Oct 2, 2020

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Letter to disciples No.293: WHY WERE THE PRAYERS ANSWERED? ( Thư gửi các trò 293:CẦU NGUYỆN ĐƯỢC ỨNG NGHIỆM LÀ DO ĐÂU?)

Recently there is a priest in Phuoc Kieng parish, Nha Be district, Ho Chi Minh city whose church was rumored to be a sacred place for prayers. In particular, people believed that all their prayers would come true if they prayed there. The place is named as “Tin Mung church” (Tin mung – Good news). I watched one video in which priest Giuse Tran Dinh Long said although the church closed around 2AM, there were always people kneeling outside to pray with earnestness. I have also seen there were thousands of followers attending the church meetings. There was usually a witness who came in the middle of each session to testify the prayers.

You may sometimes wonder why Catholicism followers’ prayers were answered, while I confirmed in many of my articles that their head of religion is incapable of doing so? In order to make this clear, I would like to firstly confirm that all my writings are based on Buddhist doctrine and teachings, I have never affirmed anything on my own. Explaining about the universe’s phenomenon, Buddhist teachings described the live of beings in the realm of heavenly that the King of Heavenly realm (God) is always overwhelmed with pleasures, joyful sound; and the heavenly beings keep singing all day long (one day in this realm is equivalent to 100 years in our world). Immersing in such a living environment, it is impossible for the God to grant privileges to the realm of human beings who are surrounded by “suffering and affliction” (The Eight Great Awakening beings sutra). For that reason, the King of heavenly realm (God) will never have any concern about “creating” human beings!

the King of Heavenly realm (God) is always overwhelmed with pleasures, joyful sound, he will never have any concern about “creating” human beings!

On the other hand, there are strict regulations in the heavenly realm that heavenly beings cannot descend on earth, including the king of heavenly (God). Magical powers of God are kind of considerable, however, it is impossible for him to see all living creatures easily because he lacks meditation competence. Considering the competence to hear human beings’ cries for help (God, please save me!), or their prayers (I pray to God that I will soon marry the one I love), it must be confirmed that God does not have this ability, except when he pays special attention to one specific individual! Otherwise, it is impossible for them to hear all the sound of all sentient beings automatically like Avalokiteshvara which was described as “consistently listening to the heart of all sentient beings”. This means Avalokiteshvara activated simultaneously “calm and insight meditation”, whereas the King of heavenly is able to activate only calm meditation. For that reason, the King of heavenly realm is far behind Avalokiteshvara considering the enlightenment power. Even those kings in the Form realm (one of three realms in Heavenly Realm) who are much more capable than those in the Desire realm, in which they maintain their lives by constant mediation until attaining the fourth meditation stage, their competence is still far from the ability to observe/hear the world’s sounds or cries! The reason was explained in Buddhist teaching that they (God of Brahma Devas) haven’t achieved embodiment of Dharma (Dharmakaya), they have only retribution and transformation embodiments. In those embodiments, it is impossible for them to achieve high enlightenment power.
Dear disciples,

When Buddhist sages attained full enlightenment, they had already been penetrated with the Emptiness (Sunyata)

So what is the embodiment of Dharma (Dharmakaya)? When Buddhist sages attained full enlightenment, they had already been penetrated with the Emptiness (Sunyata). At that state, they become one with the infinite space, there exists only Bodhicitta mind which is known as Avalokiteshvara who can “observe and hear all sentient beings’ sounds and cries”. It is easy to recognize that the space is unmeasurable around us: we can find it beside, inside, outside, above, under us; it is everywhere. Therefore, all prayers can be heard no matter where the practitioners locate. That is the “existent Emptiness”.

All prayers can be heard by the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas no matter where the practitioners locate. That is the “existent Emptiness”.

Back to our main topic, if the followers in Catholicism, Protestantism, Muslim, Cao Dai, Hoa Hao make their prayers sincerely and earnestly with strong faith, as well as those prayers were represented through their sacrifice in body, speech and mind, their prayers will be responded. Then is that a sign of prayers being responded by “the God’s mercy” or any superior one who has the power to grant mercy?! No, it is not. This was explained above. Plus, there is one additional reason that many people may not know. When one puts all sincerity and earnestness in making a prayer, samskara (one of five aggregates/five skandha) will automatically illuminate mental light or “wave” that is compatible/matching with the sublime wave from the realm of Buddhist sages. For that reason, the sound of prayers tune in to the sublime wave and will accordingly be answered, their wish will come true because their wave catches the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas’ spiritual powers.

