Oct 13, 2020

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Letter from America: THE HIKE (Part 2) — TAKING A REST ( (Thư từ nước Mỹ: ĐI BỘ ĐƯỜNG DÀI (kỳ 2))

Another week had passed, and it was my time to be with nature again. This time, I chose to visit Crabtree Falls. With a 300-meter drop, this is the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi River. The hike was about 4 km crossing a small part of George Washington and Jefferson national park. Comparing to the last-week trail, this one is one-and-a-half times the length and steepness but is (surprisingly) much easier to hike.

Crabtree Falls

As we entered the trail, we immediately heard the roaring sound of the waterfall. “Wow, it’s pretty already?” — said an elderly visitor. Looking at the lower fall slowly appeared in front of my eyes, I was amazed because most of the trails I visited started very boring, except this time.

To me, Crabtree fall looked like five falls sitting on top of each other; every junction is a perfect spot to rest and take pictures. I watched the water streams as they gently flowed between the mighty rocks. Sometimes, they lingered for a bit and created an “infinity pool” hanging in mid-air. Sitting on the terrace, I felt the cold fresh air as they flew past my body and removed all my tiredness. Within minutes, I feel revitalized to continue the journey ahead. These sightseeing and resting areas had (seemingly) shorten the hike and make it even more enjoyable.

Resting along the way



“Tudi Tudi Suwaha” (Vietnamese pun, English translation: Practice Dharma, practice Dharma, it is fun) — I laughed out loud when thinking about this joke I learned at Song Nguyen Tantra House. Of course, it is fun despite the long path because we have multiple “resting and sightseeing areas” along the way. In the Guru’s lesson, the “Boddhi Hammock,” the Guru has promised to create many many hammocks for us to lay down our backs and rest, especially when we are tired from the obstacles in our daily lives or our spiritual paths. There are six types of hammock created by six Mind-Dharma. And the act of resting is to practice these six methods anytime, anywhere.
The most familiar “hammock” to me is “Samyagdrsti-Prabha Samadhi” or simply “read and comment on chanhtuduy.com.” After hours and hours of committing to worldly matters, I appreciate the time to practice Pure Mind Yoga, to regain balance and empty the “trashes” in my mind. Master Lianchi has taught: “Sensual pleasures are not comparable to gardening, pleasures from gardening are not comparable to traveling, pleasures from traveling are not comparable to reading books written by the great minds, pleasures from reading books written by the great minds are not comparable to peacefully practicing Dharma.” Reading articles on chanhtuduy.com beside the waterfall, I’m both enjoying the pleasures of traveling and peacefully practicing Dharma. Enjoying life while enjoying Dharma, must be twice as fun!

The most familiar “hammock” to me is “Samyagdrsti-Prabha Samadhi” or simply “read and comment on chanhtuduy.com.”

Chanhtuduy.com

It’s now past noon, time for me to leave. Goodbye, Crabtree fall; I’m ready for a new week. Relaxing weekends follow by productive weekdays; time will fly just like that. Likewise, the path to Enlightenment might be long and strenuous. But thanks to the Guru’s Boddhi hammocks, I will have good rests whenever I want then continue to move forward. I will never give up!

Dear Holy Guru,

I pray for the health and longevity of the Guru for the benefit of all sentient beings. May I start on the journey to liberate all sentient beings. May the Covid-19 pandemic will soon be over.

Om Mani Padme Hum

 Virginia, 10/10/2020

Disciple Cao Dieu Nhat Nguyen


Vietnamese version: Thư từ nước Mỹ: ĐI BỘ ĐƯỜNG DÀI (kỳ 2)


Related articles:

1, Letter from America: THE HIKE (part 1) Thoughts on Gratitude (Thư từ nước Mỹ: THƯỞNG NGOẠN HOÀI ÂN (Kỳ 1))

2, Letter from America: THE HIKE (Part 2) — TAKING A REST ( (Thư từ nước Mỹ: ĐI BỘ ĐƯỜNG DÀI (kỳ 2)kỳ 2))

3, Letter from America: MY HOME IN LIFE, MY HOME IN DHARMA ( Thư từ nước Mỹ: MÁI ẤM THẾ GIAN, MÁI ẤM ĐẠO PHÁP)

 

