DHARMA IN EVERYDAY LIFE
- BLESSING FOR THE
- CONSTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE
By Nhat Quan
material wealth for the body, a condition or state that helps
the mind not to worry about food, clothing, and housing.
retribution is a return, the result of something you do in the
blessing is the material abundance due to good deeds, directed
to the benefit of others, and now or in the future you will
enjoy peace and happiness. Discuss blessings and karma. Each
of you, who is born into this life, has different karma or
- As a
blessing, someone is born as a king, crown prince, or
princess. There are people who are born as officials,
presidents, prime ministers, leaders, capitalists, educators,
savants, doctors, etc., and there are also many people who are
born with extraordinary beauty, making everyone who sees it
fall in love. There are beauties, beauty queens. All of this
is due to the blessings of many previous lives of these
people, and now they only enjoy what they have planted in the
past. They have done good deeds, have given alms, have made
offerings to the Three Jewels, have helped people, helped the
world, helped the people, helped the country, etc. That cause
in the past kept accumulating in one or more lifetimes to
become one large amount of money they have saved. When they
become human again, they themselves inherit the blessings they
have cultivated before.
- As karma,
there are also many people born into families lacking food,
clothing, and mourning. There are also many people who are
born without enough eyes, ears, noses, tongues, limbs, etc.
Many people are born lacking internal organs; because in the
past have done the karma of killing, stealing, sexual
misconduct, etc. Because those people have borrowed too much
from the karmic bank in the past, now they have to do it to
pay off the old debt for many lifetimes. Therefore, those born
into this world, although they try their best in every job,
are still poor. Unpaid debt, they do not know how to get out
this life there are many forms and conditions, it is
impossible to list them all. But they all have one thing in
common: birth is just the result of a long chain of cause and
effect of many pre-determined past lives that you don't know.
And absolutely no parent or child can decide for that birth.
Many of you think that Mr. Heaven is unfair, but saying that
means you don't understand the cause and effect of Buddhism.
Buddha taught that:
- Any causes
will have the same result, straight shapes have straight
shadows, and curved shapes have curved shadows.
No one can make you better, and no one can make you worse;
except you are responsible for your own actions in the past
related to the present and leading to the future. This is the
main point of the cause and effect of so many lives. When you
understand that, you must try to cultivate the roots of merit
now to accumulate merit later. Only then will you not be
deducted points of karma. There are many people who do charity
to help the needy. Because knowing that in this life:
- There is no
one rich three generations and no one difficult three
is also helping you. Understanding like that, all the good
deeds, almsgiving, offerings, etc., you are always happy, and
there is nothing to complain about or blame. Because you do it
for yourself. It is you who give alms to thank the recipient.
Because if you don't have someone to take, you don't have
someone to give alms to. You also have to thank those who
scold you. Because without them you don't know how far your
patience has reached.
Thus, to have
glory, and many people to know you, you need to have a good
material base and a stable position in society. That is
according to the worldview. According to the Buddhist concept,
if you want to have a glorious career and be known by many
people, there is nothing like doing good deeds. And of all the
meritorious deeds, only the merits of building pagodas and
institutes are the most outstanding.
construction of the temple is to show the spirit of respecting
the true dharma of the Buddhas. The Dharma treasure that was
in the past when your Buddha gave up his throne, went into the
deep snowy forest, practiced cultivation to realize it
himself, and then passed it on to sentient beings, including
you. Helping sentient beings get rid of suffering in the cycle
of birth and death. And moreover, the construction of the
temple is also for the purpose of giving people and laypeople
a place to worship, prostrate, and study. And also monks and
nuns have a place to propagate the Dharma, guide Buddhists to
practice, and help people stay away from suffering and enjoy
happiness. Therefore, the reward for this work is very great.
