• CAO DAI YOUTH ORCHESTRA AT THE INTERNATIONAL FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL 2018 IN SAIGON - VIETNAM

    (Saigon November 29, 2018 – Written by An Tu and Nhon Quang – Photos by Huu loi, Phu Vinh and Van Hoang) The Cao Dai youth at the Cao Dai Saigon Congregation in HCM City has received an invitation from the Organizing Committee of "Vietnamse Traditional Music Instruments Performing Competition and International Folk Music Festival" to participate and show its performances at the Conservatory Music of Ho Chi Minh City, Nguyen Du street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City on the 27 and 29 November 2018.

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  • HOLLYWOOD MOVIE STAR MORGAN FREEMAN VISIT TO CAO DAI TAY NINH HOLY SEE

    (Dec.6, 2018 – Photos taken by Le Cuong - Caodai TV) At 10 am on December 6, 2018, Hollywood movie star MORGAN FREEMAN visited the Cao Dai Tay Ninh Holy See. He was warmly welcomed by the Supreme Patriarch Cardinal Thuong Tam Thanh, Chairman of the Cao Dai Sacerdotal Council, at the Cardinal’s office. The delegation of Mr. Freeman is comprised of 23 people, 16 of whom are from the United States (including Production Manager, Screenplay Manager, Cameramen, Sound Specialist, Makeup Artist, and many other assistants) and seven Vietnamese specialists from the "116 Company"

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  • THE 2018 GRAND FESTIVAL COMMEMORATING THE HOLY MOTHER GODDESS IN THE CAO DAI TAY NINH HOLY SEE, VIETNAM

      (Reported by Nguyen Tuan Em, CaodaiTV –  Edited by Joe Hobbs – Sep. 30, 2018) The 2018 Grand Festival Commemorating the Holy Mother Goddess (in Vietnamese Hội Yến Diêu Trì Cung) was held on the 15th and 16th of the lunar month of August 2018 (24th and 25th of September in the Gregorian calendar). Hosted by the Sacerdotal Council of the Cao Dai Tay Ninh Holy See, this successful celebration attracted more than 250,000 pilgrims and tourists from all over Vietnam and many countries abroad. A major component of the Mother Goddess Festival is the “Grand Banquet” (Hội Yến Diêu Trì) in the Diêu Trì Palace (Diêu Trì Cung), hosted by the Holy Mother Goddess herself.

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  • PARTICIPATION OF CAO DAI DELEGATION AT WEIXIN SHENGJIAO CEREMONY UNVEILING GUIGUZI STATUE AND AT CESNUR 2018 CONFERENCE IN TAIWAN

     (Taiwan, June 18-24, 2018 - Photos by Tri Luc, Summarised and Translated into English by Nguyen Tuan Em) Having accepted the invitation of  Grand Master Hunyuan Chanshi, Founder of Taiwanese Weixin Shengjiao and Professor Massimo Introvigne and Dr. Fiona Hsin-Fang Chang, Co-chair of the CESNUR 2018 (Center for Studies on New Religions)  Conference, His Eminence Cardinal Thuong Tam Thanh, Chairman of the Sacerdotal Council of Cao Đai Tay Ninh Holy See, led a delegation of distinguished dignitaries to come to Taiwan from June 18th to June 24th, 2018 

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  • THE 2ND IRUHA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON “INTER-RELIGIOUS RELATIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE WORLD PEACE”

    (Reported from Bangkok, 10-13 March, 2018 by Caodai TV – Photography by Tuan Em and Huu Loi) The two-day 2 nd International Conference on “Inter-religious Relations for Sustainable World  Peace” was jointly held at the Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Salaya, Nakorn Pathom, Thailand by Universal Love and Brotherhood Association Thailand (ULBA Thailand) and Japanese Oomoto’s Universal Love and Botherhood Association from 10 March 2018 to 13 March 2018.  

