Nov 18, 2019

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Letter from India: I MISS MY GURU

Dear holy Guru,

It has been a year since I saw you personally. But I remember you every day during my quick meditation time early in morning and at the moment when I am reading and leaving a comment. Apart from this, some of good times in my life make me remember you. I recite Mani Mantra early in morning for few minutes. In my working life I also tend to practice other methods of meditation taught by you. At such that time, I feel like you are with me. I never forget the moment I meet you at your pure place of Tantra House. You are a compassionate person with a big heart, and always try to help learners and disciples whenever you can, and I have known that many occasions when you took great risks to help learners and disciples out. You have devoted your entire life for the betterment of all sentient beings, educating and guiding them on the path to enlightenment. You possess a very charming personality surrounded by the lights of wisdom and bodhicitta. Even a reader visiting the castle of Vimalakirti at the first sight can feel the warmth and the peace when reading the first line of articles. I myself have experienced that and I have got your support to take part in the dharma conference in Vietnam and have a good chance to get your teachings directly in Tantra House.
I am so happy to enjoy the new appearance and outlook of Song Nguyen Tantra House when I watch the video file. Tantra House is so amazing. Finishing watching that video, I close my eyes and let myself go deep inside myself so I can smell the smells, hear the sounds and see the sights in my heart and I still remember your compassion eyes looking at us and guiding us on the path of liberation. All corners of Tantra House seem to be fresh and pure due to the presence of Guru, who invented the 6 marvelous practices for all beings having a chance to access the noble teachings of Buddhas and enlightened one. As for me, Tantra House is beautiful and unique not only because of the splendid and sacred Phap Van Duong (Dharma Cloud Hall) or Lien Hoa Dai  (Lotus Platform) or any perfect spiritual works, it is outstanding thanks to Guru’s compassion and kindness towards learner, disciples  and all sentient beings. I am honor to bow before your lotus feet and pray for your health and longevity for the happiness of all sentient beings.

I became captivated by the beauty and genius of the view in Tantra House at night with the twinkling lights. Tantra House appears to wear the new beautiful dress. I keep the fixed eyes on the lights of multi colors shining in every corners of the place, the magical house of snow and wind, the sacred Mount Tai behind Lien Hoa Dai (Lotus Platform), The Thre Mounts. How wonderful and gorgeous!
Dear holy Guru,
Your perfect qualities have had a great influence on my attitude in life and on my personality. By practicing on your teachings I could increase my patience level and compassion towards others in my heart and mind. With your blessings I could get the exact work I was looking for in my organization. During course o time fortunately I was given the work that I like. It was application testing work. During the work I was given tasks of 2 or 3 more people to be completed by myself. As the organization does not wanted to spend much money on hiring new extra employees. So all the work load was on my shoulder. From India I was selected for testing works and remaining employees from onsite (Dear-born city) where the most of application development team was working from. Also few of development was with here with me. I was alone person working as a Application Tester for them. I was in tremendous pressure of completing the testing of application. Personally I was suffering from viral fever for more than 3 weeks. But even then I managed to work from home. The application was successfully launched after taking approvals of me after testing was done.

Tantra Upatisa

Generally I don’t speak with people much in my organization. People knew me but we don’t have many conversations. I alone come and go to office and report only to my superior managers. Few months passed. After completion of this project I was moved to another testing project. Even there I work under pressure and had to put in lots of efforts and energy.
Suddenly one day our client manager was visiting to our office. After meeting he was distributing the awards to best performers in work. Suddenly my name was called to receive the best performance certificate. I was amazed / shocked thinking I don’t speak much with other people or mangers how come I am been awarded. Then I came out my feelings and went to receive the certificate.
I felt happy as my hard work was seen and recognized by other people. It was truly Guru’s blessings otherwise it would not have been possible for me to receive best performers award. Whenever I am overloaded with work I increase my compassion on other beings and try to finish the work. (I also feel happy that my mangers recognized my hard work and my colleagues helped me a lot)
What I have got in this life both worldly success and spiritual achievement is thanks to the blessings from Guru, without Guru, I get nothing. I happen to remember the teaching of Lama Zopa Rinpoche in the book “The Heart of the Path. Seeing the Guru as Buddha” it goes:
“You might think that to generate the path to enlightenment, it’s enough to read Dharma books and study by yourself. However, generally speaking, you can’t clearly understand the meaning of Dharma teachings, especially the hidden meanings that need clarification through commentary, without the explanations of a Guru. There is a big difference between learning something from a teacher and just reading about it in a book. Listening to a teacher has a much greater effect on your mind. Being able to parrot the words written in books doesn’t mean that you really understand a subject.
Even to gain just an intellectual understanding of a subject we have to depend on a teacher. And our goal is to have not just an intellectual understanding of the path to enlightenment but experience of it. Without experience of the path we can’t have a clear, complete understanding of any of its points. Having experiences or realizations of the path to enlightenment depends on receiving the blessings of the guru within our own mental continuum. The clear, strong feeling in our heart and deep benefit to our mind are what are meant by the blessings of the Guru. Without a Guru, we can’t achieve realizations. This is why it’s not sufficient to have just intellectual knowledge, like that gained from studying with professors in a university.”