Moreover, the temple has long-term sustainability over time
and space, it can be said to be permanent, bringing benefits
and peace to everyone. It is a great place for Buddhists to
practice the path of liberation. That is, as long as the
donation exists, the day and night blessings will also
increase. That's why in the sutras there are five blessings
that come from making offerings to build temples and viharas.
- The client
is loved and respected by everyone.
- The client
is close and helped by the wise.
- The client
has a good reputation spread everywhere.
- Donors who
practice at home wherever they are, or go to places such as
kings, monks, and brahmins are not timid or afraid.
- After the
benefactor dies due to this good karma, he will be reborn in
the world of desire, enjoying happiness and peace.
should also know that merit is a conditioned blessing, so
there is birth, and of course, there is cessation. Even if the
power of merit pushes you to be reborn in the highest heavens
of the sensual world, when you have finished your blessings,
you will have to fall to the lower realms. Even if you live in
a rich situation, and have a lot of wealth, money, large
houses, and high positions of authority... in general,
material life is abundant. But you must also know that you are
still stuck in the cycle of birth and death samsara.
of building the Temple are very great. Because, if people have
a generous heart, bring wealth and property to benefit all the
world, and always think of the benefits of human life, they
will be praised by the wise in the present, living in peace
with no regrets, no worries, no pain. And after death, virtue,
goodness, and purity make you achieve blessings in a higher
should not be complacent with those blessings, and should not
stop at what you have done, but you must continue to do more,
that is, you must turn the present merit to create more merit
in the future life after life. Moreover, you strive to
practice eliminating the root of your own defilements and
defilements to reach the goal of liberation. Only then will
the blessings and merit of building your palace be truly
you donate pure money or pure things to build a temple, more
or fewer materials are also good. But the important thing here
is that in all 3 stages, before making the offering, while
making the offering, and after making the offering, you must
have a good, pure and joyful mind, it will definitely bring
great blessings and great merit. Especially after making
offerings, the mind is always joyfully thinking about the
merits and virtues of giving, the more good and good will
increase, the more blessings will be immeasurable and lasting.
And if you want to achieve the goal of liberation from the
sufferings of birth and death while making offerings, you must
keep in mind your aspiration towards bodhi, and hope to
achieve the path and fruition for you, and for all sentients.
know, with this blessing, you can dedicate it to your
relatives such as teachers, grandparents, parents, brothers,
friends ... and other sentient beings living in misery because
they are expecting blessings. the good that you dedicate. When
they rejoice in that good deed, they are immediately liberated
from suffering and are reborn in a good state, enjoying all
don't know this, so doing a little that think is enough, but
actually doing good deeds is never enough. Even Buddha needs
to do more meritorious deeds. Like through the story of
threading a needle for the venerable Anurudha, you will
understand. One day venerable Anurudha sat threading a needle,
but because the eyes are blind; So the venerable asked loudly:
- Can someone
thread the needle for me to get merit?
standing nearby replied:
Tathagata will string it for you.
Tathagata does not need merit anymore.
replied to Venerable Anarudha:
Tathagata also needs merit.
What do you
think about this story?
This is not a
parable or a legend, but it is a living lesson for both lay
people and monastics. Because of the blessings that everyone
Buddha often taught:
Jewels are the most fertile fields of blessings in life.
whoever cultivates merit in the Three Jewels blessed field to
receive blessings is the daily work of every child of the
Buddha. In addition, these actions also bring practical
benefits to the community, making the lives of those who know
how to contribute and cultivate blessings better and better.
Listen to the Blessed One talk about the seven deeds that
increase merit without limit, which are:
- Building a
beds and cushions to monks and nuns
food to monks and nuns
raincoats to monks and nuns
medicine to monks and nuns
- Digging good
wells for the people to use.
- Build houses
near the road for people who will pass by to have shelter.
