1028: Reflections on Rinpoche’s Puja Teachings From Ordained Disciples

Reflection Report #1

During the Sunday, April 12th puja, His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche stated that one may achieve attainment by reciting the heart mantra of the Dharma Protector Achi with total concentration.

The reason Rinpoche learns and performs so many different Dharma is so that he may accommodate the needs of liberating wide varieties of sentient beings. After all, our individual roots are all different, as are our causal conditions, motivations, and awarenesses. However, Rinpoche’s embracing power is like the vast and bottomless ocean, bringing in deluded sentient beings through all varieties of channels, and expertly teaching and offering guidance with patience and compassion. Who could ever understand all that goes into Rinpoche’s work?

During the puja, Rinpoche talked about the Six Paramitas: charity, discipline, forbearance, diligence, meditation, and wisdom. Without sufficient reserves, our karmic fortune will fall short, and we will not be able to progress to a higher level. And so, the Six Paramitas are virtues that every Bodhisattva practitioner must cultivate; they are the basic resources needed to attain bodhicitta!

Rinpoche also mentioned during the puja that there once was a diligent Buddhist who recited the Great Six-Syllable Mantra 80,000 times per day without reaching attainment. And so, we pale in comparison with our 10-20,000 recitations per day. We must not think we will build up some great power just by doing this; we must show even greater diligence!

Respectfully written by Group 4 Disciple Shi Huizhong.

Reflection Report #2

Praise be unto His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche!

I am grateful to have the great fortune to receive the great Bodhisattva Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings on the Ratnakuta Sutra in this lifetime. I have learned so much, and am filled with delight to learn these unique insights.

Before taking refuge under guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, I had listened to audio teachings from various Dharma masters in Exoteric Buddhism. But whenever teaching about terms related to emptiness, they would always just use jargon to explain other jargon, and quote sutras to explain other sutras. And so, all I could do was try and understand these things in my own way.”

But H.E. Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche offers us examples from real life so that we may experience the Dharma more closely. Take “forbearance of non-production of dharma” for example. This term incites want in many practitioners of Exotericism. But before, I had never come across any teachings that explained the phrase clearly, and so, at best, I could only tell myself: “I must forbear this!” over and over. Only the venerable Rinpoche has shown me clear teachings on this subject. Our outside conditions come from the notions that first arise in our minds. And thus, everything is based on the law of cause and condition. When I understand this and let go of my greed, hatred, and delusion, I naturally become free of thought.

“Let go of meditation and teach sentient beings to cultivate virtuous roots.” We all originally became ordained because we wanted attainment and enlightenment. But none of us realized before that this is desire, and not cultivation! Were it not for Rinpoche’s fiercely compassionate guidance, we wouldn’t be able to see that this is wrong, and realize that we previously lacked true intention to benefit others. And it is even more so clear that it is due to Rinpoche’s fierce compassion that he can explain these things with such clarity, and is able to touch us and motivate us to practice the Dharma in earnest.

“Merely as though this body is an empty space. Merely as though this body is bodhicitta. Constantly free of distraction. As though empty and free of distraction.” I originally wouldn’t have been able to understand what this means just from the literal text. But Rinpoche gave us examples about believers he granted audience to, and through these examples explained to us that “free of distraction” means having no personal desires and wants — not just having no thoughts. Only in this way can we know what sentient beings require, and offer them the help they need accordingly.

Respectfully written by Group 8 Disciple Shi Huibao.

Reflection Report #3

Praise be unto His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche!

In this Era of Declining Dharma, it is rare enough to hear the Dharma at all, much less to hear it transmitted by a great cultivated and attained Bodhisattva. And there is nowhere else you can hear teachings on the great Ratnakuta Sutra. In the more than 10 years I’ve been ordained, I never had the good fortune to hear True Dharma until I took refuge under H.E. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

I am grateful to my venerable guru for his compassionate revelations of the Dharma. Over the past few weeks, Rinpoche has been detailed and thorough in his teachings of the Six Paramitas, and he teaches incisively in a way that someone who wasn’t enlightened could not. Before, I only knew the Buddhist jargon, but I never knew how to use these terms. Furthermore, without building up my reserves, I encounter major hindrances, and one thing always leads to another. Near the end of the puja, Rinpoche taught us the passage: “Merely as though this body is an empty space. Merely as though this body is bodhicitta. Constantly free of distraction. As though empty and free of distraction.” From the literal text here, I wouldn’t be able to understand what this means, and may just think that emptiness and meditation means having no views or random thoughts. But that is like a withered tree meditating. And without our venerable guru, we wouldn’t understand these things. In the puja, he used two of our deceased Dharma brothers as examples. Rinpoche is without other intention and distracted thoughts; all of his thoughts are for the benefit of sentient beings and to keep them from falling to the Three Evil Realms. When a sentient being has a need, causal conditions arise, and as Rinpoche’s mind is unwavering and dwells in meditation, when this happens, he is attuned to them, and helps them in accordance with their causal conditions. In this way, Rinpoche’s mind accommodates the void.

All thoughts we common mortals give rise to are self-centered, including greed, hatred, and delusion. We live by means of our ego. I am ashamed to admit that I don’t always live by the Six Paramitas and the Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas, and it is for this reason that I often run into problems, and lack discipline, meditation and wisdom. Without meditation, how can I help others cultivate virtuous roots, and attain forbearance of non-production of dharma? Whenever an outside realm appears, I am simply carried away by it. And so, I must show absolute reverence to our guru. Rinpoche understands all of the causal conditions and cause and effect of all sentient beings, and he works to enlighten us using a variety of methods so that we may be liberated from life and death in this lifetime, and never again reincarnate.

Respectfully written by Group 1 Disciple Shi Huixu.

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Updated on June 25, 2020