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King Tran Nhan Tong’s zen meditation

The zen meditation named Truc Lam Yen Tu zen sect was founded by King Tran Nhan Tong in the 14th century.  The zen sect which has its core message “link religion with life” has been used to improve one’s health, eliminate many diseases, and extend one’s lifespan.
The Truc Lam Yen Tu zen seeks to help the practitioners have good health and peace of mind to do good things for society and the community. It has been developed by the Institute of Applied Vietnamese Traditional Medicine and Nguyen Trai University. According to Dr. Nguyen Tien Luan, Principal of Nguyen Trai University, Thich Thien Tam, the abbot of Vu Ha temple in Thai Binh province has become heir to the zen sect for the past seven decades.

After 2 years of research, in April 2019, Nguyen Trai University and the Institute of Applied Vietnamese Traditional Medicine proposed to the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations a mediation program highly-appreciated by scientists. To bring "Health and well-being for Vietnamese", the program has been well-received in the community, initially focusing on Buddhists and young people.

A zen meditation session in Ba Vi, Hanoi. 

The meditation program the Institute of Applied Vietnamese Traditional Medicine has three basic courses.

Practicing meditation require patience. 

Teacher Tran Manh Hung instructs a student in a zen meditation class. 

Practitioners of Truc Lam Yen Tu zen meditation practice in a fresh space.  

A teacher shows a student how to practice Truc Lam Yen Tu zen meditation. 

Zen meditation helps balance the body.  

Zen meditation is a unique feature of Eastern culture. .

A student learning Truc Lam Yen Tu zen meditation. 

Foreigners practice the meditation to improve
their health and learn more about Vietnamese culture. 

Practitioners wish to get positive energy through meditation. 

Currently, the meditation program has three basic courses, including a 10-session basic course, a 30-session advanced course teaching self-defense martial arts, and a 100-session meditation training course for professionals. After finishing the course, practitioners will receive certifications. “Most of those practicing meditation have cleaner lungs, lighter skin, an energetic vigor, and look younger than their age. That is the reciprocal reaction between the inside and the outside of the body”, said Dr. Pham Hung Cung, Deputy Director of the Institute of Applied Vietnamese Traditional Medicine. Many practitioners have learned more about the cultural beauty of the meditation school.

Around 2,000 people have been attending the meditation classes.

According to Nguyen Thai Ha, a research fellow of the Institute of Applied Vietnamese Traditional Medicine, its meditation program will introduce online classes so that everyone can access and understand more about the mediation culture.

Story: Bich Van  -  Photos: Viet Cuong

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