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Hành trình cõi trăm năm

Update: 17/09/2014
The day when I turned to an enlightenment path has been the day I detached everything.
 

Hành trình cõi trăm năm

 
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The journey into the hundred-year realm
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Walking hastily.
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What are you looking for
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In greed, anger and ignorance?
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Ambition or aspiration is one of the long-built habits of\r\nhuman beings when they are looking for happiness and it is the motivation for\r\npeople to enter the way of good, bad or neutral karma. Karma remains along with\r\nties and physical body. Now, I can walk on the way with the Buddha’s shining,\r\nbasing on “Only Wisdom proves career” to live and probably to make life happy\r\nsome day.

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“Only” means feeding and unique, “wisdom” means intellect,\r\nmeans seeing and knowing. “Only Wisdom proves career” means feeding intellect\r\nis the only career in life.

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Buddha is a great heroic powerful and compassionate one. He\r\nis supposed to be an extremely rich and lenient king for the people in the\r\nKapilavatthu palace. But he decided to release everything to enter the path of\r\ntruth and freedom not only for him but also for all creatures. We now have\r\nnothing hesitating to release. The path that is prepared for us by the Buddha\r\nis all about us who want to proceed in it. If not accepting it, we are such a\r\nfool.

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Actually, the Buddha appeared to enlighten\r\npeople in absorbing the knowledge of Tathagata and to help people recognize the\r\nreality of Dharma. Dharma are illusive and non-existent but they are formed by\r\ncausal conditions with gathering and separation; gathering with enough causal\r\nconditions and separation without enough causal conditions. So, all kinds of\r\nway that people base on to look for happiness are illusion.

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Human beings carry their physical bodies due to Karma and\r\nregard the four fictitious appearances as reality. The four fictitious\r\nappearances consist of the self, the feeling and the humankind and the\r\nlong-lasting.

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The first one is the self. Because recognizing of the shape\r\nappearance, people think that they are real and believe in themselves. This is\r\nmy own. I made things by myself and I have to eat delicious foods, wear\r\nbeautiful cloths, sleep well, drive luxury cars, live in a big house and use\r\nthings with famous brands, from which they develop greed, anger, ignorance,\r\narrogance, suspicion, wicket idea, leading to bad karma like slaughter, theft,\r\nadulteries, lies, alcoholism and gambles which make them suffer from diseases\r\nand wonder if they have to bear them who do not accept the old. They try to\r\nfind the way of living without being old but they still get old, then they try\r\nto find the way of living without death but they will die. Why, because they\r\nsubmerge into the five fake skandhas.

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Our bodies are by four elements forming great causalities.\r\nSo when we die, each causal condition will be paid back to what it belongs to.\r\nMeat, bone and viscera are back to soil because they are soil. Liquids inside\r\nus such as: blood, pus and saliva are back to water because they are water. The\r\nwarmth is back to the fire. Heart beating and vein pulsing are back to the\r\nwind. So where are we in those for us to fall in? The Buddhist cultivator needs\r\nto grasp those basic things to control the feelings and to protect six senses\r\nso that we would not be fluctuated even if being suffered or at ease, attaching\r\nthem means rebirth.

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The second one is “accepting the feeling appearance”. From\r\nthen, if people make us happy or sad, we would feel love or hate them. “No\r\nfeeling means without Earthen World. Bad Karma means without being born in the\r\nPure Land.”

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The third one “believing in the human appearance”, thinking\r\nthat human beings are real, and then, eyes are used to watch the beautiful;\r\nears are used to listen to the melody sound. We would like to admire a\r\nbeautiful flower, listen to a good song and eat good food etc. All is illusion\r\nbecause the flower would be withered, a good song listened repeatedly would be\r\nbored and delicious food would be bored in eating for a long time such as Lord\r\nTrinh who has precious , rare  dishes in his life without delicious\r\nfeeling compliments the “germ stones” food of master Quynh. Creatures have\r\ntemporary causes and living and death, short existences. If we attach to the\r\nappearance and disappearance, so do our mind in Samsara (rounds of rebirth)

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The fourth is long-lasting appearance. We think that we keep\r\nliving our lives for a long time. Feeling of the long-lasting is a record of a\r\npicture or a matter etc. that we think they are real. For example, we feel\r\nhappy when we are congratulated for doing a good test by our teacher, at that\r\nmoment, we are living in a temporary feeling. If the compliments are real,\r\nthere will be no criticism. Because there are the compliments, so they will\r\nexist and cannot be lost. The teacher praises us today and he must do the same\r\ntomorrow etc. Immersing in that feeling is such a mistake and vagueness.

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As in Diamond Sutra, â€œIt is natural that appearance\r\nwithin appearance means illusion; appearance without appearance means seeing\r\nTathagata”.

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It means anything with shapes is illusive and unreal. But if\r\nwe see all appearance in emptiness, we will have the Buddha‘s look and we will\r\nsee the Buddha who neither come nor leave, neither appear nor loss and neither\r\naction nor action. Both being visible and invisible are nihility. The Buddha’s\r\nview is no approximation, no deadline, no birth, no death, no dirt, no purity\r\netc. All are such emptiness.

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A person with an endless mental initiation just starts to\r\nsow the Bodhi seeds and to step the first step on the enlightened path. He has\r\nto follow the Precept – Meditation – Wisdom way to support his mind. Although\r\nknowing our bodies are delusive, we would not keep emptiness and late and lost\r\nmislead the enlightened way. By seeing the real appearances or non-appearances,\r\nwe should base on the delusion and illusion to cultivate to get real and true\r\nminds. That is the Buddha’s view, natural wisdom and self-teaching\r\nintelligence.

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People, who want to dominate their bodies and minds, to\r\npeacefully ease their mind and to be enlightened to see Buddha’s wisdom to live\r\npermanently in self observation such as of real existence and dharma, please\r\npractice in what the Buddha taught. It is the experience of the enlightened\r\nones who have had the way “Wisdom means career”.

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Praying for all dharma of different sects attain the\r\nBuddha’s bright nature in order to see everything ordinary without happiness\r\nand sorrow.

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Translated into English by Nguyen Khanh Hoa.

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