Sep 3, 2017

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TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN ADDICTED TO “THE HUNGRY GHOST” (Nói với những ai “nghiện” cô hồn)

TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN ADDICTED TO “THE HUNGRY GHOST” (Nói với những ai “nghiện” cô hồn)

TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN ADDICTED TO “THE HUNGRY GHOST”

In the previous article, I did prove that the hungry ghosts could not eat anything by all the Buddhist reasonable evidences. After being criticized by those evidences, many popular newspapers have taken their articles off with official apologies. However, they seemed to be “addicted” to the hungry ghost as some alike articles was still published just the next day, in a various chosen way.

GETTING AROUND BY PLAYING “OLD WINE INTO NEW WINESKINS”

A newspaper immediately took down their article after being against by Song Nguyen Tantra House with articles exposing the truth of hungry ghosts. They even admitted their fault and apologized for it. Extraordinarily, it came without no reason that today they themselves published another article named “Should people wear red during the month of “hungry ghost”?”

Clothing choices are different up to people’s characteristics, there is nothing to do with “the month of hungry ghost” in order to impose the subjective arrangement into the audience’s thoughts? Or what they intended to do is to repeat as much as possible the phrase of “hungry ghost” in order to implant the habit of giving sacrifices and praying on this occasion. I can’t help myself being affected by realizing how paranoid and unrealistic some current newspapers are while many hardships still exist in reality.

Similarly, there was a similar post published on Bao moi online newspaper named “Chicken’s longan, a different taste for the basin of worshipping July Full Moon”(dated 31 August 2017). There came a definite question that who they are going to offer during this kind of occasion? If the “Full Moon” implicates a Buddhism’s tradition, it is totally unreasonable that people take the chicken’s lives away which is opposed to the Buddha’s compassion. Is this giving the same meaning as giving the mother the flesh of her own child? Furthermore, it is no benefit providing offers while the hungry ghosts could not eat. More details can be found in the article named .. http://chanhtuduy.com/cung-thi-co-hon-co-hon-duoc-khong/).

It is clear that the familiar sound of these following key words such as “hungry ghost”, “July Full Moon” was intentionally repeated by gutter-journalism in various ways, that accidentally evoked the doubt of the behind-the-scene profiteers in this specific month?

One more way that the tabloid journalists use words and spells from the practice: from the use of the word “worship the hungry ghosts” to fashion taboos in the month of hungry ghost; then what kind of food should be served on the full moon day of July. Recently, they went on discussing about “Smart phones and cars to be reserved for the hungry ghost in their realm” (published on 30 Aug 2017 without author’s name). In this article, the author said that there were no differences between the soul and the living human so that people buy a lot of daily living facilities, even a villa or a car (fake/ghost product – made out of paper) to offer to the soul.

The author of the article even attributed by a customer’s statement: “The purchase of the ghost products depends on the economics of each household. However, the burning of these products derived from the mind of the offspring of the ancestors rather than confirming the old saying which is when you drink water, remember the source (quoted from Bao moi newspaper 30 Aug 2017.

On the contrary, I suppose this is a sin. As the word “soul” or “ghost” (hungry ghost) represents a life accompanied with hungry, poor and misery, they do need to be sacrificed. Then if people keep doing the same ceremony every July, do they intend to keep their grandparents as well as their parent stay forever in the realm of hungry ghost? Is that a token of their good will? That is not to say that this custom has been cultured since the Chinese people ruled our country in ancient times. As the Chinese conspirators occupied our country, they set up the cow tongue to strain the East Sea; We haven’t got the opportunity to hold the guns fighting for the Fatherland, why do people have to follow the customs of Chinese origin, as a way to express “cultural enslavement”?

In the view of Buddhism, the hungry ghost is not real (more details can be found at http://chanhtuduy.com/cung-thi-co-hon-co-hon-duoc-khong . Then what is the reason of worshipping them? If it is truly reasonable, then what they normally eat out of the occasion of July Full Moon day? Is it a vivid proof of those unfilial children? At present, many people are living in difficulties, many miserable and tragic lives are still there, homeless children are currently struggling for their food while the only thing that we take the utmost care is how to spend billions on every July? Is it reasonable?

