His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Puja Teachings

April 1, 2012

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the auspicious Chod Puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Taipei.

Before the Puja, a female disciple expressed her gratitude to His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for giving her the opportunity to make public repentance and the help that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had provided her family over a dozen years. In 2002 when the disciple was still just a believer, she started attending the Chod Puja on her mother’s behalf till January 30, 2010. Until then she had accumulated enough blessed rewards and causal conditions that enabled her to take refuge under His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Today she wanted to share with all the attendees her experience that His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had been helping her and her family quietly for the past 10 years since she was a believer, and that the guru helped liberate a child who was attached to her body crying during the auspicious Chod Puja last month.

In 2002, her mother, who lived in Kaohsiung, had dementia and was going to bathroom everywhere, and refused to take a shower all year round, which made care-taking very difficult. With the recommendation of her Dharma brother, she went to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for help. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, compassionate as always, told her to keep attending the Chod Puja on her mother’s behalf. So it had been 10 years since she first attended the Chod Puja with over 300 attendees at the old Buddhist Center until she participated in the Chod Puja with over 1,000 attendees now. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helped her again and again by liberating sentient beings, killed by her family, as well as karmic creditors in past lives. She was already deeply impressed and every time she finished attending the Chod Puja she would feel particularly relaxed, peaceful and comfortable, without feeling sad and troubled at all. No matter how crowded it would be in the hall in which the Chod Puja was held all sentient beings, alive or dead, would eagerly look forward to the Chod Puja.

She thanked His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for performing the Chod Puja on February 19 (2012) to liberate, with the power of compassion and virtuous merits, the sentient beings killed by her. February 19 was the day when she and many suffering sentient beings were looking forward to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s salvation through the Dharma. That day, as soon as His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ascended to the Dharma throne, he went into performing the Dharma directly, blessing those to be liberated by blowing air onto the list of their names, unlike other occasions in which he would normally give some explanations to the attendees first. The atmosphere felt a bit solemn. In the beginning of her experience in attending the Chod Puja over many years, she was frightened by the very loud sound uttered by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche during the Dharma performance every time as if her heart would be jumping out!  In the process of the Puja, She had heard many strange sounds, such as cows mooing and dogs barking, which would scare her at the beginning until she witnessed some Dharma brothers passing away during the Puja. Such timely death allowed them to be liberated and reborn in the Pure Land through the auspicious Phowa performed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The deceased would leave in peace without having to go through the suffering and horror of death. What a remarkable and incredible power of compassion and merit that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had! After witnessing Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performing the Dharma and listening to his Buddhist teachings to liberate sentient beings countless times, she now was clear and reassured – no matter what kind of difficult problems that sentient beings might have, as long as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is there, they would definitely be helped.

So even if the atmosphere of that day was a bit different, she still attended the puja calmly and visualized the relatives that she would like to help in a sequential order, meanwhile calling forth a large number of sentient beings to be liberated by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Just as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche started to lead the attendees in chanting the Great Six-Syllable Mantra, everyone was making the same mistake again by chanting according to his own rhythm without paying attention to the guru. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reprimanded harshly, “Are you the gurus or am I the guru?” He told everyone to stop chanting! With the reprimanding, the consciousness of everyone, whether dead or alive, scattered or unfocused, was all called back to attention, focusing 100% of it to look forward to the compassionate liberation by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. This is a compassionate method into which Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had instilled much well-meant intention. Without the harsh reprimanding, the scattered mind of the attendees would not be called to attention, and the karmic creditors that came with us would not receive help from Buddha Dharma and go to a good place.

Just at this moment, she heard other Dharma brother sobbing as she was sitting there quietly, well-behaved, paying attention to the guru. What she could never have realized was that this was the quiet before the tempest. As soon as the first sound came out, as compassionately as ever, as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche started to chant the Great Six-Syllable Mantra, a sense of sadness suddenly overcame her. Drops of tears came streaming down her face, she went from silent weeping to more pronounced sobbing, trying hard to clench her lips to prevent it from becoming a loud outcry. But with the vibration of the sound of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche chanting the mantra, what happened next was something beyond her control! She felt a strong sense of grievance that had been repressed in her chest, which had kept her feeling very, very bitter and helpless, bursting out along with the sound of mantra chanting by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Wailing and screaming and then an outcry, filled with shrill, sadness and anger, were pouring out from her mouth. Her Dharma brothers immediately helped her to lie down. Then a child’s voice was heard shouting, “Don’t leave, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche! Don’t leave, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche! I’m very angry! I’m very angry!” An invisible force repeatedly arched up the back of the disciple and smashed it against the floor, with her feet stamping heavily on the floor as an expression of his anger. The voice shouted sadly but loudly, “Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, help me! Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, help me!” The anger and sadness made people feel as if he was very worried that he would not be able to keep up with the footsteps of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. So he had been trying to keep up closely with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s sound in mantra chanting.

