Aug 31, 2020

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THANH TRI – THE 1ST MIND DHARMA: LESSON 1: A BRIEF ON EIGHT DHARMA METHODS OF TAKING REFUGE IN THE THREE JEWELS (Eight paths leading to the true nature of mind) ( Bài 1: Tổng quan về đệ nhất tâm pháp Thanh Trí BÁT PHÁP QUY Y   (Tám lối về chân tâm))

It is well-known by all Buddhist practitioners that taking refuge in the Three Jewels is one decisive proof of being a true Buddhist. Taking refuge in the Three Jewels is one characteristic of the liberation path. In Buddhism, the core meaning of taking refuge is “to shelter” (from Dakini teachings, page 49 by Thien Tri Thuc Publishing house in 1999), which means taking shelter in the Three Treasures (Buddha, Dharma and Sangha). In terms of Chinese, taking refuge means “rely on” which instruments the meaning of “relying on the Three Jewels”.


In Vajrayana Buddhist teachings (Dakini teachings), taking refuge includes three types which are (1) Taking refuge externally (2) Taking refuge internally (3) Taking refuge through sublime entrance. In Dakini teachings, Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava (the founder of Vajrayana Buddhist from Tibetan) taught as follows:

Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava

1. Taking refuge externally is made with the purpose of avoiding samsara sufferings and searching for shelter in the Three Jewels. The object for Buddhist practitioners to take refuge is the Three Jewels. The place for taking refuge is the Three Jewels (the place that represents the presence of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha). It should be understood that it is mandatory and not easy to gather all four components at once; for instance, there may be places that Buddha, Guru and Sangha are presented but there is no presence of Dharma; or Dharma, Buddha, Sangha are presented but there is no presence of Buddhist teacher (monk master or lay master). Guru Rinpoche said “In case one guarantees he will never die, or that he will be reborn into the human being realm, it is not necessary to take refuge”. However, this can never be foreseen!


2. Taking refuge internally means taking refuge in Buddhist teachers (Guru), the Original Honored One (the Buddha or Bodhisattva that one Buddhist practitioner choose to worship, including holy embodiment, mantra, Dharma name, mandala (holy space), Dakini (tantric deity that might best be described as a female embodiment of enlightened energy). In order to take refuge internally, one must be a Vajrayana Buddhist practitioner. The proper attitude is always considering Guru as Buddha, frequently visualizing the Original Honored One (holy embodiment, mantra, meditation practice), making offerings without interruption to Dakini by practicing 1 of 10 spiritual activities. The duration of taking refuge counts from one generating Bodhicitta till attaining ultimate liberation. Therefore, it can be inferred that taking refuge internally will improve awakening, sincerity, careful attention in the practitioners’ body, speech and mind; and the purpose of taking refuge internally is to make a compatible linkage to blessing force of the Five Dhyani Buddhas following the right orbit of Vajrayana, accordingly the practitioners will be blessed from the transcendent pure land (Vairocana Buddha, Amoghsiddhi Buddha, Ratnasambhava Buddha, Amitabha Buddha, and Akshobhya Buddha).

The proper attitude of the practitioner taking refuge internally is always considering Guru as Buddha

3. Taking refuge through sublime entrance is reserved for the practitioners of superior level whose spiritual competence are high and aim at attaining full enlightenment in one life. Accordingly, they take refuge in three sublime objects which are reflected through (1) conception (2) meditation (3) process. Conception means confidence, meditation means not abiding (not clinging to the existence of reality of egos and things), process means the process of generating Bodhicitta.
The practitioners’ attitude with the concept of being confident (with the holy pride) will rescue them from all desires, bring up the determination to leave samsara, and attain Buddhahood. The practitioners’ wish is to not be reborn any more into samsara, the purpose of taking refuge through sublime entrance is to attain full enlightenment in this life.

The practitioners’ wish is to not be reborn any more into samsara, the purpose of taking refuge through sublime entrance is to attain full enlightenment in this life

Eight Dharma methods of taking refuge in the Three Jewels (or eight paths leading to the true nature of mind) which is one of Song Nguyen Tantra House’s spiritual inventions will be explained in succession. In regard to the realistic aspect of taking refuge, I would like to repost Letter to disciple No.47 as an explanation. Please read further as below.
Ba Ria – Vung Tau, 20 August 2009.
Dear Ms. Lu Thi Toan!
I am happy to hear from Tran Phu Bac whose Dharma name is Mat Tri that you, his mother, wanted to follow the Buddhist path as he has been doing. One day later, I received your phone call expressing your wish, which makes me happier.
For what reason? Firstly, I am happy for Phu Bac, or Mat Tri, who is my student, that he has accumulated unmeasurable merits because of his good deed. Why? According to Buddhist teachings, the best way for one to perform filial piety is to suggest his parents to follow the path of Buddhism. Supposing that Mat Tri keeps providing foods of impressive variety to his parents throughout one hundred lives, the merits that will be accumulated are lesser than what he has done. Why? That is because even his parents enjoy this life to the fullest with all those things, their lives will eventually end up dying. After death, it is impossible to know where the next stop of your soul is. In the Hua-Yen Sutra, the Buddha taught that human beings keep committing faults/sins in every of their movements. Suppose that those faults are visible, they will make the sky be overwhelmed! Therefore, most dead people, to be exact around 80%, will be reborn into lower realms which are hell, hungry ghosts, and animal realms.


I will give a brief description on those three realms. Those beings in the hell realm are extremely miserable in which they keep being tortured days and nights. There are only fires and cries. This realm lengthens for about three billion years. In the hungry ghost realm, the beings rarely find anything to eat for decades, and they are not able to drink even one small drop for hundreds of years. They have a large head which looks like a jar, while their necks are small as straw, they walk like they are going to collapse, and they suffer ceaseless hunger. It takes thousands of years for the hungry ghosts to finish their karmic hindrance there. Those beings in the animal realm are always in the state of being scared, even the king of the jungle – lion. They are threatened by being hunted for skinning, eating, cooking the bones. Among themselves, they are threatened by the law of survival, they kill each other for surviving. Therefore, their lives are miserable and lacking freedom. After death, animal beings fall into the realm of the hungry ghost, which is even more miserable. Those animals which are close to human beings like dogs, chickens, ducks, pigs, cows or goats have a chance to be reborn into the realm of human beings later on. However, those animals who are reborn into the realm of human beings will also continue their miserable lives, they recall their habits in lives which are full of fear, misery and junk foods.

Six realms in samsara

As it is hard to be reborn into the human being realm, you should appreciate the precious human body in this life. In one teaching, the Buddha took an example of similes that as the dirt in one person’s nail is too little compared to all amount of dirt in this whole world, the rare chance to be reborn into human being is little compared to beings from other realms. If there are thousands of fishes in one pond, there are just a few hundred households within a large village. Therefore, you should rejoice as a human being. However, the preciousness of being born as a human being is not in the rarity of this realm, but that they have more advantages than other realms to practice Dharma. Buddhist scriptures specified the following reasons: beings from hell realm are executed ferociously days and nights, the hungry ghost are hungry all years long, the animals are brainless and always scared, the gods are always angry and ready to fight, the heavenly beings are swayed by sexual desire which prevent them from approaching Dharma. Only human beings can learn and practice Dharma.

There are human beings who are hindered from practicing Dharma. Those are people who are disabled, who were born in a distant border of the world where Buddhist teachings cannot be found, who were born in a family with wrong-view tradition (for example, families which maintains the tradition of worshiping ancestor, or families in those countries where there is no Buddhism such as Arabic countries, Jewish, Iraq, Iran, etc., slaves – the ones whose lives depend heavily on others, people with mental illness, etc.). According to Buddhist scriptures, you are a human being who is residing in a place where are well-known with wrong-views and Buddhist teachings cannot be found. However, thanks to Mat Tri – Tran Phu Bac chose to start his career in Southern Vietnam and afterwards had a good fortune to learn Buddhism, experiencing the blessings from the Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha), so he wanted to guide his parents to follow the same path. Thanks to that, you developed a spiritual mindset, and that is the reason I wrote this letter.
In order to be blessed by the Buddhas, firstly you must take refuge in the Three Jewels. Taking refuge means relying on an object, in this case the objects are the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Relying on the Buddha can be referred to as being born into a family with strong power so you are not afraid of being threatened by any external forces. Relying on Dharma can be referred to as being born into a family who owns all important documents and licenses; therefore, you will never be bothered by the authorities; or a family owning a huge amount of books that give you principles to become a good person and have a happy family. Relying on Sangha can be referred to as a family who is visited by knowledgeable guests, who will help to enrich with meaningful insights which bring benefits in life. That is the purpose of taking refuge in the Three Jewels. What I have mentioned is related to current life. In the upcoming life, those who have taken refuge in the Three Jewels will be blessed by the Buddhas so that they won’t be reborn into lower realms including hell, hungry ghosts and animal realms.
Besides, after taking refuge in the Three Jewels, one will be granted a Dharma name by Guru. Relying on the Buddhas’ majestic energy, I am now giving you a Dharma name, MAT TIN, which means a person who has faith in Vajrayana Buddhism, the path I have been following and practicing for years now. According to the Buddha’s teaching, once one has taken refuge in the Three Jewels, he officially becomes a Buddhist. A Buddhist in the presence of the human body must keep five precepts. The first precept consists of a prohibition of killing humans, the second precept prohibits taking what is not given, the third precept prohibits sensuous misconduct, the fourth precept involves falsehood spoken, the fifth precept prohibits intoxication such as alcohol, drugs, cigarettes. As long as you hold the five precepts, you will be blessed by the Vajrayana guardian, dignified spirits, the gods at higher levels, local deities or local guardian deities. Why? Because those dignified spirits had guaranteed in front of the Buddha that they would protect all human beings who have already taken refuge in the Three Jewels so nothing can harm to their doorstep, not to mention any forces can harm them and their bodies! That was affirmed in the Earth-Store Bodhisattva’s Original Vows sutra. Therefore, after taking refuge in the Three Jewels, it is not necessary to pay worship or prostration to any gods or heavenly beings.
As a Buddhist, taking refuge cannot finish within just a ceremony! Every morning you should stay in front of Avalokiteshvara’s picture which has been sent to you, and read three times as follows: I AM MAT TIN, LU THI TOAN. I AM TAKING REFUGE IN GURU, IN BUDDHA, IN DHARMA, IN SANGHA FROM NOW TO THE ULTIMATE ENLIGHTENMENT.


Then, you will be protected by the Three Jewels throughout the day which prevents you from being harmed, or accidents. Suppose that you encounter an accident on that day, that is because you had made one in your previous life so in this life, you cannot avoid bumping into it. For instance, you stole money from someone in your previous life, in this life your money will be stolen by someone else. However, instead of losing a large amount of money, you will lose a smaller portion because you have already taken refuge. Similarly, big woes will turn into small ones, small woes will turn into nothing. Therefore, a Buddhist practitioner always feels lucky in case they encounter bad luck, unfortunate situations. I emphasized this for you not to lose faith in the Three Jewels in case after taking refuge in the Three Jewels, there may be unlucky incidents happening to you. As the law of karma, you reap what you sow, which means if you had done bad things, you would have received bad consequence equivalently. Those who took refuge understand that law thoroughly, thus they will not be bothered by all life upheavals! In case you sincerely pay gratitude to the Three Jewels in case of being stuck in upheavals, you will accordingly accumulate an unmeasurable amount of merits for your strong faith. It must have a reason for the Buddha’s teaching that said “FAITH IS THE ROOT FOR ALL MERITS”.
It is impossible to foresee when bad incidents happen to challenge our faith and accordingly give us a chance to earn merits. However, it is important to keep in mind that you will earn a lot of merits by practicing taking refuge as I gave instruction earlier. In Dirghagama sutra, the Buddha taught that every time the Buddhist practitioner announced their taking refuge in the Three Jewels, they would earn more merits than make offerings to build pagodas, or houses to monks in this life. After gaining merits, you will then accumulate wisdom. In Buddhism, wisdom plays the most important role. Only having wisdom will guarantee one to become Buddha in the future. Relying on the Buddhas’ majestic energy, I will teach you the easiest and simplest way to accumulate wisdom as follows:
You only need to recite the mantra: OM MANI PADME HUM (which pronounced as UM MA NI PÊ MÊ HÙM). You can recite it anytime, even when you clean the house. But you should recite silently in your mind, it is unnecessary to recite loudly. Only in deserted and wild places, you can recite loudly to calm down your fear. In order to gain wisdom, reciting silently is good enough. If you want to accumulate more merits, you should sit in front of Avalokiteshvara’s holy picture, reciting and watching the holy embodiment with immense devotion.

