Addressing the ceremony, Most Venerable Thich Minh Quang, head of the Phat Tich Pagoda, conveyed the message of Supreme Patriarch of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) Most Venerable Thich Pho Tue on the occasion of Lord Buddha’s birthday.

The Supreme Patriarch called on all Vietnamese Buddhists to make unceasing efforts to help Buddhism continue playing an important role in the great national unity bloc and the process of national development and protection.

A ceremony was held at Phat Tich Pagoda in the Lao capital city of Vientiane on May 29 to mark the 2,562nd birth anniversary of Lord Buddha.

At the ceremony, the Buddhist dignitaries, monks and nuns conducted traditional rituals to pray for peace and happiness. 

The same day, a similar event was held at Budhha Vihara Pagoda in Delhi, India, during which Buddhist followers heard the messages of Supreme Patriarch Most Venerable Thich Pho Tue and Chairman of the VBS’s Executive Council Most Venerable Thich Thien Nhon.

The Buddhist followers conducted traditional rituals and expressed their solidarity with and love for the homeland.

On May 27 night, the Association of Vietnamese Buddhists in the Czech Republic also held an event to celebrate the Lord Buddha’s birthday, with the participation of 500 Buddhist followers from many cities and provinces of the country.

Established in 2007, the association has 13 branches with 3,000 core members. Buddhist monks, nuns and followers contributed to building five pagodas and eight worshipping places in the country.

Source: VNA