Aug 4, 2017

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

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

Letter to disiples no.217: PHAN THIET

Dear disciples,

People think of Phan Thiet as a place for sea -tourism. Anyone who loves the salty also know that Phan Thiet has fish sauce, a famous specialty of a golden age. Poem lovers remember Phan Thiet thanks to the poem of Han Mac Tu, which is deeply attached to human sufferings:

Song Nguyen Tantra House at night

“Oh gosh Phan Thiet, dear Phan Thiet

That mourning left a piece of falling moon

She had disappeared for a long time when I arrived

It means dying from centuries of moon

Golden moon, affectionate moon are not satisfied

I look at the moon with full of grief for moon ..”.

The moonlight from that year was still there when we arrived Phan Thiet, but its reflection was the new urban on Vo Van Kiet, Hung Vuong and Ton Duc Thang street. Who was the lady that Han Mac Tu plaintively moaning? I’ll be never like that because I have the co-practitioner, the companion, the schoolfellow , the same lineage fellow. There are so many perfect couples in Song Nguyen Tantra House (read the article “From happiness of a couple to the happiness of the Buddha Nature”).

The living room of Minh Hien hotel

This time I came Phan Thiet was different from many times before because of departing from a new route. Initially, I had planned to go to Ba Ria and then to Xuyen Moc via Phuoc Hai, Dat Do; But in the middle of the road to Hoi Bai junction it was stuck by … the funeral of a certain monk or nun! I turned the steering wheel on the opposite direction to Toc Tien; And on this route, I felt the joy in my mind that I hadn’t realized for a long time.

Dear disciples,

The route still smells of asphalt, shining like clouds after clouds

Imagine a 60 km long route still smells of asphalt, shining like clouds after clouds that made my car rolling smoothly. The two sides are mostly mountainous hills, rubber trees or fields of rice-green that stretched my eyesight to the end of the horizon. Just two years ago, I shrunk my driver’s hand on this car because of the dusty roads and grit and sand of constructions scattering. I unexpectedly realize that the country is emerging after more than 40 years of heavy war-wounds. I suddenly exclaim the word “peacefully” which many anti-war songs have been sung highly by Duy Khanh, Pham The My, Khanh Ly to the hoarse throat, sore throat, but in vain.

the wasteland with singed grass in the past is now a 2 star Minh Hien hotel

Here, the wasteland with singed grass in the past is now a 2 star Minh Hien hotel that we have spent the night. This place offers good service, affordable prices and enthusiastic staff, dedicated to guests, including the old guardian. Here, the Linda coffee in Bong Trang commune, Xuyen Moc district is owned by an overseas Vietnamese, who cameback to live here and built a few hectares of hills into a famous local culinary spot. The home of the owner is like “Tuyet Tinh Palace” (Passionless Valley) looking down the romantic green hillside. The staff here said that the owner preferred to stay in Vietnam than the US for many reasons. I know that many American singers, actors, actresses have no longer wanted to come back the US when they’ve found a bright path for their fame in Vietnam. Hoai Linh, Giao Linh, Evis Phuong, Nhat Cuong, Chi Tai, Quang Le… are this case. I am glad to hear that then I wonder why there are people who want to cheat the US government to settle down by the way of false marriage or other political reasons; while the foreigners want to live in our S shaped country?

Dear disciples,

This Dharma trip evokes in me a wonder why there are less traffic than usual on the roads I passing, so different from my imagination! A local resident also said that the traffic is often so busy that they follow into an endless long tail on the high way, he has no idea about such difference on these days! Then I dimly understand by myself that it turns out no one wanting to go out due to the no.4 typhoon. Thanks to that, I drive my car faster and less dangerously. This is the second time I and my consort have had a Dharma trip to the Central through the big storm time (this time and in 2014).