OM MANI PADME HUM

In short, by this letter I mentioned Mat Tri – Tran Phu Bac who accumulated unmeasurable merits because he guided his mother to the path of Buddhism; then I explained the sufferings in three lower realms including hell, hungry ghost and animal, which helps us to appreciate our precious chance to be reborn as human being. In regard to the practice aspect, I explained the benefits, meaning and purpose of taking refuge in the Three Jewels. Finally, I gave instruction on how to accumulate merits and wisdom. If you have any further questions, or need further explanation, please call me at 0165 717 6263. I will then reply in another letter. I will send you pictures and Dharma books. I hope that your family and relatives may start their charming destinies with Buddhism because of you!
Finally, I pray for you and your family all the best.
Sincerely,
Thinley Nguyen Thanh.
Translated by Mat Tu.


Vietnamese version: Bài 1: Tổng quan về đệ nhất tâm pháp Thanh Trí BÁT PHÁP QUY Y   (Tám lối về chân tâm)


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  1. Tantra Amishuta says:

    Dear holy Guru,
    Thank you so much for your explanation of taking refuge in the Three Jewels. These explanations are very helpful to me. Of all of your most amazing articles, this one has struck me the most. It is a life-changing article for me. I do not mean the others have not been. This one was different. It shows me the best path to stay true to Buddhism and becoming a true Buddhist. This opens my eyes and sets me on a slightly different direction. I have a deeper understanding of my purpose. Thank you for sharing this. I truly appreciate it.
    May all beings be well and find true enlightenment, not the false joys of “things” in life. May Guru live long and continue to guide all who will listen in the path to enlightenment. Om mani Padme Hum

  2. Mật Bình says:

    Kính bạch Thầy!
    Con đã đọc bài này. Con hoan hỷ tán thán công hạnh, Bồ đề tâm và trí huệ vị Thầy. Qua bài viết chúng con hiểu được sự quí hiếm của thân người so với các loài khác trong cõi Ta bà. Cũng như nỗi khổ sở của ba cõi giới thấp, bởi sự ngu si, đói khát và sợ hãi, đó cũng chính là nguyên nhân cản trở chúng sinh trong ba cõi thấp tiếp cận với Phật pháp, là cơ hội để thoát mọi khổ đau trong kiếp luân hồi sanh tử. Chỉ có loài người với nhiều lợi thế để thực hành Phật pháp và điều quan trọng đầu tiên để thực hành pháp là Quy y để trở thành một người Phật tử chân chính, được nương tựa vào ba ngôi báu (Phật, Pháp, Tăng) thông qua kênh vận chuyển của vị Thầy, là con đường dẫn tới giác ngộ tối thượng. Con hiểu được lợi lạc của việc Quy y và giữ 5 giới, sẽ giúp người Phật tử có được sự tịnh hóa nghiệp chướng từ lớn thành nhỏ, nhỏ thành không và được bảo hộ bởi từ trường thanh tịnh Thầy( Phật, Pháp, Tăng) để không một thế lực nào có thể hại họ được. Con cũng hiểu rằng, để báo hiếu bậc sinh thành thì việc giúp họ tiếp cận và thực hành pháp để tránh rơi vào các cõi giới thấp, thì đó gọi là đại hiếu.
    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy với bài viết ý nghĩa, nhiều lợi lạc. Con cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của Thầy vì lợi lạc của tất cả chúng sanh.
    Cầu cho tất cả chúng sanh tìm được nơi nương tựa chân thật, thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh.
    Cầu cho dịch bệnh covid 19 sớm bị tiêu trừ.
    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  3. Mật Thủy says:

    Dear Guru,
    Thank you for the first lesson on the first Mind Dharma subject – Eight dharma methods of taking refuge in the Three Jewels. I have got that taking refuge doesn’t mean to attend a ceremony in a Pagoda or a Monastery to receive a certificate with a dharma name and then do nothing, or even continue paying worship to the gods and heavenly beings as many people misunderstand. The core meaning of taking refuge in the Three Jewels is to shelter, to rely on the Buddha, Dharma, Sangha and the Guru, who is the embodiment of the Three Jewels, with the sincere faith from the body, speech and mind. So I think that one will hardly accumulate immeasurable merits if taking refuge in the Three Jewels without belief by understanding.
    Thank you Guru for giving us the explanation on the meaning of taking refuge in the Three Jewels with three types: 1) externally, 2) internally, and 3) sublime entrance, which open new scopes in my mind. May I praise Guru’s wisdom and compassion to us that showering our seed of faith growing day after day.
    May Guru have good health and longevity for the benefits of all sentient beings.
    May the epidemic of Covid-19 come to an end soon.
    Om mani padme hum!

  4. Mật Chánh Tấn says:

    Dear Holy Guru!
    I have read this article. I would like to express my gratitude for your explanation, which helps me to understand more about the importance and benefits of taking refuge in the Three Jewels.
    After reading this article, I know there are three types of taking refuge, which include: (1) Taking refuge externally; (2) Taking refuge internally and (3) Taking refuge through sublime entrance. Furthermore, after reading your teaching in the “Letter to disciple No.47”, I understand more how hard it could be to be reborn in the human realm. Through your brief description of three lower realms, which are hell, hungry ghosts and animal realms, I feel so fortunate to be reborn as a human, avoiding the sufferings of these three lower realms.
    Just by simple comparison, we could see such an amazing opportunity to be reborn as a person and be able to learn Buddhism, follow the right view : if there are thousands of fishes in one pond, there are just a few hundred households within a large village. And within these households, not anyone has the opportunity to learn Buddhism. And among people who are learning Buddhism, not anyone would be able to follow the right view. Therefore, being able to learn Buddhism and follow the right view by learning Pure Mind Yoga, taking refuge in Three Jewels is such an amazing opportunity for me that I should cherish and feel grateful for.
    Thank you holy Guru for your teaching. May holy Guru have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May the epidemic of Covid-19 come to end soon.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  5. Mật Chi says:

    Kính bạch Thầy
    Con hoan hỷ khi đọc bài viết này ạ!
    Con cảm ơn Thầy đã luận giải cho chúng con hiểu mục đích, ý nghĩa, lợi ít của việc quy y tam bảo, khi quy y tam bảo người phật tử được truyền 5 giới có cơ hội tích tập công đức và trí tuệ nhiều hơn người không quy y khi mạng chung không rơi vào ba cõi thấp địa ngục, ngã quỷ, súc sanh .
    Con xin tán thán thiện hạnh của đạo hữu Mật Trí đã hoàn thành đại hiếu của một người con là trợ duyên cho mẹ mình được tiếp cận thực hành phật pháp.
    Con xin cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của Thầy.
    Cầu nguyện cho dịch bệnh corona sớm được tiêu trừ.
    Om mani pedme hum

