- Buddhism May Regain Its Status as the World’s Largest Religion

In his new book, Casino Capitalism: The Collapse of the US Economy and the Transition to Secular Democracy in the Middle East, Dr. Susmit Kumar suggests Buddhism may be in for a comeback as the world’s largest religion:

“All religions are officially banned in China at present but it is said that nearly half of Chinese population practice or believe in Buddhism. Until the 1949 communist takeover, Buddhism had the largest number of followers in the world, with Christianity as the second largest. Hence once China starts to move away from the communistic ideology (that considers religion as “the opiate of the masses”) we will see the revival of Buddhism.”

According to PROUT, a world constitution should guarantee the fundamental right of spiritual practice to every individual, among other essential rights.

Kumar writes: “As China is poised to be the world’s military and economic superpower in very near future, Buddhism may eclipse all other religions and regain the position of the world’s leading religion. It may even make an inroad into India at the expense of Hinduism. During the heyday of Buddhism in India, from 3rd century BC to 12th century AD, there were several large universities like Taxila (4th century-6th century) and Nalanda (5th century-12th century) that attracted scholars and students from such faraway places as Greece, Korea, Japan, China, Tibet, Indonesia, Persia and Turkey. Nalanda University was one of the first great universities in recorded history. It had eight separate compounds, ten temples, meditation halls, classrooms, lakes and parks. It had a nine-story library where monks meticulously copied books and documents so that individual scholars could have their own collections.”

“At its peak, Nalanda provided dormitories for nearly 10,000 students, perhaps a first for an educational institution, and also accommodations for 2,000 professors. It was devoted to Buddhist studies, but it also trained students in fine arts, medicine, mathematics, astronomy, politics and the art of war.* In 1193, it was sacked by an invading Muslim army of Bakhtiyar Khilji, a Turk. The invading army burned thousands of Buddhist monks alive and beheaded thousands in order to uproot Buddhism. They also set fire to the nine story library that continued to burn for three months and the smoke from the burning manuscripts could be seen from hundreds of miles afar. Now efforts are underway to revive this grand old university. A consortium led by Singapore and Japan, with funding from India, China and other nations, have collected $500 million for this purpose.”

* Garten, Jeffrey E, “Really Old School,” The New York Times, December 9, 2006.

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23 thoughts on “- Buddhism May Regain Its Status as the World’s Largest Religion”

  1. Buddhism IS and always has been the LARGEST religion in the world. It is hysterical that Buddhist aren’t counted in communist states because they are officially atheist . The vast majority of Chinese are Buddhist by several estimates 1.3 billion Buddhist in China alone.

    1. There are 450 million Taoists, 50 million Confucianists and 500 million Buddhists in China. The rest are practitioners of indigenous religions.

      1. Taoist is a secondary religion in China almost all Taoist in China are Buddhist just as most Shinto in Japan are Buddhist. Buddhism IS the largest religion in the world and ALWAYS has been over 2000 years. Buddhism is also currently the fastest growing religion in the world with OVER 2 BILLION adherents.

  2. i want to say that buddhist are the part of hindiusm. it will follow our hindu god gautam buddha. so hindu was the the largest religions than buddhism

    1. Buddhism is mostly an atheistic religion, though their are some that do believe in god but the Buddha didn’t originate from the hindu god gautam buddha.

    2. The Buddha was born Hindu but Buddism is definately not a Hindu religion. Jesus was Jewish and Christianity and Islam are sort of bastardized versions of the Jewish religion but certainly not Jewish.

    3. Ankit,
      don’t spread this vile Hindu extremist propaganda here, that came from Brahminists. Buddha denied he was a god, and Buddha never lies. The case closes there. By implying Buddha was a god, and one of the incarnations of your scam god Vishnu, you blaspheme against Buddha and you also insult Buddhists. May be the buddha your scriptures talk bout , is someone else, but definitely not Siddharta Gautama, and he was not born Hindu, but born a Shramana, one of the indigenous religions. This entire scam of Hinduism was propagated by Brahmins who stole Jain and Buddhist teachings and merged it with Iranian fire worshiping cult to create this puppet worshiping Brahmin invented scam to subjugate millions. Buddhism and Hinduism are two separate entities entirely. Buddha and his scriptures are the ultimate authority in saying it, once Buddha said, he is not a god, then the debate ends there itself. You are no one to decide who Buddha was or not.

