Aug 22, 2017

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DOES WATCHING A DANCER WHILE HER PERFORMANCE HELP SPECTATORS COLLECT COUNTLESS MERIT? HOW FRIVOLOUS IS IT! IT IS LYING! (Ngắm nhìn nghệ sĩ múa được công đước vô lượng? Tào lao, bá láp, tầm bậy, gọi là đại vọng ngữ!)

DOES WATCHING A DANCER WHILE HER PERFORMANCE HELP SPECTATORS COLLECT COUNTLESS MERIT? HOW FRIVOLOUS IS IT! IT IS LYING! (Ngắm nhìn nghệ sĩ múa được công đước vô lượng? Tào lao, bá láp, tầm bậy, gọi là đại vọng ngữ!)

DOES WATCHING A DANCER WHILE HER PERFORMANCE HELP SPECTATORS COLLECT COUNTLESS MERIT? HOW FRIVOLOUS IS IT! IT IS LYING!

In my eyes, there is a female dancer who represents the performance of the Thousand-Hand Guan Yin, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Behind her are 42 arms with flexible movements in all sorts of vibration amplitude. They represent the 42 noble hands of the enlightened one who has innumerable divine powers and immeasurable merit. It is clear that this performance of the Thousand-Hand Guan Yin is so beautiful and has attracted millions of Chinese audience. It is made by:

Director: Zhang Jigan

Music: Zhang Shanri

Assistant Director: Zhan Xiaonan, He Xiaolan

Dancing designer: Li Lin, Wang Shuang, Chen Guihui, Li Bao

Performers: Tai Lihua and the disabled dancers

Performing unit: Chinese Disability Artistic Society

Translator: Rui Ying

(The Thousand-Hand Guan Yin dance was live at the scene of the New Year’s Eve celebration in the spring of 2005).

Later, many art troupes in Asian countries, including Vietnam, followed this version. There would be nothing to discuss if I did not read such a statement on TV screen at the vegetarian restaurant “Thuan Duyen” (good affinity), next to Dai Tong Lam, highway 51, Phu My town, Tan Thanh district, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, it goes: “you will collect immeasurable merit if you share this video with everyone”.

Can you get immeasurable merit if you watch this video and then share it with everyone? First of all, I would like to ask who wrote this sentence on the TV screen? And which Buddhist grounds did they base on? Nothing! I therefore affirm that this sentence “you will collect immeasurable merit if you share this video with everyone” is a type of foolish talk. The writer has a mental form of paranoia!

Who helps a practitioner get countless merit when contemplating the holy body? In the sutra of “the identification of the power from devotion” has written: “Contemplating the holy body of Yidam Guan Yin Bodhisattva once, a practitioner gets the merit as much as making offering continuously to 1,000 Arahats for 100 lives”. It is the Yidam practice in Tantric Buddhism, Vajrayana vehicle. But who can practice this method? Only tantric practitioners who have pure and genuine devotion have a sufficient condition to practice. The necessary condition is to have “the holy body of Yidam”. Fron this standpoint, I give the argument whether Tai Lihua is a Yidam or not?

Now, I give more explanation. The garment of Yidam Guan Yin Bodhisattva is far different from the costumes of the dancer Tai Lihua in performance. How does Tai Lihua’s dancewear look like? Her long, green fingernails make audience think of the goddess (Atula) or the demon goddess (Raksasi) or some female demons. It does not represent the holy hands of Guan Yin Bodhisattva. Next, I would like to “survey” the dancer’s face. How does it look like? She has a long and pointed face with a secular look. In addition, she has sloped eyebrows and slanted eyes, pointed nose and small mouth with unmatched lips. According to the morphopsychology, the specialists stated that her life is not good. (please read “Research and explanation on  morphopsychology” by Wu Cailu, chapter: “of ten bad  physical characteristics, the sound is the most important). I conclude, Tai Lihua tried to force herself to “role play” Guan Yin Bodhisattva but failure. If there is not the introduction of The Thousand-Hand Guan Yin dance before performance, audiences will think of that she performs other demon goddess or Raksasi as I mentioned above, they never think of the holy body of Guan Yin Bodhisattva.

