Buddhisme i Vesten

Simone Lindberg Gregersen, Sigrid Pepke Jeppesen, Elise Will, Sigrid Vejergang Jensen, Eydbjørt Skylv Midjord, Nicoline Løcke Zabel, Frederikke Amalie Jensen & Janice Gribskjold Jensen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The purpose of this study is to examine how Eastern traditions and elements are incorporated into a modern Western society, with our main and only focus being on Buddhist elements implemented into a Danish culture. Our first assumption was due to the grand effect trends have on the world's many societies, and that Buddhist elements practiced in Western societies were nothing but a trend. Therefore an understanding of Buddhism in all its forms seemed to be essential in the process of treating the subject and eventually find our study to be fulfilling. A historical description of the most relevant and large Buddhist branches was therefore made and by qualitative empiric research in the form of interviews with three informants, we aimed to enlighten every aspect of this matter and to truly grasp the comprehensive study on the subject. Using the theory of Michel De Certeau and his take on people's choices in their everyday life and Niklas Luhmann's theory of the systematisation of society, the interviews were analyzed and thereby a further explanation and understanding of the choices made by the informants could be interpreted. The study did not end up giving a definite answer as to why and how the Western societies incorporate Buddhism nor did we find Buddhism as easily defined and categorized as first assumed. But what this study showed was a transformation from traditional Buddhism to new Buddhism in Western societies, where the original primary aim of enlightenment has been replaced by the aim of improving the individual efficiency of the self.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato11 jun. 2013
VejledereMia Münster-Swendsen


  • Buddhism