Sep 18, 2015

Posted by in BUDDHISM IN OTHER LANGUAGES | 6 Comments

Something about the bravery in Buddhism

Paying homage to my compassionate Guru.

I have heard the talks from Dakini – Mat Dieu who presented on “the boundary of renunciation”, and from the vajra brother Mat Nga as well as your teachings of practicing the Buddha’s right view. I feel very fortunate to be followed the footsteps of my Guru on the path to enlightenment and to be among with dharma fellow in Song Nguyen Tantra house. And I recognized that the true Buddhist needs the qualities of Great Compassion and Wisdom as well as Bravery.

Because of fear and ego, the Buddhists “run with the hare and hold with the hounds”

From taking the refuge, all Buddhists make a vow “Having taken refuge in the Buddha, I should not worship any gods who are still bound within the cycle of samsara.” However, there are many Buddhists still worshiping the gods with many rituals of burning votive papers. Although they have a mind cultivating in Buddhist teachings, helping the poor and the disabled as well as all beings, but they do not understand the essence of cultivation which base on the wisdom “cultivating wisdom” because of not being taught by the true Guru. If they do not have wisdom, it is very easy for them to make offerings to wrong subjects, fall in the wrong view and superstition; resulting in the clinging to the external form without the transformation of the mind stream.

However, when they claimed that the monks or religion teachers do not take the responsibility for their teaching, the Buddhists should take the blame on themselves. If they are brave to keep strictly the vow “Having taken refuge in the Buddha, I should not worship any gods who are still bound within the cycle of samsara”, how can their Buddha’s bodhichitta be out of the right dharma orbit? Lord Buddha taught “make of yourself a light. Rely upon yourself. Do not depend upon anyone else” (recorded in the Mahaparinibbana Sutta). Cultivation is to repair oneself, abandon the greed, and give up the ego in order to get the ultimate happiness. Because of fear and ego, the Buddhists “run with the hare and hold with the hounds”; they think that they both practice dharma’s teaching to be reborn in Pure Land and worship the gods to make good deal and wealth. They have done wrong things. So the more diligently they practice, the more greed, anger, ignorant they become. They cannot get peaceful at all.

There are many practitioners cultivating in many ashrams which are not under the orbit of right dharma, they surely hear, see and know all things which are not right. But they are not brave enough to “leave without regretting”. They still try to stay at such an ashram and see it as the buoy for their spiritual life. While Buddha has warned: “If you know of any monks in Sangha who break the precepts, you should not make reverence, worship, and offerings because of their Kasaya” (according to Mahaparinibbana Sutta, the Tathāgata nature, Book 1). They did not know that practicing Buddha dharma is to “make of you a light. Rely upon yourself. Do not depend upon anyone else “, no one can help to make their light. The famous temples, the well-known abbot, or the names of masters cannot give them a passport to travel to the Pure Land. This kind of passport is made of the accumulation of Wisdom and Merit by the practitioners themselves. No practice, nothing happens. Many people who habitually rely on others are not aware of bogging down in superstition and being a spiritual slavery. Because lacking the “bravery” makes the practitioner’s mind confused, not enlightened Buddha’s wisdom, lead to the bad consequences which they wander forever in the cycle of samsara.

“Bravery” has been confirmed as practitioners practicing Buddhist teachings have trouble in the early stages of purification. When facing difficulties or obstacles, they have a tendency to back down. Then they have a sneaking suspicion on the Guru and dharma, their confidence gradually decreases, and then they turn into another intersection where there exists the worship, and middlemen of evil spirits. They did not know it is the effort in dharma practice, which makes purification. They should be delighted with the purification, but not be skeptical about the Guru and Buddha’s dharma, which made them deliberately distance themselves from his enlightened state and freedom from pain. Ripe fruit often comes at the end period of cultivation, success only comes to those who are persevering, brave and have steadfast faith in the Guru and the right path to enlightenment. Without solid faith and bravery, Milarepa could not be one –life enlightened although he learned the supreme dharma from his Guru, Saint Marpa.

“Bravery” is also reflected on the renunciation in accordance with the natural orbit of dharma. Cultivation is the process of transforming the mind stream, transforming from mind stream with ego to the mind stream of Buddha’s nature. Thus, Buddhists should know how to make detachment what makes up the ego like sense pleasures, selfhood, as Gyalsey Ngulchu Thogme Zangpo asserted: “Sense pleasures are like salt water. The more you partake of them the more your craving will increase. When something arouses attachment, To abandon it immediately is the practice of a bodhisattva. “. Abandon the attachment means making the proper renunciation.

