Nov 5, 2017

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Guru Thinley Nguyen Thanh: OLD SUBSTANCES, NEW APPEARANCE COMBINING PRACTICALITY (Chất liệu cũ, thực tiễn mới)

Guru Thinley Nguyen Thanh: OLD SUBSTANCES, NEW APPEARANCE COMBINING PRACTICALITY (Chất liệu cũ, thực tiễn mới)

Guru Thinley Nguyen Thanh: “Old substances”, “new appearance combining practicality”

Castles, houses, flower gardens, post offices, churches and restaurants designed in ancient French architecture now present in the village France on the top of Ba Na Mountain in Da Nang city. It has made this place become a famous tourist resort in Central Vietnam, known as Bana Hills. Turn back the hands of time, in the Middle Ages, they were not old houses, old villages, and old towns, but they were the “modern” castles for the noble and high-class people.

the village France

ancient French architecture

If saying “it’s old for him but new for me”, Bana Hills creates a special highlight of “Da Lat” in the Central Vietnam, attracting many tourists nationwide and worldwide. Also, in the ancient town of Hoi An, walking on three small streets named Hai Ba Trung, Phan Chau Trinh, Tran Phu, if we had gone there in the 13th – 14th century, we would have felt nothing old. Now in the atomic era, the 21st modern century – the time of prosperity these houses are retained, and turned into an old town. Tourists seem to be contemplating on what appearing in their eyes with the ancient tile roofs, mossed-wall houses imprinted in the dust of time and the people ‘s living condition in ancient time … They are business tips and tricks in tourism, they have done business as “ancient dealers” without ancient artifacts but they create the ancient space to show the goods. But there are many tourists paying the visit.

The hotel is designed as an ancient castle

However, I think that the feeling of nostalgia with regard to “ancient roads with carriage and the soul of grass in autumn /in the old basement of the ancient castle, there is no shadow of any people ” (by Ba Huyen Thanh Quan) tourists find a new feeling in the beauty of the ancient soul, but how long have they kept such a new feeling after experience? Based on the point of view of the element, whichever belongs to the crude elements, when familiar, they cannot be kept long in the human beings’ mind. My student is Mat Quang Dung, who was born in Da Nang where is about 20 km away from Hoi An, but 6 years ago, he never came back to the old town, so this time he got lost when he guided us to find a car parking in town. I recalled that in the past, in the 80s, I was in Da Nang, maybe for 5 years, I had not come to Non Nuoc stone carving village while many people from other provinces came there many times every year.

Non Nuoc stone carving village

the old town of Hoi An

The Church in ancient French architecture

Just before the end of October 2017 when I arrived in Bana Hills, I was stunned at the old castle which is the same as the castle in the European film; because the ancient costumes, ancient dance, ancient activities are reproduced here. And then, I had to keep silent in front of the old town of Hoi An, I felt the time seemed to be slow and bring me back to the ancient time and there was filled with an ancient space. And this time, maybe 10 years later, this nostalgic feeling about the old town  will rise up in my subconscious mind and urge me, a traveler who lives far away, to come back to the old place.

The Buddha’s teachings were proclaimed more than 2,000 years ago. They are considered to be ancient, but those who practice Buddha dharma have never seen them as being old, because every time they practice his teachings, they have experienced new spiritual states. It is a miracle for those who practice the dharma seriously and methodically with right methods. Assuming that we practiced the Buddha Dharma for only a few months or several years then we feel bored, we should scrutinize ourselves.

ancient

In terms of the theory, the Buddhist sutras show the essence and true meaning of Buddha teachings which are hidden under every word and verse. How deep the Buddhist practitioners understand Buddha’s teaching is to depend on their knowledge and wisdom. Take meditation for instance, considering the 9 level of mind training, from the level of the mind focusing to the level of mind continuously focusing, to the  mind pacifying and getting the one-pointed mind; how many new things with how deep emotional insight the practitioners experienced! The practice of meditation on Bodhicitta is the same. Each stage of the mind focusing from the partly mind focusing to the totally mind focusing and get one-pointed mind, the practitioners also experience the different levels of happiness and pleasure. All teachings from the Lord Buddha and Saints are often hidden the profound meaning beyond words. What the Buddha and the Saints have taught are new every day, every month and every year, but how new they are, it depends on the diligence and level of the cultivators, the practitioners can enjoy the different happiness and pleasure in different realms while the researchers, scholars and philosophers who spend much time studying on the secular things of the world cannot get.

