Nov 10, 2013

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“ALICE” IN THE WONDERLAND (Lạc vào xứ sở thần tiên)

It was a sunny afternoon on 7thNovember, 2013.

“Family” feeling.

While peacefully having a relax time with “Dad and Mom” in an airy and beautifully decorated café shop, I took a glance at the cover page of a newspaper that my “Dad” was reading. May some of my friends who know me well have a doubt about this hot issue, they may wonder where I could find a dad so fast to form a family union in the café shop that afternoon. It is just a charming way to describe the loved and beloved relationship between my Guru, his wife and I. Bumping into the three of us, most people gave their thought that we were a happy family including a Dad, a Mom and their daughter, though some of them may think themselves why the daughter does not inherit any heaven traits of her parents. That is my present life; I have been being in the mood of making the most of happiness, learning and practicing Buddhist approach with my Guru and his wife in Song Nguyen Tantra House.


Back to the cover page of that newspaper, it was about weather forecast on a huge storm which was predicted to be one of the most devastating storms in this year, and the place we were sitting at that moment was forecasted to be in the eye of the storm. It reminds me of the day when I took a bus heading to the eye of the huge storm, where my Guru, his wife and my coreligionist was waiting for me. The fact is that I did not know any information on this huge storm until my Guru made a phone call to inform me about it before I went there. He said in an anxious tone to make a careful recommendation to me and wished me a safe journey.  With my whole heart and faith on Buddhist, I had no hesitation and kept believing that I would be protected by the supernatural power from my Guru and the Three Jewels. But the closer I was to the point of arrival, the heavier the rain was. Keeping the headphone on the ears all the time, the melody almost failed to attract my interest; all my thoughts at that time were all concentrated to my spiritual house, Song Nguyen Tantra House and how could I reached there with this kind of weather. I even heard that there was a formal announcement to encourage people to immigrate to other places for safety. It was blowing a gale out of the window. I was also worried thinking of how to carry my luggage in this heavy rain. Luckily, there was a man who stopped at the same point with me, and he enthusiastically helped me with all my luggage, and the woman at the petrol station where I sheltered from the rain helped me to call a motorbike driver. In the rains that pouring down in torrents, before the driver came, I thought he would make a hard deal on it.  But on the contrary to my imagination, he just proposed me to pay at my convenience, what a good heart that man has. That makes me feel a little shameful with my former thought. That man’s story did not end the series of luckiness that day. It was totally stop raining when the man came to pick me up at the petrol station. I forgot about my intention to buy a raincoat for me and my luggage then. Even when it takes just a few steps to Song Nguyen Tantra House, and I told the driver to drop me at the top of the small road; he suggested by himself so cheerfully driving me to the very end of the road. May the heavy rain’s effect make me feel a little bit cold outside; his great service with the wide smile from scratch to the end definitely warms my heart inside.  At the far-reaching understanding, I believe that under the help and support of my Guru and Buddha’s blessing, all my difficulties on that day were dispelled miraculously.

A corner at Song Nguyen Tantra House

Have you ever read the story which was adapted into the famous movies named “Alice in the Wonderland”? Please excuse my intellectual property right violation if I named Diary on learning Buddhist approach here, in Song Nguyen Tantra House, as “Mat Tu in the Wonderland” because I did not find any better suitable words to describe my life here. Song Nguyen Tantra House is located in Phuoc Thanh Village, Ba Ria Province, Vietnam. Phuoc Thanh Village is a combination of Buddhist Monastery, Buddhist Temple, Buddhist practitioners’ House, etc. You will immediately catch the peace feeling while setting your mind free looking at the beautiful sight here; the scenery was covered by greenery. I am now staying in the middle of that village, putting my laptop at the beautiful windowsill which was decorated by the sapphire green drapes, with the scenery of lovely flower parterre below the window and the view of Spring Stream named Tinh Nghiep Spring (Karma-Purification Spring). There are two giraffes slowly walking in the face of green grassplot, I see their happy faces when taking a look at the graceful fishes swimming across the lake. For just a moment, I happen to be lost in daydreams with the imagination that I am a romance poet and feel like composing some poems, I even want to set those imaginative poems to music afterwards.

