HA NOI (VNS)— More than 1,100 local and overseas dignitaries, monks, nuns and followers gathered for the seventh congress of the Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha that opened here yesterday.
|Dignitaries, monks, nuns and followers gathered for the seventh congress of the Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha that opened in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Lam Khanh
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said the congress was an important religious event.
"Existing for 2,000 years during ups and downs in the country's history, Buddhism has made worthy contributions to the country's protection and development," said Phuc.
"The Party and Government hope the Sangha will continue to be an important connection to overseas Buddhists joining in the country's building and development."
Phuc asked the Party and all Government authorities to create favourable conditions for the free operation of Buddhism and other religions within the legal framework.
Participants at the Congress will review Buddhist activities and adopt a working plan for the next five years today.
The Congress will focus on strengthening the Sangha and the training of monks and nuns – and the protection and promotion of Buddhist and national cultures. It will also discuss social and humanitarian activities. — VNS