Sep 7, 2020

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Letter to disciples No. 27: WISE ATTENTION (Thư gửi các trò 27: Như lý tác ý)

Dear disciples,
There was one story in which one monk came to pay homage to the sixth Patriarch Hui-Neng; however, he did not bow his head entirely to the ground (which purposely showed that he just did it as a mere formality). The sixth Patriarch asked him “Why did you behave so rude while you are coming to learn from me? You must be confident about some of your achievements?”. The monk replied “My name is Phap Dat (which means Dharma Achiever), I have recited the Lotus Sutra 3000 times”. The sixth Patriarch strictly told him: “Your name means Dharma Achiever, but you haven’t made any achievement in Dharma. Even if you recite the sutra 5000 times, you will achieve nothing!”. After being lectured thereafter through a verse, the monk became awakened and asked for staying to serve The sixth Patriarch.

There is one important thing The sixth Patriarch warned all Buddhist practitioners, or learners; that is “wise attention

What is that verse about and why did Phap Dat realize the right views right after listening to that verse? It is hard for us to find out the profound meaning behind the superior’s mind process. But there is one important thing The sixth Patriarch warned all Buddhist practitioners, or learners; that is “wise attention”.
“Wise attention” (Yoniso Manasikāra) is a Buddhist term which reflects one’s action of body, mind and speech following the absolute principle, at the same time not opposing the relative principle for the ultimate purpose of achieving liberation. The sixth Patriarch is a Holy One, he had no longer been influenced by PRAISE – CENSURE, HONOR – DISGRACE, PROSPERITY – DECLINE, PLEASURE – SUFFERING. He would absolutely never be bothered by a kowtow that was not made with full respect, whether from a practitioner who sought to learn Dharma or from a normal human being. However, he saw through the arrogance of the monk (to be exact, it was self-superiority/self-conceit), so he compassionately lectured the monk through strict expression. That is a means of “wise attention”, in order to help the monk who named Phap Dat to make achievements of Dharma practices.

Compassionately lecturing through strict expression is an illustration of “wise attention”

Similarly, as Nguoi hoc Phat (A person who learns Dharma) has commented, Mahākātyāyana is a Holy One, he achieved the nourishing powers and the joy of mystic trance of Zen. However, he compassionately admonished an old beggar woman to offer her bowl of rice water that had already gone bad, in order to help her to be reborn into heavenly realm thanks to her good deed of making offerings to a Holy One. Imagine with me, in the middle of Mahākātyāyana’s mendicancy, even he saw the old woman who was almost dying and lying pitifully, he totally could step away and kept going. He would soon receive other offerings which must be much better, and more quality than the bowl of rice water from the old woman! Then why did he stop in front of that poor woman? It is an illustration of “wise attention”!

Why did he stop in front of that poor woman? It is an illustration of “wise attention”!

Buddhist Holy monk Atisa (Indian) who came to Tibetan to help reforming Tibetan Buddhism wrote a masterpiece named “A lamp for the path to Enlightenment”, in which he taught that:
“Then to receive the preceptor initiation
You must please an excellent spiritual teacher
Through service, valuable gift and the like
As well as through obedience”
(Verse 62)
Atisa is a Holy One, is offering really important to him? Of course it is not, because he absorbed thoroughly the teaching of the Sutra of Eight Awakenings of Great beings that said “..the Bodhisattvas are always content, lives happily and frugally to practice Dharma, and attain wisdom as ultimate purpose”. So, what was the purpose of his above teaching, had he ever minded being rumored of taking advantage of his position to receive offerings? No, he gave that teaching for the sake of the present and future of Buddhism, so that those who will come to seek Dharma, or those who will be transmitted Dharma, or ask for Dharma transmission would accordingly know how to perform correctly to the right orbit of Dharma. Otherwise, they will destroy their own merits because they only know to receive for their own sake, without letting go/sacrificing anything (body, speech, mind). A stingy mind is similar to a dirty vessel, is it possible to use that vessel to contain clean water to drink? That is another example of “wise attention”!

A stingy mind is similar to a dirty vessel, is it possible to use that vessel to contain clean water to drink? That is another example of “wise attention”!

Fortunately, thanks to Atisa’s immense compassion to sentient beings who are under reduced circumstances, he indicated “wise attention” in the way sentient beings should make offerings with one of these methods:
1. Servitude: which includes everything that is related to physical work. Nowadays, it is called “volunteer work at a temple/pagoda” (for example, gardening, cooking, cleanup, laundry, production, farming, etc.). A nine-story tower was single-handedly built by Milarepa, and he also assisted Marpa’s consort with milking cows. Don’t look far: another example is your Dharma brother Mat Hai. He used to work extremely hard all day long for a temple in Da Lat. He also had to wake up early each dawn for “alms” in a small market in town during that time.

Dharma brother Mat Hai once revisited the temple which he used to learn Dharma in Da Lat – 2011

2. Offering treasures
What can be considered as treasures? Treasures mean precious objects. “Precious” objects means those objects that are valuable to the one who makes offerings, or to the others. For example, a small comb can be one’s valuable belongings if it was gifted by his intimate affair, or someone that he loves, and respects. A worn-out piece of clothing may be trash to everyone, but it is a precious keepsake for the disciple who received it from his Guru. Similarly, a bowl of rice water that has already gone bad is precious to the one who is starving. At that time, if that bowl is offered to the superior one, it is considered as offering treasure. That’s also the root of an old saying that said “A stitch in time saves nine”! Through the excerpt of Nguoi hoc Phat, we got to know that the old woman died of hunger after making such an offering. Then it is more obvious that she did offer a treasure!

