Nov 6, 2018

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Letter to disciples No. 270: EUROPEAN SKY – Part 3: Both Europeans and Asians, there is still the mind of good and evil (Á Âu đâu cũng tâm thiện, ác)

Letter to disciples No. 270: EUROPEAN SKY


Dear disciple,

A corner in the walking road.

A thin tall man entering the hotel was staring at me as if asking if I need to go somewhere or not? Of course I need because I had already contacted the hotel reception for a taxi. I told him that the place I wanted to go was Laima Clock on the walking street. He drove me to “Laima Clock” after going around. He charged me €8, 30. I told him to give me his contact number. He agreed immediately. I was reassured by a contact number he gave me, I would come back the hotel safely after having a walk.




A corner of the souvenir shops

A corner in the walking road.


The memorial monument

Take a walk around the city, I realized that how wonderful the area of walking street was! The old buildings with European architecture like ones in France appear as beautiful as the gorgeous lady in my eyes. Here the roads are paved by rectangular stones, close to each step of the visitors. I am impressed by the memorial monument which is built very high, beneath is two soldiers standing guard. I do not understand the meaning of the statues which are sculpted on it, but I think they might be the symbol of patriotism and of freedom.




two soldiers standing guard

The buildings with European architecture.

The old buildings with European architecture like ones in France

There is a wide range of services and products here from food to home utensils, souvenirs, especially cafés are quite big and luxurious; being located right on the street. There is an outdoor souvenir shop like a kiosk. The common items are wool, ordinary stones, agates, towels, wooden furniture, postcards and so on. I chose to buy some as the gifts for my consort Mat Dieu and disciples. There were many people walking on this road but they walked quite fast, maybe they were afraid of cold. I have the heat within so that normally, I do not fear of the cold. But in this cold, my hands began to feel frozen. I should use the gloves bought by Mat Vien, but I had to take the gloves off and putting them in the bag because I cannot take photograph with the gloves. This is the first time I have experienced the cold in my hands. So strange! I had thought that the gloves were redundant but today I needed them indeed.

The trees have leafless branches in winter

The trees have leafless branches in winter

I wondered why my phone number was used the service of mobile roaming, but I could not make any calls to Vietnamese disciples and international learners. This pushed me into the difficult situations. I could not call to the taxi driver who I had driven me to this walking street from the hotel. I had two other taxi drivers help me to call him, but no answer. And then I searched for the hotel business card all over my bag and pockets. I could not find it out. I just remember that the name of the hotel is Wellton. The elderly taxi driver advised me to ask for help from the receptionist of Roma hotel, which was in front of me. It took the kind receptionist a long time to find the necessary information to help me. It maybe took her about 20 minutes to listen to me and find the way to help me while I was not the guest in her hotel. But she was still warmly supportive. Although I was the best at Russian in university (1980-1984), I could not understand the long sentences and the fast ones in Russian, let alone understand the English speakers. So I advise you had better diligently practice speaking foreign languages, if you do not, you will fall in the bad situations as I do. I have experienced a lot of failure and learnt some valuable lessons; you should take my example to make your own lessons about the diligence in practice and well preparation in advance.

The walking road

Ms Elina

Back to the above case, after obtaining the address of the hotel, a taxi driver and me had a long conversation but we could not understand each other at all. I turned back to Rome hotel and asked Elina, the name of receptionist, for help. Thanks to her help, the taxi driver agreed to drive me back to Wellton hotel’s address. Turn out, it took only half a kilometer to back to my hotel. The fare calculator pointed at €2.10. But with the same distance, I was charged by the taxi driver before at about €10. I understood why this taxi driver refused to drive me back. I gave him more €5 as a gift, yet he claimed for another extra €10! The behavior of the two taxi drivers shows who they are. However, thanks to their bad behaviors, I treasure the kindness of Elina and Catherine. How nice they are! I happened to recall the time when I was in France. I had met a Vietnamese in a Chinese restaurant. He told me his story that he forgot the mobile in the back seat, the taxi driver “kept” it, never gave it back to him and did not forget to take the power off. I myself had met a taxi driver who insisted charging me €35 to drive me to the hotel because of traffic jam, while not long before, with the same distance, I only paid €12  for another driver!

The area near Wellton hotel.

I am in the front desk in Wellton hotel.