Matching to the sublime energy from the realm of Buddhist sages, the sound of prayers tune in to the sublime wave and will accordingly be answered

Someone may argue why those people whose prayers were answered while they had never followed Buddhism? The Buddha affirmed that all sentient beings have their Buddha nature, then why do we assert that they are not related to Buddhism at all? According to the doctrine of reincarnation in Buddhism, even if they are not Buddhist practitioners in their current lives, they might grow Buddhist seeds from their previous lives. Depending on the different amount of seeds being grown earlier, their prayers will be responded sooner or later. That is the reason why some prayers took shorter time than others to be responded, possibly in one day, one week, or one year. On the contrary, there are also many prayers which have never seen any hope, how come a seed can grow and flourish in a cliff?

Someone may still argue that why there are many Buddhist practitioners, followers who seemed to show strong faith in their current lives in Buddhism but their prayers haven’t been answered by the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas yet? I would like to ask these questions:
1. They are Buddhist practitioners in their current life, how about their previous lives? How could they gather enough merits within one life?
2. If they had been accumulating too much negative karma from previous and current lives and those have not been purified yet. How could their prayers be answered?
3. If their prayers were meant to harm others, in other words, they prayed with an immoral mindset, how would those prayers be compatible with the compassion of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas?
4. If they prayed negligently without any care about the beginning, the middle and the end of their prayers, how could the prayers be made efficiently?
5. Even though the prayers were made carefully including all these three above mentioned parts, if the practitioners prayed interruptedly and they did not perform renunciation and make offerings, their prayers would never be blessed.

Dear disciples,

The rainbow in the “sky” of Song Nguyen Tantra House

For non-Buddhist, their prayers will be answered only when they pray with utmost sincerity and unwavering concentration, especially they have to pray uninterruptedly in order to activate the predestined energy from previous lives in which they were Buddhist practitioners/followers. Therefore, the priest plays the role of a catalyst which inspires the prayers, the priests themselves do not have any special power. However, in terms of educational aspect, they did fulfill their role well, as one saying from a American educator that said “normal teachers can analyze, good teachers can provide good illustrative examples, excellent teachers use themselves as an example, great teachers give inspiration”. In Vajrayana Buddhism, Guru – successor Gunden once taught that the most important factor that makes a great Buddhist teacher is that he must inspire his disciples about Guru devotion. In Song Nguyen Tantra House, we have been teaching Pure Mind Dharma with six sublime spiritual mind Dharma methods, and a garden full of right-view flowers which is the website chanhtuduy.com. I am not an excellent Guru, I set my foot on the Bodhicitta path because of the strong charm with you all from our previous lives. I cannot read the past and the future, and I also don’t have any magical power; however, I can be proud to affirm that the heat of right-view flame has been always warming in my heart and nurturing my Bodhicitta mind which becomes the only means to inspire you all that Guru devotion is the foundation of attaining enlightenment. For disciples of any religion, they should be disciplined in their deeds. The more disciplined they are, the more effective their prayers will be. As for Song Nguyen Tantra House, as long as you place your faith in me, I will always pay my attention to your spiritual destinies so that we both make progress on the path of Enlightenment.
May all sentient beings attain the Buddha nature’s happiness.
A rainy day on the top of Phu Van Mountain, 8 July 2019
Thinley – Nguyen Thanh
Translated by Cao Dieu Mat Tu.


Vietnamese version: Thư gửi các trò 293:CẦU NGUYỆN ĐƯỢC ỨNG NGHIỆM LÀ DO ĐÂU?

