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Brief Introduction about Venerable Thầy Thích Trừng Sỹ

Thích Trừng Sỹ

Namo the Original Master Sakyamuni Buddha

According to what Thầy’s parents told him, he was born at five o’clock in the morning on Lunar January 5th, the Year of the Monkey, that is, on February 2nd, 1968 in Nha Trang City, Khánh Hòa Province, Vietnam.

His family has elder and younger brothers and one youngest sister. He is the fourth son in his family.

In 2007, his youngest sister, who has left home for monastic life become a Buddhist Nun, aka Hạnh Quang, living and practicing the Dharma at Phước Long Nunnery, in Thủ Đức District. Currently, she has been learning Bachelor of Arts in Buddhist Studies at Vietnam Buddhist University in HCM., City, Vietnam.      

Ven. Thầy Sỹ’s loved Dad, Nun Hạnh Quang, and her Master Trí Thuận

In 1985, thầy left home for monastic life at Linh Nghĩa Temple, in Diên Khánh District, Khánh Hòa Province, Vietnam.

He is an official disciple of the Late Most Venerable Master Thích Như Tịnh, the Head Monk, who founded the Linh Nghia Temple.

In 1988, he became a novice monk at Linh Nghĩa Buddhist Temple.

In 1989, he cultivated and studied the Dharma at Bửu Lâm Buddhist Temple, Pháp Hoa Buddhist Temple in Long Thành District, Đồng Nai Province, and Tùng Lâm Maha Vihara in Bà Rịa Vũng Tàu Province.

In 1990-1994, he cultivated and studied the Dharma at Linh Sơn Buddhist Temple, Vĩnh Ngọc Commune, Nha Trang City, Khánh Hòa Province.

In 1993, he was officially ordained and received higher Ordination as a Bhikkhu on Great Precepts Transmission Ceremony of TRÍ THỦ I at Long Sơn Buddhist Temple in Nha Trang City, Khánh Hòa Province, Việt Nam.

In 1990 –1994, he graduated with an Intermediate Buddhist Studies diploma in Nha Trang City, Khánh Hòa Province, Course I, the Second Class.

In 1995 –1997, he cultivated and studied the Dharma at Thiên Phú Buddhist Temple in Nha Trang City, Khánh Hòa Province.

In 1997-2001, he graduated from Vietnam Buddhist University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Buddhist Studies in HCM., City – Course IV, the Third Class.

In 1997-2002, he cultivated and studied the Dharma at Quảng Đức Monastery, 294 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa Street, District 3, HCM., City, Vietnam.

In 2002-2004, he graduated from Delhi University, India, with the Master of Arts’ Degree in Buddhist Studies – the First Class.

In 2004-2005, he graduated from Delhi University, India, with a Master of Philosophy Degree in Buddhist Studies – the First Class.

In 2007, from the University of Delhi, India, Thầy and his fellow cultivators had many good conditions to attend a Buddhist conference at Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple in Warragoon, Australia for about 45 days. After the conference was over, Thầy and his fellow cultivators visited Quảng Đức Temple in Melbourne, hosted by Venerable Thích Tâm Phương and visited a number of other Buddhist temples in Australia.

Thầy and Dharma friends visited the Most Venerable Elder Master Thích Huyền Tôn at Bảo Vương Buddhist Temple in Victoria, Australia.

In 2006 –2009, he graduated from Delhi University, India, in an excellent position with a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Buddhist Studies. 

Also in this 2009, Venerable Trừng Sỹ’s Father, whose Dharma name is Trừng Diệu, was very fortunate to attend his graduation ceremony.

In 2010-2012, Venerable Thầy Sỹ lived and spread the Dharma at Cổ Lâm Buddhist Temple, in Seattle City, Washington State, where he was cordially invited by Professors and students of Seattle University to present the topics “How to become good people in family” in 2011.

Also here, Professor Sharon Suh guided the students of the University of Seattle to Cổ Lâm Buddhist Temple to listen and attend “Meditation Practice” very well under harmonious and happy instructions of Thầy Trừng Sỹ.

