Event Calendar of The His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche

December 1, 2010

When His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and the over 60 disciples of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center were having the lunch in the Queenstown, the south island of New Zealand, a local journalist particularly came to the restaurant to have an interview with His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and the followers of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center on their intention and route of this travel to New Zealand.

His Holiness Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche give an interview to the local press in the Queenstown.

On the next day, the local newspapers “The Southland Times” (photo 1) and “Mountain Scene” (photo 2&3, website: http://www.scene.co.nz/282517a1.page) reported this event, carrying pictures of His Holiness, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and His Holiness’ attendant lama. The newspaper titled His Holiness “High-ranking Tibetan monk”, and it also reported the Milarepa Retreat Centre of the Drikung Kagyu Order, that is the place being set up by His Holiness and supported by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. It even reported that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has healed, with Buddha-Dharma, many followers who suffered cancer and saved many people from deadly condition without adopting medical treatment.

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Photo 3:Special interview of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and His eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche by local newspaper.

His Holiness Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang bestowed enlightenment upon disciples of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center.

One night, when His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had dinner with over 60 disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang particularly bestowed brief but precious teachings to the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center: Buddha Sakyamuni entered nirvana in Bodhgaya 2554 years ago, and the Buddhist teachings spread from Bodhgaya thereafter. The Buddhist lineages are known to be Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana, i.e. the Lesser, Greater, and Vajra Vehicles. At that time, there was Hinayana Buddhism. As the word vehicle refers to a carrier, one who is on the Lesser Vehicle merely tries to gain self-liberation and does not think about the sentient beings. Geographically, it can also be called the Southern Buddhism, spreading southwards from Bodhgaya to areas such as Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Burma. 500 years thereafter, Bodhisattva Nagarjuna started Mahayana Buddhism, i.e. the Northern Buddhism, spreading northwards from Bodhgaya to North India, West Ladakh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, western territories, and China. As this Vehicle carries more than an individual’s benefits and one has to practice for the sentient beings, it is then called the Greater Vehicle of Buddhim. In Taiwan, research documents on the history of Chinese Buddhism attest that the Lesser Vehicle represents the forming period of Buddhism, the Greater Vehicle represents the developing period of Buddhism, and the Tibetan Buddhism represents a later period of Buddhism. Tibetan Buddhism was initiated around the times of the 7th century. The Bon religion still had great influence over Tibet at the time, so Buddhism was able to root in the region only after Padmasambhava entered Tibet. Zen Buddhism from China made its entrance during this early period. Currently, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang is researching in this field and has published several books. The resources for the books include material from the Paris Library and the British Library, as well as texts found in the 17th cave in Dunhuang on the Silk Road. The books were a result of collaboration between the Drikung Kagyu Foundation and the British Library.

The word drikung in Drikung Kagyu Lineage is the name of a place and kagyu means oral transmission. The lineage of Drikung Kagyu was originated from Tilopa, who was born in Bangladesh, east to India, and his disciple, Naropa, born in Sri Lanka, west to India. Both of them were lay gurus and Naropa had been the resident guru of Nalanda University and Vikramashila University. Afterwards, the great Marpa went to India three times and Nepal four times to seek teachings. Marpa obtained important scriptures from Nalanda and Vikramashila Universities and brought them back to Tibet. Milarepa, a disciple of Marpa, passed the lineage onto Gampopa, under whom four Kagyu sects rose: Karma Kagyu, Tsalpa Kagyu, Barom Kagyu, and Phagdrub Kagyu.Gampopa’s foremost disciple was Phagmodrupa , who had 500 accomplished disciples. Phagmodrupa’s lineage was divided into 8 Kagyu branches such as Drikung Kagyu, Drukpa Kagyu, Taklung Kagyu. Therefore, the Kagyu school has four major and eight minor sects in total.

The founder, Jigten Sumgon, built Drikung Thil at a place 180 kilometers to the northeast of Lhasa in 1179 AD and also created the Drikung Kagyu order. At the time, there was a sentence spreading among people: “Any mountain is Drikung Kagyu’s mountain; any land is Drikung Kagyu’s land.” During the heyday of the Drikung Kagyu order, there were 180,000 monks or nuns. This astonishing number was recorded not only in the history of Drikung Kagyu order; even the history of other orders of Tibetan Buddhism, such as the fifth Dalai Lama and Karma Kagyu, has also recorded such fact. So this number is true. At the time, Jigten Sumgon had dispatched groups of monks and nuns, increased from a few hundred, a few thousand, to more than 50,000 in the end, to Gangdise Mountains, more than 50,000 to Mt. Lapchi, and more than 50,000 to Tsari, the three sacred places respectively to perform retreat. These three places were the sacred lands of Cakravamsara. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang had visited the area of Gangdise Mountains and had been able to see in that area the remains of performing retreats by many monks or nuns from the past. Some local people also spread many stories of Buddha dharma about practitioners flying over from other mountain tops, and so on.

The most important monastery of Drikung Kagyu order in Tibet is Drikung Thil in the northeast of Lhasa. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang especially mentioned again that the golden roof of Drikung Thil was also supported and re-built by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Drikung Thil and Nyima Changra Shedra are the two major retreat centers of Drikung Kagyu order in Tibet. The main focuses of these two retreat centers are to practice Five-fold Mahamudra and the Six Dharmas of Naropa. Currently, Drikung Kagyu order has more than 200 temples in Tibet and India and has more than 100 centers overseas. They have now been largely on track and can be managed by themselves. In recent five or six years, they have already focused on the study and practice of Buddha dharma. Only if important thing happens, the monasteries then need His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to handle it.

In the next 10 years, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang will put more efforts to the construction of three overseas retreat centers, including one in West Germany (for Western Europe), one in Hungary (for Eastern Europe), and one that you have visited this time in New Zealand Auckland (for Pan Pacific area). These three retreat centers will be constructed and managed personally by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. Even three-year retreat will be carried out in these three retreat centers as well. The purpose of His Holiness constructing the three retreat centers is to follow the founder’s, Jigten Sumgon’s, example of transmitting dharmas in the three retreat centers such as Gangdise Mountains in the past. Finally, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang wished all disciples of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center a happy evening.

December 4, 2010

The captain and the chief officer praised His Holiness Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang for steering the boat steadily and took pictures together.

His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, followed by around 60 disciples of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, took the sightseeing Boat cruise on majestic Milford Sound. While cruising, the coxswain of the sightseeing board invited His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to steer the boat. His Holiness was immediately familiar with the skills of steering boat and stably steered the boat same as a professional captain. Rinchen Dorjee Rinchen praised that “His Holiness is steering the dharma boat to salvage the sentient beings”. All the disciples in this boat were grateful for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to bestow such an auspicious opportunity of staying in the same boat with great practitioners to accumulate the blessing and cause and condition.

His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang was carefully attended by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche whenever he went; His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang also deeply cherished His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The two of them are like father and son.

December 5, 2010

At the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei, followers and believers reverently listened to the dharma audio-recordings taught by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on May 18, 2003.

Before the puja, a female follower took the podium to share the story of how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helped her son. Meeting His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is the best blessing in her life. She, nonetheless, didn’t know how to appreciate and thank for the kindness of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, after Rinpoche had greatly benefited her family. What she could do is to write down her experience with profound admiration and gratefulness to the auspiciousness and greatness of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

On July 16, 2008, her son was undertaking his first surgery of hydrocephalus catheter drainage. The doctor told them her son could be discharged in five days after the operation. To their surprise, the next morning, he had suffered from right-brain stroke due to seizures and was in critical conditions. She could only go all over the places around Taiwan to pray for gods and Buddhas as well as seek divine guidance. After ten days of staying in the intensive care unit, his conditions were safe enough to be transferred to the general ward. His right brain, however, was damaged, resulting his left hand and left foot were impaired. In the meantime, his son was diagnosed with a rare disease, so-called “marble baby.”

On August 27, 2008, it was the first time they made an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. It was also two days before her son would undertake the second major surgery. Upon walking into the Jewellery Company, she saw a great many of people in it, thinking that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche must be very effective otherwise there wouldn’t be so many people waiting for being helped. As stupid as she could be, she compared Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with those divinities she had previously met. Consequently, she’d develop so many doubts and do so many inappropriate things during and after taking refuge. As soon as she kneeled in front of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, her tears were already uncontrollably falling down. After a series of tests previously, she’d have thought tearing wasn’t easy any more but she couldn’t stop sobbing when meeting Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Especially when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately held her son to give blessings, the father-like compassionate and caring eyes of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche looking at her son made her unstoppably weep even louder. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her to stop crying since it couldn’t change anything. Additionally, it was her who chose the man as her husband who she would bear the karmic burden of his ancestors. Be kind to the son and care for him for not asking anything in return. By doing so, it’s possible to solve the cause and effect. Would you have already asked so many divinities and then came here for help? Confused and perplexed, she couldn’t listen to a word of the enlightenment of His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. What she prayed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for was to save her son. As a result, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her to bring her son to participate in the Great Puja of Transferring Consciousnesses on August 31, she even self-righteously asked how come her son could attend the puja while his surgery was scheduled on August 29. Could he forgo the operation? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said to them that since you were not disciples, Rinpoche wouldn’t make the decision for you. Whether to undergo the operation was your decision. Since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had already given her son the blessings, even if they decided to go through the surgery, there wouldn’t be any problem. She then left the Jewellery Company with a huge question mark in mind.

After meeting His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, her ways of thinking had been changed. Previously, she’d exactly follow the words of doctors. This time, she’d strongly require the doctor to evaluate the condition of the brain before the surgery. Originally, the doctor didn’t intend to do so. Because of her insistence, her son was examined by MRI. The results indicated that there existed more space in her son’s brain so he didn’t have to take the risk to undergo the second surgery of skull expansion. With great wisdom, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche already knew all these conditions. That’s why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would ask her to bring her son to attend the Great Puja of Transferring Consciousnesses. Later on, she’d realize the meaning of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s enlightenment that Rinpoche would help sentient beings according to their causes and conditions. She was grateful to the blessing of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche so that her son could forego the second surgery and attend the puja.

Even though she had witnessed such auspiciousness, she didn’t completely have faith in the Guru. When the second time she met Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she still insisted on praying Rinpoche to save her son. Once again, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately held her son to give blessings and told them to begin a vegetarian diet. Moreover, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told them to listen to the dharma audio-recordings about making repentance. They should listen to the tapes until they could make sense of the content. They could come back after ten days to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche again.

Before meeting Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, they had discussed with doctors to adopt the skull expansion operation and then to take the bone marrow transplant operation. It was due to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessing that the child did not undergo the skull expansion operation . In view of Western Medicine, the child then needed to take the bone marrow transplant operation. Silly as she, although she had witnessed the manifestation of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s great power, she still had her child undergo the artificial blood vessel embedded. Later on, after she listened to the dharma audio record of repentance, however, did she start to know she made the wrong decision. Before to take the bone marrow transplant operation the patient needs to undergo chemotherapy, like a cancer patient does it to kill all of their cells and bone marrows. Only after taking the operation can they start to be transferred with other people’s stem cells. However, she heard in the dharma audio record that to receive this kind of medical treatment is to kill oneself.

Ten days later, they came to the Jewel Jewellery Company, for their third time, to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and to implore for taking refuge. She was aware of her improper mindset of seeking refuge, for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had said they were not his disciples so that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not advise them on the decision of operation. She, therefore, wanted to make use of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to secure her son by taking refuge.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, with great wisdom, however, saw through her thoughts as well as their far future. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew that if he consented them to easily take refuge, they would not, as a result, cherish the opportunity of learning and cultivating Buddhism. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked them to attend Sunday’s puja and warned them that if they missed one puja, they could not be allowed to attend anymore. As for their request of taking refuge, they had to know that, told by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, they would not be granted just because they wanted. However, the child was already blessed so that his illness would not deteriorate. But whether or not the child could recover would depend on his parents’ behavior. Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are not able to change the karmic effect but merely suppress the karmic power for a while. After taking about these, the compassionate Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche again bestowed blessings to her son. When they got back into their car, taking off their son’s hat, they pleasantly surprised to find that their son’s head on which an hard, protruded part just went back to its original and normal state. At the time when their son first underwent drainage operation for his waterhead, after the operation, his protruded anterior fontanelle did not go back to the original size as it was supposed to be. Seeing this, doctors doubted that the child’s brain pressure did not go down to normal and suggested them to proceed for the 2nd operation. Nevertheless, just after the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessing, their son’s head magically returned to the state of a normal child. Seeing this situation, the female disciple could not help but tear unceasingly. She thought, with discontentment and greed, that if she had met Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche at an earlier time, her son might have not needed to undergo the operations or have the result of a dextrocerebral stroke. Now she knew she did not learn the law of cause and effect nor the karmic retribution at that time.

After attending several pujas, they came again to seek an audience with benevolent Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for their dog’s death. They had raised the dog for 14 years. Before it died, they had it eat the nectar pill in the bottled nectar water. The His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche right away gave blessings into a new bottled holly water, granted it to them, and asked them to have their son drink the blessed water everyday. Besides, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also consented them to attend Chod puja and told them, the careless parents, to nurse their hungry son. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche even went into the detail and told them which brand’s milk powder to use for their son. Her son had had loose bowels since being born and after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s instruction about the milk powder, he finally could absorb and digest the milk and stop having the trots.

During this period, they continued to listen to the recording of the Dharma Talk on repentance and found that they actually did not understand whether western doctors could help their son or not. On September 24th, 2008, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche eventually agreed to let them three take refuge. She was so attached and foolish that she asked about the transplantation of her son’s umbilical cord blood. The benevolent Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche advised them to think the matter through and reported their decision back to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. At home, they continued to listen to the recording of the Dharma talk. Gradually, foolish as they had been, they realized that they had asked too many stupid questions of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Due to their lack of faith to the guru, they thereby had had doubts and wanted to take the treatment suggested by the western doctors. Even though she knew that the western doctors did not have enough experience in this field, she was trying to solve the problem for once and all and had failed to have the determination to learn the Buddhist teachings. Thereafter, they went to see the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche again, repented of their doubt, and admitted their mistakes. They shouldn’t have asked such foolish questions. The venerable and compassionate Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche explained their son’s condition patiently, telling them that only they two could change the situation. They were told not to be anxious, to continue to attend pujas, and to wait. Over and over again, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave them advice. Although she still could not understand what was going on, she knew that she had to remember one important matter. No matter what happens, regardless natural disasters or accidents, they should never be absent from the puja. They even dare not to have the thought of having one puja off.

Finally, they three successfully took refuge in November, 2008. Her son had to undergo a surgical operation because of hernia and received blessing from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche prior to the operation. As a result, the child recovered from the November 6th’s surgery in an unprecedented rate. He had the operation in the morning and was discharged from the hospital in the afternoon on the same day. Even the doctor said that he recovered very well and did not have to stay in the hospital for observation. All he had to do is come back for a check-up on the surgical wound after 7 days. After they left the hospital, she went directly to the Glorious Jewel Chinese Medicine Clinic for medicine and did not let her son take any western medication. They were very fortunate to come across Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche at the Glorious Jewel Chinese Medicine Clinic. The compassionate Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche granted blessing upon their son again and asked about his condition. She was absent-minded and said that she had her child come to the clinic to improve his physical condition. She totally forgot about Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s previous blessing upon her son. What’s more, she forgot to express her gratitude to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche after the surgery. At that time, she clearly knew that she had taken advantage of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessing and failed to learn the Buddhist teachings properly. She felt immensely ashamed. In particular, the wound blessed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not leave any scar on his son’s body, unlike the other wounds that left obvious traces of cutting.

Afterwards, the artificial vascular tubes were successfully removed. On May 23rd, 2009, her husband accidentally stepped on their son’s leg and heard a cracking sound. They were so scared that they went to their home altar immediately and showed repentance on their knees. Then, they had the child undergo an X-ray examination and found that no bones had been fractured. To be safe, they still put a cast on him. In the mean time, they asked the nurse for a look at the blood examination report. The result showed that their son’s blood platelets and hemachrome levels were as high as what a healthy child would have. At that time, she also learned about her pregnancy. At once, she went to the jewelry store to report the news to the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. In fact, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche of great wisdom wanted to attend the pujas to accumulate the merits so as to let the level of their son’s blood platelets rise and he thereby was able to have the strength to under an operation to remove the cranial drainage tube. She then realized that every single word of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has its cause and reason. It was them who did not understand. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her to recite 20,000 Six-Syllable mantras every day and dedicate the merits to all pregnant women and their fetuses. However, she did not take the instruction seriously and failed to do that every day. Therefore, as she was so disobedient, she bled badly on June 12th and lost her embryo. Thanks to the blessing of the guru, she recovered very quickly. She realized what would become of if she did not listen. When the guru teaches you how to survive your karmic forces, you will need to face the consequence by yourself if you don’t listen.

On November 6th, 2009, for the first time, she took her son to attend a tourist group for attending pujas abroad. Because of this trip abroad, she further discovered Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s inconceivable strength of attraction and the dharma brothers’ friendships. During the trip, she heard many great stories of the guru’s for helping sentient beings and obtained helps from the dharma brothers in the group; and she knew more clearly that she had encountered a rare and precious living bodhisattva from whom she could learn true Buddha dharma. From her experience in life, she had never encountered such situation that an elder could die serenely after lying down in the middle of a walk and the accompanying relative did not wail bitterly and sadly, but handled all related funeral matters peacefully and calmly; all dharma brothers in the tourist group also calmly recited the Six-syllable Mani Mantra together. This trip of going abroad let her realize deeply that it is a great blessing that one’s family members could attain the guru’s blessings and be reborn in the Pure Land and it is absolutely not necessary for one to bid farewell to their relatives crying, like the behavior of ordinary people.

She, being selfish, had never really appreciated the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Once when she accompanied a fried to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in Glorious Jewel Jewelry Company, she repented to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that she had always been taking advantage of the guru. The compassionate guru answered her that he had gotten used to being taken advantage of and it was fine. She felt very sorry after hearing the guru’s reply and thought how she could take advantage of the guru like this while the guru did not mind this at all. She was really a heinous disciple.

Since meeting Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, her family has been visiting Glorious Jewel Chinese Medicine clinic to nurse her son’s health and the trouble of blood transfusion required originally due to low platelets and hemoglobin in her son’s blood has never been performed either. In addition, although her son’s school had two large-scale enterovirus infections, her son went through the outbreaks without being infected. This let her know even clearly that under the guru’s blessings only her son, a vegetarian, in his class had the best strength to resist the viruses.

The guru had enlightened her clearly last time when seeing her that she should consult Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche again in August 2010. Because of her self-righteousness and disobedience, she did not consult Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche during that month. Hence, she let her son suffer once again. Beginning from September, her son’s cheek started to swell. After the great puja for transferring consciousnesses on October 3rd, her son’s cheek became more swollen and he had a fever as well. Then they just realized at this time that they should consult the guru about this. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened them that the problem was in the tube in their son’s brain and instructed them to take their son to do medical examination. They went to the emergency room of the original hospital to do MRI examination. But the hospital could not find any problem on the tube. At that time, they knew that they did not have enough blessings, so the problem would not be discovered. They sought an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche again and reported the result of the examination. The compassionate Vajra guru immediately told them to find a doctor dharma brother for help, saying that the doctor dharma brother was more careful and could help them. Sure enough, after a group consultation and examination from the doctors of the dharma brother’s hospital, the doctor found that it indeed was a problem of the tube in her son’s brain. The doctor also promised to remove the tube and asked them to transfer their son to another hospital which had richer resources for children’s illnesses for examination.

On November 6th, her mother-in-law, for the first time, went together with them to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. They reported to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that their son was going to have a surgery in the hospital; they also try their best to make offerings to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The guru then gave them the opportunity to accumulate blessings and instructed them, she and her husband, to perform 500 times of full-body prostrations every day during the evening practice in the Buddhist center until her son’s surgery was completed. With the previous lesson learned from not being obedient in mind, no matter what, they determined to complete the task this time. On November 12th, her son went through a surgery to remove the drainage tube in his brain. Before the operation, the doctor informed them about the difficulties of the surgery. If the tube caused adhesions, then the doctor could only tie the tube up to handle the situation and would not be able to pull the tube out. Judging from the X-ray photo, the piston on top of her son’s head seemed to connect with the skull and might not be able to be removed as well. And after the surgery, her son might first stay in the intensive care unit for monitoring his recovery condition. This time they had complete faith toward the guru and knew Buddha and Bodhisattvas would arrange the best thing for them. So they were very calm. From about 8:10 AM after her son entered the operating room, they began to contemplate the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The originally planned two-hour operation was completed in about one and half an hour. Not only the drain tube, but also the piston on top of her son’s head was removed. The operation went smoothly. Her son’s recovery condition was very good so he directly went back to the normal wards. Her son did not even need an intravenous injection in the afternoon. Since afternoon, her son started to sing and returned to his normal behaviors. All of these are due to the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings. The surgery, which even the doctors at the major hospital did not know and did not dare to perform, was completed so successfully in the end. In the evening, with a grateful mind, they went the Buddhist center to finish their 500 times of full-body prostration to appreciate the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s compassion. Then they immediately went to Glorious Jewel Chinese Medicine Clinic to get Chinese medicine for their son for nursing his energy.

After the operation, she heard the condition of her son through the explanation by the doctors; suddenly she realized that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continually bestowed his blessings upon her son during these two years. The function of ventricular catheter has been failed for a long time. Therefore the right ventricles of the brain became bigger, extra fluid was not drained into the abdomen and there was blood in the brain too. It is strange that the fluid was accumulated under cerebral dura mater which was the phenomenon by over-draining and his right brain was also atrophied. For those situations, her son should be hospitalized for medical treatment, but, those doctors could not explain why her son was no need to be hospitalized. They agreed that her son could be alive safely for these two years which is a miracle due to the blessings bestowed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. That is not only about it, her son ever went abroad to attend the puja for twice! Normally the disease of the osteosclerosis for a baby is unable to grow up as a normal baby, however her son is in the good progress to grow up without any abnormal condition. Even sometime her son has a fever; he would be recovered no more than two days. That must be the benefit coming from the vegetarian diet and nursing his body with the Chinese Medical treatment.

From the time of taking refuge till now, every time she aroused the evil thoughts, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would show the miracle to teach her. For example, when she was listening to the dharma audio-recordings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teaching, there was a notion in her mind “It was so simple, Can I listen more advanced dharma?” In the dharma audio-recording playing, she immediately proceeded to hear that “You do not think it is so simple and not willing to listen, the most important thing is to achieve it, and otherwise it is useless to hear the advanced dharma that you can not achieve”. She remembered that there was one occasion in the Glorious Jewel Company that she took her personal jade pendants of Guanyin to make an offerings to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, hearing that there was a person making a call to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche talked to this person with a gentle manner of speaking. She thought with a worldly aspect to guess that “this person” must be an extraordinary personage, or a VIP, finally she heard that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked “this person” about his family, and told to this person over telephone “Is there anything I can do for you, please feel free to ask me”. Upon hearing that her tear was dropping again, she was so nasty to misunderstand that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was just merely a worldly person. Moreover Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ever gave money to those poor disciples in order to do the funeral affairs. How could she treat and think her guru with a vulgar notion? As she ever remembers that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ever made enlightenment that there is no any great contributor in the view of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, all sentient beings are treated equally without discrimination.

Because of her son’s illness, she could meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to have the opportunity of learning Buddhism. She knew that she is so stubborn that she cannot control herself to have so many unnecessary notions in the future. However her only way is to follow the teaching of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and never be absence in every puja to show her determination of learning Buddhism. For her friends, she will praise guru and introduce them to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in order to be closed to guru and have the opportunity to make offerings and accumulate the merit. She would be grateful for the visible and invisible help to have lots of miracle from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She will follow closely her guru to learn Buddhism and get rid of her habitual behavior in order to liberate from incarnation. Even if there will be lots of karmic obstacles on the path of learning Buddhism, she knows that those are the power of karma by the previous lives and she will insist to do it without any change.

She expressed her gratitude towards Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche again.

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

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

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that 220,000 NTD of this 10,000 USD was the balance in the saving account of your offerings to Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sponsored the rest. Therefore, you should not think that we are making any offering by giving 100 or 200 NTD to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche while attending the pujas. Nor should you think that you have done a lot. Every time when going to perform a retreat, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would make an offering first upon meeting with Drikung Kyabgon, who would then definitely accept it. Drikung Kyabgon doesn’t always accept offerings from other people, especially those who have not taken refuge in him. Nevertheless, His Holiness would definitely accept offerings from his root disciple in a frank manner. Doing this in such a frank manner does not show that His Holiness wants Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s money. The reason lies in that one really can’t make progress in his learning in Buddhism without accumulated merits. Take Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s obtaining of the mantra against the God of Plague as an example, this mantra would not have been presented and been obtained by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had not been making a lot of offerings in recent years.

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

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

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

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued to explain that we have to understand the reasons why we have to learn the Buddhist teachings before we learn to practice the Four Preliminary Practices. As impermanence and death were enlightened in the previous week, Milarepa, the great accomplished master of the Kagyu lineage, once said that we shouldn’t worry about the so-called fortune or misfortune, good or poor health, matters such as our business and wealth. Nor should we worry about our children’s future. Instead, we should worry about and fear of impermanence, birth, death, and aging. We have to pray that our Guru, the Three Jewels, and all the Buddhas bestow blessings upon us constantly. The life span of sentient beings on Earth is changeable and so is the time of their death. This means that the death time of each sentient being is unpredictable.

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

As the old saying goes, practice virtuous deeds and tell no one. While one’s virtuous deeds are known by other people, the related virtuous karma just manifests. For example, in some Buddhist organizations, if one donates NT$1,000,000 to the organization, one would be praised on a stage and obtain a praising board.  While the praising words are spoken, the blessings of one’s donation just  give rise! However, some people like it, and this is just the caring for fame. Practice virtuous deeds, tell no one, and not beings publicly praised, and then both your longevity and your merits would be built up. If you, on the contrary, tell everyone, your blessings will be soon consumed.

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

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

When walking, we should contemplate that the road we are walking on is impermanent. It is not a practice for us to recite mantra or Buddha’s name at the same time when we are driving or walking. We could often see that some Exoteric Buddhism learners in Taiwan are reciting Buddha’s name holding with a Buddhist Rosary and a counter in hands when they are on a bus; however, it is wrong practice. In Tibetan Buddhism, when one is going to recite mantras, one has to keep the Dharma text in a clear and pure place to truly practice. Only in so doing does the practice take effect. What will the effect of your reciting mantra and Buddha’s name be when you are driving, walking, or waiting for a bus? It is still the improper thought! It may be better than other improper thoughts you may have, but it won’t take any effect to help for your liberation from the cycle of birth and death. Instead, it will bring you more troubles, as your car may crash into another one when you are reciting mantra and driving at the same time. Similar accidents may occur if you do that when you are walking. Therefore, do not say that you want to learn Pure Land Buddhism to continuously recite Buddha’s name in the six periods of day and night, or even 24 hours all day long, so as to get rebirth in the Pure Land. Reciting Buddha’s name in six periods of day and night is, in fact, referred to doing the thing continuously during a specific time in a day while being in solitary retreat. It will take effect only when we pray to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas with the sincerest heart. Those who always intermittently recites mantra are not able to be concentrated but only the improper thoughts give rise.

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

When we are at home and keep a seat, we could contemplate that the place in which we reside is also impermanent. The world in which we are born, including the room we stay, the Earth, the Galaxy, and the solar system are always changing and impermanent. All of them will be broken. While, for example, an earthquake occurs, all the surroundings may be ruined all of a sudden. Only with a mind pondering over this could one determinedly tell himself that he is going to get rebirth in the Pure Land. It is not merely Amitabha Buddha but, in fact, each Buddha has their Buddha’s land. For example, Drikung protectress Achi has the Pure Land as well. One ought not regard that he could get reborn in human form of the Earth soon after he died. It is also extremely little chance for one to hear Buddha Dharma.

When one is having delicious food, one should also contemplate the food and drink one enjoys is also impermanent. Once when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was performing a solitary retreat in India, he did not have food to eat for one day long. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, however, still continued his planned practice without any reduction. We don’t have to pray for fine food. Some people, even though having fine food during their lifetime, may suffer from being in-tubed on their deathbed and couldn’t eat anything at all. Samantabhadra Bodhisattva has told that: we ought to pray for the bliss born of Samadhi as spiritual food, which is really hard to explain in words. If we try to give a description of it, it could be like, one day we attentively recite mantras and after finishing the section, the feelings of joy and sanctification give rise. Thus could be the bliss born of Samadhi.

