Aug 10, 2020

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THANH TRI – THE 4TH MIND DHARMA: “LOTUS WALKING DHARANI”. LESSON 1: AN EXPLANATION ON GENERAL DEFINITION (Luận giải về đệ tứ tâm pháp Thanh Trí “Liên hoa bách bộ thần chú đà la ni”, Bài 1: Lược nghĩa về khái niệm tổng quát

It must be for sure that every Buddhist practitioner finds it familiar with the image of the Shakyamuni Buddha who right after his Holy Birth, in the body of a baby prince, walked seven steps and a lotus flower opened up under each of his steps. Is it a true or legendary event? As mundane people, we could not give any idea about an extraordinary holy birth of a Buddha. It is similar when someone happily praises their God, Emperor of Jade, Allah, have those objects ever been seen by naked eyes? Furthermore, we are not equipped with divine eyes, divine ear, how come we witness those supernatural events? However,  there is one hidden meaning or a symbolic language from that event that no one can deny: the purity of Buddha-nature (come out of the dirty mud unsoiled). The lotus flower represents the awakening of the enlightened ones, or the will of achieving enlightenment.

The Shakyamuni Buddha in his Holy Birth, in the body of a baby prince, walked seven steps and a lotus flower opened up under each of his steps.

My knowledge does not allow me to give further explanation on why the Buddha made seven steps, why he pointed a finger to the sky and another finger to the ground. However , I would like to emphasise that image had inspired me to invent a spiritual practice which is the 4th mind Dharma: “Lotus Walking Dharnani”.

The 4th mind Dharma, Lotus Walking Dharani.

Before going into explanation (analysis and argument), I would like to briefly recall six sublime spiritual mind Dharma practices of Song Nguyen Tantra House, Thanh Tri Institute for Psychology Research and Yoga Application including: (1) Eight Dharma methods of taking refuge in the Three Jewels (2) Uninterrupted Offer (3) Samyagdrishti Prabha Samadhi (4) Lotus Walking Dharani (5) Meditation on Bodhicitta (6) Five degrees of Chenrezing of meditation and Dharani. I am going to explain the 4th mind Dharma, Lotus Walking Dharani.

The definition of this practice can be interpreted as “one hundred lotus flowers blooming simultaneously with one hundred footsteps which emit wisdom light from all-in-one mantra”. It means we should acknowledge the lotus flower as “mantra”, not a real physical one. Why don’t we see any lotus flowers in reality, but the practice was still named with “lotus”? Because “..wisdom light from mantra” that accompanies in every footstep represents the awakening. Looking back to the Buddha’s life, we all know about his outstanding example of being awakened throughout his life’s events: from being a prince baby, growing up, getting married, entering monkhood, achieving full enlightenment, to teaching and converting beings. Therefore, it is absolutely precise to interpret “wisdom light of mantra” as “awakening”, as the Buddha was considered The Awakened one.

The Buddha achieved fully enlightenment

 

Next, we are going to explore the meaning of “mantra”. As I had explained on my book named “One Life, One Mantra”, mantra is the nature and essence of the Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas who are from the ten Bodhisattva stage to Vajrayana stage, and the completely enlightened ones. Mantra is composed from the state of Samadhi by the fully enlightened ones who achieved the power realizations of the universe with “Asravaksaya-jnana” (ability to extinct all cankers or afflictions, even the subtlest). Those achievements all originated from the awakening with a strong foundation of right views (read further in the series of Thanh Tri – 2ndMind Dharma: Samyagdrsti-Prabha Samadhi).

“One Life, One Mantra”, written by Guru Thinley Nguyen Thanh

Then, “Dharani” means “all-in-one” (functions). That should be understood that every Buddhist mantra has the same functions including (1) reducing afflictions (2) increasing life longevity, health and material achievement (3) getting respects from others (4) exorcizing and overcoming the forces of other realms (5) convening the pure power, which means all mantras have all-in-one function. For instance, if the mantra of Vajrasattva symbolizes karmic purification, other mantras such as Mani mantra (Om Mani Padme Hum) or the Medicine Buddha mantra (Bhaisajya Raja Bodhisattva mantra) will definitely have the same function as well. Supposing that someone wants to cure his illness by frequently reciting the Medicine Buddha mantra, he can also recite any other mantras with the same level of effectiveness. Therefore, I would like to confirm once again that “one life, one mantra”.