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  • SCHOLARS FROM SOUTH KOREA, TAIWAN, JAPAN AND USA PAID A VISIT TO CAODAI TAY NINH HOLY SEE

    (Tay Ninh Dec 29, 2017 - Reported by Archbishop Thai Con Thanh – Translated into English by Nguyen Tuan Em) At 10:30 am Friday 29 December 2017, a delegation of distinguished scholars from South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and the US had paid a friendly visit to His Eminence Cardinal Thuong Tam Thanh, Chairman of the Sacerdotal Council of Caodai Tay Ninh Holy See in the Cardinal’s Office. In attendance, there were also : Archbishop Thai Con Thanh, Acting Principal Archbishop of the Buddhist branch Archbishop Ngoc Thuong Thanh , Acting Principal Archbishop of the Confucianist Branch

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  • GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE CAO DAI SACERDOTAL COUNCIL IN 2017

    (Tay Ninh Holy See Dec. 10, 2017 - Translated by Tuan-Em) Pursuant to the Sacerdotal Council’s Decree for 5-year Plan of Religious Activities (From Year of the Dragon 2012 to Year of the Rooster 2017), The 2017 General Assembly of the Sacerdotal Council was held on 07 December 2017 (lunar month 20 th October). The General Assembly of the Sacerdotal Council was aimed at: 1. Approving the Sacerdotal Council’s report on religious activities of the past 5 years 2. Agreeing on the next 5-year Plan of Religious Activities from 2017 to 20 2 2

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  • CAO DAI PRESENTATION AT MISSOURI UNIVERSITY NOV 2017

      (From Columbia, Missouri, 5th November, 2017 – Reported by Nguyen Tan Khoa – Translated into English by Nguyen Tuan Em) Reverend Thuong Canh Thanh (his secular name’s Tran Quang Canh), President of Cao Dai Overseas Missionary, accompanied by a Caodai Follower Nguyen Tan Khoa from New Orleans, Louisiana, visited the University of Missouri in Columbia City in the State of Missouri to make presentation on Cao Dai Religion to students of the Department of Religious Studies from November 1 st , 2017 to November 3 rd , 2017.

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  • SHOW ME MISSOURI BLUES: UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI COLUMBIA HOSTS EVENT ON ASIAN NEW RELIGIONS

    By MASSIMO INTROVIGNE – November 13, 2017 What a good idea to go to Missouri during the Indian summer! We got ideal weather, beautiful colors, and a lot of history in our field trips, from the Westminster College in Fulton, where Winston Churchill (1874–1965) delivered in 1946 his famous speech introducing the expression “Iron Curtain,” to the Amish villages of Missouri, which are less touristy but not less interesting than those in Pennsylvania. And Mizzou, the University of Missouri at Columbia, is a living museum in itself—not only for its beautiful Victorian buildings but for the memories

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  • THE 7th INTERNATIONAL HOLY BOOK CONFERENCE – BANGKOK THAILAND – SEPTEMBER 2017

    (Bangkok September 5 th , 2017 – Reported by Mohammad Jahangir Alam) United Religions Initiative (URI) Cosmic Community Centre and Dr. Alexander Mar Thoma Centre for Dialogue, Kottarakara, Kerala, India,  jointly organized the 7 th International Intertextuality Conference at Students Christian Center, Bangkok Thailand from September 1-3, 2017. Mr. Mohammad Jahangir Alam, a promising Cao Dai research fellow and Associate Professor at the Department of World Religions and Culture of the University of Dhaka was invited to attend the conference and to present a paper titled “ A Critical Analysis of Creation Theory: Cao Dai Perspective ”.

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  • INTERNATIONAL MEETING FOR SPIRITUAL REPRESENTATIVES AND OOMOTO SUMMER GRAND FESTIVAL IN KAMEOKA, KYOTO, JAPAN- AUGUST 2017.

    (Kameoka, Japan – Reported by  CaoDai Tivi – Aug 15, 2017) On the occasion of His Holiness Onisaburo Deguchi’s birthday, Co-Founder of Oomoto Religion and Oomoto Miroku Grand Summer Festival, Jinrui Aizenkai (known by its English name, Universal Love and Brotherhood Association or ULBA) hosted an International Meeting for Spritiual Representatives – Towards the Great Assembly of All Saints, between August 5 th and August 7 th , 2017 at Oomoto Headquarters in Kameoka, Kyoto, Japan.

