The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) on March 29 held a solemn memorial
service at Van Duc pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City’s Thu Duc district for the
Most Venerable Thich Tri Tinh, who passed away the day before at the
age of 98.
Born in 1917 in the Mekong Delta
province of Dong Thap, Most Venerable Thich Tri Tinh took positions as
First Deputy Patriarch and Chairman of the VBS Executive Council, and
Deputy Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee
during his lifetime.
He made significant
contributions to gathering Buddhist followers in and out of the country
to jointly build a strong Vietnam Buddhist Sangha.
He was conferred with a number of noble distinctions of the Party and
State, including the Ho Chi Minh Order, Independence Order (first
class), and Great National Unity Order.
The funeral, which will run until April 2, has received a lot of attention from mourners nationwide.
Party Secretary General Nguyen Phu Trong, President Truong Tan Sang,
and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung have sent floral tributes to the