Mar 14, 2019

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Thanh Tri – the 3rd Mind Dharma – THE PRACTICE OF UNINTERRUPTED OFFERING – Part 2: THE SENSE AND ATTITUDE OF MAKING OFFERINGS (Tinh thần và thái độ cúng dường)

Thanh Tri – the 3rd Mind Dharma – THE PRACTICE OF UNINTERRUPTED OFFERING – Part 2: THE SENSE AND ATTITUDE OF MAKING OFFERINGS (Tinh thần và thái độ cúng dường)

Thanh Tri – the 3rd Mind Dharma – Part 2: THE SENSE AND ATTITUDE OF MAKING OFFERINGS

Among Buddhist stories are many exemplary cases on Dharma request who reverently conducted with their whole body, speech and mind. The sense and attitude of these individuals are great lessons on Renunciation.

First story 

In his previous life, the Buddha was the prince of a powerful nation. One day, he was informed that a saint would come to expound in the next two days. One day before the saint’s expounding, the prince got lost in the woods and was captured by an evil demon. As the demon was going to burn him alive, the prince cried out loud. The demon mocked him:

  • How can an excellent sword man and a brave pioneer on every battle like you grieve at death?
  • No! I cry not because I’m going to die but regret that I have no chance to attend the saint’s talk. If you let me go now, I promise to come back after listening to the sermon!

The demon agreed to release the prince. Next day, as promised, the prince came back to the woods to find the demon. He himself prepared a load of firewood and lied await to be burnt alive. The evil demon was so surprised at the joyful attitude of the prince as if he was indifferent to death, totally different from his previous misery. The demon asked:

  • What’s good about Dharma that make you cry for it and now you come here to die for it? Tell me how profound and wonderful is the Dharma that you are willing to risk your life?

Then the demon formed its hands in front of the chest and bowed down. The prince sat on the firewood load and taught what he had perceived about impermanence, suffering and non-self. Overwhelmed with joy and delight after listening to the teachings, the devil demon requested to be the Dharma guardian, abandoning the act of killing for good.

Second story

A seamstress in a small village got awakened by the teachings of a Buddhist saint. She then practiced Dharma unceasingly and attained enlightenment. Ten years later, when seeing her Guru again, the saint reverently bowed down to him and expressed her deep regret for not having anything precious to make offerings to her Guru. After asking for the Guru’s opinion, she was told to present the most precious part of the human being. Without any hesitance, she cut her head to make offerings. The Guru knew that his disciple had attained full enlightenment because a Buddhist saint has no more attention to life and death. That saint is then named among 84 Mahamudra siddhas of Vajrayana school.

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Third story

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The famous late eighth-century Tibetan King Trisong Detsen offered a huge amount of gold and gemstones to invite Padmashambhava to come to Tibet. The King sent 5,000 soldiers to receive and escort the Guru Rinpoche from Tibet-India border to the court. Here, he reverently bowed down to the Guru and requested to be his disciple.

Fourth story 

Master Atisha

A King was captured and put in the prison by the enemy. He was required to pay a ransom in gold equal to the size of his body of around 80kg to be freed. His nephew named Jangchub Ö collected gold just enough to reach up to the King’s neck while the enemy insisted on taking more gold equal to the size of the King’s head. Jangchub Ö felt heavy in his heart and did not know what to do. Knowing about the situation, the captured King secretly told the nephew to forget about him and brought all the amount of gold to invite Master Atisha from India to revive Buddhism in Tibet. Jangchub Ö wiped his tears of separation to submit his uncle’s command. Thanks to this, the Land of Snow escaped from negative influences of Bon religion, causing Buddhism to flourish in Tibet again. The Kagyu lineage was also founded by Atisha and began to develop in the holy land of Tibet in the 11st century.

Fifth story

Master Marpa

Also in the time of Master Atisha, the Tibetan Great Lotsawa, Marpa, began his journey to India to learn Dharma. On his third trip to India, the old master refused the disciples’ assistance but rode the horse alone across the desert, confronting with sandstorm and bandits to meet his Guru – Great Master Naropa. After two years of searching, he finally found out the Master. Marpa, shedding tears before him, bowed down to the Master’s feet and offered nearly 70 ounces of gold. Naropa delightedly received the amount of gold from him and then threw them all into the forest.

