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Preaching Dharma at Thien Phuoc Pagoda in Dong Thap Province.

Update: 21/07/2014
In the morning of July 20th, 2014 (June 24th Horse Year), in response to Abbot Thich Le Nhat’s invitation, Senior Ven. Thich Chan Tinh came to Thien Phuong pagoda – Hoi An Dong commune, Lap Vo district, Dong Thap province, to preach Dharma to Buddhists there.
 

Preaching Dharma at Thien Phuoc Pagoda in Dong Thap Province.

 

People who are cultivating and praying by their reciting the\r\nBuddha’s name always wish that they could be reborn in the Pure Land after\r\nleaving their body in current life.  In the Amitayurdhyana Sutra, the\r\nBuddha taught Mrs.Vaidehi that if her desiring to regenerate in the Pure Land,\r\nshe needs to cultivate on Three sources of felicity and the Pure Karma.

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The first source of felicity is being pious to parents,\r\nserving masters, keeping charity and not slaughtering, practicing the Ten Good\r\nKarma.

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The second is receiving and retaining the Triratna Refuges\r\nto the Buddha, which means keeping full of refuges and not breaking them.

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The third is having Bodhi heart, believing the cause-result\r\nrule, reading and reciting the Mahayana sutras, encouraging other people to\r\ncultivate.

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When practicing the Three sources of felicity, our good\r\nheart will decrease more, and our merciful mind will open more. Besides that,\r\npractitioners’  don’t vow for the Pure Land, but they wish to stay the\r\nSaha World to preserve living beings because they think that  bearing in\r\nthe Pure Land and returning this life will take thousands of years. Some concrete\r\nexamples are progenitors who were reborn in the Pure Land haven’t been seen\r\nreturn the Saha World to rescue all beings, if monks and nuns come the Pure\r\nLand, who will stay the Saha Word to help all beings? therefore, the Dharma\r\npractitioners having good heart and merciful mind want to stay in the Saha\r\nworld to help others, which bases on individually different wish. Anyone who is\r\nafraid of misery in the Saha world should vow to be born in the Pure Land. On\r\nthe contrary, who loves all beings living in the obscure rivers and grief lakes\r\nwill stay in the Saha world to assist others. The purpose of people cultivating\r\nthe Dharma is to become the Buddha. People cultivating the Dharma think of not\r\nonly their personal benefit, but also benefit of all beings.

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At the end of the lecture, each Buddhist was offered a VCD\r\n“Vung Tien” (Firm Forwarding)

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Translated into English by Nguyen Hoang Oanh.

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