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Exploring the Impact of Buddhist Tourism and Pilgrimage on Cultural Exchange and Understanding: An Empirical Analysis

Author(s) Shushant Kumar Kushwaha
Country India
Abstract Buddhist tourism and pilgrimage are integral aspects of cultural and spiritual exploration, serving as bridges that connect individuals, communities, and nations. This empirical study employs a mixed-method approach, integrating surveys, interviews, and observational data, to investigate the profound impact of these journeys on promoting Buddhist understanding and facilitating cultural exchange.
Through the analysis of participant experiences across diverse destinations, our study unveils the transformative nature of Buddhist tourism and pilgrimage. Participants reported significant personal growth and spiritual enrichment, indicating that these journeys serve as catalysts for deepening individual spirituality. Furthermore, our findings highlight the pivotal role of these experiences in fostering cross-cultural dialogue and promoting mutual respect among diverse communities. Participants described meaningful interactions with individuals from unfamiliar cultural backgrounds, leading to a greater appreciation and understanding of cultural diversity.
Moreover, Buddhist tourism and pilgrimage emerge as platforms for fostering global harmony and enlightenment. By facilitating encounters between people of various beliefs and backgrounds, these journeys contribute to the promotion of peace and understanding on a broader scale. Participants reported a heightened sense of interconnectedness with humanity and a renewed commitment to promoting compassion and tolerance in their communities.
The implications of our findings extend beyond individual experiences to encompass broader societal benefits. Effective tourism management practices can leverage the transformative potential of Buddhist tourism and pilgrimage to promote sustainable development and cultural preservation in destination regions. Furthermore, our study underscores the importance of fostering interfaith dialogue and cooperation as essential components of global peace-building efforts.
Buddhist tourism and pilgrimage play vital roles in promoting cultural exchange, fostering understanding, and contributing to global harmony. By recognizing and harnessing the transformative power of these journeys, stakeholders can cultivate a more interconnected and compassionate world, grounded in mutual respect and appreciation for cultural diversity.
Keywords Buddhist tourism, pilgrimage, cultural exchange, understanding, spirituality, interfaith dialogue
Field Sociology > Tourism / Transport
Published In Volume 6, Issue 2, March-April 2024
Published On 2024-03-23
Cite This Exploring the Impact of Buddhist Tourism and Pilgrimage on Cultural Exchange and Understanding: An Empirical Analysis - Shushant Kumar Kushwaha - IJFMR Volume 6, Issue 2, March-April 2024. DOI 10.36948/ijfmr.2024.v06i02.15403
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