Event Calendar of The His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche

February 3, 2011

On the first day of this Lunar New Year, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche held the auspicious puja to preside over the Thirty-five Buddhas Repentance Ritual of, the Black Water Jambhala ceremony, and the Elephant Jambhala ceremony at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei. The morning session began punctually at 9 AM.

Prior to the beginning of the puja, a female disciple shared her experience of how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has helped and bestowed blessings onto her and her family. She was grateful for that and in the mean time she profoundly reflected and made repentance on the again arising of incorrect thoughts. By doing so, she hoped to strengthen her mind of learning Buddhism, leaving no room for relaxation.

She took refuge on March 22, 2009, under Most Venerable Vajra Guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. In early 2005, her brother first came to make an audience with His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. After meeting Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche when he returned home, he told the family that the reason for their mother’s chronic melancholy was that a spirit of a little girl had followed her. She was very shocked to hear this. She knew that, due to ectopic pregnancy, her mother had an abortion to her second child in the fifth month of her pregnancy when the fetus’s fingers were already feasible. As her brother shared the information about her mother’s long term gloom, she felt extremely incredible. What kind of a great practitioner Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was, who didn’t have to know the name of her mother? Nor did Rinpoche know the birth year, month, day and time to know everything about her mother? So, after a few weeks, she told her husband (also a disciple) that she would like to meet with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. After all, when parents were ill, there were doctors to cure the illness. When it came to emotional problems, she really didn’t know what to do. This was how she met with His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the first time.

On the day of meeting Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, many people were there, too. She didn’t know how to phrase her questions. While she waited in the back, she tried in every possible direction to overhear others’ questions. When it was her turn to be in front of His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinpoche asked mercifully “you have observed in the back for a while?” To save face, she replied “it’s okay!” When introspecting now, she feels that she was not even qualified as being a human to be so impolite. Arrogance has been her biggest problem. That day, the meeting went smoothly. They were granted opportunities to attend Chod pujas that were held weekly then. It is regrettable that Chod pujas were performed only monthly afterwards.

At this moment she was making repentance before the Mandala for that having been so ignorant and merciful that every time the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not receive her offerings, she even gave rise to the thought of saving money, and that she felt tired of attending Chod puja every week! As she recalled now, it was not possible to gain again this kind of opportunity to attend Chod puja every week! She told the present that every one should cherish each and every puja; sincerely make repentance; truly make offerings.

She was grateful to the Vajra Guru His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for helping her paternal and maternal grandmothers, father-in-law, and her unborn elder sister. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s consent to her attending the auspicious Chod puja, her relatives had the chance to be salvaged. She also deeply believed that they all gain salved as her family changed a lot.

She expressed that she was very nervous, standing at the front of the venue, because she perceived that she was too lazy and slack to act in accord with Guru’s teachings and inspect her own thoughts every minute and every moment. Recently she started to be arrogant and conceited, neglect Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teaching on that all kinds of bosses are good bosses as it was those who have her the job opportunity. Hence, she should be thankful.

The His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s power of blessing is extremely auspicious and could just make in time. In order to prevent disciples from the chance of making more mistakes and to help them attentively cultivate Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche employs various kinds of methods to help his followers. It is very important to deeply believe that Guru will make the best arrangement for followers. This female disciple then talked about her stories:

The first story is as follows. Before she sought refuge, she used to be a very timid person who feared ghosts. When she got off work late, she did not even dare to take the elevator by herself. Therefore, she always felt scared when she had to go on a business trip. Once on a business trip to Japan, she shared the room with another co-worker, but her co-worker usually came back after midnight. Hence, she felt very scared when she got on the bed on the first night. As she had purchased a bead bracelet from the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she jumped off the bed to put the bracelet on. She visualized the image of the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Feeling assured, she then fell asleep. She did not have any dreams and had a great night sleep. The next morning, her co-worker, looking at her as if she was strange, asked if she liked to change to the other bed. She agreed. Six nights passed. On the last day of their stay in Japan, her co-worker couldn’t help but tell her that she herself had been able to see ghosts ever since she was a child. Also, her co-worker said that the disciple had been uttering repeated scolding words of an unknown language in a harsh tone at the same time on the first and third nights of their stay. Then, on the early morning of the third day, her co-worker saw a vague figure by the closet at her bed corner. As she was merely a believer at the time, she, upon hearing her co-worker’s account, immediately wondered: “Is it real? Do great practitioners like deities and Buddhas really exist? How incredible it is!”

On the day of her taking refuge, the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that non-human beings would not be able to harm those who have sought refuge. As the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche constantly explains the sufferings of the sentient beings, she changed her mind completely after seeking refuge. What’s more, when her father-in-law passed away and the family conducted assisted recitation at the funeral parlor during the night, she was able to walk to the bathroom all by herself without feeling afraid. On her walk to the bathroom, she even said that she had sought refuge with the venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and would attend pujas every Sunday. She also added that, if any sentient beings were in need, they could follow her because her guru would be able to help them.

The second story is about receiving her dharma name after taking refuge. At the time she did not understand why venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could quickly write down more than twenty dharma names. She still stupidly thought, “Won’t the names be repeated? It is really amazing.” And when she received her refuge certificate, her eyes were wet again. Her dharma name given by venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was “Hui-Wen Dolma”. And the meaning of the Chinese character “問” (asking) is her biggest problem. Since childhood she had been trapped by an ignorant pride such that she had been afraid of being known by others that she did not understand anything. So when she had been young, she had not wanted to ask questions. When she grew older, she became not daring to ask questions, or even worse, not knowing how to ask questions. This was also the reason why she encountered bottlenecks in her work later. Therefore, when she received this character from her dharma name, she really surrendered herself. She is very grateful to the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for pointing out her problems.

For the third story, she wanted to share the power of obedience. Her current job was given by venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. In March 2009, because of her work attitude and ability, her boss wanted her to leave the job. At that time she was terrified since her father-in-law was seriously ill, she just bought a house, the money given by her father-in-law before was all stuck due to worldwide financial turmoil, and she was close to 40 years of age. She, having always gone well before, was really scared and did not know what to do. At that time, she just took refuge. In a puja, she heard venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said in disappointment that the disciples were not even willing to do things to satisfy the guru’s wishes. Upon hearing it, she felt very sad. So after the end of the puja, she immediately registered herself for attending the winter puja in Kathmandu in November. At the time, she only believed in that everything would have the best arrangement. As a result, in early June, she accepted the boss’s offer and prepared to leave; she also reached an agreement with the boss that she would leave after the case was closed. The boss did not give her a deadline at the time; she estimated roughly that the time should be around the end of October. About one week after she had reached the agreement with the boss, her father-in-law passed away. Then, she really suffered both physically and mentally; but it was very hard for her to describe that process. She just felt that the sufferings in life seemed came all together; her job was gone; her relative passed away; and her money was almost exhausted. However, she felt very at ease and very grateful. Because of the idea that she had the chance to repay her karmic debts immediately after taking refuge, she did not have the feelings of fear and resentment at the time.

At that time she only remembered that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has enlightened her: Once she still had the present job, she must have a serious attitude toward the current work, not to look for better one in work. Actually she feared that there would be an unsure future, but all she could do was to grin and bear it and told herself to listen to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s advice. The following days, during the holidays, she almost went to work in order to close those projects, besides, she did not send out a resume at all. The amazing thing was happened after she had signed the resignation. There was one day; she talked with a colleague for her resignation, this colleague told her to contact with another professor because he would have a new position in the future.

During that time was in the middle of October, she left the original company on October 31. In the wake of the following days, she went abroad to Nepal on November 05, and returned to Taiwan on November 12, during that week, the new company was looking for her to make an appointment because the chairman of the new company would like to interview her on the Friday. Therefore she had an interview on November 17, and started to work on November 23. Therefore they had the money to pay for the cost of the tours to Nepal and purchase the crystal prayer beads which was long- expected for her. What amazing it was! Moreover, because she did not submit any resume before quitting the previous job, she only prayed to Dharma Protector of Drikung Kagyu Achi at the night. She accepted that Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and her Guru had arranged everything for her, but she only wished that there would be a vegetarian restaurant around her new company. It was because that she changed to be a vegetarian since she took refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in March, she could only eat the bread almost for lunch during that time in the old company. There was no vegetarian restaurant around her company, Sometime she had to rely on a dharma brother to buy a vegetarian meal box for her. She was worried that if she was able to have lunch well, her mother would start to oppose her idea to learn Buddhism because her mother could not help to see her daughter’s suffering. As a result, it was very amazing, there were not only 5 vegetarian restaurants around her new company since she started to work, but also there were another 3 new vegetarian restaurants opened during three months ! Furthermore her colleagues said that it was strange that the restaurants on the whole street seems to be specified for her since her coming. After going home, she immediately reported to Dharma Protector of Drikung Kagyu Achi that it was enough which would let her enjoy different types of vegetarian restaurant every lunch during the daytime. It was indeed thankful.

The fourth story, she shared with the Buddhism brothers the incredible power and the importance of making offering.  At the end of 2008, hedge fund initiated the Global financial crisis, she had not taking refuge yet at the time, she did not know about investment, but also bought two hedge funds few years back bewilderingly. At November when her father in law was hospitalized, her husband had to share the medical cost of thirty thousand dollars every month, also they had loaned three hundred thousand dollars from the bank for house renovations in June, if they do not pay back, the interest rate will rise substantially, at the time they had no idea where the money be found. Finally, at the beginning of December right before the dead line for repayments arrived, the bank called her suddenly, there was one of her hedge fund had met the profit requirement, she could redeem the fund, after subtracted the handling fees etc., it was about three hundred and thirty thousand dollars. She was so touched at the moment and she was speechless, the amount borrowed from the bank and the money needed for her father in law’s medicals, totaled three hundred and thirty thousand dollars was just right. She had continued making offerings after taken refuge, allowed her whenever she needed money urgently, it had passed smoothly, and every-time the amount would be just right, she felt immense gratitude.

At last, she expressed her gratitude for the venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche allowed her families, all had the chance to attend the 2010 ’s twenty thousand people grand puja, even her older brother who was working in Shanghai magically got the airplane ticket to return to Taiwan right before the day of the grand puja, also she successfully helped her families booked the last room for accommodations, after the niece who was in the third grade attended the puja, who got good grades which she have not had in a long while, which reignited her confident for learning, the disposition of the sister-in-law had suddenly enlightened, who then had harmonious interactions with the parents, the parent’s health conditions were much better than they used to be, the whole family was sincerely and truly blessed and helped and arranged by the venerable vajra guru  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.  She also expressed gratitude toward the Guru’s teachings, which transformed her husband’s personality greatly, there was once they were having dinner with her parents, he made repentance to her parents, because of that, her parents were delighted, and supported their decision to learn and practice Buddhism.

She expressed immense gratitude for venerable vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for granted her a chance for re-birth, there is nothing she could repay, only she can reminded herself to carefully guarding her heart every-minute, remember the teaching and preaching from the guru, practice Bodhisattva sincerely. At the same time she pay homage and gratitude to Buddha and Bodhisattvas, and prays Guru’s Buddhist activities flourish and the dharma wheel turns always.

After that, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ascended the throne. At first, Rinpoche bestowed the following precious teachings. The Thirty-five Buddhas Repentance Ritual to be performed today by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is not performed elsewhere in Taiwan. It is the repentance ritual, depicted in the Ratnakuta Sutra, that Buddha Sakyamuni in person transmitted orally. The other popular repentance rituals such as including Emperor Liang Jewel Repentance, Water Repentance, Repentance of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha, Repentance of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, and Liberation Rite of Water and Land were written by later Buddhist practitioners. The Thirty-five Buddhas Repentance Ritual is the only repentance ritual orally transmitted by Buddha Sakyamuni. This ritual was specifically comprised for those practitioners of Bodhisattva path. Sentient beings of the degenerate age of dharma have so heavy karma that they will not be able to achieve the accomplishment of Arhats according to the law of Sravaka or Pratyeka Buddga as Buddha Sakyamuni’s disciples did before. Therefore Buddha Sakyamuni compassionately taught sentient beings the practice of Bodhisattva path, the only way to attain accomplishment fast. . Since the Thirty-five Buddhas Repentance Ritual was transmitted by Buddha Sakyamuni in person, its blessing power is especially great. It can help the practitioners who of Bodhisattva path to eliminate all obstacles of learning Buddhism.

Why should we practice repentance ritual? Practicing repentance rituals is not to eliminate your karmic retributions and prevent bad things from happening, nor to let you live a good life after the ceremony. There are two components in the process of making repentance. The first is to admit, accept and be responsible for whatever consequences your body, speech and mind have made errors of. The second is to not to make the same mistakes from now on. You, however, are making the same errors repeatedly, although you have made repentance. This kind of repentance would not be effective. Why, then, do you make the same mistakes again and again? It’s because you made repentance because you are afraid of being punished as well as fearful that some negative karmic retributions would happen to you. You, nonetheless, have not truly repented on your conducts that have done harm to sentient beings. The moment you made the same mistakes, the power of your previous repentance disappeared at once!

After making repentance, you should not think that no bad things will happen to you. Although making repentance can reduce one’s karmic retributions or even have one’s karmic retributions disappeared, the concept that one’s karmic retributions can be eliminated is only relevant to those who have aroused Bodhichitta. It is stated in sutras that those who have genuinely aroused Bodhichitta can have their karmic retributions disappeared. Many people don’t understand the relationship between the law of cause and effect and karma. The moment you’d plant a cause, there exists certain karma. Whether the karma is good or bad depends on whether the cause is good or bad. While the karmic fruit is still developing, what you have been doing can change the eventual karmic retributions. If you have been doing a great amount of virtuous deeds, the time for your karmic fruit to mature might be postponed. If you’d make repentance, the scale of your karmic retributions might be altered, with the influence on you being reduced or even eliminated. For instance, if someone’s karmic retributions are to fall into hells after death, the result can become early death and not falling into hells. If the original retribution is death, it can be altered to become seriously ill. If it’s seriously ill, it can be changed to a minor one. If it’s a minor illness, it can be changed to have him lose money. If it is to lose money, it can be changed to have a fight at home. So it isn’t that after making repentance, nothing bad will happen. If bad things will not happen, the law of cause and effect doesn’t exist, either. Similarly, the positive effect of your making repentance will not appear, either.

In the Seven Branch Prayer, making repentance is one of offering. Why is making repentance a way of making offering? When repentance arises within you, your reverence would also arise. Being reverent is an offering. With offering, one’s merits will be able to accumulate. Therefore, making repentance can help us to accumulate merits.

Several weeks ago, you’ve witness that a little girl died during a puja at the center and how she was liberated by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s performance of Phowa Dharma. Before she met Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, her doctor recommended a surgery of liver transplant. The doctor was quite frank about the difficulty of matching the type of livers for such a young girl. Although the immense cost of the surgery can be covered by medical insurance, the follow-up treatments will need at least one to three million New Taiwan Dollars. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that a child of such a rare illness were born to collect debts from his or her parents. In addition to cause great pains to his or her parents, such a child would drain the parent’s fortune. After the girl received the blessings and help from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she was getting better without the need to undergo a surgery of liver transplant. Originally, the parents would have to find ways of raising money or sell their house. When the child didn’t need the surgery of liver transplant, their parents became slack in practicing Buddhism. They didn’t realize that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had saved them an immense amount of medical cost. They didn’t use the saved millions of dollars to do charities or make offering, not to mention hundreds of thousand dollars. It’s not that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche want to calculate money with you. It’s to stress the attitude of making offering. Even they don’t have to make offering to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, but they could donate the money to others!

Instead of thinking that prolonging their child’s life was for them to accumulate merits for her, the couple thought that their child could solely depend on the care of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Although they didn’t have the intention of making offering, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still compassionately allowed them to make prostrations so that the merits and conditions of their child would be sufficiently accumulated to be reborn in the pure land. Many parents in this center are the same as the couple. They’d thought that with the help of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche their children’s conditions would improve, and then everything would become better, and they don’t have to do anything else. It is, however, like the warning of Lord Jigten Sumgon, after receiving help of their gurus and then their illness having improved, many people would become less diligent in learning Buddhism and thus the illness would resume later. That’s why the little girl’s disease restarted. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche couldn’t save her the second time. Actually, the help of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was to subdue the problems, rendering you time to learn Buddhism. Even if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can prolong the life of the child for one or two years, it’s impossible to extend her life for ten to twenty years. Giving them more time is to allow them chances to learn Buddhism and accumulate merits. When negative karma is coming to knock on your door, your guru, Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas can help you to temporarily suspend the karmic retribution. But, rather than entirely depending on Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, it is you who have to do the work afterwards. If things can be handled all by guru and no efforts have to be exerted as what you are doing now, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche doesn’t have to painstakingly perform retreats to practice Buddhism.

All of you have said things such as “don’t do this otherwise Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would reprimand you.” Or “Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche didn’t say so. Don’t do it, otherwise you’d be punished.” Many of you have said so and didn’t take any initiatives. Especially many volunteers in the center said so in such way quite often. Since 2004 when this center started operating, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had found that the temperature setting of the air conditioner in Rinpoche’s lounge was set to constantly remain at 17 degree Celsius. In these years, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche didn’t mention this problem and wished to see whether any disciple would notice it. As a result, even there are more than one thousand disciples in this center, no one had been care about or noticed the condition in the lounge. Today’s temperature is 11 degree Celsius, while the temperature of the air-conditioner was still set at 17 degree. Whether any disciple ever thought that at the age of 63 Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could stand such a low temperature? The disciples taking charge in the lounge thought no one had told them anything about the temperature so they just followed previous setting. After all, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche didn’t complain about the chilliness. At first Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche didn’t want to mention this. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche worried that the waste of electricity is to increase the expenditure of the center which means to waste money of sentient beings. So Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche decided to expose such matter.

The chairman of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center only took care of major matters. Those things that he thought were minor were rarely his mind, as long as someone was in charge of. He was not attentive to all aspects in the center. It is not until Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has scolded every single matter, he’d managed to deal with them. Even there were so many disciples, none has noticed whether Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was hungry or dressed warm enough. You only care about when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will perform pujas. And whether you can gain any benefits from pujas? That’s why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would always sigh that when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sits on the throne, he is a Rinpoche. But when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not sit on the throne, you’d treat him as an idiot. How can this attitude be for disciples toward your guru?

The chairman was very clear about if any items in his own clinic was lost or added. And he was also aware that if a patient paid medical cost or not. However, he was not that clear about the Buddhist center’s affairs and it was because he earned money from his clinic but he did not get any money by being involved with the Buddhist center’s affairs. He was very careful when giving an operation on a patient’s eyes, while he was not that attentive to the Buddhist center’s affairs. It was due do that he was afraid of the possibility of being accused by a patient for his careless operation, whereas he thought that he was merely unfortunately elected by members to be the chairman of the Buddhist center and that he would not be accused or punished by Buddhas and Bodhisattvas even if he did not do it well.

A male disciple had ever been a monk, received many gurus’ teachings, studied numerous Buddhist sutras, and debated on Buddhist doctrines. You would not win if you get into a sutra debate with him. Nevertheless, from an event just happened recently, it could tell that he did not practice the Buddha’s teachings: Last Sunday, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s company held an annually party. This disciple, one of the company’s employees, gave the key to two young girls and let them take the stage properties back to company alone at 10:30 pm after the party. Try to think about it, if the two girls were your daughters, would you concern about their safety? You might have stopped them or at least accompanied them to go back to the company! From this point it could be seen that this male disciple did not practice the mercy and compassion. Thereafter he did this kind of thing. In the previous pujas, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche intentionally asked him to say something and it was just to see if he corrected his personality or not. Even though he was full of the knowledge of sutras, without mercy and compassion, he could not attain the achievement however he cultivated Buddhism, let alone to learn tantric dharmas, for which it would be a long time for him to wait!

Besides, when this male disciple worked at Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s company, he was discontented with another female colleague, who was also Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s disciple. Seeing that the male disciple did not work, the female disciple snubbed him. In this way, those two disciples were just fighting with each other in the company. As a result, the company’s boss, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, was negatively affected. There was still another disciple who worked for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s company scolded all the time in the company and even got angry before Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. People who act in this way admit their wrongdoings merely but do not abstain themselves from carrying out the same misconducts. You may improperly think that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche merely gives the dharma talks on the Dharma Throne and after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche descends the Dharma Throne, you don’t have to listen to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. You ought to remember that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s full time job is being a Rinpoche, and all of the others businesses are also done for helping sentient beings. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has told you for several times that one ought to apply Buddha-Dharma into his every life, and whatever a Guru tells you is, indeed for the sake of benefitting you, naturally Buddha-Dharma. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked the male disciple who worked for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s company whether or not he knew what precepts he had broken. The disciple said that he did not have mercy and compassion, and he also transgressed the Samaya precept between guru and him.

A female ordained disciple had been punished by being prohibited to attend pujas due to her making some mistakes. Today Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately allowed her to attend today’s puja. Knowing this, she thought she could be the leader again and she went to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s chamber to implore for dharma, with incenses held in her hands. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche scolded her that it was nice enough for her to attend puja again, how would she have the qualification to implore for dharma? This female ordained disciple transgressed the rules made by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche: There was a believer who was going to make prostration toward Buddhas in the venue but did not come on time. Having an acquaintance with him, the female ordained disciple still let him in rather than closing the entrance on time. In so doing, it showed that she merely confessed her misconducts but did not prevent herself from committing again.

There was a brother sister pair, both of whom had taken refuge for a long time, and it is believed that they would try to solve an issue if it is regarding to their family. However, there was a tiny trifle, originally nothing wrong, of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s company they just messed it up and they even left the issue to their Guru! It was fortunate that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has practiced lots of virtuous deeds, and due to Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and dharma protectors’ blessing, the issues was smoothly resolved. The bother sister pair also only made confession instead of repentance. As the issue was associated with their reputation, they were afraid of the possibility to be harm. So they thought that the Chinese medicine their Guru purchased might have some problems. In this doing, it just showed that they did not believe their Guru. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ever helped their mother and child to get rebirth in the Pure Land, the kindness bestowed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to them was extremely great. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not owe anything for them at all. Their relatives now saw the pair making things difficult for their guru, they would definitely want to slap in their face in order to wake them!

Another disciple, thinking Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche misunderstood her, made a lot of explanations before Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Those who like to make excuses are heavily attached to self. The one who even excused her mistakes before a Guru illustrated that she did not believe in her Guru. Since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was a child, perhaps due to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s father’s strict teachings, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had never had the chance to make an excuse when being punished by his father. When the elders of his family spoke, he just listened to them.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has taught you that, according to the Thirty-Seven Bodhisattva Practices, even if someone criticizes you with harsh words and the billion worlds do you an injustice, you still ought to treat them with reverence. All phenomena follow the law of cause and effect. If you had not treated others unjustly, you would not have been unjustly treated. It is not to mention it is Guru who scolds you. If you hurry to make excuses once you feel wronged, if you think you are right and your Guru is wrong, why you still learn Buddhism here?

It is not saying that one should never excuse. It depends on whether the explanation is made for one own sake or for sentient beings’. If a thing is related to many beings, it could be excused. On the contrary, if one just dread to be hurt, there is no need for him to make excuses. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been offering his devotion to His Holiness Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche for many affairs. Also, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often needs to report many things to His Holiness, and Rinpoche just depicts the stories, tells about his plans, and let His Holiness make the decision. Many people often do their job wrong in their company. Because they like to make decisions and regard they themselves of great capability. However, it is just being arrogant. On the contrary, if one truly does his jobs in accord with his supervisor’s instructions, one will not make an error.

As you know, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang currently stays in New Zealand. How does Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche serve his three grace root guru? On the spot Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked a female disciple, who has served Rinpoche with some affairs of New Zealand under Rinpoche’s instruction, to give a briefing of the arrangement Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has made for His Holiness’ residence and for the establishment of the retreat center in New Zealand. The female disciple said that she was instructed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to help communicate with a local attorney of New Zealand. She consulted with the attorney about the legal affairs of the retreat center. During this period, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche constantly taught her how to communicate with the local attorney and successfully found a fit attorney for His Holiness. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is very concerned about the issue. In order to relieve His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s worries about the construction of the retreat center, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche plans to invest huge amount of money in setting up a business in New Zealand. All of the things have to be carried out in conformity with New Zealand’s law, which is for assisting with all the works to be progressed by His Holiness in New Zealand.

As His Holiness knew that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was very busy, at first he did not ask him to help the affairs he was engaged in New Zealand. His Holiness also said that someone else would provide their assistance. However, those believers, just like you, did not wholeheartedly do the thing associated with Guru. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, as being a disciple, has watched the thing’s process and, if he finds Guru needs assistance, he would spontaneously prepare in advance. He would not wait for His Holiness’ instruction to set about. At the time when His Holiness needs it, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s advanced preparation can come in handy. This is the way a disciple should treat his guru. Instead of saying that: “Guru did not say. Guru will scold,” a disciple should give consideration to his Guru all the time and attentively handle all things related to his guru. In Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mind, there is no one nobler than His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. Hence, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is willing to spend money, and actually Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche already remitted the money in amount of NZD 20,000, with unsure amount needed in the future. He’s not like you who calculate for yourselves first before you consider doing or not.

In fact, for His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s sake, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not haggle with the local lawyer over his fee and make payment through a wire transfer immediately. Additionally, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche demanded that the lawyer travel to the retreat center, a 50 minutes drive from Auckland, to see His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. Previously, the local New Zealander believers had made arrangements for His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to go to the lawyer’s office. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche felt that, as honorable as His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang is, the lawyer should pay a visit to His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang residence instead. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang that there would be no need for His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to travel because the lawyer would come. Many people are afraid of foreigners and do not dare to upset them. Nevertheless, as the payment was made, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche considered himself having the right to make requests. Requests like that are not ostentatious but rather reasonable. The female disciple who assisted the matter also reported that the lawyer felt immensely grateful about Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s arrangement that enabled him to have a rare honor to seek an audience with His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang at the retreat center.

While learning Exoteric Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would wire whatever amount of money requested by his guru on the phone and never asked what the money was for. Till this day, the monastery still has a tablet of long-life and good fortune for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. It was erected by the abbot on his initiative. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helped the monastery a lot and thereby is always revered there.

Maharatnakuta Sutra is a scripture particularly expounded on the practice of Bodhisattva path. In Maharatnakuta Sutra, it is prophesied that practitioners would flutter believers and distort the meanings of Buddhism in the Degenerate Age, exactly like the chaos we observe in Taiwanese Buddhism. In order to attract believers, many Buddhist organizations would speak to the believers gently and let them do whatever they want so that they could keep coming. However, in the authorization letter to the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center at the time of its establishment, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang has an expectation for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to lead the center to propagate orthodox Buddhism. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not flutter the believers. If you don’t like to be scolded by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, you may well leave.

At around 5 pm on the eve of the lunar New Year, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang called. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had some emergent matters to take care of, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked the attendant lama of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to tell His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would call back later. After Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche got things done, it was already 8pm in Taiwan and midnight in New Zealand. Right after that when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche called, the first sentence His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang said was: “It is Chinese New Year now. May Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center enjoy an auspicious and successful year in the new year.” Although staying in different place, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang knows that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does everything for the benefit of the sentient beings. The hearts of the guru and the disciple are closely together. Because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has met the requirement of the Buddhist teaching, the guru has him on the mind in every second. As to you, you fail to meet the requirement of a disciple and are afraid of being scolded. You have only run some errands and hope to get the guru’s attention. How is it possible?

All Dharma texts begin with the verses of seeking refuge. The first statement in the Dharma text of the Thirty-five Buddhas Repentance Ritual is “All the sentient beings take refuge under the guru continuously and constantly.” The refuge in the Three Jewels is only mentioned later because the guru is of utmost importance. Without the guidance of the guru, we are unable to learn the Buddhist teachings. Therefore, taking refuge with the guru was the first priority and one’s heart should rely on the guru continuously and constantly. For example, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche have conjunct hearts because His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang is always in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mind. You, on the other hand, only think about the guru when attending the pujas or facing hardships.

Do not think that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has to protect and bless you all the time. Even though Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is able to protect and bless you this year, it won’t be certain that your next year will be protected and blessed. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is able to suppress your illness, delay its incidence or even give you more time to live, it does not mean that you will not die. Even though you may live this year and next year, you will eventually die. The guru has bestowed the Buddhist teachings upon you, and you have to practice. Likewise, after performing the Phowa, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reminded the couple whose daughter passed away. If they continue to take Buddhist study without diligence, what can they do when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has passed away?

The guru can only help you to suppress your karma temporarily. Even though your karma can be cleansed up, the smell of its fruit will still be there. It is like a house filled with fish stock. Even if you remove all the fish, the smell of them will still be in the house. If you still do not change at all, everything will be back.

Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche began to conduct the auspicious Thirty-five Buddhas Repentance and let all the attendees to verbalize things they felt repented of. At completion of the rituals, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave the following teachings:

There are 3 levels of repentance. The lowest level is to cry tears bitterly. The second one is to cry tears bitterly to the extent that he or she has to crouch down on the floor due to lack of strength. The highest level is to cry so hard that blood can stream down from the corners of his or her eyes. Many people did not cry and only 1/4 of the attendees showed true repentance. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave you two opportunities to express your repentance, those who did not drop a tear failed to show repentance. Some even faked tears. In particular, most of the male attendees failed to cry tears. Although it is said that a man should not cry easily, it also shows that they did not express their repentance. The “man of character” in ancient sayings does not refer to male only, but a person with courage. One who truly aspires to learn Buddhism is a man of character because it takes courage for one to correct his or her own mistakes continuously. One who does not repent does not want to cultivate loving kindness and compassion and still wants to continue to do harm to the sentient beings. Those who failed to express repentance do not think that they have made mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes, unless you have achieved the attainment of a Buddha. Even Buddha Sakyamuni had to face 9 hardships after attaining Buddhahood, let alone the ordinary beings. Do not fear being scolded. Do not blame others while you are scolded. Nobody sets you up. You have made it yourself. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang also examines and challenges His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche constantly as well.

Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed the practice of Black Water Jambhala. In Tibetan Buddhism, there are black, red, white, green, and yellow Jambhalas. Black Water Jambhala is not an ordinary deity but a eighth bhumi Bodhisattva. Black Water Jambhala is a family member of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. Therefore, a practitioner can perform the practice of Jambhala only if he has practiced Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara first and with the successful signs of accomplishment as stated in the Dharma text.

Ordinary Jambhalas will take something back when they grant your wishes. It can be your life or your merits. For example, many people would go to a temple in Taipei County to pray for wealth. If you pray to ghosts or deities, you usually need to give something in return. However, Black Water Jambhala does not require you to do so.

How much wealth you have in this life is determined by how much offerings and charities you made in your past lives. However, as long as you have eaten meat in this life, the wealth that originally belongs to you is likely to be blocked from you or to be wasted in strange places. This is “robbing the wealth”. Those who have killed sentient beings, done evil deeds, and had an abortion will be robbed of their wealth. The Black Water Jambhala ritual conducted today will let the factor that hinders your wealth disappear. Note that this ritual is not to let you obtain what you should not have, but to give you the wealth originally belongs to you from making offerings and doing charities in your past lives such that your wealth will not be robbed because of the evil deeds you have done in this life. Similarly, later you should make more offerings and giving more charities to accumulate your future blessings.

Some people say that conducting the Jambhala ritual in Esoteric Buddhism is an indication of loving money. This is not true. One also needs to have assets for practicing Buddhism. One needs money to ride a bus to attend pujas; one needs money to support the venue of practicing Buddhism. Poverty is also a kind of suffering. Conducting the Jambhala ritual can let you not to worry about money and practice Buddha dharma at ease. If the nun disciples here do not have money to live your life, you can tell Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. When some of you had gotten money, you were not reluctant to make offerings and thought first to repay your mortgage and hoped that the principle and interest deducted every month could be reduced. If you do not have money to buy a house, you should not go beyond your depth. Buying with financial difficulty is greed.

It is popular in Taiwan to build big Buddhist temples. People think that only those who have big blessings can build Buddhist temples. You do not have to wonder why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not have a Buddhist temple. Building a Buddhist temple is really a good thing. However, each guru has different causes and conditions.

The Black Water Jambhala dharma conducted today is a Terma. When Guru Rinpoche left Tibet, he hid dharma texts in caves, in the air, or in waters. This kind of dharma texts was then called Terma. Its power is really special and excellent.

Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted the auspicious dharma of Black Water Jambhala. After the perfect completion of the dharma conduction, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave the attendees the following teachings.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not ask you to make offerings with all of your money. According to Buddhist scriptures, we should divide our income into four parts; one fourth of it is used for daily living expenses; one fourth of it is used in medical expenses; one fourth of it is used for giving offerings and charities; one fourth of it is saved for future use. Of course, if you are a Tantric practitioner, then you should make offerings using more than one quarter of your income. In order to learn Tantric Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has made offerings with everything. It means that when making offerings, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche completely does not consider whether he will have money to use or not in the future. When making offerings, do not haggle over every ounce and calculate the amount too clearly. Last time, there was a disciple who asked people around about the offering of NTD 2500. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has refused to accept a 20 million dollar offering for five times because the one who made the offerings did not have a correct mind. Do you think Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will care about just 2500 dollars? Unlike people haggling over every ounce, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has never calculated how much money he had in his account. But it was very strange that when Rinpoche wanted to use money, the money would always be enough.

The Buddhist Center has already prepared lunch boxes for everyone to use later at noon. Those who have not ordered the lunch box should just go out to eat on your own. Those who have ordered the lunch box should not act as a good person by giving your lunch box to those who have not ordered the meal and saying that you are not hungry since you have eaten a lot in breakfast, or saying that you are losing weight. This is not necessary. And this is not compassion.

After eating lunch, you should not just focus on chatting. You can take this time to think about what problems you would like yourself to change in the next year. A while ago when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked everyone to repent openly, many people did not cry. This indicated that they did not fully repent. Those who do not repent are unable to learn compassion, not to mention generating Bodhicitta and acting on Bodhicitta’s path to benefit all sentient beings. Those practitioners who really wish to learn Buddhism to help sentient beings will certainly start from repentance. If you do not know where you are wrong, you are too proud. Do not feel that you are smarter or more capable than others. A proud person cannot learn compassion. Even if a proud person learns more Buddha dharma, it will have no effect for him to help sentient beings.

After the lunch break, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ascended the Dharma throne again to conduct the ritual of Elephant Jambhala. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche first bestowed the attendees the following teachings.

The official name for this Elephant Jambhala dharma is White Mahakala since Elephant Jambhala is White Mahakala’s dependant and dharma protector. Mahakala, also known as Daheitian in Chinese, is a dharma protector commonly worshiped by the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. According to legend, in ancient times there was a demon that hurt a lot of sentient beings. Avalokiteshvara wanted to subdue the demon and make him turn to protect and support Buddha dharma. So, the demon proposed a condition; if Avalokiteshvara could give him the most beautiful woman in the universe, he would stop hurting people and turn to support Buddhism. As a result, Avalokiteshvara really transformed himself to as the most beautiful woman as the demon imaged. So this demon became a dharma protector of Buddhism, that is, Mahakala.

There was a very rich and generous prince in India. As long as people asked him for money, he would definitely give money to them without asking the reason. Because some people took the money to do bad things, the indiscriminate alms of this prince encouraged people to do evil deeds. Buddhist scriptures have stated that those who abuse kindness and compassion will also go to hell. Seeing this, Makahala thought it was wrong; so Mahakala killed this prince, cut his head, then replaced it with an elephant head, and made him become one of Mahakala’s dependants.

Some people think there is no such Jambhala in Buddhism or think this is a common Jambhala for both Buddhism and Hinduism. Indians will worship many Jambhalas. However, those Jambhalas are different than this one.

Recently a person came to Taiwan to do charities with much fanfare. Someone asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s opinion. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened the attendees that this matter did not have right or wrong and should be viewed from the law of cause and effect in Buddha dharma’s perspective. There was an ancient Chinese adage, “do not let people know your charity”. It is not necessary for people to know you when you help others. From Buddhist point of view, because of his high-profile charity, it actually stimulated some people’s greedy thoughts. Hence, many people inexplicably appeared and said they were poor. Without taking the money from him, these people could still live well and would not die originally. The government was also not without taking care of poor people. So the way of his charity was a conditioned and contaminated virtue.

Many people thought they are good people after donating some money or sheltering stray dogs. They just did not carve a character of “goodness” in their forehead. Doing charity is not like what people thought just donating some money to certain foundation every month would be fine. That is not considered as doing charity because you donated the money just to avoid feeling embarrassed when people came to you to raise money. A true donation is not to help those who do not have money to go to school, but to personally give money to those who do not have money to buy food or to see doctors. However, if you do not have blessings, like some believers previously, even if you want to donate money and stay in a hospital for a few days, you are unable to find proper patients to donate.

Fame and benefit are the biggest enemies for a Buddhist practitioner, especially for monks and nuns. When you want to have fame, you naturally will also want to have benefit.

Conducting the ritual of Elephant Jambhala can help you that your destined wealth will not be robbed inexplicably. However, do not have greedy thought and go to buy lottery tickets. All of you will not win the lottery. If you have 50 dollars to buy lottery tickets, it is better for you to use the money to make offerings. Nowadays the prize of a lottery becomes higher and higher because more and more people have greedy thoughts. Some people may say that a part of lottery revenue will be used for public welfare. However, it is still better for you to use all of the 50 dollars to make offerings and give alms. Your wealth in this life is from the offerings and charities you had made in your previous life and is determined. How many charities you have done since you grew up? There are many kinds of wealth. Your wealth is a determined amount, no more and no less. And another wealth for learning Buddhism, the dharma wealth, is inexhaustible. The third wealth is the extra wealth sought for benefiting sentient beings. This kind of wealth can be prayed to obtain. However, only a Buddhist practitioner can pray to attain such wealth; you cannot attain it.

The difference with Black Water Jambhala is that the personality of Elephant Jambhala is especially generous; you may rascally pray for wealth to Elephant Jambhala.

White Mahakala and Elephant Jambhala are the family dependants of Avalokiteshvara. Therefore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led attendees in an abridged practice of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara and recited the Six Syllable Mantra. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued to conduct the “White Mahakala’s Elephant Jambhala dharma”. After the completion of the dharma, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued to give the following teachings:

During the rituals, some Agarwood need to be burnt which is specified in the dharma text. It is because that the family dependants of Elephant Jambhala like the flavor of burning the Agarwood. The Agarwood is made from Sandalwood which was long soak for more than thousand years recovered from the water. It is very rare which is equal to the price of gold. The Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center was generous which had cost more than sixty to seventy thousand New Taiwan Dollars to burn the Agarwood. The expense was coming from the account for the disciples to support the dharma venue of the Buddhist center. Today the Agarwood was burning strongly, meaning that you paid more reverence towards the rituals now after being scolded this morning.

When Guru Padmasambhava first went to Tibet, Tibetans still had the ritual to burn the leaves and branches of pine trees to pray for heavenly gods. In order to let the local people can accept Buddhism, the prayers of the original rituals were transformed to the teachings of the Buddha Dharma. That is the origin of the ritual of smoke offering in the Tibetan Buddhism. Some people think that everything would be fine to have a smoke offering every day. Actually you offer incenses for worship is a kind of smoke offering. It is a good thing to make offering, but you should not beseech for your worldly things so much. Some people holding a stick of incense would beseech for everything. You have such karmic connections and merits to be able to burn the incense, and you must have the mind to be on behalf of sentient beings. Do not be so greedy for yourself only. Why is it necessary to burn the incense? It does not mean that Buddhas and Bodhisattvas need to smell the flavor of incense. It is a convenient dharma gateway to let you have the opportunity to accumulate the merits to learn Buddhism.

Many years ago, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche practiced the “White Mahakala’s Elephant Jambhala dharma” at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center for the first time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed a disciple to buy the Agarwood, and afterward this disciple brought a cheap one. That would make Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche angry. It is because that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche affords the best thing as an offering to Buddha. Why? It does not mean that Buddhas and Bodhisattvas ask for the best thing. As in the following, the cheap one would be unhealthy that it might be made from the chemical synthesis. Secondly, you smell the flavor of incense directly. The karma retribution for burning the incense is that you will get a smooth skin for your next life, besides your nose will be fine, and your body having a fragrant flavor. That is why Sutra has mentioned that there is a Bodhisattva with fragrance.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has mentioned his own experiences as examples for many times, during the most impoverished time, even though the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not have money to eat, the incense, oil lamp, and flowers offered before the Buddhas were never in shortage; and the incense offered was of the best quality. The important thing is base on your mind, even if you have no money, could you let your parents hungry? Of course not, moreover Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are the more important than your parents. The one who invented the old saying, “take care of one’s belly first before taking care of Buddhas” would go to the hells without respite as Avichi Hell. You did not have a sincere mind to make offering to Buddha. An example of buying the fruit as offerings, some might ask her husband or daughter what kind of fruit they like to eat before making the decision of choosing the fruit for making offering. You bought the fruit for sake of your family members which is not a kind of making offering.

Don’t think that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche only recited the mantras. This dharma text of “White Mahakala’s Elephant Jambhala dharma” is a terma which was hidden in the cave, rock, waters, or air by Padmasambhava, and it was discovered by a terton in later generations. This dharma text of “White Mahakala’s Elephant Jambhala dharma” was transmitted by Yunga Rinpoche in person, who was a Mahasiddha of Drikung Kagyu Lineage died in 2009, to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The blessing is very powerful. Yunga Rinpoche was a Mahasiddha and had attained a level of being able to predict his own future things correctly. He predicted that he would be reborn to the Pure Land of Buddha Maitreya, and he will also accompany with Buddha Maitreya to the earth and attain Buddhahood with Buddha Maitreya in the same time.

