Venerable Dr. Thich Tam Duc
Vice Rector & General secretary of the Vietnam Buddhist Research Institute
Ven. Dr. Thich Tam Duc, born on June 7, 1953 in Thua Thien, Vietnam. He is a disciple of Most Ven. Thich Minh Chau who was a former Rector of Van Hanh University in 1964-1975, Rector of the Vietnam Buddhist Research Institute and Vietnam Buddhist University in Hochiminh City in 1984-2007. He graduated B.A. in Buddhist Studies in 1988 and M.A. in History in 1991 in Vietnam. At University of Delhi, India, he passed M.A. in Buddhist Studies in 1993, completed the Ph.D. program in Buddhist studies in 1997 with the thesis "Vietnamese Buddhism under the Tran Dynasty", received his Diploma in Pali in 1998, Diploma in Chinese in 1998 and completed a Doctorate in Philosophy in 2003 with the thesis "Philosophy of the Saddharmapundarika Sutra - A Conceptual and Doctrinal Analysis".
After returning to Vietnam in 2003, he is now a Standing Member of the Central Dhamma Executive Council of Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, Vice Rector and General secretary of the Vietnam Buddhist Research Institute and Vice Rector & Lecturer of Vietnam Buddhist University in HCMC.. He has given Dhamma lecture in the United States, Canada and attended the International Conferences on Buddhism or Religions in India, Thailand, Taiwan, the Philippines, New Zealand, Australia. Especially he has represented Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, said his essay, "Conflict and Illusions" at United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA on May 16, 2011. Also has he written a number of articles on Newspapers in Vietnam such as the Enlightenment, Theravada Buddhism, City and Websites as www.phattuvietnam.net.He also lectured at a number of provinces in the country.
He published the book "Buddhist Solutions" in Vietnam in 2008 and "The Ekayana Philosophy of the Saddharmapundarika-sutra" in India in 2012.
If you feel despair, depression, discontent or anger, don't seek solace in negative emotions such as hatred, jealousy, greed, revenge or lust. Chasing happiness through such negative means only hides your suffering temporarily and actually brings more suffering to you and those around you both in the present and the future!
Instead, smile, breathe deeply and be calm. Seek out the root of your negative emotions, misconceptions or wrong reactions and decide to make a change, today. Although you may feel that the world is full of suffering there is still room for you to dwell on happiness!
But how? Although it can be difficult, it's simple. Avoid excessive focus on and indulgence in money, beauty, fame, food and materialism. Be content with what you have and understand that happiness and unhappiness do not come from without you, but from within you. Desire attracts us to the fleeting illusion of happiness like moths to the firelight when true happiness depends only on controlling our own thoughts and conceptions.
Avoid excessive indulgence and learn to harness your own power over your emotions.I warmly welcome you to our Website and hope that something inside will make you smile and help you find true happiness. True happiness is not the satisfaction of any personal needs, but rather peace of mind and clarity of perception.
Ven. Dr. Thich Tam Duc
May 15, 2012