  6. Mật Phê Rô says:

    Dear Guru!
    I have read article
    Thank you so much!
    Pray Guru good health, live long because benefit of all beings.
    Pray covid 19 end.
    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  7. Admin
    Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Dear holy Guru,
    Thank you so much for your wonderful article, which help me to get deeply understanding about taking refuge in the tree jewels. I feel so fortunate to follow your guidance on the path to enlightenment.
    I have learnt that Dharma represents Buddha and Dharma also represents the enlightenment. If somewhere even big temples with large gates, has no Dharma, such places are only Samsara. Only Buddha Dharma can help all sentient beings to be free from suffering and get the ultimate state of enlightenment.
    We can hear the nice echoes of reciting mantras, sutras in the temples, but if the teachers in those temple can not provide us the Dharma to practice, we get no progress on the path of liberation. That is the reason why the Buddha said that practitioners should rely on Dharma, not relying on anyone. There is Dharma, there is Buddha. The teacher who teaches Dharma to all sentient beings, he himself represents Buddha.
    The six wonderful spiritual Dharmas innovented by Guru prove that Song Nguyen Tantra House is a right place for all sentient beings to follow the path of enlightenment under Guru’s guidance. And more importantly, Guru with 6 amazing spiritual Dharmas is the most important jewel for us to follow his footsteps on the path to liberation.
    Moreover, the world success and spiritual achievement learners and disciples in Song Nguyen Tantra House have been gaining for 4 years is the vivid proof for the effectiveness of the 6 spiritual Dharmas invented by Guru and of unlimited blessings from Guru and Buddhas towards all sentient beings.
    Thank you so much for your beautiful teaching.
    May Guru have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    I also rejoice with the good deeds of Mat Tu, who has translated Guru’s article into English. Her translation will help English speakers all over the world be able to access to Guru’s teachings.
    May Mat Tu get all of her righteous wishes due to her diligence in practicing Dharma and Guru devotion.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha nature.
    May covid 19 end soon.
    Om Mani Padme Hum

  8. Carmen says:

    Thanks for the interesting and deep article.
    I am just at the beggening of the search for spiritual path and in the accumulation of knowledge and Your article make things clearer for me.
    Thank You very much!

  9. Adrian says:

    As a lay Buddhist from non Buddhist country (eastern europe) I am doing my best to take refuge in the Three Jewels. Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha. I wish everyone perseverance, wisdom and patience on their way to enlightenment. Thank you both dear Guru and translator for this wise article.

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  10. Lynwood Furthington says:

    Dear Holy Guru thank you so much for sharing this article with the us. It gives great insight into the three jewels, into Buddhism and your mind, what is to be done and what is not to be done and how to do practice, It was a wonderful read, Thank You so much…Blessings..

  11. paul yawney says:

    Dear Holy Guru, I bow head to Lotus feet. Thank you for another wonderful article.The articles show the vastness of knowledge and information there is to follow Holy Guru. each article helps my growth. May holy Guru and Consort live a long and Happy Life. OM MANI PADME HUM. May this virus end soon .
    Tantra Himataru.

  12. Sati says:

    Dear Holy Guru,Blessings on your very informative and articulated Article!

  13. Kim Johnson says:

    Thank you Guru
    For another wonderful article and so helpful to learn all your teachings
    Thank you so much

  14. Tantra Mashita says:

    Dear honorable guru,

    Thank you so much for sharing this article with us, I really liked it, it gave me a general vision about the three jewels, and I really appreciate that, actually I started to search about the three jewels since some days, and I found alot of informations about the three jewels on the internet, but these informations weren’t clear as this article, thank you so much again dear compassionate guru

    I bow my head down for you
    I devote myself to you

    May you have a good health and live long for the benefit of all sentient beings
    May all the sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature
    May the pandemic caused by corona virus soon end
    Om Mani Padme hum 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  15. Mật Hoa Pháp ( 9 tuổi ) says:

    Kính Bạch Thầy.
    Con Mật Hoa Pháp đã đọc xong bài này rồi ạ!
    Con cảm ơn Thầy.
    Con cầu nguyện cho virus Corona sớm ngày được tiêu trừ.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  16. tantra mahavita says:

    Dear Holy Guru : Thank you so much for sharing this article…Taking refuge in the Guru represents take the refuge in the three jewels seeing the Guru as Buddha …Our devotion and inmensurable Gratitude towards our Guru…I bow my head to the Guru is Bodhichita and Compassion ..May i have a long live for benefit for all sentient being …May all sentient being find their Budhha Nature.May the pandemic come to an end …OM MANI PADME HUM

  17. Phan thị Bạch Tuyết says:

    Kính bạch Thầy !
    Con Mật Phong Tuyết rất hoan hỉ được đọc bài viết này .Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã từ bi giải thích cho chúng con hiểu lợi ích ,ý nghĩa và mục đích của việc quy y tam bảo và hướng dẫn chúng con cách tích lũy công đức và trí tuệ.
    Con thành tâm cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của vị Thầy vì đạo nghiệp phổ truyền Yoga Thanh Trí.
    Cầu nguyện cho tất chúng sanh thức tỉnh với trạng thái giác ngộ.
    Cầu nguyện cho đại dịch covid 19 được tiêu trừ.
    Om mani padme hum.

  18. Charles Wentland says:

    Dear Holy Guru, Thank-you for this lesson on being a Buddah and ttaking refuge in the 3jewels, Buddah,Dharma and Sangha.To take refuge is to take shelter. The consequences of not taking shelter are grave. Most people will be reborn into hell or hungry ghosts or into the animal realm. You wiil for sure suffer greatly if you do not take refuge. You may suffer for billions of years.You must have proper attitude and think of your Guru as Buddah or first Jewel. A Buddhist must practice Dharma, right view and the five precepts. Most Buddhist will take refuge externally and internally and not sublime entance.
    May Guru live long happy healthy life. May all sentient beings achieve Buddah nature May Covid 19 end soon

  19. Tantra Yashami says:

    Respected Guruji Namaskar
    The Article is very beautiful and advice us to move your life towards three jewels so as to become a true Buddhist.You have also mentioned the eight paths that moves our life towards Buddhism.The Article shows us the path that leads to Buddhism.It is a true and practicable religion.May our Gurujis live long and show us the path of religion for a longer time.

