yourself who accept and receive guru’s blessings or not at the moment.

Another thing was that he once had a severe intervertebral disk herniation. His leaving were all benumbed. His waist hurt so much that it could hardly stoop. At that time Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was not at Taiwan. He felt very strange as he had never experienced such severe symptom. He even couldn’t bear the pain as long as his back was touched by a massagist. Therefore, there was nothing to do with the crush herniation part such as by crushing or massage. Afterward, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was back. He came to ask Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the cause of his illness. What he only wants was to know the cause rather than getting recovered. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told him a main point of that he had ever taken Ordained Precepts but during his process of secularization, there was some things he had not done in accord with the dharma. Although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just mentioned it lightly, he was in a cold sweat. He had taken both Han and Tibetan precepts. And the main precepts he took were from Tibetan area. The Tibetan ways of returning to lay life are very rigorous. Therefore, he adopted Han ways during his process of secularization. This difference was very imperceptible. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just hit the mark with a single comment.  This thing should be known only between his previous guru and him. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just knew it and pointed out the exact key point.

From many aspects it could be seen that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Buddhist practices are not like ordinary ones’. Random words Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche speaks are just in accord with the Sutra, Vinaya, and Abhidharma. All Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche says hit the mark. The illness of intervertebral disk herniation caused him suffering for a long period. He was unable to lift his leg, dragging his left leg at work. But he still did his job earnestly. Most of the time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not, unlike as you may expect, touch his head, give him blessings nor a puff at all. He still needed to remove goods and do what he was supposed to do on job. However, his symptoms gradually disappeared. This disciple thought to himself: During one’s process of taking precepts, Ordained Precepts in particular, once one transgresses them a little bit, one will fall into the hells without haggle. What the differences will only be the hell is big or small, and the time period one stays is long or short. It is even not to mention how much he transgressed during the process of the incomplete rituals. Thereafter, this disciple seriously implored Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the transmission of repentance dharma.  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told that he should pray for it in a public puja. Now, he was sincerely beseeching Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the transmission of the utmost sublime repentance dharma, so as for the sentient beings with heavy karma at degenerate age to eliminate some barriers of sin and hindrances of past karma.

He had done, heard, and observed many masters’ methods of doing something. He really sees many inscrutableness of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Many behaviors of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s body, speech, and mind, may not be particularly important in an ordinary person’s eyes, are all in accord with the doctrines of the Sutras. In last puja Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that he does not like to go shopping. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just makes a decision on what to buy, goes to buy it, and leaves. As most of the attendees might just take it as a normal description. However, to this disciple, it is totally the implication of observing precepts and could not be spoken by an ordinary.  In his previous Buddhist center, they practiced four sorts of provisions, namely four things helpful to their diligent progressing on their dharma path. One of them is to abide in correct practices. As one has the correct thought and cognition to do one thing, one ought to do it and then come back. It is the content of observing precepts and could not be just spoken by an ordinary. Another thing is that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche several times on the dharma throne talked about that many people would criticize or even slander on that he dresses himself well and uses fine things. This disciple publicly said that this behaviors of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche are in accordance with bodhisattva precepts, as he himself ever red the texts of bodhisattva precepts. He mentioned that there are two prevailing books of bodhisattva precepts. One is the Brahma Net Bodhisattva Precepts, that is also the one prevailing in Han area. The other is the Yoga Bodhisattva Precepts. He believed no one at present had ever red it.It is stated in the precept texts that if one is a Bodhisattva who has attained accomplishment of mahayana, one would transgress the precepts if one is not dressed well or does not use fine things, unless one is an ordained person or an ascetic. But if one is a Bodhisattva of mahayana, one has to act in this way. Therefore, many of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s habits are brought from past lives. One without great accomplishments cannot do it. All the Buddhist doctrines and contents this disciple had learned before can prove that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is an incredibly authentic guru of merits and virtuous.

In 2007, His Holiness Drikung Chetsang confirmed after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche finished the retreat practice that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche already attained the enlightenment of emptiness. According to the doctrines, one who attains  the enlightenment of emptiness is a Bodhisattva of above eighth ground. It is very hard to advance to the first Bodhisattva ground, let alone the stage of fruition of a Bodhisattva which Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has achieved. This disciple cannot believe how dare an ordinary person to criticize a Bodhisattva at this attainment. By doing so the karma created is very heavy and fearful. And Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still manifests great merciful heart. There was a dharma brother who ever slandered Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and got the karmic effect of being unable to speak. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still conducted Phowa ritual for that disciple. That disciple, when he learned Buddhism, not alone slandered his guru but also the mind of observing guru’s faults and failings arose in him. One who committed in that way ought to make repentance before his guru and gain guru’s acceptance. Besides, the one himself has to diligently make repentance until the signs of purification of one’s evil deeds appear – when one’s karma are cleaned, the signs will appear in one’s dream or in one’s concentration. Before the signs of purification of evil deeds appear, one’s evil karma are very heavy. In doctrines it is mentioned that once one has the thought of observing fault of his guru, even a guru who ever taught him to recognize a character, one will never attain accomplishment of practice even he follows great Rinpoche like His Holiness in learning it. Do not think it will be all right as long as one changes to another school. The karma of evil causes is very powerful. Only diligently making repentance and practice on this issue can you purify the evil karma.

Before, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also scolded this disciple for he still compared to what he had learned before since he has taken refuge for four years. Now he would like to make repentance publicly that he did make the comparison. One thing is that when he was a disciple of another school, he read many biographies of lineage teachers and  extraordinary faith also arose in him. After he came here to take refuge under Drikung Kagyu, he only heard about many of the lineage gurus’ names, but did not know their biographies or develop faith in them. However, the teachers bestowed him extraordinary blessings in his dream. For this, he had had the thought of that why he had learned so much  in that school but without getting some blessing from those gurus. This is also what has been enlightened by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that the strength of Drikung Kagyu’s blessing is extraordinary powerful. This cannot be explained in a few words. But as he has been here for nine years, he can prove it. Another time he made the comparison is that when they met some circumstances and afflictions arose in them, they needed to think some dharma meanings and change their state of mind. However, for these months Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has enlightened that for the practice of Mahamudra, one has to practice directly on the afflictions and thoughts at the moment. Mahamudra’s power can soon eliminate afflictions. This disciple felt the dharma is extremely efficient and auspicious! His previous way of cultivation of Buddhism may turn many corners. Now the Mahamudra to learn will get it in one step. Besides, he also feels that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s merciful blessings can be really embedded in our mind. And when we need it someday, strangely the dharma meaning will emerge from our heart. This is really incredible and hard to meet. Here, he does not have the qualification and conditions to say or do a thing. He’d just sincerely pray Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that before he enters the future and attains Buddhahood, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can gather him in life after lives; when at the moment of attaining Buddhahood, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will be forever the most auspiciousness above his head.

Then, the Chairman of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center reported to the present that a female disciple transgressed the regulation of this center by borrowing money from another female disciple. These two people have been deprived their qualification of being disciples. The one who borrowed money was because she worked for a insurance company and there was a client who canceled the insurance. She needed to return money to her company. Therefore, she borrowed it from a juice dealer. But she was unable to repay. Starting in April, she successively borrowed money from another disciple, totally up to the amount of NT1,000,000. Besides, she lied many times by saying that it was her husband who needed the money, without her husband’s notice. Her husband is also a disciple. Moreover, this female disciple used her husband’s checking account to draw up checks to her creditors. Before the checks were due, she told her creditors not to cash the checks. She even threatened them not to tell anyone else their loan relations by saying that they would be impelled away from the center and could not learn Buddhism here anymore. In addition, once she saw the lender getting close to another disciple or talking with, she spoke ill of those people to the lender. The whole event was just like the story happened in 2005. At that time a disciple deceived more than ten disciples of the center to lending her money. Thereafter, in Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center it repeatedly announced that loaning is prohibited. Both the  loaner and the lender must leave the center. Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center is a pure Buddhist Center painstakingly established by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. It is not an easy thing to maintain and therefore disciples here are not allowed to break the rules set by the guru. Hope that every disciples can learn a lesson.

Furthermore, a person in charge of a print media organization attended the Tibetan Buddhism’s Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousnesses on October 3rd. Then he told this Chairman that in such large scale the puja has been held for six times. There are even more than twenty thousand participants. But he, as a media person, did not know about it. It implicates that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche truly benefits sentient beings without seeking for fame and wealth. He continued to say that in Taiwan more than ten people’s gathering would cause lots of noise. However, in that day’s puja there were twenty thousand attendees without any voice. That was really incredible. Besides, he said that all the details were well arranged. The chairman told him it is all due to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s great mercy and compassion, as well as great theopneusty. Before the puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche held meetings and taught disciples how to do it in details. The media person saw the photos with auspicious signs of the round hole on the deceased’s crown of head whose consciousness was transferred by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s with Phowa ritual. Then he asked the chairman that if a Taiwanese master of Exoteric Buddhism can achieve this. The chairman replied: Among Exoteric Buddhist gurus and Tibetan Buddhist rinpoches all over the world, very few practitioners attain such achievement of Phowa as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has attained. Hearing this, the media person highly praised and admired  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche!

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed the following teachings: Today’s Guru Puja is not conducted in Chinese Buddhism and is a special practice means in Tibetan Buddhism. In Chinese Buddhism, a guru is merely a master who holds conversion ceremonies, gives precepts, and transmits practice means. However, a guru is thought to be of most importance in Tibetan Buddhism, even more important than the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Because the sentient beings in the Degenerate Age do not have the merits to see the Buddhas in person or receive teachings directly from the Buddhas, they can only learn Buddhism and practice through the teaching of a virtuous guru who practices in accord with the Buddha’s teachings. Had it not for the continuous practice and transmittance of the lineage gurus, the Buddhist teachings in this world might have long gone.

In Tibetan Buddhism, it takes more than being a monk or a nun to become a guru. Neither can one become a master to teach others the Buddhist teachings merely with 5 or 10 years of sutra recitation conducted at home. In order to be qualified to explain the Buddhist teachings, one has to spend 10 years to obtain basic knowledge in Exoteric Buddhism. His guru will examine him, making sure that he has a correct understanding of the meanings of Buddhas and the Buddhist theories. Then, he can explain the Buddhist teachings in public. Still, it doesn’t mean that you can transmit practice means with a Buddhist sutra in your hand, take disciples, or teach the sentient beings simply with a few years of study in a Buddhist college or because you have been a monk or a nun for several years. If you are not certain with the Buddhist theories and meanings, you will then employ your senses and experiences to explain the Buddhist teachings over time.

According to Ratnakuta Sutra, masters in the Degenerate Age would flutter, distort the Buddhist teachings, and sweet talk the believers in order to obtain fame and wealth. Yesterday, a nun came to see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with two believers. The believers wanted to attend the pujas. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked them if they had adopted a vegetarian diet. They said that they were on a meat-side vegetarian diet. The nun could not do anything about their conduct because she wanted their offering. If a guru or a master distorts the Buddhist teachings and does not ask their believers to adopt a vegetarian diet, thinking that they can take their time as long as the Buddhist seed has been sowed, such thinking is actually a false statement in disguise. The methods bestowed by the Buddhas have to be adopted without fail. When you were in elementary schools, you would do what your teachers told you to do. Nevertheless, you get self-opinionated in your Buddhist study. As the Buddha says that there will be certain consequences of your conduct, you still insist that you cannot see them coming and do not take them seriously. If you do so, you do not have any faith. Thereby, your sutra recitation or prostrations to the Buddhas will be conducted in vain. 3000 years ago, the Buddha explained explicitly about the attitudes that the Buddhist believers and masters should have. According to Ratnakuta Sutra, a guru who ascends and explains the Buddhist teachings has to meet each of the 22 requirements. One who learns Buddhism should never be arrogant or self-regarded. Before being qualified to bestow the Buddhist teachings, one should employ his body, speech, and mind to influence other so that they know learning Buddhism is good. Do not criticize others with the Buddhist teachings, saying that others have heavy karmic obstacles. Do think that you are superior to others simply because you are on a vegetarian diet with your Buddhist study.

Yesterday, a young nun with some mental problems came to see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She took her ordained vows in a well-known Buddhist monastery and stayed for over 2 years before she decided to leave. She thought her guru had cast a spell on her and therefore had hateful thoughts. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked her what incantation her guru had recited. She then said it was Om Ah Hung. In fact, Om Ah Hung is not an incantation, but a way to offer to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Nevertheless, her guru did not understand how to use it. He wanted to help cure her illness with it and the nun mistook his favor for a spell. In addition, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told the nun that she should have gratitude to her master since he had kept her for 2 years. What on earth has she practiced in her Buddhist study? If one doesn’t truly understand the effect of an incantation, he had better not use it. Otherwise, the disciples might have a misunderstanding. It is difficult very painstaking to be a guru nowadays. Do not want to become a guru any more.

When Buddha Sakyamuni attained Buddhahood, Mara Papiyan came to the Buddha. As the Buddha got vast merits and virtues, Mara Papiyan could not do anything to the Buddha. Therefore, Mara Papiyan told the Buddha that he would send his devil descendants back as many Buddhist disciples in the Degenerate Age. They will damage and bring an end to the Buddhist teachings, just like a louse on a lion slowly suck up the blood of the beast to its death. The Buddha could not do anything about it but cry tears. Even the Buddha cannot alter your cause and effect. In the Degenerate Age, such signs began to manifest, indeed. Both the ordained and lay population like to be teachers. Even though they might not give teachings in public, they would tell others how to recite or do prostrations. This is wrong. You are not qualified to be a master to transmit teachings, but you still talk to others about the Buddhist teachings. If you do so, you have violated your precept of refraining from saying false words. If any sentient beings need to learn the Buddhist teachings, you should bring them to your guru and let your guru instruct them. As each sentient being has different karmic connections, you are incapable of employing adequate means to help them. If you always help others by the same means, they will eventually lose faith.

There are four groups in Chinese Buddhism. Similarly, there are four groups in Tibetan Buddhism as well. In a monastery, there are novice monks and nuns, Bhikkhus, and Bhikkhunis. When one is qualified to give teachings, the lineage holder or Rinpoche would certify him as a Khenpo, indicating that he can teach the Buddhist teachings and some rituals. Generally speaking, a Khenpo gives Exoteric Buddhist teachings, whereas a Rinpoche must achieve certain attainment in his practice of both Exoteric and Esoteric Buddhism.

As stated in the Buddhist sutras, there are a lot of evil masters in the Degenerate Age. An evil master does not necessarily practice other religions. Many are actually giving the Buddhist teachings. An evil master gives teachings that prevent people from gaining a correct understanding of the meanings of the Buddhas or fail to help the sentient beings to attain liberation from the cycle of birth and death. Such teachings are evil.

As you all have been a student, you must know that you would have learned nothing if you had merely listened to the teacher and failed to do your homework. Why could Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche accomplish such attainments? It is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is obedient and follows His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s teaching. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche doesn’t have any thought about himself and only carries out virtuous deeds, i.e. pure virtues that generate powers. Thereby, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could achieve the attainment of a Rinpoche from an ordinary human being within a relatively short amount of time. In 2007, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to do a 3-month retreat. Even though His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang knew well that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has his own businesses to run, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang did not inquire Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche about his availability and merely told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to go to Nepal at a specific time. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche abided by the instruction completely without worry about his businesses. When one is not obedient, he has not made any offerings; when one is obedient, he has made offerings.

A senior Khenpo asked His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could possibly transmit the teachings. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang then replied that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had read a lot of Buddhist sutras. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche actually has not read a lot of Buddhist sutras. Nevertheless, why can Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche understand the Buddhist teachings? It is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has got absolute faith in the guru, reverence, and obedience, completely following the teaching of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. Thereby, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is able to realized many concepts of the Buddhist teachings. So, when being asked by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could always give an appropriate reply. Although the Buddhist sutras are vast, all the sutras have the same focus: how to help the sentient beings to attain liberation from the cycle of birth and death so as to attain Buddhahood. The Buddha bestowed many practice means because the karmic connections and merits of the sentient beings vary. As one knows clearly about this underlying principle as well as goal, he would be able to understand what the sutra is saying through glancing at its content. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Buddhist learning is different from ordinary people. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not read the sutras by detail, but verifies the Buddhist teachings through his own practice first before coming back to read the Buddhist sutras. In Tibetan Buddhism, one can only read the sutras with his guru’s oral transmission. Many people, however, consider themselves as teachers and teach others to recite certain Buddhist sutras merely after several years of study in a Buddhist college.

The Drikung Kagyu Lineage has a history of over 830 years. Jigten Sumgon, the lineage founder, was a great practitioner who has achieved the Dharma body with an attainment of the 10th level of enlightenment of a Bodhisattva. Being an important disciple of Phagmodrupa, Jigten Sumgon had been a great practitioner in his previous lifetimes. In his previous life, Jigten Sumgon had been a great accomplished Indian practitioner, Bodhisattva Nagarjuna. Although Buddha Sakyamuni talked a lot about Madhyamika in Ratnakuta Sutra and Prajna Sutra, people at the time did not pay much attention. During the first 500 years in the Age of Semblance Dharma, a practitioner has to understand Madhyamika to a certain extend so as to practice on the Bodhisattva path and attain Buddhahood. Prior to his life of Bodhisattva Nagarjuna, Jigten Sumgon had been the great lay practitioner Vimalakirti during Buddha Sakyamuni’s lifetime. Even Bodhisattva Manjuri had requested teachings from him.

Kagyu means oral transmission. One needs to receive the oral transmissions of the sutras and Dharma texts from the guru so as to read them, for you need the authorization. However, many believers like to read any sutras they like. Yesterday a believer came to see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that she was reciting the Sutra of Medicine Buddha. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then said that, since her house was small, she would not be able to accommodate the mandalas of the twelve medicine messengers. How could she practice ten? She was speechless. Many people do not understand that the methods stated in the Buddhist sutras when practicing on a certain yidam cannot be altered. For example, if one practices Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha, the image of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha has to be hung in the south. Offerings must be placed and one has to purify his body, speech, and mind before recitation. If one wants to achieve accomplishments through sutra recitation, he has to wear new clothes during his sutra recitation. Besides, if they are laity, they will not be able to have sexual intercourses. Can you possibly do that? One has to carry out rituals as stated in the sutras so as to correspond to the yidam through his sutra recitation.

After Phagmodrupa, the Kagyu lineage was divided into 4 major and 8 minor sects. Currently, only Drikung Kagyu, Karma Kagyu, Drukpa Kagyu, Taklung Kagyu, and a minor sec are still turning the Dharma wheels. According to Jigten Sumgon’s prophesy, Drikung Kagyu’s Dharma lineage is pure and clean and has exceptional blessing powers. Being pure and clean means that the lineage has been held be Their Holinesses from generation to generation without interruption and that the teachings within the sect have never been lost. It is very important to continue the lineage, for the interdependent origination is highly regarded in Buddhism. The continuation serves as a very auspicious interdependent origination. In Tibetan Buddhism, the relationship between the guru and the disciple is very close and continues from life to life. As long as one has attained Buddhahood, his guru will take care of him. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has received helps from the lineage founder, Jigten Sumgon. In one instance, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s life was saved, and in the other a practice means was transmitted to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

When the Buddha spoke the “Lotus Sutra” at the later period of his Dharma transmission, many disciples who had attained the level of Arhat left their seats and went away. This was because they did not have virtues to receive the teachings of Mahayana Buddhism. Why do we want to conduct the Guru Puja? This is because sentient beings’ virtues are scarce. In order to practice Buddhism, we have to accumulate two important assets: virtue and wisdom. What you have done so far only accumulate virtues of human and heaven realms. The virtues of human and heaven realms you have accumulated in this life cannot be used in this life; they can only be used in your next life. This kind of virtues can be exhausted. Once they are exhausted, they are gone and you have to accumulate them again. Like spending money, virtues will be exhausted very quickly, but accumulated very slowly. What we really need is seamless virtue. This is the “merit”. Merit is the virtue which can let us practice Buddha dharma and escape from the cyclic existence. Only attaining merits can change your karma. You can use merits in this life and merits cannot be exhausted in generations of your lives. If, for your own benefits, you dedicate your virtues to specific people, this kind of virtue will be depleted. If, for the benefits of sentient beings, you dedicate your merits of practicing Buddha dharma to all of them, you will be able to attain the seamless virtue which will let you continue to have chances to listen to and practice Buddha dharma.

Virtue is like money; it can be earned, may disappear, and will run out. Since you were reborn inside your mother’s belly, you have started to use your virtues. You have things to eat, clothes to wear, and houses to live and these were from your virtues. When you eat a piece of meat, your virtue will be reduced a bit. When your virtues are exhausted, you will die. Therefore, your virtue should be used at the most important time. Virtue is attained from giving charities and making offerings. The first practice among the Six Paramita is doing charities which is used to accumulate the assets of virtue and merit for practicing Buddhism. An ordinary person’s virtue is very shallow; so you have to rely on the guru to help you by conducting the dharma. The “Guru puja” conducted by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche today can quickly help all of you to accumulate virtues. As long as you are determined to follow the guru to learn Buddhism and practice the dharmas of liberating from the cyclic existence, and you fully respect and rely on the guru, you will be in the same ocean of merits together with the guru and the founders of Drikung Kagyu order from past generations. Virtue is not used for you to enjoy a better life, but is used to help you eliminate obstacles of practicing Buddhism such that you can properly use this life to learn and practice Buddha dharma and escape from the cycles of birth and death. As long as you are determined to practice the supramundane dharma, your mundane dharma will not encounter any obstacle.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has enlightened us that the most important thing in making offering is your mind. If you can use a reverent mind to selflessly make offerings to the guru, Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas, even a hair is a proper offering. However, you should not really make offerings to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with a hair. That is an analogy in Buddhist sutras. Emperor Ashoka in ancient India had built eighty-four thousand stupas. He was the most powerful king. However, Buddhist scriptures had already stated earlier the story of Emperor Ashoka, including his name. When Buddha Sakyamuni was still alive, he had once passed through a beach. There were two children playing at the beach. One of the children used sands to build a stupa and reverently offered it to the Buddha. Because of this act of offering to the Buddha with a sand stupa, this child had attained the virtues of becoming a king (i.e. Emperor Ashoka) in his future life.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has conducted Phowa ritual for many sentient beings. There were two special examples among them. Among the deceased people who had been liberated by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s auspicious Phowa ritual, there were two persons who were not Rinpoche’s disciples, but believers. Inexplicably, they had the causes and conditions to attain Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Phowa ritual. When conducting Phowa ritual for the first female believer, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then just visualized that she had been a fisherman in her previous life. In that life, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was also a Buddhist practitioner. The man in her previous life offered a bowl of rice to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Hence, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche owed her a Phowa ritual in this life. Another deceased person was also a female. Her way of death was very peculiar. She hanged herself with a ribbon tied on a hanging rod in a sitting position in her own bathroom, just like a roast duck hanging from its neck. In general, those who have committed suicide cannot be liberated by Phowa ritual. However, because of very special causes and conditions, she also received Phowa ritual from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. During the conduction of Phowa ritual, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just visualized that actually she had been selling roast ducks in her previous life. In that life, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was a Buddhist practitioner as well. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche happened to pass through the back of this man’s store after completing a retreat. This man in her previous life very respectfully paid homage to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would conduct Phowa ritual for her in this life. These two female believers were both men in their previous lives. According to the law of the universe, these two persons who had had heavy killing karma in their previous lives would definitely fall into hell, which was why they would be short-lived in this life. However, because they had reverently made offerings to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, they then had virtues, causes and conditions to let Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conduct Phowa ritual for them in this life.

Making offerings is very important; but you absolutely cannot use methods of deception, threat, or intimidation to obtain money to make offerings. You must not go back home to intimidate your family and tell them, “You will be miserable if you do not make offerings.” The act of cheating money from your family members to make offerings for them will not have any effect at all. When in the most impoverished time, even though the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not have money to eat, the incense, oil lamp, and flowers offered before the Buddhas were never in shortage; and the incense offered was the best kind. This was completely opposite to the old saying, “take care of one’s belly first before taking care of Buddhas’.”

The purposes of today’s guru puja are as follows. First, through making offerings to the guru, we accumulate our virtues. Second, via making offerings to the gurus, we create virtuous conditions and connections with the gurus to strengthen our determination of practicing Buddhism. Third, we make offerings to the gurus on behalf of sentient beings. Because many sentient beings do not have sufficient virtues to attend such auspicious puja, we make offerings to the guru on behalf of them so that all sentient beings can have good conditions and connections with the Buddhas.

Then, the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted the auspicious Guru Puja for all participants. The puja included the rituals of tea offering and food offering. Especially, during Mandala offering, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed a disciple, under the support of other disciples, personally make offerings to the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to accumulate his virtues. This disciple nearly lost his eyesight because expanded brain tumors had pressured his eyes. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always bears in his mind the benefits of his disciples. Such kindness made all disciples feel moved and grateful.

Offering can be classified as external offering, internal offering, and secret offering. Internal offering and secret offering cannot be done by you. External offering means that you use food, flowers, fruits, oil lamp, and incense, and so on to make offerings. Some people may ask, can Buddhas and Bodhisattvas really get to eat these? In fact, what you often did that scattering rice on the ground and then reciting a few sentences of mantra and hoping that the rice could be eaten by ghosts is impossible to be true, unless you could change the scattered rice into infinite amount of rice for ghosts to eat. A practitioner who has attained achievements, through his strengths of visualization and meditation, can change the energy of materials such that the materials can then be eaten by ghosts and gods. You should use the best thing you can afford to make offerings and should not make offerings with anything you do not want. You can use incense, butter lamp, or flowers to make offerings to Buddhas. You must use the best things. Some incense contains chemical compositions which are not good for offering to Buddhas. It is also very good to use fruits. However, you should not imitate some person who bought the fruits for offering to Buddhas by taking her husband and children to a market and asked them what kind of fruit they liked to eat. Such a mind of making offerings has no effect. When you make offerings to Buddhas, you should do it with only a sincere and respectful mind. As for the question of whether Buddhas and Bodhisattvas can eat the offerings, it should not be your concern! Internal offering means a practitioner uses his body, speech, and mind to make offerings to the guru, Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas. Using physical labor or volunteer work to help others still belongs to the scope of external offering. Internal offering of body is that you have to be able to turn your body into nectars for making offerings. Internal offering of speech means that you have to make offerings with every sutra sentence and mantra recited from your mouth. Internal offering of mind means that you have to make offerings with your every thought generated. These cannot be done by you. A practitioner should make offerings to the guru with everything, including all the wealth, lifespan, children, and wife….. You did not even dare to say these things. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would say these and conduct the ritual to make offerings to the guru on behalf of everyone.

