Lễ Lạc Thành giảng đướng Chùa Hạnh Lâm – Tây Ninh
On the morning of April 3rd, 2018 (i.e. February 18th of the Year of the Dog) in Thanh Điền commune, Châu Thành district, Tay Ninh province, an inauguration ceremony was solemnly organized to celebrate the opening of Hạnh Lâm auditorium.
Stately attended the ceremony were Most Venerable Thích Thiện Nhơn, Chairman of the Executive Council of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha; Most Venerable Thích Niệm Thới, member of the Executive Council, Chairman of the VBS’s Executive Committee of Tây Ninh province; Most Venerable Thích Huệ Tâm, Member of the Executive Council , Deputy Standing Chairman of the VBS’s Executive Committee of Tây Ninh province; Most Venerable Thích Nhật Từ, member of the Executive Council, Deputy Principal of Vietnam Institution of Buddhism in HCMC ; more than 100 Bhikkhunis, Bhiksunis and the lay community.
Presenting the Central Government were Mr. Dương Hồng Ân , Chairman of the Provincial Committee of National and Religious Affairs; Mr. Nguyễn Vĩnh Thế , Deputy Chairman of the Provincial Committee of Religious Affairs; Mr. Trương Văn Nhạn, Deputy Standing Chairman of District Party cum Chairman of People’s Council of Châu Thành province; Mr. Võ Văn Tươi, Chairman of Government Committee of Viet Nam Fatherland Front of Châu Thành Province; Mr. Nguyễn Văn Tranh, Deputy Chairman of Police Department PA.88 of Tây Ninh Province ;and representative leaders of provincial departments
Most Venerable Thích Thiện Trí briefly reported the construction process that, “Though Hanh Lam Pagoda in Thanh Điền commune is one of long-lasting ancient abbeys which has been headed throughout the life of many abbots, there has not been any Buddhist lecture hall yet.” In order to create a convenient place for practicing Buddhism , Most Venerable Thích Thiện Trí enthusiastically asked sponsors for donations. With supports from the lay community and locality , now it has already finished and becomes a spacious and ideal place where Bhikkhunis and lay people can comfortably carry out Buddhism.
Representing the province’s leaders, Mr. Võ Văn Tươi stated that, Hạnh Lâm Pagoda with a new hall contributed to enhancing the beauty of Buddhism of the province in particular and Vietnamese Buddhism in general. He encouraged Most Venerable Thích Thiện Trí to enrich noble values of the religion. After giving a closing speech, Most Venerable Thích Huệ Tâm kindly honoured the virtue of Most Venerable Thích Thiện Trí, the abbot of Hạnh Lâm pagoda who has made strong effort to create the Buddhist Lecture Hall. He hoped that Most Venerable Thích Thiện Trí kept trying to instruct lay people to correctly practice Buddhism in compliance with Dharma as well as charter of the VBS. At the end of the event, all of people rejoiced in the ribbon cutting ceremony to open the Hanh Lâm Lecture Hall.
Edit: Minh Ân- Hữu Anh (nhóm dịch thuật Thích An Nhiên)