Unitarian-Universalists have been important influences in the process of bringing Buddhism to the West. Beyond importing knowledge and often dabbling in its practice themselves, one way in which they have significantly contributed to Buddhism’s spread is through hosting Buddhist groups in their churches. When many communities would not allow Buddhists to meet in their church buildings, and fledgling Buddhist groups do not yet have the resources to rent or buy many properties, UUs allow them to meet on site at a low charge or even free, and with no theological objections. In many cases, these groups eventually grow large enough to move out and become permanent fixtures in the area. This happens with other religious groups as well. Thus Unitarian-Universalism is often a significant engine for religious diversity in an area.
The very first Theravada Buddhist temple in America was formed after initially holding meetings in a UU church. Theravada is the largest single form of Buddhism in the world today, and there are now many hundreds of temples in the United States. But it all started at one generous UU church that was willing to let non-Christians gather and worship in their own way. What is the name of that UU church? Do you know when this took place?