May 13, 2018

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Letter No. 253 to disciples: Silently staring at it in helplessness (Lặng nhìn với sự bất lực)

Letter No. 253 to disciples: Silently staring at it in helplessness
Dear disciples,
I entered Tam Thua Phong (Triyana House) to see how Padme was because she had a badly injured left leg. I brought her myself to Mat Hai’s place and Padme stayed there with him for 3 years. Then right after, I took him back to Song Nguyen Tantra House. From that time upto present, Padme has been often bullied and oppressed by other cats in Song Nguyen Tantra House. Each time I heard a scream, I know for sure it is Padme who had been bitten. I am certainly not in favor of bullying or biting newcomers in Song Nguyen Tantra House so many times I have to take the other cats away from the place to defend Padme.

Guru lulled the cat Padme to sleep by moving slightly the hammock

Padme has always been a gentle and quiet that she never fight back her companions who bullied her. Despite of the bad behaviors of the other cats, she never leave and abandon the place. She prefers to stay in a corner of the living room in Tuong Van Cac (Castle of Lucky Cloud) for his safety. Until one day, she had been badly injured, she stayed in her hammock lying down and could hardly move. I remember on that night of April 29 of 2018, when Mani, one among the cats, hurt Padme and she was trying to survive running away from the cruel cat with her injured leg. Padme was bitten by Mani over ten times.

Dear disciples,
Life is a crap! Many people thought that if they stayed in a place for a long time ahead of the others, like a novice or a newcomer, they thought that they have the right to become superior and taking the edge to bully the new ones. They don’t give enough consideration in giving the chance for the newcomers to have a peaceful and calm room in their new place. Taking the situation of the cats. The superiors bullied the poor newcomer Padme. When I saw Padme running as fast as she could to survive with her injured leg, I felt so helpless that something inside of me died before the moment when the separation between I and her was about to happen. I thought that I would never see Padme again. I decided to look for a rod and tried to save Padme by whipping the bad cats on it. I was thinking it is what they deserved for hurting her. Finally, the cats ran out away from me and I was left alone. Alas! Human beings are ten times as acknowledgeable as animals but they do the same thing most of the time. Some have their bad practice of bullying newcomers, making them uncomfortable and not feeling at ease, let alone animals. However, people have their independent thinking and they can decide whether they are going to stay or leave a place where other people bullied them. Sadly, for animals like Padme, they left with no choice that to stay and find a corner where they can be safe, even for a moment until those bad animals left. I find it hard to imagine any further about the situation because it is causing my heart to feel depressed.

The cat Padme

I was happily surprised the next morning when Padme came back home. She did not come to my consort’s room but she was able to manage by herself in Triyana House. She ate the cat food as if she was so hungry.  Upon seeing her, my heart burst out into happiness and joy as if a child of mine came back to life from death. I got closed to her and touch her affectionately. She did not like me as much as Mat Vien, but this time, she stares at me with warm glance and tamed to feel my love to him. I was so emotional for her. So true that when people felt sorrows or joy within their selves, they emotionally got caught with it with their heart and mind. I got Padme in my arms and uttered some words of comfort; knowing that she was in pain with his injured leg, I was really so emotional that I feel like crying.

Dear disciples,
It filled me with happiness when finding the beloved cat but it lasted for a very short time. I stood still and I felt my heart was broken to discover the presence of the candy bag in this room. I gave this candy bag to a disciple, Tantra X, as a gift of the Guru fro her and I made an advice to her that she should bring this candy bag back her room and enjoy it, if she did not eat out, she should give them to street kids. These candies were covered by the simple and cheap bag. Looking at this candy bag, people may think that it was for the poor. But I cherished it because it was a gift of my younger sister for me, she is Ms. My.

the bag of candy left intact

I happened to remember the very first days when Ms My and her husband came to Song Nguyen Tantra House for practicing the dharma, she often brought with her candies, cakes and pure money for offerings. At that time, a bunch of water spinach or a green papaya to cook soup was also the blessing! Song Nguyen Tantra House was full of grass and the road to reach our pure place was just dust. I and my consort moved around in the upper house which you have seen now because we were reluctant to see the wild scene which looked so desolate. It was so different with the glorious and beautiful sight in Song Nguyen Tantra House at present.