Ngài Milarepa đảnh lễ đạo sư Marpa

The highest detachment and accumulating intensive merit is renunciation in practices of Guru Devotion

Renunciation of samsara cause avoids resulting in going in the cycle of deaths and rebirths. You make the renunciation of the daily activities in order to take part in the activities for dharma ashram. The highest detachment and accumulating intensive merit is renunciation in practices of Guru Devotion. Not being brave enough to let go, not having enough courage to detachment, Buddhists cannot attain Buddhist wisdom. With the view point of clinging to everything, Buddhists who does not see the true nature of things and phenomena cannot ever step into the house of enlightenment.

“Have bravery” to enter the path to enlightenment is difficult. And the courage to protect the right Dharma is much harder. A true Buddhist should not only care for themselves and keep silent when others are doing wrong. You will make grievous mistake if you think that you should be gentle and not in the argument while cultivating. Or you are also wrong if you think “you only need to care for yourself while having cultivation or those who have food know that they get full”, then you close the door and sit in mediation at home, no need to think about the others. That thought is not the thinking of Buddhists. If Lord Buddha also thought like that, do we now have a chance to practice the supreme dharmas which can help us attaint the ultimate happiness? Therefore, a great 14th century Tibetan Buddhist Master, Tsongkhapa recommended in terms of teaching as follows: “Making all beings unpleased but follow the right Dharma you should do. Making all beings happy but follow wrong dharma you should not do “(quoted from the work of bodhisattva path arguments “). With the position of the Buddhist, they should put the vow to wish all beings become the Buddha into practice. They should take practical actions to support the right dharma and help all sentient beings approach the right path to enlightenment for ultimate happiness.

Bodhicitta is one of the three principal aspects of enlightenment: Renunciation, Bodhicita and Emptiness. Bodhicitta is also regarded as one of two treasures taking to the Pure Land. With bodhichitta of wishing all beings become the Buddha, Buddhists should have selfless practice. The courage in the practice of selflessness starts to rejoice in the virtue of others. “Rejoicing” in others’ virtues is to abandon your ego. According to The law of Cause and Effect, rejoicing in other good deeds and virtue makes Buddhists happy and peaceful. Moreover, accumulating merit from a happy heart with others’ good deeds is beyond conception.

anh nen

It is like a lighted torch whose flame can be distributed to ever so many other torches which people may bring along

The Buddha said: “Those who rejoice in seeing others observe the Way will obtain great blessing.” A disciple asked the Buddha “Would this blessing ever be destroyed?” The Buddha said, “It is like a lighted torch whose flame can be distributed to ever so many other torches which people may bring along; and therewith they will cook food and dispel darkness, while the original torch itself remains burning ever the same. It is even so with the bliss of the Way.” However, rejoicing in others’ good deeds, not in others’ bad deeds as the thief is happy with robber, lumpen is happy with flattery.

Besides, according to the tantric and Bodhicitta precepts, Tantric practitioners do not break the Bodhicita precept No. 44: “not praising those who have good qualities”, and Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva also recommended that “the rejoicing in the success of others, detachment, comprehending impermanence and boring with samsara” are good ways to protect the accumulated virtue (the vow of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva)
So be happy with selflessness rejoices in others’ virtue! The ancients had a saying: “when you heard others praise your friend, you feel still and have no expression, how brave you are!” It is truly glorious victory. The Buddha advised: “Self-defeating” is the most glorious victory.”

Rejoice in virtue and good deeds of others help practitioners cultivate the action of body, speech and mind. This is the most effective practice for selflessness, detachment which can help the practitioners accumulate intensive merit. People make efforts in attaining the success, and collecting the merit. Buddhists who just rejoice in their virtues can get the same merit as they do. That is a good deal! Why do we ignore such an easy and quick way of making merit?

As far as I know, apart from compassion and wisdom, our Guru and Dakini are bright examples of courage, the bravery of true Buddhists for us to follow. Whenever I have any negative thinking or feel tired of practicing dharma, I always remember the first stage of our Guru and Dakini’s dharma practice which was very tough and thorny. Without the bravery and the determination to get full liberation, the Guru and Dakini cannot easily give up the prosperous life in urban to go to the mountain for cultivation! No courage and absolute faith in Buddhism, the Guru and Dakini do not have enough strength to overcome the arduous years. I deeply admire the bravery of the Guru and Dakini in dharma practice.