The two disciples mentioned previously did not have virtues also because they were not willing to make offerings and giving charities. They were expelled from the Buddhist center because they had had a borrowing and lending relationship. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has ordered repeatedly it is not permitted to have a borrowing and lending relationship between disciples in the Buddhist center. It is not that you cannot borrow money; it is just that if there is someone borrowing money in the Buddhist center, eventually there will be problems. The Buddhist center is not for you to make friends or to do business; it is for you to practice Buddhism. Using other people’s kindness and creating various reasons, the borrower had broken at least the precepts of no stealing and no lying. The lender lent money because she felt pity for the borrower and also thought she had a compassionate mind and was doing virtuous deeds. Actually, she was reluctant to make offerings; so there would be someone borrowing money from her; and her money would be gone inexplicably. This lender was very strange and always gave Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche some very strange things. So Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still had to give those things back to her. Like certain disciple, he was not willing to make offerings and used his money to buy mutual funds. As a result, his funds suffered a 70% loss. This disciple might say that he wanted to earn more money to make offerings. However, you just do not know how much you will attain after making offerings! In fact, a dollar is not too few and a thousand dollar is not too many. It all depends on if your mind of making offerings is reverent, pure, and clean or not. If you lend money to someone, you should not think the person will pay back the money. If you really have difficulties and want to borrow money, you can tell the group leader; the group leader will communicate this to the president; the president will report up to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche; and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will find appropriate ways to help you. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has supported a lot of people and also given many people work.

Good and evil are all built up from small places. True virtue is not donating money just because someone comes to collect money from you regularly. True virtue is that you have to personally give money to those who are in need and is not for other people to appreciate you. When you see other people’s sufferings, you will suffer together with them in your mind and give rise to a compassionate mind. Such alms giving is then the true virtues. When you see others received evil karma due to evil deeds, you will give rise to a vigilant and compassionate mind. You should want to thank them for letting you know the dreadfulness of karmic retributions. If you usually do not do a bit of small good deeds to accumulate virtues, you will not be able to find even the opportunity to do virtuous deeds. You have heard the story that when someone wanted to give money to those who had no money to see a doctor, the person arrived at the hospital, but could not find any object to help.

After practicing Buddhism, you should really choose your friends carefully. Some people said that after practicing Buddhism their friends became a lot less. If a girl has love affairs with two boys at the same time and she takes both of their money, this kind of greed is not very good for her. She has broken the precept of no adultery. It is very easy for lay practitioners to make this mistake. So we should be very cautious about this. If you only associate with one person at a time and just associate with another person after the previous association has ended, then you are not breaking the precept. It is not that going beyond monogamy is called adultery. The scope of adultery is very wide; we only talk about this part today. A woman who has a husband, but still has affairs with other man, will break the precept of no adultery. In contrast, if a man still associate with a woman after clearly knowing that she has had a boy friend, fiancé, or husband, he will break the precept of no adultery as well. If you are still in contact with such friends, it indicates that birds of a feather flock together and you also have the same mindset; sooner or later, you will make the same mistake as well. Do not think you can influence others. Unless you have attained Buddhahood and have the ability to save them, otherwise, you may be affected by them instead in the end. A true evil friend is one who hinders you from practicing Buddhism. It is not to say that you have to hate. You only have to maintain a friendship of proper distance with him and should not get too close with him.

Comparing Buddhism and with the business, for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Buddhism is always the first priority. On the contrary, you treat that learning Buddhism is just merely a kind of side business. You always think how to enjoy the life which is the first priority. In the sutra mentioned, a person who is really learning and practicing Buddhism will have the basic necessities of life to have the house to live and the clothes to wear. He will not die of starvation as well. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has the experience for the most difficult in poverty and distress of the year, although there was no money to repay the rent, but the landlord did not appear to ask for the payment of money. Therefore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could still be able to stay in the original house and having the clothes to wear. Sometimes, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could find some small money somewhere which could let him to eat some foods. There was some people suggested Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to get some money back by selling the statues of Buddha. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche refused it; it is because that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche thought the statues of Buddha are the same as his parents which are not for sales. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew that it was the karmic retribution because there must be one previous life reluctant to make offering. He was fully accepted joyfully. Afterward the situation had been improved gradually. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche actually practiced Buddhism, his destiny has been changed, furthermore the skin cancer has been recovered without any medication. A former friend of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was surprised that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can be living until now, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was not afraid of death, on the contrary, the death has been far away from him.

The offerings must be done with the pure minds and without asking any repay. Don’t attempt to expect what you will get. When you have a pure mind to make offerings, you will get more than what you can imagine. There is one disciple would like to make offerings more than NTD 20,000,000. However his mind was not correct, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had rejected him for more than 4 times. When you make offering with a clear mind, guru will help you during the most important time when you need some help. That would be the most suffering time when you would be falling into the three evil realms. That is not that guru would need your money, it is that that is the way you can accumulate the merits. When you are lack of merits, t when you would like to accumulate more merits for learning Dharma, therefore you make offerings to guru and then this power will reveal. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has taught you that the best way to make offerings: just follow what arises in in your mind when thinking of making offerings. However, when you decide the amount of making offerings with the thought you just arise but you also are afraid you will be lack of money so reduce the offering, this kind of make offering will be in vain.

There was one disciple beseeched Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to salvage her father. Before that time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had told her that the heart of her father was unserviceable anymore. But she took the doctor’s suggestion to use the ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenator) to sustain her father’s life. It would have cost her family more than NTD 1 million dollars at least for her father. It would be suffering that the dying man just merely sustained the signs of life by relying on a machine. Afterward this disciple took his mother to meet Richen Dorjee Rinchen. Her mother wept for her husband’s suffering, therefore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately recited the mantras for her father. Unexpectedly this disciple asked how much money was that if Richen Dorjee Rinchen conducted a Phowa dharma. The disciple asked with this way which means that there was no the mind to make offerings. Therefore her father could not have the cause and condition to gain the help from Phowa Dharma. In Tibet, it is indeed to spend lots of money to beseech a Rinpoche to conduct the Phowa Dharma. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not depend on money to conduct the Phowa Dharma, it depends on the merits and caused and conditions for the deceased and their family dependants. Like the aforementioned two examples, even if they or their family dependants are not the disciples, they could gain the Phowa Dharma because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche owed them in his previous lifetimes. The Dharma is not for haggle; otherwise you could not gain an extraordinary Phowa Dharma even if you would offer more than 10 million dollars. If you would like to ask for how much is for Phowa Dharma, Richen Dorjee Rinpoche will tell the amount which you can’t afford it. It is because that Dharma is very valuable and immeasurable by money.

Today’s offerings in the Dharma rituals were including the external offerings, internal offerings and the secret offerings. The gurus of Drikung Kagyu Lineage and this writer have been included for all you need: They are including prolonging your lifetime and enriching your wealth in the text. The population of Taiwan is around 20 million, there are only 1,000 of attendees in this puja, especially who can listen to the teaching of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and actually practice Buddhism are just merely 1% of you. Therefore it is really rare to learn Buddhism, especially like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who vows to benefit sentient beings is indeed rare. That is the reason why Buddhas and Bodhisattvas must take care and protect this kind of person. On the contrary, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas would not immediately protect you, because all of you living for your own benefit are everywhere. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could have attained the achievement to solve the disciple’s headache only by a slap. It is because that this disciple had raised the respectful mind to guru. The guru could help him by this way because his guru already knew the causes and effect for him. To exchange you to do it by this way, it might be arguable that you might be accused by hurting someone.

You really don’t know how sufferings in the reincarnations of six realms. Once you know it, you will indeed cry out for how suffering it is. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche predicted that there was no a good year for year 2010. The climate is abnormal, floods and volcano eruption were appeared one by one. In the degenerate age, there is only dharma can help you.

The male disciple shared his experience in the beginning of this puja beseeched Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for transmitted the Dharma Gate of making repentance, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened, there would be changed for some things when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche transmit this dharma, just like the example of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the business was bankrupted, his wife left and his children were unfilial. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked the disciple again whether he is indeed to learn Dharma. The disciple replied that he has no this concern at all. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche smiled that this disciple would like to tell others that he is not yet married. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately promised that it will be transmitted when the causes and conditions are possessed. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that the Dharma Gate of making repentance is very important. Many years ago, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was very laborious in the exoteric Buddhism. Rinpoche at least recited 49 times of the Great Compassion Mantra, 2 times of Samantamukhaparivarta and 10,000 times of the name of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. And then took meditation for 45 minutes. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche even made progressing than the ordained people. But the strength is still not enough. What kind of the strength? It is because that it is very important for the strength of making repentance.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche advised everyone to be a vegetarian again. All you claimed that you believe the causes and effects, but you always did the evil deeds which were obviously indicated that you would not afraid of the causes and effects. Yesterday a female disciple’s brother with wheelchair met Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche because his legs unable to move. This disciple has two brothers and a brother-in-law who are all Chinese medical doctors. But he could not solve his own problem and not to mention to his sister who has been helped by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked his brother, since he is a Chinese doctor, he should understand what the root cause is for his legs. He replied that that is because he ate too much meat. He obviously knew that it was not good for health, but he still did it. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that he made an improper prescription which was only aimed to the bones and muscles, Rinpoche advised him to adjust the prescription from other aspect.

Why were his legs with lots of problem? Those are coming from killing karma and eating meat. All you know the defect of killing and eating meat, but you are always unwilling to believe it. Sentient beings will be a Buddha in the future, when you are eating meat which means that you are eating a future Buddha. You have been reincarnated in the six realms; it means that the sentient beings should be the parents of your previous lives. Therefore you would eat your parents for your previous lives when you ate meat. It is because that you would not eat them if there was no relationship. Otherwise you would not be able to exactly choose one of the meat or fish in the market. Even if there was someone recommended you which one was better, but you still decided them without change. Is it even up? No, you will owe them when you eat the meat, the cause and effect is so complicate. The purpose of life for Human beings is to repay the debt or to owe the debt. When the debt is clear, the life will come to end. Some people said that they will be blamed by family members if they are the vegetarian. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche started to be a vegetarian, there were some friends asked the reason, whether it was the reason to do too much of evils deeds? Rinpoche replied” Yes, it was.” When you admitted your fault, they would not go on discussing with it. If your boyfriend forced you to eat meat, he must be a wine-and-meat friend who is not good for you. There is no any excuse which can not to be a vegetarian, only depends on your decision.

Your merits will be consumed by killing and eating meat. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been 60 years old who can have the merits by practicing Buddhism. Being a young people like you who are consuming the merits. A person who believes the cause and effect will realize the terrible of karmic retribution. He will not do any evils even if there is just a tiny cause, so he will be very carefully on his behaviors for words and deeds. It is because that no matter the reason is, once you have done the evil cause, the power of karmic retribution has been created.

This disciple repeated to express his grateful mind for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to help her family members and her. Just Rinpoche mentioned that their family are two generations of Chinese medicine physicians. She was not aware of the meaning during that time. She suddenly came to undersatnd that his brother’s son just passed the examination to get the certificate of Chinese medicine. Before that time, her brother’s son had been failed for the examination more than 5 times only less than a tiny score by a narrow chance. Recently he came to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinpoche enlightened him for his defects where are his complacent and neglected points. Afterward her brother’s son had successfully passed the examination. Besides, her life was saved by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche as well. She was very grateful.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche advised earnestly and kindly everyone to do good deeds and stop doing evil deeds. Especially you must immediately not do the evil deeds anymore. There is no way for taking it easy. Just like a person would like to do evil deeds, you could not tell him, “It is ok, take it easy. You can steal a little, just not to let others know!” You must stop him immediately. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not ask for your money, therefore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can strictly demand you.

Many people like to gather together to drink or chatting. They think that it is joyful thing. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche from the very beginning does not like to gather together chatting all the day. There is no meaningful for drinking and chatting all the day. Don’t spend the time to drink and chatting anymore! Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often saw many people enjoyed the “Happy Hour”, they gathered together to drink and chatting. The topic is always not helpful for the future life. The lifetime of a human beings is so short. It is so rapid to pass a year. Don’t waste your time there. The only way is to learn Buddhism and practice yourself which can control your future.

Today’s Dharma will let you accumulate the merits to have the good karmic connection with guru. The Guru also supplicated the gurus of Drikung Kagyu Lineage to bestow the blessings to you in order to let the evil friends can be far away from you, and it can also reduce your obstacles for learning Buddhism.

Time flies. It’s been near the end of this year; again, the time we could use to learn Buddhism decreases one year. Life is too short. In the early of the coming February, it will be the Chinese New Year. From now till end of the year, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will perform Dharma rituals for the followers as long as the Rinpoche is in Taiwan. In this whole world, it is very rare that a guru works as so hard as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche; in fact, the Rinpoche conducts puja on every Sunday, and has individual meetings with near two hundred believers on every Saturday. The truth is, however, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also will leave the world in some day, though it’s unknown on which day. Perhaps, it might happen suddenly in one night. You shall not hinges on how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helps you, but instead, you have to rely on yourself – live your life, and make up your mind to take Dharma practices for the cultivation.

Why does Rinpoche hold so many pujas? It is because your merits are quite shallow. Only attending the pujas could you accumulate the merits. Therefore, even if you do not attend the puja one time, you would have refused the opportunity to accumulate your merits for one time. It’s up to you. If you do not attend the puja, you have to repent that the influence of your own bad deeds has surpassed your good deeds; that is the cause. As an example, His Holiness Chetsang instructed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to take retreats. It is the His Holiness to influence the Rinpoche, but in the end Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche must decide to take it. Therefore, the pujas performed today is the merits to bestow on you, so that your mind will be stronger in taking Dharma practices and in cultivating the good deeds.

A believer who is a foreigner came to ask advice from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the Rinpoche told him that in the front yard of his home, in Melbourne, there is a big tree. Although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had not come to his home, Rinpoche could tell him about the actual status. Therefore, do you think Rinpoche has no idea about what you have done, or which qualities you have? For example, a doctor would give prescription according to the illness of the patients. If the doctor instructs you to take dosage three times a day; however, could you insist that you only need to take one each day? It’s yes, obviously. But the effectiveness would be unknown. Similarly, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, as a guru, gives teachings in accordance with each individual’s conditions and capacity. All you need is simply listen it, do it, and give up your own thoughts.

November 14, 2010

At the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei, disciples and believers reverently listened to the dharma audio-recordings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teaching during the regular puja held on April 20, 2003. The enlightenment comprised of the psychological preparation prior to learning the Uncommon Four Preliminary Practice.

Before the puja, a female disciple shared her experiences of how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helped her family. In the morning of December 24, 2009, her mother-in-law said she was very sleepy. She went on deep sleeping for a long while. Such lethargic situations made this disciple uneasy. Thus, in the afternoon, she insisted on sending her mother-in-law to the emergency room of a hospital. At 5 o’clock in the morning of December 25, her brother-in-law received a notice of the mother being in a critical condition. The mother needed a tracheostomy at any time, which required a family member to sign a consent form. Panicked, her brother-in-law called up every one in the family to discuss whether the mother should undergo such surgical procedure in an emergency. Doctors said the mother’s lungs had too much carbon dioxide. Should the carbon dioxide had not been sucked out, the mother would die in such lethargic conditions. If the tracheostomy wasn’t their choice, the mother should be sent to intensive care unit (ICU)and wear the mask to breathe in oxygen in high pressure. Only in this way could the mother’s life be temporarily saved. There was, however, no guarantee that the mother could be cured. At this moment, the conditions completely threw all family. After some discussion, they decided to consult the father’s opinions. About 16 or 17 years ago, the father was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, had undergone two surgeries, and experienced being inserted tubes. He knew that both intubation and tracheostomy were extremely painful, unbearable for anyone. The father couldn’t bear to see the mother suffer. She had been ill for about 40 years. No more suffering should she experience in medical emergency procedure. So they at once decided giving up the tracheostomy. The mother was admitted to the ICU and wore the mask for breathing in oxygen in high pressure.

The mother had difficulties breathing and the function of her lungs was already weak. In the ICU, with the mask covering her entire face and the oxygen being forcefully pressed in, the mother felt as if some sharp knife was cutting her breathing tunnel and mouth. The mother’s pain was getting worse. She tried to resist and pull off the mask. On December 26, the nurses of the ICU informed them that the mother had made a fuss all night. They wanted the family to prepare tennis gloves for the mothers and the nurses would tie her hands on the rails of the bed. In her great pain, the mother tried hard to get loose of her hands, getting bruised and crying for her mother. She sobbed “what did I do in this life to suffer such pain!” At this point, the disciple let go of the mother’s hands and told her to look at the dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in the book of “Happiness and Suffering.” She told the mother “Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is a Buddha, a Bodhisattva. He will help you. You can tell Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche what’s in your mind.” All of a sudden, the mother pulled her palms together, reverently making prostrations to the dharma photo and repeatedly reciting the name of Amitabha Buddha. The disciple was stunned by the mother’s actions. She was moved and tried to hold back her tears, telling the mother “Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will definitely help you!” Afterwards, whenever she went into the ICU to visit the mother, she’d bring the dharma photo for the mother to watch. Every time, the mother would respectfully pull both palms together, repeatedly reciting the name of Amitabha Buddha. Till now, she still can’t believe what she saw.

Although she was a believer then, she was full of faith to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. In September, 2009, when she and her husband made an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the second time imploring the blessing for ill the mother, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately told her husband that it’s possible for the mother to obtain the auspicious Phowa Dharma. Being restrained, her husband held back tears and pulled both palms together to thank Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. In the afternoon of December 27, in the state of emergency and helpless, they went to the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center and made prostrations in front of the dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, praying. As they focused on praying Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for helping the mother, tears and sweats were soon falling down their faces, without their noticing which was which. After the puja, they went back to that suffering worldly hell. At 7 o’clock in that evening, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche surprisingly called back from Japan, inquiring whether anything special occurred. After a dharma brother reported the matter of her mother-in-law, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, while still in Japan, immediately performed a dharma for the mother without caring about Rinpoche’s own exhaustion. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also asked the dharma brother to inform them that the mother’s life would end on November 17 of lunar calendar which was January 1, 2010. She told her family about this news, except her father-in-law. All of a sudden, the entire family was crying outside of the ICU.

At that time, as believers, they were shocked and terrified with the unexpected bad news. If they did not believe it, they would not have cried out. Thoughts of greediness, hatred, ignorance arose in all the family members all of a sudden. They hoped there would be a miracle. Feeling sad in her mind, yet she was gratified by her mother-in-law finally obtained great merciful and compassionate Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’ blessings to release her pains of illness and had a rest after she had been industrious and thrifty in running their home for decades. Before her mother-in-law were even reluctant to go to see doctor when she got sick. Thereafter, she turned to have chronic bronchiectasis and her thoracic cavity was necrotized, which could not be cured. From time to time she coughed up much blood. At nights she could only slept intermittently for hours. But now she could have a good rest due to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings! This female disciple was grateful that even though at that moment Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was presiding over the auspicious Dorje Phurba puja in Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Tokyo, Japan, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still bestowed her mother-in-law the ultimate sublime blessings out of the heart of feeling concerned about and having sympathy for the sentient beings in need. One who is not a practitioner of great compassion and power of vows cannot show sympathy for sentient beings’ sufferings and provide timely help to them.

As her mother-in-law was going to die, the children appeared to be reluctant to let her go. However, in the end they had to learn to put it down. They started to prepare her funeral affairs. On December 29th afternoon, her mother-in-law finally returned home as she wished. She thought her mother-in-law had completely believed that His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would provide her the greatest help so that she put all down. Seeing her respiring more and more feebly without any struggle, all of the family members took turns to recite Buddha’s names and accompanied her mother-in-law until she fell asleep. She’d not seen her mother-in-law slept so soundly for a long time. At December 30th 6:30 am, her mother-in-law breathed out long for three times and expired!

She witted that, were it not for Vajra Guru His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s continuous blessings of great mercy and compassion, her mother-in-law couldn’t have passed away in peace. Her mother-in-law even died two days prior to the predicted date by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche so that she suffered less from illness and medical treatments. Were it not for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s continuous blessings of great mercy and compassion, her family members could not have immediately accept the fact without any excessive sadness. Thereafter, on January 2nd, 2010, all of their family members came to implore to make an offering to His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and reverently ask about her mother-in-law’s unfilled wish.  Right away Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche entered into the state of concentration and told them that the deceased had never spoken ill of others, disputed over nothing but would rather suffer losses herself. Her only concern was her father-in-law, younger uncle, and the solely elder sister. She was also attached to some trifles such as there was a drawer by the side of the hot plate in their new home in Penghu, and the drawer could not be used smoothly. Another thing she cared was her father-in-law’s bed was too hard. These trifles were unveiled after they came back to Penghu to remove the deceased from household. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is so extraordinarily capable that, through the power of meditation, he knows the matter of one’s life and death and thus he can help the deceased to let attachments go.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche furthermore enlightened that her mother-in-law was reborn in the Heavens of Desires, and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would conduct dharma so as to help elevate her level. Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche turned his head to her younger uncle and said: “Now it’s turn to talk about you. You should drive less for the coming days, as both your eyes and your skills are not good, (Later she got confirmed by her younger uncle that for two months he had accidents when driving two cars of their home, and he also felt something abnormal when driving.) You’d better sell your small car because the car’s engine had problems. (The small car was purchased by her younger uncle for her and her husband. The car’s age was less than two years. Although in her mind she begrudged to do it, she listened to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to sell out the car on the next day.)” Besides, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche selected the funeral date, November 23rd in the lunar calendar (January 7th in solar calendar), for her mother-in-law.  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately consented that their family members could attend all pujas. Due to her mother-in-law, they finally could take refuge under His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and listen to orthodox dharma!

On January 7th, the cremation was conducted. Her mother-in-law’s cremains appeared to be pink and green in color. Nevertheless, her mother-in-law had been on western medication daily for tens of years, it was impossible for her to have such beautiful cremains. It was indeed the powers of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s compassionate blessing.

It was less than 9 months before another heartbreaking event took place. On the morning of August 21st, 2010, her father-in-law felt much discomfort due to a cold and was taken to the hospital emergency room. The examination conducted at the ER showed that he had severe pneumonia and needed to be hospitalized right away. In such an urgent moment, the doctor suggested tube insertion and conducting a bacteria culture for the recovery rate could be higher with such treatments. Additionally, they were asked to sign the agreement for resuscitation. At that time, they had such a dilemma. She and her husband didn’t want the patient to go through resuscitation. Nevertheless, it was not something they could decide. After asking the opinion of her father-in-law, he was actually brave enough to give up all intrusive treatments. On the morning of August 24, the doctor issued a notice of critical illness due to failure in the bacteria culture. She sought help from her father-in-law’s attending doctor who specialized in proctology. The doctor called a consultation among the doctor specializing in communicable diseases, the resident doctor, the supervisor, and the chief nurse. They concluded by suggesting the patient to undergo treatments with tube insertion. There might be hope if they gave it a try. After refusing their offer, she could only ask the attending doctor who specialized in communicable diseases to treat her father-in-law with the best medication. However, his medical conditions did not improve.

On the afternoon of August 28th, she went to see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche at the Buddhist center. The benevolent Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her that her father-in-law would not make it through the 29th day of the 7th month in the lunar calendar, i.e. September 7th, and bestowed a precious nectar pill. On the morning of August 29th, her husband took a look at the x-ray examination result and found that the whitish mass in the patient’s lungs was miraculously gone. It was the compassionate blessing of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. As they tried all the best medicines and failed to find an answer through the bacteria culture, the breathing condition of her father-in-law, who was wearing an oxygen mask, began to deteriorate. He could no longer focus his eyes, but, as long as he looked at the Dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, he would recite “Buddha Amitabha! Buddha Amitabha!” Nevertheless, he did not have the strength to bring his palms together any more.

On September 4th, she went to see and implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche again at the Buddhist center to bestow blessings so as to reduce the patient’s suffering. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said, “Who will not die? Even I myself will eventually die.” Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said to her husband, “Do full prostrations now till I get down from the Dharma throne.” Her husband and brother-in-law then followed the instruction and she had no clues what she should do while kneeling down. A Dharma brother reminded her that she could do full prostrations since she was the daughter-in-law of the patient. At around 10 pm, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, having received the believers for over 5 hours, got down from the Dharma throne all of a sudden. They gathered themselves and realized that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was actually enabling the children to accumulate more merits and form karmic connection with Buddhas and Bodhisattvas for their father. They felt grateful to the venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. In retrospection, her husband and her brother-in-low still do not know how they managed to do full prostrations for such a long time. What’s more, it was their first time to do full prostrations. Though they had cramps in their legs while doing the prostrations, they took a short break and continued.

The next morning, before they set off to the Buddhist center to attend the puja, her sister-in-law called and told her that Father’s blood pressure deteriorated rapidly to around 30 and his signs of life might not remain for a long period of time. Therefore, her sister-in-law prepared to have the ambulance take Father home. She and her husband then made the arrangements, told their daughter to text-message them if anything happened, and went to the Buddhist center to attend the puja. At completion of the puja, they saw a text message from their daughter saying that her father-in-law had passed away at 2:31 pm. She then told a Dharma brother about it and left the Buddhist center earlier. To her surprise, the Dharma brother called her about half an hour later and told her that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had performed the Phowa for her father-in-law. They were told to touch their father’s crown chakra to see if it felt warm. Nevertheless, they could only feel the warmth of the deceased’s heart. In order not to let the siblings generate afflictions, they then decided to recite the Buddha’s name and examine the body when it dawned. At 5:30 am, they looked at Father’s body again and saw that his mouth had completely closed. His facial expression was serene. His crown, neck, and shoulders all appeared to be dark pink in color. Additionally, there was a dark grey circle on the crown and the body was very flexible, showing no signs of livor mortis. Her husband and she both had deep faith that her father-in-law had received the Phowa performed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and attained rebirth in the Pure Land.

