Buddhism in Slovenia
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Buddhism is a legally recognized religion in Slovenia and it is followed by more than 1,000 Slovenes, though no official numbers are established as the previous census did not include Buddhism specifically. Although still small in absolute numbers (though Slovenia has only 2 millions inhabitants), Buddhism in Slovenia enjoys widespread acceptance if not popularity.
As in most European countries, different branches and schools of Buddhism are represented by groups of varying sizes. The largest traditions represented are Theravada and Vajrayana. There is a Buddhist temple in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, and Theravada hermitage in the forest countryside in Goljek, near Trebnje, which belongs to Ajahn Chah lineage.
In Slovenia, the competent administration dealing with religions is the Governmental Office for Religious Community of Republic of Slovenia, and a newly approved regulation has been enacted in 2007.
Buddhist religious communities registered to the Office for Religious Communities of the Government of Slovenia include:
- Buddhist Congregation Dharmaling, registered in 2003. This organization is active also in Hungary, Austria, Russia, Romania, France, India. This community has a resident Lama, recognised Tulku, Shenphen Rinpoche.
- Samanadipa Forest Hermitage, fouded in 2016. It is associated with the Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah. This community has a resident monk, Ajahn Hiriko.
The 4th of July 2008, an agreement was signed between Dharmaling and the State of Slovenia. This is first agreement signed with a Buddhist Community in Slovenia.
- Buddha-Dharma, registered in 1995.
The following smaller associations also exist in Slovenia:
- Shambhala Buddhism group Ljubljana
- Yeshe Khorlo group (Nyingma branch of Tibetan Buddhism)
- Phowa group (focused on the practice of phowa, under the guidance of Ayang Rinpoche, a renowned Phowa Master)
- Association of Theravada Buddhism Bhavana ("Društvo theravadskih budistov, Bhavana")
- Slovene Buddhist Association Madyamika ("Slovensko budistično društvo Madyamika, Srednja pot")
- Zen group
- http://www.dharmaling.org/en/ljubljana-center Temple in Ljubljana
- http://www.uvs.gov.si/en Office for Religious communities of Slovenia
- http://www.uvs.gov.si/en/legislation[permanent dead link] new law regulating the religious communities
- SloTheravada - modrost zgodnjega budizma
- Domov - Budizem - Slovensko budistično društvo Srednja pot - Madyamika Archived August 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- Slovenia: At a Distance from a Perfect Religious Market
- Signature of the agreement between Buddhist Congregation Dharmaling and the State of Slovenia (article in Slovene)