Sep 22, 2018

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Letter to Disciples No.265: WHAT& HOW TO DO TO HAVE JOYFUL ATTITUDES (Làm gì & làm thế nào để tạo ra thái độ hân thưởng?)


Dear disciples,

What is a joyful attitude? How to turn the attitude (subtle element) into the pure secret essence?We first learn the meaning of the word “joyful attitude or enjoyment”. “Joyful”means happy, pleased or having fun. Enjoyment means having pleasures (for the eye, mind, and other senses). It means enjoying by looking, enjoying by knowing, enjoying by distinction. In short, joyful attitude means gaining pleasures from six sense organs (eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, mind), unlike the other lineages of “closing six sense organs, avoiding six senses of consciousness, stoping six sense objects”. The story about a zen master and a female boat sailor still has practical meanings, not to be window dressing but the heart is actually stirred up by the six sense objects (all things are revealed by six sense organs).

Dear disciples,

In our daily life, we often have attitude of enjoyment for affairs of life such as weddings, birthdays, opening ceremonies, … Those pleasures should not be neglected, but should be considered as conditions to invite us to be long-term “friends” with gross elements, which inherently have great effects on us. One of my friend lamented that the birth of his son was a great joy for the whole family; but now he does not want to see him because his son has committed crimes that involve the whole family. There was another woman whose face was so distressed lamenting that recently her daughter’s wedding has been an honor to her family, but now she wishes they would not have married because her daughter and her son-in-law do not want to live with her any longer and desire to move to another place to avoid meeting her.


Contrary to the secular life, Pure Mind Yoga practitioners are taught by Buddha how to live with joyful attitudes as mentioned in Eight Great Causes of Enlightenment Sutra “always stay content, with modesty, retain the path, take solely wisdom as career. Thereby, we can see the spirit of freedom and peace with no hindrance as Buddha’s teachings: be happy to live a life in simple conditions with clothing, food, seats, shelter, and medicine. How to overcome the material difficulties to have joyful attitudes? Because Buddha taught his disciples not to cling to the gross elements (see the “Elements” series), or subtle elements, but just “appreciate” them which test the virtues of the Yoga practitioners. There is a story that a torrent of rain destroyed partly the roof of the hut where two monks stayed. The young monk grumbled all night and complained why he had to sleep in the thatched roof that was ruined. The old monk clasped his hand together and gratefully said: “Thank Buddha for your virtues, luckily the hut has not yet collapsed, there is still room for us to stay overnight. After that, he rested peacefully, while the young monk woke up with an emaciated face.

Dear disciples,

In Song Nguyen Tantra House, we do as Buddha taught: don’t be ascetic nor give free rein to emotions. In Mahaparinirvana Sutra, Mahāvairocana Tathā-gata to the noble king, Buddha asserted that who wants to achieve the results of reaching the realms of Nirvana, he first needs to avoid ascetic attitudes and behaviors, then he needs to have four necessary and sufficient conditions as follows: (1) be close to the kalyanamitra (2) listen, read and understand sutra(3) review the real meanings (4) practice and follow what has been taught. The real meaning of the sutra is to honor wisdom, not to recommend the practitioners what do eat, where to live, how to dress, how head needs to be shaved. If you cling to “what do eat, where to live, how to dress, how head needs to be shaved”, it is contrary to Buddha’s teachings. Why? Because Buddha taught that wisdom is to attain enlightenment. Then Lama Thogme Zangpo raised his voice like the lion’s roars to make the foxes in the “forest” of wrong views to show trembles of fear: “If there are only five  paramitas (charitable giving paramita or danaparamita , observing moral precepts or silaparamita, peaceful patience or kshantiparamita , diligence or viryaparamita, meditation or dhynaparamita), without the Wisdom or prajnaparamita, they cannot attain enlightenment. Therefore, it is necessary to combine the vehicles with Wisdom in order not to fall into the three realms (Kama Loka, Rupa Loka, Arupa Loka) in the cycle of samsara (cited from 37 Bodhisattva Dharma actions)

