Mar 9, 2020

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SPIRITUALITY: FROM HOBBY TO PASSION, FROM PRACTICE TO APPLICATION (TÂM LINH: TỪ SỞ THÍCH ĐẾN ĐAM MÊ, TỪ THỰC HÀNH ĐẾN ỨNG DỤNG)

Spirituality only exists in human society, not in other realms like animals, petas, hell, devas and asuras. Buddhist canons assert that only the humans can practice cultivation! Then what is the true meaning of “spirituality”? It means to put faith in who and what is holy and worth of respect. We easily find such activities in human society such as funerals, anniversaries of the deceased or faith activities in festivals. Different paths of right teaching have accordingly been established, known as religion (i.e a community with common belief, prone to the worship of devas, asuras, petas, objects, immortals, saints…). Buddhism does not belong to religion because the Buddha did not worship those subjects.

Some may like going to visit pagodas, temples, churches though they don’t follow any religion. They are seen to have spiritual hobby. Others never miss any funerals and anniversaries of the death, then they are considered to have spiritual hobby also. Once the hobby becomes a useful means to someone [to relieve stress, sadness or bring back long-term joy] and they always find ways to do it, then it becomes the performance of hobby.

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In Buddhism, those who love to dig into spiritual research with highest-level passion are called scholar

Those, thanks to their passion of spirituality, having explored new characteristics or perspectives in this field are called researcher of spiritual culture, similar to arts/culture researcher. Maxim Gorky once said: “When work is a pleasure, life is joy!”. These people always evoke their mindset to take passion to a new level which they call as their mental life, as Puskin once asserted: “I think therefore I live.”

In Buddhism, those who love to dig into spiritual research with highest-level passion are called scholar. They are prone to do researches on theory or philosophy with analysis to prove their own arguments. They write many books, translate many Buddhist scriptures and explore new perspectives in this field. Pitifully, some scholars, after getting some fame, tend to become arrogant and have high opinions of themselves, just like “they are the center of the universe”. Their biggest shortcoming is that they often feel jealous or envious with their fellows whose ability is equal to or higher than them. Such negative thoughts will be turned into actions if they meet convenient environment such as criticize or speak disparagingly about their fellows. Their attitude and behavior could be explained by two main causes: self-attachment and dharma-attachment. These two big shortcomings have been preventing many Buddhist scholars from attaining liberation by prajna wisdom, given they haven’t followed the right orbit of Dharma right from the beginning. An ordinary person who cultivates in alignment with the right orbit of Dharma will be liberated or have the cause of liberation in the future. On the contrary, an extraordinary person who goes against the right orbit of Dharma shan’t be liberated but rather take the cause of rebirth in the cycle of existence. This comes from the fact that these scholars haven’t got experiences from the practice of cultivation. Although they can easily quote any Buddhist canons with amazing reasonings, they are still confused when being asked about knowledge and experience coming from practice. That’s why Buddhist stories tell about an old monk who called a knowledgeable spiritual instructor as a cow chewing its cud; or the Sixth Patriarch Hui Neng rebuking a monk named Fa-ta also for this reason.

Those who learn and practice at the same time are called practitioner. A practitioner may be less knowledgeable than a scholar but he transforms his mind better than the scholar (i.e from anxiety and insecurity to joy and equanimity). The state of joy and equanimity is seen as the spiritual achievement of a practitioner. It should be emphasized that people may mistakenly respect a so-called scholar of high knowledge whose mind remains to be shaken by five worldly poisons. A practitioner, meanwhile, will never be affected by praise or blame because he is cultivating modesty and just loves to listen and learn.

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Those practitioners who are practicing and able to apply what they’ve been learning effectively and perfectly are called Siddha. They’ve gone through the process of mind transformation as follows: realize the importance of spiritual practice; then find out suitable tradition to follow and dharma to practice; then diligently practice the chosen dharma without skepticism, and finally come to complete and perfect enlightenment. For them, sutras have now become dharmas and vice versa, provided that both of them are performed and applied amenably to the orbit of Bodhicitta. This has been simplified by HH. 12th Gyawlang Drukpa in a famous teaching: “DHARMA IS LIFE. LIFE IS DHARMA”

 

They are now able to apply Buddha Dharma flexibly in anywhere and at any time, no matter in what form they show: gentle or wrathful. Buddhist terminology calls it Application Bodhicitta, which means they [siddhas] place themselves in the position and circumstance of the sentient being in order to easily deal with worldly and dharma affairs in accordance to five rules:

 Luận sư Dharmakirti nêu ra 5 luận điểm sau đây khi thầy dạy học trò:

Buddhist philosopher and logician Dharmakirti introduced five rules

1/ Know exactly what is needed to renounce

2/ Know thoroughly methods to abandon them

3/ Know clearly which objects need practicing

4/ Know completely methods to practice them

5/ Transmit knowledge to students with unconditioned compassion

I would quote the teaching of Guru Rinpoche as the conclusion: “The enlightened one does not have any definite appearance for easy recognition; the defrauder on the contrary owns much hypocrisy that is hard to recognize. Do not mistake copper for gold.”

