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

Int J Nurs Pract. 2013 Apr:19 Suppl 2:15-23. doi: 10.1111/ijn.12040.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Buddhism*
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Japan
  • Male
  • Meditation*
  • Spirituality
  • Young Adult