  1. Cao Diệu Thanh Phương
    Cao Diệu Thanh Phương says:

    Dear Guru,
    I am rejoiced to read this story.
    Thanks brother Cao Dieu Nhat Nguyen for sharing this. May brother Cao Dieu Nhat Nguyen achieve the rightful wishes.
    I pray for Guru’s health and longevity for the sake of sentient being.
    May all sentient beings attain the Buddha nature’s happiness.
    May the Covid-19 end soon.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  2. Mật Diễm says:

    Dear Guru,
    I am glad to read this article,
    I thank you Guru for compassionately founding six spiritual innovations in accordance with the nationality, the times, and the nationality that make it easy for us to apply the dharma in life to accumulate the exercises merit and wisdom in practice page on the way to find the city of liberation.
    I pray for the health and longevity of Guru for the sake of all sentient being,
    I pray for the Coronavirus disease soon over,
    I pray that all sentient being attain the happiness of Buddha nature,
    OM AH HUM

  3. Nguyễn Thùy Linh ( Đại Yên - Hạ Long - Quảng Ninh ) says:

    Kính bạch Thầy , con đã đọc xong bài này rồi ạ .
    Con cảm ơn Thầy .
    Con cầu mong tất cả chúng sanh đạt được hạnh phúc của Phật tính .
    Con cầu mong đại dịch Covid-19 sớm được tiêu trừ .
    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  4. Phan thị Bạch Tuyết says:

    Kính bạch Thầy!
    Con Mật Phong Tuyết rất hoan hỉ được đọc bài viết này.Cảm ơn đạo huynh Cao Diệu Nhất Nguyên đã chia sẻ hành trình dã ngoại,cảnh sắc mùa thu Crabtree thật đẹp và huyền ảo, cùng những cảm niệm chân thành và lòng biết ơn vị Guru của mình.
    Con thành tâm cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của Thầy.
    Cầu nguyện cho tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc của phật tánh.
    Cầu nguyện cho đại dịch covid 19 được tiêu trừ.
    Om mani padme hum.

  5. Mật Huệ Bích (8 tuổi) says:

    Dear Guru,

    I have read the whole article,

    Thank you Guru,

    I pray for the health and longevity of Guru for the sake of all sentient being ,

    I pray for the Coronavirus disease soon over,

    I pray that all sentient being attain the happiness of Buddha nature,

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  6. Mật Khánh Thảo says:

    Kính bạch Thầy!
    Con đã đọc xong bài rồi ạ. Con hoan hỷ khi được đọc bài viết của huynh Mật Nhật Nguyên.
    Con thành tâm cầu nguyện cho sức khoẻ và sự trường thọ của vị Thầy vì sự nghiệp hoằng dương Chánh pháp.
    Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc Phật tánh.
    Cầu nguyện cho dịch bệnh Covid 19 sớm được tiêu trừ.
    Om Mani Padme Hum

  7. Mật Tú Viên says:

    Dear Guru!

    I’m happy to read this article of Dharma brother Cao Dieu Nhat Nguyen. This article reminds me about the “Boddhi Hammock” of Guru, helping us to overcome the fatigue of life to continue on the Enlightenment Path.

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

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

    May the Covid 19 pandemic will be soon eliminated

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  8. Cao Diệu Mật Thủy says:

    Dear Cao Dieu Nhat Nguyen,
    I giggled with joy and gratitude when I read the pun “Tudi Tudi Suwaha”, which means “Practice Dharma, Practice Dharma, it is fun.” We have been experienced that truth many many times on our journey under the guidance of Guru. Your joyful break-times at the weekend are outside but still full of spiritual energy thanks to the connection of Guru by the six Dharma methods. Your sharing inspires me with the six Boddhi hammocks that Guru invented for us to have a rest any time to “recharge” ourselves on our Dharma journey. Thank you for your sharing.
    May Guru have good health and longevity for the benefit of all sentient beings.
    May the epidemic of Covid-19 come to an end soon.
    Om mani padme hum!

  9. Mật Đức says:

    Dear holy Guru
    I am very happy when I read this article.
    I thank Cao Dieu Nhat Nguyen for sharing this article.
    I sincerely thank Guru for teaching and creating wonderful hammocks to help us.
    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

  10. Mật Phê Rô says:

    Dear Guru!
    I have read article.
    Thank you so much!
    Pray Guru good health, live long because benefit of all beings.
    Pray covid 19 end.
    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  11. Mật Hồng Liên says:

    Kính Bạch Thầy
    Bài này con đã đọc rồi ạ
    Con xin hoan hỷ với những chia sẻ của đạo huynh Cao Diệu Nhật Nguyên
    Con xin cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của Thầy vì lợi lạc của chúng sanh
    Cầu nguyện cho tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh
    Cầu nguyện cho dịch bệnh covid 19 sớm được tiêu trừ
    Om mani padme hum

