Oct 19, 2015

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RICH – POOR (Giàu – Nghèo)

RICH – POOR (Giàu – Nghèo)

There is a saying “ Wealth thanks friends and luxury thanks the wife”.  But rich and poor is still are the “ sensitive “ issue in the term of psychology, or in difference of cultural tradition. The definition of rich, is the concept of a prosperous, comfortable material life. The opposition is poor. The true ruler of the rich is their own wealth.” In Europe, Forbes’s  magazine annually creates a list of the most wealthy people in the world,  the current leader in Forbes list is, Bill Gates. He is an American whose fortune is over 50 billion US dollars.

Usually, the truly wealthy have been earning and struggling by themselves so very admirably. Bill Gates had been striving since his student years, Mr Honda of Japan had been consistently working , every day while he only slept 4 hours each night. Mr. Colonel Sanders, the creator of the famous Kentucky Fried Chicken, had suffered thousands of times  inviting  guests to taste his successful industrialized processed foods before customers these days could have the chance to eat it for themselves. therefore the customer could have the delicious food they can buy nowadays. In the nearly distance, the famous bakery Nhu Lan has 3 huge stores on Ham Nghi street. Even with her seventy-seven year age,  she still keeps up with her habits such as, waking up 4:00 AM in the morning.

However , if we dig deeper in a more comprehensive way, one who has been working so hard and has outstanding talent but their supplies only need 2 meals same to those who live in the slums. Therefore the means to become wealthy by working aren’t always available. in some cases, someone might say that “ he had the lucky age ?” she is so fortunate “  when poor, to be rich is destiny , this is really the convincing explanation. One upon time,  many philosophers explored the eternal law of life, but they  couldn’t  explain the 4 pair is life “life – death, luck- unlucky, poor – rich “generally speaking, the rich and poor pair is so unpredictable.

Based on the Buddhism doctoral, rich- poor is explained in a scientific way that is based on cause and effect results . In “ Causation sufferings “ and other sutras which confirm that,: in the previous lives, since the people give much alms, they receive vise versa in the life after . From that concept, we can understand why nowadays the reason why we experience misfortune is because in the previous life we didn’t gave any alms at all. However, in Buddhism the concept is also clarified that anyone anyone can become rich (mundane and out of mundane ) whatever their misfortune or social class .

In the vision of the mundane, the ones who own cars, are things that make us considered wealthy. And conserve is poor, In the Buddhism doctoral , property isn’t ruler for criteria evaluation. Firstly, Buddha taught: The best profit is sickness,  richest is knowing enough, most harmful is anger,at best happiness is nirvana . Thus meaning, even ones who has little property, but knows enough, and satisfied with the present life, of course, they so are so wealthy.  However,  US billionaires,  have been feeling unsatisfied with their money ever since they have been earning it, so of course they are considered poor. Thus, Buddha showed the easy method to become wealthy. Anyone can become rich if they are above thought, whether a rich man or a beggar in the market. In ancient times, Yan hui who ate stale rice and wore tatty clothes, sat on the roadside and croon singing  that Confucius praise the wealthy because  they had the good knowledge of religion. Nowadays, while living in difficult circumstances, there are many person who become wealthy for themselves by this method.

Buddha also taught us of an enriched method by accumulating valuable assets, but not the seven most precious material things in the world which included diamonds, Lapis , pearl, agate, coral, gold, silver……Buddha taught us the  “ Seven Treasures of the Noble Ones “  which included, faith, contemplation, morality , modesty, self – respect, respect for others,  and discriminating wisdom. In “ Eight Realizations of the Great Being  Sutras” also 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. Hence, “ knowing enough” and “ wisdom “ are the  standard rules of the wealthy, along with the valuable assets. Thus, the poor and mundane should follow the Buddha’s teaching so they would become stable and wealthy until their death.

It is not incidental that Buddha had made this statement. Because, material property is the delicious bait for 5 : fire, theft, war, filial impiety , sickness, natural calamity. Each year we have typhoon in the Central parts of my country and the result in the morning, the wealthy only have the empty property. Beside that, the people who already rich want to more richer than before since it becomes disaster . In HCM , the Minh Phung‘s corporation is one of the typical examples of this. His ambition never had limits , he was persuaded by the magic money  and as the result, it was a tragic ending for him. In the Sutras, the story said that a normal man had the fortune to become the King then , But this was not enough for him, later the King wanted to become the King of many countries. But it still didn’t satisfy him, so next he wanted to be king of heaven.  Indra also gave this King contentment by dividing half of the throne and ruled 33 Rayastrimsa floors of heaven . It was unpleasant when in the highest material wealth, so then he wanted to replace the position of Sakka to become ultimately  unique… because  he thought that would finally be enough for him. But the last straw had be taken and he immediately fell into hell.

