Event Calendar of The His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche

August 28, 2011

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over an auspicious regular puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, and gave enlightenment about “worldly truth” and “ultimate truth,” two Buddhist terms. After the puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche proceeded to meet with believers from 4:45 to 7:30 P.M., and gave Buddhist enlightenment to 72 believers, helping them relieve all kinds of suffering in the world.

Before the puja, a female disciple shared about her experience attending the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness on August 14.

One of the attendees is a Rinpoche from the Gelug Order. He said that he traveled back and forth between Taiwan and India for many years, but did not know that such a large-scale puja had been held in Taiwan. The puja was very extraordinary and awesome. If he has the chance, he will attend every Grand Puja that Richen Dorjee Rinpoche will preside over. Another attendee, who is a Geshe from the Gelug Order, also said that around ten years ago, he attended a puja that was presided over by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It has been many years since he has attended a Tibetan Buddhist Grand Puja. He was very thankful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The whole puja was very impressive. Although the Rinpoche and Geshe were not able to speak Chinese well, they had cultivated Buddhism for more than 30 years in Tibet and India, and had also attended many pujas. They thought that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s ability to benefit sentient beings, regardless of denomination, was very rare. On Saturday, the Geshe went to the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, and saw that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche met 200 to 300 believers. He praised Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche as a great practitioner who liberates sentient beings with Buddha Dharma.

This female disciple has a friend who was very grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for bestowing blessings on everyone with nectar water. This was his second time to attend the Grand Puja presided over by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. One day he was riding his motorcycle, and was run over by a truck. The motorcycle was crushed, and he was sent to the emergency room. The doctor told him that he was so lucky because he had minor wounds that only needed several stitches. He was very grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. It was fortunate that he attended the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness presided over by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche so that he was able to mitigate the evil karmic retribution with a good effect. He very much appreciated Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

The daughter of a hospital patient also shared her experience. Her mother had ocular disease. Her eyes often bled, which meant that each month she needed to go to the hospital. But she had not improved at all. After the patient and her daughter attended the Grand Puja continuously for six years, her mother’s eyes did not bleed anymore. She was very grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Her mother’s vision also improved from 0.1 to 0.4. However, her mother was absent from this Grand Puja because she wanted to worship at home during the Hungry Ghost Festival. Her mother’s eyes not only began to bleed again, but her vision also worsened! Her daughter realized how important it was to attend the Grand Puja each year. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s compassion will protect the sentient beings who attend the puja.

Afterward, another female disciple shared her experience. She had a student who also attended the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness presided over by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and she was especially moved during the puja.

During April or May, she bumped into a student who had attended one of her classes on the street. He said that his life was not peaceful lately. Someone told him that it was because he had bad karmic connections with his ancestors. One of his aunts committed suicide, as did one of his uncles. Another uncle died in a car accident, while yet another had a myocardial infarction, and lost the ability to take care of himself after he had surgery. Therefore, he was looking forward to liberating his ancestors and relatives, including his uncles.

He learned Taoism for a while. Nonetheless, he and his Master were unable to liberate his relatives. When this female disciple heard about his suffering, she knew that only Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could help him. Therefore, she invited him to attend the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness on August 14.

On August 14, the student and his mother, who lived in Tainan, attended the auspicious Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness together. After the puja, he said that this puja was really auspicious. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted the whole puja. When the musical instrument sounded, he saw a Chi current and a brilliant golden yellow light that cannot be described with words. The whole thing came down to his head and shoulders, just like a heavy rain pouring down from above. The current of brilliant light and Chi that he saw in his dormitory when he placed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s book Happiness and Suffering by his side, again appeared. At the end of the puja, when His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was exiting, the same instrument sounded, and the same scene appeared once more.

During the puja, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche made a sound three times, which was “Won” or “Hon.” Every time Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche made this sound, he very clearly saw the sound wave spread and awe the whole venue. The last part of the puja was when His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sprinkled nectar water on the believers. This was the student’s first time to experience firsthand the auspicious Dharma water—his whole body felt very comfortable, and it was the first time that he realized that Dharma water with virtuous power really existed. This is the only time that he attended the puja for transferring the consciousness of ancestors, and none of the sentient beings from the Three Lower Realms or the ancestors were out of control. They were very orderly and disciplined. Prior to this, when he attended other pujas, there was no order and discipline. Negative chi often touched his body, which resulted in unspeakable misery. This time he was very comfortable. He was truly grateful to the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche !

Later he told this female disciple that before the puja, he thought about giving his uncle’s name to the female disciple to enter the list of names for liberation at the puja. He called his mother and aunt, but they did not get the call for some reason. Usually when his mother and aunt see that they’ve missed a call, they will call back immediately when they are free. Generally, it is no longer than a half a day, but this time it took longer than a whole day; it was unreasonable. At that time, he saw that many “beings” were preventing him from getting his first uncle’s name. He felt that he was a relative of this uncle, so he should still try to help him. After the puja ended, he asked his mother about the uncle, and then he found out that he was not a filial person. When he died from liver cancer, his grandma from his mother’s side did not shed even one tear, and was not sad at all. His mother was reluctant to talk about his uncle, and just talked about the selfish things he had done to make his grandpa and grandma very sad. He finally understood why “beings” were constantly trying to block him from getting the name and entering it to the list. His mother guessed that the “beings” could be their ancestors from the Liu family, and that they could not stand to see the uncle’s lack of filial piety.

Finally, after the puja, he felt very joyful and touched. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s enlightenments were surprisingly lively, humorous, and fun. He requested to be informed if there are other pujas in the future.

This female disciple deeply felt that she has been really fortunate that she could take refuge under His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and be sheltered and blessed by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s compassion and merits. Being able to attend the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja of Transferring Consciousness is rare and auspicious. Not every sentient being have sufficient merits, causes, and conditions to attend the puja. We shall cherish each cause and condition that His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has created for disciples and sentient beings.

This female disciple also took this opportunity to share how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has helped her, and to repent of her evildoings.

At the beginning of 2010, a couple introduced the female disciple to His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s book Happiness and Suffering, and she read it. Immediately she was touched by the accessible and realistic content. More than twenty years ago, she took refuge under a master of Exoteric Buddhism and became close to a Buddhist center of the Gelug Lineage. Additionally, she had the chance to meet masters of Exoteric and Tibetan Buddhism, and she longed for the life of cultivating Buddhism and pursuing liberation. She even gave up a career as a physical therapist to focus on learning Buddhism. With all these efforts, nonetheless, she did not have the appropriate causes and conditions to meet with an authentic master and learn authentic Dharma. On the surface, she seemed to be knowledgeable about Buddha Dharma. In actuality, she had always committed evil deeds in her body, speech, and mind. Without knowing how evil she had been, she only saw others’ faults. Moreover, she was self-righteous and always asked others to satisfy her desires. In doing so, she created much affliction and pain for herself and others.

After reading Happiness and Suffering, she was very shocked to know that the kind of liberation depicted in the sutras isn’t just mythology. It really can be attained. She also realized the fact that her many afflictions and pains arose from the condition that she couldn’t fundamentally apply Buddhist theories. This is why the thought of meeting with and learning Buddha Dharma from His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately arose. Thus, in early February 2010, she sought an audience with the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and was kindly given the permission to attend Chod Pujas and regular pujas on Sunday.

As soon as she began to attend the puja, she received blessings and help from His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. More than ten years ago, due to terrible pain in her right knee, she always had difficulty bending her right knee, and she couldn’t walk with ease, not to mention sitting down on the floor with both legs crossed. The first time she attended she needed to sit on three mats, and was one head higher than other attendees. Yet, strangely, the second time she needed only two mats, because she was embarrassed. The third time, when she tried to use only one mat, she didn’t feel any discomfort during the whole puja. After that puja, her right knee didn’t feel painful at all. Ever since then, she has used one mat as the other attendees. Unassumingly, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has removed the first obstacle to her in learning Buddhism.

