“A Summer Day with the Sangha” Retreat Summary

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Dong Hung Temple conducted its fourth English language “Day with the Sangha” retreat on Saturday, July 23, 2016.  Twenty-eight people spent all or part of the hot, humid summer day participating in meditation, dharma talks, mindfully enjoying a delicious Vietnamese vegetarian lunch in silence, afternoon tea and a special workshop by Jacquelyn Zavaleta on Tara Dance. Lead by Venerable Thich Chuc Thanh, the participants contributed to a day of learning and the sharing of meditative energy.

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423 Davis Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23462


Dear all Buddhist followers,
The Ullambana season is arriving, once again, for all Buddhists around the world. In order to raise filial piety, show our gratitude to our ancestors and honor the Vietnamese tradition, Dong Hung temple will celebrate the Ullambana festival on August 14, 2016 (July 12 lunar calendar) on the temple ground with the agenda below:


Hampton University A + Program Visit to the Temple

Hampton U 1July 19, 2016

On July 19, 2016, Dr. Sabin Duncan brought the Hampton University A+ Program students to visit the temple as part of their cultural experience.  Thirty-nine students ages 13 to 17 from all over the country and 5 chaperones visited with Thay Thanh and Mark at the Buddha Hall.

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What is everyone’s goal in life?

NCPittsCtr3NC Talk June 28, 2016

Ven. Chuc Thanh, Mark and Curtis traveled to Southern Shores, NC for the NC Dharma talk on June 28, 2016. 

Thay Thanh opened the session with a guided meditation.  He followed with the story about the burglar who broke into a temple to steal money from the donation box.  The burglar was confronted by the Master Monk, who offered him the key to the donation box and to feed him before he left.  A little while later, the Master learned the burglar had been caught and imprisoned.  Five years later, the same burglar broke into the temple again after his release from prison.  When confronted by the same Master, the burglar advised that after his previous experience, he had returned to steal the Master’s compassion and teaching. 

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Weekly Schedule


8.00 am - 9.00 am: Public Services in English: Such as chanting, Meditation,  Dharma discussing

10:30 am – 12.30 pm: Public Services in Vietnamese: Such as chanting, Dharma discussing (with English translator), offering to the deceased ones 


English Dharma Class, open discussion.
@ Dharma Hall, Virginia Beach
1st, 2nd and 3rd  and 5thTuesdays, 7pm-8.30pm.

English Dharma Class, open discussion.
@ Pitts Center, Southern Shores, NC
4th Tuesday, 6.30pm - 8.30pm 


5:45 - 6:45 pm: One Hour Meditation. Public is welcome. English language introduction. Silent, seated meditation in the Dharma Hall.

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Public service in English: Chanting, meditating, Dharma discussing in English


8:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Chanting 21 time Great Compassion Mantra (Vietnamese)


423 Davis Street

Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Phone: (757) 689 - 3408

Direct: 757 - 406 - 1726 (Mr. Mark P.)

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