If there’s anything we American Buddhists love to talk about, it’s the emerging face of American Buddhism—whatever that means. Despite all the chatter, in my humble opinion the average American Buddhist isn’t all that informed about some very basic realities of American Buddhism: who its adherents are, where they are located, what kind of Buddhism they practice, etc. Cue the Huffington Post, who this week published a slideshow of “Most and Least Buddhist Cities in America,” based off of 2010 data by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Although HuffPo reports that “the survey differentiates between specific denominations,” that’s not exactly true; the survey actually lumps all of the Buddhist traditions into one category called “Buddhist groups.” So although it might not tell us in a very detailed way which Buddhists are practicing where, it is interesting to take a look at the survey’s Buddhist adherent population penetration map:
Elsewhere in the world, the techno-Buddhist crusade marches onward. A temple in Thailand is building a statue of Phra Sivali who, instead of carrying the traditional walking stick, umbrella, and alms bowl, will forego the stick for…an iPad. Somewhere, Steve Jobs is celebrating the beginning of his total world domination.