Thailand is one of the most populous countries in the world.
There are nearly half a billion people who practice Buddhism, and in 2017 there were more than 5,000 temples and monasteries in the country.
But in recent years, the number of Buddhists in the nation has been steadily declining.
The most recent census of Buddhist adherents found that just under 4% of the population are Buddhist.
In contrast, more than a quarter of the country’s 5.5 million Hindus were Buddhists by the early 1990s, according to a 2011 report by the International Religious Freedom Observatory (IRFO).
In addition to the decline in the number, the rise of Buddhism has also led to some serious problems for Thailand.
The country’s religious culture has suffered.
In 2014, the IRFO reported that Buddhism had been “decimated” in the wake of the Thai government’s crackdown on dissent and the country was experiencing a religious and cultural revival, with temples, schools, and mosques thriving in an atmosphere of renewed hope and optimism.
Thailand was one of a handful of countries to have a majority Buddhist population.
It was one reason why Buddhists enjoyed the largest proportion of the nation’s population.
But now, as Buddhism is on the decline and as the country is trying to revitalize itself, a number of other Buddhist sects are also on the rise.
A Buddhist monk in northern Thailand, where Buddhist temples are located, said that his community had been growing by more than 300% since 2005.
“When Buddhism was the most popular religion, it had a huge impact on people,” said the monk, who asked to remain anonymous.
“Today, Buddhism is not even considered the most important religion in the Thai nation.”
In 2017, Buddhist monks in Thailand started their annual Buddhist Festival of Light, which draws thousands of people to the streets of Bangkok.
The festival, which is also known as the “Sun Song Festival,” draws thousands to the city for various events, including festivals at the main Buddhist temples, which are often held in public spaces.
Buddhists have become more vocal about their concerns about rising religion in recent times, with a number demanding that religious authorities step in to protect the Buddhist community.
As the number and visibility of Buddhism dwindles, some Buddhist monks and leaders have begun to worry that their communities are losing a cultural and religious heritage.
“Our tradition is still strong and strong, but there is a sense of loss that we have lost this heritage and this identity,” said another Buddhist monk, one of those interviewed for this story.
In a country where Buddhist tradition is a national pastime, Buddhist leaders are concerned about their communities losing the cultural and spiritual identity that they’ve worked so hard to build over decades.
The problem, they say, is not limited to Thailand.
In the past few years, there have been protests in Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia over the persecution of Buddhist groups, and religious leaders have also been critical of the religious leaders in charge of the Buddhist faith.
On May 31, the government in Laos announced that it would ban all foreign-funded groups that work with Buddhism, a move that has led to widespread criticism and even violence.
The announcement was quickly condemned by a number Buddhist leaders, who said it would only serve to stifle the faith.
Buddhist leaders have been among the most vocal opponents of the government’s policies, and some have even gone as far as to threaten to boycott the country if it continues to follow this path.
This year, Buddhists took to the street in Bangkok to protest the government.
Thailand has also seen a spate of religious and political killings of Buddhist activists and members of their communities.
In October, a Buddhist activist and monk was shot dead by a mob while he was walking along a busy street in Phuket province, according, to a report by The Associated Press.
At the time of his death, the Buddhist activist had not been planning to leave the country, and his death has been a major blow to his community.
The news of his killing prompted a number members of the community to declare a boycott of Phukets annual Buddhist festival, saying that their work in the area of Buddhism would be compromised if the government does not reverse its actions against Buddhist activists.
Since then, a series of Buddhist leaders have said that their faith will not be able to survive under the current government, which has been criticized for its human rights record.
Although the number is down slightly, the situation in Thailand remains dire.
In 2018, the death toll from violence related to the recent wave of religious violence in Thailand reached 1,527, according a 2018 report by IRFO.
In the same year, the country saw its highest death toll in more than 60 years.
And it is not only religious violence that is affecting the Buddhist people.