Event Calendar of The His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche

September 25, 2011

The disciples and believers of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Taipei reverently listened to the audio recording of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Dharma teachings on the substantial nature of the mind, which Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened on October 17, 2010.

Before the puja, a female disciple shared extraordinary stories of when she followed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on her trip to Tibet. No matter where they flew—she flew from Shanghai to Lhasa, and other Dharma brothers flew from Chengdu to Lhasa—they were safe all the way to their destination. Soon after her flight departed from Chengdu, it began to rain and thunder. As always, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed blessings and virtues to the disciples who participated in the trip to Tibet.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche went to meet with His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang early the next morning. When His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang saw Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, His Holiness’s first words were, “ I heard that your teaching is so strict; is this so?” His Holiness proceeded to ask, “I heard that your disciples must be vegetarian; is this so?” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche replied, “Yes.” From this conversation, it is confirmed that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teaching is very strict and rare in the Drikung Kagyu Order. His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang also knew that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over a large-scale puja in Taiwan, with over 20,000 attendees. His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang often looks over the official website of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, and cares very much about Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Dharma activities.

Because many disciples had altitude sickness, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche worked very hard to continually bestow blessings and virtues. That was why two hundred disciples could be safe and sound. In the early morning, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led disciples to meet His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang. Because of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s virtues, the disciples could have the opportunity to meet His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang. Normally, people don’t have the opportunity to meet His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang. The disciples were very grateful for such fortune.

After Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led the disciples to meet His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche proceeded to meet local believers in the afternoon. Prior to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s arrival, Tibetans had already heard about Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mercy and compassion, and wanted to implore for blessings. Therefore, lots of people waited to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in order to request help, including help with repairing the Buddhist statues and temples. Furthermore, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang would like to establish a Buddhist school that teaches students the rituals of Buddha Dharma. All of these heavy responsibilities have fallen upon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s shoulders.

The next day, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led the disciples to Drikung Thil Monastery, and gave the following enlightenment in the main hall. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche came to Tibet for the first time in 1994. At that time, there were no roads to Drikung Thil Monastery, and the facilities were very poor. The facilities improved a lot afterward. In addition to roads, water pipes and toilets were installed.  In 1994, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also met for the first time the great achiever Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche, who was in a permanent long retreat. Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche’s first words were, “Get the scissors!” Then, he cut Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s hair, and accepted Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche as his only lay Han Chinese disciple. Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche also searched all over the room and found 500 RMB that he gave to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. He also made a remark, “Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche deserves offerings from heaven and earth.”

In 2000, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang instructed His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to support the reconstruction of Drikung Thil Monastery’s gilded roof. The reconstruction of the gilded roof symbolizes the prosperity of the Drikung Kagyu Order for the third time in history. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also takes the prosperity of the Order as his own responsibility. When Drubwang Rinpoche was alive, he had instructed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to support a tradition of Drikung Thil Monastery. Every December, 250 lamas continuously recite the Six-Syllable Mani Mantra 24 hours a day for 45 days. The tradition, however, was discontinued for quite a long time due to historical circumstances. Drubwang Rinpoche hoped that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could support this tradition and continue it. Hence, for the past years, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has supported the continuation of the tradition at Drikung Thil Monastery and will keep the tradition going in the future. That is also the reason why everyone obtains the precious nectar pills.

We have seen many things that His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has done, but there are more things he has done that we have not seen. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche never brags about what he has achieved; however, we can all see that many Dharma activities and the support of temples of the Drikung Kagyu Order fell on Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s shoulders. The disciples should be grateful for all the virtues and offerings that His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has given to all of us, without leaving any for himself. Today, we can come back to Drikung Thil Monastery, beseech an audience with His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang, and be granted nectar pills, so we should all be grateful. She also said that, as a disciple, there is nothing she can do but make offerings. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has given us very, very much. We, the disciples, should not think that the offerings we give are a lot. In fact, they are far less than what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has given. On the trip, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always bestowed blessings at each meal. Before going to Drikung Thil Monastery, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche repeatedly reminded everyone to dress warmly. He was concerned that we would have altitude sickness and also catch a cold. Even when it was 10:30 at night, the guru still warned the disciples not to take off their coats, regardless of how hot or sweaty they became. This shows how the guru truly cares for the disciples.

At Drikung Thil Monastery, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led all disciples in performing the Vajrasattva Dharma. After that, they—together with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche—all went to the assembly hall of Achi Dharma Protector and performed the Achi Dharma. The assembly hall of Achi Dharma Protector was newly built and sponsored by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and the disciples were all very touched to see the new hall. After the ritual of Achi Dharma was finished, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said, “Achi Dharma Protector is very pleased today!” At that time, an auspicious sign was manifested in the weather. Rain and snow fell while the sun shined. This proved that His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has attained accomplishments by means of genuine and solid practice. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also enlightened that because Drikung Thil Monastery was built on the side of a cliff, people who walk through it can feel what it is like to be a rock embedded in a cave. Past masters of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage have cultivated Buddhism in caves. That means that practitioners in our lineage must truly practice Buddhism.

As disciples, we can’t do anything but exactly follow Rinchen Dorjee Rinpcohe’s teachings. When we make offerings, we must do our best and be reverent from the bottom of our hearts. As soon as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche receives the offering, he turns around and gives alms to the needy on our behalf. In this way, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has given all the virtues back to us. What we receive is more than what we give to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. It is impossible for us to pay back the grace and kindness that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestows.

