His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Puja Teachings

July 23, 2012

Today is the birthday of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the auspicious Amitayus Puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Taipei, and led 1,011 disciples in chanting the Amitayus Mantra for 24 hours without interruption as offerings to His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, praying for His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to have a long life in the world with perfect Dharma activities. In addition to the disciples of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Khenpo Namdol and three Lamas – Dawang, Tenzin and Suonam, also attended the Puja.

After ascending to the Dharma throne and before starting the Amitayus ritual, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche addressed the attendees with the following auspicious statement:

His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang is Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Three Grace Root Guru, as well as the Dharma Lord of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage. Currently there are two Dharma throne holders – His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang and His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, whose blessings and efforts have led to the flourishing of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage again. Everything started from zero when His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang left China for northern India, with the Buddhist monastery built from scratch, through much toil, in an open field. After that, His Holiness kept promoting the Drikung Kagyu Lineage in all parts of the world. Had it not been for the painstaking efforts of these two Dharma throne holders, the teachings of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage would not have turned around from decline to bloom.

In fact, the two Dharma throne holders have been working very hard for the Order. Incessantly, every one of their thoughts has been an effort for the sake of the Order and Buddhism. His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang lives in Tibet. Though he’s 71 years old, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang never stops working hard to promote the Drikung Kagyu Lineage. Recently he traveled far from Tibet to Qinghai in order to preside over the inauguration of the Pamai Monastery. For His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, this is his 7th reincarnation as the Drikung Kyabgon, and with his great merits and blessed rewards, he shoulders the heavy responsibility of carrying on the Lineage. His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang came to the world for three important things: the first is to carry on the Lineage, the second is to find and verify Rinpoches who have been reincarnated within the Order, and the third is to find believers and disciples who are helpful to the Order, teaching them to practice Buddhism, and organize the Dharma texts of the Lineage.

When in Lhasa, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang was among the best in the class in Chinese writing, reading, and speaking. For this reason, he was employed by the government as a translator. At that time, it was His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang who translated many documents from Chinese into Tibetan, or from Tibetan into Chinese. And it is because of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s excellent mastery of the Chinese language, the Dharma Lineage of the Drikung Kagyu Order to be promoted in Taiwan is made possible. Before that, nobody in places such as Taiwan had heard of the Drikung Kagyu Order. Thanks to His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s efforts in the promotion of Buddhism, the Drikung Kagyu Lineage has been thriving in Taiwan.

A lot of people have misunderstanding about Tibetan Buddhism and Tantrism. They think that Tantrism is false and is not based on the teachings of the Buddha. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was learning Exoteric Buddhism before, his Exoteric Dharma master also had misunderstanding about Tantrism, and thus Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had bias against it as well.

His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang came to visit Taiwan for the first time in 1981. But it was not until 1983 that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had the great blessed reward to have an audience with His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang on his second trip to Taiwan. The origination of this encounter came as a result that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s good friend, who had passed away later, told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that a Chinese-speaking His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang of Tibetan Buddhism had come to Taiwan to raise money for the construction of Buddhist monasteries.

As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had misunderstanding about Tantra at that time, he told his friend that he’d like to make an offering to His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang only and there was no need to arrange for a face-to-facing meeting with His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. But his friend tried very hard to persuade him, so he invited His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to his own home with the arrangement of his friend. If he had not met with His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang at that time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would have come to this life in vain.

Generally speaking, when a Rinpoche or a guru goes to the home of a believer, the most he would do would be to drink a cup of tea, exchange some greetings, offer a khadak to the mandala in the house, or give blessings by touching the head of the host. But when His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang came to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s house, many special things took place. At that time, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang took out his own prayer beads, formed them into smaller circles, and asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to hold it with His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not truly understand the significance of this until later.