  3. Buddhism has its own particular dogmas, such as “there is suffering”, “there is a cause of suffering”, etc., and other specific teachings, which makes it unique enough in the world of religions. Buddha himself may have followed a Tantric path of practices to achieve enlightenment but his teachings are unique. In the same way Jainism is also counted as a distinct religion of its own. Buddha and Mahaviir Jain lived roughly at the same time in the Hindu belt of North India and their teachings form two separate religions. Futhermore, if we reason somewhat in the way Ankit does here then perhaps all religions can be traced back to the roots of Hinduism, as its children, grandhildren, etc. as it were. Such as: This religion says “There is an Infinite Entity” (so it must be Hinduism) :)

  4. In simple language, Buddha is a designation given to a person who is enlightened. Before become Lord Gautam Buddha, He is a king name Siddhartha and born in Nepal. when he enlightened then he called as Gautam Buddha. So, Gautam Buddha start teaching what he had gained by practicing so many years. from this all knowledge we found that he has not gained knowledge by other religion so how people is saying that Buddhism is a Part of Hinduism and also in Buddhism there is a vast knowledge in all streams like in medical as foreigner comes in Dharamsala, India to learn our ancient techniques of curing peoples. this also proves that Buddhism is a religion in which it believes in transformation(parivartan) with time which is one of the teaching in Buddhism.
    I can also give all these useless comment which is given by some peoples but I don’t want to comment on other religions which can hurt other peoples and I RESPECT ALL RELIGIONS.
    So I want to give an advice to that type of peoples who comment this type of nonsense is that ” BEFORE COMMENT SOMETHING FIRST YOU RESEARCH AND BE SURE AND THEN CONCLUDE”.
    so Ankit think about that.

    conclusion:- BUDDHISM MAY BE A LARGEST RELIGION IN THE WORLD.

    1. No one cares, how many follow this dying Brahmin death cult called Hinduism, named thankfully from Iranians who gave the name “Hindu”. Buddha and the Jain scriptures clearly says not to worship Hindu gods. Sikhism says not to worship Hindu gods. Christianity and Islam and Judaism says not to worship Hindu gods. The vast majority of the world’s religions says NO to Hinduism. Case closed.

  5. Please let me know if you disagree with me on this. and let me know the best source proof.

  6. It is unlikely that Buddhism was the largest religion in 1949, though beforehand, surely. It won’t be the largest anytime soon though- the Chinese are less Buddhist than many think, and, indeed, Christianity is booming there extremely quickly (the former Communist Director of Religion estimated that there might be as many as 140 million Christians in China. I find this highly unlikely, but a hundred million is quite realistic).

    I have no issue with Buddhism. Between the boom of Christianity and Asian’s demographic slowdown, it is unlikely to ever be the world’s largest religion again, though.

  7. Chhyoe wangyal tamang is saying true.Buddha is a designation given to a person who is enlightened. it is true because Lord Gautam a start teaching what he had gained by practicing so many years. from this all knowledge we found that he has not gained knowledge by other religion so how people is saying that Buddhism is a Part of Hinduism and also in Buddhism there is a vast knowledge in all streams like in medical as foreigner comes in Dharamsala, India to learn our ancient techniques of curing peoples. this also proves that Buddhism is a religion in which it believes in transformation(parivartan) with time which is one of the teaching in Buddhism.
    and I RESPECT ALL RELIGIONS.
    So I want to give an advice to that type of peoples who comment this type of nonsense is that ” BEFORE COMMENT SOMETHING FIRST YOU RESEARCH AND BE SURE AND THEN CONCLUDE”.
    so Ankit think about that.

    conclusion:- BUDDHISM MAY BE A LARGEST RELIGION IN THE WORLD

  8. My parents are buddism but I can’t belive buddha is God. He is a person and he eat,drink,sick and old and die. He say the moon is not stay. This light from the mountain myintmo. I think he is not God but may happen a teacher.

    nk he is not god but may happen a teacher.

  9. Hubul, God of Mecca is given the name Allah and worshipped by Muslims. Did Mohammed build Mecca. He hijacked Mecca
    Who is Christ? Jesus- He is human had some relation with Mary Magdalene.

  10. I want to clear to all those people who always says that buddhism is the part of hinduism it is totally rubbish things buddhism is a based on the teaching of buddha, and buddhas teaching is so different from hinduism there is not any leader in hinduism it involves only lot of gods and one thing i would clear that buddhism focous on humanity as against hinduism focous on only god buddhism center around the human whears hindusm center around only god there is not any pace to the human welfare in hinduism so i would say to all those people stop saying this first read books , enhance level of your knowledge then make statement mind it properly….

    1. Well, at the time of the Buddha, Hinduism wasn’t really around yet. More accurate would be proto-Hinduism, as a hodgepodge of Vedic and Shramana movements were practiced at the same time. Both Buddhism and Jainism were Shramana movements. What we call Hinduism today developed out of Vedic religion but took on many aspects of the Shramana movements as well. One of those was the adoption of the Buddha as an avatar of Vishnu.

  11. Buddhism is can also be called science .
    Buddhism does not have to do with
    God. A person who follow Buddhism , They worship enlightment , who is free from they life cycle of rebirth..

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