May all sentient beings awake at the state of enlightenment!

Phuoc Thanh Village, January 10, 2017

Thinley – Nguyen Thanh


Vietnamese version: TÂM LINH: TỪ SỞ THÍCH ĐẾN ĐAM MÊ, TỪ THỰC HÀNH ĐẾN ỨNG DỤNG 

  1. Pankaj kumar giri says:
    Dear Honorable Guru.

    Thank you so much for your beautiful teachings and kindness, i need more teachings from you.

    May all beings be happy.

    Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu

    🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  2. Dr C H Lakshminarayana says:
    I bow my head at the lotus feet of Guruji.

    Dear holy Guruji, I am highly impressed by your teaching about how a Dharma practitioner should flexibility act while dealing with worldly and dharma affairs BALANCING ( Buddha’s Middle Path) by   your following teachings :

    1.know exactly what is needed to be renounced.

    2.know thoroughly .Methods to abandon them.

    3. Know clearly which objects need practicing.

    4.know completely methods to practice them.

    5.Transmit knowledge to students with unconditioned  compassion.

    The above are golden  dictums and to follow the same, I take pledge on Triple gem :

    1. Buddha ( Guru) is my life and Almighty

    2.Dharma is my boat carrying me to the other shore of Nirvana.

    3. Sangha is my company of my six pure senses.

    Some doubts and confusion  prevailing in me  disappeared soon after reading this precious article like a snow melting on coming in contact with Sun rays Light.

    ” Sarve Janaha Sukhino Bhavanthu ”

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Dr C H Lakshmi narayana

    ( Tantra Nirvadeva )

  3. Dear Guru

    This article gives me a different perspective of spirituality. I understand that spirituality only exists in human society and only the human can practice cultivation since they have freedom, knowledge, experience both happiness and suffering, their life span is short enough to help them realize the impermanence which become the motivation for them to practice Dharma for liberation. Through the article, I now can distinguish between hobby and passion of spirituality, a researcher/scholar and practitioner/siddha. I also understand that to rightly understand and practice, we need a Guru who is qualified for those five criteria put by the Philosopher and Logician Dharmakirti.

    Another I’ve got from your teaching is that we practice Buddha Dharma is not for polishing or heighten our ego but to help ourselves and others through the path of Application Bodhicitta.

    My gratitude to you for keeping us inspired and passionate in learning and practicing Dharma and for helping us know how to apply what we’ve learnt into our daily life.

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

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

    May Corona epidemic soon be eliminated

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  4. paul yawney says:
    Dear Holy Guru, thank you for another wonderful article. This one means much to me. I am self taught for the most part. I may not know all the right words and Phrases but i try to live every minute of my day following the teachings to the best of my abilities. your special way of teaching has helped me so much . i am thankful for each one I read. OM MANI PADME HUNG.  Tantra Himataru.

     

  5. Mật Diệu Hằng
    Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin phép được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Nirvadeva (CH Lakshminarayana) sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Con cúi đầu đảnh lễ dưới chân sen của Thầy tôn kinh!

    Kính bạch Thầy tôn quý!

    Con vô cùng ấn tượng với những lời dạy của Thầy về phương thức thực hành pháp linh hoạt để giữ cân bằng giữa pháp và cuộc sống, pháp là cuộc sống ( con đường Trung Đạo) theo những nguyên lý sau:

    1, Biết đúng những gì cần gạt bỏ

    2, Biết thấu đáo những phương pháp từ bỏ chúng

    3, Biết rõ những đối tượng cần thực hành

    4, Biết trọn vẹn những phương pháp thực hành chúng

    5, Truyền thụ với lòng bi mẫn vô tư.

    Con tuân theo những lời huấn thị vàng trên để Quy y ba ngôi Tam bảo như sau:

    1, Phật (chính là Thầy) là cuộc đời con và là những Bậc thánh trí

    2, Pháp là con thuyền đưa con đến bờ giác ngộ Niết Bàn

    3, Tăng là bạn đồng hành với lục nhập thanh tịnh.

    Đọc bài viết này của Thầy đã xua tan mọi nghi ngại và mọi sự mơ hồ trong con tựa như tuyết tan khi gặp tia nắng mặt trời.

    “Sarve Janaha Sukhino Bhavanthu”

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    Con – Tantra Nirvadeva (CH Lakshminarayana)

  6. Mật Diệu Hằng says:
    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin phép được dịch comment của bạn đọc Pankaj Kumar Giri sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Kính bạch Thầy tôn quý!

    Con vô cùng cảm tạ ơn Thầy vì những lời dạy tuyệt vời và tấm lòng từ bi của Thầy. Con mong được nương tựa vào những lời dạy của Thầy.

    Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh được hạnh phúc.

    Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu

     

  7. Thank you for sharing these insights.

    Blessings to all

  8. N Johan says:
    Thank you for the article!
  9. Dhan Singh Ravi says:
    Worshipable Guruji.

    Thanks a lot for such a valuable article. Of course what we read is of no use until we practise it in our practical life and behaviour.

