Feb 28, 2018

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Impressions on the international conference in Lunar New Year 2018: BIRDS OF THE SAME FEATHER STICK TOGETHER (Đồng thanh tương ứng, đồng khí tương cầu)

Wonderful space

From the 8th floor of a beautiful hotel, take a view with open eyes, Vung Tau city is like the magnificent picture with peaceful ocean, warm weather and beautiful sunlight for the new day. Lunar New Year‘s Conference 2018 is officially held here by Guru.

As many times of taking part in the dharma conference under the Guru’s permission, my first impression lies on the beautiful space of the conference. As for previous conferences, Guru always makes well preparation for everything so that all disciples who have been invited to take part in the conference always enjoy the holy atmosphere with elegant sights, especially our minds have a chance to connect with pure spiritual energy spreading from Guru, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha through the Vajra Guru’s role. And today, the place for conference brings us the wonderful experiences on the beautiful, luxurious and warm “realms”.

Professional organization:

The second impression on me is the professional organization. The well preparation for gathering disciples, foreign learners all over the world from the beginning to the end; the convenient accommodation for all disciples and foreign learners, and the process of conference including well decoration, MC, interpretation, the sound system, all are happily functioned and joined in harmony under the keen guidance and observation of Guru. My good impression with the Guru lies on his taking good care of disciples and doing everything with science; this international conference, Guru’s quality and wisdom are proved clearly with a higher level. I never make high-sounding statements, but all his professional organization for this conference. I have to take a hat off to say that “he is the professor of organizing all conferences.” I am so surprised with his professional organization because Guru is quite different from common masters in other places who often asked their disciples to do everything and they only make lectures when everything is well prepared. Their behaviors are not wrong but not perfect, especially on the path of Bodhisattva’s actions for the companion between Dhrama and life. I happened to remember a sentence Guru quoted from a famous man: “I am a human being, so that I am not unfamiliar with everything belonging to human beings.” And it is Guru who makes example by his own actions of body, speech and mind. It is Guru who learns how to drive a car at the stage of  that “the old age is the autumn of the life”, It is no one rather than Guru has made many spiritual journeys for the benefit of all sentient beings nationwide. And in this conference, in addition to the professional organization, Guru’s sharing few words to foreign learners in English fills us with awe. Obviously, Guru is good at Silpasthana-vidya (Learning of Technology), Sabdavidya (Learning of communication) and other kinds in Pancavidya  (The five Buddhist sciences)  which make difficult to other masters. And many masters are afraid of them while Guru has done so great.

Professional interpreting:

It seems to me that daily communication in English is so difficult, but English for specific purposes is more difficult. English for Buddhism is much more difficult. However, Guru’s disciples are good at English and become professional interpreters in this dharma conference. The familiar dharma names for translation like Mat Tu, Mat Dieu Hang and Mat Hue Phap now become the bridge to connect the Dharma from Guru’s articles on chanhtuduy.com with the English speaking world. Thanks to their great effort, there are the presences of foreign learners in this conference like venerable Rahula, venerable Somissara, Tantra Sutradaka (professor Avinash Kumar Srivastava), Tantra Upatissa (Akshay Kumar) and Tantra Mahadeva ( the principle of a school in Dubai).

 In conference, all foreign learners have shared about their thoughts on the meeting with Guru sincerely and with the spirit of cherishing the dharma. The two masters of ceremony (MC) Mat Hai and Mat Tu coordinating with “the conference interpreting team” multiplied their efforts by tens of thousands, even millions in order that the translation for the sharing of foreign learners is natural, clear, faithful to the original text, and grammatically correct. With their proper inflection and correct words, the interpreters erased the barriers on language. If we think carefully, we will recognize that the interpreting is not easy at all. Only by listening to together in the same language, it is difficult for you to remember the exact content of the first sentence after listening to the second one. How hard it is to listen to two languages and while listening to, you must both remember the content and find the appropriate words to translate immediately with smooth speech. In this conference, Guru’s disciples have proved the professional interpreting! My statement does not belong to the case of “Each bird loves to hear himself sing”. I made conclusion after the comparison with other international conferences or worldwide cultural exchange events on TV show or by my witness. In such conferences, many interpreters confused and found it difficult to find the right words to translate so that delegates must wait for a little bit long to listen to the translated speech even incorrect translation happened so often. Some translation errors in such worldly conferences made the atmosphere boring and unpleasant. Some cases became the grievous failure in translation.