During the six months when she was a believer, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helped her answer many questions about learning Buddhism. In the past, she had listened to Buddha Dharma a lot. However, she had always learned and practiced Buddhism with her own life experiences and afflicted mind. Gradually, she regarded Buddhism as knowledge to study, rather than applying Buddha Dharma in her everyday life. Thereafter, she became more and more arrogant, and had more and more vexations. She could not see the auspiciousness and greatness of Buddhism at all. As for her arrogance, she even gave rise to doubt just because she heard and found that many people and things of other Buddhist centers did not act according to the Buddhist sutras. Afterward, she did not believe in Buddhism and began to doubt liberation.

She saw that all of His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s words and deeds are totally in accord with the Buddha’s teachings. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is an accomplished Tantric practitioner and great mentor who is able to lead her to obtain liberation and enable her to realize the truth of the Buddhist Sutras. Her confusion from the past many years was resolved. When she worked in the Division of Rehabilitation Medicine in the hospital, she saw that patients who lost their normal functions and life abilities were abhorred by their family members. The patients in apoplectic comas were still alive, but their family members would start to fight over their property. She could not help but sigh with emotion. What could be really relied upon and truly trusted in the world?

When she saw His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the first time, she was moved by the great mercy and compassion that came out from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Then she saw Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche constantly helping sentient beings without any complaint. She sincerely believed that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was the only one in the world who could be totally trusted and relied on. When we become severely ill, when we lose our ability, when we need the most help, when we face death, and when we are the most helpless, only Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not abandon us, but relieve us from fear. The female disciple felt that she was so fortunate to meet the authentic guru who was merciful and compassionate, and under whom she sought refuge on July 18, 2010.

Not long after she took refuge she had the opportunity to attend the puja held in August 2010 at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Kyoto, Japan. It was also the day of the Daimonji Gozan Fire Festival in Japan. One week prior to the puja, she happened to have a business trip to Kyoto. After she finished her job and was waiting to meet with the Dharma brothers, her neck suddenly began to itch, and it became red and swollen. The area spread to her face and arms. It was summer, and her symptoms worsened in the heat. Her face swelled to the size of a hog’s head, and her hands became as swollen as pig’s feet. The skin on her arms had blisters, and other skin that didn’t have blisters was as dry as fish scales. At that time, she recalled that she used to eat fried fish. She did not like to eat meat, but she still ate a lot of it. Additionally, she also helped to arrange the places and prepare for barbecues.

After attending the puja, she returned to Taiwan. Fortunately, with Chinese medicine and ointment from the Glorious Jewel Chinese Medicine Clinic, her facial condition improved. However, her neck and hands were still red, swollen, and itchy. She had to sleep with an ice bag every night, but still found it difficult to fall asleep. The torture went on, and she felt that she was on the verge of physical and mental collapse. After the month’s Chod Puja was completed, she had a good night sleep, which was very rare. She did not wake up at night. When she was awake, she was amazed that she did not wake up by the itchiness at night. She examined her arms and found that they were not swollen anymore. It was really incredible. Had it not been for the blessing of the His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, how could it be possible?

One day, her stomach suddenly started to hurt. Though she had a chronic gastric ulcer, such discomfort in her stomach came out of the blue. A cold sweat came over her, and she, panting heavily, found it impossible to walk. She had to bend down and hold her stomach. At that time, she realized that she had harmed too many sentient beings. Therefore, she prayed for the His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to help those sentient beings that she had harmed. A few minutes later, she actually felt a warm current generate in her stomach and go downward along the inner side of her thighs, all the way to her heels. The discomfort in her stomach completely vanished. Since then, her chronic stomach problem has greatly improved.

She had learned Buddhism for many years, but had never seen a guru who could take care of so many disciples and sentient beings. Nor had she ever seen a guru who devotes himself regardless of his own wellbeing and without asking anything in return. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is truly the guru that all sentient beings can rely on!

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche constantly explained important fundamentals in learning Buddhism for his disciples, tirelessly stressing these concepts over and over again, in hopes that the disciples can be gradually and imperceptibly influenced by the Buddhist teachings. Apart from theories, the guru strongly emphasizes the stages in disciples’ cultivation so as to guide them with principles and help them to avoid aimless practice. The disciples’ mistakes are often pointed out so that all the disciples can be warned and have an opportunity to reflect on their own conduct. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestows cultivation tips and essential instruction upon the disciples without holding anything back. It is like listening to a secret, and the female disciple often finds herself reaching a sudden realization. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has unlocked the gate of liberation for the disciples. The gratitude to the guru’s immense grace and virtue is truly beyond expression.

In addition to taking care of the disciples’ stiritual Dharma Wisdom, the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has never stopped taking care of the disciples’ karmic physical body. The female disciple had bad heart and lung function since she was a child. Her heart was weak, and she frequently felt tightness in her chest and shortness of breath. When she was young, she often inexplicably fainted and lost consciousness. In the beginning, her mother was frightened and had no idea what to do, but after a while, she became accustomed to the condition and did not take it seriously. The problem of chest tightness always followed her. When she was 27 years old, she once had some strange conditions during a Zen Seven Retreat. She cried and laughed loudly, and after she entered a meditative state, her body inexplicably fell backward to the ground and she did not move. Her Buddhist master at the time, a well-known Zen Buddhist master in a famous Buddhist temple in Northern Taiwan, could not seem to help her and only told her to get some rest. After a few days, seeing that her condition had not improved, he asked her not to meditate again. Moreover, in order to cure her problem of insomnia, someone brought a Chinese medicine doctor to perform acupuncture on her chest, wrists, and knees. After that, she began to have pains in her chest from time to time. The condition could not be improved by any treatment.

After taking refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she started to understand her previous mistakes. She had thought that practicing meditation was the same as Buddhist cultivation, and she had spent a lot of time meditating every day. However, she had neither understood repentance nor corrected her wrong behaviors. Her body, speech, and mind had not been pure. Actually, she had not been at all qualified to learn meditation. That had been why the strange conditions happened to her. At the end of last year, during a Chod Puja, when the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had almost successfully completed the puja, she suddenly felt something in her chest shoot out of her body like a rubber band. Since then, she has finally been able to breathe smoothly, and she has not felt like something was pressing down on her chest. Her symptom of chest pain has never recurred. She is very grateful to the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. If she had not had the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help, her chest problem could not have been cured in this life.

In addition to the injuries in her knees and chest, her left arm had also been turned backwards forcefully behind her back by her classmate when she was playing in elementary school, and her left shoulder joint was injured. On another occasion, someone had stabbed her forcefully in her back, opposite to her chest. At the time, she felt sharp pain in both places, her back and chest. But afterward, she seemed to feel fine. When she was nearly 30 years old, she began to feel discomfort in her back. There was a painful spot in the spine at the center of her back, as if something was nailed on the spot. Beginning a few years ago, she often felt pain in her left shoulder joint. Not only was her left arm unable to carry a heavy load, but she also often felt that her entire arm was going to fall off. Her left shoulder problem was also cured after she took refuge under the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in one of the Chod Pujas. When the Chod ritual was close to perfect completion, she suddenly felt something in her left shoulder shoot out of her body, similar to her last experience. Since then, her left shoulder joint has never had any pain, and now her left arm can carry even heavier objects than her right arm.

Her back pain was relieved at the Buddha Amitayus Puja on July 31, 2011, which was presided over by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche as an offering to His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. During the puja, she followed His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in reciting the heart mantra of the Buddha Amitayus. Before the end of the puja, she felt a puff of chi (氣) slowly move from her back to her head, where it finally burst out. After that, she tried to move her torso and found that her whole back was relaxed. For more than twenty years, her back felt like a bound crab. The feeling, which felt like she was nailed in the center of her back like a butterfly specimen, was completely gone. She understood in her mind that His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche silently bestowed blessings to help her again. The auspicious blessing power from His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can only be described as “incredible.”

