His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Puja Teachings – December 9, 2012

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over a puja at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Taipei.

Before the puja, a female disciple gave thanks to His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas for allowing her the opportunity to praise the guru. After that she shared with everyone the way His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has helped her and her family and made repentance at the same time.

January 16, 2011 was the most important day in this female disciple’s life when she finally took refuge in His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. From the day she received permission from the guru to formally taking refuge, she looked forward to this for many months. She was very happy at the Refuge Puja as she finally had someone to depend on. She was very grateful and touched and she made a resolution to learn Buddhism diligently. However, after she took refuge, her mind started to become lax but she did not realize that.

After she took refuge, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche transmitted the Dharma method of Four-Armed Avalokitesvara. After that she was supposed to come to the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center on Saturday to implore Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the consecration of the Dharma photo of the Four-Armed Avalokitesvara, but she had to work that day. After working all day she was very tired, therefore she decided not to come to the Buddhist Center. She thought it was not so urgent, so she waited until next week! She repented for being lax and lazy, lacking reverence for the guru and the Dharma. In the meantime, she was greedy, and thought the sooner the Dharma photo was consecrated the sooner she could begin her morning prayer session. Before the puja on Sunday, she kneeled in front of His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s lounge to wait along with many other disciples to implore the guru to consecrate the Dharma photo. Before His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ascended to the Dharma throne, he instructed a disciple to relay the message: “Are those of you who are kneeling in front of the lounge to implore for the consecration of the Dharma photo very busy on Saturday? Why didn’t you come on Saturday?” This female disciple answered insolently with disrespect: “I had to work on Saturday.” The guru instructed everyone to return to their seats immediately and began the puja, and no one had their Dharma photo consecrated. Once His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ascended the Dharma throne, the guru began to reprimand this female disciple’s lack of reverence and stated: “Who said that she didn’t have time to come for the consecration because she had to work?” At this time, she knelt immediately. His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stated: “You think you are so special that you had to work. Is there anyone here who doesn’t have to work? Do you think you’re the only one who has to work? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had to work every day and he is busy all the time, so there is no time to do consecration for your Dharma photo. You hope the guru, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas would accommodate you, satisfy you, and make you happy. Does His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche have to wait for you at your workplace and then do the consecration for your Dharma photo? You are stingy and afraid that your boss would deduct your pay. How can you practice Buddhism when you only care about your own interest? You treat your Buddhist practice like it’s a part time job, and working is your full time job. However there is nothing more important in this world than learning and practicing Buddhism! Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is a full time Rinpoche and everything else is part time for him.” The guru said that she was arrogant and that if she wanted her Dharma photo consecrated, then she must wait. When she heard this, instantly her mind was completely blank and she felt a great deal of shame. However she also realized that any words from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, be it joyous or angry words, were all Dharma teachings given to benefit sentient beings. She was thankful that His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche treated her arrogance with such an auspicious Dharma method. The more she wanted to save face, the more the guru would use such a method to correct her! With this realization, she went from the feeling of fear and shame to calmly contemplating the guru’s blessings.

She repented of becoming complacent after taking refuge, thinking that she could let her thoughts and behavior be uncontrolled now that she has got the guru, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to depend on. She even forgot the objective of taking refuge. His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had said: The Dharma teaches us to reflect on our own thoughts and behavior. However when she started becoming complacent, she did not reflect on herself, but allowed her mind to become even more uncontrolled. She forgot that His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s compassion and the Dharma were precious, yet she had no reverence. Not only that, when she thought she was too tired from work and wanted to rest, she did not think about the fact that His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw more than 200 believers on each Saturday, tirelessly benefiting sentient beings. She repented so deeply that she was unable to stop her tears as she felt a great deal of shame. She wasn’t upset for being exposed of her error in front of everyone by the guru, but felt she disappointed His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas for not following their teachings! She was thankful that His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave her the chance to kneel before everyone and repent, allowing her to realize what a vicious disciple she was! She was moved by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s stately appearance and compassionate blessings. The guru’s power of compassion came over her like ocean waves, yet it was also like the spring breeze. Even though she has been teaching for many years, she now understood the meaning of “the feeling as if enfolded in the spring breeze”! She was very grateful for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings!

Not long ago, she knelt before the guru to repent, holding the Dharma photo of the Four-Armed Avalokitesvara and imploring His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to give her another chance to rectify herself. The guru took a look at her without saying anything. After a while the guru said to her: “Get in line!” Finally, she could kneel at the Buddhist Center and wait reverently for His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to consecrate the Dharma photo of hers with other Dharma Brothers! She was grateful for His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s great compassion that allowed her to be liberated from the abyss of darkness and suffering, and felt that she still has a little bit of hope. For her, who only took refuge recently, if it were not for His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s auspicious blessings, she would not have known what to follow, and eventually she might give up learning Buddhism altogether! She was thankful for being able to join her Dharma brothers. Looking at the Dharma photo in her hand that was just about to be consecrated, she felt it was so precious! She realized people would always take things for granted until they lose it, she must always reflect on her own thoughts, follow His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche closely and act according to the teachings!

