His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Puja Teachings

March 18, 2012

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Taipei, leading the attendees in chanting the Great Six-Syllable Mantra.

Before the puja, a female disciple first thanked His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for giving her the opportunity to make public repentance.

On October 3, 2010, she attended the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness presided over by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the first time. Towards the end of the Puja, she saw Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche standing in the vehicle performing the purification ritual for the entire venue, going round and round. He was completely soaked but tirelessly continued purifying and blessing all the attendees of the Puja. Upon the completion of the purification ritual, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, with the help of the disciples, once again was standing in front of the mandala and told the attendees, with tears running down his face, “Stop eating the flesh of sentient beings.” It seemed to her as if she was seeing Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha shedding tears as described in the Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha’s Fundamental Vows. An inexplicable sense of sadness struck her at that time. So she decided to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

She deeply repented that she should not have used threats in praying to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, set conditions as an exchange for what she was praying for, been arrogant, and aborted and killed life seven times out of her own greed, resentment, ignorance, arrogance, and doubt, bringing suffering to sentient beings. She repented that she should not have stolen money from the company she worked for; stolen money from her father’s pockets and her mom’s purse when she was young; deceived her husband to use money for other purposes after becoming an adult; stolen money from her boyfriend and framed his son for the blame out of hatred and jealousy; caused her father to be sad by refusing to talk to him during her high school years. Now she did not even have the opportunity to apologize to her father. She was very grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for liberating her father who was killed in a car accident, and for being so kind and benevolent to her.

She also repented that she should not have insisted on divorcing her ex-husband without any consideration of his feeling, causing him to suffer and his parents to lose face; treated her ex-husband and his family during the marriage with a sense of calculating gain and loss, discrimination, and resentment; beat up her young daughter in order to let out her own anger, causing her daughter to have a painful memory even now. She thanked her ex-husband and his parents for giving her a comfortable life and for loving her daughter. She repented letting her greed and selfishness lead to her own bankruptcy of credit; gossiping about others and harming sentient beings out of jealousy and resentment; keeping her mother worried even until now; causing her mother to be sad by talking back against her mom when she was young; making her mother unhappy by having the wrong type of boyfriend when she was a grown-up; and worrying her mother by getting divorced. She had been harming sentient beings and making them suffer, through speech and action, since when she was very young until when she was a grown-up out of greed, resentment, ignorance, arrogance, and doubt. She had also harmed sentient beings because of her endless desire and selfishness. And as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche taught – selfish people could not learn to be compassionate. She thanked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the auspicious Buddhist teachings, for keeping giving her opportunities with good intentions, and for the salvation of her heart.

She repented that she had loafed on the job, been impatient with clients; cut corners, and made clients uncomfortable. She repented that she liked to eat the flesh of sentient beings; feasted a very large number of guests at the wedding; killed countless sentient beings and made them suffer; had been careless that resulted in burning a hole in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s book “Happiness and Suffering,” and smoked a section of the Dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche showing the right shoulder into dark color. She thanked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for taking the disciples on a trip to Tibet to seek an audience with His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang, but repented that she had not been so careful with the Dharma body of the guru that she let the brocade box containing the tangkas hit the right hand of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She repented for being such a fool.

She was very grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for his compassionate teachings with such good intentions, continuously giving her opportunities so that she could listen to the auspicious Buddha Dharma and mend her wrong acts resulting from the body, speech and mind. She also expressed her gratitude to the guru for constantly creating opportunities for the disciples to have good causal conditions and accumulate blessed reward as resource for learning Buddhism, as well as for keeping coming up with various ways to help her eliminate the karmic hindrance so that she could learn Buddhism without obstacles.

She was very thankful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for allowing her to participate in the auspicious puja at the Kyoto Buddhist Center in May 2011. During that trip, she was able to listen to many of her Dharma brothers sharing their stories. Particularly when she heard about how to get along between oneself with one’s parents-in-law as well as with one’s husband, it made her realize that she had been so wrong in treating her ex-husband and his family with a heart of discrimination, calculating gain and loss, greed, and resentment, and in only constantly demanding them to keep satisfying herself without a sense of gratitude. She remembered the guru’s teaching about the fact that in this world there was no such a word as “should”. She wanted to repent that nobody really “should” be nice to her, as she had never been nice to anyone. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once taught that if people had committed heavy karma resulting from much killing, then they would have a short life and suffer from many diseases, and have no harmony within the family; and their wishes would not be fulfilled. She repented having committed heavy karma of killing.

She thanked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the auspicious Buddhist teachings, word by word, sentence by sentence, whether it was expressed by way of joy, smile, anger, or reprimanding. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had stated compassionately, “You must believe deeply in cause and effect and the impermanence of death.” If it had not been for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she would have died long time before; even worse, she would have ended up in hell, as a result of countless sentient beings that she had killed, eaten, and harmed, in this life alone. She knew that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had already helped the sentient beings that she had harmed. It is difficult to attain the human form; it is rare to be able to listen to true Buddha Dharma; and it is difficult for one to meet a truly meritorious guru. She thanked her parents for bring her into the world and raising her, and giving her the difficult-to-obtain ship of leisure and fortune, and even more she thanked the guru for taking care of her life after life. Even though she had the human form, she would have come to this life in vain had it not been for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who gave her the opportunity to listen to the Dharma.

She thanked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for compassionately blessing her uncle who had been in a vegetative state due to a stroke. He was liberated by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche after passing away peacefully, with his facial complexion better than when he was living, his lips in pink color, and his hands warm. Her 91-year-old grandmother had blood clots in the brain after suffering from a stroke in August 2011 and became unconscious and was hospitalized in ICU. Thanks to the compassionate blessings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she did not have to undergo surgery, which had been recommended by the doctors previously and regained consciousness in less than one week without having intubation. Her grandmother’s memory, not affected at all by this, still was as good as before. She could even do the rehabilitation.

Her mother had a “pearl” tumor growing out of the ear in January of this year (2012). She was very grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for finding a good doctor for her mother, who did not suffer from the pain of intubation and fear even though she went through a nine-hour surgery. Her mother did not have any discomfort of postoperative reaction – no pain, dizziness, vomiting, etc. and was able to get down from the bed and eat on her own the very next day. All this was attributed to the help of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Her mother had about five to six kilograms of edema before the surgery, and it was all discharged overnight after the surgery. She was discharged from the hospital after staying there for only three days. She thanked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the great kindness and benevolence, and she repented on behalf of her mother and grandmother, as well as sentient beings of the Six Realms. She prayed for all sentient beings in the Six Realms to be free of suffering from illnesses, to leave suffering and attain happiness and Buddhahood.

Last month the cat in her home got sick. She took her to the hospital for an X-ray and the veterinarian kept asking her if the cat’s left kidney had been shrinking. “Yes,” she replied. But the vet actually found that the cat’s shrunk kidney had grown back and said that this cat was very special, as the vet was not able to explain why the kidney grew back. She told the vet, “I am very grateful to the truly incredible Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche as well as the auspiciousness of Buddhism.”

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once said while sitting on the Dharma throne, “Why do Christians all know to thank God but you dare not say to people and to the doctors that it’s the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas who have helped you?” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had been bringing benefits to sentient beings of the Six Realm without consideration for his own life, reputation or interest. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave the disciples the opportunities to praise the guru, not to mention that she really owed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche so much!

She could not fall asleep due to depression around the time she was seeking an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She once was not able to sleep for seven days in a row even with the help of sleeping pills. Every day after noon she would suffer from a headache and none of the pain killers would help. At night, in addition to the suffering of insomnia, the pain at the waist only made the situation worse. Every month before menstruation, she would have an inflammatory condition and then an infection. This had lasted quite a few years. She repented that she should not have had the abortions, killed sentient beings and brought suffering to them. Thanks to the compassionate blessings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, all these illnesses had been cured without any medication.