There was another case I would like to share with you. With the same item, the different behaviors happened in a French restaurant and a Chinese one. I forgot the item in the French restaurant, they refused to give it to me back with the reason that they did not know who that item belonged to, while previously only did they make cleaning to prepare for new guesses after I left. But when I left the same item in the Chinese restaurant, it was kept carefully for me, and the next day, when I came back, they gave it to me back with a cheerful smile and a bit of lovely irony for my “dropper”. Also here, I had met the 4 young Vietnamese tourists who were happy to enjoy the sky in Europe. The same case happened with the meeting with Mr. Thong, an Asian tourist in Europe while I was waiting for departure to Latvia in a French airport, we both talked happily. Although we were not familiar, I and he felt so close due to the same skin-color, ethnicity and nationality. That’s how I know the feeling of “meeting the countrymen in a strange place” when I was very far from my country, on the other side of ocean. The far distance brought me such a feeling. What about the feeling you have had with your family, relatives and country when you are close to them? Surely you have learnt that such relationships are difficult to be strong because in Buddhism, with the people who do not practice being true spiritual friends, there only exists the “negative friends” or “evil intellectuals” who brings the danger for us because if we associate with them, the three poison of greed, anger and delusion will increase, the activities of listening, contemplation and cultivation will decline (written by Thogme Zangpo). You can see that many foreign learners, we have not met them in person, but we still feel they are so close with us. Meanwhile, the “negative friends” or “evil intellectuals” in our country see us as their hostile, using dirty trick to attack us or passing the buck towards Song Nguyen Tantra House. You should contemplate what they had got, they could get what they want or they got a grievous failure? Why did they get the bad consequence? Because whoever harms a harmless person, one pure and guiltless, upon that very fool the evil recoils like fine dust thrown against the wind (Dhammapada sutra). You have known clearly the consequences they had got in according to the law of cause and effect; I do not need to repeat. However, I affirm that their bad karma has not ended. Shantideva asserted that “One who brings forth an impure thought in his heart against a benefactor, who are on the bodhicitta path, will dwell in hells for as many eons as there were impure thoughts.” (Bodhicaryavatara). Let alone their evil actions of body, speech and mind, the consequences are inconceivable. However, I pray that all people who have impure thoughts, evil actions and bad deeds will also create the good condition to have the seeds of Vajrayana in next lives just like the evil people who destroyed the forest of Sandal trees still retain the smell in their body.

With the restaurant’s manager

I am thoughtful and contemplative

 There are some cases in Song Nguyen Tantra House in which the parents, husbands or wives, relatives and friends of my disciples, learners have expressed the bad behaviors, the vicious attitudes, even slander, pass the buck towards Song Nguyen Tantra House instead of thanking me and my consort for guiding their children, their husbands and wives to become “the prince of the Universe” with the head held high, awaken mind and positive psychology. Their children also know how to drive, how to sew and some went abroad for study and work and so on. You should listen to the consequences they have got from their relatives’ saying. If the disciples or learners still bear in mind the impure thoughts and the bad deeds towards the Guru, you already know which consequences they suffered. When I am writing such words, Mat Dieu Hang told me the consequences that some had been suffered in the North. And Mat Hai, Mat Thuy and Mat Hong Tuyen also told me some same cases in the South. However, for my disciples and learners, I also have vowed to get the consequences made by their mistakes and to live in Samsara with immeasurable suffering to continue guiding them from now to the ultimate enlightenment.

Put my chin in my hand.

To end up this article, I pray that all sentient beings’ suffering is calmed down.

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

Om Mani Padme Hum.

A rainy afternoon on the peak of Phu Van mountain.

On 5th November 2018

Thinley Nguyen Thanh

Translated by Mat Dieu Hang

Vietnamese version: Thư gửi các trò 270: ĐẤT KHÁCH TRỜI ÂU – Bài 3: Á Âu đâu cũng tâm thiện, ác

Letter to Disciples No. 270: EUROPEAN SKY


PART 2: Traveling Abroad to See How Beautiful Our Country Is (Thấy người rồi lại thương mình hơn xưa)

Part 3: Both Europeans and Asians, there is still the mind of good and evil (Á Âu đâu cũng tâm thiện, ác)

Part 4: The warmth in the winter (Hơi ấm giữa mùa đông)

Part 5: “Gods” & “Pedestrians”: Having experienced and known how nice our country is! (“Thượng đế” & “Bộ hành”: trông người mà ngẫm đến ta)

  1. tantra mahavita says:

    Dear saint Guru … Thank you very much for sharing this article regarding your trip abroad. The Guru with his wisdom and compassion is beyond the duality of any impure thought that is found. Surely ignorance leads to those thoughts. Guru has a long life for the benefit of all sentient beings. May all beings find the happiness of the Buddha nature. MANI PADME HUM


  2. Andris says:

    Dear Guru. Thank you so much for nice meeting with you in Latvia. You are an amazing and lovely person. May your trip in Latvia be successful. Om Mani Padme Hum.

  3. Ahmed Khan says:

    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for sharing this article.

    I hope you have a safe and successful trip in Europe.

    I hope the rest of your trip is pleasant and you have no more misfortunes.

    Thank you for guiding us to the ultimate Enlightenment (Nirvana).

