His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Puja Teachings – August 26, 2012

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the auspicious Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness of the Drikung Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism for the eighth time at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall. This Puja was attended by nearly 22,000 people, including a Ngakpa, a Khenpo, and four Lamas from the Drikung Kagyu, Nyingma and Gelug Orders of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as 30 ordained practitioners of Exoteric Buddhism. In addition, participants also included disciples and believers who came from the United States, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, South Africa, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, mainland China, Japan, and Taiwan. This auspicious Great Puja for Transferring Consciousness was characterized with an all-inclusive participation of the fourfold assembly from both Exoteric and Esoteric Buddhism. For this occasion, the President of the Republic of China Mr. Ma Ying-jeou especially presented a basket of flowers and with apothegms that read, “Perfect Merits,” wishing the Eighth Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness of the Drikung Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism presided over by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to be perfect and auspicious, with its merits benefiting boundless sentient beings.

At 8:20 a.m., His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche slowly entered the venue of the Puja in an electric car preceded by prayer flags, incense burners, musical instruments, eight offering girls and the jeweled parasol. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had the Dharma appearance that was stately and dignified, and with the continued resonance of the music preceding, the atmosphere had a far-reaching, profound and thrilling effect. All attendees remained quiet and reverent with their palms together, standing to welcome His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Upon stepping onto the mandala, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche made reverent prostrations to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, offered Khadak scarf to the propitious Dharma thrones of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang, lit the lamps to offer to the Buddha and then ascended to the Dharma throne.

At the beginning of the Puja, the leading disciple led the attendees in reciting the Prayer to the Eight Noble Auspicious Ones, thus opening the prelude to the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness of the Drikung Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Then, with the sound echoing through the venue as prayers such as the Seven Branches of Offering and Praises to Buddha Amitabha were being recited, Khenpo Namdol led the ordained practitioners and the eight offering girls, as well as the five believer representatives who had been randomly selected by lot at the time of entrance in offering the mandalas to His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Before performing the Dharma, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave the attendees the following precious Dharma teaching:

Today, you have all worked hard by getting up so early to participate in the Puja, forsaking a holiday, which is a day of typhoon too. But fortunately, the typhoon is gone and did not affect you because of the blessings of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, who allowed you to have peace of mind in attending the Puja.

What you are attending today is the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness of the Drikung Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. The “Zang” as in Tibetan Buddhism refers to the area of Tibet, where, after Buddhism was introduced from India, Tibetan Buddhism came into being as a result of combination of Exoteric and Esoteric Buddhism. Tibetan Buddhism refers to the Dharma lineage that has been passed down in the area of Tibet. After Buddha Shakyamuni propagated the Dharma in India, Buddhism spread to China to the north, where it is referred to as Mahayana Buddhism, and to Thailand, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka, etc. to the south, where it is called Theravada Buddhism. After Buddhism was introduced into China, it has been influenced by the Chinese culture, so some rituals are not described in the Buddhist sutras. Venerable Marpa of Tibet went to learn the Dharma in India and translated many Buddhist sutras and Dharma texts, which were passed down to his disciple Milarepa.

The Mahayana Buddhism that was introduced into China is mainly Exoteric Buddhism. But Tibetan Buddhism has kept the most complete Exoteric and Tantric teachings with many Buddhist sutras and Dharma texts. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also started out learning Exoteric Buddhism. Later when he learned Tibetan Buddhism, he found that many contents were the same as described in the Buddhist sutras. Tantra does not mean that it’s mysterious. But at least 10 years of practice in Exoteric Buddhism is required before one can learn and practice Tantra.

The word “Drikung” as in Drikung Kagyu refers to a place, and “Kagyu” means by oral transmission. It may take quite a long time to explore all the underlying meanings, so we’ll not touch upon it today. The Kagyu Order is one of the four major orders of Tibetan Buddhism. The causal condition of your attending today’s Puja is the start of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage.

What you are attending today is a Great Indiscriminate Puja. The word “Indiscriminate” means that “It is all-inclusive without any hindrance,” and that all sentient beings, rich or poor, regardless of their social status or position, may come and attend the Puja without any conditions or restrictions, as long as they have the heart and affinity. There were many indiscriminate pujas in ancient India. In China, great indiscriminate pujas started to be held by Emperor Wu of Liang Dynasty. In an indiscriminate puja, there is no special board established in honor of “major donors.” Just like the Puja you’re attending today, there is no fee for entrance or even registration of the deceased persons to be liberated. All costs of this Puja are shared by all the members of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. So there is no commercial atmosphere, making it an extremely pure Puja. A truly pure Puja held in accordance with the Dharma can benefit sentient beings and certainly can have the blessings of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas so that it will be smooth and successful.

Today, more than 20,000 people came to attend the Puja. But no publicity had been made through the television or other media for this Puja. Nor had there been any poster in vegetarian restaurants or other places. However, why have more than 20,000 people come to attend it without any publicity? The reason is what is referred to in Buddhism as “causal conditions.” Drikung Kagyu Lord Jigten Sumgon once had the maximum number of 180,000 ordained practitioners who followed him to practice Buddhism. In the ages without advanced communication technology, how did Lord Jigten Sumgon have so many disciples? It was by word of mouth, because of affinity. On the surface it may appear that people came to attend the Puja as they have been introduced by friends and relatives. But in fact, you must have had the affinity with Amitabha in your past lives so that you could have the affinity to attend the Puja today.

Amitabha is the Yidam who has been introduced by Buddha Shakyamuni for the sake of sentient beings in the Age of Degenerate Dharma. Many people have the wrong idea that reciting the Buddhist sutras for the deceased would allow the latter to go to the Pure Land.  But performing the Dharma of the Pure Land is not as simple as reciting the Dharma name of the Buddha and conducting a few penitential rites before one is able to go to the Pure Land. The Amitabha Sutra says it quite clearly that one cannot be reborn to the Pure Land unless he or she is a virtuous man or woman with the indispensable virtuous roots, merits and causal conditions who has aspired to be reborn in the Pure Land and kept reciting the name of Amitabha for one day up to seven days with one mind. However, reciting the Dharma name of the Buddha for one to seven days, according to the sutra, should be reciting the name of Amitabha under the condition of the Eight Precepts. Have you all met the requirements regarding the virtuous roots, merits and causal conditions and mantra-chanting with one mind? If you have not, how would you be able to liberate the deceased to the Pure Land by just reciting the sutras for them?

Buddhist sutras mention that the Pure Land Sect is a simple and convenient Dharma method. But they also say that this Dharma method is “difficult to believe.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not understand the true meaning of what the Buddhist sutras say until he started learning Tantra. The so-called “difficult to believe” has a dual meaning: First, it is difficult for sentient beings with heavy karma on earth to believe in this Dharma method; and secondly, it is not so simple for people who are learning Buddhism in the Age of Degenerate Dharma to cultivate to the stage which allows them to be reborn in Amitabha’s Pure Land. The audience to whom Buddha Shakyamuni was teaching the Dharma consisted of no average people. They were Bodhisattvas, Arahants, great bhiksus, and the elders who were grand practitioners that had attained fruition. They could immediately understand the Dharma as taught by Buddha Shakyamuni. But we are all ordinary people, and we are not able to easily practice the Dharma as taught in the Buddhist sutras. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was beginning to learn Exoteric Buddhism, he recited the sutras and sat for meditation three or four hours every day but still could not completely achieve what the Buddhist sutras say. That was why the Buddha had introduced Amitabha, so the lay people would be able to follow and practice, because most of the people learning Buddhism during the Age of Degenerate Dharma are lay practitioners. Sariputra, who was mentioned in the sutras, was a lay practitioner rather than an ordained practitioner. Buddha Shakyamuni wanted lay practitioners of the Age of Degenerate Dharma to know that they could practice Buddhism just the way Sariputra did. 99% of attendees of today’s Puja are lay people.

