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Psychoneuroimmunology and Eastern Religious Traditions

PAUL J. GRIFFITHS

in The Link Between Religion and Health

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780195143607
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893256 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195143607.003.0013
Psychoneuroimmunology and Eastern Religious Traditions

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This chapter discusses the religious traditions of Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism and Shinto, which are adhered to by more than a billion people. It explores the implications that psychoneuroimmunology research may have for members of Eastern religious traditions and discusses concerns about how information on religion and health may be used and interpreted. In recent years, a variety of Eastern religious beliefs and practices have been adopted by groups in the West and promoted as beneficial for health and spiritual well-being. This chapter focuses on studies relating to Hindu- and Buddhist-based meditation, as well as the problems and obstacles involved in attempting to relate such studies back to the religions from which they have come.

Keywords: psychoneuroimmunology; Eastern religious traditions; Hinduism; Buddhism; meditation

Chapter.  4611 words. 

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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