A Comparison on the structure of Buddhist Sangha Administrative System Between Thailand and Vietnam

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Nguyen Ahn Tuan

Abstract

Since the fi rst day that the “Triple Gems” of the Buddha, Dhamma and Saṅgha had
been established, the Buddha disciples’ community was recognized as the people who will
perform the task of protecting and propagating the Buddha’s teachings after he passed into
Nibbana. Therefore, a solid and united Saṅgha is the most important factor which may help
to develop Buddhism. Here, any organization or association becomes solid when it is wellorganized or it gets a good administrative system. It is also the reason why Buddhist Saṅgha
needs a good and well-organized administrative system. In each Buddhist country, there are
many factors that make the structure of Saṅgha administrative system different from other
countries. Besides the differences, there are also some similarities even when we compare
the structure of Buddhist Saṅgha administrative system between two different countries. This
article is going to compare the structure of Buddhist Saṅgha administrative system between
Vietnam and Thailand since their beginning until now in order to show how is different
and similar on the structure of Buddhist Saṅgha administrative system between those two
countries. The article focuses on sub-topics such as the different historical background of
the establishment, the policies of the different government and the Saṅgha Act or Saṅgha
administrative regulation, etc., which make the differences and similarities on the structure
of the Buddhist Saṅgha administrative system between Thailand and Vietnam.

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Tuan, N. A. (2018). A Comparison on the structure of Buddhist Sangha Administrative System Between Thailand and Vietnam. The Journal of International Association of Buddhist Universities (JIABU), 11(3), 65–83. Retrieved from https://so06.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/Jiabu/article/view/219049
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