Oct 30, 2018

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Letter from Sai Gon: “A MOVIE” ON FEMINISM (“Bộ phim” nữ quyền)

Letter from Sai Gon: “A MOVIE” ON FEMINISM (“Bộ phim” nữ quyền)

 

“A MOVIE” ON FEMINISM

The sunlight this morning reflects upon the glassy surface of Dau Chan Phat Pond (Buddha’s Foot Pond) casting dazzling flashes of lights resembling glittering gold blanket covering the pond. Pretty little flowers of delicate white are slightly floating upon the pond with dew drops hanging over their petals, seeming to linger there. While watching the fish gamboling in the water, a melody suddenly comes from afar:

Sparkling lake water reflects your shadow standing beside mine. 

Together we take a vow. 

Tantra House sows the seed of liberation in those hearts of sorrow

The Gandharva-like voice of Mat Diem (my Vajra brother) brings me back to the day of “official release” of a movie on “Feminism” on October 20, 2018 which is also the Vietnam Women’s Day. “Actors and actresses” in delicate and colorful uniforms, luxurious and professionally-built scenes, synthetic and dynamic staff who run the logistics during production (Long Hai Channel Resort staff), and especially the role of “screenwriter” and “director” taken by the Guru and his consort – all kindle in me a fire with eagerness waiting for the official screening. And yes, this feeling is still lingering in me though the Dharma conference wrapped up nearly a week ago. It should be admitted that the movie has brought an artistic breath into reality and won success beyond my expectation.

The Guru and his consort

Anyone of us has ever witnessed the break-up of couples on a sad rainy day though previously they rushed into each other’s arms like magnets as romantic novels often describe. Five years or ten years, the conception of time really makes no sense to me since I’ve stepped into the gate of Dharma. I realize that “life is impermanence”, thus I am no longer shocked by seeing fairy-tale like relationships are split up after many years of being together. Without knowing about Song Nguyen Tantra House and witnessing on-screen love that turn into real life romance, I would forever be one of those who lose hope in happiness, especially in couple love, given my own experiences and lessons from friends and co-workers.

Mat Hai – Mat Thuy

Mat Nhi Khang – Mat Dieu Hang

Mat Phuoc – Mat Diem

“Feminism” has ignited boundless feelings and emotions in me and other audiences which rarely any movie can do it. The movie started with jolly scenes and deep actions of couples. The most admirable couple Mat Hai – Mat Thuy brought in a fervent atmosphere to the room by their humorous leading, followed by couple Mat Tinh Giac – Mat Tinh Nhu who made the audiences nearly “jolt up with jealousy” by sharing that they “go to café at least five times a week and sit together for at least one hour each time”. Somewhere in the room sounded exclamations of excitement and delight in waves of laughter and “Feminism” officially started screening like this.

Mat Khue Minh – Mat Dinh Thuan

Mat Giac Dang – Mat Hong Thuc

As I said above, this movie truly reflects the reality, which is always “ruthless”, thus it will not be completed without scenes that “bring the audience to tears.” Under the leading of Mat Khue Minh – Mat Dinh Thuan, the movie’s details began to change. It was the recalling of painful time of couples in the past, when they fell in the darkness of marriage with no way out. Their stories may be long or short, deep or not so deep, all I just can say is: “Different trees have different flowers; Different families have different situations”

Mat Phap Khanh – Mat Thanh Mai

Mat Chanh Tan – Mat Chanh Hoa

Mat Tinh Giac – Mat Tịnh Nhu

The couples would never want to recall those tragic memories but they did for the benefit of the audience. Drops of tears are slightly wiped off on their cheeks. I felt touchy and sympathetic for them, thinking these tears now being full of happiness for having found a Kalyanamitra who has shown them the way out of the maze of attachment and suffering. With a new direction towards the long-lasting happiness, these couples have repaired their broken mirror of marriage by a glue of Buddhist Dharma the Guru bestowed on them. How wonderful it is as this glue not only totally removes old cracks of the mirror but also makes its surface more and more shiny.

