Jan 1, 2018

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Letter No.244 to disciples: THE NEED TO OVERCOME THE PSYCHOLOGICAL BARRIERS IN COMMENTS (Cần khắc phục những trở ngại tâm lý trong sự comments)

Letter No.244 to disciples: THE NEED TO OVERCOME THE PSYCHOLOGICAL BARRIERS IN COMMENTS (Cần khắc phục những trở ngại tâm lý trong sự comments)

Letter No.244 to disciples: The need to overcome the psychological barriers in comments

Dear disciples,

As you have known clearly that not many websites have as good user interaction as chanhtuduy.com. There are many articles having a lot of comments, like “who is the true spiritual friend?” with 504 comments or “Roses and lovelocks” with 534 comments. So what are comments? Comments are the way to reply to the article online after reading. Comments are translated into Vietnamese with the meaning of “argument”. I think this translation is not correct. Because argument is a kind of essays in which the writer states a position on an issue and give several reasons, supported by evidence, for agreeing with that position. In fact, comments on other websites are written with one or two words or nonsense sentences. Even those who give cursing, profanity, and other forms of obscene language are part of their comments. I do not understand why comments are translated into “argument essays”? I think we should understand “comments” with the meaning of “feedback or express an opinion or reaction”

Liên Hoa Đài

Dear disciples,

“How can you be healthy if you have meal without food?”

For those who learn from me on chanhtuduy.com, comments are a requirement to finish the lesson; just like a meal without food, how can be called ” having a meal”? and how can you be healthy with such a no-food meal? Neither does the spiritual health with no comments after reading. Because by reading the comments of disciples, Guru can evaluate the disciples’ knowledge and understanding. The merit accumulated by comments is as much as the merit created by sharing right view with others. And right view supports wisdom. From this reference, the wisdom of learners is evaluated by comments after reading.

Dear disciples,

Although it is easy to write a comment, many learners or disciples are reluctant to comment due to their ego philosophy, so called that the personal philosophy is affected by the crowd. There are two kinds of such a philosophy. The first is the self philosophy when they think that they are high-educated learners, if writing a short comment with some words, readers will laugh at them. The second groups belong to learners with inferiority complex. Such learners think that they have less education and provincial upstarts, their comments will “identify” who they are. So they chose the solution of that reading without comment. In addition, a new case of psychological concern making difficulties in comment appears when learners had already followed a Guru (who lives in monastery, temple..), they happened to read articles on chanhtuduy.com. Although they are interested in reading many articles, they do not dare to comment. Because they are afraid that their dharma friends from the place where they took refuge in the Three Jewels and got much favor may be discover them and play a dirty trick or taunt them like “setting the cat among the pigeons”. This has happened because I myself have been told by my learners. The specific case was Nguyen Thi Trang Khuyen who distorted and polluted the pure message of truth and also slandered Song Nguyen Tantra House in a bad article. Then learners from Song Nguyen Tantra House kept her from bad karmas and wrote counter-arguments in 18 articles but she kept silent and had no explanation for her bad behaviors. For more understanding, please read these articles: “A few thoughts on readers of chanhtuduy.com”, “why neither public nor transparency?”, “how are anger, indignation and Vajra criticizing?”, “what is counter-arguments based on Buddhist proofs?”, “Guru Thinley Nguyen Thanh: worshipping hungry ghost: does it benefit those who are alive or those who have died?”, “Guru Thinley Nguyen Thanh: talking to those who are in samara “prison”…Sometimes I wonder why their Guru does not allow them to read articles on other websites or other books for enriching the knowledge while he never tries reading then evaluates? It turns out that it does not the question if it is right or wrong, if it is true or false, if it is right view or wrong view, the problem is that if he dislikes anyone he does not allow his followers to read their articles even though the articles are quoted from Buddhist teaching or vice versa. If he likes someone or fears someone’s power, he will encourage his learners to read their books or listen to their sermons even though their articles or sermons are wrong-view? This is the same worldly philosophy of a person it goes: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

Dear disciples,

when you comment, you are practicing selflessness and facing with the eight worldly winds.

