Event Calendar of The His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche

November 13, 2011

The disciples and believers of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Taipei reverently listened to the audio recording of His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings on December 12, 2010.

Prior to the puja, a female disciple shared that the blisters on her palms had recovered without applying any medicine.

Last month, she got up one day and discovered that her palms had several blisters. There were about four or five blisters grouped together, and could see the liquid inside glistening and moving. Inside, she was not very concerned since she would be going to see a Chinese Medicine doctor in a little while. When she was at the Chinese Medicine clinic, and stretched her hand to have her pulse measured, the Chinese Medicine doctor was startled by the blisters on her palms. She said that this was herpes. Herpes could occur on the face, ears, or near the eyes, but she had never seen them occurring on the palms. The doctor told her that she was not proficient at curing these, and suggested that she see a doctor of Western Medicine. The doctor also reminded her not to break the blisters. If she broke those, blisters would grow wherever the fluid flowed. Then it would not be so easy to cure.

The next day, she went to see a doctor of Western Medicine. The doctor said that it was simple herpes, and not infectious herpes zoster. He took out a tongue depressor to scratch her blisters, saying that if he didn’t break the blisters, there would be no way to coat the medicine inside. In that case, the medicine would have no effect. But she felt that the process would hurt, and did not let the doctor proceed. She only wanted medicine to take by mouth. The doctor not only refused to give her medicine to take by mouth, he also did not give her ointment to apply to the blisters. All of a sudden, she burst out: “I will just apply the nectar water given to me by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.” She told the doctor who needed scientific evidence for everything that she would be responsible for the consequences.

When she returned home, she drank a little nectar water and applied it on the blisters, thinking that His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would definitely help her. She applied the nectar water three times a day. Three days later, because she had already made an appointment, she went to see the Western Medicine doctor again. When she showed him her hand, the doctor was amazed. How could the blisters have dried so quickly? Originally the blisters were full of fluid, but now there was less fluid. They were softer too, and the color of the blisters had changed. The doctor advised her not to scratch them. After one week, the blisters had become scabs. She went to see the doctor again. The doctor advised her not to scratch the scabs, and to let them fall naturally. She agreed. Before, they were inflamed, painful, and itchy. Now, they did not hurt or itch.

She expressed that there are some things that one can find only by chance, not through seeking for it. The bottle of nectar water was bestowed by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to all disciples during the SARS period, and she kept it until now. When she attended the “Drikung Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism’s Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness” every year, she would be granted more nectar water. She would add the nectar water to her first bottle. Therefore she had accumulated several nectar pills inside the bottle of nectar water. She told all the attendees: when you are helpless, you should recite the name of His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. You can only rely on His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Even if disciples are in any way disobedient, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will still help them at critical moments.

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had once enlightened that the disciples who did not have enough virtues could not see the true Buddha. But in fact, as His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang had enlightened: “If you see the guru as the Buddha, then the guru is the Buddha!” After this lesson, the female disciple saw His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche as the Buddha. She welcomed anyone who needed this bottle of nectar to come and take some from her. Earlier that year, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had said: “This bottle of water can be shared with the people who need it!” The female disciple was very grateful to His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche!

After this, a male disciple shared the experience of him and his family receiving His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help and blessings.

Both his parents were getting old. His father was being cared for by his mother, his older brother and his older brother’s wife because it was difficult for his father to move around due to his Parkinson’s disease. In July of 2009, the disciple’s work in Shanghai came to a close, and he brought his wife and daughter back to Taipei. Originally, he wanted to spend time with his parents to make up for all the years that he was not a filial son. However, only three month after he returned to Taiwan, because difficulty swallowing caused cough and infection, his father came down with pneumonia. Septicemia led to a coma, and his father was sent to the intensive care unit of the hospital. Because it was a sudden incident and the family was in panic, disorder, and ignorance, they listened to the doctor’s recommendations and implemented intrusive emergency treatment on his father. As enlightened by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, this was “Three tubes at once.” They gave consent for intubation and signed a critical condition notice. This was the first time in the disciple’s life that he faced a situation where a loved one was in a life or death situation. His father not only had to endure the suffering caused by his own illness, but also the pain from medical treatments. As kin, they were panicked and helpless. What could they do for his father? What could they do?

The few days waiting outside of the intensive care unit, from the patients and the deceased coming in and out, he saw separation from loved ones, the impermanence of human life, as well as the fragility and helplessness of life. He came to understand that life was fragile to them because they did not believe in impermanence; and life was helpless to them because they did not believe in cause and effect. As a result, he became deeply imprinted with the importance and urgency of studying Buddhism.

After being in a coma in the ICU for four days, his father slowly regained consciousness. He then stayed in the hospital for one month. Once his health returned to normal, he went home. After this incident, the disciple often attended the puja. He received the empowerments and received the teachings, always hoping he could do something for his parents after he understood Buddhism. But every time after he attended the puja, his heart always felt somewhat lost and filled with anxiety. He kept asking himself: Why is it like this? Was it because he did not have a natural gift? Or he had big karmic obstacles? Why couldn’t he understand? Was this how his path to learning Buddhism to be? One day, he finally met a Rinpoche who could speak Chinese to lecture Buddha Dharma; but just when he was getting ready to learn from this Rinpoche, this Rinpoche went back to Qinghai. As for when the Rinpoche would come back again, nobody knew. He felt even more lost!

In July of 2010, he met an old friend by chance. In 2002, this friend had invited him to participate in the Great Parnashavari Puja and the Phowa Puja, presided over and conducted by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang in the Taoyuan Arena. This friend also told him that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, who held the grand puja, was a great practitioner who truly cultivated and attained genuine realization. He said that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was a virtuous and capable guru; and if he really wished to learn Buddhism, then he should first seek audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Therefore, the disciple immediately called the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center and registered to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

When he kneeled in front of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, he was full of expectation and fright. Compassionately, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked him, “What can I help?” He anxiously answered, “I implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for permission to attend Chod Pujas.” Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked, “Have you adopted a vegetarian diet?” He replied, “Yes.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked again, “What kind of vegetarian diet have you adopted?” He hesitated a bit and ignorantly replied, “The kind within the conditions.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked, “What conditions are you following?” At this moment, he became more panicked and then answered even more ignorantly, “For the sake of my wife and daughter’s eating habits, I just eat the vegetarian ingredients in the meat dishes they make.” After this, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave a series of strict teachings, saying, “If you are not able to adopt a vegetarian diet, do not blame your wife and daughter. If you think that eating the vegetarian ingredients of meat dishes is really adopting a vegetarian diet, would you accept a similar kind of inauthentic Buddhist teaching?” The sharp warning of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche left the disciple with nothing to say, and he was profoundly shamed. After this, he certainly was not granted permission by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to attend Chod Pujas.

