Feb 9, 2020

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

A genuine letter of a follower of Tantra House

I felt quite a relief as lying on the seat, thinking at least I’d be home after a 13-hour flight from France to Vietnam no matter how tired it would be. Slowly the memory of Sweden faded away. A monumental, gorgeous Stockholm after all is just a gross element while the hospitality of the Swedish is the subtle one, which were not what I’d expected for. Amazing architectural constructions, beautiful landscapes, good food, hospitality can be found in many places, even in my country where I found even more surpassing with imposing mountains, exuberant forests, blue oceans, amazing caves and especially warm weather with sunshine year-round. My trip to the birthplace of Nobel prize was in January which was in their spring season when the temperature dropped down to 4°C or 2°C accompanied with bone-chilling wind, contrary to abundant sunshine in early season in Vietnam. The reason I travelled to Europe during severe weather came from a genuine invitation letter of a follower of Song Nguyen Tantra House and the cooperation proposal by SenSus Organization.

 

Letter for cooperation proposal by SenSus Organization

Yes, that’s it!  Things seemed smooth until obstacles emerged. The cause is many but generally, even you gain a precious human body, that does not ensure an appropriate foundation for liberation if you have evil mind:

Thatis when one is facing (1) impediments from outside, (2) five poisons from inside (greed, hatred, ignorance and jealousy), (3) bad retribution (karma), (4) distraction by laziness, (5) enslavement by others, (6) the fact that he practices Dharma for mere protection from danger, (7) the fact that he pretends to practice Dharma, and (8) the fact that he is being foolish. These are eight conditions of bondage.

Besides, a practitioner is also impeded by eight kinds of mental bondage as follows: (1) having little revulsion of samsara, (2) lacking the solid faith, (3) being bound by attachment, (4) crude behavior, (5) not refraining from sinful act, (6) living by wrongful means, (7) precepts damaged, and (8) vows broken. 

 

I need not point out the exact condition of bondage toward specific person or organization but you should contemplate and reflect on what I’ve written here.

– I am coming Guru!

-Really? I’ve been waiting for you at Street Garden Café – 22 Nguyen Luong Bang

So just in a next few minutes, I would leave Saigon for Song Nguyen Tantra House after enjoying, maybe best Hue beef noodle in Phu My Hung urban at a restaurant named “O oi…”. Mat Phap Khanh, dressed up as a young man, hurriedly got out of his car to help me load my luggage onto the car’s boot. The luxurious black Mercedes is a perfect match to Phap Khanh. This is the second time after the European voyage, he himself drove me to the Tantra House but not hire private driver. We talked about dharma, about life during driving and soon the familiar shadow and color of that mountain appeared far away. It’s that shadow that made me come up with the idea of going in retreat in here. Time flies fast. Fifteen years have gone by with many times that the shadow and color of that mountain come and go in front of my eyes. It becomes so dear to me that I can imagine clearly without looking at it. However, the mountain though is as stable as admirable lotus posture of a practitioner, it is nothing compared to a small part of Application Bodhicitta! You’ve witnessed that I sat stably for two consecutive hours in lotus position but this is not the main purpose of the Vajrayana practitioner, particularly of members of Song Nguyen Tantra House. Meditation is merely one of ten (1/10) spiritual activities and one of six (1/6) paramitas. Ironically, some people who know nothing about the development of mind in meditation at five levels and nine mental abidings but always brag about meditation. You can read the article: “Avoiding misapprehension and deviated attitude towards meditation” for reference on what meditation really means.” (http://chanhtuduy.com/tranh-hieu-lam-va-thai-lech-chuan-ve-thien/

Mat Tinh Giac, Mat Tinh Nhu, Mat Khue Minh saw me off

Mat Phap Khanh picked me up at the airport

I sank so deep into thought that didn’t notice that our car has stopped at the House’s gate. I looked at the panel titled “Sub-Institute of Psychology Research and Yoga Applications” and felt a cozy feeling in my heart. Strangely, none of my cats ran out to welcome me as usual. Then I came to know that different car engine sound made them fail to realize my presence. My Hum cat was still lying on the grass, craning his neck and feeling surprised to see me pull my suitcase on the Vajra path. Only after hearing me call, did he wag his tail welcoming me back. Too bad!

I took Mat Phap Khanh to go round for a visit, showing him equipment of sound and lighting installed in Song Nguyen Tantra House that he had voluntarily offered. We both felt joyful with the current appearance of the Tantra House.

-Please wait at the living room. I need put these stuffs at my room, then I’ll come back!

An intimate, cozy atmosphere pervaded the room. I and Mat Phap Khanh ate slowly while we talked about the trip

– Yes Guru. Don’t mind me.

Then I wentinto Thanh Tri Room. Opening the facet, the flow of cool water made me feel really refreshed and retrieved. Wearing a new dharma outfit, I came back to the living room and had lunch with Mat Phap Khanh. Everything was ready. These foods were simple but I still felt much better than those in Europe. An intimate, cozy atmosphere pervaded the room. We ate slowly while I told him about my trip. Phap Khanh also finished his trip to the U.K and he concluded that hospitality services and food in Vietnam was so great! No more days of queueing, ordering at restaurant, writing articles just within four hotel walls or staying apart from the car steering wheel. I now came back to the Tantra House whose magnificent scenery became more gorgeous to me now. We talked until Mat Phap Khanh asked to leave for Saigon for a year-end party of a business partner. I saw him off to the gate, silently thanked him for his considerate attention and enthusiasm towards Dharma affairs of Song Nguyen Tantra House. Knowing that it’s never enough to repay the gratitude towards a Guru as asserted in the Dakkhinavibhanga Sutra (Classification of Offerings), but for me, I would never forget your contributions, following the spirit of “Three Kinds of Hardly Met Persons” as taught by the Buddha.

Mat Phap Khanh was the first person to enjoy Espresso coffee I brought from Sweden

On way back to my room, I recalled the hardship from living far away from homeland and felt more respectful of my current existence. A beautiful Song Nguyen Tantra House! “Is it beautiful?”, someone might ask me so. I would answer without hesitation that: ‘It is, really is, my oh my!”

I would stop here and did not forget to show my gratitude toward Yidam, Guru and Dakini for helping me transform my karma into mission to sow “good seeds” on this “exhausted field”. In the future, dharma rains will bring fertility to the Vajra field and help seeds grow.

May all sentient beings wake up in the state of awakening.

Om Mani Padme Hum!

A rainy afternoon on the peak of Phu Van Mountain, January 20, 2020

Thinley – Nguyen Thanh


 

Vietnamese version: Thư Thụy Điển: NGÀY TRỞ VỀ (Bài 7)

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  1. Tantra Ashihata (Simon Michael) says:
    Dear holy Guru,

    My name is Tantra Ashihata.

    Thank you for this wonderful article, you made me to understand the important of practice dharma without have and 8 wrong motive.

    May Guru give us the wisdom to practice right in other to be enlighten.

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

    Om mani padme hum

     

  2. Petra says:
    Dear Holy Guru

    Thank you for this article. When you describe the shadow from the mountain, I can almost see it. It sound so beautiful and to read about your thoughts and experiences on this journey have been a great experience for me. It makes me think of how to act as a person towards others. Thank you Dear Guru

    May you have a blessed and peaceful day

    • Nguyên Thành says:

      Yes, practice Dharma is exsperience, exsperience and exsperience! No good, no bad is in this!

  3. Petra says:
    Thank you Holy Guru

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