She was grateful for His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche! Even though she was not a very good disciple, the guru still took care of her and her family. Her brother had kidney failure before he was discharged from the army and had to undergo dialysis ever since. After undergoing two kidney transplants, he had to go to the hospital countless times as he did not take care of his health. In July of last year (2011) he was hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit due to sepsis and acute kidney rejection. The hospital issued a notice of critical condition. Her mother was very worried about her brother’s condition, so she came to the Buddhist Center with her mother imploring His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to help her brother. She reported to the guru her brother’s condition and implored for help. The guru asked her: “How would you like me to help?” At the time she did not know how to answer. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked, “What does he do for a living?” She told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche truthfully: “My brother sells dzi beads.” His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked if her brother worked at a certain store and she immediately answered: “No, he works for himself.” The guru then said: “That’s even worse!” At that time her mother added: “He did this in the past, but not anymore.” His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately said: “So do past evil deeds not count as evil?” Even though her brother had heavy evil karma, the guru still asked for her brother’s name and zodiac sign. He then entered the meditative state and stated: “This person must suffer for a bit in order to change.” After that, the guru gave her brother mantra blessings and told them a specific date. If her brother’s condition improved before this date he will be fine, otherwise the situation would not be good. Finally, the guru told her mother if she needed anything else, she could come back to request for help.

She was grateful for His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche! After the guru’s blessings, her brother’s condition started improving, and he was discharged from the hospital very soon. Then, she accompanied her mother and brother to thank His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for his help. Once her mother saw the guru, she kneeled and prostrated in front of the guru to thank him for helping her son. The compassionate Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said with a smile, “that’s ok, that’s ok!” At that time her brother suddenly asked His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for an advice. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately allowed him to ask the question. Her brother said that he has taken refuge in Tibetan Buddhism for over 10 years and he was interested in Tibetan culture and history, so he would like to start a business selling incenses and tangkas. His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche inquired her brother about the guru he took refuge with before and his lineage, then stated in a serious expression: “If you are interested in the history and culture of Tibet, you may certainly study and research it. But is it right to profit from the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas? Furthermore, usually ordinary people cannot get the best things as Tibetans do not give best things to outsiders; however His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is different, as Tibetans do not regard the guru as an outsider, so the guru can obtain the best things. For example the incenses sold by the Glorious Jewel Company contain no stray branches or stems and its ingredients have been finely ground – they are very different than what’s available out there. As for Buddha statues and tangkas, in ancient Tibet, lamas would make the tangkas. People who liked it would reverently bring it home and enshrine it, and make offerings to lamas and temples according to their financial means. However, in present days people often sell Buddha statues with a price tag to profit from it, which is not right. Changing the subject, His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked her brother: Did you think your mother implored me to save you in order to for you to do business again after you have recovered? The guru then instructed her brother to take care of his health otherwise the guru would not help him next time. The female disciple knelt beside her brother, full of tears, deeply touched by the compassion of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who was just like her own parent! She could only be thankful for the guru’s tireless teachings as he never gave up any sentient beings despite of their heavy evil karma!

While seeking an audience with His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the female disciple’s brother was wearing Buddhist beads on his neck and wrists and also holding a set of prayer beads in his hands which clanged loudly against each other. Same with her mother, a trinket here, another trinket there, along with a counter on her wrist. His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued to say: “Learning Buddhism isn’t meant for show. What is the purpose of wearing so many accessories?” When His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche wasn’t wearing the Dharma robe, no one could tell the guru was a Buddhist practitioner. The guru then compassionately said to her brother: “Even though you have learned Buddhism for many years, regrettably you had no causal condition to learn the correct concepts. Since you also have taken refuge in the Kagyu Order, why aren’t you a vegetarian?” The compassionate Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reminded her mother: “Your son should see a Chinese medicine practitioner and take Chinese herbs to care for his body.” Finally, as they were leaving, the guru actually blessed her brother’s and her mother’s prayer beads. This time she started crying profusely and she could only prostrate and give thanks to the guru. She thought to herself, how was it possible that they who were afflicted with heavy evil karma, received such warmth and blessings from a great practitioner? His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stated that her brother came with the irreverent attitude of wanting to see how this Rinpoche was different from other Rinpoches. Nevertheless His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche still compassionately blessed them. She knew that was the guru’s great aspiration to help sentient beings and it was his mercy for a mother who implored for help on behalf of her son. Most of all, the guru helped her, an unworthy disciple, remove some hindrance from her Buddhist practice.

This female disciple was deeply grateful for His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who is not different from the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. She also deeply repented to the guru, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas the evil karma caused by her body, speech, and mind from the beginningless time. She killed and ate sentient beings to fulfill her desire for food. Ever since she has taken refuge, her ears started itching, yet there was no way to scratch it. It has gotten so bad that when it started itching, she could not sleep well. But doctors told her there was nothing wrong with her ears and it was only her psychological problem. After she has exhausted all treatment options without success, she suddenly realized it was because of her foolish love for pig ears which she ate with her family. Sentient beings suffered greatly because of her, yet she only had to repay her karmic debts with “itchy ears” which was very light! When she sprained her ankle, it never healed. She knew that it was because she used to love eating sentient beings’ feet, for examples, chickens, ducks, swans, pigs, shrimps, and crabs. How can she possibly repay such  heavy killing debts? She had already eaten other sentient beings’ feet yet she was able to keep her feet; she deeply felt the seriousness of her karmic debts. His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has once stated: “Our body is meant for repaying karmic debts.” She repented for having wronged sentient beings. So if she could feel pain, let her feel pain on the behalf of sentient beings! This also reminded her to maintain a mind of repentance! She was grateful for the guru, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas for allowing her to lessen the effect of karmic retribution. She was able to keep her feet so that she could learn Buddhism diligently, serve her guru, and work to benefit sentient beings.