Rich of the mundane is impermanent . Poverty is now but, rich will be tomorrow, that so commendably. However, poverty is even more worse several time because of struggling the daily expenses.  In the ““ Eight Realization of the Great Being “ sutras sixth realization “ Poverty and hardship breed resentment, creating harm and discord “ . Because of the poverty that creating many evils thing . Not only “ more resentment “  inferiority, spiteful, envious, jealous and also “harm and discord. It means that the poor is the reason of crime “ poverty creating crime”

In particular, the poor people and the rich are still suffering. In general, they still have one conclusion:  Death is inevitable . When death comes near, The the rich long for their property ,while fearing the scramble between their children for their  fortune. At the time, the wealth which accumulated during their life was flowing,  But the dying man understands that this is danger not precious life. The poor person doesn’t worry about property but he  worries for a decent funeral and how their children will live ?

Because no one escapes the hand of death,  Buddha taught us we should keep to  the Seven Treasures of Noble Ones (faith, contemplation, morality , modesty, self – respect, respect for others,  and discriminating wisdom). These valued assets will not be lost after we die, more during our life, can these be stolen. Both The rich or the poor in the world can create this property. All the methods to obtain these are taught in Buddhist teachings. The poor people feel as rich as the Gods when these valuable assets are acquired. They no longer feel inferiority, instead  they feel spiritual pride as a way of the visualization in Tantric teachings. In the long run, they accumulate an intangible asset (virtue) that are so highly appreciated by other people . On this basis, they will be successful in his life. At that time, the property will be follow to be  created. It is called the rich people  ” people come from light to  light” , Mahayana scriptures call them bourgeois,  the guardian to for  the Three Jewels. When they have lived happily, death  will be peaceful.

Phuoc Thanh Village

THINLEY-NGUYEN THANH

Translated by Mat Kinh


Original Vietnamese version: GIÀU NGHÈO

  1. Mat Dieu Hang says:
    Dear my vajra brother- Mat Kinh,
    I deeply rejoice in your good deed of translating our Guru’s discourse into English. You work has a great deal to contribute to help practitioners who can read in English on the level of understanding Buddhist teachings and of Dharma practical benefit.
    Richness or poverty is not the most important thing in our life. For life is so short comparing to the cycle of deaths and rebirths. Everything is impermanent. We are all suffering from unhappiness, rich or poor we are. The poor has the suffering from the house, the food, daily expense causing the spiritual poverty..The rich is always worried about their children, their spiritual life resulting in suffering from the spiritual poverty. In addition, suffering causes them to roam in the cyclic existence
    Based on Buddha’s teaching, there are proper solutions to end suffering; for instance, the solution to worldly poverty or the anxiety of richness is contentment; people must be contented with what they have, as he said: “Comtentment is the greatest wealth”
    The second solution is that all living beings should collect The Seven Treasures of the Noble Ones (including confidence, morality , generosity, self – respect, respect for others, and discriminating wisdom) which can go with them permanently when they are alive or after they die and start another life in the cycle of existence.
    The Seven Treasures of the Noble Ones can be collected through practicing true Dharma, which is the shortest way and the only way leading all living beings to Nirvana where has the highest bliss.
    I am thankful for your noble work which reminds me of our Guru’s teachings.
    May you have happy life and make the progress on the path to enlightenment.
    May our Guru and Dakini long live for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings be free from suffering and its causes.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.
  2. Mat Giac Phuong says:
    Dear my vajra brother Mat Kinh,

    Thank you for your translation. I hope people all over the world read your translation.

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

    Om mani padme hum.

  3. Mật Viễn says:
    Mật Viễn hoan hỷ tán thán Mật Kính đã dịch sang tiếng anh bài viết” Giàu – Nghèo” của Thầy.

    Cầu chúc Mật Kính thành tựu những ước nguyện chính đáng.

