Event Calendar of The His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche

January 1, 2011

From 4:20 PM to 10:20 PM, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave enlightenment to 138 believers with Buddhism and helped them to relieve all kinds of suffering in the world at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei.

January 2, 2011

At the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei, believers and disciples reverently listened to the audio-recording, made on May 25 of 2003, of His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who gave teachings on the nature of “impermanence”, the meanings of suffering, cause, cessation, path, reincarnation and the sufferings of hell.

Prior to the beginning of the puja, a male disciple shared his experience of being helped by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. He also shared what he witnessed, the impression of events, and far-reaching meanings of those events while he followed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The cause of his making audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche many years ago was his wish to have children. Immediately after the meeting, he became a member of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. Within three years of taking refuge, his two children were born. Similar situations happened in the center; more and more children were born to disciples of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Many others coming to fulfill their wishes to have children were also satisfied. With regard to his wish to have children, it seems that his wish came true. After all these years, however, he thinks his fulfilled wish indeed reflects two critical truths. First, it proves the profoundness of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s merits. Secondly, it demonstrates the greatness of the Buddha Dharma. How great is the Buddha Dharma? He believes that it can genuinely solve all sufferings of one’s life. Certainly, it has to be abided by the law of cause of effect. Sutra of the Universal Door has described “if virtuous men and women who always reverently recite the name of Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva pray for having sons, they will give birth to sons with merits, wisdom and virtues. If they pray for having daughters, they will bear daughters with deep-rooted wholesome characters and respected by all.” In sutras, it is described that we can pray and learn Buddhism with the most sincere and earnest mind. At that time, he had asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche how he could pray for children. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche simply responded that he could try to learn Buddhism. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche never gave definite answers of yes or no. Rinpoche gave them, instead, an opportunity to learn Buddhism and see whether it would work. And then, with help and blessings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, their wish to have children was met. As a matter of fact, people as ordinary as they can’t have sufficient merits to alter the law of cause and effect. As disciples pray for something from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, it is Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s unfathomed and authentic merits that can bear the power to bring the wishes coming to existence. As a mediocre disciple, he would not be able to achieve anything in learning Buddhism without the blessings and teachings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. He is grateful to have the opportunity that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave names to his children. To all dharma brothers whose children also were give names by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, he once again stressed the importance of being grateful, because it is a rare and auspicious matter.

Then he shared some stories of what he saw and learned from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Those stories may seem short, but to him, he found they are of deep meaning and he was really impressed by them. In 1998, under His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s instruction, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led some followers to attend a committee’s ceremony. In one course of the ceremony, everyone went to line up to receive gifts. The gifts are a T-shirt whereupon the six-syllables mantra was printed, and a reusable bag. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was in the first place of the line. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche received the gifts, he immediately gave them to the second person, a follower of his, behind him. Actually, this small action was of great meaning. Later on, this disciple gradually started to find himself full of many fine and unperceivable greedy thoughts in his life but he had not been aware of them. For example, at that time in the line to receive the gifts, he was the third one. Seeing that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave the gifts to the follower, he first thought was that why it was not him who lined after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche; as if he were, he would have had double gifts. Afterward, he found his thought was greedy and felt repentance on it. Besides, this course also illustrates that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche practices Buddha-Dharma all the time in everyday life, without any thought of greediness. When this male disciple recites Thirty-Seven Bodhisattva Practices, to his surprise, he learned that as one gives rise to greedy thoughts, one ought to immediately cut them off. However, we often ignore this but improperly regard that one would be greedy just for big things. In fact, it is easier for an ordinary person to refuse a job position with fat salary, as it is obvious for him to know that he should not seek after fame and wealth. However, for  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, no matter a big or small thing is, he truly carries out Buddha-Dhamra in everyday life.

The second story is talking about that when he just started to attend puja of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, he heard that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche giving a dharma talk on the Dharma Throne, just at the opening: “What is Buddha-Dharma? In fact, it is very simple: When you are driving and your car collide with another car, if you think it is the causal conditions between you and the opposite, then you are just learning Buddhism.” He was very shocked to hear this enlightenment. That was a simple sentence. In fact, Buddha-Dharma is just as simple as that. After he heard that, even thought it was a sunny day that day, yet he felt it was more sunshiny in his mind.

Once, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was going to dine together with followers. Before Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche arrived the restaurant, some male followers were reverently waiting by the restaurant’s door. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was to arrive, there was an old lady standing in the doorway, looking around, and acting as if there were no one else present. Those disciples were anxious and hoped the old lady could soon give way. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche walked to her and stopped with a smile, waiting her to leave. The male disciple was shocked by this and also arose repentance for his previous angry thought. The His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mind was not at all moved by the old lady. In Thirty-Seven Bodhisattva Practices, it is saying that one ought to practice endurance. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also gave teachings on endurance: Not merely practice endurance but practice endurance of no anger. And Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche himself just not only practices endurance but practices endurance with no anger at all.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has kept making offerings to His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and doing financial supports to Buddhist temples. Once before Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed a retreat practice, he asked a follower to help him withdraw all the money from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s account in order to take it as an offering to His Holiness. The male disciple was astonished after he heard about this, as he knew Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had family members, had to pay rental fee and the expenses of his company. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still offered all of his money, which is really an offering with the mind of renunciation!

He once attended the Great Snake Year Teachings of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage in India. One night, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche needed to take a rest and instructed the disciples not to disturb him. At the time, there was a senior lama who came to visit Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. This disciple still went to report to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinpoche did not get angry because of the disturbance, and just immediately told this disciple that they should treat the senior lama well and invite the lam to have a tea in the restaurant right away. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then changed into the Dharma suit and went to the restaurant to talk to the senior lama. Later, after the conversation, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave this lama 500 US dollars. This act looks very simple. However, have you ever wondered that if we were there to whom we would give the 500 US dollars? Sometimes, people will think a lot when doing charity. For example, we will do a bit more to those things that can accumulate great merits without equality in mind. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s charity never has discrimination or any thought, just happen naturally.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has once held a puja in Jarlandar, India. After the puja, the India attendees all lined up and went up to the Mandala to receive blessings from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. This disciple finally saw personally what the so-called “viewing sentient beings with compassionate eyes” is. When this disciple saw India people, he often had preconceived views about them and felt a notch above them. However, when blessing the India attendees that day, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, treating all sentient beings equally, always smiled. As long as there were sentient beings being liberated or salvaged, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would be very happy and joyful. Although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was very tired that day, he still lifted his hand high and blessed the attendees one by one, always with a smile on the face. This was very shocking to the disciple; he also felt ashamed of his own thoughts. He also mentioned that every Saturday when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche meets and helps all sentient beings, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always has this mind of equality without any grudge and without asking something for return.

Then he brought up what he had learned; making offering is an opportunity given by the guru for the disciples to accumulate blessings. And the disciples should have a grateful mind and a pure and clean heart. You should make offerings ordinarily and should not make offerings for special matters. He used his own story as an example. His daughter once had a cough which lasted for a month without getting cured. He then brought his daughter to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. After Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche blessed his daughter at her chest and her back, she immediately stopped coughing. Later, once when having a group dinner, he and his wife wanted to express their appreciation to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for curing their daughter’s cough. So they decided to make an offering to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and said, “Thank Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for helping our daughter recover from her illness.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately enlightened them, “So practical?” However, Rinpoche still mercifully received the offering. At the moment, this disciple couple felt ashamed and repented that they should not make offerings just for special matters. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche receiving offerings is to help disciples accumulate their blessings. The offering money received will be used to make other offerings or to support Drikung Kagyu lineage and many charities, and so on.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, with no his regards about fame and blame, has been exhausting his ability in supporting this center and his guru. If there is any challenge to His Holiness Chetsang, to the Drikung Kagyu lineage, or to this center, Rinpoche would actively thrust himself out to face it. In one occasion after a ceremony completed, someone who was a neighbor of the temple came to complain in a loud and unfriendly way, the disciple had left it alone while the other fellow disciple stepped forward to cope with it. Afterwards, in a gathering sometime after that occasion, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche pointed out that anyone who afraid of such a challenge would not be a true Buddhist disciple. In the gathering, Rinpoche had also given another example – back in an eve of 24th December – a troop of Christian came to the temple, that Rinpoche had taken refuge with and been studying Buddhism, to sing a hymn. Faced with such a situation, many of the fellow followers just left it alone, except Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche – he stepped forward and asked them if they could show any power of their holy God? The troop just went away silently. The examples showed that how courageous Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is to protect and support Buddha Dharma and Rinpoche has no any concern about himself. It’s remarkable, indeed. These are also lessons that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche teaches us.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ever said that he always would not afraid of getting into trouble, for example, even under threat of a gun-shot. At first, all the fellow disciples felt that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is so brave. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told them why he did not open the door even under the threat of a gun-shot: Rinpoche believed that if he would have opened the door, many of his colleagues would die in gun-shot. The disciple, in hearing that, was then totally shocked– Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did it wholeheartedly for the others – because the disciple, personally, had not ever heard that one could die for the others. It was something beyond courage; it is something out of compassion, and wisdom.

The disciple continued to share his hearing of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s speech about eight qualities of the mind: faithful mind, repentant mind, forgiving mind, grateful mind, humble mind, compassionate mind, Bodhi mind, and a mind toward Buddha-hood. All of us, the followers, should practice the teachings from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. In addition to the teachings that Rinpoche has enlightened us in Dharma ceremonies, we followers should take Rinpoche’s conducts – act, speech and mind – as a model for daily practices as well; bear in mind Rinpoche’s mercy and kindness; always think of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, think of his compassionate mind toward sentient beings. For example, think of how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche receives believers on each Saturday. We followers should cultivate steady faithfulness and strong belief – all the actions the guru taken is out of Buddha Dharma to benefit the followers and every sentient being, and is for their rescue.

Afterwards, believers and disciples listened reverently to the audio recording of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Dharma teachings on May 25, 2003 regarding the essence of “impermanence”, the meanings of suffering, cause, cessation, path, reincarnation and the sufferings of hell. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened: Last week’s enlightenment of how Buddha Samantabhadra taught us to contemplate and practice impermanence in our daily lives, I hope everyone can truly apply this Dharma to our daily lives. Buddha Shakyamuni said: Of all my disciples, Buddha Stupa and Buddha Sakyamuni, Maudgalyayana are like the precious vase. It is better for you to contemplate and practice condition and impermanence than to offer food or wealth to such holy men. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that the two main disciples, Buddha Stupa and Buddha Sakyamuni, Maudgalyayana, were both holy men. They were Arhats who had realized the siddhi of Four Fruition. The merits of making offerings to the true holy men are incredible. However, the Buddha said that even if you have the causes and conditions to make offerings to such holy men, it is incomparable to contemplating and practicing everyday that all conditioned Dharmas are impermanent. Such merits are even more incredible. It is very easy for those who practice Buddha Dharma to have evil thoughts if they don’t contemplate impermanence and understand that each day they practice conditioned Dharma. Nowadays many people who practice Buddha Dharma in Taiwan hope to have telepathy, super natural power and achieve enlightenment as soon as possible. These are evil thoughts and conditioned Dharma. If practicing with such a attitude, it is every easy for you to have evil thoughts and opinions without the supervision from a guru, who truly practices according to Dharma teachings.

All Dharma teachings taught by the Buddha pinpoint to human being’s bad habits accumulated from past lifetimes. We think that every worldly thing, substances and people will remain unchangeable. Therefore, unceasing afflictions and sufferings come into existence. The Buddha had unceasingly explained us in details the truth of the universe and made us understand correctly the truth that everything is changeable. The modern physics have proved that integrations of all objects are resulted from the interactions of molecules and atoms which generate the external form. One day, the form will decompose again. No matter if it is the human body, all substances or even human thoughts, cultures and customs are all impermanent. Your afflictions and sufferings will reduce gradually only if you contemplate and practice impermanence thoroughly every day.

For example, why the death rate of SARS was very low and yet all people in the world were so frightened of it? It was because the feeling of not being able to control it! We hope to control things in our life such as controlling your spouses, your sons and daughters. True controlling means knowing clearly what he is doing, he must fulfill the things you said and understand clearly what you think. Because you think things are not impermanent so that you want to control. You were scared because the cause of SARS could not be controlled. The second reason why you were frightened was because of the killing karmas from past lives. This time, it was a backlash from the animals we had hurt in our past lives. Their fears while being harmed have returned to us now. Therefore we were even more frightened to this disease. In fact, there were more people died of AIDS than those of SARS. This SARS epidemic was for those who truly practice Buddha Dharma to realize the word of impermanence but not how to extinguish or kill it. Such disease was summoned by us. Our evil hearts naturally would summon bad karmas and our evil deeds would naturally summon evil deeds. Selfish is considered as evil deed. Very often people forget others’ pains because of trying to protect themselves. Why being so selfish? Because they don’t accept impermanence and think that sufferings will never happen to them.

Last year, one believer had an operation because of gallstone. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had advised him come and practice Buddha Dharma two years ago. However, he had an operation last year because he did not listen! This believer said that when he was in the hospital, he was very touched that his wife was there to accompany him everyday. In contrast, no family member had ever visited the patient next to him. That patient moaned everyday because of pain. This believer thought that he was very lucky because his wife loved him very much. He did not waste this life! All these were because of the blessings from Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. After hearing this, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche thought that this person has low capacities and he did not practice Buddha Dharma. Should one have a little bit root of virtue, he would first empathize with that patient for having no family to visit him. One who has better capacities would feel that patient was very painful and hope that his pain could be reduced. One who has higher capacities would hope to help liberate his pain; One who has better capacities would hope to replace his pain through practicing Buddhism; One who has even better capacities would contemplate that all things are resulted from causes and effects, karmic powers and impermanence. Every dribs and drabs in our daily lives can be used to practice Buddhism. Each person realizes differently from listening to Buddha Dharma because of different capacities. Capacities were not born to be like this. Good karma as well as good causes and conditions we have accumulated from past lifetimes are our capacities to practice Buddha Dharma. This root capacities need cultivation, fertilization and water to grow. Buddha Dharma is your fertilizer. Your guru is your water to help your root start to bud. Whether this root is good or not is not eternal. It is impermanent, too. Your capacities will change immediately if you are absolutely reverent to the Three Jewels. In history, there were many practitioners who had no sufficient capacities. Yet they did not think confusedly but following and practicing one hundred percent of their guru’s teachings.

The happiness we own is impermanent, too. Your happiness can be secured only if you can deeply apply impermanence in daily lives. Then you will not conduct things which are beyond morals, ethics, laws and things that should never be done. As a result, you can obtain true happiness for your future. Why Buddha Shakyamuni said that he had never given Buddha teachings after giving teachings forty-nine years later? There were two implications: First of all, because the Buddha did not invent the Dharmas that he had taught. Those Dharmas were passed down by the Buddha in each generation after they had obtained realization generations from generations. Secondly, from contemplating impermanence’s point of view, Buddha Shakyamuni had never given any Dharma teaching. Buddha Shakyamuni told us the means to practice according to sentient beings’ request. Therefore, it is impermanence. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s sitting on the Dharma seat and propagating Buddhism is considered as impermanence, too.

In the face of this SARS epidemic, we should contemplate it with the idea of impermanence, instead of termination of the disease out of fear. Thereby, we are able to apply the idea of impermanence and to understand that this is a ripened karmic result. Naturally, we would accept the law of cause and effect and refrain from committing evil deeds while conducting virtuous ones. If everyone acts accordingly, the SARS will disappear in its natural course. The SARS comprises of spirits of all animals and dragons. These sentient beings were not liberated yet. That’s why they would enter into our bodies and disturb our health. It transforms rapidly for different spirits of animals are included. What adds to it can be a chicken today, a duck tomorrow, or a pig the day after tomorrow, all of which are summoned because of the evil karma, evil deeds, and evil thoughts of human beings. Why have we kept doing vicious deeds? It’s because we believe our bodies will remain unchangeable. We have been poisoned by the advertising slogans saying that children need nutritious food from birth otherwise they would grow up improperly, lack wisdom, and become inferior to others. Such concepts overthrow the laws of cause and effect and impermanence. One doesn’t survive because of food, but of his causes created in the past. One’s life is derived from the merits accumulated by means of refraining from killing and having a virtuous root in the past. If one has enough merits, he can obtain nutrition even by drinking water. If one doesn’t have enough merits, problems will occur even with the best food provided. During the Snake Year Great Teachings, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche personally met with a Tibetan practitioner who had practiced so well as to be able to stop eating and drinking. He was still spirited and could walk from Lhasa to India. Would you say that he hasn’t got nutrition? He was able to dine on meditative joy and didn’t need food.

Although there are 84,000 practice means in Buddhism for the 84,000 afflictive emotions of human beings, they were practiced for the 84,000 channels (tsa) in the human body in terms of Tantras. However, it doesn’t mean that the methods are so many that the results would be different. Even there are Hinayana, Mahayana, and Varjayana in Buddhism, their end results are the same. The differences are in their different methods of practicing Buddhism. Everybody should embrace the idea of impermanence and see clearly whether everything in life is impermanent. Those who desire a comfort seat while listening to the Buddhist teachings must be lazy and wouldn’t be able to change their daily lives. They wouldn’t pay sincere attention to the idea of an impermanent life as well as the matter of life and death. The demand for comfort while listening to the Buddhist teaching is an animal behavior. If one indulges himself in comfort, loves enjoyment, eating, and sleeping, and manifests non-human behavior, always leaning against something while sitting, he will definitely fall into the Realm of Animals in the following life. If these people have heard of Buddha Dharma, they might be reborn as human pets in next lifetime. If not, they might be reborn as stray dogs. Whatever you like, dislike, accept, or refuse to accept while listening to the Buddhist teachings, seeds have ready been sown in your eighth consciousness, Alaya-vijnana, and may sprout in the following life. Nonetheless, if you don’t carry out the practice with sincerity, you will still be in the sea of sufferings of reincarnation. The deities you people pray to are all ghosts, some are probably tens of years old and others hundreds of years old.

When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was 19, his father suddenly died of cardiac arrest. He was seen to go to work in the morning and was reportedly dead by noon. His body was in the morgue already when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche rushed to see him. Thereafter, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche witnessed many incidents coming along with the death and started to wonder what life was. Everyone who comes to this world is destined to meet his or her death. Since we all have to die, why on earth do we come to this world? Does the fact that everyone works and eats form human identity? This question had not been fully answered until Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche came in contact with Buddhism. None of you present have had such a deep experience with death and impermanence, or even think about the question at all. Every practitioner definitely tackles, studies, and explores the search for true meanings of life by beginning with the issues of impermanence and death. This is a fast approach to reach the Buddhist teachings. If one merely wants to satisfy his curiosity, to understand, and to bring positive changes in his life with the Buddhist study, he will gradually deviate from the subject expounded by the Buddha. Contemplating on impermanence and death is the most important way to start one’s Buddhist practice. By such means, you will thereby be able to understand the greatness of the Buddhist teachings. You consider the Buddhist study difficult because you tackle the matter in a wrong way, not because you are illiterate, stupid or unlearned. You have adopted a view derived from mundane phenomena, which thereby make you think that the Buddhist teachings seem to be extremely profound and difficult.

The Buddhist teachings, different from worldly knowledge, are difficult to understand and yet easy to carry out. The teachings are difficult to understand because they are totally different from mundane phenomena. Mundane phenomena are attached to conditions, refusing to let go of any matters, objects, people, feelings, or thoughts considered to be one’s own. On the contrary, the Buddhist teachings say that everything is impermanent. Due to the fact that unconditioned phenomena are totally different from our life experiences, we thereby feel that the Buddhist teachings are very profound while trying to realize them. In fact, the Buddhist teachings are difficult to understand and yet easy to carry out, whereas other religions are easy to understand and difficult to carry out. The core concept of Catholics, Christianity, and Muslim is simple. All you have to do is believe in God. Nonetheless, no matter how you practice, you would feel that God is in great distance because you consider yourself unable to exercise the powers, love, and practices spoken by God. As to Buddhism, the order of the stages is reversed. While you may find it extremely difficult in the beginning, you will feel that you are getting closer to the Buddhas and will find it easy to carry out the teachings later in time as long as you tackle the issue correctly. To be able to make it doesn’t mean that you are loftier or any different than others. It merely means that you have recovered your original appearance. That is why the Buddha says that all sentient beings can attain Buddhahood, which is definitely not a hoax or anything aimed to deceive. It is because we have forgotten our original appearances and gotten used to live our lives with fake appearances, thinking that we are right and thereby causing so many afflictive emotions and sufferings to rise. Being right is impermanent as well. Throughout the history we have seen that all historical figures considered themselves right while making the decisions. Nevertheless, historical evaluation for their decisions definitely varies as each person’s take varies. When you think that you are correct, you should also think about it that how long your correctness can remain? Both argument between couples or irreverence toward Three Jewels stems from the thought that you think you are right and he is wrong.

We should have a broad view of the faults of reincarnation. The purpose of Buddha Sakyamuni’s visit to the Earth is to achieve something great—to help the sentient beings be freed from reincarnation. The Buddha urged and gave instructions again and again in the 49 years. We should never consider the Buddha a deity, superman, or a man of great miraculous powers, for the Buddha is a teacher who teaches us how to leave behind the sufferings in reincarnation. Upon attaining Enlightenment, the Buddha first imparted the teaching of suffering, origin, cessation, and path, Four Noble Truths, the Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination, and then the practice of Bodhisattva Path.

When the Buddha first turned the Dharma Wheel, the Buddha told us that all the sentient beings are the result of concentration and manifestation of sufferings. Every sentient being has eight types of sufferings: suffering of birth, suffering of old age, suffering of sickness, suffering of death, suffering of being apart from the loved ones, suffering of being together with the despised ones, suffering of not getting what one wants, suffering of the flourishing of the Five Skandhas. You people feel happy about birth, but the Dharma eyes of the Buddha contemplate and see that human birth is very painful. Before one enters the womb, he would suffer greatly while clinging to a thought to survive. Once, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw a video clip of a goat. Wolves were trying to hunt down the goat, which thereby jumped off a cliff of 70 or 80 meters in height without any hesitation. The sentient beings might forget about everything when struggling to survive. Just like animals, human beings have strong desires to live. The reason why we have to eat nutritious food, earn as much money as possible, and buy a house is a reflection of our desire to survive. We consider our life safe with all these possessions, just like the goat jumping off the cliff for dear life while being perfectly clear that such action might result in death, same for those who borrow money to buy a house. They knew well the high risks in such a decision, but they still want to do so simply because they feel that it is safer to own a house.

Before gaining a rebirth, a being in the intermediate state doesn’t know to which realm his karmic force will take him. Such suffering from wanting to live is painful. Therefore, the reason why so many sentient beings come whenever Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performs the Chod puja lies in that they have sufferings from wanting to live. People would cry upon hearing Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s recitation of the Six Syllable Mantra. There are many reasons for it. First, the recitation has reopened your virtuous root as if you have reunited with a family member whom you have not seen for a long time and your feelings naturally flowed toward him. It is like your original appearance with which you never consider bringing harm to others. During the mantra recitation, your virtuous root is opened by the practitioner’s compassion. Secondly, you essentially know that it is painful to enter into the cycle of reincarnation and our life is mere suffering, but you refuse to admit the facts. Thirdly, it is because your past relatives and karmic creditors have left you since you attended the puja.

Before a being was born, sufferings are already concentrated. No matter which realm one is in, as long as his consciousness has entered the fetus in the mother’s body, he feels like being in the Hell of Icy Coldness when his mother eats cold food and feels like being in the Hell of Fires when his mother eats hot and spicy food. Being in the womb, water fills his eyes, nostrils, and mouth all the time. He can only eat via the umbilical cord because he can’t eat with his mouth and thereby feels great suffering. The fetus sometimes would kick or punch his mother because he doesn’t like what she eats. The Buddha described a baby’s birth through the birth canal as an experience of trying to squeeze through in between the mountains. When the womb is cut open, the child would experience sudden and greater shock in a caesarean delivery than in a natural delivery. As children delivered by means of caesarean section have experienced shock, they tend to have some developing problems later in time.

Not to mention aging, with which one’s ability falling short of one’s wish. However, some people wouldn’t consider them old but still seek sufferings by taking care of their grandchildren. As to sickness, we all have the experience. All sentient beings get sick and the sufferings from illnesses are innumerable. In particular, even more sufferings arise with modern medical advances. Procedures such as tube insertion and surgical operations resemble scenes at a slaughter house. Those with heavy karma of killing have to undergo surgeries in this life, and those who mistreated animals call for tube insertion.

Buddha once stated: karma of the beings in the degenerate age is particularly significant. If one’s karma is purified and cleaned, one could be free from samsara, transmigrated to Amitabha’s pure land, and then return back to this space after one’s vow is fulfilled.

Nowadays lots of people are hospitalized and treated by inserting nose tube or applying surgery. It’s quite unpleasant experience. Though, the patient’s family would want the patient to survive. Imagine you were a patient with tube inserted, and try to feel it as your parents do. Ignorant as those who consider it’s the right approach to help the ill, people in this degenerate age would be immediately entrapped in a prison of sorrow and suffering.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has not intended to criticize western medication. In fact, such medical treatment is due to accumulated karma of the beings, and it signifies the ill people have accumulated tremendous karma of killing through their past and present lives. Some people would say they have not killed any pigs or chickens. Actually, we have been continually in killing the beings, even if we are vegetarians. Farmers of organic vegetables would do harm to the beings living under the ground, so we must repent. Don’t be proud of as a vegetarian, though you show a little more goodness toward the beings.

Therefore, Buddhas urged we should learn Buddhism as quick as possible. If we live in this world one more day, we would have been consciously or unconsciously killing the beings more. In the Samadhi Water Repentance text, it stated that when one about to open a container of pickling the vegetables, one should avoid to harm the floating living beings inside the container.

Some people consider they have been doing the dharma practices very well and have much mantra reciting in everyday, so they wonder why get illness? The reason is we are constantly involved in taking lives of the beings. As long as we stay in this earth, it would be quite difficult to stop it. Therefore, to minimize the possibility of taking lives of the beings, we start actions by taking vegetarian diet. And also avoid to initiate or to take part in any idea to kill.

When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche began learning Esoteric Buddhism, once in a dream a guru told him to recite a mantra every time before taking meals. Though the guru spoke in Tibetan, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who does not speak Tibetan yet however could clearly tell the title of the mantra. The next day, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked some other Rinpoche if there is such a mantra? Though the answer is yes, the Rinpoche was surprised because the mantra would not be transferred to any Han Chinese. In that dream, at first Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was sitting behind some lama. When the old guru come and taught Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to recite the mantra, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then become sitting in front of the other lamas. That is, if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche want to escape from live and death, he must know the mantra because even with an amount of a single bite of the meal some certain live of the beings had to be sacrificed. Therefore, before taking meals Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche must bless the meals in order to stop hatred from those beings. With this story hinted, it could be complicated to accomplish true goodness.

Sakyamuni Buddha once gave teachings through a story as following. On day, Buddha Sakyamuni was walking and accompanied by his disciples. Ahead, there was a flock of pigeons staying. When those pigeons were aware of Sakyamuni, they moved toward Sakyamuni, surrounding Sakyamuni Buddha. But when a disciple of Sakyamuni walked toward the pigeons, they simply flew away. The disciple asked the Buddha that he had stopped killing in this lifetime, why the pigeons were frightened of him? Buddha Sakyamuni explained that the accumulated karma of killing of the disciple was not cleaned and purified yet, thus in his mind there were seeds and ideas of killing existing inside. So, pigeons were frightened by him and flew away, in contrast to him Sakyamuni had not any seeds or ideas of killing.

Today if we get illness, it is because of the deeds of killing through our past lives. So, we might suddenly get hurted, beat by the others, get diarrhea et al, all of them is due to deeds of killing. If we learn Buddhism in this life and stop the killing, what benefit could be obtained? We could stop creating new debts and, furthermore, the old debts could be paid back in some more time.

In Kṣitigarbha Sutra, Kṣitigarbha instructed all the good deities to protect the pregnant women and the fetus. However, the beings are so ignorant that they have killed living fish and chickens to have nutrition. Also, it stated in sutras and Buddhist texts that Kṣitigarbha sent good deities to protect women in labor delivery from any harmfulness by ghosts that would otherwise suck the blood or take the flesh. However, during the post childbirth confinement month, how much they have killed and taken? How much they further killed for the ceremony of confinement-month completion? Even though you might not be married yet, think about your mother, your grandmother that how much they have done for you? How much karma was generated for us?

Therefore, it is almost not possible that we will be free from sickness. Even the Buddha Sakyamuni showed illness to us before his nirvana. Was the Buddha really sick? Not really. Buddha showed illness to the beings to tell you he had completely cleaned the karma of killing accumulated in his past lives. With some certain motivation, Buddha did it to tell us that human will experience the cycle of birth, age, sickness and death. Here the most important message is the Buddha also had deeds of killing in some far past lives, and the cyclic result of the karma had come to an end before Buddha’s nirvana. Buddha Sakyamuni manifested it for us.

If your elder families are feeling ill or going to pass, don’t be sad. If you are of some wisdom, you should immediately have a foreboding about the consequence of their karma. You should recite names of Buddhas on their behalf and attend pujas as best as you could to help clean their karma in this life. If they have the merits, a right doctor for curing will be met, spontaneously.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche took an example that a woman who had ovarian cancer relied on the doctor but passed away recently. Before her passing, she even did not encounter the condition to receive a nectar pill. She was a nurse. In three days before her passing, her son and relatives come to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her son that there were only three days remained and instructed her son to ask the father if her mother should take a nectar pill to save her from falling into three lower realms? His father refused. All of these are subject to her own conditions and her fortune. She did pass away in the third day. Today here by listening to the Buddha Dharma, it would help us accumulate the merits so as to access to a reliable teacher and obtain the teacher’s help when passing away, which would be otherwise refused by our own families. A sister-in-law of the ovarian cancer patient did come and ask for help. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche advised her to bring back a nectar pill, she simply refused and responded that it would choke the patient. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her that she should not take the nectar pill due to their causes and conditions. It is a real example that the patient’s families would refuse the opportunities for her.

Though you could not see your own past lives. In present life if ever you have the deeds of killing, you can’t be free from sickness. Even if you simply kill an ant, the bad karma will be accumulated except that you could have attained the stage as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who could liberate its consciousness. Therefore, if you suddenly get hurt such as scoring, bumping injury or car accidents, that would be originated by your own deeds of killing. Furthermore, even if your body can be healthy, your wealth would be plundered or reduced through unexpected reasons. Buddha told us that your wealth was on the hold by the five thieves, one of which is our children. Most of our descendants born in the family in order to exhaust our wealth, while only a few come to requite favors for us, especially in such degenerate age.

The forth is death. At this moment you are alive, but you have been worried of death. Ask yourself is it bitter or not? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often went to hospitals to help those dying people. Each of them, faced with death, experienced deep struggling in their mind. The suffering is originated by not accepting impermanence while they were alive. So they had struggled to death, and they hope to stay one more second in the world. Therefore, don’t say be brave to them or ask them to survive. The more your saying that, the much more bitterness they would experience.

When we are going to pass away, from the beginning state of dying to the state that consciousness leaves the physical body, there would be pretty much sorrow and suffering. The states are not explored in the exoteric Buddhism, but in esoteric Buddhism those who have practiced Phowa rituals are aware of the dying states. Each of sentient beings, including animals, would experience the suffering from the four aspects of body decomposition which are ground, wind, liquid and fire. For example, patients of SARS would be suffered to the death because they could not breathe. It is analogous to the situation when a fish was trapped and forced to leave water, then the fish would open its mouth widely to take breath. People who contracted SARS must have planted bad karma by fishing or by killing fish in this present life or in their past lives. It tells causes and effects.

The dissolution of the fire element is easier to understand. Before the dissolution of his fire element, this person will sometimes feel hot and sometimes feel cold. Therefore, before dying, the patient still feel hot even the air-conditioning is turned on higher, and he is lying in bed without a blanket or clothes and also is blowing by a small fan at his bedside. After a few days, the patient would feel cold. Regardless being covered by how many layers of blankets, he would still feel cold even the air-conditioning is turned off. Such cold is so chilly as it comes out from the bone. Such a phenomenon is the dissolution of the fire element. Those who ever caught bad cold should have experienced such a feeling. The hot and cold feeling of the dissolution of the fire element is more ten thousand times serious than that of catching bad cold. Such feeling of coldness is like staying in a refrigerator. Such feeling of warmness is like one’s skin is peeled off.

Each of the dissolution of the four major elements is very painful. Sometimes we may see the entire body of a patient goes into spasms. This is the dissolution of the earth element because his inner air channels are cut off one by one.

After the dissolution of the four major elements finish, it is also very painful to inhale the last breath but fail to make it. It is like a man buries his head beneath the water and can’t breathe. After his last breathe, the time when his outer air ceases but inner air does not, he will suffer many pains too. The red and white bindu inside our body meet and turn upside down, by which we will feel the suffering the collapse of the insight world. We will feel like the mountain is collapsing, ground is riving, the sky and land is shaking. We would also feel a great amount of weight upon us. Our bodies are going to break into pieces.

The feeling that we will have after the dissolution process and right before our consciousness leave the body is like the pain a turtle felt when its body was abruptly pulled out from the shell. It is like our finger nails are pressed or pulled out. Therefore, the dying process is very painful. Those who commit suicide thought everything would end and be unrelated to themselves by killing themselves. This is incorrect. The details will be given later when talking about the Realm of Hell.

Those who do not achieve accomplishment in tantric practices will suffer much pain during the dying process. Reciting the Buddha name constantly is the way to reduce such a suffering in the Pure Land School. There is no particular method for this in Zen School. Tantric Phowa Dharma could help us reduce such a suffering to the least, and much faster than the method of Pure Land School. The process of being born, aging, sick, and dying would be experienced by every one.

“The suffering of separating from loved ones”. Those we love most and we will separate eventually. When an unmarried girl come to ask the result of being with a given boy, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always tell her the result is separation. Separation includes that our children leave us, our spouse pass away earlier than we. You will or must have experienced such a suffering since you have parents or spouse.

“The sufferings of meeting with those who are not dear” refers to the sufferings of meeting with people that you hate in previous lives. Without animosity or hatred accumulated from past lifetimes, your family members wouldn’t be living together under one roof. The karmic creditors actually are your family members, not others, who appear to take revenges or collect debts, or repay the kindness or the debts. Therefore, the one you love most might be your enemy in previous life and come to fix you in this life. Sometimes the one you dislike become your supervisor, subordinates, or even the spouse. We all experienced such a suffering.

We all have the suffering of “not finding what we desire”. We all ever wish to obtain something but can’t fulfill the wish eventually in our life. Everyone is dreaming everyday, dreaming to gain something in the future. But it happens very often that only one of ten wishes could not be achieved.

The eighth suffering is the suffering of the five aggregates. We have strong demanding for the outer because of our eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and body. Therefore, we unceasingly work very hard in order to satisfy the senses of the 5 organs. For example, we want to dress good clothes, live in a good house. Help your son have house to live in as much as possible no matter how difficult it is. This also includes unceasingly destroy the body in order to satisfy all of our desires.

We were born with these eight kinds of sufferings, no one can escape from these. Therefore, in the first turning of Wheel of the Dharma, Buddha taught all human beings very clearly that the human body is the unity of sufferings. It is not used to enjoy, instead is he gathering of all sufferings. To cease the cause of the sufferings, we have to practice the Buddhist path. This is so-called suffering, cause, and path. The path here is not the Taoist path. The path is to the Buddhist path that we should practice by Buddhist teachings so all the sufferings as well as their causes could be eliminated.

In Tibetan Buddhism, it takes more than theories to carry out the Four Noble Truths (suffering, origin, cessation, and path). The practice of the five-fold four preliminaries is a must in the Drikung Kagyu Lineage. If one is able to complete the four preliminaries in accord with the Buddhist teachings in this life, he will be able to carry out the Four Noble Truths successfully, attain the siddhi of Arahat, and be freed from the cycle of birth and death. If one, such as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, cultivates diligently and is not afraid of hardships, he will conduct the skillful means of the Six Yogas of Naropa and enter a further phase in practice. Created by Naropa, one of the lineage masters of Kagyu tradition, the Six Yogas of Naropa includes the practice of Phowa. The name “Phowa”, a transliteration directly from Sanskrit, actually means transference of consciousness, which is to transfer one’s consciousness from the Saha World to Buddha Amitabha’s Pure Land. Phowa, the most important practice in the Six Yogas of Naropa, is highly valued by the lineage masters of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage. The Chod puja also includes the Phowa.

With deaths following births and births following deaths, we can never transcend the reincarnation. The reincarnation is like a turning water wheel. We are bonded by karmic forces and afflictions. The changes in our hearts manifest the vast and ceaseless reincarnation of the six realms, from the highest Realm of Heavens to the Hell of Avici. Therefore, we have to accept and affirm the truth of reincarnation. As stated in the Buddhist sutras, those who don’t believe in reincarnation have a wrong view because reincarnation is something that does exist rather than a mere invention by the Buddhas. All humans, animals, a table or even an object will enter into the cycle of reincarnation. As we strongly long for living, it means the likelihood of entering into the cycle of reincarnation is higher than others.

We have to see through and understand the matter of birth and death in hopes to cut off our cycle of birth and death and to control our future birth and death by ourselves. The matter of birth and death is controlled by ourselves rather than by the Buddhas.

The reincarnation rotates because of the sentient beings’ hearts. In the US, Europe, England, a lot of documents have revealed detailed records that people know their previous lives. In Taiwan, it is trendy to examine our previous lives, but the result is 100% fake. If one really knows about his own previous life, he should know the birthplace, name, deeds committed, the happiest and most painful events, and names of parents so as to have proofs for his knowledge of a previous life.

In fact, knowing your own previous life won’t help you practice in this life. Nonetheless, we can make a deduction from this notion that people do have their past, so will they have their future. The Buddha taught us a theory that our current life didn’t come out of the blue but took place along with a lot of causes and conditions in the past. When this life comes into existence, it depends on the efforts you take throughout this life so as to control your future lives. If you practice in accord with the teachings and learn Buddhism, you will be confident to control your future lives. However, if you are perfunctory in your Buddhist study and do not follow the teachings, you will not gain the control and will still be reincarnated in the six realms. In order to be freed from the cycle of birth and death, it definitely takes more than mere words or a few actions.

The number of friends and money you make in this life are related to causes you created in previous lives. As long as you stay in your job, do what you have to do, and show your sincerity well, there will always be opportunities for you. Therefore, when we realize that we should study Buddhism in this life, we should avoid wasting our time on boring matters. We should do our best to make use of our free time to contemplate the Buddhist teachings we have heard, to carry them out in our lives, and not to repeat our mistakes. Don’t repeatedly come to apologize.

We people only have three matters to rely on in our lives. Firstly, the karmic force. We have brought with us to this life the karma we created in previous lives. The second one is the afflictions. We have also brought with us the afflictive emotions from previous lives. We wish that we could grow up quickly when we were young and look better in our adolescence. Then, we want to get married, to have children, to own a business, to make money, to buy a house, and to enjoy fame, all of which are nothing but afflictions.

We have found it difficult to fall asleep with such afflictions and our hearts are filled with agitation. Thereby, all these afflictions will be followed by secondary afflictions, which are generated because we have fixed afflictions, and we will have to follow such afflictions. For example, when we don’t have any children, we try our best to get married and to become pregnant. Once we are pregnant, we then start to think who we should seek to take care of the child and how much it will cost if we hire someone to do the job. All these are called secondary afflictions. We always look for afflictions on our initiatives. How much is it a month to pay for a baby sitter? Such worry is a kind of derived affliction, yet we all like to make acquaintance with afflictions.

