Buddhism entered Cambodia through two different streams.

The earliest forms of Buddhism, along with Hindu influences, entered the Funan kingdom with Hindu merchants.

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The wat (Buddhist monastery) and Sangha (monkhood), together with essential Buddhist doctrines such as reincarnation and the accumulation of merit, are at the centre of religious life, but interact with indigenous beliefs such as the central role of ancestors and spirits.

The history of Buddhism in Cambodia spans nearly two thousand years, across a number of successive kingdoms and empires.

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In later history, a second stream of Buddhism entered Khmer culture during the Angkor empire when Cambodia absorbed the various Buddhist traditions of the Mon kingdoms of Dvaravati and Haripunchai.