Jul 28, 2017

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Letter from Haiphong: THE RED FLAME FLOWERS IN MY MIND (Hoa phượng đỏ trong lòng tôi)

Letter from Haiphong: THE RED FLAME FLOWERS IN MY MIND (Hoa phượng đỏ trong lòng tôi)

Back from the Dharma festival of the marriage ceremony for Mat Chanh Tan and Mat Chanh Hoa in the beautiful city of Ba Ria – Vung Tau, I suddenly raised a wish that I would experience to take a flight for the dharma festival in the North. I was happy to think of the amazing feeling of flying in the sky and of meeting my dharma friends who were living in the North. I made a prayer to Guru, Yidam with intense faith every night in order that my wish of going to the North soon came true. And I was really delighted to know that my secret wish came true on 25th June 2017 after I had made a prayer for a month.

I asked the Guru’s permission to come to Song Nguyen Tantra House, and he compassionately allowed me to come. After having a humble conversation with the Guru, he advised me to go to Hai Phong. I was very joyful to follow his guidance. And I was glad to know that my dharma friend, Mat Mai from Tien Giang was also accompanied in this trip.

Nam Thuan company

After saying goodbye with the deeply gratitude to Mat Tinh Giac, Mat Tinh Nhu for their whole-heartedly help in Tan Son Nhat airport, I and Mat Mai were waiting for the flight to Hai Phong. I was so moved by the harmony amongst the Dharma practitioners in Song Nguyen Tantra House which I had never seen in any monasteries or temples or in any mundane classes. We cherish together deeply from the bottom of our heart.

From the plane to look down, everything on the ground like high buildings, houses.., was as small as the tiny seeds on my view. I at once thought of the Western Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss. I myself was joyous and surprised that I was on the path to enlightenment. If I did not have the Guru’s guidance, I had never imagined that I could be on the liberating path. And I wondered if the plane had no a compass or had nothing positioning, how the pilot could control the plane to destination, whereas there was only the plane itself in the vast sky, which direction it should follow. Likewise, I suddenly thought about the bad situations of those who did not practice the Dharma experienced the state of intermediate existence body. They were alone to face the extreme fear due to their bad karmas by themselves. This was taught in the Guru’s audio sermonhttp://chanhtuduy.com/dien-trinh-cua-than-trung-am. At that time, I felt deeply blessed and lucky to meet the Guru in this kalpa (life). If I kept solid in the faith in the Guru and The Three Jewels, I would get my wish to free myself and others from samsara in this Saha world, where the Lord Buddha’s teaching in the sutra on the Eight Realizations of the Great Beings it says “the fire of birth and death is raging, causing endless suffering everywhere”.

While my thoughts upon the clouds drifting by, the foreign pilot’s voice from the cockpit was astonishing to me. I did not understand what the pilot said because of my poor English. Thanks to the flight attendant’s interpretation, I understood that the plane was going to land in a few minute. Then Hai Phong at my first sight was a very large port. It was so large that it covered my whole sight. I know the reason why Hai Phong was famous for the port city.

When we went to the arrival gate at Cat Bi airport, my dharma friend, Mat Khue Minh stood in wait for me with the friendly and warm smile, she waved her hand and said to us: “warmly welcome to Hai Phong”. We later on came to Nam Thuan company limited run by Mat Tue Vien. Nam Thuan company limited was located in Thuy Nguyen district, about 30 minutes far way from Hai Phong city by car. I had a chance to meet Dharma friends and learners onchanhtuduy.com here (both have dharma names and be in wait list of dharma names). They looked as fresh and beautiful as the typical flower blossoming in the summer, whose name is delonix regia andHaiphong is also nicknamed “The City of the red flame trees” because of the many “Delonix regia” flowers planted throughout the city.

Sewing area

The main exported items are knitwear and Polo shirts

I have started a new life in a new place and with a new job . My work here in Nam Thuan company is to maintain and repair faults in the mechanical equipment. My work is easy to do. It helps me forget the hard days on which I had to hang myself on the cell tower. At that day, I had clear in my mind the  human body was precious, but I did not have any chances to change my work. Thanks to the Guru’s attention to me, I have a good opportunity to work in Nam Thuan company limited now. Mat Tue Vien is the director of Nam Thuan company limited, and she has created the jobs for 1,000 workers in the garment factory. In addition, Nam Thuan has exported garments to more than 30 countries according to Japanese and Euro-American standards. The main exported items are knitwear and Polo shirts. Mat Tue Vien stated that: “as a Buddhist, I understand the law of cause and effect, I obviously want to make the high-quality goods in order to satisfy our customers for win-win cooperation. We produce high-quality goods and have honesty and integrity in business transactions, maintain our prestige, the business partners therefore sign the long-term contracts with our company.” In this fierce competition, Nam Thuan company limited stands firmly and develops in this turbulent market, proving that Mat Tue Vien is on the right track. Also Mat Khue Minh, working as the Chief of Administration and Human Resources said: “the staffs in Nam Thuan company, after readingchanhtuduy.com and following the Guru’s teachings, always take high responsibility for the development of the company. If we have been linked with the company by good wages, good social insurance and other incentives, then now there also is a new colloid to unite us, connect us and hold us together. It is the harmony amongst Buddhist learners which has created by the esteemed Guru with his big efforts for a long time.”