The disciple had a clear consciousness all the time. At this moment she opened her mouth to repent to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, “Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, I was wrong! I was wrong! I want to learn Buddhism! I want to be free from reincarnation! I implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to help the sentient beings in the void who are suffering in the Six Realms.” The child once again smashed her back and made her stamp her feet to express his anger before gradually calming down amidst the sound of mantra chanting by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, returning to the peace as before.

She was well aware that it was Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who was compassionately liberating her relatives who had affinity with her. Her hair disheveled, she rose and kneeled down immediately to express her gratitude for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help. As soon as the puja was over, her Dharma brothers came around her to show their concern and to ask her whether she had something happen to her family which they could be of help. She was thankful to the care shown by her Dharma brothers. On her way home, another Dharma brother, who was one of her colleagues, called her. She told her Dharma brother that there seemed to be a child who was very angry but she had no idea why he was so upset. She even said, half-jokingly, that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche might be even more upset as the child did not want to leave! Just as she was saying these words, she suddenly came to realize that she was so ignorant indeed, not knowing where she had the fault. The Dharma brother asked why there was a child involved in all this. She told the Dharma brother that her mother once told her in her last years that they ought to have 10 brothers and sisters in all but six of them were aborted. Her mother had always felt uneasy about it. Her eldest brother, second elder brother and elder sister all had experiences of abortions. That’s why every time she attended the puja she would implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to help them.

She had imagined that it would hurt badly in the back and feet the next morning when she woke up, but amazingly she felt nothing, except that she had lost her voice due to too much screaming and shrieking. What was more incredible was that she felt smooth without any stuffiness in her chest. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche taught before that karma stays in the central channel, which, when blocked with the karma, would cause the Chi (energy flow) to go downward in the direction of the Three Evil Realms. This disciple was feeling full of joy, and shared her experience with her colleague-Dharma brother as soon as she stepped into the office. She was happy all day. But such happiness proved to be short-lived. Just as she was preparing to go to bed that night, all of a sudden she had the teachings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche flashing through her mind that those who had sold medicines for abortions would go to hell. She had listened to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings before but had thought that since she had never sold any such medicine or had an abortion, it had nothing to do with her. But then another scene appeared in her mind, as she remembered her second elder brother had once borrowed money from her during his unemployment. She forced him to tell her what the money was for and was told that it was for an operation of his wife who had an unplanned pregnancy. She thought at the moment that they had enough problems already and should have no more such trouble, so she wired him the money the next day. Upon thinking of this, she sat on the edge of the bed, dumbfounded, feeling as if she had killed someone herself – by handing over a knife to her second elder brother and his wife which killed someone that had blood relationship with her. As she kept weeping, she couldn’t imagine why she had an evil mind like that, helping to murder some relative without even knowing to repent. What other evils had she not conducted – theft, sexual misconduct, harsh, divisive or false speech, adultery, murder and arson?

She really regretted not listening to her Dharma brother’s advice and taking refuge sooner. This had contributed to the fact that additional karma of killing was created when her mother was dying, who had extra suffering due to various tubes in the body. Her mother had dementia in her last years, refusing to take a shower, confusing the day for the night and night for the day with no sense of cold or hot, going to bathroom everywhere, and refusing to go to a doctor. Since 2002 when she sought an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she had been following Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings and had been attending the Chod pujas on her mother’s behalf, receiving Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help all the time.

