Nov 9, 2018

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Letter to disciples No.270: EUROPEAN SKY Part 4: The warmth in the winter (Hơi ấm giữa mùa đông)

Letter to disciples No.270: EUROPEAN SKY

Part 4: The warmth in the winter

Dear disciples,

With Thong

Now, the winter is starting in Europe. In Paris and Latvia, there are days at between zero degrees and two degrees. The day I arrived in Paris, it was cool at about 15 degrees. Sometimes it was sunny at 24 degrees as when I visited the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. The day I moved to Latvia, it was still very hot and sunny. I entered the wrong gate, so it took 30 minutes to get back, I felt disappointed. Thanks to Thong, who is working in Ho Chi Minh City, I could be better. He is a lay Buddhist, who studied Buddhism at Fo Guang Shan Buddha in Taiwan. Thong said the lay Buddhists – doctors of philosophy in Buddhism taught him. I was so happy! The new trend of more practical requirements than the old tradition.

Blue sky and warm sunlight

Waiting for the flight from France to Latvia

Nearly two hours later, we said goodbye to each other, then I entered the security gate to the waiting area, Thong did not forget to hope to see each other again. One more time, small things like a pocket comb and a watch made it difficult for me. The officers told me to step on foot print machine but I did not know what to do. It took me ten minutes to get through the security gate and did not understand what they wanted to check or what they suspected me. That was not the first time; I have been in that case many times. May be in the previous life, I was Tao Thao’s offspring so this life I have been suffered this retribution?

There were no worries, how much suspicion there was, so much light was revealed from the the tantric power naturally of the virtuous practitioner. I still remember the moments two years after meeting me again, Mat Hong Thuc kneed to welcome me at May coffee shop in Can Tho. Mat Dinh Chau was the same, later being relieved her spiritual anxiety and practice Pure Mind Yoga in the spirit of Buddha Dharma in Song Nguyen Tantra House, now she is the chief vajra brother of Tantra House in Thai Nguyen province. Mat Hai’s parents after more than 15 years now understand and read articles and leave comments on Mat Tinh Dung’s mother in the past expressed her frustration but now she is modest to her child, which means that the problem has been resolved. Mat Hong Tuyen’s mother and other family members were affected by evil monks and two rude sisters who caused troubles to Song Nguyen Tantra House, then they ended up with bad consequences. If Mat Hong Tuyen did not follow right view, how could she travel overseas with the opportunity to get better promotion?

However, Nguyen Song Tantra House still sail across the oceans with steady hand paddles to the shore of Bodhicitta, as life buoys for many individuals, families, groups of people to attain self-happiness, life happiness, and social achievement. Thinking back, Mat Tu received a prestigious scholarship from the Swedish Research Institute after a one-year period; Mat Hong Tuyen after 1 day 9 days; Mat Tinh Dung after one week … and many other examples. However, I need to emphasize that if someone who is Song Nguyen Tantra house’s disciple is in difficulty, what will be the consequences? One is being purified due to the obscurations of karma, the other is the karmic cause to suffer. How can we identify karmic purification?

At Latvia’s airport

Padmasambhava, the founder of the Nyingma lineage, the system of Vajrayana confirmed: “When the lake of misery overflows while you try to engage in spiritual practice, it is a fact that your evil karma and obscurations are being purified” (Dakini Teaching, page 211). In addition, all the other consequences are caused by karmic cause, do not blame on anyone, or any other people. One of the karmic causes of the most serious mistake is the disobedience of the Guru, even by initiating evil thoughts. Therefore, be mindful of your state of mind so as not to fall into this mistake. If any disciples are holding the impure thoughts, or being mindless (lack of enthusiasm and over-training), or it is happening but there is not yet purification, etc. Then I have a single advice: SHOULD LEAVE SONG NGUYEN TANTRA HOUSE to avoid making me wait for tens of thousands of years (because you will be reborn in Animal Realm), millions of years (because you will be reborn in Realm of Hungry Ghosts), or billions of years (because you will be reborn in Hell Realm), to teach and convert you. If you want to understand more, I encourage you to read the Avatamsaka – Flower Ornament Sutra in the paragraph about what attitudes and behaviors to Kalyanamitra.

Dear disciples,

You may ask yourself how can you be tolerant of the “entities” that have got unrighteous thoughts because of their old habit of waywardness? Because there is a law of compensation! Whenever a disciple is not good, someone who intent
deliberately to bother me, or someone who stealthily “pass the buck”, when I fall into difficult circumstances, good people appear to support. If you read the comments and most recently the nicknames Tran Thanh Huyen or Vu Khanh, you can understand.


