Oct 19, 2015

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RICH – POOR (Giàu – Nghèo)

RICH – POOR (Giàu – Nghèo)

There is a saying “ Wealth thanks friends and luxury thanks the wife”.  But rich and poor is still are the “ sensitive “ issue in the term of psychology, or in difference of cultural tradition. The definition of rich, is the concept of a prosperous, comfortable material life. The opposition is poor. The true ruler of the rich is their own wealth.” In Europe, Forbes’s  magazine annually creates a list of the most wealthy people in the world,  the current leader in Forbes list is, Bill Gates. He is an American whose fortune is over 50 billion US dollars.

Usually, the truly wealthy have been earning and struggling by themselves so very admirably. Bill Gates had been striving since his student years, Mr Honda of Japan had been consistently working , every day while he only slept 4 hours each night. Mr. Colonel Sanders, the creator of the famous Kentucky Fried Chicken, had suffered thousands of times  inviting  guests to taste his successful industrialized processed foods before customers these days could have the chance to eat it for themselves. therefore the customer could have the delicious food they can buy nowadays. In the nearly distance, the famous bakery Nhu Lan has 3 huge stores on Ham Nghi street. Even with her seventy-seven year age,  she still keeps up with her habits such as, waking up 4:00 AM in the morning.

However , if we dig deeper in a more comprehensive way, one who has been working so hard and has outstanding talent but their supplies only need 2 meals same to those who live in the slums. Therefore the means to become wealthy by working aren’t always available. in some cases, someone might say that “ he had the lucky age ?” she is so fortunate “  when poor, to be rich is destiny , this is really the convincing explanation. One upon time,  many philosophers explored the eternal law of life, but they  couldn’t  explain the 4 pair is life “life – death, luck- unlucky, poor – rich “generally speaking, the rich and poor pair is so unpredictable.

Lotus Flower Estrade in Song Nguyen Tantra House

Based on the Buddhism doctoral, rich- poor is explained in a scientific way that is based on cause and effect results . In “ Causation sufferings “ and other sutras which confirm that,: in the previous lives, since the people give much alms, they receive vise versa in the life after . From that concept, we can understand why nowadays the reason why we experience misfortune is because in the previous life we didn’t gave any alms at all. However, in Buddhism the concept is also clarified that anyone anyone can become rich (mundane and out of mundane ) whatever their misfortune or social class.

In the vision of the mundane, the ones who own cars, are things that make us considered wealthy. And conserve is poor, In the Buddhism doctoral , property isn’t ruler for criteria evaluation. Firstly, Buddha taught: The best profit is sickness,  richest is knowing enough, most harmful is anger,at best happiness is nirvana . Thus meaning, even ones who has little property, but knows enough, and satisfied with the present life, of course, they so are so wealthy.  However,  US billionaires,  have been feeling unsatisfied with their money ever since they have been earning it, so of course they are considered poor. Thus, Buddha showed the easy method to become wealthy. Anyone can become rich if they are above thought, whether a rich man or a beggar in the market. In ancient times, Yan hui who ate stale rice and wore tatty clothes, sat on the roadside and croon singing  that Confucius praise the wealthy because  they had the good knowledge of religion. Nowadays, while living in difficult circumstances, there are many person who become wealthy for themselves by this method.

Buddha also taught us of an enriched method by accumulating valuable assets, but not the seven most precious material things in the world which included diamonds, Lapis , pearl, agate, coral, gold, silver……Buddha taught us the  “ Seven Treasures of the Noble Ones “  which included, faith, contemplation, morality , modesty, self – respect, respect for others,  and discriminating wisdom. In “ The Eight Great Causes of Enlightenment Sutra” also the  Third Cause: The mind is insatiable / Always seeking, thirsty for more/ Thus increasing our sins/ Bodhisattvas renounce such conduct./ Always remember to follow the way,/ Be content and at peace with poverty,/ With wisdom as the sole vocation. Hence, “ knowing enough” and “ wisdom “ are the  standard rules of the wealthy, along with the valuable assets. Thus, the poor and mundane should follow the Buddha’s teaching so they would become stable and wealthy until their death.

It is not incidental that Buddha had made this statement. Because, material property is the delicious bait for 5 : fire, theft, war, filial impiety , sickness, natural calamity. Each year we have typhoon in the Central parts of my country and the result in the morning, the wealthy only have the empty property. Beside that, the people who already rich want to more richer than before since it becomes disaster . In HCM , the Minh Phung‘s corporation is one of the typical examples of this. His ambition never had limits , he was persuaded by the magic money  and as the result, it was a tragic ending for him. In the Sutras, the story said that a normal man had the fortune to become the King then , But this was not enough for him, later the King wanted to become the King of many countries. But it still didn’t satisfy him, so next he wanted to be king of heaven.  Indra also gave this King contentment by dividing half of the throne and ruled 33 Rayastrimsa floors of heaven . It was unpleasant when in the highest material wealth, so then he wanted to replace the position of Sakka to become ultimately  unique… because  he thought that would finally be enough for him. But the last straw had be taken and he immediately fell into hell.

