043: The Help of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to My Family

One night in 2004, I was awakened by my elder sister’s phone call. In a frantic voice she told me that our father had fallen over when exercising and it seemed serious. He had been sent to a hospital, but his condition was still unclear. She needed me to go home immediately. My first thought was that maybe he broke a bone, nothing too serious. After a short while, a second call informed me that our father was, in fact, in serious conditions; at that moment the doctors were working to save him. My sister again urged me to go home as soon as possible. After arriving at the hospital by taxi, I hurried to see my father. What I saw was a machine being pressed on his chest. The doctors told me that they had already administered two cardiac stimulants. As the scene unfolded, I began to feel really scared. Seeing that our father was nearing the end of this life, the elders of our family suggested we bring our father home and prepare for his death. And that’s what we did.

For two weeks after my father’s sudden passing, I cried. I felt a deep pain due to his absence and worried if he was being taken care of in another world. Although a “master” from the funeral service who supposedly had great powers told me that he was able to see my father’s consciousness and that my father was being taken care of, I remained unconvinced. I started to do weekly ceremony by custom and made offerings in my father’s name at a temple. Though it made me feel better, I continued to wonder if my effort could really help my father’s consciousness? Had his consciousness really been transferred? A friend of mine told me how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had helped people and how my father’s consciousness could be transferred through a puja. So, through the assistance of a dharma brother I had yet to meet, I implored Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to help my father’s consciousness.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked my father’s name and under which of the twelve animal signs was my father born. He then told me some things that my father worried about. Hearing Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, I felt really surprised, because the things that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche mentioned were things that only a family member could know. I, therefore, was quite confident that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could help my father’s consciousness and was not just bluffing me. So, I implored Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche assist my father’s consciousness, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately promised me to do so and asked me to register for the next Chod puja. In addition, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told me that my wife and I were going to have a baby in the coming year. We had long hoped that we could have a baby; however in ten long years it had yet to come true. After attending the powerful Chod puja, I found myself no longer worrying about the state or location of my father’s consciousness— which was simply amazing! All that was left was the memory of the beautiful times that my father and I shared together. Following, I started to attend every scheduled Chod puja, as well as the regular pujas on Sundays.

After attending pujas for a while, my wife and I went to see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to offer Rinpoche our appreciation for his kind help. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told us what to look out for regarding the health of my wife and told my wife again about the baby’s eventual arrival. During February and March of 2005, my wife not only unusually caught one cold after another, but generally felt unwell; however she did not take any medicine because of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s advice. Later, as predicted, my wife got pregnant and the prenatal examinations were all good. We went back to thank Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and he blessed my wife, wished her a safe passage during her pregnancy and delivery and gave her a precious nectar pill. We were full of gratitude for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s great blessings, which allowed us to fulfill our long-held hope.

Before her delivery, my wife hoped the labor would be painless. I often joked with my wife that since her nerves was three times more sensitive than others, and she would probably scream out loud at the slightest pain. My wife had heard that the birth of a first baby can be torturous for the mother, so she was understandably worried. One day at 4 AM, my wife’s water broke; however, she had yet to feel labor pain. When we arrived at the hospital, the nurse said that the birth canal’s width was about two fingers wide. All the way till 9:30 AM, the only pain my wife felt was from the nurse’s examination. The doctor, though, was worried that my wife had passed so much amniotic fluid but still felt no labor pains. He thought that perhaps she would need a C-section operation if there was no onset of labor pains. Immediately thereafter, my wife started to feel labor pains. Though the first hour of labor, my wife was able to bear the pain, but by 10.30, she asked to be relieved of the pain and have a C-section done. The doctor said it was not necessary, as the birth canal was wide open. My wife was then sent to the delivery room, where our healthy baby was subsequently born. So, in total, my wife only suffered about two hours of labor pain. Later, we returned to the Glorious Jewel Jewelry Company to express our appreciation to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche where he spent considerable time blessing our baby. We also asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to name our baby and he kindly asked us to choose from two names: “Jin-De” and “Sheng-De.” We deeply felt Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s kindness and great power in the blessings he had given to my wife and our child, as well as his assistance in naming our baby.

Were it not for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s kind help, the suffering that accompanied the absence of my father could not have been replaced so quickly by his cherished memory. Were it not for great merits of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessing, we would not have been able to have a baby after waiting ten years. Were it not for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s kind blessing, the delivery of our first baby would have not progressed so smoothly and certainly would have lasted longer than two hours. Were it not for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s care, our family would not be so at peace. Were it not for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s instruction, we could never know how powerful and rare the Buddha Dharma is. Were it not for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s patient teaching, my life goals would still be accompanied by greed, hatred and delusion. Humbly, I give my appreciation to the great and kind Guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

By Zhou Ru-Jing, a disciple of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center

Updated on November 25, 2009