Thay va Co la tam guong sang cho chung con noi theo

Guru and Dakini have been giving us more and more bravery on the path to the Liberation City

I understand that the bravery of Guru and Dakini has always existed in the path to enlightenment. You were brave to leave the temple without Right View, you have been courageous for the purpose of teaching all beings. You uphold the Dharma light. It is the bravery of the Guru and Dakini itself which has had Song Nguyen Tantra House found and developed widely today. If the Guru and Dakini could not overcome all difficulties and had followed the tendency of cultivation in temples or monasteries, we would not have entered the enlightened path in which the Guru has taught the right methods with many skillful means to help us get the temporary happiness and ultimate liberation as well. Now, I can understand the Saint Thogme Zangpo’s saying: “If those who aspire to enlightenment willingly give up their bodies, what need is there to mention external objects? Therefore with no hope of reward or benefit, To give with generosity is the practice of a bodhisattva”
The more time I have followed the footsteps of the Guru and Dakini, the more bravery I feel in your Buddhist quality aside from Compassion and Wisdom. The bravery in cultivation is also very important. I was really surprised to see or hear that the Guru and Dakini always praise, encourage and rejoice in our very small good deeds. The first day I came to Song Nguyen Tantra House for dharma, although I only have the mind to cultivation on Buddhism, you all gave me many words of encouragement. Then I felt “very excited” and “highly appreciated”. I have followed you for a year, I understand that only those who have high virtue and vast compassion as well as wisdom beyond the conception can have such noble action. And I know that rejoicing in others’ merit is one of the fastest methods to abandon the ego approaching the Buddha’s nature. Meanwhile, this is the quickest way to accumulate merit without much effort.

The bravery itself defeats the ego and makes the virtue of the practitioners in Buddhism. Buddha is omniscient but he still insisted, “I am the Buddha, you will be the Buddha, too”. Therefore, the holy Asvaghosa asserted in 50 Verses Of Guru Devotion as follows:

“Therefore, exert yourself wholeheartedly never to belittle your Tantric Master who makes no display of his great wisdom and virtues” (verse No.15)
The Guru with Wisdom and Compassion understand that the practitioners at the beginning stage have not had enough wisdom, compassion and bravery, he gives us the easy and effective method to practice dharma which fully exploit the three principle aspects of enlightenment: Renunciation, Bodhicitta and Emptiness. We have practice 16 activities generating Bodhiticha in daily life, sit in mediation and mantra recitation in footstep, read the Guru’s discourses and vajra brothers’ articles as well as write comments to rejoice in Guru’ merit and vajra brothers’ good deeds, which all are the skillful means provide us the bravery in order that we can accumulate enough Compassion and Wisdom to be reborn in the Pure Land.

I would like to express my deeply thank our noble Guru and Dakini for teaching me how to get compassion, wisdom and bravery. I myself know that the distance between “understanding” and “practice” is very far. I will try my best to diligently practice with joyful mind, especially to practice Guru Devotion which is the root of the path to enlightenment.

Paying homage to my compassionate Guru and Dakini!

I would like to rejoice in the Guru’s merit on teaching us to enter the path to enlightenment. I also deeply take great delight in Dakini’s merit on her presentation of “the boundary of Renunciation”. And, I also would like to express my joy in the good deeds of vajra brothers: Mat Nga and Mat Hong Tuyen for their good talks.

May our Guru and Dakini long live for the benefit of all sentient beings!

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

Om Mani Padme Hum.

Hanoi, date: September 15th 2015

Mat Dieu Hang

Original Vietnamese post: VÀI CẢM NIỆM VỀ CÁI DŨNG CỦA NGƯỜI TU

  1.  Tantra Mahavita says:

    DEAR GURU: I feel fortunate to follow in my Guru footsteps. And as the true Buddhist he needs great compassion ,wisdom and courage. Bravery is reflected in the resignation according to the Dharma.The cultivation is the process of transforming the current of the mind transforming it from the current of the mind with the ego to the current of the mental nature of Budhha.Abandoning attachment means making the right waiver, Bodhichita is one of the main precepts of enlightenment Resignation ,Bodhichita and emptiness The Bodhichita is to wish that all beings become Budhha ,The courage in the practice of the desinters begings to rejoice in the virtue of others, To rejoice in the virtue of others is to abandon the ego,Rejoice in the virtue and good works of others help the practitioners to cultivate the action of the body speech and mind.May our Guru have health and can live a long time for the benefit all sentient beings.May all beings find happiness and its causes. OM MANI PADME HUM

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Mahavita sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con cảm thấy mình  may mắn khi được theo chân Thầy, vị Thầy chân chính, bi, trí, dũng. Sự dũng cảm của người tu được minh chứng trong việc Thầy kiên dũng xả ly vì chánh Pháp. Tu tập là quá trình chuyển hóa tâm phàm đầy bản ngã thành tâm thánh. Thầy dạy chúng con xả ly là buông bỏ đúng theo quỹ đạo chánh Pháp. Bồ đề tâm là một trong ba tinh yếu giác ngộ: xả ly, bồ đề tâm và tánh không. Bồ đề tâm là mong muốn tất cả chúng sanh đều tròn thành Phật đạo. Cái dũng của người tu được thể hiện bằng hành động hoan hỷ với thiện hạnh của người khác. Hoan hỷ với thiện hạnh của người khác là cách buông bỏ ái ngã. Hoan hỷ với công hạnh và thiện hạnh của người khác là cách thực hành, điều chỉnh hành vi thân ngữ tâm của bản thân. 

