Apr 22, 2016

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Letter No.151: To be a true “spiritual” artist! (Hãy là một nghệ sĩ “tâm linh” đích thực!)

Letter No.151: To be a true “spiritual” artist! (Hãy là một nghệ sĩ “tâm linh” đích thực!)

Letter No.156: To be a true “spiritual” artist!

INTRODUCTION:

Kanji is Japanese, Mat Thai Duong’s friend and he is living in America now. He wrote a comment in English to express his thinking after reading the article “What is Tibetan Yoga?”. Understand his wondering on studying Buddhism and perceiving Buddhism, I would like to have some words to clarify about this. I ask Mat Thai Duong to guide him read this letter, and Mat Dieu Hang to translate it into English for reference.

This is Kanji’s comment in English (translated into Vietnamese by Mat Dieu Hang)

ITA’s Director – Master Thinley Nguyen Thanh

This article gave me an opportunity of re-think about words – Yoga, enlightenment, Tantra, happy and many more. Now I’m wondering the followings: if Yoga is mandatory for people who wants to be on the pass of enlightenment. If there is anyone who actually archived “supreme happiness of nirvana / enlightenment”. Or we can be on the path of it and we can get closer to it but we’ll never be able to achieve it. Why it seems so difficult for human to understand / achieve enlightenment.

Thank you for putting the this article on public site which made me think of the above, and I have to say thank you to Mat Thai Duong for guiding me to this article.

Thank you again.

INTERPRETATION:

Dear Kanji,

Guru’s consort – Ms. Mat Dieu

I have seen your photo. You look like a romantic artist with much adventure! The artists spend all their life for their spiritual hobby. In 1814, there was a young artist selling his house to buy roses for his girlfriend in Russia. Although the famous artist, Michelangelo created the artist works with his arthritic arms, his masterpieces still remain. The well-known painter, Van Gogh from Holland, used to be deeply frustrated by the inactivity and incoherence caused by frequent mental sickness, he still never left his palme….and other examples among them prove the truth:  artists always spend all their life on their passions. From these qualities, I hope Kanji change your spiritual passion into being devoted to the buddhist spiritual interests  in order to get the practical target of  “temporary happiness in this life and ultimate bliss in next life”

You should understand why I have such consideration. Firstly, you are Mat Thai Duong’s boyfriend, one of my good disciples. Secondly, I understand your wondering on the junction of the Path to enlightenment. Now, I rely on the wisdom of the compassionate Guru Padmasambhava, Yidam and Dakini, I make clarification about this.

Dear Kanji,

Yoga is mandatory for people who wants to be on the pass of enlightenment. Why? In my article, I wrote: “Yoga is the unity of body, speech and mind”. Then, all activities like  physical training and sports, technology, medicine  need the unity of body, speech and mind. The enlightenment is also in this rule.  You are Japanese, you should understand about the art of “kendo”, “Aikido” and “Karate-Do”, should not you? In Japanese martial art, if you cannot get the level of the unity of body, speech and mind, you will not become the master. From this point, I confirm my above argument. The main problem is that you misunderstand about the meaning of Yoga. Tibetan Yoga means Tibetan school from the snow place of Tibet, not Hatha Yoga from India which displays the physical postures for good health. If you want to use the terminology to get easy understanding, you should call The Pure Land school as The Pure Land Yoga, The Huayan or Flower Garland school (Kegon) as The Huayan or Flower Garland Yoga.. all schools in Buddhism need the unity of body, speech and mind to get enlightenment.

“If there is anyone who actually archived “supreme happiness of nirvana / enlightenment.” Of course they do! The first person is The Lord Buddha. After getting the enlightenment, he affirmed that “I am a Buddha (an enlightenment one), all beings will be Buddhas”. With this great declaration, The Buddha guided the methods to get the path to enlightenment in nirvana. Then His disciples, Masters, Gurus (monks, laymen) continue spreading the Dharma. The most important thing is the master’s spiritual competence and different methods which make Buddhists misunderstand and you do, too.