At Linda Café

…looking down the romantic green hillside

Maria Thuy Tien (in blue) and Mat Kha Tue

It is now the third day of the Dharma trip, the warm sunshine promise the generous smile of the God Weather! We don’t forget to visit Maria Thuy Tien and Mat Kha Tue in Ninh Thuan province on our way. Maria Thuy Tien bares: “I’m so suprised to see Guru and your consort here!”. That’s right, It’s not sure that a priest visit a faithful, much less a Guru who has domestic and international disciples, being busy to deal with the writting, guiding spiritual activities and other Dharma works!

To me, there is no discrimination against personal and social conditions of students, but their devotion to the Guru. I’ve visited the house of Mat Tich, Mat Khai which is deep located in the village, haven’t I? So don’t suffer from a complex! However, I also hope that won’t make your negative emotions accumulated for not appreciate such value of attention, then waste your time of cultivating. I end this article by the teaching of Guru Rinpoche, a patriarch of Tibetan Buddhism: “Although your Guru ‘s merit is as much as layers of cloud, the blessing rain will never fall down unless you have a field of devotion”.

Nha Trang City, 25th July 2017

Thinley – Nguyen Thanh

Translated by Mat Thuy

Original Vietnamese version: Thư gửi các trò 217: PHAN THIẾT

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. Tantra Mahavita says:
    Dear Guru : Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful article. Beautiful history of the Guru and his consort in the journey of the Dharma. The importance of devotion to Guru in the words of Guru Rimpoche ” Althought the merit of your guru is as a much as globest of clouds .The blessing of rain will never fall unless you have a field of devotion. ” That is why devotion to Guru is the most precious gift we can teen to our Master Guru and our journey of Dharma . M ay the Guru have health and can live many years for the benefit of all sentient beings . May all beings be free from suffering and their causes .OM MANI PADME HUM
    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Mahavita sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con được đọc bài viết hay và ý nghĩa này. Những câu chuyện về chuyến du hóa của Thầy và người phối ngẫu tâm linh của Thầy. Con hiểu rằng, vấn đề quan trọng là sùng kính đạo sư và con ghi nhớ lời dạy của Đại sỹ Liên Hoa Sanh: “Thầy con nhiều công đức như lớp lớp mây nhưng trừ phi con là cánh đồng của lòng sùng mộ, trận mưa ban phước sẽ không rơi xuống”. Do vậy, sùng kính Đạo sư chính là báu vật quý nhất dâng lên vị Thầy cũng là báu vật của chúng con trên hành trình tầm cầu giác ngộ.

      Con thành tâm cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của Thầy vì sự lợi lạc của chúng sanh.

      Cầu nguyện đau khổ của tất cả chúng sanh được lắng dịu.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”


  2. Dear Holy Guru,

    I am deeply touched by your noble work of making the preaching journey for the sake of all sentient beings. On your preaching journey, you came to visit your disciples in a far distant provinces to uphold the Dharma. Your compassion always is equal towards all sentient beings, regardless of their jobs, social-class and education. Only the true devotion to Guru brings them close to enlightenment and get the blessing from the Guru.

    In addition, even if we start practising the Dharma, unless we have been accepted by the Guru it will be of no use. The Condensed Transcendent Wisdom says: “The Buddha and the teachings depend upon the spiritual friend. Thus said the Conqueror, supreme embodiment of all good qualities.”

    The Buddha’s teaching is immense, its transmissions are numerous, and it covers an inexhaustible range of topics. Without relying on the pith instructions of the Guru we would never know how to condense the essential points of all those teachings and put them into practice.

    Atisa affirmed that a practitioner needs to rely on the Guru or the spiritual friend on the path to enlightenment, Atisa taught: “when it comes to doing the practice-even if you can explain the whole Tripitaha from memory and are very skilled in metaphysics without the teacher’s practical guidance you and the Dharma will part company.”, and he explained: “You may be able to keep the three vows perfectly, but unless you are determined to free yourself from the three worlds of samsara it just creates further causes of sarnsara, You may be able to strive day and night to do good with body, speech, and mind, but unless you know how to dedicate the merit to perfect enlightenment, two or three wrong thoughts are enough to destroy it entirely. You may be teachers and meditators, full of piety and learning, but unless your minds are turned away from the eight ordinary concerns, whatever you do will only be for this present life, and you will not encounter the path that helps for future lives.” This illustrates how important it is to be taken under the care of a teacher, a spiritual friend. (quoting from the words of my perfect teacher).