She repented of not fulfilling her filial piety towards her parents. She and her family were well taken care of and loved by her parents, yet she remained arrogant and proud. She was self-righteous, so she regarded her parents’ advice as nagging and ignorant. Not only she refused to follow her parents’ advice, she also talked back and constantly argued with them. Sometimes she would reprimand her parents in front of others, causing them embarrassment. She made her parents suffer with worries and sadness. She did not have the ability to discipline her own children but she blamed her parents, causing them great afflictions. His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has once stated: “If adult children argue with their parents, are they still considered human beings? They are not human beings.” She deeply repented and repented again! She accepted any karmic retribution stemming from her lack of filial piety and she also resolved to change her behavior immediately, so her parents would never have to worry about her again.

His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has stated before: “Those who are not filial to their parents would never be filial to their guru.” She once brought her father, who was suffering from Parkinson and Alzheimer’s diseases to seek the audience of His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and implored the guru to perform the auspicious Phowa for her father. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately reprimanded her: “Do you really think this is something you simply ask one time and will get it? Have you been listening to the teachings? Only virtuous men and women who have virtues, merits, and causal conditions may be granted the Phowa!” Immediately her mind went blank. She knew that she should remember the guru’s instruction and go home to reflect on herself. His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw through her and knew that she wanted to rely on the guru for everything. She implored for many things, but whether or not she was able to get what she implored for, the guru would always take care of the disciples. She repented for taking advantage of the guru, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and abusing their compassion – it never occurred to her that she and her father should make some efforts. Her father never learned Buddhism and constantly drank and ate meat. In addition his killing karma and speech karma were heavy. So why would he deserve the Phowa from His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas? As a daughter, she didn’t earnestly accumulate blessed rewards for her father, instead she shamelessly asked the guru for the Phowa. She repented of her lack of filial piety to her father and the guru and her failure to revere and treasure His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who was no different from the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Not only did she fail to appreciate the guru’s tireless effort to benefit sentient beings, she constantly bothered the guru to fulfill her own needs. She realized her mind is full of poison, greed, and laziness. She disappointed His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. She deeply repented to His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that she was wrong, and she was sorry to the guru and the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. She resolved to change her behavior and follow the guru with pure sincerity, and serve His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche according to “the ten conditions of following a guru”. She must act according to the guru’s teachings and learn Buddhism diligently.

Finally, she gave thanks to His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche again for helping and taking care of her and her family as well as sentient beings. She prayed for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to have good health, have eternal presence in the world, and keep turning the Dharma wheel, and for the Drikung Kagyu Order to flourish throughout the world, benefitting sentient beings.

When the puja started, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave all attendees the precious Dharma teachings.

Firstly, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked ordained disciples if they have come up with a conclusion on how to handle the two disciples mentioned yesterday who have committed wrongful deeds. One ordained disciple, speaking on the behalf of the group reported: “After careful discussions, we felt these two disciples have gone against the guru’s instructions. Therefore they should return their Glorious Jewel disciple’s vest and may only attend pujas as believers from now on.” Upon hearing this Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked: “These two disciples did not follow the guru’s instructions, why should they even be allowed to attend pujas after having made such a serious mistake?” The ordained disciple answered: “Then let’s make them perform full prostrations.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said, “The purpose of performing full prostrations is to let them accumulate blessed rewards, so it is not a punishment. According to the misdeed they have done, that’s not an acceptable punishment.” The ordained disciple answered: “These two disciples have violated the guru’s instructions, broken the samaya. After the ordained disciples’ discussion, with their good performance in the past, we feel the punishment of making them become believers is very severe.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued: “What do you mean by ‘performance’? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not see any performance from them.” The ordained disciple answered: “They have not made any other mistakes in the past.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stated: “So they have not made any other mistakes before, but they just made a serious one. Must we say that that wasn’t serious?” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then instructed the ordained disciples to explain the karmic retribution for breaking the samaya. The ordained disciples answered: “This is a very serious matter and the karmic retribution is to fall into hell.”

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then spoke to the attendees about the situation. A few weeks ago, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was seeing believers at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, but after seeing a few groups of believers, no one else showed up as believers and disciples who signed up to see the guru did not arrive yet, so Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche descended from the Dharma throne. During the puja the next day, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche specifically talked about this matter, and instructed those who signed up but did not show up may no longer seek the guru’s audience on Saturdays. Despite Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s clear instruction, two disciples who were responsible for the signing up did not follow the guru’s instruction by allowing an elderly female disciple to seek the audience of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche even though she was on the list of not being allowed. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reprimanded these two disciples, “Do you understand the meaning of ‘asking’?” They probably thought that this female disciple was of old age, and she had poor health. Since she has taken refuge many years ago and they knew one another, so they allowed her to seek the guru’s audience. These disciples probably thought Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was very busy, and he would compassionately grant the audience. They made a guess without asking the guru for permission before allowing her to seek the audience.

