Tu Hieu Pagoda - The place where Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh spends the rest of his life
- on Dec 24, 2018       By: LucyH
Tu Hieu Pagoda with a rich history and culture is considered to be the most unique pagoda in Hue. Moreover, this is the place where Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh started his practice path and also where he wants to spend his time until the end of life. Because of the above reasons, Tu Hieu Pagoda became one of the unmissable destinations during your Hue trip.
Tu Hieu Pagoda - Hue is the place where Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh chose to spend the rest of his life.
According to VOV, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh has come from Bangkok (Thailand) to Vietnam via Da Nang International Airport. On the afternoon of October 28, Thich Nhat Hanh came to Tu Hieu Pagoda in the welcome of his monks, nuns, and Buddhists.
On October 30, the monk Thich Tu Dao, the Bishop of Tu Hieu family - Hue City, Thua Thien Hue said that in Thich Nhat Hanh’s return to Vietnam, he was asked to reside at Tu Hieu Patriarch’s Hall to recuperate from here until the end of his life. According to the explanation of the monk Thich Tu Dao, Thich Nhat Hanh chose this temple to convalesce because it was a temple that he had ordained as a monk at a young age.
Accordingly, this temple was dubbed the "most unique ancient land of Hue", this is also the temple associated with the story of the filial piety and is the only resting place of the eunuchs under the Nguyen Dynasty. Legend has it that Tu Hieu pagoda was originally a small temple called An Duong, founded by Monk Nhat Dinh to take care of his mother. Touched by the monk's revered heart, Tu Duc King awarded the "Tu Sac" sign ( Bestowed by royal decree ), from which the pagoda was named Tu Hieu. The eunuchs in the palace frequently visited and contributed merit to repair and expand the temple.
Tu Hieu Pagoda is hidden in a pine forest on a hill of Thuy Xuan ward. The temple grounds are about 8 acres wide, in front of it is a gully water slot and a dreamlike landscape.
The eunuch cemetery - The uniqueness of Tu Hieu Pagoda
Because of the contribution of the pagoda, after their death, the eunuchs were buried in a small hill next to Tu Hieu Pagoda. Since there were no one to take care of their graves after their death, these eunuchs considered the Buddha's door to be a place of long-standing worship.
The cemetery contains more than 20 graves of the eunuchs, about 50 meters away from the main hall. Currently, more than 20 graves still have people burning incense and taking care of carefully.
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