In 2002, the Vietnam Buddhist Church in Vinh Phuc province was established and is growing day by day with great contributions in all fields of social life, especially contributions in the movement of building new countryside. the years 2010-2020.
1. An overview of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Vinh Phuc province.
Vinh Phuc province is a land with a long tradition of history and culture, established in 1950, on the basis of merging two provinces of Vinh Yen and Phuc Yen; in 1968 merged with Phu Tho province to form Vinh Phu province; From January 1, 1997, Vinh Phuc province was re-established. On August 1, 2008, Me Linh district of Vinh Phuc province was merged into Hanoi city. Vinh Phuc has a natural area of 1,235.87 km2, to the North by Tuyen Quang and Thai Nguyen, to the West by Phu Tho province, to the South by Hanoi capital, to the East by 2 districts of Soc Son and Dong Anh (Hanoi). ); has a population of 1,151,154 people with 41 ethnic groups, mainly ethnic groups: Kinh, San Diu, Nung, Dao, Cao Lan, Muong. The province has 9 administrative units: 2 cities (Vinh Yen, Phuc Yen) and 7 districts (Tam Duong, Tam Dao, Yen Lac, Vinh Tuong, Lap Thach, Song Lo, Binh Xuyen); 137 communes, wards and towns.
In 2002, the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Vinh Phuc province was born, opening a new period of development of Buddhist activities in Vinh Phuc province. Up to now, the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Vinh Phuc province has gone through four congress terms: Term I (2002-2007), Term II (2007-2012), Term III (2012-2017) and term IV (2017-2022). Although still young, the Buddhist activities of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Vinh Phuc province have achieved many satisfactory results.
After 20 years of establishment and development (2002-2021), Vinh Phuc has 417 places of worship; The Executive Board of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Vinh Phuc province has 9 Executive Boards of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Vinh Phuc province, districts, towns and cities with 550 monks and nuns.
To implement the transparency of the Executive Council on the summer retreat, every year, the Executive Board of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Vinh Phuc province organizes a collective retreat for monks and nuns at 4 summer schools, namely Ha Pagoda. Tien, Tay Thien Truc Lam Zen Monastery, Tung Van Pagoda, Bien Son Pagoda and 1 place to live at the Tay Thien Nunnery – there are hundreds of times of Buddhist monks and nuns who live in summer to cultivate their religious and dignified minds. Church, keep the rules of the forest, cultivate the precepts, and meditate.
The work of guiding Buddhists and propagating the Dharma has flourished. The number of followers who are enlightened to the Buddha’s teachings is increasing day by day, practicing actively and reverently, loving their teachers, always doing their duty as a lay Buddhist. live a “good life, beautiful religion”. The Buddhist Guidance Board of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Vinh Phuc province regularly directs pagodas in the province to organize the transmission of the Three Refuges, Five Precepts, and the Bodhisattva Precepts, and to open eight-day retreats for Buddhists. Sunday, the 15th, the 30th and all the days of the month. Every year, at monasteries, the abbots regularly organize a “summer retreat” for young Buddhists. The Dharma lectures have attracted thousands of Buddhist followers. Since then, the belief in Buddhism as well as the awareness of Buddhist rituals has been raised markedly.
Ceremonies are an indispensable task in Buddhist organizations, associated with the spiritual life of people in the community. Therefore, Buddhist ritual work is highly valued by the Board of Directors and is solemnly organized with many meaningful activities, such as: Buddha’s Birthday, Vu Lan; the ceremony to pray for, commemorate and pay tribute to heroes and martyrs; pray for national peace and peace, pray for world peace, and peaceful people.
Social philanthropy is noticed. The Social Charity Department of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Vinh Phuc province always upholds the organization of social charity activities, actively mobilizing monks, nuns, Buddhists and benefactors to support, only for the term of office. 2012-2017, the total amount of donations reached over 50 billion VND.
The construction and embellishment of ornamental pagodas has been paid attention and achieved satisfactory results. The Executive Board of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Vinh Phuc province has directed the pagodas to focus on preserving, restoring and embellishing the relics of the degraded monasteries, contributing to the preservation and promotion of cultural identities. religion-ethnicity. In that spirit, the pagodas in the province in the years 2012-2017 were invested and built with the amount of hundreds of billions of dong. For example, Tich Son Pagoda, Dong Dao Pagoda, Phu Pagoda, Bau Pagoda, Dao Hoang Pagoda, Han Lu Pagoda…
Promoting the achievements, in the coming years, the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Vinh Phuc province will continue to uphold the spirit of “six republics and pillars”, solidarity, unanimity above and below to build a Buddhist house. Vinh Phuc province is strong in all aspects, contributing to the construction of the homeland, the country becomes richer and more beautiful… In which, the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Vinh Phuc province has made significant contributions to the movement. new rural construction.
