687: Grateful to the guru for allowing me to return to my refuge of lifetimes

Praise be unto His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, the Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas. I am Chen Peiwen of Group Five. I would like to share an account of how Rinpoche has helped me and my family.

First, I wish to thank His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for allowing me to come in contact with the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center by way of a causal condition that arose while purchasing a house, and for allowing me to take refuge and learn Buddhism from him. In 2011, my family had bought Dharma Brother Xu’s house in Tainan; this had unlocked an opportunity to form an affinity with the Glorious Jewel.

At the time, in order to be closer to the guru, Dharma Brother Xu and Li had decided to move up north, so they had commissioned a real estate agency to sell their house. Me and my family had then searched for an apartment with the help of a Tainan broker. After looking at a place on February 28th, we had walked outside, where the broker had casually pointed and said that a shop at the intersection facing the apartment was for sale for a certain amount. The broker had only been hinting at the price for comparison purposes, but to my surprise my mother said, “Alright, let’s go take a look then.” No sooner had we set foot in the doorway of Dharma Brother Xu’s old house than my mother suddenly chirped, “I like this house very much.” Right then and there, I asked the broker to put in a bid for us. I am grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for having given me and my mother the chance to see this house, which had once been a Japanese food store and which had a Glorious Jewel Group sign hanging over it. Later, Dharma Brother Xu had told us that when he had first hung that signboard up, a rainbow had appeared in the sky.

On April 1st, after contacting brokers in the north and the south of Taiwan, we met up with a Glorious Jewel Group’s real estate salesperson named Miss Bai for the first time. She told them, “Our boss tells us we absolutely must not cheat anyone.” I suddenly got a really good feeling about this boss. When I learned that he was a lay Rinpoche, my heart was filled with incredible joy. On April 4th, Dharma Brother Xu and her family traveled south to sign the contract.

Contrary to how we had imagined the purchasing of a house would be, it was not tense at all; as soon as we met Dharma Brother Xu’s family, it was like we were old friends. A practically seamless connection was formed between us, and in no time Dharma Brother Xu’s family had begun to relate stories of how Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had saved sentient beings. Miss Bai had also told of how her younger brother had been liberated by the guru, and Dharma Brother Xu then shared many stories with them, including the dire hopelessness they had felt prior to taking refuge due to being infertile, the smooth birth of their lively baby girl that happened after they had taken refuge, and how she had fallen down the stairs when she was two years old yet had been saved by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche and cradled by countless emanations. (For a detailed account, please refer to Chapter 9 of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s Countless Emanations on the Glorious Jewel Buddhist Center’s website.) That deed-signing meeting had seemed more like a wonderful storytelling session; the signing of the property deed had merely been mentioned in passing, and as we had continued to listen with keen interest to the Dharma brothers’ stories, our hearts were filled with admiration.

On the day the contract was signed, the Dharma brother mentioned that every year Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche presides over the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness, and that during that puja no major benefactors are honored. The lamps are lighted by people who have drawn lots to do so in a completely fair process, and the guru does not hold these pujas for personal gain. Upon hearing this, I truly felt praise from the bottom of my heart. In the past I had come in contact with Exoteric and other Tibetan Buddhist centers, and from what I had seen, just about every one of them had experienced a great deal of strife while trying to raise money and please the major benefactors. I had also noticed that practically all of these Buddhist centers had stressed over their lack of believers and disciples, to the point that they inevitably reverted to flattery and enticements. This had caused me to feel profound praise for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s ability to benefit sentient beings with such equality and compassion. This was an extraordinary achievement of enormous wisdom and compassion. I felt so grateful to Rinpoche that I had immediately signed up to participate in the Great Indiscriminate Amitabha Puja for Transferring Consciousness and the Grand Memorial Puja for Lord Jigten Sumgön.

