May 21, 2020

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Letter from New Zealand: A THOUGHT OF THE “GOOD” BY MAT HAI ( Thư New Zealand : Cảm nhận của Mật Hải về chữ “Lành”

Dear Guru,­

I’ve joyfully listened to your lecture on the occasion of 2564 Vesak day celebration. How admirable of you to have used skillful means (from information technology to foreign language) in expounding Dharma for the learners around the world. Maybe this modern time, particularly the explosion of the pandemic, have created barriers and profound changes in the global economy, culture and society. Still, neither they can stop the light of wisdom radiated from the kalynamitra nor the Bodhi essence of the true master.

Dear Guru,

Your sermon has fueled me to move forward in the path of liberation confidently. Through the sermon, I can see the excellent example of the Buddha and holy saints, and at the same time, has the darkness in the mind of mine and dharma brothers’ exposed. I’ve got a valuable lesson in the journey with you, following the lotus feet of the Enlightened Beings.

Today, you expounded about “the GOOD in Buddhism”, the path of mindfulness the Buddha pointed out 2,500 years ago.

First is the “GOOD news”: At the birth of Buddha, all devas and humans rejoiced and sang; “Three thousand worlds” cheerfully welcome the Tathagata, the Perfect Enlightened, the Exalted One to appear in this Saha world, lightening all directions, beyond space and time, with his wisdom. After over 25 decades, we now continue to welcome another “GOOD news” about the appearance of the Thanh Tri Master, founder of Thanh Tri Yoga, in Vietnam, following the merits and virtues of the Exalted One and the Padmasambhava to spread the good energy and the light of wisdom all over the world for the benefit of the sentient beings.

“GOOD news” on the birth of the Buddha

But, sadly, I realized that not everyone rejoices at this “GOOD news”. From the Buddha’s time until now, still there exist groups of evil monks, evil spirit, evil force, and demons that do not share joy with the sage. No doubt as they have sown too many “bad roots and bad causes” in thousands of previous kalpas, just like a poisonous insect that is afraid to come under the sunlight due to its habit of living in darkness.

A poisonous insect that is afraid to come under the sunlight due to its habit of living in darkness

Then I understand that even the Buddha was born and the noble masters have manifested in this world, not everyone has a “GOOD karmic affinity” to meet them though they have no “BAD condition” with them. Not everyone can meet a “GOOD friend” who introduces them to the Kalyanmitra (Good spiritual teacher). Even if they can meet the Kalyanmitra, due to interwoven causes and conditions (both from external and internal), not everyone can have “GOOD root” to overcome challenges to move forward and upward.

Through your teachings, I come to know that “GOOD root” does not naturally appear in this life but comes from the vows and connection with the master in many previous lives. Therefore, a disciple, even going through storms of life, or getting “vajra criticism”, or being imposed with Brahmadanda (noble penalty of shunning), etc, will never give doubt to dharma, feel offended or resentful at the master, or indignant with dharma brothers… . He will see them as a kind of purification, a chance to train himself and fortify “good root” and “good karmic affinity” of faith, diligence, mindfulness, concentration and wisdom, particularly give growth of “GOOD dharma” in his mind.

Vajra criticism

After listening to your sermon, I understand why they have “good karmic affinity” in meeting the Buddha (masters, kalyanmitra) but they show arrogance, jealousy, envy with them… I know the profound reason is that they do not have enough “GOOD root” and do not treasure “GOOD affinity” with the noble ones. That’s why their cultivation gets no fruit but rather have bad consequences. Such persons tend to repeat the same mistake and feel no shame. Although they may be knowledgeable (like Devadatta who attains the fourth jhana and magical power, or Sunakkhatta Bhikkhu who is thoroughly conversant with the Tripikata…), they do not transform their mind in the right orbit of dharma. Therefore, even they have magical power or worldly success, they fail to have “GOOD dharma” in their mind.

So what is that “GOOD dharma”? Why can’t they have “GOOD dharma” despite the fact that they are “thoroughly conversant with the sutras”, regularly chanting sutra, having excellent writing skill or eloquence? I think that “GOOD dharma” is GURU DEVOTION and the treasuring of dharma. That good dharma is born and grown up in a genuine and clear mind while will die or perish from a deceitful and dark mind. Since that good dharma is the root and the foundation of enlightenment as asserted by Master Agvagosha and Padmasambhava, if we do not accrue or have accrued but let it withered, sooner or later, our spiritual life shall collapse.

Hence, the vital lesson I learned today is “The most important “good cause” is the good affinity with the Master/Guru” in this life which should be unceasingly fostered and accumulated until the utmost enlightenment. This is because the Vajra Master is the source and the root of cultivation in Buddhism (path of awakening), especially in Vajrayana (Thanh Tri lineage), as asserted by Master Dilgo Khyentse and holy saints. Once I have good affinity with Guru, I should be seriously, genuinely and endeavor in maintaining “connection” with you (in any way I could, the simplest way is to read and comment, following the practices Guru has taught).

Master Dilgo Khyentse

I need to rely on good friends and accrete the good affinity with the Guru (Buddha), just like Sariputra and Moggaliana who follow the lotus feet of the Shakyamuni Buddha.

Sariputra and Moggaliana who follow the lotus feet of the Shakyamuni Buddha.

I should not be Channa, who initially had a good affinity with the Buddha (Guru): meeting the Buddha early, having long time attendance with the Sangha, but failed to know how to practice and apply right view to uphold that good affinity, but contrarily let it perished by disrespect and ungratefulness. Like a fool man who sows the Bodhi seed on the rock cliff or desert, he cannot yield the fruit.