They went to the Buddhist center on September 18th to thank and make offerings to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on behalf of her father-in-law. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately enlightened them, “There were four persons died on September 4th. Your family was the most peaceful among them, right?” It was true! Because of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings, their minds had something to rely on and were not panic. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then spoke to her younger brother-in-law again, “The best way of filial piety is to practice Buddhism diligently like your brother.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche further enlightened him that he could cherish the memory of his parents but he should not be too sad, otherwise, he would let his parents worry. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also compassionately helped to select the date of memorial for her father-in-law.

On the morning of September 28th, they smoothly completed her father-in-law’s memorial service. When receiving the remains of her father-in-law, they saw that the palms of her father-in-law were dark red. After cremation, the skull was intact; also the crown of the skull had a beautiful and prefect hole; the bones displayed the colors of white, pink, and some green. The bone picker who had had more than twenty years of experience told everyone that this must the accomplishment of dharma conduction by a great practitioner and the hole in the skull was absolutely not forged since if the hole was drilled by a machine, there would be cracks next to it and the hole would not be so round and full. They were grateful to the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for compassionately conducting dharma to liberate her father-in-law such that he could be reborn in the Pure Land. Afterward, many people asked her, “Was your father-in-law a vegetarian? Has he recited the Buddha’s name? Has he worshiped Buddhas?” No! All of these let them remember Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s enlightenment that a person could not be judged just by this life and what her father-in-law had attained from past generations of lives was not visible to ordinary people.

On October 22nd, her husband, younger brother-in-law, and she went to thank and make offerings to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche again. Her husband reported to the guru the auspicious signs displayed after their father’s cremation. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche turned to her younger brother-in-law and enlightened him, “Do not think you have studied well. Buddha dharma has existed for three thousand years and cannot be explained by science. You should respect the Three Jewels and deeply repent at home. Your father has displayed this to you!” The normally stubborn younger brother-in-law nodded and said in succession, “Yes! Right! Yes! Ok!” (The younger brother-in-law had never yielded obedience to other people. However, he was very respectful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s enlightenments have penetrated to the innermost part of his mind.)

Then this female disciple repented openly. In 1991, she had an abortion and committed the crime of killing. The karmic retribution emerged immediately. Afterward, she lived a very tragic life for more than 10 years. She had asthma, induced by a small cold, for many years and could not sleep at night. Exceeding her own ability, she lent all her money to her sister and friends; and they did not return the money. Inexplicably, she signed a bank draft of nine million dollars for her sister’s husband; then for collecting the debt, the bank took and sold her house. Though her house was situated at the highest ground of Xi-Zhi and should never be flooded, it was actually flooded four times in five years due to Typhoons. Every month, she and her husband was busy raising money. Her husband’s hair suddenly turned grey during those few years. Finally, they went to a hospital for psychiatric treatment. The doctor said that they had manic-depressive psychosis and melancholia and suggested them to arrange time to do counseling. After discussing, they decided to overcome this by themselves!

During that time, her father-in law, mother-in law and brother-in law never blamed her or asked her to return the debt; on the contrary, they supported her and gave her the money to buy the house. Being a daughter-in-law, she only could have the filial piety in the recent years. Moreover she often argued with her sister-in-law to let them worried. After her mother-in-law passed away, she did not endeavor to take care her father-in-law and caused him died of bacterial infection. By this opportunity to make repentance to the most venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas , her father-in-law and mother-in-law, and the sentient beings who were ever hurt by her.

Her father-in-law and mother-in-law never saw Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche before, but they could have the strong respectful mind and confidence. She believed that they were not coincidence; it is because that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has the strong power of compassion. This female disciple was grateful for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always concerns with the sentient beings that needs salvation no matter how busy and tired he is. She and her husband decided to follow their guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for whole life, listen to guru’s teaching to change themselves. That is the only way to repay the guru’s kindness.

Her family financial situation was worst since she was a child, therefore her elder sister with her family members looked for divine advice or religious solution everywhere, including the fortune-telling, Psychic, The Book of Changes (Yi Jing),Feng shui, Divination and Oracle …etc. Recently one of her sisters followed her elder sister’s path took all family members (except her and her husband) went to Thailand twice to meet a fortune-teller and spend lots of money which could not change their destiny. Moreover her sister who is a disciple of other orders of Tibet Buddhism took them to join pujas. They ever join lots pujas for other orders; furthermore she ever unwittingly joined a puja for an empowerment of Hevajra. But she could not understand the meanings of Buddhism due to the language gaps, especially she never see a venue like her guru so strict, the others puja obviously could not be so dignified. She would like to remind the attendees to cherish the rare treasure in the world- the most venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Then, disciples and believers listened with reverence to the audio recording of dharma teaching, which was given by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on April 20, 2003, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that: it is very rare for the sentient beings to truly raise a great joyful heart, have firm faith and carry out the practices as soon as they heard the Buddha’s teachings. Basically, all the sentient beings have doubts in the Buddha Dharma. To truly believe in the Buddha, you have to deeply believe in the law of cause and effect. Do you genuinely believe in the Buddha? No. Being a vegetarian, correcting your bad temper, or abstain from doing evil are only watching out for coarse aspects, but missing many subtle marks. For instance, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had in advance advised disciples not have ice cream in India. Many disciples, however, didn’t follow the suggestion. Some got sick and now was lying in hospitals’ beds. This was a cause of not listening to your guru. The law of cause and effect would repeatedly occur in our life, never ceasing. When a thought is aroused and followed by action, then the karma effect is created. If one repents right away after the thought, then the karma effect will not manifest. However, everyone usually considers it is just a trifle and does not pay attention. But small events accumulated will make a big event. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave an example of a female who had implored Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to help her late father. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened to her that her four brothers were arguing with each other over the family fortunes, and the deceased hoped they could stop arguing. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked the woman to relay the words to her brothers. But, she told her brothers that she dreamed that their father had said so, by which she transgressed the percepts. First, she said deceitful words. Secondly, she did not listen to a spiritual friend and therefore sowed an evil condition with the spiritual friend. Thirdly, it might forfeit the causal conditions of her brothers to learn Buddhism. Everyone makes these mistakes frequently, regarding himself infallible in learning Buddhist teachings. Therefore, the ancients said that it is easier for a naïve person to learn and cultivate the Buddha’s teachings, as he does not have too many thoughts of his own.

In our entire lives, we have been continuously conducting evil deeds without any notice of it and thinking we are always correct. When you think you are right, you have a discriminated heart. When you have a discriminated heart, you lose the mercy and compassion. One has to cultivate and be trained to obtain compassion. It will not occur in a day to be able to benefit with one’s compassion. A Buddhist learner has to be very careful with his words and deeds. One ought to act like a Buddhist, correcting any wrongdoings as soon as one can. A new disciple brought her mother to meet with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The mother was very happy in that her husband was no longer against them to learn Buddhism. It’s because the father had observed for several months during which his daughter had corrected some negative habits after taking refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. He, thus, approved their learning with the guru. One’s speech and behaviors can attest to others the greatness and auspiciousness of the Buddha Dharma. If one’s motivation to learn Buddhism is selfishness, there will be no such effect. Some woman came to listen to Buddhist teachings only when she was pregnant, and did not come when she was not. That kind of practical thought wouldn’t enable one to learn the Buddha Dharma. She was so practical even toward Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, not to mention she’d be the same to other people and matters. This kind of people must be selfish. At the outset, this thought might work for them. But for a long run, they would become failures in the society. The existence of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas is not for you to make use of. When you are in trouble, you’d come to pray for Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. But when you are all right, you’d disappear. How can you be viewed as human beings? Do not consider that the compassionate Buddha and Bodhisattvas will definitely help you. The saying “Buddhas can only liberate those who possess the conditions” means that only those who with a sincere and earnest heart and in the hope to obtain the blessings of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will have the conditions to be granted blessings.

Individual’s daily thought and speech would create wave motions in the universe. Nowadays, the astronomers often receive some signals that may be the signals from many million or ten million years ago. These are the signals created by the motions of thoughts in minds of sentient beings in the universe. Hence, when an evil thought is aroused, the Buddha, Bodhisattvas, and the sentient beings in six realms will know. Even if you have taken refuge and been listening to the Buddha Dharma, it doesn’t mean that your karmic fruits will be positive. It’s due to the origination of your thought is wrong. Before you learn the Four Preliminary Practices, you must be definitely clear about the origination of your thoughts. If you do everything only for yourselves, do not care about the others, or have no heart of offering, you will definitely waste your life. And it would be of no help to you even if Buddha Sakyamuni appears to teach the Buddha Dharma in front of you. Life would pass by in the twinkling of an eye. There is nothing worth clinging to. To deal with our slackness and laziness, we should contemplate death and impermanence everyday. It is a taboo for Chinese to talk about death. For either young or elderly Chinese, we don’t like to hear the word of death. Actually, however, we have been moving on the way towards death since the day we were born. Therefore, in Buddhism, it is said that a birthday marks the day of hardship for one’s mother. One’s birthday means that one more year of our time being on earth has gone. There is nothing in a birthday to celebrate about. However, the sentient beings are ignorant. They regard a birthday as a happy day, unwilling to face the fact that death keeps in step with us every second and minute. That we diligently learn and cultivate the Buddha’s teachings in the decades is for the moment of facing death.

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

When our bodies can be used no more, when will be the next time to obtain human bodies again? We don’t know. Thus, don’t avoid or be afraid of death. As soon as we can focus on being aware of the matter that definitely will occur in our lifetime, we’ll strive to learn the Buddha Dharma diligently. On our deathbeds, even we are surrounded by relatives and friends, they can’t help us. No one can share our dying. You are alone to experience it. If we do not carefully train our attitudes toward death, the suffering of dying and the attachments will let us fall into the ocean of reincarnation. Therefore, remember to get a clear understanding of the true color of death. Phowa Dharma can teach us to understand the whole physical and psychological process of dying. To know this process isn’t to ask you to kill yourselves or destroy your bodies. It is to grasp the physical and psychological state before and after you die, which is an intermediate state and our consciousnesses have not reincarnated according to our karma. This is a very auspicious dharma, an auspicious Tantra. It’s not for everyone to learn. If one does not possess sufficient faith in his guru or is unwilling to make offerings, he is not able to learn such auspicious dharma. Do not wait for the guru to conduct Phowa rituals for you to transfer your consciousness at the dying moment. Life is impermanent, which refers to the fact that everything is changing in any moment. It’s a misunderstanding to think that there will be a great master by your side to help you at all time.

That’s why Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have kept advising us that we should live our lives as if fishes live in water but the water is reducing day after day. Therefore, what can be counted as happiness for us to live a happy life? If we still don’t diligently practice the Buddha Dharma and face the most important issue in our life, time will be used up soon. Don’t excuse yourselves by saying that your career is critical and you need to spend most time in it. Honestly speaking, if your merits are sufficient enough, you’d earn money whatever and however you do your work. Otherwise, even if you work hard like a cow, what you are able to obtain is some vegetable to eat. We work to support our family and ourselves, as well as to contribute to the society. These are merely ways of human life. Whether or not one is promoted in office and become rich has absolutely to do with the merits. But those things are definitely not related to learning Buddhism. So when many people told the guru that they want an advanced degree so that they can make more money. These people are those who have been avoiding reality. They are afraid of entering the real world.

Human beings’ thoughts are always against the wisdom and the ideas of the Buddha. The Buddha had told us that the earth is a degraded world full of five poisons; all matters are vicious. The environment on the earth is the one to corrupt us and to prevent us from leaving the ocean of reincarnation. That’s why the Buddha had been advising us that we should see our career, families, and fame in light of impermanence. The thought that learning Buddhism can change these worldly matters violates the Buddha Dharma. A Buddhist has to always tell himself that death is always beside him.

When one truly understands the meaning of death, he’s very diligent in learning Buddhism. He’d know if he doesn’t strive to learn Buddhism, when the time is coming, he can only depend on himself. No one there would help. Do not believe a deathbed chanting group is useful. If a deathbed chanting group were useful, everyone would not need to practice Buddhism, and just make donations to any deathbed chanting group of temples. If a deceased’s consciousness can be transferred to Amitabha’s pure land, the teachings of the Sakyamuni Buddha described in the Pure Land Sutra must be incorrect. There is no single word in Pure Land Sutra to attest the phenomenon that anyone reciting mantras can help transferring consciousnesses to Amitabha’s pure land. How come deathbed chanting groups can help the deceased so? So-called supportive groups of reciting mantras refers to the situation that while you’re alive, you have achieved certain level in practicing Buddhism. When you are dying, the co-practitioners, the dharma brothers practicing Buddhism in front of the same mandala, recite the Buddha’s name to calm your heart. If one has not practiced Buddhism in his lifetime and simply had taken refuge, it would not work for him to obtain rebirth in the Pure Land merely through the supportive groups of reciting mantras, unless he meets a true tantric practitioner who is able to help him. Even so, he still has to possess sufficient merits as well as causes and conditions.

For years there have been many people seeking audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche but few of them knew to speak for praying. Those who are told by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that their family member would lose their life always spontaneously ask Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche what they could do. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often asks them in reply what you can do? It is because they have wrong concept, thinking if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche tells them what Sutra to read and they read it everyday, their family member would then recover! Almost all of you have ever had this sort of thinking. You consider reciting Sutra can solve your problems. But the reason you still cannot solve your problems by Sutra recitation is that: First, it is because the essence of the precepts of them is not pure. That is, when one is reciting Sutras or Mantras, one should not have improper thoughts or selfish thoughts. One ought to do the recitation with a heart of asking nothing in return. But most of you recite Sutras or Mantras for asking something. Second, it is due to fact that they do not make great offerings. In the Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha’s Fundamental Vows, it is stated that in Ksitigarbha’s previous life, in order to know where Ksitigarbha’s mother was reborn, Ksitigarbha sold out all the possessions to make an offering to the Buddha. By so doing would Ksitigarbha get to know in which realm  Ksitigarbha’s mother was reborn. Now, many people come to ask Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and right away ask the question: Where is my father reborn after he died? People who act in this way have not at all reverent heart of offering!

Maudgalyayana was the foremost in supernormal powers among the disciples of Buddha Sakyamuni. Maudgalyayana’s mother was reborn in the Ghost Realm and Maudgalyayana tried to transfer some food with the supernatural powers for his mother. But when his mother was going to swallow the food, the food became fire and couldn’t be eaten. Therefore, the Maudgalyayana asked Buddha Sakyamuni how to save his mother? Buddha Sakyamuni taught him a dharma – to provide Buddhist monks with meals. On July 15th, he could offer food for the ordained people who just finished their retreats of practices. Those ordained people were Buddha Sakyamuni’s disciples and all of them had attained the state of arhat. Making great offering to them plus the merits and virtuous of their recitation sutras and mantras and dedications to the offering let Maudgalyayana’s mother up to the heaven realm. Another story is about that through the Emperor Liang Repentance Ceremony the emperor helped his queen to create such great merits and virtues but his queen went to the heaven realm only. From the two stories you should be very clear about you must make offerings if you want to pray for Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. What matters is not the offerings but the reverent heart! If you do not pray with the reverent heart, you cannot implore for and obtain! The reason why one needs to harbor the reverent heart is that when you have the reverent heart, there is no other thought in your mind. Thus you have one heart – the sincere heart. The heart without improper thoughts, greediness, or desires could be effective to what one prays for. However, you often pray with greediness and improper thoughts. It is also why you cannot pray and obtain! But as you recite Buddhist Sutras, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, as they promise us, will definitely find a person to help you. So today you are here, being scolded. If in your past lives and this life you never recited Buddhist Sutras, you would not have sit here today.

The importance of a guru lies in fact that he knows what you go wrong during your learning process. Today the topic of death talked about with you is not to threaten you but for you to understand the truth, to be clear about the intention of cultivating Buddhism. One who cultivates Buddhism for heavenly or human virtues, for living a better life, for gaining protection of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas has the non-Buddhist path’s thoughts. We do not depreciate the so-called non-Buddhist path. But the main point of Buddha-Dharma is to seek inward to see clear one’s true essence.

There was one person who once asked Bodhisattva Avalokitesvar: “You teach people to recite Bodhisattva Avalokitesvar, what do you recite with the Buddha’s beans held in your hand?” Bodhisattva Avalokitesvar replied: “I recite Bodhisattva Avalokitesvar as well.” This seems a simple story, but in fact it has profound Buddhist principles. Each and every of sentient beings has the conditions to attain Buddhahood. We do not need to seek outward for something given by people, deities, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, as we inherently possess all of the conditions. We just are not aware of it and neglect it.

Rigorously speaking, the Buddha is not a religionist but the one who teaches us how to re-appreciate our nature. We should not call Buddha Dharma Buddhist religion. A religion is to worship a specific object and pray for it. Buddha Dharma is not one of philosophy either. Rather than analyzing your previous causes, Buddha Dharma tells you very clearly about the causes and effects of all phenomena. It also clearly tells you that you can become your own master. Through cultivating Buddha Dharma, you will have the ability to control your all fate.

In the Sutra, it has been repeatedly emphasized on showing filial obedience to one’s parents and serving one’s teacher and the elder. In our whole life, who bestows us the greatest graces and favors are our parents who give birth to us and our guru who teaches us Buddhism. Our parents give us the body by which we can use it to practice Buddhist teachings. Our guru teaches us Buddha Dharma by which we can get liberation from the cyclic existence. This is of great favors and very important. If one does not show filial obedience to his parents, and does not serve his teachers, he will be unqualified to be a human being. To be a human being, what are mentioned above is the most basic prerequisites. And these are also the difference between humankind and the beings of three evil paths. Ask yourself have you attained these two prerequisites. If not, you are not qualified to say you have taken refuge and started Buddhism cultivation.

We, as Buddhism learners, cannot be slack, thinking it is all right to loosen for years and then start. It is because there may be some changes during these years to stop you from listening to Buddha-Dharma. You may have no opportunity to hear Buddhism in this life and even in your future lives. The Buddha tells us that death is not fearsome. And death will certainly happen to everyone. Each of you should face it and deal with it. Only when we comprehend that death walks besides us in every single moment do we stop being slack. One who cultivates Buddhism merely for dedicating to his family’s benefit will be slack sooner or later. Every individual has his own causes and effects that cannot be changed. One’s practice of Buddhism can at most reduce one’s family members’ karmic retribution. In each though and mind, one ought to tell to himself that time flies in seconds. Try to recall that no matter how old you are now, things that happened decades ago seem like yesterday. In other words, things that will happen after decades may just happen tomorrow. In the Sutra it is also mentioned that if one does not think death, it is very easy for one to have a craving for ease and happiness of current life. Without thinking death will come, everyday one does is just for seeking more pleasure in this life. The start of seeking pleasure is also the start of evil karma, the start of evil causes.

If we know we should contemplate that death is always beside us, we will be aware of: What life we live now is just the karmic retribution of what we planted in previous lives. Only by knowing this fact can one stop seeking desires in the rest of his days. For example, some people wish their children to become a talent, so they send their children to take lessons after school. In the view of mundane dharma, it may be right. However, in the view of supramundane, it is not that correct. It is because whether or not a child will become a talent is all related to his past causes. Even if you do not send him to cram schools, he would still naturally become a talent. Many parents, for getting satisfied and face saving, put their own desires on their children in hope of their children being on behalf of them. By doing so, they waste their time and money, and turn their children’s mind into being arrogant. The truth is that the most important is to let children listen to Buddha Dharma. If a child is edified by Buddhist teachings, he would take it easy with his academic study, as he clearly knows what he studies for. And therefore he has less pressure. Many parents may consider that their children do not need to cultivate Buddhism at this moment as their academic study is more important. They think their children can later learn Buddhism after they finish their school work, go to work, and succeed in their career. However, after they have some achievement in their career, the parents may think they should get married and have children first. Finally they do not cultivate Buddhism. All of these kinds of thoughts are merely self-deceit. In order to fulfill their desires, they keep deceiving themselves.

It has been clearly stated in the Sutra that whether or not one cultivates Buddhism, if one does not contemplate death but keeps seeking desires, one will get what he wants by any kind of means. The reason why the members of gangsterdom would take gun to kill people is that they do not think they will die! They just feel they can flee and kill whoever gets in his way. On the contrary, one who thinks death views many things from an easier point. The story Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just shared with you about the four sons fighting over the possessions left by their father. They even came to tell Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche about this. If their father had ever brought his children to cultivate Buddhist teachings in his lifetime, and told them he would like to donate all his possessions rather than let them make the arrangement, he might have not suffered so much. The reason why those people fight for the possessions is that they do not think about death.

All what Buddha says is the truth. Whether you are a Buddhist or not, your pursuit of desires will immediately cease once you clearly know that this is an inevitable phenomena. Why do we keep pursuing our desires? When you are 20, you would think that you are still young and everything can wait until you become a company owner. However, you do not understand that death does not have any sense of time. It doesn’t mean that one can live for 90 years simply because he has bigger ears. It doesn’t mean that one will die at the age of 20 if he doesn’t have big eardrops. These are mere statements in books of physiognomy reading for fortune telling. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw many people die all of a sudden even though they had large eardrops. A friend of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had large eardrops and should not have passed away in his forties, judging by his facial appearance. Nevertheless, he did not think about death, pursued his desires, loved to eat wild animals, created killing karma, and failed to conduct virtuous deeds. He did not contemplate on death nor think that he would die and even try to escape from death. In fact, before his death, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had warned him that his heart had problems. His employees made arrangements for him to see the doctor 3 times, but he would not go. He was not busy, but afraid of hearing the doctor say that he would die soon. Many people are afraid of getting this information from the doctor. Being ignorant is trying to escape.

Those who do not contemplate death would pursue their endless desires and consume their energy and lives. In Tantric Buddhism, there is a practice that enables one to attain a body that doesn’t die. However, we cannot achieve such accomplishment. In the long history of Drikung Kagyu Lineage, only the 13th Lineage Holder achieved a body that wouldn’t die. His body is still alive and he is now in Wutai Mountain, where the mandala of Bodhisattva Manjuri is located. About 40 years ago, when some Rinpoches and lamas of Drikung Kagyu went to Wutai Mountain to recite his prayers in great reverence, the 13th Lineage Holder actually came out. The special Dharma Protector of Drikung Kagyu, Achi, achieved such attainment as well. This is a tantric practice and does not exist in Exoteric Buddhism. When you know that your body will eventually die, you must contemplate on it. You should tell yourself that you might have the chance of dying tomorrow. Therefore, with this motivation, you will learn the Buddhist teachings zealously. If you are motivated by desires, it would be against the Buddhist teachings that the Buddha bestows. For example, other Buddhist centers would tell you that you will be practicing Buddhism and accumulate great merits and virtues as long as you donate a lot of money. Such a motivation by means of desires is wrong. What Buddhism do to motivate you is to tell you the truth.

All your family members are changing, so is a country, world or even universe. It is because all these are made by thoughts of greed, hatred, ignorance, arrogance, and doubt. All of them are created and constantly changing. Therefore, according to the sutras, the births and deaths of the sentient beings are like dances. Life itself is like a thunder and lightning. Do not think that your physical body can live forever. In many sutras, it is stated that one’s life is like the morning dew that lasts merely a short amount of time. Even if we live 70, 80 or even 100 years, such a life is a very short one in this space and in this universe. We must know clearly that the external world and the world of sentient beings are impermanent. The external world, i.e. the universe we see, including all the sentient beings, is composed of impermanent, changing, and limited life cycles. Modern astrology knows perfectly that all the celestial bodies in the universe are impermanent and constantly changing. This serves as a proof of what the Buddha has said.

We human beings used to believe that the world was created by deities. Nevertheless, the Buddha told us that it would not be the case, for every phenomenon was created through the minds of the sentient beings. Such phenomena cannot remain unchanged in a certain location. Therefore, whatever we see and know rises and falls. Anyone who has learned about astrology would know that the celestial bodies consist of dead stars and new-born stars, just like us human beings. Hence, we Buddhist learners should know clearly that our bodies, i.e. the microcosm, are as impermanent as the macrocosm. When we are able to accept this concept, we then know how to cultivate our practice and receive the Buddhist teachings. In modern medicine, it is said that the cells in our bodies will be eliminated every 7 years. Such is impermanence. That is to say that our bodies have always been going through life and death around the clock, but our eyes fail to observe the changes. Therefore, it is stated in the Buddhist sutra that our bodies are actually dying and being born periodically. Do not think that we are growing and maturing once born. In fact, from our birthday, we have been approaching death step by step, second by second. Regardless how well you know about preserving your body, how much exercise you do, how great your merits are, or how advanced the medical technologies become, everyone will have to die.

What we are talking about today is a very serious issue. We must experience and understand it deeply from the bottom of our hearts. Then, you will know what help the Buddhist teachings can provide. If we do not accept reality and expect that the Buddhist teachings can lengthen your life, you are completely wrong. Although Buddha Amitayus is practiced in Tantric Buddhism, the life we request is not for our temporary entertainment. Instead, we are afraid of not having enough time to attain enlightenment through practice this life. That is why we practice Buddha Amitayus. In fact, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed the Phowa for the sentient beings in recent years, each of them thought about something that they had not completed. We human beings have desires that are even deeper than the sea. We never feel satisfied. When we fulfill a certain desire, we soon have another desire. It simply keeps coming. When we realize that life is short, we should then know how we can accelerate our progress in our Buddhist learning.