Since many Buddhist centers and retreat centers all over the world need Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help and support, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been very busy. The disciple hopes that we can share Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s burden and not let His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche do everything by himself!

Then, the disciple added one more auspicious sign. You must have seen on TV that there was an earthquake in Tibet. It happened when His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had returned to his hotel from Drikung Thil Monastery. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave enlightenment that this earthquake shook off the misfortune in Tibet. Thus, the arrival of an accomplished practitioner will render merits to the whole world and make this world a safe place! Upon hearing this, all the puja attendees applauded enthusiastically to express their gratefulness to His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Another female disciple then shared her auspicious experience of following His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to Tibet. She also thanked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for giving her this opportunity to praise the guru. She joined the group that flew to Tibet directly from Shanghai. On their first day in Shanghai, they had dinner at a famous local vegetarian restaurant, which was arranged by Sino Tour Services Ltd. Everyone ordered their favorite dish, and all were very satisfied.

During the two days they stayed in Shanghai, Sino Travel Services Co., Ltd. did not seem to care about cost and let them order whatever they wanted in the restaurant. The place they stayed was a five-star luxury hotel. From their rooms, they could see the Bund; it’s as beautiful as the pictures on the postcards. Because of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, they were able to stay in such nice rooms. Therefore, every disciple had the most comfortable place to rest and get revitalized. Prior to the departure, Sino Travel Services Co., Ltd. gave each of them a box of anti-altitude sickness drugs that they could take before arriving in Lhasa. When they attended the orientation held by Sino Travel Services Co., Ltd., each of them was given a walking stick, a vacuum bottle, a raincoat, and warm bags.

Her father had worked in Beijing for a long time and had not stayed by her side. When she arrived in Shanghai, she placed a call to her father, saying she was safe and going to Tibet two days later. Her father was concerned that she might have altitude sickness and feel discomfort, and told her to take anti-altitude sickness drugs in advance. In fact, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had already prepared them about this possibility.  Therefore, she told her father that Sino Travel Services Co., Ltd. had already prepared the drugs for all of them. Prior to departure, she also went to the Glorious Jewel Chinese Medicine Clinic and got some Chinese medicine to prepare. When her father realized that she had joined a trip led by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, he worried no more. Since every tour was arranged with the best food and accommodations, there was nothing to worry about.

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche takes care of his disciples just like parents who take care of their children. On the tour, when they transferred flights in Shanghai, they did not have the opportunity to have dinner with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on the second evening. Other Dharma brothers related that during dinner His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche advised them that they should keep warm and not catch a cold. If they catch a cold they will not be allowed to come to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s door to implore for blessings, as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s room number is confidential. If any disciple dies during the trip, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will conduct Phowa for him or her. What the guru does is all for their sake. In other words, Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always blesses and cares for everyone. The care Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche extends to his disciples is like the care a parent gives his or her children. It is even more attentive than the love of parents, because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is always concerned that his disciples might be hungry or sick. In this way, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has made all the preparations for them.

They stayed in Shanghai for two nights, flew to Xi’an, and then transferred to Lhasa on the third day. The hotel where they stayed in Lhasa was perfect as well. It was the best one. The first day in Lhasa, she started to suffer from altitude sickness at dinner. She had a headache due to the lack of oxygen, felt dizzy, vomited many times, and felt hot and cold. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew that many disciples would have sickness and particularly blessed the fruit for all the disciples to eat at dinner. Other Dharma brothers also took care of her, and she could do nothing but repent that her karma was so heavy. In the evening, she went to get an IV, and troubled another elder Dharma brother to attend to her. She was so thankful for everyone.

The next day, she woke up still feeling sick. The schedule for the day was to seek an audience with His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang. However, she still felt dizzy due to the lack of oxygen. When they met with His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang, His Holiness personally bestowed on everyone a string of prayer beads, a khata, images of the Buddhas, and nectar water. Had it not been for Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, they would not have had the fortune to see His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang. While everyone was taking their turn to meet with His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang, Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stayed beside His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang the whole time. This showed that Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was reverent towards His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang and truly cared for the disciples.

After she met with Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang, she felt herself completely recover when she stepped outside. She did not have discomfort any longer. She had been quite dizzy, and suddenly she began to feel rejuvenated. Her head did not feel heavy and her headache was gone. She knew that it was the compassionate blessing of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang. She had vomited even when drinking water the previous night, so she only ate half a bowl of rice porridge for breakfast, fearing that she might vomit again. However, after seeing Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang, she was able to eat lunch.

That night, she had high altitude sickness again. In the middle of the night, she felt hot and seemed to have a fever. Therefore, she immediately asked her roommate to call the hotel doctor to give her two injections. She felt that she needed to repent deeply.

The schedule for the following day was to visit the first monastery of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage, the Drikung Thil Monastery. In the morning, she dragged herself—still feeling dizzy and unable to get enough oxygen—to see Drikung Thil Monastery, which is located at a higher altitude. It took around four hours to drive there. Later on, she heard other disciples share that they felt like they were going back home when they saw the Drikung Thil Monastery and its golden roofs, restored by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, on the distant mountainside. The disciples had waited for such a long time for the His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to lead them back to Drikung Thil Monastery. Upon arrival to the monastery, the His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led the disciples to perform the Vajrasattva Dharma in the main hall of the Drikung Thil Monastery, followed by the ritual of the Dharma Protector Achi at the temple of the Dharma Protector Achi.