    Dear Holy Guru,

    Thanks to your care and compassion, we can connect with you at any time, in anywhere by reading and commenting on You help us connect with the pure energy of sublime realms of Buddhas and Yidam. Besides, you protect us from losing merit and far from wrong thoughts so that we can enjoy the life with balanced mind and step firmly on the path to enlightenment.

    I am so blessed and lucky to be your disciple. And I am proud of being a member of Song Nguyen Tantra House. I remember the Guru Rinpoche’s teaching: “Although your Guru‘s merit is as much as layers of cloud, the blessing rain will never fall down unless you have a field of devotion”.

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

    May all your preaching journeys be successful to uphold the Dharma.

    I am delighted in reading the English version translated by Mat Thuy. Her translation supports to flourish your teaching all over the world for the happiness of all sentient beings.

    May Mat Thuy get the legitimate wishes and be joyful on the path to enlightenment.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  3. Dear Holy Guru,

    I am delighted to read your article. I’m elated by your Bodhicitta, which spread the “clear light” of the Buddha for the sake of all sentient beings. I would like to express my gratitude to you for your teaching. I rejoice in Mat Thuy’s good deed of translation. Her translation supports to flourish your discourse all over the world for the sake of all sentient beings.

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

    May Mat Thuy have a good health and make progress on the path to enlightenment.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  4. Jennifer says:
    Dear holy guru,

    Thank you for your continuous teachings and blessings. Your article was beautiful add usual. Be blessed, both you and all who travel the earth.

  5. Tantra Upatissa says:

    Thanks Guru for sharing this memorable experience. Sometimes winds or storms come in our way for something good to happen to us. People who read your articles are lucky to find Guru like you who is down to earth, also visits disciples house irrespective of their social conditions.

    May Guru live long for other beings. May all beings be free from suffering they may get enlightened.

    • Mật Diệu Hằng says:
      Kính bạch Thầy!

      con xin phép dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Upatissa sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con đọc bài viết này và Thầy chia sẻ cho chúng con những trải nghiệm quý báu.

      Con hiểu rằng đôi khi gió bão đến nếu nhìn về một phương diện nào đó cũng có những mặt tốt, là bài học cho chúng con.

      Con và hữu tình thật may mắn khi được đọc những bài viết của Thầy, được là học trò của Thầy. Vị Thầy hiện thân dưới hình tướng cư sỹ trong cõi Ta Bà này luôn có tâm bình đẳng với mọi chúng sanh và đến tận nơi đệ tử  sinh sống trên con đường du hóa mà không phân biệt giai cấp xã hội, hoàn cảnh sống của họ.

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

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


  6. Tantra Mikaya (jane) says:
    Dear holy guru. Thank you very much for your article of your trip and the beautiful photos. Your article is very poetic and full of devotion. I could read from it. I am very happy to read this article and would like to share my understanding of this article. I learned that the quickest access to enlightenment in the connection to your own teacher, Holy Guru can arise. Here, many of the qualities of the mind mature, and there is an enthusiastic empathy. Enthusiasm and deep trust in our Guru as an expression of the inherent possibilities are very effective means of resolving your own limitations and habits. This dedication, however, must necessarily be connected with human maturity. Devotion, therefore, should arise out of the desire to take over certain qualities considered as meaningful and convincing by our Guru for the sake of all. The photo of your disciple expresses the joy of being together in harmony. May our Guru be in good health to teach us the Dharma successfully and may our Guru feel joy in his travels. May all beings be happy. Om Mani Padme Hum
    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment cỉa đạo hữu Tantra Mikaya (Jane) sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy vì Thầy đã viết bài trong chuyến du hóa của Thầy và Thầy cho đăng những hình ảnh đẹp trong bài. Bài viết của Thầy rất bay bổng, nên thơ và thấm đẫm tình yêu thương.  Con được học nhiều điều từ bài viết của Thầy. Con rất hoan hỷ khi được đọc bài viết của Thầy và con xin phép viết ra những cảm niệm của con sau khi đọc bài. 

