10. In The World Buddhist Community
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Hoa Hao Buddhism is today one of the five most important religions in Vietnam. With a mass of over two millions faithfuls closely united in their faith, Hoa Hao Buddhism has become an influential force in the country. This force is so well organized that it can not only survive but still develop through severe trials and hardships.
The Hoa Hao Buddhist Church has been a founding member of the Vietnamese Interfaith Council, a body set up with a view of promoting harmony between major religions in Vietnam such as: Catholicism, Buddhism, Hoa Hao Buddhism, Caodaism, Protestanism... At the same time, the Hoa Hao Community is taking part in activities at the national level befitting a state religion. Outside the country, Hoa Hao Buddhist Teachings have received warm welcome and praise from many intellectual circles in the East as well as in the West.
Where do the successes of Hoa Hao Buddhism come from? The answer is simple: Hoa Hao Buddhism is not an entirely new religion in Vietnam. It is in fact a Buddhism based on the fundamental teachings of Shakyamuni combined with two other great and ancient oriental philosophies, Confucianism and Taoism , whose deep influence in the heart of the Vietnamese people has formed a typically Vietnamese system of religious thinking.
With over two millions faithfuls and the extreme richness of its doctrine, Hoa Hao Buddhism has been a very influential Vietnamese Church which, along with other Buddhist Churches in the world, is working for the propagation of Buddhist thought and is guiding mankind toward a new society, new spiritual values, and the deliverance of mankind.