Buddhism in Greater Boston

1844 Henry David Thoreau’s English translation of the Lotus Sutra is published.

1870 150 Chinese workers arrive in Massachusetts. 1879 Sir Edwin Arnold publishes The Light of Asia.

1882 US Congress passes Chinese Exclusion Act.

1924 Immigration Act of 1924 is passed.

1943 Chinese Exclusion Act is repealed.

1957 Cambridge Buddhist Association (CBA) is founded.

1959 Professorship in Buddhist Studies is established at Harvard.

1965 Immigration and Nationality Act is passed.

1968 Soka Gakkai International–New England is established in Waltham (now residing in Woburn).

1971 Dharmadhatu Center (now Shambhala Meditation Center) is established. 1973 Cambridge Zen Center is founded.

1975 Insight Meditation Society is founded in Barre.

1978 American Buddhist Shim Gum Do Association is founded in Brighton. 1985 Cambridge Insight Meditation Center is founded.

1985  Sounsa Buddhist Temple is founded in Paxton.

1986  Triratanaram Temple is founded in North Chelmsford.

1989 Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies is founded in Medford.

1989  Glory Buddhist Temple/Banlieu Buddha Cakra is founded in Lowell.

1990  Immigration Act of 1990 is passed.

1996 Thousand Buddha Temple is founded in Quincy. 1996 Wat Buddhabhavana is founded in Westford.

1998  Wat Boston Buddha Vararam is founded in Bedford.

1999  LamRim Buddhist Center is founded in Brookline.

1999 Greater Boston Buddhist Cultural Center is founded in Cambridge.

2003 Won Buddhism of Boston temple is founded in Somerville.

2003 New England Buddhist Vihara & Meditation Center is founded in Framingham.

2006  Open Circle Zen Group is founded in Somerville.

2007  Nichiren Buddhist Sangha of Greater New England is founded in Haverhill.

2008  Replica of Jowo Rinpoche statue is installed at Jokhang Institute.

2009  His Holiness the Dalai Lama visits Boston to open the new Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT.