Jul 8, 2019

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FIKA (Hân thưởng kiểu Thụy Điển)

FIKA (Hân thưởng kiểu Thụy Điển)

The summer has finally arrived. Summer not only means sunny days, beautiful beaches, trips to new places but also marks the completed milestone of my first year for the master course. We had a quite “relaxing” final class of the year in which the professor allowed us to “travel” through different buildings on campus to look for the questions related to the course and answered them. Lately while we were comfortably having a “fika”, our professor checked the team that had the most right answers and summarized what we had learnt throughout the semester. He also congratulated us on completing our first year and the knowledge is now ready to be brought into reality.

As one of the ten happiest countries in the world, the Swedes are experts in work and life balance

“Fika” is a term that is familiar to anyone living in Sweden. It is hard to find an equivalent word that brings the same meaning with “Fika” in English because it is not only a word of descriptive meaning but also carries part of typical Swedish culture. As one of the ten happiest countries in the world, the Swedes are experts in work and life balance. They also know how to balance the hectic workload by a spirit of relaxation while working. “Fika” is used to refer the time Swedes spending every day to temporarily put off their work to sit together with their colleagues, having a tea, coffee and normally with different types of cookies or buns. For office workers, there will be two times of fika a day, usually at 10AM and 3PM from 10 to 30 minutes. During this time, people temporarily stop working and creating a sense of comfort by just relaxing. This time supports to increase the internal connection and reproduce energy for the workers to be more effective. That perhaps is one of the reasons makes Sweden famous for its creativity and efficiency. Sweden is well-known as the startup paradise and the home country of many world-famous brands such as Skype, H&M, IKEA, Ericsson, Electrolux, Spotify, Volvo, etc. Referring to this, I can’t help thinking about the similarity that I experienced from Song Nguyen Tantra House in my old days whereby I enjoyed tea/coffee time with Guru, his consort and other Dharma brothers. This can be considered as a very “typical” culture of Song Nguyen Tantra House that we spend time on having coffee or other delicious drinks at beautiful places, usually with open spaces. Throughout the years, besides the gorgeous landscape architecture that has been built in Song Nguyen Tantra House, there is an area reserved only for everyone to enjoy different type of drinks named “Café M.G No order here”. It is a common experience for all the disciples that during this precious time, we not only enjoy good drinks but also get the chance to talk to Guru, listen to his teachings and stories that will definitely allow us to forget all the worries and burdensome in our lives.

This can be considered as a very “typical” culture of Song Nguyen Tantra House that we spend time on having coffee or other delicious drinks at beautiful places, usually with open spaces

The beauty of Song Nguyen Tantra House at present plays as the living proof for the magical work of Dharma; at the same time, it also demonstrates successful result carried by a variety of skillful means that Guru used in inspiring his disciples. In addition to Buddhist teachings and sharings, the highlight of every Dharma festival in Song Nguyen Tantra House can be easily recognized by careful operation from choosing the places to every detail of dining menu.Therefore, we have long become familiar with the function of “creativity” and “efficiency” in Song Nguyen Tantra House. The creativity can be illustrated by those flexible and easy-to-practice methods in daily activities throughout 24 hours that were invented by Guru. It can also be found in thousands of articles and lectures that are diverse in topics, close to human’s life and easy to understand were published on chanhtuduy.com. There is even more easier to see the efficiency that reflects on both organizational and personal achievements at Song Nguyen Tantra House. It has been established a common spirit of “enjoying life as enjoying Dharma” and “keeping a balanced mind while honoring life” at Song Nguyen Tantra House, which can be seen as a typical branding. Realizing all those things all of a sudden makes me come to understand that behind all the beautiful sceneries or quality times with joyful moments are not just for entertaining purpose, but are rooted in themselves the wisdom, Bodhicitta and skillful means of our Guru. All are meant to support the path of enlightenment to all beings. Accordingly, seeing the success of Swedes in balancing their lives that is partly contributed by a very small cultural function like “Fika” became easier to understand to me.

