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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Discipline and responsibility important for Buddhist development: Most Venerable

Updated: 12:38’ - 30/11/2022
Discipline has become even more important in the current context as it covers the adherence to Buddhist commandments, other regulations set by the Buddha and predecessors, the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS)’s Charter, as well as the State’s laws, including the Law on Belief and Religion, Most Venerable Thich Hue Thong has affirmed.

Most Venerable Thich Hue Thong, Deputy Secretary-General and Chief of the VBS’s Office No. 2__Photo: Minh Duc/VNA

In a recent interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency, Most Venerable Thich Hue Thong, Deputy Secretary-General and Chief of the VBS’s Office No. 2, said discipline and the sense of responsibility are given the top priority in this tenure of the VBS since without those factors, the VBS will be unable to develop sustainably or stand firm during the integration process to develop in line with the spirit of Buddhism.

He went on to say that discipline thus, first of all, is to strengthen the spirit of Buddhist precepts among the members of the VBS. In addition, it is to emphasize the roles and responsibilities of each member of the Sangha organization, especially the leaders of the Sangha at all levels. Because if we are irresponsible, without discipline, surely the Sangha cannot develop sustainably or stand firm, the Most Venerable added.

Regarding the Charter amendment, the Most Venerable said the VBS has made revisions for six times. At this seventh time, the Charter will be amended in a way that better meets Buddhist monks, nuns, and followers’ demand and aspirations, and brings legitimate interests for the VBS members in accordance with law.

The revision also aims to boost the seriousness in monk and nun management and ensure the Charter’s consistency with the Law on Belief and Religion and relevant legal provisions, the Buddhist dignitary added.- (VLLF)


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