Zen practice in Vietnam

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NguyenTueGang
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Zen practice in Vietnam

Post by NguyenTueGang » Wed May 03, 2017 2:32 am

I'm interested in practicing and studying Zen/Thien in Vietnam, either at a monastery/temple or living close to one. Most likely I'd like to rent my own place close to a monastery/temple rather than stay inside one. I don't plan on ordaining or living a monastic lifestyle (yet anyway), but I would like to engage in some serious Zen practice (as well as Zen study if possible), a few hours a day.
It would also probably have to be a place with at least some English speakers, as I don't speak Vietnamese yet, although I could probably learn fairly quickly.

Does anyone have any information about this?
Any help would be appreciated.

By the way, Vietnam now offers 1 year tourist visas.

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Re: Zen practice in Vietnam

Post by crazy-man » Wed May 03, 2017 3:38 am

Buddhist Centre in Vietnam
http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/country.php?country_id=54
Truc Lam's Zen Monastery, in South Vietnam's Da Lat City is about 300 km from Ho Chi Minh city. It is located on the Highland which has been famous for its temperate climate and scenery since the time Vietnam was a French Colony.
This is one of the largest Zen meditation study centres in Vietnam, with equally large numbers of nuns and monks. The centre has many English speaking members. The centre is not only popular locally but also among Vietnamese abroad for meditation studies. The centre is under the teaching of the Venerable Thich Thanh Tu, a renowned teacher in meditation over many decades. The Venerable's teachings and lectures are embraced, practiced and circulated in many different forms of media around the world by Vietnamese Buddhists
http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/bud ... am-txt.htm

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Re: Zen practice in Vietnam

Post by an_user » Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:33 pm

Where in Vietnam do you live (or plan to live)?

I know a small Buddhist template in Saigon which has a small room made available from 5am to 9pm everyday (except some days for classes) for anyone who wish to come to practice meditation on their own. Also Phuoc Son Monastery (about 2 hours by bus from Saigon) has accommodation for visitors to stay there to practice meditation for weeks or months.

I'm Vietnamese, so if you need more help, let me know.

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Re: Zen practice in Vietnam

Post by CedarTree » Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:29 pm

You mentioned English speaking.

Although it is Japanese Soto Zen my vote would be for Gyobutsuji Zen Monastery in Arkansas, United States. It is English speaking, rent is incredibly cheap around that area and if you are a United States citizen already there is a ton of added benefits to staying in your own country versus Vietnam for travel.

Plus it is a very deep authentic practice as the whole life is oriented around Zazen versus ceremony or ritual.

Lastly it is run solely by donations so you could help out in anyway you are able and or willing and help save on your finances.

Though going to Vietnam and doing Thien practice would be kind of neat :)

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Re: Zen practice in Vietnam

Post by Dharma Flower » Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:57 pm

NguyenTueGang wrote: It would also probably have to be a place with at least some English speakers, as I don't speak Vietnamese yet, although I could probably learn fairly quickly.
I really like the local Vietnamese Zen/Pure Land Buddhist temple. Unfortunately, the Dharma talks are not in English, so it might be impractical for me to become a member of that temple.

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Re: Zen practice in Vietnam

Post by Fortyeightvows » Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:53 pm

Dharma Flower wrote:I really like the local Vietnamese Zen/Pure Land Buddhist temple. Unfortunately, the Dharma talks are not in English, so it might be impractical for me to become a member of that temple.
Still a great place to practice reciting buddha's name and to learn all the mantras

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Re: Zen practice in Vietnam

Post by Dharma Flower » Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:41 pm

Fortyeightvows wrote:
Dharma Flower wrote:I really like the local Vietnamese Zen/Pure Land Buddhist temple. Unfortunately, the Dharma talks are not in English, so it might be impractical for me to become a member of that temple.
Still a great place to practice reciting buddha's name and to learn all the mantras
I agree. It's a very peaceful, beautiful place.

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Re: Zen practice in Vietnam

Post by Sentient Light » Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:07 pm

crazy-man wrote:
Wed May 03, 2017 3:38 am
Buddhist Centre in Vietnam
http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/country.php?country_id=54
Truc Lam's Zen Monastery, in South Vietnam's Da Lat City is about 300 km from Ho Chi Minh city. It is located on the Highland which has been famous for its temperate climate and scenery since the time Vietnam was a French Colony.
This is one of the largest Zen meditation study centres in Vietnam, with equally large numbers of nuns and monks. The centre has many English speaking members. The centre is not only popular locally but also among Vietnamese abroad for meditation studies. The centre is under the teaching of the Venerable Thich Thanh Tu, a renowned teacher in meditation over many decades. The Venerable's teachings and lectures are embraced, practiced and circulated in many different forms of media around the world by Vietnamese Buddhists
http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/bud ... am-txt.htm
I know this was a while ago, but I just wanted to mention: Truc Lam Thien is a Tantric lineage of Zen, a transmission that claims to extend back to Bodhidharma, so it's a pretty unique form of Thien. Tantras are practiced in other Thien traditions, but more of the open public chanting type of practices, but Truc Lam is a fully esoteric lineage of teachings and practices requiring empowerments.
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