DONALD MALLEN- The faith of Prophet Huynh Phu So appealed to me mainly because of its simple purity _it concentrates on the essence of our spiritual and physical relationships rather than depending upon
Stephen Toupin- I am interested in Hoa Hao Buddhism because it allows one to question and think freely; and does not require that a person follows laws and rules on faith. It also teaches responsibility and mental development.
The French oppressive policy of religious persecution has kept me from being with you for five long years, thus preventing me from clearly exposing to you the line of my faith.
It was only the coercive force that divided us from each other. There were, however, many disciples who remained deeply faithful to our religion. Nevertheless, recently some people misunderstood it and did not comply to moral teachings. They acted against the doctrine of mercy and altruism and the nobleness of Buddhism. Hence, the reason for this booklet to be published. I , therefore, hope that from now on the believers of our religion will think over the outline herein given and will behave according to the prescribed rules to avoid regretful incidents and to preserve the honor of Buddhism. Only then shall we show
real gratitude to our Master Shakyamuni -- the Creator of Buddhism -- who is leading mankind in the search for Deliverance.
Hail to our Master Shakyamuni
Prophet Huynh Phu So
Note from the Publisher
This booklet is translated from the original text written by Prophet
Huynh Phu So (1945). He intentionally made the very deep and subtle Philosophy of Buddha simple and easy to understand to the masses as well
as to the intelligentsia, by mostly using popular overtones and expressions, instead of an academic and orthodox language.