During this period, she went on a self-guided tour with a colleague in Yunnan. When they were visiting a Buddhist temple at an elevation of 3,600 meters, the narrator told the visiting guests that they could go into another room to see a practitioner. Out of intuition she went inside. But the practitioner remained silent. The Tibetan girl serving as the interpreter said, Master says that those who have the affinity may stay. A group of about 30 to 40 people left first leaving only six and she was one of them. The practitioner told her to be careful with her job and health of herself and her family and gave them the opportunity to make offerings and give charity, as well as to light the lamps to pay homage to the Buddhas, which she was very pleased to oblige. Upon return to Taiwan at the end of the trip, she learned that one early afternoon during her trip, her mother, who had not dared to walk out of the door for more than 10 years, went out by herself, panicked and was walking to and fro on the fast lane of the highway. The traffic brigade sent her to a psychiatric hospital. They took a picture of her mother for the police station of the jurisdiction to find out who she might be. Meanwhile the family of this disciple also had filed a report to the same police station. Oddly enough, no one had realized that this was the same person, leaving her mother in great shock.

A few years ago, her father had to go through tracheostomy and a series of radiation therapy due to cancer, which caused him to have great suffering and damage, both mentally and physically, and eventually he walked away from home and committed suicide. Her family had to go through the painful experience of being left behind by her father and searching for him only to find his dead and cold body. This time the family had more fear in the search for her mother. In retrospect, when she was lighting up the lamp to make an offering to the Buddhas at the monastery of the Kagyu Order in the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Yunnan, news came to her family in Taiwan that her mother was found. Thanks to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help, her mother’s life had been improved after she was found and sent to the Seniors’ Home. Later the disciple shared with her colleague-Dharma brother that they were able to find her mother only with the help from the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in Yunnan, and told her that the monastery in Yunnan was of the Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. As she was reminded by her colleague-Dharma brother, she came to realize that she had been attending Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Chod Puja, which was a Dharma method of the Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. She was very grateful for the mercy and compassion of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and for what had turned out so ingeniously! She felt then that she must keep attending the pujas without interruption, but had failed to conceive any thought to express her gratitude to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She felt ashamed of herself for not showing the least courtesy as a human being as taught by the guru.

Her mother spent five years in the Seniors’ Home, and only became unable to walk about half a year before passing away, her body and scalp festered due to dermatitis, and her fingers almost amputated due to the festered condition. But her mother was able to go through all this rather peacefully with the blessing from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Her mother passed away when they were on their way to Kaohsiung for the Chinese New Year. On that day, her mother suddenly lost the heart beat, and was put under emergency treatment with tubes in the Seniors’ Home, and died two days later. She remembered Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saying that if one had the opportunity to receive the nectar pill when dying, he would be able to avoid going to the Three Evil Realms. Her very first thought was to hurry back to Taipei and get her mother the nectar pill from the nectar water the she had received through attending the Grand Pujas. Her true gratitude went to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. At the time, her elder sister-in-law suddenly took out a small black box which was originally for negative films, saying that it had been quite a few years since she brought it back home, and was planning to dispose of it in the process of cleaning for that Chinese New Year. Since she said that this was quite important, her sister-in-law then showed it to her. She opened it and found that it was the nectar pills that had been bestowed upon her by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche years ago, and she was really ecstatic to get it back. Thus her mother, who was about to pass away, was saved through getting the nectar pill in time, and they were able to be with her in her last moments of life, smooth and peaceful. Then, they implored Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to liberate her mother with the upcoming Chod upon returning to Taipei.

Due to many years’ of taking medication, her mother could not close her eyes completely before passing away. But after cremation, her mother’s ashes turned out to be milk white and very clean. At the time she was just a believer and was not able to understand that all this was the effect of the blessings by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, not to mention praising the guru in time. She was unable to get her brothers and sisters to learn about the auspicious blessing and compassion of the guru. She felt that she was the one who should be repenting the most. Had she taken advantage of the opportunity to take refuge earlier and follow the teachings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, her mother could have avoided the suffering that were caused by the intubation, she would have been able to advise her second elder brother and his wife against the abortion and would have avoided creating her own karma resulting from killing. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche taught that the people with the most filial piety were those who were learning Buddhism. When she recalled this statement, she felt that she was very hideous and selfish, and that her parents had suffered much because she had been lazy and undisciplined, had a procrastinating habit and was not willing to learn Buddhism.

