Dec 26, 2017

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THE MEMORABLE CHRISTMAS EVE (Đêm Giáng sinh đáng nhớ)

THE MEMORABLE CHRISTMAS EVE (Đêm Giáng sinh đáng nhớ)

Dear Holy Guru,

Today is the Christian holiday Christmas. In the Christian religion, they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ who is said to be the son of God. As the ages have grown, the celebration has added fictitious or not so fictitcious figures such as Santa Clause, Who is named after a true Christian saint, named Saint Nicholas. He was a very religious fourth-century bishop of Myra who was very faithful to his religion. Soon the celebration of Saint Nicolas became saint Nick ( Santa Claus ) giving presents to all those who were good boys and girls. The Roman Catholics believed that Mary, the mother of God, was impregnated by God himself and had immaculate conception. Carrying the son of God and raising him as a carpenter with her husband Joseph. Believing that Mary was born without sin.

Lotus Flower Estrade in Song Nguyen Tantra House

Hispanic Catholics celebrate, the feast of our Lady of Guadalupe, A poor girl visited by the Virgin Mary near what is now called Mexico City. Those who follow the Jewish religion celebrate Haunakkah, which begins on sunset and continues seven more nights. They often exchange gifts each night of Haunakkah. One gift per night and light a candle each night. It is celebrating the miracle of the oil that should have only been enough to light for one night that
lasted 8 nights. It commemorates the effort to restore the temple in Jerusalem. There is the celebration of Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, as well. This is also called Yule. That is where the Yule log comes from. Many Pagan religions lit the Yule log and other fires to celebrate the coming heat and longer days to follow.

Buddhists, as you know, celebrate Bodhi Day earlier in the month. Buddhist recall when Siddhartha Gautama sat under a tree in India, vowing to stay there until enlightened.

These are the holiday’s I’ve become aware of with my research. I find with all of them that they have all grown into big celebrations where family and friends come together to celebrate. Today that is what I’m going to do. I will be meeting my niece for the first time in 16 years, celebrating with my mother, my mother and father in law, my middle daughter, her boyfriend, my son and my husband.

When I was younger and my grandmother was alive, I remember the big gatherings of friends and family around my grandmother’s dining room table. I remember laughter and joy and music playing while we shared a meal. I remember my grandmother giving hugs and kisses and making everyone feel welcome and loved. To me, not being Christian any longer, I have taken what my Catholic grandmother taught me, and work to make everyone feel loved and cared for during the holiday season. I’m not sure if this is true everywhere, but in the USA, Christmas has become very commercialized. It’s become all about presents and money. Even when I was celebrating as a Christian, I did not agree with this and started my own tradition where Christmas was about being together as friends and family, having a good meal and just being together. I would not give gifts out for Christmas but rather during another holiday which is celebrated in the USA, Thanksgiving. I would give presents to show my thanks for my friends and family during Thanksgiving and just have a meal for Christmas.

This year, as a Buddhist, I am cherishing my time with my family. I am thinking about all of those around the world without family or friends and am so grateful for what I have. I try to do good things for those I come in contact with. I spread a smile or some peace and cheer. I will think of each and every living being out there today while I spend time with my family. I will send love to each of them and fill my heart with the love of family and send it to all of those across the globe. My Christmas tradition is sending love to all those who need it, and to be honest, who doesn’t need it? My Christmas celebration hasn’t changed much since learning Buddhism, except to include all sentient beings from a more heart filled place and more understanding.

Looking out of the window, I see snow falling down and covering everything. It makes everything become white and cold. Every snowflake holds themselves with cold and unpleasant and then brings cold, suffering to others. Likewise, a human being lives with his ignorance greed and selfishness makes a lot of snowflakes within. It is a snowflake of ignorance greed and selfishness which causes the bad karma. You reap what you sow. Of course, bad karmas lead to unhappiness. It is the nature.

