List of Buddhist Records and Trivia

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Here is a list of some interesting Buddhist records and information.

Records

Trivia

  • Holiest place in Buddhism: Maha Bodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, India
  • Percent of current inhabitants of India who are Buddhist: 1.5%
  • Oldest Buddhist temple outside of India or Sri Lanka: White Horse Temple in China, 68 CE
  • Oldest Buddhist university: Nalanda in India, est. 427 CE (one of the oldest of any kind)
  • Number of Buddhists in the World, approx. 1.1 billion to 1.6 billion
  • Number of Buddhists in the world, outside of Asia: 11,490,668 (about 1% of total Buddhists)
  • Number of Buddhists in the U.S. who are not of Asian descent: 1,215,298
  • The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado now has a Buddhist chapel with meditation cushions for 20 cadets
  • First known world religion to have a monastic order for women: Buddhism, see Bhikkhuni ordination
  • Only major religion to have scriptures written or composed by women: Buddhism, see Theragatha and Therigatha, Itivuttaka
  • Only major religion where followers can attain to the same level as the founder: Buddhism, see Arahant