On the other hand,  the cultivation means repairing, it means that you correct the wrong activities of body, speech and mind; just as you are thirsty, you should drink as much as possible. You should not analyze which ingredients there are in water, who finds out the water source, how much percent of Chlorine there is in water or if the water is clean or not, or where the water is from. Therefore, there is Catholic’s saying: “blessing comes anyone who believes without seeing”, Confucians quote the Chinese proverb as going: “the blind does not believe in the existence of the sun, the cicadas do not believe in the existence of snow, the sun  is still shining, the snow is still falling”. Buddhists always remember the Lord Buddha’s saying in Mahaparinibbana Sutta: “Belief  has two factors including from hearing and from thinking. The belief from hearing without thinking is not enough. There are two other factors: believe in Dharma and believe in the enlightenment. The belief in Dharma without in the existence of enlightenment is not enough”

Your comment was that “we can be on the path of it and we can get closer to it but we’ll never be able to achieve it”. In practice, Buddhists need to practice for three great asamkhyeya kalpas to become an enlightenment one. The three great asamkhyeya kalpas means “innumerable”, then we do not discuss deeply about the enlightenment with the absolute level. So, there are the partial enlightenment, the full enlightenment and the completed enlightenment. Tibettan Yoga (Tantric Buddhism) confirmed that it takes 18 kalpas for practitioners to become a Buddha from beginning to get enlightenment. Luckily, Amitabha Buddha has the optimal spiritual pattern for Buddhists who “desire to be born in the Western Buddha land” will become an enlightenment one. With Amitabha Buddha’s vows the practitioners can get in Nirvana with their belief in Buddha’s vows, they do not need to cultivate for either great asamkhyeya kalpas or 18 kalpas.  Amitabha Buddha’s Vow proclaimed: “sentient beings in the lands of the ten directions who sincerely and joyfully entrust themselves to me, desire to be born in my land, and recite my Name, even ten times, should be born there”. Similarly, in Tibetan Yoga, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva offers practitioners a chance to get the Western Buddha land through his Twelve Great Pledge by practicing under his instructions like chanting mantra, visualizing the Guru and Yidam….which Mat Dieu Hang wrote comment already. From this reference, Kanji should know that it is simple for yogis in Tibetan Yoga to get the path to enlightenment or be reborn in the western pure land, not like Buddhists in other Buddhist schools who have spent all their life or many lives on “biting the bullet” to get it.

Dear Kanji,

Trung tâm nghiên cứu và ứng dụng thực hành Yoga Tây Tạng - Mật gia Song Nguyễn

Center for researching and applying to practice Tibetan Yoga and UNESCO club for researching and applying Tibetan Yoga has been providing easy practice as well as clear, logical, and convincing commentary

In order to have enough and necessary condition to get “happiness in this life and ultimate bliss in next life”, meaning that we can be reborn in the Western Buddha land, Song Nguyen Tantra House now becoming Center for researching and applying to practice Tibetan Yoga and UNESCO club for researching and applying Tibetan Yoga has been providing the spiritual patterns through the article of “What is Tibetan Yoga?” with methods for easy practice as well as clear, logical, and convincing commentary which you have already read. You need only one hour to understand the whole teachings and you can practice it easily if you get the Guru’s agreement. All factors depend on only one essence of “TEACHING METHODS”. After getting understanding on Tibetan Yoga, I hope you become the true spiritual artist.

I should close my clarification. I am pleased with Mat Thai Duong ‘s bodhicitta in action. I pray for you and your family (for your father’s health).

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

Phuoc Thanh village,

Date: April 21st 2016

Thinley Nguyen Thanh.

Translated by Mat Dieu Hang


Original Vietnamese version: Thư gửi các trò 151: HÃY LÀ MỘT NGHỆ SĨ “TÂM LINH” ĐÍCH THỰC!

