Oct 31, 2019

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Letter to Disciples No.300: “AFTER RAIN COMES FAIR WEATHER. ROLL OUT THE FOG, HERE COMES SUNSHINE BURSTED WITH JOY”(Thư gửi các trò 300: “ĐẮNG CAY NAY ĐÃ NGỌT BÙI SƯƠNG TAN, NẮNG ẤM, NGÀY VUI NGẬP TRÀN.”)

Letter to Disciples No.300: “AFTER RAIN COMES FAIR WEATHER. ROLL OUT THE FOG, HERE COMES SUNSHINE BURSTED WITH JOY”(Thư gửi các trò 300: “ĐẮNG CAY NAY ĐÃ NGỌT BÙI SƯƠNG TAN, NẮNG ẤM, NGÀY VUI NGẬP TRÀN.”)

Dear disciples!

Ten years have passed away since the first letter I wrote to you and now this is the 300th one. Each letter has at least 1,200 words and the longest one is 2,300 words. This indicates my pressing concern on your spiritual destiny. Today, as the lyrics of an old song named “Flowing water with drifting cloud” (流水行雲written by my consort, Mat Dieu:

“And now sorrow and pain have gone. There fully accrued blessings and causal connection. Vajra brothers from everywhere get together. And sing the song of equanimity”..

we have reaped fruitful successes as asserted by Buddhist canons through the article of Nguyen Cat titled “What are the eight qualities of a Guru?”. I would rather say less about it because hardly anyone can deny the achievements of Song Nguyen Tantra House today from the seeds it has sown in the past. Recently, Mat Hai from New Zealand sent me an article which continues to reason about the qualities of a Guru through the teachings of Padmasambhava, the founder of Vajrayana’s Nyingma lineage in Tibetan Buddhism. Before introducing his article, I would like to add further arguments on this matter for your understanding.

Dear disciples!

A spiritual teacher is credited as the Patriarch and Honored Master only when he possesses six factors, including: (1) Doctrine (2) Scripture (3) Dharma (4) Rules (Vinaya) (5) Ritual and ceremony and (6) Curriculum. Following are the evidence for my argument:

1/ Our doctrine is “Self-help practice will gain divinity’s support”, “Joyful and equanimity this life, be reborn into Western Pure Land next life”, “One Life, One Mantra”, “Enjoy worldly pleasures with dharma mind”.

“One Life, One Mantra” by Master Thinley -Nguyen Thanh

2/ Our scripture is chanhtuduy.com(Vimalakirti’s room).

Chanhtuduy.com – Vimalakirti’s Room

3/ Our Dharma is six spiritual inventions (1) Eight dharmas of Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels (2) Uninterrupted offering (3) Samyagdrsti-prabha Samadhi (read and comment on chanhtuduy.com (4) Lotus walking dharani (5) Meditation on Bodhicitta and (6) Five degrees of Deity Yoga

Six spiritual inventions

4/ Rules or Vinaya: following the spirit of “benefiting all sentient beings”, added by the regulations of Song Nguyen Tantra Hose like

“The solemn door of Tantra House is not arbitrarily opened to all visitors

The residence to cultivate pure mind never accepts the gossip of worldly affairs”

5/ Ritual and ceremony are ways to bow down or prostrate, outfit, food and behaviors which are simpler and more practical than the styles of old tradition (such as our multi-colored outfit, the ceremonial costume of the Guru…)

“The solemn door of Tantra House is not arbitrarily opened to all visitors.  The residence to cultivate pure mind never accepts the gossip of worldly affairs”

6/ Our curriculum is the “Samadhi of Pure Mind Lineage” which I’ve compiled after writing a series of 19 parts (please read “Right Dharma, Wrong Methods of Practice”).

Samadhi of Thanh Tri Lineage

Dear disciples!

Now I would like to introduce the article by Mat Hai so that you can gain a thorough perception on how those qualities have been “tempered” on the Bodhisattva path…

“Dear holy Guru!

I am so delighted in reading the article by Nguyen Cat which has used the teachings of Master Gampopa as the basis for the reasoning on the noble qualities of a Guru. This brings insight into the “subject of Dharma practice” – Guru devotion, and into the noble value of “WISH-FULFILLING JEWEL” that the Guru Rinpoche has asserted in the “DAKINI TEACHINGS”

Padmasambhava

“The master is of sole importance. The characteristics of a master are these: He should have trained his mind, he should possess many oral instructions, he should have vast learning and experiences in practice and meditation. He should be stable-minded and skilled in the methods of changing the minds of others. He should have great intelligence and care for others with compassion. He should have great faith and devotion toward the Dharma. If you follow such a master, it is like finding a wish-fulfilling jewel; all your needs and wishes will be fulfilled’.

