Nguyen Huynh Mai was born at Long Kien Village, Long Xuyen district, An Giang province, by the side of the
The lifestyle, the people, and the peaceful atmosphere of a religious village --- with the sounds of the teachings and the oracles by the Prophet echoing through auditorium halls and recited by parents day and night --- penetrated the pure soul of the little girl and forged a deep faith in the Hoa Hao religion as well as a strong love for the country, the people, and peace for mankind.
During the time of the
With the objective of promoting her vision of the truth, Nguyen Huynh Mai obtained a B.A. in Journalism in 1972 at Van Hanh University in
After fleeing to the
From 1976 until today Ms. Mai has written for various newspapers and magazines such as Việt Nam Hải Ngọai (San Diego), Người Việt Tự Do (Japan), Người Việt, Việt Báo (Orange County), and other Vietnamese publications in many countries with Vietnamese refugee populations.
From 1981 until July 2004, she served as Editor-in-Chief for the periodical Đuốc Từ Bi, the official voice of the
As an activist for religious and humanitarian causes, Nguyen Huynh Mai visited many refugee camps in South-East Asia, campaigning for humane treatment of Vietnamese boat people and for freedom of religion in
In 2001, Nguyen Huynh Mai testified at the
Currently, Nguyen Huynh Mai devotes herself to writing books, publishing and updating news about Hoa Hao Buddhism at http://hoahao.org, and maintaining a personal home page at http://nguyenhuynhmai.com where she publishes her books, reports, and interviews about activities of Vietnamese communities in the
Appendix I: Highlights of Nguyen Huynh Mai’s books and writings.
Nguyen Huynh Mai is the author of several published books in Vietnamese: The Little Girl of Hoa Hao Village (1995); The Sacred Spirit of the Nation (1997); On the Road (2001); and a series of seven Spiritual Journals including The Teachings of the Prophet, The Nine-Dragon Rivers Awakens, The Prophet is Not Absent, The New Millennium’s Bell, The People’s Way of Heart, The Greatest Wisdom, and Preaching The Perfect Way.
Three of Nguyen Huynh Mai’s books, The Little Girl of
Nguyen Huynh Mai has recently written a sequel to “On the Road” entitled “The Journey Continues”. She has also written a book on her pilgrimage in
In the near future, Nguyen Huynh Mai will publish her personal journal “The Return” with stories about her two visits to her homeland,
Other writing and features available on Nguyen Huynh Mai’s website include: Visiting Miami, Florida; Here’s New York; Visiting Houston and Dallas, Texas; Vietnamese in the Philippines; South Vietnamese Soldiers; Vietnam Women Veterans; A Hero of the Airborne Special Forces; Vietnamese Refugees; Vietnamese in Cambodia; and Pilgrimage for Peace in Rome.