Buddhist Education Sector in SL with prospective institutions in Vietnam 

  • Conference to share information

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Vietnam and the Export Development Board of Sri Lanka (EDB) organised a virtual conference to share information about, and opportunities in, the Buddhist Education Sector in Sri Lanka with prospective institutions in Vietnam, on 25 August 2021. The main purpose of holding the virtual conference was to promote Sri Lanka as the prime destination where prospective Vietnamese monks, nuns, and laymen may learn, practice, and follow the doctrine of the Lord Buddha. The event was attended by more than 100 Vietnamese monks, nuns, and laymen who are willing to further their studies in Sri Lanka. 

The participants actively interacted with representatives from three leading Buddhist education institutes; Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka, Bhikkhu University of Sri Lanka, and the Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy. Information with regard to the prerequisites for diploma, undergraduate, and graduate degree programmes, syllabi, scholarship opportunities, financial requirements, and other logistical details were shared among the participants by the Sri Lankan institutes. Vietnam institutes expressed the willingness of their Vietnamese monks and nuns to avail the services of lecturers from Sri Lanka, either in an online or offline format, to learn Pali and Sanskrit, as well as to explore the possibility of receiving online courses by Sri Lankan academics, especially in the area of Buddhist Counselling Psychology. 

EDB Chairman Suresh de Mel, Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Vietnam Prasanna Gamage, Ambassador of Vietnam in Sri Lanka Ho Thi Thanh Truc, and National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Vice President and Secretary General Ven. Dr. Thich Duc Thien delivered the introductory remarks, highlighting the importance of the Buddhist Education sector and the strengths of Sri Lanka in meeting the relevant requirements. 

Representing the Buddhist education sector of Sri Lanka, Ven. Dr. Lenagala Siriniwasa Thera of the Buddhist and Pali University, Ven. Kirama Vimalatissa Thera of the Bhikkhu University in Anuradhapura, and Assistant Prof. Sarath Chandrasekara from the Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy (SIBA) participated in the conference.

The three main Buddhist Universities of Vietnam in the cities of Ho Chi Minh, Hue, and Can Tho were represented by Buddhist Universities in HCMC and Hue Vice Rectors Ven. Thich Nhat Tu and Ven. Dr. Thich Nguyen Dat, and Khmer Theravada Buddhist University in Can Tho city Deputy Secretary General Ven. Pannamuni, respectively.