Jul 2, 2017

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Buddhist Catechism: Part 1 (cont) – Principal concerns in different aspects of Buddhism (Phật học vấn đáp: Phần 1 tiếp theo – Những câu hỏi đáp yếu lược trong những bình diện đạo pháp khác nhau)

Buddhist Catechism: Part 1 (cont) – Principal concerns in different aspects of Buddhism (Phật học vấn đáp: Phần 1 tiếp theo – Những câu hỏi đáp yếu lược trong những bình diện đạo pháp khác nhau)

Buddhism Q&A: Part 1 (cont) Principal concerns in different aspects of Buddhism

56. How many kinds of meditation are there in Buddhism?
There are five:
-Meditation on breathing
-Meditation on mindfulness
-Vipassana (Insight)
-Meditation with mantra or recitation of Buddha’s name
-Meditation on visualization


57. Why do we keep falling into cycle of existence (samsara)?
Because of our ignorance. Among twelve causes and conditions (Nidānas), the first link is ignorance (Ignorance- karmic creation-consciousness-name and form-six perceptual entrances-contact-feeling-attachment-adoption-becoming-rebirth-aging and death and suffering (dukkha)). That’s why the Buddha stated:” Take wisdom as the sole cause of practitioners”, i.e using wisdom to root up ignorance.

58. How many kinds of suffering are there?
There are two kinds:
– Affliction of samsara (Kilesavatta) (affliction of things related to eight worldly winds, to means of subsistence, and to oneself)
– Affliction of Bodhi (being afflicted by the ignorance of the beings, for the development of Dharma)

59. What is the essence of Tantrayana?
Yidam visualization.

60. What is the heartwood of Buddhist cultivation?

61. How to define the wisdom of a Buddhist practitioner?
-He knows thoroughly about The Four Noble Truths (what is suffering (dukkha), source of suffering, path to end suffering and end of suffering).
-To put more simply, a practitioner is seen to have wisdom as he follows the teachings of Buddha and does not do what the Buddha did not teach.

62. Which sources indicate that a Buddhist is a noble one protected by good spirits and he needs not worship them?
In the Kṣitigarbha-praṇidhāna Sutra, the Spirit of the Strong Earth said to the Sakyamuni Buddha:
“Honored of the World, when passing by a courtyard, a village or a town, where anyone, man or woman who practices good deeds, small as a hair though it be, decorates his/her house with a flag, a parasol and make scented offerings to the Buddha and Bodhisattvas, or chants a sutra or a verse of sutra, I will pay homage to that person as I do toward the Buddhas in the past, present and future.
I will command powerful demons and local guardians of the land to protect them days and nights; keep them far from any accidents, incurable diseases or disastrous happenings.”

63. Which teachings of the Buddha show that Buddhism highlights equality between sentient beings and the Buddha?
I have become Buddha, all sentient beings will become Buddha, too.

64. What is the spiritual process of Buddhism?
Including three stages:
– Reading and listening
– Contemplation
– Practice

65. What can’t Buddha do?
-Cannot remove the karma of sentient beings
-Cannot save those who have no affinities with him
-Cannot save all sentient beings from delusion (because there are too many beings)

66. Some say they cannot practice Dharma right now as they are busy all the time. They may think of doing it if they have spare time. Is it right?
– Life is busy and it never stops unless we die. Never delay your practice to wait for leisure time and prosperity (Padmasambhava)
-Life is impermanent
– There are different modes of practice that are suitable with various kinds of practitioners. For instance, Song Nguyen Tantra House offers methods of practice especially for busy people. The matter is that it’s not because you are busy but do you wish to practice Dharma or not? (You will find ways out if you want and make an excuse if you don’t want)

67. The Buddha taught: “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, because the past has vanished while the future has not yet come. What is the point of his teaching?
– Do not dwell in the past means do not think of what made you afflicted. But it is fine if you think about what happened from which you can draw a lesson for yourself. For example, a disciple who committed a fault should contemplate that fault and do penance. If he does not think back to the past, he cannot perform penance.
– Do not dream of the future means do not think of what are unbeneficial and vice versa. For example, a Buddhist practitioner should regularly make a vision of the Western Pure Land where he seeks a rebirth in, a kind of motivation for overcoming hindrances in the path of cultivation.