The light of Buddhist’s Bodhichitta and Wisdom from the Holy Guru has shone on our hearts and minds to illuminate them. The snowflakes do not keep coldness anymore. They get into the light of Guru’s Bodhichitta and wisdom and create the warmth cover all over the world and pacify all beings’ suffering. As the teaching of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche:
“To do something virtuous with a commonplace motive will certainly bring us some happiness, but only temporarily. Such happiness will soon be gone, and our helpless roaming in samsara will continue. If, on the other hand, everything we do, say, and think is transformed by bodhichitta, our happiness will go on and on increasing and never be exhausted. The fruit of actions motivated by bodhichitta, unlike that of positive actions done with less noble motives, can never be destroyed by anger or other negative emotions.”

And I understand that I am living a meaningful life with the teaching of the Holy Guru on the path to enlightenment. I live and practice the Dharma for the benefit of self and others. I have found the ultimate goal of my life. It is to practice the Dharma for the liberation of mine and others’.

The bell ringing outside signifies the beginning of the Christmas day coming. This year, I spend the Christmas day with the balanced mind and enjoy the life. I never kept the fear or blind faith in any Gods. I know I myself decide my fate and my life. Just like the traveler with deep gratitude to the wonderful the ship’s pilot on the path to the city of liberation, I am so happy with what I have on this Buddhist path.

So Holy Guru, I wish for you, All of your followers on Channtudhy.com, and all sentient beings everywhere to have a very Merry Christmas with balanced mind and enjoy the every joyful moment at present.

May Holy Guru have a good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
And may all sentient beings free from the cling of the self and may your teachings spread all over the world and loose the bands of fear, greed, ignorance which bind all sentient beings

May all sentient beings have a good chance to go on the wonderful path to liberation under the true Guru’s guidance.
Om Mani Padme Hum.

Tantra Amishuta


ĐÊM GIÁNG SINH ĐÁNG NHỚ CỦA TANTRA AMISHUTA

  1. Tantra Amishuta says:
    Thank you Holy Guru for sharing my letter. May you be blessed for your sake and the sake of all sentient beings. Om Mani Padme Hum
  2. Dear Tantra Amishuta,

    I am happy to read your article. Under the holy Guru’s guidance, you have found the light of Bodhichitta and wisdom to warm your cold life and ease your daily load.

    I agree with you that when we have knowledge on everything around us, we understand what is right or wrong, we understand the law of cause and effect, we reap what we sow; we have no longer suffered from fear, ignorance, greed and selfness. Our life will be happier. So our goal in this life is to practice the Dharma to help ourselves and all beings  free from suffering and get true happiness.

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

    Thank you so much for your wish at Christmas.

    May you practice the Dharma diligently and get joyful on the path to enlightenment.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

     

    • Tantra Amishuta says:
      Thank you dear Dharma friend, may you be well for the sake of all sentient beings. May you find enlightenment.
  3. Mật Chánh Tấn says:

    Dear Tantra Amishuta,

    I am happy to read your article. I am happy to read what you have shared, about positive changes in your mind and also in your life. I am glad that you have found your ultimate goal of your life, which is to practice the Dharma for your liberation and other’s under the holy Guru’s teaching and guidance.

    As Buddist, we belive in law of casue and effect, we reap what we sow. By practicing Dharma, we could get sweet fruit of good karma as Lama Zopa used to said: “Only the practice of Dharma can remove or prevent the cause of one’s own negative karma while create the cause of one’s own happiness”. I belive by following the holy Guru’s instruction, you will get more happy moment as you are having right now and also share your love as well as articles on chanhtuduy.com to other people.

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

    May you practice Dharma diligently and nuture your devotion toward the holy Guru.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  4. Dear Tantra Amishuta,

    I deeply rejoice your writing of “The memorable Christmas Eve”. I really rejoice and admire your devotion to Holy Guru who helped you found your ultimate goal of your life and teaching, guidance us practice the Dharma. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I am looking forward to read more of your writing.