While signing the contract, Dharma Brother Xu brought with him many treasures to share with us. Because of this that very same day we purchased a copy of Happiness and Suffering and some traditional Chinese ointment, and had made an appointment to go to the jewelry store. I still remember the first time I travelled to Taipei to visit the jewelry store; on the way there, Dharma Brother Xu told me, “Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche knows his disciples do not have enough good fortune, so he hopes that they all can have treasures in their homes. How else could such ordinary people as we possess such treasures? Also, the most important thing is that every cent Rinpoche makes is used to support the Order and to benefit sentient beings.” Later, after bumping into Dharma Brother Zeng in the restaurant, Dharma Brother Zeng said that once during her travel she met an auctioneer of an auction company. He praised her, saying, “The jewelry you’re wearing must be worth millions!” Dharma Brother Zeng replied, “Not at all! Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche allows us to purchase these treasures at a huge discount.” Filled with emotion, I asked, “How would we know the quality of what we are wearing?” I am grateful for all that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had bestowed, as well as for the causal condition that had arisen by way of the jewelry store that had taught me the principles of life which were so much more precious than any jewels.

In April of 2011 I ordered a ring with the Glorious Jewel logo on it, and an emerald pendant. A week later the jewelry story stocked an extremely magnificent jade Avalokiteshvara pendant. After making an enquiry for me about it, a Dharma brother at the jewelry store called to inform me that it would cost a bit more than the combined price of logoed ring and jade pendant. This made me hesitate momentarily, for it would now cost more than I had budgeted for. The Dharma brother then told me, “The jade pendant you ordered before can be changed into this Avalokiteshvara pendant.” Just then, I had a bad thought and blurted, “So the logoed ring can be returned, too?” The Dharma brother said sternly, “Of course you may re it, if you really must; however, Rinpoche teaches us that we should speak with trust and keep our promises.” I immediately felt very ashamed of the mistake. After some consideration, I decided to stick with the original plan. After this incident I felt extremely grateful for Rinpoche’s auspicious teachings, and I thank the Dharma brother for the reminder. This principle of “speaking with trust and keeping one’s promises” might seem simple on the surface, but it was quite difficult to put into practice!

I took this opportunity to repent. In the past, I had grown far too accustomed to going back on my word. This had been true from minor affairs such as returning or exchanging items I had purchased after changing my mind about wanting them, to major events such as breaking off an engagement to be married. In my selfishness I only ever considered my own point of view, and had caused suffering in many people while trying to get what I wanted. This jewelry-purchasing incident had revealed my evil habit to Rinpoche. For this I felt extremely repentant, but more importantly, grateful. I reminded myself to always speak with trustworthiness and keeping my promises as lessons with which to reinforce my Buddhist practice, as well as to be careful what I would promise. Gradually I came to realize that to be able to genuinely be trustworthy and keep my promises, I must put the viewpoints, feelings, gains, and losses of other people above my own. Sometimes I must deliberately ignore my own emotions, and put my own prospects of gain or loss aside with a strong will to deal with my selfishness. In short, I must learn that “principles are always more important than gains or losses,” as demonstrated by His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.

The more I had come into contact with the jewelry store and listened to the Dharma brothers there share their stories, the more praiseworthy and outstanding I knew Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche truly was. Dharma Brother Wang had told me that the reason Rinpoche started the jewelry store in the first place was after seeing that his female disciples lacked good fortune, he had hoped that by wearing these jewelries they might increase a bit of grandeur in them. I still remember sitting at the dining table together, and how choked up the Dharma brother had gotten while telling me of her gratitude for the guru’s benevolence. The Dharma brothers at the jewelry store told me that the gems sold there were all natural and had not been heat-treated, unlike most gemstones in an industry where such practice was taken for granted. In the jewelry industry, such natural gemstones that had not been heat-treated were priceless; some people, no matter how rich they might be, were unable to find such treasures their entire lives. “The reason we are able to obtain these treasures,” the Dharma brother had told me, “is that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has been in the jewelry industry for many years, so has accumulated a wealth of experience and has adhered to his reputation established on the principle of good faith. Only under the protection of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s prodigious good fortune are we able to obtain such precious treasures.”