I felt so excited when Guru made the “Vajra joke” of the phrase “Birds of the same feather stick together” and asked the interpreters: “can you translate?” Do not translate my sentence with the meaning of “Every Jack has his Jill”. I was about to burst out laughing. The two sentences have some same structure of words, but they are so different in meaning. Thanks to Guru’s “Vajra Joke”, the atmosphere in conference became less stressful and the conference interpreting team “relieved” and felt comfortable to finish their mission. As for me, like many people, due to Guru’s Vajra joke, we learnt the lesson on the difference and the similarity in language in general, and in foreign language in particular and we bear in mind to choose words carefully while conversation.

“Last night, in the front yard, a branch of apricot blossomed.”

Those who have a little bit knowledge about poems and literature understand the above verse of Zen Master Man Giac’s poem and they all love his beautiful and timeless verses so that they can understand the hidden meaning of his poem. The beauty does not fade away against the law of time (spring ends), and the enlightenment always freshens with wisdom (Do not think…). However, Guru gave us the big surprise with his explanation about the two verses in the poem of Zen Master Man Giac in this dharma conference. He affirmed that: Do not think that no right dharma in the Dharma Ending Age, likewise in the long dark night of the Dharma Ending Age, there is still blossoming the apricot of the dharma lighting the path for all sentient beings…

The old apricot branch of Zen Master Man Giac and the present branch of apricot of Guru are parallels. The present is against the ignorant prejudice and the future surpasses the long dark night of birth and death. I am so happy with the apricot branch of the dharma which we are granted by Guru in this meaningful conference. And it is the apricot branch of the dharma is the main and most meaningful point in the conference.

Your disciple – Mat Kien.

Translated by Mat Dieu Hang

Vietnames version: Những ấn tượng về Pháp hội Nguyên đán 2018: ĐỒNG THANH TƯƠNG ỨNG, ĐỒNG KHÍ TƯƠNG CẦU

  1. Dear fellow brother Mat Kien

    I enjoy your thoughts through the article with a theme of “Impressions on the International Conference in Lunar New Year 2018: Birds of the same feather stick together”. And I am also thankful to vajra brother Mat Dieu Hang for her wonderful translation.

    I suddenly recalled the solemn but also cozy atmosphere of the conference. This event is a lively proof for the global development of Song Nguyen Tantra House in the very first step under the guidance of the Guru. I do appreciate your sharing about the “distinctive characteristic” of Song Nguyen Tantra House: Dharma is Life and Life is the lesson of Dharma of which the Guru is a brilliant example. He himself drove the car on all paths of the country for Dharma propagation, amended the House to welcome disciples or directly executed the conference organization. It is a breathtaking moment of mine to witness his delivery of speech in English with such a melodious voice. So convincing! I also appreciate your thought on the theme of this year conference that never think that Wonderful Dharma does not exist in the Dharma Ending Age but on the contrary, it still blooms like a branch of apricot blossom that enlightens the path to liberation. The “branch of apricot blossom” of Zen Master Man Giac and that of our spiritual Guru has met at one point: Overcoming ignorant prejudices at the present – Surpassing the long dark night of birth and death in the future. Thank you for your great sharing

    May the Guru and his consort live long for the sake of sentient beings

    May vajra brother Mat Kien have health and achieve legitimate wishes

    May all sentient beings be surrounded by blessings of the Trinity

    Om Ah Hum

  2. C H Lakshminarayan says:

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Respected Guruji, I bow my head at the lotus feet of Guruji.

    I am Tantra Nirvadeva.

    I am highly delighted to go through this article which gives a beautiful description of the International conference 2018 held at Vietnam.Guruji’s ” Vajra joke” is highly humerous !

    Guruji’s words “I am a human being so that I am not unfamiliar with everything belonging to human beings” is very interesting !. This will rightly match with the way of life of Goutham Buddha!

    Although Buddha renunciated all the worldly pleasures and left to forest life seeking remedy for human suffering, there he is attached to another type of samsara of the desciples including Bhikkus and Bikkunis (members of the Sangha) !

    Finally, he came back from forest life to city life ( Rajghir Shravasthi, Vyshali) to preach Dharma to the lay public (These are nothing but human qualities one cannot escape One way or the other )

    One philosophical point to be noted here is” One may be in Samsara, but samsara should not be in oneself ” like ” Boat maybe in water , but water should not be in Boat”!

