Buddhist clergy praised for traditional care for the poor

VNS, Sept 16, 2009

Hanoi, Vietnam -- Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong praised the Viet Nam Tinh do Cu si Buddhism Association’s active provision of traditional medication for the poor across the country, saying it had helped cure diseases while strengthening the nation’s benevolent heritage.

Trong received the associationís delegation of clergymen in Ha Noi yesterday, headed by the President of its Executive Board, Nguyen Phuong Hieu, during a visit to the capital city.

Trong greatly valued the contributions made by the association to the nationís two wars of resistance against foreign aggressors. Its chapters had been promoting a tradition of helping the poor and giving them medical treatment using traditional herbs.

He urged them to expand their charitable activities and build up solidarity with other religions to make the quintessence of Buddhism positively help peopleís lives, thus enhancing their patriotism, national pride and unity to build a more prosperous country.

The Viet Nam Tinh do Cu si Buddhism Association was founded in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta in southern Viet Nam in 1934 as a local branch of Buddhism. It aimed to contribute to society by helping those in need of medical help while raising awareness about Buddhism.

The association has expanded from seven chapters in 1934 to 206 at present, with more than 1.4 million members in 21 cities and provinces. Its members actively take part in charitable activities and promote the use of traditional medicine to help people in need.