Buddhists' religious and health practices

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Abstract

A web survey of Buddhists' religious practices and beliefs, and health history and practices was conducted with 886 Buddhist respondents. Eighty-two percent were residents of the USA. Ninety-nine percent practiced Buddhist meditation and 70% had attended a formal retreat for intensive meditation practice. Eighty-six percent were converts to Buddhism and had been a Buddhist for a median of 9 years. Sixty-eight percent of respondents rated their health as very good or excellent. A one-point increase on a Buddhist Devoutness Index was associated with a 15% increase in the odds of being a non-smoker and an 11% increase in the odds of being in good to excellent health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-147
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume51
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2012

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Keywords

  • Buddhism
  • Buddhists
  • Health practices
  • Religious practices
  • Web survey

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Buddhists' religious and health practices. / Wiist, William H; Sullivan, Bruce M; St. George, D. M.; Wayment, Heidi A.

In: Journal of Religion and Health, Vol. 51, No. 1, 03.2012, p. 132-147.

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