Event Calendar of The His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche

September 15, 2011

The His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche arrived at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in Sichuan Province on September 15. The disciples of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center had reverently lined up at the airport to wait for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s arrival. Just after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche passed through Customs, the ordained disciples presented flowers and ceremonial scarves (Khada) as an offering.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led 226 disciples of Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center to travel to Tibet, met His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang and visited the ancestral temple of Drikung Kagyu Order-Drikung Thil Monastery. When the news of this tour was announced, the disciples knew that it would be an extremely rare opportunity to go to Tibet following their Vajra guru, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Therefore the disciples were so eager to sign for this tour that registration vastly exceeded the estimates. Fortunately, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately instructed that all of the registered disciples could have the opportunity to go to Tibet. The disciples were very grateful.

Before leaving for Tibet, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche especially prepared  medicine for the disciples and instructed them to take the medicine in order to reduce the effects of altitude sickness. Being so caring to the dicisples, even when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was very busy, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still was attentive to the disciples’ needs. Besides that, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche personally worked with the tourist agency to arrange the tour, so that not only would disciples have the necessities of life for traveling abroad, but also they would be in good health condition on the journey. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is like a father to care the disciples in every possible way.

The same evening, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had a dinner with disciples in order to let disciples accumulate the virtues they would gain from eating dinner together with a Mahasiddha. The Director-General of the Qinghai Tourism Department was present and was invited to have dinner with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche at the same table to enjoy the delicious meal. The restaurant also prepared a red huge banner hanging on the lobby with the text “Welcome the arrival of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche” to welcome the Mahasiddha‘s coming. After the dinner was finished, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche explained the helpful things to know when traveling in Tibet for the disciples:

When you go to Tibet for the first time, be aware that after arriving, you should not get too excited. If you run around everywhere, taking pictures for souvenirs, you will consume a lot of oxygen. Usually, when you arrive on the plateau, you will be fine the first day, but will have altitude sickness symptoms the second and third days. When you take a shower, do not use water that is too hot, because using hot water to shower consumes a lot of oxygen. Also while on the plateau, do not eat too much.  Eating about seventy percent of a full stomach is fine, but filling your stomach would also consume oxygen very quickly.

After arriving in Tibet, do not run around. Your movements must be slow and relaxed. When the plane lands, do not get too excited when you see the blue sky. Don’t get off the plane and immediately get busy taking pictures and walking around, because you will consume a lot of oxygen. Do not assume that you will not have problems because you are healthy. Often, people who think they have very good health will have altitude sickness. By contrast, some people who have health conditions or are elderly will have no problem at all.

In Tibet, do not think that since it is sunny, you can take off your jacket immediately when you feel hot. Temperature changes quite quickly in the plateau region. Both in places that have sun and in places that do not have the sun, the temperature could change by 5 to 10 degrees very quickly. If you are not wearing a coat, then when the wind blows, you will get cold immediately. The wind on the plateau is different from the wind on the plains, and it is very cold. If you are not used to the plateau climate, your pores are open, and when you are being blown by the plateau wind then you will get a cold. So, when you are hot outside, do not take off your coat in a hurry. It is okay when you are in the car, when you are outdoor, a coat and scarf must be worn. If anyone in the group has a cough or a fever, then they should not go to Tibet, because they could give their illness to others.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will have many things to take care of in Tibet and cannot not give blessings to you, Do not assume when you have health problems, you can just beseech Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for blessings. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will tell you right now: absolutely no blessings. If you really have a mishap and die, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will bestow Phowa for you. If you do not die, you will go back to Taiwan. For those who brought their kids along, you must look after your kids very carefully. Do not let the children run around, running around and crying can easily cause altitude sickness. Or let them take their coats off when they say they are hot. It is troublesome if your kids get sick. When that happens, do not hold your kids and kneel down in front of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s room and beseech Rinchen Dorgee Rinpoche for blessings. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s room number is a confidential. If you do not follow instructions and get into troubles, the tour guide will absolutely not tell you Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s room number.

If you feel you cannot breathe, do not try to breathe deeply, as this will consume more oxygen. Therefore, when you feel hypoxia, just calm down and breathe slowly. Everyone has prepared brown sugar for the time when they are lightheaded and short of breath. Eating the brown sugar will have a faster and better effect than taking the anti-altitude sickness drugs. If you feel uncomfortable, eating the brown sugar will be soothing. Do not walk around everywhere when you are free, rather,  lying in the bed and watching TV would be fine. Sometimes, being lack of oxygen would make one have bad-temper. In short, be relaxed, do not get too excited.

