Aug 19, 2020

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Letter to disciples No.92: WHO WILL SAVE YOU IN THE NIGHTMARE? ( Thư gửi các trò 92: Trong ác mộng ai cứu mình?)

Dear disciples,

Recently Mat Tu wrote an article telling a story in her nightmare in which she encountered extremely frightening scenes. In that situation, Mat Tu remembered to remind her companion to perform taking refuge in the Three Jewels, then reciting the Mani mantra as quickly as possible, as if “extinguishing the fire that burns on one’s head”. Afterwards, Mat Tu saw Guru standing in a high tower waving at her. Getting the right direction, Mat Tu ran towards Guru and eventually escaped the danger (read more at the article “The nightmare and Guru” on

Is that Guru really me? Based on the appearance, it must be me so that Mat Tu could easily recognize. Then because of recognizing me, Mat Tu was rescued. While Mat Tu had her nightmare on 7 May 2014, I was on a Dharma trip in Ho Chi Minh city. Plus, I am just a mortal being, I do not have any kind of supernatural powers to know her situation and come to help in time.. Therefore, the Guru that Mat Tu met in her nightmare was not Guru Nguyen Thanh who utilized iddhi-vidha (the superpower to take any form at will) to rescue his disciple.

Then who is that Guru? It was also Guru Nguyen Thanh, Mat Tu’s teaching spiritual advisor. But who did that Guru come from? He came from her pure original ocean of mind, which is called the Buddha nature, the natural purity, the original face. Therefore, I confirmed that Guru was created by Mat Tu’s true nature.  

However, it should be noticed that not all Buddhist practitioners could summon the savior in the form of vital spirit while dreaming. Because in the state of dreaming, one exists in another indefinite substance which is frequently wavered from one scene to another without any logic. The eyesight and hearing ability will be neutralized with uncertain experiences, all the perceptions are totally controlled by the instinct sentiment. In this situation, the Buddhist practitioner’s body, mind and speech often react in a way they usually did in their previous lives, or they solved the problem due to the instinct that they tried to hold back in reality.

Regarding Mat Tu’s case, she was awake during the state of dreaming. She did not forget to practice Dharma, and gave instruction to others to take refuge in the Three Jewels (Guru, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha), and to recite the Mani mantra. Thanks to these means, the Buddha nature which stays in each being was activated and weaved the ray of thoughts from Mat Tu’s mind into a luminous picture of Guru. Therefore, Guru not only rescued Mat Tu from the danger but also brought her to the realm of Pure land. So, Mat Tu was the one who saved herself in the nightmare, the Guru only plays the role of spiritual means.

Mani mantra

This case fits perfectly to the teaching of Guru Rinpoche, Padmasambhava in his book named “The Great Liberation through Hearing in the Intermediate states” that “Regarding the liberation in the intermediate states, this period lengthens 21 days in which one will suffer frightening scenes that was fabricated by his own illusions. In a thick darkness, there will be roars and screams that keep shouting out loud: “Beat him! Kill him!”. Many evils, a lot of wild beasts will chase the soul fiercely with their weapons. The soul has no choice but to run under crazy storms, hurricanes and strong winds. At that time, the ocean surges through its massive tidal waves, the mountain collapses to the ground and the fires are burning everywhere. In this case, what should we do?

the mountain collapses to the ground and the fires are burning everywhere

If the soul hasn’t known and practiced Avalokiteshvara visualization, it is necessary to remember the Buddha, Dharma, Sangha and the Great Compassion Avalokiteshvara. Pray with your sincere devotion. Recall the image of your Guru and your Dharma name. Keep in mind that those frightening sceneries were created by the Avalokiteshvara who is the Great Compassion one”. It means with the natural magical powers granted in the intermediate existence, Vajrayana Buddhist practitioners turn their thoughts into reality.

This explains why Mat Tu’s friend could not make an escape although she did take refuge into the Three Jewels and recite Mani mantra, because she does not have a Guru who is the spiritual delivery link that directly connecting the disciple to the pure sublime realm of Avalokiteshvara (which also means the realm of the Buddha and the saints).


Dear disciples,

It is said that maintaining right views in the intermediate existence is nine times more difficult than in the state of dreaming. So what should we do to solve it? The only secret stays in this sentence :“Once self-practice is enhanced, blessing support is automated”. In the practice aspect, it is the easiest to remember Asvaghosa’s teaching in “Fifty verses of Guru Devotion” that “Guru devotion is the foundation of the Graded path”. In emergent situations, people find it easier to react their body, speech and mind towards those objects that they found familiar in their history. In that case, Guru is closer to them than Avalokiteshvara, the teaching of Guru is more important than the sutra, and the Guru is the representative of the Buddha, Dharma, Sangha.

Guru devotion is the foundation of the Graded path

These are a few words for your further understanding. I would recommend you all to keep in mind and follow. May all sentient beings keep the state of being awakening in their dream.

