Sách Pagoda - the millennium-old sacred building, which is located at 386 Lạc
Long Quân Street, Nhật Tân Precinct, Tây Hồ District, Hà Nội Capital, formally
known as Tào Sách (original name) and then Linh Sơn (second name) in Nhật Tân
Commune, Thượng communal group, Hoàng Long District, Hà Đông province
(olden day), has long been recognized as a historical and cultural relic.
from the Early Lê Dynasty (980-1009) as its stone steles and parallel sentences
read, the venerable Pagoda of large-scale structure situated on the poetic West
Lake (Hồ Tây) is encompassed within a grave atmosphere and picturesque scenery,
and houses a vast collection of valuable literature in Hán and Nôm languages.
to statistics of the Institute of Hán Nôm Studies, there are 42 pairs of
parallel sentences (39 pairs in Hán language and 3 pairs in Nôm language), 23
pieces of large calligraphic characters, 2 bells (one bell cast in 1822), 24
steles (12 of them carved and erected in 1941).
of the steles were engraved with commemorative names to honor the donors who made
offertory contributions to the Pagoda. A number of other steles were for
commemorating landmark events: Linh Sơn tự kỉ niệm bi kí (recording the memories of Linh Sơn by Most Venerable Monk Phan Trung Thứ in 1941); Cựu Tào Sách
Hoa Nghiêm hội bi kí (record of the Avatamsaka sect of Tào Sách
Pagoda) and Linh Sơn tự Hoa Nghiêm hội bi kí (record of the Avatamsaka sect of Linh Sơn
Pagoda). These two steles with contents composed by Cúc Hương
Hoàng Thúc Hội were carved and erected in 1933.
former states that the sect, acting in conformation with its general consent, employed Avatamsaka Sutra as the base for its main thesis
with the aim to freeing the soul of relatives of the sect members from
latter reads that Cúc Hương
Hoàng Thúc Hội had the good fame of the sect members lasting eternally by inscribing their
records on the stele.
allow interested readers to get to know further details of the Pagoda’s
history, culture etc. we would like to introduce the stele ‘Linh Sơn tự kỉ niệm bi kí’ and a number of typical parallel sentences on pairs of
wood panels as follows:
stele ‘Linh Sơn tự kỉ niệm bi
kí’, which was erected
in 1941, is in a good state of preservation with its clearly readable
characters. This stele, measuring 0.82 x 1.45 m, was carved on one single face. The stele’s
forehead was decorated with a carving of a couple of dragons facing the moon.
The edging was carved in foliage relief.
Hạnh is currently
the abbot of Tảo Sách Pagoda.
Entrance to the main Hall of three Jewels
The Altar dedicated to the Great Hero (Buddha) in the Precious Hall
The Altar dedicated to Sudatta (Anathapindika) -
The chief lay
disciple who gave Jeta Park to the Buddha
God Protectors of the Dharma
The Altar dedicated to the Great Sage
The Altar dedicated to Cundi (Extreme Purity) - Bhagavati or Mother of Buddhas
The Altar dedicated to Ksitigarbha or Earth-womb Bodhisattva
Cloud-shaped Bronze Gong
The Temple dedicated to Patriarchs
The Altar dedicated to Patriarchs
The Statue of the Buddha entering Nirvana
The Mother Goddess Temple
The Altar dedicated to Mother Goddesses
The Stupa Garden
The Statue of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva
The Stone Stele
The Triple Porch of Tảo Sách Pagoda
Thích Nguyên Hạnh, The Venerable Abbot of Tảo Sách Pagoda