To the view of most people, even to the Buddhist’s disciples who were taking refuge in The Jewels may

Hàn huyên bên Thanh Phong Các.
Have a talking beside Thanh Phong Camp.

think anyone who has a determined mind toward Buddhist approach should accept an austere life in which he/she would abandon all his/her life’s pleasures, avoid life’s responsibilities in a far-off place where missing of the “common people”. Some people claim that the main reason makes a person commit her/himself to Buddhism is running away from the suffering and distresses in her/his life. Those kinds of thoughts totally libel the true profound meaning of Buddhism. It’s not that you have to force yourself within a framework, you do not have to wake up at 3AM in the early morning to recite prayers when you feel so sleepy, you do not have to restrain yourself far from daily’s pleasures by changing your eating and relaxing habits, and it is totally not that you have to say goodbye to your sweetheart when you still think of him/her because you think that a genuine practitioner should commit his/herself to the masses and live an isolated life till the end. I am now learning and practicing Dharma in Song Nguyen Tantra House with no restriction in time punctuation, time limitation, as well as life’s pleasure and my habits at all.

At the same time, my Guru helps me to understand thoroughly the most important thing in Buddhist approach, which many Buddhist’s disciples definitely forgot, is ” Dharma is Life, Life is Dharma”[this is also the title of a famous book on Buddhist subject which was written by my benevolent Guru]. With the Tibetan Tantra Buddhist approach, I feel obviously the closeness between Dharma and Life not just in the theory. In realities of everyday life, I practice Dharma with moving meditation through every move that I make as eating, drinking, standing, sitting, walking, even in every breaths, etc. When I realize the simple happiness of practicing Dharma in each and every moves I have made which is about generating the good deeds to the masses, I found it is so meaningful to live this life. Furthermore, together with the practice, the natural characteristics will be polished day by day with all the good thoughts. Besides that, I will gradually grow the Bodhichitta in my mind, which is known as compassion, the altruistic mind, or our good heart.

Lotus Flower Estrade in Song Nguyen Tantra House

Human Nature is such that, they think about their happiness first than others’ happiness as though it is the best way to help them live a happy life. I used to be one of them. They do not know that if they try to lead their lives in an ethically disciplined way, avoiding actions that are harmful to others, they even get the feeling of extreme happiness. They think that the only way that makes them happy is gaining much feeling of possession in every field of their lives. One more time, I used to represent the typical one among them. They do not realize that the larger their greed grows, the more suffering they have to bear in their lives. My Guru helps me to realize that, by being aware of and abandoning the faults that I have made in my past that was shown in these above Human Nature’s commons, I will reach the extreme happiness state by exchanging the reverse way of thinking.

[To be continued..]

Mật Từ.


  1. Mật Phổ says:
    I’m happy with your post more than that you or another person attack the picture in the website. It’s very good and nice.
    I will not feel uncomfortable anymore when the post have a website but don’t have a picture. Thank you very much!

    So, about technology in website. You should resize picture before upload. You use Microsoft Ofice Picture Manager program resize the picture have 448 x 336 pixel (web small) to low quality for fast in the web and the hostting will not full.

    I waitting for you to be continued… Mật Từ.

    • Mật Từ says:
      Mật Từ is so thankful that huynh Mật Phổ was reading my post and overlooking my mistake, at the same time guiding me the method to resize the pic for the post. I will remember and learn from this experiences.
  2. Mật Thủy says:
    How emotive your article is! It makes me so happy to think about “our family” that we have! Thank for our Guru, now we can live our life in the most significant way, without any worriment or axiety. This is so great that I’d never dreamed before.
    Thank Mật Từ for making me and other dharma friends more and more grateful towards our Guru and the Three Jewels.
    Exepecting your next post!
    • Mật Từ says:
      Mật Từ is in much appreciated that huynh Mật Thủy have supported me a lot by reading and commenting for my post. So happy that now I have an united happy family.
  3. Thích Minh Nhân says:
    Chúc mừng “Alice” – Mật Từ đã được “lạc vào xứ sở thần tiên” ở Việt Nam trong thời hiện đại nhé!

    Thật ngại vì tôi đã phản hồi bằng tiếng Việt trong một bài viết bằng tiếng Anh của đạo hữu (!) Mong Thầy, đạo hữu Mật Từ và các huynh đệ ở “xứ sở thần tiên” thứ lỗi!

    Bài viết của đạo hữu thật khiến cho độc giả dễ bị lôi cuốn bởi sức hút của những câu chuyện sinh động, hình ảnh thi vị và cách hành văn mượt mà, bóng bẫy nhưng không kém phần sâu sắc. Đặt biệt là những cảm niệm về Thầy, về “gia đình của Thầy” (hay đạo tràng Mật gia Song Nguyễn, nơi mà đạo hữu dùng một hình dung từ rất đẹp để miêu tả là “xứ sở thần tiên”, là “vùng đất diệu kỳ”…!!!), và về giáo pháp mà Ngài đang dạy với điểm nhấn ở sự dễ dàng, diệu dụng trong phương pháp hành trì. Chính phương pháp sư phạm nhân văn ấy có thể đã giúp cho Mật Từ và những người học trò khác cảm nhận một sự gần gũi, dễ dàng trong việc ứng dụng thực hành lời dạy của đức Phật và chư Thánh chúng, càng thấy rõ hơn rằng: “Giáo Pháp là Cuộc sống – Cuộc sống là giáo Pháp”. Và từ đó những người học trò có thể nhanh chóng tiến bộ hơn trên con đường tu tập.

