Mar 21, 2020

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THE WIND ( gió)

flamboyant flowers bloom in vivid red

Summer has come! In Dinh Mountain’s pagoda village where I was residing or in every corners of the country, flamboyant flowers bloom in vivid red. However, not every place can enjoy the summer sunshine. In this southern land, it rains much in summer, sometimes heavy rains turn streets into rivers like in Saigon. Summer seems to be an obsession of residents in this city.

Sometimes heavy rains turn streets into rivers like in Saigon

Hot as fire

Summer in the central region, meanwhile, is totally different. It’s hard to find a cool breeze under the burning heat of tropical sun. The wind seems to be highly valued only in hot weather. The wind accidentally blows but “deeply attachs” to the daily life of human. Wind is one of four elements that form our body, which is called in Buddhist term as “the body of four aggregates” (earth, water, wind, fire). To some semantic extent, the wind has become the emblem of mortal coil and the training of one’s will in his career:

fog and wind

Man is never afraid of wind and fog 

Just afraid life be short of fog and wind

But when feeling bitter in this unfortunate life, one may exclaim:

Tall tree swayed and pulled by wind

One with fame bended by fame.

 

 

Wind is neither beautiful nor ugly but it brings poetic view into poem:

 

 

The wind was gently swaying the bamboo branches

The wind was gently swaying the bamboo branches

Tran Vu’s bell was ringing, Tho Xuong’s roosters were crowing to announce daybreak  (Folk song)

 

 

Peach blossom just smiled in last winter’s wind

Wind also witnesses the impermanence in a poem by Chinese romantic poet Cui Hu (崔護), about the love having been gone but cherished memories last for thousand years:

In front and behind, not a person was in sight

Peach blossom just smiled in last winter’s wind

Wind blows through the door of music composing everlasting love songs. On the road, the traveler can’t help but feel stirred in his heart on listening to the song:

Cold wind blows through the attic in the blue night. The moon tilts its face shining on window’s bars. The lamp shines weakly, yellow leaves flicker in the nostalgia. Seem to be dragging on the street… (Sadness in the rental attic)

The moon tilts its face shining on window’s bars

In the song “Winter’s night” composed by musician Nguyen Van Thuong, wind is described beautifuly and painfuly romantic:

Wind shakes trees

Wind inclines, infatuated late in the day

Wind shakes trees

Wind carries boat of cloud

Wind howls in woeful sleep

Wind keeps painful thought

Wind cries interminably

Wind carries boat of cloud

For those who are sad of separation from their loved one, wind bear words that last for thousands of years:

The wind carries Cai to heaven

The wind carries Cai to heaven

Leaving Ram behind bounded by bitter words

 

This folk-song reflects the tragedy of an imperial concubine named Phi Yen (nickname is Ram, a kind of cilantro-flavored herb) and her son named Cai (cabbage) who is a prince in Hoi An. Phi Yen or Ram, a loyal and honest person, was imprisoned in a cave for dissuading King Nguyen Anh from asking for assistance of the French, while her son, Cai, was thrown into the sea.

The wind is also used as a metaphor in Buddhist literature in specific terminology. Buddhist practitioners all know the term “Eight worldly winds”, i.e eight worldly concerns that cause the mind to stagger (including praise-blame, fame-disgrace, gain-loss, pleasure-pain). It is said that Zen master Foyin once borrowed the term “eight winds” from poet Su Tong-po in his Dharma teaching: “Unmoved by eight winds.” A well-known and essential teaching in Tibetan Buddhism by Master Dromtonpa who taught a Buddhist practitioner “to stop clinging to worldly concerns”, i.e don’t step into the pitfall of eight winds.

“Eight worldly winds”, i.e eight worldly concerns that cause the mind to stagger (including praise-blame, fame-disgrace, gain-loss, pleasure-pain)

The Song Nguyen Tantra House has a house called “Thanh phong cac” (catching good wind) where followers gather to listen to Dharma sermon in hot season when beautiful cool breezes have left. Don’t know where they go since no one can detect the wind’s direction. However, thanks to the blessings and benedictions of vajra dharma guardians, good wind sometimes come to Thanh phong cac to help ease the heat. That good wind is no one else rather than the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. It’s not by chance Ven. Hsuan Hua said a flow of cool wind is also the manifestation of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. And I believe so!