    OM MA NI PAD ME HUM

  4. Mật Ba says:
    Mô Phật!
    Pháp đệ Mật Ba hoan hỷ tán thán huynh Mật Kính đã góp sức vun trồng cho vườn hoa đạo pháp thêm tươi đẹp.
    Om Ah Hum!
  5. Mật Lễ says:
    Mô Phật!
    Đệ xin hoan hỷ tán thán thiện hạnh này của đạo huynh Mật Kính đã dịch bài “Giàu – Nghèo” của Thầy viết sang tiếng Anh.
    Cầu chúc đạo huynh luôn vui tu và thành tựu mọi ước nguyện chính đáng.
    Cầu mong tất cả chúng sanh thấm đẫm Hồng ân Tam bảo.
    Om Mani Padme Hum!
  6. Mật Thủy says:
    Congratulate your new translation! I appreciate your effort in contributing these translations! May more and more people in the world read them for the sake of all sentient beings!
  7. Mật Tất Kiểm says:
    Mô phật .
    Đệ hoan hỉ tán thán huynh Mật Kính đã dịch bài “giàu nghèo” của Thầy để cho ánh sáng Phật pháp tỏa đi khắp muôn nơi không phân biệt ngôn ngữ và vùng miền .
    Cầu nguyện cho chúng sanh hạnh phúc với thành tựu Phật tánh .
    OM AH HUM
  8. Mật Huệ Pháp says:
    My dear Mat Kinh,

    From the teaching of our Guru, I come to realize that for a real Buddhist, the rich and the poor are not identified by mundane or tangible assets but Seven Treasures of the Noble One. This is the most precious fortune of any practitioner. They are permanent and definitely go with us all way long to the Pure Land. No one can take them from us. And on that way, tangible assets will naturally come to them as the fruits of practicing Dharma seriously.

    Thank you for your great work and wish you all the best.
    May our Guru live long for the sake of all sentient beings
    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of the Buddha’s nature
    Om Ah Hum

  9. Mật Hồng Tuyến says:
    Đệ xin tán thán thiện hạnh dịch bài của huynh Mật Kính. Cầu chúc cho huynh luôn tinh tấn và thành tựu đời đạo song hành.
    Cầu mong cho tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.
  10. Great website.
  11. Mật Hoàng Hạ says:
    Mô Phật!
    Đệ xin hoan hỷ tán thán thiện hạnh của đạo huynh Mật Kính đã dịch bài “Giàu – Nghèo” của Thầy sang tiếng Anh.
    Cầu chúc đạo huynh thành tựu mọi ước nguyện chính đáng.
    Cầu mong cho tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh.
    Om Mani Padme Hum!
  12. Mật Tịnh Tâm says:
    Mô Phật,
    Đệ xin tán thán thiện hạnh dịch bài của huynh Mật Kính.
    Đệ cầu nguyện trí tuệ Đạo Sư tỏa sáng khắp mọi nơi!
    Trò đảnh lễ Thầy mình!
    Om Mani Padme Hum
  13. Troy D Susan says:
    From light to light. May we all aspire to this way of being.
    Thank you you these generous and kind teachings.
    • Thank you for your reading and commenting on our website. Welcome to many other posts on chanhtuduy.com. We hope to receive more comments from you! ^^

      • Mật Huệ Pháp says:
        Hi Troy D Susan,

        Welcome to Song Nguyen Tantric House. Nice to see you share same viewpoint with the writer who is also the Guru of the House. We come from different places, cultures or circumstances but in the light of Dharma, we all find the common goal of our life. Thanks to the precious and practical teachings of the Buddha and gurus, we can live confidently and die peacefully. May all sentient beings become people coming from light to light.
        Om Ah Hum

  14. Kanji says:
    Dear Guru,
    I’ve read through this article.
    Thank you for introducing me to this article.
    May our Guru and Dakini live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient being achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature
    Om ah hum
    • Dear Kanji,
      It’s good. Through the article you may understand more about conception of “rich-poor” from the view of Buddhism. And remember Seven Treasures of Noble Ones which the Buddha taught us to keep: faith (devotion), contemplation, morality, modesty, self-respect (shame), respect for others, and discriminating wisdom.  These are the property which no one can steal from us and will not be lost after we die.
      This is an article you can refer as well
       
      http://chanhtuduy.com/lesson-1-right-buddhist-teachings-wrong-method-of-dharma-practice/