  12. Mật Hữu Tâm says:

    Kính Bạch Thầy
    Con đã đọc xong bài viết này rồi ạ
    Con rất hoan hỉ và tán thán thiện hạnh, những dòng cảm niệm chia sẻ bài viết thật là sâu sắc và lợi lạc của huynh Cao Diệu Nhất Nguyên qua bài viết: Thư từ nước Mỹ; bài 2 ; Đi Bộ Đường Dài.
    Con thành tâm cầu nguyện sự trường thọ của vị Thầy vì lợi lạc cho tất cả chúng sanh ạ.
    Con cầu nguyện cho dịch bệnh Covid 19 mau chóng được tiêu trừ.
    Con cầu nguyện cho tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh.
    Om Mani Padem Hum

  13. Mật Thúy says:

    Kính Bạch Thầy.
    Con đã đọc xong bài này rồi ạ .
    Mật Thúy hoan hỉ với bài viết chia sẻ của Cao Diệu Nhật Nguyên , qua bài này Mật Thúy cũng đồng ý với suy nghĩ của đạo hữu rằng con đường đi đến thành phố giải thoát còn rất xa nhưng vị Thầy ngày đã lấu hiểu được nên ngày đã từ bi phát kiến ra sáo chiếc võng để học trò đệ tử chúng ta nghĩ ngơi khỏe rồi đi tiếp về thành phố giải thoát một cách không mệt mỏi . Con cầu nguyện sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của vị Thầy vì lợi lạc của chúng sanh con cầu nguyện cho vi khuẩn corona xóm ngày được tiêu trừ Om Ah Hùm.

  14. Mật Phước says:

    Dear Guru,
    I have read letter from America. I’m delighted with sharing of Cao Dieu Nhat Nguyen after his hikes.
    Thank you, Guru, for your teaching and creating Bodhisitta hammocks helps us get to rest in everytime, everywhere.
    May Guru have good health and longevity for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May the covid 19 pandemic be soon over.
    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  15. Mật Thiệu says:

    Dear Guru!
    I am delighted to read the letter from America : The Hike ( part 2) – Taking A Rest.
    Thank you dharma brother Cao Dieu Nhat Nguyen for sharing this article.
    May Guru have good heath and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May dharma brother Cao Dieu Nhat Nguyen is successful in life.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    May covid – 19 pandemic be soon over.
    Om mani padme hum.

  16. Cao Diệu Chánh Tấn says:

    Dear holy Guru,
    I have read this article. I am delighted to read the sharing of Dharma brother Cao Dieu Nhat Nguyen in this article. Along the hiking trip, there are multiple “resting and sightseeing areas”, which helps the trip become fun and enjoyable. From that image, Dharma brother Cao Dieu Nhat Nguyen has related to the “Dharma hammock”, which the holy Guru has created to help disciples regain the balance, empty the “mind trashes” after committing to worldly matters. This “Dharma is life, life is dharma” point makes me realize how lucky I am. By practicing Dharma diligently, I am able to avoid the trap of eight worldly concerns. Alos, I can enjoy Dharma and enjoy life at the same time as applying Pure Mind Yoga method into real life activities.
    Thank you holy Guru for your teaching. May holy Guru have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    Thank you Drama brother Cao Dieu Nhat Nguyen for sharing such a meaningful article. May you achieve legitimate wishes.
    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.

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      That’s right! Maintain a balance mind and a joyful attitude while practicing Dharma!

      • Cao Diệu Chánh Tấn says:

        Dear holy Guru!

        Thank you so much for your guidance and compassionate encouragement.

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

        Om Mani Padme Hum.

  17. Mật Mai says:

    Kính Bạch Thầy!
    Con đã đọc bài viết này rồi ạ
    Mật Mai hoan hỷ với bài chia sẽ của Cao Diệu Nhất Nguyên.
    Con cảm tạ Thầy đã sáng lập ra phát kiến tâm linh phù hợp với thời đại, dân tộc để chúng con , chúng sanh dễ tiếp cận và trang bị những hành trang để đi đến thành phố giải thoát.
    Con cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của Thầy vì lợi lạc chúng sanh
    Cầu nguyện cho dịch bệnh Covid 19 sớm được tiêu trừ. Om Mani Padme Hum!

