Nov 9, 2021

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LIVING THE 80/20 WAY BY PRACTICING PURE MIND YOGA: Letter No. 1: Less is more

Preface: Cao Dieu Mat Tu has recently shared with me some meaningful insights after reading several books.

As I found it highly relevant when she made an association to Pure Mind Dharma and six spiritual methods that I invented, I would like to present to you a series of articles that once again prove the scientific methods and benefits of Pure Mind Yoga.

” Hoàng hậu” giá đáo tại Mật gia. Cát tường an lạc nở trăm hoa. Tên hay chưa chắc là hoa đẹp . Nhận xét bên ngoài: gió thoảng qua!

LIVING THE 80/20 WAY BY PRACTICING PURE MIND YOGA: Letter No. 1: Less is more

Have you ever thought to yourself: “I have been overwhelmed with my work and life. Times flies so fast before I recognized that I haven’t done anything to my satisfaction (or my plan). My to-do list keeps extending by itself”. Then your brain quickly jumps to the conclusion that you are such a busy person, and it is easy to understand that it is hard to balance your life. Even though you have been working extremely hard, you have not achieved what you think you deserve. You then tried to comfort yourself by whispering: “I have done my best. It was not my luck then.”. That is actually not true. The reason was that you have chosen to do the “less” right things, or in “less” right ways. I did not use the word “wrong” because if you meant to do something for good in your life, there is nothing wrong. But among those “right” things, there are some particular things that are righter than the others, and there are a few of them that are the best. It depends on our choices to put our time and energy into which purposes. Bearing with me in my series of articles, I will prove that you absolutely could do it better, you could achieve much more, and of course, I will also present what we should do and how we will do it. Take a cup of coffee and let’s start!

Firstly, it is appropriate for me to introduce a bit about my background. I am a Ph.D. candidate in Business Administration at Umeå University in Sweden. There is a funny quote about being a Ph.D. student that said “Long time ago, people who sacrificed their sleep, family, good, laughter and other joys of life were called Saints. Now, they are called Ph.D. students”. The quote is obviously over-exaggerating. But it does describe somehow the life of a Ph.D. who burdens a lot of responsibilities, to the extent that they may mess their lives up in order to finish the degree within five years of intense research. It is normal that many Ph.D. students are not able to finish that “five-year” period, it may take them ten years or even more, and it is normal that many Ph.D. students quit their studies in the middle of the journey. To name a few: we are taking courses, reading countless numbers of books and articles, doing assignments, attending our lectures, giving lectures to under-graduate students, attending seminars, workshops, conferences, taking part in the industry as a mission partner, traveling back and forth to different countries, and most importantly, delivering research of our own which contributes to creating important knowledge in the fields. Of course, we also engage in numerous meetings and networking activities. I believe that depending on different occupations, everyone has their own typical schedule that would scare you to think of if you list them out as I have just done. I would say you have my empathy; I am not an exception at all. But I am happy that I am much luckier than others when I have a Guru who has been being a brilliant strategist and a tactical genius to me, who has been providing me with super remarkably top-notch advice so that I learned that I can manage any hectic life and busy schedule in a leisure way, and I am still able to achieve legitimate wishes in my life. If you have been a frequent reader of chanhtuduy.com for several years, I assumed that you have got used to a lot of inspiring articles that share the lived experience and stories from Guru, as well as his disciples and students. By this and the upcoming articles, I would share my experience and knowledge which I was taught by Guru year by year which is compatible with the knowledge I learned from different sources that contribute to making my life a lot comfortable and enjoyable each and every day. The “sources” here, I meant, usually from books and scientific papers which are the most familiar material I am working with on a daily basis.