Furthermore, a Dharma brother had once told me that she had purchased a starlight sapphire ring, and the gem had fallen out twice. Despite it having been found, she had repented for not having sufficient good fortune to keep the sapphire on her finger, and had been too embarrassed to mention it. To her surprise, after a short time Rinpoche asked the jewelry store employees to ask her to bring the ring back to the store. After examining the ring himself, the guru confirmed that there had been a problem with its inlay work, so had immediately gotten out three starlight sapphires of even better quality and greater beauty for her to choose from. Rinpoche had then given instructions for the ring to be redesigned, and had exchanged her ring for one of better quality—while only charging a tiny fee entirely disproportionate to the labor involved. Despite the extreme rarity of starlight sapphires among gemstones, Rinpoche had been conscientious to the end without thought to the cost. When telling them about this, the Dharma brother in the story said with gratitude, “This was bestowed by Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche!” I am grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for again demonstrating that “principles are always more important than gains or losses.” Rinpoche’s business principles are founded on a desire to keep sentient beings from suffering losses, and in every case the guru tries to protect sentient beings.

Not long after signing the Contract, Dharma Brother Xu called me to say, “I’d like to take you to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche.” Immediately felt very nervous; meeting Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche would be an immeasurably auspicious event! However, I knew in deep down that I must grasp ahold of this causal condition, so I said timidly, “Okay, but I don’t know what I should ask.” Dharma Brother Xu then reminded me to implore for my father’s liberation. This was how I had obtained the opportunity and condition to seek an audience with the guru for the first time.

During the my first visit to the Buddhist Center, when standing in line to seek audience, I felt rather cold due to my physical condition of having a lower body temperature than average; however, when I was in front of Rinpoche a burst of heat had welled up from the pit of my stomach. This made me feel very warm, and I gained a sense of the great power of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings. As I knelt before the Rinpoche, he said, “What can I do for you?” I answered, “I implore you, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, to transfer my dad’s consciousness.” The guru asked, “Transfer? Transfer it to where?” I felt extremely ashamed, for Rinpoche knew that I did not have sufficient faith and respect. I answered, “I don’t know where my dad is right now.” Rinpoche asked, “Did your father eat meat in life?” I answered, “Yes.” Rinpoche asked further, “Did he practice Buddhism?” I answered, “No.” The guru said, “If he ate meat and did not practice Buddhism, then he is in hell, of course.” Rinpoche then said, “A transferal of consciousness cannot simply be bought; as you can see, I have not had any lamps lit here, nor do I honor the main donors. A so-called transferal of consciousness requires the children of the deceased to form an affinity with the compassion of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas; only then can the deceased truly be liberated.” I nodded in agreement, my heart full of praise. Rinpoche then asked, “How many sons does your dad have?” I answered, “Two.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche said, “If your dad has two sons, then why have they not come?” After thinking it over, I thought to myself, If I asked my younger brother to come, he definitely would, but I’m not sure about my other brother.” Before I opened her mouth, Rinpoche compassionately said, “If you didn’t ask them to come, that’s your problem. If you asked them to, yet they still refuse to come, then that is their problem. You may come back next week.” I was so grateful to Rinpoche for being so relentless in relieving the suffering of sentient beings and for bestowing upon us this opportunity.

I used this opportunity to repent for not having had a profound belief in cause and effect at the time; I did not immediately repent and accumulate good fortune for my father’s sake. I wasted Rinpoche’s time and energy. I am also grateful to the guru for having led the disciples and believers in a recitation of the Sutra of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha’s Fundamental Vows on New Year’s Day of 2013, during which Rinpoche compassionately admonished, “None of you who come seeking an audience knows where the deceased are. There has never been anyone who believes in cause and effect as profoundly as Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha, who knew that his mother—not having practiced Buddhism—had certainly fallen into the Three Evil Realms.” I immediately felt extremely repentant for my wrongdoings, for not having been filial, and for not having believed deeply in cause and effect. But more importantly, I feel gratitude for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s compassionate teachings.

The week after my first audience with the guru, I took my younger brother and his girlfriend to seek an audience with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. As soon as I kneeled down, I reported to the guru, “Rinpoche, I am here to report that this is my younger brother.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche then asked him, “Are you still in school? Or are you working?” My brother answered, “Right now I’m working at an architectural firm.” Then the guru bestowed teachings that focused on my younger brother’s work ethic: “You must not wait to be scolded; you should think of things before your boss does. This is because even the tiniest of errors could cause your boss to suffer great losses, or even result in death. Rinpoche added compassionately, “It is not me who is scolding you today; I am scolding you on behalf of your father. He once gave you the same advice, but you were too young to listen.”