Why did they give this elderly female disciple special treatment? Perhaps they thought her daughter works for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s company and her son is the driver for the guru, so their family deserved special treatment. But that was wrong, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche views all sentient beings equally and the guru only helps sentient beings according to their causes, effects and causal conditions. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would normally help those who follow teachings of the Buddhas and the guru.  Her family has been taken care of by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, whether it’s in their Buddhist practice, living, or financial situation. Her younger and older daughter was only able to work at the guru’s company because of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help. Her son and daughter-in-law also received much help from the guru. Many years ago, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche foresaw that her son and daughter-in-law would have problems, so the guru asked them to work at Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s company so that they could accumulate blessed rewards. However both of them found excuses to reject the offer. But when her daughter-in-law got very sick, it was Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who helped her. If it weren’t for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, where would they be by now? In fact, if this elder female disciple and her daughter supported and convinced them to take the job, they would have listened. Instead they never showed support. This matter has its cause and effect; since she did not allow her son and daughter-in-law to work for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she was now in a situation where she couldn’t see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

With Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s level of fruition, would he favor or disfavor anyone? If the guru had such discriminating mind, then he wouldn’t be qualified as a Rinpoche. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche only makes judgment according to Dharma teachings, not showing favors to those who have taken refuge the longest or showing dislike to those who have just taken refuge. The guru responds only according to your causal conditions and blessed rewards. Even when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s son made mistakes while working at the guru’s company, he was fired. Who else would be given special privileges? Even though Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was very grateful for his mother for raising him, the guru only let her sit in the back of the Buddhist Center when she was attending pujas, instead of letting her sit in the front to receive everyone’s prostration.

So why did these two disciples who were responsible for the signing up let this elderly female disciple in? Why did they act before asking Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche? Were they trying to take control of the Buddhist Center by doing this so that others would know who has the power to decide who may or may not enter the Buddhist Center? Maybe we should have simply asked them to take the Dharma throne and lead the puja; but if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did this, everyone else would not like it! Buddhist practitioners should not have the discriminating mind. There have been people who were not allowed to seek the audience of the guru in the Buddhist Center made requests to enter, however when they didn’t like the person, they would ask the guru for permission before granting them entry. Nevertheless they thought they did not need to ask for permission when they saw this elderly female disciple because they knew her.

At that time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche called this elderly female disciple’s daughter, but she wasn’t in the Buddhist Center. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked, “Why wasn’t she here to attend the puja?” A disciple who was in charge of admission informed the guru that she was waiting downstairs as she was not allowed to enter. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked who denied her entry from the puja since the guru never forbade her from attending pujas. A disciple who was in charge of the outside area answered, “It was based on the routine from last week,  she was denied the entry.” The person responsible for admission admitted that he misheard Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s message as relayed by a Dharma brother, which was why he instructed the volunteer of the outside area to follow the routine from last week and deny her admission. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stated: “Does routine not change? The Dharma does not follow routines. If you have misheard such a simple instruction, it means you would also mishear Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche when he transmits the Dharma.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately instructed these two disciples who were responsible for outside and admission control to never take those responsibilities again, and asked the board directors to discuss how to handle this matter.

When Buddha Shakyamuni first transmitted the Dharma, he never mentioned precepts. As his followers grew in number, precepts became necessary in order to set a standard for everyone. Precepts were not a set of rules or punishments but they were meant to teach everyone the principle that the universal truth follows. Normally, precepts were intended to help you stop committing evil acts and falling into reincarnation. Same with a Buddhist center, as its members grows, more rules would be necessary to maintain order. The guru of this Buddhist Center is Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and anything the guru said is a precept. If you do not follow the precepts, then why do you learn Buddhism?

You must revere the Three Jewels, but not fear them. If you fear someone, then you will do things to flatter him and attempt to hide your mistakes. If you truly revere someone, how could you have misheard his words? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has never feared His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, instead Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reveres his guru absolutely. That is why Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has never misheard His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s words. As a matter of fact, you are not reverent to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, rather you are only fearful for being hurt or punished, and therefore you would mishear and make mistakes. You feared Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, were you afraid he might hurt you? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has stated: “Those who fear reprimands from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche are evil, as the guru only points out problems that will cause you to fall into reincarnation. How would it hurt you? You felt you were not wrong and thought the guru did not understand you; this is a lack of reverence. If you truly revere the guru, why should you be afraid of his reprimands? If you had reverence, you would accept any consequences of your mistakes and not fear any reprimands you deserve so as not to repeat them again. Even such trivial matters require the attention of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche – allowing in those who were not allowed to enter and yet denying those who were allowed to enter. Fortunately the Dharma Protector is very remarkable, letting Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche know about this matter. If these two disciples were to disregard Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s instructions and let people in, who knows what kind of people would they let in next time?”

Next, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued to talk about another situation: An employee from the guru’s company had participated in the editing for Happiness and Suffering. In August she informed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that there were errors in the book. Since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche thought errors should be corrected, the guru approved the request for correction. But the employee instead called the Director of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Culture Exchange Association and said that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed them to correct all errors in the book within a week. As soon as the Director heard Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s instruction relayed by the employee, he immediately called on some disciples to carry out the task without clarifying it further. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stated: Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s company published this book and the employee should be the one to make the correction. Instead she told the Director of the Association to call on disciples to do the work, which could cause legal troubles. Furthermore, the Director never received any official letter from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s company to do this task and he has never confirmed it with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche either, only acting upon a telephone call from the female employee. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has never authorized this employee to tell the Director to do anything, yet the Director did it as soon as he heard it. There were over 100 employees at Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s company. Could any employee simply call the Director and order him around by mentioning Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s name? There were also hundreds of thousands of believers out there; could each one of them simply order the Association around by mentioning Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s name? The Association must have the approval of its members before they do anything. There were many members at this Association, and if any one of them did not approve of this matter, then there would be big problems. Why didn’t the Director ask Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and clear up the matter before doing anything? Was he afraid of being scolded? Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would always instruct you clearly on anything that pertained to the Association, as the guru did not want you to get into legal trouble.