Rich of the mundane is impermanent . Poverty is now but, rich will be tomorrow, that so commendably. However, poverty is even more worse several time because of struggling the daily expenses.  In “The Eight Great Causes of Enlightenment Sutra“ the sixth cause “Poverty and hardship breed resentment, creating harm and discord “ . Because of the poverty that creating many evils thing . Not only “ more resentment “  inferiority, spiteful, envious, jealous and also “harm and discord. It means that the poor is the reason of crime “ poverty creating crime”

Lotus Flower Estrade at night

In particular, the poor people and the rich are still suffering. In general, they still have one conclusion:  Death is inevitable . When death comes near, The the rich long for their property ,while fearing the scramble between their children for their  fortune. At the time, the wealth which accumulated during their life was flowing,  But the dying man understands that this is danger not precious life. The poor person doesn’t worry about property but he  worries for a decent funeral and how their children will live ?

Because no one escapes the hand of death,  Buddha taught us we should keep to  the Seven Treasures of Noble Ones (faith, contemplation, morality , modesty, self – respect, respect for others,  and discriminating wisdom). These valued assets will not be lost after we die, more during our life, can these be stolen. Both The rich or the poor in the world can create this property. All the methods to obtain these are taught in Buddhist teachings. The poor people feel as rich as the Gods when these valuable assets are acquired. They no longer feel inferiority, instead  they feel spiritual pride as a way of the visualization in Tantric teachings. In the long run, they accumulate an intangible asset (virtue) that are so highly appreciated by other people . On this basis, they will be successful in his life. At that time, the property will be follow to be  created. It is called the rich people  ” people come from light to  light” , Mahayana scriptures call them bourgeois,  the guardian to for  the Three Jewels. When they have lived happily, death  will be peaceful.

Phuoc Thanh Village

THINLEY-NGUYEN THANH

Translated by Mat Kinh


Original Vietnamese version: GIÀU NGHÈO

  1. Mat Dieu Hang says:
    Dear my vajra brother- Mat Kinh,
    I deeply rejoice in your good deed of translating our Guru’s discourse into English. You work has a great deal to contribute to help practitioners who can read in English on the level of understanding Buddhist teachings and of Dharma practical benefit.
    Richness or poverty is not the most important thing in our life. For life is so short comparing to the cycle of deaths and rebirths. Everything is impermanent. We are all suffering from unhappiness, rich or poor we are. The poor has the suffering from the house, the food, daily expense causing the spiritual poverty..The rich is always worried about their children, their spiritual life resulting in suffering from the spiritual poverty. In addition, suffering causes them to roam in the cyclic existence
    Based on Buddha’s teaching, there are proper solutions to end suffering; for instance, the solution to worldly poverty or the anxiety of richness is contentment; people must be contented with what they have, as he said: “Comtentment is the greatest wealth”
    The second solution is that all living beings should collect The Seven Treasures of the Noble Ones (including confidence, morality , generosity, self – respect, respect for others, and discriminating wisdom) which can go with them permanently when they are alive or after they die and start another life in the cycle of existence.
    The Seven Treasures of the Noble Ones can be collected through practicing true Dharma, which is the shortest way and the only way leading all living beings to Nirvana where has the highest bliss.
    I am thankful for your noble work which reminds me of our Guru’s teachings.
    May you have happy life and make the progress on the path to enlightenment.
    May our Guru and Dakini long live for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings be free from suffering and its causes.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.
  2. Mat Giac Phuong says:
    Dear my vajra brother Mat Kinh,

    Thank you for your translation. I hope people all over the world read your translation.

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

    Om mani padme hum.

  3. Mật Viễn says:
    Mật Viễn hoan hỷ tán thán Mật Kính đã dịch sang tiếng anh bài viết” Giàu – Nghèo” của Thầy.

    Cầu chúc Mật Kính thành tựu những ước nguyện chính đáng.

    OM MA NI PAD ME HUM

  4. Mật Ba says:
    Mô Phật!
    Pháp đệ Mật Ba hoan hỷ tán thán huynh Mật Kính đã góp sức vun trồng cho vườn hoa đạo pháp thêm tươi đẹp.
    Om Ah Hum!
  5. Mật Lễ says:
    Mô Phật!
    Đệ xin hoan hỷ tán thán thiện hạnh này của đạo huynh Mật Kính đã dịch bài “Giàu – Nghèo” của Thầy viết sang tiếng Anh.
    Cầu chúc đạo huynh luôn vui tu và thành tựu mọi ước nguyện chính đáng.
    Cầu mong tất cả chúng sanh thấm đẫm Hồng ân Tam bảo.
    Om Mani Padme Hum!
  6. Mật Thủy says:
    Congratulate your new translation! I appreciate your effort in contributing these translations! May more and more people in the world read them for the sake of all sentient beings!
  7. Mật Tất Kiểm says:
    Mô phật .
    Đệ hoan hỉ tán thán huynh Mật Kính đã dịch bài “giàu nghèo” của Thầy để cho ánh sáng Phật pháp tỏa đi khắp muôn nơi không phân biệt ngôn ngữ và vùng miền .
    Cầu nguyện cho chúng sanh hạnh phúc với thành tựu Phật tánh .
    OM AH HUM
  8. Mật Huệ Pháp says:
    My dear Mat Kinh,

    From the teaching of our Guru, I come to realize that for a real Buddhist, the rich and the poor are not identified by mundane or tangible assets but Seven Treasures of the Noble One. This is the most precious fortune of any practitioner. They are permanent and definitely go with us all way long to the Pure Land. No one can take them from us. And on that way, tangible assets will naturally come to them as the fruits of practicing Dharma seriously.

