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Letter No. 219 to disciples: PEACE TO WEALTH, KEEP PEACEFUL TO GET THE PURE MIND (Yên để mà giàu, an để mà tịnh)

Letter No. 219 to disciples: PEACE TO WEALTH, KEEP PEACEFUL TO GET THE PURE MIND (Yên để mà giàu, an để mà tịnh)

Letter No. 219 to disciples: Peace to wealth, keep peaceful to get the pure mind

Dear disciples,

Phu Yen welcomes me and my consort with the most beautiful weather during the past several months. It is about 26 degree Celsius – cool and comfortable after the bad effect of typhoon No. 4. Mat Kien said to me that it was too hot some days ago. It reached 36 degree Celsius. His words makes us much more cherish the nice weather at present. I have recalled somebody who was enjoying a sunny day but still blamed that: “Your love is as little as the sunshine in autumn or winter/ it stays in this world for a few days” Alas! The more the sunny days are, the more you enjoy them. Why did they think so much? If they know that the sunshine in autumn or in winter is little and rare, why do not they enjoy them when it comes? Likewise, in every relationship, especially in love, why do they forget the present? They insist on thinking about the far future. They should cherish each other in every moment at present. In the same way, in the Guru-disciples relationship, you should respect each other more deeply in order to avoid from losing such precious relationship on a rainy cold winter day. Therefore, if you do not understand the true value of present, you dwell in the past, dream of the future, how can you concentrate the mind on the present moment as the Buddha’s teaching?

Dear disciples,

A peaceful corner in the beach

Thanks to the beautiful and cool weather in Tuy Hoa city – the capital of Phu Yen, the people like getting dressed up to go out for a walk. Compared to three years ago, the youth and the middle-aged people are now much more stylish. It is my own view of point only. In addition, the meaning of this province’s name “PHU YEN” is “peace to wealth”. I will give the argument to prove the meaning of PHU YEN. Provided that the sound of gunfire and explosions rang out, the sky was filled with bombs, can Phu Yen be wealthy now? So do nation-wide. There is no doubt that no one like listening to the word “war”. In the Buddha’s time, the Lord Buddha wanted to protect the peace, he prevented the two big countries from the catastrophic war while they were going to start a fight for the possession of a river.

However, the Lord Buddha encouraged all sentient beings to have a war against the biggest enemy – “I” or “ego” from his teaching of that: “though one should conquer a men in battlefield, yet he, indeed, is the noblest victor who has conquered himself.” There is a saying “peaceful mind, peaceful world” from the Buddhist standpoint of that “mind is the forerunner of all states”. When the predecessors came to Phu Yen province where was the buffer zone (border) between Dai Viet and Chiem Thanh at that time, there had already existed the name “Phu Yen”. Perhaps, Phu Yen was named to reflect the aspiration of our predecessors who would wish that “the wise make peace, good doings win violence”. So Phu Yen means “peace to wealth” (only peace brings the opportunity to get rich)

A corner on the street

A corner in Phu Yen

Cycling in the early morning.

Going for a walk in the late afternoon

A corner of the park along the beach

Nevertheless, is peace easy for anyone or any countries to get? I do not discuss anything relating to the government or the public affairs of a country. I would like to pay attention to the peace in mind for Buddhist practitioners. It is not easy to pacify the mind. In order to get the peace in mind, Dazu Huike had spent a lot of years on practicing the teaching of his master Bodhidharma. He later on was passed on the symbolic robe and bowl of dharma succession by Bodhidharma, and became the second Patriarch. Then he lived in a secular life, he did not stay in any temples, nor did he build any monasteries to live in, he worked as a porters in the port.

Of course, in order to pacify the mind, Buddhist practitioners need to get the state of a fixed mind Samadhi (the ninth state among nine states of the meditative mind) in which the mind stops wandering. When pacifying the mind (PEACE), practitioners get rich in the power to enlightenment (WEALTH). We, Tantric practitioners, get the peace in mind by transforming according to the tantric path which is to “use the result as the Path” and “to use the means as the end”. Here is my simple explanation:

1/ Mantra is the spiritual achievement of the Four-Armed Avalokiteshvara. He created it from the great samsadhi after he had spent three asankhyeya kalpas in his progress towards Buddhahood. We only need to learn the method to practice this mantra.

