A philosophical assessment of the changing trends of Buddhism in contemporary Vietnam
Tuan Van Chu
Since the beginning of the Doi Moi Renovation in Vietnam, major changes have taken place in religions. Mainstream religions such as Christianity and especially Buddhism have been revitalized and begun to develop rapidly. Based on the results of recent field trips and surveys, the author seeks to generalize the changing trends of Buddhism in contemporary Vietnam and assess these philosophically. The main foci of his analysis are on Buddhist faith, practice, and community. This research illustrates that the remarkable changes in Vietnamese Buddhism in the last 15 years can be seen as a consequence of the economic, political, social renovation, and of innovative efforts by Buddhists themselves.
Key words: Changing trends, Buddhism, faith, practice, community, karma
Pages: 40 - 50