At completion of the Dharma Protector Achi ritual, it began to drizzle. Then, the sun shone radiantly, and it rained “sun showers.” She looked up at the sky and saw many giant birds flying and hovering, sometimes swooping low to the ground and coming really close. Everyone knew that it was an auspicious sign for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s visit to Drikung Thil Monastery. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also said that Dharma Protector Achi was very happy. Afterward, in the main hall of the Drikung Thil Monastery, the lamas gave great hospitality to the disciples, offering them cookies, butter tea, and fruit. All of this was because of Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s virtues.

She had initially felt dizzy, but now she felt very clear-headed. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led the disciples to perform the ritual of the Dharma Protector Achi, her tears flowed incessantly and uncontrollably during the mantra recitation. At first, she was concerned that crying too hard would worsen her condition of lacking oxygen; however, there was no time for her to worry about that. She was not afraid as long as the guru was present, so she cried continuously. In the end, she felt fine and nothing happened to her. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said, “Thinking too much will cause hypoxia.” She thought too much.

Due to the compassionate blessings of Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the lineage gurus from past generations, and all the Buddhas, all the disciples arrived at Drikung Thil Monastery safely. When they left, each of them also obtained precious nectar pills. Only the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center were given this kind of courteous treatment. Because everything done for the Drikung Kagyu Order by the His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had been done under the name of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, all of the disciples could have the fortune to share Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s great virtues. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave all of these things. She felt ashamed because she was always exhausting the Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s virtues.

The reason why the His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche tirelessly brought the disciples to seek an audience with His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang and returned to Drikung Thil Monstery was to give the disciples opportunities to accumulate virtues. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has given the best of everything to the disciples—from beginning to end—in terms of food to eat, clothes to wear, things to use, and places to stay. Additionally, with the Glorious Jewel Chinese Clinic, Sino Tours Company, and Glorious Jewel Japanese Food, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche takes care of people in their daily lives. She doesn’t know which previous life gave her the good fortune to follow such a virtuous Mahasiddha and guru. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is as selfless as her own parents. Only the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas can have such selflessness. The Varja Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is a Buddha and a Bodhisattva. The disciple will strive to repent and correct herself. She does not want to waste the guru’s virtues and cause the guru to worry about her anymore.

Another female disciple shared her experience of this Tibetan trip. She, together with her husband and daughter, had taken refuge under His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on July 10, 2011. She is grateful to His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for everything. If not for His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, no one would have had the auspicious causes and conditions to experience the following events: seeking an audience with His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang—the 36th throne holder of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage, and attending the ritual of Vajrasattva Dharma and Protector Achi’s Dharma in Drikung Thil Monstery. If not for His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, no matter how good the causes and conditions, everyone would have missed these opportunities.

During the eight-day trip, the disciple, intentionally or accidentally, listened and saw His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s compassionately and joyfully giving to sentient beings, as well as endlessly caring for the disciples.

Because she sat in the first row of the bus, she was near a disciple who worked as a tour guide in Mainland China. That disciple  spoke of His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, who had asked him to do something in Mainland China from time to time. From his revelation, she found out that His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche provides a vast amount of help to many distant, poor, and backward areas over a long period of time.

She felt extraordinarily relaxed and joyful on this trip to Tibet. Every aspect, including clothing, food, hotels, and transportation, was arranged by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. As for clothing, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reminded everyone what to wear to avoid catching a cold. As for the food, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often bestowed blessings on fruits and foods, and gave them to the disciples at every table. He even let everyone order his or her favorite dishes in the restaurants. As for the hotel, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and all the disciples stayed in the same hotel. It made everyone feel physically and mentally peaceful, as well as safe. As for transportation, more than 200 people were transported safely and smoothly during the trip. This is all because of His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s incredibly great merits and abilities, which fulfilled different demands of the disciples and sentient beings.

On the way back from Drikung Thil Monastery on September 18, she heard other disciples share about how His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, due to exhaustion, needed to be supported by two attendants as he stood up while making full prostrations to Dharma Protector Achi. Suddenly, she felt pained for the guru.

She thought about how every parent hopes that their children will grow up to be strong and independent; teachers also hope this for their students. Children and students grow up whereas parents and teachers grow old. All worldly flesh has limitations and time-constraints. She hopes that she will follow His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s profound teachings and act accordingly.

She heard many disciples share during the eight-day trip. She wholeheartedly aroused unimaginable respect for and confidence in His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. On the bus, a disciple talked about supporting and protecting the guru’s Dharma activities, which made her have very profound feelings. She read the biography of Jetsun Milarepa again after taking refuge. She was so moved by Jetsun Milarepa and his Dharma brothers, who wholeheartedly obeyed and made offerings to Guru Marpa. For example, Lama Ngogdun offered all of his property, body, speech, and mind to Guru Marpa. In the end, he even brought an old, strange, and crippled ewe to offer to Guru Marpa. Therefore, in her self-reflection, she thought about how she usually kept what she needed first, and then offered the guru the rest. She did not fulfill her duty to fully support the guru so that he could retire and not have to keep working so hard to manage businesses. She had read in the Buddhist sutras that the most important thing is to be filial to your parents and to serve teachers and elders. She did not even carry out the basics. How could she tell others that she is learning Buddhism?