  1. Mật Huệ Pháp says:
    Dear Mat Dieu Hang,

    Thank you very much for translating our Guru’s explanation for Kanji, a friend of Mat Thai Duong, on how to define properly the meaning of Yoga in Tibetan Buddhism and whether the practitioner can get full enlightenment or not. Thanks to this sermon, I now get to know more about the Yoga we are practicing. If the Hatha Yoga (from India) gives us physical strength, then Tibetan Yoga brings about both physical and spiritual strength. Yoga in Tibetan definition means the unification of body, speech and mind which is indivisible on the path of attaining liberation and enlightenment. Practicing Tibetan yoga means to transform our impure body, speech and mind into the pure ones. The Buddha does not assert that anyone who from the beginning is free from faults and possesses good qualities but he knows that person bears within him the seed of purity which is to be transformed and fully developed into Buddhahood. All he needs is to find a Master with flexible and effective methods of practice to get the key to attain enlightenment. Buddhism has up to 84,000 methods of practice which indicates the boundless compassion of the Buddha towards the sentient beings but also can make us confused in selecting the most proper method for ourselves. I feel really lucky to have found the practicing method from our Guru which increasingly proves its properness and effectiveness in my daily life. And as our Guru has asserted on the importance of belief, I suddenly remember a saying that all of Buddha’s practicing methods are miraculous and abstruse, just our belief is not big enough.

    May our Guru live long for the sake of sentient beings
    May all sentient beings achieved the happiness of Buddha’s nature and become a real “spiritual artist”.
    Om Ah Hum

  2. Mật Hồng Tuyến says:
    Mô Phật,
    Pháp đệ xin thán thán thiện hạnh dịch bài của Đạo huynh Mật Diệu Hằng.
    Cầu mong cho tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.
  3. Mật Hoàng Hạ says:
    Mô Phật!
    Pháp đệ hoan hỷ tán thán thiện hạnh dịch bài rất nhanh của Đạo huynh Mật Diệu Hằng về bài viết vị Thầy giải đáp khúc mắc tâm linh dành cho bạn đọc Kanji .
    Cầu chúc cho Huynh và gia đình sức khỏe, hanh thông đường Đạo lẫn đường Đời.
    Con cầu nguyện cho sự trường thọ của Thầy Cô nhằm lợi lạc cho chúng sanh .
    Om Mani Padme Hum!
  4. Mat Giac Phuong says:
    Dear my vajra brother Mat Dieu Hang,

    Thank you for your translation. I hope people all over the world read your translation.

    May our Guru live long for the sake of sentient being.

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

    Om mani padme hum.

  5. Mật Phước says:
    Pháp đệ hoan hỷ với thiện hạnh dịch bài của Đạo huynh Mật Diệu Hằng mà vị Thầy khai thị cho Kanji . Cầu mong Kanji cũng như chúng sanh hữu duyên sẽ hiểu được chân lý Phật đà.
    Con cầu nguyện sức khoẻ và sự trường thọ của Thầy, Cô.
    Cầu mong tất cả chúng sanh uống được tinh tuý cam lồ.
    Om Ah Hum.
  6. Mật Ngã says:
    Mật Ngã hoan hỷ với thiện hạnh dịch bài của Đạo huynh Mật Diệu Hằng!
    Cầu nguyện chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh. Om Ah Hum!
  7. Mật Hảo says:
    Mật Hảo hoan hỷ với bài dịch của huynh Mật Diệu Hằng
    Cầu mong chúng sanh tỉnh thức với trạng thái giác ngộ.
    om ah hum
  8. Mật Thiệu says:
    Mô Phật!
    Mật Thiệu thật hoan hỷ và tán thán thiện hạnh của Đạo huynh Mật Diệu Hằng qua bài dịch này.
    Con thành tâm cầu nguyện cho sự trường thọ và sức khỏe của Thầy,Cô vì lợi lạc tất cả chúng sanh hữu duyên.
    Cầu mong tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc Phật tánh.
    Om mani padme hum.
  9. Mật Viễn says:
    Mật Viễn xin hoan hỷ tán thán công đức của huynh Mật Diệu Hằng đã dịch bài viết của Thầy sang tiếng Anh.

    Cầu nguyện cho huynh Mật Diệu Hằng và gia đình thành tựu trên đường đạo, hanh thông trên đường đời.

    OM MA NI PAD ME HUM

  10. Kanji says:
    It was my pleasure receiving meaningful feedback from a person whom everybody respect on my short posting.

    Thank you very much for the detailed but easy to understand clarification on the posting.

    I even not sure the way I put my questions on the site was appropriate. I’ll end posting my comments here today.

    Even it was a short time it was very nice to be able to interact with people from the other side of earth. I have to say thank you to Mat Thai Duong again.