Sixth story

Before coming to Tibet, Master Atisha came to receive instructions for developing Bodhicitta from Dharmamati in the island nation of Sumatra (modern-day Indonesia). He making offerings of a numerous amount of gold and silver, gemstones, pennants and banners, eaglewood, silk, etc before staying there for twelve years and received the complete transmission of the teachings and insights from his teacher. He then wrote “The Seven-Point Cause-and-Effect Instruction” that has been passed to generations of Tantric practitioners so far.

Seventh story

Huike learnt Dharma from Bodhidharma

In Tang dynasty (China), as Patriarch Bodhidharma crossed the Yangzi River to China to find his disciples, he accidently met Shenguang (Than Quang), a Dharma expounder who was well known in many pagodas. After receiving the teachings from Bodhidarma, he broke out of joy for perceiving the miracles and wonderfulness of Buddhist dharma. The strong, urgent will of liberation had pushed him to bow down in front of Shao-shih Cave, Song Shan Mountain to show his earnestness. When the Patriarch opened the door, Shenguang told him about his aspiration. The Patriarch said he need make offerings as a neccessary formality before learning Dharma. Shenguang then cut his arm to present to the Patriarch as an offering. The Patriarch accepted this gift and gave him a Dharma name of Huike, which means being able to get enlightenment.

Thầy Cô ăn gì

What do Guru and his Consort have for lunch today?

There are many more stories but I introduce only seven cases for you to see how and what people in the past did to search and learn Dharma. There must have similar iconic figures somewhere else today we have yet to know but there’ve already had brilliant cases in Song Nguyen Tantra House so far. I am delighted to know Mat Kien who wrote 2,000 verses of poem to praise the Guru which is seen as an offering of speech. Mat Tue Tin and Mat Hoa stayed in Song Nguyen Tantra House for over two months to complete spiritual construction projects which you are now using whenever come to the House. Others like Mat Hai, Mat Thuy, Mat Vien, Mat Tue Vien, Mat Quang Loi, Mat Tat Kiem, Mat Tinh Giac, Mat Khue Minh, Mat Chanh Tan, Mat Chanh Hoa, Mat Phap Khanh, Mat Khanh Lien, Mat Nguyen Tanh, Mat Hue Phap, Mat Dieu Hang, Mat Tinh Dung, Mat Hong Nhat… and many disciples and followers are paradigms of making offerings that add to the brilliant development of Song Nguyen Tantra House like today. Mat Nguyen Tanh once showed his thought about the sense of making offerings to the Guru through a mind-shaking article titled “What do Guru and his consort have for lunch today?” (http://chanhtuduy.com/thu-sai-gon-trua-nay-thay-co-gi/) 

My comfortable life, beautiful scenery of the Tantra House and abundant means of transport come from your reverent offerings. I am delighted at your good deeds but you need remember that the act of making offerings should be done with joyful and earnest attitude and with your whole body, speech ad mind – this is a genuine and right offering. However, I still wonder about some disciples or followers who only make offerings after receiving my Vajra criticism; or make offerings to be on an equal footing with their fellow brothers; or make offerings and immediately ask for Thanh Tri Yoga instructions in return which lowers it into a “mediocre bartering service”. I’ve reminded you for many times that I don’t care about the quantity of material offerings but the point is that you must not turn the act of “making offerings” into “giving alms”! Why? Because the Master is not a wanderer; a Director is not a beggar. I will tell you in detail in the next part.

May the torch of wisdom shed light illuminating every direction.

May the merit obtained from the right practice of making offerings be the Bodhi seed that through time will grow into a large forest.

Om Ah Hum

A rainy afternoon on the peak of Phu Van Mountain, March 8, 2019

Thinley – Nguyen Thanh

Translated by Mat Hue Phap


Thanh Tri – the 3nd Mind Dharma – THE PRACTICE OF UNINTERRUPTED OFFERING

Part 1: What is the meaning of “making offerings”?