Avalokiteshvara

With the right view you have benevolently taught us, following the example of the Guru Rinpoche and the Avalokiteshvara, I am delighted to contribute my thoughts in a bid to praise noble virtues of Guru, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, together with my vajra brothers.

-“The master is of sole importance”

Without Guru, the Thanh Tri Master, the path of liberation of all followers and disciples of Song Nguyen Tantra House will lead to nowhere. Without you, who will teach and guide us to connect with Dharma, Buddha (Yidam) and vajra brothers?

-“ He should have trained his mind”

If he hasn’t trained his mind, how could he discover six methods of Yoga Thanh Tri practice which helps the practitioner to obtain “Pure Mind and Discernment”?

-“He should possess many oral instructions”

Is there any better instructionthan “Dakini teachings” that he has been transmitted? Is there any better terma than the Thanh Tri Mind Dharma that he’s been teaching?

-“He should have vast learning and experiences in practice and meditation”

Without vast learning, how could he write articles and expound Dharma on CHANHTUDUY.COM? Thousands of articles that cover a wide range of subjects in the sense of “Dharma is life – Life is Dharma” have created a quintessential and easy connection between all classes of people in the society and the Buddha’s Dharma.

“Dharma is life – Life is Dharma”

Without experiences in practice and meditation from many years of retreat, how could he sit in lotus posture in two consecutive hours expounding or transmitting Dharma? How could he compile a Curriculum of Thanh Tri Yoga Practice and Application/Samadhi of Thanh Tri Lineage with three aspects of enlightenment, three ultimate means and the harmony of Theory and Practice?

-“ He should be stable-minded and skilled in the methods of changing the minds of others”

If he isn’t stable-minded and has unshakable faith in Buddhist Dharma, there shall never has an ITA on this S-shaped land and the world will never be able to enjoy the light of this sublime Thanh Tri Yoga.

If he isn’t skilled in the methods of changing the minds of others, how are hundreds of his followers and disciples all world round able to shake off wrong view, wrong thought and shine bright with the light of right view?

-“He should have great intelligence and care for others with compassion”

If he does not have intelligence, how could he confront with and defeat evil monks or evil power and build up a Song Nguyen Tantra House like today? How could he break down the stronghold of wrong view, one-sided view, or dogmatism in this degraded age?

If he does not care for others with compassion, he and his consort, Mat Dieu, might spend their time enjoying a leisure life ten years ago by “travelling around, doing gardening, reading books of sages and saints, and focusing on mind cultivation”. He needed not write books and articles, expound Dharma, build spiritual works in the Tantra House, etc for the benefits of the sentient being.

If he does not care for others with compassion, why should he make VOWS (posted on chanhtuduy.com) on helping the sentient beings get enlightenment and liberation? Why should he spend all his mind, his heart, his strength and his money for them?

If he does not care for others with compassion, why must he find ways, both mundane and supramundane, gentle and wrathful, to help followers and disciples gain “inner happiness, success in life and social achievement”?

-“He should have great faith and devotion toward the Dharma”

If there is no GOOD CAUSE of “great faith and devotion toward the Dharma”, how could he summon pure energy from the wonderful world of Guru, Yidam and Dakini to disseminate Thanh Tri Yoga and harvest GOOD KARMA with brilliant achievements like today?

Will a person without great faith and devotion toward Dharma (which are particularly important in Vajrayana) get protection from vajra Dharma guardians and dakinis to do Dharma affairs and attain such achievements? Will he be able to gather followers and disciples from everywhere, from professors, doctors to businessmen, workers and farmers, both old and young, rich and poor, intellectual and commoner… of all social classes like this?

My honored Thanh Tri Master, THINLEY NGUYEN THANH, can do it. He possesses all noble virtues essential for a Guru, a Kalyanamitra, a vajra Master that are pointed out in the teaching of holy Padmasambhava.

And so, just like a spotless Mani gem, he provides what the sentient beings need and want so as to guide them to eternal, utmost happiness of Buddha’s nature.

… With a great faith and devotion, I, Mat Hai, would like to bow to your lotus feet in respect and express my deepest gratitude to you, my noble Root Guru and Thanh Tri Master.

