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date: 19 October 2019

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The Vietnamese have had a particularly traumatic experience throughout the twentieth century. Colonial domination, decades of some of the most brutal warfare the world has ever seen, and the dispersal of Vietnamese refugees throughout the globe have made a strong impact on the way that Vietnamese Buddhism is practiced and perceived. Vietnamese Buddhism, while still mainly devotional in nature, is increasingly being influenced by the notion that Zen Buddhism is a central part of the tradition. This chapter will examine the history that has led to these changes, while describing some elements of the way that Buddhism is practiced today in Vietnam and by the overseas Vietnamese communities.

Keywords: Vietnamese Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, refugees, colonial, devotional

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