I have the true blessings soaking my heart and mind from Yidam through the esteemed Guru. I remembered the verse that all disciples in Song Nguyen Tantra House have learnt be heart it goes:

“Keep in mind the Guru’s instructions.

Fulfil with no doubt and hesitation.

Should not wait for your convenience to follow

Bad consequences come due to precept violation.

Guru’s advice is made carefully and in detail.

By his wisdom and compassion.

Following Guru’s advice, you get countless merit.

Following your own thought, you get in vain.”

If we have been linked with the company by good wages, good social insurance and other incentives, then now there also is a new colloid to unite us, connect us and hold us together. It is the harmony amongst Buddhist learners which has created by the esteemed Guru with his big efforts for a long time.”

Dear Holy Guru,

I would like to express my gratitude to you for always paying attention to the spiritual destinies of disciples and all sentient beings. You and your consort always been on the spiritual battlefields against wrong view to uphold the Dharma, and help all beings, who are immersed in the suffering due to the ignorance and wrong view, be freed from the circle of births and deaths. You and your consort did not hesitate to face the storms and have still proceed on the journey to preach the Dharma for the sake of all sentient beings. But I did not notice your noble works for all beings, I still carelessly disturbed your mind with the calls about my personal worldly business. I only thought for myself and my own benefit. Whereas, you and your consort have been so busy with many Dharma activities as well as teaching the Dharma for both nation-wide and international learners. And with your immense compassion, you once again reproved me for my wrong conduct in order to purify my bad karma and keep me from losing the merit and getting the bad consequences due to disturbing the Guru’s mind for worldly things, as Ashvaghosha’s teaching in Fiffty verses of guru devotion it says:

“13. Never disturb you Guru’s mind. Should you be foolish and happen to do this, you will surely boil in hell.” ((http://chanhtuduy.com/nam-muoi-ke-tung-sung-kinh-dao-su/)

I pray to the Guru, Yidam, Dakini with complete focus that please protect me and help me keep awareness, mindfulness in order that my actions of body, speech and mind are not deviated from the right track of the Dharma.

So I would like to make prayers with three spiritual keys:

To you, Guru Rinpoche, I pray with intense faith and devotion, please concentrate my mind on Buddhism

To you, fully enlightened ones, I pray with intense faith and devotion, please protect me from the poor externalists

To you, the Guru, on a par with the Great beings, I pray with intense faith and devotion, please pay attention to me.

Om Mani Padme Hum.

Hai Phong, date 27th July, 2017

Mat Phe Ro

Translated by Mat Dieu Hang


Original Vietnamese version: Thư Hải Phòng: HOA PHƯỢNG ĐỎ TRONG LÒNG TÔI

  1. BeeLay says:
    Dear Guru,

    Yes. People work in Nam Thuan are lucky and happy.

  2. Dr. C H Lakshmi narayan. says:

    Respected Guruji, I bow my head at your lotus feet.

    I am delighted to read this letter about one of your desciple’s air flight journey and the help rendered by you to make him joy & happy during his journey.! I also appreciate his intense Guru-desciple’s Devotion which we all Dharma friends should follow.

    Long live our Guruji for upholding Dharma

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    Dr.CH Lakshminarayan

     

  3. Mật Tịnh Dung says:
    Dear Holy Guru!

    I am delighted to read Mat Phe Ro’s letter from Hai Phong.

    All of the disciple of Song Nguyen Tantra House know that when we carry out the Guru’s teachings without any doubt and hesitation, we will not only accumulate countless merit but also develop our devotion towards you.

    I am grateful for being one of your disciples, I vow to follow the footsteps of  the holy Guru from now to the supreme enlightenment.

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

    May Mat Phe Ro have a good health and make progress on the path to enlightenmen.

    May all beings achieve the happiness of Buddhahood.

