His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Puja Teachings

April 22, 2012

At the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Taipei, the disciples were led by ordained practitioners to recite the Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha’s Fundamental Vows.

Before the puja, a female disciple shared her story with gratitude about how His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas had helped herself and her relatives.

Her mother was among the first disciples who took refuge with His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She was thankful for her mother because it was because of her that she and other family members had the causal condition to get the help of His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

One day in 2001 when she was serving as the education manager of a company importing hairdressing products, she was approached by a hair stylist with an air of mystery, who said: “The third floor of your company is haunted by a ghost, a woman ghost, who used to be a lecturer here and died here. She has no ill intentions, just with something she cannot let go of, and she wants your help.” This immediately reminded her of what happened three years ago. The deceased was her former colleague, who was recommended by her to serve as a lecturer at her company. It happened that when the new colleague was giving her first lecture at the company, less than ten minutes after she started, she suddenly fainted and fell on the ground. She was immediately given a CPR and soon taken by an ambulance to a nearby hospital. Meanwhile, her family was notified of what happened, and they instructed that the doctors must do all they can to save her and must not give up with her before they came to the hospital. The female disciple, who accompanied the ambulance to the hospital, was appalled to see what her colleague underwent during the emergency treatment, where her body jumped with each shock of the defibrillator. It occurred to her for the first time that life is really as fragile as a piece of thin paper. She was also disturbed to see the lack of dignity when the patient was receiving the emergency treatment. After she went home, she told her family that in case she would fall into such a circumstance, she would not want to undergo such treatment.

Soon after being so informed by the hair stylist about the deceased colleague, she gave a call to her mother about it and was asked to seek an audience with His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for advice. “What’s the matter?” asked the guru with concern and compassion. She reported what happened to the guru, who said in revelation that the colleague had gone fishing in the sea with her friends, though she did not fish herself but was watching her friends fishing, and that she was still concerned about her aged parents, especially her mother. The female disciple knew that the colleague was indeed a very filial daughter. The guru continued to say that in fact, on that day, the ghost of the deceased colleague followed her to the building but could not get into the door. The guru said that all that the female disciple needed to do was attend a Chod Puja. At that time, she did not know about the great auspiciousness of the Chod. She asked whether the family members of the deceased colleague were to attend the puja or not, and was told that they may come, but it did not matter either if they did not come. Then she invited the sister of the deceased colleague to attend the puja but was told that she would observe the service at home on the day of the puja and therefore would not attend it in person. She also asked the sister about the fishing trip, and confirmed that her deceased colleague did go fishing with her friends in March that year.

The female disciple recalled that on the day of the Chod Puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche revealed the appearance and conditions of the sentient beings attending the puja and mentioned what the colleague dressed on the day of accident. She was then still very ignorant and, after the puja, asked the mediumistic hair stylist whether or not she was still being followed by the ghost of the deceased colleague and was given the answer “No”, so she felt relieved. She deeply admired His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for his majestic deportment as a great practitioner who helped liberate her deceased colleague without any charge, and therefore she decided to continue to attend the pujas. However, as she could not quite understand Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Cantonese Mandarin, she tended to doze off during the pujas, and also because of her hectic work schedule, she later stopped going to the pujas.

She expressed sincere repentance for failing to show reverence to Buddha Dharma and knowing nothing but merely asking His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, who has great compassion for all sentient beings, to solve her own problems. As a result, she did not have the causal condition and blessed reward to hear the orthodox Dharma.

In November 2003, her mother-in-law, with whom she had always been in very good terms, was shot to death in the United States. The news made her so sorrowful that she was not able to do anything, so she made a long-distance call to her mother who was also in the United States. Her mother immediately called to a Dharma brother to arrange for her to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. During the audience, which was also attended by the female disciple’s husband, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche inquired about her mother-in-law’s name and zodiac sign and told them that her mother-in-law died from at least three gunshots and that the tragedy was attributed to the cause made from the previous lives of her mother-in-law and the killer. The guru compassionately had them also write down the killer’s name in the list of the deceased for whom the Chod Puja was to be performed, and granted a nectar pill to her husband, instructing him to put the pill into the mouth of his mother and make sure to come back to attend the Chod Puja on Friday. The killer was a man who grew up with her husband. At the time they only knew that his mother was shot to death but did not know how many times she was shot. It was only after her husband went to the United States that he found out that the killer fired five shots. His mother was shot three times, one shot hit the wall, and the killer shot himself once and died.

After meeting with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, their disturbed hearts felt as if guided by the Buddha and became calm and peaceful, and all subsequent things went about very smoothly. Even the house of the deceased mother was quickly sold in spite of the fact that the buyer was informed of the murder that happened in the house previously. During the mourning period, they carried themselves so peacefully that people around them, if not so told, would not know that they were in mourning. Just as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stated before, if the deceased had gone to the Pure Land of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, their relatives and friends in this world would not feel sorrow but would only miss them. One day, their 9-year-old son told them that the grandma was not dead. “Did grandma tell you so?” She asked. “No,” answered her little son. “Grandma did not tell me, but I just know it.” She believed that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had already liberated her mother-in-law to the Pure Land.

Since then, she had made it a point to attend every puja by arranging her schedule in advance. She did not doze off during the pujas as before and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Cantonese Mandarin also became perfectly understandable to her. She was deeply grateful to and admired Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, a rare and precious grand practitioner, for the profound teachings the guru imparted and for the guru’s teaching in his own example.

In May 2004, she took refuge with His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She used to be a person lacking a sense of security. From childhood, she had been fearful to stay home alone, fearful of darkness and ghosts, fearful to be looked down upon, and so on and so forth. But since she took refuge, she felt safe and secure with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings and protection, and was always able to solve her problems when she went to the pujas and listen to the guru’s teachings. However, she has not fulfilled her responsibility as a disciple.

During the outbreak of H1N1 flu in 2009, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed that all puja attendees who caught cold must wear a mask and be seated in the rear in separation from other attendees. Accordingly, the seats of believers and disciples in the wheelchair zone should be rearranged. At the time, she was in charge of this matter. However, she was so careless as to arrange all male and female attendees in wheelchair together behind other female attendees without regard to the fact that the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center was a pure Buddhist center and that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was a great practitioner who observed precepts very strictly. Moreover, she did not take immediate action to rectify the situation when the guru corrected her the first time, and it was not until she was reminded the second time that she took hurry to arrange male attendees in wheelchair behind other male attendees. She expressed heartfelt repentance for her self-righteousness and failure to follow the instructions of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche seriously. She did not show due reverence to the great practitioner and the Buddha Dharma, nor did she maintain the Buddhist Center in its purity. She truly felt that she created heavy evil karma. She was grateful to His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for rectifying her wrong and not abandoning her. She also expressed her determination to take the lesson, thoroughly mend her way through the cultivation of body, mind, and speech, and follow the guru forever in practicing Buddhism. She prayed that all sentient beings that had been harmed by her be liberated from reincarnation and that the guru always be healthy, keep the Dharma wheel turning, spread the orthodox Dharma far and wide, and have eternal presence in the world.

At 2:00 p.m., the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center were led by ordained practitioners to recite the Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha’s Fundamental Vows.

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