I was taught by Guru year by year which is compatible with the knowledge I learned from different sources that contribute to making my life a lot comfortable and enjoyable each and every day

So, let’s go back to the introduction in which I mentioned the issue that some of you may encounter: being overloaded with your life and still could not achieve enough what you planned to achieve. I used to be a good example of this situation. I normally take care of all the useful information that may go through my ears and I am busy planning ahead everything to achieve my goals. Before taking the university entrance, I did all the exercises repeatedly in all reference books out of standard books we had in the school. After being accepted into the university, I normally spent 8-hours straight a day studying while my friends were having fun as it should be at our age. I kept over-doing all the things, everything as if I could die if I did not do them that way. I rarely did something out of studying. Sound like an A-grade student, right? No, I have never been an A-grade student. I suffered low grades, stress, and an inferiority complex. I kept torturing myself by asking: “Why did I fail to achieve everything while I spend much more time and effort than others?”. I kept asking this question not less than 100 times, I guarantee. This is not just a story of a student; you may share the same experience in any other situation in your life.

Let’s do a little calculation of this. I spent 80% of my time on learning, but I did not get the equivalent percentage of achievement. Due to the law of conservation of energy: “the energy can neither be created nor destroyed – only converted from one form to another”, then where was my 80% of time and energy converted to? (If not to my grade?!). In order to help you to find the answer, I will tell you another story!

Guru understands each and every disciple and student, so he easily recognized that I was a perfectionist. He once told me: “You should just take it easy. When you study or do anything, you should do it as good as you can, but consider it as fairly as anything that happens at the present. Don’t be pressured by the thoughts that you should do more things, and spend more time on it to make an achievement or to impress anyone else in the future”. Due to my stubbornness and ignorance, I did not really understand the deep meaning of his advice at that time. However, I kept reminding myself about what Guru has taught me. Even though I did not understand why I should do it, I just did it because Guru recommended it to me. I spent less time making plans on everything and being immersed in working extremely hard towards those endless plans. I chose to do just a few things that are the most important with absolute focus. I used to have a classmate named Prisca when I was in Halmstad, she often asked whether I spent all day studying. Actually, I spent more time of the day reading articles on chanhtuduy.com and commenting, listening to Guru’s lectures, playing music, reading my favorite books, watching a lot of my favorite movies, hanging out with friends, enjoying and taking pictures of nature, traveling, etc. rather than studying. I focused on studying or working a few hours per day, but for sure, it has never reached half of 8 hours. Let’s do the calculation again. I spent only 20% of my time on learning after Guru’s recommendation, how could I end up achieving much more than the equivalent percentage of my effort?

I spent more time of the day reading articles on chanhtuduy.com and commentin

I happened to find the answer in the book written by Richard Koch named “Living the 80/20 way” and his series of books on the topic. Let’s talk a bit about the 80/20 way. The 80/20 principle was first discovered in 1897 by an Italian economist named Vilfredo Pareto (1848-1923). The principle was called by different names, for example, the Pareto principle, the Pareto Law, the 80/20 rule, the principle of least effort, and the principle of imbalance, etc. Richard Koch, a British management consultant, a venture capital investor, is one of the most successful authors who wrote about the application of the 80/20 principle in reality. He has applied this principle exquisitely in his life and helped many people to be successful and happy with his knowledge and experience.

So, what is the 80/20 principle?

It is proved that a minority of causes, inputs, or efforts usually led to a majority of the results, outputs, or rewards. To be more specific, 80% of what you achieve in your job comes from 20 percent of the time spent. The numbers of 80% and 20% can be understood as “metaphor” numbers to illustrate the majority and minority. In many cases, they can be 90% causes and 10% results, or 85% inputs and 15% outputs, etc.

It may sound strange to those of you who hear about this principle for the first time and recognize that this principle means for all practical purposes, four-fifths of the effort is largely irrelevant. It asserts that there is an implanted imbalance between causes and results, inputs and outputs, effort and reward. Several examples of the 80/20 principle can be seen in business and society as:

  • 20% of criminals commit 80% of crimes
  • 20% of drivers cause 80% of all traffic accidents
  • 20% of all factories cause 80% pollution
  • 20% of a company’s products represent 80% of sales
  • 20% of employees are responsible for 80% of the company’s results
  • 20% of the population own 80% of the society’s property
  • 80% of the best-selling books were written by 20% of the well-known authors

Most of you may know Warren Edward Buffet as a famous American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He has been known as the most successful investor of all time. Among all the investments that he has ever made, 90% of his total assets and revenue were made from 10% of the most important investment decisions.

In short, the 80/20 principle proves that: the majority have little impact, while there is a small minority that will give a major, dominant impact. Richard Koch recommended in his book that “The 80/20 principle should be used by very intelligent persons in their daily life, by every organization, and by every social grouping and form of society. It can help individuals and groups achieve much more, with much less effort. The 80/20 principle can raise personal effectiveness and happiness”. Then, why did he mention the adjective “intelligent”? That means it is not easy for one person to put this principle into practice without careful thought. The 80/20 principle does not present a detailed construction of how to be more effective and happier. It gives you an idea that you should think carefully about the most important 20% of causes, inputs, and effort that can produce 80% of your happiness so that you can focus on that 20%.

To make it more interesting, I would like to provide you with some other examples of the 80/20 principle that are more practical and closer to us:

–       Song Nguyen Tantra House is a small group of Pure Mind Dharma practitioners. The number of all disciples and students worldwide represents less than 20% of all the Buddhists in this world (even within the country), each disciple and student has been well-equipped with a strong base of right view and right understanding than the rest 80% of tradition Buddhist with the help of chanhtuduy.com and other flexible methods of Pure Mind Dharma.

–       Thanks to Guru’s six marvelous spiritual methods, Pure Mind Dharma practitioners do not need to spend our time conducting 80% supporting practices, but focusing on 20% practices that are the right and most important conduct for Buddhist practitioners. For instance, we do not need to visit the pagoda and travel across countries to meet famous Guru, Rinpoche, monks, but we concentrate on strengthening our foundation of right view. We do not need to recite sutras every night (without understanding anything), sitting silently facing the cold wall every morning, but we gradually transform our minds by frequently reading and commenting on chanhtuduy.com and practicing other methods that are easy and flexible for us in our daily lives.

–       Have you ever read somewhere about all the over-blooming blessing experiences from any lineage of Buddhism like on chanhtuduy.com? Though we have only focused on several main activities which account for 20%, we have all achieved inner happiness, success in life, and social achievement which accounts for 80% that a person can wish for their lives.

–       There are around 3.000 articles, and 10.000 comments on chanhtuudy.com. This seems to be a remarkable number. However, compared to thousands of books and websites about Buddhism in the world, our base of material is still less than 20% of the total. Even so, Guru has been equipped us with all 80% most important knowledge that helps us to distinguish right view and wrong view. Accordingly, we can protect ourselves from all devil and fake monks.

–       Pure Mind Dharma, the one rare lineage that was invented by Guru Thinley Nguyen Thanh after hundreds of years, is just one among many other lineages. However, it is hard to find any Guru and Buddhist teachers in the current era have built such a thorough system of both theory and practice like Song Nguyen Tantra House. We are among the minority, but our quality of education represents over 80%.

As being instructed by Guru and his flexible methods, we do not frame ourselves within any spatial or temporal boundaries. We simply enjoy our lives while practicing Pure Mind Dharma. Compared to those who sacrificed their sleep, family, good, laughter, and other joys of life and claimed that they are true Buddhists, have you seen the difference of the 80/20 principle?

To be more productive in nurturing our train of thought, I hope you have found your own example of the 80/20 principle from Guru and his methods, or from your own lived experience to share with me in your comments. We will discuss more how the 80/20 principle was integrated by Guru in his teachings and methods in the next article. Stay tuned!

Sweden, November 7, 2021

Cao Dieu Mat Tu.