Mat Quang Dung with Guru and his spiritual consort

From the point of the above view, we experienced that the doctrine and the teachings of Buddhism and other virtuous ones are new to those who invest seriously in parallel researching, studying and practicing them. Because the words from his speech are essence, so they should be immutable, indestructible by time, space, environment and circumstances; therefore those who practice the Dharma on the path to liberation are always fresh with a joyful mind. For what the pagan instructs or expresses is to concern only the crude elements such as the scene, the environment, the body and the external form of chanting; so those who practice on this path will feel uninterested in practicing and then feel boring. At that time, they feel tired and exhausted and they have spiritual extremists, cheat themselves with their own untrustworthy arguments

It is the reason why many different religions find the wisdom means while in application is suitable with the age, nationality, ethnicity. Otherwise there is only one body without soul, which means that is the kind of dogma more or less. Dogma leads to spiritual slavery, which does not belong to the teachings of the Buddha because Buddha’s teachings do not accept anything dogmatic; even when the teachings of the Buddha is completely true but the right teachings using the wrong method to practice will lead to bad results on the path to enlightenment.

In the rainy afternoon on Phu Van peak.

Thinley Nguyen Thanh

Translated by Mat Dieu Hang

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Original Vietnamese version: Đạo sư Thinley- Nguyên Thành: CHẤT LIỆU CŨ, THỰC TIỄN MỚI

  1. Mô Phật!

     

    Mật Viễn xin hoan hỷ tán thán công đức của đạo hữu  Mật Diệu Hằng đã tinh tấn dịch bài viết của Thầy sang tiếng Anh để giúp cho các đạo hữu nước ngoài và chúng sanh hữu duyên  được đón nhận bài pháp tinh túy của vị Thầy mà thực hành, ứng dụng trong cuộc sống được an lạc đời này, cực lạc đời sau.

     

    Cầu nguyện chúng sanh hữu duyên được nương tựa nơi Tuệ tri thức – Tam bảo thành tựu hành phúc Phật tánh.

     

    OM MA NI PAD ME HUM

  2. Dear Holy Guru,

    I am delighted to read your article. I understood that although Buddha dharma exists more than 2000 years ago but we always have experienced new spiritual states when we practice the dharma seriously and methodically with right methods. I would like to express my gratitude to you 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 achieve the happiness of the Buddha’s nature.

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

    • Salvatore Antonio Fois says:
      Venerebol GURU;

      My name is Tantra Siramitra.

      May the teachings of Lord Buddha are well over two thausen year old but they fulfill the right understanding of life, and death and rebirth. the Holly Dharma it allway’s be like new light throw alld Windows!!

      OM MANI PADME HUM……

      Faithfully

  3. Tantra Amishuta says:

    Dear Holy Guru,

    I had not thought about Buddhism like that before reading this. This ancient practice feels very new to me even though I know it’s ancient There are new aspects about it each and every time i practice. Its is all new to  me and I love it. I love learning the ways of ancient Buddhism but it fits well in the new society of today. we don’t have to dress it up in ancient costumes to make it relivent for today. Thank you far this lesson and all you d o an teach me. May you be blessed and reach enlightenment for your sake and the sake of all sentient beings

  4. Salvatore Antonio Fois says:
    Venerebol GURU;

    My name is Tantra Siramitra.

    May the teachings of Lord Buddha are well over two thausen year old but they fulfill the right understanding of life, and death and rebirth. the Holly Dharma it allway’s be like new light throw alld Windows!!

    OM MANI PADME HUM……

    Faithfully

  5. Avinash Kumar Srivastava says:
    Reverend Gurujee

    Namo buddhaya

    I am highly impressed with the style of your writing. You start with the pleasent an meaningful description of the tourist place where you actually visited in a very artistically, attractive and in a lusid manner. When mind becomes calm,  absorvant and receptive you start  reaviling the real teachtings of the Buddha by peeling away the layers that have fallen as the dust of time, culture, context, religion and the mind s of the preachers of the Dhamma. You have rightly said that our coloured vision perceive it in various sheds and derives various meanings. Only pure meditative mind can perceive it in a pure form. In different stages of medition we become  close to its real import, and related meaning. To my mind at the stage of the Neva sanna na sanna, the last stage we become capable to visualise it, as here one becomes free from all types of prejudices.

    • Mật Diệu Hằng says:
      Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của bạn đọc Avinash Kumar Srivastava sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Mô Phật!

