Aug 7, 2017

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Letter to disciples No.218: ROOTS AND TIPS (Gốc và ngọn)

Letter to disciples No.218: ROOTS AND TIPS (Gốc và ngọn)

Letter to disciples No.218: ROOTS AND TIPS

Dear my disciples,

We were having a café in “Yellow flowers & Green grass” coffee shop (the name resembles a famous movie named “Yellow flowers on the Green Grass” that was shot in Phu Yen with many beautiful scenes). I have no idea whether the café’s owner fell in love with the movie or not for taking the movie’s name to call his place. It is true that the place is made by two main tones which are green and yellow, highlighting the characteristic of the café.

“Yellow flowers & Green grass” coffee shop in Phu Yen

It must say that coffee made in Phu Yen province is much stronger and trigger more flavors than in other places, so it was once in the 80s of last century nicknamed “Tuy Hoa coffee”, just like “Phan Thiet fish sauce” “Phu Quoc pearl”, “My Tho noodles”. However, as for us to choose a place to have a rest, it is not only the taste but also the space of that place as well. Last night, my car found hours to find a suitable place named “Mai Ngoi”. It is totally different with Phan Thiet where we could easily find many good places to go. We are leading a happy cultivation so those enjoyable moments mean practicing and cultivating as well. Every time you are eating a delicious dish, or taking a good sip beyond taste or watching beautiful scenes, etc. At that time the joy will reward us in deep gratitude to the human being, the country and especially the blessings from the yidam, gurus, and vihara protectors through Guru’s delivery.

We are leading a happy cultivation so those enjoyable moments mean practicing and cultivating as well.

Then what is the reason behind that fact? Imagine other guests who might share similar experiences at the café, with the same space to enjoy but most of them lost their sensation. Some people enjoyed the taste but did not appreciate the artistic characteristics. By that way, they had overlooked the outdoor scenes. There are three levels of sensational receptors which are taste, admire and enjoy, but all those receptors haven’t yet touched the heart of gratitude.

Meanwhile, a Tantric practitioner always keep in mind to cultivate themselves to become the third hardest person through the slogan “Life is Dharma, Dharma is life” by showing their gratitude and repayment in turn.  This is also the reason why I was rebuking Mat Sim (Russian) severely. He did not hesitate to say thank you anytime being treated a good meal while there were lots of precious writings which helps him to be on the right Dharma track but he has never left any comments. The same situation came to an Indian doctoral professor who appreciated the translation version only, without mentioning the author of the original composition. That is one token to recognize people who show their grateful to the wrong views. Since then, he was not allowed to leave any word on chanhtuduy.comany longer.

We arrived at Nha Trang city in the evening

It is true that the referrers who help him to approach the website is important. But the wise one will not “prioritize the tips and let pass unnoticed the root” that way. If there was no Vimalakirti’s room for them to enter, thousands of introduction to the point would mean nothing. A practitioner who is cultivating the Pure Mind Yoga should have the base of right view. He/she should direct to the right person to show the gratitude. The gratitude that comes only to the person who introduced the website is not any different to a fake filial piety. For what reason? You should try to figure out a computation model that the number of people being introduced experienced an exponential growth. However, the people who remain till the end is the ones who follow the rules of Song Nguyen Tantra House and show their Guru’s reverence, keep their actions in the right track of Dharma.

crowded tourist buses on the occasion of national day 27th of July

I am saying that for you to understand that the origin of grace is the beginning, staying long and stable based in the self-courage. What will happen if the person who gave the introduction break the precepts and leave Song Nguyen Tantra House in the future? Then the person being introduced will continuously defend and protect his/her “friend” and keeps that grace remain forever? If it is the case, it is the irreverence toward the Guru as the disciple does not follow the Guru’s advice and unable to distinguish the righteousness.

Dear my disciples,

The growth rate of urban construction in this city is crazily fast.

