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Lesson 1: Five arguments from a profound and rigorous philosopher, Dharmakīrti (Năm luận điểm của một Luận sư)

Right Buddhist teachings, wrong method of dharma practice

Lesson 1: Five arguments from a profound and rigorous philosopher, Dharmakīrti

His holiness The Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa once said: “dharma must be practiced correctly; otherwise there will occur a problem”. It means that Buddhist teachings are absolutely right, but Buddhists who have wrong method of practicing should get bad consequences, instead of getting the good results. Buddha taught compassionately 84,000 methods to those who have different approaches to the Buddha-dharma in order to attain the ultimate liberation. What does the figure of 84,000 mean? It is necessary that the Guru with a wealth of knowledge about Buddhist teachings has the right pedagogical methods to teach the disciples. Therefore, Dharmakīrti, Indian Buddhist philosopher and logician pointed out five arguments for teaching as follows:
1 / Know exactly all objects which require to be dismissed
2 / Know thoroughly many methods to abandon them
3 / Know exactly all objects which need practicing
4 / Know perfectly all methods to practice them
5 / Transmit knowledge to students with compassion

Buddhist philosopher Dharmakīrti

Today, the five perceptions for teaching are known as teaching methodology which provides the different pedagogical methods for different educated subjects. Those who study in university of education will understand these concepts. Buddha is the most eminent educator of all ages. The story of old monk Xiao Lu who being good at playing the Sitar during his time at home is the living example of his knowledge about well understanding educated subjects. Practice is like tuning a string on the Sitar. If you get it just right, you will be able to play beautiful music. Buddha summarized his pedagogical qualities are as follows:
1 / Know what needs to know
2 / Renounce what needs to renounce
3 / Practise the dharmas which are worthy of practicing.

Know what needs to know

..then he asserted that he thereby became a Buddha. Thus the gurus often follow Buddha’s teachings with the pedagogy standards, sequential layers, from simple to complex. His holiness The Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa has truly extensive compassion before the actual situation of “right teachings wrong practice” due to the lack of method, so he have stated the above phrase.
When studying the profound meaning of the Noble Eightfold Path we will realize that “Right view” is the forerunner of the entire path, the guide for all the other factors. “Right Speech” deals with the way in which a Buddhist practitioner would best make use of their words in the orbit of right dharma. Also from “Right view”, we will make “Right conduct” and have “Right Livelihood”. We can explain as follows: “Right conduct” means the cultivation to be monks (in the sense of absolute truth is free from 3 fire house including “worldly pleasure”, “sufferings”, and “three realms”), whereas “Right Livelihood” then leads a spiritual life of Right view. Beside, Guru Padmasambhava ( Guru Rinpoche) asserted: “I have not seen anyone who seriously practice is hungry”. The educated object here is Buddhist practitioner not distinguishing Buddhist monk from layman, all obey the Buddhist teachings.

From “Right effort”, “Right Concentration”, “Mindfulness”, Buddha Dharma starts relating to “Right Thought”, which is considered as the wide – open door for the commentators, the holy scholars to make use of his pedagogical method, so that Buddhist practitioners easily enter into the path to enlightenment. From this view point, especially in China there are 10 Buddhist schools (Pure-land School, Intuitive School, Discipline School, Reality School, Esoteric School, The Lotus School, Satysiddhi School, The Garland School, Three Sastra School, Dharmalaksana School). Buddhist practitioners after studying Buddhist doctrine can receive the dharma transmission from a master who has wealth of knowledge about one of 10 above schools, depending on their life conditions and spiritual intentions, particularly on one’s intellectual background. In addition, the practitioner should consult an experienced spiritual teacher to avoid falling into the two following cases:

