Dec 25, 2021

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Letter from India: GURU’S NOVEL “MODUS OPERENDI” AS A RESPONSE TO THE BUDDHA’S TEACHING (Cảm niệm tính độc đáo của Giáo pháp Thanh Trí như một lời đáp từ lời dạy của Đức Phật từ Đạo sư tôn quý)

A SYSTEMIZED REFLECTION: GURU’S NOVEL “MODUS OPERENDI” AS A RESPONSE TO THE BUDDHA’S TEACHING

(Cảm niệm tính độc đáo của giáo pháp Thanh Trí như một lời đáp từ lời dạy của Đức Phật từ Đạo sư tôn quý)

Reverend Gurujee

Om Mani Padme Hum

I bow before your Lotus feet

I read this article four to five times and a new meaning of Buddhist text and tradition, teachings and preaching, and changing modus operendi of practicing the Dhamma is revealed to me. I went into the oblivion of the past memories of my student life when I was reading Maha parinibbana Sutta of the Digha Nikaya which narrates the episode of the final departure of Tathagata, the Buddha. The disciples were weeping and lamenting vigorously thinking what will happen to the Dhamma and what will they do in the absence of the Great Guru.  Understanding the riddle of the disciple’s mind the Buddha said, “When I am gone Ananda, let the Order (Sangha), if it is needed, abolish or change some or all the lesser or minor precepts,” taking into consideration the changing time, place, culture, climate, need and the demand of the Day.  The present article is based on this instruction of the Great Master, the Buddha, wherein he said to amend, change or abolish lesser or minor precepts with the changing space, time, context, culture, need, and the demand of the time. In fact, a living religion must absorb the fresh ideas of the time. It is sensitive to the changes that individuals and nations undergo relentlessly.

Owing to his advice Buddhism incorporated modifications in its precepts and practice in order to meet the challenges of the day and different sects and schools of Buddhism came into existence. After one hundred years of the Buddha’s Mahaparinibbana, the situation changed. Pondering over Buddha’s actual words and their proper interpretation stared. This gave birth to different schools of Buddhism which took up its cause with great zeal and tried to popularize it in India and abroad.  Primarily it was divided into two schools, Hinayana and Mahayana.   Later on, Mahayana underwent a number of modifications which took into consideration the changing atmosphere, variation of place time, and climate to suit the people and time, and a number of schools came into existence, such as Tantrayana, Vajrayana, Zen Buddhism, Engaged Buddhism, Pure land Buddhism and now Pure Mind Buddhism founded by our holy Guru.  In order to show its sensitive nature, it seems proper to present a brief account of the positive modifications brought by or holy Guru in ancient Buddhism without impairing the basic tenets of ancient Buddhism. Though very many changes have been affected by or Guru but for the paucity of space and time, I shall like to discuss only two here.

  1. Modification in Buddhist ideal.
  2. Change of approach and modus operandi
  1. Modification in Buddhist ideal:

 

With the changing situation human outlook needed to be altruistic and catholic in place of individualistic and conservative respectively. Though the Buddha speaks of happiness of many and pleasure of many (Bahujan Hitaya Bahujan Sukhaya) his Arhat ideal was individualistic. There was no place for mass liberation. For survival in the new emerging atmosphere our holy Guru, like Mahayana, accepted the Bodhisattva ideal the aim of which is the liberation of all the sentient beings. That is why our holy Guru gives emphasis on Boddhichitta which emerges only when the man’s mind is saturated with the feeling of cosmic liberation. And for that our holy Guru asks us to think positive and alleviative for all the sentient beings. For instance, the standing instruction our Guru for his disciples is below mentioned. He asks us “As you know we were taught Mediation of Bodhichita it means you can practice Pure Mind Yoga while you are sitting, eating, driving, sleeping, and opening the door. For example, “When falling asleep we should think “May all sentient beings achieve the absolute state. When waking up, “May all sentient beings awake into the enlighten sate. When getting up, “May all sentient beings obtain the body of the Buddha and so on.

