Grand ceremonies mark Lord Buddha’s birthday in Vietnam

                                          The grand ceremony at Quan Su Pagoda in HanoiThe Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS)’s central executive committee and the VBS’s Hanoi executive board held a grand ceremony at Quan Su pagoda on June 1 (the 15 th day of the fourth lunar month) to mark Lord Buddha’s 2559 th birthday.

Politburo member and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Nguyen Thien Nhan extended congratulations to Buddhist monks, dignitaries, and followers and praised the VBS for encouraging Vietnamese Buddhists both at home and abroad to actively contribute to the national development, such as in expanding pre-school education, social welfare, vocational training, medical check-ups and treatment, and environmental preservation.

He recognised the VBS’s efforts in enhancing its relations with international Buddhist organisations through various activities like exchanges, workshops, and charitable work, which have helped promote the status of the VBS as well as Vietnam in general.

He said he expects the VBS will continue upholding identities of Vietnamese Buddhist sects while strengthening Buddhism’s solidarity with other religions in the country, and mobilising Buddhist expatriates’ contributions to the homeland.

In a message to all Vietnamese Buddhist monks and followers both at home and abroad, VBS Supreme Patriarch Most Venerable Thich Pho Tue called on all Vietnamese Buddhists to do their utmost in following Buddha’s teachings and enhancing national unity for the sake of the nation and people’s happiness.

As Lord Buddha’s birthday this year coincides with the International Children’s Day, he said he hopes the VBS chapters at all levels will pay more attention to caring for children.

He also asked Buddhist monks and followers to pray for and send aids to the Nepalese people who recently suffered from a devastating earthquake.

At the ceremony, participants performed the ritual of bathing the Buddha statue and released doves to pray for peace and happiness.-VNA
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All comments [ 13 ]

Lê Tín 1/6/15 21:37

This is one of the most important celebrations in the Buddhist faith, not only in Vietnam but also around the world.

Phạm Hiếu 1/6/15 21:40

This event is marked with a lot of activities, especially festivals across the country.

Hùng Quân 1/6/15 21:41

At the ceremony Buddhist followers commemorated and honoured Lord Buddha and the living philosophy of Buddhism.

Huy Lâm 1/6/15 21:45

In Vietnam, people are free to follow regions and beliefs, which were recognized by the State.

Quốc Kiên 1/6/15 21:47

The Government has created a lot of favorable conditions for people to practice their region and belief.

Quốc Cường 1/6/15 21:50

The Buddhism is very popular in Vietnam and other Asian countries, it teaches people to think and do the good think and become good citizens in society.

Vân Nhàn 1/6/15 21:51

Buddhists believe that any good deeds done on this day will return more merit than any other time of the year

Hoàng Lân 1/6/15 21:53

the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, monks, nuns and followers both in and outside of the country will continue to promote Buddhist traditions, retain close links with the nation and make an active contribution to national construction and defence

Huy Quốc 1/6/15 21:57

The Buddhism is close to people and the nation, it has always been alongside with the nation through hardest times in history.

Quân Hoàng 1/6/15 21:58

the Party and State always respect people’s freedom of religion and worship and ensures that all religious activities are in accordance with the law

Funny Day 2/6/15 23:46

foreigners should come to Vietnam to witness the realty of religious and worship freedom, especially on the first and fifth day of every month in lunar, almost churches are crowed

some people try to distort the situation of freedom of religion aimed at acting against the state and party of Vietnam

like all countries in the world, in Vietnam, everybody is free to do what they like, but within the framework of the law

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