Jul 12, 2021

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Letter from America: KNOWING IS NOT ENOUGH, ONE MUST ALSO DO (Biết chưa đủ, cần phải thực hành)

Thank you Guru for this wonderful work.

Tantra Mahacitta (Robert Clayton Jr)

First, Violet mentioned that you wrote this article in English yourself. Very nice! You have done a magnificent job. I know trying to master a new language is difficult and challenging. I commend you for arising to the challenge.

Guru wrote this article in English

I sit here at home on a Sunday morning while watching severe thunderstorms pass through the area. I ponder the Guru’s words. There is great wisdom and great insight to be had from these words.

There is great wisdom and great insight to be had from these words.


Like the lightening, thunder, and the storms themselves, all things arise and pass away. I look at my beautiful home and realize that one day this too will decay and pass away. I watch my dog and cat sitting in the window watching the rain. Yes, they too will one day get old, get sick and pass away. These are not thoughts to be sad about, they are reality. It is good to see and accept things as they are. This knowledge does not sadden me, but makes my time with these things, even the storms, that much more precious and special. Everything in life, from our beloved pets to the storms that pass through, can be seen as a blessing and a joy because they are impermanent.

từ những con vật cưng yêu quý của chúng ta cho đến những cơn bão đi qua, có thể được xem như một may mắn và một niềm vui vì chúng là vô thường.

As I ponder this impermanence, I also ponder that which is permanent. That which does not get old, sick or pass away. The Five Remembrances tell us that it is our nature to get old, it is our nature to get sick, it is our nature to die, it tells us that all we love and cherish will get old, sick and die, and finally, it tells us that our only possession is our actions.


I conclude that if it is our actions, and the karma from those actions, are what matter once our time in this body ends, it would be wise to find actions that are holy, noble, wise and just. The Three Jewels point the way to the path that is holy, noble, wise and just. They point the way to path of enlightenment and liberation. Guru Thinley Nguyen Thanh has blessed all of us with his Six Spiritual Practices that help us walk this path.

Guru Thinley Nguyen Thanh has blessed all of us with his Six Spiritual Practices that help us walk this path.

I have often heard it said, “knowing is not enough, one must also do.” Being educated in the Buddha’s teachings is not enough. One must walk the path if one wants to gain understanding and wisdom. One must walk the path if one wants to gain enlightenment and achieve liberation. How blessed we are to have the Six Spiritual Methods that aid us in staying on this path. Six Spiritual Methods that aid us in walking the path. Six Spiritual Methods that help us not just know, but do.


Six Spiritual Methods that help us not just know, but do.

Long live our Guru!

Much gratitude and many blessing to our Guru!

May all sentient being achieve enlightenment and find liberation!

Om Mani Padme Hum

Tantra Mahacitta (Robert Clayton Jr)

  1. tantra mahavita says:

    Dear Holy Guru : Life itself is a blessing …We are to fortunate to have our Holy Guru with his Bodhichita he filled us with blessings and with his compassion he showed us the path to liberation …Many blessings and Gratitude to our Guru . We rejoice from the depths of our hearts wishing him to have health and a Long Life …May all beings find the way to enlightenment and liberate themselves …Om Mani Padme Hum

  2. Cao Diệu Tuyết Hoa
    Cao Diệu Tuyết Hoa says:

    Dear Guru,
    I have read this article.
    Thank you so much for you sharing the feeling of Tantra Mahacitta after he read the article of Guru is “Do you control the weather?”.
    I am delighted with his ponders the Guru’s words which is there is “great wisdom and great insight to be had from these words”. Through that, he can reflect on the impermanence of things in this life such as light, thunder, storms, houses, dogs, and cats.
    Then, he understands that “knowing is not enough, one must also do” and the great how blessed he know the way to do that by the Six Spiritual Methods that aid us in staying on this path from Guru who made it. When he follows Guru, and receipt the acceptance by Guru to action through Six Spiritual Methods only that help him “not just know, but do”, but also avoid falling into the grievous failure as Holy Gampopa’s teaching “To be erudite in precepts yet ignorant of the spiritual experience which comes from applying them is to be like a rich man who hath lost the key of his treasury, and this is a grievous failure.
    May Guru live long and have good health for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    May the Covid 19 will end soon.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    • Tantra Amashuta from usa says:

      Tantra Machacitta,
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts, it is wonderful and worthy of that present moment realization when we feel/see/know that this moment we are in is the one we must make matter! Om Mani Pandme Hum

      Dear holy Guru,
      Thank you kindly for sharing Tantra Machaccita’s letter. I love to see the different ways my brothers and sisters, (under your teachings) interpret your lessons yet all see the same value and understanding you provide us.
      I must thank you for working so hard to continue to study the English language to help us learn these lessons in our known tongue. You have and still tech such important lessons that will lead us all to liberation. My path to enlightenment would not come without your lessons and for that (and many other reasons) I thank you from the bottom of my heart! You, my Guru (our Guru) are the way to seeing that this moment and what we do in this very moment are what matter and are the only things that exist. I have found myself telling others, and more importantly myself, that I am not who I was last year, last month, last week, and even yesterday. You have taught me this! It is an important lessons for me. This helps me to keep trying to do what is best for those I’m in contact with in each moment. All living things across all the time we are in each moment are effected by our thoughts and actions and only you have been able to make me understand this truth which impacts every second and every breath of my life. I thank you dear Guru for all of your teachings and all of your dedication to sharing these lessons with me and all those who want to learn from you. I’m Mani Pandme Hum

      Trantra Amashuta

      • Nguyên Thành
        Nguyên Thành says:

        Thank you for your comment! That’s right! Focus on the present moment and only look back to reflect on how your mind has been transformed with the help of Buddhist teachings. I am glad and proud that you have followed the right track of Dharma thanks to my teachings. Keep up the good work!

