His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Puja Teachings – March 24, 2013

Before the puja commenced, a female disciple shared with all attendees an account of how His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had helped her.

On a certain Friday in April of 2012, she was working at His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s company. Because there were some things that she had not taken care of that day, she was scolded heavily by the guru for having a part-time attitude in her work there at the Glorious Jewel Group. The guru wanted her to take responsibility for the damage caused to the company as a result of her carelessness. Immediately she felt so ashamed she was unable to show her face, suddenly realizing what she had not fully understood: that she had self-righteously done things the way she wanted without seeing clearly that she was working for the Group. At the time she was moonlighting as a consultant for a Mainland-based company, and each month she spent five days on the Mainland. She had already organized her itinerary and would making a trip to the Mainland the following Monday. After this incident, she felt she must take full responsibility for the matter she had mishandled. That day, she finally made the decision to resign from her Mainland job, a position she had held for eight years.

For a long time, in fact, she had wanted to stop making trips to the Mainland. However, her boss was very good to her, so she could not bring it up. Getting reprimanded by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave her the courage to make a decision. Now she recalls how disrespectful she was toward His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche back then; she had been given the opportunity to work in the guru’s Glorious Jewel Group, yet still she had not made a solid commitment to it. Only after His Eminence Vajra Guru said something was she finally willing to make a decision. No wonder His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was constantly saying, “You do not believe firmly in cause and effect.” She thought to herself that a person who believes firmly in cause and effect would make a decision once and for all, and grasp tightly this opportunity to follow the guru! She sensed that it was an accumulation of karma that was hindering her causal condition to practice Buddhism; she did not have enough good fortune, and had no way of detecting by herself where the problem was. If she had not encountered a well-cultivated guru who had personally taught and supervised her, then with regard to her ambition to practice Buddhism in this lifetime she probably would not even have made it past the first few steps. She simply would have fallen into an endless cycle of narcissistic self-gratification.

At the time her husband disapproved of her decision to quit the job that had her going back and forth to the Mainland. He thought, why would she give up a job she was so familiar with and which paid tens of thousands each month? Feeling frustrated, her husband must have been so angry he couldn’t sleep! But a week after she quit her Mainland job, her husband discovered a lump in her left breast. He immediately had her get it checked, and two different hospitals diagnosed her with breast cancer. After undergoing needle aspiration, it was confirmed as stage two breast cancer. There were two malignant tumors in her left breast with diameters of 2.8 cm and 1 cm respectively, and in her right breast was a benign tumor. Her husband was not a Buddhist, so all of this frightened him half to death. He had insomnia every night, and began to gather as much information as he could. Breast cancer affects not only the breasts; it can spread to distant organs, doing damage to the rest of the body which could be fatal. If the axillary lymph nodes are attacked, a distant metastasis can occur, and the consequences of this can be quite severe. He husband said the only way she could keep on living a few more years was to have an operation or undergo chemotherapy, and that there was no way she would live more than another five years!

Her attending physician at the time agreed that the best thing would be to operate and remove the tumors, but after further test results, the doctor said her cancer cells were “multiple and aggressive” in nature, and were of a chronic type. When he heard that she had aggressive breast cancer cells, her husband became terrified! The doctor told them that even if he removed one of her breasts, he could not guarantee that the cancer would not crop up in the other; if it did, he would have to remove that one as well. Her body was quite frail, so there was no way of knowing whether she would withstand such an operation. From the beginning she had opposed surgery and chemotherapy, so in the end her husband had no choice but to agree with her taking medicine as part of a hormonal therapy regimen combined with traditional Chinese medicinal remedies from the Glorious Jewel Chinese Medicine Clinic. Her husband continued to be unable to sleep, and said he wanted to participate in the Grand Puja. For many years her husband had refused to participate in the Grand Puja, but because she had gotten cancer he dropped all of his complaints and resentment. Looking back on it, if her husband had not noticed the lump, she would not have paid any attention to it; if she had not fallen ill with cancer, her husband might never in this lifetime have forgiven her for all the overbearing tyranny she had shown him over the past twenty years!

