Từ Đạo Hạnh

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Image of Từ Đạo Hạnh in the Thầy Temple near Hanoi

Từ Đạo Hạnh (, 1072-1116) also thánh Láng, was a Vietnamese monk who lived at the Thay Pagoda near modern Hanoi.[1] Various folk legends are told about his life and powers.[2] Today when puppeteers perform during the Thay Pagoda Festival, on the seventh day of the third lunar month, they honor Tu Dao Hanh as their founder and patron deity.[3]


  1. ^ Tài Thư Nguyễn The History of Buddhism in Vietnam 2008 Page 98 "The most representative was Bonze superior Tu Dao Hanh, a contemporary of Van Hanh. Tu Dao Hanh's biography was full of a series of mystic and strange stories as “commanding the sylphs, dancing with magic sticks, being reincarnated, ..."
  2. ^ Thiện Đỗ Vietnamese supernaturalism: views from the southern region - Page 245 2003 "29 It is interesting to note that in the folk legend of Từ Đạo Hạnh. there was a spirit who appeared before him at the time he achieved magical power from meditation. The spirit identified himself as Tu' Tran Thien Vu'o'ng or Deva King of Four ."
  3. ^ Van Huy Nguyen, Laurel Kendall - Vietnam: Journeys of Body, Mind, and Spirit - Page 234 2003 "Tu Dao Hanh, who lived as a monk at Thay Temple (Chua Thay) in the eleventh century, is regarded as the founder of this ... When puppeteers perform during the Thay Festival, they do honor to Tu Dao Hanh, their founder and patron deity, ..."