Tín Tâm Minh | Verses On the Faith Mind

Đạo lớn chẳng gì khó
cốt đừng chọn lựa thôi
quí hồ không thương ghét
thì tự nhiên sáng ngời

Chí đạo vô nan
duy hiểm giản trạch
đản mạc tắng ái
đỗng nhiên minh bạch

The Great Way is not difficult
for those who have no preferences.
When love and hate are both absent
everything becomes clear and undisguised.

Sai lạc nửa đường tơ
đất trời liền phân cách
chớ nghĩ chuyện ngược xuôi
thì hiện liền trước mắt

Hào li hữu sai
thiên địa huyền cách
dục đắc hiện tiền
mạc tồn thuận nghịch

Make the smallest distinction, however
and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart.
If you wish to see the truth
then hold no opinions for or against anything.

Đem thuận nghịch chỏi nhau
đó chính là tâm bịnh
chẳng nắm được mối huyền
hoài công lo niệm tịnh

Vi thuận tương tranh
thị vi tâm bịnh
bất thức huyền chỉ
đồ lao niệm tịnh

To set up what you like against what you dislike
is the disease of the mind.
When the deep meaning of things is not understood
the mind’s essential peace is disturbed to no avail.

Tròn đầy tợ thái hư
không thiếu cũng không dư
bởi mảng lo giữ nó
nên chẳng được như như

Viên đồng thái hư
vô khiếm vô dư
lương do thủ xả
sở dĩ bất như

The Way is perfect like vast space
where nothing is lacking and nothing is in excess.
Indeed, it is due to our choosing to accept or reject
that we do not see the true nature of things.

Ngoài chớ đuổi duyên trần
trong đừng ghì không nhẫn
cứ một mực bình tâm
thì tự nhiên dứt tận

Mạc trục hữu duyên
vật trụ không nhẫn
nhứt chủng bình hoài
dẫn nhiên tự tận

Live neither in the entanglements of outer things,
nor in inner feelings of emptiness.
Be serene in the oneness of things
and such erroneous views will disappear by themselves.

Ngăn động mà cầu tịnh
hết ngăn lại động thêm
càng trệ ở hai bên
thà rõ đâu là mối

Chỉ động qui chỉ
chỉ cánh di động
duy trệ lưỡng biên
ninh tri nhứt chủng

When you try to stop activity to achieve passivity
your very effort fills you with activity.
As long as you remain in one extreme or the other
you will never know Oneness.

Đầu mối chẳng rõ thông
hai đầu luống uổng công
đuổi có liền mất có
theo không lại phụ không

Nhứt chủng bất thông
lưỡng xứ thất công
khiển hữu một hữu
tòng không bối không

Those who do not live in the single Way
fail in both activity and passivity,
assertion and denial. To deny the reality of things
to assert the emptiness of things is to miss their reality.

Nói nhiều thêm lo quẩn
loanh quanh mãi chẳng xong
dứt lời dứt lo quẩn
đâu đâu chẳng suốt thông

Đa ngôn đa lự
chuyển bất tương ưng
tuyệt ngôn tuyệt lự
vô xứ bất thông

The more you talk and think about it,
the further astray you wander from the truth.
Stop talking and thinking,
and there is nothing you will not be able to know.

Trở về nguồn nắm mối
dõi theo ngọn mất tông
phút giây soi ngược lại
trước mắt vượt cảnh không

Qui căn đắc chỉ
tùy chiếu thất tông
tu du phản chiếu
thắng khước tiền không

To return to the root is to find the meaning,
but to pursue appearances is to miss the source.
At the moment of inner enlightenment
there is a going beyond appearance and emptiness.

Cảnh không trò thiên diễn
thảy đều do vọng kiến
cứ gì phải cầu chơn
chỉ cần dứt sở kiến

Tiền không chuyển biến
giai do vọng kiến
bất dụng cầu chơn
duy tu tức kiến

The changes that appear to occur in the empty world
we call real only because of our ignorance.
Do not search for the truth;
only cease to cherish opinions.

con tiep


Kind Speech

“Kind speech” means  that when you see sentient beings, you arouse the heart of compassion and offer words of loving care. it is contrary to cruel or violent speech.

In the secular world, there is the customer of asking after someone’s health. In the Buddha way, there is the phrase “Please treasure yourself” and the respectful address to seniors “May I ask how you are?”. It is the kind speech to speak to sentient beings as you would to a baby.

Praise those with virtue; pity those without it. If kind speech is offered, little by little kind speech expands. Thus, even kind speech that is not ordinarily known or seen comes into being. Be willing to practice it for this entire present life; do not give up, world after world, life after life. Kind speech is the basis for reconciling rulers and subduing enemies. Those who hear kind speech from you have a delighted expression and joyful mind. Those who hear of your kind speech will be deeply touched; they will always remember it.

Know that kind speech arises from kind heart, and kind heart from the seed of compassionate heart. Ponder the fact that kind speech is not just praising the merit of others; it has the power to turn the destiny of the nation.

Even when you are clearly correct and others are mistaken, it is harmful to argue and to defeat them. On the other hand, if you admit fault when you are right, you are a coward. It is best to step back, neither trying to correct others nor conceding to mistaken views. If you don’t react competitively, and let go of the conflict, others will also let go of without harboring ill will. Above all, this is something you should keep in mind.

— Dogen Zenji

The Little Prince: the fox quotes

“Trungpa (in Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior) alludes that we might make special ties to every moment that we experience as the little prince makes to the fox by taming him.”

“I am looking for friends. What does that mean — tame?”

“It is an act too often neglected,” said the fox. “It means to establish ties.”

“To establish ties?”

“Just that,” said the fox. “To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world….”

“People have forgotten this truth,” the fox said. “But you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose.”

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince



Trải lòng đêm khuya 🙂 – I always believe BJJ is the best gift to a child; he or she can keep it till rest of his/her life; to me it is not a sport or a martial art, more like a way of life, second only to zazen. Many of my professional sport friends don’t understand me this point. I stopped talk about and “advertise” about Jiu Jitsu to my friends long time ago, many of my “normal” friends do not know I run a BJJ club. I still talk a person into trying out Jiu Jitsu because I truly believe it is good for him/her; it is a precious thing I can give to that person. At this age in life, I see (in the sense that it is not think or believe) that fate (karma or cơ duyên are better words) will bring us (people) together. May all of you find peace in new year! Happy 2017! Last words, the purpose of training Jiu Jitsu is to keep training Jiu Jitsu (not wining medals or getting the belts). If you understand this, you will find the secret of Jiu Jitsu which is to keep training Jiu Jitsu. – Một đêm mất ngủ 🙂

Zen Quote

“It is a big mistake to think that the best way to express yourself is to do whatever you want, acting however you please” – Suzuki

On living Zen

“So there are two aspects to our journey, to our learning process: there is learning by sitting meditation and learning by life experiences. And there is no problem in joining these two together. It is like having a pair of eyes and then putting on glasses. It is the same thing.”

Excerpt From: Chogyam, Trungpa. “The Sanity We Are Born With.”