If one would like to practice this dharma, he must have attained the accomplishment and conformed to the content of dharma text including those four Tantras: dharma of appeasing, dharma of conciliating, dharma of enhancing, dharma of eliminating. The dharma of appeasing is to appease the misfortune; the dharma of conciliating is to win over through conciliation; the dharma of enhancing is to enhance the power, and the dharma of eliminating is to kill. Meanwhile the practitioner must attain the Siddhi of Simplicity Yoga, the second stage in the Mahamudra practice of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage. There is useless to recite the dharma text and mantras if you have not attained the accomplishment of Avalokiteshvara practice nor accomplishment of compassion and Bodhichitta. Don’t think it is effective that you can recite the dharma text and mantra. It is because that the sentient beings in the universe will not be summoned to appear in front of you if you did not have the enough power of compassion.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately let the attendees to pray to Elephant Jambhala for their wish. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also wishes that everyone will have the supplies for learning Buddhism for the coming year. It does not mean that you would have the money to pay for the mortgages, or you would have the money to let your children pay for the university tuition fees. If you do not have money to study the university, you can work early. It will be useless if you have a greedy mind to pray to Elephant Jambhala. If you beseech for the sentient beings in order to let sentient being can be liberated from the suffering of poverty, you can fulfill your wish. Your poverty was resulted from your reluctance to make offering in one of your past lives, or you stopped someone to do it, or you regretted after making offering, moreover, you told someone the amount of money which was enough. You must not have the mind to compare your offerings with others’, or care about how much offering others make. The most importance is your mind, when you have a correct attitude of mind, even if you just make offering which is only one dollar. If you have an incorrect attitude of mind which is looking for return, it will be rejected even if you make offering more than 20 million NTD.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is very happy because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has repaid for the karma retribution of poverty. Only there was one year or two years, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gradually earned the money. During those days, although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was poor, he was living happily. It is because that no one bothered Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, not like today, lots of people looking for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche every day!

You may see that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is doing lots of business; it is because that the Drikung Kagyu Order needs lots of money. The ordained people cannot do business, which is why Lay people have to do business. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not care whether he is rich or not, when he is rich or poor, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would live in the same way. The Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does the business according to karmic connection, not to plan a big business from the beginning. There was a disciple introduced a person, this person told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to sell the Buddhist statue filling with lots of treasure in order to make more money. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately instructed him go away not to come back again. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche wants to sell Buddhist statue, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has good relationship in Nepal and has no difficulties to acquire the cheap Buddhist statues. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche cannot do it like this. Some of people advised Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to open the restaurant, because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knows how to prepare food of best taste. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche refused to do that; it is because that some of the disciples have their own restaurants already. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would open a new restaurant, those disciples would lose their business. You cannot make a clean sweep for every business. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has the different philosophy for doing business, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always firstly consider how to lose money before earning money.

Don’t think confusedly, nor you said the scene appear in your dreams, that you would have seen Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. It’s simply not real. Why would you wander? You would like to have a meteoric rise! No one here could attain enlightenment suddenly as Patriarch Huineng; even Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s capacity is of gradual one, not to mention about you. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had read all over the collections of sutras and did not find any statement saying reciting sutras would give protection. If so, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would have practiced Buddhism. Think about the reason why Rinpoche teaches the Thirty-seven Practices of Bodhisattvas for the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Centre? Many followers, however, have mistaken the Thirty-seven Practices of Bodhisattvas as a sutra and have been reciting it each day. It is, indeed, a set of standards for Buddhist followers – precepts and standards for our conducts – as similar to the laws and governing rules of a nation, a corporate, or a school; one has to abide the principles. Each day after you finished the business, you have to retrospect yourself if your conducts, speech, and mind violets any of the thirty-seven practices; without real practices of the Dharma, it would be simply helpless.

Those followers — who have not caring toward others, would argue with the guru, would get into a temper at the guru, would impute their faults in somebody else, and would not confess their faults – are not qualified to cultivate compassion. People who offend their parents would become alone and helpless in their old age. Even though you have no children, you would be taken care of so long as you have not offended your parents.

Many disciples recently have shared, in the public gathering, that thanks to blessings from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche their situation has been better than before. For example, they said their life and family are going smooth; they have not so worried about money. They showed how much satisfaction they have been. However, as long as one satisfies with one’s situation, one’s greediness arises accordingly. Rinpoche continued that he has not heard from anyone saying that they should be vigilant at those smooth-going things; be apart from attachment to such things. If one’s family looks perfect, one might refuse to leave this world at the verge of death. Do remember that the purpose of learning Buddhism is to escape from cycles of life and death but not learning how to live a so-called good life.

Many people consider that it would be fortunate to die calmly in sleep. In fact, the deceased would be reborn in animal realm, because they could not recite Buddha names on the verge of death.

Jetsun Milarepa once said that those who have not attained liberation from cycles of life and death will eventually, in some certain next life, give rebirth in hell realms; even though one may be reincarnated as a manifestation of the accumulated karma or through the power of one’s vows. In hell realms, one could not learn Buddha Dharma. Moreover, the interval in hell realms would be thousands of years. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is able to foresee the consequence of your conducts. Rinpoche would not wait for any single second to stop your faults that you would be drawn to three lower realms. If Rinpoche would not have scolded you this way, Rinpoche would break his samaya vows – a commitment toward the guru, Bodhisattvas, and all beings. Therefore, Rinpoche would not do it only if Rinpoche cannot speak. More or less, you will take it.

If you think that ordained practitioners are superior to lay ones or vice versa, or some sect is better than the other sect, it is incorrect mindset to have. As a matter of fact, it all depends on the causes and conditions. However, you shall not try to learn Buddhism from this and that monasteries or lineages. Each individual lineage has uncommon Dharma protectors; they might not protect you if you are half-hearted.

Having seen a female believer not holding a proper posture – she raised her legs, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche scolded her that she didn’t revere the Three Jewel; one who does not show upright posture before the Three Jewel symbolizes that their mind is not pure and, therefore, they would not achieve high stage. Moreover, such a posture is quite inappropriate for a lady. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche added that those who have been scolded in the ceremony would not come any more – they do not revere the Three Jewel – because they come to inspect and learn what will be taught here. When it comes to sitting posture, Japanese women are far more polite. If they sit crossed-legged, they would never raise their legs. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, for example, would sit upright all the way for hours while he is listening to His Holiness Chetsang’s speeches although Rinpoche has been suffering from severe side-bent spinal cord; in contrast, many of the attendees here is sitting at lopsided posture. One should not suppose that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not feel pain. As a matter of fact, your sitting posture tells that you have not possessed a reverent mind toward the guru.

It was the very first day of a new Chinese lunar year. If you would have visited the other monasteries, they would say something else to please you. But today being here at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, you were scolded, you were asked to repent all your bad deeds, you had to withstand painfulness by sitting cross-legged, and you might not be full with your hunger satisfied. Could you tell why? It was to eliminate your negative karma; you have accumulated appropriate merits so that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still would like to reprove you – guide you. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, having obtained certain achievement in practices, is an experienced practitioner and knows which way would be right for you. All of you are prone to giving rise of arrogance, even with a minor praise would stimulate your mind.

If you are very good at a certain professional field, you have in-depth understanding about it while you really don’t understand the others. Why are you proud of it? From Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s viewpoint, if you are a master of a particular field, you are virtually good at that only field to live your life. Therefore, if you give rise to thoughts of “I have done well”, arrogance would then grow in your mind. Years ago, in a visit to the main monastery Drikung Thil, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had accidentally hit his head twice onto the same door – Rinpoche therefore learned that one has to yield to something – thanks to the hint from Dharma protectors.

The Master Wuda, a historical figure who composed the well-known Samadhi Water Repentance, had been reincarnated as an ordained practitioner in his previous lives. After he was bestowed, by the emperor, as State Tutor, arrogance arose in his mind then; it turned out that his sin of killing created in some previous life was immediately manifested as a sore on his knee! This story tells us, clearly, that one’s merits accumulated through practices would vanish if any arrogance arises in the mind.

You shall not resist observing the discipline; you have to observe your conducts at all times. Precepts shall not be viewed as a tool for rewards and punishment. It is to help us abstain from any wrong doing so as to prevent harm onto the others. We shall never ignore any tiny evil; even a tiny evil will develop into big problems. If you give loose to those many things, you do not pay full attention on your guru’s assignments, or you do not act in accordance with the teachings, the consequence would be enormous sufferings that you will be faced with on the verge of death.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would like to retire in years ago. Upon the completion of the retreat at Lapchi snow area, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did ask the permission from his root guru His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang; it’s not allowed, though. Again, upon the completion of the grand memorial ceremony held on 2010, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did also ask if he was allowed to retire. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang expressed that he was not going to retire yet; therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche cannot retire either. There must be some reason behind the decision from His Holiness Chetsang; thus, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not ask for it any more except that His Holiness Chetsang instructs Rinpoche to retire. Nonetheless, it is not supposed that Rinpoche will stay in Taiwan. In this present world, all that Rinpoche could not let go is the thinking of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and his Mother; Rinpoche has received their gracefulness and kindness. Rinpoche would not have concern with respect to the followers, because Rinpoche has paid back the karmic debt.

The beings almost cannot be liberated. The Master Gampopa stated that a guru, who achieves attainment in tantric teachings, would fall victim to his own karma if the number of his disciples grows. What has shown in today’s ceremony is an example as Gampopa said. Although, here all of you owe Rinpoche a life, you have not well followed Rinpoche’s teachings. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche turned to the ordained ones and said that do learn and practice wholeheartedly, and do not worry about when you could benefit the beings; firstly, you have to be able to escape from the cycles of life and death and be reborn in pure lands. So long as you achieve the level of a great Bodhisattva, you will be able to return to the world to save the beings.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s fulltime efforts is to learn Buddhism and to cultivate virtues and merits, while the other worldly affairs are regarded as part-time job. If you think that Rinchen Dorjee is a Rinpoche only when he is at the Dharma throne and would be a dupe while not at the throne, you are simply wrong and can quit your learning because your mind, in such thinking, discriminates among appearances. If doing so, compassion cannot grow; you would not be able realize Buddha Dharma. You shall not mistake that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would listen to speeches of rights and wrongs. If Rinpoche would have been of that kind of person, none of you would stay here. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche understands what truth is and, also, what false is.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has always been fully aware of the law of cause and effect and its karmic connection; Rinpoche observes aspects and possible details of phenomena. Bodhisattvas prevent giving rise to karmic causes from the beginning, while ordinary people would like to avoid karmic results. You have been neglecting about what results will be, yet you simply take actions before deep thinking. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would think it over — whether it will create negative karma — before saying or doing it. One shall not ignore any thoughts; thoughts will entail karmic forces, though it depends on the origination in your mind: virtuous or evil. If you perform great virtuous deeds, the possibility of getting bad results might be reduced. If you perform bad deeds, the result would be intensified. If you could have accumulated as much merit as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does, the influence due to karmic force of bad results could become minor.

Today you all have gained a lot. However, we also lose one year of life in this planet. The time you could see or hear Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is decreasing so fast, therefore you have to take advantage of the karmic connection with Rinpoche. As an example, if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not have come to Taiwan and met His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, Rinpoche would lose the opportunity to learn Buddhism. Moreover, if Rinpoche would not have learned Buddhism, Rinpoche would not still be alive at present. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche realizes that his longevity is not for his own worldly pleasure, but rather it is necessary in order to accomplish many things. After today’s ceremony, it seems all of you may spend your time in paying courtesy call on the New Year days, you are encouraged to sit down, calm your heart to think over what actions should be taken in this coming year. Think over what mistakes you have performed last year, and find the way out to prevent from committing faults again.

February 6, 2011

At the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, disciples and believers reverently listened to the audio-recording of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s dharma teachings made on June 29, 2003.

Before the puja, a female disciple shared her experience of how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had helped her and her family. On August 31, 2008, it was the third time she attended the Great Indiscriminated Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousnesses performed by Most Venerable Vajra Guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Her father had died on August 2, 2008, because of some illness, feebleness, and old age. Therefore, on the day of the Great Puja when she heard the compassionate teachings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and experienced how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche liberated and transferred consciousnesses, she was touched beyond description. Additionally, she also deeply felt her profound karma, didn’t know how to make repentance, and had not accumulated sufficient causes and conditions. Her father, therefore, didn’t have a timely chance to meet with Most Venerable Vajra Guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She has been feeling deeply regretful and heartache till now that, due to her ignorance and stupidity, her father had been suffering. After taking refuge, on hearing the teachings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche about the pain and fear of a dying person caused by four major dissolutions (earth, water, fire, and wind), she felt that she was extremely unfilial, because she have not aggressively grasped the opportunity to ask for learning Buddhism after she participated in the Great Puja for the first time in 2006. As a result, she had forgone the chance to repay her father’s care and kindness for raising and educating her.

Since she was still clinging to her father’s death on the day of the Great Puja, 2008, she asked volunteers on site as of how to pray the Guru for liberating and transferring her father’s consciousness. A dharma brother enthusiastically told her that she could first go to make an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The next day she made an initiative to call the friend who introduced her to attend the Great Puja but was not a disciple yet. Through indirect connections of five persons, she was at last able to contact a disciple whom she didn’t know at that time. Not being a friend nor related, that dharma brother zealously helped her to meet with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. At the first meeting, she was very nervous without knowing what to do with her hands and feet. As she kneeled in front of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and heard Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately asked “What is the problem?” it was as if she saw a kind and gentle father. Her tears were rolling down her face because she was so moved. She implored that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could liberate and transfer her father to the pure land so he didn’t have to enter the cycle of reincarnation, or else help her father to be reborn in a better family so as not to live such a harsh and difficult life. Mercifully, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche agreed that she could first attend the weekly regular pujas and the monthly Chod pujas. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche promised that he would liberate and transfer her father’s consciousness. She was speechlessly moved. How they can pay back the immensely merciful and selfless efforts of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, even Rinpoche never asked anything in return?

On September 19th, 2008 it was her first time to attend Chod puja. At that moment when she listened to Vajra Guru His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s compassionate dharma talks and saw him performing the rituals for salvaging sentient beings without considering himself, she could not help but being moved to tear by such great mercy and compassion, as well as the awe-inspiring power. Her feeling of being touched was beyond description. She felt the affecting power of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mercy, compassion, joyfulness, and renunciation! She’d never had this kind of experience before! How could she, an insignificantly ordinary person, have such merits and virtues along with causal conditions to meet such a mahasiddha?

Several days after the Chod puja, it was marvelous that she dreamed about her father. In her dream, her father was in a terrace behind a lotus pond full of lotuses. Upon the terrace were many flowers, and behind her father there was a gallant horse along with a carriage. Seeing this, she believed that her father had been salvaged by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche! And the grief and attachment to father that would be arisen in her, once she mentioned about her father, were also eliminated. Now she just cherished the memory of father. All of these, she had immense gratitude for the merciful and compassionate Vajra Guru His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s arrangement!

In the following pujas she was often moved into tears while listening to guru’s dharma talks with an attentive heart. She also sincerely repented the evil karma she had created and the harm she had brought to sentient beings. How to repay the karmic debts? How to root up her greed, anger, ignorance, arrogance, and doubt from the depth of her heart? How to repay the evil karma created by her relatives? How could she, an ignorant one, have any idea?

On November 2nd, 2008, she took refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She was thankful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for letting her, the one with heavy evil karma, seek refuge. At the moment she vowed and prayed to listen to guru’s teachings on the path of Buddhist cultivation, to act in accord with teachings, and to believe that Guru would bestow teachings and make arrangements for disciples for their best!

A week after seeking refuge, she fell off the stairs of 2 meters in height at work. She did not really understand how it happened. Nevertheless, she only had 4 external injuries and bruises on her knees and shins. While in the emergency room, the doctor asked her again if she really had not bumped her head or body. She answered clearly, “No.” Thanks to the guru! Her mother said that she might have even more serious injuries without the protection and blessing of the guru. She had just taken refuge at the time. Therefore, she felt puzzled at hearing other Dharma brothers congratulate her when they saw injuries on her legs. On December 15, a month thereafter, she had a car accident at work. The front of the car was totally destroyed. This time, she was sent to the emergency room again and underwent a full body x-ray examination. Her chest bones were fractured and she had to stay in the hospital for observation. Other than that, she was totally fine. At that time, she felt even greater gratitude for the guru’s blessing and the protection from the Dharma Protector Achi. She kept repenting of the evil karma she had created. She had reduced karmic retributions in both accidents. Thanks to the compassionate teaching bestowed by the guru on the Dharma throne, she was able to accept whatever came during the accidents. She felt no fear or agitation and was able to show deep repentance and examine herself.

Before seeking refuge with His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she was a worshipper of deities who was lazy and greedy for convenience. The number of evil karma she had created was beyond calculation. Because the guru’s auspicious practice, she was able to have the opportunity to show repentance to the sentient beings she had harmed. Even the evil karma she had forgotten came clearly into her mind. At age 10, she moved from a military community to a farming village. Out of curiosity, she mercilessly killed a lot of small animals and insects. In particular, she pinched many mosquitofish to death. As a human being, she brought so much harm to the sentient beings instead of protecting them. She would not be able to repay what she did even if she died thousands of times.

During the SARS outbreak, because of her greed, she rejoiced in evil and gained profit from price differences of face masks. When she just got married, her father-in-law kept a big fat pig in order to participate in a competition during a folk festival. At the time, she felt bad for the pig as it was fed through a tube and unable to turn during sleep or even walk around. Eventually, it was slaughtered and placed in front of a temple for display. On recalling the scene, she felt that it was really ruthless to do so. In 1994, her father-in-law had a stroke and was paralyzed. He had to be fed through a nasogastric tube and could not turn himself around, nor could he walk or deal with his own excretion. In 2002, her mother-in-law was diagnosed with spinocerebellar atrophy. Just like her father-in-law, her mother-in-law was paralyzed. Without the guru’s teaching, she would not have realized how horrifying karmic retributions can be!

These evil deeds mentioned above should be sufficient for her to go to hell and beyond redemption! However, she still has the bad habits of pride and selfishness. When her manager was unkind to her, she not only did not reflect on herself, but also had angry thought. Her mind was full of evil thoughts; and she was really devoid of any merit! She practiced Buddhism self-righteously. She did not respect other people and self-assertively brought her children to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and implored the guru’s permission for letting her children attend pujas. When the guru compassionately enlightened her, “Learning Buddhism is a good thing and you must let their father know this. If their father does not agree, then they cannot come to attend pujas!” she immediately felt ashamed. Because of her selfishness and carelessness, she did not take into account that she would bring the guru much trouble. She did not properly protect the guru, but still practiced Buddhism self-righteously and let the father of her children slander the Buddha. Because of resentment, she forgot that he was also one of sentient beings and he needed Buddha dharma as well. Doing such thing, she might cut off the cause and condition of her husband and children for learning Buddhism; it was also enough to let her fall into the five endless hells. The evil deeds she has done in this life cannot be completely described in three days and three nights, let alone the evil deeds she had done in her past lives.

She is grateful to the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s earnest teachings which made her learn to reflect on herself and have the chances to repent deeply to those sentient beings she has harmed in this life, including her supervisor, her children’s father, and the animals and insects she killed. No matter how hard her future path of practicing Buddhism will be and how many obstacles she will have on the path, she will certainly listen to the guru’s teachings and arrangements. She believes that the guru is the foundation that can really teach them how to liberate from the cyclic existence. She cherished the opportunity, cause, and condition given to her by the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for learning Buddhism.

Following that, another female disciple shared her experience on how the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had helped her. At the time she just had a heart surgery, she felt completely discouraged. It was then she had the chance to meet with the great Buddhist practitioner, the most venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. After her father had passed away due to a stroke when she was in school, she felt the littleness of human beings. She could not do anything to help or share his burden, when her relative was helpless and suffering. Besides, she had been diagnosed to have an inexplicable dominant hereditary heart disease. Unwilling to give up, she looked up all related medical web sites, determined to figure out the exact cause.  She couldn’t accept the doctor’s explanation, nor could she find the real cause. Finally, by way of the introduction of a friend, she met the great Buddhist practitioner, the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Feeling a great joy from her heart, she told everything to the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She also reported to the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that she was afraid she wouldn’t have an easy death, after witnessing the helplessness and suffering a human being endures between live and death.  The Venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave her an answer that was simple and right to the point, “Learning Buddha Dharma”.

She had persisted that seeing is believing. Some of the people teaching Buddha Dharma could not do as they say, and could not set an example by themselves. Therefore, such people were not convincing at all to her. The exception was not found until she met the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.  At the first interview, because she had not yet taken refuge, her offering to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was not accepted, while she simply thought offering is needed as she was there for seeking help. She thought it a bit unbelievable that, a person teaching Buddha Dharma does not accept offerings.  The second time she went to the Buddhist center and attended the puja. After the puja was completed, she made the offering, though Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not receive it in person.  She believed that the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not owe any people who have not yet taken refuge, so she was called to the front and blessed at her heart by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.  She was so touched and felt like having grabbed a floating lumber in the ocean.  Soon she took refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and not long after that, she followed the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to the root temple, Drikung Thel Monastery.

The doctor definitely would not allow her to take an airplane within one year of the heart surgery, especially that she is going to a place of such high altitude. However, she asked for nothing but to die well, so she insisted to go for the trip regardless of any objections from everybody.  At the very first night when they arrived in Tibet, , all the high altitude symptoms appeared to her. She was crying like a baby, asking to go home.  Another Buddhist brother reported to the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche about her situation.  Inexplicably, on the next day, she recovered without any medication.  On the contrary, others of the same group appeared pale and vomited.  Back then, she had no idea that the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had blessed her already.

If not for the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she would have been the first person to be carried down the mountain.  After the trip to Tibet with the venerable  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she truly believed that, by following such a great Buddhist practitioner, one could realize heartily that the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche applied each and every piece of Buddha Dharma he taught into his own daily life.  The venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sets himself as an example to fulfill every single word he speaks on the throne, not to mention his reverence to the lineage and to His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche. Everything Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does is in accordance with Buddha Dharma. At that moment she realized that on the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche we may see “practicing Buddhism could be so easy and natural.”

After only a while, unexpectedly she had a high fever and again hospitalized, and this time the doctor said it is Endocarditis, a syndrome that often accompanies Dominant heredity heart disease. When she has a fever for more than three days, the chance of Endocarditis is about 90%, and again she needs to be hospitalized for one month for treatments. Because of that, she could not attend the regular Sunday puja.  Peculiarly, after she took refuge, many problem would solve themselves out. As of this incident, the exam reports showed no sign of bacteria on the next day, so she could be released from hospital. Back to the Buddhist center again, she heard the enlightenments from the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that, whoever have the heart disease must had the karma of killing . At the moment she knew she should not blame others or Heaven. Her problems were all caused by herself, so she should be the person to endure the consequence. Because of that, she realized the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had always constantly blessed her and taken care of her. The venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knows every of her problems no matter she speaks out or not. The venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had helped her so much, asking for nothing in return but her learning Buddha Dharma to liberate herself from reincarnation. Who else in this world would advise and guide her so earnestly and kindly without weariness? With greatest gratitude towards the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she would be more biddable and strive herself to learn and practice Buddha Dharma, to avoid being a burden of the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Then the disciples and believers reverently listened to the audio-recording of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s dharma teachings made on June 29, 2003.

It has been 45 days since 37 disciples here were forbidden to make offering. Two of them can start to make offering today. Why can some begin to make offering, but some can’t? The reasons lie in whether your mind has one hundred percents followed the teachings of Buddha Dharma and whether you have introspected into your faults. During this period of time, there were about 7 or 8 pujas in which you were not allowed to make offering. Not granting your offering is to remind you that if you don’t follow Buddha Dharma and behave accordingly, you’ll not even obtain opportunities to accumulate merits, not to mention learning dharma regarding esoteric teachings or liberation from birth and death. What you need to do is to solidly practice what you were taught. As a practitioner who propagates Buddha Dharma, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has extremely heavy responsibility of making you truly understand Buddha Dharma. It would be harmful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche as well as to you disciples and believers, if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s propagating Buddha Dharma follows your likes or dislikes. The reason why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche obtained rebirth here again in this life is that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had not helped you to be liberated in past lives and thereby was dragged by karmic force related to you. This is also why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is much stricter with teaching Buddha Dharma. If you don’t follow the teachings, you will be punished or next be expelled from this Buddhist center. In Taiwan, a great number of Buddhist centers or temples have fallen into illness. They please you believers because they are afraid that you don’t come to centers, make offerings, or learn Buddha Dharma. Actually, during the time of Buddha Shakyamuni, Buddha Shakyamuni often expelled disciples.

In this chaotic world with so many disasters, if your attitude toward learning Buddha Dharma is still not serious, or thinking that you can hear Buddha Dharma anywhere as long as you have money, the heart, and the time for it. Such a thought is wrong. It’s not easy to hear Buddha Dharma, nor is it easy to thoroughly practice Buddha Dharma in your daily life even if you hear it, unless there’s someone to supervise you and spur you on. What is practicing Buddha Dharma? It’s to correct your own conducts. Practicing Buddha Dharma is not reciting mantras or making prostrations only. If you don’t correct your behaviors and thoughts, some mistakes would still be made. We ought to learn to discipline and control our minds. Be aware of every thought you arise and every ideas you generate. Do not blame or hate others. If you had generated hatred against your guru, you would generate hatred against all sentient beings too. Consequently, you’ll not be able to be liberated from the cycle of birth and death.

The ways that Gurus of Vajrayana are more severe because you, unlike ordained monks or nuns, don’t have enough time to live with Buddhist activities every day. Lives of you as lay people are full of temptations and obstacles; you’ll be easily led to the wrong way when a faulty thought arises. After that, it’s difficult to come back to the right way again. Therefore, do not think that you’ve already practiced Buddha Dharma well enough. It’s easy for us to see others’ shortcomings, but it’s not so to see ours.

We’d react quickly as soon as our pride is hurt; but you feel nothing for the hurt on others’ pride. That’s why the first practice taught by Samantabhadra Bodhisattva is to pay homage to all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. The “all Buddhas” here is not only referring to all Buddha of Ten Directions. Instead, it means all sentient beings are Buddhas, because all sentient beings are born with the nature of Buddhahood. One whom you look down upon today might become a Buddha in the future. You’d easily disrespect others, if you think that you’re more achieved and capable, better, and smarter than others. As long as you are disrespectful, you’d first commit evildoings with your speech and then you’d become hatred.

Why do you feel that learning Buddhism is difficult? It’s because your target is on a Buddha you are unable to see and perceive. Sentient beings in the degenerate age of Buddha Dharma don’t possess appropriate and sufficient merits to see a Buddha. Because of that, you’d think you understand it. In Vajrayana, you must pay utmost respect towards your gurus because they teach you Buddha Dharma on behalf of all great gurus in the past generations, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Therefore each of your guru’s words and conducts is to benefit you so that you will not fall into the reincarnation in the future. If you don’t accept and listen to the Buddhist teachings that your guru give, you are disrespectful. If you can’t even show respect towards your guru, how can you respect others? If you don’t respect others, how come others will respect you? You are willing to take all gains but refuse to suffer loses. If you refuse to suffer loses, you won’t know how to respect others, and naturally your body, speech and mind will commit evildoings. When others have done something wrong, what you need to do is to empathize, but not forgive. We don’t have to “forgive” but to empathize.

One male disciple has been disrespectful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for two years. It is not until his father passed away, he’d change. With your personalities, you’d cut off any relationship with this disciple. But the gate of learning Buddhism will never be closed to any sentient beings. As long as he does not leave the Buddhist center, he’ll have a chance on the path. Before learning Buddha Dharma, Milarepa had killed many people by performing spells to call forth hailstorms for his mother’s vengeance. As soon as he realized how badly he had committed the evil karma, he vowed to generate vast Bodhichitta and truly practiced Buddha Dharma, and subsequently became a master as well as a Buddha from a human being in this life. That’s why Buddha once said that as human beings, you must have committed some mistakes. But if you can not only recognize your mistakes but also correct them, you will achieve the sate of saints. The worst is that you thought you are always correct, and it is your guru’s fault that the guru misunderstood you or did not empathize with you. In the decades of our passing life, we also misunderstood others and can’t empathize with others. Therefore, being misunderstood is retributions; it’s the law of cause and effect of our deeds. Think about it that you at least would stare at others who accidentally bumped into you, if you are not getting angry at that moment. This is not to empathize with others, not allowing someone to hurt your pride.

That’s why at Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center the method to learn Buddhism is stricter. We don’t have much time left. It’s because we have to work for our life and therefore don’t have sufficient time to practice Buddha Dharma quietly. Consequently, our daily life must be strictly conformed to Buddha Dharma. Practicing Buddha Dharma is to be applied it in our daily life. Every thought, deed, and speech needs to be applied with Buddha Dharma. If you think “I am not wrong” immediately in response to someone’s criticism, you actually are wrong. It’s even worse if you lose your temper upon your wife at home for those criticisms. Why? It’s enough that you’d have such suffering. If you give these suffering to others, what kind of Buddha Dharma you are practicing? Where is your compassion? You should offer others happiness, but not suffering. Do not follow the Western way of releasing your pressure. You should understand all of your suffering is the manifestation of your karmic retributions. You should repeatedly listen to the audio recordings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Dharma talks about the thirty-seven practices of Bodhisattva. Up until now Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is still performing the thirty-seven practices. How come you don’t practice them as well? Depending on what do you think that you have practiced those well? There is no one among you here who has achieved even one percent of the thirty-seven practices. There are even some disciples who always said that they had no time to listen to the recordings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s dharma teachings. If you have no time to listen to the recordings, why do you have time to watch TV? Why do you have time to eat? Why do you have time to make money, to accompany your family? Only practicing Buddha dharma is really the essence of our real life.

Several decades of our life are just a dream. If you still adhere obstinately to your wrong thinking, are always self-righteous, get angry with others all the time, or criticize your guru all day long, you will never learn compassion. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang has also said that when a Buddhist practitioner thinks that his guru’s words are wrong, it is exactly his mind is wrong, not the guru’s words. This is because you generate a discriminating mind and evil thoughts; and it is because you are listening to Buddha dharma with a mind of longing, not with a pure and clean mind, and not with a mind of wishing to be liberated from the cycle of birth and death. Up till now since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche began to practice Buddha dharma, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche never has a thought that his masters were wrong or Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang was wrong. You should carefully examine yourself about how many times you have thought your guru was wrong. How would you practice Buddha dharma with such evil thoughts? No way!  Hence, in Vajrayana’s doctrines, we should regard the guru as a father, as a Buddha. Why is that? It is not that the guru is Buddha; if you do not feel gratitude towards the one who can teach you Buddha dharma and the ways to be liberated from the cycles of birth and death, if you immediately feel angry at the guru so long as your wishes are not satisfied, how could you cultivate the compassion? No compassion, no Buddha Dharma.

Compassion is the most fundamental condition for developing Bodhichitta. If you feel hatred against the one who has done favors to you, how could you have filial piety to your parents and how could you have a grateful mind to all sentient beings? If you have no compassion, instead, you will naturally have an angry, greedy, and discriminating mind. These are all ignorance and affliction. If you do not learn to control your minds in this way, even if you have read all of the Buddhist Canon, or even if you have been received empowerment from all throne holders of the four major Tibetan Buddhism lineages, it doesn’t mean that you have learned Buddha dharma. We have to be grateful to not only those who have done favors to us, but also to those who are our enemies, even more so. Because of the presence of our enemies, we then know what we still have not done well. Why do we have enemies? Why are there those who are not kind to us? It is because we have done such similar things, we have once harmed sentient beings and spoken ill of others. So, in brief, such kind of things is just our karmic retribution. You just accept them.

Do not think that practicing Buddha dharma is for good health and good luck; these attitudes are all wrong. Your health is your causes and effects; your luck, good or bad, is your causes and effects as well. Practicing Buddha dharma is a major affair for realizing and liberating one’s life and death; these things in life such as being healthy or not, being rich or not, being able to extend the lifespan or not, being able to have longevity or not, are all not important. The most important thing is that you must know whether you are in the right directions and have confidence that you can be liberated from the cycle of life and death. We are given the directions by Buddha; however to seize the directions is by ourselves. It would be just like how Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang transmits dharma to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche; if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had not practiced the dharma, would the dharma transmission be useful? It would still be useless.

During the process of our practices, we will go through many challenges and experience, and many wronged feelings, including the pressures and objections from our family, and the pressures from our teachers and elders, of which you should all endure. The dharma method of endurance in the Six Paramitas does not mean that one will not be angry after being scolded by others; it means that no matter in the path of self-cultivation or in the path of liberating all sentient beings, we have to endure any enticement, to face any pressure, and to accept any grievance; this is the real meaning of endurance. In Taiwan Buddhism, Buddhist practitioners have claimed that they’ve been practicing Mahayana and Bodhisattvas’ path. Those who practice Bodhisattvas’ path must practice Six Paramitas. The first three Paramitas is giving charities, taking precepts, and enduring disgrace, which is to accumulate your merits. If you can’t accomplish these three Paramitas and can’t take the stress and reprimands your guru has imparted to you, how can you endure the stress sentient beings give to you? It is clearly depicted in Amitabha Sutra and Pure Land Sutra that if you wish to be reborn in the Pure Land, you must develop Bodhichitta. What’s Bodhichitta? It lies in the Six Paramitas, in every individual practitioner. Listening to Buddha Dharma is the method of understanding. What’s important is the method of practicing. One who with understanding but without practicing would sooner or later develops evil thoughts, devious perceptions, and negative karma. That’s why, after listening to Buddha Dharma, one must use it in his or her daily life.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has frequently taught you that, before going to bed, you ought to introspect yourselves: Whether your thoughts are selfish? Whether your body, speech or mind is against Buddha’s teachings? If the answers are yes, you need to make repentance and will not commit the same evildoings anymore since tomorrow. How many of you have actually inspected yourself this way everyday? Have you thought about what you have done today? Have you thought about today’s life is more like a lay person’s or like the one of a Buddhist practitioner? When you go home after work, you’d lose your temper upon your wife and complain about your boss. All of these indicate that your day today is a greedy, hatful and ignorant one; actually it is in the three evil realms. To the contrary, if you go home and share with your wife what you’ve done incorrectly and will correct your conducts, you’ve begun your path of learning Buddhism.

Don’t think that making prostrations or reciting Mani with dharma text for one or two thousand times can be regarded as practicing Buddha Dharma. Making prostrations and reciting mantras is to help concentrate our minds and to reduce the deluded thoughts so that we’ll have more room to introspect ourselves. You went to make repentance all the time. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often explained to you that what you did was not making repentance, but actually was apologizing. What’s making repentance? You must admit your faults and will not commit them ever. What’s apologizing? I’d say sorry after I slapped your face. But I’d slap you again in a while after I circle around. You behave in such a way that you come to apologize and after a while you come again because of the arising of your greediness, hatred, ignorance, arrogance, and doubt. It’s always like this. According to the Vajra Sutra, it’s difficult to meet a qualified guru. But for a guru, it’s even more difficult to meet a qualified disciple. Why? It’s because sentient beings’ minds are unbelievable. Minds of sentient beings are with too many deluded thoughts, without respect or sincerity.What’s respect or sincerity? It is one mind whatever Buddhas and the guru said; no matter what’s said, one simply receives it wholeheartedly. You shouldn’t think that your guru has wronged you. On the way of learning Buddhism, you need to endure many false accusations, much pressure and many situations, one after the other. Such endurance doesn’t mean to just ignore it. No, you need to take your guru’s words seriously and exactly accept them because it’s your karmic retributions.

In 1996, His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche visited Taiwan to preside over the Empowerment Puja of the Thousand-Handed and Thousand-Eyed Avalokiteshvara, which was organized by another Drikung Kagyu center. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche took more than 100 disciples to attend the puja. Approximate 20 minutes prior to the puja, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche wasn’t on the stage and was sitting in the attendee seat. Someone from the host center came to tell Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche said Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche should sit on the stage. While wearing the Dharma garment is needed to sit on the stage, however, as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche hadn’t learned about the arrangement in advance, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche didn’t have his Dharma garment with him. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche especially went to the VIP room at the rear to ask the advice of His Holiness. Upon stepping into the room, His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche scolded, “Why aren’t you in your Dharma garment?” If you had been Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, you would have explained that you had not known about that until someone finally told you just then. Nonetheless, without explaining anything, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said to His Holiness immediately, “I’ll go change right away.” This is the way to conduct oneself, no explanations.

Whoever sets up Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche or did not inform him of the information, it is all Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s own karmic retribution. It is because he must have set others up in the same way in his previous lives. As long as one recognizes this fact, there is no need to provide explanations at all. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had explained to His Holiness that it was because someone had not delivered the instruction, that person would thereby have been scolded by His Holiness. Wouldn’t Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche have created evil karma by doing that? Would you do in the same way as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did? That Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is qualified to sit on the Dharma Throne is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has made it. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just hurried back to put on his garment and returned to the stage, without speaking anything about it.

Another circumstance took place during a puja held in Taiwan. A Khenpo arranged for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to sit at the front. In Tibetan Buddhism, the higher position one has attained, the closer to the front and the higher his seat will be. Sequentially, an elderly lama got quite upset. He was to lead the attendees in recitation, but he handed over the microphone to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, which means that he was asking Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to do it. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche didn’t understand Tibetan language at all, how could Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche possibly recite the Dharma texts in Tibetan? If you had been Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, you would definitely have lost your temper. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said to the lama that the Khenpo had invited the lama to conduct the recitation and that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche himself took the wrong seat. At once, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche moved himself to a seat behind the lama. Would you have done that? When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche shows displeased facial expressions towards you, you will say that the guru is angry with you. As long as you say that or have such a thought, you have generated an evil thought because evil has arisen in your heart. When we see a wrathful yidam, we won’t say that the yidam is angry or ugly. Instead, we feel very joyful as well as grateful at the sight of such yidams, for they present their wrathful look to eliminate our karmic obstacles. How about you?

Several days ago there was a TV program reporting on the conduct of an employee in the Qing Dynasty. He just tried his best to do the jobs, never said to his boss about his family conditions even when there was something happened to his family. He did not go home either, and, instead, still worked on his duty for his boss because he didn’t want to distract his boss. You will say that only one who lived in ancient times would do such a stupid thing. With his problems, he could have gone home or asked for leave. His explanation simply was: Without my employer, I will not live. What happened to my family is my personal issue, which has nothing to do with my employer. Would you have done that? It is easier to learn Buddhism for people in ancient times than for us because they had fewer greedy thoughts and better morality. Why was a person in ancient times able to make it? It is simply because of the gratitude. He didn’t think that his employer would only make money with his help. The only thought he had was that it was his employer who had brought him meals to eat and, thereby, he would like to repay his kindness. Can you make it?

As SARS is prevailing now, none of the nurses and doctors in Hong Kongian ever refused to enter the hospitals. Meanwhile, Hong Kong was more solidified than Taiwanese as there was no any of the medical professionals of HK standing out to protest. Although Taiwan’s Buddhism is considered more flourishing and has lots of Buddhist centers, dharma masters, and Rinpoches, however, in Taiwan, true practitioners are very rare and can be counted with less than 10 fingers. It is because you are too self-centered. How could such self-centered people achieve accomplishment in Buddha Dharma?

Today here is a lama on the stage. He is a lama of the Drikung Kagyu. He was born at Yun-Nan Province of China, ordained at Jung-Dien area, had performed solitary retreat practices at the Drikung Thil Monastery, and then went to India to learn Dharma further. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche made requests to His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche that he was able to being here. As the rest, Khenpo Namdol would stay in Taiwan for six months to help the Glorious Jewel Buddhist center on the arrangement of rituals and mandala as well as torma making. Some of you would be chosen to learn. Cherish this opportunity. Though Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not speak Tibetan, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s connection with the Drikung Kagyu of Tibetan Buddhism is so deep that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche received many various tantric practices bestowed by His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche for the benefit of the beings. By the connections accumulated through your past lives, you have come into this center. Don‘t give up. In your present life, don‘t break the way to attaining Buddhahood in this life by feeling discommoded or having your own thoughts. It is too easy to cut off the opportunities of learning Buddhism. Otherwise, nobody knows how long it will take to return to the Buddhist path. Therefore, listen often to the audio recordings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Dharma talk. Don‘t think you have known or heard it after you listen them for one or two times. Don’t even think you have no time for listening. If you think so, it is a fault. Save half an hour each day from watching TV, then you have the time definitely.

On the spot there was a female disciple who was dozing off. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche scolded her and enlightened on the reason why one must not doze during the puja? It is stated in the Sutra about Sleep Mara. Do not think that your presence alone in the puja would be useful. Although, in the sutras and scriptures it is said when you heard of, the seed to attain Buddhahood would be planted and exist forever. The said “heard of” does not include hearing under dozy conditions. You must be in full concentration, so that the hearing would be planted in your eighth consciousness. If a guru himself dozes in a puja, the disciples would do it too. Remember that one day prior to the puja held on June 30th of 2002, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had not slept for a whole day. However, none of you, even from the monitor wall, saw Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s appearance looks dozy during the conduction of the puja? Why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could achieve it but you can not? The answer is simple – no reverence. Regardless of how physically tired Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would never become drowsy when His Holiness is on the Dharma Throne. It is due to his reverence to the His Holiness. The reverence is not for one’s own interests, but rather it is for the beings. Why would you feel dozy when listening to dharma teachings? It is because you think that you are listening – you listen for your own interests. If you have a thought that you listen to dharma teachings on behalf of the beings, your karmic creditors would allow you to listen on. If you hear dharma teachings for your own sake, your karmic creditors would make you become drowsy so as to hinder you from liberation. In sutras, it is said clearly that Sleep Mara would make you unable to hear Buddha dharma, make you drowsy and give yawns when you are reciting mantras.

In the taking refuge ceremony, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche advises you on ceasing and abstaining from evil, and practicing virtuous deeds immediately after you take refuge. Do not engage yourself in any kinds of evildoing even a minor one. A bank robber starts from the little evil. Taking other people’s stuff, including commit stealing, without any trouble, then he begins to rob. A bank robber just starts in that way. Therefore, do not think it will be ok for you to merely express your apology to your guru. If you repeat the same commitment, there will definitely be the effect manifested.

