On the morning November 15, 2020, General Pham Van Tra came to visit Ba Vang Pagoda for the third time. On his arrival at Ba Vang Pagoda, the former Chief of the General Staff of the People’s Army of Vietnam was warmly welcomed by Thay Thich Truc Thai Minh, the Abbot of Ba Vang Pagoda.
Thay also expressed His happiness to meet General Pham Van Tra again since his last visit at the Pagoda two years ago in July, 2018.
In this third trip to Ba Vang Pagoda, the hero of the People’s Armed Forces paid homage to the Buddhas as well as the Patriarchs and offered incense at the martyr’s shrine.
After that, Thay introduced the meditation forest and a part of the arduous practising life of Monks. Witnessing how Monks of Ba Vang Pagoda live and practise Dharma, General Pham Van Tra wished the Monks to keep practising diligently, so that our world would have more blessings.
Being guided by the Abbot, the four-star General also visited other constructions of the Pagoda, such as the dining room, kitchen and water purification system.
At the end of the visit, General Pham Van Tra recognised and showed his great appreciation for the devotion of Thay Thich Truc Thai Minh and Buddhists’ efforts in building Ba Vang Pagoda – a meaningful construction, which contributes not only to Vietnamese cultural and moral values, but also to the tradition of Truc Lam Yen Tu zen sect.