A BRIEF COMPARISON OF KOREAN AND VIETNAM BUDDHISM
05/02/2010 09:59 (GMT+7)
As relative newcomers to Korea and students of Vietnamese Buddhism, we have naturally drawn comparisons between Korean and Vietnamese Buddhism. Unfortunately, we have discovered a Buddhism in Korea racked by internal divisions, under assault from Christian extremists on one hand and in danger of being eclipsed by Christian activists on the other, with temples that seemed deserted, and monks and nuns who are reluctant to talk to Westerners. In many ways, Korean Buddhism seems hidden and kept out of the view of many observers while Christianity has very high visibility in this society. These conditions have lead us to conclude that Buddhism is in serious decline in Korea.
A brief history of Vietnamese Buddhism
05/02/2010 09:59 (GMT+7)
Vietnamese Buddhism has a long history of more than 2000 years. Its origin dates back to the 3rd century B.C., when numerous Buddhist missions were sent abroad by Emperor Asoka to disseminate Lord Buddha’s Teachings in such distant countries beyond the borders of India as those in Africa, West and Central Asia as well as South East Asia including Malaysia, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and North Vietnam, which was known then as Giao Chau ( modern Bac Ninh province ).

BUDDHISM IN VIETNAM
05/02/2010 10:12 (GMT+7)
Vietnam has a population of about 25 million inhabitants, a fifth of which is imposed of mountain tribes. It is believed that of the rest at least three fourths, that is to say 15 million are "cool or warm Buddhists," according to a very accurate term of a French author - the reason is that the "Light of Asia" spread over the country in the very early days, from the beginning of the second century of the Christian era [*].
MOST VENERABLE THICH QUANG DUC
05/02/2010 10:36 (GMT+7)
For many Americans, the dramatic photo of the Thich Quang Duc’s self-immolation in 1963 constitutes their most enduring memory of the Vietnam War. In June of that year, as the Buddhist rebellion against Ngo Dinh Diem gained momentum, the elderly monk sat in a lotus position on a busy Saigon street and set himself on fire. This first and most spectacular self-immolation of the 1963 Buddhist crisis, an incredible act of protest that galvanized world opinion, served as a moving example of South Vietnamese resistance to the Diem regime that stamped an image on the Vietnam war that has never faded away.

Notes on Vietnam Pagodas
05/02/2010 10:49 (GMT+7)
Evolution of architecture - A pagoda (from tamioul, pagoda, and from Sanskrit, bhagavat) is a building consecrated to the cult of Buddha, also an abode for monks. It comes from the Indian stupa. According to Thuy Kinh Chu, Indian King Asoka made people build at Luy Lau (in ancient Bac Ninh province) a stupa, which was considered the most ancient religious building on Vietnamese soil (3rd B.C.). At the beginning of the Christian era, the pagoda was called Tong Mieu or Mieu duong, but no vestige was left. In XIth century, Buddhism saw a full bloom. Pagodas were classified into 3 categories:
Prominent Figures of Vietnamese Buddhism
05/02/2010 10:57 (GMT+7)
As a king and as a Buddhist practitioner, Tran Thai Tong was much interested in the study of Chinese civilization to draw from it necessary lessons for the exercise of his political duty. He was devoted to Buddhism both for his personal awakening and that of his people. He founded in 1253 in the capital a national institute, erected statutes in honor of Chu Cong, Confucius, Mencius. He ordered the painting of portraits of 72 Wisemen for their celebration.

Conversation With a Dhyanist Monk
20/02/2010 11:44 (GMT+7)
In the early 80s, I had the occasion of reading the French version of Zen doctrine by the Japanese professor D.T. Suzuki, a book lent to me by writer Nguyen Huu Dang. A volume of that work, "Satori" catches my attention. I have consulted many French and Vietnamese dictionaries in my possession and acquired a clear enough explanation of that key-word of Buddhism.
Struggling For Peace:
The Unrecognized Sacrifices of Buddhist Women During the Vietnam War
20/02/2010 11:43 (GMT+7)
In May 1967, a young South Vietnamese Buddhist woman named Nhat Chi Mai penned a series of letters to the combatants in her homeland and the president of the United States and then immolated herself in an attempt to stop the conflict in her nation. In her message to Lyndon Johnson, she asked the US leader.....

