Hoa Hao Buddhists celebrate their founderís birth anniversary

VOVNews, Jan 9, 2010

Hanoi, Vietnam -- Thousands of Hoa Hao Buddhists flocked to An Hoa pagoda in the southern province of An Giang to celebrate the 90th birth anniversary of Huynh Phu So – the founder of their sect.

Nguyen Thanh Dan, president of the Vietnam Fatherland Frontís provincial chapter, acknowledged the Hoa Hao Sectís contributions to An Giangís socio-economic development achievements in 2009, especially to charity campaigns.

He said Hoa Hao Buddhists united to surmount the difficult times, fully observed Party and State guidelines and policies and took an active part in local exemplary role model movements.

Last year, they raised more than VND40 billion to purchase an ambulance to transport poor patients to hospital free of charge, upgrade the rural transport system, repair makeshift bridges and build houses for the poor.

He called on more than 2 million Hoa Hao Buddhist followers across the country to live an evangelical life and join hands to make further contributions to their homelands and the nation.