Mantra Om Mani Padme Hum

However, there must be several practitioners or Buddhism researchers who wonder that for an easier practice approach, why didn’t the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas combine all the mantras into one instead of composing so many mantras? I would like to explain as follows: Mantra is composed from the state of Samadhi from the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, therefore, the number of mantras is equivalent to the numbers of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Depending on the predestined affinity, each being will accordingly find their own suitable mantra. An illustrated resemblance, any luxury car brand offers their products that meet all the international standards; however, depending on the difference in customers’ financial stability and hobbies, each of them will choose their own preferable brand. Then is it relevant to ask if any car among those brands can drive for a longer distance, or with faster speech, or why any of those cars were not painted in white color? Such irrelevant questions! Similarly, we understand the all-in-one function of mantra!

We have gone through the theoretical aspect. Regarding the practice aspect, we are going to figure out what is “one hundred footsteps”. Why don’t we remain seven, or ten footsteps but one hundred? The number of steps is not important, it just symbolises the action of making many “steps”. It is similar to the Buddha’s teachings about the illustrated number of 84.000 methods of practicing Dharma in which the number stands for a mass amount, not an exact number of 84.000 separated methods. In reality, “Lotus Walking Dharani” embraces the meaning of being awakened with every footstep; therefore, it depends on the space, the surface area, perimeter of the area. “One hundred footsteps”, therefore, is up to each individual’s living and working environment in which they can make footsteps. The reason that I used the number of “one hundred” has no difference with others academia. For example, 諸子百家 (the hundred school of thought), 百发百中 (fire at the target a hundred times without a single miss), 百 步 穿 楊(shoot with great precision from one hundred steps), or Vajrasattva mantra of 100 syllables in Buddhism, etc.

In brief, I have explained the meaning of every component that makes up the general definition of  “Lotus Walking Dharani”. I am going to explain further regarding the practice’s effects in the next lecture. See you in Lesson 2.

Rainy day on the top of Phu Van Mountain, 10 August 2020.

Thinley Nguyen Thanh.

Translated by Mat Tu.


Vietnamese version: Luận giải về đệ tứ tâm pháp Thanh Trí “Liên hoa bách bộ thần chú đà la ni”, Bài 1: LƯỢC NGHĨA VỀ KHÁI NIỆM TỔNG QUÁT

 


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1, THANH TRI – THE 4TH MIND DHARMA: “LOTUS WALKING DHARANI”. LESSON 1: AN EXPLANATION ON GENERAL DEFINITION (Luận giải về đệ tứ tâm pháp Thanh Trí “Liên hoa bách bộ thần chú đà la ni”, Bài 1: Lược nghĩa về khái niệm tổng quát

2, THANH TRI – THE 4TH MIND DHARMA: “LOTUS WALKING DHARANI”. LESSON 2: TYPICAL PRACTICE OF MANTRA IN THE 4TH MIND DHARMA ( Luận giải về đệ tứ tâm pháp Thanh Trí “Liên hoa bách bộ thần chú đà la ni”, Bài 2: Hoạt động đặc trưng của thần chú trong đệ tứ tâm pháp)

3, THANH TRI – THE 4TH MIND DHARMA: “LOTUS WALKING DHARANI”. LESSON 3: “EMBRACING EVERY VIETNAMESE FOOTSTEP” ( “Luận giải về đệ tứ tâm pháp Thanh Trí “Liên hoa bách bộ thần chú đà la ni”, Bài 3: NÂNG NIU BÀN CHÂN VIỆT”)

4, THANH TRI – THE 4TH MIND DHARMA: “LOTUS WALKING DHARANI.” LESSON 4: THE PARADIGM FOR PRACTICES IN TWO PHASES OF THE 4TH MIND DHARMA.( Luận giải đệ tứ tâm pháp Thanh Trí: Liên hoa bách bộ thần chú đà la ni, Bài 4: Mô thức thực hành ở hai giai đoạn của đệ tứ tâm pháp Thanh Trí)

5, THANH TRI – THE 4TH MIND DHARMA: “LOTUS WALKING DHARANI”. LESSON 5: UTILIZING END RESULT AS THE PATH, UTILIZING MEANS AS ULTIMATE PURPOSE (Luận giải đệ tứ tâm pháp Thanh Trí: Liên hoa bách bộ thần chú đà la ni, Bài 5: Lấy kết quả làm con đường, dùng phương tiện làm cứu cánh)

6, THANH TRI – THE 4TH MIND DHARMA: “LOTUS WALKING DHARANI.”   LESSON 6: NOT GETTING RESULTS? WHY? (Luận giải đệ tứ tâm pháp “Liên hoa bách bộ thần chú đà la ni”, Bài 6: TẠI SAO KHÔNG KẾT QUẢ?)

