1,250 Buddhist monks and nuns from across Vietnam and abroad attended the 8th Congress of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha for the 2017-2022 tenure. The event took place on November 21-22
Themed “wisdom, discipline, integration, and development”, the Congress expressed the determination of Vietnamese Buddhists to promote collective wisdom, maintain discipline, enhance solidarity and harmony.
Professor Tran Van Giau, who has studied the relationship between Buddhism and the nation said: “Our nation is closely associated with Buddhism. Buddhism is our guiding star to civilization”. (Quan Su Pagoda, Hanoi)
After defeating foreign invaders and establishing the state of Van Xuan in 544, King Ly Nam De immediately ordered the construction of Khai Quoc Pagoda, now Tran Quoc Pagoda, in the heart of Hanoi. (Photo: My Tra)
Lord Nguyen Hoang established Linh Mu Pagoda, also known as Thien Mu Pagoda, as soon as he arrived in Thuan Hoa, now Thua Thien-Hue. (Photo: Huy Phuong, Thanh Thanh)
1963 saw the establishment of Vietnam Quoc Tu in the heart of Saigon-Ho Chi Minh city. (Photo: Vo Van Tuong/giacngo.vn)
Vietnam Quoc Tu (Photo: Vo Van Tuong/giacngo.vn)
Thay Pagoda, one of Hanoi’s most famous pagodas, was originally a small temple called Huong Hai, where Zen Master Tu Dao Hanh stayed. (Photo: My Tra)
Photo: My Tra
Photo: My Tra
Photo: My Tra
Buddhism activities in Phuc Khanh Pagoda, Hanoi (Photo: My Tra)
Phat Tich Pagoda is located on Phat Tich mountain, Phat Tich ward, Tien Du district, Bac Ninh province. (Photo: My Tra)
Phat Tich pagoda houses a stone Buddha statue from the 11th century Ly Dynasty. The pagoda is recognized as a national historical-cultural relic site by the Prime Minister and is included in the Vietnam Special National Relic list. (Photo: My Tra)
Over the past 5 years, many pagodas in remote areas have been restored or renovated. (Photo: My Tra)
A pagoda in Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago. (Photo: My Tra)

Buddhism accompanies national development

(VOVWORLD) - Since it came to Vietnam more than 2,000 years ago, Buddhism has promoted patriotism and supported national defense and construction.