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6/18/2018 9:00:04 AM

New Zen Buddhist monastery opens in Hau Giang

A new Zen Buddhist monastery was inaugurated in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang on June 17th.

At the ceremony. (Photo: VOV)

The Hau Giang Zen Buddhist Monastery covers an area of 4.2 hectares in Vinh Tuong commune, Long My town, accommodating some 250 monks and nuns. It is also served as the head office of Hau Giang’s Buddhist Sangha of Vietnam (BSV).

The construction of the monastery started in 2014 with a total investment of nearly VND 300 billion (USD 13.2 million), largely funded by Lien Viet Post Bank.

It will be headed by Venerable Thich Dao Nhu.

In his remarks at the temple’s opening ceremony, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Hau Giang Dong Van Thanh said the monastery is important to the preservation and promotion of traditional values of Buddhist culture and a part of the province’s historic and cultural relics.

He expected that the Hau Giang Zen Buddhist Monastery will guide monks, nuns and followers to practise Buddhism, keeping in mind what are beneficial to the country and people and in accordance with the charter of the BSV and state law.

Thanh also urged the monastery to encourage monks, nuns and followers to actively take part in the country’s patriotic movements and local economic development, social welfare, and poverty reduction programmes./.

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