7, THANH TRI – THE 4TH MIND DHARMA: “LOTUS WALKING DHARANI”. LESSON 7 (FU POETRY FORM): A MOSAIC OF COLORED PANES IN SONG NGUYEN TANTRA HOUSE ( Luận giải đệ tứ tâm pháp Thanh Trí (liên hoa bách bộ thần chú đà la ni) bài 7 (thể thi phú): SẮC MÀU NĂM THÁNG Ở MẬT GIA SONG NGUYỄN)

  1. Kim Johnson says:

    Thank you Guru for another great teaching of your wonderful articles i love them so much
    Thank you i hope you are having wonderful day

  2. tantra mahavita says:

    Dear Guru : Thank you so much for wonderful teaching …My love and gratitude are endless…Have a beautiful day …Have health and long life for benefit all sentient being …All sentient being find Budhha Nature…End pandemic… OM MANI PADME HUM

    • Tantra Mitsharuma (Petra) says:

      Dear Holy Guru
      I thank you for this article
      May Guru have a peaceful and blessed day
      May all sentient beings feel the beauty and love from Buddhas nature
      Om Mani Padme Hum

  3. Tantra Midhita says:

    Thank you Guru.

  4. Sonam Tshering says:

    Dear guru
    Even though it is not really understandable to my knowledge level, i always get something from your teaching that really changes my way of thought and the way i react.
    Your teaching is really self awakening. It really helps to understand some reality of our life by knowing and reading the events that great buddha did.
    I really liked the part you have explained about one life, one mantra and the example you have given to explain the people’s notion on why didnt all buddha combine their mantras to one recognizable mantra that all can learn.

    Thank you so much for such wonderful article..
    🙏🙏🙏
    Om ma ni pedme hung.

    Thank you @ violet… For sharing.

  5. Tantra Amishuta says:

    Dear Holy Guru,
    I love this article and the lessons within. I often have to look up or ask what certain things but I’m glad to hear there is to be a second lesson to the one I just read. Thank you kindly for your time, patience, love, and devotion to Buddha and sharing it all with us. I appreciate every second you take to pen out these words for all to read. May sentient beings find a guru as yourself to guide and teach them on their path to enlightenment. May you live long a well for your sake, Buddha’s sake, Buddhisms sake, Sentient being sake and all you touch sake. Om Mani Padme Hum

  6. Mukand kumar says:

    Thank you very much dear Guru for giving a presice explanation.

  7. Tantraupatissa says:

    Dear Guru thanks for sharing this article. Functions of different Buddhist mantra’s have a similar function. All aim at reducing the suffering and for betterment of all beings.

    May COVID 19 come to an end soon.

    May Guru live long to uphold Dharma.

    May all beings be free from suffering and get enlightened.

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  8. Tantra Mashita says:

    Dear compassionate guru,

    Thank you so much for sharing this article with us, I really admired it, such a great article that made my mind at ease while I was reading it, also I really appreciate how the different Buddhism sects appreciate, and respect each other, we didn’t ever see this appreciation and respect in any other philosophy or even any religion ! Finally I really don’t know why I feel that I’m so attached to the Buddhism day after day ! But finally I wish I could understand more and more about the Buddhism and study it one day, but certainly under your supervision thank you so much again

    I devote myself to you
    I express my gratitude to you

    May you have a good health and live long for the benefit of all sentient beings
    May all the sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature
    May the pandemic caused by corona virus soon end
    Om Mani Padme hum 🙏

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      Thank you for your comment!
      Yes we respect other philosophy and religions, but we keep in mind the difference that Buddhism is not a religion and only Buddhism can bring us to the ultimate liberation. As you have read in this article, mantra can only be composed by the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
      I hope you will enjoy reading Lesson 2!

      • Admin
        Tantra Mashita says:

        dear compassionate Guru,

        Thank you so much for your reply,

        certainly, I know that the Buddhism isn’t a religions, and Buddha isn’t a god nor a prophet, the Buddhism
        is a philosophy and a life style, all the peogple can be Buddhist and keep their own religion, the Buddhism doesn’t mind that, but meanwhile the are many sects in Buddhism, and all the sects respect each other, and moreover they visit and learn from each other, we didn’t ever see that in any other religion or even a philosophy, that’s exclusive in Buddhism,

        dear holy Guru,

        I really don’t want to be rude, but, the different sects in the other religions fight and insultn each other, and we can see that clearly in the reality, I don’t want to insult anyone or any religion, but all the religions worldwide contain violence verses, at the contrary the Buddhism doesn’t contain anything but love, compassion, respect and appreciation, all the religions made wars in order to spread and publish their beliefs, but that didn’t ever happen in Buddhism, even when China invaded the tibetan people, the Tibetan people didn’t fight or use weapons, they decided to fight with love and peace,

        dear breverd Guru,

        you know very well that I didn’t born a Buddhist, I’m just trying to say the truth and that’s all and as Buddha said ” three things can’t be hidden for a long time, the sun, the moon and the truth” thank you so much for your reply and I’m so sorry if I said anything rude or not suitable I apologize !

