Apr 16, 2018

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A FEW THOUGHTS OF A FILIPINO READER (Nỗi lòng của một bạn đọc người Philippines)

A FEW THOUGHTS OF A FILIPINO READER (Nỗi lòng của một bạn đọc người Philippines)

Dear GURU,

My greetings…

My name is Boying Baguio. I have known Buddhism through reading some text and posts in facebook , and there are some books that I have which I bought from book sale. I was Baptist, raised and living in a place where roman catholics dominates, Philippines. I studied in a catholic school during my primary and secondary level. All my friends, relatives and most people I go with are under the religion of catholics.

It was just so recent when I have known a little about Buddhism. During my early years, I only heard about it and see people in Buddhism through movies, kung-fu movies mostly. What turns me to have an interest on it was during the times when I was inclined into some books about meditations, self-help, metaphysics, and some books referring to the science of the minds. At first, it was not my intention to learn and go deeper on Buddhism. I just want to know the concepts, know how things went through on it, just like the way how I get through with some religion like jew, muslim, just to name a few.

As a catholic, there was a time when I got curious and took a sit with the Christian Bible. Though, for Christians, it has been a yearly celebration here in the Philippines to get indulged with a lot of feast referring the story of Jesus Christ, taken from the bible. But it seems that something is missing that I wanted to find. I even tried to attend different sectors of catholic, born again Christian group, for me to be fill up my craving. But the more I go with a lot of people under it, the more I gathered questions instead of answers.

In some sectors of Catholics, when you ask questions, it means to them doubt. It is better for them to believe nothing but what they say, the leaders of the church, priest, pastors or anyone. And I myself think it is indeed not appropriate. For me, it is a monotonous system.

I am not in writing this letter to discuss further about other religion, regarding their concepts that never fits on my taste. Which I know you have further knowledge on it compared to me. Just an introduction of where I was based on my belief. Yes, guru. On where I was. And this I am in writing this note.

Recently my world seem not to be in a proper manner. That is to say that I got confused in many ways. Work, family relationships, people I got with around me. All seems to be so weird that I got bothered most of the time. My work got unstable, I was out from any in come that stabilized my status. I was in a distant from my mother, physically and emotionally. Relatives of mine seems so cruel that they created a barricades from me. And the most difficult one in my relationship with my sister who seem I considered the closest person and best friend that I have for my entire being.

Those situations tends me to seek more and more readings about how to calm my mind and push my thinking to something positive. I have a known friend from facebook who is a Buddhist and I am so lucky she’d never been away to give me some advices. Despite of being stranger for me, I never doubted her to share my problems and conditions. She’s actually the one who gave me your email add. Her name is Mat Dieu Hang/ Violet Tran/ Rose Tran who’s from Vietnam. I’ve been asking her on how to do meditation but she told me instead to write you a letter, assuring that I can learn deeper and more detailed. I am thinking that through meditation, somehow I will be able to calm my mind from things that bothers me and somehow could lead me to think clearly and be optimistic for my points of views.

Most of the times now, I preferred to just stay in my rooms when I have no works to do. I listened to music, spent much time in facebook, hoping I could find ways to make myself think clearly. I still have no clear status with my relationship to my mother and my sister. Still, unstable from work and lacking finances.  I still find myself irritated with some people around and situations that I am in.

I hope through this letter I will be able to know advices that could alter my confusion. My advance gratitude and may peace of mind be with us all.

Um Mani Padme Hum


Bản dịch tiếng Việt (Dịch bởi Mật Huệ Pháp):

Kính bạch Thầy

Con tên là Boying Baguio. Con biết đến đạo Phật từ một vài bài viết trên facebook và những quyển sách mua được từ đợt hạ giá. Con từng theo hệ phái Tin lành Báp tít (Baptist). Con được nuôi dưỡng và sống ở một đất nước nơi tỷ lệ người dân theo đạo Công giáo La Mã chiếm đa số, đó là Phi líp pin (Phillipnes).  Ở cấp tiểu học và trung học cơ sở, con học theo học tại trường Công giáo. Bạn bè, họ hàng và những người con quen đều theo Công giáo. Con chỉ biết chút ít về đạo Phật mới gần đây. Hồi còn trẻ, con chỉ nghe và xem về đạo Phật chủ yếu qua các bộ phim, trong đó có phim võ thuật. Điều khiến con trở nên quan tâm hơn tới đạo Phật chính là khi con đọc một số sách về thiền, tự lực hành pháp, huyền học, và một số về khoa học tâm thức.  Đầu tiên, con không có ý định đi sâu tìm hiểu về đạo này. Con chỉ muốn biết một vài khái niệm, cách giải thích sự vật hiện tượng trong đạo Phật, giống như cách con từng tìm hiểu về một số đạo khác như Do Thái giáo và Hồi giáo

