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Bài pháp: Những nguyên lý để sống hạnh phúc

Được giảng bởi: Thiền sư Sayadaw U Jotika
Dịch Việt: Việt Hùng

Lời người dịch: Bài pháp này được giảng vào ngày 25/06/2004 bởi thiền sư Sayadaw U Jotika. Trước đây, tôi đã nhận được bản dịch của dịch giả Nguyên Bình và tôi đã dành thời gian thu âm bản dịch đó. Nó có tựa tiếng Việt là “Sự cô độc”, được dịch từ tựa gốc tiếng Anh là “Solitude”, là tựa của bài thơ mà Ngài Jotika sử dụng trong bài pháp để chia sẻ các suy nghĩ của Ngài. Trong tu tập Phật giáo thì chữ “solitude” được dùng để nói về sự độc cư của các vị tu sĩ. Trong bài pháp này, nếu sử dụng “độc cư” để dịch tựa đề thì không phù hợp với nội dung. Còn nếu sử dụng “Sự cô độc” thì lại không phản ánh được một cách trọn vẹn ý tứ của bài pháp. Vừa qua, tôi có thời gian ghi xuống bản tiếng Anh của bài pháp này và chia sẻ tại đây. Cũng qua đó, tôi mạn phép đặt tên bài pháp là “Những nguyên lý để sống hạnh phúc”. Tôi nghĩ rằng, tựa đề này diễn tả trọn vẹn hơn các lời dạy và chia sẻ của Ngài Jotika trong bài pháp. Trong bài “Sự cô độc”, dịch giả Nguyên Bình dừng lại ở phần pháp thoại và không có phần hỏi & đáp. Trong bản dịch này, tôi có tham khảo phần dịch của dịch giả Nguyên Bình (đặc biệt là phần dịch thơ) và thêm vào phần hỏi & đáp ở cuối bài pháp.

Con xin cung kính tri ân những lời dạy quí báu của Ngài. Con cầu mong mọi thuận lợi và sức khoẻ đến với Ngài.

Tôi xin dành trọn mọi công đức có được từ công việc này để cầu mong mọi bình an, thuận lợi và sức khoẻ đến mọi người.

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Dhamma Talk: How to live one’s life by Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu

This is another dhamma talk from Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu that I would suggest anyone who are seriously pursuing happiness should refer to. Especially, if you’re Buddhist, this short talk addressing the question of ‘how to live one’s life?’ would give you a great view on the map to get there.

I’d like to express my deep thanks to Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu for the teaching. And I wish you all the best.

You can find more about Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu and his teaching at: https://www.sirimangalo.org/

Please find below the Youtube video and the transcribed script is followed.

Good evening, everyone. Today’s talk is in response to a question about living one’s life. So the question had its own specifics, but the  important point of it was about asking how to live one’s life, which is a difficult question to answer on the face of it. Because you often involves some assumptions about what’s important, just assumptions about life in general. When we talk about how to live our lives, it’s often in context. It’s in the context of what we see as essential or important, in the context of how we understand reality. It’s caught up in what we’re told about life, about the world. So it involves concepts like family, society, economy. Even the concept of life itself, which is really just a concept, like a life from birth to death. Because the birth of a being, of a human being, it’s a concept that’s in our mind. Something that we conceive of, based on observations. It’s quite different experientially from other experiences. And so we give it a name and we see it as a thing, as an entity. We do the same with death. One death’s is some event that is quite different from other events. But it’s mostly external, right? You look at someone else, you spend time with them and you experience them in a specific way. But when they die, when you’re experiencing them quite a different way and it appears that they have ceased to exist. Or an important part of them, the mental part and the physical life has ceased to exist. And so this gives rise to all sorts of ideas.

But important for this question is the idea of life. So when we talk about life, we have to understand that it’s in context. It’s in the context of our understanding of things. And so I can’t tell you how to live your life in that context. Because it’s not essential. It’s not something that has an answer. The questions that we ask about life, in other words, are not fundamentally real. Should I go to university? Should I get a job? Should I get this job or that job? We ask questions that are based on concepts and so the answers are elusive, are complicated and are unanswerable in an ultimate level. And so we develop theories and philosophies and ideas based around this, the work ethic idea, the family, filial piety idea, our religions play into this, our culture’s plays into  this, even our partiality plays into this. I want to be a lawyer. Right. How many concepts are caught up in that and how how subjective is that? I want to become a lawyer. But does that mean becoming a lawyer is the right thing for some people? That’s not, for many people nowadays. I want to bang on a drum all day. For some people, that’s enough. This is a puzzle for us to solve, and it’s a puzzle that is deeply a part of Buddhist theory and practice.

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Dhamma Talk: Satipatthana in Daily Life by Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu

Once researching on Mahasatipatthana Sutta, I got to know some of dhamma talks from Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu. And here is one of the ones that I think it’s very useful for people who are in the workforce, bearing too many responsibilities, stress, worries, confusion, tiredness, … each and everyday. And that’s how I sat down and transcribed the talk, so that people can refer to the content more conveniently.

What I love the most from this talk is that the teaching is so simple that it’s very easy to apply it in our daily life for busy people, yet it’s so deep to the core of Buddhism meditation practice. I even started to ask my daughter to listen to the talk and find ways to apply it in her daily life. You know, kids nowadays are so distracted with too much of information available from the Internet, technology and so.

Though I have tried my best in the transcribing, I was not able to get all of the words 100%, especially some Pali words that Bhikkhu mentioned during the talk. I will revise the script, whenever I learn more. But I believe more than 90% of the content should be in the text for your reference. Feel free to use the content in an appropriate way.

I’d like to express my deep thanks to Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu for the teaching. And I wish you all the best.

You can find more about Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu and his teaching at: https://www.sirimangalo.org/

Please find below the Youtube video and the transcribed script is followed.

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