May you and your consort have health, rest in tranquility and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.

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

May Mat Hoang Phuc be reborn in higher realms.

Om Mani Padme Hum.

 

A rainy afternoon on the peak of Phu Van Mountain, October 29, 2019

Thinley- Nguyen Thanh


Vietnamese version: Thư gửi các trò 300: “ĐẮNG CAY NAY ĐÃ NGỌT BÙI SƯƠNG TAN, NẮNG ẤM, NGÀY VUI NGẬP TRÀN.”

  1. Tantra Mishataru says:
    Dear Holy Guru, i bow my head into your lotus feet. Reading this article sheds out any doubts that I have in dharma. I more than appreciate to have a Guru such as you and i believe much greater things will come to my life by cultivating your teachings and putting it into practice into my daily life. I am so delighted of song Nguyen tantra house and you my Thanh Tri master and Guru. May you live long for the sake of all sentient beings and be born into pure land of Buddha

    Om Mani Padme Him.

  2. tantra mahavita says:
    Dear Saint Guru: I am delighted to read this article … After the rain comes the right time. Fog takes away. Here comes the sun shining from Alegria and as sadness and pain are gone and there are accumulated blessings and causal connection. The Vajra Brothers from all over come together and sing the song of equanimity. And all that we should thank Guru …. That accredits the qualities of .. Doctrine …. Scripture … Dharma … Rules (Vinaya) Ritual and Ceremony …. Therefore the Guru is of utmost importance in fulfilling the indispensable qualities of having trained the mind … possessing oral instructions … a vast learning and experience in practice and meditation and also made an excellent and easy connection between all the class of people in society and Buddha’s Dharma …. Dharma is life ,,, Life is Dharma … You must also be stable-minded and skilled in methods to change the minds of others. You must have great intelligence and care for others with compassion. He must have a faith and devotion to the Dharma. And like an impeccable peanut gem, he provides sentient beings with what they need and want to guide them towards the eternal and maximum happiness of Buddha Nature. With Great Faith and Devotion … I bow to the feet of the Lotus of the Guru and with Deep respect … My eternal thanks … May I have health and tranquility and live for the benefit of all sentient beings … My Noble Guru .. That all beings find the Nature of Buddha. Om Mani Padme Hum
  3. Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Dear holy Guru,

    I am so happy and delighted to read this article. I have learnt the a spiritual teacher is credited as the Patriarch and Honored Master only when he possesses six factors, including: (1) Doctrine (2) Scripture (3) Dharma (4) Rules (Vinaya) (5) Ritual and ceremony and (6) Curriculum. And Song Nguyen Tantra House has all six factors and has been leaded by Patriarch and Honored Master Thinley Nguyen Thanh. I am so proud and honored to learn from you.

    All things you have been doing to benefit all sentient  beings on the path of Bodhisattva are the clear and vivid proof of the wisdom and Bodhichitta of a Patriarch. That the fruitful results Song Nguyen Tantra House has gained to day, that the worldly success and spiritual achievement the disciples and learners has attained this life,  are all the most beautiful arguments for the appreciation to the Patriarch or Honored Master like you.

    Thank you so much for your compassion to guide us on the path of enlightenment

    Thank vajra brother Mat Hai for wonderful sharing with us so that we have a good chance to feel grateful and lucky to learn from Guru and have an opportunity to praise and highly appreciate the Holy Guru for his sacrifice to the happiness of all sentient beings.

    May Guru and your consort have good health and live long for the happiness of all sentient beings.

    May vajra bothers Mat Hai and Mat Thuy get all righteous wishes on the path of enlightenment.

    May all sentient beings have a chance to access to the holy dharma to get free from suffering.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  4. Tantra Sagovana says:
    Dear Guru,

    My name is Tantra Sagovana.

    Thank you for sharing this article.

    In this article you explain the six factors a Patriarch/Honored Master must possess including scripture which for followers of Song Nguyen Tantra House is Vimalakirti room of chanhtuduy.com

    Dharma brother Mat Hai explains the noble virtues possessed by Guru, that Guru is the one guiding his followers and disciples on the path to happiness and success and onwards to enlightenment.

    He has explained that Guru has great intelligence and compassion to guide followers and disciples as well as great faith and devotion towards the Dharma, that he is the one explaining the right view and dispelling the wrong view.