2/ Bodhichitta is the core of Mahayaha taught by the Buddha and Saints after they had got the achievement in their long process to help all sentient beings for countless eons. We now only need to learn how to practice developing Bodhichitta.

3/ Uninterrupted offerings was taught in the Avatamsaka Sutra by the Lord Buddha after he had experienced for three asankhyeya kalpas to discover it, we only learn how to apply. It is to use the result as the path.

A corner in Dai Loc café

4/Samayagdrsti-Prabha Samadhi was achieved by the Lord Buddha after his experiencing cultivation for three asankhyeya kalpas. We follow his guidance to cultivate our actions of body, speech and mind on the right track of the Path. We do not need to spend much time and not have to undergo great hardships as the Lord Buddha did. It is to use the result as the path.

5/ Taking refuge is the foundation to get enlightenment. We are allowed to take refuge in the three Jewels then we can keep the precepts (whereas the externalists do not have any precepts but only commandments and prohibitions).

6/ Tantric Saints made a Yidam practice as a way to practice both object focused meditation and visualization meditation, so that they accumulated quickly merit and wisdom, leading to enlightenment. We do not need to take risk and discover it with big efforts, we only use the result as the path, like use the means as the end.

A tourist with a peaceful appearance.

For all methods, you have known or you have received the proper transmission from me or you are allowed to unofficially practice before empowerment by me. I am sure that you have not pacified your mind. Fortunately, though we have not pacified the mind due to the storm in our mind, we are in the orbit of peaceful mind because we have been connecting with the pure energy of Yidam through practicing 6 above spiritual methods, which I have discovered in my long progress towards Buddhahood. Above I have clarified 6 methods based on the Buddhist grounds. Thus, you should enjoy life with balanced mind and you should understand that although our mind has not been pacified, we should be at ease on the path to enlightenment because we are on the right track to the city of Liberation in accordance with the Dharma.

May all sentient beings be awaken in the enlightened state.

Om Mani Padme Hum.

Quy Nhon city, 29th July 2017

Thinley – Nguyen Thanh

Translated by Mat Dieu Hang


Original Vietnamese version: Thư gửi các trò 219: YÊN ĐỂ MÀ GIÀU, AN ĐỂ MÀ TỊNH!

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Letter No. 219 to disciples: PEACE TO WEALTH, KEEP PEACEFUL TO GET THE PURE MIND (Yên để mà giàu, an để mà tịnh)

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Letter to Disciples No. 222: THE BODHI HAMMOCK (Chiếc võng Bồ đề)

