Vietnam Buddhist Sangha holds celebration in Moscow

VNA, May 5, 2009

Moscow, Russia -- A grand ceremony to celebrate the 2,553rd birthday of Buddha was held at the Vietnamese Embassy in Moscow on May 3 under the chairmanship of Most Venerable Thich Gia Quang.

Thich Gia Quang is leading a delegation of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Central Committee on a tour to propagate Dharma in Eastern Europe.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Bui Dinh Dinh said the Dharma propagation delegation’s visit helped improve the spiritual life of the Vietnamese community in Russia and boost solidarity among the community.

Most Venerable Thich Gia Quang explained the significance of Buddha’s birthday celebration, stressing that Buddhism means peace, social equality and non-discrimination of class and race.

According to the monk, Russia is the last leg of the tour after the delegation had visited the Czech, Poland, Hungary, Germany and Ukraine.

Nguyen Ngoc Toan, Head of the Liaison Board of the Vietnamese

Buddhism Lovers Association in Moscow, said that Vietnamese Buddhism lovers in Russia had always kept close contact with their roots and tried to maintain the national characteristics.