His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Puja Teachings – January 27, 2013

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presided over the Dorje Phurba Puja, at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Taipei.

At the beginning, a female disciple went up to the stage to share the events through which His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche helped her father. She, her sister, and her mother are all disciples.

Every year since 2006, her mother, her sister, and she have taken part in the Grand Pujas presided over by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. At the end of the Puja in 2007, her sister and she began to go vegetarian and they went to the Jewelry Store to seek an audience with His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, wishing to learn Buddhism from him. At that time she was not respectful enough, so she was reprimanded by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Moreover, due to her lack of faith, she did not continue to take part in the Chod Puja, thus delaying her causal conditions for learning Buddhism.

Around 2006, her father had shown symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease but the family was not aware, thinking that he had become grumpy and suspicious. Her father caused a lot of trouble for the family as he refused to seek medical treatment. He was a burden, especially to their mother; but they could not be of much help to her. So in 2010, her sister brought her and her mother to the Buddhist Center to seek an audience with His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. It was reported to the guru that their father was unwell and that because of that, their mother was suffering. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reprimanded them for not being able to share their mother’s burden of looking after their father. It was because her mother had prayed in prostration before Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara that the Bodhisattva had brought them to see His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. With great compassion Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bestowed blessings upon their mother, exhorting them to pay special attention in caring for their mother’s health.

The sisters were ashamed of themselves, for they had always excused themselves from helping by saying that they were too busy with work; and they did not spend enough time or put their hearts into solving family problems. They had treated their father with disdain and thought they were being very filial. After being reprimanded by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, their father who at first refused medical treatment, now agreed to a hospital checkup. Upon being diagnosed with dementia, he began medical treatment.

In August 2010, their father was sent to ICU for taking an incorrect dose of medicine. She had received her elder sister’s telephone call informing her that the doctor had issued a notice of critical condition for her father. He had been intubated all over his body. At that time, the two sisters had obtained assent from His Eminence Dorjee Rinpoche to take part in the Chod Puja and, when on the Friday of the week they attended the Chod Puja, knowing that their father’s life was hanging in the balance, they were at a loss as to how to handle this grave situation. So at the end of the Chod Puja, they decided to call a Dharma brother at the Buddhist Center, asking for advice on how to handle their father’s case. The Dharma brother advised them to seek an audience with His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on the next day and gave them nectar pills to place beneath their father’s tongue.

The next day, her mother, her sister, and she came to the Buddhist Center to seek an audience with His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. After compassionately blessing their father, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that their father’s lifespan was not yet over and that he had to endure a little more suffering. True enough, as predicted by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, her father left the ICU three weeks later but has remained bed-ridden ever since. The two sisters and their mother implored His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to allow them to attend the Sunday pujas and to take refuge. Finally, on January 6, 2011, all three officially took refuge and became disciples.

In 2011, three of them brought their brother and father to the Buddhist Center. For the first time, they requested an audience with His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately bestowed blessings on their father and allowed her and her sister to perform full prostrations for their father. Later, they saw a Dharma brother imploring His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the Phowa; so, they brought their brother and father to the Buddhist Center again, hoping to implore the guru to perfom the Phowa for their father. However their mindset was wrong: When they stood before His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the guru reprimanded them severely. The next day was the Sunday puja; His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche specifically instructed thus: People whose root-capacity is faulty should follow the guru’s teaching. How could you learn Buddhism with your own ideas – when you are egotistic and conceited, how could you be respectful?

The Dharma brothers at the Buddhist Center told them that in Tibet, even if you were to offer all your family properties to a great Dharma practitioner, it would not necessarily mean you would be able to obtain the precious Phowa. You would not be bestowed the precious Phowa without causal conditions and merits. On thinking back, she realized that her father had led more of a life of pleasure than a life of charity-giving, and as children, they had not done much to accumulate virtues and merits for their father. Hence they were ashamed and repented deeply after being reprimanded by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Her father came from a rich family; her grandfather was a Shanghai investor involved in the restaurant business. Therefore, her grandfather had committed many killings of sentient beings. As a result, there were many in the family who suffered diseases of the heart. In 1947, her father came to Taiwan and because he had enjoyed a comfortable life since young, he continued to live his lavish lifestyle. He ate delicate food, for instance – even after coming to Taiwan and even though the family income had dwindled, compared to life on the mainland before. The family often held feasts to entertain friends and had hence committed killings of many sentient beings. When she was young, her father used to cook a dish of “loach in Tofu,” in which a live loach was thrown into the wok to cook with the tofu. In addition, her father had swindled public funds, disbelieving Buddhism and always asking her mother to pray to deities whenever something went wrong.

After that, as her father’s condition took a turn for the worse, and he had intermittent consciousness, they requested another audience with His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. This time they came with repentance and did not implore for the Phowa; instead they implored His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to allow their father to attend the Sunday pujas. Though His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not give permission, the guru compassionately gave blessings to their father. In the meantime, His Eminence told them that their father would face dangerous situations sometime before the 11th month of the Lunar calendar, but advised them to let the nature take its course and not to prolong their father’s suffering.

On December 8, 2012 at about 6 p.m., her brother telephoned to inform her that their father had passed away. The family members had discussed the matter earlier and it was decided that they should not send him to the hospital or carry out resuscitation in an attempt to revive him. She quickly asked her brother to chant Buddha’s name for their father, as it was a Saturday and she knew that His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was seeing believers. In order to meet His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche before he descended the Dharma throne, she contacted her sister and mother to rush to the Buddhist Center. And before she left home, she placed her palms together before the Dharma photo of His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and prayed in silence that they would be able to make it. It so happened when she arrived at the Buddhist Center both her mother and sister arrived there too. Knowing that her father had passed away, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked her what she wanted. Much as she desired for the Phowa for her father, she just could not utter the request: She merely implored His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to liberate her father. Upon entering the meditative state, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche informed them that her father’s body had been moved and as such his consciousness had become muddled. The guru also said that her father’s pillow was not good and it made him uncomfortable. She now repented for not sharing with family members the essential things to observe for a person about to pass away. Still, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, with great compassion, protected their father’s consciousness and promised to liberate him during the Chod Puja.

