Jun 10, 2017


Letter from Canada: The spiritual lotus (Hoa sen tâm thức)

Letter from Canada: The spiritual lotus (Hoa sen tâm thức)

Dear Holy Guru,

Flower’s beautify the life. When seeing a flower blooming in any corners, I feel that place more beautiful. Or on the way home, looking at flower’s with different colour, my day seems more peaceful and joyful. Looking into it makes myself refreshing. Therefore, it is very easy to see flower’s around us such as in restaurant’s, shops, supermarkets, roads… Especially, on the special occasion like a wedding, a new year, greetings, the outstanding arrangement is bursting with flower’s. And there is no doubt that people find flower’s beautiful.

Song Nguyen Tantra House at night

There is another kind of flower leading people close together. It is a flower rooted in our mind. It is a flower of gratitude, respect, understanding, sharing, kindness and love. This flower bloomed from the love of parents for children, from friendship, from helping together in life. How beautiful it is when we can see the flower’s of love flourish at every corner in the world. The pain is easing thanks to the generous flower’s

flowers are blooming in any corners

There are many instances of flower’s in the Buddhist teachings and each instance has its meaning. Flower’s in the Dharma and what these flower’s have to teach us is a very beautiful thing

Of course the most well known flower’s in Buddhism are the Lotus flower’s that bloomed where the new-born Shakyamuni Buddha placed his feet as he took his seven steps. These new blossoms herald the destiny of the infant Buddha – in fact teach us that the infant is already the Enlightened One, but would act out the drama of his life to teach us the Dharma.

One of those teachings is the purity of the Buddha nature that is the true face of all sentient beings and which persists despite our flaws of greed, anger and ignorance. If we listen carefully, each flower has a wordless teaching for each of us. The Sutra’s include many references to flower’s. And of course we must not forget the flower’s of the Pure Land, The gorgeous images of the flower’s and all the other attributes of the Pure Land serve as visualization guides to a realm beyond our limited understanding, or as the Heart Sutra so eloquently states : form is emptiness, emptiness is form.

Tantra Citta

And in “the Vimalakirti room” of “chanhtuduy,.com, the Lotus flower’s are blooming with gorgeous beauty and the big source of” Clear Light ” of Buddha Nature. It is filled with the Guru’s wisdom and compassion. This big source of” Clear light “from” the Vimalakirti’s room” purify all the calyx of an ugly-coloured lotus and reveal the Buddha nature within us. The Guru recognizes the inner Buddha nature within all sentient beings and he has tried to help all beings with his big efforts to water the pure drops to clean the calyx of an ugly coloured lotus. In the Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra by Arya Maitreya wrote :

“Seeing that in the calyx of an ugly – coloured lotus

a tathagata dwells ablaze with a thousand marks,

a man endowed with the immaculate divine vision

takes it from the shroud of the water-born’s petals.”

A corner of Canada, where Tantra Citta lives.

Inside the closed calyx of a lotus that has an ugly colour and a repugnant smell dwells a statue of the Tathagata, ablaze with a thousand pure and beautiful marks. The Guru who is endowed with the clairvoyance of immaculate divine vision sees this, and upon being aware of it, removes the buddha statue from the shroud of the petals of the water – born [Flower].

“Likewise the Sugata with his buddha eye perceives his own true state even in those who must abide in the hell of direst pain. Endowed with compassion itself, which is unobscured and endures to the final end, he relieves them from their obscurations.”

Likewise, with their eye of primordial buddha wisdom, the Sugata’s perceive that the tathagatagarbha the true state illuminating their own being, is even present within those who have to abide in the hell of direst pain (Skt. Avici, Tib. mnar med). Being endowed with discriminative wisdom, compassion and activity, which are free from the veils and enduring up to the last, until the far end of samsara, they relieve the disciples from their adventurous obscurations.

Once his divine eye sees the Sugata abiding within the closed ugly lotus, the man cuts the petals. Seeing the perfect Buddha nature within beings, obscured by the shroud of desire, hatred, and the other mental poisons, the Muni does likewise and through his compassion defeats all their veils. Once someone who possesses divine vision sees this statue of the Sugata abiding within the bud of the closed ugly lotus, he will cut off the petals in order to remove the statue.

flower’s can also open people to intimacy

Likewise the Muni’s see that the nature of perfect buddhahood is present within all sentient beings, obscured by the shroud of of the defilements, by desire, hatred and the other mental poisons. Through the might of their limitless compassion for all those beings who do not realize this [presence], the awakened Muni’s also unfold their activity, thus over coming these adventurious veils just as the petals obscuring the statue are removed.

