Head of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs Vu Chien Thang speaks at the event (Photo: VNA) 
 
Ha Nam (VNA) – Head of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs Vu Chien Thang has expressed his wish that the Republic of Korea (RoK) would continue supporting Vietnamese followers living and working in the country with Buddhist activities.

During a reception in the northern province of Ha Nam on May 13 for Most Venerable You Franhk Jeean, head of the RoK’s delegation to the ongoing United Nations Day of Vesak 2019 celebration, Thang said Vietnam and the RoK have achieved great progress in a diverse range of areas, with Vietnam’s major Buddhist events receiving support from the RoK.

Jeean, for his part, spoke highly of Vietnam’s preparations for the UN Day of Vesak 2019 and bilateral Buddhism relations, especially the establishment of Vietnamese Buddhist associations in the RoK.

He highly valued the Vietnamese Government’s support for Buddhism and its activities.

During a meeting with overseas Vietnamese attending the UN Day of Vesak, Thang lauded them for their contributions to social welfares and socio-economic development at home, adding that the establishment of Buddhist chapters abroad also contributes to popularising Vietnam’s spiritual culture.

Thang vowed to work closely with the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha to heed the spiritual lives of Vietnamese Buddhists abroad.

Representatives of overseas Vietnamese communities shared some of the advantages and disadvantages in conducting Buddhist activities abroad, adding that spiritual cultural activities help introduce Vietnamese life to international friends. –VNA