Jul 19, 2021

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Letter from USA: The bridge connecting us together after many lives in this Samsara.

After a hard day’s work, I sit under a shade tree in my front yard and enjoy every drop of fresh cup of coffee. I think of Guru and his teachings on the six spiritual methods. I remember his word about the benefit of developing Bodhicitta. Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava made the advice: “You can go into Great Path, but you cannot become the Yogi if you do not still try to practice for the sake of all beings. You can practice for the benefit of all beings, but you do not still become the Yogi if your deepest purpose is not covered by Bodhicitta. You can understand what you see, but you cannot be the Yogi if you do not focus on the success of practicing Dharma” (Advice from the Lotus – Born) and He also said: “If Yogi does not practice Bodhicitta, the Buddhist practitioner will go into the lower path. Those who do not accumulate enough merit and wisdom cannot have a good chance to practice Bodhicitta” (Dakini’s teachings, chapter: Bodhicitta).

Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava

I look at my cup of coffee and smile, then I pray, “may all sentient beings absorb Buddha’s amrita”. It is so easy to remember and practice. How wonderful it is to develop Bodhicitta in such an easy method. I have learnt 3 methods to accumulate wisdom and merit while taking the online course for 6 months. I always wanted to learn more after classes. Guru’s teachings and methods are practical and help practitioners enjoy life with Dharma mind.

I look at my cup of coffee and smile, then I pray, “may all sentient beings absorb Buddha’s amrita”

Six months has flown by as quick as the wind passing by. I have come to greatly enjoy attending the online class every two weeks with all my new Dharma friends all over America. I remember Guru’s teachings. I remember the discussion after class. Some Dharma friends shared their thoughts about Buddha’s teachings. Others shared their progress they made with Guru’s methods. The class was considered the bridge connecting us together after many lives in this Samsara. We are more than 35 strangers sitting together thanks to Guru’s blessings and his wisdom and Bodhicitta. It is Dharma and Guru’s compassion that helps us become a Dharma family. I highly appreciate his blessings and kindness to run this course and give us a Sangha in the USA.

The phone ring coming stopped the stream of my thought
– Congratulations! You have been bestowed the certificate of completion for the Mind Transformation course by Guru.
I received notice that I have Guru had awarded me with a certificate of completion for the Mind Transformation course I had recently taken online with Violet Tran. This is quite an honor and I am very pleased that Guru has seen my studies and practices to be sufficient to bestow this certificate of completion on me.

 

I think back to when I first met Violet and was invited into this course. I had been studying everything I could find time to study on Buddha’s teachings and on Buddhism. However, I was trying to learn something without a teacher and without wise instruction. Like any topic, it is difficult to effectively learn a skill or topic without proper direction. All one has to do is think back to a skill they have learned in their life. Perhaps a foreign language or how to repair computers or jet engines. All these skills could be learned by simply finding all the information available and spending months or years studying them and trying to make sense of it all. How much quicker and efficiently it was to learn it by instruction and example. Thanks to the Mind Transformation course, I learned Guru Thinley Nguyen Thanh’s Six Spiritual Practices.

Although I have received many certificates in my life, the certificate for the Mind Transformation course is the most special and the biggest blessing. I look at the certificate many times. It is not only so beautiful but also meaningful for me. It is a true blessing! It is not a normal certificate. Rather it is the certificate on Dharma practice and learning, which helps me free myself from suffering. I am touched when seeing the image of Guru on the certificate. In addition, there is the signature of Guru at the bottom of the paper. For me, it is the spiritual way to connect Guru through his kindness to me. In Tantric sutras, there is a confirmation that visualizing Guru with devotion can collect limitless benefits “Thinking about your Guru in just a moment is much better than visualizing one hundred thousand times on your Deity during ten million kalpa (lives)” And Dilgo Khyenste Rinpoche highlighted the importance of union with the nature of the Guru as follows:

Dilgo Khyenste Rinpoche: “the Guru who we have seen as the Buddha is known to be the same as one’s own mind.”

“Why is the practice Guru yoga, (union with the nature of the Guru) so important? Because, with the help of the outer Teacher, the inner Teacher (the true nature of our own mind) is discovered. Until that point is reached, it is risky to be overconfident and rely solely on one’s own methods for self-transformation. Although the path can be trodden only by individual effort, the advice of an experienced guide is invaluable. Since the Guru is a living person, he or she is able to deal directly with the student’s ego. Whether this is achieved wrathfully or gently doesn’t matter, but in the end, this is what the Guru is there to do, and this is why guru devotion is so important. In the end, the Guru who we have seen as the Buddha is known to be the same as one’s own mind.”

– Thank you Violet. It is a true blessing from Guru on me. Please convey my gratitude to our Guru. I replied her message.

Dear holy Guru,
From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank Guru for all blessings you have bestowed on me. I appreciate your compassion, Bodhicitta and wisdom when you make your efforts to spread Buddha Dharma all over the world, especially, your efforts on learning English and write some English articles so that we, your foreigner learners, can read your teachings easily.

From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank Guru for all blessings you have bestowed on me

May you have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
May Pure Mind Dharma spread all around the world to benefit all beings.
May we, your foreign learners, practice Dharma diligently under your kind guidance in order that we repay your kindness and make progress on the path to enlightenment.
May Covid 19 pandemic be over soon.
Om Mani Padme Hum.
Tantra Mahacitta (Robert Clayton Jr.)


