Thai Buddhist delegation on Vietnam visit to boost ties hinh anh 1Vice Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Party Committee Vo Thi Dung presents gift to Most Venerable Phra Promwachirayan (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – A delegation of Buddhist An Nam sect and several Vietnamese Buddhists living in Thailand is on a visit to Vietnam from September 30 – October 6.

It is the second time the trip has been organised by the Foreign Ministry’s State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs and the Central Committee of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) in order to strengthen their Buddhism work.

Among over 60 guests, 40 are monks and nuns representing 21 Vietnamese pagodas in Thailand.

In the south, the delegation discussed Buddhism work with the VBS Central Committee, met with leaders of Ho Chi Minh City, held a working session with the executive board of Kien Giang provincial VBS, visited Sac Tu Tam Bao and Phat Quang pagodas in Kien Giang; Vinh Nghiem, Buu Quang and Vietnam Quoc Tu pagodas, Quang Duc Buddhist Monastery, and Vietnam Buddhist Academy in Ho Chi Minh City.

At the reception for the delegation, President of the VBS Executive Council, Most Venerable Thich Thien Nhon suggested that the VBS and Buddhist An Nam sect in Thailand should soon reach a memorandum of understanding on strengthening friendship and cultural exchange, holding seminars and cooperating in Buddhist training.

Phra Promwachirayan, member of the Sangha Supreme Council of Thailand and head of the delegation, expressed his belief that friendship between VBS and Thailand Buddhist Sangha, as well as ties between the two nations will thrive.-VNA