The Guru and his consort

 

As touching scenes were over, we came back to the brighter ones which described the process of “introducing Buddhism to family” done by couples. It should be admitted that I totally admire these “actors and actresses” for their creativity, intelligence, cleverness and effort, under the guidance of the Guru and his consort, who have created special exploits. Couple Mat Dieu Hang – Mat Nhi Khang took the stage to lead the third and also the last scene of this movie. Needless to say about it because the presence of Mat Hong Thuc, Mat Dung Tan, Mat Tuan Giac, Mat An, Mat Dieu Trang in the movie is the clearest evidence for a “happy ending”. The movie ended with many rhythms of emotions but I felt so delighted for their current happiness. They have gone through 1000 years for so-called karmic conditions but late until now could they meet the Guru who “continuously rides the boat for the sake of all sentient beings” and receive his teachings so that “together they walk on the same path with same faith, greeting for full happiness and freedom from now on…” (lyrics from a song)

Mat Dinh Chau – Mat Dung Tan

Mat Dieu Linh – Mat Tan Khai

 

Mat Hong Nhat – Mat Hong Quang

“Let’s have breakfast and then enjoy tea with me!” – raised the familiar voice of the Guru that brings me back to the peaceful morning in Song Nguyen Tantra House. Temporarily leaving delighted emotions behind, we eagerly come to talk with him in Mat Quang Cac, adoring the atmosphere imbued with “Dharma taste”. There’s a saying that: “One has not lived in vain if he dies after he is told of the true path”. I pray for myself and Vajra brothers who are still walking alone on this path will soon become “actors and actresses” instead of merely being the “audience” of this great movie.

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

Om Mani Padme Hum

Disciple Mat Tinh Dung

Translated by Mat Hue Phap

  1. Dear Mat Tinh Dung,

    I am delighted to read your wonderful sharing about “a movie” on feminism.

    The feeling of happiness and peaceful in the holy atmosphere of the seninar is still here when I read your words. The happy couples hand in hand sharing their experiences after practicing Pure Mind Yoga through six marvelous practices invented by the holy Guru, really touches me and brings me the gratitude towards the Guru who helps us get the three goals of inner happiness, success in life and social achievement for temporary happiness this life and ever-lasting bliss next life.

    All practices or methods guided by the holy Guru has proven that lay Buddhists makes progress on the path of enlightenment when following the right method to practice. We practice dharma daily in the spirit of that worldly enjoyment goes hand in hand with Dharma happiness, which changes the worldly couples into the dharma friends, changing the family happiness into the happiness of Buddha’s nature.

    Thank Guru so much for your compassion to teach us on the path of liberation.

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

    May Guru’s upholding the Dharma in Europeans be soon successful to benefit all beings.

    Thank Mat Tinh Dung for your nice sharing and may your legitimate wishes come true soon due to your deligence in practicing dharma.

    I also rejoice in the good deeds of Mat Hue Phap who translated this article into English. May Mat Hue Phap always get joyful on the path to enlightenment.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  2. Dr C H Lakshminarayan says:
    Respected Guruji, I bow my head at your lotus feet.

    Buddha is my life

    Dharma is my boat

    Sangha  is my strength

    Guru is my beacon light

    I am very much delighted to see this heart-warming and  touching  ‘movie ‘ in this article , Buddhism inclined jolly  couples in their zenith of romantic  poses enjoying life here and now and in this moment. The beautiful  pictures displayed in the article are amazing and self-explanatory ! and a feast to the eyes of the onlookers !

    While reading this article, I could not control my tears by recollecting my past younger days of romantic life with my consort  too, and a ray of momentary  jalousy peeped and disappeared in my mind as is the nature of mind !

    With reference to the similie of broken mirror given in the article , with great effort however you patch up with glue the broken  pieces and polish and make it to appear as original and shining, the original is original and the repaired one though it appears as original, it is a weak point at the glued spots and liable to break with a little pressure at any time unlike the original. This is my view.

    Guruji  of Song Nguyen Tantra House is doing a pioneer Spiritual engineering work in transforming the mind of  broken couples and removing the sufferings by guiding  and leading in the path of Enlightenment !

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan.

    (Tantra Nirvadeva )

     

  3. Dear Vajra brother Mat Tinh Dung

    I deeply rejoice your sharing about the talk show at the conference on Feminism (October 20) on the occasion of Vietnam Women’s Day. You have avidly “played back” that talk show with the participation of couples in Song Nguyen Tantra House. It could be said that this conference has the most unique form and content among those held before; bringing back to the audience a flexible and open-minded atmosphere but remains in the right orbit of Dharma.I really feel touchy to hear about hard times those couples had ever gone through and their sincere gratitude toward the Guru who helps them transform their mind by practicing Pure Mind Yoga. It’s glad to know they have now become qualified couples and gradually reached three goals in practicing Dharma. I do hope Pure Mind Yoga will be popularized so that each family will be happier, contributing to a stable and sustainably developed social community. Thank you for this interesting article.

