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Vesak day in Vietnam

22 May, 2022

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Vietnam carried out the Vesak day blessing ceremony of 2022, on May 14 in collaboration with Bai Dinh Pagoda in the Ninh Binh Province of Vietnam, Linea Aqua Vietnam Co. Ltd, and Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy (SIBA Campus) in Pallekele, Kundasale.

The event commenced with a traditional Pooja to the Buddha, which was followed by blessings led by Most Ven. Thich Minh Quan, Chief Monk of Bai Dinh Pagoda, and other resident bhikkhus of the Pagoda. A pre-recorded sermon conducted by Ven. Viharagala Pannaloka Thera, Lecturer of SIBA Campus, was also relayed to the congregation.

Most Ven. Thich Minh Quan expressed his profound gratitude to the Embassy for organising the event at Bai Dinh Pagoda for the first time. Most Ven. Quan recognised the contributions of Sri Lanka to preserving and propagating Buddhism, of which he was also a beneficiary. He blessed Sri Lanka and its people and prayed for the good health and happiness of the peoples of Vietnam and Sri Lanka.

Ambassador Prasanna Gamage acknowledged the dedicated support extended by Bai Dinh Pagoda in making the event a success. The Ambassador emphasised the importance of the teachings of the Buddha to the modern world-in particular, the principle of impermanence and its relevance to human life.

Most Ven. Thich Minh Quan and Nguyen Van Truong, the lay custodian of Bai Dinh Pagoda, donated a sum of USD 20,000 as a contribution to the economic relief efforts in Sri Lanka.

A dansala was also set up on the Pagoda premises.