If you plan to have children, you have to think about it clearly. You shouldn’t ask your parents to take care of your children. It’s an extreme violation of the filial piety. Your parents have been working hard for tens of years; you shouldn’t require them to look after your kids. However, most people are so selfish to make up excuses: “I need to buy a house and pay for the mortgage. My mother is still in good health and she really sees her grandson as a treasure so she must be willing to take care of my son.” All the elderly people should stop being taken advantage of by your children. This is so-called derived affliction, which is the affliction follows the fundamental affliction. For instance, some college students can graduate in four years but still decide to continue post graduate studies. Why? He is afraid of entering work force and not finding a job. He also fears that the salary isn’t as good as he expects and that others’ behaviors might agitate him.

Thus, our life is actually related to only three things: karma, affliction, and derived affliction.

Because we rely on these things, new negative karma would ensue and new suffering will be created. For we rely on such new suffering, new affliction will also appear. Such cycle is also a kind of reincarnation. In fact, we don’t have to know reincarnation after we die. When we are alive, we have been experienced repeated reincarnations in our afflictions, suffering, and karma.

There are twenty-four kinds of feeling that can’t be controlled by our mind; one of them is the feeling of hunger. You can’t escape hungry feeling. Nor can you quit the feeling of sleepiness. Therefore, as we think we are happy enough, we still have physical pain that exists in our daily life. Where is the happiness located in our daily life? Even if there is true happiness, it’s short lived. More importantly, such temporary happiness may cost long-term suffering. Thus, Buddha is clear on such matter that we indeed live in suffering every day.

Sutra has depicted “ever since the beginninglessness and reincarnation, all sentient beings can become my karmic creditors.” It means that all sentient beings, including those in the six realms, had been resented by or intimate with me. And the number of sentient beings who once was my mother is countless. Many people can’t accept such fact because you think you have been human beings in all your previous lives. You think even if you had one hundred past lives, you can only have one hundred mothers. This is not true. Buddha Sakyamuni said he had been a monkey, a bear, a deer, and a peacock. Even for Buddha Sakyamuni, he could be reborn as animals in four past lives. Given our meager merits and virtues, why can’t we? If we are reborn as a bee, an ant, or a bug, our life can at best last for one or two months. After passing as insects, we will be reborn as insects as well.

The idea of beginninglessness depicted in Sutra indicates that we had been in the cycles of reincarnation since the time we can’t fathom. Even for Buddha, he can’t explain such idea about time, which implies that the time can’t be calculated by human beings. We think that the history of the earth is about 45 hundred million years. Actually, what Buddha said about the history is many times longer than this number. Even it’s true that the history of the earth is about 45 hundred million years, how many times we had reincarnated on earth? That’s why Buddha said a great many of sentient beings once were our mothers. So the chicken, fish, or port we consume might be our family members or mothers. Eating their meat is eating yourselves. That’s why Buddha has persuaded us not to eat meat.

Nagarjuna said: All the skeletons of past lives can be piled up as high as a mountain; the number of our mothers is numerous. So if we can’t be filial to our mothers of this life and further cause troubles for them, how can we be compassionate toward sentient beings? All sentient beings could be my mothers in previous lives. So we need to help them to be liberated. In order to help them be liberated, we have to be liberated first. That’s why Buddha said as we practice Buddhism to the final, most illuminating state, we’d understand all sentient beings are with us in the equal body.

That’s the meaning of “great compassion of the equal body.” We see many different images of sentient beings in the six realms. But Buddha sees the essence of all sentient beings is the same and the different images are simply the reflections of our mind. According to physics theory, the structure of all atoms and molecules is the same. All objects had been undergone a process of fission, including our bodies. Human body, perceptual by our eyes, is the final, outer image of the process of cell division. All in all, human body is originated from one cell. All affairs, objects and human beings are resulted from atomic or molecule fission. Before such process is finished, we are all the same. Why shall we differentiate you, me, and him?

If one makes a very clear distinction of you, me, and him, one is thinking as an ordinary person. If one can further know that you, me, and him is just generated by the manifestation of the force of karma, then one is a little more advanced. If one can advance further, he will have contemplated that you, me, and him are just thoughts from the mind. If one can advance even further, he will come to what Buddha had said in the Diamond Sutra, “there is no distinction for all sentient beings.” All sentient beings are manifestations of karma, causes and conditions. If we always distinguish sentient beings, our compassion will not rise up.

Those who are medical practitioners and educators must sacrifice and dedicate themselves since they will also go through the processes of birth, old age, sickness, and death. When one sees a patient’s pain today, if one considers the pain as his own and takes care of the patient carefully, then he is a practitioner and breaks the distinction of sentient beings. Naturally, he will not cause any bad karma. If you are unwilling to sacrifice and dedicate yourself today, the reason is very simple. It is because you think he and you are two separate beings. So when you feel that his behaviors and speeches are not what you want, your compassion towards him will immediately disappear.

Today when we live in this world, we obtain rewards and salaries through many activities. These are obtained because of our virtues and charities from our past lives and our mind of service and contribution in this life. Hence, we have to use this mind during our work. When you help your boss and serve other people, you are helping and serving yourself such that you will obtain payments.

The principles enlightened by Buddha are just the methods one can do in one’s daily life. They do not need to be described with many great arguments or special terminologies to confuse people, but just directly corresponds with one’s life. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche needs to perform retreats and leave the crowd because of wanting to be a teacher. So these are necessary. Before you can reach this level, you need to first use Buddha dharma in your daily life. Simply speaking, eating, dressing, walking, and working are all Buddha dharma. All things are considered for other people; all things are done for other people; these are just Buddha dharma. If everything is done only for you yourself, then that is the method of an ordinary person.

Doing for others will not lose a lot. Before Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche practiced Buddha dharma, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often do things for others. Later, every time there is distress, someone will invariably come to help. Therefore, do not be afraid of being in a disadvantageous position. We must lose our advantages, yield to other people, be honest, and be sincere. Those who practices with such methods can gradually cultivate their compassions.

If a Buddhist practitioner who has vowed to propagate Buddhism dares to walk into a hospital where patients need his help, how much compassion is there in him? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche went to hospitals to help patients not because he wanted to become famous for his compassion, but because he felt the patients’ pain as if it were his own. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche hoped to eliminate patients’ pain immediately. Recently, a widely acclaimed temple was closed and the authorities forbad monks to go out. If ordained practitioners are afraid of SARS, they shouldn’t be ordained, not to mention their vow to provide service to all sentient beings.

To enter into reincarnation is to be sentenced to an eternal prison, as though in a solitary journey without possibility of turning back. In reincarnation, we suffer from endless sorrow caused by karmic power, unsatisfying longing caused by desires, and infinite pain caused by continuous birth and death.

There are three realms in reincarnation: the realm of sensuous desire, the realm of form and the realm of formless. We, including Jade Emperor, Jesus, and God, were born in the realm of sensuous desire. The beings in heaven realm still have human physical forms which embody a great deal of craving; they lead a much more joyful life there than people in the human realm. Those who practice Buddhist or non-Buddhist Zen in a wrong way will enter into the realm of form where beings’ desire is much less to the extent that there left only outer images. What’s left in the beings of the realm of formless is their consciousness; they don’t even possess outer images. All beings in these three realms will still fall into the cycles of reincarnation. Even if you can practice Zen very well, it’s possible that, simply because of a faulty thought, you’ll fall into the realm of formless when passing away. Beings in the ultra most realm, neither-perception-nor-non-perception, will still fall into reincarnation.

The definition of being ordained is the decision to abandon the homes in the three realms in this life. There are four categories of being ordained. First, both your body and mind are not ordained, which means your body doesn’t reveal the images of monks or nuns and your mind is not determinate, either. Secondly, your body and mind are ordained. Thirdly, your body is not ordained but your mind is. For instance, Rinchen Dojree Rinpoche doesn’t display an image of a monk, but he has firmly decided to forgo the homes leading him into reincarnation. Fourthly, your body is ordained but not your mind. We ought to cultivate our mind to become the third kind of practitioners; even our bodies don’t look like monks or nuns, our mind is certain. If we have the conditions to be ordained, we’d already be so.

You must be sure to abandon the home of reincarnation in this life. If you have a slice of inclination to stay in this world, you can’t be liberated even you’ve learned Phowa. It’s because you are afraid of dying so that your consciousness would be lingering. Don’t fear of the thought of being ordained. It doesn’t mean that you should give up working, going to schools, getting married or having children. These affairs are causes and conditions resulted from previous lives; those people gathering around you are to pay back karmic debts or redeem their karmic credits. These interactions must occur. You don’t have to mind that with families you can’t be liberated. Only those who practice pure Zen have to discontinue any sexual desire. That’s why, in Zen school, since Bodhidharma all practitioners have to display ordained images. However, there are a lot of methods to liberate those who practice Bodhisattvas’ path at home. Don’t misunderstand that learning Buddhism has to practice the Dharma of purity. The Great Treasury of Scriptures states that if you practice Bodhisattvas’ path and if you have the causes and conditions to have families, you can’t refuse to fulfill your obligations. It’s because you ought to bring such causes and conditions to an end in this life. If the causes and conditions determine you to live as lay people, don’t live your life as if you are ordained practitioners. It’s because you’d violate the precept of not lying. Buddhas didn’t teach us to cause others’ sorrow because we want to learn Buddhism. We ought to follow our causes, not attempting to twist them. How to cultivate your mind is the most important practice. Your appearance is the least important.

You haven’t accumulated the causes to be ordained for your karma is still very influential and you need to pay back karmic debts. Even so, you should be clear why you learn Buddhism. It is to be liberated from the home of reincarnation. You must be certain about this. Therefore, no matter how harsh or smooth of your life, the conditions will not alter your path to practice Buddhism. If you are not certain, it’ll be easy for you to give up the path when difficulties emerge. Suffering is the nature in the three realms of reincarnation. If you want to avoid suffering, you’ll never be free from reincarnation.

Your kind conducts can accumulate merits that only help you enter into the realm of heaven, but it’s suffering, too. At the beginning living in the realm of heaven, you’ll fell happiness, but eventually you must fall into hells. The reasons are following. First, beings in the heaven realms are with supernatural powers, with the knowledge to know they are dying so that their hatred emerges. Secondly, as they are dying, all friends and family members will desert them because their hair will become a mess and their bodies will emit foul smells. Additionally, beings in the heaven realms realize that they will fall into the hells. As a result, they would often slander Buddhism. Most beings in the heaven realms had practice Buddhism. Especially for those who in the realm of formless think their practice can attain nirvana. So when they find out that it is not true, they’d become disrespectful toward Buddha Dharma. No matter how long the beings stay in the heaven realms, they will eventually enter into the cycles of reincarnation.

Thus, the purpose to learn Buddhism isn’t for obtaining supernatural powers, nor is it for gaining correspondence. It’s for terminating the cycles of reincarnation. You should frequently think of the truth that reincarnation is suffering and decide to depend on Buddha Dharma and your Guru to practice till you attain Buddhahood.

Those who are with loaded hate in them will usually enter into hells after they die. Hatred can be embedded in your speech, action, and thought. Before you become angry, your blood races upward to cause your face reddened and the feeling of your heart being on fire. If you are used to such kind of sensations because of your loaded hate, when you die you’ll be dragged by karmic power to fall into hells and suffer. The hell of fire wasn’t created by Yama-raja or Bodhisattvas to punish humans. If you don’t accumulate such karma of hatred and even if you enter such the hell of fire, you’ll not feel a thing. Those people who have been killing sentient beings, not filial to parents, disrespectful to Three Jewles, squabbled with others, corrupted, and broken five precepts will fall into hells after passing. That’s why the Buddha said the number of sentient beings in the hells is equivalent to how many snow flakes in a snowing day. It’s countless. It’s not difficult for you to enter into hells. Only one thought will do.

If your family is diagnosed with cancer, don’t conceal the fact to him. You can ask his doctor to inform him the news. If he doesn’t know the fact until he is dying, he will hate you for not telling him. He’d think if you tell him as soon as possible, he can search for better doctors or different treatments. He may even think of learning Buddhism earlier. If he holds such hatred thought, he’ll fall in a hell after passing unless any spiritual friends can come for his rescue. 99 % of cancer patients will enter into hells after death. If one dies of cancer, one must have accumulated severe karma of killing. If a teacher doesn’t mindfully teach his students, according to the law of cause and effect, he’s corrupted and with poisoned heart. He’d die with a great deal of suffering. When a patient is in a coma, his consciousness is actually still working and thinking why you don’t help me out. “Didn’t you tell me the illness is curable?” he might think. Therefore, if you have cancer family, you ought to tell him the truth. Even if he can’t accept the fact, he won’t blame you for not telling him.

Most of the cancer patients died of shocks; being diagnosed with cancer doesn’t necessarily imply death. The lama who taught Chod puja to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche passed away because of stomach cancer, but he didn’t have any surgery nor chemotherapy. Instead, he was meditating while passing. On average, every nine minute one person would die of cancer in Taiwan, which fact is more horrific than SARS. Why? We polluted water, we liked to barbecue, we ate fish, we have killed animals, we have been unkind and so on. With all these causes, it’s highly possible that we’d have cancers. With a single thought of doing all of such things, we’d enter into hells after we die.

There is a story in Tripitaka. There was an accomplished Buddhist practitioner who temporarily lived in a Buddhist temple. In the evening, he smelled a burnt odor beside the window. When he opened the window to look for the smell, he saw a ghost who was a monk. The body of the ghost was confined by shackles and the shackles were on fire. The accomplished practitioner asked the ghost why he had attained such karmic retribution. The ghost answered that he had been the temple’s abbot in his previous life; once someone had offered a large sum of money designated for building the Buddha statue in the big hall, but he diverted the money to construct the monk’s dormitory. He did not steal the money, but he broke his promise; so he was fallen into the Three Evil Realms. Fortunately, he had accumulated enough virtues and finally obtained the help of sutra chanting from the accomplished practitioner to be liberated. You should think in this life how many times you had broken your promises to other people and let them be disappointed.

When you are listening Buddha dharma here, it is not just you, a single person, are listening, your karmic relatives and creditors in past lives are all listening as well. If you respect the Three Jewels, your karmic relatives and creditors in past lives will all be liberated. They will come to help you if they have had joyful hearts. If you lean lazily on your seat, fall asleep, or are disrespectful such that they cannot be liberated and are cut off from the causes and conditions of this virtue, your ancestors will get angry and punish you. You are not only let yourself down, but also let your ancestors down. Scientists have dug the bones of a man who lived 9000 years ago in Scotland and found the people in the nearby village who possessed the same genes. Speaking in terms of void, 9000 years is very short. So how many ancestors do you have? Hence, it is not that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche likes to reprimand you, it is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knows extremely clear that it is very easy for you to fall into the Realm of Hell. If one still lives negligently, one will fall into the Realm of Hell very easily. This is not because of the punishment from the King of Hell; it is because of the forces and the effects of your own karma.

Now there are many people who make their hairs disordered and upturned, just like the appearance of sentient beings in the hell of fire. Whatever appearance you have in your lifetime, when you die, you will go to a place occupied by sentient beings of the same appearance. If one’s face has sharp angles, one will become a cow, a sheep, or a rhinoceros in one’s future life. Your face has not changed since your mind has not changed. One who likes to do odd things will have an odd mind. Your appearance would simply reflect your mind. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had met a young woman who had a nose ring and eight holes on her ear. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked her if she had seen any rich lady who had the same things. “No”, the woman replied. “So, with these holes, you will not be rich and no man will pursue you.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said. Listening to this, she immediately took off the nose ring. One will show the appearance after one’s death while you are still alive. Buddha does not lie to us. If you unfortunately fall into the Realm of Hell, you will be there for at least 1000 years of human being’s time. So the proverb of “the entrance to the Realm of Hell will be opened and closed in July” in Taiwan’s custom is not true.

Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche went on to describe the sufferings in all kinds of hells. In some hells, the sentient beings are pierced through by a thorny iron fork and burning by fire; it is just like roasting a duck with the duck oil dropping. So do not barbecue. Do not think that everyone is doing the same, so it does not matter, and nothing will happen. There is a child here who had followed someone to barbecue next to a river bank. The activity hurt dragons there. When the child came back home, he got an incurable disease which could not be cured by doctors. And the child was saved by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Those who love to eat Teppanyaki will be grilled on an iron plate in the hell after their death. Do not think that an animal is dead so it does not matter to burn or barbecue it. Some sentient beings still cherish their bodies after their death; their souls may leave the bodies or may not. When their bodies are cut or barbecued, they will be very painful. Even if their souls leave the bodies, they will still feel the pain. Perhaps in one hundred killed fishes, there are forty-five fishes whose souls have not left. If one cooks or fries them, one’s karmic retribution after one’s death will be the same as those fishes. In fact, one does not have to wait for one’s death in order for the karmic retribution to happen; the burns one has suffered are also related to one’s killing karma.

In the classification of hot hells, there is one called Great Howling hell and one called Howling hell. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once went to bless the patients at about half past eight o’clock in the evening in the department of oncology in National Taiwan University Hospital. When one of the patients started to scream because of physical pains, the other patients followed suit and began to cry out one after another. Their screams were very miserable, the same as the screams in the “Howling hell”, and just like the howls of pigs and cows being killed. Those who had done much killing would cry out much more miserably, especially those who had enjoyed killing.

In some hells, there is a large iron pot as large as one billion worlds; the liquid inside the iron pot is some burning, molten bronze; and sentient beings are cooked and boiled inside, as we are cooking live animals. There is also knife forest hell and iron forest hell. Some hells are on earth, some on other planets, and some in the deep sea. Hence, so deep-sea fish may have a ghost or a dragon attached to it. The diabetes some people have are caused by eating such fishes.

Tibetans do not eat fish, first because some fishes are the incarnations of dragon; second, the karma of fish is relatively heavy; third, fishes have helped Tibetans. There is sky burial as well as water burial in Tibet. In water burial, the remains of the deceased are eaten by fishes for decomposition.

There are also eight types of cold hells. The sentient beings in these hells have thin skins and protruding eyes; they are very painful with freezing wind blowing them, causing them covered by blisters in their bodies. It is called the hell of blisters. This is the hell entered by greedy sentient beings. This is as if we saw things we liked very much and wanted to possess them, we would make a deep breath involuntarily and our heart would feel cool. Or when we met a person we liked and hoped that he would speak what we liked to hear, we would inhale while waiting. But if our idea did not get satisfied or even got rejected, we would feel like entering a freezer. This is just that kind of feeling. There is also sneezing hell, tighten-teeth hell (tighten one’s teeth due to extreme coldness) etc. All of these are the sufferings of the cold hells.

The life span of the sentient beings in the cold hells is very long. You can imagine a bucket full of sesame seeds and you will take one seed out every one hundred years. The life span is the long time lasted until you have taken out all the seeds.

There is also the cultivated-tongues hell. The tongue of the beings there is very long and there is an iron plow scraping the tongues. The tongue will be scraped again after the wound is healed. This is much more painful than biting one’s tongue. If one stirs up disputes, sets one person against another, lies to the guru, or breaks one’s promises, one will fall into this hell. A salesperson should not deceive and should tell people all the advantages and disadvantages of a product and let them choose themselves. Buddha did not say that one should not make money; but one should not make unreasonable money and should not take advantage of others when they are in pains, such as driving up the price of masks during the SARS outbreak, stealing a few pounds here a few ounces there when selling produce, or stealing cement and reinforcing bars during construction.

Talking about these does not mean to intimidate you. It is to remind everyone to live the life seriously and never become loose in everyone’s body, speech, and mind.

The locations lived by the beings of the realms of hell or ghost are uncertain. Some are caught in the mountain rocks; some are frozen in the ice; some are boiled in the hot spring; some are reborn in brooms, jars, doors, columns, kitchen range, and other items. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had seen many of such kinds. There are also ghosts attached to the toys, jewelry, keys, and clothes. If one does not do virtuous deeds and has heavy karma of killing, one will buy such goods unexpectedly. Such a person will need to accumulate enough virtues in order not to buy such things. This is not that ghosts will harm people, it is just that ghosts will absorb people’s energy. When you go out in the wild, do not take things home; some sentient beings are in the stones.

Once there was a person who had heart problems. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw that he had taken photos frivolously in front of a Buddhist temple; it happened that there was a funeral inside the temple, so the ghost was attached to him. There was also a person who had a headache and was being chased in his dreams. The reason was that when traveling in Myanmar, he had told dirty jokes in front of the door of a house and he had kicked the door. There was also a boy who always dreamed of flying an aircraft to fight against an American airplane. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw that there was a part in his family which caused the trouble. The reason was that his father had disassembled some aircraft and had taken the disassembled part as a souvenir. The trouble was resolved after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed him to throw the part out.

Therefore, we should respect all people and things when we are outside since everything has its owner. The most important thing is to observe your level of stopping evil deeds and doing virtuous deeds.

There are ten directions in the dharma-realm. The scientist researchers have proved 5 of the dimensions. The dharma-realms of the ten directions include the sentient beings in the six realms, voice-hearers, solitary realizers, Bodhisattvas, and Buddhas. The dharma-realms of the ten directions coexist at the same time. Therefore, the ghosts, the gods, Bodhisattvas, and Buddhas know every thought you arise and every ideas you generate. If your thoughts are virtuous and your conducts are virtuous as well, the ghosts and the gods not only will not hurt you, but also respect you.

The hospitals are the place where there are many ghosts. Therefore, don’t bring your children to the hospitals unless it is necessary. It is because people are put into the refrigerators immediately after they die. Some who do not want to leave will stay in the hospitals. They will not hurt us; therefore, there is no need to be afraid of them if you are virtuous in thoughts. The heads and shoulders of those who have sought refugee will emanate light. If they conduct all deeds fully complied with the teachings, the Dharma Protectors will come to protect them. Among them, those who are afraid of ghosts still must still have greed, hatred, and ignorance. Why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is often waken up by the midnight phone calls and then always perform Phowa Dharma without fears is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche possess least greed, hatred, and ignorance and therefore are not afraid of ghosts.

January 3, 2011

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over an auspicious puja of Thirty-five Buddhas Repentance Ritual and Dorje Phurba at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Kyoto, Japan. The puja was attended by 184 people, including 15 Japanese believer, one believer from India, one believer from New Zealand, one Japanese disciple, 146 Taiwanese disciples and 20 Taiwanese believers.

At 10 AM, leading disciples on behalf of sentient beings greeted His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with an incense burner and musical instruments to lead the way and with a dharma umbrella to escort Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche while Rinpoche ascended the throne. Several believers and disciples from Japan, India, New Zealand and Taiwan reverently made offering with white scarves to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and beseeched Buddha Dharma. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the Thirty-five Buddhas Repentance Ritual and gave the following precious teachings about Buddha Dharma.

This is the first Drikung Kagyu’s puja in Japan in 2011. No matter which country you are from or which race you belong to, you all wish for better fortune in this new year. You’d hope everything will proceed smoothly and bad luck would never appear. For this reason, many people, on the first day of a year, would usually visit temples or sacred shines to pray. In Buddhism, we usually hold pujas on the first of a year. Holding pujas doesn’t mean to ask Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to give us something. Rather, it is once again to learn teachings of Buddhas. In so doing, we might know what shall we carry out things in the coming new year.

One aspect marks the most difference between Buddhism and other religions is that believers of other religions think as long as they can confess to their gods about their wrongdoings, everything will be change for better. In Buddhism, on the other hand, doesn’t teach practitioners how to confess their misconducts; instead, it teaches how to make repentance. In Chinese, there two characters for the term “making repentance.” The first character refers to admit our wrongdoings, take responsibilities for and accept whatever the consequences are. The second character means we would not carry out the same misconducts again. In sutras, it has described that there are three kinds of humans. First kind is those who never make any error since their birth. Sakyamuni Buddha represents this kind of humans. The second kind is those who know how to make repentance and will not commit the same errors. The third kind is those who would not repent their wrongdoings and admit their mistakes. 99% of humans belong to the third kind, making but not acknowledging their mistakes.

A while ago, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche watched a scientific documentary on TV. It was about an experiment in which children of 4 years of age were individually brought into a room. A teacher would join these children and pretend to teach them how to play a toy. Several minutes later, the teacher left the room and, before leaving the children, the teacher told them that they couldn’t touch the toy. After telling children the rule, the teacher left the room. All the children in the experiment would play that toy 2 or 3 minutes after the teacher left the room. As the teacher returned and asked children whether they had played with that toy, almost every child told the teacher he or she didn’t. We are like these children. We all have made mistakes, but said otherwise.

Buddhas know how humans’ merits are increased or decreased. Decreasing of our merits is resulted from our wrong deeds. But what standards can we use to inpsect if our deeds are wrong? In sutras, Buddhas had said that no matter which race you belong to, you were reborn as humans since you had attained the accomplishment of Ten Meritorious Deeds in one of your previous lifetimes. Nonetheless, after being reborn with human bodies, we’d forget what we had done in past lifetimes. We forgot we should cultivate the Ten Meritorious Deeds to be a human being. Consequently, in this life, we have been practicing the Ten Nonmeritorious Deeds.

What are the Ten Meritorious Deeds? The first is no killing. Certainly, if you eat meat and sea food, the chance to commit killing must be there. The second is no stealing. Simply speaking, you shouldn’t take anything that is not yours. When you sell produces and don’t measure enough pounds to your customers, you are stealing too. The third is not drinking alcohol excessively. In Japan, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche deemphasized this matter by saying not to drinking alcohol excessively, but in Taiwan Rinpoche taught about not drinking alcohol. It’s due to the fact that in Japan it is widespread to drink alcohol. It’s impossible to quit drinking altogether. So to some extent the teaching adjusts to not drinking alcohol extensively. The underlying reason will be explained in the future. The meritorious deed of not to drinking extensively also includes not smoking. In medical science, it has been proved that smoking would harm your health and that of those who sitting next to you.

The fourth is no making harsh words. That is, don’t curse others, nor should we say something disagreeable. The fifth is no slandering. The sixth is no saying frivolous words. This means not to say things to seduce others to do evil things. Strictly speaking, as men pursue women, in order to reach their goals, men might agree upon anything asked. But if they can’t fulfill their promises, they have violated the sixth Meritorious Deed. The seventh is no lying. This principle is mainly for Buddhist practitioners. If a practitioner has not achieved certain level of accomplishment in cultivating Buddhism but claimed otherwise, it’s lying. For ordinary people, to obtain some purposes, one might say something incorrect, it’s lying, too.

Eighth, don’t be greedy. One who desires for the things beyond his ability is greedy. Ninth, don’t be angry. That is, do not have a vicious heart as a snake’s. Tenth, don’t be ignorant. Here it means that one ought to believe the Buddha’s teachings, and the law of cause and effect.

Therefore, today’s Thirty-Five Buddhas Repentance Ritual is going to help you who have not well practiced Ten Meritorious Deeds to make repentance. These rituals are written according to Buddha Sakyamuni’s teachings recorded in the Sutra. You may feel the rituals somehow different from the feeling when you go to Japanese Buddhist temples. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ever visited Japanese Buddhist temples and found that most of them introduce ancient Buddhas’ statue, history cultures, and teach people to transcribe and recite Sutras. However, very few of them would give Buddhist teachings in the way as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does. Perhaps the situation is because Japan is a commercial society. But according to the Sutra, the above-mentioned ways of Japan would only help sentient beings to create karmic relationship with Buddha and Bodhisattvas.

Every places have different customs. For example, before praying in a Shinto shrine, Japanese would clap their hands three times so as to make the deities hear them; In Tibet, however, clapping one’s hands is symbolic of dispelling devils. There is a joke talking about that in Tibetan history, once a Britain’s troop from India was invading Tibet. Tibetan, lacking of advanced weapons to resist, stood by the road and clapped their hands with the intention of dispelling the ghosts, but the Britain thought they were ewelcome. Hence, different places have different customs. Hope you can put aside your own customs to attend the puja, as the puja’s dharma is totally according Buddha Sakyamuni’s teachings.

As long as you sincerely make repentance today, the impact power of your karmic retribution of your past evildoing would be reduced. The Buddha has ever said that repentant people could be ranked at three level: First level are those who tear while making repentance; Second level are those who cry out and their fine hair creep; Third level, also the best, are those whose eyes bleed. It is depicted in the Sutra that merely those people of worthy vessel would have that appearance. You don’t need to intentionally cry to show Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that you’re crying. Especially for girls, you don’t need to make you cry by thinking you are abandoned by your man.

Besides, there will be a special ritual in today’s puja. That is, you will follow the ordained people to do prostrations to Buddhas. This is also the chance for you to exercise and lose weight by digesting what you ate in the year-end banquet several days ago.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed the attendees to move forward their small tables whereon put the dharma texts. Besides, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also attentively reminded the ordained followers that they should let the translator translate what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche recited into Japanese and then Japanese believers recite, and then lead attendees to do prostrations. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led attendees to recite “All sentient beings permanently seek refuge under their Guru.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche explained on this phrase, and said: In Esoteric Buddhism, it is extremely important to seek refuge under Guru. And a Guru here is a dharma master who ascends the Dharma Throne.

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche started to conduct the rituals of the Thirty-Five Buddhas Repentance Ritual. The ordained followers led attendees to reverently prostrate toward Guru, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. After they finished the prostrations, all the attendees kneed down, reverently put their palms together before their chest. And Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led them to recite the repentance phrases of the dharma texts, so as to make repentance before Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Guru on their sin and karmic and obstacles that they have been done by themselves, asked others to do, or rejoiced at others’ crime in this life, previous lives, and since beginningless time in the cyclic existence; and, furthermore, to vows that they would abstain them and not commit them from now on. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that this section means that Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Guru accept your repentance. In Buddhism, to make repentance one ought to speak out what he has done wrong before Buddha’s status or his Guru, rather than just speaking to himself. Speak all out without any concealing or hiding. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed the precious opportunity to the present for them to speak out what they have been wrong in this life, or, if couldn’t totally recall, in 2010. Speak all out with your own language, and it is alright to speak loud or low, even not heard by people by your side.

The participants began to repent verbally, to recall and admit their own faults. Many people cannot help but burst into tears. Next, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led all attendees to recite the dedication prayer and the verses of repentance in the Dharma text of Thirty-five Buddhas repentance ritual, and to dedicate the merits accumulated from participating this repentance ritual to all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas’ grand ocean of merit, and also to repent the evil deeds that violated the principle of the Ten Meritorious Deeds one after another. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche noticed that when repenting verbally a moment ago, some people did not know what they had done wrong, so they did not speak out their own mistakes. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had already enlightened everyone that one should repent based on the Ten Meritorious Deeds and Paths. Who in here had not scolded others in this life? Haven’t you repent for that? Haven’t you felt wrong for that? Who had not stirred up trouble between people? Did you still think you did not need to repent? This was why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had just wanted to enlighten everyone the story of those children since all of you had been the kind of people who did not admit their own mistakes.

Next, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued to lead the participants to recite the verses of repentance in the Dharma text, and let everyone repent again for all evil deeds they and all sentient beings had done, and pray that they would not do these evil deeds again, and wish that the eternal hindrance of karma could be eliminated. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened the attendees that the just recited section of paragraphs reflected the Buddha’s compassion. The Buddha knew that it is a very difficult matter for all sentient beings to repent, so the Buddha comprised the just recited section of dharma text to let everyone repent again. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once again gave all participants an opportunity to repent verbally, asking everyone to speak out their repentances. Do not think small things are not important. If you eat a fish, you have to repay with your life. If you cut a piece of beef, you have to repay with a piece of your flesh. If you have cheated others, other people will definitely cheat you. If you were not filial when you were young, you will not have someone to take care of you at your old age. Also, if you did not do what you had promised to others, you were wrong. All of these require you to repent.

All participants today have neither committed any serious crime such as killing people nor violated any law of heavy crime. However, although you have not done these serious mistakes, you are still doing those bad and trivial evil things every day. Any significant matter is gradually developed from tiny little things. The vicious acts Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had done in past lives have manifested in terms of evil karmic retributions in this lifetime. For example, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had committed killing in past lifetimes; and, in this lifetime, Rinpoche had eaten a lot of seafood. Consequently, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s waist has been bad and felt very painful in this lifetime. In addition, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also had several accidents and almost died. In past lives, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had deceived others. So, in this life, when doing business at a young age, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had been deceived by others. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had not given charities and made offerings in past lifetimes; hence, he had also become so poor that he even had had no money for buying meals in this lifetime. Because of killing in past lifetimes and this lifetime, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had gotten skin cancer. Due to the killing deeds in past lives, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s family life had not been happy and perfect in this life.

Although these bad things had happened to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, because Rinpoche had learned Buddhism and been willing to repent, Rinpoche attained the beginning of a new life. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has gotten very rich life experience from practicing dharma. Buddha dharma is useful to everyone, no matter who everyone is. The Buddha neither distinguished Japanese, Chinese, and Westerner, nor said that Buddha dharma was divided as Japanese Buddhism, Chinese Buddhism, and Western Buddhism. What Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had experienced are the worst things you think a person can encounter; but now those things are gone. The power of repentance is very big. As long as you are willing to repent, your life will definitely turn good one day.

At this point, according to the dharma text of the Thirty-five Buddhas repentance ritual, the Buddha once again gave all attendees the opportunity to repent verbally and let everyone speak out the evil deeds they had done by their body, speech, and mind. All participants then once again repented verbally and publicly while Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche simultaneously recited the  Hundred Syllable Mantra to bless all people. Under the incomparably compassionate voice of mantra reciting, all participants further cried heavily like raining and wailed very hard, losing their voices.

After the completion of this group repentance, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked all attendees to sit down and continued to enlighten them with Buddha dharma. The Thirty-five Buddhas repentance ritual performed today is the dharma text for repentance taught by Sakyamuni Buddha in Maharatnakuta sutra of Tripitaka. In Maharatnakuta sutra, Sakyamuni Buddha said that if any sentient being wants to learn Buddhism and practice a bodhisattva’s path, but has obstacles, practicing this repentance ritual can eliminate the obstacles. The obstacles mentioned here mean that you want to learn Buddhism, but often find excuses for not coming here to learn. For example, you say you are busy or say that Buddhism is not that important to you when comparing to your work and business. Or you feel that drinking with friends is more important. All of these are obstacles.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does a lot of business; However, Rinpoche also practices Dharma and regularly holds ceremonies. It turns out Rinpoche’s business is not affected. For example, in year 2007, while Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche spent three months in his retreat – guided by His Holiness Chetsang – at Lapchi, Nepal, Rinpoche had stayed in an isolated retreat hut and could not have any messages from the outside. Before Rinpoche left Taiwan for the retreat, Rinpoche had not thought about if there would be any impact to his business during the retreat. Regarding his business, Rinpoche had done nothing but prepared money for employee’s salary and rents of his company and stores. Moreover, in Taiwan, today was a business day; many people were just back to office after the new-year holiday, like the other businessman, Rinpoche would have to pay more attention on their businesses. To realize his promise, however, Rinpoche left for this puja in Kyoto. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche differs with the other Buddhist practitioners in that Rinpoche works hard, uses Buddha dharma in his daily life, and through his life-long persistent practices Rinpoche verified the truth that Dharma teachings are all beneficial. The positive changes observable on Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche are such a good example.

It has been many years since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche first started paying visit to Japan. Rinpoche has been aware that Japanese respects Buddha Dharma, because the Dharma transmission had begun in the ages of Chinese Sui Dynasty. Nonetheless, nowadays, Japanese does not honor the tradition. It tells that why, for years, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has received only a few disciples in Japan. Rinpoche, however, does not have any anxiety, and will wait. You might have a thought that why Rinpoche come to Japan is for making money; in fact, Rinpoche has been losing his money here. Japanese may then wonder why? Rinpoche, as a Buddhist practitioner, would like to use the Dharma to help more people in different areas. Again, you persist asking why? What Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could tell you today is that it’s due to certain karmic connection with Japan in previous lifetimes. Details of the story will not be told today. You can take a guess.

Buddha always would not deny anybody learning Buddhism. It’s all up to your own determination to enter into the dharma. The custom of tomb sweeping prevails in Japan; the tradition, however, was also transmitted from Chinese. Since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche became a Buddhist practitioner, Rinpoche has not visited to his Father’s tomb; Rinpoche had helped his Father have rebirth in god realms. The tomb became nothing but merely a heap of soil and rocks. According to Buddha, if you have filial affection toward your parents and your ancestors, you must take the opportunity to perform obedience while they are alive. Buddha also guides people that to become true filial is to learn Buddhism. If your parents or ancestors have passed away, you should attend Dharma ceremonies on their behalf in order to benefit them. Sweeping tomb alone cannot be recognized as filial piety.

In fact, Chinese people used to go for tomb sweeping in March because, after a whole season of winter, the weather of March is more comfortable; they would like to walk around. They also would do it in September which marks end of the hot season – the summer. It is the cultural origination that Chinese go for tomb sweeping. Buddha does not oppose man’s worshipping their ancestors, but the key point is one should not be misguided nor do it in superstitious way.

When it came to completion of this morning’s ceremony, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center had prepared lunch boxes for each one. Another ceremony in this afternoon would be commenced at 2 o’clock, the ceremony was quite important – we need sheltering and protection from the deity – in such degenerate ages full of disasters and uncertainty. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche mentioned that someone in the audience would not like to attend the puja, but Rinpoche had forced him to come by. The reason is that we need protection from the deity to endure that many natural disasters in the following years. Before the year 2010, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had predicted that the weather of 2010 would be quite unstable – earthquakes, heavy rain falls, suddenly turning to extreme coldness – now everyone can tell the prediction has come true. Year 2011 will be a similar one.

Nowadays European almost does not learn Buddhism. Although it happens that only a small portion of Japanese practices Buddha Dharma, Japan is more or less blessed by Buddha Dharma since many Buddhist monasteries have been preserved in Kyoto. In ancient times, some Buddhist practitioners had accumulated merits and blessings that Japanese, today, is benefited from. Some heavy snow storms swept across Japan recently, however it had not brought too many accidents. In Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mind, his worry lies in the fact that Japanese takes too much sea food. From the Buddhist perspective, Japanese accumulates quite deep and heavy karmic burden through killing life. It would cause more accidents. Throughout today, the puja is aimed to give blessings for all of you. Moreover, the deity of this afternoon’s puja could not be practiced by ordinary practitioners. Everybody should attend it, after the lunch break.

At 2 PM, leading disciples on behalf of sentient beings greeted His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with an incense burner and musical instruments to lead the way and with a dharma umbrella to protect Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche while Rinpoche ascended the throne. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche personally presided over an auspicious Dorje Phurba puja, and gave the following precious enlightenment.

The yidam for the afternoon ceremony is Dorje Phurba. No practitioners practice this yidam, Dorje Phurba, in Japan. Dorje Phurba is the wrathful yidam of Vajrasattva. In temples, statuses of Buddhas or Bodhisattvas appear to be peaceful yidams. That is their looks are the ones show compassion. Practitioners in Exoteric Buddhism which is popular in Taiwan, China, Japan and so on do not practice wrathful yidams. Practicing wrathful yidams requires practitioners achieve the highest level of compassion. Without such, it’s dangerous to practice wrathful yidams.

