August 30, 2009

gautama-buddhaThe fastest growing religion in British jails? According to figures released in the Daily Telegraph it is Buddhism. In 1997 there were only 226 Buddhists in prisons in England and Wales, but by the end of June 2008 that figure had risen by 669 per cent to reach 1,737. Some jails and secure hospitals including Broadmoor have opened shrines known as Buddha Groves in their grounds, and there is a nationwide network of chaplains to cater for the growing population.

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