Jan 24, 2019

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Thanh Tri – the 2nd Mind Dharma: SAMYAGDRSTI – PRABHA SAMADHI – Part 3: RIGHT VIEW IN DIFFERENT ASPECTS” (Bài 3: Những góc tư duy về chánh kiến)

Thanh Tri – the 2nd Mind Dharma: SAMYAGDRSTI – PRABHA SAMADHI – Part 3: RIGHT VIEW IN DIFFERENT ASPECTS”

Part 3: RIGHT VIEW IN DIFFERENT ASPECTS

On Christmas Eve 2018, two monks from Bong Lai Pagoda in Long An Province led five novices to walk around, then they stopped in front of a rock cave which reproduces the place where a baby was born who then would be called Jesus. The monks taught these novices: “Let bow for three times”. This clip made me ashamed to be Buddhist – the “Prince of Universe” who should never bow to a kid, even then he would become God. I wonder if their master taught them about the noble status of a Buddhist or not? Under the precept, a Buddhist should not bow or worship deva/brahma, asura, demon and object. So why must those novices bow before the heavenly son for three times?

“Naga vase offering”

A Facebook page recently posted the image of some Tibetan lamas who guided followers from Quan Am Pagoda in Vung Tau City to prepare offerings in a ceramic pots, then dropped them into the river to perform “Naga vase offering”(!). It would be fine if they do “almsgiving” rather than “offering”, for the Buddhist shall never perform offering to the animal (Naga means dragon). Of 13 subjects deserved to receive offerings, 4 are the ones who have reached from Sotapattiphala to Arahattaphala, 4 are the ones who have reached from Sotapattimagga to Arahattamagga, 4 are the non-Buddhist ones who have attained from the first to the fourth jhana, and 1 is the one who is a virtuous Buddhist practitioner. From here, we are proud that a Buddhist practitioner who merely observes five (5) precepts can stand equally to the first three groups (i.e deserved to receive offerings) while the non-Buddhist practitioners must undergo great hardship to attain the jhanas.

Two monks from Bong Lai Pagoda may show their modest and harmonious attitude towards non-Buddhist sect but in fact, they did against the Buddha’s teachings. The other two Tibetan lamas may show their “broad cultivation and making abundant offerings” as the third virtuous vow of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva but in fact, they turn the noble status of the Buddhist into the ordinary or mundane one. The above two stories sound alarm over the lack of right view that can make one go astray which consequently lead to a disparagement of Buddhism because these clips spread fast in social network.

Four aspects of right view: Right view on worship, right view on respect, right view on viewpoint, and right view on liberation

Now we need understand aspects of right view specifically to avoid missing the orbit of Dharma. Right view is a general term of profound meaning but it includes four aspects as follows:

1/ Right view of worship: As said above, a Buddhist who took refuge in the Three Jewels should not worship Deva/Bharma, Asura, Demon and Object. This comes from a fact that many pagodas are worshipping Four Deva Kings, Chua Xu, Lieu Hanh, Chua Tien, god of wealth, god of earth, or Guan Yu. These places are going against the Buddha’ s teachings and refuge vow. They are definitely not the Buddhist pagoda. Many Buddhist canons say that after the Buddha expounded in each Dharma assembly, deva kings and lord of devas made vows to protect those who read and act in accordance with the canon or Buddha’s teachings. In the Ksitigharba Sutra (Sutra of the Past Vows of Earth Store Bodhisattva), a ghost king named Poinson-less made a vow to ask ghosts and spirits of the lands to protect those who follow the Buddha, read sutras, make offerings to the holy altars. From these points on, should Buddhist practitioners worship those who protect them?

2/ Right view of respect: It is ridiculous that many pagoda goers burn incenses for and bow before devas and asuras, just like a prince bowing before his mandarin. Hence we should know that a person with right view only worship those who worth worshipping like virtuous masters and Buddhist saints.