    May Guru, Guru’s consort and Guru’s disciples be free from suffering and become enlightened.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Tantra Sagovana (Ahmed Khan)


    • Kính bạch Thầy! 

      Con xin phép được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Sagovana (Ahmed Khan)  sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      Kính bạch Thầy! 

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con đọc bài viết này. 

      Con cầu nguyện cho chuyến đi châu Âu của Thầy thuận lợi,  bình an và thành công. 

      Con cầu nguyện cho những ngày còn lại trong chuyến đi này của Thầy được thuận lợi,  Thầy không gặp những điều bất lợi. 

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã hướng dẫn, chỉ bảo chúng con để đạt được giác ngộ tối thượng. 

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy Cô thân tâm an tịnh. 

      Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh đoạn trừ khổ đau và đạt được giác ngộ. 

      Om Mani Padme Hum. 

      Con – Tantra Sagovana (Ahmed Khan) 

      • Tantra Shadhita says:

        Dear Guru, It was so nice of you to share your european trip with us. What is more important is the lesson of concern for our follow humans and how we should take care of and be kind to each other. Thank you for EUROPEAN SKY- Part 3.

  4. Tink Clarence hamm says:

    dear great Gura

    Thanks again for your time, your thoughts. Having traveled 30 years I know about the various things that happen with good and dishonest people. You are so right about their choices bringing them unlucky consequences. Learn from them and forgive them is best.

    Please be safe


    Your following friend

    Tink Clarence hamm

  5. Dr C H Lakshminarayan says:

    Respected Guruji,I bow my head at your lotus feet.

    Buddha is my life

    Dharma is my boat

    Sangha is my strength

    Guru is my guide & supreme !

    Your experiences under the European sky during your recent tour with  mixture of joy of ” sight seeing’ of world famous monuments, gardens, museum, and Eropean architecture of big mansions in the walking street etc and suffering of  inconvenience due to cheating of  cab or taxi drivers  , bad conditions of certain hotels which made you to remember and feel proud of your mother land Vietnam at that time and the biting cold of the environment you suffered , all so beautifully narrated by Guruji  made me to remember one saying:

    ”  Tour and travel around the world and read  books ” to enrich the Knowledge.!

    The article  not only gives the beautiful  narrative of Guruji’s   tour abroad vivid  description , but also guide to those who go abroad on tour for the first time.!

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan.


  6. Dr C H Lakshminarayan says:

    Respected Guruji,

    Thanks for your kind appreciation.

    May I have blessings from Buddha to follow your SPIRITUAL  journey  too through out my life.

    Yours sincerely

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan


  7. tantraupatissa says:

    Dear Guru thanks for sharing this article.

    I understand one needs to improve their communication skills in English language as it is spoken world wide. Even I face this problem while traveling abroad because of my low voice.

    Pictures of statutes and old monuments in this article are really beautiful to see.

    Thanks to elderly taxi driver and the receptionist who helped our Guru in travel time. Even after many difficulties our Guru could successfully complete the foreign trip and enjoyed the time there as he had strong belief in Avlokiteshwara and Dharma.

    Monuments are really beautiful thanks for sharing, by looking at them it brings a feeling in me as if I personally visited the place.

    Thanks to kind heart of Guru for buying gifts to his consort and disciples showing his love and compassion, as he still remembers them in foreign land.

    May Guru and his consort live long and protected and get enlightened.

    May All beings and Guru’s disciples be free from suffering and get enlightened.

  8. Tantra Kasila(Vivek S) says:

    Dear holy Guru

    It was an interesting article.Taking a bigger picture what is a country.It is simply a line drawn by human beings on the map.Once people realise it problems would be solved,but unfortunately many have been misguided.After all every human being is part of the same consciousness.

    This article together with the knowledge was also like a travelogue.Many a times I was imagining myself in those situations.

    Let the Guru live long and all the sentinel beings have the peacefulness and calmness achieved by Buddha.

    • Nguyên Thành says:

      I am pleased to read your comment. 

      Hope to read more of your comments. 


  9. Mật Thái Hòa says:

    Kính Bạch Thầy.

    Con hoan hỉ tán thán thiện hạnh của đạo huynh Mật Diệu Hằng đã chuyển ngữ bài viết của Thầy sang tiếng Anh, nhằm giúp cho những chúng sanh hữu tình ở nước ngoài được tiếp cận với ánh sáng chánh pháp của Đức Phật, ngang qua những bài viết trên của Mật gia song Nguyễn và được cơ hội thực hành bộ môn yoga Thanh Trí theo trường phái kim cang thừa  qua sự chỉ dạy của vị Thầy Mật giáo nhằm an lạc đời này, cực lạc đời sau.

    Con cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của Thầy Cô vì hạnh phúc của chúng sanh.

    Con cầu nguyện cho ước nguyện hoằng dương chánh pháp  của Thầy Cô tại chân trời Âu luôn được thành thuận lợi.