This trip to Tibet caused her to have full respect and confidence in His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. From now on, she hopes to heed His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings, and do her best to correct her thoughts, speech, and behaviors.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that he would continue to explain Master Gampopa’s teachings on the mind. During the previous puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche expounded on the appearance of the mind. Today, he will give teachings on the substantial nature of the mind, which is the essence of the mind .

Each thought we have is egoistic. As long as we have a heartbeat and breath, we naturally generate egoistic thoughts in our minds. You see everything with your consciousness, experiences, and self-attachment. With self-attachment, one will never reveal the primordial light of his mind. We generate every thought out of selfishness in order to protect ourselves. Even learning Buddhism is for the sake of benefiting “me.” You think, “I  am reciting a sutra,” “I am praying to the Buddha,” and “I am sitting in meditation,” or “I will become healthier after learning Buddhism” and “I will be getting better.” Everything is for “me.”  The Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha’s Fundamental Vows states, “Every movement and thought of an ordinary person generates karma and vice.” This is because sentient beings only think about themselves. “Vice” does not mean “original sin,” to which other religions refer, nor does it mean a mistake that one has made. In Buddhism,  “vice” refers to the fact that one fails to apply the Buddhist teachings he has learned to liberate himself from Samsara and to help liberate sentient beings. Anything you do is for the sake of benefiting yourself, and any thought of self-attachment will create karma. Being virtuous will generate virtuous karma, and being evil will generate evil karma. Even a trivial virtue or evil will generate karma, and will cause us to fall into Samsara. Furthermore, because we receive information from the external world, we give rise to thoughts; therefore, we continually create karma. Actually, all of these are our desires. As long as you still have self-attachment, you will continue to create karma, and you will continue to fall into Samsara.

Recently, there was a group of people who went to sites of Tibetan Buddhist pujas to distribute controversial fliers. During the review session for this year’s Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness, a male disciple suggested that in the future, we should ask participants in advance to not take these fliers. However, his suggestion was based on his ego. He merely wanted to solve the problem quickly and try to avoid trouble so that he would not be blamed. He didn’t realize that participants of the Grand Puja came of their own free will. They are all different, they all have different opinions, and they have the freedom to accept different information. If they were asked not to take the fliers, maybe some of them would wonder if our Buddhist center has something to hide or if we are afraid that something might be revealed. They might also feel that our Buddhist center is dictatorial. People have their own karmic connections. Whether they will take, read, or do something with the fliers is based on their causal conditions.  This disciple appeared to be thinking about the Buddhist center by trying to protect the center and Buddhism. Nonetheless, he essentially was afraid that he would be harmed. Therefore, he was full of ego because he did not think about the perspective of the guru and the Order, and failed to carry out the Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas.

This morning, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche called someone to get a telephone number. The first disciple that was called said that he did not know and that another person might know. Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche called that other person, who said that he did not know but the former person should know. As a result, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche called the first one back, who maintained that he did not know at all. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had to make three calls for a telephone number. The reason why this happened was that no one was willing to take responsibility. They both tried to shift the responsibility to others, thinking that what they had done was enough because they provided further information. You constantly act like this in life and work. When you claim ignorance and say that others know, you actually know. However, you have not tried to memorize the information, so you say that you don’t know in order to avoid responsibility and be free of blame, trying to protect yourself. For example, if His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang bids Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to do something, and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not know what it is, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche never responds, “I don’t know.” Instead, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche takes care of it immediately.

You often say that you need to communicate with others and that knowing others’ thoughts will lead to a consensus. However, if you think carefully, to communicate with others is actually to ask others to accept your ideas. Isn’t it your ego? However, to renounce ego is not to be thoughtless when dealing with matters. If you do whatever others tell you to do, including evil deeds, you will become an ignorant person!

At the completion of the Grand Puja, you saw Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche step down from the Dharma throne and ride on an electric car to sprinkle and cleanse all the participants with nectar water, making large movements with a bunch of auspicious grass for as long as forty minutes. Though the movements might appear to be simple, they actually consume a lot of energy. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also has chronic diseases in the joints of his arm. How was Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche able to do it? It is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has abandoned his ego. If you do not believe this, you can try this big movement at home. You would not even be able to bear five minutes of such swinging. Moreover, if you continue for thirty minutes, you will be in a cast the next day.

What’s more, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is 63 years old. Although you saw Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche standing in the car, there isn’t enough room for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to balance and transfer his weight properly. The bunch of auspicious grass that the disciples prepared was long and thick, and it became really heavy to swing after it was dipped in nectar water. Even a young person like you might not be able to lift your arm after swinging it for five minutes. If you did it for forty minutes, you might need to rest for two weeks. How was Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, who is in his sixties and has severe scoliosis, able to have such strength to sprinkle and cleanse the participants for forty consecutive minutes? This was truly a revealing of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mercy and compassion. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not think of himself at all, and he gave the sentient beings whatever they needed. Two doctors of the Glorious Jewel Chinese Medicine Clinic rushed to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s lounge after the cleansing because they thought that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s arm must have broken. Although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did feel tired at the end, he recovered his strength merely an hour afterward. If you had been Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, you might have needed a cast for your hand. If you have doubts, you may try it out with a broom at home.

Why did Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche recover so quickly? It is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mercy and compassion were manifested, and therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was able to carry out the act of “great mercy of the void condition, great compassion of the equal body.” Mercy and compassion are the greatest powers in the universe, and they cannot be exhausted. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche suffers less from illnesses than an ordinary person because he has aroused mercy and compassion. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not feel pain when he had skin cancer, and he does not cough severely or have a high fever even with a cold. With the great power of mercy and compassion, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is even able to liberate the consciousness of those who have committed suicide.