Lotus Flower Estrade in Song Nguyen Tantra House

1 / The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
It means that when practitioners study Buddhism, they often regard “the reputation” of the teacher as “the value” of their spirituality. There are many lay people being proud of saying that they took refuge in Venerable Thich Tri Quang, Venerable Thich Thanh Tu, Lama Kusum Lingpa, Lama Kharchen, Lama Hungka Dojee … although they had already gone for refuge to another master. Although the above holy masters are highly virtuous, they cannot do anything for them if they themselves do not practice the Buddha’s teachings. There are many self-proclaimed students learning the Buddhist dharma from a Tibetan lama through the interpreters, when the Master came back India and they did not know how to communicate with him if necessary. If they make a phone call, they also cannot say anything because of the language barrier. If they can communicate on the phone how can they well understand what the master said? If they go to India to ask master for advice on dharma practice, it is afraid for them to damage the family budget, so the poor only bow him in a far distance, they cannot manage to meet him. In Vung Tau, the writer has ever met a dharma brother who admitted to be a disciple of the holiness the fourteenth Dalai Lama and another one in Hanoi said that she was one of disciples taking refuge in Dojee Rinpoche. Their dharma name in Tibetan language sounds very fancy and strange. There also are practitioners who claim to practice mediation from Zen Buddhism and take refuge in the Thuong Chieu monastery, why cannot they seat in the lotus position?

Buddha taught: “I teach you the path to liberation. Know that liberation itself depends on you” (Mahaparinibbana Sutta). In Vung Tau, the writer went to the Nyingma vegetarian restaurant on Thong Nhat road. The owner practiced Tibetan Tantric, but I sit on the table for meal, I suddenly felt uncomfortable when seeing hundreds of meditating Buddha images embossed around the wall. There were some Buddha embossments in lower positions than our knees. Could we eat in front of them? The owner claimed to be one of Kharchen’s disciples, and she often called his mane euphemistically “Saint. Kharchen”, and said that the saint assigned the monk called Tr. Kh who had studied in India to help the sentient beings. I have heard his name, but I have not yet read his articles in any formal Buddhist forums, I only heard my students – a reporter from Hanoi Television, talk about the monk Tr. Kh who got involved in the scandal of a northern tantric temple.

The Nyingma vegetarian restaurant on Thong Nhat road

2 / Cultivation of inappropriate Buddhist school.
Each school has its cultivating methods which are appropriate for certain disciples. Therefore, if the practitioners are relevant to those spiritual approaches, they will feel comfortable on the enlightened path. Likewise those who like worshiping Buddha for concentration, or like chanting Buddhist sutras to get the concentration cannot practice in Zen Buddhism, which ask the practitioners to meditate all day and sit thoughtfully on a cushion. However, in Vietnam, aside from the monasteries and monastics of Theravada Buddhism, Buddhists often assume that they practice “the mixture of Pure Land and Meditation schools”, or they perform the Buddhist rituals with the mixture of different schools like chanting, mediating, and bowing. In the same way that they recite Great compassionate mantra to increase the spiritual power, they chant the sutras for blessings, they worshiped Buddha for genuine repentance, they repeat the name of Amitābha Buddha to be reborn in the Pure Land, and they meditate in order to have the concentrated power. After all, no matter which schools they practice, spiritual energy does not focus on one center point, it will be scattered. You should remember that magnifying glass burn the straw out because of focusing sunlight.

It seems that the majority of Buddhists have the same way of thinking as follows: they want to go the temple in which the abbot pays them compliments, does what they want, and says what they like to listen. Also, he pays attention to their parents’ death anniversary and occasionally makes worshiping for his family. Although such spiritual activities are not right Dharma practice and the abbot repeatedly violates the monastic disciplines, or does many wrong things, they still come there to perform spiritual rituals. So they cultivate to pamper their ego only. If things go contrary to their wishes, they are ready to leave the temple and only think that temple is “not appropriate to me”, I do not have affinity with the abbot”, but they have never asked themselves if they deserved the position of his disciple. This is actually contrary to the very beginning time when they said that this was the good temple, this was the abbot that they expected, they were pleased to get along with good dharma brothers and sisters … and they would make persistent efforts in dharma practice for the ultimate enlightenment. Remember that saying: “the fire burns the straw in a second”, or “passionate love is easy to fade unlike the jasmine’s fragrance lightly scented keeps long”. Then they entered into another temple, their ego psychology was still exposed, and they continue to go. Finally they go back home and console themselves “the most difficult thing is cultivation at home, the second is cultivation in the market and the third is cultivation in a temple”.

