240: Without the Causes, Conditions, and Good Fortune Accumulated over Past Lives, I Could Never Have Met His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche

Nine years ago, had I not had the affinity to take refuge in H.E. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, my three children and I would have continued to exist in misery. Because we became the guru’s disciples, however, under the protection of his blessings and good fortune we have been able to lead normal lives.
In 1997, my husband contracted an extremely rare condition, known medically as “multiple lipomatosis.” This is very seldom seen in medicine, and there are not too many precedents to go by for treatment. Apart from resection surgery, doctors have no other way of removing these sorts of tumors. As a result, his body was covered in ghastly, zipper-like scars. I remember he once underwent a procedure in which three doctors—a thoracic surgeon, a cardiologist, and a nephrologist—all took turns operating on him like they were in a relay race. The surgery lasted more than ten hours, from morning to nightfall. The smaller scars on my husband’s body were ten centimeters long, and the larger ones stretched as much as twenty or more centimeters. He had operation after operation, but the doctors were unable to inhibit the tumors’ growth. Every time they cut them out, the tumors would grow back again. It was quite terrifying, and because of the nerve damage left by the repeated operations, in the end my husband even began having trouble walking. By then, I was truly hoping for some treatment besides surgery that could release him from his suffering and fear.

In 1998, Wang Lilan’s husband (first on the right) underwent his first cancer surgery. By then he had already needed a walking stick to get around.

However, because we lacked sufficient causes and conditions, there was always someone introducing us to some sorceress, master of the supernatural, or Jitong spirit medium, and they all said they could help us. In the end, though, none of them could solve our problem…. This went on until a friend indirectly introduced us to someone who claimed to possess the ability of Divine Sight. He said he could be of assistance us, but my husband’s condition not only did not get better, it continued to worsen. By then we were feeling truly helpless. However, this person mentioned that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche could definitely help us, because he himself had often participated in the Rinpoche’s pujas. Only then did I have a profound realization that without causes, conditions, and good fortune accumulated over past lives, one cannot even lay eyes on a master practitioner.

With a sincere and reverent attitude, I could not wait to get to the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center to seek an audience with H.E. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. When I implored the guru to bestow blessings upon my husband at the hospital, he compassionately granted my request by taking time out of his extremely busy schedule to go there and bless my husband in person. Moreover, from start to finish, he declined to accept any of our offerings.

I still remember that on that day, when H.E. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche arrived at the hospital ward to compassionately bestow teachings upon my husband, the entire room seemed to glow with Buddha light, and a smile appeared on my husband’s face for the first time in ages. In the days following, the guru constantly blessed him and compassionately allowed him to take refuge right there in the hospital ward, thus allowing my husband to accumulate a little bit of good fortune, causes, and conditions. On the day he received his certificate of refuge, he held it in both hands all day long and continuously chanted the Great Six-Syllable Mantra.

Every time I saw H.E. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, my tears fell uncontrollably. Due to my attachments and unwillingness to let go, I caused my husband to suffer greatly in his final days. Also, as a result of my attached and prejudiced mind, I unconsciously made myself and the people around me suffer, too. I am grateful to the guru who, in his compassion for sentient beings in the suffering sea of reincarnation, enabled us in those final hours and days to accumulate a bit of good fortune so that we could listen to the Dharma and understand and accept the impermanence of life and the fact that all feelings are the same as suffering. At the same time, this made my entire family understand the causes and effects leading to my husband’s contraction of this illness. It had all originated with the fact that in a past lifetime he had made a living by selling animal pelts. This made us repent for all of the sentient beings we had ever harmed. I am grateful to H.E. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for using auspicious Dharmas to save our family, and for allowing my husband to avoid the suffering that late-stage cancer patients usually have to endure. Thank you, Your Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performing the auspicious Chod for sentient beings

Shortly before my husband’s death, he woke up from his lethargic sleep, just as H.E. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had predicted. Sure enough, after waking from a sleep that had lasted several days, he looked around before again closing his eyes. I whispered into his ear to rest easy, and then he peacefully passed away from this world. The day my husband passed away just happened to be a day on which the auspicious Chod Puja was being held. Even before ascending the Dharma throne, the guru still performed the auspicious Phowa for my husband so that he could be liberated from the suffering sea of reincarnation. Immediately afterward, the guru performed the Chod for sentient beings. H.E. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is forever putting the affairs of sentient beings first, with no thought to his own exhaustion. With a compassionate bodhicitta to save sentient beings from their suffering, he truly is like the Buddha returned to Earth. I am so grateful to H.E. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Wang Lilan (middle) and her adult children have all taken refuge.

Respectfully written by disciple Wang Lilan of Group 1
Updated on June 16th, 2016

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