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!

2014 - National Tables2014 - 6 Year Nationality

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 - Int courses Nationality

 

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!

2014 - Rise of India

 


And click here to see a full list of all 88 countries!
# Native Country of Residential Students 6 YEAR TOTAL
1 Israel 1285
2 USA 1061
3 India 832
4 United Kingdom 661
5 Germany 469
6 Canada 417
7 Australia 406
8 France 343
9 Spain 193
10 Netherlands 183
11 Sweden 151
12 Austria 114
13 Switzerland 113
14 Brazil 109
15 Mexico 105
16 Ireland 103
17 Italy 96
18 Argentina 79
19 Russia 77
20 New Zealand 75
21 Denmark 72
22 Belgium 71
23 South Korea 66
24 Finland 64
25 Poland 62
26 Japan 51
27 Portugal 49
28 South Africa 46
29 Chile 46
30 Colombia 44
31 Taiwan 34
32 Czech Republic 31
33 Slovenia 29
34 Singapore 28
35 Turkey 27
36 Ukraine 26
37 Norway 25
38 Hungary 23
39 Slovakia 20
40 Estonia 20
41 Romania 19
42 China 19
43 Greece 19
44 Tibet 19
45 Vietnam 16
46 Indonesia 16
47 Malaysia 15
48 Latvia 11
49 Lithuania 10
50 Thailand 10
51 Mauritius 8
52 Bulgaria 7
53 Venezuela 7
54 Malta 7
55 Luxembourg 7
56 Belarus 5
57 Nepal 5
58 Peru 4
59 Cyprus 4
60 Ecuador 4
61 Iran 4
62 Egypt 3
63 Iceland 3
64 Morocco 3
65 Uruguay 3
66 Oman 2
67 Philippines 2
68 Georgia 2
69 Jamaica 2
70 Kyrgyzstan 2
71 Mongolia 2
72 Botswana 1
73 Cambodia 1
74 Guatemala 1
75 Jordan 1
76 Zimbabwe 1
77 Bhutan 1
78 Kalmykia 1
79 Lebanon 1
80 Myanmar 1
81 Nicaragua 1
82 Palestine 1
83 Panama 1
84 Saudi Arabia 1
85 Serbia 1
86 Sri Lanka 1
87 Syria 1
88 Uganda 1
TOTAL 7963

 

 

Answer: Our students are a very diverse group of people, in all the following ways:

Overview Age Gender Previous Experience