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6/4/2018 3:07:58 PM

Bodhisattva Thich Quang Duc commemorated in HCMC

The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) held in Ho Chi Minh City on June 3rd a ceremony to commemorate Bodhisattva Thich Quang Duc, who set himself on fire 55 years ago to protest against the repression of Buddhists by the American-supported Saigon government.

The 55th commemorating ceremony of Bodhisattva Thich Quang Duc’s self-immolation is held at the Vietnam Quoc Tu Pagoda in HCM City. (Photo: sggp)

Attending at the event were representatives of the Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) Executive Council , former Secretary of the Party Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Le Thanh Hai, Vice Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Vo Thi Dung, Chairwoman of Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee in Ho Chi Minh City To Thi Bich Chau, Buddhist dignitaries, monks and nuns.

At the event, Chairman of the VBS’s Executive Council Most Venerable Thich Thien Nhon reviewed the life of Bodhisattva Thich Quang Duc, praising the great sacrifice and patriotism of Bodhisattva Thich Quang Duc.

Most Venerable Thich Tri Quang, Deputy Patriarch of the VBS Patronage Council, gave a commemorative speech of Bodhisattva Thich Quang Duc and called on Buddhist monks and nuns to develop VBS and traditional patriotism.

Late Bodhisattva Thich Quang Duc (1897-1963). (File photo)

Most Venerable Thich Quang Duc was born as Lam Van Tuat in Van Ninh district, the central province of Khanh Hoa, in 1897.

He actively joined Buddhist movements for religious freedom and equality in the southern region. On June 11, 1963, when a procession of over 800 Buddhist monks, nuns and followers arrived at the intersection of Phan Dinh Phung boulevard (now Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street) and Le Van Duyet Street (now Cach Mang Thang Tam Street) in Sai Gon (now Ho Chi Minh City), Thich Quang Duc soaked himself in petrol, struck a match and set himself on fire.

He was honoured as a Bodhisattva in 1964 after the unified VBS came into being.

The Bodhisattva Thich Quang Duc Memorial is located at the intersection of Cach Mang Thang Tam and Nguyen Dinh Chieu streets in District 3. His statute, made of bronze, is 6 meters high and weighs over 12 tons.

The memorial is a destination for local and foreign visitors to recall the monk's patriotism, determination to fight against oppression and willingness to die for his country's independence and unification./.

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