In Exoteric Buddhism, to learning Buddhist teachings starts from the cause and now your capacity still belongs to the foundation of exoteric part. You ought to practice from the cause and cease all evils. In Tantric practice it starts from the effect. It is much more different. After you understand it, you would know that we just transform the effect instead of changing it. That is also what we usually talk about the five consciousnesses are transformed, not changed, into the Five Wisdoms. How to make the transformation? Of course it needs to listen to Buddha’s teachings and truly practice it. Instead of relying on Buddha to transform for us, we have to transform it by ourselves. That you do not know how to transform the karma is because you still live by greed, hatred, delusion, arrogance, and doubt. Thus, you are not able to transform the karma!

Some people impolitely answer the phone call, thinking it is not their business and being bothered. However, from time to time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gets the unexpected phone calls for such as promoting the credit cards from bank, asking plenty of questions without rhyme or reason, or the wrong number. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche never gets mad at those calls but merely responds in saying: “Sorry. You dialed the wrong number!” And the calling person would often make an apology. As for you, you often hang up the telephone as soon as you find it is a wrong call. Consequently, the calling person would call again right away because he thinks he dialed the wrong number and not yet gets his answer. About this, you may say you are not wrong and it is the caller’s fault. You don’t want to care about it as you don’t even know the calling person. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s response is a better way than yours: Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would speak more to the caller; if the calling one asks about the phone number, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would tell him it is not he dialed wrong but they really don’t have the person he is looking for. Getting it clear, the caller would not wrongly call again.

Spending more your time and giving others opportunities is also giving yourself opportunities, and vice versa. Live the daily life in accordance with Buddha-Dharma every minute and second. It could be as simple as the way of dealing with a phone call wrong dialed, in which you employ Buddha-Dharma and you would not be afflicted naturally.

Hence, you know Buddhit cultivation is as simple as the way. Start to change your personality, the path towards the sage starts. Do it step by step. It is our personality that makes us reincarnating in the six realms. “Personality” could be explained in the Buddhism that you have the inflexible attachment and you are unwilling to neither admit your errors nor make repentance. A person of individuality is not necessarily adorable. In fact, those people with personality lives in the six roots, while those live with a sincere and true heart live with Buddha-Dharma.

Many people think that learning Buddhism is doing a certain times of full prostrations every day until they see and correspond to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Actually, it is not learning Buddhism. Buddhist learning is improving the quality of your life. It has nothing to do with material wealth or spirituality. Instead, you should see if you have reduced the chances you create enemies or have conflicts with others. If positive, your quality of life is improving. Whoever might have conflicts with you can be your spouses, strangers, acquaintances, or family members. If you do not reduce conflicts after learning Buddhism and even see increase in such incidents, you will be in greater trouble. As you deliberately break the rules with all the knowledge you have, you are committing a more serious crime.

On the contrary, as long as you correct and change yourself right after you learn the Buddhist teachings, the merits accumulated are much more than that accumulated from virtuous deeds practiced by other people, since one could be considered as a Buddhist disciple when he acts on the Buddha’s teachings. Only taking refuge does not make one to be counted as a Buddhist disciple. One ought to carry out the Buddha’s teachings and meet the requirements that Buddha has expounded. And then, his merits can be accumulated. If you are a real Buddhist disciple, how could the Buddhas not look after and care about you?

Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche explained the hardships in the Realm of Asura. One without merits cannot go to the Realm of Asura. How did one get such merits? An asura must have practiced during his previous lifetime. As asuras are known for not drinking alcohol, beings born into the Realm of Asura do not drink. Males are ugly whereas females are very pretty. Asuras enjoy similar fortune to those in the Realm of Heaven. The only difference is that asuras have very heavy hateful thoughts. Why were they born into the Realm of Asura? It is because they had considered it crucial to compete with other during the process of their practice. What was to compete for? They thought that they conducted better practice and recitation, thinking that other people were not as good as them and that they were higher than others. For example, a disciple thinks that he recites the Six Syllable Mantra better than others. He has a heart of asura. We Buddhist learners are prone to generating such thoughts. Many lay practitioners, especially those having learned Buddhism a couple years in a monastery, would think that the new comers make mistakes and are inferior to them. Therefore, they would constantly correct or admonish others with impolite expressions. Just as what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told you in the past, you are not qualified to tell other the Buddhist teachings before achieving any attainment. You should not correct others in terms of the Buddhist teachings because you are examining others with your own understanding rather than your true heart. You merely examine others with a sense of competition. Hence, people like that would definitely be born into the Realm of Asura after their current lives end.

Besides suffering from reincarnation, Asuras’ key suffering is from their conflicts with the beings in the Realm of Heaven because they are jealous that the heavenly beings enjoy more fortune than they do. In fact, on the planet Earth, we can often see that Catholics and Muslims are in wars, which are conflicts between the Realms of Heaven and Asura. People in Middle East are very wealthy. Males are ugly whereas females are pretty. They do not drink, just like the beings in the Realm of Asura. Therefore, we do not go to the six realms after we die. We can actually see these realms on Earth. As people in Middle East are extremely vindictive and suffer a lot, they want their enemies die even at the cost of their own lives. Such a heart is a asura’s heart.

Therefore for those who have strong heart of jealousy, hatred at work or at the places where people practice, they will still fall into the Realm of Asura even if they have obtained virtues or wisdom through practice. Middle Eastern countries are located by the sea and many asuras live near the sea as well. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche advices all of you to be careful when having fun near the sea. It is because the consequences will be endless if you offend asuras accidentally! It is considered as an asura’s heart when one regards his own voice or tone in mantra recitation is better than that of other people’s. People might make comments like, “He wants the guru to like him, so he’s making a greater offering.” when other people make more offering than they do. Similarly, people might stop other people from making offerings, or tell other people that they should not offer that much. They make such statements because they think that other people have made an amount of offering different from what people commonly make. Those who stop other people from making offerings because they feel that they have lost face. These people will all fall into the Realm of Asura even if they practice well. Or, they would fall into the Realm of Hungry Ghost if they practice poorly. Therefore, if any of you stop others from making offerings or change your heart of offering just like these 30 people, you will make a reservation for yourself in the Realms of Asuras and Hungry Ghosts. That is why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not accept their offerings. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche doesn’t want them to fall into these two realms. It is very easy to fall into the Realms of Asuras and Hungry Ghosts. For example, a person might want to offer 1000 NTD and you tell him that 100 NTD will be enough. By doing so, you have stopped others from making offerings. Therefore, when others ask you how much they should offer, do not provide your opinion. Whatever they have in their mind is the correct amount. In particular, in the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, you have never been told to donate anything for a practice or consciousness transference. There are no price tags. It’s all up to you.

When making an offering to His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche never thinks if there will be enough money for him to live on after making the offering. The only thing Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knows is that His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang will be able to do a lot of things with the money. Likewise, when you make offerings to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will then be able to do a lot of things. You might think that you have made a lot of offerings already. Nevertheless, there are plenty of things to do in the future. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not tell you about this because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not want to give you any pressure while learning Buddhism under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Some people would say that, as they need to make mortgage payment for their homes, they do not want to offer 1/4 of their income. However, the ratio was not set by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, but by Buddha Sakyamuni. The compassionate Buddha helped us arrange our money as we still have 3/4 for ourselves and 1/4 to offer. Anyhow, very few of you have made it. Do you think that you are really making offerings with 100 or 200 NTD? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche takes himself as an example. For this year’s retreat, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang was hiring some people to carry provisions up to the mountains for his 6-month retreat. Nonetheless, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang forgot to bring money to Nepal and, therefore, told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on the phone to withdraw money from His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s account in Hong Kong and wire the money to Nepal. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately replied to His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang that there would be no need for the trouble. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would wire the money directly to His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. What was said cost 10,000 USD. It was an amount even greater than that of your offerings made in a year. The 10,000 USD was an accumulation of the 100 or 200 NTD you offered each time, and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche made the offering on your behalf to His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang for his retreat practice. As many people regret what they offer, they think that they should have offered less and left some for their own use. Such a heart is a heart of a hungry ghost and an asura. If you make an offering with such a heart, you will not accumulate any merits, which are not for you to become wealthy but to be liberated from the cycle of birth and death.

At that time, Khenpo Namdol did not have money. Tibetan lamas do not have any income in the monastery. No one makes offerings to them. Besides, they do not collect offerings by means of sutra recitation for others. Their daily expenses are solely sponsored by their own families. If their families do not have money for them, they won’t get any money. However, during Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s retreat, Khenpo Namdol continued to offer fruit and incense to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Such offerings were true offerings. Therefore, if you fail to meet the requirements stated in the Buddhist sutras, all your offerings are fake. If you offer 100 NTD during each puja, you will spend around 1000 NTD with 6 pujas every month plus travel expenses. However, if you dine out nowadays, it will cost you two 500 to 1500 NTD each meal. Do not be mistaken that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is being calculative about money. If that’s the case, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will set a price range for conscious transference. What Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is trying to say is that you should make offerings in an appropriate way. If you cannot make it right, it will be fine as long as you do not cling to the thought that you yourself are making an offering. If you do not have the money to offer, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will be joyful as long as you are willing to learn Buddhism. As long as you make offerings in sincerity, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will be happy, too. For example, in order to pray for the auspicious Phowa on his father’s behalf, a disciple made an offering with his personal saving. Such an offering is genuine. That was why his father passed away after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche finished a meal and received the Phowa. What he got was real merits. Therefore, it is not the amount of money but the heart that matters.

From now on, do not talk, criticize or stop others when they are making offerings. Even though one offers 10 NTD, it was his heart. Do not say that such an amount is too little. When one makes a great offering, do not fear that he would embarrass others and make you lose face. Do not stop others from making offerings and let their karmic connections be so that you won’t fall into the Realms of Asura and Hungry Ghost. Do not think that you will not fall into the Realm of Hungry Ghost because you have made offerings. If you do not have the right heart, you will still go there. The only difference is that you might be able to eat more, be a ghost chief, or avoid eating feces like other ghosts do in the Realm of Hungry Ghost. So, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche explained the Realm of Asura today so as to remind you to pay close attention to your own thoughts and not to be jealous of others. One of the Sevenfold Offering in Tibetan Buddhist texts is to rejoice. To rejoice is not to tell others to make offerings as much as they like. To rejoice is to sincerely agree with and praise others for their virtuous acts. Even if you see someone offering a cup of tea, we should praise him. By doing so, you are rejoicing his virtues. If you do not have the heart, you will easily fall into the Realms of Asura or Hungry Ghost. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche forbids the 30 or so people who regretted making offerings to make any more offerings because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche fear for them to fall into the Realms of Hungry Ghosts and Asura as they made offerings with differentiation.

Many people are like that. Even though they have put 2000 NTD into the red envelope, they would take 1000 NTD out later as they think that it is not needed. Things like practicing generosity or making offerings should not be remembered once being done. For example, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has done a lot, but many of them have been forgotten. Threefold wheel of essential emptiness is as easy as having no object, material, or thought in terms of practicing generosity. When you are able to stop clinging to or observing things you do with you w body, speech, and mind while practicing generosity, you can then achieving the threefold wheel of essential emptiness. To put it simply, when a thing is done, it is done. In your mind, you do not have to remember what you are doing. Making offerings sustains our life, just like breathing is essential to our wellbeing. Without making offerings and practicing generosity, you will die in a unpleasant way.

Khenpo Namdol knew how to make offerings. When a practitioner is in his retreat practice, your sincere offering to him will accumulate the greatest virtues. One who stops others from making offerings or is jealous of others has a high risk of falling into the Realm of Asura if they do not repent appropriately. If you go to the Realm of Asura, you will be in big trouble. You will have wars with the Realm of Heaven every day, worrying about being killed or being looked down upon. Therefore, you will be very painful. When a rich person shows contempt for the poor, he has an asura’s heart. Therefore, never go to the Realm of Asura. It would be extremely difficult to come out once you are in there.

Finally, let us talk about the Heaven Realm. Many people, especially Chinese, including those Catholics and Christians, would have at last attained the Heaven Realm. Even though the heavenly beings in the realms of desire, form and formlessness receive different levels of fortune and life span, none of them could avoid reincarnation, birth, and death. Even if one practices meditative concentration to the highest level of Sphere of neither-perception-nor-non-perception, he still has to fall into the ocean of the cycle of birth and death. Those who practice meditative concentration are easily reborn in the heaven realm. Buddhist or non-Buddhist, as long as one is willing to practices meditation, he will achieve deep concentration naturally. From concentration one receives blessings. With blessings one will be reborn in the heaven realm. The dividing line between rebirth in the heaven realm and liberation from the cycle of birth and death is very thin. Is meditation and deep concentration equal to Zen practices? Wrong, this concept is incorrect. When you say you are in deep concentration, it implies that you will definitely lose the concentration in some day or in some second. What is deep concentration? No generation of deluded thoughts! How to avoid deluded thoughts? In addition to prostration for repentance, prostration to Buddhas, mantra reciting, sutra reciting, and reciting the Buddha’s name, deluded thoughts can be suppressed by way of meditative concentration. Yet being suppressed does not mean that the deluded thoughts would not arise again. Once the power that suppresses the deluded thoughts vanishes, the deluded thoughts would arise right away. So the true meaning of meditation in Buddhism is to let you, through the training of meditative concentration, see yourself and reflect on yourself; when you can see your true appearance and attain an enlightenment on the state of being no birth and no death, you then enter the dharma realm. If you want to use the method of meditative concentration as your direction of practices, you will enter the four meditation heavens very easily. So after the sixth patriarch, there has existed no mahasiddha like the sixth patriarch in Zen Buddhism because no one with such kind of ability has appeared.

Drikung Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism has its own method of practicing meditation, Mahamudra. There are four levels in Mahamudra; each level is further divided into three stages, with a total of 12 stages in Mahamudra. Each stage has its own unique phenomenon of enlightenment and requires your guru to supervise you to see if you have achieved the state of such stage or not. Mahamudra is divided into four levels; the first is One-Pointedness Yoga; the second is Simplicity Yoga; the third is One-Taste Yoga; the fourth is Non-Meditation Yoga. Each level is further divided into three stages. Through the true practices of Mahamudra and our mind, we can then avoid to attain mistakenly the achievement of rebirth in the Heaven Realm. Hence, why has Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still not taught sitting meditation to you up until now? It is because you are not ready yet. You still have a lot of greed, hatred, delusion, arrogance, and doubt; when practicing meditation, such kind of people will fall into the Heaven Realm very easily.

The beings in the Heaven Realm are somewhat prouder. You can see that many Zen Buddhists all feel that they have practiced very well; and when you talk to them, you can feel that they have a prouder attitude. Believers in some religions cannot tolerate other religions. It is because they, practicing the method leading to the Heaven Realm, are prouder and despise other religions; hence, they will enter the Heaven Realm naturally. What is the disadvantage of attaining the Heaven Realm? The beings in the Heaven Realm still have to go through the sufferings of reincarnation.

Before dying, the being of the Heaven Realm will show the appearances of five declines and suffer very much. First, he knows he will fall into which realm. Usually, after the life in the Heaven Realm, the one with a heavier karma will fall into the Hell Realm while the one with a lighter karma will surely fall into the Animal Realm. You will certainly ask had he had no blessing, how could he enter the Heaven Realm? And since he had arrived in the Heaven Realm, why would he still fall into those bad realms? First, one who climbs higher will fall quicker. You can see that in this world if one climbs to a very high place or position, he will suffer greatly when he falls. Second, those who have been reborn in the Heaven Realm have not eliminated their evil karma from past lives and still have the karma accumulated from past lives; after their blessings have been exhausted, their karma will show up in front of them and let them fall into the three evil realms. Third, especially for a Zen practitioner, when he attains the state of the four meditation heavens, he will think that he has achieved the level of liberating from the cycle of birth and death; but when he knows that he will fall into the Hell Realm, he will give rise to thoughts of hatred, thinking he had practiced wrong and his teacher had taught wrong; such angry thoughts will let him fall into the Hell Realm. The beings in the Heaven Realm have supernatural power and know which realm he will enter after the end of this life. So their sufferings are a lot more times bigger than the sufferings of our human beings.

Second, before dying, a heavenly being’s heaven clothes will be damaged and stinky; his hair will be messy; then all his relatives and friends will leave him far away; even they wants to help him, they will stay far away from him, not daring to approach him. In addition, originally the heavenly being does not sweat; because he is dying, his armpit will sweat heavily and become stinky.

The last seven days before a heavenly being dies, he is especially painful, because he can use his heavenly eyes to see his sufferings in the dying process. In the thirty-three heavens, seven days is equivalent to seven hundred years in the human world. Hence, his sufferings of living a day as a year in his last seven days will further let him think the happiness and joy he has enjoyed in the past few million years and let him be even more reluctant to die; this will double his sufferings!

Lord Jigten Sumgon said that all the ease and happiness of the heavenly beings became lies when he saw the suffering of birth and death. We should not consider that we are enjoying ourselves when our merits are spent on pleasures. Such pleasure is empty and will not last forever. The venerable Milarepa ever stressed that the all reincarnation in the six realms is suffering.

We should never let our mind move due to the Eight Winds. One’s sufferings of aging, illness, and death are derived from his birth. With one’s birth, all devils and evil spirits thereby have the opportunity to make their entrance. Because we grow attachment to our physical body made by energy and blood, we generate greed, hatred, ignorance, and afflictions. One will create evil karma when he has afflictions. Then, we have to endure all the sufferings under the evil karmic forces. It is because of the afflictions that we generate bad habits which exert a gradual influence upon our hearts and accumulate them in our hearts. Subsequently, our afflictions will continue to increase and eventually become sufferings from the endless reincarnation. Because of the cycle of birth and death, we are born into the family of different classes. Therefore, as a saying goes in the Kagyu Lineage, “It will be enough to change one’s attachment and conduct the practice of contemplation.” It is to redirect our mind towards True Dharma as if we can walk conveniently on our two legs and turn our attachment into Dharma in our daily lives. Don’t care too much about things such as your own suffering and enjoyment. Don’t pursue, cling to, force, or think about them! Everything is about cause and condition. When there is cause and condition, things will come naturally.

Before one conducts or learns any practices, he has to complete the preliminary practice, the main practice, and the concluding practice. The preliminary practice refers to one’s aspiration; the main practice refers to execution; the concluding practice refers to dedication prayers. When one conducts the practice of Avalokiteshvara, he has to aspire in the beginning, to recite mantras and contemplate in the middle, and to dedicate the practice in the end. Many Buddhist masters in Taiwan teach people to contemplate. Contemplation is not asking someone to watch a statue of Amitabha Buddha and contemplate. This is in the direction of thinking consciously. Actually, in Tibetan Buddhism, instructions on contemplation comprise all the meanings and key points of the Buddhist teachings. One should not think that it is an annoying or easy task and, thereby, skip the step of contemplation in the Dharma text. It is very important! Genuine contemplation has to be conducted by means of a method instructed by the lineage gurus and virtuous ones and be practiced according to the steps of the preliminary, main, and concluding practices so as to achieve any accomplishments. Sutra recitation is not practice because it only has the main practice and lacks the preliminary or the concluding practices. If one only recites mantras without conducting the preliminary, contemplation, or concluding practice, it will not be perfect at all.

Are the Ten Small Mantras recited by Exoteric Buddhists nowadays effective? Yes, they are. These mantras enable one to refrain from saying other words, but they don’t lead to Enlightenment, for the preliminary, main, and concluding practices are not carried out. Previously, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had recited the Great Compassion Mantra very well every day and the Universal Gate chapter of the Lotus Sutra at least two volumes every day. However, there had been no effect no matter how much effort Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had spent, because the preliminary, main, and concluding practices are not carried out. Hence, it is incorrect to recite Amitabha Buddha’s name and at the same time use a counter to count the numbers. Acting like this just let your mind have less deluded thoughts. Those who would like to truly cultivate both merits and wisdom have to practice in accordance with the audio recording of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Dharma talk on the preliminary, main, and concluding practices. Do not look down on the Six-syllable Mani Mantra. The life-saving nectar pills bestowed upon you by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche are from the Six-syllable Mani Mantra. 250 lamas recited the Six-syllable Mani Mantra at the Drikung Thil Monastery for 45 consecutive days so as to produce this Dharma medicine. The meaning of the Six-syllable Mani Mantra is very deep and not simple. Its effect is much greater than sutra recitation, for it is impossible for you to recite every single sutra well. On the contrary, the Six-syllable Mani Mantra includes the wisdom and virtues of all the Buddhas.

There are many disasters and changes in the recent 10 to 20 years. If we don’t change ourselves and still consider ourselves faultless, we will be affected by them very easily. Never expect Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will protect and bless us all day long. The Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and dharma protectors will protect and bless those who practice in accordance with the Buddhist teachings. What are those who practice in accordance with the Buddhist teachings? Someone who practices in accordance with the Buddhist teachings is a person who follows the instructions of the Buddhas to carry out the practice. Why will a Buddha protect such people? Even with the numerous people and a vast number of sentient beings, those who truly take in the Buddha’s instruction and carry it out are extremely scarce. At the sight of such a person, a Dharma instrument, the Buddhas will grant him immediate protection in hopes that he will be able to help more people once he accomplishes his learning.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mother has been 78 years old. She just had a physical examination a while ago and the examination results showed that all of her organs have no problem. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mother had a gastric ulcer originally; she vomited blood and had a uterus tumor as well. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mother was able to get rid of her uterus tumor and stomach ulcer in these few years because of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Buddhist study. She only has an ailment from aging—insufficient air flow in breathing, a problem that cannot be tackled. You say that you are filial all day long. Are you really filial? Therefore, when you conduct the practice in accordance with the Buddhist teachings, your parents’ health will naturally improve and won’t become an obstacle in your Buddhist study. You have so many problems because you have not done correctly. So your problems will continue to appear.

There was a disciple who was originally Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s employee. A few days ago, he asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for his resignation. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said okay and asked him to leave immediately. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked him to leave, not because he wanted to resign, but because he was angry with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and said that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had reprimanded his wife, also a disciple of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is not only this disciple’s boss, but also his guru. He could be angry with even Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche; who would he not be angry with? With such serious angry thoughts, how can he change himself? Hence, he resigned directly and originally hoped Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would speak to him. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told him not to say anything and asked him to leave that day. Likewise, you now follow Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to practice Buddhism. If you still refuse to change yourselves, please leave. There are many Buddhist centers in other places.

Your blessings are abundant now. It is very rare and difficult to have ordained people from both Exoteric and Esoteric Buddhism to listen to the Buddhist teachings with you in the same Buddhist center. With their attendance, more beings of the Eight Divisions of Gods and Dragons will come here and give you stronger blessings. This is because we have the Four Groups: Bhikkhu, Bhikkhuni, Upasaka and Upasika in accordance with the Buddhist teachings, we are a group of Sangha. A group of Sangha does not refer to a group of ordained people, but a group in which the Four Groups carry out genuine Buddhist teachings. If you fail to treasure your cause and condition for today’s opportunity to learn Buddhism and are still self-righteous, the opportunity will vanish in a split second.

Don’t take everything for granted. Nothing in this world is already there. Because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has done a lot to benefit many sentient beings, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas thereby fulfill Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s wishes to benefit a great many sentient beings. This is not something you can find easily. These monks and nuns were not ordained today, and have seen many people and heard many Buddhist teachings. Now they can put away their pride of being ordained while listen to Buddhist teachings from a lay guru, so we should praise them. It is very difficult for you to follow a Buddhist center that has the complete Four Groups of people for learning Buddha dharma.

These ordained people didn’t come at request of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, they showed up naturally. It is the cause and condition in previous lives that has enabled us to get together, this is not an easy task. If there were flaws in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s morality and practice, these people would not have come. You must be away from a person who is criticizing Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. It is because that you will be affected to leave Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in the future.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened you before: You have to be away from those people who are criticizing your parents, not to mention your guru! If you are often together with them, it means that you subscribe to such behavior. You must not to think that you have the ability to change their notion. You are just the beginners who just start to learn Buddhism do not have the steady mind. Therefore you have to keep away from them. Do not think that you have the ability to change them; most of the possibility would be that you would be changed at last! Don’t think that it will be embarrassed because they invited you so many times. You may ask yourself, who can help you when you have difficulty or troubles? If they could help you, you may well leave. Who did help you when you experienced different sufferings? Of course, they are Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche!

Many people think that the guru has no knowledge about their conduct. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would tell you: Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and Dharma Protector of Drikung Kagyu Achi know for sure. If someone would have the evil thought to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the Dharma Protector of Drikung Kagyu Achi would let him go. It is because that Dharma Protector of Drikung Kagyu Achi does not want him to continue to commit evil karma. It does not mean that Dharma Protector did not compassionate sentient beings to stop them learning Buddhism, it is that Dharma Protector don’t want them to keep doing the verbal karma and let them go because they do not have the karmic connection with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

It is no alternative that we have to go to work and have life because we need to support our families. Apart from such matters, many unnecessary social activities can be prevented. A lot of people consider that more social activities will bring them more opportunities and businesses. It is wrong. If you are supposed to have wealth, it will come automatically. If you are not supposed to have wealth, it will never be earned. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would take a couple who are the disciples of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche as an example. This couple was very poor because the husband’s boss had not given him salaries for months, the day before they took refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche; he reported to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that he decided not to leave his boss, for he worried that no one could do molding once he left. Thereby, the factory might not get any business deals. Hence, he continued to work without the salaries. Nevertheless, he immediately got two months of his salaries once he took refuge.

Taking refuge was not the reason why his boss gave him the salaries. The reason lies in the fact that he had expressed himself in front of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The Dharma Protector heard and then helped him. What a heart he had was to sacrifice himself. With both of his children were sick, he himself suffered and worried that others would suffer even more than he. That was why he continued his work. Because of such a heart, the Dharma Protector helped him at once. Would you have done that? If you are given one penny short, you will do the calculation with your boss right away. This person did not learn Buddhism before, but he could achieve it because he suffered hardship, and you did not.

Some of you who are fighting with your couple, or anger to your Guru, this is a mind of Raksa, with a hatred mind, and the same as the mind of Hungry Ghost. You are doing exactly like these deeds: You feel hatred against your Guru, your boss and your friends. Do you learn Buddhism? If you are given one penny short, you will do the calculation with others right away, you would not be a Buddhist at all! Why would Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not allow thirty-seven disciples here to make offering? Because they were making offering with a mind of Raksa, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not accept this kind of making offering which would cause them to be a Raksa longer because of the blessings and merits. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not to harm them.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ever enlightened that It is all Buddha-Dharma for a true practitioner’s playing, laughing, getting angry and scolding. He helps you all with Buddha-Dharma. However, it is strange that people always like to hear sweet words and honey phrases, and like to have the chances of explaining their thoughts. One is not supposed to be like that, though. Buddha has ever said there are two major conditions for one to meet so as to learn and cultivate the Buddha’s teachings: Showing filial obedience for one’s parents and serving one’s teachers for any kinds of businesses. Those two conditions are the basic foundation of all Buddha-Dharma.

The thought is very critical for us. Thoughts are the decisive key for you to attain Buddhahood, Raksa or a ghost. While being known as the learned people, you have to think deeply whether or not your heart attains the state of the learned people? It does not depend on how many volumes of books you read but on whether your knowledge is sharable with other people? Whether you have the sublime character as the learned people have? The sublimity here means not to haggle over every ounce. When reading Avatamsaka Sutra the first time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was impressed at the two phrases: gods most dislike the calculating people (with the heart of scheming). To scheme includes not only doing harm to people but also planning what to do to others for your own benefit. As god most dislikes this kind of people, you would be on the wane if you are in them! Examine whether your heart is plotting every day, thinking : I already do a lot of work but my boss still grants me so low salary; I’m so respectful to my guru and also made offering already, but my guru still scolds me! I had made offering already! A heart with these thinking is actually of scheming. Think about how many times your heart was reckoning in this life?

You always put others into your scheme, but you never count yourself in. This phrase in Avatamsaka Sutra warningly reminds us that do not think you are brainy, since no matter how you plan, you cannot leave from the law of cause and effect. We can found for news that there were lots of people who put others into their scheme, finally go to jail or lose their reputation. From the concept of cause and effect, those people will go to the Realm of hell. Many people often asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche what are their best job? Moreover, they would even ask which direction for them to look for the job. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not give the answer. With sufficient merits and proper conditions, you would naturally find a good job. Let everything runs its course! Unless and until you are like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who donates half, or even all, of the earned money, you may be allowed to pursue more fortunes! If you could not achieve it, you don’t need to haggle over the salary all the day!

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche doesn’t think money talks. You may try to count with it, it would be a considerable amount for those 30-odd people without making offerings more than 10 times. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can let it go. Why? It depends on the mind of making offering. Today Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche have told you so much. It is because that there are lots of matters, in the coming year the four extraordinary preliminary practices are about to be imparted. Later on are the tantric practices. If your mindset is still not changed, you will never learn anything. Therefore, the elimination rate would become high. It is not that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche makes you leave, but that you will leave of your own accord. It is because without merits and Bodhicitta developed, one is not able to learn the tantric dharma.

What is the merit? Merits are accumulated from truly making offering, not necessarily with money but, for example the one who had the heart of scarifying for the sentient beings was actually practicing charity and making offering. Soon his merits were developed. Originally he would be lack of wealth this year, but the thing had been changed because of his notion. You must review what your life is everyday? The most important in Vajrayana lies in to think of others while considering not at all the probability of him himself being at a disadvantage, to think it does not matter for oneself suffering, and to think it is important for him to not cause others suffer. And these behaviors are what a Buddhist disciple should remember to conduct .

In the previous puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche promised to enlighten about the meaning, in Exoteric Buddhism, of the hand gesture of joining one’s palms together. Before Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche taught the true implication, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche talked about the Byakugō depicted in the Buddhist Sutra. The Byakugō is possessed by each sentient being whether or not he practices and cultivates Buddhism. The Byakugō would become strongly radiant if you achieve the higher level of the meditation, have a heart of justice, and realize the nature of emptiness with compassion.

When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche learned Exoteric Buddhism previously, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had the similar concept with the ordained people for realizing the Byakugō. In 1990, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche secondly traveled to Kunming. One day there when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was having a meal in a hotel, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche visualized a very high building before him, inside was a very tall Bodhisattva statue of copper. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche drew the scene to ask the boss of the hotel if there was any building like that, in the style of the Song dynasty, surrounding Kunming. The person said yes right away: At Aning there was a Buddhist temple in which standing a copper statue of Bodhisattva that could be traced back to the Song dynasty.

Soon in the second morning Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche hurried there. Right at the time when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche entered into the main hall and saw the statue, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche perceived there was a ray of light, similar to but thinner than the laser, directly irradiating from him towards the statue of Bodhisattva. Afterwards, during the period of learning the tantric dharma, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche learned that the Byakugō is not only to be of an offering but also a blessing. When seeing you, it is the Byakugō that gives the blessing to you, not the eyes. There was a brow chakra between one’s eyebrows. In Taoism it is said that an aperture is between our eyebrows, and inside the aperture there is a channel from which our brain waves are signaled through our consciousness of mind, one of the so-called body, speech, and mind. The brain waves do not come out from the brain. The light cannot be sensed by any instrument.

The hand gesture in Exoteric Buddhism is a gesture of Mandala. With two fingers that link to the heart vessel, you would admire that Buddha could know the two fingers are relative with heart!, saluting from the heart towards Buddhas and guru through the body, speech and mind could respectively correspond to the Om, Ah, and Hung while one joins his palms in the Tibetan Buddhist style to salute. The act of bowing with folded hands is a Tantra. Why are the shape of hands gesture triangle? Today Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not tell you, you have no qualification to learn it, it is relative to the Tsa Lung Trulkhor. Simply speaking,the act of bowing with folded hands is completely related to our body structure as well as our Byakugō.

Therefore a practitioner of Tantra does not look down the Exoteric Buddhism. As well as those people learning Exoteric Buddhism should not misapprehend the Esoteric Buddhism. When you can understand both of Esoteric Buddhism and Exoteric Buddhism, you will smoothly cultivate Buddhism. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, is different from other practitioners, truly attained realization from the daily life that what is said the Buddhist Sutra are all true. For example, it is said in the Sutra that each pore of the Buddha emits light. You might feel that it would be strange how to emit light from each pore? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also felt strange before. A disciple ever asked their master of Exoteric Buddhism before, the answer is “the mind of equality”. It is the reason which was unable to explain it, therefore he could only explain the mind of equality. Why did Buddha emit light from each pore? After learning Tantra, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche found that it can be done actually. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not tell you today.

The truth is that many teachings in Buddha sutras are related to esoteric part. Many people regard empowerment rituals as esoteric practice. In fact empowerment is the ritual through which the guru grants permission on the receiver so that the receiver is allowed to practice the transmitted Dharma. One could find that many attainment levels described in Buddha sutras are related to esoteric part; as you have not learned esoteric practices, you have no idea nor you understand the practice. That’s why some exoteric Dharma teachers told believers that it was manifestation of an indiscriminative mind. If it is about indiscriminative mind, the sutras would not emphasize that Buddha’s pores would emit light. It definitely refers to certain theories and practices. Anything said by Buddhas is truth; Buddha would not give useless or groundless speeches.

Why we have to practice esoteric teachings? Exoteric part is about theories, while esoteric part refers to real practices; one ought to learn esoteric part to realize the ultimate nature of Dharma. In Exoteric scriptures, it repeatedly tells us that one has to dig into the treasure of the sutras. Many people misunderstand it; they refer it to studying the grand Buddhist Cannon and then taking five-year practices of Buddhist activities. Such a notion is simply an error. When it comes to digging into treasure of the sutra, it refers to taking esoteric practices before one could realize the true essence that Buddha teaches. The progress in learning Buddha Dharma could be explained as accepting, understanding, doing, and realizing. Accept Buddha’s teachings with un-shaky belief that everyone, including oneself, could achieve them. Understanding refers to listen to the guru’s elaboration or speeches. Doing refers to use Dharma in daily life. Eventually, you could realize the Dharma.

As a matter of fact, here in Taiwan people have believes, however, they do not have proper methods for understanding the Dharma. Why no such methods? As the aforementioned ordinary Dharma teachers explained Buddha’s pores emitting light due to mind of equality, it’s an example of lacking understanding. Why Buddha’s pores radiate light? In fact, everyone including animals and plants has the light. Scientists have now proved that there is light on a human’s head, shoulders, chest, abdomen, and knees. Some elder said that our shoulders may emit light so that ghosts would not come close. The light is one form of your energy that you could use it though you could not give it to others. Ordinary people have little light in these areas of the body, in order to keep you alive, and it is actually the light that maintains your physical body.

However, when the Buddha blesses sentient beings, the Buddha illuminates across every corner in the dharma realm of the space. How could Buddhas accomplish it? It is through the illumination of each pore of the Buddha. If Buddha could only emit light at certain areas, then the light would only illuminate certain directions. When attaining the achievement of the practice of channels and Kundalini, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was able to know how pores could illuminate. There is a specific dharma teaching about the pore, which is not to be explained now. It would be natural that the sentient beings in all spaces (namely the dharma realms in ten directions) could perceive the light of compassion of the practitioner. Therefore, they could come to receive the practitioner’s guidance and help.

Sometimes Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would describe to people which sentient beings have come to the puja after completion of Chod puja. What made the sentient beings come to the Chod puja is not simply the food, but rather that the light of compassion emitting from the practitioner’s pores makes the sentient beings comfortable and willing to open their mind to receive the help.

Why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not like to accept offerings made by non-converted believers? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not be able to disseminate Dharma teachings to them as long as they are not strongly determined to receive teachings; therefore, Rinpoche could not pay rewards for their offerings. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not owe you anything, since Rinpoche will not return to this world after this life, unless His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang requests him to do so.

To learn the Buddhism, it is not as easy as understanding the teachings by simply attending some courses of Buddha-Dharma and studying Sutras. It definitely calls for more efforts on the practices. Through the true practice, one would realize the truth told by the Buddha some day, and know what the Buddhas said is very true. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been learning the Buddhism in a simple way, doing in accordance with whatever His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche teaches, without raising any questions. His Holiness will certainly remind Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in case Rinpoche has done anything wrong. Therefore there is no need to ask about the reason or the consequence of doing as instructed. It is said that one has to be a little bit foolish for learning the Buddhism. Those who look too smart would never realize the true Dharma, because smart people are those self-righteous ones. Those who think themselves foolish, on the contrary, could truly learn Buddhism and attain accomplishments.

These two examples of light mentioned today are telling you that Buddha would never lie to us. Those stories told in the sutras are not fairy tales but true facts. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche further elaborated the light emitting of pores: a true tantric practitioner could be easily identified by his glittering outlook. His skin still looks nice even when he is very tired. Ladies who desire a pretty look certainly need to learn Buddhism so as to have beautiful skin naturally, as her pores start to emit light. Your look remains the same till now even when you have applied plenty of cosmetics, because you have no light emitted. To emit light from your pores, it requires training and being obedient.

Why Rinpoche often said that you look dark on the face? Your pores are not able to emit lights because your power of compassion has not suffused all over the pores of your body. This has nothing to do with the remaining karma, as your karma always follows you until the day you attain Buddhahood, Even after you attain Buddhahood, the karma still follows you but you won’t be impacted by them anymore. Your look is still dark because your heart is still covered by greed, hatred, ignorance, arrogance, and delusion, and therefore your light of the nature does not emerge yet. As long as we continuously edify ourselves with Buddha-Dharma, gradually reduce the defilement, your light will appear eventually. In fact, light emitting is the outcome of the third phase if you practice Buddhism. The first outcome is that you will look more pleasing and of kindness.  The second is that you are not that sharp-minded, and give people a sense of compassion.  Being pleasing is quite difficult for you. Even Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is considered by some people to be not pleasing till now, as they have no karma with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Therefore, Buddhism is unquestionably doable and achievable, because Buddha will never lie to us. If Buddha can achieve it, we could achieve too. It is merely a matter of time. Hearing the Buddha dharma is not in order to improve our worldly life or to become more peaceful, as these have nothing to do with Buddhism. Asking for a peaceful mind, you simply need to consult a psychologist.  When you want to become peaceful, it is because your heart is changing and in flightily state. True peacefulness, ease and autonomy could be cultivated when you reduce the five poisons — greediness, hatred, ignorance, arrogance and doubt.

If your hear reacts with hatred or youupon hearing any critics, the five poisons remain in your heart. Do remember: never consider that you are treated unjustly or you are misunderstood; thinking that way is a Raksha’s mind but not a human’s. We need to rectify our conducts to make progress in learning Buddhism. Whenever you try to explain you have no mistake, you are faulty. Since if your speech and actions are perfect, how would others misunderstand you?

Learning Buddhism is simple. However it is not easy to well control your mind. It is because we connive at our mind, and let our thoughts dominate. Therefore, in sutra it is said that the Six Roots eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and heart are the Six Thieves. We perceive through them and forget our true mind. Six Roots are the origins of self attachment. In order to satisfy our own six roots, we would continuously commit negative deeds. In learning Buddhism, we have to understand that are we living by using the true mind or by using the six roots. Eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and heart are vehicles for us to interchange messages between the inner world and outside world. But, the pure nature is inside our own mind.

When one realizes whatever experiences through the six roots are all due to causes and conditions, one would feel free on critics or praise from the others, as Buddha said the Eight Winds won’t move you. Because you realize that whatever you hear is subject to emptiness. Emptiness does not refer to nothing; but refers to non-self-existence.

Since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche took refuge under His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche and the following ten more years till the Snake Year Grand Puja, His Holiness had never openly praised Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and neither said a nice word about Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in front of other people. Even though Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had contributed a lot for the Drikung Kagyu Lineage, His Holiness did not ever address about the contribution. It was because the His Holiness was aware that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still had his own peculiarity, conceit and arrogance. If His Holiness would have praised before right time, it could be harmful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. It was not until the Snake Year Grand Puja has been nearly completed then His Holiness openly praised Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for having accomplished many things for the lineage, because His Holiness knew that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not generate worldly thoughts!

You have always anticipated praise about your performance because you think you have done very well, quite correct and, even further, marvelous. Inspect your performance with respect to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s conducts; you will find how big the gap is. So long as your faults remain, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not praise you.

Therefore, praise can also harm you. There is a method called “Love Words”out of the Four Methods for transmigrating the beings. Love Words does not refer to saying words to satisfy you, to make you feel happy, or to say them with smile. As an example, whenever Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche says harsh words, the motivation is all about caring and helping you. Although, the actual experiences could be praising, blaming, criticizing, or even beating. In sutras, it is said that Buddha Shakyamuni had often scolded the followers. If you think Shakyamuni Buddha is not compassionate, or even have a notion that Buddhas always should be very friendly in outer appearances, you are definitely wrong. When he would not take you as a disciple, he might always show you smiles simply because he would not like to let you further accumulate any bad karma. He would simply say goodbye to you because your connection with him is vanishing.

Human always would like to encounter smiley faces but no serious ones. They would immediately think that they have been misunderstood upon the moment of hearing any harsh words. Such reaction only grows our hatred; therefore, we refuse guidance given by the superior ones – for example the boss in your office. Remember that four things are always occurring in this world: demanding repayment of karmic debts, resolving karmic debts, paying debts of gratitude, taking revenge for karmic debts. Being Buddhist followers, we shall not take revenge, nor shall we demand repayment of karmic debts. We shall avoid any possibility to build up karmic debts any more.

February 12, 2011

From 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave enlightenment to 108 believers with Buddhism and helped them to relieve all kinds of suffering in the world at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei.

February 13, 2011

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over an auspicious regular puja, performing the dharma of Vajrasattva and giving the teachings regarding the correct attitudes for learning Buddha Dharma, at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei.

Prior to the beginning of the puja, a male disciple shared his experiences of how His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has helped his family. He first made repentance that he was a vicious man like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had pointed out that, except killing people, he dared to do anything. Yet, he wished to make repentance to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that he and his wife had at least aborted four fetuses and eaten countless sentient beings. In retrospection of his 20 or so years, as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened, his wishes went unfulfilled and his consorts were not at peace and happy. In his juvenile years, he often bullied others and cheated on tests. When he started to work for money, he’d steal resources of his companies, lied to clients, and embezzled companies’ money. When working with partners, he’d take advantage of others’ money to benefit self first. Additionally, in the names of others, he actually worked to profit self. He’d also be drunk while driving and beat up policemen.

