Linh Quy Phap An – A pagoda in the clouds, a sunset for the soul

Last update 10:53 | 28/05/2017

Located on top of Đại Bình Mountain, some 25km north of Bảo Lộc City in Lâm Đồng Province, Linh Quy Pháp Ấn Pagoda appears to be out of this world. At dawn, the pagoda emerges from a sea of clouds under the day’s first light. And, after a 1000-metre climb, the view from top of the mountain is nothing short of spectacular.

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The pagoda’s architectural style is a mix of old Vietnamese and Japanese, with Japanese-style wooden gates erected to guard the holy site. It also features a Japanese-style rock garden where monks gather at various times during the day to contemplate and discuss the teaching of Buddha.

Linh Quy Pháp Ấn Pagoda consists of three major structures: a contemplation hall, a library and a sanctuary. Visitors to the temple are welcomed to join the monks in their contemplation sessions and even to a meal. It is advisable to clean up after yourself and respect the monks’ privacy.

The pagoda became a popular destination among youngsters after a Vietnamese pop music video was shot here last year, featuring breathtaking views from the mountaintop and a Shangri-La-like atmosphere.

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The courtyard submerged in misty cloud early in the morning.

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Visitors join the monks to chant the teaching of Buddha.

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Everyone is welcome to sit down and join the monks in their contemplation sessions.

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A view below from the steps of the contemplation hall.

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A couple take pre-wedding pictures in the courtyard. While it’s not forbidden, visitors must do their best to not disturb the monks and clean up after themselves.

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Sunset view from inside contemplation hall.

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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