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India Buddhism Cultural Days opens in Vietnam to mark 10th anniversary of Vietnam-India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership

The 2017 India Buddhism Cultural Days has opened in Thien An Pagoda in Tam Dao district, the northern province of Vinh Phuc on March 16.

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Vinh Phuc (Vietnam), March 17, 2017:  The event of Indian Buddhism Culture Days, jointly held by the Vietnam-India Friendship Association, the Indian Embassy in Vietnam the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha and, is one of the activities that marks the 45th anniversary of the full diplomatic relations and the 10th anniversary of the Vietnam-India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Information and Communications and chairman of the Vietnam-India Friendship Association Truong Minh Tuan recalled that Buddhism was introduced in Vietnam by Indian monks introduced nearly two thousand years ago.

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Putting religious ties aside, Vietnam and India have been sharing a healthy time-honoured friendship, and have always assisted and supported each other in all aspects from domestic issues in each country to international events, the minister stated.

Cultural activities like the India Buddhism Cultural Days contribute to the friendship between the people of the two countries and the diplomatic relations the two countries share, Minister Tuan said, expressing his belief that the Vietnam-India traditional relationship would continue growing.

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He noted that the event, which is scheduled to take place from March 16-19, will host many special Buddhist rituals carried out by Gyalwang Drukpa and nearly 100 Drukpa monks and nuns coming from India.

On behalf of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, Venerable Thich Thanh Nhieu, Vice President of the VBS Executive Council, stated that he hopes the activities would enhance faith and mutual understanding in practicing Buddhist philosophies.

The event is also a get-together for monks, nuns and followers of the religion to learn and exchange experience and methods of practicing Buddhism in India.

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According to India’s Ambassador to Vietnam Parvathaneni Harish, the India Buddhism Culture Days would tighten the relationship Vietnam and India share. It will also provide a chance for Indian and Vietnamese Buddhist followers to exchange as well as promote Buddhist ideas for peace, prosperity and harmony all across the world.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

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