She recalled also that she had depression before which brought her almost 10 years of mental and physical suffering, to the extent that she would not want to live but could not die. When the condition worsened, her eyes would be sluggish, and she even would not be able to go to work, with the thought of taking her own life by hanging frequently recurring in her mind. But during the 10 years as she was attending the pujas on her mother’s behalf, she was improving her problems gradually and it had been quite a few years since the last time she took medication. After she took refuge, her suicidal thought gradually disappeared, and in its place came her aspiration to go to the Pure Land as a result of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings, who stated that the Pure Land is a beautiful place where you may eat whatever you desire, and after you finish eating, the dishes would disappear on their own, so there is no need to wash the dishes. How is it possible that such a good place exists? This made her very happy and she attributed all this to the blessings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

She had been wishing to live in peace ever since she began to have memory, but it seemed that there were endless problems to solve in the family. Now she was able to recall that it, be it her father’s suicide, her mother’s dementia, her brother’s financial problems or her own illness, had all been a result that arose from harming sentient beings and killing them. She could not count how many of them she had killed for food, including those that had once been flying in the sky, crawling on the ground, swimming in the water, with four feet or two, alive or dead. And it was too late to repent. Karma continued to be created all the time as she stole money and samples from the company, harbored thoughts on sexual misconduct, and became resentful of others. But the most ignorant thing that she had done was not taking refuge soon enough and throwing away VCD of the Vajra Dances without knowing how auspicious it was. How regretful she was! How much she wanted to repent indeed!

Had it not been for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help for the recent dozen years, she believed that she would have been exhausted in despair. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the compassionate guru as always, knew everything, agreeing with compassion that she could make grand prostrations on behalf of her family, which currently only had her as the sole person who had the opportunity to listen to Buddhist teachings. She thanked the guru for his compassion, and for liberating the sentient beings that had been harmed by the family.

Her life had been changed since she took refuge under His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, her mind at peace relying on Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Dharma teachings, and her karmic creditors ushered to a good place with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help. When she thought about how many wrongs that she had done, each of which would have been enough to send her down to the Three Evil Realms, it really scared her and caused her hair to stand on end. She wanted to use this opportunity to implore the compassionate blessings of the guru, and pray that the sentient beings suffering in the void of the Six Realms be helped by the guru as soon as possible so that they could all be set free from the Three Evil Realms and the suffering of reincarnation. Where there is Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, there will be sentient beings at peace! She prayed for the guru to have good health and to keep the Dharma Wheel turning, and to have eternal presence in the world.

Then, another female disciple publicly repented her faults. At one of the pujas in June 2010, as His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was teaching compassionately, this disciple was passing through photos showing auspicious signs of her Dharma brother’s deceased relative after cremation with the help of the Phowa. This also caused the Dharma brother sitting next to her to be unable to focus on the guru’s teachings. So she not only had committed the fault of showing disrespect to the guru and Three Jewels, but also caused the Dharma brother to be banned from entering the venue again. This made the elderly Dharma brother very anxious and presented hindrance on her path of learning Buddhism. Whether hot or cold, the Dharma brother had to wait outside for one or two hours at every puja. She repented to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the Buddhas and Bodisattvas that as a disciple she had failed to show the least reverence and apologized to the elderly Dharma brother for having to go through such hardship because of her fault and for creating hindrance on her path of learning Buddhism. She repented that she had created such huge evil karma and thanked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for correcting it, allowing her to realize that she could create more such evil karma, at any time and in any place, if she did not pay attention to her body, speech and mind and be aware of her thoughts clearly.

The disciple repented that when she saw the Dharma brothers sitting in the row before her were passing and sharing the photos, she was asking herself whether this was the right thing to do, considering that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was teaching Buddhism. On the other hand, she thought that the photos had been passed through several rows already, and if there was anything wrong with that, the guru would have spoken against it. So when the photos came to her hand, she immediately passed on to the Dharma brother sitting next to her as she wanted to keep listening to the guru’s teachings attentively. Doing so was selfish of her as she was kicking the problem onto someone else. She repented creating such vicious karma due to her evil thought of selfishness. Though the guru was sitting on the Dharma throne teaching Buddhism, he was very clear about the thoughts that the disciples have in their minds. That was really incredible. She thanked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the opportunity to rectify her faults.

She had the causal condition to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and attend the pujas because she desired to help her father who passed away over three years ago, and took refuge on August 8, 1999. Since a very young age she had known that a deceased person must be helped with liberation in order to be reborn in the Pure Land. So when her father died, with the introduction of her friend, she would have a memorial tablet set up in the Exoteric Buddhist temple every July to help liberate her father and ancestors. Of course it had been a costly endeavor until one morning when she was about to wake up, she heard a voice, “You have spent so much money but it has brought no benefit to us at all.” Later, a friend of hers told her that a guru of Tibetan Buddhism held the pujas to liberate the deceased and asked her if she would like to seek an audience with the presiding Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. A few nights before she was anticipating to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she kept dreaming of some of her deceased loved ones, including her maternal grandparents, whom she had never dreamt of before.

When she had an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she was asking the guru about her father. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche remarked that her father, due to the fact that he had not done good or bad deeds, was still in her house. So she implored the guru to let her, together with her father and ancestors, attend the Chod Puja. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche looked up and at the direction behind her, and agreed that all of them could attend. She also asked the guru about dreaming of her deceased beloved ones every night. The guru commented that it was they who were reinforcing the message to her. But she, ignorant as she was, did not realize how auspicious the Chod was until later. Sentient beings in the Ghost Realm all know clearly who can really help them. Liberating the deceased is not as easy as having a memorial tablet set up or reciting Buddhist sutras, as what ordinary people may think it is.

On one afternoon following the previous day’s participation of the Chod Puja, she dreamed that she was looking out of the window: The sky was clear and cloudless. But all of a sudden there was a thundering reaching inside her room. The thunder was so enormous that the echo lasted a long time. Just as she was thinking how deafening the thunder had been, she heard many voices calling out her name from a place as distant as the horizon. So she wondered what may be the matter with the thunder and the calling voices. She realized that it was just a dream as she opened her eyes. But the dream seemed so real that she had to ask the guru about it. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told her, these people were her karmic creditors from her past lives. She expressed her gratitude to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for tirelessly performing the Chod for sentient beings and benefiting them all the time, allowing her father and ancestors to leave suffering.

She repented that she was attending the Chod Puja just on behalf of her father and ancestors rather than having an intention to truly learn Buddhism, and that she had erroneous view about learning Buddhism by thinking that she was not a saint and could not abide by the precepts, which were set up to restrict her. She took refuge but did not observe the Refuge Precepts; for convenience sake, she still visited other temples for divination and fortune telling; nor did she abide by the samaya, forgetting her own pledge.  After attending the puja for a certain period of time, she thought that it is necessary to listen to the teachings of the sutras in order to learn Buddhism. Every time her colleagues asked whether she had recited any Buddhist sutras, she would simply answer no recitation except the guru’s constant reprimanding of the disciples. That’s why she had discontinued to attend the pujas for over a year.

She had not deeply felt sorry to the guru until one day she was dreaming, twice in a row, of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche tirelessly meditated during his Buddhist cultivation, sweating profusely. Furthermore, she did not even chant the Great Six-Syllable Mantra transmitted by the guru. In another dream she saw herself keep chanting the Great Six-Syllable Mantra amidst of danger but was unable to complete the mantra as she was missing one syllable no matter how hard she tried. When she woke up, she repented that she was not diligent in learning Buddhism. So she came to attend the pujas again.

She thanked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for helping her so much. In addition to liberating her father and ancestors, the guru also bestowed upon her the precious nectar pills so that her mother could be blessed during her second stroke, allowing her to go through the critical period smoothly, and to be discharged from the hospital very soon. After her mother passed away, the guru performed the auspicious Phowa to help her. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also blessed her youngest son with compassion as he suffered a sudden heart pain during the second grade of his primary school, and told her that her son had some cardiovascular obstruction. A doctor-Dharma brother advised her that it would be very painful if her youngest son had to go through a vascular screening procedure and suggested that she brought him to attend the Chod Pujas as well. They had kept attending the pujas since then and her youngest son, now a junior in high school, had never suffered from such irregularity again. Once again, she expressed her gratitude to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the compassionate blessings and her doctor-Dharma brother for the kind advice.

In 2006, her sister had a car accident, with the car skidding off a bridge into a ditch below. The car was totaled but her sister did not suffer injuries except some bruises on the head and spinal contusion. All this was a result of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s compassionate blessings that helped lessen the effect of evil karmic retribution. With the guru’s blessing and protection, her sister’s swollen condition was gone quite soon and the spinal injury quickly improved through the help of the Chinese Medicine Clinic. Later, her sister had the problem of excessive bile and also acquired fulminating hepatitis. The doctor had suggested liver transplant. However, thanks to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the disciples had the opportunities to accumulate blessed rewards – after her sister followed the guru to attend the puja in Ladakh, she had a ruptured eardrum and had to get a check-up by the doctor, who found by accident that her liver index actually was completely normal and thought that she had a liver transplant. Her sister told the doctor she did not receive a liver transplant but rather, that she was saved by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The doctor told her sister that it was truly incredible.

On another occasion, her niece, who was at kindergarten, went to play with her cousin riding a bicycle and got her foot entangled into the bicycle chain by accident. Her ankle was crushed by the wheel with bones exposing. She expressed her gratitude to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for giving blessing over the phone so that her niece did not feel any pain, and was able to heal quite quickly. All this was the result of her taking refuge under a meritorious guru with great compassion who was no different from a Buddha. With the compassionate blessings and protection of the guru, it saved her, the eldest sister in the family, a lot of worries for her younger siblings.

Once she had a dream in which she saw people wearing ancient clothes entering the house. They asked her what the Buddha statue next to her was. When she told them that it was Vajrasattva with Vajra Pestle, they disappeared immediately. Then she felt that her whole tendon between her chest and the navel started to cramp. While praying for the guru to come to her rescue through his blessings, she couldn’t help but feel that she would have to wait to die in pain. Suddenly, she recalled the Auspicious Lying Posture that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had mentioned before. Just as she was turning to sleep on her right side, all the pain disappeared from her chest and she was completely awake. She thanked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche again for the compassionate rescue. She repented that she, ignorant as she was, came to realize that no ordinary people could know in which way the guru, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas would use in helping sentient beings.

Though she did not abide by the precepts and act in accordance with the guru’s teachings, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued to bestow blessings to her and her family. She had nothing to repay the debt of gratitude, as deep as the ocean, to her guru. Instead, she had committed the evil act of disrespect to the guru and Three Jewels. So once again she repented to Most Venerable Vajra Guru as well as the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, to sentient beings that had been harmed, such as countless ants, spiders, cockroaches, and clams. She repented talking back at her parents when she was young, hurting their feelings; not showing her filial piety towards her parents-in-law; not performing her job with diligence, causing the company to suffer losses; being jealous of others due to her strong egoistic personality; speaking unfriendly and even harshly towards others out of resentment; always finding others at fault instead of examining herself in her own body, speech and mind; making offerings with a calculating mind after starting to learn Buddhism, arrogantly assuming that she was learning Buddhism better than others to the extent that she wanted to learn more Dharma than she could handle, reading the Buddhist sutras and printing the teachings of the guru without proper authorization, not respecting the guru and Buddhism. All these were the evil habits that she had accumulated from her past lives. In spite of that, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche kept pointing them out for her, who nevertheless kept repeating them, wasting the guru’s precious energy and time.

On her way of learning Buddhism, even chanting the mantra and making full prostrations would prove to be very difficult for her to do on her own without the constant supervision and blessings from the Vajra Guru. She would often want to do something but find it easier said than done.  She used to feel a shortage of energy flow in her after chanting the mantra for a while. Even the traditional Chinese medicine would only have a temporary effect in sustaining such practice. This problem was not resolved until Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed the Amitayus Dharma, and thereafter she could keep chanting the mantra smoothly. She used to sweat over all body and feel dead heavy with herself when making full prostrations. But also with the guru performing the Amitayus Dharma, she started to feel herself as light as a feather during a grand prostration and could carry it on to the end successfully. She slacked off with the excuse of being very busy at work, and dreamed that the guru was reprimanding her harshly and loudly why she had not listened to the Dharma tapes of the pujas. When she woke up in shock, she realized how phenomenal the guru was and would not dare to be lazy again since.

Once she was late for the Chod Puja, thereby she was prohibited to attend the Buddha Amitabha’s empowerment. Afterwards, she went to implore the guru, who in turn told her that it was of no use. Her mind blanked out for a while, thinking that this life of hers was wasted for nothing. The following Sunday Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked her to wait outside the puja. After returning home, she got up in the middle of the night crying sadly why she alone was not allowed to attend the puja, and felt very discouraged. She thanked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for still compassionately letting her participate in the empowerment ritual. Furthermore, the guru had once taught them that they should not forget about sentient beings while learning Buddhism. She repented that she only wanted to be liberated from suffering herself without remembering sentient beings. She would have already gone astray long ago on her path of learning Buddhism if she had not been under the supervision of a meritorious guru.