And then he went on shearing how his wife received the Phowa Dharma performed by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. He was grateful that his wife had continuously obtained blessings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche during the three years since she fell ill till passed away. His wife took refuge in November of 2008 and became sick in February of 2009. It was all due to their greediness and evildoings. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had told them that whatever they asked and took from sentient beings, they must pay back.

At first, when his wife vomited every day and felt sick, they ignored the symptoms. It was not until her mother’s urge, they went to a hospital for examinations. The results suggested that there was a tumor of 6 centimeters in her cerebellum. Certainly, they’d rush to implore for help of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche at once gave her auspicious blessing. After that, she didn’t receive any medical treatment. Two or three months later, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche suddenly asked for his wife’s conditions and told him that it didn’t look like cancer at all. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also gave the enlightenment “To make money, you two had developed too much greediness, carried out too many evildoings, asked too much from sentient beings. Before taking refuge, sentient beings were clinging to your wife. After taking refuge, they have left. That’s why she immediately fell ill.” It’s true. After one week of Rinpoche giving the enlightenment when he brought his wife back to her mother’s place, a non-Buddhist told them that there were eight ghosts in his wife. Half a year later, due to her shaking faith, she accepted her family’s advice to undergo an operation. The results indeed proved that the illness wasn’t cancer at all.

And then he reported on the accounts of their greediness and viciousness. A brother-in-law of his wife was a spirit medium. Before he took refuge in 2006, for almost four consecutive years, they’d visit the spirit medium every Friday night to inquire problems or ask ways of making fortune. He was in construction business and salesman of properties. On the second and sixteenth days of every month in lunar calendar, his company would prepare for three tables of sacrifice, including chicken, pork, fish, duck or other meat products to worship spirits and ghosts. They’d burn several packages of paper money and paper of incantations drawn by spirit mediums while they were possessed by gods. Some rituals were performed at the construction sites and they’d prepare paper incantations that would be burned to ashes and added the ashes to mineral water. And the water would be offered to their clients. In addition, rituals that divine spirits sent spiritual generals and soldiers to protect the sites would also be performed. All in all, he had done many of such things. Years later, all of the projects were in trouble. First, one project was fined by the Fair Trade Commission for three million dollars because of unfaithful advertisements. Secondly, a project of one hundred million dollars was sold out in one month. They made a lot of money from this sale. But after four months of the constructing, the foundation of the basement collapsed and caused damages of the neighboring buildings. The compensations to their neighbors were equivalent to their revenue. According to their experience, one floor underground basement on such a large foundation of 3000 square meters shouldn’t collapse. The third case was that another two projects he sold for constructors had been sold out 80 percent in advance, but still could not receive money from the constructors. Fourthly, stock holders disbanded from three construction projects on the central main sections of Taipei City. Fifthly, he had involved in money laundry of 60 million dollars for someone without knowing anything and was investigated several times by law reinforcement. Sixthly, in past five years, he had been interrogated many times by National Tax Administration and was fined about one million dollars. Seventhly, due to the help of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, he would not become homeless and beg for food. Eighthly, currently, two cases involved underworld gangsters are now still undergoing law suits. His experiences are truly like the enlightenment of His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche: Whatever he and his wife asked and demanded from sentient beings has to pay back. He paid by money and his wife her life.

Sometimes they’d follow a spirit medium to worship spirits of most ghost temples. The brother-in-law spirit medium would often be possessed by some god and drive his car with his eyes closed. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once gave the enlightenment that these activities of seeking divine advices from spirit mediums and practitioners of Daoism were not authentic methods.

At that time, his wife had no job yet. But she wished to become rich quickly and therefore began a business of direct sale. It was like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s enlightenment: Their wishes went unfulfilled and their family was not happily at peace. At the end, his wife didn’t make any money and they were often in quarrels. His wife moved to Yi-lan County and he lived in Taipei City. They saw each other less than three times a year and talked to each other in fewer than ten sentences. It was like they were in separation. Finally, the relationship of his wife and her sister who started the business of direct sale with her together fell apart due to financial issues. His wife then moved back to Taipei, living with him. But their relationship was like that of enemies. They had fights every day, with feelings of fierce, hatred, rancor, and killing each other. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once told him that it was because she had carried many spirits of sentient beings in her.

His wife took refuge in November 2008 and acquired the disease on February 2009. On November 1st, 2009 when she attended Sunday’s puja she said to the dharma brothers whomever she met that she was going to the Pure Land. In fact, two days prior to the puja the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked her to conduct the practice of Achi ritual and to attend pujas in India and Nepal first and deal with the thing after they come back. However, several obstructions occurred one after another. Two of his wife’s cousins, who originally did not keep a contact with her and had not known the news of her disease, suddenly showed up and argued with him. They, in order to let his wife feel more comfortable, insisted sending her to the hospice of the hospital. Then he went aboard. For this, all of his wife family members gathered and scolded him by saying that he was so cold-blooded and hard-hearted that he did not take his wife to see doctor for medical treatment, regardless of their 20-year husband-wife relationship. They started to arrange for his wife’s operation. But strangely, the operation was originally scheduled as the first one on that day. However, in the early morning the doctor informed them that the machine crashed. Hurriedly she was transferred to another hospital and waited for her husband’s coming back to discuss with her family. After he came back and asked about her decision, she expressed she wanted to take the operation. Therefore, he took out Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s dharma photo for her to view. The operation was smoothly conducted and the doctor said that the tumor was very soft and easy to be removed. She soon left the hospital. The inspection result also reported that the tumor was not malignant.

Hearing this, his wife along with her all family members hold the new hope for her recovering, saying that she should have underwent the operation earlier rather than believed in the Buddha. Her family members even said that it was her religious belief that detained her best treatment time. His wife thereafter stopped coming to the Buddhist center, and said that her mother disallowed her to go to the center. He saw his wife losing her faith as well. Later on he heard that his wife even received baptism.

Her family members all believed it was doctor who saved her life. They hurriedly made the arrangement of electrotherapy and chemotherapy for her. In three months after her operation, she underwent one run, around ten times, of those kinds of medical treatments. Then she came back hospital for check. After a 2-hour scan, the doctor explained to them, in a manner of being urgent, unbelieving, and very serious, that her cancer cells that had not been so active now already extended to the part of spine. The doctor showed them the checked photos and commented on each of the photos.

At that time, he unceasingly encouraged her wife to attend pujas. He even asked dharma brothers to come to their home to tell her numerous marvelous traces of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s liberating the ill beings. He also told her a miracle story about a believer who was also having a disease, trying to persuade her. However, she still excused by saying that her mother would not consent to it. About this, the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that she herself did not believe but even shifted the blame onto other, which led her to be doubly guilty. Moreover, that dharma brother’s disease conditions were even worse than hers. One of her cousin encouraged her that she should seize every single opportunity, even if it was of 1% successful rate, she should not give it up. So that she continued to receive the spinal section diathermy. Less than 10 times of those medical treatments she had, her cancer cells extended to her brain, pontile brain, and medulla. It was already July 2010. The doctor again sincerely talked to her husband, mother and daughter that with modern technology and medical science, there is no known cure for it. Living such a life for half a year, his wife was aware that she was about to wait for death.

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told him to ask her family members who had wanted her to undergo operation now to come out to save her life. The two cousins who loved her had never shown up again after she left hospital. They did not appear even in her funeral. When he tried to find the cousins’ mother, he was also stopped. The priest, who christened her, also never showed up again, even did not place a phone call to them. Thereafter, he just sent his wife to her elder sister’s home. Two days later, her sister, who had promised her that she would accompany her to struggle together for the following 30 years, constantly called him and asked him to take his wife back home. After he waited 10 and odd days, finally he, with a record pen, came to tell all of her family member that if they still had opinions, he would hand over his wife to them to handle, while he would pay her medical fee; If they wanted him to bring her back, they would not be allowed to issue any opinion; otherwise he would accuse them. In thus way he just took her back to Taipei’s hospital. In fact, she was about to die. She was incubated with five tubes, more than three tubes that were often mentioned by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She couldn’t hear or speak or swallow even when she wanted to eat. At that moment, doctor told her mother to get mentally prepared. His wife was in a coma and he believed she also knew she was about to leave the world soon.

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that in the Saha world, human on the Earth is hardest to liberate, and it just needs to wait until they are dead to salvage them. On a Saturday morning, August 7th, he spoke in the hospital: “Let’s go to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche!” To his surprise, his wife heard it, and spoke with a thick tongue: “The Vajra Guru, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.” He dressed her up and called an ambulance to send her to the Buddhist Center. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not mind what she had wrongly done and still bestowed blessing to her, who had gone away from her guru. After she returned the hospital, to their pleasant surprise, she ate a bowl of rice porridge and a pudding. She also slept very well at that night. Besides, her health conditions became more stable.

It was near month end. He, at his wife’s will, again implored the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to let his wife attend the Chod puja of August. He was grateful for that after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessing in Chod puja, many medically unexplainable phenomena appeared on his wife: She, originally in a coma, regained her consciousness; among those tubes incubated, only catheter was left; She was even recover the ability to eat and drink. Afterwards, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche spoke with blessing: “Stop injecting her morphine.” The disciple then acted accordingly and asked doctor to stop the injection. After one week, it was no need to inject morphine to her anymore. Nor did she need to take any medicine. Her mother also personally viewed the whole process.

At seeing her condition, the doctor urged them to leave the hospital and take care of her at home, saying that the labor and health insurance would not be able to cover for too long. Nonetheless, when he said that he could pay, the doctor still wouldn’t let her stay. Then, he asked the doctor, the chief nurse, and other medical personnel, why would a patient, previously diagnosed to be dying, show such improvement? They were unable to give any specific answers. Of course, they all knew that it was the auspicious blessing of Buddha Dharma bestowed by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche because the changes occurred after she attended the puja. Besides, they all saw him placing the Dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche at the head of the bed and doing prostrations to the photo. Furthermore, as long as the assisted recitation room is not occupied, he would take the Dharma photo inside and do full prostrations.

He took his daughter to seek an audience with the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche again, praying that his wife could attend the auspicious Great Indiscriminated Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousnesses to be held on October 3. Then, because of the Chod pujas held in August, September, and October and the Great Puja, his wife did not suffer from terminal cancer even though all her organs failed. What’s more, she was able to speak in the end and wanted to implore the venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to help liberating her. She did not suffer at her death and was immediately transferred by the rare and auspicious Phowa. Without the pujas, his wife’s suffering and agitation would have continued and she would have had a very difficult time struggling to live while being unable to die.

His wife passed away on Sunday, November 21st, 2010, right before a puja. Two weeks prior to her death, she suddenly said that she wanted to see the venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, for she wanted to be liberated and leave. Originally, she had lost the ability to talk or hear. That day, she actually was able to verbalize her wish. Therefore, he signed up for a meeting with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. On Saturday, the 20th, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche agreed to help her and bestowed an auspicious nectar pill. Then, the disciple had his daughter sleep beside her mother for she might pass away soon. Everything was just as expected. The next day, Sunday, he went to see her at noon before leaving for the puja and saw that their Filipino servant was feeding her as usual. However, when he got to the Buddhist center, he received a call saying that she had been sent to the hospital due to her critical condition and passed away at the hospital entrance. Three minutes later, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche arrived. He immediately got down on his knees in front of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s lounge, imploring for the Phowa to transfer his wife’s consciousness. Upon ascending to the Dharma throne, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed the auspicious Phowa to transfer her consciousness at once.

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is very compassionate and treats the sentient beings with Bodhichitta. As long as the suffering sentient beings make implorations to or are noticed by the venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will save them even at the cost of his life regardless what the sentient beings did. In August of 2010, he went to Japan to attend a puja on the Daimonji Festival. He remembered listening to a Dharma brother sharing an account on the tour bus. Even people of a monastery in Ladakh, India, prayed the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to help them during the puja as they were stranded by a flood. The disciple associated this incident with another thing: According to the life story of Jetsun Milarepa, Milarepa practiced cultivation in the caves, released innumerable souls from purgatory, and subdued a lot of sentient beings. He felt that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was just like Jetsun Milarepa, who benefited and saved the sentient beings around the clock, and beyond boundaries.

If his wife had not spoken of seeking an audience and wanted to be liberated, she would have suffered in bed even longer. She might have passed away a year ago. It was her family who wanted her to undergo surgeries, electrotherapy, and chemo therapy, but she ended up even worse. According to the doctor, she should have been dead a year ago. She was admitted to the Hospice Ward many times and still unable to die. However, the organs in her body turned down gradually and she was perfectly conscious. He, being by her side, could feel her suffering from struggling to live and being unable to die. He thought to himself that it would be impossible for his wife to receive the auspicious Phowa as she, being a disciple, was later baptized in another religion. After her surgical operations, she lost faith in the guru and began to criticize the Glorious Jewel Buddhist center. Additionally, he did not let his wife think that he changed with the help of the Buddhist teachings. It was his fault, of course. His wife’s skull had a hole due to surgeries. He heard that it would be very difficult to perform the practice for someone who has a hole in his or her skull.

Here, he expressed his immense gratitude to the venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for disregarding their mistakes and helping them continuously. The venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also said that patients of terminal cancer would suffer great pain and have to take morphine injections. Additionally, they would spit out blood and and excrete feces. They would be full of hateful thoughts and thereby fall into the hell. It is for real.

It was not finished. Her funeral practices took a long time. On Sunday, when she passed away, none of his wife’s family came. The venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche chose the best time for her funeral, so he informed his mother-in-law immediately. On Monday night, he went to Ilan and, again, had argument over the funeral. They insisted that rituals be carried out every 7 days as it is a tradition in Ilan, so they decided to cast the divination blocks to ask the deceased. He knew well that his wife’s consciousness had been transferred to the Pure Land. In order to stop the argument, he called the funeral parlor to transport her body to Ilan and let her family deal with the rest. Her family cast the divination blocks and decided to cremate her body and store the urn of her cremains in Ilan. This was exactly what the venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told them: The karmic retribution of their evil conduct and greedy thoughts would manifest in this life.

When the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche speaks, Rinpoche’s laugh, smile, angriness, or reprimand are all for helping sentient beings. And the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche watches and saves sentient beings not only for this life but also for future life. As early as June 2006, half a year after the disciple had taken refuge, the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche suddenly spoke to him one day and wanted his wife to sell Japanese food in Glorious Jewel Company. He said, “Yes!” and told his wife about this when he went home. However, he did not actively persuade her. People have all heard Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s enlightenment on the dharma tape or when Rinpoche was on the dharma throne that a guru will not speak casually; when a guru speaks to someone, the guru is helping him. In fact, many similar cases had happened to other dharma brothers. However, he and his wife easily missed the chance and did not cherish this opportunity. Speaking honestly, they did not believe and did not respect Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and just calculated their own benefits. Thus, they missed the opportunity to offer services to the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Then, two years had passed. Because of the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings, his wife was willing to seek an audience with venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and implored Rinpoche’s permission for her to attend the auspicious group puja. At the moment, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed her, as a believer, to perform full-body prostrations to worship Buddhas during the group pujas in the Buddhist Center on behalf of all sentient beings. This was really a rare and precious opportunity for her to accumulate blessings and eliminate karma. At the time, many dharma brothers told her, “This is very rare, congratulations!” Following closely, her father was diagnosed with liver cancer. After getting the illness, her father had come to the Buddhist Center to attend pujas for 3 months. But he quitted coming because he felt that his cancer had not been cured. And her whole family spoke improper criticisms towards Buddhism. Her father then passed away within half a year. When he died, he was very painful and very embarrassing! Next, this disciple’s wife had cancer. She passed away after two years of torture. Now he looks back on the past, as early as 4 years ago, the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had seen these and had been helping them. But both of them did not believe in venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and did not believe in the excellence and greatness of Buddha dharma. This was as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often enlightened the disciples, “You say you believe, but actually you do not believe in deeply.” This is true. If they deeply believed in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, they would not have their own ideas, would have been obedient, and would have followed and practiced Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings.

Every thought of the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is from Bodhicitta and compassion. All methods taught by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche are supramundane dharmas. Because he and his wife used mundane methods to think about Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, they surely was not able to receive Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings of Buddha dharma, and thus they was not able to practice Buddhism diligently.

He has mentioned previously that one has to repay every penny one asked and deceived from sentient beings. This is true. All of the profits from several of his building investment cases were lost and paid back to sentient beings. Four months after he had taken refuge, in September 2006, he needed 30 million dollars to settle and close a case. He did not have the money because he had used the other shareholders’ money on another investment case. At this time, Sino Tour Company had a tourist group for Tibet via Qinghai-Tibet Railway. He decided to join the travel group to go abroad to escape from the problem. As a result, when he came back, a shareholder oddly lent him 35 million dollars and temporarily solved his immediate problem. The following year, in March 2007, he again attended a puja conducted by the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in the Sikh region of India. During the trip, in a break when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche took a rest, he went forward and asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche about a development case. When he just opened his mouth to speak, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately reprimanded him severely and enlightened him for more than half an hour.

At that time, he was thinking why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew everything. Yes, he was using unwitting people’s names to make falsified contracts to apply for bank loans above quota. He described the idea euphemistically as wanting to develop sources of cases; but actually he was using the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings to endorse and help him getting the cases and thus further to seek good fortune and obtain his own interests. He was grateful to the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for not expelling him from the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. Oddly, after returning to Taipei, there was a friend who brought 60 million dollars to invest in his case.

People have experienced the world’s financial crisis two years ago. He should have gone bankrupt during the period because he invested in highly leveraged investments. One afternoon, a dharma brother suddenly called him and asked him to go to one of the sites of his building projects and wait for the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. When arriving at the site, the guru said to him, “The neighbors are hard to deal with. Sell it!” During that time, he still hesitated a bit, “Will the price be better in the next year?” The truth was that when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche spoke, you should never hesitate. Two days after he had signed the selling contract, Lehman Brothers in the USA filed for bankruptcy protection and then a series of financial crises happened; the whole world fell into a tremendous panic. He also worried that he would not receive the money or the buyer did not want to buy. The process of the business dealings was also incredible. The total amount of the land price was 600 million and 300 thousand dollars. Unexpectedly, the buyer did not even mention to cut down the 300 thousand dollars. The buyer was a well-known construction company. The whole selling process from meeting, signing the contract, and to transferring the property owner, was completed in 10 more days. He had sold many houses. No case was as fast as this one. Usually, more than one month of time was required to close a case.

The venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is everywhere and will come to help him at any time. One Friday, he went to a buyer company and a manager came out to talk to him. They looked at each other with heavy vigilance and talked about their own ideas without any agreement. The disciple then invited the manager to visit his company. On Saturday, the next day, the manager visited his office. When seeing the dharma phone of the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the manager immediately put his palms together and worshiped Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The disciple then discovered that this manager had sought an audience with the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche more than 10 years ago. The manager praised Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche as a mahasiddha who transmitted Buddha dharma severely, held the precepts conscientiously and carefully, and had very high skills. Like this, they continued to praise the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for Rinpoche’s stories of helping sentient beings in these years and for the various pujas held around the world. They talked for a long time without mentioning the land. As a result, eventually they spent just three minutes to determine that they would sign a simple contract two days later. If it were not the timely help from the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, he would definitely not be able to sell the land and have the capital tied up and pay extremely high interests. He again repented to the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had saved him from losing innumerable money; however, he had not made offerings to Rinpoche with one fourth of his income according to Buddha dharma; this was also his great evil.

At the last day of the New Zealand trip, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then enlightened him: Do not lie! Really, in our daily life and work, a bit of incautious, our mind and thoughts will rise with evil thoughts and sins, he really need the constant supervise and watching over from Most Venerable vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Most Venerable vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helped him went through such huge shortage of capital, but who never used the Buddhism Dharma to make money, as true as guru had enlightened on the dharma throne on the first day of the new year: doing business according to situations, first is to consider if you can afford the lose. Not to mention other things, only if the Guru was willing to assess the geography for sales industries or realty developers, evaluate the Feng –Shui, charge a few million dollars each case, it is very easy, or even operate a business by the Guru himself, he believes strongly, by the escalated price of the realty markets these years, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could have brought the whole Zhong-Xaio east road, or even the whole east section. But instead Most Venerable vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche operated the importing of Japanese food, travelling agency, realty agency, house renovation business, hair saloon, traditional Chinese medical center, these business which are difficult to make a profit, so these disciples who were reluctant to make offerings, could gain some merits and also brought some things back.

When we were in hardship and suffering, we always been blessed by Most Venerable vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. This year (2011) January third, I attend the dharma puja in Japan, the roommate had an heart attack in the early morning, who could not sleep whole night, it was dangerous. The Buddhist brother held on until the puja started, Most Venerable vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed each and every attendee, one after one line up for blessings, when it was the Buddhist brother’s turn, the guru blessed him a little longer. In fact the Buddhist brother did not tell Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche he had the heart attack.

All the sentient beings’ mind and thoughts were clearly seen by Most Venerable vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Few years ago Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche held an Buddhism puja in the Sikhism area in India, during the time, there were one gardener kept trying to climb over the fence to request for an audience with His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, but who could only stand in line with the people seeing Rinpoche’s leaving, Surprisingly, this gardener were specially appointed by Most Venerable vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and blessed with the Vajra.

Most Venerable vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche not only clearly seeing all the sentient beings, also understand all the life’s matters and affairs in the world, even the mechanical operations were understood without seeing with the eyes. Last year (2010) June, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was having a meeting in a place, where the air-condition suddenly went out of work, at the time the guru asked him to deal with the matter, he tried to investigate the switch box in the room, but the vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then said: The problem is on the roof top. He then hurried to the roof top, also called the air-conditioning service people, surely, the problem was solved on the roof top.

Everyone had heard about the incredible martial art abilities of Most Venerable vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, he saw with his own eyes the blessings from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Shadow-Less Invincible double kick, it was so quick the Buddhist Brother had no time to react at all. One time in India when attending the puja of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, when there was a short break, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche taught the accompany head security officer and the chief security teaching officer how the martial art should be applied, he saw with his own eyes how deep and profound the Kung-Fu abilities of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s foot’s instep had become flat due to the practices and trainings, it can kick and lift a sand bag a meter high. A sand bag is at least 70, 80 kilograms heavy, that’s equal a man’s body weight, it is impossible without a profound martial art ability.  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked him to hit his forearm with  Rinpoche’s forearm, the harder he hit, the pain is so unbearable and the pain could be felt in the bone marrow, at that night he found his arm turned red and swollen. The venerable vajra guru  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Kung-Fu and martial art abilities is achieved to the highest level of Chinese martial art level, which is training and practiced into the tendons and bones.

He feels his gratitude for Most Venerable vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, who let they could have the chance to visit aboard often, and attended many Buddhist pujas. During each trip, having the chance to hear other Buddhist brothers and families sharing their stories on how Most Venerable vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had helped and saved their lives, really, everyone owed their live to Most Venerable vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and he owed many lives to Most Venerable vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

He heard that one of the dharma brothers who was not permitted to went aboard to attend the Buddhist puja by her boss, the boss told her that allowing her to go would make the boss difficult to manage the company, so she then resigned!  At her young age not yet 30 years old, and with a salary of 2, 3 million dollars per year! Any obstructions in her way to learn and practice Buddhism, she could abandon and give up everything to overcome resolutely, her determination to learn and practice Buddhism is admirable. There were a couple who heard the Master Guru’s enlightenments, then instantly decided to resigned the high paying jab in the United States and moved the whole family back to Taiwan; Also, he heard one Buddhist brother who went aboard for the Buddhist Dharma puja every often, then his supervisor the vice-manager had an negative opinion about it, but the Buddhist brother still insisted, at the end, his boss fired the supervisor. This disciple thought back of the time when he was in his 30’s, he quitted very often from jobs, but the reasons were because the boss, or the supervisor did not give him the salaries he had wanted, the content of the work, the policies of the company, if it were not as he likes, he then would quit, he now realize he is really abominable.

Before the age of 30, he was a part-time taxi driver after work at 6 P.M. when he had free time. Once he took two male passengers who forced him with a knife to go to the countryside. After looting his money, they expelled him from the taxi. It was then around 1 or 2 A.M. in the midnight. Not knowing where he was, he took a long time to walk down the hillside. That illustrates what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had mentioned “The Karma retribution will not necessarily wait till your next life”, and “There is no accident or bad luck. Everything results from cause and effect and the karma.” Actually he was very bad during teenage. He ever went with friends to the park for levying the “Love Tax” which means to extort the couples of lovers. Although he has not actually done that, his thought has caused the evil karma and the retribution in the emptiness. Fortunately he has not actually done so, otherwise he may have been killed in the countryside in that incident.

Finally, this disciple expressed his gratitude to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for teaching him not only Buddhism, but also martial art, driving skills, and running business diligently. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has set an example for people to learn and copy with, regarding how to practice Buddhism in the daily life and work. He felt very lucky to have met a great practitioner, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, in this life. He wishes to take Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s vow as his own vow of life and a target to follow and learn.

Thereafter, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ascended to the throne and performed the Vajrasattva Dharma. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led the attendees to recite the prayer and the short Vajrasattva mantra. After completely conducting the ritual, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed the following dharma talks upon the attendees.

At the beginning of the puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed a Vajrasattva dharma. There is no such ritual of Vajrasattva for Exoteric Buddhism; it is practiced only in Vajrayana Buddhism. Vajrasattva is a very important Yidam for the practitioner who would like to practice the bodhisattvayana in the Tibetan Buddhism. Vajrasattva is Sambhogakaya. All Buddhas possess three forms: Dharmakaya, Sambhogakaya, and Nirmanakaya. Worldly persons will be salvaged by the Nirmanakaya. Anyone who would like to learn Buddhism will encounter a master who understands the dharma text and theory of Buddhism. Those practitioners who would like to practice in the Vajra vehicle of salvation will be guided by Sambhogakaya.

You must not think that to learn Buddhism is to gain the blessings for your life. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had mentioned for many times, if it was that, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not practice Buddhism at all. Don’t think that your karmic creditors will be transferred and get away from you, and then you will recover your health. In fact it is very easy to get a good health, simply by donating 70% of your income, without need to learn Buddhism. Some people consider the Buddhism as a Sastarah to beseech for safe and well, good health, wealth and good business. Actually those have nothing to do with Buddhism. The modern people have the incorrect concept for the Buddhism; the real purpose of Buddhism is to help sentient beings to be liberated from the suffering of reincarnation.

The mantra of Vajrasattva is the one-hundred-syllable Vajrasattva mantra which stands for the heart mantra of 100 thousand of Buddhas. It means that reciting the one-hundred-syllable Vajrasattva mantra once is equal to reciting the heart mantras of 100 thousand Buddhas. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not explain the meaning of the mantra, because you have not learned Tantra yet. From the point of view of Exoteric Buddhism, the human body is the dharma tool of learning Buddhism. From the point of view of the Esoteric Buddhism, human body is the mandala of one hundred peaceful and wrathful deities. The one hundred peaceful and wrathful deities, as 100 embodiments of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, enter the human body after the nidation, and therefore the human body is protected by the one hundred peaceful and wrathful deities after birth. The peaceful deities appeared as the compassionate figure of the Buddhist statue what you have seen. Therefore the human body is the mandala of one hundred peaceful and wrathful deities. When you recite one-hundred-syllable Vajrasattva mantra once, you have actually made offering to the one hundred peaceful and wrathful deities. In fact, all sentient beings, including animals, are taken care of by the one hundred peaceful and wrathful deities without knowing. Especially those who did evil deeds would not feel the existence of one hundred peaceful and wrathful deities.

Although we will have the protection by the one hundred peaceful and wrathful deities, we continually did the evil deeds, killed lives and ate meat to reduce the merits continually, the body would become sick naturally. The human body is in the best condition when a baby is born. The baby would not have any illnesses if the baby does not do any evil deeds afterward, unless the baby has brought karma accumulated in past lifetimes. All those sentient beings which had been harmed by you would be stayed in your body. That is why Buddhism taught us to do the good deeds and stop doing the evil deeds. When you stop doing evil deeds, those sentient beings inside of your body would not hinder you from learning Buddhism. Your clear Buddha Nature will be revealed gradually.

Some of you have been learned the Buddhism for a long time, but you still could not why you are learning Buddhism. During the refuge ceremony, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had transmitted you the Five Precepts and the Ten Good Deeds. These precepts are not to restrain you from doing everything. Instead, these precepts are the guidelines of your deeds, and you can learn compassion and will not to harm the sentient beings through obeying the precepts. The first step of observing the Five Precepts is to achieve no more killing. If you still eat the meat of sentient beings which is a behavior of doing evil deeds, how could you learn the mind of compassion? This is merely the basic criteria of being the human beings. If you did not observe the Five Precepts and the Ten Good Deeds, for the point of view by Buddha, you are not qualified to be the human beings. “Your Buddhist path will be on the right way only if your human being’s path is correct.” It means that one has to fulfill the requirements of a human being first before he can step onto the path to Buddhahood. If one fails to meet such requirements, he is not even qualified to be a person, not to mention to learn Buddhism, how could he learn the mind of compassion? If without compassion, one could not learn Buddhism as well. When you can undertake to observe the percepts, then you can start to cultivate the compassion. You can be a human being which must have attained the Ten Good Deeds by the previous lives. No matter what kind of the religion you believe, even if you are the Muslim or the Catholic. There would be one life to practice the Buddhism and attained the Ten Good Deeds. For the past life which does not means the previous one, it may be possible for the thousands of your previous lives, only Buddha can clearly understand and know it.

There are two situations for violating the precepts, one is to offend against the precepts, and another is to break the precepts. To offend against the precepts is that you neglect to observe your body, speech, and mind to offend the precepts, or you have been against the precepts but you do not know, even if you did not take actions; For breaking the precepts is that you have already known the precepts, but you ignore the precepts. It will be more serious than to offend against the precepts.

The Buddha said that there were three types of practices in Buddhist learning: observing precepts, practicing meditation, cultivating wisdom. You should not think that your reading sutras and making prostrations to Buddhas’ statues are practicing Buddhism. Nor should you think that doing so can cultivate your merits. If your mindsets are incorrect and you don’t observe precepts, no matter how much effort you devote to reading sutras, there will be no effect of your practicing. The first thing to practice in learning Buddhism is to observe precepts, which means to follow the teachings of the Buddha Dharma accordingly without any your own thought. If you can genuinely observe precepts, you’ll be able to practice meditation and cultivate wisdom. Practicing medication does not refer to the states that you become empty-minded or simply thoughtlessly sit there. Human mind is very complicated. The Buddha ever taught that within a split second one would give rise several millions of thoughts, and only Buddha knows all of those thoughts very well. The concept of being in meditation refers to the time when one thought has vanished yet the other has not begun. One must observe precepts in order to practice meditative concentration. Only with the ability of meditative concentration, one could enlighten his wisdom, and obtain the liberation from the birth and death.

Observing precepts should begin with the Five Precepts. The first of the Five Precepts is no killing. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asks Japanese believers not to eat meat for observing this precept. Yet, their first reaction is that it is impossible. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also asks Japanese believers not to drink alcohol. Some said it is also difficult for them. They explained that, being Japanese, drinking beers is a must. Actually, drinking alcohol is just a way of living. Drinking beers is a way of living imported from Western societies to Japan. It is not originated from ancient Japan. Japanese, however, view it as an unchangeable and rooted custom. Cultures and customs are not Buddha Dharma. Things that everyone does are not necessarily correct. In the mean time, when everyone says something is wrong, it’s not necessarily incorrect, either. The law of cause and effect should be applied to analyze such matters. The disciple who just shared his experiences mentioned that the businesses Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche manages can just generate minor revenue. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche certainly knows how to make revenue by engaging in business of real estate or stock markets. Those businesses, however, will generate vicious causes because these businesses will make someone lose money due to others’ earning money. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not do anything that will generate bad causes. That is why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s cooperation would rather hire greenhands to avoid gaining advantages in businesses from other companies. Very long ago, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once had worked as a salesman in a company. After having leaving that company, Rinpoche continued business with previous clients. At first, Richen Dorjee Rinpoche seemed to make profit from the business. But eventually, Rinpoche lost all the money Rinpoche made. Take another example. Many people had suggested Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche open restaurants. With personal exquisite taste in food, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche certainly would have had done very well in the restaurant business. But many disciples of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche were also in restaurant business. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche opened a restaurant, those disciples’ business would be affected. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would rather not get involved in any restaurant business. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is highly aware of the law of cause and effect but many people are not. As long as a business can make money, people would do it no matter what the consequences it will come with.

The second precept is no stealing, which should include working diligently for your companies. If one doesn’t work diligently enough, it is stealing time from one’s company. A male disciple works for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s company and earns salary, but he has not done his job appropriately. Because of this, his merits will be decreased by his conducts. Without sufficient merits, how can he learn tantras in the Vajrayana? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has reprimanded him not because he has not done his job appropriately but because earning salaries means he still has merits of gaining salaries. If you perform your work well, your merits might decrease more slowly. Nonetheless, if you don’t fulfill what you should do for your job, it is a shame you still receive full pay. And therefore your merits will decrease very soon. The disciple has been fighting with another colleague in the office. It is the boss Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who loses at last.

Due to habitual patterns from past lifetimes, we are unaware of continuing our evildoings in this life and therefore we are dragged into the suffering of cyclic existence again. You all very easily violate the third precept of no slandering. For instance, when you watch soap operas, you’d be so carried away to curse the characters in the programs. Even if you don’t utterly do so, it must occur in your mind. Especially for women, they oftentimes would follow their friends by saying “yes, it’s all your husband’s faults!” Friends’ familial matters are really not your business. Take another example. Some people are used to criticize politicians when watching related TV news. Such kind of behaviors is also in violation of this precept. Especially if those who have started the practice of mantras recitation still blame others, they are doubly guilty. If one can observe precepts, he or she will naturally not be influenced by the Eight Worldly Winds.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was going to share one well-known story in a sutra as followed. Long time ago, an achieved Buddhist monk went for a journey during which he found accommodations in a temple. At night, he suddenly smelled burning wood and then he saw a ghost with shackles outside the window. The shackles were burning. Since the shackles were heavy so the ghost rested his hands on the wooden windowsill, it gave rise the burning smell. The monk asked the ghost how he had to suffer such a miserable effect. The ghost was the former abbot of the temple before. Some believers donated money for making Buddhas’ statues. The abbot, however, used the money to build huts for monks and nuns. That’s how he ended up as a shackled ghost in the temple. The money was given to making Buddhas’ statues. The abbot could have refused the money. As long as he received the money and promised to build Buddhas statues, he must fulfill the promise. Instead of doing so, he used the money for different purpose. Even though he didn’t use it for his personal interests, he didn’t carry out his promise. That’s wrong. Thus, he had to enter hells, suffering from great pain. The ghost at once implored the monk to liberate and transfer his consciousness. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always stresses the importance of being cautious about the affairs that will cause any effects. Just one wrong thought will cause you to fall into the three evil realms. You, however, wouldn’t believe in the law of cause and effect, thinking that all those things are not big deal and you won’t be so unlucky to fall into the evil realms. A guru knows the frightening result of cause and effect and of the karmic retributions so therefore undoubtedly supervises his disciples and gives them advices all the time.

When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche finished telling this story, Rinpoche pointed to a believer at site and told her not to cross her arms in front of her chest. This was a very disrespectful pose. When you talk to your parents, bosses, or teachers, you will not show such a pose. How come you’d be so disrespectful when listening to Buddha Dharma? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said to her that if she didn’t want to continue listening, she could leave. All the teachings Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just gave she didn’t follow, thinking that it’s irrelevant to her. When you come to the center, you should be aware of your etiquettes. It is disrespectful if you don’t sit upright. Females should not wear low waist pants or clothes exposing your breasts. Males should not just wear string vests in the center.

And then His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked, during the pujas of the first day of Lunar New Year, who made the decision to use the offering money of the morning’s session as the money of the mandala offering for the afternoon’s session? Who had decided to use the offering money? Who had said that there was a mandala offering in the afternoon? Four disciples responsible for dharma affairs kneeled down in front of the mandala. They admitted their errors. It was them who made their own decisions without asking.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave the following teachings about this matter. These disciples have taken refuge for a long time already and have closely worked with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. They thought they were senior enough so as to make major decisions in few words. If so, why bother to establish a board of committee in the Taipei Glorious Jewel Buddhism Culture Exchange Association? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then asked one of them, being a drillmaster in a high school, whether he thought this Buddhist Center was his school, what he said can become a rule? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been observing him for a while. This time he indeed made another mistake. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked about who made the decision, they’d pass the buck. One of them even responded that it was the other two’s idea. How come that disciple didn’t know how to use the term of “refusal?” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche never said that disciples for dharma affairs can make decisions about usage of the money offering towards Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. These disciples have received precepts of Bodhisattvas. One of the precepts is to protect properties of their guru with life. But they undisciplinedly arrange the money offering made to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, thinking that it is alright as long as they didn’t lie. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang has advised and urged you to protect Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. You, to the contrary, didn’t protect your guru but attend to guru undisciplinedly instead.

One of the disciples even found the excuse that the money offering in the morning’s puja was abundant. That’s the reason they decided to transfer that money for the use of mandala offering. He thought it was to accumulate merits for others and it was doing things on behalf of others. In regular pujas, disciples often were reluctant to make money offering. So as they saw the offering gave on the first day of Lunar New Year, they thought it was a lot. If they made offering without sufficient reverence, it was disrespectful toward the Guru and Buddha Dharma. These disciples thought it was easy to perform a puja, without taking Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s effort. As a matter of fact, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had painstakingly performed pujas whole day on the first day of the Lunar New Year. It was to benefit sentient beings. Many disciples had no idea that in order to sustain and support His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s dharma activities, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just made an offering of big amount of cash not long ago, which didn’t even include the lawyer’s fee and previous money offering. Every single cent of the money offering disciples have made to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been transferred to make offering and help temples in Ching-hai and other Provinces of China. That was to accumulate merits for all of you. The money offering disciples made to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was of trifling importance. It was far less than the offering His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche made to His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang.

Without asking Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, they made the decision by themselves and did not consider that when the believers were making the offering, they wanted to offer it to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche rather than to make mandala offering. These disciples who were in charge of dharma related affairs just thought that making mandala offering would help disciples to accumulate merits so that it would not matter to take the offered money to use on it. They regarded that in this kind of way in the end it was still making an offering to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche so it would be alright. But try to give it a thought: If it were your salary and that have been spent on something else by someone without your permission, how would you feel about it?

Two female disciples who were responsible for collecting and keeping the offering money safely did not stopped them, thinking they were big dharma brother so she had to listen to them. She just let them take the money. Then another female disciple, in charge of checking the offering money, could not execute her duty. In thus way she had to compensate Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the loss. Don’t improperly regard that it helps to accumulate merits by being a volunteer in the Buddhist center. Doing volunteer work is just to help let the karmic connection becoming stronger. Don’t think you are doing something. Your doing those things is also benefiting you.

Why did I just conduct one session of Vajrasattva practice for you at the very beginning of today’s puja? It is because your karma is really heavy! Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has enlightened you many times on the phrase in the Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha’s Fundamental Vows: Every single thought an ordinary being generates is karma as well as a crime. In fact, there are hundreds of thousands of thoughts arise in a human in every single second. Only the Buddha is able to clearly know your all thoughts. Karma is the strength that leads us to incarnation, whereas crime leads us to fall into the three evil paths. Each and every thought of sentient beings is all for their own sake. Being selfish and unceasingly doing evil lead to falling into the suffering ocean of reincarnation.

It is just mentioned in the dharma text that to sympathize with sentient beings’ foolishness and ignorance. Why it says that sentient beings are foolish and ignorant? As you are careless, you easily transgress precepts and still do not think you are wrong. What precepts did the disciples in charge of dharma affairs transgress? It is stealing as they took something without asking its owner! The above-mentioned story has been told for many times, but you just did not listen to it, as you think it is not your business and has nothing to do with you. That abbot used the offered fund on other Buddhist part, but he still had to fall into the hell. As for those disciples, they were merely taking Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s money. How serious it would be if what they took were the Buddhist center’s fund, it would be very serious! One who occupies abbot’s property will fall into hells! In fact, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also is the abbot of the center.

Till now the two disciples did not even drop one tear, meaning that they did not feel repentant. They still thought that they just made it wrong. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked the four disciples to talk about how to punish them. They all asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to give them hard punishment. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche scolded these disciples not for they took Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s money to use on another part. It was because that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche concerned that they would fall into hells. If they don’t clearly think about what they have done wrong and make repentance, they will continue to make mistakes even if they are prohibited from attending pujas for one year as their punishment. They still thought that they just made it wrong. Perhaps they did it because they thought that disciples had already made offerings in the morning, and worried if they might have difficulty to make another offering in the afternoon. They just regarded other people were as poor as they. If they are poor, it does not matter for them not to take out money to make an offering. However, they should not have stopped others from the opportunity to continue to make offerings. Besides, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche never marks a price for people to make an offering. What matters is not the offering amount, but the offering heart!

How many amount offered by disciples and believers has been declined by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche?! As you have seen, there was a disciple who tried to offer Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche NT$20,000,000 but was refused by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Bringing the cash back and forth, this disciple has tried for 5 times till now. But if one does not have a proper mind, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not accept one’s offering. For Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, money seems like enemy. NT$20,000,000 is not a small amount. Can you resist this kind of temptation? It is not to mention for 5 time offering the disciple has made.

One of those four disciples ever tried to take his house to make an offering to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche as it was Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who saved his family as well as his children’s life.. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche considered the disciple was not young and healthful, and had children. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not receive it. His house now at least values NT$ 30,000,000. There was a female disciple who also tried to offer her house to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. But she did it because she had done something wrong and wanted to make repentance through the offering. As long as she had the offering heart, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did receive her offering. But actually Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not take her house as she merely had one. Any other guru who refuses to receive a house offered by his follower? You, hearing it, should not be calculating and improperly think that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche won’t receive your offering so you don’t have to make an offering. Those are just individual cases and not general rules.