  10. Tantra Nikakuwa says:
    Dear Holy Dhamma Guru,

    I bow my head at the feet of holy Dhamma Guru. Many schollers are available to explain about Dhamma & after some time their own behavior changed & behave like they are the Blessed Lord. Here Dhamma Guru, you defined the urgent need of knowledgeble spiritual instructor who teach Dhamma with compassion. You are our true knowledgeble compassionate instructor, our compassionate Guru. Again & again I bow my head at the feet of holy Dhamma Guru & I will try to work hard to polish myself in your kind guidance.

    May our Dhamma Guru live healthy for the welfare of human beings.

    May Triple Gems bless us all to live peacefully with harmony.

    Thank you so much Dhamma Guru.

    Yours

    Tantra Nikakuwa

  11. Jason Cook says:
    Thank you guru for these lessons
  12. Dekyi says:
    Thank you 🙏 for sharing dharma, may your virtue benefits many sentient beings.  May all sentient beings pacific their Negative karma and able to practice Buddha teachings any delay.  May those who are in path without any obstacles to final destination.  May we only see good qualities in all sentient beings.   May we recognise all the dharma teachers are present Bodhisattva and different Manifestations of Buddha’s and future Bodhisattva and enlighten beings.

    Tashi deleck

    🙏 🙏 🙏  Buddha Dharma Sangha

     

  13. tantra mahavita says:
    Dear Saint Guru: Thank you very much for this wonderful article. Eternal gratitude for your simple, direct and clear way in your teachings … I am self-taught, surely I don’t have the right phrases or words. But I am trying to live day by day following your teachings … That have helped me a lot. Your inspiration, wisdom and compassion … there are no words that can define how grateful we are. May all beings find the nature of Buddha. OM MANI PADME HUM
  14. Jase says:
    Very good article !!! May you be blessed 😊🙏
  15. Tantra siramitra says:
    Venerebol Guru.

    My name is tantra siramitra.

    Thank you for souch nice article, it always in rich’s hour understanding of the Holly Dharma.

    OM MANI PEDME HUM

    🌹 🌹 🌹 🌹 🌹 🌹 🌹 ❤️

  16. Vivek S(Tantra Kasila) says:
    Dear Guru

    Wonderful article as usual.Helped us to have a deep insight about spirituality and the way through which one can have spiritual growth.

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

     

  17. Mật Diệu Hằng says:
    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Kasila (Vivek S) sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Bài viết này của Thầy tuyệt vời như bao bài khác. Bài viết giúp chúng con hiểu sâu sắc về tâm linh và phương thức để chúng con có thể phát triển đời sống tâm linh.

    Con cầu nguyện Thầy trụ thế lâu dài.

    Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh được bình an và thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh.

     

  18. Mật Diệu Hằng says:
    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin phép được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Siramitra sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Kính bạch Thầy tôn quý!

    Con là Tantra Siramitra.

    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã viết bài viết lợi lạc này. Bài viết  giúp chúng con hiểu thực nghĩa của Pháp cao quý.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

     

  19. Mật Diệu Hằng says:
    Kính bạch Thầy!

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

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

    Con cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh được nương tựa vào công hạnh của Thầy.

    Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh lắng dịu nghiệp chướng và có thể thực hành Phật pháp mà không bị cản trở.

    Cầu nguyện những hành giả đang bước trên hành trình giác ngộ không gặp chướng duyên và đạt được mục đích giải thoát tối thượng.

    Cầu nguyện chúng con thấy được phẩm tính tốt đẹp của tất cả chúng sanh.

    Cầu nguyện chúng con coi tất cả vị Thầy chân chính là những vị Bồ tát hiện hữu, những hóa thân của vị Phật và những vị Bồ tát trong tương lai khai trí cho hữu tình.

    Con cầu nguyện Thầy thân tâm an tịnh.

     

  20. Mật Diệu Hằng says:
    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin phép được dịch comment của bạn đọc Dhan Singh Ravi sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Kính bạch Thầy tôn quý!

    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con được đọc bài viết quý báu này. Con hiểu rằng nếu chúng con không thực hành được  những điều chúng con học trong đời sống thực tế và không thay đổi được hành vi thì mọi lý thuyết đều vô nghĩa.

     

  21. Momen Mohamed says:
    Thank you so much for this fabulous and unique article ! Actually I liked it so much. It gave me a general vision about the difference between the scholar and the practitioner and since I’m still a high beginner learner I think I should try as much as I can to be a practitioner I think I have to learn and apply what I learnt many thanks to you once again !
  22. Sonam Tshering says:
    Dear guru

    The article is not just a group of sentences. Your effort to publish this is as beautiful and meaningful as the content of the article.

    Thank you so much for your effort to consider spiritual well-being of all the sentient being.

    We will never forget your concern to us and yes we will try to follow right orbit of the drama to ensure practitioner..🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  23. Momen Mohamed says:
    Dear guru, thank you so much for your reply that’s so kind of you. Actually I’m trying to do that but unfortunately I don’t know any teacher or anyone to help me and meanwhile I feel that I’m lost between the millions and millions of mantras and information on the internet. Also unfortunately the Buddhist culture isn’t popular here like Europe and America. Many thanks to you again 🙂
    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      Don’t worry about it. I teach only effect mantra ” Om mani padme hum”. I want advise you often read and comment. By this way you will understand everythings about Budhism!