Over 13 years passed by, Ms My did not follow my advices. She lost her house, had health problems and got separated from her family. After the discord between us, more than 5 years later, I allow her to come to Song Nguyen Tantra House. Looking at the simple offerings she gave me this time, I understood the painful experience from the ups and downs in her life. Ms My did not hold her head high with her big and generous offerings as before, she had hid her offerings in a dark corner as if she would cover her poverty. Until one day, I found out this bag of candy, looking at her simple and cheap bag of candy, I almost shed into tears. She should not feel ashamed and worthless. I do appreciate her heartiness, sincerity and enthusiasm to come to Song Nguyen Tantra House. I am not after the offerings that she gave to me.
Dear disciples,
For all you know that I am not much fond of candies, but Ms. My just wanted to show her capability to give a huge amount of offerings as to show off her status. Some others do the same. You are more of showing your quantity instead of quality of what you are giving. There are even some who offered me Chinese poisonous oranges that could detriment my health and caused me to suffer stomach upset. But just to cherish your offerings, I chose to praise it thankfully, saying that the fruits were sweet or sour to my taste. In my age of 60, I only want to enjoy the food that I take with my taste. Recently, Mat Thai Doung had made an offering of Tam Sen Tea (Lotus tea). I have consumed the fifteenth box until I recognized the component of the tea tend me to suffer stomachache. On the 30th of april 2018, she offered 2 boxes of the same tea. I looked at it with a sigh. I still asked Mat Vien to make such tea for me despite of the bad effect, just to show my appreciation to Mat Thai Doung for her good deeds in offering me. Of course, the rest of the tea still left untouched in the table of the living room.
Back to the offering of a candy bag made by Ms. My, I did not eat candy but I cherished her heartiness because I understand the candy bag was the symbol of her difficult circumstances and poor conditions. The more simple the offering is, the more cherished I feel because of their heartfelt spirit of offering. In Buddha’s time, the merchant Anathapindika after losing his material possessions, he still made offering to the Lord Buddha by cleaning up the yard or with the simple bags of fruits but the Lord Buddha always highly appreciated his offerings.

I asked Mat Vien to divide candies into small packets.

This time, looking at the simple bag of candy and a few biscuits on her offerings, I understood that my money to help her was useful and in time when she was in need for 2 years. I cherished her simple bag of candy but I could not eat such many candies because of my health. So I gave this bag of candy to my disciple, Tantra X as a gift because she had a good condition to get it. Tantra X got my gift but she needed Tantra Y’s help to bring it to Triyana House for her. It was a shock for me when looking at the bag of candy. I was disillusioned and disappointed with the presence of the candy bag in Triyana. It was full and being left intact, no one was awake that it was the Guru’s gift? Why? It may be simple and trivial? Or it may be untasty? I made a hypothesis that if it were the bag of chocolates with eye catching packaging, or it were expensive candies made in USA, I wonder she would show it for everyone to know that she was bestowed the gift by the Guru? In that case whether or not the candies were left lying about in the paper wrap? What a life! Disciples always speak aloud with their mouth of “making devotion towards Guru” and cherishing the Guru, but when getting the simple and cheap gift from the Guru, they measured how much it was. They received the gift from their Guru with the impure mind of comparing and measuring the worldly value of the gift. When I give them the opportunity to accumulate the merit, they are eager and happy to do as they have known that it is good for them and being recognized by other dharma friends. In contrast, when I gave the simple and trivial bag of candy to them, they have shown the ungrateful attitude as the case of Tantra X. When they received the bag of candy from the Guru, instead of being happy to get it as the precious gift from the Guru, they clung to its simple form and raised up a thought of that if this candy was tasty or not? And as a result, they neither ate any candies nor talked to other dharma friends about the Guru’s simple gift. I thought they did not dare to disregard the Guru’s gift, but they rose up the thought of comparing the value of gifts bestowed by Guru. With the compassion, I always treasure and am happy to receive all offerings made by disciples and learners regardless of the value and the quantity in order that disciples and learners have an opportunity to accumulate merit from their heartfelt offerings. However, when they were given a simple bag of candy from the Guru, they had gone through the motions without the heart or the substance of discipleship. They did not even open the bag of candy, nor tried one among them, and no idea to share these candies with the poor and needy.

my consort, Mat Dieu has also eaten candy.

