Feb 2, 2020

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Letter from Ha Noi: DON’T DISCOVER AMERICAS FOR THE SECOND TIME! ( Thư Hà Nội: ĐỪNG KHÁM PHÁ RA CHÂU MỸ LẦN THỨ 2!)

 

“DON’T CARRY COALS TO NEWCASTLE; DON’T DISCOVER AMERICAS FOR THE SECOND TIME”

“DON’T CARRY COALS TO NEWCASTLE; DON’T DISCOVER AMERICAS FOR THE SECOND TIME”

The warning of Guru suddenly interrupted the presentation of a foreign attendant named Samir at the conference “Spring Opening of Mind” and I had literally no words at that moment. Understanding that “every word of Guru implies profound meaning”, I temporarily forgot my wonder to continue immersing myself in the joyful atmosphere of the conference.

On October 12, 1942, a crew led by Christopher Columbus put their first step on a new land, marking a historic event: the discovery of the Americas. Since then, this “New World” (America) had become a promising land for those who want to change their life. Nowadays, the Americas appears in all maps which is situated entirely in the Western Hemisphere with 35 nations, among which the United States emerges as a world power. It would be ironic if someone wastes his life by becoming another Columbus instead of seeking out ways to exploit potential resources in this prosperous and open-minded continent.

 

 

Indian monk, Samir, had sharing at the conference

 

During his sharing, the Indian monk went on and on about the equanimity gained from practicing Dharma. Obviously, this is so familiar to the beginners. As for me, I’ve heard about it for many times [before I met Guru] from listening to some lectures on YouTube. When gossiping with friends, they can easilytalk about it though they are not Buddhist!? But upon witnessing them (my friends) having stumbled and led a miserable life, I feel skeptical about their words.

I still feel embarrassed about the time when I copied such words to comfort a Buddhist friend who felt afflicted by her husband’s adulterous actions. Then I dimly realized that Idid not help relieve her pains but contrarily made her feel uncomfortable because of such trite words.

Guru presented book to two Indian monks

Now I know that it’ll be useless to “regurgitate” an obvious thing that everyone knows while I myself even don’t know how to realize it. In the past, I used to fall in causeless depression. Many times did I dig up information on website to learn about the “equanimity” that people often say about. Thousands of results have appeared when I googled “Live in equanimity” which all conclude about the benefit of practicing Dharma and following the noble truth that haven been proven through noble lives of Buddha, Bodhisattvas and siddhas. But I understand that I need more than that: a method of practice that is accordant with my circumstance in which I have to take care my three children and maintain family and social relations. I cannot leave behind everything to follow such sessions of practicing “equanimity” widely advertised on websites that whenever finishing them, still I have to face dozens of life concerns. I cannot keep strictly to time allotments since my work accounts for major day time and busily taking care of my children. For me, it is something impractical. I did not find any proper therapy that can help heal my fragile soul from fractures caused by worldly concerns and I ever felt inferior by thinking that I didn’t meet conditions for Dharma practice.

How many are there people who were like me and being like me? Every day, the social media reports tragic suicides like a mother committing suicide by jumping down from the bridge with her baby, and most recently is the case of the talented, beautiful singers Sulli and Go Hara in South Korea. A friend of my husband who is successful in his career also killed himself by jumping off a high-rise building last month.

I understand that like me, many others tortured by mental illness come to Buddhism with a hope of finding out a guidance applicable to our problems in daily life, not those insensitive clichés.

And I also get that practitioners like me need more introspection on this long path, learning from spiritual experiences to apply in daily life and nurture our belief in Guru, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, not just reiterating theory painted gray by the degenerates. I come to know why Guru interrupted the sharing of Samir “without mercy”, just like in a story where the abbot reprimanded an invited learned monk for his “regurgitation of knowledge” in front of the audience.

Over 2000 articles covering various topics together with 17,600 comments in the Vimalakirti’s room are praises voiced from profound devotion to Guru, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha distilled from practical experiences of Thanh Tri Yoga practitioners (i.e achieving inner happiness, smoothly-run works and social accomplishments). They are lively examples for the principle: “All prosperities come from Dharma practice. All troubles are caused by a lack of Dharma practice” (Lama Zopa), not just empty words like “practicing Dharma to obtain inner peace”

The me of today and I know lots of my fellow brothers are “stronger” than in the past. They have overcome heavy stress and depression and are now leisurely walking on the path to liberation under the guidance of Guru, the founder of Thanh Tri Lineage. Together with six wonderful spiritual inventions, his unique and “bold” mottos condensed from over 25 years of observing, researching, practicing and successfully bringing into play could be told as “Self-help practice will get divinity support”, “Enjoy worldly pleasures as a means of Dharma practice”, “One life, one mantra”, “Dharma is life”. They are specific guidelines that inspire us to practice Dharma so as to “live a joyful and peaceful life and be reborn into the Blissful Western Pure Land”.

-Now straighten your legs and have a 20-minute break!

The voice of Guru brought me back to reality. One by one, we left the Dharma Cloud Hall for a short break as we usually do at every conference. That is the time when we often have light foods or sing Dharma songs. On my way, I saw those two Indian monks showing their shame after getting explanation from Guru, realizing they still have a big gap in their knowledge of Buddhadharma though they come from the cradle of Buddhism [India]. Then a thought comes across my mind, a title in Buddhism or any religion cannot ensure the authentic view or equivalent knowledge. That’s why Head of Post-graduate department, Prof. Dr. Tantra Sutradaka, who has been teaching Buddhism in many Buddhist universities and colleges in India, has come to Vietnam to learn Dharma from our Guru. We are really proud to be disciples of Guru, a humble master but his “Dhrama fragrance” pervades in every direction.

 

Buddhist Professor, Doctor Tantra Sutradake made a bow in front of Guru

 

Dear Guru!

I thank you for allowing me to attend the international conference 2020 – “Spring Opening of Mind”. Thank you for teaching us the wonderful Thanh Tri Yoga so that we can rejoice the eternal spring. I genuinely pray for the health and longevity of Guru and your consort for the benefits of sentient beings.

May Thanh Tri Yoga be disseminated to all sentient beings.

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

Om Mani Padme Hum

Disciple Mat Dang Tam


Vietnamese version: Thư Hà Nội: ĐỪNG KHÁM PHÁ RA CHÂU MỸ LẦN THỨ 2!


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BỮA CƠM NGÀY TẾT

  1. Tantra Mishataru says:
    Dear Dharma Brother Mat Dang Tam. I am so thankful for sharing this captivating article about Don’t discover America for the second time. This message has really touched an area in my life that I am suffering from. I know through than tri yoga from our Dear Holy Guru our mental suffering will be eradicated. Our worldly concerns will no longer have place in our life. This is an illness that is interfering with our daily lives and make us not to be on our good conduct and behaviour. However I believe with practicing dharma our mind will be on good state.

    May all sentient beings be freed from all sufferings and attain a state of enlightenment.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  2. Tantra Ashihata (Simon Michael) says:
    Dear holy Guru,

    My name is Tantra Ashihata.

    I thank you for this wonderful article you have given to us.

    May we have spiritual and physical understanding of your article so as to grow .

    May Guru live long for the seek of happiness of all sentient beings and may all sentient be free from suffering

    Om mnu padme hum

     

     

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