As the Bodhisattva, in the Mahayana tradition in order to remove the sufferings of the world desires that he should stay as long as the earth and sky exist. He further declares,” let me alone experience all the worldly miseries and let all the sentient beings enjoy happiness owing to the meritorious deed done by me as a Bodhisattva. The aim of or holy Guru is to arise Bodhichitta in each and every individual who comes in his contact so that a collective wish and voice may emerge, “May all beings achieve the happiness of  Buddha’s nature” When seeing suffering, “May the suffering of all beings be pacified.” And if this collective and continuous prayer for the sublimation of the suffering of all the sentient beings may cause flux with success, decidedly it will be a cosmic evolution wherein the status of all the sentient will be elevated towards Nirvana.

  1. Change of approach and modus operandi:

 

With the change of time the human life has become more complicated, busy, and fast. Because of the vast range of industrialization and gross capitalistic socio-economic realities, complex ideas, and beliefs life started tormenting the human mind and complicated his daily routine. Today everyone is in a huff and hurry. In the metropolitan cities, life is regulated either with the horn of the industry or with the tic of the watch’s time. Due to the paucity of time, one cannot undergo the long and time taking practice of the Buddha’s Eightfold Path, which is extremely tough for the modern man. Secondly, one cannot leave one’s house and family for going to the forest in isolation for practicing Samadhi for months and years like the Buddha, as he has to look after his offspring and family members who are dependent on him.

In this background, our holy guru came on the stage to rescue us and lead us to the Buddhist path leading to eradication of suffering and making us happy in the mundane existence by improving our existential situation, because like the Buddha he too is of the opinion that Samsar (mundane life) and Nirvana (supra-mundane life of emancipation or Enlightenment) can go hand in hand and Pure Mind Buddhism was founded by him. He without impairing the basic tenets of the Buddha and Buddhism provided us the easier path leading to eradicating the suffering and elevating the ordinary business of life by purifying the mental defilements and making or life happy and easier. For that, he has provided us the ancient Mani Mantra with a novel way to practice it and Lots walk Dharani which are easier to adopt and practice for a modern man.

OM MANI PADME HUM

As I have already mentioned above that Buddhism is a living religion. It has absorbed in it the fresh air of space and time. It resulted in the evolution of a number of Buddhist sects and schools in India and abroad. Today it has become a global religion. Passing through time culture, climate and countries it has undergone several changes and modifications by the great Masters of time.. When, after rigorous research, it was warped and woofed by the hands of our Great Guru it was radicalized, quantized and become Pure Mind Buddhism. Pure Mind Buddhism believes that mental purification is the crux of the Buddhist path leading to sufferings of life culminating in human Enlightenment i.e. Nibbana.

Mind is the cause of man’s bondage and liberation as well as the pleasure and pain of life. The Dhammapada start by saying that the mind is the fountainhead of all the good and bad actions. All that we are is the result of what we have thought; it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with an evil mind, pain follows him, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that drives the carriage. But if a man speaks or acts with a pre-thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never lives him. This became the impetus for our holy Guru to propound Pure Mind Buddhism by giving a new turn, new meaning, and a new dimension along with a new orientation and new modus operandi to the Buddha’s Fourth Noble Truth that is much easier, and less time taking as well free from the complexities and complication of the Buddhist Eightfold Path.

This path and practice of Pure Mind Buddhism is accessible to all individuals of even modern mechanical civilization. This is a threefold method of chanting the Mani Mantra regularly, Lotus Walk Dharani, and praying for the sublimations and happiness of all the sentient beings. It functions in a threefold way.

  1. Reciting the Mantra and reading or writing the Sutra.
  2. Contemplating on them.
  3. And incorporate them in our daily functioning of life.

The above-mentioned approach and novel spiritual way to liberation do not allow us to think negatively as the mind is engaged in the cultivation of positive thoughts for the sentient beings and reciting the Mani Mantra all the time sitting, working, and walking. It does not allow impure thoughts to enter the mind. With purity, the mind is prepared to move on the path of purification, the ultimate destiny of which is emancipation or a better life in the future birth. This is basically self-help support for the elevation towards the Enlightenment. Buddha has also said, “You will have to put efforts for attaining the Nibbana, Tathagata will simply guide or give you instructions. The same thing echoes in the preaching and teachings of our holy Guru.

