Jan 25, 2020

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Letter to Disciples No.305: 1st Day of Tet 2020 (Thư gửi các trò 305: NGÀY ĐẦU CỦA TẾT CANH TÝ 2020)

Letter to Disciples No.305: 1st Day of Tet 2020 (Thư gửi các trò 305: NGÀY ĐẦU CỦA TẾT CANH TÝ 2020)

Dear disciples!

This morning I woke up earlier than usual (6:55). The sky was purely pure with the sunlight partly covering “Ao gia phong tuyet” (Magical house of wind and snow). The atmosphere was strangely silent. Here I sat alone in the living room, gazing at picturesque scenery, a brief moment of absence of thinking arose, no others, no self, no scene. Suddenly, a wonderful, lovely feeling came over me on the very first day of Lunar New Year though I’ve experienced this day many times in my life. And I really meant it!

Sunlight partly covering “Ao gia phong tuyet”

Admiring Song Nguyen Tantra House in it new appearance, I felt relief as everything has been well prepared for you and for the kick-off of the spring festival celebration. Suddenly, a smile appeared on my face upon recalling my forecast four years ago:

 

“In spring permeate the fragrance of Dharma flowers

Through every direction Bodhicitta spreads far and wide

Then Song Nguyen Tantra House sets sail

Across the ocean of Dharma to the land of true eternity”

 

It really is as Song Nguyen Tantra House has completely improved all facilities and infrastructure to offer best services to all followers and disciples from inside and outside in their attendance of the Conference 2020 – Spring Opening for Mind. This time last year (2019), we were buried with work preparing for the spring conference 2019 in Channel Long Hai Resort from one month before till the fourth day of the Lunar New Year. But this 2020, I have more relax time as the conference will be organized right at the central Tantra House. That’s why we have “Phap van duong” (Dharma cloud hall), “Ao gia phong tuyet” (Magical house of wind and snow”, and especially the “Tailoring room” of Mat Dieu (my consort) where displays souvenirs I bought from a trip to Sweden.

The “Tailoring room” of Mat Dieu where displays Swedish souvenirs

I remembered on previous days, all streets of Ba Ria province were clear. Strong wind made the weather a little bit cold. Pots of daisy and chrysanthemum displayed in abundance alongside the street seemed awaiting for buyers. While people were rushing to prepare for Tet, we stopped by Zone Café at Pham Hung Street in Ba Ria City to leisurely enjoy the coffee, feeling the blessings we’ve got that made the coffee more tasty in each drop. The newly black-painted Kia Morning now runs more powerful after its overhaul in October 2018 after five years of operation. Now it welcomes two more friends: Attrage and Mirage. This time I drove Kia Morning though it rides as not smoothly as those two cars since it bears Bodhi memories during our dharma trips. This is the reason why I always give it a special interest!

Pots of daisy and chrysanthemum displayed in abundance alongside the street seemed awaiting for buyers

Rushing home

Spring comes everywhere in Ba Ria City

We stopped by Cafe Zone

Black-pained Kia Morning

 

-The coffee is ready, sir!

– Thank you!

I took a sip of coffee, feeling refreshed in the the wind breeze. Not a rush before and near Tet time, nothing can compare to it! Outside on the street, some people were hurriedly carrying pots of flowers to their home. I just don’t need to buy as the beautiful flowers are blooming in every corners of Tantra House. What do you think if a flower is without fragrance? It is valueless, just like paper or plastic flowers which bear artificial beauty. The beauty of Dharma flowers, meanwhile, is so incredible that gets praise from devas as noted in many Buddhist scriptures.

“The scent of flowers does not travel against the wind

But the dharma scent of Buddhist practitioners pervades every place” (Dhammapada Sutra)

Likewise, practitioners with yellow robe, shaved head, though holding high titles are just “paper flowers”, “plastic flowers” if their virtues are not equivalent. One may admire their beauty [flowers] from far away but soon become bored when discovering there no fragrance upon reaching closer to them.