She obediently went to the doctor and took her medicine; she didn’t mind as long as it did not affect her work at the Glorious Jewel Group. Though her job kept her busy, she did not feel tired; she did not feel any pain other than an occasional pang similar to a mosquito bite. Her husband took care of the family and all the housework so that she could focus on her work. Her illness changed the way her husband had used money his whole life; he had always been frugal to the extreme, but now suddenly he was willing to spend money on organic fruit for the family to eat. His outlook changed as well; he had always been a bit of a hypochondriac, making a trip to the doctor every few days, but gradually he began to forget his petty grievances and stopped going so much. He wanted to spend all his energy looking after her, this person who would not live more than a few more years.

During her second monthly return check-up, her tumor was found to have shrunk from 2.8 cm to 1.5 cm. Even the doctor thought that was strange. Though her husband was grateful for His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings, he thought that it was the medicine and his macrobiotic diet that were having an effect on her condition. She was convinced that it was all because of His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings, and she was even more grateful to the guru for having given her an opportunity to work in the Glorious Jewel Group and helping her be able to feel at ease and practice Buddhism without fear! All she wanted was to keep her husband happy and be able to concentrate at work. From beginning to end, she never had any sort of feelings over the fact that she had gotten breast cancer, nor did she ever feel that she was a patient. But her family members and the people around her were all very good to her, which made her feel as though getting cancer was like having a protective charm of some sort. She actually felt embarrassed over all the care everyone was giving her!

Later on during a check-up, her doctor was going to arrange for her to get a stomach injecting, saying that the medicine would be more effective this way. Luckily her ultrasound results showed that the tumor had already shrunk to 0.8 cm, which was too small to qualify her for a stomach injection. Two months later she went for another check-up, and all that was left was a dark patch. She recalled His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche having once said that cancer cells were dragons dwelling inside the patient’s body. Then she remembered the frequent pangs she had felt in her left and right breasts, and she thought there must be several dragons inside her! Though the test results had revealed nothing but a dark patch, she felt like the dragons were still inside. She believed she had to pay for all the evil acts she had committed.

She was extremely grateful to His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for having allowed her to work in the Glorious Jewel Group and for giving hre a chance to experience firsthand the various auspicious situations in which Buddhism can be implemented in one’s work. The operating philosophy, management style, set system and regulations, authorization and supervision, problem solving methods, and so on with which His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche ran the Group were without exception a result of the guru’s great capacity for compassion and wisdom. More than that, it was the guru’s manifestation and teaching of how to use the Dharma in one’s daily life and ability to adapt to change and benefit people according to their causal conditions that made her prostrate herself before him in grateful admiration. Just thinking about it moved her to tears! Only then did she understand that her previous decades of work and life experiences all along had been nothing more than various circumstantial changes framed within her greed, hatred, and ignorance. This would just cause her more and more distress, and make her practice of Buddhism more and more distant to her. She was grateful for His Eminence Vajra Guru’s compassion and mercy, for having pulled her up from the muddy chaos and helped her to find a path toward the light.

While being sternly questioned by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she realized that her attitude while working of focusing on matters instead of people had not actually been able to help people solve problems. Therefore she began to do some soul-searching, and tried to understand the nature of human affairs. She thought to herself, since everything was human-made, then if she did not try to understand it from a human point of view, how would she actually be able to understand the true nature of anything? From then on she changed her attitude and ways of handling things, becoming attentive to the changes and true significance among the people and things around her! During another session of scolding from the guru, she realized that she had not actually been completely reverent and obedient to the guru. She was shocked to find that all along her slackness had originated in her irreverence toward the guru, so she became determined to follow in the guru’s footsteps with added vigilance.

During the Group’s  year-end banquet, as master of ceremonies she misspoke and was very rude toward the distinguished guests. Right then and there Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bopped her on the head and admonished her, and demanded that she apologize to the guests immediately. She felt truly ashamed, because again she had mishandled something. Later, during the banquet, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche addressed everyone and said, “Just now you all saw her get beaten and scolded. This was a blessing a guru gives his disciple because she has breast cancer. Non-Buddhists might not understand. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bops her in the head, then a month from now her cancer should be pretty much gone!” That night she brought home the wonderful news to her husband and said that she had been given a prize more valuable than a precious jewel worth hundreds of thousands of yuan! Her husband agreed, saying, “Indeed! This is way better!”

That Monday morning, when she went to the hospital for a check-up, they could not find any trace of the tumors. The doctor asked her, “Why have the tumors disappeared?” She told the doctor that it was because she worked at His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s company, so of course it had changed for the better! Then she asked him, “What did you think, that I’d get better just by taking a bunch of medicine?” Only then did she confess to her doctor that she had not actually been very diligent about taking her medicine; during the entire course of the regimen she had only taken a few pills! She told the doctor about the blessing that had been bestowed on her by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche when he bopped her on the head. After listening to her story, the doctor chuckled in surprise. She went for the usual ultrasound, but after searching for a long time, two doctors and one ultrasound technician could not find the slightest trace of a tumor in either breast; not even a dark patch remained. Thereupon they announced to her, “Cured! You’re cured!” And just as His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said, a month later and it was pretty much gone.

A few months prior to her original diagnosis, a relative of hers succumbed to adenocarcinoma and spent millions of yuan on gamma knife therapy. After the tumor spread to his brain, it got into his bones. This caused him terrible pain, and to this day he is still deteriorating. She was truly grateful that His Eminence Vajra Guru not only takes care of his disciples but of their family members as well. She was especially grateful because she had gotten cancer, yet without spending money and without any pain, the tumors had miraculously disappeared! It had been a long time since she felt any pangs insider her; had the dragons gone away? She wanted to think the dragons were still there! Moreover, she had to keep vigilant, for her every word and her every deed had cause and effect! She had nothing with which to reciprocate His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s constant, all-out efforts for the Dharma and for sentient beings. All she could do was to practice Buddhism with a humbler mind, act according to the guru’s teachings, and do her best not to be unworthy of His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s compassionate mercy and tireless teachings.

Next the general director of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Cultural Exchange Association announced that His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had instructed five ordained disciples to share an account of their experiences from both before and after they had taken refuge with the guru, and that each of them would be allotted five minutes to speak.

The first disciple shared that it had already been ten years since she took refuge with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and that the guru had helped her immensely. She was truly grateful for this, and she repented; she had wept her heart out again only a few days ago. Thereupon she had prostrated herself three times before Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Dharma photo. She said it would be impossible to describe in just five minutes’ time the countless benevolent acts the guru had bestowed upon her after that. Prior to taking refuge with His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she had been truly headstrong and self-righteous. Every time she thought she was right, she had often simply acted accordingly without regard to other people’s feelings, and tended to hurt them in the process. She would often criticize other people for where they had gone wrong, though she had not taken the time to look in the mirror.

After taking refuge with His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she began to notice that she herself had a lot of room for improvement. An ordained disciple should lead others, but she felt that even though she wore the clothing of an ordained practitioner, she was still lacking in many ways. Many things that the other disciples had already achieved she had yet to accomplish, and for this she felt very ashamed. Every time she listened to the other disciples—who likewise had taken refuge with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche—before the puja began, when they walked out on the dais and shared their experiences, she always felt she learned a lot because she had made the same mistakes as they. Just now, when she heard the statements shared by a female disciple prior to the puja, she had felt a profound sense that she, too, had had a similar problem. She repented the mistakes she had made, and was very grateful to those disciples for having shared their stories on the dais. Thinking of His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s great benevolence, she suddenly did not know how to even begin to describe how kind the guru had been.

