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Title: Zen meditation and ABC relaxation theory : an exploration of relaxation states, beliefs, dispositions, and motivations
Language of title: English
Author/Creator: N. B. Gillani
J. C. Smith

Description: This study is an attempt to rigorously map the psychological effects of Zen meditation among experienced practitioners. Fifty-nine Zen meditators with at least six years of experience practiced an hour of traditional Zazen seated meditation. A control group of 24 college students spent 60 min silently reading popular magazines. Before relaxation, all participants took the Smith Relaxation States Inventory (SRSI), the Smith Relaxation Dispositions/Motivations Inventory (SRD/MI), and the Smith Relaxation Beliefs Inventory (SRBI). After practice, participants again took the SRSI. Analyses revealed that meditators are less likely to believe in God, more likely to believe in Inner Wisdom, and more likely to display the relaxation dispositions Mental Quiet, Mental Relaxation, and Timeless/Boundless/Infinite. Pre- and postsession analyses revealed that meditators showed greater increments in the relaxation states Mental Quiet, Love and Thankfulness, and Prayerfulness, as well as reduced Worry. Results support Smith's ABC Relaxation Theory.

Publisher Place: New York, NY
Publisher: Wiley
Normalized publisher place: New York, NY
Publisher country: United States
Publisher URL: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/home
Published Date: 2001-06
Subject: Meditation research
Classification: Buddhism and Science -- Buddhism -- Contemplative Practices -- Zen Meditation/Zazen
Buddhism and Science -- Buddhism -- Zen/Ch’an Buddhism
Buddhism and Science -- International Science -- Psychology -- Clinical Psychology -- Clinical Studies
Cultural Coverage: United States
Temporal coverage: 21st century CE
Language: English
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Source URL: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jtoc/31171/
Source: Journal of clinical psychology
Source Editor: L.E. Beutler
Source Type: Journal
Source Volume: 57
Source Number: 6
Source Page Numbers: 839-846
Start Date: 1945
Frequency of publication: Monthly
Submissions: See the journal's page "For authors".
ISBN/ISSN: 0021-9762 (Paper)
Location and access number: 11344469

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Date Last Modified: 2006-05-15 16:48:48
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