On his way home, he kept thinking about the sharp warning given by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. All of a sudden, he realized that if he wished to follow an authentic and greatly capable guru – one with genuine practice and realization, he must first implore the Buddha Dharma with reverence. After this, he must use a heart full of supplication to learn the Buddha Dharma taught by the guru. Only through this could he obtain real help from Buddhism. He reflected that if his attitude was not appropriate when it came to being a vegetarian, how could he possibly adopt a respectful manner to implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to teach him Buddha Dharma?

From that day on, he became a strict vegetarian. One day, he coincidently came across a Dharma brother through a social website. The Dharma brother invited him to attend the “Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness” that was to be held by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on October 3 of 2010. When attending the Great Puja, he witnessed how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, without concern for his own well-being, conducted the puja, gave blessing, transferred consciousness, and purified 20,000 attendees and numerous sentient beings. Upon the perfect completion of the puja, enduring physical exhaustion, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately gave the following enlightenment with a choking voice: “Stop eating meat! Otherwise ten exhausted Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoches will not be enough to help you!” At this moment, he could no longer suppress his tears, which were already rolling down his cheeks like waterfalls.

One week after the Grand Puja, he again sought an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately asked: “What can I help you with?” He replied as anxiously as last time, saying “I implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for permission to attend Chod Pujas.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then asked, “Have you adopted a vegetarian diet?” He answered, “Yes.” He was ready to go on and say that he was on a strict vegetarian diet, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not ask further. Rather, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told him compassionately, “Alright, you may register.” At that moment, an exclamation mark and a question mark surfaced in the disciple’s mind. He wondered why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had not asked him any further. Could it be possible that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had already known that he was on a strict vegetarian diet? Of course, it was without question! He was very grateful that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had granted him the opportunity to attend pujas.

After attending the Chod Puja once, he discovered that his elder brother had already attended three Chod Pujas, and planned to implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to allow him to take refuge. The disciple then shared information about Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche liberating beings he had found on the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center’s website with his mother. He hoped his old parents would have the fortune to see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. When he spoke to his mother about this, his mother appeared to be reluctant and said that, although she would like to seek an audience, there would be too much pressure on her to bring his father out! His father, having suffered from Parkinson’s disease for many years, not only had trouble moving, but would also come in and out of consciousness. He had trouble controlling his bodily functions, and it would be easy for him to get sick if he goes outdoors. The disciple could understand his mother’s concerns.

Once he returned home, he read information about Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche liberating beings on the website. He discovered information about a disciple who had supplicated to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to bless his mother. A few days later, when the disciple returned to his parent’s home, he again asked his mother to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. While he spoke, he thought of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and implored His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to bless his mother on top of her head. Soon his mother replied, “Confirm the time, and I will go with you to seek audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche!” Such an answer made his eyes tear. He believed that this was all due to the power of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s compassionate blessing. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had previously enlightened him that no one could be busier than Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. 24 hours a day is not enough for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, as all the believers around the world think of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and pray for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessing.

Afterwards, he took his parents, wife, daughter, and elder brother to seek audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, allowing his parents to make Dharma connections with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in doing so. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately bestowed enlightenment and blessings upon his parents. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also accepted his parents’ offering, and compassionately gave permission for his elder brother and the disciple himself to take refuge.

After the Chod Puja on December 24, 2010, he received a message from his mother on his mobile phone. It said that his father had been trembling and twitching, and had entered a state of semi coma. He had already been sent to the emergency room. His mother asked him to hurry to the hospital with his elder brother. On the way to the hospital, he kept thinking of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, imploring Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to bless his father on the crown of his head. In his mind, he kept reciting the Six-Syllable Mani Mantra. After arriving at the hospital, he saw that, except for a slight fever, his father’s condition had become stable. He knew his father’s improved condition was all due to the power of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s compassionate blessing.

His father’s health report showed that his father, like last year, had pneumonia. It had infected the same place. The disciple and his elder brother accompanied their mother at his father’s bedside, reciting the Six-Syllable Mani Mantra all the while. He thought of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and prayed for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s merciful blessing. The next day, he went to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to report on his father’s situation. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked him his father’s name and his Chinese Zodiac sign, and then meditated. After coming out of meditation, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened the disciple, saying that the disciple’s father, in his youth, had once used a tapered iron bar to poke an animal’s lung. It was too dark to see clearly, but it was like a wolf or a wild boar. This was the reason why his father had suffered a lung infection in the same area twice. This was his karmic retribution. His father, in his youth, did not receive money that he should not have received. However, he had accepted gifts such as a fruit basket.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then said to him that his father’s lifespan was exhausted; if his father did not have a fever again, he would gradually recover after January 10th of the Lunar Calendar. If his father lived past this year, his condition could be re-evaluated next year. After speaking to the disciple and his mother, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately blessed his mother and his hospitalized father. He also bestowed a precious nectar pill upon his mother. At the same time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also compassionately received the disciple and his mother’s offerings. He was very grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Later, his mother recalled that in his youth, his father had been the captain of an anti-smuggling fleet. When checking smuggled goods, he always used an iron bar to pierce sealed boxes. During one of the inspections, his father had indeed injured a smuggled German shepherd accidentally. The male disciple, after hearing his mother’s recollection, thought: even those who make an honest mistake cannot escape karma.