      Con cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của Thầy Cô vì sự lợi lạc của chúng sanh.

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

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

  2. Salvatore Antonio Fois says:

    Venerable Guru;

    My name is Tantra Siramitra.

    Thank you, for the excellent comment about Guru devotion, and right practice of the Holly Dharma,

    Offcours Hours spiritual guide it’s like hour father and mother altughethar and we must have deep faith in hour Guru specially when we know is excellent qualitys.

    OM MANI PADME HUM……

    May hour Ariya Guru have a long and healthy life for the well fare of all sentient beings.

    Faithfully.

  3. Tantra Upatissa says:

    Dear Guru
    I have read this article. It is a very interesting one. Thank you so much.
    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.

  4. Tantra Mikaya says:

    dear holy guru. I read your article several times and it was an interesting article which at the same time exhorts us to go the right way with your help. You as our spiritual teacher, who helps us to stay on the right path and move forward. Our guru is like a mountain guide. Walking the path of bodhicitta is like climbing a mountain. We do not know exactly what we will find at the top of the mountain. But we have heard that it is there to be very nice and everyone happy that the view is great and the air is not polluted. If we now have a guide who knows this way, then this can not help us get off the road. what we must do is to recognize the true nature of Buddha by meditating recitations and self-knowledge. Through holy Guru and through your wise articles and the right methodology, we are able to go the noble way of Bodhicitta. At the center of the Great Way, the Enlightenment Spirit is the desire to reach enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. This attitude is based on why one’s happiness is more important than the happiness of other beings. On the contrary, we ourselves are only a single person, while countless other beings also want to be lucky. If, in the course of the Buddhist way, we recognize the nature of our own mind more and more, the compassion and the ability to help others unfold quite naturally. This attitude makes us very powerful both in meditation and in daily life. Each act helps us further and thus a step on the path to enlightenment. Through this combination of energetic compassion and supernatural wisdom, the consciously expressed, conditioned enlightenment spirit is increasingly transformed into the ultimate enlightenment spirit. Wisdom and compassion have become so natural that every act emerges spontaneously and without the notion “I do something with you or for you” and contributes to the well-being of other beings. May all beings be free from suffering. May all sentient being attain the happiness of Buddhas Nature. May our holy Guru be in good health Om Mani Padme Hum

  5. Dr. C H Lakshmi narayan. says:

    Respected Guruji I bow my head at the lotus feet of Guruji.

    I am Tantra Nirvadeva.

    Buddha said, “Iam the Buddha, and you will be Buddha too “. Yes, when you will be Buddha too ?.That is when you renunciate everything, like Buddha, every thing including samsara family Kith and kin , attain Bodhicitta and Wisdom. Even we should detach our selves with  Guru( maintaining the same respect for him and his teachings ) and put your individual efforts with  Dharma Practices as per the Guru ‘s guidance and knowledge gained by him and samsara too, to  get Enlightenment .  Is it possible  for every body. ?

    Buddha also after renunciated everything went to the forest and associated with two Gurus one after the other by name Arada Kalama and Uddakarama Putha , gained Spiritual knowledge from them and  after his accompanied co -friends left him went to Bod Gaya , sat under a banyan tree, meditated lonely with his individual efforts and got Enlightenment ! Detachment  from every thing and every body and indulging only in Dharma practices are the only essential in the path of Liberation. !

     

    The word ‘ boring samsara ‘ has specially drawn my attention. According to Bodhisattva  Avalokitheshwara’s recommendations, if our ancestors considered  boring samsara as a good quality and neglected samsara, then we would not have got precious sages and gems like Buddha,  Marpa, Milarepa and Gompopa etc.   Buddha taught  monks as well as family people  equally to suit their life style ! He never said anybody to leave samsara.!

    Whether we like it or not, when we have born in this world, we have to live with our surrounding  moving or non moving things and that is samsara.Man can not live alone happily. He is interdependnt  with his surroundings that is samsara. If we get boredom with samsara imagine how miserable life would be ! A little confusion is here and needs clarification.

    A true Buddhist should not only praise and rejoice at  good qualities of others by also exchange his  joy  with  others  suffering. He should help Ever, hurt never and be happy and make others happy.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Long live our Guruji for upholding Dharma.

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

DMCA.com Protection Status