  3. Venessa (Sweden) says:

    Thank you so much for reminding me about actions. And for this article dear Guru.

    Yes, faith without actions is totally dead. What I wanted was not enough. I needed to add also action, and more action, to get willingness. What I want + action = willingness.

    I always have a choice what kind of actions I take.
    I always have a choice how I want to feel when I wake up.
    I always have a choice how I want to think and use my minds.
    Everything starts in my minds. What I decide to put in my mind.
    What kind of things I feed my mind with.

    I wish you a very fabulous evening. I don’t know what the time is for you but I wish the best What ever the time is there for you. Here it is evening.

    Om mani padme hum.

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      Yes, you have a choice but you need to follow to right orbit of Dharma which was written on chanhtuduy.com!

  4. Ockert Lotriet says:

    Thank you for this article. Knowledge is a good start but the wisdom to practice the knowledge is what we need to achieve.

  5. Abrar Bhatti says:

    Dear Guru Ji, I read the article it reminds us the reality of mankind. Everything is impermanent although we know but our desires never cease that become cause of our pains and misery. Buddha taught us the path how to live a moderate life and adopt an appropriate lifestyle. I am reading and practicing the six spiritual methods by Guru that is a good aid to widen the understanding and practice Dharma. Thanks. May you have good health.

    Om Mani Padme Om!
    From : Philippines
    Abrar Bhatti

  6. Tantraupatissa (India) says:

    Dear Guru thanks for sharing this article.
    Also thanks to Tantra Mahacitta for writing this article about Guru. As mentioned it’s true that we have to leave everything in this world when our soul departs from our body. So spending time in good and noble activities or practicing Guru’s teaching really make this life meaningful and becomes the cause of our future happiness and enlightenment.

    May Guru live long to uphold dharma.

    May all beings be free from suffering and get enlightened.

    May pandemic situation of Covid 19 come to an end.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  7. Mật Phước says:

    Dear Guru,
    I have read this article.
    Thank you,Tantra Mahacitta, for your wonderful sharings.
    May Guru have good health and longevity for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May the covid 19 pandemic be soon over.
    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    Om Mani Padme Hum .

  8. Tantra Amishuta says:

    Dear holy Guru,
    Just as all other articles you write or have written, this one was and is worth revisiting. I have reread it just now and as they always do, it has new and unique meaning to me. I have been learning and understanding more each second of each day that all things except liberation, enlightenment and the lessons that lead us to them taught by you are impermanent. Right now I struggle with impermanence. I’m unsure how to navigate my current situation. Tantra Mahaccita spoke candidly about impermanence including all things both living and not. I am currently successfully enjoying the moments with each of these things in the present moment. But as I watch my dog which is like a child to me be sick I’m struck with all of these different emotions. I understand and believe in my head that I know this is the cycle of life and death, of impermance that is simply fact, and this is part of the suffering we endure. I am also enjoying each second with her even more so than i do everything else because I can see her end is coming soon. I am doing my best to make each moment happy and comfortable for her. But at the same time. I am sad. I am very sad. I don’t want her to suffer, I don’t want her to be sick, and I’m very selfish in the fact that I don’t want to lose her. I know this is the reality but I’m still allowing it to hurt. I’m not sure how to proceed. I’m struggling. I will read as many articles as I’m capable of reading tonight (i’ve not slept ina few days now since she’s become so ill) and I will meditate and pray for the end of suffering for ALL sentient beings. I will pray all beings be born into enlightenement. I apologize if I sound like a poor learner or that I’m not accepting or listening to your lessons. I am and I’m confused right now. Please guide me through these next few days if you get this comment before she passes. as always I thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. I thank you for continueing to strive to improve the english lessons you have come so far in. thank you for being a kind and good guru. Thank you for all of the dedication to our lessons and for sharing them across the globe. And thank you for allowing me to follow your lessons to free myself from suffering and being a positive part of those I come in contact with. May you live long and well for the sake of all sentient beings and my your lessons reach more and more people each and every second of every single day. Om aMani Pandme hum

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      Thank you for your comment! The Buddha once taught us not to worry about what is not worth worrying and place your mind at the present moment. No sentient being can go against the law of birth, age, sickness, and death. Therefore, you should not worry about things that are out of your control. The best thing you can do is to focus on practicing Dharma (read and comment on chanhtuduy.com), and it is the best that you can do for yourself, for her, and other sentient beings.

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