    Thank you for your great work and wish you all the best.
    May our Guru live long for the sake of all sentient beings
    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of the Buddha’s nature
    Om Ah Hum

  9. Mật Hồng Tuyến says:
    Đệ xin tán thán thiện hạnh dịch bài của huynh Mật Kính. Cầu chúc cho huynh luôn tinh tấn và thành tựu đời đạo song hành.
    Cầu mong cho tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.
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  11. Mật Hoàng Hạ says:
    Mô Phật!
    Đệ xin hoan hỷ tán thán thiện hạnh của đạo huynh Mật Kính đã dịch bài “Giàu – Nghèo” của Thầy sang tiếng Anh.
    Cầu chúc đạo huynh thành tựu mọi ước nguyện chính đáng.
    Cầu mong cho tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh.
    Om Mani Padme Hum!
  12. Mật Tịnh Tâm says:
    Mô Phật,
    Đệ xin tán thán thiện hạnh dịch bài của huynh Mật Kính.
    Đệ cầu nguyện trí tuệ Đạo Sư tỏa sáng khắp mọi nơi!
    Trò đảnh lễ Thầy mình!
    Om Mani Padme Hum
  13. Troy D Susan says:
    From light to light. May we all aspire to this way of being.
    Thank you you these generous and kind teachings.
    • Thank you for your reading and commenting on our website. Welcome to many other posts on chanhtuduy.com. We hope to receive more comments from you! ^^

      • Mật Huệ Pháp says:
        Hi Troy D Susan,

        Welcome to Song Nguyen Tantric House. Nice to see you share same viewpoint with the writer who is also the Guru of the House. We come from different places, cultures or circumstances but in the light of Dharma, we all find the common goal of our life. Thanks to the precious and practical teachings of the Buddha and gurus, we can live confidently and die peacefully. May all sentient beings become people coming from light to light.
        Om Ah Hum

  14. Kanji says:
    Dear Guru,
    I’ve read through this article.
    Thank you for introducing me to this article.
    May our Guru and Dakini live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient being achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature
    Om ah hum
    • Dear Kanji,
      It’s good. Through the article you may understand more about conception of “rich-poor” from the view of Buddhism. And remember Seven Treasures of Noble Ones which the Buddha taught us to keep: faith (devotion), contemplation, morality, modesty, self-respect (shame), respect for others, and discriminating wisdom.  These are the property which no one can steal from us and will not be lost after we die.
      This is an article you can refer as well
       
      http://chanhtuduy.com/lesson-1-right-buddhist-teachings-wrong-method-of-dharma-practice/

  15. Bhushan Ravindra Mahajan says:
    Dear Guru,
    I have read this article. I understand that rich or poor is not very important in this life. The most important thing is my balanced mind which helps me to be happy. Beside I should have seven treasures of the Noble Ones.
    Thank you so much for your interesting article.
    On the occasion day of Vesak. I would like to send my heartfelt gratitude to the Guru who helps me to learn about Buddhism.
    May the Guru live long for the benefit of all beings.
    May all beings free from sufferings.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.
  16. Bhushan Ravindra Mahajan says:
    Dear holy Guru,
    I am thankful to you for giving me tantra name: Tantra Mahajan.
    I am Tantra Mahajan (Bhushan Ravindra Mahajan) pray the Guru live long for the sake of all beings. Om Mani Padme Hum.
  17. Tantra Kasila(Vivek S) says:
    Dear Guru,
    I have read the lesson about rich and poor. I am thankful for your wonderful article. It’s not necessary that a rich man will always be happy and poor man will be sad.Actually the richness and poor is in one’s thought.Follow and do good things our thoughts will always be rich
    May the Guru live long for the sake of all beings.
    May all beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.
  18. Tantra Citta (Jeffrey Bernard Forest) says:
    Dear Holy Guru,
    The world will always have the rich and the poor among us. But one asks the question, who is happiest? Over-consumption seems to be the order of the day. Man is expected to consume more and more, but this inevitably leads to suffering because of their insatiable appetite for more. The Buddha had a better approach, when it came down to the question of being wealthy or poor. He taught about an enriched method, by accumulating valuable assets. Those valuable assets were the “Seven Treasures of the Noble Ones”. Having faith, contemplation, morality, modesty, self-respect, respect for others, and discriminating wisdom put you on the road to true wealth. Bodhisattva’s renounce the thirst for more. They follow the Way, are content with poverty and having pure wisdom as their sole vocation, they indeed embody what it truly means to be wealthy. Those who have little property but know enough and who are satisfied with the present life, they too share in the true wealth. If one follows the teaching of the Buddha, on the correct approach to material welfare, wealth then becomes a blessing and a useful instrument for us to do good, and in so doing, we are also helping other people relieve their sufferings. Knowing enough with the right view of living and having the perfect wisdom will lead one to have ultimate wealth, all the while being materially poor. Bless the Buddha and bless our esteemed Master Thinley Nguyen Thanh and his consort and bless the good students and disciples at Song Nguyen Tantra House! Om Mani Padme Hum. Tantra Citta (Jeffrey Bernard Forest). 😊
  19. Milan lama says:
    Dear Gur, I have read this article. I am thankful for your interesting article. May the Guru live long for the benefit of all sentient beings. May all beings free from sufferings. Om Mani Padme Hum.
  20. sunil says:
    Dear Guru,

    om mani padme hum above sent article is very beautiful taught that every human life has need same living things ,no one is rich and no one is poor in this world ,more richer has more suffering than poor ,poor only survive his life minimum commodity which is most needful think is only that all depends upon his karma (daily work)
    here i understand that lord Buddha’s line that is Do goods goods will come to you Thank you dear Guru..

