State leader extends greetings on Lord Buddha’s birth anniversary in HCM City

May 26, 2023 - 16:06
He said Buddhism is currently one of the important religions in Việt Nam and has a great influence on society.


State President Võ Văn Thưởng and HCM City Party Secretary Nguyễn Văn Nên released doves to wish for "prosperity for the country, peace for the people" at Minh Đạo Pagoda on Friday. — VNA/VNS Photo Thống Nhất

HCM CITY — State President Võ Văn Thưởng offered greetings to Buddhist dignitaries and followers on the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha, while visiting Huệ Nghiêm and Minh Đạo pagodas in Hồ Chí Minh City on Friday.

The anniversary is celebrated by Buddhist monks, nuns, and followers in the fourth lunar month every year to not only pay tribute to Lord Buddha but also honour the fine ethical and cultural values of Buddhism in society.

Talking to Most Venerable Thích Trí Quảng, Patriarch of the Patronage Council of the Việt Nam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) at Huệ Nghiêm Pagoda, President Thưởng offered greetings to the Patriarch, the VBS, monks, nuns, and followers both at home and abroad.

He said Buddhism is currently one of the important religions in Việt Nam and has a great influence on society. It is a patriotic religion that has accompanied the nation throughout history and made significant contributions to national development and safeguarding.

The State leader hailed the VBS’s unceasing development and activities for the sake of the religion and society, particularly encouraging monks, nuns, and followers to comply with the Party’s guidelines and the State’s policies and laws, fulfill citizens’ obligations, and engage in poverty reduction and humanitarian campaigns, thus helping enhance the great national solidarity.

He affirmed the Party and State’s consistent policy of respecting and ensuring people’s right to freedom of belief and religion, creating conditions for religious organisations to operate in line with the Constitution and laws, and bringing into play the fine cultural and ethical values of religions to contribute to national development.

Highlighting the significance of the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha, Most Venerable Thích Trí Quảng expressed his delight that under the Party’s leadership, Việt Nam has been developing strongly and enjoying a growing status in the world, adding that he believes the country will obtain even greater achievements in the future to secure prosperity and happiness for all people.

The dignitary also mentioned Việt Nam's successful organisation of celebrations of the United Nations Day of Vesak, which marks the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha, thrice.

Meeting with Most Venerable Thích Thiện Nhơn, President of the VBS’s Executive Council, at Minh Đạo Pagoda, President Thưởng expressed his hope that the VBS will uphold traditions of the Vietnamese Buddhism and continue encouraging monks, nuns, and followers to contribute more to national development in the new period.

Most Venerable Thích Thiện Nhơn highly valued the assistance from Party and State leaders, along with all-level authorities, for the VBS’s activities. He also called on the State leader to keep supporting and creating favourable conditions for Buddhist followers to practice the religion and help with the national development. — VNS