We are now living in the era of what the Buddhist sutras refer to as the evil world stained with five turbidities, and one of which is the turbidity of view. Sentient beings of the Age of Degenerate Dharma have a lot of their own thoughts. They use their own life’s experience in thinking about, learning and practicing Buddhism. This is why Buddha Shakyamuni said that the Dharma method of the Pure Land was difficult to believe in. For example, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once helped a bhikkhuni who had been ordained for 30 years and had cancer. She dared not to sleep at all a month before she passed away as she had misunderstood the sutras, fearing that once she fell asleep and failed to see Buddha Amitabha when he came to take her, she would not be able to go to the Pure Land. When this bhikkhuni came to seek an audience, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche explained to her what the conditions of being reborn in the Pure Land really meant as described in the Amitabha Sutra. She then understood and could sleep after that. Many people have a similar situation as this bhikkhuni. This is why the Amitabha Sutra says “not to reverse.” This would happen if you are not learning Buddhism for the purpose of liberation from life and death, as some people still hope to be reborn as human beings in their next life.

According to the Buddhist sutras, the “virtuous” as in the virtuous man and woman means that one abides by the Ten Meritorious Acts, whose very first act is no killing. The Sutra of Ten Meritorious Acts is easy to get and we will not be touching upon that today. The guru can help you accumulate blessed rewards and merits, and create causal conditions. But you have to practice the Ten Meritorious Acts yourselves. The Buddhas and Bodhisattvas cannot do that for you. A believer with cancer came to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche last month and said that she had attended two Grand Pujas. When the guru asked her if she became a vegetarian after attending the Grand Pujas, she said no. On the one hand, she had attended the Grand Pujas, and on the other, she was not willing to become a vegetarian. As a result, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche wouldn’t be able to help her problems which had to do with her eating meat. The guru would like to emphasize once again that you need the virtuous roots, merits and causal conditions of numerous lifetimes in order to be reborn in the Pure Land. And you can only rely on yourself when it comes to planting the virtuous roots.

Today you came to attend the Puja for Transferring Consciousness. On the surface it appears as though it’s about helping the deceased. But in fact it’s mainly about helping you. Not just those who are dead need help. Those who are living now also need it, because you have a lot of affliction and may fall into the Three Evil Realms in the future. There are more than 20,000 attendees today. Though Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is presiding over the Puja, he would like to thank you, because your attendance is what makes the Puja. So you are the protagonists, and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is just a supporting role. Your attendance here makes it possible for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to practice on the Bodhisattva’s path so that he could benefit himself as well as others and help you remove obstacles in learning Buddhism. The obstacles that you have when practicing Buddhism are not necessarily your karmic creditors. They may take the form of a person who appears to love you very much, or a sudden turn of things that makes you very wealthy, or your child passing the college entrance examinations. These so-called changes for the better in the world may turn into your obstacles so that you’d have attachments that prevent you from learning Buddhism. If you are not determined to mend your bad habits, you’d surely have the opportunity of falling into the Three Evil Realms after you pass away.

When you attend the Puja, the most important things that you should have are your sincerity and reverence – reverence for Buddhism. On the other hand, it also depends on the qualifications of the presiding practitioner, who must have attained the fruition of the Mahamudra Simplicity Yoga and realized the emptiness. Simplicity Yoga means that, to put it simply, there is no attachment, regarding all things that happen in the world as a game. At the same time, the presiding guru also must be one who is accomplished in performing the Phowa, and he not only can go to the Pure Land himself, but also can help liberate others to be reborn in the Pure Land through the Phowa.