Part 2: THE SENSE AND ATTITUDE OF MAKING OFFERINGS

 

  1. Tantra Upatissa says:

    Dear Guru thanks for sharing this article.

    Above Seven stories tells us the importance of offerings. We can see in past days even kings used to make offerings to holy Guru’s and received boddhichita and further teachings to get liberated.

    Many thanks to our Vajra brothers who make offerings to our institute of pure mind yoga and help other learner’s get a chance for learning Dharma under guidance of our Respected Guru.

    Hope all beings get a chance and get favourable conditions to make offerings.

    May Guru and his consort live long and get enlightened.

    May all beings be free from suffering and get enlightened.

    Om Mani Padme Hum..

  2. Dear Holy Guru,

    I am delighted to read your article ” Part 2: The sense and attitude of making offering” in “Thanh Tri 3rd Mind Dharma The Practice of Uninterrupted Offering”.

    Thank to Holy Guru for sharing Buddhist stories about 7 symbols of exemplary offerings with their whole body, speech and mind. This is our chance to consider the Renunciation lesson. The story of Great Master Naropa delightedly received 70 ounces of gold from Marpa and then threw them to the woods makes me think of our Guru. Guru receives our offerings in order to help us, your disciples earn merit and help us to become the person who be grateful and requite. It is many times that Guru gives back the offering goods and even give more to help if the disciples is in difficult time.  The genuine and right offering should be done with joyful and earnest attitude and with your whole body, speech and mind.

    Thanks Mat Hue Phap translate this precious lesson.

    May Guru and your consort live long for the sake of all sentient beings.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

     

     

  3. Mật Phê Rô says:

    Kính bạch Thầy !

    Con hoan hỷ thiện hạnh huynh Mật Huệ Pháp đã chuyển ngữ bài viết : Đệ tam tâm pháp Thanh trí : CÚNG DƯỜNG BẤT KHẢ GIÁN ĐOẠN . Bài 3 : Tinh thần và thái độ cúng dường của vị Thầy sang tiếng Anh để những bạn đọc hữu duyên được đọc.

    Con cầu nguyện cho huynh Mật Huệ Pháp luôn được hạnh phúc tự tâm, thế sự hanh thông, thành đạt xã hội .

    Con cầu nguyện Thầy Cô sức khỏe, trường thọ vì đại nghiệp phổ truyền Yoga Thanh Trí, làm lợi lạc tất cả chúng sanh .

    Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh được nương tựa bóng lành Thầy, Phật, Pháp, Tăng .

    Om Mani Padme Hum !

  4. Tantra Amitara says:
    Dear guru

    Thank you for this article. I bow my head on your lotus feet.

    I am here able to know that “how important the offering is? “To learn dharma we should have great faith and devotion towards guru, budha, dharma and sangha. Dharma is very rere and precious. It is our fortunate to have guru like you. When we see in past, people had done great sacrifice to learn dharma. But now people have great ignorance and not able to understand dharma. I have also ignorance. We use to see dharma is like cage and samsaric world as real and freedom but actually dharma is only way to attain freedom. We all need you guru. Please give us blessings to overcome this ignorance.

    May guru and dakini live long for the shake of all sensient being. May guru teachings illuminate all over the world for peace and happiness.

    May all sensient being attain enlightenment.

    Om mani padme hum

  5. tantra mahavita says:
    Dear Saint Guru: Very happy to read this interesting article referring to The sense and attitude of making offerings … Thank you very much for sharing the Holy Guru for sharing these wonderful stories of offerings. With all his body, word and mind. The genuine and correct offer must be made with a cheerful, sincere attitude and with all body, word and mind. Thank you very much to our Vajra brothers who make offerings to help other students have the opportunity to practice Dharma. Under the guidance of our Respected Guru. I hope that all beings have the opportunity and favorable conditions to make offerings .. SIMPLY .. .A FLOWER …. May the Guru have a long and happy life. May all beings be free from suffering and free. OM MANI PADME HUM

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