  21. marta irene guagliana says:
    DEAR GURU : From the time without begining the world have rich and poor. But that is the real wealth for the Buddhist approach ,What the Buddha taught are valuable seven treasures of the Nobles,the path of Dharma,: have faith ( devotion ) contemplation, moral, pudor , autoestima ,the respect to others and discriminating wisdom, so following the teaching of Budhha have to hachieve a balanced mind ,so can die in peace and confidence …Our Guru to live a long life for the sake of all  sentient beings …that all beings achieve the happiness of Budhha Nature… OM MANI PADME HUM
    • Mật Diệu Hằng says:
      Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của đạo hữu Marta Irene Guaglianna sang tiếng Việt như sau ạ:

      “Kính bạch Thầy!

      Với sự vô thường của thời gian thì thế giới này không có khái niệm nghèo và giàu về vật chất vì tất cả sẽ trở về với cát bụi. Gia tài chân thật chính là giáo lý Phật đà.  Đó chính là thất thành tài mà đức Phật dạy đồ chúng có được khi thực hành Phật pháp, bao gồm: niềm tin, giới đức, đa văn, tàm, quý, khiêm cung và trí tuệ. Khi Phật tử tuân theo lời dạy của đức Phật, họ sẽ có được tâm quân bình khi sống và họ ra đi trong bình an với niềm tin sẽ về đất Phật.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy trụ thế lâu dài vì sự lợi lạc của chúng sanh.

      Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

  22. Tantra Dorji says:
    Thanks guru for your teaching. May the guru Live long life for the sake of all the sentient beings
  23. JeongGeun Mok says:

     

    Dear Guru

     

    Thank You for the teaching

     

    I think people in my country wants to become rich because they themselves treat poor poorly. So to be treated well by others it is better to be rich than poor.

     

    If this misbehavior could change then many people might become free of thoughts of becoming rich.

     

    This is why teaching of truthful dharma is most important I feel.

     

    Although It is hardly find someone who are willing to listen or practice True teaching here yet,

     

    I pray may people in my country open their eyes, ears, hearts and souls to be willing to listen & practice True Dharma.

     

    Om MaNi PadMe Hum

  24. Jennifer says:
    X this put thingsin perspective. Being financially rich does not cause happiness. I know that from experience. My happiest days were my poorest and my most stressful days are now while i have money
    • Jennifer says:
      Excuse me i apologize. I meant dear guru
      • Nguyên Thành says:

        Where do you live?

        • Jennifer says:
          Dear guru, i live in pennsylvania in the united states.im cutrently living in an apartment as im struggling to fix a home im biying. It has no electric or water and is missing most of the walls and roof
          • Nguyên Thành says:

            I worry about you! But I hope you became bester in future!

          • Jennifer says:
            Dear guru, thank you for your concern. It will be ok. Were are working on getting our home fixed. Hopefully by the end of next month. I can’t afford to pay for both places after next month
  25. Dawa dolma says:
    Dear guru,

    Thank you for the wonderful meaning of rich and poor

  26. Dr.vinod sagar says:
    Dear Guru .

    I read your article carefully. I found the defence between poor and rich .is very interesting and thoughtfull subject.we know all that but many people are not satisfied .they are selfish but someone also poor but great in the world.

    I love Buddhism bcoz it’s only way of great direction in life with mercy full humenity.

    That’s really dhamma who learning us about reality.

    THANKS for your great article.

    Yours

    sincerely student.

    Always obedient

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Conn xin phép dịch comment của bạn đọc Dr. Vinod Sagar sang tiếng Việt như sau ạ:

      “Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con đọc bài viết này một cách chăm chú và tập trung. Con đã hiểu được sự khác nhau giữa giàu và nghèo. Đây là một bài viết sâu sắc, lợi lạc và ý nghĩa. Chúng con hiểu những lời Thầy dạy nhưng nhiều người không “ghi nhớ biết đủ”, họ ích kỷ và không thỏa mãn với những gì họ đang có. Ngược lại, trên thế giới này có rất nhiều người nghèo khó nhưng họ là người tốt.

      Con thích đạo Phật bởi vì đó là con đường cao cả trong cuộc sống hiện tại mang lại cho con người sự yêu thương và sống nhân văn.

      Đó chính là giáo pháp giúp chúng con học về bản chất của sự vật, hiện tượng.

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy vì bài viết sâu sắc này.

      Con đảnh lễ Thầy!”

  27. dr ashok kumar says:
    Most respected holy Guru ji

    Vandami, namo buddhaya!

    As i read and  remember the last words of LORD BUDDHa #Vaydhamma sankhara appmaden sampadeth *as written in kushinara district of Uttar Pradesh province of india.

    This letter is very important regarding *rich & poor. holy Guru ji stated very interesting and factual saying *wealth thanks friends and ds and luxury thanks wife. i think this saying denotes sufficient about behavioural outer world.

    While inner spiritual world having absolutely different meanings of rich and poor . eternal law of life reveals different meanings of rich and poor. very truly speaking the Lord  buddha  showed the easy method to become wealthy. the person who practicing dharma to achieve the wisdom is rich while opposite of this are poor.