After listening to His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Dharma teachings, she knows that all illnesses are caused by her heavy killing karma in past lives. That is why she has had bad health from childhood. Several joints have been injured. She has been in a car accident, and has hurt her left leg. She also has had surgery on her eyes. Let alone past lives, in the short forty or more years of her life, she had committed much killing karma. Many years ago, in order to pass Zoology and Physiology labs, she had inserted pins into frogs’ heads and taken frog bone specimens. The disciple had hurt uncountable beings in childhood, seen many people hurting many beings but did not stop them, and eaten the meat of so many beings. In addition to killing , she had committed all ten evil deeds, such as killing, sexual misconduct, stealing, lying, slandering, frivolous words, harsh speech, greediness, hatred and delusion. She usually liked to haggle, but feared suffering. She was often unforgiving when she found that others were wrong. She was arrogant, could not see other’s goodness, and suspected too much. The disciple had not believed in Buddha Dharma, and then turned to learn Taoism. She had thought that Taoism is better than Buddhism, and then defamed Buddha Dharma. In fact, after learning Taoism, she found that Taoism was not complete because she did not know what is reliable in her heart.

She had committed so many evil deeds. After taking refuge under His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she still had so many bad and unchanged habits, therefore, she could not make her parents and siblings arouse reverence to Buddha Dharma. Until now, her parents still have had no causes and condition to come to the center to seek an audience with His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Her bad habit of arrogance was so profound. She had sent a letter to His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, without seeking an audience in person. She even applied the term “you” to the name of His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche; and requested the guru to grant her wishes according to her desires.

Once, while watching the DVD “The 60th Birthday Celebration of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang.”, she saw His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche making full prostrations to His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and preparing to give a mandala, and she  suddenly aroused the evil thought, “how dull!” On ordinary days, she thought that she was very reverent to His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. However, when she reflected upon this, her sudden disrespectful thought about His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, who is gracious and merciful to her, She realized how   deep-rooted and horrible her evil tendency from past lives is.

She sincerely repented of all her contempt toward Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and evil deeds committed in her present and past lives. She confessed her mistakes to the beings she had harmed. She expressed appreciation to all of her karmic creditors. Because of them, she realized how evil she was. She thanked all the beings for their kindness and favor in past lives. She expressed her gratitude to the beings for their help so that she now, in this life, could have the opportunity to learn true Buddhism. She was grateful to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas’ immense merits and protection. Without them, she wouldn’t have ever met the Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, nor would she have the opportunity to escape the cycle of birth and death.

She implored Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s compassionate blessings to help her eliminate her evil deeds and quickly reveal her pure nature. She also implored the guru’s compassionate blessings to help her arouse the great Bodhi-Mind in her heart, eliminate the obstacles in the path so that she may one day be free from the cycle of birth and death, and cultivate the great ability to benefit all beings. Finally, she prayed that Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enjoys health and longevity, forever turns the Dharma wheel , propagates Buddhism successfully and benefits countless sentient beings. May all the beings in the Dharma Realm attain Buddhahood!

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ascended the Dharma throne and enlightened that most people do not understand the meaning of “worldly truth” and “ultimate truth.” These two terms are only mentioned in Buddhism; other religions do not mention them. Today Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will explain them. The Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, the gurus from generation to generation, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche all continually enlighten about this important point of cultivating Buddhism: Deeply believe in impermanence! Everything in the universe is impermanent. This means that everything is changeable, and does not exist eternally. Everything is generated and disappears by changes in causes and conditions. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has truly realized impermanence from the process of cultivating Buddhism. If you are unable to deeply realize impermanence, you will be attached to worldly matters.

Recently, a female disciple’s daughter, who also was Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s disciple, graduated from medical school and became a doctor. Due to her job, she was unable to attend the puja each week. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche only asked her mother one question, “Why was she unable to attend the puja?” Her mother replied, “she was too busy.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche only apathetically replied, “Okay.” Recently, her daughter almost died of a serious illness, then her mother came to make an offering. After Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche accepted her offering, without conducting any Dharma, her daughter recovered.

She might think that it was not easy for her daughter to become a medical doctor, and consider that her daughter’s job was her first priority. When she has free time and everything all taken care of, then she could consider learning Buddhism. She was not aware that life is impermanent. She thought that her family members did not commit very much evil deeds, that her daughter studied and worked hard, and that her daughter was young and should seize the opportunity to make more money. Because no one knows how much evil karma we have committed in past lives except for the Buddha, therefore, we really don’t know when the karmic retribution is mature. Although her daughter has been a vegetarian, and has taken refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, however, her daughter seldom attended the puja this year. She did not attend to the guru, consequently, she lacked the opportunity to make offerings to the guru and to accumulate virtues and merits. Now that her daughter’s karmic retribution had matured, she had to endure the suffering naturally. Nevertheless, because of this experience of facing death, she could learn that death is impermanent. Fortunately, her mother always attends pujas; and no matter how the guru scolds her, she still serves her guru as usual. Therefore, she accumulated some virtues for her daughter.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will neither force someone to learn Buddhism, nor look for someone to attend the puja intentionally. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche never threatens you, saying that you are followed by a lot of “beings”. It all depends on the peoples’ causes and conditions. Therefore, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asks you a question, it is a hint to remind you. You might wonder why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche doesn’t clearly explain it. If you have consulted a fortune-teller before, the fortune-teller will tell you the condition for each month, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is not a fortune-teller. If you consider Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to be a fortune-teller, then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche must be very valuable. Why does Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche not explain things clearly? It is because your mind is changeable; the causes and conditions of sentient beings are changeable as well. When you learn Buddhism diligently, you can control your own fate to change the effects.

This disciple’s family owed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche lots of debts of gratitude. Many years ago, the disciple’s husband went to Tibet and almost died of altitude sickness. This disciple’s husband reported that he is a pharmacist, and that he almost died when he had altitude sickness, which caused pulmonary edema, in Tibet. When he was on the verge of death, he visualized his guru, and implored the guru to bestow a blessing on him. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that there are lots of people who have had altitude sickness, but they would not necessarily die from it. Supposedly, he did not need to endure this suffering, but because of his science background, he lacked confidence in the guru and Buddhism. After that, he realized that without the help of Buddhism, he would have died in Tibet. Don’t think that because you are in good health, you will not have altitude sickness in Tibet. Some people might look sickly, but when they go to Tibet, they have no problem at all. Actually those who get altitude sickness are people who use their brain and think too much, consuming the oxygen too much. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche went to Tibet for the first time, he felt very comfortable and had no symptoms of altitude sickness.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche propagates Buddha Dharma and liberates sentient beings according to their causes and conditions. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not flatter believers or disciples with nice words like, “You look more and more like Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara” or, “You are so compassionate.” When you begin to learn Buddhism, just like Buddha Dharma mentions, “First draw one’s attention through desire, and later lead one to Buddha’s wisdom.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will help you solve your problems, and you will feel that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is so compassionate! After you take refuge, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will exert great effort to best “fix” your problems. Being a guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche might not treat a disciple in a reasonable way. If you would like your guru to treat you in a reasonable way, you will not be his disciple anymore. It is a guru’s responsibility to see your problems and help you correct them. Once someone starts to learn Buddhism, he or she will draw the guru’s attention in order to feel important. Or you would like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to immediately discover that you are cultivating well. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is so busy, and how can Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche pay special attention to you? If you died, then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would find you immediately. A disciple with this attitude is arrogant. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche relaxed the rules a little, and did not follow the Buddhist teachings accordingly, the disciples might be so many that East Zhongxiao Road may become our Buddhist center. If you have fame or wealth, those are virtues cultivated in your previous lives. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not give you special privileges, or take advantage of your fame to help this center become flourishing. On the contrary, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche implores the guru and the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to bestow blessings on this Buddhist center so that Buddhism will prosper.

