A Web-Based Survey of the Relationship Between Buddhist Religious Practices, Health, and Psychological Characteristics: Research Methods and Preliminary Results

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A Web-based survey was conducted to study the religious and health practices, medical history and psychological characteristics among Buddhist practitioners. This report describes the development, advertisement, administration and preliminary results of the survey. Over 1200 Buddhist practitioners responded. Electronic advertisements were the most effective means of recruiting participants. Survey participants were mostly well educated with high incomes and white. Participants engaged in Buddhist practices such as meditation, attending meetings and obtaining instruction from a monk or nun, and practiced healthful behaviors such as regular physical activity and not smoking. Buddhist meditative practice was related to psychological mindfulness and general health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-31
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2010



  • Buddhists
  • Health practices
  • Preliminary results
  • Religious practices
  • Research methods
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Medicine(all)
  • Nursing(all)

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