68. Why all troubles in this life are due to not practice Dharma?
– Because you have no chances to accumulate merit and purify your past negative karma (from heavy to light karma, from light karma to nothing)
– No self-practice means no blessings from aryias (Buddha and Bodhisattvas). That’s why you have problems.

69. Which sources indicate that the Three Jewels is a true refuge?
“Themselves captives in the prison of samsara,
Whom can the worldly gods protect?
Therefore, to seek a true refuge, the Three Jewels, is the practice of a Bodhisattva.” (The Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva)

70. Why hasn’t the Buddha, with his boundless compassion, incarnated to guide the beings in cultivation path?
– He respects self-cultivation of the beings. Practicing Buddhism requires a voluntariness, not that kind of believing and doing as what you see. A voluntary Buddhist is called the aunthentic one for their practicing is not driven by individual benefits, fames or beauty…
– He does not incarnate in the form of Sambhogakaya but has Nirmanakaya manifestation in the form of Lama or Tantra Guru. Before entering Nirvana, he taught the disciples: “After my death, I will reincarnate in the form of a lama (authentic Guru). Let see the Lama as the Buddha and put your faith in him as you believe in me.”

71. How many stages are there in the development of Buddhism?
– Firmed liberation
– Firmed meditation (Dharma practice)
– Firm erudition (be concerned about theory rather than practice)
– Firmed statute (construction of statue and monasteries)
– Firmed struggle (fall into the trap of eight worldly winds: pleasure-pain, gain-loss, praise-blame and fame-disrepute. How to raise the status of this monastery higher than other’s.

72. Should we “devote ourselves” to our kindred or friends? (excluding those who have taken refuge in the Three Jewels and become our vajra brothers)
– You will be happy if you are able to break off connection (mental attachment) with your kindred because they will never satisfy with it. (Advice from the Dakini Teachings page 161)
-They will never satisfy though how much you do for them; but if you displease them and refuse their requests, they will call you down. (Advice from the Lotus-born)
– Relatives, friends and subordinates are three factors that make you lost on ways of Dharma practice. Let leave them behind (mental attachment). (15 resisting causes – Padmasambhava)

73. How important is the practitioner’s honor towards Dharma?
The Ghuyashamaja Tantra affirms: “Without honoring the Dharma which is proven by actions of offerings, Dharma learning and practicing, the practitioner will not get any results despite diligent practice.

74. Which sources indicate that a person is seen to be lucky and happy if he or she practices Buddhism?
-One human life with freedom is superior to all other sentient beings of the six types of cyclic existence. One person observing Dharma is superior to all ordinary people who lack interest in Dharma (Ten superior things- Gampopa)
– A person, how noble though he is, does not know how to practice by means of Samadhi, he will not perceive the nature of Dharmata. (Padmasambhava)
– A person who is not interested in practicing Dharma at young age is like a fool. Those who pay no attention to Dharma are seemingly not keen on happiness. Only Dharma can cure you, worldly concerns are just deceitful. (Padmasambhava)
– All foods, how delicious they are, are just dirty things unless you use nectar essence and practice meditation (Padmasambhava)

75. It is said the Buddha never said a word. What does it mean?
That’s true. The Buddha had not given any oral teachings because only he could understand his words. Even Bodhisattva who attained the Third Ground cannot understand the words of Bodhisattva of the Fourth Ground. The Buddha just temporarily borrowed worldly languages to make sentient beings understand and practice Dharma (depends on subjects, times and ethnicity).

76. How to achieve inner peace and joy?
Inner peace and joy are the state of mind. Our mind is regularly disturbed by five poisons (greed, hatred, delusion, arrogance and jealousy) and eight worldly winds (gain-loss, fame-disrepute, praise-blame, ……). The best solution to this problem is “do not bother about worldly affairs”, which does not mean you totally don’t care about but should not be mentally attached.

77. Why should we read chanhtuduy.com?
– This website contains all prayers, enthusiasm, strength and mental power of mine so anyone who reads and comments gain benefits from accumulating merits and wisdom.
– This is a valuable source of reference for those who are interested in Tibetan Buddhism. A person keen on practicing Dharma but neglects theory is likened to a short-sighted one without glasses, who cannot see the sky of liberation. He will fail to spiritually connect with the Guru and fellow brothers.
– Obey the teachings of the Guru
– Make the Guru pleased
– Practice tolerance, gradually removing jealousy by commenting other’s articles.
– Know how to use time fund meaningfully instead of wasting it in useless things.
– Training good habits.