She deeply thanked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for accepting her as one of his disciples and giving her the opportunities to listen to the Dharma. With the supervision of the guru, she got help in constantly mending her ways with regard to the body, speech and mind. Every word, every sentence that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said was valueless. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was the best guru as well as the kindest father – the most precious treasure and a true Buddha and Bodhisattva. She told her mother that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was a rare grand practitioner as well as a guru who could help liberate us from the suffering of life and death in this life.

She thanked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche very much for constantly creating opportunities for the disciples. The guru once talked about the “merit forest.” And she felt that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was the biggest and most luxuriant “tree” in that forest, which provided the disciples with shelter from the wind and rain so that they could focus on learning Buddhism. Had it not been for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she would have been helpless like duckweed without anchoring or reliance. She treasured very much the great causal condition for having such a good, fatherly guru.

Her mother and daughter had such good causal conditions that they could seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She thanked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for blessing her mother and daughter. Her daughter asked her, “Mom, why is it that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is more like a grandfather than my own grandfather?” Her daughter continued to ask, “How Grandfather Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche looks like a Buddha and Bodhisattva!” Yes! Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was indeed a Buddha and Bodhisattva!

Finally, she urged that everyone should cherish and thank Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for giving the disciples the opportunities to participate in the pujas abroad and the pilgrim tours, and that they should treat each opportunity as if it were the very last that they would have. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had taught them about the impermanence of death. So she wanted to treasure and grasp every opportunity to follow the guru. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had been taking care of the disciples and bringing benefits to sentient beings of the Six Realms every minute and every second; such compassion, wisdom and bodhichitta were truly incredible. She prayed for His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to have good health, to spread the orthodox Dharma far and wide, and the flag of the Drikung Kargyu Order to fly across the world, so that all sentient beings of the Six Realms could be liberated.

Then, another female disciple thanked His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for giving her the opportunity to tell attendees how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helped her and her family.

The female disciple made the public repentance that she had not had reverence for, or made offerings to, Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. In September 2003 when she brought her mother to the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she did not have the mind of making an offering. Rather, she was only thinking about taking advantage of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to help her mother. That was why she did not prepare any money to make an offering. Nevertheless, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still blessed her mother with compassion and told her, even though she had not taken refuge at that time, to repent to sentient beings that had been harmed by her family. The guru further instructed the whole family to attend the Chod Puja. Her mother did not have enough faith back then and did not participate in the Puja. After she finished attending the Chod Puja, she went home to tell her mother that the Puja was indeed very auspicious and that the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center was a very pure place for learning Buddhism. She told her mother that she made an offering with an empty red envelope but still received a portion of the offered items. Her mother, upon hearing that, scolded her: How could you do something so irreverent without making a real offering? In spite of that, her mother liked the fact that she could take refuge under  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, as the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center was indeed a pure place where orthodox Dharma was promoted and sentient beings benefited.

On August 6, 2011, while she was on her way to Japan in order to attend the puja at the Kyoto Buddhist Center, she heard a Dharma brother saying that when the Dharma brother’s grandmother was being helped by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the guru performed the rare and auspicious Phowa so hard that his heartbeat and pulse stopped. This reminded her of the time between February 2 and 3, 2006 when the same thing happened to the guru as he had continuously performed the Phowa for four consecutive times. Every time she heard of such a thing, she always felt so amazed by the incredible compassion of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and could not bear to see the guru working so hard in order to liberate sentient beings without consideration for his own life. The story of her Dharma brother also suddenly reminded her of the afternoon of February 4, 2006 when she rushed to the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center but was not able to enter. She heard a Dharma brother crying with much worry outside the entrance, who told her, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s heartbeat and pulse had stopped as the guru had continuously performed the Phowa for four consecutive times. She came on that day in order to make a prostration and an offering to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on behalf of her mother who was in the last stage of lung cancer. Upon hearing this, she panicked, fearing that she would not be able to see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ever again.