To have mercy and compassion is not to merely carry out virtuous deeds or be a good person. Carrying out virtuous deeds and being a good person are just the basics of being a human being. As the saying goes, “The Buddhist path will form when one becomes a humanitarian.” It means that one has to fulfill the requirements of a human being first before he or she can continue on to the path of Buddhahood. The requirements include abiding by the Five Commandments and the Ten Meritorious Acts. If you fail to meet such requirements, you are not even qualified to be a person, not to mention attain liberation from the cycle of birth and death.

As for you, it is impossible to achieve the state without ego. Ego does not mean a person’s own subjective view. What you believe to be an objective view, although the notion of “me” is lessened a bit, it still has the some notion of “me,” and it is still ego. Because you think you can distinguish between subjective and objective views, you will analyze if something will benefit or harm you. Even if you say, “I will help you,” you” was mentioned; therefore it still originated out of “me.” Because you cannot break from your ego, you will not be able to attain the state of “great mercy of the void condition, great compassion of the equal body.” The word “void” in the verse of “great mercy of the void condition” does not mean “nothing.” If there is no condition, one cannot be liberated. The void condition does not mean to intentionally help some people. In contrast, it means that when sentient beings ask for help, the power of mercy will emerge to help them. When sentient beings are relieved from suffering, the power will no longer exist. For example, the act of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sprinkling nectar water and purifying the attendees of the Grand Puja was the manifestation of the “great mercy of the void condition.” When the sprinkling and purification was completed, the pain in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s arm also disappeared very quickly. The “void condition,” here, does not mean “no condition.” Instead, it means the principle of dependent origination as void of nature.

The Diamond Sutra mentions that Buddhist practitioners should eradicate the notion of sentient beings. You should also not differentiate yourselves from sentient beings, thinking that sentient beings are sentient beings and you are you. Otherwise, you can’t cultivate compassion. Because you can’t relate to the suffering of sentient beings, you will not attain the state of “great mercy of void conditions, and great compassion of the equal body.” All the great masters must have endured a great deal of suffering in their Buddhist practice. Without experiencing suffering, they couldn’t understand and sympathize with sentient beings’ sorrow and pain and further benefit them. For instance, not long ago, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed Phowa for the fathers of two disciples while far away in Japan. Even though Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche wasn’t beside the bodies, he was able to perform Phowa, and the prefect and auspicious signs were manifested. This is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has attained the level of “great mercy of the void condition, and great compassion of the equal body.” After a practitioner has attained enlightenment and achieved the compassion of the void of nature, his power will be omnipresent.

“Great compassion of the equal body” means that the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas can truly and without distinguishing understand the suffering of sentient beings. When you see a stray dog, some of you may cry. This is because your cognition is at work. This is not compassion but feelings and self-attachments. When you see a homeless person, you do not cry. Similarly, when your family member is seriously ill, you feel endless misery and extreme pain, but when you see other’s family members who are ill, you do not feel sad. You just feel that this has nothing to do with you. When your family member dies, you feel sad, but when you see other’s funerals on the street, you do not feel sorrowful. When you see people of your own nation die, you are sorrowful. When you see people of other nations die, you do not have the same sorrow. This is because you still have a discriminating mind. You still differentiate between you, me, and him or her. When you can take away the concept of “me” and have no self-attachment, you will then arouse mercy and compassion. Moreover, you should cultivate to the state of “no distinction between my appearance, the appearance of other people, and the appearance of sentient beings.” All the great practitioners had to experience various suffering and pain in the world before they attained achievement so they would be able to understand that they are the same as sentient beings. This is the great compassion of the equal body. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted the Phowa, he was able to help and liberate the deceased, because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had the great compassion of the equal body and could feel their suffering. Liberating sentient beings can’t be done simply by one who is ordained or one who recites some sutras. A practitioner who has not attained the great compassion of the equal body cannot liberate sentient beings, even if the skin of his lip is cracked from long hours of reciting mantras.

Some people turn into lunatics after they practice Buddhism. Why is this so? It is because their sense of ego is very strong. They think, “I am learning Buddha Dharma. I want to be enlightened, and I want to attain Buddhahood.” It is wrong to think, “I want to attain Buddhahood” because this is your ego and it is also the devil’s mind. Why do we want to attain Buddhahood? It is because sentient beings are suffering, and we want to attain Buddhahood to benefit and help liberate them. We do not attain Buddhahood for ourselves. The word “Buddha” is a noun, but it will take a fairly long time to explain its meaning. If you think, “ I am practicing,” you still have the concept of “me.” As long as you have this kind of thinking, your mind is distinguishing. You will fall into the Asura Realm because of this arrogant mind. True practitioners will not say that they have attained achievements by themselves. Instead, they will say that their achievements are from the guru’s teachings and blessings. You recite mantras or pray to the Buddhas with your consciousness, but not your mind. You recite mantras or pray to the Buddhas because you know it is beneficial. This is the function of your consciousness. You do not do it out of a pure mind, which is only for benefiting sentient beings and asking for nothing in return. Ever since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche started to practice Buddhism,  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche neither thought of attaining the status of a Rinpoche, nor of how many sentient beings he could help. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche simply followed his guru’s teaching without his own ideas. You must not apply your own ideas when you learn Buddhsim. If you do so, you are applying the principles of your life experience, and therefore, you won’t be able to learn Buddhism. Furthermore, if you really want to learn Buddhism, you need to correct all conduct that will cause you to fall into Samsara.