In 2005, she presumptuously wanted to help the Buddhist Center with accounting, but ended up bringing big trouble to the Center, leading to her harsh reprimanding by the guru at the puja. Because of this first-time public scolding, she felt that learning Buddhism was too hard, and that the public scolding made her lose face. So a thought came to her mind that she decided to stop learning Buddhism, and would not change her mind no mater how hard her family and her sister try to persuade her otherwise. She did not come to realize it until she went to bed without eating anything the whole day and suddenly woke up feeling starving. AT that moment, she asked herself, “Why did I learn Buddhism in the first place?” She thought to herself that she wished to attain Buddhahood in order to benefit sentient beings. This was as if she was awakened with a heavy blow with a bat, and she suddenly realized – Isn’t it the Refuge Prayer that she is reciting every day? Why did she forget about this commitment, and only after that did she understand the true meaning of “the marvelous treasure of Bodhicitta?” She thanked the auspicious way of teaching by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, without which her road of learning Buddhism would have been blocked a long time before, not knowing in which future life of hers she would once again be able to meet such a rare and precious Vajra Guru who could give her the opportunity to be liberated from reincarnation.

The guru is like a beacon in the darkness, shedding light in the direction of the future and showing the right path for the disciples as they practice Buddhism. Once Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche pointed out an error for her at a puja as she actually was claiming in her mind in front of the guru that she could chant the mantra quite fast. Though she did not say it outright, the idea was in her mind. And she came to realize that the guru would point things out for the disciples when they only had movement of thoughts which deviated from the correct path, though sometimes such tiny movement was so subtle that the disciples themselves were not able to detect it. She expressed her gratitude for being able to take refuge under such a grand practitioner and was resolved to cherish this affinity so that she would not waste this life of hers and continue to suffer from reincarnation.

Towards the end of 2010, she was going through a series of problems such as family discord, financial difficulties, her child’s educational problems, and the possibility of unemployment at middle age. But she was able to maintain calm as she had the Buddhist teachings and blessing from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, looking at everything that had happened from the perspective of Buddhism taught by the guru. She knew that all such occurrence of karmic retribution lent her an opportunity to repay the debts early on with the compassionate blessing from the guru and face it calmly. Whenever she faced a difficult situation fearing about the future, she was able to dispel such fear by thinking about Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings on the impermanence of death and acceptance of cause of effect. Though when faced with a hostile environment she sometimes just wanted to run away from it, she would always calm herself down and come up with a way as to how to deal with it rather than escaping from it by recalling the guru’s teaching that everyone and everything in the universe present an opportunity for us to practice Buddhism by. At times she could not turn around her thoughts, she would reflect upon her own faults and examine her thoughts by applying the guru’s teachings regarding the Five Precepts, Ten Meritorious Acts and The Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas. Had it not been for the Buddhist teachings by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, for the period of more than one year, she could not imagine what kind of fear and suffering she would have had to go through facing one adverse situation after another. Once again she thanked the guru for his compassionate blessings.

On a certain Thursday evening she saw a few ants on the ground, thinking how miserable the sentient beings in the Animal Realms were as they did not know how long they’d have to suffer from reincarnation. So she told them that there was a Chod Puja the next day and asked them to come and attend it where they would receive help from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. After that she wiped the ground clean. The next day her motorcycle skidded, causing a piece of flesh to be scrapped off her ankle that led to bleeding.  The very first thought that came into her mind was that the guru was right, and that bleeding came as a result of killing. Then came the second thought that the karmic retribution came to her so quickly because of the compassionate blessing by the guru so that she could repay the debts sooner. At that time she also realized that though she wanted to help the ants by asking them to attend the Chod Puja, it might hurt them, as karmic retribution still existed – only with its effect reduce, not to mention how terrible the karmic retribution would be if it was a result of the origination of an evil thought or creation of karma resulting from killing  At that time she also realized that though she wanted to help the ants to attend the Chod Puja by harming them, karmic retribution still existed – only with its effect reduced, not to mention how terrible the karmic retribution would be if it was originated from the evil thought and evil act of killing. Later she forgot about the ants. But during the siesta on that afternoon, she dreamed of a wall with ants all over it. The dream woke her up and reminded her that she should not forget the message that the ants sent to her – even such sentient beings would be looking forward to the Chod that would set them free from the suffering of the Three Evil Realms.