We could also contemplate impermanence in our dream. In dreams, some odds, that hardly appear in our daytime, manifest. This is also impermanence. Do not regard sleep is a kind of enjoyment. Sleep also changes, in the time, in the surrounding, and in the conditions. We ought to transform the feeling of sleep into the clear and pure luminosity. However, to this point it is very difficult for you to attain. A Taiwanese Zen master, who just passed away, ever said that in daytime people are able to keep themselves under control, but it is uncertain in the nighttime. By this sentence he said, it could be told that he was not able to control when dreaming. There is a unique and special practice method in tantric dharma called Dream Yoga. All sentient beings, including animals, need to sleep everyday. A human spends six to eight hours sleeping per day. Some people say that to continuously recite Buddha’s names in the six periods of day and night. This does not mean to not sleep. Rather, the practitioner still sleeps but in his sleep he unceasingly recites Buddha’s names. Very few people are able to attain this. As for the Dream Yo The reason why we have to practice in this way is that in daytime we are able to control our behaviors with the Manas Consciousness (Obscuration Consciousness) . But when we are sleeping, our five perceptions stop functioning and only the sixth, the seventh, and the eighth are functioning. Therefore, our habitual natures of past lives would easily give rise during this period. Sometimes we dream about what we’ve never done in this life, and it is just because our Alaya Consciousness (Store-House Consciousness) have stored our behaviors of past lives and this life. And when falling asleep, the functions of eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and touch cease, whereas the sixth, the seventh, and the eighth are still running.  So in dream, all sorts of evil habitual patterns easily manifest, by which people may scold or wave their hands to hit while in dream. It also includes, the most difficult part of practice, sexual desire. As in the eternal cycle of reincarnation we have experienced this behavior. In Buddhism it often says that people ought to change their bad habitual pattern that is just referred to the sexual desire rather than living habits. Some people are able to suppress their anger or hot temper in the daytime, but in the nighttime the thought of sex still give rise. In tantric dharma, however, there is the practice method directly against it.ga of the Six Yogas of Naropa, it refers to that when the practitioner is sleeping, he still practices in the meditative concentration. The practice methods belong to tantric dharma,including Prana Nadi, Bindu, meditation, Mahamudra, precepts, and so on.

Once in a retreat, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang instructed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to report his night conditions during the retreat and confirmed that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had attained the state of dream contemplation.

Actually, we experience impermanence during the hours of our sleep as we would have dreams. When you are awake, do not recall what happened in the dream. We dream at both daytime and nighttime. Whether fortunate or unfortunate events have taken place, nothing is worth being reexamined once it is past along with each day. Everything is impermanent. If we can have ourselves unattached to every known phenomenon or unfolded event and regard them as pure and illuminating manifestations, we can then attain the great perfect mirror wisdom, just as an unmoving mirror that reflects everything. Likewise, our wisdom and mind can do so, too. The training method is to keep no traces of what you have done during the daytime and your dreams. Do not attach to the matters that you’ve been dealing with. Simply concentrate on every task you do. When you finish it, it is done. When you go home, you are home and have nothing to do with your job. When you are at your job, you do your work and have nothing to do with any familial affairs. Thereby, we will gradually transform our wisdom to the great perfect mirror wisdom.

When we are wealthy, we should regard our wealth as something impermanent. According to the Buddha, one’s wealth is under the supervision of five thieves, i.e. natural disasters, robbers, offspring, fires, and the nation. When there is a policy change in the nation, your wealth will be gone. Your wealth is the current result of the offerings and charitable deeds you conducted in your previous lives. If you fail to use the money appropriately, you will do harm to yourself as well as other. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has highs and lows in this life and knew that wealth is nothing but a passer-by. One’s wealth includes his identity and status. We should be humble when we are rich.

We should contemplate the fact that utterances are impermanent. The utterances may be fluttering at first and turn humiliating at any time. If one is able to accept the fact that utterances are impermanent, he will not respond to other people’s scolding or criticizing remarks. The reason why we would have quarrels against others lies in that we think that utterances are permanent and unchanging. If we think that utterances are permanent, we will prefer fluttering ones and want other people’s compliments. When others do not give such remarks, you will then think they look down on you or mistreat you. Therefore, we should see the utterances are impermanent.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Therefore, when we attain enlightenment, it is also impermanent because we may only reach a certain level of enlightenment which will still change. Becoming enlightened does not mean that one has attained a perfect state of mind or the complete perfect state for one’s wisdom and virtues when one has attained Buddhahood. Being enlightened is simply to initiate one’s understanding of what the ultimate truth is. Many people like to have certain kinds of feeling or to get certain effects when they meditate. This concept is also incorrect. The feeling and perception of every single meditation is different. We would feel the difference of our everyday mediation because we have not accomplished the state of unmovable mind. It is because our minds are not unmovable by the influence of the Six Roots, without attachment, and without seeking conditions. That is, your minds have not yet completely reached the unmovable state. The differences between unmovable and meditative state of mind will be explained in the future.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some people pray for many things. Of course, the Buddha has many convenient methods. The so-called “enticing one with one’s desires” is to satisfy some of our reasonable desires in advance to entice us to practice Buddhism. Simply speaking, it is to first coax us into practicing Buddhism. There were some people asking for children, getting ill, quarreling with husband or wife, or having business that was going to collapse. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also helped them to pray for their wishes as well as to solve their problems. This was to entice them to practice Buddhism. When their Buddhist studies started, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then taught and corrected their conducts strictly. Therefore, when our wish is fulfilled by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help, do not think that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is very powerful and very compassionate; maybe it is the beginning of another suffering. Although Buddha has many convenient dharmas to help and liberate all benighted sentient beings, surely these cannot be against the law of cause and effect either. That’s why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would tell people about the thoughts of the deceased who had received the Phowa dharma conducted by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. This was not to honor how much powerful Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is. This was to satisfy their wishes and they would then come to practice Buddha dharma naturally.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After the above teachings, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then gave a severe reprimand to a lot of tens of disciples who suddenly changed their order of audio recordings of Rinpoche’s teaching. Rinpoche explained that it’s not because they would not like to buy the recordings but rather it’s about their conducts — they abandoned their promise to the Rinpoche – upon the moment they knew that the price of the audio recordings would be higher than their expectation. Indeed, anyone who does not keep their promise, they would not be able to cultivate compassion, nor will they abide by their samaya vows. They were certainly aware that Rinpoche have donated almost all the money from followers. However, they just changed the ordered quantity at their own will, and they might have argued that their budget was not enough. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened us the motivation behind their thoughts – selfishness. Therefore, they had not ever tried to consider any impact to Rinpoche’s side.

Rinpoche continued to describe how harmful due to such conducts. For example, if you have been doing business with someone, and you have simply promised to buy their new products even though you do not inquire the price. If, however, the price turns out higher than your expectation, you deny your own promise to buy. Why? You have no regards to the others. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche emphasized a key point that, to be a Buddhist follower, in addition to one’s reverence to the three jewels, one’s moral qualities must comply with Buddha’s teachings.

Rinpoche further described how he has avoided those fund-raising approaches taken place in current Buddhist communities. In Taiwan, other organizations would require people to pay a certain amount, say 1000 NT dollars, to register their attendance at the ceremonies. If Rinpoche would have taken similar approach, here today for the 340 attendees, the amount would be summed up as 340 thousand NT dollars. However, even though in recent ceremonies, only a few twenty more people among you had offered 500 NT dollars at the ceremony, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had not ever thought about who can be allowed to attend or not. Here in Taiwan, 100 or 200 NT dollars are not of much use. Sometimes, an ordinary meal cost more than 200, a theater ticket cost around 300. It is straightforward that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s objective on disseminating Dharma teachings is beyond money itself.

If you often violet your own promise, it naturally turns out that your cultivation will not grow, your mind will distract by influence from environment, you will have no regards toward giving from Buddha and Bodhisattva, nor will you care how much contribution the other beings made. If you are that narrow minded, or self centric, you would fail in your daily job, not to mention about learning Buddhism. Today, through the reprimand upon them, who all received merits from Buddha and Bodhisattva, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche guided all of us that we have to keep our promise. Do not promise, if we cannot accomplish it. By the law of cause and effect, your karmic debt due to promise violation would have to pay back to beings – perhaps from ghost realm.

Rinpoche mentioned that last year the most venerable Drubwang Rinpoche requested Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to sponsor a special Dharma ceremony. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche promised immediately although he has no idea how much money it would take. That ceremony had gathered 250 monks to recite mantras for a period of 45 whole days. The budget for that ceremony was unknown until this year, however Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had not violated his promise and had paid for the event. In contrast, the mentioned followers did not keep their promise when they found the expense would be different from their expectation. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that since their thinking to the event was in a business viewpoint, Rinpoche would also deal with them in business way – not to sell them the audio recordings so that they could save money for their own businesses. Our own thinking determines to which way we would like – toward Buddha’s path or hells. Remember that how much master Milarepa or master Naropa had suffered from hardships imposed by their guru? You would like to learn profound tantric teachings and practices, then you need to accumulate a great deal of merits – that is, perform conducts in accordance with the teachings. If any self-centric thought arises in your mind, you have to overcome it, to eradicate it. If not doing so, you would not keep your vows. If we cannot keep the vows for all the beings, Buddhas and Yidams, how we could accomplish the practices? With the refuge vow, we all declare our intention for this life – refrain from whatever bad conducts and keep the rules of conduct. Motivating for your won is evil; for others it can be virtuous.

Some time ago, Rinpoche went to a hospital to bless the child of a disciple; Rinpoche paid the visit without any of his own concern. The disciple had spent quite a lot of money in medical treatment for his child, but the disciple had almost considered money as the most important thing. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had tested the disciple to see if the disciple could keep his promise or not. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued, due to evil conduct of the disciple, Rinpoche would not accept the disciple’s offerings though the disciple still was allowed to attend Chod puja and special pujas. The disciple had not performed offering with self-less motivation, therefore Rinpoche not only rejected the offering and also returned their previous offering for establishing a new Buddhist temple.

Rinpoche continued, His Holiness Chetsang had asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to support a retreat practice although many of his followers were pretty wealthy. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is not a wealthy one, but why His Holiness asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is a true disciple. In many opportunities, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has shared the opportunities with his disciples so that disciples may accumulate merits. Those opportunities are so hard to come by. For example, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had donated a large amount to support polishing the roof-top of Drikung Thil Monastery. Most of the money was from your contribution. Therefore, you shall not have any clinging thoughts, for example, how to use your offering. Rinpoche instructed that the disciple shall think it over and dig out their faults.

Remember: first, do not ever regret at your offering; second, do keep your own promise absolutely, though you should consider if you would be able to achieve your promise. If you do not realize your promise, you would create karmic debts. If the karmic debts were related to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, it has no harm since Rinpoche do not remember them. But, the other beings would remember those karmic debts. Think how much debts you have created in this life? For example, you would say some promise while you worship your ancestors. Why there are so many troubles in your present life is you had broken your promises in the past and your karmic creditors have caught you. If you do not change your conducts, you will definitely encounter more and more troubles in the future.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche emphasized that everyone must also take these accounts and corrects their conducts. It will become unchangeable if the evil deeds grow from unnoticeable to severe. Again, in this chaotic world, you have to decide to change yourself with strong momentum so that you could possibly escape from continuous hindrance in this world. Be honest to inspect your practices of the Ten Virtues. If you follow the teachings from the guru and Buddhas, you will be away from troubles. Do not make mistakes again; bear in mind that this life is short and so rare the opportunities are. Face with your own faults, do repent and correct your conducts accordingly. The power of repentance could always exist – as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche declared his vow will last as long as the vast expanse of spaces manifests. Would you dare like to make such vow? Therefore, do not break your promises; even if you break it only once, your merits would be decreased once. If you would like to learn tantric Dharma, you need great merits. Merits can be accumulated through the practices of offering. Merits are beyond the money you offered, but rather you have to follow the teachings and practice them accordingly – only could it become great merits if you accomplish the teachings. Meanwhile, you usually throw away your hearing of the teachings after the ceremonial gatherings dismissed. That also explains why you have continual troubles.

December 11, 2010

From 4:50 PM to 10:oo PM, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave enlightenment to 139 believers with Buddhism and helped them to relieve all kinds of suffering in the world at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei.

December 12, 2010

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the auspicious regular puja, bestowing the teaching regard with the nature of mind, at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei. Immediately after the end of the puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued to receive 41 believers, from 4:10 PM to 5:30 PM, to help solving various worldly sufferings and give Buddhist enlightenment.

Prior to the beginning of the puja, a female follower shared her story of how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helped her family. During the period from June to November in 2010, her father had several times been helped by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and given blessings. He peacefully passed away on November 3, 2010. She was grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the immense kindness and compassionate blessings given to her father, which had shorten the time her father had to suffer from his illness. Moreover, through the Chod puja conducted by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, her father’s consciousness was transferred to and would obtain a rebirth in a virtuous realm!

In June of 2010, through an introduction of her colleague, she for the first time made an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. At that meeting, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche already noticed her father’s health problems, stressing on being careful about his heart and urinary tract. She, however, simply responded that her father had been taking good care for his own health without being serious to the warning. Her father had been hospitalized for two months and was given blessings by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. He was discharged without difficulties. She also took refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

As a daughter, she hasn’t mindfully applied the Buddha Dharma taught by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in her daily life. Nor have she realized the urgency to prepare for her father’s death and future rebirth. What she prayed for was just her father’s getting well. Nonetheless, on July 2, his father’s urinary tract was infected because of catching cold, which had further caused a fever and then his hospitalization. On the same day, the hospital informed them that her father had septicemia due to acute respiratory failure and issued them a note of critical condition. At that time, her whole family couldn’t believe these facts, which, however, was a testimony of the Guru’s teaching on impermanence of life and the lesson of how death is always next to us. Her lack of making offerings with pure and clean mind toward the Guru, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and her seriously lack of filial piety not to accumulate merits for her father, her father wasn’t able to obtain the Phowa Dharma performed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

She deeply repented that she hasn’t truly believed in the law of cause and effect. Nor have she believed in impermanence of life. Self-righteously, she has carried out various conducts with her eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind and living her life according to the five poisons: greed, hatred, ignorance, arrogance, and doubt. She only observed other’s faults, without realizing her own errors. She has been immersed in her own feelings with too many comparative and discriminative thoughts. Asking too much from self and others has been one of her faults, too. Being self-righteous, distractive, always clinging to the idea of right or wrong, and lack of compassion were the evil deeds she has been committing. After taking refuge, she still couldn’t diligently and accordingly practice in the daily life the Buddha Dharma taught by the Guru. She lived a life of constant regretting and being clinging to her past. Meanwhile, she was worried and troubled about her future. Countless thoughts have been unceasingly passing through her mind day in and day out. She didn’t practice the Buddha Dharma at all, wasting the teaching taught by an earnest and kind Guru with authentic achievement.

She felt remorse for her lack of filial piety, not able to timely take care of her father’s health when warning signs appeared. Additionally, in the four months when her father was ill, she wasn’t able to prepare for her father’s future life, only hoping her father would get well. As a result, she just followed doctors’ instruction, thinking it should be the best for him. Within such short period of time, her father had been through three surgeries of intubations and two times of cardiac catheterization during the five days before he died. After the surgeries of cardiac catheterization, her father fell into a coma. Additionally, her father had experienced the pain of being compressed on his chest to resuscitate his heart for about one and half hours. The extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and dialysis installation were both undertaken for emergency procedure. Nonetheless, after the extracorporeal membrane oxygenator was installed, her father’s condition didn’t become better. Instead, watery blood was oozing out from his mouth corner and the urinary catheter. All these torturing procedures seemingly were to help sustain her father’s life. Even though she also wholeheartedly wished for miracles, her father in fact was enduring torments as if he were in hell. She finally realized that the family close to her father was indeed his karmic creditors. They not only unnecessarily wasted money and efforts to care for the worn-out flesh of his father but had also wasted the opportunities and conditions to accumulate merits for her father. Being in extreme pain, frustration, and helplessness, her mother came to the Buddhist Center and, in a state of emotionally breakdown, implored Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for helping her father be liberated from such suffering and obtaining happiness. She was very grateful for the immense compassion of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who, after receiving believers for five hours, upon seeing her mother’s sorrow, immediately asked her father’s name and the animal symbol of her father’s birth year. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, then, recited mantras for a long while and gave a blessing to her mother who was already overwhelmed by sorrow. That night when she returned to the hospital, her father’s facial expression had turned more peaceful. She thanked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to help shorten her father’s suffering from his illness.

At 11:49am, November 3, her father’s breath was getting weaker and weaker, and, under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessing, passed away as if he were falling asleep. Accompanied with all family members’ recitation of Buddha’s names in turn, her father had no pains or struggle. They all have immense gratitude to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for helping reduce her father’s suffering time of illness as well as save them from paying huge expense of medical treatment for their father. She, however, was disobedient and unwilling to make offering. She was calculating, in fear of lacking for money, and even wondered if she should make less offering. She did not act in accord with dharma teachings. Nor did she make offering with a reverent and pure heart. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not receive her offering. Even though, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, seeing her mother in deep sorrow, was concerned and consented to help transfer her father’s consciousness. Besides, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also picked a date, November 24th (October 19th of the lunar calendar), as her father’s farewell ceremony. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately let her mother attend Chod puja and listen to orthodox Buddha-Dharma. She now would also like to expresses her gratitude to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for mercifully instructed her to do full prostrations at the venue on the seventh date after her father’s death so as to help her father, who was of tiny merits, to accumulate blessings.

On November 24th, her father’s farewell ceremony was perfected. After cremation, his bones appeared in pink and light green colors. With dharma brother’s assistance, they found that his father’s crown had an apparent round hole. The undertakers, who also found some saris, said this must be the success sign of a capable mahasiddha’s conducting dharma. This female disciple was thankful for Vajra Guru His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for having constantly helped her and conducting dharma for her father. All of these signs proved that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was an authentic and inconceivably capable guru.

The female disciple repented that she had not made pure offerings with a reverent heart, not listened to the teachings but had been selfish, had a fear of death, pains, and suffering losses. She also made repentance for that she could not listen to dharma teachings and act accordingly. She thought that might due to that she had no blessings but merely heavy karmic retribution. Since she had taken refuge, every time she attended pujas she always prayed for Buddhas and Bodhisattvas’ protection and blessing, for virtues and merits of human or heavenly realm. She just chased after in the endless cycle of desires, consuming her energy and life. She did not elevate herself to a Buddhist follower or think Guru’s teachings. Nor did she devote to her guru with reverence, or truly practice charity and make an offering. Her health was not in a good condition either: she often felt dizzy in a walk, she had headaches from time to time, her waist even ached so much that she couldn’t fall asleep at night. Yet she did not take medicines on time according to Chinese medical doctor’s prescription. All of these were because she did not have sufficient faith in Guru. She felt repentant that her heart had ever been so evil and self-righteous, totally unlike a Buddhist learner.  She had immense gratitude to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for not abandoning her, giving his disciples what he all owned, and creating the opportunities for disciples to cultivate Buddhism.  Now she made up her mind to diligently practice Buddhist teachings, follow her Guru, listen to her Guru, act in accordance with teachings, and change to correct herself so as to repay Guru’s grace and favor!

After the female’s sharing, another male disciple also talked about his story: In 2004 November, it was his first time to call on Vajra Guru, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. At that time he accompanies his wife and his sister-in-law to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Meeting with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, he felt Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was kind of awe-inspiring in his kindness. Moreover, manifesting the supernatural ability to read others’ minds as well as the superknowledge of their past lifetimes, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just unlocked his heart knot of a long period, which also ceased his hard pursuing of years.

His father passed away in 1983. At that time, he was still a student of a teachers college and had no idea about birth and death, cause and effect. For father’s leaving, he sunk into the depth of confusion and sorrow. Since he was a child, his father had been stern to him and he both loved and feared father. After his father left the world, he felt as if a tall tree, that had been shielding them, just fell down. As the old saying goes: “The tree wants to be still — but the wind is blowing; the son wants to show his respect — but his parents have gone.” His mind was full of regret and sorry for his father. He felt the death was parting and being gone for good. No matter where, in every corner of the world, and no matter when, he could no longer see his father’s form. He could no longer speak to him.

After they entered the Glorious Jewel Jewellery Company, a dharma brother patiently told them about various kinds of traces of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s liberating beings. He was thankful to the dharma brother for doing so, and therefore they gave rise to faith in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. They kneed before Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and reverently made three times of prostrations. Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche kindly and compassionately replied what his wife and his sister-in-law had asked. Furthermore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also enlightened them the law of cause and effect, encouraged them to adopt vegetarian diets and to constantly attend pujas presided over by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche so as to reduce their suffering of illness and to fulfill their requests. Seeing Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s benevolent face, he felt as if to see his father whom he had not seen for years. Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche mentioned: “The members of a family whose ancestors had serious killing karmas will have family discord and their prayers will never come true. People whose deceased family members are still in hells will feel tight in their chest…. Please no more eat seafood that is killed on the spot for you to eat. No more eat hairy crab. In the end,  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche pointed to him and said: “You do not eat meat.” Stunned by this, he thought to himself: “How does Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just know I don ‘t eat meat?”

They left after expressing their appreciation. In the hallway outside the jewelry store, his wife and sister-in-law said, “How come Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew that we were thinking about crabs?” He felt amazed and excited. He had thought that the miraculous powers and wisdom of an accomplished master merely existed in the scriptures and ancient tales, but now they were able to witness such powers themselves.

For the past 20 years, he had been exerted his efforts in his study and work. Although the financial condition of the family improved a bit, his sorrows and family atmosphere remained unchanged. He had even thought that his family was really a place of grief and burden for there were always arguments and disputes. The guru, Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas are compassionate and never once give up on him, a person with very little merit. In his teaching years, he taught the students to recite “Disciple Rules.” According to the text, one has to grieve for his parent’s death for 3 years, to feel constant sorrowful, to move to another residence, and to refrain from eating meat. Was it because he had failed to abide by the scriptures so that his surrounding and life would not improve? He thereby decided to follow the ancient example and adopted a vegetarian diet for three years. By doing so, he hoped to make up for his mistake of not observing his father’s passing. After being a vegetarian for 4 years, he was then able to meet the venerable Vajra Guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

A few weeks thereafter, he went to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche again and asked, “My father passed away a long time ago, I wonder into which realm he has been reincarnated into. The benevolent Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told him the answer indirectly with his wisdom, “Think what your father had done in his lifetime, then you will have your answer.” He recalled things that his father had done and replied, “My father had killed dogs.” The venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then said, “So, you will need to continue to attend pujas. It might take a few weeks, at least, or years for your ancestors to be salvaged.” At first, he only attended the Chod pujas conducted by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Every time he heard the teaching, he would think, “How rare and precious the teaching is! It is very true.” In the past, he had used to study the Buddhist scriptures only with vanity and arrogance. He knew he was wrong. Once, before performing the practice, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche pointed to him and said, “The reason why this person is so concentrated lies in the fact that his ancestors want to be liberated.” He was stunned, not knowing what to do. Afterwards, he then recalled the incident and realized that his father might have been salvaged in that puja.

On July 10th, 2005, he sought refuge under the venerable Vajra Guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. In November, he made preparation to follow Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche along with some 80 other Dharma brothers to Jangchubling, India, to attend the Hevajra empowerment conducted by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s root guru, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. On the morning of Monday, October 31st, a week prior to departure, his younger sister called and wept that their step-father might have passed in an ambulance on his way to the hospital. The disciple felt immense grief upon hearing the news. Fortunately, he remembered what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had taught before. He bid his sister not to let the medical team perform forceful resuscitating measures. After doing prostrations in front of the altar placed at home, he took his refuge certificate and visualized Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche of great loving kindness and compassion on his way to the hospital.

In the hospital morgue, he raised the refuge certificate before his step-father and said, “This is Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Please relax and follow Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.” Then, he placed the refuge certificate on the side table and knelt down in front of the Dharma photos of the Buddha, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, and the guru with his sister and wife, taking turns reciting the Buddha’s name, Buddha Amitabha, for 8 hours. After 8 hours of recitation, his step-father’s open mouth appeared to be closing and his complexion looked more peaceful. As he had a funeral parlor take care of the following practices, he continued to visualize and contemplate the guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and prayed that the guru could salvage his step-father. The next day, he went to the Glorious Jewel Jewellery Store to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and implored the guru to liberate his step-father. He knelt down at the side, repenting and praying. He felt ashamed about generating delusions even during the several hours when he recited the Buddha’s name for his step-father in such an emergency situation. He felt that human beings are really pathetic and unable to help their own family members. However, as he knelt down in the Glorious Jewel Jewellery Store, he was able to calm himself down with the compassionate blessing from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and get rid of unnecessary thoughts while listening and watching Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche giving advice to the believers.

They waited until their turn to kneel before Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. His step-father did not see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in his lifetime. Although he agreed to go see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche when he was in critical condition, he passed away a day before the meeting. The disciple implored Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to help his step-father gain rebirth in the upper realms. The compassionate Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked him once more and he repeated himself, “His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, please help my step-father gain rebirth in the upper realms.” Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche began to recite mantra. Later, a Dharma brother told him that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had performed the most auspicious and compassionate practice, the Phowa, for his step-father.

After the conduction of Phowa dharma, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked them the occupations their stepfather had done. They answered that he had been a sailor and later worked in a steel factory. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche subsequently enlightened them that their stepfather could attain this dharma because, in addition to the filial piety and prayers from his children, he had saved a person while being a sailor on the sea. His mother answered yes. And then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed his mother particularly that she should remember not to worship the deceased father with meat. The mother replied that she had not done so. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said to her again, “You should remember.” Later, in a year or two, mother often said that she was extremely forgetful and very painful because of this. However, within these two years, her forgetfulness was cured without taking any medicine and he no longer heard about her complaints. This cure was due to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has always been concerned about and blessing all sentient beings. He was ashamed that he had not been aware of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help at the time.

During his stepfather’s funeral, in the ceremony of paying last respect to the remains, he saw that his stepfather’s opened mouth had been closed and the face was joyful and serene. And the stepfather’s face also became bright red. Originally, he thought the stepfather’s face was the result of makeup put on by the funeral workers. Later, after hearing many dharma brothers’ stories, he just realized that this was one of the auspicious signs of attaining Phowa dharma. After the cremation of the stepfather’s remains, the cremains were white with many pink and light green relics, just like those in the stories once told by many dharma brothers. During the process of handling the funeral, all family members felt calm, peaceful, and joyful. The stepfather who had worked hard and been honest to people during his life finally was able to leave the sufferings and attain happiness. The disciple is always grateful that these blessings were from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s infinite compassion and kindness.

His uncle, like his stepfather, was toilsome during this life. Although not well educated, the uncle had started from being a laborer since he was young and eventually become a person in charge of a construction company, had done many major projects of construction, such as building bridges and roads, and had earned a lot of money. Unfortunately, he was unable to learn Buddhism and practice virtues. So his money was all gone during the latter part of his life and his children were not around either. He lived upstairs in the mother’s home and had all kinds of illnesses. This disciple lived near his mother. When he went to visit his mother, he would encounter his uncle. He would also worry about his uncle’s wellbeing when he dies. During June and July of 2006, the uncle became seriously ill gradually. After doctor’s examination, he was diagnosed with non-infectious tuberculosis. On August 2006, this disciple prepared to attend a 500 people pilgrimage mission organized by the Sino Tour Company for celebrating His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s birthday in Jangchubling Monastery in India. Before leaving, he told his wife that if his uncle died during his trip abroad she should call him or send him text messages so that he could contemplate the uncle during the puja in India.

“Only if those virtuous men or virtuous women who have enough blessings, merits, causes, and conditions hold the thought of Amitabha Buddha while they pass away, can they be reborn in the Pure Land.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has repeatedly used the above verses in Amitabha Buddha Sutra to teach us to accumulate our blessings, and to try our best to give donations, make offerings, and hold precepts, and to attend pujas continuously. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has also enlightened us, “If one does not have enough causes, conditions, blessings, and merits, one will even have no chance to see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s dharma photo at the time of one’s death.” This is true. His uncle did not have enough causes, conditions, blessings, and merits; so he did not have any opportunity to see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s dharma photo at the time of his death. After returning from India, he just knew that his uncle had passed away for a few days. During the puja in Jangchubling Monastery in India, his mobile phone could not receive any signal and the battery’s power was exhausted. When he went back to Delhi and exchanged a new battery for his mobile phone, he did not receive any text message from Taiwan. He thought at the time that his uncle should be fine. However, exactly during this period, the uncle’s examination report showed that what the uncle had was actually open pulmonary tuberculosis. In the hospital, the uncle was transferred emergently from a general ward to an isolation ward. Soon he died in the isolation ward and the remains were cremated the next day. This is the necessary procedure to handle a patient with such disease. His mother recounted to him that when his uncle had died, his body had been twisted, and his face had been pale with a miserable look. Anyone who had seen the uncle’s remains would feel very sad.

On August 13th, 2006, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over an auspicious “Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousnesses of Drikung Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism” at Taipei Arena. Fortunately, he was able to put his uncle’s name on the list of names for liberation in time such that his uncle was able to be reborn in the Pure Land together with countless sentient beings in this puja of great compassion. After these sufferings, and ups and downs, he is grateful to the infinitely compassionate Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for saving and liberating all deceased people who are in sufferings. He is also grateful to his father, stepfather, and uncle for showing him the sufferings of birth, old age, sickness, and death, and the swiftness of impermanence. He must constantly remind himself that he should truly follow and practice what the guru has taught; he should never forget the greatness of the guru’s kindness and repay the guru’s kindness with diligent practices of Buddha dharma.

