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Tu An Hieu Nghia religion get recognition decision

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 at 7:18 pm




Tu An Hieu Nghia religion get recognition decision


QĐND – Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 21:22 (GMT+7)

The Tu An Hieu Nghia or “Four debts of gratitude” religion received the decision of recognition at a ceremony held in the southern province of An Giang on July 27.


Under the decision No. 1114/QD-UBND of the An Giang People’s Committee signed on June 16, 2010, the home-grown Tu An Hieu Nghia was allowed to operate in line with the law of the State of Vietnam.


Earlier, the religion held it first congress for the 2010-2015 term at Tam Buu – Phi Lai pagoda, Tri Ton district of An Giang province.


As a locally-originated religion, Tu An Hieu Nghia was founded in 1867 by Ngo (Tu) Loi in the Bay Nui region of the Mekong delta province of An Giang. The religion has so far attracted tens of thousands of followers, not only in An Giang but also from its neighbouring localities.


Its tenets are the combination of the principles of three religions – Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. The followers live and practise under the principle of learning from Buddhist to cultivate virtue and morals and paying four debts of gratitude, to one’s parents, country, three refuges – Buddha, Dharma, Sangha – and fellow citizens and all mankind.


During its inception, most of the followers were patriotic feudal intellectuals during the past resistance against the French colonialists. Later on, Bay Nui remained a revolutionary base of southern Vietnam during the US war for national reunification.


Since being officially recognised by the state, the religion and its authorities have strengthened its system and helped the party and state to improve social welfare for followers and people living in the region.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Tu Dam Pagoda restoration completed

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2010 at 2:17 pm




Tu Dam Pagoda restoration completed


QĐND – Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 21:2 (GMT+7)

The Thua Thien-Hue Buddhist Association on March 30 held a ceremony to mark the restoration of the Tu Dam Pagoda.


The restoration of one of the biggest pagodas in the central city of Hue cost 13 billion VND (685,000 USD) and took four years to complete.


The restoration work, beginning in July 2006, included restoration of the main sanctuary, the conference house, service hall and a monastery.


A new 27m high seven-storey tower was also built. Each storey has a Buddha statue.


Known was An Ton Pagoda when it was built in the late 17 th century, its name was changed in 1841.


Located in the city’s Truong An ward, it is now a major spiritual centre for Buddhists in the city and the central region.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND