Chùa Thầy (Thầy Temple or Master's Temple) is a Buddhist temple in Quốc Oai District (formerly Hà Tây Province, now part of Hanoi), Vietnam. The temple is also known as "Thiên Phúc Tự" (Chinese: 天福寺, "Temple of Heavenly Blessings"). The temple was established in the 11th century during the reign of Emperor Nhân Tông of the Lý dynasty. It is dedicated to Vietnamese Thiền master Từ Đạo Hạnh (Chinese: 徐道行, 1072-1116). It is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Vietnam, It is well maintained by the monks.Plan your Thay Temple visit and explore what else you can see and do in Hanoi using our Hanoi trip builder app.
The temple is a centre of pilgrimage during Tết.
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Thay Temple or "Master's Temple", is everything you would hope for in an ancient Buddhist Temple. Boasting a perfect Feng Shui setting, with the small picturesque lake in the foreground and the... more »
I visited here during my stay in Hanoi. The temple is not too far out of the city. The lake nearby is also really lovely. The temple also had an incredibly peaceful feel and I particularly enjoyed... more »
Chùa Thầy worship Từ Đạo Hạnh (also known as Minh Không) was a famous monk. He was the chief monk at the temple, a choreographer of traditional water puppetry, an inventor, and also a medical man and mystic in his village. The mystic acts associated with the monk include him burning his finger to usher in rain and curing local people of disease by blessing them, in addition to performing many other miracles. He presented water puppetry (which is unique to Vietnam) at the small lake pavilion which he built in the middle of the lake, in front of the main hall. According to the local belief he had incarnated thrice, once as Buddha in the form of Sakhyamuni, then as the son of King Lý Nhân Tông who later became the King Lý Thần Tông and then as a monk who saved the King Thần Tông also. He created his own brand of Từ Đạo Hạnh cult.
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