Mar 19, 2020

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The Praise – Blame Winds (Ngọn gió khen chê)

The Praise – Blame Winds (Ngọn gió khen chê)

The Praise – Blame Winds

Having been living in HCM city for quite some time, I have had the opportunity to observe the pace of life in this metropolitan; and here are what I have witnessed.


A corner of Ho Chi Minh City at night

Following a narrow alley, crossing ten rental units with clotheslines and soggy, fusty garments hanging along the sides, I have finally arrived — this is the shelter of the workmen at Tân Bình industrial zone. The units were about eight to ten square meters on average, restroom included. Their belongings scattered the floor, mosquito-nets hanged all-over. The room I entered belonged to three lads. They have lived here for two years. I stopped and stared at the poems scribbled on the wall…

“Life is good when wine filled the jug

Carved your name on the neck, wings and head of the chicken.”

“Avoid love, save money for my mother,

Close my heart, and let me be the loner.”


Apartment building – a dream of low-income workers

Not to discuss the writing style, this poem expresses the anxiety of the working class, who left their hometowns for future opportunities on foreign land. Furthermore, the living condition at a shelter for female workers in district 7 is much worse. People cramped themselves into a tiny space of eight square meters. Bedtime, they lied down shoulder to shoulder just like sardines in a can. But the worst thing must be the restroom — ten people shared a toilet and a shower. According to a survey from the local Bureau of Public Health, 70% of female workers diagnosed with gynaecological diseases causing by below-average sanitation. Along with that is their extreme rationing behaviour, causing their health to decline even faster. In one case, this person works very hard for three years to save five maces of gold (1 mace = 3.78 grams). After a sudden health crisis, three maces vanished. She then got back to work right after her discharge, continued this vicious cycle of making a living. Many cried when I asked about their stories. After those wearying years at the factories, trading their health for money, most of them just want a simple life back in their rural hometowns. But even those seemingly little wishes are hardly possible. Ms Nguyễn Thị X. from Thái Bình explained, “I must have enough money in order to return. I have sent home money every month to support my family; therefore the savings for myself after five years is still very little.” Mr Đoàn Thanh Q. from Quảng Nam confided, “I love to be back home where there are fresh air and beautiful nature, but if I am bearing the expectations to establish myself in the city, how would I face my friends and family without money?”

And so this is it, the vicious cycle. Stay, but until when will I have enough savings. Leave, but isn’t it shameful to return home empty-handed. In some cases, people could not even afford a train ticket to return home, despite all their effort and hard-working money in that entire year. Ironically, in the meantime, their relatives back home are boasting to everyone in the neighbour out their monthly allowances given by their children. In the eyes of these relatives, their far-off children are indeed successful. If not, for those who received no income from their children for years, they can falsely claim some imaginative allowances, just to keep their image up to par with others.

Thanh Tri Master – Thinley Nguyen Thanh

Fame – Disrepute, Praise – Blame, Gain – Loss, Pleasure – Pain — they are the eight worldly winds, constantly waver our minds until our exhaustion. These eight winds bound to the lasso of fame and benefit; they draw our mind into the five desires (for wealth, beauty, fame, food, and sleep). Many view fame as the purpose of living. Fame is not only the purpose of those intellectuals like Nguyễn Công Trứ, who wrote: “A man once stands in this world. / Must leave some fame in his land.” Instead, the fame at a lower level often weaves into every corner of our mind through honors or others’ praises. In our social relationships, praises are an effective trap. Praises are the lowest-cost “investment” that earns the highest “profit.” Because of praise, one could work with blood, sweat and tears or even sacrifice themselves without any regret. What does humanity think about the eight worldly winds, especially the winds of Fame – Disrepute and Praise – Blame. Throughout the ages, Confucians have stated: “One who criticises you correctly is your teacher, one who praises you correctly is your friend, one who falsely praises you is your enemy.” Criticism is usually shocking, but false praise is much harder to realise since its damages are subtle and invisible. Very few praises are given from the bottom of one’s heart. Why so? Because of our social and familial relationships, one usually gives praises to others for his or her own benefits, regardless of the reality or other perspectives. Praises for benefits are false praises, which are also called flattery. In the “Sutra of Forty-two Chapters,” the Buddha taught us not to believe in our opinions before attaining Arhat-ship. Regarding this point of view alone, every single praise by worldly people is only false praises.

cố gắng không mục đích cao cả (rơi vào vinh nhục, khen chê).

“As a solid rock/ unshaken by winds/ A wise man with a still mind/ unshaken by praise or blame.”

Ironically, people prefer false praises over valid criticism! No one admits they like flattery, yet everyone wants honors over humiliations even though neither honor or humiliation will bring us towards liberation. Why so? Because praise can and will comfort our egos. As a result, many are willing to adopt and nurture their enemies as their children. They are eager to accept praises that are not true to them without hesitation. Unfortunately, when false praise is misunderstood as the true, people will cling themselves to this lie and strive to keep up with the expectation. From this cause, many fall into a life surrounded by sufferings. How dangerous!

I now end this article with a verse taught by the Buddha:

“As a solid rock

unshaken by winds,

A wise man with a still mind

unshaken by praise or blame.”

Thinley – Nguyên Thành

Translated by Mật Nhất Nguyên

Vietnamese version: Ngọn gió khen chê

  1. Tantra Upatissa says:

    Dear Guru thanks for sharing this article.

