This work on Vietnamese Buddhism from its beginnings through
the 20th century provides much evidence requiring Western Buddhologists
to radically revise their heretofore accepted time-table for the arrival and
development of Buddhism in Vietnam. It provides previously unknown
data, details of nomenclature, time, and place, scrupulously gathered from
archeological finds and ancient archival records by Vietnamese researchteams.
Providing much historical analysis and cultural interpretation along
the way, this work carries its project forward through the various royal
dynasties and the French colonial period.