She had never forgotten a Dharma brother once telling her that she had more good fortune than any other ordained practitioner in all of Taiwan, because at the time she was the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center’s only ordained practitioner. She had replied that out of all the lay practitioners in Taiwan, the ones at the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center had the most fortune. She encouraged everyone to listen well and act according to the guru’s teachings so as not to waste this rare opportunity to learn Buddhism from such a meritorious guru as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She also hoped that everyone would work with a common purpose to practice Buddhism, to be liberated from life and death, and to benefit sentient beings.

Next, the second ordained disciple shared her story. She was extremely happy to have been able to take refuge in His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and felt that having the good fortune to do so had been the most important event in her life. Every Saturday the guru could be seen helping believers that came to him, no matter what their hardship or ailment. She saw the worry lines disappear from each fearful face as they received help and blessings from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, and this truly moved her and made her feel grateful. She often said to others that the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center is specialized in solving difficult and complicated problems. Each time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche does his utmost to employ all kinds of methods in an effort to help sentient beings: laughter, smiles, anger, and admonishment—all are for the benefit of sentient beings. If helping them directly will not work, the guru comes at the problem from a different angle. If they do not understand what he is talking about, he tries another method. Seeing this had given her the profound realization that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche bends all of his great wisdom and compassion to the benefit of sentient beings. Frequently the thought occurred to her that she would like to thank Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche on behalf of all sentient beings. One time as she was making an offering to the guru, he paused and asked her what the offering was for. She said, “Having you here is truly wonderful.”

Before taking refuge in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she had already been ordained for more than a decade. Because she had read many sutras, she thought she should have understood their meaning by now, but still she could not carry them out. She felt a lot of anger and tended to argue, although other people could not see this and on the surface she did not appear to have conflict with anyone. When she came across something she disliked, however, she felt annoyed inside. Such subtle arrogance is very difficult to handle and detect in oneself. If she had not taken refuge in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she would not have understood how many things she had failed to accomplish, nor would she have realized that she had been disrespectful toward the Three Jewels all along. After having taken refuge with the guru, she now can begin to learn how to be a better person and how to be respectful toward the Three Jewels.

In the past when she meditated, she tried all sorts of methods: visualizing emptiness, breath-counting, chanting mantras, chanting the Buddha’s name, and so on; however, she was not able to meditate well at all. Later, after taking refuge in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she began to sense that as long as she came to participate in the pujas, was obedient, acted according to the guru’s teachings, and let go of her worries, then with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings she would gradually make progress without needing to do anything special. Now she felt that calming herself and meditating for an hour was something she could accomplish without much effort at all.

She was very grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for constantly and quietly helping sentient beings. Her parents were getting older; their bodies were beginning to weaken and succumb to ailments more and more frequently. The suffering their illnesses would have caused them had been greatly reduced thanks to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings. This reduced her own suffering as well, and as a result she was able to put her mind at ease and focus on practicing Buddhism. All of this was because of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s continuous, silent assistance and blessings.

The third ordained disciple began sharing her experiences by saying that she was relatively dull. When she was very young she had been given a very profound impression of the impermanence of life, in part because she had worked at a hospital and in part because her parents had had a car accident and passed away shortly afterward. She had felt deeply that if her cause and effect and karma problems were not fixed soon, the impermanence of death would be very terrible. Therefore, after taking refuge in Exoteric Buddhism, she had worked extremely diligently. If she did not understand what she read in the sutras, she would make prostrations; she never missed an opportunity to chant the Buddha’s name or prostrate herself before the Buddha with other people. She worked hard and kept herself busy with many Buddhist studies, but she was practicing aimlessly; she thought she was practicing, but had actually done nothing to solve her problems. Her afflictions piled up until even the people around her could not bear to watch, and they even told her to stop performing prostrations! She kept feeling that she had made no progress. Her afflictions grew more and more and she did not know what to do.