Then another male disciple started to share his thought. He was grateful to the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for giving disciples the opportunity to be led by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and to follow the guru to go to the retreat center in New Zealand together. He also appreciated the guru for giving the accompanying disciples the opportunity to pay homage to His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and then to receive individual blessings given by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang personally.

After two years of taking refuge, under the guidance of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, this male disciple could follow Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to Lhasa in Tibet. At that time, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang personally enlightened” The important duty for the development of Drikung Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism needs Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche”. From the beginning till now, this male disciple always sees that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continually makes great offerings to his root Guru, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, continually supports the Drikung Kagyu Order, and never stops compassionately helping sentient beings.

In the beginning of year 2010, his Guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, conducted a retreat in the temple of north India. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche got the news that a retreat center in New Zealand would be under construction, some people promised His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to support a part of huge amount of money for this project, however, they did not live up to the promise. Therefore this outlay would be pending since that time; His Holiness was worried at this problem as well. Upon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche hearing this difficulty, he immediately reported to His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had already deposited the backup money in the account of New Zealand’s bank from the beginning of the time. It was prepared for the unexpected problem which could be used by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang anytime. Upon hearing that, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang was very joyful. Everyone can realize that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche how to respect His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang so deep and so much.

The dwelling of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang in the retreat center of New Zealand has been finished; the next stage of the big construction is to build up the main building of retreat center where the area will be around 60 hectares. The duty is very difficult and important, just like His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang has ever enlightened that the development of Drikung Kagyu Order needs Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. We have seen that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche how to make great offerings for his Guru, support the Drikung Kagyu Order and benefit sentient beings. Being a disciple of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, all of the disciples should take this example to do all one can to make offering to Guru and support Drikung Kagyu Order.

During the period staying in New Zealand, he could see that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always kept up the pace with His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and standing at His Holiness’s side in attendance. In the meanwhile, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continually bestowed the blessings to his disciples as well. He is grateful for everything bestowed by Guru.

On day when His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche were having the lunch in the Queenstown, the south island of New Zealand, the journalist from the local biggest Press particularly came to the restaurant would to wish to have an interview with His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche specially advised the disciples that they just only introduced His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, no need to introduce to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. From this point, we could see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche how to respect for His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. On the next day, the local newspapers and website with a remarkable title published the interview of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

In this journey, there were two New Zealand citizens requested to take refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche because of subduing power of great compassion. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately accepted their request. Although it was very fatigue but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still met those foreign believers in this journey. There were believers who were prolonged diseases long for the blessings. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was compassionately bestowed the blessings to them. During the journey, a foreign driver who drove for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, also praised Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and asked this disciple: Whether Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was educated at the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge? He told to this driver that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was only educated at the senior high school in Hong Kong. This driver was very amazing to praise for that.

Seeing the Guru made great offerings toward his root Guru, and, supported the Drikung Kagyu Order without cease, gave the help of compassion to sentient beings continually. He appealed to the dharma brothers to follow the Guru’s steps to make offerings and support the Drikung Kagyu Order as well.

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then ascended to the throne and gave the following auspicious enlightenment. Rinpoche continued to teach the nature of our mind. You might feel confused and incomprehensible after listening to the teaching, not knowing what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was talking about. Time was so precious and limited, so Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche must transmit the dharma method about our mind. If you don’t understand Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s recent teaching about our mind, you shouldn’t feel pressured. It’s okay. The teachings of the Guru, Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas will be manifested and in effect some point in your future practices, if you can keep on practicing.

In fact, when listening to Buddha dharma, you should not want to understand it. Imagine that even if a university professor tries his or her best to teach a primary school student all what he or she knows, the primary school student will still not understand. The secular knowledge is all like this, not to mention Buddha dharma. Nor should you think that you can take a crash course and, after a few days of intensive training, have the ability to understand Buddha dharma. The effectiveness of listening to the Buddha Dharma is related to one’s merit. Sometimes the Guru refers to some specific content, but one might think of different content. When one’s merit is not sufficient, he might attach extra meaning to the Guru’s teaching or simply get the wrong ideas.

Mind is different from consciousness. Mind, the nature of Buddhahood, is inherently born with sentient beings. Whereas consciousness responds along with the effect of eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind. Buddhist teachings is completely in contrast to human experiences. In fact, human experiences are the accumulated results of movements of consciousness. If you judge Buddha-Dhamra by your own experiences, you will naturally not comprehend it. The reason is that Buddha-Dhamra indeed departs from all experiences, namely, Spranbrala Yoga. Life is like a game. When you were a child, you played the roll-playing game. If we ask a child what they are playing, they would answer they are just acting a part. This kind of game is, in fact, just like your life in which you play some roles. If one does not have the mind of leaving the game but regards his current life is real, if one wants to be merely happy and clings to what is good, he will feel extremely suffering when he loses those things. If one is not aware that all is nothing but a game, he will by no means to get it back when he loses what he is attached to. However, in so doing the one just creates more suffering for himself.

The era when the Buddha abided in the world is called Proper Dharma Age. People in the era had lighter karmic retribution and just needed to observe precepts and then they would be able to “understand the mind and realize the nature.”  However, those who understand the mind and realize the nature have not attained the stage of Bodhisattva. The Buddha has ever told that there are 84,000 dharma doors (methods of practice) as antidotes to the 84,000 attachments and afflictive emotions. The Buddha teaches dharma doors according to sentient beings’ capacity and conditions. A practitioner does not need to learn all the 84,000 dharma doors indeed.

Do not think running dharma sections at home is just cultivating Buddhism. Before, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was learning the Exoteric Buddhism, might just like you,  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche listened to what other people said about which sutras to recite, and recited at home on his own.  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche spent four to five hours on running dharma sections and studying Buddhist teachings everyday. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not realize what he was reading the Buddhist sutras about. At that time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s guru of Exoteric Buddhism was not like a Vajrayana guru who is attentive to disciples’ conditions all the time. At a result, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche  got a bottleneck, and gave rise to the thought of being world-weary. It was not the thought of committing suicide. Rather, he just felt tired of all the occurrences in his surroundings, and would not like to be involved in any worldly thing. He just wanted to continue his self-cultivation. In fact, this kind of thoughts is just retrogression to the vows harbored by a Hinayana practitioner who merely resolves to cultivate for one’s sake rather than for the benefit of sentient beings.

In the mean time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had a dream. In his dream, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw himself dressed well and stand outside a marketplace. From a certain distance, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw another self, also well-dressed, but standing among ordinary people and bestowing the Buddhist teachings for them. The people appeared to be in great joy. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche woke up, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew that his previous thoughts had violated the principle of Mahayana Buddhism and had been an aspiration of Hinayana Buddhism in which one vows to attain rebirth in the realm of Arhats. The reason why Mahayana is also called the Greater Vehicle lies in that it can carry more with a greater mind capacity. The so-called benefiting self and others does not refer to self-liberation, but bring benefits to all the sentient beings. Therefore, we have to follow a virtuous guru in our Buddhist study so that we won’t go astray while learning Buddhism. A Vajrayana guru supervises his disciples at all times and corrects them on the spot. No matter what brought you here to learn Buddhism in the first place, you have come for your own benefits. If you only pray for your own benefit, you will have lots of obstacles in your Buddhist study. As you only think about your own good and unable to bring benefits to the sentient beings, how could your karmic creditors let you learn Buddhism well? Nevertheless, do not think that you are able to benefit the sentient beings soon, either. According to the Buddhist scriptures, to learn Buddhism is to put oneself under gradual influence. Just as it takes a long time to smoke something, your cannot force it. However, it means that you will need to carry out the study in steps. It doesn’t mean that you can take a few days or years’ leave from the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. If you take leaves often, you might only come back to learn Buddhism some 10 years later.

Oftentimes, many people would say at their meeting with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, “I have so many responsibilities that I cannot learn Buddhism now. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would ask, “Are you the President of the country? What kinds of important responsibilities are on your shoulders?” Those who seek Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s advice would say, “I have young children to look after.” Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would ask the person, “Then, do you want to wait until your children grow up, have their own children, and then have your grandchildren? The cycle would never end. If you wait for so long, you will face death and lose the cause for you to learn Buddhism.” Do not think that you’re important. Even though there were many great historical figures in the world, you have seen that everything still runs without them. After they passed away, the world is still on its track.

Do not want to understand what you hear today immediately. This is related to your virtuous root accumulated in your previous lives. Jetsun Milarepa was illiterate, but still attained accomplishments. You are not the Sixth Patriarch, Huinen, who was able to realize his mind and see his own nature upon hearing the Diamond Sutra. If anyone had such capacities in this degenerate age, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not be able to sit on the Dharma throne. Like guru, like disciple. The modest Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche claimed himself having lower capacities. Thereby, the disciples would not have great capacities, either. Nevertheless, do not think that you will have miraculous powers as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does. It is the guru’s vow that has brought the miraculous powers because the guru expected nothing in return while helping the sentient beings.

Yesterday, there was a believer who sought an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. He said that after he had moved to a new home his body did not feel comfortable and he was not able to sleep well. After visualizing meditatively, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told him that the previous owner of this house was a chicken vendor in a traditional market. The previous owner’s killing karma was so heavy that the magnetic field of the house was naturally not good. The previous owner certainly had not killed chickens in his house; but the sentient beings’ resentment would follow the killer to his home. Even if the person had moved, the bad effects still existed there. Why would this believer live in such a house? This is the group karma. This believer had definitely killed chickens before such that he would move to such a place. If you use insecticides to kill cockroaches and mosquitoes at home, the magnetic field of your home will be bad as well.

Why should we go frequently to sacred places of previous great practitioners? This is because those sacred places have those great practitioners’ breaths and magnetic fields. Visiting those sacred places is also a way for Buddhists to accumulate blessings. However, whether you can visit those sacred places or not also depends on whether you have blessings or not. If you do not have blessings, you will not be able to go to those places either. Like previously there was a tourist group that visited the founding temple of Drikung Kagyu Order, Drikung, Thil, in Tibet. The whole group of people went to the Buddhist temple, except one person who suddenly had an acute mountain sickness that day; the person was unable to visit the temple due to lack of blessings. Even her mother was able to ascend the Buddhist temple, but she was unable to do so. Not being able to visit the temple was not because she believed in other religion; it was because there was a problem in her mind that she did not trust her own boss. In 2007, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang led Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to perform a retreat. The location was a sacred place where the venerable Milarepa had performed retreats. There were many caves in that place. One of the caves is Vajravarahi’s cave. After His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang led Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche visiting this cave, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche suggested His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to close the entrance to the cave. Later, an iron gate was then set up at the entrance of the cave. The reason for closing the cave is because if someone entered the cave without a guru’s lead, treating the cave as a tourist attraction, the dharma protectors will get angry and this will have bad effects to the person entered the cave.

One family came to seek the audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the illness of their child yesterday. Before that, they with their child have seen many doctors as well as met many Rinpoches. All the Rinpoches they met told them that this child’s karma was so heavy that he needed to be performing dharma. They also let him received the ordination but the problem still could not be solved. Right after meditating, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked them who ever killed snakes in their family. The mother of this child replied that she did kill 4 snakes which came to their house a few years ago. Snakes have very strong hatred. It is said n the Buddhist sutra that the karma of killing one snake equals to that of killing 100 pigs. It is also said in the Buddhist sutra that snake’s visiting home indicates that none of the family members do virtuous deeds, or Ten Meritorious Acts. It is because those Rinpoches ever performed dharma for the child so that he has this virtuous connection to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and receive helps. If the family members who live in the same house have the virtuous heart, all gods would protect this house and keep those kinds of animals away from the house. For example, our ancestors already believed in Stove God. People in Kwangtung are used to worship the Stove Gods with sugar, hoping that Stove Gods report Jade Emperor their things with good words. Such a saying is indeed real. However, if you learn Buddhism truly and perform virtuous acts, you don’t have to worship the Stove Gods, who surely would report Jade Emperor all the family member are Buddhist and virtuous.

We feel scared when we meet snakes, even though some of them are not poisonous. It is because snakes have strong hatred. You are not afraid of sheep because sheep does not have hatred. Sheep does not care even though you make fun of them. But you feel scared too when meeting lions because they have strong aggressivity. The mother of this child thought he would have been well as she adopted vegetarian food during pregnancy. Such a thinking is wrong. How could this child have been well after the mother killed 4 snakes? The purpose of adopting vegetarian foods is to cultivate the mercy and compassion, to cut off the evil connections with sentient beings, not to hurt sentient beings any more, and to improve your health etc. Adopting vegetarian foods does not mean practicing Buddhism. Adopting vegetarian foods is not such a big deal. The sheep we saw in New Zealand are vegetarian. Are they learning Buddhism? Even the germs have life and their own thoughts, let alone the animals. The bugs that are depicted in the Buddhist sutras actually are saying the germs. One disciple who is also a M.D. on the scene also explained that in fact germs are smart and said that one kind of germs that was found recently in India are so super that they could adopt their physical condition in accordance with those medicines to kill them and become another kind of germs that could not be killed by these medicines. Human beings live with a great number of germs in their body. If you could exert yourself to learning Buddhism and obtain liberation, all of sentient beings in your body would obtain liberation too. Recently you heard someone died of mad cow disease. Basically cows eat grass only so they should not contract the mad cow disease. But to let the cows grow better and faster, some people feed cows with grounded animals’ internal organs and/or bones. That’s how the mad cow disease originate. The first person who contract mad cow disease lived in England because the first case of cow’s mad cow disease happened there. Nowadays, some chickens or ducks are fed with similar recipe. How could you still dare to eat them?

There are three major branches in Buddhism: Mahayana, Hinayana, and Vajrayana. For practitioners in Vajrayana, they’d begin their Buddhist practices from cultivating Bodhisattvas’ attainment; that is, they start from directly cultivating their mind. They learn a series of practices such as cultivating compassion, bodhicitta, and eventually the void of nature. On the other hand, practitioners in Mahayana would begin their learning by making vows as human beings. They would start with taking refuge, observing precepts, making repentance, cultivating compassion and bodhicitta, and then achieving attainments of Bodhisattvas from first to tenth ground. It is said, in scriptures, that when some bodhisattva has achieved the attainment of tenth ground, all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will attempt to persuade him to learn Tantra. In so doing, the bodhisattva can achieve sixteenth ground and thus obtain the Buddhahood. The most salient difference between Buddhism and other religions lies in that Buddhist practitioners would begin from cultivating their mind rather than from outer behaviors. The Buddhist practicing starts from the root. Nonetheless, even if for the Sixth Patriarch, already awakened, needed to rely on the Fifth Patriarch to learn Buddhism. This is why, in Tibetan Buddhism, it is especially stressed the importance of a guru for one’s learning Buddhism. Even if your root capacities are well founded, you still need an experienced guru to lead the way, to accumulate merits for learning Buddhism and to cultivate merits and wisdom. Only through a guru would you not go astray. Any so-called vicious thought doesn’t necessarily teach you misdeeds. Instead, it is to prevent you from being liberated from the cycle of birth and death. It’ll drive you to go astray and be in the wrong path. You’d be kept in the suffering ocean of reincarnation. Only through accumulating pure and clean merits can one get rid of obstacles for your liberation. The so-called “eliminating” one’s karmic retribution refers to removing obstacles of learning Buddhism rather than healing your illness. It’s because one still is abided by the law of cause and effect. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been teaching us the ways of cultivating our mind, from suppressing, taming, and understanding our mind. And eventually the teaching would goes to enlightenment of void of nature.

The nature of our mind is non-existence nor nothingness, and non-constancy nor termination, meaning continuously sustaining without ending. It can be slashed but not be cut off. It can be broken but not be destroyed. It can be altered but not changed. Finally, it can be blocked but not shut out.

The nature of mind is immovable. This truth can be observed in why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can successfully perform the Phowa Dharma. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knows the power of mind and therefore can control the function of mind. There exist no limitation of time and space for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to perform the Phowa Dharma. Scientists usually use the concept of light year to measure the distance between planets. Scientifically speaking, it’d take 6 hours to fly from India to Taiwan and more than 10 hours from New Zealand to Taiwan. By the same token, it should take Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche 6 or 10 hours to have the Dharma travel to precisely punch a hole on the deceased’s scull. In fact, it is not the case. It usually takes Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche 15 minutes to perform the Phowa Dharma. It’s also because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is able to prove the power of mind, which in turn can attest to the truthfulness of Buddhist texts.

The reason Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can perfectly perform the Phowa Dharma for the deceased is that the nature of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mind is the same as that of the deceased. So Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can summon the consciousness of the deceased. The nature of mind of all sentient beings is all the same. The nature of mind of the Buddha is in fact the same as that of humans.

“No distinction for the appearance of longevity” depicted in the Diamond Sutra and the longevity here actually refers to time, but many people mistake longevity for life span.
Time, in fact, is set by people. Time exists because the earth is revolving. If a person is placed in the outer space where he can’t see any celestial body’s movement, then for him, time does not exist. If the earth stopped revolving, there would not be the measure of 24 hours a day. The half area of the earth would always have been in darkness, while the other half area always in brightness. If the Sun were even gone, there would no longer have four seasons. It is because the Sun lights different places on the Earth, people set the rule of time zones. For example, there are time differences between Taiwan and New Zealand, between the east coast and west coast of the US. Time differences also cause some inconvenience. You, feeling the time differences, may more easily feel tired during traveling from the east coast to the west coast. On the other hand, all China is in the same time zone. It may be due to that people in China in the ancient time were, perhaps, so poor that they passed on their watches for their descendents. So they, in fear of breaking their watches, seldom set the watches. Without time differences, flying around China is not that exhausting and not that inconvenient. Hence, time is also impermanent, set by human, and not inherent. After you realize that the heart’s essential nature does not have the concept of time, you will no longer be clinging to past, present, and future; You will not  care too much about the occurrences of happy things; When meeting with something that makes you sad, it will not be too hard for you to extricate yourself from the suffering. Therefore, suffering and happiness are also of emptiness.

The heart is inherently continuous and unceasing but just be split by the consciousness. However, its essential nature is still ceaseless. ”Indivisibility” means that past, present, and future are merely discriminated by people. In fact, they are individable. It is just like the point between a person’s inhalation and exhalation, past, present, and future simultaneously occur and that cannot be clearly divided. At the point when you are inhaling, time passed. At the point when you in turn exhale, it is the present as well as the future. The term “causes and conditions of the three times” is uniquely predicted in Buddhism.

Heart is indestructible. “Indestructibility” refers to that physical body is not real. It appears in different forms in different lives due to the combination of cause and conditions. Finally, it will be broken. A human being may be able to live until at the age of 84,000 at most. But in the end the physical body will still be broken. However, the heart’s nature, the Buddha’s nature, as some people may call it, will never be broken. Therefore, while the body will be ruined, the heart will not.

It can be obstructed, but not stopped, meaning that substances might get in its way but would be unable to stop it anyway. For example, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is able to perform the Phowa for a deceased person from some thousands of kilometers away. In physics, even though Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performs the practice in the retreat room, there are walls, winds, and other obstructive objects in the way. Additionally, the deceased’s body would be placed in an electrically-charged steel freezer, so steel and electrons can get in the way, too. Moreover, some coffins are even made of copper. Nonetheless, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always manages to perform a successful practice for the deceased even with all the obstruction. This is because the mind can be obstructed but not stopped.

At this time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche smiled and asked if everyone felt confused. One of the disciples said that, in Hetuvidya, the proposition, the reason, and the example refer to the ultimate Buddhist principle, the reasoning of everything in existence, and all kinds of metaphors. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche explained the three in an explicit and easy-to-understand style. In particular, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compared the Phowa example to the emptiness of time. He had never heard of such a metaphor. He praised that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings were very profound. The humble Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately denied and said that His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s teachings were truly profound.

As a saying goes, “One’s mind can transform his surroundings.” Nevertheless, you are transformed by your surroundings, instead. Generally speaking, the public restrooms at the service stations along the highway in Taiwan are not as clean as their counterparts in Japan. However, if you are in Japan, you naturally keep it clean while using the restrooms. This is an example of one’s mind being transformed by his surroundings. As long as you can really understand your mind’s influence, you will be able to refrain from being reincarnated. You should remember that one learns Buddhism in order to correct their own behavior, rather than find an excuse for their own mistakes. As long as you clearly know that the essence of the mind doesn’t go or come, nor does it differentiate shifts of time, you will know that reincarnation and nirvana are the same. Although reincarnation and nirvana seem opposite, they, in fact, are no different from each other when time is no longer differentiated.

The sentient beings fall into reincarnation as they generated a delusion. It means that one began with one single doubtful thought about the Buddhist teachings. Thereby, karma was created, causing reincarnation. The speed for one to generate thoughts one after another is stunningly high and beyond imagination. The universe is generated by cause and condition. Only the mind is not generated with cause and condition and is self-arising. As to how and when mind came to existence, the Buddhist scriptures do not mention this. The scriptures merely say that one will know about this when he attained the 10th level of enlightenment of a Bodhisattva and above. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has not attained the 10th level of enlightenment of a Bodhisattva, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not know, either. Therefore, we don’t discuss about this matter and merely have to believe that the Buddhas are telling the truth. It is not necessary to argue or to contemplate over this issue. If you do so, you can only explain it with your life experiences only. However, as the Buddhist teachings are totally different from human’s life experiences. Mundane knowledge is generated along with changes in the human consciousness, which is to say that various fields of knowledge will rise as thoughts are changing. Currently, researchers mainly focus on the human consciousness and fail to study the ultimate mind. That is why they are unable to find the ultimate truth of the universe.

According to the Diamond Sutra, human’s mind is incredible. The power of mind is infinite; but sentient beings’ minds were covered by the Six Thieves, eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind, such that they cannot sense its power. You have been in the countryside and looked at the sky, suddenly feeling very comfortable and having no thought. This is just the original appearance of the mind which has slightly revealed itself. In fact, your mind always exists; but you are obscured by the Five Poisons, greed, hatred, ignorance, pride, and doubt, such that you cannot see the original appearance of the mind. If one can truly attain enlightenment on the nature of the mind, one’s joy will be generated without depending on any outside effort. This state is equivalent to what you often heard, “being content with yourself”. “Being content with yourself” does not mean that you play video games alone in your room very happily; its real meaning refers to the mind. Sentient beings originally had had Buddha nature since beginningless time; but because of one ignorant thought, greedy thoughts arose and the power of karma started to function, and thus sentient beings fell into the cyclic existence. Some people may question whether it is really that simple for one to fall into the cyclic existence. It is very easy for you to get into the cyclic existence; your arising thoughts within a second can let your consciousness change from being reborn in the Pure Land to falling into the three evil realms of the cyclic existence. The teaching of Drikung Kagyu order is to practice starting from your mind. All practices are rooted in the mind, so we proceed directly from the most fundamental matter, the mind. When you can clearly attain enlightenment on the true nature of the mind, there will be nothing in this world that can baffle you. You do not have to study and take examinations; you just need to listen to something slightly, you can then understand the whole picture of any subject. If you have the ability to control the mind, you will never do evil deeds.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche obtained skin cancer at the age of 45. At the time, Rinpoche did not do chemotherapy and surgery, and did not fear all day long. Rinpoche just lived his life with a normal mind. This was because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was able to control his own mind such that his mind was not affected by the cancer or anything outside.

There was once a believer who asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in front of her remarried husband and the child born by the husband and his ex-wife, “Does this child have heavy karma?” At the time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche turned to her and told her directly, “Your karma is heavy.” Since then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has never seen her again. In fact, we all have heavy karma; this is why we still appear on Earth in this life. If you have already repaid your debt, you will no longer be here. The karma mentioned here is not just referring to the bad karma; any strength that can let you continue to enter the cyclic existence is karma, including virtuous ones and evil ones. Someone suddenly becomes rich, gets married, has a child, and lives a happy life. Because of these, he would stop learning Buddhism. This is a case that virtuous karma will hinder one’s practice of Buddhism. Do not think your life is satisfying. Before you die, you would know that the appearing of your karmic creditors would prevent your consciousness from leaving from the crown on top of your head for the Pure Land and would let your consciousness leave directly from the bottom of your feet for the hell realm. Falling into the three evil realms is really very easy; it is easier than exhaling a breath by you.

Now it is very popular in Taiwan to believe in a practitioner who was reborn as human in this life from his past vows. Even if you are such a practitioner, as the venerable Milarepa had said, as long as you have not gone to the Pure Land to practice Buddha dharma, you will certainly be reborn in the hell realm in one of your future lives. As long as we are reborn in the cyclic existence once, we would get much karma. Many people believe in reincarnated Rinpoches and think that a reincarnated Rinpoche is better than a Rinpoche who is not. In fact, the accomplishment of practice in previous lives could not be brought into this life. Even for a reincarnated Rinpoche, if he does not practice in this life, he would not attain enlightenment at all. The important thing is what level of accomplishments you can achieve in this life. There was a Rinpoche who had been reincarnated several times. He often said that he had attained the ability of flying in his past lives. But can he attain this ability in this life? Under the blessings of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, past gurus, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, and Achi dharma protector, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has supernatural power and can know all sentient beings’ matters; when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sees the endless pains suffered by many sentient beings in the six realms of reincarnation, he feels very anxious.

Many people might think that Buddhism is the same as other religions that all of them are to advise people doing virtuous deeds. But the “virtue” mentioned in Buddhism is the Ten Good Deeds. The difference between Buddhism and Tirthika is that Tirthika advocates the only way is to believe God, but Buddhism teaches us to realize the cause and effect, you have to cultivate and practice Buddhism by yourself.

“As long as you raise the Bodhichitta, it doesn’t matter whether you have make repentance or not” This is aimed to those practitioners with the position of the throne holders or Rinpoches. You have to make repentance; otherwise if you would think you do not need to make repentance, His Holiness would have considered to recognize you being a “Rinpoche” and let you ascend to the dharma seat. Every time before the end of the puja, we would recite the “Aspiration Prayer for Rebirth in Pure Land”, it mentioned “The aspiration Bodhichitta is a marvelous jewel” in the text. Bodhichitta is a marvelous jewel, when you arouse the mind of Bodhichitta, you can realize that every phenomena are the result of the cause and effect, cause and condition. Then your mind would be affected either by happiness or by suffering. There is be no discrimination. If you practice in this a way, the karmic obstacle would not be the hindrance for your learning Buddhism and rebirthing in the Pure Land.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche hitherto has taught the ways of practicing of “Mind”: The way of overwhelming your mind, modulating your mind, to understand and realize you mind, furthermore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened the nature of mind is emptiness. You may not understand for today’s enlightenment, but it will be helpful for your future life. With regard to the time when it will take effective, it depends on the level of self cultivation for Buddhism. You do not have to think about these teachings after going home, because what you could think now is to think of them by you consciousness and such a thinking is helpless. Besides you cannot think that the time is emptiness so you would be able to be late for your work, or dating with other. Because you are living in the mundane world, everybody does the same rule and you have to obey it. Dharma is used to rectify our mind, not to be used as excuses for your mistake.

It has been the end of year, from the beginning of next year to the lunar new year 2011, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will perform dharma for you in order to let you have a peaceful year in the coming new year. Some of you who took refuge is longer than others. When you have an uneventful life, don’t think and pride on that you have attained the achievement. In fact, in the turbulent time, you had such an uneventful life is because of the blessing by Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Year after year, your time to learn Buddhism has been decreased and passed by. You have to utilize the time to review the passed year: Whether have you aroused your compassion mind? Whether have you continually enhanced your mind in respect for the Three Jewels? Whether did you meliorate those bad habits? Whether have you increased the comprehension of the Buddhist Dharma? You must look for a time to meditate yourself. It would be too late to review yourself due to lack of strength when you are getting old or on the verge of dying.

After the puja is over, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still proceed to meet the believers from PM 04:10 to PM 05:30. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave enlightenment to 41 believers with Buddhism and helped them to relieve all kinds of suffering in the world.

December 19, 2010

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over an auspicious regular puja, continuing to give the enlightenment about the nature of mind and its manifestation, at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei.

Prior to the beginning of the puja, a female disciple shared her experience of how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helped another female new disciple. In early morning of November 27 when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was about leaving for New Zealand, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed an auspicious Phowa Dharma for a new female disciple who just died.

Two years ago, this new female disciple had made an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for her dementia father. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave her the enlightenment that a genuine filial person was the one who learned Buddhism. She, however, was clinging to the social interactions among friends so she couldn’t make up her mind to adopt a vegetarian diet. As such, she missed a valuable opportunity to learn Buddhism and consequently wasted a chance to return her parents’ kindness. In mid 2010, due to her wish for a stable job, she registered to take training lessons in a foundation where she began to cook dishes with meat, which gave rise of her killing karma. Before the end of the training, she was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Before long, she couldn’t eat anything and began a life of hospitalization.

After she got the dharma tapes about making repentance, obtained opportunities to attend pujas and the Guru’s permission to take refuge, she had claimed she had developed faith in the Guru. As a matter of fact, deep in her mind, she just wished to get well, hardly surrendering herself to the Guru, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Every time after participating in a puja, she’d see whether her illness would become better. Even though Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had clearly taught that surgical operations couldn’t truly cure cancers, she still couldn’t let go of such wish. She simply wanted to skip the pain of being ill and searched for a way to get rid of the illness once and for all. Thus, after attending the Great Puja on October 3, 2010, she underwent an operation which was a waste. Her doctors opened her belly, took a look and then closed the wound. They only left a cystostomy to feed her through small intestine, which would solve her problem of being not able to eat because the tumor had blocked any food to go through.