On their way home, they visualized His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings on their late father’s head. The whole family began to chant mantras next to their father’s body and, after chanting for about eight hours, their father’s face turned from blackish to whitish with his lips slowly closing up when originally his mouth was slightly open. His body also became soft. On the next Saturday, the family went to the Buddhist Center to implore His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to give them the date for their late father’s farewell ceremony. On the following day when they went to the refrigerated cabinet to view their father, they discovered that there was a ring of pink around his forehead and there was a black spot below each of his eyes. On December 24, after cremation, they noticed their father’s bones were very white and some were even pinkish. On December 27, when they scattered their father’s ashes in the sea, their hearts were no longer filled with grief but with memories of their father.

She was grateful to His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. For, without the guru’s blessings, her father would not have passed away so peacefully. In the two years prior to his death, they had employed a hardworking foreign maid who helped her father in many ways. Just before he died, the foreign maid helped him with his sputum suctioning and bathing. He passed away when he couldn’t take a breath soon afterwards. And on that day he received the blessings bestowed upon him by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The weather on that day was fine, despite the weather forecast that it would be a very cold day, but there was even sunshine. Her heart was filled with warmth as she saw the arrival of her Dharma brothers who were wearing red vests of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. She knew that, without the help of His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, they would be at a loss how to handle their father’s last journey in this life. She now realized how fortunate she was and how so unimaginably benevolent His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are. At the same time, she would like to express her gratitude to the Dharma brothers who helped them.

She now fully appreciated the significance of the saying, “It is difficult to attain the human form, to listen to the Dharma, and to meet a guru.” She realized profoundly that, as one of the disciples, she was lucky to possess the human form and also to be able to listen to the Dharma. And of course her greatest fortune was to meet His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, who has guided disciples toward the correct Dharma path and directed them to stop doing evil and do good deeds. The guru has also protected and blessed the families of disciples with the objective that in doing so the disciples would be able to focus on their Buddhist practice. She now repented for not learning Buddhism diligently. She was lax and full of excuses, always adopting her own views while listening to the Dharma. She was not following the Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas, she did not observe precepts, and she did not carry out Ten Meritorious Acts. Instead, she was constantly committing evil acts. She therefore felt that she had failed the guru and entreated the guru to continue to bless the disciples of low root-capacity; she pledged to follow His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in future lives in practicing the Dharma so as to be liberated from the reincarnation of life and death. She finally prayed for His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to remain healthy, to keep turning the Dharma wheel, to have perfect and complete Dharma activities, and to benefit all sentient beings.

Next, a young Dharma brother shared his experience when he and his mother (also a disciple) took part in the Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha Blessing Puja held on January 3, 2013, at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center in Japan, where they were bestowed with precious blessings by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

On that day, the Puja began at 2 p.m., so he went to the washroom soon after finishing his lunch, thinking that it would be unnecessary to go to the toilet before the Puja started. However, less than one hour into the Puja, the young disciple felt the urge to ease himself. He said to his mother: “I need to go to the washroom; what should I do now?” His mother replied, “Try to bear it for a little while.” So he tried to restrain his urge. After some time, his mother noticed that he probably could not bear it anymore and so she said, “If you can’t stand anymore you should make a prostration to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and then proceed to the toilet.”

But he dared not do so and kept trying to control his bladder. Finally he couldn’t stand it anymore as he was in tears. His mother then said, “In that case you should make repentance in your heart to Rinpoche.” So he prayed in his heart, “Rinpoche, please allow me to go to the washroom.” After a minute or two Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche abruptly asked from the Dharma throne what time it was. After a Dharma brother told the guru the time, the guru said, “Let’s take a 20-minute recess.” As soon as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche descended the Dharma throne, the young disciple rushed to the washroom. Upon returning from the toilet, he told his mother, “Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is really amazing, so amazing that, even when the guru was disseminating the Dharma, the guru could hear my prayer!”

This incident taught him a lesson. He was too sure of himself and had often refused to listen to his mother’s words. He thought that going to the washroom once before the Puja would be sufficient. He realized now he should have taken his mother’s advice to go to the washroom right before the Puja so as to be ready for the Puja and to be respectful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. He told himself from now on he would listen to his mother.

His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ascended to the Dharma throne to preside over the auspicious Dorje Phurba Puja and gave precious Dharma teachings to the attendees.

The Dharma to be performed today is about Dorje Phurba who is the Wrathful Yidam of Vajrasattva. There are four major Dharma methods benefitting sentient beings in Tantra, namely: “subduing,” “increasing,” “placating,” and “vanquishing.” The Subduing method subdues and quells all disasters, hindrances, and diseases. The Increasing method increases wealth, power, and all worldly matters. The Placating method transforms circumstances or conditions in situations of war or when enemies and bad karma present themselves. The Vanquishing method is used to vanquish enemies. The Dharma to be performed today is the Vanquishing method. Exoteric Buddhism holds the misconception about Tantrism that there exists the Wrathful Yidam, thinking that the method of Vanquishing (killing) goes counter to compassion. Many believers also feel that such a Dharma method shows that the Buddhas and the Bodhisattvas are wrathful. However, there exists the Wrathful Yidam, even in Exoteric Buddhism. Many of you might have attended the Water and Land Penitential Rites. You would have observed that there was a Black-Faced King of Ghosts, the emanation of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who specialized in liberating sentient beings in the Ghost Realm. This Black-Faced King of Ghosts was certainly grotesque and terrifying. In the Avalokiteshvara Universal Gate Chapter of Lotus Sutra, it is mentioned that the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will put on different appearances to liberate sentient beings in different realms. When sentient beings reincarnate into ghosts and non-human forms, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will appear as ghosts and demons before them so that they would listen. Likewise, in order to liberate ghosts, the Black-Faced King of Ghosts must take on the form of these sentient beings who are ghosts. In other words, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas appear in different forms according to the causal conditions of the relevant sentient beings. When liberating human beings, they would appear as humans, and when liberating ghosts they would not show compassionate looks. Even Buddha Sakyamuni appeared in different forms in His past lives, transformed and reborn as Peacock King, Deer King, and other animal forms in His efforts to liberate those sentient beings.