  1. tantra mahavita says:

    Dear Holy Guru: I bow my head at your Lotus Feet. Deeply grateful for your article. May you have a long life for the benefit of all sentient being.May all beings find of the Nature of Budhha . May the pandemic end soon . OM MANI PADME HUM

  2. Tantra Shadhita says:

    Dear Guru, Thank you for this insight into prayer. It has reminded me to be patient. Maybe not in this lifetime, maybe in the next? Is it possible that I pray too much instead of listening (meditation)?
    Thank you for your guidance.
    Om Mani Padme Hum

  3. Tantra Aradhana says:

    Thank you Guru for that teaching what a wonderful article this one so spot on i so believe and understand this then are the same feelings I got going to a Christian church this church would try to get me to speak in tongues and it just wouldn’t work for me at all no matter what they tryed and when I started to look in to Buddhism and reading stuff and watching utube videos and even watching dalai lama I was in such awe that it just felt so fitting for me and who I already was and felt who I was and where I belonged then violet reached out and started sending me your teachings and I was like yes this is where I belong i felt so at home with buddha

    Thank you so much for all the kindness
    Om mani padme hum

  4. Mật Ngữ says:

    Dear Guru.
    Thank you Guru for the inspiration to help me progress on the path of enlightenment.
    I pray for the health and longevity of Guru for the sake of all sentient beings.
    I pray for the Coronavirus disease soon to be eradicated.
    I pray that all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha nature.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  5. Mật Phước says:

    Dear Guru,
    I have read this article. Throughlythere, I understand that, the Buddha affirmed that all sentient beings have their Buddha nature, therefore, the followers in Catholicism; Protestantism; Muslim; Cao Dai; Hoa Hao make their prayers sincerely and earnestly with strong faith , those prayers will be automatically illuminate mental light or “wave” with the sublime wave from the realm of Buddha sage, so their prayers will be responded.
    May Guru have good health and longevity for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May the covid 19 be soon over.
    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  6. 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.

  7. Mật Thuận Liên says:

    Dear Holy Guru, I have just read the article” Why were the prayers answered?” After having read the article I know that only Bodhicitta can observer and hear all sentient beings’s sounds and cries so no matter where the practitioners located. I know just only good wishes make life better will become true. According to the doctrine of reincarnation in Buddhism at all, even if they are not Buddhist practitioners in their current lives, thay might have grown Buddhist seeds from their previous lives.So I believed that Bodhicitta can known what they want.
    May you have a long life for the benefit of all sentient being.
    May all beings find out the Nature of Budhha.
    Om mani padme hum.

  8. Mật Bình says:

    Kính bạch Thầy!
    Con đã đọc bài viết của Thầy ” Cầu nguyện ứng nghiệm là do đâu?”. Con hoan hỷ tán thán công hạnh, Bồ đề tâm và trí huệ vị Thầy. Qua sự luận giải của Thầy, chúng con hiểu được tại sao những người ngoại đạo khi cầu nguyện vẫn được đáp ứng. Đó là khi họ cầu nguyện với sự tập trung cao độ, đặc biệt là họ phải cầu nguyện liên tục để kích hoạt năng lượng nhân duyên từ nhiều kiếp trước mà họ đã từng theo học Phật giáo. Linh mục chỉ là chất xúc tác, khơi nguồn cho họ cầu nguyện. Bởi chính Đức Phật là đấng giải thoát tối cao mà Ngài còn dạy rằng ” Ta không có quyền ban phước hay giáng họa cho ai cả”. Đạo Phật được xây dựng trên nền tảng luật Nhân – Quả và sự công bằng, nghĩa là gieo nhân gì gặt quả đó. Chẳng vậy mà tại Mật Gia Song Nguyễn rất nhiều những học trò, đệ tử được viên thành những ước nguyện chính đáng. Là nhờ vào việc thực hành pháp dưới sự hướng dẫn của vị Thầy từ bi, trí huệ thông qua sáu phát kiến tâm linh của vị Thầy, trên nền tảng trí huệ Phật đà.
    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy với bài viết ý nghĩa. Con cầu nguyện Thầy có nhiều sức khỏe, trường thọ vì lợi lạc của tất cả chúng sanh.
    Cầu cho tất cả chúng sanh tỉnh thức với trạng thái giác ngộ, thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh.
    Cầu cho dịch bệnh covid 19 sớm bị tiêu trừ.
    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  9. Mật Bích Thủy. says:

    Dear Guru!
    I am very happy to read your article.
    I am very touched that your Bodhicitta has given us.
    Thank you very much for the teaching and guidance.
    May you have good health and long life for the benefit of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha nature.
    It is possible that the 19 covid pandemic will soon end.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  10. paul yawney says:

    Dear Holy Guru, I bow head to lotus feet. Thank you for another wonderful article . we all have Buddha nature but to receive full benefit of that knowledge we need the advice and guidance of our Guru.our prayers are answered when we need it most not necessarily when we want it. May holy Guru and consort live along and Happy Life. May this virus end soon. OM MANI PADME HUM .
    Tantra Himataru.