    Faith. contemplation. morality. modesty. self respect. respects for others. discriminating wisdom are important components. eight realisation of the great being sutras. hence knowing enough and wisdom are the standard rules of the wealthy along with the valuable assets.

    Thus the poor and mundane should follow the buddhas teaching so they would  become stable and wealthy until their death.

    So far the actual meanings of # poor is the reason of crime. Poverty creating crime can be understood. 

    As a resultant rich people *people come from light to light. 🚨

    Again i would like to thank to espected dear friend Rose Tran for liasoning. 

    Special thanks to holy Guru ji in spiritual manner. May live long,,! 

    Om mani padme hum 🏵️

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của bạn đọc Dr. Ashok Kumar sang tiếng Việt như sau ạ:

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Con xin đảnh lễ Thầy!

      Nam mô A mi đà Phật!

      Khi con đọc bài viết này của Thầy con nhớ đến lời dạy của đức Phật trong kinh Di giáo, kinh Di Giáo được viết tại quận Kushinara, tỉnh Uttar Pradesh, Ấn Độ ngày nay. Đức Phật dạy rằng: “tất cả đều vô thường, hãy tinh tấn hành pháp”.

      Bài viết này của Thầy đề cập đến hai vấn đề quan trọng, đó là: giàu và nghèo. Mở đầu bài viết, Thầy tôn quý đã đưa ra câu nói mọi người thường hay dùng: “giàu vì bạn, sang vì vợ”. Con nghĩ rằng câu nói này nói lên quan điểm của người thế gian về đời sống vật chất bình thường.

      Còn về đời sống tâm linh, giàu và nghèo mang nghĩa hoàn toàn khác. Quy luật cuộc sống tác động lên con người khác nhau thì ý nghĩ về giàu và nghèo của từng người cũng khác nhau.  Tuy nhiên, đức Phật đã ban cho hữu tình phương pháp dễ dàng để giúp chúng sanh có được sự thịnh vượng. Đó chính là thực hành Pháp. Phật tử thực hành pháp sẽ có được tuệ tri Phật đà và trở thành người giàu có, còn những người không thực hành pháp, không có được trí tuệ thì là những người nghèo.

      Thất thành tài bao gồm: niềm tin, giới đức, đa văn, tàm, quý,  khiêm cung, trí tuệ là những tài sản giúp chúng sanh giàu có. Bên cạnh đó, trong kinh Bát Đại Nhân Giác, đức Phật đã thuyết “luôn ghi nhớ biết đủ, đơn sơ gìn giữ đạo, dùng trí tuệ làm nghiệp”. Do vậy, trong thất thánh tài, trí tuệ là tiêu chuẩn quan trọng để minh định sự giàu có của Phật tử. 

      Vì vậy, người nghèo và người thế gian nên thực hành theo lời dạy của đức Thế Tôn để trở nên giàu có, được an lạc đời này, cực lạc đời sau.

      Trên thực tế, người nghèo thường kết chặt với duyên ác, nhiều người trở thành tội phạm vì sự nghèo đói. Do vậy, người giàu thực hành pháp thường được gọi là :”từ chỗ sáng đi ra chỗ sáng”. 

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy tôn quý đã cho con đọc bài viết lơị lạc này. 

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy trụ thế lâu dài.

      Cảm ơn Rose Tran đã giới thiệu cho tôi bài viết này.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

  28. BeeLay says:
    Dear Guru,

     

    Thank for the article, “rich & poor” it make me clear the actual meaning.

     

     

  29. Bishnu Prasad Das says:
    Respected Guru,

                                   The article ‘ Rich — Poor’ is excellent example and true fact along with Lord Buddha’s feelings for us.  Rich is only four letters and Poor is also the same four letters…… but the difference  in between both four letters are identify us in this modern materialistic world….. people are running to be RICH at any cost and some also achieve the target…..Now what? Endless desire to earn more and more money, property etc. Poor is always dreaming to be Rich.  May I permitted to example some four letter word? LIFE, PEACE , LOVE, CARE.  Rich people are  not getting Peace, Love and Care. where Poor people are  easily get all these……In Indian language…. Lord Buddha said…Kamana ra Binash re Dukha ra Binash ….(Kamana….wants,  Binash…  Ends,  Dukha….Pain,  Binash…..Ends) Please follow Buddhism and be happy….Money is nothing Peace is everything in this materialistic world. Love is the media to create stable life style with Buddhism.  Poors are the real Rich with Buddhism.

    My little knowledge may be wrong and I may be excused for my mistakes if any.  Guru ji Pranam

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    With Regards,

    Bishnu Prasad Das

  30. Tantra Amishuta says:

    Thank you dear holy Guru for suggesting I read this article. This made a lot of sense to me and I know it to be true, No reason to test it. I have felt rich in my life before many years ago, I have recently lost my way, maybe due to so many illnesses, that I forgot how rich I really am. That is my bad doing. I need to keep in mind the richness of my life. I do have a good life despite my troubles, I have a few good people in my life, I love the world and the beings in it. I have shelter and clothes and even have food most of the time. I am very blessed when many people can not say the same. I thank you for pointing that out in such an understandable way. May you be well for the sake of all sentient beings. Om Mani Padme Hum

  31. C H Lakshminarayan says:
    Respected Guruji, I bow my head at the lotus feet of Guruji.

    I am Tantra Nirvadeva

    There is a saying  ” Health is Wealth ” !

    There is also another saying in vogue :

    ” If wealth is lost , nothing is lost .