    It’s a heart touching articles narrating the lives of poor people who come to cities to work and live in poor conditions and unhygienic places, leaving them sick and taking all their money for treatments and buying Medicines.

    Hope people may not get caught in eight worldly desires and not get carried away by fame and blame. Beings may try to live a simple peaceful life.

    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. tantra mahavita says:

    Dear Holy Guru: Always deeply grateful for sharing your articles. Fame, Contempt, Praise, Guilt, Gain, Loss, Pleasure, Pain … They are the 8 worldly winds that constantly swarm in our minds until exhaustion. But the Buddha taught us not to believe in our opinions. Ironically, people prefer false states to valid criticism, because they consolidate our ego. If I teach Buddha in a verse … Like a solid rock not stirred by the winds, A wise man with a quiet mind unwavering by praise or the faults May the Guru have a long life … May all sentient beings be free from suffering and live happily … OM MANI PADME HUM

    • Mật Diệu Hằng says:

      Kính bạch Thầy!

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

      “Kính bạch Thầy tôn quý!

      Con luôn cảm tạ ơn Thầy vì đã cho con được đọc những bài viết của Thầy.

      Tám ngọn gió thế gian: vinh – nhục, khen – chê, được – mất, sướng – khổ…làm cho tâm con người khổ đau, kiệt quệ. Nhưng đức Phật đã chỉ dạy là con người không nên tin vào tâm ý của mình. Nhưng mỉa mai thay, con người vì trương phồng ái ngã mà bám chấp vào những điều không thật, giả tạm và nhìn nhận sự việc theo tâm ý chủ quan của mình.Con ghi nhớ những lời dạy của đức Phật:“Như tảng đá kiến cố/ Gió thổi không lay động/ Người trí tâm an định/ Bất động trước khen chê”

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy trụ thế lâu dài.

      Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh đoạn trừ phiền não và sống hạnh phúc.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”


  3. Vajrakitsune Foxxie Luna Inariusagi says:

    IT could easily be misunderstood to think, oh everyone who wants a house and home and job and family is a world-ling which does not correspond with the highest tantric teachings

    All Forms Are The Deity, All Sounds Are the Mantra

    The Buddhic Potential is in the lowest beggar and highest god

    My point made though.

  4. Aman Prakash says:

    Dear guru

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

    According to thich nhat Hanh ” the seed of goodness (Budha nature)and badness (ego mind) are present in mind already from birth.” The selfish nature doesn’t come from other sources but from inside.This ego mind leads us to eight wordly pleasures. Praise and blame are one of them. It is very worst suffering.

    I feel very uncomfortable and great suffering when the  uncontrolled thought come to my mind thinking “how I face my old friend who is in college of top ranking” and  I have presently not get any colleges.

    Dalai lama said “no can suffer you untill your permission to allow”. This thought give me idea to investigate into myself.

    It is me more free on budha quoting “as the solid rocks unsheken by wind, a wise man with a still mind unshaken by prise or has given us a new spectacles to see, to deal with suffering.

    Thank you guru for being with us. May guru lives long for the sake of all sensient being.

    May all sensient being attain true nature.

    Om Mani padme hum


  5. Tantra siramitra. says:

    Venerebol Guru.

    My name is tantra siramitra.

    Very realistic comment, souch is the mind imbued in samsara,

    Prises, or criticism they dond find space, in the noble path, the have both the same flavor they go in the right ear and the come out in the left one!

    May Avery one be happy.










    • Kính bạch Thầy! 

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

      “Kính bạch Thầy tôn quý! 

      Con là Tantra Siramitra. 

      Bài viết của Thầy rất thực tế và nói rõ về tâm bám chấp trong luân hồi. Ngọn gió khen chê làm cho họ không tìm được bình an nội tại  mà ngọn gió đó làm họ mất đi tất cả những gì họ có được trên hành trình giác ngộ. 

      Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh được hạnh phúc. 

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

  6. Tantra Mishataru says:

    Dear Holy Guru,

    Thank you for this article.

    Om Mani Padme Hum


  7. Jess Mesias says:

    Dear Guru,

    It is a great and inspiring article that a person must read and contemplate with. That in order to have a still mind and be free from suffering one must not be affected by the eight wordly winds or be free from eight wordly desires.

    Thank you



  8. Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin phép được dịch comment của bạn đọc Jess Mesias sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Bài viết của Thầy thật tuyệt vời và truyền cảm hứng cho người đọc và mọi người phải đọc và suy ngẫm về những lời Thầy dạy trong bài. Để có được tâm bình an và thoát khỏi khổ đau thì con người cần thoát khỏi bát phong trần trược và không bị ảnh hưởng của tám ngọn gió thế gian.

    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy!

  9. Boying Bagz Baguio says:

    Dear Holy Guru,

    Such a wonderful article to read with full of lessons and teachings. Thank you very much for giving us the opportunity to absorb your touch through your words.

    Praises are quite dangerous if we are not careful enough to scrutinize before accepting. As such a friendly serpent who cling to your side then bite you if his opportunity may come. It is mentioned in the article that usually wrong praise comes in exchange to a dirty purpose. That when the need has been taken, opportunist vanished without a trace.

     Many individuals do exactly act like what it is. They’ve been so friendly when they have their needs from you. They tend to be so calm on your side, getting seem like so concern on your situations. But when the time comes that you’re down or in a situations where they can see that you’re on your down stream, the move far out with their shadow. 

