Aug 11, 2020

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THANH TRI – THE 4TH MIND DHARMA: “LOTUS WALKING DHARANI”. LESSON 2: TYPICAL PRACTICE OF MANTRA IN THE 4TH MIND DHARMA ( Luận giải về đệ tứ tâm pháp Thanh Trí “Liên hoa bách bộ thần chú đà la ni”, Bài 2: Hoạt động đặc trưng của thần chú trong đệ tứ tâm pháp)

Before going into the main point, I would like to emphasize the typical characteristics of mantra as follows:

Phản bác luận điểm của thượng tọa tiến sĩ Thích Nhật Từ (lần thứ 5): CÔNG NĂNG CỦA THẦN CHÚ LÀ RÈN LUYỆN “CHÁNH NIỆM” HAY LÀ PHÊ BÌNH GIÁO PHÁP KHÍCH BÁC TÔNG PHÁI KHÁC, CHIA RẼ TĂNG ĐOÀN BẰNG LUẬN KIẾN CHỦ QUAN PHIẾN DIỆN? (Bài mở)

ĐỐI LUẬN VỚI TIẾN SĨ THÍCH NHẬT TỪ (Bài 4) : THẦN CHÚ là sự vay mượn của Bà la môn hay là sự ” vay mượn” của Thích Nhật Từ hòng “đục nước béo cò”?(Bài mở)   

  1. Mantra can only be found in Buddhism. I did clarify this point in two argument articles with Dr. of Philosophy Thich Nhat Tu one year ago; however, he still couldn’t give any responses yet.
  2. Why does Mantra exist only in Buddhism? That is because mantra is the nature and essence of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and was composed from the state of Samadhi by the fully enlightened ones who achieved “Asravaksaya-jnana” (ability to extinct all cankers or afflictions, even the subtlest). Non-Buddhism meditation practitioners are able to achieve the first degree of Dhyana to the eighth degree of Thoughtlessness (which means those who achieved from the first stage to the stage of neither thinking nor not thinking are still attached in samsara); while Buddhist practitioners’ meditation result goes beyond the Three realms (the realm of passions, the realm of beauty, the realm of formlessness) which is “samadhi” (complete extinction of sensation and thought, highest form of mediation). Therefore, non-Buddhism practitioners could never compose mantras; instead, they create their own spells depending on their existing realms, such as the spell of God, the spell of Demon, the spell of Deva. Hence, it is obvious that the declaration made by venerable Thich Nhat Tu that Buddhism borrowed 5000 mantras from Brahmanism is dead wrong! It is even worse when he added that Buddhist Bhiksus did that in an attempt to “attract” more people to Buddhism. That is an act of defaming right Dharma. Why? Buddhist Bhiksus who are meant to be the ones teaching and transforming sentient beings to Buddhism must have been equipped with the five sciences (the learning of arts and mathematics, the learning of logic and science, the learning of medicine, the learning of communications, and the philosophy or the knowledge of the supreme spirit); along with the “six paramitas” (generosity, discipline, diligence, patience, meditative concentration,  wisdom). Why should they borrow anything from other religions who are still far away from the ultimate purpose? Moreover, in his lecture about spiritual powers, Thich Nhat Tu once proudly praised “Asravaksaya-jnana” (ability to extinct all cankers or afflictions, even the subtlest) which can only be found in Buddhism. Then why should Buddhism borrow mantras from other religions? A billionaire who owns countless diamonds, does he need to borrow any gold or silver bars from others?

Mantra is the nature and essence of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and was composed from the state of Samadhi

I will explain the meaning of “chu” (a half part that makes up the word “mantra” in Vietnamese, which sounds similar to another word means “uncle” in Vietnamese – Translator).  In this case, “chu” does not mean your father’s younger brother, these two words are homophonous. “Chu” means “hidden language” which is composed from the meditation state of spiritual practitioners. It proves the level of meditation. Therefore, it can be understood that “the spell of Demon”, “the spell of God”, “the spell of Deva” and “mantra” all originated from different levels of mediation of practitioners, from the lowest to the highest. However, only practitioners who achieved samadhi (which goes beyond the Three realms) are able to compose the “pure hidden language”, or “mantra”. Because of the nature of pure mind from  Asravaksaya-jnana, mantra’s power goes far beyond the other religions’ spells. It is necessary to acknowledge that in Buddhism, mantras  are more of “mind transformation” power (read further in “Transforming mind is the most wonderful thing”), because mantra means protecting the mind from ignorance and afflictions.