BUDDHIST TEACHING ON PARENTS’ HONOR

There are four ways to pay honor to your parents in Buddhist’s teaching as follows:

1 / Close filial is taking care of your parents when they are old, weak or sick

2 / Fidelity is paying honor not only to your own parents, but also with your friends’ parents or others’ parents.

3 / Filial piety is living a good life, do not causes any family disgrace which will affect the reputation of parents.

4 / Highest piety is that recommending parents to practice Buddhism so they can prepare well for their lives after birth.

I sincerely pray that people will not continuously go shopping for fake/ghost products in order to pay their honor to the parents.

In addition, in the Anguttara Nikaya of the Hinayana, chapter 21, Three Jewels taught that taking refuge under the Three Jewels is the basis of filial paternity, harmony with brothers and consensus with society. Then it is right that the mind of a filial person come along with burning ghost products? In Vietnamese law, this behavior is considered delinquent, not to mention about filial piety. I sincerely pray that people will not continuously go shopping for fake/ghost products in order to pay their honor to the parents.

As a child who has been given a wrong impression of an undutiful child, I spent half of my life being a migrant settler, struggling with storm of difficulties in which I had to make every single calculation for a living. What a bitterness! Thanks to the Buddha’s compassion, I have been completely placing my faith in The Three Jewels and doing my best in practicing the compassion by spreading Dharma to the sentient beings. At the same time, I have been returning the merits to my parents wherever realm they are currently. I sincerely, earnestly call upon all my disciples not to make an unfilial mistake as mentioned above.

Lotus Flower Estrade in Song Nguyen Tantra House

Mom and Dad, I have never been reassured thinking of not doing any little thing to pay honor to you. How can I keep paying a due reward to you when it finally seems possible to me now.. I sincerely transfer all the merits accumulated from my Dharma activities to my parents wherever realms they are at the moment. I pray they can see the light of Buddhism and studiously cultivate in order to set free from all the trammels of life.

Om mani padme hum.

Phuoc Thanh Village, 31 August 2017

Thinley Nguyen Thanh

Translated by Mat Tu.


Original Vietnamese version: NÓI VỚI NHỮNG AI “NGHIỆN” CÔ HỒN!      

  1. Dr.C H Lakshmi narayan says:
    Respected Guruji,

    I am Tantra Nirvadeva.

    I bow my head at the lotus feet of Guruji.

    I am very much impressed by the four ways mentioned by our beloved Guruji about honouring our parents in Buddhist teachings. In Hindu’s Dharma scripts,”Vedas”, the undermentioned lines are  worthy of practicing :

    ” Mathru Devo bhava”( Sanskrit)

    (I respect and worship my mother )

    Pithru  Devo bhava

    ( I respect and worship my Father)

    Acharya Devo bhava

    ( I respect and worship my  Guru)

    I t is known as auspicious if we pray these three lines before starting any good work! That is faith & belief among Hindus.!

    Hence, It is our duty and responsibility to give food and shelter and look after the health of our parents instead of keeping them in old age home.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Long live our Guruji for upholding Dharma.

    Dr.CH Lakshminarayan.

     

     

     

     

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Nirvadeva ( C H Lakshminarayan) sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Con là Tantra Nirvadeva.

      Con xin cúi đầu đảnh lễ dưới chân sen của Thầy!

      Con rất xúc động và ấn tượng khi được đọc bốn cách trả hiếu trong đạo Phật mà Thầy chỉ ra trong bài viết này.

      Trong kinh Vedas, đạo Hindu, có viết những điều sau:

      “Tôn kính và thờ phụng mẹ

      Tôn kính và thờ phụng cha

      Tôn kính và thờ phụng Thầy”

      Theo niềm tin của tín đồ đạo Hindu, nếu họ đọc ba dòng này trước khi bắt đầu làm một công việc tốt đẹp nào đó thì họ sẽ nhận được phước lành.