2. Contributions of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Vinh Phuc province in the new rural construction movement in the 2010-2020 period.
In line with the guidelines of the Party, State and Government on the National Target Program on New Rural Development for the period 2010-2020, the Provincial Party Committee, People’s Council and People’s Committee of Vinh Phuc province have focused on leading , drastically directed all levels of Party committees, authorities and relevant departments and agencies to pay attention and prioritize allocating resources to implement the New Rural Construction Program and achieved many results in the years 2010- 2020. By the end of 2019, the whole province has 100% of communes, 4/9 districts and cities recognized as meeting new rural standards. The face of urban and rural areas is increasingly spacious, civilized and modern.
The above success is due to the fact that the Party Committee and political system in the whole province and all classes and classes in the province have unitedly contributed efforts. In which, there is the contribution of efforts and wealth of Chu Ton Duc, monks, nuns and Buddhists throughout the province when implementing the policy of the Party and Government on building a new countryside.
Firstly, the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Vinh Phuc province, in its Buddhist activities, has actively propagated monks, nuns and Buddhist followers throughout the province to grasp the guidelines and directions of the Party and Government, especially are 11 contents of new rural construction. Every year, based on the program of activities of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Vinh Phuc province, the Executive Board, the Department of Public Affairs, the Department of Social Charity and the Department of Buddhist Communication of the province… have joined other departments in the whole country. The province has mobilized Buddhists, monks and nuns to contribute and contribute to the implementation of the new rural criteria.
Secondly, the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Vinh Phuc province mobilized monks, nuns and Buddhists in the whole province, especially national leaders, to provide financial support for the construction of a rural road system. Since the new rural transport criterion was implemented, the whole Church system has coordinated and joined with local authorities to repair and upgrade roads, sand and stone strips and build new ones. hundreds of bridges and rural roads in difficult areas, concreting many rural roads with a budget of billions of dong.
Charity – social activities of monks, nuns and Buddhist followers from the province to establishments in the province focusing on rural areas are not only building bridges and roads but also having many charity activities such as supporting provinces and central provinces suffering from the consequences of natural disasters, giving gifts to disabled and orphaned children, building houses of gratitude with a total amount of billions of dong. The Executive Board of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Vinh Phuc province issued Official Letter No. 51/CV-BTST dated October 28, 2020 asking all temples in the province to support each temple at least 1,000,000 VND and call for Calling monks, nuns and Buddhists in the province to support the flood-affected people program in the central region. The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Vinh Phuc province mobilizes monks, nuns and Buddhists to gather relief gifts and encourage fishermen to stay calm in the face of this disaster, trusting the authorities at all levels to soon overcome difficulties. , overcome storms and floods, stabilize life and continue economic development. A number of pagodas, monasteries and dignitaries have organized prayers, appealed, donated, directly established delegations to support the Central region such as pagodas belonging to Son Mon Tinh That Tay Thien, Van Son pagoda, and Hoang Oanh pagoda. , Hien Luong Pagoda, Thanh Lanh Pagoda…
Thirdly, develop grassroots health care, improve the quality of rural people’s health care: The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Vinh Phuc province has built a number of Tue Tinh Duong clinics, and a clinic for folk medicine. ethnicity, men’s medicine, acupuncture and are operating effectively, contributing to the cure of many people’s diseases. In particular, in the face of complicated developments of the COVID-19 epidemic, monks, nuns and Buddhists in Vinh Phuc province have had many volunteering activities, campaigning and calling for the support of many donors to donate gifts. medical supplies for the frontline against COVID-19; with a total of billions of dollars.
Fourth, in the field of culture – education: In the past 20 years (2002-2021), monks, nuns and Buddhists throughout the province have organized well traditional festivals every year, contributing to the preservation and development of traditional festivals. promote national cultural identity, build cultural and civilized lifestyles in rural and urban areas. The movement “All people unite to build a cultural life, associated with building a new countryside” has been actively responded by Buddhists and people of the whole province and achieved high results, actively contributing to the construction of a new rural area. stable and developed rural community. In particular, due to the complicated development of the COVID-19 epidemic situation, following the direction of the Prime Minister, the provincial and district Buddhist Executive Boards stopped all conferences, annual meetings, and events. The pagoda stopped religious retreats and ashrams, stopped holding the inauguration ceremony, worshiped the Buddha (despite having issued invitations), stopped the organization of chanting and worshiping for Buddhists, monks and nuns. conduct detention at temples and monasteries, do not go out unless absolutely necessary, spend…