Vietnamese version: Sống theo nguyên lý 80/20 bằng cách thực hành Yoga Thanh Trí (Bài 1): ÍT HƠN CHÍNH LÀ NHIỀU HƠN – Cao Diệu Mật Từ

 


Related articles:

1, LIVING THE 80/20 WAY BY PRACTICING PURE MIND YOGA: Letter No. 1: Less is more – Cao Dieu Mat  Tu

2, LIVING THE 80/20 WAY BY PRACTICING PURE MIND YOGA: Letter No.2: THE IMBALANCE THAT MAKES ZERO TO HERO  – Cao Dieu Mat Tu

  1. Cao Diệu Mật Thủy
    Cao Diệu Mật Thủy says:

    Dear Cao Dieu Mat Tu,
    I love this series very much. It’s meaningful and powerful. It’s so true that reading and commenting on Chanhtuduy.com doesn’t cost us much time and effort, but the effects that we gain are immense. The meaning behind this method is insightful as your relation to the 80/20 principle. Reading your first article, I found it exciting and inspiring to practise Pure Mind Dharma from a scientific point of view.
    I remember a saying from Guru that “Do less, gain more” as a motto of his methods. Now I realise Guru’s insight and praise his wisdom much more when reflecting on the 80/20 principle. It seems that we practise Dharma very little compared to “those who sacrified their sleep, family, good, laughter, and other joys of life, claiming they are true Buddhist”, but infact, we have been gaining significant achivements, including inner happiness, success in life and social achievement. The results have spoken for the effectiveness of Pure Mind Dharma.
    Let me contribute by sharing one of my experiences of the 80/20 principle in practising Pure Mind Dharma. Our logical thinking always gets that, if you want to have good meals, you need to cook or pay for them, right? But it’s not my case. 80% of my decent, restaurant-class meals come from less than 20% of my cooking time and budget expense for meals. These meals are from brother Mat Hai’s workplace, the blessing job he got after his contract with the previous employer ended. Before, at the former employments, he also got home plenty of food such as pizza and pastries. As not many workplaces provide food to staff, it’s definitely the blessing from the Buddha through Guru’s channel, as long as we practise Dharma diligently (which is reading and commenting on articles on Chanhtuduy.com).
    Thank you for your insightful contemplation and sharing with us. Looking forward to reading your next article.
    May Guru have good health and long life for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May the Covid-19 pandemic soon be over.
    Om mani padme hum!

  2. Cao Diệu Đăng Tâm
    Cao Diệu Đăng Tâm says:

    Dear Guru!
    I am delighted to read this article. With my limited English, it’s hard to describe my joy while reading this captivating post.
    Undoubtedly, “living the 80/20 way” by Richard Koch suggested people a wonderful way to think, live and work productively. I have recognized it as a vivid example that is similar to the “more – less” category that I have been listened, witnessed and experienced in Song Nguyen Tantra house. According to Richard Koch, you have to be inteligent to live the 80/20 way but I am aware of that in Song Nguyen Tantra house, we all even though to be quite ordinary person can practice as 80/20 principe by right flexible method of Guru. I am proud of being in minority even very rare thanks to Guru. Thank you for your beautiful share.
    May Guru have a good health and live long for the sake of sentient beings.
    May Covid pademic soon come to an end.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    Om Mani Padme Hum

  3. Mật Hoàng Trúc
    Mật Hoàng Trúc says:

    Dear Guru
    I am delighted to read this article.
    Thank you Cao Dieu Mat Tu brother for sharing a good and meaningful article.
    May Guru have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient begings.
    May all sentient begings will attend and happpiness of Buddha’s nature.
    May the Covid 19 will be and soon.
    Om mani padme hum.

  4. Tantra Midhita says:

    Well thought out. I am thoroughly enthralled with this article. I have noticed overworking leads to less sometimes. I am going to try and obtain a copy of mentioned Koch, book. One more to the list, perhaps it is in audio as I find that more easily consumable over a period of time

    I am guilty of over exerting myself, and what you have said made me realize perhaps I fall short from heavy shoulders. I have found I have more success practicing what I can when I can of Thanh Tri Yoga. I do not religiously put down and forth tons of effort.

    But I splash the ponds with ripples of skipped stones.
    Even the smallest rock can cause great disturbance.

    For instance when I remind my self of lotus walking, I feel improvement of my back.
    When I remember to work for benefit of others, I have fortuitous things occur. I notice the less I expect and ask the universe for. The more it provides for me.

    I am not sure the secret of life. But surely in part, the point is to enjoy it while I can. If I focus too hard on getting the best as fast and often as possible I over work, over tire, and seem to fall short.

