Buddhism, Supposedly, Is The 2nd Largest Religious Tradition In 13 (All ‘Western’) American States! Wow.
by Anura Guruge
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I saw the first of these maps, with the mind-blowing swath of yellow (exactly as in the robes of Buddhist monks) dominating the western U.S., at exactly 1 am this morning. That, i.e., 1am, is usually when I finish my 3rd shift. I have one last quick look at Google News to make sure that nothing has changed since 11 am and that all is copasetic with the world — and there is nothing that I have to take care of. I saw the headline. I am very careful about what stories I bother to read because I so carefully ration my time. I kind of assumed that the ‘2nd religion’ would be Catholicism and all that I was going to see was lots of states, in the east, marked as being ‘closet’ Catholic. But, I was still a bit curious. So I clicked on it. AM I GLAD I DID.
Wow. Wow. Wow.
Who would have thought — though I am not 100% convinced by these findings.
I still, though I did a quick Wiki, have no clue as to what the heck Baha’i is? Do you?
That Hinduism is Arizona’s second religion JUST cracks me up — no end. That is a beauty. We were in Arizona two years ago and I don’t recall seeing that many, if any, curry-eaters (though we didn’t spend that much time in Phoenix).
The 2nd map, the county-by-county, makes more sense to me. I expected to see Asian domination in places like New Jersey, Virginia, L.A. etc.
As one who was a purist Buddhist before I saw the light — folks in the U.S. who claim to be Buddhist amuse me — but then again, if the truth be known, most things amuse me, which is why I smile so much.
If you talk to U.S. Buddhist they immediately start prattling on about meditation. Give me a break! Meditation is neither here nor there. If you are a Buddhist start talking serious REINCARNATION with me. thinking that ‘meditation’ is the crux of Buddhism is like saying that Catholicism is all about burning incense! Give me a break.
Plus all these U.S. Buddhists that believe in a grossly obese, FAT BUDDHA. Give me a break. Pigs will fly. Buddha, or to be precise, Gautama Buddha was many things, a dead-beat dad among them, BUT there is one thing about him that I am 100% sure about. He was unlikely to have been fat, even overweight. That much I have worked out.
I need more time to think about this map and what it means. Wow. Not great news for Judaism but I can rationalize that. A (secretly very devout) Catholic acquaintance of mine (via, of course, my ‘Pope and Papacy’ blog) a high-ranking member of ‘KFC’ (as I call them) told me recently: “We consider Jews to be PERFECT Catholics”! I, immediately, knew what he meant. Cracked me up.
Pretty interesting … right?