Dec 5, 2017

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Letter to disciples No.241: SURPRISES ON LONG ROAD (PART 3) (Bất ngờ đường xa – bài 3)

Letter to disciples No.241: SURPRISES ON LONG ROAD (PART 3)

Dear disciples,

In front of the Bana Hills hotel room

In previous letters I praised the beauty of Bana Hills, but it really was like a worn-out brocade, losing its lovey form, Bana Hills exposed imperfections. Imagine being enormous but the rooms here are normal, even for us it was an obsession with toilet bowls what so tight that I could not turn around and the door was impossible to close. The price of our room (no.2120) was 1.4 million / day, how about other rooms? I has traveled hundreds of miles, experiencing over 70 hotels, but nowhere was as bad as in Bana Hills because of the price and the inadequate service. Honestly, the room where we stayed in Bana Hills lost a normal hotel in Phan Thiet City, Phan Rang, Quy Nhon, Da Nang, Ha Long, Dong Ha, Ha Tinh, etc. “Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches.” As the same meaning, do not see a big and enormous pagoda then hastily consider it as a place the Buddha or God sitting. We are not able to define anything exactly without experiencing them or going there.

Dear disciples,

Since childhood I has heard the reputation of Tam Ky chicken rice (Quang Nam province), and among restaurants providing this dish, the most famous is Ba Luan rice. According to word of mouth, this brand has existed and developed for almost 50 years, no one is unknown if they are in the Central provinces. I and my wife was walking on the street accidentally saw the banner of sparkling “Ba Luan chicken rice”, I stopped the car to buy a box. Here people charge 150,000vnd. Astonished about the price (not mention about the amount and quality) but with such a name I passed. To join a lecture speaker Jack Ma, listener had to pay from 1 million to 3 million vnd, didn’t them? The quality makes the culinary brand, business success makes their words worth. In case of Jack Ma (Ma Van), I affirm that no new words when discussing about start up. Looking at his normal face, if you do not know that he is famous billionaire, then we may think he is just a bodyguard. However, everything is completely contrary, and the causes of Jack Ma’s success was summarized by a famous person as following (1) talent (2) effort (3) luck. Regarding the Buddha-dharma, the Buddha stated in the Mahachauna Sutras and many other sutras as “Offering”, “Giving” to the recipient as the noble one according to the promised things (Please listen a lesson “Being rich and never poor”).

Only one thing for the listener is what they could apply to their own situation and capacity; As well as an eater is impossible to know whether the meal good or not without eating it.  Also, young audiences listen to Jack Ma and what they can apply through such voluntarist and lack of practicality advices like the film “Gong Shou Dao” with main cast was Jack Ma, one fought with nine reputable opponents in the martial arts field? Is it in real life? Actually with level of Jack Ma, it’s hard to produce a martial arts film if he is not a billionaire. Ridiculously, 9 high-level martial arts movie stars joined and became the background for Jack Ma to light up while they know the bad script!? Jet Li has lost much reputation after joining the disaster film “League of Gods,” playing the role of Jiang Ziya, as the background for the film produced by Charles Heung and Jet Li became background for a son of Heung in this film. This time, playing a role of wise sage in Gong Shou Dao, Jet Li also said as the last time: “ Since a close relationship with Jack Ma (last time was Charles Heung), I accept to play a role in this film”.  Jet Li does not say intimate with his two brothers are living poor in northeast China? Jet Li does not say the intimate relationship with a daughter of the first wife when he was  young and poor? Hah, everyone today wants to have a familiar voice with high-level people called VIP; who can do the opposite things?

Back to the story of Ba Luan chicken rice, I tried some to know that the name cheated interest. Rice and chicken were so bad and why it becomes such famous like that, it might be “Miss a move 2 rooks become useless, having a good time a pawn can be successful”. Compared with chicken rice in street No. 11 Trung Son residential Binh Chanh district, “Ba Luan” is incomparable even partly. Since people tend to be eager for reputation and being cheated by brand, so when they experience then feel bitter. In the same way, today, people who come to Dharma often care about the name of Buddhist temples, monks who went to study abroad like India, Taiwan and Myanmar. People consider them as reputable master according to crowd psychology, do not use Right view filter to see. It is good if the  reputation and spiritual ability are equal, but if not, how it’s going? However, they do not need to practice to achieve liberation, just when someone ask, then they can answer proudly “My Master is a PhD, Monk, Rinpoche, the Gyalwang Drupka, etc”, not need essence things.

