Demographics of Buddhism

It looks like Wikipedia needs to update their numbers! The last time I checked the estimate on the number of practicing Buddhists around the world was 200-250 million people.

But according to Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, & World Affairs, the number is actually 470 million!!

Now that’s of course the big tent of Buddhism including Theravada (Hinayana) and Mahayana schools as well as Tibetan Buddhists and every other variety you can think of. And here I thought that the SGI with 12 million members worldwide was a big organization!

It’ll be interesting to see during my lifetime how that number changes and if Buddhism will continue to provide answers and clarity for hundreds of millions of people around the world. Wouldn’t it be something in this time of marches and protests for all the Buddhists to stand up and chant/meditate/pray for world peace together?

Respectfully,

Buddhist Next Door

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