For thousands of years, the Buddhist sutras have stated that the world we are in does not exist only for the present time, but has been through a process of formation, endurance, destruction, and non-existence. In the state of non-existence, nothing exists. For the world, when its predecessor is finished, everything is turned into void. 20 small kalpas thereafter, the kalpa of formation begins and has blue as its background color. Therefore, astronomers see blue lights when galaxies start to form and this is also called the void of mind. Then, dark green color will manifest and rotates in four directions. In the past, as Buddha Sakyamuni did not have a space telescope or space shuttle, how did the Buddha see all this? Many people think that Buddhism is about superstition. In fact, Buddhism is the most scientific, even more advanced than the modern sciences. Afterwards, there will be clouds in golden color at the top. Water is then created and winds begin to flow, creating the upper, the middle, and the lower layers that are called Sumeru. Sumeru is not solid, but a spiral, a rotating wind current. If one sees its shape through the phychic power of the heavenly eye, he will see a mountain-like object. During the mandala offering before the puja, the middle part of the mandala plate is Sumeru. When Sumeru is formed, there will be 7 golden and iron-coated mountains. The sentient beings then come into existence from the upper levels all the way down to the lower levels, starting from the Realm of Heavens to the Realm of Hells. Because the sentient beings all start with very little karma, greed, hatred, or ignorance, they will be born into the Realm of Heavens. Later on, when they generate more delusions, afflictions, and karma, they then descend to lower level over time. When they reach the Realm of Hells, they might ascend to the Realm of Heavens and be reincarnated in the six realms. Therefore, when one starts from the Realm of Heavens all the way to the Realm of Hells, his thoughts become thicker and thicker. When the first sentient being are born into the Realm of Hells, it will take another 20 kalpas for the kalpa of endurance to initiate. Limitless life spans of the human beings will be reduced to 10 years of age and then increase gradually to 80,000 years of age. Nowadays, our life spans are in the stage of reduction and are about 100 years of age.

According to the history, Pong-zu lived for a very long period of time and died at the age of 800. This was not a mythical story, but a realistic account. According to the Buddhist sutra, the current human civilization is the third one. It took a very long time for the humans to have 80,000 years of age to 100 years of age. The civilizations in between rose and fell, just like a continuous show. Therefore, when our life span is reduced to 10 years of age, it will begin to increase all the way up to 80,000 years of age. You would surely think that how can human beings live shorter lives with the advances of modern medical technologies. Nevertheless, if you ask the doctors, you will realize that more and more young people are dying in the hospital. Nowadays, people can die from diseases as well as accidents that take place every single day. Our life span has become more unstable and shorter. Therefore, we should not pray for long life for our children because we are in such a kalpa. Unless we small group of people cultivate Buddhism especially hard and changes might occur, we will not be able to change the situation. Why do children have so many diseases nowadays? Why are they difficult to raise and educate? It is because they have heavier karma, which includes karma that their parents, their ancestors, and they themselves accumulated in the past. That is why Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha would say that pregnant women should recite the Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha’s Fundamental Vows. You don’t know how much karma the child has brought. Through such increasing and decreasing, it takes 18 cycles for the human beings to have limitless years of age before their life span begin to decrease again. However, if no Buddha was born at this time, the kalpa will end when the humans reach 80,000 years of age.

When the destruction kalpas starts, there will not be any new sentient beings falling into the realm of hell. This is not that when a person does bad deeds he will not fall into the realm of hell; he will just be reborn in the realm of hell of other worlds. So the number of sentient beings in the realm of hell will be reduced. During the destruction kalpas, there are only a few sentient beings remained in the Vajra Hell who have committed the Five Unintermitted crimes, slandered the Dharma, and broken the vow of Vajra Acharya. The Five Unintermitted crimes include matricide, patricide, killing an Arhat, destroying harmony of a Sangha, and shedding blood of a Buddha. Destroying a Buddhist statue maliciously is equivalent to shedding blood of a Buddha. If after taking refuge one does not behave like a Buddhist disciple and causes others to slander Buddha dharma, this is also equivalent to shedding blood of a Buddha. You have always done these things. Some people took refuge under Buddhism because they wanted to use the kindness in the Buddhist groups to do business and to use Buddhas to make money. This was not quite right. One should follow one’s conditions. Shedding blood of a Buddha is a very big crime. Some people say the Buddha is inefficacious; some people say Buddhas do not help them. Their behaviors are included in the scope of shedding blood of a Buddha. There must be people saying, “Why is this so serious?” “Is the Buddha supposed to be compassionate?” “Why does the Buddha let me fall into hell because of my bad deeds?” It is not the Buddha who let you fall into hell; it is you who let yourself fall into hell. How do we explain this cause and effect? As a Buddhist disciple, if your behaviors and speech are not like those of a Buddhist disciple and such actions cause others not to learn and practice Buddhism, from the perspective of Buddhist scriptures, you have deprived others of their wisdom life of learning Buddhism. This is a heavier crime than killing a person. Because you stop people from learning Buddhism, your karmic retribution is falling into the Five Unintermitted hell. This is very serious. Hence, you should not speak casually; your every word should only be spoken after going through your careful thinking. This is why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often told us that we should not quarrel with our spouse due to our learning and practicing of Buddhism. As long as you fight with your spouse for practicing Buddhism and cause your spouse to slander the Buddha, the karmic retribution of slandering the Buddha is yours, not his or hers. Many people say that my spouse hinders me or my spouse has heavy karma, and so on. Actually, it is you who has heavy karma. If your karma is not heavy, how can some people come to hinder you?

Another kind is that some person likes to recite Ksitigarbha sutra, but you tell him, “Be careful! If you recite more Ksitigarbha sutra, ghosts will follow you. It would be better for you to recite the Diamond sutra instead.” This is a case of slandering the Dharma. All Buddha dharmas are for benefiting sentient beings. None is better than the others. Each sentient being’s causes and conditions are different, so he needs the help of certain specific dharma. This does not mean that because you have attained benefits by practicing certain dharma, others can attain achievement on practicing the dharma as well. This also does not mean that you cannot practice a dharma which has been practiced by others. There is no such thing. Therefore, in the future you should never say, “My practice of the Six-syllable Mani mantra is better than your practice of Vajrasattva’s mantra.” All of these are considered as slandering the Dharma. If you do not like certain dharma, you can keep that to yourself. You should never prevent or dissuade others from practicing certain dharma. You are not qualified to say so. Only a virtuous guru can say so because he knows your capacity and what dharma you should practice. A guru’s such mind is not slandering the Dharma.

As for violating the vows of Vajra Acharya, it is that you violate the vows of following and practicing the guru’s teachings between you and the Vajra guru who has transmitted dharmas to you. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always told us that we should not say we do not like a Buddhist center or a certain guru. If that is the case, we should just leave quietly without explaining to others why we leave. You may not have proper conditions with a guru, a Buddhist venue, or a dharma, but you should not criticize this guru. As His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang has said, if you think in your mind that this guru is an ordinary person, what you will get is the blessings of an ordinary person; if you think in your mind that the guru is a bodhisattva or a Buddha, then the blessings you get from the guru is the blessings of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang has also said, when you think the guru has problems, it is not the guru who has problems; it is your mind which has problems. Then you will certainly ask, “Is the guru absolutely right?” When teaching Buddha dharma, the guru is absolutely right, because if the guru does not teach Buddha dharma according to the Buddha’s true teachings, the Dharma protectors will come to punish the guru. Therefore, if you violate the vows after a virtuous guru has taught you Buddha dharma, accepted you as his disciple, or even transmitted you mantra and Tantra, you will still fall into the Vajra hell, even if you think you have recited mantras and performed full-body prostrations in this life. The reason is that a Vajra guru can help all sentient beings who have proper conditions to attain Buddhahood; if you slander the guru and violate the vows between you and the guru, you will deprive many sentient beings of their causes and conditions for learning Buddhism. This karmic retribution is very heavy.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is not afraid of your criticism. A guru who can teach you the Thirty-seven Practices of a Bodhisattva will not be afraid of criticism; but the guru is afraid that you will fall into the Vajra hell. Never have the idea of luck and think that you can be all right just by repenting at home. If you break all precepts, you can make up for them through repentance; but if you break the vows between you and the Vajra guru, repentance is useless to fix them. Only a special dharma of Vajrasattva can fix the broken vows and the special dharma has to be transmitted by the Vajra guru. So, if you have criticized the guru or spoken such words, you should not speak those things again. Those who have committed these crimes cannot get away from the retribution and will still suffer in this world, even if the world has already gone bad and had even worse conditions.

“Vajra Acharya” is different from a regular master under whom one can take refuge easily. Vajra Acharya is a guru who can sit on a Vajra seat. The front part of a dharma seat for every Rinpoche, including His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, has a crossed vajra (Vishvavajra). This crossed vajra is the Vajra seat. If a person has not reached certain level and certain standard in his ability in Vajrayana, he cannot sit on a Vajra seat. Like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, if His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang did not permit Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to sit on a Vajra seat, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not dare to sit on it. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sat on a Vajra seat without the guru’s permission, he would not sit on it long and would have trouble. Then, who can sit on a Vajra seat? A person whose attitude, dharma practices, and all of his enlightenments have been approved and qualified by his guru to be a Vajra guru can sit on a Vajra seat. What is the difference between a Vajra guru and a normal master? A normal master can give you a chance to make a good connection with Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in this life; however, they dare not and are not possible to guarantee that they have methods to let you liberate from the cyclic existence in this life. On the other hand, a Vajra guru definitely has methods and also dare to guarantee that he can let you liberate from the cyclic existence in this life.

To liberate from the cyclic existence, you cannot just rely on reciting Buddha’s name or meditation. Before, the previous life of Su Dong-Po, a Chinese literatus, was a person who had practiced meditation well and attained the achievement of knowing he would be called Su Dong-Po in his future life. This story has been stated in the biography of Su Dong-Po. So the dharma practices of Vajrayana are somewhat different than Hinayana and Mahayana. The dharmas of Vajrayana can let us be very sure that we can escape from the cyclic existence. Hinayana and Mahayana also has dharmas for liberating from the cyclic existence, but they are not suitable for lay persons to practice. For example, if we want to attain the achievement of an Arhat, we have to become monks or nuns to practice the dharma. For every sect or school transmitted from Chinese Mahayana Buddhism, regardless of Hua-yen, Tien-tai, Pure Land, or Zen, you need to spend a very long time in theoretical study in order for you to truly use Buddha dharma in your life.

You can say that Vajrayana Buddhism has condensed all Buddha dharmas. So it is a strong medicine. And a Vajra guru has relatively very high requirements and standards for himself and the disciples. If you have already practiced Buddhism under a Vajra guru and you had evil thoughts and slandering mentality towards the guru, your karmic retribution will be in the Vajra Hell. Even though this non-sentient world (this Earth) is broken, you will become bad together with it (Earth) and cannot be reborn in other worlds. So this is why, this time, before transmitting the “Four Preliminary Practices”, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche wants to speak such minute details. It is Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s hopes that you are clear about this and you will not fall into the Vajra Hell because of lacking of this knowledge. Do not take any chance in your mind and think you will be fine because you speak only a sentence. Those who have committed these crimes will still remain in the world of destruction even if the sentient beings in the other hells gradually disappear.

After the realm of hell disappears, the sentient beings in the ghost and animal realms will also gradually disappear together. Now we should have gradually realized this phenomenon. Because human beings have always be destroying their living environment, many sentient beings in the animal realm slowly become extinct. Earth has gradually gone into a bad state. For a Buddhist, environmental protection is a very important thing to know. When a person attained the achievement of the second stage of meditation, his consciousness will go to the heaven of ultimate light and purity in the second stage of meditation. Later, the four heavenly kings, the thirty-three gods, and all heavenly beings of other desire realms will also be reborn in the heavens of the second meditation. Those beings in the heavens of the first meditation will also be born in the heavens of the second meditation. Those who practice meditation are very likely to attain the achievement of the four meditations of the form realm and the four meditations of the formless realm. In Buddha dharma, even if a practitioner has attained the highest state of meditation, the heavens of the fourth meditation or the highest of heavens (sphere of neither-perception-nor-non-perception), he is still inside the cyclic existence and cannot escape from the sufferings of cyclic existence. Hence, those who have learned meditation must require a very experienced guru to supervise them by their sides. Those who practice meditation are very likely to have the karmic retributions of falling into the heavens of the fourth meditation. A subtle and very simple idea can cause the difference of liberating from the cyclic existence or being born in the heavens of the fourth meditation. Many monks or nuns who practice Zen (meditation) now cannot realize this. The dharma of Drikung Kagyu order for practicing meditation, “Mahamudra”, will not let us have any chance to attain the achievement of entering the heavens of the fourth meditation. If one wants to learn “Mahamudra”, one must complete the “Four Preliminary Practices” first before one can learn Mahamudra. There has no sentient being from below the heavens of the second meditation to the bottom of the hell. This world, Earth, has no rain and is arid; vegetations and forests have been dried-up. Seven suns will appear one after another. Mt. Sumeru, Four continents, and all heaven realms will naturally emerge fire. Then the fires will merge into one. If we are able to see this phenomenon, it should be very scary. That is why we have always stressed that we hope we can liberate from the cyclic existence in this life; otherwise, if we are heedlessly born during this period of time, we will be finished.

If you fell hatred for anyone in your whole life, the fire of hatred will let you to rebirth during this period. Where is the fire coming from? It is because full of hatred. You can review yourself, when you felt hatred or lost temper to others, your chest was burning like a fire inside? That is the power to let you falling into or re-birth into the hell with fire. Therefore being a Buddhist, it is not that we can’t lose our temper because naturally we have the emotions, it is that we are unable to nourish hatred or haggle over with others, or you would have a notion that to give somebody a hard time until somebody give up. Why don’t we fight with others? Firstly, being a Buddhist should not fight with others, it is because that there will be hatred when we are fighting with others. If you have hatred , it will be the causes and effect in the reincarnations. Secondly, we can’t bring other’s vexation due to we are learning Buddhism. So if someone would ask Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ”Is it ok if I am reciting the sutra or mantra when someone is watching TV program in the living room?” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always replied “YES!” His idea would wish Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could tell him” To turn off the TV in order to let you recite the sutra or mantra.” It is your right to prostrate Buddha and recite the sutra, Others have their own right to watch TV program. You may disturb someone when you are reciting the Sutra, there is no reason that you could ask someone would disturb you when someone is watching TV problem. Do you think that you are superior to others? You would like someone yield to your demands not to watch TV program when reciting the sutra and mantra? This attitude is inappropriate. It is course of nature for ones does not understand Buddhism because he did not learn Buddhism. It is appropriate for you to yield to them because you are learning Buddhism. If you cause your family with hatred that your family members quarrel with you due to you are learning Buddhism, all you have learned from Buddhism in vain. We can not let others have the vexation due to we are the vegetarian or being a Buddhist.

Once Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche took a plane, and the flight became very bumpy due to air turbulence. A couple sitting next to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was a Christian minister and his wife. The old lady was very frightened and screamed. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche tapped her shoulder and pacified her, “you are a good person. Your Lord will protect and bless you. Don’t be afraid.” The lady calmed down soon on hearing Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s words. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said” Don’t be afraid, Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara will protect you” She would scream again!   Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that, as Buddhists, it is not necessary to force somebody else to conform to our standard. Any method that helps to relieve pains from sentient beings is considered Buddhism. Thus we do not have to persuade her to Recite Gwan Yin (Chenrezig) Bodhisattva’s Name.  The Filipino maid of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s sister once asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to help her. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche advised her to recite The Holy Rosary more often and Mother Maria will bless and protect her. She was very delightful hearing this. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not ask her to recite the Universal Gate Chapter of the Lotus Sutra because she is not only unable to read Chinese character, but also she has no enough confidence to ask her recite sutra right away. Therefore it is the reason to advise her to recite The Holy Rosary. The foregoing stories told us that to learn Buddhism is all a matter of personal undertakes. We should not assume we have a better status or standing than other people, so as to be eccentric or conceited. If you have been aware of this, do mend your ways.

Buddha’s introducing the phases of formation, endurance, destruction, and non-existence in the world to us was not telling a myth. In fact, Buddha contemplated in Samadhi so as to realize the changing process of the world, and told us the truth of what will surely happen. He wanted to remind us to seize the life. Do not waste time. And then we might not be born in the eon of annihilation. Hatred is horrible; while hatred rising from other people’s better cultivation is even more horrible. Those who bear such mind would be born in such an eon.

When the world is full of fire, the fierce wind proceeds to press down from the top to the bottom. The fire will spread all over the world and all sentient beings cannot be lived anymore. Finally the fire from the hell will be combined together. There is fire in the hell, which has mentioned in the various religious teachings including the Catholicism, the Christian religion and Islam. In fact, by the view of Buddha, there is not only the Fire Hell, but also the Ice Hell. In the Diamond Sutra mentioned, there are 18 kinds of hells; they are uncountable for the big Hells and small Hells. When the fire is united together, and then proceeds to burn out from the bottom. In an instant, the remainder of sentient beings in hells will rebirth to other worlds’ Avici hell due to their strong karma power. Finally the fire spread will be on the boundary of first meditation heaven. Everything below the second meditation heavens will be burned down. Afterward the beings in the second meditation heavens will rebirth in the third meditation heavens, all the sentient beings in the third mediations heavens will rebirth to the fourth mediation heavens. Then the full fury of the winds wheel will blow from the bottom. Below the third mediations heavens, the entire article will be vacant by the full fury of winds. It will go through 20 small eons. During the four middle-sized eons, there are including the phases of formation, persistence, decay, and emptiness in the world, which are consisted 80 small eons. Every four middle-sized eons can be called a great eon. Aforementioned was not regarded as a Dharma; it is a method of contemplation. When we would like to practice the Tantra, that is the method to contemplate the process of death. Now you have known that they are be easier for reading the sutra or make prostration and confession. The aforementioned things all are talking about the appearance. They indeed practiced by this method of contemplation, and they will immediately attain the enlightenment after realizing the power of impermanence in one’s inner world. This Dharma Gate is much difficult for you, the phases of formation, persistence, decay, and emptiness in the world will let you know the final conclusion for the earth, not what we thought that the earth will be permanent or will not be decayed.

Therefore, if one believes that he may prolong his family’s life by buying and using a facility that is an ignorant thought. To the end his family will die until he spends up all his money. Life runs out as money runs out. Rather than this, it would be better to donate the money to those who can not afford to see a doctor, which is the most greatest merits and the best virtues. Buddhas and Bodhisattvas give us the favour to have the opportunity to be human beings which can listen to the Dharma. If we are not willing to listen to the teaching of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, how hateful and shameful we are! If we cling obstinately to our course, we have violated the vows for taking refuge under the guru. You must listen to the guru’s advice and follow the methods from the teaching of sutra. Don’t think that you can not achieve it or that is just a myth, all the things are true.

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

If one’s life could be salvaged through the medical treatment, there would be no one die in the world. We don’t save the physical life at present, but to save his future lives. You should wish that he can be free from the sufferings of birth, age, illness and death in his future life. If you are really love your family dependents, you should exert yourself to accumulate the merits and virtues for them in order to let them can liberate oneself from the cycle of birth and death to attain Buddhahood. That is indeed of love and what you need to care. If you only focus for prolonging his lifetime for one or two years to do the evil karma, it is contrarily to harm him. Therefore ones without wisdom will regard oneself as infallible; they beseech Buddha to prolong one’s life for whole day. Buddhas and Bodhisattvas can not extend or reduce one day for our lifetime that is all we have to do by ourselves. Although there is a dharma of Longevity Buddha, we could not disobey the rule of cause and effect to beseech it for other purpose except for learning Buddhism.

We must be aware of that the world will be ruined one day, all the sentient beings can not be existed anymore during that time. Therefore we must accept and realize that it is not the myth what Buddha mentioned. When we accept it, we will realize the power of impermanence which can not be changed by ourselves. We can only to devote all our efforts to learn Buddhism in order to liberate oneself from the cycle of birth and death. Therefore we have to know that in a matter of seconds are changing and impermanence anytime no matter how precise our plan is. If we have the capability to observe the destruction of container world, we should carefully observe the change of the four seasons and the rise and fall for Moon and Sun. They are the impermanence as well which can be called as an instant impermanence. Therefore we should realize that we are living in the world of impermanence, including the fame and wealth which we are pursuing with. For such this way, whether we should be dispirited? Not really, when you realize all of those things are impermanence, you will not have the mind of gain and loss or do the things with the pressure. You will realize that even if you have passed the exam which does not mean your success, or it does not mean that you are failed when you did not pass the exam. They are all the impermanence. We must be aware of our notion, especially inside our faculty of thought with the evil of permanent. It means that we think all the things are permanent which are considered as a kind of evil by Buddhism. “Evil” does not mean that the evil show an ugly appearance to you. It means that Evil is a power of hindrance to obstruct you keeping learning Buddhism and liberating from birth and death. No matter the exterior or inside of the minds which can be considered as an Evil. You must be careful for it.

For example, if you would like to look for a good Feng-Shui place to be a graveyard when you are died and you wish that it can benefit your descendants forever because of the good Feng-Shui place. This is the evil of permanent as well. Or you have a idea to look for a machine which can prolong your husband’s life, That is the evil of permanent as well. It is because that those are the source of sufferings. When you are afraid of loss, you are not willing to lose. When you are not willing to lose which is the source of sufferings. Therefore being a Buddhist who will not be proud when he gains, or suffering when he is getting loss. It is because that he knows that those are the impermanence. The ordinary mind is to equally treat the gain or loss as the same thing. There is no one thing which is better than another one. To gain something which may not be a good thing, to lose something which may not be a bad thing? We have to think our notion every day. It means that you have to think it over or review yourself when you quiet down. Don’t be muddled or ignorant to live your life.

Since you are learning Buddhism, we have to accept the influence of Buddha Dharma. By persistent hearing and pondering the Dharma, one would become gradually influenced. It does not refer to how many monastic temples you have visited, but rather, you shall attend all the Dharma ceremonies here. Each time after your hearing, you should spend some time to visualize the teachings. From psychology viewpoint, if you often think of something, it might happen someday. Similarly, from Buddha Dharma viewpoint, your spiritual energy will gradually increase and become powerful if you constantly think of the impermanence. Impermanence is the only way to overcome our suffering; if you have not accepted the impermanence, you would not take anybody’s advices for you. If you realize and take the impermanence and, further, you think over, observe and visualize impermanence every day, your suffering will decrease spontaneously.

Years ago, one of Rinpoche’s treasured tea pots was broken by his child. The child believed that Rinpoche will severely scold and even punish him; however, Rinpoche’s reaction was like giving a puff and said that “Don’t worry; refrain from the same mistake again”. Having accepted impermanence, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not scold nor punish his child, and Rinpoche had realized that anything will eventually become a ruin, sooner or later. Perhaps, the tea pot was not broken by his child, but it might still be broken by someone. Thus, why have to anger? You would have anger as long as you do not accept the impermanence.

Therefore, every Buddhist disciples shall practice the method linked to impermanence and visualize how it works. As long as you do not visualize this method, you would rely on eternalism through your whole life, and undoubtedly you will experience sorrows and suffering in both aspects of worldly life and spiritual practices. Why the ill female follower of Rinpoche made 8 phone calls in the afternoon? Because she had never thought of death, and also relied on the eternalism. If she had true belief on Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she would not have dialed 8 times. It would be enough to dial once only. The truth was Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked another disciple to tell her that she was quite well since she had so much energy to make phone calls. The key point here is she had no true belief, thus she wanted to personally hear Rinpoche’s speech.

However, there is unique feature in Vajrayana tradition, which differs from Exoteric Buddhism. If you have aroused full confidence on your guru, you would be always blessed even though you do not see him or do not hear his speech. For example, there have been only few words in a year between Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and His Holiness Chetsang; how could the Rinpoche have blessed? Actually, from the day Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche took refuge under His Holiness Chetsang, Rinpoche has never ever implored the His Holiness to conduct rituals for him. Rinpoche’s thinking is simple: since Rinpoche took refuge under His Holiness, Rinpoche accepts any harsh situation – even to the death – because the destiny has been rooted in Rinpoche’s own karma, why bother His Holiness Chetsang?

It is because you do not accept impermanence that you feel everlasting suffering. We have to ponder that death is an inevitable outcome of this life. Definitely we will die; don’t ask if death can happen to you later. As an example, somebody had bought machinery that cost millions in order to extend one’s life. By doing so, they thought that life can be extended. If we completely accept the certainty of death, we will understand that life and death will occur one after the other. Thus, why worry about death? Let’s assume that we put aside the practice of cutting off the cycle of samsara. Since you think there is no death, there would be no rebirth. But in scientific point of view, our body will eventually become dead. Then, it comes to the question that how a new life could be vitalized if you resist death? Therefore, your thinking will lead to a dead lock – which is simply logically error.

Thus, Buddha’s teaching about life and death is far better than modern computer theories. So long as you accept the death, you are certain that a new life will manifest itself. The new life can be one of two phenomena, which is either in a realm full of suffering or in a pure land of Buddha. It all depends on your decision. No matter which way you choose, you will die. Why Buddha Sakyamuni had shown us his death? Having attained Buddha-hood, Sakyamuni can be free from the death. The truth is to teach us that any human being, or any sentient being, will encounter it.

Having unimaginable power, Buddha can attain eternal life. Why they show us the death? It clearly tells us no one can escape from death. Buddha had demonstrated that truth to all of us. You shall realize how compassionate the Buddha is. Buddha demonstrated that death does exist and cannot avoid. No matter if you accept it or not, it will happen. Therefore, if we do not ponder the truth of death, you will suffer in this whole life. The truth is similar to the fact that each day the Sun will set. We human being’s life are no difference to those to be killed livestock; the life is reducing through every single seconds. Think about it – our life is always reducing.

You have heard the speech for two hours, so your life had also reduced two hours. However, what had reduced is in your physical body’s longevity, while the longevity of your Dharmakaya has increased. At one end it diminishes but at the other end it generates. The physical body had lessened two hours, but the spiritual Dharmakaya had cultivated wisdom for two hours. Thus, we refer such phenomenon as endless Dharmakaya. Nirmanakaya, our physical body, will die. You have to accept it completely. Each day after finished your business, sit down and ponder on your family members, friends, and relatives. Visualize how impermanence has manifested through their lives. Retrospect your own life, and also ponder how impermanence has been happening. By doing so, you will realize the existence of impermanence and also realize that impermanence has always accompanied us. Contrarily, we are not using this method to learn the truth of our life, but rather we usually have based on fame, wealth and greediness as ultimate goals in this life. Thus, we have attached to ideas of eternalism.

Bodhisattva Shatideva said that: day and night interchanges, our life always reduces and cannot increase; thus, it should be obvious that death will be inevitable. It indicates to us that time will not have stop, no matter how much nice food you take, how many exercises, or how you have taken care of your body. Our longevity is always decreasing. Therefore, if we are seventy years old, our life has reduced seventy years and is not increasing though. We shall visualize that our own body, under certain proper conditions, comprises of the four elements of earth, wind, water and fire. After death, our breathe would stop and the physical body would become a corpse, but the consciousness will migrate to some other places.

