• THE 2ND IRUHA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON “INTER-RELIGIOUS RELATIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE WORLD PEACE”

    (Reported from Bangkok, 10-13 March, 2018 by Caodai TV – Photography by Tuan Em and Huu Loi) The two-day 2 nd International Conference on “Inter-religious Relations for Sustainable World  Peace” was jointly held at the Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Salaya, Nakorn Pathom, Thailand by Universal Love and Brotherhood Association Thailand (ULBA Thailand) and Japanese Oomoto’s Universal Love and Botherhood Association from 10 March 2018 to 13 March 2018.  

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  • SCHOLARS FROM SOUTH KOREA, TAIWAN, JAPAN AND USA PAID A VISIT TO CAODAI TAY NINH HOLY SEE

    (Tay Ninh Dec 29, 2017 - Reported by Archbishop Thai Con Thanh – Translated into English by Nguyen Tuan Em) At 10:30 am Friday 29 December 2017, a delegation of distinguished scholars from South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and the US had paid a friendly visit to His Eminence Cardinal Thuong Tam Thanh, Chairman of the Sacerdotal Council of Caodai Tay Ninh Holy See in the Cardinal’s Office. In attendance, there were also : Archbishop Thai Con Thanh, Acting Principal Archbishop of the Buddhist branch Archbishop Ngoc Thuong Thanh , Acting Principal Archbishop of the Confucianist Branch

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  • GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE CAO DAI SACERDOTAL COUNCIL IN 2017

    (Tay Ninh Holy See Dec. 10, 2017 - Translated by Tuan-Em) Pursuant to the Sacerdotal Council’s Decree for 5-year Plan of Religious Activities (From Year of the Dragon 2012 to Year of the Rooster 2017), The 2017 General Assembly of the Sacerdotal Council was held on 07 December 2017 (lunar month 20 th October). The General Assembly of the Sacerdotal Council was aimed at: 1. Approving the Sacerdotal Council’s report on religious activities of the past 5 years 2. Agreeing on the next 5-year Plan of Religious Activities from 2017 to 20 2 2

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  • CAO DAI PRESENTATION AT MISSOURI UNIVERSITY NOV 2017

      (From Columbia, Missouri, 5th November, 2017 – Reported by Nguyen Tan Khoa – Translated into English by Nguyen Tuan Em) Reverend Thuong Canh Thanh (his secular name’s Tran Quang Canh), President of Cao Dai Overseas Missionary, accompanied by a Caodai Follower Nguyen Tan Khoa from New Orleans, Louisiana, visited the University of Missouri in Columbia City in the State of Missouri to make presentation on Cao Dai Religion to students of the Department of Religious Studies from November 1 st , 2017 to November 3 rd , 2017.

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  • SHOW ME MISSOURI BLUES: UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI COLUMBIA HOSTS EVENT ON ASIAN NEW RELIGIONS

    By MASSIMO INTROVIGNE – November 13, 2017 What a good idea to go to Missouri during the Indian summer! We got ideal weather, beautiful colors, and a lot of history in our field trips, from the Westminster College in Fulton, where Winston Churchill (1874–1965) delivered in 1946 his famous speech introducing the expression “Iron Curtain,” to the Amish villages of Missouri, which are less touristy but not less interesting than those in Pennsylvania. And Mizzou, the University of Missouri at Columbia, is a living museum in itself—not only for its beautiful Victorian buildings but for the memories

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  • THE 7th INTERNATIONAL HOLY BOOK CONFERENCE – BANGKOK THAILAND – SEPTEMBER 2017

    (Bangkok September 5 th , 2017 – Reported by Mohammad Jahangir Alam) United Religions Initiative (URI) Cosmic Community Centre and Dr. Alexander Mar Thoma Centre for Dialogue, Kottarakara, Kerala, India,  jointly organized the 7 th International Intertextuality Conference at Students Christian Center, Bangkok Thailand from September 1-3, 2017. Mr. Mohammad Jahangir Alam, a promising Cao Dai research fellow and Associate Professor at the Department of World Religions and Culture of the University of Dhaka was invited to attend the conference and to present a paper titled “ A Critical Analysis of Creation Theory: Cao Dai Perspective ”.

