His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Puja Teachings – November 18, 2012

Before the puja, a female disciple and her children shared their experiences with the attendees. It was about how His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had helped their family.

The female disciple implored an audience with His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in 2007 when her mother died. Since her mother left this world with deep hatred and resentment, she implored His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to liberate her mother. After seeing His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche twice, the guru agreed to liberate her mother and instructed that she became a vegetarian and attended the Chod Puja. She thanked His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for liberating her mother, allowing her mother to let go of her attachments.

She fell ill in 1990 when her daughter was one month old. She would vomit even when a single grain of rice or a single drop of water enters her mouth. The Chinese medicine physician told her that her six arteries were weak, and the Western doctor diagnosed her with irregular heartbeat. Since she had no one to help her, and she often had stomach ache, she felt an impulse to commit suicide by stabbing herself in the stomach.

She became pregnant again in 1992, but she had to maintain her health with Chinese medicine in order to give birth to her son. After the birth her body became weaker. She had to take the medicine, costing NT10,000 per prescription, for half a year, but no diagnosis was ever made by the gynecologist. After further search, the doctor finally gave her an alternative treatment with the instruction that she must never be pregnant again, otherwise she may die. The doctor also instructed her to retain the prescription, since the symptoms will return when she is old. At the time she thought, “I am finished, I will be ill for the rest of my life”. She felt that she must take care of her health so that she does not become a burden for her children. She would raise her children until they became independent, then she should be ready to leave this world. Therefore she has never stopped taking her Chinese medicine, and she used the best medicine.

Since she had the causal condition to meet His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in 2007, she started to see the physician at Glorious Jewel Chinese Medicine Clinic. She remembered registering for taking refuge in the beginning of September, and by October she started having rashes on her face. She sought an audience with His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who then pointed out her lack of faith in the guru, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. One week later, her rash healed, but her fingers started having ulcers and spread to the rest of her body. By December, the skin ulcer has spread to all four limbs and body, which also developed itching vesicles. His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked the Chinese medicine physician to tell her the cause of her illness was spleen problem – the disease has been going on for a while, and it would heal eventually, so she must be patient.

She was unable to work for a whole month in early 2008. She would use an entire bottle of Bao Yuan Ointment and another bottle at night. She eventually used over 200 bottles of Bao Yuan Ointment. Her face looks yellow and withered at the time, so her colleagues and family gossiped that she has become a religious fanatic. She told herself that in time she would show result to prove that her decision to follow His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was correct. She continued to visit the Glorious Jewel Chinese Medicine Clinic every week, and by the time of Dragon Boat Festival her skin has completely healed. She was very thankful for His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

She then shared about her husband’s experience. Her husband had his first car accident in 1987 that required him to undergo maxillary surgery. He had a second car accident in 1993 which caused his femur to displace into his pelvic cavity. Furthermore the accident caused his ileum to rupture, cutting off 9 centimeters of the ileum. Because of this his feces spread to his stomach and lungs leading to necrosis of intestines. Feces also accumulated in his lungs. There was a third accident in 2001 that caused impact to his frontal lobe. The accident caused ecchymosis, rib fracture, and displacement of the lungs. Her husband then developed seizure for the first time in 2003, and after that he would have seizure every 6 to 8 months. They routinely called for an ambulance at midnight or early morning, and visited hospitals very often.

Shortly after she took refuge in Buddhism, on January 6th 2008 her husband destroyed her altar, a Dharma photo, refuge certificate, and the Dharma photo of Protector Achi in an alcohol-fueled rage. He then forbade her from going to the Buddhist Center. At that time, she was afraid but she told her husband that when he was in a car accident and in the hospital with a notice of critical condition, she has always taken care of him. Besides her mother left the world full of hate and resentment and His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche liberated her mother, so she felt very auspicious because the guru saved her mother. She then resolutely expressed her determination to follow His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and after that her husband fell silent.