      Con học được rằng, phương pháp đạt giác ngộ nhanh nhất là kết nối với vị Thầy của mình, vị Thầy tâm linh tôn quý. Từ đó, nhưng phẩm chất cao quý của Thầy lan tỏa đến chúng con khi chúng con sùng kính chân thành và kết nối tâm linh với Thầy. Sự sùng kính và niềm tin kiên cố vào vị Thầy sẽ giúp hiển lộ những phẩm chất cao quý, những khả năng tiềm ẩn trong chúng con, và là phương tiện hiệu quả để chúng con đối trị với những thói quen xấu, những hạn chế của chúng con. Tuy nhiên sự sùng kính này cần được đi liền với sự sáng suốt. Do đó, sự sùng kính khởi lên không có sự mong cầu thế tục, mà sự sùng kính có được thông qua sự trải nghiệm và thấy được những phẩm chất cao cả của vị Thầy vì sự lợi lạc của hữu tình. Những bức ảnh của đệ tử của Thầy trong bài cho con thấy được sự hoan hỷ, niềm vui của các đạo hữu khi hạnh ngộ với Thầy trong không khí thấm đẫm tình đạo vị.

      Con thành tâm cầu nguyện Thầy khỏe mạnh để dìu dắt học trò chúng con và hữu tình được thực hành theo đúng quỹ đạo chánh pháp.

      Con cầu nguyện chuyến pháp sự của Thầy thành công tốt đẹp.

      Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh an vui, hạnh phúc.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

  7. Tantra pramamitra says:
    Dear holy guru,

    Here too, and every time i am grateful to you for your unlimited  compassion. Thanks for sharing about your holiness’ dharma trip.  It was stated so clearly with your compassion and also  the blessing of your holiness too.  Your holiness ultimate afford  with pure blessing has crystally termed all the disciple as the fortunates  of all. The buddha of past, present and the future, guru rimpoches wisdom about the devotion  of disciples to the guru really touched down to my heart.. so with blessong if guru rimpoche and with your holiness may my devotion always  glow like moon of fifteenth day.. may your holiness and all my dear dharma friends live long for the peace of world.. may the buddha dharma flourish for the benefit of all our motherly sentient beings…thank you your holiness…

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Pramamitra sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy vì sự từ bi không ngăn ngại của Thầy đối với hữu tình. Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã chia sẻ về chuyến du hóa thông qua các bài viết của Thầy. Điều này đã minh chứng cho bồ đề tâm của Thầy và cũng như sự để tâm, gia hộ của Thầy đối với mọi học trò. Bồ đề tâm không dừng nghỉ cùng với sự để tâm của Thầy chính là món quà vô giá đối với hữu tình và đệ tử và học trò của Thầy quả thật là may mắn khi được hạnh ngộ với Thầy.

      Con rất hoan hỷ và xúc động trước lời dạy của đại sỹ Liên Hoa Sanh về sự sùng kính của đệ tử đối với Đạo sư, người được chư Phật mười phương của ba thời tỏ lòng kính trọng. Con cầu nguyện Thầy để tâm gia hộ để con luôn trưởng dưỡng lòng sùng kính Đạo sư sáng như ánh trăng ngày rằm.

      Con thành tâm cầu nguyện Thầy trụ thế lâu dài giúp cho cõi Ta Bà được bình an.

      Con cầu nguyện các đạo hữu khỏe mạnh, tinh tấn hành pháp.

      Con cầu nguyện ngọn đuốc chánh pháp được lan tỏa khắp muôn vì sự lợi lạc của hữu tình.

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy!”

  8. LeeBeeLay says:
    Dear Guru,

    thank you for your sharing your experience, it was meaning full for me.

  9. Salvatore Antonio Fois says:

    Venerable Guru;

    My name is Tantra Siramitra.

