Event Calendar of The His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche

November 10, 2011

At the beseech of local believers in India, this is the fourth time His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has presided over an extraordinary puja of Tibetan Buddhism in Jalandha, a major city of the Sikh religion in Punjab Province, in northern India. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also attended the Winter Teachings of Drikung Kagyu Order on November 12 and 13.

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over an extraordinary Dorje Phurba Puja, where five hundred forty-five people attended. Among the attendees were three hundred eight believers from India, including fourteen hotel guests, eighteen hotel employees, seven believers and two hundred thirty disciples from Taiwan. During the  puja, there was an earthquake, an auspicious sign. The attendees felt the ground shake twice. They were amazed and all praised the extraordinary puja.

There were many huge dharma photos of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and the flags of Drikung Kagyu Order were hung around the hall. The arrangement and decoration of the hall were sublime. By 9:00 a.m. more than two hundred disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center had entered and taken their positions. The guests and Indian believers entered the venue quietly and in an orderly manner. All participants, with utmost reverence, waited for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to ascend the dharma throne. At 10:00 am, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche arrived, walking along the red carpet spread for him by hotel staff. With prayer flags, incense, musical instruments, and a jeweled parasol, ordained disciples greeted His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and escorted him along the white carpet printed with the eight auspicious symbols and spread with flower petals. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche entered, all attendees rose gravely. They put their palms together, greeting His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche as he ascended the dharma throne. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did prostrations to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas as well as the dharma thrones of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang at the mandala. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then ascended his dharma throne. He lighted the butter lamp for sentient beings to make offerings to the Buddhas. The tea offering ritual then followed.

At the beginning of the puja, leading disciples guided attendees to recite the prayers. Local believers, guided by volunteer disciples, stepped to the front of the mandala to make offering and light the lamps. On the spot, believers drew lots among themselves in order to select five people. These five, on behalf of all sentient beings, were to make offerings of mandala and one hundred people to light the butter lamps. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche waited for the one hundred selected believers, finishing lighting of the butter lamps before bestowing the precious Buddha’s teachings.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed enlightenment: “Good morning everyone. Although you have been very busy, you attend the puja today, and it is a very good thing for you. In Buddhism there is no discrimination between races or religions. Everyone is equal. If you need help, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will help you. Today’s puja can help eliminate our karmic obstacles of past lives and demons of ill health.”

“Just now you saw two dharma rituals performed. One was the ritual of mandala offering, which symbolizes making offering on behalf of all sentient beings to guru, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Through offering, one would have the conditions and merits to receive the help of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. “The other offering was the ritual of lamp lighting. The lamp lighting ritual is important. The lamp symbolizes the light of Buddha, illuminating all beings and helping to liberate them from suffering in the ocean of reincarnation. The light of Buddha can eliminate all obstacles, and through the ritual of lamp lighting, making offerings to Buddhas, it can increase one’s wisdom. It also symbolizes that, through Buddhist cultivation, one will have a bright future. Those who light lamps perpetually will have a brighter appearance and be good-looking. The lamp lighting ritual also represents the light of Buddha illuminating, blessing and protecting this puja.”

“The Yidam Dorje Phurba of the dharma performed today is the wrathful yidam of Buddhism. Yidam in Buddhism is divided into peaceful yidam and wrathful yidam. The dreadful appearance shown by the wrathful yidam is not to punish you for your mistakes, since you will take on the karmic effects of what you do. It is not Buddhas and Bodhisattvas punishing you. The wrathful yidam is to help sentient beings stop their greed, hatred and delusion in mind sooner, when they have these heavy afflictions. The wrathful yidam is like parents teaching their children. At the beginning, parents would teach their children kindly. But if children continuously pay no attention, parents show a wrathful appearance to make children listen.  However, today, many children are not obedient no matter how wrathful their parents are, and it is because the sentient beings in the Age of Degenerate Dharma have so much heavy karma. “

“The practice of Dorje Phurba Ritual is to help all attendees: 1. eliminate illness of mind, emotion, and brain; 2. dispel unknown disease and cancers caused by ghosts, demons, dragons, and deities; 3. avoid possible accidents affected by yearly, monthly, daily or hourly conflicts. Conflict, here, means that your personal magnetic field is conflicted with that of the year, month, date or hour, which brings you an accidental death. That means you die at an inopportune time. 4. be kept free from natural disasters such as floods, fire, and earthquake, which result from changes in the celestial elements; 5. be protected from harm by poisons or curses; 6. eliminate accumulated karmic obstacles.”