78. Is it true that some readers often feel inferior because of difficulties in understanding chanhtuduy.com, thus do not want to follow it?
– Understanding easily or uneasily does not matter. The perceptibility depends on the duration of practice. The key point here is to know and understand that you are going on the path of liberation. The matter of quick or slow understanding is no more important then. This is because we always get blessed by the Amitabha Buddha in the Western Pure Land unless we stay close to the heterodox or those with wrong views.

79. How to define a disciple to be a lazy practitioner?
-Do not follow the Guru’s teachings
-Practice the Guru’s teachings discontinuously (do not practice Dharma regularly)
-Do not practice continuously (for instance, a person stops after practicing for 20 years for thinking that’s enough)
-Be erudite in sutras but has no practice experience.

80. Does our rebirth absolutely depend on our parents?
– We are reborn to human realm thanks to keeping five Pratimoksha vows in previous life.
– If his thoughts and passions are in equal proportion at the moment of death, he will be reborn in the realm of human beings. (Surangama Sutra)
– Parents just have karmic links with us in many lives (500 kalpas). We choose parents before our reincarnation. Not the parents but we ourselves who decide to be reborn as human beings.

81. How to define a rude behavior?
A rude behavior refers to an action that causes harms to others regardless of consequence. Actions of vituperation or beating are not considered rude.

82. What is called wrong livelihood?
– For lay practitioners and non-practitioners, wrong livelihood refers to unrighteous or illegitimate tricks used to benefit themselves such as corruption, bribe, etc, though their jobs are legal (right action).
– For bhikkhus, wrong livelihood refers to posesiveness by unrighteous ways such as hypocrisy, sweet talk, allusion, ruse, doing good deeds to get paid, fortune telling, or ritual to dismiss bad fortune.

83. Which kinds of meat did the Buddha advise not to use? Why?
There are nine kinds of meat: human, dog, snake, lion, hyena, tiger, elephant, horse and turtle. Such types of meat are seen as impure and contain animosity (when being slaughtered), thus may affect the bioenergetics as well as spiritual development of the practitioners.

84. What does the Noble Eightfold Path include?
– Right view (true understanding of reality)
-Right speech (abstain from lying, double-tounge, hateful and slanderous speech)
– Right action (do in right way)
– Right livelihood (earn a living in a righteous way)
– Right thought (think in right way)
– Right diligence (practice assiduously in right way)
– Right concentration (meditate in right way)
– Right mindfulness (be aware of one’s mental state and body in the present moment).

85. What behaviors or conducts that affect the manner practitioners shouldn’t make?
Do not make sound while eating; do not point your finger; do not swear when being angry; do not glance furtively; do not turn head round; and do not balance legs while sitting.

86. Can lay Buddhists practice to get liberated?
Yes, they can.
-The Guyashamaya Tantra says:” No one can possess Dharma except those who practice diligently.”
– The Buddha Shakyamuni taught:” My Fearless Lion Throne (simhasana) is owned by no one. Any one who possesses compassion, wisdom and the will to benefit sentient beings will be my successor and can sit on my throne.”
– The Great Vow of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara: “Visualizing my Form, chanting my Name, reciting my mantra and performing my pure, spiritual practices – though they ever committed five demonic sins thus threatened to fall in Avici hell. I will lead them to the Pure Land of Dewachen.”
Notably, these teachings do not refer to whether practitioners are bhikkhus or laymen.

87. How many stages should a practitioner of Nyingma school of Vajrayana Buddhism experience?
Two stages: Preliminary (Kriya yoga, Upa yoga, Tantra yoga) and Achievement (Anu yoga, Ati yoga, Maha yoga)
88. How many objects of inner refuge are there?
There are three objects: Guru, Deity, Dakini.

89. What do the Buddha’s relics comprise of?
– Physical relics (were divided to eight nations after cremation)
– Dharmakaya relics (sutras, teachings of the Buddha)

90. What is the treasure of a practitioner?
-Respect for others

91. How is Buddhism different from other religions?
The ultimate objective in Buddhism is liberation from samsara, which other religions do not have. The Buddha appeared in this Saha world to show sentient beings “The Knowledge of Liberation”.

