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On July 20, 2016, the destruction of Larung Gar monastery & the Institute’s residences & quarters has begun in Tibet. As per reports, a large number of residences has been bulldozed & demolished by the local Chinese authorities to evict Buddhist monks & nuns from the Institute & the monastery.

The Larung Gar Buddhist Academy, which is probably the world’s largest Buddhist monastic community, was founded by Choeje Yishin Norbu Khenpo Jigme Phuntshok. The academy, as framed by the late Khenpo, has been serving as the wellspring of knowledge. It is also the home for many Buddhist practitioners and the source of happiness for people across the globe. The Chinese government has issued an order to reduce the population of the institute to 5,000 residents when there are well over 10,000 monks and nuns alone. The Chinese government also announced the planned demolition of living quarters, which would leave residential space for only five thousand members.

The obvious concern is regarding religious freedom for the thousands of monks and nuns that have renounced the world and made Larung Gar their home just to practice their religion. As the Chinese government continues to manipulate the number of monks and nuns in monasteries all over Tibet, this directly obstructs the practice of religion for many.

Xuân Vãn – Trần Nhân Tông

Triết lý tu hành của Vua Trần Nhân Tông là triết lý tu hành nhưng vẫn nhập thế; tu hành nhưng vẫn quan tâm đến đời sống con người, không tách rời thế sự nước non.

Bài thơ “Xuân vãn” (Xuân muộn) của Phật hoàng Trần Nhân Tông

Niên thiếu hà tằng liễu sắc không,
Nhất xuân tâm tại bách hoa trung.
Như kim kham phá đông hoàng diện,
Thiền bản bồ đoàn khán trụy hồng.

Đây là bản dịch của Ngô Tất Tố, theo thể thơ thất ngôn tứ tuyệt:

Tuổi trẻ chưa tường lẽ sắc không
Xuân sang, hoa nở, rộn tơ lòng.
Chúa xuân nay đã thành quen mặt,
Nệm cỏ ngồi yên, ngó rụng hồng.

Và đây là bản dịch của Đỗ Thanh Dương, theo thể thơ lục bát:

Tuổi thơ nào hiểu sắc không
Xuân sang náo nức trong lòng trăm hoa
Chúa xuân nay đã biết mà,
Ngồi yên chiếu Phật ngó ra rụng hồng.

Buddha on Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Right & Wrong

Queens and Bees

I’ve been studying the thoughts of Buddhist teachers recently. It started like it usually does; I find one thing and then that leads to another and so on and so on. I think this particular find started with the Buddhist concept of “rapture.”

And so I read about rapture and then that leads to jhana and then that leads to right concentration and finally I ended up at the Access to Insight website. [link]

Access to Insight is a popular Theravada Buddhist website. Thervada is the oldest surviving school of Buddhism still in practice around the world.

I guess one could say the Theravada are like the professors (or clergy if you like) in Buddhism. The Access website was created for and is dedicated to, “providing accurate, reliable, and useful information concerning the practice and study of Theravada Buddhism, as it has been handed down to us through both the…

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What is True Love? – Thich Nhat Hanh


According to Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, there are four elements of true love.

Maitri (Loving Kindness, 慈)
Maitri is the first element of love, maitri has connection to mitra (mitta, friend, 友), love is friendship, friendship should bring happiness, otherwise what is the use of having friendship. To be a friend that is means to offer happiness, if love doesn’t offer happiness, love make the other person cries all the times, that is not love! That is not maitri! Maitri is translated as loving kindness, loving kindness should be able to offer happiness, so true love must have this element. You don’t just love another person, you have to love yourself, because the ‘self love’ is the foundation of love for another person, if you don’t know how to love yourself or offer yourself happiness how can you be able to love and offer other person happiness? You don’t know anything about happiness, how can you offer happiness? Live in such a way that bring you joy and happiness, then you will be able to offer other person joy and happiness, we learned that happiness is something to do with suffering, if you don’t know suffering you don’t know what is happiness, so understanding suffering is the very foundation of happiness. Good practitioner know how to deal the suffering inside, recognize painful feeling, how to embrace it tenderly, how to transform to bring relief, not to fight them but to accept them, that is love! If you don’t know how to handle a painful emotion, strong feeling in you, how can you help other person to do that?

Karuna (Compassion, 悲)
Second element of love is Karuna, Karuna is compassion, capacity of removing, relieving, transforming suffering. When you love someone, you are motivated to do something to stop suffering. If you don’t know how to handle suffering in you, how you can help the other person to handle their suffering? A good practitioner always learn how to handle the suffering in him or her first. Buddha’s teaching is very clear, whenever there is a strong emotion arising such as anger, fear, despair; you should be able to be there for it, to recognize it as existing, not to fight it, learn how to embrace it, accept, you use mindfulness and insight in order to understand its nature and get a relief, then you will liberated yourself from your pain and sorrow. This is what we had to learn as a practitioner. Buddha doesn’t just said, “You have to love and transform”, he even show the way how to love and the step how to transform ourselves, concrete step of removing suffering. Devote time to deal and transform our strong emotion, if you know how to do that then you will know how to help others, so to love oneself is very crucial as to love other person. Buddha in the Satthipathana Sutta (Sutra on Four Establishment of Mindfulness) teach us how to bring the feeling of joy and happiness to us, using mindfulness and concentration you can always bring the feeling of joy and happiness, no need to use money or go to the shopping center, if you know the art of releasing, the art of mindfulness, concentration, and insight, you can bring joy and happiness anytime. Continue reading

Cái gì xảy ra khi anh chết?


Cái gì xảy ra khi anh chết? Câu trả lời ngắn nhất là: Anh không chết! Bởi vì bản chất của anh là vô sinh bất diệt.

” Thân này không phải là tôi
Tôi không kẹt vào nơi thân ấy
Tôi là sự sống thênh thang
Tôi chưa bao giờ từng sinh mà
cũng chưa bao giờ từng diệt
Nhìn kia biển rộng trời cao
Muôn vàn tinh tú lao xao
Tất cả đều biểu hiện tôi từ
nguồn linh tâm thức
Tự muôn đời tôi vẫn tự do
Tử sinh là cửa ngõ ra vào
Tử sinh là trò chơi cút bắt
Hãy cười cùng tôi
Hãy nắm tay tôi
Hãy vẫy tay chào để rồi tức thì gặp lại
Gặp lại hôm nay
Gặp lại ngày mai
Chúng ta đang gặp nhau nơi suối nguồn
Chúng ta sẽ gặp nhau từng phút giây trên muôn ngàn nẻo sống.”

(Thơ: Không đến không đi – Nhất Hạnh)

Thich Nhat Hanh – Mindfulness Meditation

An admirable person, a great personality, and I’m really proud and lucky that I met him once few years ago. He opened a door for me in a maze (a real mess in my head) of Buddhism when I was trying to find a way out, between my thirst of knowledge about other religions and divination. It is not a miracle, but an open book with lessons for you to experience. People may realize and apply it differently. I have tried to follow his way for open heart and learn to see things objectively, without bias, when reading about Zohar, Koran or I Ching, or working crazily under pressure, or helping me being over most unbalance, emotional, darkest and difficult periods. The powers of mindfulness, insight, concentration and compassion, how to transform warring parties and how to deeply transform relationships. It will lead you to your calmness, and find your true self :)


Oprah Winfrey via her OWN network, talks to Thich Nhat Hanh


The day of Mindfulness in European Institute of Applied Buddhism, Waldbröl, Germany, on Sunday, August 26th, 2012


Mindfulness as a Foundation for Health | Talks at Google