Aug 30, 2017

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JENNIFER’ S THINKINGS ABOUT BUDDHISM

JENNIFER’ S THINKINGS ABOUT BUDDHISM

Dear holy Guru, My name is Jennifer, I am living in the United States of America. I’m the wife to Steve and I have three adult children. Two girls and one boy. We have suffered much in earlier life but things are slowly getting better. I long to make relationships with other Buddhists. I wish to learn Buddhism for a better life for me and others. I have spent a very hard life before. Now it became the experience in my life. I have learned much. There were many who showed love and care to me and my children. They took care of us and they showed me the world can be a wonderful, loving, peaceful, and giving place. I wanted to do the same. The loving Buddha shows me how to forgive and accept that everyone is not the same. What I consider to be right thought is not what everyone considers right thought. Buddha was born a rich man and chose a life of poverty to better understand and relate to the world. He had spent his whole life to find out the Path for all sentient beings free from suffering. I deeply respect and highly appreciate the loving Buddha for his greatness, his wisdom and compassion. I have searched for long time to learn Buddhism to benefit me and others. I have made some friends on internet and I have met some Buddhists in Facebook. My journey in Buddhism practice is an interesting and exciting one. I came across Buddhism by accident, or so I would think, but now I believe it was Karma. I was struggling with my mental illness and I was really struggling with my faith. I was raised Catholic by my grandmother and then later decided to become non-denominational Christian. I even went as far as getting myself and my children baptized. Looking back, I realize I did this for all of the wrong reasons. I did not do it because it filled my religious needs but rather it helped ease the fear of what happens after we die. With my mental illness, I obsessed about what would happen after I died. Would I just simply vanish and become nothing?

Jennifer from The United States of America

Through internet I can connect with you. I have a chance to read your articles on chanhtuduy.com. I am really happy to read your writings. I am new to Buddhism. I can understand about Buddhism by reading your articles. I remember that as a Buddhist, I should: “reside in the house of Right Mindfulness, live with the compassion and work with the wisdom and show undiscriminating attitude towards objects and events.” The fear of becoming nothing has plagued me since childhood. It terrified me to think that I could just disappear and it wouldn’t matter. I would simply be gone and nothing I ever did or said would matter. I would just cease to exist. That fear no longer plagues me. I now understand that in life suffering is inevitable and why would I want to hold on to that? In Buddhism, we learn that we are working towards enlightenment. Enlightenment is when we no longer suffer. We learn to avoid and conquer suffering. We learn to let go of the suffering of earth and we become peaceful. We want to reach peace so that we no longer have to suffer. As a saying: “Easier said than done”. I am spending more time studying Buddhism as my Guru has been, and continues to be, a wonderful teacher. It seems that the articles I come in contact with each day relate to my life at that time. It is amazing. I love learning Buddhism. Whenever I read your articles, I feel relaxing and peaceful. Day by day, I learn a little and I understand a little. And I feel my suffering is lessening a little. I always keep in my mind all the care you have for your disciples and all other beings. I highly appreciate your kindness, compassion and your love to all beings. Iam  deeply moved by your three vows for all beings: “Today, 27 February 2014, I am Nguyen Thanh, Buddha’s Disciple, who understand full meaning of “Shame for self and shame for others” in the Dharmapada Sutra and being a Good Knowing Advisor in Buddhism of Song Nguyen’s Bodhimandala, I take vows in front of Buddha, Padmasambhava, VajraDharma Guardian as below: 1, Based on the supernatural power of Buddha, Padmasambhava, Dakini to put all the mind-power into every of my lecture, I vow for any disciples of Song Nguyen’s Bodhimandala will be created favorable conditions to read articles on chanhtuduy.com to connect their mind with their Guru’s, Buddhist’s Saints and Sages. Their powers which comes from enlightenment will be increase day by day and their intellectual insight will be more clear-sighted, their affairs will be flowing easy. 2, I will bear all the offences which were arisen by the laziness of those who being disciples of Song Nguyen’s Bodhimandala (no matter they are inners or not). I will also receive all the outcomes that are going to correspondingly happen based on the law of causation which was the result of my not having enough enlightening power to improve the interest and surrender in Dharma on them. 3, I vow that every people who had had the natural bond to come across and read one or many of my articles on chanhtuduy.com will be gardened merits and virtues for the future to be a Tibetan Buddhist, from now to the supreme enlightenment.” Whenever I get difficult in my life, your warm smile and whole-hearted care raise me up. I know that I will get over because I have a wonderful Guru like you beside me. Thank you so much for giving me a good opportunity to learn from you. Please pay attention to me, the holy Guru. Please guide me the way to free from suffering and achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature. May you have good health and live long for the benefit of all sentient beings. May all sentient beings free from suffering and its causes. Om Mani Padme Hum

Your student

Jennifer


Vietnamese translation: Thư gửi từ nước Mỹ: TÂM SỰ CỦA JENNIFER, MỘT KI TÔ HỮU NƯỚC MỸ

  1. Jennifer says:
    Thank you dear holy guru for posting my thoughts. May you live well and peaceful for all beings.
  2. Dear Jennifer,

    I am delighted to read your writing.