I am extremely grateful to Rinpoche. Having lost his father at the age of three, my younger brother had once confided to me that regrettably he has no memory of him. I thought that he must wish he could have been taught by our father; it was a shame that my brother had not been able to listen to any advice our dad might have given, for he had passed away from this Earth long ago. In life, my father used to work as assistant professor of pharmacy. He had been a very serious and strict sort of person, so would certainly have disapproved of my younger brother’s work ethic. I am grateful to Rinpoche for allowing my brother, who had lost his father at such an early age, to feel the warmth of fatherly teachings.

Rinpoche turned to me and asked, “What did I say to you last week?” I replied, “You said my dad is in hell.” Rinpoche said, “The reason I told you last week to bring your younger brother here with you was that your father was an extremely traditional Chinese man, and he would definitely have wanted his son to come here.” The guru then asked about my father’s name and zodiac sign, as well as whether we could become vegetarians. They had replied, “Yes, we can.” Rinpoche granted us permission to participate in the Chod Puja to liberate our father.

My younger brother’s girlfriend also accompanied us to seek an audience that day, because her mother had bone spurs and had not been able to decide whether to have an operation. Thus I reported, “This is my younger brother’s girlfriend.” Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche smiled and said, “Very good!” Pointing to my younger brother, the guru said to his girlfriend, “If he doesn’t change after listening to what I just said to him, then you should ignore him for a week. Your mother’s bone spurs are a manifestation of karmic retribution resulting from her having killed fish in the past. If she doesn’t have an operation, she will be in pain; on the other hand, surgery can be very dangerous. You should go home and talk it over with your family.” After our audience with the guru was over, my younger brother’s girlfriend praised Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for being so amazing. My younger brother had been told by his girlfriend the same thing about his work ethic many times, but he still hadn’t changed; however, the thing he feared the most was that his girlfriend might ignore him! And Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche read all of this!

I am grateful for Rinpoche’s earnest instruction and constant exhortations. I repent deeply. One evening while I was still just a believer participating in the Chod Pujas, I had been on her way home from work when I suddenly had a desire to drink hot soup. As an evil thought had entered my mind, I drove over to a meat noodle shop and asked the proprietress to brew a bowl of noodle soup but to leave out the meat. At the time I was too ignorant to repent. On my way home I came up with the excuse that the Sixth Patriarch Huineng was only partially vegetarian as well. As a result, during the following Chod Puja, Rinpoche had admonished some attendees: “Whenever any of you come asking to participate in the pujas, I always ask you whether or not you can be vegetarian. I only allow you to participate if you answer that you can. Some people might want to bring up the fact that the Sixth Patriarch Huineng was only partially vegetarian as well! Let me ask you this: The Sixth Patriarch Huineng has attained Emptiness; have you?” I repented for not having kept my promise, and expressed gratitude for Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s great awe-inspiring power and all-knowing, compassionate admonishments. The guru had seen right through me even when I was still just a believer. As Rinpoche once said, sentient beings truly are burdened with heavy karma; if he were to neglect uttering a single word or reminder, then as soon as he turned around they would fall straight down to the Three Evil Realms.

In November of 2011, I approached Rinpoche to ask to be allowed taking refuge in him. The guru asked, “I’m very strict; why would you want to take refuge in me?” In my ignorance I answered, “I want to help sentient beings.” Rinpoche berated, “You want to help sentient beings, yet you have not even solved your own problems—meaning you are arrogant. This time I will not grant your wish to take refuge.” I deeply repent for having been so disrespectful, arrogant, and self-righteous back then. I am also profoundly grateful for every admonishment given by Rinpoche, for they had all contained endless compassion and wisdom. After Rinpoche had admonished me, I reflected deeply upon my ignorance until realized the guru’s compassionate teachings and repented for my mistaken attitude. At the same time, I am grateful that later on, while listening to the Dharma CD on repentance, I heard Rinpoche say, “While practicing Buddhism, you must have a sense of renunciation so that you can become liberated from life and death. Until you are able to do this, you should not make such grand vows to liberate sentient beings; otherwise, when the time comes, you will neither be able to ascend to the heavens nor come back down.” I am grateful to Rinpoche for always compassionately correcting the mistaken views of sentient beings, for always roping them back into line whenever their thoughts began to stray, for always compassionately guiding sentient beings to practice Buddhism step by step in the proper sequential order, and for always clearing away hindrances so that sentient beings can die well in the future. I am profoundly grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for relentlessly relieving the suffering of sentient beings with infinite compassion.