Phuoc Thanh Village, 09 May 2014.

Thinley Nguyen Thanh

Translated by Mat Tu.

Vietnamese version: Thư gửi các trò 92: TRONG ÁC MỘNG AI CỨU MÌNH?

  1. Tantra Mashita says:

    To my light in darkness, the compassionate guru,

    Thank you so much for sharing this letter with us, I really admired it, actually the dream of Mat was a double edged weapon, because it was a scared dream, but also it was a great dream since she saw you and you protected it, also once again and through this letter byou proved for us once again that dharma is life, life is dharma, because her dharma practice and Buddha’s nature protected her even in dreams, thank you so much again dear honorable guru.

    May you have a good health and live long for the benefit of all sentient beings
    May all the sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature
    May the pandemic caused by corona virus soon end
    Om Mani Padme hum

  2. Clint Therens says:

    Thank you Guru for the article
    May we be saved and may this covid pandemic end
    I pray that all sufferings will end

  3. Clint Therens says:

    Thank you Guru for the article
    May we be saved and may this covid pandemic end
    I pray that all sufferings from this world ends

  4. Sonam Tshering says:

    Dear guru,
    I thank you for your continuous inspiration and motivation. We consider our guru as our director and we now know the importance of having guru in our life. Not only in this life but also after death. You are our everything. Thank you for your article la.. 🙏🙏🙏
    Thank you @violet for sharing..

    Om Mani Pedme Hung…
    May all sentient being get free from ocean of suffering..

  5. paul yawney says:

    Dear Holy Guru, I bow head to Lotus feet. Thank you for another great article. I believe that if you follow Gurus teachings the essence of the teachings will come to you when you need it most whether in a dream or a lost moment. we must remember the teachings are what protect us. thank you for your wisdom. May Holy Guru and Consort live a Long and Happy life. may this virus be done soon. OM MANI PADME HUM.
    Tantra Himataru.

  6. Mật Tâm Như says:

    Kính bạch Thầy .
    Con đã đoc bài này rồi ạ.
    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy.
    Cầu mong thầy sức khỏe.Vì lợi lạc chúng sanh.
    Cầu nguyện cho đại dịch Corona sớm được tiêu trừ.
    Om Mani Padme Hum

  7. Mật Khả Phúc says:

    Dear Holy Guru,
    I’m so amazed by this wonderful article. I bow my head to your wisdom, generosity and Bodhicitta. I have understood practicing your beneficial and effective methods not only help us to earn merit but also help us to build it into the conditional reflexes which keep us stay awake and practice Dharma easily even in the stage of dreaming or lost in mind. If we are in emergency situation, we will not have time or mind to redraw the whole image of Avalokiteshvara, we will think of the closest one who can recuse us which is Guru, and Guru is the spiritual delivery link which connect disciples to the Avalokiteshvara. Guru has a magical power which help to reveal our Buddha nature, the natural purity and connect us to the realms of Buddha and saints. Guru devotion is the foundation of the Graded path.

    May Guru have a good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings
    May the Covid-19 pandemic will end soon.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  8. Tantra Shadhita says:

    Dear Guru,thank you for your constant intercession and guidance for all students. It is my belief that those who keep the dharma strongly with a pure mind will receive knowledge and wisdom to help others. Thank you for posting this article. Thank you to Mat Tu, as well for sharing.

  9. Tantra Amishuta says:

    Dear Holy Guru,
    I have never made the connection between dream state and awakened state and what it means to Dharma practice. When I first started reading your articles and lessons, I often was plagued with nightmares. I never gave much thought to these nightmares growing less and less common until now. When I sleep I am at peace now. I have a growing heart in Dharma and Have faith in the teachings you provide me. You are my gate keeper to enlightenment and have helped me to vanish the nightmares in my dreams as well as help me to try to overcome my nightmares in reality. I thank you guru for your devotion to Buddhism and teaching sentient beings and disciples the path to liberation. May you be well and live long for sake of all sentient beings to continue to learn and have the opportunity to grow as Buddhists. Om mani Padme Hum

  10. Phan thị Bạch Tuyết says:

    Kính bạch Thầy !
    Con Mật Phong Tuyết đã đọc Thư gửi các trò 92-Trong ác mộng ai sẽ cứu mình.
    Pháp đệ cảm ơn đạo huynh Mật Từ đã chia sẻ cơn ác mộng của mình và con cũng xin được tán thán công hanh và bồ đề tâm của vị Thầy đã từ bi giảng luận cho chúng con hiểu vì sao trong giấc mơ chúng con hay gặp ác mộng như thế và cách để đối trị cơn ác mộng đó là” Một khi sự tự luyện tập được nâng cao ,sự hổ trợ ban phước sẽ được tự động hóa” và luôn ghi nhớ cầu nguyện mỗi khi đi ngủ “cầu mong tất cả chung sinh luôn giữ được trạng thái tỉnh thức trong giấc mơ”.
    Con cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của vị Thầy vì lợi lạc của chúng sanh.
    Cầu nguyện cho tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc của phật tánh.
    Cầu nguyện cho đại dịch covid 19 được tiêu trừ.
    Om mani padme hum.

