Thinking about opening a Buddhist temple? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
Buddhism in the U.S.
Spurred on by immigration and celebrity endorsements, Buddhism has been gaining steam in the U.S. as both a religion and philosophical system. Although accurate numbers are elusive due to the nature of Buddhism itself, it is estimated that are currently between 2 million and 10 million Buddhist followers in America.
Starting a Buddhist temple is complicated unless you have access to a community of committed Buddhists who currently lack temple services. The vast majority of active Buddhist communities in the U.S. are ethno-religious groups based around immigration clusters.
A more viable strategy for Buddhist religious entrepreneurs is to launch a retreat center or possibly even a monastery as either a primary goal or a stepping stone to a Buddhist temple.
Advertising a Buddhist Temple or Retreat Center
Whether you are starting a full-blown Buddhist temple or a more modest spiritual retreat center, at some point you will need to advertise your religious startup. Despite the spiritual nature of your organization, your ability to attract participants will be tied directly to your ability to communicate your message and religious offerings to people who are receptive to Buddhism.
Today's most successful religious organizations are masters at creating informative and attention-grabbing advertising vehicles. They are also extremely adept at promoting their organization's website to targeted groups of prospective followers in their local community and beyond.
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