Where are Tushita’s Students from?
Between 2009 – 2014, we had students on our residential courses from 88 different countries!
Below left you’ll see “Table A”, a list of the top ten nationalities over that 6-year period, and a chart to the right showing these top ten nationalities (and the 78 others!) by percentage. Further down the page you’ll find a tab that says “Click here”, where you can see the full list of 88 – take a look and see if your country is represented. If not: come, we need you!
We have noticed some big shifts in national participation however, and on Table B above left you can see the top ten countries in 2014, with India now in very close second to Israel.
People are often surprised that we have so many Israeli students, but it is very common for young Israelis to travel to India after they have finished their National Service in the Army. These young Israeli citizens are often in a period of transition, seeking insight from alternative sources of wisdom, while not actually intending to adopt any fundamental changes in their own religious practices, belief or non-belief.
Therefore, Israelis have so far always been our biggest national group on Introduction to Buddhism courses, but very few continue onto Intermediate courses or retreats.
These courses see a much more even spread in Nationality (and age), and as you’ll see in the chart to the right, India is now our biggest nationality in non-Introductory courses. And catching up fast on Introduction courses too!
Here’s how that change has been happening – with India rising from the 6th most populous nationality in 2009, to the 2nd in 2014. The number of Indian citizens is rising so fast that it is easy to imagine that they will be our biggest nationality in 2015 and beyond. We rejoice – returning Buddha Dharma to the Motherland!
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