The other three details clearly show the mistakes made by the costume designer and the statement of Tai Lihua but I did not want to point out all of them. I just give an example then you can find out the three mistakes. On screen, and on the stage, the actors or the artists wear gold, the jewelry to play the roles of the princess and the king; I would like to ask whether they are real or fake? Of course, they are fake, so what is the value of reality? It is nothing but an accessories to help them finish their roles on the stage. Likewise, such a dance artist Ta Lihua is just an illustration and the viewers should praise her artistic level, they should not assert the spiritual value when they does not understand the true meaning of Buddhist scriptures. Moreover, Ta Lihua is not good enough at the simulation of the Guan Yin Bodhisattva because she is not a Buddhist! From this standpoint, you should ask yourself that you are a practitioner, a Buddhist who has taken refuge in the Three Jewels and practiced the Dharma, now you contemplate the non-practitioner, who only wears the Buddhist robes. How can you get countless merit?

From that point of view, the arguments I have made on the argumentative basis with clear grounds and I assert that the sentence of that “you will collect immeasurable merit if you share this video with everyone” is frivolous! I think that everyone who views this performance with the devotion will lose much merit because they focus on the appearance but neglect of the true meaning  and follow neither the Buddhist spirit of “considering wisdom as the only concern” nor the rule of cause and effect. “

The vegetarian restaurant with the name of “Thuan Duyen” (good affinity), but really “evil effect”, which leading Buddhists to misunderstand the images of the enlightened one through the secular dance of the Thousand-Hand Guan Yin. May all sentient beings have humble qualities and sense of shame!

Phuoc Thanh Village on 20/08/2017

Thinley Nguyen Thanh

Translated by Mat Dieu Hang

 

**THE ARTICLE’ S RESULT:

At 18:30 on August 24th 2017, we returned to Thuan Duyen vegetarian restaurant, the two television screens of the restaurant were off, no longer play the Thousand-Hand Guan Yin dance any more. We’d like to appreciate the attitude of receptivity of Thuan Duyen vegetarian restaurant.

The television sceen at Thuan Duyen vergetarian was off at 16:30 on August 24th 2017


Original Vietnamese version: NGẮM NHÌN NGHỆ SĨ MÚA ĐƯỢC CÔNG ĐỨC VÔ LƯỢNG? TÀO LAO, BÁ LÁP, TẦM BẬY, GỌI LÀ ĐẠI VỌNG NGỮ!

  1. Tantra Upatissa says:

    Dear Guru
    I have read this article. It is a very interesting one. Thank you so much.
    May the Guru live long for the sake of all beings.
    May all beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  2. Dear Holy Guru,

    I am full of happiness over your article. I’m delighted by your Bodhicitta, which is fighting against the heretical views and maintaining the right understanding of Buddhism for the sake of all sentient beings. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your teaching. I am full of happiness over Mat Dieu Hang’s translation. Her translation supports to flourish your discourse all over the world for the sake of all sentient beings.

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

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

    May all sentient beings awaken in enlightened state

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  3. Mô Phật!

    Mật thúy rất hoan hỉ với thiện hạnh dịch bài viết của vị Thầy sang tiếng Anh của đạo huynh Mật Diệu Hằng cầu nguyện cho huynh luôn tin tấn thực hành pháp để được tha lực hô trì con cầu nguyện sức khoẻ và sự trường thọ của thầy cô vì lợi lạc của chúng sanh Om ah hùm

  4. Tantra Mahavita says:
    Querido Guru : Profundo Agradecimiento por compartir sus articulos , su sabiduria y compasion . Desde el fondo de mi corazon , MUCHAS GRACIAS , Amado Guru , por mantener la correcta comprension del budismo a traves de sus enseñanzas . Que tengas salud y pueda vivir muchos años para beneficio de todos los seres sintientes. Que todos los seres esten encuentren la felicidad y sus causas. OM MANI PADME HUM
  5. Dear Holy Guru!