Since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche started to propagate Buddhism in 1995, over one thousand disciples have been expelled from this center. This is enough people to set up several more Buddhist centers. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was not so stern, even if there were triple the amount of space for the current Buddhist center, it would not be enough to hold all the attendees. Right now, lots of people are standing outside and they are forbidden to attend the puja. They are merely looking for some blessings in order to protect them, and have no intention to learn Buddhism and be liberated from birth and death. Therefore, they are restricted from entering the center in order to prevent wasting Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s energy.

Many people often hear about “fire burning the Forest of Merits,” but you don’t understand the meaning. When hatred arises, the fire of hatred burns the Forest of Merits. This does not mean that when you are angry, the merits will be burned out. Instead, when your are angry and hateful, your merits will turn into virtues. Then it will be impossible for you to turn your karma accumulated from previous lifetimes. If you were to leave the Buddhist center and blame someone as an excuse for your leaving, then, you are a hateful person. If you are consumed by a sentence someone said, a certain incident, or a certain person and not let go, then it is an attachment, and sooner or later you will commit evil deeds. Many people thought that being mad at others means to arouse hatred. In fact, even if you feel that someone is not treating you well, or that the guru has misunderstood you, this is also arousing hatred. Even if they did some things that made you unhappy, it is you who is responsible for the anger and hatred in your heart. If you do not leave this place with joy and happiness, you will definitely say improper or untruthful things. It is like boyfriends and girlfriends or colleagues; people leave because they feel that they were mistreated. These are all due to anger and hatred. The most serious case is to be angry or hateful to the guru and the Three Jewels. When you believe that the guru misunderstood you, did not understand you, or wrongfully accused you, you are having hatred toward the guru.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened, “You came here happily but if you do not like it here, then you should also leave happily .” Many people say, “Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is very compassionate, but I do not like the disciples’ behaviors , therefore, I have to leave.” Do you learn Buddhism from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche or from the disciples? If you have decided to leave, it means that you do not have karmic connection with this center, then do not find any excuses, or say any words of criticism. If you think it is okay too that you go to other centers in the same lineage, then you are wrong. Because you did not go there under the guru’s instruction, unless you are liberated to the Pure Land by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, then of course it would be okay. It is not that you cannot go to other Buddhist centers, but you would have to start everything from scratch.

Many people in Exoteric Buddhism have practiced the Emperor Liang Jeweled Repentance Rituals. Everyone knows that Emperor Liang made great contributions to Buddhism. He required ordained practitioners to become vegetarians, built many Buddhist temples, and started to translate many Buddhist scriptures. As emperor of a country, what he did was so much more than what you could have done, but even though Emperor Liang did so much, Guru Bodhidharma told him that he only had virtues, not merits. Compared to Emperor Liang, the people you have helped can be counted on ten fingers. What you have done is so insignificant. Even the Emperor had no merits, not to mention you. You think that because you recite some sutras, so you have merits. Emperor Liang did not think about impermanence. He was satisfied by what he had done, learning Buddhism without the goal of being liberated from birth and death. Therefore, all the things he did could only be considered as virtues. Virtues could not change karma, and virtues can only be used in the next life. Still, all the sentient beings from the Six Realms need to have virtues. For examples, ghosts without virtues cannot even suck the smell of feces; whereas ghosts with virtues can become ghost kings with great power. Similarly, dogs with virtues can be precious pets and be held in their owners’ arms; the ones without virtues become stray dogs. On the other hand, you should cultivate merits in order to be liberated from Samsara, because only merits can change your karma from previous lives. Furthermore, attending pujas will allow you to accumulate virtues, but you must act in accordance to the teachings, and listen to enlightenment from the guru to amend your own behaviors. Then you will attain merits.

Virtues and merits are the same as the salary which you worked hard for thirty days, but it can be spent in one day. Accumulating virtues are like this which is a very slow and hard process; but with one thought, they are all used up. When you arouse anger and hatred toward others, no matter whether its anger or hatred, the merits you’ve accumulated will diminish back to zero and you have to start all over. Merits are like a forest, your karmic creditors can not easily find you. It is often said that you must follow and rely on the guru and the Buddha and Bodhisattvas, because their merits are like the dense forests that can shelter and protect you. If you hide inside, your karmic creditors cannot easily spot you. The problem is that your hatred will cause the forest of merits to be burned bare, so, naturally there is nowhere to hide. As a result, your karmic creditors will find you and come to your door. Although the forest is gone, the roots of the trees are still left, but you need Buddha Dharma to nurture the roots so that they will sprout and grow again.

Master Gampopa enlightened, “At this moment, we all should begin to contemplate this: We must know that when this ‘great evil of death’ comes to visit is really not certain.” This word “contemplate” does not mean to just think about what this sentence means. Buddhism teaches us the method to be liberated from birth and death which differs from our life experiences, and life experiences differ due to different culture backgrounds. Therefore, if you try to explain Buddhism with life experiences, it would not work. Moreover, the Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha’s Fundamental Vows states, “Every movement or thought of an ordinary being generates karma and offenses.” Because the reason we fall into Samsara is that we do everything based on our desires, we are attached to our self-righteousness, and eventually commit many evil deeds in order to fulfill the desires. Since Buddhism is the way of liberation from Samsara, naturally it is totally a different path from that of our life experiences. Therefore, if we contemplate the true meaning of Buddhism based on our life experiences, we will never understand.

“To hear, to contemplate, and to cultivate” mentioned in Buddhist scriptures does not mean to keep thinking or meditating about what you have heard. If you simply contemplate the meaning of Buddhist terms as means of cultivation, it will become “Dead Wood Zen”. In Zen Buddhism, there was a case where a Zen master stood in front of a door, thinking, “Should I push it open or knock?” Then he thought for a whole night until the sun rose. He was still standing outside. In fact, whether you push open the door or knock, you want to go inside. You have this problem often. “To hear, to contemplate, and to cultivate” means that after you have heard Buddha Dharma, you reflect upon yourself whether your body, speech, and mind have violated the teachings of Buddha Dharma anywhere in your daily life. If you do not act according to the guru’s teaching, then it is wrong, and you must rectify your behavior immediately. You should not, after hearing it, analyze yourself and ask whether or not you can do it. It is a mistake to think that you can not carry them out. Like everyone else here, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has a family, children, and business. The only difference is that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not socialize with others at night. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is not a deity, and Buddha is not a deity either. Buddhas also began cultivating as an ordinary person to achieve Buddhahood. Therefore, ordinary people can apply Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings in their daily life as long as they follow what the guru taught. Do not think that you are cultivating Buddhism because you have taken refuge, become a vegetarian, made prostrations, recited sutras, and practiced meditation. These are merely acts for accumulating virtues.

Do not think that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is different than you or that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was born with an excellent root capacity so Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can attain achievement. In fact, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also began practicing as a believer. The difference lies in the fact that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mindset is completely different than yours. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has taught in prior pujas, when listening to Buddha Dharma, you should listen without your own ideas and with a pure mind. Additionally, you should correct all behaviors that will cause you to fall into Samsara. If your attitudes are incorrect, problems will sooner or later occur and prevent you from continuing to learn Buddhism. The difference of the two mindsets oftentimes is very subtle, but the consequences of the two can be huge. If your mind is not pure, the merits of attending pujas and reciting sutras will turn into virtues, which cannot change your karma. At this time, you only have virtues. As for ordained practitioners, if their goals are to listen to more Buddha Dharma to establish monasteries, achieve enlightenment, and attract more followers, these are all related to their desires. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche never thought of someday ascending a Dharma throne and promoting Buddha Dharma. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche simply followed the natural course.

There are two kinds of karma: individual karma and common karma. Nowadays, it is rare to see a group of people conducting virtuous deeds together and therefore accumulate virtuous common karma. To the contrary, people more often get together to create evil common karma. For instance, you have seen how a war can claim several hundred thousand lives, and an earthquake can result in tens of thousands of deaths. It is very easy to commit vicious karma, but it is very difficult to carry out virtuous karma. This is because one has to sacrifice self-interest and give up attachments to self-interest in order to conduct virtuous deeds.

