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Theravada Buddhists in the world

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Apr 05, 2010 7:43 pm

As a former sociology professor, I still like playing with stats, especially demographics. I could not find any list that breaks down the number of Theravada Buddhists in the world, so made my own:

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Re: Theravada Buddhists in the world

Postby bodom » Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:04 pm

Very cool David! :thumbsup: I think most of us Theravadans are very fond of lists. :tongue:

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Re: Theravada Buddhists in the world

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:05 pm

Hi David,

It's a nice table, but I suspect that the proportions of Theravada in Australia/Oceania is seriously overestimated at 50%. Down here the majority of Buddhists are immigrants, and the majority of those are from China and Korea, so unlikely to be Theravada. [Of course, many are now Christian, particularly Koreans, but that's another story.].

There is NZ and Australian census data on line and I recall the NZ data going down to Buddhist by ethnicity, but does not distinguish Buddhist sects.

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Postby Cittasanto » Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:15 pm

I like it


He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:03 pm

Thanks Bodom and Manapa!

Hi Mike,

Thanks for that info. Then apparently Oceania is similar to the U.S., with most of the Buddhist numbers coming from immigration. I was just making an unscientific guess with 50% Theravada in Oceania, due to the higher numbers from Oceania here on Dhamma Wheel. :tongue:

In the U.S. about 80% of all Buddhists are from [Far East] Asian immigration and/or the next generations.
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Re: Theravada Buddhists in the world

Postby Kim OHara » Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:42 pm

Hi, David,
It's good to have the numbers but while we're talking about improvements ... isn't your precision way higher than your accuracy?
(I'm a non-scientist but the scientists around me make a big issue of it whenever stats appear. :stirthepot: )
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Re: Theravada Buddhists in the world

Postby Ben » Mon Apr 05, 2010 10:09 pm

Hi David

You should be able to extract theravada buddhists from Australian census data. If it is not readily available from Australain Bureau of Statistics website: http://www.abs.gov.au/
you should contact the ABS to see whether they can give you the information for free. If that is not the case, then an email to the National Library of Australia, http://www.nla.gov.au/ or one of the State reference libraries Mitchel Library, Sydney: http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/ or State Library of Victoria: http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/ should answer that request as they will have a full compliment of ABS publications and do free reference requests to the public as part of their charter.
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Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Apr 05, 2010 10:18 pm

Thanks Ben,

I already took a quick look and see that in the 2006 census, almost 2.2% identified as Buddhist in Australia. Excellent! That is high for a non-Asian country.

Here in the U.S. the census forms still do not ask religious preference so we have to rely on private studies which are usually biased or have poor methodology.
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Re: Theravada Buddhists in the world

Postby Ben » Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:07 pm

Hi David

Yes, I should have put a caveat on my last post indicating my suspicion that the number of Theravadins in Australia would be miniscule. Having said that, a few years ago after the ABS had crunched the census data, there were news reports about how Buddhism is the fastest growing religion in Australia (discounting the jedis). Being the smallest recognized religion makes it easy to be the fastest growing!
Apart from my co-practitioners, I know no other Buddhists (let alone Theravadins) here in Tasmania. And my co-practitioners don't even consider themselves as 'Buddhist'! But then, I am a difficult-to-get-along-with bastard so maybe I just scare everyone off!
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Postby retrofuturist » Tue Apr 06, 2010 2:00 am

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Re: Theravada Buddhists in the world

Postby pilgrim » Tue Apr 06, 2010 3:56 am

1 in 20 Buddhists in China and Japan is Theravada? I think that's highly unlikely. I would put it more at 1 to several thousand.

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Re: Theravada Buddhists in the world

Postby pilgrim » Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:03 am

For a start, there should be at least a million Theravadins in Xishuangpanna. But still some way off from 50m. :thinking:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xishuangba ... Prefecture

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