Jan 24, 2019

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Thanh Tri – the 2nd Mind Dharma: SAMYAGDRSTI- PRABHA SAMADHI – Part 5: How to be equipped with the full right view (Bài 5: Làm sao để được trang bị chánh kiến toàn diện?)

Thanh Tri – the 2nd Mind Dharma: SAMYAGDRSTI- PRABHA SAMADHI – Part 5: How to be equipped with the full right view.

Before the Buddha’s time and during his time, though the 96 pagans tried to practice diligently their methods in the forests or in the mountains, they did not have the right view. When the Buddha got enlightenment under the bodhi tree,  all beings are so happy to sink in his wisdom light of awakening called right view. What the Lord Buddha taught in a certain situations or answered in detail to the specific questions made by the monks or lay Buddhists has been called the right view. The Buddha’s teachings  remembered through his direct speech then written in letters was called sutras (sutras mean consistency of their expression). According to the affirmation of the Lord Buddha and other Buddhist’s logicians, the teachings are called sutras only when they are spoken or written by the enlightened ones (who get the sunyana- wisdom) like the Buddha,  Arhas and Bodhisattvas. The knowledge of masters in pagans can not get such high spiritual level of enlightenment so that their teachings are only the words of the intellectual one. They can not be called sutras. Why? Because their teachings are lack of the right view or have no right view. This is due to that fact that they cling to the eternalism or have attachment on nihilism in an extreme and one-sided thoughts, then leading them to the attachment on the ego (as in the Christian Bible when someone calls a disciple of The god is a sage then he immediately was corrected by the following saying: “Do not call me a sage because out of God, no one deserves to be called a sage” a quote from the book of the New Testament of Luke) or they fall in the case of dharma attachment (my dharma is the best as in the case of an affirmation in the Christian Bible as follows: “I am a life, a path, the truth. Not me, no one can come to the Father ”).

Back to the points in the Buddhist scriptures, the right view  revealed from the Buddha like the lion roaring in the forest of wrong view is “the Four Noble Truths” (the four supreme truths), no one of the pagan commentators can countered, the evidence was shown in the Buddhist scriptures that many cases of pagan Taoists came to talk to the Buddha, then they was surrendered and ask to be a disciple of the Buddha, the most famous of these anecdotes is the excellent brahmin of the pagan Kātyāyana, later became one of the ten principal disciples of the Buddha. He was foremost in explaining Dharma.

If mentioning about the number of sutras given by the Buddha, though we spend our whole human life reading or listening to them, we can not finish them at all, let alone the teachings and viewpoints of other Buddhist enlightened ones. This explainswhy the number of people buying Christian New Testament Bible is the most. Because there is only one book on Christian New Testament Bible. In Buddhism, there are many different sects and different schools which are suitable with the certain backgrounds of different beings, then there are different sutras according to different sects. Therefore, how can we know the exact number of people learning Buddhism?

We can also figure out how to integrate the right view with the massive state of the Buddhist scriptures? Foreseeing that there will be the disagreements among Buddhist followers, the Buddha pointed out the criteria to verify the authenticity of Buddhist sutras with the viewpoints andexplanation as follows:

Evaluation criteria: the sutras called authentic ones which rely on the Buddhist principles as follows:

1, Three principal aspects of the enlightened path: Renunciation, Bodhicitta and Emptiness

2, Four Dharma Seals are the four characteristics which reflect the true Buddhist teaching. It is said that if a teaching contains the Four Dharma Seals then it can be considered Buddha Dharma although the Dharma Seals were all introduced after Gautama Buddha died.

Four Dharma Seal includes: (1) All phenomena are empty, (2) All stained emotions are painful, (3) All compounded things are impermanent, (4) Nirvana is true peace. It can be considered (1) and (2) as Emptiness, (3) as Renunciation ; and (4) as Bodhicitta.

The Four Seals are as follows:

* All phenomena are empty: All phenomena are non-self, mutual dependence and no permanency.

* All stained emotions are painful: All conditioned phenomena and experiences are unsatisfactory

* All compounded things are impermanent: all dharma and their functions are impermanent in nature. Everything is a result of the convergence of the seed and the maturing conditions. Converging conditions are ever changing, too – no permanency.

*  Nirvana is true peace: Nirvana is the ultimate tranquility. Nirvana is beyond all terms of duality and relativity. It is therefore beyond our conceptions of good and evil, right and wrong, existence and non-existence.

3, Four reliance principles—the four trusts of Dharma—four basic principles for thorough understanding Buddhism:

* Relying on the Dharma, not on the people who expound it—trust in the Law, not in men—relying in on the teaching, not merely on any persons (relying on the teaching and not on the person who teaches it).

