450: I Am Grateful to the His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for Transcending My Father, Bo-Chao Chu

I am grateful to the venerable Vajra guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, for salvaging my father, Bo-Chao Chu, at the Chod puja of June 25, 2010.

In the end of 2008, as my father got weaker and weaker, I went to the jewelry store to meet Rinpoche and plead Rinpoche’s blessing upon my father. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked me my father’s name and the Chinese zodiac for his birth year. I begged Rinpoche to bless my father, hoping Father could receive salvation from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche when he passed away. After that I just burst out in tears and my mind was a blank. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche mercifully told me that “Everyone dies, but because of you tears, your father has already received blessings.” Then he asked me to stand up. I supposed I was still in a daze, so I continued kneeling in the corner. Thankfully some dharma brothers told me to stand up and remind me that I should be strong and go home to pray to the protector Achi for help. So I prayed for the protector Achi, in the hopes that she could help my father gather sufficient merits and the proper cause and conditions so that he would have a chance to receive the proper help, and thus receive the Phowa Dharma as performed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche at the moment of his death.

Around one month later, my father fainted and went into shock as a result of hitting his head on the floor. His body became cold and there was a small amount of stool discharge. He was immediately sent by family members to an intensive care unit. At this time I went to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, during which I was asked by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche why my elder brother did not come with me. I said it was because my family members had more faith in my second elder brother. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told me to stand aside and wait. After returning home, I asked my brothers to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. However, they said that as I was the daughter who married and moved out, I needn’t get involved in the whole thing, but should just let them deal with it. Later on, after my father was discharged from the hospital, I went to make an offering to Rinpoche during which Rinpoche compassionately asked about my father’s conditions. I have immense gratitude for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings. At that time my father was already recovering at home.

At the end of 2009, my father had severe stomach pain and was brought by mother to the emergency ward. Undergoing a gastroscopy, he was found to be at the terminal stage of gastric cancer. As it was decided that he would not undergo surgery, we took him home to rest. Family members dared not to tell him the truth, nor would he believe them if they did. At that moment, my father still had a strong will to live.

After Chinese New Year, my father was hospitalized again due to an illness. At that time we told him his actual condition. Yet he still did not accept the truth of the matter, even though he was hardly able to eat at the time. I went again to seek audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and was the 47th person in line. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche asked me what I came for. I reported that my father was at the terminal stage of gastric cancer. We had received the news around two months ago and now he was lying at home unable to eat anything. After I finished speaking, I was in daze. The compassionate Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche instructed me to do 200 times of full prostrations on behalf of my father. After crying, I lost track of time and forgot to count how prostrations I did. That day, I just kept prostrating until the time Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had finished receiving all believers including those on the waiting list.

I am grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for giving me such an opportunity.

Again I begged for an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, this time with the idea of beseeching the Phowa Dharma on my father’s behalf. Since this was an idea that came to me when I was doing prostrations during my last visit, it was with a sense of confidence that I asked. My father had never met Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and had only attended the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness once, whereas my brothers had never attended any grand Puja. I asked Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to perform the Phowa Dharma seven or eight times, but each time Rinpoche replied, “I can not promise you this time,” or “Try again later.” Even as late as the weekend before my father’s death, Rinpoche was refusing to accept our offerings and was still vague about the possibilities of the Phowa Dharma. However during our last visit my daughter and I heard Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche reciting a mantra as we prostrated to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche upon leaving. My father passed away at 6 in the morning on June 4. I did not know it until I arrived at my parents’ home at 7. His pale yellow face looked calm and his mouth was slightly open. I had given him a nectar pill the day before; and my daughter gave me another to put it in my father’s mouth. My hand was trembling too much so I failed this simple act; fortunately I had been given several pills by the dharma brothers, and on the second try I succeeded. Two days prior a dharma brother had reminded me to notify my group leader if something were to happen; therefore I made a phone call to my group leader who told me that I must try to beseech the Phowa Dharma for my father from Rinpoche. Next I called the Glorious Jewel Antiques Co. and left a message on the answering machine beseeching Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche to salvage my father.

A dharma brother called me in the afternoon to tell me that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would receive believers on Saturday afternoon and remind once again to ask for the Phowa Dharma. I was delighted to know that Ripoche would still be receiving believers. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang had just arrived in Taiwan that Thursday evening, and the Grand Puja which was to be presided over by His Holiness would be held on Sunday. I originally thought that Rinpoche would cancel his audience with his believers, perhaps putting it aside for another weekend. I never imagined that Rinpoche would still be granting interviews in those extremely busy days. So I went and asked that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche salvage my father. After asking his name and Chinese Zodiac sign, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche blessed my father with a mantra. Then Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche told me that the consciousness of my father had been protected and he would be salvaged at the following Chod Puja. After the interviews, Rinpoche led all the disciples in a practice of the dharma of Achi Chokyi Drolma. Although we made mistakes, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche gave us an opportunity to repent and reform nonetheless. Leaving the venue, I found that the grievances in my heart were relieved. In fact, over this period my heart was very heavy; however I was unaware of these feelings. My daughter was aware, but was unable to speak out as she felt that we expected good behavior from her at this difficult time. As a mother this was something that I should have noticed, but failed to. A deep thanks to Rinpoche, as it was Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who, at one my interviews, made a point of asking how my daughter was doing in school.

On June 25, the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche transferred my father’s consciousness at a Chod puja. My father’s funeral was held on June 26, it was to be the last time that I would see my father. As I looked at his face I saw that the corners of his mouth and eyes were turned up! It was as if he was smiling, which was something I had never seen before, as my father was a very serious man. After the cremation we started to collect my father’s ashes. Most of the bone ash was fragmented and it was difficult to identify which one was the cranial bone at first glance. However, I noted that there was a bone with a special hole on it, and then had it confirmed that it was the cranial bone. It was the auspicious sign of Phowa dharma performed by the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche! I immediately took a picture with my mobile phone and told my family members that father’s consciousness had been transferred to the Pure Land by the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche according to the evidence of auspicious signs of the Phowa Dharma.

The staff of Funeral Company asked me “Which Master did this?” I replied, “It was done by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, abbot of the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center of the Drikung Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Rinpoche conducted a Chod puja last night and what you see is the auspicious sign of the Phowa Dharma.”

I am grateful to the Most Venerable Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for never giving up on sentient beings, much like the light of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas which shine on the people of the world at all times. Several years ago, my mother-in-law passed away and her consciousness was also transferred to the Pure Land by the His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Once my daughter was frightened seriously when she was a child and I took her to see Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who said: “It’s nothing serious.” Soon after my daughter recovered, my own life was also salvaged by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Once again, I am grateful to the Most Venerable Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and the help of many other dharma brothers. Thank you!

Written by ZHU GUAN FENG, on July 04,2010

Updated on September 20, 2010