|The Quan Su Pagoda . — Photo vietnamnet
HA NOI (VNS) — The Day of Vesak - or the day of Buddha's birth - was celebrated at Quan Su Pagoda in the capital city yesterday by the Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha (Order of Monks).
Among those in attendance, were Nguyen Thien Nhan, Politburo member of the Vietnam Party Central Committee and President of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front, representatives of the Dharma Executive Council of the Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha and from provinces and cities and members of the foreign diplomatic corps in Ha Noi.
Nhan called on monks, nuns and followers living inside and outside Viet Nam to stay united and contribute to national development and unity.
"Looking back at the hundreds of years of history of the Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha, I'm proud to say that national unity and harmony has become a lodestar for all Buddhist activities," said Nhan.
He added said the Sangha was a firm foundation for Vietnamese Buddhists and their followers in the course of national construction and defence.
Nhan acknowledged the great contributions of the Sangha in consolidating national unity and development as well as in the current process of renewal.
"Buddhist nuns and followers have extended great support to various activities, including pre-education, social protection, vocational training, HIV/AIDS prevention and control and others," Nhan added.
The Party, State and Viet Nam Fatherland Front highly appreciated contributions made by the Sangha inside and outside Viet Nam for the past 34 years.
He asked the Sangha to enhance its noble value and tighten friendship with people from other religions.
This year marks the 2559th anniversary of Buddha's birthday and it falls on June 1. It was celebrated with much gusto in Viet Nam. All pagodas and temples were crowded with devotees and their followers.
Celebration in HCM City
A solemn ceremony was also held yesterday at the Viet Nam Quoc Tu Pagoda in District 10, HCM City to mark the event.
The immense contributions made to the cause of religious freedom and the nation's liberation by Vietnamese Buddhists were recalled at the ceremony, which was attended by members of the Buddhist Sangha Patronage Council and the Dharma Executive Council of the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha and city leaders.
Thich Duc Nghiep, deputy chief of the Patronage Council, said the Sangha had continued the 2,000-year tradition of Vietnamese Buddhism and received support from the State and people.
With the presence of the Sangha in the two northern mountainous provinces of Dien Bien and Lai Chau, the organisation has completed its mission to have a presence in all 63 provinces and cities.
He called on monks, nuns, and believers in and outside Viet Nam to remember the merits of ancestors and heroic martyrs who had sacrificed their lives for the nation's independence and peace. — VNS