Hundreds of Buddhist teachers and educational experts from across the country gathered at a seminar in Hanoi on May 9 to discuss the models and methods of education that Vietnamese Buddhism currently uses.

The seminar was themed “Education on Vietnamese Buddhism: Orientation and Development”. The participants shared their views on education in general as well as Buddhist education and how it impacts on society, Vietnam ’s Buddhist Sangha (VBS) and future generations.

The principles and philosophies of education, especially Buddhist education and national education were also discussed at the event.

The first task for the education of monks and nuns is to implement a uniform curriculum in all existing educational establishments for monks and nuns, said the Most Venerable Thich Chon Thien, Vice Chairman of the VBS Executive Council and Head of the Central Committee for the Education of Monks and Nuns.

The most important thing is to keep improving the efficiency of teaching and learning methods, he noted.

According to the Most Venerable Thich Duc Nghiep, Vice Secretary of the VBS Central Committee’s Standing Board, ever since the VBS was established, the education of monks and nuns has been always considered an important task for the Sangha.

The Central Committee for the Education of Monks and Nuns has also supported Buddhist education for tens of thousands of monks and nuns at four Buddhist academies, nine Buddhist colleges, 33 Buddhist intermediate schools and nearly 100 Buddhist primary schools across the country.-VNA