Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Lotus Sutra and the inconceivable merits of the Spiritual Practice

(Cintamani Cakra)

Tonight, we did a Cintamani Cakra Wealth Accumulation Practice under the guidance of Acho Rinpoche. After which, he mentioned that the Taoist practice of praying to the Year God annually around every Chinese New Year may also be practised by a Buddhist, as it is a traditional practice among the Chinese and it is also a form of spiritual practice; ultimately it is beneficial to oneself and others too. As for a wealth accumulation practice, it could help a practitioner gain some financial wealth to support his spiritual practice. So, he sees nothing wrong with doing such practices. 
Dharma Brother Shao shared with us on his experience during our recent trip to Petaling Jaya of Malaysia, when accompanying Acho Rinpoche who did a soul deliverance practice for the late Jigme Khenpo who passed away there. On the Friday night when we did a group prayer in the hotel in Petaling Jaya, he had a vision of Jigme Khenpo appearing in the spiritual space. He also had a vision of the numerous emanation bodies of Acho Rinpoche appearing in the left hand corner of the space above Acho Rinpoche, with every emanation holding a different implement in his hand and riding on a spiritual animal, returning from every corner of the universe after helping the sentient beings. The emanation bodies re-entered the central channel of the body of Acho Rinpoche but soon after, exiting again to every corner of the universe, continuing their dharma works to help the sentient beings. They looked extremely busy going all over the places helping the sentient beings! On the following day, when we were searching for the location of the FPMT center, again, he had a vision of Jigme Khenpo appearing in the spiritual space, guiding us to find its location!
Acho Rinpoche told us that on the first day when he reached Kuala Lumpur he felt a sudden pain in his foot and started limping. However, half-way through the soul deliverance prayer around noon, he felt that the pain had strangely disappeared! We also saw a bird resting briefly on his head while being released to freedom during the prayer, which was indeed a very rare occurrence. He shared with us that he had a dream in the past where there were tens of thousands of birds flying in the sky, lifting him in the air and flying together. It was a sign that showed the strong karmic bond between him and the birds, for he saved numerous of them in the past. When he was blessing the fishes to be released to freedom during the prayer, there were tree branches above the FPMT center that suddenly broke and fell to the ground. It seemed to be another silent message with a certain significance too. Finally, after the prayer, Konde Rinpoche witnessed a rainbow appearing in the sky and he said that it was an inconceivable occurrence, for he had done many prayers with the lamas with no rainbow sighted most of the time! Acho Rinpoche wished that the locals would support Konde Rinpoche in his spiritual endeavors which are beneficial to the locals. He also mentioned that, in fact, the merits generated by the soul deliverance prayer was simply tremendous.
Acho Rinpoche told us that one day, when he was doing his walking meditation in a garden near his house, he saw a huge cloud in the sky that resembled the image of Maitreya Bodhisattva. A beam of light was emitted from the top knot of the image into the sky, drawing a distinctive line between two sections of the sky that appeared in different colors. He also mentioned that his house was currently undergoing a renovation and he had a vision one day of Vajrayogini Cave, where it appeared to be very dusty as there were many people busy digging the ground for the hidden treasures. It signified that the soil dug out from his house during renovation is similar to the sacred soil in the Vajrayogini Cave, for he and his entourage had been practising incessantly in his house over the past many years.
Next, Acho Rinpoche continued to expound the Lotus Sutra, touching on the eighth chapter which mentioned the prophesies made by Sakyamuni Buddha about his students attaining the state of Buddhahood eventually. Sakyamuni Buddha prophesized that Punna would become a Buddha in future, named “Dharma Light Buddha”, who would be presiding over a pureland with its sentient beings living on the spiritual joy of Dharma and meditation as their food. Mahakasyapa and 1,200 other Arahat students were also being prophesized by Sakyamuni Buddha that they would become a Buddha in future. Añña Kondañña was also being prophesized by Sakyamuni Buddha that he would become a Buddha in future after serving 6,200,000,000,000 other Buddhas, named “Omni Light Buddha”. There were five hundred other Arahat students in the assembly who were also being prophesied by Sakyamuni Buddha of their attainment of Buddhahood in future, named “Omni Light Buddha” too.
Next, Dharma Sister Bai from Hangzhou of China shared with us her recent experience. During one of her recent sadhana sessions, she had a vision of herself practising in a cave, with Acho Rinpoche sitting before her, while she was chanting the heart mantra of Acho Rinpoche. In another sadhana session, she had a vision of herself practising in a big hall which was bright and clean; she appeared in the form of an old lady doing her practice in a very calm manner. Acho Rinpoche commended her of her great experience and congratulated her that she did not see herself being surrounded by many decendents instead. It was, in fact, a great experience that she saw herself doing her practice in a very carefree manner.
Acho Rinpoche stressed again that a practitioner must abide strictly by the precepts; otherwise it will be useless to be practising vigorously. A practitioner must master the fundamental principles of being a good person. A practitioner who abides by the precepts is liken to a clean vessel filled with nectar, who will be able to accomplish his spiritual practice swiftly. A practitioner who does not abide by the precepts is liken to a filthy vessel filled with nectar which turned into poison instead, who will never accomplish his spiritual practice but will fall into a lower realm.
Finally, we ended our prayer by reciting the names of the Buddhas under the guidance of Acho Rinpoche and dedicated all merits to the sentient beings - may all sentient beings be happy, free of sufferings and attain enlightenment swiftly. 

Reported by Sun Moon KFS on 13-3-2018 @Singapore