    If health is lost , some thing is lost.

    If  morality is lost , every thing is lost ! ”

    ( Morality is one of the five Perfections of Buddhism ).

    Hence,  one who has  good moral stature is really the richest !

    And contrary to this is poorest !.

    Actually, in the Spiritual field of Buddhism, there is nothing like ” rich” or “poor” ( as they are all Worldly affairs ). They are considered equally on the same level by  ” DEATH” which comes with out giving notice to either rich or poor and make them forcibly ” Renunciate ” every thing (if they have hoarding wealth and not willing to renunciate  by way of Alms-giving or Dana)  and reduce All activities or phenomena making them rich or poor ultimately to ” EMPTISM” ! ( Law of Impermanence )

    Thus highlighting  ” Equanimity ” of  Buddhism .! This being the essence of Buddhism , should  one is right to call oneself “rich”  and boast oneself or ” poor”   with an air of inferiority complex ?

    In fact, the real richness is to  possess  the inestimable and invaluable Precious  ” TRIPLE GEM ” ( Buddha , Dhamma and Sangha ) ! If one gets this wealth then  there will be no poverty at all ! Of course, poverty some time induces to crime and no such chances  of crime if one possess the enormous precious wealth of ” TRIPLE GEM ” !

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Long live our beloved Guruji for upholding Dharma.

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan

     

  32. C H Lakshminarayan says:
    Addition please :

    ” We are all in the same cart going to execution ! What does it matter who is rich or who is poor ? ”

    ——–Dr. C H Lakshminarayan.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  33. Avinash Kumar Srivastava says:
    Gurujee

    Profound regards

    It is a very good discourse, enlighting one, where in he spots light on the futality of mundane achievements, that accumulates pain, suffering and ennui in the process of collecing and maintaining them. At a glance the matterial riches appears to be  lucrative, and emmiting happyness and comfort, but for greater happyness lies at the mental stage. This is the crux of the human psychology. Dhammapada starts with it.  Mind is the fountain head of all the good and peaceful and discursive state. and works. Therein it is catagorically said Arogya Parma labha, Santutthi parmam dhaanam. Unfortunatelly the discourse is wrongly transleted as “the best profit is sickness” . It should be “sicklessness”.

    He has rightly observed that affluents , industrial magnets or kings may appear to be rich but actually they are not rich as as they are discontenteded and stiving very hard to accumulate more and more. this is snatching away their mental peace. Hence they cannot be said to be rich in real sense of the term

  34. Tantramikaya ( Jane) says:
    dear holy guru. Thank you for your article and the great translation. I am very thankful for your article. I understood that it does not matter if a person is rich or poor. The term “poor and rich” was certainly meant materially. A person with heart and compassion is a very rich person for me personally. The seven Treasures of Nobles One are the true imperishable values ​​that help us see more than material values ​​or wealth in material terms. To give without expecting things. With dedication and respect and inward good morals and compassion for every living being, we are rich. We do not have to be materially rich to smile or use good words. With our hearts we can wish good and do good things with our bodies. We can help anytime. The most important thing is to be aware of this fact. As Buddha said when a poor man asked him Why am I so poor? Buddha’s answer was BECAUSE you do not practice generosity. So it’s in our hands how we go our way. May all beings be happy and content. May our holy Guru life long for the sake of all sentient beings. May all beings achieve the happiness of Buddha s nature. Om Mani Padme Hum
  35. Navin Kumar says:
    Dear Guru,Thank you for article.
  36. joseph M plocki says:
    • Dear guru thank you for this article that talks about the lasting and fulfilling wealth and temporary and non fullfilling wealth and the impacts of both on the spirit and what true wealth is… Thank you again
    • Mật Diệu Hằng says:
      Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của bạn đọc Joseph M plocki sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con được đọc bài viết này giúp con hiểu được thế nào là giàu có lâu dài và đầy đủ, thế nào là tài sản tạm bợ và không đầy đủ. Đồng thời, qua bài viết này con hiểu sự ảnh hưởng của tài sản thế gian và tài sản xuất thế gian đến cuộc sống tinh thần của con người và thế nào là tài sản đích thực của người tu.

      Một lần nữa, con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã chỉ dạy.”

  37. Sonia Kohli says:
    Dear Guru

    Humble Greetings!

    Deep gratitude for your teachings and guidance. Wealth and luxury are transient and external. The happiness experienced from transitory things is short lived and temporary.

    Walking the path of wisdom, learning from wise teachers and being aware of our thoughts helps us to elevate and rise above the mundane. The inner treasure of compassion, equanimity and peace lead to a refined life and complete wellbeing.

    Thank you for helping us understand this wisdom through your article.

     

    Deep bow of gratitude 🙏🏻

  38. Tantra Amishuta says:
    Dear Holy Guru,

    I have had to revisit this article. We are still struggling and I have been feeling bad. Money does not make for a happy life, this is true however it does make for an easier life. Not knowing where our next meal comes from or how we will pay bills weighs heavy on my mind. I know things will work out one way or another and that the good Karma I have accumulated will help me out in our times of need. I have to learn not to worry so much and to be happy for what I have, wanting more is a way to misery. I feel that if I had more money I could help others more, Especially my mom. She is struggling too and her health is bad because of not being able to afford to eat proper foods. I worry for her. I know worry doesn’t change anything and only adds to suffering. I need to work on this. Thank you for this article I feel I will probably have to visit this article a few more times in the future. Thank you holy guru for sharing and being so kind May you be well for the sake of all sentient beings and may we all learn not to worry over things in the future and be content in the present. Om Mani padme Hum

  39. boying bagz says:

    My greetings to Holy Guru and to all the brothers and sisters.

