On the morning of November 7, 2021, at the headquarters of the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front – Hanoi bridge point, through the transmission system of the Vietnam Fatherland Front, the Central Committee of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha solemnly held the Organized the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (1981 – 2021) in the form of online.
The ceremony is via the transmission system of the Vietnam Fatherland Front from the Hanoi bridge point (headquarters of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee) to the Ho Chi Minh City bridge point (Office 2 of the Central Church’s Central Committee). Vietnamese Buddhism – Quang Duc Zen Monastery, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City) and bridges located at the headquarters of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee in all provinces and cities.
At the Hanoi Bridge, Quang Lam demonstrated and attended by Most Venerable Thich Thanh Dung, Deputy Dharma Master – Chief Secretary of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Proving Council; Most Venerable Thich Thanh Dam, Vice President of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Proving Council; with the Venerables of the Council of Evidence, the Central Executive Council of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha.
On the side of the Party and State leaders, there are Politburo member, State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc; Secretary of the Party Central Committee, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Do Van Chien; Secretary of the Party Central Committee, Head of the Central Committee for Mass Mobilization, Bui Thi Minh Hoai; representatives of leaders of central departments and ministries; represent your religions.
Before conducting the Great Commemoration Ceremony, the participants spent 1 minute to commemorate the great ancestors, President Ho Chi Minh, heroes and martyrs, and the venerable and virtuous leaders of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha. During the period, the Third President of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha passed away; Commemorating the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha is a great event for the Church at all levels, the Committees, the Central Institute of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, and the Vietnamese monks, nuns, and Buddhists in the country and the world. in another country. Thereby affirming that the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha is the heir to the history of thousands of years of Vietnamese Buddhism. The birth of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha is the crystallization of wisdom, fully satisfying the aspiration to unify the mountain sects and sects of Vietnamese monks and nuns.
After 8 terms, during the 40-year journey, the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha is the only representative for Vietnamese monks and nuns, Vietnamese Buddhists in the country and abroad have had many Buddhist activities for the sake of the cause and the world. , has many achievements in participating and contributing to the construction and defense of the mighty and prosperous Vietnam.
Vietnam Buddhist Church always guide monks and nuns, Buddhists to practice, to practice strictly according to the main teachings of Buddhism, to live a good life and a beautiful way. Strictly comply with state laws. Promoting patriotism, preserving cultural traditions, upholding the spirit of great national unity and unity of religions. Building a healthy cultural and spiritual life, eliminating superstition, contributing to the cause of building an advanced Vietnamese culture imbued with national identity.
In the cause of education and training, the Church established and built 04 Buddhist academies, formerly known as the Vietnam Higher School of Buddhist Studies: the Vietnam Buddhist Academy in Hanoi, and the Vietnam Buddhist Academy in Hanoi. Hue, Vietnam Buddhist Academy in Ho Chi Minh City and Khmer Theravada Buddhist Academy in Can Tho City. Up to now, the Institutes have trained over 10,000 monks and nuns with bachelor’s degrees in Buddhist studies and are training more than 3,000 monks and nuns.
The Church has also actively sent monks and nuns to study and train abroad. Up to now, the Church has introduced nearly 1,000 monks and nuns to study abroad in countries such as India, Taiwan (China), Korea, Australia, the United States, Japan, Myanmar, Thailand, and Sri Lanka. .. There have been more than 200 monks and nuns who have graduated with master’s and doctorate degrees and have returned home to serve the Church’s work.
Social charity work is one of the main Buddhist works of the Church, of monks and nuns, and of Buddha Charity work focuses on activities of centers to nurture orphans, lonely elderly people, people disabled with hundreds of operating facilities. The Church currently has over 160 Tue Tinh Halls, 700 ethnic medicine clinics, and one polyclinic that are operating effectively, providing free medical examination and medicine to tens of thousands of patients every year.
The Church is always present at the right time and in a timely manner to provide relief to people affected by natural disasters and floods, and actively participates in supporting the movement of hunger eradication and poverty reduction, taking care of people with meritorious services to the country. Distributing charity gifts, building bridges, building roads, distributing wheelchairs, donating blood to humanity, study promotion funds, supporting soldiers and fishermen from the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa seas of the country… public results Each year, social charity activities are thousands of billions of dong, the aggregated data over the past 40 years is estimated at nearly 20,000 billion dong. In addition, the Church has organized international humanitarian relief in response to natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan, Nepal, Indonesia…and most recently, during the COVID-19 pandemic wave. , the Church has supported food, equipment and medical supplies for the people of Laos, Cambodia, India, Nepal… in the prevention of the epidemic.
In the prevention and control of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Church has directed the Executive Boards of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in the provinces, cities, pagodas and monasteries to stop gathering activities and organize all activities. including festivals, mass courses and retreats; has written to call on Buddhists to implement regulations and preventive measures as prescribed by the Ministry of Health to implement 5K and encourage monks, nuns and Buddhists to actively contribute resources to the Vaccine Fund and the Prevention Fund. , fighting against the COVID-19 epidemic, purchasing medical equipment and drugs for patients… worth nearly 1,000 billion VND. Many monks, nuns, and Buddhists of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha have volunteered to be on the front lines of the fight against the epidemic to serve at hospitals.
In the struggle to protect the borders, islands and sacred waters of the Fatherland, the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha restored and built nine temples on the islands of the Spratly archipelago of Vietnam. Every year, the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha sends monks and nuns to the pagodas on the island to live with the soldiers, soldiers and people on the island to protect the sacred sovereign waters of the country day and night. On the land border, the Church has built temples in the border areas in Lang Son, Cao Bang, Dien Bien, Quang Ninh, Kon Tum… these are spiritual milestones contributing to protecting national sovereignty. , to build a border of peace and friendship.
The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha has been active in international integration and expansion of foreign affairs and international relations with Buddhist organizations around the world and religious organizations under the motto of promoting cultural diplomacy and people-to-people diplomacy. The outstanding achievement in international relations is that the Church successfully organized three United Nations Day of Vesak Celebrations in Vietnam in 2008 at the National Convention Center in Hanoi; 2014 at Bai Dinh pagoda, Ninh Binh province; 2019 at Tam Chuc pagoda, Ha Nam province. Through very successful Vesak periods, the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha has affirmed the role and position of the Vietnamese Buddhist Church in religious life in Vietnam, as well as its initiative and capacity for international integration. of the Church. Thereby, contributing to affirming that Vietnam is always an active member of the United Nations, introducing cultural traditions and good images about the country and Vietnamese people to friends around the world.
The great celebration of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha is also an occasion for the Churches at all levels to look back on the past history, inherit the tradition of protecting the nation and the people, accompanying the people of Vietnamese Buddhism to take firm steps with the country in the future to build a strong and prosperous Vietnam towards 2045, the 100th anniversary of the country’s founding…