As for these disciples who made the corrections, they never thought the matter through. No one thought of or asked if this task was authorized before making changes to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s book. Legally speaking, that was considered a violation of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s copyright. Whenever you heard any instructions from the guru, you would do it in haste because you were afraid that if you did not complete the task on time, the guru would scold you. Learning Buddhism isn’t about fear or fear of being scolded and reverence of the guru does not mean fear of the guru. Just as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche revered His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, instead of fearing him, he naturally revered His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang wholeheartedly.

Also, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche only instructed to correct printing errors but they thought they were such great scribes who could change whatever they didn’t like. The book was written about the Dharma, teaching people how to be liberated from life and death with words of wisdom. These self-righteous disciples who thought they were such great scribes made numerous changes and even marked on the book. So does that mean thast they could teach the Dharma and become Rinpoches? That book was a publication Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche approved to be read by general public. Its description was meant to fit in people’s everyday life, hence it was worded in such a way that was easily understood. These disciples who made changes to its content thought they had such great writing skill, believing that if someone asked them to do it, they must be so great. They were insolent as they had the nerve to change the guru’s writing, thinking the guru must have been wrong. If you thought the guru was wrong, why did you bother coming to the guru to learn Buddhism?

You are all educated people and you should know the most fundamental principle for human conduct is respect. It has been mentioned many times that those who learn Buddhism must revere the Three Jewels. How did Master Marpa teach Venerable Milarepa? Moreover, when you took refuge you were taught to revere all Buddha statues, Buddhist sutras, and Stupas. Even though the book wasn’t a sutra, but there were sutra texts as well as the Dharma in this book. Even if you did not regard this book as a sutra, Confucius had taught us to respect all writings and books. You considered yourself so highly educated that you marked on the book directly as if you were a teacher grading tests. If you’d like a writing contest, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could beat you by a long shot but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not have the time. However all of you thought you were so great. Would the disciples who revised Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Dharma teachings like to become Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s gurus? Should Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche descend the Dharma throne to make prostrations to them? But if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did that, their lives would be shortened and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not want to harm them.

The disciples who corrected the book made changes directly to its pages and made a mess on the book. They even had the nerve to mark on Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Dharma photo and autobiography – an act of scribbling. The book contained a photo of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and it also taught the Dharma, yet you dared writing on its pages. You tried to excuse yourself by saying that you could not type the corrections due to the short time given, so you had to mark on the book directly. Couldn’t you make copies instead? Normally if someone had a suggestion for changes, they would write it down on a separate piece of paper. These behaviors indicated that these disciples had absolutely no reverence for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. You thought you had purchased the book with your own money and it belonged to you; but you never stopped to consider that this book belongs to sentient beings, and some day there could be a chance that others might read it too. That book was marked here and there in various colors, therefore it was no longer readable and must be destroyed. You know that many people prostrated to the Dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in this book and received help, yet you did not even treat this book with respect. To put it bluntly, that act has cut off other’s wisdom life of learning Buddhism, as they would be unable to learn the Dharma through this book. The karma retribution of cutting someone off from learning Buddhism is very serious. Besides, the destruction of this book would deplete the chance of someone who contemplates suicide to change their mind.

At that time Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked a disciple who understood the laws about what crimes might these acts constitute. The disciple reported that these acts would constitute violation of the author’s copyright, and the Director would be guilty of breach of trust. Those who made corrections to the book would be considered accessories to the crime, and the company could get in trouble too. However, the company never consented to this task since it was something the employee did on her own initiative. Consequently, it had nothing to do with the company as the company never made written request asking the Association to do this task. The matter was entirely between the employee and the Director.

At the same time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stated that the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center is an association constituted as a juristic person. Anything the association does has to be authorized by all of its members; however the Director acted in haste only upon hearing Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s name. Was Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche out of luck? Before the association executes anything, they must seek the approval of everyone. In addition, everyone elected directors to act as the representative of the Buddhist Center hence he should have no actual authority. How could one person make a decision for such a large organization? As a matter of fact, any one of its members could make suggestions. But, why did the Director casually act upon receiving a phone call from just anybody? How could he so easily be led to believe in something especially this was not the first day he entered society? There are so many scams happening out there but the Director started the task without making clear of the situation. Fortunately the Dharma Protector Achi let Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche find out this matter before it was too late, otherwise someone could take advantage of the situation and cause legal problems to harm the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center.

You must know that all Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings and Dharma rituals are all his copyright. Therefore, would anyone be allowed to make any changes without the guru’s approval? Happiness and Suffering is not only read by those who learn Buddhism, but also people from other religions as well as people who do not know Buddhism. The wordings within the book were written to be direct and easy to understand so that those who have never learned Buddhism may also understand it. Copies of this book have been treasured and kept in many famous libraries both here and abroad. Would they continue keeping this book if the book has mistakes? This book was also sold with a certain price, and if there were so many mistakes then the company’s customer service line must have been exploded long time ago.

In their corrections the disciples suggested deleting some sentences, adding meanings or changing words – for examples, substituting desire for want, portion for part, understand for realize, doubt for move, and mean for evil. In order to make the book easy to relate for general readers, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche used idioms and phrases to express certain meaning but these disciples thought they had better ideas and tried to change it. The transcriber of this book intentionally left a space before “Amitabha Buddha” to show reverence, yet they suggested that the space should be removed. In colloquial way, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche referred to His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang as “His Holiness”; however they suggested that “Drikung Kagyu” must be added. Do they mean Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had less reverence for His Holiness than they? Also the pronoun “He” was used to refer to Buddha Shakyamuni, but they suggested that the pronoun should be deleted. Furthermore they did not even understand the meaning of “Tantra”, hence added a parenthesis around those words. By carelessly changing and deleting the content of the book and even scribbling on the book, they showed their uttermost disrespect to the original author. It also indicated that there were so many disciples who regarded themselves as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s gurus.

