Jun 17, 2020

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WHAT MAKES THE UNIFORM BRIGHTENED UP? ( ĐỒNG PHỤC SÁNG LÊN NHỜ ĐÂU?)

Did you get the uniform? I waited for long to get this uniform after my official employment contraction being signed.

– No, I didn’t. Maybe one year more, after I finish the probationary period. My colleague answered with a sigh that drew my attention. She felt deeply worried about the time she will end the probationary period so that she can obtain a long-term contract and own a uniform.

Uniform is often seen as a symbolic language that indicates which organization or company a person is working for. Every pupil or student is also familiar with school uniform. The uniform of a school for gifted students also brings pride to quite a few of them. After graduation, the uniform is a sign of recognition to show that one has a stable job or a position in a reputable corporation. Nonetheless, worldly uniform cannot shield people from karmas because of their inevitable result. A shirt made of ordinary or special cloth is still a gross element, and the life’s up-and-down still drives people into the cycle of samsara for lacking the light of right view.

Many have soon realized the impermanence of life, known about the ultimate truth taught by the Buddha and worn a monastic or lay uniform. However, due to lacking a right view, they attach to the uniform without knowing about the right view of worship, right view of respect, right view of viewpoint and right view of liberation. Some bow or make offerings to anyone who wears a yellow monastic robe without knowing about his virtue, spiritual level and even spiritual book. In my village, a man returned home after a long time pursuing a business in other area. He got a lot of money from that business and decided to make offerings to a monk in a pagoda without learning about his quality and virtue. What he knew about him was that the monk was diligently chanting sutra every afternoon and helped local families in praying for the deceased to get rebirth in the Pure Land or hold ceremonies to relieve bad lucks. The monk also gave divination to local people. As a result, after one year of making offerings to that monk, the man went bankrupt and even involved legal issues. Still, many people don’t have the right view or wrongly put their faith on evil spiritual teachers, thus have their spiritual life ruined. The Padmasambhava warned that not examining the teacher is like drinking poison.

The Padmasambhava warned that not examining the teacher is like drinking poison.

On the contrary, in Song Nguyen Tantra House – the Thanh Tri Institute for Psychology Research and Yoga Applications (ITA), every member easily obtains inner happiness, well-flowing works and social achievement. Most recently, everyone knows about the case of Tantra Sutradaka who has got all three goals thanks to Thanh Tri Yoga practice and devotion to Guru [which he considers most important]. Other examples are excellent study achievement of Mat Tu, undeniable worldly successes of Mat Hai, Mat Thuy, Mat Khue Minh, Mat Khanh Lien, Mat Khanh Van, Mat Chanh Tan, Mat Chanh Hoa, Mat Nhuan Quang, Mat Hong Nhat… and many others. What makes Song Nguyen Tantra House be “radiant” like today that invokes jealousy from bad persons? It is the vast light of the right view that enables ITA members to enjoy worldly pleasures in the spirit of “Dharma is life”. With two minds dharmas: Samyadgrsti-prabha samadhi and Meditation on Bodhicitta, ITA members can soon achieve righteous wishes since they’ve got a stable foundation as asserted in Avatamsaka Sutra: “One who arouses the determination for supreme perfect enlightenment [Bodhicitta] becomes engaged in the perpetuation of the lineage of buddhas, intent on correctly communicating the tradition of dispassion, engaged in purifying the family of all lands, directed toward guiding the family of all sentient beings to perfection, engaged in properly accomplishing all the teachings and transcending all things, engaged in fulfillment of all practices of enlightened beings, directed toward preserving the continuity of all religious vows… the focus of attention of all buddhas, near to equality with all buddhas, appreciated by all enlightened beings. Why is that? Because Bodhicitta is the root for the Bodhisattva’s deeds. The Buddhas in three times manifest because of Bodhicitta. Then one generating the determination for supreme perfect enlightenment [Bodhicitta] will gain innumerable merits and obtain all-knowledge.”

Moreover, simple but essential, that lies in the spirit of “life is Dharma, Dharma is life.” Buddha Dharma is never separate from worldly dharmas. Dharma appears in all daily activities of ITA members through six wonderful practices. The uniform with words and logo of Thanh Tri Institute for Psychology Research and Yoga Applications shone brightly all over the meeting hall is symbolic evidence for the spirit of “life is Dharma, Dharma is life.” The harmonious mixture of blue and white brings out the word “Thanh Tri” while its formal and delicate style and design give wearers comfort and confidence, suitable with the luxurious and grand space of the four-star hotel. Upon entering the meeting hall, everyone can see the exquisite combination between Dharma and life on the basis of dialectical spiritual science that ITA has been thriving for: inner happiness, well-flowing work, social achievement, happiness and joy in this life and attainment of rebirth in the Pure Land next life.

The uniform with words and logo of Thanh Tri Institute for Psychology Research and Yoga Applications shone brightly all over the meeting hall is symbolic evidence for the spirit of “life is Dharma, Dharma is life.”

