Event Calendar of The His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche

October 31, 2011

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the auspicious Chod Puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Taipei. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave the following enlightenment: There are so many people attending the Chod Puja for the first time, therefore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reiterated its meaning. “Chod” is one of the Eight Sadhana in the Tibetan Buddhism. It means that one who particularly focuses on practicing this Dharma in one’s lifetime can definitely liberate oneself from the cycle of birth and death, furthermore, one who has a great root capacity can even attain the Buddhahood in this life. Some people may dispute the definition of Buddhahood; it would not be explained today due to time limitation. Chod includes the Esoteric Buddhism and Exoteric Buddhism. The Exoteric Buddhism is the theory and foundation of Buddhism. You should not misunderstand that there is only Esoteric Buddhism in the Tibetan Buddhism. Without learning Exoteric Buddhism, one is unable to learn Esoteric Buddhism. A practitioner has to learn Exoteric Buddhism for at least ten to twelve years, after that his guru will consider transmitting Tantra to him.

The Chod, which was completed in Tibet 1200 years ago, was created based on the Great Prajnaparamita Sutra by a yogini who was a married lay practitioner. After Buddha Shakyamuni attained realization, he firstly bestowed the teachings of “The Four Noble Truths,” and “Twelve Links of Dependent Origination.” Afterward Buddha Shakyamuni took 12 years to explain the meaning of Prajna. “Prajna” is Sanskrit word which has a very deep meaning; some people might translate it as with the word “wisdom,” but it cannot cover all the meaning of Prajna. When Master Xunzang translated Buddhist Sutras in ancient time, he would not translate them under three situations. One is that, if a term has multiple meanings, it would not be translated. If “Prajna” has merely the meaning of wisdom, Master Xunzang would have directly translated it then. The Great Prajnaparamita Sutra consists of 40,000 verses, 80,000 verses, or 10,000 verses. Each of the verses is enlightening the meaning of Prajna. The state of Prajna is the state of entering the Dharma body which is the nature of emptiness. This yogini composed the Chod according to the essence of the Great Prajnaparamita Sutra.

The meaning of Chod in Tibetan is “elimination,” – to eliminate the suffering of reincarnation. You wish that Buddhas and Bodhisattvas would help your parents, spouse, and children. This kind of clinging thought is the source of suffering. For example, some people beseeched Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help for their children to find a spouse. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is not even concerned about his own children’s marriage. Whether they get married or not, they have their own causal conditions. After taking the responsibility of raising his children, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not worry about the other matters. Furthermore, you do not learn Buddhism for the sake of satisfying your desires. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, a lay practitioner, has also experienced many problems, including jobs and cancer like all of you. However, despite all of the hardship, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has attained the achievement. Therefore you should not give yourself excuses because of your problems in your life. Some people would come to thank Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche out of politeness for the help they received. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always told them that it is not necessary to say thanks; the truly grateful people are those who learn Buddhism. However, many people are not willing to practice Buddhism after they hear that they must be a vegetarian to be a Buddhist. Do not think the reason that you have become a vegetarian is because you have done many evil deeds.

You do not believe in cause and effect because you only believe that murder and theft are the kinds of major crime that would make people be arrested and sentenced. However, there are many other things that you do not believe will also bring consequences in cause and effect. You often feel you are lucky when things go well; when things do not go well, then you think of yourself unlucky. People who have this kind of thinking do not believe in cause and effect. Genuine Buddhist practitioners understand that anything that happened to them was due to cause and effect, and was all done by themselves; therefore they would be very careful before doing anything and would absolutely not commit any little evil. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued to give enlightenment, “Everyone must deeply believe in cause and effect. If you are muddling at work, it is equal to committing the crime of theft, because someone had paid your salary. In other words, if you are muddling with no work done, your karmic retribution is that your money would disappear, or it would be stolen.”