Thao - Duong  Zen School:
The Zen-Pure Land Union and Modern
Vietnamese Buddhism
20/02/2010 11:43 (GMT+7)
Before considering the Zen-Pure Land union as introduced to Vietnam through the Thảo - Đườngng school, let us survey the Vietnamese Buddhist scene from the Ddinh (969-981) to Trần (1225-1400) dynasties when Buddhism developed from a national religion to a nationalist religion before merging with aspects of Taoist and Confucian
Do You Remember? A Buddhist reflection
26/03/2010 11:16 (GMT+7)
The inconvenience of carrying a notebook is offset by the delight ofrealizing, at least to some extent, "why the sea is boiling hot, andwhether pigs have wings." An insight into existence and nonexistence andtheir complementarity, and other similarly deep realizations, can beliberating, and I treat my notebook as simply part of a larger practice.

Dau Pagoda – An initial Source of Buddhism in Vietnam
25/03/2010 01:32 (GMT+7)
Dau Pagoda is located in Thanh Khuong village, Thuan Thanh district, Bac Ninh Province, about 30km from Hanoi. Being a center of the ancient Luy Lau Citadel that dates back to the second century A.D, this pagoda is considered the most ancient religious structure and an initial source of Buddhism in Vietnam.
But Thap Pagoda
25/03/2010 01:30 (GMT+7)
The pagoda was built under the dynasty of King Tran Thanh Tong (1258-1278) and rebuilt in 1647 in the Le Dynasty by Chinese Zen Buddhist priest Zhus Zhus, known as Chuyet Chuyet in Vietnamese. Legend has it that when leaving his former pagoda on the northern bank of the Duong River

Phat Tich Pagoda - Bac Ninh province
25/03/2010 00:50 (GMT+7)
Phat Tich Pagoda or Van Phuc Pagoda originally named Thien Phuc Tu - is situated on the side of Lan Kha mountain, Phat Tich village, Tien Du district, presently Phuong Hoang village, Tien Son district, Ha Bac province.
THE INTRODUCTION TO THE VIETNAMESE TRIPITAKA TRANSLATION PROJECT
26/03/2010 10:50 (GMT+7)
Before His reaching Nirvana, the Buddha had given the last admonition to His disciples that: “the Dharma which I have taught and the Fundamental Laws enacted, will be your guidance now that I no longer remain with you.” To comply with the Lord Buddha’s last teachings,

BUDDHISM & THE YOUTH
26/03/2010 11:15 (GMT+7)
Ever since a very young age, the rather slim monk with sharply glinting eyes, had many times been at the podium of the Van Hanh Buddhist University (in Saigon before 1975) to lecture tirelessly on topics ranging from Ancient and Modern as well as Eastern and Western philosophical topics, to profound debates on the Original,
Buddhist Contribution to Good Governance
and Development in Vietnam
26/03/2010 11:14 (GMT+7)
Since the introduction of Buddhism into Vietnam, Buddhist teachings are not only for monks and nuns, but also for the society as a whole including the majority of men and women of every class of life. Actually, the first Buddhist work still extant in Vietnam

The Emperor Nhân Tông’s Monastic Life
26/03/2010 11:13 (GMT+7)
As various attempts to keep peace and improve the people’s living in the postwar period were proceeding, the Emperor Nhân Tông decided to hand over the imperial throne to his son Trần Anh Tông in the 3rd month of Quý Tỵ (1293)
The Emperor Nhân Tông and the Trúc Lâm School
26/03/2010 11:13 (GMT+7)
According to various historical materials of Vietnam, the Emperor Nhân Tông is recognized to be the founder of the Trúc Lâm Dhyāna School, which flourished for a long time in the history of Vietnamese Buddhism. In spite of this, it has been generally assumed...

Theravada Buddhism in Vietnam
05/04/2010 02:25 (GMT+7)
Buddhism came to Vietnam in the first century CE [1]. By the end of the second century, Vietnam developed a major Buddhist centre in the region, commonly known as the Luy-Lâu centre, now in the Bắc-Ninh province, north of the present Hanoi city.
The Self-Immolation of Thich Quang Duc
05/04/2010 02:24 (GMT+7)
June 11, 1963, in Saigon, Vietnam, a Buddhist monk, Thich Quang Duc immolated himself in a busy intersection. The following is an excerpt taken from my Manufacturing Religion, pp. 167-177, which discusses this incident.

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