There is a female believer who had once taken refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche later expelled her from the Buddhist center. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not give her permission to attend this year’s Grand Puja. During the Grand Puja on October 3, she took the opportunity to sneak into the venue without permission and hide among the attendees. Later, volunteers found her. During today’s puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked her why she had slipped into the Grand Puja without a ticket. She alleged that a disciple gave her a ticket. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche rebuked her immediately for evading her fault. She blamed a new disciple who had not fully understood the situation and caused others to be punished by her actions. Even without permission, she tried every means to enter the venue. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche unexpectedly let all those who were waiting outside enter the venue later. Therefore, you don’t need to guess what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would do. The fact that she did not comply with the rules established by the Buddhist center indicated that she did not listen to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s words. Earlier, because her daughter continually implored Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she was allowed to come back and attend the Sunday regular puja again, but she was still disobedient and did not follow the rules. She let a dozen volunteer disciples search for her in the venue where the Grand Puja was held. If they had not found her, they would have been reprimanded by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. At that time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked her to leave and prohibited her from attending today’s puja. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also enlightened her that if she were disobedient, it would be useless for her to attend pujas again! Her behavior still originated from the concept of “me.” She thought, “I wanted to attend the puja, and you were not compassionate so you would not let me attend, and if I had attended the Grand Puja, I  would have had enough virtues and my daughter would have then given me  more money to spend.”

It is very difficult to ask you to listen to the guru’s words. In modern society, teachers cannot carry out corporal punishment or kneeling punishment on students. A teacher would be sued if they did these things. This is because modern people do not have the concept of respecting teachers. You do not listen to a teacher’s words, and you will not even listen to a guru’s words. You think that learning Buddhism only involves listening and not reprimanding. However, if you are wrong, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will definitely reprimand you. You should not think that you will attain achievements by practicing by yourself at home after listening to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings of Buddha Dharma. Nor should you think that you will be blessed and protected and that you will attain accomplishments automatically, merely by attending pujas. If this is the case, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will be the first to quit practicing and rely on His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s blessings all day long. Why does Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche painstakingly perform retreats to practice Buddha Dharma? You should not think that it is okay for you to practice by yourself without a guru. Actually, if you practice by yourself, you also have to rely on others. There is no such thing as practicing by yourself. Even if you are self-taught, you must have asked others or seen some reference books. Those whom you have asked or those books are your teachers.

When a practitioner develops and attains mercy and compassion, it is “attunement leads to interaction.” That is, when you are attuned to the vows of Buddhas and Boddhisattvas, they will naturally bestow protection and blessings on you, and you will make progress on the path of Buddhahood. Why are you taught that you must rejoice accordingly and praise the guru’s merits? It is not because the guru needs your praise, since gurus, Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas do not need fame, wealth, and praise. In the rituals of the Seven-branch Prayer, the importance of rejoicing accordingly is also mentioned. And why do you have to rejoice accordingly? When you took refuge, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened you about the importance of praising the guru’s merits. Why do you have to praise the guru’s merits? The guru absolutely does not need your praise. It is because your mind easily slacks off and becomes lazy. The Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and guru are your role models and examples to imitate. It is very difficult to ask you to let go of your ego. By praising the guru’s merits, you can naturally give rise to the mind of imitating the guru and know what you should do. If you feel that the guru merely teaches you and it is you who practices the teachings and attains achievement, you are wrong. That kind of thinking is self-conceited and arrogant. Those who are arrogant will not be able to develop mercy and compassion. Just look at the Mahasiddha throughout the ages. They did not say that they practiced Buddhist teachings and attained achievement, but they always mentioned how their gurus taught and blessed them.

Master Gampopa enlightened, “The essential nature of the mind refers to constantly arising the thought of ‘me,’ but through the path of Buddhist cultivation, one can realize that the mind is bright, empty, inspirational, incomprehensible, continuous, full of awareness, independent, naked and bare.” The mind has no weight, shape, or color. The mind will neither come nor go, neither stop nor move, and neither increase nor decrease. The mind is unperceivable; that is, its existence cannot be detected by modern science. Due to the body’s needs, energy is generated. However, the energy of the mind cannot be detected by any instrument. You feel that you cannot understand what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has just said, but in fact, you understand. Your mind has been obscured by your self-attachment, so it is usually difficult for you to feel the existence of the mind.

The mind is “bright.” The brightness of sentient beings’ minds is obscured by their karma, like the dark and white clouds that obscure the sun in the sky. The black clouds are the evil karma; the white clouds are the virtuous karma. When you feel that you benefit sentient beings with the Buddhist teachings you have learned, it is also a white cloud. White clouds will obscure the sun’s rays, not to mention the dark clouds. Therefore, we have to eliminate all of them. The brightness of the mind is not visible to the naked eye. When a person has attained the mind of mercy and compassion, the brightness of his mind will be revealed. Even if the brightness of his mind is not visible to other people’s naked eyes, they will still feel that this person’s complexion is brighter and that he looks energetic all the time. You have not attained mercy and compassion. That’s why your face appears dim. When your mind is bright and wants to benefit others, your radiance will show. Such radiance can’t be obtained by applying lotion or skincare products. Even if you have applied a lot of lotion and makeup, your face still appears grayish.

