678: The Vajra Guru’s Incredibly Compassionate Blessings—that Kept this Disciple from Suffering an Untimely Death

Praise be unto His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and the Lineage Gurus! Greetings, honorable believers and Dharma brothers; I am Li Cuiqiong of Group Two and my husband is Tsao Shuzhong of Group Three. I would like to share an account of how Rinpoche compassionately saved my husband.

On June 20th of this year, a Friday, at 9:30 at night, my husband and son were conducting their evening prayers together at the shrine in our home. My son suddenly discovered that something about my husband was not quite right; he was not moving his prayer beads, was chanting unintelligibly, and could not seem to stop drooling. Supporting my husband with his shoulder, my son helped him stumble his way out of the shrine and into a chair, where he sat in exhausted silence. He did not react to any of my questions, so I asked again in a loud voice. He seemed to want to answer, but could not articulate, and he kept drooling from the corner of his mouth. I immediately telephoned a Dharma brother who was a doctor. After hearing me describe the situation, he surmised that my husband had had a stroke, and advised me to call an ambulance immediately to have him taken to the nearest hospital. I am grateful for His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings and years of teachings, which allowed me, in the midst of nervousness and panic, to calm down the moment I thought him. First I gave my husband a nectar pill bestowed by the guru, and then had him taken to the hospital emergency room; after that, I phoned my team leader.

At the hospital my husband was given a CT scan, and it clearly showed a very obvious blood clot in his left brain. The attending physician told me that my husband’s overly high blood pressure had led to an intracranial vascular rupture, and that he would have to be placed in intensive care immediately, be given injections to lower his blood and intracranial pressure, and remain under observation. All the doctor could tell me was that there were two things that could happen while my husband was in the intensive care unit: The best case scenario was that he would maintain consciousness and gradually recover his strength and coordination in all four limbs; this would indicate that his cerebral hemorrhaging had stopped, and that the blood clot would be absorbed by his body in the future. However, the other scenario was that he might fall unconscious or even into a coma, which would indicate that his condition had worsened; this would mean we would have to consider surgery. 。

A notice of critical condition issued by the hospital after Tsao Shuzhong had suffered a severe cerebral hemorrhage.

At 11:30 that night, my husband was admitted to the intensive care unit. He was still conscious. Even though he was not intubated, ICU patients are not allowed to leave their beds, so he still had to be fitted with a catheter and adult diaper, and was hooked up to an IV. Before I left, he opened his mouth in an effort to say something to me, but I could not understand a word he said. He then tried to write it, but his scribble was unintelligible. I leaned close to his ear and urged him over and over not to think about anything and not to worry about me and the kids, and told him to continuously visualize Rinpoche. This was because I knew deep down that only the guru could save my husband.

Thanks to Rinpoche’s blessings, my husband’s recovery was quite fast. That Saturday morning, when I went to check on him, I discovered that after just one night he had regained obvious strength in all four limbs. Although his speech was soft and slow, I was able to understand him, and he even asked the resident doctor whether he could be discharged immediately.

That afternoon, I took my mother- and sister-in-law and my children with me to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. As I knelt before the compassionate, father-like guru, my normally calm demeanor suddenly broke, and a flood of tears burst forth unbidden. I felt extremely sad and repentant. Over the more than a decade that I had taken refuge, I had lived a good life under the guru’s protection. Only now that this state had manifested did I truly and profoundly realize the impermanence of life. I repented for having only superficially practiced Buddhism; I had not acted according to Rinpoche’s teachings, and did not deeply believe in cause and effect. I had continuously allowed myself to go lax. As the guru had taught in the pujas, I had grown lazy.

When Rinpoche asked me what I had come to implore, I answered that I had not come to ask for anything; I had come to make an offering and to thank him. Even if my husband were to die, I still wished to thank the guru, for he had already saved my husband so many times. Despite all the wrongdoings my husband had committed, Rinpoche had nevertheless helped and saved him every time. Compassionately, the guru said, “I have already blessed him; he won’t die. Perhaps I didn’t scold him enough! However, he still must suffer through another month of hardship.” Hearing these words, I felt truly ashamed. My family members and I rushed back to the hospital to tell my husband about our audience with the guru. We also kept reminding him that we must thoroughly repent and thank H.E. Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. It was vital that we not keep bothering the guru or taking up his energy.

While in the hospital, Tsao Shuzhong again read through the guru’s book, Happiness and Suffering. The word “suffering” is discussed in the very first chapter, as it happens, in which Rinpoche uses insightful yet easy to understand language to describe his own experiences with facing suffering. For my sick husband, these words were a breath of fresh air, like finding an oasis in the desert. Thanks to the guru’s compassionate blessings, my husband was discharged from the hospital about a week after receiving treatment; moreover, he recovered quite rapidly, and now he does not look or walk at all like what is typical for a person who has suffered a stroke. It really was extremely unfathomable.

H.E. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s book: Happiness and Suffering

On Sunday, the day after our audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the Guru Yoga Puja was to be held in the morning, and then on the evening of the same day would be the Buddhism Foundation of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Establishment Gala. The nurses were very accommodating by allowing me to enter the ICU at noon to visit my husband. He told me that his coordination in both arms and legs had come back even more, and that he could even turn over by himself. The nurse allowed him to brush his teeth and eat by himself. After being under observation for only a short two days, he was transferred on Monday to a regular hospital ward, and his urinary catheter was removed. With my assistance, he was able to slowly get out of bed and walk to the toilet. In the first three days of being in the regular ward, he only had to take medication to lower his blood pressure and stay on an IV drug to keep his cerebral pressure down; then, on the fourth day, he did not even need the IV anymore. He just needed to keep taking the blood pressure pills morning and night. At noon on Friday the doctor allowed him to leave the hospital so that he could recuperate at home, and he only needed to go back periodically for check-ups and rehabilitation.

As Rinpoche mentioned during last week’s puja, my husband was discharged from the hospital only about a week after his stroke without having needed lots of treatments. Coworkers who visited him in the hospital and saw that he could move around and speak under his own power all had a hard time imagining that he had previously been a stroke patient unable to use his arms and legs or speak. Once he no longer needed crutches or anyone to prop him up, and was able to walk by himself into the Buddhist Center to participate in the puja, many Dharma brothers were absolutely blown away, because in only one short week he had recovered so quickly. Not only that, but he did not look at all like the typical stroke patient. We are grateful to H.E. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. Without his compassionate, selfless blessings, none of this could have happened.

Disciples Li Cuiqiong and Tsao Shuzhong, husband and wife.

This incident allowed us a full realization of the power of impermanence. Years of negligence and laziness had brought karmic retribution upon us and hindered our causal conditions to practice Buddhism. Tsao Shuzhong and I had taken refuge in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for more than a decade, and had constantly reaped the benefits of the guru’s extreme benevolence—yet neither of us had changed our evil habits of selfishness, arrogance, lack of discipline, and impetuousness, and had simply dealt with issues on the surface. Were it not for the guru’s compassionate, generous blessings, how could we still have this opportunity to practice? We must repent thoroughly, and thank our guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

Respectfully written by Disciple Li Cuiqiong (Group 2) on July 13, 2014
Updated on December 16, 2016

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