  1. Tantra Mikaya (jane) says:
    Dear holy guru. Thank you very much for your article and the translation into the English language. Thanks a lot for the beautiful photos. I understood your article as follows and at the same time my conversation with my girlfriend told me that the weather told her is too hot. I told her that it will be cold again in a few weeks and then we want the sun again. My girlfriend said yes let us enjoy the sun today. It is just an example that tells us we live in the here and now and should not direct our efforts to the future or the past. The past was and the future was not there yet. But the moment now is important. With a clear and pure mind, we can perceive the essentials. Through your help and methods, we can strengthen our spirit. It is not financial success, but our knowledge and our spirit. Desiring the financial wealth means that we attach to riches which in turn leads to new suffering. And also I can confirm that I met people with a lot of money which was just a topic and a fear had the money to lose again. It is a devil circle (so it is said here) from which one does not come out and which always creates new suffering. Our wealth is the power of our spirit for the sake of all. Life at this moment is the practice of meditation and recitation strengthens and gives fulfillment for a quiet mind. Through the meditation I learned to concentrate on my breath and I breathe now deeper and calmer. The principle of cause and effect is valid only on the material plane. But consciousness, mind can leave this level. Thus, the path of Buddha becomes a path of liberation of suffering. May all beings be free from suffering and our Holy Guru have a long and healthy life for the benefit of all  Om Mani Padme Hum
  2. Tantra Mikaya (jane) says:
    Dear holy guru. Thank you very much for your article and the translation into the English language. Thanks a lot for the beautiful photos. I understood your article as follows and at the same time my conversation with my girlfriend told me that the weather told her is too hot. I told her that it will be cold again in a few weeks and then we want the sun again. My girlfriend said yes let us enjoy the sun today. It is just an example that tells us we live in the here and now and should not direct our efforts to the future or the past. The past was and the future was not there yet. But the moment now is important. With a clear and pure mind, we can perceive the essentials. Through your help and methods, we can strengthen our spirit. It is not financial success, but our knowledge and our spirit. Desiring the financial wealth means that we attach to riches which in turn leads to new suffering. And also I can confirm that I met people with a lot of money which was just a topic and a fear had the money to lose again. It is a devil circle (so it is said here) from which one does not come out and which always creates new suffering. Our wealth is the power of our spirit for the sake of all. Life at this moment is the practice of meditation and recitation strengthens and gives fulfillment for a quiet mind. Through the meditation I learned to concentrate on my breath and I breathe now deeper and calmer. The principle of cause and effect is valid only on the material plane. But consciousness, mind can leave this level. Thus, the path of Buddha becomes a path of liberation of suffering. May all beings be free from suffering and our Holy Guru have a long and healthy life for the benefit of all
  3. Steve Rogers says:

    Dear Holy Guru

    i thank you for your teaching. I feel blessed that through your words you show respect to all your pupils throughout the world. Your great work placing your articles on line allows those of us, outside on Vietnam, to hear your words and have fellowship with our buddhist family.

    I thank you and show you the respect of my thoughts, practice and love. Please continue to remind me that I am privileged to be born where I have access to your teachings and can understand them through translation. I am grateful and must enjoy this moment, not to worry about what is past or what is to come.

    I also find great delight in my meditation especially in finding peace in my mind. I have been a firefighter for 28 years and have seen many things. Meditation is bringing me peace and tranquility. I continue to learn and find guidance through your words Holy Guru. Please continue to instruct me so that my mind may be peaceful in the present and my actions continue to reduce the suffering in all sentient beings.

    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.

    for your consideration Holy Guru

    Con cảm ơn!

  4. Tantra Upatissa says:

    Dear Guru
    I have read this article. It is a very interesting one. Thank you so much.
    May the Guru live long for the sake of all beings.
    May all beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  5. Tantra Mahavita says:
    DEAR GURU : Thank you  very  much for sharing your interesting articles. May the Guru have health and live many years for the benefit of all beings .That all beings have happiness and their causes . OM MANI PADME HUM
  6. Mô!

    Mật thúy rất hoan hỉ với thiện hạnh dịch bài viết của vị Thầy sang tiếng Anh của đạo huynh Mật Diệu Hằng cầu nguyện cho huynh luôn tin tấn thực hành pháp để được tha lực hộ trì  cầu mong tất cả chúng sanh luôn có duyên lành biết đến chánh pháp OM ah hùm

  7. Salvatore Antonio Fois says:
    Venerebol GURU;

    Thank you very much for the nobel comment;

    I allway’s Would like to practice the yadam but onfortunately I don’t have enethietio to do so, so I would like to ask you cindly  what I need to do to be able to practice.

    Faithfully.

    OM MANI PADME HUNG……

  8. Dr. C H Lakshmi narayan says:
    Please see comments sent by  gmail separately to Guruji’s website.
  9. Respected Guruji, I bow my head at the lotus feet of Guruji.