I am grateful to Rinpoche for being so unwilling to let down any sentient beings, and for having allowed me to take refuge on June 2nd, 2013. I feel deeply ashamed of how badly I had behaved, and Rinpoche had known all about it: My selfishness and self-righteousness; my extremely heavy karmic hindrances that had caused my belief to waver back and forth; my intermittent lack of respectfulness; my constant ignorance while thinking about things, and my tendency to only want to protect myself; and my evil thoughts that had arisen alongside jealousy and the Five Poisons of greed, hatred, ignorance, arrogance, and doubt, as well as their resulting evil karma. I did not seek audience with Rinpoche for reasons to do with physical ailment; I was in fact afflicted with severe psychological problems. Nevertheless, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche had compassionately accepted me. Even the guru’s seemingly stern admonishments had been full of endless compassion and mercy; he was not willing to allow sentient beings to fall into the Three Evil Realms or taste the bitter fruit of committing wrongdoings. In his infinite compassion, Rinpoche was always giving sentient beings opportunities. If I were to take a long hard look at myself, I would ask myself what gave me the right to take refuge in His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche. However, Rinpoche who is not unlike a Buddha is constantly compassionately and relentlessly relieving the suffering of sentient beings. The guru is always willing to bestow opportunities upon any sentient beings with the slightest bit of respect and intention to practice Buddhism so that they could listen to the Dharma, practice Buddhism, amend their ways, and help sentient beings become liberated from life and death. I am full of praise, for this truly is the most supreme sort of benevolence!

Before taking refuge in Rinpoche, I really had been drifting at the whim of the Five Turbidities, carried by my karma through wave after wave of evil and virtuous conditions. I never had a clear understanding of the meaning and purpose of life; in my pursuit of it, I had even lost the ability to recognize my own goals. Still, I often felt endless fear in the face of my own death and that of my friends and relatives. I am grateful to Rinpoche who, with the compassion and wisdom of a great lord of healing, had guided me until I understood the essence of life and knew that it was merely a phase. Everything, both good and bad, is temporary; the important thing was to immerse myself in my practice and form a steadfast and strong belief in the guru. By learning the Dharma from the guru, I would eventually be able to leave the great cycle of reincarnation and become liberated from life and death.

I am grateful to Rinpoche. Not long after I had taken refuge, the effects of heavy karmic retribution had been lessened on my mother as a result of the guru’s blessings and protection. On the evening of July 7th, after participating in a puja I headed back to Tainan. My mother had taken a ride on her scooter with her little pet dog, and a little while later called to tell me that she had gotten into an accident at an intersection by the park not far from home. I hurried to the scene, and the first thing I saw was two scooters piled on top of one another. Someone helped my mother up and supported her by the side of the street, waiting for the ambulance to arrive so that she could be taken to the doctor. Because it looked like my mother did not get any serious injuries, I went home to prostrate myself before her Dharma photos of Rinpoche and Protector Achi, and to implore the guru to bestow blessings upon the person my mother had crashed into. This person appeared to be a youth whose injuries were rather serious. Later I took my mother’s health insurance card and some traditional Chinese ointment and hurried over to the hospital. Not long after, the youth called to apologize. After my mother got examined, they only found a few scrapes and bruises and a cut that had only needed one or two stitches.