Besides, the Guru helps us replant with six pure petals from the Seed of Buddha nature. They are :

1.Eight Dharma methods of taking refuge in the Three Jewel’s

2. Uninterrupted offerings

3.Samayagdrsti – Prabha Samadhi

4.Lotus walking Dharani

5.Meditation on Bodhicitta

6.Five degress of Chenrezig meditation and Dharani

With six pure petals, the Lotus of Buddha nature within us will be grown up day by day due to our diligence and especially through the Guru’s blessing. The Guru’s blessing is the substance that provides nourishment eessential for growth. Without nutrient, the lotus with six pure petals cannot become a pure lotus in Pure Land. Likewise, without Guru’s blessing, our effort on practice is in vain.

In the book “Dakini Teachings :A Collection of Padmasambhava’s Advice to the Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal by Padmasambhava”, it wrote :”Guru Rinpoche said :” When practicing the Dharma, there are five necessary things :

1.It is necessary to be accepted by noble beings so as to obtain the essence of the oral instructions

2.Necessary to have deep and unceasing devotion to your Master so as to receive the blessings 3.It is necessary to gather a certain degree of the accumulations so that the mind be pliant

4..Necessary that the mind be pliant so that Samadhi can dwell in your being

5.It is necessary that Samadhi dwell in your being so that you quickly attain the omniscient state of Buddha hood

In short, flower’s can also open people to intimacy and each flower is perfectly itself. Let us all enjoy the beauty, colour, form and perfume that flower’s exhibit to us. In this present world of chaos, we embrace all the happiness that lotus flower affords us and we give thanks to our esteemed Guru Thinley Nguyen Thanh who bestows us the most beautiful flower of all.

My blessings to all at Song Nguyen Tantra House and especially to our revered Master, and his consort. Om Mani Padme Hum

Tantra Citta (Jeffrey Bernard Forest)

Thư Canada: HOA SEN TÂM THỨC – Tantra Citta

  1. Dear Tantra Citta,

    I am very happy to reading your feeling about flower in life and flower in heart on the way of Buddhism. With “ six pure petals from the seed of Buddha nature” by Guru had over 25 years to distillate. And now we inherit also accomplish by themselves for collect benefit through Guru channel.
    I hope you still to read more articles on chanhtuduy.com and learn more benefit from this.
    May the Guru live long for the benefit of all sentient being.
    May the sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    Om Mani Padme Hum

  2. Mật Kính says:

    Dear Tantra Citta

    I’m very happy to read your letter. From the image of flower’s beautiful , it represent for the inner beauty inside of human being as the kindness, respect, understand that leading the people to close together . And even the flowers are cover outside by the dirty thing but it still shinny inside ,it still reveal the outstanding beauty ,like the all sentient being even are cover by the greedy, anger and ignorance but inside it still exits the purity of Buddha nature and with the Vimalakirti room of chanhtuduy,com with full of  Guru’s  wisdom and compassion , and “ the Guru recognizes the inner Buddha nature within all sentient beings and he has tried to help all beings with his efforts to water the pure drops to clean the calyx colored lotus “ and the connection with chanhtuduy, we will get the clear light and reveal the nature Buddha nature and with the method of six pure petals from the Seed of Buddha nature that helps us practices daily easily. Thanks very much for your letter and hope to read more letter from you

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

    May Tantra Citta achieve legitimate wishes

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


  3. Dear Tantra Citta,

    I rejoice your writing so much. The way you use simile is so sophisticated that the merits and virtues of our respected Guru are brilliant and fragrant than ever. Yes, the Guru, representing the buddhas throughout ten directions and of three times, is the one who unveils layers of mud from our mind, introducing us our true nature – the inner Guru- the lotus flower of mind. How beautiful and emotional to see what we are deserved to see, to know what deserved to know. “Every sentient beings has the nature of Buddha”, the Enlightened One said, but due to our inherent and strong ignorance and attachments, we cannot find it until the blissful appearance of the Guru. That is also the reason why Soygal Rinpoche has stressed that: “There is only one way of attaining liberation and of obtaining the omniscience of enlightenment: following an authentic spiritual master.”

    Thank you for your beautiful and sincere lines about the Guru, Buddha and Dharma.

    May Guru and his consort live long for the sake of sentient beings
    May Tantra Citta have health and gain progresses in the path of cultivation
    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature
    Om Ah Hum

  4. Mật Thủy says:

    Dear Tantra Citta,

    I love your idea about the flowers, the flowers rooted in our mind, the flowers in Buddha’s teachings, the flowers of the Pure Land, and especially the flowers in the Dharmic garden Chanhtuduy.com. Chanhtuduy.com is like a pure blooming lotus, a skillful mean of our esteemed Guru to purify our “spiritual lotus” inside each of us. Besides, the six pure petals of the lotus blessed by our Guru will also help us to nourish the Buddha nature within us day by day. I sincere praise our Guru’s merits and virtues and pay homage to him. All the happiness in this life is due to Guru’s merit, I’m so thankful to him.

    Thank you for your article. Hope to read more letter from you. May the Dharmic garden chanhtuduy.com be blooming with more beautiful spriritual flowers fertilized by our Vajra brothers.

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

    Om mani padme hum!

  5. Mật Từ says:

    Dear Tantra Citta,

    Thank you for your profound sharing. I was attracted by the way you connect the similarity between the beauty of “real” flower to the kind percept in each person throughout their connections and the lotus flower which related to the Dharma practitioner’s cultivation. Thanks to our Guru’s teachings, we are likely to be a flower brightened day by day on our way discovering our Buddha’s beauty nature.

    Your writing has successfully combined life and Dharma in a line which is also the typical spirit that our Guru taught us. I am happy to see we are all sharing the same thoughts whenever we are staying in this world.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  6. Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Dear Tantra Citta,

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful thought with us.

    I am inpressed by your thought on flowers in our life, especially, the spiritual lotus on the path to enlightenment. The mind of the beings is like an unopened lotus, when the virtues of the Buddha develop therein the lotus blossoms. And the stage of growth the lotus flower is in represents a different stage of enlightenment.  A lotus flower fully bloomed and open represents full enlightenment and self-awareness.

    And, the nutrient for the growth of spiritual lotus is Guru’s blessing. Of course, in order to get the blessing from Guru and Buddhas, we should have deep and unceasing devotion to our Guru. It is no by chance, Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche wrote: “When an enlightened master who has wisdom and compassion meets a disciple who has faith and diligence, it is as if the sun’s rays where suddenly concentrated through a magnifying glass and focused onto dry grass, causing it to burst into flames, at once. In the same way, the blessings we receive will correspond directly to the intensity of our devotion.”

    I am looking forward to reading more of your writing.

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

    May the six pure petals of lotus flower with Guru’s Bodhicitta flourish all corners of the world to help all sentient beings free from suffering and get the happiness of Buddha’s nature.

    May Tantra Citta achieve all wishes and bliss that arise on the path to enlightenment.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  7. Dear Tantra Citta,

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful “flowers” with us.

    I couldnt help myself to keep reading your article. It started from the beautiful flowers in our daily life to the flower which lead people close together, then Dharma’s flowers and the gorgeous beauty and the big source of Clear light of Buddha Nature Lotus flowers are blooming in chanhtuduy.

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

    May Tantra Citta good health and achieve all wishes.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  8. Dear Tantra Citta!

    Thank you for sharing your profound knowledge with beautiful ” lotus flowers”. In Buddhism the lotus is known to be associated with purity, spiritual awakening and faithfulness. And in  “the Vimalakirti room” of chanhtuduy.com, the lotus flower with six petals has the same function of making our poisonous mind change into pure mind due to our devotion to Guru. The Guru with his wisdom and countless compassion, he always guides us to the path to enlightenment. All depends on our devotion to Guru in order to receive his blessing for the ultimate goal of everlasting bliss in Pure Land.

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

    Looking forward to your new sharing, may Tantra Citta achieve all wishes.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum!


  9.  Tantra Mahavita says:

    Querido Guru : La analogia de la flor en el budismo, es tan hermosa. Ya que ella representa , el Amor …en cada rincon del mundo . Que hermoso y emotivo ver lo que se merece ver , saber lo que se merece saber. “Todos los seres sintientes tienen la naturaleza de Buda ” dijo el Iluminado…pero debido a nuestra inherente y fuerte ignorancia y apegos no podemos encontrarla .Hasta la gloriosa aparicion de nuestro Guru …en palabras de Sogyal Rimpoche ha subrayado ” Solo hay una manera de lograr la liberacion y de obtener la omminisencia ” y es gracias a la flor de la Mente del Guru .El Guru reconoce la naturaleza interna de buda dentro de todos los seres sintientes y nos trata de ayudar con su tremenda , paciencia ,, compasion , tolerancia ,amabilidad , respeto . y fundamentalmente Amor . Nuestra Devocion , no tiene limites …Que nuestro Guru tenga salud y pueda vivir muchos años para beneficio de todos los seres sintientes . Que todos los seres encuentren la felicidad y sus causas …OM MANI PADME HUM

  10. Salvatore Antonio Fois says:

    My name is Tantra Siramitra;

    Dear Tantra Citta.

    Excellent comment! Very very profound conflagration.




  11. Dr. C H Lakshmi narayan. says:

    Guru is my guide

    Buddha is my life

    Dharma is my way

    Sangha is my Spirit

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

    One has to derive great philosophical teachings and preachings of a  “Flower ” !

