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LAY & MONASTIC LIFE; HOUSEHOLD & MONASTERY: WHAT IS THE ULTIMATE MEANING? WHAT IS THE NATURE OF ISSUE? (TẠI GIA & XUẤT GIA; CHÙA & NHÀ: ĐÂU LÀ THỰC NGHĨA TỐI HẬU, ĐÂU LÀ THỰC CHẤT VẤN ĐỀ ?)

LAY & MONASTIC LIFE; HOUSEHOLD & MONASTERY: WHAT IS THE ULTIMATE MEANING? WHAT IS THE NATURE OF ISSUE? (TẠI GIA & XUẤT GIA; CHÙA & NHÀ: ĐÂU LÀ THỰC NGHĨA TỐI HẬU, ĐÂU LÀ THỰC CHẤT VẤN ĐỀ ?)

As we all know, the path of cultivation does not belong to whether at home or at monastery, having family or living a celibate life but its ultimate meaning is to make one’s body, speech and mind in alignment with the right orbit of Dharma pointed out by the Buddha, with an aim of freeing from three burning houses: (1) worldly affairs (2) affliction and (3) three worlds (i.e leaving joyful scenes of the World of Desire (Kamadhatu); the heaven of radiant light of the World of Form (Rupadhatu); and the subtle World of Formlessness (Arupadhatu)).

(1) worldly affairs (2) affliction and (3) three worlds (i.e leaving joyful scenes of the World of Desire (Kamadhatu); the heaven of radiant light of the World of Form (Rupadhatu); and the subtle World of Formlessness (Arupadhatu)).

“One is not called a bhikkhu if he does not practice cultivation because even birds, monkeys or fishes also stay in monastery!”.

Don’t think that renunciation (Skt. Pravraj) just means leaving home to enter monkhood (live in monastery) without practicing Tathagata dharma. One may enter monkhood but spend most of the time on caring about external factors like big monastery/pagoda, fame, record… rather than self-cultivation, it’s like “entering the door of Holy Orders but return to the life of a householder” or as mocked by Master Atisha: “One is not called a bhikkhu if he does not practice cultivation because even birds, monkeys or fishes also stay in monastery!”. One seeks to learn Buddha Dharma but if he pays too much attention to external appearance (form), he is seen to act against the Buddha’s teachings. Let see the example of Sarvanivarana-vishkambhin Bodhisattva (Trừ cái chướng Bồ tát) who learned Dharma from a lay Buddhist in Varanasi (thành Ba La Nại); Sudhana (Thiện tài đồng tử) learned Dharma from a prostitute named Vasumitra; Naropa became disciple of Tilopa who was a beggar living on the bank of Gange River and liked eating fish heads. Again I want to emphasize that the robe does not make a monk. Don’t look at external appearance and miss the opportunity to connect with the kalyanamitra. Obviously, it ‘s good to meet a master in the form of bhikkhu who is of full virtue and merit but due to different conditions and karmas, one may have good affinity with a lay master/guru, then it doesn’t matter provided that lay master/guru is spiritually qualified.

Liên Hoa Sanh Đại sĩ

Anyone who possesses wisdom is called “kalyanamitra”.

It should be noted that in Buddhist definition, the kalyanamitra (Skt) means the one who firmly grasps the knowledge of liberation and spiritual practice in accordance with the right orbit of dharma to liberate himself as well as help others realize the right path of emancipation. Accordingly, any bhikkhus, bhikkhunis, laymen (Upasaka) or laywomen (Upasika) who meet all these criteria can be called “kalyanamitra”. To make it short, anyone who possesses wisdom is called “kalyanamitra”. Otherwise, even a monk robe cannot make a “kalynamitra”. Buddhism attaches much importance to real spiritual capacity, thus you should lay your faith and respect on those who meet those criteria. This is not my word but the teaching of Buddha in the Dhammapada Sutra:

He is not thereby a Bhikkhu

Merely because he begs from others

By following the whole code (of morally)

One certainly becomes a Bhikkhu

“… if a bhikkhu in the Sangha is known to have broken precepts, one should not respectfully bow to him even he is wearing monastic robe…”

Therefore, before entering the Nirvana, the Buddha warned: “… if a bhikkhu in the Sangha is known to have broken precepts, one should not respectfully bow to him even he is wearing monastic robe…” (Mahaparinibbana Sutra I , Tathagata Chapter). For for information, you can read the book named “The Door of Liberation: Essential Teachings of the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition” by Geshe Wangyal, p117-120); “The Book of Guishan” by Ven. Guishan.

