British Buddhism: Teachings, Practice And Development by Robert Bluck

By Robert Bluck

British Buddhism offers an invaluable perception into modern British Buddhist perform. It presents a survey of the seven greatest Buddhist traditions within the uk, together with the wooded area Sangha (Theravada) and the Samatha belief (Theravada), the Serene mirrored image Meditation culture (Soto Zen) and Soka Gakkai (both initially Japanese), the Tibetan Karma Kagyu and New Kadampa traditions and associates of the Western Buddhist Order. according to vast fieldwork, this attention-grabbing book determines how and to what volume British Buddhist teams are altering from their Asian roots, and even if any varieties of British Buddhism are commencing to emerge. regardless of the recognition of Buddhism in Britain, there has to date been no examine documenting the total variety of teachings and practice. This is an original study that fills this hole and serves as an enormous reference aspect for extra reports during this more and more renowned box.

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There have been several recent published estimates of the numbers of Buddhists in Britain. Weller (RelUK, 2001: 33) gave the lowest figure as 30,000, though he added that the ethnic Chinese community might boost the overall figure to as many as 130,000. Baumann (2002: 95–6) suggested that there are 180,000 British Buddhists, with perhaps 130,000 of them coming from Asia (and so about 50,000 ‘convert Buddhists’), though he warned that giving figures for European countries is ‘a risky undertaking, due to methodological uncertainties’.

Note There are 645 groups and centres listed (982 including the claimed NKT and SGI groups), though several practise in more than one tradition. There may also be further unrecorded university groups. There have been several recent published estimates of the numbers of Buddhists in Britain. Weller (RelUK, 2001: 33) gave the lowest figure as 30,000, though he added that the ethnic Chinese community might boost the overall figure to as many as 130,000. Baumann (2002: 95–6) suggested that there are 180,000 British Buddhists, with perhaps 130,000 of them coming from Asia (and so about 50,000 ‘convert Buddhists’), though he warned that giving figures for European countries is ‘a risky undertaking, due to methodological uncertainties’.

Many of these are small local groups, and it would be wholly unrealistic to think that they have 60 members on average (bringing the total neatly up to 60,000). This confirms the suggestion that many Buddhists in Britain have little formal contact with Buddhist groups, practising instead on their own, and perhaps visiting Buddhist centres occasionally for festivals or retreats. We still do not know how many British Buddhists practise in the Theravada, Tibetan or Zen traditions, or as what might clumsily be termed ‘unaffiliated convert Buddhists’.

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