At the beginning, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche only thought that His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang would like to give blessings. So he knelt down holding the prayer beads. His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, while holding the prayer beads too, started to chant mantras. And it lasted quite a while. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche felt that this chanting went on for a long time. Later he learned that the mantra that was chanted was the Hundred-Syllable Mantra of Vajrasattva. When His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang was chanting the mantra, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche clearly felt that there was a flow of warm current going from his hands all the way to his heart. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been inseparable from His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang since then. After that, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang left Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s house without saying a word. Later, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang went to the United States.

The Drikung Kagyu Order had no resident Rinpoche in Taiwan at that time. So Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche learned the four uncommon preliminary practices in two parts. He learned the first part by following the Nyingma Order. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stopped learning before he got into the Guru Yoga. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was looking for His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang everywhere. Later he learned that His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang was in the United States. So he called to implore His Holiness to transmit the Dharma. The Guru Yoga is not supposed to be transmitted through the telephone, as it involves rituals of empowerment and oral transmission. But His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang compassionately transmitted the Guru Yoga directly to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche through the telephone.

At this point, thinking of the kindness and merits of his Three Grace Root Guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche choked up emotionally several times that he could not continue speaking, naturally revealing his utmost reverence for and gratitude to his guru. This has moved the disciples to tears as well, as they profoundly felt Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s gratitude to His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang; at the same time, they also felt the gratitude for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for his teachings and salvation.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said: In 1997, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang instructed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to go into a retreat for the first time and particularly asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s friend to persuade him and convey the message that this retreat would be very important for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Buddhist practice at that time and in the future. Though his friend forgot to forward the message, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has always considered the guru’s words to be beneficial and would immediately act on it anyway. So without hesitation, he went into the retreat.

After the first retreat in 1997, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche conducted a retreat every year, and His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang has been arranging and thinking about that for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. In 2007, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang instructed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to go to a retreat in the Snow Mountain of Lapchi. During the retreat, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang often asked his attendant lama about the meals being served to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. If he did not eat the food, it might mean that he was either ill or dead. His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang even asked his attendant lama to check on the excretions of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, showing how concerned His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang was about the physical condition of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche during the retreat. His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang did not mention all this in front of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, because a guru always uses different ways in showing his concern for and taking care of his disciples without them having to know about it.

In fact, in the years before the retreat in the Snow Mountain of Lapchi in 2007, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang had been making preparations in advance for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s retreat. As the local feed for the cattle was not good, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang bought a few cows to raise so that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would be able to drink some good quality milk during the retreat. In addition, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang went up the Snow Mountain of Lapchi twice to prepare in advance for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s retreat. He also helped the local people by performing Dharma and restoring the monasteries there so that they’d be happy, which made it possible for the retreat center to be constructed smoothly. His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang knew that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was a man of the city and thus particularly bought a toilet to be shipped up the mountain. This was the only toilet in the entire region of the Snow Mountain of Lapchi. The only thing lacking was the flushing system. When thinking of the meticulous arrangement made by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang for his root disciple, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s expression was overflowing with heart-felt gratitude, which was very touching to the disciples.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said: Today is the birthday of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. Although according to the Buddhist sutras, one’s birthday was the day of his mother’s suffering and is not worth celebrating, however, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang is an incarnation of the Bodhisattva rather than just an ordinary man. Today we will perform the Amitayus Dharma as an offering. Though it may also be considered as a greedy thought, but the wish is for His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to be healthy and long-living. In this way, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang would be able to continue giving us blessings and reduce the obstacles for us as we learn Buddhism. But don’t think that you are attending today’s Puja in order to get blessed rewards. Today we will be performing the Guru Yoga mainly as an offering and an expression of gratitude to His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and the gurus of the Lineage for the blessings and protection that we have been receiving.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche expressed to the attendees of the Puja: One should never hold a puja for the sake of his own interest or in different names in order to make money. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is 65 years old, so his words are more straightforward, not minding if there are people who would take some action against him. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said: Yesterday, there was an organization which claimed to be the Drikung Kagyu Taiwan Federation; it held a puja in the name of celebration for His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s birthday, and even publicized commercial activities such as how much money was required in order to buy a jeweled parasol, etc. This Drikung Kagyu Taiwan Federation was established without approval of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. Furthermore, it is not even listed in the official website of the Drikung Kagyu Oder. When they implored His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang whether they might establish such a federation in Taiwan before, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang had expressed to them that it was not necessary. Yet they still founded it against the instruction of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. Since there is already the Drikung Kagyu Order, why would they still establish the so-called Drikung Kagyu Taiwan Federation? Was it that they wanted to put forward another Dharma throne holder?

