The Tam Chuc Buddhist Cultural Centre in the northern province of Ha Nam was illuminated with tens of thousands of flower-shaped lanterns on May 13. (Photo: VNA) Ha Nam (VNA) – The Tam Chuc Buddhist Cultural Centre in the northern province of Ha Nam was illuminated with tens of thousands of flower-shaped lanterns on May 13 night during the 16th United Nations Day for Vesak (Vesak 2019) to pray for global peace. The event was attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh, leaders of ministries, branches and localities, and many domestic and foreign Buddhist followers. In his remarks, Deputy PM Minh expressed his delight to welcome foreign delegates who come to honour the values of Buddhism during the Vesak 2019. He stressed that Vesak 2019 is an important event in the religious life of Buddhist followers worldwide, and it offers an opportunity for them to meet and pervade Buddhism values of tolerance, altruism, harmony and peace. As the … [Read more...] about Vesak 2019: Flower-shaped lantern floated to pray for global peace
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Illustrative image (Source: Internet) The conference aims to evaluate the relationship between Vietnam and foreign NGOs for the 2014 to 2019 period, whilst sharing experience as a means of learning lessons to boost the future co-operation process. The event will also provide an opportunity for the nation to share with foreign NGOs and development partners its priorities and needs for co-operation in the 2020 to 2025 period. Approximately 800 delegates are expected to take part in the conference. Participants will be made up of members from foreign NGOs operating within the country, in addition to representatives from relevant ministries, embassies, foreign businesses, along with bilateral and multilateral development co-operation agencies. The occasion will transpire between December 12 and December 13 at the National Convention Center in Hanoi. … [Read more...] about 4th int’l conference on Vietnam-NGOs co-operation set for Dec.
Late President Ho Chi Minh (Source: file photo) HCM City (VNA) – A wide range of activities to celebrate the 128th birth anniversary of late President Ho Chi Minh (May 19) will be held in Ho Chi Minh City. The highlights of the programme will be an incense and flower offering ceremony at Ho Chi Minh Museum and President Ho Chi Minh Statue Park on May 19, and an art performance programme on the same day’s evening. Exhibitions featuring the late leader's life and career will be organised along Nguyen Hue Pedestrian and Dong Khoi streets, and at the Ho Chi Minh Museum from May 17-June 10. The municipal Party Committee will host a ceremony to honour outstanding individuals and organisations, which showed good performance in response to the movement “Studying and Following President Ho Chi Minh's Moral Example” in 2017-2018. Meanwhile, the municipal People’s Committee will hold a planting-tree festival. On … [Read more...] about HCM City to host activities for President Ho Chi Minh’s birthday
A couple in Hai Duong Province is in need of financial help to cover the medical treatment for their two children. Nguyen Van Hoang needs financial support to cover medical treatment for his children The family of Nguyen Van Hoang and Nguyen Thi Hoi live in Mac Binh Village, Nam Sach District. Hoi said she and her husband did not have money to buy fertilizer so their watermelon crop this year does not look as good as other sellers. They could hardly sell the watermelons at all. Hoang said, "We’ll starve to death if we stay home to look after the children. But since they are both ill, I can only send them to part-time daycare. Thien An keeps telling me his head hurts but we are unable to sell the watermelons so we don't have money to bring him to the hospital yet." 8-year-old Thien An was born a healthy baby. But at 3 years old, he suddenly vomited and suffered from headaches. Doctors at Vietnam National Hospital of Paediatrics said he had a brain tumour. Meanwhile, An's … [Read more...] about Poor couple calls for help for ill children
Visiting a pagoda and worship in pagoda were never before of my interest, confided Tran Lan Anh, an employee of a privately-run company in Hanoi. It has changed. “I got accustomed to worshipping at pagodas with my mother in law,” the 35-year-old Hanoian said, elaborating that she now visits the Tran Quoc pagoda, perhaps the most ancient pagoda in Vietnam, on every first and fifteenth day of the lunar months. “Now, when an occasion comes around, I bring flowers, fruits and joss sticks for the Buddha to pray for peace and happiness for my family,” she said. Unlike Anh, many Vietnamese people do not visit pagodas on a regular basis but still take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and in the Sangha. For them, and Buddhist followers alike, burning incense dedicated to the Buddha and praying for peace are common practices. Only when visiting a pagoda, can one feel peace and tranquility, free from the hustle … [Read more...] about Buddhism in Vietnamese people’s spiritual lives