A large number of overseas Vietnamese in the French capital city of Paris and surrounding areas participated in the Buddhist festival Vu Lan, which was held at the Truc Lam Monastery on Sept. 12.

Vietnamese Ambassador to France Le Kinh Tai, the embassy staff, Head of the Propagation of Faith of the Thua Thien-Hue Buddhist Sangha Most Venerable Thich Quang Nhuan and Head of the Truc Lam Monastery Most Venerable Thich Phuoc Duong also joined the event.

Most Venerable Thich Quang Nhuan preached to Buddhist followers about the legend of Bodhisattva Muc Kien Lien’s filial piety to save her mother. The followers prayed for good things, health, happiness, peace of the nation and security of people.

Vu Lan festival is organised annually on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month. The main objective of the festival is for the people to express their gratefulness and appreciation to their dead parents and ancestors.

The Truc Lam Monastery belongs to the Truc Lam Yen Tu sect which was founded by King Tran Nhan Tong. The pagoda was inaugurated in 1990 and has become a familiar destination of Vietnamese students and Buddhist followers in France./.