     

    After reading this article, I was dizzy with the words “You will collect immesurable merit if you share this video with everyone” in a dance video played in Thuan Duyen vegetarian restaurant. It is no problem if this is an art show, but those lines on this video mislead the viewer, causing the art be equated with the spiritual value. Without this statement, perhaps the popularity of this video would not be so widespread that those who are slavish or believe without understanding would show their devotion and losing much merit. So those who write this phrase and such videos (such as Thuan Duyen vegetarian restaurant) have given a hand to harm beings, create “good conditions” for losing immeasurable blessings of beings! I don’t know whether the Thuan Duyen vegetarian restaurant has helped any living beings, obtaining merit from selling vegetarian rice or not, but they have lost much blessings through the customer “hacking” and the dissemination of this video.

    Dear Holy Guru! When looking at the image of the dancer in the picture, I find the most offensive is the long green “claw”. Does it represent the holy hands of Guan Yin Bodhisattva? Impossible! Looking at her face on the screenshot, I was suddenly remind of  the character White Snack! It is also known that the dancer, Ta Lihua, is a disability dancer. We are defaming Guan Yin Bodhisattva while showing devotion towards an ordinary person, even a disable one on a par with the virtue of a Buddhist Saint. I applaud the Guru’s clarification in the article to point out the statement “You will collect immesurable merit if you share this video with everyone” in fact “a big fat lie”. Yet for a long time, no monk or nun pointed out this to stop the sharing of this video, as well as helping beings prevent of losing much blessings.

    I thank you very much for the article. I pray for beings to be careful in making a statement.

    May Guru and your consort live long for the shake of all sentient beings!

    Om mani padme hum!

  6. LeeBeeLay says:
    Dear Guru,

    yes, it was very interesting and also cam share the feeling with surrounding people

  7. Tantra Citta (Jeffrey Bernard Forest) says:
    Dear Holy Guru,

    The Sanskrit name “Avalokiteshvara” means “the lord who looks upon the world with Compassion”. Translated into Chinese, the name is “Kuan Shih Yin” or Quan Yin. Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva is the embodiment of great compassion. He has vowed to free all sentient beings from suffering. The Bodhisattva of Great Compassion has great powers and can help all sentient beings. His skilful means are limitless and he can appear in any form in all the six realms of existence to relieve the suffering of the sentient beings who live there. In the Lotus Sutra, Shakyamuni Buddha said that if a suffering being hears the name of Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva and earnestly calls out to the bodhisattva, Avalokiteshvara will hear the call and relieve that being from their suffering. Anyone can be like Kuan Yin. Don’t let the dancing video distract from your genuine Bodhicitta practice. You may say that you don’t have a thousand eye’s or a thousand arm’s or that you lack skilful means, but it is your wisdom and compassion that can transform you into a Kuan Yin. With your eye’s and hands, you can help others. With your compassion, you can bring Peace and Tranquility to this world. I thank our esteemed Master and consort for sharing this beautiful article. May all the students and disciples at Song Nguyen Tantra House be blessed by the guidance of Kuan Yin and by the Holy Guru as well. Supreme joy awaits us all as we venture forth towards the Pure Land. Gate gate paragate parasangate bodhi svaha. May we all have long lives and achieve the happiness of Buddha Nature! Om Mani Padme Hum 🙂 Tantra Citta (Jeffrey Bernard Forest).

  8. Dr. C H Lakshmi narayan says:
    Respected Guruji,I bow my head at the lotus feet of Guruji.

    I am Tantra Nirvadeva.