Song Nguyen Tantra House or Thanh Tri Institute for Psychology Research and Yoga Applications doesn’t equip members with uniform in “monastic yellow” or “lay brown” color which may imply that they are practicing Buddha Dharma. This is because the uniform itself cannot practice mindfulness. “Good wine needs no bush”! The spiritual fragrance of the practitioner spreads to every direction not by its color but the light of right view and bodhi mind. What ITA has done over the past time, especially six wonderful practices found by Guru, is a salient proof for the dialectical science of Buddha’s wisdom. Compassion and wisdom are the foundation for the practitioner to step into the path of awakening and obtain enlightenment. Uniform is one of means that show the equality among members, no matter wherever they are and whatever social classes they belong, all are shone by the light of right view and warmed up by Bodhicitta. They get much or less depending on their own devotion to Guru. The same formal and delicate uniform but being woven by essential elements: Bodhicitta and right view (the foundation of wisdom) that gives the practitioner the opportunity for mundane successes and supramundane achievements.

In order to wear a uniform of a big corporation, the staff have got to overcome challenges but what they’ve got in return is just the samsaric result. Meanwhile, being a member of ITA and able to connect with the abundant source of pure energy will help the member obtain a compete material and spiritual life. This is a rare good affinity in our life. We are proud and honored to wear the “liberation uniform” named Thanh Tri.

The image of “liberation uniform” of ITA during the Dharma meeting in Hai Phong City has laid a strong impression on me. I silently pray for the attainment of Buddha-nature of all sentient beings.

May Covid-19 end soon.

Om Mani Padme Hum.

Disciple Mat Dieu Hang


Vietnamese version: ĐỒNG PHỤC SÁNG LÊN NHỜ ĐÂU?

  1. Tantra Mashita says:

    dear compassionate guru,

    Thank you so much for sharing this article with us, uniform ! I heard this word many many times before, but I didn’t ever analysis it as you did in this article ! In fact I really excuse the person who did offering to a wrong guru , because unfortunately alot of people are searching about a guru to put them on the right path and help them to get rid of the samsara, but they take too much time to find a true guru, and in my case I experienced that and I searched 18 month until I found you, mat and chantuduy.com, thank you so much again dear holy guru

    I bow my head down for you

    I express my gratitude to 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

  2. Mật Huệ Bích (8 tuổi) says:

    Dear Guru,

    I have read the whole article,

    Thank you, Guru,

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

    Pray for the coronavirus disease soon to be eradicated,

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  3. Mật Huệ Pháp
    Mật Huệ Pháp says:

    Dear Mat Dieu Hang

    I take delight in reading your sharing about the difference between worldly uniform and dharma uniform, especially the one of ITA. Both these kinds of uniform may be made of the same cloth, same color but they have totally different meaning. The worldly uniform may be bright but that’s just the light that lures us into the samsaric cycle. The dharma uniform, meanwhile, showing us the way to liberation for it is woven by the light of right view and Bodhicitta. I am happy with your sharing about the specialty of the ITA’s uniforms. Under the guidance of our noble Guru, the uniforms show the equality among all members, irrespective of origin, languages or social classes. We all walk on the path of Bodhicitta in the light of the right view. Admiring the picture of Guru and the collective of ITA members, a feeling of happiness and pride overwhelmes me to see my dharma brothers in the formal and delicate uniforms of ITA. Our uniforms are brightened up by the light of wisdom and Bodhicitta of Guru. That light will never end as long as our faith in Buddha Dharma and our devotion to Guru is uninterruptedly nurtured every day. Thank you for this meaningful sharing.

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

    May Mat Dieu Hang have health and achieve legitimate wishes

    May all sentient beings be surrounded by the light of right view

    Om Ah Hum

  4. prem lal says:

    Respected Guruji Namaskar

    The Article is very beautiful and advicing towards Dharam.It encourages us towards Buddhism.Discipline is must in life for admiring our dharam.We must do efforts to attain enlightenment.

    Om mani padme hum.

  5. Mật Huệ Bích (8 tuổi) says:

    Dear Guru,

    I have read the whole article,

    Thank you, Guru,

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

    Pray for the coronavirus disease soon to be eradicated,

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum,

  6. paul yawney says:

    Dear Holy Guru, Thank you for another great article. Words are only marks on paper the Guru teaches you the meaning and the value of the words. Thank you Holy Guru for your teachings and your wisdom. May Holy Guru and Consort live a long and Happy Life. May this Virus end soon.  OM MANI PADME HUNG.                     Tantra Himataru.

  7. Nguyễn Trung Khánh says:

    Dear Guru,
    I have read the whole article “What makes the uniform brightened up”.
    Thank you so much for this article.
    The article is very beautiful and advicing Dharam.
    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.
    Om mani padme hum.

  8. Mật Khải Nguyên says:

    Dear holy Guru,

    I have read this article: “What makes the uniform brightened up?”. I’m happy for having this chance to see and admire the uniform of Song Nguyen Tantra House.

    The uniform gives me a strong impression of inner happiness, wisdom, pure energy, and compassion. It is indeed the image of liberation uniform, just as vajra brother Mat Dieu Hang stated. Though the uniform doesn’t form the practitioner, Guru has used ITA’s uniform as a means to teach us disciples about the sacred pride of a Dharma practitioner, equality among members, and most importantly: Right View.

    Thank you, Guru, for your vision and compassion,

    Thanks vajra brother Mat Dieu Hang for composing the article.

    May Guru and his consort live long for the sake of all sentient beings,

    May all sentient being be awake in the state of enlightenment,

    Om Mani Padme Hum

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