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An Unforgettable Trip

Update: 05/09/2014
On September 2nd, 2014, Monks and Buddhists of Hoang Phap pagoda arrived at Binh My wharf, in Cu Chi district, to do the fish release. The group has usually been to this place, showing mercy to the living beings. On the other hand, it is our belief to help lengthen our lifespan, be healthy in this life and the following.
 

An Unforgettable Trip

 
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The group arrived on small, narrow and winding\r\nroad leading to the countryside river at sunset. Because of the low tide, all\r\nfound it hard to get through the sticky mud in order to push and draw the heavy\r\nboat gliding for a release though we merrily joked in “mud bathing”\r\ninstead of complaining.

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The cheering from the Monks and the Buddhists, along with\r\nthe internal power of Pravraj ones made the silent area become\r\nhappier and more exciting. The creatures (fishes, frogs, eels, snakes, etc.,)\r\ninside the boxes may crave for being freed in nature. Maybe they were very\r\nhappy too…

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It is known that after the yearly Vassa, the Monks who serve\r\nfor the kitchen of Hoang Phap Pagoda having saved a small amount of money\r\noffered by almsgivers for the release.

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Finally, the moment came when the entire group\r\nread the praise and repeat the name of the Buddha to pray for protection. After\r\nthat, the river became more alive because of the fishes which had just got back\r\nto the river. The snake chokes their heads as showing their thanking.\r\nSome rolled the branches as rolling their life. How adorable they were! The\r\nfrogs and the eels being released along the riverside, stuck to the hyacinth\r\nfor peaceful and happy moments.

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The group waved goodbye to the creatures and they felt\r\nextremely delighted and relaxing. Our faces were covered with bright and pleasure because\r\nour good deeds.

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Our Master used to teach:
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   â€œWhoever with wisdom and compassion
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  Cannot kill and eat living beings.”
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  As a Buddhist, we always remember what the\r\nMaster taught. “Releasing” means “No killing”, which is one of the five\r\ndignities for the Buddha’s children. Animal releasing is necessary in our daily\r\nlife. If we know how to treasure the lives of the animals, we will know how to\r\nprotect our own and family lives. We are truly grateful to the Master and the\r\nMonks. We will always keep our wisdom and compassion to contribute to the\r\ndelightful and meaningful life.

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Hoc Mon, September 4th, 2014.

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Translate into English by Nguyen Thi Mai Thao.

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