International Day of VESAK celebrated in US

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Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations (UN) highlighted noble teachings and universal message of love for mankind, of living together in peace, harmony, non-violence and tolerance of Lord Buddha at the recent celebration of International Day of VESAK in New York.
After more than two and a half millennia, today these teachings and principles remain all the more relevant and of great significance, she stressed, describing them as the foundation for harmonious relations between peoples and nations, for diversity and tolerance which are essential to the continued advancement of the international community, especially in face of multiple and complex threats and challenges, including poverty, inequality, climate change, economic crises, violent extremism and armed conflicts in many parts of the world.
Buddhism was first introduced into Vietnam more than 2000 years ago, and it has integrated into the Vietnamese society and had immense influence on our culture, ideal, morality, and customs, Nga said.
Buddhism co-exists in harmony and thrives together with many other religions in Vietnam thanks to the Vietnamese State's guarantee of freedom of religions and beliefs, she added.
Vietnamese Buddhists proactively participate in many international fora, dialogues among religions and faiths and exchange views on religious beliefs, she affirmed.
Last year, Vietnam successfully hosted the 11th Anniversary Celebration and International Buddhist Conference of the UN Day of VESAK.
This year’s International Day of VESAK (Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment and Passing Away) in New York saw the participation of ambassadors, representatives from the UN’s member nations along with over 300 Buddhist monks and nuns worldwide.
As an annual event hosted by the UN since 1999, the celebration aims to honour great contributions of the Buddhism -one of the oldest religions in the world- to the spiritual life of the people as well as to the international community’s joint efforts to promote peace, cooperation and development.
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Vân Nhàn 10/6/15 21:25

Viet Nam’s current state of religions and beliefs is basically stable given clearer awareness on the part of the majority of religious followers and dignitaries about Vietnamese Party and State guidelines and policies on religious freedom.

Huy Quốc 10/6/15 21:31

The system of legal documents on beliefs and religions has been supplemented and refined. Mass mobilization and state management of beliefs, religions, security, and order at the grassroots level has been given more attention.

Lê Tín 10/6/15 21:41

The illegal transfer and donation of land, expansion of worshipping bases, and the building of churches and chapels occur in many localities.

Quốc Kiên 10/6/15 21:50

Although independent in their rituals, religions in Viet Nam are bound to each other in the national unity bloc towards the goal of a wealthy people, and a strong, democratic, fair and civilized country.

Phạm Hiếu 10/6/15 21:53

there are many folk beliefs associated with colorful rituals and popular cults like the worshipping rituals of the Holy Mother, the Hung Kings, and the Tran Saints.

Huy Lâm 10/6/15 21:55

Reactionary elements, however, continue to take advantage of religious issues in the relationship between the administration and local people to incite unrest and encourage support for opposition elements in Viet Nam and abroad.

Quốc Cường 10/6/15 21:56

Upholding cultural and ethical values of religions and encouraging religious organizations, dignitaries and followers to lead good secular and religious lives and to make an active contribution to national construction and defense.

Hùng Quân 10/6/15 21:57

Paying attention to and creating conditions for religious organizations to practice their religions in accordance with the charters and regulations of religious organizations recognized by the State and its laws. Simultaneously, proactively preventing and resolutely fighting acts that abuse beliefs and religions to mystify, divide, or damage the national unity bloc”

Hoàng Lân 10/6/15 21:58

Building a system of policies and laws to ensure the people’s freedom of beliefs and religions; unifying the interests and obligations of citizens in order to make religious dignitaries, monks and nuns and followers lead “good secular and religious lives”

Quân Hoàng 10/6/15 21:59

During the national renovation period, the Vietnamese Party and State’s consistent viewpoints and policies on freedom of belief and religion have been implemented more openly.

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