    On the other hand, some people also loved being praise even though they know if the compliment they’ve been hearing is not really accurate. That then they seem to feel overwhelmed listening to it. So as a result, they be left crying on the end of the day. Like a businessman broke from a million worth of capital.

    Thus, for us to be more secured from opportunists, we need to be firmed having the strong mind, unshaken, unpenetrated with wrong thoughts created by others, just to take advantage to us.

    My gratitude to have your wisdom and teaching, Holy Guru. May peace and love continue to shower all over the corners of our world, that serves as a guidance for our protection.

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    I am Tantra Maruta, from the Philippines




  10. Laxman Yadaorao Aucharmal says:

    Praise, and fame are psychological factors related to ego, about self existance.  Most of people love to self praising, some body should praise them, as children like prasing , they strength and confidence,falls praising sometimes also input them confident , impulse them to do new things . Man is full of merits and demerits. But relatively merits are demerits and demerits become merits . Man should percept the situation where he is living . Once he percept the situation and it’s agents , all substance are not at one side ,some of them are against of man and some of them are on side of man which are to percept by man the became easy to live in odd situation.

    Man should live in p real percept.

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

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  11. Tantrasutradaka says:

    Reverend Gurujee

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    I bow before your lotus feet

    I got up very early and like a person without work I was moving here and there. Immediately my father came to my mind reminding me “The world is a vanity fair. We live here with pride and prejudices. Struggle hard for wealthy look. But finally crumble down facing the hard reality of running in between pain and ennui mostly because of the picture we create before the society and the family is not a realistic one by the hypnotic falsehood that simply glitters but is not gold.”  In fact the paradox of the worldly life is that we pretend to be well off even when we are struggling for existence. Similarly I am not doing anything positive and constructive these days but pretend of doing something great before the common mass and wish that my praise praise and popularity continue even if I am not doing anything. The words of my father woke up me from my dogmatic slumber and I opened my laptop and I found an article of my Guru shared by my friend on the Facebook. I could check my temptation and I read it in one breath. It is a pleasant surprise for me that our holy Guru has also painted the same truth in realistic colour. This is the reality of the metropolitan cities where in youths come to earn for earn the livelihood with an ambition to remove the family poverty and make their living slandered better but remain in paucity because of rising inflation, growing artificial needs and  reducing salary that is not even sufficient to meet the basic need for themselves even. This costs their health, reduce their life span and above all they are pushed in perilous life of less comfort and more work that makes them emotionally and physically week and finally they lose their worth even in their own eyes as all the time the same question haunts their mind, “What the people say?”

       Buddha was aware of this human dilemma. He was of the opinion that mind is the fountain head of all his pride and prejudices. His desires make him like a canopied boat lying in the ocean. Winds (desires) can take him away where ever it wants. He further says as you think so you will be as mind creates the world. He is aware of the fact that mind harbours lust and passion. It creates great expectations for him, his friends and family members. Since mind is fickle, flitting, and wanders wherever it desires it is good to control it. He also asks one to control ones outer action of body and speech. It will help him to desist from living in the fool’s paradise of simply in pleasure and plenty, as well as to take any decision on the hard reality of the life. If you have little want the outer conditions will not torment to fulfill his fictitious demand or of his family members. And thus he will never meet with the situations that Guru has narrated in his article.

     Om Mani Padme Hum

    Long live our holy Guru along with his concert for the welfare of all the sentient beings

    With Regards

    Tantrasutradaka (Avinash Kumar Srivastava)   

  12. Rina says:

    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for writing and sharing this article.

    With Regards,

    Rina S

  13. Kính bạch Thầy!

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

    Kính bạch Thầy tôn quý!

    Con hoan hỷ được đọc bài viết thật tuyệt vời với nhiều bài học và nhiều lời dạy quý báu của vị Thầy. Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã ban cho chúng con niềm hứng khởi thông qua những lời dạy của Thầy.

    Lời khen khá nguy hiểm nếu chúng con không thận trọng quán xét cẩn thận trước khi chấp nhận lời khen đó. Lời khen tựa như con rắn thân thiện bám lấy con người nhưng nó có thể cắn con người khi có cơ hội. Trong bài Thầy đã đề cập đến lời khen đôi khi không thật lòng vì xuất phát từ mục đích không tốt nào đó. Khi đã đạt được mục đích thì kẻ cơ hội sẽ biến mất không để lại dấu vết gì.

    Rất nhiều người giả vờ như rất thật lòng. Họ rất thân thiện tiếp cận với chúng con khi họ cần chúng con. Họ đối xử với chúng con rất nhẹ nhàng, quan tâm đến chúng con. Nhưng đến khi chúng con lâm vào hoàn cảnh khó khăn thì họ sẽ ra đi mà không hề để lại dấu tích gì.

    Bên cạnh đó, một vài người thích được khen ngợi dù họ biết lời khen đó là giả dối, không thật. Họ thường choáng ngợp khi được nghe những lời khen ngợi. Nhưng đằng sau đó, họ có thể khóc thầm cuối ngày, tựa như một doanh nhân bị phá sản, mất một triệu đô la.

    Vì vậy, chúng con cần phải cẩn trọng với những kẻ cơ hội, chúng con cần có tâm trí tỉnh táo, mạnh mẽ, không bị chi phối bởi những suy nghĩ sai lầm do người khác tạo ra, chỉ để lợi dụng chúng con.