There are two reasons to have the practices of wrathful yidams in the Esoteric Buddhism. Most Japanese usually heard of a deity named Acala which also belongs to Vajra Family. As Buddhas and Bodhisattvas want to help and liberate sentient beings, they must appear as the same kinds as sentient beings. For instance, to help human beings, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas would appear as human kind so as to bestow helps. In sutras, it has descriptions that Buddha Sakyamuni, in several lifetimes, appeared to be a deer, a peacock, an ape, or a bear. To manifest as these animals is to help and liberate animals of the same kind. Thus, showing their wrathful appearances, yidams of Vajrayana are to help and liberate those sentient beings whose minds are more complex, thoughts and karma are more abundant.

Another reason to show wrathful appearance is as if when parents and teachers try to teach children, they would be patiently sweet-talking to educate children who at first may follow what was taught. It is a way of coaxing. If, however, children continuously fail to learn, parents and teachers would show disagreeable appearance so to frighten children. It’s to have children follow words and teachings.

Not every practitioner can learn dharma of wrathful yidams. One must successfully cultivate yidams of compassion so his or her guru will consider transmitting the dharma of wrathful yidams. Dorje Phurba is the wrathful appearance of Vajrasattva who can manifest a compassionate look or a wrathful look as Dorje Phurba. In sutras, it has descriptions that, in ancient time, once a vicious ghost had harmed numerous sentient beings. Vajrasattva then manifested as the vicious ghost to subdue this ghost. After this incident, Dorje Phurba became a manifestation of Vajrasattva. Additionally, sutras has described that Dorje Phurba can also represent the mind of Buddha Amitabha, Bodhisattva Mahastamaprapta, Bodhisattva Manjushri, Bodhisattva Vajrapani, Yamantaka.

Sutras also have described that once Master Padmasambhava had performed retreats in a cave in Napel. The dharma protector then was Dorje Phurba. Thus, Master Padmasambhava had said that practitioners of Dorje Phurba can be propitious, attain all kinds of merits, longevity, and fortune. Their family will be perfect in every aspect, meaning that they will have many disciples and their administration and teaching of Buddha Dharma will be prosperous. In other words, their achievement in terms of the undertaking of Buddha Dharma will be flourishing, powerful and perfectly complete. The meaning of perfectly complete lies in the fact that practitioners can keep practicing this yidam till achieving Buddhahood, during which the yidam will be giving help. So you all know why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has acquired all those conditions aforementioned. This is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been specifically practicing the yidam of Dorje Phurba. The power of practicing it is unlimitedly boundless.

There are various methods to practice the dharma of Dorje Phurba. Today’s dhrama is a terma, which is specific to Tibetan Buddhism. Master Padmasambhava had preserved many dharma texts in cave or under water. Some texts were given to dakinies, which are heavenly deities. This kind of dharma texts are with special blessing and power. They are also very auspicious. The text Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will perform was found by a guru Retna Lingpa, and was compiled and reorganized by the 29th Drikung Kyabgon. Dorje Phurba will help those practitioners in Vajrayana to eliminate all obstacles, which is the vow of Dorje Phurba. It is because Dorje Phurba will protect and help all practitioners of Vajrayana. Practicing the dharma of Dorje Phurba can subdue all the heads of evil spirits, ghosts, and goblins. It has special dharma power. With the dharma of Dorje Phurba, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once had subdued ghosts and goblins of a sacred shrine in Japan.

Today people who attend the Dorje Phurba Puja will gain benefits of eliminating the illness of mind, emotion, and brain; dispelling any unknown diseases and cancers caused by ghosts, dragons, and deities. In modern time this world are full of many incurable diseases that are just associated with ghosts, dragons, or the deities offended by the patients. Besides, today’s puja also help you to avoid possible accidents affected by the yearly, monthly, daily or hourly conflicts. Generally speaking, everyone would have the chance to have accident at a year, a month, a day, and a hour. It may hurt you or make you die. In Buddhist Sutra this kind of situation is called untimely death. That is, one should not have died today or this year, but he still dies in an accident.

In addition, today’s puja also can keep off natural disasters such as flood, fire, and earthquakes that result from celestial bodies’ generation, destruction, or deviation from its predicted path. For example, in 2010 many floods, fires and earthquakes occurred. It was because, if you noticed the news of astronomy, in 2010 many constellations of the solar system, and celestial bodies in the galaxy just changed.

People who attend the Dorje Phurba puja also will be protected from being harmed by poisons or curses, and helped to eliminate the accumulated karmic obstacles. Karmic obstacles means all the negative strength cause hindrance to your Buddhism cultivation. Obstructions would occur to those who are too rich to practice Buddhism, who are too busily engaged in working, who believes in other religions, who are too affectionate  with their boy/girlfriend, who get married, who care their children too much, who attend to their pet too much. Therefore, loving one’s dog or cat too much would also cause hindrance.

You ought to give rise to absolute faith in today’s puja, without any doubt, as the Yidam of Vajra Family is different those of compassion families. You don’t need to think whether or not today’s dharma will bring benefit to you or work on you, as you won’t immediately know about its effect. Therefore, all you need is to believe that Buddhas do not lie to us, and to be reverent.

Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche started the Dorje Phurba ritual. In the course of performing dharma, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche rumbled with a sound like that of roaring thunders, and gave off a sound like that  of a lion’s breath. Besides, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche manifested the wrathful form of vertical eyebrows, protruding eyes, and a stretched mouth that are identical to the appearance of the wrathful Dorje Phurba Yidam, revealing the outstanding sign of his attunement to the Yidam. Those sound and facial expressions cannot just be intentionally made. All the present were shaken by personally feeling the awe-inspiring power of Dorje Phurba’s arrival.

In the course of ritual, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed the attendees to recite their names three times. Besides, in the puja, each of them obtained a bag of feast food blessed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and had the rare and auspicious opportunity to eat it together with Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche benevolently gave instruction to all the attendees to step onto the mandala and bestowed blessing to each of them one after another. And everyone got a precious nectar pill and nectar.

Before giving blessing, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche particularly explained that in Esoteric Buddhism, it is said that every sentient being’s body, both that of humans and animals, is the combination of their father’s essence and mother’s blood. However, since our birth, we have been consuming our essence and blood, and we will die after our essence and blood are ran out. Today, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is helping you to supplement you. Here essence represents Buddha activities, rather than business activities; While blood represents wisdom. It is not saying that eating the nectar and nectar pills will let you become younger or prettier. Nor is it for letting you resume your youth or energy to go out to play. They are to increase your strength on Buddhist cultivation. If you does not listen to it or believe it, what you eat later would be just dough and juice.

In particular, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told the Japanese male believers a secret. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, at age 63, does not need to get up and go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. If a man has to get up a couple of times during nighttime, it shows that his health condition is deteriorating and most of his essence has been consumed. If a woman finds it difficult to sleep, it means that her blood has been consumed. Therefore, if everyone is reverent and has faith in the Three Jewels, what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has done today will be helpful for you.

For example, in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s family, due to the fact that his great-grandfather’s generation committed heavy killing, the male descendants thereafter have all developed heart diseases and high blood pressure till Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s father’s generation. Besides, none of them made it through 55 years of age. In Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s generation, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s elder sister, younger sister, and younger brother all underwent brain surgeries and have high blood pressure. One who has high blood pressure does not have the problem simply because the pressure of his blood is high, but because of his killing. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche began to learn Buddhism at age 36, what happened to his brothers and sisters did not happen to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s younger brother has been suffering from high blood pressure ever since age 32. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche himself used to have high blood pressure before age 40. Nevertheless, his health recovered naturally without any medication or treatments. This is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has changed his life by means of learning Buddhism and expressing repentance. Therefore, the reason why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave blessing to everyone today is to pray to Dorje Phurba to protect you.

The reverent attendees went to the front individually to receive auspicious blessing. Feeling deeply grateful, the attendees spoke their thanks to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in unison.

Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued his teachings as followed: today’s puja was perfected. In fact, there are more texts for the practice and it would take 3 days to complete the entire practice. The reason why you are told to speak of your name is to pray to Dorje Phurba to protect you so as to prevent you from making mistakes. If one who made mistakes is able to correct himself, everything shall get better off. The worst case is that one who made mistakes does not want to correct himself. If that’s the case, the person will be hopeless.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew that some Japanese believers wanted some advice and wished to see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in person after the puja. For those who wanted to ask about their illnesses, your attendance in today’s Dorje Phurba puja would be helpful to your medical condition. If you wanted to ask about o career, work, marriage or love affairs, there would be no need to raise the question before Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. It would cost very high to ask Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s advices for such kinds of questions. Therefore, there is no need to ask.

In fact, you all know that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has written a book called “Suffering and Happiness.” The book has been translated into Japanese. Besides, the book has been collected by libraries of 7 universities in US such as Harvard University, and the libray of Oxford University in England. Generally speaking, libraries in such universities do not collect books that are not helpful for the mankind. In fact, with your capacity, you will find all the answers to your questions in the book. If you skip one dine-out meal, you will have the money to purchase the book.

Some people read the book and said that they could not understand what it says. Of course you do not understand because this is not a romance or a fiction that tells you strange things such as the Harry Potter series. However, this book has helped a lot of people in Taiwan, China, and America. If you have the patience, you can read the book repeatedly. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche believes that it will be very helpful to you. Therefore, do not ask about anything that will waste Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s energy. If you still want to ask, it means that you do not have faith in the practice performed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche today. Then, the practice will have no effect on you.

In fact, problems in human life can be summarized into matters about money, love affairs, career, health, and boredom. So you shouldn’t further waste Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s energy. A little while ago when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche took a break after lunch, at about 1:30 PM, the whole room of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s lounge was suddenly shaking. This was Dorje Phurba urging Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to quickly come down and perform the dharma for you.

If Japanese believers have many questions wishing to ask Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, they can browse the web site of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. In the web site, there are many Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s enlightenments about Buddha Dharma. Additionally, there are many stories of how Buddha Dharma has helped believers. It is Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s belief that these contents in the web site can benefit you. In the future, if there are Japanese believers who pray for learning Buddhism locally in Japan, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will then officially teach Buddha Dharma in Japan. You shouldn’t treat any guru of Tantric Buddhism as a fortune teller. If so, you are wasting this guru’s capacities.

Perhaps, many Japanese believers don’t think learning Buddhism is the most important thing in life. According to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s experience of learning Buddhism as well as that of many other practitioners, only Buddha Dharma can change and improve our future. Being a guru is just as a professor; he can teach you lessons and knowledge. However, it is students who should be willing to learn and to do home work, since a professor can’t do home work for you. Nowadays, believers of all religions in the world hope their gods would do home work for them. In other words, they don’t have to do anything. They simply ask their gods to give them what they need.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s late father had great achievement in practicing Daoism. Nonetheless, no matter how successful his accomplishment was, he was not able to alter the law of cause and effect. Nor could he change his life. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s late father had a short life-span. He died at fifty-something. The death shocked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche deeply. That’s why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had kept trying to find a way for one to have a control of and alter one’s life. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has mentioned in his book that no mundane knowledge, theories or methods can change our lives and only Buddha Dharma can do so.

So Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche wished that Japanese believers can spare some time every day to browse Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s web site. Doing this is more meaningful than going to bars and drinking. It is also more meaningful than watching TV programs performed by those seemingly psychotic actors. If you like to watch those kinds of TV programs and laughed happily with them, it means that you are the same kind of persons. If you still have questions, you can use the web site to ask Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Spending 10 to 15 minutes every day to read the web site will benefit you. If after reading the web site you still have questions, you can send electronic mail to ask Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. If having time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will respond to your mails. However, don’t write to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to ask questions such as whether your husbands or wives love you. Today’s enlightenment will be posted on the web site. You can browse the web site and read it about a week later.

The puja was perfectly completed. Modestly, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche expressed appreciation to all. Attendees also wholeheartedly said their gratefulness simultaneously to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for performing this puja in person. Moreover, this precious tantra has not only helped the attendees but also benefited countless sentient beings in the universe.

January 9, 2011

Upon arriving at Taiwan from oversea to propagate Buddhism abroad, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately travelled from the airport to the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei, to preside over an auspicious puja of “Buddha Amitabha, Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, and Guru Padmasambhava.”

Prior to the beginning of the puja, a female disciple shared her thoughts with all attendees about how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been helping sentient beings. As long as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is in Taiwan, every Saturday, Rinpoche will receive believers at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. For example, last Saturday, the day before Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche departed for Japan to perform pujas, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche began to meet believers at about 4 PM. There were about 200 to 300 believers in total on that single day, waiting to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. At around 9 PM, it has been 5 hours straight that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had helped believers. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche suggested the meeting shall continue till 9:30 PM. Nonetheless, seeing so many believers wait and long for help, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche postponed the ending time to 10 PM. At 10 PM, there were still a few of them still waiting. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once again prolonged the meeting time till 10:30 PM after all the believers were met. At that time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche already exhausted and eventually left the throne.

When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche meets believers, it looks effortless as if Rinpoche just said a few words and acted to give blessings. These, actually, take a great energy to accomplish. Receiving and helping believers are extremely arduous. Among those people coming last Saturday, some were in really bad shape. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche must use more energy to help them.

In private moments, this disciple had talked to some believers who came to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She knew that they all felt their problems were urgent and needed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s immediate help. From their point of view, she understood that they certainly hoped to obtain Rinpoche’s enlightenment and help on the same day. Nonetheless, it hurts to see how many efforts it must take for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She wishes that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could have not been so exhausted. For this reason, she would like to suggest all disciples that, before we introduce friends and family to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, our friends and family should carefully read the book “Happiness and Suffering” in advance. By reading the book, their problems might be solved as well. For instance, another disciple’s friend, in depression, had received tremendous help after reading the book. When his friend came to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, he simply wished to thank Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche because his problems were already vanished.

Every believer coming to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche must desperately need help. It is, however, unlikely that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can spend 30 minutes to give enlightenment for every one. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once taught that as long as you read the book “Happiness and Suffering” with reverence, you’ll obtain blessing. If we advise those believers read the book before they come into the center imploring Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, they might be more reverent and with repentance. She believed, in so doing, that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will be able to effectively receive and help more believers.

This book is already translated into Japanese. The version in English is also to be released. This book indeed can be a hereditary treasure. After decades it will be priceless. She herself keeps a few volumes at her home, in case someone may need it. She hopes that every people can obtain the help of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

Besides, Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center’s official website is also very important. On the website there are around four to five hundred articles written by disciples talking about how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helped and benefited them. When we, no matter a disciple or a believer, click to read the linked article, it will be the one related to the reader, and the reader will definitely get help and inspiration from it. For a believer who wants to ask an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, reading those articles in advance can help him give rise to reverence as well as provide him with the knowledge about the Guru he is going to meet. Having proper mindset is better for the believers as well as for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. It also saves their time. Therefore, all of us should spread the book and the website of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center around.

Another female disciple shared with the attendees about the course of her seeking refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. It was in November 2001 when she took refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. In September of the same year, when she came to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, there were two things in her mind for her to come: First, she desired to find a true guru under whom she could seek refuge, as she had been many Exoteric Buddhist centers and sought refuge under a few of Exoteric Buddhist masters. However, she clearly knew they were not the one; Second, she hoped she could find a virtuous practitioner of ability to salvage her mother who passed away 15 years ago. In 1985, her mother died in a car accident. At that time, only at the age of 15, she deeply felt suffering about the separation between loved one in life or death, and about the impermanence. It was a broiling summer day, at 2:30 pm her mother was run over by a truck. Her body was parted into two. As her family and she had not learned Buddhism, they did not know to arrange her mother’s funeral in Buddhist way. At 4:00 pm, they delivered their mother’s body to their home and put it in an ice cabinet. At that night, their mother told them in their dream that she felt very cold. Thereafter they placed their mother’s body in a coffin. On the next day, there was a stink of the wood and the corruption from the coffin. That odor was badly stinking, not the same as a normal animal body’s one. Even after the funeral, the odor still existed at home and appeared from time to time. As long as they missed their mother, the smell would come out. All of the family members could smell it at the same time, even in the living room or their own rooms.

It might be due to that they missed their mother too much, or that their mother was in suffering, all of the family was in grief. They hoped they could communicate with their mother through Taoist guiding spirit ritual. They burned incense before their mother’s monumental tablet and prayed to their mother to show up, as they desired to talk to her. Usually at that time, the smell would come out. Even more, the smell followed their car to the venue where they held the guiding spirit ritual. However, after several times of the ritual conducted, they found that the spirit summoned was not always their mother’s. Then she realized that this kind of method was not helpful for her mother or their family members. As a daughter, she wholeheartedly hoped to meet a true practitioner who would be able to salvage her mother. She, a 15-year-old girl, thought Taoist methods couldn’t help so she turned to attend pujas of Exoteric Buddhist temples. After 14 to 15 years passed, her mother’s body smell still existed. Even in the 921 earthquake when her aunt fled from 16th floor to the ground, the smell also followed as if her mother was all the way protecting her to safely flee from the calamity.

It might be due to that they missed their mother too much, or that their mother was in suffering, all of the family was in grief. They hoped they could communicate with their mother through Taoist guiding spirit ritual. They burned incense before their mother’s monumental tablet and prayed to their mother to show up, as they desired to talk to her. Usually at that time, the smell would come out. Even more, the smell followed their car to the venue where they held the guiding spirit ritual. However, after several times of the ritual conducted, they found that the spirit summoned was not always their mother’s. Then she realized that this kind of method was not helpful for her mother or their family members. As a daughter, she wholeheartedly hoped to meet a true practitioner who would be able to salvage her mother. She, a 15-year-old girl, thought Taoist methods couldn’t help so she turned to attend pujas of Exoteric Buddhist temples. After 14 to 15 years passed, her mother’s body smell still existed. Even in the 921 earthquake when her aunt fled from 16th floor to the ground, the smell also followed as if her mother was all the way protecting her to safely flee from the calamity.

When seeking the audience with venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the first time, she could feel Rinpoche’s solemnity and the power of Rinpoche’s great compassion. At that time, she immediately had great reverence to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and asked, “Venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, you are so powerful. Why don’t you establish a Buddhist center in Dou-Liu?” Venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche replied, “You just find a place. As long as you find a place, I will go there.” Therefore, she and another Dharma brother searched many places together. After testing them for nearly a year, venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then agreed to establish the Buddhist center in Dou-Liu. And responding to their implorations, venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also held several Chod pujas in Dou-Liu’s Buddhist center to benefit countless sentient beings. She also repented publicly that she did not follow and execute venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s instruction to register and establish the Dou-Liu branch of Glorious Jewel Buddhist center as soon as possible. Until now she was still under the punishment that on the day of each puja she must obtain Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s permission in order to enter the Buddhist center to attend the puja. She repented deeply for the mistake she had made. At the time of establishing the Buddhist center in Dou-Liu, venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche constantly tested them for the matter. She only had a thought that she must not do this for herself, but for benefiting many sentient beings and wishing more sentient beings could attain helps from venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Additionally, because her mother had been died of accident and she, her family members, and her mother suffered very much, she realized deeply that many invisible and sick sentient beings were really in great need of venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s helps. Only if she had such thought of not for herself but for sentient beings, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would then fulfill her wish and agree to establish a Buddhist center in Dou-Liu.

Afterward she shared the experience when she firstly met Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she learned Buddhism with a grateful and joyful mind. She also found that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is a practitioner with virtues indeed. However she encountered the karmic obstacle that she endured the numerous obstacles and ordeals to learn Buddhism. Now her father, husband, mother-in-law, and her family members including her brothers and sisters can accept her to learn Buddhism. She was grateful for the teaching of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche which can let her to have such kind of condition. When she was at the beginning of learning Buddhism, her father threatened to break off the relationship with her; her husband threatened to divorce her if she kept on learning Buddhism. Her Brothers were against her as well. Her mother-in-law also queried why she would take lots of time with her 3 years-old child to go far away from home in order to learn Buddhism every week. During that time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened her that she should make repentance for those obstacles. Therefore she told herself that she had no other choice, she must believe her guru and follow the teaching of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to correct herself and believe her in the correct path of learning the Buddhism. During that time, she was very laborious to play the character well in order to win the confidence from her family members and agree her to learn Buddhism. Even if her certificate of taking refuge was torn by her husband, when she felt guilty to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and reported this case, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately told her “Just let him go, One day he will believe me one day!” In year 2006, she invited her father to join a tour of Qinghai-Tibet railway to Tibet which was planned by the Sino Travel Services Co. Her father should agree to join it. Usually, her father was not willing to believe Buddhism, not to mention that he was against her to learn Buddhism. But this time, he could have the karmic connection to join the tour to visit Drikung Thil Monastery, she was very joyful and grateful for this opportunity which was bestowed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, it could let her father could be able to visit Drikung Thil Monastery.

Meanwhile she also shared two stories which mentioned two believers highly praised Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. One story was that, on December 30, 2010, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately made nothing of hardships to preside over the Chod puja in Douliu. After the puja was finished, a believer joyfully told their friends who practiced exoteric Buddhism: He was firstly met Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, in his feeling, it seemed that he was learning at kindergarten and primary school when he listened to the exoteric Buddhism. During that day of puja, he was in the class of a doctor’s degree when he listened to the enlightenment of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Another story was that, on October 3, 2010, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the “Drikung Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism’s Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousnesses”, a believer coming from the southern of Taiwan who had been joined the great puja for three times highly praised Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche at the tour bus. He expressed that it is hard to achieve for a normal practitioner who could lead more than 20,000 believers to practice such kind of puja in the same time. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche solely presided over this puja which was very impressed.

Next, another female disciple started to share her stories. Taking refuge in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in 2002, she now repented that she has not performed her conducts in accordance with the Dharma teachings. On one of her hands there is a scar that is an evidence of how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has rescued her. She continued, back in 2004, she was allowed to make full-body prostrations in this temple according to Rinpoche’s instruction because her family members were all against her to do it at home. In the November of 2004, a fellow disciple suggested that she might join a tour to Tibet. At first, she responded that she may not be ready to go and would like to focus on achieving the full prostrations practice – which required a number of ten hundred thousand times. The fellow disciple, however, further encouraged her taking this opportunity to join. Although she worried about her office duty, her boss granted her a leave without any concern. The fellow disciple also suggested her to watch a documentary film, recording of a trip, that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, led his disciples, visited the monastery Drikung Thil in Tibet. She did watch it. The fellow disciple asked her to give a hand to another newly converted disciple in their tour group.

At the first night of the trip, she then knew that her fellow disciple, newly converted to Rinpoche, was a patient who had been suffering from final stage of intestinal cancer. Having blood in her stool, the fellow disciple had to stay in the toilet for almost one hour each time. The toilet then had smudges all around; she had to learn how to deal with such a problem. She remembered that her fellow disciple spent all the time either lying on the bed or staying in the toilet, except that she had to take regular practice in the mornings and evenings.

In the third day of the trip, they headed for the Drikung Thil monastery. While they were climbing toward the Drikung Thil, the newly converted disciple was carried on the back by a local tour guide. The disciple was sick due to the high attitude, up to about 4500 meters, and had suffered from vomiting and diarrhea. Fortunately, some other fellow disciples had in turn taken care of the newly converted disciple, a patient; therefore she could have opportunities for rest.

After their arrival at the Drikung Thil monastery, they were allowed to have an audience with the Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche who is a guru of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche had stayed in the retreat room all the time and would not receive any believers or followers. It was because they are Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s disciplesfrom the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center that they were granted the audience. In the troop to visit Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche, she, the story teller, started at the first place. But she had felt extreme difficulty to move forward and thus she gradually had become the last one to arrive the spot, though the distance to go was short. She recalled that in the troop it included fellow disciples with different sickness such as: hypertension, neck-tumor, renal failure, and cardiac problems. The newly converted disciple had also been carried by the local tour guide and moving fast. She had none of such sickness but she simply had become the last one to arrive the spot. She had felt embarrassed; with tears down her face, she had to climb up slowly. When she arrived at the spot, she felt enormous gratefulness toward Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche – it was all due to Rinpoche’s blessings that she could be able to arrive the spot, and furthermore, she could have received a piece of rock candy from Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche.

After coming down from Drikung Thel Monastery, the disciple with intestinal cancer who needed to be carried on the back of our tour guide was amazingly able to walk on her own, who were not able to eat anything had begun to eat, she said with a smile on her face that she made the right decision to join this trip. The speaker said the change and improvement of the ill fellow disciple was unbelievable to her, the ill disciple was in serious conditions just a few days ago, who needed the intravenous drip , now is able to chat humorously, move around freely, and carry her own luggage. Only a short period of eight days, the change of her illness conditions can be improved so dramatic and obvious.

On the 13th of October, the group was back to Taiwan, the speaker was planning to take a nap in the afternoon, but she couldn’t fell asleep, so she went to the Glorious Jewel Shop to prostrate and pay gratitude to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. At six o’clock, she is back to the Glorious Buddhist Center to offer her full prostration, on the way back home, on the street where there were not much traffic, she had a motorcycle accident, out of no reason, she collide with incoming motorcycle. She had fractured her palm, she reported the incident to her group leader from the Buddhist Center, the group leader suggest her not to have the operation if it is not necessary, instead use the traditional Chinese medication to treat her injury, but her family decided she should have the operation and took her mobile phone away from her while she was in operation.  She could not contact any fellow disciples, until some disciples came to visit her in the hospital and mentioned to her Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s enlightments, which was she could have broken and fractured one arm and one leg, her recompense was lessened and she only received a small fracture.  She cried whole night on the hospital bed, the woman patient on the adjacent bed asked her why she cried so grievedly when she only had a small fractured.  She could not speak in any word to represent the gratitude she felt in her heart to  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

The family member’s has doubts about her doings, they felt worried and unsecured about her. So they cut off all her connections to others, therefore she didn’t receive any concerned calls from other disciples. As she is hospitalized, she could not attend the Friday night’s Chod puja, and Sunday’s puja, her family members doesn’t allow her to attend, restricted her stays in the hospital. After she is released from hospital, she went to the Glorious Jewel Shop to pay gratitude to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinpoche said with a smile “Have you break a leg? Or have you break an arm?” Rinpoche then said “Your family doesn’t know anything about it, so don’t argue with them anymore” The simple words from Rinpoche has concluded her conflict and unpleasant relationship with her family members. Afterwards, she no-longer argue with her family, she became more beddable and docile; Gradually, her family ease-up on her, her family would not react so drastically, no-longer not allowing any request or demand of her like they used to.

The scar stays with her, she tried to remove the scar, but it couldn’t be done. Then she thought, this scar is just an exchange from the otherwise possible injuries of a broken arm and broken leg, it is a memento, a memento to remind her constantly. Prior to that, the family doesn’t allow her to do her morning and night rituals and chanting. Now, she can perform her prostrations and chanting as long as she doesn’t interrupt other’s TV watching or daily life. Although she cannot perform as many times as other disciples, she is very pleased about her family allowing and accepting it.

The whole incident about the disciple who has intestinal cancer gave her confidence; her own traffic accident gave her a chance of introspection. She was not a beddable and obedient pupil, nor she ever did any great offerings, but once entered the door of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, one will be blessed and taking care-of by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, it is real! Her live is a live regained, if one tries to think about it, if you lose an arm and a leg, how would one sustain daily life? How would one endure? How would one make a living? How would one support oneself? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche help her to keep her arms and legs, which is to let her do what she should do, that is to follow and act according to the teachings of Rinpoche, to become a beddable and docile Buddhist disciple.

And then His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ascended the throne. A ritual of mandala offering proceeded first. On behalf of all sentient beings, leading disciples made mandala offering to the guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. This ritual was to accumulate merits for sentient beings so as to receive such auspicious blessings of Buddha Dharma. After the ritual, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave the following enlightenment. The ritual Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would perform was puja of the abridged edition of dharma of Buddha Amitabha, Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, and Guru Padmasambhava. We have been looked after by Buddha Amitabha, Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, and Guru Padmasambhava. At the end of this lunar year, holding the puja was to make offering to gurus, expressing our gratefulness to gurus who have been giving blessings to and taking care of us. Anyone who has some idea about Buddhism knows Buddha Amitabha. In Mandarin Chinese, the name of Buddha Amitabha can also be referred as Buddha Amitabha and Buddha Amitayus. To put it another way, Buddha Amitabha is a liberator for sentient beings in the universe. This means that if sentient beings wish to be liberated from sufferings of reincarnation, Buddha Amitabha will come and lead their way. Those Rinpoches who have achieved certain level of accomplishment can practice the Phowa Dharma of Buddha Amitabha.

Abridged edition of rituals don’t mean to be simple. Nor are abridged rituals’ content reduced. Nowadays, time is limited and precious for modern people. In complete of edition of rituals, there are a great many of prayers. It will take 2 to 3 days to recite. It would not be easy for modern people to practice long-version rituals. Additionally, it will be lamas to recite complete edition of the rituals. Rinpoches will not be on sites all the time. Abridged edition of rituals, on the other hand, are condensed version of longer ones. The ritual performed today is to create conditions between you and Buddha Amitabha, Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, and Guru Padmasambhava, helping you to accumulate provisions to learn Buddhism and be reborn in the pure land. Simply speaking, in Buddha Dharma, provisions refer to blessings, causes and conditions, and merits. It is like if you want to travel to somewhere by airplane, you must have sufficient money to buy tickets. Provisions for you to be reborn in the pure land are similar to the idea of money to buy tickets. You need to accumulate sufficient blessings, causes, conditions and merits to be reborn in the pure land. You can accumulate blessings by means of making offering. No other dharma methods can achieve this goal. Meanwhile, only through practicing Buddha Dharma one can accumulate one’s merits. In Amitabha Sutra, it says that only those virtuous men and women with merits, causes and conditions can be reborn in the pure land of Buddha Amitabha. The meaning of virtuous men and women refers to those who have achieved the accomplishment of the Ten Meritorious Deeds. The meaning of the Ten Meritorious Deeds has been taught before. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not discuss it today. One who cultivates the Ten Meritorious Deeds mustn’t kill any sentient beings. The thoughts that you can eat meat and recite mantras at the same time, you eat vegetarian breakfasts but cook meat for your sons for lunches, and you can still be reborn in the pure land are incorrect.

It is also stated in the Amitabha Sutra that if one recites Amitabha Buddha’s names for one day, two days…, he could get rebirth in the Pure Land. Here the “one day” and “two days” means that one ought to recite Buddha’s name in the Eight Precepts Observance (Uposatha Sila), rather than simply doing recitation. However, it is not real Eight Precepts Observance for people to gather at a playground at 8:00am and be dismissed at 5:00pm. This is just a kind of assembly activities. As all of the participants get together, they may curiously look at others around them. Thus their minds would be disturbed by others and could not be focused. A real retreat must be militarily practiced in his own retreat room. In the Pure Land Buddhism, it is stated that prior to one’s death, if one can recite once, twice or even ten times of Amitabha’s mantras, he can obtain rebirth in the pure land of Amitabha Buddha. It is not talking about to recite the Buddha Amitabha’s names for ten times. It is associated with the meditative practice. But today we are not going to explain about it.

Sakyamuni Buddha was introduced by Amitabha Buddha. The Pure Land of Amitabha is unique in that it is the Pure Land where one could be reborn with his karma. However, it is not telling that, as many people may improperly regard, one just needs to make repentance on his previous karma and he could get rebirth there. Indeed, one who has not cultivated Buddhism in his lifetime but, prior to his death, he gives rise to great repentance and makes vow to obtain rebirth in the Pure Land could finally be reborn in the Pure Land. Nevertheless, you should not improperly harbor this kind of concept and think that you can just enjoy your life now and make repentance on your deathbed. If you, with this improper thought, continue to do evil, after you consume all of your virtues and merits, there would be no practitioner to help you when you are on the deathbed. To repent is not merely to talk about your faults. Before, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also misunderstood. Later on, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gradually realized the reason why a normal repentance would not take effect. The fact is that one ought to make repentance by loudly speaking his faults before an authentic guru. Unless one can’t find any guru or dharma master in his neighborhood of 125 kilometers around the area he lives, then he could make repentance before a Buddha’s statue. However, it’s not going to happen in Taiwan. Not a person who just appears as an ordained master or who could recite mantras and sutras are eligible to receive your repentance. The so-called “authentic” hear means to be the one who practices Buddhism, does not transgress precepts, and has the ability of using Buddha-Dharma to salvage sentient beings to the Pure Land. One who transgresses precepts is not qualified to receive others’ repentance. Just like a smoker who admonishes his child against smoking, and a person who often talks smut but asks his child not to say bad words, both of their teachings carry no conviction.

According to Amita Sutra, one can gain rebirth in the Pure Land even with his karma. Nevertheless, it refers to positive karma but not the negative karma. Karma can be either white or black, i.e. positive or negative. Anything that drives our reincarnation is called karma. Even though one conducts meritorious acts, these meritorious acts would still generate karma of reincarnation if he does not carry out the acts in Emptiness. Apart from abiding by the Ten Meritorious Acts, one needs to have favorable merits, virtues, and karmic connection to gain rebirth in the Pure Land. Merits are earned by means of one’s offerings and donations and virtues are generated by one’s cultivation in practice. To have the karmic connection is not to seek refuge, adopt a vegetarian diet, or attend pujas. Only those who absolutely follow and carry out what Buddha teaches will have the karmic connection.

In Buddhist scriptures, Buddhas of ten directions showed vast and long tongues in admiration of Buddha Amitabha’s merits and virtues. Some people might take the Buddhas’ praises to another Buddha lightly. However, what the praises meant was that all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will help everyone who has vowed to gain rebirth in the Pure Land of Buddha Amitabha to go there. No matter which methods of Buddha or Yidam you practice, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will be able to help you go to the Pure Land of Buddha Amitabha. When you recite the name of a particular Buddha, it does not mean that you can only go to the Buddha’s Pure Land, unless you have special karmic connection with the Buddha. In Ratnakuta Sutra, Bodhisattva Maitreya asked for Buddha Sakyamuni’s advice on how a Bodhisattva arouses his mind to gain rebirth in the Pure Land of Buddha Amitabha. The Buddha replied with ten intentions of mind and said that attaining one of the ten intentions would be enough for a Bodhisattva to go to the Pure Land of Buddha Amitabha. Although Bodhisattva Maitreya will attain Buddhahood and become the lineage holder on Earth, Bodhisattva Maitreya did not ask the sentient beings to wait and follow him to his own Pure Land. Instead, Bodhisattva Maitreya asked about ways for a Bodhisattva to go to the Pure Land of Buddha Amitabha. In fact, his question showed his admiration for Buddha Amitabha. Nonetheless, it doesn’t mean that Buddha Amitabha has more compassion than the other Buddhas. All the Buddhas have the same compassion, but Buddha Amitabha’s vows are more special.

All of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas’ hands are stretched out to receive and lead sentient beings. It is just whether sentient beings’ hands have reached out to hold on to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas’ hands. The Buddha has once said that he cannot liberate those who do not have conditions with him. Having conditions does not mean taking refuge or having a vegetarian diet. You are not those who have conditions if you are not obedient to the guru and the Buddha’s teachings, do not follow and execute the teachings, and do not generate Bodhicitta and compassion. Sakyamuni Buddha had taught a variety of Dharmas. All of the Dharmas can help sentient beings to be liberated from the cyclic existence. If you follow and practice the Buddha’s teachings, you will attain Buddhas and Bodhisattvas’ reception and guidance. Some Zen Buddhists criticize Pure Land Buddhism for being too simple; some Pure Land Buddhists criticize Zhen Buddhism for not reading Buddhist scriptures; all of these are incorrect views. Which dharma one will receive all depends on one’s causes and conditions. Like most Han Chinese recite the name of Amitabha Buddha while Tibetans recite the Six-syllable Mani mantra. Previously the land in Tibet was barren. So it was more difficult for Tibetans to have a vegetarian diet; and there were more people eating meat. Because of that, it was very difficult for Tibetans to be reborn in the Pure Land just by reciting the name of Amitabha Buddha. The Six-syllable Mani mantra is the collection of heart mantras of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and the essence of Tantric mantras. Its meaning is not simply the six characters and to explain its meaning requires a very long time even with the Buddha’s wisdom. Simply speaking, each syllable of the Six-syllable Mani mantra is related to the human body. Reciting the Six-syllable Mani mantra can seal our gates to the six realms of reincarnation, as long as we have faith to this mantra.

The Six-syllable Mani mantra is Avalokiteshvara’s heart mantra. Avalokiteshvara is Amitabha Buddha’s disciple. After the completion of Amitabha Buddha’s Dharma era, Avalokiteshvara will continue to become the leader of the Western Paradise Pure Land. Han Chinese and Japanese have all heard the sacred name of Avalokiteshvara.

When someone said that you were used to the attendants of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, don’t be arrogant for that, who weren’t you used to be? Everyone had the karmic connection with Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara by their previous lives. Someone might dream that Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara was appearing in their dreams, it was faking. What does Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara look like? Before the Tang Dynasty, Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara had the moustache, afterward it became a female appearance for the statue of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, and the gender was changed by the Chinese people. Whether the gender of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara is a male or a female? Until now the engravers could not ensure which one was correct. Actually, being a level of Bodhisattva is nonsexual, but it is not intersex as you thinking. The reason will be explained in future.

Just prior to the beginning of the puja, there was a disciple mentioned that the great yogi Master Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche met them because they are the disciples of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. It was an arrogant mind, could she dare to profess that she would be a disciple of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center? The real reason was that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was the only one Han disciple of Master Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche; these disciples of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche made lots of mistakes, therefore Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche would be compassionately willing to see and help them.

The great Guru Rinpoche, the Lotus Born, is the first guru to transmit Vajrayana Buddhism into Tibet; each sects of the Tibetan Buddhism venerates the Guru Rinpoche as the Guru of their tantric teachings. A Tibetan king of ancient age had pleaded with Guru Rinpoche; Guru Rinpoche, then in India, transmitted tantric teachings into Tibet. The statues of Guru Rinpoche appear as being peaceful or wrathful. For example, you could see in this altar it is a peaceful one. The appearance of Guru Rinpoche looks solemn and serious – somewhat different from other smiley Buddha statues. In general, those who practice tantric teachings would bear the look of solemn and serious, which signifies that they have a resolute mind to benefit the beings. You might have an image that the appearance of His Holiness Chetsang looks simply affable; but His Holiness is extremely conscientious and careful with respect to Buddha Dharma. For example, one time in Tibet, while transmitting Dharma teachings to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in a private room, His Holiness paused immediately and simply kept in silence upon the moment His Holiness’s mother came in the room. The Mother then stepped out right away. It tells us that tantric teachings would only be transmitted to those who have the right capacity, while family connection alone such as spouse, children or parents is not regarded as the right one. People used to more welcome smiley faces; one should not, however, judge by one’s eyesight – compassion, indeed, lies in the mind.

The Guru Rinpoche had stayed alive in Tibet for more than seven hundred years and established the first Buddhist monastery – the Samye Monastery. The site of the Samye monastery can still be found in Tibet. Guru Rinpoche, at last, riding a white horse, left for the Raksha realm and has been the king of the Raksha realm. The beings from Raksha, if they would not have been ruled by the Guru Rinpoche, would take human beings as their food. Guru Rinpoche protects human beings from such harm.

Guru Rinpoche had a prophecy that, in the age of degenerate Dharma, human being will create iron-made flying vehicle and, then, men would be unrighteous, women would be unfaithful, and family descendants would become un-filial. Nowadays, as a matter of fact, since aircrafts have been created, this human world is full of wars and natural disasters. Men have no proper sense of honor and justice; women have no proper faithfulness; family descendants do not show their filial piety. These facts, one on one, reflect the prophecy.

And then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche began to hold the ritual of Buddha Amitabha, led attendees to recite Amitabha’s mantra and meditated with attendees for a while. After the ritual, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave the following enlightenment.

