Buddhism in New York State

  • Distance (from Little Falls to Fonda) that the Japanese Buddhist nun Jun-San Yasuda walked in November 2020 to remember the suffering of indigenous people caused by European settlers: 36 miles
  • Size of New York’s largest meditation space, Blue Cliff Monastery’s Great Togetherness Meditation Hall, located in Pine Bush: 9,000 sq. ft.
  • Height of the tallest Buddha statue in the Western Hemisphere, located at Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel, New York: 37 ft.
  • Year the Rochester Zen Center, one of the oldest Zen centers in the US, was founded: 1966
  • Number of centers located in New York City alone: 79
  • Number of Tricycle subscribers: 2,166

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Data from the Pew Research Center, BuddhaNet’s World Buddhist Directory, Atlas Obscura, Rochester Zen Center, correspondence with Blue Cliff Monastery, and Buddhistdoor Global