Dec 12, 2018

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Letter to disciples No. 272: On the occasion of Christmas 2018: REJOICE IN THE GOOD DEEDS OF ALL SENTIENT BEINGS (Hoan hỷ với thiện hạnh của chúng sanh)

Letter to disciples No. 272: On the occasion of Christmas 2018:

REJOICE IN THE GOOD DEEDS OF ALL SENTIENT BEINGS

Dear disciples,

Two electricians are decorating the beautiful lights for Noel.

Today, on 11th December 2018, Song Nguyen Tantra has two electricians coming in the morning make the views here become beautiful with the sparkling lights and the delightful decorations for Noel 2018. There may be some readers and learners feeling surprised with such preparation and wonder why we enjoy this spiritual event while we are Buddhists,  not Christians. On this occasion, I would like to make clarification about the spirit of rejoice in others’ happiness.

Dear disciples,

Decorating lights

Among 10 great deeds of Bodhisattva Samantabhadra, the fifth good deed is “Pattānumodana – delighting in another’s merit”, therefore,  we should rejoice in the good deeds of all sentient beings. The important thing makes us different from those who are followers of religion worshiping the God,  is that we do not praise the good ones who are still strung in Samsara. We only reverence and show respect to the Buddha (the first great merit), praise Tathagata (the second great merit). Even when ones go to temple,  bow down or worship dharma guardians,  demons or Gods,  they are doing wrong because this is contrary to the teaching of Bodhisattva Samantabhadra. I have learnt that in many temples,  they put the statues of Four Heavenly Kings into the temple for worship. So the images of Buddhists worshipping such kinds of statues are so offensive and disturbing, in contrary to the right view in Buddhism.

Mat Tinh Dung is decorating for Christmas

Finished

Dear disciples,

There are still the two forces of good and evil among demons,  asuras, devas, land fairies and gods. Therefore,  there still exist the evil demons,  evil asuras, evil devas and evil gods. On the other hand,  the demons,  asuras, devas and gods make good deeds,  accumulate merits; especially the ones who become the dharma guardians for the Buddhists, get the most meritorious deeds. We should rejoice in their good deeds, delight with their merits and recognize their merits. Jesus is a devotee of heavenly religion of beliefs, initiating the spirit of doing good against bad actions, believing in God and the realms of heaven. Later on, his 12 disciples popularised the heavenly religion of beliefs, called Christian. At present, billions of devotees follow the heavenly religion of beliefs, in different branches (such as Catholic, Orthodoxy, Protestant, Anglicanism, Baptist, Adventist Christian or The Seventh-day Adventist Church and so on) with the same faith (the faith in Gods and Celestial realms). Buddhism is affirmed by the Lord Buddha that in Buddhist cosmology, heaven has 28 levels, existing within three realms:

the decorating lights in Thanh Phong Cac

desire realm (6 levels); form realm (18 levels); and formless realm (4 levels). So we do not deny the cosmology of Christians, but we should be happy with which good deeds they have done for human beings. Therefore, at Christmas, Guru and disciples in Song Nguyen Tantra House are happy to enjoy Christmas and celebrate Christmas in the spirit of “worldly enjoyment goes hand in hand with Dharma happiness”. You should remember the moments when the celestial flowers (Mandarava flowers) were falling down during the Dharma activities and Dharma conferences hold by Song Nguyen Tantra House, shouldn’t you?

Dear disciples,

The birth of Gautama Buddha

The Guru’s embodiment of 16 years old

We have had so many happy news and joyous events for celebration in Song Nguyen Tantra House in Noel 2018; they are the establishment of Thanh Tri Institute of  Psychology research and yoga applications on 16th March 2018 and the establishment of UNESCO club for research and application of Tibetan yoga three years ago. And maybe after this Christmas, there will be many disciples going abroad for careers and success in life with the dharma tasks of  spreading Pure Mind yoga all over the world.

The birth of Jesus

I am also happy for myself because I have experienced the journey in the European sky with the different emotions, and you all are well preparing for the upcoming 2019 dharma conference. This year we will be witnessing many bright examples from disciples who have make noble efforts to support the Vajra Brothes and support the dharma activities in Song Nguyen Tantra House.

