The Lay Person and Temple Robes

Created: Saturday, 14 April 2018

Namo A Di Da Phat!

One practice you may notice when you visit Dinh Quang Temple is the wearing of temple robes. The monastics often wear yellow robes. For the Vietnamese service, the community wears the traditional blue-grey robes common to temples in Vietnam and the diaspora. For the ecumenical English-speaking service, the community wears dark brown robes. On Saturday, April 7, 2018, the Venerable Thich Thong Chanh offered us a teaching on this practice.

Wearing a robe is a bell of mindfulness, a reminder to the community in at least four ways:

First, the robes are a simple color, inviting and reminding the community to practice simplicity and humility, both at the temple and throughout their daily lives.

Second, the robes remind us to respect the Triple Gem, the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. As a community of practice, aspiring to the Buddha’s path, this also reminds us to respect one another.

Third, the robes remind us to be mindful of our habits. When you are wearing a robe, it is easier to remember, to notice when you are about to do or say something that you would like to restrain. The robe also helps us to focus the mind and remember and keep our aspirations, our commitment to acting with greater kindness and wisdom.

Fourth, the robes remind us that we are a community and that we represent the temple. At times, we also wear the robes in public, such as at funerals or during hospital visits.

The venerable concluded by sharing his personal experience of wearing a robe: “When I wear this, it reminds me, ‘you are a monk.’ It reminds me to honor everyone.”

Thank you, Master Thay, for your teaching and example!

Venerable Thich Chuc Thanh Visit from Virginia May 14th 6PM

Created: Wednesday, 28 March 2018

The Venerable Thich Chuc Thanh will be visiting us from Dong Hung Temple in Virginia. He will host an evening dharma teaching and discussion.

You can visit the temple's website and read a little about their history by clicking here.

Additionally, an article about Buddhism in Virginia includes more information about Venerable Thich Chuc Thanh is available by clicking here.

Stay updated on Facebook about the event by clicking the official event FB page here.

UPDATE: For those who attended this meeting, the web site that Ven. Thich Chuc mentioned was


Healthy Nutrition for Life: Free Lunch & Learn w/ Dr. Tung Mai & Dr. Khanh Ha

Created: Wednesday, 14 March 2018

The Dalai Lama once said that the body is the seat of the mind. Taking care of the body means we are fostering compassion for ourselves and creating the conditions for a better practice. Good health begins with making the right food choices which can lead to a fuller and happier life in all respects. Dinh Quang Temple is proud to host a health and nutrition talk right after our Saturday morning service, at 10:30 a.m., on March 31, 2018.

There are no requirements (religious or otherwise) for those interested in attending. There will be free pizza and refreshments for everyone while supplies last! It's a great way to have fun, learn something new and meet others in our community.

About our Speakers:

Dr. Tung Mai is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He is currently a hospitalist attending physician at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.  He earned his medical degree at Michigan State University and completed his residency at Detroit Medical Center.

Dr. Khanh Ha is currently a general dentist at Southern Missouri Community Health Center in West Plains, Missouri. She earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Illinois, and completed her residency at University of Detroit Mercy."

How to Attend:

The address for Dinh Quang Temple is 2901 W High St, Springfield, MO 65803

Click here for a link to Temple on Google Maps

Plan to attend at least 15 minutes early. Come in the gate (right side) at the front. Driv

e to the rear of the building, park and come inside the back door. Remove your shoes, place them on the rack to the right side and be seated. Need to take the bus? Plan your trip on the official Springfield CU Transit web page here:

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If you know someone who could benefit from our talk please make sure to share with your friends and family.

New Years and Buddhas Birthday Ceremonies

Created: Saturday, 24 February 2018

In addition to our weekly Saturday (and Sunday for the Vietnamese community) gatherings, there are two big ceremonies at Dinh Quang Temple every year.

The temple gathers during the lunar new year. This year we gathered on February the 18th, but it usually varies a little each year. It is a time for fun in the same way everyone celebrates the new year on January 1st. The big difference is the calendar year in Asia and in the west are calculated differently.

Many of the ceremonies are familiar include sharing food with each other to give back to the community. Getting dressed up, playing music, having raffles and lighting of fireworks are all common activities.

You might not know it but it is one of the world's most prominent and celebrated festivals, with the largest annual mass human migration in the world.

Every year our temple also celebrates the birth of the Buddha in the second largest temple gathering of the year. This is a common practice throughout many parts of the world and at many different times depending on where you live. The Buddha (a term meaning to be an enlightened individual) that is celebrated specifically is Prince Siddhartha Gautama. He is considered the main founder of Buddhism that we learn about today.

In some parts of the world the birthday is observed on the first full moon date of the fourth month in the Asian Lunisolar calendars which differs from our Western calendar. That is usually in the month of May, but can fall on April or June in some circumstances.

While the dates change, the purpose of the meeting is usually the same. It is first and foremost to re-connect with the community. There is also the refreshing of vows not to steal, commit sexual misconduct, killing, fraud and the taking of intoxicants. Ceremonies also take place such as praying for our loved ones who have passed away and sometimes bathing a baby Buddha statue to symbolically eradicate negativity.

If you would like to join us on these two prominent dates, get notified by subscribing to our Facebook page by clicking here or bookmarking our site. It's a great way to connect with like-minded people in the area.