      Đọc bài viết của Thầy, con hiểu rằng trách nhiệm của người con là lo cho cha mẹ no đủ, có nơi nương tựa và chăm sóc sức khỏe cho cha mẹ chứ không phải chờ khi cha mẹ già chết rồi mới báo hiếu.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy trụ thế lâu dài vì sự nghiệp hoằng dương chánh pháp.

      Con – C H Lakshminarayan.”

  2. Dear Holy Guru,

    I am touched by your article relating to the filial piety based on Buddhism’s viewpoint.

    You have taught us how to repay the deep kindness of our parents and take responsibility as a child while the parents are alive. We should take care of them well. We should offer them good food and provide them with good condition for their life. In addition, we should live a meaningful life and make benefit for ourselves and others. The highest piety to repay the parents’ kindness is to introduce or help them take refuge in the Three Jewels in order that they practice the Dharma to get the happiness this life and ultimate bliss next life.

    I keep in my mind your teaching about the filial piety as follows: “There are four ways to pay honor to your parents in Buddhist’s teaching as follows:
    1 / Close filial is taking care of your parents when they are old, weak or sick
    2 / Fidelity is paying honor not only to your own parents, but also with your friends’ parents or others’ parents.
    3 / Filial piety is living a good life, do not causes any family disgrace which will affect the reputation of parents.
    4 / Highest piety is that recommending parents to practice Buddhism so they can prepare well for their lives after birth.”

    It is clear that worshiping the hungry ghosts is not the way to repay the deep kindness of the parents. Because the hungry ghosts can not eat anything worshipped by human beings. Worshipping the hungry ghosts on July for the filial piety is superstitious beliefs and practices. It causes the fear and unreasonabble worry for people because their superstitious beliefs. And some fake monks or evil force make use of the superstitious beliefs and their fear to make money by some evil practices and dirty tricks.

    I highly appreciate your compassion and your good doings to point out the dirty tricks of evil forces in order to help people keep away from wrong view and have a good chance to practice the Dharma for a peaceful life with right view.

    May you and your consort have a good health and live long for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    May all sentient beings free from suffering and its causes.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  3. Dear Holy Guru,

    I am touched by your article relating to the filial piety based on Buddhism’s viewpoint.

    You have taught us how to repay the deep kindness of our parents and take responsibility as a child while the parents are alive. We should take care of them well. We should offer them good food and provide them with good condition for their life. In addition, we should live a meaningful life and make benefit for ourselves and others. The highest piety to repay the parents’ kindness is to introduce or help them take refuge in the Three Jewels in order that they practice the Dharma to get the happiness this life and ultimate bliss next life.

    I keep in my mind your teaching about the filial piety as follows: “There are four ways to pay honor to your parents in Buddhist’s teaching as follows:
    1 / Close filial is taking care of your parents when they are old, weak or sick
    2 / Fidelity is paying honor not only to your own parents, but also with your friends’ parents or others’ parents.
    3 / Filial piety is living a good life, do not causes any family disgrace which will affect the reputation of parents.
    4 / Highest piety is that recommending parents to practice Buddhism so they can prepare well for their lives after birth.”

    It is clear that worshiping the hungry ghosts is not the way to repay the deep kindness of the parents. Because the hungry ghosts can not eat anything worshipped by human beings. Worshipping the hungry ghosts on July for the filial piety is superstitious beliefs and practices. It causes the fear and unreasonabble worry for people because their superstitious beliefs. And some fake monks or evil force make use of the superstitious beliefs and their fear to make money by some evil practices and dirty tricks.

    I highly appreciate your compassion and your good doings to point out the dirty tricks of evil forces in order to help people keep away from wrong view and have a good chance to practice the Dharma for a peaceful life with right view.

    May you and your consort have a good health and live long for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    I also rejoice in the good deeds of Mat Tu who has translated your article into English. There are many people who have a good chance to read your article through her beautiful English version.

    May Mat Tu get all legitimate wishes and get the joy which arises on the path to enlightenment.

    May all sentient beings free from suffering and its causes.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  4. Dear brother,

    I appreciate with your noble work of translating Guru lesson into English.

