At the Viet Nam Quoc Tu Temple in District 10, the Deputy PM inquired after Most Venerable Thích Trí Quảng and wished all Buddhist monks, nuns and laypeople good health and happiness.
He underlined the active contributions of Vietnamese Buddhism to the country’s development throughout history.
Visiting Most Venerable Thích Thiện Nhơn at the Minh Dao Temple, Deputy PM Binh congratulated the Buddhist Sangha of Vietnam on successfully hosting the UN Day of Vesak.
He affirmed that Vesak was not only a celebratory occasion for Buddhists but also an important national event, demonstrating Vietnamese Buddhism’s great role in the country’s international integration and national solidarity.
The government official expressed his wish that Most Venerables Thích Trí Quảng and Thích Thiện Nhơn along with other Buddhist leaders will continue making contributions to national construction.
For their part, the two Buddhist dignitaries thanked the government for its support for the Buddhist congregation’s activities, while affirming that they would continue to make further contributions to national development.
* At the Tu Dam Temple in the central city of Hue, a solemn ceremony was held on May 19 to celebrate the birth of the Buddha.
After hearing a reading of the Supreme Patriarch’s message, Buddhist monks, nuns and laypeople recited the title of the Buddha in unison and chanted a song to pray for peace and happiness.
Buddha's birthday celebrations at Tu Dam Temple in Hue
On the same night, Buddhists from across Thua Thien-Hue province joined a procession of 32 flower floats through the main streets on the south side of the Perfume River.
Earlier on May 18, a Buddha bathing ceremony was held at the Dieu De Temple, from which a Buddha statue was displayed in a procession to Tu Dam Temple attended by thousands of people.