    You had to go through lots of sufferings in your life, but finally thanks to those experiences you could realize that how wonderful the Buddha is. You used to be a Catholic, a non-denominational Christian, however now you are on the way of a Buddhism practitioner. The same as you said, it is not an accident, it’s Karma. Thanks to reading articles on chanhtuduy.com, you feel more relaxing and peaceful, your fear since childhood also has gone, it’s really amazing. Chanhtuduy.com is a marvelous means what holy Guru created to help disciples to connect with him and be able to accumulate immeasurable merit and wisdom through reading articles every day at any time. I do think it’s unique.

    Thank you for your sharing.

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

    May all sentient beings attain happiness of Buddhahood.

    Om ah hum.

    • Jennifer says:
      Thank you for reading my thoughts on the teachings I have received so far. I love learning Buddhism and putting it into practice. My past living situation has brought me right where I belong, here, learning and practicing Buddhism and learning the way of the great Buddha’s. I appreciate the Guru and his devotion to teach all of us. May he live in peace and harmony for sake of all sentient beings.

       

  3.  

    Dear Jennifer,

    I’m delighted to read your sharing from the United States. From here I realize that the halos of Master’s Bodhicitta viva chanhtuduy.com is so marvelous. They aren’t interfered with space or geographical distance, spreading and helping people from the far away country like the United States of America easing the pain. I’m delighted with your lines: ” It seems that the articles I come in contact with each day relate to my life at that time. It is amazing” and ” Whenever I read your articles, I feel relaxing and peaceful. Day by day, I learn a little and I understand a little. And I feel my suffering is lessening a little”. I also learnt the reality that, in any country, human suffering is always present. And the articles on chanhtuduy.com are “miraculous remedies” to ease suffering and bring us joy towards the true happiness of the City of Liberation.

    Thank you for recalling our Guru’ vows in “A few words on chanhtuduy.com”, so that once again we are able to re-read and remember his bodhicitta to us and beings from this website chanhtuduy.com. From there we have a chance to look back at ourselves and wake up “shame for self and shame for others” as well as devotion to the Guru.

    Thank you Jennifer. Hope to read more your sharing on chanhtuduy.com.

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

    Om mani padme hum!

  4. Mật Chánh Tấn says:

    Dear Jennifer,

    I am delighted to read your letter. I am happy to hear that your life has get better after going through many hardships. From those experiences and after reading on Chanhtuduy.com, you could realize the path to free from suffering via learning the Buddha’s teaching under the Guru’s instructions. Your thought and expression in this letter has showed your sincerity devotion toward the Guru. This also a chance for me to look back at myself to nurture my devotion to the Guru. Thanks to Guru’s method, we can accumulate merit by reading and comment articles on Chanhtuduy.com without being limited by space and time. I hope you would read more articles on Chanhtuduy.com and spread your love to other people.

    Thanks for your sharing.

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

    May all sentient beings attain happiness of Buddhahood.

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  5. Tantra Mahavita says:
    QUERIDO GURU : Mi corazon te agradece profundamente que caminemos este camino … Amado Guru ….Que tengas mucha salud y puedas vivir muchos años para beneficio de todos los seres sintientes . Que todos los seres encuentren la felicidad y sus causas …,OM MANI PADME HUM .
  6. Mật Kính says:

    Dear Jennifer,

    Im glad to read your sharing, so happy when now you overcome the fear, and have the experiment, that good when you realize “ I now understand that in life suffering in envitable and why would I want to hold on to that?” and just only in Buddhism, we will study and work toward englightment, and just only enlightment is when we nolonger suffering, and so important to have the Guru to guide us how to practice to get the englightment , and how lucky our Guru creat the chanhtuduy.com for his disciples to practice and comment every day to collect the immeasurable merit and wisdom. Thanks for your article and look forward to reading your next sharing.

    May the Guru and his consort long live  for benefil for all sentient being

    May Jennifer,the blessing all the wishes and ultimate in next life

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

    OM AH HUM

  7. Dear Jennifer!

    I am delighted with your article.

    Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche taught that: “No one wants to suffer, but despite our best efforts we still have to suffer, so we need someone to guide us how to free from suffering”. I am very happy that you can be connected with the Guru (who guides us out of suffering) through reading, commenting on the chanhtuduy.com.

    I hope to read more of your sharing.

    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature. Om Ah Hum!

     

  8. Dear Jennifer,

    I am delighted to read your sharing about Buddhism. I am happy to know that your hardships in the past become the valuable lessons for you to have a better life now. In addtion, I am glad to know that your present life is good. The happiest thing you have had now is that you can learn Buddhism from Guru on chanhtuduy.com. By simply reading and commenting the articles on chanhtuduy.com, you both connect with Guru and understand the true meaning of Buddha’s teaching.