Afterward, we had looked at some photos taken by my younger brother at the scene of the accident and were truly amazed: The one scooter had struck the other squarely in the middle, and its entire front end had been totaled. My mom’s vehicle was bent askew, yet in addition to the two drivers, even the dog had survived. My mom said that she had absolutely no memory of the moment of the crash; all she knew was that as soon as she had recovered consciousness, she was sitting steadily atop the tipped-over scooter as if someone was holding her in place. Upon hearing this, I was so grateful to Rinpoche, and that Saturday headed back to Taipei to thank the guru. During the audience, I reported to the guru, “Thank you for bestowing blessings upon my mom; she had an accident on Sunday, but only suffered minor injuries. We are very grateful to you.” After meditating awhile, Rinpoche said, “It’s alright.” It was exactly as the guru had once said: “Each of your lives has been saved by me.” These words were absolutely correct. I am grateful to Rinpoche for bestowing upon the disciples this new chance at life for their physical bodies, for saving the wisdom life of their Dharma bodies, and for saving the lives of the disciples’ family members. The proprietor of the motorcycle dealership had originally said that my mother’s scooter could not be repaired, and that it would cost more than NT$60,000 or so to buy a new one; however, not long after, he had indeed been able to repair it, and she only had to spend NT$5,000. I and my family are extremely grateful to Rinpoche.

I am grateful to the guru for blessing my mother. Within a week her injuries had practically healed, allowing me – despite my unworthiness – to participate in a puja-group trip for the first time on July 16th to Ladakh, India, to take part in the Thousand-Armed and Thousand-Eyed Avalokiteshvara Puja. I still remember how hot the sun had shone down on the first day of the puja which was held outdoors; at that altitude it had been so intense I swore I would have melted away. Thanks to the protection of Rinpoche’s good fortune, the Tibetans on the scene had spanned a tent to shield us from the sun. Early on the morning of the second day, a Dharma brother had passed on a message from Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche: “For Tibetans, the sun represents the guru’s blessings, as does the rain. Because of this view that all things are blessings from the guru, they are able to patiently endure any situation they find themselves in. This is unlike the Glorious Jewel disciples, who act like spoiled nobility. Still, I cannot bear to see my disciples get dried out in the heat of the sun, so I have specially bestowed blessings so that the weather will cool off today.” Sure enough, that same day auspicious clouds had filled the sky over that very location, and although it had continued to be a clear day outdoors, those participating in the puja felt as cool as if they were sitting in an air-conditioned room.

By the third day it had begun to rain. As always, the Tibetans sat in the open air upon soaked mats, while Glorious Jewel disciples were able to participate in the puja indoors. Meanwhile, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche performed the Dharma for us from atop their Dharma thrones while facing outdoors and at risk of getting wet from rain blown in from under the eaves. When the puja was halfway finished, a male Dharma brother came running, asking if anyone had a heat pad. Later, after learning that Rinpoche needed one, I felt very ashamed and repented deeply for having thought only of myself despite having received so much protection from the guru’s abundant good fortune. I thought only of my own comfort, and had not spared a single thought for the fact that Rinpoche might feel cold, too. The guru had given of his own venerable life, precious energy, and practicing merits and good fortune to sentient beings, including those with very severe karmic hindrances. Nevertheless, I had not given a single thought to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s comfort. I truly feel repentant to the extreme.

I recall the great deal of shame and repentance I had felt toward the guru. In this lifetime I had the good fortune to take refuge in Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche who is like a Buddha, and the guru has given me so much. I am grateful to the guru for bestowing auspicious teachings upon me, and for the great integrity the guru had demonstrated. I pray that with Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s blessings I will be able to commit the guru’s teachings to heart, and with them wash my inner mind clean of the contamination of the Five Poisons; in addition, I hope to be able to truly put the guru’s teachings into practice. I am grateful to Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche for bestowing upon me this opportunity to share my story. I am also grateful for the guru’s blessings which had allowed such a foolish person as myself to come here and praise the guru. Finally, I pray that His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche will have good health, that the Dharma wheel will keep spinning so that the Dharma would be spread far and wide, benefiting all sentient beings, and that the Drikung Kagyu Lineage will flourish forever.

Respectfully written by Disciple Chen Peiwen, Group 5

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Updated on August 3, 2020