Dec 4, 2018

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Letter to disciples No.271: REASONING ABOUT WESTERN AND ORIENTAL DIALECTICS TO CLARIFY BUDDHOLOGY THROUGH CHANHTUDUY.COM (Thư gửi các trò 271: LUẬN KIẾN VỀ BIỆN CHỨNG PHƯƠNG TÂY & PHƯƠNG ĐÔNG ĐỂ KHẲNG ĐỊNH PHƯƠNG PHÁP LUẬN PHẬT ĐÀ QUA chanhtuduy.com)

Letter to disciples No.271: REASONING ABOUT WESTERN AND ORIENTAL DIALECTICS TO CLARIFY BUDDHOLOGY THROUGH CHANHTUDUY.COM

Dear disciples!

I am so delighted to read good news sent by Mat Tu from Sweden yesterday: “Right after sending my latest letter from Sweden, I was informed that my research seminar (including both presentation and counter-argument ) and project work scientific paper were the only one that got the highest point. My reflection reports were also updated on the college’s online system at the highest point.”

Dear disciples!

Final grade of the research seminar and paper work of Mat Tu

Just within four months, I got two great news about study achievements of Mat Tu. She’s the only one who got the highest scores in a class that has many research students who are known to have more experiences on research, survey and practice than the Asian ones. Do you think it is a miracle, don’t you? How wonderful it is! Mat Tu wrote that: “That was the only one that got the highest point…” and “My reflection reports were also updated on the college’s online system at the highest grade.” Here we can see a repetition of a word at the comparative level of “Highest”. You must have been proud to have such a vajra brother and so do I for having such a disciple!

Final grade of the oral examination and report

However, you may sometimes ask yourself if your Guru is falling in the eight worldly winds like fame-disrepute? Absolutely not! Firstly, Mat Tu has successfully completed her Dharma mission I’ve advised her: “Your studying is a Dharma mission…”; and secondly, her study achievements is a practical illustration for the result of six spiritual initatives of Thanh Tri Yoga (Pure Mind Yoga) in Song Nguyen Tantra  House in perspective of dialectical science – that’s the Bodhicitta.

Dear disciples!

ITA’s Director, Master Thinley Nguyen Thanh

From this achievement, Mat Tu draw conclusions: “Once again I remember about lessons and experiences the Guru’ve taught me. We had opportunities to pick up one topic and share about it at conferences. These topics originate from our own experiences of life that have relevance to the teachings of Buddha and ariyas (because life is lesson for Dharma and Dharma is not seperated from life). Moreover, by standing in front of the crowd, we feel more confident in presentation. Audio sermons of the Guru are good examples for us to structure our presentation more clearly and systematically…”.
From this point on, we can see both Western and Oriental dialectics have scientific aspect, but that of Song Nguyen Tantra House is spiritual dialectics formed on the teachings and examples in Buddhism that Mat Tu has learnt fromchanhtuduy.com.
The Buddha is glorified as the one with full of enlightenment, Samyaksambuddha (Universal enlightenment),  Vidya-carana-sampanna (Unexcelled universal enlightment), Sugata (the Blessed One), Bhavaga (World’s Honored One)… who defeated masters of 96 heretic sects in his time. The wisdom of Buddha therefore is supreme and unequable. Besides, Vajrayana followers, hereinafter referred to as Thanh Tri Yoga members (Pure Mind yogists), who are rehearsing or practicing six spiritual initiatives can enhance their ability to present their knowledge more effectively, for instance:
1/ Eight methods of taking refuge in the Three Jewels: A way of renunciation in alignment with Buddhist rules to strengthen the ability to observe pure precepts (based on four aspects of application: fixation, flexibility, observance and violation). You should know that the more power gained from keeping pure precepts increases, the more power of getting respect from others gets stronger.
2/ Uninterrupted offering: A way of practicing renunciation in the sense of self-awareness, increasing mindfulness and Guru devotion. These two methods will help you create a foundation of enlightenment in this life and next life.
3/ Samyagdrsti – Prabha Samadhi: A way of methodological training for the readers, followers and disciples on chanhtuduy.com (by reading articles, commenting, writing articles and counter-arguments). This method can be understood as an automatic and conditional system supplementing Hetuvidya – the science of logical reasoning (one of five studies – Pancavidya) which helps training an independence in thinking, dialectical thinking, growth mindset and liberation mindset. Regarding this academic area, I want to stress that:
If you want to protect and affirm a position or a standpoint, you should have your own argument. This argument is valid only when they are supported by propositions. These propositions can be developed by logical reasons which are supported by a theoretical basis or a foundation. This basis or foundation should be fortified by evidences. All these steps will form a complete position.
For Buddhist scholars or practitioners, foundation and evidences should be in Buddhist perspective
Notably, for Buddhist scholars or practitioners, the foundation and evidences should be in Buddhist perspective only since this is the Buddhist arena. If not, their argument, though how interesting it is, will digress from the position topic, just like you describe a guava tree instead of bamboo tree as requested.
The foundation can be regarded as Buddhist sutras (right view) while data or facts are teachings, advices or warnings of the Buddha and revered ariyas. By doing this, we are writing, speaking and practicing in accordance with the theory and evidences (belong to Five skillful means of reasoning in Buddhism). Even when we do counter-argument with others who also practice Buddhism but in different schools, we should not use theory and evidences of our school for debate, given the possibility of falling in biasedness or  lacking objectiveness. Position, proposition, theoretical basis and evidences should be consistent, otherwise you are considered to fail in the debate arena.

