Over 100 domestic and foreign scholars met at a workshop in the northern province of Quang Ninh on November 8 to discuss the role of Buddhism in upholding values of national culture.

During the two-day event that took place in the locality home to Yen Tu, known as the cradle of Buddhism in Vietnam, they will talk about the role of Asian and Vietnamese Buddhism in fostering national unity and boosting education and social welfare.

Interesting ideas voiced at the event will be added to the State-level thesis “Vietnamese Buddhism in cultural life and building great national unity in the new context”, a product of the Hanoi-based Vietnam Buddhist University.

Speaking at the event, Most Venerable Thich Duc Nghiep, Vice Secretary of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, made it clear that Buddhism is an inseparable part of national history and culture in Vietnam.

He noted that in recent years, many Asian countries, including Vietnam have seen vigorous changes in the modernisation of Buddhism.

He acknowledged that Buddhism has contributed a lot to social progression in countries and territories worldwide.

Chairman of the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang said he hopes the event will enable participants to share knowledge and offer suggestions that help Buddhism continue to integrate into society.

The event was co-hosted by the academy’s Institute of Philosophy and the Vietnam Buddhist University.-VNA