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Vietnam’s highest Buddhist tower opens

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 4:52 am

The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) inaugurated the highest tower in Hanoi’s Bang A – Linh Tien pagoda on November 22 with attendance of tens of thousands of visitors, Buddhist monks and nuns.

Bao An tower in Bang A- Linh Tien ancient pagoda, Hanoi. (Photo: Vietnamplus)

The construction of Bao An tower has been kicked off since 2004 with a total capital of VND17.5 billion contributed by Buddhist monks and nuns throughout the country.

The 13-storey octagonal building, which is 55m high and opened to the four main directions (North, South, East and West), includes 8 stone pillars carved with dragons and phoenixes. Among them, the top of tower is made of bronze, 9.66m high and 1,300 kg in weight.

The tower covering on an area of around 1,500 square meters has 104 bronze statues of Sakyamuni Buddha which are from 0.67m to 1.55m high and 100-300g in weight.

Bao An tower is recognized as the highest Buddhist tower with greatest number of bronze statues in the country.

Bang A – Linh Tien ancient pagoda has received large scale restorations in 1618. The pagoda is a center for propagation of Buddhism in the northern region.

Source: SGGP

Buddhist week celebrates Hanoi’s 1000th year

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Buddhist week celebrates Hanoi’s 1000th year

QĐND – Thursday, July 29, 2010, 20:39 (GMT+7)

A week of Buddhist celebrations to acknowledge the capital city’s millennial anniversary began at the Thang Long Citadel on July 28.

Most Venerable Thich Thien Nhon, Deputy Chairman and General Secretary of Vietnam’s Buddhist Sangha’s Executive Council, delivered the opening speech, confirming the role played by Vietnamese Buddhists in the country’s history of national construction and defense.

A ceremony to burn incense for King Ly Thai To, the founder of Hanoi, and Kings and monks through ages was also held.

Present at the opening ceremony were Most Venerable Thich Pho Tue, the Patriarch of the Sangha Council of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, numerous Buddhist dignitaries and followers, as well as officials from the Foreign Ministry and city authorities.

On the occasion, the Central Committee of Vietnam’s Buddhist Sangha presented 25 charity houses to disadvantaged families and 500 scholarships to poor students in Hanoi.

The week, which lasts until August 2, includes a procession of tablets that belonged to King Ly Thai To and Van Hanh, a Buddhist monk who raised the King after his mother had died giving birth and Buddha’s sari from the Quan Su Pagoda, to the Thang Long Citadel.

A ceremony will also be held at the citadel on July 29 to pray for peace and the people as well as a requiem for fallen combatants on July 31.

An exhibition showcasing ancient Buddhist artifacts and works of art, a seminar on Buddhism and the capital city, a night festival with garlands of flowers and colored lanterns and a theatrical performance themed “Imprints of Thang Long” will also take place.

Source: VietnamPlus

Source: QDND

Great Buddhist Festival to mark 1000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Great Buddhist Festival to mark 1000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi

QĐND – Sunday, July 18, 2010, 21:2 (GMT+7)

1,247 Buddhist nuns and monks will gather 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 will comprise two major activities- 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 lead up to the 1000th anniversary of the capital city, the HanoiBuddhistChurch has paid special attention to preserving and developing national cultural identities, particularly the Buddhist culture.

Buddhist institutes have worked 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 capital city’s anniversary.

From now through the end of this year, the HanoiBuddhistChurch will accelerate the collection of documents on the capital city’s history of Buddhism. Over 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 HanoiBuddhistChurch now has a total of 2,078 monks and nuns, 2,059 Buddhist centres and 29 Buddhist congregations at municipal and district levels.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Buddhist family camp held in the south

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Buddhist family camp held in the south

QĐND – Saturday, July 17, 2010, 20:48 (GMT+7)

A Buddhist family camp called “Chanh Tri Camp” is taking place in Long Quang Pagoda in the Mekong delta city Can Tho city from July 15-17, drawing the participation of over 700 Buddhist followers from southeast and southwest provinces.

This is a key activity to serve a seminar entitled “Vietnamese Buddhists’ role in the period of integration and national development”, which is also being held by the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Can Tho city at the same time.

The camp offers a good chance for southern Buddhists to exchange experiences in developing Buddhist families in localities in accordance with Buddhism’s principles and State law.

During the three-day camp there are various activities, including art performances, exchanges, games, contests on Buddhist dogmas and an exhibition of handicraft products made by Buddhist teenagers.

Three seminars have also been held, focusing on southern Buddhist families in the integration period, the formation of Buddhist families in provinces and cities and how to stabilise and develop Buddhist teenagers in the future.

