People from all walks of life paid tributes to Most Venerable Thich Thanh Tu, Permanent Vice President of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha’s Executive Council, at the Quan Su Pagoda – the headquarters of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Hanoi from Nov. 28.

Most Venerable Thich Thanh Tu (real name Tran Van Long) passed away on Nov. 26 at the age of 85.

Delegations from the Party Central Committee, the Presidential Office and the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee came to express their respect to the senior Buddhist dignitary.

The delegation of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat, headed by Ngo Van Du, politburo member, Party Central Committee Secretary, Chairman of the Inspection Commission, while the Presidential Office delegation was headed by Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan, the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee, by Deputy President and General Secretary Vu Trong Kim.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, President Truong Tan Sang, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, VFF Central Committee’s President Huynh Dam sent their floral tribute.

Delegations from ministries, sectors, organisations and localities, as well as monks, nuns and Buddhist followers across the country came in preson or sent wreaths to Quan Su Pagoda.

Most Venerable Thich Thanh Tu was born in 1927 in Song Mai commune, Kim Dong district, the Red River Delta province of Hung Yen.

The Most Venerable was also a member of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha’s Patronage Council, a deputy to the 11th and 12th National Assemblies, and a member of the Presidium of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee.

When he was five years old, he left home to live in Nho Lam pagoda in Kim Dong district, where he began studying Buddhism.

The Buddhist dignitary made a significant contribution to merging nine Buddhist sects and organisations and setting up the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha.

He had encouraged Buddhist monks, nuns and followers to practice their religion in line with the Party’s and State’s guidelines, policies and laws, as well as participating in patriotic emulation movements and social activities.

With his contributions, Most Venerable Thich Thanh Tu was conferred by the Party and State a number of noble distinctions, including the Ho Chi Minh Order, Independence Order (second class), Resistance Order (first and second classes) and Great National Unity Order.

A commemorative ceremony for the Most Venerable will be held on Nov. 30 and he will rest at the stupa at the Vietnam Buddhist Institute in Hanoi’s outlying Soc Son district./.