He was very grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. After his father survived past January 10 of the Lunar Calendar, the disciple took him to the Buddhist center to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. He wanted to thank Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for his compassionate blessings. The disciple felt very grateful because, that day, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed a precious nectar pill upon his father and compassionately accepted their offerings. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also told him to be mindful about keeping his father’s neck warm.

On January 16, 2011, he took refuge under the His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. A month later, his wife and daughter also received Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s permission to attend the Chod Puja. At that moment, his mind was full of not only Dharma joy, but also of vigilance. In each succeeding puja, it did not matter if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche spoke with a tone of placidity and humor or scolded attendees seriously and sharply; for the disciple, these teachings were the guru’s most compassionate blessings. The Buddha Dharma taught by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in each puja and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s stories of helping sentient beings recorded in the Buddhist Center’s website all allowed him to realize that the depth and profoundness of Buddhism transcends science and the Universe.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has taught people that Buddhism is neither a superstition, nor a subject for research; Buddhism is a way to escape from the cycle of birth and death. The disciple thought to himself that, in his study of Buddhism, he is very fortunate to follow a virtuous guru who has cultivated and practiced truly, and who possesses great ability. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s merit and wisdom is the same as those of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is a beacon to help liberate all living beings from the cycle of birth and death.

On July 19, 2011, his wife smoothly gave birth to a baby boy even though the baby was premature. Although she had had two inexplicable and unexpected hemorrhages before the labor, she survived the danger under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s compassionate blessing. The disciple brought his wife, daughter, and his newborn son to the Buddhist center to thank Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and to implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to bestow a name upon his son. But because of his ignorance, he completely ignored the proper etiquette and forgot the reverence he should have had. As a result, he was scolded heavily by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told him that, even if he was just beseeching an ordinary elder to name his son, he should have prepared writing materials (the four treasures in the study — namely, writing brush, ink stick, paper, and ink slab) and a proper gift. Instead, the disciple had just come empty-handed. It was really disrespectful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. He felt ashamed and repented for this mistake. At the same time, however, he also appreciated Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s admonition.

Although he was irreverent and impolite to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still compassionately held his newborn son and bestowed blessings. Two weeks later, the disciple prepared the Four Treasures of the Study (brush, ink, paper and ink slab), as well as an offering. He brought his wife, daughter and son to implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to give his son a name. He had planned to repent for his mistake before imploring Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. However, when he began to speak, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche unexpectedly waved his hand with smile, and compassionately told him, “Fine, take those up.” He had just opened his mouth, and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had understood everything. The disciple was very grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not accept his offering, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still compassionately named his son.

Three weeks later, he brought his mother-in-law, wife, and children to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately bestowed blessings upon his mother-in-law and gave her a precious nectar pill. In addition, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately received the offerings of their whole family. The disciple was endlessly grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. This time, he had especially brought his mother-in-law from Shanxi to Taipei to attend the“Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness” on August 14th. His mother-in-law told him that this trip to Taipei was incomparably fortunate. She not only felt the auspiciousness of the great puja, but also received blessings from a great practitioner with great ability.

His mother-in-law stayed in Taiwan for three months. Before returning to Shanxi, their whole family came to make offering to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Although the disciple did not implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to bestow blessings upon his father in this meeting, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still very compassionately asked about his father’s physical condition. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also recited mantras to bestow blessings upon his father. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had enlightened: a good Buddhist disciple is filial to his parents. One must act in accordance with the teachings to be a good disciple. Learning Buddha Dharma is difficult when one disobeys. Learning Buddha Dharma is easy when one obeys. The disciple expressed that he would remember Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teaching. The disciple again expressed his gratitude to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche!

Then the disciple repented that in the past he had lied to his parents and stolen their money. He had killed mosquitoes, cockroaches, mice, grasshoppers, earthworms, as well as mosquito fish. In his youth, he had contradicted his parents, cheated on exams, read pornography, been a gangster, fought with weapons, and had been sent to court and police stations several times. He had not known to repent and change, and had broken his parents’ hearts. While studying aboard, he had eaten barbecue, seafood, and turkey. While working, he had been selfish, self-righteous, and had given no forgiveness. He had thought all others were wrong and that only he was right. He had been to red-light districts, and had acted like a lord in his family. The evil karma he had made encompassed the Five Precepts – killing beings, stealing, having sexual misconduct, drinking alcohol, and lying. Here he repented to all the living beings he had harmed or eaten. He also repented for all the offenses he had committed, and said he would never commit these offenses in the future.

Lastly, he prayed for the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Dharma body to be healthy, and that His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Buddhist activities would shine over the whole land to help more sentient beings. He hoped that His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, as the holder of Vajra, would live for hundreds of kalpas.

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave the following teaching: Today
Rinpoche will continue to teach the nature of the mind. You might feel confused after listening to the teaching, and not know what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is talking about. However, time is limited, and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche must transmit the Dharma method about the mind. If you do not understand Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings about the mind right now, you should not worry. If you keep practicing, the teachings of the guru, Buddha, and Bodhisattvas will definitely become useful in the future.

Mind is different from consciousness. Mind, the nature of Buddhahood, is inherently born with living beings, whereas consciousness is affected by the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind. Buddhist teachings are in complete contrast to human experiences. How do experiences come about? Human experiences are in fact the accumulated results of movements of consciousness. If you judge Buddha Dharma by your own experiences, naturally you will not comprehend it. The reason is that Buddha Dharma departs from all worldly experiences – you leave the game when you enter Buddha Dharma. Life is like a game. When you were children, you all played role-playing games. If we ask children what they are playing, they will tell you that they are just acting a part. This kind of game is, in fact, just like your life. You are merely playing a role to pass your days. If one does not have an inclination of leaving the game, and regards one’s current life as real, and if one wants merely to be happy and clings to what is good, one will suffer to the extreme when one loses these things. If one is not aware that all is nothing but a game, one will use all means to get what one has lost back. However, in doing so, one just creates more suffering.