    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy vì những lời dạy trí tuệ của Thầy.

    Con cầu nguyện cho tình yêu thương, hòa bình ở khắp muôn nơi, giúp chúng con thoát khỏi khổ đau.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Con – Tantra Maruta, đến từ Philippines.


  14. Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin phép được dịch comment của bạn đọc Laxman Yadaorao Aucharmal sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Con hiểu rằng khen, chê là những yếu tố tâm lý liên quan đến cái tôi, đến tự ngã. Hầu hết mọi người thích được khen, được vỗ về bản ngã. Một vài người nên khen họ, giống như trẻ con thích được khen, chúng sẽ cảm thấy mạnh mẽ và tự tin. Đôi khi lời khen giả tạo cũng giúp chúng có được tự tin và dám làm những điều mới. Con người đầy những ưu và khuyết. Nhưng ưu có thể trở thành nhược và nhược cũng có thể trở thành ưu. Bản thân con người nên nhận thức được tình hình của mình, nơi mình đang sinh sống. Khi họ đã nhận thức được hoàn cảnh của họ, biết được bản thân họ thì khen hay chê sẽ không ảnh hưởng tới họ. Dù có một vài người khen hay một vài người chê thì với một người tự biết mình là ai thì dù ở trong bất kỳ tình huống nào họ vẫn sống thoải mái, ung dung.

    Theo con, con người nên nhận thức được bản thân mình trước hết.


  15. Kính bạch Thầy!

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

    Kính bạch Thầy tôn quý!

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    Con xin cúi đầu đảnh lễ dưới chân sen của Thầy.

    Con dậy rất sớm và giống như người không có công việc gì làm, con đi tới đi lui. Tự nhiên, những lời nói của cha con vang trong tâm trí con: “Thế giới này là một hội chợ phù phiếm. Con người sống ở đây với niềm tự hào và sự định kiến. Con người đấu tranh, làm việc cực nhọc để tích lũy tài chính và cho mọi người thấy là mình giàu có. Nhưng cuối cùng, chính họ suy sụp khi đối mặt với những thực tế khó khăn của khổ đau, phiền não bởi vì hầu hết bức tranh mà chúng ta tự vẽ ra trước xã hội và gia đình lại không thực tế bởi sự hấp dẫn của sự giả dối, đơn giản là những gì lấp lánh không phải là vàng.” Trên thực tế, có một nghịch lý trên thế gian này là con người cứ giả vờ giàu có trong khi họ đang phải vật lộn với cuộc sống mưu sinh. Cũng tương tự như vậy, vào những ngày bầu cử này, con không làm được điều gì mang tính tích cực hay xây dựng nhưng con vẫn giả vờ mình làm được điều gì đó to lớn trước công chúng và mong ước rằng những lời khen ngợi con, sự nổi tiếng của con sẽ được tiếp tụ dù con không làm gì cả. Những lời của cha con đánh thức con khỏi giấc ngủ giáo điều và con mở máy tính và con tìm được bài viết này của Thầy được chia sẻ trên facebook của một đạo hữu. Con cuốn vào bài viết của Thầy và đọc một mạch từ đầu đến cuối. Một điều thú vị đến với con khi con biết rằng vị Thầy tôn kính cũng đã vẽ nên một bức tranh sự thật bằng màu sắc thực tế. Thực tế ở đây là về những thanh niên lên các thành phố đông dân sinh sống để kiếm kế sinh nhai và với tham vọng xóa đói giảm nghèo cho gia đình mình. Vì vậy họ đã bị lợi dụng, vu oan. Nhưng dù cố gắng họ vẫn sống trong nghèo khó vì lạm phát gia tăng, nhu cầu lao động trí thức tăng, lương giảm nên thậm chí những nhu cầu thiết yếu cho bản thân họ cũng không thể được đáp ứng đầy đủ với đồng lương ít ỏi. Trong khi đó, để có được những đồng lương này họ phải đánh đổi sức khỏe, tuổi thọ và hơn hết họ bị đẩy vào cuộc sống nguy hiểm, không thoải mái, công việc nhiều, làm suy yếu đời sống tinh thần và sức khỏe của họ và cuối cùng là họ không tìm thấy giá trị của cuộc sống và luôn luôn bị ám ảnh bởi câu hỏi: “mọi người nói gì?”

    Đức Phật đã chỉ ra vấn đề nan giải của con người. Ngài đã nói tâm dẫn đầu các pháp, tâm trí là đầu nguồn của mọi định kiến và niềm tự hào. Tham vọng của con người làm họ giống như con thuyền trôi lăn trong đại dương sinh tử. Những ngọn gió (của tham vọng) sẽ đưa thuyền trôi theo hướng mà nó muốn. Ngài đã nói thêm rằng khi tâm chìm trong tham vọng thì tâm sẽ mãi trong thế gian. Ngài cũng chỉ ra rằng tâm con người chống chất ham muốn và đam mê. Chính những điều đó  tạo ra những kỳ vọng lớn trong con người, bạn bè cũng như gia đình họ. Tâm thì luôn lang thang bất định. Vì vậy điều phục được tâm là điều quan trọng. Ngài cũng chỉ dạy cần phải điều chỉnh hành vi thân và ngữ. Chính những điều này sẽ giúp con người được sống thoải mái và đưa ra quyết định đúng đắn giải quyết mọi khó khăn trong cuộc sống. Nếu con người có ít ham muốn thế tục thì những điều kiện bên ngoài sẽ không tác động được vào họ, không gây ra phiền não cho họ, họ không bị dằn vặt bởi ham muốn cá nhân và ham muốn của gia đình. Và như vậy họ sẽ không phải gặp những hoàn cảnh trớ trêu mà Thầy đã viết trong bài.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Con cầu nguyện Thầy Cô trụ thế lâu dài vì sự lợi lạc của tất cả chúng sanh.

