Jul 13, 2021

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Letter to disciples and learners: HOW AND WHAT DO YOU EAT?

Dear disciples and learners!

He meet me at the corner. This is a conversation between us:

Are you a Buddhist?

Yes, I am

Why do you eat a meat?

What must I eat?

You must eat only a vegetables!

Why not?

Because, it is (not eat meat) meta (compassion)

Yes, but you know, it means Buddha is not meta because He ate a meal. I remember that his last dinner had a meat!

He was silent and said goodbye, and I didn’t want see him again. Eating meat or not eating meat is not compassion or non-compassion. Holy Buddha taught Noble Eightfol Path what includes (1) right view (2) right speech (3) right action (4) right livelihood (5) right thought (6) right diligence (7) right concentration (8) right mindfulness, without eating eating meal or vegetable. I read many time The Eight Great Causes of Enlightenment Sutra” –  very famous, but I don’t find any word which relates to “eating meal or eating vegetable”. I want to introduce it to you:

The world is impermanent

The First Cause

The world is impermanent.

Countries are unstable.

Four Elements, desolate and empty.

Five Aggregates, selfless in nature.

Birth and death constantly changes.

Illusion has no master.

Mind is the root of evil.

Body, the reservoir of sin.

Carefully observing these words

Gradually, one escapes Samsara.

Craving is suffering

The Second Cause:

Craving is suffering.

Live and die exhausted.

All arise from cravings.

Less cravings, live in peace,

Body and mind are tranquil.

 

The Third Cause:

Mind is insatiate,

embracing desires,

and increasing our sins.

Bodhisattvas are different,

always stay content,

with modesty, retain the Path,

take solely wisdom as career.

 

The Fourth Cause:

Lazy will be damned.

Practice with diligence,

destroy all disturbance,

subdue four maras,

to escape Skandhas.

 

 

The Fifth Cause:

Ignorance bind to Samsara.

Bodhisattvas always remember,

listen and study thoroughly

to increase wisdom,

to perfect eloquence,

and to guide all beings,

to happiness and peace.

 

The Sixth Cause:

Poverty and hatred,

tie with evil karma.

Bodhisattvas practice dana,

view friends and enemies as equal

forget their past sins,

never despise the evil.

 

 

 

The Seventh Cause:

Five desires are sins,

plagues worldly people.

Abandon mundane pleasures,

often think of the three robes,

the tiled bowl – instrument of Dharma.

Aspire to the monastic life,

follow the great virtuous ones,

save all beings with compassion.

 

 

Samsara is fire,   infinite sufferings surrounded.

The Eighth Cause:

Samsara is fire

infinite sufferings surrounded.

Cultivate Mahayana mind,

Bring relief to all,

Take up on yourselves

Infinite sufferings of beings,

so all beings would find

happiness and peace.

 

I found in The Second Cause only word “craving”:

Craving is suffering.

Live and die exhausted.

All arise from cravings.

Less cravings, live in peace,

Body and mind are tranquil.

 

It is noteworthy that the “Five desires”  arise from the contact of the five sense organs (the desires for wealth, sexuality, food and drink, fame, and sleep) themselves are not harmful. The harms are caused by the attachment of the beneficiary towards those desires. five desires are not harmful, the problem is not enjoyment but only the problem is attachment. So I don’t eat meal or vegetable, I only use verything for living and working and thinking! Holy Buddha taught : “Less cravings, live in peace,

Body and mind are tranquil”, which means “to use but not abuse”. The problem more important than every his teachings is wisdom. The wisdom is a spiritual career!

Dear disciples and learners!

I don’t tell you to eat meat or vegetable, I only teach you when eating, you pray all beings eat the food of samadhi” and…

When falling asleep we should think, “May all beings achieve the absolute state”

 

When waking up, “May all beings awake into the enlightened state”

When getting up, “May all beings obtain the body of a Buddha”

 

When putting on clothes, “May all beings have modesty and a sense of shame”

 

When lighting a fire, “May all beings burn away all disturbing emotions”

 

When opening a door, “May all beings open the door to the city of liberation”

 

When closing the door, “May all beings close the door to the lower realms”

 

when going outside, “May I set out on the path to liberate all beings”

 

When stepping up, “May I take all beings into the higher realms”

 

When stepping down, “May I take all beings out from the lower realms”

 

When seeing happiness, “May all beings achieve the happiness of Budha’s nature”

 

When seeing suffering, “May the suffering of all beings be pacified.”

 

I hope you always remember everything from my teachings. See you again on chanhtuduy.com!