Those are the
seven kinds of indescribable merit and virtue. The Dharma of
seven virtues and blessings is immeasurable. Either walk or
sit, even if you die, the blessing will follow like a shadow,
this blessing cannot be counted, it is impossible to answer
how many blessings you have. Just as the great ocean water
cannot be measured and told by how much water there is, so are
these seven virtues. Blessings have no limit.
good deeds such as building pagodas, making offerings to the
Sangha, doing social good deeds, and serving the community
create immeasurable merit. This blessing will follow you like
a shadow in the picture, present life, and future lives are
always full of blessings, and everything is happy and
Buddhists should not miss the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
to build temples and viharas when you meet them in your life.
This good deed will give long-lasting peaceful retribution in
the present life and in future lives. Then you should not
hesitate, if you have good conditions, you should make a good
predestined relationship, don't miss that good opportunity.
Since in giving, you know that merit will come to fruition,
you should not stop, should not be content to enjoy this
conditioned reward, but should intently turn the blessing into
merit. Because of:
- Merit is
belongs to the spiritual field, towards the cessation of
virtue are the ability to destroy ignorance and afflictions,
towards the dharma of unconditioned liberation. So a blessed
reward is material, and merit is spiritual.
deeply in the Buddha's teachings, today there are many
families, with conditions still establishing temples and
institutes, and then invite monks and nuns to reside and teach
the Dharma. These are beautiful images that you should
practice. Because monastics are not able to create an economy
as easily as laypeople. Meanwhile, lay people still take care
of their families, so they can't have the full time to take
care of the Three Jewels like a monastic. If both sides
cooperate in such a way, Buddhism will be developed strongly
and for a long time. Perhaps in this spirit, recently in
Vietnam, there are many rich people doing this. According to
the rich men, they believe that building a temple not only
creates cultural and spiritual work but also brings a sense of
peace and relief to all Buddhists. At the same time, creating
for the community, residents, and visitors from all over the
world a place of worship and spiritual activities. Therefore,
there are rich people who have fasted and commanded
themselves, building pagodas for life-like billionaires:
Xuan Truong in Ninh Binh: Vegetarian and very private. He has
a project to build the world's largest Buddha tower, costing
ten trillion. This work after Bai Dinh Pagoda, Mr. Nguyen Van
Truong once again attracted everyone's attention when
presenting the idea of building pagodas and towers at the
spiritual and cultural tourist area, Nui Coc Lake, Gan Temple
area, in hamlet 10, Van Tho commune (Dai Tu, Thai Nguyen).
This pagoda has a height of 150m, the foundation is 10,000m
wide. The pagoda tower can accommodate from 5,000-10,000
people at the same time. As planned, this will be one of the
largest Buddhist Stupas in the world.
Mr. Truong, people know as a businessman who contributed a lot
to the construction of the temple. In Ninh Binh, he was one of
the people who built the Bai Dinh pagoda. It is a famous
temple in the region with records such as The largest
gold-plated bronze Buddha in Asia; the largest bronze Maitreya
Buddha statue in Southeast Asia; Vietnam's largest bronze bell
Mr. Nguyen Van
Truong is considered a hidden rich man, is a devout Buddhist,
has lived a simple life, and has been a vegetarian for many
years. He rarely appears in the press, and often refuses to be
photographed with even his closest journalist friends. Because
according to him, what I do is no big deal.
2- In the list
of people who have merit in building pagodas, Mr. Tram Be must
be mentioned. The money that rich man Tram Be spent to build 9
temples is more than a hundred billion. In 2004, his family
set out to restore and renovate Vam Ray pagoda with a total
cost of nearly 60 billion VND. In addition, this rich man also
spent 6 billion to build a temple in Vung Liem, Vinh Long.
Mr. Tram Be is
a follower of Khmer Theravada Buddhism. Because he had time to
study at Vam Ray pagoda when he returned to home life and was
good at doing business when he became a rich man, Mr. Tram Be
did not forget his gratitude for the place that had helped and
raised him. Mr. Tram Be spent more than 50 billion to turn
this decaying temple into a magnificent temple, the largest in
Tra Vinh province
3- One more
temple invested in and built by the private sector, is Dai Tu
An pagoda in Phung town, Dan Phuong district, Hanoi capital.