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

    May you have a good heath and make progress on the path to enlightenment

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

    • Tantra Amishuta says:
      Thank you dear Dharma friend, may you be well for the sake of all sentient beings. May you find enlightenment.
  5. C H Lakshminarayan says:
    Respected Guruji, I bow my head at the lotus feet of Guruji.

    I am Tantra Nirvadeva.

    MERRY Christmas to All.

    Whether we celebrate  Christmas or  Bodhi day, the intention behind it is all the same ! . It is get together and to be happy our selves and make others happy ! This is what both  Buddha and Jesus taught to the  Humanity !

    ” Love All !  Serve All ! ”

    ” Love is Life !  Live in  Love ”

    The  habit of giving  gifts is similar to ” Dana “, one of the five Perfections  in BUDDHISM ! Only thing is that the eligible  should deserve  the same.!

    Nothing wrong , my friend , who  is now  following Buddhism   celibrating  Christmas !  ” Merry Christmas to One and All ”

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Long live our beloved Guruji for upholding Dharma.

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan.

     

  6. Tantra Amishuta says:
    Thank you dear Dharma friend, may you be well for the sake of all sentient beings. May you find enlightenment. Om Mani Padme Hum
  7. Mật Thủy says:
    Dear Tantra Amishuta,

    I’m happy with your sharing about your memorable Christmas Eve. I can feel your joy now lightening by our Guru guidance. Instead of the fear or blind faith in God in the past, we now have the right view, the belief in Guru and the Three Jewels. That leads us to the happiness for this life and the after lives. The proof is your different Christmas day this year, you spent it with balanced mind and enjoy the life. This way, you praticed and applied Dharma in life as our Guru taught. Thank you for inspiring me and other Vajra brothers.

    May all of us keep our mind balanced and enjoy the life everyday and every minute.

    May our Guru and his consort live long for the sake of all sentient beings!

    Om mani padme hum!

  8. Tantra Mahavita says:
    Querido Santo Guru : Me alegro profundamente por su articulo , La Devocion al Santo Guru quien nos ayuda a encontrar el objetivo final de la vida y enseñanza para guiarnos a practicar el sagrado Dharma . La intencion de celebrar la Navidad es , pasar un rato juntos y hacer felices a los demas …y lo mas importante es compartir el Amor Incondicional .Que nuestro Amado Guru pueda vivir muchos años para beneficio de todos los seres sintientes.Que todos los seres sensibles disfruten de la felicidad y de la raiz de la felicidad. Puedan ser libres de sufrimiento y de la raiz del sufrimiento . Que habiten en la ecuanimidad , libre de pasion , agresion y prejuicios . Que la preciosa Bodhichita haya nacido en aquellos donde no lo es. Puede que una vez que nazca no se decaiga y se expanda mas y mas .Que una vez que nazca no se deteriore y aumente cada vez mas . OM MANI PADME HUM
  9. boying bagz says:

    his article is amazingly so real about the tradition of Catholic culture. And I’m glad we have the same points of views on how the celebrated Christmas should have to be. How I wish that sooner or later, my fellow Catholics will realized that sharing with this kind of abundance in their lives shouldn’t only be done during the season of Christmas but rather in every hour of everyone’s life.

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

    Hope all beings in the world may celebrate their own festivals with a good and kind heart, with boddhichita mind.

    We are lucky to apply boddhichita mind in most of works we do with Guru’s teaching.

    May Guru live long for other beings and get enlightened.

    May all beings be free from suffering and get enlightened.

    Om Mani Padme Hum..

     

  11. Dear Tantra Amishuta,

    I am elated by your article.

    Thogme Zangpo taught that: “Themselves still bound in the prison of samsara, Worldly gods, whom can they protect? Therefore, whom to take refuge upon? To go for refuge in the unfailing Triple-jewels is the practice of a bodhisattva”. I am glad you have found a true refuge!