Master Gampopa gave the following enlightenment, “When you are able to obtain this human body and have the chance to freely and voluntarily listen to Buddha Dharma, you should firmly grasp the chance to cultivate your Dharma practices. True freedom will come when you can terminate Samsara, attain rebirth in the Pure Land, be liberated from the cycle of birth and death, and further help and benefit sentient beings. As we are free, we should make some real long-term plans and seize the fundamental benefits in order to “sow and harvest for the final truth.” As soon as we are relentlessly and mercilessly shackled by Yama, the lord of death, you should know that we will never again have freedom.” The reason we can be reborn as humans with fleshy bodies is due to the good karma we accumulated in past lifetimes. Since you learned and cultivated Buddhism in previous lives, so you can encounter Buddhism this lifetime; thus you should cherish this opportunity. The freedom mentioned here doesn’t mean that one is controlled by others. Instead, it means that before our karmic fruits have ripened, we still have a chance. Neither does it mean that you have the money to do whatever you want to do. Rather, it means that you can escape the constraint of Samsara, be liberated from the cycle of birth and death and you can help sentient beings attain benefits, learn Buddhism and also be liberated from Samsara. If you don’t take advantage of this opportunity, death and impermanence will come at any moment. Then, we will be at the mercy of our karma and fall into the Samsara of Six Realms.

Everything we encounter in this life results from the karma we accumulated in past lifetimes. Buddha Dharma states that causes and conditions arise from three aspects: past, present, and future. What we do in this life will affect what we experience in the next life. Your planning for the so-called future is mostly in the monetary sense. Have you ever thought of where you will go in the next life after this one ends? All things we come across are due to the flow of karma. When karma has not matured and started to circulate, it can be changed. However, if karma has accumulated and is powerful enough, it is unstoppable. This is true for both virtuous and vicious karma. Thus, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche teaches that you must carry out all kinds of virtuous deeds. When the effect of virtuous karma becomes greater, the effect of vicious karma will diminish or even stop. After you take refuge, your body, speech, and mind begin to carry out virtuous deeds. Through observing precepts, all obstacles will cease to bother temporarily. Therefore, you will have very little or no hindrance on the path of Buddhist cultivation.

In this world, there is no such thing as an “accident.” What you call an accident actually refers to things that are out of the realm of your control. Your lifespan has to do with your virtues, and can be increased or decreased according to changes in causes and conditions. There are many factors that can influence your lifespan, and the structures that comprise your lifespan are very complex. Only the eyes and wisdom of Buddhas can penetrate the complexity. Some people may think that they will die soon due to an illness, but their life may linger for two more years. There are also people who seem to be healthy, but die all of a sudden. Those who are afraid of death, to the contrary, will not die easily. In 1995, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche began to help and benefit sentient beings. The guru has observed many people, and judging from people’s faces, can more or less tell a person’s lifespan. Some people look as if they will live long, but they die young. Instead, some people’s faces indicate that they can’t live pass their seventies or eighties, but they live very long. From this evidence, it is clear that people’s lifespan is changeable. For examples, if you keep committing evil deeds, your lifespan will decrease; similarly, whenever you have a bite of meat, your lifespan gradually shortens.

Do not believe that it is all right for you to first date, establish career, start a family, and then, when you have time, begin to learn Buddhism. You shouldn’t think that taking a break for several years from learning Buddhism doesn’t matter. These views are mundane misconceptions. These people don’t believe in the impermanence of life, and think that their lives are well-planned. But is it possible that your life will proceed as you have planned? Don’t think that others terminated their cultivation and still live good life so you also can have a career first and then learn Buddhism. Actually, the few merits you have accumulated will vanish once you stop your cultivation. Don’t think that you can keep the merits accumulated from the past. As long as you stop, you have to start all over again. They are the ones that have not aroused the supra-mundane minds. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has taught that as long as you cultivate supra-mundane Dharma well, there will be no problems for your mundane matters. However, you do not listen.

Some people may claim that after leaving the Buddhist center, they can practice at home. Of course, there is no way to do so. As long as you leave the center, you have to begin from ground zero. This is similar to the phenomenon of rebirth confusion. If you did not learn and cultivate Buddhism in previous lives, you would not have the chance to encounter Buddhism in this life . Even so, you still have to learn from scratch. his Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang has been reborn in this world eight times, however he still had to re-learn Buddha Dharma starting at a young age. Because His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s past virtuous root capacity is so profound that he learns fairly quickly. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not begin to learn Buddhism until age 38. Before that, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also ate meat. But the difference is that when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche realized that learning Buddhism could be beneficial to himself and sentient beings’ future, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche firmly made up his mind to follow the guru’s teachings. On the other hand, no matter how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has taught or reprimanded you, you still could not follow the teachings.

Master Gampopa taught, “We ought to attentively focus our minds on the guru, Yidam, and the Three Jewels, and we should, through limitless trust, reliance, admiration, yearning, and reverence, implore them and pray for them diligently, constantly, and fiercely.” The words “attentively focus,” here, means having no two minds, regarding Buddhist cultivation as the most important thing in one’s life, everlastingly having faith, reliance and admiration in the guru. It also means to keep your guru in mind constantly. By doing this, you will naturally revere your guru, and diligently and fiercely cultivate Buddhism. Under the guru’s blessings, you will be liberated from Samsara, attain Buddhahood, and benefit all sentient beings.

Why do you need to trust, rely, and admire your guru? The guru is able to do things that you are not able to do. For example, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang can do things that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can’t. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche completely trusts His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, and holds His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang in deep respect. Likewise, if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can do things you can’t do, then, of course you should trust, rely, and admire Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche! The word “limitless,” here means everlastingly having faith and admiration in the guru. When you wholeheartedly have faith, reliance, and admiration, you don’t need to make a special effort but will naturally give rise to a respectful and reverent mind. On the contrary, if you can’t generate limitless faith, reliance, and admiration and reverence in the guru, Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas from the bottom of your heart, you will not be able to give rise to a firm supra-mundane mind. Without a supra-mundane mind, even you practice diligently, the effect is limited. Your faith and trust in the guru is still limited.

When you first began elementary school, you listened to your teacher and acted accordingly. Your teacher asked you to sit down, and you sat down. Your teacher asked you to go to the restroom, and you would go. But when you were in the third or fourth grade, you started to have your own ideas and opinions. In Buddhism, you are not even up to the level of first grade student. When you first came to learn Buddhism here, you often said that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was very merciful and compassionate. But after a while, you would say that why the guru always give the same teaching. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened, “Of course, because there is only one kind of Buddhism.” If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche taught you several kinds, then, the guru would be a deceiving one.

You have never heard Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche say that His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang misunderstands Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has followed His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to learn Buddhism, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang has employed various kinds of methods to “fix” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche . For example, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang suddenly instructed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to perform a five-day solitary retreat this November, but then he changed to a seven-day retreat, and it looks like the plan might change again. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, as a disciple, always complies with the guru’s instruction. In 2007, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang instructed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to conduct a three-month solitary retreat. His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang mentioned it about one year before without saying which month. Later, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche when to perform the retreat, and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche just said yes and followed accordingly, without thinking about business, family, or disciples and without his own opinions. Afterward, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche found out that His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang had planned the solitary retreat four years ago, and as for when to bestow empowerment, transmit Dharma, and perform retreats, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang arranged everything in proper order to transmit teachings to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Years ago, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche planned to travel to the Netherlands to propagate Buddhism. Around that time, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang needed to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche kept delaying the trip until His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang confirmed the schedule, then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche informed the schedule for the puja to be held in the Netherlands. In this situation, you may think that propagating Buddhism is more important.

Master Gampopa enlightened, “The Eight Worldly Winds such as temporary gain, reputation, position, and praise of this life will bring no benefit to the practitioner who wholeheartedly practice in accord with the Dharma teachings. Therefore, I hope that you can just renounce them!”