     

  4. Dear Mat Phe Ro,
    I’m delighted with your sharing about your new life in Hai Phong, with your new job at Nam Thuan company. I’d like to share with you the blessing of the Buddha through our Guru’s consideration.
    Besides, through your writting, I also rejoice with the stable development of Nam Thuan company in the competitive market today. Especially the company is controled by the Buddhist who understands the law of cause and effect, so obviously the products are high-quality and the integrity in business transactions is guaranteed. I have more belief in the company’s development.
    Thanks to your sharing and to the translation of Mat Dieu Hang.
    I’m also delighted with the harmony amongst Buddhist learners which has created by the esteemed Guru with his big efforts for a long time.
    May the Guru and his consort live long for the benefit of beings!
    Om mani padme hum!

     

  5. Dear Holy Guru,

    I am full of happiness over Mat Phe Ro’s article. I am delighted to know he gets a better job through you for always paying attention to him and all disciples. Thanks Mat Phe Ro for sharing his thought.

    May you and your consort live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May Mat Phe Ro get all legitimate wishes and achieve the joy that arises on the path to enlightenment.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  6. Dear Mat Phe Ro,
    I am very happy when I know that you have start a new life in a new place – Hai Phong, the city of red flame flowers and with a new job. Now you can work easily and safely, it is so great because we have clear in our mind that the human body is precious. Your sharing remind us that we was very blessed and lucky to meet the Holy Guru in this kalpa. The Guru always pays attention to the spiritual destinies of disciples and all sentient beings. If the Guru tells us to do something, we must immediately carry out that with devotion and no doubt. So we will receive merit, as Guru Geshe Kharak Gomchung said: The Guru should be recognized as the source of the temporary success and ultimate success, achieving full enlightenment.
    Thank you for your meaningful sharing.
    Thank vajra brother Mat Dieu Hang for your translation
    May the Guru and his consort live long for the sake of sentient beings.
    May Mat Phe Ro’s  legitimate wishes come true in the near future.
    May all sentient beings achieve happiness of Buddha nature.
    Om mani padme hum.

     

  7. Dear Mat Phe Ro,

    I’m very happy to read your sharing about your new life and new job in Hai Phong city. I am delighted when you set out to work new job which is better than your old job by putting your faith into the Guru’s teaching. Thanks for your sharing. I hope read more your articles on chanhtuduy.com.

    May the Guru and his consort long live for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    May Mat Phe Ro have good health and fulfill all your wishes.

    I am elated by Mat Dieu Hang’s translation. May your wishes will come true at the soonest as the result of your industrious practice.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  8. Vũ Thị Ngân Anh says:
    Dear Holy Guru.

    My name is Mat Hong Ngan ( Vu Thi Ngan Anh).

    I am very happy with Mat Phe Ro’s sharing. As a part of Nam Thuan company limitted, i am so delighted to read this article.

    I have been a HR staff of company for 1 year.In lucky occasion, i have a chance to know about Chanhtuduy.com page, know about true Buddhism.

    It not only give my life back, it also help me to have positive thinking about the future.

    Keep in mind the Guru’s instructions.

    Fulfil with no doubt and hesitation.

    Should not wait for your convenient to follow

    Bad consequences come due to precept violation

    Guru’s advice is made carefully and in detail

    By his wisdom and compassion

    Following Guru’s advice, you get countless merit

    Following your own thought, you get in vain.

    Long live our Guru for upholding Dharma

    Truly thanks to my vajra brother Mat Phe Ro

     

  9. Mật Giác Văn (Nguyễn Văn Khương) says:
    Dear Holy Guru

    My name is Mat Giac Van (Nguyen Van Khuong)

    I am staff of Nam Thuan company.

    Thanks Mat Phe Ro, because you wrote and shared for Nam Thuan company.

    I am very happy and proud.

    May the Guru and his consort live long for the benefit of beings!

    Om mani padme hum

     

  10. Jennifer says:
    I thank you for your thoughts in this mannor. I am happy to hear you have a good job that you love and are surrounded by other Buddhists in learning. I am also guilty of thinking only of myself. I am learning the more I read and comment to not think of myself but to think much bigger. I am just a small seed in this world there are many out there who are suffering because they do not understand the way of the Buddha. These are the people who need our attention. I have a grand opportunity to learn Buddhism and all of it’s lessons from the Holy Guru. Many do not have this opportunity. I have learned to think on a grander scale. What I do effects many and I want those effects to be positive. I learn so much from these lessons and I am greatful to the holy Guru for his lessons. Thank you for sharing your thoughts may you be blessed. Thank you Holy Guru for sharing these thoughts and for teaching us they way you do. You are a good Guru, May you be blessed for sake of yourself and all sentient beings.

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