How Do the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam and Vietnamese Buddhist Association Differ From Each Other? (Part 2 of 7)

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Thich Vien Dinh

  1. Purposes and the creation of the UBCV:
    1. The creation of the UBCVThe Most Senior Venerable Thich Huyen Quang generally stated the creation of the UBCV in the Announcement from the Acting President of the Institute for The Dissemination of Dharma on November 20, 1993:“The UBCV in reality has inherited the national Buddhism from the last 20 centuries and represents 80 percent of Vietnamese public. On legal fronts, the UBCV unified six consortium’s of monks, nuns, and lay Buddhists representing entirely the three regions: North, Central, and South at a national conference at Tu Dam Temple in Hue on May 6, 1951 that created the “General Association of Vietnamese Buddhists”, the predecessor of the UBCV. The reason for calling “General Association” was under the French rule, Directive No. 10 forbade national Buddhism to use the title Church but to exist legally as an association. However, the struggle to protect Righteous Dharma and to demand for religious freedom by Buddhist followers starting from May 1963 successfully eliminated Directive No. 10, restoring the title and traditional activities of the Church, i.e; the UBCV, at a Buddhist conference at the beginning of the year 1964 …”
    2. The UBCV’s purposes and viewpointsThe introduction of the UBCV’s Constitution affirms that:“To spread peaceful ideals of Buddha Dharma, Vietnamese Mahayana and Theravada Buddhist Orders, to implement long-aspired desires for a genuine unification in order to serve mankind and the nation: that is the undeviating philosophy of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV).

      The UBCV does not base its existence on any static individual status; instead, the UBCV’s existence is placed within the subsistence of mankind and the nation.

The concept of unifying Vietnamese Buddhism is being expressed in order to follow the ideal of shared management, meaning not only will the doctrine, precepts, and ways of life of all Orders as well of those of monastics and lay Buddhists be respected but also be developed in a managed coordination. That itself is a special characteristic of a united Buddhism in Vietnam.”

Article 4 of the UBCV’s Constitution also clearly states “The UBCV was form with the goals to serve Mankind and the nation by propagating Righteous Dharma”. That is the ideal of “High: to seek enlightenment, Low: to salvage sentient beings”, delivering the enlightenment and liberation dharma to people from all corners of the world.