You ought to put mundane Dharma aside. This is not to say that you don’t need to work or do your job. Instead, this means that these worldly matters are related to your causes and conditions. Causes and conditions arise and cease. You should deal with what you face everyday, and not to attach them to your heart. In this way, the practitioner can be liberated from the biding of afflictions, and sincerely practice in accordance with the Buddha’s teachings. Everyday, you ought to contemplate whether or not your life is related to Buddhism. If not, you need to repent.

Master Gampopa enlightened, “We should offer our bodies and all of our belongings to the guru and the Three Jewels.”

You are not able to carry this out, but you still need to try to do it. This doesn’t mean that the guru wants your property or asks you to offer all your belongings to him. For examples, when you listen to your guru’s instruction to perform a retreat, you do it with your body. Furthermore, on the path of Buddhist cultivation, you need to make offerings and give alms to accumulate provisions and virtues. The concept is that because what you have in this life, such as your wealth, your jobs, and so forth, is all from what you have done in your past lives; and our physical body is the body of karmic retribution. After our virtues run out, our current life will come to an end, and our wealth as well as physical body will also be gone. At that time, we can bring nothing with us but to let go. Therefore, only through the mind of continuously making offerings to the guru and the Three Jewels with all we have, can we be trained to let go of self-attachment and develop the mind of renunciation. We depend on this physical body to do everything such as practicing Dharma rituals, cultivating Buddhism, and so on. People who talk about the seven strengths as well as reproducing oneself are actually mistaken. In fact, you are offering your body completely when you earnestly listen and follow the guru’s teaching. Some disciples, after the guru transmitted Dharma to them, only practiced Dharma halfheartedly. They improperly think that they can gain protection from the Dharma protectors because they took refuge, attend pujas and rely on Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and they don’t have to practice themselves. On the contrary, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche doesn’t have his own opinions but completely follows the instructions given by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. Sometimes His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang asks Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to stop doing something that might be considered by others to be a good thing. As long as His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang has spoken, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would stop doing it right away, without any doubt. Moreover, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will notify others and let them clearly know about it, not being afraid of displeasing others

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is absolutely observant of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has utmost reverence and trust in his guru and knows that the guru will always makes the best arrangement for his disciple. In the past, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was practicing Exoteric Buddhism, the Dharma Master taught Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche the practice of almsgiving. Very often, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would be told to give a sum of money upon receiving a phone call, and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always said “Yes” without asking what it would be used for. Because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew that the Master would make the best arrangement for him, and believed that the Master would know if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had the ability to make the offering. Moreover, the reason that the Master asked was because he knew that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is able to make the offering. Perhaps it is also because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is very generous, so it was easy for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to give a large sum of money.

In this life, what you achieve, who you are with, whether or not you have a good job, and the causal conditions you have with your guru in cultivating Buddhism all are the results from your past lives, and it is very complicated.The causes and details are even unknown by your guru. Only the Buddha is able to know all the causes and effects, as well as the causes and conditions from the very beginning to present. A guru is able to know the disciple’s causes and conditions, and is also certainly able to discern your virtuous and evil karma .If not, he is not qualified as someone’s guru. When your guru tells you not to be in a relationship with another person, you should listen. If you don’t listen and think, “It is no big deal! Am I not still able to come and attend pujas?” When you get old, you will know the suffering then. At that time, do not come to Rinnchen Dorjee Rinpoche and vent your grievances. I would like to emphasize again: If you are not observant, the guru or the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will not punish you. Instead, the guru’s blessings to you will be broken off, and you will be at the mercy of your past karma.

There is a saying, “Birds of a feather flock together,” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not believe that two people who think differently can stay together forever. If you are a vegetarian and your partner eats meat, you might get along in the beginning. However, after a few times, the other person will complain about such inconvenience. A practitioner reminds you in advance because he knows about cause and effect.

In particular, when you are dating, you often will go to all-you-can-eat restaurants. How can you possibly get vegetarian dishes? Once, a female employee of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was taken to an all-you-can-eat restaurant to eat seafood. Her boyfriend had no problem after the meals, but she vomited after their two visits to the restaurant. However, he still took her there. Apparently, he does not really love her. Besides, is it possible for a business to make no profit? Can the seafood at these all-you-can-eat restaurants really be good?

Everyone knows that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has donated the past years’ contributions made by puja attendees of the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness to the Department of Social Affairs in the Ministry of the Interior. Last year (2010), during the review session after the Grand Puja, it was brought up that the number of offering boxes was too few. Many believers wanted to make offerings but could not find an offering box. Therefore, more offering boxes were placed out during this year’s event. As a result, compared to last year’s contributions, 4.83 million NTD, this year’s contribution increased to 6.13 million NTD. Nevertheless, a believer sent a message to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saying, “The entire puja is great, but I heard people say, ‘Why are there are so many offering boxes?’ If the number of offering boxes can be reduced, no one will say things like that.” Everyone knows that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not take a penny. All the contributions were donated to the Ministry of the Interior, in the presence of the officials from the Ministry of the Interior, a lawyer, an accountant, and bank representatives. To place out more offering boxes is to give everyone more opportunities to make offerings and practice almsgiving so as to accumulate virtues.

Additionally, the water bottles which were given out at the completion of the Grand Puja were provided by the same company in the past few years. The nectar pills were added in the bottles after they were blessed during a special Dharma Ritual in advance. Because of the nectar pill in each bottle, naturally it looks as if there is impurity in the water. The puja’s emcees announced this information twice to all the attendees. However, someone still complained to the bottled water company, and told them that the bottles had been opened and that the water had impurities. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knows who sent the message to him about the number of offering boxes, and replied with an explanation. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche cannot reply to the one who complained that the bottled water had impurities because this person complained to the bottled water company directly. In general, with the event such as the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always looks after and examines every detail of the event, making sure that everything is beneficial to sentient beings. As this year’s puja is finished, preparation for the next year’s Grand Puja will begin soon. Everyone said in unison, “Thank you, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche!” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche smiled and said, “If I am still alive,” and then sighed, “As admission was free and free nectar blessing water was given, people still have a lot of opinions. That is why it is difficult to liberate human beings. Just like a Cantonese saying, “There is no way to help!” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche again sighed, “As people have so many opinions, how can there be anyone dare to hold pujas and charge admissions?”

The Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center does not induct benefactors, nor can anyone who donates 10 million NTD go on the stage and sing a song. These are not the correct way to hold a puja. If one really wants to help sentient beings, the best way is to perform Dharma rituals for them.
Furthermore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has over 1,000 disciples, it would be easily qualified to establish a foundation. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche chose not to do so because the guru did not want the disciples to become arrogant. Additionally, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche refused when someone once wanted to offer his house to the guru. Also, someone implored, 5 times, to make an offering of 20 million NTD, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not accept.

Master Gampopa enlightened, “In terms of practical cultivation, we should summarize the key points and carry them out. Therefore, we should sincerely contemplate and make vows, ‘I will practice almsgivings, make offerings, observe pure precepts, constantly learn to abide and endure, cultivate diligently, enter a deep state of meditative concentration, and uncover the wisdom so as to enable all sentient beings to attain the ultimate and perfect Buddhahood.’ Thereafter, we should firmly pledge from the bottom of our hearts to ‘cultivate virtuous conducts with all aspects of the Six Paramitas.’”

