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Buddhism, death, and the feminine
The author investigates certain aspects of Buddhist psychology related to views of the body, death, and women, especially concerning issues of disgust and contamination based on insights from the psyc...
Trance, functional psychosis, and culture
This paper discusses the hypothesis that the symptoms of functional psychoses can be caused by culturally structured spontaneous trances that may be reactions to environmental stress and psychological...
Enhancing Therapeutic Presence
After September 11, therapists were faced with having to support patients while maintaining presence and calm amidst the aftermath of the tragedy. The author looks to Buddhist practices aimed at settl...
The relevance of Zen-Buddhism for Dialectic-Behavioral Therapy
Dialectic-Behavioral Therapy is a specific psychotherapeutic approach to answer the needs of patients with Borderline Personality Disorder. It uses concepts and techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Ther...
Suppressing tumor progression of in vitro prostate cancer cells by emitted psychosomatic power through Zen meditation
Human prostate cancer PC3 cells were treated in vitro with psychosomatic power emitted by a Buddhist-Zen Master. A significant decrease of growth rate was observed as determined by MTT assay after 48 ...
Eastern meditative techniques and hypnosis : a new synthesis
In this article major ancient Buddhist meditation techniques, samatha, vipassana, Zen, and tonglen (gtong len), will be described in reference to contemporary clinical hypnosis. In so doing, the Easte...
EEG alpha blocking correlated with perception of inner light during Zen meditation
According to the experimental results and practitioners' subjective experience, we report some hypotheses that may account for meditative phenomena during the practice of Zen-Buddhism. Orthodox Zen-Bu...
Cerebral blood flow during meditative prayer : preliminary findings and methodological issues
Meditative practices typically require several coordinated cognitive activities. This study measured changes in cerebral blood flow during "verbal" based meditation by Franciscan nuns involving the in...
Re-thinking nursing science through the understanding of Buddhism
Western thought has dominated scientific development for a long time, and nursing has not escaped the influence of such ideology. Nurse scholars, in an attempt to fit the dominant scientific ideology,...
The Neural Basis of the Complex Mental Task of Meditation: Neurotransmitter and Neurochemical Considerations
Meditation is a complex mental process involving changes in cognition, sensory perception, affect, hormones, and autonomic activity. Meditation has also become widely used in psychological and medical...
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