Over 2500 years, Buddhism has existed and been known to the world.
It originally came from India, then spread to Asian countries such as China, Thailand,
Japan, Korea, etc...Fortunately, Vietnam was one of them. This propagation had created
two predominant traditions: Mahayana and Theravada. Mayahana tradition is emphasized
in northern countries, while Theravada is a big influence in southern nations. Even
though their teachings are different, the main goal is to attain realization. Regardless
of their various practicing methods, meditation is always the ultimate way. Why? It's
because meditation is the most effective way that could help us to "direct to our
true mind and discern the true nature to attain Buddhahood." It's imperative to mention
that the Buddha practiced meditation in his entire life and also considered it to
be his life. By saying that, we would like to emphasize the importance of meditation
(Zen) in our way of searching for the true mind or attaining realization.
When talking about Zen, people know most of the Zen sects as well as the masters from
China, Japan, and Korea. Each master had his own unique characteristics. What about
Vietnam? Is there anything unique about Vietnamese
Zen masters and Vietnamese
Zen sect ? How is the mind transmission carried on?
The questions have been answered many times through the lectures of our dear Master
Thich Thanh Tu, who is the rector of Truc Lam monastery. Recognized those
traits from Vietnamese Zen masters, the Master had a goal to "renovate Vietnamese
Zen sect, " especially, the Vietnamese
Zen sect of Tran dynasty. He already implemented his goal in the late 20th
century and still continues this task through various forms: writing, lecturing, establishing
Zen monasteries, and guiding hundreds of students to continue his works
of propagating Buddhism in the future. His teaching is always emphasized on both "learning
and practicing." This is a way to evade any unnecessary mistakes.
To make a little contribution to his goal of "renovating Vietnamese Zen sect" as to
be part of the propagation of Buddhism, we will continue to translate his books into
English. And to make the "Transmission of the light" extend to a wider range, we devoted
our effort to establish this website. After months of hard work, it's finally up and
running. We hope that this website is informative and helpful to you in your way of
learning more about Vietnamese Zen and Zen master Thich Thanh Tu. We look forward
to hear from you, your comments and supports in the next coming days. We also ask
for your understanding for any incompleteness.
Wish you are blessed with achievement in your practice by the Three Jewels. This is
how Buddhist dharmas will be well maintained and helpful to all beings.
Orange County, California
Tu Tam Hoang
To my dear teacher, Zen Master Thich Thanh Tu.
To my dear teacher, Master Thich Thanh Tu, for his encouragement and
confidence in me.
To my dear parents for their support, encouragement, and confidence
To my Mother and brother for providing me all valuable information
and assisting me in this project.
To the following special individuals for being helpful with valuable
information to this project: Tue Minh Thien, Tu Tam Hien,and Phuong Chau.
To all dharma friends and readers for your understanding and support.