At the 7th Congress of Ho Chi Minh City’s Buddhist Sangha, the Sangha’s executive council said monks, nuns and lay followers have contributed VND200 billion to a charity fund over the last five years.
|Buddhist monks, nuns and Buddhist followers contribute VND200 billion to a charity fund(Photo:U.Phuong)|
The council also reviewed other achievements including the holding of two great chanting ceremonies in 2003 and 2006, the construction of a VND15 billion Buddhist Culture Center and the establishment of two private HIV/AIDS clinics in Ho Chi Minh Cty.
A new 56-strong executive council was also elected at the congress and the most Venerable Thich Tri Quang, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha’s Management Board, was re-elected.
The congress, held at the Pho Quang pagoda, included the participation of Ms. Pham Phuong Thao, the People’s Council Chairwoman of HCMC, Nguyen Thanh Tai, Standing Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee and Superior Buddhist monk Thich Tu Nhon, Standing Vice Chairman of the Buddhist Sangha in Viet Nam.
In related news, the Fatherland Front and Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Committee gave certificates of appreciation to 262 individuals and groups for their contributions to buddhist and social charities.