* Relying on the meaning, not just on the words—trust in truth, not in words (letters). Relying on the true meaning or spirit of Dharma statement in sutras, not merely on the words of the statement (relying on the meaning of the teaching and not on the expression). Buddha’s teachings demonstrated examples of not attaching to the words being used because there are many case that the sutras were counterfeited in words called Buddhist apocryphal.

* Rely on the complete teaching, not on the partial teaching—Rely on the sutras that lead us to enlightenment, not on those that do not. Trust in sutras containing ultimate truth, not incomplete one. Relying on the sutras that give ultimate teachings, not on those which preach expedient teachings resulting in rebirth of Human, God, Asura, Animal and Preta.

* Rely on the wisdom, not on the conscious and perception—trust in wisdom growing out of eternal truth and not in illusory knowledge. Relying on intuitive wisdom, not on intellectual or normal understanding. Wisdom is the pure knowledge to attain the enlightenment. Conscious is the worldly perception causing the bad seeds and conditions for the cycle of rebirths and deaths.Thus, understanding the authenticity of Buddhist sutras should base on wisdom, practitioners should not rely on your feeling and your own thoughts to praise or defame any Buddhist teachings.

However, with a massive dataand an infinite amount of sutras,how can we have enough time and have enough brain power to finish reading the Buddhist scriptures and integrate the right view completely? I use the mind power, the power of the vow and the power of wisdom from the Buddhist scriptures and from the teachings of enlightened ones in Buddhism in accordance with the above principles and criteria to equip you with the right view by the skillful means of writing articles in a simple way. In addition, all articles are written in the spirit of ‘dharma is life and life is dharma” so that it is so easy for you to read and to understand the meaning of the sutras and you do not need to spend much time on temples like the national teacher Huizhong in Chinese Tang Dynasty who spent 45 years reading and studying sutras in temple and another case was master Yin-Guang who spent 20 years studying Buddhist scriptures in temple.

Reading this article, you should have learnt that the large amount of articles in the website of chanhtuduy.om reflects the events, phenomena and  aspects relating to the Buddhism on the right orbit of the Dharma are up to 2.500 ones. All articles reflect all spiritual aspects of full right view including right view on worship, right view on reverence, right view on viewpoints and right view on liberation. I am also proud of our monumental and immensely beneficial spiritual work and you all also have made the contribution to this spiritual work by your own articles and every year I have evaluated  your contribution. There are some excellent and prospective writes like Mat Kien, Mat Tu, Mat Thuy, Mat Dieu Hang, Mat Hai, Mat Hanh Giac, Mat Hue Phap, Mat Tinh Dung, so on and the most outstanding is Mat Dieu. Your writing has still been full of the right view.

Our castle of chanhtuduy.com is similar to the castle of Vimalakirti, a Buddhist master with transcendental wisdom. He made greeting the Savaka, Pratyeka-buddha, Bodhisatvas and gods, devas, asuras, nagaraja (dragon kings), demon kings in a small room in his castle but there always are enough rooms for them to gather for listening dharma. Likewise, just a single click in your smartphone, you all open the link and read articles then you equip yourselves with the right view in the different levels from partly to fully, comprehensively and totally.

However, like the fact that small is the seed of every greatness, little and often fill the purse, little drops make the tank full, the reading and comments on articles on chanhtuduy.com is necessary to be diligent and non-stop to get the result. If you read and comments 50 articles then you stop reading, 2 months later you start reading it again, you will get nothing. Because it is the same case of that you pour 500 drops into the tank then you stop. Two month later, there isno water in the tank because the amount of water being poured 2 months ago had evaporated.  You should start dropping the tank from the beginning. Therefore, you all want to be equipped with the right view fully and totally, you should read and comment diligently every day, every month, every year. I would like to ask you if anyone enters the magnificent castle and looks at everything from top to bottom with the sketchy information, then steps out, will he thinks that he himself has visited it totally and has a deep feeling about the beauty of the castle? It is the reason why I myself has kept reminding all of you to read articles on chanhtuduy.com regularly to get the right view. I have to be so serious that I have to give you the vajra criticism and withdraw your account as a warning to you. I have known that many disciples and learners felt angry, even blame on me or use the harsh words to me with my actions which are from my compassion towards you. I do not feel displeased because I have known that all beings are effected by the law of cause and effect, they reap what they sow. They will get consequences if they do not make penance when they have the negative thoughts towards the Guru and break the first precept of Tantric vows because master Pabongka gave a warning that when you kill an ant if you do not make penance at once, 15 days later, your bad karma will be as serious as the bad karma of killing a chicken, after a month your bad karma will be equivalent to kill a cow, after 6 months, it will be as heavy as killing a human being. If you break the first precept of being disrespect to Guru but you do not make penance, how serious the consequence you get! Oh, no. I do not dare to write more detail about the consequences you have to get if you disrespect to Guru. You will understand clearly when you think over the six bad consequences I have mentioned in the lesson 4 as follows: (1) practice more and get less, (2) failure in worldly life and no progress in spiritual path, (3) the increase in ego clinging and dharma attachment, (4) having a gloomy and unhappy face by negative impulses showing out through the actions of speech and body, (5)facing many unexpected risks, (6) being difficult to be reborn in the Buddha realms.

