A corner of Truc Lam Phuong Nam pagoda (Source: phatgiao.org.vn)
Can Tho (VNA) – Buddhist dignitaries and followers in the Mekong delta city of Can Tho are determined to promote their unity to work for the thriving of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha and the stronger national unity bloc.

They declared their determination at a congress of Can Tho city’s Buddhist Sangha held at Truc Lam Phuong Nam pagoda in My Khanh commune on April 5, which discussed works for the 2017-2022 term.  

The municipal Sangha will focus on training and encouraging monks, nuns and followers to participate more in charitable activities, poverty reduction efforts, and assistance to disadvantaged people, especially children who want to pursue education.

It planned to develop a system of clinics for poor people and respond actively to movements and campaigns launched by the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Central Committee and the Vietnam Fatherland Front.

In 2011-2016, the municipal Buddhist Sangha launched charitable activities worth 84 billion VND and joined in building new style rural areas and public social works and eradicating poverty.

It coordinated with relevant agencies to organize Buddhism exchanges with Buddhist dignitaries from Cambodia, China and Sri Lanka.

At the congress, Most Venerable Dao Nhu was re-elected as Head of the 49-member Executive Board of the municipal Buddhist Sangha.-VNA