Là một người Công giáo, đã có lúc con tò mò ngồi đọc Kinh Thánh của Ki tô giáo (Christian Bible). Những tín đồ Ki tô giáo ở Phi líp pin được tham gia rất nhiều ngày hội (tôn giáo) tổ chức hàng năm với các tích về chúa Giê su được viết trong kinh thánh. Nhưng dường như con vẫn chưa tìm được lời giải đáp cho những câu hỏi của mình. Con đã thử tham gia các nhánh khác nhau của công giáo, tham gia sinh hoạt trong nhóm Ki tô giáo để tìm lời giải cho những thắc mắc của mình. Nhưng càng tham gia nhiều nhóm bao nhiêu con lại càng có nhiều câu hỏi (thay vì sự giải đáp) bấy nhiêu.

Ở một số nhánh của Công giáo, khi ta đặt câu hỏi tức ta đang nghi vấn. Thường thì tín đồ được không nên tin điều gì khác ngoài lời giảng của những người đứng đầu nhà thờ, cha cố, mục sư, vv. Bản thân con lại nghĩ điều này thực ra không phù hợp bởi tính chất đơn điệu, buồn tẻ của chúng.

Con viết bức thư này không phải để trình bày về các tôn giáo khác và những khái niệm vốn không phù hợp với suy nghĩ của con vì con biết tri kiến của Thầy vượt xa hơn con nhiều lắm. Đây chỉ là sự giới thiệu về xuất phát điểm tín ngưỡng của con mà thôi. Bạch Thầy, đó là tôn giáo con đã theo và đó cũng là lý do con gửi tới Thầy bức thư này.

Gần đây, cuộc trong con có sự thay đổi theo chiều hướng không mấy tích cực, con cảm thấy thật sự bối rối. Công việc, quan hệ gia đình, người quen của con, không hiểu sao con cảm thấy nhàm chán một cách kỳ lạ. Công việc của con rất thất thường, con thường bị lỡ các cơ hội để ổn định công việc. Con ít tiếp xúc với mẹ con và ngày càng xa cách về mặt tình cảm. Họ hàng của con độc ác đến mức họ cố tình đổ lỗi rằng con tự tạo ra những rào cản đó. Và điều khó khăn nhất đối với con đó là mối quan hệ xấu đi giữa con với người chị gái, người gần gũi nhất với con và cũng là người bạn tốt nhất của con từ trước tới nay.

Tình cảnh này khiến con tìm đọc nhiều hơn nữa những cách thức giúp con điều hoà tâm trí và suy nghĩ theo hướng tích cực hơn. Con có một người bạn trên facebook là Phật tử và thật may mắn cô ấy luôn ở cạnh con để cho con những lời khuyên. Dù chưa từng gặp nhau ngoài đời nhưng con luôn tin cậy chia sẻ với cô ấy những vấn đề của mình. Cô ấy đã đưa cho con địa chỉ email của Thầy. Cô ấy tên là Violet Tran/Rose Tran (Mat Dieu Hang) đến từ Việt Nam. Con hỏi cô ấy về cách thực hành thiền nhưng cô ấy nói tốt nhất con nên viết thư thỉnh Thầy để được hướng dẫn chi tiết hơn, nhờ đó giúp con có được tâm an trí sáng trước bất kỳ trở ngại nào trong cuộc sống.

Hiện giờ phần lớn thời gian rảnh rỗi con thường ở lỳ trong phòng, nghe nhạc, lướt facebook với hy vọng tìm kiếm giải pháp giúp con suy nghĩ sáng suốt hơn. Con vẫn chưa có lời giải đáp rõ ràng về mối quan hệ với mẹ và chị con. Công việc của con vẫn chưa ổn định và con đang gặp khó khăn về tài chính. Con vẫn thấy khó chịu với những người quanh con và hoàn cảnh mà con đang mắc kẹt hiện giờ.

Con hy vọng thông qua bức thư này, con có cơ hội được tiếp nhận những lời khuyên quý báu của Thầy. Con xin cảm tạ Thầy. Cầu nguyện chúng sanh có được sự bình an trong tâm thức.

Um Mani Padme Hum

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  1. Dr. C H Lakshmi narayan. says:

    Guru Is my guide

    Buddha is my life

    Dharma is my way

    Sangha is my Spirit

    Respected Guruji, I bow my head at the lotus feet of Guruji.