“Choosing the wrong teacher as mistaking poison”

The pain is that if it’s the meal, choosing the food, we can change easily, but choosing the temple or a Master is not a minor thing? Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche said that, “Choosing the wrong teacher as mistaking poison”, how the life would be? Chicken rice can be thrown away if it’s bad, eating after that have stomach but possible to buy drugs for treatment, even this restaurant has no the dish we can move to other restaurants! However about following a master, choosing a temple, can we behave as for a dish? Again, sometimes I think this dish (chicken rice) is good but for others, it might be bad due to different taste, should Buddhist practitioners consider as the same way (the Dharma awareness, Yoga Purity mind) when they think that I choose that master because they are tall, or short; or that master used to study in India while  the another one was in Taiwan; this master is Zen, the another is Pure Land; that master is bald, the another has hair; this master has a voice like a bell; the another has the faint voice as someone who tends to close to people same sign? No! Not so!

If a dish has good taste, sanitary, reasonable price are standard, the master (a Guru) will be assessed by the Holy Masters as following:

1 / Padmashambhava

The teacher must be a person who has oral teachings, spiritual experiences (tranquility and concentration meditation), the ability to transform the mind of the disciples through compassion and wisdom.

2 / The Dhamakirty

The master must (1) know all the things that need to be discarded (2) know the ways of dissolving them (3) know the accurate objects to practice (4) know all the methods of practicing them (5) transmit to disciples with compassion

 3 / Ashvaghosha

“(A Guru should be) stable (in his actions), cultivated (in his speech), wise, patient and honest. He should neither conceal his shortcomings, nor pretend to possess qualities he lacks. He should be an expert in the meanings (of tantra) and in its ritual procedures (of medicine and turning back obstacles). Also he should have loving compassion and a complete knowledge of the scriptures”

Padmashambhava states that meeting such a master is like a jewel, all wishes of the disciples will come true. Thogme Zangpo affirmed, “Relying on a spiritual master, all of our faults will be gradually eliminated, our virtue will increase. So cherish the teachings of the masters than your life”

I confirm that our master-disciple relationship is thanks to good luck.

Now, you need me to confirm that our master-disciple relationship is thanks to good luck. Although I can not be compared with the noble ones even in a small part, but because of your beliefs to me, I will never teach anything that is contrary to the Buddha’s right views. I am willing to give merits created by practicing Yoga Purity Mind to you for having a happy family lives, all things will be proper and gaining achievements of society. Those who have not achieved things yet, it meant to be in the purification phase, like after finishing debt repayment, the have account balance! Om mani padme hum!

May all sentient beings to achieve happiness of Buddha Nature.

A rainy afternoon on the Phu Van Peak on 30 November, 2017

Thinley – Nguyen Thanh

Translated by Mat Thai Duong

  1. Tantramikaya ( Jane) says:
    dear holy guru. Thank you for your excellent article in which you tell us about your journey and let us know how important the spiritual teacher (you worthy guru) is in the relationship to your Disciple. we can trust you holy guru to teach us your wise knowledge with compassion, honesty and patience. It is important to choose the right and valuable ingredients, as with a good meal. Only when the right ingredients for our dish are available will our dish be tasty. A spiritual teacher does not have to be a Dr or have a famous name. It is more important that he teach true Buddhism, the Dharma, all his disciples, with honesty and compassion and the appropriate methodology. There are many levels of spiritual disciples and spiritual teachers. Much confusion can arise when potential students imagine they and / or their teacher are at a higher level of qualification than is actually the case, or when they consider the teacher, ie you holy guru, as a therapist. Adear holy guru. Thank you for your excellent article in which you tell us about your journey and let us know how important the spiritual teacher (you worthy guru) is in the relationship to your Disciple. we can trust you holy guru to teach us your wise knowledge with compassion, honesty and patience. It is important to choose the right and valuable ingredients, as with a good meal. Only when the right ingredients for our dish are available will our dish be tasty. A spiritual teacher does not have to be a Dr or have a famous name. It is more important that he teach true Buddhism, the Dharma, all his disciples, with honesty and compassion and the appropriate methodology. There are many levels of spiritual disciples and spiritual teachers. Much confusion can arise when potential students imagine they and / or their teacher are at a higher level of qualification than is actually the case, or when they consider the teacher, you holy guru, as a therapist. As with your comparison chicken and rice. The healthy relationship brings the taste. If the student applies the correct methodology and practices only then will the student succeed on the path to enlightenment. May our holy guru live long for all sentient beings. May all beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s natures with your comparison chicken and rice. The healthy relationship brings the taste. If the student applies the correct methodology and practices only then will the student succeed on the path to enlightenment. May our holy guru live long for all sentient beings. May all beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature  OM MANI PADME HUM
    • C H Lakshminarayan says:
      Respected Guruji, I bow my head at the lotus feet of Guruji.