I hope you always remember everything from my teachings. See you again on chanhtuduy.com!

Vung Tau city 13/07/2021

Thinley-Nguyen Thanh


Vietnamese version: Thư gửi các trò 342: ĂN NHƯ THẾ NÀO, ĂN GÌ?

  1. Cao Diệu Mật Hoà says:

    Dear Guru,

    It is about 3 days from the last English article written by you published on chanhtuduy.com. And now, we once again receive a new English letter from you. I am really so surprised.

    The way that you enter the topic is so unique and enjoyable. You just use simple situations from real life, then you relate and give us Dharma lessons. I think it is really not easy for anyone to help others to understand a lesson in a simple way. Sometimes while reading your article, I can not believe that it was written by a person who has started learning English for a short time. So I find out the reason why, after only about 25 years, you were able to make great spiritual inventions such as “Six sublime spiritual mind Dharma”.

    Through the article, you remind me about “meat and vegetable” problem that many people misunderstand, like me in the past before I met you. I understand that, Buddha has never asked us to (or not to) eat meat or vegetable. He just teach us “The wisdom is a spiritual career”. That can be understood the same as the teaching: “Five desires arise from the contact of five sense organs themselves are not harmful. The harms are caused by the attachment of the beneficiary towards those desires”.

    Thank you for your teaching, Guru!

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

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

    May Covid-19 pandemic end soon.

    Om mani padme hum!

  2. Cao Diệu Nhất Nguyên says:

    Dear Holy Guru,

    I’m grateful for your lesson. I have learned that, within the Eight Causes for Enlightenment, and the Eight Paths the Buddha wanted us to follow, there’s no mention of vegetarian diets. Contrary to some traditions, eating meat can still cause no harm while eating veggies can still cause attachment if we indulge.

    Buddhist wisdom is much more important than food. So I should not focus on what I eat and learn what I need to learn instead. Eating should not be a barrier to Enlightenment like many people view it. Thanks to Pure mind Yoga, eating can even become a meditative practice that brings benefit to me and all sentient beings. As the Guru as taught — “I won’t tell you to eat meal or vegetable, I only teach you when eating, you pray all beings to eat the food of samadhi.”

    I’m grateful for the lesson. It was very exciting to learn the lesson and to read your writing in English. May the Guru have good health and live long for the benefit of all sentient beings. May all sentient beings eat the food of Samadhi. May the Covid-19 pandemic will soon be over.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  3. Cao Diệu Chánh Tấn says:

    Dear holy Guru!

    I am happy to read this article. I am thankful for your compassion in giving me instructions, helping me to see that through daily activities, such as eating, I can also have the opportunity to reflect on myself, direct my actions according to the right orbit around the correct doctrine of the Buddha.

    Through holy Guru’s story and teaching in this article, I understand that the nature of the “five desires” is inherently harmless. The harms mainly come from one’s own attachment to them, as Master Tilopa said: “The five desires are not inherently harmful, the harm is in the attitude of clinging to them”. And to overcome that clinging, through the Meditation on Bodhicitta, with the permission and guidance of the holy Guru, I can gradually direct my minds to Bodhicitta, pray for benefits of sentient beings according to the right orbit around the correct doctrine of the Buddha.

    As in my own case that I once met at a family meal, someone advised me to eat this dish with this dish or combine this dish with this sauce, it would be more delicious. Although I know that person wants me to have a good meal, but each person has his own preference and should not be forced. If you kept saying that others should do as your saying, you might fall into the ego trap of “thanks to me”. Then if the invitee refused or felt uninterested, the inviter’s mood might be depressed and he might fall into an affliction state.

    Through such a practical case, I understand better the holy Guru’s teaching that it is not important what you eat. Instead, it is more important of how you eat to direct your mind and pray for the benefit of sentient beings as well as gradually eliminating your ego, selfishness.

    I am grateful for the holy Guru’s lesson.

    May holy Guru have good health and live long for the benefits of all sentient beings.

    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha-nature.

    May the epidemic of Covid-19 come to end soon.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  4. Cao Diệu Giác Đăng says:

    Dear Guru,

    It is such a huge pleasure to read your English letter.

    Thank you, Guru, for giving us another special dharma gift after just 3 days, written in foreign language but in the way of native speaker-liked, so smooth, so amazed bringing the unique inspiration of learning and applying – both in English using and in Pure Mind Dharma practicing.