The master Milarepa said that: “what’s so scary at eyesight of a corpse? We are merely nothing more than a living corpse!” As we are alive and the consciousness is inside the body; if the consciousness exits, the body will be dead. Therefore, regardless that if you can or cannot move, you would be a corpse. What Milarepa had hinted is that our scary of seeing the corpse comes from our fear of death. Firstly, your fear originates from your mental qualities. Secondly, you believe there are ghosts. Thirdly, you have imagined that ghosts will harm you. Why the body can make move is due to the inside consciousness. If consciousness exits, the body would not be able to make move any more. From Milarepa’s viewpoint, the physical body is simply some kind of corpse, though it differs from alive or not. Similarly, you may observe that when one is fallen asleep and breathing slowly, one looks like a dead body.

Furthermore, Milarepa said: “no fear”. His intention would be: “no fear of death”. It is said in sutras that some people die of choking on food, some due to incorrect medicine dosage, and some due to adversities. Thus, we could not find any excuse to say that we will not die. We have encountered many real examples – old, young, and mentally disabled and so on. Therefore, the doctor may be able to cure you illness, however if you will recover depends on your own merits.

Today, with these two more hours teaching, Rinpoche would like to encourage you to start changing yourself right away. You also need to ponder on death as a practice. It does not equate to negative attitude. But instead, we have to understand it and accept it, then you will aggressively change your view of this life. And further, you will correct your bad deeds. Why you have not taken practices to change youself is because you do not like to let it go. How to let go? Appreciate, realize and accept death and impermanence. If you can let go, your vexation decreases and you will obtain true happiness. If you quarrel with your family members, it’s because you don’t want to let go. You insist that “win, win, I’d like to win a breath”. What’s the purpose to win the breath? Just want to live. If we have no breath, we die.

Today the keynote Rinpoche delivered is fundamental yet of utter importance. You shall listen, accept, and ponder them. Don’t try to find out if learning Buddhism will increase you spiritual hyper energy, hyper sensitivity or power. It’s incorrect. Take this teaching as a start. The Four Common Practices form an important gateway to liberation. However, if you do not have correct understanding on the theories, you practices cannot help you much. Thus, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had elaborated with pretty many details. Before the Four Common Practices can be bestowed upon you, you shall learn and visualize the theories of impermanence. Afterwards, your practices of the Four Common Practices can be beneficial.

November 20, 2010

From 4 PM to 10:45 PM, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave enlightenment to 189 believers with Buddhism and helped them to relieve all kinds of suffering in the world at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei.

November 21, 2010

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over an auspicious Vajrakilaya puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei. Before the puja, with the permission of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, a female disciple made her public repentance in front of all attendees. She first expressed her gratefulness to His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for liberating her father’s consciousness in December of 2003. Because of her father’s death, she was able to obtain an opportunity, through the introduction of her father’s attending doctor, to implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for liberating her father. Then she began to attend Chod pujas and furthered participated in the weekly pujas. Due to her lack of merits as well as her serious vicious karma, she frequently fell asleep while attending pujas, unable to listen to the Buddha Dharma. She was grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for Rinpoche’s compassionate blessings so that she could continuously attend to pujas. It is also because of the unceasing blessings, together with her sister, she could take refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on July 10, 2005 and learned the Buddha Dharma with Rinpoche. Furthermore, her mother also was able to take refuge in January, 2008. She once again expressed her gratitude to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for Rinpoche’s care and help.

Among her siblings, she, the youngest, was the one worried her parents most. Because of her poor health and being the youngest, she had always blamed her parents for asking to do this and that. She didn’t know then her parents and siblings had loved her the most and would take care of things for her. Due to her bad habit, laziness, she’d pass the buck and rely on others to do things for her. Her laziness had caused others troubles. In workplace, she didn’t work hard, being irresponsible, lazy, sluggish and selfish. When she managed her business, however, she had been willing to only sleep for 3 or 4 hours. In comparison, her thought of being selfish is truly terrible.

Before meeting His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, her life was full of misery due to various evil seeds she had planted before. For example, because of her greed, she spent all her business revenue in stock market, wanting to earn more. The results were her business collapsed, a fire burnt her entire investment in real estate, and her healthy worsen. She often felt fainted while walking, suffered from migraine, couldn’t sweep the floor because of her sore waist, and had to lie in bed, depending on other’s to take care and not being able to work. It was not until she met His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did her life was lighten up. With unceasing blessings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, her waist felt no sore any more, the frequency of migraine lessened, and she felt less likely to faint while walking. She was grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the blessings. She didn’t, however, practice accordingly the Dharma the Guru has taught in her daily life. She has not followed exactly what was taught in the Buddhism. Nor did she deeply believe in the law of cause and effect. Moreover, she even thought that she was different than others because of her learning Buddhism and hoped that others would think she was a kind person. When any conflict of interests appeared, nonetheless, she completely forgot the kindness of the Guru has bestowed onto her. The Guru taught us the lesson on the essence of life and death, asking us to examine our body, speech and mind to see whether we have done harm to sentient beings? If we do, we have to immediately repent our wrongdoings. Her mind was still preoccupied, however, by her greed, hatred, and ignorance. She didn’t practice the Buddha Dharma at all.

She has taken refuge for 5 years. Even though she has received the care of and can depend on the Guru, she was still full of selfish thoughts, keeping concerning this and that. The lack of considering the Guru and the obliviousness of the Guru’s kindness and merit were all too evident. Comparing to the fact how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has used Rinpoche’s life to benefit beings, she has indulged her mind without thinking and believing in the law of cause and effect. For instance, she had voted against holding the yearly great puja performed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She had harmed so many sentient beings without even slightest awareness, thinking that it was merely a vote and she could just make contributions if the puja must be held. She didn’t aware that she had planted a vicious seed. It was not until Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche pointed out did she realized how wrongful she was. The worse was she even blamed dharma brothers who had made plan for how much the monthly contribution would be. She made a public repentance here to all dharma brothers. She now understands that all disciples should try their best to help with perfecting the great puja because it was the Guru’s vow to help all sentient beings liberating from the suffering ocean of reincarnation. As disciples, we should strive fulfill this vow. The kindness of our Guru to us is more profound than that of our parents. Even if we use up all our fortune, there is no way we will be able to pay back the kindness our Guru has given us.

Instead, she was so self-centered and self-righteous to simply think about her own financial ability without considering those who have not obtained any opportunities to be helped by the Buddha Dharma. It is the Guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, who has continuously created opportunities for disciples to accumulate merits so that we can learn Buddhism. Otherwise, she won’t be able to maintain her life. She, however, has been so vicious and selfish to the extent that she revealed no gratitude, respectfulness, repentance, and compassion toward the Guru and sentient beings. Let along talk about learning Buddhism! This disciple profoundly felt repentant and was determinant to exactly follow the teachings of the Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She would change her bad habits and examine her body, speech and mind on a daily basis whether she has hurt sentient beings. She also vowed to obtain rebirth in the pure land so that she can learn Buddhism from the Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in future lifetimes. She implored the Guru to grant her one more chance to make offering so as to accumulate merits of learning Buddhism. She prayed the Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s longevity and was grateful to His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

And then another female disciple shared an experience of another new disciple who couldn’t open her mouth to talk. The new disciple wished to express her gratitude to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Two years ago, the new disciple once accompanied her cousin, a terminal cancer patient, to make an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. At that time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche advised her cousin stop chemotherapy and begin to diligently learn Buddhism. Although experiencing several failures in chemotherapy, her cousin still chose to continue. In the end, her cousin died painfully. Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also suggested this new disciple that “a true filial person is a learner of Buddhism.” Her father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and taken care of by her elderly mother. It was a task required a great deal of efforts. She was still clinging in the social activities and interactions with her friends, which became an excuse for not adopting a vegetarian diet right away. Consequently, she lost a chance to learn Buddhism, as well as a chance to repay her parents’ kindness of upbringing her. This is her greatest fault. It is already too late when she became ill.

In mid 2010, due to her desire to take a stable job, she left the work as a nanny in a dharma brother’s home for a training program of a foundation. During which, she began to cook meat and resume eating meat, which means she began to commit killing karma. Before the program ended, in August, she was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Before long, she could swallow nothing. From then on, she was hospitalized, completely losing her autonomy. It was extremely painful.

Yesterday she came to seek audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she expressed her wish to take refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in her lifetime. Besides, she implored Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to conduct Phowa ritual for her. It seems that, after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed blessings to her, all her sufferings for love, which she got divorced, for money, and for diseases were gone away under the blessings. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche held a refuge ceremony for her on the spot. In addition, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her: “ Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche promises you!” Facing such sufferings, we would feel like being a driftwood in an ocean without a thing to depend on. There is no one else Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who can provide such an affirmative answer. The female disciple, on behalf of the dharma brother who just took refuge yesterday and all sentient beings as well, expressed the immense gratitude to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and also thank the dharma brothers who provide their assistance all along.

Following is another male disciple who shared about his story. He was grateful to Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who gave him the opportunity to speak to the attendee of how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has helped his wife for the four years.

His wife passed away in peace during the puja of October 31st. Uponing her leaving, she immediately gained the help of Phowa ritual conducted by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. It was 2005 when she had kidney disease. She took the microscopic examination of the affected tissue cut into very thin pieces by hospital. And the result showed that she had an incurable disease of kidney glomerular. One who has the disease cannot retain protein but keeps losing it from his body. In this case one would have severe edema and after 1 or 2 years, one may need dialysis. In the western medicine, the cause of the disease could not be figured out. Auto-immunization may be the reason, they said. Afterwards, she took steroid treatment for over 1 year. During that time her illness’ state was very unstable. She was even given high-dose steroid in order to control her inflamation condition. However, the condition reappeared soon after she stopped taking the medicine. It was not until that even taking steroid could not help for her illness, doctor suggested she should take chemotherapy medicine. Having been a nurse, she herself clearly knew that chemotherapy medicine would bring harm to human body. Therefore she refused it and started to be aware that the western medicine couldn’t be helpful to her anymore. It was under the circumstances when, in June 2006, she sought audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. It was also at that time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her taking steroid would cause harm to her health and suggested her to seek help of Chinese medicine. Also,  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche let her attend pujas.

In August, 2006, they joined a Japan tour organized by Sino Travel Services Co. Ltd. During the traveling, she heard the stories of how many dharma brothers have been helped by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. It was at that moment she decided to take refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and, right away she recalled what  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche spoke to her two months ago – taking steroid would harm her health. It was August, and she was still taking steroid. She made determination to quit steroid before she would come to implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for taking refuge. In the short time, merely a few days when she stayed in Japan, she quit herself taking steroid that she originally took four tablets a day. She was a nurse, and clearly knew that one should not suddenly stop taking steroid, as by doing so one would have withdrawal symptoms. After she came back to Taiwan, she started to suffer from the withdrawal symptoms. She often vomited while walking on the way to the Buddhist Center and looked pale while lining up for taking an elevator. However, no sooner had she entered the Buddhist center and been seated than her complexion turned to be normal. It was all due to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings that she could be brave enough to take these sufferings.

During one of the regular pujas in October, 2006, they witness Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed Phowa for a dead, who was the family member of one of Rinpoche’s disciples and died during the puja. It was their first time that they did not feel any fears at all to be with the dead body, instead they were deeply touched and felt marvelous. Then they sought refuge under His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on November 12th, 2006.

In July, 2007, his wife had cellulitis infection for the first time. Considering it was an acute disease, she chose to go to a western medical clinic. Doctor asked her to stay in hospital and take antibiotic. After receiving antibiotic for more than ten days, her cellulitis infection was under control. Her edema she had had for a long time caused by her kidney illness was also temporarily eliminated by employing diuretic. But after one month, she was gradually swelling again. Diuretic was not effective to her anymore.  Clearly knowing that Western medicine cannot effect a permanent cure, she no longer appealed for help of Western medical treatment. As a result, she regained 15 kilograms of weight due to the edema. In that period, she kept going to see Chinese medical doctor and uninterruptedly took Chinese medicine. But there was no reduction of her swelling at all. The Chinese medicine doctor tried any means but in vain. Even though, she made determination to herself that no matter what, she would no longer take western medicine that might bring harm to her health.

In November 2007, she again acquired cellulitis infection. Even though she knew she might die, she still adopted Chinese medical treatment only. She recalled that she had ever wanted to make offering to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche but she had not put the thought into action. Thinking of the possibility of dying, she gave rise to the thought of making offering in her lifetime by herself rather than after her death by other people on behalf. Out of expectation, she soon recovered within one week after going to the Chinese medical clinic. Her edema was reduced by 10 kilograms. In Western medical theory, it could not be possible for one who does not take any diuretic or steroid to have one’s weight reduced by 10 kilograms within 10 days. She was then able to walk by herself. So she personally took her favorite jade pendant to make an offering to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. For this,  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened in the following puja that at the moment her offering  heart arose, although she had not put it into action, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have already provided help to her. Besides, that she was not afraid of death but just listened to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s advice was also one of the reasons why she could quickly get recovered.

In 2008 she was hospitalized due to severe edema again. This time, she regained 30 kilograms of weight, yet she still did not pray Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for blessings. Instead, seeing her suffering from such severe edema, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche initiatively bestowed blessings to her. During her hospitalization, she got informed that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was going to preside over a Chod puja in the Buddhist center in Japan in middle of August. Regardless of her hospitalization and her carrying 30 kilograms caused by edema, she signed up for the trip organized by Sino Travel Services Co. Ltd. The male disciple, her husband, push a wheelchair where his wife was seated in to Japan to attend the Chod puja. On the last day in Japan, when they arriving the airport to head for Taiwan, the female disciple did not have enough strength in her leg and fell on her knees on a bus’s stairs while she was trying to get on a bus. Then, a big blood pustule appeared in her right leg. Two weeks later, the blood pustule broke and fluid started to ooze from the wound. Around one week later, another big blain appeared in her left leg. It also broke and seeped. The fluid dripping from it was in a incredible volume. According to the Chinese medical doctor, it was like water dripping from two faucets. It was in thus way her edema condition got improved.

In September, 2008, two typhoons occurred successively on Sundays when pujas were held.  On the next Monday after Sunda’s puja while the second typhoon occurred, she had cellulitis infection for the third time. Her right leg started to hurt and she had a fever. Rather than going to see a western medical doctor, she still went to the Chinese medical clinic only. Her inflamation was soon under control within one week. The remaining fluid existed in her wounds and blains on her legs were also burnt out due to her fever. Her wounds stopped watering. Eventually, the weight of 30 kilograms caused by her edema just disappeared in thus miraculous way. At a later time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that the two faucets were created by Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Therefore her wounds did not be infected at all. Thus, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed her another two years of life to cultivate Buddhism. During the following two years, she no longer had the problem of edema. In 2010, her health states, like the impermanent human life, were of big rises and falls. In March, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche transmitted the dharma of full body prostration. At the first day she did 100 times of full prostrations. Finally she could did 400 times of full prostrations everyday. Seeing her doing 400 times of full prostrations with her poor health conditions, he felt it is really admirable. Her health gradually got bettered. In June and July, she even recovered to a normal person’s health conditions. It was not until September and October that she started to have some problems. In early October, she began to have the symptoms of diarrhea, vomit, and wounds on her tongue. With those symptoms she could hardly have food.

On the morning of October 25th, while he was about to go out to work, he entered her room and saw her having whole-body cramps. He called the ambulance at once to send her to the hospital. On her way to the hospital, although she appeared to be unconscious, her eyes were immediately able to focus on the Dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche being placed in front of her. When she arrived at the hospital, she came to herself and did not remember what had happened. Thereafter, they went to another hospital for clinical examination. When she went to the clinic, she could still talk clearly, saying that she felt exhausted and wanted to rest. Therefore, the doctor made the arrangement and she was admitted to the hospital for examinations. That day, the result of blood testing showed that her level of creatinine was very high at 28 ( The range for a healthy person is 0.5 to 1.2, and ordinary people with a reading at 2.5 would need to undergo dialysis and would have symptoms of cramps and stop of heartbeat.) The doctor said that, with his 30 years of clinical experience, he had never seen anyone who was able to be conscious even with such a high level of creatinine. Normally, a person would lose his consciousness at the creatinine level of 7 or 8, but she could remain conscious even at the level of 28. All of this was the blessing of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. In his retrospection, had it not been the arrangements of the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and the Dharma Protector, she could manifest the symptoms in a later time and passed away at home. He could have found out her death when he came back from work.

The resident doctor told her that she needed to undergo dialysis immediately, but she refused to do so. Additionally, the hospital issued the Notice of Critical Illness with a diagnosis of uremic encephalopathy with acute renal failure. He applied for the Do-Not-Resuscitate Order right away. Then, he said to his wife, “You know what this means, don’t you?” She said that she knew that she might die, but she felt brave about facing death.

In the evening, several Dharma brothers went to see her and she was able to talk to them consciously. At around 8 or 9, she suffered another seizure. After that, she had even more difficulty breathing, so the nurse had her wear an oxygen mask. He could not bear to see her suffer and, therefore, contact a Dharma brother at once to implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for blessing and help her pass away peacefully. Also, he supplicated Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to perform the Phowa for her. At around 11 pm, the Dharma brother called and told him that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that they were too nervous and that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was performing a practice for her. After sharing this news with her, she could practice the Dharma Protector Achi on her own and went to sleep.

During the night, he continued holding the oxygen mask near her nose and mouth. When the oxygen mask was taken away, her blood oxygen level would drop at once. He had considered putting down the mask so as to release her from her suffering sooner. Nevertheless, he could not bear to see her gasp for breath and thought that he had no right to do this to her. On the morning of 26th, she lost her consciousness and did not respond at all. After contemplating for a long time, as he did not want her to suffer from gasping for air and losing her consciousness, he eventually signed the agreement for her to undergo dialysis. He thought that maybe her emergent situation could be tackled and he would bring her back to the Chinese Medicine Clinic once she made it through this time. Hence, she was immediately sent to the intensive care unit for emergent dialysis on the same morning.

On the evening of 26th, a Dharma brother called and told him that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said, “She is scared and unable to rest with a rapid heartbeat. Tell him to tell her not to be scared. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is here.” After telling this to her, her heartbeat went from over 100 bpm to about 80 or 90. Having undergone dialysis and blood transfusion for consecutive 2 days, she came back to herself but did not remember what had happened. As there were wounds in her tongue, she had a hard time eating. She recalled hearing Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche explain the condition of the Hell of Tongue Raking. Maybe her suffering was similar to being in there. On the day of the Chod puja, the 29th, she was transferred to a general ward and was able to take an ambulance to go to the Buddhist center for the Chod puja that night. He remembers that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed the attendees to take their time reciting the Prayer for Rebirth in the Pure Land three times.

On the early morning of the 30th, she appeared to have electrolyte imbalance and would have whole-body cramps every once and a while. He felt grateful to the doctor from the Glorious Jewel Chinese Medicine Clinic who actually spared time to visit her around noon. That night, he hired an ambulance to send her to the Buddhist center. At the sight of her, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told him to ask her not to be overwhelmed by her emotions. Additionally, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said on his initiative, “When it comes, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will come to pick you up and help perform the Phowa for you.” After the blessing, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed a nectar pill to her and told him not to cry in front of her. Afterwards, her second eldest sister mentioned that she, who had lost consciousness, actually seemed to be conscious when meeting Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.”

He felt grateful to a Dharma brother who reminded him that, according to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, what had to be paid off needs to be paid off and that she could only go to a better place when having cleared off all her debts. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche promised her to perform the Phowa for her, her family members were all able to calm down to face the situation. After Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessing, the frequency of her cramps decreased. At 4 am on the morning of the 31st, she stopped having cramps. That noon, her blood oxygen level dropped to around 70. Even though he knew that she was about to pass away, he knew she would want to attend the puja. Therefore, he got an ambulance to send her to the puja.

On the 31st, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed the practice of Green Tara for the sentient beings. After the tsok offering, she drew her last breath peacefully. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately instructed to take her to the front of the mandala and performed the Phowa for her. At completion of the Phowa, her crown chakra felt warm. A Dharma brother who is a doctor confirmed that her crown chakra not only felt warm but felt sunken as well. That day, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that she had never complained about having such a disease, nor would she frown or told others about her suffering. She always followed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to other countries for pujas, hence accumulating her own merits. That is why she could attend the grand puja on October 3rd, the Chod puja held on the previous day, and pass away during the Green Tara puja. Besides, she drew her last breath at the completion of the tsok offering and was received by Buddha Amitabha. She did not suffer from her passing and let everyone see the sublimity of the Buddhist teachings.

Furthermore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave the following teaching: She had been very reverent to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and abided by the teaching. Therefore, her merits were accumulated. At the special puja of the Green Tara practice on the 31st, she passed away peacefully without opening her mouth and did not experience the suffering of dying. She really had great merits. According to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the purpose of everyone’s practice in Buddhism is to pass away in dignity, without any suffering. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that she had got such an incurable disease due to her heavy karma. Nevertheless, she had complete faith in her Guru and therefore had a virtuous result as shown today.

In his retrospection, she had never besought Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for blessing due to her suffering from illness. 2 years previously, had it not been the blessing of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on his initiative, she would have died already. Before she sought refuge, she had wondered why it was she who got the disease. After she sought refuge, she answered her own question: Why wouldn’t she have the disease? Thankfully, it was her disease that gave her the opportunity to seek refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, a great practitioner. Moreover, she said that she appeared to be a little brave simply because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had taught by his example.

A few hours after returning her remains to the hospital, her crown on top of her head was still warm and her limbs were flexible. It was very easy to change her clothes. Later, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed that the funeral should be completed before noon of either October fifth or October seventh of the lunar calendar. After he contacted the funeral home, there would only be a hall that could be used to hold the public funeral at 11 o’clock in the morning of October seventh. (That was November 12th of the solar calendar, which was the fourth anniversary of the day the couple took refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.) On the funeral day, after cremation, the bones of her remains had been broken into small pieces. However, her family still managed to find her skull which had a round and smooth hole. The bones were generally in pink color with different darkness and lightness. After the public funeral, her family immediately rushed to Dan-Shui. When they boarded a boat and went to the sea, it was about 11:50 AM. Soon the captain of the boat said that they could proceed with the ritual of sprinkling ashes, so they sprinkled her ashes to the sea to benefit other sentient beings. When they completed the ritual and returned to their seats, it was exactly 12 o’clock. Her sister said that when sprinkling the ashes she had seen light beams. Her family really appreciates the helps of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and the Archi Dharma Protector. Those helps gave the funeral a perfect ending that day.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Phowa ritual is quite special and powerful. Her family did not have too much sorrow because they knew that she had gone to a wonderful place. This was as what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had instructed, “If a deceased person has gone to a wonderful place, his family members will not have too much grief naturally.” Of course, her family would miss her occasionally. In ordinary condition, it should be others who came to console them. But now they often consoled other relatives and friends. He was grateful to the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and Archi Dharma Protector for making the best arrangements for her. He also appreciated the cares of Glorious Jewel Chinese medicine clinic for her during these four years. He was grateful to the Sino Tour Company for letting her follow Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche many times to attend pujas abroad to accumulate her virtues.

Finally, he would like to repent to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and also repent on behalf of his parents. Before taking refuge, he had done many killings. His family lived in southern Taiwan and had a fish farm. He had cultivated fishes, shrimps and frogs. He had also raised pigs. Before taking refuge, he had harmed countless sentient beings: killing many fishes and shrimps, hurting many sentient beings in rivers. He had also harmed many insects (ants, cockroaches, mosquitoes, crickets, spiders, flies, bees). He had gone fishing and captured frogs. He had eaten chickens, ducks, cows, pigs, and sheep. After taking refuge, he had calculated the number of sentient beings once harmed by his family. The number calculated was more than one hundred million, let alone the number of many beings which cannot be calculated. Even if he had taken refuge, his family was currently still in the fish farm industry.

In addition, he also repented that after taking refuge he had always committed the faults warned all the time by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The faults include selfishness, self-righteousness, having too many of his own ideas, thinking of only himself instead of others, inclining to arrogance and slack. He often used life experience and mundane rules to think about Buddha Dharma such that his mind constantly gave rise to greed, anger, ignorance, pride, and doubt. Though, when improper thoughts arose, he was able to know clearly that these were evil ideas, he was still unable to control the mind not to generate such bad thoughts. This indicated that his mind had not completely surrendered to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and had neither sufficient reverence nor full faith to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. At the beginning of this year, when being a volunteer of the Buddhist center, he was corrected by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche because he only thought about completing his task without caring for the rights of others. As a result, he was prohibited from doing volunteering work for the Buddhist center’s affairs.

He repented for his heinous crimes and was willing to accept all of the karmic retributions. He felt that only listening to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings and diligently modifying his own behaviors, could his life not be wasted and could he have a chance to liberate from the cyclic existence. He then, on behalf of all beings in suffering, implored Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to transmit the repentance dharma of Vajrasattva for helping all disciples to payback all karmic debts in this life such that they can liberate from the sufferings of the cyclic existence and be reborn in Amitabha Buddha’s Pure Land. He also implored Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to bless his parents such that they could have causes, conditions, and virtues to liberate from the sufferings of the cyclic existence in this life.

Today, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over an auspicious Dorje Phurba puja at Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Taipei. Right after ascending the Dharma throne, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche learned that the wife of a male disciple had passed away around 1:45 PM, shortly before the beginning of the puja. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then instructed this disciple and his daughter to perform full-body prostrations in front of the mandala and immediately conducted the Phowa ritual to liberate his wife. The process of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducting the Phowa ritual was very short and the ritual was perfectly completed in about 10 minutes. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche issued a specific sound during the dharma conduction, all participants could feel its great energy. Although only seeing Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducting the ritual on the Dharma throne, all attendees could see from the TV screens in the Buddhist center that every time when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche issued such a specific sound, his whole body would instantaneously radiate a ring of bright golden light, displaying the solemn and sacred appearance, which is indifferent from that of Buddha. This special phenomenon was amazing and extremely inconceivable.