    I wish everyone’s good health.
    Best regards,
    Kanji

  11.  Tantra Mahavita says:

    DEAR GURU:  Thank you very much for sharing such wonderful articles. Practicing Tibetean Yoga is to transform our body, speech and mind impure in pure. What the Budhha taught is that someone from the begining has flaws but carries within it the seed of pirity that can be transformed and develop the complete budeity ,All you need to do is find a teacher with effective methods and practices to get the key to acchieving enlightement ,Buddhism has 84.000 methods of practice thet indicates the Budhha is unlimited compassions towards sentient beings, I feel fortunate to have found the method of practice of our Guru,his compassion and his patience ,May our Guru have health and can live a long time for the benefit of all sentient beings . May all beings find happiness and its causes. OM MANI PADME HUM

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

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

      “Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con đọc được bài viết sâu sắc và ý nghĩa này. Thực hành Yoga Tây Tạng để chuyển hóa tâm phàm thành tâm thánh. Đức Phật đã dạy rằng mọi người ai cũng phạm lỗi những đều có Phật tánh, nên khi tâm được chuyển hóa, Phật tánh sẽ hiển lộ dần giống như hạt giống sẽ lớn lên và phát triển trọn vẹn. Điều quan trọng là chúng sanh cần có Thầy dạy và có phương pháp thích hợp, hiệu quả để thực hành và đạt giác ngộ. Đức Phật đã ban cho chúng sanh 84.000 pháp môn, điều đó chứng minh cho sự từ bi vô hạn của Ngài đối với chúng sanh. Con thấy mình rất may mắn khi đã được tìm được phương pháp thực hành từ vị Đạo sư từ bi và luôn kiên nhẫn với chúng con. 

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy khỏe mạnh và trường thọ vì sự lợi lạc của chúng sanh.

      Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

       

  12. Salvatore Antonio Fois says:

    Venerebol GURU;

    My name is Tantra Siramitra.

    Thank you very much for the excellent explanation about Tibet yoga, may averyone have the opportunity to practice and obtain Buddhaud.

    OM MANI PADME HUM……

    Faithfully.

  13. Tantra Mikaya says:

     

    dear holy guru. Thank you for your wonderful article. I also often read about how many types of meditations there are. what is the difference? I think the exercises in yoga aim more at the relaxation and focus less on the meditation WITH the knowledge. Maybe I’m wrong. For myself, I think the method of meditation prayer recitation and the wise knowledge conveyed through you, lead me forward and give fulfillment. Not standing still, but developing further is a challenge for me.

    But what does yoga and Buddhism do?
    can bring about a meaningful and permanent change in
    Hilfe who and practice them.

    The same is true of all things
    wholesome and positive direction through their
    teachings.

    Since ALL BEINGS have both this capacity and ability
    it means that they are ALL PRECOUS.

    We can not do it
    terms of being powerless based on their education,
    status in life, and current position or environment,
    but it does not
    are capable of becoming or becoming
    goodness that they all have already.

    We are all precious because of the many things that we
    have done and the many things that we can do in the
    future.

    We do not have to power others in order to
    be powerful.

    This means one who has wisdom, mindfulness and is
    able to control and manage their mind and mind
    consciousness in a manner that assists themselves and
    others in achieving the healthy and wholesome, not the
    unhealthy and unwholesome, will be an asset to
    themselves and all of mankind.

    If any individual in any environment and any
    situation, be it in a prison, on a ship or in a
    school, factory or office
    precious and assist
    to be able to
    assisting others as only true saints can do.  may our holy Guru feel happy with good health   Om Mani Padme Hum

  14. Steve Rogers says:

    Dear Holy Guru

    I am Tantra Haramitra

    can I start but apologising for my absence recently, my mind has been taken elsewhere, through my work,  and it has not been a pleasant time. I am starting to focus again and the six syllable mantra has helped me in this, through your teaching.

    The essence of this teaching has spoken to me. Whatever happens to me I have learnt that I will loose focus if either my mind, body or speeach are separated spiritually from the others. My mind, in a bad way, lost focus and although the rest of me was still within the Dharma I , as a person, felt outside.

    My illness has had been on going for a few years now but I know that all three must work in unison.

    i will try to do better with your help.