While reciting a sutra, the sutra will not tell you what you are doing wrong, but being able to see your own problems is very difficult. You need an experienced guru to give you pointers, because he is knowledgeable in such things and his guidance can help you to see clearly what your problems are. Later, thanks to an introduction from a Dharma brother, she was given the opportunity to seek an audience with His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The first time she sought an audience with the guru, he pointed out her various problems on the spot, causing her to admire the guru tremendously. She had practiced Buddhism for more than ten years, yet had not been able to solve her afflictive problems. After only one week of attending the puja and listening to His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings, and doing as the guru said, her problems were solved. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche truly is remarkable!

She practiced Exoteric Buddhism for many years, yet she felt it was very difficult to realize and accomplish the “emptiness” and “selflessness” mentioned in the sutras. Even if she realized a little bit through chanting the Buddha’s name, meditating, or from doing her prayers, no sooner had she finished doing her prayers than her old self returned. Only after coming to the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center to practice Buddhism under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche did she discover that the Dharma method taught by the guru was one of actually putting things into practice. For example, only by actually putting “altruism” into practice can one come close to achieving a state of “non-self.” Under the guru’s blessings, such a profound Dharma was made so simple; it could be realized and put into practice in daily life, and it was not necessary to live in solitude to do so. This was the real Dharma! She deeply felt how auspicious Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teaching method truly was! She hoped that everyone would go to great lengths to cherish it and be grateful for it.

The fourth ordained disciple shared her story. She had taken refuge in Buddhism over twenty years ago, and had been taught by many Dharma masters. They had all done their best to guide her, but to her it had felt as though they all were talking about Buddhist terms only; she had never felt able to comprehend from experience, or put the lessons into practice, or learn an effective method of being liberated. They had all told her that she must practice by such Dharma methods as listening, pondering, cultivating, keeping the precepts, meditating, learning wisdom, repenting, and so on. She knew all of these things, yet she was unable to do them, and she did not know where to turn. She very much wanted to be liberated from life and death, so she prayed to Bodhisattva Avolokiteshvara to help her find a meritorious, genuinely cultivated, and truly realized guru who could guide her on her path while at the same time allowing her to live her life without worries so that she might focus on practicing Buddhism.

Bodhisattva Avolokiteshvara is very insightful. As long as you are motivated and wish to be liberated from life and death, Bodhisattva Avolokiteshvara will bestow assistance upon you. Later the disciple had the causal condition to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. She had hurt her hand, and at one of her physical therapy sessions she met a disciple from the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center who was also doing physical therapy. Initially, when this disciple shared with her how much His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had done to benefit sentient beings, she was not interested due to her previous misconceptions about Tantrism. Later the disciple brought her a copy of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s book Happiness and Suffering. After she read it she was quite taken aback; although the language in Happiness and Suffering is very simple and accessible, every sentence was packed with profound spiritual meaning, just like the sutras. She believed firmly that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was the meritorious guru she had been searching for all this time. She read Happiness and Suffering many times through and carried it with her wherever she went; she viewed it as something without which she could not leave home. She was in the habit of making notes in books, so she began to underline passages in Happiness and Suffering that she thought were good. By the end she had underlined every single sentence; to her, every line and every word held a profound significance.

When she participated in “The Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness,” even though there were more than twenty thousand people in attendance, everyone had remained extremely calm and orderly, and this had shocked her to no end. She had been amazed at how smoothly all the Dharma rituals were performed; the puja had been extremely pure and peaceful, and she had never seen that before. Later while seeking an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, no sooner had she set foot in the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center and taken a seat than she had immediately noticed how quiet the place was, as if there had been no one around. This was quite extraordinary, a feeling she was unable to describe in words. She had felt that this was where she needed to be. After taking refuge in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she had been given a huge amount of help.