“Dorje Phurba is the wrathful yidam of Vajrasattva. Dorje Phurba is also the mind manifestation of Amitabha Buddha, Vajrapani, Manjurshri Bodhisattva, and Vajra Bhairava. Dorje Phurba is the essence of all Buddha activities. Practitioners who practice the Dharma of Dorje Phurba perpetually can be propitious and endowed with all kinds of merits, wealth, good health, longevity, many disciples, prosperous Buddhist activities, boundless power, and perfection in all aspects. The dharma text performed today was organized by the twenty-ninth Drikung Kyabgon Tenzin Peme Gyaltsen. This particular dharma text is more helpful for ordinary believers, while the other dharma texts are not performed publicly. The Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang is the thirty-seventh Kyabgon in the Drikung Kagyu Lineage. Empowerment and transmission of the practice were personally bestowed by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang upon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, who then completed a perfect retreat on the Yidam. This dharma text has a long history. The force of Dorje Phurba is especially powerful. If any practitioner can have Dorje Phurba as his or her dharma protector when performing rituals or pujas, he or she can subdue all devils.”

“Practitioners who conduct Dorje Phurba Ritual must have performed perfect retreats, attained the compassion of emptiness and profound meditation. They must also have obtained the ability to transfer consciousnesses to the Pure Land. Although there are also wrathful gods in other religions, the underlying meaning is different. Practitioners of other religions perform rituals to expel or kill enemies. In Buddhism, however, to perform the rituals of wrathful yidams, one has to attain both the ability to eliminate and to transfer enemies to the Pure Land. If a practitioner can simply kill enemies, but cannot transfer them to the Pure Land, it will entail bad karmic retribution. The foundation of Buddha Dharma is compassion. Even toward one’s enemy, one has to be compassionate. If you fight with your enemy and you win, whenever your enemy has a chance to seek revenge, they will do so. Only through Buddha Dharma and a Buddhist practitioner, can one’s enemies, including all the sentient beings one has hurt in past lives, can be transferred. Buddha Dharma can rudimentarily solve our problems. Only through compassion can all your problems be solved with no residual effects.”

“In the following procedure, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will begin to conduct the ritual. You will not understand what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does. Nor will you understand what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche says. It is not important that you don’t understand what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does or says. Only Rinpoche’s root guru, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, knows. It is also the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang who has approved Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s attainment. You are not the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang; therefore, all you need to know is that all the actions of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are for the benefit of sentient beings. They want to help sentient beings leave suffering in the ocean of reincarnation. This is sufficient for you to know.”

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche began to perform the ritual of Dorje Phurba and gave the following enlightenment: “Usually, there are three sessions in performing rituals of Buddha Dharma. They are preliminary practice, main practice and dedication prayer. What had just finished was a preliminary practice. The following is the main practice, which is the primary conduction of the ritual. Preliminary practice is to aspire bodhichitta-mind and to make offerings. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has given blessing to some food which will be brought to the outside of the hall to feed ghosts and spirits, so they will not come in to interfere with the proceedings of the puja.” The next ritual was about making eight kinds of offerings. It was performed by using eight kinds of food to make offerings to Buddhas and the yidam.”

Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche began the rituals of greeting the yidam’s arrival, making offerings, and praising Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened that you should sit upright and not lean on the back of the chairs during the ritual. Nor should you leave to go to the bathroom. You should not have other thoughts and a delusive mind, either. You could participate in the rituals by thinking that you are here on behalf of all sentient beings that you have hurt and all your parents of past lives. If you attend the puja with reverence, the rituals would be very beneficial to you. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche began conducting the rituals, Rinpoche asked attendees to say three times their own names, as well as the names of their families and friends whom they wish Dorje Phurba to help.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued to conduct the main practice of the Dharma of Dorje Phurba and recited the mantra of the yidam. It is very important to follow the sequence of rituals closely when performing the ceremony. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche began to recite the mantra of the yidam, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche showed an extremely bold and powerful look with vertical eyebrows, protruding eyes, and a stretched mouth, which is identical with the wrathful appearance of Dorje Phurba. This was an auspicious sign of attuning to the yidam. While reciting mantra several times, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche rumbled with a sound like that of roaring thunder, majestically turning his neck and staring at attendees. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche showed a wrathful look lasting quite a long time. Its power was beyond imagining. Attendees felt the incredible dignifying and powerful force of Dorje Phurba Yidam’s arrival. While the rituals proceeded, the six hundred attendees remained absolutely quiet, and no one got up to walk about. Even babies stopped crying. This mighty force of encompassing invincibility was unimaginable! Tears rolled down many attendees’ cheeks. These phenomena indicated the powerful blessings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche which can help people eliminate obstacles to learning Buddhism and benefit innumerable sentient beings.

