• ORDINATION CEREMONY OF DEACON TRAN QUANG CANH TO THE PRIESTHOOD (GIÁO HỮU)

     (Tay Ninh Holy See, February 15, 2016 – By Grzegorz Fraszczak) On the 15th of February 2016, at 10.00 am, Cardinal Thượng Tám Thanh presided at the ceremony of ordaining Deacon Trần Quang Cảnh (religious name: Thượng Cảnh Thanh) to the religious office of Priest (Giáo Hữu). During the same ceremony, three other Cao Dai followers were ordained - two males to the office of Deacon (Lễ Sanh) and one female to the office of Deaconess (Nữ Giáo Thiện). According to the ordination service program, the Cao Dai believers and dignitaries gathered in the temple, and standing duly and respectfully in their places, prayed to God and divine Beings.

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  • 2016 GREAT FESTIVAL COMMEMORATING GOD AT THE CAO DAI HOLY SEE IN TAY NINH

    (Tay Ninh Holy See, February 15, 2016 – By Grzegorz Fraszczak) On the 11th of February , the arrangement of 30 stands accompanying the Great Festival Commemoration Ceremony begun. They were set up along both sides of the Great Unity Square, from the Phạm Hộ Pháp boulevard to the Cao Thượng Phẩm boulevard. On the late afternoon of the 14th of February, the internal and external decorations were basically completed. They consisted of flags, flowers, and lights, creating an enchanting lively atmosphere consonant with the religious tradition. It became even more lively when more and more early visitors arrived.

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  • 69 STUDENTS JOIN THE CAODAI COURSE IN 2016

    (Dhaka, Bangladesh, Jan 01, 2016 – By Associate Prof. Mohammad Jahangir Alam) The BA in World Religions and Culture at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh aims to develop students' knowledge and critical understanding of the different aspects of religions and to cultivate intellectual skills such as the ability to evaluate different interpretations of the faiths and facts on the basis of historical, sociological, psychological, anthropological, philosophical, and theological approaches. As religion has been part of human experience from the earliest traces of human existence, this honors degree aims to ensure a developed understanding of the relationship between religion and the different stages of human civilizations down to the modern period.

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  • THE 90TH GREAT FESTIVAL COMMEMORATING THE HOLY MOTHER GODDESS ( YEAR 2015) AT TAY NINH CAO DAI HOLY SEE

    (Reported from Tay Ninh Cao Dai Holy See on 27 September 2015 by Principal Archbishop Thai Con Thanh. Pictures taken by Nguyen Tri Luc, Ha The Bao, Le Quoc Cuong and Nguyen Minh Kham. Translated into English by Tuan Em & Thuy Trang) At 9:00 a.m on 15 th August, Lunar Year of the Goat (27/09/2015), His Eminence Cardinal Thuong Tam Thanh – Chairman of the Cao Dai Sacerdotal Council, Dignitaries members of the Council, Dignitaries from the nine Cao Đai Religion’s Ministries and thousand dignitaries and followers from nearby parishes  gathered at the Peace Gate to welcome delegations from Japanese Oomoto (51 delegates led by Her Holiness Madame Kurenai Deguchi,

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  • THE DIVINE EYE AND THE DIASPORA

    Janet Alison Hoskins , professor of Anthropology and Religion at the University of  Southern California, Los Angeles, has just published a new book titled “ The Divine Eye and the Diaspora. Vietnamese Syncretism Becomes Transpacific Caodaism ”.  (University of Hawaii Press Publisher, Feb. 2015)  “ This examination of the Cao Dai religious movement is easily the most comprehensive and sympathetic study yet prepared on what is surely the most fascinating yet also the most misunderstood of Vietnam’s ‘new’ (colonial and post-colonial) religions.