    Om mani Padme hum

  20. Mật Tấn Sơn (Đỗ Trường Giang) says:

    Dear Guru,
    I read this article.
    Thank you so much.
    May Guru have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    May Covid-19 pandemic soon be over.
    Om mani padme hum.

  21. Brian says:

    Dearest Guru,
    Thank you. Thank you for sharing this article on the three refuge. I understand more now on the three refuge on a deeper level. Even though it’s difficult where I live , and I have strayed many times, I need to strive harder. I take refuge in the three jewels…thank you dearest Guru for facilitating. Om mani padme hum.

  22. Mật Chánh Hưng says:

    Dear Guru!
    I read this article already.
    I joyful to thanks Guru wrote this article.
    May Guru has a good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May the covid 19 will be soon over.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  23. Mật Ba says:

    Dear Guru!
    I am happy to read this article.
    Through reading this article I understand that: the human is rare and precious, like a lucky blind turtle entering a hollow log floating in the ocean. If there are thousands of fishes in on pond, there are just a few hundred households within a large village. However, the precuousness when using a human body for Dharma practice, other realms is not possible with other species. To practice Dharma the first job is to take refuge in the Three Jewels (relying blessings Buddha, Dharma, Sangha). Refuge in the Three Jewels will relying Guru, Guru will teaching our practice Dharma to bring results life in safety in the protection of the Buddha.
    May Guru have good heath, live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    May the Covid 19 pandemic will be soon over.
    Om mani padme hum!

  24. Sven Odin Munch-Petersen says:

    I take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha and I will strive to the best of my abilities, to follow the path to enlightenment. I like it’s made clear that it’s not always easy to find the four components in one place and I will offer my personal account.

    I live on a small island called Bornholm (belongning to Denmark) located in the Baltic sea of Scandinavia and I have had interest in Buddhism most of my life, but only 2 years ago started to become very serious in my practice and studies and on the 15 of February last years, while I was on a trip to India, to learn and study Indian culture, history and philosophies, I sat down and watch the sun going down and met a cat, which filled me with such an emmense sence of compassion, gratitude and completeness, that the best way describe it, is that I had a glimps of Nirvana and from that day on I knew I was a Buddhist and this ankor has not moved an ince since.

    But on my island there is no Sagnha and no monks (I belong to the Theravada brance, but enjoy and appriciate all schools of Buddhism), so what was I to do? All I could was to gather books and knowlegde about Buddhism in all it’s shapes and forms. So I have Buddha’s teaching in diffrent forms, ranging from collections of scriptures of various cultures and countries from Digha Nikaya of Thailand, the Bardo Thödol of Vajrayana to modern studies in Neuroscience and dreams from the perspective of Buddhist philosophy. Nor did I know anyone beside myself who was a buddhist or had serious interest in the practice of Buddhism, now luckily I come from a very open minded family, so they have never protested that I became a Buddhist and doe not try to effect me to think otherwise and so I decided the best cause of action, was to learn about the daily habits of a Bhikkhu and apply this to the best of my abilities in my own life, so once or twice each week, I practice at home, as if I was a monk myself, because as it says in the Dhammaphada 165:

    ”By oneself is evil done; by oneself is one defiled. By oneself is evil left undone; by oneself is one made pure. Purity and impurity depend on oneself; no one can purify another. ”

    And so I began to build of my own shrine and practice on my own and did not worry about wether or not there would be a sangha or not. But then one day my mother called me and told me, that to my suprise, there was indeed a temple on my island (as she had talked to a woman in a store about me being Buddhist), which belonged to the branch of Burmese Theravada, followed my the Mon refugese and there was even a Bhikkhu who came to the temple from time to time, as he lived and taught in a German university. I did not wait, but went straight to a woman and learned that the Bhikkhu would arrive the next month and so I arranged a meeting. It went well and we are good friends on Facebook but now he is in Burma and do to the COVID-19 this is the only way I can connect with him and the sangha, but this is life and so I follow the words of the Korean monk Wonhyo (617-686).

    ”Suddenly a hundred years will be past; how then can we not practice? How much longer will this life last? Yet still we do not practice, but remain heedless. A broken cart cannot move; an old person cannot cultivate. Yet still we humans lie, lazy and indolent; still we humans sit, with mind distracted. How many lives have we not cultivated? Yet we pass the day and night in vain. How many lives have we spent in out useless bodies? Yet still we do not cultivate in this lifetime either. This life come to an end; but what of the next? Is this not urgent? Is this not urgent?”

    I encourage my family and friends to take interest in Buddhism, but without force and speak only when it comes up naturally, because like with a seed, you cannot force it to grow, only help it with water and protection from bad weather.

    Concerning Atheism, I will say that I am an atheists, still this is no hindrance to following Buddhism and in my experience, atheists are for more likely to embrace Buddha’s teaching (especially in the Europe and the US) than a theist of religion such as Judaism, Christianity and Islam or Hinduism, because it does not depend on a creator God, but it’s evolving here into what is best classified as secular Buddhism, where many supernatural element found in Buddhism are stripped away, for the benfit or reaching the core ethical teachings of the four noble truths, dependent origination the eight fold path, but being tested and justified through scientific and emperical observation and his holiness the Dalai Lama himself has specifically stated that:

    “If scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims.“

    Which again I will underline, being atheist, is no hindrance to being a Buddhist, but neither is it a benefit, as Buddha taugh 4 things: That life is Dhukka, that the cause of Dukkha is attachment, that there is a way to liberation and that the way to liberation is the eight fold path and thw eight fold path, is a matter of practice, not faith.

    All this said, then it’s a wonder article and I wish you a blessed day ^^

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      Thank for you comment!

