Buddhist presence & religious affiliation in Congress:

The Buddhist voice and inspiration to manifest the incarnation of service.


Since Buddhism was introduced and propagated to the United States from the last decades of the 18th century - the first decade of the 19th century until now, it has been a process of introduction, shaping and propagation in the spirit of service and Practice faith in the United States of America.


Buddhism applies the motto of application and demonstrates the spirit of joint service in order to bring prosperity and peace to the nation is one of the good merits.


Demonstrating the spirit of unity and nostalgia to serve, specifically in the Legislative/ Congress branch, is a noble example, derived from the virtues of wisdom, morality and insight applied to the life of Buddhism.


The Bodhisattva spirit applied to life is one of the practical steps to create multidimensional usefulness for the country and bring values ​​to the people.


This is an academic topic in sociology and social science research with interreligious interaction and social, is a practical topic to concretize the service spirit of Buddhism in America. A concrete demonstration of this aspect is the presence of Buddhist in Congress: As of 2020, three Buddhists have ever been elected to Congress, the first being Mazie Hirono and Hank Johnson in 2007. One Buddhist currently serves in the House of Representatives and one Buddhist serves in the Senate. Also, Colleen Hanabusa serves in the House of Representatives terms of November 14, 2016 to January 3, 2019.



United States Capitol (2018)


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