The first sentence in the dharma text for the ritual of Buddha Amitabha doesn’t directly mention Buddha Amitabha. Instead, it says an authentic guru who can liberate and take sentient beings to the pure land should be no different from Buddha Amitabha. A guru who can liberate is the one who can alleviate your suffering of cyclic birth and death in reincarnation. Taking you to the pure land means a guru is capable of showing you how to walk on the path of liberation. The meaning of authenticity refers to a guru genuinely with merits and abilities to liberate sentient beings and transfer them to another side of the suffering ocean. At the beginning of the dharma text, it teaches that we should view our gurus no different from Buddhas. That is to stress the importance of a guru. In this degenerate age of Buddha Dharma, we were born with tremendous karma. Even for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, his merits are not sufficient enough to see Buddhas or receive teachings from Buddhas. In such time, one’s guru represents Buddhas to teach Buddha Dharma. Without a guru, one can’t learn Buddha Dharma. That’s why, in Tibetan Buddhism, the role of one’s guru is always emphasized. H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang gave the enlightenment that if you see your guru as a Buddha, you’d receive a Buddha’s blessing. On the other hand, if you see your guru as an ordinary person, you would only receive help of an ordinary person.

At the beginning of the puja, a ritual of making mandala offering proceeded first. When a guru who wearing a dharma crown and sitting at his throne represents Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to accept your offering. Genuine dharma crown must be personally bestowed by one’s guru. A practitioner can’t make a dharma crown as he or she wishes. The ornaments on any dharma crown vary. From the style, shape, and embellishments of a guru’s dharma crown, one can tell which lineage the guru belongs to and what level of accomplishment the guru has attained.

All the rituals of Tibetan Buddhism must include a preliminary practice, a main practice and a dedication prayer. A preliminary practice is to make vows. It can be explained as your motivation of taking part in a puja. If your motivation are simply the wishes of your own health, faithfulness of your husbands, and obedience of your children, the effects of your participation will be minimal. On the other hand, if you vow to cultivate Bodhichitta, the merits you can obtain are incredible. A main practice includes both development and completion stages. Finally, you must make dedication. Many people would go to a puja but leave the venue before it ends. This is indicative of incompleteness in all things you carry out.

Originally two mayors wanted to attend the Great Indiscriminated Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness held in October 2010. However, as they said they planned to attend the puja merely for 30 minutes, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche courteously decline them. It was because, on one hand, as they came to the venue, it was not possible for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to descend the Dharma Throne to receive them in the course of puja; On the other hand, it would be impolite to not receive them. Moreover, their leaving during the puja would also disturb other attendees’ mind. Hence, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just refused them to attend the puja. Try to think about it, if the two mayors come, many journalists would follow to come too. And this activity would be reported on TV news, which could be advertising the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center for free. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, however, declined this opportunity. And it was because: First, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had too many disciples no matter how he has expelled some of them. Actually it is no need to advertise. Second, a Buddhist practitioner most fears for fame and wealth. Once he gets to be well-known, his virtues and merits would be cut. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is cautious about the fame thing. For anything related, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would ask his root Guru — His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang for advice. And Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not do the things without His Holiness’ consent. With such a Rinpoche level that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had attained, he is still very humble. Even for a book’s publication, he would ask for His Holiness’ advice. As for you, unlike Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, you easily feel you are so great as you think you recite some volumes of Sutras, do some prostrations, or take refuge.

The leading ordained disciple used to improperly think that she could salvage the deceased through her reciting sutras so she was qualified to receive the offering. By doing so, she had many diseased all over at the time she just came Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. At first, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche explained to her, she even answered him back by saying that each time she tried to salvage the deceased she recited 23 volumes of sutras. Her meaning was that in so doing she deserved the reward. However, the truth is that when one is not able to salvage the deceased, it does not matter that one recites sutras for 230 volumes or 2000 volumes. This sutra recitation at most helps let the deceased fall into the three evil paths at a later time. Now the disciple’s health is getting better. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not help to cure her illness, but as she followed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in Buddhist cultivation, she has gradually repaid the karmic debt and recovered. Therefore, do not regard that an ordained person could receive offering. If the ordained one receives other people’s offering but unable to help them to solve their problems, he must repay them with something, like his own health.

Reciting Amitabha Buddha’s name is not just to take a counter in one’s hand and a rosary in another one to count. It also needs to visualize. Visualization here does not mean to think or watch a Buddha’s statue when doing the recitation. To do visualization, one needs to receive his guru’s oral transmission and empowerment to practice Development and Completion Stages. It is stated in dharma texts that those of high or middle potential should practice through Completion Stage; while those of average potential should practice taking refuge and developing Bodhicitta. Ask yourself why you take refuge. Be clearly aware of the reason of seeking refuge, one could develop Bodhicitta and obtain rebirth in the Pure Land as well.

Although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed practice means on the visualization of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, a larger part of the practice was not taught yet because you have not achieved the requirement. In the Buddhist scriptures, one who does not have the capacity cannot receive or even listen to Vajrayana teachings. Do not think that the guru has to transmit the teachings upon your request. According to the Dharma texts, if any disciples have the capacity for Vajrayana practice but the guru does not transmit teachings to him, the guru will violate his precepts. Why doesn’t Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche transmit the teachings? It is because you do not have the capacity.

In the Buddhist scriptures, it is said that one has to constantly contemplate on the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Many people might wonder how to contemplate. In fact, it means that one has to contemplate on the merits and virtues of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Although there are many chapters in the Buddhist scriptures praising the merits and virtues of the Buddhas, the Buddhas’ vast merits and virtues can never be fully described by mere words. Therefore, the scriptures teach us to contemplate on the merits and virtues of the Buddhas all the time so as to change our selfishness and thoughts of the five poisons and to refrain from committing evil while conducting virtuous deeds.

According to the Dharma texts, if one cultivates his practice diligently by means of generation stage and completion stage but fails to gain liberation, Vajradhara must have told lies. Of course Vajradhara does not tell lies. What it means is that one will definitely attain liberation as long as he practices diligently according to the teaching. Just as the disciple who shared with you all just now, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led over 20,000 people to perform dharma during the Great Indiscriminated Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousnesses. There are no other solutions. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had to do the visualization, generation stage and completion stage on his own.

To cultivate diligently is not to do something very much, but to be focused and concentrate on doing it. The so-called receding usually happens to practitioners who just began to learn about Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism. When a practitioner has cultivated diligently and attained a certain level in practice, he or she will not want to have contact with the sentient beings any longer and will return to the Arhat path which leads to self-liberation. Such an act is called receding. When first beginning to learn Vajrayana Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche almost receded, too. Nonetheless, if you do not want to attend pujas or learn Buddhism, it means that you are lazy. You do not have the qualifications to say that you recede. However, some people are too enthusiastic and hang out with the sentient beings all the time. They get so busy that they even forget about cultivation. Only when you can liberate yourself can you liberate others. People like that want to help others while they cannot even help themselves. Usually, such people would be influenced, changed by others, and fail to practice.

At the time when the Second Patriarch of Zen Buddhism implored the First Patriarch, Bodhidharma, to transmit the pith instruction of the mind, he cut his arm off and knelt in the snow whole night. At the break of the next day, Bodhidharma opened his door and said, “This looks like it.” Then, Bodhidharma transmitted the teachings to the Second Patriarch. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would never dare to tell you to cut off an arm or even a piece of your finger nails.

Every Rinpoche has his own historical record of practices. Even a reincarnated Rinpoche is not capable of knowing everything immediately after he is born. Even His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang had to learn from scratch when he was born in this life. Therefore, what one had achieved for one’s practices in past lives is not important. The important thing is that whether one has diligently practiced true Buddhism in this life. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche dare not say how good he has achieved in his practices. However, in 2007, there was only one person, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, who followed His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to perform a retreat in Mt. Lapchi.

A moment ago, when conducting the ritual of Amitabha Buddha, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked everyone to meditate for about 20 or 30 minutes. During the meditation, many people could not stand, beginning to move their legs, or at least letting their minds run wild. You cannot achieve a meditative state because you have not learned Tantra. Some people think making mudra hand gestures is Tantra. In fact this is a misunderstanding. After all Buddhas have attained enlightenment, they all look the same. They all have 32 forms and 80 minor marks. Hence, Buddhas’ mudra is the symbol to tell which Buddha is among all Buddhas.

Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche again conducted a simplified ritual of Avalokiteshvara and a simplified ritual of Guru Rinpoche, and led all participants to recite Avalokiteshvara’s heart mantra and Guru Rinpoche’s heart mantra. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also enlightened the attendees.

The dharma text has the following verses. “Pay homage (namo) to the guru, Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Yidams, and dharma protectors; one oneself and others all take refuge under them; practice diligently and by stages to the perfection of self own’s nature. “Namo” has many meanings, including the meaning of taking refuge.

When one recites mantra, two kinds of conditions, “restless worries” and “drowsiness”, may happen. “Restless worries” means that your mood is too excited to settle down and deluded thought constantly arise. “Drowsiness” does not mean sleepiness. Sleepiness is lack of physical strength. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will teach the meaning of “drowsiness” later. When reciting mantra, do not recite loudly. Some people will recite with a very loud sound. One situation is that they want to drown other people’s voices since they do not want to listen to others’ voices, but their own voices. Another situation is that they want to recite loudly so that the guru, Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas can hear their voices. These two ideas are not correct. If you recite loudly using the strength of your lungs over a long period of time, this will damage your lungs and has no advantage to you. If you really recite aloud and let Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche notice you, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche may ask you not to recite mantras since you will be injured. Furthermore, the Buddha’s Pure Land is ten trillion Buddhas’ lands away from the Earth, that is, such a long distance of ten trillion galaxies. No matter how loud you recite, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas cannot hear you. In fact, only the human beings on earth use ears to communicate. The sentient beings of the heaven realm do not use sound to communicate. The sentient beings of the ghost realm are also not like what you have believed that they will use sound to answer you when speaking with them. They completely rely on the changes of thoughts to understand each other. Whether Buddhas and Bodhisattvas can hear your voice depends on your mind when you recite mantras, not on the loudness of your voice.

You often recited the mantras with the mind of distraction and Five Poison. What to say it? When you are reciting the mantras, you wish to have a good health which is a mind of greed. You wish to have a satisfactory family life which is a mind of greed as well. You are thinking that your husband will not have extra-marital affairs, or his lover will be disappeared, which is a mind of hatred. You wish your children will be passed for the exam which is a mind of greed as well. You wish that all bad things will not happen; you don’t believe the law of cause and effect, which is a mind of delusion. With those mind to recite the mantras, your body will became a mandala of Five Poison.

When you are finished the practices at home and making the dedication, you often took almost 15 minutes to recite the name list. Actually those on your list are the parts of sentient beings too; you just make dedication to sentient beings and it should be enough.

This time of human civilization in the earth is not the first time. According to Buddhist sutra, there would be seven Buddhas to salvage the sentient beings on the earth. The first Buddha was the Vajradhara; the Buddha Sakyamuni was the fifth Buddha. There were already four Buddhas, which means that it is the fifth civilization on the earth.

During the ritual of Tsok Offering, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche let the attendees share the offered food in the puja. According to the Buddhist sutra, only those who have great merits are able to eat the food with the practitioner in the same time. Don’t think that it is quite simple. You may know that it is impossible to have a dinner with the President or a high official if you have no power or position at all. That needs merits as well. Today in the puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche let you eat the offering food in the ritual of Tsok Offering, which would halp you to make the karmic connection so that you will have the opportunity to enjoy the offering food with Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in your future life.

When the puja was finished, the attendees were grateful that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was selfless to devote himself. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also enlightened that next week will have a taking refuge ceremony for those believers who have registered to take refuge. Those believers who longed for taking refuge were very joyful to hear the news.

January 15, 2011

From 5:20 PM to 9:40 PM, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave enlightenment to 130 believers with Buddhism and helped them to relieve all kinds of suffering in the world at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei.

January 16, 2011

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over a puja of refuge ceremony as well as Lama Chapa rituals. Prior to the beginning of the puja, a female shared her experience of how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had helped her and her family. In 2007, she went to make an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the first time. She was mistaken to believe a non-Buddhist master, thinking that there were ghosts in the apartment of her parents-in-law. She believed that her father-in-law would commit suicide because of this. With an introduction of a dharma brother, she went to seek help from Most Venerable Vajra Guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. At that time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave her the following enlightenment: “Who told you there were ghosts in the apartment? If she is able to know this, she should be able to solve the problem. Why bothered to come here and asked for help?” She had not developed sufficient reverence toward His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. As a result, she attempted to make herself clear and prove her filial piety. Hardly did she realize her stupidity and arrogance. At last, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked her only one thing: “Where is your parents-in-law’s son? If they need help, the son should come.” At that time, she only felt that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was very different to other masters. She thought to herself that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was trying to prevent her from having superstitions! Fortunately, that dharma brother had kept inviting her to attend the annual Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja. For this reason, she had been able to maintain the connection with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

She was an in-service trainer for corporations. Because she decided to attain further education and had to take care of her family, she quitted the job and instead became a substitute teacher in an elementary school. It’s because the passing rate for an official position in elementary schools was quite low. After being a substitute teacher, in September of 2008, her daughter would be born and she knew that no school would hire a substitute teacher like her. She became very anxious and uneasy due to the facts that she had mortgage to pay, her savings were gone to her further education, and no more income from her anymore. Regrets and self-pities were full of her mind. It was even worse that she didn’t strive to rise above the hurdles. Nor could she accept the truth that she was the one who caused all these. She attended a series of courses for spiritual development, hoping to learn how to become more aware of her own inner thoughts. To continue advanced courses, she even borrowed 60,000 New Taiwan Dollars from relatives and friends to pay for the tuition. The plan was to become a lecture of the courses. In retrospection, she realized that she was only obsessed with opportunistic ideas, thinking that she would have chances to earn massive income. After that, she accepted an offering of an insurance company. Her plan was that, after giving birth to her daughter, she could at least earn base income of 30,000 New Taiwan Dollars. Probably, she could advance to a millionaire consultant of life insurance. Unexpectedly, the global financial storm started right at that time.

Although, it looks as if everything is well planned, but she still feels great fear and frightened, besides her father had the Cardiac Catheterization due to his myocardial infarction, she and her mother were very worried about the health conditions of her father, therefore, in June of that year, she brought her parents to ask for an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. This time when she met Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she thought she was being very respectful, but she wasn’t, because when she was kneeing down in front of the most His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and request for the blessings from Rinpoche for her parents and children, without realizing that she had made a mudra she had learned previously from another Buddhism group, she now realized that she was being arrogant and ignorant when she was asking for blessings, the most His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just made a glimpse of her, and ask “What is with your hand?” At that moment, she felt blank on her mind, she just thought: it is over, why would I made this mudra at this time? As it turns out to be that once a bad habit got used to be a custom, even one thought oneself had corrected the bad habit, the bad habit may appear unconsciously. Therefore, the most His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave her a reproach, during Rinpoche’s enlightenment, Rinpoche said “You still have doubts! “ Then Rinpoche turn away to ask about her father’s conditions, then Rinpoche gave enlightenments to her father, Rinpoche said “If her father kept eating meat, then Rinpoche still give blessings to him, it is as if the sins that the animals will be eaten or kill by him is allowed.” If they really hope their father to be well, then they need to wait until their father is willing to be a vegetarian, then they can come again to ask for an audience of the His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

At that time, she thought the His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is really formidable, because when she was in the “Spiritual Class” she had joined, she believed that “Buddha may not exist, the non-Buddhist religions stated the origin of the universe and the beginning of all beings and matters is true.” Rinpoche even knows she believes that, be in front of the outstanding and Venerable Vajra Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she is really ashamed and abashed, she thought “ Rinpoche may not care about her anymore!  But when the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche giving blessings to her mother, Rinpoche said “Hurry up, I have to give blessing to your daughter.” When the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave blessing to her, she was totally broken down, she couldn’t stop crying and crying, there were only one thought on her mind, which is she feels repented! She besought the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to grant her to follow the teachings of the His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to learn to become a Buddhist. At last, the His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche advised and urged her to spend an hour of time, to read the Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Sutra, then reverberate to all the pregnant beings. She will forever remember the compassion spread out from the eyes of the His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, it is like a stream of warm current continuously float in to her body and mind, before she gave birth, she obeyed the advise and read The Sutra and reverberate everyday, and she join the Buddhist ceremonies , also she received the grant to take refuge under the venerable and compassionate Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

On early September, her amniotic fluid was broken first, so she went to the delivery room and injected the pituitary extract to hasten the child delivery, there were at least five times of strong pain that she had to ask the nurse for painless labor or Caesarean section, even when the accompany husband kept reminded her to chanting the Buddha could not transfer her attention of the pain, her mother looked at her paled face and so worried, her mother planned to ask the doctor just do the Caesarean section operation, just when she was experiencing extreme pain and were going to faint, a thought came to her mind “Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, I felt so pain!” After 20 seconds, the nurse came in to check on her condition, the nurse said she is ready to labor with three fingers wide openings, she must go on the labor table, not more than 10 minutes, the daughter was born. At that exact moment, she is deeply realized even when she was not yet take refuge under the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she still get blessings from Rinpoche, because  The Guru is reluctant and not willing to see sentient beings suffer, and the blessings she received which made her able to be secured and unharmed before she began learning Buddhism until she met the most His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

After she finished her month-long postpartum rest and recuperation, she started to work as a salesman for an insurance company. In November she attended the taking refuge ceremony, and became a disciple of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Later on, she came to the Glorious Jewel Jewellry Company and asked for audios of dharma talks of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. In the three months, she lived a suffering life, as every month she got nothing left after paying the fixed expenditures. Under such kind of financial pressure, everyday she shed tears when she listened to the dharma records in metro. Also, she cried when she listened to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s dharma talk in pujas. She was clearly aware that she did not sincerely plan for her relatives and friends’ life and finance management. Instead, she just wanted to make money by selling them insurances. It was not until one day she heard Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave the teachings: “One ought to leave evil environment that would make you deluded.” that she got to know her mindset was incorrect. However, in the most severe period of financial crises, she was afraid that after resignation she couldn’t find a job immediately. Once in a while she wanted to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for this. Nevertheless, thinking of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s previous experience of bankruptcy and the dharma teachings, she felt she was too selfish and there were many sentient beings more suffering than her. She thought she should not bother Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with such a trifle. Thereafter, she just came to Glorious Jewel Jewellery Company to make prostrations as well as offerings to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

She had struggled on the issue “to leave her job or not” for 4 months. Finally, after Chinese New Year, she made up her mind, turned in her resignation, and left the insurance company. It was in a period of financial meltdown. She heard that many of her friends and relatives were laid off or forced to take leaves without pay. She felt very worried about herself. In each Chinese New Year her mother gave her a red envelope (a cash gift) and that year was not an exception. Although she did not have big financial ability to make an offering to guru, and her mother did not possess sufficient causal conditions to attend puja, she thought that she could take her mother’s blessing to offer to guru so as to accumulate virtues and merits for her mother. Therefore, she took the cash gift given from her mother to the Glorious Jewel Jewellry Company to make an offering to guru. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche received her offering. Usually the present would leave if no one else would like to ask for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s advice. However, that time when she kneed with the others before Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche suddenly took a look at her and asked her where she worked at. Wondering why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would ask her the question, she replied: “Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, I worked for an insurance company, but I already turned in my resignation yesterday.” After hearing her saying, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche merely said: “Ok.” She still did not know why but dumbly looked at Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Perhaps it was because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sympathized with her foolishness, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her: “Alright! I helped you to get a job!” Leaving the insurance company but not get another job was as if pushing her herself into a blind alley without a way out. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s words were just like a bright lamp in the darkness that dispelled her fear. In the following days, she got many job opportunities and eventually she did get a job. She had immense gratitude to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just knew everything! You don’t even have to pray but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would just make arrangements for disciples for their best.

After seeking an audience with the venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, her father began to have a vegetarian diet and attained the blessings of the venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. However, because of her inaction, her father started to eat meat again a year later. In 2010, her father’s doctor again thought that based on the heart condition her father should have two more coronary stents and the decision was urgent. When her mother told this to her, there were less than three days left before her father’s operation in the hospital. Fortunately, because of a group lead dharma brother’s advice, she invited her brothers and sisters to seek an audience with the venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche together for her father. She reported her father’s condition to the venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and, on behalf of her father, implored the blessings of the venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked her, “What do you want me to bless?” She replied, “Please let my father go through the surgery safely and have opportunities to learn Buddhism.” The venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche answered, “We will save the matter of learning Buddhism for later. Do you want me to bless your father so that he will not die accidentally on the operating table?” She replied yes. Then the venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately blessed her father. She wanted very much to invite her father to learn Buddhism, but did not know how to say this to him. So she asked the venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for advice. The venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche only told her that she could just invite her father directly, but should not force him; she should respect his own will. Although her father had not implored personally in front of the venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, her father still attained the blessings of the venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche; after her father entered the operating room, magically, the doctor announced that the surgery was not necessary. Later, she constantly reflected that why the venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her this way. She then realized that she had always arranged things for her family members self-righteously and had never given them any basic respect. Though she was selfish, she actually still obtained the care of the venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche; the only reason she can think of for this is the compassion of the venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Also, in early 2010, due to toothache she went to see a dentist. The dentist told her that two teeth on either side of her mouth required root canal therapy. She had done root canal therapy before, so it should have nothing to worry about. However, different from the usual situation, she needed more treatment this time and the level of pain was more intensive than that in the past. After the first treatment and lecturing her class, she could not fall asleep because of pain for several nights. At the time, she happened to listen to the venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s enlightenment in the dharma recording about Rinpoche’s personal experience of no breathing in the retreat room. So she contemplated why she had toothache. The first reason should be her action of eating meat in the past. Secondly, she did not take good care of her teeth and this was equivalent to harming the sentient beings in her body. Lastly, having the root canal therapy was equivalent to having a surgery on her gums. Hence, she knelt down and repented in front of the dharma photo of the venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and prayed to Rinpoche for letting her take the pains suffered by those sentient beings that had toothache. That night, she had a dream. She did not remember the progress of the dream, but clearly saw three black blood balls flying out from her mouth. The next morning, her toothache unexpectedly cured without medication. This experience let her realize that why the venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had always used his own experience as his teaching. The venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche not only told us how to do, but also wanted us to follow what he had done.

On the eve of the Halloween in the same year, she talked the story of a witch with her 5-years old son. Her son talked her that he ever dreamt a witch appearing in his dream when he got high fever and having the disease of H1N1 on the first night which was in the end of September of the same year. He dreamt that a witch was coming to chase him in his dream. He was very sacred and yelling to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for help. Afterward Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche appearing in his dream, and practiced the dharma which was just like the same way in the puja, and then the witch was disappeared. It was around one month later; his son voluntarily expressed his intention to her that he would like to take refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She talked him whether he would be a vegetarian if he would like take refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Since that time, he started to be a vegetarian and finally smoothly took refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

She would like to make repentance to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and sentient beings. It was because that her wrong notion and fatuous idea to let her son have the evil cause of killing karma. It caused that he had lots of troubles when he consumed the meat before. Since he had been a vegetarian and took refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the irritation of his upper respiratory tract was no need to go hospital frequently. She also wish the believers and the dharma brothers can take the example from her.

Recently, the mother of her good friend met Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche because of her illness which had been at the fourth stage lung cancer. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked them to listen to the dharma audio recordings of the “Repentance” teachings. During that time, she continually shared the stories of her dharma brothers having the blessing and help from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Under the blessing of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, they felt the compassion of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Before they beseeched for the permission of joining the puja, she and her friend had decided to take refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She has fully realized why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would teach people the importance of praising the merits of guru continually. Otherwise the mother of her friend could be possible unable to find the solution to be liberated from suffering.

She would like to make repentance for her delusion and self-conceit which caused go astray to be on the wrong way of learning Buddhism in the past. She was also grateful for the compassion of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to sentient beings which could let her and her friends and relatives have the blessings of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Her children could be able to take refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, let them have the direction to learn the way to liberate from the suffering and reincarnation.

Thereafter, the chairman of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center specially emphasized to the disciples of the center: When you encountered any irregular case, don’t be self-assertive to handle it by yourself, you must report to your team leader or the chairman of the center for the appropriate determination. It is not easy to have a peaceful center for learning Buddhism. You have to cherish it and be aware of the important issue not to inappropriately handle the irregular case which may lead to damage the peaceful center. This kind of effect could not afford to pay the responsibility for anyone.

Afterwards, Most Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ascended the dharma seat to bestow the following holy teachings: Today, a refuge ceremony will be held. Many of the attendees here have, at occasions of public gathering held by some famous monastic temples, participated in casual refuge ceremony. For example, in a Dharma tour visiting Taiwan years ago, His Holiness Chetsang granted an opportunity for the believers – as his response to believers’ pleading — to take refuge in His Holiness. His Holiness had done nothing in particular but just given each believer a Refuge Certificate; it was a form of casual refuge. Taking a refuge in such an approach, you got the chance to create, only, a connection with the Dharma master, the guru or the Rinpoche; the masters have no responsibility to mentor or oversee your learning on the Dharma.

When it comes to Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, taking refuge has to follow the principles accordingly. The believer who would like to take refuge must be confirmed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to grant the permission. If the believer does not show sincere faith toward Rinpoche, or the believer’s intention is merely to make a trial, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not allow the refuge.

In Chinese, “taking refuge” is composed by two characters and the first one has 2 main meaning – one refers to “bright” and the other refers to “reverting to” – and the integral meaning refers to converting oneself from in the darkness to become in the bright. Here, we use the two words — darkness and brightness – to refer to negative karma and positive karma respectively. Rinpoche then discussed the general meaning of karma. Bodhisattva Kstigarbha enlightened people that “each and every thought, that an ordinary being gives rise to, is simply karma and a sin”. Simply put in other words, it would be karma if the thought is for one’s own interest rather than for the others’ benefit. Karma, regardless of negative or positive, will entrap us in cycles of birth and death; negative karma cannot be cancelled out by positive ones. For example, some people have gained their own wealth through immoral or illegal approaches; they have also donated part of the gain with an expectation that their sin would disappear. Such a notion is a mistake.

The second character refers to relying upon the Dharma that, in turn, is the directions for our cultivation and practices. Both His Holiness Chetsang and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche have ever said that practices are more than reciting sutras, worshipping Buddhas, making repentant obeisance, and taking meditative sitting. Those activities could only help accumulate some blessings, if any. Cultivation practices refer to correcting those conducts that would otherwise entrap one in cycles of reincarnations. The aspects of the cultivation practice are far beyond the notion of changing one’s own behaviors. When it comes to human morality, Confucius had laid a whole set of fundamental principles – that man should follow. Moreover, it could be observed that animals would also change their behaviors according to different situations – they also have knowledge about the good thing or the bad thing for them. A practitioner, who follows the Dharma, is someone who would like to, further, change the conducts leading to cyclic reincarnations.

Without relying upon a guru, it’s no way out to accomplish the goals of complete virtuous as well as escaping the cycles of birth and death. The key point is human’s experiences in worldly affairs could not be compared to the Buddha dharma. Without the guidance of a guru, all you do will be based on your ordinary experiences. As a matter of fact, you even have no idea that, through your conducts, you are simply on the way toward the three lower realms. The targets that we take refuge in are the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha – therefore, it refers to relying upon the Dharma for liberation from the cycles of birth and death; it refers to relying upon the Sangha – including Bhikshu, Bhikshuni, Upasaka, and Upasika – who, as a whole, follows and practices their guru’s teachings for liberation. In the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, one has to further rely upon the guru besides the three jewels – Buddha, Dharma and the Sangha. The guru is even more important than the Buddha, because you don’t have any chance to, personally, see a real Buddha. Each time, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche visits the main monastery in India, Rinpoche would first pay homage to his merciful root guru His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, before Rinpoche could have opportunity to worship the Buddha statue in the ceremonial temple. As a matter of fact, Buddha statues cannot talk to you, nor they give you speech on the Dharma. We have been out of any luck to personally hear Buddha Sakyamuni to speak the Dharma; nonetheless the guru is performing the role of a Buddha to teach us. Therefore, we must be sincerely grateful toward the guru.

The lineage in which you are seeking refuge is the Drikung Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Drikung is the name of a place and Kagyu means oral transmission. The Drikung Kagyu Lineage was founded by the lineage guru, Jigten Sumgon, over 830 years ago. The former incarnation of Lord Jigten Sumgon was Bodhisattva Nagarjuna, one of the 84 accomplished Indian practitioners. The Madhyamaka Karika in Exoteric Buddhism was based on Maharatnakuta Sutra and composed by Bodhisattva Nagarjuna. The former incarnation of Bodhisattva Nagarjuna was Vimalakirti, a great accomplished master in the Buddha’s time. Even Bodhisattva Manjuri requested the Buddhist teachings from Vimalakirti as well. Buddha Sakyamuni propagated the teachings by means of oral transmission as well during his lifetime. The Buddhist teachings in the Drikung Kagyu Lineage have to be transmitted orally by one’s guru. If you recite sutras or mantras without receiving oral transmissions, nothing will work and your karma cannot be changed. What you do is merely better than reading other texts. An ordained guru is not necessarily better than a lay one in terms of refuge-seeking, nor is a lay guru better than an ordained one. Our lineage gurus such as Tilopa, Naropa, Marpa, and Milarepa were all laity.

Some people might think that a reincarnated Rinpoche is more capable. In fact, even a reincarnated Rinpoche has to start his practice from scratch. No matter how capable he used to be, if he fails to practice this life, he won’t be able to accomplish anything. Their Holinesses the 37th Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and the 36th Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang have been reincarnated 7 and 8 times respectively. Anyhow, Their Holinesses still had to start learning all over again ever since childhood. In recent history of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage, there have been several accomplished practitioners who achieved the attainment of a Rinpoche through practice in current life. In the Drikung Kagyu Lineage, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is the only lay Rinpoche of Han lineage who accomplished the attainment of a Rinpoche through practice in this life.

What you have taken refuge under still belongs to Exoteric refuge, which refers to the explicitness of the theories in all Buddha Dharma. As one has learned Exoteric Buddhism with true understanding and been able to apply the theories, and then his or her guru has also verified such understanding and application, his or her guru will bestow Bodhisattva’s precepts as an advanced form of taking refuge. As for under whom to take refuge, in Exoteric Buddhism, the requirements are not very strict. In Tibetan Buddhism, one at least has to take refuge under a Rinpoche. And there are many kinds of Rinpoche. While taking refuge, the guru sitting on a vajra seat will bestow precepts upon you, which means the guru should be able to observe the precepts, too. Since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche isn’t ordained, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche wouldn’t bestow precepts of Bhikkhu or Bhikkhuni. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, nonetheless, can accept refuge of all sentient beings.

The place of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei, is about 990 square meters and was bought in 2004. Through his connections, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bought it at a price that was 80,000 NTD lower than the market price for every 3.3 square meters. Without making any profit, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sold and transferred the property to Taipei Glorious Jewel Buddhism Culture Exchange Association. Consequently, the owner of the place isn’t Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Regardless of the market price at the time, it still cost a great deal of money to purchase the venue. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche registered the property under Rinpoche’s name, would disciples possibly disagree? The Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center registered as an association rather than a foundation. Thus, only can members donate to the association. The association can’t raise funds from non-members.

All Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s expenses are paid by Rinpoche. Never does a penny of the expenses come from the association. If the Buddhist Center registered as a foundation, the expenses can be paid by the foundation. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche didn’t do so. If you think your donations to other charity foundations are virtuous deeds, it is not entirely correct. Most of the donations are used for personnel costs; it would be a lot to have 3 in 10 dollars used for virtuous deeds. If you really would like to donate money, you should personally give the money to those who have no resources to see doctors, to have meals, or to buy coffins. Don’t be lazy to do so. Otherwise, you can donate your money to government. The department of social welfare needs a great amount of donations.

A while ago, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche accompanied Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang for an outing. They saw a school by a riverside, whichhad been established by a foundation before the 921 earthquake. But the land of riverside wasn’t suitable to build any school. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once also saw two huge buildings for libraries built by the same foundation. Whether any Buddhist practitioners need so large a library? The fact that the money donated by sentient beings was used in such a way may be in question. So you shouldn’t continue donating your money to such a foundation any more.

After you take refuge, you will be grouped according to the results of drawing lots. Your group leaders or coordinators will be in contact with you. Don’t think that a group leader can have special benefits. You shouldn’t ask your group leaders to do things for you. You should take care of your own matters. Don’t blame your group leaders for things you should be responsible for. Don’t ask your group leaders for everything you don’t know. If you feel ill or have stomachache, go to see a doctor. If you have any questions in Buddha Dharma, don’t go to your group leaders, either. You should meet with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. A group leader isn’t a Rinpoche. Nor is she or he a Khenpo. A group leader can’t teach Buddha Dharma. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche doesn’t have to be so strict and allow you to say whatever you want. For Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, it would take a great deal of efforts to set up such a strict rule. Among dharma brothers, you shouldn’t like other Buddhist centers in which when outsiders ask about enlightenment of a guru, members would explain or teach about it. You are not qualified to teach Buddha Dharma. Moreover, Buddha Dharma shouldn’t be topics of your chitchatting. As group leaders, they should be able to stand being reprimanded. Those who can’t take care of others can’t be group leaders. A group leader is simply a messenger. Don’t think that if you truckle your group leader, you’ll gain more opportunities to be close to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche isn’t the kind of guru who you can get close with by truckling. Unless you have exactly practiced Buddha Dharma and attained some accomplishment, perhaps you’ll be allowed to curry favor with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

After you become a disciple, you shouldn’t engage in any financial matters with other disciples, either borrowing or lending. It is because here is a clear and pure Buddhist center. A while ago, two disciples were involved in borrowing and lending. One lent money to the other. These disciples were not allowed to come any longer. Additionally, if you are not married, it is up to you to date other members. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not prohibit such matter. However, if you are married, dating is absolutely not allowed in this center.

Don’t learn the behavior of reciting mantras with prayer beads all the time as if you are genuinely practicing Buddhism. Such behaviors might be just a show-off, thinking that you are superior and different than others. Learning Buddhism is from inside your heart rather than from your appearance. You should live a normal life. An authentic and achieving practitioner can’t be identified by merely looking at his or her appearance. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche isn’t wearing the dharma clothes, people can’t easily recognize Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche as a Rinpoche. Nonetheless, the mind of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is completely distinctive from others. On the other hand, you should fear that people would know you have been learning Buddha Dharma. It is a wonderful thing. You shouldn’t feel ashamed and try to hide the fact. Moreover, after learning Buddha Dharma for a while, some may think they have really learned something. By thinking so, they’d lecture others with Buddha Dharma. That you have become more arrogant after you have learned more Buddha Dharma is incorrect.

A Child who wants to learn Buddhism in Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center must get his parents’ approval in advance before he starts. One should not regard it will be alright for one to secretly take his child here without notifying both of his parents beforehand. Instead, he would be expelled if found. According to the law, any activity of juveniles must be approved by their legal guardian(s). And Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not do anything against law. Those who take their child to this center in a swindle way to their couple are just teaching their child to cheat and to be unfilial. How does an unfilial child learn Buddhism? This kind of rule is also applied to husband and wife. One of them must gain the other’s consent before they come here to learn Buddhism. Some people would deceive their couple and improperly think that they could start cultivating Buddhism first and then dedicate the merits to their couple so that their couple would come with them. However, this kind of mindset is not correct. A Buddhist learner should be like a witch. If you are obstructed from cultivating Buddhism by other people today, it is because you ever obstructed others from cultivating Buddhism in your previous life. If you deceive your couple on your attending puja by saying that you would have a tea-time gathering with your mom or friend, then it would lead to that your couple won’t tell you about his activities. Nowadays many people conceal their things from their couple. We could often see in a restaurant, when women assemble, they chat that they do not tell their husband about this gathering. Naturally, those women would also be concealed by their couples.

Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche itemized the duties and obligations that a disciple should take. After one takes refuge, he ought to be noted:
1. One should not pray and prostrate to gods of heaven realm. One should not go to non-Buddhist temples to worship or pray. If an ancestor worship ritual is held in one’s family, he could incense, but he should not pray or worship on bended knees.
2. Never hurt the sentient beings: After one takes refuge, one should not do harm to all sentient beings and of course he should adopt vegetarian diets.
3. “Never rely on non-Buddhism.”
4. Revere the Three Jewels. When one sees a Buddhist sutra, a Buddha’s statue, or a stupa, one should be reverent. If it is not convenient for him to do prostrations, he ought to be respectful.
5. “Never get rid of your refuge precept because of your own sake of convenience to any particular things.” Never go for divination or fortune-telling just because guru’s absence.
6. “Be sure to make your offerings all the time.” After you take refuge, you have the responsibility to support this center and the order’s activities. According to the concept is you ought to pay for what you use, this center’s expenditure are supported and shared by disciples. Don’t say that you have no money to do the financial support. It is not possible, as you can just save money from a meal’s expenditure and dedicate it to the center. You can just, if you don’t like, not make offerings to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, but you must do financial support to the center. Regularly do it per month. Those who don’t financially support the center do actually invade and occupy the abbot’s, as this center is built and maintained with the fund raised from sentient beings’ donation. Believers who do not take refuge do not need to pay. This center’s expenses are all paid by its members.

As stated in the Sarvâstivāda Sarvabhava Vinaya-sutra, after one seeks refuge one should not commit five misdeeds.

The five misdeeds are as the following: Disbelieving in the law of cause and effect, being lazy, saying harsh speech, being shameless, and being close to evil friends.

Many people say they believe in the law of cause and effect. But in fact, they don’t believe, as they improperly think that it does not matter for them to do what they are not supposed to do because they think they are not that unlucky. And one is slack if he does not practice the dharmas taught and transmitted by his guru. It is stated in the Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha’s Fundamental Vows that when Sakyamuni Buddha was lecturing the Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha’s Fundamental Vows, the ghost king came to listen and made vow to protect those all of who developed their mind of cultivating Buddhism, to help them from being slack, and to strengthen their cultivating mind. Even the ghost king knows that human beings would slack in Buddhist cultivation, let alone Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Do not say that you withdraw and turn back. You are just lazy. To withdraw and turn back means that a Bodhisattva-path practitioner’s mind turns back and no more wants to get liberation from the cyclic existence but wants to return to this world to play. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has a good case to illustrate this. However, due to time limit today, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would tell you in future. Therefore, it is seen that after one seeks refuge, one will get guru’s blessings, and even ghosts and deities will come to protect and support his cultivation. Before, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ever salvaged a protector deity of a temple in Japan. After that, the temple began to decline as it would not be efficacious after its deity was liberated. Being shameless refers to the one who repeatedly and intentionally makes same mistakes that have been pointed out by his guru.

The evil here does not mean to the bad, nor the evil friends refer to those who take you out to eat and play. What it refers to is those non-Buddhist paths pretend to be Buddhism. They seemingly propagate Buddhist teachings but actually they do not teach people how to get liberation from the cycle of birth and death. It is not saying that they are not good when we ask you not to be close with them. It is because they would let you continue to be reincarnated. Hence, do not be involved in non-Buddhist paths’ activities after you seek refuge under Buddhism. There was a disciple whose husband passed away and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately helped to salvage his consciousness. However, the disciple thought that she herself needed some comfort so she started to go to church. She thought no one would know that she sang in the choir in the morning and attended the pujas held by Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in the afternoon. Out of her expectation, as she never thought, she was seen by a disciple of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in a bus that she came out from the church with a smiling face. Achi is really of great ability in protecting the orthodox dharma.

