On the morning of May 8, Ba Vang Pagoda (Uong Bi City, Quang Ninh) dignified and solemnly held the Great Buddha’s Birthday, the 2566 calendar, the 2022 solar calendar.
Attending the ceremony were leaders, former leaders of many central and local agencies and departments; Most Venerable Monks, Venerables, Venerable Monks and Nuns from many countries such as Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka… and about 40,000 Buddhists from provinces and cities in the country. and abroad.
At the ceremony, Venerable Dao Nhu – Vice Chairman of the Executive Council, Head of the Executive Board of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Can Tho city read the Buddha’s birthday message of the Most Venerable Dharma Master of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha. ; Most Venerable Thich Truc Thai Minh – Abbot of Ba Vang Pagoda delivered the Buddha’s Birthday Address of the Most Venerable Chairman of the Executive Council of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha.
Buddha’s Birthday at Ba Vang Pagoda 2022 is an event in a series of activities to celebrate the United Nations Day of Vesak at home and abroad. The festival is also an opportunity for monks and nuns, Buddhists to turn their hearts to pray for the peace of the nation, the people, the world of peace, and the welfare of all sentient beings. In addition, the activities in the Great Ceremony also aim to preserve and promote the cultural traditions of the nation, especially the Buddhist culture for the construction and defense of the Vietnamese Fatherland; at the same time, clearly showing the policy of religious freedom of our State.
Therefore, the Buddha’s Birthday at Ba Vang Pagoda 2022 is solemnly held, for the masses to attend, contributing to spreading good values in life. The festival also contributes to promoting the growth of tourists to Quang Ninh, linking the development of spiritual tourism with eco-tourism, stimulating tourism demand in the locality and surrounding areas, promoting construction and advertising. Promote the image of Quang Ninh people, open, friendly, civilized and hospitable to domestic and international friends. The activities of the Great Festival make a practical contribution to the implementation of guidelines and policies on tourism recovery according to the policy of Quang Ninh province in the post-Covid-19 period.
This year’s Buddha’s birthday celebration is right at the time when the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in provinces and cities are gathering their wisdom to successfully organize the Buddhist Delegate Congress for the 2022 – 2027 term, moving towards the first National Buddhist Congress. The 9th will be held in November 2022 in Hanoi.
Venerable Thich Truc Thai Minh – Abbot of Ba Vang Pagoda said: The ceremony of offering water to Buddha is a sacred and solemn ritual on Buddha’s birthday. Rituals bring great merits and blessings, show respect and joy when an outstanding Great Being is born; as well as the wish to cleanse their own souls to be pure, to enlighten their minds, so that the newborn Buddha in each person’s mind may appear.
“With the wish that Buddha’s birthday become a New Year’s day, I hope that Buddha’s birthday will be replicated and spread everywhere, reaching all sentient beings so that everyone can take refuge in the shade of God’s blessings. The Father, who soon gets out of the cycle of birth and death, attains absolute peace and happiness”, emphasized Venerable Thich Truc Thai Minh.
When the Buddha’s work is accomplished, each monk and nun need to memorize and practice the Buddha’s teaching on the Fourfold Dharma teachings: “Giving alms is with a pure mind to help those in difficult circumstances after the Covid pandemic. -19. Loving speech is to use words of peace to guide people to abide in the good dharma. Taking advantage is doing benefits for people and society. Companionship is harmony and commitment to serve to encourage everyone to develop the mind to practice in accordance with the good dharma, towards the All-knowledge – to become a Buddha.
This is the way to the success of all Buddhist work. That is also the way to preserve the unity of the Church. At the same time, it is an important condition that determines the purity, harmony and success of the Congress in the spirit of Discipline, Responsibility, Solidarity and Development.
According to estimates of Ba Vang Pagoda, on the morning of May 8, there were nearly 40,000 monks, Buddhists and tourists coming to Ba Vang Pagoda to attend the great ceremony.