    May Guru and his consort be healthy and live long for the benefit of the sentient beings. May all Dharma trips of him be safe, not being obstructed by the being and non-being.

    May Mat Tinh Dung achieve all legitimate wishes

    May all sentient beings be surrounded by the blessings of the Trinity

    Om Ah Hum

  4. Tantra Amishuta says:
    Dear holy Guru,

    what a wonderful article. Thank you for sharing. Om Mani Padme Hum. May you be well for the sake of all sentient beings and may we continue our path to enlightenment.

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

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

      Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Bài viết này thật hay ạ. Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con đọc bài viết này.

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

      Cầu nguyện chúng con tinh tấn hành pháp để vững bước trên hành trình giác ngộ.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.

  5. tantra mahavita says:
    Respected Guru: I bow my head to your lotus feet. What a wonderful article about the feminism film. The water of the sparkling lake reflects your shadow next to mine. Together we make a lotus. The Tantra House sows the seed of liberation in those hearts of sadness. The protagonists of this movie, honored these words. But after practicing the Pure Yoga Mind through the six wonderful practices invented with the Gratitude of the Holy Guru, the goals of internal happiness, success in life, temporary happiness of this life and eternal happiness in the next. All the practices guided by the Holy Guru guide us to follow the correct path, changing family happiness to the happiness of Buddha nature. Many thanks to the Holy Guru for his tremendous compassion and kindness to teach us the way to liberation. Bello said: One has not lived in vain if he dies after being told the true way. I pray for me and the Vajra brothers who still walk alone on this road, soon to become actors and actresses instead of just being public of this great movie. May our Guru live happy and have a long life for the benefit of all sentient beings . OM MANI PADME HUM
  6. Tink Clarence hamm says:
    Marriage is a tough one, both have to give 100% one of the not so secret parts is knowing when it’s your turn to give in. Honesty and belief in your spouse needs to be periodically reinforced. Guys need to be strong,with a connection to their wives, I believe the merits of a woman go beyond what we give them credit for too, behind every great man,is a greater woman
  7. tantramahadeva says:
    Om Mani Padme Hum

    Its a beautiful article helping us understand the deeper bond of marriage and its significance. It takes a lot of strength and perseverance to stand strong in a relationship and go through the waves of life.

    A strong spiritual practice can support and provide clarity. Wisdom from Guru can be of great help during uphill moments of life.

    Thank you for this nugget of wisdom

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

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

      Om Mani Padme Hum

      Bài viết của đạo hữu Mật Tịnh Dung thật hay và sâu sắc giúp bạn đọc hiểu được sự liên kết chặt chẽ trong hôn nhân và ý nghĩa của việc có người bạn đời tâm linh đủ điều kiện. Thông thường, để giữ được mối quan hệ hôn nhân bền vững, con người thường phải rất mạnh mẽ và bền chí cùng nhau đối mặt với những khó khăn trong cuộc sống.  Điều này không phải dễ dàng. Nhưng bằng cách thực hành tâm linh dưới sự chỉ dẫn của Thầy một cách tinh tấn thì sẽ có được một cuộc hôn nhân viên mãn.

      Nhờ nương tựa vào trí tuệ của Thầy mà học trò và đệ tử Mật gia đã vượt qua được những giai đoạn khó khăn trong cuộc sống.

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho chúng con được nương tựa vào tuệ quang của Thầy.

  8. tantraupatissa says:
    Dear Guru thanks for sharing this article.

    This article is beautifully narrated. Thanks for all our Dharma brothers and sisters who participated in it. Hope all of them never be separated from each other and always stay focused on Dharma under Guru’s guidance. May all our Dharma friends have a rich and prosperous life and never be separated from Guru and Dharma life.

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

    May all beings and Guru’s disciples be free from suffering and get enlightened.

    Om Mani Padme Hum..

  9. Mô Phật!

    Mật thúy rất hoan hỉ với thiện hạnh dịch bài viết của huynh Mật Tịnh Dung, sang tiếng Anh của huynh Mật Huệ Pháp cầu nguyện cho huynh luôn tin tấn thực hành pháp để được tha lực hộ trì cầu mông tất cả chúng sanh luôn có duyên lành biết đến chánh pháp OM ah hum.

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