As stated in the Sarvâstivāda Sarvabhava Vinaya-sutra, his Guru could treat those transgressors with no teaching, no talking, no allowing their doing good, no sharing, and no entering in the same room with him. No teachings means to not teach them Buddhism. No talking means that guru would not talk with you. And Guru would not even allow them to be involved with virtuous activities, not have meals together with them, and not be in a same room with them. You can see many people who are not allowed to enter the venue to attend puja so they just stay outside. And they are just those who commit what were before-mentioned. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche adopts the corresponding methods according to the Sutras. Taking refuge in Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center is not the same as that in other centers. In Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, if disciples make mistakes after taking refuge, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has various methods to adopt, such as beating, scolding, punishing, and so on. It is not you who can perform tricks. Those who play tricks here will be expelled. You may ask: Why don’t the compassionate Guru, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas allow them to do virtuous activities? It is because as a disciple commits the five things, he is just doing evil. While doing virtuous deeds increases one’s virtues and merits that are prerequisite for one to be able to help others, on the contrary, if let the one who does evil accumulate virtues and merits, he will also be of greater ability to do harm to sentient beings. Hence, the one should not have been allowed to do virtuous jobs. It is not out of guru’s ruthlessness for not giving the transgressors another chance. Since they do not sincerely cultivate Buddhism, they should not be taught anymore in case more merits he accumulates from Buddhist cultivation, more heavy karma he creates by slandering the Buddha in future.

According to the scriptures, there are 9 reasons that will prevent you from receiving blessings of the guru: To argue with the guru, to fail to receive orders from the guru, to fail to show reverence to the guru, to fail to praise the guru, to fail to do prostrations to the guru, to look down upon or humiliate the Dharma Protector (because the practice of the Dharma Protector is transmitted by the guru), to fail to compliment the merits and virtues of the guru, to fail to get close to the guru, and to get angry with the guru (including talking back to the guru).

Why do you need the blessing of the guru? It is because your dtermination is not strong so you need the blessing of the guru to learn Buddhism without any obstacles. The disciple who shared her experience told that she felt pain-free upon visualizing Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche when she felt like dying in her labor. Because she was in such great pain, her imploration to the guru was not adulterated by any other thought. Therefore, she visualized the guru with a pure and clean mind and naturally received the guru’s blessing. In ordinary times, you are not in extreme hardships and adulterate your imploration to the guru, the Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas with a lot of selfish thoughts. As you think too much, your heart is not pure and, therefore, the power of the blessing will not reveal.

To argue with the guru includes explaining your own thoughts to the guru. When you do so, it means that you think that you are right and the guru is wrong. To fail to receive orders from the guru is to refuse to serve the guru, including not carrying out the orders of the guru. To fail to praise the guru is to disagree what the guru does. What’s more, some of you even dare not let others know that you are a Buddhist even after seeking refuge. To praise the guru is to rejoice. To rejoice is not to make random money offering with a red envelope, but to compliment what others do for the benefits of the sentient beings. You cannot see the merits and virtues of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, and would not believe even if you could see. Nevertheless, you are able to see what the guru does for the benefits of the sentient beings. If you can rejoice over everything done by the guru, you will accumulate the greatest virtues and merits.

When you see the guru, you have to do prostrations, unless the guru told you that it would be unnecessary. When you see the guru in the Buddhist center, you have to do prostrations. Nonetheless, in public places, as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not want to cause a stir among crowds, you will not need to do prostrations if you are told not to.

To fail to get close to the guru. It doesn’t mean that you have to accompany the guru all the time. It is the heart that counts. For example, some people are hiding at the back, trying to stay away from the guru. They are afraid of being scolded if they sit too close to the guru. This shows that they do not get close to the guru. Those who have sought refuge for a long time know that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would never make personal phone calls to disciples to ask them to run some errands for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche or to have meals with the guru. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asks you to do something, it must be related to the Buddhist center or the Lineage. If you show up on your own initiative, it will be a different story, then. It doesn’t mean that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will treat you better when you have offered a great deal of money. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will look at your heart. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can reject the offering of a house, money really does not matter. What matters most is the heart. When you have the wrong heart, you won’t do anything well.

After seeking refuge, one has to abide by the Five Commandments. Any precepts have to be taught by the guru. Do not think that your observance at home will do. The Five Commandments refer to refraining from killing, refraining from stealing (including purchasing bootleg or fake products or taking things of others without permission), refraining from drinking (including smoking and drug-taking), refraining from having sexual misconducts (This does not mean monogamy. As it covers a lot, more will be told in the future.) refraining from saying gossips, and refraining from telling lies. For example, in aforementioned teachings, you were told not to give the Buddhist teachings. To refrain from saying harsh words is to refrain from speaking of others with a hateful heart. To refrain from giving improper speeches is to refrain from luring others with words. Those salespeople should not say untruthful words to the customers so as to convince them to buy your products. The guidelines of the company must be followed.

Furthermore, to refrain from giving improper speeches actually means that one should not utter anything that is unrelated to the Buddhist teachings. In 1994, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reverently invited His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang to travel from Tibet to preside over a puja in Yunnan. A Taiwanese believer was able to go there because of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. At his meeting with His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang, he immediately made an offering of 20,000 RMB, which was quite a deal of money at the time. Then, he took out two name cards, asking His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang which would be a better business partner for him. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang ignored him and did not look at him or say anything. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then spoke to the believer, telling him that he actually asked His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang to violate his precepts if he wanted His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang to criticize others. If one of them was said to be better than the other, the person can turn bad in the future. If one of them was said to be worse than the other, perhaps the person would turn better in the future. As the question was unrelated to the Buddhist teachings, naturally His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang could not answer. Many people would raise questions irrelevant to the Buddhist teachings when they seek audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. When being in a good mood, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche might give you some advice. In other times, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche might not give any answers to your questions just like what His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang did.

Do not say harsh words. Therefore, do not criticize your Dharma brothers in the Buddhist center. If you find anything poorly done in the Buddhist center, let your team leader know. Do not criticize others behind their back. If you hear others criticizing in an inappropriate manner, you should let your team leader know, too. Do not think that anything bad would happen to the Dharma Brother if you tell your team leader about his remarks. You might save him instead because you can prevent him from making even more serious mistakes. Moreover, one should not criticize the guru. If you don’t like the guru, you can feel free to leave. But, do not criticize easily. It won’t do you any good.

The precepts being bestowed today are among the basics. If one practices action Bodhisattva, there will be precepts for a Bodhisattva as well. If you have the opportunity to learn tantric practices, there will be 14 root precepts. If one violates these 14 root precepts, he will fall into the Vajra Hell.

The eight benefits for one to seek refuge:
(1) To become a Buddhist
(2) To become the support for all the precepts
(3) To avoid all harms caused by non-human beings
(4) To relieve or even eliminate karmic crimes
(5) To increase and expand the provisions of merits and virtues in one’s mind
(6) To avoid falling into the three lower realms, i.e. the Realm of Animals, the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, and the Realm of Hell. Even though one fails to practice well this life and arrives at the doorstep of the hell after his death, he will not be admitted in the hell as long as he remembers the guru’s and his own Dharma names.
(7) To generate auspicious path in his mind
(8) To continue learning until attaining the supreme Bodhi and benefitting the sentient beings

Then, the refuge ceremony began. During the ceremony, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche cut a tuft of hair from each person who took refuge. This represents the person has renounced the world. Renouncing the world here means that the person has left the home of the Three Realms of reincarnation. While Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche cut each person’s hair, each person had to speak a Tibetan phrase which meant the person was full of Dharma joys. Under the sound of reciting Vajrasattva’s heart mantra, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed the hair cutting ritual of taking refuge. This time, 103 believers were taking refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and becoming the disciples of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. Everyone was full of Dharma joys

Because the following Lama Chopa Tsok Offering would last for more than one hour, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, compassionately sympathizing all participants, let all attendees rest for 15 minutes. After the rest, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ascended the Dharma throne again to preside over the Lama Chopa Tsok Offering. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened all participants that the Lama Chopa Tsok Offering conducted today had not been practiced by Exoteric Buddhists. The purpose of conducting the Lama Chopa Tsok Offering was to let you create deep connections with the gurus of past generations of Drikung Kagyu Order and to help you accumulate blessings.

Practicing Buddhism needs to have accumulations. Accumulations includes merits and wisdom. Accumulations is like the money that you can use to buy a flight ticket for sending someone to a certain place. Many people came to seek refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche; when Rinpoche asked them why they wanted to learn Buddhism, they would say they wanted to help others. However, how can they who cannot even liberate themselves help other people? How do they have the ability to buy tickets for others? Merits comes from making offerings. There are three kinds of offerings. The first is external offering which is to make offerings with materials such as money or property. The second is internal offering which is to make offerings with one’s body, speech, and mind. The last one is secret offering which is to make offerings with Tantra and is the most excellent offering. The Lama Chopa Tsok Offering conducted today includes all of external, internal, and secret offerings. The offering of one’s body, speech, and mind means that one has to make offerings to the guru with everything one has, including one’s family dependants. When hearing this, you may be afraid. Why do you have to do this? It is not that the guru wants your offerings. It is because your merits are very little. A pure and clean body, speech, and mind do not mean that everything is gone. Because our body, speech, and mind generated are all for the delusion of self-interest, if one’s body, speech, and mind are not for one’s self-interest, they are then pure and clean. If one can make offerings of one’s body, speech, and mind purely and cleanly, one will be able to change one’s own karma and then be able to liberate from the cyclic existence.

For example, Haiti has many disasters now. And those who live in that kind of place are unable to learn Buddhism. Although Taiwan still has many troubled matters, the living condition here is still not bad, when comparing to a lot of places in the world. Taiwan is Asia’s most blessed place since Buddhism is the most prosperous in Taiwan. Those who can be born in Taiwan are blessed people. Although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had been born in mainland China and grown up in Hong Kong, if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had not come to Taiwan, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not have the chance to meet His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to learn Buddhism, and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s this life would have been wasted.

Some person, after learning Buddhism for a while, declared that he had dreamed about Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. There was still some person who came to tell Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that he had been Sakyamuni Buddha’s disciple in one of his past lives. If that were true, then he would have become a monk in this life. In fact, all of us had been in Buddhas and Bodhisattvas’ side; otherwise, we would neither have the cause and condition to practice Buddhism in this life nor come to attend such a puja today. However, we had not been obedient and had not practiced Buddhism well before. So we still have to come to the world to learn Buddhism again in this life.

Attending pujas can accumulate merits and strengthen your determination. Although there are many toilsome matters in life, when you have enough merits, you will not be affected by your health and external environment. Even if your karmic effect emerges, if you have enough merits, your mind will not be affected by it. At first when learning Vajrayana Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche went bankrupt and had no money to buy food. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still made full-body prostrations as usual and practiced Buddhism as usual. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had been so poor that he did not know how to get his dinner after finishing his lunch. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not have worries and lived his life very comfortably as usual. You will worry that you do not have money to pay your mortgage, to pay your tuition, to live, and to make offerings to the guru. According to Buddhist scriptures, as long as a person practices Buddhism sincerely, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will not let the person be starved. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is the best example. “God never seals off all the exits.” This sentence is true. And a hopeless situation is also self-inflicted. To Practice Buddhism one does not need to be rich. Money is worthless. Therefore, do not flatter and toady believers. For the religious here, if you have encountered any believer who asks you to do things not related to Buddhism, you should not accept this kind of believers. Do not toady believers for getting their offerings. Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will take care of you; do not worry. For these few ordained disciples of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, their living expenses are all given by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche every month. If there are believers who criticize the ordained disciples, the ordained disciples can ignore them since the fact of being an ordained practitioner makes you better than those believers. If you take notice of them, you are giving them the opportunity to criticize the ordained practitioners.

Buddhists should pay special attention to fame and wealth, especially for monks and nuns. Lay Buddhists have less such problems. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is very aware about the matter of fame and wealth, does not want to be famous as much as possible, do not accept an interview from mass media at random, and is afraid of being famous. This is because becoming famous will consume one’s blessings, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings will be used for benefiting sentient beings. If you accept public praise onstage because of donating a million dollars, the merits generated by your donation will be completely consumed.

In addition to accumulating merits, today’s puja also accumulates one’s wisdom. Wisdom can be classified as the fundamental wisdom and the subsequent wisdom. The purpose of attending puja is not to give you wisdom. Human’s innate wisdom is the fundamental wisdom. It has no difference than the Buddha’s wisdom. What we want to cultivate is the subsequent wisdom which is acquired through practices. Attending pujas can let you attain the subsequent wisdom. When you have gradually acquired the subsequent wisdom, your fundamental wisdom will be revealed naturally.

Tantra can be classified as Kriya Tantra, Charya Tantra, Yoga Tantra, and Anuttarayoga Tantra. When transmitting Tantra, a guru often transmits only Kriya Tantra and Charya Tantra. After that, depending on your achievement of practices, the guru will then transmit Dharmas to you one-on-one. In Drikung Kagyu order, Mahamudra practice has four stages; each stage has three levels; so there is a total of 12 levels. A practitioner has to attain at least the accomplishment of second stage, Simplicity Yoga, in order for him to practice the Lama Chopa Tsok Offering.

The Dharma text is divided into three parts: preliminary practice, main practice, and dedication. The preliminary practice is making vows. The main practice is the major part of dharma conduction. The dedication practice is making dedications. Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche started to conduct the ritual of Lama Chopa Tsok Offering. First, the meditative empowerment was performed to purify the minds of all participants such that during the course of the dharma conduction all participants could get rid of their selfish thoughts. Then, the following rituals were performed: blessing a pair of bell and Vajra, Mandala Offering, Tsok Offering, Tea Offering, and singing an offering song by eight offering girls. When the ritual proceeded to the last part, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed all believers who had not taken refuge to leave the venue temporarily.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that why did the attendees who do not take refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche have to leave the venue for it? It was because of the difference between those people who have taken refuge and do not take refuge. It does not mean that Buddha has the discrimination; it means that those people who are not willing to take refuge are not ready to stop committing all evil deeds. Furthermore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will transmit the dharma of Drikung Kagyu Order after the Chinese New Year, those believers who intend to gain the blessing do not need to join the puja anymore, and even if they insist to attend the puja will be in vain. Yesterday, there was a believer who would like to take refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, but she still worried and talked lots of things to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the issues if she would take refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Therefore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not agree her to take refuge because she hesitated for so many troubles, meanwhile, from now on, she was not allowed to attend the puja anymore. Besides, if the disciples would do the mistake, they would be driven out of the door. If you would regret after taking refuge, it does not matter, you just go away. Do not think that the guru, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will punish you because you violated the samaya-bond. The guru, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are compassionate for sentient beings, how can they punish you? The reason is that you start to do evil deeds when you leave your guru, your karmic creditors will come back to ask for their debits. Some of the matters were sheltered by the guru and Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, it would happen when you go away.

There are the rituals of empowerment for Lama Chopa, there are divided four kinds of empowerment, and the fourth empowerment is the most important one which is not bestowed arbitrarily. Today Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not bestow the fourth empowerment to you, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will recite the prayer text for you, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche wish that it can let you have the karmic connection to gain the fourth empowerment in the future, nevertheless, you might not have the opportunity to learn Tantra in your lifetime. Afterward the proceeding of the dharma ritual, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave the empowerment to the attendees by the way of visualization.

After practicing the Lama Chopa and before making the dedication, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately instructed a disciple to take an ill child who just passed away during the rituals to the front of the altar. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately performed the Phowa ritual, the precious dharma of Drikung Kagyu Order.

It only took few minutes to perform the Phowa ritual; When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche pronounced some of the mantras, although the attendees could only see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sitting on the dharma seat to practice the dharma, through the screen of the monitor, the attendees could see that there was a circle of golden flash around the body of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, there was no difference between the Buddha and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. It also indicated that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche radiated the huge energy when practicing the Phowa dharma which was impressed by the attendees.

After completing the Phowa ritual, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed a physician disciple to verify the location of aperture of Brahma where is locating on the skull of the deceased. The physician disciple reported that the deceased, on the location of aperture of Brahma, was dented, soft and tepid. Although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had consumed lots of physical strength after performing the dharma, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still enlightened that the dharma just practiced was called Phowa Dharma which is one of the Eight Sadhana practices in Tibetan Buddhism. The child who just passed away was an animal in his previous life, it was because that the parents of their ancestors killed an animal, this animal became their child in order to revenge for its suffering. It took their parents with sadness and spent lots of money for his illness. You can find the example of killing karma how terrible it was. Yesterday, this couple came to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche; Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed them to make full prostration for 4 hours in the venue of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in order to accumulate the merits for their child. That was why their child could be passed away exactly within the time of making the dedication after completing the Lama Chopa, and immediately gained the Phowa Dharma which was performed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. This couple did not seriously learn Buddhism, not to mention they were reluctant to making offering and without respectful mind. You would misunderstand Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that the meaning of making offering just aimed at the money. Don’t think that when you find Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and take refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, you can leave every trouble to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche without doing anything anymore, nor practicing the dharma only relying on Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. At the beginning of the attitude for this couple was to make use of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, let Buddhas and Bodhisattvas help their child to become well not to trouble them. Many people had the same attitude as well. When they did not practice the dharma later, the condition of their child completely changed.

After taking refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, being a guru who will help you when you got troubles. But Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will alleviate your emergency rather than your poverty, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can help you once, but cannot always help you. You have to practice it by yourself; don’t think that it will be ok once you just passed hurdle by this time. On the surface, it was sad that this child was died. In view of Buddhism, he had been liberated from the suffering and getting well. It is because that he will rebirth to the Pure Land. It will be better than Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who could not know when you can cease to torture Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Why this child can rebirth to the Pure Land? It is because that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed his own merits and virtues to this child. Otherwise how could he be able to rebirth to the Pure Land? This couple did not make offering, It was just as well that they were willing to listen to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s instruction to make full prostration in the venue of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center and accumulate the merits. They might think that they made full prostration which would let their child recovery. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that since the body was useless, why don’t let him to be liberated and rebirth in the Pure Land? It will be great merits to pass away during the processing of puja. Originally this child might be died soon or later, but he could not accumulate the merits, the only way was relying on his parents. That is the good timing for the merits which can be died in puja and gained the precious Phowa Dharma. The child right now is at the Pure Land of Buddha Amitabha, the parent should not be too sad, to bury the dead with a simple funeral. For the teaching of Buddhism, the simple funeral is cremation. If you would like to use the luxurious and complicated funeral which will consume the merits of this child, it will prolong the time to be a Buddhahood at Pure Land of Buddha Amitabha.

Today, Rinpoche has performed the main course of the Lama Chopa ritual; thanks to blessings from the lineage gurus, attendees here have also seen the real practice of the Phowa. People would not even be able to hear the name Phowa, if they do not possess proper merits. All of you, sitting here today, have such merits to see the actual practice of the Phowa ritual. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not need to recite mantras for eight hours for performing the ritual, even less than one hour; nonetheless, the consciousness of the deceased could be transmigrated to Amitabha’s pure lands. Nowadays, people used to spend most of their time in worldly affairs; they don’t have that much time in reciting for the deceased. The distance between Rinpoche and the deceased, today, is within meters, but it could be successful even at a distance as far as 2000 kilometers. Why? It relies on the merits of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Through Rinpoche’s sharing his own merits to the deceased, the consciousness of the deceased could be transferred to the pure lands.

It happened that today’s ceremony was a little longer than as usual, however you have seen real practicing the Phowa ritual. After this ceremony, you must not mimic the actions that Rinpoche has performed in today’s puja. For example, if pets such as your dogs or cats passed away, you shall not ever think that you could perform the Phowa ritual for them. It might, contrarily, harm you. The practitioner, who could perform the Phowa, must possess sufficient merits and virtues and also has realized how to perform the tantric methods as well. Put it in other way, you are simply poor ones in this regard – possessing quite shallow merits. It would be some certain accomplishment that you could realize the Phowa ritual for your own – to be able to release yourself from sufferings; you shall not anticipate that you will perform the Phowa ritual for the others as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does – it’s really hard. In the Mahamudra tradition of Drikung Kagyu, there are 4 main levels while each main level comprises of three sub-stages, therefore there are twelve stages in total. A practitioner must, at least, attain the second stage of the Mahamudra so that the practitioner could perform the Phowa to liberate the suffered beings.

Sakyamuni Buddha once said that Buddha cannot surpass three difficulties: those beings lack of karmic connections with Buddha could not be liberated; Buddha could not release each and every single being from their suffering; Buddha could not change the karmic retribution of the beings. You should follow the teachings given by the guru in a way similar to a novice student of the elementary school – simply follow the teacher’s instructions and do the homework indeed. If you think that attending pujas alone is good enough – obtaining certain blessings; you should think it over that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s guru is His Holiness Chetsang, the lineage holder of the Drikung Kagyu, then why Rinpoche need to take retreats, why need to take hard practices?

The ceremony continued, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed oral transmission for the vows of taking refuge – printed on the Refuge Certificate. It reads: “I vow to take refuge in the guru, Buddhas, Dharma, and the Sangha. Taking refuge in Buddhas, I vow to refrain from converting to non-Buddhist ones. Taking refuge in the Dharma, I vow to refrain from killing any beings. Taking refuge in the Sangha, I vow to refrain from entertaining with wrong views. Refrain from any misconduct; adopt all the virtuous conducts. Thereby, I strictly adhere to practices for purifying my mind to accomplish the teachings from all the Buddhas.” Every converted disciple has to recite it for three times, at least, though you might recite it more times, if applicable, to imprint it in your mind. Learning Buddhism should not be considered as something complicated or something hard – refrain from any misconduct, and adopt all the virtuous conducts – it is the teaching from all the Buddhas.

All the attendees appreciate deeply the efforts that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had done particularly in today’s ceremony. As attendees encountered such a compassionate one, who has accepted believers’ taking refuge with, performed the Lama Chopa ritual to bestow blessings upon followers, and further performed the Phowa ritual to release consciousness of the deceased during the puja, they all felt great Dharma joy today.

January 23, 2011

Disciples and believers reverently listened to the audio recording of dharma teaching given on June 15 of 2003 by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, which was the teachings of the Four Preliminary Practices, at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei.

Before the puja, a male disciple shared his experience of how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has helped him and his family. He received a text message on Saturday morning, informing him that he could publicly share his stories to all attendees this Sunday. All of a sudden, a surge of emotions emerged. He realized he had not, second by second, kept in mind the kindness of the Guru. So did he understand the intention of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to allow disciples to share our stories. As he returned home and turned on his computer, as soon as he typed a few words, he had already cried his heart out.

His grandparents lived in a country side of Er-Ling in Zhang-Hua County. They were farmers and catered for weddings and funerals. He had always seen his grandparents killing chickens and ducks. In the mean time, his parents run a clothes factory. On Sundays, his father would take the whole family to go fishing at the outskirts till noon. They often had caught too much fish and his mother would kill the fish which was too much to put away in their fridge. They’d send the rest of the fish to their neighbors. Perhaps due to the killing karmic power, his father’s business went collapsed when he was in grade four. His father ran away back to Zhang-Hua. To escape from his creditors, his father went to hide away for several years. It was not until in his seventh grade did they move to Tai-Chung and his parents began a new business at a night market. In the night market, his parents sold food made of meat. So did many of his relatives. To bring up his four brothers, his parents had carried out business of killing sentient beings. He himself also had worked part time for his family business. Additionally, when he wanted to buy a motorcycle, he had worked in his uncle barbeque restaurant. As a result, countless sentient beings had died because of him.

It was even worse that, to satisfy his eating desire, he had consumed and harmed innumerable sentient beings. Once he had eaten slices of raw fish which head and tail were still moving. Meanwhile, he had laughed at his colleagues who dared to do the same. Now, he realizes that he has committed such a serious crime that tens of thousands of deaths can’t atone for.

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once taught that which family one were born to depends on the virtuous and evil karmic connections one had accumulated with that family. He must be one with heavy killing karma to be born in this family. With such a great killing karma, he shouldn’t have any merits to learn Buddha Dharma. Nonetheless, he can bring his wife and children to the center every week and receive dharma lessons from Most Venerable Vajra Guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Undoubtedly, this must be due to the help and blessing of Most Venerable Vajra Guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Through his elder brother and brother’s wife’s introduction, his wife, his children, and he attended the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousnesses for 2 years before he sought refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. He was also grateful for the book “Happiness and Suffering”, authored by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, that made his wife who was originally a Christian give rise to immeasurable faith in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche after she red it. His own doubts and problems in mind were also resolved. In October, 2009, his wife spontaneously said that she wanted to take refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. When they first sought an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche kindly consented to their request and let them take refuge on January 30th, 2010.

Before seeking refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, he was originally that kind of self-righteous people, which were just talked about by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, who would sit on the sofa in living room, watching TV’s religious programs and thinking themselves were practicing Buddhism. Moreover, he bought many books talking about Buddhism, and even took the books from vegetarian restaurants. He completely took Buddhism as a kind of knowledge. But he did not truly act according to the teachings! In fact, his conducts already committed slandering the Buddhas and dharma. But he was not aware of it. Seemingly he talked about reciting the Sutras for the sake of sentient beings. Actually in his mind he was greedy for the merits. Every time he red about what kinds of merits one would get from his recitation of Sutras, he improperly thought that he just got those of them. Now he recalls, he finds that he was totally wrong before. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ever enlightened that some people just watched the TV programs and learned to recite mantras for blessing water and rice. Then they offered the blessed water and rice to sentient beings, improperly thinking that they could release countless beings from suffering. And he was just one of the people who did that.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ever enlightened on this in a puja. Thereafter, he realized why he had much sputum blocking in his throat after he ate food was that the coming beings could get help so they just stayed along with him. Therefore he was like a being of hungry ghost who ate something that would turn to raging fire and could not be swallowed. During that period of time, every 30 minutes he had to go to the toilet to spit; otherwise, he couldn’t speak or breathe. He would cough once he spoke! He had seen 4 doctors and several times for each one. He had taken plenty of medicine. However, it did not take any effect at all. All of his symptoms were just cured without medical treatment in one month after he sought refuge under Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. It must be His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who salvaged the beings cheated by him. It was also shown that releasing souls from purgatory is not a thing that could be done by the ordinary. It must be the one with great compassion and Bodhicitta, like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, who is able to benefit sentient beings.

Another thing was his right leg. As long as he walked faster or ran, the tendon in his shin would become very tense and brought much discomfort during walking and sleeping. He had thought that it was mere sore muscle. Thereafter, there was one occasion that not only the tendon in his shin became tense, but his foot also felt numb. He then rushed to the hospital for a check-up. After an examination, the doctor then told him that two of his bones in his ankle lacked cartilages from birth. Therefore, bones had been rubbing each other and caused inflammation in the surrounding tendons, indirectly influencing tendon in his shin. After the examination, the doctor told him that it could not be treated, nor could he undergo surgical operations. All he could do is take anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve the condition.

In a month after his taking refuge last year (2010), the same condition recurred. He had to walk down stairs very slowly after the puja, otherwise he would feel throbbing pain in his ankle. Once, after a Chod puja, he lost the identifier for the Chod puja and failed to return it. Therefore, he was not allowed to enter the Buddhist center. He felt immensely repented, so he would kneel down outside the center during the puja. On Saturdays, he would go to the Buddhist center, praying that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could let him attend the auspicious Chod puja. After two months being outside during the Chod pujas, thanks to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, he was able to enter the Buddhist center to attend the auspicious Chod puja. After kneeling down for several times, he realized that the numbness and throbbing pain in his right leg vanished. Ever since then, the condition has not occurred yet. It did not recur even when he ran with a laptop for tens of minutes.

Then, he wanted to share the process of the venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help to his daughter. Last autumn (2010), the kindergarten called his wife all of sudden, telling her that their child was infected with Enterovirus and that she had to take her daughter home from the kindergarten. As he had heard about the condition of his colleague’s child infected with Enterovirus and knew that there would be symptoms of high fever, drowsiness, and vesicles on limbs and in the mouth, he felt very worried. His wife took a leave and went pick up their child at the kindergarten. She saw that there were 3 vesicles on the right and 2 vesicles on the left inside the child’s throat. Upon returning home, his wife immediately did prostrations with the child to the Dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche placed on the altar. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said, it is one’s killing karma that brings about the disease. Therefore, she prayed that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could help the sentient beings they had harmed and that the medication would not bring any more harm to the sentient beings in the child’s body.

After paying homage to the dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, his wife took her daughter to see a doctor. The doctor examined her daughter’s throat using a light source. The doctor examined twice and did not find any blister, so no medication was prescribed by the doctor. After returning home, his wife used a flush light herself to inspect the daughter’s throat and discovered that the blisters found before had magically vanished. Like this, her daughter’s enterovirus only let her feel uncomfortable when swallowing things due to the blisters; she did not have fever, was not in lethargy, and did not even vomit milk. Later, his daughter told him that her classmate who had also gotten enterovirus with her had not gone to class for two weeks. This event let him experience the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s ubiquitous blessings and great power.

Finally, he wanted to share with all attendees the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s enlightenment about thought spoken in one of last year’s group pujas. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened us that when a thought arises, if we do not immediately regulate it, but just follow the thought and indulge our mind, quickly, the thought will devour us like a fiery snake. When he heard this enlightenment, he immediately cried his heart out, because the enlightenment totally hit him on the doubts and pains he had had in his mind for a long time. In this Dharma Ending Age, if one only depends on oneself without the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightening and teaching the public continuously using his own solid experience of cultivation, even if one had read all Buddhist scriptures, one would not be able to attain any understanding from them.

Last, he wanted to, on behalf of his parents and grandparents, repent all evil deeds done in the past and hoped that all sentient beings harmed in the past could attain the help of Buddha dharma so that they could attain bliss and leave sufferings earlier. He also prayed to the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that Rinpoche would compassionately not give up on all sentient beings and could live in the world for a long time!

The next, a male disciple shared with everyone the stories of venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helping his family members. He had taken refuge under venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on January 30th last year (2010). Today, he would like to share with all attendees the stories of how venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche taking care of two elderly members in his family.

Before he was in contact with Tibetan Buddhism, he had just been an ordinary and superstitious worshiper of gods and spirits. However, he changed dramatically in the early spring of 2009. Prior to this big change, his colleague, dharma brother Zeng, had recommended him, still a believer at the time, to read venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s stories of helping people and Rinpoche’s enlightenments on the official website of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. At that time, he had read many stories and Rinpoche’s teachings in the pujas; all of these had resonated in his mind. He had thought to himself that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche should be the guru under whom he wanted to take refuge.

In October 2009, his family members with his ninety-year-old father went to a temple for worship, due to dodging the passerby, his father fell down on the street and his left leg was broken. During the time of being hospitalized, he was very worried for his father’s health, because his father was too old who might not to be able to endure a surgical operation. He suddenly had an idea that he must take his father to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. On the third day of leaving the hospital, his father was accompanied by him and his wife and leading by a dharma brother went to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. He expressed his intention to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately gave the blessing to his father immediately and bestowed a precious nectar pill to his father. He was impressed and instantly requested to take refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not promise him immediately and asked him “Why do you want to take refuge to learn Buddhism?” He has learned from lots of things on the official website of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, therefore he replied “It is because that learning Buddhism is a best way to show filial piety toward his father.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave him a glance and replied “All right, you can attend the puja firstly.” Afterward he started to learn Buddhism from the extraordinary teaching of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. One month later, after meeting with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, his father returned to hospital for subsequent visit. It was found that the broken leg completely recovery! During the time at the hospital, he and his wife tried hardly to look at the X-rays. He could not recognize where the leg was ever broken! Not only he was so confused, but also were his family members, even if the doctor was amazing that his father made a fast recovery! When he talked to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the sayings of beseeching to take refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, his wife was impressed and her eyes brimming with tears. His father was impressed as well. After two months later, he smoothly took refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

In January of 2010, he took refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, in the summer of the same year; his father-in-law was apoplexy due to the weather was too hot. He immediately took the protection Vajra knot, which was blessed by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang in the grand puja in June 2010, to let his father-in-law wear it. When his wife met Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for help, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche kindly advised that his father-in-law must turn on the air condition; the room temperature must be lower than 26 degree. His wife was amazing that: How could Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche know his father has been leaving from hospital, how could Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche know that his father was reluctant to turn on the air condition in order to save money which causing his illness.  Meanwhile they also felt that the great compassion of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is so extensive.

At November of that year, his father was sent to the intensive care unit again because his gallstone issue had caused inflammation of the pancreas, the hospital also issued the critically ill notice at the same time, this incident has made both him and his family very nervous. Whenever he went to the hospital, to the intensive care unit to visit his father, he always brought the picture of the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche alone with him, and kept telling his father to remember the looks and appearances of  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will definitely help him, he asked his father to set his mind at ease, not to be nervous. A while later, the conditions of his father gradually improved and was transferred into regular ward. After the assessment, doctor explained, his father should have an operation originally, but after the assessment, his father is too old to have an operation, so as long as there is no inflammation, there is no need to take out the gallstone. At the instant, the whole family was relieved, just as expected, his father was avoid from the suffering of an operation, it is all due the blessing and empowerment of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and the guardians of dharma, which helped the two elderly went through the precarious situations safely.

The speaker also express his repentance to the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, after sought refuge for almost one year, he introspect himself, there are still many bad habits.  Every time he hears the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s enlightenments and the Buddhist brothers sharing their own experiences, he realized there are so much he should make mending, and he often feel remorseful that he could never amend his faults. Every time he sees that the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche shows himself as a good example with his own conduct, the speaker then kept remind himself must follow the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s foot step to practice Buddhist with more effort.  He then pays gratitude to the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who is like a beacon light in the darkness, pointing out the path of life to the disciples. At the same time he prays and entreats the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to help all the sentient beings to extricate from life and death, emancipated from the sea of suffering and no longer reincarnate in the realms of cyclic existence. From now henceforth he will continue and give his best efforts to pay attention to his body, mind, and mouth that he will never make the same mistake over and over again.  He then respectfully congrats the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche good-health and everything goes well according to Rinpoche’s wishes.

Following, a pair of brothers studies in elementary school went up the front to share their experiences about how the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had helped them.

One night, the older one of the brothers who got a symptom of rash on his face, and felt very itch, then the older brother went to their Buddha room and face to dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and start to prostrate one hundred times and practice the ritual of Achi Dharma Protector; unexpectedly, the rash on his face then went away, it is all thankful to the venerable vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings.

There was once when both brothers was going home after school, a cockroach crawled over one of younger one’s legs, and then he cried out and “my leg is itching”. The older one had no idea how to do and therefore called their mom at once. At that time, their mom was in the office of Glorious Jewel Group for the affair of application of passport. She was not able to go home in half an hour. But the younger one was still crying out for his itching leg. Later on, when their mom was leaving the office of Glorious Jewel Group, she saw His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and expressed her respects immediately by saying “How are you, Rinpoche”. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately responded “Good.” After that she made a call to the older one and he told her that the young one suddenly stopped crying and his leg was not itching any more. Their mom told them it was because she met Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and had the precious opportunity to express her respects. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said “good” in response, the younger one’s leg became well. They both feel such an incident was marvelous and expressed their gratitude to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Then the young brother continued to share another story. There was once when he went abroad for a puja, there were many rashes and on his lips and were very painful. His lips was so painful whenever his tongue touched his lips and therefore he could not eat anything. Later on according to doctor’s diagnosis, he knew there is one kind of germ on the tongue and it might be his licking his lips caused the germs grow on the lips. That night, not only had all the precious opportunity of eating dinner with His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche but also had all the precious opportunity of making offering to His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. So he went to make offering together with his family. After that, his lips was recovered and he found he could eat then. This is exactly due to the precious blessings of His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. He felt much gratitude for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s kindness of accepting offerings.

Then, the Chairman of the Glorious Jewel Buddhism Culture Exchange Association reported an incident to everyone. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed a disciple to tell a believer that the later had to do full prostrations at the Buddhist center. Afterwards, the believer was late and did not arrive at the Buddhist center before the evening practice session began. All of you know that it is not allowed to be late for the evening practice session. However, the disciple called the nun who was leading in the session. As the leading nun knew the believer, she waited until 6:20 pm to close the steel shutter of the Buddhist center so as to let the believer enter the center.

From Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s standpoint, whatever does not abide by the rules of the Buddhist center can only be executed with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s instruction. If the disciples themselves are able to change anything they want, there will be no need for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to set the rules of the Buddhist center. Besides, how do you know the means Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche employed to salvage the sentient beings?

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has said that there are no differences between social or economic statuses in front of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Everyone has to abide by the rules of the Buddhist center set by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has various means to salvage the sentient beings. You should not break any rules unless Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructs that a particular believer should be treated differently.

The believer whom Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed to do full prostrations at the Buddhist center has a high social status and both the disciple and the leading nun know the believer. In fact, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has known the believer longer than the time Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has known the Chairman of the Glorious Jewel Buddhism Culture Exchange Association. Being a volunteer worker at the Buddhist center, one should not do things differently simply because he or she has taken refuge for a long time. If the two disciples did not do things by the rules set by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, other believers might request special treatments as well. If that’s the case, what should Rinchen Dorjee do then? Whatever Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche says and does is the Buddhist teachings. If you think that the means employed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is unreasonable, you actually do not have faith in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. If you do not have faith in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, you may leave the Buddhist center.

In addition, whether it looks reasonable or not, it is for everyone’s benefit. Do not think that you can change the rules and go your own way as you have taken refuge for a long time. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche salvages the sentient beings without thinking regardless of relationships. Every sentient being is equal. Because the Buddhist center did not follow the rules, the auspicious means that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was to employ to help the believer was in vain.

Therefore, the disciple and the leading nun will not be allowed to attend any pujas.

Then, the disciples and believer reverently listened to the recording of the Buddhist talk bestowed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on June 15th, 2003.

There are two major methods in terms of learning Buddhism: Practical and Theoretical Parts. These should be continuously carried out by any Buddhist practitioner. The word “Theoretical” means to listen to Buddha Dharma, contemplate it, correct your behaviors, and use it in your daily life. Those who come to hear the Buddhist teachings but don’t decide to take refuge are lack of confidence in Buddhism, are still suspicious of Buddhism, are self-righteous, and regard Buddhism as a kind of knowledge. If one regards Buddha Dharma as a kind of worldly knowledge, given the limitation of humans’ brain, he or she won’t be able to comprehend all the content of The Buddhist Canon even if he gets to live till 120 years of age.

As far as learning Buddhism, if one can’t decide to take refuge, it means his or her virtuous root has not started to grow yet. It also means his or her cause and condition have not sufficient yet. If he continuously listens to Buddha Dharma, without taking refuge, he’d eventually become self-righteous. He’d comprehend Buddha Dharma according to his own perception and experience so that evil understanding and conducts may occur. In Surangama Sutra, Buddha had predicted that, in the degenerate age of the dharma, the number of vicious teachers will be as many as the number of sand along both banks of Ganges. These teachers are not necessarily non-Buddhists. In fact, most of them had listened to Buddha Dharma, read Buddhist Sutras, and even practiced meditation. Then, how come they had become vicious teachers? It’s because after they had heard a bit of Buddha Dharma, they interpreted Buddha Dharma according to their life experience, knowledge, and perception. Thus, a little variation can make a huge difference.

In Tibetan Buddhism, any practitioners who have not attained the state of enlightenment can’t publicly teach Buddha Dharma. Those who refused to take refuge often defend themselves that they want to make clear of Buddha Dharma before taking refuge. Buddha Dharma, however, is not for you to make clear. Precisely because of your ignorance, you need the help of Buddha Dharma. If one desires to fully understand Buddha Dharma, the only possibility is when he already is a Buddha because only Buddhas can truly comprehend Buddha Dharma. How would a lay people be equal to a Buddha? Therefore, for those arrogant people, their listening to Buddha Dharma might be bad to them. As long as they don’t learn Buddhism, they’ll be all right. Once they start, the problem can become worsen. From now on, those who don’t want to take refuge or want to make sure who Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is are not allowed to come.