“Thanh phong cac”

Strangely, since the house is given the name of “Thanh phong cac”, it has caught flows of cool wind while other places like “Trung Dai” (middle roundhouse), “Lac canh dai” (Joyful roundhouse) and “Lien hoa dai” (Lotus platform) cannot. It seems that the wind sets its heart on the world of mankind, like Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara who always takes care of Buddhist practitioners as a mother who gives unconditioned love to her only child.

Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara who always takes care of Buddhist practitioners as a mother who gives unconditioned love to her only child.

Phuoc Thanh Village, July 9, 2014

THINLEY-NGUYEN THANH


Vietnamese version: GIÓ

  1. Philip okwiri ogongo says:

    Holy Guru thank you for the mystery article of the stars, its the door way to wisdom of enlightenment,

    Thanks in all you do.

  2. Mật Huệ Bích ( Lê Hải My 8 years old) says:

    Dear Guru,

    I have read the whole article “The Wind ”

    Thank you Guru,

    I like “Thanh Phong cac ” very much because “Thanh Phong cac ” has lots of cool wind and the “thu nhun”  place is very cool too,

    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.

     

  3. Saliu Abdulmumin says:

    Dear holy guru

    Thank you for teaching the sentiment beings!

    I really love this article.

    I pray for quick end to Corona virus.

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

    May beings be free from suffering and have enlightenment.

  4. Petra says:

    Dear Holy Guru

    This was a very beautiful article. Thank you for sharing this with us

    I wish that Guru will have a blessed and peaceful day

  5. Momen Mohamed says:

    Dear holy and lovely guru,

    thank you so much for this beautiful article, I really loved it.

    May you have 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

  6. Jason Cook says:

    The wind blows indeed Guru, thank you for the “cool wind” in my daily life. These articles ease the heat in my life.

  7. paul yawney says:

    Dear Holy Guru. Thank you for another wonderful article. there are many winds in our life. they are neither good or bad they are just the winds. it is our reaction to them that either aids or hinders us . Be Neutral go with the flow. nothing is permanent.May the Holy Guru and His Consort live a lonh happy life. May there be a quick end to this virus and suffering it is causing. OM MANI PADME HUNG.      TANTRA HIMATARU

  8. paul yawney says:

    Dear Holy Guru thank you for your reply. Your teachings are wonderful. OM MANI PADME HUNG.     TANTRA HIMATARU

  9. Tantra Mashinaga says:

    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for this article. I enjoyed reading this article about the wind and loved reading the poetry. Winds bring change in weather and in life and I am sometimes afraid of the wind because it brings storms in weather and in life. I respect the wind and will try to be less afraid of the wind and accept change more easily.

    May guru live a long and happy life

    May all sentient beings be free of suffering and attain happiness

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    Tantra Mashinaga Mark Hamilton

  10. Tantra siramitra says:

    Venerebol Guru.

    My name is tantra siramitra.

    Very nice article, specially when it comes to nature trees wind Flours sun, rain, i found it very romantic!

    Thank you.

    OM MANI PEDME HUM

    🌹 🌹 🌹 🌹 🌹 🌹 🌹.

  11. Pankaj kumar giri says:

    Dear Honorable Guru

    Thank you so much for your beautiful teachings and kindness.

    This article is so much beautiful like the blossoms.

    May all beings be happy.

    May the pandemic Corona virus will end up soon from the earth. May all Corona affected will get well soon.

    🌷OM MANI PADME HUM 🌷

  12. Tantra Sutradaka says:

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    I bow before your lotus feet.

    For a few days I am not keeping a good physical health which in turn affected my mental health resulting in inertia. This is the reason I could not read and right at all. Today I am much better. I was scared of Covid 19, the pandemic, as my symptoms were the same. Short breath, high fever, regular coughing, always sweating and cold were the signs that were pointing towards probability of infection of Corona Virus. I prayed to the Buddha and the Guru, Chanted Mani Mantra and took medicine regularly. It took much of time. Finally I am recuperated as perhaps it was not Corona for which I and my family members were concerned. Mild coughing is there but I have grown very weak. It is the blessing of the Guru and the Buddha as well as friends like Rose that kept me happy even in the perilous condition. I express my gratitude to the Buddha and the Guru for protecting me from my, hazardous ailment and extend my thanks from the core of my heart to all my friends, who were with me   mentally  and emotionally by taking my welfare in person, or in my memory. I thank you rose personally; you were much concerned for me.