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  • HISTORY OF EXCHANGE BETWEEN CAODAI AND OOMOTO

    By Masamichi Tanaka –Oomoto International Department Information collected thru Oomoto historical archives – Kameoka February 2015 ☆1935 autumn, Hidemaru Deguchi, Alternate Spiritual Leader, ordered to Kiyozumi Kakehi, Special Emissary of the Spiritual Leader, to visit Tay Ninh. ☆1935 October, Cao Dai and Oomoto formed an affiliation. ☆1955 August, His Eminence Tran Van Que and three other members of Cao Dai attended the World Religious Conference for Peace held in Ayabe      

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  • OOMOTO AND CAODAISM

    God Given: A Brief Comparison of God, Revelation, and Morality in Caodaism and Oomoto. Reverend Jason Greenberger is an ordained Buddhist minister and graduate from the Buddhist Chaplaincy program (MDiv) at University of the West in Rosemead, California. Jason currently works as a translator of Chinese Buddhist texts and as an adviser to the President of the Cao Dai Overseas Missionary.          

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  • THE SACERDOTAL COUNCIL OF CAO DAI TAY NINH HOLY SEE JOINS THE WORLD ALLIANCE OF RELIGIONS FOR PEACE SUMMIT IN SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (Day 4)

    (Reported from Seoul, South Korea on September 18 th , 2014 by Archbishop Thai Con Thanh, Archbishop Ngoc Hong Thanh and Deacon Thuong Canh Thanh. Pictures by Nguyen Tri Luc- Translated by Tuan Em)   Day 4 - In Seoul, South Korea – Sept. 19 th , 2014   Today, Friday September 19 th , 2014 is the fourth day the Cao Đai delegation stayed in Seoul and was also the last day of the Summit.   At 9:00 a.m, the Cao Đai delegates arrived at the World Peace Gate in the Seoul Olympic Park to join the Peace Walk.

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  • THE SACERDOTAL COUNCIL OF CAO DAI TAY NINH HOLY SEE JOINS THE WORLD ALLIANCE OF RELIGIONS FOR PEACE SUMMIT IN SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (Day 3)

      (Reported from Seoul, South Korea on September 18 th , 2014 by Archbishop Thai Con Thanh, Archbishop Ngoc Hong Thanh and Deacon Thuong Canh Thanh. Pictures taken by Nguyen Tri Luc- Translated by Tuan Em)   Day 3 - In Seoul, South Korea – Sept. 18 th , 2014   At 8:00 am on Thursday morning, September 18 th , 2014, the Cao Đai delegation departed from the hotel and arrived at the IWPG Conference Hall at 10:30 am. The room was completely filled with approximately 2,000 delegates

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  • THE SACERDOTAL COUNCIL OF CAO ĐAI TAY NINH HOLY SEE JOINS THE WORLD ALLIANCE OF RELIGIONS FOR PEACE SUMMIT IN SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (Day 2)

    (Reported from Seoul, South Korea on September 17 th , 2014 by Archbishop Thai Con Thanh, Archbishop Ngoc Hong Thanh and Deacon Thuong Canh Thanh. Pictures taken by Nguyen Tri Luc- Translated by Tuan Em)   Day 2 - In Seoul, South Korea – Sept. 17 th , 2014   At 2:00pm on September 17 th , 2014, the Cao Đai delegates arrived at the Seoul Olympic Stadium to participate at the grand Opening Ceremony of the World Alliance of Religions for Peace Summit

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  • THE SACERDOTAL COUNCIL OF CAO DAI TAY NINH HOLY SEE JOINS THE WORLD ALLIANCE OF RELIGIONS FOR PEACE SUMMIT IN SEOUL,

    (Reported from Seoul, South Korea on September 16 th , 2014 by Archbishop Thai Con Thanh, Archbishop Ngoc Hong Thanh and Deacon Thuong Canh Thanh. Pictures taken by Nguyen Tri Luc- Translated by Tuan Em)   Day 1 - Leaving Vietnam for Seoul, South Korea. (Sept. 16, 2014)   In response to the invitation of  H.E Man Hee Lee, Chairman of the Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light  (HWPL), the Sacerdotal Council of  Cao Đai Tay Ninh Holy See agred to attend the World Alliance of Religions for World Peace Summit 2014 in Seoul, South Korea.    