      Con thực sự rất ấn tượng với văn phong mượt mà của Thầy. Mở đầu bài viết với sự hoan hỷ, thong dong, Thầy miêu tả lại chuyến du hóa đầy ý nghĩa của Thầy một cách trí tuệ, tinh tế, nghệ thuật và lôi cuốn, hấp dẫn. Khi tâm an tịnh cùng với sự quan sát tinh tế các sự vật hiện tượng trong cuộc sống, Thầy liên hệ đến thực nghĩa uyên áo của giáo lý Phật đà tinh túy bằng cách cởi bỏ dần những lớp giả tạm như bụi thời gian, văn hóa, bối cảnh, tôn giáo và tâm phàm của những người thuyết pháp. 

      Thầy đã chỉ ra rõ rằng do trình độ tâm linh của người tu mà họ hiểu  áo nghĩa của giáo lý Phật đà theo mức độ khác nhau. Chỉ khi người tu đạt được tâm thanh tịnh thì sẽ nhìn nhận sự vật theo tri kiến thanh tịnh. Giống như thực hành các cấp trụ tâm trong thiền tập, khi chúng con thực hành tiến gần với trạng thái nhất tâm thì chúng con càng cảm niệm tuệ tri sâu lắng. Khi tâm hành giả đạt được trạng thái nhất tâm, hành giả sẽ nhìn rõ mọi sự vật hiện tượng và thoát khỏi mọi định kiến.”

  6. Tantramikaya ( Jane) says:
    dear holy guru. Thankfully I read your article. Thank you for your wonderful pictures too. For me it is great to see. Yes Buddha’s teaching is based on their knowledge and wisdom. I think that’s the reason people prefer the Dharma Teaching more and more. We have a lot of beautiful churches in Europe, and I have seen some from the inside as well. It was a place of rest but also a bit scary. Jesus who hangs there nailed to the cross and people being told that if you do not live Christian values ​​you will go to hell. I grew up at the request of my parents without a religion but with good values. My children had to take religious instruction at school and I saw that they had a lot to talk to the religious teacher but also had questions. There was only historical knowledge but the children did not define themselves with this knowledge. There are Christian holidays here that have completely lost their meaning. An example is Christmas. Today, it’s all about material things during the Christmas season. But it’s not about the knowledge and the truth of things. Prayers that only benefit the individual without looking at the fellowship will never make us better. Only in Buddhism did I find the approach and also solutions like meditations and the enrichment of knowledge to see and understand more clearly. Our thoughts become our actions. Prayers that benefit everyone and practice true compassion help the community. I respect every religion of every human being. But for me personally, over 2,000 years of Buddhism teach the truth and wise knowledge, which is not just religion but also life philosophy, the only fulfilling way to free us from suffering. I feel fulfilled by your wise articles and my meditations I practice daily with dedication. I will continue to walk the Buddhist path. May all beings succeed in the Buddhist path. May all beings be free from suffering. May our holy Guru life long for the sake of all sentient beings. May all sentient 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 Tantra Mikaya (Jane) sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Con cảm thấy ơn phước khi được đọc bài viết của Thầy. Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã đăng những bức ảnh đẹp tuyệt trong bài. Con rất haon hỷ khi được xem những bức ảnh đẹp này.

      Con hiểu rằng đạo Phật là đạo trí tuệ. Đó là lý do nhân loại ngày càng thích học đạo Phật. Ở Châu Âu chúng con có rất nhiều nhà thờ đẹp và con cũng đã đi thăm quan vài nhà thờ. Đó là nơi mang đến cảm giác thư thái nhưng cũng mang lại cảm giác hơi sợ sợ. Chúa Giê-su bị đóng đinh trên thập tự giá và người ta nói rằng nếu tín đồ Thiên chúa không làm theo điều răn thì họ sẽ phải xuống địa ngục. Khi con trưởng thành, con đã đề nghị bố mẹ không tuân theo bất cứ tôn giáo nào mà nên làm những điều thiện lành. Con của con phải học về tôn giáo ở trường. Con cũng biết rằng chúng đã thảo luận rất nhiều với giáo viên phụ trách bộ môn này nhưng chúng vẫn còn rất nhiều câu hỏi chưa được giải đáp. Ngay những giáo lý của đạo Thiên Chúa mặc dù được ghi lại trong lịch sử nhưng bản thân người học không có cách nào để xác định tính chân thật của những giáo lý đó. Những ngày lễ của đạo Thiên Chúa ở đây cũng dần dần mất đi ý nghĩa của nó, điển hình như lễ giáng sinh. Ngày nay, mọi người chuẩn bị cho những thứ vật chất cho mùa giáng sinh nhưng họ không hiểu được bản chất của mọi sự vật. Những lời cầu nguyện trong đạo Thiên Chúa mang tính vị kỷ mà không có tình thương đối với đồng loại. Những lời cầu nguyện như vậy không thể giúp con người sống tốt hơn được.

