This morning, April 19, at Binh An Pagoda (Long Xuyen City, An Giang) took place the 7th Buddhist Congress of An Giang Province, term 2022-2027.
Quang Lam demonstrated, attending the meeting were Venerable Most Venerable Chau Ty, Standing Member of the Certification Council; members of the Board of Evidence: Elder Most Venerable Thich Giac Dung, Elder Most Venerable Chau Sung; Most Venerable Thich Thien Nhon, Chairman of the Executive Council; Most Venerable Thich Thien Phap, Standing Vice Chairman of the Executive Council, Head of the Central Committee for Sangha; Most Venerable Thich Thien Thong, Vice Chairman of the Executive Council, Standing Deputy Head of the Buddhist Executive Board of An Giang Province, Head of the Organizing Committee of the Congress; Most Venerable Thich Hue Thong, Deputy Secretary General and Chief of Office II of the Central Church; Most Venerable Thich Hue Tri, Standing Member of the Executive Council, Head of the Central Legal Department; Most Venerable Thich Thien Duc, Standing Member of the Board of Directors, Deputy Chairman cum Chief Secretary of the Central Supervisory Board; Along with the clergy, members of the Buddhist Executive Board of An Giang province and monks and nuns from cities, districts and towns attended.
On the side of the guests were Mr. Le Hong Quang, Secretary of the An Giang Provincial Party Committee; Mr. Nguyen Tioc Hung, Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of An Giang province; Mr. Tran Anh Thu, Vice Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee; Mr. Le Khanh Hoi, Deputy Head of the Provincial Party Committee’s Mass Mobilization Department; Mr. Nguyen Phu, Head of Provincial Religious Affairs Committee; Ms. Dang Thi Thanh Thuy, Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of Long Xuyen city and representatives of departments, agencies and branches in An Giang province, Long Xuyen city and local wards.
Speaking at the opening of the congress, Most Venerable Thich Thien Thong talked about the significance of the congress, including the nomination of the new Executive Board. “We believe that the congress will appoint the Executive Board for the term 2022-2027 with qualified personnel, equal to the task to successfully implement the Congress Resolution and the direction of tasks according to the Buddha’s teachings. : ‘See right, think right, speak right and do right’; implementing Buddhist activities in the direction of ‘Discipline – Responsibility – Solidarity – Development'”, emphasized the Venerable Master of the Organizing Committee of the congress.
At the congress, Venerable Thich Vien Quang, Vice Chairman cum Chief Secretary presented a summary report summarizing the achievements of Buddhist activities in the past 5 years.
Accordingly, Buddhism in An Giang province always puts the interests of the Fatherland and the Church first, upholding the tradition of internal harmony, solidarity, religious solidarity.
Currently, the province has 322 monasteries, 1,311 monks and nuns (Northern monks and nuns have 610, Khmer Theravada monks have 538, Mendicant monks have 163).
In order to create conditions for monks and nuns to be fully qualified to practice and study, in the last term, the province has successfully organized two great precepts: Thien Trinh (2018) and Thien Minh (2020) with more than 200 people. mortal world.
The Buddhist Executive Board of An Giang province, in the sixth term, appointed 66 monks and nuns, monks and nuns to be the abbots of the monasteries. Approving the Certificate of Seclusion for the first time for 55 monks and nuns to settle down for the first time.
In the field of education, the Buddhist Intermediate School has trained 3 courses with 119 graduated monks and nuns, is training course IV with 38 monks and nuns. The study sites of the Khmer Theravada Buddhist Branch are also stable and developed with about 200 monks attending. The Board of Directors introduced 23 monks and nuns to the entrance exam to the Vietnam Buddhist Academy in Ho Chi Minh City.
The monasteries in the province regularly organize lectures on Buddhism and the Bat Quan trai dojo. According to statistics, there are 42 monasteries in the province, each with 300-500 Buddhists attending.
During the last term, Buddhism in An Giang province has been active in social security work, contributing more than 147 billion VND to charity activities.
Khmer Theravada Buddhism has always been of interest to the Church at all levels. The sect has preserved and maintained the organization of important special festivals such as: Chol Chnam Thmay festival, Dol Ta festival, Ooc Om Booc festival… In addition, it also organizes peace praying and sea blessing ceremonies (Trui). Rum Chek), Thac Con festival serves the spiritual, religious and cultural needs of the Khmer people…
A distinctive feature of the Khmer people is the tradition of paying filial piety, so every year, young adults come of age to go to the temple for a short or long term. Khmer Theravada Buddhism has introduced many monks to attend Primary Pali classes in Tra Vinh, Intermediate Pali classes in Soc Trang and Pali Pedagogy in Tra Vinh. It is known that there are about 90 monks studying at the Intermediate level of Buddhism with 3 points of study under the Khmer Theravada branch of Buddhism.
Some Khmer pagodas are recognized as cultural relics: 1 pagoda is a national relic, 1 pagoda is an archaeological relic, 22 pagodas are cultural relics and 2 typical pagodas, 22 cultural pagodas.
In addition to the achievements, there are still some backlogs that have not been satisfactorily resolved such as: the situation of monks and nuns building new places of worship, creating difficulties in the management of the Board of Directors and local authorities; there are a few special cases stemming from the abbot not complying with the Buddha’s Law and the Central Board of Sangha’s Regulations; Illegal alms-giving is a concern and concern of the Executive Board – the report said.
Recognizing the contribution of the Buddhist Executive Board of An Giang province in the last term, the Central Committee of the Church awarded the Certificate of Merit to 1 collective and 36 individuals; An Giang Provincial People’s Committee awarded Certificates of Merit and Medals to 7 collectives and 16 individuals.
In particular, at the congress, Most Venerable Thich Hue Tai, Head of the Executive Committee cum Head of the Buddhist Sangha Committee of An Giang province received the Order of Great National Solidarity from the President for his outstanding achievements in construction work. great national unity bloc, contributing to the cause of building socialism and defending the Fatherland.
Most Venerable Thich Hue Tai, Head of the Executive Committee of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in An Giang province, on behalf of the Executive Board of the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha, term VI, announced his resignation.
On behalf of the Human Resources Subcommittee, Most Venerable Thich Thien Thong presented a list of invited 11 religious clergymen to prove themselves, and introduced the expected personnel to join the Executive Board of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in An Giang province for the term 2022-2027. .
Most Venerable Thich Thien Nhon consulted with all delegates, voted unanimously to appoint the Executive Board of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in An Giang province for the term 2022-2027 with 68 members, including 27 permanent members. The new Executive Board of the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha in An Giang province was introduced at the congress.
On behalf of the Church Central Committee, Most Venerable Thich Thien Nhon, Chairman of the Executive Council, on behalf of the Church Central Committee acknowledged and praised the Buddhist achievements of Buddhism in An Giang province achieved during the sixth term. At the same time, in this Congress, the Board of Directors was elected for a new term with the majority of young, capable and virtuous members; The Central Committee of the Church believes that the new Executive Committee will continue to unite religions, unite the nation, inherit the achievements of the Buddha’s work in the previous term, and are determined to bring Buddhism in An Giang province to great development.
On this occasion, the Most Venerable Chairman also thanked the affection of the leaders of the Government of An Giang province in the past time who wholeheartedly helped and supported the Executive Board to complete the Buddhist work. Term VII, the Venerable Master hoped that the Government would continue to stick with the new Executive Board in many aspects of “good faith, beautiful life”, together developing the province to be rich, strong, civilized and affectionate.