    When mind is not wavering and kept balanced by meditation (PEACE), Dharma practicioner get rich in the power to Enlightenment (WEALTH) !
    Taking refuge in the Triple Gem is the foundation to get Enlightenment.
    Past is gone.Future is not yet born or uncertain ! So don’t waste the precious Present time and enjoy Life with in the orbit of Dharma.
    Opportunities come rare ! We have to make use of the present opportunity in Guru-disciple relationship also and derive the benefits of his Dharma teachings.
    Our Guruji, when he was in the cool and Peaceful atmosphere of the province of Phu Ven in his usual out-reach visits for Dharma teachings, he was highly impressed by its natural beauty expressed his joy and peace of Buddha’s Nature and says” Peaceful mind is Peaceful World ! “. He describes the beauty of Phu Ven city like a poet :
    ” Nature is beauty
    Beauty is Nature “
    The pictures shown in this article exemplifies Guruji’s wishes to share the joy with us through those pictures !.
    This is an indirect suggestion by Guruji to spend most of our time in such natural serene beautiful scenerio gardens to keep our physical and mental health to carry out our daily Dharma practices.
    No man likes to hear the sounds of bombs and witness  wars !. In fact, Buddha was against the wars and quarrels.
    Incidentally an event in the life of Buddha is of much significance and worth mentioning in this context.we know Buddha in his royal procession saw a sick man, an old age person, a dead body and a monk. These four sights perturbed him very much and pondered over human suffering and left to forest in search of the cause of human suffering and it’s remidy.
    But there is an another view is like this according to an in-depth study of life history of Buddha for his exile to the forest :
    There was a water dispute and frequent quarrels in the use of water flowing in the river which was flowing in the border of his kingdom and another koli kingdom which is adjoining.Buddha tried his best to counsel people of both sides to establish peace and harmony among them and to prevent quarrels over such trivial matters , but  all in vain..In the meantime, the people of Buddha,s (Siddhartha )kingdom passed a hard and fast rule against the neighboring  koli kingdom and every body should follow it. Whoever brakes this rule should go on exile ! Buddha,s compassion and loving kindness didn’t allow him to accept that rule and so he volunteerily left the kingdom and went to the forest. !
    What ever may be the real reason, his discovery of 4-Noble Truths is a great boon to the Mankind. What ever may be the Truth, it is a means to the discovery of 4-Noble Truths ( PEACE & WEALTH). By this way the wise make peace, good doings, win Violence !
    Another note worthy point in this letter,Guruji mentioned about Day Hike,a Dharma practitioner and a disciple of the great Master Bodhi Dharma.After serving his Master for several years he lived a secluded life by working as a Porter in the Port with out building temples or monasteries or even a house for himself to live in.! This is a beautiful example for simple living and high thinking of a Dharma practitioner to get Bodhichitta.(wisdom).
    Buddha, after his long strenuous efforts and experience got the result(wisdom). We need not get into such difficulties. Only thing we have to apply Bodhichitta(wisdom) and use the “result as the Path) , and to Use the means as the end . And need to Practice to develop Bodhichitta.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.
    Long Live our Guruji for upholding Dharma.
    Dr.C H Lakshmi narayan.
  10. Mật Nhi says:
    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con hoan hỉ thiện hạnh của đạo huynh Mật Diệu Hằng đã dịch sang tiếng Anh bài Thầy: “Yên để mà giàu, an để mà tịnh”. Con nguyện cho tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc phật tánh.

    Con kính đảnh lễ Thầy.

    OM MANI PADME HUM

     

  11. BeeLay says:
    Dear Guru,

    Thank for the article, although still not ready understand.

    will continue for reading.

     

     

  12. Tantra Kasila(Vivek S) says:
    Dear Guru

    Thank you for the wonderful article.Ever since human beings evolved we have been hearing about the concept of time.On a higher level perspective can’t we consider even time as an illusion.It is an entity used to measure human dreams, achievements, expectations etc.The truth is that past is history and future is a mystery. Only time available is now and that is why it’s called as a  present. One who does not live in the present is actually not living.Time is one of the greatest illusion and at the same time greatest teacher.

    May guru live long and all the sentinel beings have the calmness and happiness of Buddha

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Kasila (Vivek S) sang tiếng Việt như sau ạ:

      “Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con đọc bài viết tuyệt vời này ạ.