  11. 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!

  12. Mật Diễm 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.

  13. Cao Diệu Tuyết Hoa says:

    Dear Guru,
    I am delighted to read this article.
    I am thankful to Guru for explaining the question “Why was the prayer answered?” in this article. Through it, I understand that when the person “puts all sincerity and earnestness in making a prayer, samskara (one of five aggregates/five skandha) will automatically illuminate mental light or “wave” that is compatible/matching with the sublime wave from the realm of Buddhist sages. For that reason, the sound of prayers tunes in to the sublime wave and will accordingly be answered, their wish will come true because their wave catches the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas’ spiritual powers”, even they are the followers of Catholicism, Protestantism, Muslim, Cao Dai, Hoa Hao. Because as the Buddha who “affirmed that all sentient beings have their Buddha-nature”. These are the prerequisites for completing the prayer.
    At the same time after reading this article, I am happy to recognize that I have a cherish opportunity when I meet and follow Guru in this life. He helps me have the right views, teaches for dharma, and guides on the way to the path of Enlightenment. Not only that, Guru is the transferring channel of Yidam. This means he can transfer the blessing if I put the faith in him as the Yidam by the devotion toward Guru. I am grateful Guru.
    May Guru have good health and live long for all the sake of sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings attain the Buddha nature’s happiness.
    May the COVID 19 will end soon.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  14. Mật Tú Viên says:

    Dear Guru!
    I’m so happy to read this letter of Guru.
    Thank Guru so much for teaching us through a beneficial article.
    May Guru have good health and live long for the sake of sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    May the Covid 19 pandemic will be end soon.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  15. HÀ Thị Nguyệt says:

    Dear Guru
    I read this article already
    I pray that the healthy Guru will live long for the benifit of all beings
    May all sentient beings achieve happiness of Buddha’nature
    May the corona pandemic will end soon
    Om mani padme hum

  16. Phan thị Bạch Tuyết says:

    Kính bạch Thầy!
    Con Mật Phong Tuyết đã đọc bài viết này rồi ạ .Con hoan hỉ tán thán công hạnh ,trí tuệ và bồ đề tâm của vị Thầy đã từ bi giải thích cho chúng con hiểu “vì sao cầu nguyện được ứng dụng là do đâu?” ,dù đó là người ngoại đạo.
    Con thành tâm cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của Thầy.
    Cầu nguyệncho tất cả chúng sinh thành tựu hạnh phúc của phật tánh.
    Cầu nguyện cho đại dịch covid 19 được tiêu trừ.
    Om mani padme hum.

  17. 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 , con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã từ bi phân tích cho con thêm chúc nữa về sự cầu nguyện và con cũng hiểu là chúa trời không có khả năng lấn nghe lời cầu nguyện của tín đồ công giáo . 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.

  18. Mật Mai says:

    Kính Bạch Thầy !
    Con đã đọc bài viết này rồi ạ.
    Con hoan hỷ tán thán trí tuệ và tâm bồ đề của vị Thầy đã từ bi phân tích và giảng luận cho chúng con và chúng sanh hiểu vì sao ngoại đạo cầu nguyện vẫn được đáp lại.
    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!

  19. Mật Hữu Tâm says:

    Kính Bạch Thầy
    Con đã đọc bài viết này rồi ạ
    Con vô cùng tán thán công hạnh của vị Thầy đã từ bi ban cho chúng con một bài pháp thật là sâu sắc và lợi lạc ạ. Qua bài pháp của vị Thầy,cho con đã hiểu được lời cầu nguyện ngoại đạo cũng được hồi đáp, ly do là kiếp trước họ tu cõi Phật nền giờ cầu nguyện được hồi đáp, lời cầu nguyện của họ phải thông qua đức Phật mới được linh ứng, qua đó cho thấy người cư sĩ, hay tăng sĩ ,nếu tu đúng chánh kiến của đức Phật thì họ cầu nguyện sẻ được hồi đáp ngay, còn đối người hành giả chúng con nếu đi đúng con đường tránh kiến của đức Phật, và sùng kính vị Đạo Sư chân chánh, vị Thầy thì lời cầu nguyện hồi đáp càng mau và vi diệu hơn nữa. Con tạ ơn vị Thầy đã viết bài pháp vi diệu, để chúng sanh có được lời cầu nguyện chính đáng,để đời này an lạc đời sau cực lạc.
    Con thành tâm cầu nguyện sự trường thọ của Thầy vì lợi lạc cho tất cả chúng sanh.
    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