3/ Right view of viewpoint: This means all reasonings or arguments must be based on Buddha’s teachings such as “Four Foundations of Mindfulness” (the mindfulness of the body, mindfulness of feelings, mindfulness of mind and mindfulness of dharmas); “The Four Reliances” (Rely on the dharma, not the teacher/ Rely on the meaning, not the words/ Rely on wisdom, not on consciousness…). Do not present our viewpoint out of our subjective thinking but we should follow the teachings of Buddhist saints – one of five methods of reasoning in the study of causality or Buddhist logic (Hetuvidya) (including perception, example in logic, inference, magical power and Buddhist saints’ teachings). Without right view of viewpoint, none of commentators can stand firm in the debate.

Right view of liberation means a comprehensive knowledge of what is called suffering, the origination of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering and ways to end suffering (Four Noble Truths).

4/ Right view of liberation: means a comprehensive knowledge of what is called suffering, the origination of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering and ways to end suffering (Four Noble Truths). That’s why Buddhist practitioners’ ultimate and final goal is liberation, not the blessings in Brahma and human realms. A practitioner with right view has a wholehearted will and vow to set him free from samsara though still being bounded by ignorance – this is called the spirit of Mahayana. Only those who have full right view can possess this quality. In short, a person having much knowledge of and in-depth commentary about right view but does not follow or act against those four aspects is of no value. A Buddhist practitioner with a comprehensive right view will attain wisdom level by level. Meanwhile, those who are without or lack right view are like building their house on sand. This explains why they practice Dharma for years but do not understand about Dharma. For instance, they believe the Buddha is the fully enlightened being, still they ask for help from Demon, Asura, Fairy or Deva. They know about the value of “seven noble treasures” but still worship the god of wealth, citing that “a hungry belly has no ears”! This is called “to cultivate blessings and foolishness/misfortune at the same time” instead of “cultivate blessings and wisdom at the same time”.

“to cultivate blessings and foolishness/misfortune at the same time”

May the wisdom of Buddha shed light on every directions.

Om Mani Padme Hum!

A rainy afternoon on the peak of Phu Van Mountain, October 1, 2019

Thinley-Nguyen Thanh

Translated by Mat Hue Phap


THANH TRI – THE 2ND MIND DHARMA: SAMYAGDRSTI – PRABHA SAMADHI

PART 1: INTRODUCTION

PART 2: WHAT IS RIGHT VIEW?

PART 3: RIGHT VIEW IN DIFFERENT ASPECTS” 

PART 4: GAIN FROM RIGHT VIEW, LOSE OF WRONG VIEW

PART 5: HOW TO BE EQUIPPED WITH THE FULL RIGHT VIEW

PART 7:  HOW TO TURN THE BRILLIANT LIGHT (PRABHA) INTO SAMADHI? 

PART 8:  THINGS TO NOTICE AS YOU PRACTICE SAMYAGDRSTI – PRABHA SAMADH

PART 9:  HOW DOES THE 2NDMIND DHARMA WORK?

PART 10:  WORDS FROM A MAN WHO WISHES TO BE THE 3RD HARDLY MET PERSON

 

  1. Aman Prakash says:
    Dear guru

    Thank you for sharing this article. I bow on the lotus feet of guru. I have also seen budhist who worships to god,sprit. I think they haven’t taken proper budhist teachings.worshiping to god may also be reason of fear.i also used to worship God just because of fear thinking god will protect us from evil.The society also created such stupid evils (virtual).now I have quited to worship.you explained very well.

    Budha also said- the one who has no desire have no fear of anything.worship is not bad but as Budha said right view of worship. I have learned the ” four reliances “,The four noble truth . Overall the noble budhist have to concentrate on four foundations of mindfulness.

    The one who is connected with guru ,dhamma,and Sangha should not worship to god.worshiping doesn’t lead anyone to enlightenment,he must have to walk on his path to get true nature.

    I am new learner.Day by day I am practicing dhamma.