Many of you came to the Chod Puja today have family members that are seriously ill or deceased. You often thought that your parents did not do any bad deeds, your father devoted to the family for his whole life, your mother endured everything and never killed anyone, so why would bad things happen to them? This is speaking from the mundane world’s view. However, the virtuous men and women mentioned in Buddhist scriptures are not the ones who do some volunteer work, or donate a little money to the charity foundations. At the very least, one has to carry out Ten Meritorious Acts in order to be qualified to be a virtuous man or woman. The reason we could attain human body in this life is because we carried out the Ten Meritorious Acts in the previous life. Even if you did the transference of consciousness for the deceased, if they did not learn Buddhism before death, they would not be reborn as a human in the next life.

As there are many people attending the puja for the first time today, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately enlightened about the Ten Meritorious Acts again for everyone. The first of the Ten Meritorious Acts is not to commit killing. You all thought that only killing a person is serious. Buddhist scriptures states that we must not eat sentient beings’ meat. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche loved to eat seafood when he was young, and would only eat the delicious food, therefore at the age of 45, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche got skin cancer. But after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew of the cancer, he completely accepted it as his karmic retribution; he never received any kind of medical treatments, and now the cancer is gone. On the contrary, when you get cancer, you often are anxious to have a surgery to cut the tumors off, to begin the chemo therapy, or to inject the poison into your own body.

The second Meritorious Act is not to commit theft. Theft includes taking things from the company for home use; muddling during work hours; buying pirated, counterfeit products, or downloading unauthorized information from the internet. The third Meritorious Act is not to commit sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct does not mean that one goes against the monogamy rule. In fact, there was the rule of one husband with multiple wives in ancient India and eastern societies. However, presently, we are influenced by and follow the monogamy rule of western culture. Sexual misconduct does not mean having a relationship with a woman other than one’s wife. The sexual misconduct mainly refers to the minors who have sexual acts without the consent of their parents. Additionally, one who has sexual relationships with another man’s wife also commits sexual misconduct. The scope of sexual misconduct is very wide. Today Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche only enlightened us one part. It is impossible that you know all the content after attending puja once. If you want to know more, then you need to take refuge.

The forth Meritorious Act is not to make harsh speech. It does not necessarily refer to dirty words. Even if one uses cultured language but the purpose is evil, such language is harsh speech. You often use pet phrases in your talk, including wishing people to have a short life in Taiwanese, such as, “ghosts of short life,” and scolding young children with such words. These are harsh speech. Do not think that it will not come true when you scold people by wishing them a short life. Those who make harsh speech will often have oral diseases. Furthermore, when someone carries out virtuous deeds and you try to stop him by saying something bad, or prevent him from learning Buddhism or attending pujas, these are also harsh speech. If one says that after his children get married or after he buys a house, then he will have time to learn Buddhism. This is actually harsh speech too.

The fifth Meritorious Act is not to make divisive speech, which means not to stir up troubles. When seeing their friends’ or relatives’ spouses are with someone else, many females will urgently feel that they must inform the other spouses. Additionally, they would say something negative with their friends or relatives about the ones having the affair, thinking that they must help the victims. They think telling them what happened is the best. In fact, if they just keep silent, such matter might be just on the wane. Nowadays, for the sake of pursuing high ratings, many TV stations get a group of women together to criticize their husbands. When you watch this kind of TV programs often and you follow them to criticize their husbands, you would also speak harsh words. Moreover, those who commit such misconduct are not just men. Women also commit such misconducts! Since producers of such TV programs consider the fact that their viewers are mostly female in the evening, so for the purpose of ratings, they produced programs about evil deeds of men. You should not follow the programs and criticize the roles in the programs. If you keep doing so, you’ll be turned into one of them. This will plant the causes of the same karmic retribution. Furthermore, if you don’t agree with certain politicians and criticize them, this is also speaking harsh words. In fact, the kind of leaders in any place is the collective karma of people who live there, regardless of whether you vote for them or not.

The sixth is not to make false speech. It does not just refer to telling lies to others. This precept is primarily for Buddhist practitioners who tell others that they have achieved certain level of accomplishment before their achievement have been validated. The seventh is not to speak frivolous words. For Buddhist practitioners, as long as their speech is not relevant to Buddha Dharma or benefiting sentient beings, their words are frivolous. For ordinary people, if you say “sex joke” to please others, or try to make yourself popular, your talk is frivolous speech. Frivolous words also include those talks to seduce or flirt with others. It doesn’t mean that you should not show your affection or say “I love you.” However, if you see someone you like and always say something to seduce and flirt with him or her, you are speaking frivolous words.