    May light of Pure Mind Yoga spread across the world to benefit sentient beings.

    May all sentient beings be healthy and well and be free from suffering.

    May Guru be healthy and live long for the benefit of all beings.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Tantra Sagovana (Ahmed Khan)

     

     

  5. Dr C H Lakshminarayan says:
    Om Mani padme hum.

    I bow my head at the lotus feet of Guruji.

    Song Nguyen Tantra House has grown up today to a huge gigantic big  spiritual tree, seeded, manured, watered and nurtured by Guruji since 10 years back at his Life- risk and now it is giving shelter and spiritual fruits to all those who come to take refuge in Buddha Dhamma and Sangha in Song Nguyen Tantra House, which is the embodiment of the Triple gem’.!

    No doubt, it’s outdoor gate is closed for laymen or ordinary people who close their eyes towards spiritual path. But to those who ” open their eyes” and see  ” Dharma is life  and life is Dharma” in Song Nguyen Tantra House, a warm welcome is extended by Guruji and his disciples.

    Rightly , Mat Hai  his article, attributes to Guru Thinlay all the noble qualities that an ideal Guru or Teacher should have on the basis of Master Gompopa’s teachings and ” Dakini teachings ” and highlights the six inventions adopted from Tibetan Buddhism  and beautifully explained by him how Song Nguyen Tantra House practice them Which are becon light rays in the path of Enlightenmen.

    The great Indian sanyasin and spiritual leader Swamy Vivekananda  once told ,” They only live, who live for others. The others are only breathing dead bodies”.!. our Guruji is great and living for others, neglecting his health and wealth!

    There are so many monks and so called spiritual leaders who spend their whole life time in earning their bread and butter and training their own mind to get themselves  Enlightenment.(selfish ), not caring for others! . unlike those monks, like the great Buddha, our Guruji stands great and unique in training the minds of others ( self less) thus guiding the others in the path of Enlightenment.!
    Om Mani padme hum
    Tantra Nirvadeva
    (Dr C H Lakshminarayan )

  6. Tantra Amitara says:
    Dear guru

    I now my head before your lotus feet. I am thankful for this article.

    Every country need this type of technique to practice dhamma.The most important is to tame the mind. Guru teachings has given us to see life with new spectacle. I am very thankful to him.

    May guru teachings illuminate all over the world. May guru lives long for the shake of all sensient being.

    May all sensient being attain enlightenment.

    Om mani padme hum

  7. Mật Diệu Hằng says:
    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin phép được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Nirvadeva (C H Lakshminarayan) sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Con cúi đầu đảnh lễ dưới chân sen của Thầy tôn quý!

    Mật Gia Song Nguyễn ngày nay phát triển lớn mạnh như cây bồ đề to lớn, khổng lồ sau khi được Thầy gieo trồng, chăm sóc, nuôi dưỡng. Sau 10 năm trưởng thành từ những khó khăn Thầy đã trải qua, giờ đây tán lá bồ đề đã cho bóng mát và cho quả lành cho những ai có duyên lành nương tựa vào Phật, Pháp Tăng tại Mật gia Song Nguyễn, nơi hiện thân của Tam Bảo.

    Chắc chắn, cửa Mật gia đóng với những ai “mù lòa”, “nhất xiển đề” đối với hành trình giác ngộ, nhưng với những ai thành tâm tầm cầu giác ngộ và hiểu được “pháp là cuộc sống, cuộc sống là pháp” của Mật gia Song Nguyễn thì Thầy trò Mật gia luôn nồng nhiệt chào đón.

    Rõ rằng, trong bài viết này, đạo huynh Mật Hải đã góp phần làm rõ thêm những phẩm hạnh của quý của vị Thầy tâm linh hoàn hảo theo lời dạy của ngài Gampopa và trong tác phẩm “Giáo huấn Dakini”. Đồng thời, đạo huynh Mật Hải cũng nhấn mạnh về Lục Diệu Pháp môn do Thầy phát kiến trên nền tảng Kim Cang thừa cũng như cách học trò Mật gia Song Nguyễn thực hành diễn tập các pháp môn này. Lục Diệu Pháp môn chính là ngọn hải đăng soi sáng trên đạo trình giác ngộ.