The era when the Buddha was in the world was called the Age of Right Dharma. People in that era had lighter karma, and just needed to observe precepts to be able to understand the mind and see their original nature, thus attaining the state of Arhat. However, those who understand the mind and realize nature have not yet attained the stage of Bodhisattva. All living beings have 84,000 vexations, and the Buddha once revealed that there are 84,000 Dharma methods to use as antidotes against the 84,000 attachments and vexations. Even if the Buddha passes the same Dharma method to all living beings, the Buddha will teach this Dharma method in line with each living being’s natural inclinations and conditions. This Dharma method will have slight changes, and so learning Buddhism does not mean that a practitioner is required to learn all 84,000 Dharma methods.

Do not think that just listening or reading lots of sutras is practicing Buddhism. According to the Buddhist scriptures, to learn Buddhism is to put oneself under gradual influence. Food also needs to be smoked for a long time before it becomes delicious. It takes a long time to smoke food, and it needs to be done slowly. However, “slowly” means that you must follow gradual steps. It doesn’t mean that you can take a few days or a few years leave from the Buddha and Bodhisattvas. If you take breaks often, ten years may pass before you come to learn Buddhism.

You also do not have to think that you need to understand immediately after you have listened today. This has to do with your endowment for doing good from your past life. The Honorable Jetsun Milarepa was not literate, still he achieved enlightenment. You are also not the Sixth Patriarch Hui Neng. The Sixth Patriarch heard the “Diamond Sutra” once, and was able to realize his Buddha nature. He also understood the function of the heart. If there was a person with such capacity in the Age of Degenerate Dharma, then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not be sitting on the Dharma throne. A guru reflects on the disciples he teaches. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche humbly said that his root capacity is not very good; therefore the root capacities of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s disciples are also not very good. However, don’t think that just because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has supernatural powers that you also have supernatural powers. Possession of supernatural powers is due to the power of the vows of the guru. These are to help all sentient beings unconditionally.

In fact, when listening to Buddha Dharma, you should not desire to understand it. It is like how an elementary school student cannot possibly understand the knowledge of a university professor. Even if a university professor tries every method to let an elementary school student understand his knowledge, an elementary school student still would not be able to understand it. If it so with the knowledge of the world, how can Buddhism be any different? Do not think that you can attend an accelerated course and understand Buddha Dharma after a few days of intensive training. Whether a person understands Buddha Dharma or not is related to a person’s virtues. Sometimes the guru’s teachings very clearly mean one thing, but you mistake it for something else. If virtues are lacking, the guru’s enlightenment will be misunderstood or mistaken. Therefore just listen well. If you seek to understand, it is your consciousness that is functioning, not the true cultivation of your mind.

Do not think that just reciting Buddha Dharma at home is learning Buddhism. Before, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was learning Exoteric Buddhism, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was just like you. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would be told which sutras to recite, and then just recited them at home on his own. Even though Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had to work then, Rinpoche still spent four to five hours every day studying Buddhist teachings. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could not understand what he was studying. At that time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s guru of Exoteric Buddhism was not like a Vajrayana guru who is attentive to disciples at all times. As a result, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche met a bottleneck, and became full of world weary thoughts. These were not the thoughts of committing suicide; rather, he just became tired of all the things that occurred around him, and no longer felt like caring about the trivial of the world. He just wanted to mind his own cultivation. In fact, this kind of thought is a step back to the aspirations of a Hinayana practitioner. Practicing only for one’s own attainment, one cannot achieve the strength and power to benefit all sentient beings.

Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had a very clear dream. In his dream, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw himself dressed well standing outside of a marketplace. From a distance, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw himself, also well-dressed, standing amongst ordinary people and bestowing Buddhist teachings upon them. The people appeared to be in great joy listening to the teachings. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche awoke, he realized that he had cultivated incorrectly. His previous thoughts had deviated from the principle of Mahayana Buddhism, and had stepped back to the practice of Hinayana Buddhism, in which one vows to attain the state of Arhat. The reason why Mahayana is called the Greater Vehicle is because it teaches the practitioners to carry more, and have a greater capacity of mind.

The saying, “benefiting self and others” does not refer to merely liberating yourself. It is liberating yourself first from the cycle of birth and death so that you may benefit all sentient beings. Therefore, we have to follow a virtuous guru in our practice of Buddhism so that we don’t go astray. A Vajrayana guru supervises his disciples at all times and corrects them immediately after a mistake is made. No matter what brought you here to learn Buddhism in the first place, you have come to benefit yourself. But if you only seek to benefit yourself, you will have a lot of obstacles in your practice of Buddhism. Because when you only pray for yourself, you are unable to bring benefit to all sentient beings; how would your karmic creditors allow you to learn Buddhism? The karmic creditors will not let you go, and you will have to follow the karma created from the past, thereby incidents will still happen.

Yesterday, there was a believer who sought an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The believer said that after he had moved to a new house, his body started feeling uncomfortable. He was unable to sleep well. After visualizing meditatively, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told him that the previous owner of the house had been a chicken-killing vendor in the market. The previous owner’s killing karma was so heavy that the magnetic field of the house had been naturally affected. Though the previous owner had not killed chickens in his house, the resentment of the killed beings had followed him home. Even though he had moved, the bad effects still remained. Why did this believer move to such a house? This is the effect of collective karma. This believer must have killed chickens in the past, and this is why he moved to such a place. If you use insecticides to kill cockroaches and mosquitoes at home, the magnetic field of your home will also be bad.

Why should we frequently go to the sacred places of the great practitioners of the past? This is because these sacred places have the great practitioners’ breaths and magnetic fields. Visiting these sacred places is a way for Buddhists to accumulate virtues. But do not go to all these sacred places because of this. Whether or not you can visit sacred places also depends on if you have virtues or not. If you do not possess virtues, then you will not be able to go to those places. Not too long ago, there was a tourist group that visited the founding temple of Drikung Kagyu Order, Drikung, Thil in Tibet. The whole group of people went to the Buddhist temple. However, one person who worked in the Glorious Jewel Group suddenly had acute mountain sickness and fainted. This person was unable to visit the temple due to lack of virtues. The reason she was unable to visit the temple was not because she believed in other religions – even her elderly mother who believed in the same religion as her was able to ascend the Buddhist temple – this person was unable to do so because there was a problem in her mind and she did not trust her boss.