You can try to recall the feeling you have in the brief moment when you are about to fall asleep. Your body and consciousness stop functioning, all your six roots cease to work, and  you have no thoughts. Naturally, your pure and clear essence emerges, enabling you to fall asleep easily. When you almost wake up, you feel a little bit of light. This is the bright nature of the mind, which cannot be detected by any instruments. People hear with their ears, see with their eyes, and feel with their bodies. They rely on the functions of their eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and consciousness to respond to external phenomena and to influence their minds accordingly. Why do so many people suffer from sleeplessness and have to rely on smoking, drinking alcohol, or sleeping pills to sleep? This is because their six roots respond to the external phenomena too much and their minds are too excited by all their thoughts. These thoughts have covered their minds to the extent that the nature of their mind cannot emerge. Without the emergence of the nature of their minds, it is impossible for them to fall asleep. Why do people need to sleep? It’s not that their minds need to rest, but that the body of their karmic retribution needs to rest. A Buddhist practitioner can fall asleep easily after entering meditative concentration for a short time. This is because he has eliminated the thought of “me.”

“Emptiness and inspirational” seem to refer to nothing-ness, but actually you can feel their existence as well. The word “inspirational” does not refer to efficaciousness or the response towards something. When your mind is pure and clean, you suddenly have the feeling of being aware of what you should do with matters you’ve never seen or heard before. You all have this sort of experience. In fact, your heart’s awareness takes effect, and your heart’s essence manifests. Some people may fail an exam even though they have studied diligently. You may say it is because they don’t have good luck. However, the truth is that their heart is obscured by the fear of gain and loss. You may have experienced this: When you are taking an exam and looking at questions you have never studied before, a thought comes to you all of a sudden, and lets you know the correct answers. This is the mind’s effect. You may have also experienced looking up toward a cloudless sky, and realizing that you are very peaceful and thought-free. This is also the mind’s effect. It does not mean that the sight of the color blue can release your feelings. As for the reason why the sky is blue, it is in fact related to Tantra. Its meaning won’t be explained today.

“Incomprehensible” refers to a mind that cannot be comprehended using common sense, and it is beyond the explanation of human experiences or one’s consciousness. “Continuous” means that the mind always exists; however, it is affected and deceived by the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and consciousness. “Full of awareness” refers to a clear understanding of all phenomena of the law of cause and effect, how to attain liberation from the cycle of birth and death, and how to help sentient beings attain liberation from Samsara. “Independent” doesn’t mean that one’s mind has nothing to depend on. Instead, the mind exists without having to rely on or attach to anything. “Bare and naked” refers to the fact that one’s mind can never be obscured by anything.

Before you attain realization, your mind is in the center of your chest. Nevertheless, your mind will become omnipresent if you attain realization. For example, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed the Phowa in Japan to transfer the consciousness of a deceased man, who was the father of a disciple in Taiwan; this is because the mind is omnipresent. A few weeks ago, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helped liberate another deceased person, who was brought by Lu Dongbin. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked his family and found out that Lu Dongbin adopted the person, who was now deceased, when he was little. That was why Lu Dongbin brought him. Although Lu Dongbin had practiced Taoism, he later sought refuge in Buddhism. Nevertheless, with his great attainment, Lu Dongbin could not liberate the person. If Lu Dongbin had been able to liberate the deceased, he would not have brought him to the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Why couldn’t Lu Dongbin liberate him? The reason was that Lu Dongbin practiced different methods; so he brought the deceased to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not invite any reporters to attend the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousnesses held on October 3, so no news about this event was reported. Even a government official who wanted to attend was politely rejected by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche because he could not be present for the entire puja. Holding such a big puja is a great virtue. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche held it for the sake of his own fame and wealth, it would have then become a sort of virtuous karma that could have caused Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to fall into Samsara.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche rejected mass media exposure for this Grand Puja with 20,000 attendees, and did not issue any press release because he believes that the Buddhist teachings are all about causal conditions. People will naturally attend the Grand Puja if they have karmic connection with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. During the lifetime of Lord Jigten Sumgon, 180,000  people were ordained and took refuge under Jigten Sumgon without any propaganda. How did these people appear? All of them showed up naturally because of their causal condition. In addition, a city mayor wanted to attend the puja, but he could only stay for half an hour and was unable to attend the whole puja. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche politely rejected his participation. An ordinary person would love to have such a political figure, for he or she would bring a lot of reporters as well as free publicity. Nevertheless, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche hosted the Grand Puja with 20,000 participants for the benefit of sentient beings, not for his own fame and wealth. Thereby, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche transformed the virtues that could have made him famous and wealthy into powers that helped to liberate sentient beings from the suffering of Samsara. As a result, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was certain that the sentient beings that needed help were liberated on that day.

Hosting a Grand Puja for transferring consciousness with 20,000 attendees is a great, virtuous deed. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave up his own fame and wealth and whole-heartedly benefited sentient beings. Therefore, the virtues accumulated through this year’s Grand Puja did not become virtuous karma that forced sentient beings to fall into Samsara and created obstacles to their Buddhist practice. The difference is very subtle, but it has a great impact. If what was done by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche became virtuous karma, his power of mercy and compassion would not have taken effect during Dharma ritual and he would not have been able to liberate and benefit innumerable sentient beings. After you have cultivated the power of mercy and compassion, they will naturally protect you and you will be able to achieve many things without even asking for them. The many things here refer to the things of benefiting sentient beings. Therefore, the greatest obstacle for some practitioners is fame and wealth. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often says, “The greatest power in the universe is the power of mercy and compassion.” When you have aroused your power of mercy and compassion, you will be able to connect to the great powers of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to help sentient beings. That was why 20,000 people showed up at the puja without any advertisement. All of these things were manifestations of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s great mercy and compassion.

