Feb 9, 2020

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Letter from Sweden: MANY WORDS, ONE HEART. (Part 6) (Thư Thụy Điển: NHIỀU DÒNG CHỮ, MỘT TẤM LÒNG (Bài 6))

The streets are quiet now but still glowing with bright yellow light.

“Hello, how are you?”

“I’m fine, thanks. And you?”

“I’m tired.”

The security guard at Stockholm airport was surprised with my uncommon response differing from the usual communication pattern. I spoke the truth, “Really, it’s true! Oh, dear!” How could I not be tired when I had to wake up at 3:30 am, wait for a taxi in the lobby, and then travel over 10 kilometers to reach gate 2 at the airport for a 6:00 am flight? The streets are quiet now but glowing with a bright yellow light, warming the cold winter sky. The houses and buildings withdrew into the cold of 2 degrees in the early morning. At times, cars passing fast on the street seemed to be in a hurry, mirroring my impatience for the early morning flight.

I waved goodbye to him and then passed through the final security door. Drawing from the valuable lesson of the previous experience that resulted in being embarrassed at the airport, I did not meet any difficulties going through the security check. But the security staff stopped me and told me that there was something wrong with my bags. It turns out the quantity of the X-Men 2-in-1 Shampoo exceeded the limit, causing the problem. She went out to give it to Mat Tu who was waiting outside the security area. At that point, I passed the security check. I moved inside as I waved goodbye. Mat Tu helped me check in online, so I did not need to check in at the desk. Then there was problem with a lack of information the boarding pass regarding which gate and that made me confused. There was the flight number and the boarding time but no gate number. I wondered if the reason was my arrival at the airport so early. I felt a little bit worried because I could not call anyone by Zalo due to no internet connection. Until the network was available, there seemed to be no choice but to wait. Being quick-witted, however, I got the idea that I could look for another passenger with the same flight number as mine to find out which boarding gate I needed to be at. I located two Hollander passengers and then I knew the gate number was 63. I got in line at the boarding gate. I was happy to discover that the boarding for business class was in a separate area with a limited number of passengers. When you upgrade to business class, boarding is a breeze and you get to board the plane first. I was alone at the boarding gate for business class. I tried to stand up straight and appear composed though I was very tired because of the painful skin allergy I suffered the night before. The itching had spread all over the left leg which made the skin dark red. It was so serious that I used hot water of about 80 degrees Celsius to fight it. The high heat at that temperature can burn the tender skin, but as for the itching, it worked! It bears similarity to how true teaching, accompanied by my strict attitude, may cause the fleeing of some learners who cannot overcome their ego attachment; however, it was the effective remedy for those who understand “no pain, no cure” and “nothing stings like truth.”  Once learners grasp this, they can understand the benefit of righteous criticism with compassion from the true Guru, and then they can understand it as purifying bad karma caused by their mistakes. I recall the cases of Mat Hoang Nhu, Mat Hong Nhat, Mat Hue Phap, Mat Duc, Mat Phap Khanh, Mat Khue Minh, Mat Ba, Mat Kien, and etc., who knew how to transform into positive minds in the same manner as making precious medicine from venom. Their negative feelings passed away, and they have improved themselves since then. I have zero tolerance for your mistakes while I am still your Guru. It is Xun Zi, a Chinese philosopher, who also said, “those who point out our mistake are our teachers; those who give us sincere and well-deserved commendation are our friends; those who give us false, insincere, or excessive praise are our enemies.” It is the Guru, who is the teacher of human beings and gods, who must know how to praise and criticize. Unless you have a deep root of good karma, my righteous criticism will be the sharp spear that stabs your mind in which there is no life.

Righteous criticism, with compassion from the true Guru, is given to purify one’s mistake.

 

The plane left Sweden. Although France has not yet appeared, I will definitely come to France because it is on the planned route. Floating clouds covers everything on Earth from above. We can see neither the doors, houses, or streets below; nor the scenery on the Moon and Mars above. But we should not think that they do not exist. Likewise, we have not seen the Buddha realms or Hell realms with our eyes, but with a solid faith in the Buddha and his teachings, affirmed in the sutra or in the enlightened ones such as the founder or Patriarch, we all understand from the point of view that “the blind does not believe in the sun” (blind meaning, the wrong view).

“Please have your breakfast. Which drink would you like, sir?”

“Rice, green tea, and coffee, please.”