Offering treasures

3. Obedience
A disciple should follow Guru’s teaching. Once upon a time, in a small temple on the top of a mountain, there were two monks, one Guru and one disciple. One day, a man came and asked for lodging overnight, he would come down the mountain the next morning. The Guru told his disciple to give that man some food and money, then refuse to let him stay. Afterwards, the Guru went to sleep. The disciple did not obey, he thought that his Guru was lacking compassion. He could not stand seeing the man being helpless, so he silently arranged a space for the man to stay overnight. At that midnight, the man revealed himself as a brutal bandit. He used a weapon to tread on the neck of two monks. After taking all the assets, he murdered the monks to clean the scene. The disciple shed a tear of regret, but it was too late. His Guru heaved a sigh at the disobeyed disciple…
It is said that the Chongzhen Emperor had his previous life as a Buddhist novice at the end of the Ming Dynasty. Thanks to the cause in which he had been practicing Dharma in many lives, he performed outstandingly in this life. One day, he climbed to fix the ceiling. Unfortunately, he stumbled, fell down then deceased. The abbot showed deep mourning for his death. Foreseeing that his disciple will die innocently in the next life, the abbot asked other disciples to chop the death body into two pieces before burying. Those disciples disobeyed because they thought Guru’s teaching did not show the compassion. They silently buried the Buddhist novice as his whole body. In the next life, the Buddhist novice who was then reborn as Chongzhen Emperor ended up dying by hanging himself on a tree.

The disciple shed a tear of regret, but it was too late

That was a folk anecdote which is impossible to verify the exactness. However, it reflects the bad consequence of those disciples’ disobedience because of their subjectivity. Therefore, Atisa gave such teachings after foreseeing those consequences.
In Song Nguyen Tantra House, there is one lake named “Dau Chan Phat” (The Buddha’s footprint), where I keep ornamental fishes released by disciples. I used to feed the fishes a little bit each time. One day, Mat Quang who came to learn Dharma for three days might doubt my compassion, then he silently fed the fishes three times a day. After one night, four fishes died because of …eating too much! On this occasion, I taught him a lesson about “unwise attention”, not “wise attention”!

After one night, four fishes died because of …eating too much! On this occasion, I taught him a lesson about “unwise attention”, not “wise attention”!

Ask yourself this question, is it reasonable that you are all aware of being compassionate but your Guru isn’t? You are concerned about the law of cause and effect, but your Guru was just neglecting it? Due to clinging on to one-sided understanding, which also means not having a thorough understanding about “wise attention”, you will end up committing serious faults. That is the main reason many disciples did not make any progress no matter how diligent they have been practicing. Then they became discouraged and blamed that Dharma does not work miraculously as it is believed. However, they forgot to ponder themselves whether their vessels are clean enough to hold the pure Dharma?
4. Do whatever pleases your Guru
What does it mean? It indicates the inner pleasure. Therefore, the disciples must direct their action of body, speech and mind based on Guru’s personality. The disciples who have been with me for years knew that I did not favor to discuss worldly affairs, or political and social issues, so they would never engage these topics in the conversation. As you might have seen the couplet at the entrance of the Tantra House:
TANTRA HOUSE’S SOLEMN ENTRANCE IS NOT WELCOMING GUEST CASUALLY
THE PURE DWELLING IS NOT A PLACE FOR TALKING OVER WORLDLY AFFAIRS


Depending on characteristics of different Gurus, the disciples will accordingly perform their body, mind and speech following “wise attention”.
Collectively, everything that we think, say, and do has to follow “wise attention”, which means “guideline to the teachings of the Enlightened ones”. We must not decide by ourselves what should be done because we should not believe in our own thoughts before achieving full enlightenment (Dharmapada sutra). This will make a natural connection to the quintessential element, simultaneously activate the pure power which originally exists in this precious body.
Therefore, those who seek to learn and practice Dharma will accordingly reflect on their own circumstances to make offerings as per the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th method. Of course, those who come to pay a visit, or for sightseeing do not need to make offerings, which is one of ten spiritual activities in Buddhism. As you may know, at the first time Nghiem Mat (from Hanoi) and Mat Truc (Hai Phong) sought to learn and practice Dharma through phone calls, I taught them carefully and asked Mat Hai to send them Dharma materials by post. So sincerity is the decisive factor, not just about making offerings or not. Of course, later on Nghiem Mat performed correctly to the right track of Dharma in 2011 when he travelled to Song Nguyen Tantra House to get Dharma transmission. If Dharma transmission is made unconditionally, which means the disciples won’t make any effort in terms of their body, speech, mind and not express the attitude of cherishing the chance to learn and practice Dharma, there will be no Guru dares to teach them. Why? What is the consequence of allowing someone to commit a crime as a Dharma thief? Will a Dharma thief be able to use/apply Dharma? Could it be a Guru abet an act of breaking ceremonial laws of Buddhism?
The above explanation is about making offerings through the perspective of raw elements. In regard to subtle elements, making offerings can be illustrated through the attitude of cherishing Dharma. There are people who came to Song Nguyen Tantra House at their convenience to visit, without prior notice. There are also people who came to ask for a “Dharma battle”, in order to challenge and check spiritual competence from the Guru, like the “preachy” sentence from [email protected] There are people who came just to have some fun, and therefore Dharma has no effects on them; it is similar to a pot which has a hole on it, so the water flowing in will not leave any drops. All of these attitudes become barriers for those who want to start the path of Buddhism, because of the lack of appreciation of Dharma. There are rich people who gave the thought that because they’ve made phenomenally big offerings, they were granted the right to neglect to listen and learn Dharma. Those incidents happened because the Dharma learners or practitioners lack an educational standard in spiritual aspects. I will explain further about this in the next letter.
Phuoc Thanh Village, 20 July 2013.
Thinley Nguyen Thanh.
Translated by Mat Tu.