Mat Tu was sharing about “Proven Steps of Scientific Methodology in Pure Mind Yoga” at the ITA’s International Conference in February 2018

From here we can see that Mat Tu has an introvert thinking but that thinking is non-fixed (unprejudiced), independent, growing and liberating which is formed through the practice of Samyagdrsti – Prabha Samadhi (way of methodological training). That is the reason why she far outperformed Western students in her recent research and examination. We should be proud of it and can’t help feeling grateful towards the Avalokiteshvara, the One with unequalled wisdom, who bestows blessings on Song Nguyen Tantra House to have such a “chanhtuduy.com” with a literary name of “Vimalakirti castle’ like today. The success of Mat Tu is a strong evidence of the importance ofchanhtuduy.com. This is not to mention about the rest three methods of “Meditation on Bodhicitta”, “Lotus Walking Dharani” and “Five Degrees of Chenrezig Meditation” which provide various skillful means to develop wisdom.

Dear disciples!
The letter of Mat Tu sent to me from Sweeden today gives me a chance to explain to you about the importance ofchanhtuduy.com or the effectiveness of Samyagdrsti – Prabha Samadhi method, thanks to which Mat Tu has obtained self-happiness, life happiness and social achievement without falling in the trap of eight worldly concerns. You should put more focus on reading and doing comments because it will help you set up a primal wisdom as sharp as a sword to cut off the chain of ignorance whenever it arises.

May the torch of Buddha’s wisdom illuminate all  directions.
May all sentient beings be surrounded by the blessings of the Three Jewels.
Om mani padme hum!

A rainy afternoon on the peak of Phu Van Mountain

December 1, 2018

Thinley- Nguyen Thanh

Translated by Mat Hue Phap


Related post: Letter from Sweden: MORE GOOD NEWS! (Thư Thụy Điển: Nối tiếp tin vui)

  1. Dear holy Guru,

    I am grateful to read this article. It is really useful for us to apply the way of right thinking and dialectic thoughts in research,  practice dharma and live a happy life. The methods you have taught to us how to give a statement and prove the statement with arguments and evidence. In addition,  you have taught us how to present the idea clearly and logically.

