Sep 27, 2017

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PRACTICE LOTS OF CHARITY, GAIN LITTLE VIRTUE (Làm phước nhiều được ít phước)

PRACTICE LOTS OF CHARITY, GAIN LITTLE VIRTUE (Làm phước nhiều được ít phước)
Everyone can do charity depending on capacity. Many religious group have done it by relief trip to victims of natural disasters, disease, which is full of ” the good leaves protect the worn – out leaves ” spirit. On many big newspaper, they have charity  page where associate with volunteer  or charity grouo forward to unhappy people. A lot of them volunteer to go to remote area. How delighted!

Is it possible to gain virtue when coming such places to pray ?

So, what are the results from such charities like? Buddha Sutra gives out 4 cases : practise lots of charities and get few virtue, practise few charities and get lots of virtue, practise lots of charities and get lots of virtue, practise few charities and get few virtue. Why that? This results froms mental motive of each one. Buddhist consider mind as master, though as first , hence the results are different.

Many sponsor do charities not for people, but themselves. It is so surprising to hear that a man can buy a normal product costing 1.500 usd from an auction sale but are mean with their close relatives and friends. Some man do not know anything about painting but is ready to give out thousands of dollars to buy charity pictures. Some man is unsuccessful in career, then fall upon the remote areas with the hope to be added to words “not to give a damn”. Some rich man wants to be more famous, in the way “honours change manners”, then hold charity activities by himself, with enclosed images adn articles from media. Besides, there are many dependent men who just want to inherit the title ” Volunteer”. One time, I came to Artist pagoda in Go Vap district, where has cemetery for died artists. A responsible man here let me know that they could not fancy a famous rich artist contributed less than an unknown one. While they know that this artist had donated 20 times as much as he did to a charity trip of a newspaper because of being published.

Liên Hoa Đài in Song Nguyen Tantra House

They practice charity not by heart, but by a brain which spent billions of neurons in “volunteer counted exercise “. By any way, it is worthy welcoming them due to their alms. However, charity without merciful emotion is just unilateral. Seemly, all they expect from charity is comforting and honouring themselves. So, merciful Buddha will compassionate because they “practice lots of charities, get few virtue “.
A Buddhist, who studies Buddhism and leads a Buddhism life, understand that the precept of Dharma is “practice blessing and wisdom at the same time”.  In Kutadanta sutra from Dighagam sutra told that a Brahmin whose name is Kutadanta, had hold a big sacrificial ceremony to pray a blessed reward with 500 bulls, 500 cows, 500 female calves, 500 child goats and 500  castrated goats. Heard that Buddha would come to his local, he visited to ask what the ancestor’s 3 ways of sacrificing and 16 things to sacrifice had been to gain such great blessed reward? Buddha let  Brahmin know that sacrificing way of Brahmin which has many things, vegetables, animals can not be as good as to Sangha in Buddha. Then, Buddha said about progressive level in gaining blessed reward : Bulding monaster for nomadic Sangha, Announcing ” I take  refuge in Budda, take refuge in Dharma, take refuge in Sangha, Reciving and retaining five prohibitions ( from slaughter, stealing, telling a lie, bad sex, using drugs), Dharma contemplation to all living beings during the time of  milking a cow, Leaving home for asceticism in Buddhism, enough power of discipline, attaining Arhat.

Jetavana senior sacrifice to Buddha

Then, we understand sacrificing to Sangha, building monaster are external sacrifice ( do charity outside), the others are words and clothes what means internal sacrifice ( do charity inside). Those are much bigger and become virtue achieved because of controlling and boosting the self, it is not that everyone can do inspite of rich man before or now.

So, after understanding these theories, Buddhist do not have external expectations, even in doing charity. They turn internal to polish their mind, improve strict morality. Then, inspite of little sacrificing, still gaining much virtue. About external sacrificing, Buddha taught in “Forty two chapters” sutra  that ” Invite rice to one hundred of villains is not as much as to a good man.  Invite rice to one thousand  of good men is not as much as to a five – prohibition – keeper…Invite rice to one ten thousands of five – prohibition – keepers is not as much as a Srotapanna…”. The highest is sacrificing to a Thoughlessness, Impermanence, Impractice, Non-eating. It means “Practice little charity, gain much virtue”, like said above.

Do charity

Nowadays, Buddhist study and attain Buddhism following precept “practice blessings and wisdoms at the same time”. In sutra Sanskrit, Buddha taught ” If you want to gain virtue without sin, must be modest and be near a high knowledge guru to practice mind, repent karma, leave unwholesome things in the past, prepare good things in the future. Then step by step fulfill the intelligence, due to fulfilling the intelligence, all sin will be erased. Therefore, we know that charity without being controlled by intelligence is not real Dharma. This article is concluded by a famous saying of Arya Gampopa : ” Charity and volunteer to things which were stolen, robbed or cheated is the sam as washing sheep leather coat. Charity to be famous and satisfy the self is not different from changing a pearl into goat sheat”.
Pictures and written by Huu Nguyen
Translated by Mat Bich Hanh
  1.  Tantra Mahavita says:

    Querido Amado Guru : Muchas gracias por compartir estos maravillosos articulos. El tema de la Caridad….Es muy simple ….Es dar sin esperar nada a cambio … ya sean cosas materiales …tiempo …Amor …Compasion …DAR … Nuestra Verdadera Naturaleza Innata …de Misericordia hacia todos los seres sintientes ….Que el Guru tenga salud y pueda vivir muchos años para beneficio de todos los seres sintientes . Que todos los seres esten libres de sufrimiento y sus causas .Que todos los seres encuentren la felicidad y sus causas .OM MANI PADME HUM