    May all your wishs come true.

    May our Guru live long for the sake of all sentient beings.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  5. Mật Chánh Hoa says:
    Dear holy Guru,

    I am delighted to read your article: “To those who have been addicted to “The hungry ghost””.

    In your article I understand that when people pay their honor to their grandparents by worshipping the hungry ghosts which is the wrong activity because “do they intend to keep their grandparents as well as their parent stay forever in the realm of hungry shost?” All of these are cultural enslavement of the Chinese people rules our country in ancient times.

    I admire your virtue and Bodhicitta to make clear for all sentient beings know having four ways to pay honor to their parents in Buddhist’s teaching.

    May Guru and your consort live long for the sake of all sentient beings.

    I am elated by Mat Tu’s translation. May Mat Tu have a good health and make progress on the path to enlightenment.

    May all sentient beings to be awake with enlightend state.

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  6. Dear holy Guru 

    I am delighted to read your article “TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN ADDICTED TO “THE HURRY GHOST”. After reading your article I understand that the hurry ghost could not eat by all the Buddhist reasonable evidences. And a big question is “when people keep doing the same ceremony every July, do they intend to keep their grandparents as well as their parent stay forever in the realm of hungry ghost?”. 

    In the view of Buddhist there are four ways to pay honor to your parents in Buddhist’s teaching as follows: 

    1 / Close filial is taking care of your parents when they are old, weak or sick 

    2 / Fidelity is paying honor not only to your own parents, but also with your friends’ parents or others’ parents. 

    3 / Filial piety is living a good life, do not causes any family disgrace which will affect the reputation of parents. 

    4 / Highest piety is that recommending parents to practice Buddhism so they can prepare well for their lives after birth. 

    I am grateful for being one of your disciples. 

    May you and your consort live long for the sake of all sentient beings. 

    I am full of happiness over Mat Tu’s translation. 

    May Mat Tu have a good health and make progress on the path to enlightenment. 

    May all beings achieves happiness of Buhhdahood. 

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  7. Jennifer says:
    Dear holy Guru,

    This article was both enlightening and confusing to me. I am unsure how to help a father who has passed to his next life. I had a strained relationship with him until his last year of living. He did not love me and did not want me in his life until he was near death. I have many mixed feelings about him and do not  know how to help him now that he has passed on. My mother often refuses help. She will only accept help that she can do for herself. I have offered for her to live with me to make her life easier and she refuses. I would love to suggest she study Buddhism but I do not know how to teach her Buddhism because I do not know much. I am still learning myself and do not want to teach her wrong. She is a lost soul and needs guidance. Please help me to show her the way. Thank you dear holy Guru for your article and your teachings. Thank you for taking me under your wing and bringing Buddha into my life. May you be blessed for your sake and the sake of all sentient beings.

  8. Tantra Upatissa says:

    Dear Guru, thanks for sharing this article.

    Hope all beings may stop praying to hungry ghosts and do not spend money for purchasing ghost products. They may instead pray for well being of their parents.

    Om Mani Padme Hum..

  9. Mật Huệ Pháp says:
    To holy Guru

    I’ve read this article and realize that those restive tabloids are still trying to protect and promote wrongly mindful activities related to worshiping hungry demons. Their purpose is to intrigue the public’s curiosity or their vague fear to increase view and like. These tabloids have blamable contributed to the social insecurity via superstition promotion, pushing gullible readers into filial impiety towards their parents. The reason for impiety has been explained very clearly in your article already which originates from the teaching of Buddha and Bodhisattvas. In a humorous way, the tradition of inviting one’s parents to come back to secular world on every full moon day of July (lunar year) means their children do not want them to get a new fresh life but just walking around in that bardo state instead.

    Thank you for explaining to us the origin of this wrong activities, the ill-nature of feudal lords and evil Taoist hermits in this modern time who want to enslave Vietnamese people in spiritual life. Thanks to you, I come to understand that the best way to repay my parents’ efforts is to guide them into the path of cultivation. I myself need to be more diligent in cultivation to get more merit which will be then transferred to my parents at this life and previous lives as well.