Through Ratnakuta Sutra, Buddha had taught us 20 conditions of how to examine a qualified guru. That Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had enlightened before indicates that Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang had tested the eligibility of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to propagate Buddhism after a very long time inspection. With some exceptions, the audio-recordings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s enlightenment can’t be lent to others; especially the audio-tapes of uncommon dharma such as the teaching of how to meditate in the method of Avalokiteshvara can’t be shared.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has ever enlightened and reminded you for several times that Buddha-Dharma can not be practiced without oral transmission in advance. Do not mind others’ business by giving your audio recordings of Buddhist teachings to other people for them to listen. This kind of behavior is not accordance with dharma or precepts. Buddha-Dharma is indeed supreme and auspicious, and one needs to be very conscientious and careful about it. In Chinese ancient time, one has to hold a ceremony with reverent heart to invite a teacher, let alone a Buddhist teacher, to their homes to give teachings. Nowadays, however, we don’t do so anymore. In Taiwan, the behavior of showing one’s respect to teacher does not exist anymore. Everyone learns in his own way, and inspect their teacher’s mistakes. However, they never find or see about their own faults. Learning in this way will cause you huge obstacles either to your learning of mundane and supramundane dharma. Therefore, do not talk to your friends that they can listen to Buddha-dharma given by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in Sunday Puja because the Buddha-Dharma given by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is so different. Do not tell them that they can see if they like it before making a decision to take refuge. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not need to be examined by your friends, nor be examined by those who do not want learn Buddhist teachings. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche only has to be inspected by Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, but not by you who are not qualified to do it. Hence, next time when you introduce your friends to come here and ask about their problems, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will help them to solve their problems. But if they have no heart to learn Buddhism, you do not have to persuade them in case they may think Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche needs disciples, by which they will make oral karma.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not need any disciple ever. It is said in the Vajra Sutra: “There is no sentient being to liberate” From Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s standpoint, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is not saving the sentient beings. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche lives a life just according to the conditions, but does not feel that Rinpoche is helping sentient beings with anything. Therefore, from the time when Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang allowed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to found the Glorious Buddhist Center, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has never actively looked for a disciple. When a person sits face to face with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche already knows whether he or she has the conditions to learn Buddhist teachings and whether he or she is a learner of Buddhism. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knows every single thing. However, for the other Buddhist centers in Taiwan, they say a Buddhist practitioner has to be compassionate and easy on all sentient beings. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has no choice but to give some convenience to you. To speak it in a better term, it is to open the door of convenience.

To open the door of convenience is to transmit different sadhanas according to one’s different needs and capacities, but not to let you do at will. The skillful means is not to let you do as your will. Letting you do as your will, you will never learn the Buddhist teachings or obtain liberation from the cycle of birth and death. To learn Buddhism, one must possess the merits accumulated from past lives. Buddha-Dharma can not certainly to be heard or learned only as your wish or your liking. If we still have no reverence towards Buddha-Dharma and to the Three Jewels, there will be a high possibility for us to carry out vicious deeds with disesteem or carelessness.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not need any impressive gathering. In fact, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has liberated more sentient beings of other realms than of Human realm. It is said in the Sutras that the hardest to liberate in the Universe is the human beings on earth “who are stubborn and obstinate, difficult to tame andsubdue.” Especially, in a later time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will gradually transmit the distinctive Dharma of Drikung Kagyu. It will not take effect for those who do not want to take refuge even they hear it. They will just waste time. Hope that you can tell your relatives and friends that learning Buddhism is not like the thing that they can hear at anytime they like. There may be some other Buddhist centers run in that way, but not here with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche recalled that when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche took refuge under his Guru of Exoteric Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not say much, unlike you who ask Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to help you solve your problems first and then you start to feel Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is efficacious, worth following, able to protect you. 95 percent of you here think in this way. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for first time saw his Guru of Exoteric Buddhism, the first question Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked was just “May I take refuge?” not as you who have so many thoughts. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not have as many thoughts as you have when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche met Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. It is exactly the pure and simple heart that makes Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche makes a big progress in a short time on the Buddhist path. On the contrary, your heart is too complicated, with too much needs and thoughts. Those will only give rise to your hindrances to both mundane dharma and supramundane dharma.

There is only one kind of Buddha-Dharma, not two. This time when many of you travelled to India and listened to Dalai Lama’s teachings, disciples heard the enlightenment and found the content was the same as that of the enlightenment given by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Because there is only one kind of authentic Buddha Dharma that will not be different even told by different people such as Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, Dalia Lama, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche or any masters with different wordings. The Dharma will not be especially different either when it is told by some one who practices Buddhism well.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once met a 52-year-old woman who misunderstood the texts of the Lotus Sutra “if one reverently makes a bow to the Buddha statue, the making of Buddhist path is accomplished.” She claimed that she has already attained Buddhahood. Here “the making of Buddhist path” actually means when you reverently make a bow towards the Buddha statue, you have started to walk on the Buddhist path. Why is it so? It is because your reverence toward the Buddha statue arises, your reverence towards sentient beings arises, and therefore you will not make evil deeds naturally and start to learn the Buddhist teachings. You are certainly on the way to attain Buddhahood.

Virtuous masters in ancient time said that to explain the Sutra by words will cause “the Buddhas of three times to claim its alleged injustice” The Sutra can not be explained in words. The content of Sutra is very profound and wide. In Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s experiences, each year Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche read the Sutra, Rinpoche acquired different meaning. Actually it was not the wording changed but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche understood more of the meaning in the Sutra. The so-called “deeply enter the sutra treasury” is actually referring to that your heart can truly realize the meaning of the Dharma taught by the Buddha. That is, you truly enter into the state. It does not refer to how many volumes of sutra you can read or hear. It is also the reason why from ancient time till now one has to rely on a guru to learn the Buddha’s teachings.

A guru is not the one who just learns Buddhist teachings for several years in this life and then he is able to propagate Buddhism. Doing so must have something to do with his causes and conditions of the previous lives. The Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center is not going to drift with the tide of common customs. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche wants to look for disciples, Rinpoche just needs to post some advertisement through mass media, tell some of your true stories of getting help from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. These will be enough to make Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche famous and popular. Why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not do that? It is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche lets everything take its own course and liberates sentient beings according to their conditions. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not force anyone who does not possess proper conditions, nor does Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche earn a profit through Buddha-Dharma.

Those who learn or propagate Buddha Dharma can’t be secularized. We can give some convenience to the sentient beings, but we can not let them do whatever they want. If one’s thought is not right, we, as Buddhist disciples, have to correct and help him. Therefore, we have to correct ourselves bad habits first.

In Tibetan Buddhism, the way of making prostration toward Buddha is kind of different from the way in Exoteric Buddhism. The Tibetan way is to join your palms together, and place them in front of your forehead, then your throat, and finally your heart, which represents that making prostration to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas with your body, speech, and mind. In the Dharmalaksana School, to prostrate with the body is to prostrate to Buddhas completely with all consciousness, not only acting but also the thinking. From the medical point of view, it is the brain that controls everything about us. However, from the view of Dharmalaksana School of Buddhism, brain is merely a commander-in-chief to take action, and brain just take effect to give orders to the other parts of body after brain receives some instruction from the king of heart. Therefore, “body” here can not be explained simply as a physical body. “Body” here includes all the virtuous roots planted in our field of the sense-consciousness accumulated from past lives. With that we prostrate to Buddhas, to make offering and repentance.

Practicing generosity is just part of the outer offering. The inner offering is to reverently prostrate to Buddha with all of your consciousness and your physical body. The offering of speech means to praise the merits and virtues of Buddha and guru with our all languages. It is mentioned a lot in the Sutra about praising the merits and virtues of Buddha and practitioners could help us accumulate many merits and virtues, as well as help on our oral karma of past lives. In Tibetan Buddhism, speech offering refers to secret offering. It is not necessarily to speak from your mouth to make speech offering. When you have a thought to offer, it is speech offering. The last one is mentioned about the offering of mind. Normally the offering of body is to offer with Six Consciousness, namely the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind. The offering of mind includes offering of manas consciousness, Alaya-Consciousness and the utmost pure nature. If we continue to talk on, this is a secret offering and also an extraordinary offering mentioned in Tibetan Buddhism by making prostration to Buddha and Guru with your body, speech and mind altogether. Therefore, if you prostrate with your utmost reverence, your karma accumulated from past lives and the heart of self-esteem and arrogance will change fast.

When our joined-hands are on the forehead during our homage prostration, we can recite the syllable of “Om” in our mind or mouth; when they are in front of the throat, we can recite the syllable of “Ah”; when they are in front of the heart, we can recite the syllable of “Hum”. The syllables of “Om Ah Hum” are the seed characters of all Buddha and Bodhisattvas’ mantras. All Buddha and Bodhisattvas’ mantras are derived from these three syllables. “Om” represents the wisdom of all Buddhas in the ten directions and the three worlds. “Ah” represents the void of nature. “Hum” represents cutting off all worries. “Om”, if we visualize it with colors, is white; “Ah”, if we visualize it with colors, is red; “Hum” is blue. There will be much more to talk about the three syllables. No matter what dharma we practice, they are all inseparable from the syllables of “Om Ah Hum”; even if when we practice meditation, we use the syllables of “Om Ah Hum” as well. This is a special method of practices in the tantric section of Tibetan Buddhism. In Zen Buddhism, practicing meditation uses the method of counting breaths. The method of counting breaths is not suitable for people in the Dharma-Ending Age. Although many Zen Buddhist think that this is the method passed down by Buddha and should be able to be used by every beings, because the karma of the sentient beings in Dharma-Ending Age are especially heavy such that their channels of Qi are not smooth, they cannot hold their breath when using the method of counting breaths. If you do not believe this, you can try counting slowly from one to ten while holding your breath; you will realize that you cannot hold your breath. When you cannot hold your breath, you mind will start to be in disorder. Why do we have delusions? Because we do not understand how to adjust our breathing such that our Qi moves inside our channels and our mind moves along with the movement of the Qi. If we can control our Qi, then we can naturally control our mind.

“Om Ah Hum” are three simple words, but they have great effects. Since “Om” represents the wisdom of all Buddhas, we can get Buddha’s blessings when visualizing “Om”. “Ah” represents the void of nature; in fact, it is the voice of the universe. Before when the first astronaut was on the moon, he did not hear any sound except the sound of “Ah”. He returned to search that voice, and therefore took refuge under Islam. Islam use the word, “Allah”; Catholics use the word, “Amen”; and we, Buddhists, use the word, “Amitabha”. Hence, “Ah” is not a unique sound only for Buddhism; it is the only sound in the universe from the beginning of all things to the ending. Language is just one kind of empirical product. Regardless what sound is produced, they are all started from the sound of “Ah”. When a child learns to speak, he will first produce the sound of “Yi Yi Ah Ah”, also starting from the sound of “Ah”. The syllable of “Hum” sounds like the sound of an explosion. Modern science has proven that the universe was generated from the big bang. Therefore, the sound of “Hum” can eliminate our troubles and karma accumulated from past lives. When we practice the ritual of the ferocious Yidam deities, there must be the sound of “Hum”. If a person has heavy worries, practicing the sound of “Hum” can gradually reduce the worries in his mind. If a person has especially many thoughts, practicing the sound of “Ah” can reduce these thoughts. If a person does not have good health, feels dizzy, or feels floated in the head, practicing the sound of “Om” can also reduce those discomforts.

The reason that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could understand the meanings of “Om Ah Hum” was because His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang had personally transmitted these three characters and taught Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to practice meditation using these three characters. But His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang had not explained this much, just asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to understand them by himself, and just to do what was taught. You all like to hear explanations but did not do a thing after listening to them. When practicing the sound of “Hum”, one should recite it continuously. If one can practice this sound well, one’s sufferings of illnesses can be eliminated during his lifetime. When practicing to the highest state, that is what we called a non-dying body at the time of death, one will change into a rainbow body and reborn in Buddha’s Pure Land.

Why can Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enter the meditative state so quickly? It is because of these three characters, just that simple. Some people think that Tantra is very complicated and will write down a lot of mantras in their notebooks and recite a lot of them everyday. Can there be so complicated? In tantric practice, the more advanced one’s practice is, the simpler it will become. In fact, shaking the drum and ringing the bell is just performing for you in case you may feel bored.

The white color represents the dharma of cessation; the red color represents the dharma of conciliation; the blue color represents the dharma of execution. There is another type of dharma. Since you are not qualified to hear it, it will not be brought up here. In fact, in Exoteric Buddhism, many actions are related to channels and Kundalini. For example, why must one do the action of pointing one’s fingers to the location between the eyebrows when one bows? And why must it be done with a fixed two fingers? In addition, when doing homage prostration in Exoteric Buddhism, why must one do the left, right, and left movements and turn one’s palms up? But these were not explained by the Buddhist masters in Exoteric Buddhism. In fact, in Buddhism, every action must have its meaning and will not be made casually. The bowing gesture is related to channels and kundalini; and the left, right, and left movements represent the speech, the body and the mind; turning one’s palms up represents turning from black karma to white karma. To turn one’s palms up correctly, one does not open the fingers together at once, but gradually opens the fingers one after another. It represents the Dharma Realms in ten directions. So when moving up, why must one close the fingers of the palms one after another? This represents that we receive the virtues and wisdoms blessed by Buddha before we get up.

After you know the meaning of each action, you then realize that you have to do them. And Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew all of those because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had practiced the tantric section in Tibetan Buddhism. The Buddhist masters in Exoteric Buddhism have not practiced Tantra so they do not know the meaning of those actions, just treat those actions as rituals. In fact, every homage prostration, regardless of Exoteric or Esoteric Buddhism, or Tibetan Buddhism, is related to channels and kundalini. That is why there are such movements and actions, including full-body prostration as well. These actions are certainly done without no reasons, or only has the purpose of paying homage to Buddha. After we know this today, we should understand that practicing Buddha dharma is not learning outside behaviors and appearances. The meanings inside Buddha dharma are attained from true practices.

Although Buddha had enlightened Buddha dharma for forty-nine years and had spoken many Buddhist scriptures, there had been many things happened at the time which were not written down by Buddha’s disciples. It all depends on our true practice to understand those and only after we gradually attain enlightenments can we understand Buddha’s great compassion and great wisdom. So why must one take refuge, must one practice Buddha dharma immediately without any delay? Because no matter how good the guru’s speech is, how powerful the guru is, how much wisdom the guru has, you still cannot understand without your own practices. It is the same for His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang transmitting Buddha dharma to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Even if a guru like His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang who has reincarnated for eight times has transmitted Buddha dharma to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still needs to practice by him himself. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang cannot give Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche anything, but just teach a method for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to practice. If the method has been taught and you are not willing to really practice it, it will be useless even if you listen to the method one million times. What Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had said is the Buddha dharma in Exoteric Buddhism which is the theory of Buddha dharma. So after listening to it, you should have some actions; do not just hear without doing anything; do not revolve around the Buddhist text; do not revolve around the aspects of outside behaviors and appearances. Doing those things certainly will not help your practices. Hence, for practicing Buddha dharma, the method of understanding is important, but the method of practicing is even more important; one must truly practice Buddha dharma in your daily life.

Last time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had enlightened us the sufferings of the Animal Realm within the Six Realms of reincarnation. Not only those who had loved to enjoy luxury but also those who had broken their precepts will fall into the Animal Realm. Actually, there were many Buddhist practitioners who fell into the realm of animal if they had broken their precepts. If Buddhist practitioners fall into the animal realm due to the breaking of their precepts, some who have enough virtues will be reborn into the race of dragon; these usually are people with heavy hatred. And some who will be reborn into animals with large bodies are those who have broken precepts but once practiced virtues, that is, who have made offerings and done charities. The defect of falling into the animal realm is that the beings cannot listen to Buddha dharma; even if they can listen to Buddha dharma, they still cannot be liberated from the cycles of rebirth and death. Therefore, we must be very careful and pay attention to all of our actions and thoughts.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued to enlighten us the faults of the human realm. Being reborn in the human realm, we have three major sufferings, namely pervasive suffering, suffering of suffering, and suffering of change; in addition, we have eight sufferings, namely suffering of birth, suffering of old age, suffering of sickness, suffering of death, suffering of separating from loved ones, suffering of meeting with those who are not dear, suffering of not finding what we desire, and suffering of five aggregates; we have, as well, the suffering of protecting what one owns, such as our children and properties, and asking for what one does not have. Someone has always asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche when he will get promoted. Actually, he would naturally get promoted if he had had enough life and virtues. If he had not had enough life and virtues, he might be killed even after getting promoted. For example, a few days ago, there was a family who met Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The parents had cancers and their only son suffered drug abuse. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, at the time, visualize that their family had taken ill-gotten fortune before that should not be gained by them. They immediately asked whether that money were gained by corruption; and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said yes. In our lives, for seeking certain things, we did evil deeds without knowing them.

We experience suffering of change when our happiness of good days turns into the suffering.  For example, lost of esteem position, or becoming impoverished. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did encounter such suffering before, who had a luxury motor car with famous brand and two body guards. When in Hong Kong those friends who know him or could say his nick name, would be allowed for the meal in a hotel in which for long time he used to have lunches. But it turned out when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was collapsed, those who knew him simply walked away when they had seen him. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could live with the hardships. Many people feel miserable when they encounter such hardships. They try by all means to turn to good side. When collapsed for the first time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not consider how to reverse to the good but think over his own mistakes. When collapsed for the second time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche completely perfected the Four Common Preliminaries since in that year he was seldom visited. Therefore when facing with the hardships in worldy life, take them as good chances for practicing Dharma.

Some people complained to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that their family members got ill, their son had trouble in business, and they had sickness as well. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would congratulate them on having the hardships to pay back the karmic debts. When their son asked them for money because of bad business, they would not owe their son anymore so that they would not enter the cyclic existence again in the next life. Many people cannot endure the change from happiness to suffering. Why do some people do bad things such as robbery, cheating, corruption, suicide, or homicide? They cannot endure such sufferings, so they begin to commit evil deeds. Some people’s money is taken away by thieves. Their house might be destroyed in a fire. Their families might die in accidents. In the cycle of reincarnations, we must be mindful of these things, must be aware that joy, happiness and fame changes at any time. They are impermanent.

There is a guidance taught by a Rinpoche previously. That is, be upright and unafraid when you are out of luck or in adversities, while you shall be humble in favorable circumstances. In difficult situations, one shall be upright and unafraid to keep one’s spirits positive and avoid turning to negative and declining. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s business collapsed for the first time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche experienced how friends would turn their backs and leave upon seeing him because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was too arrogant at that time. Therefore, we have to learn that in our life gain and loss is the same thing. Loss is gain; gain is loss. Loss does not equate to “have not”, while gain does not equate to “have”. All of these transitions are impermanence. Never ever be arrogant. If you consider your thoughts are right, your speech is right, and your conducts are always right, you become incorrigible. The consequences are that those who have heavier evil karma will fall into the hell realm after death and those who have lighter evil karma will fall into the animal realm after death. Many people refuse this belief. For example, they always say “you don’t know that!” during conversations with the others. It is an indication of deep arrogance if they say such phrase. People like them could not attain any benefit from reciting mantra or reciting Buddhas’ names.

Therefore, we must be fully aware that ease, happiness, and fame are surely impermanent. So long as you accept impermanence, you will be joyful even though those pleasures turn into sufferings. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s business collapsed for the first time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was very painful because his wife left, his business disappeared, and he ran out of money. When his business collapsed for the second time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was not painful because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had practiced Buddhism, accepted impermanence and believed in the law of cause and condition and the law of cause and effect. At that time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had a firm belief that all of those adversities would change. It was merely a matter of time. It would not matter even if the changes might not happen in this life; Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would wait for their changes in the next life. To sum up, as long as we understand everything turns into sufferings eventually, we will have a clear and loath mind towards this life.

Next is to explore what pervasive suffering is. It seems adversities often come one after another in the meantime. For example, the first time when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche collapsed, the business collapsed, getting divorced, and the son getting illed. The situation is in pervasive suffering. Under such circumstances, many people can’t stand with it. They would think the life is useless, despairing, and even try to abandon themselves. In fact, pervasive sufferings are not peculiar to anyone, it would definitely happen to anyone some time in this life. The only exception is if one practices Buddha Dharma, realizes causes and conditions and accepts impermanence, one could endure the sufferings. All the things in this life is transient and dynamic; it always changes. Therefore, those people who consider they are good enough could not stand with pervasive sufferings so long as such arrogance remains in mind.

At the 3rd visit to the Drikung Thil Monastery in Tibet, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was escorted by the lamas to the living room for the reception. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always exercises great caution when walking but it was an unusual day. Upon entering the room, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bumped into the door frame on the forehead and felt dizzy. After the bump, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche turned around and told the others that it had been stupid of himself to bump into the door frame. Nonetheless, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche turned himself back only for another bump. This time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche became sober-minded and realized that one should lower his head. If one is unwilling to lower his head and considers himself having great capacities, he will have two bumps on the head just like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The lineage gurus knew about Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s shortcomings and postponed the lesson until Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche returned to the Drikung Thil Monastery. As even Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, who had conducted much more practice than you, had shortcomings, how dare you say that you are free of shortcomings?

Most ordained practitioners dare to tell such stories, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is not afraid of so. It’s because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was full of flaws like you; some of the shortcomings are still obvious. However, the difference between Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and you lies in the fact that he has kept correcting his behaviors, but you haven’t, which enable you to reincarnate in the six realms. As soon as the thought that you’re correct surfaces, you ought to check it over. Before you accomplish any enlightenment, the self-righteous thoughts indeed stem from the attempts to keep your interests, face, and arrogance. That’s why you have to examine them at once. Thus, many people can’t accept suffering of suffering. In their entire life, they live in a fake image about themselves: “I am capable of controlling everything.” When suffering of suffering manifests, these people would become pathetic.

The last kind of suffering is pervasive suffering. Such suffering arises from your arrogance, pride, and present enjoyment. Those who suffer from diabetes are usually gourmets. Why do they get diabetes? It’s all about their pride that leads them to think all they do is right. Their mind is already ill; it’s poisoned. They love delicacies which have to be made of quality fish and meat and cooked with various ways. This kind of people is more likely to suffer from diabetes or cancers. The diseases are originated from their pride. They rarely listen to or accept others’ advices, suggestions or ideas. That’s why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often reminds you that advices are just advices, no matter they are good or bad. When you think they are good, it’s only because they are in accord with your ideas; when you think they are bad, it’s because they don’t satisfy you.

There are sufferings of birth, aging, sickness, and death.

Twenty-five hundreds years ago when there still had no anatomy, Sakyamuni Buddha had already told us the changes of the fetus at each month during the ten-month pregnancy. For the changes in these ten months, the feeling of every development of our hands, feet and the door to our senses were all stingy, gloomy and disgusting. It felt like we were in prison. Mothers also have the feelings of headache, nausea, and discomfort. The fetus could feel whenever its mother eat something spicy, cold and hot or its mother is full, hungry as well as its mother walks, sits down or lies down. it feel uncomfortable, so it will kick and push its mother. The fetus had the feeling of coldness, hotness, wind-blowing, drifting and even felt like falling down the cliff. When giving birth, the fetus turned upside down due to vomiting and edema of legs during pregnancy. It felt as if someone is pulling both its legs and throw it on to the ground. It felt like being hardly pulled from an opening of an iron pipe when it passed through the birth canal. During delivery, the mother and fetus maybe both killed or maybe one lived and one killed. Even both survived; they both suffered the pain of near death. Master Padmasambhava had said that both mother and the fetus felt like nearly being in hell. Except her lip and teeth, all her bones and joints felt like falling apart. When the baby was just born and its afterbirth peeled off, the pain felt like someone is peeling off its skin. Therefore, why baby cries when it was just born? In addition to the existence of the consciousness from past lives, it knew that he will be unlucky and come to suffer in this world again. Secondly, it cried painfully because it felt like someone is peeling off its skin when the afterbirth peeled off.

In fact, we have started to die gradually since the day we were born. Throughout our life, we all busy making a living. Many deeds happened in this world are all related to the bad karma. Basically, we never have enjoyment from our birth to death. All material enjoyment that we seek is temporary and not eternal. It is also temporary and unrealistic seek for material wealth. All our life, we are busy going to work, working, coming off work, eating, cooking, taking care and educating kids. Some people are grumpy the whole day even when they are old. When one loses his temper frequently, it will damage the kidney and of course his eyes can not see clearly. Some people did not listen to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s advice and insisted on helping their daughter to buy a house. Now they have no money and are in sufferings!

The symptoms of ageing are emerging gradually since it would be unbearable if they appear all at once. For instance, there is a disease causing a child to become old suddenly, which makes him suffer horribly. Venerable Milarepa once said when people grew older, for them, standing up would take much effort as if to pull out a post, walking becomes awkward like roosters, sitting down would be like the falling of mud and stones. As the three symptoms appear, the elderly would become upset by their decaying bodies. And then comes the following: “the skin dulls and wrinkles; blood and energy is exhausted; muscles get arid and flat.” No matter how much make-up they put on, nutrition they take in, or even placenta they inject, they must experience such ageing process. Men’s health very much depends on their energy level, whereas women on blood. When menopause approaches, it’s the beginning of ageing for women because it’s indicative of less blood remained. In addition to depending on their seminal fluid, the energy level for men also depends on hormone. So those who overuse their brain would be ageing earlier. The lower legs of newborns are full and round because it’s when their energy and blood is to the fullest. The legs of the elderly become flatter and flatter for their energy and blood has already been worn out completely; only bones, skin and flesh are left. The saying “Expressionlessly staring at the air and stubbornly confused to the life” can best describe the conditions of the elderly. Practicing Esoteric Buddhism can help postponing the ageing process so that our faces and bodies might still look young. It’s because the operation of our energy and blood is different than lay people. If one overexploits his brain and obsesses with sex, he’d become old much more quickly than others for the exhaustion of energy and blood. Both Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease are resulted from the exhaustion of one’s energy and blood. Even for Buddhism practitioners, it’s almost impossible to cure these two diseases in that very little energy is remained and too many evildoings have been done.

The observation of Venerable Milarepa was extremely detailed. He said when people got older, they would “be reluctant to change clothes, hardly differentiate warm from chilled food, prefer lie in bed with four layers of mats.” They are too old to feel or move. How would they still have the time and the strength to change clothes, if they are too old to hang on? The elderly often are too confused to tell warm from chilled drink or food. Even when their tongues are burned to blister, they would not say so. Even when they sleep on the bed with many mats, they still don’t feel comfortable because their bones have been hardened. If such three symptoms occur, Milarepa said, these elderly are like an old dog which will gradually lose its consciousness and go into a coma.

A human being has to go through the suffering of sickness: when one is sick and lying on bed, any kind of food is tasteless for him, aching all day long, sleepless, wandering in his mind, undergoing a surgery operation, etc. followed with several kinds of unhappiness. When one catches a cold and lie on bed, any kind of food is tasteless for him. There are all kinds of illnesses, such as indisposition, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, cancer, and so on. The pains of those illnesses are indescribable. Everyone has had illnesses which may have even made one be sleepless at night. Then, he will be startled and scared when facing the suddenly coming death. He might exhaust all his wealth for medical treatment. Many people are ignorant in thinking that they are willing to pay more than a few million dollars to seek medical treatment and buy medical instruments and medicine, but they do not understand how to make use of that money on charity. These people will not die fast since they still have money, and they only die and suffer until the last minute when their money are used up! The one who knows the Buddha’s teachings will donate all of his money when he gets ill, not to exchange that for his life or ease and happiness, but because he knows that spending money on medical treatment may not necessarily cure his disease and it is better for him to donate the money instead!

Drikung Kagyu Lord Jigten Sumgon has ever enlightened that the four elements are getting weaker, the health is suddenly turning into a lie, and the time is just like the duration of the flower in autumn. Do not consider that you are always healthy. In fact it is nothing but a lie since aging, death, and sickness come to you at anytime! It is just like the flower in autumn wither and fall all of a sudden! We must think what a human life is! Everyone is afraid of the suffering of death. Many things in a life can be shared with other people, but only death cannot be shared with anyone no matter your partner, relatives, Buddhas, Bodhisattvas or your Guru. When you are going to die, you have to face and accept it alone. Doctors will be helpless to your fear or your gasps prior to death. The courage and arrogance you had will die out as well. Any kinds of disorders gradually appear.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often said that you have to tell your family member the truth if he does have cancer. Many people have tried to hide and prevent their family member from suffering by not telling him his medical condition. It’s wrong! If you prevent him from the suffering of knowing his own condition, he will definitely know the truth on the verge of his death and will most likely blame you: “You have set me up! If you had told me earlier, I would have sought advice from someone and taken some measures and wouldn’t have to die now.” Therefore, we don’t have any right or reason to keep someone not knowing about his own medical condition. Before one dies, he will absolutely be clear about the incoming death. Even one who appears unconscious knows that his time of death is coming.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has bestowed blessings upon many vegetative patients and has been able to tell these patients’ concerns to their families, who then verified Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s findings. The consciousness is still active in a vegetative patient and knows clearly when death comes before he draws his last breath. Just like you will wake up from sleep when someone suffocates you by covering your nose and mouth in the middle of the night, you will have such an experience and great suffering when you can’t even draw a breath on the verge of death. It doesn’t mean that the consciousness will leave the body when one is declared brain dead. Thereby, euthanasia is not acceptable in Buddhism because it is a murder! Only practitioners like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche know whether one’s consciousness has left the body. There were times when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche summoned a departed consciousness. Why? It is because that it would have been useless to conduct any practice or assisted recitation and to salvage this person if his consciousness had not been in the body. Why would consciousnesses depart while their bodies remain living? It is because the person is taking revenge on his family members. For some, their consciousnesses had to leave the body and stand aside, suffering immensely from watching their own bodies pay off the remaining karmic debts.

Those who are incapable of knowing the issues of the sentient beings will cause an undesirable result by considering himself compassionate while rushing to help transferring others’ consciousnesses. When giving blessings to the deceased, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s power of meditative stability calms the deceased’s agitated heart and thereby enables him to be helped with the Buddhist teachings. Meditative stability practiced in retreats is not for oneself, but for the benefit of sentient beings. Even those who are stricken with sudden death in traffic accidents still know that they will die right before drawing their last breath. Hence, never hide the truth from anyone when it comes to the matter of his own death. If you hide the truth, he will thereby blame or even resent you. He might suffer greatly for a few days after you tell him. Nonetheless, he will accept the matter as it is after a while as long as he realizes that it is an established fact.

With family members keeping the truth away from the cancer patients during the medical treatment, these people suffer a great deal because they keep thinking that the doctors will cure them. They are left with nothing but sufferings after having great expectations for each treatment. In such a repeated painful process, their hatred grows along the way, thereby bringing them down into the hell. Therefore, after knowing about the truth of death, you know that your family members and you will share the same experience. As to practitioners, they will undergo the same experience as well but they will be able to control the chaotic situation in which one’s courage completely vanishes and a fear of death arises. The purpose of the Buddhist study is to understand the origin of such a fear. If one doesn’t fear death, what else will frighten him in this world? We do not feel fear and agitation for the possessions and family we will lose, but for the notion of death acknowledged in the deepest of our hearts. Nevertheless, no one wants to talk about this matter and wishes this wouldn’t take place. In order to console our frightened hearts, we seek fame, wealth, and family with constant desires in hopes that the fear of death may be substituted. Practitioners who have achieved accomplishment in the practice of Phowa do not fear death because they have experienced the process of death at their successful practice of Phowa and have understood that the matter cannot get any simpler. When one learns to practice Phowa, he should not consider himself powerful or able to perform the practice of Phowa for others. Practicing Phowa for oneself is different from doing that for others. If his mind is not on the right path, the practice will not be transmitted to him. There was someone ever sent his disciples to learn the practice of Phowa and took back the dharma text, thinking that they could practice it by themselves. Actually it was useless! It takes more than a Dharma text and an ability to contemplate when it comes to Phowa. One must be guided personally by his Guru in such a practice for a period no shorter than 108 days. In the text of Phowa, there is a paragraph that is dedicated to pray for the gurus. If one shows a single sign of disrespect to the guru, he will never achieve accomplishments even with the study of Phowa.

The reason why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been making great progress lies in that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has attained achievements in the practice of Phowa. Only 2 out of 42 learners of Phowa in the same class were able to get an opening in the crown chakra and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was the only one in the class to be capable of performing Phowa for others. Many people in Taiwan have learned the Phowa in the Drikung Kagyu Lineage, but few have gotten an opening in the crown chakra, let alone conducting the practice of Phowa for others. Nonetheless, it doesn’t mean that anyone who is able to get an opening in the crown chakra can practice Phowa for others. In ancient times, practitioners who perform Phowa for others are highly revered, for this practice is difficult to come across, to practice, and to accomplish!

When one passes away, he will feel himself blown by karmic winds staying a place without any company and be concerned about his possessions which have not yet been distributed. Why does the Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha’s Fundamental Vows state that we should make offerings and practice charities with the deceased’s favorite possessions such as jewelry, antiques, and wealth on his behalf? Firstly, it is to eliminate the deceased’s concerns. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once witnessed a deceased father refuse to leave no mater how much supportive recitations were performed due the arrangement of his sons or daughters, because he was angry with his four sons who fought over his possessions. Therefore, if you don’t make offerings and practice charities with your possessions before you die, you will be upset unless prior arrangements have been made. In particular, you will say harsh words if your favorite jewelry is worn by someone you are not fond of. Hence, recitation will be wasted if one doesn’t know what is on the deceased’s mind. If one accepts the gift money, he will still accumulate karma because he hasn’t solved the deceased’s problems. In the past, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche wouldn’t help others transfer their consciousnesses until His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang gave the permission to do so. It is because that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw a lot while learning Taoism as a child under his father, who advised not to transfer other’s consciousnesses in a casual manner. Don’t consider yourself having compassion because you might bring harm the deceased even before you know it. So, anyone who regards money as something important refuses to give before his death due to ignorance and greed, or regrets after making an offering will have such a problem and will even try to gain control over the matter after his death. Thereby, he will fall into the Realm of Hungry Ghosts.

Those with heavy evil karma will beat their breasts and stamp their feet before death. They would become ferocious and blame this or that, showing their unwillingness to accept. Such a person, who has accumulated heavy evil karma, will then fall into the Realm of Hells. Do not think that one can escape the Realm of Hells if he has ever listened to the Buddhist teachings. It depends on your own behavior. If you have heard the Buddhist teachings, you may become a ghost soldier after falling into the Realm of Hells. Your situation might be better off but you still have to go to the hell. In particular, one who takes pleasure in scolding and blaming others even after listening to the Buddhist teachings will fall into the hell faster than all the other people because he has knowingly violated the rules, especially someone who has criticized his guru. If you see any friends or relatives under such a condition, you should find a virtuous friend immediately so as to enable them to eliminate their karma before death by means of accumulating merits (making offerings) and thereby prevent them from falling into the lower realms. Some people have cramps in their limbs and shake uncontrollably before they die. It shows that they either have gotten heavy karma of killing or have taken hold of immoral and unlawful wealth, so karmic creditors in their body cause cramps, asking them to meet the debts. There is hell where is a Realm of hells for cramping. If you face such a situation, do not force the person to take an injection of tranquilizers, which would have no effect anyway. Thereafter, one may become mentally deranged. Some people are seen to wave in order to drive something away, a gesture regarded as either having illusions or even seeing the ghosts in the hospital. Neither is correct, though. This occurs because the person becomes mentally deranged and sees his karmic creditors from previous lives coming at him so he tries to drive them away. Some would see their grandfather come to take them and feel happy about it. Be cautious! It is actually one’s karmic creditors who have transformed into his favorite relative so as to take him to the three lower realms. When you see such a situation, be sure to ask a virtuous friend to help the person at once.

If a dying person takes in his last breath with his mouth slightly opened and shows the whites of his eyes, it means he had done numerous evil deeds. Jetsun Milarepa once said the most vicious person would demonstrate, as if he’s our mentor, the law of causes and conditions while dying. No matter how one boasted his Buddhist practices, we can tell his evil doings from how he died, which would indicate how much malicious karma he had accumulated. As we perform Buddhist activities such as reciting sutra or reciting mantras, we shouldn’t get angry because such anger is even more malicious than killing. While we are doing all those activities, a great many of sentient beings are looking forward to them. When our minds are like those of Bodhisattvas’, sentient beings can be benefited from it. But if your have hatred minds and mistake others, which represents the minds in the three evil realms, the deceased will fall into the three evil realms because of your mindsets. Definitely, the deceased will be always behind your back. That is why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often advises us away from reciting mantras for any deceased, unless the deceased had learned Buddhism before his death and understood the use of holding mantras being for the sake of strengthening and stabilize his mind. Thus his consciousness would follow Buddha Amitabha. As one is dying, reciting mantras for him can be genuinely carried out by dharma brothers who have practiced Buddhism in the same center as the deceased. When the person is already dead, it’s fruitless to recite mantras, unless any Esoteric Dharma is conducted by an esoteric practitioner. Do not have the superstition about the custom that reciting mantras for the deceased can help him be reborn in the Pure Land. The Three Sutras of Pure Land Buddhism have not depicted such things like this. Even Ying-Guang Master of Pure Land Buddhism didn’t attest such task of reciting mantras could help the deceased to be reborn in the Western Paradise; it’s effective when one is alive. Many Buddhist practitioners are busy everyday at reciting mantras for the deceased, which not only is not effective but also does harm to sentient beings. If you think you have been compassionate to do so without any true understanding of the conduct, it’s a mistake.

Not everything is gone after your death. If you are not a Buddha dharma practitioner and have not done great virtuous deeds, the servants of the King of Hell will appear in front of you and show you all fearful phenomena to let you fall into the three Evil Realms. There is only the Dharma which is workable because the time of death is uncertain. Venerable Podowa said that he hoped you could often think of death and impermanence, and be certain in your minds that “death will definitely come”. Do not hypnotize yourself into believing that your have long life and do not deceive yourself. It is not difficult for one to break off from doing evil deeds; one should often practice kindness and compassion; one should tirelessly benefit all sentient beings and always contemplate the reality of empty nature in the future. It is not difficult for one to break off from evil deeds; it is hard, however, for one to realize that one is doing evils. The definition of evildoings is doings that is not for benefiting all sentient beings and is for one’s own selfishness, and to satisfy one’s own desires; it is evil if one does not accept the guru’s teachings and advices; it is evil if one does not accept the Buddhist teachings and does not live one’s life according to Buddha dharma. Simply speaking, carrying out one’s deeds according to the guru, Buddha and Bodhisattvas’ teachings is the beginning of all virtues and the ending of all evils. So practicing Buddha dharma is not difficult, stop doing evils is also not difficult; it is hard, however, for one to believe in the law of cause and effect. Those who believe in the law of cause and effect can absolutely stop doing evils. You need to cultivate more your compassionate minds and to work hard for benefiting all sentient beings; however, since you cannot do those now, making offerings and doing charities is your only choice. It is not that the guru wants so much money. Many people think the guru spoke casually that Buddhist sutra stated that one needs to make offerings and charities with one fourth of one’s salary. And they think that money is the most important thing and they cannot live their lives without the money. If you think Buddha and the guru would deceive you, then you do not need to come here to practice Buddha dharma. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang has also publicly said that making offerings is the most important method for practicing Buddha dharma. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has also witnessed personally that in order to listen to a Buddha dharma, His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche let Khenpo, on behalf of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, make Mandala offerings. For one to listen to Buddha dharma one must accumulate one’s merits; and merits come from making offerings. Although now you have not attained any achievement to benefit all sentient beings, you can benefit all sentient beings by working hard at work everyday. In fact, each work of each individual in society involves many sentient beings directly or indirectly; doing one’s job well can benefit many people; on the other hand, only thinking how to advance one’s career or to increase one’s wealth can harm many sentient beings. Performing your work diligently and well is a way of benefiting all sentient beings.