    You have made me more aware of the meaning of Li Ching Yuen’s motto.

    Keep a quiet heart. Lay like a dog. Sit as the tortoise. And walk sprightly much as the pigeon.

    To all fellow students and practitioners, as well as the world: I believe in you! I hope the blessings you require are well met, as the universe alone can provide.
    May all suffering meet the finale, and may all beings experience the enlightenment of the Buddha.

    Om mani padme hum

  5. Mật Diễm says:

    Dear Guru,
    I am very happy to read this article.
    Thank you brother Cao Dieu Mat Tu sharing this meaningful article.
    I pray for the health and longevity of the Guru  for the sake  of all sentient beings.
    I pray for the torch of wisdom to be lit everywhere through the Guru channel.
    OM AH HUM.

  6. Tantra Nashita (Sweden) says:

    Dear Cao Dieu Mat Tu,

    Thank you so much for sharing this article and for being my friend and teaching me about pure mind yoga and Dharma.

    I am so proud of you that you are doing so well with studying and you are so good at Swedish language as well.

    Thank you for sharing about the series, I might google about it, and read it.

    And thank you Guru for teaching me by sharing articles here.

    Om mani padme hum.

  7. Admin
    Cao Diệu Mật Viễn says:

    Dear holy Guru!

    I am delighted to read this article
    Thank you so much Cao Dieu Mat Tu. It’s meaningful và benefit about Pure Mind Dharma
    May Guru have good health and long life for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May the Covid-19 pandemic soon be over.
    Om mani padme hum

  8. Phan thị Bạch Tuyết says:

    Kính bạch Thầy!
    Con rất hoan hỉ được đọc bài viết rất hay và giá trị này .Với những dẫn chứng cụ thể ,giúp con hiểu một cách thấu đáo nguyên tắc tập trung 20% sức lực ,để đạt hiệu quả 80% thành quả ,quả là điều không tưởng.Đặc biệt là trong Pháp Tâm Thanh Tịnh mà huynh đệ chúng con đã được vị Thầy hướng dẫn ,mang lại nhiều lợi lạc.
    Cảm ơn pháp huynh Cao Diệu Mật Từ đã chia sẻ bài viết rất hữu ích, pháp đệ cầu nguyện cho huynh luôn được hanh thông thế sự và thành tựu mọi ước nguyện chánh đáng.
    Con cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của Thầy vì đạo nghiệp Hoằng dương chánh pháp.
    Cầu nguyên cho đại dịch covid 19 được tiêu trừ .
    Om mani padme hum.

  9. Mật Tuệ Tín
    Mật Tuệ Tín says:

    Dear Guru!
    I am delighted to read this article.
    Thank you so much Cao Dieu Mat Tu. It’s meaningful and benefit about Pure Mind Yoga.
    May Guru have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings will attend and happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    May the Covid-19 pandemic soon come to an end.
    Om mani padme hum.

  10. Hoang Thuy Tien says:

    Dear Guru!
    I already read this article
    Thank you so much Cao Dieu Mat Tu for writing
    May Guru have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings achieve happiness and buddhahood
    May the covid 19 will end quickly
    Om mani padme hum

  11. Cao Diệu Mật Hoà says:

    Dear dharma brother Cao Dieu Mat Tu,

    I am delighted to read your article.

    Your sharing help me feel more deeply how lucky we are when having chance to be taught, to be guided by the Guru. Through your article, I am happy to find that, although I am not an “very intelligent persons” as Richard Koch mentioned in his book, in a magic way, I still have methods to apply 80/20 principle into my life thanks to our Guru’s spiritual inventions.

    Under the teaching of Guru, we all understand that the reason why 2 persons with the same abilities, same efforts, but they have 2 different results in their life. It is because of the differences of their blessings or merits. Therefore, instead of trying to invest time and effort to work hard, learn hard only, we know what is the most important to make our present as well as future life to be better and better. It is practicing Dharma. I totally agree with your conclusion: “Though we have only focused on several main activities which account for 20%, we have achieve inner happiness, success in life, and social achievement which accounts for 80% that a person can wish for their lives.”