In Tantrism, there is a section known as Vajra Tantra. “Vajra” is “indestructible,” meaning that the Vajra is not influenced by the worldly “Eight Winds” in efforts to benefit sentient beings. In cultivating the Dharma method of Wrathful Yidam, it is not sufficient to only put up a fierce appearance. It is a popular belief among Tantra practitioners in society that as the Wrathful Yidam is very powerful, it would be good to learn the mantra associated with the Wrathful Yidam, or to practice such Dharma in a retreat. However, it is very dangerous to practice the Dharma of the Wrathful Yidam if the practitioner has not cultivated compassion in the first place, as the line of demarcation between benefitting and harming sentient beings is a very thin one. Many think that performing this Dharma method could help them get rid of enemies. Little do they know that the Wrathful Yidam is meant for people who refuse to listen or take heed, including you! The Wrathful Yidam may look fearsome but his heart is full of compassion. The situation is akin to parents disciplining their children. At first, the parents tell the little children in nice and tender words their errors and wrongdoings. But if the children turn a deaf ear to the parents, the parents then show angry faces so that the children will become more obedient. It is the same with the Wrathful Yidam. The objective is not to be angry, but to help people listen and mend their ways.

Yesterday there were several incidents which should make you realize how cause and effect interact so swiftly. A disciple’s mother submitted her name to attend a puja but failed to turn up. She came yesterday to entreat Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to let her continue to attend the pujas. Although Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did not ask her the reason of her absence, the guru knew that her intention in attending the pujas was to seek protection and blessings, rather than learning Buddhism. The guru thereby directed an ordained disciple to recommend her to other temples. Later, the ordained disciple reported to the guru that the disciple’s mother was absent from the puja because she was playing mahjong. Which is more important, playing mahjong or attending the puja? To Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche it is obvious that attending puja is more important; however, this was not what she thought. The Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center is a genuine place for practicing Buddhism, but if you just want to seek protection, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would instruct the ordained disciples to recommend you to other places where you do not need to practice – your mere presence will do.

There were also a married couple and their mother who came yesterday to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. They were not aware that the time of the last Green Tara Puja had been changed. It was odd that of the more than one thousand attendees, they were the only ones who did not know of the time change. Why were they unaware of the change? Initially, the wife was opposed to her husband who had taken refuge learning Buddhism, and she had also prevented him from making offerings. Though the male disciple did not report this to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the guru knew it. The guru henceforth explained to them the cause and effect of the matter. Moreover, his mother had also spoken words to discourage others from learning Buddhism. That was why she had encountered hindrances causing her to be unable to attend the puja. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then directed an ordained disciple to explain the purpose of the Green Tara Puja. The disciple answered that it was to implore the Green Tara to remove the hindrances of illness in order to learn Buddhism. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche proceeded to instruct: Now you have witnessed the act of cause and effect, you do not have to wait until your next life; you have already experienced it in this life.

Recently there was another event. It has been frequently mentioned by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that even if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche previously had agreed to perform the Phowa for someone, if the deceased do not possess blessed rewards and causal conditions, when the time comes for the deceased to go to the next life, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche might not be available to perform the Phowa for the deceased. A disciple’s father-in-law had obtained permission from the guru to perform the Phowa for him. But when he passed away at 6 a.m., the disciple responsible for relaying the message to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche only knew of it at 10 a.m., by which time Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was already on board an airplane and couldn’t be contacted. It was impossible to reach Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche as he was not on board a private plane, so how could it be possible for the guru to perform the Phowa? From this, we know that the father-in-law lacked blessed rewards and causal conditions. The disciple took for granted that, as long as permission for the Phowa had been obtained, he would be able to find Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Consequently, he neglected to help his father-in-law accumulate blessed rewards in time. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had instructed the disciple’s wife to perform 1,200 full prostrations every day in order to remove her father’s hindrances before death. But the couple did not take the guru’s words seriously. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has often said that according to the Amitabha Sutra, in order to be reborn in the Pure Land, one must be a virtuous man or woman with indispensable virtues, merits, and causal conditions. Many of you apparently don’t believe that, in order to be reborn in the Pure Land, one must meet the aforementioned conditions.

If everone refuses to listen and fails to practice the Dharma diligently, where would their blessed rewards come from? This morning a disciple telephoned to request the Phowa for his elderly mother, who was more than 90 years old. He had the audacity to request the Phowa by phone! Just because many people have obtained the Phowa, does it necessarily follow that you would also be granted the Phowa? Ask yourselves, what virtuous deeds have you done? Have you accumulated blessed rewards and causal conditions? Why do you think you would be granted the Phowa? This disciple whose father-in-law passed away was a calculating and miserly person when interacting with the guru. Now do you think that, by praying every day to the Dharma Protector Achi, you would be protected? Don’t forget that the Dharma of Achi was transmitted by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Why should Protector Achi protect you when you have your own interpretation, even for the guru’s teachings? Do not ever think that, merely by reciting sutras or mantras and prostrating to the Buddhas, you will be blessed. It is mentioned in every Buddhist sutra that every Buddhist practitioner requires the help of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, the guru, as well as virtuous deities in order to have a determined mind to learn Buddhism. The prerequisite is that the practitioner must carry out Ten Meritorious Acts, possess blessed rewards, and be obedient. The Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will never bless people who only pray and prostrate to the Buddha, hoping to be blessed somehow, including the believer who could not attend the puja because she was playing mahjong. The believer who played mahjong and missed the puja must be the biggest winner or the worst loser that day. She would be unwilling to leave if she lost badly, and if she won big, the other players would not let her off either.