    When we have diligence in reading and making comments,  our mind day by day becomes enlightened and we see everything clearly. The light of wisdom on chanhtuduy.com through the six marvelous practices made by the Guru illuminates all directions,  lighting the path for all sentient beings to purify the mind and end all the dark of suffering.

    It is the success and the highest score of Mat Tu in her study that is the living evidence for the effectiveness and usefulness of the six marvelous practices in this modern time. Obviously,  the six marvelous practices in pure mind yoga brings inner happiness,  success in life and social achievement for all practitioners who have a good chance to practice them with the deep devotion towards Guru. The reason is that the six marvelous practices directly help yogis get wisdom and purify the mind. The mind is the creator of evetything. So when the mind is purified,  the mind is good,  the mind is shined by the wisdom,  everything goes well.

    Thank you so much for your noble effort and your bodhicitta to guide us on the path to lead to the true happiness,  success in this life and achievement in spiritual life for being born in the Pure Land.

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

    I also rejoice in the good deeds of Mat Hue Phap who translated your article into English. Her wonderful English version supports to spread your teachings all over the world for the sake of all sentient beings.

    May Mat Hue Phap always get joyful and achievement on the path of liberation.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  2. Tantra Sagovana says:
    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for sharing this article.

    I am happy to read about Mat Tu’s academic achievements.

    When we practice Dharma sincerely we will get success both in this life and the next life.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    Tantra Sagovana (Ahmed Khan)

    • Kính bạch Thầy! 

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

      Kính bạch Thầy! 

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

      Con hoan hỷ với những thành tích học tập của đạo huynh Mật Từ. 

      Con hiểu rằng khi chúng con tinh tấn hành pháp với lòng sùng mộ thì chúng con sẽ đạt được thành công trong đời này và có được thành tựu tâm linh để về Cực lạc ở đời sau. 

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

      Om Mani Padme Hum. 
      Con – Tantra Sagovana (Ahmed Khan)

  3. Foxxie Luna Inariusagi says:
    Om Mani Padme Hum
  4. Dr C H Lakshminarayan says:
    Respected Guruji I bow my head at your lotus feet.

    Buddha is my life

    Dharma is my boat

    Nibbana is my other shore

    Sangha is my strength

    Guruji  congratulates  Mat Tu and praises her achievements in Buddhist and Research seminar for outstanding merit in  presentation

    Of her Research paper! .This is rightly what is expected by any Guru!

    That is good to be praised and bad to be condemned. Guruji is proud of his disciple Mat Tu for her achievements in Buddhist research field.!

    Further, Guruji says that is because of her involvement in Samyagdrishti Sabha Samadhi and six Spiritual activities adopted from Guruji from Tibetan Yoga and made it easy for House holder Dharma Practicioners in Song Nguyen Tantra House and Vimalakirthi’s Room.!

    Guruji’s joy knows no bounds  when his disciples  reach the zenith of Buddhist Spiritual Field like Mat Tu though Guruji pays no heed to eight worldly whirl winds.

    Thus , the fragrance of Spiritual Dharma activities of Chanhtuduy.com and Song Nguyen Tantra House founded  by Guruji  is  spreading across the globe world wide.!

    ” See good, be good,  do good”—-This is Dharma’s simple definition !

    Pray Buddha to make me useful to others.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan

    (Nirvadeva)

     

     

  5. Mô Phật!

    Pháp đệ hoan hỷ tán thán thiện hạnh của đạo huynh Mật Huệ Pháp đã chuyển ngữ bức thư của vị sang Tiếng Anh. Bài dịch này sẽ giúp cho các bạn đọc nước ngoài hiểu được sự lợi lạc của bộ môn Yoga Thanh Trí do vị Thầy phát lồ. Từ đó họ có thêm cơ hội được kết nối với vị Thầy, được Thầy chỉ dạy diễn tập, thực hành bộ môn này, để đạt được hạnh phúc tự tâm, hanh thông thế sự, thành đạt xã hội trong tương lai. Cầu nguyện bài viết này được lan toả khắp muôn nơi.