Just now, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately led the attendees to recite the repentance prayer of the dharma text. It is stated in the Vajrasattva dharma text “sincerely implore guru and Buddhas for saving and protecting.” Here the guru is mentioned prior to Buddhas. You can find that in Tibetan Buddhism, mostly guru is placed and given priority over Buddhas. This concept is kind of different from Exoteric Buddhist doctrines. It is not because guru is greater than Buddhas. However, the reason lies in the fact that different objects need different teachers. Today, as you all are humankind, you need the emanation of Bodhisattva in human form to help you in your Buddhist cultivation path. Buddhas, instead, will not personally come to teach you. As many of you have not achieved the Ten Virtuous Deeds, that are the basic conditions to be a human, how will Buddhas and Bodhisattvas personally come to guide you? Likewise, a professor will not go to teach little boys and girls in kindergarten. A primary school teacher will not go to teach graduate students. Although one may be a guest teacher, it is not possible for him to teach for a long term. A Guru is the one who imparts Buddha-dharma for you to get liberation from the cyclic existence, keeps an eye on you and reminds you to act in accord with the Buddha’s teachings. Hence, it is guru who helps you attain Buddhahood and therefore guru could be considered of more importance.Hence, it is guru who helps you attain Buddhahood and therefore guru could be considered of more importance.

As sentient beings born in the decadence of Dharma are of too heavy karma and too shallow virtues, they cannot see the Buddhas in person. The ordinary can merely see the nirmanakaya Buddha, and Guru, in fact, is on behalf of the nirmanakaya Buddha. Guru is a experienced Buddhist cultivator and capable to give Buddha-Dharma help to you with his own practice experiences. A similar case is that when you want to go to some place, you need someone who has been there and has the ability to take you there. Likewise, if you want to get rebirth in the Pure Land, you need a guru who is an experienced and enlightened practitioner to guide you. You only can rely on guru’s protecting, blessing, and teachings to cultivate Buddhism and to pray for Buddha-Dharma help.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then compassionately bestowed the enlightenment about cancer: many of you ever had cancers, now have cancers, or will have cancers. Also, people often ask Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for advice whether it will be good for them, a cancer patient, to undergo operation. Sometimes they ask Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for advice if they need to take chemotherapy or diathermy. To this kind of questions, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not provide a direct answer. However, it is stated in the Sutra that we human body is the mandala of Hundred Peaceful and Wrathful Deities. To undergo an operation is to injure the mandala. Will it be good? Besides, our body is composed by many beings, as it is also depicted in the Sutra that there are many parasites in our body. A disciple who is also a doctor explained that indeed many germs exist in our body. Many of them, such as the bacteria in our intestinal tract, are beneficial to our health. These germs are the beings that have karmic relationship with us. If we undergo chemotherapy, we will kill the beings in us and we won’t recover. The cause for one to have cancer is that he kills beings and eats meat, so thereafter his karmic creditors, those were killed or eaten by him, entered his body. If the one does not sincerely make repentance but undergo an operation to cut off cancer, or kill them through chemotherapy or diathermy, by so doing it is to kill them again, won’t they be angrier?

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, at his age of 45, ever had skin cancer and now has totally recovered with some black spots left on the skin. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still has problem of S-shaped Scoliosis and would not get rid of it. Although the karma was paid off, karmic effect still exists. But suffering from S-shaped Scoliosi is much better than falling into hells! In 2010 when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche traveled to New Zealand, he had severe aches and pains in his spine. But no one could perceive, as the aches and pains would not affect Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mind. A disciple who is also a doctor reported to the attendee that at that time, he saw on Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s head there was a nevus having a big change. Therefore he checked it and found it was melanoma skin cancer, one kind of the fiercest cancer. And it was just beyond the blood vessel. The location it was made it easy to transfer to brain, spine, and so on, which was extremely dangerous. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not take any medical treatment or operation. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just recovered by himself. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that when he knew he had skin cancer, he did not feel sad, had compliant, or even worry about it at all. Neither did he undergo operation, take medicine or chemotherapy, implore Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, or pray His Holiness for conducting dharma for him. Completely ignoring the disease, he has constantly practiced and cultivated Buddhism in accord with His Holiness’ teachings. He thought to himself: “If death is good for me, please let me die; If being healthy allows me to benefit more sentient beings, please let me be healthy.” Here that death or getting ill is good for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is referring to reducing his karmic retribution, earlier repaying it and no longer to suffer in future lives. As a result, the dharma protector, in order to let Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche benefit more beings, help him to recover from the disease. You, on the contrary, always pray for getting cured but die soon instead. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not pray for his recovery but merely completely carries out the Buddha’s teachings, consequently he did not die.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is able to transform the karma of having cancer and it is because he has ceased evildoing and practiced virtuous deeds since taking refuge under the Buddha. If one improperly thinks that his cancer will definitely be cured and go far away from him after he takes refuge, he would be wrong. Those who get better after taking refuge is due to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessing that temporarily suppress their karmic creditors. The karmic creditors give them more time to cultivate Buddhism, but it does not mean they already get recovered to health and could start to enjoy their life. It is certain that cancer cells won’t leave your flesh body before you leave it. They are definitely waiting for you and following with you until you attain Buddhahood. Unless you, like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, are able to salvage them, it could be possible for them to leave first.

The science has found that some genes of cancer. This kind of cancer genes are in fact brought with the karma of killing from past lives. However, some of the people brought with cancer genes then have cancer, while some don’t. And the reason for those people with cancer genes but don’t have any cancer is because they have practiced virtuous deeds in their life, and learned to be merciful and compassionate. Therefore the cancer genes have no opportunity to grow and develop.

Why do you become ill? It is because you break the precepts. All illness originates from one’s mind. Because your mind is sick, your body is sick. It is the greed, hatred, ignorance, arrogance, and doubt that make your mind sick. The reason why we call Buddha Sakyamuni the king of the doctors lies in that the Buddha can heal our mind. When one’s mind is not sick, physical sickness is gone naturally. When you have a lot of delusions or like to calculate, your breathing rate will not be stable, sometimes fast and sometimes slow. In this case, you will develop heart diseases.

All the male descendants in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s family have high blood pressure and heart diseases. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s younger brother has these medical conditions as well. So did Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not have such conditions now. All these problems are originated from killing karma. Why does one develop heart diseases? It has something to do with your mind as well. Patients with such medical conditions are those who like to calculate and want everything sorted out. That’s why they would have heart problems. A disciple who works as a doctor explained: When we think a lot and trying to sorting different things out, our hearts can contract at an inconsistent rate and thereby affect the thickness of the heart muscle. Naturally, the heart will go wrong. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s heart rate is 62 bpm, and sometimes even 58 bpm. It shows that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can live longer than you.

Now there are so many people die young and there are also many young people fall seriously ill in the hospitals. That is because they think too much, are too aggressive to earn all what they want and to strive for better work position and salary, and, as a result, they pay with their health. You should know that how much money you can earn does not depend on your extra efforts. It actually depends on how much charities and offering you had made in your previous lifetimes.

Some people think that their cancer will be gone once Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestows blessing upon them. In fact, this is not true. What Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche blesses is the sentient beings that you previously harmed so that they can leave you alone for a while and give you some time to learn Buddhism. Some people think that cancer is the fruition, but it is only the blossom. If one does not practice or get help from a virtuous friend, he will face the real fruition of cancer, falling into the hell. Do not think that it is very difficult to fall into the hell. In the final days of a cancer patient, they have a lot of things to complain in mind due to severe physical pain. Such a mindset is hatred. When one has hateful thoughts, he will fall into the hell because the final thought will determine the place where one belongs after death.

When a flower is in blossom, processes may vary and thereby its fruit can vary as well. When one has cancer, it is like having a flower in bloom. If one exerts his efforts to learn Buddhism and practice in accord with the Buddhist teachings, the taste of the fruit may change. For example, one can live a shorter life instead, and does not have to fall into the hell. The Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche cannot change anyone’s karma. You are the only one who can change the power of the fruition.

When you sow seeds of evil, it won’t sprout without water and fertilizer. However, if you keep watering and fertilizing it, it will naturally produce flowers and fruit. Do not think that you have carried out a lot of virtuous deeds as you are learning Buddhism and that it would be alright to make minor mistakes. As long as you continue to conduct evil deeds, you actually continue to water the seed of evil and enable its evil fruit to ripen in the future. Therefore, you have been taught to stop committing evil and carrying out virtuous deeds. Only when you stop your wrongdoings can the power of virtues appear.

As to the male disciple who shared with you before the puja, his wife was originally diagnosed to die immediately. However, through Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help, she was granted more time to learn the Buddhist teachings. You just heard that his wife did not have to take morphine injections even with terminal cancer. She is now in the Pure Land of Amitabha. Although her body had to be moved around by her family, it was also a way for her to pay off debts with her body.

Yesterday, a believer came to ask Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. He had done chemotherapy seven or eight years ago. He asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche whether his cancer would recur. The answer given by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was that it was guaranteed. The medical society in the United States has proved that as long as a cancer patient has been treated with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or surgery, and so on, any cancer will recur and spread. Why will cancer patients relapse after surgical resection of the tumors? This is because cancer cells are very tiny. Even if you surgically resect a tumor, the cancer cells cannot be completely removed. A disciple who is a surgeon reported to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that one could only see cancer cells when there are 2 to the 10th power of cancer cells grouped together. Although after the surgical resection of a tumor, a doctor would think that he had had removed all cancer cells, some cancer cells would hide in the muscles and blood vessels, could not be seen and removed, and would transfer to other parts of a body via blood.

Cancer cell is actually a part of our body. The cells in our body have free will. So the cancer cells will evade the chemotherapy and radio therapy done to our body. A disciple who is a doctor also confirmed this fact. For example, when we are sick, the white blood cells in our body will automatically defend themselves and want to destroy the bad cells. So we may have fever, pustule, and other symptoms. If we use the methods of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery, etc. to eliminate cancer cells, the good cells in our body will also be eliminated such that naturally our body will not recover. From Buddhist point of view, cancer sells are those fishes and meats eaten by you and now staying in your body. After being eaten by you, the sentient beings had already had resentments. If you kill them again via medical treatments, that will only increase their resentments. They will escape first; but they will definitely become fiercer and spread to your whole body. Although suffering from skin cancer, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche decided to stop all evil deeds and do all virtuous deeds to get rid of any nutrients that would nourish the cancer cells such that Rinpoche’s cancer was naturally cured. Cancer cells will also absorb the nutrients in your body. The more nutrients you eat, the greater the cancer cells grow. A disciple who is a doctor said that if cancer patients continue to eat small protein foods such as fish and meat, which will be absorbed more easily by the cells, it will actually accelerate the growth and proliferation of the cancer cells.

In addition, diabetes is also a disease resulting from loving to eat meat. Diabetes is known as an illness with three kinds of disappearances in traditional Chinese medicine. The first disappearance is becoming emaciated. The sentient beings in your body will consume the nutrients taken by you; so the more you eat, the thinner you become. There are some other diabetics who become fatter on the contrary, actually due to edema. Edema is the sentient beings eaten by you that accumulated in your body. Many terminally ill cancer patients have edema. However, a deceased person who has been liberated by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s dharma conduction will have his edema completely gone without discharging water, because the karmic creditors in his body are liberated as well.

Why did Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche get skin cancer? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche lived in Hong Kong when he was young. You all know that Cantonese love to eat seafood very much. However, there are some unknown toxins in seafood. Those of you young ladies should not go to the all-you-can-eat for 300 dollars seafood restaurants which are impossible to have fresh seafood. From the perspective of Chinese medicine, all seafood has the characteristics of coldness and contains cold toxins. Why is a person’s blood warm? This is because warm blood can egest toxins. For example, when invaded by viruses and bacteria, the human body will have a fever to egest toxins. The sea creatures are cold-blooded, so toxins will be accumulated in their bodies. When you eat them, you will eat the toxins as well.

From the view point of Buddha dharma, those who have heavier karma will be reborn as sea creatures. The lifespan of fish is very short. If you have raised goldfish, you will know that, as long as you feed it, it will eat constantly without stopping until its stomach distend. It is an animal with such heavy karma. When you eat it, you will of course take its karma together. No wonder you will be seriously ill. Those who do not cultivate their compassion and who are selfish have cold hearts and cold bloods. They will fall into the animal realm and be reborn as fishes in the water later.

The daughter of a disciple suffered from central nervous system atrophy. A disciple who is a doctor explained that one who suffers from this disease will have convulsions, a body type different from ordinary people, uncoordinated limbs, and so on. Originally, when the mother brought her daughter to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, her daughter was held in the arms stiffly with a twitched face. Under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings, when the girl sought an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche the second time, her eyes was able to turn already, her body was not rigid, and her condition had great improvements. The mother saw that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche seemed very powerful and she had spent several million dollars for her daughter’s disease without getting any effect. Therefore, she decided to take refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. However, recently, her daughter suddenly fell ill again and was currently in a hospital with critical condition. When the mother came to seek for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened her that this was because the daughter had smelled the odor of meat.

Before the Chinese New Year, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had constantly reminded everyone that one should not eat meat and worship with meat during the Chinese New Year holidays. When this female disciple brought her daughter back to her parents’ home, because her parents ate meat, her daughter smelled a lot of the odor of meat and became sick again. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened everyone that if there was a seriously ill child at home, it was all due to heavier killing karma. When a person dies, his body becomes rigid because he is nervous. Therefore, the rigid body of this child was the same as the rigid bodies of the sentient beings killed at the time of their deaths. Recently, there had been a case that a little girl received Phowa dharma during a puja in the Buddhist center. When a child’s condition improves, you, as parents, soon forget about it and become slack and lazy, and wanted to let Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche handle all your child’s matters. She must had thought, as long as she had a vegetarian diet, other people eating meat had nothing to do with her; but not everyone could afford the same thing. Her daughter had already had such a serious illness. This means that the daughter had had no blessings at all. And the mother should take a good care of her daughter at home. However, she still wanted to bring her daughter back to her parents’ home to enjoy the so-called family life and relationships during the Chinese New Year. What is good to celebrate the Chinese New Year? Is living during the Chinese New Year different than living in other days? In fact, family reunion during the Chinese New Year was just a custom of an agricultural society in the past; family members got together during the time of a year when farming activities came to an end. Nowadays, transportation system is well developed. When it is necessary, you can just buy a plane ticket to flight back home to reunite with your family members at any time. Why do you have to have a family reunion during the Chinese New Year? Moreover, the coming of the Chinese New Year means that our time of practicing Buddhism is one year less again; what is worth to celebrate the Chinese New Year from this point of view? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not waste even a little bit of blessing and would use everything in Buddhist practices and cultivations.

Recently, the son of a female disciple returned to Taiwan from studies in the U.S.A. The female disciple knew that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche needed bodyguards, so she sent her son to apply for the job. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked him what martial arts he had learned and for how long. He proudly replied that he had learned several martial arts in the U.S. within a year. When seeing his attitude, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said nothing, but agreed to let him come to Rinpoche’s company to apply for the job the next day. During the interview, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked the instructor who was responsible for managing the bodyguards to test the skills of this young man and advised the instructor that he should just stop when he has won the fight and should not harm him. As a result, as soon as the instructor struck, the instructor hit the young man in one move. The young man was still jumping and bouncing in the same place. Therefore, you should be humble and should not think you are great as soon as you have learned a little bit of something.

A believer came to implore help of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She wanted to do a job in the insurance industry, but her mother wished that she could be a civil service worker. She didn’t know what to do. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave her the enlightenment that she could continue her job in the insurance company and then take the civil service examination. When she passes the examination and has two alternatives, she then can consider whether she should change her career. If she goes to ask the same question to an ordained master, she might receive an advice that she should be filial to her mother. Thus, she should follow her mother’s wish. But such an advice would hardly satisfy this believer. Nor can it completely solve the problem. Or the master might tell her to recite mantras and then dedicate the merits to her mother in a hope that her mother will not push her anymore. Many masters indeed would teach believers in this way. But it is not an appropriate solution. Since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is a lay practitioner, Rinpoche has many similar experiences to those of lay believers and disciples. Additionally, with the wisdom Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has cultivated by practicing Buddhism, Rinpoche naturally can help sentient beings to solve their problems.

A lay guru can understand various temptations you have encountered in this society. Since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche didn’t begin his practices of Buddhism at young age, Rinpoche had experienced all kinds of the so-called “vicissitudes of life” before learning Buddhism. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has experience and can grasp any problems you have to face. Many people think that taking a vegetarian diet means to become monks or nuns. Whether or not you’d become a monk or a nun depends on your conditions. Lay people naturally will have the conditions to meet a lay guru. Nowadays, many ordained practitioners have to deal with mundane affairs. That’s why ordained disciples here would take refuge under a lay guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. If you have the conditions to practice Buddhism in remote mountains, you’d be in a secluded temple long time ago. You wouldn’t be still in this turmoil city. You’d be in a quiet hut for ordained practitioners. This means that you have the conditions to follow a lay guru to learn Buddhism. Given these conditions, you should cherish such conditions and use the limited time to learn Buddhism. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once mentioned to his children that Rinpoche didn’t know when he’d die. Since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has obtained certain level of accomplishment, Rinpoche is still quite healthy. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been striving to benefit sentient beings. The workload has already exceeded the capacities of a normal human body. The physical conditions might not be able to bear too much exhaustion. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has practiced Buddhism well. But because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still has this physical body, Rinpoche may not know which day his physical body will not bear. Yet, it is unbearable for merciful Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to see sentient beings experiencing sufferings. That’s why as long as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sees any wrongdoings, Rinpoche will keep reminding them till Rinpoche physically can’t afford doing so. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is very strict when teaching the disciples. Because worrying that the disciples would take the wrong paths, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has to scold the disciples. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche praised you a little bit, you would have given rise to a mind of arrogance. All of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s supervisions and teachings to the disciples have been all in accordance with the teachings of Sakyamuni Buddha. According to Buddhist scriptures, when the Buddha was alive, the Buddha often reprimanded the disciples. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang was also very strict when transmitting dharmas to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

You still have the holiday to take rest. Even after the puja on Sunday, you would be relaxed after going home. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is much busier than a convenient store and has no time to rest. It would be not enough even if there is 24 hours a day. Just like yesterday, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just arrived at the airport at PM 2:00, rushed to meet the believers from PM 4:00 to PM 10:00. When you had some troubles, all you would pray to the dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and visualize Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowing the blessing to you, how could Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche take a rest for a while? Therefore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche cannot get illness until his dying day. Even if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gets influenza, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not allow it to burst out. It is because that too many sentient beings are waiting for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s salvage. From the point of view by a general person, it has been overloaded which would not bear for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still tries his best to do it, it is because that one is the vow of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, one is to let turning of the Dharma Wheel constantly. The turning of the Dharma Wheel constantly is not merely to preside over the pujas and enlighten the dharma; it is that the meaning of dharma can be turned in order to let sentient beings can light up their minds from the dark and abstain from evil and to practice virtue.

80% of dharma instruments in the venue of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center belong to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not have any disagreement and let the Dharma Affair team to manage and use these dharma instruments. Today if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not discover that they diverted the usage for the money originally used for making offering, it would be possible that they dared to divert those dharma instruments for other usage for other unrelated place. Don’t you think that you are not relative with this matter, as long as you are the human being, you will make the same mistake.

Afterward, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave the new disciples an oral transmission of the ritual practice of Dharma Protector Achi, the uncommon Dharma Protector of Drikung Kagyu.

Each of the four main orders of Tibetan Buddhism has their own Dharma protectors, so the Dharma Protectors are called the uncmoon Dharma Protector. Although the way of cultivating Buddhism is different, the teaching of those dharma gateways is for liberating from the death and birth. Which order of Tibetan Buddhism you contacted, it depends on the karmic connection. There would be someone may ask, if you have took refuge for other order of Tibetan Buddhism, whether it is able to take refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche or not? The answer is yes, unless you have learned the Yoga, and Anuttara Yoga in Tantric Buddhism. The Vajrayana are divided into four levels: Kriya, Charya, Yoga, and Anuttara Yoga. If your guru has taught you Kriya and Charya, and you are allowed to learn Kriya and Charya from other gurus. However if the guru can teach you the high level of Yoga and Anuttara Yoga, you can be able to learn it.

“Protector Achi” is the exclusive Dharma Protector of Drikung Kagyu, It is called “Vajravarahi” in the Exoteric Buddhism, and there are different names in the Esoteric Buddhism. The dharma protectors are divided worldly protector and religious dharma protector, the dharma protector of worldly protectors are the deities which usually protect the Buddhism, the ghosts, mountain deities and the most powerful ghosts who have cultivated themselves will be the worldly protectors after they died, this kind of dharma protectors have the habits of human beings because of they are still in the reincarnation in the six realms. Protector Achi is the religious dharma protector who has attained the Buddhahood can be liberated from the reincarnation. She left this world by the rainbow body and has her own Pure Land. Grandma Achi vows to protect the disciples of Drikung Kagyu, but it does not mean that it is not merely to be considered as the disciple of Drikung Kagyu who ever took refuge under Drikung Kagyu. For those who broke the vow of taking refuge, were not willing to protect the guru and the order, cannot be considered as the disciples of Drikung Kagyu. There are two characteristics: one is that all the dharma texts and rituals have to be the oral transmission by the guru, another one is that it is especially restricted for the teaching of Drikung Kagyu. Therefore if you did not follow up the instruction of the teaching of Drikung Kagyu, you cannot be considered as a disciple of Drikung Kagyu, Grandma Achi is unable to protect you as well.

You might see that Bodhisattva Sangharama and Weituo Bodhisattva in the temple of , Weituo Bodhisattva actually is the god in the realm of Heaven to protect the temples specially. The Bodhisattva Sangharama who is not merely considered as Guan Gong by the general concept; Guan Gong is merely one of the representatives. Bodhisattva Sangharama specially protects the ordained people who are aimed to those ordained people have undertaken and observed with the teaching of Buddhism.

Protector Achi is the grandmother of Lord Jigten Sumgon; therefore sometime she can be called Grandma Achi who especially takes care of children. When practicing the ritual of Protector Achi is very simple, you shall offer and worship a cup of black tea. In the ancient Tibet, there was no black tea, only the buttered tea was made from Pu’er tea, It was very difficult to plant the vegetables in ancient Tibet, they have the fiber and chlorophyll from the source of the Pu’er tea. Pu’er is a place name located at Yunnan Province in China. In Yunnan, the merchants collected all Pu’er tea in that place, in order to preserve the tea which was exposed on the sun to be sun-baked and fermented. There were two different processing for the Fermented Tea and Raw Tea. For the transportation purpose, they are compressed to the shape of disc or brick, and transferred to Qing-Hai and Tibet by the Horse Caravan. Till now, there is still Horse Caravan in Yunnan Province. The Pu’er tea is the favorite tea for Protector Achi. After the ritual of practicing the Dharma Protector, you should not drink the tea or let your children to drink the tea. Don’t be so greedy. In Sutra mentioned, for the drink after making offering, the best way is to spread on the ground for sentient beings. You would be impossible in the urban area. You can pour it into the sewer. Those beings living in the sewer that are drunk by the offering tea can make karmic connection with Dharma Protector to liberate from the suffering in the three evil realms.

Originally Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche authorized the disciples to deal with the offerings without asking the details. However finally this matter was unknowingly found by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, because of them have practiced the Dharma Protector Achi every day. If you did anything which would be harmful for the Buddhist center, sooner or later, Dharma Protector Achi will let Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche know. If the new disciple would not like to let Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche know what the disciple has done, you may consider not taking the dharma text when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is transmitting the Dharma Achi.

If you could not hear the content of the Dharma which was transmitted by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, you should not ask other disciple, it is because that they are not your guru and they don’t have the qualification to transmit the Dharma. If you are asked, and reply the answer to them, you are breaking the precepts of telling lies. If you could not hear clear, that was the fact. If you are not afraid of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s scolding, you can meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the enlightenment.

February 19, 2011

From 4:20 PM to 8:40 PM, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave enlightenment to 109 believers with Buddhism and helped them to relieve all kinds of suffering in the world at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei.

February 20, 2011

At the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over an auspicious puja of Avalokiteshvara Empowerment.

Prior to the beginning of the puja, a female disciple shared her experience of how Most Venerable Vajra Guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, has helped her smoothly deliver a baby and bestowed her blessings to change her attitudes of learning Buddhism.

Through an introduction of a dharma brother, she made an audience with Most Venerable Vajra Guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in the end December of 2005 at the Glorious Jewellery Company. Originally she implored the Guru to grant her and her husband opportunities to attend Chod Pujas in a hope that her late father-in-law could be liberated. He committed suicide by jumping off a building. Due to insufficient conditions and merits, they were not able to be granted the opportunities. They, however, obtained the precious dharma audio-recordings of how to make repentance. After listening to the dharma recordings Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave to believers, she deeply repented that they had been committing killing when eating fish and meat and yet they thought they were kind persons, not making any mistakes. Because of such introspections, she and her husband at once decided to become vegetarians. About three years later, in April of 2009, she was pregnant for five months. She and her husband together implored His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for attending weekly pujas and monthly Chod pujas and were granted the opportunities. And then on July 30, 2009, they took refuge under His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

After taking refuge, she wasn’t able to integrated Buddha Dharma with her life. She constantly asked herself whether or not doing such and such would violate precepts. Whether she’d be punished? Agitated and nervous, she had become a person whom Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often described that she’d better not to learn Buddhism for learning Buddhism had generated a great many evil thoughts. On Tuesday September 1, 2009, it was her due date but she had not felt her belly was dropping. When in her pregnancy of 36 to 39 weeks, the baby’s weight remained around 2500 grams. Her doctor feared that if the baby stayed in the womb for too long without any further growth, the baby would be in danger. The doctor kept suggesting an appointment to hasten parturition. She, on the other hand, was clinging to the idea that hastening the process of childbirth wasn’t natural. That would do damage to the baby. So she decided to wait for a natural delivery of the baby. (She thought, after taking refuge, the Guru would definitely protect and bless her. She didn’t have to worry.)

It was on the estimated date of childbirth that her husband and she altogether went to the Glorious Jewel Jewellery Company to seek an audience with Vajra Guru His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. When she met Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she implored to bless her for an easy delivery. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked her what her definition of “an easy delivery” was, and she said it was a natural childbirth. Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately blessed her for quite a long time. After bestowing blessing to her, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked her if she liked to eat sours in her pregnancy. She said yes she did often eat that kind of food such as grapes, cherries, oranges, and so on. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her that her child did not like sours and therefore in the later pregnancy her child refused to absorb them. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche suggested that she drink milk. Besides, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked her if she had not felt her abdomen drooping. She said no, her abdomen had not drooped. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said to her: “Now you believe! Don’t you?” and moreover asked her if her mother had been some temples to pray but did not fulfill her promise after that. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed her to go home to verify it first and then come back, as it would be in time for her to come back within 7 days. Otherwise, she would have to follow doctor’s suggestion. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked in benevolence if she was too busy at work; why didn’t she just take a break at home as it was very near to her estimated childbirth day. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also asked if she recited the Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha’s Fundamental Vows. She said every day she recited one or two chapters. Hearing this, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that her recitation was not enough for her to use.

After she went home, she anxiously asked her mother if she went to some temples to pray for something but did not carry out her vows. Her mother did not admit it and said she just went there and as usual implored for an easy delivery for her daughter and a peaceful death for herself. With her mother’s saying, the next day she, together with her husband, went to the Glorious Jewel Jewellery Company to report it to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that her mother did really pray, and moreover it was a ghost temple where her mother prayed by reading a lot. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked them to go home and ask her mother again for verification. She believed what guru told her must be true, and perhaps her mother forgot it as she worshiped in so many temples. They went home and asked her mother again, but getting the same answer from her. Therefore, she asked her mother to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with them on Saturday. Her mother consented. On Thursday, September 3rd, taking guru’s advice, she took a day off at home and expected her confinement. It was exactly in the evening that she had vaginal bleeding. Seeing this situation, she was very grateful to guru as guru already foresaw her situation and asked her to rest at home. Besides, she did not have any pain when her vagina was bleeding. Then she went to hospital for an antenatal examination. Seeing her condition, the doctor exclaimed in alarm: “Why didn’t you stay at a labor room to hasten child delivery? Hurry up. If your baby stopped growing, the longer time your baby stay in you, the worse situation your baby would get in.” The doctor instructed them to go to the labor room soon. Then doctor used ultrasound to examine her baby’s weight and length. As she had taken Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s advice to drink a lot of milk at home, her baby’s weight just increased by 200 grams in 3 days according to the check result.

The doctor said that although she had already noticed “bloody show” this did not mean she would go into labor immediately. The doctor still asked them semi-coercively to get into the delivery room to wait for the labor to start or to be induced; otherwise, there was no point of doing the prenatal examinations. She and her husband only thought in their minds the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s words that if she had not delivered her baby naturally in seven days, then they should listen to the doctor’s instruction at that time. Because the baby’s weight had increased and this fact calmed their panic minds a little, they decided not to enter the delivery room at this time. September 5th, Saturday, they brought the mother to Glorious Jewel Jewellery Company to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked her mother whether she had prayed in a temple before. Her mother replied she had not done so. Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche seriously reprimanded the mother and said, “You can leave if you did not pray in a temple!” Her mother was very surprised and said in front of the guru, “Why so fearsome?” Her mother got up and wanted to leave. However, she quickly pulled her mother and implored the guru to enlighten them. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately asked her mother what she had prayed. Her mother said, “I have prayed to die without suffering when the death comes.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked the female disciple, “If you prayed to ghosts and gods, what would you use to repay the debts?” She replied, “Use one’s lifespan to repay.” Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened the husband and the wife three points. First, an induced labor did not indicate goodness or badness of a delivery; if a child could not delivered naturally, it indicated that the parents had owed the child; if a child could delivered naturally, it indicated that the child came to this world to repay the parents’ kindness. Second, they did not have enough blessings and her family had not done any charity. Third, she should not be superstitious and implored again. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also said that at the time when taking refuge they had not had the correct mentality; so they had not given rise to good dependent originations. This happening was perhaps a good thing to them and would let them re-examine their hearts of practicing Buddhism. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also asked them to come back to see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche after they had made an appointment with the doctor to induce labor. After prostrating to the guru, they called outside Glorious Jewel Jewellery Company to make an appointment with the doctor for inducing labor at 8 o’clock on Monday morning of September 7th. Then, they returned and reported to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche the date and time of their appointment. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately bestowed a precious nectar pill on her and asked her to take the pill on the spot.

During the group puja on Sunday, September 6th, her belly constantly had irregular labor pains. At 2:00 before dawn on September 7th, she started to have regular labor pains. During the course of the labor, due to incorrect breathing, she once had her whole upper body numbed; and once no heartbeat could be detected from her baby; the nurse found later that this was caused by airs coming into the intravenous injection; if the nurse discovered the situation a bit later, she and her baby would have been life-threatening. At this time, she just realized the guru’s enlightenment on the Dharma throne that life is impermanent. She is very grateful to the venerable Vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for Rinpoche’s great mercy, compassion, and blessing which let her go through the times of crisis during the course of the labor and let her safely and smoothly deliver her baby at 13:30 in the afternoon that day. Her labor was not induced; and she delivered the baby naturally without using medicine for painless labor. During the course of the delivery, her mood was unexpectedly calm, without fear. She is very grateful to the guru’s help. Without the guru’s blessing, she could not face the extreme pain of childbirth; without the guru’s blessing, she might not be in this world today.

Five days after she delivered the baby, they two brought the child to the venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The Guru took the baby in his arms and bestowed compassionate blessing. Seeing the Guru giving his blessing just like a loving father, they two were deeply touched. Then, her husband implored Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to name the child. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said, “Come to implore again, then.”

After childbirth, she found it very difficult to be a mother, thinking that she had postpartum depression. During her puerperium period, her husband paid 5 visits to the Guru for the baby’s name. Nonetheless, they failed to get one due to lack of merits. As her parents wanted her to stay home during the puerperium period, she was unable to attend the regular pujas on Sundays for an entire month. At that time, she changed her mind on Buddhist study and forgot the help and blessing bestowed by the venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She felt extremely miserable and even told her husband that learning Buddhism should not bring so much suffering. She felt that she had been happier before learning Buddhism, so she wanted to give up. Her husband kept encouraging her, sharing the process of preparing for the annual great puja to be held on October 4 as well as accounts given by other Dharma brothers. She was very grateful for the loving kindness and compassion of the Guru. One week before the baby was 1 month old, the Guru compassionately let a Dharma brother tell them that the baby’s name was ready and that they should make a great offering. At the time, she did not understand what a great offering is and thought that they had to offer a great deal of money. After having a discussion about the amount with her husband, she had her husband go to the Jewellery Store to make the offering. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not accept their offering. Because they did not have the right heart and were disrespectful to the Guru, the Guru then forbade them to make any offerings.

During her puerperium period, she, being a mother for the first time, did not attend the regular pujas and was forbidden to make any offerings. She had mixed feelings and suffer a lot at that time. Nevertheless, the venerable Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s book, Happiness and Suffering, was published. She read the teachings in the book bestowed by Richen Dorjee Rinpoche and her suffering was relieved. She knew that she had learned in a wrong way. The origin of her suffering was her own heart. She had to adjust her attitude in learning Buddhism.

On October 04,2009, in the venue of the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousnesses, when she saw far away from the figure of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche entering in the puja, she burst into tears and knew the mistakes what she had made: She made repentance for her foolish behavior and distrust, and she made the repentance for her arrogant mind to her guru, and she also made repentance for her evil mind which was not willing to learn Buddhism, and only thought herself without considering the sentient beings. During that puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche made a enlightenment: There was a ritual which was on behalf of sentient beings to make offering to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. It is because that it would not gain the merits without making offering, it would be unable to hear Buddhism without the merits. When she heard that, she burst into tears again. She was grateful for the guru’s compassion which could be on behalf of sentient beings made offering to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. She also made repentance that she was unable to make offering because she had no the merits.

After the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousnesses, her husband accompanied with her besought to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. They besought Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to accept their offering and their child to take refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche agreed their child to take refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and the offering, she gratefully wept with joy for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s compassion.

It was like the enlightenment of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, it would be a good thing to have an opportunity to review their mind of learning Buddhism. Now she just realized that almsgiving and making offering is the basic of learning Buddhism. She was regretful why doesn’t she treasure what she had until she lost them? Therefore she appealed everyone can take her as an example to cherish every chance to make offering to the guru. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ever enlightened on the Dharma seat: What is making offering? It is not merely the money, it is a reverent mind to firmly believe the guru and Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. She made repentance for the attitude when she just took refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche; she was superstition and not truly willing to believe the cause and effect, that was why she had the arrogant mind and without the mind to make offering as well. They thought that Guru was punished the disciples, but actually, Guru is teaching disciples in a variety of ways. Without Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she could not learn Buddhism, easily became an evil woman who was only worship for safe and well or blessing. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ever told the attendees to attend the puja regularly and frequently. It is because that the minds of sentient beings is easily affected and go to the wrong direction by the environment. It is true! She missed for 4 times of pujas, and her mind was quickly unsettled and sluggish. There is only way to be influenced and having the stable mind of learning Buddhism by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with the teaching of Dharma,

After becoming a mother herself, she had been more deeply realized that the Guru treated the disciples and the sentient beings as compassionately as any mother would be, and teaches as strictly as any father would do, everything was for the future and the interest of the disciples and the sentient beings, doesn’t want to see the disciples and the sentient beings to take the wrong way again, to suffer from the cycle of reincarnations.  A while ago, when she was disciplining her one year old child, the active and mischievous child knocked over the water, the first time she verbal scolded her, let her know that knocked over and spilled water is not allowed; the second time the water was knocked over, the punishment was let her standing alone, and taught her to say sorry, not to make the same mistake again; the third time the water was knocked over, she got angry and punished the child to stand alone and slapped her in the palm. When her husband saw it, she taught the child to say sorry to her, her told the toddler: “I don’t need your apologies, I needed you to change your wrong way of doing things, and never make the same mistake again.” When the sentence came out from her, the same time she realized the venerable vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was not just teaches the disciples exactly the same way? The strict and harsh teachings of the Guru was all for the benefits of the sentient beings, hoping the sentient beings would mend their mistakes, they would not make the evil deeds and karma that brings them into the cycle of reincarnations, not just apologies verbally. On the other hand, she realized that herself was just the human beings from earth that the Guru had mentioned of being stubborn and obstinate, difficult to tame and difficult to subdue, she did not set an example of herself, did not follow Buddha Dharma and behave accordingly, no wonder the child is not well taught. She admired and praised the venerable vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with the great compassion and great wisdom, patiently and earnestly teaching and advising the sentient beings, all for the propagation of Buddha Dharma, there was not any time to rest himself, the time spending on transferring and teaching the sentient beings are over 24 hours recognized by normal human beings, still wholeheartedly, with no regret, with selfless offer, unceasingly benefiting all sentient beings. On her mind, the venerable vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is the incarnation of Bodhisattvas.

She felt grateful and have gratitude for the venerable vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche pitied her ignorance, also pointed our her incorrect attitude towards learning Buddhism, at the same time bestowed her with outstanding Buddha Dharma to guide her to correct her heart for practicing Buddha Dharma. One could met such an dharma practitioner with great virtues like the venerable vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, it is very rare and difficult, she must cherish with great efforts, following the Guru tightly.  Although, the Guru asked her not to pray and ask anymore, but at this time and place she still pray and asked the Guru to strengthen her heart to practice Buddha Dharma, hope one day she could not only helped herself to liberate from the suffering sea of reincarnation, also benefits all living sentient beings. She prayed and wished the venerable vajra guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche good health and well being, the wheel of Buddha Dharma kept turning.

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestows upon attendees a rare and auspicious Avalokiteshvara Empowerment. Before the empowerment process, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave the following dharma teaching. You should not think that after receiving the empowerment, you possess certain abilities. The empowerment is one kind of authorization that authorizes you to practice the dharma method of certain deity and furthermore to obtain achievement. One of the major differences between Esoteric and Exoteric Buddhism lies in that before learning a Tantra, one should receive an empowerment, oral instruction about mantras and how to visualize from an authentic guru. After receiving these transmissions, one can start the practice in accordance with guru’s teachings. The term, an authentic guru, doesn’t refer to a guru with moralities. Instead, it refers to a guru with virtues. An authentic guru is the practitioner who has achieved accomplishment of attunement to the deity. Mantras are the summary of the deity’s virtues, vows, and mercy. The term empowerment was originated from ancient time. When a prince was going to succeed to the throne, the king would sprinkle pure water over the prince’s head, representing that the prince has inherit the king’s power.

Many people have misunderstanding about Buddha Dharma and don’t know how to cherish Buddha Dharma. They thought that they could read the sutra when they want to read, or listen to teachings from TVs or radio when they want to learn Dharma. If they are told that Buddha Dharma is not the teachings that they could study just because they want to study, they might respond “is that so? Dharma teach compassion, doesn’t it?” They’d criticize that it’s not compassionate when they can’t hear the dharma that they want to know. Actually, it’s wrong that Buddha Dharma can be heard just because of your wish, nor because of asking or consulting. Instead, one should reverently “implore” for Buddha Dharma. If one doesn’t implore for Buddha Dharma, he or she won’t be able to obtain it. Some come to a puja with arrogant attitudes. They just want to know what a guru would talk about and compare with what they heard before. If there is a difference, they’d think whether the guru’s teachings are wrong. These attitudes are disrespectful toward Buddha Dharma. Buddha Dharma isn’t a kind of knowledge for you to understand, research or comprehend. You are not qualified to claim that you can understand or have a comprehension of Buddha Dharma. To learn Buddha Dharma is to engender realization, which you are not able to achieve yet. Even so, what you should do is focus your attention on listening what has been said. Every guru has endowed different causes and conditions. The way different gurus transmit Buddha Dharma, therefore, would be different. Depending on your causes and conditions, you’ll meet the guru whom you have karmic connection with. There is no need to make any comparison.

When Buddha Sakyamuni attained Buddhahood under a bodhi tree, the Buddha said that sentient beings and Buddhas are born with the same nature and the Buddhahood. Yet why haven’t sentient beings achieved Buddhahood? The reason is that sentient beings do not yet come to be awakened! Buddha Sakyamuni thus began for the first time to turn the dharma wheel, teaching Buddha Dharma to sentient beings. At that time, it was because of the imploration of a heavenly god that Sakyamuni started to teach Buddha Dharma and liberate sentient beings. At the beginning, Sakyamuni bestowed Buddha Dharma on his five non-Buddhist attendants.

The goals of learning Buddha Dharma are not to smooth out your things, bring about peaceful moods, or calm down your bad tempers. Actually, if you want to change your bad tempers, you don’t have to learn Buddhism. Through cultivation of your temperament, you tempers will naturally become nicer. To achieve this goal, you can just read more books. For instance, classics of Confucius teach you many principles of being a kind person. In Catholicism and Christianity, there are many methods to help people become a nice person. For this goal, you do not need to learn Buddhism. Learning Buddhism, thus, is to help you liberate from the cycle of birth and death and then you can benefit all sentient beings. Do not think that making charities, becoming volunteers or reciting sutras are practicing Buddhism. A true Buddhist will learn to view things from the law of cause and effect. Many people also misthought that taking refuge, reciting mantras and attending pujas were practicing Buddhism. As a matter of fact, learning Buddhism is for the purpose of examining your own errors, rather than checking others’. When you see other’s mistakes, you actually make a mistake. Practicing Buddhism isn’t simply correct one’s evildoings. Genuine practicing Buddhism is to correct all the behaviors that will cause you to enter the cycle of reincarnation.

