Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

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Buddhism in Brazil

  • Frank UsarskiEmail author
  • Rafael Shoji
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08956-0_122-1

Introduction

Although Buddhism represents only a small minority in Brazil, it is an integral part of the religious landscape. Today, virtually every Buddhist school has established itself in the country. One finds Theravada circles; Mahayana temples with a Chinese, Japanese, or Korean background; and Vajrayana groups following the teachings of Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya, or Gelugpa masters. Besides “classical”-orientated institutions, there are centers representing more recent developments such as the New Kadampa Tradition, followers of Thich Nhat Hanh, neo-Buddhist movements within the Nichiren branch, as well as institutions whose frequenters study and practice Buddhism in an “ecumenical” sense. This highly diverse configuration is the result of a complex history summarized below.

Key Information

Evolution of the Buddhist Field

The first period of Buddhism in Brazil covers the time between the first half of the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth centuries. It was mainly...

Keywords

Buddhism Brazil Immigration Conversion Adaptation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciência da ReligiãoPontifical University of São PauloSão PauloBrazil