Once we distinguish the root of gratitude, our gratitude will be cultivated for fearlessness because understanding all blessings or manifestations is rooted by Bodhi activities (compassion and wisdom) of Avalokiteshvara, Guru and vihara protectors. We arrived at Nha Trang city in the evening, it took us 2 hours to find an accommodation. It also took us stressfulness while struggling with crowded tourist buses on the occasion of national day 27thof July. Luckily, there was only one room left in Nhat Thien Hotel. Two minutes later, a phone call asking for a room was rejected as I was the final one that day. Anyone who is travelling by car at night will understand my situation. We cannot rely on any one else such as Mr A or Ms B for help, even the support of Vietmap app would not help in that case as it is impossible to settle down many criteria such as price, location, amenities and parking area. Not to mention about the case we found the right place but it did not find us. In the originality of interdependence, the only thing that remains unchanged is the blessing of the Master, the Avalokiteshvara and Vihara protectors. That is the root or the source of original gratitude.

Song Nguyen Tantra House at night

Thanks to the difficulties in finding a suitable accommodation and the astonishment to face with the lack of quality in food service as well as the noise environment, I decided to stay at Nha Trang only one night and leave for Phu Yen the next morning without any hesitation. It must be recognized that Nha Trang is a vibrant city and is reaching out to be a “strong hero”. After my last article that wrote about Nha Trang in 2014, up to now Nha Trang has updated with the “traffic jam” trend. The growth rate of urban construction in this city is crazily fast. On Tran Phu street, the main roads in Nha Trang city, there are a bunch of buildings that was built, has been built and are being built partly, one behind the other. The intensity of this coastal city is far beyond the coastal cities of Vung Tau, Quy Nhon, Phu Quoc, and Ha Long that we visited. We were truly overwhelmed by our witness.

On Tran Phu street, buch of buildings that was built, has been built and are being built partly, one behind the other.

However, I believe at the bottom of their heart, Nha Trang people are still being troubled, and I myself realized the inadequacies in this city. In my imagination, Nha Trang is like a girl with beautiful face who easily attracts others at first sight. But it takes not too long to realize that she owns a bow-legged appearance. It is similar to the fact of Nha Trang city. There are just a few beautiful streets near the coastal line, while the inner roads that we met during struggling to find a hotel are totally ugly and rough. That definitely disappoints any tourist, with no different feelings of realizing the weakness of a beautiful girl. I don’t have any clue on the quality of seafood in the downtown’s market but from what I experienced was the lacking of artistic hands and conscience cook. I tried to have a Pho noodle in a proper restaurant and happened to think that we should pay a visit to the dentist earlier to prepare ourselves iron teeth.

I felt pity for Mat Dieu. Her teeth are normally weak, and the dishes that was served is of course a challenge for her. We are even more surprised by the price. It was overpriced. Last time I did expose the truth of car rental service in this city to the police. After 3 years, it seems that nothing has changed. Thinking back to the food service in Ba Ria province, Pleiku City, Phan Thiet City, Tuy Hoa City, I realize that Nha Trang is on the sidelines of the tourist trajectory which can be described as “Take off the root”.

Dear my disciples,

This is my second time coming back to central Vietnam, I learnt that with the operation of karmic, it is difficult to stay long at one place even I had planned to reside for days. It is also the operation of the law of cause and effect. However, in our essence, we should learn that whatever happens, it is understood as the blessing of the Avalokiteshvara. Therefore, in difficult times or in dissatisfied situations, the mind still finds itself being blessed because of being differently blessed in the same situation. I would like to conclude by praying all the beings achieve the happiness of nature Buddha which originated from the third hardest person to meet. I pray for the country’s permanence which is out of natural disasters, all the people living in peace and development.

Tuy Hoa City, 27 July 2017.

Thinley Nguyen Thanh

Translated by Mat Tu.