You might know that on my first flight Catherine suddenly appeared; when the taxi driver got me in troubles and I forgot the hotel address, Elina was there to help me; when the weather was cold, Dakini helped to get warmer weather. When landing at the Baltic airport in Riga, I did not know how to get the luggage, then an airport officer saw my plane ticket and lead me to the right place to get mine. I spoke Russian and he understood, which made me so happy! If it had happened at Paris’s De Gaulle airport, I would not have been so bad! I just came out of the gate, there was a young man looking at me and he seemed to be waiting for a signal from me. I guessed it was a staff member of Huan Nghe’s partner. Then we went to the gate, got into the car and went to find a place for lunch as he had already written in part 2 of the letter.


Officer who supported Guru to get the luggage

Stepping into the vast outside space and seeing clear sky, I took a deep breath into my chest with fresh air. Beautiful sunshine, warmth, peaceful scenery, and elegant people are what I first felt in Latvia. However, one day before, my Latvian student Andris said the weather was cold 2-4 degrees, which made me worried for the first meeting with Latvia in the gloomy scene in harsh winter.

Sunny warm weather, peaceful landscape

– Fasten the seat belt!

With Vu

The voice of the young man brings me to the reality of the great highway in Riga. His name is Vu, who has been working here for three years. He drove me to a restaurant and then took me back to the Wellton Hotel in the Old Quarter. Thanks to Vu for his good computer he lent me, I could write the articles like the letter to disciples No.270 to you. Vu also tried to install Microsoft Word to help me write in Vietnamese, did administrative papers at the hotel and give me some advice in advance.

Vu is setting up Windows for Guru to compose articles












Guru in a brocade costume at Wellton hotel

Guru’s hotel room

Dear disciples,

In the middle of the cold winter in strange overseas land, the warmth from anyone or anywhere is good. The good people I have just mentioned did increase the heat in freezing life. They helped us to understand there are good and bad people everywhere. In the midst of worries and busy life, how precious the calmness we have got is! In the midst of the Dharma-ending age, even a small fire can light the path to lead the aspirant steps, which are in the night of births and deaths. I pray that all sentient beings are impregnated with the blessings of the Three Jewels; the torch of wisdom will illuminate everywhere. Om mani padme hum!

A rainy afternoon on the peak of Phu Van mountain on 05thNovember 2018

Thinley- Nguyen Thanh

Vietnamese version: Thư gửi các trò 270: ĐẤT KHÁCH TRỜI ÂU – Bài 4: Hơi ấm giữa mùa đông

Letter to Disciples No. 270: EUROPEAN SKY


PART 2: Traveling Abroad to See How Beautiful Our Country Is (Thấy người rồi lại thương mình hơn xưa)

Part 3: Both Europeans and Asians, there is still the mind of good and evil (Á Âu đâu cũng tâm thiện, ác)

Part 4: The warmth in the winter (Hơi ấm giữa mùa đông)

Part 5: “Gods” & “Pedestrians”: Having experienced and known how nice our country is! (“Thượng đế” & “Bộ hành”: trông người mà ngẫm đến ta)


  1. tantra mahavita says:

    Dear holy guru. Always grateful for sharing your travels in the European sky. As the trip passes, so much light appears, illuminates, so much darkness. Despite being a very hard journey, we learned that we are cleaning Karma … in the words of Padmasambhava, founder of the Nyingma lineage, I confirm the Vajrayana system, “When the lake of misery overflows, while you try to practice in spiritual practice it is a fact that your malignant karma and its obscurations are being purified, and disobedience to the Guru is one of the most harmful and bad karmas, so we are very grateful to our Guru and the precious Dharma that can guide us on the path to liberacion. I pray that all sentient beings are impregnated by the blessings of the three Jewels and that their wisdom illuminates, everywhere, that the Guru lives happy and for a long time for the benefit of all sentient beings OM MANI PADME HUM

    • Nguyên Thành says:

      Your comment is good. 

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

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

      Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã viết bài cho chúng con được biết về chuyến đi của Thầy ở đất khách trời Âu. Mỗi nơi Thầy đi qua, tuệ quang của Thầy tỏa khắp muôn nơi, soi sáng chúng con và phá tan màn đêm vô minh, tăm tối.