    Nice article, and I hope you journey back will be safe, and sound for you and your consort. And offcours we are deeply devoted to our spiritual guide, and with open heart we gasp for is Blessings. Thank you very much venerebol Guru.OM MANI PADME HUM……


    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Siramitra (Salvatore Antonio Fois) sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Con là Tantra Siramitra.

      Con đã đọc bài viết sâu sắc và lợi lạc của Thầy. Con cầu nguyện Thầy Cô trên đường về được thượng lộ bình an. Nhìn trong ảnh, Thầy cô trông oai nghiêm. Và chúng con luôn ghi nhớ sùng kính vị Thầy thuần thành với tâm chân thật thì sẽ nhận được ơn phước của Thầy và chư Phật.

      Con chân thành cảm tạ ơn Thầy!

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

  10. Steve Rogers says:
    Dear Holy Guru

    I am Tantra Haramitra

    I thank you for this insight into your trip, two things came shinning through your teaching;

    firstly your delight and love of Vietnam. You paint such a beautiful picture.

    secondly, your love for the people you meet and their devotion to you.

    It brings me great joy to read these words and the picture you describe. I give you my devotion and respect, Holy Guru, and asked that you pay me attention as I grow and learn from you.

    May the holy Guru 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. Tantra Citta (Jeffrey Bernard Forest) says:
    Dear Holy Guru,

    Thank you for the inspired and enlightened article. The importance of Guru devotion is something all sentient beings should hold in their heart, their speech and their mind. You should regard the guru as more exalted than the Buddha. If you do that, realization will come in this life. Because a buddha cannot happen without a guru, we must hold the guru as more precious than the buddhas. Our mind is not oneness with ignorance, with obscurations. It is only temporarily obscured and by serving our guru we can purify many eons of negative karma and develop higher realizations such as a direct perception of emptiness. Correctly devoting to the virtuous friend is the root of the path to Enlightenment. If we correctly follow the virtuous friend with thought and action, if the root is there, we can have success up to Enlightenment. But one must also enjoy life and living, while on this spiritual journey. If we don’t know the Dharma, we don’t know how to enjoy life, whereas if we know the Dharma, we can enjoy our life. And especially if we practice bodhicitta ~ that is the real enjoyment in life, that is how to enjoy our life the most, to make it most beneficial for sentient beings and for ourselves. As we improve in following our esteemed Master and consort correctly, we come closer to becoming a Bodhisattva and then a buddha. And that is a beautiful thing, my dear students and disciples at Song Nguyen Tantra House. All happiness comes from Dharma and may all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha Nature. Special blessings as well for our Holy Guru and consort. Om Mani Padme Hum 🙂 Tantra Citta (Jeffrey Bernard Forest).

  12. Dr.C H Lakshmi narayan says:
    “Buddha is my Life,

    Dharma is my way,

    Sangha is my Spirit”

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

    I am Tantra Nirvadeva.

    This article deals with, as usual, the out reach Dharma tour and trip of Guruji to a beautiful place of sight-seeing with his consort.

    After giving a beautiful poetic discription of Romantic green hillside view they enjoyed, Guruji specifically says that there is no discrimination against personal and social conditions of disciples but their devotion to Guru is important in Dharma Practices ! Guruji assures his disciples not to suffer from any kind of complex and quotes a saying from a Guru Rinpoochi, ” Although your Guruji’s merits is as much as layers of clouds, the blessing rain will never fall down unless you have a field of devotion”.

    Time and again , Guruji stresses the importance of Guru-Disciple  faith and devotion in Dharma practices of Vajrayana Buddhism.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Long live our beloved Guruji for upholding Dharma.

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan.


  13. Lan Trần says:
    Dear Guru,

    I have read this article already. I am delighted with your spiritual trip to Phan Thiet.

    Thank you so much for your sharing.

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

    May all beings be surrounded by the Three Jewels.

    I am elated by Mat Thuy’s translation.

    Om Mani Padme Hum


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