Vietnamese: Thư gửi các trò số 27: NHƯ LÝ TÁC Ý

  1. Tantra Amashuta says:

    Dear holy Guru,
    I thank you for this article and the stories you have included in the article. It makes understanding much easier for me. Things that should be obvious to me sometimes are not. These types of stories help me to see in a new way and help me to live right and do as my Guru instructs. It’s easier to understand rather than following blindly out of fear of disapproval. When I first came to chanhtuduy.com I did not understand this and was always fearful I would upset you or not make you happy. I see now that this very issue put me in wrong practice. I apologize for this disrespect. I will continue to learn all I can to live in the right body speech and mind and look to your articles, stories, and comments to guide and correct me. Thank you for your lessons and for giving me the opportunity to learn, make mistakes, and continue to try to do my best. May toy be well for all sentient beings and may they all find such a guru as yourself. Om mani Padme hum

  2. Mật Tấn Sơn (Đỗ Trường Giang) says:

    UDear Guru,
    I read this article.
    Thank you so much.
    May Guru have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    May Covid-19 pandemic soon be over.
    Om mani padme hum.

  3. Mật Chánh Tấn says:

    Dear holy Guru!
    I have read this article. I would like to express my gratitude for your explanation that helps me to understand more of “wise attention” and about the things, which I should focus on and reflect myself according to the right orbit of Dharma.
    As holy Guru has explained in this article: “wise attention” is a Buddhist term, which reflects one’s action of body, mind and speech following the absolute principle, at the same time not opposing the relative principle for the ultimate purpose of achieving liberation. I understand that there are three principal aspects of the enlightenment path, including: Renunciation, Bodhicitta, Emptiness. And relating to developing renunciation, the holy Guru has emphasized in this article that if a person only wants or knows to receive for their own sake without letting go anything (body, speech, mind) then he/she would not be able to learn Dharma. Because that stingy mind is similar to a dirty vessel. And it is not possible to contain clean water to drink from that dirty vessel (clean water can be seen as Dharma). Fortunately, in this article, holy Guru has mentioned four types of making offerings, which helps me to remove gradually the stingy in my mind (or helps me to clean up my vessel gradually) according to Atisa’s teaching, including: (1) Servitude; (2) Offering treasures; (3) Obedience and (4) Do whatever pleases your Guru. I understand that these four types of making offering also implies the same meaning as Master Agvaghosa’s teaching: “Devotion toward Guru is the root of enlightenment” (50 verses of Guru Devotion”).
    Thank you holy Guru for your teaching. May holy Guru have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May the epidemic of Covid-19 come to end soon.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  4. Tantra Midhita says:

    It reminds me of giving, even when you cannot. Sometimes, there arises a moment when a flower without petals, is just as beautiful as a flower in full glorious bloom. To serve another in compassion and heart is something I wish to become more capable of. It is wise to acknowledge that sometimes another knows better. Who are we to question another and their knowledge or wisdom. Unless we walk two moons in their moccasins we shall never know. I try and keep Guru’s words near my heart, even if they do not always make immediate sense in true value. I will aspire to read and comment more!

    Thank you Guru for allowing me to read and comment.
    May you live healthy and long Guru.
    May all live fruitful lives.

    Om mani padme hum.

  5. Kim Johnson says:

    Thank so much Guru for this opportunity to learn so much from you and your articles this ome really touched my heart alot
    Thank you again

  6. Mật Phê Rô says:

    Dear Guru!
    I have read article
    Thank You so much!
    Pray Guru good health, live long because benefit of all beings.
    Pray covid 19 end.
    Om Mani Padme Hum!

    • Hafiz says:

      Thank u Holly Guru this article very important how I know the relationship between the disciples and his holy master
      Must obey and talk on same steps of this wisdom
      Again thank u holly Guru long live and healthy to give the best for Humanity to finish 🏁 coived 19 nearly
      And also thank you my master
      VIOLET for her HELP ME TO LEARN KARMA

  7. Mật Thanh Phương says:

    Dear Guru,
    I read this article. I’m very thankful to Guru for giving us this helpful lessons.
    Thanks Mat Tu for this translation. May Mat Tu achieve your rightful wishes.
    May Guru have good health and live long for the sake of sentient being.
    May all sentient beings attain the Buddha nature’s happiness.
    May all sentient beings free from suffering and get enlightened.
    May the Covid-19 end soon.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  8. Mật Thuận Nguyên says:

    Dear Guru
    I read this article
    I thank the Guru for giving us precious beneficial teachings for us to better understand “wise attention”. Through this, we understand that we need to obey, trust the absolute Guru and always cultivate the devotion to the Guru is the foundation for us to attain enlightenment.
    May Guru have good health and live long for the sake of sentient beings. May sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    May the Corona will end soon.
    Om mani padme hum

  9. paul yawney says:

    Dear Holy Guru, I bow head to Lotus feet. Thank you for another wonderful article. the explanation is much clearer now. when Guru gives a lesson it is given with great compassion and should not be questioned since Guru has reason to give in that manner. the reason is there and we will see it thru wise attention.
    May holy Guru and consort live a long and happy life. May this virus soon end. OM MANI PADME HUM.
    Tantra Himataru.

  10. Mật Huệ Bích (8 tuổi) says:

    Dear Guru,

    I have read the whole article,

    Thank you Guru,

    I pray for the health and longevity of Guru for the sake of all sentient being,

    I pray for the Coronavirus disease soon over,

    I pray that all sentient being attain the happiness of Buddha nature,

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  11. Mật Diễm says:

    Dear Guru.
    I am delighted to read the articl
    “Letter to disciples No. 27: WISE ATTENTION (Thư gửi các trò 27: Như lý tác ý)”.
    I pray for the health and longevity of Guru  for the sake of all sentient beings,
    I pray that all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature,

    Pray for the coronavirus disease soon to be eradicated,

    OM AH HUM.

