Thich Thanh Tu

Thich Thanh Tu

Postby Astus » Mon Jan 28, 2013 2:43 pm

Ven. Thích Thanh Từ (1924- ) is a modern Vietnamese Zen teacher of the Truc Lam tradition with monasteries in Vietnam, Australia, USA and Canada.

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Sources for his teachings and more:

Truc Lam Vietnamese Zen
Dieu Nhan Zen Convent

An introductory work by him: Keys to Buddhism (PDF)
"There is no such thing as the real mind. Ridding yourself of delusion: that's the real mind."
(Sheng-yen: Getting the Buddha Mind, p 73)

"Neither cultivation nor seated meditation — this is the pure Chan of Tathagata."
(Mazu Daoyi, X1321p3b23; tr. Jinhua Jia)

“Don’t rashly seek the true Buddha;
True Buddha can’t be found.
Does marvelous nature and spirit
Need tempering or refinement?
Mind is this mind carefree;
This face, the face at birth."

(Nanyue Mingzan: Enjoying the Way, tr. Jeff Shore; T2076p461b24-26)
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Re: Thich Thanh Tu

Postby JKhedrup » Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:18 am

Thanks for posting this Astus, I am reading with great interest. Does Ven. Thich Than Tu have any Western monastic disciples?

It seems unfortunate that the Viet Namese tradition is not really known outside their community in any major way with the exception of Thich Nhat Hanh. I often wonder if it is because of the language difficulties of many of the Viet Namese Sangha.
In order to ensure my mind never comes under the power of the self-cherishing attitude,
I must obtain control over my own mind.
Therefore, amongst all empowerments, the empowerment that gives me control over my mind is the best,
and I have received the most profound empowerment with this teaching.
-Atisha Dipamkara
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Re: Thich Thanh Tu

Postby Astus » Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:55 pm

I can't really tell, but it seems there are Western disciples if you look at their websites, the different community locations and the photos where you can see white lay people.
"There is no such thing as the real mind. Ridding yourself of delusion: that's the real mind."
(Sheng-yen: Getting the Buddha Mind, p 73)

"Neither cultivation nor seated meditation — this is the pure Chan of Tathagata."
(Mazu Daoyi, X1321p3b23; tr. Jinhua Jia)

“Don’t rashly seek the true Buddha;
True Buddha can’t be found.
Does marvelous nature and spirit
Need tempering or refinement?
Mind is this mind carefree;
This face, the face at birth."

(Nanyue Mingzan: Enjoying the Way, tr. Jeff Shore; T2076p461b24-26)
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Re: Thich Thanh Tu

Postby PorkChop » Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:44 pm

JKhedrup wrote:Thanks for posting this Astus, I am reading with great interest. Does Ven. Thich Than Tu have any Western monastic disciples?

It seems unfortunate that the Viet Namese tradition is not really known outside their community in any major way with the exception of Thich Nhat Hanh. I often wonder if it is because of the language difficulties of many of the Viet Namese Sangha.


Venerable,
Don't sleep on Ven Thich Thien Tam
He left behind some great books
Lot of very strong Vietnamese-American Buddhist communities in the west, so it's probably just a matter of time.
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