In 2007, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang led Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to perform a retreat. The location was the sacred place where the Venerable Milarepa had performed retreats. There were many caves in this place. One of the caves was Vajravarahi’s cave. After the visit, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche suggested His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to close the entrance. Later, an iron gate was installed at the entrance so that only Rinpoche and Khenpo who had cultivated to a certain level, or people who were lead by Rinpoche or Khenpo, could enter. The reason for closing the cave was because if someone entered the cave without a guru’s permission and treated the cave as a tourist attraction, the Dharma protectors would get angry, and it could have negative effects.

Yesterday a family came to seek audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche because their child was ill. Before coming to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, they had taken the child to see many doctors and many Rinpoches. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately asked who in the family had killed snakes before. The mother immediately replied that a few years ago, she had killed four snakes that had entered their home.

The hatred of snakes is very profound. In sutras, it is said that the karma of killing one snake equals that of killing one hundred pigs. It is also said that the appearance of a snake in one’s home means that none of the family members have done virtuous deeds – it means that they have not learned the Ten Meritorious Acts. Because other Rinpoches had performed Dharma for the child, he had the fateful opportunity to meet with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to receive help. If the people who live in a house are all virtuous, all gods would protect the house and prevent animals from coming in. For example, our ancestors believed in the Stove God, and would worship the Stove God with brown sugar. People in Guangdong worship the Stove God before the New Year with brown sugar. They do so in the hope that the Stove God will give the Jade Emperor a favorable report. Such a saying is indeed real. However, if you learn Buddhism well and carry out virtuous acts, then there is no need to bribe the Stove God. The Stove God will naturally report to the Jade Emperor that all the family members are virtuous Buddhists.

We usually feel scared when we see snakes, and we are even scared of snakes that do not carry poison. This is because the hatred of snakes is strong. You are not afraid of sheep because sheep do not carry much hatred. Sheep are not bothered even if you play with them. You are scared of lions when you see them because they are extremely aggressive. The magnetic field of lions certainly emits a force that scares people. The mother in the example above thought her child should be fine, as she had been a vegetarian during her pregnancy. Such a notion is wrong. She had killed four snakes – how could her child be fine? There are four reasons to be a vegetarian: to cultivate mercy and compassion; to prevent evil connections from forming with living beings; to improve your health; and to reduce the chances of killing living beings.

Being a vegetarian does not mean that you have practiced Buddhism. It is not a big deal to be a vegetarian. Cows and sheep are all vegetarian. The many sheep we saw in New Zealand are all vegetarian. Are they learning Buddhism? Even germs are living beings with autonomy. In sutras, it is described that there are many worms present in human bodies. These are germs. At this time, a disciple who is a doctor explained that germs are in fact very smart. A super germ was recently discovered in India that is able to adapt to the drugs designed to kill it. It is able to become another kind of germ that is immune to these drugs. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave the following enlightenment: There are a great number of germs in the human body. If you learn Buddhism and obtain liberation, all living things in your bodies will also be liberated. Germs need to be liberated – need not animals? When animals are slaughtered and eaten, how can they not have feelings? How can you still dare to eat the meat of animals?

Recently you have heard that someone has died of mad cow disease. Cows basically only eat grass, so they should not contract mad cow disease. However, in order to let cows grow better and faster, some people feed cows with animals’ ground organs and/or bones. This is how mad cow disease came to be. The first to feed cows in this way were the British. So the first case of mad cow disease occurred in Britain. Later, it occurred in the U.S. Nowadays, some chickens and ducks are fed in the same manner. How can you still dare to eat them?

When meeting Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, many people will say: “I still have many responsibilities. I cannot learn Buddhism yet.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asks them, “Are you the President? What important responsibilities are on your shoulders?” They would reply, “I have young children to look after.” Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asks, “Then, do you wait until your children grow up, have their own children, wait for them to have their children, and wait for these children to have their children? The cycle will never end. If you wait for so long, you will face death and there will be no opportunity for you to learn Buddhism. Do not think that you are so important that you cannot learn Buddhism. Even though there were many great historical figures in the world, you see that everything still runs without them. After they passed, the world continued to turn.”

There are three major branches in Buddhism: Mahayana, Hinayana, and Vajrayana. For practitioners of Vajrayana, they begin their Buddhist practices from the place of Bodhisattvas; that is, they start by cultivating the mind. Practitioners of Mahayana begin their learning by making vows as ordinary persons. They start by taking refuge, observing precepts, making repentance, developing compassion and bodhisattva, and then achieve the attainments of Bodhisattvas from the first to tenth stage. It is said in scriptures that when a bodhisattva has attained the tenth stage, all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will attempt to persuade him to learn Tantra. By so doing, the bodhisattva can achieve above the sixteenth stage and obtain Buddhahood. The biggest difference between Buddhism and other religions lies in the fact that Buddhist practitioners begin from cultivating their mind rather than the exterior behavior. This is the fundamental of all. Nonetheless, even the Sixth Patriarch, though already awakened, needed to rely on the Fifth Patriarch to learn Buddhism. This is why in Tibetan Buddhism the importance of the guru is especially stressed. Even if your root capability is well founded, you still need an experienced guru to lead the way. You need to accumulate resources for learning Buddhism and cultivate virtues and wisdom so that you will be on the right path.

The so-called “vicious view” does not necessarily lead you to do evil acts. Instead, it is the view that prevents you from being liberated from the cycle of birth and death. It will drive you to go astray and be in the wrong path. You will be kept in the suffering ocean of reincarnation. Only by accumulating pure virtues can one rid oneself of obstacles to liberation. The so-called “elimination of one’s karma” refers to removing obstacles of learning Buddhism. Your illness will not be healed right away because the law of cause and effect still exists.

The nature of the mind is neither non-existence nor nothingness; neither non-constancy nor termination; it is continuously sustaining without ending. It can be slashed, but not be cut off. It can be broken, but not be destroyed. It can be altered, but not changed. It can be blocked, but not shut out.