      I am Tantra Nirvadeva. 

      Iam very much delighted to read this article which emphasizes on the qualities of a True and sincere Dharma teacher.!

      Master Khetsun Sangpo has rightly said that ” Choosing the wrong teacher is as mistaking Poison ! “. Guruji mentioned the names of some of the great and ideal   Masters and teachers how a Dharma teacher should be like :

      Padmasambhava

      Dharma Kirthi

      Ashwagosha

      A true Dharma teacher should have all the virtueos qualities of the above mentioned such Gurus!. They are the real Jewels in Dharma teachings according to the Great Master Padmasambhava.

      According to another great master Thogma Zangpo ” Relying on a Spiritual Master all our faults will be gradually eliminated and our virtues  will be increased. So cherish the teachings of the Masters than your life.”

      In the end, our beloved Guruji assures his faithful desciples , ” I will never teach anything that is contrary to the Buddha’s right views ! “.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.

      Long live our beloved Guruji for upholding Dharma.

      Dr C H Lakshminarayan.

    • 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 tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con được đọc bài viết tuyệt với này và Thầy đã cho chúng con biết thêm về chuyến du hóa của Thầy. Đồng thời, Thầy dạy chúng con hiểu được tầm quan trọng của vị Thầy tâm linh (là vị Thầy chân chính như Thầy) trong mối quan hệ sư đệ. Chúng con tin tưởng nương tựa nơi Thầy tôn quý, Thầy đã dạy chúng con tri kiến Phật đà với tấm lòng bi mẫn, trung thực và kiên nhẫn. 

      Tựa như nấu một món ăn ngon, điều quan trọng là cần phải chọn được nguyên liệu đúng và tốt. Và chỉ khi có được nguyên liệu đúng thì món ăn mới ngon. Vị Thầy chân chính không phải đánh giá bằng học hàm tiến sĩ hay là người nổi tiếng. Điều quan trọng nhất là vị Thầy dạy đúng theo lời Phật dạy, theo đúng quỹ đạo chánh pháp và dạy học trò với lòng bi mẫn, trung thực và có phương pháp phù hợp với căn cơ của học trò. Các Thầy khác nhau có trình độ tâm linh khác nhau và học trò cũng có căn cơ khác nhau. Nếu  học trò ảo tưởng về trình độ của mình, hoặc tìm kiếm những vị Thầy nổi danh nhưng trình độ tâm linh thực tếkhông được như lời đồn thổi thì sẽ có rất nhiều rắc rối xảy ra, hoặc khi họ xem vị Thầy đơn giản như một nhà trị liệu bình thường mà không có sự sùng kính thì cũng khó có được kết quả. Như ví dụ món cơm gà Thầy đã nêu trong bài, nội dung và hình thức tương xứng với nhau thì món ăn mới ngon được. Nếu học trò được thực hành theo đúng phương pháp thì mới có thể tiến tu trên đạo lộ giải thoát.

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

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

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

       

  2. Tantra Mahavita says:
    Estimado Guru : Profundo Agradecimiento por compartir estos interesantes articulos. En palabras de Padmasambhava , declara …conocer a un maestro que tenga la capacidad de transformar la mente de sus discipulos a traves de su ,sabiduria, amor y compasion . Es como encontrar una joya que concede todos los deseos. Confiando en nuestro Maestro Espiritual , todas nuestras faltas seran , gradualmente eliminadas y nuestra virtud , aumentara…Asi ,que debemos estar profundamente agradecidos por las enseñanzas de tan Maravilloso Maestro . Que nuestro Amado Guru , pueda vivir mucho tiempo para beneficio de todos los seres sintientes . Que todos los seres sensibles esten libres de sufrimiento y de sus causas . Que todos los seres sensibles tengan felicidad y las causas de la felicidad . Que todos los seres esten libres de apego y aversion . OM MANI PADME HUM
  3. C H Lakshminarayan says:
    Respected Guruji, I bow my head at the lotus feet of Guruji.