      • Mật Hữu Tâm says:

        Kính Bạch Thầy
        Con đã đọc bài viết này rồi ạ
        Con vô cùng hoan hỷ tán thán công hạnh của vị Thầy đã từ bi viết ra một bài pháp thật là sâu sắc và lợi lạc,để cho chúng sanh có được cơ hội quý báo để được hanh thông và, giác ngộ tối thượng trên cõi Bà ta này. Qua bài viết cho con hiểu thêm sùng kính vị Đạo Sư chân chánh, và quy y Tam bảo là một hành trình để chúng con được nương tựa vào vị Thầy để đi đúng con đường tránh kiến của đức Phật.con nguyện cho chúng sanh, và các đệ tử và học trò chúng con phải tuân theo những lời dạy của vị Thầy mà mình sùng kính, tôn quý,để khỏi rơi vào cõi thấp.
        Con thành tâm cầu nguyện Thầy thật nhiều sức khỏe và sự trường thọ vì lợi lạc chúng sanh ạ.
        Con cầu nguyện cho dịch bệnh Covid 19 mau chóng được tiêu trừ.
        Con cầu nguyện cho tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh.
        Om Mani Padem Hum

  25. Mật Thuận Nguyên says:

    Dear Guru
    I read this article
    I thank the Guru for giving us the beneficial dharma so that we have a better understanding of the benefits, the practice of the First Noble Truth of Wisdom brings when we take refuge in the Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma, Increase) find genuine refuge. Guru helps us to realize the value of this rare human body that will be fully utilized by us when we come to the path of training to set foot on the path to liberation, otherwise this human body is just the ordinary body struggled with a life of livelihood, suffered the consequences he had caused many previous lives and created new karma with a rotating law of samsara. I understand that taking refuge in the Three Jewels also has stages that we need to go through, but no matter what stage we all receive unbelievable merit, wisdom, and benefits and become people with right view, has a great influence that the invisible dark forces must be awed . I rejoice with brother Mat Tri who has accomplished great filial piety when sowing Buddha Dharma conditions to mother, now given the name of Mat Tin by the Guru.
    May Guru have good health anh live long for the sake of all sentient beings. May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    May the corona will end soon.
    Om mani padme hum

  26. Mật Ly says:

    Kính Bạch Thầy!
    Con đã đọc bài viết này rồi ạ.
    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã từ bi giảng luận cho chúng hiểu được,ý nghĩa và lợi lạc vô song “quy y tam bảo ” nương tựa Phật ,pháp,tăng giúp hành giả tích tập công đức,tăng tưởng trí tuệ.
    Cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ vị Thầy,vì lợi lạc cho tất cả chúng sanh.
    Cầu nguyện cho dịch bệnh Covid 19 sớm được tiêu trừ .
    Om mani padme hum

  27. Mật Bích Thủy. says:

    Dear Master, I have read this article already. I would like to thank Teacher compassionately commenting for us to understand the importance of taking refuge in the Three Jewels. I sincerely pray for the health and longevity of the Master for the benefit of all beings. Pray for all sentient beings to achieve the happiness of Buddha Nature. Pray for the corona virus epidemic soon to be eradicated. Om Mani Padme Hum!

  28. Mật Mai says:

    Kính Bạch Thầy !
    Con đã đọc đọc bài viết này rồi ạ.
    Con cảm tạ Thầy đã giảng luận cho chúng con, chúng sanh hiểu được tầm quan trọng của việc quy y và Tam Bảo.
    Con cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của Thầy vì lợi lạc chúng sanh
    Cầu nguyện cho dịch bệnh bệnh Covid 19 sớm được tiêu trừ. Om Mani Padme Hum

  29. Mật Thái Hòa says:

    Kính bạch Thầy.
    Con hoan hỷ đọc bài này ạ.
    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã từ bi khai thị cho chúng con thấy được sự khổ đau của chúng sanh trong ba cõi thấp (địa ngục, ngạ quỷ, súc sanh). Để từ đó giúp chúng con thấy được sự quý hiếm của thân người mà biết trân quý và tận dụng kiếp sống làm người hiện có của mình, để tu hành Phật pháp, mà quy y vào Tam Bảo, nương tựa vào Thầy, Phật, Pháp, Tăng, vì Phật đã dạy: Quy y Tam Bảo sẽ không đọa vào ba cõi thấp (địa ngục, ngạ quỷ, súc sanh) và sẽ được giải thoát khỏi luân hồi sanh tử, giác ngộ thành Phật trong tương lai.
    Con cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của Thầy vì lợi lạc cho chúng sanh.
    Cầu nguyện cho đại dịch Covid19 sớm được tiêu trừ.
    Cầu nguyện cho tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  30. Mật Tuệ Tín says:

    Dear Guru!
    I am delighted to read this article.
    Thank you for writing an essay on refuge, helping me to better understand the unthinkable benefits of taking refuge in the Three Jewels, the true refuge.
    Throught this article, i understand that “Taking refuge in the Three Jewels is one decisive proof of being a true Buddhist” and “taking refuge includes three types which are (1) Taking refuge externally, (2) Taking refuge internally, (3) Taking refuge through sublime entrance”.
    Thank you Guru for your teaching.
    May Guru have good health & live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient being attain the Buddha nature’s hapiness.
    May Covid-19 pandemic will be end soon.
    Om mani padme hum.

  31. Mật Mai says:

    Kính Bạch Thầy!
    Con đã đọc bài viết này rồi ạ.
    Con cảm tạ Thầy đã giảng luận cho chúng con, chúng sanh hiểu về tâm quan trọng và ý nghĩ của việc quy y Tam Bảo.
    Con cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của Thầy vì lợi lạc chúng sanh
    Cầu nguyện cho dịch bệnh Covid 19 sớm được tiêu trừ. Om Mani Padme Hum!

  32. TantraMikaya (jane) says:

    Dear holy Guru Thank you very much for this great and impressive article The 8 Dharma Methods of taking Refuge to the three Jewels. We practitioners learn impressively the correct understanding of Buddhism. You, our holy Guru give us an insight into perfect wisdom; our goal is the Buddhist cognitive process that leads from ignorance to awakening (Bodhi). The two members of this group point to beneficial knowledge and a beneficial mindset. A concentrated mind is our goal for these members of the Noble Eightfold Path. You holy Guru describes the path of practice for training the mind, especially meditation. You also teach us in a broader sense how to do good deeds. Your article teaches all of your students to follow the right path and to distinguish. The article taught me myself that it is our inner attitude and that we have to work on ourselves independently in order to walk the right path to enlightenment. Just as a master gives his apprentice the tool and trains him, it is the apprentice himself who has to deal with the knowledge of the master and the tool correctly. You holy guru donate your knowledge and your valuable experience so that we students can benefit from this knowledge. My sincere thanks. May our holy Guru life long for the sake of all sentient beings. May all beings achieve the Happiness of Buddhas nature. May all be successful on the way to the enlightenment. May COVID 19 go away soon. Om Mani Padme Hum

  33. Mật Nhất Nguyên says:

    Dear Holy Guru,
    I’m grateful for this article. I’ve learnt the different types of taking refuge and their benefits. The article has clarify my confusion, especially between the 1st and 2nd type.