    Nhà lãnh đạo tinh thần người Ấn Độ Swamy Vivekananda từng nói: “Con người chỉ sống khi họ biết sống vì người khác. Nếu sống vị kỷ thì chỉ là những xác chết biết thở”. Vị Đạo sư Thanh Trí là vị Thầy vĩ đại, luôn sống vì mọi người, dùng tâm lực, trí lực, tài lực làm lợi lạc cho chúng sanh, không quản ngại về sức khỏe của bản thân và luôn hào phóng với hữu tình.

    Có rất nhiều tăng sĩ được gọi là các nhà lãnh đạo tinh thần chỉ dành cả đời để trục lợi hoặc thực hành pháp vì sự giải thoát của riêng mình (mang màu sắc vị kỷ) mà không quan tâm đến người khác. Vị Thầy ở Mật gia, không giống như những vị tăng đó, mà ngài theo bước chân đức Phật vĩ đại, giống như đức Phật, vị Thầy tuyệt vời, có một không hai, phát kiến Lục Diệu Pháp môn giúp tha nhân thực hành, diễn tập để điều phục tâm và Thầy chỉ dẫn hữu tình bước đi trên hành trình giác ngộ (mang tinh thần vô ngã)

    Om Mani padme hum

    Con – Tantra Nirvadeva

    (Dr C H Lakshminarayan )

     

  8. Mật Diệu Hằng says:
    Kính bạch Thầy!

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

    Kính bạch Thầy tôn quý!

    Con cúi đầu đảnh lễ dưới chân sen của Thầy!

    Đọc bài viết này giúp mọi hoài nghi về Phật Pháp của con đều tan biến. Con càng hoan hỷ và ơn phước khi được theo học vị Đạo sư như Thầy và con có niềm tin mạnh  mẽ rằng khi con tinh tấn hành pháp theo lời dạy của Thầy thì mọi việc nhất định hanh thông.

    Con vô cùng hoan hỷ và may mắn được là thành viên của Mật gia Song Nguyễn, được là học trò của vị Đạo sư Thanh Trí.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

     

     

  9. Tantra Ashihata (Simon Michael) says:
    Dear holy Guru ,

    my name is Tantra  Ashihata.

    I am very glad to read this article you have given to us. May you give us the wisdom and knowledge  to understand your teaching and also practice in a away to attract blessing.  May Song Nguyen tantra house continue to remain blessed.

    May Guru live long for the seek of happiness of all sentient being and may all sentient being free from suffering

    om mani padme hum

     

  10. Tantra Upatissa says:
    Dear Guru thanks for sharing this article.

    Also thanks to Vajra brother Mat Hai for writing and highlighting the qualities of our Guru who helps us in path of liberation by teaching and guiding us in right direction.

    May Guru and his consort live long for sake of other beings.

    May all beings be free from suffering and get enlightened.

    May all good wishes of Mat Hai be fulfilled and may be able to achieve enlightenment.

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  11. Lynwood Furthington says:
    Dear Holy Guru, Thank you for so much for this article for all to see.
  12. Mật Diệu Hằng says:
    Kính bạch Thầy!

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

    Kính bạch Thầy tôn quý!

    Con chân thành cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con đọc bài viết này và hiểu thêm về phẩm hạnh của vị Thầy.

     

  13. Mật Diệu Hằng says:
    Kính bạch Thầy!

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

    Kính bạch Thầy!

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

    Cảm ơn đạo huynh Mật Hải đã viết bài chia sẻ và làm rõ thêm về phẩm hạnh của vị Thầy người giúp chúng con được bước đi trên hành trình giác ngộ bằng cách chỉ dạy và hướng dẫn chúng con theo đúng chánh pháp.

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

    Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh đoạn trừ khổ đau và đạt được giác ngộ.

    Cầu nguyện đạo huynh Mật Hải viên thành mọi ước nguyện chính đáng và thành tựu đạo pháp.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

     

  14. Mật Diệu Hằng says:
    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin phép được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Ashihata (Simon Michael) sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Kính bạch Thầy tôn quý!

    Con là Tantra Ashihata.

    Con vô cùng hoan hỷ được đọc bài viết này.

    Con cầu nguyện Thầy để tâm gia hộ cho chúng con có đủ trí tuệ để hiểu được những lời dạy của Thầy và tinh tấn hành pháp để nhận được ơn phước từ Thầy.

    Con cầu nguyện Mật gia Song Nguyễn luôn phát triển.

    Con cầu nguyện Thầy trụ thế lâu lài vì hạnh phúc của tất cả chúng sanh và cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh đoạn trừ khổ đau.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

     

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