From the medical point of view, the cystostomy was just an opening to her small intestine. Actually, the opening had caused her more tortures. Once, a dharma brother went to visit her and her care taker was about to feed her through the opening. She said she felt hurt. The dharma brother found out that the care taker used boiling water to mix up nutrition powder without adding any cold water and then pour it through the opening. After two weeks, the cystostomy became fester; it couldn’t be used to feed her. Nor could it be sutured. Because of the wound, her intestinal fluid mixed up with ascites, which accelerated the stinking of the ascites. Moreover, to clean up the wound also became a problem, among others.

The time she truly gave rise faith in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was on October 31 when another dharma brother died in the center while attending a puja. She witnessed the ritual of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performing the Phowa Dharma. On November 14, her health got further worse. Her care taker wouldn’t bring her to the center so a dharma brother went to the hospital to take her. Her daughter was also there, but couldn’t understand the whole situation. Her daughter asked her whether she insisted on going to the center. She responded “if I died, I’d die in the center.” Because of such a profound faith, she’d be able to reply in such an absolute way. It was also because of her great faith that she was able to attend pujas without any interference later on. More importantly, she was able to seek refuge and obtain the Phowa Dharma after passing.

On November 20, she sought a permission from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to let her take refuge while she was alive. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche at once gave her blessings, let her take refuge, and grant her the Phowa Dharma. The Guru said “Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has promised you!” It was a touching moment. In this immense suffering world, no where can anyone find such a definite answer. But she found it in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

On November 26, she wanted to attend the Chod puja, but her daughter disagreed. Being in a state of coma, she was incapable of changing the situation. The doctors wouldn’t grant her a permission of absence, either. As long as she was out of the hospital, she’d not be allowed to return. Additionally, her daughter found more excuses for not bringing her to the center. For instance, the ascites might burst out and she might vomit blood at any second. A dharma brother told her “No temples or Buddhist centers would be willing to greet your mother in such conditions. The Buddhist center is a very pure and clean place. We are not afraid of your mother’s conditions. What are you afraid of?” Her mother’s wish was “if she’d die, she’d like to die in the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center.” She was in a coma so she needed her daughter to fulfill the wish.

And then her daughter expressed another doubt. If her mother was discharged from the current hospital, where would she send her mother? No matter which hospital to send her mother, it’d be a torture for her mother. Thanks to the help offered by a doctor disciple. This problem was solved at no time. Moreover, the problem that the deceased wasn’t allowed to stay in the dying bed for 8 hours was solved after she was transferred to the doctor disciple’s hospital. All these changes were due to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings. Without the blessings, it was impossible to solve so many problems within 20 minutes. Her daughter’s attitude couldn’t be completely changed. As such, she had attended the Chod Puja and was transferred to a different hospital after the puja a few hours before she died. She was able to peacefully live through the last few hours in her life. In the early morning of November 27 she passed away. At 8 o’clock, she obtained the auspicious Phowa Dharma performed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who was just about to leave for New Zealand.

On December 16, after the body was cremated, staff at the funeral house informed them that a picture of Avalokiteshvara and some relic flowers were found. As dharma brothers found a small hole on the scull, they were all very surprised. After cremation, there would be some cracks on bones. But the small hole on the crown was very different. The contour of the hole was very sharp and smooth. Additionally, the verge of the hole wasn’t vertical to the scull. Instead, the verge of the hole appeared to be 30 to 45 degree to the scull. This phenomenon was very difficult to form. To see from the side, the area of the hole was even larger and smoother. It was truly amazing. Simply seeing this, they could imagine how powerful the dharma could be. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, however, wasn’t performing the dharma next to the deceased. As they witnessed such an incredible hole, what they could do was admiring. They knew the hole was punched by Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

She was grateful that in the degenerate age Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche granted helpless sentient beings opportunities to listen to the enlightenment of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and witness the compassion of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. On behalf of all sentient beings, this female disciple prayed for longevity of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She once again was grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche!

Then a doctor disciple shared his thoughts about following Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to visit New Zealand. At the first moment he received the information that disciples could register to the trip of New Zealand, he called without any hesitation. Later when he knew he could go, he all of a sudden realized he should tell his boss of the clinic about the trip and take a leave of absence. The procedure of telling his boss and taking a leave of absence went quite smoothly. His boss not only promised to see patients for him but also agreed that he didn’t have to make up his work.

The opportunity to follow the Guru abroad, either visiting sacred places or attending pujas, was rare. It was quite frequent, though, that participants’ health would have some problems alone the way. Last November, one month before he left for Kathmandu, Nepal, to attend the inauguration of Rinchenling Monastery, his entire upper and lower teeth felt extreme pain. It was like he had cavities in all of his teeth. The tooth nerves felt throbbing while not eating. He’d feel even painful when eating. His dentist examined his teeth and found no cavity. Nor was his gum inflamed. It was very weird. So he decided to take some pain killers, but it was to no avail. He then realized that it must be because he had eaten so much meat before, which would cause such pain in his teeth. Consequently, he applied the methods Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche taught in the book “Happiness and Suffering” to face his pain. First, he made repentance. Secondly, one should realize that the nature of any pain is the nature of void. It comes and goes with conditions. Some day it will eventually vanish. Thirdly, he contemplated that he felt the pain on behalf of sentient beings. With these exercises, he found that could start to eat a little bit and his pain was reduced a little, too. His teeth were still feeling painful during the first few days in Kathmandu. It was not until the noon after he attended the Parna Shabari Empowerment Puja when he ate his lunch, he found his teeth weren’t feeling anything at first bite. His teeth didn’t feel any pain anymore till now.

Similarly, one month before the trip to New Zealand, his skin began to feel itchy. His upper, middle, and lower side of his right face appeared rash in sequence. Moreover, his skin also felt numb. In the right side of the waist below the navel, there appeared a rash extending to his back. It was itchy first and felt hurt in the beginning. He thought the symptoms were due to herpes zoster. So he took medication for ten days. The rash didn’t develop blisters and it didn’t feel pain anymore, but it was still very itchy. The more he scratched the itchier it felt. He tried the medication of anti-histamine, but it did not work. He also tried to apply steroid cream of dermatology. Nor did it help. The only effective cream was Bao-Yuan Balm, though it could only last for two hours. As a result, he had to apply Bao-Yuan Balm every two hours, including night time when he was asleep. He lived like this for a month. To stop the feeling of itchiness, he used up four jars of Bao-Yuan Balm. His underwear was all smeared with red balm. The skin symptom was very weird. It was not like herpes zoster because there developed no blisters. Hardly did it feel pain. Moreover, the period to feel itchy was far too long. Later, he suddenly thought of the words of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that if Western medicine can’t treat some illness, you can try Chinese medicine. Thus, he went to visit a doctor of Chinese medicine. The doctor diagnosed that there existed too much moister in his spleen and gave him some Chinese medication which worked almost immediately. The sense of itchiness stopped as the Chinese medication worked through his body. But when the time passed by, he’d feel itchy again though it wasn’t as severe in degree. When he took the trip to New Zealand, he didn’t take the Chinese medication with him. He seemed to forget that his skin was itchy. Now the skin illness is cured.

On the third day of the trip to New Zealand, they visited the Milarepa Retreat Center from which it took about one hour drive to Auckland. At the Center, they paid the homage to His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. The road from the bottom of the hill to the Center was too narrow for coaches to turn around. Staff of the Center asked a neighbor to help by taking them in a small car. On the way, the female neighbor specially mentioned that it hadn’t rained for a while. She worried that the pasture wouldn’t survive the drought and her sheep wouldn’t have enough to eat. After they paid the homage to His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang who gave blessings, and then they had their lunch at the Center, it began to rain. Another female neighbor excitedly ran to them and said she was so happy they were here because their visit brought the rain. It had been almost four weeks without a drop of rain. Without connecting to any pipes for running water, their lives all depended on rain falls. She was originally quite worried that she had to buy tanks of water for daily usage.

They all know it is very auspicious to have meals together with the Mahasiddhas, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. During this tour of New Zealand, to their surprise, they had many times of lunches and dinners with His Holiness and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. They ate together almost everyday. Besides, they took sightseeing boats along lakes, saw shows together, and so forth. This is his first time to have this kind of opportunity to get close to his Guru and His Holiness, be together to go for many activities. Being touched, he furthermore felt the blessing of His Holiness and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and also, his faith in Buddhist cultivation was strengthened.

When they were to visit a glow warm cave, in order to see the lightening bugs, they took a small boat flowing through a completely dark area where it was impossible to see more than a foot or so. It was so dark that he could not help but try to dilate his eyes. In the darkness he found, however, when he dilated his eyes it became even darker: As his eyes were closed, there was still a bit of light of body; But when he opened his eyes, it became completely dark. He thought to himself: “If a hell is similar to this environment, I don’t want to go there at all!” The leader said many people would scream when they went there. But this time none of them screamed. In a later time, he considered perhaps it was because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and His Holiness were just around. There was nothing for them to fear. Or, they did not think of fear at all.

Before, he was ever curious about the reason why everyone likes to travel and enjoy the sights of mountains and rivers. During this New Zealand tour he suddenly comprehended that, as the old saying goes: “The wise enjoy the waters, the benevolent enjoy the mountains” is just talking about “compassion and wisdom.” Mountain is symbolic of compassion, while water is symbolic of wisdom. The combination of compassion and wisdom can then make it a sight that makes people carefree and joyous. Compassion and wisdom are inherently possessed by. And, during an outing, one can find his true heart which has been lost for long. It is no wonder that everyone is so happy to see the the beautiful lakes, mountains and fiords. Before, he could not think it out. But with His Holiness and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessing, he started to get the picture. He was thankful to His Holiness and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. In our life, Buddha-Dharma can be found everywhere!

Then another female disciple shared what she has learned: this time she had the pleasure to join the tour of New Zealand, she would like to share the stores of the course of her friends who met with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Before one and a half year, her friend who came back to Taiwan from New Zealand found her became very different. Also, when her friend heard she mentioned Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, her friend felt very joyful.  Her friend also heard she talked about how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helped her to correct her behaviors, and the mistakes – greed, hatred, ignorance, arrogance, and doubt – that she has committed from past lives. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche let her know the true Buddhist practice is to correct one’s acts. She had originally had the illness of hyperthyreosis. She did not take any medicine nor did she go to hospital for check. But now, she has no symptoms anymore. Her friend has learned nursing. Hearing her sharing, her friend was very shocked and started to desire to seek an audience the special person mentioned by her – Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

When her friend met with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked: “What are you coming for?” She said: “I’m coming to learn Buddhsim.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche scolded her: “You even don’t know the principle that all objects on earth are equal, let alone Buddhism cultivation.” Even this female disciple, stayed besides her friend, was shocked to hear that. Her friend was a nice person who wanted to be kind to everyone and do good things. In her job, she needs to give acupuncture and moxibustion. She also provides spinal orthopedics treatment to people. In her job, indeed, she needs to care people. Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her that her dog was missing its master. But she even didn’t remember she had raised a dog in her home. Her son recalled his father once mentioned about a dog raised in home. Trying hard to recall the thing, finally she recollected a little bit. Seeing this, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said: “Even your son remembered the dog, but you don’t.” Suddenly she felt very repentant, thinking herself was the person who had no gratitude, and who even forgot the thing she had raised the dog. This time in New Zealand, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her friend that her dog was still missing them, and they should attend puja for helping the dog’s consciousness obtain transference.

During the course of meeting with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, her friend gave rise to great reverence. She wished to again have the opportunity to hear Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s dharma talk. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her: “If you can receive my teachings, come to see me when I’m in New Zealand.” Therefore, during the past one and a half year, her friends called this female disciple from time to time, asking her: “When will Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche be in New Zealand?” But she did not know and couldn’t give her friend an answer. Finally, three days prior to departure, she knew the exact schedule of the New Zealand tour. Thus her friend had merely three days to make arrangement.

This friend considered it was very precious that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would come to New Zealand. Therefore, she changed her schedule from two days to four days, as it took six hours for her to drive from Christchurch to Queenstown. She put her original plans aside and discussed with her son to go together to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. They made three-day reservation of the hotel where Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and his followers would stay. The hotel was a high-class golf course. There they lived in log cabins. It was hard to reserve the hotel. But they, how luckily, still made a three-day reservation. Moreover, the log cabin they lived was nearby that of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

The day when they met the followers of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, after asking Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, they stayed together with them and listened to His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang bestowing teachings. Besides, they also heard many followers personally talking about how they had been helped by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. As she had ever learned nursing, she felt so incredible when she heard that there were so many ill people just recovered through the help of Buddha-dharma without medical treatment. She praised that it was really marvelous and the followers were so fortunate to follow the mahasiddha Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

In the evening the woman and her son sought an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Her son, at the age of 14, originally had much doubt on religion. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened him: No need to think those things he cannot comprehend. Nor to try to debate with his teachers in school. What is written in books is not always correct. When he grows up and learns Buddhism, he will then start to realize. In the course of listening to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings, he learns that what he should do now is to study diligently and take good care of himself. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche furthermore enlightened on the reason why this boy would have so much thoughts is that his stomach has some problems, which results from that his mother did not have food of nutrients when pregnant. Hearing this, the disciple was surprised that the cause for a person who has airy notions or insomnia would be related to the conditions he met when he was a fetus in mother’s uterus. The conditions of one’s pregnancy impact one’s child even in the child’s teenage. At first, the boy originally wanted to ask Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche a question: “Who is God?” However, in the course of listening to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s talk, the boy suddenly found that question was no more a question as he would know the answer when he grows up. The female disciple highly praised: “Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche teaches sentient beings and helps them understand truths according to different ages.

Her friend also asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s advice on how to provide help to those who have severe issues of insobriety and melancholia in New Zealand.  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened: “There are many complicated causes for melancholia. The book “Suffering and Happiness” has helped a lot of people in depression. Its English version will be published around January to February. The people of melancholia can be helped through reading this book.” In New Zealand, every Friday people start to hold party and drink much alcohol. Followed are problems of melancholia and excessive drinking. And it needs causal conditions for them to get help of a Buddhist practitioner. Her friend, obtaining this kind of teachings, was very touched and gave rise to thought of getting close to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She didn’t want to leave but travel everywhere Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would go. Hence, in the following days, this woman and her son went with the Sino Tour Company’s visiting group and heard many stories shared by followers in tourist car.

Then, her friend, who had not taken refuge, had no choice but unwillingly leave the group. Although she got together with the group merely for three days, she felt it seemed like that she had known everybody for a long time. On the fourth day, this woman and her son arrived Christchurch. At that night when she red “Event Calendar of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche” on the official website of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, suddenly she decided to fly to Auckland again. In the midnight she booked seats of flight to Auckland and woke her son up, asking him: “Let’s fly to Auckland tomorrow morning!” This disciple praised: “Look at how is she following Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, we should introspect how we, as followers, are following our guru?

In an early morning when everyone was having breakfast in hotel, the mother and son also came there and had breakfast together with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in the same restaurant. The woman also invited three of her friends in Auckland to go with them. One of them was a CEO of an airline company. At 9:00am that morning the CEO got a phone call from the woman. He immediately expressed that he would like to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche after he heard the woman talking about Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s traces. Seeing him coming by via merely one phone call, the female disciple asked herself and the followers if they had the same kind of heart. The CEO’s pain of illness was soon relieved right after being blessed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also told him to apply Bao-yuan balm. And the other two friends also gave rise to great reverence. After they made prostrations before Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked one of them that did his father just now pass away but not yet be transferred. The female saw there was a feeling of sorry on his face. He thought he was not a dutiful son and had not timely shown filial obedience to his father. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told him that due to his reverence that led to his offering, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was able to see the thing about his father. Then, they decided to fly to Taiwan to attend the Chod puja that would be held in December. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s awe-inspiring power and his heart of benefiting sentient beings not only take effect in puja but indeed in every places!

Besides, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also instructed his wife, who was very weak, that she should take some dried Chinese Jujube and longan tree’s fruits to improve her health conditions. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that she should take a rest when she worked too hard and if she would not take good care of herself, she might not be able to get off bed for the following three years. And this was just because she had not been taken good care in her postpartum period. Even a doctor could not be so attentive. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is really a benevolent doctor king. Later her friend also told her that she did indeed not like to move and was not that energetic in these two years.

This disciple found that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always warned us before we met problems. This time she not only felt how lucky she was to join the tour but also saw through many details of how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has benefited sentient beings. Her friend also asked about the issue of heavy metal content of Chinese medicine. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her if a clinic regularly does imports declaration for medicine, the medicine will be inspected and checked. This disciple thought to herself that all the Chinese medicine used in the Glorious Jewel Chinese Medicine Clinic are the best and declared to customs. There will be no heavy mental and therefore it is really safe for everyone. All of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s companies are helping sentient beings as well as his followers. We should cherish the opportunity.

Her friend was grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ‘s help on New Zealand. In the meanwhile, she also got Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ‘s consent to her praying for taking refuge. Furthermore, she, on behalf of Enzedders, implored Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to preside over pujas in New Zealand. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her that if a place, with sufficient causal conditions, where the sentient beings need, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will head for it.

While in New Zealand, watching the glowworms in the cave, there was merely shimmering light in the dark, just like stars. As it was pitch dark and nothing could be seen, she sat on a boat flowing in a water canal. People who took the same boat really shared a special karmic connection. She visualized Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and her tears fell uncontrollably. Nevertheless, she did not feel scared, for she has got a direction for her life. Her light is right ahead because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is her illuminator. As the boat approached the exit, she suddenly felt that what she had been through was life, indeed. She did not know why she would sit in the same boat with other people. Had it not been the guru, anything could have happened. If the power of boat had been out, the boat would have stuck in the canal. It was truly a real-life scenario.

Her friend gave her a note, saying that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is really a rare and precious guru in the history. She hoped that everyone would cherish the fortune to be able to follow Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to learn the Buddhist teachings.

Then, another disciple, the fourth one in a role, shared her feelings about the trip to New Zealand. As the previous disciple talked about the drought in New Zealand and the rain upon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s arrival at the retreat center, the lama attendant of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang also said that the rain, which was actually nectar water, fell to celebrate the arrival of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. In retrospection, she remembered following Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to Qinghai a few years ago. At that time, there was a great snowfall, one that had not been seen for tens of years, and the draught in the region which had lasted several years was thereby relieved. Judging from this, when a great accomplished practitioner goes to a place, auspicious signs will show and local problems can be solved.

As the previous disciple who works as a doctor mentioned about his physical problems before taking the trip, she recalled that her own children had been ill before following Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to India and had had to stay in the hospital for 7 days. They left the hospital on the day before departure. In fact, we often have some problems before, when, and, after we follow Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to countries overseas. It is because we really do not have sufficient merits to follow Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche overseas. However, because of this reason, we have to follow our guru even more closely.

On this trip, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche were interviewed by New Zealand newspapers. The news coverage was seen on the newspapers the next day, benefiting the local sentient beings. Because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has taken a great vow, hoping that all the sentient beings with favorable connection can be benefited upon seeing Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s image. The newspapers also said that the retreat center was located in the north to Auckland. When such information was spread among the New Zealanders, they might have the opportunities to receive Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help in the future. All the matters, actions, and thoughts of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche are conducted to benefit the sentient beings.

A lama attendant of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang told her that many locals wanted to seek an audience with His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang as they heard about the retreat center His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang has been building in New Zealand. Nonetheless, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang did not grant them any meetings. The lama attendant said, “You disciples are truly very fortunate. Without Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, you would have got no chance to step onto this piece of land, let alone getting individual blessing directly from His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang!” Without Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, we are nobody and would not have gotten the opportunity to see His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang.

In the future, 20 retreat huts with 2 rooms, i.e. 40 rooms in total, will be built specifically for the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. The lama attendant additionally said that construction materials and techniques are highly specialized in New Zealand. Therefore, the cost for one hut there is good enough to build 7 huts in Taiwan. We can imagine that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has to take on such a burden, so we disciples definitely have to support and make offerings to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. As we do not have the merits to make offerings directly to His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and sponsor the retreat center, we should make offerings to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in hopes that the retreat center will help many retreatants to practice retreats in the place where His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang considers beneficial for practice.

At his first meeting with His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang on this New Zealand trip, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche made a great offering. On the eve of their departure from New Zealand, the disciples made an offering to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche while having dinner together. Nevertheless, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche offered His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang with all the contributions from the disciples on the following day. Therefore, as long as the disciples make offerings to the guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always makes best plans for the offered money so as to help the disciples accumulate merits. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also leads the disciples to go on pilgrimage trips overseas in order to help his disciples accumulate merits.

When His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center were on a touring cruise, the pilot of the cruise invited His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang on his initiative to try steering the boat. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said, “Your Holiness is steering a boat to salvage the sentient beings.” The disciples all felt utterly joyful and touched. As it is the vow of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to benefit the sentient beings all the time, we shall follow Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche closely so as to board this Dharma boat heading for the Pure Land. The speaking disciple recalled that she once followed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to Thailand. They took a touring boat on a river as well. They received a lot of white bread on the boat to feed the fish in the river. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bid the disciples to bring all the bread to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche first. Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche recited mantra to bless the bread before letting the disciples cast it into the river. Many fish jumped up joyfully to get the bread. Everyone felt happy that the fish, having eaten the blessed bread, might leave the Realm of Animal sooner, have a chance of becoming a human being, and practice and learn Buddhism so as to gain liberation from reincarnation. Some of the fish had been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. No matter where Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always does his very best to help the sentient beings.

At the retreat center, a Taiwanese who lives in New Zealand and helps out at the center told the disciple that her own daughter has received much help from the website of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. She would read the content through carefully because many problems she had in life and work were solved simply with the teachings and anecdotes written on the website. The disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center are truly the most fortunate because they get to listen to the Dharma talk directly bestowed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche every week!

The disciple also mentioned the daughter of another disciple, who lives in Hong Kong and would call her mother on Sunday night to ask about Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teaching that day in recent 3 years. Fortunately, the event calendar of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche soon became part of the website, therefore enabling her to read through all the contents carefully. So, even Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s website can bring such great benefits to the sentient beings. We are indeed very fortunate to learn Buddhism under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. What’s more, we can even follow Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on pilgrimage trips overseas. All of these are opportunities created by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche so as that the disciples may accumulate merits. We should follow closely. Otherwise, if we do not have enough merits, we can even doze off or mistake what we hear during the puja.

Not long ago, an employee of the Japanese food department of the Glorious Jewel Group, the company of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, accidentally sold some merchandize that should have been taken off shelf on the previous day. It was merely one day after the designated date for the goods to be taken off shelf and there were still 14 days before the food got expired. Nonetheless, when the Japanese food department of the Glorious Jewel Group found out about this the next day, all the customers who had bought the item were tracked. They received not only an apology but also a new package of the item along with a gift of 1000 NTD. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not owe anything to the sentient beings even when conducting business, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gives more to the disciples who make offerings to the sentient beings. These merits would come in handy in times we need them the most. Therefore, she encouraged all the Dharma brothers to make offerings to the guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. If there is an opportunity to go overseas with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, we shall grab the opportunity. No one knows when things would change, and we might realize that we are unable to catch up one day.

Then, another disciple shared the process in which Most Venerable helped her: She used to be a lymphoma patient and it was Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who bestowed a new life upon her. Her life underwent a total change because of Buddhist teachings and her condition is stabilizing and she is recovering. All these miracles are due to the blessings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

In mid-March of 2002, the proper causal conditions were met and she met a disciple of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. She saw the egg-shaped bulge on her neck and inquired about her condition. She told her that she had undergone an examination at National Taiwan University Hospital and the report came back saying that the bulge was merely the result of a lymph node inflammation. The disciple then told her how her own family had received help from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and that, if she wished, she could seek Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center.

A few days later, the disciple took her to the Glorious Jewellery Company to seek Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s advice. After prostrating herself before Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the compassionate Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened her that the cause of the bulge was a lobster she had eaten in the past. The lobster contained a sickness near its head and by swallowing this sickness she, in fact, had swallowed her karmic creditors. As a consequence, a bulge began to grow on her neck, near her head. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed her to often attend pujas and not eat meat, and she would naturally recover. Coincidentally, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche went abroad that week. Due to her lack of faith and eagerness to get rid of the bulge, she followed a neighbor’s suggestion to treat it with acupuncture. However, her condition then deteriorated rapidly due to such treatment. Within only 10 days, the egg-like bulge grew to the size of a fist, while becoming red and swollen. Her condition became so painful that she had trouble sleeping at night, and she began to be plagued by fainting spells.

Thereafter, she began to attend the pujas and again besought Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help. This time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed her to undergo an examination at the hospital. In order not to repeat her previous mistake, she first asked for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s advice, and only later checked into Taipei Veterans General Hospital. Not even two months after her last examination, the bulge had developed into a malignant tumor. The cause and condition is ever changing and such a severe outcome was directly caused by her lack in faith, a fact that almost cost her her life. During her stay at the hospital, she took many scheduled leaves from the hospital in order to attend the Chod pujas on Fridays, as well as the regular pujas. She remembers Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once said, “We should pray to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas: ‘If sickness is good for me, let me be sick. If death is good for me, let me die. If being alive is good for me, let me live on.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her family, “As long as she has faith in the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, she will definitely have a promising future.” Thereupon, she stopped feeling afraid that her medical conditions would worsen. No matter what befell her, it would be due to an arrangement made by the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in her best interests. Everything that comes is her karmic cause and effect; the right thing to do is to accept that. At that time, it occurred to her that wealth can never go with her when she die and, therefore, she decided to offer her savings in repentance in hopes that her offering might enable all the sentient beings to be freed from such suffering.

She originally did not intend to do chemotherapy; but due to the insistence of her family, this disciple once again asked the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for his enlightenments and repented to him. Even so, the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still compassionately enlightened her and gave her blessings. So her treatment was more successful than what the doctor had expected. Her tumor, from a size of 20 centimeters times 12 centimeters, began to shrink; and the shrinking speed of the tumor was much faster than that of other patients. Because chemotherapy would consume a lot of a patient’s energy, a patient doing such treatment would need sufficient nutrition. Originally, the doctor was worried that she might be undernourished due to her vegetarian diet and wanted to give her tube feeding. But it has proved that having a vegetarian diet is the best. During the process, she insisted on having a vegetarian diet and did not have tube feeding; even the doctor felt incredible as well. She urged people to listen to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s words that being a vegetarian is the best! Eating meat can only let cancer cells get more nutrients and grow faster. All of these are the blessings and cares given to her by the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas. She can only say that the greatness and excellence of Buddha dharma is indescribable. During the period of her hospitalization, death is not terrible for her; she deeply and wholeheartedly vowed to be reborn in the Pure Land and she desired from the bottom of her heart that she could attain the auspicious “Phowa dharma” from the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She constantly told her mother that if she was in a coma, she did not want any emergency life support; if she died, mother must find Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for her as soon as possible; and mother should do anything exactly as what the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed. These were her last words. The venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is her biggest support; and she is very grateful to the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche!

From her own experience, as long as we have a firm faith to the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas, repent genuinely, attend pujas continuously, and truly follow and practice the guru’s teachings, our future will be good. And only then can we pray to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to liberate those countless sentient beings that have been harmed by us. Now she can still live; she wants to thank the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for his vast and great kindness for giving her all of these.

After she was discharged from the hospital, her condition was gradually improved. Her family wished that she could listen to the doctor’s suggestion of returning to the hospital for regular examination every 3 months or half a year. The results of those examinations showed that her condition was very stable. Hence, her family felt relieved further. Until now, she has not gone to the hospital to do checkup for more than 3 years. And her health conditions are all normal. During this period, the hospital still called to ask her whether everything is safe for her. She said that the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is a real king of medicine and can let our body and mind truly leave sufferings. She again called on everyone to firmly believe in the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, be obedient, and completely surrender to him. She further shared with everyone that the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had said that the reason for one to get hematological malignancy is that one likes to eat seafood. Lymphoma is one type of hematological malignancy. She used to really love to eat seafood and disliked pork or chicken. Everything the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has done is for the benefits of all sentient beings; so everyone must be obedient. And she recalled that during the period of her illness once Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately asked her, like a father caring for his children, where she was not feeling well. She replied that she suffered greatly by a stomach ulcer. The venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately gave her Pu`er tea and asked her to drink the tea at home. Later, she heard from other patient that Pu`er tea is very good for cancer patients and can let tumors become smaller; after this patient drank Pu`er tea, the discomfort caused by chemotherapy was also reduced. All in all, everything the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has done is for the benefits of all sentient beings. She once again thanked the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Then, another female disciple shared the story of the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helping her mother. Her mother had suffered leg pains while walking in these years. On October 4th this year (2010), her mother went to a hospital for MRI examination. The examination report found that two vertebrae in mother’s spine were compressed and obstructed. So doctors began to actively arrange surgery treatment for her mother. However, this disciple did not want her mother to go through the suffering of surgery, fearing deeply that the surgery would bring more harm to her mother. And she knew that when one did not have enough blessings, instead of getting the right treatment, one would make the wrong decision. More importantly, when blessing is not enough, even if she wanted to bring her parents to seek an audience with the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, it would not be possible. Then, she recalled the guru’s constant enlightenment on the Dharma throne about the importance of making offerings and giving donations. So she prayed in front of the dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that on behalf of her mother she would like to give money donations to those who were not able to pay their medical bills; she wished to use the donating money to replace the expense of the surgery such that her mother would not suffer the pains of the operation; she prayed that she could help her mother to accumulate some slight blessings so that her mother was able to meet the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

On October 16th, due to the arrangement of a social worker of a hospital, this female disciple smoothly donated the money as she planned and she personally gave the little sum of money to six families which were in urgent need for paying medical bills. She believed this was the arrangement of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to let her experience deeply and not forget that there were many sentient beings in sufferings; this also let her realize that how fortunate she was; when something happened at home, she could pray to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas as well as rely on the guru. Two weeks later, her father told her the estimated fee for the surgery in the hospital. She did not expect that the fee happed to be the same as the amount of her donation at the time. She felt that this coincidence must be from the blessings of the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and must be the arrangement of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. So she immediately called and told her mother this idea. Her mother just came home from the hospital and told her that another examination had been done in the hospital and the result showed an improved condition; only the fourth vertebra of the spinal column was obstructed, so now the doctor accessed that the treatment can be changed to rehabilitation and a surgery was not necessary. This news really made her family feel very happy. Even better, her father finally agreed to accompany her mother to seek an audience with the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche together.

