Buddhist News of Ven. Thich Chan Tinh

Preaching Dharma At The Hung Phap Pagoda - Dong Na

Update: 21/02/2016
In the morning of February 21st, 2016 (Lunar January 14th, Monkey year), Senior Venerable Thich Chan Tinh came to the Hung Phap Pagoda located in Xuan Hung Commune, Xuan Loc District, Dong Nai province to preach dharma to buddhists in the Buddha Recitation retreat at the invitation of Junior venerable Thich Tam An, abbot of the pagoda.

Preaching Dharma At The Hung Phap Pagoda - Dong Na


After the solemn  opening statements of Junior venerable abbot, Senior venerable Thich Chan Tinh sent the best wishes to all of the monks, nuns and masses at present on the occasion of lunar new year. Then, The Senior venerable also gave a few words of practice encouragement to the buddhists at the same time.


He said in life, the acts of those who are only interested in their own benefits, regardless of others’ are called self-seeking or selfishness. Conversely, those who not only can benefit for themselves but also are willing to share what they learned or experienced with other people  are called benefitting others or self-forgetfulness. The Buddha always encouraged his disciples to live  for everybody’s sake.


In the Anguttara Nikaya 3, there is an interesting conversation between Mahanama the Sakya and the Buddha about a layman.


Mahanama: What is a layman?

The Buddha: That is a person who takes refuge in the Triratna: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.


Mahanama: What is a layman considered to observe moral precepts?


The Buddha: That is a person who abandoned killing the livings, taking others’ properties without their permission, sexual misconduct, lying or saying untruths, and drinking wine or alcohol.


Mahanama: What is a layman thought to practice self-seeking but not for benefitting others?


The Buddha: That is a person who meets eight requirements: holding the strong belief in dharma, observing disciplines, performing almsgiving, coming to see Bhikkhus for advice on practice by himself, aspiring to listen to the wonderful Dharma, receiving and retaining these Buddha's teachings, pondering the meaning of the doctrines and putting them into practice in the proper way. However, he didn't encourage, motivate, support and stimulate others to do the above things.


 Mahanama: What is a layman supposed to practice self-seeking while practicing benefitting others?

The Buddha: The self-seeking person while benefitting others is the person who performed the eight above things; then he encouraged, adviced and helped others to perform those things together at the same time.


Through the sutra, the Buddha meaned to instruct a lay Buddhist to listen to, understand and perform his teaching. When we found the benefits, joy and happiness in the process of cultivation, we should share it with our family, friends, and people around us in order to create a good practicing environment; and everybody would achieve the same results as expected. That is what the Most venerable shared with the masses there.

Translated into English by Ms. Giac Ngoc.

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