The census figures published in the newspaper showed a fourfold jump in Buddhists who were graduates between 1990 and 2000.Membership numbers of Buddhist youth groups have soared.
Converts told the newspaper that the religion offered comfort in the face of uncertainties and disasters. Moreover, they said, it was a constant reminder to look beyond materialism to attain calmness and happiness through meditation and reflection. 'Through Buddhism, I can be a better daughter, a better sister, a better friend and a better colleague,' Hindu-born Tara Melwani, the 43-year-old director of a retailing group, was quoted as saying.
Actress Nadya Hutagalung, 34, born into a Christian family, said she was attracted by the philosophy of Buddhism, according to the newspaper.