During the summer, I have more time for having “Fika”. After a “long battle” with assignments in school, there comes finally the time for me to take a break. Nine months ago, I was alone at the airport carrying not only heavy luggage but heavy burdens all by myself. I wondered whether I could handle the challenges of studying in a new country, adapting to new life and getting along with new people. At this moment, thanks to the blessing of Avalokiteshvara through Guru’s delivery channel, I have no longer wondered on those things that much. I have had many new experiences in Sweden, I have been to many new places, I have become so familiar with this country like I was once born here. Regarding my study, I got highest grades for all the subjects I have learnt during the first year (pass with distinction). At first, I was so “freaking out” hearing indigenous people’s language and felt like there is no difference with hearing bird singing. I thought I would never be able to learn this language. Nowadays, I started to converse in Swedish in my daily life, found out it is one of my favorite languages and is going to have my national test this summer. Back then I was so overwhelmed by the confidence of European students who confidently expressed their ideas and even discussed directly with the professors. Using the weapon of “fearlessness” that was inspired by Guru with his tireless efforts throughout his life to battle over the wrong views of Dharma as well as remembering his words for me which was “Your study is Dharma affairs” encourage me to turn the fear upside down by the pride of a true Buddhist. I gradually recalled my confidence and quickly adapted to the study in Sweden.

Regarding my study, I got highest grades for all the subjects I have learnt during the first year (pass with distinction)

I happened to remember one of many interesting stories during my first year. It was one of the assignments that I was really interested in because of the challenging topic. I spent a lot of time doing the research and was specially satisfied with the new solution to the problem. I did finish the assignment around 10 days before the deadline. During my session of presentation, the professor said he was impressed by the creativity and my ambitious solution. I thought with all the positive feedbacks, I would definitely get a high grade. As someone once said that life is interesting because we cannot predict what may hold in the future, so do I and my situation. One morning (that is definitely not like the others), I excitedly opened ladok system to check my grade and realized my assignment was sent back with a request to improve further and clarify my intention. Usually such request means my assignment was temporarily failed. After making up to meet the requirement, I would just receive a “pass” which equivalently means high pass was just a daydream. Although I was kind of shock at first, I started to innovate my work, put more effort on the analysis and built a clearer connection between theories and analysis parts within one day.
On the next day, I explained directly to the professor why there were some parts in my work have not clarified yet and why it gave him the impression of complicated. Afterwards, I was well-prepared not to fall into the trap of “Eight winds” and ready to welcome the very first “pass”. It finally turned out that I received a High pass for that assignment. That was absolutely beyond my expectation. I recalled to the conversation with Guru which he advised me not to feel burdened from getting high score during the study. He told me that I could try my best while studying but I should not let my mind suffering from expecting the best result to happen. Actually I did not really understand at the time, however I tried to simplify by just following it. I gradually took away the burden of getting high scores while still trying to learn as hard as I could. Now, I can somehow refer to Guru’s recent teaching named “Do not be disturbed by the worldly affairs”; I understand that with the blessing of Avalokiteshvara through Guru’s delivery channel, with the Guru’s attention, everything whether under the form of blessed or sketched is all blessings. As Guru has taught us that when we practice Dharma, we will be automatically blessed by Avalokisteshvara through Guru’s delivery channel.

Respected Holy Guru,

“Do not be disturbed by the worldly affairs”

I am extremely grateful for the blessing of Avalokiteshvara through Guru’s delivery channel which helped me to fulfill my first study year as well as my new life in Sweden beyond my expectation. May Guru and his consort’s health and long live for the benefits of all sentient beings.

Om Mani Padme Hum.

Sweden, 15 June 2019.

Mat Tu.


Vietnamese version:“FIKA” THỤY ĐIỂN

  1. tantra mahavita says:
    Dear Holy GURU … Very grateful for your articles that gave us this precious jewel … Call Dharma … Words can not express what can only be expressed … in the heart … Deeply grateful to AVALOKITESVARA that through the channel of Saint Guru and his blessings that helped us to travel this incredible way … That the Guru has health for the benefit of all sentient beings. May all beings find the Buddha Nature .OM MANI PADME HUM
  2. Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

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

    Kính bạch Thầy tôn quý!