Recalling the previous year, I made a sermon in which being received the scraps or left-overs from the Guru was also the blessing for disciples or learners in accordance with the assertion of Kalu, there were many comments to make for praise. In Tu Duc’s reign, Nguyen Tri Phuong received the simple fish dish from the king Tu Duc, he brought it carefully to his family and invited all elders coming to his house for meal with the simple dish the King gave. Before 1975, there was a Chinese millionaire in Sai Gon who was so rich that he could buy everything he wanted, but he always wore the old watch and travelling by the old Mobilete car. The reason was that such old and simple things were the relics of the old friend giving to him. Now I gave you a bag of candy as a gift, why did you not eat? Why did you not feel proud to say that it was the gift of the Guru bestowing upon you? Because despite the worldly value of this bag of candy was not high, the precious value on dharma, especially the blessing from Guru upon you was beyond comparison. I may console myself in this point that my concern made the wrong disciple. You might think that you would lose your face if you talked to other dharma friends about the Guru’s gift because the Guru gave you the simple and cheap gift, not the “soulless” chocolate bar with attractive “body”. I have just thought that this bag of candy were given by the director in the company in real life, the staff probably brought it to his house and happily eat it with his wife and children. If this bag of candy were given from a Buddhist monastery in INDIA, the Buddhist surely brought back his country and gathered dharma friends, then shared in equally distributing candy to the crowds. I hopelessly stared at the bag of candy left intact and I blamed myself that I did not have enough virtues, less power which comes from enlightenment, less dignity and an unprofessional on dharma teaching, so the candy bag was not divided into a hundred small packages among you. I had to resign myself to your bad attitudes towards me. But when I thought about the past I was cut to the heart. Because of your heartlessness, I should tell you the true value of this bag of candy by telling the story from the very first days when I started building Song Nguyen Tantra House to this day. Dear disciples, facing the storm of life and the hurricane of eight worldly concerns, being in danger or at the risk, what should you do? Is it true that “when nothing dangerous happens to you, you never light up any incenses, when you are in danger, you ask the Buddha for help”?

Dear disciples,

the cat Mani is reaping what he has sown

I just stood still in the room to look at the bag of candy for a while but I felt happier for Padme when thinking of her. At least, she was still got the attention from his master. She was happier than me. Because I often taught my disciples that: “Relying on true spiritual friends, your mistakes will gradually vanish, your virtue will be perfected. Treasure the Gurus more than your own lives. That is the practice of all Bodhisattvas”, but I myself was turned away from by my disciples who showed no regard for my heartfelt gift. Although it was put in Triyana House and easy to be caught their eye, they did not recognize the presence of the bag of candy while staying there for many days. I think that all disciples were given my gift but no use and did not share with other dharma friends about Guru’s gift with the divine pride, they should not stay in Triyana House any more and they should not come to Song Nguyen Tantra House any more. Because their presence is nothing but hurt others.

I did asked Mat Vien to divide this bag of candy into small packets then bring these small packets to cowkids, lottery seller or anyone she met by chance on the road. I thought they would be happy to enjoy these candies. Poor me and my consort! We did enjoyed these candies. The quality was not bad. The cover was so simple and normal so my disciple underestimated and refused the bag of candy which symbolized the heartiness of the Guru. Unfortunately, she is my disciples! I helplessly see her falling into the spiral of eight worldly winds….
A rainy afternoon on the peak of Phu Van mountain.
4th  May 2018
Thinley – Nguyen Thanh
Translated by Mat Dieu Hang
  1. Lan Trần says:

    Kính bạch Thầy,

    Con hoan hỷ với thiện hạnh chuyển ngữ của Mật Diệu Hằng sang tiếng Anh ạ. Từ đây bạn đọc 5 cháu có thêm cơ hội tiếp cận chánh kiến Phật đà và gần gũi tuệ tri thức, ngõ hầu gieo duyên lành giải thoát tối thượng.

    Con cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe bà sự trường thọ của Thày Cô vì lợi lạc chúng sanh.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  2. Tantra Amishuta says:

    Dear Guru,

    This was a touching article and I appreciate your time writing and sharing it. Thank you May you be well for the sake of all and may we find enlightenment Om mani padme hum

  3. Tantra Upatissa says:

    Dear Guru thanks for sharing this article.

    Sometimes beings fall under worldly possessions or desires and are being carried away from spiritual path. May such beings have a boddhichita mind and a compassionate heart which can make them stay in path of right thinking and accepting the truth with a warm heart.

