232:Forever Grateful for the Guru’s Benevolence

“I am a beautician from Beigang, come to Taipei to make a living. Ever since I was little, I had suffered from congenital bilateral hip dislocations. I’d always walked with a limp, and my spine was indented and cracked. Thanks to a great opportunity, a client of mine took me to seek an audience with His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. However, upon facing the guru, I did not know what to say. It was amazing to me that the guru could utter such a specialized medical term as ‘congenital bilateral hip dislocations,’ because it is not something that people outside of the medical profession tend to know about. Even doctors at major hospitals, after seeing me walk a few steps, had needed to analyze X-rays before agreeing with the diagnosis that I did indeed have congenital bilateral hip dislocations. I felt surprised: How could this Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, who had never even seen how I walked, simply say to me politely, ‘Hold your hand out’—and after I did so, place his own hand a tiny distance above mine—and then know, just from that, the nature of my condition? I had to believe that he must be a Mahasattva. As a result, a profound respect for the guru welled up from deep within me.

Medical certificate verifying that Wu Aifen has congenital hip dislocation

“Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed me that frequent participation in the Chod Pujas would help me. As it so happened, however, my company needed me to head south for four days of training, and this interrupted my attendance of the pujas. After returning to Taipei, I found that my entire spine and hips were suddenly in so much pain that I could not even get out of bed. Seeing me like this sent my husband into a panic, and he carried me straight to the hospital. The doctor there wanted me to do physical therapy, and was of the opinion that I would be confined to a wheelchair ever afterward. I lay in bed for a whole month, unable to walk, during which I depended on my husband to help me put heat compress on my hips and spine. I felt very moved, but I still did not understand why this change had come over my body. Therefore, my husband gave me another piggyback ride, this time to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche again.

“Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche patiently said, ‘Your illness is one of cause and effect. Why did you get it? Why did it disable you from walking? Your encounter with me has caused your karmic hindrance to manifest sooner rather than later.’ The guru told me that I had harmed a four-footed animal, a sentient being, in a past life by beating it with a stick until its spine broke. As a result, my karmic retribution had matured in this lifetime in the form of a concave spine with cracks in it. As I listened to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s revelations, I lost all control, and tears ran down my face like rivers. Wondering how I could have been so cruel, I realized that my savage treatment of sentient beings was what had caused me to have to experience this pain and suffering. I had brought all of it upon myself; I could not blame anyone else, and had no right to complain!

X-ray showing that Wu Aifen does indeed have hip dislocation, as well as severe spinal scoliosis

“Despite the doctor’s prediction that I would likely have to use a wheelchair for the rest of my life, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said, ‘As long as you repent sincerely and trust and have faith in the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, then you definitely will not have to sit in a wheelchair!’ The guru wanted me to continue participating in the Chod Pujas. After just two more weeks of going, my spine gradually stopped hurting, and I no longer needed my husband to carry me up and down stairs or apply heat compress at night. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told me to quit the beauty industry, and allowed me to help out in the tea house instead. When I first went, the guru did not even make me do any work; he just had me sit there, looking after the shop. I noticed that whenever there weren’t any believers seeking an audience, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would read the sutras inside a small room. One time the guru spoke to me of a chapter out of one of them, and it just happened to be about the causes and effects of bilateral hip dislocations. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told me to sit down, and taught me this chapter’s contents right then and there. I learned that in a past life I had designed a pitfall that had trapped some innocent sentient beings, causing them to break their legs. Even worse, I had robbed them of their money. This is why I had to suffer the karmic retribution of bilateral hip dislocations in this lifetime.

“My husband worked as a cook in a restaurant that served meat dishes. He is an atheist, and did not believe in causality. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once said to me, ‘The karmic retribution for benefiting from the sale of sentient beings’ flesh is to go to hell, and such behavior is also bad for his health and that of his family members. You spend the money your husband makes, too, which is why your condition will not be cured.’ For my husband’s own good, I bit the bullet and told him what the guru had said, word for word. My head went completely blank and I could not believe my ears when I heard his response: ‘Your condition has already improved so much. I am willing to go with you to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche!’

“I therefore very happily took my husband to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Upon seeing him, however, the guru dropped his veil of politeness in favor of a blunt rebuke: ‘Ever since you got married, you’ve been completely ignoring your mother. She treated you so well, yet you don’t even pick up the phone! What an unworthy son you are! You got stabbed in the back with a knife. Are you still unafraid? You’re not getting any younger! If you keep on refusing to change your profession, then next year you’re headed for a major gory disaster!’