  24. Tantra Pramitdhita (Josh Hacker) says:
    Holy Guru, I bow my head before your lotus feet! Thank you for sharing this discourse about spirituality. Your great wisdom is always appreciated very much. Thank you for teaching us great venerable guru!

    Om Mani Padme Hum

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

    May all sentient beings find freedom from suffering

    May the tragic epidemic caused by the Corona virus soon end

  25. Momen Mohamed says:
    Thank you so much dear guru actually your kindness made me speechless ! And by the way I’d like to tell you that I listened and meditated with this mantra many many times but nothing happened or even changed unfortunately but yesterday I decided to start to listen and chant it again for 21 days hope if I can see results this time ! Again and with all the languages which I know I’d like to tell you

    Thank you so much for your kindness !

    Merci beaucoup pour votre gentillesse !

    Vielen dank für ihre Freundlichkeit !

    Muchas gracias por tu amabilidad !

    شكرا جزيلا علي لطفك !

    ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  26. Nicky says:
    Beautiful article.  I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to read and learn from this.
  27. Nicky says:
    This is a wonderful article, I feel blessed to have had the chance to read and learn from this.  Thank you for sharing this with the world
  28. Chheringdorje says:
    Parnam, my gratitude to reading a so beautifully written in brief, covering almost teachings of Buddha to understand by laymen like me, 🙏🙏🙏
  29. kevin says:
    guru,

    Thank you for teaching spirituality. The lessons help me,a I hope it helps many people.

  30. Diana says:
    Thank you for sharing the valuable steps to achieve a further reduction in suffering.

    Light and love

  31. June says:
    Knowledge with practice is much better than knowledge alone.being mindful off all our actions in line with buddhas teachings is better than just learning the teachings.as my mantra nowadays… mindfulness,silence, peacefulness, calmness.thanks guru for the enlightenment and thanks rose for sharing.
  32. This is so true and find as such an important thing. I find it important to help those who are struggling in life. I am new to buddhism and love everything and everyone. Also I would like to say I’m not perfect but with the teachings of the dharma sanga and budda I can be more proactive in helping other people.
  33. Satish Kumar Borkar says:
    When we practice Buddhism it turns into passion. Hobby is another thing. Here passion towards Buddhism means to do good and more good while practicing the every walk of life. When we are doing good and especially to those who are helpless and needy, our doing becomes precious.

    Routine of doing good does not break in any conditions. Rather our mind is intended to be very positive and responsive. The credit of it goes to your inner peace and having an ambition to do the welfare of people. More you become ready for help others more you close to the Buddha.

  34. Srogers says:

    Dear Holy Guru

    I am Tantra Haramitra

    I thank you for your beautiful words. I am, with your help and guidance, reading and studying more. Not so much for my knowledge but more to serve and benefit all sentient beings.

    my spirituality has become my sole purpose and I thank you for the words you send me which helps me along that path.

    Holy Guru, May you continue to have good health so that you may bring blessings and benefit to all sentient beings.

    Om mani padme hum

  35. Srogers says:
    Thank you Holy Guru 🙏🏼
  36. Mật Diêu Hằng says:
    Kính bạch Thầy!

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

    Con chân thành cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con đọc bài viết tuyệt vời và độc đáo này. Con rất thích bài viết này. Bài viết của Thầy giúp con hiểu được sự khác nhau giữa học giả và hành giả. Dù con mới chỉ bắt đầu học Phật pháp nhưng con sẽ cố gắng để trở thành hành giả thông qua việc học và ứng dụng những điều con đã học.

    Một lần nữa con chân thành cảm tạ ơn Thầy!

     

  37. Mật Diêu Hằng says:
    Kính bạch Thầy!

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

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Bài viết này không đơn thuần chỉ là câu từ. Thầy đã truyền tải nội dung thật ý nghĩa và lợi lạc trong câu chữ.

    Con chân thành cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã nỗ lực lao động giải thoát vì lợi lạc tâm linh của tất cả hữu tình.

    Chúng con sẽ không quên sự để tâm của Thầy dành cho chúng con và chúng con sẽ cố gắng thực hành theo đúng quỹ đạo chánh pháp để trở thành hành giả chân chính.

     

  38. Mật Diêu Hằng says:
    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin phép được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Pramitdhita (Josh Hacker) sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Kính bạch Thầy tôn quý!

    Con cúi đầu đảnh lễ dưới chân sen của Thầy.

    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã viết bài về tâm linh: từ sở thích đến đam mê, từ thực hành đến ứng dung.

    Con hoan hỷ tán thán trí tuệ của Thầy. Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy tôn kính đã chỉ dạy chúng con.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Con cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và trường thọ của Thầy Cô vì lợi lạc của tất cả chúng sanh.

    Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh đoạn trừ mọi khổ đau.

    Cầu nguyện nạn dịch covid 19 sớm tiêu trừ.

     

  39. Mật Diêu Hằng says:
    Kính bạch Thầy!

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

    Bài viết của Thầy thật tuyệt vời. Con thật ơn phước khi có duyên lành được đọc và học hỏi từ bài viết này.

