List of Buddhist Records and Trivia

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


  • World's largest Buddha statue in China: 416 m x 68 m (1,365 ft x 223 ft)
  • World's tallest Buddha statue in Japan: 120 m (394 ft)
  • World's largest book: Kuthodaw Pagoda 729 marble slabs with the Tipitaka inscribed on them
  • Largest Buddhist temple: Borobudur in Indonesia, 123 m x 123 m (403 ft x 403 ft) at the base
  • Oldest living tree (of any kind) with a known planting date: Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, a Bodhi Tree in Sri Lanka, brought by Sanghamitta and planted in 288 BCE.
  • World's highest elevation Buddhist temple: Taktshang in Bhutan, 3,120 m (10,200 ft)
  • World's highest Buddhist temple off the ground: Taktshang in Bhutan, 700 m (2,300 ft)
  • World's highest Dhamma center off the ground in an urban area: Vipassana Foundation in Las Vegas, 100 m (326 ft)


  • 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
  • Number of Buddhists in the U.S. who are Asian or of Asian descent: 4,861,194
  • 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