Regardless of position or role, he is still the same: humble, self-sufficient, faithful to the original vows. Still a simple staff, a worn brown shirt, dedicated to teaching the back-to-school students, being kind to everyone regardless of high or low…
No one can be exempt from death. Death is a part of life, in the process of birth, aging, sickness, and death. But there are people whose lives, including their deaths, have left touching lessons, reviving the values of true fidelity, honesty and simplicity that are so necessary for this life. .
In the past week, the funeral of the Most Venerable Most Venerable Thich Thanh Bich, Deputy Dharma Master and Judiciary of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Proving Council has touched and moved many people about the religious life and self-control of the monks. The edict of the Venerable Elder, who lived beyond a century of faithfulness to a virtuous life, strict precepts, extreme humility, simplicity, and simplicity, has been adopted by the Church: “how to live, after that”!
The true images of the staff where he has been residing for the past decades have been transmitted on electronic websites, once again, touching many people who have had a good fortune to know, creating surprises for those who have not. once met and heard about him – a highly moral priest of Vietnamese Buddhism.
The Venerable Elder’s name is Nguyen Quang Bich. He was born in the year of the Ox (1912) in Mai Xa village, Ly Nhan commune, Ha Nam province, in a family of the Nguyen Ba Thi academic family, his father is Nguyen Huu Thuong and his mother is Duong Thi Cam.
When he was 5 years old (1917), he followed his parents away from the village to trade far away. When he arrived at Kim Doi village, Huu Bang commune, Kien Thuy district, Hai Phong, his family met the Confucian couple Duong Dinh Huynh and Trong Thi Nhu. Through communication and admiration for his elegant demeanor, with thoughts and thoughts that are somewhat different from ordinary people, exuding the temperament of a gentleman, Mr. Duong Dinh Huynh asked Mr. Nguyen Huu Thuong to let him return to work. adopted son, to teach with the desire to entrust to him the ambitions that his whole life has not been fulfilled.
After moving back to his adoptive parents’ house, he was carefully taught by his adoptive father, Confucian Duong Dinh Huynh, and sent him to private schools outside. At the age of 12, he had a relatively stable amount of Confucian and social knowledge; especially learned French, able to communicate fluently with foreigners as well as compose and write documents in Nom and Han characters.
More fortunate, he met the master again. His biological uncle – Most Venerable Thich Thong Tien (commonly known as To Thien Phuc) was an eminent meditator, one of the three famous lawyers in the North at that time, who often entered the Institute of Telematics. Dong Bac Co translated the scriptures, had more than 10 years engraved printed boards in Vinh Nghiem pagoda, ordained with Te Xuyen, studied religion in To Nguyen Uan, received the Heart Seal from Da Ba. One day on the road of Van Du, To Thien Phuc stopped at the Song wharf temple to rest, met a young boy sitting with his hands folded to recite Buddha’s name, asked if he knew his nephew. Being told by the Buddha about impermanence and the Buddha’s path to enlightenment, he made a vow to become a monk when he was 12 years old.
Knowing the story, the adoptive mother and sister were very happy, but the adoptive father Duong Dinh Huynh was somewhat embarrassed; partly because I love my son, partly because I want my son to follow his grandfather, continue to study and pursue the path of fame. But before the will and determination of his son, he had to accept to take his son to Sui pagoda, Phu Thuy village, Gia Lam district, Hanoi to study religion with To Thien Phuc, whose dharma name was Tam Bich, legal name Thich Thanh Bich .
At the age of 13 (1925), he was sent by To Thien Phuc to go to Ba Da Pagoda to follow the Sangha. Here, the image of the old Luc Ancestor reappears. Although he is a small person, he has to carry water every day to serve the activities of the monks and does not get tired. At the end of that year, Patriarch Da saw that he was a meditator, with full conditions, and immediately posted the Sa-di precepts at this ancestral house.
Then, at Te Xuyen’s place, after more than 10 years of pounding rice to serve the monks of the Patriarchate, he was ordained by a professional teacher at the ancestral forum of But Thap communal house, Thuan Thanh, Bac Ninh when he was just 24 years old. .
It was also here that he met his religious friend Thich Pho Tue, now the head of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha. The two of them – one Bi, one Tue, shared the same goal, shared the same path, so the mutual meaning quickly formed a dharma companion. They respect each other in the manner of Zen masters when they meet each other: “Experiencing the law of house etiquette, high monks come to ask for a seat”.
After 22 years of studying abroad with teacher Van, the smell of soy sauce and melon permeated the taste of meditation. In 1940, the Elder returned to Sui pagoda in Bac Ninh, focusing on practicing Zen – Tinh. Practicing according to the “one day no work, one day no eating” behavior of Bach Truong Thanh Quy, “Low education of trinity”, eating thick grass, lying in a plait of straw, early and late at night, reading books and scriptures, after 20 years of hard work. tons without interruption. That shining example of religious practice, the people of Sui to this day are still full of praise and pride in their homeland for having virtuous sages who stopped to let the villagers learn to follow good examples.