      Sau khi đọc bài, con hiểu rằng khi con đang thực hành giáo pháp tinh tấn mà khổ đau phải gánh chịu nặng nề thì nên biết nghiệp quả đang được tịnh hóa. Đó chính là lời dạy của đại sĩ Liên Hoa Sanh, tổ sư dòng Ninh Mã, hệ thống Kim cang thừa. Đồng thời con cũng hiểu rằng, bất tuân lời vị Thầy thì sẽ nhận lãnh những hậu quả nghiêm trọng nhất.

      Chúng con cảm tạ ơn Thầy vì Thầy đã hướng dẫn, chỉ dạy chúng con giáo pháp Phật đà, giúp chúng con được bước đi trên hành trình giác ngộ.

      Cầu nguyện cho tất cả chúng sanh được thấm đẫm hồng an Tam Bảo.

      Cầu nguyện cho ngọn đuốc trí huệ được thắp sáng muôn nơi.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy thân tâm an tịnh, trụ thế lâu dài vì sự lợi lạc của tất cả chúng sanh.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.

  2. Dear holy Guru,

    I am delighted to read your article. Thank you so much for your kindness and compassion to share with us the warmth of kindness and humanity in the cold winter, which makes us feel warmed in the heart.

    Similarly, the warmth from your Bodhicitta has warmed up this cold samsara. It is the warmth from your Bodhicitta saves our lives from the suffering in samsara and brings us the dharma spring of happiness and peace. Your Bodhi- warmth supports the peace in this world and the peace in mind for all sentient beings.

    Thanks to your bodhicitta, the six marvelous practices are invented, and now we, your disciples and learners  both nationwide and world-wide can practice and do an intership Pure Mind Yoga for inner happiness, success in life and social achievement this life and ever-lasting bliss next life in Pure Land.

    Thank you so much for you kindness, compassion and bodhicitta upon us and brings us the meaningful and peaceful life.

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

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  3. Tantra Kasila(Vivek S) says:

    Dear holy Guru

    Karma is a boomerang.It doesn’t matter how much far we throw it will come back to us.Do good without expecting anything in return good things will follow and vice versa.

    Throughout your journey in Europe we are also traveling with you.A spiritual journey

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

    • Kính bạch Thầy! 

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

      Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý! 

      Nghiệp quả là một đòn bật lại đúng với lực tác động mà con người tạo ra,  khi con người tạo ra một lực tác động, dẫu xa bao nhiêu thì họ vẫn nhận lại một lực tương tự về phía họ. Khi thực hiện những thiện hạnh mà không có tâm mong cầu thì sẽ nhận được quả tốt lành và ngược lại. 

      Thông qua chuyến đi châu Âu của Thầy,  và với những bài viết của Thầy,  chúng con cũng được đi cùng Thầy. Đó chính là hành trình tâm linh. 

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy trụ thế lâu dài. 

      Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh được bình an và viên thành Phật đạo.


  4. Dr C H Lakshminarayan says:

    Respected Guruji,I bow my head at your lotus feet.

    Buddha is my life

    Dharma is my boat

    Nirvana is my other shore

    Sangha is my strength.!

    I am delighted to read this article. Good and bad people are everywhere !  So also disciples who in the beginning appear to obey Guru  and later on  start disobeying as time advances !

    The amount of stress and strain encountered by Guruji will create sufficent Warmth in transforming such disciples, even in the winter season to make them to have right view and BV directing in the right path of Enlightenment by virtue of his Bodhicitta, rather than  punishing such people who go astray!. This is the noble quality of our Guruji.! . The beautiful pictures depicted in the article are amazing and a feast to Eyes.!

    May Buddha bless me  anda all to live for others.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan

    (Nirvadeva )



  5. tantraupatissa says:

    Dear Guru thanks for sharing this article.

    As seen there are both good and bad people around the world. Because of practise of pure mind yoga boddhisatvas have come to help you in form of other beings in times of trouble.

    As mentioned in this article we will try to read articles from Dakini teachings page 211, Avatamsaka – flower from ornament sutra – about attitudes of kalyamitra.

    Thanks for bringing us the warmth of peace and happiness, lighting the torch of Dharma practice in us.

    We are thankful to all those people and Buddha’s who made your journey success and peaceful.

    May Guru live long and protected and get enlightened.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum..

  6. Tantra siramitra says:

    Venerebol Guru.

    My name is tantra siramitra.

