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The writer came to the Christmas family one day at the end of 2015. During the process of writing a newspaper on the topic of Buddhism, the writer had the opportunity to meet and consult with some of the leaders of the Buddhist Church in the country. but this is the first time to consult the Dharma Master.

He does not use the phone, so the writer does not know how to contact, so that he can make an appointment in advance.

From Hanoi, down National Highway 1A to the south about 35 km to Phu Xuyen town. Asking for directions to “Rang” pagoda, people say turn right and go through Gioi Oi banyan tree about 7km to come. Sure enough, on the road stood a heritage banyan tree several hundred years old, with thousands of roots poking straight into the ground. The reason for the name Gioi, is because in the past, all the way through the long dirt road with no house, everyone who passed by was robbed and could only cry “God” under the banyan tree.

Going to the dyke of the Red River, only to see Giang pagoda appear alone in the middle of a vast rice field bare of stubble. The feeling of surprise is fleeting, because the writer has not yet imagined that the Most Venerable monk in the highest throne of the Church will be the abbot of the majestic temple, which can be seen from a distance of kilometers. No wonder the Christmas family is so simple and humble. An ancient temple with curved roof tiles stacked on top of each other, looks like a lotus flower in the middle of a green beach area.

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Stepping through the temple gate, walking in the middle of a wide garden with rows of straight potatoes, beds of mustard greens, water spinach, kohlrabi with green leaves… reminds the writer of the first image of a peaceful life. white monk. The space is strangely empty. Except for the Bao Dien, the Patriarchate, and the stupa, which are majestic because they were recently restored, the rest from the guest house, the Sangha, the kitchen, the street, the aisles are still just simple roofs like the scene of the Northern countryside market. several decades ago. Found the monks, learned that Duc Phap was meditating in the octagonal cup behind the temple. Every day, he recited the Pure Land Sutras, recited the name of Amitabha Buddha for many hours without getting up, and sometimes sat all day and night reciting the Buddha’s name. Each time, the Sangha at the temple did not dare to disturb him, and the visitors did not dare to report.

Waited all morning, didn’t see Lord of France out of the cup, knowing that it was not enough to meet him, the writer had to greet the monks to leave. Venerable Thich Nguyen Quang, one of his disciples, advises: “Come another day, if you have a chance, you will meet!” Traveling for tens of kilometers in the rain and cold, without meeting His Holiness the Dharma Master, I had to think to myself, maybe the Buddhas and Patriarchs tested their patience.

A few days later the writer returned to the temple, this time fortunately met the Lord Dharma Master. It was on a very cold day, with a strong north wind, the Venerable Master wore an old nightshirt that could not fully cover the simple brown shirt inside. The old monk looked like an old farmer. In the dry, austere figure of an old monk who is already in his mid-twentieth year, his eyes still reveal his elite look and his gentle and elegant smile, his leisurely and leisurely steps, a style that is not easy for anyone, almost a hundred years old can still be kept. Asking His Holiness the Dharma Master, he answered clearly and concisely each sentence, showing the lucidity of a middle-aged person, making the writer even more surprised by the great wisdom of a master monk. Saying every sentence, His Holiness also smiled very brightly. From the face to the voice, there is a compassionate, happy expression.

As Buddha's disciples, following the Buddha, we must study and practice according to the Buddha, eat rice, wear the clothes of the ten directions of good faith, we must dedicate ourselves to giving back to the world.  That is natural, is the law of cause and effect, we must often ask ourselves, be self-conscious about it.

As Buddha’s disciples, following the Buddha, we must study and practice according to the Buddha, eat rice, wear the clothes of the ten directions of good faith, we must dedicate ourselves to giving back to the world. That is natural, is the law of cause and effect, we must often ask ourselves, be self-conscious about it.

