Vietnamese American Buddhist Association of Austin, TX
Pháp Nhãn Temple - A Non-Profit Organization

136 The Ranch Road, Del Valle, TX 78617
Tel: 512-366-2686

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December 30, 2017

The Invitation Letter of Attending TẾT Holidays
 and Praying Peaceful beings for the Year of the Dog - 2018

To Monastics, lay Buddhists, and everyone,
In the poem of New Spring, the author writes:

The New Spring gives life more fresh colors,
The old and young open their cheerful smiles,
everyone and every family that cultivate together,
welcome the New Spring with their peaceful and joyful minds.”

        Every time the old year ends, the new year comes. According to Vietnamese tradition and culture, on the first spring days of new year, Tết is a good chance and an appropriate time for everyone to come back home to reunite together joyfully with their loved ones and relatives in their families. Moreover, Tết is a very important spiritual cultural festival for them to go to a Buddhist Temple or a Church for chanting, praying for well beings, singing Dharma songs, meditation songs, hymns, and receiving lucky gifts from a Master at the beginning of new year. In order that your work is convenient, Pháp Nhãn Temple will hold a Ceremony of Welcoming the Happy Lunar New Year's Eve on Friday evening, February 16, 2018 (on Lunar January 1st in the Year of the Dog).

Tết activities program includes:
11:00 am      Praying for the Deceased and performing a Ceremony of at the end of lunar year 
5:00 pm        Performing Repentance
6:00 pm        Ceremony of Welcoming the Happy Lunar New Year's Eve, Celebrating Maitreya Buddha Spring, wishing you the Happy New Year, giving a New Year's lucky gift to you.

On Saturday, Sunday, February 17 & 18, 2018
(on Lunar January 2nd &  3rd)
10:00 am      Meditation Practice                    
10:15 am      Chanting the Sutra of blessing & Virtue
11:00 am      Dharma Talk                    
12:00 pm      Having cordial lunch

On Saturday, Sunday, February 24 & 25, 2018
(on Lunar January 9th & 10th)
10:00 am      Meditation Practice                    
10:15 am      Chanting the Sutra of Medicine Master
11:00 am      Dharma Talk                    
12:00 pm      Having cordial lunch

On Saturday, Sunday, March 3 & 4, 2018
(on the Full Day of Lunar January)
10:00 am      Meditation Practice            
10:15 am    Ceremonial Course of Praying for Well beings and reading your names at the beginning of new year         
12:00 pm      Having cordial lunch    
02:00 pm      Ceremony of transmitting Three Triple Gem Refuges and Five Ethical Trainings.

On occasion of the beginning of the New Year, we wish you and your families peace and happiness in the Dharma.
Tết arrives, all people rejoice in the Buddha –dharma
Spring comes, all places fill with peace – joy.
The Abbot of Phap Nhan Temple
Venerable DharmaTeacher Thích Trừng Sỹ

Please write your full names, DOB, and an ID photo, sent to Phap Nhan Temple so that Master fills them in a Certificate of Ordination.


Ngày 19 tháng 8 năm 2017

The Great Ceremony of Vu Lan 2017

Ngày 9 tháng 7 năm 2017

The Wholehearted Letter of being ordained as a Novice Monk

Merrick, NY - 7/3/2017
Dear, Bhante Thầy Thích Trừng Sỹ,

        My name is Iziah I am a 22 year old American who wants to be a monk the rest of my life and devote my entire existence. Since I was a child I had a vision of me being a monk.
I’ve been practicing Buddhism for almost a year now but was raised by a mother who is Buddhist. I am ready to live the monastic life as a sign of love to my mother, The Buddha, The Dhamma, and the Sanga. I want rebirth. I want to leave this daily suffering life behind and become a monk to end the suffering and reach nirvana, True happiness, dedication, and spreading Metta.
        I want to spread Buddhism all around the world. I want to devotee my life to the Buddhist way, by taking vows on doing compassionate deeds, striving to better humanity and seeking enlightenment. I want to take care of people. I want to build inner peace. I want to give back to the community. I want to serve the Buddha. From studying Buddhism I’ve learned the First Truth is that all life is suffering, pain, and misery. The Second Truth is that this suffering is caused by selfish craving and personal desire. The Third Truth is that this selfish craving can be overcome. The Fourth Truth is that the way to overcome this misery is through the Eightfold Path.
        I will overcome any obstacle that comes in my path. I happily accept Bhante Thầy Thích Trừng Sỹ as my Master and to train me to become a monk. I want Bhante Thầy Thích Trừng Sỹ to train me because when I first met him at the Austin Temple, I knew automatically he was supposed to be my master. I wish for the Triple Gem to bless Bhante Thầy Thích Trừng Sỹ for accepting me as a student.

Iziah R            

April 20, 2017

The 2640th Happy Vesak Season - 2017

March 29, 2017

Bây Giờ Ở Đây - Here And Now

Thơ: Thầy Thích Trừng Sỹ
Phổ nhạc: Đức Hưng (P.D. Tâm Đức)

March 29, 2017


        In the Morning I wake up,
I smile and recognize that
my eyes are still bright and I can see everything clearly around me,
my ears can hear everything clearly around me,
my nose breathes in and breathes out mindfully and consciously,
my tongue enjoys the Dharma pleasure,
my body feels peaceful, healthy, and well.
I forward my mind to the East, the West, the South, the North,
both the Above and Below directions,
I pray for all sentient beings and insentient beings living there
in peace, joy, love, and understanding together.

        When I practice so regularly anywhere and anytime,
my mind gets imbued with the substance of  compassion, wisdom,
peace, and happiness to myself and to others
right here and right now in the present life.

        May all living things and living beings on earth
be well and happy and freed from suffering.

(Bell, prostration, three times)

By Thích Trừng Sỹ


Dec 12, 2015

Activities Schedule

        Namo the Original Master Sakyamuni Buddha
        Dear Dharma Brothers and Sisters,

        Bellow is Meditation practice Schedule on daily at Phap Nhan Temple. To nurture and develop your peaceful life and spiritual energy daily, you are cordially and welcomely invited to be intended for your proper time to go to the Temple to practice it together.

Weekday Activities Schedule
Monday - Thursday (1)

05:30 am                 Wake up
06:00 am                 Reciting loudly out a morning Stanza and meditation practice
06:30 am                 Chanting
08:00 am                 Have mindful breakfast
09:00 am                 Doing the Temple affairs
10:00 am                 Learning and studying the Buddhadharma
12:00 at noon          Have mindfulness meal
01:00 pm                 Have a rest and deep relaxation meditation
02:00 pm                 Doing the Temple affairs
03:00 pm                 Learning and studying the Buddhadharma
05:00 pm                 Have mindful dinner
06:00 pm                 Walking meditation and meditation songs
07:00 pm                 Chanting
09:00 pm                 Reciting loudly out an evening Stanza and meditation practice
11:00 pm                 Lights out and going to sleep

Meditation Practice Schedule On Weekly Saturday (2)

10:00 am                 Meditation practice
10:15 am                 Chanting
10:45 am                 Walking meditation
11:00 am                 Dharma talk and dharma discussion
12:00 at noon          Have mindfulness meal
01:00 pm                 Deep relaxation meditation
01:30 pm                 Meditation songs
02:00 pm                 The close of activities

May you be well and happy in the dharma.                                                 
Del Valle, November 7 , 2015   
The Abbot of Phap Nhan Temple

Venerable Preceptor Thích Trừng Sỹ


(1) Friday is a relaxed or lazy day in a week.

(2) Weekly Sunday has the private activities schedule for Vietnamese

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