Vietnamese version:

Thư từ Mỹ quốc: NHỊP CẦU KẾT NỐI CHÚNG CON SAU BAO KIẾP LUÂN HỒI

  1. Nguyên Thành
    Nguyên Thành says:

    I’m happy to read your article! after reading I know you have learned Buddhism for a long time before find chanhtuduy.com. In fact, learning and practicing Dharma of Buddhism need to follow one Guru as walker on long street need a map. I think that Violet Tran is spiritual bridge connects you to me. So you thank Violet, also I thank her too! That is has named by “Bodhicitta”! You understood deeply about role and position of Guru, so I am happy for you! At the moment I want remind you one time: ““If Yogi does not practice Bodhicitta, the Buddhist practitioner will go into the lower path. Those who do not accumulate enough merit and wisdom cannot have a good chance to practice Bodhicitta” (Dakini’s teachings, chapter: Bodhicitta). I want to congratulate you with finishing class “Transform Mind” and receiving certificate. I hope you help other learner to be accessible to website chanhtuduy.com. I wish you best!
    Your Guru
    Thinley- Nguyen Thanh

    • Tantra Mahacitta (Robert Clayton Jr) says:

      Guru Thinley Nguyen Thanh, you have started my day with great joy with your kind words. Thank you!

      You and Violet have enriched my life beyond words.

      Many blessings to you and to all!
      Om Mani Padme Hum

  2. tantra mahavita says:

    Dear Holy Guru : Thank you so much for you article .Sometimes silence says more than words. …Blessings , Bodhichita and Compassion of our Beloved Guru are Inmensurable.. …Gratitude in deep in our Hearts ,,, .May you have a Lonf Life …for the Benefit of all sentient beings. May all be liberated . May the pandemic end ….OM MANI PADME HUM

  3. Tantra Midhita (United States) says:

    Thank you so much Guru for your skill in means and your penetrating insight into the needs of your students. I feel truly blessed to have contacted you and to have a connection. Om Mani Padme Hum

  4. Tantra Shimitaru (Isaiah Thompson) - USA says:

    Thank you Guru, for bestowing upon me the certificate of completion for the online course. May you always be blessed! 🙏🙏🙏

  5. Ockert Lotriet says:

    This testimony really touch me. What a humble person! Buddhism is new to me. This testimony is a motivation for me. Thank you. All the lessons is a great help for me. Thank you!

  6. Cao Diệu Mật Thủy says:

    Dear Tantra Mahacitta,
    I enjoy reading your sharing after bestowed the special certificate by Guru. Congratulations!
    The certificate is beautiful and meaningful, marking the new journey of the new you together with mind transformation after the online course for 6 months! I wonder who and what can help us with such maverlous thing in this life? Fortunately we have met Guru and receiving his guidance to walk on a smooth path to the ultimate happiness. Thanks to his practical methods, we can practising Dharma while enjoying life. I pray it in my mind that “May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of the Buddha’s nature”.
    May Guru have good health and longevity for the benefit of all sentient beings.
    May the Covid-19 pandemic will come to an end soon.
    Om mani padme hum!

  7. Tantra Kasumahiru (Lee Samuel America) says:

    Thank you Violet and Guru…May you both have good health in the Practice of Dharma,,,
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha nature
    The certificate is beautiful, however what it represents is most beautiful

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  8. paul yawney says:

    Dear Holy Guru, I received my certificate that you kindly have bestowed on me. I have received a number of certificates in my working life but, this one is the most special. I have spent along time learning on my own. It is harder when you don`t have proper direction. Since Violet invited me to learn from you I have gained more in such a short time. I make every effort to follow all you have taught and find myself to be happier, content and love sharing with what I have learned. Thank you so much for my certificate. May Guru live a long and Happy life. I look forward to more of your wisdom, teachings and kindness.
    OM MANI PADME HUM
    Tantra Himataru

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      I am glad to hear that from you! You have made a good effort and you deserve the certificate. Congratulations! I hope you will keep learning more on the website!

  9. Tantra Shumicitta says:

    Thank-you Holy Guru and Violet for guiding me in the mind transformation course. Violet has been very patient and hard working to answer any questions I am very grateful for the beautiful certificate of completion. It motivates me to continue practicing Dharma. I have turned to Dharma study when issues arise.
    May Guru live long happy healthy life for the benefit of all

    sentient beings

    May Covid 19 end soon

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      I am glad that you have made a good effort and earned the certificate. Congratulations! Please read and comment more!

  10. Tantra Mitsharuma (Petra from Sweden) says:

    Dear Holy Guru
    Thank you for sharing this letter with us. It was beautiful and when I read the part of how blessed and honoured he felt for receiving the certificate, it brought a smile to my face. And my smile have been lost to me for a while
    May Guru have health and be blessed
    May all sentient beings feel the beauty of Buddhas nature
    Om Mani Padme Hum

  11. Cao Diệu Mật Từ says:

    Dear Tantra Mahacitta,
    Thank you for your sharing. I am delighted to feel connected to you as Dharma brother through your words which reflect the core value and spirit from Guru’s teachings even though we are continental apart. Guru has done an extraordinary work to this samsara world by bringing Dharma light to learners all over the world. I am so happy imagining one day there will definitely be more and more people from different countries, and we all unite in one Dharma festival where we speak the same language of right Dharma which was taught by Guru. I would like to congratulate you on your certificate. By what you have shared, I understand that you have made a really good effort during the course for having written such profound sharing. I like the valuable excepts that you used in your article, once again emphasized the ultimate importance of Guru for the disciples. I am looking forward to reading more articles written by you in the future. May all your legitimate wishes come true by the blessings from Avalokiteshvara through Guru’s delivery channel.
    May Guru have good health and longevity for the benefit of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings attain the Buddha’s nature happiness.
    Om mani padme hum.

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