      Chỉ khi học đạo Phật, con mới tìm được giải pháp cho cuộc đời. Thông qua các phương pháp thiền tập, đọc bài và viết commnet để nâng cao tri thức Phật đà mới giúp con hiểu được các sự vật hiện tượng xung quanh. Con hiểu rằng tất cả các pháp đều do tâm tạo thành. Thực hành cầu nguyện trong đạo Phật vì lợi lạc của tất cả hữu tình và thực hành bồ đề tâm để giúp đỡ cộng đồng.

      Con tôn trọng mọi tôn giáo. Nhưng với con, Đạo Phật hơn 2,000 năm qua dạy cho con người trí tuệ và chân lý, đó không chỉ là tôn giáo mà đó còn là triết lý sống. Đó là hành trình giác ngộ giúp con người thoát khỏi khổ đau, phiền não. Con cảm thấy bản thân trưởng thành hơn và có chánh kiến nhờ đọc các bài viết trí tuệ của Thầy và tinh tấn hành pháp hàng ngày. Con quyết tâm bước đi trên con đường Phật pháp. Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh đều viên thành Phật đạo.

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

      Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh đoạn trừ phiền não và thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

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

    Thank you for sharing such beautiful thoughts and photo’s of your recent travels. It is absolutely essential for us to have loving kindness towards others. About this, there is no doubt. Loving kindness is the essence of bodhicitta, the attitude of the Bodhisattva. It is the most comfortable path, the most comfortable meditation. Without bodhicitta, nothing works. And most of all, your meditation doesn’t work, and realizations don’t come. Also, without bodhicitta it is very difficult to collect merits. Actualization of bodhicitta is the most perfect path you can take. Practicing Dharma brings about a complete change of attitude – an inner happiness. That is the true Dharma, not the word’s you say. Cultivating bodhicitta is an unbelievable transformation, the most comfortable path, the most substantial path. Bodhicitta meditation means you really want to change your mind and actions and transform your whole life. The best Dharma practice, the most perfect, most substantial, is without doubt the practice of bodhicitta. Lama Tsongkhapa said that bodhicitta is the foundation of all enlightened realizations. The bodhicitta energy that is derived from one’s own compassionate heart transforms all your ordinary actions of body, speech and mind – your entire life into positivity and benefit for others. I offer my sincere blessings and love to all the students and disciples of Song Nguyen Tantra House and especially to our esteemed Master and consort. Let us concern ourselves for the welfare of all mother sentient beings and wish for them to attain the highest realizations of bodhicitta and ultimately supreme happiness and Buddha Nature as well! Om Mani Padme Hum 🙂 Sincerely, Tantra Citta (Jeffrey Bernard Forest).

  8. Mật Hoàng Như says:

    Dear holy Guru!
    I read this article. Through the article I understand that which belongs to the crude element , although it was very prosperous times but over time it will become old, nostalgic and then gradually fade in our minds. Buddhism never became old even though it was born more than 2000 years ago. Because Buddhism is essence, immutable, indestructible by time, space, environment, and circumstances, therefore who practice the Dharma on the parth liberation are always fresh with joyful mind.

    I would like to pray for Guru good health and longevity for the benefit of beings

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

    Iam Tantra Nirvadeva.

    Apart from the Guruji’s beautiful description of ancient French Architecture and the Natural beautiful scenerio of the village France with colourful illustrative pictorial display which highly impressed me, I have to underline the sentences in the body of this article that ” How deep the Buddhist Practicioner understand the Buddhist teachings is to depend on their knowledge and wisdom.” ! And also ” Buddhist teachings do not accept any thing dogmatic.!”

    Always if old things combined with new things enlighten us with the real truth like the sprouting  green leaves  and colourful budding flowers blossom in an old branch of a tree in which the old  whithering leaves and flowers falling !

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Long live our Guruji for upholding Dharma.

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan.