    May Guru and his consort be protected and get enlightened.

    May all beings be free from suffering and get enlightened.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

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

      “Kính bạch Thầy!

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

      Con người nhiều khi chạy theo giá trị vật chất và mong cầu của bản thân nên đã đi lệch quỹ đạo chánh Pháp, mất cơ hội  được đi trên hành trình giác ngộ.

      Con cầu nguyện hữu tình phát tâm bồ đề, có lòng từ bi và chánh tư duy để họ được đi trên hành trình giác ngộ với tâm chân thành và hiểu được chân lý.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy Cô thân tâm an tịnh.

      Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh đoạn trừ phiền não và đạt được giác ngộ.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

  4. Boying Baguio says:

    Dear Holy Guru,

    I am Tantra Maruta from the Island of Philippines.

    My greetings to you and to all brothers and sisters, a warm and wonderful moment.

    The situation of Padme is not unusual in the real scenario of humans. Teritorials in nature in a way that they don’t use it in a nice manner. Seniority phenomenon happens in many establishments specially in works. Some individuals are craving for respect from the new comers thinking that their long days of staying in a certain place should be an edge to be honored and be praised. Yet, they wanted to exercise power to take advantage of the novice ones. Their ignorance of what they supposed to stand made them cluttered and controlled by negativity. Instead, they should use their superiority to guide and comfort those who are new and longing for shelter. In an office or any work scenario, having been in a long stand in a job made you gained knowledge that you can share to teach and give your assistance to the new comers. In a community, or any group, being senior will take you the chance to lead and be a good example for others.

    We should always be accommodative and arms open wide for those who are in need to be comforted. To be seniors from the others is a privilege and not a right that you could boast of, and think that it is an edge to have power against anyone who are new to a certain area or territories.

    The identity of Ms My, on the other hand, has been manifesting in so many corners that I’ve been. I have met a lot of Ms MY already. I’d seen them walking all around, they usually go inside Catholic churches every Sundays, actually. They wear expensive clothes with matching jewelries and love to show of their selves in the public, specially in an area where they know they got easily admired. They are so much comfortable being attached into others attention. 

    Furthermore, the disciples who missed the real deeper essence of the gift makes the most all over in the human society nowadays. They tend to judge looks instead of looking or digging up what’s inside. A reader who judge a book by its cover, as what the saying goes. Maybe, if only humanity learned to look the beauty of a heart instead of the gorgeousness of outside figures, then i could say that discrimination in any things (–would it be race, colors, status in life, or even religious devotions) has been long far washed off by now. If only humanity knows to give more consideration about equality instead of being ahead from the others, then far by now, we have already made the world a perfect place to stay for all kinds of beings. If only humanity have learned how to give hands  to guide, a touch of kindness, arms that can hug the ones longing for comfort, a heart that feels the losing parts of the others, then by now the earth is no far to be filled with enlightened minds.

    As an individual who happens to exist and wanted to manifest for the goodness of humanity and all living beings, may i pray for all to have peace, happiness, wealthy, safety and be free to all sufferings. May my thoughts, through my words in, contribute in some ways to the happiness and freedom of all. 

    Lokah Samastah Sukhinoh Bhavantu..

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    • Nguyên Thành says:

      I like reading your comment. Your diligence will bring you forward on the path of liberation.


      Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Maruta (Boying Baguio) sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Con là Tantra Maruta, đến từ quần đảo Philippines

      Con xin được thỉnh an Thầy.

      Con gửi lời chào đến các đạo huynh, đạo hữu.

      Tình trạng của Padme là nạn nhân của thói “ma cũ bắt nạt ma mới” cũng thường xảy ra đối với con người. Những người đến trước thường tận dụng lợi thế ở lâu của mình để bắt nạn người mới đến. Hiện tượng “ma cũ bắt nạt ma mới” thường xảy ra nhiều nơi, đặc biệt là ở công sở. Nhiều kẻ ở lâu muốn những người mới đến nể sợ họ vì họ nghĩ rằng họ ở lâu nên có lợi thế hơn và người mới đến phải tôn trọng, tán dương và khen ngợi họ. Hơn nữa, họ muốn tận dụng quyền lực của họ để lợi dụng người mới đến. Vì vô minh nên họ tự cho mình cái quyền bắt nạn người mới đến đã làm cho tình trạng của họ trở nên bế tắc và khởi những niệm tưởng tiêu cực.