92. What is the simple meaning of initiation?
Initiation means receiving agreement or permission from the Guru.

93. What is the benefit of initiation?
Initiation marks the sacred moment a person officially becomes a Vajrayana practitioner who will absorb blessings, conveyed by the present Guru, from the Root Guru of his lineage. From then on, there exists a linkage between the spiritual destiny of the practitioner (disciple) and the Guru till the ultimate enlightenment (even if the disciple does not get liberated this life, the Guru will continue to manifest in the realm where the disciple is reborn into to guide him till his enlightenment). This is a unique characteristic of Tantrayana.

Lotus Flower Estrade in Song Nguyen Tantra House

94. What are six principles of harmony in Buddhism?
-Be harmonious physically (as living together)
-Be harmonious verbally (do not criticize others)
-Be harmonious in the views we hold
-Be harmonious mentally
-Be harmonious in how we share the benefits we gain
-Be harmonious in the precepts we keep

95. When is a practice called assiduously?
Assiduousness means you practice regularly, regardless of the length of the practice. For instance, it won’t be called assiduous if you practice Dharma for five hours today, then intermit for ten days before starting again. Or you read ten articles on chanhtuduy.com today, then stop for one month before reading again.

96. Is it true if a smart and assiduous person can practice better and achieve faster in Tantrayana?
Without devotion, a person, though as smart and assiduous as he is, cannot get fast spiritual progress because:
-The foundation of enlightenment is Guru devotion (Avagosha)
– “Although your Guru’s merit is as much as layers of cloud, the blessing rain will never fall down unless you have a field of devotion (Padmasambhava)
– A person practicing Dharma continuously is not considered sincere unless he has strong Guru devotion.
There’s a difference between spiritual and worldly lives (read story about Sunnakkhatta)

97. Is it true if we gain blessings by following vegetarianism?
– No, because vegetarianism is not included in ten spiritual activities in Buddhism.
– None of sutras and tantras say blessings can be obtained from vegetarianism.

98. Why are Buddhists required to avoid wrong views (heterodox views)?
– Buddhism highlights the importance of Right view (Sammaditthi), emphasizing wisdom as the main cause of practitioners. If you have Right view, then you own wisdom, which can be perceived simply as following what the Buddha taught. It’s not by chance Right view ranks top in the Noble Eightfold path.
– A practitioner with wrong views is immersed in ignorance – the cause of rebirth. The Buddha manifested in this Saha world just to show the beings the transcendent wisdom to cut through ignorance.
-The Buddha taught:” Have faith in me but not understand me means you defame me.” We are not the Buddhist or the son of the Buddha unless we follow his path of liberation. A rebirth in hell is for sure if we defame the Buddha. It’s important that we stay away from wrong views.

99. What is the trace of grace of the Three Jewels?
Inner joy and peace.

100. There’s a saying that:” Either practice or non-practice is strenuous.” Is it better not to practice?
No. Let say a poor guy is staying in an old poor house. Shouldn’t he work to earn a living? Yes, because he can grasp opportunities to become rich. So does practice.

101. Lama Zopa taught:” All troubles in this life are due to not practice Dharma. All prosperity in this life is thanks to the practice of Dharma.” Is it true that a practitioner practicing vigorously will never meet difficulties but easy successes?
No, it’s not true.
– Practicing Dharma always brings back prosperity or success. However, success is divided into two types: propitious (blessing) and adverse (purification) in which the later aims at challenging the will and spirit of the practitioner. The Ten Commandments of Mindfulness says:” We should not wish that our cultivation be free of demonic obstacles, because our vows would not be then firm and enduring.”
– The Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva taught:” Gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate, bodhi svaha (Go, go, go beyond, go completely beyond to complete enlightenment)”. He’ll never give us such advice if there exists no hindrance.

Eight worldly concerns

102. What is considered as the hell for practitioners?
Eight worldly concerns (Gain-Loss, Pleasure-Pain, Praise-Blame, Fame-Disrepute).

103. How can we practice Dharma with joy?
Chinese philosopher Confucius said: “Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.” Our mode of practice centers on preparation (prepration, preparation and preparation). We do good preparation, thus we can practice with joy.