    1. Taking refuge externally means taking refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Taking refuge externally help avoid samsara sufferings and provide a true shelter.

    2. Taking refuge internally means taking refuge in the Guru, the Original Honored One, and Dakini. Considering the Guru as Buddha is a must. This practice improves awakening, sincerity, careful actions of body, speech and mind collects blessing from the Buddhas’ Pure lands

    3. “Taking refuge through sublime entrance is reserved for the practitioners of superior level whose spiritual competence are high and aim at attaining full enlightenment in one life.”

    I’ve also learnt that, the greatest purpose of my life is to end Samsara, which begins with taking refuge. Each time I take refuge, I earn more merits than make offerings to build pagodas. I’m grateful for the 1st mind Dharma of the Guru for bringing this beneficial practice into daily life. I look forward to the next articles.

    May the Guru has good health and longevity for the benefit of all sentient beings. May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  34. Ashok Verma says:

    Dear Guru

    Thank you for such knowledgeable Article.

  35. Mật Tú Viên says:

    Dear Guru!

    I’m happy to read this article of Guru. Through your article, i understand the benefits, meaning and purpose of taking refuge in the Three Jewels. Besides, i also understand that in Vajrayana Buddhist teachings, taking refuge includes three types: (1) Taking refuge externally, (2) Taking refuge internally, (3) Taking refuge through sublime entrance. Thank Guru so much for teaching us. Thanks to Guru, we both have faith and knowledge about taking refuge in the Three Jewels. Thanks to Guru, we have the holy pride when we become Buddhists.

    Thank Guru so much for writing this article.

    May Guru have good health and live long for the sake of sentient beings.

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

    May the Covid 19 pandemic will be soon over.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  36. Mât Ngữ says:

    Dear Guru.
    I thank you for explaining the meaning of taking refuge in the Three Jewels of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha is the true refuge of true Buddhists.
    I pray for the health and longevity of Guru for the sake of all sentient beings.
    I pray for the Corona virus disease soon to be eradicated.
    I pray that all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha nature.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  37. Dr. C H Lakshminarayan says:

    I bow my head at the lotus feet of Guru.
    I am highly delighted to read this article.the importance, significance and methods of taking refuge in vajrayana as well as the role of Guru is very well explained by Guruji.!
    Om Mani Padme Hum.
    Tantra Nirvadva.

  38. Tantra Shadhita says:

    Dear Guru, I bow my head with thanks for your article and letter on the 1st Mind Dharma. It has helped to lessen my confusion and ignorance regarding the refuge in the three jewels. I am grateful,too, that you post correspondence from other students. They help me to understand some of my shortcomings and misunderstanding.
    May you have a long, healthy life.
    Om Mani Padme Um

  39. Mật Giác Phương says:

    Dear Guru,

    I have read your writing.Thank you for your teaching.

    May Guru have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.

    May Covid 19 pandemic will be end soon.

    Om mani padme hum.

  40. Raymondbeugels says:

    He who sees me sees Dhamma,
    Truly seeing Dhamma,one sees me;
    Seeing me sees Dhamma.

    Vakkali sutta.
    Beautiful sharing sir.
    May the triple gem bless you and all beings🙏🌸🙏🌸🙏

  41. Mật Nhuận Quang says:

    Dear Holy Guru,

    I’m delighted to read your wonderful article. Your article helps me understand about taking refuge in the Three Jewels. After reading, I understand 3 types of taking refuge: 1/ Taking refuge externally; 2/Taking refuge internally; 3/ Taking refuge through sublime entrance. Thank you so much for your teaching.
    I rejoice with the good deeds of brother Mat Tu has translated your article to English.

    May you live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May brother Mat Tu have good health and make progress on the path to enlightenment.
    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  42. Mật Xuyến says:

    Dear Guru,
    I have read this article.
    Through this article I understand that taking refuge includes three types which are (1) Taking refuge externally (2) Taking refuge internally (3) Taking refuge through sublime entrance.
    Thank you Guru for your teaching.
    May Guru have a long life and good health for the benefit of all sentient beings.
    May the Covid-19 pandemic soon come to an end. Om mani padme hum!

  43. Tantra Mashinaga says:

    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for this article. This article explained why we take refuge in the three jewels. It also explains how we take refuge. I enjoyed reading this article. There is so much more to learn from my Guru.

    May Guru live a long and happy life

    May all sentient beings be free from suffering and attain happiness

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  44. Venessa says:

    Thank you so much for this article dear Guru.

  45. Mật Pháp Ngân says:

    Kính Bạch Thầy!
    Con đã đọc bài này rồi ạ!
    Con xin cảm tạ ơn vị Thầy đã từ bi luận giảng cho chúng con hiểu về ý nghĩa và tầm quan trọng của việc quy y Tam Bảo.
    Con thành tâm cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của Thầy vì lợi lạc cho tất cả chúng sanh.
    Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc Phật tánh.
    Cầu nguyện đại dịch Covid-19 nhanh bị tiêu trừ.
    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  46. Mật bích Liên says:

    Kính bạch Thầy
    Con đã đọc bài 1 : Tổng quan về Đệ nhất tâm pháp Thanh Trí Bát Pháp Quy Y ( Tám lối về chân tâm ) rồi ạ
    Qua bài viết con được hiểu vì muốn có cuộc sống tốt đẹp nhất cho đến hết cuộc đời mà con người luôn phạm lỗi trong mọi hành động nhưng con người lại không nhận biết hết được những lỗi lầm mà mình đã gây ra. Và sau khi chết thì con người hầu hết 80 phần trăm sẽ tái sanh vào các cõi thấp là địa ngục, ngạ quỷ, súc sanh. Vì vây, việc Quy y Tam Bảo là điều quan trọng nhất đối với con người chúng ta. Bởi vì Quy Y Tam Bảo sẽ giúp chúng ta trở thành những người Phật tử chân chính. Chúng ta không những được chư Phật gia hộ để không bị tái sanh vào 3 cõi thấp mà còn được tích tập công đức và trí tuệ nhiều hơn là cúng dường xây chùa hay nhà ở cho chư Tăng. Con hoan hỉ và cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã giúp chúng con hiểu Quy y thì gồm có : 1/ quy y bên ngoài là nương tựa vào Tam Bảo để tránh khỏi khổ đau sanh tử.
    2/ quy y bên trong là Quy y với 1 bậc Đạo sư. Luôn nghĩ tưởng Đạo sư là Phật. Việc thực hành này sẽ giúp cho hành giả sự tĩnh thức, chân thành, chú tâm, cẩn trọng trong hành vi thân, ngữ, tâm. Và Quy y cho đến khi giác ngộ tối thượng.
    3/ Quy y huyền môn là dành riêng cho hành giả ở cấp độ cao hơn, có năng lực tâm linh cao nhằm hoàn toàn giác ngộ trong 1 đời người.
    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã ban cho chúng con bài pháp lợi lạc.
    Con thành tâm cầu nguyện cho sức khoẻ và sự trường thọ của vị Thầy vì lợi lạc của chúng sanh.
    Cầu nguyện cho tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc Phật tánh. Cầu nguyện cho dịch bệnh Covid 19 sớm tiêu trừ. Om Mani Padme Hum.