    Reading your English articles, it’s actually hard to believe that they belong to a person who has just started learning English in the age of sixty, and for around one year! I understand the fact that, if Guru wants to learn to master any subject or field, that’s not too difficult with you. Because I know it’s impossible to compare others to Guru’s wisdom, a Kalyanamitra, the Founder of Pure Mind Dharma revealing The Six Marvelous Methods with inconceivable benefits for sentient beings, but, I am so moved and grateful to this being-an-example at Guru. You went through all obstacles and inconveniences in physical at your age to inspire and encourage us in non-stop effort for leveling up ourselves, and more meaningful, to come close to foreign disciples and learners all over the world for their chances to access directly Guru’s words. How big and admirable the Guru’s compassion is!

    Though here, and through your this beneficial letter with the interesting conversation at the beginning along the Buddha’s teachings, I understand more and deeper about the compassion in Buddhism, which Guru guided and showed us, vividly and practical. That is not “what” we eat (meat or vegetables), what we wear, what we do,… but “how” we do all the things – we use but not abuse, due to “The wisdom is spiritual career”, as Buddha taught. And more specific, for us Thanh Tri practitioners, that is doing as per Guru’s teaching, we pray for all sentient beings in every single time when we eat, drink, get up, sit,… Thank you for your teaching, Guru.

    May Guru have a good health and live long for the sakes of all sentient beings.

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

    May the covid 19 pandemic soon over.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  5. Admin
    Cao Diệu Diệu Hằng says:

    Dear holy Guru,
    Thank you so much for your meaningful teaching, especially you have written this article in English by yourself. It is the most valuable Dharma gift for all of us since every word in this article is pervaded by your compassion, kindness, Bodhicitta and your efforts.
    What to eat becomes a matter of controversy not in Vietnam, but rather all over the world. At no time do people want to get suffering, but happiness is something difficult for them to attain. Once they make up their mind on following the path of enlightenment, the problem with eating meat or vegetarians begins. It is so wrong when various peole believe that eating vegetables means compassion or practicing Bodhicitta. The attitude that attachment on vegetarian and looking down on those who eat meat makes Buddhist practitioners becomes cruel and far from the city of liberation. They become unkind to those who are not able to eat vegetables due to their health problem. They harshly mistreat their mind as well, because their mind has to get such mind trash of their misconception. More importantly, eating meat is not the method to practice to get enlightenment. In all Buddha’s teachings, he never taught that only eating vegetables could help practitioners get free from suffering. In eightfold path, no vegetarian is mentioned. Buddha affirmed that practitioners took solely wisdom as their spiritual career and mind is the most importance to pay attention to tame. Majjhima Nikaya 55: This discourse is particularly important because it is here that the Buddha clearly stated his position on meat eating. He said that “I say that there are three intances in which meat may be eaten: when it is not seen, heard, or suspected (that the living being has been specifically slaughtered for oneself)….”
    Therefore, the important thing is not what to eat, but rather how to eat, how to practice developing Bodhicitta and wisdom that bring us to the city of liberation. Fortunately, Guru has invented the method to practice meditation on Bodhicitta through prayers for the enlightenment of all sentient beings. They are so easy to remember and to practice along with our daily activities. Every action in our life becomes a means to practice Bodhicitta. How wonderful is it! With this method, we are able to practice Bodhicitta all the time and as a result, we accumulate wisdom and Bodhicitta all the time, which helps us quickly make progress on the path of enlightenment.
    Thank you so much for your effective spiritual methods and clear explanation about what to eat and how to eat.
    May you have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings awake in the stake of enlightenment.
    May covid 19 pandemic be over soon.
    Om mani padme hum.

  6. Cao Diệu Mật Từ says:

    Dear Guru,
    I am delighted to read this article. I was amazed each time how you applied efficiently to the fullest all the available resources to sow the seeds of Bodhicitta. I am grateful that by this teaching, Guru reminded us about the precious opportunity to practice Dharma in every daily activities, such as eating. Instead of questioning the origin of the food which is merely something not supporting our path to liberation but hindering us, Guru’s method helped us to deliver Bodhicitta in each moves and accordingly accumulate merits. Those who keep wondering about meat or vegetables make themselves a food expert, while Guru used that act as a mean to liberation is indeed a Dharma expert. I happily praise Guru’s skillful means, virtues and Bodhicitta. I admire Guru’s endeavors to help more and more sentient beings from all over the world can be benefited from Pure Mind Dharma. May Guru have good health and longevity for the benefit of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient being achieve the Buddha nature’s happiness.
    May Covid19 pandemic end soon.
    Om mani padme hum.

