|HCM City celebrated the 2,561th birthday of Lord Buddha on Wednesday (May 10) at the Việt Nam Quốc Tự Pagoda in District 10. — VNA/VNS Photo Thế Anh|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — The 2,561th birthday of Lord Buddha today was celebrated at the Việt Nam Quốc Tự Pagoda in HCM City’s District 10.
The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Supreme Patriarch Council of Việt Nam Buddhist Sangha (VBS), Executive Council of VBS, thousands of nuns, monks and Buddhist followers, and local authorities.
The Most Venerable Thích Trí Quang, deputy head of the Supreme Patriarch Council of VBS, on behalf of the Most Venerable Thích Phổ Tuệ, supreme patriarch of VBS, said that Buddhists should continue to find peace and happiness within themselves, and contribute to the country’s prosperity.
Buddhist followers and members of VBS were called on to take responsibility to improve the organisation, especially as the country modernises.
The Most Venerable Thích Thiện Nhơn, deputy head of the Executive Council of VNS, added that VBS members should achieve goals that have been listed in Term VII and draft practical plans for Term VIII.
On behalf of HCM City authorities, Tô Thị Bích Châu, head of the city Fatherland Front, praised VBS’s efforts to educate people and encourage them to take part in meaningful charitable and religious activities often held by the city during national holidays.
She added that the city would continue to support VBS to raise Buddhism’s image.
Ceremonial activities at the pagoda included incense offering and releasing of pigeons to pray for peace and happiness. — VNS