        I bow my head down for you
        I devote myself to you

        May you have a good health and live long for the benefit of all sentient beings
        May all the sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature
        May the pandemic caused by corona virus soon end
        Om Mani Padme hum 🙏

  9. paul yawney says:

    Dear Holy Guru, I bow head to Lotus feet. I enjoyed this article and look forward to # 2. you have made it so much more clear that the mantras are similar in purpose. when doing such we should be giving our whole self to the mantra. i appreciate your writings and teachings very much. Thank you. May Holy Guru and Consort live a long and happy Life. May this virus end soon. OM MANI PADME HUM.
    Tantra Himataru

  10. Tantra Tanshami (Aki Thunderpaw) says:

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  11. Tantra Suramitra says:

    Venerable Guru.
    My Name is Tantra Suramitra.
    Thank you for the comment it’s very helpful,and simple to practice.
    OM MANI PADME HUM
    🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹♥️

  12. Tantra Dharmapabodhisita says:

    Dear H.H. Guru,

    First, I bow my head down to your knowledge and experiences.

    Thanks for starting a new series of articles on the fourth Mind Dharma entitled “Lotus walking Dharani” among the six sublime spiritual mind Dharma [(1) Eight Dharma methods of taking refuge in the Three Jewels (2) Uninterrupted Offer (3) Samyagdrishti Prabha Samadhi (4) Lotus Walking Dharani (5) Meditation on Bodhicitta (6) Five degrees of Chenrezing of meditation and Dharani] for enlightening us. I have only heard about this but never read on this topic before. This is my first time when I am starting to learn regarding Lotus walking Dharani by your blessings.

    Guru started article on the question why we the common people don’t have such divine eyes and divine ear to understand the hidden meaning from the life of legendaries like Buddha and Bodhisattvas? We, Buddhists believe that Shakyamuni Buddha walked seven steps and a lotus flower opened up under each of his steps. Guru, you easily solved this extraordinary things with saying that the lotus flower represents the awakening of the enlightened ones, or the will of achieving enlightenment.

    There are three words in Lotus Walking Dharni. The word lotus in the `Lotus Walking Dharni’ doesn’t mean a physical lotus flower; it should acknowledge the lotus flower as “mantra-based.” Guru clearly mentioned that the wisdom light achieved from mantra is called Lotus. Mantra is the nature and essence of the Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas who are from the ten Bodhisattva stage to Vajrayana stage, and the completely enlightened ones. Mantra is composed from the state of Samadhi by the fully enlightened ones who achieved the power realizations of the universe with “Avavsakhaya” (ability to extinct all cankers or afflictions, even the subtlest).

    The word “Dharani” means “all-in-one effects”. Guru emphasized that “one life, one mantra” because, every mantra have the same function. Every mantra have the power to (1) reducing afflictions, (2) increasing life longevity, health and material achievement, (3) getting respects from others, (4) exorcizing and overcoming the forces of other realms and (5) convening the pure power, which means all-in-one.

    Mantra is composed from the state of Samadhi from the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, therefore, the number of mantras is equivalent to the numbers of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

    “Lotus Walking Dharani” embraces the meaning of being awakened with every footstep; therefore, it depends on the space, the surface area, perimeter of the area.

    I thanks again to Guru for starting and enlighten us with this article series. You are one who always removes our ignorance and makes us enlightened and blessed. Dear Guru, I want to know little more about the word “Avavsakhaya”.

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

    With regards

    Tantra Dharmapabodhisita

    • Nguyên Thành
      Mật Từ says:

      Dear Tantra Dharmapabodhisita,
      I am Mat Tu, the translator of the above article. I would like to clarify a bit on the word that you have asked Guru.
      Thank you so much for asking as it is actually my mistake while typing and my lacking knowledge of Sanskrit language. The right word is “Asravaksaya-(jnana)”. It is a Sanskrit word which is one of the six spiritual powers meaning the ability to extinct all cankers or afflictions, even the subtlest one.
      As the Buddha taught in Dhammapada sutra that being indicated something wrong or a wrongdoing is nothing different to being indicated to place of buried golds, thank you so much again!
      With regards,
      Om Mani Padme Hum.

