The 705th commemorative anniversary of the attainment of Nirvana of Buddha King Trần Nhân Tông was held on Yên Tử Holly Mountain, northern Quang Ninh province on December 3. The King is known as the founder of Vietnamese Zen Buddhism. The largest bronze statue was built in his honor.
The statue of Buddha King Trần Nhân Tông weighs more than 138 ton and is placed on the top of mountain Yên Tử of 920 m in elevation above the sea level. The terrain is difficult here and weather conditions are also severe. All year round is wet and cloudy over the mountain.
The statue’s height is of 6.6 m and sits on a lotus base of 3.3m, which is above the dragon base of 2.7 m. The total cost is close about $3.7 million.
Tran Nhan Tong was born in 1258 and died in 1308. He was the third emperor of the Tran dynasty. Ascended to the throne at the age of 21, the king is famed for defeating twice the Mongol invaders. He abdicated his throne at the age of 35 and spent the rest of his life on the Yen Tu Mountain practicing and propagating Buddhism. He founded the Truc Lam School of Zen, or the Bamboo Forest School at Yen Tu by unifying different sects of Vietnamese Buddhism into Vietnamese Zen Buddhism. Continue reading →
Commentary: Thanks to the brilliant leadership of the communists of 38 years, Vietnam is becoming a socialist paradise. Vietnam has become a paradise for the world’s single men who look for mail-order-brides. About 100,000 Vietnamese are married to foreigners per year. This number surpasses the number of export laborers, which averages about 80,000 per year. Vietnamese women are usually at the forefront of making sacrifices to help the families.
Chinese, South Koreans, and Taiwanese are among the largest consumers. Advertisement of these mail-order-brides are usually depicted as commodity. About 8,000 Vietnamese women married Korean men in 2011 and 10,000 Vietnamese women married Chinese men in 2010.
There is nothing of marrying foreigners for love and it should be encouraged as the world has become more globalized. However, it is heart-breaking that a large number of Vietnamese daughters have to sell themselves in unhappy marriages in exchange for a few hundreds or thousands dollars. This phenomenon has never existed in Vietnamese history of 4,000 years until now.
Nearly 100,000 Vietnamese women marry foreigners every year on average and the number is on the rise. Most of the marriages are made through brokerage, a conference was told.
Known as the empress of the last imperial dynasty in Vietnam, Empress Nam Phuong is known for her matchless beauty. Before marrying to King Bao Dai, Queen Nam Phuong was honored as Miss Indochina for three times.
A photo taken in France.
Elegance of the mixture of the West and Eastern culture.