Lama Atisha

Lama Zopa RinpocheIn Collection of Advice from Here and There, when someone asked which was more important, the lama’s advice or the major scriptures, Lama Atisha answered,
“Even if you can recite the whole Tripitaka by heart, even if you know the entire Dharma, if you don’t have the guru’s advice, there will be a gap between you and the Dharma when you practice.” 
Without the blessings of the Guru, there is no way we can have realizations, no way we get successful in life or any spiritual achievement, let alone the Guru who has made the 6 marvelous spiritual innovations.
My sincere thanks to Guru, I bow down my head to Guru’s feet hoping I could practice the Dharma more diligently.
May Guru and your consort have good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.
May the right view from Song Nguyen Tantra House illuminate all over the world to enlighten all sentient beings on the path of liberation.
May all sentient beings attain the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
Om Mani Padme Hum


Tantra Upatissa

Vietnamese version: Thư Ấn Độ: KẾT QUẢ BẤT NGỜ!

  1. Samuel Amobi says:

    This is helpful, how do I get in contact with the Guru

  2. Samuel Amobi says:

    I am in Africa, Nigeria

    • Nguyên Thành
      Nguyên Thành says:

      It’s very uncomfortable! Let stay at home and more read! It is enought for you!

  3. Samuel Amobi says:

    Thanks so much, I will follow your articles very well

  4. Tantra Upatissa says:

    Dear Guru thank you for sharing my article in this Valmakriti that is

    Your teachings and blessings really helped me to stay balanced in my life. Really thankful to you for your loving kindness and generosity and support. Without you it would be impossible for me to achieve these things in my life. Hopefully with your blessings may all Sangha members achieve liberation and their righteous wishes may get fulfilled.

    May Guru and his consort live long for sake of other beings.

    May “Mat Tinh Phap” overcome his difficulties and may all his good wishes come true.

    May all beings be free from suffering and get enlightened.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  5. Tantra Sagovana says:

    Dear Guru,

    My name is Tantra Sagovana.

    Thank you for sharing this article by Tantra Upatissa.

    Guru’s teachings have the beneficial effects in all of his followers’ spiritual and worldly lives, at the same time enabling us to get the Right View and wisdom.

    Thank you for inventing six spiritual practices including Vimalakirti castle

    Thank you for bestowing holy gifts and holy letter on me and giving me opportunity to meet Dharma brother.

    May Mat Tinh Phap overcome the difficulties at present and get successful in the future.

    May all sentient beings be healthy and well and be free from suffering.

    May Guru be healthy and live long for the benefit of all beings.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Tantra Sagovana (Ahmed Khan)


  6. Mật Thủy says:

    Dear Tantra Upatissa,

    I’m happy to hear your good news from India. Thanks to Pure mind Yoga taught by our Guru, the surprising things become obvious ones as “Self – help practice and divinity support – a synchronicity connection” (is also the title of a part from the Prayer series by Guru). As long as we practice diligently our Guru teachings, especially only by reading and commenting on, regardless of where we are, what we do, who are we, we all receive the blessings from Guru and the Triple Jewels. Thank you for sharing your story with the practical effect of Pure mind Yoga in modern life but never be somewhat mysterious.

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

    May Mat Tinh Phap overcome his difficulties at the present.

    Om mani padme hum!