If we do not often contemplate death, our mind will be very confused and give rise to the three poisonous thoughts, namely greed, hatred, and ignorance, towards our relative, our villains, and strangers. If we do not contemplate death, we will want to control certain things and make our mind in disorder such that we will not be able to listen to the Guru’s teachings and have greedy thoughts towards our friends and relatives such as desiring them to be filial piety, to be good to us, to listen to us, or to expect our own wife being obedient, etc. All of these are the beginnings of the poisonous thought of greed. With such confusion, we would have angry towards our villains, think that we are surrounded by hostile and bad people, and want to retaliate with a few unkind words to upset them. With our mind confused, we would seldom care about anyone we do not know. Some public restrooms are very filthy since we think that we don’t care about that who, the next person, will use the facility; we believe that the other users would have no idea in what way we have done in the restrooms. This is the origination of the poisonous thought of ignorance – refuse to accept the truth – pay no any attention on what is the right or the wrong.

One is not considered as a practitioner if he does not think of death. Therefore, he will definitely focus only on the worldly phenomenon. The three poisons — Greed, hatred, delusion will grow in the mind. He would always desire forever growth of his wealth, food and drink as well as things to use. In order to increase these three things, he becomes confused everyday and feels endless panic and pain due to the fear of losing everything. Furthermore, one will eventually commit to taking meat for obtaining nutrition; expect to gain huge income from one’s own investment, even further at the risk of corruption. Master Milarepa said that ordinary people would never be satisfied with their wealth. In order to gain more wealth, one’s mind would be fully focused on one’s own benefit such that one becomes totally stingy to perform any good deeds.

Even though one accumulates his wealth diligently in this life, one will die. Therefore, we should be clear that wealth and family are baits which entrap us onto cycles of reincarnation. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once said that an old woman had hateful thoughts towards her non-filial son and her unaffectionate husband. Had it not been Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Phowa, this old woman would definitely fall into hell realms. If you have done a great deal for your children, who nonetheless fail to meet your expectations, you will have lots of hateful thoughts, thereby falling into the hell, and will come back to them to collect the debts in your next lives. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche explains that filial piety of one’s child has everything to do with the law of cause and effect and cannot be purchased. It doesn’t mean that your child will be filially piety as long as you give him money, help him with his business, or buy a house for him. If it’s true, why not spend millions of dollars in hiring a person to show filial piety towards you. Why bare with all the hardships? Just because your son is your flesh and bone? How easy it is to make someone show filial pious to you. You could enter a contract offer on a yearly basis and loads of people will be willing to show you the filial piety. There are many unemployed around Taiwan, why do you have to go to your sons and daughters? People are all misguided and foolish; they think that wealth and family, baits for the reincarnation indeed, are all important.

In addition, Lord Jigten Sumgon, the lineage founder, once said that wealth is nothing but an illusion when you run out of it, no matter how greedy or painstaking you are to try to save it in this life. It is like the dew on the grass, and you should contemplate over this! Without taking death into consideration, our heart will be distracted in the midst of mundane affairs and will have attachment to our relatives, enemies, and strangers, thereby generating the three poisons of greed, hatred, and ignorance and living an empty life. Living an empty life from the Buddha’s perspective refers to having a life without any learning in Buddhism or being liberated from the cycle of birth and death. Therefore, this life is lived in vain. Do not consider that your life is well lived with career, children, family, and health. In the Buddha’s eyes, these matters are all fake and impermanent, just like flashing dreams and illusions. All your wealth, fame, and family come from the causes, conditions, and effects in your previous lives and are not created by you in current life.

At around twenty-one or twenty-two years of age, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche worked as a manager for a jewelry company. Once Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche brought with him a parcel worth of his two-year salary and took a taxi home. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche left the parcel in the taxi. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ran back for a full circle to find that the taxi just parked there, explaining to the driver that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche left a package in the car. The taxi driver said it’s impossible because he had taken another passenger to a nearby place. The parcel, however, was still in the taxi, meaning Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche shouldn’t lose such huge parcel. Thus, the coming and going of our possessions is already determined. This is not fatalism; rather it’s the law of cause and effect.

Human dies eventually; no matter how well preparation you can arrange, you have nothing to the end. You ought to contemplate the truth that human will die and vow to practice Buddhism for the rest of your life. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche consistently urges and extorts you because how long your rest life will be is uncertain. If you keep wasting your life, you can’t do anything when death comes. You might not be able to find Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Therefore, with our limited time, we should now solidly learn Buddhism.

Milarepa has ever enlightened that all dharma the Buddha has taught is in order to cut off the Eight Winds. All Buddhist learners have to ask themselves whether or not they have been affected by the Eight Winds. All precepts mentioned by the Buddha are to overcome such things in this world, but not to be as punishment or reward. Ask yourself if your mundane things increase? It is the mundane thing to being on the rush everyday to attend repentance ceremonies and sutras recitation. It is the mundane thing to deal with your personal affairs in a haste everyday and forget Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. It is also the mundane thing to serve your children every day and forget the teachings given by your guru. If you believe that you are following the precepts, ask yourself whether or not your mundane things still increase? If you do not constantly contemplate death and impermanence, how can your practices take any effect? The purpose of learning Buddhism must be clear in mind. It is not for your benefits or for you to turn better in this life. The most important thing is keeping in mind the truth of death.

The ultimate purpose of practices no matter what kind of dharma one practices in this life is for the point of dying. Most important is to know how to escape from cycles of birth and death. All the recitation of mantras and sutras we practice in this life is for the short period of seconds about dying. What we practice is also for that time. Do not think that Buddha-Dharma is for you to change the bad things into the good things in the world. If Buddha-Dharma can change the bad into the good in the world, there will be no law of cause and effect. If you think that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche only can help to cure your diseases, make your children show filial obedience for you, make you successful in your job, this kind of thinking is simply wrong! Your Guru is the one who help you know clearly about the real situation of death and how to control your future life.

You should set aside some time everyday to quietly ponder on the questions: What I have accomplished in my whole life? What have I contributed to the society? How would it be like the day I die? How would it feel during the few seconds I die? And then you should also think of the following questions: Whether I won’t die because I’m still young? Whether it’s more painful when I die at old age? Such exercise is your lessons, your homework. You need to think about it every day. Contemplating these is nothing to do with the death; it is not ask you to think that you will die immediately. Even when you think about death every second in 24 hours, your will not die if your life is not supposed to be ended.

Therefore the truth about death can teach you how to courageously confront those matters you don’t understand or can’t solve now. You can only find resolutions of these problems with Buddha Dharma. Your life is full of fears because you don’t understand death. As long as you can understand it, no fear will be left; instead, you will feel your life is hopeful and bright since your future is under controlled. Pondering on death means to first accept the fact that such natural phenomenon surely will happen to everyone. This is the most important and difficult problem to deal with. If we can cope with this problem, all other problems in life can be solved as well. This is not passive, but to handle the most difficult matter first. When you are capable of dealing with the most challenging problem, what can’t you solve?

The true purpose of the Lord Buddha’s teachings in 49 years is to liberate us from the real suffering of birth and death. In light of the Lord Buddha’s wisdom, the rest of the sufferings in the world can’t be viewed as the most distressing. The most distressing is to reincarnate incessantly.

Buddhas teach us how to be liberated from the cycle of birth and death in future lives once our current bodies become unusable. Those with greater capacities are able to refrain from getting into the cycle of birth and death in this life without going through the death process. With lesser capacities, all of our bodies need to experience death, and, therefore, we need to make a lot of preparation for that day before our bodies collapse. Never ever take chances and think that our guru might perform the Phowa for us when we pass away. Do not rely on your daily recitation of long-life prayers for the guru to live on, for it is not necessary for the guru to live on in the Saha World. The guru may live on in any corners of the universe and does not have to reside in this world. Why would Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche put so many efforts to learn and study Buddhism with such great determination? It is because the death of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s father gave Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche a significant message: Why can’t a human being understand his own death? What on earth does it matter to be a human if one can exercise great influence and power in life but fail to control his own death? In face of his father’s death at the age of 18, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche already told himself to get a clear answer to the question in this life. Being able to say that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche himself now understands and is able to control this matter, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche wishes to pass this experience and knowledge to you. Nevertheless, one’s willingness to follow the instructions is a basic prerequisite. It is a reality that one won’t learn anything if he doesn’t follow the given instructions.

January 28, 2011

At the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the auspicious Chod Puja of Drikung Kagyu Lineage. There were over 1300 attendees, including disciples and believers, who even barely leave room for the aisles. With disciples holding an incense burner and playing musical instruments to lead the way, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was escorted and protected by a dharma umbrella and walked to ascend the throne. The following enlightenment of Buddha Dharma was given by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Now we are holding the last Chod Puja of this Tiger Year. There are over 1300 people taking part in this ceremony. Although the space was about 990 square meters, the venue was over crowded. For this reason of limited space, after the Lunar New Year, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche probably will change the rule of attending the teaching. Those who cannot or will not stop eating meat won’t be allowed to come. Today may be your last chance. It is clearly stated in sutras that you will have to pay back each ounce of meat you eat. Even practitioner like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still has to pay back the karmic retribution for the meat Rinpoche ate. Even a minor bleeding of you is associated with your action of killing. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would cleanse some of your karmic retributions as you attended the puja. If you still eat meat after leaving the ceremony, it’s a waste of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s painstaking efforts and endeavors to help you.

It is also stated in sutras that eating meat is to eliminate the seed of compassion. The meaning of the seed of compassion refers to the fact that everyone was born with compassion. The sprouting of seeds relies on the help of one’s guru. In addition, one’s own continuous practicing Buddha Dharma is equivalent to irrigate and make the seed develop. Compassion is the root of Buddha Dharma. If one eats meat, the seed of compassion will be dead, and hence any effort to practicing Buddha Dharma such as reading Buddhist texts, reciting mantras and making repentance will be only in vain.

You have all seen that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would scan through a name list presented by a disciple. While seeing certain names, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would know these people weren’t right for the puja and wouldn’t be allowed to come in. The meaning of “not being right” doesn’t refer to whether they were rich or not. Rather, it depended on the degree of their reverence. Strangely, even Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has prohibited a great number of people from attending, there were still 1300 people joined the ceremony. Ever since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche began to hold Chod rituals, Rinpoche has never called any person to attend it. Nor did Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche broadcast the information in any advertisement. That you could all come and gather together here was indicative of your great merits. A father in a family just passed away. One of his sons has taken refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. For this reason, Rinpoche will definitely help to liberate his father’s consciousness. His family members had implored Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for participating in today’s puja, but they couldn’t make up their minds to become vegetarians from now on. Therefore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche won’t allow them to attend the ceremony. For such a critical matter as their father’s death, they still couldn’t adopt a vegetarian diet, so their attending the ceremony will be of no effect at all.

Some of you may wonder why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is so uncompassionate to prohibiting some people from attending the puja regardless of their intentions. The fact is attending pujas can help one accumulate merits. Those who cannot adopt vegetarian diets continue their evildoings while eating meats. If they obtain more merits, they’d keep performing more evildoings. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is extremely merciful to forbid them from attending the pujas, fearing for their accumulating more karmic retributions owing to more evildoings. In fact, doing so is more exhausting for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. It would be a lot easier for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche if he does as in others’ Buddhist centers to disregard believers taking vegetarian diets or not, as long as believers would come to pujas. If so, the number of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s disciples might have beon over hundreds of thousands. While there were about ten thousand up to twenty thousand attendees each in the Great Puja each year, how many attendees are there for the six consecutive years altogether? It was, nonetheless, exactly the compassion of a practitioner that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can’t watch those sentient beings march toward the three evil realms without doing anything. That is why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has to toil along the way, caring nothing of how other people commenting Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche as uncompassionate.

Repeatedly, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang taught that reading sutras or making prostrations isn’t practicing Buddhism. The first thing to learn Buddha Dharma is to become a complete person. In order to obtain a human body in one’s future lifetimes, one has to cultivate the Ten Meritorious Deeds. The reason you obtain a human body in this lifetime was because you had at least achieved the Ten Meritorious Deeds in one of your past lifetimes. One sutra is dedicated to explain the Ten Meritorious Deeds. There wasn’t enough time today to go through the details of them. The first virtuous deed, however, is no killing. You have committed killing sentient beings while you eat meat, which means you haven’t carried out the Ten Meritorious Deeds. After one achieves the Ten Meritorious Deeds, one will proceed to cultivate his or her compassion. Compassion doesn’t mean to do nice things. There are two components in compassion. We don’t have enough time to explain in details, either.

To be compassionate isn’t just doing kind deeds as you may think. It’s a basic requirement for being a human to carry out kind deeds. Other religions also teach people to be virtuous. Learning Buddhism isn’t for the purpose of accumulating one’s merits in order to make things better or smoother. If you hope things can go smoothly, you simply have to perform virtuous deeds without need to learn Buddha Dharma. For instance, once a couple in Mainland China had been married for many years without a child. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche taught them to donate one fourth of their income to help those who had no money to see doctors. They followed the teaching. After a year, they gave birth to a child without Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s performing any puja for them.

Do not make yourself a witch when you are learning Buddhism. The “witch” here refers to one who has a mindset of wishing to get rid of other people’s oppositions against him or her to learn Buddhism, by dedicating to a particular person while reciting sutras or by dedicating to the spouse after Eight Precepts Retreat. The proper mindset of Buddhist cultivation is the Eightfold Path. Simply speaking, the Eightfold Path lies in the methods of liberation from the reincarnation. Any method other than this is not the Eightfold Path.

To cultivate Buddhism is not to turn on a television, watch what the dharma masters talk about in the religious program and then practice or recite by oneself at home. As dharma masters in the TV programs are not able to know where you go wrong, they can’t help you to correct yourselves. In all ages, except for Buddha Sakyamuni, there is no a realized one who has no gurus.

Rare is birth as a human being. It is even harder to obtain the chance to listen to Buddha Dharma. Today we have in this puja more than 1300 attendees, but how many people in total reside in Taiwan? In fact, only a very small portion of the population has the chance to listen to the Buddha Dharma. And it is even much harder to meet an authentic guru. The word “authentic” here does not refer to morality but to possessing virtues that can help sentient begins to get liberation from the cycle of birth and death. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is so humble to say himself as an authentic guru. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche indeed has the ability to liberate the deceased. Even when in India, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is still able to successfully conduct Phowa for the deceased in Taiwan, whose body manifested a smooth-edged round hole on the crown of head. Do not think one could salvage the deceased provided he studied in a Buddhist college for five years. If one does not realize the deceased’s obsession in their mind, one can’t help the deceased even if he recites so much to hurt his own mouth. A guru who has the ability to salvage the deceased is like a person who can guide people to a certain place as he has ever been there and knows the way.

One ought to seize the chance of cultivating Buddhism and should not wait until a particular time or when a particular thing is achieved. Never think that you have the luxury of waiting and seeing. According to Samantabhadra Bodhisattva, one has to learn and cultivate the Buddha’s teachings as zealously as putting out a fire in the hair. If one dose not immediately grasp at the chance, it will be too late when impermanence comes.

The Chod to be performed today is one of the Eight Great Sadhanas in Tibetan Tantric Buddhism. A sadhana does not mean that the one can see, hear, feel something special, or even have supernatural powers. Rather, it refers to that if a practitioner wholeheartedly dedicates his whole life to practice such sadhana, he will be able to at least get liberated from reincarnation, and even attain Buddhahood at this life. Chod in Chinese language means offering the body. This term comes from that the practitioner, through visualization and meditation, offers his own body firstly to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, and then gives it to sentient beings to eat. Besides, when conducting Chod, the practitioner has to take away all the protective objects with him such as protective wheels. That is, the practitioner has not a single bit of concern on his own life and body when benefiting sentient beings.

All sentient beings of the six realms have the need of eating. Just the ways of eating differ. However, the merits of the sentient beings in the hell realm and ghost realm are too few to eat anything.  The food they eat will become knives, words, and fire at their throats. They have the need of eating, but they cannot eat anything, which is indeed very suffering. Some ghosts with more merits would stay at a latrine to sniff the smell of feces and urines as their food. Some ghosts with fewer merits could not even sniff it, let alone the beings in the hell realm. Beings in the animal realm are a bit better. However, the process for them to have food to eat is also painstaking. A pet dog has to wag the tail and a pet cat would rubs against its raiser before it gets food. In fact, human beings are not much different. All of you have to work for food. For instance, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mother used to spend 3 to 4 hours preparing a meal every day, including shopping for food and cooking. Yet the family members spent no more than half an hour to consume it. It takes quite a lot of efforts in order to have meals. Hence, don’t think merely spraying water with a sprayer or throwing rice can offer food for ghosts to eat. That food, without being blessed and purified by an authentic practitioner, cannot be eaten by ghosts but arouse their anger instead. The Chod dharma is to, through the practitioner’s contemplation and meditation, transform his own body into the food the beings want to eat, and, after being eaten, become nectar that pacify and purify the beings’ resentment and hatred so that afterwards they can be salvaged.

In Tibetan, the word “Chod” refers to the meaning of “terminating” which is to terminate every affliction. We give rise to affliction due to attachments, and that cause us to fall into suffering of reincarnation. Therefore, one has to terminate affliction first so as to terminate reincarnation. The Chod ritual was composed by Machik Labdron, a Tibetan yogini who got married and had children, according to the essence of Mahaprajnaparamita Sutra. There are two versions of Mahaprajnaparamita Sutra: 100000 verses  and 80000 verses. The Chod Dharma was written according to the essence of the version of 100000 verses. Prajna, simply speaking, is wisdom. Only with wisdom can one terminate vexation and get liberated from reincarnation. Chod dharma ritual will not be taught to a practitioner before he has studied the theory of Exoteric Buddhism for at least 10 year. After he has the foundation, he then needs to be reviewed by his Guru whether or not if he completely comprehends the Buddhism theory. If he does, then his guru will bestow the oral transmission and empowerment to him. And he has to practice in a solitary retreat. It is extremely hard to attain the achievement of Chod dharma. Till now, among His Holiness Drikung Chetsang’s dharma descendants, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is the only one who has practiced and attained the achievement of Chod dharma.

Today all of you attend the puja for helping sentient beings. Some of you may answer me back in your mind, thinking that you attend today’s puja merely for your own health. Even so, before your health condition is improved, you have to let the beings ever hurt by you obtain help first. Only after they get better can you get better. As the result, your attending also benefits other beings.

Many people cling to the thought to benefit and bring no harm to themselves, thereby becoming self-opinionated. In fact, what is the “self” you have clung onto? Nothing but some symbols! If you take away your name, birthday, or occupation, you are no different than all the others. Therefore, every sentient being is equal. Everyone has sufferings such as not obtaining what he or she wants, or having loved ones departing, no matter who you are. Hence, everyone is the same. We shall think for the sentient beings while we attend the pujas. As our hearts are for the benefit of the sentient beings, just like those of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, we will accord with the hearts of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Thereby, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas would be moved and therefore bestow blessings and help sentient beings in need. Bodhichitta is the greatest loving kindness and compassion.

Modern people eat more meat, so they grow faster and age faster. All the meat contains antibiotics, hormones, and somatotropin. Therefore, eating meat is doing harm to your own body. Here is a repeated advice for everyone: Please do not eat any more meat after the puja. Particularly, as the Lunar New Year is coming, many people would worship and offer food to their ancestors according to the traditions. If you eat any meat offered to the ancestors, ghosts, or deities, those foods will have ghost breath on them and will be very bad for your health. This is stated in the Buddhist sutras. Do not think that your family might be unhappy that you have adopted a vegetarian diet. Do not worry that having arguments during the lunar new year is unlucky. This is nonsense. All of you have had a stomachache before. If your family forces you to eat meat, spit the meat out in front of them. Just say that your stomach feels funny. If you continue to eat meat, you won’t need to come to the pujas next year. Do not think that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not know about your eating meat. Although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is very busy, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche pays attention to every major and minor matter. Do not show disbelief. If you eat more meat, the Dharma Protector will spot you, despite Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche cannot see you. If that’s the case, the Dharma Protector will never let you come any more.

You have to believe in the law of cause and effect. According to the Buddhist scriptures, during Bodhisattva Nagarjuna’s lifetime, the Buddhist teachings were so prosperous that people of other religions exerted various means to take Bodhisattva Nagarjuna’s life. However, even though they have employed all kinds of methods, they still fail to kill Bodhisattva Nagarjuna. In the end, Bodhisattva Nagarjuna gathered all the people of other religions who had tried to kill him and told them why they would fail. Bodhisattva Nagarjuna had paid off all of his killing karma, except for an ant’s life, for Bodhisattva Nagarjuna had decapitated the ant with a piece of grass. Upon finishing his words, Bodhisattva Nagarjuna then cut off his own head with a piece of grass. That was why we can see Bodhisattva Nagarjuna’s tomb in India is separated, one for the head and the other for the body. Some attendees think of this story as nothing but a mythical account. Nevertheless, with his attainment in practice, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knows that whatever says in the Buddhist scriptures is true and can really be carried out.

Through today’s practice, the deceased will be able to attain rebirth in the Pure Land or the three upper realms. If one did not learn Buddhism during his lifetime but has the karmic connection for his relatives to attend the Chod puja on his behalf so as to accumulate merits, he will then attain rebirth in the three upper realms. If one practiced during his lifetime but did not achieve accomplishments, he can attain rebirth in the Pure Land with the help of the Chod puja. According to the Amitabha Sutra, anyone who is able to attain rebirth in the Pure Land has to be a tremendous virtuous man with favorable merits, virtues, and karmic connections. To have the karmic connection means that one has to attend the pujas continuously. Besides, the person has to practice the Ten Meritorious Acts. Apart from those being born into the realms of human beings and animals, all the others can be released from purgatory. The reason why those in the realms of human beings and animals cannot be released lies in that beings of these two realms are more attached to their bodies and reluctant to die. Therefore, their souls cannot be released from purgatory until they die. However, if you attend the puja on their behalf, you can still help them accumulate merits as long as you have complete faith in the practitioner.

According to the Buddhist sutras, only two kinds of people can go to the hell. One is the kind who did a lot of evil things and had to go directly downwards once they die. The other is the kind who has attained the level of a Bodhisattva in practice. Therefore, never ever tell Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that you have seen something special. Those who claim to see their departed loved ones are actually seeing lifestyles of ghosts living on Earth. The time in the hell is beyond our imagination, minimally equal to 1000 years of human time.

As you came to puja today, do not think about improving your health, terminating your husband’s affairs with another woman, or making your children obedient. As long as you are reverent and pray sincerely, today’s puja will help. Sincerity works. As to when the effect shows, do not think about it. If some incidents happen to you after the puja, congratulations! It means that you have paid off some debts.

Today’s traffic is very heavy, and even Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was almost late. You have taken a lot of efforts making to the puja. However, as you have come under such condition, the puja will be very helpful to you because you have reverence. When one has reverence, he or she is actually making offering. When one makes offering, his or her merits can then be accumulated. With merits, it doesn’t mean that you will get more money, but accumulate the provisions for your future Buddhist study.

In fact, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche wanted to retire last year (2010). After organizing the grand puja on June 6th for His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche actually did not want to host the Indiscriminated Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousnesses to be held in October. Because the sentient beings are very difficult to salvage! Why did Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara weep two drops of tears? It was because Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara saw that it was impossible to salvage all the sentient beings. As one person was salvaged, he would return to where he was in the next minute. How could they all be salvaged then?

Nonetheless, his Three Grace Root Guru, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang said that it is still not time for his own retirement, let alone Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche absolutely obeys whatever His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang instructs. In this world, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche only follows what His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang says. However, once His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang retires, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will definitely disappear. Do not think that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche needs to propagate the Buddhist teachings in Taiwan. There are innumerable sentient beings in the universe. When the time comes, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will go help those who are in true sufferings and willing to accept the Buddhist teachings and put aside you people who do not believe the Buddhist teachings.

A participating believer did not wear her mask properly. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reminded her to adjust the mask and enlightened all attendees that today Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had asked all non-disciple participants to wear masks since many people had had flu recently; if you caught a flu, your family members would think that you do not feel well during the Chinese New Year holidays because you were infected when attending the puja. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not want them to say such improper words. Some people may ask, “Why don’t the disciples wear masks?” That is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is very strict and the disciples know clearly that if they cause other people to be infected by not wearing masks for their sickness, they would seriously disciplined.

Early last year, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had predicted that there would be volcanic eruptions in Japan. Many Japanese did not believe it. However, it really happened in the past few days. Why? This is because people are belligerent now and this causes volcanoes to erupt. Telling you this is not to emphasize that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is very powerful. It is to eliminate your doubts. If you do not believe, attending the puja will not be useful to you.

Tantra is not mysterious. For example, when an elementary school student listens to a professor’s lecture, he will feel that the professor’s lecture is a secret to him since he does not understand it. Tantra cannot be spread widely because there are too few practitioners who can truly practice Tantra. The mind of a Tantric practitioner has to be very firm and dense and will not change its vows of practicing Buddhism and benefiting all sentient beings by any interest or temptation.

Another name for Tantra is Vajrayana. Vajra indicates that the mind of a Tantric practitioner is as strong as a Vajra. Those who want to practice Vajrayana cannot have a shred of doubt towards their guru. Since taking refuge, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has always been obedient to the root guru of three kindnesses, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, not just when His Holiness was teaching Buddha dharma. Actually, all words spoken by the guru are Buddha dharma. Since His Holiness asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to have a retreat for the first time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been complying immediately and truly following His Holiness’ words without asking any question. How about you? You definitely will ask, “Why do I have to perform retreats?” “What would be the benefit?” Even if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche explained these to you, you would still not do it. You will do it only after being told that if you do not do it you will die.

Some people would think that Tantric Buddhism and Exoteric Buddhism have no difference and practicing Exoteric Buddhism can attain Buddhahood as well. The problem is that Exoteric Buddhism is the theory of Buddha dharma. Hence, according to Buddhist scriptures, in order to attain Buddhahood by reciting Buddhist sutras, one has to go through three incalculable eons which are a very long time. However, Tantra includes methods of practices, so the speed of attaining Buddhahood is much faster. Of course, you have to pay more relatively to learn Vajrayana; you certainly will be scolded and disciplined.

The Chod dharma practiced tonight includes the contents of Exoteric Buddhism and Tantra. In order to practice the Chod dharma, a practitioner has to understand very clearly the meaning of Buddha dharma as well as doing a lot of contemplation and must receive his guru’s oral transmission. The Mahamudra of Drikung Kagyu order has four levels. Each level has three stages. A practitioner has to attain the achievement of the second level of Mahamudra, Simplicity Yoga, in order to have the ability to practice the Chod dharma.

Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted the auspicious Chod ritual and led all participants to recite the Six-syllable Mani Mantra. After the perfect completion of the ritual, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened all participants:

Rinpoche wanted to remind everyone a common sense: Resuscitating a patient will make him or her suffer a great deal. Among the sentient beings liberated by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, for those who had experienced resuscitation, when their souls came in front of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, they always said that their chests hurt very much. For example, there is a disciple who has taken refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for many years. Last week, her mother passed away. But because her mother and her younger brother had not believed in Buddhism, her mother was resuscitated before death, and her mother did not have the causes and conditions to attain the auspicious Phowa dharma from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche at the time of her death. Hence, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could only help to first protect the soul of the deceased mother such that she would not fall into the three evil realms, and waited until today’s Chod puja to liberate her. At the time when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche recited mantra and blessed her, she also shouted that her chest was very painful.

Nowadays when getting seriously ill, one will be admitted to the intensive care unit. The first thing there is to strip off one’s clothes and put on their robes. Then, it will be followed by attaching at least three tubes to one’s body. How painful it is to have those tubes attached to your body! Nowadays, there are even some patients who are operated to connect with an ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) machine such that the patient’s lifespan can be extended by compulsion; and the family members think this is filial piety and love. However, when the patient’s body is worn-out, these medical measures only delay the time of his death and increase his pain. Someone may say that some people can still survive through resuscitation. However, these people are just a few ones among a few hundred million people who have been resuscitated. And even if they survive, their lifespan can be extended to just a few more days to a few more months only. Doing this will let the patient sentimentally attach to his body even more and cause him to become “necrophilia ghost” after his death. The sentient beings of the Dharma Ending Age have heavier karma; even the medical measures nowadays will increase their sufferings. In ancient times, sick people died lying comfortably at home, while, in modern times, most sick people are admitted to the intensive care unit with three tubes attached to their bodies and suffer miserably. A deceased person that has been resuscitated before death will definitely go to the hell realm because he or she is very painful and very angry. Even for those medical workers who resuscitate the deceased person and the family members who make the decision to resuscitate the deceased, bad things will happen to them as well.

According to Buddhist scriptures, there is a ghost called “necrophilia ghost”. It means that a deceased person is very fond of and attached to his body; when he dies, he will still stay besides his body and refuse to leave. There have been so many stories like this in these past few years since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche began to help to liberate deceased people. For example, after someone had died, his family brought in some Daoist priest to perform Taoist rituals with heavy clang besides his remains; since the deceased person did not know the priest, he naturally refused to leave. Still, there were families that brought in some choirs singing besides the remains such that the deceased person gave rise to sentimental attachment and refused to leave as well. Or there were families that brought in a group of people reciting Buddha’s name such that the deceased person did not want to leave. Furthermore, there were family members who were discussing how to divide the deceased person’s property besides his remains; in this condition, he would not leave either.

The Sutra has mentioned that you cannot realize the Buddhist dharma by the worldly knowledge. It is because that it is just the experience of a human life. Therefore don’t be so arrogant that you are erudite who can be able to realize the Buddhism by reading the sutra. Meanwhile, you don’t need to abase yourself that you are unable to learn Buddhism because of your educational background. There were lots of Mahasiddhas who are not educated, like Guang Qin in Taiwan, and the Sixth Patriarch Hui-Neng as well, although he was unable to recognize the Chinese character, but he could recognize the nature of mind when he had heard the Diamond Sutra. Of course, they are used to be the practitioners by their previous lives. You have no such the conditions and capacities; you must keep an amenable mind to believe the guru’s instruction.

Not long ago, there was a tourist group went to the first temple of the Drikung Kagyu Order- Drikung Thil Monastery. As you may know that the altitude has been 3,600-odd meters in Lhasa where is the capital of Tibet, moreover, the altitude where is at the foot of a mountain below Drikung Thil Monastery has 4000-odd meters. There was one person of this tourist group suddenly fainted when taking the pictures at the foot of the mountain below Drikung Thil Monastery. Afterward, except her, the entire tourist group even if her mother went to the Drikung Thil Monastery finally. Only she was unable to enter the Drikung Thil Monastery. She fainted not because of altitude sickness but because she did not believe Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. As she had neither faith nor reverence, the Dharma protector did not allow her to enter the Drikung Thil Monastery.

Dharma Protector of Drikung Kagyu, Achi, attained the Rainbow Body in a cave where was located above Drikung Thil Monastery, the first temple established by Master Lord Jigten Sumgon. That is, she left no remains at all. Afterward Master Lord Jigten Sumgon ordered to seal this cave in order to prevent someone to intrude. Almost ten years ago, there were two young lama of Drikung Kagyu did not believe the ancient rule, would like to enter this cave. When they arrived at the cave and just started to dismantle the barrier, one of the lama died immediately, and the other one had a severe disease. You don’t misunderstand that the Dharma Protector did not have the compassion so as to kill them. It was that it would be better to transfer their consciousness than to keep those stubborn people doing evil deeds.

The Dharma Protectors just as the name implies to protect the dharma. They can secure your mind to learn Buddhism, but they would not be your hired bodyguards, therefore don’t think that you can ask the Dharma Protector for anything. Especially the dissimilar Dharma Protector of Drikung Kagyu Achi is the smart Dharma Protector; she would not help you if you did not obey the Five Precepts or your request is not according to the dharma. It is so called the dissimilar dharma that each order of Tibet Buddhism has their dharma protectors separately, which are not practiced in common. Dharma Protector of Drikung Kagyu Achi was the grandmother of Master Lord Jigten Sumgon, She certainly helps the disciples of Drikung Kagyu without doubt, and she also vowed that she will protect those people as long as they are the disciples of Drikung Kagyu. But the premise is that you must be a “real” disciple of Drikung Kagyu, it cannot be considered as a real disciple if you were not willing to make up your mind to learn Buddhism and to liberate oneself from the cycle of birth and death.

Afterward, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led disciples to practice the Achi ritual. After the lead religious disciple led the attendees to recite the text of making dedication and Aspiration Prayer for Rebirth in Amitabha’s Pure Land, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened: No matter what kind of the Yidam is majored in by the Buddhist, they can obtain rebirth in the Pure Land, not only recite the name of Amitabha can obtain rebirth in the Pure Land. It depends on the cause and condition what kind of Yidam you will major in. There is an important record depicted in Maharatnakuta sutra that Maharatnakuta sutra is one of important sutras aimed for those practitioners who have made aspiration to cultivate themselves on the path of Bodhisattva, moreover for the practitioners who have attained the level of Bodhisattva. The theory of Madhyamika was written by Bodhisattva Nagarjuna according to Maharatnakuta sutra. Lord Jigten Sumgon, the founder of the Drikung Kagyu Order, also wrote many writing according to Maharatnakuta sutra. It has depicted in Maharatnakuta sutra that Maitreya Bodhisattva ever asked for enlightenment to Sakyamuni Buddha, what kind of mind should be the arousal of aspiration to rebirth in the Pure Land for a Bodhisattva? Sakyamuni Buddha enlightened that there are ten kinds of mind, as long as a Bodhisattva arouses one of them can obtain rebirth in the Pure Land. The story for Bodhisattva ever asked for enlightenment to Sakyamuni Buddha, which is to help the Bodhisattva who has the arousal of aspiration to rebirth in the Pure Land. That is mentioned in the dharma text of Aspiration Prayer for Rebirth in Amitabha’s Pure Land: Pray to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in the ten directions of space for bestowing blessings and help us to rebirth in Pure Land without obstruction.

Many people taught the believers that they can vow to come back after people pass away; actually, it is not proper by the concept of Buddhism. Only for those people who have attained the level of Bodhisattva in this life can come back by fulfilling their vows, otherwise they can only come back by following their karma. If a practitioner who had cultivated for his previous lives is possible to clean the evil karma through the practice in this life. For most people, they would make more evil deeds. Therefore it is a safe way to rebirth in the Pure Land. When attain Buddhahood in the Pure Land, you can salvage sentient beings anywhere. Therefore every puja we recite Aspiration Prayer for Rebirth in Amitabha’s Pure Land which will let you confirm your goal in the correct way.

January 29, 2011

From 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave enlightenment to 155 believers with Buddhism and helped them to relieve all kinds of suffering in the world at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei.

January 30, 2011

At the Glorious Buddhist Center, Taipei, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over an auspicious regular puja, teaching the importance of compassion. Before the puja, a couple who took refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche shared their experience of how Rinpoche has helped their daughter.

Their daughter had been crying often in the middle of the night. Many famous doctors couldn’t be definite about the reasons. It was not until she was three months old did doctors diagnose the illness was a “glycogen storage disease.” It was a rare congenital disease which would cause low blood sugar. By that time, because of the disease, her livers had already enlarged to have an abdomen with a circumference of 66 centimeters. With her often low blood sugar, taking care of her wasn’t an easy task. In December of 2009, the attending doctor, thus, suggested an operation of liver transplant.

In the end of January of 2010, through an introduction of another disciple, they had a chance to make an audience with His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. After that meeting, they began to attend pujas. On July 18, 2010, the mother and daughter together took refuge under His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Since then their daughter’s fate had a drastic change. Together with the blessings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and the treatment of Chinese medicine, the abdomen of the daughter reduced from 66 to 43 centimeters. When having fevers, the symptom of sudden reduced blood sugar, from 100 to 20 or 30, also disappeared. They no longer had to rush to emergency room or check in hospitals. Their daughter didn’t have to be injected intravenous drip. Since then, their daughter became healthier. She was able to follow His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to travel to Japan attending the auspicious Great Amitabha Puja held at the Glorious Buddhist Center, Kyoto.

On January 10, 2011, their daughter was hospitalized because she felt sick in her stomach and intestines. She had been vomiting, feeling lethargy all day long, and lack of energy. For the second time, she was hospitalized and this was related to previous continuous low blood sugar. After medical examinations, doctors diagnosed that the lactate concentration in her blood was over 12 and she had developed slight dehydration. They were surprised that with such high lactate concentration their daughter didn’t develop a coma and simply felt nausea. After injecting two to three days’ intravenous drip and allowing her stomach and intestines some rest, she recovered and resumed original vitality. She even could joyfully play with other sick children in the play room of the hospital. At that time, doctors also thought her conditions had changed for better and should be able to be discharged soon.

As what the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has ever enlightened on “Human life is impermanent,” no one can tell when he will leave the world. Originally, the husband and wife expected their daughter could leave the hospital this time as before. However, her illness conditions deteriorated and went out of control. Due to the lacking of resistance against the disease, on January 14th she had another kind of virus disease. That day, she had a severe high fever throughout the whole night. The next day, January 15th, at 7:00am, she went into spasm in her arms and legs, turned up the whites of her eyes, and foamed at the mouth. Her mother believed that she herself must have ever hurt sentient beings in the same way so now she saw her own daughter being in such suffering torture. Seeing this, she was scared off and cried out. But she had no idea at all what she should do. Then, she took and placed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s dharma photo and made prostrations to it, imploring Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for saving her daughter. Her daughter, since then, however, never opened her eyes again.

At that time, although her daughter’s eyes were not open, she still asked “Where is mammy?” and grabbed her mother’s hand in her small hand. Later she was sent to the incentive care unit and underwent many kinds of medical treatments such as intubations and blood transfusion. When the mother saw her daughter being intubated all over, she immediately put Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s dharma photo on her daughter’s bedside. She asked her daughter to contemplate Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. As she kept reminding her daughter at her ears, finally her little daughter replied in a tiny voice. She said: “Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Okay! Okay!” which were her last words. Afterward, she fell into a coma. The mother was grateful for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s compassionate blessing that let her daughter could attend every pujas without absence. Only by this, her daughter could have the chance and causal conditions, at her last moment, to know to keep thinking Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and to remember Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s name.

On the afternoon of Saturday, January 15, the couple went to the Buddhist center to see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. At seeing their solemn faces, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately asked, “What’s the matter?” She immediately told the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that her unconscious daughter was in the intensive care unit. The venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then asked, “Why so?” She felt immensely repented and said, “Because I did not listen to your instruction. I did not ask the doctor at once if I could take out my daughter’s nasogastric tube.” Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked, “What’s more?” She felt repented and continued, “Because I did not act upon your teachings.” At this time, the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said, “I saved her once, but I probably won’t be able to save her twice.”