Buddhist practices between Exoteric and Esoteric Buddhism are different. Practitioners of Exoteric Buddhism cultivate their learning from causal ground, whereas those of Esoteric Buddhism from resulting Buddhahood. Sutras and commentaries of Exoteric Buddhism are theories of Buddha Dharma which explain worldly things from the law of cause and effect. Both good and evil deeds will cause karmic retributions and thus to reincarnation. That’s why in Exoteric Buddhism practitioners would find out and cultivate causes of reincarnation in a hope to attain good effects. Humans would enter the cycle of reincarnation because of ignorance. So practitioners would practice Buddhism from cause effect in order to cut off all causes that will bring reincarnation into existence. Since human life is full of suffering, practitioners of Exoteric Buddhism would strive to carry out virtuous deeds in order to accumulate sufficient virtuous causes which will sooner or later engender virtuous effects. They must continuously practice Buddhism in 24 hours a day. This way of practicing will take a long time. It is very unlikely for lay people like you to do so. In Vajrayana, to practice Tantra practitioners would begin with resulting Buddhahood. It is because all sentient beings were born with conditions to attain Buddhahood which implies that all sentient beings are endowed with the same nature to attain Buddhahood. Through theories of Exoteric Buddhism, practitioners applied methods of Esoteric Buddhism to achieve Buddhahood. On the one hand, this way of practicing Buddhism is faster. On the other, stricter requirements would have to be followed by its practitioners. Additionally, although it is faster when compared with methods in Exoteric Buddhism that begins with Six Paramitas, practitioners of Esoteric Buddhism will not accomplish Buddhahood in one, two, five or ten years. Methods of Esoteric Buddhism are faster so your practices will be improved sooner. But if your mindsets are not appropriate, they will do great harm to you, too. Practitioners of Vajrayana should be equipped with a mind like diamond that, for the goal of benefiting sentient beings, can’t be destroyed. Don’t criticize Vajrayana because you haven’t learned any Tantras that are extremely precious.

Our bodies are the manifestations of the accumulation of karmic retributions in past lifetimes. There are good and bad karma, both of which will cause us to enter into the cycle of reincarnation. Because we have the form of a body, we develop a sense of “me.” We are afraid of being hurt so as to conduct evildoings to protect our bodies. We must depend on an authentic guru to learn how to use our bodies to learn Buddhism. It’s like we must pass through many examinations when completing our school education since young age. The way of learning Buddhism is very much like the process of our school study. We need a guru to teach us the truth that our bodies are not exactly the real “me.” By the supervision of our guru, it’s possible that we genuinely change our behaviors that would cause our entering into the cycle of reincarnation. Karma exists as a form of power. We can’t commit a little bit of evildoings. A little evildoings will cause a little bit of evil karmic power which will lead us into reincarnation. Since you are ordinary human beings, you are not qualified to see a Sambhogokaya or Dharmakaya Buddha. You can only depend on a Nirmanakaya Buddha, your guru, to teach you.

Some might think if they recite the Great Compassion Mantra, the mistresses of their husbands will disappear, their children will become obedient and study hard and their jobs will be successful. These thoughts are all incorrect. Without receiving your guru’s empowerments, your reciting mantras is simply making connection to your Buddhist learning.

The most critical thing in learning Buddhism is to cultivate your compassion which is the most powerful force in the universe. To be compassionate doesn’t refer to talk tenderly and quietly. Nor does it mean doing charities or conducting virtuous deeds. There are two components in the idea of being compassionate. The first is to exchange your best things with suffering of sentient beings. And the second is to help sentient beings to be liberated from the suffering ocean of reincarnation. If you have not achieved the level of being compassionate, even if you have recited many sutras or made many prostrations to Buddhas’ statues, there will be no effect of your recitations. It is indicative of your lack of compassion if you still see faults of others, do things for your own sake, and are selfish. When you sense other’s faults, it is because you feel you are being harmed. But when being compassionate is to exchange sentient beings’ pains with your happiness, how come you’d care about whether you are being harmed or not?

Some may say that this person has greatly vowed to practice Buddhism. To vow doesn’t mean how much money you donate. To vow means to develop one’s compassion and bodhichitta. One must cultivate his or her compassion before he or she can develop bodhichitta. In other words, being compassionate is the foundation of developing bodhichitta. A person who genuinely develops his or her bodhichitta will not have a sense of “me.” He won’t even think about whether he will be enlightened, whether he’ll be liberated from the cycle of birth and death, or whether he’ll attain Buddhahood. When talking about being compassionate and lacking the sense of a “me,” it does not mean that you give away all your belongs at home. It’s not compassionate. It’s stupid. Thus, when one has developed compassion, he has to cultivate his wisdom. If one has compassion but no wisdom, he can’t accomplish anything, either. There are two kinds of bodhichitta: relative and absolute bodhichitta. Until now, some of you would say things such as not letting Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche know what they have been doing. They are afraid of being scolded. People with such thought are those who do not want to change their evildoings. They do not believe in the Guru, either. These are very vicious deeds. When one fears being scolded, he doesn’t want to change his behaviors. Nor does he want to stop evildoings. If you think the purpose of your guru scolding you is for your sake, why would you fear of it? As you fear of being reprimanded, it means you still care about the sense of a self, which means you are a person full of desires. Many people don’t like being scolded by their guru. However, in the Thirty-seven Buddhist Practices, even if we are being wronged by sentient beings of three thousand worlds, we still have to treat them as the most precious guests, not to mention the guru who has taught Buddha Dharma. Those who get angry with their guru are evil persons.

On the first day of Chinese lunar year, a whole-day puja was organized and held by Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. Considering that it would not be easy for the attendees to go out for lunch on that day, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche particularly asked three disciples, who respectively had a vegetarian restaurant, to prepare lunch boxes costing NT$100 per one for around 1,000 attendees. Two of the three disciples listened and did it accordingly, making lunch boxes that each costs NT$100. However, the third one expressed that in the period of Chinese New Year she would have to pay more to her chef and therefore she would lose money. She said she might be blamed by her husband if she did the business that makes her to lose money. But could she be the one who feared her husband? Eventually she forced herself to make lunch boxes that each charged NT$100 but used much fewer ingredients. The quality and quantity of the lunch boxes were both reduced. Many people who had the lunch boxes made by her did not feel full. How could a person like her learn Buddhism? The one merely listened to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was giving a dharma talk in a Buddhist center. As for that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her to prepare lunch boxes, she thought it was regarding to her business rather than to Buddhist teachings so she did not have to listen. She thought that the lunch boxes she made were for ordinary people rather than for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, so she could not suffer loss in doing it. Never did she think that it was really a good thing to prepare lunch boxes for the attendees on first day of Chinese lunar year as everyone thereafter no need to worry but attentively attend puja. She was actually given the opportunity to practice charity and accumulate virtues and merits, but she just did not know to cherish. Even though she would lose money in preparing lunch boxes, how much money would she lose? The scale of her restaurant was bigger than the other two disciples’, as well as it was in a better financial status. However, the other two restaurant owners could make it, but she couldn’t. As she didn’t want to be at a disadvantage to make lunch boxes for her dharma brothers, nor to practice charity to sentient beings, how could she even talk about learning Buddhist?

Not thinking about at the beginning time when she sought an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she was both physically and psychologically ill; her family had issues; her daughter did not listen to her; and her restaurant business was in slack time. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helped her to resolve all of her difficulties. But now she was calculating. Before, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had ever gone to her restaurant and had a meal there. After she took refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, however, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche never again went there. It was because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was concerned that if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche went to her restaurant to eat, she would decline Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s payment and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would owe her. Knowing that she was calculating, this time Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche deliberately tested her. Being tested, she unintentionally revealed herself. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche waited until after January 15th of the lunar calendar that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche scolded her on this issue. She might have thought the thing was already done and everything was just fine. How could Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche obtain offerings made by a disciple like her? Thereafter, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told all disciples don’t go to the female disciple’s restaurant nor should they recommend their friends to eat there. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not receive her offering from now on. Neither would the Buddhist center receive her offering.

Some people may think it is one of virtuous deeds to run a vegetarian restaurant or to plant organic vegetables for people to have meatless diets or the food without pesticide. However, the truth is that it is due to one’s own causal conditions from past lives that he has the chance to eat deleterious food or not. It is not necessarily for one to avoid having any toxin by eating organic food. It is not possible for a vegetarian restaurant’s owner and organic food planter to survive without customers who are willing to eat and pay. The owners and planters should be thankful to their customers. They can make money and maintain their business with customers’ patronizing. Hence, they should serve their clients with gratitude rather than being proud and thinking them themselves are practicing virtuous things. Unless you open a restaurant and let people eat for free, by which it could be counted as a virtuous deed.

It must be the one who has attained the stage of Rinpoche, rather than anyone, to bestow an empowerment. It also consumes one’s much energy and merits to give an empowerment. Giving empowerment is far from the recent case that there was an ordained person who took a sprayer to sprinkle water all around. In order to bestow this empowerment, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has already been the venue this morning to practice preparatory rituals, including many such as making offerings, blessing, and so forth, i.e. to charge the energy so as to have sufficient merits and virtues to give them to you.

One should not improperly think that as long as they obtain the empowerment, they will gain blessing, get healthier, their children will have better academic achievement, or their marriage will get better. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had a good friend who was also the one introducing His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. He was able to tell one’s fortune and also well-known in Taiwan. He had obtained empowerments more than 1,000 times. However, he died accidentally and untimely. It was because he had not followed a guru and attentively practiced a Yidam. He improperly thought that, as he received empowerments, he could be so protected and blessed that he did not need to cultivate Buddhism.

Many people improperly think that they merely need to do recitation of Buddha’s names at home. Some people even tell others to recite some specific Buddhist sutras. In fact, these kinds of thinking and act are not in accord with dharma and it won’t take effect as well. To practice a dharma, first one needs to receive his guru’s giving empowerment, oral transmission, and the teaching of contemplation, in both development and completion stages. Merely through thus way of teaching will one’s practice take effect. Tibetan Buddhism includes both Esoteric and Exoteric Buddhism. The Esoteric Buddhist doctrines can be publicly given and taught, while tantric dharmas shouldn’t be. There was a time when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was conducting a tri practice consisting of Buddha Amitabha, Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, and Padmasambhava, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that if one, through the practice of development and completion stages, could not obtain liberation in his body, speech, and mind, the dharma text should have been wrong. Of course the dharma text isn’t wrong. But even though you obtain empowerment you still need to practice in accord with guru’s teachings. If you don’t practice you will surely get no effect. However, if the aged persons who receive the dharma of visualization imparted by guru but can’t contemplate the stages of development and completion, as long as they have full and absolute faith in guru, firmly believe in guru, clearly remember guru at the point of dying, they can also get liberation from the cycle of birth and death in this life.

Prior to the beginning of the puja, there was a new disciple who just took refuge came before Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s lounge and beseeched Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to consecrate the dharma photo of Avalokiteśvara bodhisattva. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked this disciple why she did not come on yesterday but today. She said it was because she had to work on Saturday so she did not have time to go to venue. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked and enlightened her: “Are you the only person who has to work? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche works everyday and does not have time to consecrate the dharma photo for you. You all want guru, Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas to act in harmony with you, satisfy you, and please you. Does Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche need to go to her office, wait downstairs, and consecrate the dharma photo for her? You are calculating and afraid your boss might deduct your salary. How can one who minds self benefit too much cultivate Buddhism? Who never asks for leave? You improperly regard Buddhist cultivation as your part-time job and working to earn money as your principal activity. However, in fact, nothing in the world is more important than learning and cultivating Buddhism! Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s full-time job is being a Rinpoche, and all the others are subsidiary. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s laugh, smile, angriness, or reprimand are all Buddha-dharma and for the benefit of sentient beings.

According to Master Gampopa, when a Vajra Guru attains achievements in tantric practices and has a lot of disciples, his karma will begin to exert influence. That is why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had such two disciples; one was reluctant to give charity and the other wanted the guru to cooperate with her. Many people misunderstand Buddhism now. They think gurus and religious have to fulfill their desires and have to speak Buddha dharma any time they like to hear and have to make them happy. Although there is a saying, “Follow sentient beings forever”, it does not mean to obey sentient beings’ requests forever, but to follow sentient beings’ causes and conditions to help them. Now the guru will follow this disciple’s condition. She said that she had no time due to her work. Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will also work every day and have no time to bless the Dharma photo she requested!

If a believer asked me, “What can I do to help my parents?”, it indicated that this believer was very arrogant and very ignorant. What can you do? You cannot do anything. If you come to ask what you can do, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will definitely ask you to perform full prostrations. Many people also said that they could do it. However, after they had done the full prostrations, they would not come to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche again!

Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche began to perform the auspicious Avalokiteshvara Empowerment. First, Rinpoche conducted the preliminary rituals including generating Bodhicitta, making offerings, blessing precious bottles, and performing the ritual of mandala offering. Before empowerment, your motivation of practicing Buddhism is very important. Why do we want to receive empowerment? If we receive empowerment with a mindset just for our own health, family happiness, or successful career, the benefits obtained by us will be very small. These matters have nothing to do with Buddha dharma. According to Buddhism, everything is under the law of cause and effect. If your motivation of receiving empowerment is for liberating from the cycle of birth and death, benefiting all sentient beings, and attaining Buddhahood, the benefits attained by you will be very huge. Hence, your motivation is very important.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led all attendees to recite the invocation prayer in the dharma text and enlightened people that when one receives empowerment there are several incorrect mindsets. According to the “Shi-Ming Explanatory Treatise”, if one attends a puja with these six incorrect mindsets, it would be useless to attend the puja. These six minds are arrogance, no true faith, no wish to implore dharmas, being distracted, closed mind, and tiredness. You have an arrogant mind if you come here to understand Buddha dharma, to satisfy your curiosity, or to compare the guru with other Rinpoches. You are not qualified to understand Buddha dharma; you can only listen to Buddha dharma. Having true faith means that you believe sentient beings and the Buddha both have Buddha nature, so sentient beings are exactly the same as the Buddha; you believe the guru, Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas can certainly help you; and you believe you definitely can achieve what the Buddha has taught you that, in addition to benefiting yourself for liberating from the cycle of birth and death, you can also benefit sentient beings and help to liberate them. No wish to implore dharmas means that you do not think you need Buddha dharma; you do not have the mind to seek dharmas; you have no alternative but attending pujas since if you do not attend Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will reprimand you; you even think attending a puja is cheaper than going to a movie. These are incorrect minds.

Being distracted means that your mind is not concentrated and will respond to things happened around you. For example, when hearing a child crying, you turn you head to watch; or you feel being affected when someone by your side moves. All of these belong to the category of being distracted. People moving and children crying are not related to you at all. If you mind does not move, these things will not affect you. Since your mind moves, you will be affected by these external phenomena. Closed mind means drowsiness; your mind is closed and cannot listen to anything; your whole mind sinks and cannot receive Buddha dharma taught by the guru. Tiredness means that you feel that the guru has spoken or conducted dharma for a very long time and you hope a puja can be completed earlier; your body feels very tired; you feel your legs are painful and want to hold the legs; you fold your arms in front of your chest, and so on. It is very easy for one’s mind to be affected by external phenomena perceived by one’s eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind. Therefore, when people next to you move around, you will be affected and feel annoyed.

When you listen to Buddha dharma, you may think in your mind, “What are you taking? Is the thing like this? Is what you said true?” Those who have these thoughts do not believe in the Buddha’s and the guru’s teachings; so they give rise to ignorance and will fall into the Animal Realm in the next life. But because they have practiced Buddhism in this life, they will become pets such as dogs and be held by people as a “baby boy” or “baby girl”; or they will become animals living in Buddhist temples such that they have the opportunity to listen to Buddha dharma again. If this world and this universe did not have Buddha dharma, all sentient beings would have been impossible to survive.

Before the empowerment, we have to first believe that we have the same nature as the Buddha, second believe that we can achieve liberation from the cycle of birth and death taught by the guru and the Buddha, and third believe that, in addition to benefit ourselves, we can practice Buddhism to benefit all sentient beings. Faith is the mother of all merits. Next, the empowerment will begin; you should calm your mind down.

The Avalokiteshvara Empowerment transmitted today is a Tantra transmitted by Sakyamuni Buddha and the essence of all eighty-four thousand dharmas. The Anuttarayogatantra of Vajrayana Tantra is divided into three Tantras as Father Tantra, Mother Tantra, and Non-dual Tantra. Through the Avalokiteshvara’s mind Tantra transmitted from today’s empowerment, one can then attain enlightenments on the truth, effect, and cause of the path of maturation and the path of liberation in Anuttarayogatantra and eventually attain Buddhahood. The path of maturation means that practicing this dharma specially can accumulate assets, blessings, and good roots for entering the path of liberation such that one will have the opportunity to practice Vajrayana Tantra to attain Buddhahood in the future lives.

The empowerment of the body can purify all obscurations and habits of your body from past lives; through the practices of both manifestation and emptiness, you can then attain the causes and conditions for the enlightenment of Nirmanakaya Buddha. The empowerment of the speech can purify all obscurations and habits of your speech from past lives; through the practices of development stage, completion stage, and both hearing and emptiness, you can then attain the causes and conditions for the enlightenment of Sambhogakaya Buddha. The empowerment of the mind can purify all obscurations and habits of your mind from past lives; through the practices of both luminance and emptiness, you can then attain the causes and conditions for the enlightenment of Dharmakaya Buddha.

During the empowerment of the mind, venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche particularly reminded all attendees that, according to the just recited dharma text, today’s empowerment only helped everyone to temporarily remove the obstacles of practicing Buddhism; if later one does not continue to learn Buddha dharma and correct one’s own behaviors, today’s empowerment would be no use to one. Through today’s Avalokiteshvara empowerment, the ritual could eliminate the illnesses and the karmic hindrances of the Vajrayana guru and the disciples, let their wealth and fame prosper, eliminate all of their obstacles, and eventually let them attain enlightenment on the level of Avalokiteshvara. Here, it means that the empowerment can temporarily let all of your hindrances of practicing Buddhism go away and give you more time to learn and practice Buddhism diligently. You do not have the ability to remove obstacles, so the Buddha with his blessings and merits temporarily let these obstacles get away from you. However, these obstacles will not be eliminated forever; later, it still has to depend on your own practices. Although the karmic hindrances of your body, speech, and mind are purified through the empowerment, if you do evil deeds again, these hindrances will still come back.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led all attendees to recite the supplication prayer. The prayer particularly stated that one vows to make offerings to the guru completely all of one’s good roots, wealth, body, speech, and mind; and only part of the offerings should return back for one’s own use. The prayer also stated that under the blessings of the guru and the Yidam, one wish to take refuge under the guru eternally and would like to be dispatched according to the guru’s willingness. Why should we make offerings to the guru all of our good roots and wealth? This is because all we have are obtained from the guru; and without the guru’s teachings of Buddha dharma, we are also unable to practice Buddhism. So we would like to make offerings to the guru all of our good roots and wealth. However, we still supplicate that a small part of the offering can return back as a form of achievement for our own use. The dharma text has stated the importance of making offerings. However, for fearing that you who are stupid and ignorant need to use the offering, at the end of the dharma text, it still states that some of the offering will be left for you to use. Hence, you should not be afraid of making offerings.

After bestowing the empowerment, the relationship between the guru and the disciples will no longer be ordinary. A Vajrayana guru looks after his disciples life after life until they attain Buddhahood. As verses in this Dharma text said, “I pray to be your disciple life after life and please dispatch me at any time.” If one asks his guru to dispatch him at any time, he will absolutely follow the instructions. Therefore after receiving the empowerment, if you still gossip about the guru, criticize the guru, or even get angry with the guru, the consequences will be serious. Being a disciple, one should observe the Samaya precept, which is the promise one makes upon seeking refuge—taking efforts to learn Buddhism, benefit yourself, and benefit the sentient beings.

At completion of the empowerment, the venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stepped down from the Dharma throne to bestow personal blessings and nectar to all the attendees. Regardless of his own old age and problems in his arm joints, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche held a Bhumba throughout the process and compassionately bestowed individual blessing to all the believers and disciples. Even though there were 1300 attendees in the puja, Richen Dorjee Rinpoche disregarded his fatigue and gave direct blessing to everyone, including the old and the young, people in wheelchairs and the severely ill people who had to lie down. The attendees knelt down and waited, reciting the Six Syllable Mantra with the leading ordained disciple. In reverence, the attendees received precious blessing and felt immensely grateful at the bottom of their hearts. Although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is very venerable, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still devoted himself entirely to the sentient beings without thinking for himself. Many disciples’ tears fell at seeing Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche painstakingly cruising in the venue in order to bestow blessing. After giving blessings to all the attendees in the Buddhist center, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche particularly went out of the venue to bless the many disciples who were unable to attend the puja because they had made mistakes. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always thinks about all of his disciples. The disciples who had made mistakes received the compassionate blessing bestowed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and tears rolled down their cheeks.

After perfecting the empowerment, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued to give teaching. As you have received the empowerment today, it is hoped that you can watch your own body, speech, and mind carefully and refrain from committing any evil in the future. Otherwise, the blessing you have got today will vanish instantly. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche hoped that those who did not seek refuge could stop eating meat. As we are all born with the nature to attain Buddhahood, you should not come again if you keep eating meat. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has seen many Buddhist scriptures and Dharma texts, but none of them state that one who practices Tibetan Buddhism can eat meat. One who practices Tibetan Buddhism should be on a vegetarian diet. Over 800 years ago, there were no crops in Tibet and it was very inconvenient to be on a vegetarian diet. However, the lineage guru of Drikung Kagyu, Lord Jigten Sumgon, was a vegetarian, not to mention Jetsun Milarepa. Besides, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang is also on a vegetarian diet. You might say that some Tibetan Rinpoches eat meat, but it really is not your business. We are all held responsible for our own conduct in terms of cause and effect. Although it is stated in some Dharma texts that meat is used as offering for certain tantric rituals, it is something different and should not be conducted by people of your capacities. If you continue to eat meat, it shows that you have a lot of desires. According to the Buddhist scriptures, one who eat the flesh of the sentient beings will eliminate the seed of his loving kindness and compassion. Without loving kindness and compassion, one will not be able to attain liberation from the cycle of birth and death even if he recites a lot of sutras and mantras. Do not think that adopting a vegetarian diet, seeking refuge, attending pujas, and reciting mantras are practice. Mantra recitation is not practice as devils and ghosts can recite mantras as well. What matters is the heart that one has while reciting mantra. If one fails to recite mantras with loving kindness, compassion, and Bodhichitta, 10 billions or 100 billions recitations of the Six Syllable Mantra will only be able to help you accumulate some merits in the Realms of Human Beings and Heavens. Such recitation will not help you attain liberation from the cycle of birth and death.

After you receive the empowerment, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will transmit the teaching of generation and completion stages in visualization for cultivating the practice of Avalokiteshvara. Then, you will receive the transmission of the Six Syllable Mantra. Only through such practice means will your recitation of the Six Syllable Mantra work. Just as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told you, it does not accord with the Dharma if one recites mantra without receiving the empowerment. As to those who have not sought refuge and still eat meat, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not transmit the practice means of visualization to you.

All of the disciples have the Dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. You often say that you can get help by doing prostrations and praying to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Dharma photo. Now, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has disciples in many countries such as the Netherlands, Britain, the United States, and even New Zealand. As the sun sets in a corner of the globe, it rises in another corner. There is always someone making imploration to the Dharma photo on Earth. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche works around the clock and cannot rest at all. Why are you given the Dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche? It does not mean that you should keep praying to it every day. If you look at the Dharma photo and make imploration to it every day, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will be exhausted. You do not have the merits to see the Dharma body and enjoyment body of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, and the forms of emanation body vary in different times and backgrounds. Therefore, you have to learn from a guru who transmits teachings to you. All you can do is try to remember the form of the guru through your interaction and relationship with the guru. You have been given the Dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche so that you can keep the form of the guru in mind at the time of your passing.

Many people come to seek help from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is unable to provide much help for those who cannot adopt a vegetarian diet. Why? Should they receive help to improve their health and appetite so that they can eat more meat and create more karma? You people have to believe that life is impermanent. A few days ago, a college student who had gone mountain climbing had an accident in the mountains and was rescued. Nonetheless, a week thereafter, he went into the mountains again and died this time. Some people would say that he was unlucky. If you say so, you do not believe that life is impermanent. You have created your own luck. Someone cried for two days because of breaking up with a partner. However, the person did not cry for two days after the person’s parents passed away. If one cries because of breaking up with his or her partner, he or she has heavy desires. The desires mentioned here do not refer to sexual desires but the desires to possess. Maybe the romance novels in Taiwan have done such a great job that you all believe in what they say.

When you sought refuge, you were told to seek refuge in the Dharma so that you will become noble without the desires. If you can let go of your desires, you will be a noble being. Whoever you will be with or form a family with depends on your karmic connections. Everything in life comes with its karmic connection and leaves with its karmic connection. Nothing really stays. As you have no more karmic connection or have paid off your debts, you will leave. One who cries because of breaking up with someone does not believe that life is impermanent or that death is always with us. Everyone will die for sure. Many people do not believe that they will suffer on the verge of death. We say that Buddha Sakyamuni was well gone because the Buddha saw through birth and death. Death did not have any physical or psychological influence on the Buddha. The most important task in one’s Buddhist learning is to prevent us from being influenced by the karmic forces and thereby stepping onto a wrong path and to take the right path at the time of death.

Those who have their own husband or wife shouldn’t claim they want to practice the purity method and sleep separately their the other dependant. The Great Treasury of Scriptures states that if you still have the karmic connection with your dependant, you cannot reject your couple’s request. If you would be ordained, you would have been an ordained person in advance and would not be waiting till now. It would be unnecessary to worry your children whether they will be ordained or not, it is too early to think about this issue. Before conducting an ordaination ceremony for lay people, the masters ought to ask a question: Have you cleared your debts yet? The debt is that you owe for the love debt. Don’t think that you will be able to get rid of the love debt when you are the ordained person. It would get entangled for next life if you have the love debt with others unless you can rebirth to Pure Land by cultivating Buddhism well. If you have repaid the debt, you will be apart with them naturally. Simply speaking, you should follow the cause and condition. However you cannot think that you can do arbitrarily regardless of anything. This kind of negative attitude is not allowed.

When you have cultivated the supramundane methods well, there is no problem to worry about the worldly affairs. One who can handle his own death well certainly can handle worldly affairs well. Cultivating the supramundane methods does not ask you to leave your family including your family members. It is to ask you that you must firmly have the renunciation in order to be free from the three worlds. If you only cultivate the worldly methods, you will feel suffering when the impermanence comes to you, because you cannot let it go. The karmic obstacles are not merely aim of the evil karma. The virtuous and evil karma will hinder you from learning and cultivating Buddhism. It would be difficult to ask the wealthy people to learn Buddhism because they just want to enjoy the life. For the people who are in poverty, they have worries of foods and drinks, not to mention to learn Buddhism. When there was any misfortune in your family, you ought to thank for those things. It is because that they are the power to push you learning Buddhism. Some people thought that it is the happiest thing to have the family happiness during the holiday of Chinese New Year. The time is passed so fast, you would felt that the day of Chinese New Year should not be passed too long, however it had been 2 weeks passed. We have less and less time to learn Buddhism again. The time will never stop to wait for you.

When you are in an emergency, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will help you when you beseech Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for help. After that, you should rely on your own efforts. Don’t attempt to shirk the responsibility and throw all troubles to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. If they could be done by this way, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would be no need to cultivate Buddhism so laboriously; Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could rely on the blessing of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also helped lots of things for Drikung Kagyu Order, there would be hundreds of lama in the Drikung Kagyu Order, as long as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could offer the money to them, they could recite the mantra and sutra for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche everyday. But it is impossible to be so easy.

After receiving the empowerment, you must conduct in accordance with the teachings to apply the dharma into the daily life. When you don’t believe that you can achieve it, or you are not willing to achieve it, it would be useless even if you had received thousands of empowerments. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche aspired to learn the Vajrayana, all of a sudden, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche became poverty from a wealthy boss. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was very happy because he could repay the karma retribution of poverty in one year under the blessing of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. One’s poverty of this life is due to what he had done before — one had not done the charities and making offering well in one’s previous lifetimes, or had prohibited someone from making offering. Therefore one has the karma retribution of poverty this life. There is nothing to complain of. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s business failed, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche cut off all credit cards and tore off the blank cheques in order not to have opportunity to owe more debt. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche turned over a new leaf from the beginning. Some would still use the credit card or cheque to owe some debt in order to solve the current problems, but you could not pay any debt for using the credit card, the undertaker of bank would suffer the loss that was why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not like to make evil karmic connection anymore.

Therefore you should not be afraid that, even if you had the cancer or you would die soon, you would have more merits than other sentient beings because you have the help of Dharma. As it is depicted in the sutra, one who has the merits would not obtain rebirth in the remote area where there are no the teaching of Buddhist Dharma. You can see what the life they have in those countries and areas where are no the teaching of Buddhist Dharma. You can live in Taiwan, meaning that you have the merits accumulated by your previous lives. You must cherish the opportunity; especially it is hard to meet a Rinpoche who can speak Mandarin. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche expressed with humor: Among the orders of Tibetan Buddhism, there is no Rinpoche like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who can speak Mandarin with Cantonese accent so well. Even if there is Rinpoche who can speak Chinese, there is no Rinpoche who is like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can be familiar with the people who live in Taiwan to know their thought and life style. You must cherish the cause and condition of learning Buddhism.

After your receiving empowerment, it does not mean that you have to fear Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, or you can be a superman or superwoman to do anything. A Guru who can bestow you the empowerment is not an ordinary one. A lama or Khenpo is unable to bestow you the empowerment unless they have attained the level of Rinpoche. The ancient adage mentioned “He who teaches me for one day is my father for life.” It does not mean that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would like to be your father; it is that we must have a reverent mind for a normal teacher, not to mention a Vajra Guru who transmits the dharma to you! If you could not be satisfied, you just leave this Buddhist center silently, don’t criticize your Guru. It does not mean that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is afraid of any criticism; it is that criticism will bring harm to you.

Since the Guru has bestowed the empowerment to a disciple, the relationship between the disciple and Guru will be different. It is just like the path to maturation and the path to liberation that was just taught, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can help you to liberate from the death and birth. Here the dharma brothers who learn Buddhism together and receive the empowerment at the same time should be considered to be the future family dependants in the Pure Land. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche modestly said that he does not dare to claim to be a virtuous Guru; however his Three Grace Root Guru- His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang is absolutely a great Mahasiddha. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is not a reincarnated Rinpoche, but cultivates Dharma with diligence and has attained siddha of a Rinpoche under the teaching of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang authorizes this Rinpoche position in person. If you are not willing to believe His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, you would be no need to join this Order anymore. A Rinpoche’s virtue power resulting from practicing equals to those for one hundred ordained masters’ total, an lay Rinpoche’s virtue power from practicing equals to those for one hundred Rinpoche’s total, it is because that it is more strict for a lay Rinpoche to encounter lots of difficulties.

Although His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang looks affable, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang is very strict with Buddhist Dharma and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. To be a guru of the Tibetan Buddhism needs strict qualities; it is not everyone can ascend the Dharma seat to teach the Dharma. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang will not allow that a guru does not follow qualities. Many years ago, there was an ordained Rinpoche who became a singer in Taiwan. Someone admired for his handsome face. Because of his misbehaved, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang took actions to let him leaving Taiwan.

February 25, 2011

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over an auspicious Puja of Drikung Kagyu’s Chod at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei. There were more than 1300 attendees participated in this puja. At first, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed the following teachings: The dharma to be performed today is called “Body-giving puja” in Chinese, whereas in Tibetan the meaning referred to “cut off.” It is to terminate our afflictions and it is a way to break off the cycle of reincarnation. Why do people have so many pains? It is all because of our ignorance. People are used to utilize a variety of worldly methods to terminate afflictions but these methods cause karma and therefore they suffer samsara over and over again. All worldly methods can’t genuinely bring to an end of our afflictions. Only Buddha Dharma can do this. Chod was developed by a yogini of ancient Tibet, who also had children. She was respectfully called Machig Lapdron. The Chod was developed based on the essence of Buddha Sakyamuni’s Mahaprajnaparamita Sutra. It also includes giving charities, one of the dharma methods of the Six Paramita. Many stories were recorded in sutras about how Buddha Sakyamuni gave charities with Sakyamuni’s own life in many of his lifetimes when he practiced Bodhisattva’s path. In one lifetime, Buddha Sakyamuni gave up his fleshy body to feed a female tiger so that the mother tiger could have enough milk for her dying hungry cubs. Once in another lifetime, Buddha Sakyamuni cut his own flesh of the same weight of the pigeon that Buddha wanted to save for an eagle. The Chod constitutes dharma of Exoteric and Esoteric Buddhism. It is the only Buddha Dharma that was propagated from Tibetan to India.

Buddhism was transmitted from China to Japan at around the time of Sui Dynasty. Buddhism had been propagated in China before Sui Dynasty. The development of Buddhism was very prosperous during Sui and Tang Dynasty and reached its heyday at Tang Dynasty. At that time, Buddhism in China also included Exoteric and Esoteric teachings. Exoteric teachings refers to the meaning of the obviousness which means theories of Buddhism. It is the scriptures and theories the Buddha had taught. Exoteric teachings teaches Buddhist theories, whereas Esoteric teachings teaches ways of practices. In Tang Dynasty, there was already Tantra. It was called Tang Tantric School, but most of its scriptures were lost. At that time when Tantra was spread to Japan, it was named Eastern Tantric School. There are four major categories in Tantra: Kriyayoga, Charyayoga, Yoga, and Anuttarayoga Tantra. The Esoteric teachings spread to Japan only includes Kriyayoga and Charyayoga Tantras, which are majorly comprised by two kinds of practices: practicing mandala and making hand gestures. In Japan, there still are temples of Eastern Tantric School with mandalas in them. Moreover, many Japanese practitioners would make hand gestures under water falls and continuously recite mantras without stopping. They think they are practicing Buddhism by making hand gestures and think the movement will generate powers. It is incorrect. Do not think that making hand gestures is practicing Esoteric teachings. It is actually not so. These are not practicing Buddhism. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed retreats, Rinpoche didn’t make hand gestures. Genuine practices are to correct all kinds of behaviors that will lead to our reincarnation. In fact, making hand gestures is only to symbolically differentiate different Buddhas.

Since the looks of all Buddhas are the same, with thirty-three distinguishing marks and eighty secondary marks of the Buddha. We ordinary people can’t differentiate which statue represents which Buddha. Since different hand gestures represent different Buddhas’ vows, we can use different hand gestures of statues to differentiate which statue is Amitabha, Bhaisajyaguru, or Maitreya. For instance, the hand gesture of Amitabha Buddha is left hand up and right hand down with touching of tips of the thumb and index finger and other three extended fingers, representing that Amitabha Buddha is to receive sentient beings of three virtuous and three evil realms. The gesture on the left hand represents the heavenly, human, and asura realm, where as that on the right hand represents hell, hungry ghost, and animal realm.

In Japan and China, Buddhism is propagated. What are the differences between Tibetan Buddhism and Japanese or Chinese Buddhism? There is no difference. They are all about Buddha Dharma. Tibetan locates on the border of China and India. Thus, Tibetan Buddhism consists of Buddhism from China and India and includes some customs in Tibet. Tibetan Buddhism maintains some Buddhist tradition of the time of Buddha Sakyamuni in India. For instance, the summer clothes Tibetan lamas wear are sleeveless. This is a custom of India. It is described in sutras that Buddhism would be spread from India to China and would be prosperous in a snow covered area. From there, Buddhism would further be propagated. This prophecy has been proved now. Some may think Tibetan Buddhism is Tantra. As a matter of fact, it is not actually correct. In Tibetan Buddhism, practitioners would also practice Avatamsaka Sutra, Lotus Sutra, the Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha’s Fundamental Vows, Heart Sutra, Diamond Sutra, Great Treasury of Scriptures and so on. Even if you have read all sutras, it doesn’t mean you have practiced Tantra.

Without great merits, you can’t have a chance to perform retreat alone. What you can do is to attend grand regular pujas. There are always more than one thousand attendees participated in the pujas held in the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. Today there are about 1300 people come to Chod Puja, and later Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would lead all attendees to recite Six Syllable Mani during the Chod ritual. If every participant would recite 1000 times of Mani, there would be one million and three hundred thousand times of Mani being recited altogether. It is impossible for you to recite so many times of Mani at home. Thus, it is truly rare for you to participate in a Chod Puja with so many attendees. You should cherish this opportunity and be attentive during the puja. At the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, you wouldn’t see any butter lamps at the mandala offered by disciples or believers. Nor would you see any name list of whom doing charities. There are only Buddhas’ statues. There was no fee for you to give the names of those dead who to be salvaged. The number of names you wish to write down had no limit. The practice here was not like other Buddhist centers in which every name written down to be salvaged has a price. These centers might worry that they will be out of funds. With or without funds won’t worry Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche at all. This is also a kind of conditions. If the center runs out of funds, it means the abbot of the center didn’t make sufficient karmic connections with sentient beings in his past lifetimes.

Six Paramita should be practiced by any practitioner who would like to practice Bodhisattva’s path. The first practice of Six Paramita is doing charities of which there are three kinds: financial, dharma, and fearlessness charities. Doing financial charities is not just giving away money. Rather, it includes doing charities with all external assets. It is to give away your favorite assets without asking anything in return, in a hope that others can solve some of worldly sufferings. However, it doesn’t count as doing financial charities if you give someone money to do business or buy a house, because in your mind you’d think when he makes money he would return the charity money to you. It is described in sutras that family of a deceased should do two things for the deceased. The first is to carry out Buddhist activities extensively, which doesn’t mean to attend many pujas. Nor does it mean to donate money or light many oil lamps. It instead refers to request a practitioner who has cultivated a vast mind and developed abilities to benefit sentient beings to perform Buddhist activities for the deceased. Another alternative is to attend pujas performed by such kind of practitioners on behalf of the deceased. These are the meaning of doing Buddhist activities extensively. The second is doing charities to accumulate merits for the deceased. It is to donate the favorite toys of the deceased. The term “toy” is an ancient usage. In ancient times, there were no such terms as antiques or jewels. Ancient people used the term “toy” to represent precious antiques and assets that were favorites of the deceased. Nonetheless, in modern times, people haven’t done so. Family members of a deceased can’t even wait to share the inheritance of the deceased. How would they be willing to do charities for the deceased?

At this time, during the puja, a believer crossed her legs in front of her chest, with her both arms holding her legs. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then scolded this believer for not paying respect to Buddha Dharma. When one behaves in such way during a puja, one’s such behavior will cause negative karmic retributions. Moreover, this believer was a female. Would it be proper to cross her legs in front of others? If she was sitting in front of a president, would she still sit in this way? If she felt her legs hurt, couldn’t stand to sit still, and became impatient, she could leave the venue at once. In Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s upbringing, if a child sits in this way, an elder would immediately slap the child’s face. When you sit at your sofa in this way watching TV programs, do you have any reverence? That is an improper sitting posture. At this time two believers chatted while Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave teachings of Buddha Dharma. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately reprimanded them and stopped their talk. One of them attempted to explain. Yet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche prevented her doing so. They attended the puja but paid no respectfulness toward the Three Jewels. If they felt wronged because of being reprimanded, they could also leave the venue at once but shouldn’t try to explain. You attended the puja without having to pay any fee. As they were here, they should pay attention to the teachings of the Guru who performed the puja. Their behaviors only wasted time that was supposed for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to teach Buddha Dharma. You just don’t believe in the law of cause of effect. Attendees to the puja included not only the 1300 people here but also numerous sentient beings eagerly waiting outside. They waited to rush in the venue and participate in the puja!

Doing dharma charities doesn’t mean simply, as you might think, reciting sutras and making prostrations to Buddhas’ statues. It, rather, refers to activities of Buddha Dharma that can help sentient beings to be liberated from suffering of reincarnations. Doing fearlessness charities doesn’t mean to say a few things that may alleviate others’ dread. Genuine fearlessness charities are those activities that can help others to solve the greatest fear in their life. Facing death is the greatest fear for all people. Who dare to say he or she isn’t afraid of death? If one can understand, master and control the foremost matter such as death, what else in this world can bother him or her? He or she wouldn’t be afraid of doing anything.

To give is to be willing to part with the giving. If you still care much about your physical pains, you are the one who have strong self-attachment as well as the one who are not willing to give. Why you feel pains in your feet? It is because you eat too much meat. The believer who held her legs shows that she can’t bear the physical discomfort and cares about her body so much. She absolutely can’t do the practice of charity. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knows the horrifying law of cause and effect and this is the reason why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche scolds you in order to help eliminate your karma. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is afraid that you attend pujas but plant the evil seed. It is depicted in the Buddhist Sutra that those who attend puja but do not hold an upright and proper posture will have the karmic fruit of physical disabilities in future. For example, those who raise their legs in a puja will have foot problems. A practitioner who can attain the practice of charity cares nothing about his own body. Likewise, a Chod practitioner has already eliminated self-attachment. When he conducts Chod dharma rituals he takes off all the protection objects, and, through meditation and contemplation, completely offers his body to sentient beings. Usually a dharma conductor would fix the boundary of the venue to protect it. However, when conducting Chod dharma rituals, the practitioner does not set any spiritual boundary at all.

Not everyone could get rebirth in the Pure Land after his death. It is mentioned in both the Amitabha Sutra and Vipasyana Sukhavativyuha Sutra that, which is very important but few people notice it: those who can be reborn in the Pure Land have to be virtuous men or virtuous women who have sufficient virtues, merits, causes, and conditions. The merits could be accumulated by one’s attending pujas, doing prostrations before Buddhas, practicing charity and making offerings. Merits are accumulated by offering. One who has no reverent heart does not make an offering. And how can the one who does not make an offering accumulate his merits? When you attend pujas with a reverent heart, you are making an offering. Only people who have reverence can receive teachings of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, and they are indeed the ones who possess great merits!

When some believers come to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not receive their offering. However, in order to help them accumulate merits, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asks them to prostrate before the Buddhist statues in the venue. In doing so, their merits could thereby increase. Especially the merits increased by one’s prostrating in the venue are different from that by one’s prostrating at his home. Some people may wonder why they can’t just do prostrations in other places. It is not saying that people can’t do prostrations or go to other places. As you come here, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s venue, of course you would be told to do prostrations before the Buddhist statues at this venue so as to accumulate merits.

