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Strävan efter den medvetna närvaron: En kvalitativ studie kring bruket av buddhistisk insiktsmeditation i ett sekulariserat samhälle
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2016 (Swedish)Student paper other, 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The quest for the mindful presence : A qualitative study on the practice of Buddhist insight meditation in a secular society (English)
Abstract [en]

In this bachelor’s thesis I have focused on the question why people who live in secular societies use insight or vipassana meditation. The study is based on the rational choice theory developed by Rodney Stark. I have used an inductive qualitative method including e-mail interviews with practitioners of vipassana meditation. The study has shown why some people start the practice and how people’s expectations of vipassana meditation can differ in what they wanted from their practice. The study showed that practitioners and the society that surrounds them influenced each other. The study highlighted the way vipassana meditation was practiced on a secular basis.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 37 p.
Keyword [en]
meditation, religion, secular society, rational choice, Buddhism, insight meditation, vipassana
Keyword [sv]
meditation, religion, sekulärt samhälle, rationellt val, buddhism, insiktsmeditation, vipassana
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-54352OAI: diva2:944007
Subject / course
Religious Studies
Educational program
Teacher Education Programme for Upper Secondary School, 300/330 credits
Available from: 2016-06-29 Created: 2016-06-28 Last updated: 2016-06-29Bibliographically approved

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