The roots of Buddhism in Poland can be found in the early 20th century in the nation's connections to the origin countries of the religion, like China, Vietnam, Japan, and Korea. After World War II, primarily expatriate Poles joined various Buddhist groups and organizations. Since the breakdown of the Eastern Bloc, Buddhism has been able to develop further in the more tolerant atmosphere.
Today all of the principal schools of Buddhism, including Mahayana (Zen and Jodo Shinshu), and Tibetan Buddhism can be found in Poland. Movements like the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order are also active in the country. Umbrella organizations like the Buddhist Mission (Misja Buddyjska) and the Buddhist Union of Poland unite more than two dozen groups of Buddhists. The Vajrayana-centers of Lama Ole Nydahl are by far the most popular with over 50 groups.
In May 2000, the XIV Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso opened a Buddhist department in the Pomeranian Library in Szczecin.
About 0.15% of Poland is Buddhist.
- The Complete Book of Buddha's Lists -- Explained. David N. Snyder, Ph.D., 2006.
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