Therefore, before entering into the path of cultivation, be sure to follow the right process of Listen or Read, Thinking and Practice, you will achieve good results. Belief should not only rely on listening or reading, but it should also rely on understanding. Believing in the existence of dharma is not enough; you should believe the enlightened one. Such faith is complete. However, if you want to have solid faith, no matter which schools you follow, you need to practice. Practicing right dharma requires having right teaching methods, and right teaching methods should rely on “Right thought”. I will talk about the teaching methods in the next lesson.

Phuoc Thanh Village
Date: August 9th 2013

Translated by Mat Dieu Hang

Original Vietnamese post: Bài 1: GIÁO PHÁP ĐÚNG, PHƯƠNG PHÁP SAI (Năm luận điểm của một Luận sư)

Related posts:

Lesson 1: Five arguments from a profound and rigorous philosopher, Dharmakirti)

Lesson 2: Focusing on the factors of Age, Country and Ethnicity

Lesson 3: Abandoning the subjective opinions

Lesson 4: A rich man lost the key of his treasury

Lesson 5: One Mantra, one Bodhichitta

Lesson 6: Admiration but independence on formality

Lesson 7: Mantra with its phonetic symbol

Lesson 8: Renouncing what needs renouncing

Lesson 9: Attaching to dharma resulting from clinging to ego

Lesson 10: Practice Dharma in daily activities (Tu trong trạng thái động)

  1. Mật Tịnh Tâm says:
    Mô Phật,
    Pháp đệ tán thán thiện hạnh dịch bài của Đạo huynh Mật Diệu Hằng.
    Đệ cầu nguyện chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc Phật tánh!
    Trò đảnh lễ Thầy mình.
    Om Mani Padme Hum
  2. Mật Huấn says:
    I am very joyful when I reread our Guru’s discourts in English.
    I overpraise all of co-riligionists, Mat Dieu Hang, Mat Tu, Mat Hue Phap, translated our Guru’s discourses into English.
    I hope that all discourts of our Guru gradually will tranlate into English so that the lucky readers in the world can find the true teaching.
    May our Guru have a long life for benefit of all sentient beings.
    Om Mani Padme Hum!
  3. thu trang says:
    Thưa thầy
    Con đọc bản dịch này rồi ạ
  4. Kanji says:
    Dear Guru,
    I’ve read through this article.
    Thank you for taking me to this article and I always appreciate your kind feedback.
    May our Guru and Dakini live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient being achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature
    Om ah hum
    • Dear Kanji,
      You’ve read through the first article of series “Right Buddhist teachings, wrong method of Dharma practice”.
      I would like to repeat these words once again “practicing right Dharma requires having right teaching methods, and right teaching methods should rely on Right thought”
      Hopefully you will enjoy reading next article of this series. Here is link you can refer

