Buddhists here in Syracuse are always interested in sharing Buddhist festivals with other Buddhists
internationally. And so a report in the Buddhist Channel, http://www.buddhistchannel.tv, titled “Great Buddhist Festival to mark 1000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi” is of interest here.
A story from the Voice of Vietnam, VOV, http://english.vovnews.vn, out of Hanoi reports that 1,247 Buddhist nuns and monks are gathering for the Great Buddhist Festival to mark the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi scheduled to take place in Hanoi from July 17 to August 2. The festival comprises of two major activities which include a procession of the statue of King Ly Thai To from the Do Temple in Bac Ninh to Hanoi and a three-day ceremony to pray for peace at the Thang Long Royal Citadel.
In the events leading up to the 1000th anniversary of the capital city, the Hanoi Buddhist Church has paid special attention to preserving and developing Vietnamase national cultural identities, particularly the Buddhist culture. Buddhist institutes have been working closely with the municipal administration and relevant agencies to upgrade and restore historical relics and hold traditional festivals to bring into full play tangible and intangible culture and to celebrate the anniversary of the capital of Vietnam.
And from now through the end of this year, the Hanoi Buddhist Church will accelerate the collection of documents on the capital city’s history of Buddhism. During the past year, Buddhist followers in Hanoi have raised VND 2.8 billion to support the poor, Agent Orange victims, disadvantaged and handicapped children, elderly people living alone and the families of social policy beneficiaries. The Hanoi Buddhist Church is reported to now have a total of 2,078 monks and nuns, 2,059 Buddhist centres and 29 Buddhist congregations at municipal and district levels.
Buddhists here in Syracuse are encouraged to join in the spirit of the Great Buddhist Festival to mark the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi. And there is even time to visit Hanoi from Syracuse for the remainder of this festival if you desire and if you have the time and money to do so. Vietnam’s socialist system is often very mis-understood as being oppressive to religious freedoms due to anti-Communist propaganda in parts of the outside world. However, the Vietnamese socialist movement is actually a very progressive movement which strives to respect human rights which include religious freedoms. Buddhism is perfectly legal and well respected throughout Vietnam. And so it is hoped Buddhists here in Syracuse will join in the spirit of the “Great Buddhist Festival to mark 1000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi”. May peace last forever between Vietnam and the outside world without another bomb ever being dropped on Hanoi!
Mandel News Service: http://www.mandelnews.com