The eighth is not to be greedy. When you wish the best only for your own family, it is greediness. Your greediness will give rise to your attachments, which will cause you to enter the cycle of reincarnation. Why are we in the cycle of reincarnation? Because we still have afflictions and attachments. Those who learn Buddhism will gradually find that their attachments are decreasing. They realize that all phenomena are due to the law of cause and effect, and as a result, in the future the process of their death will be smooth. The ninth is not to have hatred. Hatred doesn’t just mean to lose one’s temper. That is only a small part of it. A hateful mind is primarily a mind with anger. When you dislike someone but for various reasons you can’t revenge, you might wish the person to get into trouble someday. This is to harbor hatred. The tenth is not to be deluded. A person with delusions is one who doesn’t believe in the law of cause and effect.

Today almost 1500 people attended the Chod Puja. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had not disallowed some people to attend the puja, the number of the attendees would have reached more than 1500. For those who merely want to take advantage of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, and have no intention to cultivate Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not let them attend the pujas. As there are more and more people coming, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would select the disciples who do not properly act to go to other Buddhist centers. In other centers the believers are not screened and they will be very happy if you go there. The fact that you attend the puja today means you learned and practiced Buddhism before. Because of our karmic connection, you, as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s disciples, ought to endure more, especially with the crowded space. Since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche made the same vow as Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha, therefore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continues to dedicate himself tirelessly to benefit all sentient being despite of his old age. Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha’s vow, “Unless the hells are empty, I vow not to become a Buddha.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s vow is, “Unless all sentient beings become Buddhas, I vow not to become a Buddha.”

Last Saturday, on October 29, a pair of brothers came to implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to liberate their deceased father. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked if they could be vegetarians. Both of them said yes, but they would be vegetarians for only three years. It was obvious that the brothers did not have faith in Buddhism at all. In their mind they had no reverence to Buddha Dharma, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. They only knew that the deceased needs to be liberated, but they did not believe that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is really able to help and liberate the deceased. They were just like the ordinary people who nominally find a Dharma master to ring the bell and perform the ritual to liberate the deceased in formality. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reminded everyone not to eat meat after attending pujas, and not to attend puja anymore if you can’t be a vegetarian.

Yesterday a female disciple who has breast cancer came with her husband to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Her husband knelt down and said that he hoped Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would compassionately prolong his wife’s life by four to five years so that she could continue to follow Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in cultivating Buddhism. By so imploring, he was threatening Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. In fact he hoped his wife could accept the medical treatment provided by doctors. As her guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not like to see disciples having disputes with their spouse. Therefore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked the female disciple to listen to her husband. If her husband hopes her to undergo the operation or chemotherapy, she should take it accordingly because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not hope a person who does not believe in the law of cause and effect uses this opportunity to slander Buddhas. Nor does Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche hope a Buddhist has discord within the family due to her Buddhist practice.

Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche turned to the female disciple’s husband and bestowed enlightenment: “Since you came here to pray to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to prolong your wife’s life by four to five years, it would be fair if you go to ask doctors to guarantee to prolong your wife’s life by four to five years. Do it and see if doctors will guarantee you. Normally, once people get cancer, they quickly undergo many medical treatments such as the operation and chemotherapy. However, if they ask doctors whether they can guarantee the result, doctors would say that they cannot be sure; but people usually do it anyway. You, in fact, do not dare to ask for doctors’ guarantee, but you dare to ask guru to give you a guarantee. After all, you only believe in the certificate of medical college. In fact, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also has a certificate which is bestowed by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang.” Immediately a thunder of applause broke out.

It is really strange that you would advise your family members not to be superstitious about Buddhism. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche won’t tell you not to receive medical treatment; otherwise it will be reported in the newspaper that “superstition delays the patient’s timing in seeking medical treatment”. Therefore, nowadays, the most difficult job is to be a Rinpoche, for they have to be very prudent about their words and deeds. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is afraid of causing people to plant the negative cause and slander Buddhas because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche cannot bear to see anyone falling into the hells.