You might be thinking: It shouldn’t matter, since the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will always forgive me. You felt that you have done right and sufficiently and that you have been following the teachings. But when crises occur, you realize you have erred. A lot of you behave just like the three people who did not know that the time for the Green Tara Puja had been changed. They assumed that since they were very sincere all the time, things would go their way. However, their karmic retribution occurred immediately, causing them to miss the puja and making the male disciple’s wife realize she was the cause that hindered others from learning Buddhism. She used to stop her husband from giving offerings; she was stingy and that’s why she is now afflicted with health problems. As much as she tried to keep money, in the end she could not retain money. She used to prevent her husband from attending the puja, and now, there were hindrances when she tried to attend the puja for the sake of healing her illness. You must know that the guru will not be angry at you or punish you: Everything that happens to you is the result of cause and effect and causal conditions. The Dharma Protector Achi will pick out people and their problems, letting you see your causes and effects and allowing everyone to know that the Dharma tells the truth. Dharma Protector Achi might not even pick, but directly weed out, or disqualify people – people like those waiting downstairs and those outside the door of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s compassion is not to be abused. Those who refused to listen were people without affinity and even Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could not help them. Every one of you behaves the same way: You only come when you face a crisis; you only make offerings, pray, and pay homage when you or your family members are about to die. You would not listen to the teachings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche before your problems hit you.

Many of you do not listen to the teachings of the Buddha. Hence, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche shall perform the Dorje Phurba Dharma, making use of the ferocity and powerfulness of the Wrathful Yidam to help you reform. Dorje Phurba is the wrathful Yidam of Vajrasattva. What you usually see is the Peaceful Yidam with kind and compassionate looks, whereas the Wrathful Yidam is called upon to liberate sentient beings that are difficult to tame and liberate. Many who have learned Tantrism are under the impression that the Wrathful Yidam is very powerful, but it could be very dangerous if the practitioner has not cultivated to the state of Simplicity Yoga of Mahamudra. This is because the power of the Wrathful Yidam is so great that a little mistake would be disastrous. That is why the practitioner must have realized the state of Simplicity Yoga in Mahamudra. In layman’s terms, this state refers to the condition when the practitioner has become devoid of all attachments and has realized emptiness; only upon realizing the full objective of emptiness does one become capable of liberating sentient beings with true compassion. The ferocious appearance of the Wrathful Yidam is not meant to punish anyone, but to bring to submission all delusions of sentient beings and to evoke the True Suchness nature of sentient beings so that they could benefit from the blessings of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

Many people think that once they are bestowed blessings by the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas they will not fall sick, will be making lots of money, and will always win at the mahjong table. Well, that believer who played mahjong and missed the Puja might be disappointed. The purposes of blessings are to bless the practitioners’ True Suchness (Dharma nature) and reinforce their innate strength so that they can practice Buddhism and thus benefit sentient beings; hence blessings are never for improving people’s mundane life.

There are some who question the Dharma method of “Vanquishing” in Tantra, but the fact is this Dharma method has been mentioned in Buddhist sutras. For instance, in the Sutra of the Great Peahen, as well as other sutras, it has been described that any sentient being who attempts to destroy the Dharma will have its head chopped into seven pieces by the Buddha – and this constitutes the Vanquishing Dharma method. Now you may ask: Why seven pieces and not eight pieces? This has to do with the Tantra. Actually it is very difficult to cut the head into seven pieces. The first chop yields two pieces and the next will make four and one more chop will make eight. So, how to get seven pieces? In fact, the “Vanquishing Dharma method” in Tantra does not really mean “chopping into seven pieces.” Our human body is the aggregation of our past karma. Our true nature is masked by many layers of karma. The Buddha splits the sentient beings’ head into seven pieces in order to break the mask of the accumulated karma, and to allow their true nature to be revealed so that they could benefit from the Dharma and be liberated.

The external eyes, ears, nose, body, mind, and abilities of all sentient beings, including ghosts and demons, are actually the aggregation of past karma. All of our external appearance and our features are the body of karmic retribution. We are so attached to our body of karmic retribution that we refuse to “let go.” For example, some people pay much attention to facial skin care and makeup, thinking that it is “their” face. The fact is that the face consists of cells, bacteria, and other microorganisms. So when you apply skin care products to “your” face, you are supplying nutrients to the cells, bacteria, and microorganisms. Therefore, how can you say it is “your” face for which you are caring? Our body is the product of our past karma and because of our attachment to our exterior form we go on to create virtuous and evil karma, thus falling into the cycle of reincarnation. The object of the Vanquishing Dharma method is to split open the body of karmic retribution of sentient beings to reveal the true nature so that they would understand the cause and effect of all things. When sentient beings realize that all hatred, ill feelings, karmic effects, love, vengeance, etc., are all but illusory and empty, they will naturally submit to the guidance of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

Therefore, if the Dharma practitioner lacks the ability to liberate sentient beings, performing this Dharma method of Vanquishing could bring about problems. Many people believe that once they have received empowerment of the Wrathful Yidam, their karmic creditors would be terrified by their grotesque appearance; hence the karmic creditors would run away and stop harassing them. As a matter of fact, if you do so, the said karmic creditors could become even angrier than you. For example, if you are fierce toward cancer cells, they become fiercer than you. You have eaten, killed, maimed and bitten so many sentient beings thinking that you have annihilated them all. Unbeknownst to you, they have become cancer cells eating away your tissues inside your body and you just can’t do anything about them. You must not regard that karmic creditors come only from your past lives. When you have committed many killings in this life, you will see cause and effect happening to you right here in this life.