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  • WORLD RELIGIONS AND SPIRITUALITY - CAODAISM

    Janet Hoskins is Professor of Anthropology and Religion at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.  Her books include The Divine Eye and the Diaspora:  Vietnamese Syncretism Becomes Transpacific Caodaism (2015, University of Hawaii Press),   The Play of Time: Kodi Perspectives on History, Calendars and Exchange (1996 Benda Prize in Southeast Asian Studies, Association of Asian Scholars), and Biographical Objects: How Things Tell the Stories of People’s Lives (1998).  She is the contributing editor of four books: Transpacific Studies: Framing an Emerging Field (with Viet Thanh Nguyen, University of Hawaii 2014), Headhunting and the Social Imagination in Southeast Asia (1996),

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  • THE SACERDOTAL COUNCIL OF CAODAI TAY NINH HOLY SEE ON ITS FIRST EUROPEAN RELIGIOUS TOUR - MAY 2017

    (Tay Ninh Holy See – June 1, 2017 - Reported by Archbishop Thai Con Thanh, Archbishop Ngoc Hong Thanh and Priest Thuong Canh Thanh. Pictures taken by Nguyen Tri Luc- Summarised and Translated by Tuan Em) On Wednesday morning, 10 th May 2017, the delegation of Cao Dai Tay Ninh Holy See’s Sacerdotal Council took the Air France’s flight AF 0253 to Paris - France, beginning their first European Religious Tour to visit and make presentation on the doctrine and philosophy of Cao Dai Religion to professors, students and doctoral candidates at various higher educational institutions.

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  • THE CAO DAI TAY NINH HOLY SEE SACERDOTAL COUNCIL'S PARTICIPATION IN ULBA CONFERENCE IN THAILAND

    (Reported from Bangkok, Thailand on May 21 st , 2016 by Archbishop Thai Con Thanh, Archbishop Ngoc Hong Thanh and Priest Thuong Canh Thanh. Pictures taken by Nguyen Tri Luc- Summarised and Translated by Tuan Em) Having accepted the invitation of the Universal Love and Brotherhood Association – ULBA Thailand, His Eminence Cardinal Thuong Tam Thanh, Chairman of the Sacerdotal Council of Cao Đai Tay Ninh Holy See, together with other distinguished dignitaries arrived in Bangkok to attend the first International Conference on “Universal Love and Brotherhood

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  • CESNUR CONFERENCE 2016 SIGNALS INCREASED INTEREST IN CAODAISM

    (By Jason Greenberger – July 16, 2016) Shortly after Reverend Canh Q. Tran and Deacon Le Van Tua arrived in Korea it was already clear that this journey to the “land of morning calm” would prove to be unforgettable. The pair had opted to come to Korea early, to settle in before the 2016 CESNUR (Center for Studies of New Religions) Conference, “Religious Movements in a Globalized World: Korea, Asia, and Beyond.” Due to the generosity of Daesoon administration including administration Executive Director, Kim Wook (Department of Academic Affairs at the Daesoon Academy of Sciences), they were able to stay at the Daesoonjinrihoe Headquarters in Yeoju

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Janet Hoskins is Professor of Anthropology and Religion at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.  Her books include The Divine Eye and the Diaspora:  Vietnamese Syncretism Becomes Transpacific Caodaism (2015, University of Hawaii Press),   The Play of Time: Kodi Perspectives on History, Calendars and Exchange (1996 Benda Prize in Southeast Asian Studies, Association of Asian Scholars), and Biographical Objects: How Things Tell the Stories of People’s...

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Cao Dai FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Part I

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How did Creation occur in Cao Dai Theology ?   Our theory of Cosmos-genesis has been mirrored by what the scientists call the “Big Bang” theory. The theory of the “Big Bang” when the Universe was created billion years ago was confirmed in our...

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