  2. Tantra Mikaya says:

    Dear Holy Guru. Thank you very much for your article, which I have read carefully. This article teaches us true selfless charity. We are for the benefit of all help not get out of self-interest or to get confirmation. It is the little things and gestures that become habit. these thoughts and these deeds shall serve all living creatures. we have done good without thoughtlessness. Everything we give returns as joy in our hearts and fills us. When I walk through the streets of Berlin and see oddless people I sometimes sit down and talk to them or give me food to eat. It is not the form of careless help such as lending to food. It is sitting together and talking. While I was often aware was a simple conversation for human proximity worries. A smile that makes my heart happy and feels that these people are often more mindful of life. My thought is often the homeless fight hard every day for some food and human warmth. If we ever get that help from our heart and be honest. No help the broadcasts. With the help of our Holy Guru, we can and will expand our intelligence to leave our past behind us and move good things forward. With humility and constant practice and devotion in practice, we will be able to direct our karma. The nature of Buddha understand and live. The Buddha declared absolutely worthless positive, negative and neutral tendencies of the mind as a cause for later discourses and the following actions. Logically, even in the surrounding nature, never positive causes can lead to negative actions and vice versa. The simple example of seed and fruit shows, on the one hand, how the fruit, which the seed no longer exists, as soon as the fruit shows itself. So we can go the noble path with the help of our guru to the benefit of all and free us from old sins to make our karma positive. May all beings be free from suffering. May the nature of Buddha be with us. May our holy Guru have a fulfilled and healthy life at all times. Om Mani Padme Hum

  3. Tantra Upatissa says:

    Dear Guru thanks for sharing this article.

    I understood rather than giving donation and doing charities with an impure heart it’s better to take refuge in three jewels and follow the Guru.

    May all beings be free from suffering and get enlightened.

    May Guru live long for other beings and protected.

    Om Mani Padme Hum..

  4. Dr. C H Lakshmi narayan. says:

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

    I am Tantra Nirvadeva. I am delighted to read this article on  cbarity. Now a days, people  make a great publicity in giving  donation, alms and charity  conducting grand functions etc  to get name and fame. ! But according to Buddha’s Nature ,a true Buddhist or a Dharma practicioner’s  left hand should not know whatever is given to the needy and eligible persons as a charity ! In the great  holy epic Mahabharata of India an example of how charity should be is very beautiful.  A king by name  Danashoora Karna  was taking an oil bath holding a golden vessel  containing  oil by which he is taking bath near a river in an open secluded place when he went for outreach sightseeing. At that time ,a poor beggar approached him and stretched out his both palms seeking alms. The king having no other things at that odd time, gave away right then the golden vessel  which was in his hand and empty of oil then !. surprised by this, his accompanied Minister told the king you could have given some other alms after returning to the palace from there instructing the beggar to come to palace. The great king  said  my mind  may change next moment  ! Charity should be given then and there only when our mind positively feels to do so ! One should not postpone  lest the mind may change and  the alms given by right hand should not be known by the left hand  of the diner !. Such should be the attitude of a true Buddhist or a Dharma practicioner.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Long live our Guruji for upholding Dharma.

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan.







  5. Tantra Amishuta says:

    Dear holy guru,

    Thank you for your article in charity work. Due to social anxiety it has been a long time since I did charity work but the feeling of helping others is amazing. I wonder, do I do it because helping others is good or because I feel good when I help others? Is that the same as doing it for the wrong way?

  6. Steve Rogers says:

    Dear Holy Guru

    i am Tantra Haramitra

    I am pleased to have read the words you have given us. With so much ‘charity ‘ being given which is purely more about self promotion than benefiting other beings.

    Your guidance that charity must come from the heart with the Three Jewels at the centre is the most blessed way of giving.

    Please help me to keep this at the centre of my giving and for me to do charitable actions humbly and with a good heart.

    May the holy Guru have good health and live long for the benefit of all sentient beings. May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha ‘s nature.

    May I practice Dharma all days and nights

    Om mani padme hum

  7. Salvatore Antonio Fois says:

    Venerebol GURU;

    My name is Tantra Siramitra.

    Thank you very much! Venerebol GURU for souch profound explaination of Dharma practice.



  8. Sonam Tshering says:
    Dear Holy Guru,

    I have learnt the potential of having good mind from this article. Though action May be just a little, if it is done with beautiful mind the merit becomes as vast fast as the sky. Thank you so much this priceless knowledge.

    Long live Guru!

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  9. Tantra pramamitra says:
    Dear respected your holiness,

    Its an honour to read this article. I saw the virtue of being humane.  To  consider the means and manners  to sail  with clarity is foremostly important. Its a great lesson and guide particularly in this 21st century. Wherein many people  practice clarity and  seems  the practice of clarity in four means  is  all together intact.  Needingly  the practice of clarity with merciful heart is of greater essence to  do with.   Triple gem is the ultimate refuge to all the sentient beings.  To do clarity with clean heart to help others is truely recommend  to all.   Intelligence of  mind to practice buddhist way of doing  should be tightened with wisdom and knowledge, also the heart of compassion should rule for non-self.  Buddhist sutra  cites if we offer a single flower  with clean and devoted heart, it can be offering of thousand buddhas. So its all for nonself  and  clean mind and heart in buddhism. So lastly with utmost devotion and gratitude  to the venerable guru, may all the sentients gain ultimate peace and bliss. May your holiness live long with   successful health for the benefit of all the innocent beings. Thabks alot. Om mani padme hum..

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