In the case of Tibetan Buddhism, only practitioners who have mastered the Subduing Dharma method to its perfection – that is, when they have cultivated compassion, realized emptiness, and possessed the ability to liberate sentient beings could perform the Vanquishing Dharma method. If they have not realized the state of emptiness and compassion, they will be scared to death when the Wrathful Yidam appears in their retreat. The Yidam may not necessarily emerge before you as you imagine; it may be that when you are sitting quietly, suddenly there is a tremendous bolt of thunder that makes you jump from your seat. You just can’t imagine what events and images will appear before you! If, however, the practitioner has successfully cultivated compassion, attained the meditative state of Simplicity Yoga, fully understood and realized emptiness; when the Yidam appears, the practitioner will be filled with Dharma Joy and experience no fear at all. Upon seeing the Wrathful Yidam, if you show great fear, it indicates that you have heavy karma. Those who fear the reprimand of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche are the most evil. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche never fears reprimands by His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. Now, you fear being reprimanded by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche because you have heavy karma.

Many people like to receive the empowerment of the Wrathful Yidam, which, strictly speaking, is very dangerous because if it is not done in accordance with the Dharma and it is abused, it will harm sentient beings as well as the practitioner himself. His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang had told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche about a lay yogi who had been very active in helping others by performing the Dharma of Wrathful Yidam. Powerful as he was, he finally died a sudden death. If the practitioner only attuned himself to the Dharma without cultivating compassion and the ability to liberate sentient beings, he would bring harm to himself as well. It has been depicted in Dharma texts that performing the Dharma of Dorje Phurba could eliminate all hindering enemies. In ancient times it was performed for momentous events that affected the Buddhist Order or the country; hence, it was not meant for ordinary individuals. Therefore, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not specifically perform the Dorje Phurba Dharma for you individually. In this Buddhist Center, the Puja is performed only once a year. Its only aim is to allow you to form an affinity so that you have the opportunity to get help from the Yidam in clearing the obstacles to your Buddhist practice.

Today, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will be performing the Dorje Phurba Dharma and help you to understand that, contrary to what society generally believes, the Wrathful Yidam displays an angry appearance not because the Yidam wants to mete out punishment. The fact is, the Wrathful Yidam represents the highest form of compassion which will benefit sentient beings. In Tantrism, the Dhama methods for benefiting sentient beings are divided into 4 parts: Kriyayoga, Charyayoga, Yogatantra, and Anuttarayogatantra. In the Charyayoga, Dorje Phurba is the Wrathful Yidam of Vajrapani. Vajrapani is the head of all Vajras, meaning that all Vajras are under Vajrapani’s command. In Kriyayoga, Dorje Phurba is the Dorje Namjom that destroys all delusions and afflictions; Dorje Namjom helps practitioners attain Buddhahood. Whereas, in the Old Tantra, Dorje Phurba is the emanation of the mind of Buddha Amitabha, Bodhisattva Manjushri, Vajrapani, Mahasthamaprapta, as well as Yamantaka. In the past, when Padmasambhava retreated in the earthen cave of Nepal, he performed the Dorje Phurba Dharma. Dorje Phurba became his Dharma protector who eliminated all hindrances presented by ghosts, demons, and deities. Dorje Phurba fulfills the main body of the Buddha’s activities and embodies all endeavors of the Buddha. Hence, the practitioners who cultivate the Dorje Phurba Dharma would definitely be reborn in the Pure Land and be liberated from the suffering of the Three Evil Realms.

The Dharma texts mention that: Practitioners who perform the Dorje Phurba Dharma will become propitious and will be endowed with merits, longevity, wealth, and perfect retinue; there will also be well-developed political and educational institutions; and, the practitioner will be empowered with great strength and perfection. ”Merits” mentioned above is not the same as “morals”. Morals are rules that govern different nationalities, cultures, and are different in different locations, and are different at different times. In Buddhism, a practitioner is meritorious when he is capable of becoming liberated from life and death himself and of helping sentient beings do likewise. “Perfect retinue” refers to a situation where one has many disciples. The Dharma texts further state that a practitioner who cultivates successfully the Dorje Phurba Dharma is one who possesses all of the aforementioned attributes – and therefore, (Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche added humorously) you should not antagonize Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

There are many Dharma texts pertaining to Dorje Phurba. For today, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performs the Dharma text of “The Secret, Ultimate, Truth-revealing, and Wish-fulfilling Treasure.” This Dharma text has not been transmitted outside of the Order. “Secret” means “uncommon” and only disciples of the Order who have obtained permission from the guru could be transmit the Dharma. Specifically, the Dharma to be performed today is the Earth Terma Tantra. The Buddhism passed down by Buddha Sakyamuni is Exoteric Buddhism, which contains the fundamental theories of Buddhism; but, because of the lack of time, Buddha Sakyamuni did not transmit Tantra. Therefore, the Buddha and Bodhisattvas, Dakinis, and other Dharma protectors hid the Tantra texts in caves, underwater, and even in the air, to be revealed by future practitioners who perform the Terma method. This is the origin of Earth Terma. But how do we know whether the Dharma texts for the Earth Terma are genuine or fake? If the contents of the Dharma texts do not teach sentient beings to be liberated from the reincarnation of life and death, they would then be fake texts. At the present time, all four major Orders of Tibetan Buddhism do not have Terma Master. This shows that there are less and less blessed rewards among this world’s sentient beings. In eras with many Terma Masters, there were much more blessed rewards for sentient beings then, because there were many Dharma methods being transmitted. Buddha Shakyamuni expounded the fundamental principles and theories governing the universe, but the Buddhist sutras did not contain methods about how to perform each yidam. The Earth Terma describes methods of performing yidams and bestows great blessings because it was transmitted personally by the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

The Dharma text of Dorje Phurba performed today was discovered by Terma Master Ratna Lingpa. It was compiled by the 29th Drikung Kagyu throne holder Chokyi Gyaltsen. His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang personally transmitted this Dharma method to and bestowed empowerment upon Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Moreover, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had cultivated the Dharma in retreat until attaining the attunement to the Yidam.

