Dear organizations associated with Buddhism,
My name is Stefan Lindh and I carry out a research study in the context of my theological thesis for a bachelor degree at the University of Gothenburg. In my study I have chosen to investigate the concept of Engaged Buddhism, which is a socio-political form of Buddhism. It is in my interest to get an insight into the Swedish organizations involved in Buddhist activities.
My ambition is that this study will provide a good picture of how the Buddhist organization activity looks like in Sweden and which approach these organizations take towards the concept of Engaged Buddhism.
If you do not want you to use the attached questionnaire, feel free to write down your answers on a blank paper.
Your participation is, of course, completely voluntary and you are entitled to answer the questionnaire anonymously. All who participate in the study will receive a copy of my essay.
Survey of Buddhist activities in Sweden
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Please answer each of the following questions, thanks. Note that it is desirable that you respond as thoroughly as possible and do not limit yourself to only answer in the following response fields.
1. Describe your organizationís main Buddhist activities.
2. From which Buddhist basis have your organizationís activities evolved. E.g. Theravada, Mahayana, or Tantrism?
3. Are there any particular Buddhist texts that your organization frequently use or refer to?
4. Does your organization emphasize any particular moral and/or ethical
guidelines within Buddhism?
5. Is your organization involved in any social activities? E.g. collecting money for the poor. If not, please explain why not.
6. Does your organization follow any political agenda? If not, please explain why not.
7. Would your organization, for example, be able to actively participate in an anti-war movement? If yes, to what extent would your organization allow political active members in this area? For example, the Vietnamese monk Thich Quang Duc burned as himself to death in protest against the Vietnam War.
8. What is the opinion of your organization on the following quote by James E. Deitrick, University of Southern California, "Buddhist suffering is personal, not social."
9. Does your organization support members that practice socially engaged Buddhism? Why?
10. Was the concept of "Engaged Buddhism" familiar to your organization before you received this letter and in that case, to which extent has the concept been used in your organization?