Thus, there are a great deal of fools and those who have no wisdom or shame, “do not know well what he has known”, but not as the Buddha taught “know what to know”. After they were counter-argued, or their accounts were withdrawn, or they were removed from Song Nguyen Tantra House, or they were demonized with psychological disorder, they immediately raised the voice of incorrect attribution that Song Nguyen Tantra House’s dharma methods were too simple to get enlightment. Song Nguyen Tantra House’s dharma journeys with intellectual articleson the policy of ” worldly enjoyment goes hand in hand with Dharma happiness”, which Lama Thurten Yeshe taught in the work “Tantrayana under the view of emptiness” immersed in the spirit of “dharma is life” … but the fools considered them as “greeds for fun”!? We have good transportation vehicles, beautiful costumes for dharma practice, photos of magnificent scenery posted, but they were “jealous” to criticize that we were “showing off”!? However, I would like to ask: “Being beautiful and rich, enjoying beautiful scenery, feeling happy with the rejoice of sentient beings, posting pictures to introduce to readers … are received with their jealousy instead of the feeling of happiness?”. Then I would question: “Whether they are so poor that they have to sell their self-esteem for 200,000 Vietnam dong, whether they are living in a slum or a dilapidated house, or they have ugly faces like starving demons … so that they feel heartbreaking to be jealous? I also want to question: “Why are there too many monks under the appearance of bald heads and yellow robes or cassocks, who want to rove but have to disguise, want to eat non-vegetarian food but have to eat in a sneaky way, want to look at beautiful things but have to do it stealthily; desire to seek wisdom but only copy or ask others to write for them under their names instead of writing themselves, wish to have a lot of disciples by speaking sweet things or flattering protagonists… Why do they not ask themselves that they chose that way, no one forced them to do so?  Why do they arouse jealousy, talk bad, have a slander, or distort the truth? when they find other people practice in other ways because of different paths (See “Talking to those who stay in the prison of samsara”

Dear disciples,

I teach you to “maintaina good balance in mind and have joyful attitudes” following the spirit of Vimalakirti. Mat Kien once said “Have worldly pleasures but don’t be lost in pleasures. Separate from worldly life but don’t be out of it.” I also raised the spirit “Tradition of ignorance is not worth following. Treating sentient beings according to the worldly attitudes can cause sufferings. The wise who understand it can have peace in mind. Enjoying life leisurely shows a real bhikkhu”! This is the last time I seriously warn about the consequences for those who have false speaking (either slander, false boasting, or deception), which Dieu Hien called “cunning language”, which is “cunning rhetoric”. Who does that will bear the consequences due to the law of Cause and Effect no matter who they are. You have been taught “bodhichitta”, so your food, drinks, sleep, rest, daily activities are derived from bodhichitta, you do not need to worry about malicious rumours.


In this article, I would quote the verse in the Dhammapada:


“The fool who knows that he is a fool

is for that very reason a wise man;

the fool who thinks that he is wise

is called a fool indeed.”


I pray that all sentients beings have humble qualities and sense of shame. Om mani padme hum!


A raining afternoon on the peak of Phu Van mountainon 19th September 2018

Thinley – Nguyen Thanh

Translated by Mat Hong Quang
  1. Dear Holy Guru!

    I deeply rejoice to read your letter no 265: “What & how to do to have joyful attitudes”. I joyfully praise the virtue, wisdom, and Bodhicitta of the Guru who teaching Pure Mind Yoga. After reading this article, I understood that a joyful attitude means gaining pleasures from the six sense organ: eyes, nose, ears, tongue, body, and mind. And help me knows how to apply joyful attitude in everyday life. I would like to express my gratitude for your teaching. I am happy in Mat Hong Quang’s good deed of translation.

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

    May Hong Quang have a good health and make progress on the path to enlightenment.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  2. Tantra Amishuta says:
    Dear holy Guru,

    Thank you for sharing this article. This week is my birthday and I will keep this in mind as I celebrate. YOU are a wonderful teacher and Guru. Thank you for taking each and everyone of us under your wing. Om Mani Padme Hum

  3. tantraupatissa says:
    Dear Guru thanks for sharing this article.

