Over the past 5 years of operation, the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Committee of Long An province has accomplished many important Buddhist works, clearly demonstrating the spirit of Dharma accompanying the nation, glorifying Vietnamese Buddhism.
The 9th Buddhist Congress of Long An Province, term 2017-2022 was held on September 27 and 28, 2017 at the office of the Executive Board of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Long An province, Thien Chau pagoda, Tan An city and was approved by the Standing Board of the Executive Board of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha on October 18, 2017, including 03 members of the Certification Board; 01 member of the Probate Division of Nuns; 57 members of the Executive Board, of which 21 are Permanent members, 36 are members of the Executive Board led by Venerable Thich Minh Thien as Head of the Executive Board.
Over the past 5 years of operation, the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Committee of Long An province has achieved many important Buddha works:
In terms of advantages, advantages:
1. The spirit of solidarity and harmony to take care of the Buddha’s affairs
The Mahaparinirvana Sutra belongs to the School of Sutras, and the Buddha taught:
“Bhikkhus, when the community of bhikkhus gathers in the thought of unity, disperses in the thought of unity, and works on the Sangha in the thought of unity, at this time the monks, the assembly of bhikkhus will be prosperous, not diminished”.
Since its establishment, Long An Buddhism has been under the leadership of the late Most Venerable Thich Tu Tam (terms I, II), the late Venerable Thich Dat Phap (terms III, IV, V), the late Venerable Master Thich Thien Thanh (terms VI, VII) and I (terms VIII, IX) gradually stabilized, developed, and accomplished many Buddhist works. The most important factor for the achievement is the spirit of solidarity, harmony and concern for Buddhist affairs.
During the IX term, although nearly half of the term was heavily affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, many Buddhist activities were halted, but the venerable monks, nuns and Buddhists promoted the spirit of solidarity and effectively implemented them. Resolution of the Buddhist Congress of Long An province for the term 2017-2022, under the motto “Dharma – Nationality – Socialism”.
2. The Executive Board of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Long An province holds a regular meeting every month to summarize Buddhist affairs, implement Buddhist activities of the Central Church, the Provincial Executive Board and grasp the situation of Buddhist affairs at the Departments directly under the Board of Directors. provincial government, the Executive Committees of the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha of districts, towns and cities.
3. Application of information technology in Buddhist activities, such as directly important Buddhist festivals; online lectures; implementing the instructions of the Central Committee, the Provincial Executive Board, the leaders of Long An province … through social networking platforms such as zalo, facebook, youtube to the monks, nuns, and Buddhists promptly and quickly.
4. The Standing Committee of the Executive Board of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Long An province is always closely linked with the Central Committee of the Church, especially in compliance with the leadership and administration of the Standing Committee of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Administration in Buddhist activities and The enthusiastic help of the leaders of the authorities of Long An province, districts, towns, cities, departments, departments, branches and unions at all levels, so most of the Buddha’s activities were fully accomplished.
5. In particular, the Standing Committee of the Executive Board of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Long An province skillfully made many decisions to lead and administer Buddhism in a reasonable and highly effective manner. Monks and nuns, members of the committees under the Provincial Executive Board and the Executive Boards of the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha, are always enthusiastic, dynamic, creative in all their work, wholeheartedly serving the “Dharma and the Nation”.
6. The Standing Committee of the Executive Board of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Long An province and the Standing Committee of the Executive Committee of the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha of districts and cities directly under the province have cooperated with the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee, the Military Command, the Public Security, and the Vietnamese Fatherland Front Union. Women in LA and related sectors at all levels in social security, order and safety are very good.
7. Venerable monks, nuns, and Buddhists outside the province always actively respond to the call of the Executive Board of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Long An province in Buddhist activities, especially social charity work, such as Most Venerable Thich Phuoc Toan, abbot of Van Duc Pagoda, Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City, Most Venerable Thich Chon Tinh, Deputy Head of the Social Media Department of the Giac Ngo Newspaper, Abbot of Thuong Quang Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh City, Venerable Thich Thanh Phong, Head of the Economic and Financial Department The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, the “Sharing-Sharing” charity group of Mrs. Mai Thi Hanh, the wife of former President Truong Tan Sang, the family of Buddhists Nguyen Tung, Nguyen Oanh, the family of Buddhists Nguyen Dat-Hue Ngoc , Doctor Should’s family and many other businesses and sponsors.
Regarding the backlog, limitations, difficulties and shortcomings:
Although many important Buddhist achievements have been accomplished, in the last term, we consider that there are still some outstanding problems, limitations and difficulties as follows:
1. During the last term, two issues greatly affected Buddhism in the province, the form of the monk “Bong Lai Pure House” (prosecuted by the police of Long An province) and the victory of Mr. Nguyen Cong Nhan. Tan Dieu Pagoda. Regarding the issue of Tan Dieu Pagoda, the Standing Board of the Provincial Executive Board hopes to coordinate with the authorities to have a satisfactory solution in the near future.
2. Recently, a few places have taken advantage of the name of UNESCO to build and operate illegally and incompatible with Buddhist beliefs in Long An province. .
3. The number of monks and nuns and monasteries distributed in seven watershed districts, remote areas of Long An province (Tan Thanh, Thanh Hoa, Moc Hoa, Vinh Hung, Tan Hung, Duc Hue and Kien Tuong town) is still small. too few, there are only a total of 21 monasteries, a point of concentrated religious activities and nearly 50 monks and nuns. The two districts of Tan Hung and Moc Hoa do not have any facilities. This has not met the religious needs and served social security for the majority of Buddhists in remote and remote districts.
4. Monks and nuns in other localities who went to the districts adjacent to Ho Chi Minh City to buy land for burial, spontaneously lost it, did not conform to the order and procedures for the organization of the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha and state laws, causing difficulties in management. management and administration of the local Buddhist congregation.
5. A number of specialized committees under the Provincial Executive Board have not found initiatives and solutions for the Board, so their operation is not highly effective. Some monasteries have not really connected with the local Church in Buddhist activities and have not donated land for the authorities to grant land use rights in accordance with the law.
6. Some members of the Executive Committee of the province, the Executive Committee of the district, town and city and the abbot of the monastic establishments do not have much knowledge about Church administration and State law; Information technology has not been applied in Buddhist activities, so some effective Buddhist activities have not reached the expected level.
7. Some people take the form of Buddhist monks practicing shamanism, contacting the coffin camps to perform Buddhist rituals, they don’t have the dignity and lack of practice like Buddhist monastics. These people have adversely affected the dignified image of monks and the faith of Buddhists, but the Church has not yet taken any sanctions.
8. Financial capacity is limited, there is no stable financial source to serve as the foundation for all Buddhist activities, social security is increasingly in demand. The government and relevant agencies often call for it. The Buddhist community actively mobilized to support… Therefore, it had a significant influence on the leadership and management of the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha organization in the province.
Through the above assessment and assessment, the Standing Committee of the Executive Board of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Long An province will continue to research and find out the subjective and objective factors that make up the results. more for the leadership and management of Buddhist affairs for the X term (2022-2027).