104. Buddha and Dharma, which one appears first?
Dharma is divided into Dharma Buddha and Dharma Realm.
-Dharma Buddha: Buddha appears before Dharma
-Dharma realm: Dharma appears before Buddha

105. Which sources indicate that a serious practitioner has no fear of hunger?
-The Shakyamuni Buddha taught:” I vow to dedicate the merits of 500 kalpas (which I should have accumulated for myself from ruling as the Wheel-turning King (Cakravarti-raja)) to my diligent disciples so that they can live comfortably even in the hardest time.”
– “If you practice Dharma with all your heart, food and resources will come to you naturally”. (Atisha)
– “I’ve never found any sincere practitioner who suffers hunger and pain.” (Padmasambhava)
-“Those who seek liberation from samsara will get their prosperity boosted”. (Guyashamaya Tantra)

106. In what ways is “dirty” money lost?
-Filial impiety
-Problems with authority

107. Does a Buddha possess seven types of miracle?

Guru Rinpoche

No. He has six miracles, including:
– Divyasrotra (Divine ears): Ability to hear anything anywhere
– Divyacaksus (Divine Eye): Ability to see anything anywhere
– Divyacaksus (Metal telepathy): Ability to read the thought of others
– Rddhi-saksatkriya-jnana (Higher power, travel anywhere without impediments)
– Purvanivasanusmrti-jnana (Seeing past lives)
– Purvanivasanusmrti-jnana (freedom from mental suffering, even the smallest one. This the highest miracle attained by the Buddha only).

108. The 3rd among 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva by Thogme Zangpo stressed:” To rely on solitude is the practice of a Bodhisattva”. Did he mean we should move to mountainous areas for cultivation?
No. To rely on solitude means we save a private corner in our house for practicing Dharma, a private corner in our mind for Dharma joy to be dwelled in peacefully despite our messed-up life.

109. Is it true that taking refuge in the Three Jewels can save us from falling into three lower realms?
Taking refuge means we rest upon faith in and accordingly practice the Buddha’s Dharma (the Buddha is like a shade tree), then we no longer descend to three lower realms. Conversly, the protection is meaningless if we do nothing or act against his Dharma.

109. What is the hindrance a person has to confront with?
To overcome individual habits (maintain good habits and remove bad ones).

110. What does “Đảnh lễ” (頂 禮 [Dǐnglǐ], to pay homage) mean?
“Đảnh” (頂) means the highest or top of the head, “Lễ” (禮) means worship or reverence. “Đảnh lễ” means to pay homage to the merits and virtues of the buddhas throughout ten directions. This is the very first formality or etiquette of any sadhanas, i.e to totally rely on the spiritual power of the Buddhas.

Thinley Nguyên Thành

Translated by Mat Hue Phap

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Original Vietnamese version: Phật học vấn đáp: Phần 1 (tiếp theo): NHỮNG CÂU HỎI ĐÁP  YẾU LƯỢC TRONG NHỮNG BÌNH DIỆN ĐẠO PHÁP KHÁC NHAU

Buddhism Q&A: Part 1 – Principal concerns in different aspects of Buddhism 

Buddhism Q&A: Part 1 (cont) – Principal concerns in different aspects of Buddhism

  1. Rachel Lee says:

    Dear Master,

    Had go through the above, but still not very understand for the meaning. Please help to advise the way for understanding.



  2. Tantra Mahavita says:

    DEAR GURU. This article is a bit difficult to understand …OM MANI PADME HUM

  3. Tantra Upatissa says:

    Dear Guru thanks for spending your valuable time and efforts in making and sharing of this article. Hope most of people who have gone through this article might have got answers to many of their questions about dharma.

    May Guru live longer for sake of other beings and he may get enlightened

    May all beings be free from suffering they may get enlightened.

  4. Steve Rogers says:

    Dear Holy Guru

    thankyou for your clear explanation of the questions I know many of us need answered. It will take me plenty of study to fully understand but to have it clearly laid out gives me a point of reference to go to at all times.

    To know I am walking the right path, with your guidance, following reading these words gives me reasurance in my journey.

