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Publication Date

Fall 2009

Program Name

Viet Nam: National Development and Globalization

Abstract

The religion in Vietnam has come to a turning point. Buddhism has been revived and the people of this country are taking interest in this renewed Buddhism. I visited several of the revitalized Truc Lam Zen monasteries and discussed with monks their current practices. I also read an article that addresses this new phenomenon in Vietnam and criticizes its origination. I interviewed two laity about their experiences and opinions about the rising Buddhism in Vietnam today. I found that there are several factors contributing to this new attraction, particularly in the younger generation. I concluded with agreeing with my last two interviewees that as long as the people of Vietnam are content with their newfound spirituality, its origin is of little consequence.

Disciplines

History of Religions of Eastern Origins | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

 

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