Prior to the commencement of the puja, three doves were flying into and, from time to time hovering in, the venue. When the puja began, they stopped at the roof beams, quietly participating in the puja.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then started to perform the ritual of A-Chi Dharma Protector. It was to thank A-Chi Dharma Protector who had protected the puja, allowing it to proceed smoothly and successfully.

Then, the Tsok offering was conducted. Every attendee received a portion of the food offering blessed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Thereby, all attendees had an auspicious and rare opportunity to share food with the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas during the puja. Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche spoke. “The food offering distributed today was Japanese food transported from Taiwan. Everyone, eat just a little bit during the puja, and take one piece out to make an offering to sentient beings who were unable to attend the puja. This is to practice generosity. Only those who have great merit would have the opportunity to share food with the guru, the yidam, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. It would be impossible for one without merits to do so, just like a beggar can never have a meal with a wealthy person. Today, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enabled everyone to have an opportunity to share food with the guru, the yidam, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas at the same time. Why were you told to take a piece of the food offering outside? It was for those invisible sentient beings, such as deities and devils, who could not attend the puja. Thereby, these beings can also receive help from the guru, the yidam, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. As these food were offered to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, whoever eats them will be blessed. Apart from helping everyone to eliminate karmic obstacles, it is to help everyone forming the karmic connection by sharing food with the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.”

“The prayers recited just now are repentance and wish-fulfilling prayers. They are to help everyone eliminate their afflictions. Our afflictions originate from our desires, and desires bring about attachment. We suffer because of our attachment. Through the help of the guru, the yidam, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, everyone can eliminate afflictions.”

Then, with the Phurba vajra, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche cut the food offering, made of tsampa. Those cuts made with the Phurba vajra were symbolic in that all the beings who had grudges against you were summoned to the dish, and after the cut their hatred towards you became offerings to the yidam.

After that, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately instructed attendees to approach the mandala and personally bestowed blessing upon each individual’s crown with the Phurba vajra. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s right shoulder joint does not have cartilage. In order to bestow blessings upon nearly six hundred attendees, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpcohe held the Dharma instrument in his right hand and had to bend his arm hundreds of times. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche provided help to sentient beings with undivided attention and still remembered to instruct disciples to adjust the queue of believers for receiving precious balls of longevity and wine of longevity, totally without regard to his own fatigue. How resolute is the heart of an accomplished Vajrayana practitioner! Even though Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche himself was in great pain, he still was constantly concerned with the suffering of sentient beings. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche truly dedicates his entire life to help sentient beings with Buddhist teachings without asking anything in return.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued the puja, and said that you should not be concerned about the matters to be conducted next by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Only His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang would know about it, and you would not, unless you were His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. All you had to do was to sit upright and listen attentively. As long as you can concentrate, it will definitely be good to your future and it will definitely benefit you.

Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche held a five-colored flag in his hand and said, “This ritual will help you increase your lifespan. The greed, hatred, and ignorance you usually harbor have been causing you to commit evil deeds that decrease your lifespan. Killing beings, eating meat, drinking, smoking, taking drugs, and having a lot of desires all decrease one’s lifespan. Through this practics, one’s lifespan that was decreased can be supplemented. To a Buddhist, increasing lifespan enables you to have sufficient time to learn Buddhism. To ordinary people, increasing lifespan enables you to do charity, rather than enjoying life or making money. Do not do things just to become rich. Do not be corrupted or bribe others. The fact that you have wealth in this life is because you made offerings and practiced generosity in your previous lives. You should do more charities and accumulate your virtues so as to have a good future life.

