A Buddhist-based meditation practice for care and healing: An introduction and its application.

Author: Oshita D, Hattori K, Iwakuma M.
Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.
Conference/Journal: Int J Nurs Pract.
Date published: 2013 Apr
Other: Volume ID: 19 Suppl 2 , Pages: 15-23 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1111/ijn.12040 , Word Count: 102

This paper outlines Buddhist-based meditation in terms of its spiritual, psychotherapeutic, physiological and neuroscientific perspectives. In the latter part of this paper, a pilot study is discussed, in which Japanese university students volunteered to practice meditation at home and complete questionnaires. T-tests were performed to compare with the non-meditated control group. Although only a small number in the experimental group completed the study, our analyses demonstrated that students benefited from meditation and showed significant increases in their sense of coherence, self-esteem and purpose in life. Lastly, practical implications of meditation in contemporary Japanese society are discussed.
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