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

    Cầu nguyện đạo huynh Mật Huệ Pháp luôn tinh tấn thực hành pháp và viên thành những ước nguyện chính đáng.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

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

    Also many thanks to Mat Tu for achieving highest marks and good fame in Sweden University by making a good presentation on research. May she achieve all success and happiness in her life and protected.

    May all Guru’s disciples be able to practice deligiently and get liberated.

    May Guru and his consort live long for other beings and protected and get enlightened.

    May all beings be free from suffering and get enlightened.

    Om Mani Padme Hum..

  7. Mật Chánh Hoa says:
    Mô Phật!

    Pháp đệ hoan hỷ tán thán thiện hạnh của đạo huynh Mật Huệ Pháp đã chuyển ngữ bài viết “Thư gửi các trò 271: Luận kiến về biện chứng Phương Tây & Phương Đông để khẳng định phương pháp luận Phật Đà qua chanhtuduy.com” của vị Thầy sang Tiếng Anh, giúp các bạn đọc hữu duyên trên toàn thế giới có cơ hội được kết nối với vị Thầy và có cơ hội được thực hành, diễn tập bộ môn Yoga Thanh Trí nhiều lợi lạc.

    Con thành tâm cầu nguyện cho sức khoẻ và sự trường thọ của Thầy Cô vì lợi lạc của tất cả chúng sanh.

    Cầu nguyện cho đạo huynh Mật Huệ Pháp hanh thông thế sự và viên thành mọi ước nguyện chính đáng.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  8. Dear revered Guru

    Another precious teachings I’ve got from you through this article. My gratitude to you for your detail explanation with full theoretical background and evidences on the marvel of Thanh Tri Yoga as well as its aspect of dialectical science. With unbelievably successful application for full scholarship from the Sweden Research Institute together with top scores of two resesarches on Strategic Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management, my vajra brother Mat Tu has proved lively the marvel of Thanh tri Yoga. I understand that Dharma is always wonderful as it already is but it can be exposed or come to us  only when we meet a virtuous, compassionate and wise Buddhist sage. More importantly, that sage needs have padegogic method that fits the student’s faculty and know how to evoke his or her inspiration during the study and practice. I’ve learnt from Mat Tu’s sharing that how flexible and effective skills of presentation at Dharma conferences or if writing counter-arguments you’ve taught us are when being applied in daily life and our work as well. The highest scores Mat Tu got in her research report, oral examination and case reflection are clearly and majorly thanks to them. Thanks to the practice of Samyagdrsti-Prabha Samadhi (read and comment on chanhtuduy.com), we can have non-fixed thinking, independent thinking, growth thinking and finally liberation thinking. These thinkings are valid in both our secular life (unprejudice, independence and growth) as well as in Dharma cultivation (unprejudice, liberation).  Your great teachings and padegogic methods have helped us progress fastly both in daily life and Dharma learning. But I also understand that a very important factor that lies behind these successes is nothing else than Guru devotion or in other words, always thinking of and following what the Guru’s taught us during our cultivation. This has been affirmed by Master Avagosha that: “Guru devotion is the foundation of enlightenment”. Thank you very much for this great lesson.

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

    May all sentient beings drink Dharma nectar and achieve the happiness of the Buddha’s nature

    Om Ah Hum

  9. Sonam Tshering says:
    Dear guru,

    The articles in chanhtuduy.com are all beneficial.

    May the articles reach to many and be benefited.

    Om Mani Padme Hung

    • Kính bạch Thầy! 

      Con xin phép dịch comment của đạo hữu Sonam Tshering sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      Kính bạch Thầy! 

      Tất cả các bài viết trên trang chanhtuduy.com đều lợi lạc. 

      Con cầu nguyện những bài viết này đến được với nhiều người để mang lại lợi lạc cho hữu tình. 