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  • INTERNATIONAL MEETING FOR SPIRITUAL REPRESENTATIVES AND OOMOTO SUMMER GRAND FESTIVAL IN KAMEOKA, KYOTO, JAPAN- AUGUST 2017.

    (Kameoka, Japan – Reported by  CaoDai Tivi – Aug 15, 2017) On the occasion of His Holiness Onisaburo Deguchi’s birthday, Co-Founder of Oomoto Religion and Oomoto Miroku Grand Summer Festival, Jinrui Aizenkai (known by its English name, Universal Love and Brotherhood Association or ULBA) hosted an International Meeting for Spritiual Representatives – Towards the Great Assembly of All Saints, between August 5 th and August 7 th , 2017 at Oomoto Headquarters in Kameoka, Kyoto, Japan.

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  • WORLD RELIGIONS AND SPIRITUALITY - CAODAISM

    Janet Hoskins is Professor of Anthropology and Religion at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.  Her books include The Divine Eye and the Diaspora:  Vietnamese Syncretism Becomes Transpacific Caodaism (2015, University of Hawaii Press),   The Play of Time: Kodi Perspectives on History, Calendars and Exchange (1996 Benda Prize in Southeast Asian Studies, Association of Asian Scholars), and Biographical Objects: How Things Tell the Stories of People’s Lives (1998).  She is the contributing editor of four books: Transpacific Studies: Framing an Emerging Field (with Viet Thanh Nguyen, University of Hawaii 2014), Headhunting and the Social Imagination in Southeast Asia (1996),

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  • THE SACERDOTAL COUNCIL OF CAODAI TAY NINH HOLY SEE ON ITS FIRST EUROPEAN RELIGIOUS TOUR - MAY 2017

    (Tay Ninh Holy See – June 1, 2017 - Reported by Archbishop Thai Con Thanh, Archbishop Ngoc Hong Thanh and Priest Thuong Canh Thanh. Pictures taken by Nguyen Tri Luc- Summarised and Translated by Tuan Em) On Wednesday morning, 10 th May 2017, the delegation of Cao Dai Tay Ninh Holy See’s Sacerdotal Council took the Air France’s flight AF 0253 to Paris - France, beginning their first European Religious Tour to visit and make presentation on the doctrine and philosophy of Cao Dai Religion to professors, students and doctoral candidates at various higher educational institutions.

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  • THE CAO DAI TAY NINH HOLY SEE SACERDOTAL COUNCIL'S PARTICIPATION IN ULBA CONFERENCE IN THAILAND

    (Reported from Bangkok, Thailand on May 21 st , 2016 by Archbishop Thai Con Thanh, Archbishop Ngoc Hong Thanh and Priest Thuong Canh Thanh. Pictures taken by Nguyen Tri Luc- Summarised and Translated by Tuan Em) Having accepted the invitation of the Universal Love and Brotherhood Association – ULBA Thailand, His Eminence Cardinal Thuong Tam Thanh, Chairman of the Sacerdotal Council of Cao Đai Tay Ninh Holy See, together with other distinguished dignitaries arrived in Bangkok to attend the first International Conference on “Universal Love and Brotherhood

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  • CESNUR CONFERENCE 2016 SIGNALS INCREASED INTEREST IN CAODAISM

    (By Jason Greenberger – July 16, 2016) Shortly after Reverend Canh Q. Tran and Deacon Le Van Tua arrived in Korea it was already clear that this journey to the “land of morning calm” would prove to be unforgettable. The pair had opted to come to Korea early, to settle in before the 2016 CESNUR (Center for Studies of New Religions) Conference, “Religious Movements in a Globalized World: Korea, Asia, and Beyond.” Due to the generosity of Daesoon administration including administration Executive Director, Kim Wook (Department of Academic Affairs at the Daesoon Academy of Sciences), they were able to stay at the Daesoonjinrihoe Headquarters in Yeoju