  15. Bhushan Ravindra Mahajan says:
    Dear Guru,
    I have read this article. I understand that rich or poor is not very important in this life. The most important thing is my balanced mind which helps me to be happy. Beside I should have seven treasures of the Noble Ones.
    Thank you so much for your interesting article.
    On the occasion day of Vesak. I would like to send my heartfelt gratitude to the Guru who helps me to learn about Buddhism.
    May the Guru live long for the benefit of all beings.
    May all beings free from sufferings.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.
  16. Bhushan Ravindra Mahajan says:
    Dear holy Guru,
    I am thankful to you for giving me tantra name: Tantra Mahajan.
    I am Tantra Mahajan (Bhushan Ravindra Mahajan) pray the Guru live long for the sake of all beings. Om Mani Padme Hum.
  17. Tantra Kasila(Vivek S) says:
    Dear Guru,
    I have read the lesson about rich and poor. I am thankful for your wonderful article. It’s not necessary that a rich man will always be happy and poor man will be sad.Actually the richness and poor is in one’s thought.Follow and do good things our thoughts will always be rich
    May the Guru live long for the sake of all beings.
    May all beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.
  18. Tantra Citta (Jeffrey Bernard Forest) says:
    Dear Holy Guru,
    The world will always have the rich and the poor among us. But one asks the question, who is happiest? Over-consumption seems to be the order of the day. Man is expected to consume more and more, but this inevitably leads to suffering because of their insatiable appetite for more. The Buddha had a better approach, when it came down to the question of being wealthy or poor. He taught about an enriched method, by accumulating valuable assets. Those valuable assets were the “Seven Treasures of the Noble Ones”. Having faith, contemplation, morality, modesty, self-respect, respect for others, and discriminating wisdom put you on the road to true wealth. Bodhisattva’s renounce the thirst for more. They follow the Way, are content with poverty and having pure wisdom as their sole vocation, they indeed embody what it truly means to be wealthy. Those who have little property but know enough and who are satisfied with the present life, they too share in the true wealth. If one follows the teaching of the Buddha, on the correct approach to material welfare, wealth then becomes a blessing and a useful instrument for us to do good, and in so doing, we are also helping other people relieve their sufferings. Knowing enough with the right view of living and having the perfect wisdom will lead one to have ultimate wealth, all the while being materially poor. Bless the Buddha and bless our esteemed Master Thinley Nguyen Thanh and his consort and bless the good students and disciples at Song Nguyen Tantra House! Om Mani Padme Hum. Tantra Citta (Jeffrey Bernard Forest). 😊
  19. Milan lama says:
    Dear Gur, I have read this article. I am thankful for your interesting article. May the Guru live long for the benefit of all sentient beings. May all beings free from sufferings. Om Mani Padme Hum.
  20. sunil says:
    Dear Guru,

    om mani padme hum above sent article is very beautiful taught that every human life has need same living things ,no one is rich and no one is poor in this world ,more richer has more suffering than poor ,poor only survive his life minimum commodity which is most needful think is only that all depends upon his karma (daily work)
    here i understand that lord Buddha’s line that is Do goods goods will come to you Thank you dear Guru..

  21. marta irene guagliana says:
    DEAR GURU : From the time without begining the world have rich and poor. But that is the real wealth for the Buddhist approach ,What the Buddha taught are valuable seven treasures of the Nobles,the path of Dharma,: have faith ( devotion ) contemplation, moral, pudor , autoestima ,the respect to others and discriminating wisdom, so following the teaching of Budhha have to hachieve a balanced mind ,so can die in peace and confidence …Our Guru to live a long life for the sake of all  sentient beings …that all beings achieve the happiness of Budhha Nature… OM MANI PADME HUM
    • Mật Diệu Hằng says:
      Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của đạo hữu Marta Irene Guaglianna sang tiếng Việt như sau ạ:

      “Kính bạch Thầy!

      Với sự vô thường của thời gian thì thế giới này không có khái niệm nghèo và giàu về vật chất vì tất cả sẽ trở về với cát bụi. Gia tài chân thật chính là giáo lý Phật đà.  Đó chính là thất thành tài mà đức Phật dạy đồ chúng có được khi thực hành Phật pháp, bao gồm: niềm tin, giới đức, đa văn, tàm, quý, khiêm cung và trí tuệ. Khi Phật tử tuân theo lời dạy của đức Phật, họ sẽ có được tâm quân bình khi sống và họ ra đi trong bình an với niềm tin sẽ về đất Phật.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy trụ thế lâu dài vì sự lợi lạc của chúng sanh.

      Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

  22. Tantra Dorji says:
    Thanks guru for your teaching. May the guru Live long life for the sake of all the sentient beings

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