    Some Hotels  and  lodgsas well as commercial  shops do show or screen such dances  and  videos to attract customers and gain cheep  publicity only with a view to make money. It is like  making ,and manufacturing ‘ beedis’ and ‘ cigarettes’ and selling them to the public and also printing  ” smoking is injurious to Health”over the package bundles  of them,!. Not only Screeningsuch dances any where but also

    Seeing such things amounts to negative thoughts and bad karma’s ! So one should be very careful in selecting the Hotels for accommodation whenever we go out on tour and travels !

    No  wonder  if such commercial shops or Hotels one day in future put their name boards as ” Buddha  non veg Hotel with bar attached ” !so by seeing  such things and sharing such videos is utter foolishness as our Guruji puts it !It is all gimic by business people.! instead of getting immeasurable countless merits, a Dharma practicioner may go astray by seeing or sharing such such dances or performances which are meant for laymen.!

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Long live our Guruji for upholding Dharma.

    Dr. C  H 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 xin cúi đầu đảnh lễ dưới chân sen của Thầy!

      Con là Tantra Nirvadeva.

      Con thấy một số khách sạn, nhà nghỉ và các cửa hàng thương mại cho chiếu video về điệu múa này để thu hút khách hàng và thu hút sự chú ý của công chúng chỉ nhằm mục đích kiếm tiền. Điều này cũng giống như sản xuất thuốc lá và bán ra thì trường nhưng vẫn in thêm một dòng trên bao bì thuốc: “hút thuốc là có hại cho sức khỏe”. 

      Khi cho chiếu video điệu múa này với dòng chữ như vậy ở bất cứ nơi nào thì không những người cho phát video này mà người xem video cũng bị mất phước vì những khởi niệm tà kiến và tạo nghiệp xấu. Do đó, con  nghĩ mọi người cần cẩn thận trong việc chọn khách sạn hoặc những nơi thăm thú, ngủ nghỉ khi đi ra ngoài. Với chiêu trò kinh doanh thì sẽ không có gì ngạc nhiên nếu một ngày nào đó có khách sạn hoặc cửa hiệu viết dòng chữ như sau: “Khách sạn Phật đà không ăn chay, có phục vụ quán bar”.

      Vì vậy, như Thầy luận giảng, xem video về điệu múa Quán Âm này và chia sẻ video này sẽ được công đức vô lượng là điều ba láp, tào lao, ngu muội. Đây chỉ là chiêu trò trong kinh doanh. Khi xem video này và chia sẻ cho người khác, Phật tử không những không có được công đức mà còn mất phước vì lệch quỹ đạo chánh pháp.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.

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

      Con – C H Lakshminarayan.”

  9. Salvatore Antonio Fois says:

    Venerable Guru;

    My name is Tantra Siramitra.

    I just read the article; and our venerebol Guru has made it is clear point in the eshu, and he is appsolutaly right, how can you accumulates a vast amount of merit in shering souch video it’s only propaganda and missliding practice of Holly Dharma.

    Well done venerebol Guru you are more than right.

    OM MANI PADME HUM.

    Faithfully.

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Siramitra (Salvatore Antonio Fois) sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Con đã đọc bài viết của Thầy. Thầy tôn quý đã luận giảng chi tiết, rõ ràng về vấn đề này. Đúng như Thầy viết, ngắm nhìn nghệ sĩ múa được vô lượng công đức là điều tào lao, ba láp, tầm bậy và là đại vọng ngữ. Làm sao có thể tích tập được vô lượng công đức khi  xem video này. Đây chỉ là lời đồn thổi làm cho Phật tử đi lệch quỹ đạo chánh pháp.

      Con xin tán thán công hạnh đả tà xây chánh của Thầy tôn quý!

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

  10. Jennifer says:
    Dear Holy Guru,

    I am finding as I learn more about Buddhism and emerse myself in the study and practice, there are many falsehoods out there. There are many smoke and mirror acts. There are many misleading facts. The Buddha taught us to test what we learn, to learn the truth and the true meaning of what is in life. I am testing my learning and testing what I know to be true for facts and basis in reality. Thank you for sharing this article.  May you and all beings be blessed.

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