    May the holy Guru have good health and live long for the benefit of all sentient beings. May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha ‘s nature.

    thank you again for your teaching

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  15. Tantra Amishuta says:

    Dear holy Guru,

    I may be blind but I am well aware that the sun is there. I know that enlightenment is possible and I strive to reach it in this life time. Thank you for this article and your explanation of yoga. Here in the USA yoga is always thought of as the poses for health and mental clarity. It was nice of you to explain the true meaning of Yoga as I’ve never been exposed to this meaning before. There are many things in your country that is different from my country so I love when you explain your meanings. I would otherwise not know. I wouldn’t think to look up the meaning of yoga, just assuming that I already know the meaning. Thank you for your lessons and taking me on as a disciple. May you be well for the sake of all sentient beings and may we all find the path to enlightenment and reach the goal. Om Mani Padme Hum

  16. Tantra Upatissa says:

    Dear Guru thank you for clarifying the doubt raised by Kanji.

    It helped me understand difference between hath Indian yoga used for good health by practising different body postures and Tibetan tantra yoga used purely for enlightenment.

    May Guru live long and protected and get enlightened.

    May all beings be free from suffering and get enlightened.

    Even thanks for Mat Dieu Hang for translation, she may be protected and enlightened.

    Om Mani Padme Hum..( )..

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

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

      “Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã luận giải những thắc mắc của bạn đọc Kanji. Nhờ sự luận giảng của Thầy giúp con hiểu được sự khác nhau của yoga Hatha Ấn Độ và yoga Tây Tạng. Yoga Ấn Độ giúp người tập khỏe mạnh bằng các động tác về thân. Còn yoga Tây Tạng giúp hành giả thanh trí với mục đích đạt giác ngộ.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy thân tâm an tịnh, trụ thế lâu dài.

      Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh đoạn trừ phiền não và đạt được giác ngộ.

      Cảm ơn đạo hữu Mật Diệu Hằng đã dịch bài viết của Thầy sang tiếng Anh. Cầu nguyện đạo hữu Mật Diệu Hằng bình an và đạt được giác ngộ.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

  17. Dr. C H Lakshmi narayan. says:

    Respected Guruji, I bow my head at the lotus feet of Guruji.

    I am Tantra Nirvadeva.

    It is understood from this article  ” it is possible to achieve the target of temporary happiness in this life and ultimate bliss in next life “( so Nirvana is not possible in this life. We have to hope in the next life ! If such a next life exists scientifically speaking! ).

    Guruji  stresses always Yoga is mandatory for people who want to be in the path of Enlightenment. If one can not get the level of the unity of body speech and mind, you will not become the Master !

    While telling the difference between Tibetan Yoga and Indian Yoga, there seems to be some confusion or mistaken understanding or misinterpretation as Indian Yoga is Hatayoga which displays the physical postures for good health which is not correct !(beg humbly excuse of Guruji). Hatayoga is only one of the eight components of Indian Yoga ( Ashtanga Yoga) discovered  and taught by the great Indian master Pathanjali Maharshi !( Guru) who invented for the first time in India (also known as Father of Yoga !). Later on the science of Yoga spread to other countries !( Research point to be noted ).

    After continuous meditation and getting Enlightenment Buddha (a human being Siddhartha) affirmed, ” I am Buddha ( an enlightened one), all beings will be Buddhas ! “. With this great declaration, Buddha guided the methods to get the path of Enlightenment and Nirvana.!

    My logic is  if Buddha formerly a human being Siddhartha can get Nirvana in the present life itself why ‘ temporary happiness in this life and ultimate bliss in the next life ‘ for others ? What not possible NIRVANA in the present life itself?. In this context , Buddha rightly says ” Believing from hearing without thinking is not enough ! “.

     

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Long live our beloved Guruji for upholding Dharma.

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan.

     

  18. Dr. C H Lakshmi narayan. says:

    Addition to letter no. 151.

    Just like the Sun is sun which ever the country may be, the science of Yoga is Same all over the world . It’s aim   goal  purpose methods are Universally Same and taught in universities  all over the world whether it is China, Tibet, lndia or any other countries !.0nly thing  is to suit the geographical climate and environment they may do slight modifications, basic  principles of Yoga being the same every where!Here,  Buddhism is  combined with the science of Yoga in Song Nugyen Tantra House !

