Buddhism in Southeast Asia

Buddhism in Southeast Asia

Buddhism in Southeast Asia is mostly Theravadin [ [http://www.answers.com/topic/theravada Answers.com] (see "Buddhism Dictionary: Theravada")] . Vietnam however had in pre-Communist times a Mahayana majority due to Chinese influence. [ [http://www.cpamedia.com/culture/vietnam_buddhist_temples/ CPAmedia: Buddhist Temples of Vietnam] ] Indonesia was Mahayana Buddhist since the time of the Sailendra and Srivijaya empires [ [http://www.spm.org.sg/exhibition/buddhism/spread_southern_southeast_asia.html Singapore Philatelic Museum website: Southward Expansion of Mahayana Buddhism - Southeast Asia] ] but Mahayana Buddhism in Indonesia is now largely practiced by the Chinese diaspora, as in Singapore and Malaysia.

Southeast Asian countries with a Theravada Buddhist majority are Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Burma.

Mahayana Buddhism with traditional Chinese religions such as Taoism and Confucianism (Ancestor Worship) is the predominant religion of mostly Chinese communities in Singapore where the it's the largest religion; while in Malaysia, Brunei, Philippines and Indonesia it is a strong minority. Vietnam's current largest religion is still Mahayana Buddhism.

Buddhism in Southeast Asian countries

*Buddhism in Brunei
*Buddhism in Cambodia
*Buddhism in Indonesia
*Buddhism in Laos
*Buddhism in Malaysia
*Buddhism in Burma
*Buddhism in the Philippines
*Buddhism in Singapore
*Buddhism in Thailand
*Buddhism in Vietnam

ee also

*Buddhism in Asia
*Buddhism in East Asia
*Buddhism by region
*Buddhism by country


External links

* [http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/buddhistworld/southeast.htm Buddhanet: Buddhism in Southeast Asia]

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