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Old 11-18-2017, 11:31 AM
 
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It depends on what's being considered as being relevant. If it's talking about the population as a whole of a country and how many in that population are Buddhists, then it's relevant from a statistical point of view. For example,

- China has the largest population of Buddhists in the world, but it only accounts for about 18.2% of it's total population.

- Buddhism is the official religion of Thailand. The population of Buddhists in Thailand account for about 93.20% of the total population. Percentage-wise, Thailand is pretty much on top of the list of having the highest percentage of it's population who are Buddhist.

- Bhutan's Buddhists account for about 74.7% of it's population, which is a very respectable percentage, but then it's total population is very small compared to the total populations of China or Thailand.

- India's population is predominantly Hindu even though it's historically significant with regard to the roots of Buddhism. Still, the population of Buddhists in India is about 0.8% of India's total population.

(Stats are from 2010)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism_by_country
I don't think 18% Chinese are Buddhists. My uncle sometimes goes to the temple to pray for something, but he never considers himself a true Buddhist and he is probably just agnostic. Many Chinese are like that: they have some religious activities but don't take it too seriously.
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Old 11-18-2017, 11:49 AM
 
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I wonder what Chinese citizens on this forum think about the truth in this article:

https://thewire.in/133670/india-china-buddhist/

Is Lingshan city really being made up to be the center of Buddhism?
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Old 11-18-2017, 02:24 PM
 
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I don't think 18% Chinese are Buddhists. My uncle sometimes goes to the temple to pray for something, but he never considers himself a true Buddhist and he is probably just agnostic. Many Chinese are like that: they have some religious activities but don't take it too seriously.
The same thing can be said for Thailand as well. When it gets down to being asked though (for the purpose of making a nose count, they'll usually acknowledge they're Buddhists, even if they don't always act like Buddhists or attend the wats on a regular basis.
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Old 11-18-2017, 04:48 PM
 
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Is Bhutan completely covered with forests? The wildlife must be pretty amazing there.
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Old 11-19-2017, 01:44 PM
 
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I don't think 18% Chinese are Buddhists. My uncle sometimes goes to the temple to pray for something, but he never considers himself a true Buddhist and he is probably just agnostic. Many Chinese are like that: they have some religious activities but don't take it too seriously.
Off topic, but this reminds me of a Chinese room mate I had once. It was Easter Sunday morning and a group of his friends came by to pick him up for church. They were talking about the church they go to and the special Easter services they were having and then started asking me about my Easter plans. I told them "I didn't even know you guys were Christians." So they say, "oh we don't have a religion, we just like going to church." At which point I was sorta confused and my room mate says "we just like the ritual. We think it's beautiful." [they were all from Taiwan, not the mainland]
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Old 11-19-2017, 07:30 PM
 
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Off topic, but this reminds me of a Chinese room mate I had once. It was Easter Sunday morning and a group of his friends came by to pick him up for church. They were talking about the church they go to and the special Easter services they were having and then started asking me about my Easter plans. I told them "I didn't even know you guys were Christians." So they say, "oh we don't have a religion, we just like going to church." At which point I was sorta confused and my room mate says "we just like the ritual. We think it's beautiful." [they were all from Taiwan, not the mainland]
This was a long time ago. Since I've had time to think about it, they were from the Mainland, not Taiwan.
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Old 12-02-2017, 01:34 AM
 
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Most Chinese are a combination of Taoist, Buddhist and local traditions like ancestor worship.


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I don't think 18% Chinese are Buddhists. My uncle sometimes goes to the temple to pray for something, but he never considers himself a true Buddhist and he is probably just agnostic. Many Chinese are like that: they have some religious activities but don't take it too seriously.
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Old 12-04-2017, 04:06 AM
 
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so which one is the no.1 Islamic country
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Old 12-04-2017, 04:24 AM
 
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Indonesia, I think.
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Old 12-04-2017, 05:38 AM
 
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Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Sri Lanka can be called proper Buddhist countries as the population is big, dominant in these countries.
Buddhism in Malaysia has come as a surprise for me-I was under the impression that Chinese Malaysians are Christians or other Chinese religions.
Bhutan has a very small population.
In India, Himalayan regions of Ladakh, Upper Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura have Buddhist population.
This picture is from Lahaul Spiti Monastery in Himachal pradesh.
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