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

    Dear Guru,
    I have read this article.
    I learned that the prayers of non-Buddhist are answered because all sentient beings have Buddha nature, so they might grow Buddhist seeds from their previous lives.
    Thank you for writing the article.
    May Guru live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May the Covid-19 pandemic soon ends.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  21. Mật Hồng Liên says:

    Kính Bạch Thầy
    Bài này con đã đọc rồi ạ
    Con xin hoan hỷ và tán thán công hạnh bồ đề tâm của vị Thầy đã từ bi luận giải cho chúng con hiểu rõ. Qua đây cho con hiểu được đối với những người không theo đạo Phật lời cầu nguyện của họ vẫn được đáp lại khi họ cầu nguyện với sự thành tâm cao độ và sự tập trung vững vàng , đặc biệt là họ phải cầu nguyện liên tục để kích hoạt năng lượng nhân duyên từ kiếp trước
    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

  22. Mật Hoàng Trúc says:

    Dear Guru
    I have read this article.
    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.

  23. Mật Diệu Linh says:

    Dear Guru
    I am very happy to read Guru’s article.
    Thank you very much Guru for giving us valuable and rewarding teachings.
    May Guru have good health and long life for the benefit of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddhahood.
    19 covid translation may soon be over.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  24. Mật Ly says:

    Dear Guru
    I have read this article.
    Thank you Guru for giving us the precious dharma.
    May Guru have good health and live long for the benfits of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings attain the Buddha natures happiness.
    May Covid 19 pandemic end soon.
    Om mani padme hum

  25. Tantra Amashuta says:

    Dear Holy Guru,
    Om Mani padme hum. This article is the best description I’ve ever heard about the heavenly realm, prayer, faith, devotion, spiritual leaders and the roles they lead, and you our guru. Thank you so much for sharing this article. I have been asked thee questions and was not sure how to answer to make the answer clear and correct even though I had a general understanding long ago. Many many people believe their religion is the only way into the heavens realms. When I was young with an inquisitive mind I asked all of the questions you mentioned and the answers I recieved did not add up or make sense. However, when you say prayers are answered when made in right view and right speech, not to harm any other beings and of pure heart… This makes sense. I find that those who pray no matter what religion, if they do this in a Buddhist manner and in the correct way of a Buddhist practitioner it seems obvious that of course their prayers would be answered. It also seems completely logical that depending on the merits earned by the one with the prayer requests would have a high impact on how the prayers are answered. This was something that didn’t sit right with me before I found Buddhism. I didn’t understand why people who committed horrible crimes were told they would be forgiven right before death if they just asked. It doesn’t seem to me that someone that recites words out of fear after years of bad karma that all of the wrong doings would just disappear. If my understanding is wrong please please holy Guru correct me. This is my understanding and I want to be sure I have the correct meaning of your lesson. Please don’t misunderstand, I don’t not suggest that I am better than any of these people or that any of these people deserve suffering. We all have to fix our bad karma from any life we live and I pray that these individuals are able to do this and follow through. I do not wish to see any being harmed or suffering. Om Mani padme hum. May you be well for the sake of all sentient beings. May all beings be free of suffering and harm. May all sentient beings find their way to enlightenment.

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      I am glad that you understand and find this article helpful. As you have read in the article, there are number of factors that can influence the result of making prayers,considering the sincerity and unwavering concentration, their predestined charm with Buddhism in their previous and current lives, as well as their karma weight. Therefore, it is hard to make assessment for each individual. You should take the core and most important lesson with you to understand the essence of the phenomenon.

      • Tantra Amashuta says:

        Thank you my holy Guru,
        I appreciate your response. I can’t wait to read the next article. I am fascinated and pleased with all of the wonderful information and heart you put into each article. As I grow in Buddhism I feel more and more peace, I also feel peace from others. They don’t need to tell me I can get how they feel. It’s amazing. Much like the prayer phenomenon. Om Mani padme hum. May you be well for the sake of all sentient beings and may all beings be free from spidering and gain enough merit to find to enlightenment. Om Mani padme hum

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