According to the New Testament records, Jesus was summoned by three Oriental kings who went along with the light of the Morning Star to worship him in the cave, next to the donkey manger when he was born. According to the Buddhist scriptures, when the Buddha was born in the beautiful garden of Lumbini, the gods scattered celestial flowers (Mandarava flowers) full of fragrance for welcome him to come to this world and the goddess dropped the nectar from heaven to bath the Gautama Buddha. In this Christmas season, when I am happy with the joy of the non-Buddhist practitioners, I raise the divine pride because we are the Buddhists, having the noblest position which is affirmed by the Buddha with his statement. “I am the Buddha , so are my followers”. I pray that all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature. Om mani padme hum!

A rainy afternoon on the peak of Phu Van mountain.

Thinley- Nguyen Thanh.

Translated by Mat Dieu Hang


Vietnamese version: Thư gửi các trò 272: HOAN HỶ VỚI THIỆN HẠNH CHÚNG SANH

 

 

 

 

  1. Jeffrey King says:
    Dear Holy Guru. This is a time of peace and celebration.  Thank you for sharing your wisdom and sharing those beautiful pictures of your home. Peace to 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!

      Đây là thời gian yên bình và dành cho những lời chúc mừng. 

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con đọc bài viết trí tuệ và cho con được ngắm nhìn những hình ảnh đẹp nơi Tịnh trú.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy thân tâm an tịnh.

  2. Mật Thuận Khánh says:

    Kính bạch Thầy.

    Con đã đọc bài này dồi ạ.con câu nguyện cho Thầy.Cô sức khỏe vì lợi lạc chúng sanh.

    Om mani padme hum!

  3. Thank you for this article

    Om Mani padme hum

  4. Abrar Bhatti says:
    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and encouraging us to share our love, affinity, and harmonious relations with folks from other faiths. Indeed, in this way we can show Buddha’s compassion to world. There is beauty in diversity and when we accept it, we can tolerate and understand others. In Chinese Ren stands for person that means: two people made one person.

    Metta,

    Abrar Bhatti

  5. Dear holy Guru

    I am delighted to read your letter and grateful for your reasoning about why Song Nguyen Tantra House which follows Buddhism still warmly welcomes the upcoming Xmas – a traditional festival of the Christianity. I come to know that among ten great deeds of Bodhisattva Samantabhadra, the fifth is “Pattanumodana – delighting in other’s merit”. Therefore, we should delightedly recognized the merits of any asura, demon, deva or bharma who make good deeds, especially those who become Buddhist Dharma guardians. Likewise, any good things that the Chirstians do for the sentient beings should also be applauded for their kindness. This is the reason why Song Nguyen Tantra House shares the same joy and happiness in the celebration of every Chrismast in the sense of “wordly enjoyment means Dharma enjoyment”. Through this celebration, I know with joy that you’ve always been equal or unbiased to every sentient beings.

    The year of 2018 has marked many great events of Song Nguyen Tantra House with the establishment of Thanh tri Institute of Psychology Resesarch and Yoga Applications (ITA) and the thriving of many vajra brothers thanks to the guidance with compassion and wisdom of Guru. This is also a memorable year of mine as for the first time in my life, I has a chance to celeberate Christmas with Guru, your consort and brothers in the House.

    Admiring the twinkling snow lights hanging on the trees, the garden illuminated by glowing neon light of multi color in these amazing pictures, I feel blessed to meet and follow Guru on the path of liberation and joyfully bear in mind the divine pride to be a Buddhist, following the statement of the Buddha: “I am the Buddha and so do my follower”.

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

    Thanks brother Mat Dieu Hang for your great translation. May you and your family enjoy a wonderful Chirstmast.

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

    Om Ah Hum

  6. Mô Phật!

    Pháp đệ hoan hỷ tán thán thiện hạnh của đạo huynh Mật Diệu Hằng đã chuyển ngữ bức thư số 272 của vị Thầy sang tiếng Anh. Đệ cầu mong có nhiều bạn đọc nước ngoài biết tiếng Anh đọc được bài viết đầy lợi lạc này. Để từ đó có duyên lành được kết nối với vị Thầy, có cơ hội được học tập bộ môn Yoga Thanh Trí. 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 Diệu Hằng 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.

  7. tantra mahavita says:
    Dear holy Guru … Always welcome your articles .. We are deeply grateful to read them every day. We are blessed and deeply grateful. May the Guru live happily for the benefit of all sentient beings. May everyone find the Buddha nature. 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 luôn hoan hỷ khi được đọc bài viết của Thầy. Chúng con vô cùng ơn phước khi hàng ngày được đọc các bài viết của Thầy. Chúng con chân thành cảm tạ ơn Thầy! 