Then, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked a disciple to rise and explain the difference between meanings of the characters for “desire” and “want” as well as “doubt” and “move”, and if there were any usage errors. This disciple said the meanings were somewhat different, but the context within the book as used by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche originally was correct. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then said: “If this book contains errors, why is it that they had never mentioned it before despite the fact this book had been published for so many years? And now they thought they got the chance and authority to make changes arbitrarily.”

Making changes and scribbling on the book are acts of damaging and destroying the guru’s property. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed a female disciple to answer: With such acts, what kind of fault did they commit and what would be the karmic retribution they would get according to the teachings of Vajrayana? This female disciple answered: According to Vajrayana, they will fall into the Hell of Uninterrupted Suffering. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stated: The disciple who marked on the book has absolutely no reverence to the Three Jewels and her reverence was false. She only took refuge to learn Buddhism in order to make her feel better and this incident showed that she had never respected the guru. As a result, she was instructed to return her Glorious Jewel vest and become a believer. According to the markings on this book, it looked like there were others who also participated in it. At the same time Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed that anyone who scribbled on Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Dharma photo and autobiography must return their Glorious Jewel vest and go to another Buddhist Center. Disciples who participated in the correction of this book were forbidden from volunteering at the Buddhist Center from now on. The board members were also instructed to make a name list and find out how each person did the correction in order to handle it properly.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stated: I was going to transmit the Dharma method of repentance, but after seeing this it is meaningless to transmit it. Maybe we should close down the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. Words were misunderstood, tasks were done incorrectly, and forbidden people were admitted, but those who weren’t forbidden were barred from entry. If you couldn’t even do such simple things right, then it is clear that you had never followed company rules while you were at work, doing things your own way. Why do you repent? Repentance isn’t meant to let you live an easy life, nor is it meant to cure your diseases. Making repentance isn’t simply an act to admit your fault and not to do it again; rather it enables you to remove all hindrance from your Buddhist practice. Why couldn’t you truly repent? It is because you don’t believe that you would one day become the Buddhas and the idea of which is far fetched to you, therefore you have nothing to do with it. Another reason is that you do not believe in cause and effect.

Last time His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang reminded you to protect Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, but you are not qualified to protect Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Let’s not talk about protection – it would be good that you don’t harm Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The guru stated: Currently His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang is still in retreat, but if this happens again, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will report it to His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang when he comes out of retreat, then all activities will cease and the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center will close. None of you believe in cause and effect, thinking all you get is just scolding from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche whenever you make a mistake. You always gave excuses by saying that you didn’t hear it, misheard it, or didn’t know about it. You should know that everything a Rinpoche says or does is all about the Dharma. When you refuse to listen you are not reverent to the Three Jewels. Then how could you learn Buddhism?

Why did Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche attain the fruition of a Rinpoche? It was because he was obedient and not arrogant. Buddhist practitioners must be humble, not just modest; yet the more you have learned the more arrogant you have become. You are not humble, as a result your arrogance would prevent you from cultivating compassion. Your behaviors do not make the guru believe that you would ever resolve to change your bad habits or deeply believe in cause and effect. It had been taught that you must have humanity in order to learn the Buddha’s way. Humanity does not mean theories, but it means how you behave as a human. Every week someone would make repentance, but you had no feelings despite hearing so much, thinking it was someone else’s problem. Your irresponsible behavior does do not mean Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also acts irresponsibly. When you have problems behaving as a human, how could you practice Buddhism?

Buddhist practitioners should not have a discriminating mind. There is no right or wrong, but you must believe in cause and effect as Buddhism bases everything on cause and effect. These two female disciples did not respect the guru by admitting people into the Buddhist Center, because they thought they had the right to decide who may come in. They never thought they should first ask Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche before doing so. They had an attitude of “let’s try and see what happens” toward the guru, showing no reverence at all. The incident involving the correction of the book was the same. It was clear these disciples had no reverence for the guru. Fortunately the Dharma Protector was remarkable, letting Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche find out about the situation and exposing your errors. With Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s level of fruition, everything the guru says is the Dharma, or else he would not be qualified as a Rinpoche.

Only the Dharma is real. But just as the Heart Sutra described that people are full of distorted imagination – believing that the liberation of life and death is false and only things of this mundane world are real. In reality you have not suffered much hardship so you do not appreciate the preciousness of the Dharma. The throne holders and the gurus of the Drikung Kagyu Order of the past generations had cultivated Buddhism so well that their merits allowed you to enjoy good life. Therefore, even when you had a car accident, you were able to escape death; when you got sick, you had less pain than other sick people; but when you were only inflicted with a slight illness or hindrance, you thought your were suffering a great deal. Consequently, you would only accept the guru’s teachings that you thought are most helpful to you.