    Con chân thành cảm tạ ơn Thầy vì đã ban cho chúng con viên ngọc như ý thông qua việc đọc các bài viết của Thầy. Viên ngọc như ý đó được gọi là Phật Pháp. Từ ngữ không thể diễn tả hết được lòng biết ơn trong trái tim con đối với Thầy. Con cảm ơn Quán Âm Tứ Thủ,  người đã ban phước cho chúng con thông qua kênh vận chuyển của Thầy tôn quý. Và nhờ ơn phước từ Thầy và Bổn tôn mà chúng con được bước đi trên hành trình diệu kỳ này.

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

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  3. Vivek RS(Tantra Kasila) says:
    Dear holy Guru

    As usual a wonderfully written article.

    Two things that really caught my mind is

    Do not be disturbed by the worldly affairs

    Expectations

    How wonderful this world would have been if majority understood this.Unfortunately things are not that way.

    A very special thanks for introducing us about FIKA.

    Let the Guru live long and all the sentinel beings have the peacefulness and calmness attained by Buddha.

  4. Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin phép được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Kasila (Vivek RS)  sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Kính bạch Thầy tôn quý!

    Như các bài viết khác trên trang nhà,  bài viết này thật tuyệt vời.

    Sau khi đọc bài,  con ghi nhớ hai điều. Thứ nhất là đừng bận tâm thế sự và hãy cố gắng thực hiện và đừng mong chờ. Thế giới này sẽ tuyệt vời biết bao nếu mọi người hiểu được những điều này. Nhưng không may,  không phải ai cũng hiểu được.

    Cảm ơn đạo huynh Mật Từ rất nhiều vì đã giới thiệu về FIKA của Thụy Điển.

    Con cầu nguyện Thầy trụ thế lâu dài.

    Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh được bình an và thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh.

  5. Tantra Upatissa says:
    Dear Guru thanks for sharing this article.
    The Swedish word “Fika” has similar resemblance to activities carried out in “Song Nguyen Tantra House” under your holy guidance as mentioned by our Vajra brother who is studying in Sweden. Thanks for your precious teachings: Do Not Be Disturbed By The Worldly Affairs. This really helped our Vajra brother to come out of stress of being burdened by thought of getting good marks in the examination. Through your channel of guidance and blessings of Avlokiteshwara she was able to achieve highest marks in the examination. Hope she continues her education smoothly without getting into stress and all her legitimate wishes may come true.

    May Guru and his Consort live long for benefit of others and get Enlightened.

    May All beings be free from suffering and get Enlightened.

    Om Mani Padme Hum!!!

  6. Totte Nordahl says:

    Dear Guru

    Thank you for this article. First I must say that me and Sophie has communicated in Swedish the last two e-mails. I am super impressed with her skills. 

    As a Sweede I can humbly say that Sweden is not Sweden without FIKA. I get calls from organizations and companies that starts with “do you have FIKA, shall I call later?”  Even government people can say this. 

    Thank you

    Om Mani Padme Hum 

    /Totte 

  7. Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin phép được dịch comment của bạn đọc Totte Nordahl sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

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

    Lời đầu tiên,  con muốn chia sẻ rằng con và đạo hữu Sophie đã giao tiếp bằng tiếng Thụy Điển trong 02 email cuối cùng. Con vô cùng ấn tượng với kỹ năng sử dụng tiếng Thụy Điển của đạo hữu ấy.

    Là người Thụy Điển,  con phải khiên tốn nói rằng Thụy Điển không phải là Thụy Điển nếu không có FIKA. Khi con nhận các cuộc gọi từ các tổ chức và các công ty họ đều bắt đầu cuộc hội thoại bằng câu :” anh có FIKA không? Tôi gọi có thể gọi cho anh sau được không?” Thậm chí những tổ chức chính phủ cũng nói vậy.

    Cảm ơn đạo hữu Sophie đã chia sẻ

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Con – Totte.

  8. Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

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

    Kính bạch Thầy!

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

    Ý nghĩa của từ Fika trong tiếng Thụy Điển được đạo huynh Mật Từ đang sinh sống và học tập tại Thụy Điển chỉ ra có sự tương đồng với những hoạt động ở Mật Gia Song Nguyễn do vị Thầy tôn quý chỉ dạy.

