Van Hanh Pagoda
Van Hanh Zen Monastery is located at 39 Phu Dong Thien Vuong Street, Ward 8, the city of Da Lat, Lam Dong Province. (Phone: 063.826487). Monastery not only attracted many monks and nuns everywhere, but also be a attractive tourist sight of Dalat.
Records of Van Hanh pagoda
Origin of Monastery is Van Hanh Assembly set up by local Buddhists for worship and activities. In 1980, superior Buddhist monk Thich Vien Thanh has built a pagoda on an area of 2 ha.
In 1994, superior Buddhist monk Thich Vien Thanh has organized the huge restoration of the main building and designed beautiful landscapes for the monastery such as: Happy Buddha statue, Buddhist Garden, Guan Yin statue on dragon …
Overview of Van Hanh pagoda in Dalat
Most famous thing of the monastery is the golden statue of Sakyamuni Buddha raising a lotus in his hand – a symbolic image of Buddha in Linh Son Dharma Conference, expressing the philosophy of ‘existence in nihilism’ in Buddhist Zen. The statue was built on 14/4/2002 under directing of superior Buddhist monk Thich Vien Thanh. It is 24m high, 20m wide, right hand holding a lotus with the original meaning in a Buddhist story: Once at the Linh Thuu congress, when the Sakyamuni Buddha rose a lotus up, all the assembly fell silent and bewildered, only Kassapa Buddha smiled. Sakyamuni Buddha said: “I have the eye of Dharma, Noble Mind of Nirvana… those I gave to Kassapa.”
Van hanh pagoda is not only a sanctuary for munks, nuns, buddhists and pilgrims worshiping, but also is considered one of the unique cultural sight showing specific characteristics of Buddhist architecture.
Inside the Main Hall worship Sakyamuni Buddha statue with nine dragons spraying water. It is also unmatched characteristic in decorating art of the Buddhist Main Hall in the country. There are also Bodhisattva Maitreya statue, Bodhisattva Manjushri statue, samantabhadra statue, bodhidharma statue…