Van Hanh ?-1018

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Zen master Van Hanh was born Nguyen Van Hanh in Co Phap village, Bac Giang province. He studied Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism and at the age of 21 entered the Luc To Temple and became a 12th generation Vo Ngon Thong School Master (Wall Meditation School). He was an advisor to King Le Dai Hanh and assisted in the founding of the Ly Dynasty. King Ly Thai To 1010-1028 appointede him National Teacher. Van Hanh, like many Vietnamese Buddhists, was active in politics and nation building. Only five of his poems survive today.

Pointing The Way 示第子

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