Song Nguyen Tantra House on the 1st day of Tet

In fact, I had welcome the first day of Lunar New Year as the clock’s bell rang at 0:01 and the Prajna drum sounded continuously at Bat Nha Monastery (Prajna Monastery). Out of my expectation, Mat Duc, Mat Hue Nhu, Mat Khue Minh, Mat Hue Phap, Mat Binh, Mat Vien, Mat Khanh Van and Mat Hoa were here to celebrate the moment of New Year’s Eve with us. Dharma stories were told in the gratefulness for the blessings of Buddhas that bestow us these leisure moments. Usual tensions come from the organization of conference as spring comes have been wiped out. All have been done on the 27th day (Lunar calendar). I’ve been informed that Mat Nhat Nguyen and Tantra Mashinaga were flying to Ho Chi Minh City and Tantra Sutradaka is able to attend our conference. Other disciples and followers will come here on the 2nd day of the Lunar New Year.

We gathered to celebrate the New Year’s Eve

I finished the article at 8:31 on the 1st day of Tet 2020

At this New Year’s Eve, I enjoyed some jellies and cookies which were wonderfully tasty for they are imbued with “Dharma taste”. As the sky turned brighter, the scene of Tantra House became more splendorous by sparkling rays of the colourful lighting system. Slightly I walked to my Thanh Tri Room (Pure mind room), being profoundly grateful for the blessings of the Avalokiteshvara which thanks to him, for the first time in my life, I have welcomed a New Year’s Eve and look at the Tantra House’s scenery at the 1st day of the New Year with peace, equanimity and elation.

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

Om mani padme hum!

A rainy afternoon on the peak of Phu Van Mountain

8:31 in the morning, 1st day of Lunar New, 2020

Thinley- Nguyen Thanh


Version Vietnamese: Thư gửi các trò 305: NGÀY ĐẦU CỦAthu-gui-cac-tro-305-ngay-dau-cua-tet-canh-ty-2020 TẾT CANH TÝ 2020


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BỮA CƠM NGÀY TẾT


 

  1. Nicholas DeNittis says:
    What a wonderful article, Guru! I am looking forward to meeting you on the 28th!

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

    Nicholas DeNittis

  2. Dr. C H Lakshmi narayan says:
    I bow my head at the lotus feet of Guruji.

    Happy Lunar New year 2020

    *********************************

    (Poem )

    Lunar New year 2020

    *********************

    Friends, welcome the New year , lunar twenty twenty

    Brings new surprises and gifts all-in bounty

    Lo ! Tantra House ! Birds are singing all around

    Dancing in the lunar New year with melody sound

    OH ! Lo ! Sunrise ! Multiple colours and immense joy !

    Bestow it’s incredible Bhodicitta on all in bounty

    Teaching, ” desire nothing, appreciate everything” but

    ” Do highest good like me to your enemies worst”

    Only a life lived for others is life worthwhile !

    Be this your moto in your future work profile.

    Men may come , men may go here

    Everything is impermanent  on earth dear

    But Lunar New year is permanent, coming every year

    Exception to the Nature’s law! Very rare !

    What is coming is better than what is gone dear!

    Start the New year with Guru’s blessings early

    Walk in the field of Dharma practices slowly

    Reach the goal of Enlightenment safely.!

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Tantra Nirvadeva

    ( Dr. C H Lakshmi narayan)

     

     

    • Nguyên Thành says:

      Thank you for your nice poem full of emotions which makes the beautiful spring more beautiful.
      May you be diligent in practicing dharma and see you on March 2020.

  3. Tantra Mishataru says:
    Dear Guru,

    I bow my head to your lotus feet, happy Lunar new year. Its my wish to come and see you on march, I will try make everything possible to come in Vietnam.

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  4. Tantra Ashihata (Simon Michael) says:
    Dear holy Guru,

    My name is Tantra Ashihata .

    I thank you for this article you have given to us. You made me to understand the celebration Luna which is the new year may this year be of blessings to all our true spiritual leader and friends.

    May Guru live long for the happiness of all sentient beings and may all sentient beings free from suffering.

    Om mani padme hum

     

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