Guru and baby bird

 

 

The black flight attendant sat down and talked with me as if she knew that I found it difficult to understand English with the noise of the airplane engines. Her attitude and her speaking reflected her professionalism and dedication. Color discrimination had been eliminated in myself for a long time, but her way of serving guests made me sympathetic toward black people. In service sectors, the attitude of the service plays the most important role, and not beauty or skin color. Also, in Dharma practice, the core is the right indication of right view based on the three principal aspects of the Path which includes Renunciation, Bodhichitta and Emptiness; not due to being intellectuals, commoners, educated ones, or of a certain social class. During the three-hour flight, the attendants served well with enthusiasm (active), warmth (smiling), and dedication (anticipation of the guests’ thoughts).  Compared to my past experiences in travelling by plane, I recognized the good service on this flight, from the airline ground crew members to the flight attendants. With much appreciation, I would like to write some lines as customer feedback. It took a while for the flight attendant to find a piece of paper and a pen. Maybe they were surprised with my request. Though my English proficiency was as good as a child at the age of 5, I tried to write some words to express my feelings with the following:

I wrote some lines as customer’s feedback.

“I am not good at English but I could write something about flight A1463 to France from Sweden (Stockholm). I see your service is good (never better). This is the first time of my tour. The weather is cold but I am warm because all you’re very nice. I think that’s wonderful memory of my tour. What sounds interesting and I enjoy myself. Thanks anyway. I wish all you was happy, I’m nice to meet Anna Wallin. Of you, the spring has sprung and is into the air. 16/01/2020. Nguyen Huu Lot – Vietnam.”

 

Number one

Although Anna wanted to lend me the laptop or iPad, I just wanted to leave my handwritten paper to show the sincerity and authenticity of my comments. After reading my writing, Anna seemed to be touched then she made a sign number one on her hand. Actually, I thought the “number one” was not for my writing skill because I know I am not good at English. Number one here is for my sincerity. A passenger like me writing a comment about the good service of the flight crew in the air may be uncommon so far. I did tell the truth because when I met difficulties, the black people always helped me from the cases of looking for the terminal gate, flight numbers to the seat, to the rest for 2 hours in a coffee shop with a 20-cent cup of coffee, and a 20–cent banana at the airport in France. I happened to remember the black staff in the previous flight I wrote about in the last article. She wrote the number 55 on my boarding pass. This time the black staff used my mobile phone to ask her colleague about my flight’s information then she said to me “forty-five.” Thanks to Yidam’s blessings, I understood that it was number 45 and I repeated that number 5 times. As a result, I found the right location, then when I listened to Vietnamese and read some Vietnamese letters, I was sure that the flight must fly to Vietnam in accordance with the code on the ticket CDG – SGN.

Getting in line to go on board, I breathed a sigh of relief because I assured that I would go home after a “lone journey of thousand miles.” Unlike the previous European flight, my flight this time was much better due to my own experiences and the enthusiastic support of the kind people. I could solve the problems well. More importantly and happily, I could apply what I had learned in this language environment. Also, you only get the knowledge but you cannot apply what you have learned into your life. You only “have” knowledge!  “Having knowledge” cannot lead to liberation if theory does not go hand in hand with practice and application. This is the differences between “scholars” and “practitioners”, let alone “siddhas.” How did I come back Vietnam? How did I handle the situations? Please read the next article–part 7 in this series of letters from Sweden.

I pray that all sentient beings attain the happiness of the Buddha’s nature.

Om Mani Padme Hum.

 

A rainy afternoon on the peak of Phu Van mountain, January 19, 2020

Thinley- Nguyen Thanh


Vietnamese version: Thư Thụy Điển: NHIỀU DÒNG CHỮ, MỘT TẤM LÒNG (Bài 6)

 


RELATED ARTICLES:

Letter from Sweden: FRIENDSHIP ON THE FLIGHT (Part 1)

Letter from Sweden: HUMANITY IN A FOREIGN LAND (Part 2) ( Thư Thụy Điển: TÌNH NGƯỜI NƠI ĐẤT KHÁCH (Bài 2))

Letter from Sweden: WHAT I SAW IN EUROPEAN CORNER (Part 3) ( Thư Thụy Điển: THẤY GÌ Ở GÓC PHỐ TRỜI ÂU? (Bài 3))

Letter from Sweden: FIKA AT A GLANCE (part 4) ( Thư Thụy Điển: MỘT THOÁNG FIKA ( Bài 4))

Letter from Sweden: IF IT’S FATE, WE WILL MEET EVEN IF WE ARE SEPARATED BY A THOUSAND MILES. IF IT’S NOT FATE, WE WILL NEVER ENCOUNTER EACH OTHER EVEN IF WE’RE FACE-TO-FACE (Part 5) (Thư Thụy Điển: CÓ DUYÊN NGÀN DẶM GẶP NHAU, VÔ DUYÊN TRƯỚC MẶT TƯỜNG RÀO CÁCH NGĂN (Bài 5))

Letter from Sweden: MANY WORDS, ONE HEART. (Part 6) (Thư Thụy Điển: NHIỀU DÒNG CHỮ, MỘT TẤM LÒNG (Bài 6))

Letter from Sweden: ON RETURNING DAY (Part 7) (Thư Thụy Điển: NGÀY TRỞ VỀ (Bài 7))

 

  1. Dr CH Lakshmi narayan says:

    I bow my head at the feet of Guruji.