A lot of people do not know the background about the founding of the Drikung Kagyu Taiwan Federation. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche cannot be clearer. In 2008, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang expressed the wish to hold the Grand Memorial Puja in honor of Lord Jigten Sumgon. When His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang came to Taiwan in 2009, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was accompanying His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang in visiting all the Drikung Kagyu centers in Taiwan. His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang wished that all the Drikung Kagyu centers in Taiwan could join hands in hosting the Grand Memorial Puja in honor of Lord Jigten Sumgon. For a long time, none of the pujas presided over by Dharma throne holders of different Orders has had more than 5,000 attendees in Taiwan until 2002, when the puja, guided and presided over by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, was held for the first time in the Taoyuan Arena in Taiwan – with a total of more than 10,000 people attending. Because of this puja, more people in Taiwan came to know about the Drikung Kagyu Order, which has been flourishing in Taiwan ever since. The 10,000-people Grand Puja of 2002 was hosted by the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang knew that the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center had the ability and experience to organize such a Grand Memorial Puja in honor of Lord Jigten Sumgon. So after Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche came out of the retreat in 2010, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang instructed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to be in charge of the preparation for the Grand Memorial Puja in honor of Lord Jigten Sumgon. Upon receiving such an instruction, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately set out to work. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche implored His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang whether the Drikung Kagyu Order should be the sponsoring organization with the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center as the co-sponsor, as it would be a memorial puja in the name of the entire Order. This imploration was approved by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. As a matter of fact, it was the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center which was in charge of organizing the whole Grand Puja.

In 2010, the Grand Memorial Puja in honor of Lord Jigten Sumgon presided over by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang was held successfully at Taipei Arena, with more than 14,000 people attending. In 2011 and 2012, in order to continue this auspicious tradition, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche implored His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang to continue organizing the Grand Memorial Puja in honor of Lord Jigten Sumgon. His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang then instructed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to preside over this Puja. Each annual Grand Puja presided over by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche according to His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s instruction during these two years was attended by only more than 3000 people, compared to more than 14,000 people attending the Puja presided over by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. This was because the Grand Memorial Puja in honor of Lord Jigten Sumgon presided over by the disciple should not be more grandiose than the Puja presided over by his guru, even if the disciple had the capability to do so.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once told his disciples: If there are not enough people or money, a puja should not be held. In addition, the attendees of the puja should not pay any fee at all. Even at the Great Puja for Transferring Consciousness, with 20,000 people attending, the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center still would be solely responsible for all costs without accepting donation from the outside. The Puja that was to be held should be a pure one with no fee charged for entrance or transferring consciousness for the deceased. Why is it that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can organize a 10,000-people puja without charging a single penny to the attendees? That is because he has the blessings from His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and the gurus of all generations of the Lineage. Why wouldn’t the Drikung Kagyu Taiwan Federation have enough money to hold a puja? That is because they do not act in accordance with the guru’s instructions. If a puja is being held to truly benefit sentient beings, devas, nagas and other eight groups of non-human beings would come to your help from all directions. But in order to raise money, the Drikung Kagyu Taiwan Federation engaged commercial activities during the puja in the names of the Drikung Kagyu Order and His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. Furthermore, this may have caused the people in Taiwan to have misunderstandings about the Drikung Kagyu Order. Such a conduct is basically an act of slander and defilement to Buddhism. Even for Tibetan Rinpoches, it would still be wrong to go against the instructions of the leader of the Order – His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would like to convey a concept here which is also always the concept of the Lineage: As long as you act according to the guru’s teachings, your cultivation would definitely yield fruition. Though Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s root disciple, within the lineage of Drikung Kagyu Order, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang is the root guru of all Rinpoches, lamas, as well as all disciples. Even if you have your own guru of lineage, you are also His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s root disciples, because His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang is the holder of Dharma Lineage of the Drikung Kagyu Order, and he has upheld and passed down the Lineage. It would be a different issue if you are in a different Order.

