The abbot built many temples on the island – bringing reading cultural knowledge to children and people on remote islands
In April, the last cold spells of the season in the North, the monsoon makes the sea rough, also because of that, there are silver waves crashing against the side of the ship, splashing waves bringing salty sea water high overhead, the sea welcomes or welcomes you. test people’s hearts when going to a remote island. The trip on Buddhist mission across the sea in 2 days We were accompanied by TT. Thich Tuc Khang – Deputy Head of the Executive Committee of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Ho Chi Minh City. Hai Phong; The head of the Buddhist Administration of Cat Hai island district visited the temples on the island district.
Cat Hai island district, City. Hai Phong has an area of nearly 300 square kilometers, an area with an important position in terms of national defense and security with 366 large and small islands located far from the mainland. The weather was bad, so there were many obstacles in the practice of the monks. But it is not because of difficulties that can prevent the footsteps of brown-robed monks like Thich Tuc Khang who have overcome dangerous storms at sea for many years to bring the light of Dharma to the people of the country. on this remote island.
Temple bells on Truong Sa archipelago
The dawn on the island is so beautiful in a space as far as the eye can see, the boat as a small dot adorns the enchanting beauty of the homeland’s sea and islands.
According to archaeological remains and artifacts left on Cat Ba island, Buddhism was present here thousands of years ago, but due to time and war, the temples are only ruins. In 2012, Venerable Thich Tuc Khang was awarded the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Ho Chi Minh City. Hai Phong appointed in charge of Buddhism in Cat Hai island district. In the past 10 years, from nothing, the Venerable Master has campaigned with a number of businesses, sponsors and Buddhist relatives in Cat Hai island district and Cat Ba town in Ho Chi Minh City. Hai Phong restored, embellished and rebuilt pagodas from ruined ruins into big beautiful monasteries like today to serve as places to practice religion and guide Buddhist people to practice. 10 years is not a long time to do Buddhist work on Cat Hai island district, the Venerable Master built 4 temples with a cost of several tens of billions of dong, these are the results of a tireless process of striving. Because building a temple on the island is a hundred times more difficult than building on the mainland, the temples on the sea and islands are not only a place of religious activities to take care of the spiritual life, a place to study for the Buddhist people. It also carries with it an important meaning about the country’s history and national sovereignty over the sea and islands.
The first destination is Linh Son Pagoda, also known as (Goi Pagoda) located in Xuan Dam commune, Cat Hai district, Hai Phong city, according to records, the pagoda was built in 1885, during the reign of King Nguyen. Canh Tong, After time and war, the pagoda remains only ruins and two wooden statues. In 2009, the Venerable Master and the Buddhist people held a groundbreaking ceremony for the rebuilding, completed in 2011, visited the temple with a peaceful space on the island, the fragrant incense has made our souls feel so peaceful when going through the long journey.
The second destination is Thien Ung pagoda, a temple in Tran Chau commune, Cat Hai island district, according to the people on the island, this is a very sacred ancient temple that has existed for a long time, Previously next to the Tam Bao temple there A very large old banyan tree, more than twenty people holding hands together to hug the whole tree, the roots of the banyan tree also grow into many other branches, there are two large and small roots, the people in the village still call it “Pagoda” 23 original banyan tree”, during the war, the pagoda was the place where our soldiers made a base for revolutionary activities, so the French invaders poured gasoline on the pagoda and burned it down. In 2007 people restored a simple thatched roof with an area of only 6m2, in 2018 Venerable Thich Tuc Khang mobilized benefactors to buy more land for the construction of Thien Ung Pagoda in Tran Chau commune on the old land of the heritage site. Ancient ruins, the main hall has been completed, now the temple is continuing during the construction of other spiritual works.
Linh Quang Pagoda is a monastery located in the center of Cat Ba town, the temple site is more than 200 years old. Tam Bao Temple was built from 2015 to 2018 when it was completed, the pagoda has Dai Hong Chung weighing 1.2 tons, 8 large bronze statues worshiping at Tam Bao temple, 6m high stone statue of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara on the mountain. , there is a monk’s house, a road, a guest house and other ancillary works. Especially, there is a book library with tens of thousands of precious books of various genres and languages in Vietnam and around the world.
As a messenger of the Tathagata with the desire to bring the light of compassion – wisdom of the Buddha as well as knowledge of society and knowledge of mankind through the bookcase program at the temple to the people in the distant seas and islands. In the distant past, in 2021 Venerable Thich Tuc Khang built this library of books, he guided people to read books to access knowledge, also from here the reading movement of students and people of the district. The island is strongly developed. Supporting the program are businesses and intellectuals who have joined hands to donate books, set up reading clubs, guide children to the library to read books daily to access human knowledge, as well From the bookcase of Linh Quang Pagoda, the students of the island district have gained useful knowledge to support their study at school, and also create a reading culture for local students. Buddhists also often go to the temple to meditate, read books at the library, in the content of the books, in addition to learning Buddhist teachings, they have gained more knowledge of life and found deep tranquility in their lives. mind body.
Mr. Nguyen Trung Kien, Director of ASV EDUCAPTION company operating in the field of education, is also a Buddhist who has accompanied the temple bookcase for many years, said: Enterprises are very interested in the program of bringing books to sea places. The Venerable’s island and always spend a part of the budget to accompany this meaningful and humane program.
Teacher Dang Thi Luong also said: Outside of work, she often goes to the temple’s bookcase to learn more knowledge and help the little students read books at the club.
Sister Thich Nu Ngoc Tran, a PhD student in India – Head of Linh Quang Pagoda, who is also in charge of the club, said: The reading movement at the library of Linh Quang Pagoda has grown strongly since its founding. the number of members, diverse ages, but the largest is still students, the bookcase is always enhanced with books from the sponsors, the army of knowledge lovers at home and abroad, also from this age Children in the island district have access to Buddhist teachings, increase their knowledge of Buddhism, world studies, history and culture, helping them in their studies, in the future, this is the criterion of Buddhism. “Buddhism always accompanies the nation”.
More than 2 hours after crossing the sea, we set foot on Chua Island, this is an island with an area of 78ha located far from the mainland, Linh Ung Pagoda was approved by the City People’s Committee. Hai Phong planned to build on the island, now Linh Ung Pagoda only has a small three-place temple about 30m2 made of wood, roofed with corrugated iron, built temporarily on the old foundation, inside there is an ancient Buddha image more than 700 years old, the way to the top. The pagoda is thousands of steep stone steps arranged by the monks, from the top of the temple overlooking the east sea as far as the eye can see with small islands a beautiful landscape like a place of paradise, the sacred thing is that although outside the island, there is a well. Natural fresh water all year round does not run out of water.
Venerable Thich Tuc Khang said: In the future, this will be a temple designed to be built as a cluster of cultural and spiritual works with many special features, not only a place of religious spirituality but also a gathering place for Buddhists. world cultures through gardens “The Stone Temple” at the temple island. With a location here, Linh Ung Pagoda will be in the future as a Buddhist scenic spot as well as a safe place for the country to be peaceful in the northeast of Vietnam’s sea and islands.
Two days accompanying the monk who loved the sea and islands with us was very short, but it was enough to feel the beauty of the homeland’s sea and islands, the meaning of the temples on the far away islands, the compassion of the religion. Buddha, learn more about a monk who devoted much effort to building pagodas on the island, bringing human knowledge to fellow Buddhists on the island. On the occasion of Vietnam Book Day, April 21, 2022, I wish the Venerable Master to always have a healthy body, peace of mind, Buddha, and be successful in bringing more light of the Buddhadharma to people on remote islands.