On November 20th, her parents finally saw the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Before this moment her mother had already thought about what to say when seeing Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. But when she prostrated in front of the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she started to cry very hard unexpectedly and was not able to say anything. So, on behalf of her mother, the female disciple simply reported to the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that her mother had felt pains and numbness while walking. The venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then began to compassionately recite mantras to bless her mother. Because her mother cried very hard and was not able to speak the words prepared beforehand, her family just left after expressing their appreciations. On the way home, she repeatedly urged her mother to listen to the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s advice in the great puja that one should have a vegetarian diet. She believed that as long as her mother can listen to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s words they definitely would be able to see the “effects” of Rinpoche’s blessings. So, she often called her mother to ask the condition of her legs. She knew that she had to let her father see the so-called “miracle” in order to help her parents believe in the auspiciousness of Buddha dharma. Her mother always answered her unexcitedly that she felt much better. And her father told her that he had no longer heard her mother complaining about the pains. However, her mother’s body weight was reduced from 62 kg to 58.6 kg within a few days after her mother had seen the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Her father suspected that the scale at home was broken because her mother had never succeeded in losing her weight for many years. Her mother also jokingly said, “How come once having a vegetarian diet, I immediately lose so much weight?!”

On December 4th, when she went back to her parent’s home, she discovered that her mother’s originally fat and bone-hiding shank had an unexpected “curve” and she could see the bulged bones of her ankle. The mother then said that originally the skin of her leg was not able to bounce back after being pressed down by a finger (this is the phenomenon of edema). And actually no one in the whole family knew her mother had had the problem of edema. They all thought that the mother’s elephant legs for years were due to her obesity. Her mother also said that a few days after she had met the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche she found that the edema in her legs had disappeared. The originally swollen skin developed wrinkles due to the reduction of swelling. She felt that her legs became lighter and she could also stand firmly. The female disciple and her father then suddenly realized that the 3 kg weight reduced from her mother’s body was actually from the water in her legs. Right then, their appreciations towards the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche were really indescribable. Her father said that he had never seen any temple which would decline to receive believers’ money offerings; he only saw the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did such thing. He had also never seen anyone who would bless so many seriously ill patients who came to seek for help; only the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did such thing.

At the moment when she and her parents finally meet the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche together, a thought arose in her mind that she was not a filial daughter and in this life she could not make a lot of money to let her parents live a very good life. However, she knew she should never let her parents miss the opportunity to meet the precious treasure, the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Finally, this female disciple repented publicly on the spot. After her husband, a disciple, passed away, the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her who was still a believer at the time that the reason her husband was not able to obtain the auspicious Phowa dharma was her disbelief of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. At the time, she did not understand it. Until after taking refuge, she then knew that she was the kind of people often mentioned by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on the Dharma throne; such people said they believed in the law and cause and effect, and Buddha dharma, but actually their behaviors were deviated from Buddhism and what they prayed were all for satisfying their greed. Because she was reluctant to let her husband go, her ignorance let her seriously ill husband suffered many more pains. She was really very sorry that she prevented her husband and countless sentient beings that were hurt from attaining the auspicious Phowa dharma. She would use this event as a warning to herself such that she would never make the same mistake again. And if she could realize that any tiny bit of her own thought and behavior was evil, she should all appreciate the guru’s compassionate blessings. She expressed her gratefulness to the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and thanked Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. She wanted to practice Buddhism diligently in order to repay the guru’s kindness.

Afterward Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ascended to the throne and bestowed the following enlightenments: Richen Dorjee Rinpoche had enlightened the  essential nature of mind in the previous pujas, although you might not understand right away, it would be affected you for your future life. Except the Buddhism, the other religions are devoted in the cultivation of consciousness, even if they have attained the level of a god or a deity when practicing in the heavenly realms, they just merely practice on the consciousness only. Only the Buddhism is to practice the mind cultivation. The consciousness which is changeable would be appeared and vanished by the cause and condition, it can not be permanently existed as well. However Buddha found that the mind is arose by nature and permanently existed.  In the last puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche mentioned that the characteristic of mind is : When you are trying to slash it, but it is unbreakable. When you are trying to stop it, but it is unstoppable. When you are trying to destroy it, but it is undamaged. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has explained clearly for the function of mind and the capability of mind through the three characteristics.

The Buddha Sakyamuni enlightened Buddhism for 49 years, the Heart sutra, which is in the Great Prajnaparamita Sutra, is the most important sutra to explain the characteristics of mind, but you cannot easily understand when you read it. For Buddhism, most of the problems for you are that you are unable to see the existence of mind by the worldly knowledge or the scientific instrument. Where is your mind? You can review it by yourself, when you are happy; the feeling is not located at your brain. When you are sad, except you would feel your head distended when you shed tears, the feeling of sorrow is not located at your brain as well. It is the location of mind where is located at the middle of the chest and between the two breasts.

From the point of view by the modern science, a human can act and think because of the brain transmitting the signals to the cells of body. The scientists only know that the cells of brain use electrical signals to transmit information, the body proceeds to act according to the information. However Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked the attendees in the puja, whether could the modern science explain why the cells of brain are able to create the electrical signals? A physician disciple said, it only knows that there are brain waves in the brain detected by the modern science. When sleeping or being scared, the brain wave would be changed, but it is unable to know the conditions of brain when a human is thinking. Even if the modern technology, such as the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) just merely detect that the blood flows of brain, where would be accumulated in somewhere of the brain when the emotions are changed, but everyone has the different location for it. Furthermore, there is no idea for the reason why the cells of brain can transmit the signals.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche proceeded to enlighten the attendees that the Buddhism is the most advanced science, even if in the near future, it is hardly to detect the existence of mind by the modern scientific instrument. Except Buddhism, there is no solution for the problem of mind which can be solved by the worldly law or rule. The mind is one of immeasurable energy. For the creation of acting or thinking by the sentient beings, it had explained in the sutra: It is because that the consciousness is changed by the exterior effect of eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body. And when the energy of mind is changed, the cells of brain can proceed to create the electrical signals and transmit the electrical signals to the body everywhere. What we see by our eyes, what we hear by our ears, and what we feel by our sense of body, the phenomenon is created by the result of cause and condition. But the mind is not the product of cause and condition, which is inherently born with sentient beings. It has been existed from the stage of without beginning. The word of “without” mentioned in the Buddhism, which does not mean” with no or none of”, it means the stage of emptiness that everything arises and ceases from causes and conditions. Therefore “without beginning” does not mean that there is no the point of time at which anything begins; it might be endless if it would be so. It means that everything is occurred by the causes and conditions, but it is hard to describe the point of time and how long it was. With regard to the nature of mind, how could it be aroused? It had mentioned by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in the last puja, only it can be realized by a Bodhisattva who has attained the 10th stage of Bodhisattva. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has not attained the 10th stage of a Bodhisattva, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not know, either. For example, Master Lord Jigten Sumgon who had attained the level of Bodhisattva could know it. Therefore you are no need to explore it; all you have to do is to believe that the Buddha is telling the truth. Learning Buddhism is very easy, you just listen to your guru and Buddha’s instruction. Buddha asked us to take the vow to tell the truth. Therefore Buddha never tells a lie as well. You could not attain enlightenment right away, you just believe it is truth what Buddha had said.

The beings are divided into sentient beings and insentient beings. All sentient beings possess the Buddha-nature, furthermore, even the insentient beings such as a stone; a wood possesses the Buddha-nature as well. Only there is individually different karmic power and the cause and effect for beings. A person who really learns the Buddhism will not be biased someone for their economical capability or position, they will consider by the law of cause and effect. The Buddha-nature means that we all have the aforementioned immeasurable energy. Therefore all the beings which has the capability to be a Buddhahood. There is only the time difference to be a Buddhahood in the future by the difference of karmic power and causes and conditions, therefore it is for sure not to harm them as well. For this reason, you dare to eat the meat from sentient beings? Many people might argue that a tree possesses the feeling; it can be able to listen to music. You do not have to join this kind of argument. The difference between a sentient being and insentient being is divided by the levels of desires. It can be called insentient beings which have less desire. Sentient beings have strong desire and requirement in the aspects of eyes, ears, nose, tongue and body. Strictly speaking, even the vegetable we should not eat it as well, we have no alternative but to choose the insentient beings for our life. As long as we are living in the earth, we are unavoidable to harm so much life. We called that a Bodhisattva is the one who has enlightened, it means that a sentient being has already realized itself the nature of one’s own mind. When Buddha attained the Buddhahood under a pipal, he could not understand why the beings could not attain Buddhahood like him since they all possess the Buddha-nature as well? Sentient beings are polluted by the greed, hatred, delusion, self-conceit, and doubt, and they are unable to be aware of itself for the Buddha-nature because of those karmic power. Therefore Buddha transmitted his own experience to teach us, that is what we called that Buddha is a world-honored teacher, which is not like the Tirthika to call the God or a Deity who is the whole creation.

You are unable to realize the nature of mind right away; it is because that you did not arouse the mind of Boddhicitta. What is the Boddhicitta? It means that there is no egoistic need; all you have to do is to benefit sentient beings. You have come for your own benefits, not to mention for arousing the mind of Boddhicitta. Prior to the beginning of the puja, those disciples shared their stories what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helped them before. All they talked about are the results of illness which had been recovered by themselves, it manifested that there was no Boddhicitta at all; it is because that they thought themselves egotistically. The mind is the most important dharma instrument, For example, a bowl which is a vessel used for holding food or fluids, no matter what it is holding inside, this bowl is still a bowl. The mind is just like a vessel of being Buddhahood, but, if you do not know how to use it, even if you have owned this tool, you could not take effective for it. The vessel of mind, if it can be collocated with Boddhicitta, it will be toward the path of being Buddha. That is why the aspiration Bodhichitta is a marvelous jewel, all sentient beings possess Buddha-nature, and it means that the nature of sentient beings’ mind is the same as Buddha. If you arouse the mind of Boddhicitta, the power of mind will be appeared naturally.

One who knows heart’s nature has no attachment to anything, and one who has no attachment does not have any affliction. “Great joy”, depicted in the Sutra, does not refer to worldly happiness, as you may think. In fact, worldly happiness is changing and impermanent, and it finally leads to suffering. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ever had similar experiences as you who marry whom you love, and then some afflictions give rise; Who have a big smile when looking at their new born baby, and then also taste its worldly bitterness. True happiness is to practice the dharma of liberation from the cycle of birth and death. Cultivate Buddhism with right mindfulness, and then the consciousness of dharma practiced causal conditions will stop moving. Right mindfulness refers to being clear about the direction of his Buddhist cultivation, namely to get liberated from the cyclic existence. One who alters with karma power of samsara does not have right mindfulness. One can be liberated from the cycle of birth and death only after his consciousness is not affected by karma power of samsara. And it is also the state of concentration. Thus, he attains the state of great joy, namely the pure concentration that is called in Exoteric Buddhism. Great joy is not referred to good mood. Rather, it is the joy of no side-effect. When a practitioner is able to free himself from the shackles of karma power, his consciousness will no longer be managed by his eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and body. He is then naturally clinging to nothing. Does the one without attachment have affliction? Isn’t the one without affliction happy?

The sky is azure and, like the heart’s nature, unmovable. The clouds that appear and disappear are just like the moving consciousness. Floating clouds change and move in any time, while the sky is always there. The heart’s nature is like the sky, while the consciousness is like the cloud. Without the sky, we won’t see the clouds there. It is due to the environment of the sky that clouds have the possibility to be generated. The scientist analyzed and found that the cloud is composed of water and dust. However, without the sky’s environment, it is not possible to create cloud in a lab. A physicist would know that the clouds cannot just be made even in a lab. Then a disciple who ever learned physics made an additional remark on the spot: the formation of cloud in the sky has many prerequisites such as altitude, temperature, humidity, and so forth. When the combination of dirt and water appear in a high altitude it is called cloud, whereas in a lower altitude is mist. Both of them cannot be reproduced in a lab. Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked the disciple to explain in physics view where cloud goes after they disappear. The disciple quoted Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teaching and said that cloud is changing all the time. The sky is like our heart, while the clouds are like our various kinds of afflictions generated by consciousness. Those afflictions arise and cease due to combination of causes and conditions. Our hearts, however, are pure and clean without dirt. No matter how heavy the clouds are in the sky, they don’t affect one’s pure nature. Why you still cannot realize your essential nature is that your hearts are obscured by six thieves. When the clouds fade out, they melt into the sky, leaving no trace or mark at all. Nor can they dirty the sky. The change and movement of consciousness is also the similar case. After they disappear, they do not leave any effect. The heart’s nature is never contaminated.

Thousands of years ago, with great wisdom, the Buddha has adopted the sky as a metaphor as heart. Every sentient beings can see the sky. The firebugs cannot see the sky in the darkness in New Zealand’s glow warm cave, but they still can see it after they get out of the cave. The Buddha’s metaphor can be applied in the past, present and, absolutely, future. Your heart is obscured by six thieves and therefore your attachments give rise, then suffering follows. A practitioner who sees his mind and understands the nature knows these are just like clouds that impermanently exist in the sky. Therefore the enlightened practitioner will not chase after it by which leads to even more suffering.

The highest level of Mahamudra is non-meditation yoga. It is not saying that one does not need to practice anymore. If it were, you would have said that you could no more cultivate Buddhism. It is not enough for one to attain understand his heart and see his nature. Moreover, he still has to attain patient acceptance based on awareness of the non-arising of phenomena so that he can attains the state of non-meditation yoga .Non-meditation yoga , in fact, means that after a Bodhisattva path practitioner attains enlightened and understand his heart’s nature, he will comprehend that all phenomenon in the world follows the law of causes and conditions that arise, he will realize the emptiness, and then his heart will no longer be affected by the outer. Therefore, the practitioner no more needs any practice method to have his heart not change. Heart’s nature is the awareness that is inherently possessed and exists. Rather than arising by causes and conditions, heart’s nature is originally possessed by sentient beings.  “Patient acceptance based on awareness of the non-arising of phenomena” does not means to tell you to endure all the good and bad. It is saying that one knows all dharmas arise and cease from causes and conditions. When the dharma ceases, it no longer exists. Therefore, no need to be attached to any dharma. Being clinging will merely increase one own suffering. As long as one does not have attachment, there is nothing more for him to endure! The reason why it takes effect for one who does prostration towards Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s dharma photo is that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has attained tolerance realized in Emptiness, so that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s heart nature can correspond to Buddha and Bodhisattvas’.

This time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, under His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, went to New Zealand and His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang clearly knew that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s waist was severely aching. Other people, however, could not perceive it at all. It was because that although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had pain in his physical body, the pain did not affect his heart. His consciousness and his mind are separate. He knew that the pain is the evil fruit as a result of what he had done evil in the past. Causes and conditions arise and cease. They are all impermanent and finally disappear. Look at yourselves, when you sit with folded legs, you always change your position once you feel your legs uncomfortable. It is just because your heart is affected. The more you think about your legs are aching, the more suffering you feel.

The third part is to talk about heart’s appearance and its essence is actually the same thing rather than two divided parts. You may feel confused about this. For example, when a person stands before a mirror, the mirror reflects the person’s image on it. Once the person leaves, the image is gone. The mirror is still the mirror without any change. It is the image that moves, not the mirror. The heart, in fact, is just like the mirror. When karma forms, the image of karma is reflected on the heart. Once the karma disappears, the mirror is still itself, not being impacted at all. This is also the principle of the Wisdom of the Great Round Mirror, one of the five wisdom.

Now that you cannot realize the heart’s nature, you ought to give rise to a reverent, completely yielding heart toward Guru and the Three Jewels, and diligently cultivate true Buddhist practices without disturbance. Practice with zeal means not being slack. But one should not be impatient. One ought to practice in order, and to lock his hysterical and confused mind with the chain of right mindfulness of Buddhism. Right mindfulness refers to what one’s doing is all for liberation from the cycle of birth and death. If you recite Buddha’s names merely for your health, job or family’s improvement, you have no right mindfulness. It is very easy, in fact, for one to improve his health conditions and one even doesn’t need to cultivate Buddhism to get good health.  As long as one donates all of his wealth and properties such as his money or house, he will then get good health. However, you are unwilling to do that. True practice means to correct one’s faults, one’s unnecessary behaviors non-related to liberation from cyclic existence. Nothing but the right mindfulness of Buddha-Dharma can lock your confusion mind. Lock it on the  dharma essentials. Hence, it is very important to have a Guru who can inspect you every now and then, who can immediately correct you when you go wrong. So called “penetrating journey into the Buddhist sutras” means to penetrate the tathāgatagarbha, that is inherently possessed by each sentient beings. When you clearly know heart’s nature, you will be together with Buddhas of three times’ hearts, namely the tathāgatagarbha! In this period, you even need more a guru to lead you step by step. You ought to more diligently cultivate true practices and must not slightly deviate.

Results of all things in this world are bitter suffering for us. There are two Chinese characters to compose word “love”: The right side is 青 which means black in ascient time; and the left side is 心 which is “heart” in English; this kind of composition means that only a black-heart person would talk about falling love, as the destination of love is to occupy someone. Both love, hatred and like are the manifestations of one’s desire. Many women would like to ask their husbands that if both of his mother and she fall into water, whom will he save first. Those women ask this kind of question to test whom their husband love more. In fact, whom he would save first is also due to the causal conditions. This test is not a mental test as you may think the result is accurate. And Those who ask this kind of question manifest their desires.

Many modern people acquire incurable diseases and it is due to their heavy killing karma. Even doctors in US have discovered that cancer cells may just stay at the original area if the patient does not undergo operation and chemotherapy. Once the patient receives operation and chemotherapy, his cancer cells will then start to spread. After cancer cells spread, even Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has no method. Because the patient already is in confusion, his cancer cells go everywhere in disorder accordingly. If one cultivates Buddhism for sake of sentient beings’ benefit, tells his cancer cells not to run wild but let you cultivate Buddhism as they will also get liberated once you get reborn in the Pure Land, then they will stay at the original place and go nowhere. If one practices Buddhism merely for his own benefit such as for getting good health, his karmic creditors will not obtain any benefit so they will come to cause him trouble.

Some cancer patients come to pray and tell Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that they don’t want to die because they have not finished their responsibility. Their responsibility, however, is actually not a big thing but merely for their own family members or for themselves. In the Sutra it is stated “attracting you with your desires”. At first your desires are satisfied in order to entice you to start to learn Buddhism. After you enter the Buddha door, you need to cultivate Buddha’s teachings on your own. Do not think that you can always depend on Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will pass away someday. And you cannot find him out after he leaves the world. Having diseases is also the cause for ill people to learn Buddhism. Actually they should be thankful to their illness. To Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, curing people’s illness is not a big deal. And it is also associated with their causal conditions and blessings. If one’s issues caused by the law of cause and effect are not resolved by Buddha-Dharma, he will continue to have other diseases even if his original diseases are cured.

If you fail to practice in accordance to the aforementioned means, you will not have any achievements in practice. Besides, we should know that it is actually an obstacle caused by the devil. As you have not attained enlightenment, there won’t be interference caused by external devils. All the obstacles are caused by the internal devils. Recently, a male disciple who works as a prosecutor was worried about losing face and said that the Chinese medicine imported by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was adulterated by heavy metal. He called the doctor of the Chinese medicine clinic and told her to have the medicine under examination before sorting things out. Actually, as a prosecutor, he could have easily handled the matter. He chose to have another person do it, thinking that he could get away with it if anything bad happened. Now, the result of the examination showed that the medicine was problem-free. The male disciple thought that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had been deceived by medicine dealers and messed everything up in order to protect his own family and his own reputation.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche felt wistful. While Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is on the Dharma throne, you regard Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche as a guru and make implorations for your own issues. Nevertheless, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche steps down from the Dharma throne, you then consider Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche a fool. Never will you understand that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche lives the Buddhist teachings around the clock. How could Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche possibly do any harm to the sentient beings? The deed that the disciple conducted showed that he has failed to have aspiration Bodhichitta. All he thought about was protect his own family. That was why he would have doubts about what his guru did. The disciple’s mind was distracted. As he felt that his family was harmed and feared to be harmed, he began to have doubts about his guru. According to His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, if you think that what your guru does is problematic, it is actually your own heart that has become problematic. Fortunately, the Dharma protector helped. Can such a person learn tantric practices? Can one who does not have any faith at all conduct tantric practices? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has not transmitted any tantric practices simply because the disciples have not improved.

When you think you are a doctor, you can easily ignore many aspects and fail to cure your patients’ diseases. When you think you are a general manager, you, too, can easily ignore some matters. As you get arrogant, you deal things with your consciousness instead of your heart. That is when you will fail to realize that you should not do certain things.

In 2007, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche followed His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s instruction to do a 3-month retreat in the snow-caped mountains of Lapchi in Nepal. From the 3rd day of the retreat on, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw a female Dharma protector on a kylin, making rounds in the valley. At completion of the retreat, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang about it and then knew that the deity was an external Dharma protector of Achi. Thereafter, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang led Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in a 3-hour climb to a cave of the Jetsun Milarepa. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang ascended to the Dharma throne and performed a practice. After being seated, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche spotted the Dharma protector on a kylin on a thangka hung right next to his seat. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not pray for any protection during the retreat, but the Dharma protector came on his initiative. Because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does everything for the sentient beings, the guru, and the Lineage, all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas then come to protect Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued to bestow the teaching. Even though Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has extraordinary powers, it will have nothing to do with you if you fail to practice. Why could Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche achieve accomplishments? It is because of his obedience. Never did Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche know about his ascending to the Dharma throne and taking a group of disciples of low capacities. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always acts upon karmic connections. When His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to perform a retreat many years ago, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche agreed at once without any hesitation and showed his obedience. Because of his obedience, the Dharma protector came to protect his retreat automatically, whereas you would have a lot of questions to ask. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche tells you to recite Om Ma Ni Be Me Hong, all you have to do is recite in accord with the instruction. Do not think about what it means to say Om. Nor should you think about the meaning of Ma Ni or Hong. If you do so, you will not be concentrated. Likewise, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche tells to do full prostrations to the Buddhas, it won’t work if you do them while having a lot of thoughts in your mind. Because all of you are very busy, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gives teaching to you with his own experiences in true practice and attainments. Thereby, you do not need to waste a lot of time feeling your way. Many people cannot give such talks, for they themselves have not achieved any attainments and have no idea.

Many people have read a lot of Buddhist scriptures before they decide which Buddhist scripture they like or which Buddhist sutra they want to practice. When practicing Exoteric Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had only read the Flower Adornment Sutra. Later, after practicing Tantra, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche attained experience from the process of true practices and then, conversely, used the experience to verify the contents in the Buddhist scriptures. All of you have studied in school and are literate. But you should not treat Buddha dharma as knowledge to study. It is also not that after studying for a few years in a Buddhist institute one can then begin to teach Buddha dharma. When you can really experience the true meaning of Buddha dharma, if you open any Buddhist scripture to read, you can immediately understand fully the truth the Buddha wanted to tell us. Sometimes, when sentient beings were in need, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could open the Buddhist sutra readily and immediately see the appropriate passage in the scripture for helping them. It was the blessings of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and Dharma protectors which let Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche find the correct page right away. If one cannot know the true meaning of the Buddha’s teachings, one will use the method of deliberation, like the teachings in ancient China, to guess the meaning of Buddha dharma.

A disciple said his opinion about Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teaching of “the mind” today. Although he had previously listened to the teaching of “the mind” in other Buddhist temples for many years, he were still vague about the concept. However, after listening to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s enlightenment for one and a half hours, he could now understand the part he had not understood for many years. For example, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche used the analogy of sky and cloud to explain the nature of the mind. He had never heard this kind of analogy before. In addition, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche teaches Buddha dharma based on his own experience of true enlightenments and true practices. He had previously listened to the teachings of many other Buddhist masters. They just explained Buddha dharma from its literal meaning. We really have great blessings and are fortunate enough to take refuge and learn Buddhism under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche!

Another disciple also said that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s enlightenment is a very condensed and deep teaching; it may not be so easy for beginners to understand. However, according to this disciple’s past experience of many years of learning Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s enlightenment can only be spoken by a guru with true practices. Confucius in China had once said, “A teacher is to teach us the fundamental truths and principles, to tell us the knowledge and skills for our careers, and to help us answer questions in the learning process.” Ordinary gurus explain the principles they have heard or read to believers; doing so can only teach the theoretical principles. A guru who can teach disciples based on his true experience of cultivation, just like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does, can then be considered as giving the practical skills to disciples. Karma is a very subtle matter and cannot be debatable in a debate. However, in the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, he has seen Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche used the karmic causes and the karmic effects to teach many things. In the biographies of previous great Buddhist masters and founders, he found that only the Guru Atisha had done such thing. This was why the Guru Atisha was called the teacher of karmic effects. The venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can also do such thing and can clearly tell the sentient beings in sufferings their karmic causes and karmic retributions. And what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche tells them is related to this life, not the past life which no one can see. This kind of ability cannot be achieved by ordinary people and is really unfathomable.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said humbly that he was not that great and His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang is just unfathomable. Starting from being a believer, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could learn Buddhism in a limited time and attain His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s certification as a Rinpoche, because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been obedient. Buddha dharma is actually very simple, but not simple as well, because your mind is too complex and you constantly use a doubtful mind among greed, hatred, ignorance, and pride to look at Buddha dharma, and you use your own ideas to learn Buddhism. You should not think whether you can understand the contents of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s enlightenment; if you could understand, you should have been a Rinpoche a long time ago. For ordinary people, to truly follow and practice the Buddha’s teachings, they should keep their precepts and listen to the Buddha’s teachings to cultivate themselves. But for a practitioner who has attained enlightenments on the nature of the mind, truly following and practicing the Buddha’s teachings means that the practitioner should accept the truth of the universe taught by the Buddha. Since the Buddha taught us not to lie, using the same principle, the Buddha would not lie to us either. In another words, the Buddha would not talk about things which do not exist; and what taught by the Buddha must be the truth of the universe.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stressed once again that you would not be able to understand the physical nature of the mind enlightened today. But why did we still speak about it? It is a very important concept for your learning of five-fold paths of Mahamudra in the future. The Mahamudra of Drikung Kagyu order is also called the Ganges Mahamudra, because at the time when Tilopa transmitted Mahamudra to Naropa, they were on the riverside of Ganges in India. Therefore, it was named as Ganges Mahamudra. Drikung Kagyu order particularly teaches the part of the mind; other lineages of Tibetan Buddhism do not emphasize so much about the importance of the mind.

The stage of cultivating the Tantra cannot be described by language; you are filling with lots of notions for the theories of Exoteric Buddhism not to mention the Esoteric Buddhism. A person who can learn the Esoteric Buddhism is very rare to find it. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang had so many disciples, not to mention the ordained people, for a lay practitioner who could learn Tantra was only one- Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. It is not that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not teach you the Tantra; it is that the conditions and capacities of you are not good enough which will be harmful when you would like to listen it. The Dharma text mentioned that the highest level of cultivating Tantra for a person who can be escaped by a rainbow body. It means that a rainbow body can be free from the suffering of death by transforming the corporeal body into the rainbow and return to the Dharma Realm. You are impossible to achieve the attainment of the Rainbow Body by this life; Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is too old to achieve the attainment of the Rainbow Body by this life as well. You do not think that it was a fairy tale; it is exactly existed as long as the dharma text mentioned, and you have to believe it without a shadow of a doubt. Take the fact as an example, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can cure sentient beings and perform the Phowa Dharma to precisely punch a hole on the deceased’s skull, not to mention that the higher capacity of great practitioners were very profound.

