Perhaps we can make fanciful
use of "church attendance statistics
" to answer this question.
Many Buddhists have equally strong ties to the Confucian and Taoist1 traditions.2
Perhaps when they go to the office, they shift gears, and say, "That was Zen - this is Tao."3
- Not to mention Shintoism, shamanism, or animism.
- This kind of syncretism is a well-established phenomenon in east Asia, which of course is home to the vast majority of Buddhists.
- Of course, some religionists regard Zen as a separate tradition from Buddhism, and Zen Buddhism as syncretistic practice in its own right.