In the fourth mind Dharma’s practice, we use the six-syllable mantra, or Mani mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum” (which was instructed to pronounce as “um ma ni pe me hum” in Tibetan language by Guru Padmasambhava). We use only one mantra accordingly to our main principle “one life, one mantra”. The reason we have been using only this mantra based on the teaching of Rinpoche Patrul that:

“One deity, Chenrizig, embodies all Budhhas;
One mantra – the six syllables, embodies all mantras;

One Dharma, bodhicitta, embodies all practices of the development and completion stages.

Knowing the one which liberates all, recite the six syllable mantra”

One deity, Chenrizig, embodies all Budhhas; One mantra – the six syllables, embodies all mantras;

For deeper understanding of this mantra, please read the book “One life, One mantra”. I would like to notice that the practice of Mani mantra (six-syllabled mantra as mentioned above) in the 4thmind Dharma is not restricted by any monastic practice routines, such as keeping in the Buddha’s sitting posture (Padmasana), in front of the altar of a holy space and start to nurture the bodhi thoughts with three main following steps:

  1. Prepare to make Bodhi vow
  2. Main practice is reciting Mani mantra without being distracted
  3. Returning the merits after each session of practice.

 (Read more in “One life, one mantra” from page 100 to page 105)

“One life, one mantra”

The above practice is done in a fixed condition (sitting still), while the practice of the 4th mind Dharma can be done in a moving condition, specifically moving with footsteps (reciting silently or loudly “Om mani” with left footstep and “Padme hum” with right footsteps)

(reciting silently or loudly “Om mani” with left footstep and “Padme hum” with right footsteps)

Accordingly, any place or space whose area is enough to make six footsteps can be used to practice. It can be inside the house, the yard, park, square, or in the office, etc. We can also practice when we step up or down the stairs. This practice is supported by Marpa’ teaching that said “Apart from three sessions of practice in holy space, the yogi practices Dharma uninterruptedly in daily life, like a non-stop flowing river. This is called mind purification that frees us from ignorance. Non-distraction means meditation”

Marpa’ teaching that said “Apart from three sessions of practice in holy space, the yogi practices Dharma uninterruptedly in daily life, like a non-stop flowing river. This is called mind purification that frees us from ignorance. Non-distraction means meditation”

What are the outcomes of practicing Avalokiteshava mantra with footsteps, by the means of “Lotus Walking Dharani” at Song Nguyen Tantra House? I will explain further in Lesson 3. See you in the next article.

May all sentient beings achieve the awakened state.

Om Mani Padme Hum.

A rainy day on the top of Phu Van mountain, 11 August 2020

Thinley Nguyen Thanh.

Translated by Mat Tu.


Vietnamese version: Luận giải về đệ tứ tâm pháp “Liên hoa bách bộ thần chú đà la ni”, Bài 2: HOẠT DỤNG ĐẶC TRƯNG CỦA THẦN CHÚ TRONG ĐỆ TỨ TÂM PHÁP


Related articles: 

1, THANH TRI – THE 4TH MIND DHARMA: “LOTUS WALKING DHARANI”. LESSON 1: AN EXPLANATION ON GENERAL DEFINITION (Luận giải về đệ tứ tâm pháp Thanh Trí “Liên hoa bách bộ thần chú đà la ni”, Bài 1: Lược nghĩa về khái niệm tổng quát

2, THANH TRI – THE 4TH MIND DHARMA: “LOTUS WALKING DHARANI”. LESSON 2: TYPICAL PRACTICE OF MANTRA IN THE 4TH MIND DHARMA ( Luận giải về đệ tứ tâm pháp Thanh Trí “Liên hoa bách bộ thần chú đà la ni”, Bài 2: Hoạt động đặc trưng của thần chú trong đệ tứ tâm pháp)

3, THANH TRI – THE 4TH MIND DHARMA: “LOTUS WALKING DHARANI”. LESSON 3: “EMBRACING EVERY VIETNAMESE FOOTSTEP” ( “Luận giải về đệ tứ tâm pháp Thanh Trí “Liên hoa bách bộ thần chú đà la ni”, Bài 3: NÂNG NIU BÀN CHÂN VIỆT”)

4, THANH TRI – THE 4TH MIND DHARMA: “LOTUS WALKING DHARANI.” LESSON 4: THE PARADIGM FOR PRACTICES IN TWO PHASES OF THE 4TH MIND DHARMA.( Luận giải đệ tứ tâm pháp Thanh Trí: Liên hoa bách bộ thần chú đà la ni, Bài 4: Mô thức thực hành ở hai giai đoạn của đệ tứ tâm pháp Thanh Trí)

5, THANH TRI – THE 4TH MIND DHARMA: “LOTUS WALKING DHARANI”. LESSON 5: UTILIZING END RESULT AS THE PATH, UTILIZING MEANS AS ULTIMATE PURPOSE (Luận giải đệ tứ tâm pháp Thanh Trí: Liên hoa bách bộ thần chú đà la ni, Bài 5: Lấy kết quả làm con đường, dùng phương tiện làm cứu cánh)

6, THANH TRI – THE 4TH MIND DHARMA: “LOTUS WALKING DHARANI.”   LESSON 6: NOT GETTING RESULTS? WHY? (Luận giải đệ tứ tâm pháp “Liên hoa bách bộ thần chú đà la ni”, Bài 6: TẠI SAO KHÔNG KẾT QUẢ?)