How to have the right view is a spiritual endeavor, but how to make the right view  become clear light, which means exposing the light of wisdom from less to more, from near to far, is an issue to be interpreted and determined according to the spirit of Pure Mind Yoga, I will continue to present it in lesson No. 6. Please wait to read it. Ipray for all beings to attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature. Om mani padme hum!

A raining afternoon on the peakof Phu Van mountain.

Date: January 14, 2019

Thinley – Nguyen Thanh

Translated by Mat Dieu Hang.


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” (Bài 3: Những góc tư duy về chánh kiến)

Part 4: GAIN FROM RIGHT VIEW, LOSE OF WRONG VIEW (Đệ nhị tâm pháp Thanh Trí: Chánh kiến quang minh tam muội – Bài 4: Ích lợi từ chánh kiến, tác hại từ tà kiến)

Part 5: How to be equipped with the full right view (Bài 5: Làm sao để được trang bị chánh kiến toàn diện?)

 

  1. tantra mahavita says:
    Dear Holy Guru: I take refuge in the Buddha ,,,, I take refuge in the Dharma … I shelter the Sangha … What the Buddha taught through his speech and then written in letters were called Sutras. (means, the consistency of their expression) Only when they are spoken or written by the enlightened. The Right Vision revealed by Buddha of the Four Noble Truths. Authentic Sutras are based on Buddhist principles as follows … Renunciation, Bodhichitta, Emptiness … and … the Four Seals of the Dharma that it includes … All phenomena are empty … All emotions are painful … All compound things are impermanent … Nirvana is true peace … Trust the Dharma, not the people, who expose it .. Trust in the law, not in men … Trust in the meaning, not in the words … Trust in the wisdom that arises from the eternal truth and not in the illusory knowledge. Wisdom is pure knowledge to attain enlightenment. Therefore, to understand the authenticity of the sutras, practitioners should not rely on their feelings, or their own thoughts, but rely on wisdom. Using the power of the mind, the power of the vote and the power of the wisdom of the Buddhist scriptures and the teachings of the enlightened according to the above criteria equate it to the correct vision.May all being attain the Budhha Nature. Deep gratitude . OM MANI PADME HUM
  2. Tantra Sagovana says:
    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for sharing this article.

    In this article you explain more about Right View, the criteria for a Sutra to be authentic, and the importance of regularly reading and commenting articles on chanhtuduy.com

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Tantra Sagovana (Ahmed Khan)

  3. Tink clarence hamm says:
    Dear holy gura.                                                                                              Hello, long time friend, i am doing 70 hours a wee4 right now working. Making up for bad karma is a must. Its a very good read, with many good points. Ive been so happy and helping or sharing all i can that i really dont mind all the hours I’m working, it gives me time to think, and be happy knowing im living with Buddhas words.                                                                      See you on my half day off .                                                                       Tink clarence hamm
  4. Brian King says:
    Dear Holy Guru , Thank you very much for sharing this beautiful article. It was very inspirational and educational. I’m looking forward to reading more of your articles soon.  Great fully yours, Brian King

     

  5. Ahmed Khan says:

    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for sharing this article explaining the significance of Buddhist scriptures/sutras, and also explaining the importance of reading and commenting on chanhtuduy.com regularly.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Tantra Sagovana (Ahmed Khan)

  6. Tantra Sagovana says:
    Dear Guru,

    My name is Tantra Sagovana.

    I am rereading this article and I understand it’s meaning better.

    That Right View is of great significance in Buddhism and it is a must for every Buddhist practitioner to acquire Right View.

    Right View is contained in the Buddhist Sutras (words of the enlightened ones).

    As there are a significant number of Sutras and it is not possible for busy lay Buddhists to read all of them Guru has provided us the Vimalakirti castle of chanhtuduy.com so that we can obtain the Right View and practice the Dharma in daily life while also getting worldly success.

    We must regularly read and comment on chanhtuduy.com while at the same time we must have strong and stable Guru devotion and follow all the Tantric precepts especially the first Tantric precept which is to never criticise Guru.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Tantra Sagovana (Ahmed Khan)

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

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