King Ly Thai To’s ancestral tablet was taken in a procession from the Do Temple, in the northern province of Bac Ninh, to the Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Hanoi on July 27, to mark the beginning of Buddhist Week.
Hundreds of Buddhist monks, nuns and followers join the procession of King Ly Thai To's ancestral tablet to the Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Ha Noi. (Photo:VNA)
Buddhist Week runs from July 27 to August 2, a cultural event held in cerebration of the 1,000th Thang Long – Hanoi.
The royal ancestral tablet was first taken to Bac Ninh Province's Tieu Son Pagoda in homage to Zen Master Van Hanh, who strongly influenced the life and career of the Ly Dynasty's founder, before its journey to the Thang Long Imperial Citadel.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Most Venerable Thich Bao Nghiem, permanent Vice Chairman of the Executive Council of the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha (VBS) in Hanoi, and head of the Dharma Propagation Section of the VBS Central Committee, said the event is a special one and aims to help educate today’s students on the tradition of paying respect to their teachers.
During Buddhist Week, various activities will be held, including a grand ceremony to ask for peace and the people’s prosperity, several requiems, a nighttime festival with garlands of flowers and colored lanterns and a theatrical performance themed “Imprints of Thang Long.”