    I am Tantra Nirvadeva.

    I appreciate May Dieu Hang my Kalyanamithra who is guiding Boying Baguio , a philjpino through Facebook about the principles of Buddhism.

    More interesting is when asked by that beginner who is interested in Buddhism though a catholic by birth and religion the art of meditation, she directed to write to Guruji giving Guruji’s address who is the right person to teach him instead of posing herself as a Guru.!

    This is what is expected of a disciple of Guruji.!  In this way  she happens to be role model to other desciples.!

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Long live our Guruji for upholding Dharma.

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan.

    • Boying Baguio says:

      dr. c h lakshmi narayan,

      thank you very much for sharing your time reading my article. i appreciate it very much. 

      om mani padme hum

  2. Dear Boying Baguio,

    Thanks for sharing your difficult situation in work, relationship, finance. It is interesting that you had been seeking answers from different religions and all you have got back are more and more questions and doubts. Thanks to Mat Dieu Hang/ Rose Tran always be there to give you advice and direct you to our Holy Guru.

    Most of us had our own life problems and even worse but thanks to our Guru, now we found the answers and overcome it.

    May the sorrow and painfulness of sentient beings be relieved!

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

    • Boying Baguio says:

      dr. c h lakshmi narayan,

      thank you very much for sharing your time reading my article. i appreciate it very much. 

      om mani padme hum

    • Boying Baguio says:

      dr. c h lakshmi narayan,

      thank you very much for sharing your time reading my article. i appreciate it very much. 

      om mani padme hum

  3. Dear Boying Baguio,

    I read your writing already and through your sharing I could understand your situation as well as your feeling partly.

    Each person in this world has their own sufferings, but not much of them know the way to escape from those. Now you have a good luck to know chanhtuduy.com, a Holy Guru and get precious teachings from him. I hope you can contemplate and follow his instructions well to attain the real peace, happiness in your life.

    May Holy Guru and his consort live long for sake of all sentient beings

    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddhahood

    Om ah hum.

  4.  Tantra Mahavita says:

    Estimado amigo Boying : Guru es mi guia, Buda es mi vida ,Dharma es mi camino,Sangha es mi espiritu .Respetado Guru : Doblo mi cabeza a los pies del Loto del Guru. Gracias por compartir tu dificil situacion , absolutamente comprensible .Creo que ahora tienes mucha suerte de conocer esta pagina y obtener las enseñanzas de nuestro Amado Guru . Deseo de corazon que despues de contemplar y seguir sus instrucciones puedas alcanzar la paz verdadera y la felicidad en tu vida.Que todos los seres sensibles disfruten de la felicidad y la raiz de la felicidad. Puedan ser libres de sufrimiento y de la raiz del sufrimiento.Que no esten separados de la gran felicidad carente de sufrimiento. Que habiten en la gran ecuanimidad , libre de pasion , apego y aversion. Que la bondad y la compasion de la sabiduria de la no dualidad.Que la preciosa Bodhichita haya nacido en aquellos donde no lo es. Puede que Bodhichita una vez que nazca no decaiga y se expanda mas y mas. Que el precioso espiritu del despertar nazca en aquellos donde no esta. Que una vez que nazca , no se deteriore y aumente cada vez mas . OM MANI PADME HUM

  5. Lan Trần says:

    Dear Boying Baguio,

    I am delighted with your story. We, human beings, always try to answer our problems in life. The more we are seeking, the more problems are rising. So this questions – answer wheel would never end due to the complexity of human life. Fortunately, you and me and many others have opportunities to connect to the vajayana Guru with compassion ans wisdom. Then all our sufferings in life is solved and we know how to let it go easily, even it is not easy at first. I believe that you will be better and overcome all these negative situations.

    May the Yidam, Guru and Dakini bless you.

    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha nature.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  6. Dear Boying Baguio,

    Thank you for sharing your story with us.  Everyone wants to live a happy life and we  have tried our best to do everything for our better life,  but we get a failure in gaining happiness because of bad karmas we have created. Due to ignorance and attachments on our own desires,  we have created a lot of bad karmas which leads us to suffering.

    Although we are trained the worldly knowledge at school,  in university,  such kinds of knowledge can not make our life happy. Your story or your sufferings are the same with us who are normal beings wandering in the circle of existence. We have heard that Buddha shows us the path to liberarion from suffering.  But we do not know how we can go into such holy path,  where we should start and how the holy path is like.  Only authentic spiritual Guru with his wisdom and bodhicitta guides us to go on the path to enlightenment.  It is the reason why saint Atisha affirmed that: “the spiritual Guru’s words are more important than holy texts,  the spiritual Guru is more compassionate than the Lord Buddha”.

