At 19:00 on October 23, 2021, at the Vietnam Buddhist Academy in Ho Chi Minh City (14 Mai Ba Huong, Hamlet 1, Binh Chanh), a solemn memorial ceremony for the Venerable Thich Pho Tue took place in internal hospital framework.
> Live memorial service commemorating the Venerable Thich Pho Tue
The ceremony had the direct attendance of the Venerables of the Executive Council, the Teaching Board and more than 1,000 monks and nuns, students of the XIV and XV classes. At the same time, more than 500 monks and nuns of the 16th class, masters and doctoral students also attended the memorial service online on the Zoom platform.
At the beginning of the ceremony, on behalf of the Venerable Most Venerable Thich Tri Quang – the President as well as the Honorable Men of the Executive Council, Mr. Thich Nhat Tu – Permanent Vice President recalled the sayings that made up the noble spiritual life of the Third Dharma Master. These are the issues of the value of human life, the place to practice the religion, the secret to a long life, the harmony for coexistence and development, and the teaching on funeral organization.
Some statements of the late Venerable Most Venerable:
“If you want to live a long life, you must first be clean from body to mind. In terms of spirit, it is necessary to cultivate the mind to nurture nature, to restrain all desires and desires, to live in the spirit of six harmony, to increase life expectancy. But anyway, the impermanence of birth, aging, sickness and death cannot be ruled out, because that is the law of all human lives.”
“How many years you live in this world, in my opinion, is not a measure of the value of human life. What if the turtle lived for thousands of years? The problem is living to fulfill what mission, what benefits does it bring to Life and Dao, Mr. Tran Nhan Tong only lived for 51 years, Mr. Phap Loa has 47 years, but the experience is inconceivable. I have lived in the world for 91 years now, at the temple for 85 years, received the Great Precept for 71 years, my career is a monk, my body is mainly fed by farming, I have never dared to abuse a bowl of rice or a coin of faith. give alms in the ten directions, when the Buddhas and Patriarchs call for them, they will come back…”
“The big temple, the great scenery, the beautiful lecture hall, the luxurious rooms are just means anyway. Its soul is teacher and student in the relationship of practice and practice.”
“The monk is the model, the pedagogy of mankind, at least in a human community. If there is no morality, no wisdom, how can we teach people? What is a good example for everyone to follow?”
“After I followed the Buddha, I was not allowed to hold a solemn funeral, a very simple and short ceremony according to the Buddhist tradition and held at Vien Minh pagoda. Please do not garland, do not have lengthy biographies, do not waste time and harm the merits of monks, nuns and Buddhists. If you remember me, then recite the Buddha’s name and recite the sutras at your residence to dedicate merit for a peaceful world and a peaceful life.”
Most Venerable Thich Pho Tue Formerly the Dharma Chairman of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Proving Council; Vice Chairman of the Executive Council; Head of the Executive Committee of the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha in Ha Tay province (now Hanoi city); Member of the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front; President of Vien Minh Communal House (Quang Lang commune, Phu Xuyen district, Hanoi). He spent 105 years present in the Saha world with 85 years in the lower lap.
At that time, besides the time of farming, His Holiness spent most of his time practicing diligently and contributing to the development of Buddhism in the country. The works of Buddhism left to the world such as “The Hundred Example Sutra”, “The Buddha’s Three Sutras”, “Outline of the Dharma Flower Sutra”, “Buddhist Studies is Wisdom Learning”, .. are the results from the translation process. , compiled by the late Great Elder Venerable.
In recognition of the late Venerable Master’s contributions in religion and the nation, the State respectfully recognized and awarded noble awards such as: Order of Ho Chi Minh; Second Class Independence Medal; Medal of Great National Unity; Medal for the cause of great national unity; Certificate of Merit from the Prime Minister; Certificate of Merit from the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front.
During tonight’s memorial ceremony, the Venerable Permanent Vice-Chancellor also made the following statement: “During 97 years of ordination and 85 years of ordination, the Third Dharma Lord has lived a simple, humble and sincere life. sincerely and wholeheartedly serve mankind.”
Before that, at 3:22 a.m. on October 21, the Dharma Master of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha had accepted the impermanence of the world and returned to the Buddha realm. During the past 2 days, the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha held a funeral for the late Venerable Master with various rituals, including the ceremony of entering the coffin, and the ceremony of visiting.
Because the epidemic has hindered travel and gatherings, the residences across the country organize their own memorial ceremonies for the Dharma Lord within the framework of temples and monasteries. That is also in accordance with the last instruction of the late Venerable Venerable Master.
After reviewing the life of Most Venerable Thich Pho Tue, Venerables, Executive Council, Teaching Board, monks, nuns, and students all headed to Vien Minh Patriarchate, where His Holiness the Dharma Master spent decades practicing diligently, to perform the recitation ritual. The Sutra of Turning the Dharma Wheel (translated by the Central Culture Department) and the Amitabha Sutra (compiled by the Most Venerable Thich Tri Quang). Immediately after the end of the two suttas, the monks and nuns chanted the name of Shakyamuni Buddha (21 times), in order to “dedicate merit for a peaceful world and a peaceful life”.
According to the announcement of the Proving Council of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, at 9:00 am on October 24, the memorial ceremony and the ceremony of entering the stupa at the Vien Minh Temple will take place. This is the way the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha expresses boundless gratitude to a high-ranking monk who has devoted himself in the cause of profit-making Dharma.
News: Bao Tien
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