As for “virtues” here, rather than morality, it refers to qualities which are attained from one’s Buddhist practice and cultivation. To cultivate Buddhism is to correct all one’s deeds that would lead to the cyclic existence of birth and death, rather than merely to donate money, recite mantras and sutras, or prostrate to Buddhas. Donating NT$1000 or NT$2000 to some charity organization per month is merely accumulating one’smerits, not one’s virtues. The merits are just conditions to help your practice and let your karmic connection to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas become stronger and longer. Adopting vegetarian diets, running a vegetarian restaurant, or planning organic vegetables could not be counted as accumulating virtues. One’s practicing in accordance with Buddha’s teachings and correcting his deeds that lead him to reincarnation can accumulate virtues. When one attentively listens to guru’s bestowing Buddhist teachings in a puja, not having his own thoughts, is just listening in meditation and emptiness. Listening Buddha Dharma in thus way can helps accumulate virtues. When His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche listens to His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s imparting Buddhist teaching in Tibetan, although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not speak Tibetan, he still listens with concentration. It is because he possesses the heart of imploring for Buddha Dharma, and believes what guru talks about are all Buddhist teachings for helping sentient beings. The believers who wanted to give excuse do not have the imploring heart for Buddha Dharma. Nor do they know the preciousness of Buddha Dharma, she would not have wanted to explain before the Three Jewels in a puja; she would not have felt wrongly treated after she was admonished by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The conditions of Tibetans as well as of the time when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche learn and cultivate Buddhism are far poorer than yours; As Tibetans just sit on the ground under the sun when they listen to dharma talks, not like you who sit on a cushion, are guided by service staff from downstairs, and even there are people who help to maintain the order for you. No more complain. Besides, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that the one who was scolded, as you may think, is in fact a lesson by negative example for you.

In Buddhism, causes and conditions are stressed. And here the causal conditions refer to the karmic relationship with Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. In Buddha Dharma, originations are of great significance. Today you have the opportunity to attend Chod puja, it is not an easy thing and you must have had attended it in your past lives. And thereby this life you have the causal conditions to attend the puja again. However, it is also you yourselves who decided whether or not the conditions continue on. The Human body is difficult to obtain; the Buddha Dharma is difficult to hear; the guru is difficult to encounter. Guru does create several kinds of conditions for you, but it depends on you to seize the conditions. Buddha Dharma is extremely precious and one ought to reverently implore and obtain it. When Sakyamuni Buddha attains Buddhahood and first turned the wheel of dharma, until a god came and begged the Buddha to teach, the Buddha started to impart dharma on earth. The Buddha has helped sentient beings without his own thoughts but completely according to their conditions. When Sakyamuni Buddha abode in the world, finally the demon king reverently beseeched the Buddha to leave this world earlier and stop helping sentient beings to attain Buddhahood. Sakyamuni Buddha consented to the demon and therefore the Buddha merely lived to the age of 79. Hence, now according to dharma texts we would implore Buddhas to abide in the world and turn the wheel of dharma. When believers come to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would create a condition and ask them what they come for. If they reply and say “Nothing,” it shows that the believers do not have the conditions. In this condition, even if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sees their things, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not speak it out, as they don’t have the causal conditions.

The phrase “virtuous men and virtuous women,” that were used in the times of Buddha Sakyamuni refers to those who attained the Ten Meritorious Acts, rather than the main sponsors. Those who eat meat do not obey the precept of no killing, and thereby they do not perfectly complete the practice of the Ten Meritorious Acts. Those who do not perfectly complete the Ten Meritorious Acts are not able to get rebirth in Amitabha’s Pure Land. Buddhas and guru constantly create origination of conditions for you but it still depends on you to make the decision to insist or not. The Buddha’s hand posture is reaching out, rather than catching by force, to receive all sentient beings of the six realms. If the sentient beings don’t accept the receiving, they just don’t have the conditions. The similar case is that a child hides his hands from you, and you, under this condition, have no idea to hold the child’s hands. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mindset of Buddhist cultivation, that may be different from yours, is that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche takes Buddhist cultivation as his full-time job, and all the others work and businesses are but subsidiary. You, on the contrary, consider working to earn money as the most important thing. It is not an easy thing to achieve the vow that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has made. It is not saying that everything would change after one attends pujas, as to change it or not is also up to your decision. Attending puja is not really related to the success in your work, or how rich you will become. As you are destined to own something, it will show up before you even if you don’t cultivate Buddhism; As you are not destined to own the things, they will not come to you even if you don’t practice Buddhism.

The Chod dharma rituals conducted by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche today is personally empowered and transmitted by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. In the evening that His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang bestowed the empowerment to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was walking to His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s retreat room, the sky was cloudy and completely dark without stars or the moon visible. After receiving the empowerment and before making dedication, a clap of thunder exploded directly above His Holiness’ retreat room. At that moment, His Holiness prophesied that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Buddhist activities would be very flourishing. After the perfect completion of empowerment and transmission, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche walked out of His Holiness’ retreat room and saw the sky was clear wherein the moon and stars appeared. In Esoteric Buddhism, when a dharma is transmitted, the occurrence of this kind of astronomical phenomenon is actually an extremely auspicious sign.

Chod is one of the Eight Sadhana practices of Tibetan Buddhism. Sadhana refers to the dharma for the learner to attentively practice in this life and therefore he could at least obtain liberation from the cycle of birth and death in this life, or with more propitious state he could attain Buddhahood in this life. A Chod practitioner must have attained profound meditation in tantric dharma that is called Mahamudra in Drikung Kagyu School. Mahamudra could be divided into four stages and each stage has three levels. A Chod practitioner must have attained achievements in the second stage of Mahamudra, simplicity yoga. There are two kinds of Chod practices: one is to practice for the practitioner himself, and the other, which includes Phowa as well, is for other beings. A Chod practitioner must learn the one practiced for oneself and get correspondence with the Yidam before he learns the one that could be practiced for others. Getting Correspondence here means that the dharma can teach us to eradicate afflictions. Therefore, a practitioner would naturally have no affliction if he learns and gets correspondence. However, it takes quite a long time to practice. Don’t worry it is not saying that today’s puja would take a long time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would conduct the dharma rituals very fast.

Chod can help sentient beings in the six realms. For those beings that fall into the realms of hells or hungry ghost, Chod can help them to get rebirth in the three higher realms, at least in the human realm and in a family where provide them the opportunity to learn Buddha dharma. Do not think it is easy to have the chance to learn Buddhism. Those who are born in borderland, mentioned in the Buddhist Sutra, do not have the opportunity to cultivate Buddhism. As for beings of the animal realm, Chod can help them to lessen their life. Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, rather than wishing animals a long life, all hope that beings of the animal realm have a short life, leave the realm earlier and get rebirth in the human realm so as that they would have the chance to cultivate Buddhism and obtain liberation from reincarnation. As beings of the animal realm are ignorant and unable to put their hands together, prostrate before Buddhas, recite Buddha’s names, listen to Buddha’s teachings, recite mantras and sutras, or attend repentance ceremonies. Some people may say that animals can hear Buddhism! However, they merely hear it but can’t comprehend at all. In Buddhism, beings of the three evil paths are all suffering, and therefore it hopes that their life could be shorter. For beings of the human realm, Chod can help them cease their evil deeds. For beings of the Heaven and Asura realms, Chod can help them obtain rebirth and the Pure Land.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the dharma conductor, held this puja not for Rinpoche’s own benefit at all. Hence, this is a pure and clean puja and Buddhist center. You should cherish the opportunity of being able to attend this kind of puja. Before the conduction of the Chod ritual, venerable Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once again reminded all attendees eagerly that one has to put down the thoughts of selfishness and praying for oneself in order to benefit the vast majority of sentient beings. Attending puja is not for seeking safety and blessings. The motivation of attending a puja is very important. It is not for one’s own good health, but for hoping that all sentient beings can attain benefits. Later when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducts the Chod ritual for everyone, you should neither have selfish thoughts nor worry whether your illness will be cured or not. You can come to attend this puja; it is definitely good for your future. Your mind should be bigger and hopes that all suffering sentient beings can get benefits because of this puja. For those of you who have cancer, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche at least can let you not suffer from the pains of cancer and can let you pass away peacefully at the end. All of you have witnessed this fact in the Buddhist center.

Recently, a believer told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche he had already attended several pujas, implying that his matters should be able to be resolved since he had attended so many pujas. However, when he said such words, the blessings accumulated from attending these pujas would be exhausted. Do not think, as long as you have attended pujas for a while, things will immediately change for the better. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had gotten skin cancer at the age of 45. Rinpoche had not implored Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, had not sought any treatment or taken any medicine, and had not worried about it, but ignored it; Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had not told this to His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang either. Because this had been Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s karmic retribution, Rinpoche had not wanted to bother so many people for his own matter. What Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had thought was that if he could use the body to repay the karmic debts accumulated from past lives, just let it happen! Later, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche discovered one day that the skin cancer was gone and he was cured. When being poor, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was very happy, because the effect of refusing to give alms in one past life was mature. When getting skin cancer, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was also very happy, because the killing karma from his past lives could be resolved in this life. When children did not have filial piety, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was very happy as well, because he had owed the children and it would be good to just repay the debt. You just do not believe that it will be even worse to repay the karma and sins you have not paid back in this life in your next life. The case of being able to cure a skin cancer is completely unheard-of by you.

Tantra is neither mysterious nor cannot be seen by people. Many of you today have seen Tantra. It is not true that those who are Tibetan, Lama, or Rinpoche will surely attain achievement on Tantra. Tantra can only be heard, learned, or attained by those who have great blessings. There is very few people who can really attain achievement on Tantra. In Drikung Kagyu order, there is only one Han Chinese who can attain the level of Rinpoche by cultivating in this life; he is Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. According to the Tantra section of Tripitaka, for one who does not have the capacity of learning Mahayana Buddhism, you cannot tell him Mahayana Buddhism; for one who has the capacity to learn Hinayana Buddhism, you cannot tell him Mahayana Buddhism; Tantra cannot be transmitted to those who do not have the capacity. Those methods you can see in the books on the market are not Tantra. Tantra is transmitted orally and will not be written in dharma texts. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang had transmitted many Tantras to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, orally and one on one; those Tantras would not be written in text forms; if you forget after hearing them, you can only accept this fact. At most, you can only see Kriyayoga Tantra in books.

Although the dharma text of the Chod ritual has mentioned that during the process of the ritual the attendees should lie on the ground, this could only be done in ancient times and with a ratio of one to one or one to ten or so between the guru and the attendees. Previously in Tibet, the purpose of asking believers to lie down was to donate the believers’ bodies during the Chod ritual. How would you be willing to do this now? Some people will raise their legs even when sitting uncomfortably, let alone they will donate their bodies to all sentient beings. In addition, today’s puja has 1300 attendees. How can there be rooms for all of you to lie down during the process of the ritual? And if lying down, you may fall asleep. Therefore, instead, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will contemplate and visualize that his own body turns into the food desired by sentient beings such that they can eat it. Sentient beings, no matter which realm they were reborn, all have the desire to eat. Apparently, what they eat is food; but when the food enters their stomach, the food will turn into nectar. The nectar will resolve their hatred in their minds such that they can accept the help of Buddha dharma.

Later, when the ritual begins, you should calm your mind down. Those who feel drowsy and sleepy should straighten your backs. Those who have many distracting thoughts can watch the mandala. During the dharma conduction, you should not close your eyes because, if closing eyes, first, it is easy for you to fall asleep; second, it is easy for you to generate hallucinations; the information received by people now is too much, so it is easy for them to generate hallucinations; third, closing eyes will press the nerves in the eyes, so you may feel that you see white or red lights and think that you really sense something; this is natural phenomenon and does not mean that you have achieved accomplishment and can see something. It is not true that only when you close your eyes you can see something. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche meditates, his eyes are open. We call our eyes the naked eyes. When we say that a person who has supernatural power can really see things, it does not mean that he will use his naked eyes to see special things. If someone says that he will be afraid when seeing ghosts, it means that this person does not have compassion and mercy. If a person has compassion and mercy, he will use all of his time to help the ghosts, how will he be afraid of seeing the ghosts? If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche were still afraid of seeing ghosts, how could he help to liberate sentient beings? Are those who walk on Bodhisattva’s path afraid of being hurt? If you still say that you saw ghosts, you are uttering nonsense. The ghosts you will see may be your karmic creditors from past lives. The other reason is that you have become a being in the ghost realm, the same as the ghost you see. As the saying goes, birds of a feather flock together. You do not want to see ghosts either. Seeing ghosts will not give you any benefit. If you have seen ghosts, you should repent as soon as possible.

The purpose of dedicating blessings and merits to karmic creditors is to benefit karmic creditors. It they become better, you will naturally become better as well. We will get cancer because the sentient beings killed by us previously have gathered in our body; they are our karmic creditors and we owe them. Do not think that if getting cancer you have to eat meat to gain nutrition. If you eat meat, you are feeding the cancer cells. So a cancer is caused by your own doing as well. Do not think you can peacefully coexist with your cancer cells. You owe the cancer cells, so you have to be humble in front of them. This is like your creditors come to you to collect debts; if your attitude is poor, the creditors will increase your interests even though originally they did not want to do so. Do not think that the purpose of conducting dharma is to drive away karmic creditors. You want to quickly pay off your debts, not to evade the debts or expel the karmic creditors. Even if you have gotten cancer, as long as you generate a mind of great repentance, you still can be cured. This is like we planted some seed and the seed has been flowering now and will bear fruits. But you still find all possible ways to prevent it from bearing fruits and care so much about how long your body can be maintained. After you have gotten cancer, although your body may no longer continue to live, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can at least let you avoid the pains before you die. Many cancer patients who had been blessed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche were like this; they had no pains before they passed away. Everything is cause, condition, and karmic retribution. When a bad fruit ripens, it is the beginning of opening another cause. Perhaps you think that getting cancer is a very painful thing. However, if there were no physical illness or bad things happening, we would want to enjoy our life and would not want to learn Buddhism.

Before the beginning of the dharma conduction, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked everyone to contemplate and visualize that our parent and elders are on our right hand side, those of the same generation on the left hand side, sentient beings of the six realms behind us, and karmic creditors from past lives in front of us. From this we can know that Buddha dharma is not to expel karmic creditors, but to help them. Karmic creditors are in front of us, so they will obtain the help of Buddha dharma first. However, you should not worry for yourself either; the act of dedication is very special; Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will talk about it later. When dedicating blessings and merits, you should not recite a lot of names; this will restrict the scope of dedication. When practicing Exoteric Buddhism before, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not make dedications to specific objects, but prayed that all sentient beings can attain Buddhahood.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche began to conduct the auspicious Chod ritual for everyone and led all attendees to recite the Six-syllable Mani Mantra.

After the perfect completion of the ritual conduction, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened all attendees that all deceased sentient beings everyone wanted to help today had been liberated; however, not all of them went to the Pure Land. Sentient beings in the three evil realms could go to the three virtuous realms. If going to the human realm, one can be reborn in a place which has Buddha dharma. Do not think it is very easy for one to be reborn in a place which has Buddhism. If you do not have proper conditions, you will not be reborn in such a place; it is still better for one to be reborn and practice Buddha dharma in the Pure Land. Those who have not taken refuge should not eat meat; as long as you eat a piece of meat, you have to pay back with a piece of your meat. Do not think it does not matter to do a little evil thing. All serious evils are accumulated from little evils. With the little evil plus the evils brought into this life from past lives, one eventually will have serious consequences. Many terminally-ill cancer patients could not eat any food; everything has to be paid back by you yourself.

“Do not do any evil deed, but do all virtuous deeds, so the mind will be naturally purified; this is all Buddhas’ teachings.” The phrase of “purifying one’s mind naturally” is explained by some people as “one’s self-nature is pure and clean, so one’s mind is pure and clean as well.” This explanation is wrong. One’s self-nature is Buddha nature and has always been clean. But one’s mind and Buddha nature are different. The meaning of “purifying one’s mind naturally” is that, when you completely stop doing evils and only do virtues, you mind will be naturally purified. The dharma text has just stated, “Because of the purified body precept, the precept of words will be virtuous, and the precept of mind will be purified naturally.” This phrase means that body, speech, and mind is not cultivated respectively; you have to keep precepts from your body first; once you can keep the precepts and no longer do evil deeds, your speech will also turn to goodness and you will not say any word to harm sentient beings; furthermore, your mind will be purified naturally. Why do some people still have bad thoughts after practicing Buddhism for a long time, no matter how they inhibit the evil thoughts? This is because they have not cut off from all evils and have still done evil behaviors. There is a saying that if your body is not straight, your mind will not be straight either. If you have stopped doing all evils, naturally each of your thought should be virtuous; this is the purification of the mind. Buddha dharma does not require you to deliberately think about it or do it; it also does not need you to deliberately inhibit your thoughts; everything is attained naturally. This matches the phrase of “keeping precepts is virtuous”. The purpose of holding precepts is not for being afraid of punishment, but for not doing evil deeds and not hurting sentient beings again.

Don’t say that you have to open a restaurant for meat eater for the sake of living. For those people who have this kind of point of view are not willing to believe that they had the mistakes for their previous lives, actually, it was caused by the karma power of accumulated lives to drive them to do this kind of killing karma. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was young, his first job was to work at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong-one of top restaurants in the world. During that time, there were three apprentices including Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the other apprentices were unavoidable to use the knife to cut the meat, only Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was excluded for this kind of task in the three months, still done for those tasks which were to bake the toast, stir the flour and milk to a stiff paste, or smear butter, there were no chance to use the knifes or touch the meat. After three months later, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was transferred to be a service steward because of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could speak English well. Can you imagine that how could it be happened for a person to stay in a restaurant for three months without needing to cut the meat? It is because that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had repaid the debit of the killing karma for his previous lives, it was natural that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could avoid having the job of killing karma. If you do not have the root of virtue, you would have the chance to have the job of killing karma; you shall stop doing it and make repentance immediately.

Today Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche especially enlightened the meaning of using the dharma instruments in the Chod puja. It would take more than one year if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche needs to explain more details. It’s necessary to use a drum and a bell for the rhythm while performing Chod puja, the bell represents the meaning of wisdom and emptiness to break Ignorance. In Chinese temples, they will ring the bell on the hanging bell on the bell tower in the morning and hit the drum on the drum tower in the evening. The bell can wake up the mind of ignorance and sleepiness. That is why the temple will ring the bell in the morning. The drum can calm down one’s mind. After a daily work, the mood will be excited, the sound of hitting the drum can let us calm down, and it is also used for calm down the mind of chaos and filling with the improper thought. It represents the meaning of the impermanence.

When conducting the dharma, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche blew a dharma instrument of a human leg bone which was bestowed by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, was not made from a general human leg bone. There are rules for a human leg bone through conducting the various dharma and having the dharma protector on it in order to become the dharma instrument; it would not find an animal’s leg bone to be the dharma instrument. There are two meaning of blowing the dharma instrument, the first one means that one who wants to liberate sentient beings has to become the “same species” as the sentient beings. For the sentient beings in the three evil realms, they used to be the human beings; they are suffering in the evil realms because of doing evil deeds. When they hear the sound of dharma instrument of a human leg bone, they knew that there was the same gene calling them; they would be coming here to accept the dharma of liberation. Besides when a practitioner blew the dharma instrument of a human leg bone, it would also let Buddhas and Bodhisattvas know there were sentient beings suffering, they would come here to help those sentient beings when hearing the sound of dharma instrument of a human leg bone. The Tibetan Buddhism uses the bones to be the Dharma tools; neither the tradition of Tibet culture nor Brahmanism is relative with it. It does not mean that it would dispatch the ghosts or deities to do something. It cannot be considered as the Buddhist Dharma if the Buddhist Dharma has to take advantage of the ghost or deity to do something. A Ghost or deity can be a Dharma protector, but it does not mean that you can order them. The Buddhism does not order any sentient beings; it is that the Buddhist dharma impels sentient beings with compassion to have the help.

The Buddha’s crown of five skulls wearing on Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s head, there are black threads under the Buddha’s crown covering the eyes of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Someone might think that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is afraid of the coming of the ghosts. Actually it is wrong, if a Rinpoche was afraid of ghost, he would not be a qualified Rinpoche anymore. Because when one has compassion will not be afraid of any harm, not to mention that when seeing a ghost. If you were afraid of ghost, it is because you are afraid of harm. When conducting the Chod puja is to help the sentient beings of ghost. The real reason is that the sentient beings in the ghost realm will not dare to come close for fear of the Buddha light emanated from the body of a practitioner, and the eyes are blocked by the black threads. It does not mean that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is afraid of ghost; on the contrary, the sentient beings in the ghost realm that is afraid of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not come to have the help if there are no black threads under the Buddha’s crown covering the eyes of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The Buddhist sutra also mentions that the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will emanate the strong Buddha light. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has ever made a dream at the night of taking refuge to Buddhism. In the dream, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stood outside of a temple and the refuge master told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to go inside. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche opened the door, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw the light emitted by Sakyamuni Buddha was so brilliant that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stepped backward. Yet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche heard the refuge master said: “Do not be afraid! Go inside”. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then entered that temple again. When one in the state of dream, which is very similar to the state in intermediate state of death. This is so-called Bardo of dreams.

The Ghost is afraid of the Buddha light emitted from Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Many people thought that it is superstition with regard to the 49 days after a person passed away. Actually, it is true. The stage is so called intermediate state when a person passed away without being reborn for the next life. The soul will feel he wakes up every seven days. During the time, there will be Buddhas and Bodhisattvas coming to receive the deceased soul. When the sentient beings in the intermediate state would be afraid of Buddha light, furthermore move towards to the place in dimmer light, and, as a result, attain reincarnation in the three evil realms. That is the reason why we need to learn Buddhism before we are alive. Why would you need to remember the figure of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche when you would be passed away? It is because that you will not be afraid of the brilliant light when you remember Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and follows the brilliant light to be reborn in the Pure Land.

There are five skulls on the Buddha’s crown of five skulls, which represents the same species of sentient beings; it is like as mentioned in the Universal Gate Chapter of the Lotus Sutra: One who wants to liberate sentient beings has to become the “same species” as the sentient beings; by this way, the sentient beings then can accept the dharma of liberation. In Chod puja, the main purpose is to salvage the sentient beings in the realm of Hell and hungry ghost. Therefore those skulls can let the sentient beings can dare to come close to receive help. The second reason is that it can remind us, it also represents that there is only a pile of white bones left for a person in the end. Everything exists under the all-encompassing edifice of impermanence; don’t have the sense of attachment to our physical body, besides it also represents the five wisdoms and Buddhas of five directions.

During these years the earth is upheaval, the natural disasters and earthquake occurred frequently, and the weather is abnormal as well. It does not mean that the day of doom will be coming. This kind of troubles will be passed and changed after a few years later. For this year, this kind of cold weather will be sustained till the end of April. It will become warm since May. Therefore you should avoid eating the ice-cold food, meat and sea food. You must refrain from committing evil deeds and to carry out virtuous ones, do not do it any deeds even if it is just a tiny evil deed. If you cannot refrain from committing evil deeds and to carry out virtuous ones, you will be involved in the common evil karma. Currently, any one of the worldwide affairs will be relative to us, we cannot live alone, and the world will be affected by our notions. The modern technology has discovered that the human beings can transmit the waves and reach to a long distance. The universe will know for each of our notions¬. Therefore if we learn Buddhism, attend the puja frequently, have consideration for others, do not be clinging for your feeling and you should have the notion of virtue, it will have good effect for your environment. Don’t say that it is not your business, when human beings’ greedy notions are decreasing, Earth and the environment will become well. We will have the influence if there is any change in the universe. An example is that, if the sunspots are changing, the Earth’s would be affected greatly. What you obtain in this life is resulted from what you did in past lives, and what you do in this life will be affect your future life. Since that is so, you should not raise any evil cause from now on.

Why was the flu so serious recently? It was caused that the Ice of North Pole was melted and flowed to the South, people inhale too much of the cold air, that was why those patients had the flu which were almost caused by the lungs’ problem, When they caught cold in the lungs, they will feel cold inside of the lungs. In fact, it was caused by the greedy mind. You can imagine that, when you would like to gain something, whether you would draw a deep breath or not?? Whether did you feel that there was a cold feeling in your lungs? The symptom of this flu is the same as it, it was caused by a greedy notion. You shall not to eat the cold or ice-cold food which will affect your lungs. Recently, there were believers having with the H1N1 flu meeting Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche felt their lungs are cold when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s palm suspended in midair to feel on the believers’ palm.

The environment of the Earth will get worst more and more. It will be too hard to live on Earth in the future, so you should go to the Pure Land of Buddha Amitabha sooner to learn Buddhism. Don’t think that you are still young, actually there is no differentiation for the age of death, and they will no consider whether you are a child or old person in the door of the realm of hell. It is not absolutely that the aged people will be died firstly; on the contrary, the young people may be died easily. In the peacetime, you shall have a close relationship with Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, when you need the assistance, you would beseech Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, when your troubles had been solved, and you would disappear. There was someone, once hearing Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche advised him to be a vegetarian and turning his head to go, that is no karmic connection as well. If there is karmic connection, he would be willing to hear Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s advice and could attend the puja. One who is able to attend the Chod puja, neither was the reason because you were curious, nor some would introduce you and you accepted it, it must be the cause and condition for the accumulated lives with the Chod puja, you had attended before, and then you have the cause and condition and merits to attend the Chod puja. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just beseeched to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in the dharma text: it is all phenomena are due to cause and condition; they rise by cause and condition, you have the virtue effect which was caused by the virtue cause. It will give you a huge change if you are willing to hear today’s enlightenment.

February 26, 2011

From 4:20 PM to 10:10 PM, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave enlightenment to 119 believers with Buddhism and helped them to relieve all kinds of suffering in the world at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei.

February 27, 2011

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the auspicious regular puja, teaching Avalokiteshvara’s merits and virtues as well as his aspiration, and holding a refuge ceremony for 19 believers, at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei.

Prior to the beginning of the puja, a female disciple shared her story of how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has helped his family. She left home to north in her 15 and worked her way through the high school. In fact she wanted to flee the fearful, unpeaceful, motherhood-lacked home and left the mother with psychosis to his father alone. In 2004, because she worried that her father was in his eighties but lived alone in ChiaYi with bad health, through her elementary school classmate’s introduce, she met with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to ask her father’s health. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that her father had cardio disease. Because of destroying the nest in the past lives, the result is the unpeaceful family in this life, the family has shallow connections, met few and aparted often. And indeed her family is as such. Her father had so many complaints and unsatisfaction. He complained why he married her mother. Because of her mother’s psychosis, her mother’s parent asked doctors and gods everywhere many years. In that traditional years, it was a shameful disease. Growing up in such kind of family caused her sister both selves-abased and envied others’ family warmth.

Richen Dorjee Rinpoche had never met her father but knew her father’s chronic disease and estrangement in their family. Four members of the family spread and lived independently in north and south. Even in the Chinese New Year they cannot meet together. Even they met together but there would be no peace.

Her mother had 40 years of disease. Her father is a veteran and came to Taiwan in 1949. Her parents get married by matchmaker’s introduce in Taiwan. After her birth, her mother is weak physically with psychosis outbreaking. Her father just knew he was deceived by the matchmaker, who suffered a stroke then. His father is 50 years old while her birth. While she was young, her father taught her sister both must feed medicine to their mother. Do not make her mother angry or her mother will killed them with knives. According to elders’ word, her mother was uttered incantation by hoodlum youths. But before she took refuge, she had ever read in Amitabha Sutra, which depictes the cause of psychosis is to have killed human-beings in the past lives.

Her father asked many psychiatrists. They said no permanent cure and there would be onset cycle of 2 to 3 times every year. Psychiatrists only applied the  therapy of half year in acute ward, then 3 months to chronic ward, with taking medicine, electroconvulsive therapy, seclusion. While badly outbreaking, her mother once destroyed and uncovered the floor in the nursing station with violence. Fighting with the guard resulted in black and blue all over her body. Once she went to the psychosis ward to see her mother. A roommate in the same ward is a professor’s daughter, who handed bloody menstrual pad to asked her and said “Please help me! I bleed so much.  Could you help me stop the bleeding?” For so many years she watched the psychosis ward is like worldly hell. The patients are isolated for many years once they entered, without seeing the sun. Everytime she went to hospital to see her mother, she always felt heartbreaking and helpless. But her mother accepted the badness and take it bravely. Her mother was in and out of the terrible wards for almost 10 years. I did not know who can save the kind of patients in the world?

Originally she thought her mother’s sickness is incurable. She took the attitude of just asking. Again she asked to meet with Richen Dorjee Rinpoche. Richen Dorjee Rinpoche kindly said. Her mother did much bad karma in the past lives. The family had engaged in killing karma for many generations and harmed many sentient beings. At that time she was deceived by Ignorance, she did not know the how profound the bad karma is. She did not continue to ask how to do. But everything seemed to have been arranged by Richen Dorjee Rinpoche and the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

After attending several Buddhism puja in DouLiou City Chapter of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, the first time to be in touch with Buddhism, she had the thoughts of just give it a try and not believe and doubts, can an ill patient like mother also take refuge?  In year 2005 at one refuge ceremony in theDouLiou City Chapter, her mother took refuge. She was worried about her mother could not have vegetarian food being hospitalized, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened in ease: “Do not worry, there will be vegetarian meals in the hospital!” At the moment she inexplicable felt at ease! After the Puja ceremony was finished, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had lunch with the disciples of the Douliou City Chapter in a vegetarian restaurant, she had not taken refuge, she did not understand much, during the lunch time, she asked one question for enlightenments from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche: “the other ill patients like my mother, where will they be after they died?” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened: “they would go in hell!” At the moment she replied with a doubtful eye contact. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reproached: “You do not believed in the cause and effect!” “Cause and effect.” the two nouns she had heard in the very first time. When the lunch was being finished, she kneel down to request Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to give a Buddhist name to her mother, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was smiling again. With great gratitude to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who was willing to accept severe mental patient like my mother to be one disciple under the Drikung Kagyu lineage, come to think about it at this moment, is there any other religion would so kindly and compassionately accept?

At year 2006 with the feeling of worry and guilt in mind, left Taipei where she lived for 15 years and moved back to Chiayi, because she wanted to take care the parents, at the same time learning to be a vegetarian. Every time she brought her mother to attend the Buddhism puja in Douliou City Chapter, the Buddhist brothers would tell her, her mother had the side effects from the medications which was the trembling of her hands, needs to be assisted when walking caused by over weight, until her mental conditions being gradually stabilized, she slowly and gradually realized the power of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings and compassions! The same year, she also took refuge after she made sure she could be a vegetarian herself, and she actively brought her mother up to Taipei for the regular puja every weekend.

She continued for almost one year, after attending the chod puja, she brought her mother back to the ward and it was over two o’clock at midnight, there was one occasion she saw in her dream that  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was wearing the ceremonial garment, with the solemn and kind smile on his face.  When she woke up, she thought about move back to Taipei where she can be closer to attend the Buddhism puja, she talked and planned with her father about transfer her mother to a hospital in Taipei, she asked help from the doctors of the Buddhist brothers to assist her mother to transfer, and she reported to  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the compassionately  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed blessings on her mother again, at the moment she was filled with immense gratitude in her heart, there were no one from the relatives and friends ever care so much about the ill conditions of her mother like that.

On March 2007, her mother left the living hell she stayed for ten years—the mental treatment wards in the hospital, and accept the community rehabilitation accommodation. At first she was worried about over 20,000 NT dollars service fees every month, how could she afford the fees? When she heard the enlightenment from the tape recording of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche: “Learning and practicing Buddhism would never to worried about no roads to go, learning and practicing Buddhism would never let one being hungry, the Buddha and Bodhisattvas would make arrangement so one could have ability, have money to face the poverty-stricken life, but it would not make one wealthy.” The miracle happened: after applied for the nurtures assistant benefits from Taipei SocietyBureau and health care subsidy, the heavy economical burden had lightened.  These would all owe to and gave gratitude to  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who started and continually held and preside the annual “Drikung Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism’s Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousnesses” since year 2005 in Taiwan, besides the donations from the believers, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also donated from his own pocket a great amount of money to the Society Bureau of the Ministry of Interior Society Department, to be used for the Public welfare and charitable social welfare, her mother was benefited also indirectly. Try to think about it, there are so many temples, religions, which foundations or which Juridical association organization would ever made such a tremendous contributions to the social welfare organizations in Taiwan? Only Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who compassionately, every thought from the heart to hope the Taiwan’s society can be stable and develop successfully.

When she returned to Taipei, her educational background was that she had studied in the National Open University but she did not graduate from the University. And she was nearly 35 years of age. You can imagine that, under these conditions, it should be very difficult for her to find a job. Fortunately, through friends’ and relatives’ introduction, she was hired by a nursing home as a social worker. She has worked there for almost 5 years until now. She has been in contact with the elderly and the disabled in her work. Her grandmother also lived in this nursing home for several years. Grandmother’s job was farming and raising chicken, duck, goose, and sheep. Because of falling down, she broke her legs and fractured the hipbones. Although she had a surgery in Northern Taiwan, she missed the critical period of rehabilitation. Hence, she entered a nursing home and lived there for 15 years. Both of her legs were seriously crooked. When she passed away, she was 98 years old.

In June 2008, because her grandmother would pant, she, without telling her uncle, took her grandmother to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and to register for the Chod puja six or seven times. Each time after attending the Chod puja, they would return to the nursing home at around 10:00 PM. This affected the work of grandmother’s caretaker. So the caretaker was not happy and called her uncle to complain about this; her uncle had opposed her for having a vegetarian diet. Under this condition, she said close to her grandmother’s ear in repentance that she would not take her out again to avoid her uncles from having resentment for Buddhism. When just living in the nursing home, her grandmother had been unable to feel relieved and had often said, “You all go away and leave me in here alone!” This situation confirmed the following statement in the Thirty-seven Practices of Bodhisattvas taught by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. “Long-associated companions will part from each other; wealth and possessions obtained with effort will be left behind.”

In December 2010, because of kidney function decline, grandmother often frothed at the mouth, needed nasal catheter to assist breathing, and even fell into a coma. Her uncle was also distraught. So he readily agreed to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on Saturday, December 12th. The uncle reported to Richen Dorjee Rinpoche that grandmother had lived in the nursing home for 15 years and suffered illnesses for many years; they had given up the resuscitation procedures for the grandmother; if the grandmother’s lifespan is exhausted, they implored Richen Dorjee Rinpoche to liberate the grandmother with the “Phowa dharma”. After contemplation and visualization, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened them, “She will pass away once the tubes on her body are removed! The family members should make the decision themselves.” In order to let her grandmother pass away in a quiet place without being moved, she and her uncle asked the doctor to arrange a ward and to promise that, as long as the tubes in the grandmother’s body dropped naturally, she would not be intubated again. That night, she hurried back to the hospital to visit the grandmother again. The grandmother was falling into a coma; her whole body had edema such that her skin became transparent and bright; her body was shaking with both eyes closed; especially, both of her arms were swollen and the condition let she feel very sorry for her. The next day after she put a precious nectar pill into the grandmother’s mouth, the grandmother opened her eyes; one-third of right arm’s edema subsided; her breathing was smooth and she had a comfortable sleep. The third day, after the grandmother took nectar and a nectar pill, both of her arms’ edema subsided; her skin restored to the original wrinkled appearance. The most magical thing was that the grandmother actually regained conscious and was able to open her eyes to look at her and listen to her words. This was very unlikely to happen without Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings.

Her uncle could resist the worldly pressure, thus he declined the physician’s arrangement for transferring to other hospital. Her Uncle also wished to stay there till Dec 22, the only one male grandson who was living oversea could come back to see the grandmother’s last face. She angrily told her uncle that it would be very suffering which is like the turtle’s shell being peeled off when the human being is dying, she advise her uncle that if the mother was died, the remains must be stayed for 8 hours not to add any suffering for her grandmother. In order to prevent her uncle dispraising the Buddhism. She only mentioned that without keeping on talking this topic.

Afterward she visited her grandmother and used the cotton to soak with the nectar water, her grandmother tried hardly to lick it, she also used the Baoyuan ointment which was make from Chinese medicine to spread on her grandmother’s cheek and reminded the nurse not to wipe it out. On Jan 22, her grandmother could urinate by herself; therefore the physician removed urine tube. Just as expected, after removing the urine tube, she received the phone call from the physician on Jan 24, her grandmother has been passed away. This disciple firstly called to the dharma brother at Glorious Jewel Antique Company, she beseeched that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could conduct the Phowa Dharma for her grandmother. She also left the time when her grandmother was passed away, the name of her grandmother, and Chinese Zodiac sign of her grandmother in order to wait for the further notification. Meanwhile she with her mother went to the hospital to put one nectar pill inside of her grandmother’s mouth and reminded her grandmother to remember the figure of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, her grandmother ever attended the Chod pujas with her for 6 times or 7 times, she told her grandmother must follow up Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in order to be reborn in the Pure Land. And she was reciting the six-syllable Mani mantra also observed her mother to ensure that her mother’s emotion was under control. When her uncle and aunt were arrived, the nurse hustled us to move the deceased. Afterward the funeral company proceeded to clean the Grandmother’s body, and asked her to be waiting downstairs.

She deeply makes repentance for the day in the summer of 2009. Her mother was recurrence of her illness after she took her parents and sister to have a tour at the ancient castle in Tainan. Her mother with evil eye was sleepless and noisily walked around everywhere in the midnight. They went to Glorious Jewel Company and beseeched Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for blessing. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said “Do you think I am a superman?” Unexpectedly her mother said “I am very sorrow” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately bestowed the blessing to her mother but declined to accept the offering. She was reverberated like thunder; she suddenly realized that she did not learn Buddhism diligently after taking refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She had no firm confidence and belief, especially because she suspected that her mother was possession by spirit causing her mother was recurrence of her illness, regardless of she has taken refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She was regretful that she was unable to make offering lead to her grandmother remains was suffering. During that night, she dreamt that her grandmother’s face was peaceful; she firmly believed that her grandmother would follow Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and resist the invasion of evils.

The following next day, She went to Glorious Jewel Antique Company to take the identification card in order to attend the Chod puja. The Dharma brother explained that it must have the great cause and condition and merits to gain the Phowa Dharma. They must sincerely beseech for the opportunity to gain the Phowa Dharma. The dharma brother assisted her to register the registration form including her father, uncle, and her sisters in order to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and beseech for salvage on Saturday, and the dharma brother also reminded her to visualize her grandmother in the Chod puja. Unexpectedly for that day to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, which was exactly the day of first 7 days after her grandmother died, her uncle and aunt insisted all family members had to attend their puja for the deceased even if they were careless before her grandmother was alive. Her uncle went back on his word not allowed her daughter to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Finally, only she with family members went to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked “what is the matter?” Her mother, in Taiwanese language, hastily replied “my mother died.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche again asked her grandmother’s name and the symbolic animal of her grandmother’s birth year and then immediately contemplated. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that her grandmother had kidney disease and an intravenous tube in her throat. Additionally, the bones of her right shoulder had collapsed. Compassionately, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche at once preformed the Phowa Dharma for her grandmother. Concurrently she felt warmth in her entire body. A flow of warm air straightforwardly rushed toward her brain. Her cheeks became reddish. All these reactions were not because she had cried, trembled, and felt sentimental for her grandmother’s death. It was because she was grateful that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, with his own energy and merits, to liberate and transfer her grandmother who wasn’t yet a converted disciple. She was also grateful that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was willing to accept her, the unworthy disciple’s, offering that was personally handed over to Rinpoche by her 88-year-old father who wasn’t a converted disciple, either. This acceptance was indicative of a chance that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche granted to her father to accumulate his merits. As they left the Buddhist Center, she called her uncle, informing him that her grandmother had been liberated and transferred to the pure land by the Phowa Dharma performed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She also told her cousins the good news. Moreover, she told everyone that there would be a small rounded hole on the crown of her grandmother’s scull. With her uncle’s agreement, some dharma brothers of the photographing crew went to take pictures of the auspicious signs for documentation.

On February 16, after her grandmother was cremated, the bones appeared to be the color of very beautiful pink. They shared pictures of the rounded small hole on the crown of the scull in to their relatives. Dharma brothers told them that such a rounded small hole was a rare phenomenon. It was due to the perfectly performed Phowa Dharma conducted by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She was grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that her 98-year-old grandmother who never travelled abroad for enjoyment could be transferred to the pure land. She was grateful to the thirteen dharma brothers who attended the public ceremony at the funeral home. With their participation, her relatives at the ceremony could for the first time hear about and see the representation of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. After such a perfect process, her relatives were no longer against her taking a vegetarian diet, making offering, and attending weekly puja at the Buddhist Center. Her uncle would also introduce her to relatives and friends who were in need of the help of Buddha Dharma.

While she worked in the nursing home, she once met an elderly who, in two generations of his family, was a pious non-Buddhist believer. Due to his terminal cancer, his entire body was in edema. He had been frequently in and out of hospitals. He was in a coma and the severe edema of his entire body couldn’t recede till he died. His family, son, and religious friends rarely went to visit him. They could not bear to see the huge differences between the ill and originally healthy appearances of the elderly. No one even attended his funeral. His son didn’t dare to visit him. So the responsibility of taking care of the illness was transformed into using money to hire someone else to do it. Only could greatly compassionate Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche accept so many serious ill disciples and believers to enter the pure and clean Buddhist Center and the venue of the Great Puja every year. More importantly, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche more than once performed the Phowa Dharma and liberated and transferred consciousnesses for the dying attendees who passed away while attending pujas.

She was grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for salvaging her mother from suffering rhembasmus, like a living hell. After two-odd year blessing, her disease did not outbreak again. In November 2008 they traveled to Nepal with a Nepal journal tour organized by Sino Travel Service Company. After they came back Taiwan and attended Sunday’s puja, on the way home she rode a motorcycle with her mother on, strangely the tires skidded and her motorcycle fell down. It was lucky that at the moment there were no other cars running after them. Her mother had bone fracture in her left elbow bone. She was hospitalized and underwent an operation. Besides, she went to Glorious Jewel Chinese Medicine Clinic to see the doctor once. After two months she completely recovered. Seeing her conditions, an orthopedist felt surprised and told the female disciple that it should not be that easy for her mother, at the elder age, to recover and remove the plaster cast earlier by one month. Both the psychiatrist and the orthopedist said that: according to the X-ray report of her mother’s effusion of blood in the brain, her mother had an attack of apoplexy, necrotic arms and legs, and severe calcified kneecaps so that she needed to undergo operations. However, till now her mother did not receive an operation or take any medicine. Her mother’s arms and legs just function as normal and are able to walk and run. She had immense gratitude to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for blessing her mother and benefiting her mother’s karmic creditors as well, so her mother’s suffering of illness was reduced. Two years ago she told her 88-year-old father that her mother, after taking refuge, was no more hospitalized again. Hearing this, her father sighed with relief. She thanked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for saving her all family, repairing their hate and bitterness, and letting them gradually get well along with one another.