    A Flower will never invite anyone to come to its near to enjoy its beauty.!  On the other hand, whoever comes to its near it will give (unconditionally  without expecting anything from them) joy and pleasure by it’s beauty by sight and fragrance by smell by it’s Nature of Bodhicitta.!. Joy and pleasure is to get by mere sight only. If you want to get joy and pleasure by touching it and handling it manually, the flower will fade and spoiled in no time.! So anything to be enjoyed is only by mere  sight and not by touch .! This is a leasson. Though the flower is short lived, it gives others joy and pleasure with Bodhicitta.!

    Spiritual teachings say that one should lead the life like a lotus flower.! The lotus flower though it is born at the bottom of the water in the dirty mud, it rises above the surface of the water in the tank and it always aims high above the sky to look at the sun who gives light to the whole world selflessly with out expecting anything and with Bodhicitta.!. Hence,  a flower  enjoys a high status in the field of Spirituality.!

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Long live our beloved Guruji for upholding Dharma.

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan.

    ( Tantra Nirvadeva )

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Nirvadeva (CH Lakshminarayan) sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Đạo sư là người dẫn đường cho con
      Phật là cuộc sống của con
      Pháp là con đường của con
      Tăng là tinh thần của con.
      Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!
      Con xin cúi đầu đảnh lễ dưới chân sen của Thầy.
      Bài viết này nói về những giáo lý Phật đà thông qua hình ảnh “bông hoa”.

      Bông hoa không bao giờ mời ai đó đế gần để ngắm vẻ đẹp của nó. Mặc khác, bất kỳ ai đến gần hoa đều  cảm thấy vui vẻ và thư thái khi được ngắm vẻ đẹp của hoa, được thưởng thức hương thơm và bông hoa không hề đòi hỏi điều gì ở họ. Điều này cũng giống như sự cho đi mà không mong cầu sự báo đáp của tâm bồ đề.

      Niềm vui và sự thư thái có được chỉ khi ngắm vẻ đẹp của hoa, nhưng nếu con người cắt hoa làm của riêng mình thì bông hoa đó sẽ tàn phai và  chết. Cũng vậy, chúng con nên hân thưởng cuộc sống mà không bám chấp vào nó, không giữ mãi niềm vui đó. Hơn nữa, mặc dù vòng đời của bông hoa ngắn ngủi nhưng nó mang đến niềm vui cho mọi người.


      Về con đường tâm linh, nhiều người cho rằng hành giả nên dũng mãnh như hoa sen. Mặc dù hoa sen được sinh ra trong bùn dưới mặt nước, nhưng nó đã vươn lên khỏi bùn, vươn lên khỏi mặt nước mà không dính nước bùn, luôn hướng lên phía trên, hướng về phía mặt trời, mang lại niềm vui và hạnh phúc cho mọi người với tinh thần vô ngã và tâm bồ đề. Do đó, hoa sen là biểu trưng cho giá trị cao cả trong lĩnh vực tâm linh.”

      Om Mani Padme Hum.
      Con cầu nguyện Thầy trụ thế lâu dài vì sự nghiệp hoằng dương chánh pháp.
      Con – C H Lakshminarayan.

      (Tantra Nirvadeva)”

  12. Dr. C H Lakshmi narayan. says:

    Respected Guruji,

    I am highly grateful to you for your kind appreciation of my comments.

    Your’s sincerely

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan.

  13. Tantra Upatissa says:

    Dear Guru thanks for sharing this article.

    May all beings get liberated by the six methods of meditation practice taught by you.

    May Guru and his consort live long and protected and get enlightened.

    May all beings be free from suffering and get enlightened.

    Om Mani Padme Hum..

  14. Mark Hamilton says:

    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for sharing this article. I am reminded of the importance of flowers for life itself. Without flowers, the bees could not survive. And likewise the flowers cannot survive without the bees.

  15. Tantra Sagovana says:

    Dear Guru,

    My name is Tantra Sagovana.

    Thank you for sharing this article.

    In this article the Dharma brother explains the significance of flowers in Buddhism especially lotus flower, and that we all have flower bud inside of us which is our Buddha-nature that gives u the potential for enlightenment.

    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)

  16. Tantra Ashihata (Simon Michael) says:

    Dear holy Guru,

    my name is Tantra Ashihata.

    I appreciate you for this wonderful article you have given to us.

    The spiritual lotus which expressed the beauty of flower in our life and how we should translate this to our life by being kindness,respectful, obedience love to all sentient being to reflect beauty of lotus flowers in our lives.

    May Guru help of with the above stated quality.

    May Guru live long for the seek of happiness of all sentient being and may all sentient being free from suffering.

    Om mani padme hum.


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