  7. Mật Phước says:

    Dear Guru
    I am glad to read your No.342 letter.
    Thruoghly Guru’s interpretation from “The Eight great cause of enlightenment Sutra” and it’s got started from a reality story helps me learning that, Buddhists eat or drink any things it isn’t broblem attachment in practicing dharma of Buddha, because “the wealth ; sexuality; food and drink; fame; sleep” all isn’t harm, just cause we forever hold the passion in it will harm.
    So great, when we have been learning “Pure mind Yoga” which Guru had created it helps we eat or drink follow the way of right Dharma.
    Thanks, Guru had give a precious Dharma for us.
    May Guru have good health and longevity for the sake of all sentient beings .
    May the covid pandemic be soon over.
    May sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha nature.
    Om Mani Padme Hum .

  8. Cao Diệu Mật Ba says:

    Dear Guru!
    I have read this article. I am happy to read this article.
    Through reading this article I understand that vegetarians are not Buddhists and Buddhists are not required to be vegetarians. Because: The Buddha taught “take solely wisdom as career” but not “take eating as career”. The Eight Great Causes of Enlightenment Sutra, the Buddha also taught “with modesty, retain the Path, take solely wisdom as career”. Once upon a time, Devadatta suggested that, those bhikkhus be a vegetarian for the rest of his life, but the Buddha refused to accept it. Those Buddhists should eat the food of the Paramita: “The eye does not see people kill. Ears do not hear people kill. I don’t doubt that the animal was killed for me”. The holy monk Tilopa also taught, “five desires is inherently harmless. Harm is caused by our attitude of clinging to them.” Therefore, it is not important what you eat, but how you eat it. If someone thinks that Buddhists must be vegetarian, that is harmful attachment.
    I would like to commend the work of the Guru who discovered the Pure Mind Dharma, including the “Medittion on Bodhicitta” to help students apply prayer through eating and drinking. “When we eat, we pray for sentient beings to use meditative food.” “When drinking, we pray for all sentient beings to drink the essence of nectar” etc. Practitioners of Thanh Tri apply the Dharma to life with the motto “Happiness is receiving the Dharma”, “Body feeling and happiness do not move the mind, stay in the five sensual pleasures without deluded.”
    I pray for Guru health and longevity for the benefit of all sentient beings.
    I pray for all sentient beings to achieve the happiness of Buddha nature.
    I pray for the Covid-19 epidemic to be eradicated soon.
    Om ah hum.

  9. Cao Diệu Mật Thủy says:

    Dear Guru,
    I’m delighted to read another letter from you written in English. Each letter from you leading us from every close situation in life to practical Dharma lessons, which is very interesting. I admire your bodhicitta in giving us English lessons so that foreign learners can approach your direct teachings. Meanwhile, we get inspiration from you to improve ourselves day by day by applying your invented spiritual methods.
    In this lesson, Guru has taught us that how to eat is more important than what to eat. Similarly, what we enjoy is not the issue but our attachment to it. From that understanding, Guru pointed out the way to practise that in our daily life, which is very handy and practical for our modern busy lives. Thank you Guru for your teaching. I will keep these 16 prayings in mind and practise them in my daily activities.
    May Guru have good health and longevity for the benefit of all sentient beings.
    May the Covid-19 pandemic will come to an end soon.
    Om mani padme hum

  10. Cao Dieu Mat Hai says:

    Dear respected Guru!
    I do feel so excited, grateful and inspired when reading your second dharma English letter in just three days. What an amazing effort at your age. You’re a shining example for me to follow. I learned from you that when people posses wisdom, bodhicita and have the right method, along with the constant effort then they will reap the outstanding results. And “no pain no gain”, off course.
    Thank you, Guru, for your teaching about the food we eat. The problem come from the craving, the attachment when we eat. It doesn’t come from what we eating, meats or vegetables. We just have to eat for living, working, practicing dharma as your taught (praying before or when eating) and to attain the “spiritual career” as Holy Buddha said.
    May Guru always has a good health and longevity for the sake of all beings.
    May the COVID-19 pandemic will come to an end soon.

    Om mani padme hum!