The noble values of achievement in Buddhism is selflessness, which is the path of Tantra Yoga in order that the practitioner get happiness, purity and tranquility to confront with the eight worldly winds (gain-loss, praise-blame, fame-shame pleasure –pain); therefore, when you comment, you are practicing selflessness and facing with the eight worldly winds. It means you conquer yourself and it is the first and greatest victory by Buddha’s teaching. Why do you never comment or hardly comment?

If Guru-disciple relationship, comment means disciples’ obedience to Guru’s words or reading without comments, disciples violate the Tantric precept No.1 it goes: “Scorning or deriding our vajra masters”. In term of the law of cause and effect, reading articles only expresses the learners ‘gratitude, comments after reading is consider to repay the Guru’s kindness; unless you cannot complete the mission. Why? Because you only say “thank you” but you do not return the favor, you are the same groups of only saying with your lips. I have made the survey and learnt that learners and disciples who write many comments get successful in life and get the fruits of holy life. For those who only read and rarely comments, it is very difficult for them to get successful in life because all achievement is from merit. Comments are the easy way to get merit by sharing the opinions on the Dharma. How easy it is!

Dear disciples,

Lien Hoa Dai in Song Nguyen Tantra House

Why so easy? Because you should not be so concerned about that the comments are good or bad. You should type some words like “Dear Guru, I have read this article”. It is good. I do not ask you to write a long comment with many sentences. The importance lies in the attitude, not in the length of comments. By the way, I affirm that learners from Song Nguyen Tantra House – Tien Giang branch have written comments very well. I still remembered 5 years ago, they commented only one sentence, now they write good and formal comments. Why can Mat Phuoc, Mat Diem, Mat Duc write good comments while they have not yet finished high school? So is the case of Mat Thuy, who is Cambodian, wrote a short comment of within 20 words 2 years ago, now she can write a long comment and be fluent in Vietnamese. I am so touched that tears well up in my eyes as I think about such learners. There are still those who have high education showing the ungrateful attitude with boasting ego like Mat Minh Tri, Mat Van Phuc….

What can I do to encourage you to comments for your benefits? I cannot remind you continuously. But you do not wonder why your work has not been successful; your love is in trouble; your family is not happy. Why? If not overcome the difficulties, you cannot get happiness, just like the beautiful poem it goes that if not overcome a extreme exposure and hardship of cold frost, do you have any chances to enjoy the fragrance of apricot flowers? Comments are the quickest way to get the optimal means of collecting merit that I have experienced, now I would like to spread this method with the earnest advice; but you do not follow my guidance. I have nothing to say.

You (readers, learners, disciples), especially the new learners who have been bestowed the dharma names for a month have ignored my teaching and instructions. I have made the decision to withdraw your accounts. For those who are my disciples are reluctant to comments, I will no longer care and pay attention to. Please do not fall into the case of “it’s too late to lock the stable when the horse is stolen”, do not lose the once in a lifetime chance due to lack of awareness.

I pray that all sentient beings have humble qualities and sense of shame!

Om mani padme hum!

A Raining afternoon on the peak of Phu Van Mountain.

Thinley – Nguyen Thanh

Translated by Mat Dieu Hang


The original Vietnames version: Thư gửi các trò 244: CẦN KHẮC PHỤC NHỮNG TRỞ NGẠI TÂM LÝ TRONG SỰ COMMENTS

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A FEW WORDS ON CHANHTUDUY.COM 

Letter No. 205 to disciples: No food in your diet, can you be healthy with only rice?

A FEW THOUGHTS ON READERS OF CHANHTUDUY.COM (Đôi dòng cảm niệm về bạn đọc chanhtuduy.com)

  1. C H Lakshminarayan says:
    Respected Guruji, I bow my head at the lotus feet of Guruji.

    I am Tantra Nirvadeva.