    Con đảnh lễ Thầy!

    Con – Tantra Sutradaka (Avinash Kumar Srivastava)



  16. Kính bạch Thầy!

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

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã viết bài và cho con có cơ hội được đọc bài viết này

    Con – Rina S.


  17. Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Dear Holy Guru,

    Thank you so much for your wonderful article. I have learnt that I should keep mindfullness and wisdom before making any deccision and not being affected by the eight worldly winds.  Because of the eight worldly winds, I myself have sunk in the circle of birth and death for ages.

    This life, I am so lucky to have a good chance to meet you and have an opportunity to follow you and learn Pure Mind yoga invented by you with the six marverlous practices for the freedom from the suffering and the achievement of being born in The Pure Land. In addition, I myself have learnt that if I miss this chance of following the true Guru, I will never find out the path to come back home of the Pure Land.

    I am so thankful for your wonderful article. I have learnt alot from your wise words.

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

    I also rejoice in the good deeds of Mat Nhat Nguyen who has translated your article into English. His translation helps many people all over the world have a chance to access your teachings and have an opportunity to know about Pure Mind Yoga for their benefits.

    May Mat Nhat Nguyen’s righteous wishes soon come true and be at ease on the path of liberation.

    May Guru pay attention to me and your blessings bestow on me in order that I can purify my bad karma and be possible to follow your feet from now to the ultimate enlightenment.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  18. John Mruk says:

    Thank you Guru for writing and sharing this article. I found it very interesting and very moving. There is much to be learned from this piece.

  19. Mark Hamilton says:

    Dear guru,

    In this article you explain the hardships of men and women trying to earn money far from home. The ego has driven many to stay even though they long to return home.

    Thank you

  20. Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin phép được dịch comment của bạn đọc Mark Hamilton sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Trong bài viết này, Thầy luận giảng về sự khó khăn của những nam nữ đi kiếm tiền ở nơi phố thị xa nhà. Chính cái ngã đã làm cho họ phải chịu đựng để tiếp tục bám trụ nơi thành phố và không về quê  dù rất lâu rồi họ không về nhà.

    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã viết bài.

  21. Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin phép được dịch comment của bạn đọc John Mruk sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã viết bài và cho chúng con đọc được bài này. Bài này rất hay và con xúc động khi đọc bài. Con học được nhiều điều từ những lời dạy của Thầy trong bài.

  22. Aman Prakash says:

    Dear guru

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

    I am very happy and thankful for giving me tantra name.It is a great honour to be your learner. I think guru practising dhamma is like going against the flow of river. If we stop practising dhamma, the wordly pleasures will take us with their flow. I am only a single person who knows about dhamma properly and practice it. I am not mean to say that I am master of dhamma but practice it at much my ability. This shows how rearly is to practice dhamma. Everyone is in flow of worldy pleasure. Even me, at some extent I want to be a great in study so I practising dhamma. The whole world  wants your possession,loves how intelligent you are,how money you have,how’s your styling sense but unfortunately noone is talking about your inner compassion and love. Even my parents not able to understand me properly. From childhood I am not very intelligent or sharp minded boy.I am middle in study. I have always a question wondering in my mind”what is purpose of life”,why I am here”.After under shed of budhism I am seeing my life with new perspective.For this I am very fortunate.I  had also a negative side. I have always a problem of being attracted towards girls easily.  practising dhamma always gave me be not distured by them. Now I am under guru shed. I need blessings from you guru.we all need blessings from you.

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

    May all sensient being attain true nature.

    Om Mani padme hum

    Yours tantra Amitara.

  23. Renee francoeur says:

    Dear Guru…..thank you for this article it really made me take a step back and look at some of the things in the past I wasn’t thankful for…the little things that is. I love the journey I’m on spiritually and articles like this help me become more and more grateful.

  24. Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin phép được dịch comment của bạn đọc Renee Francoeur sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã viết bài viết này. Bài viết của Thầy đã giúp con nhìn nhận lại những điều đã xảy ra và con nhận ra rằng con không cảm thấy biết ơn vì những điều con đã có. 

    Con hoan hỷ với con đường tâm linh mà con đang bước đi. Nhưng bài viết của Thầy đã giúp con biết sống biết ơn.

  25. Simon Michael says:

    Dear holy Guru,

    I can’t appreciate you enough for this wonderful article  fake praises are dangerous indeed that is true, unfortunately this is the type of society that we found our selve.  May you give me the spirit to always differentiate between false praise and the good one. May you also protect us from those that shower false praise in others not to destroy us. May Guru live long for the seek of sentient being.


  26. Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin phép được dịch comment của bạn đọc Simon Michael sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con không biết dùng lời nào để tán thán hết công hạnh  của Thầy vì Thầy đã viết bài viết tuyệt vời này. Thật nguy hiểm khi chúng con bị chìm trong những lời khen giả tạo.  Nhưng thật đáng buồn trong thực tế xã hội, con người luôn chìm trong những lời khen giả tạo do được vỗ về bản ngã.

    Con cầu nguyện Thầy từ bi gia hộ để con thoát khỏi những lời khen giả tạo và biết được đâu là điều đúng và tốt cho mình. Con cầu nguyện Thầy bảo vệ chúng con thoát khỏi những cạm bẫy của lời khen giả tạo để những lời khen đó không hủy hoại chúng con.

    Con cầu nguyện Thầy trụ thế lâu dài vì sự lợi lạc của tất cả chúng sanh.



  27. Tantra Sagovana says:

    Dear Guru,

    My name is Tantra Sagovana.

    Thank you for sharing this article.

    In this article you explain the eight worldly winds, in particular fame-disrepute and praise-blame.

    Valid criticism is better than false praise, as false praise will only boost our ego and give us a false expectation to live up to. Valid criticism will make us aware of our weaknesses and we can try to fix or improve upon those weaknesses at least.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Tantra Sagovana (Ahmed Khan)


  28. Mật Thủy says:

    Dear Holly Guru,

    I’ve read this article again and having time to contemplating the eight mundane winds: fame-disrepute, praise-blame, gain-loss, pleasure-pain. I should remember your teaching that “Praises are the lowest-cost “investment” that earns the highest “profit”. Being stuck in the praise-blame wind, we do not only pay our health and our youth to do worthless things (not lead to liberation) but dangerously nurture our enemies – ego and will go around the six realms. Like that, the other three worldly winds also head us to samsara misery, never to true happiness.

    Thank you Guru for your teachings through the practical stories. May you and your consort live long with good health for the sake of all sentient beings.

    Om mani padme hum!

  29. Jason Cook says:

    Distant Guru,
    One learns the winds erode… I would like to believe that I am pilot of these winds, as I free myself from acclaim from nothing, and instead value the something I already was.


    — Jason Cook

  30. Tantra Mishataru says:

    Dear Holy Guru,

    I bow my head into your lotus feet, I now understood your teacher is the one who criticises you correctly and the one who praises you correctly is your friend. And so forth the one who praises you falsely is your enemy. I am grateful for this marvelous teachings and I will live by it. Moreover I would like to say that in my life I have greatly suffered in between the eight world wind. I have thirst of getting of wealth and worries about what I will eat tomorrow however with this dharma teaching. I will work through it and let go of any desires attached.

    May you live longer for the sake of all sentient beings.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  31. Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin phép được dịch comment của bạn đọc Jason Cook sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con học được rằng ngọn gió khen – chê đã làm xói mòn tất cả. Con mong rằng bản thân có thể chế ngự, làm chủ được những ngọn gió này để con thoát khỏi khen – chê và biết trân quý những gì mình đang có.

    Con – Jason Cook

  32. Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin phép được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Mishataru sang tiếng Việt như sau

    Kính bạch Thầy tôn quý!

    Con xin cúi đầu đảnh lễ dưới chân sen của Thầy!

    Đọc bài này con hiểu được ai chê đúng là thầy ta,  ai khen đúng là bạn ta, ai khen sai là kẻ thù của ta. Con thật ơn phước khi được đọc nhưng lời chỉ dạy tuyệt vời của Thầy và con nguyện tuân theo lời Thầy dạy.

    Hơn nữa,  bản thân con đã phải chịu nhiều khổ đau vì chao bảo bởi bát phong trần trược. Con bị dằn vặt trong sự khao khát  giàu có và lo lắng ngày mai ăn gì. Nhưng với những chỉ dạy của Thầy,  con sẽ từ bỏ những khát vọng bám chấp của mình.

    Con cầu nguyện Thầy trụ thế lâu dài vì lợi lạc của tất cả chúng sanh.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  33. Tantra Sagovana says:

    Dear Guru,

    My name is Tantra Sagovana.

    Thank you for sharing this article.

    In this article you explain about the eight worldly winds.

    Working class in city are living in poor conditions because of gain-loss and fame-disrepute winds.

    Honest criticism is better than false praise because the former allows you to recognise and learn from your mistakes and grow while the latter only boosts your ego.

    We should take solely wisdom as our cause and be unmoved by the eight worldly winds.

    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)

  34. Tantra Sagovana says:

    Dear Guru,

    My name is Tantra Sagovana.

    Thank you for sharing this article.

    In this article you explain about the eight worldly winds. Particularly we should not be caught up with the praise-blame winds, as honest criticism is better than false praise.

    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)

  35. Saliu Abdulmumin says:

    Dear holy guru.

    Thank you for this inspirational and motivational article.

    May guru live long and have good health for the sake of beings.

    May beings be free from suffering and have enlightenment.

  36. Henrique says:

    dear guru, thanks for sharing this article, it reminds me of the 8 verses that turn the mind to the dharma that says to consider the enemy precious treasure, very difficult to find

  37. Philip okwiri ogongo says:

    May the name of Holy Guru be praised I thank you for this massage its very powerful indeed I believe that my life must change after following the wonderful article of master.Thank you Superior Holy Guru.

