Truc Lam Zen Monastery in Lam Dong Province
Truc Lam Zen Monastery design was outlined by Architect Ngo Viet The and Architect Huynh Ngoc An designed the Main Hall. Later the Designing and Planning Department revised it and changed the design for internal sections. While it was being built, the Most Venerable Dean asked architect Vu Xuan Hung to design the triple gate and the belfry as well as modify the architecture into soft and easy style of Vietnamese culture.
The construction started on April 8th the Lunar Rooster Year (1993), with the consistent help of monks, nuns, Buddhists at home and abroad. Ten months later, it was provisionally completed and solemnly inaugurated on February 08th the Lunar Dog Year (1994).
Besides the Main Hall in the middle, on the right are the consulting room, the belfry and displaying room on the right; on the left are the sitting room, library, abbot room and contemplation hall.
Before reaching the Main Hall, tourists may take two ways. They may start at the bus stop, take the side gate up 61 steps or, from the lake, climb the 222 steps through the triple gate onto the court in front. Inside the Main Hall, statues are displayed simply but meditatively. In the bright spacious sanctuary is the only statue of Sakyamuni Buddha raising a lotus in his hand a symbolic image of Buddha in Linh Son Dharma Conference, expressing the philosophy of existence in nihilisim in Buddhist Zen.