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Would it be offensive...

Postby Hickersonia » Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:05 am

I've now visited this particular Vietnamese temple twice and I'm very interested in learning the chanting / prayers that are used, not just to the point of pronouncing them well (although I've been asked if I know Vietnamese already because I apparently didn't do too awful bad at it, LOL) but to the point where I can memorize some of them and understand their meanings.

I'm already doing this with certain chants in Pali, thanks to Wat Metta's comprehensive online resources in text and audio.

Thing is, I have not been able to find any similar resources from a Vietnamese source... so I'm curious if it would likely be offensive if I asked how I could obtain a copy of the book from which we have all been reciting for the purposes of both learning the basic format, translating, and eventually memorizing some of it? I'm not really looking for them to give me one, mind you, but to know who to contact so that I can buy one myself.

Is this wholly inappropriate or would it (hopefully) be seen in the way I intend it -- admiration and intense desire to learn?

Thanks in advance for any replies. :)
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Re: Would it be offensive...

Postby Kaji » Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:14 am

I don't think that is offensive at all. Wanting to learn should be a very welcomed thing.
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Re: Would it be offensive...

Postby Virgo » Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:44 am

Hi Hickersonia,

It shouldn't be a problem at all. Just let them know your intentions. They will probably think it is great.

Have a good day.

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Re: Would it be offensive...

Postby lobster » Mon Oct 01, 2012 7:45 am

Virgo is right, civility and polite enquiry work wonders in most cultures . . . :smile:
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Re: Would it be offensive...

Postby Hickersonia » Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:34 pm

Great. I'm glad that it sounds like the sorta thing that wouldn't be misunderstood. :)
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Re: Would it be offensive...

Postby xtracorrupt » Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:48 pm

Nope, just make sure it doesn't interfere with ur happiness or the happiness of other people
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Ex:a Apple tree is a apple tree
Ex:Michael is Michael, Michael is who Michael is


Existence can be conditioned.
Ex: Apple tree is apple tree if apple tree grows
Ex: Michael is Michael if Michael is a king
Ex: Michael is Michael if Michael is walking
Ex: Michael is Michael if Michael is not walking

Existence can be unconditioned
Ex: Apple is apple tree once apple tree is grown for 50 weeks
Ex: Michael is Michael once Michael is a king
Ex: Michael is content Michael once Michael is walking
Ex: Michael is discontent Michael once Michael is walking.
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Re: Would it be offensive...

Postby xtracorrupt » Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:15 am

Please delete my ignorant reply. Please excuse its uselessness
Existence can be normal.
Ex:a Apple tree is a apple tree
Ex:Michael is Michael, Michael is who Michael is


Existence can be conditioned.
Ex: Apple tree is apple tree if apple tree grows
Ex: Michael is Michael if Michael is a king
Ex: Michael is Michael if Michael is walking
Ex: Michael is Michael if Michael is not walking

Existence can be unconditioned
Ex: Apple is apple tree once apple tree is grown for 50 weeks
Ex: Michael is Michael once Michael is a king
Ex: Michael is content Michael once Michael is walking
Ex: Michael is discontent Michael once Michael is walking.
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Re: Would it be offensive...

Postby kirtu » Thu Nov 01, 2012 8:09 am

Hickersonia wrote:I've now visited this particular Vietnamese temple twice and I'm very interested in learning the chanting / prayers that are used, not just to the point of pronouncing them well (although I've been asked if I know Vietnamese already because I apparently didn't do too awful bad at it, LOL) but to the point where I can memorize some of them and understand their meanings.

I'm already doing this with certain chants in Pali, thanks to Wat Metta's comprehensive online resources in text and audio.

Thing is, I have not been able to find any similar resources from a Vietnamese source... so I'm curious if it would likely be offensive if I asked how I could obtain a copy of the book from which we have all been reciting for the purposes of both learning the basic format, translating, and eventually memorizing some of it? I'm not really looking for them to give me one, mind you, but to know who to contact so that I can buy one myself.


From my limited experience at Vietnamese temples, the priest/monk at the temple would probably be very helpful and happy to help you with this. There are also certainly laypeople who know the chants very well and can help you with this as well.

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