  38. paul yawney says:

    Dear Holy Guru, Thank you for being able to read another wonderful article. they have all inspired me to reach a higher level in my Learning. I f you are in error in your learning it is far better to corrected by your teacher so you do not repeat the mistake than to stumble on repeating and perhaps passing on that mistake. in helping others it should be out of compassion not for personal gain. the reward comes in the form of that person being helped or having a moment of happiness he may not have gotten. we should care enough of ourselves that we may continue for the right reasons caring for others May The Holy Guru and his consort be well and happy.May this virus end soon. OM MANI PADME HUNG….Tantra Hiataru

  39. Mật Nhất Nguyên (Lê Duy Trí) says:

    Dear Holy Guru, 

    I have read your article: “The Praise-Blame” wind. From the stories in this article, I understand that “the eight worldly winds constantly waver our minds until our exhaustion.”

    Even the highest income earners fall into workaholism, working for 60, 80 hours a week. I’m afraid I might make the same mistake since I used to have it in university. I will not take the advantage of having this human life for Dharma practice. I will not have the strength and the time for Dharma. My strives for the goals within Samsara will bring me back to Samsara. This article is a wake up call for me. 

    Since I know about Pure Mind Yoga, since I read and comment on, I have a tool to balance my life everyday and to keep myself within the Dharma orbit. Thank you for giving me this opportunity and solution.

    I’m grateful for your article. May the Guru and His Consort have good health for the benefit of all sentient beings. May all sentient beings attained the absolute state. May all sentient beings attained the happiness of Buddha’s nature. May the Corona virus pandemic will soon be over. 

    Om Mani Pamde Hum.

  40. Petra says:

    Dear Holy Guru

    Thank you for this article. To make me see what I once thought was so important, I now see is not important at all.

    Thank you and may you have a blessed and peaceful day

  41. Momen Mohamed says:

    Dear lovely and holy guru, thank you so much for sharing this beautiful article with us that’s so kind of you💙❤️💚💙❤may you have a good health and live long for the benefit of all sentient beings💚💚may all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature💚💚💚may the pandemic caused by corona virus soon end💚❤️💙 Om Mani Padme Hum🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  42. Mật Huệ Bích ( Lê Hải My 8 tuổi) says:

    Dear Guru,

    I have read the whole article “The Praise – Blame Winds”.

    Thank you, Guru.

    I really like this article.

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

    May the covid-19 pandemic will be soon eliminated.

    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha nature.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  43. Jason says:

    Very eye opening article….may those who sacrifice so much for their families be blessed🙏

  44. Joven says:

    There is a quote..

    We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like…

    I just hope that this ncov will wake up all people to stop consumerism, live a minimal life, stop feeding our ego with false praises..

  45. Mật Giác Đăng says:

    Dear Guru,

    I’ve read this article “The Praise – Blame Winds”.

    I’m so thankful to your teachings, help me to understand about severe consequences of clinging to honor or fame from being praised even when most of the praises are not true. The praise can and will comfort human’s egos, pushes them to blindly work with blood, sweat and tears to be exhausted, to waste their current lives while brings no benefit in leading to liberation. How dangerous these praise – blame winds are, how harmful the eight worldly winds are! They constantly wave, make human be drown in sufferings, be stuck in vicious samsara circle. These poisonous winds flow through both poor and rich people, through normal people as well as the lack-of-awareness practitioners who been deviated from the right orbit. I’ll keep in mind the verses (from Buddha) you quoted “As a solid rock, unshaken by winds, A wise man with a still mind, unshaken by praise or blame”. May all of us, disciples and learners, will keep awareness, mindfulness and attention, will diligently in dharma rehearsing and practicing to be always followed Guru on the way to the city of liberation.

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

    May the covid-19 pandemic will soon be eliminated.

    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha nature.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  46. Matthew Franzen says:

    Ah, subtle wisdom, with refined discernment…


  47. Walapane Gothama thero says:

    Let everyone be happy and safe and let their hearts be filled with joy triple gem bless guru thanks that article is great and important for all hiumen being. I am walapane Gothama thero I from sri Lanka

  48. Dhan Singh Ravi says:

    Dear Holy Guru,

    I liked this  article very much. It touched my heart.  It’s really heart touching , inspiring and didactic moral lesson. The pathetic condition of the workers striving for earning their livelihood creates sympathy in every heart. Further this article teaches us a great lesson to remain firm like a solid rock both in adverse and favourable circumstances.

    Thanks a lot for such a valuable moral lesson.

    Highly obliged yours.


  49. Vanessa says:

    As new as I am to these concepts, I appreciate how they are presented in a way that isn’t difficult to understand. The desire for praise and recognition can be a challenge to overcome. The poem at the end particularly gave me encouragement.

    Thank you for the lessons, they are much appreciated.

  50. Vanessa says:

    I am from Idaho, in the USA.

  51. Srogers says:

    Dear Holy Guru

    I am Tantra Haramitra

    Thank you for these words of wisdom. I have been damaged by believing in praise where my ego took it to be true and my mind suffered as a result. I have also made others struggle as, again due to my ego, I thought I was both important and caring enough to praise others.

    please Holy Guru help me to control my ego, to be the person that this life designed me to be and to praise only when it is worthy.

    Holy Guru, may you have long life and good health for the benefit of all sentient beings 

    om mani padme hum

  52. Thomas Charles says:

    Thank you, Guru, for good dharma as always.  Om mani padme hum.

  53. Deverm says:

    Dear guru

    Once again you explain everything in such simple ways that is easy yo understand.thank you

    Suffering is universal and part of daily life,if only all can understand the why perhaps the pain can be eased.Daily we do what we believe to be right and just but in that prosses life goes on by and we get caught up our daily struggle to survive.Therefore I believe we except praise as validation. Validation that our lifes matter.If only we had no ego..