When the dharma completely taught by this year, next year, it will be a new beginning for the stage of true practice. For ones who can not achieve will be divided into the different class. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang also suggested Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to divide into the different class, because it was too laborious for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. You would like to achieve the attainment; it depends on whether your attitude of learning Buddhism is correct or not. In the puja of the believers, and, the disciples who take refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche are no more than 2 years, you may think that there would be more dharma need to know.  Actually, Sakyamuni Buddha took 49 years to enlighten the Dharma; but he was still not finished, the Dharma is too immense to completely read it. According to the exoteric Buddhism, listening to sutra is inferior to taking action upon the sutra. The most important thing is to take action. You like to listen to sutra but do not take action accordingly. The Drikung Kagyu Order emphasizes the importance of practice. You must be carefully, do not think that it would be okay when you have listened the teaching to practice it by yourself at home, the Sixth Patriarch Hui Neng had to rely on the Fifth Patriarch transmitted the dharma of mind to him. According to your capacity, it is hard to achieve it if you would like to be liberated from the reincarnation by yourself. You have to rely on a blessing of Guru with virtuous to guide you. The sentient beings living in the degenerate age without a superior capacity which can attain to Buddha-enlightenment instantly, they have to attain it gradually. If ones can realize the nature of mind, at least, ones can realize the birth and death. Don’t make attempt to learn Buddhism according to a plan or a project. For example, you would set up the target to learn the Buddhism by one year, two-year, even if five-year plan or you would set up what level you will be in ten years. You cannot control your birth and death by yourself, how can you expect to help others and to solve their big problem of birth and death? Don’t be hurried, learning Buddhism is gradually cultivated, the most importance is to do it constantly. Since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has learned the Buddhism, he never thought that he would be a Rinpoche one day. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also never thought that he had such a heavy karmic power to accept so many disciples with poor capacity on day. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche only listened to the instruction and teaching of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to practice Dharma accordingly. What the Guru had mentioned, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would take actions accordingly without any egoistic notion on it.

December 24, 2010

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over an auspicious Drikung’s Chod puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei. It was attended by around 1300 participants.

Prior to performing Chod, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed the following dharma talks: It is the first time for some of you to attend today’s Chod puja while it is not for the others. For this reason, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would expound the Chod once again. In Chinese, Chod was named “Shi-Shen Fa” (meaning to contribute one’s body). The character “shi” refers to doing charities, and the character “shen” refers to one’s physical body. In Tibetan, the dharma is called “Chod,” meaning to cut off. What is to cut off then? The dharma teaches sentient beings to cut off affliction. Due their one thought of ignorance, sentient beings get afflicted and consequently fall into the suffering ocean of cyclic reincarnation among the six realms. Therefore we should cut off all afflictions so as to obtain liberation from the cycle of birth and death. Some of you think the phenomenon of reincarnation has nothing to do with you. Some might accept the fact, but don’t believe it deeply. Some actually don’t accept the fact and think they would never know which realm they would be reborn after death, so they believe their this lifetime is the most important. To live a good present life, they’d strive to satisfy their desires, doing whatever they like. Additionally, to achieve their goals, they might unscrupulously seize any means. These people are the kind who doesn’t believe in the law of cause and effect. In the mean time, some might be short of money for rent and went to pray for Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, hoping to obtain some money. No one can attain their wishes in this way. Even if you’d pick up some money off the street, you will have to pay back many times more. If you’ve suffered from poverty in your this life, you should make more repentance instead of praying for more money. Why do we become ill, divorced, bankrupt, and alone without children by the side? It is explained in sutras that it is because of vicious karma resulted from what we had done before. The law of cause and effect is the truth in the universe, not invented by the Buddha.

Even Sakyamuni Buddha had ever been through reincarnation before attaining Buddhahood, not to mention us. In sutras, it is recorded that Sakyamuni Buddha was ever reborn in the realms of hell, hungry ghost and heaven. Sakyamuni Buddha once was reborn as a deer and a human. Sakyamuni Buddha was reborn in five realms, but not in asura realm. This is not described in sutras.

During the trip in New Zealand, a local couple wished to make an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche because of Rinpoche’s reputation. In the beginning, they thought that listening to the enlightenment of a Rinpoche might be helpful to their life. As they met Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, wearing ordinary clothes and sitting as an ordinary people in a sofa of the hotel room, they thought Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was the same as they. This thought gave rise to their arrogance, which prevented them from making prostrations to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. They sat down in another sofa and talked to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche as Rinpoche’s equal. Since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was very amiable and didn’t wear Rinpoche’s dharma clothes, following the conditions of the couple, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave them some enlightenment in Buddhism. Later, in the talk, the couple realized that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche indeed has obtained accomplishment in Buddhist practices. The husband first kneeled in front of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Such action gave rise to his respectfulness which would also bring about offering. As a result, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche initiated to give them blessings in person. As soon as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave blessings, Rinpoche knew his father just died not long ago. Although they held a funeral for his father, his father’s consciousness wasn’t properly transferred and was following him. His late father was so eager to let Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche be aware of this. At first, the couple planned to visit Taiwan and attend pujas later. After Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told them how the late father was in pain and how pressing he’d sense, they immediately decided to return to Taiwan and participate in this Chod puja.

It is described in the Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha’s Fundamental Vows that family members should widely take part in Buddhist activities for the deceased. Some may think this means to attend pujas and do charities all over the place. What is the meaning of “Buddhist activities?” Buddhist activities refer to activities of Buddhas. Yet, what is Buddhas’ activities? It is to help sentient beings to cut off the cycle of reincarnation! You all think attending pujas is to learn Buddhism. It will heal your illness, improve your health, benefit your careers and render happiness to your families. These, however, are not Buddhas’ activities. Rather, these are how Buddhas and Bodhisattvas help you to believe the greatness of Buddha Dharma and then attract you to accept Buddhas’ teachings. This way is so-called “attracting through sentient beings’ desires.”

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued to explain if the father’s consciousness of previously mentioned husband was appropriately transferred and was reborn in a virtuous place, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche wouldn’t know this urgent matter. It’s because the deceased’s consciousness hasn’t been transferred and he was in need to be helped, the conditions would let Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to aware of this. If the husband didn’t kneel in front of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, their meeting would be simply the matter of chatting. If so, there wouldn’t give rise to the condition that connected Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with his father. Without such condition, the father couldn’t be liberated. Don’t think that your present illness, unsmooth career, divorce, and dispersed children are painful enough. True suffering will be experienced after passing. The so-called phrase “uncontrollable six senses” doesn’t refer to becoming panicked when encountering troubles. Instead, it refers to, after death, the six senses of yours “eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind” can’t control of their destiny. The sense of anxious and helpless is a real pain.

In sutras, it also has described that Buddhas can’t liberate those sentient beings without proper conditions. It’s not that Buddhas aren’t compassionate enough. Rather, it’s that without appropriate conditions even Buddhas and Bodhisattvas wish to liberate them, it just couldn’t be done. What is the meaning of proper conditions? For instance, when a child was ill and went to visit a Chinese doctor, the doctor felt the child’s pulsations and prescribed some medicine. His parents gave the medicine to the child, but the child refused to take it due to the bitter taste of the medicine. Even if the parents’ gave the child candies in exchange of having him swallow the medicine, the child might just throw up the candies and the medicine all together. By the same token, when Buddhas told us how to leave the cycle of reincarnation, it’s like a doctor giving us the medicine to cure our diseases. The guru, Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas are like our parents who would use various ways to have us take the medicine. Sentient beings, however, dislike the bitterness of the medicine and avoid taking it. Even if they swallow the medicine, before long they’d throw it up. Not accepting Buddhist teachings is not developing proper conditions. Even if Buddhas and Bodhisattvas want to help you, it simply can’t be done.

Do not regard that as long as you recite Buddha’s names and do prostrations to Buddhas you will get reborn in Amitabha Buddha’s Pure Land. It is depicted in the Sutra that only those virtuous men or virtuous women who have vowed to be reborn in the Pure Land could get there. So-called virtuous men and women is referred to those who attains the Ten Good Deeds. Due to time’s limit, today we are not going to make a deeper explanation. It is record in one whole Sutra merely for what the Buddha has talked about the Ten Good Deeds. Simply speaking, the first one of the Ten Good Deeds is not to kill. I believe all of you had ever eaten meat. And then, how can you get rebirth in the Pure Land? At least you ought to repay all of your karmic debts in life so that you would have the opportunity to be reborn in the Pure Land. If something occurs, and you may think it no good, after you attend puja, please never ask why you meet with those no good things even though you have attended puja. You should never consider it is because Buddha is not efficacious. You may do not know it is that you have already repaid a karmic debt. As it may for one to originally have a car accident but after one’s attending puja, one doesn’t break his leg in the accident.

Neither should you regard that after attending puja you will get everything smooth, find an appropriate couple, get married, have children, live a happy life, and then you don’t have to attend puja. Before, there was a follower who had ever sought refuge but left. Currently she wrote e-mail to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, saying that after she got married she met with something miserable such as being beaten by her husband, her children’s problems, and so forth. Before she got married, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had ever warned her to live in accord with conditions and not to resist accessory causes. However, she did not listen to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche but thought love was greater. She put Buddha-Dharma aside. In fact, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had already known that she would not have a good marriage, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche couldn’t tell it out directly. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had told her, she might have asked: Why not a Buddhist could not get married? By which it would be creating evil karma produced by the mouth. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just asked her to live in accord with conditions but she did not take the advice. And you are just like her, those who are at the age of around 20 may think you are still young, while those who are at the age of around 50 may think you need to work diligently as you may consider only after you succeed in your career you finish your responsibility. Those who does not abstain from meat and not cultivate Buddhism will definitely suffer from being incubated with catheter, NG tube, and ventilator on their deathbed. What Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche concerns about is not merely for your current years but for your life after lives.

Some people may say that some Tibetan lamas also eat meat. It is indeed stated in the Sutra that in the place of not even a blade of grass grows, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are compassionate to the sentient beings provided that they, with miraculous powers, conjured cattle and sheep for the human to eat so that there are no consciousness in them. However, before, people in Tibet or Qinghai did not eat meat everyday. They merely ate small pieces of dried meat in necessity. What they usually ate was butter tea and roasted barley flour that was made by highland barley. But now plants can grow in Tibet and Qinghai. In 1995 Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche traveled to Tibet and found it cost one dollar in Renminbi for one a bowl of rice. But now it is very cheap as rice can grow in local areas or can be delivered there. Lord Jigten Sumgon, the founder of Drikung Kagyu Order, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, and his disciple, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, all adopt vegetarian diets. Also all of the ordained monks and nuns of Drikung Kagyu temples in Indian are vegetarians.

If you do not take the advice but continue to eat meat, you should never consider you will be alright. After you have problems and suffer from being incubated with three tubes on the deathbed, it will be too late to regret. The three tubes are catheter, NG tube, and ventilator. Before, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche from time to time went to hospitals to help patients. At that time Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has seen many cases. Even some of patients’ bodies were cut off to put some machine in to maintain their life. As they were not able to live or die well, they just suffered a lot! If you do not think that is suffering but insist to have your parents, grandfather or grandmother be incubated for maintaining their life, if you think it is to show filial piety to everyday visit them in the incentive unit care and tough their faces or hands, whisper to their ears saying that you are visiting them, and shake their shoulders, you can just try to be incubated and lie down the bed for one day on your own. Only after you try it and can stand it, then your parents can. But it is believed that you definitely feel very suffering! Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has the ability of knowing that even a vegetable has his consciousness. Actually they would feel angry at being shacked and touched by other people. Many followers of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s are doctors. If you’d like, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can arrange to have you be incubated to feel how it feels with three tubes in your bodies.

It is up to 1300 attendees for the Chod puja today. It doesn’t dare to say it never happened before, but although some Buddhist centers also hold Chod pujas, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has never heard, since he started to learn Chod, that there is such Chod puja with so many participants. A practitioner who presides over this dharma needs to attain mercy and compassion of emptiness. Mercy and compassion does not mean, as you may think, to be a good person, to do volunteer work, or to donate some money. The above-mentioned are merely the basic foundations of being a human. Those are the things for human beings to be supposed to do. There is also a saying ‘you should become a good person to perfection before attaining Buddhahood.’ That means one has to attain the prerequisites of a human in advance. Only after that attainment and being a complete human can he really cultivate Buddhism.

When you see other suffering people, occasionally you feel sorry, and that is exactly the feeling of mercy and compassion. However, your mercy and compassion are made by your consciousness rather than naturally arise. When you hear or see some people who are suffering, you feel uncomfortable about it. But this feeling is affectation that sedulously thought by yourself. If they are not associated with your life, you would not have this kind of feeling. For example, when you watch TV news informing that there is heavy snow in Europe, you would not have any feeling about it as it has nothing to do with you. In contrast, when you watch a TV news reporting that there is a flood in Taiwan, you would feel something as it is more related to you. However, this is not the mercy and compassion of emptiness. A practitioner who attains the mercy and compassion of emptiness would definitely help sentient beings, no matter close and distant and with no discrimination, that possess conditions.

Mercy and compassion are two things. Mercy refers to give all of your most precious to the sentient beings that need it; whereas, compassion means to help sentient beings to get liberation from the suffering ocean of samsara and ferry them to the other shore.  You should cultivate Buddhism starting from the Ten Good Deeds, to learn, practice and develop mercy and compassion, and eventually to attain the strength and power of  mercy and compassion. Only in so doing can you get liberation from cycle of birth and death, and reborn in the Pure Land. Without achieving mercy and compassion, one’s cultivation of Buddhism will not take any effect. Even now, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still does not know the couples’ names. It is not because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not want to know. But it is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s heart to help sentient beings is the heart of emptiness.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not owe the sentient beings. As long as you do prostrations to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with reverence, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not owe to you your reverence. As a practitioner like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not owe the sentient beings, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas do not, either. When you make offerings or do prostrations to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will repay you for sure. However, although the repayment might not be seen immediately, the blessing and help from the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will show up when you desperately need them. Perhaps, you will be sent to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to receive help.

Recently, a Dharma master on TV held a water sprayer and recited mantras, spraying water around in hopes that the souls of sentient beings can be released from purgatory. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was quite shocked at seeing his action and told His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang about this, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang found such an act inappropriate, too. Even the souls in purgatory can be freed simply by a water sprayer, the Buddhist scriptures would have mentioned it. Although the scriptures do say that a drop of water can be transformed into myriads of drops, it takes a capable practitioner to make this happen. If one does not have loving kindness or compassion, the ghosts will leave when he sprays the water.

The Chod puja was composed by Machik Labdron, a Tibetan yogini in ancient times, based on the principle of wisdom realized in Emptiness according to the Mahaprajnaparamita Sutra. Originally, the practice was intended to enable practitioners to accumulate merits to learn Buddhism through practicing generosities with the Chod puja. However, as many people have deceases and the harmed sentient beings by them can be salvaged through the Chod, the practice then turned out to be a helpful healing practice. The reason why the sentient beings would become ill lies in the fact that they have afflictions in their minds. A practitioner who learns the Chod puja has to accomplish a practice for himself before he can recite anything for others. The so-called “benefitting oneself and others” means that one has to achieve accomplishments first before helping liberate others from their suffering.

A practitioner who practices the Chod puja must attain certain achievements in the practice of Mahamudra. Mahamudra is a practice means conducted through cultivating in meditative concentration. It is about the mind and consists of 4 stages, each of which is composed of 3 phases, i.e. 12 phases in total. Additionally, a Chod practitioner will need to reach the second stage of Mahamudra, the stage of simplicity. In the stage, the practitioner sees everything in the world as a game and does not cling to any of them. Therefore, what you are attending today is a tantric practice that is very rare and difficult to obtain.

In ancient Tibetan traditions, a practitioner of the Chod puja would make offerings and practice generosities with the physical body of the person who requested the practice. Tibetans are able to do this, but you aren’t. If you were told to do so, you would definitely complain. Nevertheless, Tibetans in the old days knew that one can accumulate most merits through such a deed. Some Buddhist centers would actually have the believers bring sleeping bags and lie down on the floor during a Chod puja. Although having the practitioner crossing over the heads of people who have illnesses is a blessing ritual in the practice of Chod, it is actually not necessary to lie down. As long as the practitioner has profound meditative concentration, he can achieve this all the same. Besides, as there are 1300 attendees in today’s puja, how can we have enough room for everyone to lie down? Only the ones with severe illnesses can lie down. Therefore, the performer of the practice will offer his own body on behalf of you all. Likewise, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did prostrations to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas on the mandala before ascending to the Dharma throne, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche prayed that all the sentient beings in the void would be helped by means of today’s puja. As you have congregated for today’s puja, all of you share the same virtuous karma.

Today, the Buddhist teaching bestowed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will benefit all the sentient beings in the void. While listening to the Buddhist teachings, you should regard your mind as an empty container so as to let pure and clean Dharma water flow into it. There is a difference between understanding what you hear and listening. For example, when you listen to a speech, you listen and search your database that is composed of your life experiences. You make comparisons and contrasts because you try to gain an understanding of what you hear. However, the Buddhist teachings are very different from our life experiences. For instance, in the opening statement of the text of the Chod puja, a practitioner of the Chod must not wear any sacred items for protection. The reason lies in that the practitioner will visualize his body as nectar during the practice of the Chod, thereby making offerings first to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and then to the sentient beings. If the practitioner has sacred items on him, he will give forth radiating light, preventing the sentient beings from getting close or receiving help from the Buddhist teaching. With such a heart, one does not fear death, gives everything to the sentient beings while expecting nothing in return. It is a heart that is very different from your heart that wants everything. Therefore, when we face incidents that seem to be different from our life experiences, we tend to step back and think if it is true. Can I really do it? Therefore, we would react against such a given event. As all the sentient beings have this baffling emotion, it is called the wondering.

We human beings are sentient beings. Sentient beings tend to employ their eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and consciousness to make judgments about external phenomena. For example, when you go to a new place and someone tells you to do something that you are not familiar with, you will stop and wonder about it. This is a habit of the sentient beings. As the Buddha is compassionate, it is said in the scriptures that it is acceptable for beginners of Buddhism to wonder. Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean that you can doubt about the Buddhist teachings. If you have doubts, the Buddhist teachings will have no effects on you. During the practice of the puja, if you see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reciting the text and think, “I do not understand what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is reciting. Will it work for me?” With such thoughts, you are having doubts. On the other hand, if you see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reciting the text and think, “What is Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reciting?” This is wondering.

According to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not understand what His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang is talking about when the teachings are bestowed in Tibetan, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always remains firm and listens to His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s teaching in meditative concentration. That is why the clean and pure Buddhist nectar can pour in. The saying “purified heart, purified land” refers to the fact that, when one’s heart is pure and clean, what he hears and sees will be pure and clean as well.

During the practice conducted by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, it is impossible to ask you not to move. As long as you have reverence while attending the puja, it will be enough. Do not think whether it will work, whether you understand what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is reciting, or whether you know what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is doing. There are 1300 attendees and the effect on every one of them varies, for everyone has different levels of reverence, faith, repentance, and compassion. That is why the results are different. You should not doubt about the validity of the Buddhist teachings. The Buddha has taught us not to approve those that do not exist in the universe and must speak of those that exist. This is the principle of refraining from saying false words. As the Buddha taught us not to say false words, it can be seen that the Buddha would never deceive us. Just as the scriptures say that the Buddha gives true remarks. The Buddhist teachings really exist.

In a few days, it will be the end of the year. Year 2010 will be ended, indicating that everyone has one year less to live on this planet and one year less for learning Buddhism as well. In the next few days, you should also stop and think that during this year, not to mention what you have done and said, how many evil thoughts have you generated in your mind? Liberation is not only to liberate your karmic creditors, but also to liberate your mind. It is not that only when one dies, one then needs to be liberated. “Liberation” includes two things or two actions. One means that a practitioner uses the power of compassion to free sentient beings from the suffering ocean of the cyclic existence. The other means that a practitioner helps sentient beings go to Pure Lands on the other side of the suffering ocean. How many evil things you have done during this year? Do not say that you are a vegetarian and have not done any evil deed. Recall for a while whether you have scolded people in your mind during this year. If you have scolded other, you have done evil deeds. Do not say that aren’t we entitled to reprimand our own son, daughter-in-law, and son-in-law? What you see is your son, but the so-called “son” is just his title. From the perspective of Exoteric Buddhism, he is also one of sentient beings. From the perspective of Tantric Buddhism, he is a future Buddha. If your children make mistakes, you should teach him, and not, as some mothers do, curse your own children to be short-lived. If you have good blessings, you will naturally encounter good daughter-in-law and son-in-law. Those who like to scold others usually have bad teeth. The more you love to reprimand others, the faster you lose your teeth, unless you are like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche scolding others is for the benefits of sentient beings and is originated from a compassionate heart. There is also no rule that one cannot scold during the Chinese Lunar New Year. When conducting the Thirty-Five Buddhas Repentance Ritual to help everyone during the first day of Chinese Lunar New Year, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would reprimand people. However, those were done from a compassionate heart and for the benefits of sentient beings.

It is close to the Chinese Lunar New Year. You should never use meat to worship your ancestors. As long as you have eaten the meat used to worship spirits, the sutras and mantras you have recited will have no effect at all, just a little better than speaking. Those who still eat meat cannot attain achievement on their practices. You should not use meat to worship your ancestor because he or she liked to eat such food when he or she was still alive and you seem not to be filial without worshiping him or her with meat. If your ancestors were not properly liberated, they are in the ghost realm. A ghost cannot eat any material and be materialized. If it can be materialized, it will not be a ghost. According to Buddhist scriptures, ghosts are even lighter than smoke. If you do not believe this, you can light a cigarette to see whether smoke can eat meat. Who will eat the worshiped meat eventually? Those ancestors who come back just want to see what you have put there. Those who believe in Orthodox Taoism do not eat meat either, not to mention the sentient beings that have attained accomplishments of the heaven realm. Previously, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s late father was a Taoist practitioner. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s family began to have a vegetarian diet from December 23rd of the Lunar Calendar to January 9th of the Chinese Lunar New Year. According to the teaching of Taoism, during this period, heavenly gods will go to each family to see if this family does evil deeds or virtuous deeds. If this family eats meat, the heavenly gods will go back to heaven and reported that this family does evil deeds such that all gods protecting the family will be withdrawn. Chinese people used to be so. When they came to Taiwan, all customs have changed. There are many things which are not necessarily right even if everyone says they are right and which are not necessarily wrong even if everyone says they are wrong. They should only be done after your thinking.

There is no such thing as eating meat due to carelessness. It must be that you would like to eat meat greedily in your mind such that you would eat meat. You would still use meat to worship because you still love to eat meat. Using meat to worship your ancestors will do harm to your ancestors. Do not say again that your mother did not allow you to be a vegetarian or your husband or wife did not allow you to be a vegetarian. After all it is you who do not want to be a vegetarian! Who says that there is no way to be a vegetarian for a person who does business and goes abroad often? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also does business and often goes abroad to teach Buddha dharma. And Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is a vegetarian. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was not a vegetarian when Rinpoche was in his mother’s womb. So Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has encountered all of the problems you face. Previously, after having a vegetarian diet for a year, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then took refuge under Exoteric Buddhism. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had begun to have a vegetarian diet, his family opposed him as well, saying that those who had a vegetarian diet would not have strength. As long as eating meat, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would vomit. Imagine that, no matter how handsome or beautiful you are, when vomiting, you will always look terrible. After Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had vomited a few times, Rinpoche’s family did not ask him to eat meat eventually. This is not asking you to cheat, but to use skillful means for your own good and preventing others from slandering Buddhism. This is from a good intention, not cheating.

At the end of 2009, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had predicted that in 2010 there would be many volcano eruptions and earthquakes and weather patters would be very extreme. During this year, the results were as predicted by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Recently, Europe and America have been hit by blizzards. Although there were some natural disasters in Taiwan, they did not cause serious damages. This was because there were often temples holding pujas in this land. Although there are still some situations that cannot be handled, Taiwan is still a blessed land. Everyone should carefully cherish it. If all people can really practice Buddhism, Taiwan should have no disaster.

There are a great number of people attending today’s puja. Next time the number of attendees will certainly be even more. In addition to the advantage of not feeling too cold in a room with strong air conditioning, the fact that each of you sits so close to each other indicates that you could meet each other in the Pure Land in the future. When you attend a puja, any pain or numbness of your legs will help you repay your karmic debts. Though having scoliosis, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still sits upright. When beginning to practice Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also went through this stage of yours with numb and painful legs. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche disregarded it and focused on attending the puja; over time, the legs would naturally not feel painful. You would move around because you mind was not focused. In fact, you have not yet died; when the blood and Qi of your body were pressed, they will surely want to rush through the constriction; this is a natural phenomenon. Many people also found that after they had attended pujas for a while, the problem of leg pain and numbness was gone. The first reason was that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was strict and you dare not to move. The second reason was that some of your karma was eliminated after your once meat-eating body had attended pujas for many times. If you can tolerate this bit of pain and numbness, you will reduce few days of your sufferings of lying in a sick bed before you pass away. Do not think that you have practiced Buddhism and been a vegetarian so that you will not suffer any illness. You will certainly suffer. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had eaten meat before as well. When Rinpoche was young, he liked to kill cockroaches. Because he was agile, he killed many cockroaches. You have to repay your debt even for killing an ant! Therefore, until now, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will still occasionally cut his skin and lose some of his blood. This is to repay karmic debts quickly.

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

Afterward, during the attendees reciting the text of making dedication, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately instructed the attendant disciple to deliver a pack of the nectar pill, which was with the blessing of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, to a believer who had a serious illness and lying in the venue. Later on, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked all attendees to sit straight. And then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche blew the human leg bone dharma instrument to bestow the blessing to the attendees.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that the human leg bone dharma instrument using by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche which was used by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang in his previous and this lives, and His Holiness personally transmitted it to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The power of the blessing is extremely strong as well. All the dharma instruments which are used by the practitioners must have the dharma protector, the merits and aspirations of the Yidam, and the blessing of Guru. Just blew the dharma instrument would let your evil karma, which were done by this year, to blow away, thus you will have a good sleep tonight. According to the Buddhist scriptures, the practitioner has the ability to eliminate the evil karma by using the wind to blow away it, or using water to wash off it, or using fire to burn off it.

Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed his merits and energy to the attendees by blowing the dharma instrument. The attendees should felt that after completing the dharma conduction, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche obviously became weaker in his voice; it was not Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to recite too much of mantras, It was because conducting this dharma would consume lots of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s energy. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been desperately devoted in helping the sentient beings, who has been achieved the responsibility of a practitioner; there is no debt for sentient beings. If you are going on consuming meat, how can you let Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche down? Don’t you have no a tiny heart of sympathy? If you are not willing to listen to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s advice and stop eating meat anymore, it would be a mistake by intentionally, it would be a doubly guilty, you might be unable to avoid the suffering by the medical treatment with three, or four, or five kinds of intubation in the future. It is not that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would like to threaten you, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and Guru are not willing to do it, and it is that your karmic creditor will not forgive you. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche urged the attendants again that they should not attend if they cannot be a vegetarian. Since your karma has been clear up, if you would like to fudge it in order to be able to attend the puja again without ceasing from consuming meat, it will be a great guilt by tormenting a practitioner. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will request Dharma Protector of Drikung Kagyu Achi to keep those people not willing to stop consuming meat out.

Some of the attendees might feel boring; some of the attendees did not know what’s going on. But most of the attendees felt joyful. No matter what it was, as long as you entering the venue of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would desperately devote in helping the sentient beings, you should listen to the advice, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has toiled away and has to take care 1,000-odd disciples, which is more difficult than managing the personnel of a company. When the personnel would not be qualified or neglect of job, you can directly deduct the salary or dismiss the personnel directly. However if a disciple would not be willing to listen to the Guru’s teaching, and violated the discipline or vow, when this disciple was chased away, someone should criticize the guru must be compassion for the disciple? His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang also advise Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche not to establish the new center so toiling, because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has other important things need to do.

It happened to be Christmas Eve tonight, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once again urged the attendees to go home directly after the puja was finished. Especially if you would go to those places near the night clubs where would not be peaceful, your karmic creditor had been salvaged, therefore the unmarried attendees did not have to expect that there would be any opportunity to encounter the “Mr. Right” or “Mrs. right” going around. Besides the humor enlightenment bestowed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the attendees were further grateful the extraordinary puja to have the blessings and enlightenment, rejoiced to make prostration to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in order to express one’s thanks, Believers flanked the passage way to see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche off, expressing their gratitude for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings over and over again.

December 25, 2010

From 4:00 PM to 10:30 PM, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave enlightenment to 143 believers with Buddhism and helped them to relieve all kinds of suffering in the world at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei.

December 26, 2010

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over an auspicious Buddha Amitayus puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei. After the puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued, from 5:25 PM to 6:30 PM, to give enlightenment to 29 believers with Buddhism and helped them to relieve all kinds of suffering in the world.