  5. Tantra Kasila(Vivek S) says:
    Dear respected holy Guru,
    I am happy to read lesson 1: .Five arguments from a profound and rigourous philosopher.After going through this i understood that there are numerous ways to attain ultimate liberation through Buddhism.It is not about the number of ways but it’s​ how we travel through those ways.Simply practicing dharma is the method to travel that path.Even if it is a guru if he/she doesn’t practice dharma they won’t get liberation.
    I am thankful for your great article.
    May the holy Guru live long for the sake of all beings.
    May all beings achieve the happiness of Buddha nature.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.
  6. Jeffrey Bernard Forest says:
    Dear Holy Guru,
    Buddhist teachings are absolutely right, but if Buddhist’s don’t practice dharma correctly, they will end up with bad consequences, instead of receiving good results. Us fellow disciples and students at Song Nguyen Tantra House are blessed to have a wise and compassionate Guru, with the wealth of knowledge about Buddhist teachings and the right pedagogical methods, to exercise his talents and skills, as a true Master. Dharmakirti was correct when he pointed out 5 arguments for teaching. Objects to be dismissed, the many methods to abandon them, which objects need practicing, knowing the perfect methods to practice, and transmitting the knowledge to students, with compassion in his heart. The Buddha summed up these qualities by knowing and saying what a person needs to know, renouncing what is determined to be bad, and practicing the dharma’s, which are shown to be worthy of practice. By following our Holy Guru, with right thinking and practicing, listening and reading, we enter the path of cultivation, knowing that our faith is complete, and that we are on the right road to the promised Pure Land! Blessings to all my fellow sentient beings. Om Mani Padme Hum 😊
  7. Tantra Mikaya ( Jane) says:
    Dear holy Guru
    Thank you for your article nr 1 after reading the article I understand that there are many ways to teach the Dharma according to the student’s knowledge. Philosophy is the doctrine of the structures and determinations of the life of the world and of knowledge. Thank you for being able to teach us the Dharma in a simple and effective way. The simple method makes it possible to receive the wise way of the Buddha and his Dharma May the Guru have a long peaceful life with great health. May all beings be free from suffering
    Om Mani Padme Hum
    Om Mani Padme Hum
    Om Mani Padme Hum
    • Mật Diệu Hằng says:
      Kính bạch Thầy!
      Con xin phép được dịch những dòng comment của đạo hữu Tantra Mikaya (Jane) sang tiếng Việt ạ:
      “Kính bạch vị Thầy tâm linh tôn quý,
      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã viết bài 1 này ạ. Sau khi đọc bài 1 con hiểu rằng phương pháp truyền dạy giáo pháp đa dạng phù hợp với căn cơ của từng học trò. Giáo lý Phật đà dạy bản chất của sự vật hiện tượng và cách hình thành thế giới này cùng như lột tả dòng chảy của nhận thức. Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã dạy cho chúng con phương pháp thực hành pháp đơn giản và hiệu quả nhất. Phương pháp đơn giản Thầy ban cho chúng con giúp chúng con phát triển tuệ tri Phật đà.
      Con cầu nguyện Thầy thân tâm an tịnh.
      Con cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của Thầy.
      Cầu nguyện đau khổ của tất cả chúng sanh được lắng dịu.
      Om Mani Padme Hum.
      Om Mani Padme Hum.
      Om Mani Padme Hum.”
  8. Akshay kumar 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.
  9. Akshay kumar 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.
    • Mật Diệu Hằng says:
      Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của đạo hữu Akshay Kumar sang tiếng Việt như sau ạ:

      “Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con đã đọc bài này rồi ạ. Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã viết một bài hay.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy trụ thế lâu dài vì sự lợi lạc của chúng sanh.

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

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

  10.  Tantra Mahavita says:

    Dear Guru …Thank you very much for sharing this article.There are many ways to practice the Dharma.It seems to me that the most important is correct thinking But i think that every one shall elect their right path to obtain the release.The Guru has health and can live many years for the benefit of all sentient beings.That all beings will find happiness and the causes of happiness.OM MANI PADME HUM

  11. Salvatore Antonio Fois says:

    Venerable Guru;

    Yes the are sutras like you said and dousent matter which school you practice! Lord Buddha saed the are many seas but when you taste the water the all have the same teste it’s esactly the same.

    Also lord Buddha said any one can seat in a highly seat and give teachings to any one,  but if you lessen with aut practiceng you are not an intelligent person; you must see, and practice to seeing if is theachengs takes you anywhere, then you can see the reality of is teachings. OM MANI PADME HUNG.

    Thank you Blessed Guru.

  12. Steve Rogers says:

    Dear Holy Guru

    having read this lesson I am left with happiness and focus. I knew from the beginning of my path that Buddhism was right but I had no idea the ‘Right View’  to take.

