• Short Summary

    MORE THAN 500 MILITANT BUDDHISTS ATTENDED A SERVICE IN THE CHOLON DISTRICT OF SAIGON ON WEDNESDAY (14 JANUARY) TO PRAY FOR PEACE.

  • Description

    MORE THAN 500 MILITANT BUDDHISTS ATTENDED A SERVICE IN THE CHOLON DISTRICT OF SAIGON ON WEDNESDAY (14 JANUARY) TO PRAY FOR PEACE.

    THICH (VENERABLE) HO GIAC, LEADER OF THE CONGREGATION AT THE AN QUANG PAGODA, ATTACKED SOUTH VIETNAMESE PRESIDENT THIEU FOR HIS OPPOSITION TO NEUTRALISM AND COALITION AS A COURSE TOWARDS PEACE.

    THE VENERABLE HO GIAC TOLD HIS FOLLOWERS THAT EVERYBODY HAS HIS OWN VIEWPOINT ABOUT PEACE, AND THAT THEREFORE ONE SHOULD NOT CRITICISE THE OTHER FOR NOT SHARING A COMMON VIEW.

    HE CALLED ON THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE PEOPLE, AT LEAST 33 PER CENT OF WHOM ARE PRACTISING BUDDHISTS, TO APPLY WHAT HE CALLED THE CATALYST STRENGTH OF BUDDHA BY NOT USING HATRED AGAINST HATRED.

    HE URGED ALL PARTIES IN THE WAR TO CEASE FIGHTING AND TALK TO ONE ANOTHER UNTIL SOME UNDERSTANDING IS REACHED.

    BEFORE THE SERVICE, HELD ON THE EVE OF "ENLIGHTENMENT DAY" THE ANNIVERSARY OF BUDDHA'S ATTAINMENT OF SPIRITUAL PERFECTION -- THE AN QUANG MILITANTS WELCOMED INTO THEIR MIDST A TOP-RANKING DEFECTOR FROM THE CHURCH'S MODERATE PRO-GOVERNMENT FACTION.

    HE WAS THICH THEIN TUOUG, THE COUNTERPART OF THICH THIEN HOA, CHAIRMAN OF THE AN QUANG'S SECULAR AFFAIRS INSTITUTE RANKING SECOND IN THE HIERARCHY TO THE SUPREME PATRIARCH.

    SOUTH VIETNAM'S BUDDHISTS SPLIT INTO TWO WINGS DURING THE ANTI-GOVERNMENT STRUGGLE MOVEMENT OF 1966.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7M19725UJ2I4EA542Q17DR0IQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA7M19725UJ2I4EA542Q17DR0IQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/01/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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