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  • ORDINATION CEREMONY OF DEACON TRAN QUANG CANH TO THE PRIESTHOOD (GIÁO HỮU)

     (Tay Ninh Holy See, February 15, 2016 – By Grzegorz Fraszczak) On the 15th of February 2016, at 10.00 am, Cardinal Thượng Tám Thanh presided at the ceremony of ordaining Deacon Trần Quang Cảnh (religious name: Thượng Cảnh Thanh) to the religious office of Priest (Giáo Hữu). During the same ceremony, three other Cao Dai followers were ordained - two males to the office of Deacon (Lễ Sanh) and one female to the office of Deaconess (Nữ Giáo Thiện). According to the ordination service program, the Cao Dai believers and dignitaries gathered in the temple, and standing duly and respectfully in their places, prayed to God and divine Beings.

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  • 2016 GREAT FESTIVAL COMMEMORATING GOD AT THE CAO DAI HOLY SEE IN TAY NINH

    (Tay Ninh Holy See, February 15, 2016 – By Grzegorz Fraszczak) On the 11th of February , the arrangement of 30 stands accompanying the Great Festival Commemoration Ceremony begun. They were set up along both sides of the Great Unity Square, from the Phạm Hộ Pháp boulevard to the Cao Thượng Phẩm boulevard. On the late afternoon of the 14th of February, the internal and external decorations were basically completed. They consisted of flags, flowers, and lights, creating an enchanting lively atmosphere consonant with the religious tradition. It became even more lively when more and more early visitors arrived.

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  • 69 STUDENTS JOIN THE CAODAI COURSE IN 2016

    (Dhaka, Bangladesh, Jan 01, 2016 – By Associate Prof. Mohammad Jahangir Alam) The BA in World Religions and Culture at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh aims to develop students' knowledge and critical understanding of the different aspects of religions and to cultivate intellectual skills such as the ability to evaluate different interpretations of the faiths and facts on the basis of historical, sociological, psychological, anthropological, philosophical, and theological approaches. As religion has been part of human experience from the earliest traces of human existence, this honors degree aims to ensure a developed understanding of the relationship between religion and the different stages of human civilizations down to the modern period.

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  • THE 90TH GREAT FESTIVAL COMMEMORATING THE HOLY MOTHER GODDESS ( YEAR 2015) AT TAY NINH CAO DAI HOLY SEE

    (Reported from Tay Ninh Cao Dai Holy See on 27 September 2015 by Principal Archbishop Thai Con Thanh. Pictures taken by Nguyen Tri Luc, Ha The Bao, Le Quoc Cuong and Nguyen Minh Kham. Translated into English by Tuan Em & Thuy Trang) At 9:00 a.m on 15 th August, Lunar Year of the Goat (27/09/2015), His Eminence Cardinal Thuong Tam Thanh – Chairman of the Cao Dai Sacerdotal Council, Dignitaries members of the Council, Dignitaries from the nine Cao Đai Religion’s Ministries and thousand dignitaries and followers from nearby parishes  gathered at the Peace Gate to welcome delegations from Japanese Oomoto (51 delegates led by Her Holiness Madame Kurenai Deguchi,

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Doctrine & Philosophy

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WORLD RELIGIONS AND SPIRITUALITY - CAODAISM

WORLD RELIGIONS AND SPIRITUALITY - CAODAISM

Updated 2017-08-27 07:12:45

Janet Hoskins is Professor of Anthropology and Religion at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.  Her books include The Divine Eye and the Diaspora:  Vietnamese Syncretism Becomes Transpacific Caodaism (2015, University of Hawaii Press),   The Play of Time: Kodi Perspectives on History, Calendars and Exchange (1996 Benda Prize in Southeast Asian Studies, Association of Asian Scholars), and Biographical Objects: How Things Tell the Stories of People’s...

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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

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Cao Dai FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Part I

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How did Creation occur in Cao Dai Theology ?   Our theory of Cosmos-genesis has been mirrored by what the scientists call the “Big Bang” theory. The theory of the “Big Bang” when the Universe was created billion years ago was confirmed in our...

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