In performing the mantra of the Yidam, one has to recite the said mantra during retreat for at least one hundred thousand times. And in Tantrism, to succeed in any Dharma method requires the help of the Yidam of Vajra Tantra, as Dorje Phurba vowed to eliminate all hindrances for Vajrayana practitioners. Therefore, in the cultivation of any Yidam, if the practitioner has Dorje Phurba as his Dharma protector, his retreat shall be smooth and he will not have to leave when he is only half-way through. All of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s retreats have been smooth, precisely because he had the protection and blessings from lineage gurus of all generations, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, and Dorje Phurba as his Dharma protector; thereby, all hindrances and demons had been removed.

Many people believe the demons always look ugly, when in fact demons may be good-looking. The demon that attempted to interfere with Buddha Shakyamui and prevent Him from attaining Buddhahood was very beautiful. The distinction between Buddhas and demons is that Buddhas teach sentient beings how to become liberated from reincarnation; whereas, demons do not wish to see sentient beings become liberated from reincarnation. However, demons may not necessarily teach you to commit evil deeds, for even demons could tell sentient beings to do good acts, too. It’s just that the demons will not teach sentient beings how to become liberated from reincarnation. No doubt, other religions also advise people to do good. But, if their concepts are different from those taught by Buddhism, specifically obtaining liberation from reincarnation, they would be false teachings, even if the person is cloaked in the Buddha’s exterior attire. Why, for example, in your Buddhist practice, do you often chance upon evil masters? It’s because in the past you held false views in learning Buddhism. False views include learning Buddhism for fame and gain, for protection, and for the purpose of changing one’s temper. People who learn Buddhism with such false views will not be able to attain any achievement in their practice in this life. And, they will also meet evil masters in their next lives, thus hindering their Buddhist practice. Another false view is to learn Buddhism based on one’s feelings, instead of learning about liberation from the reincarnation of life and death. It is rare to encounter a guru like Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, who disseminates the authentic teachings while carrying out everything in accordance with the Dharma and without pandering to the believers. As a matter of fact, such a way of promoting Buddhism is extremely onerous.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche proceeded to elucidate the benefits of participating in the Dorje Phurba Puja:

1. It is helpful to people who suffer from mental, temperamental, brain, and endocrine problems.

2. It could eradicate unknown diseases and cancers caused by ghosts, demons, dragons, and deities.

These benefits have been described in the Dharma texts – indicating that performing this Dharma would definitely be efficacious and beneficial. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will not perform the Dorje Phurba Puja only for individuals. The Puja is performed once a year and the benefits will depend on your causal conditions. Do you know why Rinchen Dorje Rinpoche, when the guru had cancer in the past, did not go to doctors nor undergo any chemotherapy, yet he recovered fully? The reason is that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had been performing the Yidam of Dorje Phurba and that he had successfully cultivated the Dorje Phurba Dharma during his retreats.

You must realize that the ghosts and demons plying in this world are actually sentient beings that have been killed by you. You might say that you have not killed and regard yourself as a good person. However, yesterday one family came to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. They said that many of their family members were afflicted with illnesses. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche informed them it was because their forebears carried heavy killing karma. They immediately replied that their father was a very good home builder, indicating that no one was at any fault. The fact is that their father had been involved in the construction business in Taiwan. Before the start of any construction work, animals (fowl and pigs) are killed in rites to appease ghosts and deities. This practice is followed in both the construction business and in excavation work. For example, if someone is about to start construction, the rule in Tantrism is that certain Dharma rites and ceremonies must be performed at that construction site – in order to help liberate sentient beings from the Three Evil Realms. Sentient beings that have not reached the end of their life span will be helped to leave the construction site. In this way, the construction work can proceed without any untoward incidents. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had once met a reincarnated Rinpoche with his face blemished by white ringworm. When Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked him whether there had been any renovation work with his temple, where many rocks (and especially a very huge one) were being moved, the reincarnated Rinpoche answered in the affirmative. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stated that this Rinpoche grew white ringworm on his face because he had provoked the dragon. This incident indicated that without practicing in accordance with the Dharma, even a reincarnated Rinpoche could also get into trouble.

2. People could avoid accidents caused by yearly, monthly, daily, and hourly conflicts. “Conflicts” refers to situations in which your personal magnetic field clashes with the magnetic field of a certain year, month, day, or hour – resulting in accidents. Sometime, everyone will be in such a situation. If a person does many evil deeds or consumes much meat, he will find himself in the situation of yearly, monthly, daily, or hourly conflict more often. However, one who practices the Dharma according to the teachings of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas shall be able to avoid such conflicts. Even if he finds himself in such conflicts, he will not be affected.

4. It could avert natural catastrophes – floods, fires, earthquakes, etc. – caused by the changes in the constellations. Many natural disasters are associated with changes in the constellations. Performing the Dorje Phurba Dharma could prevent people from being affected by natural disasters such as floods, fires, earthquakes, etc., caused by changes in the constellations.