In 1960, taking on the responsibility of succeeding the Lam Te sect, he and his master, To Thien Phuc, returned to Hoi Xa communal house, Thuong Tin, Ha Tay (now Hanoi) – the place of the ancestors’ discovery. Tinh Duoc, Hai Quynh, Tich Truyen, Chieu Khoan, Pho Tinh, to maintain the path of the path, following the Zen lamp of Zen Buddhism of Patriarch Nhu Trung Lan Giac.
In 1966, admiring the morality of the Elder, the people of Nguyen Trai, Thuong Tin, Ha Tay communes invited him to be the abbot of Dau pagoda (Thanh Dao Tu), to help people in their spiritual and religious life. . Here, following the practice of To Vu Khac Minh, Vu Khac Truong, he usually abstained from eating and sleeping, when the four elements were abnormal, he fasted, drank water, meditated to cure diseases; always keep righteous awareness, as rational attention, as rational awareness.
The circle of heaven and earth rotated according to impermanence, when the master returned the body to the four greats, in 1986, the Most Venerable Elder sent back the people of Nguyen Trai commune – Dau pagoda with all the money paid for incense and flowers, and retired to the family home. Hoi Xa to follow the transmission team.
Since then, the Most Venerable Elder has always been the highest standard for the four groups of Zen families to follow. As for himself, he is stoic, for others he is generous, tolerant, gentle, compassionate, compassionate, and mindful; always be kind, do more than talk, humbly and patiently, not be conceited; taking the practice of cultivation as the key, the life and death as the important, the saving of life as the key; put the word Tam precious on the head, take the Four graces to engrave the mind, think of the Tam Tu to discipline the heart; understand more or less farming work of farmers, food and clothing are all due to credit… not attached to fame, money, living in poverty leading the way in the Zen life; Every day, he plows, cultivates and harvests, takes care of the Three Jewels on respect, self-serve, always reads scriptures, meditates and practices according to the worldly Dharma of superior people. The age has reached the point of “eighty years”, but the day on the porch, even though it was dark at 6 o’clock, there was no light, no glasses, he still regularly followed every word in the scriptures and ancient books of the Patriarchs.
The elder always has respect for everyone, often clasps his hands and respectfully confesses his son to both monks and nuns, but still feels peaceful and calm. The Elder’s compassion extended to all sentient beings, so the feral cats still came to him for company and comfort. At the age of 70, he still walks more than ten kilometers every month from Dau pagoda to Vo Lang communal house, chanting the Bodhisattva precepts until his health no longer allows; or when he was settling down for the summer at the Red Temple of Van Quan (Ha Dong), because he was late in the morning, so the temple door was closed, he didn’t dare knock on the door of the cave, but continued to meditate all night until the sun went down. dawn. Then it was also in Van Quan lower school, because of difficult infrastructure conditions, the monks lacked a place to sleep, the Elder went out to sleep in the warehouse to make room for the monks to maintain silence, such things are rare. in the middle of this life!
The daily life of the Most Venerable Most Venerable Master is pure and simple, always wearing a light brown shirt that has faded over the years; Throughout his life as a monk, the Elder has never sewn himself new clothes, or bought decorative items himself. All the items are given by faith and giving, and he depends on his merits, more or less, to receive the items.
When the Sangha was wrong, the Elder had experienced many responsibilities of the Church such as the Chief of the Buddhist Representative Committee of Thuong Tin District, the Head of the Buddhist Executive Committee of Ha Tay Province, the Principal of the Ha Tay Buddhist Intermediate School, a member of the Buddhist Association. Proving Council, Member of the Executive Council of the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha, Proof of the Hanoi Buddhist Association, Head of the Hoi Xa Temple, Head of the Temple of Te Xuyen – Ha Nam. At the 7th National Buddhist Congress at the end of 2012, all delegates invited him to the position of Deputy Dharma Master and Judiciary of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Proving Council.
The Venerable Elder is also the home of the Venerable Master, Asale, posted the forum to transmit the precepts and teachings to thousands of disciples from Ha Tay, Hanoi, and Ha Nam, the home of Mai Xa Lower School for many years. , Hoi Xa, Mo Lao… and many other low schools inside and outside Hanoi city to serve as a model for them to follow.
No matter what position, whatever role, he is still the same: humble, self-sufficient, faithful to the first vows of morality. Still a simple staff, a worn brown shirt, collected items, dedicated to teaching the students, being kind to everyone regardless of upper and lower…
The life of a simple monk, true to himself and to everyone, wherever and under any circumstances – that is the soul of the abodes…