    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho hữu tình trên thế giới được đọc bài viết của Thầy.

     

  40. Mật Diêu Hằng says:
    Kính bạch Thầy!

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

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con được đọc bài viết tuyệt vời này. Bài viết của Thầy luận giảng những lời dạy của đức Phật giúp hành giả cư sĩ như con có thể hiểu được lời dạy của Ngài.

     

  41. Mật Diêu Hằng says:
    Kính bạch Thầy!

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

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã chỉ dạy về tâm linh. Những lời dạy của Thầy giúp con rất nhiều. Con mong rằng nhiều người khác cũng nhận được lời chỉ dạy của Thầy.

     

  42. Mật Diêu Hằng says:
    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin phép được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Haramitra sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Kính bạch Thầy tôn quý!

    Con là Tantra Haramitra.

    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy vì những lời chỉ dạy tuyệt vời. Nhờ Thầy giúp đỡ và hướng dẫn nên con được đọc và được học rất nhiều. Con học được kiến thức không chỉ vì lợi lạc cho bản thân mà còn vì lợi lạc cho tất cả hữu tình.

    Phát triển đời sống tâm linh đã trở thành mục đích duy nhất của cuộc đời con và con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã chỉ dạy, giúp đỡ con trên hành trình giải thoát.

    Con cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe của Thầy tôn quý để hữu tình nhận được ơn phước và lợi lạc từ Thầy.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

     

  43. Walapane Gothama thero says:
    Thanks this article is great
  44. Tantra Mashinaga says:
    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for this article. I have read many Buddhist books and scriptures but do not consider myself a scholar. I try to practice the dharma so I consider myself a practitioner.

    May guru live a long and happy life

    May all beings be free of suffering and attain happiness

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    Tantra Mashinaga Mark Hamilton

  45. Joshua Corlis says:
    Thank you.  This article was very insightful   This helped to calm my mind and reassert love in my heart.  Very grateful to have made a new friend as well.  Thank you Violet Tran
  46. Sonam Tshering says:
    Dear Holy Guru,

    Thank you so much. May the pandemic of corona virus be contained soon through blessing of Holy Guru.

    Om Mani Padme Hung

  47. Dr. Ashwani kumar says:
    Dear holy  guru ji , you have beautifully stated that   how  an ordinary  person can  become  a enlightened being  by  following  the Buddha’s path . It is very  important to all of us to practice  five virtue I. E. Panchsila.    Moreover  how to control over  mind   and  all sense organs is also  very  important  before going ahead in the realm of  spirituality.
  48. Satyen Mishra says:
    I went through the article and found it really nice. Being a Buddhist follower I practice in my day to day life.

    My best wishes to the write. I would end my statement with a saying ” Be Your Own Light”

    My Sincere Regards

    Satyen

  49. Dr.Aucharmal L.Y. says:
    Dr.Aucharmal L.Y.,

    From Mumbai- Ambernath.

     

    Thank you so much for sharing such knowledgeable post for my reading , after reading I feel like something is opened for me. I got new spirit and vision to look my self and the outer.  Practice of Good teaching in Buddhism is most important, came to know .Practice of good teachings means habit to keep good things always in mind than various attractive Passions and desires. Man always finding joy and pleasent with Passions and  sensual feelings and furget to renounce the causes of sorrows.

    Humanbeing is completely different from the outer world or other living animals ,only the Elephents mind and spirit can compare with human mind but not 100% . Man thinks and try to bring it into practice  is the main cause man can create new things. Creation and to keep in memory  is the force of his civilization and development. Good and moral conduct is said important in religious life. Partly man lives for others and partly lives for self as animals live for self not for others.

    I like this article , thank you so much for sharing this.

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      Thank you for comment. I did see you for a long time on chanhtuduy.com. How are things with you?

  50. TantraMikaya says:
    Dear holy guru. Thank you for the excellent article you share with us. I am grateful that you are teaching us to take the right view and
    the right way. You teach us the Dharma and how to become more spiritual. I have learned that nothing in life is permanent. Through Buddha’s teachings, I understood that we also have to suffer, but despite all despair, suffering is not permanent. Everything that has passed and everything that will come will pass. We want to grasp what we cannot grasp. Buddhism is not a hobby, we should learn and practice that correct vision is the basis of wisdom. , That is absolutely correct and good. Your article and your wise knowledge help us to complete our knowledge and to take the right view. We have to practice and meditate to become the spiritual goal. Ours is just a collection of constantly changing physical and mental components that together make up our changing identity. When we visit a temple, we are not automatically wise. We ourselves must accept and implement the wise teachings of our holy guru. The maturity and the devotion to our holy guru and the sangha must arise in ourselves. Just like fruit ripen on a tree and continue ripening with the sun’s rays. So our holy guru is the sunbeam that ripens us with his wise knowledge. May our holy guru yearn for all living beings. May everyone on the path to enlightenment be happy and successful. Om Mani Padme Hum
  51. Alex says:
    Sadhu

    And thank you for writing this wonderful article.

