Dec 10, 2018

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FROM THREE YEARS DOWN TO SIX MONTHS (Từ ba năm còn sáu tháng)

FROM THREE YEARS DOWN TO SIX MONTHS

“Application number 1788… for a Student Visa – Full fee paying New Zealand has been approved…”

These words seem to dance in front of my eyes, I feel like dreaming somehow. Six months ago, I submitted my plan to the Yidam under the witness of my Guru in Lien Hoa Dai (Lotus Throne) in the celebration of Guru Padmasambhava’s birthday (June 30, 2018). Accordingly, I would join and finish a course on English by December next year and search information of scholarship at the same time; by 2020 looked for universities with scholarship; and by 2021 successfully applied for scholarship and started that course. But today, just after six months, I have completed the plan and reached my goal. “Too fast, to dangerous”!

It was the Guru who with his compassion paved this new way for me. After my Vajra brothers’ successful application of scholarships to study abroad – Mat Tu and Mat Hong Tuyen (their names) – Guru encouraged me to find an opportunity to develop my career by applying for university scholarship for international student. This is also a good chance to introduce Thanh Tri Yoga (Pure Mind Yoga) to the country where I will study so that everyone gains benefits as I do. I was surprised at that time. In my childhood, I used to dream to study abroad and this dream had soon fallen into oblivion when I grew up. I’ve got married now, not young enough and have forgotten quite a lot of English, following a university course becomes something unrealistic. However, his encouragement had somehow lighted me up, thinking about a new horizon. My faded dream seemed bloom again. But where to go, what to learn and how to apply for such course, I felt overwhelmed with anxiousness and became overloaded with information on scholarship and learning abroad. “Let it be!”, I thought and determined to register a course on English – the first requirement for an overseas course. I talked to myself this would be a strong motivation for me to learn English seriously, even if I failed for the scholarship application. I still remember the day I registered for an IELTS course, the consultant asked me which country I planned to apply for. I smiled and told her that I did not know which one to choose, just learning English in preparation for this plan.

The Guru witnessed and supported my plan

On a beautiful day, I was searching for government scholarships when I got an astounding information on a kind of scholarship in New Zealand that permits to grant work visa (partnership based temporary visa) to the spouse or partner of the student during his or her study. I also learnt that New Zealand is an island country with moderate and maritime climate, not too cold in winter nor too hot in summer. I cheered inside: “Here it is. The Guru and Yidam must have arranged this place for me cause they know I can’t stand the cold and do not want to go abroad alone!”. These questions have finally been answered!

I felt assured and unhurried with my sub-plan on learning English which was expected to finish by the end of this year, then I would start to search for universities with that sort of scholarship. Beyond my imagination, in early August, may be on a beautiful day or not, I was shocked to read an announcement from New Zealand Consulate stating that the program on granting partner of a student work visa in certain study fields I may apply for will close after November 26, 2018. After this date, any student who wishes to be accompanied by spouse or partner must registered at higher courses (from Master level upward), which means the studying time will be longer together with double tuition fee and more difficulties in demonstrating financial capacity. I could not travel right at that time due to lacking a certificate on IELTS. There were only three months left till that G-time and I had to obtain a IELTS certificate with 6.5 point at the latest of mid-October. This also meant I got merely two months left to learn and take the IELTS test. It was really a tough challenge as I’ve forgotten almost all of what I’d learnt before. I nearly fell into desperation after one month of laying all my energy on training English skills. Then I realized that there was no way for me to get 6.5 IELTS before November.  Now I knew why Guru used to teach us: “Prepare, prepare and prepare”. For a very long time, I did not prepare to develop my English skills in a serious way and consequently I could not respond in timely fashion.

ITA’s director, Master Thinley Nguyen Thanh

In the midst of desperation, one day I came across a Facebook’s status of Lena Lan from EduVina Company which introduced another English test named PTE Academic which is equal to IELTS. I was not impressed much by this information but at that time, a thought flashed in my mind: “Why don’t I learn and take PTE Academic test?” I talked to Guru and got full support from him. Tomorrow, I plucked up courage to quit IELTS course and register an intensive course on PTE Academic with a remarkably high fee. During my study, Guru often heartened me: “It’s gonna be ok. You will pass the exam!”. On the day getting the test result, frankly speaking, I let myself sunk in the trap of worldly concern (Gain-Lose). If I passed (gain) the test, I could depart for studying abroad earlier than the plan; but if I failed (lose), I would nearly miss this opportunity because double tuition fee added by impermanent policy of New Zealand surely weigh me down. The cheering of Mat Hai (my husband) upon reading my result had pulled me out of that worriedness. I knew I got it. It was 23.00pm on October 5, 2018.

