Written by Joki (Pema)
Our Vancouver Heruka Sangha had a fantastic dharma journey last weekend in Executive Airport Hotel in Richmond that we invited our precious guru, H.E. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche, to give us the Unsnisavijaya and Wrathful Guru Rinpoche empowerments, teachings and Tsok. We also have to gratefully announce that Rinpoche obtained all empowerments from “Longchen Nyingthig”, which is one of the most famous continuity inherits from Nyingma lineage in Tibetan Buddhism, especilly for Terma. It means, Rinpoche is qualified as a high level Dzogchen Master and Terma Holder who has high accomplishments in Tibetan Buddhism. We have no doubt that H.E. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche is a Mahasiddha with undifferentiated qualification a the level of His Holiness’ gurus.
On May 12th, 2018, H.E. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche gave the Usnisavijaya empowerment and teachings. Usnisavijaya is a Buddha of longevity in Tibetan Buddhism. She wears an image of Vairocana in her headdress with Amitayus and Sitatara, she constitutes the three Buddhas of long life, and one of the more well-known Buddhist divinities in Nepal, Tibet, and Mongolia. Since Usnisavijaya is a special deity with three color faces and eight arms holding different dharma possessions, Rinpoche explained the dharma-law and meanings for each different face and arm. He also taught us the visualization, merits and benefits for practicing this special female deity. It is not only to dispel the negative karma and health problems for the practitioners, but also help them to get rid of the sufferings due to the Samsara, Self-Persistence and Patikulamanasikara until they achieve buddhahood.
On May 13th, 2018, we were so excited that H.E. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche gave us one of the most secret and rare Terma empowerments, Wrathful Guru Rinpoche or Dorje Drollo. Dorje Drollo is the wrathful emanation of Padmasambhava and most often associated with the set of Eight Main Manifestations and the life story of Guru Rinpoche. Practicing Wrathful Guru Rinpoche can subdue all the negative emotions and energy. During the empowerment, Rinpoche pointed out the proper way to subdue the demons and remove the negative energy and obstacles from practitioners. Actually, there is no real demon from outside world, our heart create the illusion. The core spirit to successfully practicing Dorje Drollo is to destroy our Inner Demons, Kleshas, and Patikulamanasikara. If we have pure mind and heart with great compassion and wisdom, no outside demons and evils could destroy us, because the outside demons are just a reflection of our inner negativity thoughts and energy.
After the wonderful teachings, H.E. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche led us in a Tsok Prayer in which we had our personal possessions blessed by Wrathful Guru Rinpoche and shared the Tsok offerings together with great bliss. Rinpoche also kindly offered the Sangha calligraphy of mantra and seed-syllable. We really appreciate Rinpoche’s patience and great blessings for us. We sincerely wish that H.E. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche will have a long-life and have profound benefit for all sentient beings.
Because of our Sangha’s cordially request and available schedule, Rinpoche agreed to stay one more day to have a meditation class. On May 14th, 2018, we went to the Garry Point Park near the beach in the evening. The weather was so nice that we enjoyed the sunshine and lovely nature at the beach together. Rinpoche asked us to sit in a circle facing the sea, focus on a seed-syllable he wrote and concentrate our mind on the seed-syllable without any thinking, just being relaxed. After thirty minutes of meditation in quiet and deep connection with the sea and the nature energy, we all felt peaceful and joyful, our Buddha nature seemed clearer than ever. This is why we should have meditation everyday, it is an important part of our dharma practice to develop inner strength. After the meditation, Rinpoche led a short Dorje Drollo Tsok as requested by a member of our Sangha. It was so special that the day was a dharma protector day, we were absolutely blessed by Wrathful Guru Rinpoche and the protectors to have such an wonderful evening with our venerable Guru and beloved Sangha.
As dharma practitioners, we wish we to will have long-life, have more time to practice dharma and benefit all sentient beings. Unsnisavijaya and Wrathful Guru Rinpoche practice are an excellent way to remove obstacles and dispel inner demons, causes of various health issues, assisting us along well with our dharma life and spiritual journey. We hope we can always follow our great guru, H.E. Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche, to achieve our Buddahood as soon as possible through deep faith in the dharma.