Buddhisme mere populær end islam

Fra gratisavisen 24 timer – hat tip: Steen Snaphane – takker! Danskerne er ikke så dumme endda!

Lama Ole Nydahl

Lama Ole Nydahl

Der er flere danskere, der konverterer til buddhismen end til islam, vurderer forsker

Flere danskere vender sig mod andre religioner end kristendommen, når de vil finde svar på de eksistentielle spørgsmål.

Der findes ingen nøjagtige opgørelser over antallet, men konversionsforsker og ekstern lektor i teologi ved Aarhus Universitet Mogens S. Mogensen skønner på baggrund af forskning, at 4.000-5.000 danskere har konverteret til buddhismen i perioden 1970 til 2005, mens 2.100-2.800 har konverteret til islam. Og han vurderer, at antallet af konvertitter generelt kun er blevet større de seneste år.

»Buddhismen opleves som forenelig med både vores vestlige livsstil og med kristendommen og er ikke så ekskluderende som eksempelvis islam,« siger han.

Wangchuk Dorje, den 9nde Karmapa

Wangchuk Dorje, den 9nde Karmapa

Moderne buddhisme
Jørn Borup, der er ph.d. i religionshistorie og buddhismeforsker ved Aarhus Universitet, understreger, at der er stor forskel på, hvordan buddhismen praktiseres i Østen og i Vesten.

»Buddhismen i Vesten er ofte en del af et større selvudviklingsprojekt med fokus på meditation. Det står meget godt i forhold til vores moderne tid med fokus på selvrealisering. De danske buddhister er ofte mere praktiserende og kommer mere i templerne end de etniske fra Vietnam og Thailand, der er bosiddende i Danmark,« siger han.

Konverteringen til andre trosretninger skal ses i lyset af den stigende globalisering, der har gjort det muligt at lade sig inspirere af andre religioner end kristendommen, vurderer Mogens S. Mogensen.

»Nogle er bevidst kørt sur i kristendommen og søger andre steder hen, nogle skifter religion, fordi de gifter sig, og så er der dem, der på grund af sekulariseringen oplever, at religion og kristendom er blevet meget fjernt. De søger det åndelige og kan opleve en vækkelse, som kan være inspireret af Østen eller andet.«

Det konverterer danskerne til
Der findes ingen nøjagtige opgørelser over, hvor mange, der konverterer til de forskellige religioner, men forskning fra 2005 skønner, at det fordeler sig således:

Islam: Cirka 2.100-2.800 danskere i perioden 1970-2005.

Buddhisme: Cirka 4.000-5.000 danskere fra 1970-2005. Størstedelen følger den tibetanske buddhisme.

Hinduisme: Cirka 500 danskere. Størstedelen til Hare Krishna.

New age: Cirka 6.000 danskere fordelt på 130 grupperinger.

Man kan godt gennemgå konverteringsritualer til nogle trosretninger og samtidig være medlem af den danske folkekirke.

Bernagchen - beskytter af Karma Kagyu belæringerne

Tibet, Kina, YouTube og Olympiaden

De kinesiske magthavere kan ikke lide de billeder, man kan se på YouTube om, hvad der sker i Lhasa, så kommunisterne har lukket for kinesernes adgang til YouTube. Det skal nok blive en sjov olympiade, at dømme efter de billeder, kineserne ikke må se.

Billeder fra Lhasa, 14. marts

Flere links bl.a. på Ekstra Bladet og JyllandsPosten

Khaddafi’s søn laver skandale i Thailand

Bangkok Post skriver i dag:

Saif GhadaffiLast month, the son of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi visited Thailand, and embarrassed government hosts by his implied support for southern militants. Now, Iraq leaders have accused Saif al-Islam Gadhafi of leading a foreign terrorist gang responsible for a terrorist bombing in northern Iraq last week which killed and wounded more than 250 people.

An Iraqi security chief for Sunni tribesmen who rose up against al-Qaeda said on Saturday that al-Islam is behind a group of foreign and Iraqi fighters responsible for the devastating explosion which destroyed about 50 buildings in a Mosul slum last Wednesday, leaving 38 dead and 225 wounded.

Col Jubair Rashid Naief, who also is a police official in Anbar province, said the bombing was carried out by the Saifaddin Regiment, made up of about 150 foreign and Iraqi fighters who slipped into the country several months ago from Syria.

Naief said the regiment, which is working with the terrorist group al-Qaeda in Iraq, was supported by Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, 36, the eldest son of the Libyan leader.

“I am sure of what I am talking about, and it is documented,” Naief said, adding that he was “100 per cent sure” of the younger Gadhafi’s role with the terror group.

The young Gadhafi visited Thailand last month, invited by government officials who seemed unaware of his extremist views.

He “expressed concerns” about the government’s treatment of Muslims in general, and especially in the deep South.Jihad in Thailand

Reports said that the Libyan asked Deputy Prime Minister Sonthi Boonyaratkalin – a leading Thai Muslim – if Thai-Muslims, who make up 80 per cent of the population in the deep South, comprising Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala provinces, had been properly treated, according to an official who attended the meeting.

Gadhafi’s son told Gen Sonthi he was seeking clarification from senior officials because he had been told that Thailand, a predominantly Buddhist country, discriminated against Muslims, and disturbances stemmed from this.

The son of the Libyan dictator said he would report the details of his trip to members of the Organisation of Islamic Conference, the world’s largest Muslim grouping.

Saif al-Islam, however, seems an unlikely figure as a sponsor of terrorism. Touted as a reformer, the younger Gadhafi has been reaching out to the West to soften Libya’s image and return it to the international mainstream.

Known in Libya as “The Engineer,” he won praise last year for helping release five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor who were jailed in Libya for allegedly infecting Libyan children with HIV.

Educated at a British university and fluent in English, German and French, he also has gained exposure as head of the Gadhafi International Association for Charitable Organisations, a so-called non-governmental network concerned with issues like human rights and education.

However, he also was quoted by the Austrian Press Agency last year as warning Europeans against more attacks by radical Islamists.

The only solution to contain radicalism is the rapid departure of Western troops from Iraq as well as Afghanistan, and a solution to the Palestinian question,” Gadhafi was quoted as saying.

Thailand bliver det næste land som bliver dhimmiseret og tvangsomvendt. Jeg har ikke sagt det, men…