On the morning of May 8, at Dioc pagoda, Vinh city, the Central Committee of Culture of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (UBCV) coordinated with the Institute of Religious Studies under the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences and the Executive Board of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Nghe An province. An organized a seminar with the theme ‘Uncle Ho and Buddhism’.
Attending the Conference on the side of the Church were Most Venerable Thich Thanh Nhieu – Standing Vice Chairman of the Executive Council, Head of the Executive Committee of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Nghe An province; Most Venerable Thich Thanh Dat – Standing Member of the Executive Council, Scientific President of the Vietnam Buddhist Academy in Hanoi; Most Venerable Thich Tho Lac – Standing member of the Executive Council, Head of the Central Culture Committee, Standing Deputy of the Executive Committee of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Nghe An province…
On the Central side, there was Mr. Vu Chien Thang – Deputy Minister of Home Affairs; Associate Professor, Dr. Chu Van Tuan – Director of the Institute of Religious Studies under the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences.
On the Nghe An side, there were Mr. Le Hong Vinh – Member of the Standing Board of the Provincial Party Committee, Standing Vice Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee; leaders of departments, agencies and branches of Nghe An province, together with professors, doctors, researchers, scholars…
The conference is not only a forum for scientific exchange and sharing of information and documents, but also an opportunity to study and follow Ho Chi Minh’s moral example, an opportunity to spread the spirit of his thought. with Buddhism not only in society but also in the force of monks, nuns, and Buddhists nationwide.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Venerable Thich Tho Lac – Head of the Central Committee for Culture of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, Standing Deputy of the Executive Committee of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Nghe An province said. During his lifetime, Uncle Ho clearly saw the suffering of oppressed and exploited compatriots, and he also clearly saw the position and role of religion in the cause of national liberation and reunification, especially with Vietnamese Buddhism – a religion that has always been associated with the Vietnamese nation and nation over the centuries.
This conference will focus on studying Uncle Ho’s awareness, views, thoughts and behavior with religion in general and Buddhism in particular. According to research documents, beloved Uncle Ho absorbed the quintessence of Vietnamese Buddhism and applied it in practical life.
In a letter to the Vietnam Buddhist Association dated August 30, 1947, Ho Chi Minh wrote: “Since the day our country became a Democratic Republic, and our Constitution respects freedom of belief, Buddhism has also developed. conveniently. That is: When the country is independent, Buddhism will be easier to expand”,… and during the two resistance wars against the French colonialists and the American imperialists, Uncle Ho sent letters to visit and encourage monks, nuns and Buddhas many times. death. The author wrote “Monks, nuns and Buddhist compatriots have made worthy contributions to the cause of building a peaceful, unified, independent, democratic and prosperous Vietnam”.
The workshop focused on 4 main topics: Nguyen Sinh Sac with Buddhism; The influences of Buddhism on Ho Chi Minh; Ho Chi Minh’s point of view, perception and behavior on Buddhism; Current values, meanings, suggestions for perfecting the policy towards religion from Ho Chi Minh’s point of view on Buddhism.
The organizing committee has received 50 articles from dignitaries, scientists and researchers across the country, the papers covered many topics with rich content, many very elaborate articles. , providing more valuable information and documents on the topic of Uncle Ho and Buddhism.
In addition, at the seminar, many opinions, exchanges and discussions were received from researchers and the audience, in order to clarify and honor Ho Chi Minh’s relationship with Buddhism, the influence of of Buddhism to Ho Chi Minh’s personality, thoughts and actions.