    —— Dr C H Lakshminarayan.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Long live our beloved Guruji for upholding Dharma..

  19. Avinash Kumar Srivastava says:
     

     

    Revered Guru Jee

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    For a good span of time I was doing nothing not because of some heavy workload or hectic routines, but because of my social and family engagements.  I too was in enjoying consciousness as situational circumstances provided me an opportunity to live with my wife, relatives, and other near and dears in a beautiful city, full of natural beauty and vegetation. Park museum, lake and very many items for fun  and amusement made me lost in the oblivion of earthly happiness, which are transitory  in nature and resulting is fiasco.  Academically I am in know of this brut fact, but practically I indulged into these mundane pleasure. Even after coming back to Patna I could not come out of the hangover of the past pleasant experiences. At the same time a new pleasure of being with my granddaughter and play with her as a child made me to forget the Buddha’s teachings regarding the dark side of the mundane happiness.  I woke up of these hypnotic slumbers of the worldly pleasure because of the two letters of the Guru sent by my friend as amidst all these I never forget to check the messages of my friends in the Facebook and Messenger and bid them good morning. Thus the present letter of Chanhtuduy.com pulled me from worldly pleasure to spiritual craving.

    I am thankful to my Guru and my friend (Kalyan Mitra), Rose Tran by the grace and instrumentality, respectively, of whom I am regularly receiving the blessings of the Guru in shape of the letters. Since commenting on it is also a holy work culminating in the accumulation of merits, I consider this letter as their favour to me.

    Today Yoga has become a high sounding word in this busy, hectic and complicated life. Out every 5 persons one is doing or undergoing the yoga classes. And there are a number of meaning and concepts of yoga in the mind of modern man. For some Asana( different  Yogic postures) are the Yoga, to some regulated breathing, (Pranayama) and to some the regulation in life  (Niyama)  Kanji Bhai of Japan may be supposed to be the representative of such modern men. Guru has explained him the proper meaning of the yoga in a congenial way, easy to understand and follow. Guru’s letter addresses three points raised by Kanji. (a) Has any one attained Nirvana? (b) Should yoga be made mandatory for all? and (d) What is the Nature of the Yoga?

    • Yoga has been considered as the path to liberation in every religion, but for each the concept of the Liberation varies. For Buddhism it is not only emancipation from suffering but also happiness in this life and hereafter. It is a fact, not a fiction. This was attained by the Buddha and and his disciples even after His Mahaparinibbana. The text and the tradition say that after passing away of Buddha about one thousand disciples attained Liberation. Secondly, according to the Mahayana tradition Buddha has taken a vow to help all the sentient beings attain this stage and strive for it. This is the reason guru has asked to pray for all the sentient beings uplift in every of our actions, including eating, sleeping and walking. This creates Bodhicitta in every individual practicing the Bodhi Path and helps one not only achieve one’s spiritual goal, but also for other sentient beings.
    • Guru is of the firm opinion that Yoga is mandatory for all the aspirants of emancipation. Without its practice it cannot be achieved. He further clarifies that earlier it was thought to be achieved after enumerable lives of rigorous practices. Now with the rise of Tibetan Yoga or Pure land Yoga it has become easy and can be achieved by any one sincerely practicing it, even in this life. By the merit of this Yoga one can be reborn in the Pure land, as Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva offers practitioners a chance to get the Western Buddha land through his Twelve Great Pledge by practicing under his instructions like chanting mantra, visualizing the Guru and Yidam.
    • So far as the question of the nature of the Yoga is concerned all the traditions are unanimous that synchronization of mind, body action and speech is the yoga. But this synchronization must be pure and pious. That is why yoga has been defined as concentration of pure and pious mind (Kusal cittassa ekaggata samadhi,Buddha) Concentration of mind is yoga, Yogasutra of Patanjali (Yogahschittavritti nirodah). The unity of mind body and speech is a must. It provides skill in all sorts of action and keeps the mind balanced. Reverend Guru further says” all activities like physical training and sports, technology, medicine need the unity of body, speech and mind”. Even crane have this synchronization for catching the fish in the river, the thief for stealing others property. But in the yoga this psyco-physical unity must be pious. Guru is of the opinion that this mind, body and speech is a prerequisite of Japanese martial art and in the enlightenment also this rule also works with the same intensity. But in doing so one must have firm belief in the Buddha and His teachings. Belief includes two things, hearing and thinking the the Buddh vacana. Further our respected guru points out that, ” There are two other factors: believe in Dharma and believe in the enlightenment. The belief in Dharma without in the existence of enlightenment is not enough”

    This much I have understood.