On another occasion she was having a nap on the couch after a fall that brought her injury. In the dream she was feeling a chilly breeze and from the TV screen saw her own reflection showing her own face in a pathetic greenish color. At that moment, an old man, not too tall but with a head of white hair, suddenly appeared, looking at her helplessly. Such a scene lasted for a period of time before her child started to get sick. Everything seemed to be normal during the day except for three nights in a row, at about 2:00 a.m., the child would have fever. She thought maybe the old man did not get any help and would like to attend the puja. Later when she had a causal condition to ask Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she learned that the old man went to her home along with something that she bought. So she had the affinity to help him attend the auspicious Chod Puja. One could see that liberating a deceased person was nothing easy, and could only be achieved by a practitioner with great attainment.

In the end, the disciple told a story about her sister’s friend. This friend of her sister’s got cancer but was unable to have an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche due to insufficient causal condition. Her sister’s friend had felt that she would rather die than living as she had suffered tremendously from diseases before passing away, but in her heart she kept praying for help to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. After her sister’s friend passed away, her sister went to her memorial service to tell her that there was a puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center every Sunday and that His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would be able to help her. So she went to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche again in the hope that the guru would allow her to attend the Chod Puja. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche agreed compassionately that she could attend the puja on behalf of her sister’s friend so that she could accumulate blessed reward. After more than a year, her sister actually dreamed of her friend who told her that she was living a good life now, and asked her to copy the genealogical records of her family. Two days later, the maternal grandmother of this deceased friend passed away. It turned out that her sister’s friend wanted both of them to attend the Chod Puja on behalf of her grandmother. Sentient beings of the Ghost Realm knew clearly who had the capacity to help them.

Once again she thanked His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for bestowing Buddhist teachings upon the disciples. She repented all the evil acts that she had committed and was resolved to pay more attention to her body, speech and mind by breaking away from the evil deeds and doing good, in order to repay the debt of gratitude of the guru. She also wished the guru to have good health, to keep the Dharma wheel turning, and to have eternal presence in the world, and the Drikung Kagyu lineage to prosper, bringing benefits to all sentient beings.

After Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ascended onto the Dharma throne, the guru started to perform for the attendees the Chod – one of the Eight Sadhana Teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. Today there were a total of 1,413 believers and disciples participating in this auspicious Chod Puja. During the Dharma ritual, it could be clearly observed from the screen of the closed-circuit television of the Buddhist Center that when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was uttering the special Dharma-related sounds a few times, a loop-shaped radiance would appear at the back of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche – something similar to the backlight radiating from the Buddha. Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led the attendees in chanting the Great Six-Syllable Mantra for a long period of time. During the chanting, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s voice echoed throughout the Buddhist Center, like thunder into the ear, astonishing and impactful. All attendees could feel the power of compassion, one wave after another.

The Chod as performed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was indeed very auspicious. During the ritual, the guru first gave his body selflessly as offering and charity, then he helped all sentient beings to be reborn in the Virtuous Realms or even liberated to the Pure Land with his boundless virtues, wisdom, merits and grand capacity attained through his cultivation. Upon completion of the Chod, it is time for reciting the dedication prayer. Usually this was done by an ordained leading disciple leading the attendees in reciting the Prayer of Aspiration for Rebirth into the Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss. But this time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was reciting it alone in Tibetan.  When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was reciting the Prayer of Aspiration for Rebirth into the Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss, word by word and sentence by sentence, with a far-reaching, deep and full voice, a strong sense of aspiration for sentient beings to be liberated from the suffering of reincarnation was resonating around the Buddhist Center as well as the limitless void. The guru’s voice filled with the power of compassion for sentient beings was so awe-inspiring to the attendees that they could not withhold tears that welled in their eyes anymore.

Upon perfect completion of the Chod, all participating believers and disciples kneeled down to make a prostration to His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, expressing their gratitude to the guru for performing the auspicious Chod and paying their respect as the guru descended from the Dharma throne.

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Updated on June 27, 2012