A ceremony to lay the foundation stone marking the start of construction of the Vietnam Buddhist Institute in Ho Chi Minh City was held on November 4.

On a site of 24 hectares, the institute, the second of its kind in Vietnam, will include a lecture hall, libraries and classrooms as well as a residential area and a technical centre.

With an investment of 2 billion VND (about 95,000 USD), the work will be carried out in three phases.

The new academy will meet the demand for facilities to train Buddhist monks and nuns, who both practice their faith and make a practical contribution to the country’s socio-economic development.

It also shows that the Vietnamese Party and State pay particular attention to Buddhist followers and to all religions in general.

The Vietnam Buddhist Institute is being built on the site of Van Hanh Buddhist University, which opened in 1983. Over the past 25 years, more than 1,500 monks and nuns have graduated from the university.-VNA