Vietnamese Buddhists Struggle to Carve Out a Space

August 22, 2005

Source: NCM

On August 22, 2005 New California Media reported, "Places of worship are growing in Australia at a phenomenal rate. In Sydney alone, there are more than 150 Buddhist temples. But while large mosques and temples have the funding to deal with bureaucracy, many home-converted temples run into problems. Neighbors may complain about noise, parking and the smell of incense. Last June, Andrew Lam, author of 'Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora' talked to Abbess Ven. Thich Nu Phuoc Hoan, a Buddhist nun who operates the Thien Hoa temple in Southwest Sydney. The conversation was in Vietnamese." The article continues with an English transcript of this conversation.