Buddhist News of Ven. Thich Chan Tinh

First Dharma course in England

Update: 13/11/2014
On the 9th of November 2014, Senior Ven. Thich Chan Tinh gave a preaching session to the local Buddhists. After that he performed the ceremony for the attendants who took refuge in the Buddha, in the Dharma and in the Sangha. Finally, together with the attendants, he participated in a night festival complete with flower garlands and coloured lanterns - all these events were organised by the Vietnam Buddhist Association in England.
 

 First Dharma course in England

 
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On that morning, all the local Buddhists gathered in the\r\nauditorium to listen to the Sen. Ven.’s preaching on the Dharma. With his\r\nsimple, plain and friendly words, the Venerable explained the Dharma as well as\r\nthe experience in his religious practice to the listeners, aiming to help them\r\nmaster the Dharma better and work single-minded at their cultivation so that\r\nthey may transform their great miseries to a joyful and happy life.

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On the same afternoon, Sen. Ven Thich Chan Tin organised the\r\nceremony for the Buddhists who showed kindness of heart to the Triratna. Right\r\nin this ceremony the Ven. clearly explained to the attendants the meanings of\r\nthe expression ‘The three Buddhist laws and five commandments’ and directed\r\nthem how to keep the necessary imposing posture that a Buddhist should have.

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In the evening of the same day, the Organising Board of the\r\nRetreat Course coordinated with the Hoang Phap Sangha to organise a night festival\r\ncompleted with flower garlands and coloured lanterns. In a solemn atmosphere\r\nand the calm feelings of the attendants witnessed by the Buddha, the glistening\r\ncandles glared together with the attendants’ just opened heart  -\r\n all these made the whole atmosphere inundated with a miracle, the\r\nattendants felt closer and closer to each other and a connection seemed to\r\nhappen among them from a wordless Dharma. The light of the night festival\r\nbrought the intelligence light message from the World Honoured One and radiated\r\ninto the human ignorant and gloomy life so that it might dispel all human\r\nworries and anxieties. This light will also remind all those who are holding\r\nthe sacred torch of illuminating their own intelligence torch. Many Buddhists\r\nwere so moved to tears, for the fact that they had been waiting so long to\r\nexperience such a festival night organised in England. And although the weather\r\nwas very cold outside, all the attendants felt very cozy. Not a single word was\r\nable to describe the impression of the festival night.

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Through the first session of the Dharma course, Sen. Ven.\r\nThich Le Nguyen also mobilised the local Vietnamese Buddhist community for the\r\nconstruction of a pagoda in London so that the local Vietnamese may have a\r\nconvenient location for them to practise religion and such a religious house is\r\nsupposed to take after the Vietnamese architecture and culture in an attempt to\r\nbe a bridge linking all the Vietnamse generations in England.

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The first Dharma session course organised in England ended\r\nbut its echoes have not faded in every-ones mind. All the attendants were so\r\njoyful and waiting for the next session so that they once again can experience\r\nthe sacred moment of Tathagata’s Right Dharma.-

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Attached are some recorded pictures relating:

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Ceremony of Triratna refuge

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ceremony of flower garlands and coloured lanterns

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Translated into English by Mr. Hoang Huan, layman.

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