Some of you have asked the tour guide where to buy dzi beads. You should know that genuine dzi beads would cost you at least one million RMB. If you have that kind of money, it would be more worthwhile that you make an offering to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Those who want to buy dzi beads are people who don’t believe in the Buddha Dharma, thinking that wearing dzi beads will entail protection and blessing. If wearing dzi beads could give protection and blessing, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would wear some dzi beads and tell His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang that Rinpoche doesn’t have to cultivate and practice Buddha Dharma. Nor would Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche have to perform retreats! You shouldn’t be deceive! Genuine and quality ancient dzi beads are now only owned by living Buddhas and wealthy people. The price of the dzi beads you see on the streets can range from 10 RMB to tens of thousands RMB. If you really want to own dzi beads, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can buy a lot for you. Don’t think those one-eye, two-eye, or nine-eye dzi beads are real. They are actually fakes and made of agate. Beads can be colored to look genuine with strong acid. How can this kind of dzi beads be helpful to your health? How is it possible they can bring about protection and blessing? In fact, dzi beads can entail no protection at all. They are simply symbols of wealth.

Tour guides of Sino Travel Services Co. will not take you to go shopping. Nor should you ask your guides to do so. If you still want to buy souvenirs, you have to sign an agreement that you’ll be fully responsible for your actions. If you buy something bad, it won’t be the responsibility of the travel company.

Some of you joined this pilgrimage but still complained about many things, feeling that the travel company has not provided you with the services that you want. If you are willing to pay ten times more than you have already paid, you can have a private guide to give you one-on-one service. Otherwise you have to follow the group. If you are not satisfied, you can return to Taiwan earlier. When we are traveling to different places, we should learn to appreciate other people’s qualities. Don’t just focus on their shortcomings. Otherwise, you will feel displeasure. During this trip to Tibet, do not think you’ll gain something good or expect something nice to occur. The purposes of bringing you with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to Tibet are twofold: to pay homage to His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang and to visit Drikung Thel Monastery. Additionally, you can witness the new construction that the government has built for Tibet. In 1994 when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche went to Tibet, the Potala Palace was more than in disrepair. If the government hadn’t maintained and reconstructed since then, people may not be able to see the Potala Palace today.

When traveling, we should not ask others to satisfy us. Every place has its own strengths and shortcomings. Even our own home has its drawbacks too and it cannot be perfect. If others came to our home today, they would have something to frown on as well. Since we have this chance to go to a new place, we should learn about other people’s strengths in order for us to have the opportunity to grow. This journey will be meaningful to us if we have such a mindset.

When you arrive at Drikung Thel Monastery, the staff will prepare butter tea for you to drink. According to Tibetan custom, they will refill your tea constantly. If you do not want to drink that much or are not used to the taste of butter tea, you should let them know. Do not think that it is embarrassing to refuse them. In addition, the monastery staff will warmly serve you some refreshments. If you do not want to eat, you should just say so. Do not carry a pack of cookies and candies when you leave Drikung Thel Monastery. Do not think you are different than others because you are treated so hospitably by the monastery staff. This is just the usual warm hospitality of Tibetan people. If you come to someone’s home, they will naturally serve you warmly. You should also understand that if you were not with the group from Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, you would not have received such treatment. You would have just been treated as ordinary tourists.

In Tibet, when you meet some children asking you for something, you had better not give them anything. Once you give one of them something, there will be a group of children surrounding you. Some of them make a living from begging. And they, seeing you dressed in clothes of light color, would grab your clothes with their dirty hands so that you have to give them money. You should move as a group so nobody gets lost, and you have to be punctual. Team leaders who have more than 200 members should not have to wait for one or two people who are late. When assembly time is up, the team leaders should leave immediately rather than waiting for those who haven’t arrived. Every minute you are late, over 200 people are waiting, wasting more than 200 minutes. Team leaders don’t need to worry that the late members might have problems if they don’t wait for them. Every member has been insured. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told you earlier that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will conduct the Phowa for him or her if someone passes away. What else would you worry about? If team leaders don’t act accordingly, they should just stay in Lhasa and not come back to Taiwan.

After the banquet ends tonight, you should go back to your room and don’t go chatting with others. Don’t think that since you are taking a plane tomorrow early morning, so you talk all night until the departure time and then get on the plane. You should just go back to your room and have a good night’s rest.

After His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche benevolently and repeatedly warned those present of dangers, he also invited Mr. Wu, the director of Qinghai State Bureau of Tourism, to give remarks. The director thanked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s invitation and wished everyone have a nice trip. Aside from that, he said that he hoped people would have the chance to visit Qinghai in the future.

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche again enlightened: Thanks to the director for his remarks, as well as for his generous help while we were in Qinghai. You should learn from director Wu. Although he is the director of Qinghai State Bureau of Tourism, he still is wishing that you have a nice trip in Tibet. It is obvious that he is very open-minded.

The banquet ended perfectly in a happy atmosphere. Disciples reverently saw off Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. All members, harboring immense gratitude to His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, were led to their hotel and rested to prepare for the auspicious pilgrimage journey to Tibet.

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Updated on October 7, 2011