  11. Mật Như Pháp says:

    Kính bạch Thầy
    Con đã đọc bài viết này rồi ạ. Con hiểu được khi chúng ta tinh tấn tu tập, luôn kết nối tâm tới vị Thầy thì không chỉ trong đời sống thế sự, những nguy hiểm rình rập trong giấc mơ cũng sẽ được cứu thoát khi cầu cứu tới vị Thầy. Tuy trong giấc mơ đó người xuất hiện không phải là vị Thầy thật sự, bởi người cứu lấy mình tự là chính mình, hình ảnh vị Thầy chỉ là phương tiện tinh thần nhưng giúp cho chúng con thoát khỏi sợ hãi. Điều đó cho thấy niềm tin mãnh liệt của các học trò vào vị Thầy, bởi vị Thầy luôn từ bi quan tâm và sẽ không bao giờ bỏ rơi học trò.
    Con cầu nguyện cho vị Thầy sức khoẻ trụ thế lâu dài vì lợi lạc chúng sanh.
    Cầu nguyện chúng sanh luôn thành tựu hạnh phúc Phật tánh.
    Cầu nguyện đại dịch Covid 19 sớm được tiêu trừ.
    Om mani padme hum

  12. Mật Thiệu says:

    Dear Guru !
    I am delighted to read this article ” Who Will Save You In The Nightmare? “.
    Thank you, Guru, for letting me know the importance of Guru in the dharma practice. I keep in mind Asvaghosa’s teaching in ” Fifty verses of Guru Devotion ” that ” Guru devotion is the foundation of the Graded path “. Through this article, I understood we need regular practice of the dharma to form the conditional reflex that, will be beneficial now and after death.
    May Guru have a good heath and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    May the covid – 19 pandemic be soon over.
    Om mani padme hum.

  13. Mật Thái Xuyên says:

    Kính bạch Thầy.
    Con hoan hỷ khi được đọc bài viết của vị Thầy.
    Qua bài viết con thấy được tầm quan trọng của sự tỉnh thức và việc hành giả có được một vị Thầy tâm linh chỉ dạy, bởi vì vị Thầy là đường truyền tâm linh kết nối trực tiếp đệ tử với cảnh giới của Đức Phật và các bậc Thánh đức, là người giúp hành giả thoát khỏi vòng sanh tử luân hồi. Con cũng hiểu rằng để luôn giữ được trạng thái tỉnh thức trong mọi trường hợp, hoàn cảnh,…thì chúng con cần tinh tấn trong việc thực hành/diễn tập pháp, tuân lời vị Thầy và trưởng dưỡng lòng sùng kính vị Thầy. Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy.
    Con cầu nguyện Thầy Cô trụ thế lâu dài vì lợi lạc và hạnh phúc của tất cả chúng sanh.
    Cầu nguyện nạn dịch covid-19 sớm được tiêu trừ.
    Cầu nguyện khổ đau của tất cả chúng sanh được lắng dịu.
    Om mani padme hum

  14. Mật Phụng says:

    Dear Guru !
    I am happy to read Guru’s article .
    From the dream of vajra brother Mat Tu , I understant in dreams , it is not easy to have faith, remember the Guru and remember the mantra.
    Therefore , we need to practice diligently, always nurture our devotion to the Guru , because only the Guru can brighten the path that leads us on the jounrney of enlightenment.
    I would like to praise the virtues and merits of Guru has taught us to understand the benefits of practicing Thanh Tri Yoga .I thank you Guru for talking care of us teaching us the simple yet effective methods of practice.
    I sincerely pray for the heath and longevity the Guru for the cause of the Dharma propaganda .
    I pray for all being to attain happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    I pary for the corona pandemic will the soon eliminated.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  15. 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, qua bài này con hiểu được rằng khi chúng con đọc bài comment mỗi ngày để kết nối với vị Thầy và coi với phù thắng hằng ngày và thực hành pháp cầu nguyện để làm hành trang về cõi với cục lạc 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.

  16. Tantra Pramitdhita (Josh Hacker) says:

    Holy Guru,

    I bow my head before your lotus feet!!! Thank you for sharing “Letter to disciples No.92: WHO WILL SAVE YOU IN THE NIGHTMARE?” The way Mat Tu’s dreamed played out is very interesting to me. Maybe it’s partly because I have trouble remembering my dreams. Its almost like I don’t have them. Although I have been told numerous times that everyone dreams. May you have a blessed and peaceful day

    May Guru live a long and healthy life for the sake of all sentient beings

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

    May the global pandemic caused by the corona virus soon end

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  17. Ashok Verma says:

    Dear Guru,
    Thanks a lot for sharing such beautiful article.

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