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Vietnamese Family of Buddhists
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The Vietnamese Family of Buddhists (also known as Gia đình phật tử Việt Nam (GĐPTVN)) is a lay Buddhist youth organisation that seeks to imbue its members with Buddhist ethics. It has been in existence for over 60 years in Vietnam and in Overseas Vietnamese communities since the Fall of Saigon, and are usually associated with Buddhist temples. Objectives of the GĐPTVN
Three Virtues every GDPT Youth members and leaders are advised to follow:
Compassion: (Từ Bi) means sympathetic concern for the suffering of another being. A Buddhist living by the principle of compassion will be affected by the sufferings of others, including all living animals. A Budhist will not perform actions that cause the suffering but bring happiness to all beings.
Wisdom: (Trí Tuệ) means understanding that which is true and right. Ignorance will not be accepted by a Buddhist. Everything must be clearly understood. Also, a Buddhist need to help others cultivate their wisdom so they too can learn to understand what is true and right and skillful.
The motto of the organization is Compassion-Wisdom-Bravery "Bi-Trí-Dũng".
The Practices Required by GDPT Youth members:
- 2. Learn to tolerate, love, be honest and always ready to help each other.
- 3. Learn to be studious and happily fulfill any task given.