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Australians Are Converting Into Buddhists For A Surprising Reason

There is an peculiar change noticed in the spiritual landscape of Australia these days. This country is becoming multicultural by readily accepting the cultures that were earlier considered foreign to Anglo-European Australians. Buddhism is a resilient religion that is rapidly gaining popularity in Australia. Buddhism follows a 2,500-year-old philosophy which is 500 years older to Christianity and 1000 years to Islam.

 All the other ancient religions such as the sun worshippers of Ancient Egypt, the human sacrifices of the South American Mayans and the Druids from the Dark Ages of England have faded with time but Buddhism is rapidly growing in many western countries.
Let's check out the story and the pictures depicting the unconventional rise of Buddhism in Australia.

Australians Are Converting Into Buddhists For A Surprising Reason

Australians Are Converting Into Buddhists For A Surprising Reason

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Buddhism doesn't preach any exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices. 

Buddhism doesn’t preach any exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices. 

Australians are voluntarily getting converted to Buddhism. The surprising fact is that the maximum converts to Buddhism are well-educated middle-aged professionals of Australia. 

People are actively converting to Buddhism in seek of inner peace. 

People are actively converting to Buddhism in seek of inner
peace. 

Buddhism has a major role in the history of Australia. It was actually the earliest non-indigenous religion that existed even before Christianity in the country.

Buddhists reach Australia even before the Whites.

Buddhists reach Australia even before the Whites.

The Chinese Ming emperor, Cheng-Ho sent 62 large ships to explore Southern Asia between 1405 and 1433. But, several ships reached to the north of Arnhem Land instead of Indonesia. 

However, the first documented arrival of Buddhists in Australia was witnessed in 1848. 

However, the first documented arrival of Buddhists in
Australia was witnessed in 1848. 

During the gold rushes, Chinese coolie laborers arrived in Australia for digging the Victorian gold fields but they returned to their homeland within 5 years. 

The first permanent Buddhist community was established in 1876 in Australia. 

The first permanent Buddhist community was established in
1876 in Australia. 

Sinhalese migrants were the ethnic Sri Lankans who built the temple on Thursday Island while they were deployed to work on the sugarcane plantations in Queensland. 

Many Japanese Shinto Buddhists also migrated to Australia in search of work. 

Many Japanese Shinto Buddhists also migrated to Australia in search of work. 

From the late 1870s onwards, some Buddhists used to work in the pearling industry across northern Australia. Buddhists formed their separate community and maintained their own cemeteries.

Buddhists introduced their festivals, benefits of mind training and meditation to Australians.

Buddhists introduced their festivals, benefits of mind
training and meditation to Australians.

The earliest known Buddhist organization 'The Little Circle Of The Dharma' was formed by a small group of committed Buddhists in Melbourne, Australia in 1925. The Buddhist Society of New South Wales is another famous Buddhist group in Australia which has the maximum membership of Anglo-European people. 

By 1958, Buddhism spread in Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland and Victoria.

By 1958, Buddhism spread in Western
Australia, South Australia, Queensland and Victoria.

Sri Lankan monk, Somaloka was the first monastery established in 1971 in Australia. A number of monasteries soon spread across the nation. Besides Australia, Hollywood is also fascinated with this religion. Hollywood filmmakers made films depicting Buddhism such as Seven Years in Tibet, Kundun etc. 

Australians are now quietly turning to Buddhism.

Australians are now quietly turning to Buddhism.

Successive visits of Dalai Lama to Australia helped in making Buddhism an important minority religion in the country. The number of Buddhists is steadily increasing in the nation which is pointing towards the dissatisfaction of Australians to their religious beliefs. 

It can be said that Buddhism is more competitive than Christianity in Australia.

It can be said that Buddhism is more competitive than Christianity in Australia.

Australians are fascinated with Buddhism because this religion not only take refuge from the world of chaos but also allows to reinvent the own personal spirituality in this materialistic world. Technically, Buddhism is not a religion; it is just a psychology and a philosophy with a moral code of mind training.

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