    Guruji thus gives a good message to the world.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Long live our beloved Guruji for upholding Dharma.

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan.

  3. Tantra Upatissa says:

    Dear Guru thanks for sharing this article.

    I like the way our Dharma friend Mat Kein

    Expressed his thinking towards dharma meeting. Even the example given by Guru about apricot tree is really beautiful and meaningful.

    I feel happy that in these dark age we are lucky to find our Guru who is lightening the world with his wisdom of dharma and teaching us with all his efforts.

    May Guru live long and protected and get enlightened.

    May all beings be free from suffering and get enlightened

    Om Mani Padme Hum..( )..

  4. Tantra Mahavita says:

    Querido Santo Guru : Doblo mis cabeza a los pies del Loto del Santo Guru. Hemos tenido la suerte de encontrar a un Guru que nos enseñe y nos guie en este viaje , en esta era oscura.Que es como un padre para sus discipulos. Es absolutamente increible , con su amabilidad y cariño. Estamos profundamente agradecidos de que comparta el Dharma de una forma tan brillante y simple. Tenemos que estar muy felices que el Dharma Maravilloso todavia florece como una rama de flor de albaricoque que ilumina el camino hacia la liberacion . Que Nuestro Amado Guru viva feliz , en beneficio de todos los seres sintientes. Que todos los seres vivan felices y se iluminen .OM MANI PADME HUM

  5. Avinash Kumar Srivastava says:

    Dear friends Mat Kien & Mat Deu Hang

    Good Morning & Happy Holi

    It is a very pleasant surprise to me  that the entire International Conference has been captured in the script vividly and clearly. To have such recapitulating mind is the grace of the Guru. I am also amazed with its lucid   English translation,  pictorial and poetic presentation, that captures the reader’s mind and attention till the last line of the presentation. Kindly accept accept my congratulation from the core of my heart. May Guru’s ambrosia of  benediction shower forth on you both till the entire span of your life.

    Dear friend,  man is the store house of infinite potentialities and an enlighten soul  has the capacity to actualise them in a spur of a moment. Guru is one of them. This is the reason that in his every presentation we find the perfection, divine manifestation, the beauty of articulation and synchronization. This is the inner aesthetic of his mind that is expressed in his action as he is the symbol of Truth, Good and beauty (Satyam, Shivam Sundaram)

    We are fortunate enough to have his admonition, love and affection.

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    With Regards

    Tantra Sutra Daka

    • Mật Diệu Hằng says:

      Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Sutradaka (Avinash Kumar Srivastava) sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Thân gửi đạo huynh Mật Kiên và đạo hữu Mật Diệu Hằng,

      Tantra Sutradaka ngạc nhiên và hoan hỷ khi toàn bộ Pháp hội “hạnh ngộ bốn phương” được viết lại một cách sống động và rõ ràng như vậy. Đạo huynh Mật Kiên có được trí tuệ tổng hợp để viết một bài hay như vậy là nhờ ơn phước của Thầy.

      Tantra Sutradaka cũng hoan hỷ với bản dịch tiếng Anh dễ hiểu cùng nhiều hành ảnh và thơ trong bài viết. Bài viết tạo ra sự hứng khởi cho người đọc giúp người đọc tập trung từ đầu đến cuối. Tantra Sutradaka chân thành chúc mừng sự thành công rực rỡ của pháp hội.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy luôn để tâm gia hộ cho tất cả hữu tình từ đây cho đến khi đạt giác ngộ tối thượng.

      Tiềm năng của con người là vô hạn và tâm giác ngộ sẽ được hiển bày và khai thác tiềm năng vô hạn của con người. Chính tâm giác ngộ của vị Thầy đã tạo ra những bài giảng sinh động, hay và làm cho học trò cảm nhận được vẻ đẹp thiêng liêng, sự hoàn hảo trong bài giảng và sự tri hành hợp nhất trong thân giáo của vị Thầy. Chính vẻ đẹp từ tâm thanh tịnh của vị Thầy toát ra bên ngoài, thể hiện trên hành động của ngài. Thầy chính là hiên thân của Chân lý, của sự Linh thánh, và của Bản tâm chân như .

      Huynh đệ chúng ta thật may mắn khi nhận được sự bi mẫn, sự để tâm và dạy dỗ của Thầy.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.