  12. tantra mahavita says:

    Dear Holy Guru: I bow my head at the feet of Lotus. Thank you very much for your article. Thank you very much for your article. The compassion of the Guru and his wisdom are immensurable. We will always see him with wise attention .May the Holy Guru have a long and happy life for the benefit of all sentient being. May all sentient beings attain Buddha Nature .May this virus end soon . Om Mani Padme Hum

  13. Mật Huệ Bích (8 tuổi) says:

    Thank you Guru,

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  14. Mật Thúy says:

    Kính Bạch Thầy .
    Con đã đọc xong bài này rồi ạ .
    Con rất hoan hỉ với công hạnh luận giải của vị Thầy , qua bài này con hiểu được rằng tấm lòng bồ đề tâm của vị Thầy thật bao la ngày chỉ dạy chúng con theo quỷ đạo chánh pháp ngày đã từ bi chỉ dạy chúng con từ ly từ tí có đôi lúc chúng con còn những tập khí ương ngạnh không thuận lợi dạy của vị Thầy lười biến trong việc đọc bài comment trên chanhtuduy và nhưng việc khác con xinh sám hối trước vị Thầy xinh ngày từ bị cho con được tịnh hóa lổi thằm này ạ .con cầu nguyện sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của vị Thầy vì lợi lạc của chúng sanh con cầu nguyện cho vi khuẩn corona xóm ngày được tiêu trừ Om Ah Hùm.

  15. HÀ Thị Nguyệt says:

    Dear holy Guru
    I have read whole article
    Thanks you for Guru
    I pray for healthy and longevity of Guru for the sake of all sentient being
    Pray for that all sentient being attain the happiness of buddha nature
    Pray for covid-19 come soon over
    Om mani padme hum

  16. Mật Bích Thủy. says:

    Dear Master, I have read this article already. I would like to thank the compassionate teacher for giving us helpful teachings to help us understand more about “Wise Attention.” I sincerely pray for your health and longevity. for the benefit of all beings. Pray for all sentient beings to achieve the happiness of Buddha Nature. Pray for the 19 covit plague soon to be eliminated. Om Mani Padme Hum!

  17. Mật Thủy says:

    Dear Guru,
    Thank you Guru for giving us the lesson on “wise attention” along with various dharma stories. I love to learn dharma through the dharma stories in your writings, which make your teachings appealing, inspiring and understandable. From this article, I learnt that we shouldn’t think, say and do following our objectivity, but “wise attention”, which means “guideline to the teaching of the Enlightened ones”. The easiest way is that following Guru’s examples and his teachings as He is the one deeply believes in the law of cause and effect and his body, speech and mind base on the essence of the Holy Ones’ teachings (authentic Guru). The other vital lesson is how to perform correctly to the Guru (in the right orbit of dharma) when seeking and asking for dharma. They are servitude, offering treasures, obedience and doing whatever pleases the Guru, which are taught by the ‘wise attention” of the Buddhist Holy monk Atisa in the masterpiece named “A lamp for the path to Enlightenment”. This lesson will never be old for us as we will still need to keep following Guru’s guidance, from now until enlightenment.
    I’m delighted with Mat Tu’s English translation.
    May Guru have good health and longevity for the benefits of all sentient beings.
    May the epidemic of Covid-19 come to an end soon.
    Om mani padme hum!

  18. Mật Như Pháp says:

    Kính bạch Thầy
    Con đã đọc bài viết này rồi ạ. Con hiểu rằng trong tu tập chúng ta cần có những suy nghĩ thấu đáo để tránh sự hiểu biết một chiều, phạm phải những lỗi không đáng có. Dù chúng ta là một người thành đạt trong xã hội, liên tục cúng dường tới vị Thầy, nhưng lại tự tin vào tâm ý mình khi có nhiều phước mà bỏ bê việc lắng nghe và học hỏi Phật pháp thì đều sẽ phải hứng chịu những cơn mưa nộ pháp từ vị Thầy để gột rửa đi tính quỷ đó.
    Con cầu nguyện cho vị Thầy sức khoẻ trụ thế lâu dài vì lợi lạc chúng sanh.
    Cầu nguyện chúng sanh luôn thành tựu hạnh phúc Phật tánh.
    Cầu nguyện đại dịch Covid 19 sớm được tiêu trừ.
    Om mani padme hum

  19. Mật Phước says:

    Dear Guru,
    I have read the article “Letter to disciples NO.27 : WISE ATTENTION”.
    Thank you, Guru, for your interpretation.
    May Guru have good health and longevity for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May the Covid 19 pandemic be soon over.
    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  20. Mật Hữu Tâm says:

    Kính Bạch Thầy
    Con đã đọc bài viết này rồi ạ
    Con vô cùng hoan hỷ được đọc một bài pháp thật là sâu sắc và lợi lạc ạ. Con tạ ơn vị Thầy đã từ bi ban cho chúng con, những luận giảng về : sự chú ý ngoan cố xuất phát từ tâm chúng con mà ra; qua những câu chuyện cho chúng con hiểu được cốt lõi của sự không tuân theo một vị Đạo Sư là sai lầm lớn nhất của chúng con,chúng sanh.
    Con thành tâm cầu nguyện sự trường thọ của Thầy vì lợi lạc chúng sanh ạ
    Con cầu nguyện cho dịch bệnh Covid 19 mau chóng được tiêu trừ.
    Con cầu nguyện cho tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh.
    Om Mani Padem Hum

  21. Venessa says:

    Dear Guru,
    Thank you so much for this article.
    I am learning every single day.

