Belgium to recognize Buddhism officially

    17-Mar-2023   
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The reports claimed that Belgium would recognize Buddhism officially soon. It would become the second European country if it recognized Buddhism.
 
 
Belgium to recognize Buddhism officially 
 
The report published by Reuters on March 17, 2023, said that Buddhism would be recognized as "a non-denominational philosophical organization" alongside organized secularism, recognized since 2002. It would receive federal funding of up to 1.2 million euros. Once voted by the Parliament, the law will pave the way to the creation of local institutions, sending of Buddhist delegates in ports and airports, in prisons, in the army, and hospitals, and the opening of Buddhism courses in official education alongside the teaching of the other worship services.
 
 
Reuters reported that the Belgian Buddhist Union had requested recognition in March 2006. The union estimates the number of Buddhists in Belgium at 150,000. The only other EU country where Buddhism is recognized is Austria. There are currently six worship services officially recognized in Belgium: the Roman Catholic, the Orthodox, the Israelite, the Anglican, the Protestant Evangelical and the Islamic, recognized in 1974.
 
Buddhism, also known as Buddha Dharma and Dharmavinaya, is originated some 2,500 years ago in India. It was founded by Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha). It is the philosophical tradition based on teachings attributed to the Buddha.