    Con cảm ơn!

    for your consideration Dear Guru

    om mani padme hum

  5. Dear Holy Guru,

    I am delighted to read your precious work of “Buddhism Q&A: Part 1 (cont) – Principal concerns in different aspects of Buddhism”. I cherish your compassion and wisdom as well as your effort to help all sentient beings free from the suffering in this Saha world.

    This precious work is really useful and beneficial for all Buddhist learners. This precious work makes it possible for them to find out the correct answers for their questions on Buddhism. In the vast ocean of Buddhist knowledge, if they do not have the guidance, they can not find the right direction to the liberation shore.

    All questions and answers are given clearly and vividly with the core meaning of the Lord Buddha’s teaching. Although a practitioner spends his own life on reading the Lord Buddha’s sutras, he can not find out such a quintessential teaching. The spiritual work of “Buddhism Q&A: Part 1 (cont) – Principal concerns in different aspects of Buddhism” is as precious as a sparkling gem on chanhtuduy.com, which leads all sentient beings to the right path to enlightenment under the Guru’s guidance.

    Without the Guru’s guidance and his blessing, Tantric practitioners cannot get the enlightenment thought they can read a lot. Patrul Rinpoche taught: “No sutra, tantra, or shastra speaks of any being ever attaining perfect buddhahood without having followed a spiritual teacher.”

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your teaching. I am grateful for being one of your disciples.

    I rejoice in Mat Hue Phap’s good deed of translation. Her translation supports to flourish your discourses all over the world for the sake of all sentient beings.

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

    May Mat Hue Phap get all legitimate wishes and achieve the joy that arises on the path to enlightenment.

    May all beings achieve the happiness of Buddhahood.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  6. Tantra Mikaya says:

    dear holy guru. Thank you for your article and the translation. I have read this article several times and we understand it. All our efforts in the Dharma will be successful if we develop our meditations and our knowledge daily and with dedication. We can achieve our inner peace through a clear mind. In everyday life, we are exposed to injuries such as envy jealousy and greed. By recognizing the nature of Buddha and practicing daily, we can escape Samsara. The mind functions like an eye, which can look outwards, but not itself. Out of ignorance emerges the separation between me and you, outside and inside, here and there. As a result, we want certain things that we experience as separate from us. There is attachment and certain things we do not want – there is aversion. From attachment, in turn, greed emerges, from aversion to jealousy and from pride of ignorance. These five disturbing feelings now lead us to say and do certain things. Our deeds come back to us later on because of the law of cause and effect (karma), and our habits lead us to be motivated again and again by the disturbing emotions. We are thus in Samsara and do not come out of feeling and thinking. Only through the dedication in the daily meditation and the appropriation of knowledge (through your articles holy Guru) can we escape the Samsara. The 6 teachings of Buddha are the generosity, the meaningful action, the patience, the joyous effort, the meditation, and the knowledge (which is mediated by the Holy Guru.) Generosity is the sharing of material, of one’s own strength and good feelings Trust and openness, makes every encounter rich and dissolves attachment in one’s own mind, meaningful behavior, keeps us in touch with human exchanges, and is the basis for more growth, avoiding causes of difficulties and helping others as much as possible protecting and maintaining the positive structure by carrying out all sorts of difficulties.Who is full of compassion and can keep a relaxed spirit in every situation can not be disturbed by anything joyous effort means that we always give our best and with permanent power to the best for others and to work ourselves through our meditations and experience “How things are,” and our daily exercises and reading your articles, we learn the wisdom.
    In general, the path to knowledge of nature is determined by our devotion and action. If we can not learn, we can not experience the nature of Buddha. I myself experience my daily meditations with devotion and to soothe my mind. With friends and family, I often discuss the positive influence Buddhism has brought into my life. I was often asked what the meaning is and what it brings me personally (since the people here are often very skeptical) but these people see my positive development taught me by Buddhism. The initial skepticism changed in curiosity and devotion. I am proud to walk the Buddhist path. May our holy Guru be in good health for the sake of all. May our Holy Guru have a long and fulfilling life. May all be happy and free from suffering      OM MANI PADME HUM

  7. Dr.C H Lakshmi narayan says:

    Buddha is my life

    Dhamma is my way

    Sangha is my spirit

    Respected Guruji, I bow my head at the lotus feet of Guruji.