Om Mani Padme Hum

May all the sentient beings attain the happiness of the Buddha Nature

May the drastic calamity of COVID19 be evaporated from the planate Earth.

Long live our Guru for the happiness of all the sentient beings in general and for his disciples in particular.

I bow my head on the Lotus feet of our Guru

Tantra SutraDaka

Avinash Kumar Srivastava

  1. Admin
    Tantra Sutradaka says:

    Reverend Guruji
    I bow my head on your lotus feet
    I am delighted to see my comment as an article.
    I has been written because of your blessings. You arose in me the urge and Ideas to express in the shape of your message that is invented through your arduous struggle in your spiritual journey for peace through the Buddhist wisdom.
    I am thankful to you for your kind affection for me that fluxed in publication of my article in prestigious Chanthudui. Com.
    Om Mani Padme Hum
    May all the sentient beings attain the happiness of the Buddha Nature.
    Long live our Guru for happiness of all the sentient beings

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      Dear Tantra Sutradaka,
      Thank you very much for your article and comment. It is a very structured article that is seen systematically from the view of both a sincere disciple and a researcher. I am very glad and proud of you when I read it. You speak by the voice of the sutra, the Buddha’s teachings, the right track of Buddhism, and most importantly, by your own experience throughout years of being my disciple and practicing Pure Mind Dharma. I believe that this article will not only provide knowledge but also inspire many other readers and disciples. I gladly praise your good deeds and pray for your legitimate wishes to be fulfilled. I enjoyed reading the article.
      Om mani padme hum.

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      Dear Tantra Sutradaka,
      Today I read this article again and I am pleased and proud to announce that you are nominated as a Pure Mind Dharma teacher!
      The article reflects that you must have had an established knowledge of Pure Mind Dharma based on your own diligent cultivation and experience to have such an excellent reflection. I believe that your deep and profound understanding of both Buddhism and Pure Mind Dharma will bring benefits to many other learners around the world. I hope you will take pride in your noble position as a Pure Mind Dharma teacher! I believe you can do it very well!
      Om mani padme hum.

  2. Dr C H Lakshminarayan says:

    I bow my head at the feet of Guru and wish happy Christmas and New year.!
    Dear dharma brother, Tantra Sutradaka
    I accept your wiews and you as you are, because I myself have shortcomings too.!
    We have all the Dharma tools : mindful breathing, mindful steps, mindful chanting Mantra, deep listening and loving speech.!
    The Holy season of Christmas and New year is our chance to put them into practice under the guidance of our beloved Guruji for our Spiritual progress and Enlightenment.!
    May all be healthy and happy.
    Wishing all merry Christmas and happy New Year.
    Om Mani padme hum.
    Tantra Nirvadeva.

  3. Tantra Hanamita says:

    Thank you, Guru and Tantra Sutradaka for the great article, it is very well received.

    May all sentient beings be happy, healthy, and at peace.

    Om Mane Padme Um

  4. Tantra Tanshami (United States) says:

    Namo Dear Guru. Om Mani Padme Hum. Thank you for creating a modern branch of Buddhism easier for many to approach then the individualistic approach. The time is ripe for this kind of path.

  5. Admin
    Cao Diệu Mật Viễn says:

    Dear Guru!
    Iam happy to read this article.
    Thank you so much Tantra SutraDaka for the meaningful, useful of your article
    I pray your success in life and Dharma
    I pray for live long and health of the Guru for benefit of the sentient beings
    May the covid – 19 pandemic will soon be over.
    OM MA NI PAD ME HUM

  6. Hans says:

    Thank you to Guru and also to the author of this article!