There was once a female believer came to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw that there was an old musical instrument in her home. After she bought the musical instrument, she started to have some health problems because the instrument was attached by the spirit of its original owner. That is why the Buddhist scripture states that when a family member passes away, we should make an offering of the deceased’s most beloved belongings in order to eliminate the deceased’s attached mind, and in the meantime, to accumulate virtues for the deceased. However, people nowadays are not willing to do so and they thought that the belongings left by the deceased are their inheritance. For example, seeing the gold left by the deceased, they thought of it as theirs and sell it at a good price. The same is true for the house, which would be sold for cash. Thumbing through the Buddhist scriptures, there is no such term as “inheritance.” Therefore, you may donate money left by the deceased to the Department of Social Affairs to help many people. In so doing, it also creates the opportunity for the deceased to do charity.

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also advised the attendees not to give donations to foundations. If you want to donate money, you can donate the money to the Department of Social Affairs in the Ministry of the Interior. The reason lies in that merely 20 % of the donations made to foundations are used for charitable services, and the rest would be used in the expenses of the foundations. As government officials get salaries, they can distribute all the donated money to the needy and they won’t abuse it; you should believe in the government. If you don’t have faith in the government, you should not live in Taiwan! If you find corruption among government officials, you can file a lawsuit against them. However, if you find corruption in a foundation, you won’t dare to file a lawsuit against the foundation as they are a large organization with lots of members.

Generally speaking, if a deceased committed terrible evil deeds during his lifetime, he would directly fall into the three lower realms right after he draws his last breath. If one conducted great virtuous deeds, he, too, will ascend to the heavenly realm. However, most people have not conducted either terrible evil deeds or great virtuous ones, therefore, they have got 49 more days after they draw their last breath before they attain rebirth in accordance with their karma. During this period of time, if the family of the deceased is able to find a practitioner to help the deceased, the deceased then can be prevented from falling into the three lower realms. Why did Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche tell you not to move the deceased’s body carelessly? Because the deceased might get angry and fall into hell.

Many people know that they need to help the deceased family members to be liberated after they pass away. However, liberation is nothing like what you have in mind. It cannot be done simply by covering the deceased with a rebirth quilt or a few folded paper lotuses. Some people try to recite Buddhist scriptures to liberate the deceased. Indeed, it is possible to liberate the deceased through the recitation of Buddhist scriptures. However, the practitioner who recites the scriptures must recite without distraction, have no greedy desires about offerings, and observe precepts so as to truly liberate the deceased. Some people hire some ordained people to recite scriptures while they play mahjong at the side. That simply won’t work.

According to the Buddhist scriptures, we should carry out Buddhist activities magnanimously for the deceased. “Magnanimously” does not mean that you need to visit many temples or do many Buddhist activities. The reason that you are here to attend the Chod Puja lies in that you have a deceased family member. It is not something that is unique to you because everyone has parents. From the Buddhist perspective, every sentient being has been our parents in our previous lives, as we have been through such a long time in reincarnation. Therefore, when you attend a puja, don’t just hope that only your own family member can be helped. Instead, you should hope that all the sentient beings are able to receive help from Buddhism. Then, your mind is magnanimous. When you are able to attend the puja on behalf of the deceased with a magnanimous mind, the deceased will thereby accumulate virtues; as a result the deceased can receive help from Buddhism.

In addition, “magnanimously” also refers to the state of the practitioner’s mind and his capability to help the deceased. Some monasteries would tell their believers that all they have to do is to make donations and that it would not matter if they are present or not. However, in Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, you have to attend the puja in person. Whether you have money or not does not matter. It is alright not to donate any money to the puja, but you yourself have to be here. As everything is cause and condition, the deceased will have the cause and condition to receive help because of your participation.