  10. Tantra Mahavita says:
    Querido Santo Guru: Muchas Gracias por compartir estos maravillosos articulos. El significado de las enseñanzas de Buda , estan ocultas debajo de cada palabra y verso. Cuantas cosas nuevas y con que profunda percepcion emocional experimentamos los estudiantes . Es absolutamente esencial para nosotros tener bondad amorosa hacia los demas. Sin ningun tipo de duda…La bondad amorosa , es la esencia de la Bodhichita …Sin Bodhichita , nada funciona…Practicar Dharma , produce un cambio completo de actitud …una felicidad interna …Cultivar la Bodhichita es una transformacion increible , el camino, mas comodo, el camino mas importante . La energia Bodhichita , se deriva del propio corazon compasivo , transformando , todas las acciones ,ordinarios , del cuerpo , el habla y la mente …toda tu vida en positividad…y beneficio a los demas. Que nuestro Amado Guru tenga salud y pueda salud y pueda vivir mucho tiempo para beneficio de todos los seres sintientes. Que todos los seres esten libres de sufrimiento y sus causas. Que todos los seres encuentren la felicidad y sus causas . Que todos los seres vivan en ecuanimidad , libre de apego y aversion . OM MANI PADME HUM
  11. Steve Rogers says:
    Dear Holy Guru

    My name is Tantra Haramitra

    i read this teaching with great delight having just seen a documentary on the very town you visited.

    Like the architecture in a building the Buddha’s teachings are refreshed with each new day. A building when studied with an open mind can look different depending on light, weather or the time of day. Different shadows highlight different aspects of the building for us to marvel at and focus on.

    The same can be said with the Buddha’s word. Although old, what is happening in ones life, the time of day, our experiences that day or just what we have planned can throw new delight and meaning in his lessons for us to focus on and take strength from. The same teaching could help us in so many ways and new things always taken from it.

    thankyou for bringing his teachings to us.

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

    Om mani padme hum

  12. Neerajkumar Sumaran says:
    Dear respected Dhamma Guru,

    Thank you for your another meaningful lesion, after reading this article, I want to share some with your permission.

    “Old is Gold” The teachings of the Buddha were proclaimed over 2560 years ago, they are ancient but it is a miracle for the people to have experience as new, fresh & joyful.

    The teaching of the Buddha does not require its followers to have dogmatic belief in anything that the Buddha taught, The Buddha advised people, not to blindly accept what he taught, but research on them for themselves before accepting, for this reason his teachings have remain unaltered and valid for all time under all circumstances. There is no requirement to convert to any religious belief system. The Buddha never taught a sectarian religion. The Buddha taught Dhamma. The way of liberation which is universal.

    It is now increasingly becoming clear to those who reach the frontlines of the modern science that what science has been discovering a new had been known to the Buddha over 2560 years ago.

    The modern science providing mankind with material comforts but the main achievement of the success of the twentieth century science enables us to scientifically confirm that such concepts as impermanence, rebirth, telepathy, selflessness, human reproduction (Test tube baby) etctaught by the Buddha are true phenomena of nature which are beyond the dimensions and therefore beyond the classical science.

    The teachings of the Buddha, founded based on the true reality as nature, have been recognized to be valid at all and under all conditions.

    The teachings of the Buddha are the only doctrine based on the true reality of nature in its totality available in mankind.

    It is now becoming increasingly clear that solutions to most human problems that arise because of over indulgence, excessive competition & exploding greed leading to acquiring & amassing unlimited wealth, increasing violence, terrorism, drug addiction and self-destruction lie in the teaching of the Buddha.

    The goal of the teachings of the buddha is elimination of human suffering and making human beings happy and contented by the way of training their minds and creating self-discipline in them.

    See the beauty & simplicity of his teaching: – whether our action is wholesome or unwholesome, depends on whether that action or deed arises from a discipline or undisciplined state of mind. It is felt that a discipline mind leads to happiness & an undisciplined mind leads to suffering. Bringing about discipline within one’s mind, the essence of the Buddha’s teaching.

    The Yakkha Alavaka asked the Lord some questions.

    What is the noblest wealth for man in this world? What pure action brings happiness? What is the sweetest of all tastes? What manner of living is said to be the noblest living?

    The Lord replied: – Faith is the noblest wealth for a man in this world. The Dhamma well observed brings happiness. Truth is the sweetest of all tastes. The living endowed with wisdom is said to be the noblest thing

    That’s why teaching of the Buddha is getting accepted the world over as the way of life of intelligent people in the third millennium.

    Thank you very much again Dhamma Guru.

    May Buddha Dhamma Sangha bless us all & help us to make the progress on the path of enlightenment.

    Yours,

    Neerajkumar Sumaran

  13. Dr.V.K.Sagar says:
    Dear GURU..

    THANK FOR TEACHING ABOUT BUDDHISM. .

    I DIDN’T KNOW MORE BEFORE ABOUT IT.

    I’M VERY HAPPY TO READ YOUR ARTICLE.

    THANKS FOR YOUR BEST ARTICLES.

     

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