    I am Tantra Nirvadeva

    This article is unique in the sense it is too lengthy and written in questions and answers type covering different subjects and aspects of Buddhism and Buddha ! Hence, it is too difficult to comment on each question and answer but I can say in only one sentence that it throws light on Buddha and Buddhism which is due to in-depth  study of Buddha,s life by our beloved Guruji.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Long live our Guruji for upholding Dharma.

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan.









  8. tantra mahavita says:

    Querido Santo Guru :  Profundo Agradecimiento por el esfuerzo de compartir tan maravillosos articulos. Muchas Gracias , por su clara explicacion, aunque no puede comprenderlo en otro momento. Hoy , con la bendicion de nuestro Amado Guru , y la profunda Devocion , nuestra comprension en el conocimiento del Dharma , va disipando , nuestra ignorancia. Buda es mi Vida…Dharma es mi camino…Sangha es mi espiritu . Respetado Guru …Inclino mi cabeza a los pies del Loto del Guru .Es dificil hacer comentarios sobre cada uno de los temas expuestos , pero puedo decir que cada oracion , que arroja luz sobre Buda y el Budismo se debe al estudio en la profundidad de la vida del Buda por nuestro Amado Guru . Me Regocijo …y le doy las Gracias desde lo mas profundo de mi corazon …por sus Enseñanzas. Estoy agradecido por ser uno de sus discipulos. Que nuestro Guru viva feliz y tenga una larga vida para beneficio de todos los seres sintientes.Que todos los seres sensibles disfruten de la felicidad y la raiz de la felicidad. Puedan ser libres de sufrimiento y de la raiz de sufrimiento. Que habiten en la ecuanimidad libre de apego y aversion. Que la preciosa Bodhichita haya nacido en aquellos donde no lo es. Puede que Bodhichita una vez que nazca no decaiga y se expanda mas y mas. Que el precioso espiritu del despertar naxca en aquellos donde no lo es.Que una vez que nazca , no se deteriore y aumente cada vez mas. OM MANI PADME HUM

  9. Dear Holy Guru,
    I am delighted while reading this article, Buddhist Catechism: Part 1 (cont) – Principal concerns in different aspects of Buddhism. As a disciple who has little dharma knowledge, this article has given me great surprises. I realize the questions and answers are essentials and provide great convenience for dharma learners who might not have the time. I am deeply grateful having the opportunities to read this beneficial article. I pray for the health and longevity of the Guru and his consort for the benefit of all sentient beings. May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.

    Kính bạch Thầy,
    Con hoan hỉ được đọc bài viết Phật học vấn đáp – Phần 1, Những câu hỏi đáp yếu lược trong những bình diện Đạo pháp khác nhau. Là một đệ tử còn ít kiến thức đạo pháp, bài viết đối với con chứa đựng thật nhiều bất ngờ. Con nhận thấy những câu hỏi-đáp là những điều tinh túy, đem lại sự tiện lợi thiết thực cho những ai muốn học pháp trong cảnh sống bận rộn. Con cảm tạ vì thị vì đã cho chúng con cơ hội đọc được bài viết lợi lạc này. Con thành tâm cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của Thầy và Cô vì sự lợi lạc cho tất cả chúng sanh. Nguyện cho tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  10. Salvatore Antonio Fois says:

    Venerebol Guru.

    My name is tantra siramitra.

    Again, a fantastic, and deep explanation of the Holly Dharma,

    Very easily explained, easy to understand for brother, and sisters in Dharma, very reach in knowledge, and very inligtning in the context!! Thank you  venerebol, for souch fantastic work!!

    May Avery one have the opportunity to read, and understand souch good teachings, & doing so may they obtain liberation.

    May Avery one be happy.


    • Kính bạch Thầy! 

      Con xin phép dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Siramitra (Salvatore Antonio Fois)  sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý! 

      Con là Tantra Siramitra. 

      Một lần nữa,  con được đọc bài viết hay với sự luận giảng rõ ràng,  sâu sắc của Thầy tôn quý. 

      Những luận giảng của Thầy rõ ràng,  súc tích, giúp cho chúng con dễ hiểu,  dễ nắm bắt. Những câu hỏi và đáp được đưa ra trong bài viết này thể hiện trí tuệ uyên thâm của Thầy với những nội dung ngắn gọn,  đi vào điều cốt lõi,  bản chất giúp chúng con được khai sáng. 

