176: Showing Gratefulness to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for Simultaneously Transferring the Consciousnesses of My Two Family Members

My grandmother had been a vegetarian and had prayed to the Buddha for almost forty years. During the last stage of her life, she had suffered tremendous torture caused by illness both physically and mentally. We were very fortunate to be able to meet the Vajra Guru, the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, so that she could be liberated from the cycle of reincarnation and attain rebirth in the Pure Land after this life.

Because she had suffered from Parkinson’s disease, it was difficult for her to move and she had to lie in bed for many years. Also due to the calcification of her spine, any movement to her body would cause her enormous pain. She constantly moaned day and night and was not able to sleep well. As her family, we could only feel sadness and a reluctance to lose her, but there was nothing we could do.

On one occasion when I had asked to see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, I had the opportunity to seek advice about my grandmother’s health. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche brought to my attention that her condition would be even more critical during the next three months. When I returned home and after discussing this with my parents, we decided to surmount all kinds of obstacles and bring my grandmother to see the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche at the Glorious Jewel Jewellery Company. She was very happy to have such auspicious cause and condition to meet such an enlightened practitioner. Upon meeting, she brought her two palms together and made an offering to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche with great respect. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche blessed her compassionately and accepted her offering with a smile. My grandmother’s condition changed miraculously after she returned home. Not only did the condition of her spirit improve, but also when lying in bed she had stopped moaning from pain. She had absolute faith in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s compassion and great power. She frequently told the people around her that she had received help from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and praised Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche over and over again for helping all sentient beings.

My grandmother ended up gaining two more years of life. During that period of time, there were two instances when her condition became very bad. During those times we all thought that she was going to die soon, and so we took her to see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Each time after receiving blessings from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, her vitality radiated again.

At the end of 2005, my eighty-seven-year-old grandmother was sent to the intensive care unit of a hospital for a high fever that she had had for many days. Unexpectedly, she had acquired some serious bedsores from lying in bed for long periods of time due to her illness, and this almost led to her acquiring septicemia. After giving her emergency aid, a large hole was opened at the tail of her caudal vertebra. The hole was so deep that the bone could be nearly seen. After such torturous experience, the life of my already weak grandmother was in greater danger.

Again my father went to the Glorious Jewel Jewellery Company to see the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Also after consulting with grandmother, my father made an offering with all of her bank savings. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche compassionately blessed a nectar pill and asked my father to feed it to my grandmother at home. In addition, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed my father to attend the Chod puja on behalf of my grandmother. After begging Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to conduct the Phowa ritual for my grandmother, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche promised that so long as the causes and conditions were right, then all we had to do was find him after my grandmother passed, and he would conduct the Phowa ritual.

Luckily because of the Baoyuan ointment, when my grandmother was discharged from the hospital and being taken care of at home, her wound which we could once stuff up with more than ten pieces of gauze was almost healed after nearly six months of applying large amounts of Baoyuan ointment day and night. Even the doctor could not believe what had happened.

From February 2007, my grandmother’s condition started to worsen. The situation of the human body decomposing into earth, wind, water and fire which Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had once enlightened on the dharma throne. Very often she spoke incoherently and just talked straight into space. Despite this, all my family still remembered Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s instructions to continuously have my grandmother listen to an audio recording of the Dharma teachings by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and to remember Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s voice. All the time we showed a Dharma photo of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to my grandmother for her to gaze upon and told her to let go and believe that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would give her the best help. Her belief was very firm and she would always nod her head despite her weakness.

It was after nine p.m. on March 23, 2007, that I received a phone call from my father telling me the news that my grandmother had passed away. At that time, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was in Japan. After leaving a voice message on the recording machine at the Glorious Jewel Jewellery Company, I went back to Keelung immediately. My sad emotion was replaced during the trip back as I firmly contemplated on the image of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. In addition, I continuously called out to my grandmother in my heart, saying: “Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will definitely help us. You must have faith”.

My father had immediately put a nectar pill into my grandmother’s mouth when she passed away, and all my family members were quietly reciting the Six Syllable Mantra when we arrived home. One hour later it was about half past ten, a dharma brother called and informed us that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had completed the Phowa ritual for my grandmother and asked us to confirm if the crown of her head was warm or not. Meanwhile the dharma brother also asked me if my grandmother had had a daughter who had passed away previously. Actually my grandmother’s second daughter had died of bone cancer several years ago, and I recalled that she was in great suffering when she died. Later the dharma brother told us that this aunt of mine had shown filial obedience and had stayed with my grandmother while she passed. Therefore, my aunt’s consciousness was also transferred to the Pure Land along with my grandmother’s. My whole family was very touched when we heard this news, and we immediately realized the auspiciousness of the Buddha Dharma and furthermore sensed Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s mercy and compassion of void of nature. My family touched the crown of my grandmother’s head one by one and it indeed was warm. Her lips which were once slightly open at the time of her death had closed after she received the auspicious Phowa ritual. Her appearance was very kind and peaceful.

We continued to recite the Six Syllable Mantra for eight continuous hours. The next morning when the members of our family were changing my grandmother’s clothes, we found it surprising that her limbs were still very flexible, and even the color of the many spots on her face and hands had faded quite a bit. Later the foreign maid who took care of my grandmother told us that she felt it was really weird, when my grandmother passed, she, the maid, was taking a shower. However the sound of a woman kept whispering in her ears, asking her to quickly go have a look at my grandmother. After she came out of the shower, she found out that my grandmother had already passed away. The strange thing was that at that time, except my father and my late grandmother, there were no other people at home. To this day this has been an unsolved mystery among us.

During the mourning period, my family did not feel great sorrow, but only greatly missed the days when my grandmother was still with us. After she was cremated, we saw a round hole in her skull. This was an auspicious sign of the successful completion of the Phowa ritual, and it further proved the great power of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who could successfully complete the Phowa ritual over the vastness of time and space.

To be able to seek refuge under the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is actually the result of the multitude of merits accumulated through many previous lives. I will always remember the favor bestowed upon us by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and will never dare to forget them. It is because I have sought refuge under Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche that my life has changed and my restless heart has settled. I repent for the bad deeds that I have committed and the sentient beings that I have hurt. Lastly I pray that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche can reside in this world for a long time so that more sentient beings can, in accordance with their conditions, have the opportunity to hear the true Dharma and be liberated from the cycle of life and death.

Written with great respect by the disciple of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center, Zhi-Xin Jiang.

Updated on November 25, 2009