Another luck for us was that we had a chance to attend a workshop on student visa and residence visa in New Zealand hold in mid-September 2018 by Eduvina Company. We were preparing documents at Eduvina’s office when Ms. Dong – Director General of the company (its headquarter is in Hanoi) and Ms. Lena Lan – Marketing Director from New Zealand branch – came in. After having been consulted carefully, we left the company and stayed in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) till late tomorrow noon to attend this seminar. We soon realized that Ms. Dong and Ms. Lan did not have enough staff to support the organization of the event, thus decided to lend them a hand by giving them a ride, delivering seminar materials to the attendees, taking photos and arranging equipment for the meeting hall. Ms. Dong and Ms. Lan thanked us for the help we’d given to the successful organization of the event. It can be said that even a little help in hard time is worth enough to pull strangers closer to each other. Also thanks to that, two “Dharma guardians” have appeared to assist us in timely completing procedures on scholarship application and sending before November 26, 2018.

The first and second stages of the plan had been dealt with but there remained the last one with “a big question” on the financial source for the plan. In fact, even when I wrote the plan, took English exam and prepared application documents, I was all at sea on where to get money for paying tuition fee, living expenses and lots of others like flight ticket, insurance, visa, etc. Still I held faith in the blessings of the Yidam through the transmission channel of the Guru, believing that we would get “an answer” from him at the last minute. Just as I expected, my issue was finally resolved “through the transmission channel of the Guru” in literary sense. Guru had called on financial support for from my Vajra brothers and just after one day, we got enough money as planned. Once again, I feel treasured the opportunity to be “Bodhi relative” of Guru and his consort and Vajra brothers who always stay close with each other with right view and Bodhicitta, walking on the path of liberation and never care about worldly concerns like ordinary people do (gain-loss, praise-blame, fame-disrepute, pleasure-pain). But we also know that from now on, we get a new name… “Chua Chom” or a person with head over heels in debt.

Mat Tu (now in Sweden)

A short period of five months and six days – since the submission of my plan to Guru and Yidam till receiving student visa – is totally beyond my imagination. I am pretty sure that without the blessings of Yidam through the transmission channel of Guru, there will be no such coincidental appearance of “Dharma guardians” (Ms. Dong and Ms. Lan) as well as no chance to shorten the time of implementation from two years and a half down to six months only. What is miraculous was that in a “forest” of scholarship information from many countries, I “suddenly” found an information of partner scholarship in New Zealand; then the information of New Zealand’s new law promulgation is a chance for me to shorten the time of carrying out the plan; together with “a guidance” (on Facebook) that drove my attention to PTE instead of IELTS so that I could timely apply for that scholarship, etc. Throughout this “journey” I can feel the blessings of the Guru because I realize that each time I got “good information” is when I was staying close to Guru and his consort. For instance, I was having coffee with them when being announced that I had passed the English test; or the last minute sending application before November 26 in bad internet connection or even the issuance of student visa yesterday afternoon.

Mat Hong Tuyen (now in Korea)

Looking at the visa that opens a new way of life for us, I thought about Mat Tu who is studying in Sweden, Mat Hong Tuyen who is working in South Korea, and treasured the blessings we’ve attained from the Guru. Thanks to his guidance and inspiration he gives us, ordinary persons like us can do extraordinary things we’ve never ever thought of. His perfect words are the light that guides us to the golden island of Thanh Tri Yoga where we can bring so many “gemstones” into our secular life. I feel grateful to him and prays many sentient beings to gain benefits from Thanh Tri Yoga like we do!

Revered Guru!

My sincerest gratitude to you for showing a new direction for us and for standing with us from the time of writing plan to the time when our wish is fulfilled. I would like to repeat a verse that remind me of the benefits I will have by following the teachings of Guru:

 “The teachings of Guru should be born in mind

And be carried out without doubt

Any hesitation or delay you’ve made

May lead to danger of breaking precept

Things Guru told you to do

Have been thoroughly calculated

Following will brings you merits

Or nothing gained for doing of your own choice!”.

With all my heart, I pray for the health and longevity of Guru and your consort for the benefits of all sentient beings!

ITA’s Director, Master Thinley Nguyen Thanh

I am delightedly grateful for timely and warm support in finance of vajra brothers including Mat Quang Loi, Mat Phap Khanh, Mat Khue Minh, Mat Tue Vien and Mat Hong Nhat.

I also want to thank Ms. Dong and Ms. Lena Lan from Eduvina Company who gave us enthusiastic, professional assistance during my application process. I wish the company every success in the future.

May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature!

Om mani padme hum!

Mat Thuy


Dear Mat Hai and Mat Thuy

My warmest greeting to Mat Thuy for your extraordinary job. They often say: “Can’t make brick without straw” and you had nothing in hand. There is a teaching in Buddhism that goes: “Having faith means you have been half-successful”. Your success came from your firm belief in the marvels of Buddhist Dharma and this decrepit old Guru!