  22. Tantra Mashita says:

    Dear compassionate guru,

    I bow my head down for you
    I devote myself to you

    Thank you so much for sharing this article with us, I really admired it and the stories were unique, I really appreciate how you always give us the meaning and informations through stories, also unfortunately sometimes we think that we’re on the right path and we own the ultimate truth and suddenly we discover that we’re not, day after day my opinions and feelings towards the things change especially since I knew you, chanhtuduy.com and mat,

    Thank you so much again dear bevered guru,

    May you have a good health and live long for the benefit of all sentient beings
    May all the sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature
    May the pandemic caused by corona virus soon end
    Om Mani Padme hum 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  23. Mật Khánh Ngân says:

    Dear Guru,
    I am happy to read your Letter to disciples No.27: Wise Attention (Thư gửi các trò 27: Như lý tác ý).
    Thanks to the stories and your explanation, I have understood about “wise attention” – a Buddhist term which reflects one’s action of body, mind and speech following the absolute principle, at the same time not opposing the relative principle for the untimate purpose of achieving liberation”. I’m also so impressed with the illustration of a dirty vessal to teach us about the “wise attention”. If we just receive for our own sake, without letting out/ sacrafying anything in body, speech and mind, we will never get progress on the enlightenment, even we ourselves destroy our merits. Therefore, the offering is so important. Fortunately, through your letter, we have leanrt there are four ways we should make offerings: Servitude (volunteer t to work at a temple/pagoda); offering treasures (to offer the most valuable treasures); obedience (to follow all the teaching/ guidelines of the Guru ); Do whatever pleases your Guru (the inner pleasure). The offerings will be made depending on our own circumstances.
    Thank you for your letter. May you have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’ nature.
    May covid 19 pandemic will be end soon
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  24. Mật Ly says:

    Dear Guru!
    I have read this article.
    Thank you so much.
    May all sentient beings attain the Buddha natures happiness.
    May the Covid 19 end soon.
    Om mani padme hum

  25. Mật Thiền Đức (Nguyễn Vân Linh) says:

    Dear Guru,
    I have finished reading this article.
    I learned about “wise attention” and 4 ways to make offerings: servitude, offering treasure, obedience and do whatever it pleases your Guru.
    Thank you for your teachings.
    May Guru live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  26. Phan thị Bạch Tuyết says:

    Kính bạch Thầy !
    Con Mật Phong Tuyết đã đọc bài viết này rồi ạ.Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã ban cho chúng con bài pháp thật ý nghĩa và lợi lạc về” sự chú ý khôn ngoan”.Cảm ơn đạo huynh Mật Từ đã việt dịch bài viết.
    Con cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của Thầy vì lợi lạc của chúng sanh.
    cầu nguyện cho tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc của phật tánh.
    Cầu nguyện cho đại dịch covid 19 được tiêu trừ.
    Om mani padme hum.

  27. Mật Khải Nguyên says:

    Dear holy Guru,
    I have read this article. Thank you for such a meaningful lesson. Throughout reading this I have the chance to understand the true meaning of Wise Attention, which comes from the true desire for learning Dharma and respect for Guru. Thank you for pointing our four ways to practice Wise Attention, which are Servitude, Offering Treasures, Obedience, and Do whatever pleases your Guru.
    I sincerely pray for the health of holy Guru for the sake of all sentient beings,
    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature,
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  28. Felicia says:

    Dear Gutu,

    Thank you once more for such an enlightening article. It is my hope to pass the teachings of wise attention to others and continue to practice it myself. In this world it appears this is something very difficult to have because we have all seem to come to no pay attention to much of anything and prayers are just empty words. Knowing when and what to bring our attention to is important so lessons are not missed. Your words are a good starting point.

  29. Admin
    Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Dear holy Guru,
    I am happy to read your wonderful article. I have learnt the deep meaning of wise attention to walk on the path of liberation. I understand that wise attention is the practicality of Guru devotion. When Guru devotion is the key, then practitioners can get wise attention, which leads them to the city of liberation. If practitioners rely on their own thoughts, all their attention become wrong and ignorant, resulting in the suffering in Samsara. Thanks to the blessings of Guru, practitioners can develop wisdom and get unlimited merit.
    The stories in the article help us to understand deeply the true value of wise attention and Guru devotion. I have learnt a lot for your teachings.
    Thank you so much for your writing.
    I am delighted to praise your wisdom and Bodhicitta for the sake of all sentient beings.
    I also rejoice in the good deeds of Mat Tu for translating your article into English, which helps more people access to the dharma easily and effectively through Guru’s teaching and explanation.
    May Guru have good health and live long for the benefit of all sentient beings.
    May Mat Tu get all her righteous wishes on the path to enlightenment.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha nature.
    May covid 19 pandemic end soon.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  30. Mật Khánh Thảo says:

    Kính bạch Thầy!
    Con đã đọc xong bài rồi ạ. Con hoan hỷ khi được đọc bài pháp vô cùng lợi lạc. Đệ cảm ơn huynh Mật Từ đã dịch bài.
    Con thành tâm cầu nguyện cho sức khoẻ và sự trường thọ của vị Thầy vì sự nghiệp hoằng dương Chánh pháp.
    Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc Phật tánh.
    Cầu nguyện cho dịch bệnh Covid 19 sớm được tiêu trừ.
    Om Mani Padme Hum

  31. Carmen says:

    Thank you very much ,Dear Guru,for important clarifications on wisw attention,for step -by-step revelation of Buddist concepts. The examples in the article help me to clarify my thoughts better
    Thank you very much

  32. Mật Hồng Liên says:

    Kính Bạch Thầy
    Bài này con đã đọc rồi ạ
    Con xin cảm tạ ơn vị Thầy đã từ bi luận giải cho chúng con hiểu rõ
    Con xin cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của Thầy vì lợi lạc của chúng sanh
    Cầu nguyện cho tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh
    Cầu nguyện cho dịch bệnh covid 19 sớm được tiêu trừ
    om mani padme hum

  33. Mật Mai says:

    Kính Bạch Thầy !
    Con đã đọc bài viết này rồi ạ.
    Con cảm tạ Thầy đã giảng luận cho chúng con bài pháp này, Thầy đã phân tích cho chúng con hiểu về 4 nội dung khi người học trò muốn học học pháp đó là 1 sự phụng sự, 2 cúng dường bảo vật , 3 là sự vâng lời và 4 là làm vui lòng vị Thầy của bạn.
    Con cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của Thầy vì lợi lạc chúng sanh
    Cầu nguyện cho dịch bệnh Covid 19 sớm được tiêu trừ. Om Mani Padme Hum

  34. Mật Hoàng Trúc says:

    Dear Guru
    I have read this article.
    Thank you Guru
    May Guru have good health and live long for the sake of all beings.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    May the covid-19 pandemic will be soon over.
    Om mani padme hum.

