The largest religion in Vietnam is Buddhism.
The largest religion in Vietnam is Buddhism. This ancient religion has played a significant role in shaping Vietnamese culture, values, and traditions for over two thousand years. Buddhism was introduced to Vietnam from India in the 3rd century BCE and has since become deeply rooted in the country.
Buddhism in Vietnam is predominantly Mahayana Buddhism, which emphasizes the path of compassion and altruism. Mahayana Buddhism is known for its veneration of bodhisattvas, enlightened beings who delay their own entry into nirvana to help others achieve enlightenment. This form of Buddhism resonates with the Vietnamese people’s belief in the importance of benevolence and kindness towards others.
The influence of Buddhism in Vietnam can be observed in numerous aspects of daily life, from the abundance of Buddhist temples, pagodas, and monasteries across the country to the presence of monks and nuns actively engaged in religious practices and community service. Buddhism has also left its mark on Vietnamese art and literature, inspiring numerous sculptures, paintings, and poems.
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” – Buddha
Interesting facts about Buddhism in Vietnam:
- According to the 2019 census, more than 14% of the Vietnamese population identifies as Buddhist.
- Vietnamese Buddhism incorporates various local customs and beliefs, such as ancestor worship and spirit veneration, creating a unique blend of religious practices.
- The famous Perfume Pagoda, located in Hanoi, is one of the most significant Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Vietnam.
- Vietnamese Buddhists celebrate Vesak, also known as Buddha’s Birthday, with colorful processions, ceremonies, and acts of charity.
- A renowned Buddhist scholar, Thich Nhat Hanh, was born in Vietnam. His teachings on mindfulness and peace have garnered international acclaim.
Here is a basic table showcasing the religious demographics in Vietnam (as of 2019):
Note: The percentages are approximate and may vary slightly based on different sources and methodologies used.
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Among the religions in Vietnam, Buddhism has the most followers.
Religious activities banned include those that infringe on national defense, harm social ethics and disunite the nation. The Vietnamese government currently recognizes 39 religious organizations from 13 religions, with 24 million followers. The reaction from faith figures has not been very enthusiastic.
Islam in Vietnam is primarily the religion of the Cham people, a minority ethnic group related to Malays; however, roughly one-third of the Muslims in Vietnam are of other ethnic groups. However, there is a community describing themselves of mixed ethnic origins (Cham, Khmer, Malay, Minang, Viet, Chinese and Arab), who practice Islam and are also known as Cham, or Cham Muslims, around the region of Chau Doc in the Southwest.
Vietnamese are free to practice any religion, or none at all; most are either Buddhist, Christian, or atheist. Buddhists live throughout Vietnam, and there is a large Christian minority, especially in the central and southern parts of the country.
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Buddhism is the leading religion of the country, with 55% identifying as Buddhist. Confucianism and Taoism denote an ancient and profound Chinese influence. The first Portuguese missionaries arrived in Vietnam in the sixteenth century and today Catholics represent about 7% of the population.
- Irreligion/folk belief (73.7%)
- Buddhism (14.9%)
- Catholicism (7.4%)
- Protestantism (1.1%)
- Hoahaoism Buddhism (1.5%)
- Caodaism (Including combine Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism) (1.2%)
- Others (0.2%)