    Perhaps this year you celebrated noel as well as in previous years but you celebrated noel as a Buddhist practitioner, not a Christian. I think that is the most special thing in this noel.

    I hope you will read more articles on Chanhtuduy.com and share your thoughs with us.

    I am elated by Mat Dieu Hang’s translation, too.

    May all sentient beings drink Buddha’s water. Om Ah Hum!

  12. Dr.C H Lakshmi narayan says:
    Respected Guruji, I bow my head at the lotus feet of Guruji.

    I am Tantra Nirvadeva.

    I like to quote, ” To a Buddhist there is no far or near, no enemy or foreigner, no renegade, or untouchable, since universal love realised through understanding has established the brotherhood of all living beings !

    A real Buddhist is a citizen of the world!

    He  regards the whole world as his mother land and all as his brothers and sisters !

    Buddhism is therefore unique, mainly owing it’s tolerance, no-aggressiveness, rationality , practicability , efficacy and universality !

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Long live our beloved Guruji for upholding Dharma.

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan.

    • Mật Diệu Hằng says:
      Kính bạch Thầy!

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

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý! 

      Con xin cúi đầu đảnh lễ dưới chân sen của Thầy. 

      Con là Tantra Nirvadeva.

      Bài viết của đạo hữu giúp con hiểu rằng, đối với một Phật tử, không có khoảng cách xa gần, không có hận thù, không phân biệt quốc độ, không có khái niệm người nước ngoài, không phân biệt giai cấp hay tầng lớp xã hội;  bởi vì tình yêu thương, tâm từ đối với mọi hữu tình đã gắn kết tất cả chúng sanh trở thành anh em luôn hiểu và cảm thông, chân thành với nhau.

      Một Phật tử chân chính không phân biệt quốc độ, là công dân của cả thế giới. Phật tử xem mọi hữu tình như cha mẹ, anh chị em của mình.

      Do vậy, đạo Phật là đạo duy nhất khoan dung, giúp con người điềm tĩnh, lý giải mọi sự vật hiện tượng, thực tế, hiệu quả và phổ quát.

      Om Mani Padme Hum. 

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy tôn quý trụ thế lâu dài vì sự nghiệp hoằng dương chánh Pháp.

      Con – CH Lakshminarayan”

  13. Tantra Mikaya says:
    dear holy guru. Thank you for your article the memorable Christmas. In the first. HAPPY NEW YEAR WITH ALL THE BEST AND GOOD HEALTH AND HAPPINESS. I thank you sincerely for your Dharma teaching and the goodness to share your wise knowledge with us. In Europe, Christmas time is the highest Christian feast. People meet, families meet, friends invite and there are warm hugs, gifts that are the most important for the children. The adults remember again what is really important, love, compassion and peace for all. These are values ​​that you holy guru bring us daily through your articles. I look back a year full of satisfaction. I learned a lot from you and questioned me. I think of my first meditations that were very restless and I thought oh 5 minutes are very long. Today, I meditate much calmer and more relaxed and I have the feeling that I want to meditate for hours. There is love, fulfillment and compassion in my heart, my mind is clearer and I am no longer attached to things. In retrospect, it was a year that thank you, the Sangha and the Dharma was very fulfilling and satisfying. May our holy guru and his consort life happy and healthy. May all be free from suffering. HAPPY NEW YEAR FOR ALL. May all be succesful on the path of enlightenment and all things achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature  Om Mani Padme Hum
  14. Dear Tantra Amishuta,

    I am happy to read this article.

    I agreed that Christmas has become very commercialized not only in US but also most of countries in the world. Most are about presents and money.

    I am glad that you found your ultimate goal of your life which is practice the Dharma for the liberation of ourselves and others under Holy Guru’s teachings and guidance. It also helps us to spend not only Christmas day but everyday since now then with the balanced mind, enjoy the life without fear, worry and blindness.

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

    May you practice Dharma diligently and nurture your devotion toward the Holy Guru.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

     

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