List of former Buddhists

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The following is a list of former Buddhists who no longer identify as such, organized by their current religious affiliation or ideology.


Name Notes
David Yonggi Cho Korean Christian leader; Senior Pastor of the Yoido Full Gospel Church[1]
Mitsuo Fuchida Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service Captain noted for involvement in the attack on Pearl Harbor. He later became a Christian evangelist[2][3]
Jaruvan Maintaka Auditor-General of the Kingdom of Thailand[4]
Chieko N. Okazaki Relief Society leader (convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)[5]
Talduwe Somarama former Buddhist monk and assassin[6]
Charlie Soong Chinese missionary[7]
Paul Williams a professor in Indian Religions at the University of Bristol, England. Williams was a Buddhist for many years but has since converted to Roman Catholicism.[8]
Vanness Wu Taiwanese actor and singer [9]
Janice Vidal Hong Kong singer[10][11]




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  2. ^ "Christianity Today newsletter". Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  3. ^ From Pearl Harbor to Calvary by Mitsuo Fuchida.
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  5. ^ “New Relief Society General Presidency Called,” Ensign, May 1990, pp. 110–11.
  6. ^ "Ceylon: To Find Forgiveness - TIME". 1962-07-13. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  7. ^ "The Chinese Revolution and Chinese Communism". Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  8. ^ Buddhism: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies Edited and with a new introduction by Paul Williams (London: Routledge, 2005). Eight volumes. ISBN 978-0-415-33226-2
  9. ^ Tan, Theresa. "Vanness Wu: Christian First, Entertainer Second". City News. Retrieved March 20, 2009. 
  10. ^ Janice Vidal (2009). Twins effect inspires Janice Vidal (衛蘭) (interview footage). Hong Kong: South China Morning Post. 
  11. ^ Janice: Except God, I trust Leon the Most (Traditional Chinese), Oriental Daily, Retrieved on 2010-07-08
  12. ^ Thakur, Upendra. The Hunas in India. The Chowkhamba Senskrit, Banaras, 1967.
  13. ^ Dona Catherina: the last empress of Lanka Lanka Library
  14. ^ Divatia 42
  15. ^ Divatia, N. B. (1993). Gujarati Language and Literature. Asian Educational Services. ISBN 8120606485. 
  16. ^ Coins of India Calcutta : Association Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1922
  17. ^ Kennedy, Hugh (2004). The Prophet and the Age of the Caliphates. Longman. pp. 137, 143. 
  18. ^ Mahmud Ghazan. Encyclopædia Britannica. 2007. Britannica Concise Encyclopedia. 2 July 2007.
  19. ^ Genghis Khan: his life and legacy By Paul Ratchnevsky, Thomas Nivison Haining, pg. 204
  20. ^ The Cambridge history of Iran, Volume 5 By University of Cambridge, pg. 204
  21. ^ Limbert, J. W. (2004). Shiraz in the age of Hafez: the glory of a medieval Persian city. Seattle: University of Washington Press. p.87
  22. ^ A Sketch of the History of Hindustan from the First Muslim Conquest to the Fall of the Mughal Empire by H. G. Keene
  23. ^ Moore, Abd al-Hayy.CHOOSING ISLAM: ONE MAN'S TALE. University of New Hampshire.
  24. ^ Maldives By Stefania Lamberti, pg.15
  25. ^ "The Chaghadaids and Islam: the conversion of Tarmashirin Khan (1331-34). - Journal, Magazine, Article, Periodical". 2002-10-01. Retrieved 2010-04-07. 
  26. ^ "Peace Tv". Retrieved 2010-04-07.