733: Perfect Teaching—When Believed and Accepted with Reverence, Even a Single Sentence or Verse from Mahayana Buddhism is Enough to Lead One to the Path of Buddhahood

“We have been fortunate enough to encounter an extremely rare and extraordinary guru, who is very close to the level of a Buddha or a Mahasattva. Whenever I listened to sutras in the past, they were taught by master practitioners. However, not daring to expound those texts in their own words, they would explain each word using other lines from the sutras. As a result, the more words I heard, the more complicated they began to seem. After hearing such explanations for a while, what started as just a single Chinese character would evolve in my imagination into a complex series of many sentences, until the original meaning of the word had become very abstruse. Therefore, listening to those practitioners speak always made me feel just as confused as before. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings, however, come from his self-nature, and can thus strike a chord with our inner world as well as our daily lives, enabling us to feel very close to the true Dharma.

“While explaining bright clouds, His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche mentioned that all matter exists as patterns formed of electrons and protons, and that many electrons are themselves cloud-shaped. Electrons and protons have the same structure, but they vary in composition, so they turn into different things. The energy that comes from the blessings of the guru, the Buddhas, and the Bodhisattvas is like clouds, and can change the structure of molecules. Many of the miracles and unfathomable phenomena we’ve all witnessed have manifested in just this manner, because when the energy emerges, it changes the shape of the electron clouds.

“Whenever I hear such teachings from His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, I feel I can understand them very vividly and concretely, as if they were presented in a series of very clear images. This is because our guru, Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche, describes things from the very depths of his being, which in turn allows us all to feel as though a picture has been painted that is quite accessible to our comprehension. Even our physical bodies, upon being blessed, produce different structures, thereby causing miracles to occur. This is the unfathomable power of Dharma blessings.

“I believe His Eminence Vajra Guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is no ordinary Bodhisattva, but rather a Mahasattva who has already achieved a very high and profound level of cultivation. In Buddhism I often hear the phrase, ‘to be enlightened with perfect wisdom.’ All of Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s teachings are delivered in a way that is very easy to understand; they are kernels of wisdom the guru has gained after digesting the entirety of the sutras, the best nutrients of which are given to us. This is what ‘to be enlightened with perfect wisdom’ means. As soon as we hear such teachings, we immediately comprehend, and our minds can accept the intrinsic blessings and glow with light. The concept of bright clouds is similar. Once we receive this energy, we are filled with joy. As long as we listen closely, a single word, line, or verse can plant a very deep impression in our Eighth Consciousness until we attain Buddhahood. The power of such blessings, from teachings that continue to influence us in our cultivation until we become enlightened, surpasses the imagination.

“I am very grateful to have been able to meet such a guru today, and I expect myself to listen closely to the guru’s teachings, and accept them, for they have transcended the limits of time and space. The guru Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once said that the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas do not need to appear before us to teach us the Dharma. Our guru already has this ability; while expounding the Dharma, he can cause us to experience it without having to use any specific methods. On Sundays especially, some young children and people who are so severely ill that they have lost consciousness would not normally be able to understand what Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche is talking about, yet they are all able to receive the guru’s blessings anyway. This is testimony to the fact that Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche has transcended the forms of time and space and achieved the level of a Buddha and a Bodhisattva. Such blessings do not need spoken language or the written word to be conveyed; as long as those people present are willing to tune in and joyfully accept them, they will benefit from those blessings through lifetime after lifetime until they eventually attain Buddhahood.

“The Buddha bestowed assurance of future enlightenment upon us as well. The little bit of the Dharma that we receive today guarantees that in the future we will all attain Buddhahood; this is what our guru and the Buddha have been doing for us all along. However, by what kind of virtue, capability, and good fortune, and by how many good deeds we have done, do we deserve this? We have encountered this sort of opportunity today, yet we still do not understand how precious it is. When the guru speaks to us, we truly must calm our minds and listen very closely so that we can absorb these teachings and diligently put them into practice. As long as we can accept these sacred teachings, believe in them, and act in accordance with them, then even a single word, line, or verse is enough to affect us, causing us to continuously derive from the limitless Dharma from that point on. In this way, if we keep practicing, we will obtain unfathomable benefits. Only if we understand this with complete certainty will we keep from failing to live up to such a guru as this.

Respectfully written by Huicheng Drolma, Group 1, on May 23rd, 2015

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