Studying Meditation-related Challenges in Western Buddhism -Dr Willoughby B. Britton, Brown University

Mar 12, 2021 | behavioural sciences, health and medicine, trending

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This SciPod is a summary of the paper ‘The varieties of contemplative experience: A mixed-methods study of meditation-related challenges in Western Buddhists, from the open access journal PLoS One. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0176239 

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Buddhist-derived meditation is becoming increasingly recognised as being able to promote physical, emotional, and mental health in the Western world. Although an extensive literature supports the many benefits of meditation, the adverse effects remain underreported. The Varieties of Contemplative Experience study was initiated by Dr Willoughby B. Britton at Brown University, Rhode Island, to investigate the potentially darker side of meditation.




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