Mar 9, 2020

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Letter to Disciples No. 277:DHARMA TEACHINGS WITHOUT ESSENCE IS ONE-SIDED (Thư gửi các trò 277:   GIÁO PHÁP KHÔNG TINH TÚY LÀ PHIẾN DIỆN)

Dear disciples!

The Buddha benevolently taught 84,000 dharmas to suit various types of people. Later, many Buddhist logicians, from their wisdom, introduced their own modes of spiritual practice which have formed into ten Buddhist schools as we see today, including:

  1. Madhyamika (Trung quán tông)
  2. Yogacara (Duy thức tông)
  3. Zen (Thiền tông)
  4. Avatamsaka (Hoa nghiêm tông)
  5. T’ien – t’ai (Thiên Thai tông)
  1. Vinaya (Luật tông)
  1. Mantrayana (Mật tông)
  1. Suvakhati or Pure Land (Tịnh độ tông)
  1. Koucha-shu (Câu xá tông)
  1. Jo-Jitsou-shu (Thành thực tông)

Some schools are divided into branches or traditions which focus on their own essential dharma, for instance the Mantrayana (Vajrayana) has two major groups: Eastern Mantrayana and Western Mantrayana. The Western Mantrayana (Tibetan Buddhism) is divided into four lineages: (1) Nyingma (2) Sakya (3) Kagyu and (4) Gelug. The Zen (Chan) school in China is divided into different branches such as T’ao-T’ung (Tào động), Patriarchal Zen (Tổ sư), Guiyang (Quy ngưỡng), Lin-chi (Lâm tế); in Vietnam there is Truc Lam Zen established by Patriarch Tran Nhan Tong… .

At present, members of Thanh Tri Institute of Psychology Research and Yoga Applications (ITA) are following Buddhism on the basis of spiritual dialectical science, i.e they do not lie within, belong to and associate with religion. “Following Buddhism” means “going on the path of Enlightenment shown by the Buddha with modes of practice in the spirit of science of spirituality”. Meanwhile, “following Buddhist rituals” means “choosing the path of worshipping which have religious color”. In Song Nguyen Tantra House or ITA, members are taught six methods of practice on the basis of science of spirituality including (1) Eight dharmas of taking refuge (2) Samyagdrsti-prabha samadhi (3) Uninterrupted offering (4) Lotus walking dharani (5) Meditation on Bodhicitta and (6) Five degrees of Yidam visualization.

Dear disciples!

Some may wonder how to proficiently practice these “six wonderful methods”? It would be hard to practice them all perfectly as this may lead you to the inferior complex and consequently make you practice half-heartedly and incompletely. I know that you will fall in this situation, thus have some words to you today. In fact, I’ve never asked you to practice all, from 4 to 6 methods. Therefore, I’ve given permission to followers of Song Nguyen Tantra House (who have Dharma names) on rehearsing from 1 to 3 methods. Disciples (who have taken refuge ceremony) are permitted to officially practice all six methods, however depending on each individual’s ability, they can choose to focus the power of mind treasure on 1 or 2 selected methods, from partly to fully and to totally perfect. The rest (methods) can be done much or less depending on their own conditions, proficiency is not compulsory. One can pick up the first and second methods while other chooses the third-fourth or second-fourth ones. Even one can choose only one among six methods to practice diligently, the rest done less or so so. In short, once you’ve chosen one of six methods, you need concentrate with all your heart and mind on practicing in a right way of diligence. For instance, disciple X chooses to practice the method of eight dharmas of taking refuge, then the rest five just need doing at level of under 30%. The selected method, however, must be done at level from 70% upwards.

Dear disciples!

It is said that unceasing chanting of the Buddha’s name or a mantra can help the practitioner liberate. Likewise, unceasing cultivation of one of six wonderful methods (from rehearsing to practicing and applying) will also lead you to emancipation once you’ve accrued enough pure secret essence (energy). It would be infeasible for you to practice six methods completely at the same time due to limited time, living and spiritual conditions, thus hard to get perfect attainment. That’s why the Padmasambhava warned: “Dharma teachings without essence is one-sided” (Dakini Teachings). Essence only comes from distillation, distillation must be done with all heart and mind and in right way of diligence. All these can be made only when one has obtained right view (sammaditthi) in all four aspects: (1) worship (2) respect (3) viewpoint and (4) liberation.

“Dharma teachings without essence is one-sided”

As the citizen of the 21st century, we have been enjoying technological advances brought back by the 4.0 industry. A 4G handphone is seen to provide most favorable environment for you to practice method of “Samyagdrsti-prabha samadhi” (read and comment). In the meantime, the method of “Lotus walking dharani” is considered most convenient for you in daily life as all you need is just be mindful in each step. These two wonderful methods include active and inactive state, awake and rest, amuse and training, breaking bondage of time and space which is seen as a limit in traditional methods.

The achievement of a dharma will fulfill the goal of liberation. Practicing many dharmas at the same time but not proficiently in a specific one will put burden on the practitioner and make him more confused. Today, I introduce you the essence of dharma teachings and you can choose your most suitable one. Obviously, only those who’ve got my permission in document (certificates on rehearsal, official practice, true transmission) can gain spiritual effectiveness. If not, all they do are just in vain. Why so? Because they lack right view of respect!

I conclude this article by praying for all sentient beings to attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.

Namo Infinite Diligence Bodhisattva. Om Mani Padme Hum!

