[Buddha-l] Vietnamese Buddhism

Dan Lusthaus vasubandhu at earthlink.net
Wed Dec 8 15:41:48 MST 2010

Hi Brad,

A good overview book of Vietnamese Buddhism is a sorely needed desideratum, 
but in the meantime:

Aside from the many works by Thich Nhat Hanh (the earlier, the better, IMO. 
His first book, Lotus on Fire, written during the Vietnam War about the war, 
has been out of print for a long time, but worth a look if you can find a 

Cuong tu Nguyen. _Zen in Medieval Vietnam : A Study and Translation of Thien 
Uyen Tap Anh_ University of Hawaii Press, 1998
(tr. of an important Vietnamese text on the history of Buddhism in Vietnam)

Sister Chan Khong. _Learning True Love: Practicing Buddhism in a Time of 
War_ Parallax Press; Revised edition, 2007
(autobiography of a Vietnamese Nun)

Văn Minh Phạm. _Vietnamese engaged Buddhism: The struggle movement of 
1963-1966_ Văn Nghệ, 2002. (out of print)

Thiện Ân. _The Zen-Pure Land union and modern Vietnamese Buddhism: 
Edited, annotated, and developed by Carol Smith_
International Buddhist Meditation Center, 1971. (out of print)


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