An art programme themed “Vietnamese Buddhism accompanies the nation” was held in Hanoi on Nov. 6.

The programme, which was one of the activities marking the 30th founding anniversary of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) introduced a panoramic picture of the 2,000-year history of Buddhism in Vietnam highlighting the Sangha’s inception and its social and charitable activities.

Moving stories were told about numerous pagodas across the country which offer shelter and care to hundreds of orphans, children with disabilities and HIV/AIDS and Agent Orange/dioxin victims, as well as kind-hearted monks and nuns who spent their whole life caring for the poor and the unfortunates.

Addressing the event, Vice President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Nguyen Van Pha said the VBS’s 30-year history provides strong evidence of Buddhism harmony and unity.

He said he hoped the VBS will continue bringing into play its role as a member of the VFF and actively taking part in movements launched by the VFF./.