His Holiness Somdet Phra Arayawongsakhatayan said the relationship between the
Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) and the Thailand Buddhist Sangha (TBS) has made
noted strides over the past time.
At a reception for outgoing Vietnamese
Ambassador Nguyen Tat Thanh on June 18, the Supreme Patriarch reviewed the warm
welcome of President Tran Dai Quang and other high-ranking Vietnamese leaders
for a delegation of Thai and Annam-nikai Buddhists during their first-ever
visit to Vietnam last March.
He said the VBS plays an important international
role, which has been demonstrated through Vietnam’s hosting of the United
Nations Day of Vesak (Buddha’s Birthday, Enlightenment and Passing Away) in
2008 and 2014 and its bid to host the next event in 2019.
The Thai royal family has always paid attention
to the Annam-nikai sect which has greatly contributed to the development of
Buddhism in Thailand, he said, recalling its contributions to the requiem for
King Bhumibol Adulyadej on March 21.
The host also highlighted activities organised
by Vietnamese pagodas in Thailand, which, he said, have helped bring pragmatic
ties to the public.
For his part, Ambassador Thanh congratulated
Somdet Phra Arayawongsakhatayan on his appointment as the 20th Supreme
Patriarch of Thailand and his upcoming 90th birthday.
He thanked the support of Thailand’s royal
family, Buddhist Sangha and Government for Vietnamese pagodas in the host
The diplomat noted his hope that the TBS will
continue to create favourable conditions for Vietnamese Buddhists to learn at
Buddhism schools in the country, contributing to enhancing mutual understanding
between the two countries and tightening relations between their Buddhists.