Buddhist family camp held in the south

VOV News, July 17, 2010

Can Tho, Vietnam -- A Buddhist family camp called “Chanh Tri Camp” is taking place in Long Quang Pagoda in the Mekong delta city Can Tho city from July 15-17, drawing the participation of over 700 Buddhist followers from southeast and southwest provinces.

This is a key activity to serve a seminar entitled “Vietnamese Buddhists’ role in the period of integration and national development”, which is also being held by the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in Can Tho city at the same time.

The camp offers a good chance for southern Buddhists to exchange experiences in developing Buddhist families in localities in accordance with Buddhism’s principles and State law.

During the three-day camp there are various activities, including art performances, exchanges, games, contests on Buddhist dogmas and an exhibition of handicraft products made by Buddhist teenagers.

Three seminars have also been held, focusing on southern Buddhist families in the integration period, the formation of Buddhist families in provinces and cities and how to stabilise and develop Buddhist teenagers in the future.

Formed over 60 years ago, the Buddhist Family Camp movement has developed strongly in central provinces like Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue.