Dear Friends,

The Vietnamese New Year, known as Tết Nguyên Đán or Tết for short, will begin in February 8th, 2016.  You can find details of Tet Program under Activities Menu

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NEW ARTICLE:  In everyday conversation, we often talk of “being mindful.” What is mindfulness, and how did the understanding of mindfulness find its way into our language, and the practice of mindfulness come to be recognized as an effective approach in meeting the many challenges we face both personally and in public life?   Does Buddhist psychology of “mindfulness” play a role in today “Mindfulness-Based Intervention Program”?  Read on…. The article written by Bhante Kheminda Ngo Nhut Tan can be found under Buddhist Teachings Menu.

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Welcome to my Blog!

In this blog, I wish to share with you my knowledge of two main Buddhist traditions: Mahayana and Theravada.

I became a monk at the age of 8. In 1967, at the age of 15, I received my first ordination in the Mahayana tradition at the Hai Duc Buddhist Institution in Nha Trang, the most prestigious monastery in Central Viet Nam, where I lived and studied. After the sudden death of my teacher, I entered into a dark cloud where I lost my direction in life, and I decided to leave the peaceful monastery to return to the ordinary life of a layperson.

In 1978, after a long journey searching for freedom after the fall of South Viet Nam in 1975 and following three years confined in several concentration camps, I settled down in Ottawa, Canada.

I began again to practise Buddhism as a layperson in 1990, and in 2011 I decided to return to monkhood. Having thoroughly researched Buddhism in different traditions and having tried to practise according to the teachings of different Buddhist sects, I decided to pursue the Theravada tradition. I travelled to Myanmar to receive ordination, and stayed there for some time to practise meditation.

My blog is directed to Westerners, who are interested in learning about Buddhist teachings— or Buddhist Dharma, which is the term I will use from now on— and want to practise in the hopes of living a simple, peaceful and joyful life. My blog is also directed to young Vietnamese people who speak Vietnamese and are interested in Buddhism but unable to comprehend Buddhist resources written in Vietnamese.

Building this blog will be an on-going project. Menus and articles will sometimes be added, removed or re-arranged for better readability. I apologize for any inconvenience some of you may experience, and hope that in a short time the blog will be stable for your joyful reading.

Receiving your feedback is the only way for me to improve the blog, answer your questions, and bring you the most current information about how Buddhism is practised in the West and how it may be transformed in the future.

Enjoy!

With metta

Presentation on Buddhism and Meditation Menu

Dear Friends,

For many years, at the end of each semester, Tu An Pagoda has offered tours and talks on Buddhism to high school and Carleton University students.

The talks cover a range of topics, including Buddhist ethics, meditation techniques in the Mahayana and Theravada traditions, scripture, rituals, chanting, the principles of Buddhism applied to daily life, etc. Past teachings have been presented by myself and Dr. Nguyen Duy Vinh, a Dharma Teacher (Viet: giáo thọ) apppointed by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

This year, Tu An Pagoda is delighted to welcome Professor Angela Sumegi, who teaches Buddhism at Carleton University, to join our team of presenters.

Please arrive by 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 16, 2015. Everyone is welcome to participate.  Tu An Pagoda is located at 3591 Albion Road, near Hunter Clud Road.

As requested by many students at Carleton University, starting this week, you will find a new page on Meditation, presenting views on meditation techniques in the Mahayana and Theravada traditions. Dr. Vinh will share his many years of meditation practice taught by Thich Nhat Hanh.

with metta

Bhante Hue Quang is teaching Buddhism to students.

Ngo nhut Tan (Bhante Hue Quang) presents Buddhism to students.

Karma, Rebirth and Reincarnation in Buddhism

Karma, rebirth and reincarnation are the essence and most talked-about subjects in Buddhism. Western scholars have written countless articles on these subjects.  In my opinion, the concepts of rebirth and reincarnation, which people used interchangeably, and karma can not be understood through research and study alone, they must be experienced through deep contemplation or from the wisdom obtained through meditation.  I will write articles on karma, rebirth/reincarnation based on my more than 45 years of research in these areas, as well as my years of practice as a monk in the Mahayana and Theravada traditions.

I would also like to write articles on the role of women in Buddhism: how women have been treated in the past, and still being treated in some South East Asian countries, especially in Vietnam, and what their future roles are in the context of the globalisation of Buddhism.

By the way, as you walk into a Mahayana temple, you always see this instrument.  What do you call it and what is it used for?

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Pure Land Buddhism Part 2

Dr. Suzuki’s point of view on Pure Land Buddhism, part 2, has been posted.  For your joyful reading, I think this website should be improved continually.  We cannot, however, achieve such a goal without your feedback.  Please send yours to my e-mail address.

In the menu, you may have seen a new item called “Dharma Q&A” (Dharma Question and Answer).  I have included this item as I realised that some readers may not have  time to read long articles, regardless of how interesting the articles may be, but still want to know a bit here and there about Buddhism.  Please feel free to ask questions you might have about Buddhism.  I will answer your questions as concisely as possible, and may also include images, photos, YouTube etc. to make your learning more fun.

with metta

Pure Land Buddhism

Pure Land Buddhism is a Buddhist sect belonging to Mahayana tradition.  Its followers chant the name of Amitabha Buddha in hope to have Amitabha saved and brought them, of course after death, to his Pure Land, also called The Ultra Joyful Realm, a place where all defilements are eliminated. The points of view of many scholars on Pure Land Buddhism, in particular that of a Japanese Zen Master Doctor Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki, are studied and analysed in my article titled “Dr. Suzuki’s New Theory on Pure Land Buddhism.”  I attempt to break this article into 3 sections so our readers won’t find tediousness when reading it.  As I wrote this article based on my own research and hence responsible for the content of it, no part of these pages, either text or image may be reproduced, modified without my prior written permission.

At the moment, I intend to update my blog each Friday when part 1 of this new article will be posted.  All are welcome to provide feedback.

with metta