Buddhism in Vermont

Feb 12, 2013

By some estimates, there are more Buddhists per capita in Vermont than in any other state. There are a certainly quite a few Buddhist education and retreat centers throughout the state, including a nunnery in Bristol.

Buddhism has been popular with Westerners since the early 1970's, and there is also a large Tibetan population in the state who practice their own form of Buddhism.

What does it mean to be a practicing Buddhist, and how does that practice affect the fabric of this state? We'll learn about Buddhism in Vermont with Bill Brauer of Karme Choling Shambala Retreat Center, Dharman Rice of the Vermont Zen Center, and Sonam Chophel of the TibetanAssociation of Vermont.

Are you a Buddhist? How doesy our practice affect your life here in Vermont? Post your questions or comments about Buddhism or email them to vermontedition@vpr.net.

Also in the program, Vermont baker Gretel-Ann Fischer. Fischer is among three finalists on television competition Next Great Baker on TLC, and the winner will be announced in Monday night's broadcast. We talk with Fischer about the competition, the results and why she says winning the $100,000 prize would help keep her Winooski bakery, Cupp's, in business.