Vice Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City’s Party Committee Vo Thi Dung presents a picture to Most Venerable Phra Promwachirayan (Source: VNA)

HCM City (VNA)
– Vice Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City’s Party Committee Vo Thi Dung hosted a reception on October 3 for Most Venerable Phra Promwachirayan, member of the Sangha Supreme Council of Thailand, monks heading Vietnamese pagodas in Thailand and several Vietnamese Buddhists living in Thailand.

Welcoming the delegation, Dung expressed her gratitude for delegation members’ attendance of requiem for President Tran Dai Quang, who passed away on September 21.

She also thanked the Sangha Supreme Council of Thailand and heads of Vietnamese pagodas in Thailand for caring for the spiritual life of Vietnamese Buddhists in the country.

Cooperation between the Sangha Supreme Council and the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) strengthens Vietnam-Thailand ties and the relationship between the two organisations, she affirmed.

According to her, Ho Chi Minh City is home to about 3 million Buddhists and 1,300 pagodas.

For his part, Most Venerable Phra Promwachirayan stated that despite differences in belief and culture, the two countries can work together to develop Buddhism.

The policy encouraging the development of the Buddhist An Nam sect in Thailand shows the Vietnamese Government’s and VBS’s attention to the spiritual and religious life of Vietnamese people in Thailand, he added.

The Buddhist An Nam sect of Vietnam entered Thailand about 200 years ago. Currently, there are 21 Vietnamese pagodas in the country.-VNA