    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy vì những lời dạy quý báu,  đó là: đừng bận tâm thế sự. Lời dạy này đã giúp đạo huynh Mật Từ thoát khỏi áp lực,  cũng như gánh nặng tâm lý đạt điểm cao trong kỳ thi. Thông qua sự để tâm của Thầy cũng như kênh vận chuyển ơn phước từ Bổn tôn của vị Thầy mà đạo huynh Mật Từ đã đạt được kết quả cao nhất trường trong các kỳ thi.

    Con cầu nguyện cho đạo huynh Mật Từ sẽ tiếp tục đạt những thành công như vậy trong học tập,  viên thành mọi ước nguyện chính đáng.

    Con cầu nguyện Thầy Cô thân tâm an tịnh,  trụ thế lâu dài vì sự lợi lạc của tất cả chúng sanh.

    Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh đoạn trừ khổ đau và đạt được giác ngộ.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  9. Simon Michael says:
    Dear Guru,

    Tjank  you for this article fika I choose to called if fika theory. in this your theory you make me to understand that hard work play a good role in success but in the causes of the work we should not burden our selve much so that it will not be a problem to us meanwhile we should try to do the need by trying our best in what ever pursue but not allowed it be what is going to trouble our minds. so I pray that what ever problem that is going to disturb me or is disturbing me. May Guru give me the wisdom to tackle it without worries

  10. Tantra Mashinaga says:
    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for this article. I too believe in a work/life balance. But I feel I don’t work enough sometimes. But it seems I am always working even if it isn’t at my job. I hope that this work will pay off in the future. The stress I feel trying to start a business that will hopefully help all beings. May all beings be free from suffering and attain happiness.

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  11. Sabina says:
    Dear Guru, thank you for this text and wisdom. Fila is somethig  we all need. Luckaly in my origin country Bosnia we have this habbit and now in Portugal i live in.

    Coffee is ritual for break and socializing. I find it wonderful.

    Thank you and may all beings achieve happines and enightement for benefit of all humankind.

     

  12. Mật Diệu Hằng says:
    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin phép được dịch comment của bạn đọc Simon Michael sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con đọc bài viết FIKA. Con gọi là thuyết FIKA. Thông qua những sự tương đồng giữa FIKA và sự chỉ dạy của Thầy, Thầy đã giúp con hiểu rằng tinh tấn là yếu tố quan trọng để đạt được thành công nhưng khi tinh tấn thì không nên tạo áp lực, tạo gánh nặng cho chính mình với tâm mong cầu, để chúng con tránh khổ đau. Chúng con nên cố gắng hết sức dù kết quả như thế nào thì cũng không nên để nó tạo ra phiền não.

    Con cầu nguyện Thầy để tâm khai trí giúp con để con vượt qua mọi khó khăn mà không có sự lo lắng, phiền muộn.

  13. Mật Diệu Hằng says:
    Kính bạch Thầy!

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

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con đọc bài viết này. Con tin rằng cần có sự cân bằng trong công việc và trong cuộc sống. Nhưng con cảm thấy bản thân mình đôi khi chưa làm được việc đó. Con luôn bận rộn với công việc thậm chí kể cả những công việc không phải việc của con. Con mong rằng điều này sẽ sớm chấm dứt trong tương lai. Áp lực trong con là cố gắng bắt đầu kinh doanh riêng để giúp đỡ được nhiều người.

    Con cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh đoạn trừ khổ đau và đạt được hạnh phúc.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  14. Mật Diệu Hằng says:
    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin phép dịch comment của bạn đọc Sabina sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con đọc bài viết lời lạc này. Fika là điều tất cả chúng con cần. May mắn thay, đất nước quê hương con Bosnia cũng sống với tinh thần này và hiện tại Bồ Đào Nhà, nơi con đang sinh sống cũng có được cách sống Fika.

    Café ở đây là phương thức để thư giản và được xã hội hóa. Con thấy điều đó rất hay.

    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy!

    Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh được hạnh phúc và giác ngộ vì lợi lạc của muôn loài.

  15. Dareking says:
    I really love each this

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