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A trip for Dharma Propagation

Update: 03/10/2014
One of main activities of Senior Venerable and monks at Hoang Phap pagoda is preaching everywhere.
 

A trip for Dharma Propagation

 
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We are Buddhists of Hoang Phap pagoda, who comes from\r\ndifferent provinces, districts such as: Go Dau Tay Ninh, Thu Duc, Vinh Long,\r\nect. Any time the Venerable go preaching, we arrange for our own work to\r\nsupport the affair.

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On late half month of September 2014, in Western South\r\nVietnam again, I joined Hoang Phap pagoda’s group came to Hoa Binh pagoda’s\r\nHall, Cau Ke town, Tra Vinh province to attend Dharma talk on the 55thOne Day\r\nCultivation, preached by Junior Ven. Thich Tam Dai of Hoang Phap pagoda, Hoc\r\nMon, TP HCM.

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The scenery on road to Western South Vietnam is poetic.\r\nThere are fresh trees, mild flowing river, small and large bridges which seem\r\nto connect affection of neighborhood, country, and nation. We took 5 hours\r\nto Hoa Binh pagoda.

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The Buddhist mandala was ready to welcome the lecture in\r\nsolemn atmosphere. Almost 500 Buddhists in the hall listened in concentration\r\nto the Junior Ven.’s dharma talk on topic: “Loyalty” – a topic is both close to\r\nnormal life and Buddha’ dharma.

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According to him, from the source of reality, ordinary love\r\nalways changes by many different reasons. But we should understand the basic\r\nmeaning of loyalty and try to conserve it.” 

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In life, we mention about a couple, friends, teachers and\r\nstudents. Faithfulness in these relationships is changed. In other\r\nwords, we should live wholeheartedly. We should be honest to ourselves, remain\r\nconsistently the same. It is easy to lose trust if we live delusively. 

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In Buddhism, it is also based on that meaning. There are\r\nmore important issues:

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-Faithfulness with home-leaving monk (called Ven. Master),\r\nwho helps us know Buddha’s teaching, takerefuge to become a good Buddhist\r\nwho has faith, honesty, respect, regarded as a Buddha. His words are\r\nas Buddha’s teaching. He will lead us to depart ocean of sufferings and escape\r\nsamsara. 

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-Mere allegiance to one sect (called belief mind)

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-Vowing to be reborn in the Pure Land. We have to vow with\r\npractice and continuance all our life.

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Thanks to Venerable, we don’t understand know\r\nclearly Dharma.  We always memorize and vow: “If somebody can’t come\r\nto the pagoda because of the distance, remember Venerable as the\r\nBuddhas; remember the pagoda as the Amitabha Buddha’s Pure Land”

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Series of applauses were endless as if they express the\r\napproval, the gratitude to Monks’s valuable Dharma for us. It’s time for us to\r\ndo the next affair releasing creatures at Cuu Long river.

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The boat carried us on the silt river. There is a\r\nclose-knitting among human beings. We stopped at Vinh Long market to buy fish,\r\nfrog, eel, crab, turtle, etc. Then, Junior Ven. Thich Tam Dai and we\r\nrecited Great Mercifulness Mantra together; Took Triratna refuge for animals\r\nand then recited Buddha’s name and released them. 

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What a pity! When seeing traps along the river bank full of fishing-nets,\r\nwe recognized danger of their life because many of residents here do not know\r\nBuddha’s Dharma. They managed many ways of living, including killing creatures.\r\nThe river is named Fateful River now. When do they approach Buddha’s teaching?\r\nWhen do they believe the law of cause and effect?  A problem has not\r\nbeen answered yet. What unhappiness!

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The boat landed the wharf. After reaching the bank, we\r\nvisited Son Thang zen monastery (Intermediate Buddhism school of Vinh Long\r\nprovince) – the place where Buddhist nuns and monks learn, practice and\r\ncultivate to become good lecturers in the future. This place contributes\r\ntalents to the province’s development in particular and Vietnam’s Buddhism in\r\ngeneral; share propagation of Buddhism mission. The Society has persistently\r\ndeveloped the Buddha’s Dharma foundation and served benefits for human life.

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We sincerely thank the Junior Ven. and monks for the\r\nmeaningful propagation trip. The trip brought happiness to us, to people with\r\nmore understanding and love, exactly as “

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Put away sorrow, our soul is peaceful.
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Our debt in life should be paid off
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Propagation enjoying the Pure Land long.
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Lead a religious life freely in meditating steps of walk.
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Hoc Mon, October 1st , 2014

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Translated into English by To Le Van.

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