      Om Mani Padme Hum. 

       

  10. Jeffrey King says:
    Dear Holy Guru! Thanks for that article! It was very informative and I continue to study and learn from your writings! Peace and blessings be with you!
    • Kính bạch Thầy! 

      Con xin phép được dịch comment của bạn đọc Jeffrey King sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý! 

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con đọc bài viết này. Bài viết có rất nhiều thông tin lợi lạc. Con sẽ tinh tấn đọc,  học và hành theo những lời dạy của Thầy trong bài viết ạ. 

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy thân tâm an tịnh. 

       

       

  11. Ignacio Sanchez Gentile says:
    Dear Guru.

    Great article like always.

    May Guru live forever.

    Thank you.

    • Kính bạch Thầy! 

      Con xin phép được dịch comment của bạn đọc Ignacio Sanchez Gentile sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      Kính bạch Thầy! 

      Bài viết của Thầy luôn tuyệt vời

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy trụ thế lâu dài. 

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy! 

       

  12. tantra mahavita says:
    Dear Holy Guru : Thank you very much for sharing your articles. Devotion to the Guru is the foundation of the Illumination. Sharing your articles, that all beings benefit, through their teachings in learning the Dharma in daily life. May the Guru have a long and happy life. For the benefit of all sentient beings. OM MANI PADME HUM
    • 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 cho con được đọc bài viết này. 

      Con hiểu rằng sùng kính vị Thầy là nền tảng giác ngộ. Nhờ những bài viết của Thầy trên chanhtuduy.com mang lại lợi ích cho tất cả chúng sanh mà tất cả hữu tình được học pháp,  thực hành diễn tập hàng ngày trong cuộc sống đời thường. 

      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. 

  13. Tink Clarence hamm says:
    Dear respected Gura

    That’s wonderful!, To witness academic excellence from younger generation of Buddhist is a treasure, especially knowing your wise input is excelling her correctly, congratulations!! Yes study always inhances us, and even more true in the teachings of Buddha.

    May you see this more🙏

    Your friend and follower

    Tink Clarence hamm

    • 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! 

      Con hoan hỷ chúc mừng những thành công của đạo huynh Mật Từ.

      Thật tuyệt vời khi chứng kiến những thành tích xuất sắc trong học tập mà đệ tử đạt được. Không có niềm vui nào lớn hơn. Đó chính là kho báu. Đặc biệt là từ những giáo huấn trí tuệ của Thầy mà đạo hữu ấy đã được tôi luyện và có được thành quả như hôm nay. Con hoan hỷ chúc mừng ạ! 

      Con hiểu rằng việc học luôn làm cho con người hoàn thiện hơn. Giáo lý của đức Phật thì càng giúp con người nhiều hơn. 

      Con cầu nguyện càng nhiều huynh đệ Mật gia thành công hơn nữa. 

      Con – Tink Clarence Hamm. 

  14. Chris says:
    Dear Guru –

    Thank you for pointing out the 6 spiritual initiatives for me to study. Also, congratulations to Mat Tu on the accomplishments.

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    • Kính bạch Thầy! 

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

      Kính bạch Thầy! 

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con biết đến lục diệu pháp môn do Thầy phát kiến. 

      Con hoan hỷ chúc mừng đạo huynh Mật Từ đã đạt được những  thành tích xuất sắc. 

      Om Mani Padme Hum. 

  15. Tantra Amishuta says:
    Dear Holy Guru,

    Thank you for sharing this article. This is my first time reading it.  I love that everything can be practice in Buddhism. Om Mani Padme Hum. May you be well for the sake of all sentient beings.

    • Kính bạch Thầy! 

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

      Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý! 

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con được đọc bài viết này. Đây là lần đầu tiên con đọc về điều này. Con hoan hỷ với tất cả pháp môn trong đạo Phật. 

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

      Om Mani Padme Hum. 

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