5. Averting the harm caused by poisoning and curses cast by others.

6. Removing karmic hindrances from past lives.

Before the performance of the Dharma, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reminded the attendees to remain calm and composed during the proceedings. With great compassion, the guru accepted the representative from ordained disciples in making the mandala offering to implore for the Dharma. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche thence began to perform the Dorje Phurba Dharma, reminding all attendees to sit straight while he recited the mantra of the Yidam. While reciting the mantra, Rinchen Dorjee exhibited expressions of great might and power: The guru’s eyebrows became erect, his eyes protruded, his mouth gaped, and his face turned square. Finally, he took on the identical countenance of the Wrathful Yidam of Dorje Phurba, appearing auspiciously attuned to the Yidam. In the process of the performance and chants, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche made very deep sounds like angry thunder, gazing intently. By turning his neck and with his arm slightly turned, in an instant, Rinchen Dorje Rinpoche was transformed into the auspicious Dharma appearance of the Yidam Dorje Phurba. It was absolutely incredible! This is something totally impossible for any ordinary person to manifest.

During the proceedings of the performance, with great compassion, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche allowed the attendees to state the names of people whom they wished to protect. As he continued to perform the Dharma, the guru transformed himself into the wrathful look of the Yidam Dorje Phurba several times over in all the Yidam’s glorious magnificence and might. The attendees present could feel the mighty and overwhelming power of the Yidam as he made several appearances. Even though the crowd totaled more than a thousand, with many children among them, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche held the attendees spellbound with his all-embracing power, such that no one moved away from their seats.

Following that, the Tsok Ritual was performed, in which every attendee was given a small package of offering food blessed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and they started to eat, signifying that they were now given the rare opportunity of eating food together with the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

Next, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche continued his compassionate teachings: The Dharma just performed was not only to implore the arrival of the Yidam, but also to make offerings and to liberate sentient beings. Generally, most practitioners rarely perform this Dharma as it exhausts much of the practitioner’s blessed rewards. It would usually be necessary to retreat for at least a month after such a performance. Those who lack the capacity to liberate sentient beings, but choose to perform the Dharma, would have trouble. Never think that by putting up a ferocious appearance that you have scared away the ghosts and deities; they only go away temporarily. They will return when you run out of blessed rewards. Never use threats or force people. Buddhist practitioners should be kind and compassionate toward others. Dorje Phurba would help the attendees and all associated sentient beings, so that at the end of this life you will not fall into the Three Evil Realms, nor will you have an untimely death. However, this does not mean you could enjoy life more; rather, it’s to give you more time to practice Buddhism.

At the end of the Dharma performance, the disciple who had assisted the Dharma ritual by the side of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, knelt before the guru on behalf of all attendees and implored the guru to bless the attendees with the vajra. However, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said that apparently many years of blessings did not do much good to all of you and you remained the same. Even if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche keeps blessing you until his arms break off, you still would not mend your ways. So, what is the use? For instance, the disciple whose father-in-law passed away, works in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s company. Consequently, he felt certain there should be no problem for his father-in-law to obtain the Phowa from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The trouble is that both he and his wife had taken refuge for a very long time but they have not changed at all. He always thought that whenever Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reprimanded other people that would be the problem of others and that it had nothing to do with him. His wife had in the past criticized Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Even though this happened more than 10 years ago, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche remembered, but had never said anything about it. The guru was waiting patiently for their causal conditions to emerge. Now, they had the opportunity to see their karmic retribution. His father-in-law used to be a policeman and he was greedy. With the blood relationship between parents and children, the children naturally tend to be greedy, too. When their daughter got married they attempted to negotiate with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Of course Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche remembered the mistakes made by this disciple’s wife in years past, not because the guru bore any grudge against her, but rather that the guru awaited the opportunity for them to realize that “the effect is the fruit of your cause.” In other words, you have never believed what the sutras say, “Every thought aroused by sentient beings generates karma and vice.”

Why do we say that only Buddhist practitioners are actually filial? When parents do not possess causal conditions or wisdom, and do not have the capacity to learn Buddhism, they must depend on their descendants, who will in turn affect their parents with their virtuous and evil deeds. As you learn Buddhism, you will benefit your forebears, too. Conversely, if the descendants fail to do good deeds, even if the ancestors are at the highest stage of birth in the Pure Land, they might descend to the lowest stage of birth in the Pure Land. You might think it’s no big deal since it is only a difference of eight stages. As a matter of fact, one who is at the lowest stage in the Pure Land will have to take 12 small kalpas (billions of years) to attain enlightenment.

Once, after a disciple’s mother-in-law passed away, she brought her husband to seek liberation for the deceased. As her husband refused to become a vegetarian, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed an ordained disciple to introduce the disciple’s husband to other places where he only had to pay money without becoming a vegetarian. How could one be compassionate if one refuses to become a vegetarian? You don’t believe that you have created bad karma and neither do you think your parents did evil deeds, always regarding your parents as good people. Whose parents are not good people? The Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha’s Fundamental Vows stated that it is important to carry out Buddhist acts broadly for the deceased. This does not mean going to many Buddhist temples to perform acts, but it requires that the family members of the deceased must be broad-minded in accepting the Dharma and to carry out activities in accordance with the Dharma. You must not think that attending the puja once could liberate your parents. If you continue to eat meat after attending the puja, this one single evil act could affect your parents as well. This is exactly the situation described in the sutras in which sentient beings are ungrateful after obtaining help from the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas – they continue to do evil deeds. So if you refuse to become a vegetarian, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would ask ordained disciples to introduce you to other places where you only pay money without having to mend your ways.