The teachings of His Holiness the Dharma Master Thich Pho Tue

He was born in 1917 in Khanh Tien commune, Yen Khanh district, Ninh Binh province. In 1926 he ordained at Quan Pagoda (Ninh Binh). In 1932, he was ordained as a novice at the lower school of Dong Cao pagoda, Nam Dinh province. In 1934, he started to study at Vien Minh pagoda, Ha Tay province. In 1937, he was ordained as a monk by Thich Quang Ton as the leading monk. From 1953 to 1958, he studied and propagated the Dharma at Kim Doi Pagoda – Hai Phong. From October 1958 to present, the abbot of Vien Minh Pagoda…

He told the story of monastic life since he was 5 years old, on his way to study, his footprints have spread throughout the families of the Red River Delta. Over the days when his homeland was occupied by the French invaders, villages were ruined, temples collapsed, he was still loyal to the Buddha’s door. The writer was even more surprised when the Venerable said that he had never attended a formal school. All knowledge is acquired through perseverance in self-study. As everyone knows, he is a famous priest who is knowledgeable about Buddhism and Sinology.

His career in translating and translating scriptures, his works are outstanding with the works: The Hundred Example Sutras, The Three Sutras of Buddha Ancestors, the Resounding Prajna, the Great Dictionary of Buddhist Studies, Outline of the Lotus Sutra, and the Study of the Wisdom of the Buddhas. , editor, Tripitaka of Vietnam, translation and editing of the Law of the Four Parts… He used to be the Principal of the Buddhist Intermediate School of Ha Tay Province; Formerly the Director of the Vietnam Buddhist Studies Sub-Institute in Hanoi, the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Buddhist Studies. From December 2007 to present: in charge of the position of Dharma Chairman of the Council of Proving the Buddhist Church of Vietnam.

Up to now, it has been 80 years since he lived in Giang pagoda, so he is called by Buddhists from all over the world Christmas Nest. In the eyes of the people of this region, Most Venerable Thich Pho Tue He is not only a monk with profound knowledge of the Buddhadharma, with perfect virtues, but also a real farmer with the virtues of being good at work, industrious and simple. Because throughout his life, outside of ceremony or preaching, the Venerable Master always worked with his disciples to cultivate their bodies until they were 80 years old. Now at the age of fifteen, he can no longer go to the fields to grow rice, but he still works in the garden and cleans the temple every day.

Tam Quan Vien Minh Pagoda, residence of Elder HT.Thich Pho Tue

Tam Quan Vien Minh Pagoda, residence of Elder HT.Thich Pho Tue

Dharma Master Thich Pho Tue: The Holy Sangha of the times

Farewell to the Most Venerable Elder, the writer looks at him as he walks gracefully on the red brick background, in a simple coat, in the middle of the north wind. The wind was cold to the bone, making the trees tremble, but his figure was strangely stable, like a cypress tree that often stands in the midst of snow, rain and wind. I suddenly thought, I don’t know if there is any Dharma Master in this world who is so simple and yet so erudite. What remains in the hearts of each person who comes here is deep admiration and respect for the Venerable Most Venerable Thich Pho Tue – Third Dharma Master of the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha, he still carries the Buddha’s teachings day and night, the high virtues of the Buddha. the true cultivation of sentient beings.

“I think, “When bamboo grows old, bamboo shoots grow”, saying that is just blasphemous, it should be added that: old bamboo must be used for useful purposes and bamboo shoots also need to have a way and need to be taken care of. and protection, then it will be straight and beautiful to be useful for Tao and Life.

In my opinion, more diverse forms of education and training for monks and nuns should be made, especially the model of traditional family families. This does not mean denying the unifying role of the State and the Church. Unity should be based on diversity.

For Buddhism, harmony with the Sangha is the most important. Administrative constraints and orders outside of the Dharma are only temporary. In particular, should persist in maintaining the order of the final settlement schools. It is a place not only for learning but also for practicing and practicing the community, democratic, disciplined, “six-peaceful” lifestyle of monks and nuns.”

Elder HT.Thich Pho Tue


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