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

  8. Tantra Sagovana says:
    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for sharing this article.

    It is good to rejoice in the good deeds of followers of other religions like Christians.

    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 viết 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 hiểu rằng việc hoan hỷ với thiện hạnh của những hành giả đạo khác như đạo Thiên Chúa là điều tốt đẹp ạ. 

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

      Om Mani Padme Hum. 

      Con – Tantra Sagovana (Ahmed Khan) 

  9. Mật Phê Rô says:

    Mô Phật !

    Pháp đệ hoan hỷ thiện hạnh đạo huynh Mật Diệu Hằng đã chuyễn ngữ bài viết : HOAN HỶ VỚI THIỆN HẠNH CỦA CHÚNG SANH của vị Thầy sang tiếng Anh để giúp những bạn đọc nước ngoài có thể đọc hiểu được .

    Cầu nguyện cho huynh luôn được hạnh phúc tự tâm, thế sự hanh thông và thành đạt xã hội .

    Con cầu nguyện Thầy Cô sức khỏe, trường thọ vì đại nghiệp hoằng dương chánh pháp, làm lợi lạc tất cả chúng sanh .

    Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh được nương tựa bóng lành Thầy, Phật, Pháp, Tăng .

    Om Mani Padme Hum !

  10. Tantra amishuta says:
    Om Mani padme hum thank you holy guru for your article on christmas and why we should be delighted by the good deeds of all sentient beings.
  11. Totte Nordahl says:
    Good evening dear Guri

    Thank you so much for this articles. It helped med a Great deal because Christianity still have a pretty tight grip on our culture in Sweden. But if on this very time of the year the Norse mythology (viking) had their mid winter blot (sacrifice)  and we still have some aspects from that as well.

    I have always loved Cristmas because of the celebration of the light and family. And of course the food.

    So thank you again for this articles and you deepley answared a few queastions I have had about this holiday.

    Warm wishes and kind regards /Totte

  12. Dear holy Guru,

    Thank you so much for your wonderful article. I have learnt the precious lesson on the rejoice in the good deeds of all sentient beings and the lesson of equality in Buddhism.

    Thanks to your compassion, wisdom and your noble efforts to develop Song Nguyen Tantra House with the beautiful dharma garden on chanhtuduy.com, we are now gathering here to celebrate the joyful events, success and achievements of Song Nguyen Tantra House on the occasion of Christmas 2018. This year is full of joy, happiness and divine pride of disciples, learners and readers on chanhtuduy.com.

    Looking at the gorgeous beauty of Song Nguyen Tantra House on this occasion, I happened to remember the moments when celestial flowers were falling down during dharma activities and dharma conferences in Song Nguyen Tantra House. When Song Nguyen Tantra House has the dharma activities, all beings in the realms of heaven fall the celestial flowers down to show their appreciation and delight with us because when they become the dharma guardians for the true Buddhists, they can get countless merit. And today, on Christmas season, we are also happy with their good deeds, their merits.

    After reading this article, I have also learnt another valuable lesson in which enjoy worldly pleasure goes hand in hand with dharma happiness. When I have inner happiness and peace, we are free from attachment and I am happy with the joy of all beings. In addition, I also arise the divine pride of being your disciple who have a good opportunity to practice or do intership pure mind yoga for inner happiness, success in life and social achivement this life as well as long-lasting bliss next life in the Pure Land.

    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.

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

    By reading this article I came to know about ‘pattanumodana – delighting in another’s merit’

    I am very happy to rejoice for upcoming Christmas festival. It’s very good to know that even in Song Nguyen Tantra House we admire and celebrate Christmas.

    Hope coming year too fill the Song Nguyen Tantra House with peace and happiness.

    May Guru and his Consort live long for benefit of others, protected and get Enlightened.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum..

  14. Kính bạch Thầy,

    Con hoan hỷ tán thán thiện hạnh chuyển ngữ bài viết của vị Thầy sang tiếng Anh của đạo huynh Mật Diệu Hằng. Con nguyện cầu sẽ có nhiều bạn đọc nước ngoài sử dụng tiếng Anh sẽ được đọc bài viết này, được kết nối với vị Đạo sư Yoga Thanh Trí, được tiếp cận với bộ môn Yoga Thanh Trí thông qua trang mạng Chanhtuduy.com để được “an lạc đời này, đời sau cực lạc”.