  52. TantraMikaya says:
    Thank you so much our holy Guru for your comment. Please be safe and healthy 🙏🙏🙏. And thank you so much for your teaching to Us I bow to you. Om Mani Padme Hum
  53. Liam says:
    Thank you for another wonderful article. It was very uplifting to read. There were many truths to this article such as spirituality only exists in human society. This is very true.
  54. Dr.shankar jadhav says:
    Hello….namo Buddhay

    Holly Guru…

    I am

    Dr.shankar jadhav(naturotheropist)

    I read ur article…..nice very thoughtful it’s very help for society and individual person those from spiritual and other also…..that thoughts very  much help for material life……lern much more.

    I reallyleatn much more from ur article……sadhu sadhu sadhu

  55. Chukwugozie Maduka says:
    Vajrayana Guru,

    I would like to come over and join you and the Temple.Please make it possible

    M

    Chukwugozie Maduka

  56. Chukwugozie Maduka says:

    Dear Guru,

    I read your works with great relish, excitement and gratefulness.I would love to read more.

    Moveover,I would like to come over and join you and learn at your feet.pleaee make it possible .

    Chukwugozie Maduka

  57. Dr. Vikas Singh says:
    Dear H.H. Guru

    This is a marvoulous explanation of spirituality, and this is the real Buddhism. Some people always quote the sacred texts only in their Dhamma talks. I am also searching for this type of way of thinking; nowadays, I am also writing my own experience regarding Buddhism and Nature in the Hindi language.

    Whenever I read your sentences, I feel real Dhamma always. You are my inspiration.

    Thanks for showing the real path of Dhamma.

     

     

     

  58. Tantra Najuma says:
    Dearest Guru,

    Thank you for the wondweful teaching. A great lesson on how studying the Dharma and applying the Dharma are both very important to truly understanding Dharma and applying it to your life.

    Om mani padme hum.

  59. Dr. Vikas Singh says:
     Dear H.H. Guru

    Today, morning when I was reading again your beautiful article, my mind stopped on the Buddh’s quotes which are available in Dhammapada. I am writing original Pali stanzas with English translation.

     

    Bahumpi ce saṃhita bhāsamāno, na takkaro hoti naro pamatto;

    Gopova gāvo gaṇayaṃ paresaṃ, na bhāgavā sāmaññassa hoti. (Dhammapada, 19)

    Meaning:  Much though he recites the sacred texts, but acts not accordingly, that heedless man is like a cowherd who only counts the cows of others — he does not partake of the blessings of the holy life.

    Appampi ce saṃhita bhāsamāno, dhammassa hoti anudhammacārī;

    Rāgañca dosañca pahāya mohaṃ, sammappajāno suvimuttacitto;

    Anupādiyāno idha vā huraṃ vā, sa bhāgavā sāmaññassa hoti. (Dhammapada, 20)

    Meaning:  Little though he recites the sacred texts, but puts the Teaching into practice, forsaking lust, hatred, and delusion, with true wisdom and emancipated mind, clinging to nothing of this or any other world — he indeed partakes of the blessings of a holy life.

     

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      Thank you for translation. I accpreciate you and pray you will be good with everything! Bless you from Bhudha!

  60. Mật Diệu Hằng says:
    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin phép được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Najuma sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Kính bạch Thầy tôn quý!

    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy vì những lời dạy tuyệt vời. Con đã học được bài học sâu sắc về cách học Phật pháp và ứng dụng Pháp, điều quan trọng là hiểu thực nghĩa và ứng dụng được pháp vào cuộc sống.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

     

  61. Mật Diệu Hằng says:
    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin phép được dịch comment của bạn đọc tiến sĩ Ashwani Kumar sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Kính bạch Thầy tôn quý!

    Thầy đã luận giảng điều tuyệt vời làm cách nào để người bình thường có thể trở thành bậc giác ngộ bằng cách thực hành con đường Phật pháp. Con hiểu rằng hành giả nên giữ 5 giới. Hơn thế nữa, điều phục tâm và lục căn cũng rất quan trọng để tiến bộ trên hành trình tâm linh.

     

  62. Mật Diệu Hằng says:
    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin phép được dịch comment của tiến sĩ Vikas Singh sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

    Sáng nay con vừa đọc lại bài viết tuyệt vời của Thầy. Con chợt nhớ đến lời dạy của đức Phật trong kinh Pháp Cú. Con xin phép được trích dẫn bằng tiếng Pali và bản tiếng Anh như sau:

    19, Dù đọc tụng nhiều kinh,

    Tâm buông lung cẩu thả,

    Như kẻ chăn bò thuê,

    Khó hưởng Sa môn quả.

    20, Dù đọc tụng ít kinh,

    Nhưng hành trì giáo pháp,

    Như thật, tâm giải thoát,

    Từ bỏ tham sân si,

    Hai đời không chấp trì,

    Thọ hưởng Sa môn quả.

  63. Tena Gebers says:
    I have gratitude for this article and the one who sent it to me. I will work toward the passion.
  64. mike b says:
    Thank you
  65. Andreas Stegemann says:
    Dear Venerable,
    thank you for your luminous teaching! May you spread the Dharma to many people for a long time! I am happy about the possibility to read articles also in English, because I don´t speak Vietnamese language.
    May Buddha bless you and all of your followers!
    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      Yes, I try to spread the Dharma to many people for a long time, but it is effect if you help me a favor!

