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The East-West twain are beginning to meet

According to a 2008 report from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, Buddhism has become the third most popular religion in the US after Christianity and Judaism. In fact, the most complex Buddhist city in the world is now Los Angeles, where there are more than 300 Buddhist temples and centers, representing nearly all of Buddhist practices around the world.

As per CNN, “programs and workshops educating inmates about meditation and yoga are sprouting up across the country.” In December this year, Thomas Dyer, a former Marine and one-time Southern Baptist pastor, will head to Afghanistan as the first Buddhist chaplain in the history of the U.S. Army.

It is not Buddhism alone. According to a report in Newsweek, Americans are “becoming more like Hindus”.

The East-West twain are finally beginning to meet, it seems.


Happy Kitten said...

all for good I pray ....
one world connected by a common thread...
maybe it is Buddhism which has taken the best out of all... or maybe the world has become too violent for many...

manju said...

The west is discovering the good in what is essentially our cultural heritage. I hope we ourselves do not discard it in the name of modernity.

Vinod_Sharma said...

Happy Kitten, one world connected by a common thread...beads of various colours on that that one thread. That will bring peace.

Manju, like many other things, we will re-adopt it once only it comes back via the West!

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