This is the first temple, with an area of two hectares built
in the new urban area, including the main hall of worshiping
Buddha, the ancestral house, the monk's house, the lecture
hall, the dormitory, the library, the hall, etc. two stories
high. In particular, the Buddha Temple and the ancestral house
are all made of Lao ironwood. The Buddha statue is made in
imitation of antiquity, and the gold plate is really unique,
and different from the existing temples. According to Mr.
Nguyen Vu Bang, a businessman, the cost to build the temple is
about 120 billion VND sponsored by the company.
4- In 2014,
owner Nam Cuong's family also attracted attention when
contributing to the construction and rebuilding of the temple
in Nam Dinh province. In particular, a very large Buddha
statue is located in the middle of the courtyard in front of
the Great Buddha Hall of Truc Lam Thien Truong Zen Monastery.
The height of
the lotus is 2.8m. The Buddha statue weighs 150 tons, of which
the proportion of copper accounts for about 90%, tin and gold
is about 7%, and flexible lead is about 3% with a value of
nearly 80 billion Vietnam dollars.
This work was
done with the dedication of the owner of Nam Cuong Group.
After Mr. Cuong's death, his family and the Nam Cuong Group
continued to carry out this work to show their affection,
admiration, trust, and respect for Buddhism.
actual stories above, if you think about it, filter it as well
as being ashamed of the long-standing negative karma that you
have created yourself in many lives. If you try to let go of
bad things, practice good thoughts, save people, help lives,
etc., these are the factors that can help you get a
considerable amount of profit, so that one day you will have a
rebirth. No matter where you are born, you have the merit to
spend. You know the practitioner is the one who protects you
by yourself, should not see others as good or bad, do or not
do, but remind yourself that you should do what is beneficial
for yourself. That's what's worth mentioning.
others to do good deeds together; those are your knowledgeable
friends. You should stay close to these people because being
with them for a long time is like walking into the morning
dew. Although the dew won't make you wet, it will gradually
seep into your skin. In the same way, if you go to the
agarwood forest, though you do not take it away; the deep
smell still permeates your body. On the contrary, if you just
want to be close to evil knowledge, it is like going to the
fish market. Although you do not eat fish, do not buy fish;
but the fishy smell of fish makes your shirt fishy. Therefore,
you need to be close to good and knowledgeable friends so that
your merit can be increased more and you should not be close
to evil friends because your mind and body will not benefit.
Shakyamuni Buddha appeared in this world with the purpose of
making sentient beings free from suffering and happy. His
Dharma radiates throughout the samsara, benefiting all
sentient beings, and those who practically live in a state of
peace, wealth, and happiness. As in the Blessing Sutra, the
- Blessing is
almsgiving, making offerings to build pagodas and towers will
make you rich, become a mandarin, become a king, or enjoy the
peace and joy of heaven. The blessings of building pagodas and
towers are the shores of Jewel Mountain, pearl island, the
castle, your vehicles, and a happy life, the blessing of
building a pagoda is noble happiness...
For each bow
that you make in front of the statues of Buddhas and
Bodhisattvas, or if you go to the temple, bring a twig of
cotton or a plate of fruit to the Buddha. Or burn fragrant
incense to worship the Buddha, make offerings for the
construction of temples, build statues, cast bells or do
meritorious deeds, or help people in need or poverty. Or
suppose building schools, bridges, etc... all these are things
that can create oceans of merit like water in the vast ocean.
Therefore, you are not afraid that you will have excess merit,
but only fear that you will not have enough merit. In contrast
to creating a crime, unintentionally or intentionally, you do
not see, do not hear, do not know; but that sin will gradually
increase, causing your blessings to grow untimely. So the
suffering continues to pile up and you are still dominated by
the cycle of birth and death.
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