Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

2019 Edition
| Editors: Henri Gooren

Chinese Buddhism

  • Rafael ShojiEmail author
  • Hugo Córdova Quero
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-27078-4_118


Chinese Buddhism is a fast-growing religious movement in Latin America. One important aspect of this growth is the presence of Chinese immigrants in literally every country in the continent, a feature that dates back to the first part of the sixteenth century. On the other hand, the conversion rate of Westerners to Buddhism has increased since the second half of the twentieth century. Heirs of more than 2,000 years of influence in China, the Chinese Buddhist organizations in Latin America thrive not only in their religious practices but also in their cultural influence amidst the continent’s societies.


“Chinese Buddhism” includes different philosophies, religious practices, and cultural values of diverse organizations whose commonality is to follow the teachings of the Buddha. Placing this diversity under the umbrella term “Chinese Buddhism” risks to simplify and erode the richness and particularities of many key figures and schools of Buddhism that developed in...


Ch’an Pure Land Buddhism Migration connection Brazil Argentina Peru 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciência da ReligiãoPontifical University of São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.CERALPontifical University of São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Starr King SchoolGraduate Theological UnionBerkeleyUSA