The more advanced that modern Western medicine becomes, the more frequent that people are cut or slashed. From Buddha Dharma’s perspective, this is just like living in the Hells of Knife and Sword. In these hells, you will be cut and slashed, and after the wounds are healed, you will be cut and slashed again. You will repeatedly suffer the pain of being cut and slashed. It is extremely dreadful. People now also suffer the pain of having three tubes inserted into their body simultaneously. You all believe in Western medicine, which only has a history of about one or two hundred years. The approach Western medicine takes is to operate on wherever there is a problem or cancer cell. You now see some diabetics who have had one of their legs amputated. The heart cannot be cut out if it has a problem, but a lung will be cut out. A kidney also will be cut out if you have kidney problems, as will a part of your stomach if you have stomach problems and a small portion of your liver if you have liver problems. People think it is okay to cut out an organ as long as another remains in the body and can be used. But if we only need one lung or kidney, we would have been born with one instead of two.

Each organ in a human body has its own meaning and function. If an organ is cut in half, can the remaining organ function properly? Medicine seems more and more advanced, but actually the karma of modern people is increasingly heavy. They suffer all kinds of torture before death. Why do they suffer such torture? When you were in school, you pinned down the four limbs of a frog and dissected them. That is why so many modern people need to suffer the pain of surgery. When you have surgery and are sedated, you are cut and slashed just like a frog. You have not even been able to solve this evil karma. How can you say that you want to learn Buddhism and attain Buddhahood?

What I have enlightened today is just the theory. It is like many sutras in Exoteric Buddhism, which only describe the theory instead of methods for practice. After listening to today’s enlightenment, you should not think that you have achieved or tell others that your mind has realized the state of being “independent” and “incomprehensible.” If you have such a thought, you really have nothing to depend on, and you become an orphan. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche only enlightened theory to everyone today. The method for practice needs to be taught further. It will also depend on your causes and conditions. Otherwise, based only on today’s enlightenment that you have heard, you still cannot carry them out.

When we can realize that the essence and nature of the heart is bright, empty, inspirational, incomprehensible, continuous, full of awareness, independent, and naked, we naturally will not be constrained by the suffering of Samsara, because we know everything is cause and effect, as well as cause and condition. Why do Bodhisattvas fear nothing? It’s because they have aroused compassion and know that everything is cause and effect; therefore, they are not afraid of harm. They also will not make evil causes anymore.

You often say that you want to overcome obstacles; but the truth is that obstacles are not to be overcome. We will inevitably meet obstacles in this life, and there will be some obstacles that we will not be able to overcome. We need to rely on the help of Buddhism to step over these obstacles. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche often enlightens that as long as you practice supramundane Dharma well, you will have no problem with mundane Dharma, because it teaches you how to get through various mundane obstacles. The Bodhisattvas fear nothing. You fear many things because you are afraid of being harmed and you have no compassion. People who have aroused compassion are not afraid, not because they have good knowledge to handle all situations, but because they do not have the thought of “me” and are not afraid of being harmed—so they fear nothing. It is not true that everything becomes better after you learn Buddhism, but it makes you pay back debts sooner. When you are learning Buddhism, if you do not cultivate compassion, you will become a lunatic.  You will scold and criticize others or accuse others of committing evil karma, but you never reflect on yourself. Additionally, you always see others as an offense to the eye because you lack compassion.  If you cannot reduce or eliminate self-attachment, you will not be able to cultivate compassion.  Therefore, when you are not able to bring out the power of compassion, the strength of your heart cannot be revealed.

Why do you need a guru? It is because you need the guru’s supervision and guidance so that you will not deviate from the Buddhist path. Reciting mantras, reading sutras, and prostrating to the Buddhas are ways for you to create good conditions to learn Buddhism, but they are not true Buddhist cultivation. True practice is to correct all of your behaviors that will cause you to fall into Samsara. It cannot be done in one or two days, or even in one, ten, or twenty years—it takes a long time. You should not claim that you have accomplished it. Instead, the guru must confirm and approve it for you. A practitioner like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who has cultivated the mind of mercy and compassion devotes all of his thoughts, words, and actions to benefiting others. It is very difficult, and you cannot do it yet. Since you cannot learn, carry out, or cultivate this concept of “non-self” now, you should listen to the guru’s words, and act in accordance with the teachings of the guru, Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas.

Today’s teachings are all about the theories. The methods for practicing, however, have not been taught yet. You are not able to carry out the teachings even though you have heard them today. Do not think that you can go home and practice these teachings. Do not try to continuously tell your mind to be empty or inspirational, and then believe that you have attained achievement. You always think and do everything based on your consciousness. Therefore, you must rely on the guru’s confirmation to see if you have really attained the achievement. If you continue to learn Buddhism with your own ideas and arrogant mind, you should not come anymore. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ends today’s enlightenment here.  If the guru continues to teach, you might be totally lost and say that it is too profound to understand.  In fact, there is no difference between being profound or simple in Buddhism. It is your mind that differentiates between them.

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Updated on October 20, 2011