During the Dharma ritual in the puja, you do not need to understand what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is doing or reciting, because it is impossible that you could know. If you know, then you would have been Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s guru, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. Later, all Dharma ritual will be performed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and you do not have to do anything. You should not think, “Is this efficacious?” or “Why are Buddhas and Bodhisattvas inefficacious?” Whether it is efficacious or not depends on your mindset. It is very interesting that the Chinese character for efficacious (靈) includes three mouths (口); they refer to the person who conducts the Dharma, the people who attend the puja, and the deceased sentient beings who are being liberated. Whether a deceased can attain liberation relates to the person’s causes, conditions, and virtues. However, after his or her death, their family members can also help them. Attending pujas respectfully on behalf of the deceased can help him or her to accumulate virtues.

Many people, after knowing that they got cancer, become worried and scared all day long; they feel that they are going to die. In fact, whether or not you got cancer, you will die eventually. Cancer is the least terrible disease, when comparing with myocardial infarction and violent accidental death. The latter two conditions will make you die immediately. Nevertheless, cancer will not let you die right away. However, each person who sought an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche due to cancer was very worried about it. Many people have invested a large amount of energy, physical strength, and money to fight cancer cells. Actually, cancer cells are only a small part of the cells in the body. Being influenced by modern medicine, you normally do not care about most of the other good cells, but only care about the small part of bad cells. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also had skin cancer before, but he did not undergo any surgical operation or take any medicine, nonetheless he is completely healed now. It is because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche used all of his energy to practice Buddhism and benefit sentient beings, therefore, the good cells inside his body naturally become more. If good cells increase, bad cells will have no room to survive.

Some people think that after attending pujas to liberate family members, karmic creditors, and aborted babies, they will leave troubles behind and everything will be fine. This is not true. Although these karmic creditors have been liberated, the evil consequences of harming them and karmic retribution still exist. Moreover, the Chod is particularly helpful to those who die accidentally, or those who are sick.

When learning Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not attend pujas occasionally such as you do. Since learning Exoteric Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would always participate in any puja from beginning to end. He would never be absent from “Emperor Liang’s Repentance Ritual” and the “Dharma Function of Water and Land.” From your point of view, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had been very diligent in practicing Buddhism, so Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche should not have any problems. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still got skin cancer later. If problems would disappear after the karmic creditors were liberated, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not have gotten skin cancer at the age of 45 while he had started to practice Buddhism at the age of 36.

The space of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center is not large, and it is unlike other foundations to which some people may donate money or land. So everyone should endure a bit and do not hold or raise legs during the puja. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was a believer, his legs also hurt while sitting on the floor; but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not move once he sits cross-legged in pujas. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has never heard of anyone who broke their legs because of sitting in the pujas. If your legs are really broken because of that, it is your problem and it has nothing to do with Buddhism. When your leg feels sore, do not worry about it. The reason you feel painful is because you ate meat, hence blood and Chi are not smooth and the blood is clogged. Generally speaking, after you reach the most painful peak, you will not feel the pain after that. In fact, the pain during sitting cross-legged also helps you focus in meditation. When you are absorbed in the pain, you will have no other thoughts; rather you will concentrate on one thing, without any distraction. That is meditation.

It is depicted in the Dharma text that practitioner should not wear any protective holy objects when performing the Chod. Even the protective wheel or Buddha statues cannot be worn. Then, through the contemplation of tantric method, the practitioner’s body becomes nectar, which serves as offering to the Yidam, as well as all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Then it is given to all sentient beings. What the sentient beings in the Ghost Realm see is something they like to eat before their death. After eating, they are satisfied and then, they are encouraged to accept help from Buddhism; hence, they can be liberated. You do not have to worry that ghost beings will eat you because your meat is stinky and bone marrow is not nutritious. They would be poisoned if they drank your blood. What the ghosts eat is the nectar which came from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Some people in Exoteric Buddhism think that practitioners in Esoteric Buddhism like to use bones as Dharma instruments, and they have so much misunderstanding to that. Some people even say that Esoteric Buddhism worships ghosts. In the past, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was learning Exoteric Buddhism, the guru at that time also had such kind of view. But that is because they have never learned the Esoteric Buddhism and do not know the real situation. In fact, Esoteric Buddhism is to help liberate ghosts and sentient beings. How could it be possible to worship them? As to use human bone as a Dharma instrument in Esoteric Buddhism, there are several reasons: The first, it originated in the age of Buddha Shakyamuni. In order to help disciples arouse the mind of renunciation, as well as know the physical body is fake and consisted of karma, Buddha taught the Dharma method of skeletal visualization. Next, bones signify the rising and ceasing of all causes and conditions. The third, when you see the human bones, you would naturally give rise to sad feelings. When one sees human bones and has no feeling, one is not a human. Even elephants seeing the bones or corpse of their kind, they stop to grieve and are reluctant to leave, let alone human beings.