Above is the real meaning of “kalyanamitra” and now I want to talk about the holy space which is long thought to be fixedly located at pagodas or monasteries under the management of the Buddhist Sangha Organization. This is the reason why quite a few people have had spiritual slavery attitude, losing their divine pride (I am the honored one). So when will we call a place “pagoda/monastery”? According to one of the Four Dharmas on which the Buddhists rely [relying on the true meaning, not just the words], anywhere that worships Buddha, Bodhitsattvas, holy saints and is dwelled by practitioners who have serious attitude towards the cultivation and follow right orbit of Buddha Dharma, is called “pagoda/monastery”. It is also called “prajna hall” where the true dharma is practiced. On the contrary, a pagoda or monastery where has wrong view in worship, i.e worshipping who are not worthy of worshipping such as Guan Gong, King of Heaven, King of Hell… which runs against the refuge vow (as one takes refuge in the Buddha, he should not worship devas, asuras, petas and objects), is not called “pagoda”. Among Buddhist precepts, “wrong view” and “give up Bodhicitta” are subjected to serious mistakes which can destroy the whole cause of spiritual cultivation of a practitioner. This comes from the fact that in Buddhism, wisdom (right view) is used to break up ignorance (wrong view); its dharma is used to save the sentient being from rebirth in the cycle of existence, whereas heretic practices just can bring them to rebirth in the samsara.

The one who takes refuge in the Buddha should not worship Devas, Asuras, Petas and Objects

From these points on, Song Nguyen Tantra House is seen as a place to learn and practice Buddha Dharma. At present, the House is the Center for Research & Application of Tibetan Yoga and the UNESCO Club of Research & Application of Tibetan Yoga. Hence, there is no reason to deny the scholary value and official appellation of Song Nguyen Tantra House. Nonetheless, as Buddhism  fice prominence to good root, good conditions and personal wake-up ability of the practitioner, thus:

“THE SOLEMN DOOR OF TANTRA HOUSE IS NOT ARBITRARILY OPENED TO ALL VISITORS

THIS PURE-MIND RESIDENCE NEVER ACCEPTS GOSSIP OF WORLDLY AFFAIRS”

chanhtuduyI am delighted to see this place, though neither being in the form of pagoda nor having monks with shave dome and monastic robs nor having spiritual power, is still well known by many readers, dharma brothers or Buddhist intellectuals. This is because of the true meaning of spirituality it has been sharing and the blessings of the Avalokiteshvara – the Victor representing all buddhas, Dakinis (Dharma guardians), and particularly the firmly belief of my disciples who have broken all prejudices to come and learn Buddha Dharma from a lay master. This achievement is also thanked to the clemency, unbiasedness, “non-sectarian” spirit of readers all over the world who have been reading and learning Buddha Dharma at chanhtuduy.com which has 1224 articles, 72 audio-sermons, 24,218 comments. The Song Nguyen Tantra House shall never let you down once you’ve come to us. I would conclude this article by praying:

MAY ALL SENTIENT BEINGS BE IMMERSED IN THE BLESSINGS OF THE TRIPLE GEM

LET THE TORCH OF WISDOM BE LIGHTED EVERY WHERE

Phuoc Thanh Village, June 4, 2016

Thinley – Nguyen Thanh & Mat Tinh Giac


Vietnamese version:Kỳ 4 : TẠI GIA & XUẤT GIA; CHÙA & NHÀ: ĐÂU LÀ THỰC NGHĨA TỐI HẬU, ĐÂU LÀ THỰC CHẤT VẤN ĐỀ ?

  1. Tantra Amitara says:
    Dear guru

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

    Very very wonderful article by using just simple words. We all have to avoid three points 1) wordly affairs 2) affliction 3) three world kamadhatu, rupadhatu, arupdhatu. One has not become a kalyanmitra just by dressing rops but by inner qualities as you see naropa learned dharma from a beggar who use to eat fish head. Also one doesn’t became a pagoda by statue of budha, scripture, monks but who have serious attitude towards dharma, not worship to God asura or something. I am very happy to connect with song Nguyen tantra.  Dharma Friends always for ready for help.

    May guru teachings illuminate all over the world. May guru and his concert live long for the well being of all.