    Friend in need is friend in deed. As I stated at the very outset, that my ill health resulted in inertia and I was not in position to start writing again. Rose treated me in a psychological way. She sent me an article shared by our holy Guru, and I could not my temptation of reading it. After going through it twice and thrice I found that virtually it is a poetic expression in nicest form, unfolding the inner sublime experiences of the mundane and divine mingling of the nature in the Guru’s creation, the Song Nguyen Tantra house. Herein even the hot summer wind turns into the soothing cold of the spring season touching the walls, plants and the sentient beings of the place.

    The article starts with the scorching summer heat of Saigon which not only makes the life of the residents of the central region difficult through its unbearable heat of the tropical sun carried by the strong summer winds, but also creates flood or flood like situation on the roads of the Hochiminh City, as it rains the during the summer season only. But it is not the sole story. Our holy Guru reminds us about the teachings of the Buddha wherein it is said that winds are the very important element of the human life because it is one of the four great elements ( Mahabhootas) out of which our physical and mental world is composed. Fire, air, water and earth are the basic elements (Dhatus) which have manifested in and through our physical body, life and the cosmos. Hence they play a dominant role in shaping and moving our mundane life too. Though wind is neither beautiful nor ugly but different people react to this wind differently owing to their taste, temperament need as well as their varied physic and mental makeup. To some it is painfully romantic, for the sad one owing separation from their loved one the wind cherishes ones memories through the words that last for thousands of years. For wise one it is the harbinger of humility but for an arrogant it is the destroyer of their pride, prejudice and stupidity.  Tall tree swayed and pulled by wind but it gently sways the bamboo branches. In the same way wind of Buddhist wisdom saturated in one’s mind, bends one with knowledge and fame. Our holy guru is continuously providing the occasions through Chanh Tu Duy .com to come in touch with the supra-mundane knowledge of of Buddha and Buddhism which will protect the learner from the ills and evils of the mundane existence, as the scorching tropical heat of the Dinh Mountain’s pagoda village becomes soothing cold in the Tantra house and help the flamboyant flowers bloom in vivid red.

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    May all the sentient beings be happy and healthy.

    May the Corona virus be extinguish from the earth owing to our merit earned through the Buddha’s worship and our pious practices.

    Long live our holy Guru for the benefit of we earthly ignorant persons

    With Profound regards and reverence

    Tantrasutradak

    Avinash Kumar Srivastava

     

  13. Dr.shankar jadhav says:

    NAMO BUDDHAY…

    Thx….to Holly Guru for that article

    ….define wind…..and through the knowledge of dhama….

    thx

    SADHU SADHU SADHU

  14. Mật Thanh Tâm says:

    Kính Bạch Thầy!

    Con hoan hỷ khi được đọc bài viết của Thầy.

    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy từ bi khai thị cho con biết thuật ngữ Tám tám thế giới gió, tức là tám mối quan tâm trần tục khiến tâm trí loạng choạng . Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy vì bài Pháp liên hệ từ cuộc sống đến Phật Pháp vô cùng lợi lạc này.

    Con cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe của Thầy Cô vì lợi lạc tất cả chúng sanh.

    Con cầu nguyện cho tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh.

    Cầu nguyện cho dịch bệnh Covid -19 sớm được tiêu trừ.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  15. Mật Huệ Bích (8 tuổi) says:

    Dear Guru,

    I have read this  article ,

    Thank you Guru,

    I pray for the health and longevity of Guru and your consort for the sake of all sentient beings,

    I pray for Coronavirus disease to be eradicated,

    I pray that all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha nature,

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  16. Tantra Pramitdhita (Josh Hacker) says:

    Holy Guru,

    I bow my head before your lotus feet! Thank you for sharing “THE WIND”. After reading this article I have learned that wind is one of the four elements that form our body. I have also learned that in Buddhism this is called, “the body of four aggregates” and the four elements include: Earth, Wind, Water, and Fire. May you have a blessed and peaceful day.

    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

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