    This article gives experience of various aspects of airflight to Sweden and back to his spiritual pure land of Song Nguyen Tantra House. A great Spiritual Guru of Hindu Shiva religion says in his vachanas :

            “. Nudidanthe  Nade

                Nadedanthe Nudi ”  ( Kannada)

    Which means “do  as you say ” and ” say  what you do”

    This, in other words explained by Guruji , it is not enough if one has profound knowledge ( Scholar) but it should be put into Practice  ( Dharma practitioner). That’s the difference between a scholar and a dharma practitioner !. This is the procedure  to teach ‘ Theory’s  and ‘Practicals’ in university colleges as a part of acquiring knowledge.

    Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavanthu.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Dr C H Lakshmi narayan.

    ( Tantra Nirvadeva)

  2. paul yawney says:

    Dear holy Guru, I Read your articlle and it reminded me of my first flight. It was confusing to say the least. My limited knowledge of Buddhism held me in good stead to remain centred and take one moment at a time. the first pl;ane the attendants were not friendly which is their problem my second plane was great. I got to my destination in good shape and managed to get out of terminal with some ease. what I have learned helped me so much. your teachings have made me more centred and calm. Thank you for your wisdom.. Tantra Mimataru

     

  3. Tantra Ashihata (Simon Michael) says:

    Dear holy Guru,

    My name is Tantra Ashihata.

    I am very glad for this wonderful article you have given to us may you always fill us with the spirit of right view and the ability to be sincere in my life.

    May Guru live long for the benefit of all sentient beings and may all sentient beings be free from suffering and may the end of corona viruses come to an end

    Om mani padme hum

     

  4. tantra mahavita says:

    Dear Guru … True teaching appears as the effective remedy … for those who understand … Without Pain, Without Cure … and nothing is more effective than the truth. Once students understand this – they can understand the benefit of fair criticism with the compassion of the true Guru. And then they can understand it as the purification of bad karma caused by their mistakes. Those who point out our mistakes are our teachers. May our Guru live happily for the benefit of all sintein beings. May all beings find the Nature of Buddha. OM MANI PADME HUM

  5. Tantra Amitara says:

    Dear guru

    I bow my head on your lutus feet. I am thankful for this article.

    I think you enjoyed mindfully the trip. I am very fortunate to read your trip. The problem is with us that mind always going in future worries. So can’t see the real thing as they normally are. You see everything as it is. Wishing good  for your future trips.

    May guru and his concert live long for well being of all. May guru teaching illuminate all over the world.

    May all sensient being attain enlightenment.

    Om mani padme hum

  6. Petra says:

    Dear Holy Guru

    Thank you for inviting us along on your trip. I feel very blessed to see the beautiful pictures

    May you have a blessed and peaceful day

  7. Totte Nordahl
    Totte Nordahl says:

    Dear Guru

    Thank you for the desciptive and illustrated travelarticles of Stockholm and Sweden. I deeply hope the memories and the feelings are positive ones.

    Kind regards, and may you have a blessed and peaceful day

    Tantra Mitraga

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  8. Tantra Pramitdhita (Josh Hacker) says:

    Holy Guru,

    I bow my head before your lotus feet!!! Thank you for sharing “Letter from Sweden: Many Words, One Heart. (Part 6)” It was very nice to read about the compassion and kindness from the airport workers and the flight attendants. Despite all the hatred the black community faces Most of them rise above the intolerance and still manage to put a smile on their face everyday, live their lives to the best of their ability and continue to help others unselfishly.
    I once used to judge others by the color of their skin and detested those who were different than I until the hate nearly destroyed me from the inside out. At that point I came to the realization that we are all the same. We want to be happy and feel joy and we also want to not suffer. Guru, I would like to thank you for the part you have played and continue to play in my journey. Your guidance has been a true blessing. May you have a blessed and peaceful day.

    May Guru 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

    Om Mani Padme Hum

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