One week after her husband destroyed the Dharma photos, he had another seizure so he had to be hospitalized. She took her husband to seek an audience with His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and told the guru about the destruction of the Dharma photos. His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said, “You did not lose your money, but you lost photos of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas!” After that, he told her husband compassionately that destruction of photo of the Buddha was wrong and said, “Here, I will give you blessings.” After they returned to the hospital, a senior doctor told her husband that he must stop drinking. Hearing the diagnosis, her husband decided to quit smoking, drinking, and chewing betel nuts. Her son said with confusion, “For the past several years when dad went to the hospital, no one made any diagnosis about stopping drinking, how come that diagnosis was made now?” She told her son, “Son, this is because His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave us blessings, so he has the fortune to get help now!”

Her brother-in-law was found dead without an obvious cause, and his body was unidentified. His identity was only confirmed two months later at the hospital. At the time his face was dark with a savage expression. After she attended the Chod Puja and before her brother-in-law’s body was to be cremated, they discovered his face had turned white and clean while they were confirming his identity for the second time. Her husband broke down in tears, because her husband and his brother had seen each other for over 40 years, and he had never seen such a beautiful and handsome appearance of him. At that time she immediately told her husband, “This is an auspicious sign that His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has liberated his brother after presiding over the Chod Puja. Only His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has such great power.”

Her husband decided to become a vegetarian in 2010. In June of that year, her husband lost the will to live because he faced rejection from his coworkers due to some incidents at work. She then suggested that he sought an audience with His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately instructed her husband that he should apologize to his coworkers. Not long after, he sought an audience with His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche again and said surprisingly, “Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, I would like to follow you and practice Buddhism.” But His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told him, “Don’t talk to me about practicing Buddhism, but first control your temper.” Her husband was amazed that His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knew of his bad temper. Finally her husband no longer stopped her from learning Buddhism. At the same time, she brought her husband to attend the Daimonji Festival in Japan so that he could get closer to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. After they returned from the festival, her husband implored to attend the weekly puja, and His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche agreed in compassion.

Her husband took refuge in Buddhism on January 30th 2011; this is an event she had never dreamed of. As a matter of fact, her husband’s father had committed suicide with drug overdose, and his mother was a compulsive gambler. Ever since he was little, he drifted from place to place with his mother. After his mother remarried, she gambled and lost tens of million of dollars of the family fortune. As a result, the female disciple’s husband has always smiled on the surface, but kept his family background a deep secret. So, this experience was shared with the permission of her husband.

Before she implored an audience with His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she was constantly fighting with her husband at home, causing her children to live in fear. She often described her home as a madhouse where there would be constant arguments. She thought her home had several ticking time bombs that would explode any time, robbing her of any moments of peace. After she implored an audience with His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, her husband became a vegetarian and even took refuge with Buddhism. She praised that only His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has such all-embracing power.

After a puja at the Buddhist Center in July of 2011, her husband went into seizure and was rushed to the hospital with three tubes placement. Because he was deprived of oxygen for over 30 minutes and had severe convulsion his muscle enzyme elevated to 10,000 units. Normal people should only have a muscle enzyme value of less than 100 units and even athletes would not exceed 4-500 units after vigorous exercise. So the hospital issued a notice of critical condition. Normally an enzyme level this high requires a large amount of water, but after an intravenous injection her husband’s urine output decreased dramatically. All of his extremities had swollen. Doctors told her that his condition was critical, since he had experienced renal failure due to obstruction from myoglobin. Once renal function has been lost, he would require dialysis. However, after she prayed for the help of His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, her husband was no longer in critical condition. At first his urine was dark brown, two days later it turned to clear yellow, therefore he no longer required dialysis.