      Từ khi sinh ra và lớn lên, con người đã quen với khái niệm về thời gian. Dù đứng trên góc nhìn với trình độ cao hơn thì con người không thể xem thời gian như ảo ảnh. Thời gian như một phương tiện để đo lường ước mơ, sự thành đạt, sự mong chờ… của con người.

      Đúng là quá khứ đã đi qua, tương lai thì chưa đến, chưa thể biết điều gì sẽ xảy ra trong tương lai. Chỉ có hiện tại mới thực sự hiện hữu và đó cũng là lý do tại sao hiện tại được xem như một món quà dành cho con người. Nếu con người không biết hân thưởng phút giây trong hiện tại thì họ chưa thực sự là đang sống. Thời gian giúp con người có được nhiều bài học ý nghĩa.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy trụ thế lâu dài.

      Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh sống trong bình an và thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh.”

  13. Tantra Mahajan (Bhushan Ravindra Mahajan) says:
    Dear holy Guru,
    I have read this article. Thank you so much for sharing such an interesting article. I understand that by reading articles on chanhtuduy.com, my mind can be peaceful. And later on I can get the pure mind if I connect continuously with the Guru.
    May Guru and your consort have a good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.
    • Nguyên Thành says:

      Good!

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Mahajan (Bhushan Ravinda Mahajan) sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Con đã đọc bài viết này rồi ạ. Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con đọc bài viết ý nghĩa và lợi lạc. Sau khi đọc bài, con hiểu rằng bằng cách đọc bài trên chanhtuduy.com, con sẽ được bình an. Và nếu con thường xuyên được kết nối với Thầy thì tâm con sẽ dần dần được thanh tịnh.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy và người phối ngẫu tâm linh của Thầy mạnh khỏe và trụ thế lâu dài vì sự lợi lạc của tất cả chúng sanh.

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

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

  14. Jennifer says:
    Dear Holy Guru,

    Wow are your photos beautiful. Thank you for sharing them and sharing this article. I love listening to the words you write. The teachings you share are powerful. Being and living in now is wonderful. I am learning this a little more each day. Being present can be very difficult in a fast paced world. I must learn to block out all of the noise of the world and listen to the crickets sing. I find myself hearing and seeing the world move slowly when no one pays attention and I love it. I notice things that others do not, they are too sped up to see or hear or smell the wonders of the world. I point out the small things and breathe in the moment. I’m  not sure if this applies to this article but as I have mentioned, I have mental illness. My children have inherited this from me. My son, though he is an adult now and thriving, he had a rough child hood. My so was teased and very depressed as a very young boy. SO I taught him from the home. This took away a lot of pressure from him. To encourage a healthy life style we would go on walks and during that time we would have meaningful talks. On one of our walks we were stopped to smell one of the residents flowers that were close to their gate. We did this every single day. we would literally stop and smell the flowers. While we were doing this, my son looked at me and asked, “why do we have mental illness?” I told him that we were the chosen ones. Now, Keep in mind he was only 7 or 8 years of age. I told him we were the chosen ones and we were lucky to have this illness. He asked why. I told him because the world is full of busy people. People that live their lives in a hurry and are not inflicted with this illness, often do not stop to smell the flowers. They do not understand that the flowers are even there. They do not take pleasure in them. They do not smell the sweet fragrance the do not see the bumble bees landing on their petals gathering nectar to polinate and regrow these flowers again. They do not see the wonders of the world. We are lucky because we DO see these things, we appreciate these things and when things are bad we can go back and remember these things. hold on to them to remind us that nothing is permanent and that the bees will fly again and the roses will bloom again all so that we can walk by and see them, smell them touch their soft petals. He thought for a moment and understood. He has returned to this story in times of trouble. He remembers my words all of these years later and this has helped him through some of the darkest times of his life. This is much like being present in the moment to me. This is very important. Enjoying and living in this moment and making the best of this moment is what gets us through. Yes i do it because of my mental illness but I am learning every day to appreciate and accept things as they are at the moment. Thank you for teaching me. May all sentient beings be blessed and peaceful. May you be well and blessed for your sake and the sake of all sentient beings.

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