The nature of the mind is immovable. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is able to successfully perform the Phowa because he knows the power of the mind, and therefore can control the function of the mind. Thus there exists in his mind no limitation of time and space. The mind does not come nor go – time is created by consciousness. Scientists usually use the concept of light year to measure the distance between planets. It takes six hours to fly from India to Taiwan, and more than 10 hours to fly from New Zealand to Taiwan. By the same token, it should take Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche six or ten hours for the power of Dharma to travel to precisely punch a hole on the deceased’s skull. But this is not the case. It usually takes Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ten to fifteen minutes to perform the Phowa. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is able to prove the power of mind, and this also validates the description in the Buddhist sutras.

The Diamond Sutra says, “There is no appearance of longevity.” Longevity here actually refers to time, but many people mistake longevity for life span. Time is, in fact, set by people. Time exists because the earth is revolving. If a person is placed in outer space where he cannot see any celestial body’s movement, then for him, time does not exist. If the earth stopped revolving, there would not be the measure of 24 hours a day. Half of the earth would always be in darkness, while the other half would always be in the light. If the sun were gone, the four seasons would not appear. It is because the sun lights different places on the earth that people set time zones. For example, there are time differences between Taiwan and New Zealand, as well as between the east and west coast of the US. Time differences cause some inconvenience. Because of time differences, you feel tired when traveling from the east to the west coast in the US.

On the other hand, China has one time zone despite its huge territories. Without time differences, flying around China is not that exhausting or that inconvenient. Hence, time is impermanent. It is set by humans – it is not of nature. After you realize that the heart’s essential nature does not come or go, and that it does not have the concept of time, you will no longer cling to past, present, or future. You will not care too much about the occurrence of happy things. In the mean time, when facing with something sad, it will not be too difficult for you to extricate yourself from the suffering. Therefore, the nature of suffering and happiness is emptiness.

The mind is continuously sustaining without ending. It is only split by consciousness. However, its essential nature is continuous. The meaning of “it can be slashed, but not be cut off” is like past, present, and future – these concepts are determined by people. In fact, the past, present, and future can not be separated. It is just like the point between a person’s inhalation and exhalation – past, present, and future simultaneously occur and cannot be clearly divided. At the point when you are inhaling, time has passed. At the point when you exhale, it is the present, as well as the future. The term “causes and conditions of the past, present and future lives” is unique in Buddhism. It does not exist in any other religion.

The heart is weightless and colorless. When we say “it can be broken but not be destroyed,” we mean that the physical body is not real. It appears in different forms in different lives due to cause and effect. The body will be broken eventually. A human being may live for a long time. At the most, a human being may live until the age of 84,000. But in the end, the physical body will still be broken. However, the heart’s nature, or the Buddha’s nature, as some people may call it, will never be broken, regardless of whether it is in the Pure Land, the Six Realms of Reincarnation, or the Three Evil Realms. Therefore, while the body will be broken, the heart will not be.

When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducts the Phowa to help a deceased person, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can summon the deceased person’s heart to receive the Dharma conducted because the nature of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s heart has never been damaged. The nature of the deceased person’s heart has never been damaged either – they are the same. The nature of the hearts of all sentient beings is the same. The nature of Buddha’s heart and the nature of a human being’s heart are no different either.

When we say that it can be blocked, but not shut out, we mean that substances might get in the way, but these would be unable to stop it. For example, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is able to perform the Phowa for a deceased person from thousands of kilometers away. In terms of physics, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performs the Dharma in the retreat room, and there are walls, wind, and other obstructive objects in the way. The deceased’s body is placed in an electrically-charged stainless steel freezer, and so steel and electrons can get in the way. Moreover, some coffins are made of copper. Nonetheless, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still performed the Phowa successfully for the deceased with all these obstructions. This is because the power of the mind can be obstructed, but not stopped.

At this time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche smiled and asked if everyone felt confused. One of the disciples, who had been a monk before, said that in Hetuvidya, the proposition, the reason, and the example refer to the ultimate Buddhist principle, the reasoning of everything in existence, and all kinds of metaphors. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche explained the three in an explicit and easy-to-understand manner. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compared the Phowa example to the emptiness of time, and he had never heard of such a metaphor. He then praised Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings for being very profound. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately humbly said that it was His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s teachings that were truly profound.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then enlightened the attendees, “One’s mind can transform his surroundings; however, you are transformed by your surroundings instead.” Generally speaking, the public restrooms at the service stations along the highways in Taiwan are not as clean as their counterparts in Japan. However, if you are in Japan, you become cleaner naturally. This is an example of one’s mind being transformed by his surroundings. As long as you can really understand your mind’s influence, you will be able to refrain from being reincarnated. You should remember that one learns Buddhism in order to correct one’s own behavior. It is not to find an excuse for one’s mistakes. As long as you know clearly that the essence of the mind does not go or come, and that it does not differentiate time, you will know that reincarnation and nirvana are the same. Although reincarnation and nirvana seem opposite, they, in fact, are no different from each other when time is no longer differentiated.

Sentient beings fall into reincarnation because of ignorance. This means that one began with a single doubtful thought about the Buddhist teachings. Karma was created, causing reincarnation. The speed at which one generates thoughts is astonishingly high and beyond imagination. The entire universe was created by causes and conditions. Only the mind was not created by cause and condition – it is self-arising. As to how and when the mind came into existence, the Buddhist scriptures do not mention this. The scriptures only say that one will know the answer when he attains the 10th level of enlightenment of a Bodhisattva. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has not attained the 10th level of enlightenment of a Bodhisattva, and therefore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not know. So, we will not discuss this matter. We only have to believe that the Buddha is telling the truth. It is not necessary to argue or contemplate this issue. If you do so, you can only explain it with your life experiences. However, the Buddhist teachings are totally different from a human’s life experiences. Mundane knowledge is created in accordance with changes in the human consciousness. This is to say that various fields of knowledge arise as thoughts change. Currently, research only focuses on the human consciousness, and fails to study the true mind. This is why research is unable to discover the ultimate truth of the universe.