  11. Mật Diễm says:

    I Dear Guru,
    I am very delighted to read this article.
    Through the article, help me understand that Buddhism is the way to enlightenment. The Buddha also upholds the spirit of “The wisdom is a spiritual career”, only wisdom can help the Buddhists achieve enlightenment.
    So, what to eat, what to wear, to be vegetarian, or to eat meat is not a dharma practice in Buddhism, but a personal preference of each person when using them. It is also the category of “five desires ” of the world which the nature is not harmful but harmful in clinging. This is also affirmed by Tilopa: “The five desires are inherently harmless, harmful in the attitude of clinging to them”. At Song Nguyen Tantra House, under the guidance and instruction of Guru, we are so blessed to have the opportunities to practice according to the Buddha’s teachings, “with modesty, retain the Path, take soly wisdom as career” through Thanh Tri Yoga in which there is Bodhi mind meditation, giving us the chances to apply the Dharma to life through 16 daily movements such as walking, standing, lying down, sitting…. through prayers (when I eat food, I pray for all sentient beings to be able to use the food of samadhi….). Thanks to that, it is possible to transform the five desires into the five tathagatas of wisdom to benefit ourselves, others, and at the same time accumulate merit and wisdom as the luggage to the city of liberation.
    I pray for all sentient beings imbued the gift of the Three Jewels through the Guru’s transport channel .
    I pray for the corona epidemic to be eradicated soon.
    OM AH HUM.

  12. Cao Diệu Tuyết Hoa
    Cao Diệu Tuyết Hoa says:

    Dear Guru,
    I have read this article.
    I am delighted with the smooth new bilingual article, which provides the opportunity to directly access the Dharma lesson for foreign brother Dharma and reader that the compassionate Guru has written.
    Through the simple story at the beginning of the article, it also shows the long-standing wrong views about meat or vegetable food in Buddhism. While the Buddhist principle is “The wisdom is a spiritual career” but not “The Eating is a spiritual career”. Even that eating is only a part of the Five Desires and “The Eight Great Causes of Enlightenment Sutra” that talk about the eight essential principles for enlightenment without mentioning what to eat to be liberated.
    Therefore, it doesn’t matter whether it’s meat or vegetarian while “Craving is suffering. Live and die exhausted. All arise from cravings. Less carvings, live in peace. Body and mind are tranquil”. So that, if stubborn to vegetarian is also an expression of “greed” and “clinging” to vegetarian, there will be consequences of “Live and die exhausted”.
    I will keep in mind the Guru’s teaching “I wont’s tell you to eat meal or vegetable, I only teach you eating, you pray all beings to eat the food of samadhi”. It will be applied to another action of daily as drinking, sleeping, walking, standing, lying down, sitting, waking, sleeping…Through the means are the prayer, training mindfulness, and take the benefits for beings the six paths of reincarnation.
    I thank Guru for compassionately creating many skillful means, which is the Six Magical Methods, including the Meditation on Bodhicitta (above way) that not only helps us understand the real nature of things and phenomena, but also breaking wrong views about what to eat?!
    I am grateful Guru.
    May Guru will live long and have good health for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient being attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    May the Covid 19 will end soon.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  13. Mật Diễm says:

    Dear Guru,
    Thank you, Guru, for your encouragemen.
    I pray for Guru’s health and longevity for the sake of all sentient beings.
    I pray for the corona epdemic to be eradicated soon.
    OM AH HUM.

  14. Godson says:

    I so much love this article. Though I’m not a Buddhist, I love this lesson and looking forward to becoming a Buddhist. Thanks you so much for your effort and enlightenment. I love you

  15. Cao Diệu Khải Nguyên says:

    Dear holy Guru,
    I have read this letter. Thank you for transmitting such a great lesson for us practitioners of Buddhism.
    Thanks to your explanation, I understand that desire itself is not harmful, what harmful is our attachment to it. Before coming to your guidance, I often wondered why people think that Buddha taught us to be vegetarian, while in texts we knew that Sangha accepted food offerings from commoners, regardless of vegetarian or not. Now everything is clear to me, the thinking that Buddhists should not eat meat is in fact a prejudiced distinction, an attachment, a harmful and complete opposite view to Buddhahood.
    Above all, I see the middle way showing in your teaching, just like what the Buddha had stated: Enjoy what there is to enjoy, suffer what there is to suffer, regard them as impermanent facts of life, and follow the true way.
    Thank you,
    I pray for the longevity of Guru for the wellness of all sentient beings,
    May all sentient beings be awaken in the state of enlightenment,
    Om Many Padme Hum,

  16. Mật Tấn Khải
    Mật Tấn Khải says:

    Dear Guru!

    I enjoy reading the Guru’s Letter to Students 342 in English “How to Eat, What to Eat”.

