Over 1,100 monks, nuns, and local and overseas dignitaries are expected to gather in Hanoi for the 7th Congress of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, taking place on November 21-24.

The congress will focus on strengthening and developing the Sangha, training novitiates, and preserving and promoting Buddhist culture within the national identity, said the vice chairman and general secretary of the Sangha's executive council, Most Venerable Thich Thien Nhon, on November 16.

The congress will elect 199 members and 52 alternates of the executive council, 60 members to the council's steering committee, and 90 members to the Dharma Patronage Council.-VNA