    When I was contacted initially there was a feeling of trust immediately felt between what I was reading from your teaching and my own view of practice. The more you have guided me the more I have felt that your teaching is my home.

    i am not looking for a teacher who solely writes what I want to hear or one that I can ‘take or leave’. I want a Guru who guides me, challenges me and puts me right when I stray. This you do and my practice is benefitting already due to your guidance.

    I read the Dharma every day now and look forward to your knowledge and thoughts. The time has become special to me and my practice is evolving due to that time.

    I know language and distance is a problem but when I read your lessons its as though you are in the same room.

    This is a long relationship that I hope we will both be blessed with long lives to continue.

    I believe your teaching is right for me and I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead. I know my ‘thoughts’ are becoming more beautiful the more I read and you guidance is the only thing responsible.

    i have much to learn and much practice to undertake but I have been blessed to be learning from you

    May you Holy Guru have a good health and live long for the benefit of all sentient beings. May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha ‘s nature.

    Con cảm ơn!

    Om mani padme hum

  13. Respected Guruji,

    I bow my head at the lotus feet of Guruji.
    Buddha taught 84000 methods in Dharma Practices in order to attain ultimate liberation. For a layman, in these present days of fast life, it may be difficult to remember this huge number and think is it possible to put all of those into practice?
     Hence, Dharma Kirti, an Indian Buddhist Philosopher & logician made it easy by simplifying all of them and put into five groups :
    (1) Know exactly all objects which required to be dismissed.
    (2) know all about many  methods thoroughly to abandon them.
    (3) know exactly all objects which need practicing.
    (4) Know perfectly all methods to practice them.
    (5)Transmit Knowledge to students with compassion.
    Today these are known as teachings methodology.
    Buddha summarised his teachings as follows:
    1.  Know what needs to know.
    2.  renounce what needs to renounce.
    3.  practice the Dharma which are worthy of practicing by following the Middle Path.
              Middle  Path
    Dharma Practices should be as per the Buddha’s middle path. A beautiful example is given below :
    It is like tuning a string on the sitar.
    _If you make the string too tight by tightening it it may break,then you can’t play.
    _If you make the string too loose by loosening it through screws, it will not produce sound at all !
    So, the tension of the string should not be too tight or too loose to play on Sitar to get melody sound.
    This is the philosophy of Buddha’s  Middle Path. Two  extremes to be avoided in any walks of life.! Buddha said like wise he attained Buddha hood.
    The 12th Gyalwang Drukpa emphasises on ” Right teachings and wrong Practices”.  In this reference, he highlights Buddha’s 8-fold middle path as the right path for right practice of Dharma as follows :
    1.  Right understanding.
     2. Right thinking.
      3.Right speech.
      4. Right action.
      5.Right  livelihood.
      6. Right  efforts.
      7. Right awareness  or mindfulness.
      8.Right  concentration.
    This path  if one follows step by step, which involves Human moral conduct as well as discipline of mind,is very important middle path taught by Buddha to free oneself from suffering and get Enlightenment .!
    Buddha said, ” I teach you the path of Liberation.know that itself depends on you.”
    Our Guruji is also guiding and teaching us leading us in the path of Liberation. It is for us Dharma friends to follow him with Guru-devotion.!
    Om Mani Padme Hum.
    Long live our Guruji.
    —–CH Lakshminarayan.
    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của đạo hữu CH Lakshminarayan sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn kính!

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

      Đức Phật dạy có 84.000 pháp môn để giúp chúng sanh thực hành nhằm đạt được giác ngộ tối thượng. Đối với Phật tử cư sĩ, sống trong đời sống thế sự bận rộn như hiện nay, thì rất khó để họ có thể ghi nhớ, hiểu được lời Phật dạy và biết ứng dụng những lời dạy của đức Thế Tôn để thực hành pháp hàng ngày.