Channa, who initially had a good affinity with the Buddha (Guru)

With your boundless compassion, Guru has “lowered yourself to be our friend” by reading our articles and comments to timely give us valuable encouragement. But we have had little regard of your love and kindness, turning ourselves into Channas. So shame on us! By doing this, we have betrayed your benevolence, just like Channa betrayed the trust of the Exalted One.

You have followed the example of Buddha by the imposition of Brahmadanda on us (closing our log-in account onCHANHTUDUY.COM…) so that we have a chance for self-reflection and elimination of our faults, which I thank you for. This penalty aims to prevent us from (intentionally or unintentionally) trampling upon your compassion and stabbing your heart of Bodhicitta with our mundane sword.

May we soon purge our sins, laziness, insensibility and ignorance to continue the cultivation of our rare positive karmic affinity with Guru – this affinity is more precious than jewelry, helping us to sow GOOD CAUSE to yield GOOD FRUIT. By this, we surely live a joyful and happy life and be reborn to the Pure Land of the Amitabha Buddha after our death.

Dear Guru,

Whenever I am bounded by “eight conditions of bondage” or “eight kinds of mental bondage”, may I sincerely pray:

O’ Guru Rinpoche, please turn my mind towards the Dharma

O’ Perfect Enlightened Ones, don’t let me stray onto wrong or inferior path

O’ Compassionate Guru, WHO IS THE ONE OF THESE MASTERS, please take care of me!

May Guru and your consort live long in order to make the light of wisdom shine in every direction. Let the mind dharma of Thanh Tri imbued with the fragrance of mindfulness.

May the pandemic of COVID-19 soon be rooted up.

Om Mani Padme Hum.

Disciple Mat Hai


Vietnamese version : Thư New Zealand: CẢM NHẬN CỦA MẬT HẢI VỀ CHỮ “LÀNH”

  1. Dr C H Lakshminarayan says:

    I bow my head at the lotus feet of Guru.

    Dharma stands above all, and Dharma is Dharma   and it stands always BEST in status!  I request Guruji to clarify when we address Good Dharma, is there any ‘ bad Dharma’?. Dharma in Buddhism refers to Buddha’s teachings which we respect as:

    ‘dhammam sharanam gachchami’  has no comparison to any other and it is always best!. No doubt Guru is the  ROOT

    of the tree on the strength of which Buddhism tree stands firmly in the world even after 2500years.!

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Tantra Nirvadeva

  2. Jason says:

    Thank you for your article, too true you are. Much to reflect on. Thank you again.

  3. tantra mahavita says:

    Dear Holy Guru: I bow my head at the feet of the Guru. Our Rejoicing, Thanks and Devotion for your ineffable dedication and absolute humility in teaching the Dharma. We are so deeply grateful for our karmic affinity that with your Love, Compassion and Wisdom you guide us towards the path of liberation. Being our living Buddha … We are so happy that our hearts are filled with joy. May you have a long and happy life, dear Guru, for the benefit of all sentient beings. May all beings find Buddha Nature. May this pandemic end soon. OM MANI PADME HUM

  4. Tantra Amitara says:

    Dear guru

    I bow my head before your lotus feet. I am thankful for this article.

    I am very fortunate as guru introduced dharma to us. We all know the difference between other dogmatic dharma and budha dharma very well. But still moving here and there for finding something. That is called the craving mind. Please guru bless us not to being always moving in saha world.

    May guru teaching illuminates all over the world for peace and happiness. May guru and his concert live long for well being of all.

    May all sensient being free from all kinds of diseases.

    May all sensient being attain enlightenment.

    Om mani padme hum

  5. paul yawney says:

    Dear Holy Guru, Thank you for another article.  I Bow head to Lotus feet of Guru. The Dharma is everything but needs a Guru to present it in best possible manner. Guru has made sure to present it in the best way. Thank you for your teachings. May Holy Guru and his Consort  live a long and Happy Life.May there be an end to this virus soon. OM MANI PADME HUNG.    Tantra Himataru.

  6. Tantra siramitra says:

    Venerebol Guru;

    My name is tantra siramitra.

    Nice article, good reflection, in oll the comment, it is very nice.

    Thank you for the article.

    May Avery one be happy.

    OM MANI PEDME HUM

    🌹 🌹 🌹 🌹 🌹 🌹 🌹 ❤️🙏

  7. Phan thị Bạch Tuyết says:

    Kính bạch Thầy !

    Con Mật Phong Tuyết rất hoan hỉ được đọc những dòng cảm niệm chân thành và sâu sắc của huynh Mật Hải.

    Con cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của Thầy Cô vì sư nghiệp phổ truyền yoga Thanh Trí.

    Cầu nguyện cho huynh Mật Hải và Mật Thủy luôn hanh thông đời đạo và viên thành mọi ước nguyện chính đáng.

    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.

  8. Tantra Mashinaga says:

    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for sharing this article. We have spoken that our affinity for one another in a past life has led us to be together in this life. Me as a student and you the Teacher(Guru). I must have some good karma to know such a wise and compassionate Guru. I hope to continue my learning from you. I hope to rid myself of this laziness and dedicate myself completely to learning the dharma from my Guru.

    May Guru and his consort live a long and happy life

    May all sentient beings be free from suffering and attain happiness

    May Covid19 pandemic be over soon and all people healed

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    Tantra Mashinaga (Mark Hamilton)

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