  35. Mật Hồng Thức says:

    Dear Guru,

    I have read article.

    Thank you so much.

    I pray Guru have good health, live long for the benefits of all beings.

    Pray for Covid-19 end soon.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  36. Mật Thiệu says:

    Dear Guru !
    I am delighted to read this article.
    Thank you, Guru, for giving us the precious dharma.
    May Guru have good heath and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings awaken in enlightened state.
    May covid – 19 pandemic be soon over.
    Om mani padme hum.

  37. Tantra Mitsharuma (Petra) says:

    Dear Holy Guru
    I thank you for this article and its lesson. It gives, for me at least, a big thought to the art of causality. Both in listening to others and going against others by doing what you think is best. To listen and think twice before acting on your own.

    May Guru be healthy and have peace and harmony
    May all sentient beings feel the beauty of Buddhas nature

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  38. Mật Chánh Cần says:

    Kính bạch Thầy.
    Con hoan hỷ khi được đọc bài viết này ạ.
    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con được đọc bài pháp quý báu lợi lạc.
    Con cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe sự trường thọ của Thầy vì lợi lạc của tất cả chúng sanh.
    Cầu nguyện cho bệnh dịch Corona sớm được tiêu trừ.
    Cầu nguyện cho tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc Phật tánh.
    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  39. Mật Tấn Sơn (Đỗ Trường Giang) says:

    Dear Guru,
    I read this article.
    Thank you so much.
    May Guru have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    May Covid-19 pandemic soon be over.
    Om mani padme hum.

  40. Tantra Tanshami says:

    Om Mani Padme Hum! Thank you greatly!

  41. Tantra Pramitdhita (Josh Hacker) says:

    Holy Guru,

    I bow my head before your lotus feet!! Thank you for sharing “Letter to disciples No. 27: WISE ATTENTION”.
    After reading this article I have learned about the 4 methods of making offerings given to us by Atisa to help achieve wise attention. The four methods incluide:

    (1) Servitude
    (2) Offering treasures
    (3) Obedience
    (4) Do whatever pleases your Guru

    These four methods also closely tie into Guru devotion because as we know, Guru devotion is the foundation of our spiritual practice and without proper devotion we could practice a lifetime and never gain results. Thank you Guru for your compassionate and understanding guidance! May You have a blessed and peaceful day

    Mat Tu,

    Thank you for this wonderful English translation. Your work is very good and easy to understand. May all of your legitimate wishes be granted within the right orbit of Dharma.

    May Guru live a long and healthy life for the sake of all sentient beings

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

    May the global pandemic caused by the corona virus soon end

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      I like your coherent comments that always summarize the most important points of every lesson. Well-done!

  42. Abrar Bhatti says:

    Dear Guru Ji,
    This article is very helpful to start the path of learning and attaining results. We are made of conceits and full of ego and ignorance that added suffering in our lives even we are learning from a guru but gain terrible results. Important is to develop a wise attention, right view that will help us to learn from a guru and practice. I pay homage to our Guru Ji and I perceive Buddha through Guru Ji that will help me to have buddhichita.
    I’m Mani Padme Hum

  43. Tantra Midhita says:

    Thank you. Om Mani Padme Hum.

