Friday, March 06, 2009

Book: Phat Giao & Cuoc Sang

Our library here at the University of California, Berkeley, received the following book which might be of interest (sorry for the lack of diacritics):

Phat Giao & Cuoc Song: Chan dung & doi thoai, edited by Nguyen Ba Hoan, published in Hanoi in 2007 by Nha Xuat Ban Lao Dong (Labor publishing house). 255 pages.

This is about Buddhism in Vietnam today, based on interviews with Thich Nhat Hanh, and the following monks based in Vietnam: Thich Vien Minh, Thich Nhat Quang, Thich Thien Phung, Thich Chan Tinh, thich Nhat Tu and Thich Thien Sang. Unfortunately, as this is from a government owned publisher (as are all legal publishers in Vietnam), the book does not allow for alternative views on this issue, such as from Thich Quang Do, leader of the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam. Nevertheless, it would probably be useful for those researching Buddhism in Vietnam today.


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