Vietnam - Sri Lanka Buddhism cooperation marks new milestone


On April 15, at Quan Su Pagoda in Hanoi, a memorandum of understanding signing ceremony took place between the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) and the Samastha Lanka Sasanarakshaka Mandalaya of Sri Lanka. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka A.Saj U.Mendis.

Vietnam - Sri Lanka Buddhist Sangha cooperation marks new milestone

In the welcoming speech, Most Venerable Thích Thanh Nhiễu, Standing Vice President of the VBS Executive Council sent New Year greetings to the Sri Lankan monks, government agencies, and people.

Regarding the tradition of cooperation between the two countries' Buddhist communities, Senior Venerable Thích Đức Thiện, Vice Chairman cum General Secretary of the VBS Executive Council and Head of the VBS International Buddhist Committee, affirmed the strong relationship between the two Sanghas in cultural and educational connections from the past. Thiện believes that the process is the seed for future achievements in cooperation.

Most Venerable Mugunghwa Anuruddha, the representative of the Sri Lankan Buddhist delegation, expressed his appreciation and gratitude for Vietnam's cooperation over the years. In particular, during the Covid-19 and economic crisis, the Vietnamese Buddhist community has continuously supported the Sri Lankan people to overcome difficulties.

According to Sri Lankan Ambassador to Vietnam A.Saj U.Mendis, this signing ceremony is an important and memorable milestone in diplomatic relations between the two countries Vietnam - Sri Lanka in general and Buddhist communities in particular.

The signing minutes include two main contents: cooperation in Buddhist education and charity work to help the relationship between Buddhism between Vietnam and Sri Lanka become stronger and reach new heights. On this occasion, the two sides also exchanged souvenirs and sent invitations to attend Vesak (an important holiday observed by Buddhists) in Sri Lanka and Vietnam.