    Con nguyện cầu bộ môn Yoga Thanh Trí do vị Thầy phổ truyền sẽ tỏa khắp muôn nơi.

    Con thành tâm nguyện cầu Thầy Cô mạnh khỏe và an tịnh vì sự nghiệp hoằng dương chánh pháp, lợi lạc chúng sanh.

    Nguyện cầu đạo huynh Mật Diệu Hằng luôn tinh tấn, thế sự hanh thông, ước nguyện chánh đáng sớm viên thành.

    Nguyện cầu tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc Phật tánh.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  15. Mật Chánh Tấn says:

    Mô Phật!

    Đệ Mật Chánh Tấn hoan hỷ tán thán thiện hạnh của đạo huynh Mật Diệu Hằng đã chuyển ngữ bài viết của vị Thầy sang tiếng Anh. Từ đó, các bạn đọc biết tiếng Anh có cơ hội hiểu được ý nghĩa, những lợi ích khi bản thân biết hoan hỷ với thiện hạnh của chúng sanh. Đồng thời, các bạn đọc biết tiếng Anh có cơ hội được kết nối với vị Thầy, được tiếp cận Chánh kiến khi hoan hỷ đọc bài và comment trên Chanhtuduy.com. Cầu nguyện cho bài viết này sẽ được nhiều bạn đọc đón nhận và lan tỏa khắp muôn phương.

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

    Cầu nguyện cho đạo huynh Mật Diệu Hằng hanh thông thế sự, thành tựu mọi ước nguyện chính đáng.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  16. TantraMikaya says:
    dear holy guru and your disciples. Thank you so much for your beautiful article that touched me a lot. The wonderful photos of the Christmas decoration have also impressed me. Thanks a lot for this. For me personally it is enriching to read and see how in Buddhism all religions are respected and valued. For the benefit of everyone no matter which race or skin color. Compassion for every sentient being. Sadly, people in Europe or the US are not getting closer together until these days and remember that giving is more blessed than taking and how important the cohesion and compassion of all sentient beings is. The hustle and bustle of the annual accounts or the preparations for a family celebration often make us forget what the meaning of Christmas really is. Therefore, I am very happy when I see and experience that people go back to each other and help where help is needed. Through you, I learned to be more attentive and grateful to the holy guru, and that of all religions in this world, for me, Buddhism is the only true philosophy and religion. We can all learn from each other and experience good traditions. We also celebrate Christmas with friends and family and help those who need help. When we are open to all sentient beings and positive thinking and acting, our karma will also be positive. In the Christian faith, good people go to heaven. That is the wish of Christians. Thank you holy Guru for your explanations and wise words. Your cosmopolitan thinking and acting for the benefit of all is an incentive for us to learn and live the Dharma and to follow your Chanhtuduy page. I wish you all a merry Christmas and all the best for 2019. May all sentient beings be lucky and have the cause of happiness. May all sentient beings be separated from suffering and the cause of suffering. May all sentient beings never be separated from the joy that is free from suffering. May all sentient beings dwell in equanimity free from attachment and rejection. May all be happy and healthy. May our holy guru and his consort life long for the sake of all sentient beings. MERRY CHRISTMAS 🎄 FOR ALL. OM MANI PADME HUM
  17. Mật Diệu Hương says:

    Dear Guru,

    I rejoiced in reading your article!

    I am grateful to you for teaching us to understand the fifth good deed of Bodhisattva Samantabhadra that is “Delighting in another’s merit”, that means we should rejoice in the good deeds of all sentient beings!

    I highly appreciate the great effort of Mat Dieu Hang in translating Guru’s sermon into English so that many other people around the world can read this article! May this lesson be spread everywhere for the sake of all sentient beings.

    I pray that all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

     

  18. Tantra Haramitra says:
    Dear Holy Guru

    I am Tantra Haramitra

    I thank you for you continued words of wisdom

    I think it is essential that at this time of the year, and political climet we live in, that we take delight in all good deads where ever they come from.

    There are many different peoples working for the benefit of all sentient beings. We should take delight that the dharma guides us in the right path.

    Holy Guru may you have good health and a long life to continue leading us in the way of Buddha

    Om mani padme hum

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