    Being joyful and happy, looking rich and beautiful we enjoy all these things with true nature of Boddhichita mind. Our Dharma friends are blessed with these qualities by grace of our Guru upon us, and teaching us right methods to utilise each and every movement of life. Hope all beings understand each other and enjoy in others happiness too.

    May Guru and his consort live long and protected and get enlightened.

    May all beings be free from suffering and get enlightened.

    May Guru’s disciples be free from suffering and get enlightened.

    Om Mani Padme Hum..

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép được 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 viết này.

      Con hiểu rằng chúng con nên có thái độ hân thưởng niềm vui, hạnh phúc với những tiện nghi trong cuộc sống  và trang phục đẹp với tâm bồ đề. Học trò, đệ tử chúng con có được sự hân thưởng với tâm quân bình này là nhờ ơn phước từ vị Thầy. Và nhờ những lời dạy của Thầy với phương pháp đúng giúp chúng con tận dụng được từng khoảnh khắc trong cuộc sống để thực hành pháp trên tinh thần “thọ lạc là thọ pháp”. Con cầu nguyện tất cả hữu tình biết đến phương pháp này mà có được thái độ hân thưởng.

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

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

      Cầu nguyện chúng con được đoạn trừ khổ đau và đạt được giác ngộ.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

  4. Dr C H Lakshminarayan says:
    Respected Guruji ,I bow my head at your lotus feet.
     Buddha opted ascetic life neglecting luxurious palacial life of worldly pleasures. In support of this an another incident is during his ascetic life in the forest in persuit of cause for human suffering and doing meditation etc, he  once comes to kapilavasthu as per the desire of his father king Shuddhodana to see him and at that time  Buddha’s wife  motivates her son Rahul to ask his father Buddha to give him his share of his property of the Kingdom. When Rahul does so, Buddha tells his close friends to give a pair of saffron coloured clothings telling him that is his property of kingdom.!
    I do not understand why almost all lamas in Buddha Sangh ( Sangham sharanam gachami)  have blind faith in shaving their heads and become bald loosing their Nature’s given gift beautiful hairs instead of  enjoying life with joyful attitude caring for beauty and aesthetic life and outward handsome  look with balanced mind  With out closing their six  senses ? enjoying worldly pleasures as per the need of the hour!
    Of course, Buddha said ” Be happy to live a life in simple conditions with clothings, food,seats, shelter and medicine.
    I am also of the opinion , live a joyful living or enjoyment by cultivating the habit of living in the present, in this time, in this moment forgetting the past and with out thinking about the future! having no clinging and attachment to anything or anybody doing Dharma practices, as your consciousness says which pleases Buddha and which is in concurrence with Buddha’s teachings.
    In addition to all the relevant teachings of Guruji as described in this article,  one should be dare enough to follow Buddha’s path with out any fear as is the saying in Sanskrit : ” Dhyryam  sarvathra sadhanam” meaning be bold to face the right, you are sure to win.
    This is supported by Buddha’s saying,” Don’t follow blindly anything just because it is said by me. Test your self by your experience and scientifically and do what is right. Don’t hate anybody. Love your enemies also. Don’t find fault with any body or judge not anybody until his death.”   See good, be good, do good”. This is the way to lead happy  joyful life, diverting your all six senses inwards, instead of out wards with out closing all the six senses.!
    Finally, be happy and make others happy, This is the way to lead happy joyful and life of enjoyment!.
    View always every thing with a positive look. Go example , there is a half glass of milk before you. One will look at it with a sad and desperate look saying only it contains half of it milk only. This is negative view. Other one looks at it saying I am fortunate to have at least half of it contains milk and it is not empty.! This is positive look of contentment. One should have this type of positive view of thinking to enjoy  joyful life.!

    Om Mani Padme Hum.
    Dr C H Lakshminaraya (Tantra Nivardeva)

  5. Tantramahadeva says:
    Dear Holy Guru

    Thank you for this beautiful article. Joyful state of being is a condition  that is achieved by the one who is in no resistance to life. Practice of dharma helps one to overcome day to day concerns and look beyond the trivial states of affairs and go beyond the mundane.