    May all sensient being attain enlightenment.

    Om mani padme hum

  2. paul yawney says:
    Dear holy Guru, thank you for another wonderful article.this one feels so right for me. I am trying to live my life by the teachings. I try to incorporate it in everyday life. the teachings are in my heart and mind I try to correct when in error. your teachings have made it so much easier to follow. Thank you. OM MANI PADME HUNG.   Tantra Himataru.
  3. Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Dear holy Guru,

    I am delighted to read your article. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful article. I have learnt that the main points of practicing dharma lies on the actions of body, speech and mind in accordance with the orbit of the true dharma. In whatever forms the masters are, they must to guide the practitioners free from suffering with the suitable methods.

    Wisdom and bodhichitta are not coming from outside of oneself like outer objects like yellow robes or shaven heads, they come from the true teachers who follows the Buddha’s teaching and guide all beings to free from the three burning houses. Therefore, lay or monastic life is not the core for enlightenment; only true practitioners having the right methods and being guided by the true Guru can get the good fruit.

    In Dhammapada, the Buddha taught that

    “Not by a shaven head

    does an undisciplined man,

    who utters lies, become a monk.

    How will one who is full of desire and greed

    be a monk?” (the just)

    And

    “Should one see a wise man,

    who, like a revealer of treasure,

    points out faults and reproves;

    let one associate with such a wise person;

    it will be better, not worse,

    for him who associates with such a one.” (the wise)

    I would like to express my deep gratitude for your teachings.

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

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

    May the epidemic caused by corona viruses soon eliminate.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

     

     

  4. tantra mahavita says:
    Dear Saint Guru: Grateful for wonderful article. The teachings are in my mind and in my heart. And I try to live everyday life according to the Dharma. Trying to correct day by day. The Sacred Guru makes the teachings so easy and accessible that enter our mind and heart in a very simple way. … We have through the Guru the Blessings of the Three Gems … and the Sacred Dharma … we are so fortunate … That the Holy Guru has a long life for the benefit of all sentient beings. That all beings Reach the Nature of Buddha. OM MANI PADME HUM
  5. Jason Cook says:
    I thank you for the read, Dear Guru.

    I think I understand that even a fool can be a wise man. One cannot judge the depth of wisdom on appearance alone.

  6. Mật Định Thuần says:

    Dear Holy Guru,

    I am very happy to read your  great  article: “LAY & MONASTIC LIFE; HOUSEHOLD & MONASTERY –  WHAT IS THE ULTIMATE MEANING? WHAT IS THE NATURE OF ISSUE?”. I’m very grateful for your precious teachings and I remember that

    “The Third Realization:

    The mind is insatiable,

    always seeking, thirsty for more,

    thus increasing our sins.

    Bodhisattvas renounce such conduct.

    Always remember to follow the Way,

    be content and at peace with poverty,

    with wisdom as the sole vocation.

    <Sutra of the Eight Realizations of Great Beings, The Buddha’s teaching>

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

    May the Covid-19 soon eliminate.

    OM MANI PADME HUM!

     

  7. Dr C H Lakshminarayana says:
    I bow my head at the feet of Guruji.

    Dear kalyan mithra, Mat Dinh Thuan,

    Your words are golden words. Rightly said.

    I contemplated over those lines again and again.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Dr C H Lakshmi narayana

    ( Tantra Nirvadeva)

  8. Pankaj kumar giri says:

    Dear Honorable Guru,

    Thank you so much for the valuable article, and thanks for your time which you spend for us. I need more knowledge from you.May all beings be happy🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  9. Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin được dịch comment của bạn đọc Pankaj Kumar Giri sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con chân thành cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con đọc bài viết quý bàu này. Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã dành thời gian quý báu của Thầy chỉ dạy chúng con. Con cần được nương tựa vào tuệ quang của Thầy.

    Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh được hạnh phúc.

  10. Rachel says:
    Dear Holy Guru, thank you for sharing your article you are full of wisdom, which I look for, as my family ignore me, it’s painful, but, there are children suffering worse than I am. Many thanks, Tantra Atmana
  11. Henrique says:
    Thank you Guru for reminding me that we shouldn’t judge the book by its cover but by its content.

    That the corona outbreak can be controlled.

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  12. Thomas Charles says:
    Thank you once again for your wonderful dharma, Guru.  It always inspires me to cultivate more diligently.  Om Mani Padme Hum.

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