She was waiting outside the entrance as she could not get in, but unexpectedly a Dharma brother opened the door in a short moment and let her in. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche accepted her prostration and offering on behalf of her mother as well as all sentient beings harmed by her family. She thanked the Dharma Protectors, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas for reminding her that even when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s heartbeat and pulse stopped, the guru was still benefiting her ill mother and having mercy for suffering sentient beings. She regretted having forgotten such an important thing through so many years, and failed to share this story with others. One of the Dharma brothers once asked her whether her mother was among the people for whom Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had continuously performed the Phowa for four consecutive times. “No,” she replied. She expressed that if she had had the heart of gratitude she would have replied: Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had continuously performed the Phowa for four consecutive times, which caused his heartbeat and pulse to stop, but he still was benefiting her mother and having mercy for the suffering sentient beings.

She repented being so cruel, uncaring, uncompassionate, ungrateful, and disrespectful to the guru, and having failed to serve the guru and act in accordance with the guru’s teachings. She repented being so feeble-minded, selfish, arrogant, and willful, having shown no filial piety towards her own parents and failed to focus on learning Buddhism as she had promised to do so with her life. She made repentance to His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, and the sentient beings.

Her mother passed away on February 20, 2006, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was in a retreat in India. The guru still helped her mother and the sentient beings harmed by her family by performing the Phowa. Eight hours after her mother died her mouth, which had been open, was closed. After the Phowa, the corners of her mother’s mouth moved upward slightly, showing a smile; her fleshless cheeks had become full, with the face fair and clear; her aperture of Brahma (in the top of her skull) was slightly warm while her forehead and face were icy cold; her limbs as well as the whole body were soft. More auspiciously, eight hours after she died, her mother’s body was warm – warmer than her own hands. All of these were the auspicious signs as a result of the Phowa performed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for her mother.

She had always been receiving compassionate blessings and protection from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche when she had various problems occurred in her life. On January 19, 2006, when some people were slandering Buddhism and the Vajra Guru, it was Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who taught her to stay away from evil friends, and thus saving her “life of wisdom” for learning Buddhism.

She was a nurse. When she was sleeping on November 23, 2006, she dreamed of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The next day she was on duty taking care of the ward for the night shift. At a bit past 5:00 a.m., just when she was drawing medication to prepare for the intravenous infusion for a patient, her hands suddenly involuntarily moved the needle toward her own chest, while there was a powerful force pushing her wrists from inside out. As a result, the needle forcefully pierced her abdomen head first. The first thought that she had as the needle was going into the abdomen was to thank Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for his blessings and protection, and knew why she had dreamed of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche during her sleep the previous night, realizing that she had a lessened effect of heavy karmic retribution. As the needle had avoided piercing vital organs, such as heart and liver, the degree of harm was reduced to the minimum. This incident prompted her to more deeply examine herself and repent killing sentient beings in a similar manner, which caused fear and harm to them.

It is difficult to attain the human form; it is rare to be able to listen to true Buddha Dharma; and it is hard to meet, implore, and pay homage to a meritorious guru. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is the guru of sentient beings; furthermore, he is her root guru through many lives. She would remain in the refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche forever, praying never to part with the blessings of Vajra Guru. She aspired to learn Buddhism with her life and act in accordance with the guru’s teachings, making offerings to him with her body, speech, and mind. She prayed for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to be healthy, to keep the Dharma wheel turning, and to have eternal presence in the world; and for herself to be able to stop all evil and practice all good by following the guru’s teachings; she prayed to be set free from reincarnation and be liberated from the suffering of life and death so as to be reborn in the Pure Land.

Finally, the disciple once again thanked His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for giving her the opportunity to make public repentance and hoped that everyone could draw lessons from her experiences, that everyone should treasure and be  grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, who benefited sentient beings without any consideration for fame, interest, or his life and without expectation for anything in return, and who still did not forget having mercy for, and bringing benefits to, sentient beings even when his heartbeat and pulse had stopped.

After that, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ascended to the Dharma throne and led the attendees in chanting the Great Six-Syllable Mantra for a long time. All the believers and disciples who were attending the puja paid homage to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche by kneeling down in prostration, thanking him and saluting him as the guru was descending from the Dharma throne.

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Updated on June 17, 2012