Buddhism in Massachusetts:

Percentage of adults who meditate at least once a week: 31%

Number of Buddhist organizations: 90

Year that Sharon Salzberg, Jack Kornfield, and Joseph Goldstein founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre: 1975

Year that the New England Peace Pagoda, the first of Japanese monk Nichidatsu Fujii’s shrines to world peace in the US, was constructed in Leverett: 1985

Year that The Dial published a translated excerpt from the Lotus Sutra: 1844

Year of the Dalai Lama’s first visit to Boston: 1991

Percentage of Buddhist adults: 1%

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Data from BuddhaNet’s World Buddhist Directory, Pew Research Center, New England Peace Pagoda, Insight Meditation Society, and The Boston Globe

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