    Joyful state is the fruit of wisdom and mindfulness

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

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

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã viết bài viết hay và ý nghĩa. Trạng thái hân thưởng con người đạt được khi không còn áp lực nào về cuộc sống thế sự. Thực hành pháp giúp hành giả vượt qua sự bận tâm thế sự, không bị những việc nhỏ nhặt của đời sống thế sự chi phối và vượt qua mọi khổ đau thế tục.

      Trạng thái hân thưởng là thành quả có được từ trì tuệ và chánh niệm.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

  6. Mô Phật!

    Mật thúy rất hoan hỉ với thiện hạnh dịch bài viết của vị Thầy sang tiếng Anh của Mật Hồng Quang , cầu nguyện cho đạo hữu luôn tin tấn thực hành pháp để được thanh thông thế sự cầu mông tất cả chúng sanh luôn có duyên lành biết đến chánh pháp OM ah hum.

  7. Bishnu Prasad Das says:
    Respected Guru Ji,

                                  Thanks for sharing nice article. It is very helpful for us. Good teachings of Lord Buddha and your advice is really  can change a lay man.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Tantra Vikrachitta.


  8. Ahmed Khan says:

    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for sharing this article. It is very beautiful.

    I am very thankful to you for having me as your disciple, and I will try my best to practice Dharma and bring joy to others.

    May all sentient beings be free from suffering and become enlightened.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Tantra Sagovana.



    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Sagovana (Ahmed Khan) sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      Kính bạch Thầy!

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

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con có cơ hội được làm học trò của Thầy; con sẽ tuân lời Thầy tinh tấn hành pháp với thái độ hân thưởng và mang niềm vui  cho người khác.

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

      Om Mani Padme Hum.

      Con – Tantra Sagovana.

  9. Aman Prakash says:
    Dear guru

    Very much thankful for this article

    It gives me vey fine and satisfaction of being your student. There were many contractors too at budhha time and still at present moment.But the difference is that at Budha time people use to question – why you are bald and wear saffron clothes? And now they question – why you doesn’t be bald and bear saffron dress always?

    But the main point is  that particular person practising budhochitva or not.very much thankful to guru who believe in medium path(not ascetic not fully free from emotions), not clinging to anything. I respect as you quoted – the fool who thinks he is fool actually  a wise but the fool who thinks he is wise actually a fool ”

    Being with you is actually going toward truth.

    “Know what to know “is always givea  me great satisfaction as noone is perfect and the world is very enormous so only know what is to know.

    Thank you for being with me.

    May all sensient being attain true nature


  10. Dear holy Guru

    I’ve read this article and understood the true meaning of “joyful” and the way to create a “joyful attitude” from a Thanh Tri Yoga practitioner. I understand that the practitioner do not deny mundane pleasures but he should know that they are conditions to invite us to be “long-term” friend with gross elements, which are the cause for rebirth in samsara. Thanks to your teachings, we can turn such gross or subtle elements into opportunities to practice Dharma, seeing them as a test for the virtues of the practitioner, helping transforming those negative energy into spiritual power and opening the wisdom. Thanh Tri practitioners do not deny or confront with worldly pleasures but look straight into their nature with mindfulness to improve their spiritual life because they know that: “The problem is not enjoyment. The problem is attachment” (Indian Master Tilopa).

    Thanks to your simple but wonderful methods of practice, we are living with joyful attitude and at the same time, being able to accumulate merits and wisdom to open the gate of ultimate liberation in the future. The Thanh Tri Yoga invented by you has broken the long-term prejudice on a pessimistic Buddhism and highlight the aspect of wisdom on the basis of dialectual science of spirituality. Bright examples from the life of Guru and your consort as well as of vajra brothers is undeniable truth of the righteous development of Thanh Tri Yoga. I should bear in mind that we should “maintain a good balance and have joyful attitude” following the spirit of Vilamakirti that issummarized in two verses of poem of Mat Kien:

    “Tradition ignorance is not worth following

    Treating sentient beings according to the worldly attitudes can cause sufferings

    The wise who undertand it can have peace in mind

    Enjoying life leisurely shows a real bhikkhu.”

