The Vietnam Buddhist Association in the UK has held a ceremony to mark Buddha’s 2558th birthday.

At the May 25 ceremony, Superior Buddhist monk Thich Minh Hien, deputy head of the Culture Department under the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS), called on Buddhist monks, nuns and followers at home and abroad, including those in the UK, to make more contributions to the homeland.

Nguyen Van Phong, First Secretary and Community Counsellor at the Vietnam Embassy in the UK expressed his hope that a vast number of activities for the development of Buddhism and the Vietnamese community in the UK will be held in the near future, focusing on implementing a project on building Vietnam’s first pagoda in London.

On the occasion, Thich Le Nguyen, head of the association, launched a campaign to raise fund for the construction of the pagoda.

Once finished, the pagoda will host Vietnamese language and Buddhism classes for Vietnamese young generations in London, Nguyen added.-VNA