• 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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  • JOURNEY TO TAIWAN BY THE SACERDOTAL COUNCIL OF CAO ĐAI TAY NINH HOLY SEE (PART 3)

    (Reported from Taipei on July 22 nd 2013 by Archbishop Thai Con Thanh and Archbishop Ngoc Hong Thanh – Pictures taken by Nguyen Tri Luc- Translated by Tuan Em)           Day 3 in Taipei (Monday July 22 nd 2013) At 10:30am on July 22 nd 2013 the Caodai delegation left the hotel and walked a few yards away to reach the Headquarters of Tao Yuan on Fushing st., in the center of Taipei city, to attend the big ceremony. The Caodai delegates were led to the 14 th floor of the building where they were greeted by His Excellency George Shu, the Tao Yuan religious leader. After a round of tea, H.E George Shu has expressed his regret that he was not able to come early to greet the delegation at the airport, because he was in Tainan, a long way to Taipei. Cardinal Thuong Tam Thanh replied that H.E George Shu should not worried about this because H.E Chen, Chao-Chen did organize a big and warm welcome to...

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  • JOURNEY TO TAIWAN BY THE SACERDOTAL COUNCIL OF CAO ĐAI TAY NINH HOLY SEE (PART 2)

    (Reported from Taipei on July 21 st , 2013 by Archbishop Thai Con Thanh and Archbishop Ngoc Hong Thanh – Pictures taken by Nguyen Tri Luc- Translated by Tuan Em)   Second day of the journey to Taipei (July 21 st , 2013)   In the morning of July 21 st , 2013, the Sacerdotal Council delegation came to visit Hsing Tian Kong Temple (Hsing Tiên Cung) which is a place to worship Guan Gong (a historical person who lived in China during the Three Kingdoms period). This temple is highly respected by Taipei residents because of its holiness. Then, the delegation visited Luang Shan Temple (literally translated in to English: Mountain Dragon Temple – This is a 300-year old Temple worshipping Her Mother Goddess). Even though it was on early Sunday morning, the two temples were crowded with people and covered by incense smoke. This indicates that Taipei residents are really devout believing in His Holiness Guan Gong and Her Holiness Mother Goddess.

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  • JOURNEY TO TAIWAN BY THE SACERDOTAL COUNCIL OF CAO DAI TAY NINH HOLY SEE (PART 1)

    (Reported from Taipei on July 20 th , 2013 by Archbishop Thai Con Thanh and Archbishop Ngoc Hong Thanh – Pictures taken by Nguyen Tri Luc- Translation by Tuan Em)   Part 1 : This is the first time The Sacerdotal Council of Tay Ninh Cao Đai Holy See has accepted the invitation from Leaders of the Tao Yuan religion to attend the great ceremony in commemoration of the Seventh anniversary of the Tao Yuan Chapter and the 64 th Anniversary of the establishment of the Pre-Cosmic Salvationism –Tao Yuan – Taiwan Headquarter s on July 22 nd , 2013 (Lunar calendar: June 15 th , year of the Snake).

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  • VISIT TO OOMOTO RELIGION IN JAPAN BY CAODAI SACERDOTAL COUNCIL

    (Ayabe, Japan, May 5th, 2013 - Reported from the Oomoto religion Holy Land, Ayabe-Japan by Archbishop Thai Con Thanh, Archbishop Ngoc Hong Thanh and Deacon Thuong Canh Thanh. Pictures taken by Nguyen Tri Luc, Translated by T.Em)     This is the first time that the Sacerdotal Council of the Cao Đai Holysee in Tay Ninh province has accepted the invitation from the Oomoto Religion to attend the Oomoto Miroku Great Festival held on May 5, 2013.   The Sacerdotal Council was headed by His Eminence Cardinal Thuong Tam Thanh and  consisted of 14 delegates of whom there were 8 male and female dignitaries working at the Holy See, as follows:

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  • 52 STUDENTS TAKING CAODAISM COURSE IN 2013 AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DHAKA, BANGLADESH.

    (Dhaka Feb 10, 2013 - Report on Cao Dai Religious Tradition by Md. Jahangir Alam)   A Four Year Bachelor of Arts Degree at the Department of World Religions and Culture of the University of Dhaka requires students to study 28 courses out of 38. These courses are distributed in eight semesters with an end in view to complete two semesters per year. As there are more than 28 courses in the syllabus, they need to be taught in a rotational manner. Therefore, the Academic Committee of the Department holds a meeting to make a selection from a number of alternatives every two years.

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  • CAO DAI RELIGION DELEGATES IN WARM RECEPTION BY THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

    (Reported from Columbia, Missouri by Tua Le, September 13 th , 2012-Translated by T. Em) On September 8 th , 2012, the Cao Dai Religion’s Overseas Missionary delegation comprising of Student-Priest Ngoc Canh Thanh (Tran Quang Canh), Head of the delegation, fellow female adherent Vo Kim Thoan and Deputy Chief of Administrative Committee of the Parish in Washington DC Le Van Tua came and gave a presentation on Cao Dai Religion at the University of Missouri in Columbia city, Missouri.

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  • Brief Outline of History and Philosophy of Caodaism

    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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  • INTRODUCTION TO CAODAISM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA, AUSTRIA

    (Reported by Le Van Tua, Vienna April 3 rd , 2012) – Translated by T. Em Monday March 26 th , 2012, thirteen delegates of Cao Dai Overseas Missionary, under the lead of Student-Priest Ngoc Canh Thanh (Tran Quang Canh), came to the University of Vienna in Austria to introduce the Cao Dai Religion to about 40 lecturers and students of the Department of Theology and Asian Religions. Professor Doctor Hans Gerald Hoedl

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  • A VISIT TO THE TOMB OF VICTOR HUGO AND TO ALLAN KARDEC SPIRITIST CENTER

    (Reported by Tua Le. Paris, April 3 rd , 2012- Translated by Tuan Em) After making a presentation on Caodai Religion at Vienna University in Austria, the delegation of Caodai religion’s overseas missionary comprising of 13 members from different states such as Washington DC, Virginia, New Jersey, Massachusetts and New York headed for Paris, the capital city of France on March 30 th , 2012.  

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  • The three Saints

    The dominant feature of the Tinh Tam Dien is the mural on the wall. The three figures it depicts are Saints through their spiritualistic connection with Caodaism. In plain modern Chinese dress is the founder of the first Chinese Republic Sun Yat Sen (spiritual name: Trung Son Chon Nhon). He holds an inkstone representative of Chinese culture.   Next to him in Western dress and white beard is Victor Hugo the compassionate French poet and writer (who reveals himself spiritually as Chuong Dao Nguyet Tam Chon Nhon). He acts in the spiritual realm as the foreign missionary of Caodaism. He...

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  • The path to studying Caodaism

    It was a Tet eve in 1984, when a one-day trip to Tay Ninh was arranged for a group of Russian oil experts from Vung Tau, including the author - still Moscow University undergraduate student, who worked at Vietsovpetro joint venture as an interpreter. Tay Ninh Holy See really proved a fascinating scene! Even for unprepared curiosity seekers a huge complex of temples - with a visible sign of a new religion, an eye surrounded by sunrays - looked amazing. The icon of “Three Saints” - Victor Hugo, Sun Yat Sen and a Vietnamese poet-prophet Nguyen Binh Khiem - near the entrance into the main temple clearly showed that the visitors faced an unparalleled religious phenomenon.  

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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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