      Trân trọng!

      Tantra Sutradaka.”

  6. Dear holy Guru, I have read this article.

    Dear vajra brother Mat Kien,

    I am delighted to read your sharing about “Impressions on the International Conference in Lunar New Year 2018: Birds of the same feather stick together”. This article helps me once again reminisce and deeply feel the luck of being allowed by Guru to attend the International Conference, which had both happy festival and beneficial Dharma values. In addition to being able to listen to the great lecture from Guru, “Last night, in the front yard, a branch of apricot blossomed”.

    Yes, I agree with you, the surprise gift from Guru_ “A few words with foreign readers” made me extremely impressed. I appreciate the part you share about Guru who convincingly makes example by his own actions of body, speech and mind in many respects when many masters are afraid of doing that. Thank you for sharing this good article.

    May the Guru and his consort live long for the sake of all sentient beings.

    May vajra brother Mat Kien achieve all legitimate wishes.

    I am also thankful vajra brother Mat Dieu Hang for smooth translation. May you achieve your all legitimate wishes.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  7. Sonia Kohli says:

    Dear Guru

    Moments spend at the conference are of grate value to us. The rich conversations with each and every member we met has deep significance. Lessons learnt during the visit guide us in the daily walk of life.

    We are grateful for your teachings and wisdom. Please continue guiding us on the path.

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  8. Mô Phật!

    Pháp đệ hoan hỷ tán thán thiện hạnh của đạo huynh Mật Diệu Hằng đã dịch bài viết đạo huynh Mật Kiên sang tiếng Anh. Ngõ hầu giúp các bạn đọc biết tiếng Anh trên toàn thế giới đọc được bài viết này và có cơ hội được kết nối với vị Thầy Mật giáo.

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

    Cầu nguyện đạo huynh Mật Kiên và đạo huynh Mật Diệu Hằng luôn tinh tấn thực hành pháp và viên thành mọi ước nguyện chính đáng.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  9. Vũ Thúy Vân(Quảng ninh ) says:

    Kính bạch Thầy .

    Con hoan hỉ với bài viết của Thấy ạ. Con cảm ơn Thầy.

  10. Steve Rogers says:

    Dear brother Mat Kien

    thank you for your words describing the conference. I was sad I could not make it but to hear your description of these parts brought the experience closer.

    Dear Holy Guru

    i am Tantra Haramitra

    your description of the apricot branch blossoming gave me a vision of apricots blossoming all over the world through this site and your vision. Through the words spoken at the conference and the work of all those involved many peoples, myself included, would not be able to study and hear the Dharma.

    May the branches continue to blossom.

    Wisdom comes from studying the Dharma, may my study continue. May I practice Dharma all days and nights.

    May the holy Guru, and his followers, 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


  11. Benjamin F Ijan Jr says:


  12. Bishnu Prasad Das says:

    Respected Guruji,

                    I have gone through the nice letter/ article of  Mat KienI . I salute  Mat Kien for the nice article. The way of description is excellent and full of inner meanings.  Guru’s extraordinary capacity and patience towards Dharma and disciple really bow down our head towards him. The way he managed and organized the Dharma Conference  is not possible for a lay man. Learners from various parts of the country as well as out side appreciate his  talents and his deep knowledge. I feel unfortunate as i could not able to attend and meet the Guru Ji at Dharma Conference  in Vietnam.

    with regards,

    Om Mani Padme hum


  13. Lan Trần says:

    Dear Mat Kien,

    I have taken great delight in reading your article. The conference in Lunar New Year is over but its atmosphere seems to be here thanks to your honestly vivid description and brilliant photos. This brings to us, the readers of website chanhtuduy.com, a chance to take part in the conference although we weren’t there in real time (we feel as if we were there). Of among your impressions, I like the one that describes how difficult the interpreters were to face and overcome during the period. Now I understand that in order to successfully organize an event, everything should be prepared carefully even small ones. And I am happy to hear that the conference was successful from beginning to end due to  great effort of the Guru and his disciples in everything.

    May Yidam, Guru and Dakini bless you on the path to ultimate liberation.

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

    May all sentient beings be surrounded by the Three Jewels.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  14. Dear Mat Kien,

    I am delighted to read your article. It seems just happened yesterday.

    The Dharma conference was marvelous with many meaningful speeches, all the Dharma brothers and friends were happy and gorgeous. Especially the Guru’s lecture through the picture apricot flower branch is still blooming.

    Thanks Mat Diệu Hang for your translation.

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

    May Mat Kien good health.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum!


  15. Mô Phật!

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

  16. Tantra Kasila(Vivek S) says:

    Dear holy Guru

    Such a wonderful article.While going through this I could visualize the events.I feel a bit sad because I couldn’t be a part of this auspicious occasions.There is always a second chance in life.At all costs I will try to attend the next time.From my personal perspective I experienced this”Do good without expecting anything in return then definitely there will be hidden surprises for you ”

    May the Guru live long and all human beings have the peacefulness and calmness of Buddha.

    • Nguyên Thành says:

      Song Nguyen Tantra House is always open for those who wish to come for the dharma.

      I hope you read and comment more often.

  17. Tantra Kasila(Vivek S) says:

    Dear holy Guru

    Special thanks for your advices and response.I will make time to read and comment frequently.Thank you.

    Let the Guru live long and all human beings have the peacefulness and calmness of Buddha.

  18. Tantramikaya ( Jane) says:

    dear holy guru. Thank you for the great article. I read your article and your excellent description of the conference. It’s great to see how many people worldwide are following your wise knowledge. Your visual comparisons like the Apricot Blossoming make me feel how much attention to detail you and your disciples have prepared this conference and how important it is to exchange thoughts. It is important to practice the daily exercises and the Dharma, and in the Sangha circle, sharing and praying together and meditating was certainly a great experience. The beautiful photos gave me an insight that a lively exchange took place and the happy faces tell me that the conference was a big win for everyone. I would very much like to have been with you to thank also you holy guru for your wonderful article. May all be happy. May our holy Guru life long for the sake of all sentient beings. May all beings achieve the happiness of Buddha s nature. Om Mani Padme Hum

    • Nguyên Thành says:

      Thank you for your comments. You are right. Practicing the dharma daily is of great importance for the progress on the path to enlightenment.

      I would like to read more of your comments. 

  19. Ahmed Khan says:

    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for sharing this article by Mat Kien.

    I am happy to read about this conference, and I am happy that the English interpretation was good.

    I thank Guru for sharing his wisdom and knowledge about the Dharma with us.

    May all sentient beings be happy and get Enlightened.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.


  20. Tantra Mishataru says:

    Dear mat kien,

    I am so honored to read this article and the love of Guru has for us.

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  21. Tantra Ashihata (Simon Michael) says:

    Dear holy Guru;

    my name is Tantra Ashihata.

    I am much more delight with this wonderful article in which you expressed how is difficult to translate the article from buddahism to English may you have  more wisdom and understanding so that the sentient being will enlighten.

    May Guru live long for the seek of happiness of all sentient being.

    Om mani padme hum

  22. Tantra Mishataru says:

    Dear dharma brother Mat Kien.

    I am grateful for the information you have given me about the conference. And I am so delighted for your devotion towards our Holy Guru.

    Dear Holy Guru,

    I bow my head to your lotus feet.

    I will try so hard to not let this chance slide of attending your dharma conference. I am struggling so hard with my life and financially. But down in my heart I know I will make it into a better life with you my Holy Guru being in my side.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.



  23. paul yawney says:

    Dear holy Guru, thank you for such an informative article. your articles so far have ashown me that I am doing right in my my thoughts, actions, and words thank you. If all goes well perhaps I will get to the conference. Namaste.


  24. Tantra Sagovana says:

    Dear Guru,

    My name is Tantra Sagovana.

    Thank you for sharing this article.

    In this article Mat Kien narrates the Dharma Conference in Lunar New Year 2018.

    She narrates about spiritual atmosphere of Conference and Guru’s well-preparation of everything for disciples and foreign learners.

    She explains Guru’s great compassion and wisdom and his skill in organising conferences.

    As well that the interpretation done for foreign learners is of high professional quality, and everything was well-translated.

    She narrates Guru’s recital of Zen Master Man Giac’s poem verses including about apricot of Dharma being present in Dharma ending age which is same with Guru’s Dharma teachings.

    May Mat Tinh Phap overcome difficulties at present and get successful in the future.

    May all sentient beings be healthy and well and be free from suffering.

    May Guru be healthy and live long for the benefit of all beings.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Tantra Sagovana (Ahmed Khan)

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