During previous pujas, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche taught that you don’t practice the Six Paramitas only when you are doing prostrations for repentance, reciting sutras, or meditation, rather, they can be practiced in your daily lives, including family, business and work. Many people have heard “Ten Thousand Acts of the Six Paramitas”. How can you practice Ten Thousand Acts? This means to apply the Six Paramitas in your daily life, 24 hours around the clock, without separating the Six Paramitas from your body, speech, and mind, in the meantime, to correct conducts that will make you fall into Samsara. Buddhism should not be separated from your life. If life is life, and Buddhism is Buddhism, with such a division, it can not be called Buddhism. Lay practitioners do not have the same environment as the ordained practitioners. You have lots of afflictions and worldly matters to deal with. According to the teachings in the Bodhisattva Path and Vajrayana, the practice of the Six Paramitas is not limited to sutra recitation or puja attendance, but it should be applied in daily life. It is very difficult for you, but very easy for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, because the guru applies the Six Paramitas in daily life, including business. In fact, truly practicing the Six Paramitas is the way to prevent from falling into the Samsara of Six Realms.

Why are you taught to practice almsgivings, make offerings, observe precepts, and perfect endurance? It is to cultivate a mind of renunciation. When you are able to renounce, you can then eliminate your self-ego. Why do people develop depression? People who have strong self-ego attach to good and bad things. In other words, people who have lots of delusions and thoughts become very happy when good things happen and become very sad when bad things appear. Many people are not satisfied with their spouse’s conduct. They say that their husbands doubt when they hang out with another man even though they merely go out for a meal. You envy someone who does not practice Buddhism, but seemingly lives a good life. As a matter of fact, this merely shows that such a life matches to your desire. Before you get married, you believe that your partner cares about you if he or she say something to you. After you get married, you would think that your spouse tries to interfere with your affairs. You always want to have freedom and that you don’t want others to control you. When your husband asks you a few questions, you say that he is trying to control you. Likewise, when your mother says a few things, you think that she is also trying to control you. In fact, they are showing that they care about you. You believe that he treats you well or not hinges upon whether or not he satisfies your desire. For example, when you are a vegetarian and see people eating meat, will you consider their conduct to be good? However, at the time when you were still eating meat, you envied of others who were eating fish. Moreover, you might think that you have cultivated well, because your husband would stay home and watch TV by your side while you are reciting sutras. Such notion is also your desire. Actually, your husband watches TV by your side because he does not want to listen to your recitation. He simply turns on the TV to avoid hearing your voice.

When everything is going well, you should not be arrogant. When things do not go as you have wished, you should not give up. The “endurance” in the Six Paramitas means to endure all good and bad things. We should endure not only bad things as they occur, but also endure good things. If we do not endure good things, we will easily become arrogant. If we are arrogant, it will be very easy for us to fall into the Asura Realm. What a practitioner fears the most is fame and gain. The Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center has not advertised, nor has Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche lectured Buddhism on television. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was able to hold a Grand Puja with more than twenty thousand attendees. At the time of the Grand Puja, a disciple asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche whether they should contact reporters. It would be very easy for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to become famous by holding such a big puja. Nevertheless, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not want to exhaust the virtues that could have been used for benefiting sentient beings, so the guru did not inform the media at all. Furthermore, the Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattvas states, “You should have no enemy; if there are enemies, you are the one who creates them.” When praised, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knows that he has not attained Buddhahood and has not benefited all sentient beings, therefore. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not be swayed by praises. Instead, the guru arouses the mind of repentance because he has not been able to help all sentient beings yet. In addition, the guru does not want the disciples to become arrogant since once the news of the Grand Puja is on television, the disciples will easily become arrogant.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened the disciples that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is an ordinary person who has to eat and sleep just like them, so do not treat Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche like a diety. This is not a movement to create a diety. You should not think that the guru under whom you have taken refuge, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, is more powerful than other practitioners, and become arrogant. The kind of guru that people will encounter depends on their causes and conditions. Do not again say that our Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has very superior ability and is different from others. Having the opportunity to hold this Grand Puja also depends on causes and conditions. The fact that you joined this Buddhist Center is related to causes and conditions as well. If you say too much, you will develop the arrogant mind. The purpose of not contacting reporters for the Grand Puja, which had 22,000 attendees, was to prevent the disciples from becoming arrogant and feeling that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is different than other Rinpoches. It is the blessings from the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, lineage gurus of past generations, and His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could fulfill his vows and succeed in holding this Grand Puja. If there had been no participants, this Grand Puja would have not existed either. Therefore, you should work extra hard in the future as if you are walking on the thin ice.

What Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche taught about today is the correct attitude for practicing Buddhism. When you have the correct attitude, you can then persist in practicing Buddhism. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has previously enlightened about Master Gampopa’s teaching on the joy of listening to Buddha Dharma, so the guru will not repeat it today.

A disciple picked by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche spoke, “During my previous learning of Buddhism, I have never heard that the Six Paramitas are related to the Samsara of Six Realms. So, compassionate Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, please enlighten us.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then enlightened all participants, “I have already explained earlier. Besides, the practice of the Six Paramitas will have good effects on your health. However, this is the content of Tantra and cannot be taught openly.”  Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked an ordained disciple what she had learned today. The disciple answered that she had only known meditation before, and had never heard this kind of explanation for the phrase “the Six Paramitas and the Ten Thousand Acts”. Her previous master of Exoteric Buddhism had only explained the Six Paramitas literally, and had never explained in such a detail. Another ordained disciple reported that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened people to practice the Six Paramitas through their body, speech, and mind in their daily lives 24 hours a day, every minute and every second. Upon hearing this, she felt very inspired. The third ordained disciple also reported that she had always thought that only Bodhisattvas should do the Six Paramitas; she did not realize that ordinary people could practice them too. She was very grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings, and vowed to strive to practice them.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche replied that if you think that the Six Paramitas can only be practiced after attaining the level of a Bodhisattva, then you will become a practitioner of Sravaka and Pratyekabuddha. Before attaining the level of a Bodhisattva, a Bodhisattva was also an ordinary person; hence, you need to practice the path of a Bodhisattva among people. Because you have worries among people, so, you are able to realize that life is full of suffering, as a result, you will arouse a determined mind of renunciation. Furthermore, it is necessary for ordinary people to cultivate the Six Paramitas on the path of Bodhisattva.  If you do not practice them now, you cannot become a Bodhisattva from an ordinary person. Your previous gurus had not mentioned the Six Paramitas because they had not practiced this part. You should not blame them. The level of a Bodhisattva is attained by starting from an ordinary person’s practices. According to Buddhist scriptures, all sentient beings of the Six Realms have the nature of Buddhahood. Therefore, you should practice the Six Paramitas before you have attained the level of a Bodhisattva. In other words, when a Bodhisattva is still an ordinary person, he or she had to begin to practice the Six Paramitas. In order to receive the Bodhisattva’s precept and practice on the Bodhisattva’s path, you should start from the Six Paramitas. In Varjayana, the Six Paramitas become the Ten Paramitas. The Ten Paramitas are derived from the Six Paramitas and are actually the same as the Six Paramitas. If you do not practice the Six Paramitas, you will be a practitioner who stay in the Samsara of Six Realms.

Exoteric Buddhism emphasizes the practice in the aspect of causal origination, including the Twelve Links of Dependent Origination and the Four Noble Truths; and it will take a very long time. Exoteric and Varjayana Buddhism emphasize the practice in the aspect of effect. To practice directly from the aspect of the Bodhisattva effect means to directly cultivate the mind. Nowadays, people are unlike ancient people, who had the conditions to practice in the mountains—away from society and their families—and who only came out to help sentient beings after attaining achievements. First, modern people do not have virtues, and second, they do not have time. Moreover, the Buddhist dictionary is so thick that one can hardly finish reading it; even if you have finished reading it, you will only know the terms. The content of Buddha Dharma is so vast. Hence, a virtuous guru is very important. A guru, based on his practical cultivation experiences, will summarize the key points of the Buddhist scriptures, and teaches the disciples according to their causal conditions. Besides, he will supervise and make sure that the disciples
carry out the true practices, and that they do not practice blindly and uselessly. This is also why a guru is highly valued in Tibetan Buddhism.