The purpose of giving you a little longer lifespan is not to let you find your husband or wife. If you had the causal condition to find a husband or a wife, you should already have had such a relationship and would not have waited until now. Your fate in this life is caused by what you have done in previous lives. The conditions you can have would have already happened. If you still do not have those conditions it indicates that you are destined for such a situation.” Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche recited mantras and slowly waved the five-colored flag to bless the participants. After completing the dharma, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche spoke to the attendees, “The ritual of today’s puja is perfectly completed.” Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche proceeded to perform the ritual to send off the Yidam.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened the attendees. “The first important thing in Buddhism is giving charity, which is like the act of Sikhs who often donate food to poor people. For those of you who believe in a different religion, listen to the teachings of your own gods and continue to do charity and help others.

Buddhism teaches the arising of inter-connected occurrences. Buddhism originated in India. At the time, Sakyamuni Buddha began to preach Buddhism near India and Nepal. Later, Buddhism was spread to China, Tibet, and around the world. Today, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, as a member of Tibetan Buddhism, comes back to India to hold this puja. This event has a very profound meaning to Indians, Chinese, and Tibetans.”

Because the disciple who is responsible for oral translation did not interpret properly, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche spoke directly to the participating believers with his fluent English. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had only a high school diploma, but this disciple had been educated at a famous American university. Reasonably speaking, the disciple’s English should have been very good. However, he could not describe clearly and appropriately as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did. “Can you understand Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s English?” All participants nodded to indicate that they did. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then said that the disciple, who was responsible for oral translation, was too nervous! “He wished he could do the best interpretation; but, in fact, there is no such thing as ‘best’.

The most important thing is concentration. You should do things with full concentration without wishing to achieve the ‘best’. There is no ‘best’ in the world. The most important thing in practicing Buddhism is to begin to practice it; you should not ask what the best is when practicing Buddhism. Buddhism is not a religion, but a high level of education, which is different from other religions. The purpose of today’s puja is not to ask you to take refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche or Buddhism. You can follow what is taught by the gods in whom you believe and continue to do virtuous deeds. It was a kind of rising condition for everyone to attend the puja today; the puja will definitely give you very deep help for your future. The most important thing is to do charity without thinking that you are doing good deeds. Doing these virtuous deeds is not for yourself or for some kind of purpose. No matter how many virtuous deeds you have done or how much you have achieved, do not ask why. Doing charity should be the same as breathing. If you do not breathe, you will die. Do not think the purpose of helping others is for doing charity. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will remember you and pray for you every day.

In order to bring about today’s Dorje Phurpa Puja, in addition to the participation of local believers, there is still Mr. J.P. Singh’s sponsorship. Mr. J.P. Singh spent a lot of money for this puja. There are also two hundred fifty disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist center, in Taiwan, who flew especially from Taiwan to India, the birthplace of Buddhism. They had spent a lot of money as well. Plus, there are four lamas from Dehradun who have come to help this puja. Furthermore, the puja also needs Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to conduct the dharma. However, we do not ask anything in return for holding this puja. We only hope that the puja will be able to help all of you and this land. You have already created connections with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche when attending today’s puja. If you want to know Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and the related undertaking of Buddhism, you can visit the website of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. From the website, you can see the contents of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings in each week’s puja. If you have any questions, you can also write an e-mail to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche by following the link on the website.

The purpose of putting so much manpower and resources into today’s puja is to hope that this land and the local people can be well and coexist with each other peacefully. There are mountain gods in mountains and there are mothers of lands in lands. Why do disasters like earthquakes or war happen? There are earthquakes because you dig mountains, damage the land, and build fortifications on the land, so that the mother of land is affected. Today’s puja can make mothers of lands and mountain gods happy. It can let the people in this area live peacefully and work joyfully. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not ask anything in return but only hopes that everyone can use the time of this life to do more good deeds. Although there are only a few hundred people to attend today’s puja, if all of them can do virtuous deeds, be good persons, and have good behavior, they will affect the people around them and bring peace to the world.”

After the perfect completion of the puja, all participating disciples and believers lined on both sides with joy and gratitude to reverently see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche getting off the dharma throne.

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately had a lunch banquet with all accompanying disciples. The disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center appreciated the guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for once again bestowing the opportunity of accumulating blessings on disciples. The four lamas from Jangchubling in northern India were invited to attend the lunch banquet as well.

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