Gov’t chief visits Buddhist dignitaries on Buddha’s birthday
VGP - Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh conveyed congratulations to Buddhist dignitaries, monks, nuns and followers on the occasion of Lord Buddha's 2567th birthday (Vesak day), while visiting Quan Su Pagoda, the headquarters of the Central Committee of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS), in Ha Noi on June 2.
He praised the material and spiritual contributions that Buddhist monks, nuns and followers made to the COVID-19 combat, as well as post-pandemic socio-economic recovery and development.
He thanked the VBS, monks, nuns and followers both at home and aboard for their contributions to the country over the past time.
The Prime Minister reiterated that the Party and the State have pursued a consistent policy of respecting and ensuring the right to freedom of belief and religion.
He also proposed the VBS uphold the tradition of solidarity, encourage monks, nuns and followers to follow guidelines of the Party, and policies and laws of the State, join patriotic emulation movements, and play a more active role in charitable, humanitarian and social welfare activities.
In reply, Most Venerable Thich Thien Nhon, President of VBS’s Executive Council, said under the leadership of the Party, State, Government, Viet Nam Fatherland Front, ministries and agencies, Lord Buddha's 2567th birthday has been celebrated nationwide, testifying to religious freedom in a peaceful and united country.
Buddhism always accompanies the nation, he affirmed, informing that the VBS earmarks more than VND 2 trillion (US$ 85.21 million) each year to social welfare and charity.
He called for further support from the Party and State for the practice of Buddhist followers.
The VBS will continue guiding monks, nuns and followers across the country to observe the Party’s guidelines, the State’s policies, and the VBS’s charter, contributing to national prosperity and people’s happiness./.