  66. Mark Alley says:
    Thank you for this excelkent teaching.I pray for the end of the pandemic and all  who suffer .
  67. Heather Hope Harmony says:
    Thank you for this article.

    I am no scholar, merely a practitioner, but I think it is worth mentioning that all have to start somewhere, and as a friend has said, “There is no one wise who wasn’t once a fool.”

    May all beings be free and awakened. May all beings be at peace and serene.

     

    Buddha bless!

  68. Rajesh Chandra says:
    I recently came to know about this excellent site of Master Ven. Thinley Nguyen Thanh. He is very great Master of Milarepa lineage. Recently I gone through one of his another articles on 14 Grievous Failures…That also touched me very much. Indeed I wish to translate it in Hindi, national language of our country India, to share it onnface book purpose.  I am a writer, particularly Buddhist writer. More than 22 books have been published. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has blessed by gived preface to my book. I am deeply moved by Tibetan traditions of Buddhism and particularly I love Master Milarepa. I gone through his biography many time. He is an idear disciple and an ideal Master. I have written a detailed chapter on Tibetan Buddhism as well as it’s major sects in one of my books, which was published in year 2006 and blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

    I always seek your blessings please…

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      Dear Rajesh Chandra!
      Thank you for your comment and your compliment! But you were wrong when you asserted that I follow Milarepa lineage. No, I have own spiritual methods called Pure Mind Yoga. It is not related to Tibetan Buddhism. But it is based on Vajrayana. After 25 years of research, survey, practice, application and acquirement of good results, relying on the wisdom of Buddhist saints, especially Guru Rinpoche, Avalokiteshvara and Dakini, I have invented six methods of spiritual practice (referred as “Six Wonderful Dharma Gates”), namely:

      1/ Eight Dharmas of Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels (Eight methods of relying on the Buddha)

      2/ Samyagdrsti-prabha Samadhi (method of spiritual practice on seeing-understanding in the light of Buddha’s wisdom so as to make means and wisdom indivisible)

      3/ Uninterrupted Offering (method of spiritual practice on making offering uninterruptedly, not missing even one day)

      4/ Lotus Walking Dharani (method of spiritual practice on reciting mantra following footsteps to accumulate spiritual power)

      5/ Meditation on Bodhicitta (method of spiritual practice on meditation (both Samadhi and Vipassana) on Bodhicitta to cultivate pure mind)

      6/ Five Degrees of Deity Yoga (a practice of simple visualization of fully enlightened being at the fifth degree, which prepares for next degrees) (http://chanhtuduy.com/thanh-tri-the-2nd-mind-dharma-samyagdrsti-prabha-samadhi-part-1-introduction-2/)
      I am not great Master, only is Guru Pure Mind Yoga of only my disciles, who follows me. Thank you for your efforts in translation my 1 of 16 articles about “14 Grievous Failures” into Hindi, but I think that you only get started on it after sometime comment on chanhtuduy.com, specially on “”14 Grievous Failures”. I am a normal Guru of only my disciples, I don’t want to be famous that met H.H
      Dalai Dama 14 has blessed by give preface to my book, for exemple “ON LIFE ONE MANTRA” (had writteen on chanhtuduy.com). I wish You listened to my advice. Thank you very much. With my regard. Thinley- Nguyên Thành (09/04/2020)

  69. Rajesh Chandra says:
    Ven. Thinley Nguyen Thanh Guru Ji, so much thanks for your kind and detailed reply. In deed while going through your previous article on 14 grevious failures…there was a quotation of Gampopa. That given me impression that your lineage is connected to Milarepa. Anyway, it’s interesting to know your six methods. It’s invoking more curiosity about these methods in details. And what is this uninterrupted offering? Is it something offering something mundane or is it a spiritual practice otherwise?

    It’s my good fortune to come in your touch. I will spare time to read your more articles. I am observing a deep insinght in your articles.

     

    I am always seeking your blessings.

     

    Sincerely in Dhamma

     

    Rajesh Chandra

    • Admin
      Nguyên Thành says:

      I would like to emphasize one more time that Pure Mind Yoga is not connected to Milarepa. Because Guru Milarepa practiced severe asceticism and he meditated in the mountains or caves. But I practice the actions of Bodhisattva, not in the mountains, not in caves, no severe asceticism and I mainly practice meditation on Bodhichitta in the active state or through daily life activities.
      In addition, the uninterrupted offering is one of my six spiritual inventions. If you would like to know more about it, please read these articles:
      http://chanhtuduy.com/thanh-tri-the-3nd-mind-dharma-the-practice-of-uninterrupted-offering-de-tam-tam-phap-thanh-tri-cung-duong-bat-kha-gian-doan-bai-1-the-nao-goi-la-cung-duong/
      http://chanhtuduy.com/thanh-tri-the-3nd-mind-dharma-the-practice-of-uninterrupted-offering-part-2-the-sense-and-attitude-of-making-offerings/
      http://chanhtuduy.com/thanh-tri-the-3rd-mind-dharma-the-practice-of-uninterrupted-offering-part-3-where-does-a-guru-stand-in-the-practice-of-making-offerings-by-donors-and-disciples/
      http://chanhtuduy.com/thanh-tri-the-3rd-mind-dharma-the-practice-of-uninterrupted-offering-part-4-what-is-the-proper-time-to-make-offerings-cung-duong-vao-nhung-truong-hop-nao/
      http://chanhtuduy.com/thanh-tri-the-3rd-mind-dharma-the-practice-of-uninterrupted-offering-part-5-a-brief-view-of-modes-of-traditional-practice-of-spiritual-offeringsde-tam-tam-phap-thanh-tri-cung-duong-bat/

