Theravada in Vietnam

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Re: Theravada in Vietnam

Post by paul » Mon May 21, 2018 9:59 pm

Sangha praised for contributing to national construction:
https://en.vietnamplus.vn/party-officia ... 131460.vnp

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Re: Theravada in Vietnam

Post by robertk » Wed May 23, 2018 5:58 am

I am flying to Hanoi tonight to meet with Sujin Boriharnwanaket and many others, to discuss Abhidhamma and the development of insight in daily life.Will stay for 3 nights. Discussions in English and Vietnamese.
If anyone wants to join let me know.

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Re: Theravada in Vietnam

Post by kalyanamitta » Wed May 23, 2018 5:32 pm

Curious if anyone here could kindly recommend temples in Vietnam to visit for practice purposes. I will be in Vietnam for one month near the end of June and most of July, starting in Hanoi and ending in Ho Chi Minh City, traveling by land. I have previously practiced in Thai, Korean, and Taiwanese temples for intensive retreat and currently reside as a layperson in traditional monastic setting. I would be grateful to learn from the Vietnamese perspective as well.

Does anyone know of temples in Vietnam open to courteous foreign practitioners (either for day-visit or for short-term retreat) with no Vietnamese language ability?

Thank you kindly.

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Re: Theravada in Vietnam

Post by paul » Wed May 23, 2018 9:44 pm

All temples in Vietnam are open for day visits as spiritual tourism is the main form of practice of the populace, and tourism falls under the government directive of ‘construction’. So Truc Lam temple Bach Ma at the least is open to day visits:
https://www.alotrip.com/guide-vietnam-a ... -monastery

Truc Lam temple Da Lat (a mountainous and cooler area) offers longer retreats and instruction:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trúc_Lâm_Temple

I can arrange a (paid) translator for you whom you can keep in contact with by phone if necessary.

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Re: Theravada in Vietnam

Post by paul » Thu May 24, 2018 8:46 pm

Truc Lam monastery
VII. Visitors' Guidelines



Most of visitors fall into one of these three categories: incense offering, sightseeing, and stay-over guests. All should preserve courtesy, respect, and seriousness in their presence at monasteries. 

1 Visitors who sightsee or make insense offerings The monasteries have 2 areas: Inner section and outer section. Visitors can access to outer section. Only when they want to learn or make a research on the practicing method of the monastery, they can get into the inner section with the guest host after being authorized.
2 Stay-over guests – Short period of time If visitors would like to stay with their relative(s), who currently lives at the monastery, or pursue a research, they should be allowed to stay upto 7 days.
3 Stay-over guests – Long period of time Only two types of guests could stay upto 3 months:
1 learning and practicing
2 prolong practicing. An exception is raised when they require more time to complete their practice. This should be reviewed by the Master.
4 Female laities or nuns could not stay overnight at monasteries for monks and vice versa.
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Truc Lam Monastery Schedule

Daily:

Time Indication Activity
3:30 a.m. Bell resounding
(3 series of pounding) Wakeup,recite verses,
meditation begins
5:30 a.m. Bell resounding
(a series of pounding) Meditation ends
6:15 a.m. Metal plate resounding
(3 times) Light breakfast
7:30 a.m. Metal plate resounding
(3 times) Duty begins
11:00 a.m. Gong-like resounding
(a series of pounding) Duty ends
12 noon Metal plate resounding
(3 times) Lunch
1:00 p.m. Bell resounding
(3 times) Nap time
2:00 p.m. Bell resounding
(3 series of pounding) Wakeup
2:30 p.m. Bell resounding
(3 times) Meditation begins
4:30 p.m. Bell resounding
(a series of pounding) Nap time
5:00 p.m. Metal plate Resounding
(3 times) Light dinner
6:00 p.m. Bell resounding
(3 times) Repentance
7:30 p.m. Bell Resounding
(3 times) Recite the verses of meditation,
meditation begins
9:30 p.m. Bell resounding
(a series of pounding) Meditation ends
10:00 p.m. Bell resounding
(3 times) Sleep time

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Re: Theravada in Vietnam

Post by paul » Fri May 25, 2018 7:32 am

In the US, information about Truc Lam monastery Da Lat Vietnam can be obtained from Dai Dang Monastery in San Diego, California. The abbott and monks can answer your questions. The number is (760) 945-5588.

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Re: Theravada in Vietnam

Post by rightviewftw » Fri May 25, 2018 8:34 am

paul wrote:
Fri May 25, 2018 7:32 am
In the US, information about Truc Lam monastery Da Lat Vietnam can be obtained from Dai Dang Monastery in San Diego, California. The abbott and monks can answer your questions. The number is (760) 945-5588.
Have you been there Paul? Do you know their methods of practice?

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Re: Theravada in Vietnam

Post by paul » Fri May 25, 2018 9:11 am

No I wouldn't go there, I don't like the repentance practice, and I've read about the overall approach of the teacher and it's of no interest as it's not based on Buddhist texts, but on secondary sources. Its only virtue is it's the only school in Vietnam that seriously practises meditation (apart from Goenka's Vipassana).

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Re: Theravada in Vietnam

Post by kalyanamitta » Sat May 26, 2018 3:37 am

Thank you for sharing.

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