Event Calendar of The His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche

November 12, 2011

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led two hundred forty-nine disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center to Jangchubling, Dehradun, India, to attend the 2011 Winter Teachings of the Drikung Kagyu Order. In the morning, the benevolent Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed the disciples to pay homage to the Samtenling Nunnery. The disciples were thereby granted a rare opportunity to visit the retreat room in which Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted his very first retreat, do prostrations to the retreat room of Dharma Protector Achi, and circumambulate the mandala of Chakrasamvara.

The Samtenling Nunnery, located in northern Dehradun, is close to the Jangchubling Monastery, Songtsen Library, and Kagyu College. In 1997, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed his first retreat at the Jangchubling Monastery, India. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw that the monastery did not have any water supply system. The nuns at the institute had to get pails of water at the water source in the low temperatures of the early morning so as to meet daily needs for water consumption. The benevolent Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sympathized with the painstaking efforts taken by the nuns every day and provided sponsorship for the construction of a water tower and pumping equipment. The shortage of water at the monastery was thereby solved. With Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s continuous support, the number of nuns practicing at the Samtenling Nunnery has increased from twenty-five to over eighty.

After paying homage to the Samtenling Nunnery, disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center went by coach to the nearby Jangchubling Monastery. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led the disciples to attend the November 12th Winter Teachings of the Drikung Kagyu Order. This year’s winter teachings were presided over by His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche. The preparatory Hevajra Empowerment would be held today. When it was almost 2 pm, the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center stood in a procession along the driveway in front of the monastery and reverently greeted Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

At that time, two young believers from Russia approached the procession, curiously asking who were the disciples waiting for and where they were from. One of the disciples answered, “We are waiting for our guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. We are from the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, in Taiwan, here to attend the Winter Teachings.” These two Russians immediately said that, although they had never met Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, they felt immensely grateful towards Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The reason was they had heard a lot about Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s support for the monastery and the Winter Teachings. Because of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, their group of forty to fifty people from France, Germany, Russia, Australia, and Switzerland was able to participate in the teachings without any discomfort.

Before long, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s car arrived at the entrance to the Jangchubling monastery. Lama Bili, general director of the monastery, greeted Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The lama made offering of a Khadak scarf and personally accompanied Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche into the venue.

At commencement of the teachings, Garchen Rinpoche accepted the mandala offering and bestowed the Buddhist teachings upon the attendees. After the midterm break of the puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche spoke to two believers from Sweden. The two told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche they had browsed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s website. It can be seen that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s immense influential power is incredible.

When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was about to lead the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center to leave the venue, believers from other countries saw Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s awe-inspiring appearance and came on their own initiative to pay homage to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpcohe’s influential power was so great that all the monks and nuns in the venue stopped to bow to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in reverence when they saw Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche passing by. Their sincere reverence and affection, which were expressed naturally, were truly amazing!

After the teachings, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche allowed the disciples to visit the Songtsen Library, established by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, and instructed the disciples to stay quiet during the visit. In 2001, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew about His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon’s wish to establish a library to preserve Buddhist scriptures. In order to fulfill the guru’s wish, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche single-handedly took on the responsibility for the fundraising. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche implored His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to send tens of lamas to Taiwan to perform in a tour of the Vajra Dances. It was the first time the Vajra Dances had gone on an island-wide tour in Taiwan. A fund of 200,000 USD was raised for the construction and inauguration of the Songtsen Library and for the installation of computers and accessories in the library. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was extremely reverent and circumspective toward his root guru, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is always thoughtful for his guru, takes the guru’s fatigue into consideration, and makes preparations and arrangements for the guru, thereby freeing his guru from worries. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still continuously provides sponsorship for the Songtsen Library. It is an on-going and long-term commitment..

At the time, the Songtsen Library was closed for the day. It was reopened particularly for the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. The director of the Songtsen Library personally gave an orientation program for the disciples. In the Songtsen Library, where precious texts and artifacts of Buddhism are preserved, the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center also paid homage to a statue of the Thousand-eyed and Thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara, made of rare sandalwood, and visited a magnificent collection of tormas. They felt grateful for the guru’s grace and virtues. Without the guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s continuous long-term support for the lineage, the disciples would not have the opportunity to attend the Winter Teachings, receive auspicious blessing of the lineage, or have been treated as honorable guests by the monastery.

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Updated on January 4, 2012