      Do vậy, luận sư Ấn Độ, Dharma Kirti đã đưa ra năm luận điểm sau đây khi thầy dạy trò:

      1, Biết đúng tất cả các đối tượng cần gạt bỏ

      2, Biết thấu đáo nhiều phương pháp để từ bỏ chúng

      3, Biết đúng tất cả những đối tượng cần phải thực hành

      4, Biết trọn vẹn những phương pháp để thực hành chúng

      5, Truyền thụ tri thức cho học trò với lòng bi mẫn.

      Vày đây cũng là phương pháp giảng dạy được áp dụng trong thời đại ngày nay.

      Đồng thời, đức Phật đã đúc kết phẩm tính sư phạm của ngài như sau:

      1, Biết những gì cần biết

      2, Xả ly những gì cần xả ly

      3, Tu những pháp đáng tu.

      Với đạo Phật, tu tập theo con đường Trung đạo, và thực hành pháp theo con đường Trung đạo mà đức Phật đã chỉ ra. Con xin nêu ra một ví dụ minh họa về con đường Trung đạo rất sinh động như sau:

      Tựa như điều chỉnh dây đàn, nếu như nghệ sĩ đánh đàn chỉnh dây quá căng thì dây đàn sẽ bị đứt và anh ta không chơi được đàn. Nếu người nghệ sĩ để dây đàn quá chùng thì tiếng đàn sẽ không đúng, không hay. Vì vậy, khi chỉnh dây đàn cần chỉnh vừa đủ, không căng cũng không quá chùng, khi đó tiếng đàn mới hay được.

      Vì dụ này minh họ cho triết lý Trung đạo trong đạo Phật. Phật tử cần tránh những cực đoan trong cách tu học. Đức Phật dạy tu tuệ sẽ viên thành Phật quả. Pháp vương Gyalwang Drukpa 12 đã nhấn mạnh hiện trạng “tu đúng hành sai” do thiếu phương pháp. Trên phương diện này, ngài cũng nhấn mạnh Bát chánh đạo là con đường Trung đạo, chính là con đường chánh pháp để thực hành đúng Pháp, bao gồm:

      Chánh kiến

      Chánh tư duy

      Chánh ngữ

      Chánh nghiệp

      Chánh mạng

      Chánh tinh tấn

      Chánh niệm

      Chánh định

      Trên con đường này, Phật tử thực hành từng bước sẽ giúp Phật tử trao dồi đức hạnh và chuyển hóa tâm. Và điều quan trọng là khi thực hành theo con đường Trung đạo, Phật tử sẽ đoạn trừ được khổ đau và đạt được giác ngộ.

      Đức Phật đã từng dạy: “Ta chỉ cho các ông con đường giải thoát, còn giải thoát hay không là tùy vào bản thân mình”.

      Thầy cũng đang dạy dỗ, dìu dắt chúng con trên con đường giác ngộ. Chỉ có lòng sùng kính Đạo sư thuần thành mới giúp chúng con được theo chân Thầy trên con đường giác ngộ.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.

      Con thành tâm cầu nguyện Thầy trụ thế lâu dài.

      Kính thư!

      Con  – CH Lakshminarayan.”

  14. Salvatore Antonio Fois says:

    Venerebol Guru;

    My name is Tantra Siramitra;

    Thank you for the comments you made.

    It’s extremely important to understand properly the Holly Dharma, but it is extremely important to practice the Holly Dharma and in the right meaner, that way we really on our spiritual guide and we practice in the path in which tall ho’s to follow whole heartedly our faith is in hour Guru.

    Yes so pratictoners they pup there ego, and Theron self, but venerebol Guru, the self that they cerish we can’t find it naitham in ourselves, naither in samsara or nirvana, we dippely bear that in mind.


    May our spiritual guide have an healthy, and long life, for the well fare of all sentient beings.



    • Kính bạch Thầy!

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

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Con là Tantra Siramitra.

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con đọc bài viết sâu sắc và ý nghĩa này. 