Guru and his consort

I still remember the day when I witnessed your plan. In my mind, there arose nothing else but the light of Dharma shining in a sombre picture of worldly life. This light has been gradually spreading out, pushing back the darkness and there appears a new horizon for you in line with causal principle. I am so glad and smile through my tears!

 Even though you have an extremely low starting point: poor health, financial shortage and poor English skills…, still bravely you step into the battle with genuine faith in Guru, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. This really touches my heart and your brothers’ as well.

We will no longer get your support in website administration after you and Mat Hai leave; no more seeing you come to Song Nguyen Tantra House to help me tidy up nor your presence at Dharma conference… ; but we believe that other disciples will in turn take up your role. What is still lingering with me now are memorable moments between us, between the Guru and his disciples.

Mat Hai – Mat Thuy

It has been seven years since Mat Thuy came to learn Dharma in Song Nguyen Tantra House and 18 years for Mat Hai who has travelled with me through hard times from the beginning till the glory of the House today. We are now enjoying brilliant Dharma achievements without you. Instead of staying and sharing with us, you will move to a new, strange land with unpredictable difficulties lying ahead to continue your Dharma tasks. How admirable it is! For your upcoming journey to New Zealand, I wish you every success and full achivements of your wills and aspirations:

“WATER OF EVERY SEA TASTES SALTY

AND SO THUY – HAI HOLDING ONTO THEIR FAITH

LIKE A BOAT SAILING WITH DIVIDED MIND

STILL CROSS THE SEA BY TRUE DEVOTION”

Om mani padme hum!

Thinley- Nguyen Thanh

Translated by Mat Hue Phap


Vietnamese version: TỪ BA NĂM CÒN SÁU THÁNG

  1. Dear holy Guru,

    I am so happy to hear the good news of Mat Thuy. I am so moved with your warm and compassionate words for your disciples. You always care well for your learners and disciples. When your learners and disciples have a good news, they are happy, of course. But you are much happier for them. You always want them to have a happy, successful and peaceful life.

    You invented six marverllous practices for us to have a good opportunity to collect merits and wisdom daily and you encourage us to practice or do innership such marverllous practices for the temporary happyiness this life and ever-lasting bliss next life. You help us be free from suffering even in this life with the spirit of “worldly pleasure goes hand in hand with Dharma happiness.

    The achievements of Mat Tu, Mat Hong Tuyen, Mat Thuy are really miracles made from you. Without you, we have nothing but shink in the ocean of suffering in this Shaha world. Your disciples and learners not only get visa to go to many foreign countrise for career, study and success in life, but more importantly, do they “get visa” to the Pure Land. I have remembered the teaching of Patrul Rinpoche in the book: “the words of my perfert teacher”that Guru is considered as the source of worldly success and spiritual achievement.

    Thank you so much for your noble efforts to teach us and tame our mind, purify our mind for our true happiness.

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

    May Mat Thuy have a successful journey abroad and complish the noble task of popularise Pure Mind yoga in New Zealand for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    I am happy with the beautiful English verison of Mat Hue Phap. Her translation helps all beings have the good chance to access Pure Mind yoga through your articles and teachings so that they can learn from you and connect you in the future.

    May Mat Hue Phap always be happy and successful on the path of liberation.

    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  2. Mật Chánh Tấn says:

    Dear Dharma brother Mat Thuy!

    I am so happy to read what you have shared in this article. I feel delightful with all the good news you have achieved so far. It truly amazes me to know that it only took you 6 months to prepare all the documents as well as preparing the financial support. Your success could be seen as evidence for all benefits from practicing Pure Mind Yoga, as Lama Zopa used to said: “Only the practice of Dharma can remove or prevent the cause of one’s own negative karma while create the cause of one’s own happiness”. I believe by listening & practicing Dharma according to the holy Guru’s instructions, you will get more happy moment as you are having right now and also share your love as well as articles on chanhtuduy.com to other people.

    May Holy Guru and his consort have a good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.

    May you practice Dharma diligently and nurture your devotion toward the holy Guru.

    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature.

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  3. Mô Phật!

    Mật thúy rất hoan hỉ với thiện hạnh dịch bài viết của huynh Mật Thủy sang tiếng Anh của huynh Mật Huệ Pháp cầu nguyện cho huynh luôn tin tấn thực hành pháp để được tha lực hộ trì .Cầu mông tất cả chúng sanh luôn có duyên lành biết đến chánh pháp OM ah hum.

  4. Dear brother Mat Thuy!

    I deeply rejoice to read your article: “From three years down to six months”. I am very happy to hear your good news and I would like to send my congratulation to you. Your success has shown the benefit of the Pure Mind Yoga. Thank you for sharing your story.

    May our Guru and his consort live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May you and brother Mat Hue Phap have good health and make progress on the path to enlightenment.
    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    Om Mani Padme Hum!

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