Vietnamese Buddhism…on the Eve of the 40th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon

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Vietnamese Buddhism….On the Eve of the 40th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon

An offering of perspectives on Vietnamese Buddhism. First, from general sources and then  my experiences practicing in Vietnam 2006-2007 in the Truc Lam Zen tradition. Van Tran, a member of A2Z, shared also her family’s background and experiences with Buddhism both in Vietnam and in the United States.

Sources used:

  • As I appreciated that Barbara O’Brien‘s inclusion of key Vietnamese historical points, from  Buddhism in Vietnam
  • Faces of Buddhism in America, ed. by C. Prebish and K. Tanaka
  • Buddhism Like Water: The Vietnamese American Buddhist Community by Thich Minh Duc from BPF’s Turning Wheel’s  Buddhist of Asian Descent in the USA issue.

Books mentioned in the video and useful on this topic:

  • Learning True Love: Practicing Buddhism in a Time of War
    Sister Chan Kong
  • Master Tang Hoi: First Zen Teacher in Vietnam and China   Thich Nhat Hanh

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Photo: A design I made in the rock garden by one of the nunnery’s dorms while I was practicing at Truc Lam (Bamboo Forest) Monastery in Dalat, Vietnam.

Just for fun, here’s a picture of Master Thich Thanh Tu and the nuns during that Rain Retreat/Ango/Practice Period in 2007!

Master TTT and Nuns

And, just to round things out…One of these nuns (a teacher; too hard to “point to” in writing in this picture), was sent in 2012 to be the Abbess at a developing nunnery near Sacramento. She came with some Dharma sisters and lay supporters (who’s “job,” traditionally, it is to drive the nuns around; paying and taking care of everything) on a visit to SFZC City Center. Link to their nunnery: Thien Vien Dieu Nhan


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