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Mapping Zazen Meditation as a Develomental Process: Exploring the Experiences of Experienced and Inexperienced Meditators
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5668-0469
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Psychology.
2008 (English)In: Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, ISSN 0022-524X, no 2, p. 224-250Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This phenomenological study into Zen practitioners experiences of zazen meditation is based on eight semi-structured interviews with four experienced and four inexperienced zazen meditators. The respondents descriptions were analysed using a five-step Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) process into thirteen super-ordinate themes. The phenomenological analysis revealed differences between the two groups. Some experienced meditators reported differences that might be interpreted as trait changes due to meditative practice. These included the ability to remain conscious in the dream and deep sleep state as well as greater clarity, greater serenity, and more compassion in the waking state. Supplementary quantitative data gathered by a questionnaire indicated that inexperienced meditators perceived a greater difference between meditation and a normal waking state than did experienced meditators. This finding might indicate that the experienced meditators have integrated the meditative state into their daily life as a normal state, an area warranting future inquiry

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Palo Alto, CA, USA: The Transpersonal Institute , 2008. no 2, p. 224-250
Keywords [en]
Zen, zazen, altered states of consciousness
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-21287OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-21287DiVA, id: diva2:594960
Available from: 2013-01-21 Created: 2013-01-21 Last updated: 2015-11-12Bibliographically approved

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