    I am Tantra Nirvadeva. 

    Iam very much delighted to read this article which emphasizes on the qualities of a True and sincere Dharma teacher.!

    Master Khetsun Sangpo has rightly said that ” Choosing the wrong teacher is as mistaking Poison ! “. Guruji mentioned the names of some of the great and ideal   Masters and teachers how a Dharma teacher should be like :

    Padmasambhava

    Dharma Kirthi

    Ashwagosha

    A true Dharma teacher should have all the virtueos qualities of the above mentioned such Gurus!. They are the real Jewels in Dharma teachings according to the Great Master Padmasambhava.

    According to another great master Thogma Zangpo ” Relying on a Spiritual Master all our faults will be gradually eliminated and our virtues  will be increased. So cherish the teachings of the Masters than your life.”

    In the end, our beloved Guruji assures his faithful desciples , ” I will never teach anything that is contrary to the Buddha’s right views ! “.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Long live our beloved Guruji for upholding Dharma.

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan.

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

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

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Con xin cúi đầu đảnh lễ dưới chân sen của Thầy!

      Con là Tantra Nirvadeva.

      Con rất hoan hỷ khi được đọc bài viết này, viết về phẩm chất của vị Thầy chân chính.

      Ngài Khetsun Sangpo rinpoche nói rất đúng: ” chọn nhầm tà sư như bị uống nhầm thuốc độc”. Thầy đã chỉ ra tiêu chuẩn đánh giá vị Thầy chân chính dựa trên sự thẩm định của các bậc thánh đức như đại sỹ Liên Hoa Sanh, luận sư Dharmakirty, thánh giả Mã Minh.

      Một vị Thầy chân chính cần có đủ phẩm hạnh như tiêu chuẩn thẩm định của các Ngài ấy đưa ra. Ngài Liên Hoa Sanh khẳng định gặp được vị Thầy chân chính như vậy chẳng khác nào gặp được viên ngọc như ý, mọi ước nguyện của đệ tử sẽ được viên thành.

      Ngài Thogme Zangpo đã khẳng định: “nương cậy nơi tuệ tri thức lỗi lầm sẽ dần tiêu trừ, đức hạnh sẽ  ngày càng gia tăng. Bởi vậy hãy trân quý giáo huấn của các bậc Đạo sư hơn cả bản thân mình”.

      Cuối cùng, vị Thầy tôn quý khẳng định rằng vì niềm tin của học trò, “Thầy sẽ không bao giờ giáo huấn những gì trái với chánh kiến Phật đà!”

      Om Mani Padme Hum.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy tôn quý trụ thế lâu dài vì sự nghiệp hoằng dương chánh pháp.

      Con – C H Lakshminarayan.”

  4. Tantra Amishuta says:
    Dear Holy Guru,

    I put all of my trust in you and your teachings. In you I have found that jewel. I’m happy to be Learning the ways of Buddha from you. You are a good teacher and I appreciate your commitment and teachings.  Thank you for each lesson. I’m happy to learn more and more each day. May you be well for sake of all sentient beings and may all beings find the happiness of Buddha’s way. Om Mani Padme Hum

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Amishuta (Jennifer) sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Con hoàn toàn tin tưởng nơi Thầy và những lời dạy của Thầy. Hạnh ngộ với Thầy, con đã tìm được viên ngọc như ý. Con hoan hỷ khi được học Phật pháp từ Thầy. Thầy là vị Đạo sư chân chính, và là vị Thầy tốt. Con tán thán sự khẳng định của Thầy sẽ luôn dạy học trò theo chánh kiến Phật đà.

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con cơ hội đọc bài. Con rất hoan hỷ vì con được học thêm tri kiến Phật đà từng ngày.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy khỏe mạnh, trụ thế lâu dài vì sự lợi lạc của tất cả chúng sanh.

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

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

  5. Gautam Sandesh-yan varman says:
    Yes dear guru,very well said . A teacher should have profound knowledge , experience and ability to apply the teachings of the Buddha. He should have power with his teachings to transform his disciples…

    Namo buddhay jai bhim….may the triple gems bless you always..

  6. Avinash Kumar Srivastava says:
    Revd. Gurujee

    Namaskar

    It is really very important to discern between right and wrong teacher as a wrong one will spoile the entire life . I am thankful to you for providing a parwmeter foe the selection of a true Guru Guide and Guide.