7, THANH TRI – THE 4TH MIND DHARMA: “LOTUS WALKING DHARANI”. LESSON 7 (FU POETRY FORM): A MOSAIC OF COLORED PANES IN SONG NGUYEN TANTRA HOUSE ( Luận giải đệ tứ tâm pháp Thanh Trí (liên hoa bách bộ thần chú đà la ni) bài 7 (thể thi phú): SẮC MÀU NĂM THÁNG Ở MẬT GIA SONG NGUYỄN)

  1. Tantra Amishuta says:

    Dear Holy Guru,
    I truly appreciate these new lessons. They are teaching me so much. I am working hard on not being distracted. I have to look for the audio books you have suggested in the past few articles I’ve read. I have a heard time seeing at times and want to be able to understand without distraction. I’m able to do so on the computer with the help of an app that reads to me each paragraph. Thank you kindly for all of your lessons and merit you bestow on me and others. May the words of Buddha ring through the air, may al sentient beings be met with Gurus with pure mind and heart. Thank you
    Om Mani Padme Hum

  2. Kim Johnson says:

    Thank you so much Guru what wonderful article and teaching
    🙏🙏🙏🙏

  3. Tantra Mashita says:

    Dear compassionate guru,

    Thank you so much for sharing this article with us, I really liked it, such an unique article, it contains a lot of informations about the mantras, in fact before I knew you, mat and chantuduy.com I was errant between millions and millions of mantras and their meaning, but after I knew you I get rid of this errant, because you learnt me “mani’s mantra”, and you told me that this mantra is totally enough and you don’t need to recite any other mantra, finally I wish I could read the English version of your book “one life one mantra” one day, I remember very well, that, once ago, I read the first two chapters here, thank you so much again !

    May you have a good health and live long for the benefit of the sentient beings
    May all the sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature
    May the pandemic caused by corona virus soon end
    Om Mani Padme hum 🙏

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      You can find the series of “One life one mantra” in English available on chanhtuduy.com.

  4. tantra mahavita says:

    Dear Guru : Thank you so much for beautiful article and teaching .OM MANI PADME HUM

  5. Tantra Tanshami (Aki Thunderpaw) says:

    I chant this and blow it on my food and drink and essential oils as well as many other things. The mantra is like my breath. Thank you Guru.

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      Very good but you practice without my permission is bad! You must ask my acceptance!

  6. paul yawney says:

    Dear Holy Guru, I bow head to Lotus feet. Thank you for another wonderful article.your teachings are clear and precise. I am also learning some the culture. . May Holy Guru and Consort live a long and Happy Life. OM MANI PADME HUM. Tantra Himataru

  7. Tantra Dharmapabodhisita says:

    Dear H.H. Guru,

    In the first lesson of “Lotus Walking Dharni,’’ Guru explained the meaning of Lotus Walking Dharni where we found that lotus in the `Lotus Walking Dharni’ doesn’t mean a real lotus flower; it should acknowledge the lotus flower as “mantra-based.”

    In the second lesson of the 4th Mind Dharma series, Guru told us about the typical practice of six syllables Mantra. Mantra is the nature and essence of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and was composed of the state of Samādhi by the fully enlightened ones who achieved “Āśravakṣaya Jñāna (आश्रवक्षय ज्ञान = ability to extinct all cankers or afflictions, even the subtlest)”. Guru has given the right view on Buddhist interpretation of Mantra and annihilates the wrong and misinformative argument of venerable Thich Nhat Tu.

    In this article, Guru emphasized on the importance of the six-syllable Mantra, or Mani mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum (ओं मणि पद्मे हूं)).” The Mani Mantra is useful to enhance the THANH TRI’s main principle “one life, one mantra”. Guru told us through the teachings from Rinpoche Patrul that one deity, Chenrezig, embodies all Buddhas; One Mantra – the six syllables, embodies all mantras; One Dharma, Bodhicitta, embodies all practices of the development and completion stages, knowing the one who liberates all, recites the six-syllable Mantra.”