    May all sensient being attain true nature.

    Om Mani padme hum

    • Nguyên Thành says:

      Good. You should remember four aspects of right view: right view on worship,  right view on respect, right view on viewpoint and right view on liberation. 

      • Aman Prakash says:

        Dear guru

        I bow my head on your lotus feet. I understand what you want to say.

        Right view on worship- here one should not have to take refuge in god,asura,hungry ghost,Deva,etc but to Budha,dhamma and Sangha. As according to sutras one who take refuge in 3 jewels have not to go to worship God.

        Right view to respect – giving respect to whom who worship Budha,dhamma and sangha.

        Right view on viewpoint-all the argument and discussion have to be based on budha teachings.

        Right view on liberation-giving emphasis on cause and suffer and how to deal with that suffering.

        I am very fortunate as you noticed me.may you live long for the shake of all sensient being.

        May all sensient being attain true nature.

        Om Mani padme hum

  2. Vajrakitsune Foxxie Luna Inariusagi says:
    Guru Buddhas are indeed Supreme object of offering and refuge.. Om Mani Padme Hum
  3. Tantra Sagovana says:
    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for sharing this article which explains about four aspects of Right View.

    May all sentient beings be free from suffering and become enlightened.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Tantra Sagovana (Ahmed Khan)

    • Nguyên Thành says:

      Good. Diligence in reading and comments is also a method to give you right view. 

      • Tantra Sagovana says:
        Thank you for replying Guru.

        I will have Right View and practice Dharma diligently.

        Om Mani Padme Hum

  4. tantra mahavita says:
    Dear Holy Guru … I bow my head to the feet of the Holy Guru. Fundamentally the correct vision is based on the Right Vision of Worship, Right Vision Respect, Right Vision on the point of view and correct vision on liberation … Refuge in the Buddha … Dharma and Sangha. That our Guru live happy a long life.Happy and Profound Gratitude to have found Holy Guru. May all beings find the Nature of Budhha.
  5. Totte Nordahl
    Totte Nordahl says:

    Good evening Guru

    Thank you so much for this article, right view is in deed the foundation.

    I am glad that this teachings is a life time of learning and I am enjoying it.

    The four aspects of right view is great. Thank you

    Om Mani Padme Hum

     

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      You comment alway than pass time. Good!

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép được dịch comment của bạn đọc Totte Nordahl sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con đọc bài viết này.

      Chánh kiến thực sự là nền tảng.

      Con hoan hỷ khi biết rằng những lời dạy của Thầy giúp con được học cả đời. Con hoan hỷ khi được học từ Thầy. Bốn khía cạnh của chánh kiến được Thầy luận giảng tuyệt vời.

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.

  6. Lynwood Furthington says:
    Dear Holy Guru, Thank you for this article.
  7. Tantra Sagovana says:
    Dear Guru,

    My name is Tantra Sagovana.

    Thank you for sharing this article.

    Thank you for explaining the four aspects of Right View in detail.

    Right View is the first part of the Noble Eightfold Path and every Buddhist practitioner must obtain it in order to make progress in their Dharma practice.

    May all sentient beings be healthy and well and be free from suffering.

    May Guru be healthy and live long for the benefit of all beings.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Tantra Sagovana (Ahmed Khan)

  8. Tantra Sagovana says:
    Dear Guru,

    My name is Tantra Sagovana.

    Thank you for sharing this article.

    In this article you explain the four aspects of Right View (Right View on worship, respect, viewpoint and liberation) and you explain that it is important for Buddhist practitioners to have Right View in order to gain wisdom.

    May Mat Tinh Phap overcome the difficulties at present and get successful in the future.

    May all sentient beings be healthy and well and be free from suffering.

    May Guru be healthy and live long for the benefit of all beings.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Tantra Sagovana (Ahmed Khan)

  9. paul yawney says:
    Dear holy Guru, thank you for this good article. it reinforces me to ensure thatt I follow the path correctly. I find my self checking to make sure I am shedding my western religion since turning to Buddhism. as I shed those feelings I find myself even more on the right Path. still learning. A work in progress. Namaste.

     

  10. Tantra Sagovana says:
    Dear Guru,

    My name is Tantra Sagovana.

    Thank you for sharing this article.

    In this article you explain more about Right View.

    You explain there is four aspects of Right View: worship, respect, viewpoint and liberation.

    A Buddhist takes refuge in the Three Jewels and should not worship samsaric beings like brahmas/devas, asuras and nagas. A person with Right View only shows worship and devotion to the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Buddhist Sages.

    Our viewpoint must not be based on our subjective thinking instead we must follow the Buddha’s teachings eg. the Four Reliances.

    We must have knowledge about the Four Noble Truths and aim solely for liberation from samsara not for mere rebirth in human or higher realms.

    May Mat Tinh Phap overcome difficulties at present and get successful in the future.

    May all sentient beings be healthy and well and be free from suffering.

    May Guru be healthy and live long for the benefit of all beings.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Tantra Sagovana (Ahmed Khan)

  11. Tantra Mishataru says:
    Dear Holy Guru,

    I am thankful for such a loving message, its really a pointless when one still worship devas and asuras knowing its wrong. This the act which Buddha warn us about. And the good thing if we recite sutras and abide with Buddha’s teaching this devas, asuras protect us than the people worshipping them.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  12. Tantra Sagovana says:
    Dear Guru,

    My name is Tantra Sagovana.

    Thank you for sharing this article.

    In this article you explain more about Right View, particularly in it’s four aspects of worship, respect, viewpoint, and liberation.

    As Buddhist practitioners we only show worship and devotion to enlightened beings (eg. Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Sages).

    May all sentient beings be healthy and well and be free from suffering.

    May Guru be healthy and live long for the benefit of all beings.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Tantra Sagovana (Ahmed Khan)

     

  13. Brian says:
    Dear holy Guru,

    awesome, thank you. I understand a little bit more

    even though I am a beginner I understand this article.

    I realize I have a very long way to go. I want to practice

    right livelihood, I would love to have right understanding, these

    things are difficult for me, practicing is very extremely difficult,

    my joy is at least I have found the Dharma, at least I can understand

    to a certain degree, this is why I am so more than grateful for

    these articles you share. Dear holy Guru do not give up on me,

    I need to be enlightenment, I can feel that my soul has suffered

    way past enough yet it is very difficult for me to practice.

    i will not give up…thank you dear holy guru, I pay homage to you,

    I understand that only the ones that have attained are worth

    praises, not that the awaken one want praises but that it’s

    simply a catalyst, a form of assistance for the aspirants…to attain the holy fruit…thank you dear holy Guru. Thank you for this article. I understand a lot but I know there are subtle wisdom that I am missing too…

    I do not trust my own mind, but I know I can trust you over my
    own mind. I must say that I am very more than grateful for venerable Rose Trans…without his encouragement, his kindness, his insights to be able to recognize me I would not be…I would not be on this level of understanding. It’s amazing dear holy guru…thank you for facilitating, thank you for your kindness and understanding is guiding us, encouraging us. I am very blessed to have met someone like Rose Trans. There are no flattery in my words, only gratitude. I have tried on my own for years to practice the Dharma but I have failed. This is my ultimate sadness. I do not ever, ever, want to born again. I am a ball of confusion…thank you for your guidance. OM MANI PADME HUM.

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      Don’t worry, I am alwal with you! Let’s confidence yourself! You will overcome all difficulties!

  14. Steve Rogers says:
    Dear Holy Guru

    I am Tantra Haramitra

    There are many words of wisdom in this teaching. It is important that we do not worship things that are not deserved of worship; such as idols and displays of historical occurrences.

    We, as Buddhists, must ensure that we display the right way at all times, be humble and only praise individuals worthy of praise. We must ensure we set an example to others to ensure a clear learning pathway.