      Thay vào đó, họ nên dùng kinh nghiệm lâu năm của mình để giúp đỡ, hướng dẫn, động viên người mới đến để họ yên tâm ở lại làm việc. Ở trong công ty lâu hoặc làm bất kỳ công việc nào nhiều năm, họ sẽ có nhiều kinh nghiệm và họ nên giúp đỡ, hướng dẫn người mới đến. Sống ở cộng đồng, hay trong nhóm nào đó, người đến trước nên hướng dẫn người mới đến và là tấm gương cho những người khác.

      Chúng con nên mở rộng tấm lòng với những người cần giúp đỡ. Ở lâu hơn người khác không phải là một đặc quyền để chúng con thể hiện với người mới đến và bắt nạn họ, chúng con không nên suy nghĩ rằng việc ở lâu hơn người khác là lợi thế để oi ép, ức hiếp người mới đến.

      Còn những trường hợp như cô Mỹ cúng dường số lượng nhiều vì sĩ diện cá nhân con cũng gặp nhiều. Ngày trước con thấy nhiều người đến nhà thờ các ngày chủ nhật. Họ mặc những bộ áo đẹp, đeo nhiều trang sức và thể hiện bản thân trước đám đông, đặc biệt họ muốn khoa trương ở những nơi mà nhiều người biết để ngưỡng mộ họ. Họ mong muốn được nhiều người chú ý đến.

      Bên cạnh đó, hiện trạng những người không hiểu được giá trị quý báu và trân quý món quà mà người khác dành cho họ cũng phổ biến trong xã hội ngày nay. Họ chỉ chú trọng đến hình thức bên ngoài mà không hiểu được giá trị thực chất của món quà. Họ chỉ biết đánh giá hình thức mà không chú trọng đến nội dung. Chỉ khi con người biết học cách nhìn thấy vẻ đẹp của tâm chân thành thay vì chỉ biết nhìn vào giá trị món quà, vào hình thức của món quà, thì tâm phân biệt đối với mọi sự vật, hiện tượng (như sự phân biệt về giai cấp, màu da, giai cấp xã hội, thậm chí là tâm phân biệt trong việc cúng dường) mới được loại bỏ. Chỉ khi con người chú trọng đến sự công bằng, bình đẳng thay vì muốn thể hiện mình hơn người khác thì con người sẽ tạo ra một thế giới tốt đẹp. Nếu con người học cách giúp đỡ mọi người, mở rộng lòng tốt của mình với hữu tình, dang rộng vòng tay yêu thương an ủi người khác khi họ khó khăn và có một trái tim biết cảm thông với sự mất mát của người khác, thì trái đất này sẽ tốt đẹp biết bao.

      Là một chúng sanh sống trong thế giới này, con mong muốn những điều tốt lành đến với tất cả hữu tình. Con cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh được bình an, hạnh phúc, sung túc, an toàn và đoạn trừ mọi khổ đau, phiền não.

      Với những phước đức con có được thông qua đọc bài và viết comment trên, con cầu nguyện tất cả hữu tình được hạnh phúc.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

  5. David says:

    Dear Guru

    Have a nice day.

    I like your article very much.

    We should grateful for peoples who helped or willing to help us.

    Thank you

    Om Muni Padme Hum

    • Nguyên Thành says:


    • Kính bạch Thầy!

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

      “Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin được thỉnh an sức khỏe Thầy.

      Con hoan hỷ được đọc bài viết của Thầy.

      Con hiểu rằng chúng con nên biết ơn những người đã giúp đỡ chúng con và luôn sẳn sàng giúp đỡ chúng con.