  7. Admin
    Cao Diệu Diệu Hằng says:

    Dear Tantra Sutradaka,
    I am delighted to read your article. It is really worth reading because of your deep and clear understanding about Pure Mind Yoga expressed in your writing. It gives me a sense of holy pride when I am reading your article. I am fortunate enough to practice Pure Mind Yoga daily, to arise Bodhicitta with a even very normal activity like sleeping, eating, drinking and so on. A ordinary being can practice the extraordinary spiritual activities and cultivate the holy qualities like Bodhicitta, kindness and compassion. How wonderful it is! It is Guru who helps us become an extraordinary one from a ordinary being through his useful and effective methods to practice Buddhism.
    Your beautiful writing helps me to enjoy the beauty of the amazing picture drawn by Guru to bring Samsara and Nirvana going hand in hand with his methods.
    Thank you so much for giving me a chance to enjoy this wonderful thing.
    May Guru have good health and live long for the benefit of all beings.
    May you have good health and help more people to connect with Guru and practice Pure Mind Yoga with Guru’s permission and guidance.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    May covid 19 end soon.
    Om mani padme hum

  8. Liam says:

    Thank you for another lovely article! It is true that we live in a very busy world and sometimes even myself I find it hard to just take a moment and breathe.

  9. Cao Diệu Tuyết Hoa
    Cao Diệu Tuyết Hoa says:

    Dear Tantra Sutradaka,
    I am delighted to read this article.
    Thank you so much for your sharing the deeply understand to practice Pure Mind Yoga. Through that, it helps me find that I am so fortunate when to meet and follow Guru in this life. By Guru’s Bodhicitta to make the Pure Mind Yoga, I have a chance to practice Buddhism in the busy life from the action daily as the walking, breathing, thinking, so on …. I am grateful to Guru.
    May Guru live long and have good health for the benefit of all sentient beings.
    May you get the good health.
    May all sentient beings will attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    May the covid-19 will be end soon.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  10. Mật Phong Tuyết
    Mật Phong Tuyết says:

    Kính bạch Thầy!
    Con đã đọc bài viết của pháp hữu Tantra Sutradaka .Con cảm tạ và biết ơn Thầy về những điều tốt đẹp mà Tâm Pháp Thanh Trí đã mang lại cho chúng con và chúng sanh hữu tình khắp nơi trên thế giới.
    Cảm ơn pháp hữu Tantra Sutrdaka đã chia sẻ bài viết hay và ý nghĩa .
    Con cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của thầy vì lợi lạc của chúng sanh.
    Cầu nguyện cho đại dịch covid 19 được tiêu trừ .
    Om mani padme hum.

  11. Cao Diệu Mật Ba says:

    Dear Guru!
    I am very happy to read this article.
    Thank you so much for sharing of Dharma friend Tantra Sutradaka.
    May Guru has good heath, live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    May the Covid 19 pandemic will be soon over.
    Om mani padme hum!

  12. Tantra Mashita (Egypt) says:

    Dear compassionate Guru,

    Thank you so much for sharing this letter with us, you’re always so kind and you always give your disciples the ability and the chance to write and publish their letters and thoughts on chanhtuduy.com, you covered me and all disciples with love, kindness and compassion and you did that without waiting anything from us in return and you even don’t need anything from us other seeing us live happily and practice dharma correctly, we must be thankful and grateful for your existence in our life, thank you so much again dear holy Guru, and happy new year !

    I bow my head down to you
    I devote myself to you
    I express my gratitude to you

    May you have a good health and live long for the benefit of all sentient beings
    May all the sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature
    May the pandemic caused by corona virus soon end
    Om mani padme hum