Original Vietnamese version: Thư gửi các trò 218: GỐC VÀ NGỌN

Related posts:

Letter to Disciples 216: “…THE RAINS PASSING BY..” (“Những chuyến mưa qua…”)

Letter to disiples no.217: PHAN THIET (Phan Thiết)

Letter to disciples No.218: ROOTS AND TIPS (Gốc và ngọn)

Letter No. 219 to disciples: PEACE TO WEALTH, KEEP PEACEFUL TO GET THE PURE MIND (Yên để mà giàu, an để mà tịnh)

Letter to Disciples No. 220: “DO NOT CONSIDER THINGS AS FAILURES” (“Đừng coi mọi sự như là khuyết điểm”)

Letter No. 221 to disciples: NEVER BE RELUCTANT (Đừng miễn cưỡng)

Letter to Disciples No. 222: THE BODHI HAMMOCK (Chiếc võng Bồ đề)

  1. Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Dear Holy Guru,

    I am delighted to read your letter No. 218: Roots and tips.

    Gratitude is one of the important qualities of the Buddhist. The Lord Buddha advised his devotees to repay the four debts of gratitude. And he also stated that people are hard to find in the world are to be grateful and thankful for a kindness done. Gratitude is one of the most powerful practices for living the dharma in daily life. Gratitude makes it possible for me to have a happy life. Gratitude is an antidote for the poisons of greed, jealousy, resentment, and grief.  When I am grateful I do not wish for more than I have, but appreciate that which is already present in my life.

    More important, I need to know whom I should have the gratitude towards. If I leave “roots” and focus on “tips”, I will not get successful. Likewise, planting a thankful tree, if I pay attention to care the yellow leaves and forget the root, accordingly, the tree is never green because of bad root. It is the root which nourish the leaves, the root is going to die, how can the leaves be alive? Similarly, It is wrong if my gratitude focuses on everything I have, but I forget the role of the Guru, I can not get the blessing from the Guru. It is also wrong gratitude if I feel thankful to the Buddhas and Yidam only for what I have had, but I forget the gratitude to the Guru. Because Guru is the sources of all success in temporary life and in bliss in Pure Land. I do not take care of the root of gratitude towards the Guru, the devotion to the Guru, I get obviously failure in both this life and next life even though I practice the Dharma diligently.

    After reading your article, I have clearly understood the roots and tips and I have a good opportunity to contemplate on my actions of body, speech and mind according to the Dharma.

    I would like to express my gratitude to you for your profound teaching.

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

    I also rejoice in Mat Tu’s translation. It is wonderful. Thanks to her translation, I hope that people all over the world have a good chance to access to the Dharma and pay attention to the root of liberation in accordance to the right view on gratitude.

    May Mat Tu attain all legitimate wishes and get successful in career and the spiritual life.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  2. Mô Phật!

    Mật thúy rất hoan hỉ với thiện hạnh dịch bài viết của vị Thầy sang tiếng Anh của đạo huynh Mật Từ  cầu nguyện cho huynh luôn tin tấn thực hành pháp để được tha lực hô trì cầu mong tất cả chúng sanh luôn có duyên lành biết đến chánh pháp OM ah hùm

  3. Tantra Mahavita says:

    QUERIDO GURU : GRATITUD ……Expreso mi Gratitud a este espacio que me permite expresarme . Profunda y devota GRATITUD  a mi Maestro que me va guiando ,paso a paso ,a traves de las profundidades de la mente y de las emociones.GRATITUD a este momento presente , aqui y ahora , cambiante ,momento a momento. GRATITUD a BUDA y a todos los Bodhisatvas y a sus maravillosas enseñanzas . Y desde lo mas profundo de mi corazon… GRATITUD a este viaje increible, maravilloso ,a veces aterrador ,imaginario , ilusorio …llamado Conciencia-   Preciado Guru …que tengas salud para que tus maravillosas enseñanzas sigan derramando el nectar de Sabiduria y Compasion para beneficio de todos los seres sintientes .Que todos los seres esten libres de sufrimiento y sus causas.  OM MANI PADME HUM

  4. Dr. C H Lakshmi narayan says:

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

    ”     My Dharma name is Tantra Nirvadeva

    Messenger of Buddha and Dharma wave

    My Masters Guru padmasambhava

    Tinlay Nguyen. ,and  ShanthiDeva

    My mission is to Practice Dharma and to serve.”