  47. Mật Tuyết Hoa says:

    Dear Guru,
    I am delighted to read this article.
    I would like to thank you for showing to us the meaning of taking refuge Three Jewels are importance on the way to enlightenment. The taking refuge which three types are (1) externally, (2) internally and (3) sublime entrance. Through this, I understand that Dharma represents Buddha and Dharma also represents which is can help practitioner to be free from suffering and get into the path on the enlightenment. No Dharma this means no Buddha, no enlightenment even this is the big temples. Therefore, I cherish a chance when I reborn in the human realm and follow Guru who is teaching and guiding us on the way to liberation through Pure Mind Yoga. I am grateful Guru.
    May Guru have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha nature.
    May the Covid 19 will end soon.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  48. Mật Giác Đăng says:

    Dear Guru,

    I am thankful to Guru for this article of Thanh Tri – 1st Mind Dharma: Eight dharma methods of taking refuge in Three Jewels.

    I am elated to keep in mind that taking refuge is one decisive proof of being a true Buddhist. Thank you Guru for your explanation about three types of taking refuge. Reading your reposted letter no.47 helps me appreciate the preciousness to be born in human beings among this samsara world. And more than that, I am so fortunate to know Buddha Dharma, to be able to rely on three Jewels, to have a holy pride of a true Buddhist, through meeting Guru. I am grateful to Guru.

    May Guru have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.

    I rejoice with the smooth English translation of vajra brother Mat Tu. May vajra brother Mat Tu achieves all righteous wishes.

    May sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.

    May the covid19 pandemic will be soon over.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  49. VINcent sIMON says:

    Dear Guru and reader(s),

    Due to a unforseen series of events Ive been led, pushed, dragged and kicked towards Buddhism. So someone I met recently in a facebook Buddhism group send me a link to this site. As I told her after reading the article, it’s like I’ve been hearing the music all my life but this is the first time I’ve read the lyrics to the song. I’m intrigued to learn more.

    Quote by Carl Joung.
    No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless it’s roots reach down to hell.

    Kind regards

    V.S.

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      It was such a nice way of expressing your first impression in chanhtuduy.com. You’re welcome. Please read more!

      • VINcent sIMON says:

        Dear Guru,

        Thank you for your reply.
        Also, could you be so kind as to give me some firm starting points where I should begin, so to have a perspective of what’s to come.
        Thank you for your time.

        Kind regards.

        V.s.

        • Nguyên Thành
          Nguyên Thành says:

          Reading and commenting on a frequent basis on chanhtuduy.com is a good start which will equip you with right views and right understanding, thereafter you will be able to broaden your knowledge, and distinguish by yourself about what is right and what is wrong.

  50. Srogers says:

    Dear Holy Guru
    I am Tantra Haramitra

    I thank you for this teaching. The three jewels are most important in my life as they started me on this path.

    I am still happy and honoured that my Dharma name was given to me by yourself Holy Guru and I will always be grateful

    Holy Guru, May you continue to have good health and a long life so you can continue to be of benefit to all sentient beings

    Om mani padme hum

  51. Mật Hoà says:

    Dear Guru,
    I have read this article already.
    Thanks to your teaching, I comprehend the meaning as well as three types of taking refuge, which are: (1) Taking refuge externally, (2) Taking refuge internally, (3) Taking refuge through sublime entrance. I also understand each level of taking refuge corresponds to each practitioner from low to high through your explanation.
    In general, I understand that as the name of this method: “The 1st Mind Dharma: Eight paths leading to the true nature of mind”, taking refuge is the very first step that each and every Buddhist need to practice to enter the Pure Land’s door.
    I’m greatful for your teaching.
    May you have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    Om mani padme hum!

  52. Mật Huệ Như says:

    Dear Holy Guru
    I am sincerely thank Guru for your briefly explanation about Eight Dharma Method of Taking Refuge In The Three Jewels.
    Through this article, I understand that the Three Jewels Refuge is not only a ritual or a certificate, but also one decisive proof of being a true Buddhist, one characteristic of the liberation path. In particular, at the Song Nguyen Tantra House, the Eight Dharma Method of Taking Refuge In The Three Jewels is the first Mind Dharma that helps the practitioner connect and receive blessings from the Deity through the channel of transporting the Guru, who is represents Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.
    May Guru have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    May Covid-19 pandemic be soon over.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  53. Randy says:

    I am hinired to receive a mantra/

  54. Moisés Barajas says:

    Hello everyone, it is my first time to comment. today I understood that the refuge in the three jewels is important to my life as a Buddhist. I am Mexican and I do not have a Guru, I do not have a Sangha near where I live. But I want you all to be my Sangha. I send you a big hug and I wish you thousands of blessings and abundance.

  55. Moisés Barajas says:

    If anyone has digital Dharma books, they could send them to me. [email protected], I don’t have a lot of Buddhism reading, and I don’t understand much. but I want to read.

  56. Tantra Ashihata (Simon Michael) says:

    Dear holy Guru,
    my name is Tantra Ashihata,
    I thank you for this article which you had shared to us.may you give us the wisdom to keep to the precepts and take refuge in three jewel of Buddhism so that we can be reborn in a better realm.
    May Guru live long for the benefit of all sentient beings.
    May all sentient beings be free from suffering.
    Om Mani padme hum .

  57. Franz Reisch says:

    I found this article very enlightening. Although I have taken refuge, I have learned much more that I can include in my daily life.
    Thank you my friend Violet Tran for presenting this article to me.

  58. Franz Reisch says:

    This article has made me appreciate my prayers to Guan Yin even more. this school of Buddhism is new to me, as I practice Mahayana. Thanks to my friend Violet for sharing this article with me.

  59. Brian says:

    Thank you Guru for sharing this article. I appreciate everything you do for us. Much love and respect for you.

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