      Theo con hiểu, sùng kính vị Thầy là điều cốt yếu giúp chúng con đạt được thành quả tâm linh, nếu không thực hành tu pháp sùng kính Đạo sư thì dù có miên mật hành pháp cũng không đạt được kết quả gì, tựa như người mù không nhìn thấy được con đường mình đang đi. 

      Theo như lời dạy của Thầy tôn quý, giáo pháp đúng nhưng chúng con cần phải có phương pháp thực hành đúng mới mong có kết quả.  Đối với những người thân của chúng con đã mất, cũng như chúng sanh hữu tình, con cầu nguyện họ có được duyên lành như con, được tiếp cận với chánh pháp để nhận được sự lợi lạc và ơn phước của chư Phật ba thời thông qua vị Thầy.

      Con cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh thoát khỏi sự bám chấp, thoát khỏi khổ đau Ta Bà và có được hạnh phúc, an lạc.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy!”

  15. Jennifer says:
    Dear Holy Guru,

    Thank you for this article and for teaching in such a wonderful way. I feel better about my learning methods and the way I practice. This article made me feel full of love and happiness. I look forward to the next lesson and will practice the RIGHT path. I want to do things in the right thought and the right path. Please continue to teach me. Thank you

  16. Tantra Amishuta says:
    Dear Holy Guru,

    I have read and replied to this article before as Jennifer. I am no longer Jennifer but tantra amishuta as you have bestowed upon me a dharma name and granted me to be your disciple. I continue to strive to be practicing the right way. I need to read articles a few times to understand them. I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of your teaching. Thank you for taking me on as a disciple and teaching me the right view the right practice the right path. I will try to make you proud. May you be well for the sake of all sentient beings Om Mani Padme Hum

  17. Lan Trần says:
    Dear Guru,

    I have read this article already. Thank you so much for your meaningful lesson.

    There was a time that I tried to search as many sutras for reading as possible. I strongly believed that reading was the only way to reach the truth of everything. The more I read, the more questions arised afterwards. Then I thought that even I have spent my whole life looking for the answers to those questions, I still cannot answer all of them. The guidance of Dharmakirti, therefore, is the best answer to my problem. Now I understand that only by practising dharma in right way, then I can attain enlightened wisdom which completely shows me the nature of any phenomenon happened in life.

    Thank you once again.

    May your article flourish everywhere.

    I am pleased with Mat Dieu Hang’s translation.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  18. Tantra Mahadeva says:

    Greetings Holy Guru

    This is a beautiful article. It resonates as each day we reflect on what we need to renounce. There are worldly temptations and our habits that hold us and we get caught in the web of delusion. With mindfulness we gain the ability to see with clarity and overcome the habits and build resistance to overcome.

    May all beings gain clarity and progress towards awakening


    • Kính bạch Thầy!

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

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Con xin được thỉnh an Thầy.

      Bài viết của Thầy hay và ý nghĩa. Bài viết giúp chúng con quán xét và biết xả ly những gì cần xả ly mỗi ngày. Cuộc sống này có rất nhiều cám dỗ, do thói quen của chúng con mà chúng con dính mắc vào những cám dỗ thế tục đó và chúng con chìm trong ảo tưởng. Khi có sự chánh niệm thì chúng con có thể nhìn được bản chất sự việc và chúng con điều chỉnh những thói quen thế tục đó.

      Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh có được sự tỉnh thức và tiến tu trên hành trình giác ngộ.

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy!”

  19. Ahmed Khan says:

    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for this beautiful article.

    I have read many of your articles and I like the wisdom and knowledge they contain.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép được dịch comment của bạn đọc Ahmed Khan sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con được đọc bài viết hay và ý nghĩa này.

      Con đã đọc được nhiều bài viết của Thầy và con hoan hỷ tán thán trí tuệ cũng như tri kiến Phật giáo của Thầy trong mỗi bài viết.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

  20. Elana Dower says:

    Thank you Blessed Guru

    I have learned so much from this letter. It is a very good point that in every belief system there are those that will follow it as it written both student and teacher.