Within the Order, the Dharma throne holder is the holder of the Dharma, but he does not have the jurisdiction. He would not prohibit Rinpoches or lamas to do something or punish them for their faults. But he can instruct Rinpoches and lamas to do something. If they are not willing to listen, they could do anything according to their own causal conditions. You may have seen that many other religious orders have declined because of internal conflicts. It’s not that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has spoken out this because there are lamas present today, nor does it indicate an intention to complain. Rather, it’s because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche now has more and more disciples who will come in contact with many different people and clarifying this today should help you avoid being misled. The Drikung Kagyu Taiwan Federation has gone too far this time. Today Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has said this in total disregard of what they may do to him. As he is 65 years old and has lived this life full enough, he will keep living in peace in Taiwan and have nothing to do with them. It’s no big deal if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche really has to retire.

In the past, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had asked His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang if he needed to learn Tibetan. His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang expressed: There is no such a need, because, first of all, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been very busy already and there isn’t enough time; at such an old age, it would be too hard to learn Tibetan; secondly, many Dharma texts already have a translated version and it’s fine to recite the Buddhist sutras using the translated version. It is also Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessed rewards and causal condition that have allowed him to take refuge under a Chinese-speaking guru – His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. When His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang is transmitting the Dharma to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, he often uses the Chinese language mixed with English.

From the perspective of the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, it has been very difficult for Tibetans to accept that a Han Chinese is learning Tantra. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once was in India and asked His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s attendant why he had so many disciples. The attendant replied that it was because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could speak Chinese. But later Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche found out that many Rinpoches’ Chinese was better than his Cantonese-accented Mandarin. As a matter of fact, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has so many disciples because he has always acted in accordance with His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s teachings. His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang is very open-minded, thinking that in Buddhism all sentient beings are equal, so he particularly has taught a model practitioner like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, to let people know that in learning Buddhism there is no discrimination between Han Chinese and Tibetans – everyone is equal.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang often chat with each other. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knows that from His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s perspective, the Dharma is his life, so is the Order. After His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang has completed the construction of the Buddhist monastery, he now handed it over to Tritsab Rinpoche to manage it, and he went on to different places to promote Buddhism. Doing so requires tremendous efforts for His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, who is two years older than Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Normally if someone has built a Buddhist monastery, he would not want another person to take over. But His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang is an exception, because he didn’t do all this for himself.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said: If the puja is held and there is not enough funding for it, that means that the mandala-offering has not been done sufficiently, leading to the lack of resources. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was in the retreat in the Snow Mountain of Lapchi, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang had been performing the Fire Offering ritual for all that time. After Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche came out of the retreat, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang led Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in performing the Fire Offering ritual for three days. At that time, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang had especially ordered a very large mandala plate and made mandala-offerings every day until the tips of his fingers were wounded. The wound got healed only when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed a doctor-disciple to give medical treatment to His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. You could not see all this. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could see that His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang had done so much since he is His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s root disciple and was following his guru closely. His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang never performs the Fire Offering ritual and the mandala-offering in order to seek wealth for himself. Rather, it’s because the Drikung Kagyu Order has started to flourish with more people and more monasteries, and all Rinpoches and lamas would need more resources to continue practicing Buddhism and helping sentient beings.

His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang is always wearing a smile whenever he sees you, but even though it is not exactly “worry” that takes up his mind, he often thinks that he still has a lot of things to do and duties to fulfill. Currently, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang worries less with regard to the lay practitioners as this is a steadily growing sect and there are more and more people learning Buddhism. What he worries most now is the fact that there are fewer and fewer ordained practitioners, as fewer people are willing to be ordained nowadays.

