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Buddhist Beginners’ Offering to Their Master

Update: 05/04/2011
 
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This morning flowers and leaves are seen at every street\r\ncorner,
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While yellow sunlight is spreading on natural sights and the\r\nwind is blowing, both are performing gently;
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Likewise, lilies smell sweet and roses show their arrogance
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All aiming at offering to my master was on the occasion of\r\nschoolmaster’s traditional day.

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But there are teachers who lead their lives silently and\r\nexpose themselves to winds and rains to perform their duty
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As a boatman carrying his countless numbers of students to\r\nand from river banks
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Those teachers who just think of their dedicated religion\r\nand live for the benefits of human life
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Even though they themselves live through difficult times\r\nwithout any hope for a form of repayment.

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My master always leads a frugal life with two daily meals\r\nwith nothing but rice and pickled cucumbers and aubergines,
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And a worn brown cassock
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Together with a string of beads for Buddhist praying\r\nAmitabha Buddha
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With a view to lessen living beings’ miseries

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That is my master, Senior Venerable Thich Chan Tinh, do you\r\nknow Him?
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His merciful heart is like an immense ocean,
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He, a grace master, an educator, a father,
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Who preaches and teaches us the Dharma, affection as well as\r\nreal-life experience?
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He has taught us that not a single human being can avoid\r\nfrom vicissitudes  -   joys and miseries,
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Praises and blames, love, hatred are just illusories.
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Therefore, don’t blame anything or anyone;
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Instead, accept the truth and try your best to improve\r\nyourselves and to make a vow to acquire your perfect or Bodhi heart.

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I would like to express many thanks to you for having taught\r\nme wonderful things
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And led me to sunlight from the dark.
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You have saved me, an orphan,
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And led me to peace and contentment.

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As this worldly life is full of pieces of slander and\r\nhatred,
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Human beings hurriedly look for wealth and fame.
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Many times I have collapsed from overwork right in the\r\nmiddle of the human market.
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It is in suffering misery that I have really understood the\r\nburden you have sent me.

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Dear Sir, I understand that giving means receiving and\r\nletting go means rescuing for enlightenment
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Happiness or misery is being neither inside nor outside\r\nsituations; instead, it depends on our karma
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Money and fame are just the same as building castles in the\r\nair.
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It would be better to firmly pray Sakyamuni / Amitabha\r\nBuddha for salvation

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I still remember the good seed you have germinated in me.
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Likewise, Sutras, discourse, Vinaya (monastic rules) you\r\nhave taught me: those are like rain poured into me.
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Due to my stupidness those seeds have just begun germinated.
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With my own heart, I’d like to respectfully present you my\r\npresent immature seedlings
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Represented in some of these awkward and innocent lines of\r\nmine
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To the noble one who will always propagate of the true\r\nDharma aiming at helping the mass known as living beings.
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As the waves of Vung Tau waters will crash into its shore\r\nforever,
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 I myself will engrave your sublime words into my heart\r\nfor life and wish that you, the founder, be always wealthy.
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(I respectfully offer these lines of poem to my master Chan\r\nTinh. The composer: Chon Hien Bao, in Vung Tau).

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Translated into English by Mr. Hoang Huan, layman.

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