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On November 4, the Standing Committee of the Executive Council of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, the Vietnam Buddhist Academy in Ho Chi Minh City, in collaboration with the Vietnam Institute of Buddhist Studies held a webinar “The Church of Vietnam”. Vietnamese Buddhism: 40 years of integration and development with the country’.

Most Venerable Thich Tri Quang, First Deputy Dharma Master, Judiciary of the Council for Proving the Buddhist Church of Vietnam; Most Venerable Thich Thien Nhon, Chairman of the Executive Council of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha demonstrated and directed the Conference.

Speaking at the opening of the Conference, Most Venerable Thich Thien Nhon emphasized that, promoting the fine tradition of Buddhism since its birth, Vietnamese Buddhism through the ages has all directed towards the noble mission of “Knowledge of Buddhism, benefit others and develop the Church”. Looking back at the history of Vietnam’s Buddhism through each period, historical period, in any era, in any situation, any Buddhist activity has shown the ideal of enlightenment and liberation of Buddhism and does not go out. two key goals are “cultivating the Sangha, dignifying the church”, “promulgating the righteous law, protecting the nation and the people”.

The Most Venerable Chairman of the Executive Council of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha emphasized that, in the current context, the Conference has a very important meaning. This is an opportunity to look back on the 40-year journey of establishment, stability, and continuous development of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha and its practical contributions in many areas of social life such as people-to-people diplomacy for more than 2 years. 3 centuries, of which the United Nations Day of Vesak has been successfully organized 3 times in 2008, 2014 and 2019.

Most Venerable Thich Thien Nhon, Chairman of the Executive Council of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha spoke at the Conference.

Full text of the report on the achievements of the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha in the 40 years since its establishment

The stability and growth of the Vietnamese Buddhist Church in an era full of difficulties, challenges, opportunities, and advantages, is the affirmation of the unification of 9 Church organizations, the Association The Buddhist sect in the country 40 years ago formed the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha. That is the most complete and thorough unity, showing the superiority of Buddhism in the era crystallized from the inheritance and promotion of traditional values ​​of Buddhism, distilled from valuable lessons. about the birth of Buddhist ecclesiastical organizations in the historical flow of which the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha is the heir to the 2000-year tradition of Vietnamese Buddhism as well as the flexibility to use favorable conditions. in the context of the times.

Most Venerable Thich Thien Nhon emphasized that all Buddhist activities of the Executive Council of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha and all levels of the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha always aim for the ideal of enlightenment and liberation, and are self-conscious. Therefore, this seminar is a Buddhist activity towards the integration of the values ​​of knowledge, history, religion, cultology, sociology, and psychology in order to clarify the role and make comprehensive contributions. of Vietnamese Buddhism in the era for the cause of construction, socio-cultural development and the defense and development of Vietnam.

Vu Chien Thang, Deputy Minister of the Interior, Head of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs, affirmed that Buddhism is the religion with the largest number of dignitaries and followers in Vietnam. and has been present in our country since the early years of the Common Era. Buddhism is received by the Vietnamese people in a culturally tolerant, proactive mind and with the values ​​of humanity, benevolence, the spirit of equality, compassion, saving suffering, and saving life in Buddhist teachings.

According to Mr. Vu Chien Thang, nowhere has Buddhist sects and organizations with specific religious traditions gathered and attached in a common house named “Buddhist Church of Vietnam”. It is not only the result of the practice of “harmony and harmony” but also the common wish and desire of Vietnamese monks and nuns, Vietnamese Buddhist followers at home and abroad. The Vietnamese Buddhist Church is not only united in will and action, in leadership and organization, in its orientation to study, practice, and in social activities, but also in its path. guiding the practice of “ethics, nationalism, socialism.

“In each historical period, despite its ups and downs, Buddhism is always associated with the nation’s destiny, showing itself as a patriotic religion, sticking with and accompanying the nation, deserving of the honor as a religion has the tradition of “protecting the nation and the people”. Throughout the nation’s history, Buddhism has made important contributions to the cause of national construction and defense,” affirmed Deputy Minister Vu Chien Thang.

After the opening plenary session, the participants of the Workshop entered 6 thematic forums (each with 3 working sessions) with the following contents: Movements to revive Buddhism in Vietnam in the 20th century; The Vietnamese Buddhist Church and the role of national security and people; Vietnam Buddhist Church and social security; Vietnamese Buddhist Education; Buddhist moral education; Vietnamese Buddhist Culture.

Most Venerable Thich Nhat Tu delivered the opening speech of the Conference

Most Venerable Thich Nhat Tu delivered the opening speech of the Conference

With more than 250 registered papers, approached from the perspective of history, religion, culture, sociology, the Conference aims to clarify the context of the birth, role and great contributions of the Church. The Vietnam Buddhist Association for the cause of socio-cultural construction and development and the defense of Vietnam’s independence, freedom and territorial sovereignty, the process of incarnation associated with the policy of “protecting the nation people” of the Buddhist Church of Vietnam, the role of people-to-people diplomacy of the Vietnamese Buddhist Church in international integration.

In addition, the workshop aimed to clarify the role of the Vietnamese Buddhist Church in preserving and promoting values, cultural identity, ethical traditions and ensuring social security in Vietnam, the Church Vietnamese Buddhism with the goal of sustainable development, towards the strength of the country and the Millennium Goals of the United Nations in the era of globalization and international integration.

The Organizing Committee hopes that through the Conference, the Organizing Committee will receive more recommendations from scientists and researchers towards the Church to create and contribute to the protection and development of Vietnam.

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