    Cầu mong cho tất cả chúng sanh thức tỉnh với trạng thái giác ngộ.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  10. Tantra Kasila(Vivek S) says:

    Dear Guru

    It’s really admirable for the efforts that you take.The lessons you give here if implemented in life,it will do wonders.

    Once again thanks from the very bottom of my heart for all your efforts.

  11. Brian Kung says:

    Dear Guru,  thank you for sharing your experience in Europe. The pictures are great. I myself would love to visit.

  12. Tantra siramitra says:

    Venerebol Guru.

    My name is tantra siramitra.

    I do hope you had nice time, it is a long journey, but it is also nice to meet ather people!!

    I always injoed traveling, mating new people, and different cultures, but in the and of the day, all the world is a city, avery ware we met nice people with open mind, the only place in wich i did not injoed, it was Saudi Arabia, peapol is very selfish and arrogant, i just egnored the ideology.

    Besid that i did meat lots of nice people, ivon with different ideology but nice people, tru uman beans!

    I do hope that many people benefited from your traveling, and your blessings.

    May Avery one be happy.



  13. Bishnu Prasad Das says:

    Respected Guruji,

    Pleased to read the letter and your experience, comparison during your Europe tour.

    Cheating is a common thing with the dishonest people all over the world. Instead of healping people they try to cheating. When we see the orheosioth of a coin we can find good people who helped you to locate your hotel, taxi driver who charged actual cost.

    Life and our character depends upon our dharma and karma.

    Your story and experience made us happy. 

    With regards.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Tantra vikrachitta.

    Bishnu Das.


    • Kính bạch Thầy! 

      Con xin phép được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Vikrachitta (Bishnu Prasad Das) sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý! 

      Con hoan hỷ khi được đọc bài viết này của Thầy cùng với những trải nghiệm cũng như những chia sẻ trong chuyến đi châu Âu của Thầy. 

      Hành vi lừa dối là hành vi của những người không trung thực ở khắp mọi nơi trên thế giới. Thay vì giúp đỡ mọi người,  thì nhóm người này lại cố gắng đi lừa lọc người khác.

      Như hai mặt của một đồng xu,  có người ác tâm sẽ có người thiện tâm,  như trường hợp những người giúp đỡ Thầy tìm khách sạn  hoặc sẽ có những tài xế taxi lấy đúng giá khi chở khách. 

      Con hiểu rằng,  cuộc sống của chúng con cũng như thói quen,  tính cách sẽ phụ thuộc vào nghiệp và do sự thực hành pháp. 

      Con hoan hỷ với những chia sẻ và trải nghiệm của Thầy. 

      Om Mani Padme Hum. 

      Con – Tantra Vikrachitta (Bishnu Das) đến từ Ấn Độ. 




  14. Tantra Pramitdhita (Josh Hacker) says:

    Holy Guru,

    I bow my head before your lotus feet!!! Thank you for sharing “Letter to Disciples No. 270: European Sky – Part 3: Both Europeans and Asians, There is Still the Mind of Good and Evil.” I like reading about your trips afar. Sometimes I can place myself in your situation after reading and feel the enjoyment or the aggravation you experienced. Your compassion never ceases to amaze me and I am deeply grateful  for your vow to stay in Samsara and to take in the suffering of others in order to help them achieve liberation! We are very fortunate indeed to have such a wonderful Guru as yourself.

    Mat Dieu Hang,

    I rejoice in your great effort to spread the teachings of our Guru through the translation of his articles. It is my hope that all of your legitimate wishes be granted within the right orbit of Dharma.

    May our Guru and hos consort 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

  15. Tantra Aradhana says:

    Thank you Guru for the wonderful article on your travels and what beautiful pictures you have shared the building’s are so beautiful as well i like that kind of stuff as well ot always make me feel sad to hear how some people act when they do the things that are so wrong to do to anyone ever its always so nice when there are people willing to be so helpful and kind and helpful

    Thank you so much again

  16. Mật Thúy says:

    Kính Bạch Thầy .
    Con đã đọc xong bài này rồi ạ.
    Con rất hoan hỉ với công hạnh luận giải của vị Thầy , qua bài này con cứ suy ngẫm mải và con hiểu được rằng bản thân con rất ơn phước khi được hạnh ngộ vị Thầy trong thời đại mạc pháp này ngày đã từ bi dạy cho con chánh kiến Phật đà và trang bị chánh kiến cho bản thân con con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã từ bi phát kiến ra tâm pháp yoga thanh trí để chúng con thực hành viển tập hằng ngày để đọn trừ phiền não luận hồi . Con cầu nguyện sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của vị Thầy vì lợi lạc của chúng sanh con cầu nguyện cho vi khuẩn corona xóm ngày được tiêu trừ Om Ah Hùm.

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