    “Samyagdrishti Prabha samadhi ” by reading  and commenting on the Articles that appear in ” Chanhtuduy”

    is the subject matter of this article. Of course, it is true,  comments will identify the writers who they are ! By reading the comments of the desciples, Guruji can evaluate the knowledge and psychological  background of the desciples ! The golden saying ” The beauty is in the eyes of the beholder ”  is rightfully applicable in this context!

    Buddhism is the path of ” Selflessness ” and when one writes comments in the CHANHTUDUY it should be selfless and by that one gets happiness , purity, and tranquility to confront with the eight worldly winds which is of paramount importance in Buddha’s teachings .! On the contrary  some desciples write with  some psychological background like ‘ Egoism’  or ‘ inferiority complex’ which is not correct. In the sense  they write with an air of Ego that they are highly educated and they know everything or  with inferiority complex not write comments at all and only read and keep quiet ! Both are not correct.

    Further, Guruji  advises  in this article  how a comment should be ? While writing a comment, it is the attitude and respect to the Guru  is very important and not the length of the comments  or comments written with ” egoism ” ! Or  with high Educational degrees they possess. Guruji highly  stresses that comments are the quickest way to get the optimal means of  collecting merits which the Guruji has experienced and guidance given in the same way to the desciples. !

    Guruji  regrets his desciples are not following his guidance except for a few desciples. In great desperation Guruji warns his disciples who  do not write  comments and be satisfied with reading only  and who do not follow his instructions and guidance that He will take back their accounts and Dharma name back given to them ,least caring for them, and says not to repent afterwards like reaching the platform after the train has left to its destination.!

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Long live our beloved Guruji for upholding Dharma.

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan.

     

  2. Tantra Upatissa says:
    Dear Guru thanks for sharing this information.

    I pray all disciples may get wisdom by reading dharma articles and put a comment on them expressing their opinion, feedback and gratitude to Guru.

    May Guru be protected and get enlightened.

    May all beings be free from suffering and get enlightened.

    Om Mani Padme Hum..( )..

    • Mật Diệu Hằng says:
      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 cho con được đọc bài viêt này.

      Con cầu nguyện tất cả huynh đệ được khai tuệ bằng cách đọc bài viết của Thầy và viết comment để nêu ý kiến, phản hồi , đồng thời thể hiện là người biết ơn và biết trả ơn Thầy.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy trường thọ, thân tâm an tịnh.

      Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh đoạn trừ đau khổ và đạt được giác ngộ.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

  3. Tantra Amishuta says:
    Dear holy guru,

    I thank you for the information in this article. I often ponder how to comment to be sure you understand how i feel because of the language barrier since you need things translated. I am thankful for your teachings and try to comment honestly. Some comments are long while others are a simple thank you. I hope that’s ok. May you be well for sales of all sentient beings. Om Mani padme hum. May all sentient beings find the path to enlightenment and may you continue to lead us there

    • Mật Diệu Hằng says:
      Kính bạch Thầy!

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

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã giúp con khắc phục những tâm lý trở ngại trong sư comment thông qua bài viết này. Con thường băn khoăn không biết nên comment thế nào để diễn tả được sự hiểu của con bởi vì với người học nước ngoài như con còn có rào cản về ngôn ngữ. 

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy vì đã dạy con cách comment và con sẽ comment chân thành, trung thực. Con nghĩ, những comment dài không mang màu sắc bản ngã mà là cách học trò thể hiện sự cảm ơn đến Thầy, thì cũng không vấn đề gì ạ.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy khỏe mạnh, trụ thế lâu dài  vì sự lợi lạc của tất cả chúng sanh.

      Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh được bước đi trên đạo lộ giải thoát.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy để tâm, dạy dỗ chúng con trên đạo lộ giải thoát.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

  4. Tantra Mikaya says:
    Dear holy guru. Thank you for your article and the reminder to practice the Dharma seriously. It’s not the cat setting among the pigeons. This is truly not a Buddhist thought and not worth the effort. We disciples should practice earnestly and give serious thought and comment on your wise articles because only then can we achieve our goal and you judge the holy guru to our knowledge. For comments that have no real content or are characterized by egoism are neither instructive nor helpful. You holy guru say that it’s easy to just write a comment. But I can say from my own practice that it costs me a lot of thought as well as translations and also time to comment on your articles. I read consciously and calmly and also need the help of the translation. I appreciate your time and kindness with which you teach us. The comments should be selfless and the bodhicitta our main idea. We can only achieve enlightenment as we practice and evolve and acquire knowledge through your articles and the right methodology. I will try to find the right words in my comments. My respect and devotion goes to the Triple Gem. may our guru live long. May all beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature. Om Mani Padme Hum
  5. Tantra Mahavita says:
    Estimado Santo Guru : Agradecimiento enorme por compartir sus articulos en el recordatorio del Dharma . La barrera del idioma , a veces dificulta , su comprension . Pero trato de comentar con honestidad . Aprecio su tiempo y amabilidad con la que enseña . La Bodhichita es nuestra idea principal .Solo podemos lograr la Iluminacion a medida que practicamos, evolucionamos y adquirimos conocimiento a traves de sus articulos y metodologias correctas. Mi respeto y Devocion van para la Triple Joya y para el Guru. Que el Guru viva muchos años para beneficio de todos los seres sintientes. Que todos los seres sensibles disfruten de la felicidad carente de sufrimiento. Puedan ser libres de sufrimiento y de la raiz de sufrimiento . Que habiten en la ecuanimidad , libre de pasion, apego y aversion. Que la preciosa Bodhichita haya nacido en aquellos donde no lo esta . Puede que bodhichita una vez que nazca no dacaiga y se expanda mas y mas . Que el precioso espiritu del despertar nazca en aquellos donde no esta . Que una vez que nazca , no se deteriore y aumente cada vez mas.OM MANI PADME HUM
  6. Mô Phật!

    Pháp đệ hoan hỷ với thiện hạnh của đạo huynh Mật Diệu Hằng trong việc dịch bài viết “Thư gửi các trò 244 : cần khắc phục những trở ngại tâm lý trong sự comments” của vị Thầy sang tiếng Anh. Đệ cầu nguyện nhờ nhân duyên này mà tất cả bạn đọc nước ngoài vượt qua mọi trở ngại, có được niềm cảm hứng thực hành Chánh kiến quang minh tam muội vì lợi lạc của tất cả chúng sanh.

    Cầu nguyện gia đình đạo huynh Mật Diệu Hằng – Mật Nhị Khang vui tu, hanh thông thế sự & thành tựu mọi ước nguyện.

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

    Om mani padme hum.

  7. Dear Holy Guru,

    Thanks for your enlightened article.

    I asked myself why I barely comment.  I was afraid to comment short or simple while others comment long with so many ideas and thoughts. Psychological barriers put chains around the brave to comment. But now I understand that no matter the comment is short or long, the matter that I do it. Comment is not only the comment, comment is a proof that we conquer ourselves and it is the first and greatest victory as Buddha’s teaching, comment is also proved that disciples obey to Guru’s teaching.It really unlock my foolish mind.

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

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  8. Tantra Amishuta says:
    Dear Holy Guru,

    Thank you for this lesson. I am just starting to read more than one article a day due to the desire to learn more from you. I am guilty of having an inferior complex and sometimes worry that I have not written the right comment. I am doing better though. As I struggle with selflessness that too is getting better. I wanted to share that as I continue to practice Buddhism I am steadily getting better. My mental health, as you know, was not good. It’s steadily been getting better. I thank you and Buddha for this. Your lessons are bringing good Karma and merit to me and I appreciate the opportunity to learn from you. May you be well for your sake and the sake off all sentient beings and may we, your deciples, continue the path of enlightenment by your guidance.  Om Mani Padme Hum

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