Truc Lam Yen Tu – The first place to win the soul of Vietnam
Not only a famous tourist destination, Truc Lam Yen Tu is a purely spiritual place where Tran Nhan Tong Buddha escaped, practiced. Now let’s explore the Truc Lam Yen Tu – the first place in Vietnam.
1. History of Truc Lam Yen Tu
Truc Lam Yen Tu is located on Yen Tu Mountain in Thuong Yen Commune, Uong Bi City, Quang Ninh Province. The monastery, also called Lan Pagoda, was chosen by King Tran Nhan Tong as a place for spiritual practice. In 1293 he repaired the whole of Lan pagoda more formal and majestic. Here the Buddhist monks often chanting, preaching to the religious, monks and nuns to hear.
Tran Nhan Tong succeeded King Tran Thanh Tong to the throne in 1278, shortly thereafter he had to face the aggression of the North Vietnamese army led by General Tat Liet invading Dai Viet. Under the direction of the two Tran kings and the talented troops of Hung Dao Tran Quoc Tuan, Mongolian troops were pushed back. In 1287, the Mongol invaders once again invaded again the two kings Tran and Tran Quoc Tuan continued to lead the people of Dai Viet defeated one of the most powerful troops in the world at that time. After defeating the enemy, the king Tran Nhan Tong throne for Crown Prince Tran Thuyen, up to the Thai Royal Highness and began to seek the path of spiritual practice. He is the creator and builder of Truc Lam Yen Tu sacred monastic culture of religious beliefs of the Vietnamese.
Along with the Buddhist monk Tran Nhan Tong, there are also two teachers, Loa and Huyen Quang, as well as the founder of the Zen school. In 1304, the emperor Tran Nhan Tong traveled to all parts of the country to preach, directed to seek the successor to his sect. At that time, he met a boy and said, “This kid has the dharma, and then he is the god of gas”, he gave instructions for the path of cultivation. That is the French teacher Loa.
The great meditation teacher Huyen Quang is a high school student who went to Trang Nguyen and made the official office, the Buddha Tran Nhan Tong led to hearing the lecture of the French lecture business that remembered the ancient door to the Buddha. please leave the monk.
After the eminent Buddha in the Yen Tu sacred, the two great Masters of the French Loa and Zen Master Huyen Quang continued and built the Zen school of Truc Lam Yen Tu on a development. Zen is a red thread running along the length of the history of the Tran dynasty, enriching the spiritual life of the people, making Buddhism more prosperous.
Some of the architecture located in Truc Lam Yen Tu was destroyed during the resistance war against the French, leaving only the tombs of the Zen Masters. However, it was not until 2002 that the Lan Pagoda was rebuilt. The stones, tiles, wooden blocks were the first hand of the ancient architects on the ground of nearly 180,000 m2 marked a large recovery Truc Lam Yen Tu.
At present, the relic of Truc Lam Yen Tu is a famous spiritual place in the country. Every year welcoming tens of thousands of visitors, the Buddha, seeking the spiritual realm relaxed.
2. The unique architecture of Truc Lam Yen Tu
Yen Tu sac is located about 1068 m above sea level. To reach the top of the pagoda you have to pass more than 6000 stone steps, through the forest, high pine forest ngut thousands. Nowadays, for the management tour, the management team has started to operate two cable systems to make travel faster and more convenient.
In general, the architecture of the temples in Truc Lam Yen Tu is considered the standard of Buddhist architecture rebuilt in original simulations. The two-storeyed Eight-storeyed octagon roof stands majestically high above, steps up the stone steps through the three-way gate will enter the main courtyard, decked with red brick. The roof of the pagoda is curved with the shape of a head facing the sky.
The entire system of columns, columns in the Yen Tu pagoda are made of precious limestone, outside the column of porch built from solid stone pillars. Below the columns, there is a stone plate embankment in the base. It is not natural to have a rock at the foot of the columns, which is considered a norm in religious architecture in Vietnam is significant. In Vietnamese folk beliefs, the stone pillars, pillars placed on a stone tablet are the symbol of authentic belief. The stone pillar represents the birth of the male, the rock symbolizes the birth of women. This image combined with the desire for human development, reproductive life is good enough.
Around the main electricity is surrounded by the wooden table door, the front door has a grille that helps ventilate and natural light. Each of the pagodas is designed extremely delicate, space is always cool, summer wind cools, warm winter temperatures inside. To have such an ideal space is because from the design must choose the direction of the temple to suit the climate of that area. The second is that the structure of the temple itself has created a natural harmony, the wind can be passed from the strong box, but the first to the right, but the back and the top of the pagoda on both sides always have umbrellas. Tomorrow, the triangle balance ventilation.
Some of the temples were built using modern materials but the architecture is still Buddhist. Inside the pagoda decorated with gorgeous gold medallion, the mosaics, the altar, the door of the hammock are carved flowers decorated vividly. Along with that is the Buddha statue in the Tam Bao, the Arhat in Luo Street, the Buddha statue of the main power, these places are often decorated with decorations worship great majesty. The fragrant space in the inner circle makes everyone retreat a heart to the Buddha. It is the space that gives people a sense of security, relaxation, leaving behind all the flurry.
3. Truc Lam Yen Tu – a Spiritual victory of the Vietnamese
Truc Lam Yen Tu is a large tourist attraction with many places to visit. Before going to Yen Tu, you will go through the Temple, stopping for the journey.
Yen Tu Truc Lam monastery is a large power room, where the Buddhist monk, learn the Buddhist business. This place is like the school of monks, the monks are taught Buddhist prayer, Buddhist philosophy, the theory of meditation …
The old legend tells, when the Thai emperor decided to go to the palace of the woman’s concubine was strongly advised to stop. Because they could not stand to show their loyalty, they left the palace at the foot of the mountain to take care of the king and advise him. The king decided not to continue and chase her to the palace. My wife’s gratitude, my gratitude, was so heavy that they fell down the stream. Later people set up the Bridge of Goodness and the Temple of Oan to worship and remember the loyalty of the women, the concubine.
There are many other places to explore such as Hoa Yen Pagoda, Hue Quang Tower, One Mi Pagoda, Bao Sai Pagoda, Van Tieu Pagoda, Dong Pagoda. Dong Pagoda is the highest temple Yen Tu, all parts of this temple are cast bronze. Going to Truc Lam Yen to conquer the Dong Pagoda by walking is a miracle. This place is sacred, people often come to pray for fortune, health, prosperity.
The most appropriate time to visit Yen Tu Pagoda worship and sightseeing is about January each year. Because it is the spring festival fresh air, scenery full of vitality, the people tantalizing trip.