    The Tantra of the Array ofSamayas says: “Better than meditating for a hundred thousand kalpas On a deity with all the major and minor marks Is to think of one’s teacher for an instant. Better than a million recitations of the approach and accomplishment practices Is a single prayer addressed to the teacher.” (The words of my perfect teacher by Patrul Rinpoche).

    I hope to read more of your writing.

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

    May you get all wishes due to your diligent practice.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    • Jennifer says:
      Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate the Guru and all of his articles and teachings. I am happy to have shared my story thus far and will share more if it pleases the Guru. Buddhism is home to me. The way of the Buddha fills my heart and makes me feel whole. I love to read the articles each day and look forward to them each and every day. I do know however that it takes time to learn Buddhism. You can not rush it. It must be done slowly so you do not lose meaning.
    • Jennifer says:
      Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate the Guru and all of his articles and teachings. I am happy to have shared my story thus far and will share more if it pleases the Guru. Buddhism is home to me. The way of the Buddha fills my heart and makes me feel whole. I love to read the articles each day and look forward to them each and every day. I do know however that it takes time to learn Buddhism. You can not rush it. It must be done slowly so you do not lose meaning.
  9. Dr.C H Lakshmi narayan says:

    I am Tantra Nirvadeva.

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

    I am delighted to read about kalyanmithra Jennifer’s thinking.In addition I would like to add a few thoughts of mine about Buddhism.  Samsara is the first step.! Nirvana is the last Step ! Lord Buddha had his samsara first and left his samsara and went to forest in search of cause and remedy to human suffering !.Even after going to forest , he was not alone. There also he lived with another samsara of his disciples  of Bhikkus and Bikinis giving his teachings to the laymen. So samsara is equally important and not to be condemned. After that,he meditated , developed  Bodhichitta  and Wisdom( Enlightenment)!. That is Nirvana.( Last Step). So samsara  and Nirvana are the two sides of the same  coin !

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Long live our Guruji for upholding Dharma.

    Dr.CH Lakshmi narayan.

     

     

  10. Dear Jennifer,

    I am really touched by your sincere and kind words to the Guru and his Dharma sermons. My sympathy on what you and your family had gone through on a rainy day. Inevitably, being born into human being means you will suffer, though in different ways. But this is also a precious chance for us to realize what we should do and choose to follow to get out of such sufferings once and for all. I am very glad to meet you here on chanhtuduy.com, sharing with each other our admiration to the Guru’s compassion and wisdom, learning Dharma from him so as to step by step, flying high on the sky of liberation. What you are feeling upon reading the Guru’s articles is what I am feeling too. We can realize that our mind gradually transforms a little, day by day, thanks to his wonderful methods of teaching and practice. This reminds me of the teaching of Soygal Rinpoche that: “There is only one way of attaining liberation and of obtaining the omniscience of enlightenment: following an authentic spiritual master.” And that Guru is being with us now. Thank you for sharing with us your sincere thoughts.

    May the Guru and his consort live long for the benefit of sentient beings
    May Jennifer and your family fulfill all legitimate wishes
    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature
    Om Ah Hum

  11. Dear Jennifer,

    I am touched by your sharing and your kind words to our Holy Guru. I am glad that your life is getting better now and you overcome the fear by learning to work toward the enlightenment. Enlightenment is when we no longer suffer. I am glad that you have wonderful chance to connect with Guru by simply reading and commenting on chanhtuduy.

    Thanks to Holy Guru with his Bodhicitta and wisdom, he created chanhtuduy and many meaningful article which guide us to the true of Buddha ‘s teaching.

    May Jennifer good health and hope to read more article from you.

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

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  12. Dear Jenifer, 

    I am deeply touched by your love and understanding of Buddhism. Just like you, I had been through the struggle to understand life and death since I was little. Many have said life is unfair. I did not like the idea yet did not know how the world would run otherwise. Thanks to our Guru, I have learned little by little about Buddhism, about karma and about the world in a very different perspective. I know that I’m learning the right wisdom when it both answers my questions and fulfills my heart. I believe that our Guru will help us understand the world better, live a meaningful life, and eventually find the happiness of Buddha nature.

    Thank you for your sharing.May the Guru and his consort live long for the benefit of sentient beingsMay you and your family fulfill all legitimate wishesMay all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature. Om mani padme hum.  

  13. Mật Bích Hạnh says:

    Dear Jenifer

    I’m Mat Bich Hanh.

    I’m so delighted to read your letter.

    I have worked for an foreign language center, where has some foreigners working as teachers. In my job and from my knowledge, I know that most Western people are Christians. You chose minority, chose not to follow majority, so its sure that how meaningfully Buddhism must change your life. Im also so happy about that.

    We are really lucky to know holy Guru, reach Chanhtuduy and become Guru’s follower. We will keep belief in Buddhism and holy Guru. Believe that Guru will guide us to the light of Buddhism and a better life.

    May you and your family healthy, peaceful and   happy

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

    Om mani padme hum

  14. beelay says:
    Deaf guru,

    After reading the article from Jennifer, it make me relies want is the actual living in other country compare with what I stay at my home town.

    Want like to thank for the article, it make me understand what is real life.

     

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