According to the Diamond Sutra, the human mind is unfathomable. The power of the mind is infinite; but living beings’ minds were covered by the Six Thieves (eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind), and the mind cannot sense its power. You have been in the countryside and looked up at the sky. You suddenly felt very comfortable, and stopped thinking. This is the true mind revealing itself subtly. In fact, your mind always exists; but it is obscured by the Five Poisons (greed, hatred, ignorance, pride, and doubt), and you cannot see the original appearance of the mind. If one can truly understand the nature of the mind, one’s joy will be generated without relying on any other source. This is the manifestation of the oft heard phrase “being content with one’s lot,” which does not mean that playing video games alone in your room makes you very happy; its real meaning refers to the mind.

Since the beginning of time, sentient beings have possessed the Buddha’s nature; but because of one ignorant thought, covetous thoughts arose, and the power of karma started to manifest itself. Sentient beings thus fell into cyclic reincarnation. Some people may question whether it is really this simple for one to fall into cyclic existence. It is actually very simple for you to fall into cyclic existence; within a second, the thoughts that you give rise to can let your consciousness change from being reborn in the Pure Land to falling into the Three Evil Realms. The teachings of the Drikung Kagyu Order tell you to practice starting from your mind. All practices are rooted in the mind, so we start directly from the most fundamental matter – the mind. Once you understand the true nature of the mind, there will be nothing in this world that can baffle you. You do not have to study and take examinations; you just need to listen to something a little bit, and then you will be able to understand the whole picture of any subject. If you have the ability to control the mind, you will never do evil deeds.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche contracted skin cancer at the age of 45. Rinpoche did not do chemotherapy or surgery, and did not live in a constant state of anxiety. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche lived his life with a normal state of mind, because he was able to control his own mind, which was not affected by cancer or anything else in the outside world.

There was once a believer who asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in front of her husband and the child borne by her husband and his ex-wife, “Does this child have heavy karma?” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche turned to her and told her, “It is your karma that is heavy.” She has never appeared before Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche since. When you say that someone else has heavy karma, your karma becomes even heavier than theirs. In fact, we all have heavy karma; and this is why we are still here on Earth in this life. If you have already repaid your debt, you would no longer be here. The karma mentioned here does not just refer to bad karma; any force that makes you continue to enter the cyclic reincarnation is karma which includes virtuous and evil karma. Suppose someone suddenly becomes rich, gets married, has a child, and lives a happy life. Because of these events, he stops learning Buddhism. This is a case of virtuous karma hindering one’s practice of Buddhism. Do not think that your life is a fulfilled one. Only as you approach death would you know that your karmic creditors are preventing your consciousness from leaving from the crown on top of your head for the Pure Land. They would let your consciousness leave directly from the bottom of your feet for the Hell Realm. Falling into the Three Evil Realms is really very easy. It is easier than exhaling.

It is now very popular in Taiwan to believe in a practitioner who has been reborn as human in this life from his past vows. Even if you are such a practitioner, as the Venerable Milarepa has said, if you have not gone to the Pure Land to practice Buddha Dharma, you will certainly be reborn in the Hell Realm in one of your future lives. Just being reborn in the reincarnation once means that we will accumulate much karma. Many people believe in reincarnated Rinpoches, and think that a reincarnated Rinpoche is better than a Rinpoche who is not. In fact, the accomplishments of previous lives cannot be brought into this life. The important thing is what level of accomplishment you can achieve in this life. Under the blessings of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, past gurus, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, and Dharma Protector Achi, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has supernatural power and can know all living beings’ matters; when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche sees the endless suffering of many beings in the Six Realms of reincarnation, he feels very anxious.

Many people think that Buddhism is the same as other religions in that every religion teaches people to do virtuous deeds. But the “virtue” mentioned in Buddhism is the Ten Meritorious Acts. The difference between Buddhism and the non-Buddhist Path is that the latter thinks to believe in God is enough. However, Buddhism teaches cause and effect, and you must carry out the Buddhist practice yourself.

“As long as you give rise to Bodhichitta, it would not matter if you do not repent.” This is for those practitioners who are throne holders or Rinpoches. You have to make repentance; if you think you do not need to make repentance, you can request His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to recognize you as a “Rinpoche,” and allow you to ascend to the Dharma throne. Furthermore, at the end of every puja, we recite the “Aspiration Prayer for Rebirth in the Pure Land.” In this prayer, it is mentioned that “The Bodhichitta is a marvelous jewel.” When you have the mind of Bodhichitta, you realize that every phenomenon is the result of cause and effect, as well as the result of cause and condition. Then your mind will be affected by neither happiness nor suffering. There will be no discrimination. If you practice as such, karma will not hinder you from learning Buddhism, nor will it prevent you from being reborn in the Pure Land.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has given guidance on how to practice with the mind; the teachings began with how to subdue the mind and how to grow its clarity. Today the teachings were about how the mind itself is emptiness. Among the four major lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, the Drikung Kagyu Order does not put much emphasis on the Dharma rituals, instead it focuses on how to practice with the mind directly. Although you do not understand today’s teachings now, it will benefit you in the future. As for when it will become useful, this depends on the degree to which each of you learned Buddhism. You do not have to think about the teachings after you go home. It is useless when you use your consciousness to think. Do not think that just because time is emptiness, so it is acceptable to arrive late to work or to appointments. Since you live in this world, therefore you too must follow the rules of society. We use Buddha Dharma as a tool to cultivate our minds, and we should not use it as an excuse for our mistakes.

It is the end of the year. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will conduct Dharma rituals in the following weeks until Chinese New Year, in the hopes that the next year will be smooth for all of you. Some of you have taken refuge for longer periods of time, and may enjoy peaceful lives now. This does not mean that you have finished learning – do not be arrogant. As a matter of fact, the reason you have such a stable life in a chaotic age is because of the merits, protection, and continuous blessings bestowed by Buddha, Bodhisattvas, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The years are passing, and the years left to learn Buddhism are passing as well. You should take some time to examine yourself to see if your compassion has grown. Has your faith in the Three Jewels increased? Have you eradicated certain evil conducts? Do you have a deeper understanding of Buddha Dharma? Humans differ from other beings of the Six Realms in that humans are able to reflect upon themselves and change. Be sure to find some time to inspect your own conduct. Do not wait until you are old and approaching death. Then, you will have no strength to reflect upon yourself.