Before the puja of Buddha Amitayus, an ordained female disciple shared her experience of leaning Buddhism with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She was grateful to the Vajra Guru, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who gave her a new life and a chance to learn Buddhism. It has been almost 8 years and 2 months since she took refuge. While she followed the Guru to learn Buddhism, her mind and body have been conscientiously taken care of by Rinpoche, and she has been mindfully taught about Buddhism. The Buddhist practices Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche taught were meant to be applied in daily life. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has taught us that, if we genuinely wish to learn Buddhism, we must develop profound faith in the law of cause and effect. We also have to understand the law so as to grasp what it means to be liberated from suffering and attain happiness. We also have to understand the impermanence of life and death, the faults of reincarnation, the importance to cultivate supra-mundane mind, and the necessity to greatly make repentance and be grateful. Additionally, it’s critical to respect the Guru and the Buddhist methods taught, observe the five precepts and the ten kindnesses, diligently cultivate compassion and Bodhichitta. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has kept teaching disciples that no matter what kinds of errors were found in social interactions, it must be our own mistakes rather than others. Beginning to cultivate our mind, we must examine whether our mind has gone wrong. We must always think of the fact that all other sentient beings have been more painful than us. We shouldn’t seek after merits of mundane and heavenly worlds. We should always keep in mind that all dharma is without a self in it, our life is impermanent, and all worldly experiences only give rise to pains.

With the strict and conscientious teachings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she has realized various mistakes her body, speech, and mind have committed. She wished to make repentance to all the sentient beings she had killed or hurt by the errors that her body, speech, and mind had made intentionally or unintentionally. She prayed for the compassionate blessings of the Vajra Guru, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to those sentient beings. She prayed that, with the blessings, they can soon be liberated from the suffering ocean of reincarnation and attain Buddhahood. In addition to that, she was even grateful for the opportunities the Vajra Guru, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, has rendered her to make repentance and correct mistakes. Without the Guru, there would be no her present existence.

One Sunday during the regular puja, a dharma brother read a letter from Ching-Hai, China, to all attendees. The letter was written to thank Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who had helped their Buddhist center in Ching-Hai. The letter was also written with praise words, saying that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is Buddhist Dragon and Elephant. In Buddhist dictionaries, Buddhist Dragon and Elephant refer to those practitioners whose practices are very courageous and fierce and with great power. Previously when learning Exoteric Buddhism, the disciple had heard of the term, but didn’t quite get it, only thinking that a practitioner of Buddhist Dragon and Elephant must be a great one. Now, she eventually understands it and has the merits to witness. She felt immense respect and admiration toward Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

One phenomenon making the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center very special is that many disciples come with whole family, elderly, young children, the sick, in wheelchairs, or lying in sleeping bags. This is rare in other centers. It doesn’t come easily for us to peacefully sit here, reverently listening to the auspicious Buddhist enlightenment of the Vajra Guru, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. This is all due to the selflessly sacrifice of the Vajra Guru, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who has been attentively and quietly contribute to teach Buddhism regardless of Rinpoche’s owe life. With such endeavors, we can have the merits to sit here. As disciples, we really should imprint efforts of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in minds and strive to protect and sustain this center.

Every Saturday, as long as the Vajra Guru, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was in Taiwan, Rinpoche will receive believers in the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei, to solve their worldly pains and give Buddhist teachings. There are more and more believers coming to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Usually, at 4 PM, the Vajra Guru, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ascended the throne till 10 PM, but there are more to meet. Thus, the next day after presiding over the regular puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would continue to receive believers. The help is genuinely selfless. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche doesn’t ask anything in return, nor does Rinpoche pay any regards to his own life. It really takes a great amount of effort to do so. Witnessing all these, she felt extremely and wholeheartedly touched.

An Indian believer once said that His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was a living encyclopedia. The statement is true! As long as believers who came to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche were reverent, the Vajra Guru, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could give help, answers or blessings in Buddhism toward any questions and sufferings. The Vajra Guru, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been demonstrating to us the great mercy of void conditions, great compassion of the equal body in every situations.

Therefore, for those many things of Drikung Kagyu Order, as long as His Holiness instructs Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to handle them, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would just take efforts to make it, to fulfill His Holiness’ wishes. Look at this example, we, as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s followers, ought to learn our guru’s mindset of trying out best to complete the tasks assigned by guru, to fulfill guru’s hope.

There are so many sentient beings that need Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help. We, as his followers, therefore should cherish our guru. Hang together, encourage one another, and attentively cultivate Buddhism. We hope, with the help and blessing of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s great power of compassion and strength of vow, to get liberation from the cycle of birth and death and reborn in the Pure Land! This female follower wishes to follow her Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, from now to forever, truly practice guru’s teachings and act accordingly. She hopes to make offerings with her body, speech, and mind to Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. On behalf on all sentient beings, she pray for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to have good health, continue turn the Dharma Wheel, forever abide in this world, live long, increasing wealth, and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s dharma activities may flourish.

Then, another female disciple shared her story that happened in 2010 summer. In early July 2010, she found, to her shock, there was a beehive of Oriental hornets beside an air conditioner in her balcony. There she also saw a few of Oriental hornets flying hither and thither. A bee even flew into her house when she opened the door. At that time, she feared a lot and had no idea to do but wait for the bee flying close to the window to open the window to let it out. She still couldn’t figure it out how come a house located in town center had two brown, fist-size beehives of Oriental hornets?

The first thought came to her mind was that her family members and she herself would not be hurt by the bees. And then she thought those beehives are the bees’ home so that she was not supposed to ruin them. She started to fear, as she did not know how to handle it. She felt very uneasy. A few days later she red newspaper and got to know that she could ask a fire bureau to remove the beehives. Not sure about how a fire bureau would deal with the beehives after removing them, she contacted them and got to know that they could assist to remove and then they would directly ruin the beehives. Hearing this, she recalled what Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has ever advised followers not to hurt any beings. So she just gave up the thought of asking fire bureau’s assistance. Afterward, she asked the group leader of the Buddhist center for advice. And the group leader suggested her to pray for the Dharma protector Achi, in the course of her daily practice, by saying that she did not want to hurt the bees but hope them leave of their own accord. The group leader also shared her a similar case in hope to encourage her. She started to pray for Achi’s assistance in the course of her daily practice.

After she prayed for Achi for a couple of days, one day she recalled that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has ever taught followers that one cannot pray and obtain if he prays  for his own sake alone, unless he prays for the sake of sentient beings. Thinking of the teachings, she introspected the past days when she prayed for Achi, did she make the petition from her fear of being hurt or for the beings’ sake? At the moment she told to herself stop praying for her own benefit to for the beings’. Besides, she decided to believe that Buddhas and Bodhisattvas would make the best arrangement for her. It would be alright for her even if the hornets would not leave. It would not matter so much, as she could just not open that door anymore. Changing her thought like this, she started to pray Achi for making the best arrangement for the hornets and taking them to the best place. Rather than hoping the hornets to leave right away, she just implored Achi for not let the bees sting people of the community as the bees would also get hurt by stinging people. After she changed her thoughts, she stopped praying to Achi about this. She also stopped checking the beehives from time to time.

On an early morning in August, she drew up the front curtain and spotted a large wasp buzzing through outside the window. She thought to herself, “Is the number of the wasps growing larger?” Therefore, she stretched out the window to see the hive out there. To her astonishment, the hive has been broken down to pieces. The scraps of it scattered around the center of the hive. The internal part of the hive looked clean and not a single wasp was seen. Previously, she had worried how to deal with the hive even if the wasps left. Now, all the wasps were gone and their hive was broken down automatically. She did nothing at all. All she did was believe in the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and the problem was solved in a natural way. She felt immense gratitude for the compassion of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas as well as the auspicious teachings bestowed by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The Buddha Dharma is truly great! Besides, she also encouraged the attendees to practice His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings accordingly and to believe that all the arrangements made by the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are the best. We really should have firm faith. The female disciple then provided a photo of the broken wasp hive as a proof of the event for everyone to see.

In addition, another disciple shared with everyone how his friend received help from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. About a month ago, a friend who the disciple had not met for tens of years showed up all of a sudden. When the disciple saw his friend, he was shocked by his wan looking, very different from his previous optimistic personality. Even his voice revealed his tangled heart. His friend then told the disciple that he had developed depression and his wife was the only one who knew about his condition. He often felt a sinking feeling in his heart and did not know what to do about it. He was working in a well-known company and held a good post. Nevertheless, when he told others that he felt regret about losing himself in his pursuit of wealth and fame in the past years, they always thought that he was merely complaining as he had gotten both fame and wealth. Therefore, he felt that no one could understand his suffering. With every visit he paid to the psychologist, the doctor would diagnose him as having deteriorating condition and thereby prescribe higher and higher doses of medication for him. It had been for quite a while that he had to rely on anti-depressants and sleeping pills every day.

After listening to his friend’s account, the disciple told him the Buddhist teachings bestowed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and things that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has done to help the sentient beings. Besides, the disciple gave his friend a copy of “Happiness and Suffering” by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. He told his friend to read the contents and to pray to the Dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche printed in the book. What’s more, he could even recite Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s name; in his heart and thereby receive help to relieve his suffering.

About 3 or 4 days thereafter, the friend called the disciple, telling him that he had read the book and found that the contents of the book actually pointed out his problems and answered his questions. The book was a great help to him. When he felt suffered, he would try to recite Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Dharma name or watch the Dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in the book. As a result, he was thereby able to calm down within a very short period of time. A month thereafter, they met again. The friend told the disciple that he had been carrying the book, Happiness and Suffering, with him every day, and read it over and over again. When he spotted something important, he would mark the page and fold the corner of the page as a reminder. Sometimes, he would particularly read the pages whose corner had not been folded, for he believed that he must have missed something on those pages. As a result, the book in his hand became very thick because he had folded many pages. What’s more, he even learned many sentences stated in the book by heart.

More importantly, in this month, he had actually only taken one or two times the antidepressant and very few sleeping pills; and he could live peacefully and calmly. Only relying on Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s book, dharma name, and dharma photo, he, from a serious depression, very quickly and almost completely broke away from the trouble of depression. He even discovered that when driving he had more patience and a peaceful and calm mind than before. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s merits are really incredible. This disciple is very grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. In addition to teaching Buddha dharma, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also operates a variety of business. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche appears to be running businesses, however, what Rinpoche does in fact were all for the interests of all sentient beings. If there were no Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help, when facing the sufferings of relatives and friends, he would have been able to only do nothing. It is really very happy for him to be able to learn Buddhism under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. He is grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche!

After ascending the Dharma throne, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened the attendees that today Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would conduct the ritual of longevity Buddha (Amitayus Buddha) for everyone. Amitayus Buddha is the Enjoyment Body (Sambhogakaya) of Amitabha Buddha. And Exoteric Buddhism does not practice this Yidam. Some people here have not learned Buddhism and do not understand what the meaning of Sambhogakaya is. Buddhas can be classified as the True Body (Dharmakaya), the Enjoyment Body (Sambhogakaya), and the Emanation Body (Nirmanakaya). As long as each sentient being has not yet become a Buddha, it will attain the help and guidance of Nirmanakaya generation after generations of lives. According to Buddhist scriptures, when a practitioner has attained the level of a Bodhisattva, Sambhogakaya will come to guide and teach him or her Buddha dharma. In Exoteric Buddhism, one can attain achievements of a Bodhisattva for up to ten levels (Bhumis). In Tantric Buddhism, one can attain achievements of a Bodhisattva from the first level up to the sixteenth level. When a practitioner attains Buddhahood and enlightenment on the unproduced nature of all existences, and can integrate into the Dharma Realm, Dharmakaya will come to guide him. Nirmanakaya is like an elementary school teacher, teaching sentient beings of elementary school level. Sambhogakaya is like a professor in a university, guiding a person of college student level. Dharmakaya is to teach those practitioners who have clearly understood Buddha dharma and can use Buddha dharma to benefit all sentient beings.

Another name for Amitabha Buddha is the Buddha of Immeasurable Life which means the length of the lifespan is immeasurable. A person’s lifespan and wealth in this life is determined by what he or she had done in past lives; the lifespan depends on their virtuous deeds or evil deeds in past lives while the wealth is determined by how many offerings and donations they had made in past lives. However, a person’s behaviors in this life will still change his or her lifespan and wealth. For example, a person could have lived to 90 years old originally; but because the person had done some evil deeds in this life, he would attract ghosts of life consumption and ghosts of money consumption to seize his lifespan and wealth. According to Buddhist scriptures, you should not use meat to worship your ancestors. When you use meat to worship, it will attract ghosts. There will have absolutely no benefit if ghosts come. Do not think that you have used meat to worship before and nothing bad has happened. When your blessings are exhausted and something bad has happened, it will be too late for you to regret.

Your lifetime is decreasing since the mother being in pregnancy. It is because that when the mother is in pregnancy, she is afraid of that the baby may be lack of nutrition, and then she consumes lots of meat. Once the mother starts eating meat and having the killing karma, it will cause that the baby’s lifetime is decreased. Furthermore, when a baby is born, mother would nurture herself to kill more animals for having the meat. Therefore even if the medical science has been developed, the more of the babies are died for an early death.

Our body is coming into being from the father’s sperm and the ovum with the blood from the mother, when we eat meat or indulge ourselves, it will be gradually sapping our vigor and blood. The young people may think them have the capabilities to enjoy and indulge themselves, thus it would accelerate to consume the lifetime, it would be died if there is no more vigor and blood left.

Yesterday there was a family would meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. When their daughters had asked the questions and repeatedly requested their father to ask Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, but their father gave them the run-around, saying there is no problem for his health. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately asked the age of their father and how many times a night does he go to the toilet? He replied “63 years old, it would be 2 or 3 times to go to the toilet at night.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was laughing to reply “Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not need to go to the toilet!” This father is just elder than Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for one year, why does he need to go to the toilet for many times? It means that there would be a trouble for his health.

Don’t think that there will be some troubles for your body when you are getting old, on the contrary, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche as well as His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang has few troubles. It is just like a machine used for several dozens of years, some of the parts would be worn away naturally. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who is not like the aged getting old so fast. There was one oculist disciple said that after performing the retreat, the eyesight of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was getting better than before, the condition of presbyopia was not getting worst, on the contrary, it had be mitigated. Yesterday, after meeting with believers, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche left and almost forgot to wear the glasses, it was reminded by the side of disciple, and then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche proceeded to wear the glasses. It is because that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could see without need the glasses; therefore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was not aware that there was no need the glasses at all. It is not like the aged people cannot live without the glasses; Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche only needs the glasses to drive the car at night because of the astigmatism problem.

According to the sutra, except the Earth in the solar system, there are three more planets in the Galaxy where have the beings like the human beings living in the Earth, they are called the four continents in the sutra, the Earth belongs to the Southern dvipa. The human beings are the most suffering and shortest lifetime in the four planets, which is why human beings would learn Buddhism. According to the sutra, the shape of the face of a human being is an inverted triangle, it means that the merits are the best during the time of birth; it will be consumed out after getting old. For example, when a baby is born, there will be took care by someone. While the baby does not like to eat some foods and spew them out, they can be well-arranged and patient with this baby. Even if the baby has the excrement which needs to be cleaned, their parents gladly endure the hardships. Looking back the old people, even if there is someone taking care for the old people while they have illness and lying on the bed, but if they spew the food out, they may be scolded” You will be died if you don’t eat it!” by the attendant or the daughter-in-law. It is the difference of merits. Besides, the leg of a baby is full and round, but the legs become slim when people getting old, it means that the merits and vigor has been consumed. If a woman is worried that she cannot have a “slim” leg, don’t worry, it will be naturally getting a slim leg when you accelerate the processing of getting old. If ones has a inverted triangle face shape with a small chin, it means that there will be no merits left when getting old.

Don’t think that you have not done any evil things. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has kept telling you that, in the Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha’s Fundamental Vows, every rising thought in ordinary people contains karma and crime. Once an evil thought arising will diminish your longevity.

It is described in sutras that human lives can last for 84000 years. Every 100 years, however, human’s lifespan will reduce 1 year till human lifespan becomes 10 years of age. From then one, every 100 years, human lifespan will increase 1 year till it lasts to 84000 years. The entire cycle is called a minor kalpa. We are not in the reducing kalpa in which our lifespan is decreasing. Now the average lifespan for us is about 70 years of age. There are four categories of which our life would end. First, some will die with some years of life left but no wealth at all. In other words, these people die of destitution. The second category of death refers to the situation in which one has no lifespan left, but with some wealth left. For instance, one might have purchased some insurance that can benefit his or her family. Another example is that one might die in a car accident and he or she won the lawsuit. The indemnification may be give to his or her family. Thirdly, one might die without lifespan or wealth left. As one exhausts his or her lifespan and wealth, he or she dies. Those who died in wars belong to this category. Fourthly, some might die with lifespan and wealth left. Even these people are still having years and money to live their lives, they’ve been committed too many vicious deeds and they’d accidentally die. Perhaps, they’d committed too many wrongdoings in their past lifetimes or been involved in evil common karma, they’d also die in accidents.

It is described in sutras that lifespan of humans will be influenced by calamities of swords and armies, which means wars. But there is no war now. The so-called calamities of swords and armies can be car accidents. Thus, performing the puja of Buddha Amitayus can help you not to die of wrong time. To die of wrong time means that you are supposed to live longer but accidentally die years earlier. Performing this puja can help you not to die of wrong time. For instance, if you are supposed to live till 50 years of age, the puja will protect you from die earlier than that. If you don’t practice virtuous deeds, however, and still carry on doing evil deeds, performing the puja for you is still useless. It’s like even Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would perform a puja of Jambhala Dharma once a year for you, you still have to work hard in order to earn the money you suppose to obtain. It is not like you can practice the Jambhala Dharma so as to avoiding working. Even if the Jambhala throws some gold to you, when the gold of five pounds in weight hits your head, you’d bleed, too.

A believer came to meet with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for her family. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche advised her bring money to those ill people who has no money to see doctors. In doing so, she can accumulate merits for his family. The believer asked whether it was all right to give the money directly to her relatives. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked” are your relatives having no money?” She replied “no!” From Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s point of view, she is simply too lazy to carry the kind deed. If you are lazy of doing charities, how can you accumulate any merits?

The reasons of your illness and shortening lifespan associate with what you have done before. For instance, it is rare that you haven’t eaten any meat in this lifetime. Additionally, your ancestors’ karma is also related to yours. You might want to argue that your ancestors’ deeds shouldn’t have anything to do with you because you didn’t do it. If, however, you haven’t shared any vicious common karma with your ancestors, you wouldn’t be born in the same family. That’s why you should deeply make repentance. To be effective as you participated in today’s puja, you have to profoundly believe in the law of cause and effect and make complete repentance.

The phenomenon of global warming is getting worse. Some might think it is due to the effect of burning something. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche thinks otherwise. There are about 60 hundred million people in the world. As every single human on earth exhales one breath, it’s impossible that the climate wouldn’t become warmer. It’s because there are too many humans on earth. You indeed have not contributed to the world by living in it. Your thoughts are all selfish. Doing these selfish things will always diminish your lifespan and merits.

A believer came to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche because his family was in a coma. Doctors suspected that it was meningitis that caused the coma. However, after some treatments to the meningitis, the patient was still not recovered. Later examinations found out that there was adenoma in her uterus so doctors suggested remove the uterus. Actually, a patient in a coma isn’t suitable for a surgery. Falling into a coma is due to one’s strength has been decreased to the extent that it can’t support any conscious activities. Meanwhile, the suggestion her doctors made was unusual, too. When your merits are not sufficient, it is no wonder you can’t meet good doctors. If your merits are abundant, one pill can cure your illness. How come the illness of meningitis has to do with the problem in her uterus? Aren’t these two organs quite far away from each other?

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed the enlightenment: human’s physical body comprises four elements of earth, wind, water and fire. Those who think hard to earn money will consume their elements of water and fire; those who like to kill and eat meat will consume their elements of earth and wind; those who like drinking alcohol will consume their elements of fire and water; and those who like smoking will consume their elements of wind and water.

Many people may regard that humans will have intellectual deterioration when they get old. The truth is that it will not actually happen. Those who lose their intellect is due to their disbelief of the law of cause and effect and not cultivating Buddhism. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mother, at the age of 87, rather than have intellectual deterioration, is still clear-headed. She could still ask Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche why he just gave her a call today as he should had come home yesterday. People whose intellect start to deteriorates would pass away in 5 years because their energy and blood are run out. Those who lie in bed for most of time or dirty with feces before they die are just showing the symptom of falling into hells after death.

One’s longevity will also be consumed if he abuse his power and bully other, such the ones who teach or instruct others in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s name. Some of the so-called loyal follower would even speak to others: ‘This is what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has said. If you don’t believe, you can just go to ask him.’ In so doing, they are just evil followers as they not only displease and threat others in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s name but also incite them against Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. A loyal follower does not necessarily do no harm to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Instead, some of loyal disciples have this kind of problems. It is just like the play of Ming or Ching Dynasty’s imperial court where some loyal courtiers fell foul of people here, there and everywhere in the name of his emperor. As a result, the emperor would meet with many difficulties instead. On the contrary, a treacherous official might speak well of the emperor as he wanted to get profit from it. This is also the reason that in ancient time, at the beginning of founding a country, the emperors would kill those loyal courtiers before the treacherious ones. For example, Oboi was the one who was devoted to Ching and with great achievements. But as soon as the Kangxi Emperor took the throne, the first one he killed was Oboi. Hence, it is really hard to tell the loyal and disloyal by fixed criteria. Criteria used to judge the rights and wrongs change with time and space. For example, before, Chinese who were close to Japanese would be considered as traitors; but now, it is thought as national diplomacy to build relationship with Japanese. Similarly, Taiwanese were criticized if they kept close contact with mainland China’s people; while now we need their recommendation.

In the Chod puja held the day before yesterday, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche already enlightened that for a thing even endorsed by all other people, one still ought to clearly tell if the thing is right or not. Similarly, for a thing that everyone regard it is wrong, one still needs to judge by his wisdom rather than his own consciousness, like, or dislike.

The practice of Amitayus Buddha will help you to resupply some energy and blood that have been consumed since your birth, by which can replenish your life that has originally been cut by your evildoing. All of you would pray to live a long life. However, you wouldn’t get it because you don’t really know how to pray. If one prays to live long for his own sake so as to enjoy the worldly happiness, see his children growing up and getting married, then, praying in this way, the one’s longevity will not be increased. In contrast, if one is a true Buddhist practitioner, like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, who prays to live long for the sake of sentient beings rather than his own, his lifespan will be prolonged. It is because a true practitioner would give what he has all to sentient beings, and use his life to cultivate Buddhism to benefit beings.

When you studied at school, after class you had to do your homework by yourself. It was not possible for you to have your teacher do that for you. Your teacher would check your homework and correct your exercises. How come don’t you need to practice on your own for Buddhism cultivation? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can teach and transmit dharmas to you. but cannot take the place of you to practice. You should not think that all you have to do is to merely believe in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche but do nothing by yourself. Those who have received the dharmas, such as full prostrations and the practice of dharma protector, transmitted by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche but did not diligently practice them are just showing their disrespect to Buddha-Dharma. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is going to take actions of rectification after the coming Chinese New Year. As now there are so many attendees that this venue is too crowded. And you have already been told in the taking refuge ceremony that if you don’t carry out the dharmas taught by guru, then guru would no longer teach you or even not be in the same place with you.

According to the Dharma text, one can avoid untimely death with the practice of Buddha of longevity. The practice can eliminate 8 major disasters, 16 accidents, obstacles, and wars so as to increase the practitioner’s wealth, health, and life so that he can learn Buddhist teachings, attain Buddhahood, and gain liberation from the cycle of birth and death.

Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche began to perform the practice of the Buddha of longevity and made offerings to the yidam, Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas on behalf of us. During a rite, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche put on his ceremonial hat and told the attendees to sit straight upright while Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was waving a five-colored flag to bestow blessing. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led the attendees in the recitation of the heart mantra of the Buddha of longevity for a long time. Afterwards, the attendees, believers and disciples, all went up to the mandala to receive blessing directly from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche as well as precious nectar pills and nectar water. Moreover, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche disregarded his own wellbeing and stepped down from the Dharma throne to give blessing to those physically-challenged believers and disciples. The compassionate Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not let the sentient beings suffer. At seeing this, the attendees were so touched that their tears rolled.

At completion of the practice, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told the attendees that the waving of the five-colored flag was to grant blessing to you with the essences of the four elements, i.e. earth, wind, water, and fire, from the guru and the yidam. However, if you are not a genuine Buddhist learner, it won’t do much for you. In the Dharma text, an appropriate way to supplicate the Buddha of longevity is explained. If you make the supplication for yourself, you will never get what you want. Besides, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has made implorations for you. It is impossible for you to do nothing wrong this year as you always try to benefit yourself. You have been consuming your own life. If you benefit the sentient beings just like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, your life will be used but not consumed. One’s life expectancy is a result of his own conduct in daily live. The practice of the Buddha of longevity can increase your life expectancy, taking back the time that you consumed due to your evil conduct. Additionally, only the children can help lengthen their parents’ life.

According to the Dharma text, one’s life can be damaged, scattered, broken, bent, cracked, shaken, and broken apart, as well as stolen by devils. The reason why one’s life can be damaged lies in that he does not have virtues. Therefore, his life can be damaged and reduced. Besides, those who abuse their power and bully others or practice graft will damage their lives. Perhaps you would say, “I didn’t take money from them. All I did was having a meal and accept their gifts.” In Japan, any government worker will be considered corruptive if they even have a cup of coffee to talk about his job with people from non-government companies. They exercise very strict measures. The measures in Taiwan are way looser. As the Chinese New Year is coming, many people are now waiting for the gifts while others are getting ready to give gifts. What they plan to do is to damage their own life. Furthermore, those who form their own groups in the company and try to establish their power are actually doing the same thing.

Recently, an employee in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s company presented a newly-designed paper bag to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for inspection. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw its color was not the same as the one used in the company’s identifying system and merely asked, “Doesn’t our company use the blue color?” Nevertheless, the employee did not correct the design. Later on, when others asked about it, she told them that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had examined the design and said nothing. She did not admit her own mistake and thought that it was others who made the mistake. In particular, if you abuse your relationship with the boss and bully others in the company, you will damage your fortune just the same.

Your life can be scattered if your mind gets distracted and fails to focus. Those who enjoy sleeping and being lazy will scatter their life. Additionally, your life can be broken if you, while being paid to work, constantly make mistakes and are always absent-minded. If you do so, you will break your own life.

Your life can be bent. It means that your life, originally stretching straight forward, now has to make turns. For example, if you decide to take a 2-month leave from work all of a sudden, you will be bending your life. On the other hand, life can be cracked, shaken, and broken apart. If you let your desires run wild, enabling yourself to pursue gains and fulfill your wishes, your life can be reduced, too. Some people like to go to places with female servers, thinking that they can make business deals only in such places. However, who says that one has to join social activities when doing business? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does business, too, but never attends social activities. Business deals keep coming all the same. Whether you can get business deals is related to your merits. Without merits, attending social activities in such places won’t help at all. Perhaps, you would argue about the negative consequences of going to places like that. Didn’t we have such places even in ancient times? Indeed, there were such places in the past and they existed in India even during the Buddha’s lifetime. Nevertheless, if you go there, you will be helping them. In the Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha’s Fundamental Vows, those who have heavy lust will go to the hell after they die. Therefore, as you go there, you will share the same karma with them and suffer negative consequences. Only if you have attained achievements such as certain ancient practitioners and go there to salvage them, you can then help free them from being born to a similar environment in their future lives.

Stolen by devils is saying that those who do evil and have an evil mind, their life will be stolen by devils.

There are several versions of practices of Amitayus Buddha. That was performed today is of the auspicious terma teachings. Guru Rinpoche hid the dharma text of terma teachings in the cave rocks, under the water, or in the air, and they were protected by Nagas or Dakinis, so their power is particularly big. There are 4 classes of tantras. These dharma that were performed today include dharma of Kriya Tantra and Charya Tantra but no dharma of Yoga Tantra nor Highest Yoga Tantra because you are not eligible to receive the dharma of Yoga Tantra or Highest Yoga Tantra. These dharma will be performed for those disciples who are practicing the tantras. Tantric teachings are not secret but are the teachings to practice one’s mind of attaining Buddhahood and benefitting beings as firm as solid as Vajra. Therefore, it was said in the dharma text that practices of Amitayus Buddha bring great benefits to those vajra disciples who has karmic connection. For you who do not practice dharma, this dharma is to help you make the virtuous connection with the deity and the help is limited.

In puja Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would perform many rituals to focus your easy-disturbed minds on the dharma. You can also see that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave blessing to you one after another before the Mandala. Cherish the blessed opportunity as you must have practiced Buddhism in previous lives so that today you have the causal conditions to attend the Vajra puja of tantric dharma. Just listen to the teachings. The karmic relationship between Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang also arose on one thought. Under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s good friend’s persuasion by saying that His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang did speak Chinese, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche felt curious and saught an audience with His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. Thus their karmic connections were linked to each other.

Without Buddha-Dharma, the Earth cannot exist. It is due to Buddha-Dharma so that there would not have been too severe disasters in the world, and humans can sustain themselves. One who is borned as a human form must have cultivated Buddhism in his previous lives. Now that you have the causal conditions to attend puja, you should cherish the opportunity. Buddhist cultivation is most important in your life. One should not think that he has to wait until his children grow up and enter an university, until his business run well, and until all personal affairs are settled that he can start to learn Buddhism, as then one may have already been buried in earth. Taiwan is a land where you can live a stable life here so that you must cherish the merits. Do not mess it up, as after your merits are consumed you would get to know how suffering it is.