  13. Tantra Dharma Sunyata says:

    Dear Holy Guru,I have read the paper titled :Letter from India ; Guru’s Novel Modus Operandi As A Response to Buddha’s Teaching. The Letter was written by Tantra Sutradaka as a comment after reading Guru’s paper 4 to 5 times.I comment as foy;
    A.Summary:The author is of the view that our Guru devised Pure Mind Yoga in response to the directive of the historical Buddha(Tathagata) to Ananda that following his demise,his Dharma could be abolished,amended, changed (in part/whole/minor precepts)in line with the dynamic exigencies of time, culture and environment.
    2.Tge author recalled that indeed Tathagata’s injunction had led to the springing up of several schools ,subschools and sects in Buddhism.Thus,we have the two main schools of Hinayana and Mahayana.Then Mahayana breaks down further into into Tantrayana,Vijrayana, Pure Land Buddhism,Engaged Buddhism,Zen Buddhism and now this latest addition known as Pure Mind Buddhism by our own Guru.
    3.The author highlights two critical contributions by our own Guru, namely:
    -Amplification of Buddha’s ideal.
    -Change of Approach and institution of a New Modus Operandi.
    4.Amplification Of The Buddha Ideal.
    This consists in embracing/accepting and fully developing the concepts and concomitant practicalities of Bodhisattva and Boddhichitta.These notions are extended to become the fulcry of cosmic liberation such that individualized liberation is substituted by vows to stay as long as possible on Earth/skies to expert sufferings/miseries in lieu of elevated evolutionary collective Nirvana.; such that one supplicates for dublimai, Erasure and pacification of all the miseries of all sentient beings;such that Boddhicitta endeavors can be accomplished while we sit,walk,open a door, wake up,fall asleep
    And all the attendant exercises will lead to the attainment of body of Buddha and the absolute state of Enlightenment.
    5
    New Modus Operandi:This consists essentially of the introduction of purification of mental defilements in order to attain a Pure Mind via the combination of chanting the ancient Mani Mantra in combination with the Lotus Walk Dharani culminating in attainment of Nibbana via focus of Buddha’s Fourth Noble Truth free from the complexities of Buddha’s eight fold path.
    Furthermore,this New Modus Operandi enlists locational versatility such that there is no need to relocate to forests for months/years to practice Samadhi.Most modern people have to care for their families and the new Modus Operandi enables them to incorporate Pure Mind Yoga/Buddhism through the 3-fold path of:
    ,-Reciting the Mani Mantra, reading and writing about the sutras at any convinient time and place.
    -Contemplating on the above at all convinient places and times.
    -Incorporating the two steps above in all our daily life activities such that with the purification of the mind,the ultimate end of emancipation to a better life in future birth becomes attainable.
    B.Lessons learno:
    1.In the process of commenting on the Guru’s paper,a diligent and research oriented disciple can distill additional novel dimensions to the Guru’s adumbrations.
    2.Tathagata’s instructions to Ananda typifies a paradigm case of denouncement of Dharma Clinging and we ought to learn from it even in our so called personal legacies.
    3.Our own Guru through the doctrine of Pure Mind Yoga has made a valuable contribution to the expansion of Buddhist theory and practice.
    4.Our Guru’s elevation of the status of the author of the letter signifies the commendable reward calculus employed by our Guru.
    C.Question
    Is it possible really to achieve a Pure Mind without an active engagement of Buddha’s eight fold path or what exactly does the author of this letter mean in this regard.
    I have thoroughly enjoyed the intellectual stimulation provided by this Letter.
    May our Holy Guru live long and in good health for service to all sentient beings.
    Om Mami Padme Hum

  14. Tantra cittahama says:

    My actual name is Chris Roberts and my dharma name is Tantra Cittahama I would a good from this day even in my life after rebirth. Let’s hope most of it will be I would to remember this life in my next life with all those dreams and everything I want to be born again completing my studies and my journey and consideration of friends and aquaintences with sensible boundaries.

  15. Raymondbeugels says:

    Very nice sharing, the basic teaching is the same in many schools so we are all Buddha’s children. We should respect each other without having opinions..
    Om Mani Padme Hum 🙏🙏🙏

  16. Dr C H Lakshminaray says:

    I bow my head at the lotus feet of Guru.

    Dear Dharma brother, Sutradaka
    It is mentioned by you as a pivot point that ‘Samsara’ (mundane life ) and ‘ Nibbana'(supra-mundane life of emancipation or Enlightenment ) go hand in hand which is totally not agreed and
    Squashed by ‘ kathopanishath ‘ of Indian philosaphy of ‘ Vedantha ‘ of Spiritual field! Please go through of Shreyas and preyas ways life dealt with there! Hope, as an Indian you also agree with the knowledge given by the well known sages.
    Hence, this matter needs clarification for the benefit of Beginers of Dharma practitioners.
    Om Mani padme Hum
    Tantra Nirvadeva

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