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Buddhism in Italy is represented by two major associations. The Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana schools of Buddhism are represented by the Italian Buddhist Union (Unione Buddhista Italiana: UBI), which is a member of the European Buddhist Union. The UBI was founded in Milan in 1985 and received government recognition in 1991. Nichiren Buddhism is represented by the Italian Buddhist Institute Soka Gakkai (Istituto Buddista Italiano Soka Gakkai: SGI-ITALIA), which was founded in 1998 and recognized by the Italian government in 2000.

The UBI estimates that there are around 60,000 practising Buddhists in Italy (about 0.1% of the population), including about 10,000 adherents to the religion among immigrants from outside the European Union; a further 10,000 or so attend Buddhist centres intermittently and follow courses in the religion.[1]

External links


  1. ^ ‘UBI: l'Ente’, Unione Buddhista Italiana (Italian Buddhist Union).


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