A rainy afternoon on the peak of Phu Van Mountain, January 24, 2019

Thinley- Nguyen Thanh


Vietnamese version: Thư gửi các trò 277:   GIÁO PHÁP KHÔNG TINH TÚY LÀ PHIẾN DIỆN

  1. paul yawney says:
    Dear holy Guru, thank you for another wonderful article.your methods of  teaching are wonderful. for us who are lay Buddhists. as your other articles have shown me I am doing the best of my knowledge to follow the teachings of Buddha. I make every effort to incorporate Buddhist thought and deed in all i do..I have been on this path for 20 + years and never want to leave Buddhism. . OM MANI PADME HUNG.    TANTRA HIMATARU

     

  2. Dear Guru

    I take delight in reading your Letter No.277. I understand that Buddhism is the path of awakening, not a religion. So does Thanh Tri Yoga that we are learning and practicing. It doesn’t associate with religion but is the path of enlightenment shown by the Buddha with six methods of practice based on dialectical science of spirituality. All these six methods are the essence of Thanh Tri Yoga condensed from Guru’s mind treasure but I understand that it would be hard for a lay Buddhist to practice all of them at the same time, particularly for me whose housework and children raising have no end.

    I definitely agree with your teaching that dharma teachings without essence is one-sided. It’s not only right in spirituality but also in worldly affairs, just like a rolling stone gathering no moss. By choosing one or two specific methods, I can focus my energy into practicing them, just like a magnifying glass can burn the grass by converging the energy of sunlight into one point.

    In my viewpoint, among these six methods, one important method that I need pay much attention is the second mind dharma: “read and comment” on chanhtuduy.com. This method gives me right view (sammaditthi) which helps form right thought while right thought is the foundation of the enlightenment castle. Practicing other methods without right view in all four aspects: (1) worship (2) respect (3) viewpoint and (4) liberation are likened to the construction of a castle in the air.

     

    Additionally, practicing these methods without your permission will be in vain because we have committed the 1st Tantric downfall: “Do not respect Guru”.

    My gratitude to Guru for bestowing us a beneficial sermon.

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

    May all sentient beings be immersed with the Trinity’s blessings

    May Corona pandemic soon be eliminated

    Om Ah Hum

  3. tantra mahavita says:
    Dear Holy Guru: Our thanks to the Guru for his articles. I am on the road a long time ago, the Guru’s teaching methods greatly facilitate our understanding of the Dharma. Trying day by day to incorporate the thought into everything I do. With deep gratitude … we will continue on the road … The Dharma is life … life is Dharma … May the Guru live happily and may the pandemic of the virus crown be eliminated soon. May all beings find the happiness of the nature of the mind .OM MANI PADME HUM
  4. Tantra Ashihata (Simon Michael) says:
    Dear holy Guru,

    my name is Tantra  Ashihata.

    I thank you for given us this wonderful article.  May you give us the understanding and make us practice dharma with diligent, so that we will accrue blessings from you. May the soul of my mother be reborn in a good realm and may the end of corona viruses come to an end soon and may all sentient being free from suffering.

    Om Mani padme hum.

     

  5. Pankaj kumar giri says:
    Dear Honorable Guru

    Thank you so much for your beautiful teachings and kindness.

    I will try to practice dharma in my daily life. I will try to learn more how i can practice essence of dharma.

    May this beautiful article will help us to practice dharma in our daily life.

    May all beings be happy

    May the Corona virus will be end soon from the earth. May all Corona affected sentiment beings be get well soon.

    🌷 OM MANI PADME HUM 🌷

    • Nguyên Thành says:

      I hope that, You will try to practice dharma in my daily life. I will try to learn more how i can practice essence of dharma.

  6. Tantra Mashinaga says:
    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for this article. I haven’t chosen a specific method to practice yet. My mind is still angry and I need to calm it. I wonder which practice would suit me better?

    May guru live a long and happy life

    May all beings be free of suffering and attain happiness

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    Tantra Mashinaga Mark Hamilton

  7. Tantra Nikakuwa says:
    Dear Guru,
    Thank you so much dear respected Dhamma Guru for this wonderful teachings. With your permission I wish to say something here.
    The most wonderful thing about the Blessed Lord’s teaching is that the teaching contain both theory and practical, Blessed Lord clearly and exactly define about human values, moral conducts and the eternal peace. With the help of the Noble eight fold path we are able to leading to that peace. All these valuable teachings verified by the time & again and again by millions, can still be verified at any time by any able person.
    The essence of the Buddha’s teaching is to overcome from all elements who makes us suffer – greed, delusion, hatred & ill will etc. Dhamma develops the capacity of good will, compassion, acceptance etc all while living in the present moment with inner peace. The practice of the Dhamma is to train the mind & the goal is achieving a constant mindfulness that will end suffering & yield peace and compassion at every moment.
    The Buddha’s Dhamma is a ultimate science & very true from more than 2500 years to till date because of the various respected School’s & respected Guru’s. Among those great Guru’s, our holy Guru works for us continuously. Out of the six methods above by the holy Guru, I prefer read & comment which help me to understand the various aspects of the Dhamma.
    World is going thru difficult phase, day to day life is disturbed by the NCov virus now a days. This is a reminder for us to remember what the Buddha tought us.
    “No one can save us except ourselves, No one can & no one may”
    Protecting oneself; one protect others
    Protecting others; one protects oneself.
    Now the science, reasurchers, governments orders the same for their country people.
    This is the essence of the Buddha’s Dhamma working as on date also.

    praying for all those who are affected by the corona in the world, who are dying, may the Lord Buddha give patience to those in his home. May the welfare of the whole world be blessed by the incomparable mercy of the Blessed Lord. May the Guru, his all disciples, all my Dhamma friend’s are free from grief, may everyone’s family get the Buddha’s blessings.
    Sadhu sadhu sadhu.

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