    • Raymondbeugels says:

      Great sharing,I worship the greatest teacher for what he achieved..
      Becoming a Buddha, to worship a god is to me like walking a circle..Karma is like a god to me, but it’s impossible to ask for forgiveness🙏🙏🙏

  13. Charles Wentland says:

    Dear Holy Guru,
    Thank-you for the lesson on “Lotus Walking Dharani.”You have explained the appearance of light and lotus flowers with each step of the baby Buddah. The Lotus flowers, the light, and the steps all represent a mantra. The goal is to be awakened and achive Buddah Nature or enlightened. It does not matter which mantra you choose, how many steps you take etc. It is like buying a car. There are many models to choose from, but the goalis to arrive at your destinatio. This compare to one life, one mantra.
    May Guru live long life
    May Covid 19 end soon
    May violence and killig end

  14. Tantra Ashihata (Simon Michael) says:

    Dear holy Guru,
    my name is Tantra Ashihata.
    I thank you for this wonderful article you have share for the benefit of all sentient beings may you continue to have good health and wisdom to lead us right.
    May Guru live long for the benefit of all sentient beings may all sentient beings be free from suffering
    may the end of covid 19 come soon
    om Mani padme hum

  15. Tantra Mitsharuma (Petra) says:

    Dear Holy Guru
    I thank you for this article
    May Guru have a blessed and peaceful day
    May all sentient beings feel the beauty and love from buffhas nature
    Om Mani Padme Hum

  16. Satish Kumar Borkar says:

    Thank you for this brief.
    Certainly the seven steps of a child after His birth denotes the pure walk of human beings as pure as lotus. It also meant that we have to always awake, aright, straightforward towards acheivements of a life. Life is to become easy and hence right practising makes it more beautiful and meaningful. Om Mani Padme hum..

  17. Tantraupatissa says:

    Dear Guru thanks for explaining us the meaning of ‘Lotus Walking Mantra’ and benefits of it. Depending upon beings tendency and there ability to recite or remember mantra different beings recite different mantras. But all these mantras in common have a similar function focused on well-being of all. Thank you Guru inventing this Lotus Walking Method which is simple to practise and more effective in this modern world where people are buzzy with their lifestyle.

    May Guru live long to uphold Dharma.

    May all beings be free from suffering and get enlightened.

    May COVID 19 come to an end.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  18. UnipaTantra says:

    Dear Holy Guru,
    Hfortunateow I am to have got the opportunity to read yet another article on profound teaching.
    Thanking so much. I am really grateful. I’m Mani Padme Hung

  19. Admin
    Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Dear holy Guru,
    I am appreciative to read your first wonderful article which you explain clearly and deeply about the 4th mind dharma: lotus walking darani. I have learnt the meaning of this method and feel proud of being a Pure mind practitioner when every footstep is walked in the purely spiritual energy of Guru, Buddha and enlightened ones through Mani mantra.
    The image of seven steps with a lotus flower opened up under each of his steps on the Holy Birth of the Shakyamuni Buddha is so beautiful and amazing. With such wonderful image at the beginning of the article, you brings me the divine pride and happiness when practicing this spiritual method of lotus walking darani.
    After reading your explanation, I am happier to praise your wisdom and bodhicitta to open a new door for the new aspects of knowledge and pure fragrance of liberation. I keep in my mind that one life one mantra is enough for practitioners to be free from sufferings and get enlightenment if we can connect with Guru and Buddha through Guru devotion.
    Thank you so much for your helpful teachings, which change a normal being into extraordinary one and even bring the practitioner to the perfect place of Pure Land.
    I am also delighted with the good deeds of Mat Tu who translated your article into English. Her translation supports to spread your teachings all over the world for the benefits of all sentient beings.
    May you have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May Mat Tu get her righteous wishes due to her diligence in practicing dharma and Guru devotion.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha nature.
    May covid 19 pandemic end soon.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  20. Tantra Mashinaga says:

    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for this article. I am happy that I was taught the lotus walk dharini by Guru personally. I am happy to learn more from my Guru.