  44. Tantra Sutradaka says:

    Reverend Gurujee
    I bow before your lotus feet
    For a few months I am travelling far and wide mentally and physically, as the wide spread inventions of the science technology has turned the vast world into a global village and the enormous teachings, preaching and researches of Buddhist wisdom enshrined in Vimalrkirti house wherein thousands of people at a time purify their mind by reading the articles of Chanthudui.com and commenting on them, simultaneously and together with ease, as and when one gets time in this multidimensional busy schedule of modern man’s life of huff and hurry. When the horn of the factory and tics of the watch regulate the human minds and body in this modern mechanical civilization, the Pure Mind Buddhism comes at rescue because it not only relieves us from mental excitements, fatigue and worries, but also assures the worldly people of prosperity in mundane and supra-mundane spheres of life. For our holy Guru, like the Buddha, believes that Samsar (Worldly life) and Nirvana (Enlightenment) go hand in hand. Mundane life cannot be ignored for the sake of Enlightenment. And without worldly well being enlightenment cannot be achieved as one cannot aspire and strive for spiritual progress amidst abject poverty, scarcity, paucity and hard labour for earning bred for oneself and one’s dependent family members. In such a situation, when one is not in a position to practice Buddha’s eight fold path and long duration of difficult meditational practices, our Guru comes at the stage to provide a spiritual method of eradication of human suffering with the tools of mental purification through his well founded principles and practices of Pure Mind Buddhism. But the fruition of our holy Guru’s effort rests on an apt disciple who can not only understand the Guru’s instructions and indication in spur of moment, but also have a surrendering aptitude for him as well as believing nature which can in no case raise a frown of doubt on his maser’s voice, that is, the Guru. Only in such an ideal relationship between the teacher and taught, Guru and disciple the mental purification and Dhamma transmission can take place.
    I arrived at my youngest daughter’s house on 07-11 2021 in Delhi to stay with her and especially with my one and half year’s old grand-daughter who is very spry, fickle and playful. Often she obeys our instructions often not, as she is not prudent enough to understand the meaning, import and gravity of our words. Four days ago she got a burn injury on her chick and on right hand simply because she dashed with a hot cooker which was in my wife’s hand filled with hot water. Though I asked her not to go towards the kitchen very strictly, and also ran to catch hold of her but in vain. My innocent child, with preliminary prudence, could not understand our warning and instructions and met with an injury.
    So is with us. We are like children before the Buddha and our holy Guru. Our prudence does stand before their spiritual- practical wisdom. The second problem before us is we all are suffering of pride and prejudice and consider ourselves often more intelligent. This is the reason we often make scrutiny of or Guru’s decisions and we suffer. Through the parables of this article the message has been sent to us that we should not either interfere either into cosmic design or in our holy Guru’s wishes as both are made for our well beings. Any disobedience or having doubt on their decisions brings us near to a disaster and obeying the instructions even partially saves s from a great peril. It is the unconditional compassion for us that both ignore our trivialities and meanness and shower forth the ambrosia of benedictions on us. This is why we are asked to have unwavering confidence in the Buddha and our Guru
    The first parable of the conceited monk, Phap Dat, reveals that a false vanity of one’s name, fame and even t small spiritual entrepreneurs generated ego did not allow paying proper kowtow even to the enlighten one. On the contrary the Guru sixth Patriarch Hui-Neg ignoring his fault and forgiving him preached him through a verse and enabled the self-conceited monk, who was suffering of self superiority too, to attain enlightenment. Realising his ignorance based trivialities monk Phap Dat requested for his say and serve his Guru. This radical change occurred after having Wise attention (Yoniso Manasikar). After this achievement one becomes endowed with Right Understanding and becomes above of praise and censure, honour and disgrace, rise and fall, pleasure and suffering.
    The second parable again hinges on not to doubt on the Guru’s insight and wisdom. Normally, we disciples consider the offering as the most valuable thing, but we do not understand its meaning and import. Normally, we consider it the costly thing. But the meanings of valuable thing vary from person to person and one’s financial condition. For a poor person even a bowl of rotten rice is valuable as it is the only life saving thing for him or her. A prudent disciple has to understand these. And the third parable too speaks of having unwavering confidence on Guru’s words. Even a slight doubt caused both Guru and the disciple killed by the same known person to whom the Guru asked not to allow his stay in their place. Taken together the import of the parables is to have unconditional faith in Guru and his words. In no case his instructions be disbelieved or disobeyed even if it appears to be doubtful or incorrect, because the Masters of the time are foresighted enough to foresee the furre events to come.
    The second part of the article narrates the qualities of the Bodhisattvas and the disciples as preached by Atis Dipankar Srijnnan. He was an Indian monk, and a Professor of Ancient Nalanda University, who came to Tibet to reform the Tibetan Buddhism and wrote a magnum opus ‘A lamp for the path of enlightenment’. Our holy Guru has been kind enough to explain the virtues of a Bodhisattva and the qualities of disciple in the light of the said book. Herein he says “Bodhisattvas are always content, live happily and frugality to practice Dharma and attain wisdom as ultimate purpose, that is to extend his teachings for the sake of present and future of Buddhism”, and to show the right path to the ignorant people. Our holy Guru is of the opinion that the stingy mind of some of the people is just like the dirty vessel that needs to be cleaned and this cleaning or purification is the aim of the Pure Mind Buddhism. And it is Guru or the Bodhisattvas who can transmit the merit according to the Dharma who will come to seek the Dhamma.
    The last part of this article deals with the qualities and ingredients of an honest disciple with perfect and practical illustrations. For him a disciple must have four qualities. They are, 1. Servitude 2. Offering treasures, 3.The obedience, and, 4. To do whatever pleases the Guru. Since these have been explained in the article in minute detail, it is not proper to repeat it again. But one thing is there, a disciple must completely surrender to his Guru.
    Om Mani Padme Hum
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of the Buddha nature.
    Long live our Guru
    Tantrasutradaka (Avinash Kumar Srivastava)

  45. Cao Diệu Diệu Hằng says:

    Dear holy Guru,
    Thank you so much for your valuable lesson from this article.
    I have learnt a lot from your teaching, which helps me think deeply about this life and the goal to be a human being.
    We have a lot of things to take care in this busy life. We are so hectic that we do not have enough time to think deeply about the ultimate goal in this life and what we should pay attention to get the ultimate happiness. It is so clear that no one wants suffering or unhappiness, everyone wants happiness and bliss in life. However, how to lead a happy life is the problem.
    Our attention is always paid to worldly affairs, we are surely involved in suffering. If we pay attention to pure energy, pure knowledge and Bodhicitta, the result is pure happiness. And Guru devotion is one of the most important means and methods that helps practitioners get free from suffering and reach the destination of liberation.
    Thank you so much for your sharing.
    May Guru have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of the Buddha’s nature.
    May Covid 19 Pandemic end soon.
    Om mani padme hum

  46. Tantra Mahacitta (Robert Clayton Jr - America) says:

    Dear Guru,

    What a delightful surprise. I found this article while doing a search on chanhtiduy.com for readings on Om Mani Padme Hum mantra. I was doing this to prepare for our upcoming US Sangha meeting.

    This article is very insightful and full of wisdom. I found the story of Phap Dat and the Sixth Patriarch very enlightening. I believe wise attention addresses our ability, among other things, to keep right intention, right effort and right action in our daily life. These, of course, being three of the eight teachings in the Noble Eightfold Path. And, as our wise Guru has tought us in his third mind Dharma of right view, the eight steps in the Noble Eightfold Path are interconnected and the development of one will lead to the development of all.

    This article is worthy of further contemplation and study. I have added it to my printed articles and may add further thoughts in the future.

    Since we will be discussing the using of Mantra in our upcoming US Sangha meeting, I feel blessed to have read this article. It reminds me that reciting Om Mani Padme Hum or reading articles on chanhtiduy.com or doing Meditation on Bodhicitta or any spiritual practice without wise attention is meaningless motions. The spiritual practices become empty actions. I am reminded of a passage from the Dhammapada:
    “One who recites many teachings
    But, being negligent, doesn’t act accordingly,
    Like a cowherd counting others’ cows,
    Does not attain the benefit of the contemplative life.”

    Thank you, my Guru, for this wonderful teaching. Your Metta and Compassion for your students, deciples and all sentient beings is greatly appreciated, honored and inspiring. May your teachings and wisdom reach all regions of the world and bring great relief to the sufferings of this world.

