Since 1991, when Tricycle first appeared on newsstands, the number of Buddhist communities in the United States has risen dramatically. Once a monoculture of centers in the college towns of New England and the East Asian immigrant communities of Hawaii and the West Coast, American Buddhism is significantly more geographically diverse in 2016. We developed our map using data from the World Buddhist Directory posted online by the nonprofit information network BuddhaNet, established in 1992 by the Australian monk Ven. Pannyavaro. The resulting map hosts a dense thicket of pins, each representing a Buddhist community. From Alabama to Wyoming, the map identifies the locations of more than 2,000 currently active Buddhist entities across the United States: temples, monasteries, meditation centers, mindfulness groups, and other established gatherings. With Buddhism now represented by practitioners in every state, the reach of the dharma extends farther than the earliest generations of American Buddhists must have imagined it ever would. Indeed, the 21st century also bears witness to an increasingly global dharma.



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