    Through the actual story of the Guru in the article, I understand Buddhism is a journey to help people live in the right direction and most usefully, if applying Buddhism to creating useful people, that is the real way. the best practice of Buddhism. Anything more than necessary is poison, be it power, laziness, food, ego, ambition, vanity, fear, anger or whatever. What… Buddhism focuses on wisdom, Buddhist learners take wisdom as the root of the Eight Great Human Enlightenment Sutra. In our group of rupa aggregates it has six knowings, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, body, and mind. Its mind is the master of these five faculties, so the mind it owns (the Dhammapada sutras taught by the Buddha) is “the mind that dominates, the mind that creates the mind leading the dharmas”. Even if there is a theory but lack of practice, it is just a dream battle, with practice but without a theory, it is just a chess rehearsal. “In the world, people of all kinds, Not restrained by lust, Indulging in delicious tastes, Relating to impurity, Following nihilism, Unrighteous, difficult to guide, This is eating rotten food, Eating meat is not rotten” (The stinking scripture).

    Venerable Tilopa asserts, “The five desires are not harmful, the harm is in clinging to them.” In the Song Nguyen Tantric house, flexible application of the right view becomes a solid foundation for practical experience and thereby becomes an important step for developing Buddha’s wisdom in practice, that is, applying the Dharma to life in real life. Therefore, when using the world’s five sensual pleasures as materials for practical application to benefit sentient beings, in the right Dharma trajectory. Thus enjoying enough of exotic foods, not giving up the pleasures of the five senses, … nor can it be judged that it is contrary to the right path, the meditator enjoys all “conveniences” joyfully with his heart. grateful, not demanding, demanding or spiraling into the vortex of the eight winds. Everything depends on life and circumstances, but the mind does not fluctuate, always keeping the mind pure. “As immovable, willow will always be clear.” In the Buddha’s time, there was a saintess Tu-da-huan married a man. hunter, this caused a stir. The question is whether this female saint is co-karmic with the hunter. The Buddha insisted no. Like the soup patch, although it is in the soup pot, it is not affected by the sour taste… at all. In the same way, Mr. Hui Neng after his enlightenment had to hide in the forest with a group of hunters, eat and live with them, but they did not agree. The great Siddha Marpa, Milerepa’s Guru (who was hailed as a Buddha) declared the following: “Apart from the time of Dharma practice in the sacred space, in daily life activities remain uninterrupted. Dharma circuit is like a river flowing endlessly. It is the practice of clear wisdom freed from ignorance. Non-distraction is meditation.”

    Thereby I see more and more the great noble value of the Pure Wisdom teaching that emerges from the treasure of the Guru’s wisdom mind, bringing inconceivable benefits in worldly life and especially in the Dharma. . And the benefit of the Dharma mind “contemplation bodhichitta” by practicing the method of bodhichitta contemplation, the practitioner utilizes 16 movements of daily living as a means of approaching enlightenment. These are activities that cannot be separated in the present life. Each prayer during practice of the practitioner will connect with the pure magnetic field of the deity so that the practitioner accumulates more merit and expands wisdom. Milarepa taught: “If you eat, eat bodhichitta food. If you drink, drink bodhicitta water. If you travel, travel with your friend, Bodhicitta.”

    I joyfully praise Grru’s wise deeds with bodhicitta without ceasing in his work of spreading the Dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings, having discovered the very simple and beneficial practice of mind-dharma. unmatched.

    I sincerely pray for Grru’s health and long life for the sake of spreading the Dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    Pray for all sentient beings to achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature.

    Pray that the covid 19 epidemic will soon be eradicated.

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      Thank you for your comment! You have shown a very good understanding of the teaching, illustrating all main points and extracting correct references. However, it is important to deliver the right meaning of the references’ source in another language, for example, when you quoted which I had taught in my articles. Or else it may cause fatal misunderstandings for others.

  17. Mật Tú Viên
    Mật Tú Viên says:

    Dear Holy Guru!

    I’m happy to read your Dharma article in English.

    Thank you so much Guru for writing for us.

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

    May the Covid 19 pandemic will be end soon.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  18. Tantra Tanshami says:

    Thank you. Good teaching and sagely advice. Om Mani Padme Hum.

  19. Tantra Midhita says:

    While I can very minimally recall any specific teachings of any school of thought and walk upon many paths collecting torches of wisdom and moving them to better places where they cast light better, my main and only issue with Buddhism is there exists many words that cannot simply be translated as the concept doesn’t exactly carry so simply.