It’s very important to participate in the Puja with the right motivation. First of all, you must have pure mind, be focused, and do not think whether you know or understand Buddhism or not. Secondly, you must have reverence, which is the best offering. Only when you make an offering can you accumulate blessed rewards and receive help from Buddhism. If you attend the Puja with reverence, it would be the best offering. Making offerings to Bodhisattvas who have just aroused the aspiration will have greater merits than making offerings to those who have already attained Buddhahood. This is because the Bodhisattva with newly aroused aspirations is the practitioner who has determined to stop the evil deeds and carry out the virtuous acts. Consequently, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas all come to praise him.

Before performing the Dharma, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reminded the attendees to sit up straight and do not doze off. If someone dozes off during the Puja, it means that he does not want to listen to the Dharma, and it’s possible for him to fall into the Animal Realm in future lives. But since he has attended the Puja and has accumulated some blessed rewards, he may be reborn as a pet. So, if you see someone sitting next to you dozing off in a moment, help remind him to be awake whether you know him or not. If an elderly person is sitting next to you, also wake him if you see him dozing off. If a child cannot sit for a long time, you may let him get up and walk around a bit. A child may want to walk around the venue seeing that it is so big, as long as he does not interfere with anyone else.

Today Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was in a little hurry in performing the Dharma, as many sentient beings had been waiting for it already. More than half of the attendees came to the Puja for the first time, and usually they would bring more sentient beings. For today’s Puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche started a retreat two days ago. On the first night of the retreat, he slept well, but on the second, he could not sleep at all. It was not that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was nervous because of today’s Puja. The Guru would not be nervous as the Puja has been held for eight consecutive years. It was because many sentient beings who wished to be liberated had been very anxious and all had already arrived. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said humorously that all the attendees were all very affluent. It does not mean that they are financially well-endowed. Rather, they have with them many karmic creditors who could not wait to be liberated. They appeared one night before the Puja, causing Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to be unable to sleep throughout the night.

Before officially performing the Dharma, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stated: What we’re performing today is Tantra. During each section of the Dharma, the Dharma texts will be read in Tibetan first. After that, a brief explanation will be made on the parts that are related to Exoteric Buddhism. The parts that relate to Tantra will not be made public on the other hand. The saying that “the Dharma shall not be transmitted to the third person” means that Tantra is taught on a one-on-one basis. When His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang was transmitting the Dharma to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, it was on one-on-one basis. Both Exoteric Buddhism and Vajrayana are Buddhism. The only difference between them is that one would start practicing Exoteric Buddhism from the causal ground, while the practice of Tantra starts with the resultant ground.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche began to perform the Dharma. First, they were the rituals of the Three Refuges and the Arousal of Aspiration. Then, the guru praised the stately Dharma appearances and merits of Amitabha, Avalokitesvara and Vajrapani in Amitabha’s Pure Land. After that, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave charity of Torma to sentient beings who had been unable to attend the Puja. Following that, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche expelled the army of all kinds of demons that tried to prevent the Puja from being held successfully, praised Buddha Amitabha for his merits, welcomed the Yidam to the mandala, and purified the body, speech and mind of the practitioners so that they could be no different from Buddha Amitabha.

Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche went on to perform the ritual of offering. After performing the Dharma for a while, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stated that all the sections that had been completed were about making offerings to the Yidam and the Dharma protectors. The Guru particularly stressed that the offerings would turn into immeasurable light shedding over the void, making offerings to Buddha Amitabha and all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas above, and shedding light extensively on sentient beings in the Six Realms. The bright light would also merge into oneself, just like sunlight and moonlight, allowing practitioners’ mantra to come in contact with the mind-stream of the Yidam.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche remarked: The ritual of empowerment will be performed next. The difference between Exoteric Buddhism and Tantra lies in that Tantra has “empowerment,” which signifies that the guru empowers the practitioners on behalf of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas so that the practitioners can start learning and practice the Dharma method of the Yidam. The first empowerment ritual conducted will be that of the treasure bottle. Sit up straight and look at the treasure bottle in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s hand. The Guru started reciting the Dharma text, bestowing the empowerment. Then it was the empowerment of “speech”. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stated after reciting the Dharma text: The empowerment of “speech” is to open up the channel in your throat that has been blocked so that you would not have obstacles as you chant mantras in the future and you would have the purity of “speech”. Then the empowerment of wisdom was conducted. The fourth empowerment came last. Upon completion of four empowerments, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led the attendees in chanting Amitabha Mantra for a long time.

