Buddhism in Bogotá: history, social reality and perspectives

Project: Research project

Project Details


With the aim of reactivating the line of sociological studies of religions at CETRE and thus deepening the study of the religious phenomenon in Colombia, as well as contributing with theoretical tools and empirical knowledge that will allow the State to adequately formulate its public policies on religion and freedom of conscience, with the present project we propose to build a characterization of the populations that practice Buddhism in Bogotá that will allow us to understand their current situation and at the same time present a projection of the mediate future of this religious tradition in the religious scenario and the social fabric of the city and, eventually, of the country. These populations and their insertion in the socioreligious fabric of Bogota constitute the object of study of the project. The problem to be addressed, therefore, can be formulated as follows: both in the present and in the near future, how is Buddhism integrated into the religious scenario and the social fabric of Bogotá?
Methodologically, the project will be articulated in three axes: quantitative research, in-depth interviews and focus groups. We have located seven centers of practice present in Bogotá associated with different Buddhist schools, with which we will establish contact to implement the research in each one separately. With this we hope to obtain a socio-demographic profile of each group, as well as discover their forms of propagation, reasons for conversion, socioeconomic and/or cultural profiles of the faithful). All this will allow us to establish guidelines for future research and to evaluate the possible socio-religious impact of Buddhism in the Bogotá environment.
Effective start/end date9/28/203/28/22

Main Funding Source

  • Internal


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