After the perfect completion of Phowa ritual, without any rest, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately started to preside over today’s Dorje Phurba puja and gave all participants the following auspicious enlightenment:

The dharma conducted today for everyone is the wrathful yidam ─ Dorje Phurba. In Exoteric Buddhism, the Buddhist statues you see are all peaceful yidams, for example, Sakyamuni Buddha, Avalokiteshvara, and so on. Their appearances are pleasant. Wrathful yidam is not talked in Exoteric Buddhism. They are introduced only in Vajrayana Buddhism. Some people think Buddhas and Bodhisattvas should look compassionate and do not understand why they have to show wrathful appearances. In fact, previously, the images of many demigods carved on the walls of Dunhuang Caves displayed wrathful appearances. In Exoteric Buddhism, when holding Great Compassion Liberation Rite of Water and Land, the mandala setup in the venue will have a statue of Master Dashi of scorched face; that is the appearance transformed from Avalokiteshvara to liberate sentient beings in the ghost realm. According to the Universal Door chapter of the Lotus sutra, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will transform into similar appearance of a being in order to liberate the sentient being. For example, when liberating lay people, they will become lay people; when liberating monks or nuns, they will change into monastics; when liberating ghosts, they will transform into the appearance of a ghost. The wrathful appearance does not mean the yidam is getting angry, or trying to drive ghosts. It represents the ultimate attainment of compassion for liberating sentient beings and is especially effective since, now in the Dharma Ending Age, the hatred of sentient beings is particularly strong and heavy. Let us take a simple example to explain this. When parents scold their child who has made mistakes, the parents’ appearances will not look nice. However, what they have done is for the child’s sake.

This dharma also cannot be practiced by ordinary people. Only those practitioners who have practiced and attained Bodhicitta can practice. Furthermore, in Tibetan Buddhism, in order to practice the dharma of a yidam, one must perform a retreat and successfully attain the achievement of insoluble union with the yidam during the retreat. During a retreat, you are locked in a room for seven days, for example. If you think that it is very comfortable and easy to stay in the retreat room and you can still chat with others during the retreat, then you are wrong. When performing a retreat, there are many rules that you have to follow; for example, you cannot take a bath, cut your hair, or cut fingers’ and toes’ nails; you cannot talk and see outside; you have to cut off all communications with the outside world; you have to practice the dharma of the yidam all day long until you have corresponded with the yidam. There will be signs when you have corresponded with the yidam; these signs have to be completely compliant with what have stated in the Dharma text. If the Dhrama text does not stated anything, you still have to consult your guru about all of the signs happened during the retreat; the guru then can approve whether the meanings of the signs conform with the meanings of the Dharma about liberating from the cycle of birth and death. This way, you can then know whether those are good or bad signs.

When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche attained the achievement of corresponding with Dorje Phurba during the retreat at the time, the entire house was shaking; the ground was continuously quaking; it was thundering on the roof; these signs completely conformed to what stated in the Dharma text. If a practitioner does not have enough meditative strength and will give rise to fear when seeing the yidam, Dorje Phurba will immediately take his life away. Being afraid when seeing the yidam indicates that he is a person with very heavy karma, so Dorje Phurba will take his life away immediately.

In “new Tantra”, Dorje Phurba is the wrathful manifestation of Vajrapani Bodhisattva. Among the four Tantras of Kriya tantra, Charya tantra, Yoga tantra, and Anuttarayoga tantra, Dorje Phurba is the Vajra Vidarana of Kriya tantra. In “old Tantra”, that is, the Nyingma tradition, Dorje Phurba is the wrathful yidam of Vajrasattva. In ancient times, there was a very powerful devil that had harmed many sentient beings. Vajrasattva then transformed into one that has the same appearance as the devil’s and defeated the devil. This wrathful yidam was called Dorje Phurba and became a very important yidam in Tantra to protect and support Buddha dharma. According to Buddhist scripture, when Sakyamuni Buddha attained Buddhahood, the devil king came to interfere; but Sakyamuni Buddha defeated the devil king. The Buddhist scripture did not explain how Sakyamuni Buddha defeated the devil king. This was because Sakyamuni Buddha did it with the wrathful yidam in Tantra.

Practicing the Dorje Phurpa Dharma as a Dharma protector can eliminate all of the karmic obstacles for learning Buddhism. Dorje Phurpa is the mind emanation of Buddha Amitabha, Bodhisattva Manjushri, Vajrapani, Mahāsthāmaprāpta and Vajra Bhairava. There are Rinpoches in Tibet particularly focus on practicing the Vajra Bhairava Dharma. Upon the completion of practicing Vajra Bhairava Dharma during the retreat, the practitioners have to take a poison plant to verify whether they have attained the accomplishments or not. If ones take the poison plant without any problem, it means that he has attained the accomplishments; on the contrary, if he dies of the poison plant, the Phowa Dharma will be conducted for him in order to let him to be re-birthed as a Human being and practice the Dharma again. Therefore it is hard to imagine for you to realize this attitude toward practice Dharma.

Dorje Phurpa is the mind emanation of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, the minds of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas is to help sentient beings can liberate oneself from the cycle of birth and death. Dorje Phurpa is the aggregation of all Buddhas and Bodhisattva’s activities as well. This activity is not as you mentioned the worldly business which is only for your fame or wealth to satisfy your own desire. But it is not a kind of charitable enterprise which needs to establish schools, hospitals or TV stations, because there would be karmic retribution for the worldly affairs. The activity of Buddha is to help sentient beings to liberate oneself from in the sufferings of reincarnation.

A real Buddhism is to help sentient beings to liberate from reincarnation. You have to distinguish the true purpose of learning Buddhism. It does not merely worship the Buddha and being a vegetarian which can be considered as Buddhism. Believers of many non-Buddhist religions are vegetarian and worship the Buddha and Avalokiteshvara in their temples as well, but they were not taught how to gain liberation from reincarnation, therefore what they teach can not be considered as Buddha Dharma. To learning Buddhism is not merely to do good deeds. Doing good deeds is the basic must-have requirements to live as a social being. Those non-Buddhist religions also teach people to do good deeds. The most significant difference between the non-Buddhist religions and Buddhism is that the activities of Dharma will teach sentient beings to liberate from the sufferings of reincarnation.

The purpose of learning Buddhism is not to beseech for your happy days or prolong your life, it is to die in a state of grace without suffering. Just like the example of the disciple’s wife who just received liberation by the Phowa Dharma performed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, originally she has no opportunity to gain the Phowa Dharma. She ever took refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. But when she was found having the brain tumor, her parents insisted her to make the brain operation and chemotherapy. Moreover, there was one member of a charity association blamed this male disciple for that he did not take his wife to hospital so he is not compassionate although he was learning Buddhism. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed this disciple not to against her parents’ ideas. Afterward she made the brain operation and chemotherapy, her appearance originally was good, however it was totally changed after the operations and chemotherapy treatment. It was fortunately that recently she joined the Chod pujas for several times and changed her mind. Yesterday she aroused in her mind to make offerings to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. After making offerings yesterday, she passed away and ceased the sufferings of illness today. Especially she had such an opportunity for immediately gaining the Phowa Dharma once she was just passed away. Originally she has no opportunity to gain the Phowa Dharma, but because of this male disciple often accepted the morals from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, therefore she had the merits to gain the Phowa Dharma.

There are various dharmas for practicing Dorje Phurpa. The dharma that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is going to perform is the one that His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang transmitted upon Rinpoche under Rinpoche’s pledge. In 2000, His Holiness visited Taiwan and presided over a puja with 2000 attendees and personally bestowed upon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche the “empowerment of secret ultimate teaching’s mani jewel”. This terma dharma text was transmitted from the 29th throne holder of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage. Formerly Master Padmasambhava brought Dharma into Tibet; he ever hid lots of Dharma text in the rocks, water, underground or air. For those young people like you, who may think that it is weird or myth, how it could be possible for hiding the dharma text in the air, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche never cheat you. Those dharma texts are called terma. Today’s dharma to be performed is a kind of auspicious terma, which was not transmitted by Buddha Sakyamuni, but was personally transmitted by the Yidam. For example, Master Padmasambhava beseeched Phowa Dharma from Buddha Amitabha. It is different from the Amitabha Sutra which was transmitted by Buddha Sakyamuni. It is just like the teachings from the professors of your department in the school are different from those from the professors of other departments.

A tertön is a great practitioner who could discoverer of the terma texts or in the space or under the water. The latest terton was the lama from Drikung Kagyu. In the four main orders of Tibetan Buddhism, Nyima and Kagyu hold lots of terma dharma, but Gelug and Sakya hold much less. The way to validate the terma text is to examine if the contents of terma text conform to the teachings of Buddha, that is if the terma text is for teachings of gaining liberation from the birth and death. In this way, the dharma text can be obviously verified if it is genuine.

Guru Padmasambhava had taught that those practitioners who have obtained accomplishment of Dorje Phurpa Dharma could be granted favorableness, merits, longevity, wealth, happiness, a great amount of disciples, lineage prosperity, unbounded power, and completeness to the end. There are three kinds of goodness: morality, blessing, and merit. Morality refers to the well-doing in human societies. Moral standards can be different according to different region, time and culture, which can’t be universally applied. Blessing, comparatively speaking, can be exhausted in one’s lifetime. When you use up your blessing, your life will be end. In this lifetime, any virtuous deeds can accumulate blessing that will be used for next lifetime. Cultivating your merit, on the other hand, can alter your karmic effects. Cultivating merit is to cultivating your happiness and wisdom which can’t be exhausted. The merit is to help sentient beings to liberate from the cycle of birth and death. Longevity, wealth, and happiness are not for you to enjoy. Instead, they are to help sentient beings. “A great amount of disciple” doesn’t include one’s family, but followers. Practitioners in Esoteric Buddhism are those who capable of helping their followers to be liberated from the cycle of birth and death. During last time’s puja, you all witnessed that female disciple died without any pain. Usually, in the dying process, one would have to experience both physical and psychological pains. That female disciple, however, didn’t go through any pain, not even difficult breathing. Her mouth was shut while passing. Other disciples next to her didn’t even notice of her death. The term “lineage prosperity” refers to the fact that practitioners of Dorje Phurpa Dharma can quickly obtain his attainment.

The term “unbounded power” refers to the condition that practitioners can have great capacity to help sentient beings. For instance, yesterday a disciple brought her sister to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. All of a sudden, her sister fell ill, collapsing on the floor and continuously having a seizure. She was almost out of breath. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then subdued the ghost in her by performing the dharma method of Dorje Phurpa. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked the disciple how her sister was becoming last night after going home. Rinpoche also asked what disease her doctor had diagnosed? Has she ever fallen ill like last night? The disciple replied that she thanked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for giving the blessing. Her sister was better. Within one or two hours after returning home, her sister was still feeling a bit ill and then she was able to lie down and fell into asleep. Her doctor said she was sick because of four kinds of immune system diseases. It has been like this for 8 to 9 years or so. Doctors didn’t know the reasons. Nor did they know how to treat the diseases. Her sister was never falling ill like last night. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave the following enlightenment: Even a ghost knew where to make people falling ill. Although it seemed that your sister has immune system diseases, her illness was caused by a ghost in her. The phenomenon of being attached by a ghost are not like what you see in television programs, a person being rolling his eyes or his hair being scattering. In some cases, a ghost entered one’s body without making him feel anything wrong. Yet, it will cause your characters to change gradually, your behaviors becoming weird slowly. Another kind is to make you ill, suffering and feeling torment continuously. One would have to spend his money to cure the illness till all the money is gone and the ghost will let you die. For instance, the ghost in the body of the disciple’s sister intended to make her ill. It, however knows that one day she will meet a Buddhist practitioner to help. It would be better for her to continuously attend pujas. Thus, the disciple asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche whether her sister can participate in Chod pujas. She also asked for permission to write down her lay brother’s name on the list. Both requests were compassionately granted. To be attached by a ghost is due to the fact that one likes to eat meat and carry out vicious conducts. Such kind of behaviors would be more likely to attract ghosts to enter one’s body. It’s because ghosts also like to eat meat. Why should we take refuge? After taking refuge, “non-humans” can’t approach you with certain conditions. That is you have to carefully observe precepts. If you don’t, your taking refuge is also in vain. Now you all know the power of performing the dharma method of Dorje Phurpa. You all know Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is a Buddhist practitioner with great power, but you don’t know how powerful Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is. The term “completeness to the end” refers to the condition that a practitioner can practice Buddhism without any obstacle till he achieves Buddhahood.

The practitioner who is going to practice Dorje Phurba must accomplish the development of Bodhicitta beforehand. Without attaining mercy and compassion, one is not possible to effect the practice of Dorje Phurba. Besides, the dharma conductor also must have attained achievements in the second stage of Mahamudra, simplicity yoga. Of the four stages of Mahamudra, the first stage is one-pointedness yoga; the second stage is simplicity yoga; the third stage is one-taste yoga; and the fourth stage is non-meditation yoga. One who has attained achievement of simplicity yoga has no discrimination or attachment to all things. In his life, he just regards it as playing a game. For him, even being a CEO is nothing but acting the role, like a child who seriously plays the role of a teacher or of a student. Isn’t the human life a game like this?

Today people who attend the Dorje Phurba Puja will gain six kinds of benefits for helping all of you to 1. eliminating the illness of mind, emotion, and brain 2. dispelling any unknown diseases and cancers caused by ghosts, monsters, dragons, and deities. Monsters refer to the dead animals’ spirits. Dragons   reside in forests, stones, earths, and water. A tree with height more than that of a person’s shoulder will be resided by beings. To chop a tree in that height will hurt the sentient beings who reside there. So does turning over stones. People who ever barbecued, such as in the Mid-Autumn Festival, stood aside watching others barbecuing, and waiting to eat the grilled meat would have the possibility of having cancer. It is because dragons dislike the flavor of barbecue. Dragons will get sick if they smells the flavor. Nowadays there are so many cancers and weird diseases, and the reason is just that human beings have overexploited the earth and hurt many sentient beings.

3. avoiding possible accidents affected by the yearly, monthly, daily or hourly conflicts. In Buddhist cultivation, there is no the so-called accidents but in many cases it is the conflicts.  The yearly, monthly, daily or hourly conflicts occur in the same time as the result of your evildoings in your previous lives. Therefore the karmic retributions manifest. Some disasters occur in the Earth are really not caused by the Earth itself but, in fact, by the changes and movements of celestial bodies.  Scientists have found that the sun storm and the moon could affect the Earth tide. Both a star’s approaching and disappearing also would affect the Earth’s climate and temperature 4. being kept off natural disasters such as flood, fire, and earthquakes resulted from the changes of celestial bodies 5. being protected from being harmed by poisons or curses. 6. eliminating the accumulated karmic obstacles on your Buddhism cultivation path to Buddhahood, rather than, as you may expect, bettering your health or career.

Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed the extremely auspicious practice of Dorje Phurba. At completion of the practice, nuns distributed the nectar and nectar pills which had been offered to the Buddhas during the puja to every attendee. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then bestowed the following teaching: Do not eat any more meat. After you have attended today’s puja, Dorje Phurba will help you alleviate all the obstacles that prevent you from learning Buddhism. However, if you continue to eat meat after the puja, your attendance at the Dorje Phurba puja will do nothing more than accumulating a few merits for your next lifetime. If you don’t want to listen to this advice, do not come again. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been helping you with his own life, and you should help yourselves, too. Do not eat meat anymore. The Buddha has said that we should not kill living beings. Listen to the Buddha, for his words are all accurate and said for our best interest. As Muslims are able to refrain from eating pork just to abide by their precepts, why do you, who claim to be a Buddhist, eat meat? Stop saying that one who practices the Tantric Buddhism can eat meat. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and many great accomplished practitioners in the Lineage are on a vegetarian diet. Therefore, do not say anything that you don’t know about. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducts his deeds according to the rules, i.e. the Buddhist teachings.

Why does one practice Buddhism? It is for one to pass away without any suffering. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has helped numerous deceased people. Most of them died in suffering, except for some disciples of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. For example, the female disciple who passed away during the previous puja did not have to undergo the suffering of her passing. You might think that your daily Buddhist assignments are practice. In fact, she practiced very well, indeed. She only recited the Six Syllable Mantra and practiced the Dharma Protector Achi every day, but she had absolute faith in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, which thereby enabled her to die at such ease, without being through the suffering of tube insertion and resuscitating measures that ordinary people would need to undergo. Besides, she showed you the sublimity of the Buddhist teachings. The wife of the disciple, whose consciousness Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had performed the practice to transfer, did not have to be inserted with tubes and passed away peacefully. Many people think that one needs to undergo medical measures in his critical condition and that tube insertion and resuscitating measures are needed to save the patient’s life. In fact, tube insertion makes one suffer a lot. Just try to imagine a tube is inserted in your body, how painful would you be? That is why many old people would try to take the tubes out by themselves. If you think that tube insertion is necessary, you should find a trustworthy doctor to conduct tube insertion for you and get a feeling of having a tube inserted in you. You would not be able to stand such suffering even for an hour. If you fail to practice properly, you will surely have to undergo the suffering at the end of this life.

Recently, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed the Phowa for a disciple’s father. Nevertheless, the deceased person’s crown chakra did not feel warm. His heart felt warm instead. It showed that he did not go to the Pure Land of Buddha Amitabha and actually attained rebirth in the Human Realm. While performing the practice, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw that the disciple’s younger brother kept weeping at the side of their father, therefore making his father unable to let go. Even though the Phowa was performed, he did not want to go up and actually returned to the Human Realm again. Originally, the deceased had the merits to receive the Phowa, but his karmic creditor stopped him, making him reluctant to let go and therefore unable to reach the Pure Land. Who was the karmic creditor? The person was none other but his own son. Do not think that it wouldn’t matter for one to live another life as a human being. A human being has to suffer a lot!

When we enter the womb, we were a combination of our father’s essence and our mother’s blood. Essence is more than the sperm ejected during the sexual intercourse. It includes our internal secretion. Your essence can be consumed even when you think. Young people have good memories and respond quickly because they still have essence and blood, which cannot be refilled once consumed. Maybe you will doubt about this, since blood is being produced in our metabolism and more sperm can be produced as well. This is not the case, however, as each person has a fixed amount of the consumable essence and blood in his lifetime. Your parents can only provide you with essence and blood, but they will not be able to supplement you. Those who like to wonder about things will consume their essence and blood sooner, same for those who often generate greedy and hateful thoughts. However, there is a solution in Tantric Buddhism. For example, the white juice and red dough that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed upon you today are representations of the essence and blood. You just saw that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche blew to these two items, indicating the fact that the essence and blood of the Guru, Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas had been added. You will not be able to tell the slightest difference in these substances. If you lack faith, what you just ate was mere juice and dough. On the contrary, if you have reverence and faith in the Guru, you can get refill of the essence and blood. This is why tantric practices are so auspicious. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is able to continue benefit the sentient beings, such as receiving the believers from 4 to 10:30 (over 6 hours ) on Saturday afternoon. An ordinary person would not be able to make it through, not to mention the fact that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, at the age of 63, has scoliosis. The reason why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could manage lies in that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has achieved loving kindness and compassion. Besides, his tantric practices played a role. In Tantric Buddhism, there are special ways to help you improve your health. If you practice in accord with the Dharma and refrain from the evil deeds while carrying out virtuous ones, you will not use up the essence and blood bestowed by the Guru. Then, you will enjoy good health. If you are not healthy, it is impossible to practice. Sitting in meditation would be impossible, not to mention reciting the sacred name of the Buddha Amitabha. Having poor health is similar to having an obstacle.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has the ability to penetrate a hole on the deceased only conducting by Dharma who has not been the normal human being anymore, if you only think Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with your worldly human being’s head, how could you understand with it? As well as His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang who cannot be imagined by the thought of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Being a Buddhist is not to let you to be out of the ordinary, as well as to make display of novelty. The most important thing is to change your mind, not your appearance. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not wear Dharma Clothes to walk on the street, those unfamiliar people do not know Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who is a Rinpoche. Being a Buddhist will not be possessed by the Devil, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is much normal than those normal people as you mentioned.

The Election Day for mayoral candidates is coming soon, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche remind you to deliberate on your ballot. Once you vote the candidate, it is meant that you agree his behaviors including his evil deeds. Don’t think that it is not your business, you will be involved in the common karma for what you have done. Don’t judge and decide the candidate with your likes and dislikes. Being a Buddhist should not have the discriminative mind, you should review the candidates what they have done to decide your ballot. You will have a good environment to learn Buddhism when you have the stable political situation. Don’t try to give up the vote because of it is the obligation to be a citizens of Republic of China (Taiwan). Since you have enjoyed the welfare such as using the free roadway, you have to fulfill an obligation to vote for the mayoral candidates.

After the puja was over, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still proceed to meet believers at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave enlightenment to 54 believers with Buddhism and helped them to relieve all kinds of suffering in the world from PM 05:00 to PM 06:30.

November 26, 2010

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the auspicious Chod puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei. There were nearly 1,300 attendees in this puja that the reserved space for the aisle was crowded with overflow disciples and believers. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was greeted by the leading ordained disciple, with the escort of Dharma Umbrella and music instruments, an incense burner, ascended to the throne and bestowed the following enlightenments.

The attendees of Chod puja are getting more and more, and the space of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center is going to be insufficient. At the beginning of the establishment of this center, it was thought that the space of this center, around 300 Ping (Around 992 square meters) was adequate. Right now it seems not to be enough. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche never made the advertisement, why were the attendees increased continually? Furthermore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would ask your reason for your pledge of attending the Chod puja. If there was no karmic connection or you don’t have respectful minds, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not grant your pledge. All of you have such an experience asked by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, knowing that it is not easy to attend the Chod puja. Tonight there were 1,300 people to attend this Chod puja, which is unique in Taiwan, especially tonight is the eve of the Election Day for mayoral candidates, so many people are busy in the election activities. You can be here which means that you had ever had virtuous mutual karma in your previous lives. Due virtuous karma of many lifetimes, you can gather together to attend the extraordinary puja.

There are so many people firstly attend the Chod puja today. Although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has enlightened the meaning of Chod puja for many times, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still reiterate the meaning of Chod puja, in order to let you arouse the respectful mind. Only with reverence will your attending this puja be effective.

The Chod to be performed today is one of the Eight Great Sadhanas in Tibetan Tantric Buddhism, it means that one particularly focuses on practicing this Dharma in his lifetime can liberate oneself from the cycle of birth and death, furthermore attain the Buddhahood. In Tibetan, the word Chod indicates the meaning of “cutting off”, it means that to cut off the vexation of reincarnation. The worldly people have the vexation due to the greed, hatred and disbelief of Buddhism. That Sakyamuni Buddha propagated Buddhism was to teach sentient beings to gain liberation from the suffering of reincarnation. The Dharma text of Chod was comprised according to the Great Prajnaparamita Sutra from Chinese Buddhist Canon (Great Treasure of Scriptures). Sakyamuni Buddha took 12 years to explain the meaning of Prajna, therefore it is very meaningful. It cannot be translated with the Chinese character for the meaning of Prajna; some people might explain it with the word “wisdom”, but this word is still unable to cover all the meaning of Prajna. The Dharma of Chod who was completed during year 1200 A.D. to year 1300 A.D. by a yogini in Tibet, named Machig Lapdron who was a lay practitioner, had married and gave births to children.

Besides, the Dharma of Chod was comprised according charities and generosity, the first one of the Six Paramitas of Sakyamuni Buddha’s Bodhisattva path. The charities includes practicing charities of wealth, Dharma, and fearlessness. You could accomplish the practice of charities of wealth; however only those who attain the Bodhisattva position could accomplish the charities of Dharma and fearlessness. The practice of charities of Dharma involves not only teaching people to recite Mantra or Sutra, but also the ability of teaching people the Buddhist Dharma regarding the liberation from the birth and death. Practice of charities of fearlessness is not to teach people believing the cause and effect, nor having no fear of death, but it involves the ability of helping sentient beings away from the fear of birth and death. An example is that, two weeks ago, one female disciple of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was passed away during the puja. She had no any thread of fear to face with death due to Guru’s charity of fearlessness. Ordinary people  do not have such ability.

It is depicted in the sutra that Sakyamuni Buddha ever saw one mother tiger did not have milk to feed the young hungry tigers in one of his previous lives; he fed himself to the mother tiger so it could produce milk for its young children. Besides in a one of his previous lifetimes, Sakyamuni Buddha saw an eagle chasing a dove, he would like to save the dove, both of the eagle and dove were manifested by the God. The eagle told Sakyamuni Buddha if he would like to save the dove, he would starve to death. Sakyamuni Buddha cut off his own flesh to the eagle. That was a test from God to verify Sakyamuni Buddha’s practice of charity paramita of Bodhisattva path. It also showed worldly people Buddha’s compassion of emptiness.

To learn the Chod Dharma, the practitioner must have the experience for studying the exoteric teachings at least 10 years, including the sutra and the theory of sutra, those are the basis of Buddhism theory. And he they have to complete the Four Uncommon Preliminary Practices, which is exclusively practiced in Vajrayana. The Four Uncommon Preliminary Practices include 100 thousand times of making full prostrations, which you might have seen how Tibetans do such full prostrations on the ground. And then one has to recite 100 thousand times of the long mantra of Vajrasattva, which comprises of 100 syllables. After completing these practices, one then should make 100 thousand times of mandala offerings, which is to cultivate one’s mind of making offerings. Finally, one would practice 100 thousand times of Four-Session Guru Yoga. If the words of a mantra are less than 6 words, one has to recite that mantra for 1 million times. Some people are reciting the name of Buddha, simultaneously count the number of times with the counter. Actually it is not that the number of times is not the most important, but that the most important is to recite the mantra according to Dharma. It is meant that an authentic, accomplished Guru bestows the empowerment and transmits the Dharma text and the pitch instructions to recite the mantra, and then Guru bestow the empowerment of Yidam to perform retreat, you specially practice the Dharma of Yidam until your mind has associated with mind of Yidam during the retreat. During the retreat, for example, if it would take 3 months long, not only you cannot go out or speak to others during the time, but also you can not wash you face or take showers, nor cut your hair or nail. You can not give up halfway because of your headache or your body is uncomfortable, even if you would be died in the retreat room. If you escape from the retreat room halfway with any excuse, there will be no chance to perform the retreat again. Guru will depend on each practitioner’s karmic connection to decide the Yidam for the practitioner, not all the practitioners practice the Yidam of Avalokiteshvara. Besides for practicing Zen Samadhi, you have to practice the meditation of Mahamudra for Drikung Kagyu School, the name is called Dzogchen in Nyima School. There are four stages for Mahamudra, each stage are divided into three sub-stages. It means that there are 12 sub-stages for Mahamudra. At least the practitioner has attained the second stage: Spranbrala Yoga, then the Guru will decide whether practitioner can start to practice the Chod Dharma. If the practitioner has attained the stage of Spranbrala Yoga which will not be discriminatory thoughts for worldly things, it is meant that one has attained the compassion of equality, i.e. the compassion of emptiness.