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

  6. Tantra Mikaya says:

    dear holy guru. Thank you for your insightful and valuable article. I was very touched by the story of your beloved cat. As much as you were concerned for the well-being of Padme and wanted to protect her, Padme’s curiosity, despite her diseased leg, won so much as her experiences outside. Just as we, each of us make his experiences, which are sometimes accompanied by suffering and the ups and downs of normal life. We learn that we should often accept teachings for the benefit of all of us. Nevertheless, we have to make our own experiences to learn from them. We can minimize our suffering if we know the causes and accept that nothing is permanent. Like the two sides of a coin. As we practice Dharma and Bodhicitta daily, we will be more attentive and conscious in all of life. The bodhicitta fills our hearts with joy and happiness and our mind is soothed by daily meditations so that we go through our lives more relaxed. Padme certainly feels the care and love and has learned as we from all the experiences that were less beautiful. Just like you holy guru teach us the right methodology to finally be able to successfully walk the path of enlightenment. The story of Ms My shows that each one of us can give help and accept help. If we give pure heart without the thought that it helps us personally then we will be successful. In my homeland we say it is more blessed to give than to take. Ms. My has a big heart I am sure and when she was not given to give her strength and help in the Tantra Nguyen house. I wish and pray for all who need strength and help. We are all social beings and it should be in the foreground to be there for each other and to do good. For what we give returns to us and determines our karma. May our holy Guru feel beloved and happy and long for the sake of all sentient beings. May all creatures free from Suffering. May all beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature. OM MANI PADME HUM

  7. Dr. C H Lakshmi narayan. says:

    Guru is my guide

    Buddha is my life

    Dharma is my way

    Sangha is my Spirit

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

    The incident of  Padme  , Mani , and other cats reveal is according to Darwin’s theory of existence ” Struggle for existence  and Survival of the fittest “! Human beings are also not exception to this theory.!

    Noteworthy point here is the compassion and loving kindness of Guruji has reached its zenith to the animal kingdom. !

    Guruji’s Metta and compassion to Ms My is also praiseworthy as Guruji was not after offerings that she gave to him although she came back to Song Nguyen Tantra House after 5 years , being now reduced to poverty! Since Guruji is interested in the quality and not quantity of the gift or offerings. ! The more the simple the offering, the more cherished Guruji felt because of their heartfelt spirit of offering.!

    Guruji did not like his disciples when they receive simple and cheap gift ( sweet candies in this context ) They measuring  how much it was !  and recieving with impure mind and comparing and measuring the worldly value of such a gift.!.  On the other hand it may be .Ok from the point of health if they are suffering from  Diabetes mellitus to have sweet candies .!  And may not amounts to disregarding  Guruji. Otherwise, it is definitely and intentionally  disregarding Guruji’s gift.!

    Such an attitude and behaviour is certainly not expected of Dharma Practicioners and disciples of  Song Nguyen Tantra House  which hurts Guruji.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Long live our beloved Guruji for upholding Dharma.

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan

    ( Tantra Nirvadeva )




  8. Mô Phật!

    Mật thúy rất hoan hỉ với thiện hạnh dịch bài viết của vị Thầy sang tiếng Anh của đạo huynh Mật Diệu Hằng cầu nguyện cho huynh luôn tin tấn thực hành pháp để được tha lực hộ trì cầu mông tất cả chúng sanh luôn có duyên lành biết đến chánh pháp OM ah hùm

  9. Mật Thủy says:

    Dear Holly Guru,

    Thank you for your lessons through this touching article. I’m grateful to learn these things:

    – The law of cause and effect behind the story of the cat Mani bullying the cat Padme.

    – No one has the right to become superior just because long time staying in a place and taking the edge to bully the new ones.

    – Despite being treated badly, we should not live the place where there is true Dharma.

    – Never bring gifts giving by Guru into comparison that this is tasty or not, expensive or cheap. Treasuring Guru’s precious gifts is a right way that showing our sincere Guru devotion.

    I’m delighted with the translation of Mat Dieu Hang, which helps Buddha’s teachings in a closer and more practical way spread to more and more sites.

    May Guru and your consort good health and live long for the benefits of all sentient beings.

    Om mani padme hum!

  10. Dear Holy Guru!

    I read your letter No 253: “Silently staring at it in helplessness”. From the Padme story, I feel deeply impressed Bodhicitta and equality of you. I have learned the valuable lesson about devotion toward the Guru thanks to the story of Dharma friend X. I would like to express my gratitude for your teaching. I rejoice in Mat Dieu Hang’s good deed of translation. Her translation supports to flourish your discourse all over the world for the sake of all sentient beings.

    May you and your consort live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May Mat Dieu Hang have a good health and make progress on the path to enlightenment
    May all sentient beings free from suffering and be at ease on the path to enlightenment.