    I am grateful for Guru’s teaching.

    May Guru have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.

    I am grateful for your really helpful article. May you achieve all the legitimate wishes.

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

    May Covid-19 pandemic end soon.

    Om mani padme hum!

  12. Cao Diệu Tuyết Hoa
    Cao Diệu Tuyết Hoa says:

    Dear Guru,
    I am happy to read this article.
    Dear Cao Dieu Mat Tu,
    Thank you so much for sharing about some the scientific methods and benefits from Pure Mind Yoga in opinion “Living the 80/20 way”.
    This article, I see that myself in the past, I choices to do less right and get the result as your sharing that “I have been overwhelmed with my work and life. Times flies so fast before I recognized that I haven’t done anything to my plan”. Comparison in present, after received teaching and guiding from Guru, practicing and applying Pure Mind Yoga to the life, I am really enjoyed my lives while I do that. There is no way I can do that what if I mis the chance follow Guru. I am grateful to Guru
    May Guru live long and have good health for the sake of all the sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings attain happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    May the Covid 19 will be end soon.
    Om Mani Padme Hum

  13. Cao Diệu Giác Đăng
    Cao Diệu Giác Đăng says:

    Dear Guru,

    I’ve read this article.

    Dear dharma brother Cao Dieu Mat Tu,

    I am so delighted and excited to read your writing. Thank you so much for sharing such an meaningful article in which the interesting concept of 80/20 principle highlights the efficiency and benefits of Pure Mind Yoga invented by Guru. Thinking about these scientific, flexible, up-to-date and effective six spiritual methods, I admire and feel grateful to Guru’s wisdom and bodhicitta. I like the adjective “intelligent” that Richard Koch mentioned when he wrote about 80/20 principle, athough, in this case, it’s still not enough to entirely describe.

    I can’t be more agreeable to lively examples you show about the 80/20 principle from Guru and his methods. To myself, the most impressive example is that, the number of years I’ve learned with Guru is just around 20% of my lifetime so far. But it brings me so many good things than ever before: a small lovely home; a job which suitable for me; a leisurely happy day by day life at a beautiful place where there’re dharma brother, dharma friends gather together under the magnificent House recently built by Guru,… and the most important, the precious position of a Thanh Tri practitioner following the Kalyanamitra’s guidance on the awareness path leads to city of liberation – all of these things clearly account for more than 80% that I can wish for my life. How great is it!

    I happily praise the virtue and merits of Guru. May Guru have good health and live long for the sakes of all sentient beings.

    May dharma brother Cao Dieu Mat Tu achieve all legitimate wishes under the blessings from Avalokiteshvara through Guru’s channel.

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

    May the covid 19 pandemic soon end.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  14. Mật Tú Viên
    Mật Tú Viên says:

    Dear Guru!
    I’m happy to read this article of Dharma brother Cao Dieu Mat Tu.
    Through her writing, I once again realize the importance of right methods. One person takes less time to work or to study, but they get more and better results. It is necessary to focus on doing the right things, avoiding wasting time and energy on “less” right things. Thus, working smart will save time and bring superior results than working hard.
    I was delighted when Dharma brother Mat Tu showed the connection between the 80/20 way and Pure Mind Yoga. Indeed, Pure Mind Yoga helps learners practice 20% but bring 80% results, because learners focus on right view, practicing on the basis of devotion to the Guru and the ultimate goal is Liberation from Samsara, which are the most right things. Other traditional Buddhists practice 80% but the result is only 20% because they focus on auxiliary ways such as building pagodas, casting statues, releasing animals, charity activities…So it looks like they do it more but less results.
    I rejoice and felt fortunate and blessed to practice/rehearse the beneficial methods of Guru. I look forward to reading the next article in brother Mat Tu’s series.
    Thank you Dharma brother Mat Tu for writing the meaningful article.
    May Guru have good health and live long for the sake of sentient beings.
    May sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    May the Covid 19 Pandemic will be end soon.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

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