Yesterday Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ascended the dharma throne at 4:00am and it was not until 10:00am that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche descended it. In the course there were many people came to ask for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s advice on just some trifles, in the view of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. For example, one couple was worried about their child who liked looking attractive. They even asked for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s advice on this issue. They said that the child studied well in elementary school but after he went to junior high school, he started to hate to study. Instead, he became rebellious and liked to dress himself up. It is very normal for a junior high student to like looking attractive as he may start to want to make a girlfriend. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked the mother how much the jeans her bought for her child cost. She said it cost NT$3,000 per one. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her it merely costs hundreds of NT dollar if she buys in Wufenpu. She immediately said that the child would not wear them. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that if he did not want to wear, just depends on him! He can just not wear anything! All things follow the law of cause and effect. The child acted like this was because his mother spoiled him since he was a boy. Therefore the child would change after entering junior high school. The child’s father stayed aside, speaking nothing. Finally Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked him if he had any issue. He just said that all would be fine if his family members were safe and well. Asking the practitioner about such kind of questions is to ruin the practitioner. It is depicted in the Buddhist sutras that there once was a prince went to ask Sakyamuni Buddha about questions that was not related to dharma and Sakyamuni Buddha did not give any response. His Holiness Dirkung Kyabgon Chungtsang does not reply any questions that are not related to dharma either.

This morning, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had a telephone conversation with His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, His Holiness reminded Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to take care of his own health not to work too hard. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche urged the attendants again that they should not attend the puja if they cannot be a vegetarian. The dharma protector will be fierce to chase the disbelievers, if you are not willing to listen to the teaching of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche; please do not attend the puja anymore. It does not mean that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not like to take care of you if you disbelieve. It is not even that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has the discrimination, without the compassion. It is that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has the restriction of a human body; Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche cannot evaluate his lifetime left as well. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can help lots of sentient beings during the limit time, there are lots of things need to do, the time cannot be solely wasted for the disbelievers. If you are not willing to listen to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s advice, you will be swept aside, and then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will help those sentient beings who are willing to listen to the teaching of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. As the example of a student who is not willing to listen to teacher’s instruction, the teacher will do the same way to put the student aside. Don’t think that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche needs you to attend the puja, without you, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can also salvage the sentient beings everywhere, even if they are in the ghost realms or the animal realms.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just left the dharma seat to help those believers and disciples who were the patients sitting in the wheelchair. Besides there was someone lying on the ground to attend the puja too, according to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, some of them have no big problem, why did they still lie on the ground? They are intentionally to wish someone serve them. When ones have illness, it is naturally to have the children taking care of you for showing filial obedience. But don’t be excess to show pity by lying down on the ground; it would reduce your lifetime. No one is hard than Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, you should do something what can do by yourself.

December 30, 2010

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over an auspicious puja of Drikung Kagyu’s Chod Dharma at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Dou-Liu City, Yun-Lin County. The puja was attended by nearly 360 attendees.

During the puja, Most Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed upon attendees the precious teachings as followed.

It has been 2 years since last time Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche held a puja here at Dou-Liu. During recent years, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been very busy. For instance, at Taipei this year, there were two pujas of more than one ten thousand participants. Every Saturday, at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei, there are at least 200 people coming to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. At this age, traveling round ways from Taipei to Dou-Liu would be a toiling for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Additionally Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also have a Buddhist Center at Kyoto, Japan. The center was not founded by local people. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche founded this center by himself and solely sponsored the funds with his own money and offerings  from disciples. It center was established exactly according to Japanese laws and regulations. On January 2nd, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will leave for Kyoto, Japan, to hold a puja for Japanese.

The puja held today is named, in Mandarin Chinese, “Body Offering Dharma.” In Tibetan, the word “Chod” refers to the meaning of “terminating” which is to terminate every affliction that will cause our reincarnation. When the three grace root guru of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the 37th Drikung Kagyu Kyabgon Chetsang, transmitted the Chod Dharma to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang taught that the Chod Dharma is one of the Eight Sadhana practices. The word “Sadhana” means if a practitioner can specifically practice this dharma, he or she will definitely be able to break off the cycle of reincarnation. One with good root capacities can achieve Buddhahood in this lifetime whereas one with less root capacities can achieve Buddhahood in his or her intermediate state after passing. The statement of one achieving Buddhahood doesn’t mean that there will be another Sakyamuni Buddha. It refers to the phenomenon that one can attain Buddhahood. The Chod Dharma was created, 1300 ago, by a female Tibetan yogi, Machig Lapdron, who was married with children. This dharma is a very special practicing method and she passed down the dharma to her next generation. We all know the fact that Tibetan Buddhism was originated from India and China. The Chod Dharma, however, is the only dharma that was propagated from Tibet to India. At that time, many Indian Buddhist practitioners went to Tibet to consult Machig Lapdron about Buddha Dharma.

According to the essence of Mahaprajnaparamita Sutra (Large Sutra on the Perfection of Wisdom) enlightened by Sakyamuni Buddha, Machig Lapdron created this dharma. There are two versions of Mahaprajnaparamita Sutra: 100,000 verses and 80,000 verses. The Chod Dharma was written according to the version of 100,000 verses. All of you probably have heard about Heart Mantra in Mahaprajnaparamita Sutra and some of you might have memorized it. The term “prajna” contains profound and encompassing meanings. That’s why Tang Sanzang didn’t translate this term into Chinese, but maintained its Sanskrit pronunciation. Some directly translated this term into “wisdom.” But if this term can be so easily explained, Sakyamuni Buddha wouldn’t spend 12 years in giving enlightenment “prajna.” The Chod Dharma is to cut off various afflictions and attachments of sentient beings. So in Tibetan language, the meaning of “Chod” refers to “terminating” – to terminate all the afflictions that would lead us to enter suffering ocean of reincarnation.

Performing this dharma doesn’t seem so simple. Reciting mantras is beyond enough. The practitioner must have achieved certain level of accomplishment. There are four levels in Mahamudra of Drikung Kagyu and, in each level, there are three stages. In total, there are 12 stages in practicing Mahamudra. To benefit sentient being by performing the Chod Dharma, a practitioner at least has to achieve the second level of Mahamudra: Spranbrala Yoga .

The Yidam of the Chod Dharma is Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva and the mantra recited is Mani Mantra. The practitioner performing the Chod puja must contemplate to make offering with his or her own body, bones, and blood to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of ten directions and three worlds. So does he or she contemplate to do charities with those to all sentient begins. It requires not just contemplation. To attain such power, it must be based on a series of practices such as performing retreats. In Tibet, to learn the Chod Dharma, one must cultivate his or her practices in Exoteric Buddhism for ten years. This doesn’t mean one can attain such achievement by reading a great amount of classic texts. Rather, one has to genuinely grasp the Buddha Dharma and has developed profound understanding. The achievement must be confirmed by one’s guru. And then one must finish, in three years, making 100,000 times of full prostrations, reciting 100,000 times of Mani Mantra, making 100,000 times of Mandala offerings, and practicing 100,000 times of Lama Chapa. In other words, one has to finish the Four Uncommon Preliminary Practices of Drikung Kagyu Lineage. After one perfectly finishing the Four Uncommon Preliminary Practices, there will appear auspicious signs. That is, there will be transformation in one’s body and attitudes: changing from an ordinary to a sacred human being.

After finishing the Four Uncommon Preliminary Practices, one’s guru will give you the empowerment of the Yidam which usually is Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva. Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva represents the concept of mercy and compassion. Without mercy and compassion, there is no Buddha Dharma. Mercy and compassion, however, don’t just refer to be kind or do charities. Be kind and do charities are the basics of being human beings. Because you had been kind and done charities in past lifetimes, you can obtain a human body in this lifetime. Mercy and compassion are specifically used in Buddhism not in other religions. To be merciful and compassionate can’t achieved by thinking in your mind. To obtain power of mercy and compassion, one has to continuously learn and apply the concepts. Every single sentient being is born with virtuous thoughts. But doing charities, attending pujas, taking refuges, or adopting a vegetarian diet can’t be counted as being merciful and compassionate. Mercy and compassion refer to two kinds of actions. Being merciful is to exchange your best things with sufferings of sentient beings. You might already feel numb on your skull upon hearing this. Being compassionate is to liberate sentient beings from suffering ocean of reincarnation. This can’t be accomplished by ordinary people. One must first achieve the level of being merciful and then being compassionate. Having achieved the power of being merciful and compassionate, one can cultivate one’s Bodhichitta. When one has learned Bodhichitta, one will be able to apply this Chod Dharma.

The practice of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara in Exoteric Buddhism is to recite “Great Compassion Mantra.” Although some people recite “White Robed Kuanyin Mantra,” however, this mantra is not recorded in Tripitaka so its authenticity has not been confirmed yet. Both “Great Compassion Mantra” and “Mani Mantra (Six-syllable Mantra)” are stated in the Sutra. “Mani Mantra”, the heart mantra of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, is the essence of “Great Compassion Mantra.” It includes Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara’s all merits and virtues, power of vow, mercy and compassion, and blessings of practice and cultivation from accumulated lives. The Six-Syllable Mantra is not really easy, as you may think, and not limited to the six syllables’ literal meaning. The Buddha has ever enlightened that even spending the time of one major eon, namely a inconceivably long time, with Buddha’s wisdom, the implication of the mantra still cannot be totally explained.

After one’s guru conveys empowerment and oral transmission to him, he can start to perform retreat practice. One should not regard that as long as he has dharma texts and knows how to recite mantras he could practice tantric dharma. One must go through the above-mentioned processes. Now I would like to talk about retreat practice. The retreat place must be located in a solitary and quiet place, usually a Buddhist venue, a retreat center, or the places where Mahasiddhas ever took retreat practice there, so as to be far away from people. Therefore one should not practice retreat at one’s own home or in a Buddhist temple of a city. It is stated in Sutra that before a Bodhisattva attains achievement, the Bodhisattva ought to be far away from people to practice, as there are too many temptations and troubles in the places full of humans. There are many kinds of retreat practices. Strict rules would be set for one who conducts a practice of Yidam in retreat and gets in correspondence: if the one promises to his guru to take the retreat for a certain period, such as 2 months, then, even if he gets sick seriously in his retreat room, he still should not get out earlier even by 1 minute. Without completion of the retreat for the promised time period, the retreat practice will not count, and the practitioner has to re-start the retreat; unless one’s guru instructs him to get out of his retreat room in an earlier time than planned. In the retreat, one is not allowed to talk, see people, communicate with others, wash his head or body, cut his nails, shave, speak to himself, use phone, transcribe Sutra texts, or read Sutra texts that are not related to his retreat practice. That is, each day the retreat practitioner has to conduct the practice all day long. Hearing this, some of you may feel dread and don’t think you are able to take it. In 2007, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed the retreat practice in the Snow Mountains in Nepal. That place is absolutely solitude and lacking of water and electricity. Cold blasts blew into the simple and crude log cabin where Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stayed.

For the mantras that their syllables are fewer than ten, the retreat practitioner needs to recite it no less than one million times. And one ought to recite mantra in solitary retreat rather than reciting it with a rosary in his left hand and a counter in his right hand to count the time. Mantras recitation needs to be done in solitary retreat. It would not take effect for you to do mantra recitation in the meantime when you are in a car or a walk. By doing so, in fact, it is just casually reciting that is merely better than speaking ill of others. There are indeed many regulations for retreat practice. A practitioner should practice the appointed Yidam so as to get correspondence to it. And it still needs his guru’s confirmation. Getting correspondence does not mean that you can see Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. Only after one attains Samboghakaya of Bodhisattva – the level of a Bodhisattva – can one see Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. Another case for one to see  Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara is the one dies and the Nirmanakaya of  Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara comes to receive him. It is not actually real that some people who say they see Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara in their dream. In Exoteric Buddhism, it is stated that a Bodhisattva has 32 kinds of forms. In Esoteric Buddhism, there is a four-arm form of Avalokitesvara. Which one is exactly the Avalokitesvara? In fact, they are all what we picture!

Some people often say they used to be the pure youth and maiden beside Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. In fact, all of us had been one of them; otherwise, you would not have showed up in today’s of puja. I often hear that people praise others that they have practiced to the extent of that they look like Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. What is the appearance of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara? Does Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara manifests in a man’s form or a woman’s form? In fact, Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara arise in accord with people’s mind. And it does not matter whether or not you look like Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. What is really important is that whether you act as Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara does. If you do the same things as Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara does, you would be one of the thousand arms and thousand eyes of Sahasrabhuja-Sahasranetra. Before that, you just need to be a virtuous and well-behaved person. Do not make use of any Bodhisattva to threat other people, as Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara would not show up in your dream to entrust you to deal with people. Although some people really dream about Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, that kind of cases are very few and special. Today we are not going to discuss it.

After one gets correspondence with the Yidam, one can start to learn Chod. The learning process is so rigorous and it is because, as a Chod practitioner blows the dharma instrument, many beings would be beckoned. If the practitioner summon the beings but has no ability to salvage them, they will get angry. And it is the practitioner who let them give rise to anger and also make them fall into hells. Hence, in ancient time, few people were able to perform Chod. There is even fewer in modern time. Many people learn Chod, but, in Drikung Kagyu Order, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is the sole one of lay Han rinpoches who is able to conduct Chod, as well as the only one who publicly performs Chod pujas with hundreds or thousands of attendees.

To perform Chod, it needs a specific dharma instrument made of a human leg bone. However, not anyone’s leg bone can be used as a dharma instrument. It must be a female’s rather than a male’s. In Tibetan Buddhism, female is the manifestation of mercy and compassion, while male is that of activities as they works diligently. However, activities cannot go without the foundation of mercy and compassion. Both of them are necessary. As for the dharma instrument, what kind of people’s leg bone can be used for it? Actually there are some prerequisites for its source and also it must have a specific form. But now you don’t have the qualification to know about the details so today we are not going to talk more about it. Upon every dharma instrument there resides dharma protectors. Therefore, not everyone can touch or blow a dharma instrument. In the center of Taiwan there is a fake tantric dharma master who brings many leg bones and blows them on a TV show. Each of them he blows is just sounded with “pooh” and then would stop giving off any sound. In fact, whether or not the dharma instrument gives off sound is associated with tantric dharma. If you don’t believe it, you can just give it a try: Take a pig’s leg and blow it at your home. Then you will definitely find that you cannot make it give off any sound.

Before in Tibet, the practitioner performed Chod puja merely for one or two attendees; there in the puja the attendees who got ill would lie down, taking their bodies to make an offering. Today’s Chod puja, performed at once for hundreds of people, is really rare. Maybe it is because that Taiwan has higher population density and some of people are curious. People who truly believe in Buddhism and the law of cause and effect will no longer eat meat. Those who eat meat will get various diseases, have discord in his family, and fall into hells after death. You may think that you would not know where you would go after death. But in fact, in the years prior to one’s death, one just lives as if in hells. You may have seen those patients who undergo tracheostomy. They live in suffer, cannot move around or speak a word. However, it is not necessary for a human to suffer like that when he gets old. Many the elder practitioners of Drikung Kyagu were not hospitalized or incubated before they passed away.

Now there are many patients undergo tracheostomy and it is just like the cases of those chickens and fishes that are killed by cutting off their neck and trachea. Those who ever kill a chicken, see other people killing, assist others in killing, or go to market to ask the vendor to kill, would also count. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can see the cause and effect, he never sees a person who never eats meat or kills when he receives around 200 believers every Saturday in Taiwan. Each of them who come to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does get ill. Especially there are many children who have some unknown disease since their birth and doctors are not able to cure them. The children, however, gradually turn better and better after they attend pujas of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. You may think Han people have already eaten meat for three thousands of years! Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that in Han people’s history, they have been killed for the past three- thousand years. The case in Taiwan is also very similar, as Taiwan had been stricken by wars. It is not until recent years that Taiwan’s environment turns to be more stable. Also, the occurrence of various kinds of accidents such as car accidents is the result of killing.

In today’s puja, those beings you have eaten and killed until yesterday would get salvaged. But if you continue to eat meat this evening, the karmic retribution of killing would be double as you commit the crime intentionally. As Chinese New Year is around the corner, many of you may say you would be scolded by your family members if you do not eat meat. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche adopted vegetarian diets at first he was also opposed by his family members. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not give up but vomited meat once he ate. After several times of vomiting, his family members stopped cooking meat for him. It is also your determination, as if the one needed to get married, to adopt vegetarian diets. Just make up your mind to do it. No need to worry if you would get divorced or lose job after you adopt vegetarian diets, as your marriage and career are associated with your causal conditions of past lives. They are not associated with being a vegetarian.

Another role Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche takes is being a businessman. Today Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche put aside his business and, at followers’ request, came to Douliu Buddhist Center to conduct puja. As a Buddhist practitioner, he most values what he has promised. Therefore, although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has many pending things in his company to deal with, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still put them aside and traveled to Douliu in particular to preside over today’s Chod puja.

As you attend the puja, if you deeply believe in the law of cause and effect, this puja will be of great help for you in your current life as well as your future lives. On the contrary, if you just come with an improper mindset of taking a look, this puja will only help you build some karmic connection with Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. It is not that certain when the connection can help you, maybe in a future life. Will you, as you may wonder, get good health soon after you attend the puja? It is not certainly. Your health condition may get worse or you will even meet with an accident. But you should not regard that it is because you attend the puja so you get the mishaps. Think it from another view: getting ill, having a dispute, or losing some money after the puja is just to let you repay a karmic debt in a lighter way, as you might have died for your original karmic retribution.

Last Saturday there was a pair of sisters coming to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for their 30-year-old younger brother who suddenly died. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told them that it was because their family had heavy killing karma. Their ancestors used to sell kitchen knifes; their father used to sell feeding stuffs; and their mother ran a restaurant. All of their family members’ businesses were associated with killing. It is stated in Buddhist Sutra that one with heavy killing karma will get many disease, have short life, incomplete family, and fall into hells after death. So does the one with the shared karma of killing. That is why their younger brother would die in an accident. But why he, after his death, has the causal conditions to get Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also told them the reason: it is because their brother had been very nice to children. In his lifetime he used to donate money to take care of many orphans and done a lot of virtuous things. The pair of sisters, originally being suspicious, heard this and cried. Faith arose in their minds. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened: Good will be rewarded with good, and evil with evil. Good and evil karma are separate. Hence, although their brother died in an accident due to evil karmic retribution, but he had done good things that led him to be salvaged by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche talked about his cause and effect for let them know what they get is the result of what they’ve done. It is actually not related to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. And this is the intention of the statements in the Sutra to encourage people to practice virtues and cut off evildoing.

Attending today’s puja is a virtuous beginning. It depends on you whether or not to continue the virtuousness. Neither Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, nor Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can help you make the decision. Before, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang had never told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in advance that he would become a rinpoche someday. His Holiness just asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to follow him, to attentively cultivate Buddhism, to take solitary retreat practice. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always listens to His Holiness and conducts retreat practices. It is also Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s own decision. As Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and your Guru always give you opportunities and open the door for you. But finally it is your own decision to enter the door or not.

It is very painstaking for a Guru to conduct the dharma. You should not have a doubt on guru, as guru conduct the dharma without asking anything in return. Give rise to repentance. You should repent that, in your life, it is not until now that you have the chance to listen to Buddhist dharma and get to know the importance of it. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has cultivated Buddhism since he was 36-year-old. Now, in 2010, he is at the age of 63. He can even more realize that nothing is more important than Buddha-dharma. You may say that Buddha-Dharma is merely important for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche rather than you. This kind of thinking is really wrong! As every person has the same afflictions and meet the same problems. The difference just lies in what they believe. Today all of you obtain the help of dharma conducted by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. You should cherish the opportunity and put aside your suspicious mind. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not require you for anything. It will be alright if you will listen, put down your doubt, and furthermore give rise to great compassion for sentient beings that need help. We hope this puja will salvage those beings from suffering. Lastly, we hope this puja can bring all families of this area safe and peace. Mishaps will not occur. And the most important is that you should make a vow to learn this dharma someday.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked the attendees to visualize their senior relatives being on the right hand side, their relatives and friends of the same generation on the left hand side, their karmic creditors behind them, and all sentient beings of the six realms in front of them. Doing the visualization once is enough. All sentient beings we have harmed, including those being killed, eaten, or scolded, are counted as our karmic creditors. Originally, conducting this dharma required several hours. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche today would take only an hour to complete the ritual, condensing the process. This condensation is not to reduce something in the ritual, but to speed up the process of the dharma conduction by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche using his high level strength of meditation.

In addition, from beginning to end, the ritual of Chod dharma is conducted depending on the guru alone. This is not like other pujas. For those, in addition to the presiding guru, there will be many lamas helping to carry out the ritual. Hence, when conducting the Chod puja, the guru alone has to take the full responsibility. This is why many gurus were reluctant to conduct this dharma. Usually, it is not very easy to conduct dharmas to liberate those sentient beings that died accidentally, because those sentient beings that died accidentally have heavier karma and heavier hatred. However, conducting the Chod ritual can just liberate them.

After Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had learned and attained achievements of the Chod dharma, the first sentient being liberated by Rinpoche was a nurse who was killed by a major criminal many years ago. After then, more and more sentient beings were liberated by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche used the Chod dharma to help sentient beings, the participants of the Chod puja in these years have been increasing without propaganda and advertisement. There were so many attendees today; all of you were pushed into this puja by Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not know there would be so many people coming. The more people attend, the more toilsome Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will be.

In fact, Avalokiteshvara are taking care of us every minute nonstop. But we do not know it. As long as you are determined today that you will no longer do any evil deed, you will gradually realize the greatness of Buddha dharma later. In general, those who are gurus will always wear protective wheels, and Phurba, etc. And, before conducting dharmas, they will always make simabandha. However, when a guru conducts Chod ritual, all protective objects on the guru’s body have to be removed and the guru will not make simabandha either. There is no protection at all. The door is wide open to all sentient beings. If you call sentient beings to come but cannot help them, the consequences are very serious. So many Tibetan Rinpoches do not conduct this dharma and use other dharmas instead. Everyone now calms your mind down. In another month, Lunar New Year will come. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will use this puja to help you clean and wash what you have done in the past year. Hope that you will be safe and well in the next year and bad things will not appear.

Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche began to conduct the Chod ritual and led all attendees to recite the Six-syllable Mani Mantra for a very long time. After practicing the ritual of Dharma protector and making dedication prayer, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened all participants.

After the dharma conduction, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened all participants that the sentient beings who had come to receive the salvation today include cattle, pigs, chickens, wild birds, fish farm, a stooped old lady, an old lady wearing Qing Dynasty costume and accessories with a wrapped cloth around her head, a person who died in a car accident, another person who died during childbirth. In addition, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had also seen a whole clan coming in together and a black-faced god who was not a usual kind-faced or wrathful-faced god. Maybe some of you had worshiped this god.

After the puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still constantly persuaded everyone to have a vegetarian diet. Those who continue to eat meat will certainly be not well in the latter part of their life. Do not argue that having a vegetarian diet is not convenient. Though running around all over the world, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still can have a vegetarian diet; Even in France, there was someone treating Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche a vegetarian meal. With determination, you can do anything! When you got married, it was your determination that made it happen. Do not argue that when you eat with friends, being a vegetarian is not convenient. Do you need such fair-weather friends? Not only have we advocated having a vegetarian diet, even Western countries have advocated having a vegetarian diet. Those American scientists who promote environmental protection have said that one of the major reasons causing global warming on Earth is animal husbandry. Do not think that those who live in Southern Taiwan must have a career in aquaculture. Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will not let those people who are determined to learn Buddhism starve to death. When deciding to learn Buddhism before, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately became so poor that he did not know where the money for dinner should came from after finishing lunch. Someone advised Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to sell Buddha statues since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Buddha statues were very valuable. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not sell them. Although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not have money, the light, incense, and flowers in front of the Buddha statues were never in shortage.

You think that the blessings from Buddhas and Bodhisattvas can let you live a good life, that is, make a lot of money, buy a house, buy a good car, and play around everywhere. These are your own blessings and have nothing to do with Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will bless and protect those who really want to practice Buddhism and liberate from the cycle of birth and death because those people are very rare. It is your karmic condition such that you can attend this puja. If you had not practiced Buddhism in your past lives, you would not be able to come here today. You all know that Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center neither advertise nor publicize on TV, just propagating through words of mouth. But there are more than 200 attendees today. Maybe some people came due to curiosity. But there are so many religions; why would you be curious and came today? This is because of the karmic causes and conditions in your past lives.

You should learn and practice Buddhism immediately. Do not think that you only have time to learn Buddhism after your children grow up and go to college. At that time, you will wait until your children get married and have kids. When they have kids, you will help them again to take care of their children. This is really toilsome! Our child comes to this world just to make a connection with us. This connection will eventually end. When your child is older than 18 years old, you should never control him or her. You should love your child in your heart. You should teach him or her as well. Do not think that teaching your child is the responsibility of teachers. Family education is very important. Taiwanese now are spoiling their children. There is someone who still studies in school and relies on parent’s financial support at the age of 30 without the need to work. This person has too much blessings. This kind of things could not happen at the time when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was young.

Your love for your children should be kept in mind which will be enough; you should take the responsibility to teach them. The reason that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can realize children is not because that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has a lot of children, it is because that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has 1,000-odd of disciples, many of disciples got married and had the children after taking refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche taught those disciples with Buddhist teaching to guide them getting married, giving birth to a baby, and teaching their children. Those children could hear the Buddhist teaching since they are in the mother’s womb. That is why those children are teachable, even if they are not the top one in the class, their parents would never worry their children for their schoolwork. It will be better for a baby to learn Buddhism since he is in the mother’s womb. It is a kind of prenatal education as well. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also has the children, he also tried lots of way to teach them before, such as the psychology…etc, and those methods are not better and much effective than Buddhism.

The time was passed so soon, there is one more month which will be the Chinese Lunar New Year. It means that the time which we are able to learn Buddhism has been deducted for one more year. The most important thing in the world is to learn Buddhism. If there was no Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would be unable to seat in the dharma seat. If there is no Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would be impossible to be existed in the world. Since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche suffered skin cancer at the age of 45, now Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been 63 years old, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not go to see a doctor or take medicine for this disease, nor did Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche beseech to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Even if His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang did not know anything about Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s skin cancer, not to mention Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not beseech His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to conduct a Dharma for him. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche completely followed up the Buddhism to do anything, now the skin cancer has been recovered already.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is quite worried that there are lots of things which are not yet finished. In the degenerate age, the sentient beings have the heavier karma. It does not mean that the aforementioned karma must be an evil karma. When you have too much of virtuous karma, or you were a rich person who will not be willing to learn Buddhism. Therefore you must cherish the time which is stable for you.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would like to tell you in the last paragraphs of dharma text:

“Abstain from any non-virtuous deeds; perform virtuous deeds; purify your mind; this is the teachings of the Buddha.”

The dharma text has stated, “Because of the purified body precept, the precept of words will be virtuous. Because of the purified mind precept, the precept of mind will be virtuous. The meaning of “purify” is that all of my deeds are to benefit sentient beings, without considering your benefit at all. When you obey the body precept which has been purified, naturally you will not speak harsh words, stir up trouble or break one’s word. Most of the Buddhists easily transgress the precept which is to speak false words, if you have not attained a level of guru; you would like to instruct someone to recite the specified sutra which is the kind of speaking false words.

Someone thought that to learn Buddhism and to obey the precepts which can accumulate the merits. Although the merits are accumulated from the practice of Precepts, Meditations and Wisdom, but the purpose of following the precepts is to benefit sentient beings and not willing to hurt sentient being. The most important thing is to follow the precept of mind, the ordained people, especially for a bhiksuni who must follow lots of precepts. Don’t think that you can be proud when you have followed the precepts and you would have the merits and virtues. This is a very important point; you have to be aware of this.

There would be someone asked whether we can kill the mosquito or not? Someone may think that you could let the mosquito biting you, and then it would naturally fly away when it is satiated. This is a correct or incorrect answer, however if the mosquitoes would have with the infectious germ, how can you let them bit you? To learn the Buddhism, which is not to be inflexible, cannot say anything nor do anything. If the starting point is to benefit sentient beings, it will be a correct concept.

In the last section of the dharma text it was mentioned that a practitioner who attains the accomplishment of this dharma will eliminate the disease, evil karma and karmic obstacle, and gain immeasurable health, and regain the young body. You can find the evidence from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who is an example. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is better than the same age of people. It would be impossible to go abroad and spread the Buddhism if the body would not be in a good condition. If you had not accumulated the enough merits, you would be hurt for your legs when crossing one’s legs or going to toilet during the puja. You don’t think that it is a normal case for an old people. A few days ago, there were three sisters with their father to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, When their daughters had asked the questions and repeatedly requested their father to ask Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, but their father gave them the run-around, saying there is no problem for his health. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately asked their father “How many times a night does he go to the toilet?” He replied “it would be 2 or 3 times to go to the toilet at night. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche replied that he was also 63 years old, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can sleep well and no need to go to the toilet at night. It is because that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has accumulated the enough merits to have a good health. How does it come from? The answers are to make offerings, donations and act according to the Buddhism.

Updated on April 22, 2016