The Buddhist sutras also mention that if members of the deceased’s family do good deeds in this world, six-sevenths of the merits obtained go to the living while one-seventh goes to the deceased. Why is that so? It is because the causal conditions originate from the living family members. As long as the fruition level of the deceased becomes higher and higher, the descendants will benefit, too. Therefore, in the future if you introduce others to attend the Chod Puja, you should ask them whether they could go vegetarian for the rest of their life. If they are not willing to do so, then do not request Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to let them attend the pujas – to avoid embarrassment to all. Nobody says in Tantrism you could consume meat; neither is it mentioned in Buddhist sutras. At the same time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed the ordained disciples to recommend those believers who are not willing to become vegetarians to go to other places – where they only need to pay money, to be present, and they do not have to practice the Dharma. Never try to be a “nice guy” by introducing people to Old Monk Guan Chen’s temple and causing that temple trouble.

Why did Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche make a rule that you must be a vegetarian for life if you make a request to attend the Chod Puja? You would probably not understand why for just a puja you have to be a vegetarian for life. Why so strict? You must know that all of the genes of the parents and that of the children are alike and hence, in the void, whatever good and evil deeds you do, would become attuned with your parents. In other words, after attending the pujas, if you continue eating meat, it is the same as committing evil acts and would have an impact on your parents in reducing their blessed rewards. You must not believe the saying popular in society that “The meat and wine go through the intestines but the Buddha keeps sitting in the middle of your heart.” This is a pure fallacy and even foreigners know that the genes could affect future generations. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has said before that, based on genes from skeletons uncovered in Scotland dating back about 9,000 years, the descendants could be traced to present-day villagers there. Therefore, you should not learn the Dharma from the surface only. Do not think that after attending the pujas everything will be fine. The male disciple’s father-in-law had been a policeman, but his greed caused him hindrance at the time of his death.

You should count the blessings that today you are able to encounter a Vajrayana guru who performs the Tantra for you. It is a rare opportunity that you are able to attend today’s Dorje Phurba Puja, so you should treasure it and reflect seriously your attitude toward learning Buddhism; do not let each year go by in futility. As you know, in the case of the male disciple, he was unable to contact Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to perform the Phowa for his deceased father-in-law – which showed that he and his wife had not surrendered themselves to the guru 100 percent. If they had, the deceased’s blessed rewards would grow, since the daughter performed 1,200 full prostrations every day in accordance with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s instructions. That should make it possible for them to contact Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in time for performing the Phowa. You might have supposed that you have done “almost” everything that is required of you as directed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. However, “almost” is not the same as “100 percent.” There is no such thing as reciting the sutras well or reciting the sutras not well; what is required is a total and complete turnaround from your erstwhile ways. Otherwise, even if Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche were to bestow blessings to you –to the extent that he breaks his arms, it will still be useless. Merely sending a text message or making a phone call will not beget the Phowa. Furthermore, without blessed rewards or causal conditions, or without wholeheartedly making offerings to the guru, it is impossible that one would obtain the Phowa. It is of paramount importance to make offerings to the guru. But the amount of money is not of the essence in making offerings; what is more important is a willing heart and obeisance. There was once a disciple who had brain cancer. He was financially impoverished and had no money to offer to the guru. In fact, it was Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who took care of his livelihood at the final stage of his life. However, because he made offerings wholeheartedly, he was able to obtain the Phowa. So it is not that every disciple will obtain the Phowa, only those who had made offerings to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in their past lives, those whom the guru was obligated to, and those who acted in full accord with the teachings, will the guru perform the Phowa for them.

There are some matters for which Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche needs to be reminded, but giving blessing is not one of them. If the guru’s heart is touched, he would bestow the blessings; otherwise he would not. Many of you do not change for the better unless and until problems appear. You should be more mature, listen and make efforts to rectify yourself, instead of acting like a child. As you remember, the female disciple who amended Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s book made public repentance last time, reflecting that she was not following the guru’s teachings despite years of taking refuge. With so much blessings bestowed upon you, and yet you refuse to make changes – so what’s the point of more blessings?

The Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center is the least expensive of all Buddhist Centers in Taiwan. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does not set a price for people attending the pujas; all could come and attend for free. The ordained disciples know it most clearly that this Buddhist Center is rare to chance upon. You must be determined to mend your ways, for otherwise, your attendance will be futile. Every one of you is racking your brain, trying to outwit Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. However, the guru is aware of your machinations and has not taken action for the time being. In fact, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is a very tolerant guru: He practices the “forbearance” of the Six Paramitas and must bear all sorts of matters. Moreover, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are watching your actions by your side. You should, therefore, stop racking your brain and trying to outwit Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. You can choose to come or not to come. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is also mortal and the guru would not come back to this world as the guru has become very disgusted and tired of the mundane world. It’s not that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche doesn’t wish to help sentient beings, it is that your affinity is insufficient.

Today, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has performed the Dorje Phurba Dharma for you, hoping that you do not continue doing evil deeds. You must not think that you have not done any evil deeds, disbelieving that all thoughts aroused by you generate evil. As long as you have the thought of greed, resentment, or ignorance there will be good or evil karma associated with it; and, thus, you will not be able to be liberated from reincarnation. You refused to listen and to change yourself. You forgot your mistakes quickly. And, you didn’t remember the kindness and benevolence of others to you. If you don’t make amends, even Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can’t help you.

At the successful completion of the puja, as His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche descended the Dharma throne, all of the attendees rose to sincerely pay their respects to the guru. The attendees expressed in unison their gratitude for the precious Dorje Phurba Dharma and the compassionate teachings. His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had exhausted his energy to compassionately teach and to guide sentient beings, with uniquely strict and direct methods, in order to help sentient beings be relieved from their suffering. The attendees received words from the Dharma like nectar – and they reflected on their attitude in their Buddhist practice. They were grateful for the auspicious and wondrous teachings of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

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Updated on March 29, 2013