When practicing Chod, we use human bone as Dharma instrument rather than animal bone. Blowing through the bone, we call out to all the beings in the ghost realm. The ghosts, hearing the sound, gain a feeling of comfort and ease. It is precisely because the human bone and the ghosts are similar to each other, that the ghosts are willing to receive help and make progress. Besides this reason, we also use human bone to remind everyone that in the end we are no more than a pile of white bones. Regardless of whether we’ve studied Buddhism or not, we all will die. In our daily lives we are very concerned about our bodies. Worrying that our nutrition is not good enough, we want to eat better. We want to wear nicer clothes, spend more pleasant days, and we concern ourselves daily with our physical beings. But we need to understand that no matter what kind of lives we lead, everyone in the end will face and accept death alone.

Buddhism talks about death and impermanence. Everything is within the scope of the principle of causes and conditions. Causes and conditions rise and cease. All things and objects in the universe exist because of causes and condition. They vanish when causes and condition end, therefore, nothing is eternal. All things in your life are just the manifestation of your karma from past lives and they appear screen by screen like movies. The causes and condition within are very complicated. Our suffering comes from our attachments. The life we have everyday is to get up, work, make money, and nourish our body. We get married after growing up and we have children. Then we persuade our children to have their children. In fact, we live a life which is not different from animals just like they also take care of their children and find foods. For example, when winters are coming, squirrels would bury and hide pine cones everywhere to get through winters. That is similar when you save money to prepare for your old age. The difference is that human beings have thoughts and have the ability to change their behavior.

All of you feel that cancer is scary and fatal. In fact, cancer is only the “flower” stage of one’s karmic retribution, not the “fruit” stage yet. Therefore, there is still time to change the fruit and its flavor. For example, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had skin cancer at the age of 45, instead of undergoing treatments such as surgery or injection, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche fully concentrated on his Buddhist practice, and thereby the skin cancer disappeared. Cancer is actually a sign of moral defect. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche used to eat various types of seafood and killed many sentient beings, therefore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche got cancer.

Some people in the Exoteric Buddhism misunderstand Tantra, stating that it is all about seeking for wealth. In the past, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also heard his guru of Exoteric Buddhism commenting that Tantra is a fake teaching. Later, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche started to learn Tantra and realized that it was not so. In fact, anyone who has recited the Universal Gate Chapter of Lotus Sutra before knows that the sutra depicted about believers imploring the Bodhisattva for having children, boy or girl, as well as wealth. This content was recorded in the Exoteric Buddhist Sutra. The reason why people misunderstood Tantra was because they did not actually practice it, therefore, they didn’t understand. In Buddhism, one prays to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas for having children and it is not done so out of fulfilling one’s own selfish desire. Instead, it is because one wishes to raise children to pass down the noble and virtuous family tradition, and thereby to benefit society. Moreover, one prays to have wealth, not for the sake of enjoying oneself, but rather it is to be not lacking in resources, therefore, he or she will not have obstacles in their Buddhist practice. In addition, once you make determination to practice Buddhism, nothing will be able to hinder you. Ever since that year when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche made vows to cultivate Buddhism and benefit sentient beings, no one can stop Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, more than sixty years old, still personally presides over the Dharma rituals; and it’s really hard work. In contrast, many of the Dharma teachers perform incense offering only, while their disciples do the rest under his supervision. Tantric gurus work very hard and they must perform the Chod personally. Tantric practitioners would violate the precept if they possess the ability but do not help sentient beings. Therefore, you must be reverent toward the Three Jewels because the opportunity to attend such a tantric puja will be rare in the future.

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Updated on January 4, 2012