    This article points out a great views on how to differentiate a rich and a poor in reality. That possessions are not a measurement of richness and vice versa, not a point to classify a person if he or she is a poor. It has been said as well that it is not on material things or money that makes up a wealthy person.

    Most in our society nowadays are getting indulged much in working things that they can keep, thinking that this would be the things that could settle them into a better way of living. Undeniably, we all need money to be mobile in this world. You cannot have a meal for the day without spending some from you pockets.  That even a bottle of water now are being sold out from different prices. You cannot have a good service from doctors in a highly class hospitals if you don’t have enough cash to pay them out. In some municipalities, you cannot have the right privilege if you’re not being known for having some huge amount of your bank account. In some government establishment, you will not be able to get in touch easily if you’re not well known for being famous of having in a good business wherein a large cost is involved. Even in some churches of different religion, you will be attended with full of attention if you can afford to give good donations. Sad but true. But i am not generalizing everyone though.

    These are might just some of the reasons why some people keep on tracking their ways of pushing themselves in working too hard and being inclined too deep in making some moneys. They want to be recognized, they want to level up on the phase of being famous and well known, they want to be rich so that the world will recognized them. Along the process of pushing to it, seldom they realized on those things that they compromised which is the most that they should consider to be well enough individual in this world, in this life. Money is a need but not the most. The bad side effects comes in when individual is being controlled by it. In the government side, it is the reason of corruption that leads the society into its chaos, which unluckily most in the globe are happening right now. This mentality of being unsatisfied for money comes up that results of poverty. And the end points, many suffers only for the interest of wanting to get rich. 

    Another side effects that i can see would be the compromising of health. People work hard and hard and pushing themselves into gaining of such a huge target off amount. Until such time that they are no longer aware of their health. They spent much much time in work, less sleep, less rest, the result is they get sick. And not to mentioned, sometimes they forget times for family.

    On the other hand, there are also people whom we look at as having the material things and money that we don’t have, but yet they are not happy on their life. It seems that they don’t appreciate it. And worse, they are not proud for their existence despite of being famous, well known in the society with power and position in the goverment. And still they are questioning the world. It seems to them that there is something still missing on them.

    On my own point of view, to be rich is to know life that has a purpose on this given time of existence. Not unless you do not know what it is, you’ll never be happy. And happiness is the main component of being wealthy, regardless of what you have in your background, whether a Ferrari or Ford GT mustang, or millions of cash in your bank account. And one of the best purpose someone has is to get in touch in people’s lives to make them feel better. It is not necessary to get in touch with them all the time or you may stay with them for the rest of their lives, but just a moment to make them smile and appreciate how the world is, would mean a lot. And if you could do that, and still having the urge to do it, once in every time you have a chance, i would say that you are one among the rich individual in the human existence.

    May we have all a good and wonderful day.

     

     

     

  40. Dr. C H Lakshmi narayan. says:

    Buddha is my life

    Dharma is my way

    Sangha is my Spirit

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

    In continuation of my previous comments written above, Further, Buddha taught irrespective of ‘rich ‘ or ‘ poor’  one has to struggle to acquire the following ” seven Treasures of the Noble Ones ” And they are:

    1 Faith

    2 Contemplation

    3 Modesty

    4 Self-respect

    5 Respect for others

    6 Morality

    7 Discreminating wisdom.

    In addition, they should also know the “eight realisations of the great being “.

    ” Knowing enough” and ” Wisdom” are standard rules of the wealthy assets !. These valued assets will not be lost after we die, nor, during our life, they can be stolen !

    ” The poor people feel as rich as Gods ” made me to raise my eyebrows because is it necessary to use the words like” Gods” , “Indra” , “Heaven”, and ” Hell” in our writings as Buddhists ?

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Long live our beloved Guruji for upholding Dharma.

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan.

     

  41. Hari says:
    Master, it’s the best enlightenment that one can have reading such a fine article written by you! 🙂

    Dharma teaches reciprocity!

    A miser is condemned in each and every society, one who has not helped anybody in his lifetime is always condemned!

    Like you said, Master, if one is enjoying the sweet fruits of Wisdom, richness it’s because in the life before this one, one has done the penance so as to be deemed worthy that he’s born to a rich family and if one has not helped anyone, time is a great leveller and in this after life, the same being is made poor!

    Service before self, is the mool mantra for a peaceful joyous life!

    The Master is the sole path to enlightenment and wisdom!

    He who follows the teachings and preachings of Guru is enlightened and thus  the true meaning of richness in thought, in life, is clear to oneself!

    • Nguyên Thành says:
      Thank you for your comment.

      Practitioners should practice to gain the Seven Treasures of the Noble Ones and they should regard wisdom as the sole concern to liberate self and others from suffering.

      • Hari says:
        Thank you Master! 

        Amen! Wherever and whenever one can, should seek and glorify the presence of a true Master! 

        Wisdom be his for who has found the right Master! 

  42. Dharam Pal says:
    Respected Guru,

    I go through this article, Which given a lesson to the society, that don’t run after money, Only Happiness is the real wealth,  The money can not purchade happiness, it can be brought through the Sutras, which are clear ly mentioned in this article. Kind Regards.