Formed over 60 years ago, the Buddhist Family Camp movement has developed strongly in central provinces like Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue.

In the south, after national reunification, the movement has still been maintained in several localities, including Ho Chi Minh City, Kien Giang, Vinh Long, Tra Vinh and Bac Lieu.

Source: VNA

Photo: giadinhphattu

Source: QDND

Hue to host Buddhist culture week this month

In Uncategorized on May 4, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Hue to host Buddhist culture week this month

QĐND – Tuesday, May 04, 2010, 21:3 (GMT+7)

The Week of Buddhist Culture 2010 will be held in the ancient capital of Hue from May 16-22 in the lead up to the millennial anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.

During the week, that is also aimed at celebrating Buddha’s 2554 birthday, a range of events will take place, including an exhibition showcasing close to 100 antiques dating back to the pre-Thang Long period (Dai La), the Ly, Tran and Le dynasties, the Thua Thien-Hue Buddhist Sangha announced on May 3.

Scholars such as Cao Huy Thuan, Tran Dinh Son, Thai Kim Lai and Ho Tan Phan will deliver speeches related to the royal citadel of Thang Long and the country’s Buddhism.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Buddhist Cultural Week to spread the good word

In Uncategorized on May 4, 2010 at 4:30 am

Buddhist Cultural Week aims to spread awareness of the country’s largest religion with a series of exhibitions and seminars on literature, history and culture at the Lieu Quan Buddhist Cultural Center in central Vietnam.

Lieu Quan Buddhist Cultural Center, Le Loi street, Central province of Thua Thien- Hue.

Many notable scholars, researchers and cultural activists from Vietnam and abroad will speak at the event in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue May 16-22.

Scholars including Cao Huy Thuan, Tran Dinh Son, Thai Kim Lan and Ho Tan Phan will talk on subjects Buddhist philosophy and practice.

The cultural week also aims to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi.

The Thang Long antique exhibition will feature over 100 exhibits on the Ly and Le dynasties. The artifacts on display were collected by antique collector Tran Dinh Son.

Seminars on art, architecture and education will also be a part of the event.

Source: SGGP

Buddhist Art Show To Mark Vesak Raises Funds for Charity

In Vietnam City Guide on September 9, 2009 at 2:58 am

Around 130 art works including calligraphies, canvases, wood mosaics, water-color paintings, zen paintings, and photographs are on display at an exhibition held in Ho Chi Minh City to mark a major Buddhist festival.

The “Buddhist Culture and Society” exhibition, held on the occasion of the fifth United Nations day of Vesak, which celebrates the Buddha’s birthday, enlightenment, and death, will raise funds for charity.

The photos, paintings, and calligraphic scrolls are hung on tall lotus-shaped towers or on walls near idols of God-Defenders of Dharma.

The calligraphic works, with their vivid beauty, have been done by a number of famous artists including Le Lan, Song Nguyen, Dang Lan, Tue Chieu, and Hoa Nghiem. 

One of the highlights is an abstract picture in zen painting style by Vien Thuc, which features two lines of poetry in Chinese characters written horizontally in exquisite brushstrokes. For aficionados of zen painting there is also the work “Bodhidharma”  by Tue Hanh.

Some artists have introduced a new style of work. Thanh Tuan, 26, who graduated from the HCMC University of Fine Arts, has used his long finger nails like a brush to create the  water color painting “Peony flowers”, while Le Trieu Dien has mixed sand with oil paint to add to the visual effects of his works.

Those who love wood mosaics will be surprised at the inexpensive price tags two of the works by Cong Nguyen, who graduated from Art School in France, carry — they depict Avalokiteshvara, a Bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas in Buddhism. 

Nguyen said he was determined to keep his prices modest, considering it his small gift to benefactors who were giving a helping to unfortunate children by buying his works.

For two pieces, prices have not been set yet. One is a calligraphy featuring the poem “Lotus” by Buddhist monk Thich Thien Chieu, abbot of the Ky Quang II pagoda, in Vietnamese and Chinese.  The work bears the fingerprints or autographs of all the artists taking part in the exhibition.

The other is a canvas by Indian artist Lakshmi.  The organizers said that they would hold an auction for the two later.

The pagoda where the exhibition is being held is widely known for having no doors, pillars, or roof. In fact, it is built in the shape of a hill. Visitors will feel a bit like going into a deep cave when they step over the threshold to climb down the stairs to a basement where the works are displayed.

All the proceeds from the sales of the artworks will go to the pagoda — Ky Quang II, 154/4 Le Hoang Phai, Go Vap District – which raises more than 200 orphans and handicapped children.

The exhibition lasts until May 25.  

Source: SGGP