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  21. Khương Duy says:
    Thưa Thầy,

    Con đã đọc bài và hiểu được rằng trường phái nào thì cũng cần nghĩ đúng và thực hành đúng phương pháp.

    Cám ơn Thầy.

  22. Abrar Bhatti says:
    Dear Guru Ji,

    Thank you so much for this beautiful article. Truth is here to lead us to land of bliss. But we laymen often choose the wrong methods and failed to liberate ourselves from suffering. A right method taught by a good Guru will always help us in development of right thought and understanding , purify our minds and develop a profound faith.

    May all sentient beings liberate from their sufferings.


    Abrar Bhatti

  23. Ahmed Khan says:

    Dear Guru,

    I am Tantra Sagovana.

    Thank you for sharing this article.

    We should practice according to one school of Buddhism and it’s method/methods of Dharma practice. We should not mix and match different methods because this will lead to wrong practice.

    May all sentient beings be free from suffering and become enlightened.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Tantra Sagovana (Ahmed Khan)

  24. Mật Diệu Hằng says:
    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin phép được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Sagovana (Ahmed Khan)  sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con là Tantra Sagovana.

    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã viết bài.

    Con hiểu rằng chúng con nên tập trung thực hành một tông phái đạo Phật với những phương pháp thực hành đúng pháp. Chúng con không nên thực hành một lúc nhiều tông phái khác nhau,  nhiều pháp môn khác nhau,  điều này sẽ dẫn đến việc thực hành sai.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum.


  25. Simon Michael says:
    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for a kind teaching, I appreciate you for your wealth of knowledge.  This article you have given to us has made me to understand that practicing right dharma will make me to attain enlightenment, liberation and to accumulate merit and you all warn us again bad teaching and practice and it consequences.

    Guru may  you continue reveling to us the right teaching and practice of  dharma for sentient beings to get enlightenment.

    May Guru leave long for the seek of sentient being.


  26. Totte Nordahl says:

    Good morning Holy Guru

    I thought I start from the articles of basic learnings. Thank you for them, and thank you for still having them on the webb page.

    I wish you a wonderful sunday afternoon with mindful fika.

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    Tantra Mitraga

  27. 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 từ bi chỉ day. Con hoan hỷ tán thán công hạnh và trí tuệ uyên thâm của Thầy. Trong bài viết này, Thầy đã dạy chúng con hiểu rằng thực hành đúng pháp sẽ giúp  chúng con tích tập công đức, đạt được giác ngộ, thoát khỏi khổ đau sinh tử.; đồng thời, Thầy cũng cảnh tỉnh chúng con không nên nghe theo những bài giảng tà kiến để tránh nhận lãnh hậu quả.

    Con cầu nguyện Thầy từ bi chỉ dạy để chúng con và chúng sanh được thực hành đúng phương pháp để đạt được giác ngộ.

    Con cầu nguyện Thầy trụ thế lâu dài vì sự lợi lạc của tất cả chúng sanh.


  28. Mật Diệu Hằng says:
    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin phép được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Mitraga (Totte Nordahl) sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Kính bạch Thầy tôn quý!

    Con nghĩ rằng con nên bắt đầu đọc  những bài viết với những lời dạy cơ bản, nền tảng. Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã viết bài và đăng bài trên trang nhà để chúng con được học.

    Con cầu nguyện Thầy chiều chủ nhật Fika tuyệt vời.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Con – Tantra Mitraga.

  29. Tantra Mashinaga says:
    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for this lesson on the dharma. I am happy to learn new things from my Guru. I feel that my intentions are right but my actions have not been pure. I will forgive myself for my faults but I must soon quit these impure actions.

    May all sentient beings be free of suffering and attain happiness

    May my Guru live a long and happy life

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    Tantra Mashinaga (Mark Hamilton)

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