  7. Dear Tantra Upatissa

    I am glad to see you have been reaping many successes in your work, with the most surprise being the best performer award. This is the evidence for the unequalled value of Thanh Tri Yoga. The more delightful I feel about your work success, the more touching I feel about your thought about Guru since you’ve perceived the root of all mundane and supra-mundane success: “Without Guru, I get nothing…Without the blessings of Guru, there is no way we can have realizations, no way we get successful in life or any spiritual achievement, let alone Guru who has made 6 marvelous spiritual innovations”. You have spoken up all the blessings a practitioner has for having relied on and got positive energy from the Guru. Your achievements are also a great experience on what we would get from the cultivation of Guru and Dharma devotions. It’s not by chance Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey asserts: “When you planted seeds in a field, it is not to benefit the earth – you’re the one who harvests the crop. Therefore, with proper devotional attitude towards your Guru – seeing him as a buddha – the more positive energy you exert in his direction, the closer you come to Buddhahood yourself.” Thank you for your writing.

    May Guru and his consort live long for the benefit and happiness of all sentient beings

    May Tantra Upatissa have health and soon achieve all righteous wishes

    May Mat Tinh Phap soon overcome current difficulties

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

    Om Ah Hum

  8. Mật Thái Xuyên says:

    Dear Tantra Upatissa

    I very happy with your success thanks to Dharma practice of Guru.

    Thank you for sharing the article. It helps me to see that I need to appreciate  the opportunity to connect with Guru.

    May Guru and his consort good health for the sake of all sentient beings.

    May Mạt Tinh Phap overcome his difficulties at the present, and have good things in the future.

    Om mani padme hum.






  9. Dear Tantra Upatissa,

    I am delighted to read the sharing from you. It is so happy to know about your achievements in personal life, and your recent award in work. You have shown another vivid evidence of the beneficial Yoga Thanh Tri brought by our Guru which benefits us without any border. Thank you for this letter. It helps us deeply feel lucky and be sefl reminded in diligently practicing Dharma under Guru’s guidance, especially in reading and commenting on Vimalakirti castle

    May Guru and his consort live long for the sake of all sentient beings.

    May Tantra Upatissa soon achieve all legitimate wishes.

    May Mat Tinh Phap soon overcome the current difficulties and have good things in the future.

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  10. Totte Nordahl
    Totte Nordahl says:

    Dear Guru

    I am Tantra Mitraga

    I thank you Guru for shareing Dharma brother Tantra Upatissa’s article. It helpes me a great deal to learn about Dharma in the every day life/work.

    Dharma in the every day life is very important to me, to be a good father and husband as well as a positive colleague at work.

    May Tantra Upatissa have good health and achieve all his wishes.

    My thoughts and warmest greetings goes to Paul Monaghan

    May Mat Tinh Phap overcome the difficulties she is in and get successful again.

    Dear Holy Guru

    Thank you for the teaching and thank you for your compassion that let Ms Violet into my life. May the light of Guru’s teaching and compassion brighten her path.

    May Guru and his consort be healthy for all beings.

    May Guru live long for the benefit for all beings.

    Thank you

    Kind regards

    Tantra Mitraga

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  11. Mật Diệu Hằng
    Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Dear Tantra Upatissa,

    Thank you so much for sharing this article.

    From your case, I have learnt that connecting Guru through is to get the ball rolling due to Guru’s compassion towards all beings. With the devotion and diligence in reading and commenting, we get the wish-fulfiling jewel to get worldly success and spiritual achievement. is like the great bridge to help all beings to foot up the boat of Bodhichita driven by Guru to go across of the ocean of sufferings and land on the shore of true happiness. Our task on this boat is to sit down, do what Guru guides and enjoy the good fruits coming to us. What you have got in your worldly life and your spiritual life are the vivid evidence.

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

    May you get an ease on the path of enlightenment.

    May Mat Tinh Giac go through current trials and difficulties with efforts to reap success in the future.

    May all sentient beings be surrounded by the blessingf from the Three Jewels.

    Om Mani Padme HUm.




  12. Mật Diệu Hằng
    Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin phép được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra  Mitraga sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con là Tantra Mitraga.

    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con đọc bài viết của huynh Tantra Upatissa. Bài viết của huynh ấy cho con hiểu được tầm quan trọng của việc thực hành pháp hàng ngày.

    Ứng dụng Pháp vào cuộc sống là điều rất quan trọng với con, giúp con trở thành người cha tốt, người chồng tốt và là người đồng nghiệp tích cực trong công việc.

    Con cầu nguyện huynh Tantra Upatissa khỏe mạnh và viên thành mọi ước nguyện chính đáng.

    Con cũng cầu nguyện cho đạo hữu Paul Monaghan.