She was thankful for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessing that let her mind be calmed, have a stable job, and no longer dread. If she did not seek refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she could not have taken the job for long as she needed to reach the endotracheal-intubated patients and it was difficult for a healthy person to make her mental adjustment. Since taking refuge, she merely did a right thing and that was: One day when she was walking on the street, she saw a mouse shut in an iron cage before a restaurant, appearing panic and helpless, so she looked around and made sure there was no person around, and nerved herself to open the cage and set free the mouse.

She repented that in the past four years she did not attentively apply Buddha Dharma in her everyday life. She merely listened and forgot it. Therefore, her grandmother suffered for 7 days on her deathbed before she was salvaged. She recognized that last-minute efforts are useless if no preparatory work has been done beforehand. She also made introspection on the issues that she was not allowed to make an offering; that she did not choose a right husband but suffered from domestic violence and eventually got divorced. She made repentance for that she often shouted at her mother and complained to her nurse colleagues about her boss at her work place. In order to live up to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s earnest teaching that let her arise the brave heart to cultivate Buddhism, she said she must listen to it, hold her mind, diligently learn and use Buddhist teachings in her daily life. Otherwise, when she become old, she will suffer from the physical torture of illness and from the mental helplessness of relying on other’s attending to her. If her karmic strength manifests and she gets dementia, she would transgress the precepts, eat meat, and finally lose her all memory. Nowadays there are more and more elder people have the symptom that they don’t know which date is today. From this it can be seen how fearsome the karmic strength is. At this moment, she deeply realized how important to follow Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in cultivating Buddhism life after lives.

She expressed her gratitude to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mother: Were it not for you, we disciples in this life would not have had the opportunity to encounter such a great Mahasiddha who cares nothing about his own life but constantly rescues and salvages the suffering sentient beings! Thank grandmother! Wish grandmother health and happiness! Pray for Vajra Guru His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche prosperous Buddhist activities, abiding in the world, benefitting sentient beings of the six realms, and liberating them from the suffering of reincarnation!

After ascending the Dharma throne, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened all attendees. Last week, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had transmitted Avalokiteshvara’s empowerment to everyone. The next, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche wanted to teach the practicing method. Today, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would introduce the yidam first. Avalokiteshvara is well known in the East, except in the Southeast Asia countries where Theravada Buddhism is popular. People in Sri Lanka, the Union of Myanmar, and Thailand do not know Avalokiteshvara. People in these Southeast Asia areas practice Hinayana Buddhism which focuses on “Agama” and “Samyuktagama” taught by Sakyamuni Buddha in the early period; these Buddhist scriptures had not talked about Avalokiteshvara. When later Sakyamuni Buddha was teaching “Lotus Sutra”, many disciples of the Buddha left. This was because each person’s cause and condition were different, capacity was different, and suitable dharmas for practice were different. Therefore, some disciples who had practiced Arhat felt the dharma taught by Sakyamuni Buddha was too complicated and different from their original practicing methods. They could not accept the dharma and would not like to listen to it, so they left.

“Lotus Sutra” has stated many basic concepts of practicing Buddhism and cultivation and is a very important scripture for practicing Mahayana. The most important thing the scripture talked about is the affirmative renunciation of the cyclic existence. Japan has a sect called “Nichiren Shoshu”. It was founded based on “Lotus Sutra” and focuses mainly on reciting the name of this sutra. In ancient times, there was a way to read the verses in the Lotus Sutra; for each word one reads, one will make a prostration. People have not practiced like this now.

Amitabha Sutra has stated that where we are now is Evil Time of Five Turbidities and our self-nature, that is, Buddha nature, is obscured by the Five Poisons, greed, hatred, ignorance, pride, and doubt. The “Sad-dharma” in the name of “Lotus Sutra” (Sad-dharma Pundarika) means the methods that can help us liberate from the cyclic existence. The “Pundarika” in the name of “Lotus Sutra” means lotus flowers. The name means that although we are in the Evil Time of Five Turbidities, if we can practice diligently according to the Buddha’s teachings, we can still recover our pure, clean, and non-contaminated self-nature, just as a lotus which grows out of rotten mud without being polluted, and can still produce pure and beautiful flowers. Therefore, the symbol of lotus is used extensively in Buddhism. We can also see that all Buddhist statues are sitting in lotus pedestals.

“Lotus Sutra” is a very interesting scripture, which uses a lot of stories as metaphors to explain a lot of ideas. For example, the sutra has mentioned that all sentient beings are deluded by the worldly ease and happiness; they do not understand the cyclic existence is the biggest error and disaster; they still do not know they have to practice Buddhism to escape from the cycle of birth and death as soon as possible. The sutra thus described all sentient beings in the six realms of the cyclic existence metaphorically as a group of children playing and having fun in a grand and beautiful mansion. The mansion has been on fire and soon these children will be burned. However, they absolutely do not care. Even though their parents ask them nicely or harshly to leave, they are still not willing to leave this burning mansion. Running out of ideas, their parents can only prepare two big vehicles pulled by cattle and deer respectively. The vehicles are filled with toys to lure the children out of the house and to get on the two vehicles such that they can leave the burning house.

This burning mansion means metaphorically that the fault and disaster of the cyclic existence is as dangerous as the burning house. The parents represent Buddhas and Bodhisattvas who do not have the heart to see sentient beings in suffering and try every means to save the sentient beings. These two vehicles represent Hinayana Buddhism and Mahayana Buddhism which can carry sentient beings to escape from the suffering ocean of the cycle of birth and death. The toys in the vehicle represent sentient being’s desires. This matches the phrase of “using desires to hook”; it means that using the desires of a sentient being on certain aspect to induce him to practice Buddhism. For example, if you like meditation, Buddhism can give you that or if you like the Pure Land, Buddhism can give you that as well.

However, the sutra has also mentioned that even if Buddhas and Bodhisattvas finally took the children out of the dangerous burning house, with a slight carelessness, the children will turn around and run into dark, dangerous, and horrible forest which is full of animals and ghosts; hence, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have to enter the forest to find them again. This is as if parents teach their children that they cannot go to certain places, but the children will go to those places once the parents do not pay attention to them. Why can’t Buddhas and Bodhisattvas liberate all sentient beings? This is because sentient beings are not obedient and will turn around after being saved. You may not feel anything upon hearing this paragraph. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has gradually understood this metaphor described in the “Lotus Sutra” after he began to help sentient beings on a Bodhisattva’s path. It is actually very difficult to liberate sentient beings.

You have been saved by Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, but run back again. You have been going around in circles, just like sometimes we will see a dog chasing and biting its own tail, always running around in circles. When you see this, you will feel very funny. Actually the dog is not playing. According to Buddhist scriptures, a dog will behave like this because there is a ghost who pulls the dog’s tail to make fun of it. Some ghosts will sit on the wall to watch and laugh at the dog. If you see a dog chasing and biting its tail at home, it means you home has ghosts. Such ghosts are usually family ghosts. Family ghosts are ancestors who have not been liberated or sentient beings hurt by your family. Those who have this kind of situation at home should repent.

Therefore, a determination to leave the cyclic existence is very important; this is to renounce your home in the cycle of reincarnations. A very difficult thing to achieve when practicing Buddhism is to have an affirmative mind to leave the cyclic existence. If your mind of renouncing the cycle of reincarnations is not firm, you will definitely have yearning and attachment to this world. This will become a very big obstacle for you to practice Buddhism and prevent you from attaining any achievement. Only if you deeply believe in what the Buddha had said that the cyclic existence is a kind of fault and disaster and you certainly want to liberate from the cyclic existence, you will have a firm mind to leave the cycle of reincarnations. Renouncing the world means that you will not be sentimentally attached to anything in the world. The world mentioned here refers to the world of the six realms of the cyclic existence, including Realm of Sensuous Desire, Realm of Form, and Realm of Formlessness. These realms are still in the world. As long as sentient beings exist in the world, they will definitely have suffering. Having the mind to leave the cyclic existence does not mean that you do not work, do not marry and have children, and do not have man woman relationships. These are your cause and condition and have nothing to do with whether you practice Buddhism at all. The most important is your mind. When you have a definite mind to leave the world and want to escape from the cycle of birth and death, your views to the worldly matters will be different. If you do not have a firm mind of renunciation, regardless which dharma you practice, no dharma will be able to help you go to the Pure Land.

As if the Buddha wants to take you out of a burning house, you have to be determined to leave and have actions in order to get on the vehicle. If you are not determined, take your feet into and out of the burning house hesitantly, or run around outside the house not willing to get on the vehicle, even if there is a driver and a road, the vehicle of Buddhism will not be able to take you away; even the Buddha cannot help you either. Vowing to be reborn in the Pure Land and to escape from the cycle of birth and death is the most important thing the Buddha has taught us. Perhaps some people will say, “Don’t you want us to come back again to liberate sentient beings?” There is a group which asked its believers vowing to come back to become a member of this group again. From the perspective of Buddhism, this indicates that this group does not believe in impermanence. When opening history books, have you ever seen a group or an organization which could exist forever? If after these believers reincarnate they cannot find the original organization, what should they do? If you have attained the level of a Bodhisattva, you can then follow the vows to come again to liberate sentient beings. Otherwise, you just follow your karma to come into the cyclic existence again. The cyclic existence is a serious fault. In this world, only Buddhism can fundamentally resolve the issue of the cyclic existence; other religions will not be able to do the same.

Making vows is very important. The power of vows of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas is the collection of all of their vows and merits. There was once a nun who claimed that she had made 50 great vows, that is, Amitabha Buddha’s 48 vows plus two more vows. This kind of speech was lying. Amitabha Buddha’s 48 vows were not made by thinking casually. They were made after Amitabha Buddha had attained the level of a Bodhisattva and had confirmed he could achieve these vows from careful thinking in the long time period of doing a bodhisattva’s path in past generations. These 48 vows have covered all of the vows the Buddha can achieve. In addition to these 48 vows, this nun added two more vows. This nun had an arrogant and self-righteous mind.

Power of vows can’t be proved simply by one’s mouth talking. If one can’t achieve anything, it is only illusionary. When we were young, we all had composed on a topic “What my aspirations are.” Till now, how many of you have truly completed your goals? Why not? It is because of the impermanence of life. Making vows doesn’t just strive for attaining the vows in one direction. One must be certain he or she can achieve the goals before making vows.

A man coming back from the USA claimed that he was a living Buddha. If there is a living Buddha, whether there should be a dead one? A Buddha should have already achieved the state of neither being alive nor dead. That man was also lying. In China, people are still used to call a Rinpoche a living Buddha. This is a wrong usage. In sutras, there aren’t any descriptions about any term as of a living Buddha. Actually, the term “a living Buddha” came into existence in Qing Dynasty when liegemen tried to fawn on Empress Dowager Cixi so they called her as a living Buddha. It is described in sutras that there will be no Buddhas living on earth between the time when Buddha Sakyamuni attained nirvana and 56 hundreds of millions years later when Maitreya Bodhisattva will come to earth and obtain Buddhahood. Even if there is any practitioner attaining Buddhahood during the period of time, it will not be known to you.

If you do not have the mind of renunciation, you will have the clinging mind, feeling that everyone should treat with us in a proper manner. Someone might feel that his father is a good man, what is the reason for that? There is no good or bad for the concept of Buddhism, there are only the law of cause and condition, and cause and effect. All you think that it can be consider as a good guy if someone treats us all right. Why would you need someone to treat you well? If one cares about this feeling before one’s death, he would feel that everyone should threat him well, if they could not achieve it, he would have the mind of hatred. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted the Phowa Dharma for the sentient beings ever witnessed that there were deceased people had the mind of hatred due to someone touched her leg, or someone did not cover blanket well for him, a Taoist priest ringed the bell around the deceased, the choir was singing around the deceased, or someone was singing the sutra or reciting the mantra without compassion beside the deceased. It will cause the deceased with hatred and fall into the hell realm. Actually most people would not necessarily fall into the hell realm, it was because that most of people did not do the serious evil deeds, but they had done lots of tiny evil deeds continually, only some of people must fall into the hell realm. For most of people, it depends on the cause and condition; the place where you will go depends on the last notion before you die. The karmic creditors do not aim at those who criticize you or your career is on a bumpy ride. A real karmic creditors is that when you were on the verge of death, there will be one person to shake you, shout with you and crying not to let you go, you would have the hindrance and unwilling to let go. Some people would love their children so much and would not be willing to draw their last breath until seeing their children’s face; they would be reborn as human beings again because they miss their children too much.

When you attend the puja, don’t pray for your lawsuit which will be settled down, there may be jailed for 3 years, because of you had attended the puja, finally you may be jailed for 1 years only. It is because that the karma retribution cannot be eliminated. The most important thing is that it can let you have the opportunity to contact Buddhism because of the lawsuit; you shall make decision to leave the house with fire, do have the mind of renunciation. As long as you are still reincarnation in the six realms, you will suffer the endless suffering. It might be karmic connection by the previous lives that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could be reborn at his family for this life. His father had attained a high level of Taoism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also learned the Taoism with his father since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was young, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche learned and witnessed lots of worldly things, it might be the reason that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had a firm mind of renunciation. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had been to the realm of Sensuous Desire (Sanskrit: Kamadhatu) when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was young. It was not as you imagined to fly to this realm, it could be able to arrive there which need to go through the passageway by the special gateway. Although it was merely the lowest level in the heavenly realms, it was so beautiful that there is no place can be similar in the Earth. During that time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had much enjoyment and forget to go back home, at last, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was pulled backed by his father. Such the realm of Sensuous Desire is so beautiful, not to mention to the Pure Land of Buddha Amitabha! So you must have the mind of renunciation to be liberated from reincarnation to be reborn in the Pure Land and do not be reborn in the earth anymore!

Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara was introduced by the Buddha Sakyamuni; firstly we can review the meaning of the name of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. The meaning of the Chinese character “Guan” in Buddhism doesn’t refer to seeing with your eyes or thinking with your brains. It is so called “Five eyes”, which are including the naked eye, Divine Eye, Wisdom Eye, Dharma Eye and Buddha Eye. Bodhisattva has the Wisdom Eye, Dharma Eye and Divine Eye, only one difference between a Buddha and a Bodhisattva is that Bodhisattva has no the Buddha Eye. For Bodhisattvas to observe things at least, they will use the Wisdom Eye because of the naked eye has limits. Even if you see with your Divine eyes or Dharma eyes, there would be a limitation to what you see and think, there is only the Wisdom Eye can perceive all sentient beings who are in sufferings in the Universe. It is so called that “to visualize” doesn’t refer to seeing with your eyes and to thinking with your mind. You have not had your Wisdom awakened yet, thus you have to think with your mind. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche transferred the consciousness of the deceased, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not consider that it is “me” to help the sentient beings, it is that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche became the deceased and perceive with Wisdom eye to know the deceased’s clinging mind. There are fundamental wisdom and acquired wisdom. All sentient beings have the fundamental wisdom which the same as Buddha. Acquired wisdom has to be attained by learning and cultivating Buddhism. When you have attained the acquired wisdom, then you can develop the fundamental wisdom, it is impossible to attain Buddhahood without developing the fundamental wisdom.

The second Chinese character of Avalokiteshvara, “shi”, doesn’t refer to this mundane world. Instead, it indicates all sentient beings that have been continuously reborn in the six realms. Someone might say that the plants will grow up well when they heard the music, the germs will also run away when encountering the danger, therefore they think that they can also be considered having life, if you ate the vegetables, you would kill their life. But Buddhism is not talking about the life; Buddhism only mentions the sentient beings. Non-sentient beings and sentient beings are classified as desire. The so-called sentient does not mean the desire for sex, it means that the sentient being which is sensitive to cold or hot, with the desire for eating, like and dislike, having the feeling with partings and reunions, just like the animals would be sad when they are parting. We called that a Bodhisattva is the one who has enlightened, it means that a sentient being has already realized itself the nature of one’s own mind, Bodhisattva is cultivated and attained from a human being. The Universe does not only have the Galaxy, it is including all the emptiness, not only the earth has human. Buddhist scriptures have stated that in the middle of the Universe is called “Mount Sumeru” which is so-called Galaxy; there are four planets where human beings reside in. Whether there are the Extra-Terrestrial existed? Definitely yes, the earthlings are the Extra-Terrestrial, human beings were not merely only coming from the two persons. Buddhist scriptures have clearly stated that human beings were from the heaven realm of light and sound. The human beings could fly before, not by the UFO. At that time, the Earth was a very beautiful planet, but because they had eaten a kind of food, earth fat, on earth, their bodies became heavier and could not fly anymore, so they became the human beings on earth. That was why they had to build the house and make a fire by drilling wood, for those affairs to go on living. That was why the historical religions would mention that the human would come back to the heaven; it is because that the human’s consciousness still remains the memory coming from the heaven.

The character “yin” means the sound emitted by the suffering sentient beings; which doesn’t refer to the sound to speak out. Except for the Human beings need to communicate with each other by language, the other realms, such as the sentient beings in the ghost realm, hell realm, asura realm and heavenly realm can communicate each others with their mind, therefore they don’t need to speak out, as long as the sound is coming from the mind, they will know it. No matter where you are, as long as the sentient beings sincerely pray for with a respectful mind, Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara always comes to help you. The so-called Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara is to save people from suffering and misfortune. It does not need to loudly recite the name of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, if you are in the suffering, sincerely reciting the name of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, you will be loud naturally. But if you would like to overwhelm other people’s sound by speaking loudly when you dislike hearing other sound, it is not an appropriate way.

In fact, Avalokiteshvara is an ancient Buddha returning to this world again, the so-called “ancient Buddha” means that there had been other human civilizations existed on the Earth before. Avalokiteshvara was the Buddha before this human civilization. Buddhist scriptures have stated that there are seven Buddhas on the earth. Avalokiteshvara had been Buddhahood before the seven Buddhas. Why did Avalokiteshvara lower the level to become a Bodhisattva for the Saha Land? The difference between Buddha and Bodhisattva is that Bodhisattva has the notions to salvage the sentient beings; therefore Bodhisattva is closer to the sentient beings. Buddha had no thought at all, even if there is no notion to salvage the sentient beings. It does not mean that Buddha is not compassion. It is that what a Buddha has done is different from a Bodhisattva. We could not have the teaching which is taught by Buddha personally. We cannot imagine what a Buddha has done. The tasks for Buddha are to teach those Bodhisattvas who have attained the level of first-bhumi Bodhisattva and ten levels of Bodhisattvas. It is because that a Bodhisattva can benefit numerous sentient beings. Avalokiteshvara is similar to a professor in the University, and then Buddha is similar to a professor in the research institute. Therefore Avalokiteshvara is closer to us. For Buddhism, you are still in the level of kindergarten, such as great Bodhisattva- Avalokiteshvara will not teach you directly, if someone said that he had witnessed Avalokiteshvara which is a groundless talk. It is just like a Lineage Holder who will teach Rinpoche to learn Buddhism; a Rinpoche will teach the Khenpo and disciples with the general conditions and capacities to learn Buddhism. Don’t think that you will be a disciple of a Lineage Holder since you have taken refuge under a Lineage Holder; it depends on whether he has taught you the Buddhism directly. It does not mean that you attend the puja which was presided over by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, unless you are taught by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang personally, just like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had done before. When Bodhisattva salvages sentient beings, it depends on their different vows to teach the different sentient beings.

As we say that Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva is a “Master Dharmakaya”, it is because Avalokiteshvara has attained over the sixteenth Bodhisattva budmi, meaning Avalokiteshvara is a great Bodhisattva who has obtained Buddhahood. That’s why we called Avalokiteshvara a Bodhisattva Mahasattva, which means a Dharmakaya Bodhisattva. Although Avalokiteshvara is called a Bodhisattva, his dharma nature has been integrated into the dharma realm so he can save suffering sentient beings by hearing their prayers. Avalokiteshvara can focus on listening to sentient beings’ suffering sounds and liberate them. With wisdom eyes, Avalokiteshvara is able, with his mind, to perceive the suffering voices of sentient beings in the six realms of the universe without discrimination. At this point, some of you might have developed certain disbelief. If you do, don’t use your own thought to debate and defend your disbelief. You are not yet qualified to say so until you achieve attainment.

According to Exoteric teachings, the Bodhisattva stages are from the first Bodhisattva buhmi to the tenth buhmi, and it will take a very long period of time to attain Buddhahood from the tenth buhmi. According to Esoteric teachings, the Bodhisattva stages are from the first Bodhisattva buhmi then the eighth buhmi and to the sixteenth buhmi, and then to attain Buddhahood once the seventeenth buhmi is attained. So it is recorded in sutras that when a Bodhisattva attains the tenth buhmi, all Buddhas will come to persuade him to practice Tantra. Please pay attention here. The verb used in sutras is “persuade,” which means that a Bodhisattva make this decision by himself. Buddhas will never force anyone to do anything. The term “withdrawing” is used to describe the situation when a Bodhisattva has withdrawn from liberating sentient beings and turned to practice Buddhism for his own sake. This situation can be called “withdrawing.” But when a Bodhisattva has achieved the eighth buhmi, he will never withdraw from liberating sentient beings. You shouldn’t use Buddhist terms at your will. For instance, do not say that you decide not to attend pujas because you have withdrawn. That, in fact, you are sluggish, you are lazy. Why can’t you just admit it? No one here is busier than Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has to take care of the elderly and youngsters as well as about 1000 disciples. Additionally, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would support His Holiness Drikung Kagyu Chetsang’s dharma activities and sustain the lineage, and also has employees to look after. It is hard for you to image how busy Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is unless you are supervising over one hundred thousand employees. Even if you have a great many employees, you don’t do everything by yourself. There are many subordinates would do things for you.

The dharma method Avalokiteshvara had obtained achievement is through “perfect penetration of ear.” It doesn’t refer to one’s ears are perfectly rounded and can hear sounds thoroughly. Humans have six organs for perceptions. It is called “six roots.” They are eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind. The external signals that you receive will enter a root’s “mental factor”. If you react or respond to the signals, a kind of energy will be generated. This energy will remain in your eighth consciousness, the store-house consciousness. When your perception organs receive signals, it doesn’t mean your mind also received it. If that energy corresponding to these signals does not develop, the signals will not enter into your mind.

An eye doctor disciple and an otolaryngologist doctor disciple also responded that there are indeed some clinical cases. Patients’ eyes, ears and sensory organs are normal and nerves have no problems, either. Yet, the central information processing system in the brain doesn’t function well. Information can’t be transmitted from there. There are no functional effects to their sensory organs so patients think they can’t see or hear. These clinical cases are similar to what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just enlightened that information wasn’t able to penetrate into one’s mind. A-Chi dharma protector specifically searched many medical doctor disciples for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to explain these phenomena from medical point of view for your understanding.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued the teachings as followed: When the signals that enter your mental factors do not make any effect or do not generate any energy to your inner and outer, you are entering into the concentration and thus no consciousness will be maintained. Auditory sense can be effective by hearing. When the energy of your ears’ mental factor is not generated, you will not hear anything. This situation is so-called “hearing of the ear’s mental factor disappear” Entering into concentration does not mean having any thoughts at all. Rather, it means focusing on one thought. It is as if when you attentively pay attention to one thing, you will not notice people passing by. If one practices concentration with his ear root, that is, concentrates on one sound, one will hear no other sounds as these sounds seem to be filtered out. Some of you might have the experience. When you are listening to your favorite music, you might just hear this music without hearing other sounds. It is also like when someone you like says “I love you,” you hear nothing else but this sentence.

When you attain the practice of concentration of ear root, your other roots will not respond either because one root gathers 5 roots. That’s what “perfect penetration of ear” is. Some also said that the mental factor is mental energy because it is located in your heart. Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva attained his accomplishment through practicing the dharma method of “perfect penetration of ear” due to his vows to save suffering sentient beings by hearing their praying sounds. It is because Avalokiteshvara bestows on sentient beings his help by hearing their suffering voices so that Avalokiteshvara had practiced Buddha Dharma from his ear root. When one practices his ear root and his ears enter into concentration, his other 5 roots will the ear root to enter into concentration as well. That’s why, in Exoteric teachings, it is said that humans’ body is a dharma instrument for practicing and learning Buddha Dharma. Every part of our bodies can be used to practice Buddha Dharma. Yet, you must follow a guru who will teach you how to practice Buddha Dharma with your six root step by step.

In Esoteric Buddhism, practitioners practice concentration with their eyes root. That’s why when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enters into concentration, Rinpoche’s eyes are open and eyeballs do not move. It is more difficult to attain accomplishment through practicing their eye root because eyes are more sensitive and keener. With one black shadow passing by, your eyeballs will move to take a look. Compared with other roots, it’s relatively easier to attain accomplishment through practicing one’s ear root.

Beware of what entering into concentration is carefully. Some may claim that there shouldn’t have any thought during the concentration. Nor are there any movements. You can observe that a table can be firmly unmovable and fixed there. Can you claim that the table is entering into concentration? Some may say, in meditation, one should let go of all thoughts, emptying everything in mind. But when you think of “I’m emptying thoughts,” you have one thought aroused. When you think of “I shouldn’t have any thought,” that’s the second thought. Then, you’d think “how come my mind does not empty yet?” That’s the third. The fourth will come as you think “I want to empty my mind no matter what.”

Some would claim that with opening eyes, how one can enter into concentration. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave the teachings: Some are afraid of seeing something to enter into concentration. If this is true, how about the ears that can still hear voices and the nose can still smell? Even if one would tug his eyes and the nose, how about his skill pores? What would one deal with that? Practicing of Buddha Dharma is natural. One won’t become weird by learning Buddha Dharma. You have all witnessed that when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enter into concentration, Rinpoche’s eyes remain immovable. You should not imitate Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s way, otherwise your eyeballs might be bulged.

Where there is the beginning of the state of concentration, there is the end of the state of concentration. The noble Mahakasyapa is still in his meditative concentration in Mount Kukkutapada, Yunnan. After 56 billion years later, Bodhisattva Maitreya will come to the earth, attain Buddhahood and liberate sentient beings. The noble Mahakasyapa will end his state of meditative concentration then and pass the lineage of Buddha Sakyamuni onto Bodhisattva Maitreya. Does the noble Mahakasyapa have no feeling? No, that is because his heart do not function.

Among sentient beings in the six realms, only human beings are special that communicate via voice. So Buddha bestowed and speeched Buddha Dharma. Sentient beings in the realms of hell and ghost communicate via heart, instead of voice. It goes without saying that beings in heaven realms do. What the ghost wants to tell you, your heart will clearly understand that while a ghost stands in front of you. It’s all fake that those psychics claim of ghosts saying. What those who claims seeing ghost actually see is their imagination. Since human beings do not communicate via heart, you will still not believe even your heart sensed.

Terms of mantra in tantric dharma all start from 3 words of “Om Ah Hum”. While we settle in a very quiet place, without any sound, but we still hear the sound of “Om” from the ear. Some people say they hear the heartbeat sound of themselves. Even if in the most quiet place, you impossibly hear the heart heartbeat sound of yourself. It is not a good thing that you can sound. It shows the cardiac problem and examination is needed. There are cations and anions in the air. That is the sound of static electricity generated from friction of the air. While you are breathing, the friction of the air also generate sound. It is the natural phenomena. The first sound of the cause of the universe is “Ah”. So Catholicism and Protestantism called “Amen”. Islam called “Allah”. And Buddhism called “Amitabha”. Armstrong, the astronaut who firstly landed on the moon, heared the only sound on the moon is “Ah”. So he became a Muslim. “Hum” is the sound of explosion of the universe.

To have clean and pure faculty of hearing is not to avoid other people’s nagging. In fact, it is a Buddhist expression as well. It means that one should not differentiate what he likes or not. One should not have any self opinion and listen with a clean and pure heart. In that case, he will not generate egoistic thoughts. Our ears differentiate things that we like and dislike, as well as good and bad things. We like to hear praises and fluttery instead of criticism. Why would some people mistake what others say? One reason lies in that their subjective consciousness has taken effect so that they would have a predisposition with their own ideas. The other reason lies in that they have karmic obstacles. Even if what is said is beneficial and helpful to them, say the Buddhist teachings, they will fail to take in or have a different interpretation about what they have heard.

His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang speaks the Beijing dialect of Mandarin. Nevertheless, while being interviewed, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang might not understand what the reporter is asking and the report might not understand what His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang is saying, either. At this time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would provide some explanation. Why can Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche understand? It is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has a pure and clean faculty of hearing so as to realize what His holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang says. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang stayed in the United States and learned English in his younger years. When foreigners ask His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang questions, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang answers in English. Sometimes, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s English expression is not adequate, but the foreigners will still know what His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang is talking about. Because they have immense reverence towards His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, they are naturally able to get it. You, on the other hand, constantly find faults in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s words.

You can see changes in things with the Buddhist teachings. For example, an ordinary person’s heart rate is around 70 beats per minute, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s heart rate is 61 to 64 beats per minute. Therefore, might need to breathe twice to get the amount of oxygen that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can get by breathing once, because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s breathing is deeper. You don’t need to ask, think, or wonder about such physical changes, for they take place in a natural way. If you keep asking for such changes, you will fail to get them.

Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara is introduced in the Universal Door Chapter of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara in the Lotus Sutra. Universal Door Chapter is an exclusive term for Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. Why is it called Universal Door Chapter instead of Extraordinary Chapter or Compassionate Chapter? The name is actually in accord with the sacred name of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. Being universal does not mean that it is common or ordinary. Instead, it means that all the beings in the six realms are equally salvaged regardless of their religious beliefs. Even if you are a Catholic, Christian, Muslim, or Mormon, Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara will salvage you as long as you are in adversity. The term door refers to practicing a means in depth. To practice a means in depth is not to practice a particular means without distraction. Every practice means contains Zen, sitting in meditation, and the Pure Lands. The term door refers to a path to liberation. You are on the right track only when you are able to be on the path to liberation.

In the Universal Door Chapter of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, it is Inexhaustible Intention Bodhisattva who implores Buddha Sakyamuni to explain the merits and virtues of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. It doesn’t mean that Inexhaustible Intention Bodhisattva does not know about Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. Nevertheless, why is the question raised? It is because the Buddhist teachings require karmic connections. The Buddha will bestow teachings only when someone makes a request. Therefore, when someone comes to the Buddhist center to ask questions, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will definitely ask what matter the person has in mind. When one fails to make a request or imploration, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not say anything even if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sees things about him in visualization. It is because the person does not have the karmic connection. Even if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sees things about him and tells him, he will still lack the karmic connection when he refuses to listen.

In the beginning, the Buddha calls Inexhaustible Intention Bodhisattva a virtuous man. Being virtuous means practicing on the Ten Meritorious Acts. A virtuous man, as said, refers to a noble being who can liberate himself from the cycle of birth and death. The noble being in question is different from Christ or Confucius. According to the Universal Door Chapter, Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara would manifest forms of the sentient beings to salvage them. Whether the being is a deity, a king, a lay practitioner, or one of the four groups (monks, nuns, upasakas, upasikas), Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara will manifest a similar form.

Many people have read the Universal Door Chapter. Many important concepts are introduced in the text, including the virtues of the yidam, practice means, and importance of making offerings. Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara solves problems such as disasters, wars, and imprisonment. All of the accounts are true.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told the attendees two anecdotes to illustrate the fact that reciting the name of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara is helpful for people who have law suits or faces imprisonment. A few years ago, a boy’s girlfriend had affairs with another person. The chef of the restaurant which the boy was working for wanted to help him vent his anger. Therefore, the two went cut up the person and were caught on the spot. Immediately they were brought to the police station as active criminals. At that time, the boy’s father went see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche through a friend in hopes that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could save his son. Seeing the boy’s father doing prostrations on his knees, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche felt sympathetic. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bid the boy to do One Thousand Buddhas Repentance at the Buddhist center every day, as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed the practice of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara by the side. The boy followed the instruction. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked a disciple who works as a prosecution as to how prosecution deals with active criminals. The disciple replied: As the boy was caught on the spot, he would be taken to the police station to take his account down in writing and then detained in the custody house. Thereafter, the process of prosecution would begin and he would be sentenced. Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked the disciple if an active criminal can get away with it when the victim is still in the hospital. The disciple gave a negative answer. However, miraculously, the case was not prosecuted. Of course, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told the boy to apologize and make compensation. Many things were done. Most importantly, the reason why the practice took effect lies in that the boy felt repented. Without feeling repented, you cannot be helped even Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara is standing right in front of you.

Another anecdote is about Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s son. When he was still a student, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bid his son not to go out after 10:30 pm. One night, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche found that his son was not home. Then, at 3 am, the special police corps called, saying that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s son had carried weapons illegally and was in the police station. At the police station, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche learned that his son, along with his two classmates, had bought 3 watermelon knives. The three rode on two motorbikes and were ready to cut up someone. Fortunately, the person was not found, or things would be much worse. Then, one of the motorbikes broke down, so all the things were moved to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s motorbike. As it was deep in the night, they were stopped by the police and the knives were found. One of the classmates had prior criminal records. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s son was honest and frank, so he told the police that the 3 knives were to be used to cut someone up. Originally, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could have taken his son home. Nonetheless, as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew that his son would have the karmic retribution of imprisonment, the boy was left in the detention house that night. Therefore, his karmic retribution was paid off. At around 9 am the next morning, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche got his son out. Thereafter, his son was told to do prostrations in repentance in the Buddhist center every day as well while Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted the practice of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara at the side. The result was even more miraculous. The statement of charges, which mistakenly recorded that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s son as a repeated offender, was sent to the prosecutor. Basically, it is the clerk who would look at the statements of charges and circle the questionable parts. Few prosecutors would look at the document personally. However, this prosecutor examined the document personally and found the mistake. Thinking that the police was not telling the true story, the case was thereby not prosecuted. Under such a condition, the prosecutor rejected the case and forbade the police to file the case again. Had it been prosecuted in the juvenile court, the boy would have to live with the record even without being convicted.

If it were you, you must have planned to bring your child home first before dealing with the other things. However, as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew that it was the time for his son to be in jail, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just let his son repay the karmic retribution. It also gave his son a lesson by letting him stay at the jail overnight so that he would know it is no good to live in jail. This is just the power of the practice of Avalokiteshvara. However, it still needs the person concerned to give rise to repentance. Besides, without the conduction by a practitioner like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who has practiced and gotten correspondence with Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, it could not bring out the effect. You don’t hope your karmic retribution manifest. However, any occurrence has its causes. There is nothing unlucky. When one’s merits and virtues are consumed, his karmic retribution will then manifest. One does not have to think about escaping from his karmic retribution. After ones karmic retributions are repaid, it will be alright. If one has sufficient merits and virtues, his difficulties will naturally be resolved. We need merit and wisdom to obtain liberation from the cycle of birth and death. Whereas, your merits and virtues cannot help change your karma. Your merits and virtues are accumulated as that of human and god for you to use in your next life. Merely merit can change our karma. We ought to practice for merit as well as for wisdom.

The stories of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helping them on their lawsuits are telling you that: The feature of Buddha Dharma is that once the practitioner thoroughly grasps and realizes it, he will comprehend all of it and be able to use it freely. As long as one practices supramundane dharma well, one will have no problem with mundane dharma.  And the case of helping one’s lawsuit depicted in the Universal Gate Chapter of the Lotus Sutra is really attainable. There is a small story about Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche: Once upon a time, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was driving a car passing by an area of road construction. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stopped his vehicle, he did not notice that his car was a bit entered into the construction area. Therefore the worker stared at Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche turned his head to look at the worker, the worker right away backed himself for several steps and even bowed his apology to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. It is stated in the Universal Gate Chapter of the Lotus Sutra that the practitioner of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara won’t get any hurt, as Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara’s light is covering him. Hence, even evil ghosts are even not able to star at the practitioner with their evil eyes.

All of these stories are telling you that what Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara has said all the truth. However, there are some prerequisites and methods not clearly written in the sutra. Why didn’t the Buddha clearly talk about the prerequisites? It is because the Buddha had too many to talk and did not have sufficient time to mention all the things. Therefore, the Buddha first told you that Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara is of great ability. But if you want to pray and obtain what is depicted in the sutra, you still need your guru’s help. The reason why you are asked to revere guru is that only in so doing could guru’s light cover you. It is stated in the sutra “With single mind, invoke Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara’s name” but it does not mean that as long as you recite Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara’s name, you will become healthy or the seductive woman will leave your husband. If you don’t implore in the right way, it won’t take effect. “Single mind” refers to one’s sincere imploring, without expecting of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara to help him to get what he wants. One who implores Buddhas and Bodhisattvas should not expect by oneself a certain results.

It is also often stated in the Universal Gate Chapter of the Lotus Sutra that one ought to constantly revere and keep in mind Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. For one who is loaded with hatred, and for one who is loaded with sexual passion, they ought to constantly revere and keep in mind Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. “Constantly” here refers to permanently, and the phrase does not refer to one’s continuously reciting with his mouth. It means that all of one’s thoughts should be reverent to Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. Being reverent is the fastest way to give rise to one’s virtues and merits. This is also the reason why you should revere your guru. Therefore when you recite Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara’s name, you ought to reverently and attentively recite each words and phrases, not thinking about what the effect would be after your recitation. One should not wonder, maybe after his 100 time of recitation, Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara should have come or why Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara has not come. Nor should one pray to see Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. According to the sutra, Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara has 32 kinds of forms and 32 kinds of Nirmanakayas, which one the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara is? As long as you are reverent to Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara’s nirmanakaya will come to help you. Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara would not let you know what methods he adopts to help you, or you don’t even have an idea that Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara has helped you, as Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara does not seek for any reward in return. Sometimes your problems will suddenly get resolved and the conditions in which you are just change and get better. Therefore you don’t have to preset a goal or pray with your own desires. The way used by Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara to give you a hand is not to satisfy your desires but to resolve your problems once and for all. You just need to believe that the Bodhisattva will help you. Likewise, there are various methods Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche adopts to help sentient beings, such as by beating, by scolding, or by forbidding them to make offering as their punishment. If transgressors are not punished in this kind of way such as being forbidden to make offering, how could they introspect and know what they have done wrong?

Some people came to implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche even with a threatening mind. For example, a person came and told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that they had attended Chod puja for how many times and Sunday’s puja for how many times, showing that the one was thinking in her mind: “It should have worked for me. If it did not, perhaps because you are not efficacious.” She was just threatening and did not have reverence at all. How could she pray and obtain any help?

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has enlightened many times on the most important section of the Universal Gate Chapter of the Lotus Sutra, a story talking about making offering: Upon hearing about Buddha Sakyamuni’s praising the merits and virtues of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, Bodhisattva Aksayamati aroused joy and took out his most precious ornament, worthy of 5 million gram gold, from his neck to make the offering to Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. Avalokitesvara did not receive it at first. Bodhisattva Aksayamati prayed Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvar to have mercy and compassion for sentient beings and receive the offering. The Buddha also persuaded Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvar to receive it with compassion. Therefore Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara received the jewels offered by Bodhisattva Aksayamati. And then, Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara separated them into two parts, in which one of them was offered to the Buddha, and the other to the Duobao stupa.  At first Bodhisattva Aksayamati gave rise to great joy and made the offering out of his joy. Therefore Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara did not receive it. And at the later time Bodhisattva Aksayamati made the offering, praying for sentient beings, which is dharma offering, and Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara thereby received it. Offering includes those of wealth, dharma and fearlessness. Here offering of dharma is particularly pointed out. That is, making an offering with Buddha-Dharma. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche acts accordingly as well. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not receive the offering made by those who do not possess a proper offering mind. Don’t think you have made offerings, as the offering of 5 million gram jeweled ornament made by Bodhisattva Aksayamati was ever declined, how could your offering be received without any concern? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not receive offerings without concern. And after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche receives the offerings, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gives it out and even with much more amount than what is offered.

Next time the teachings of the practice of Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva will be taught. Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche held the refuge ceremony for 19 believers who enrolled for taking refuge. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led them to recite the refuge vows and then 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.
(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 Buddha’s statue, a Buddhist sutra, or Sangha, one should be reverent. If it is not convenient for him to do prostrations, he ought to put his palms together. Sangha, rather than meaning the ordained people, refers to the four assemblies who cultivate Buddhism together for the liberation from reincarnation.
(5) “Never get rid of your refuge vow 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. Regularly do it per month. It is not the amount you offer to the center that matters but you must do the financial support every month.

The lineage in which you are seeking refuge is 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.

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, refraining from giving improper speeches (including telling lies, speaking harsh words, and luring others with words.)

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
(7) To generate auspicious path in his mind
(8) To continue learning until attaining the supreme Bodhi and benefitting the sentient beings

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche introduced the dharma photos and the mark of Drikung Kagyu Order on the refuge certificate. Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed oral transmission for the vows of taking refuge. After that, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told them: After you take refuge, you will be grouped and your group leaders or coordinators will serve their group members. You can report to your group leaders if you have any opinions or problems. Group leaders are to give service to you rather then be your guru. Therefore, don’t ask them on Buddhist questions or how to practice.

Then, the refuge ceremony began. During the ceremony, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche cut a tuft of hair from each person who took refuge. This symbolizes cutting off afflictions. And it also represents the person has renounced the world. Renouncing the world here means that the person renounces 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, 19 believers were taking refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and becoming the disciples of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. Everyone was full of Dharma joys.

After the puja is over, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still proceeded to meet believers from PM 04:40 to PM 05:20. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave enlightenment to 13 believers with Buddhism and helped them to relieve all kinds of suffering in the world.

Updated on March 7, 2011