085: We All Are Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Treasure

Due to some instability within my family, along with changes in my circumstances, I had the rare karmic opportunity to be introduced by my mother’s friend to the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for the first time. I remember that afternoon when we went to the Glorious Jewel Jewelry Company on Yi Xian road to meet the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, Rinpoche kindly asked us if anything had happened or if anything was the matter. I was young at that time so I only sat and listened to my mother talk, not thinking about much at all, however I remember getting the feeling that this elder was different from any other I had met.

After leaving, I knew that we were going to start attending pujas, but didn’t really know why, and although I wanted to accompany my mother, I was still a little bit unwilling to attend. Time passed really fast and without really knowing why, I followed my mother in seeking refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. However, from beginning to end I did not know the real reason why I needed to seek refuge. Similarly I later blindly moved to Taichung due to a job opportunity and ended up living there aimlessly for one year. During that year of time, I didn’t really know: Just what was I doing? What did I want? Unregulated behavior and bad habits eventually led to problems at work, and in the end I thought that I had better return home.

After I left Taichung and returned home, although it was not like I hadn’t been home during that year, however because I was always in a rush when visiting I never had enough time to be with my mother and grandmother. After spending some time with my mother, I felt that she had changed and was not the same mother who I had lived with for twenty years. I was very surprised and also found that my mother had continued attending pujas in order to practice the Buddha Dharma. My mother noticed that I seemed lost, and suggested that I go meet with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche again.

It was under these circumstances that my mother and I went to the Glorious Jewel Jewelry Company and again met with the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The moment I met Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, I kneeled down on the floor and shed tears as if I was visiting an elder member of my family whom I hadn’t seen for a long time. As before, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked me what happened and what the matter was. I then said “I, as your disciple, hope to come back to attend the pujas again.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said “What reason do you have for coming back? Why do you want to come back?” I then told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche all that had happened. All of a sudden, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche immediately rapped me on my head very hard. Immediately I shed even more tears. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened “`While your parents are alive, you should not travel far’. You are not showing filial piety if you don’t stay with your mother and grandmother and look after them when they are still alive and well.” Those words took deep root in my heart for I knew that I was a stubborn and insensitive person. Ever since I was little, I had never even listened to a single word my mother had said, let alone shown filial piety. Next Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked me to think carefully and come over again to speak later. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche also instructed me to stay by myself and had my mother wait outside. After thinking it over, I once again waited in the queue and told Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that I wanted to make my mother and grandmother healthier. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said “Do you know why I asked your mother to leave? It is because your behavior during the past few years has been really bad….even extremely bad and I did not want your mother to feel disappointed. You must examine yourself carefully and I will give you a chance to attend the pujas.” Thereafter I bowed before the feet of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and left.

Several weeks later during a puja held on a Sunday, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche enlightened us, saying: So long as one is a disciple, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will look after and protect him life after life. Every disciple is Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s treasure. It was not until then that I realized that the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had been taking care of us and giving us his blessing. During that time when I was away from home, one day I went out for fun with some friends. While we were driving on the highway, because there were many people, it was very loud and boisterous and this caused us to have a traffic accident. The car was almost destroyed entirely but all of us were completely uninjured. The gentleman who towed our car said we were very lucky to be unharmed, for the car had been damaged very badly. It was truly incredible! Without a doubt, this was because my guru had protected us with his life. Every minute, every moment our guru is protecting us!

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche always personally sets himself as an example for us to see and understand how the Buddha Dharma works in our daily life, anytime, anywhere. How rare it is that we can meet such an enlightened guru in our lifetime! We must wholeheartedly cherish such a treasure. I am grateful to my guru, the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche!

Zhang, Zhong-Wei

Updated on November 25, 2009