“I was genuinely dumbfounded. Trembling with fear, I went back home with my husband, thinking he was going to lose his temper bigtime. To my surprise, he earnestly praised Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s great abilities and compassion. He said that the guru had spoken the truth, and that every word had penetrated straight to his heart. Inwardly, I could not help but admire Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s magnanimous compassion and ability to move even such a skeptical stick-in-the-mud as my husband.

A profile view reveals the sunken curvature of her spine

“Later, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told my husband that my body would not heal until he had to quit his job and gotten work in a vegetarian restaurant. My husband readily agreed. The guru not only used the Dharma to help me get better, but even introduced my husband to work in a vegetarian restaurant. Previously my husband had wished to make an offering, but Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would not allow it. After he changed jobs, though, the guru accepted his offering and even knocked my husband on the head with the offering money to help him eliminate his karma. Now, thanks to the protection and blessings provided by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s good fortune, not only do I not need to use a wheelchair, but also I am physically able to make full prostrations before the Buddha. I even went on a pilgrimage with the guru to Tibet and climbed the stairs of Drikung Thil Monastery, at an altitude of over four thousand meters above sea level, to pay my respects to the Mahasiddha Tenzin Nyima Rinpoche.

“Another time, my dad, who was living in Beigang, got shingles, and blisters actually started growing and festering around his waist. It was so severe my dad wanted to die; they just kept on growing and spreading from his waist. When I learned of how much he was suffering, I quickly implored Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for help. The guru meditated for a while and then told me to go out and buy a bottle of unrefrigerated mineral water. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche poured a little of his Great Compassion Water that he’d had for many years, and then told me to hurry home and apply it on my dad’s afflicted area. I took a train through the night south to Beigan to bring the blessed water to my dad, and had him apply it as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had instructed. The next day, the guru told me to buy some traditional Chinese medicine. And just like that, my dad’s illness was cured. He now believes deeply in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s great powers. Afterward, my younger sister bought our dad some skin ointment, which every household should have on hand, but he said we shouldn’t waste money because this bottle of Great Compassion Water from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche was better than anything and all he had to do was apply the Water on his skin, and he was completely cured!

“Had my husband and I not had the causal condition to meet Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, I think we would have ended up in a great misery. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is a Buddha and a Bodhisattva, and is even like a second parent to me and my husband. Not only has the guru helped us, but also he has helped my dad as well, and even performed the Phowa for my grandmother. In addition to receiving that precious bottle of Great Compassion Water, I also had the enormous good fortune of being able to listen as Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche explained the Dharma to me one-on-one. Despite having a driver’s license, I used to be too scared to ride a moped. However, one time Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked me, ‘Aifen, you can ride a moped, right?’—and after that I had the courage to do so. I’d had my moped for more than eight years, and this little bike was blessed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. The guru even pointed out its problems for me and told me to be careful. Toward the end of 2006, sure enough, its problems raised their ugly heads, and the boss at the scooter shop exclaimed, ‘I can’t believe you were able to ride from Taipei all the way back to Luzhou with it like this. That was very dangerous!’ It was so incredible! It truly would take more than a lifetime to repay the debt of kindness I owe Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche!

Her congenital bilateral hip dislocations make her unable to sit cross-legged, but she can still get around freely as normal

“I have come to a profound realization that the best way to repay the debt of kindness I owe Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is to believe in the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and the guru, listen attentively and act in accordance with his teachings, and dive wholeheartedly into my Buddhist practice.

“Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche really is extremely compassionate, never asking for anything in return, much less showing off. Instead, the guru uses all sorts of different Dharma methods to assist sentient beings. With the money given in offerings, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche in turn makes offerings in support of the Drikung Kagyu Order’s monasteries in Qinghai, Tibet and India to help us accumulate good fortune for practicing Buddhism. In his devotion, the guru selflessly and completely makes sacrifices for the good of sentient beings—even at risk of his own life; as such, his great compassion and magnificent vow are purely dedicated to sentient beings. Such a practitioner as His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is truly difficult to encounter, and we are all very fortunate to be able to listen to the Dharma, as well as to have been reborn in human form. Therefore, I want to do my very best to cherish this good fortune and causal condition!

Respectfully written by Disciple Wu Aifan, Group 1

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Updated on September 1, 2016