    Your humble disciple,
    ~ Tantra Mahacitta

    Honor and praise for the Three Jewels of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha!

    Honor and praise for our holy Guru!

    Prayers for good health and long life for our Guru and for all sentient beings!

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      Dear Tantra Mahacitta,
      Thank you for your comment. I am glad and proud to see how deep you have understood about wise attention. That’s right! It is important to do the right things with wise attention, rather than doing a lot of things but none of them is worth doing. You have been doing well, and I believe you will keep doing even better with this pace to benefit yourself and others. May the next Dharma meeting be held smoothly under your good preparation. I happily praise your good deeds! May all your legitimate wishes come true.
      Om mani padme hum.

      • Tantra Mahacitta (Robert Clayton Jr - America) says:

        Dear Guru,

        Thank you so much for your kind words. More importantly, thank you for your kind and wise guidance.

        Om Mani Padme Hum

  47. Tantra Midhita says:

    I wrote something. I deleted it.
    Why? Because Guru doesn’t need “Word Salad”
    I am offering today, my time, attention, an apology, and thanks.

    I am sorry to not listen to the compassion clearly.
    Thank you for your shelter here on the net.
    I am not worthy. I have nothing but these words.

    To all who seek enlightenment, may you all find it, or continue to work towards it.
    To all worldly entities, much fortuitous peace for your days, I hope the universe delivers blessings as you desire and deserve.
    For all sentient beings to have a compassionate teacher is my desire.
    Om mani padme hum

  48. Tantra Kasumahiru (Lee Samuel America) says:

    Thank you Guru for telling stories of ‘wise attention’ and nudging us in the right direction. A seeker was meditating on How to Love his Guru…a virtuous thought occurred to the seeker ‘Love Others’

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      You should thank your Dharma brother Tantra Mahacitta who have sent it!

  49. paul yawney says:

    Dear Holy Guru, Thank you for this wonderful article. we may study and learn the verses but if we do not live what we have learned in the right way we have not gained. we must think properly and carry out whatwe have learned. doing it properly makes a wonderful feeling inside you. May Holy Guru Live long and well. May this co-vid come to an end.
    OM MANI PADME HUM
    Tantra Himataru

  50. Tantra Dharma Sunyata says:

    Dear Holy Guru,
    I have ,with delight read through this article on Wise Attention.I comment as follows:
    A.Summary.
    1Self conceit and unwarranted about self knowledge should not be allowed to manifest in disrespect and dishonour of the Spiritual Master.Such disrespect or rudeness will impede the disciple from earning merit for whatever effort he/she might otherwise have invested.
    2.The disciple must not presume that he/ she is imbued with the profound inner meanings of the Spiritual Master’s mind process.
    3.Wise Attention reflects the wholistic action of body and mind in following the absolute principle without abandoning the relative principle,all for the ultimate purpose of attaining liberation and Enlightenment.
    4.The Holy One’s abide by the principle of Wise Attention for the compassionate reason of helping the deluded disciple delivered from the possible bad karma emanating from his/her misguided arrogance, presumptions,and delusive actions.
    5.It is auspicious for disciples who receive initiation from their Guru/Spiritual Teacher to render service, valuable gifts, obedience and the like for Dharma Transmission.
    6.Indeed,The Holy One,Adisa, enlarged the compass of Wise Attention for sentient beings to include: servitude/volunteer work; offering of treasures; obedience ( recall the anecdote of the Guru’s teaching on the fake lodgers,the anecdote concerning the worker who fell from the ceiling,the story about the overfeeding of the fishes in the pond).
    7.Wise Attention demands that we do whatever pleases the Guru and we cease to decide for ourselves what should be done with respect to Dharma teaching.
    B.Lessons learnt:
    1I appreciate that Wise Attention emanates from the Guru and is undertaken as an act of Compassion for the good of the disciple.
    2.The disciple is unlikely to know the inner intent of Wise Attention.So, she/he ought to exhibit obedience and appreciation for Wise Attention.
    3.It is important to render precious treasures to the Guru,in terms of time,labour, obedience, material things, study of Guru’s articles plus comments, and all as a way of showing that disciples also value giving back, appreciate and value highly Dharma Transmission.
    C.Questions:
    1.What happens in the current Covid 19 situation where economies are crumbling,when Disciples cannot travel easily to Guru’s place of residence to render physical services?How can financially weak disciples who live in distant climes show appreciation?
    2.What is the distinction between the terms’absolute principle’ and ‘relative principle’as used in the article?
    D.Conclusion.
    I have enjoyed this illuminating article.
    May the Holy Guru ever live long life and in good health to serve all sentient beings.
    Om Mani Padme Hum

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      Dear Tantra Dharma Sunyata,
      Thank you for your comment! It is a very concise and coherent summary you have made. Thank you for investing time and effort seriously as always, which will result in both your knowledge and blessings.
      For your first question, I assumed that it was rooted in the 1st and 2nd points listed in the article. You should understand that all the four mentioned in their profound meaning rather than their literary meaning by words. These components mean to emphasize the sincerity and strong faith of the disciple that lead to the true act in reality toward his Guru. Respectively, when you read and comment on chanhtuduy.com, you have already performed “servitude” and “making offerings”, you also illustrated the “obedience” and “do whatever pleases Guru” as I am the most pleased when I see my disciples and learners cultivate and learn Dharma consistently. Please do not bother yourself with economies and finance. Regarding the 2nd question, as mentioned in the definition of “wise attention”, it is the harmony between theory and practice in the right track of Dharma. I think you will understand it more thoroughly in the future.
      I am glad that you enjoyed the article. May all your legitimate wishes come true.
      Om mani padme hum.

    • Tantra Dharma Sunyata says:

      Dear Holy Guru,
      Once again, I am overwhelmed and overjoyed by your blessed reply and your blessings.May all sentient beings benefit from your wisdom.
      Om Mami Padme Hum

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