    Tôi thành tâm bày tỏ sự hoan hỷ tán thán Giáo pháp đúng, phương pháp đúng của Thầy, cùng tán thán với thiện hạnh của Mật Từ và quý đạo hữu.
    Cũng có thể….!!! biết đâu nhờ tâm thành của các vị và quý Phật tử mà chư Phật gia hộ để cơn bão số 13 vừa rồi đi qua nhưng không mang đến nhiều hậu quả xấu cho chúng sanh ở Miền Đông Nam Bộ lắm chăng!?

    Cầu chúc Mật Từ và quý đạo hữu Mật gia Song Nguyễn sẽ luôn dũng mãnh tinh tấn vượt qua giông bão của ma chướng, thẳng tiến đến bến bờ giác ngộ!

    Nam mô Đại từ Đại bi Quán Thế Âm Bồ tát tác đại chứng minh!

    • Mật Từ says:
      Mô Phật,
      Mật Từ vô cùng hoan hỷ vì đạo hữu Thích Minh Nhân đã đọc và cảm nhận bài viết, cũng như đã có những chia sẻ động viên Mật Từ.
      Đúng như đạo hữu đã chỉ ra tinh thần của bài viết này, bằng sự tiếp cận gần gũi giữa Pháp và cuộc sống mà Thầy đã truyền dạy, việc thực hành Pháp được đưa vào cuộc sống một cách đơn giản và dễ hiểu. Song bởi nền tảng sức mạnh của chánh kiến mà Thầy đã truyền trao, Mật Từ cùng lúc nắm được ý nghĩa sâu sắc của việc thực hành Pháp là hướng tới sự giác ngộ tối thượng, giải thoát chúng sanh khỏi lục đạo luân hồi, phát nguyện vãng sanh Tây Phương cực lạc. Cầu nguyện cho tất cả chúng sanh đều nhận được chánh tri kiến.
      Om Mani Padme Hum.
  4. Tantra Mahavita says:
    Dear Guru : Thanks to my Guru ,it helpsme to understand the Budhhist approach, Dharma is life, life is Dharma .I practice the Dharma in each movement ,eating ,walking ,sitting …I realize the happiness of practicing Dharma day by day .My Guru helps made in my past ,That the Guru has health and be living many years for the benefit of all sentient being .OM MANI PADME HUM
    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Mahavita sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con đọc bài viết này. Qua bài viết này, con hiểu được cách thực hành Phật pháp, đó là “pháp là cuộc sống, cuộc sống là pháp”. Con có thể thực hành pháp trong các hoạt động sinh hoạt hàng ngày: đi đứng, ngồi, ăn, uông….. Con cảm nhận được niềm hoan hỷ, hạnh phúc khi được thực hành pháp hàng ngày.  Thầy giúp con tịnh hóa nghiệp chướng trong quá khứ.

      Con cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của Thầy vì sự lợi lạc của chúng sanh.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”


  5. Tantra Upatissa says:
    Dear Guru thanks for sharing this article.

    May the dharma disciples whoever moving towards dharma practice in tantric method explained by you may achieve enlightenment soon.

    May Guru live long for other beings.

    May all beings be free from suffering they may get enlightened.

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Upatissa sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con đã đọc bài viết này rồi ạ. Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con đọc bài này.

      Con cầu nguyện con và các đạo hữu tinh tấn thực hành theo sự chỉ dạy của Thầy để đạt được sự giác ngộ tối thượng.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy trường thọ vì sự lợi lạc của chúng sanh.

      Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh.”

  6. Jennifer says:
    Dear holy guru,

    I thank you for this article. I once spent a year homeless with my children only having the clothing on our backs and mouthing else. We sold all of our belonging for food and shelter. When that money ran out we needed for money on the side of the road to first ged my children then if anything was left to feed myself. Those times were difficult and scary, but at the same time it was freeing not to be attached to anything. The only bad part of it was worrying about the needs of my children. I was happy when we are homeless. I saw good in Manny many people during that time. I wouldn’t change that year in my life because I learned a lot. Thank you for teaching my holy guru, and may you be blessed

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