    Thank you for these words of wisdom, may you, Holy Guru, have a long and healthy life for the benefit of all sentient beings

    Om mani padme hum

  15. Dr.shankar jadhav says:
    Namo Buddhay

    its really important article ……..those people follow Buddhism.

    very importatan thoughts are explain in that article….And it’s very help to learn Dhama… I think I am not big or clever person….give comment on article…

    thx…to explain

    SADHU  SADHU  SADHU

  16. Dhan Singh Ravi says:
    Dear Holy Guru,

    Thanks a lot for sharing this didactic moral lesson. I have a number of people who call themselves Buddhist but at the same time they worship several gods and goddesses. They are of the views that these gods and goddesses will do miracle for them . But I think a true Buddhist shouldn’t worship Brahma , devas , auras or demon etc.

    I think Buddhism is a philosophy based on reason and wisdom.

    Highly obliged yours.

  17. Chukwugozie Maduka says:
    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for your illuminating discourse.

     

  18. Chukwugozie Maduka says:
    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for your illuminating discourse.How can I commence meditation

    ?

  19. Mật Giác Đăng says:
    Dear Guru,

    I have read this article. I am so delighted to learn about Right View in different aspects from your explanation.

    I understand that there are four aspects of right view: (1) Right view on worship – a Buddhist who took refuge in the Three Jewels should not worship Deva/Brahman, Asura, Demon and Object (2) Right view on respect – a person with right view only respect who worth respecting like virtuous masters and Buddhist saints (3) Right view on viewpoint – all reasoning and arguments must be based on Buddha’s teachings, do not present our viewpoint out of our subjective thinking (4) Right view on liberation – Buddhist practitioners have ultimate and final goal in liberation, not the blessings in Brahma and human realms.

    I also understand the difference between comprehensive right view practitioners and lack of right view practitioners in Buddhism. That is, when Buddhist practitioners are fully equipped and their actions are in accordance with those four aspects of right view, they will attain wisdom level by level, they will make the commendation of Buddhism. On the contrary, if Buddhist practitioners lack of right view, or they just know but not understand about Dharma, leading to not act following the Buddha’s teachings, they will make the disparagement of Buddhism. I am impressed with what Guru write about “the spirit of Mahayana – A practitioner with right view has a wholehearted will and vow to set him free from samsara though still being bounded by ignorance”. May myself, as well as our vajra brothers always diligently read and comment on chanhtuduy.com to gain the right view, to have that spirit.

    Thank you, Guru, for giving us this beneficial article. May Guru and your consort have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.

    Thank you vajra brother Mat Hue Phap for translating, may you achieve your legitimate wishes.

    May the covid-19 pandemic will be soon eliminated.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  20. Tantra Adeniva says:
    Dear honourable guru

    Thank you so much for your beautiful teachings and kindness.

    Thank you for this valuable teachings,i need your teachings and grace more and more.

    May all beings be happy

    May the pandemic Corona virus will end soon from the earth.

    May all Corona affected will get well soon.

    🌷OM MANI PADME HUM 🌷

    🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  21. Mật Hòa says:
    Dear Guru,

    I have read this article already.

    I am delighted to learn about right view with 4 aspects: right view on worship, right view on respect, right view on view point, and right view on liberation. Through your teaching, I get to know how important it is when Buddhist practitioners gain a comprehensive right view. I understand right view is considered as the root of the liberation house, therefore those who without or lack of right view are like building house on sand. I will bear in mind that even though a person having much knowledge of and in-depth commentary about right view but does not follow or act against those 4 aspects is of no value.

    I would like to express my gratitude for your teaching.

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

    May Coronavirus pandemic soon be over.

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

    Om mani padme hum!

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      Your English very good but your sentences are not simple! Let’s a bit simple!

  22. Mật Hòa says:
    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for teaching me. I will do as your teaching.

    Om mani padme hum!

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