    Guruji, in this letter stresses that one should not give priority to the tips and let pass un noticedt the Root. That means great importance and reverence to be given to the Guru And his teachings mainly and not to his following disciples who introduce the new comers to the CHANHTUDUY or VIMALAKIRTI’s room. Otherwise, this is similar to praising all the while the pickle and forgetting the main meal and sweet dish served ! In other words it is similar to giving importance to the tail and forgetting the whole dog! So Guruji’s humble wish that his disciples should introduce such right Spiritual persons with sincere Guru-disciple devotion who have right view and i follow the right Dharma practice till the end with out break in the middle. They should have gratitude for his Dharma teachings and have no egoism and great reverence. Guru is the root. And disciples and all others are like branches, leaves, flowers and fruits etc.which are nourished by the root!  If the root is not there, all they perish!

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    Long live our Guruji for upholding Dharma

    Dr.C H Lakshminarayan

    • Mật Diệu Hằng says:

      Kính bạch Thầy!

      Conn xin phép dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Nirvadeva sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Con xin đảnh lễ dưới chân sen của Thầy!

      Pháp danh của con là Tantra Nirvadeva

      Con nhận được pháp danh Thầy ban cho là nhận được ơn phước từ chư Phật, Đại sỹ Liên Hoa Sanh thông qua Thầy Thinley Nguyên Thành.

      Trách nhiệm của con là tinh tấn hành pháp vì mình và tha nhân.

      Kính bạch Thầy!

      Khi đọc xong bài viết này, con hiểu rằng chúng con không nên chú trọng vào ngọn mà bỏ qua gốc. Do vậy, người mà chúng con nên tôn kính, biết ơn chính là vị Thầy vì những giáo huấn Thầy ban, chứ không phải biết ơn người giới thiệu cho con tiếp cận với hoặc căn phòng Duy Ma Cật. Nếu biết ngọn, bỏ gốc thì giống như khi chúng con được mời dự tiệc, chúng con chỉ biết khen dưa muối mà quên đi những món ngon chính và những đồ ngọt tạo nên sự hấp dẫn và ngon miệng. Cũng vậy, tựa như chúng con khi nhìn vào chú chó, chúng con chỉ biết cái đuôi mà quên cả con chó.

      Con hiểu rằng Thầy mong học trò của Thầy trợ duyên cho những người thành tâm học đạo cầu pháp với lòng sùng kính đạo sư thuần thành, có chánh kiến và con sẽ kiên định trên con đường đạo Pháp mà không bỏ dở giữa chừng. Chúng con nên tôn kính và biết ơn Thầy vì những giáo pháp Thầy đã ban với tri kiến thanh tịnh. Đạo sư chính là gốc, đệ tử và học trò là những nhánh, cành, lá, hoa, quả đang được gốc nuôi dưỡng. Nếu không có gốc thì tất cả cành, lá, hoa, quả đều không có.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.

      Con thành tâm cầu nguyện Thầy trụ thế lâu dài để ngọn đuốc chánh pháp được lan tỏa khắp muôn nơi.

      Con – C H Lakshminarayan”

  5. Tantra Upatissa says:

    Dear Guru thanks for writing this experience. We will be thankful to Buddha and other dharma protectors who protect us in hardships in a different way. Hope all beings in difficult situations stay in path of dharma with faith in dharma.

    May Guru live long for sake of other beings.

    May all beings be free from suffering and get enlightened.

  6. LeeBeeLay says:

    Dear Guru,

    Thank to share your finding, it make me learn more from your article.