    Cầu nguyện cho đạo hữu Mật Tịnh Pháp vượt qua khó khăn hiện tại và hanh thông tương lai.

    Kính bạch Thầy tôn quý!

    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã từ bi chỉ dạy con và ban cho con cơ hội thực hành pháp thông qua đạo hữu Violet. Con cầu nguyện tuệ quang và từ quang của Thầy soi sáng đạo trình giải thoát của đạo hữu ấy.

    Con cầu nguyện Thầy Cô trụ thế lâu dài vì lợi lạc của tất cả chúng sanh.

    Con – Tantra Mitraga

    Om Mani Padme Hum.


  13. Mật Chánh Tấn says:

    Dear Tantra Upatissa!

    I am happy to read your sharing in this article. I would like to express my rejoice to what you have achieved so far and especially your devotion toward the holy Guru in all aspect of life.

    From what you shared in this article, you have thought to holy Guru with deep gratitude and thankfulness in all Dharma practicing activities and even all of your achievement. Besides, you have been diligent to practice Dharma according to the Guru’s instruction (by reading and commenting on articles in, the noble moralities of the holy Guru has spread out and help you to have positive thinking and attitude in life. Therefore, all of your achievements that you have got is obvious according to the law of Cause and Effect. Thanks to the holy Guru’s teaching, we can view all life aspects under positive angle and spread that positive feeling to other people. Life truly is a positive experience and the article which we have read in, indicates good or bad, everything is an experience, something to learn from and move on from. And the achievements that you have got could be seen as evidence to prove all benefits from practicing Pure Mind Yoga. I believe by taking strong devotion and faith to the Guru’s teachings, anyone all over the world can achieve true happiness and see the light in the path of Enlightenment and Liberation. Because through the Guru’s teaching with easy methods, we can easily understand Buddha’s words and apply into our life for inner happiness, achieving success in our work and being at ease on the path to enlightenment.

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

    May Tantra Upatissa practice Dharma diligently and nurture your devotion toward the holy Guru. May Mat Tinh Phap overcome all current difficulties and become successful in the future

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

    Om Mani Padme Hum!

  14. Mật Khuê Minh says:

    Dear holy Guru
    I take delight in reading the letter of Tantra Upatissa that is imbued with Guru devotion.

    Before meeting you and knowing, we were all bearing “diseases” in this burning Saha world. Now thanks to the Medicine Master Thinley Nguyen Thanh, our “diseases” have been cured and we could help others by guiding them on the path of cultivation with skillful means given by Guru. is one of wonderful means which helps us to conduct application Bodhicitta by reading and commenting articles of yours and vajra brothers’. The Buddha taught in the Dhammapada Sutra (Thousands chapter) that:

    “Though a thousand verses be
    Composed of meaningless lines
    Better the single line of verse
    One hears, then comes to calmness”.

    Nowadays, there are many monks with high titles who gives lectures that last for many hours but under the prism of Buddhist right view (in four aspects: worship, respect, argument and liberation), those lectures are nothing more than idle talks that are useless and disseminate wrong view to the audience. In his work, Tantra Upatissa is a person of very few words and doesn’t communicate much. He goes to office and report inly to his superior managers. But it is surprised that he is given the best performer award. In the path of cultivation, he is diligent in reading and commenting. His sharing on indicates his sincere devotion to Guru which adds to fortify our belief in the wonder of Buddhist Dharma as well as in Guru and the Three Jewels. What Tantra Upatissa has gained is as obvious as the development of principle of causality. It goes in line with the teaching of Lama Zopa that all prosperity comes from Dharma practice.

    May Guru and your consort have health and live long for the benefit of all sentient beings
    Thanks Tantra Upatissa for sharing your thought. May you soon achieve righteous wishes.
    May Mat Tinh Phap overcome current obstacles and be successful in the future.

    Om mani padme hum.

  15. Tantra Pramitdhita (Josh Hacker) says:

    Tantra Upatissa,

    Thank you for writing and sharing this article “Letter From India: I Miss My Guru”. I was very delighted to read about all of your successes at work and the best performance award. Congratulations!! All of this is possible through diligent practice and Guru devotion. Guru is the means to a better and more fulling life through his teachings and guidance. He is the fire that warms us on cold nights and without him we would be lost!

    May Guru live a long and healthy life for the sake of all sentient beings

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

    May the global pandemic caused by the Corona virus soon end

    Om Mani Padme Hum

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