The Abbot - Thay Thich Truc Thai Minh
It seemed like Thay’s life would be a plain sail until the death of Thay's cousin, which made Thay shocked by the impermanence of human life and engrossed in such questions as:
"What is death?
What do we live for?
Is death an end or not?
Who are we?"
Questions about death and life values kept arising. Such questions had no satisfying answers within the scope of science and philosophy, while accompanying confusions never ceased to cling to Thay’s mind.
Thus, Thay decided to find the answers himself. Luckily enough, one day, Thay went to visit a friend, who had already been a diligent Buddhist. Then, Thay came across a four-sentence verse:
“He who aspires to behold all Buddhas,
Endow countless merits,
And eradicate the sufferings of all kinds
Should develop Bodhichitta on time.”
As a predestined opportunity, this verse urged Thay to have an aspiration to develop Bodhichitta. From then on, Thay embarked on the way to learn Buddhism and Thay knew exactly this was the path that Thay would follow to the rest of his life.
Thay Thich Truc Thai Minh
“I have a wish to make the light of the Buddha Dharma universal for everyone. I entered monkhood under the guidance of Venerable Thich Thanh Tu – Institute of Truc Lam Monastery of Dalat. This is a wise master – a very noble teacher. I saw his wish and I also inherited that wish. Therefore, when people invited me to come here to restore and renovate Ba Vang pagoda. That is the basic motivation to make me invest all my strength, intellect, enthusiasm in Ba Vang pagoda. And I also want it to be a destination for not only people in the country but also for foreigners to come to learn, to understand and practice Buddhism in order to see the uniqueness of our Vietnamese Buddhism. I wish Right Dharma in Vietnam to flourish so that Buddhism could become pure and maintain its basic qualities.”