    May Guru live a long and happy life

    May all sentient beings be free from suffering and attain happiness

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  21. TantraMikaya (jane) says:

    dear holy Guru. My heartfelt thanks for this wonderful article by the practitioners impressively explains the power of mantras. You, our holy guru, give us the mantras that protect us and the one who has received it ”. so your students should repeat this “his” mantra and be aware of its deep meaning. Then the effects of mantras can be deep and fulfilling.
    In order to activate the energetic effects of the mantras, above all, conscious devotion is important. The constant repetition in a certain rhythm creates sound vibrations that affect the entire atmosphere. These energizing and healing energies penetrate our entire body and into our soul, where we are simply allowed to experience them. There are many different mantras with different effects, they make us very sensitive to sensations and are excellent for focusing thoughts and getting into meditative states.
    „oh you jewel in the lotus blossom ”; refers to the allencompassing compassion for all beings.
    Als ich persönlich ein Buch auf schlug über den Buddhismus ahnte ich nicht welche Kraft und Weisheit ich erfahren werde. Es war als ginge ich humpelnd durch eine Tür , gebrochen von Schmerz wie wir ihn alle kennen und ich sah wunderschöne Natur und traf wundervolle Menschen dessen Sprache ich nicht verstand. Aber ich wollte verstehen lernen denn ich fühlte dass die Wahrheit dort lag. Ich begann zu meditieren und fing an Deine Artikel zu lesen und ich fühlte dass die Schmerzen weniger wurden. Dafür bin ich unendlich dankbar.
    Our holy Guru explains the meaning of the lotus to us. The lotus central symbol in the Dharma teaches us that your roots rest in the muddy ground, leaves and flowers float on the water, which they only wet but cannot adhere to. This makes the lotus a symbol of purity. The lotus is related to creation.
    If we see everything we come across as an opportunity for inner growth, we gain inner strength.
    You holy Guru teach us that our life is a constant sequence of different states and feelings, nothing is permanent, nothing is immobile.
    So that the lotus plant can train their bloom, it must first penetrate the dirty, moving ground, where it roots, persist and persuaded the water surface. Despite these adverse circumstances, the solder plant on the water surface forms a pure, clean and beautiful blossom. If this symbolism is transmitted to human life, the dirty, moral underground for the adversity is our human life, such as certain circumstances, but also adhered thoughts, feelings and sensations. The pure lotus flowers, on the other hand, stands for a pure mind and enlightenment, the highest goal that we want to achieve. There is an opened blossom for full enlightenment, while a closed flower is for the potential for enlightenment. The free leading Lotus Sheath is free as a symbol of non adhering and releasing the secular. Man, often caught in his ego and his IM-based, rated these universal conditions, but now aid repatriated. He does not recognize that in the supposedly negative the potential is to be a bit positive due to conscious, value based action. If the lotus plant was notified with human values, it could never train a lotus flower. The plant would be much too much to put up on the dirty morarst that you need to penetrate and serving as a food source, respectively, to be striving to the light or the truth and to form the blossom, ie and awareness of the knowledge gained.
    May our holy Guru life long for the sake of all sentient beings. May all beings achieve the Happiness of Buddhas nature.
    May Covid 19 go away soon . OM MANI PADME HUM

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      Thank you for your comment! That’s right. Lotus flower connotes the great compassion that grows from one’s mind, like a lotus blooms from the mud (but is not sullied by the faults of the dirty).

  22. Vanessa says:

    Thank you so much for this article, Guru.
    May all sentient beings attain peace and happiness.
    May covid be eradicated.
    Om Mani Padme Hum

  23. Thomas Charles says:

    Hello again, Most Holy Guru. Thank you as always for your most splendid Dharma. May your health remain strong always. Om Mani Padme Hum. Your devoted disciple, Tantra Dhamita