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  11. Bishnu Prasad Das says:

    Respected Guru Ji,

                                     I have gone through your letter and really feel happy with heart touching words. How cats are behaving with new comer cat  Padme….Its natural to react as they saw a new comer and it will take some time to accept. Even in case of human we face always when we became a new comer or visa verse … regarding GIFT it is  not good to  refuse any one’s gift…GIFT  is GIFT it should not be compared with money, quantity and quality…..if any one offering you a gift from his/her heart then it should be accepted with respect. 

                Dharma has shown us the right path to proceed for the betterment of our society. Who we are? what is our power? what is our ego? and what is our efficiency before almighty…a supreme power is always protecting us and we should follow our Dharma accordingly. 


    Om Mani Padme Hum

    with regards,

    Bishnu Prasad Das,


    • Nguyên Thành says:

      Good. Your diligence in commenting makes spiritual progress on the path to enlightenment.

  12. Steve Rogers says:

    Dear Holy Guru

    i am Tantra Haramitra

    i thank you for your openness of these situations, both the cat and the lollies are examples of how we consider where we deserve to be in life and what we deserve to be given. We, bit by bit, start to think of ourselves as special and forget what we should be thinking. That is, all we think and do should be for the benefit of others and all sentient beings.

    These lessons that you have given to us help is to remember that anything we receive from you is full of blessings, and that we should follow your example to ensure we stay on the right path.

    Holy Guru, may you stay healthy so your blessing may continue for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    for your consideration Holy Guru

    Om mani padme hum


    • Nguyên Thành says:

      Your comment is good. Your devotion towards Guru decides how many blessings you get.

      • Steve Rogers says:

        Holy Guru

        i thank you for your guidance and prayers. The path I follow is lit by you and I give you my devotion and pray that you will continue to provide the Illuminati for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

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

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Con là Tantra Haramitra

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã viết bài viết này với những ví dụ thực tế. Câu chuyện về chú mèo Padme và bịch kẹo là những ví dụ điển hình dạy cho chúng con cách hành xử đúng đắn ở nơi chúng con đang sinh sống cũng như trân quý những món quà mình được nhận.

      Thông thường, chúng con chỉ biết nghĩ về bản thân mình và quên đi những gì chúng con nên nghĩ tới, đó chính là suy nghĩ và làm vì lợi lạc của người khác và của tất cả hữu tình.

      Sau khi đọc bài viết này, con học được một điều rằng tất cả những gì con được nhận từ vị Thầy là ơn phước tròn đầy và chúng con nên làm theo lời Thầy dạy để được bước đi trên hành trình giác ngộ.

      Con cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của Thầy tôn quý để chúng sanh được nhận ơn phước thông qua vị Thầy.

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy tôn quý đã để tâm đến con.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

  13. Tantra Kasila says:

    Dear holy Guru

    Though bit long,not even at a single point of time I felt like stop reading.In fact i was very much eager to read the next point.The story of Padma is really heart touching.Many times I could see me in Padma.Our world is like that.It is always with the one who has power.It doesn’t matter how much good you are you will have to face lot of obstacles.In the end stories are written by one who wins and world will believe those stories without any second thoughts.Very sad reality.

    Just like all cases expectation is what causes the problem in case of gifts.A gift is a gift.Just think from the perspective of the person who gives you that gift.That person might have put a huge effort for buying that gift.It is not the quantity that matters but quality.

    May the Guru live long and all the sentinel beings have the peacefulness and calmness of Buddha.


    • Nguyên Thành says:

      Good. You should read more of articles for the betterment in your life.

  14. Tantra Kasila says:

    Dear holy Guru

    Thank you for your precious time.I am in a transition path now.Hope that I can soon give complete dedication to Buddhist life.

  15. Salvatore Antonio Fois says:

    Venerebol Guru.

    My name is tantra siramitra.

    Nice comment.

    I love cat’s, and i remember wan i wose in Saudi Arabia ,avery night i yust take food for the pour cat’s  that they lived near the sea in the rocks, waiting for the sea to retrieve the water so they could catch small fish to survive, in the way they yust live it broke my heart, but in the long run they become friendly and i could stroke them, but it wose vry nasty seeing the local people throng stones at them, it was very sad.

    Were i live in Sardinia  wan some one offered you something whatever it is dousent matter we say what it counts is the thought of the gift, not is Valium. May Avery one be happy.


  16. Elana Dower says:

    Thank you blessed Guru for this jettervit has given me a lot to think about.

    I also would like to say that I am touched by your friendship with Padnme she sounds like a nice companion

    om mani padme hum

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