Lions Roar: 12% of Buddhists in America are Latinx, and outreach to the community continues to grow 🕉

More and more Buddhist groups are offering programs in Spanish and doing outreach in Latinx communities. After leading zazen instruction (a meditative discipline that is typically the primary practice of the Zen Buddhist tradition) and book groups in Spanish, Ven. Dhammadipa Konin Cardenas, who is Colombian American, has just finished teaching the San Francisco Zen Center’s first online dharma class in Spanish, Imágenes del Ser, or Images of the Self. Her class is one example of the new ways Buddhist leaders, temples, and organizations are reaching out to Latinx practitioners. While it remains unclear how much Buddhism is growing in the Latinx community, many leaders are seeing opportunities to make inroads among Spanish-speaking audiences.


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