    My gratefulness for your precious teachings.

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

    May all setient beings have a sense of modesty and fear for wrong-doings

    Om Ah Hum


  11. Rachel says:
    Dear Holy Guru, thank you for sharing this article, it was interesting as you described how due to circumstances ppl can look unhappy and sad, I am hoping to move home, the reason being that I am picked on by my neighbour who steals, gossips & never stops putting me down, I wake every day feeling unwell as my 1st thoughts are, what will I have to put up with today, i have put up with this for 3 years and am trying not to feel scared, I am diagnosed with an anxiety disorder due to suffering some trauma in my past, I do think I will be happier once I move away, I just hope I am not picked on anymore, thank you for listening my kindest regards, Rachel Thomson
  12. Simon Michael says:
    Dear holy holy Guru,

    I appreciate you for this wonderful article . Yes you make to understand it’s ok for one to be joyful but in the cause of that one should not forget the original motive of being on earth.  The man who thinks is a fool have wisdom because since he realize  his foolishness he will able to change and becomes more wiser than  the man who think his wise that  may end up in destroying him self.

    Dear  Guru,

    May you help us to attain the joy which we are not having to day. May Guru live long for the seek of sentient being


  13. Tantra Sagovana says:
    Dear Guru,

    My name is Tantra Sagovana.

    Thank you for sharing this article.

    In this article you explain that we should not cling to gross elements, and that we must avoid asceticism and not give free reign to our emotions.

    That wisdom is the most important thing for a Buddhist practitioner and that we must take wisdom as our cause.

    And that we must have a well-balanced mind and joyful attitude in the spirit of Vimalakirti. So we enjoy worldly pleasures but don’t be lost in them.

    May all sentient beings be free from suffering and get enlightened.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Tantra Sagovana (Ahmed Khan)

  14. Tantra Sagovana says:
    Dear Guru,

    My name is Tantra Sagovana.

    Thank you for sharing this article.

    In this article you explain that we must have joyful attitude and rejoice in other people’s happiness, we should have balance of mind ie. avoiding asceticism but not giving free reign to emotions, and we should take solely wisdom as our cause.

    May all sentient beings be healthy and well and be free from suffering.

    May Guru be healthy and live long for the benefit of all beings.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Tantra Sagovana (Ahmed Khan)

  15. Tantra Sagovana says:
    Dear Guru,

    My name is Tantra Sagovana.

    Thank you for sharing this article.

    Rereading this article gives a clearer perspective on it, by which I know I should have balance my life and have attitude of Bodhicitta while taking solely wisdom as my cause of Buddhist cultivation.

    May Mat Tinh Phap overcome the difficulties at present and get successful in the future.

    May all sentient beings be healthy and well and be free from suffering.

    May Guru be heathy and live long for the benefit of all beings.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Tantra Sagovana (Ahmed Khan)

  16. Tantra Sagovana says:
    Dear Guru,

    My name is Tantra Sagovana.

    Thank you for sharing this article.

    In this article you explain how to have a joyful attitude and a balanced mind.

    Enjoy pleasures but don’t be attached, and honor wisdom.

    We should be like Vimalakirti in the Vimalakirti Sutra, i.e. be lay people enjoying worldly pleasures while taking wisdom as our cause.

    May Mat Tinh Phap overcome difficulties at present and get successful in the future.

    May all sentient beings be healthy and well and be free from suffering.

    May Guru be healthy and live long for the benefit of all beings.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Tantra Sagovana (Ahmed Khan)

  17. Tantra Amitara says:
    Dear guru

    I am thankful for this article. I bow my head before your lotus feet.

    You always with me in my unfavorable conditions.

    May guru blessings illuminate all over the world for peace and happiness. May guru and his concert lives long for the well of all being.

    May all sensient being attain enlightenment.

    Om mani padme hum

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