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%
View past installments of Buddhism by the Numbers: 30 Years of Tricycle, Climate Change and Pilgrimage Sites, COVID-19, The Economics of Mindfulness, Australia, Oregon, New York, Armenia, Hawaii, California.
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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