  18. Maria Mật Thủy Tiên says:

    Dear Guru
    I have read this article, Guru
    I rejoice with the sharing of Cao Dieu Nhat Nguyen
    I pray for the health of the Guru for the benefit of all beings
    I pray for sentient beings to achieve the happiness of Buddha nature
    19 covid prayer is quickly eliminated
    om mani padme hum

  19. Mật Hồng Thức says:

    Dear Guru,

    I have read the article by vajra brother Cao Dieu Nhat Nguyen.

    I rejoice with the feelings of brother Nhật Nguyen during the walk combining Dharma practice, graterful feelings when Guru has created many bodhi hammock, helping us to rest and get rid of the fatigue, hardship of his life and in his spititual journey.

    I pray for the health and longevity of the Guru for the benefits of all beings.

    Pray for the Coronavirus pandemic to be eliminated soon.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  20. Mật Huệ Như says:

    Dear Holy Guru
    I have read Letter from America: “THE HIKE(Part 2) – TAKING A REST” already.
    I am so delighted with dharma brother Cao Dieu Nhat Nguyen’s feeling about the Pure Mind Yoga, the Bodhi hammocks woven with the wisdom and compassion of Guru. With these wonderful stopovers, our journey to Liberation city is no longer difficult and tiring. Whenever we feel tired from the obstacles in our daily lives or our spiritual paths, we can taking a rest, regain balance, empty the “trashes” in our mind and then keep moving forward again.
    May Guru have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    Thank you dharma brother Cao Diệu Nhat Nguyen for sharing this article. May you achieve legitimate wishes.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    May Covid-19 pandemic be soon over.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  21. Mật Bích Thủy. says:

    Dear Guru!
    I am very happy to read the article of magician Cao Dieu Nhat Nguyen.
    The words of the mage Cao Dieu Nhat Nguyen reminds us of the “Six Paths of Bodhisattva” that the Guru invented not only to help us overcome all the fatigue of life but also help us. leisurely on the way to liberation.
    May Guru have good health and live a long life for the benefit of sentient beings.
    May magician Cao Dieu Nhat Nguyen achieve his legitimate aspirations.
    May sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha Nature.
    It is possible that pandemic virus 19 will soon be eliminated.
    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  22. Tantra Amashuta says:

    Dear holy guru,
    Thank you for sharing this letter. This is a wonderful way to move through life. Om Mani pandum hum
    Madu you live looking and healthy for all sentient beings

  23. Cao Diệu Tuyết Hoa says:

    Dear Guru,
    I have read this article.
    Thank you so much for your sharing by Dharma brother Cao Diệu Nhất Nguyên on his hiking trip. From the related from some resting and sightseeing areas which make he feel more enjoyable in there. This is like the Dharma Hammock where we can take the rest and recharge energy on the path of enlightenment. I am grateful to Guru who is created Dharma Hammock to all disciples by wisdom and compassion. It helps us can balance mind and joyful attitude on worldly and dharma life. Thank you for all Guru’s teaching.
    May Guru have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May Dharma brother Cao Diệu Nhất Nguyên will get successful and active legitimate wishes.
    May the Covid will end soon.
    May all the sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  24. Mật Diệu Linh says:

    Dear Cao Dieu Nhat Nguyen.
    I am delighted to read your shared article about the joy and comfort of Dharma practice thanks to the six Bodhi hammocks invented by the esteemed Guru, the Bodhi hammock that helped students Yoga Thanh Tri has a happy life, can rest whenever he gets tired, energize himself, continue his journey to find his homeland of the Western Bliss of Buddha Amida.
    Through this we have the opportunity to praise and praise the great deeds, wisdom and bodhicitta of the venerable Guru.
    I pray that the Guru will always be healthy and have a long lasting life for the benefit of all beings.
    Pray for all sentient beings to achieve the happiness of Buddha nature.
    Pray for Covid 19’s plague soon to be eliminated.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  25. Mật Chi says:

    Dear Guru
    I have finished reading this article already .
    From the convalescence trip ,the faithful have had a feeling of the six magic methods that are means to practice to bring us to enlightenment.
    I pray for Guru health and longevity.
    Pray for the corona epidemic soon to be spent.
    Om mani pedme hum

  26. Tantra Aradhana says:

    Thank you so much Guru
    Crabtree falls sounds like such a beautiful place to hike i love going on hikes too I love just being in the woods I love trees and rivers the sounds are so peaceful alone with the sound of wild life and birds chirping the pictures you shared are really beautiful as well

    Thank you again

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