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Buddhism began in Asia and has three branches today: Mahayana Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism and Vajrayana Buddhism. Currently, 7 percent of the world’s population are adherents of Buddhism, amounting to nearly 500 million people. The majority of practicing Buddhists live in Asian nations — 99 percent, or 480 million. Half of the world’s adherents to Buddhism reside in China alone. Approximately 4 million Buddhists live in North America, and just over one million Buddhists live in Europe.1 Show References
1 http://www.pewforum.org/2012/12/18/global-religious-landscape-buddhist/
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