    Interesting article about your journey from, Vietnam to Paris, and then Latvia.

    It riminds me the long journeys from Sardinia to Kazakhstan,

    From the worming weather of Sardinia to the harsh – 30c of the beautiful country of Kazakhstan Somtimes was even harsh then the minus 30 op to minus 40c.

    Beside that i love Kazakhstan, and the peapol is very nice and gentle, in souch massif country it is big as Europe put together, with only 18 millions peapol living in it!!

    Thank you for the article Venerebol.

    May Avery one be happy.


  7. Tink Clarence hamm says:

    Dear respected Gura

    It’s nice that you have so many thankful words and praise for the people around you, even the smallest helpful things , you give  praise.   Each trip will only get better because of the karma you have and share. I still have trouble when things go  not smooth, I tend to think poorly and non becoming of a Buddhist, but I quickly fix it and have a day of regret and tend to drop everything and read Buddha’s words until I have a peaceful and happy mind again. There are ice storms and snow in the state of Ohio in the USA, I am happy and helping whoever I can, we have no power today, it’s night now and no power or heat, but I am happy and feel blessed to even know you. Thank you for allowing me to be here, with you.

    Be safe

    Your follower and friend

    Tink Clarence hamm

    • Nguyên Thành says:

      Thank you for your comment. 

      I am happy for your great effort to follow the path of enlightenment. 

      The storms by nature make us feel unpleasant  in a certain time of this life. But the storms in the mind makes us sufferd in many lives and never end if we do not practice Dharma. 

      May you all overcome both all ice storms and snow in this world and get the inner peace in mind due to diligent practice. 

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép được dịch comment của bạn đọc Tink Clarence Hamm sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Thật tuyệt vời khi Thầy luôn dành những lời cảm ơn và những lời khen ngợi, sách tấn cho những chúng sanh xung quanh Thầy, thậm chí, với những thiện hạnh nhỏ nhất của họ Thầy cũng hào phóng khen ngợi. Nhờ công hạnh của Thầy và những lời dạy của Thầy dành cho chúng sanh mà mỗi chuyến đi của Thầy về sau càng  nhiều thuận lợi.

      Khi công việc của con gặp khó khăn, có nhiều điều không thuận lợi, con đã có những suy nghĩ tiêu cực và muốn từ bỏ con đường học Phật, không muốn trở thành Phật tử. Nhưng sau đó, con nhanh chóng quán xét và điều chỉnh suy nghĩa tiêu cực đó; và có ngày con đã ân hận về suy nghĩ tiêu cực này, con muốn từ bỏ mọi thứ và đọc những lời dạy của đức Phật đến khi con có được tâm quân bình và có được sự bình an.

      Hiện nay, tại bang Ohio, nước Mỹ đang phải chịu đựng cơn bão tuyết, con không phiền não mà vui vẻ giúp đỡ những người con gặp. Hôm nay, nơi con ở không có điện, không có lò sưởi nhưng con vẫn thấy hạnh phúc, ấm áp và ơn phước khi con được biết đến Thầy.

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho phép con được ở đây để đọc bài và được kết nối với Thầy.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy thân tâm an tịnh.

      Con – Tink Clarence Hamm.



  8. Aman Prakash says:

    Dear guru

    Thank you for this article.I bow my head before your lotus feet.

    I am very happy to see you in other countries for illuminating the dhamma lessons. You have give us very nice lesson of cause and effect from previous life to present life. May guru and dakini live long for the sake of all the sensient being.

    May all sensient being attain true nature.

    Om Mani padme hum

  9. Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin phép được dịch comment của bạn đọc Aman Prakash sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã viết bài.

    Con xin đảnh lễ dưới gót chân sen của Thầy.

    Con vô cùng hoan hỷ khi được biết Thầy xuất dương để tất cả hữu hình có được cơ hội nhận được tuệ quang từ những lời chỉ dạy của Thầy. Thầy đã dạy chúng con bài học rất hay và sâu sắc về luật nhân quả từ quá khứ đến hiện tại.

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

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum.


  10. Tantra Pramitdhita (Josh Hacker) says:

    Holy Guru,

    I bow my head before your lotus feet!!! Thank you for sharing “Letter to Disciples No. 270: European Sky Part 4: The Warmth in the Winter.” It was so nice to read about the individuals whom helped you along the way. In a world that is growing more selfish it is wonderful to know that there are still people willing to help those they do not know!

    May Guru and his consort 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

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