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy tôn quý vì bồ đề tâm cao quý của Thầy đã viết nên những bài viết lợi lạc. 

      Con cầu nguyện cho tất cả chúng sanh có được duyên lành đọc được bài viết của Thầy,  hiểu được những lời Thầy dạy và hành theo để đạt được giác ngộ. 

      Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sang luôn được hạnh phúc. 

      Om Mani Padme Hum. “

  11. Elana Dower says:

    Dear Guru

    Thank you for sharing this wisdom and teaching the right way to study and practice. Your concern that we understand clearly the teaching of Buddha is appreciated greatly. Thank you to Dharma Friend Mật Diệu Hằng for sharing it with me.

    may all dharma friends and sentient beings be closer to enlightenment today

    om mani padme hum

  12. Ahmed Khan says:

    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for sharing this article, and thank you to Mat Hue Phap for translating it.

    This article explains the practice of Dharma in a clear and easily understandable way.

    May all sentient beings become enlightened

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của bạn đọc Ahmed Khan sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con được đọc phần 1: những câu hỏi đáp yếu lược trong những bình diện đạo pháp khác nhau, và cảm ơn đạo hữu Mật Huệ Pháp đã dịch phần này sang tiếng Anh.

      Phần 1 này luận giảng rõ rằng các vấn đề trên bình diện đạo pháp trong quá trình thực hành Pháp theo cách dễ hiểu, dễ nắm bắt.

      Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh đạt được giác ngộ tối thượng.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”


  13. Neerajkumar Sumaran says:

    Thank you very much Dhamma Guru,

    I have no words to say after reading this wonderful article. I will try my level best as your student.

    Thank you very much again.

    Yours ,

    Neerajkumar Sumaran.


  14. Salvatore Antonio Fois says:

    Venerebol Guru.

    My name is tantra siramitra.

    I read the article again to make sure that i dont miss anything about, and I’m sure that i will go true again, becose it is very deep in Holly Dharma knowledge.

    May Avery one be happy.


  15. Khương Duy says:

    Thưa Thầy,

    Con đã đọc bài và rất ấn tượng với điều 66. Không bao giờ quá bận rộn để tu.

    Cám ơn Thầy.

  16. Abrar Bhatti says:

    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for summarizing teachings in Qs and As form.  Although some terms are new for distant learners and e-learners. But through diligence we can learn more.


    Abrar Bhatti

    • Nguyên Thành says:

      You diligently read and learn more,  you can understand day by day and have right view on everything. 

    • Kính bạch Thầy! 

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

      Kính bạch Thầy! 

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã tóm tắt những lời dạy của Thầy dưới dạng vấn đáp. Mặc dù có vài thuật ngữ mới so với một người học từ xa,  qua mạng như con,  nhưng con tin rằng khi chúng con tinh tấn đọc bài thì chúng con sẽ học được thêm nữa. 

  17. Tantra Sagovana says:

    Dear Guru,

    My name is Tantra Sagovana.

    Thank you for sharing this article.

    This article is a continuation of the first Buddhism Catechism article, and like the first it also uses Question-and-Answer format to explain Buddhism in an easily understandable way.

    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)

  18. Josh says:

    Guru, thank you fom the bottom of my heart for this lesson. I am grateful for your teachings. Through your wisdom I shall gain wisdom. I have one question. Is obtaining your tantric name and the initiation you speak of in this article, are they one in the same?

    Om mani padme hum

    May all sentient beings find freedom from suffering

    May Guru and his consort have a long life for the sake of all sentient beings

    • Nguyên Thành says:

      No, they are not the same. Tantric name is a name. An initiation or an empowerment is a ritual in Vajrayana, in which the disciple gets dharma transmission from Guru. The initiation is not made in other sects of Buddhism.

  19. Josh says:

    Thank you for your quick response Guru. When one is ready for an empowerment he or she merely needs to ask?

    Om mani padme hum

    May Guru and his consort have a long life for the sake of all sentient beings

    May all sentient beings find freedom from suffering

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      You must read more because your anwser is there! I have not free time for help you. Let read yousefl!

  20. Josh says:

    Thank you Guru, I will.

    Om mani padme hum

    May Guru and his consort have a long life for the sake of all sentient beings

    May all sentient beings find freedom from suffering

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