When her husband was finally discharged from the hospital, the doctor told her son, “Your father is very lucky. Normally such a serious condition requires several dialysis, but your father has never needed one.” When someone experienced as much oxygen deprivation as her husband, he would end up in a vegetative state. The only damage to her husband was loss of 18 years of memory. Furthermore, he didn’t have to go to the ICU and undergo surgeries, but only medications were required. In past hospital visits her husband was often irritable and he would require family members by his side when he was in ICU. This is the first time where he didn’t require a family member with him 24 hours a day. She was very thankful for His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and the Glorious Jewel Chinese Medicine Clinic for nursing her husband with a large amount of wild Tien Ma and other herbs. Her husband’s memory was slowly returning, and his quality of life was great. He could now eat, move, and sleep like any normal person.

She was very thankful that there were Dharma brothers helping her husband when he had seizure at the Buddhist Center. She also apologized for any stress she may have caused for them. In the past she could only handle it by herself, now she is at peace because His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and Dharma brothers at the Buddhist Center have been helping her.

Her son grew up in an environment dominated by constant fighting and therefore he was very insecure. His heart was full of fear and he had to constantly prepare for an ordeal. Because of her husband’s seizure at the Buddhist Center her son had the causal condition to take refuge in His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Before her son took refuge, he was a menace who enjoyed fighting, playing, and would not study. After he had an audience with His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, he stopped fighting and started studying. Recently her son said that their home has become peaceful and he enjoyed staying home now. Thanks to His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, her family was able to make the leap from hell. Indeed she was very grateful for His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s compassionate help.

She also wanted to repent, because all of her suffering was caused by her selfish acts in the past. Her father was a fish vendor, so they would eat seafood for every meal. Moreover her father treated her like a princess, taking her to a movie every day. No one has disciplined her as she was growing up, so she spent her days having fun. The only thing she worried about was ulcer on her arms and legs. She visited many doctors for her skin problem and even used alternative treatments such as snake soup, but none of them worked. While looking for a school to study in, she blamed her parents for not allowing her to study, so she stopped talking to her mother. While looking for a boyfriend, she was greedy for his high IQ, hoping that they could start a business together. She was also greedy for her husband’s clear and smooth skin, thinking that her own skin would become better too. After she married her husband, she aborted 7 babies because she did not want to have children. She and her husband committed very serious killing karma, yet they did not realize it. Furthermore, all of their foods came from lives that were taken from animals. She did not take her job seriously and she would often steal the company’s time. Her heart was filled with the five poisons – greed, resentment, ignorance, arrogance, and doubt and she also acted against all of the Ten Meritorious Acts. She repented of her rough personality, lack of courtesy, savagery, foolishness, lack of detail, arrogance, lack of faith in cause and effect, anger, sharp words, and lack of grace. The worst thing about her was that she would often forget painful lessons, and only cared about temporary bliss. She was lazy and lacked consideration for others. She selfishly thought of only herself when it comes to anything.

She was very thankful for His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s guidance, encouragement, great compassion, and mercy for sentient beings. She also thanked the guru for widely opening the Buddha’s door , liberating all sentient beings and allowing her and her family who are numskulled to receive His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s auspicious teachings. She felt that her past attitude, thoughts, words, and deeds were full of arrogance and evil and that she was difficult to tame. She regretted her ignorance and deep-rooted bad habits from her past lives and understood how much she needed His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s strict guidance and teachings. She also realized that all sentient beings desperately need the help of Buddhism.

“It is difficult to attain the human form and it is hard to encounter a meritorious guru.” As a disciple of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, she must constantly remind herself that she should cherish every opportunity to learn the way of Buddhism. “The benefit of Buddhism is boundless and the Buddha’s benevolence is immeasurable.” She prayed that she would be liberated from the reincarnation of the Six Realms and that myriad of sentient beings could be helped by Buddhism, leaving suffering and gaining happiness. Finally she prayed for the Drikung Kagyu lineage to prosper as well as for His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to have good health, to spread the Dharma far and wide, to keep turning the Dharma wheel, and to have eternal presence for benefiting all sentient beings.

Afterwards, the leading disciple led the attendees in chanting the Great Six-Syllable Mantra for one hour. Then, they sat silently until the conclusion of the puja.

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Updated on January 14, 2013