The fewer and fewer practitioners practice the Chod. There are so many reasons, and one of them is that the dharma instrument is too difficult to get it. The shape and source of a human leg bone to be used as the dharma instrument in the Chod puja is strictly specified in the Dharma text. An ordinary human leg bone is not eligible. Moreover, if the dharma instrument was used by a great practitioner, the power will be much greater. The human leg bone dharma instrument used by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was the dharma instrument used by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang in his previous and this lives, and His Holiness personally transmitted it to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. During the process of practicing the Chod Dharma, when blowing this dharma instrument, the sentient beings in the ghost realm who have karmic connection with you will come in the venue and accept the help by Dharma when they hearing the sound of dharma instrument and feeling they are called by the same kind of beings. Don’t think that it would be effective for anyone to use this dharma instrument, actually it will be effective only used by a practitioner who has attained the level of Bodhisattva. Some people will especially practice the Chod Dharma in the Sita-vana where is a place for sky burial or cremation. Most of the sentient beings are gathered there.

Transferring consciousnesses is a very important thing. The death of human body is not the end of karmic retribution, it is just only the beginning of karmic retribution, like a fruit has to blossom first and then bear fruit. If you think that you have repaid all karmic retribution by going through the suffering of death, it is wrong. The actual karmic retribution will be appeared in your next life. That is meant that you will get the karmic retribution in next life for what you have done in this lifetime. It is depicted in the sutra, you have to perform Buddhist activity widely for the deceased, it is not merely to go to the Buddhist temples everywhere for attending their ceremonies, it is that you must be sustained to attend a large scale puja, like today’s Chod puja, which is presided over by a practitioner who has attained the level of Bodhisattva, because of you are not qualified to do the Buddhist activities. Supportive recitation of sutra or Buddha names for the deceased is not mentioned in the sutra. However modern people in Taiwan like to do this matter because they thought that they will have cultivated the cause of receiving the same recitation in the future. But you have to be careful, if ones has incorrect mind, such as for the fame or wealth, to do the recitation, the deceased would arouse hatred and fall into the hell realm.

Don’t expect that you can learn Buddhism after your business has attained accomplishment or you are retired. The time will not wait for you. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also have his own business as well, and just finished the business affairs right before the puja and then hastened to the venue of the puja. Furthermore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will go abroad tomorrow to meet his root Guru, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang in New Zealand. With regard to the affairs of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s business, Rinpoche just gave the instructions and let them according to the karmic connections. If there is any alteration just let it go after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche going back. It is not like you that you always have the excuse for things you could not finish. Don’t think that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would like to blame you again as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has no enough time for practicing cultivation, not to mention to blame you. Why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche scold you is Rinpoche feels compassionate when seeing that you will fall into the suffering of reincarnation. Do not do it any deeds even a tiny evil deed. Don’t think doing a tiny evil deed is ok because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will help you; Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not be partial to a specified person, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche only compassionate all sentient beings and make good conditions for sentient beings so that they have good karmic connection with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. It depends on you whether you would be willing to grasp the opportunity or not.

There is a rule in the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. If the spouse is not allowed him/or her to attend the puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not permit this person to attend the puja, unless his/or her spouse agrees. If you correct your behavior by the teaching of Buddhism, they would be willing to let you to attend the puja. If you trick someone by cheating, you will let someone have the chance to disgrace Buddhism. If you cheat such a good deed of learning Buddhism, you definitely cheat your spouse more things. Catholic, Christian even if the believers of I-Kuan Tao, (also named Yīguàn Dào), have publicly declared their belief. Being a Buddhist, why are you afraid of it? Did Buddha ever teach you to do evil deeds? Of course not! An example like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche doing business, they all know that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is a Buddhist. If someone would not be willing to do business with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the religion issue, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would let it go because there is no karmic connection. Being a Buddhist will not affect our daily life, because we are the normal people, as you can see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is even more normal than an ordinary person. If you feel that being a vegetarian and learning the Buddhism will affect your life, which is your mind to affect and obstruct yourself.

You have to eradicate his evil deeds completely and conduct virtuous ones; do not consume the meat anymore. If you keep on consuming the meat, your blessings and lifetime will be deducted as well.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche advised the attendees again, you must have the reverent mind before the Chod Dharm is performed to accumulate the merits, and then you can obtain the help of Dharma in the puja. Second, you ought to have the repentant mind for the evils deeds you have done since your previous lives. Third, you ought to have the compassionate mind to be on behalf of those sentient beings which are unable to attend the puja. Afterward, Richen Dorjee Rinpoche asked the attendees to visualize just for once that their parents and seniors on their right, their peers on the left, the sentient beings in the six realms in their back, and the karmic creditors from previous lives in front of the them facing the mandala.

Richen Dorjee Rinpoche proceeded to perform the Chod Dharma and led the attendees to recite the Six Syllable Mantra for a long while.

After completing the Chod Dharma, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche proceeded to bestow enlightenments. Usually, gurus wear protection wheels and statues of the Buddhas. But they take off these items such as the protector wheel or statues of the Buddhas during his practice of the Chod puja. There are nothing to protect the performers because they would transform their blood, fleshy body and bones into nectar for sentient beings. They devote themselves completely to the sentient beings. If a practitioner does not attain the compassion, he will not be able to achieve it. Practitioners who can conduct a Chod puja for more than 1,000 people in the same time in the world are very few. You ought to cherish and grasp the opportunity for each time of the puja.

The Tantra must be transmitted by a Guru with the oral transmission, it is not merely read according to the Dharma text. There was one Master who called himself as a “Live Buddha” sent his disciples to attend the puja everywhere and took away the dharma text. They thought that it would be effective when they recite the same contents of dharma text according to the dharma text. Actually it will be in vain. Basically, there are two types of Dharma text, one is practiced for oneself, another one is practiced for people. A text of Tantra is different from sutra. Many visualization and pitch instructions are not written in the text of Tantra. They need be transmitted by Guru. Tonight you heard that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sounded “Pei” during the puja. Do not copy that after going home. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performs the Dharma according to the Tantra and those sound could help sentient beings. If you go home to do it accordingly, you will only dizzy yourself, it must be careful.

In the last section of Chod Dharma text, a practitioner will pray on behalf of sentient beings. In the Tibetan Buddhism, they often beseech guru, not Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, for blessing. Because our merit is not enough to live in the age of Buddha to hear Buddha’s enlightenment, we can only rely on the Gurus of Lineage from generation to generation to teach us in order to learn Buddhism. Therefore to visualize the image of guru will be more familiar than to visualize the image of Buddha. It is a very important part to beseech the blessing of guru in the Tibetan Buddhism. Besides, the practitioner also pray according to the dharma text that three kinds of illness can be eliminated without seeing a doctor, including the liver problem, lung problem and the pustule. In the folklore, there was a mantra can cure the piles, actually it was used for the skin ulcer because the ancient India was hot and windless, many people had the skin ulcer on their back. Therefore it was not effective to recite this mantra for curing the piles.

There were a total of 1300 people coming to attend this puja today. During the puja, everyone recited 1000 times of Six-syllable Mani mantra. Together, this was equivalent to 1.3 million times. In Taiwan, there is no other center which so many participants gather to recite the mantra at the same time. If all of you attended this puja with the same mind, all of you can share the virtues for reciting the 1.3 million times of Six-syllable Mani mantra. But you are only for yourself, for your good health only, you can only have the virtues for reciting 1000 times of Six-syllable Mani mantra.

A believer wrote E-mail to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for many times with regard to what happened in his family. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that it is because of this believer’s job is doing killing karma. There will be a negative karma retribution for making money by taking advantage of the meat from sentient beings. Therefore there are lots of troubles in their family, someone is not only died for illness, but also having the short lifetime. Some of them had no longer lifetime, some of them were died from the accident. From the point view of Buddhism, there is no the wording for accident in Buddhism because the accidents are coming from the cause and effect and the karmic connection. If someone has the shorter lifetime or the accident happened, all of them are the karmic retribution of the killing karma. This Chod is especially helpful for the deceased who was died from a accident or the sentient beings having the serious illness.

In the past 20-odd-year Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has benefited sentient beings, he has seen countless beings suffering a lot on their deathbed. This is also why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has kept encouraging sentient beings to practice virtuous deeds, adopt vegetarian diets, and cultivate Buddhism. Many of you saw the course of your relative or friend suffering at the time of dying. However, in fact, this suffering could be avoided.     Nowadays most people on the deathbed would be simultaneously intubated with three kinds of intubation: N-G tube,  laryngeal catheterization, and intraurethral cannula. Even worse, they may get an intravenous infusion. For those who eat meat and do not cultivate Buddhism, they will definitely suffer from the pains of being intubated. Some of the people on deathbed may unconsciously wave something away. The reason is that what they have eaten manifest as the forms of their ancestors to collect the debts. They just want to wave them away. Every sentence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has told you on the Dharma Throne is absolutely the truth. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche speaks one wrong word, he will fall into hells. You ought to believe it and do not doubt it at all! None of you is able to know the stage of attainment Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has achieved. None of you is qualified to make criticism.

Some people say they have special ability from the normal and are able to see something that others can’t. In fact, there is no such thing. Unless it is in order to pay a debt of gratitude or to do something in revenge, ghosts do not show up before humankind. The ghosts’ favor and hatred with the human are just the causes created in previous lives and now that has to be repaid. Without favor or hatred, ghosts will not come to you. As you are not capable to help them, they will not take notice of you. Those who say they see some ghosts, they tend to be closed by ghosts, or  it will invoke ghosts when reciting  the Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha Fundamental Vows, have, in fact, dark secrets in their minds. Last night Rinchen Dorjee  Rinpoche did not sleep well, because too many sentient beings were waiting to get liberation during the transference puja. This evening, just now, there were a dense mass of sentient beings brought by you,rushing in the center. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told that the puja was perfectly completed, and the beings, you had thought of today, could be released from sufferings. But it is not applied to the people alive, as their minds change all the time and full of too many thoughts. Just as stated in the Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha’s Fundamental Vows, throughout the universe, it is most difficult to salvage the human beings on the Earth, as they are stubborn and self-opinionated, hard to be changed or be subdued.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told two stories to illustrate that how the people beside the deceased can affect the deceased. One time, a believer’s mother was at the final stage of cancer and gained a lot of help from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. This believer is also Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s acquaintance. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, while entering into the state of concentration, knew that the believer’s mother’s heartbeat was very faint and had low blood pressure. She was almost dead but still alive until that afternoon. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche entered into the state of concentration again and saw there were many people, invited by the believer’s younger sister, singing Christian songs beside the woman in hopes of lessening  her fear. They told her to wait for the Lord’s receiving and leading. But it had an opposite effect that the woman could not breathe her last breath but kept suffering. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche placed a phone call to ask them to stop singing. No sooner had they stopped singing than the woman passed away. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reminded them again not to discuss anything related to the deceased in her face, including how to arrange the heritage and funeral affairs, as it would cause the deceased worry. Do not regard a person in a coma or a vegetable are unconscious. On the contrary, they have clear consciousness, and they just cannot give expression. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche  has attained the achievement, through Buddhist cultivation, where he is able to know a vegetable like sweetmeats. Therefore, never apply euthanasia to a vegetable.

Another story was saying about that, not before long, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted Phowa ritual for a disciple’s father. At the beginning, no matter how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted the ritual, the deceased was unwilling to ascend. Entering into the state of concentration, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche discovered that another son of the deceased was crying loudly aside, seemingly showing he was filial. However, in so doing he caused the deceased’s attachment and being unwilling to leave. After Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche finished the conduction of Phowa ritual, the deceased’s chest area became warm. That illustrated the consciousness of the deceased was going to reborn in the human realm. From this story, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told that the karmic creditors are just one’s family members. One can just know who is their karmic creditors when they are at the point of dying.

Last Sunday Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted Phowa ritual for a disciple’s wife. The woman originally had no sufficient causal conditions to obtain the help of Phowa ritual. But due to the thought of making an offering arouse prior to the day she died, she had the conditions to be helped by Phowa. Although her Guru is able to conduct the dharma for her, she still had to repay her karmic debt with her physical body. Therefore, her family members had different opinions so that her body was moved to Hualien and have not been buried till now.

A few days ago there was a believer coming to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. This believer’s mother  passed away not before long, so he wished Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche help them to choose a date for mother’s inhumation. Although in Buddhism it advocates cremation, as the believer’s mother decided to adopt the inhumation, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still helped them to pick the date. Nevertheless, the believer later found a geomancer and the geomancer said the planned date would be bad for them, the two brothers. Hearing about this, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche felt deeply grieved, as the date was chosen for their mother’s benefit rather than for the living family members. Being the deceased’s family members, of course all the lineal relatives were conflicted with the deceased one another so that their mother would die at that time! As for the saying of the geomancer was just a made-up story and the excuse to earn money. These were nothing but the folk custom.

You often say you believe in the law of cause and effect. However, you do not really believe it. People who truly believe in Buddha and the principles of cause and effect will diligently cultivate Buddhism. And the reason why you don’t realize how great the Buddha-Dharma is is that you do not put it into action. This evening there were merely a few children, the youth and the elder going to the toilet. More than 1000 attendees are able to endure the hungry and not going to the toilet during the puja for over two hours. This is also the greatness of Buddha-Dharma. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has unceasingly encouraged and enlightened people to believe in Buddhas as well as in the principles of cause and effect. The last words of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in his lifetime will also be, he believes: Believe in Buddhas. Believe in the law of cause and effect.

Next month will be the last month of the year. You don’t have to live the western life, celebrating the holidays or the New Year. Actually there is nothing worthy celebrating. Spending the New Year implicated that one less year you have to  cultivate Buddhism. Now Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is 63 years old and will be at the age of 64 after one month. The time Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has to benefit sentient beings is less and less. We have to be grateful for parents giving birth to us and grant us the precious body through which we can use it to practice Buddhism. Therefore, no more waste your time. Stop eating meat. In the decadence of Dharma, it is more fashion for people to have a  lantern jaw. However, in the shape of the jaw can be expressed in his later years characterized fortune. If one has a thin and pointed jaw, he is to have less merits in his late years.  Many young people hang around, going different places for playing and enjoying. In so doing they are consuming their blessings and will live a worse life in their late years.

After the recitation of dedication, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened on the content of the Long Life Prayer for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, composed by His Holiness Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche in 2004.  In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, usually merely a throne holder owns a Long Life Prayer of himself, or it is written by a throne holder for a Rinpoche or for his root disciple. A Long Life Prayer is not, as you may expect, owned by anyone who wants it. And the content of it is just a sort of prophecy, as the writer, the Guru, has clearly known about what the disciple’s future will be. If the future does not go as what is predicted, then the writer will also have a negative effect.

The Long Life Prayer is not, as you may think, to pray for the practitioner to live long and reside in the world for a longer time. The Long Life here refers that the practitioner’s Buddhist activities could be long and and vast. Therefore, the disciples ought to recite the prayer everyone, praying that their Guru’s Buddhist activities could be long. People who recite “ the Long Life Prayer for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche” will have the opportunity to search out Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in their future lives, but not for sure in which life they will find him out.

Here, in the Long Life Prayer, His Holiness Drikung Chestang Rinpoche had already foreshadowed the religious name “Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.” But it was not until 2007 that the name was officially granted to to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then gave the teachings of the meaning for each phrases in “The Long Life Prayer for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche” : A precious and extraordinary gem who propagates the teachings of the Victorious One, who possesses the power of utmost compassion as dance, Freely he travels to all places where good causes abound, May you the holder of Vajra live long for hundreds of kalpas!

“A precious and extraordinary gem who propagates the teachings of the Victorious One”: “A precious and extraordinary gem” refers to the teaching ways of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche are extremely precious and auspicious, like a jewel. And the Victorious One means that the practitioner is able to eliminate the forces of the cyclic existence and help all sentient beings truly get liberation from reincarnation.

“Who possesses the power of utmost compassion as dance”: Holding the mercy heart refers to that the cultivator has attained the mercy and compassion of emptiness. “As dance” means that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s methods of propagating Buddhism just seem like dance in a free way. Some kinds of dance have basic steps. And based on those steps, more kinds of dance could be freely created. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was not a student from a Buddhist college, while there are some Exoteric Buddhism learners studying in Buddhist colleges for five years, and some rinpoches studying Tibetan Buddhism for ten years. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, however, imparted Buddhism with the teachings personally given by His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche, and with his own personal true practice experiences. The way to give Buddhist teachings is not to talk about some names and appearances. While you are listening to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s imparting, you can also feel that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teaching way is very lively and close to your daily life. Rinchen Dorjee strikes out the teaching methods and is able to freely express himself to the full. “Possesses the power of utmost compassion” implies that  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has the utmost strong power of blessing.  Regardless of him himself, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does everything all for the benefit of sentient beings, which is all virtuous.

“Freely he travels to all places where good causes abound”: This is very apparent implication of that anywhere the sentient beings have the good causes to cultivate Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will travel there. “Freely” means that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not need to find the beings with studious intent or effort, the places with virtuous conditions will naturally appear and need Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to go. Because of this, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche  is extraordinarily painstaking as he has to go all over the world to impart Buddhist teachings. This is also could be told from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s long face which is a manifestation of working hard fate.

“May you the holder of Vajra live long for hundreds of kalpas”: “The holder of Vajra” refers to that  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is the one who practices vajrayana. “Live long for hundreds of kalpas” manes to reside in the world for hundreds of kalpas that is really a very long time. As His Holiness Drikung Chestang Rinpcohe knows that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s vow is that “I would not attain the Buddhahhood before sentient beings attain it.” Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has to take a long time to benefit sentient beings. From this we can see how His Holiness Drikung Chestang Rinpcohe’s favor to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. In this Long Life Prayer, the thing of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ‘s attainment of Buddhahood is not mentioned about.

At the end of the prayer, it is written “Sincerely written. Good! Good! ” It means that this is a good thing so that His Holiness writes the prayer cordially.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, under His Holiness Drikung Chestang’s instruction, is going to leave for New Zealand tomorrow.  His Holiness Drikung Chestang is going to establish a retreat center in New Zealand and he originally hoped Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to stay there for a longer time. However, compassionately concerning that still many sentient beings waiting at Taiwan for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche prayed His Holiness for letting him come back earlier. And His Holiness consented.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is going on a long journey tomorrow, yet he will not abandon the sentient beings. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told the present that although he will not be at Taiwan, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has attained mercy and compassion. And due to that, there was a believer who reverently made 300-time prostrations before Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s dharma photo printed on the book “Happiness and Suffering” and got corresponding to. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not manifest his reproduced bodies at different places. But because of his attainment of compassion, there will be the reproduction of the power of compassion. Although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not be in Taiwan, the Buddha Dharma can be found every where.That is why even when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is not at Taiwan, as long as you pray with a repentant and reverent heart to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will help you with the embodiment of his compassionate powers.

November 28, 2010

At the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei, disciples and believers reverently listened to the dharma audio-recordings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teaching during the regular puja held on May 11th, 2003 in the Auditorium of Datong District Office of Taipei City. It was during the time of the worldwide SARS outbreak when this puja was hold. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche particularly conducted the mantra recitation against the deity of plague and the White Vajra Mantra for curing all kinds of diseases, that was taught by the Wrathful Guru Padmasambhava. Besides, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed every attendee with a chakra wheel amulet as well as an anti-SARS bottled nectar water blessed by tantric dharma. Meanwhile, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche hoped that everyone could widely share such auspicious anti-SARS bottled nectar water to any sentient being who needs it.

Prior to the Puja’s beginning, a male disciple shared the course of how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche transferred his father’s consciousness and continuously helped his family. First he expressed his gratefulness to Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for granting him the opportunity to share the stories. His father was cremated on November 7th, 2010. After the cremation, father’s bones were still complete. With the assistance of the undertaker, they found their father’s crown of his head whereon was a round hole in 2-mm diameter. Most of the bones appeared in pure white color, while on his crown of the head there was a vast area in pink, and some other areas were in blue and green. Formerly, when he studied Exoteric Buddhism, he red many Buddhist sutras, including “The Record of Sages and Worthies Reborn in the Pure Land.” However, in those sutras he had red, none of them but the Milarepa’s biography mentioning about this kind of thing: a round hole on the crown of the deceased’s head who got rebirth in the Pure Land. These illustrated and proved, not only the greatness of Buddha-Dharma, but also the sublime great ability of Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

His father used to be a veteran serviceman and in very good health, having no big problem in heath except a little be weak of hearing and slight presbyopia. In August 2006 while his father at the age of 82, one day the disciple heard a sound Bang from his father’s room. He rushed to the 2nd floor, shockingly finding that father’s hind-brain hitting into the wall and was bleeding. After the disciple applied some medicine to it and talked with his father to make sure that his father did not have big issue, his father fell asleep. After this event, his family started to be in unstable conditions for almost one year long. His father became irritable and suspicious. He usually doubted if somebody stole his belongings. He often beat his wife, and even threatened the family members with a knife or a scissors holding in his hand. Sometimes when the disciple came home, seeing his mother’s gloomed face and having bruises all over, he could just tell what happened today. In that kind of circumstances, at first, he could not help but get into a quarrel with his father. Afterward, he would think of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings: Disturbance in one’s family results from the one and his ancestors’ heavy killing karma of the past lives. Thinking of this, the disciple felt that he couldn’t do anything but repent and endure the current situation. Father, and mother are like the sky, and the earth. Struggling with a fight inside, he often knelt before his father and implored his father to cease his anger. In his family there lived his parents, wife, and children. In the circumstances his wife and children who had to work in the daytime could not have a nice sleep at night. During that time, His wife once had insomnia for three months. All of them were anxious, restless, and panic-stricken. They were almost cracking up, as every moment they were just worried that they might hear a bad news, maybe from home, the police officers or their neighbors, telling that there was an accident or someone died in their family.

Then, his father’s body clock told him the wrong time. He slept in the daytime and was awake at night. He even forgot what he had done. Almost every night at around 11pm, he would go to knock every family member’s door, shouting: “It’s morning now! Come up to eat breakfast!” One day, his father caught a cold and lacked strength. They took him to see a doctor. Finding the old man not in good condition,  the doctor checked by touching his left carotid and told them their father could have hypapoplexia. Hearing this, the disciple right away thought of once Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that a man who hit a woman will have the karmic effect of paralysis. The doctor also asked them to urgently arrange their father to transfer to another hospital. After taking a brain scan in a big hospital, his father was diagnosed as Parkinson’s sign and asked to stay at hospital. That day happened to be Wednesday when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche scheduled to receive believers. He immediately went to the Glorious Jewel Jewellery Company to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told him that his father ‘s conditions were not sever. However, he still saw Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was reciting mantras to bless his father. During his father’s three-day hospitalization, he almost could not recall his old-time father who used to be praised by relatives and neighbors for his being responsible for family and kind to children. Instead, his felt father unfamiliar and even became very fearsome. After he father left hospital, doctors told them that their father might have three kinds of sequelae: cerebral edema,incontinence, and  unable to walk.

After going home, his young brother insisted his father to take the medicine provided by the doctor. He told his brother that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ever made enlightenment for that the medicine to cure the brain disease is very poisonous, it is not only unable to take effect for this kind of disease in vain, but also has a lot of side effect for the sequela. The most important thing was that it might cause his father has the chance to fall into the three evil realm. He argued with his family members because he was against with it. Afterward they went to the Glorious Jewel Chinese medical clinic for Chinese Medical treatment and took the water-medicine for half a year, during the time, there was no sequel happened what the doctor had mentioned.  For the following three years, under the foreign household worker taking care for his father, his father became quieter and his face is ruddier. He was grateful for the continued assist from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to help his father and family members.

He got the phone call from his young brother at 12:25 p.m. on October 18, 2010, telling him his mother described his father got worst and hard breathing. At 12:40 p.m., when he saw his father’s mouth was opened. He detected that his father had no breathing anymore, besides the pulse was stopping and his body was cold as well. His mother was nervous and expected to know what his father was happened. He told his mother “Father is passed away”. He immediately instructed the foreign household worker taking care for his mother, asking them not to touch the deceased or cry beside his father. He proceeded to Buddhist court to take a nectar ball which was bestowed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and then made prostration to the Dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for three times. He prayed that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could help his father to liberate from the suffering of reincarnation. And then he put the nectar ball into the mouth of his father and positioned the Dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on the head of his father. He called the dharma brother to report the process of regarding the death of his father, he would like to leave messages to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The Dharma brother reminded him to visualize Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and raise the confidence toward Guru. Besides his dharma brother also asked whether he had found funeral service or not. His mother could accept that his father had been died and crying it out for a long time. He asked the foreign household worker took care with his mother and called all family members to go home. He started to visualize Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sitting in front of the head of his father and bestowing the blessing on his father. It was at about 1 o’clock afternoon, he recited the six-syllable Mani mantra, and half an hour later, there were 13 family members coming back and joining to recite six-syllable Mani mantra reverently. At 2 o’clock a director of funeral service coming and told them some important things with regard to the time that they would change the clothes for his father at 9 p.m. and transfer the deceased to the funeral home.

