How can you and your church relate to the Buddhists in your midst? Do you know who they are? How would you share your Christian faith with them?
It seems that there are some 248,000 people in England and Wales who identified themselves as Buddhist in the 2011 Census, compared with 144,453 in the 2001 Census.
All over the UK, we find Buddhists who have come to the UK from overseas, often to study and then return to their homeland but also good numbers who have come from Buddhist countries to make a home here. There are many indigenous British who have become Buddhists and many more whose philosophy of life embraces some Buddhist thought or practice. The Faith to Faith forum of Global Connections held two consultations on issues relating to Buddhism in the UK and the results may be seen amongst the Articles for this topic as well as a report of a forum event looking at the subject.
A summary of Buddhist beliefs can be found on the BBC Schools website or, for a little more detail, see Hugh Kemp’s ‘The One-stop Guide to World Religions,’ published by Lion – details within our main resources list below.