His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang keeps thinking about many things in order to carry on the Drikung Kagyu Lineage. A Vajrayana guru never cultivates the Dharma for his own sake. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has attained some accomplishment now thanks to the blessings and support of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would never be arrogant of his accomplishments, as arrogant people would not be able to achieve anything. Do not assume that you can cultivate on your own and do not think that you can attain achievement with the guru teaching you. Without blessings from the gurus of the Lineage and the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, it is impossible for you to attain any fruition.

There are a lot of things that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not let his disciples know, including the fact that many monasteries and Rinpoches of the Order in Taiwan have actually received help from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. And Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has not told the disciples which ones he has helped. It was His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang who often instructed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to help a particular Rinpoche and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would just follow the guru’s directions. Many years ago, when Lho Kunsang Rinpoche was starting to promote Buddhism in Taiwan, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang was holding Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with his left hand and Lho Kunsang Rinpoche with the right, telling Lho Kunsang Rinpoche that he could always look for His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s disciple Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche if he needed help in Taiwan. Maybe there is not enough causal condition between Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and Lho Kunsang Rinpoche, who has never contacted Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche afterwards.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once again stated to the attendees: Making offerings to the guru is the fastest way to accumulate blessed rewards. But when you attend the Puja today, don’t just think of yourself obtaining blessed rewards by making offerings to the guru, because His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang accepts your offerings on behalf of the throne holders of all generations, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. This is beneficial to the Dharma Lineage and the long-lasting presence of Buddhism so that more sentient beings can listen to the rare Dharma, which in turn would benefit more sentient beings. The best way to make offerings to the guru is through the Dharma-offering.

Before performing the Amitayus ritual, we’ll first conduct the consecration ritual for the statue of Thousand-armed and Thousand-eyed Avalokiteshvara. You may have seen that there is a new statue on the mandala, and that is the Thousand-armed and Thousand-eyed Avalokiteshvara. This statue was originally enshrined by an ordained practitioner of Exoteric Buddhism. After he passed away, his believer now has been under the refuge of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. This disciple implored Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to enshrine this statue. So Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had the opportunity to see this statue of Thousand-armed and Thousand-eyed Avalokiteshvara. As a practitioner, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would have a statue repaired if he sees it has damage. So when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw that the statue was somewhat damaged, he re-gilded it, and then asked Khenpo Namdol to prepare the statue (Zhuangzang) and finally enshrined this statue of Thousand-armed and Thousand-eyed Avalokiteshvara in the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. Coincidentally, it is the birthday of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, who is the emanation of Avalokiteshvara. So today we’ll first have the consecration of the statue of Thousand-armed and Thousand-eyed Avalokiteshvara, welcome the Thousand-armed and Thousand-eyed Avalokiteshvara to the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, and then pray that the Thousand-armed and Thousand-eyed Avalokiteshvara would give blessings to His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang.

Though you don’t hear these several lamas talking much today, they are in fact great lamas in the Order who have practiced Buddhism very well and have all conducted the three-year retreat following the Drikung Kagyu Tradition. One of them, Lama Dawang, had also conducted the retreat in the Snow Mountain of Lapchi, and his retreat room had an altitude that is 500 meters higher than that of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche went on humorously: That’s because he is younger and can run faster than Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led the Khenpo, Lamas and ordained practitioners in conducting the consecration ritual for the statue of Thousand-armed and Thousand-eyed Avalokiteshvara. When that was concluded, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche started to perform the Amitayus ritual and led the disciples in chanting the Amitayus Mantra.

Before chanting the mantra, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said: Today there are a total of 1,011 disciples who are chanting the Amitayus Mantra. If each disciple can complete chanting it 13,000 times, then we would be able to chant the Amitayus Mantra for a total of 13 million times as offerings to His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. If you feel sleepy while chanting it, you can keep your eyes focused on the mandala and chant it with a pure mind. Don’t think of any of your personal matters. You only need to think that you are chanting the mantra as an offering to His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang.

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Updated on September 18, 2012