He would like to thank Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche taking care disciples and sentient beings no matter the worldly concerns or supramundane were all down to the very last detail. It let them not only to smoothly handle the funeral affairs, but also to have peace of mind. All of them recited the six-syllable Mani mantra for 3 hours later, obviously the mouth of his father had been closed, like he was asleep, his mother used the Hakka language to say “There is no fear when a human has been passed away.”He told his mother and his family members “Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed the blessing and helped father in the result of having such a good look.” They proceed to recite the six-syllable Mani mantra. It was around 5 p.m.; The Dharma brother called him and passed on the word of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to him “The deceased did not beseech for salvage, and did not make offerings as well, there is no enough cause and condition which regretted to say that unable to help his father” But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche very cared the deceased and promised to transfer his consciousness in the Chod puja. After hearing that, he feel reassured and his heart was ease. But he still made repentance that he had been taking refuge more than 5 years, but he ignored that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had taught him the most important things was the impermanent of birth and death. As this result, he did not aware that his father would not to be long for this world, thought himself was right that his father would have a longer life. Thus he lost the chance to accumulate the merits for his father when he could accompany with his father to make offerings to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and lost the cause and condition to beseech for the Phowa Dharma. Therefore it caused that his father had to take more sufferings for several days, at that time, he felt he was so hateful and unfilial. Because of his ignorant and self-willed, caused the mistake could not be redeemed. At 9 p.m., the funeral undertaker changed the clothes for his father. He discovered his father that there was red color in the sole of his foot, and the cobweb like with maroon color appeared on his back everywhere, his limbs were rigid. His wife added that “It was livor mortis” he was so sorrow for the suffering of his father. Afterward the body of his father was moved to the body refrigerator in the funeral home. At that the night, the typhoon was coming, on the way to his home, it was continuing light drizzle, the temperature was dropping off. He was thinking his father lying in the body refrigerator; his heart was dreary as well. He regretted what he had done for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and his father. He was sleepless and prayed that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could meet believers on Saturday.

It was extremely difficult for him within the days of waiting. Finally, on Thursday, October 21, he received a text message informing him “Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will receive believers on October 23.” Rather than simply feeling that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has taken so much efforts to meet with believers, upon seeing this message, he felt as if he had sucked in fresh air full of Fragrance multi-essences after being suffocated for a long time. He was suddenly elated so as to jump up and down. At that time, he deeply understood how precious for us to have the chance to meet with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on Saturdays. So did he understand how helplessly we would be when someone close was dying. It would be so painful for us to face with death. Nothing really can we do. He was really very grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. During those days of waiting, what he could do was to make full prostrations and repentance. He prayed the Dharma protector, A-Chi, to allow him an opportunity on October 23 to meet with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. His wish came true so he asked all his family to gather in Taipei, together praying Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to liberate their father. He also suggested the family to take this only chance to make offering to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Again, he expressed his gratefulness to the Guru and the Dharma protector, A-Chi.

The evening before they could go to meet with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, he discussed with his mother and siblings to follow Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings. He suggested make offering to the Guru with all the father wealth, including more than 30 golden and silver coins that even their mother had never seen. As they met Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and kneeling down in front of Rinpoche, Rinpoche compassionately asked them what the nature of their problem was. He first repented about his wrongdoings and then told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that his father had passed away. Before he finished, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche at once asked about his father’s name and the animal symbol of his father’s birth year. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately recited mantras for his father. After that, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave the following enlightenment: The consciousness of your father has been protected. It will be liberated and transferred during the Chod puja on October 29. He knew that it was the manifestation of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s compassion to personally inform his mother and other family members about the transferring of consciousness. In so doing, they could feel the peace. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also told him “your father didn’t experience much pain while dying. He had completely accepted his health conditions.” Four years before his death, his father had already been diagnosed with and suffering from Alzheimer`s Disease. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued to tell him “Your father’s spirit now is staying in the yard of an old house.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also asked whether his father had other brothers. He replied that his father had three brothers but, perhaps, only one was still alive (afterwards, he asked relatives in Mainland China whether the uncle was still alive to know that the uncle also had passed away.) In 2003, he went back to He-Bei, China, with his father visiting relatives. His two uncles already died then. The houses of all three uncles had yards. After meeting with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, he went back to look up the photos he took in 2003, he found out that one of his uncle’s house was about one hundred years old and had not ever remodeled. After telling him where his father’s spirit was, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued telling him “one of your father’s elder brother once took great care of your father, but that brother’s consciousness had not been transferred. His consciousness had been attached to your father.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told them to look up the name of that elder brother of his father so as to transfer his consciousness during the Chod puja. Rarely would people know matters related to this kind of family privacy. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, however, could know the key yet critical information in brief meditation. All the family, especially his mother, was admiring the compassion and great power of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. They were all crying and feeling very grateful.

Later they implored Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for suggestion of the proper funeral day. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave them two dates and told them if they couldn’t make it on the first date, October 2 of the Lunar Calendar would be the second. They then continued to implore the Guru to allow all the family to attend the Chod puja. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately agreed and stressed on the condition that they had to begin a vegetarian diet. Lastly they wished that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could mercifully accept their offering on behalf of their father so as to accumulate merits for their father. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also agreed to accept their offering. When they on their way home, he suddenly thought of his mother’s three younger sisters who had died at very young ages. He asked his mother about this. And then he called his eldest aunt at Kao-Xiong to obtain the information of the names of his late aunts and the animal symbols of their birth years. He quietly prayed to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to also liberate these three aunts’ consciousnesses during the coming Chod puja. After returning home, with his mother and siblings, he shared various stories about Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s compassion and auspiciously great power. His mother also extremely admired Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s profound ability to clearly know the details of their family history. He told his mother that she should always think of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and Rinpoche’s Dharma name. She should never forget it.

During the regular puja on October 24th, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened the attendees that because a male follower’s father had passed away the follower came to make an offering to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and implored Rinpoche to liberate his father by conducting Phowa dharma. Rinpoche said that Phowa dharma cannot be attained just by imploring; Phowa dharma can only be attained by those deceased who have great blessings. From the perspective of Tibetan tradition, if there is a family member who is going to die, his or her family will take the best thing in the family as an offering to invite a Rinpoche from a Buddhist temple to temporarily live at their home, so that they can have a chance to make offerings to this Rinpoche every day and the Rinpoche will be able to conduct dharmas for the dying person every day as well. Until the dying person has passed away and the Rinpoche has completed conducting Phowa ritual, the family of the deceased person will make offerings again with the best things they have. After that, they will then send the Rinpoche back to his Buddhist temple. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has already saved a lot of trouble for you; you do not have to invite Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to live in your home because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not have to conduct the dharma beside the deceased person in order for the dharma to be successful. Even if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is in India while the remains of a deceased person is in Taiwan, after the perfect completion of Phowa dharma, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would still be able to punch a hole on the top of the head of the deceased person. The disciple sharing the story acknowledged that the evil disciple mentioned by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was him. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also said to him that when he had implored Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to liberate his father he had never told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that his father had been from Mainland China; but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still knew the soul of his father went to his uncle’s old house in Mainland China since the uncle was 12 years older than his father and had taken care of his father when they were young. Later, after listening to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s enlightenment in the CD of title “the important things of birth and death” on May 2nd, 1999, he then suddenly realized Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s words. In the CD, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that after a person had died, the soul of the person would go to a place he would like to go the most during his life time. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also said to him that he ordinarily was not willing to make offerings; he started to make offerings after his father had died; but this had already been too late to accumulate enough blessings for his father to receive Phowa dharma. If we do not listen to the guru’s words, the guru’s blessings will be broken. But, even if encountering those disciples who were disobedient, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, like a father reluctant to give up his own children, still spent all efforts to create opportunities to help those disciples accumulate causes, conditions, and blessings. Therefore, this disciple sincerely hoped that all dharma brothers can take his story as a caution. We must accompany our parents, when they are still alive, to personally make offerings to the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to accumulate enough assets and blessings for them such that once they are dying they will have causes and conditions to attain Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help to liberate them from the suffering ocean of cyclic existence.

The Chod puja was held on October 29th. His sister’s husband had already promised Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to attend the Chod puja, but his sister’s husband had had a business trip to Xia-Men, China and no one knew whether he could come back to Taiwan in time. When the beginning of the puja was approaching, the disciple was very worried about this. Surprisingly, his sister’s husband did show up in time in the Buddhist center. The disciple felt miraculous since his brother-in-law had never believed in Buddhism and had never attended any great puja of liberation before. Just like this, because of his father’s death, his father and those relatives his mother had missed the most were liberated in the Chod puja. On their way home after the puja, his family were very happy because his father had received Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help for liberating from the cyclic existence. After going home, he shared with his mother, sisters, and brothers Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s stories of helping sentient beings and his compassion. After listening to these stories, his mother praised Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche very much. His mother felt particularly profound when she heard that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had once enlightened that now there were many so-called filial children who let their parents stay in the hospital and let them suffer the pain of getting intruded and attached with three tubes. He was glad to know that his father didn’t experience much pain while passing and was able to peacefully die at home. He was extremely grateful and, with his life, he admired the heart of an authentic Vajra Guru Master, whose compassion to liberate sentient beings was boundlessly incredible.

On Sunday, November 7, the funeral would be held. It was also the day when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would perform the Dharma of Guru Offering. Some dharma brother reminded them that they must attend the puja, no matter what should happen. He confirmed the suggestion. At 9 o’clock prior the coffin was covered, when he touched his father’s body, he found that it was still supple with elasticity. The remains were sent to the refrigerator on October 18 and moved out on November 6. It has been nearly three weeks that the remains were stored in the refrigerator. No medical science or any scientific knowledge could explain the phenomenon of the remains. This, again, attested to the incredible power of kindness of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

The staff of the funeral home told him that there should have been no slot available for them to cremate the remains of their father. It was settled through certain connection so that schedule became possible. They, however, had to wait for about one hour, which meant the cremation would begin at about 11 o’clock. And the time for cooling down was about one and half hours. Magically, less than 5 minutes after the staff explained the scheduling, they were informed that a burner was ready for cremating their father’s body. Thus, at 11:30 or so, they could collect the bones of the remains. The scull of their father was very round and smooth. With the help of the staff, they found a small hole about 2 millimeters near the crown of the scull. The color of the scull was white. Additionally, a large area on the scull appeared to be pinkish and part of it was the color of green and blue. While his family stayed in the funeral home to take care of the following matters, he rushed to the Buddhist Center at about 1 o’clock to attend the puja on time. He truly believed the series of so-called coincidences were the arrangement of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and the Dharma protector, A-Chi.

He was very grateful to His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche! Without Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, there would be no what they have today. Even if we offer our body, speech and mind to the Guru, it will not be enough to pay back one percent of the great kindness of the Guru. He sincerely wished that all the attendees, including believers and disciples could together cherish the precious time they can learn Buddhism with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Thus, we can accumulate sufficient merits and provisions to be reborn in the Pure Land. He prayed that all the suffering sentient beings can have the causes and conditions to be helped by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. They can be forever liberated from the suffering ocean of the cycle of birth and death.

A speech recording of Rinpoche on May 11, 2003 was played to the gathering of followers and disciples. In the recording, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche explained a popular saying which is figurative – embrace Buddha’s feet in one’s hour of need – that is, seek help at the last moment. It implies that one has to continually maintain connection with Buddha and Bodhisattva, who are always listening to voices of wish from countless sentient beings. Buddha and Bodhisattva would not be able to hear praying from you, if you have not maintained proper connection with them before. Many people have taken for granted that Buddha and Bodhisattva will realize all their wishes as a return for their paying obeisance to Buddhas. What an intolerable superstition! Recently since the SARS Outbreak, many of the audience had not attended the regular Dharma ceremony for a couple of times. In fact, Rinpoche did not cancel any one of the Dharma ceremonies since the outbreak of SARS, however none of his disciples had ever contracted SARS. Today, with the anti-SARS puja, some of you had not continually attended the regular ceremonies but came here to take part of the puja; they were full of discriminative thoughts. Even though today they obtained a gift of the Dharma Wheel Talisman Amulet, the protective power would be relatively small. The truth of how a disciple is blessed lies in his or her faith in the guru; any Dharma ceremony will have benefits on such a disciple.

In Tibetan Buddhism, also well known as Zhenyan School, mantra reciting is a major practice. In fact, many people recite the Great Compassion Mantra, the Ten Short Mantra and the Shurangama Mantra; the mantras have a direct linkage to Zhenyan School. Those, who reject the tantric doctrine, reject Tibetan Buddhism, but recite mantras every day, are unrealistic, because the mantras are connected with the Tibetan Buddhism. A mantra is connected with the aspiration power, the accumulated virtues and merits of the Yidam, Buddha and Bodhisattva. Through reciting the mantra, we got blessings from the Yidam.

In Tibetan Buddhism, the practice of mantra reciting is based on long-term training on meditation, strict adherence to precepts, completing solitary retreats, and reciting the mantra for a certain number of times within a period of time. According to ritual texts, certain marks will manifest if the mantra-reciting in a retreat is perfected; thus, the attained power will benefit beings. Mantras are to be recited on behalf of the beings. The so-called four taintless Dharma includes practices to subdue, to increase, to conciliate and to eliminate the target. Only if the motivation is absolutely without any interest of selfness, that it can be qualified as taintless. As a prerequisite, a virtuous guru has to perfect practices of the four Dharmas so that he becomes qualified to benefit the beings. While your daily mantra reciting only connects you to the Yidam, it does not benefit the beings.

Reciting a mantra has to follow its method. Firstly, reciting some special mantra for the prayer beads; then, visualize before recite the mantra. After completing the mantra reciting, another visualizing practice should be followed. If daily mantra reciting of the Ten Short Mantra or the Compassion Mantra can be truly helpful, it might be unnecessary for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to perform solitary retreats for the years. In Tibetan Buddhism, a Ngakpa is an attained practitioner who uses his power of mantra reciting to benefit the beings. Once you have committed yourself in the practice of mantra reciting, your speech has to maintain in purified state. Even with a single harsh word, especially toward the guru, your mantra reciting would become void and useless. Some people mistakes that Dharma ceremonies can be avoided sometime. The truth: even only one time of absence at the Dharma ceremony, it equates to your losing of a ten-year practice because you have not achieved the requirements.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that, while he was learning Exoteric Buddhism, he had been reciting 49 times of the Great Compassion Mantra, 2000 times of Namo Great Compassionate Avalokiteshvara, one time of the Universal Door Chapter, 49 times of the Heart Sutra and also mediated for one hour; at night, he would study the Avatamsaka Sutra. No one of the attendees could have achieved alike. Moreover, many people would not like to attend pujas until they could find certain benefits for themselves. Think about it – would you, with such manners, be blessed from Buddha and Bodhisattva? To be effective, one must not break his course of the learning. Do not anticipate that things will change right after attending a puja. The number of attendees was 40 more than the last week. They were motivated by their own thinking to find some interests here. If one calculates in learning Buddhism, their life will encounter troubles because they would also calculate in their everyday life.

In order to prepare the amulets, Rinpoche had asked some disciples to submit lists of attendees. However, three of them had not delivered the name list. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened the attendees on this issue: they had not bear in mind how the other would be forced to face with the problem of uncertain number of attendees – some people would not receive the item if insufficient quantity while it would waste money if the quantity too much. The three disciples were dismissed from the position of a group lead.

The two mantras – one is to survive attacks from Gods of Plague, and the other, that passed down by Guru Padmasambhava, to cure any illness – had been never transmitted to Han Chinese. Knowing that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has lots of disciples, some special Rinpoches of the Drikung Kagyu Order transmitted the mantras in hope that all the disciples could be safe through the entire SARS epidemic. Lots of preparation for today’s puja had been arranged. Moreover, while everybody was still in their sleep, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had begun practicing preparation rituals in the early morning.

After the ritual was completed, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued: SARS propagates via contacts, but not through the air. For example, the virus of SARS would enter human body through eyes, nose, ears etc. Hands would become a carrier of the virus if, for example, using the tap without first rinsing it, holding the door knob of the toilet, flushing a commode, or pressing the button of an elevator and so on. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had pointed out the SARS virus propagation hazards even before the experts of medical fields, and also suggested helpful methods for how to protect oneself in daily life. Parents should eye on their children to avoid using their hands to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth areas.

Furthermore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche pointed out that SARS is less infectious than influenza. The spread of SARS was due to the shared karma originated in killing. Countless sentient beings have suffered from the fear of death, so it is the karmic retribution that we also experience much fear of the disease in this world. Many diseases are originated from the karma of killing. If you are not willing to adopt a vegetarian diet, it would be useless to implore for Buddha and Bodhisattva’s help even in every second. There can’t be any excuses to kill any sentient beings. It had been confirmed that SARS was first transmitted from animals to human beings whom were the wild animal butchers in Guangdong province in China. People who continue to take meat, even though they are not infected by SARS this time, they might eventually get mad cow disease. Many people now have encountered trouble in the brain, which doctors could not find out causes of the illness. As a matter of fact, it is because the animals, killed by people, have been injected with many hormones, antibiotics and a mess of other things; the meat may still contain some other virus even though under protection of antibiotics. Viruses would still penetrate into one’s body and then into one’s brain.

Buddha’s advice is not to take any meat so that we could live longer and thus have more time to listen to Buddha dharma. Taking vegetarian diet does not necessarily to become ordained. Cows and goats are also taking vegetarian diet, but not ordained.  There are two concerns why your parents stop you to become a vegetarian. The first one, they would not like to see that you become ordained. The second, they have suspicion that you will experience inadequate nutrition. Buddha has said that any food could be nutritious as long as we don’t have discriminative thoughts about them. Hope that the SARS could change the Chinese custom on killing animals and change their selfish mindset. Many of you have encountered obstacles on the path to adopt vegetarian diet. That is because you are not willing to do, but rather your intention arises from your fear of being expelled from this Buddhist center.

Before Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche became a Buddhist, Rinpoche had an audience with the Master Guang-Qin. Master Guang-Qin had looked at Rinpoche for about one minute. Thereafter, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can no longer stomach any meat. Rinpoche became a Buddhist one year later. At his early time adopting vegetarian diet, Rinpoche encountered some certain obstacles. For example, his friends would make fun of it, commenting, “You must have done a lot of bad things so as to become a vegetarian.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche responded “yes.” Whether with intention or not, people had harmed a great amount of sentient beings and yet dare to admit their evildoings. It is due to our own karma that we have usually invoked the feeling of sensation of eating meat, that we become reluctant to adopt vegetarian diet. Remember that everyone has his own rights to decide on which choice of the food. Therefore, you could simply refuse taking meat and publicly declare that your choice is vegetarian diet. Do not blame the other one as the excuses. It’s all up to your determination. If you perform good conducts with a pure and natural mind, your karmic creditors would forgive you. In contrast, if you are motivated by calculates of your own benefits, your karmic creditors would impose hindrance on you.

If everyone adheres to taking meat, more and more problems will happen in addition to SARS. Wars might also become inevitable. The number of audience of the ceremony was  380. If everyone adopts vegetarian diet, a large number of the beings would be free from such suffering. You could also influence the other people so that, perhaps in 5 or 10 years, they might become vegetarian too. Never mind what comments the other people would say. For example, man used to accept only well-done meat, but nowadays many people accept half-cooked beef. It tells us that you have been changed to accept such notion. Your thinking determines your conducts. Therefore, if you change the thinking, you will realize that eating meat of the beings is pretty cruel. Each and every single being could possibly become a future Buddha. Like us, they enjoy their own life. People who used to eat meat in their life would eventually contract strange diseases, could only enjoy short longevity and will be prone to illness. On the surface, people kill chickens and eat their meat, the reality is, however, the chickens’ body has no difference to human being’s. Another example, look at how Japanese kill and eat globefishes – they strip off the fish skin – as a result, the remained fish bones look like a death’s head skeleton of mankind. Take the perspective of causes and effects, those animals might have been your ancestors in your past lives. One of the meanings why we adopt vegetarian diet is to stop bad karmic connections with the beings. We all have seen that some people would be scalded, that is due to their evil conducts, such as deep frying fishes or meat, in their past lives. You get karmic retribution. For more example, if you had killed beings in your past lives, you will experience surgery in this life; it’s not a matter of luck. Buddha suggests that we stop any actions of killing and further eliminate such thoughts of killing. People who bear the notion of killing will not be able to cultivate compassion. Compassion refers to giving one’s own happiness to the others, yet one must not introduce any kind of suffering to the others. Therefore, anyone who practices mantra reciting and still takes meat is not a Buddhist. They are learning on an evil path. Buddha always has a wish that the beings could be free from suffering. We, converted to Buddha, shall follow Buddha’s teachings.

Taking refuge in a guru stands for one would like to receive Buddha’s teachings again. Do not mistake it as a method to protect yourself. It means nothing even you take refuge if you do not accept Buddha’s teaching. In learning Buddhism, if you do not follow the guidance from your guru but adhere to your own ways, it will be tuft to change your condition. If your facial complexion reflects darkly, your evil karmic energies have not been eliminated; it is not a matter of your skin tone. Buddhas and Bodhisattvas could help you for a couple of times, however, if you have calamities you have to rely on your own. Many Buddhist groups let the believers take refuge first, and then ask them to change their eating-meat hobbit gradually. It is not correct. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is aware that the world’s mutual karma is horrible more and more and it is easy to be involved, if we cannot stop doing evil deeds immediately.

If by condition one receives a chakra wheel amulet, one has to cherish the fortune. By cherishing fortune it is neither to eat all the meals on the table nor to save all money, but do not waste the virtues you got. Regarding today’s puja, it had taken more than one month for preparation since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche received the transmission of Dharma text till producing the chakra wheel amulet and the nectar water. It couldn’t be done; If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche doesn’t grant the power of mantra recitation. It’s not easy to attain. Today you have virtues to obtain this auspicious stuff and have to think about how to repay the gratitude to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. It’s to act in accordance with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings. Don’t think you have time or you have to wait. The evil retribution would come in this life soon, rather than it happened in several lives apart. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche learns the Buddha-Dharma urgently and immediately, therefore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s present life can be changed right away.

Do not think that everything will be going well just by wearing the chakra wheel amulet. We still have to believe in the Buddhist teachings and also believe that we could achieve them. The reasons why you do not believe in that you can do it is because you thought you have not learned it yet. To learn Buddhism is not so difficult. Just follow the Guru’s teachings and use it in your daily life completely. That’s what is called “adopt a particular Dharma.”  Every guru gives the Buddhist teachings based on his experiences. He gives you teachings that you are able to practice. Therefore you definitely could do it to follow guru’s teachings. These disciples who made the mistake had doubts about whether they could achieve it, and therefore, did not follow the instruction of guru and practice it accordingly. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has to deal with so many things, including holding the ten thousand people Grand Puja in Taoyuan’s Stadium, without taking any notes, however, would not forget any of them. It is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not have either distracting thoughts or deluded thoughts, and does handle these things with concentrated mind. Since you would forget even some tiny things, you certainly would not be able to handle with such a big thing of life and death.

That Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche scolds the disciples is to help them eliminate their karma. But many disciples are afraid of being scolded. As a lay practitioner, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is aware of those problems of lay disciples very well, and, therefore, also knows it is not good to disciples to teach them with amiable manners. At least, by this way, you will not go in the wrong direction for your next life although you might not like it. If you accept this way of teachings, your much karma can be changed in the future. If you want to change your future, you have to let go your selfness, dignity, and face-saving. Otherwise, you cannot learn and attain the equanimous compassion for all sentient beings. The right mindset is to learn Buddhism and to repay the Buddha’s loving kindness.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had continued: to practice the Phowa Dharma, one has to accomplish the Four Preliminary Common Practices. Performing the Phowa ritual is indeed simple, yet the hard core lies in one’s mindset – the faith toward Buddhas. Such belief is not apparently obvious; instead, it refers to complete surrender to the teachings, without even any observable doubts. Although, the teaching of the Pure Land School is a relatively simple one, it is still too hard for we lay practitioners. However, the Phowa Dharma will assure you of rebirth in the pure lands. It is one of the Eight Sadhanas in Tibetan Buddhism. To receive teachings of Phowa, one must cultivate great merits. Without appropriate merits accumulated, one will not accomplish the practice even if one has received its teachings. How the merits can be accumulated? Hearing Dharma teachings, performing generosity and offering. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will only disseminate the Phowa Dharma according to the tradition of transmission. In fact, the Phowa Dharma had not transferred to those who do not cultivate large capacity. Nowadays, in such degenerate age, the sentient beings simply have not cultivated enough capacity; therefore, only the Phowa can assure your liberation from the samsara realms. Furthermore, the practitioner will be able to benefit other people. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has a wish that those who receive the transmission of the Phowa Dharma could accomplish and perfect the practice. Again, Rinpoche emphasized that everyone must continually attend the Dharma ceremonies. By doing so, one receives benefits and, as well, eliminates bad things.

November 27, 2010

From November 27 to December 5, 2010, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led about 60 followers to head for New Zealand. Specifically, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and the followers paid a visit to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s guru of three grace root, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, who has been supervising the construction of “Milarepa Retreat Center” in New Zealand. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also invited His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to visit the Southern Island for leisure and to give blessings and protect the land and sentient beings.

November 29, 2010

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led more than 60 followers to visit “Milarepa Retreat Center” of Drikung Kagyu Lineage, which is located in a city near Auckland of New Zealand. This trip was to pay a visit to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s guru of three grace root, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. In 2007, when Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang brought Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to visit New Zealand for the first time, Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang chose the current site for the center. According to various auspicious signs manifested at that time, both Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche both thought the site was very good for practicing retreats. Thus, the guru and the follower together, Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, decided to purchase the land and then plan to construct the retreat center.

Milarepa Retreat Center is located in an area surrounded by hills and mountains, about 90 minutes in driving distance from downtown Auckland. The area is secluded and tranquil; no large vehicles can pass by. So far, the management center and the house for Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang have been established. Tens of retreat huts will be under construction soon. Building these constructions is extremely costly due to the strict regulations of New Zealand for construction materials, methods, and environmental measures. Additionally, since the location is quite remote, the expenditure for transportation adds up the cost. To fulfill the vow of the guru and to protect and sustain the Lineage, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has continuously financially contributed to the construction of the retreat center. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will keep on making great financial efforts to do so.

In the period of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s organizing and establishing the retreat centre in the place, there have been many local believers of New Zealand who want to seek an audience with His Holiness. They, however, did not gain His Holiness’ consent nor did they have the opportunity to visit this retreat centre. Now, the over 60 disciples of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center not only had the pleasure to pay a visit to the auspicious place but also obtained the blessing bestowed by His Holiness’ to them one by one. Moreover, His Holiness particularly and personally instructed local believers to prepare the lunch and special local fruit to receive the disciples of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. His Holiness kindly inquired after the followers. All of the followers have immense gratitude to their Guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, for giving them the precious opportunity.

His Holiness Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang is greeted by disciples of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center.

Updated on April 22, 2016