    I have expressed with student Violet, that I wish to learn Vietnamese to deeper understand Buddhism as that is Guru’s primary and read even more of Guru’s wonderful articles. Languages are for some, not an easy feat. For me it is rather trivial and is a matter of applied effort. This is no boast. I have a serious issue with putting forth adequate effort all throughout life. I believe I also have to learn sanskrit if I’m not mistaken for older teachings on my own voluntary time.

    I know I must eat, for my body requires fuel.
    I have begun eating more modestly overall, especially meat, not because it is bad, but simply for the reason Animals suffer seemingly more than plants, but too of course, which is in disagreement with what I have heard from most Buddhists, plants suffer as well.

    Not only that Guru, but you need to know: I am fat. Not that that is necessarily bad, but it does interfere with appreciation of self.

    I’d like to be more health conscious throughout life.
    Completely not in Buddhism, but when asked of him why he does not eat as they do, Jesus responded to his disciples with a cryptic phrase. He politely told them ” I have food yo eat of which you know not”. It is of my opinion he referred to knowledge and the digesting of such into wisdom, also to the air and water.

    Food is great, it tastes good, even better when seasons and spices are lovingly applied… But bland food is alright too. To fuel the body and the mind one must eat at times. But first and foremost, again in my opinion: simply put: Air and Water are far more important. The Latin phrase for Breath is Spiritus, and Water is Aqua. I do not follow other schools or thought as closely as the following three, in no particular order: Hermeticism, Buddhism, Self Study.

    I apologize if this discomforts Guru and hope he still thinks me worthy of his learned ways, but I must confess I have received adequate signs from the universe itself to pursue as much as I can with no particular importance paid to any such teachings aside from the wisdom I develop for myself from all sources of knowledge.

    I think some people concern themselves too much in the affairs of others.

    My mother always liked to say “Other people’s opinions of you are none of your business.
    I like this phrasing more:” Your perception of me is not my responsibility”

    And Stoics agree. “What is out of your direct control, there is little to do or worry about”

    Again I am not aiming to insult Buddhism in the slightest.
    It is one of the most valuable schools of thought in my life thus far.

    I sincerely apologize, but a wise friend informed me to effectively utilize my throat Chakra, “I must speak My Truth even if my voice shakes.”

    May the deftness of enlightenment come to all, and that all who desire such are met in capacity with great and thoughtful blessings.

    (I sincerely love Guru and his wise teachings, and felt it was time to tell my truth of interest in buddhism. I don’t necessarily want to achieve the Buddha mind, I’m much more about the old statement “Know thyself”, and sincerely buddhism has touched me and taught me much about who am and what purposes truly are. Maybe I am bad student… But I must heed the call of the wind across the trees.)

    Om mani padme hum

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      I don’t tell you what eat but only also how do you eat! Your comment doesn’t make me unhappy but it was outside from orbit of my teachings! Please, come back!

      • Tantra Midhita says:

        Yes… I am in “mania” and in combat with mental health. Very agitated and out of orbit dear Guru. Apologies. I read too heavily. I also have a bad habit of spilling my thoughts lately.

  20. Tanta Shumicitta says:

    Dear Holy Guru,

    Thank-you for this article in English. You clear up confusion

    about what a buddhist can eat. There is nothing in the eightfold

    path about a buddhist being prohibited from eating meat. It

    would be wrong to crave anything so much, including meat or

    vegetables, that it was harmful to you. You must not crave

    so much and become attached to food, sex, etc, that it does

    not allow you to practice the eightfold path.

    May Guru live long healthy life for the sake of all sentient

    beings.

    May Covid 19 end soon

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    t

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      That’s right! It is the attachment to the Five desires that cause harm. Please read more!

  21. Tanta Shumicitta (Charles Wentland) says:

    Dear Holy Guru,

    Thank-you for this article in English. You clear up confusion

    about what a buddhist can eat. There is nothing in the eightfold

    path about a buddhist being prohibited from eating meat. It

    would be wrong to crave anything so much, including meat or

    vegetables, that it was harmful to you. You must not crave

    so much and become attached to food, sex, etc, that it does

    not allow you to practice the eightfold path.

    May Guru live long healthy life for the sake of all sentient

    beings.

    May Covid 19 end soon

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    t

  22. Tantra Amashuta from usa says:

    Dear holy Guru, thank u for article. May you be well and free from stiffening. Sorry for spelling. Hands not working. Thank you for all lessons. Om Mani pandme him

  23. Tantra Aradhana (USA) says:

    Dear Guru
    Thank you for another wonderful opportunity to real another article of you’re teachings and leaning English is such a short time as you have so beautifully written i am so very excited for you to learn so quickly like you thank you for sharing and letting us read them as

    Thank you so much
    Guru
    Om mani padme hum

  24. Tantra Najucitta (Jeffrey Lumbay) says:

    Dearest Holy Guru,
    Thanks you for this article, I love it and will teach them to my
    members, they love the lessons but can’t go on line, because most of them are poor and have no wifi or computer.

