Bringing Zen Practice Home
Journal of Religion and Health
Format: Journal Article
Library/Archive: Copyright © 2004 Springer
Sources ID: 21879
Zotero Collections: Zen Buddhism, Buddhist Contemplation by Tradition, Contemplation by Applied Subject, Contemplation by Tradition, Society and Contemplation, Buddhist Contemplation
Buddhist meditation practice is perceived as non-relational. Yet a serious meditator develops an intimacy with herself that is an asset to being in a healthy relationship. In this essay, using composite profiles of patients, I pursue my interest in relationships and family life as a path to mental health and a home to enlightened experience. The intimacy of a relationship with oneself, with another and within family provides a container that may enable us to let go of our fixed sense of self.