  24. Bhaaskara says:

    Thank you Guru

  25. Tantra Sutradaka says:

    Revered Gurujee
    Om Mani Padme Hum
    I bow my head on your lotus feet
    Life is connected with the ground realities not on the supernormal explanations. For two days I was awfully engaged with the religious tantrums as per my daughter’s belief and I do not like to hurt the religious sentiments of others. It delayed my comment writing process but it helped in a different way because I several times tried to write the comment and every time I had to read the article shared by our holy Guru again. Tough due to paucity of time I could not start writing because of the domestic engagements, but it helped me in arriving at the different layers of meaning of Guru’s article and decipher its denotation, connotation, literal as well spiritual meaning along with its import and importance.
    This article starts the genesis of the Buddha and Buddhism and the age old popular event of the Buddha’s birth wherein He miraculously took seven steps raising his finger towards the sky and the other finger to the ground, which latter on gave rise to flood of explanation by his different devotees disciples as per their ability, learning and acumen of explaining the event. The multitude of explanations has created a mystic aura surrounding the Buddha and his religion relating to His birth and gave birth to plethora of theories related to the abilities of the interpreters down the ages and gave rise to several sects of Buddhism wherever it went. Only this event and the story of his birth have given birth to several Mantras, claiming to draw the spiritual merit by its chanting only. Our Holy Guru accepting the merit of all hinges on the importance of one mantra in one life and accepts the Mani mantra and utilized it in his life and given to his disciples too for their spiritual and mundane uplift because he is of the opinion that Samsara (the world) and Nirvana ( Liberation) go hand in hand. But before coming to this aspect I would like to spot light on Guru’s unique quality of his earthly explanation intelligible for we disciples.
    Unlike other Gurus of different traditions who in order to glorify the the Supreme Power i.e. God, Allah etc. of their respective religions mystify the events of their life as if they have visualized these events in a normal way. Our holy Guru takes a different way of giving the empirical explanation of the events of Buddha’s birth and of the events of his life. He openly accepts, “we are not equipped with divine eyes, divine ear, how come we witness those supernatural events?” He further informs that my knowledge does not allow me to give further explanation on why immediately after taking birth the Buddha made seven steps on lotus, and why he pointed a finger to the sky and another finger to the ground. And then he reveals the hidden meaning of that event. For him this event has a symbolic message. That is taking seven steps on lotus delineates on the purity of the Buddha nature. In fact the lotus is symbol of purity. Because it emerges and blooms out in and from the dirty mud unsoiled. It’s leafs are never touched or affected of its dirt, even in minutest form. Further the lotus is considered to be a very holy and divine flower. Not just because of its beauty, but also because of its qualities. A lotus flower grows in very shallow water, usually in a muddy area. Though it comes out of the mud and mire, it rises as a beautiful flower that lives in the water without being affected by it. The lotus flower is always given as an example for one who wants to live spiritually in the world. It is said, “Live like a lotus in the water.” The lotus leaf is right in the water, hut it’s never moistened by the water. When you pick it up, it’s completely dry. It never gets wet. If you throw a little water over it, the water will roll off and scatter around like pearls. (Vari pokkhara patteva aaraggriva saaspo. Dhammapada).
    The lotus is a symbol of love and devotion also. Wherever Lord Buddha placed his foot, a lotus appeared to hold it. It is also devoted to the glorification of the Buddha, Buddha- kshetra, Bodhisatvas and the Guru. The feet of a holy person are called the “lotus feet”, as we regularly say to our holy Guru I bow before your lotus feet. The lotus flower represents the awakening of the enlightened ones, or the will of achieving enlightenment. However, this image and story of his birth has inspired our holy Guru to invent the spiritual practice of Lotus walking Dharani, which is the 4th Mind Dhamma.
    In Lotus walk Dharani we chant “Om Mani Padme Hum” and put our footsteps on the sound of each word. I along with some other disciples have made this Lotus walk Dharani at Guru’s place in the supervision of our holy guru. Defining it he says,“ we should acknowledge the lotus flower as “mantra”, not a real physical one. Because wisdom light emitted from the mantra accompanies in every footstep represents the awakening. It has inconceivable benefits too. It is the most quoted Mantra and most widely used by the Buddhists all over the world as it is open to everyone. This Mantra is from Karandyavyuha Sutra. It belongs to Vyuh category of the Buddhist Mahayan Sutra. It is the climax of the large text of Avatamsataka Sutra. In Tibetan Buddhism this Sutra is the most significant text as it is source from which the syllables Om Padme Hum is Derived.
    Here it seems proper to explain the literal meaning Mani mantra also. It comprises of four syllables. They are Om Mani Padme Hum. Here ‘Om’, in Sanskrit is composed of three letters A U M. These symbolize pure exalted body, speech and mind of the Buddha and Bodhisattvas. The term ‘Mani’ means jewel. It symbolizes the method, great compassion and love. These are capable of fulfilling the inner needs of sentient beings. The term Padme means Lotus. It symbolizes wisdom. Just as Lotus grows from the mud but is not polluted of it, in the same way the supreme knowledge, ‘Wisdom’ is grown in ordinary mind but is not polluted with the ordinary thoughts. And ‘Hum’ indicates union. The union of method and wisdom leads to pure exalted body, speech and mind of enlightened beings.
    Now in this background if we happen to give a glance on the life of the Buddha from the very beginning we find his outstanding example of being awakened throughout his life’s events: from being a prince baby, growing up, getting married, and entering monkhood, as well as achieving full enlightenment, to teaching and converting beings. Therefore, it is absolutely precise to interpret “wisdom light of mantra” as “awakening”, as the Buddha was considered The Awakened one. This is how this Lotus does not remain here the physical object of the external world rather the symbol of pure and unsullied knowledge or wisdom.
    The effect of this Lotus Walking Dharini and the other Buddhist Mantra is enormous, multifaceted and multifunctional. And all Buddhist Mantras have same have the same positive effect and sublimating functions. It is open to everyone for improving the life quality and wellbeing provided it is practiced properly under the guidance of any efficient Guru. Our holy guru has focused light on them that needs to be enumerated here. For him its sublime function includes, (1) reducing afflictions (2) increasing life longevity, health and material achievement (3) getting respects from others (4) exorcizing and overcoming the forces of other realms (5) convening the pure power, which means all mantras, have all-in-one function. And this is the reason the advocates of “one life, one mantra”.
    Om Mani Padme Hum
    So kind of you for a wonderful article revealing the essence and the mundane and supra-mundane benefits of the Mantras
    May all the sentient being be happy and attain the Buddha nature
    Long live our Guru for our uplift and sublimation
    Tantra Sutradaka (Avinash Kumar srivastava)