    We are very happy to be part of these.

  25. Tantra Mukashitaru says:

    Dear Guru,
    Thank you for another interesting and clarifying article. Many people get confused with being vegetarian/ or not. I believe that as long as one tries to continue on the path, there are things more important to see and study.
    Thank you again.
    May all the Buddhas bless you and protect you.

  26. Mật Đức says:

    Dear holy Guru
    I have read the article this.
    I thank the Guru for conveying the Buddha’s teachings, focusing on wisdom as the main goal,don’t care what to eat
    because the Buddha didn’t teach those things.
    I thank Guru for applying the Dharma to our lives to help us adjust our minds to the right path of the Dharma, which is the approach to enlightenment.
    May Guru have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May the epidemic of Covid-19 come to end soon.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    OM MANI PADME HUM

  27. paul yawney says:

    Dear Holy Guru, Thank you for a wonderful article and written in English. Clear and concise. It also made clear for me about eating meat. from my earlier self taught readings you could eat meat providing you did not kill it and it was not killed especially for you. accomodate the senses without abusing them. I so appreciate your teachings. May you Live a long and happy life may this co-vid soon end.
    OM MANI PADME HUM
    Tantra Himataru

  28. tantra mahavita says:

    DEAR HOLY GURU : Incredible article…Your wisdom and compassion are inmensurable …Thankful from the heart …May you have health and a long life for the benefit of all beings…May the pandemic end soon …OM HA HUM

  29. Mật Khánh Ngân says:

    Dear Guru!
    I am glad to read your letter No.342.
    I was surprised because within 3 days I have chance to read two letters in English from you. I’m so impressed with your English improvement. Many people won’t think that this article is written by a person who just stated learning English, and more especially, the content of the letter is about Buddhism. Only a great Guru with full of compassion, patience, wisdom and bodhicitta can give us such a meaningful Dharma gift. Through your learning English, I learn a lesson about sefl-reliance and effort in learning and practicing Dharma, the diligence and progress will come to us soon.
    Through the letter, I learnt “the Eight Great Causes of Englightenment Sutra”, and that learning and practicing Buddhism is not depending on what we eat or how we eat. As the Guru taught: “I don’t tell you to eat meat or vegetable, I only teach you when eating, you pray all beings to eat the food of samadhi….” Thanks to the Guru, now I understand deeply that “Body and mind are tranquil”, which means “to use but not abuse”. The problem more important than every his teachings is wisdom. The wisdom is spiritual career!”
    Thank you so much for your teaching, Great Guru!
    May the Guru have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings eat the food of samadhi.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    May Covid-19 pandemic end soon.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Hanoi, 16th July 2021.

  30. Cao Diệu Đăng Tâm
    Cao Diệu Đăng Tâm says:

    Dear Guru!
    I am delighted to read your letter in English.
    I admire your wisdom and bodhichitta, you studied English at the age of 60 and use this medium to teach, to help sentient beings all over the world.
    After reading the article, I am aware of that Buddha taught “Less cravings, live in peace/ Body and mind are tranquil” which means that “to use but not abuse” and the most importance is that every teaching of Buddha is wisdom. Over the years, it seems that many many people belive that Buddhism is vegetarian because it is compassionate. On the one hand, too focus on what to eat causes people to deviate from the orbit of right path. For instance, being too attached to what to eat is contrary to Buddha ‘s teaching in “The eight great causes of Enlightenment”: “with modesty, retain the Path, take solely wisdom as career” not vegetarianism is a career. Meanwhile, is it posible that cows, rabits, goats may easily become Buddhas because they eat grass all their lives, are they compassionate?
    Thank you Guru for your teaching us to apply prayers to our daily activities. It is no happy, no lucky than having chance to practice them every day, every time… Thank you Guru.
    May Guru have good health and live long for the sake of sentient being.
    May Covid pademic will be soon over
    May all beings achive the happiness of Buddha ‘s nature.
    Om Mani Padme Hum

  31. Tantra Amidhara says:

    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for the article. I have run the line of being a meat eater vs a vegetarian. This has been most helpful. I look forward to reading more of your articles!
    Om Mani Padme Hum

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