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Preaching At Buu An Pagoda – Bac Lieu Province

Update: 21/07/2014
On July 19, 2014 (Lunar June 23rd Horse Year), in response to Abbot Thich Giac Tang’s invitation, Senior Ven. Thich Chan Tinh came to Tinh An pagoda, Hoa Binh ward, Bac Lieu province to have a dharma talk for cultivation Buddhists of leaving-home causal condition.
 

Preaching At Buu An Pagoda – Bac Lieu Province

 
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When the Buddha existed in this life, He permitted Buddhists\r\nwho can take eight precepts for their one-day retreat at pagoda. This form\r\naided good condition to lay-man who practiced the life of clergyman.

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The Buddhists who attain one-day retreat  have to keep\r\neight principles of no killing, no stealing, no sexuality, no making-up also\r\nwatching and listening music, no lying on high and wide bed, no mistimed\r\neating. They still appear their shape of the staying-home people who leave hair\r\nand dress common clothes.

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However, at Tinh An pagoda, the Senior Abbot organized the\r\nleaving-home ceremony seeding causal condition to the 80 male and female\r\nBuddhists. They preserved eight precepts, shaved their hair and wore robes of\r\nleaving-home people.

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The Senior Ven. praised their great brave and spirit, who\r\nshaved hair for their cultivation. Although, it is just impermanent, but when\r\ntheir appearance as the Sangha’s form, they must be very careful, because\r\ncultivators who  are acquaint with the loose, uncontrollable life while\r\nwearing robe of the Sangha, would cause misunderstanding to other religious\r\npeople, even to Buddhists who will lose their belief.

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Therefore, as images of leaving-home one, though\r\nimpermanent, cultivators have to take dignities, keep precepts to avoid\r\nvisualizing badly to the Triratna’s precious symbol. The body in leaving-home\r\nmeans the same with the mind. It is impossible for the body at pagoda with the\r\nmind at home, which does not means leaving-home ones.

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After finishing the fifteen-day retreat as a Sangha at\r\npagoda, the cultivators release their precepts to return their shape as being a\r\nstaying-home ones. If when they are at home, but appear their form same as\r\nmonks or nuns, which easily causes misunderstanding and worse the sangha\r\ntreasure. Having this good condition, all of Buddhists need keep the precepts,\r\nmorality, and personality of a Buddhist, as a good example for others.

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Ending his preaching, each one was given DVDs of traditional\r\nVietnamese opera “Thi Kinh Avalokitesvara”, “Firm Forwarding”, “Winds shaking\r\nsmall bamboos”. Attendants were given a DVD of “Firm Forwarding”.

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There are some photos about these activities:

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