    Buddhism teachings has so much wisdom and I am grateful that we can all benefit from your articles.

    Thank you

  54. Tantra Ashihata (Simon Michael) says:

    Dear holy Guru,

    My name is Tantra Ashihata.

    I appreciate you for this wonderful article you have given to us. Guru may you help us to understand good friends that will tell us true no matter how bitter that true is in other to grow in the the right way. May the soul of my mother rest in peace and may the end of corona viruses come to an end soon.

    May all sentient being free from suffering

    Om Mani padme hum


  55. Ashok Verma says:

    Thank you for sharing such great article.

  56. Verona Beckett says:

    Very Humbling story. Thank you. Many here in New Zealand have never seen this hardship-helps with perspective, grattitude and compassion. Critical thinking is good- helps develop better understanding (I am always learning more). Many thanks for sharing

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      I’m glad to know you live in Newzeland where are my disciples. I want you to read more for deeper understand!

  57. Verona Beckett says:

    I will. Need to grow much more. Much appreciated, many thanks

  58. Satish Kumar Borkar says:

    Dear Guru,

    The approach of Hon. Nguyen Thanh in one of the labourers locality of HCM City is a welcome outing. He had been an outlook of seeing pace of life in a tiny and unapproachable part of that big allurements is itself shows his concern. This is the real story that observed and experienced by the Hon. Nguyen Thanh. I should obey him at the very outset.

    The story of people lived therein is horrible one and it happens in every metropolitan of the world. What important here is the courage and strength of the monk (if it is a correct word) that leads him to see the sorrows, experience the lives of those downtrodden what the Buddha has a social revolution. The people cried there during telling their own stories when the Monk asked them. Because their stories was for existence. They want their proper place in the society but no way out.

    The article ‘Praise’ then turns to another angle that alert a man to not gaining a mouth flattery. It’s true that praising others for winning a small favour is existing in human nature. And that particular we have to identify and cautious from such elements. Out of eight worldly winds the Monk has choose – ‘Praise’. But as I seem it, do not connect with the event of visiting place. However most precious thoughts are being produced in an article and teaches us not to misunderstood false praise as true.

    At last, we are human beings. I would like to quote the Buddha’s one of the teachings that “The fault of others is easily perceived, but that of oneself is difficult to perceive; a man winnows his neighbours faults like chaff but his own faults he hides, as a cheat hides the bad dice from the player.”
    Hence, a praise must be done for good work of others and blame should be on even if that is ours.


  59. Alex says:

    Thank you for this very moving article.

  60. Satyajit says:

    Nice Article…..


    The quote of Almighty Lord Buddha….is very true

    The wise man with still mind is unshaken with praise and blame

    The above quality helps people to live happy and peaceful life.


    Namo Buddhaya …..!!!!

  61. Vishnu says:

    Expection is the cause of suffering .People work ignoring health for money..

    Budham sharanam gachami

  62. Jayadhammo says:

    Dear Guru,
    Thank you for your great article. Normally we like to be praised and hate to be blamed. Indeed, sometime it’s not.

  63. Randy says:

    This is a nice article.  It points out the fact false praise(which is quite often mistaken as something to be proud of) is just as bad as false blame.  I am sure that everyone has said at least once in their lives “I did not do that” when accused of a negative action for which they have not committed.  Sady, it is much harder to, at least, disregard flattery.  Flattery leads, of course, to arrogance, therefore it is much harder to throw aside than false guilt.  How often have a person flattered you which led you to take it to heart?

  64. Tantra Pramitdhita (Josh Hacker) says:

    Holy Guru,

    I bow my head before your lotus feet!!! Thank you for sharing “The Praise – Blame Winds.” Today I have learned about the Eight Worldly Winds which include: Fame/Disrepute, Praise/Blame, Gain/Loss, and Pleasure/Pain. If we are not mindful and use wisdom it is very easy to fall into their trap and they will torture our minds with such things as stress and anxiety at the very least.
    These Eight Winds are bound to the lasso of fame and benefit; they draw our mind into the Five Desires for wealth, beauty, fame, food, and sleep. People all throughout time have fallen into the trap of fame, thinking they must do something so incredible that their names will live on forever. I have been guilty of falling into the same traps of feeding the Eight Worldly Winds as well.
    May you have a blessed and peaceful day!

    Mat Nhat Nguyen,

    I rejoice in your good deed of translating this article into English. may all of your legitimate wishes be granted within the right orbit of Dharma.

    May Guru live a long and healthy life for the sake of all sentient beings

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

    May the global pandemic caused by the corona virus soon end

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  65. kalum says:

    In this dual stick world everybody has a problem .because of we are in a side of that.we are looking at that sides every times .it is the living.but we can’t reject anything .everything should be accepted .my life not your life.everyone has a own life rezoned of their past has been made by you and me.but we can go away from it.

  66. Tantra Amishuta says:

    Dear Holy Guru,
    I thank you and appreciate this article. It makes me reflect on praise I’ve given in the past. It makes me wonder if it was true praise from the bottom of my heart or false praise. May I ask, if you praise the good someone is doing but do not criticize the bad is this false praise? This is something I do with a friend who has overcome a lot but still does a few things that are self defeating. May you live well and long for all sentient beings and may we all continue to strive for enlightenment. Om Mani Padme Hum

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