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One - day Retreat at Hoang Phap Pagoda – Cambodia.

Update: 04/08/2014
As being guided by Senior Venerable Thich Chan Tinh, on August 3rd, 2014 (July 8th, Horse year), the monks arrived at Hoang Phap pagoda in Cambodia to support activities for this One – day Retreat. During the retreat, Junior Venerable Thich Tam Huong had a talk with more than 500 Vietnamese Buddhists. The topic is “The Belief in The Three Treasures”. He preached:
 

One - day Retreat at Hoang Phap Pagoda – Cambodia.

 
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The belief is like the mother of all merits, the basis\r\nof good dharma. Therefore, if the belief hasn’t existed, it should be created;\r\nonce it is attained, preservation and progress must be persisted and\r\nstrengthened. The true confidence in The Three Treasures is called “Right\r\nBelief of Triratna”. They are belief in Buddha, belief in Dharma and belief in\r\nthe Sangha.

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Belief in The Buddha is to confide in the\r\nEnlightenment, who will lead us to wisdom and wake all living beings up against\r\ndrown in delusions, but not to His favors.  In the sutra He teaches:\r\n“I have no power to neither grant you blessings nor punish anyone calamities.”\r\nAs what He said, asking blessings from Him is completely against the truth\r\nwhich The Buddha taught us. After all, belief in The Buddha means believing in\r\nthe truths He showed us, believing in what he had completely accomplished\r\nduring his attaining the Enlightenment. What the Buddha said is not wrong. That\r\nis the First Belief.

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Belief in Dharma: Dharma is what the Buddha\r\ntaught us. Dharma helps us to understand the law of cause and effect, the law\r\nof rebirth and the law of causal condition, which is obviously scientific. As\r\nthat is said the causes lead to the results. If bad things are done to others,\r\nbad things will also be gained. Knowing that law, we should do good things and\r\ncreating kindness, instead of causing bad things. Thank to believing in\r\nBuddha’s teachings, we will achieve practical result in life. We know that what\r\nThe Buddha taught us are truths, which helps much for us and for the next\r\ngenerations as well. That is all about believing in Dharma.

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Belief in The Sangha the  Buddha\r\ntold us that among The Three Treasures, we must trust in The Sangha because\r\nthey are the ones who study, transfer and teach us how to study, practice The\r\nBuddha’s teachings precisely and truthfully. This is the most important belief\r\nthat you should build for yourselves and for all. The Dharma ended with\r\npleasure.

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The retreat ended with the offering of a dharma\r\ngift including a VCD “The Intimate Feeling to the Youth” and a charity voucher\r\nfor the next retreat.

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  Here are the photos taken:

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Translated into English by Nguyen Thi Mai Thao.

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