Then the eight offering girls, with Tibetan traditional costumes on them, went onto the mandala to sing a song in their clear and resonating voice as an offering to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stated: The eight offering girls are offering the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas with the song on your behalf, and they are singing praises on the merits and compassion of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is accepting the song as an offering on behalf of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. The melody of the song that they are singing was not composed by humans. Rather, it is a song sung by Dakinis. You may not understand very much by “Dakinis.” But you would if I say “the Flying Apsaras” instead.

With completion of the offering rituals, the Tsok was conducted. The staff was about to distribute the items, offered to the Buddhas on the mandala, among all attendees so that they could share them. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said: In a moment we will distribute the offered items. Those who went to the bathrooms should come back to their seats as soon as possible, and those who have not, please wait a little bit. When you receive your share of the Tsok, you can enjoy a part of it, which signifies that you are sharing the food with the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, thus planting the causal conditions for you to share with the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in the future. You should also take out a part of it as return offerings, which will be offered as your charity-giving. You should cherish the opportunity that you can share food with the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Staff members who are distributing the offered items please be careful not to give the share to those who are not at their own seats. If they are not willing to share the Tsok with the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, then we don’t have to keep a portion for them. They will not be allowed to receive a portion either when the Puja is over. While the Tsok and the nectar water were being distributed, the leading disciple on the mandala was offering the tea and rice to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas on behalf of sentient beings, and Khenpo Namdol was leading the attendees in reciting the tea- and rice-offering prayers.

After the Tsok offering, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said: As a matter of fact, the “Zhongyuan Liberation Rite” that you know was originally a Buddhist classic story. During the time of Buddha Shakyamuni, his disciple Venerable Moggallana Thera who had No. 1 supernatural power learned that his mother was suffering in the Hungry Ghost Realm. So he used his supernatural power to turn things into food for his mother to eat, but was unable to help liberate his mother from suffering. So he implored the Buddha for help. Buddha Shakyamuni then taught him to offer vegetarian feast to the sangha upon the perfect completion of Vassa in July. The disciple followed the Buddha’s instruction and succeeded in helping liberate his mother from the Hungry Ghost Realm to be reborn in the Heaven Realm with the merits from making offerings to the sangha. This was the origin of the Yulanpen Puja. The Buddhist sutras do not mention that “the door to hell is open during this month.” If there is such a door open, would the ghosts that came out want to go back in? The Buddhist sutras do not mention burning ghost money, either. The ghosts would not be able to get hold of such money. Some people would snatch up the ghost money and food after they are left behind by people who offered to the ghosts. But how can these be good things if they have been touched by the ghosts?

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then started the ritual of liberation. He told those who left their seats to come back quickly. First, an ordained disciple represented the deceased to make three prostrations to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. As Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was starting to perform the liberation ritual, he instructed the attendees to say out loud three times the names of the deceased whom they wanted to have liberated.

After reciting a section of the Dharma text, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said: The Dharma that we have just performed was intended to help remove the obstacles that the deceased had before they passed away. If the deceased ate meat, drank alcohol, smoked cigarette and lied to others, the ritual performed just now could remove their obstacles so that they could receive help from Buddhism. The reason that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche wanted you to come back to your seats was that only when you were present would the sentient beings that had anything to do with you be able to receive help. If you were not present, they would not be able to receive help no matter how many names you put on the list for liberation.

Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed the attendees to rise and bow three times to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas on the mandala on behalf of the deceased. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led the attendees in reciting the prayer:

In the intermediate state between death and reincarnation;
With fear and at the door to hell;
Tortured by affliction and pain;
Wandering and lingering with sorrow and loneliness;
They pray to be liberated by the power of mercy and compassion.

With that, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed the liberation ritual. More than 20,000 attendees stood with utmost reverence with their palms together, stately and quiet. With extremely profound meditation and the enormous merits that he has accumulated, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche liberated all sentient beings that came to the Puja. It showed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s incomparable compassion and all-embracing power, which moved all the attendees who were grateful to the guru.

After the liberation ritual, the leading disciple led the attendees in reciting the dedication prayer. Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led the attendees in reciting the “Aspiration Prayer for Rebirth in the Pure Land” in both Chinese and Tibetan. Upon perfect completion of the Dharma, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was going to perform the purification ritual for the attendees. But before he did that, he stated: Now I will purify all of you with the nectar water. Remain in your seat and do not run after the electric vehicle. Even if you are not sprayed with the nectar water, as long as you have faith, you will receive blessings from the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. As for those who do not have faith, it will be useless even if you have a bucketful of nectar water pouring down on you.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stepped down from the mandala, and boarded the electric car. Preceded by the eight offering girls, the guru went around the venue, purifying and blessing the more than 20,000 attendees with the nectar water, cleansing their body, speech and mind. Under the great all-embracing power of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the attendees all sat quietly and reverently on their seats, waiting for their turn. While Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was performing the purification ritual, the Kusha-grass bundle became very heavy as it was soaked with the nectar water. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued to wave the Kusha-grass and spray the nectar water to the attendees waiting reverently with their palms together, in complete disregard of the scoliosis and the pain from the right shoulder joints. During the purification, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche kept blessing the attendees by chanting the mantras for them, who on the other hand expressed their gratitude with their continuing applause for the selfless efforts of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

After purifying the attendees for 20 minutes, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche became very exhausted. But the guru once again stepped onto the mandala and gave the attendees the following teaching compassionately:

Taiwan is a commercial society and everyone is very busy, even on Sundays. It was not easy for you to have come to attend the Puja so early today. In Tibet, it takes an entire day to perform this Dharma. But Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is considerate for all of you. Many of the contents in the Dharma text should have been recited by lamas. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche personally recited the Dharma texts in order to ensure the Puja is smooth and successful. Though it was faster and less time was spent, no corners have been cut. Instead, the Dharma was perfectly performed within this morning, and the session was full of the concentrated essence of the Dharma texts.

Preparation for the Puja that you have all attended today had been going on for a year. This Puja held by the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center was not intended for seeking fame or profit. More than 1,000 disciples sacrificed much time to make it happen without any complaint or regret while withstanding all kinds of pressure. This is so because Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is very strict with them, to the extent of being a perfectionist. You have seen just now that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was reprimanding some disciples from the Dharma throne, in an attempt to help them avoid any negligence, which may cause your misunderstanding about Buddhism. These disciples are younger than Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, but their actions are slower than those of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. If they have not been careful enough or done their best, please bear with them for the sake of their sincere efforts in preparing for the Puja without any complaints or expecting anything in return. Today, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche only helped you with a line of connection, linking you up with the causal conditions of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas so that you could have the Dharma affinity. If you are grateful, you really should start learning Buddhism. But do not come to the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center because it already has too many disciples. There are many gurus who act in accordance with the Dharma in Taiwan. So you may go and learn Buddhism there.

You must be thinking: What benefits did this Puja bring to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche? Of course there were benefits, as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could benefit many sentient beings. So in the future, we will certainly be able to continue to hold more Pujas of this kind to benefit more sentient beings. Your attendance at this Puja will surely bring you benefits in your future lives. In one of your future lives, you will know that you did not come to attend this Puja in vain today.