November 13, 2011

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche again led the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center to the Jangchubling Monastery to attend the main empowerment of Hevajra. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s car arrived at the entrance of the Jangchubling Monastery, lama Bili, secretary of the Monastery, reverently greet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and presented a Khadak scarf. He accompanied Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche into the venue. The Abbot of the Jangchubling Monastery, His Eminence Trisab Gyabra Rinpoche, walked down from the mandala to invite Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to a seat on the mandala. In addition, because of the request of Garchen Rinpoche, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was seated at the second highest seat on the left side of Garchen Rinpoche, the presiding guru. Most Venerable Nupa Rinpoche was in front. The presiding guru, His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche, ascended the dharma throne and then he walked to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Garchen Rinchen and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche each touched their forehead in greeting.

The teaching began. Garchen Rinpoche taught on the meaning and content of the Hevajra empowerment until noon. During lunch break, Garchen Rinpoche stepped down from the dharma throne and invited Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to have a chat in the lounge. Later, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed the disciples to leave for lunch.

After lunch, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center back to the Jangchubling Monastery and continued to attend the Hevajra Empowerment Puja. At the beginning of the program, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was arranged as the first one leading his ordained, as well as laity, disciples, to present the mandala and offerings for the presiding guru, His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche. While presenting the mandala, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also presented as gifts five hundred DVDs of the 793rd Anniversary Drikung Kagyu Lord Jigten Sumgon Memorial Grand Puja, presided over by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang at the Taipei Arena in 2010. The DVDs were brought from Taiwan especially, to be given to  ordained participants and believers.The DVDs were distributed by lamas. Because response to the DVDs was so enthusiastic, and hoping that more people could know His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche promised to send another five hundred DVDs to Jangchubling Monastery to be given to believers, ordained people and donors. During the puja, Garchen Rinpoche politely invited Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to give empowerment; however, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche humbly declined. Before the end of the puja, lamas distributed some Indian rupees, provided by Garchen Rinpoche, to every attendee. With much compassion, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately instructed every disciple to collect back all rupees they received, and made it an offering to the presiding guru. The disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center were all extremely grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for creating an opportunity for them to accumulate merits. Before concluding the teachings, Garchen Rinpoche presented a bag of nectar pills for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. At once, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed that the bag of nectar pills be distributed amongst all disciples who attended the teachings. The disciples felt very grateful and moved to be able to follow Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to attend the teachings and thereby receive such an invaluable treasure.

At the completion of the teachings at the Jangchubling Monastery, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led the disciples to seek an audience with His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. Before going to the residence of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, the benevolent Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed the disciples. Originally, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang does not see anyone at the moment and needs to rest completely. However, today, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang would make an exception and receive the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. When meeting with His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, no one should speak, greet, or say “thank you”. No disciple should try to express their gratitude or emotions with tears. No disciple should disturb His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang or make any noise. The disciples should leave immediately after meeting with His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche created auspicious karmic connections for the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center to meet with His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. All the disciples were extremely grateful.

The grateful disciples followed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche into the residence of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang was so kind as to let the disciples come into the room and sit down. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not want His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to become tired and thereby instructed the disciples to settle in as soon as possible. His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang then pointed to a bag of vajra knots on the Dharma table, saying that those were to be given to the disciples in the room. At seeing this, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche left his seat at once, and went to the side of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang in order to help His Holiness take out the vajra knots from the bag. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was worried that His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang would be exhausted giving the vajra knots to every single disciple, and, therefore, implored His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to pass along the vajra knots among the disciples. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche personally held the vajra knots in his hands for His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to bless the knots by blowing air onto them. Then, the knots were given to the ordained disciples sitting in the front row, and then were passed to everyone. At the moment when His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang took out the vajra knots to give to the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, some of them had a slip of the tongue and said “thank you” to His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche admonished such misconduct at once, for these disciples should not have spoken and disturbed His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang.

In order to attend to the needs of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche grabbed a cushion and simply sat on the floor beside the throne of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, naturally revealing his circumspect and reverence towards the guru. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche expressed his unsurpassed reverence and obedience towards His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, attending to the guru’s needs without distractions. Rinchen Dojree Rinpoche himself was truly the best example to follow for a disciple on how to attend to his guru.

After all the disciples had received the vajra knots, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not want His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to deplete any more mental or physical strength and told the disciples to leave. Nevertheless, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang was very compassionate. Disregarding his own fatigue, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang still bestowed a precious brief advice upon the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang said to the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, “Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been very loyal to the lineage in the past twenty years. You should follow the guru’s instruction very closely, and His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang will bestow blessings upon you.” Having received the precious advice and vajra knots from His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center gratefully nodded in reply. The disciples’ gratitude for His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s meaningful and heartfelt words was beyond expression. Then, the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, following Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s instruction, left the residence of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang.

On that same day, after dinner, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche entered the retreat room, despite his own fatigue, and for the benefits of sentient beings, began his 12th retreat at the Jangchubling Monastery.

When attending the teachings at the Jangchubling Monastery, a male disciple did not act properly while serving His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Immediately, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche scolded and hit him in public, bestowing blessings. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teaching is very strict. As soon as a disciple makes a mistake, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche corrects him right away, preventing him from creating negative causes. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s joke, laughs, anger, and admonishment are all Buddhist teachings and manifestations of his loving kindness. During this trip to India, even with extreme fatigue from traveling, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always cared about the disciples in his heart and made circumspective arrangements for the disciples. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche constantly bestowed nuts and fruits for the disciples to eat and always gave the best to the disciples. The disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center are extremely grateful, knowing clearly that one can never learn, or practice, Buddhism without the guru. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche created auspicious cause and conditions for the disciples to have such a precious opportunity to go to Jalandhar, India, to attend the Dorje Phurba Puja, presided over by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, as well as the 2011 Hevajra Empowerment held at the Jangchubling Monastery in Dehradun, India. The disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center are extremely fortunate to be able to follow His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to learn the Buddhist teachings and thereby receive the blessings of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and the pure lineage of Drikung Kagyu. All the disciples are deeply grateful for the endless grace and virtues of their guru.

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Updated on January 4, 2012