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    Reverently Yours

    Tantra Sutra Daka

     

      

     

     

  20. Boying Baguio says:

    My greetings to the Holy Guru,

    A wonderful and calm moment to every one.

    I’d never been tried the proper way of meditation, I would say, for I only do what I read most from other references. Not being sure of how proper and appropriate should it be. Yoga, on the other hand, according to my limited knowledge, all I thought about it is a group of organized movement patterns, performed in a slow manner up to a point of relaxing and comfortable position, synchronized by breathing in and breathing out, with the mind in a state of calmness. I have a picked a book of it, but as I just said, not sure accurate I’m doing it. I’m so heartely grateful to read the article having informed with the sense of it.

    My concern is in meditation. I’m eager to know more and learned how meditation should property be done. The manner of how you roam your thinking while doing it, the way how the mind must be in position along the course of meditation. I wish my eagerness to learn deeper on it be granted. There are some audio downloaded files for the instruction and manual texts, but nothing is more wonderful to be advice from authentic doers of meditation.

    My gratitude to each and everyone.

    May we all have a calm and peaceful moments.

    Om Mani Padme Hum

     

     

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép được dịch comment của bạn đọc Boying Baguio sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Con xin được thỉnh an Thầy!

      Con cầu nguyện mọi người đều có những khoảng khắc tuyệt vời và bình an.

      Con chưa bao giờ thử một phương pháp thực hành thiền nào đúng cách và bài bản mà con chỉ làm theo những tài liệu con đọc được. Do vậy, con không chắc là mình đã thực hành đúng.

      Tuy nhiên, Yoga, theo sự hiểu biết hạn hẹp của con, là bộ môn dành cho một nhóm người tập các động tác về thân một cách nhẹ nhàng để thư giản, thông thường bằng cách kết hợp nhịp nhàng các động tác trên thân với hơi thở, hít vào, thở ra để giữ tâm trong trạng thái điềm tĩnh. Con có đọc một quyển sách về yoga nhưng con không chắc mình đã thực hành đúng.

      Con chân thành cảm tạ ơn Thầy vì Thầy đã cho con đọc bài viết này của Thầy, giúp con hiểu được thực nghĩa về yoga.

      Con hứng thú với thiền. Con luôn háo hức được học để hiểu nhiều hơn về thiền. Con muốn biết được những suy nghĩ lan man của con trong khi thiền và con muốn biết cách làm thế nào để trụ tâm khi hành thiền. Con rất mong chờ được học sâu hơn về thiền. Có một vài file ghi âm dạy thiền và một số sách hướng dẫn về thiền nhưng con hiểu rằng điều quan trọng là được vị Thầy chân chính chỉ dạy và hướng dẫn.

      Con chân thành cảm tạ ơn Thầy!

      Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh có được khoảnh khắc bình an.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

  21. Elana Dower says:

    Dearest Guru

    with every letter I read I am more at peace and filled with joy. Your letters touch on so many important questions about studying and practicing. I feel a great difference overall in my days, sleeping, eating, thinking. Your wisdom has touched me very deeply and I am very grateful to be a student of yours. I

    Thank you again for you wisdom and support.

     

    Om mani padme hum

  22. Tantra Mahadeva says:

    Greetings Holy Guru

    Ever Grateful for your teachings and guidance. May your words benefit all beings and may all practitioners progress on the path of dharma

     

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  23. Tantra Kasila says:

    Dear Guru

    This article was helpful in understanding about yoga.You will not gain anything through yoga,but you will lose ego,anger,sadness and so on.One simple daily practice can unify your body, mind and soul, keep you in shape and even regulate blood pressure. All you need is enough floor space to accommodate your body and 15 minutes of your time ever day.

    Let the Guru live long and all the sentinel beings have the peacefulness and calmness of Buddha.

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