Complacency doesn’t refer to not doing your prayers, but it means to allow your mind to be lax and not diligently implementing the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas’ teachings in your everyday life. Do not think that all you will get are reprimands and punishments after learning Buddhism and that your arms and legs will be tied. On the contrary you can only gain true freedom after you have learned Buddhism. Buddhism sets your mind free as you now know that everything is cause and effect, hence you will not be tied by worries, opening the way to perpetual happiness. Our lives are the result of blessed rewards accumulated from past lives, and we can continue to accumulate blessed rewards through knowing cause and effect. Truthfully the Dharma is very simple, not complicated at all. However, the more you learn Buddhism, the gloomier you get, yet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche became happier after he learned Buddhism from His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. Why is that? It is because he has opened his heart. Ironically, before you learned Buddhism you did not have so many worries, but the more you learned Buddhism the more you became worried.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has stated many times that you must revere the Three Jewels as reverence is an offering for you to accumulate blessed rewards. If you do not have reverence then you are not making offering. There was a child in a stroller who everyone knew since he attended pujas regularly. Recently his parents came to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, hoping their child, who required respirator to breathe could be liberated from suffering. A year ago Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed the couple to perform full prostrations at the Buddhist Center, yet a week later the wife did not arrive,saying that she had to work overtime at the hospital; the husband was not allowed to enter the Buddhist Center for forgetting to bring his Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center vest. Therefore both of them lost the opportunity to perform full prostrations. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed them to perform full prostrations at that time in order to help their child accumulate blessed rewards so that he may be liberated from suffering sooner, yet they never treasured that opportunity. They actually didn’t believe that performing full prostration was helpful. Would Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche haphazardly instruct anyone to do it if it isn’t helpful? They had various excuses as to why they didn’t do it, but in fact they had never taken full prostrations seriously. They thought that as long as they implored, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche must compassionately help them. That attitude showed a lack of reverence to the guru. As a matter of fact, people always come with desires in their heart and expect that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche satisfies their desires without any effort on their part. They have forgotten what the Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha’s Fundamental Vow taught. To what degree did Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha have to prostrate to the Buddha in order to find out in which Realm his deceased mother went?

Yesterday a female disciple implored the guru to liberate her father with the Phowa. She knew that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would normally not accept offerings from non-disciples, so she mixed her brother’s offering with her offering and offered them to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, hoping the guru would compassionately accept them so that her brother would be able to accumulate blessed rewards and receive help from the Dharma. This female disciple has taken refuge for over 10 years yet she did so purposely. As a matter of fact her brother had no reverence in his heart and it wasn’t his choice to do this. He hoped that his father could be relieved from suffering then everyone in the family wouldn’t need to work so hard. This disciple has taken refuge for many years yet she tried to manipulate the guru – an action of greed. Would Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche dare to accept this offering when her motivation was greed?

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed her to perform full prostrations yesterday as she had prevented her husband from learning Buddhism without making repentance for it; but she thought it was to help her father accumulate blessed rewards. Her husband learned Buddhism from another guru in the past. Her husband loved to do business so he became a business partner with the previous guru he took refuge in. However he lost a lot of money and she thought he was scammed. In the beginning, she thought Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was just like the previous guru; therefore she was opposed to it and would find ways to stop her husband from learning Buddhism with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She even called Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, crying and complaining. In reality, would she lose money if it weren’t for her insatiable desire to make money for her family? Later it turned out that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helped their family settle their debts and helped them earn extra money to buy a house. By that time she realized that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was different from others.

She shouldn’t have had evil thoughts about her husband’s former guru for the reason that that guru at least led him to prostrate to the Buddha. If it weren’t for her husband’s previous guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche wouldn’t have appeared later and helped them. Even though what she did was to protect her family and her husband from the scam, the cause of obstructing someone from learning Buddhism caused her father hindrance before he died – that was also cause and effect.

You usually saw that this disciple didn’t say much when she was at the Buddhist Center, just as the ordained disciples said previously: “They did not make any serious mistakes.” But as soon as the situation arises her true color showed. When she saw the guru she tried to manipulate him, thinking the guru would soften up. She never realized the guru’s heart is neither hard nor soft. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has stated before that the straight heart is the Dharma Place, and the guru could tell if you are sincere and reverent or not when you seek an audience. Earlier there was an old lady who was bestowed the Phowa by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She was not only illiterate and never educated but also had neither taken refuge nor learned Buddhism. In addition, she had committed killing acts while she was alive. However when she came to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she was repentant and she had utmost reverence as well as deep faith. Reverence leads to blessed rewards. She was diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma, which usually would cause a great deal of pain. Due to her reverence and faith in the Dharma, she did not suffer like most other cancer patients and she was able to pass away peacefully. When she came to see the guru she did not make a large offering but only a small red envelope. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not normally accept believer’s offering, but the guru accepted hers because of her reverence, allowing her to accumulate blessed rewards so that she could pass away without suffering and obtain Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help to be reborn in the Pure Land. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would occasionally accept believers’ offering when there was true reverence so as to allow them to accumulate blessed rewards and receive help from the Dharma.

The Buddhist sutra mentioned that the mind could transform the environment, yet you often let the environment influence your mind. You allowed the external phenomena to affect your mind, thinking the purpose of learning Buddhism is to seek protection and better worldly life instead of regarding Buddhist practice as the most important thing. Actually if all you want is protection and making circumstances of the world better, you do not need to learn Buddhism – as long as you keep doing virtuous deeds, things will become better. For example, when you donate your salaries to charity your future will improve. You are not truly repentant and reverent but you are fearful because you want the best for yourselves. Your thoughts are always for your own self-interest, which is contrary to the teachings of the Dharma. If you learn Buddhism with the desire of seeking protection, then no matter how much you listen to the Dharma or prostrate to the Buddha, it will never help you in the liberation of life and death.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has recently noticed a phenomenon: When you were volunteering, you thought you were the boss, claiming that you were responsible for the outside area or others as though you had the full authority and even expanded that authority infinitely. During the last puja Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stated: When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche went to Ishinomagi in Japan to perform the Dharma, he never went on TV nor did he publicize the event as practitioners dread becoming famous which often leads to arrogance. However, the more you learn Buddhism, the more arrogant you have become. True Buddhist practitioners are not only modest, they are also humble. On the contrary, you are not humble, but you have become arrogant. How can arrogant people learn to be compassionate? Compassion is the basis of Buddhism. Without compassion it doesn’t matter how much mantra you recite.