Seattle University students are practicing meditation

Also in this city, he was warmly invited by Seattle Northwest Dharma Teachers to deliver lectures on the topic “Teacher-Student Relationship in Buddhist Education” in 2011.

In 2012 – 2014, he worked as the Dharma teacher at Linh Sơn Buddhist Temple in Austin, Leander, Texas.

He studied psychology at Austin Community College, Texas.

In 2018, he was invited by the hospital director in New Braunfels, Texas to share the Dharma talk with the topic “Practice Something Wholesome  in Daily Life.” 

Also in this year 2018, he passed his citizenship exam and officially became the US citizen.

In 2019, he happily accepted the invitation from the Church in New Braunfels City, Texas to share the Dharma talk with the topic “The Noble Path with Eight Methods of Practice.”

In October 2019, from the United States to India, thầy led a delegation of fellow Buddhists on an Indian Buddhist pilgrimage. Accompanying this trip from Vietnam were Senior Venerable Master Thích Tịnh Trí in charge of Linh Nghĩa Buddhist Temple in Diên Khánh District, Khánh Hòa Province and Buddhist Nun Hạnh Quang at Phước Long Nunnery District 9, HCM. City. The pilgrimage to the Buddha land was very meaningful. After ten years studying in the United States, Thầy had all the good conditions to return to visit the Buddha Land in India to give thanks to the Three Jewels.

At the end of November 2019, from the United States to Japan, Thầy propagated the Dharma there,

He visited and stayed at the Vietnamese Temple, hosted by Venerable Monk Thích Nhuận Ân and Buddhist Nun Giới Bảo.

At the end of 2014, when Thầy had enough good conditions, the kind-hearted donors today learn to follow the example of protecting the Three Jewels in the Buddha’s time such as male patron Sudatta Anathapindika and female patron Visakha expressing their good minds to buy a 2.55-acre land including a Mobile home in the land. This Mobile Home is about 8.5 miles away from Austin Airport, the capital of the State of Texas.

They are all happy to help thầy buy this land as a place for spiritual practice and propagate the Buddha’s Dharma to Buddhists and non-Buddhists in the United States.

In early 2015 in the vicinity of Austin, Texas, United States of America, the Pháp Nhãn Temple has become a non-profit organization. Thầy founded the temple to officially be in charge of it from that time until now.

Bride Thanh Mary Nguyen + Groom Duong Quoc Lieu (2016)

At this temple, Thầy has exchanged the Buddhadharma with everyone, especially held quarterly and annual Retreats, and organized weddings for Vietnamese and non-Vietnamese people.

Bride Samia Haidar Dempsey + Groom Peter Otto Banz (2017)

In Early 2020 to 2021, due to the widespread coronavirus pandemic, in order to avoid the spread of COVID-19, thầy held weekly online Retreats for people in different places to jointly participate in learning and practicing the Buddhadharma joyfully and rhythmically.

Every day, every week, every month, and every year, we are aware to create more joys that contribute to bringing peace, joy, and happiness to ourselves and to other people right here and right now in the present life.

It has been 35 years since he left home for his monastic life till now. Thầy graduated from elementary to postgraduate Buddhist schools in Vietnam, India, and the United States. He has spent a lot of time learning, practicing the Buddhadharma, writing, compiling, and composing poems, literature, and contributed to propagating the Dharma for the many in many different states in the United States and in other countries around the world.

Namo the Original Master Sakyamuni Buddhaya


38 Years of Dharma studies, Practice, and Propagation

Thirty-eight years long
Thầy traveling everywhere
Studies and spreads the Dharma
to teach understanding and love.
Experiencing many ups and downs
Nourishing the mind of enlightenment
Flowering and fruiting
Beautifying months and years.
Vowing to help all people
Working in the happy mind
With compassion and wisdom
For the life of absorbing freshness.
Following the Lord Buddha
Comprehending the way to escape suffering
Applying the Noble Eightfold Path
Making benefits for living beings.
Following the Patriarch
Comprehending the right Path 
Practicing the precepts, meditation, Wisdom
Saving beings with loving-kindness.
Buddha Jewels are very marvelous
The Sangha follows them steps by steps
The Dharma is the remedy
Helping people end suffering.


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