Buddhism outside of Asia in the Western world.
|Buddhist monks in the court of King Menander|
|Out of India through Central Asia to Ukraine|
- Indigenous European Buddhism in Kalmykia: The Kalmyk people are the only Europeans whose national religion is Buddhism
- Buddhism became widespread in Buryatia in the 17th century where it blended with belief systems based on the deification of nature, spirits, and magic
|Buddhism in ancient America|
During the 20th century there was a growth in Western Buddhism due to various factors such as immigration, globalization, the decline of Christianity, and increased interest among Westerners.
The various schools of Buddhism are now established in all major Western countries making up a small minority in the United States (1% in 2017), Europe (0.2% in 2010), Australia (2.4% in 2016), and New Zealand (1.5% in 2013). More