Those unrepentant disciples who dared to change the content of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s book thought they knew more than the guru. Why did the Dharma specifically mention about arrogance? Arrogance is a hindrance to the cultivation of compassion. For example, last time a female disciple made a fuss at the Chinese Medicine Clinic because she thought she was very highly educated. She thought she knew so much that people must do as she says, and when people didn’t listen to her she made a big fuss; that was an act of arrogance. Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed an ordained disciple to explain “arrogance”. The disciple answered: Arrogant people are vain and they think they are better than others, remarkable, and self-righteous. They love to show off and feel that others don’t understand or are always wrong. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued: Arrogant people would not listen to other’s advice, nor would they accept other’s suggestion. Even if they listened to someone’s advice temporarily they only did it for their own interest. As soon as the matter has passed they would show off again. Others may tolerate you or even fear you because of your power, but they would never be your friends. However, from the viewpoint of karmic retribution, arrogant people would slowly lose the support and help of their friends or relatives and eventually become isolated. In fact, arrogance is a habit and problem that every sentient being has. Nevertheless one must at least be considerate of others, as selfish people would always do evil and hurt others as well as themselves.

Everyone has evil karma and bad habits from previous lives, so if you constantly do lesser evils in this life they will add up to greater evils. Do not fall out of line just because someone didn’t do as you wish. You should apply the Dharma to your own lives, rather than act out of fear for reincarnation. You often thought in your heart that you were so great and hoped others would notice your prowess. In general arrogant people do not follow the company’s rules, so naturally there would be problems. Why does the company president hold regular meetings? Other than making it easier to give instructions to employees, the president also would like to hear everyone’s opinions. Of course the president is the one to make decisions after listening to the employees’ opinions. People who decided things on their own never respected or asked anyone else’s opinions.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stated: You must be very cautious and not speak haphazardly. Once you’ve said or done something, the karma would be created and its cause and effect would exist in the universe. Even if you have forgotten about it, it still exists. So do not get in the habit of saying: “I forgot, I don’t know, I’m not sure.” If you say these things all the time, even if you do virtuous deeds you would still have the same problems. Therefore you must be careful with every word you say or any action you do. Even when you just have too many thoughts they could cause problems too. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has exhorted his son ever since he was little: “If you promised to do something, you must do it at all cost. If you can’t do it then don’t make the promise.” However your actions are completely opposite. Obviously you neither believe nor fear cause and effect.

The reason Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was able to rise from a believer to a Rinpoche certified by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang was his belief in cause and effect. That disciple who mixed her family member’s offering with her offering and presented it to the guru in order for her brother to gain blessed rewards had impure motive. Such impure offering yields no blessed rewards. The disciples who changed words and marked on the guru’s book did so because they did not believe in cause and effect and had no reverence to the guru. Very differently, when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche read His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang’s biography, he read with utmost reverence.

After that, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche led disciples to perform the Dharma of Protector Achi. Meanwhile the guru thought of something and compassionately taught the attendees about cause and effect: Cause and effect is very interesting – lovely yet dreadful. Nowadays karmic retribution can happen very fast. At the beginning of the last Chod Puja Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche saw a female disciple standing outside, not attending the Puja. Upon further inquiry the guru found out that the female disciple responsible for relaying instructions misinterpreted the instructions and thought this female disciple wasn’t allowed to attend the Puja, but her sisters could attend. In fact Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed at the time: This female disciple did not take her task seriously and constantly made mistakes, so her two older sisters should supervise her with the condition that if she makes anymore mistakes they may never attend any more pujas. Furthermore the guru forbade all 3 of them from attending the Puja that week and after which all of them may attend. The female disciple who was responsible for relaying the instruction misinterpreted it and thought the two older sisters could attend the following week, but the younger sister could not. Why did she misinterpret it? She thought this disciple made a mistake so she shouldn’t attend the pujas. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche teaches each disciple in different ways. Why was it that some who made mistakes were not allowed to attend pujas, yet others were allowed to attend despite of their mistakes? Not every disciple who made mistakes received the same punishment since Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche taught each disciple in different ways according to the level of their misdeeds. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche remembered the instructions he gave very clearly. Although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is 65 years old, the guru has always been very careful about matters related to Buddhism, never mixing up anything. It was surprising that the female disciple was normally very slow but she was very quick on that day, and as a result Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche noticed her and found out about this. It only took one week for karmic retribution to manifest. The disciple who was responsible for relaying the instructions was unable to attend the puja today because some other disciple also misinterpreted the guru’s instructions. The Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center is special in that cause and effect can be seen very quickly.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked a disciple to relay the guru’s instruction: The General Director is to perform full prostrations at the Buddhist Center for two hours every day until Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is satisfied. Why did Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche give such instruction? It is that the General Director must be responsible for members of this Association. And once again Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche emphasized: Everything has its cause and effect.

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Updated on March 9, 2013