    Thank you for bestowing us a beneficial sermon which is full of wisdom and Bodhicitta. Your worlds help break out my chains of spiritual slavery from mind to action cause I’ve got what I should act right now. Thanks Mat Tu for your wonderful translation.

    May Guru and your consort live long for the sake of sentient beings

    May Mat Tu fulfill all of your legitimate wishes

    May all sentient beings close the door to lower realms

    Om Ah Hum

  10. Tantra Mikaya (jane) says:
    Dear Holy Guru. I have carefully read your article the hungry spirit and would like to share my thoughts with you. They wrote very cordially and yes, it is an important point to respect and respect our parents and grandparents. This is the sacred stream of life, our parents have already taught us. Where love is, peace and harmony are. The smallest cell in the community is the family. If there is no love in the family, how should the world, the great community work? Love and devotion to our parents and grandparents who teach us, care for us, and protect us are not linked to the conditions. We must and must protect our parents as well as when they are old, as our parents did for us. Yes, a hungry spirit can not eat. I myself will be a grandmother in March next year and I promised my son that I would educate my grandchild in the Buddhist faith, the eightfold path and the philosophy. Through the collected experiences of our lives, we can pass these valuable ones. It is not important how big our car is or how much money we have. The most important thing is the love that we are allowed to carry within us. In our family, friends and the Sangha, the love of all the living things. An example that I myself learned to love by your wise words all living things. I was very afraid of spiders. Perhaps it was just a disgust. I now consider spiders as living beings who do not want to suffer and I see spiders today from a different point of view. So I am very grateful to you Holy Guru for the knowledge and feeling. we must learn that each living being deserves our respect and our worship. May all beings be free from suffering and happy. May our Guru be in good health. Om Mani Padme Hum
  11. Tantra Amishuta says:

    Dear holy guru,

    This article was enlightening. I’ve never heard of doing these things because they are not American traditions but I’m glad that is so because I would not want to be doing so wrong. Thank you for teaching me and thank you for all you do for all of us. May you be well for sake of all sentient beings

  12.  Tantra Mahavita says:

    Querido Guru : Inclino mi cabeza a los pies del loto del Guru. Muchas gracias por compartir estos maravillosos articulos. …Respeto y Adoro a mi Madre…Respeto y Adoro a mi Padre …Respeto y Adoro a mi Guru …Son afirmaciones llenas de Respeto y Amor ….Lamentablemente nos criamos en una cultura muy diferente en Occidente. La raiz de toda la ira acumulada en esta vida ( sueño ) …creo que se origino por esta relacion amor ,enojo …con mis padres. Pero afortunadamente aparecio el Amado Guru y el Dharma …entonces comprendi que todos los seres fueron mis madres y que el Yo era solo una ilusion de la Mente. Y pude ver el Amor y Compasion profundo hacia mis padres …hacia todos los seres sintientes y hacia mi Amado Guru ….y fundamentalmente ….en este yo ilusorio …el Amor …es la unica fuente de energia .Que el Amado Guru tenga salud y pueda vivir muchos años para beneficio de todos los seres sintientes . Que todos los seres encuentren la felicidad y sus causas. Que todos los seres esten libres de sufrimiento y sus causas . OM MANI PADME HUM

  13. Salvatore Antonio Fois says:
    Venerebol GURU;

    My name is Tantra Siramitra.

    I spent the best moments moments of my life with my parents, and the rest of my brother’s and sestar then offcours averyone as is on path to follow in life but offcours they are allway’s in our Hart and thoughts with great reverence to them.

    It’s very important in Sardinia it’s our culture specially to the mother and we sead one mother can look after one undred children! But one undred children can’t look after one mother.

    May the light of Lord Buddha shine in all our parents those of this this life and also of all our previous life’s to.

    OM MANI PADME HUM……

    Faithfully.

  14. Lan Trần says:
    Dear Guru,

    I have read your artile already. Thank you so much for your sharings.

    May you and your consort live long and have good health for the sake of all sentient beings.

    May all sentient beings be blessed by the Three Jewels.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

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