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  • SANCTUARY FROM THE STORM

    (PhnomPenh, 3 June 2014  by Amelia Woodside and Phak Seangly – This news article was reprinted from the website www.phnompenhpost.com) Hidden at the end of a pathway that breaks off from Mao Tse Tung Boulevard in Phnom Penh is a temple of a different kind, where seances are sacrosant and French writer Victor Hugo – author of Les Miserables – is considered a saint. Worshippers there practise Caodaism, a southern Vietnamese religion that combines foundational elements of a handful of the world’s biggest faiths. Those who enter the temple find themselves welcomed by a fusion of religious imagery, including symbols from Buddhism and Christianity.

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  • TÂY NINH COMMEMORATION OF THE MOTHER GODDESS FESTIVAL 2013

    By Gregory Fraszczak (Mid-Autumn Festival, Tay Ninh, Sept 19, 2013)  After over two hours spent on the motorbike riding from Ho Chi Minh City, we, me and Alam, arrived in T ây Ninh . The town greeted us with a light, short rainfall. After a few minutes the colourful towers of the temple appeared and soon we are at the main gate of the Holy See. This was my very first visit to Tay Ninh and my first meeting with Cao Đài followers. The Holy See was already packed with pilgrims walking, sitting or sleeping in any available space, all of whom had come to venerate the Mother Goddess. Smiling faces made the atmosphere joyful.

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  • JOURNEY TO TAIWAN BY THE SACERDOTAL COUNCIL OF CAO ĐAI TAY NINH HOLY SEE (PART 5)

    (Reported from Taipei on July 24 th 2013 by Archbishop Thai Con Thanh and Archbishop Ngoc Hong Thanh – Pictures taken by Nguyen Tri Luc- Translated by Tuan Em)   Day 4 in Taipei (Tuesday July 23 rd 2013) continued from Part 4   At 2:20pm on July 23 rd 2013, the Cao Dai delegation continued its visit to Dr. Sun Yat Sen Memorial Monument. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen was one of the 3 Saints of the White Lodge depicted in a painting at the entrance of the Cao Dai Tay Ninh Holy see (the 2 others Saints are : Victor Hugo and Trang Trinh Nguyen Binh Khiem).   In this hot afternoon at 39 0 Celsius, the statue of Sun Yat-Sen sat majestically on a pedestal in the big hall, two uniformed guards stood watch in silence and motionless. Tourists of all ages came to visit in drove.

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  • JOURNEY TO TAIWAN BY THE SACERDOTAL COUNCIL OF CAO ĐAI TAY NINH HOLY SEE (PART 4)

    (Reported from Taipei on July 23 rd 2013 by Archbishop Thai Con Thanh and Archbishop Ngoc Hong Thanh – Pictures taken by Nguyen Tri Luc- Translated by Tuan Em)   Day 4 in Taipei (Tuesday July 23 rd 2013)   At 9:30am on July 23 rd 2013, the Caodai delegation came back to Tao Yuan Headquarters to participate at a seminar. There the Caodai delegates were greeted by His Excellency Chen, Chao-Chen in his 16 th floor office. After a round of tea, H.E Chen invited the delegation down to the 13 th floor to a meeting room where there were about 40 participants already present. In his opening remark, H.E Chen mentioned that he had the honor to meet Cardinal Thuong Tam Thanh and the Cao Dai delegation in Japan at the Oomoto Spring Festival. In that first meeting, he felt a deep impression in his heart about Cao Dai and today, from a far away Viet Nam, the Cardinal and his delegation accepted his invitation to come to Taiwan to participate at our...

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Doctrine & Philosophy

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Brief Outline of History and Philosophy of Caodaism

Brief Outline of History and Philosophy of Caodaism

Updated 2012-08-21 07:38:49

It was often said that few phenomena in Asia have been so completely misinterpreted by the West as the Vietnamese religion known as "Caodaism".   Given its firm roots of Caodaism in Vietnamese culture, and the adherence of millions of followers, it is surprising that only recently have serious studies of the Cao Dai been undertaken

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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

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Cao Dai FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Part I

Cao Dai FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Part I

Updated 2012-05-14 13:40:20

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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