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép được dịch comment của bạn đọc Dharam Pal sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Con đã đọc bài viết này ạ. Bài viết này đã chỉ ra một bài học cho mọi người trong xã hội là đừng chạy theo đồng tiền. Chỉ có hạnh phúc mới là tài sản thực sự. Đồng tiền không thể mua được hạnh phúc. Hạnh phúc có được thông qua thực hành pháp, làm theo lời dạy trong kinh Phật.

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy!”

  43. Alphonse Kpehonou KOI says:

    Thank you for your translation. Reading an article as this open eyes
    of the world on distinguishing what is the veritable wealth and
    poverty concerning budha. we learn more lessons from this article.

  44. Aman prakash says:
    Dear guru ji

    Thank you for letting me out of suffering,and show me the path to be the real richness.

    • Nguyên Thành says:

      Your comment is good

    • Mật Diệu Hằng says:
      Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép được dịch comment của bạn đọc Aman Prakash sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy tôn quý!

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã chỉ dạy con cách thoát khỏi khổ đau, phiền não và Thầy đã chỉ con con đường chánh pháp để có được sự giàu có chân thật.”

  45. Jatinder khurma says:
    Respected Guru ji

    Thanks for sharing a nice Artical on Rich and poor.

    Beautifully explained how poor even can become stable and Rich with seven Treasures Nobel Values.And if Wealthy man if lack all these values can’t get the satisfaction and happiness.

    Thanks again

    • Kính bạch Thầy! 

      Con xin phép được dịch comment của bạn đọc Jatinder Khurma sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kinh bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý! 

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con được đọc bài viết hay và ý nghĩa: Giàu nghèo. 

      Trong bài viết Thầy luận giảng chi tiết,  rõ ràng rằng người nghèo có thể được bình an và giàu có khi có được  thất thánh tài. Và nếu người giàu thế gian không có thất thánh tài thì sẽ không có cuộc sống thong dong và hạnh phúc. 

      Một lần nữa,  con cảm tạ ơn Thầy. “

  46. Remy cotton says:
    Great article. I really believe the concept of being rich is subjective. A person can have money, but have nobody to love, in a sense he is poor. I man that has not much money, but has a family to come home to love him is truly rich in love
  47. Dear Guru, I am Rejin Rajan. I live in Latvia now. Thank you for sharing this article. May all beings get happiness. Om Mani Padme Hum
  48. Rëjin says:
    Dear Guru, I am Rejin Rajan. I live in Latvia now. Thank you for sharing this article. May all beings get happiness. Om Mani Padme Hum
    • Nguyên Thành says:

      Welcom to chanhtuduy.com! Please, read more!

    • Kính bạch Thầy! 

      Con xin phép được dịch comment của bạn đọc Rejin Rajan sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy! 

      Con là Rejin Rajan. Hiện tại,  con đang sống ở Latvia. Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con được đọc bài viết này. 

      Con cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh được hạnh phúc. 

      Om Mani Padme Hum. “

  49. Roy clark says:
    Thank you guru. Much appreciating this article. Be blessed
  50. Bryan says:
    Wonderfully written
  51. Roshan Gawai says:
    Sir the text you have written before I very useful to me thanks for sharing this, It is really amazing and more useful text as well as this words are more precious to me.

    🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏😇😇😇😇😇

    • Nguyên Thành says:

      Welcome to chanhtuduy.com. 

      Read more for enriching knowledge and getting merit. 

  52. Roshan Gawai says:
    Nice
  53. Alfredo says:
    Dear Guru, thank you for sharing these noble teachings about the conception of the path to the Buddha’s light. The difference of a rich man is that he will be asked for his seven Treasures multiplied by 3, the poor will be only seven treasures
    grateful Tashi Delek
  54. Jeremy says:

    Very good article. i enjoyed reading and learnig from it. Thank you

  55. Alim S Khaliun says:
    Dear Guru.

    Thank you for sharing this. It is a very thoughful subject. There is so many important things in our life. Such as love, happiness, health. We can’t afford it by money. If we will  feeling happiness, love , good health and other good feellings  in our life , it feels like a rich.  Unfortunetaly some people don’t feel like this.

    I have had many health issues since when i was 20 years old, even now. I think that,the most important human wealth is health. I am feeling like a everything is lost day by day. But i never always try to loss my hope.

    Best regards

    From Mongolia

     

  56. Totte Nordahl says:

    Thank you Guru, this article was really a mindopener. Makes you think, who is really rich

    Kind regards Totte

     

    • Kính bạch Thầy! 

      Con xin phép được dịch comment của bạn đọc Totte Nordahl sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      Kính bạch Thầy! 

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con được đọc bài viết này. Bài viết của Thầy giúp con được mở rộng tâm trí. Con hiểu rằng ai có trí tuệ,  người đó mới thực sự giàu có. 

      Con – Totte Nordahl

  57. jyoti says:
    Joi Guru..

    We must pray for buddha.He make the way for every people.so we must belive him.we make our patient .success will come true.

    • Kính bạch Thầy! 

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

      Kính bạch Thầy! 

      Con hiểu rằng đối tượng chúng con cầu nguyện là đức Phật. Ngài đã chỉ đường cho tất cả chúng sanh để đạt giác ngộ. Chúng con phải tin Ngài. Chúng con nên kiên trì,  tinh tấn hành pháp thì mới có được thành quả. 

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