EA presents: Alexander Soucy
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 4:30 PM
341 Eggers Hall
Alexander Soucy, Associate Professor at St. Mary's University, Halifax
Zen Conquests: Buddhist Transformations in Contemporary Vietnam
up of Vietnam since the 1990s and the acceleration of global communication and
travel has influenced the practice of Buddhism at the local level in Vietnam.
The main manifestation can be seen in the establishment of large Zen Buddhist
organizations that are successfully introducing a radically secular,
nationalistic, and individualistic form of Buddhist modernism. This presentation is based on archival work
on the Buddhist reform movement in Vietnam and on ethnographic material
gathered from 2005 to the present.
an Associate Professor at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, and the chair of
the Religious Studies Department. He is the author of The Buddha Side: Gender, Power, and
Buddhist Practice in Vietnam (2012). His current research looks at transnational
Vietnamese Buddhism and the rising popularity of Zen in Vietnam.
Open to the public.
Sponsored by the East Asia Program at the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs and the Department of Religion and the Department of Anthropology
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