Participants in the ceremony included Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Pham Quang Nghi, State Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Huynh Dam.
Addressing the ceremony, Most Venerable Thich Chon Thien, senior official of the VBS, reviewed the 2,000-year history of Buddhism in Vietnam.
Since its first practice in Vietnam, Buddhism has always been attached to the country and has contributed to its national construction as well as struggles against foreign aggressors.
Over the past three decades, the VBS has developed strongly in many fields, rebuilding many pagodas, publishing a great number of Buddhist books and newspapers, and taking part in charitable activities. Buddhism in Vietnam has ‘gone together with the nation’ under the motto of Dharma-Nation-Socialism.
Also at the ceremony, Most Venerable Thich Pho Tue, Head of the VBS, sent a message to other most venerables, senior venerables, monks and nuns, and followers. Thich Pho Tue called on them to build on the VBS’s traditions and further contribute to life and the religion.
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan acknowledged the achievements of the BSV in maintaining social security and protecting national culture.
He said the VBS is taking the lead in building the nation’s unity bloc and striving for the goal of a strong nation with prosperous people and an equitable, democratic and civilized society.
Meanwhile, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Huynh Dam urged the VBS to continue to join the nation in translating resolutions of the 11th Party Congress into reality.