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      Thank you for your thorough comment! It is very logical, clear and insightful. You have expanded more substantial insights into the meaning of lotus, both in its physical creation and in the mantra itself.

  26. Tantra Sutradaka says:

    Revered Gurujee
    Om Mani Padme Hum
    I bow my head on your lotus feet
    I am always excited to read your comment either on my articles or on my comments. It has some reasons.
    1st. It gives me a sense of satisfaction, that my work has been recognized by an enlightened one and it must have some substance.
    2nd. Your positive words are instrumental in boosting my zeal to read and write in the field of Pure Mind Buddhism.
    3rd. You are so generous in writing the comment that only good points are highlighted not the dark one. It generates a lot of pleasure in me and I become delighted.
    4th. It motivates me for further writing the comment.
    5th. Last but not the least, it helps me to enrich the compendium of Buddhist wisdom and your research work.
    I, from the core of my heart, extend my gratefulness to you for your ambrosia of benediction on me in form of your lucid and generous comments.

    Om Mani Padme Hum
    May all the sentient being be happy and attain the Buddha nature
    Long live our Guru for our uplift and sublimation
    Tantra Sutradaka (Avinash Kumar srivastava)

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      Thank you for spending time and much effort on reading carefully and presenting in detailed your understanding which will definitely provides meaningful insights to all readers. I am looking forward to more writings from you!

    • Moisés Barajas says:

      Beloved Guru, I appreciate all your teachings, I offer my merits for you.

      Benevolent Guru I hope I don’t offend for asking you.

      What is the mantra that you recommend for people who have thoughts of suicide?

      • Nguyên Thành
        Nguyên Thành says:

        I can’t answer to you because I don’t want those whose have a thought of suicide!

  27. Randy says:

    It makes sense that “mantras” can change your reality, because each “mantra” is a vibration and our atoms exist in a particular, often OTHER vibration.

  28. Srogers says:

    Dear Holy Guru
    I am Tantra Haramitra

    I hope you are well. Thank you for teaching a simple method for focusing on a mantra. The 100 steps keeps the mind clear helping us to focus on what mantras achieve.

    You are a blessing to all who wish to learn from you

    May you continue to have health for the benefit of all sentient beings

    Om mani padme hum 🙏🏼

  29. Tantra Aradhana says:

    Thank you Guru for another wonderful article and teachings I loved learning this one about the 100 steps

    Thank you so much again
    Om mani padme hum

  30. Mật Hoa Pháp ( 9 tuổi ) says:

    Kính Bạch Thầy.
    Con Mật Hoa Pháp đã đọc xong bài này rồi ạ!
    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy.
    Con cầu nguyện cho đại dịch Covid-19 sớm được tiêu trừ.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  31. Lisa says:

    My mind is a little bit gone right now. So I can’t concentrate. Thank you Violet for sharing this article with me. I remember that my Sensei always tells me to imagine a lotus flower when I do the “saludo”. So, now I understand a little bit more. I am going to re-read it in a few days to see if I get more out of this article. Thank you again.

  32. Mật Thúy says:

    Kính Bạch Thầy .
    Con đã đọc xong bài này rồi ạ.
    Con rất hon hỉ với công hạnh luận giải của vị Thầy , con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã từ bi phân tích cho con hiểu được ý nghĩa của đức Phật khi ngày còn bé một tay chỉ lên trời một tay chỉ xuốn đất mà con không hiểu giờ con đọc xong bài này thì con hiểu được một chúc ah . Con cầu nguyện sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của vị Thầy vì lợi lạc của chúng sanh con cầu nguyện cho vi khuẩn corona xóm ngày được tiêu trừ Om Ah Hùm.

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