    In Thanh Tri Institute of Psychology Research and yoga applications, thanks to Guru’s wisdom and compassion, learners are taught the easy and effective methods to practice the pure mind yoga daily for the peace of mind,  success in work and social affairs with the ultimate purposes of temporary happiness in this life and ever-lasting happiness in next life.

    I hope that you have more chance to connect with Guru by an easy way of reading and commenting on chanhtuduy.com and then gradually you get the peace in mind.

    May Guru and his consort have a good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.

    May Boying Baguio have a peaceful life and free from suffering.

    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    • Boying Baguio says:

       

      thank you very much for sharing your time reading my article. i appreciate it very much. 

      om mani padme hum

  7. Tantra Mikaya says:

    dear holy guru. Thank you for this article, the letter from Boying Baguio. It was very interesting and completely understandable for me that the young man from the Philippines deals with religions and I understand that he was looking for answers and came to you holy Guru through the help and the recommendation of our dear Rose. Also, I sought answers and through your disciple Mat Dieu Hang / Rose, I found the way to you holy guru. Finding questions in a religion is often felt to be a doubt and there remains a search for answers. In many religions, rules of conduct are established and I saw in the Catholic and Protestant churches that young people turned away from the church for the same reasons that the young man speaks. When I first got to know Buddhism it was like a WOW effect. The fact that we can achieve a clear mind with meditation and the accumulation of knowledge and transform our inner self, this wisdom showed me personally that Buddha / holy Guru gives us answers and inspires us to lead our daily life with mindfulness and independent action. I am thankful that we are all allowed to follow the wise teachings of Buddha and you, our wise guru. I am pleased to see that Buddhism and the Dharma are gaining more and more popularity in Europe as well. A Muslim friend here in Germany asked me a lot about Buddhism and he also agreed that this religion answers questions and help is in the transformation of the mind. May all feel happy. May our holy Guru life long for the sake of all sentient beings. may all beings achieve the happiness of Buddha s nature

  8. Tantra Amishuta says:

    dear holy guru,

    thank you for sharing this article. Om Mani Padme Hum

  9. Tantra Citta says:

    Dear Holy Guru,

    Thank you for the wonderful article,  by the young filipino disciple, Boying Baguio! I was born and raised a Roman Catholic here, in Western Canada and I still retain many of the belief’s and traditions of the Church. When I first began my interest in Buddhism, I struggled with the notion of whether or not I was doing the right thing, by combining the two forms of spirituality. After being introduced to a wonderful Dharma friend and fellow Song Nguyen Tantra House disciple named Mat Dieu Hang, those doubts and concerns about the compatibility of Christianity and Buddhism were quickly erased. The Vietnamese Zen Monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, in his wonderful book “Living Buddha /Living Christ hilights the similarities between the life and teachings of the two spiritual Master’s, Gautama Buddha and Jesus of Nazareth. Both men were contemplatives, practicing Mindfulness. Both were Wisdom teachers, who had transformative experiences in their early 30’s. Both began renewal movements, in their own traditions, Hinduism and Judaism. Both targeted ways to respond creatively, to life’s temptations and sufferings and both these men were considered exalted, if not Divine. Many famous and many ordinary Catholic’s and Christian’s were and are deeply influenced by Buddhism. The likes of Thomas Merton and Marcus Borg, to name a few. I believe that by studying and practicing Buddhism, it actually enhances and perfects the spirituality that one was born and raised into. There should be no shame or wrong, in combining the different traditions. May all the students and disciples at Song Nguyen Tantra House continue to be guided and blessed, by our esteemed Master and consort and may all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha Nature. Om Mani Padme Hum 🙂 Tantra Citta (Jeffrey Bernard Forest) Gate gate paragate parasangate bodhi svaha!

     

  10. Tantra Upatissa says:

    Dear Guru thanks for sharing this article.

    May our Dharma friend Boeing have good and prosperous life, his relationships with his mother and sister may improve and they may understand and help each other.

    May our Dharma friend Boeing may get favourable conditions to practice Dharma and his mind may experience calmness and happiness.

    May Guru and his consort live long and protected and get enlightened.

    May all beings be free from suffering and get enlightened.

    Om Mani Padme Hum..

  11. Alphonse Kpehonou KOI says:

    I’m proud of you about the manner you translate the texts. May light
    continue illuminating you !

  12. Ahmed Khan says:

    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for sharing this article. I also have a similar experience of learning about Buddhism.

    May more people learn about the Dharma and experience it’s benefits.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

     

     

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