Buddhists in the World
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|China, liberal est.||80.00%||1,070,893,447|
|China, conservative est.||50.00%||669,308,405|
|Other Asian countries||16.00%||213,492,875|
|Total Buddhists in Asia, lib. est.||1,584,101,744|
|Total Buddhists in Asia, cons. est.||1,182,516,701|
|Canada & N. Am. islands||1.10%||368,447|
|Total Buddhists in N. America||6,503,518|
|Other European countries||0.15%||785,700|
|Total Buddhists in Europe||3,197,966|
|Total Buddhists in Latin America and S. Am.||0.15%||868,929|
|Total Buddhists in Australia & Oceania||1.80%||618,752|
|Total Buddhists in Africa||0.02%||194,550|
|Total Buddhists in the world, liberal est.||1,595,485,458|
|Total Buddhists in the world, conservative est.||1,193,900,416|
Approximately 1.2 billion to 1.6 billion Buddhists in the world.
Last updated: April 2010
- Theravada Buddhists in the World
- List of Buddhist Records and Trivia
- 8 Wonders of the Buddhist World
- The appeal of Buddhism
- Misconceptions about Buddhism
- The Complete Book of Buddha's Lists -- Explained. David N. Snyder, Ph.D., 2006.
- U.S. State Dept. report Approx. 8% to 40% for China. (the report lists 8% but then states that there are "hundreds of millions" of Chinese who practice various religions together, which includes Buddhism).
- BBC News, 2007 Approx. 16% to 23% for China.
- ChinaDaily.com, 2007 Approx. 16% to 21% for China.
- Seanetwork.org article by Dr. A. Smith, 2004 Approx. 50% to 80% for China.
- Global Center for the Study of Contemporary China Approx. 23% to 98% for China (the report lists 23% but states that as many as 98% follow more than one religion, which includes Buddhism).
- Buddhist Channel article, July 7, 2009 Buddhism thrives in China
- Gach, Alpha Books, 2001 Approx. 91% for China.
- http://www.pluralism.org/resources/statistics/ 2% to 4% for U.S.
- http://www.daophatngaynay.com/english/world/facts/conversion-manpreet.htm Mass conversion of dalits in India (untouchables converting to Buddhism)
- http://www.newsweek.com/id/117810/page/1 India 3.25% Buddhist
- For a complete list of references and statistics used, see the article at TheDhamma.com website linked at the top.