On the occasion of attending the 10th Buddhist Congress of Nam Dinh Province, Most Venerable Thich Thien Nhon, Chairman of the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha visited the Vong Cung communal house and Thap Pagoda (Phu Minh) to burn incense and pay respects to the ancestors. Monk, a senior with merit passed away in the land of Nam Dinh.
Since the Tran Dynasty, Nam Dinh has been considered the King’s land of Nanjing, also the birthplace of many prominent monks in the past hundreds of years. For that reason, the land of Nam Định became the ancestral place of Vietnamese Buddhism.
At Vong Cung communal house, an ancient temple of more than 100 years was built by King Gia Long in 1902, with an area of more than 3000m2. Since its establishment, this place has become a place to train many generations of monks and nuns of Nam Dinh province.
Arriving at Vong Cung communal house, the Most Venerable President had the opportunity to recall the merits of the Patriarchs who had lived here.
In addition, the Venerable Master came to burn incense and pay homage to the late Elder Most Venerable Thich Tam Thi, Senior Chief of the Vietnamese Sangha, and Elder Most Venerable Thich Tam Thong, Vice President of the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha Council.
On this occasion, the Most Venerable President also visited Pho Minh Pagoda, also known as Thap Pagoda, the oldest temple in Nam Dinh.
According to historical documents, the pagoda was built in 1262, in the west of Trung Quang palace of the Tran kings. Here, the Venerable Master visited Pho Minh Tower, an intact historical relic for nearly 1,000 years, proving the history of the most flourishing period of Vietnamese Buddhism.
The Most Venerable President and other venerable monks accompanied the main hall and ancestral house to burn incense, pay respects to the Three Jewels and worship the statue of Buddha Emperor Tran Nhan Tong.
Elder Venerable Thich Tam Thi, religious name Tue Tang, alternate name Tran Thanh Thuyen, was born in the year of the Tiger (1889) in Quan Phuong Trung village, Hai Hau district, Nam Dinh province. Over half a century from the time he left home to study until the last moment of his life, he always strictly observed the precepts, propagated the Dharma to save lives, and trained talented monks regardless of difficult or favorable circumstances. At the same time, the Most Venerable Elder is also known as a profound lawyer, the most typical of the Law School of Vietnam, his Dharma sound is a solid foundation for the main line of Dharma transmission.
In 1952, the National Sangha honored the Venerable Master to the title of National Senior Sangha. In 1953, His Holiness drafted and published “La Tam Thu”, which called for the nation’s followers to join hands to revive Buddhism like the Ly and Tran dynasties in the past.
His profound and profound vows were fulfilled, his body of the four greats came to be returned to the four greats. On April 3, in the year of the Pig, ie May 10, 1959, he released his sacrificial body at Vong Cung communal house, enjoying life 70, meritorious deeds. monastic 50 Ha Lap.
Most Venerable Thich Tam Thong, alias Nguyen Van Tien, was born on November 27, Binh Thin year, 1916 in An Ninh village, Hai Trung commune, Hai Hau district, Nam Dinh province. He ordained as a Buddha and prayed for the Dharma with Master Thich Thanh Lich, the abbot of Lam Cau pagoda, Ha Nam province.
At the 4th National Congress of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, he was honored as the Vice President and Chief Secretary of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Council. Before that, with his virtue and dignity, the Venerable Elder was also assigned by the Unified Buddhist Association of Vietnam and the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha to hold many important positions.
His whole life, from the beginning to the end, was a shining example, taking the observance of the precepts as a body and teaching to teach thousands of disciples and Buddhists. For Vietnamese Buddhism, the Most Venerable Elder is a typical high monk with strict conduct. He passed away at 4:30 p.m., August 25, 1999 (on the full moon day of the seventh month of the year of the Rabbit). in Hanoi, 84 years, 60 Ha Lap. His body was brought to the stupa at Vong Cung Communal House, Nam Dinh city.