    Dear Guru, now we can understand that while the practice of the 4th mind Dharma, we have to do practice it in a moving condition, correctly moving with footsteps. We should recite silently or loudly “Om mani” with left footstep and “Padme hum” with right steps in any place or space whose area is enough to make six footsteps can be used to practice. It can be inside the house, the yard, park, square, or in the office, etc. We can also practice when we step up or down the stairs. From the practice of this Mantra accordingly Guru’s advice, I will follow the instruction of Guru for practice the Mani mantra for purifying my mind from ignorance.

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

    With regards

    Tantra Dharmapabodhisita

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      Dear Dharmarbodhicitta! I am glad to your reading and understanding. I think you can practice the Mani’s mantra for development your Pure Mind Yoga with my permission and my acceptance . Please going!

  8. Sonam Tshering says:

    Dear guru
    Thank you so much for sharing such meaningful articles. Since I am not at good knowledge level, i only can say your efforts are worth reading and there is no doubt it flourish across every sentient beings and benefit from it to start 1st step of liberation. I pray that everyone get chance to understand your understanding. Thank you so much… 🙏🙏🙏

    Thank you @ violet for giving me chance to see it and for your support..

    Om Mani pedme hung..
    May all sentient being get free from the ocean of suffering.🙏🙏🙏

  9. Raymondbeugels says:

    Thank you so much,
    A Mantra to me is like a tool,
    A tool to reach mindfulness,
    And to attain Jhana’s.
    Om Mani Padme Hum🙏🙏🙏

  10. Tantra Mitsharuma (Petra) says:

    Dear Holy Guru
    Thank you for this article. I enjoyed it a lot. Very interesting
    May guru be well and safe
    May all sentient beings be free from harm and suffering
    Om Mani Padme Hum

  11. Tantra Suramitra says:

    Venerable Guru.
    My name is Tantra Suramitra.
    Very interesting article, it excellent to know the benefits of the mani mantra! Thank you.
    OM MANI PADME HUM
    🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹♥️

  12. TantraMikaya (jane) says:

    Dear holy guru. My sincere thanks for your wise article. In the first part of your article you explained Lotus and how we as practitioners can benefit from it. You have impressively explained to us the power of the lotus and in this article you dedicate yourself to the Buddhist mantras and how valuable they are. The mantras are nature and the essence of Buddha. You, our holy Guru, give us the mantras that protect us and the one who received them. “Therefore, your students should repeat this” his “mantra. Then the effects of mantras can be deep and fulfilling for us. When we are stressed or our mind is agitated by obsessive-compulsive negative thoughts, it is helpful to recite mantras – a method, with no side effects, to calm down, calm the inner noise, and evoke a more positive mental and emotional state . In the Dharma you teach us how to use special mantras to evoke greater compassion, greater clarity or deeper understanding in our mind. Mantras are powerful tools that are useful not only to spiritual practitioners, but to anyone who faces the challenges of daily life. We can take the mantra practice even further and use it to bring our language and body into harmony. For example, when we go to someone to help or comfort them and bring up a strong emotion of compassion (the desire that he or she be free from their problems), we can quietly or even internally use the mantra ” Recite Om Mani Padme Hum ”. This helps keep us focused on feelings of compassion and encourages a willingness to speak and act compassionately while trying to help someone. In your article you explained to us the typical practice of six sylleblase mantra. In your article you teach us how to move our body correctly to the mantras and how we should recite the Om Mani Padme Hum while walking, for example. our vocal recitation of the mantras involves our breath, which according to the Dharma affects the subtle energies of the body. Even reciting mantras in the mind can affect our energies. By giving an even rhythm to the breath and subtle energies, our mantra recitation can help calm compulsive disturbing thoughts and emotions, calm us down, and clear the mind. Once again, my sincere thanks for your valuable article. May our holy Guru life long for the sake of all sentient beings. May all beings achieve the Happiness of Buddhas nature. May Covid 19 go away soon OM MANI PADME HUM

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      Thank you for elaborating more of your insights into the article! Once the Mani mantra is recited, the practitioner will automatically transform with the great compassion from the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas without trying. Mani mantra belongs to all Vajrayana Buddhist practitioners, however, practicing the 4th mind Dharma must be accepted by Guru for getting the effects. Please read more!

  13. Tantra Mashinaga says:

    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for this article. In this article you discuss how to the Lotus walk. Left foot Om Mani, right foot Padme Hum. It is a very simple way to generate merit. Thank you for inventing such an easy way to practice Buddhism in our daily lives.

    May Guru live a long and happy life

    May all sentient beings be free from suffering and attain happiness

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    Tantra Mashinaga (Mark Hamilton)

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