At this point, the attendees gave applause to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche as their expression of gratitude for the guru.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told the attendees that they did not need to thank him. Rather, they should give all their thanks to His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. As soon as he mentioned the Three Grace Root Guru, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche choked with emotion. Words failed him for a few seconds. Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued: If it had not been for His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, there would not have been Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche today. Tibetans are usually quite conservative. But it may be said that His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang broke through the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism by transmitting the Dharma to him and certifying an accomplished Han Chinese practitioner as a Rinpoche.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once again emphasized: You must be virtuous men and women with indispensable virtuous roots, merits and causal conditions, arouse your aspirations, and recite the Buddha’s name for one to seven days with one mind before you can be reborn in the Pure Land. In the Age of Degenerate Dharma, evil force is greater than virtuous force. If you continue to do evil, such as eating meat, drinking alcohol or cheating others, you’d have a greater chance of being swept into evil collective karma. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was not able to sleep the night before, not because he was nervous, but rather because your karmic creditors could not wait. They all came to look for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. So Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew that there would be many of the attendees today who came for the first time, and many of their karmic creditors they brought had never been liberated.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche exhorted again: Do not eat meat anymore. Today you came to attend the Puja risking your life on a day of typhoon. The merits that you have obtained are 10,000 times more than usual. But if you continue to eat meat, your merits today will be undermined and turned into Human-Heaven blessed rewards, which can only be used in your next life instead of this life.

When a region suffers from a lot of typhoons, it means that the people there mostly do not believe in cause and effect or abide by the ethics. More and more people in Taiwan do not believe in ethics, causing so many things to happen recently. Along with the typhoon, there are many nagas, ghosts and sentient beings that have been harmed. Even if there is no disaster caused by it, it would give you fear and affliction. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was in Japan and learned that two typhoons were on their way to Taiwan, he performed Dharma to drive them away. Furthermore, there is a new type of virus in Africa called Ebola which could be fatal. Why does such a virus emerge? That’s because people there do not believe in cause and effect, and they like to destroy tropical rain forests which are homes of these viruses and their hosts. With their homes gone, they have to live with the human beings.

By means of this Puja, may all of you, this land, and even the whole world live in peace and harmony. May your families be blessed with peace and harmony as well.

After acknowledging to the khenpo, ngakpa, lamas and ordained practitioners who have attended the Puja, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche left the venue of the Puja by the electric car escorted by prayer flags, incense burners, musical instruments and a jeweled parasol. The more than 20,000 attendees stood reverently to bid farewell to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, who, with the prayer beads in hand raised high, continued to chant the mantra and bless all attendees, showing his great compassion of never abandoning any sentient beings. The attendees, on the other hand, continued to applaud to express their gratitude, and thanked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in unison for performing the auspicious Dharma to liberate sentient beings as well as for his precious teaching and blessings.

The Puja came to perfect conclusion at 12:40 p.m. Many attendees expressed their thanks for the beneficence of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas by making reverent prostrations in front of the mandala. With the all-embracing power of His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the Puja has been in good order without noise or confusion despite the presence of nearly 22,000 attendees, who deeply felt the stateliness and auspiciousness of the Puja. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been acting in complete accordance with the Dharma, seeking no fame or profit; furthermore, with his grand accomplishment in Tantra cultivation, the guru selflessly promoted Buddhism and benefited countless sentient beings.

Jointly witnessed by representatives of the Department of Social Affairs of the Ministry of the Interior, attorneys and representatives of banks, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche donated the monetary offerings from all the attendees in the amount of NT$6.98 million to the Department of Social Affairs of the Ministry of the Interior as funds for charity and social welfare, providing a rare opportunity for the attendees to form virtuous affinity with sentient beings.

Upon conclusion of the Puja, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche went back to the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center and led the disciples in performing the Dharma of Protector Achi, expressing the gratitude to Dharma Protectors for ensuring that the Puja came to an auspicious and perfect conclusion.

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Updated on October 9, 2012