  7. Tantra Mikaya (jane) says:

    Dear holy guru. Thank you very much for your article and the translation. Your travel report is wonderful and very close written and I can understand that it is good to travel to gather experiences and here in Germany we say traveling forms. On all our journeys we meet the most different people with the most different values ​​and often different cultures. I learned a lot on my journeys that I was, and am grateful to, every single person for the teachings. It shaped me to the woman I am today and I see the world and the nature more mindful. Through you holy Guru I learned that I myself can control my thoughts that I am not anchoring or careless. You are the true teacher who inspired me with his articles to sort out my emotional world to be more relaxed and calm in the spirit and to be. I teaf rushed people and sometimes saw how they wrestled for air and were talking about what they all have to do. It looked like a stone on his chest. Through your tips and methods, I learned that nothing is as important as the HERE and NOW The meditation calmed the mind and by walking Om Mani Padme Hum I learned to go slower. Sometimes I have to smile myself when people look at me because I meditate at the station on a bank. I am grateful that I can follow the Dharma and guide us with your kindness and your wise knowledge on the right path. I would like to join a prayer that all beings are free from suffering. People who have suffered suffering from natural catastrophes may experience relief quickly. May our Guru be blessed with best health and a long life.  Om Mani Padme Hum

  8. Aman Prakash says:

    Dear guru

    Thank you for this article. I bow my head on your lotus feet.

    The outer world’s happiness is far different from the inner side.  I think,when this inside peace and happiness come to our life is because of Budha. Budha used to give us the way to receive inner happiness. It’s our fortune to have guru like you. It is very precious moment when we have Budha ,dhamma,and Sangha. But we all have the habbit of ego grasping so unable to pay gratitude towards right person. In past I was also a deep believer of God but always have little bit doubt about him.And finally this little bit doubt makes me move to the real dharma. Thank you Mat dieu hang.

    May guru and dakini live long for the sake of all sensient being. May guru teachings spread over all over the world for peace and happiness.

    May all sensient being attain true nature.

    Om Mani padme hum

  9. Tantra Sagovana says:

    Dear Guru,

    My name is Tantra Sagovana.

    Thank you for sharing this article.

    In this article you narrate your visit to coastal city of Nha Trang.

    You also explain that we must always be thankful to the right person, the root rather than the tip, and this is part of Right View.

    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)

  10. Tantra Sagovana says:

    Dear Guru,

    My name is Tantra Sagovana.

    Thank you for sharing this article.

    I am reading this article again and it is a good article.

    I like the description of the journey and the scenery.

    Also thank you for explaining to us the importance of gratitude and being thankful to the root as well as the tip.

    May Mat Tinh Phap overcome the 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)


  11. Tantra Pramitdhita (Josh Hacker) says:

    Holy Guru, I bow before your lotus feet! I really like this article. It speaks of gratitude in a world where life is fast and so many are ungrateful. I am grateful for so many things. I am grateful for my friends and family, I am grateful because I woke up this morning and I get the chance to live my life better than I did yesterday, I am grateful for Mat Dieu Hang for sharing with me but more importantly I am grateful for you Guru. I am grateful for your diligence to practice and teach, your compassion and your wisdom. Without you, we would be like a “rōnin” (a samurai without a master). Thank you.

    Mat Tu, I am also grateful that through your compassion you help so many with your English translation. May all of your legitimate wishes come true within the right orbit of dharma.

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    May Guru and his consort live a long and healthy life for the sake of all sentient beings

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

    May the global pandemic caused by the Corona virus soon end

  12. Brian Audinett says:

    Dearest zGuru,

    thank you for such an insightful message. I feel that this article is a direct message, guidance, to me. I was beginning to appreciate the fruits more than the roots, of course not intentionally, I just was not aware of what I was doing. I find this article very helpful. Thank you Dearest Guru for clarifying this important fact. Thank you for your time and insights. These are very  precious articles sent to help me in the dark hours of my life. You look very good and relaxed in your pictures and I am happy to see you happy. May Dearest Guru have a long and healthy life for the sake of others, us. Om mani padme hum.

  13. Tena says:

    Dear Guru, Thank you for your article on roots and tips. This one has helped me to understand where the base of good practice must come from. I may not yet understand the rules of Dharma, therefore I must continue to read  daily to combat my ignorance.

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