Practicing the Six Paramitas can reduce the strength of karma. It relates to your body and chi. This is part of Tantra. Ten thousand practices subsumed in the Six Paramitas can prevent the beings from falling into the Samsara of Six Realms. The better you practice the Six Paramitas, the less chance you will fall into the Samsara of Six Realms. Actually the Six Paramitas resolve our attachment to the Eight Worldly Winds. Helping others within your own ability is giving. Doing everything according to the company’s rule is keeping precepts. The mind is not swayed whether your boss scolds you, or others criticize or praise you. This is the practice of endurance. Meditation is to intently do a thing well. By intently and diligently finishing jobs according to the company’s rule, you will do nothing wrong. The reason you make a mistake is that you do one thing now, but then wonder whether or not your boss likes it. Since you are distracted, how can you do your job well? If you apply the Six Paramitas in your job, work hard and make no mistakes, how can your boss fire you?

The more advanced technology becomes, the more negative impact it has on humans. Nowadays you receive too much information, through cell phones, computers, and television. For examples, modern people check the news on their cell phone right after waking up; kids play video games before doing homework after school; and teaching material is incorporated with the computer at school. You are so distracted, how can you settle your mind and learn? These overwhelming messages prevent our minds from calming down, and fill it with distractions that prevent us from concentrating. The electromagnetic waves also impact our brain, because it makes the brain operate unceasingly and keep it from resting. That is the reason why modern people often have nerve problems. People who use their brain too much will exhaust their mental energy and their health naturally become poor. For example, some women would deliberately calculate about what they should do to gain certain benefits before they see their boyfriends. Tantra practitioners know how to rest their brain and nerves. For example, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, after presiding over the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness of 22,000 people on August 14th, went abroad to Japan the next day. One day later, the guru continued to conduct two pujas, but he still had a good spirit. That is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has no wandering thoughts, and can effectively rest to recover the spirit. By practicing Buddhism, we can learn how to rest our brain and nerves.

Learning Buddhism does not make your career successful, your children filial, or your body healthy. Those are all your causes and conditions made in past lives, and they are not directly related to learning Buddhism. Some may say that something bad happened to them after they started to learn Buddhism. Or they might say, “Satiation first, and then I will care for the Buddha.” Some people may obey the above words. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that there is the Jambhala Dharma in Esoteric Buddhism. When you are a true practitioner, performing the Jambhala Dharma ritual can give you provisions for learning Buddhism since poverty is a kind of suffering. Based on Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s own experience, he told everyone that things will become better when you start to learn Buddhism. But in the middle stage, things that you regard as bad will appear, and the karma will start to hinder you. Whether you have taken refuge for a long time or not, you all should clearly remember that when the karma appears, as long as you persevere, it will finally end. That is, when the karmic hindrance appears, every difficulty can be overcome if you have correct mindset for learning Buddhism and have the correct goal and direction. After that, the speed of practicing will be very fast. Once you have faith in the guru, all problems, such as having no vacation days or money, can be solved. In other words, if you arouse deep faith in the guru and the Three Jewels and act in accordance with the teachings, you will have a good future. There is no such term as “demon-testing” in Buddha Dharma, rather, it is a term from other religion, “I-Kuan Tao”. It is recorded in history that all achievers painstakingly practice through many hardships. For example, due to the environment of the Cultural Revolution, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang was sent to a labor camp, and he suffered tremendously as a teen. So did Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche!

Unlike ordinary ordained practitioners who have fewer worldly afflictions, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche started as a lay practitioner. The guru encountered every worldly hardship one may encounter, including business failure, divorce, disobedient children, and cancer. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche believes that these are repaying debts. The human body is the body of karmic retribution. No one knows how much bad karma one accumulated during past lives. Therefore, you should pay it back when you’re young so you will not have to wearily recite mantras or sutras when you’re on your deathbed. If you have taken refuge, you should not worry about this or that or beseech Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to bestow blessings because of your chest pain. This is deeds committed in past lives. It will be fine once you sincerely repent and pay it back. Then, after death, you do not have to go to hell, where your bones are crushed to pieces with stones.

In the early years, a disciple was the director of the Department of Internal Medicine in a hospital. Since he had to be on duty on Fridays, he requested Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche if the Chod Puja on Fridays could be shifted to other days. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that if he was determined, he would be able to participate the Chod Puja on Fridays. Sure enough, the disciple did not have to work on Fridays any more. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche further enlightened, “If the disciple had no determination, he still could not participate, even if the day of Chod Puja was altered.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s physical appearance is the same as yours, but the guru’s mind is totally different than yours. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not differentiate whether he is at the puja and not at the puja, or  daily life and Buddhist life. As such, Buddhism can be completely realized in daily life. When you come to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, no matter if it is a disease, a bumpy career, or some family problems, you all ask for something with desires. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often says that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s karma is very heavy, since so many disciples come here to learn Buddhism with their desires. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche took refuge under Exoteric Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was not like you at your worst. At that time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had some money and drove a famous car imported from Europe. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche took refuge, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche thought that learning Buddhism benefits both onself and sentient beings, and, unlike you, did not take refuge based on personal desires. You are not even half as good—maybe just one percent.

When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was 18, his father died of a heart attack. It was a great shock to the extent that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche deeply believed that life is impermanent. On the contrary, most of your family members suffered from chronic diseases and died slowly. As a result, you do not really feel the impermanence of death and experience such sorrow of death. As a matter of fact, it is more torture when one dies gradually than one die suddenly. This does not mean that dying quickly is better, but that the suffering is shorter. Nonetheless, whether it is a long or short period, it is impermanence. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s father died early and was not there to guide Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. However, the guru is aware of his own stubborn personality from childhood, hence he would like to change himself.

In his early stage as a Buddhist, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche suffered from business failure, divorce, children’s disobedience, and even cancer. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche accepted all of these as paying back karmic debt, and did not ever beseech the guru His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang for help. Why? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had complete faith in the guru, and believed that any negative situation would eventually go away. Even when faced with such a hard time of poverty and distress, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not worry about the future, but rather always diligently practiced Buddhism with strong faith in the Three Jewels. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had no bus money, he would walk long distance to learn Buddhism in the hot weather. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would wait until all students had left for lunch, because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could not afford to treat any classmate to a meal. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bought some good clothes when he had money; therefore, he was still able to dress well when he was poor, without anyone knowing that he was in utter destitution. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche added that disciples should not make comments about the guru’s good clothes. Believe in the impermanence of life and buy nice clothes while you can afford.

It is August now, and this year is coming to an end. Time flies. When we were little children, we wished to grow up fast, but now we are adults. We feel that time passes too fast, and with the year end approaching, we will have one less year for cultivation. In another religious group, someone declared himself as the “Superior One.” If there is a “Superior One,” there must also be an “Inferior One”. Furthermore, if only this person is the “Superior One,” it means that only one—out of all the people—can attain Buddhahood while others cannot. According to the Buddhist sutras, all beings possess the nature to attain Buddhahood. Therefore, such term as “Superior One” is simply a self-made invention. In some Buddhist temples, people often praise followers, “You look as great as a Bodhisattva.” The Buddha’s face is not made to look attractive; there is a reason behind the appearance of his eyes, ears, and face.

Vajrayana practitioners are determined to benefit all sentient beings, and their minds are strong and indestructible as a diamond. They vow to realize the Six Paramitas in their daily life through body, speech and mind. To arouse such a great aspiration, one has to completely rely on the guru, have limitless faith and admiration toward the guru, follow the guru’s teachings, and abandon one’s own views. According to Master Gampopa’s teachings, when it comes to cultivation of Buddhism, the practice includes the Two Truths, the Relative Truth, and the Ultimate Truth. They are of essential significance to practitioners. Teachings about the Two Truths will be further explained in the next puja.

Today’s puja successfully came to an end. While the believers and disciples were leaving the Buddhist center, the guru returned to the Dharma seat to receive 72 believers. Until 7:30 P.M., Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helped them solve all kinds of worldly suffering, and gave enlightenment of Buddha Dharma.

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Updated on September 13, 2011