A while back, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche transmitted the Dharma method of Four-Armed Avalokiteshvara to two other ordained disciples, but did not transmit it to her. At the time she did not feel that there was anything unfair about this, because the two disciples had taken refuge earlier than she had, so in her mind their learning it first was a matter of course. Luckily she had not aroused any evil thoughts at the time; only later did she reflect that she had been influenced by society’s misconceptions of Tantrism and had thus held an inaccurate view of Avalokiteshvara’s Great Six-Syllable Mantra. This had caused her to have a flawed attitude and to be disrespectful toward the Three Jewels, which caused problems and made her unable to do her morning and evening prayers. She also advised everyone not to read certain printed materials casually so as to avoid being misled. If Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had also transmitted the Dharma to her at the time, she would not have known to reflect on herself, nor would she have understood where she had gone wrong. On each Saturday when Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was holding an audience with believers, she had come to the Buddhist Center to repent. After kneeling for seven months straight, the guru mercifully allowed her to participate in the morning and evening prayers.

She was out of time, so she did her best to wrap it up. She exhorted everyone, emphasizing that they really should cherish dearly this opportunity they had been given to take refuge in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The guru’s Dharma teachings were incomparably auspicious; he truly was a master practitioner who was at the same time a rare and brilliant teacher. She encouraged everyone to follow the guru very closely, to be obedient, and to act according to the guru’s teachings so that they could guarantee that they be liberated from life and death and reincarnation.

The fifth ordained disciple shared her experiences. She was grateful to His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for having bestowed upon her the opportunity to share with everyone how different she had been prior to taking refuge in the guru. After taking refuge, she had experienced significant changes both physically and psychologically, and she described these changes using two examples:

First was in the aspect of taking refuge in the Three Jewels. Being an ordained practitioner, prior to taking refuge in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she had contemplated the Buddha’s merits every morning when she got up, because the Buddha had come to Earth in order to liberate sentient beings from the suffering of birth, old age, sickness, and death. At the time she had felt the Buddha was very far from her. After taking refuge in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she had changed her morning contemplations to center around those of the guru. Amidst contemplating the merits of the Buddha and the guru, she had changed physically and mentally; it was difficult to describe, she said, but she recommended that everyone try it and see for themselves. While contemplating the Buddha’s merits, she had discovered that her feeling of abstraction derived from the fact that the Buddha had entered Nirvana for more than two thousand years. While contemplating the guru’s merits, on the other hand, she felt very close to the Buddha. This had led her to realize that although she had received the Five Precepts while still a lay practitioner and had received the Shamini Precept and the Bodhisattva Precept after becoming ordained, this process had led her to truly take refuge in the Three Jewels only after having taken refuge in His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

The second aspect she shared was the auspiciousness of the Dharma method. Prior to taking refuge in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she had learned to meditate. At the time she had been practicing Theravada Buddhism; later she had followed yet another master. Over the course of her learning she had discovered that some people liked to meditate while they were very young, but that after reaching the age of forty or fifty their bodies’ metabolism slowed down and they would grow fatter and fatter until they were no longer able to sit in a meditative posture. She was facing the same sort of problem at the time; she was getting older, her metabolism slowing. To address this issue, she had to go through four or five sessions each day in order to stay fit.

She did not understand at the time why some people grew more obese from meditating. Her previous master had told her that we all belong to the same universe; however, each person’s body is its own tiny universe, and balance must be found between the two. If one’s outer and inner chi were out of balance, then one would become fat. Since taking refuge in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, she has not needed to spend a lot of time sitting in meditation. She has been able to keep her body fit, and this is all thanks to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings. She had once read that while meditating one should learn about chi¬¬-channels, bindus, and clear light; this was what had given her the desire to learn Tantra and led her to the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center. She knew that after reciting the Amitabha she still needed to learn the Phowa, which was learning Tantra. She therefore came to understand that practicing Buddhism in the end meant practicing Tantra.

Next the ordained disciples led the attendees in a recitation of the Great Six-Syllable Mantra until the conclusion of the puja.

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Updated on June 16, 2013