On hearing this, they wept with tears uncontrollably. In the mean time, they deeply felt that the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was as compassionate as a strict father and a loving mother. As disciples, they were so evil as to be disobedient until the child had problems. Only when they had to face the painful moment of life and death, could they actually take in what the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said. The compassionate venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then told them to do full prostrations until Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stepped down from the Dharma seat. In the beginning, she hoped that her unconscious daughter can wake up. However, in the end, she kept praying to the guru, the Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas to help her daughter and make arrangements for her best interest. If her daughter did not have life to live on, she hoped that the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could take her to the Pure Land. At the same time, she began to think about sentient beings that, too, were suffering from their diseases. When her body did not have the strength to continue the prostrations, she heard that the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was right by their side, compassionately and painstakingly seeing and blessing all the believers. As she and her husband were granted the opportunity to do full prostrations in the Buddhist center, what hardship did they really have?

Because of the blessing of the guru, they were able to do full prostrations for consecutive 4 to 5 hours. She felt that her heart was totally dedicated to the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche during this period of time. The child’s father also reverently did prostrations till the end. Both of them lost all their strength. Besides feeling dizzy, they vomited several times. The child’s father even said that these uncomfortable feelings resembled their daughter’s feelings while having low blood pressure in the hospital. At thinking about this, she cried bitterly and felt that she should have expressed her repentance to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas long time ago. She felt grateful to the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for compassionately instructing they two to do full prostrations together, granting compassionate blessing upon them, and accepting their offering so as to accumulate merits for their daughter.

The next day sometime past six o’clock on Sunday morning, this father was informed by the hospital that the daughter was in critical condition. The hospital also told him that before dawn on Sunday the daughter had been in shock once, resuscitated by the doctor with respiratory tract intubation for maintaining her breathing, and injected two strongest heart Boosters; the resuscitation had saved her life and stabilized her blood pressure. On the phone, the hospital also told them that the hospital wanted to issue a notification of critical condition and they had to be psychologically prepared for more emergent treatments including dialysis on their daughter momentarily.

When their daughter had been transferred to the intensive care unit, they had recalled that venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had enlightened people the pain of electric shock during resuscitation. So they had signed a waiver to give up the electric shock resuscitation on behalf of the daughter in advance. After they rushed to the hospital, the doctor in the emergency room told them that because there was no way to find out what kind of virus their daughter was infected, even the most powerful antibiotics failed to eliminate the virus. However, the doctors still wanted to save her; so the doctors proposed to do dialysis immediately and even tried to convince the parents to let them operate on the daughter for connecting an ECMO machine to prevent heart failure and maintain her life. At the same time, the doctors also told the parents that they did not have full confidence on their proposal and the daughter might die during dialysis or surgery.

Under the blessings of venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, their daughter, transported by an ambulance, arrived at the puja successfully. She was also able to pass away peacefully after venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche successfully conducted the Lama Chopa Tsok Offering ritual but before the starting of the dedication prayer. Originally during the puja, the daughter’s pulse was weak. But when her father and aunt participated in the refuge ceremony, her pulse suddenly became very strong, bouncing and vivacious. She must be very happy that her father and aunt also had the opportunity to take refuge and become venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s disciples.

Under the blessings of venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, their daughter, transported by an ambulance, arrived at the puja successfully. She was also able to pass away peacefully after venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche successfully conducted the Lama Chopa Tsok Offering ritual but before the starting of the dedication prayer. Originally during the puja, the daughter’s pulse was weak. But when her father and aunt participated in the refuge ceremony, her pulse suddenly became very strong, bouncing and vivacious. She must be very happy that her father and aunt also had the opportunity to take refuge and become venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s disciples.

She was grateful that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately conducted the Phowa ritual, which is the most extraordinary tantric practices in Tibetan Buddhism, for her daughter. It let her daughter could be liberated from the cycle of birth and death and reborn in the Pure Land of Amitabha directly without need to be suffered during the suffering process of intermediate state after her death. Being in face of the unexpected situation, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed them the blessing to cease their chaotic mind. When her daughter had been salvaged by Phowa Dharma, the auspicious sign at the crown of her daughter’s skull was still warm till the next day when they sent her remains into the refrigerator. Meanwhile their family members were amazing that her daughter’s remains had a soft limbs and body, also aroused reverence and grateful mind towards Richen Dorjee Rinpoche.

She reviewed that day Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was very tired after conducting the extraordinary Phowa Dharma, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still turn his head toward them and said “You are not so earnest to learn Buddhism, when there is one day I am not here anymore, what can you do?” During this time, they could not help to cry out; it is because that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is always thinking his disciples.

Before her daughter died, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ever reminded her several times and reproached for her neglect to take care her daughter. Even Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reminded her to ask the doctor whether her daughter could take off the esophageal nasogastric tube. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was so compassionate to bestow the blessings to her and her deceased daughter. But she was not willing to listen to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s instruction and self-centered to think that how could she feed her daughter when her daughter was low blood sugar if there was no the esophageal nasogastric tube? If her daughter would not be willing to eat and causing low blood sugar, what could she do? It was like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mention; actually she was so lazy and without patience to be unable to take care of her daughter well.

At the same time she also repented that after her daughter received the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings, and the Chinese Doctor’s medical treatments, her daughter’s health condition gradually improved, she then did not pay good efforts to practice and learn Bodhisattva, slack off and lazy, did not pay good attention on her own body, mouth and mind, she became selfish and self-centred, self protected strongly, afraid being reproached from the Guru and the elderly;  Which habits were never corrected.  She often got mad and blown up on her child and families;  To the extreme, she even have not-respectful thoughts and evil intentions and ill wills to the Guru and Buddha and Bodhisattvas on her mind in a blink of time, but she never repented instantly when she had the thoughts, she felt very frightful and dreadful to her own evil thoughts and evil deeds, but her only thoughts was to repress it, she forgot the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had taught the initial approach to the way of repentance, which should have been practiced every day.  And the answer was already given by the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in the auspiciously authored book titled “ Happiness and Suffering” which has the words [ To governing the evil thoughts, the best way is to have righteousness thoughts.],  if one could always keep in mind the kindness and grace the Guru had given, the evil thoughts will gradually stop germinate or develop.  She had never been paying attention to the Dharma taught by The Guru.  Without her own practice, Buddha, Bodhisattvas and the Guru could not resolve, turn or shift her karma, the end results is when the retribution matured, then remorse or repent is too late.  Furthermore, she considered herself making offering as she has put money in the offering box in every puja,  but she has never done the most important offerings of all, which is the offerings of body, speech and mind.  She had all along persisted taking care of the daughter’s illness and sufferings, and forgot learning and practicing Buddhism is the most important matter in this life.

Without the enlightenments and the chance to perform full prostrations from the venerable vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, her daughter would have no such good fortune to pass away during the Buddhist ceremonies in the Buddhist center.  Without the blessings from the Guru, her daughter would possibly pass away after the injection of cardiac stimulants at the early morning of Sunday.  She heard from another Buddhist brother who had mentioned about a friend who was an adult, which had one dose of cardiac stimulants injection under the critical condition and passed away immediately, not to mention the fact that her daughter was just such a young child, with a total of three doses of the cardiac stimulants injections; amazingly, her daughter had holding on to her life and attended the Buddhist ceremonies until the completion of the auspicious Guru Offering Dharma.  Her daughter then have obtained the outstanding and auspicious Phowa Dharma, and being reborn in the pure land, which all thanks to the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who gave his own fortunes, merits and virtues to her daughter, so her daughter could be liberated from the sufferings of life and death and the sufferings.

After the cremation of her daughter’s remains, the bones appeared in clean white color, the bones also contains some golden color and green color, there are also many green color relics, and also a clear circular hole appeared on her cranial bone, it is an auspicious sign of being reborn in the pure land, although her and her families and the Buddhist brothers did not find the hole on the cranial bone the day of the cremation, but after the picture was shown and enlightenment requested upon the venerable vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the auspicious sign was verified and confirmed.  The couple was very repentant, self-reproach as failed parents, their child would not let them witness such auspicious sign.

Finally, she expressed her immense gratitude to the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for continued blessings, so they as a couple could deal with their daughter’s funeral affairs so calmly, although other family members felt very reluctant to let go but they were also calm.  The venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s kindness and grace to the disciples is as deep as the ocean, there is no way to repay the Guru’s kindness and grace even in many many life-times of the disciple, only practice and learn the Bodhisattva with a full heart, obey and comply to every teachings then act, follow tightly after the Guru’s steps and teachings, to make an entreat for one could extricate from cyclic cycle of life and death, then one could have a chance to benefit all sentient beings, then repay the kindness and grace of the Guru given to the disciples.

And the Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ascended to the throne and gave the following auspicious enlightenment.

During today’s puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would transmit a dharma of Avalokiteshvara to those newly taking refuge. Avalokiteshvara is representative of compassion which is the foundation of all Buddha Dharma. That is why we have heard the saying “Compassion as a way and a foundation.” Without compassion, no Buddha Dharma can be learned. Cultivating one’s compassion is a very special method in Buddhism. No other religions shared this method. Many people think compassion means to carry out virtuous deeds. So do many people think only learning Buddhism needs to do charities. Some also think conducting virtuous deeds equals to learning Buddhism. As a matter of fact, cultivating compassion is different from conducting virtuous deeds. Simply speaking, if you conduct virtuous deeds with certain purposes, it can’t be counted as compassionate acts. Compassionate acts are those virtuous conducts of self-nature and nature of void. Teachings of Hinduism, Islam, or Western religions also advocate believers to strive to conduct kind deeds. However, these are different to be compassionate. For instance, practitioners of one religion in India would give away food in their temples to poor people. But the food distribution is only limited to those who can go to their temples. For those who on the roads, they can’t take care of. They hope people would come into their temples so they may convert to this religion. This kind of virtuous deeds is the one with specific targets and purposes. This isn’t compassion that should be with the nature of equality and purposeless.

Being compassionate is different to doing kind deeds. The process, practices and results are different. Mencius said “Humans were born with kind nature.” Human beings were born with habits to conducting kind deeds. Even sentient beings in six realms were born with the same nature. Once a TV program showed a story of how a lioness had raised a baby antelope till the lioness was out of milk and the antelope was dead of hunger.

Carrying out virtuous deeds is the basic requirement as human beings rather than being compassionate. Through carrying out virtuous deeds, one can obtain a human body in next lifetime. Even if one has carried out great virtuous deeds, he or she can be born in the heavenly realm. These, however, are the virtuous deeds with residues. When with specific targets and purposes, the merits accumulated from carrying out virtuous deeds will be exhausted one day. As soon as the merits are finished, one would have to fall into the cycle of reincarnation. Moreover, too many kind deeds would accelerate the cycle of reincarnation. It’s because those sentient beings who owed you because of your kind deeds want to pay back to you. You have to soon enter into the cycle reincarnation to let them repay the debts.

The story-sharing couple’s daughter who just died should be a wolf in her past lifetime. The wolf was poisoned by the couple’s ancestors. So she was born to this family as their daughter. Being seriously ill after birth, she had saddened the couple and all other people, causing them suffering. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew that they didn’t make offering and have not accumulated sufficient merits to solve the problems for their daughter. That’s why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked them to make great prostrations. Since they were reluctant to make financial offering, they had to repay their karmic debts with physical pains. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said with a smile that those who make small offering have to make great prostrations, but those who make great offering have to make more prostrations because the results will be even more effective!

Your virtuous conducts are all carried out with goals in mind, having specific targets and purposes. For instance, some are willing to raise stray dogs but not poor homeless people. Why? This is a virtuous conduct with a differentiate mind. Compassionate acts, however, are different. As long as any sentient beings need help and as long as it does not violate the law of cause and effect, a compassionate practitioner will give a hand to them. A compassionate practitioner would equally treat all sentient beings. All sentient beings in front of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Buddhas or Bodhisattvas are all equal, without any difference of being poor, rich, noble or vulgar.

A believer who is a vice chairman of a hotel has known Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for more than ten years. Recently, her mother got ill and she has sought the help of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche taught her to make great prostrations at the Glorious Buddhist Center during either session of morning or evening prayers. Every one knows it is a rule made by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that no one can enter the center for morning or evening prayers when arriving late. That believer called a disciple who has been in charge of communicative matters for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, informing the disciple that she would be late to make great prostrations for the session of evening prayers because of an on-going meeting. That disciple then called another ordained disciple about the matter and they together made a decision to postpone the time to close the door of the center for the evening session till the believer’s arrival. The time for sessions of morning and evening prayers is set by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. No one should break the rule unless with instruction of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche due to special conditions of certain believers. How can you know Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s ways of helping and liberating believers? These two disciples thought they could break the rule for this believer. Their conducts were indicative of their violation of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s rules and their lack of non-discriminative heart toward sentient beings. Without a non-discriminative heart, how can they cultivate their compassion? Thus, they were not allowed to attend pujas. These two disciples are acquainted with that believer and think she has a high status and is rich. Moreover, the believer knows Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and they think she may be a help to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Therefore, they changed the rule. This is an example of prejudice. In October of 2010, two mayors wished to attend the Great Amitabha Indiscriminated Puja for Transferring Consciousnesses but they could only stay for 30 minutes. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, thus, at once politely refused their participation. It was because doing so would violate the rules set by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. If that vice chairman will be a help to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, won’t these two mayors be more helpful?

You may think that this is a trifle, but for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche this is an important matter. The rules of the center set by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche are precepts. Now when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is still alive, if some rules can be violated by disciples, when Rinpoche is dead, the center would be vanished as well? When this believer can break the rule, given the fact that there are so many chairmen, presidents, and doctors, if every one of them asks permission of being late due to the importance of their meetings, how would Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche handle such matter?

Take another example. A new disciple and her mother belong to different groups because of the results of drawing. In her mother’s group, some told her mother that it would take $ 2500 New Taiwan Dollars to attend a Chod Puja. This new disciple then asked many other disciples whether it is true. After inquiring a great many disciples, this new disciple realized it was a misunderstanding. There is no such thing. This confusion was caused by some disciples who like to gossip. But why did she ask around? It is because she didn’t want to be taken advantage of by giving out money that was not required. She should think in this way; Even if she gave the extra money, it was given to the Guru who has been profoundly kind to her. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has a famous saying that when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sits at the throne, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is a Rinpoche. But, when Rinpoche leaves the throne, disciples and believers treat Rinpoche as an idiot. If the new disciple can’t even be taken advantage of by giving out 2500 New Taiwan Dollars, she should even take refuge. It took a long period of time for you attend pujas and then make up your minds to take refuge. No one has forced you to do so.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has ever declined one disciple’s offering of NT$ 20,000,000 for three times consecutively, witnessed by many followers personally. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could refuse the offering of NT$ 20,000,000, how would he care about NT$ 2500? Even US$ 2500 is not a big deal for him. It is also alright if she, who minded the donation of NT$ 2500, does not have money to make an offering! In the beginning course when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche cultivated Buddhism, he was in pecuniary embarrassment, and merely owned NT$ 6,000 to NT$ 7,000 in total. At that time there was a dharma teachings and it took NT$ 5,500 for its textbook. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately enrolled the class and paid for it. Never did he think about how he would live on with such small amount of his remaining money. Instead, what he only thought was that the dharma he learns could benefit sentient beings. Think back on yourselves, those who haggle over every ounce on everything can’t learn mercy and compassion, for that you merely think about yourselves, afraid of getting hurt, and unwilling to lose. If one does not correct his habitual pattern of being selfish and having no gratitude, one just will not develop mercy and compassion.

There was once a believer, who owns a big construction company, intended to offer Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche a whole story of 990 square meters in a building at the heart of Taipei City as an office and another story of the same size as the Buddhist Center. What this believer merely requested that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could allow him to continue to eat meat after he takes refuge. Hearing this, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche refused the believer’s request without any hesitation, as his request went against the Buddha’s teachings. Many of Buddhist Centers, in order to have the believers to come, would allow their believers to eat meat, and they could just take their time. The centers would say that it is also not a big deal if they could not observe the Five Commandments, and they could just keep one, or even a half, of them. The centers even tell the believers that it does not matter if they could not keep a half, as they just do not do extremely evil things such as killing a person. In the time when Sakyamuni Buddha was imparting Buddhism, the Buddha was also very strict to kings as well as believers. The Buddha also scolded them. Buddha-Dharma is very precious so that believers should not just do at will in a Buddhist center. Nor should the centers flatter or toady to believers. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche loosened a little bit, the whole Zhongxiao East  Road could might have belonged to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

The two disciples who broke the Buddhist Center’s rule thought that believer was Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s good old friend and that being Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s friend was a favorable thing. Does Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche need friends? In fact, for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, all the sentient beings in the six realms, rather than his friends, are those who need help. If you want to be Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s friend, you have to cultivate Buddhism and attain the level Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has attained. And only then will you be qualified. It is not asking you to worship Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche as if a deity. But you at least have to know that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is practitioner who observes precepts, unlike you who don’t cultivate Buddhism and don’t observe precepts.

Confucius says: “A hedge between keeps friendship green.” Although Confucius was not a Buddhist learner, many of Confucianist teachings are very good. It can be said that he is a living Buddha. Why need to make a friend and why you may be afraid that your friends will not care about you so you keep close contact with them? In fact, you make friends in the hope of gaining some benefit from it to satisfy your some desire. You may also hope that as you have different kinds of friends, they can provide their assistances to you or at least apply their ears to you when you meet some problems. This is very selfish. You may just spend around NT$ 1000 or NT$ 2000 to treat your friend to a meal while your friend has to spend 2 hours listening to your complaint. A psychologist will charge more than this! Your friends are actually to harm you. According to Confucius, a noble person keeps his friendship as light as the taste of water. However, as you dislike the light flavor, you would add some flavoring in your friendship. But what you add is not necessarily the flavors of your friend’s likes. The flavoring is just mixed into your friendship. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is not saying that it is no good to make friends or asking you not to make friends. But one should not disregard his precepts for his friends’ sake. You may say that in this way, you will have fewer and fewer friends or even you will lose some friends. If you lose a friend, just let it go! Conditions arise and cease. You can restart it. To sum up, everyone has to be very careful about the friend making thing.

Before one learns to develop mercy and compassion, one first has to practice the Ten Meritorious Acts, namely no killing, no sexual misconducts, no stealing, no lying, so saying frivolous words, no slandering, no making harsh words, don’t be greedy, don’t be angry, and don’t be ignorant. After one attains the Ten Meritorious Acts, one has to abide by the Five Commandments, and practice mercy and compassion.

Many people are afraid of observing precepts and being regulated. To keep precepts is in order to: First, avoid yourselves from the chances of doing any harm to all sentient beings; Second, to enable you to know the dread causal effect. Precepts are not only defined in Buddhism. Laws of the country, company’s regulations, and family’s rules, are equivalent to precepts. Many people would be afraid of being regulated. However, in this world there is no such thing of not being regulated. Even if you hide yourself in the remote mountains, as long as the mountains belong to a country, the country’s laws definitely can regulate you.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche set a rule for the doctors employeed by his Chinese Herbal Clinic: the hired doctors are not allowed to bring their previous patients from where they worked previously to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s clinic. Many people may feel strange and think that the patients see the particular doctor because the doctor had superb medical skills. Why it matters on the clinics? Isn’t it a good thing to bring the patient to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s clinic? However, that a doctor can practice medicine in a clinic is because the clinic invested and hence patients come to the clinic. The doctors, however, are employed by the clinic to see patients. Therefore, the patients belong to the clinic rather than the doctors. Therefore, the doctors should not think themselves good at medical skills and the patients belong to themselves. The patients do not necessarily see the same doctor. When Hua Tuo, the well-known Chinese doctor in ancient time, passed away, numerous famous doctors appeared. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche allowed the new-hired doctors to bring the patients from their previous clinic, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would have snatched others’ business. There was a doctor whose expertise was curing physical injuries. However, after this doctor started to serve at Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s clinic, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not allow him to see patients with physical injuries. Deeply believing in the law of cause and effect, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche views a thing from the aspects different from the ordinary people. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche snatched other people’s business today, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s business would certainly be snatched by others in the future. Many bosses would like to hire experienced salesmen who could bring along their social network. Nevertheless, thus doing will lead to negative effect. You all are in the same case as you always place your first priority on money and your last priority on the law of cause and effect!

Mercy and Compassion are two different things. Mercy is to exchange one’s own best things for the suffering of others; Compassion is to help others get liberation from reincarnation.

Some people became scared at hearing another person telling them that a group of ghost beings were behind them. Thereby, they went to seek help from Richen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always said, “Whoever told you about this should solve the problem for you.” In fact, who does not have a group of ghostly beings behind him? Who has never eaten meat, scolded anyone, or had ancestors? As long as you have done any of these things, you will have a group behind you. Even Buddha Sakyamuni had a group behind him, but they were his disciples. Some people would attach many spells in their house, trying to prevent the ghosts from entering. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche learned Taoism before, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew that none of these work. Can you cover your entire house with spells? As long as there is a crevice as large as a grain, the ghosts will be able to get through. There are three places that the ghosts cannot get through: a woman’s womb, a vajra, and a vajra throne. If you are afraid of ghosts, you do not have any loving kindness or compassion. One should have gratitude to the sentient beings. Because of the presence of these suffering sentient beings, the Buddhist teachings are needed and the practitioners are able to help the sentient beings.

When many people seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would ask them why they wanted to learn Buddhism. Most of them would say that they did this in order to benefit the sentient beings and to attain liberation from the cycle of birth and death. It is good for people to spread such concepts in the world. However, as people talk the talk, do they really walk the walk? If you cannot liberate yourself from the reincarnation, how can you benefit the sentient beings? One’s heart is the most important. When meeting his guru of Exoteric Buddhism for the first time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche prayed nothing but seeking refuge. While meeting His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not say much and only prayed His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to transmit teachings. Such requests were made with sincerity. As you all can talk so well, you should become a writer instead.

One who cultivates loving kindness and compassion has to be able to give up everything. One has to practice loving kindness and compassion first. Only when one is able to achieve loving kindness and compassion can he cultivates Bodhichitta. Bodhichitta is the extreme of loving kindness and compassion. During the Chod puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche transforms his body, bones, and blood into nectar through visualization and meditative concentration so as to practice generosities among all the sentient beings. Some children and elderly people can see that ghosts are eating Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s body, and children would tell their parents what they saw. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had been reluctant to let go of his own body at the sight of the craving ghosts, had been afraid of the ghosts, or had wanted to drive the ghosts away, the Chod puja would have failed.

Nowadays, many people are used to speak softly and whisper gentle words to those in trouble. They would side with those in trouble and agree with them, evening patting their backs so as to give them comfort. However, the so called “gentle words” does not refer to the softness in one’s voice or attitude, but refers to the gentle heart that one has while helping others. If the people concerned are stuck, attached to the matter, and reluctant to let go, you won’t be able to help them without employing more strict means. Just as the wrathful yidams in Tibetan Buddhism, although they appeared to be terrifying, their true essence is compassionate. In the wrath activity of Tantra, if there is a fierce sentient being, the practitioner can take its life by splitting its head into 7 pieces. Although the being’s external body is killed, it is its true essence, i.e. its heart, which will be released from purgatory in the end. It is very important to have a guru of virtues. Only a guru of virtues knows how one can do to bring real benefits to the sentient beings.

How can one cultivate loving kindness and compassion? Many people say that it is necessary to practice on the Six Paramitas. Why should we practice on the Six Paramitas? No one explains the purpose and importance of practicing on the Six Paramitas. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will explain a bit today. The Six Paramitas are practicing generosity, observing precepts, tolerating, cultivating diligently, practicing meditative concentration, and cultivating wisdom. Some people say that one has to practice on the Six Paramitas one practice after another. Others say that the first three practices are conducted to accumulate merits whereas the last three are to accumulate wisdom. Besides, there are Nine Paramitas and Ten Paramitas in Tibetan Buddhism as well. In fact, these numbers do not make much difference. They are all extended from the Six Paramitas with additional content and more details. The major content is still the six practices.

According to the Buddhist scriptures, one’s eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body , and consciousness are called the six thieves. Practicing on the Six Paramitas can counteract the influences brought upon by the six thieves. Many religions are able to reduce the influences of one’s eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and body by means of hypnosis or meditation. However, we are still unable to control the influence that our consciousness has on us. We extremely concern about the various feelings of our physical body. We indulge ourselves, drink, smoke, and have fun. Dragging by the six thieves, we thereby carry out a lot of evil karma and some virtuous karma. However, all of these are mere attempts to fulfill the desires of our eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body , and consciousness. The essence of our mind does not move at all. Through continual practice on the Six Paramitas, one’s mind will not be influenced by the external experiences of his eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and consciousness. Thereby, one can gradually reduce or even stop the influential power that the six thieves have upon his mind.

The first practice of the Six Paramitas is practicing generosity. Among the many ways of carrying this out, the money donation is the easiest. The worst in practicing generosity is to expect something in return or to regret after practicing generosity. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not have such an attitude even before learning Buddhism. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once had a friend in Hong Kong. His mother was diagnosed with cancer, but he did not have the money for his mother to see a doctor. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave him the money and made arrangements for his mother to stay in a charity hospital for treatments. When the friend was about to get married, he did not have the money for the wedding. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helped him. When his mother died, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche paid for his mother’s funeral. Besides, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave him a job. However, the friend started up his own business afterwards and recruited Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s employees. If such a thing happened to you, you would go to the person to give him a few punches. Even if you didn’t fight with him, you would at least scold him! However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not feel angry at all and did not have any angry thought. It is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche thinks that one should not expect anything in return when he wants to help others.

Tolerating is not showing no oral or physical response while being slapped in the face. Anyone with a good temperament can manage to do this. It is easy to tolerate other people’s scolding or criticism. However, it is most important that you are able to tolerate all the fame and wealth while being on a smooth ride. This is even more difficult. Therefore, a practitioner has to pay extra attention to the accumulation of fame and wealth. It might be possible to reject wealth, but avoiding being famous is delicate work and very difficult. One often can notice such details only through long-termed retreat practice. To avoid being famous is to avoid wasting one’s merits. The merits of a practitioner are supposed to be used for benefiting the sentient beings and liberating from the cycle of birth and death. If one becomes famous, his merits will be reduced and consumed. We should not want to be famous. If you practice quietly for a long time, your merits will grow as time passes. You name will naturally be known.

To cultivate diligently is not to recite a lot of Buddhist sutras or mantras, but to carry out something continuously in a long term. When one’s virtues are accumulated, they will naturally take effect at a particular time. In fact, not just the Buddhist teachings, one should be concentrated in everything he or she does so as to make it work.

A Buddhist monk, who was not a disciple, had once visited Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and said that he had gone to mainland China to learn qigong from a master and now both of his Ren Channel and Du Channel had been unblocked. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had read most of Buddhist scriptures and had never seen the terms of Ren Channel and Du Channel. They are Taoist terms. This person would say and do such thing because he always sought supernatural powers. This person had not taken refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche; otherwise, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would have hit him with a stick. Meditating for a long time is not equivalent to a better meditation; sitting meditatively for half an hour everyday is not meditation either. Meditation needs to be taught by a true and experienced guru; otherwise, it is very easy for a person to go in a wrong way.

Some people asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche how to cultivate their wisdom and prayed to obtain wisdom from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said to the attendees with a smile, “Wisdom is not even enough for me to use. How could I give them wisdom?” Actually, wisdom is not given, but developed. Wisdom can be classified as the innately possessed fundamental wisdom and the subsequent wisdom developed through cultivation. When the subsequent wisdom is developed and added together with the fundamental wisdom, wisdom will naturally arise. If one does not have compassion, how can one have wisdom? There are three things, holding precepts, meditation, and wisdom; if one can keep precepts, then one can achieve a meditative state; when one attains a meditative state, one’s wisdom will be opened naturally.

Before taking an examination, some people would go to a Buddhist temple and prayed to open their wisdom such that they could do well in the exam. When you were a student, you also often felt that you could not remember what you had studied. In fact, it was because there were obstacles so that you could not remember it. Through worshiping the Buddha, attaining the guru’s blessings, and attending puja to accumulate blessings, you can reduce these obstacles and let you recall all the matters that were there originally such that you feel that your faculty of memory becomes better. Faculty of memory and wisdom are two different things. One’s faculty of memory has something to do with one’s past lives. Using himself as an example, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that he could not remember easily a person’s name and appearance; however, he would not forget any mantra he had once recited; this was because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had learned mantra in his past lives.

Next, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche began to transmit orally “the simplified ritual of Four-Armed Avalokiteshvara” and instructed all participants to recite the dharma text. As for the part of contemplation and visualization, it was temporarily not transmitted this time.

In Tibet, there are more people reciting the Six-syllable Mani Mantra. It is not like places where Han Chinese people live, where more people recite the names of Amitabha Buddha and Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva. Mantra is the total collection of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas’ compassion, vows, merits, and wisdom; it is also the essence of compassion. Do not underestimate the only six characters, “Om Ma Ni Pad Me Hung”. If one wants to explain the meanings of these six characters, even with the Buddha’s wisdom, one cannot finish it in the time of Three Incalculable Eons. The simplified ritual is not simple, but the essence of the ritual without the offering ceremonies at the beginning of the ritual. The meaning of mantra must not be translated. The Great Compassion Mantra was very efficacious before. Later, ten or twenty years ago, there was someone who translated every phrase of the Great Compassion Mantra: this phrase is about that god; this phrase is about demigod; this phrase is about that bodhisattva, and so on. Since then, the Great Compassion Mantra has not been so efficacious. This is because, when reciting the Great Compassion Mantra, you will think that this phrase means a particular Buddha, Bodhisattva, or Demigod so that you will be distracted and cannot concentrate.

The six characters of the Six-syllable Mani Mantra can help us to seal the gates of the six realms of the cyclic existence. And the character of “Shri” is the seed syllable of Avalokiteshvara and Amitabha Buddha. This character can help us to open the gate to the Pure Land. As long as you can use a pure and clean mind to recite the Six-syllable Mani Mantra, Avalokiteshvara will come to save and liberate you. Because your minds are not pure and clean, you cannot enter the ocean of merits of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

Do not think after receiving the dharma text, you can then teach others to recite mantras. If you are not a guru, but teach other people how to recite Buddhist sutras or mantras, you violate the precept of no deceiving. Henceforward, you will have many obstacles happened on your path of Buddhist practices. Why? Each dharma text has its dharma protectors. Many dharma protectors still have the habits of human beings. When a dharma protector sees that you are not respectful to the dharma, he will hinder you in many places and make you unable to practice the dharma. At the time, Sakyamuni Buddha had used the method of oral transmission to promote Buddhism. And Drikung Kagyu order retained this spirit; for all dharma texts, mantras, and even Buddhist scriptures, without a guru’s oral transmission, you cannot see, recite, and practice them.

The dharma text is equivalent to Buddhist scriptures. After you take it home, it should be put in a clean place. Do not leave it lying around or put it in a drawer together with your clothing. If you do not dare to let your family see it, you should not take it later. After Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has transmitted the Six-syllable Mani Mantra, you should recite at least 3000 times every day. If you cannot do it, your dharma text should be brought back. Some people who have taken refuge for a long time also have not recited at least 3000 times every day; they practiced in a slack manner and excused their slack by saying that they were busy and had no time to practice. If this is the case, they should return the dharma text. You should neither think that you could recite thirty thousand times in one shot; if you do such thing, other people will feel that you have a problem. Practicing diligently does not mean the amount of practice has to be large, but mean that you practice it continuously without any interruption. When you continue to do certain thing, no matter you have done it well or not, in a long-term manner, the accumulated strength can have its effects.

When you begin to recite mantras, it may take you an hour to recite 3000 times. After a while, it may take you just half an hour. One reason is that you are more familiar with the mantra. Secondly, it is because when you recite mantras your delusive thoughts have been reduced; reciting with the same number of times, the time you need is naturally reduced since you do not waste time on delusive thoughts and your meditative ability has increased. Asking you not to have delusive thoughts is impossible. Having no delusive thought for just a second or even one millionths of a second is also impossible. The guru has transmitted the mantra to you. After you begin to recite the mantra, the power of your mind will become stronger. Therefore, you have to be careful not to criticize other people with nasty words or say some bad words to curse your own children. Practicing Buddhism is to change yourself, not to change others. The dedication prayer at the end of the dharma text was written by Avalokiteshvara and the gurus of past generations. The content of the prayer had been written for everyone; there is no need to add your own desires in the prayer. Do not read a lot of names or ask for a lot of things during dedication. You should just read according to the dedication prayer. Also you should not dedicate the merits to your family members such that your family members would let you practice Buddhism. This is not Buddha dharma; this is witchcraft.

Practicing Buddhism requires one to accumulate the practice for a long time and to do the practice continuously. You should not say that you want to take care of someone and have no time to practice. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is busier than any of you. Yesterday, a new disciple came to implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for allowing him not to attend the pujas on the first day of the Lunar New Year because there are important things in his family on that day. Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center is not a company, a school, or an institution and has no system to ask for leave. If you feel that family is more important than Buddhism, you should not come to attend pujas and should leave automatically. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed the group leaders that they should not accept any request of asking for leave. Whether you want to attend pujas is your own decision; however, whether allowing you to continue to attend pujas is Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s decision. There have been too many people here and there is no place for people to sit. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also instructed the disciple who had introduced this elderly person to explain this to him clearly. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had read most of Buddhist scriptures and had not seen anything like asking for leave. If there is such thing, it will definitely be written in Buddhist scriptures. If you want to ask for leave, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche should be the first person to raise the hand to ask for leave. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has always taken care of sentient beings 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. When you encounter any problem, you will always contemplate Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche or see the dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Hence, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has no time to rest.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche devoted to liberate others which is a full time job of learning Buddhism, and you only consider that it is a “part time job” which is not a Buddhist anymore when you have left the Buddhist center or your family hall for worshipping Buddha. Don’t judge Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with the worldly thought. When learning the dharma, we must keep the concepts in mind that we will die in future, if you don’t have this notion, doing the evil deeds and making mistake will be unavoidable.

Yesterday there was a disciple accompanying with her mother to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, saying her family members had lots of objections after her and her mother took refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened, that are their own problems, and they should try to find the solutions by themselves instead of tossing all troubles to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. In those years, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche got the difficulties, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not beseech His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang for help. When you get illness or sufferings to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche looking for help, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will help you solve your sufferings from the beginning of time, but you have to cultivate Buddha Dharma by yourself. Although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can repress the illness, it does not mean that the karma retribution can be transferred. Today it is a good thing that this female disciple can accompany her mother to take refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Although there is bad thing happened, at least, her mother’s health can be stable now. For this batch of new disciples, some of them were worrying for money problem; some of them were worrying for family affairs. There was no such problem before taking refuge; on the contrary, there were so many problems after taking refuge.

The Chinese New year will be coming, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche remind the disciples again that do not take the food of sacrificial offerings to the deities and ghosts. Your ancestors who had not been salvaged are the ghosts as well. You are unable to distinguish whether your ancestors had been salvaged or not. If you take the food of sacrificial offerings, it means that you are the same kind of species like them. The deities are unable to protect you because they are not able to be liberated from the cycle of reincarnation. If they could protect you, they would not be the deities anymore. It is said in the sequel tantra part of Tripitaka that a practitioner who recites mantras must not eat the food that are offered to the ghosts. Therefore for those people who recite the mantras once eat that food, the numbers of ten thousand or millions times for the mantras you have recited were in vain. You have to recite the mantras from the very beginning. Do not be afraid of your family members would be unhappy, so you have to eat that food. If you are afraid of your family members would be unhappy, how can you dare not to be afraid that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would be unhappy as well? If you would like to eat that food, you don’t have to attend the puja anymore.

In the end of year 2009, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had predicted that there would be volcano explosions in Japan for the next year. But there were so many Japanese who did not believe that. Before the Chinese New year, a volcano on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu indeed erupted again. For Chinese people, According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of a Tiger for this year 2010 was not yet finished. It does not mean that it would take pleasure in others’ misfortune. It is that the desire of people, the wrathful mind and hewing down the trees in the forest and mountain, which causing the deities of mountain and the deities of forest angry, that is why the volcano would erupt. The worldly people have a heavy fighting mind. No matter what kind of matters would like to argue endlessly. Don’t think that it does not matter; right now the karmic retribution will not wait for your next life, it will ask for repaying the evil karma immediately. If you still eat meat and unable to do good deeds, you will be involved with the common evil karma. When you seeing people fighting, if you are standing aside to discuss that how to knock down the opposite side, you are involved in the common karma of fighting. If you are looking at someone killing a chicken, and thinking that there would be chicken to eat, you are involved in the common karma of killing. If your friend has the problem of couple’s relationship, you will be involved in the common karma of abuse when you criticize your friend’s couple. It is because that even the most unbiased person cannot judge domestic affairs. You cannot know the cause and condition for their previous life, originally your friend was not angry anymore, but when you echo him/or her, he/or she starts to anger again. Besides, when you are watching the politicians criticizing the political issue on TV, you should not abuse with them. If you have enough merits, you would not elect an improper ruler; it means that most of people agree the point of view with this party politics. You may say that in that case, you can agree with others no matter what they say. It is not true, if a yes man cannot distinguish between right and wrong, cause and effect which is a kind of misapplying compassion. The sutra has also mentioned that a yes man will go to the realms of hell as well.

A year will be passed soon. It is normal that there are so many busy things in the end of year. You have to spend time to review how did you pass for this year? If the methods for you doing business are the same as before, you don’t make progress for realizing the Buddhist Dharma, you did not think of others, it means that there is no progress for this year.

The year 2011 and 2012 will not be good and unpeaceful, there will be some troubles. As usual, it is a Chinese custom to attend Buddhist ceremonies on the first day of Luna New Year. The puja will be started from 9:00AM to conduct the “35 Buddha Repentance”, “Black Water Jambhala Dharma”, and conduct “Elephant Jambhala Dharma” in the afternoon. There is no “35 Buddha Repentance” for other temples in Taiwan. You might hear a variety of repentance ceremonies such as Emperor Liang Jeweled Repentance Ceremony, “The Lotus Sutra Method of Repentance” and “Thousand Buddhas Repentance Ceremony”. Those repentances were worshiped by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche before. You don’t think that the “Thousand Buddhas Repentance Ceremony” would be superior to “35 Buddha Repentance”. For those repentances, only the“35 Buddha Repentance” was transmitted by Buddha Sakyamuni personally, the other repentances were written by the followers. We are in the dharma age of Buddha Sakyamuni, the blessing is particularly powerful, for practitioners of Bodhisattva path, and this repentance dharma would be particularly beneficial. In the morning, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will also conduct “Black Water Jambhala Dharma. When you hearing the “Jambhala Practices, the beating of your heart may be faster, it is a kind of suffering without money. The wealth we have in this life was accumulated through practicing charities and making offerings in our previous lives. You will not get the wealth when you did the evil deeds. The purpose of the Black Jambhala Practice is to return the wealth that one is supposed to have so that his evil karma wouldn’t prevent him from getting the money. But you have to make offerings; it is merely to have the karmic connection with Black Jambhala if you would not make offerings. There are five colors for the Jambhala of Tibet Buddhism; the Jambhala belongs to Dharma protector family. We do lots of things will decrease our merits, the wealth belongs a kind of the merits. Having an induced abortion will also decrease the merits. When you anger Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, your merits will be decreased as well. The disciple, who haggled for the TWD 2,500, will greatly decrease her merits and wealth as well. You might “rascally” pray for money to Elephant Jambhala which will be conducted in the afternoon of the puja. The attendees all thanked that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was painstaking to benefit sentient beings.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately considered that there will be closed for outside restaurants on the first day of Luna New Year. It will not be easy to have lunch. Therefore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked some disciples, who are operating the restaurants, will prepare thousand sets of meal boxes in order to let the attendees purchase. Everyone was very thankful for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Updated on February 14, 2011