  70. Rajesh Chandra says:
    So much thanks Guru Ji, for your kind and promot reply. Please give me time to read all these articles referred by you. Let me study them one by one and then converse with you.

    I am grateful and obliged for all your kindness and attention towards me.

     

    Always seeking your blessings please…

     

    Rajesh Chandra

    From Lucknow ,India

  71. Mật Tấn Giác says:
    Dear respected Guru!

    I am so happy to read such a beautiful and helpful article “Spritualitu: From hobby to passion, from practice to application) of Guru. This is also a valuable chance to me to read again and understand more what Guru’s taught us in vietnamese version.

    My sincere thanks go to compassionate Guru – “Thanh Tri Master”. After reading I understand and now can distinguish between hobby and passion of sprituality, a researcher, scholar and practitioner. From your teachings, I understand that Buddhism does not belong to religion and I should flexibly, diligently practice and apply dharma in daily life with spirit “Dharma is life. Life is Dharma” (without scepticism). And special thing is that I need while practising dharma is a Guru devotion because Lama Zopa said “Without Guru devotion, nothing happens – no realization no liberation, no enlightment” and “Guru devotion is basis of enlightment” (Saint Avagosha). It is not by chance the Padmasambhava had asserted that “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”.

    May Guru and his consort have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.

    May all sentient beings be surrounded by blessings of Guru and Three Jewels. May Covid-19 pandemic end soon. OM MANI PADME HUM

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      I have read your comment. It is deep and smart and gave me 2 new words!

  72. Klara Meyer says:
    Thank you Guru ,

    I was very blessed to be sent this page , I thank you for your wise words and teaching.

    I look forward to reading more of you wonderful words.

    blessings from Melbourne Australia

    🙏🙇🏻‍♀️🙏🙇🏻‍♀️

  73. Klara Meyer says:
    Yes , I now have web page, thank you for your wise teachings.

    look forward to reading and learning more.

    🇳🇿🙏🙇🏻‍♀️🙏

  74. Juan says:
    Hey! I Am notthing but a simple practicioner, I think these 5 points of Vimalkirti’s advice include the hole path, as my teacher Lama Ole says, stop doing,saying and thinking what you know is harmful, and start acting, speaking and thinking useful things
    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      I think that words of lama Obe only is ” carry goal to Newcastle” for me!

  75. Mật Nhất Nguyên says:
    Dear Holy Guru,

    For a short read, this article is packed with knowledge that will help me avoid deviating into inferior paths and focus on the practice that will keep me in the Dharma orbit.

    If I have to choose, I would like to be a learner with just enough knowledge and an effective practice, rather than a scholar who knows a lot without practicing. Because I don’t want to be reborn into Samsara. Thank you for the insight.

    May the Guru and His Consort have good health for the benefits of all sentient beings. May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature. May the Corona pandemic will soon be over.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      I like your sentences : “If I have to choose, I would like to be a learner with just enough knowledge and an effective practice, rather than a scholar who knows a lot without practicing. Because I don’t want to be reborn into Samsara”

  76. Mật Nhất Nguyên says:
    Dear Holy Guru,
    Thank you for your encouragement.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.
  77. Jürgen Herme says:
    I would like to thank you very much for this clever text, Jürgen Hermes from Germany

     

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      Welcom to my site! I know your country! I have never been there. Thank you for comment!

  78. Jess says:
    The hypocrisy is what drove me from most religions. Buddhism is the only philosophy that make sense. Thank you for your wisdom.
    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      I think that ít isn’n religion, ínt’s philosophy. Buddhism is a progress to Enlightement, a spiritual science!

  79. Skinny pablo says:
    This reading has actually opened my eyes to understand the true meaning of Buddhism. What caught my attention most was the say (I look before I live) and I would love if I can be enlightened more on that.

    And from what I have reed I think it is better to be a practitioner than being a scholar and I would love to understand the five step more.

     

    Sincerely speaking I truly appreciate the knowledge I have learnt from reading this article.

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      Thank you for comment! You have learnt from reading this article. But, in the my oppinion, problem is who write it. No writer no article, do you see?

  80. Basem Mahrous Waheeb says:
    Thanks a lot, but I’ve a question:
    Does this mean that “Practicing” is more essential than “Studying” ?

     

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      No, neither! But first you need to read, and second -you practice. Neither is important. After or before depends on your level!

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