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 Nationality Notes Refs.
David Yonggi Cho South Korean senior pastor of the Yoido Full Gospel Church [1]
Mitsuo Fuchida Japanese Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service captain noted for involvement in the attack on Pearl Harbor who later became an evangelist [2][3]
Zack Lee Indonesian actor and boxer [4]
Jaruvan Maintaka Thai former Auditor-General of Thailand [5]
Chieko N. Okazaki American Relief Society leader [6]
Talduwe Somarama Sri Lankan former Buddhist monk and assassin [7]
Charlie Soong Chinese businessman and missionary [8]
Janice Vidal Hong Konger singer [9][10]
Paul Williams English professor in Indian religions at the University of Bristol [11]
Vanness Wu Taiwan actor and singer [12]




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  9. ^ Janice Vidal (2009). Twins effect inspires Janice Vidal (衛蘭) (interview footage). Hong Kong: South China Morning Post. 
  10. ^ Janice: Except God, I trust Leon the Most (Traditional Chinese), Oriental Daily, Retrieved on 2010-07-08
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ Tan, Theresa. "Vanness Wu: Christian First, Entertainer Second". City News. Retrieved March 20, 2009. 
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  25. ^ Maldives By Stefania Lamberti, pg.15
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