    • 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!

      Con xin cúi đầu đảnh lễ Thầy.

      Con hiểu rằng để phân biệt được vị Thầy chân chính với tà sư là điều rất quan trọng bởi vì tà sư sẽ làm hại cả thân căn huệ mạng của mình. Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con biết được tiêu chuẩn để thẩm định và lựa chọn được vị Thầy chân chính. “

  7. Tantra Upatissa says:
    Dear Guru thanks for sharing this article.

    I totally agree that unless we experience something we cannot come to conclusion on it.

    We are lucky that you we found a master like you who is showering his blessings of wisdom and knowledge on his disciples and guiding them in right path.

    May Guru live long for other beings and protected.

    May all beings be free from suffering and get enlightened.

    Om Mani Padme Hum..

  8. ugyentshomo says:
    Dear Holy GURU,

     

    Thanks for your excellent article, your every article teaches me alots of lessons and really inriches my knowledge in the garden of Dharma. Always love to update your excellent articles through your phases of experiences in the form of wisdom 🙏🙏🙏.

     

    May your Guru live long and sound in health to guide us to the path in the samsara.

    May Triple GEM bless you always la🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

    • Mật Diệu Hằng says:
      Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của bạn đọc Ugyentshomo sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con được đọc bài viết tuyệt vời này. Mỗi bài viết của Thầy dạy cho con rất nhiều bài học và trang bị cho con rất nhiều kiến thức Phật đà trong vườn hoa đạo Pháp. Con luôn hoan hỷ khi được đọc các bài viết tuyệt vời pháp là cuộc sống bằng những trải nghiệm thực tế của Thầy và được truyền tải thông qua trí tuệ của Thầy.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy khỏe mạnh và trụ thế lâu dài để dìu dắt chúng con trong cõi ta bà được thực hành theo chánh pháp.

      Con cầu nguyện Tam Bảo luôn gia trì cho Thầy.”

  9. Neerajkumar Sumaran says:
    Dear Respected Dhamma Guru,

    Thank you for your wonderful guidance by this article. What I got from this article I want to share herewith due respect& with your permission.

    The Blessed Lord taught that when we give others, we give without expectation of reward. We give without attaching to either the gift or the recipient. We practice giving to giving release self-clinging. Giving with pure motivation is called Dana Parami.

    One of the most beautiful & liberating thing about Buddhism practice is, reputation losses the importance if we live according to wisdom and morality. If we practice Dhamma well, our reputation should naturally be grow up in our society & community because Dhamma makes us more trustworthy pple.

    There is a lot of controversies about spiritual teacher. It will easy to follow blindly. People may believe that a Monk or Teacher will take over the entire responsibility of them.

    We need to be a realistic about the spiritual teacher. If we want to learn about something, a teacher is needed & very useful too. If we are only studying Dhamma to understand the Dhamma, then there is no need of a Monk or a Guru or a Kalyanmitta, but if we wish to walk on the path of Buddhism, then it is necessary because we need to know, how to practice Dhamma.

    I thought, Teacher like a tour-guide, who already traveled on that path successfully. This tour guide can help us towards our progress & to avoid danger. In other words, The Buddha’s Dhamma is a medicine, to give the correct prescription, he should be a Doctor himself.

    Some qualities he must have Like, 1) He controls his mouth, he speaks wisely&calmly, he must teach the meaning of Buddhism, His words are sweet. 2) He who dwell in the law of Buddhism, delight in the law of Buddhism, meditates in the law of Buddhism, & recollect the law of Buddhism.3) He who behaves with kindness, he who is happy in the doctrines of the Blessed Lord. 4) whose watchfulness over the senses, contentedness, restrain under the Dhamma.

    Keep this noble friend or Guru or Kalyanmitta whose life is pure & who are not slothful.

    Thank you very much again Dhamma Guru.

    May Buddha Dhamma Sangha bless you all.

    Yours,

    Neerajkumar Sumaranji.

     

  10. Waldik D L Souza says:
    Reverend Master,

    Thank you.

     

    • Nguyên Thành says:

      I dont see you for a long time! How are you? Do you have no time to read articles on chatuduy.com?

  11. Waldik D L Souza says:
    Rev. Master,

    I have read some articles. I focus my faith and practice in pure land Buddhism.

    Thank you .

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