A critical analysis of the concepts and measurement of awareness and equanimity in Goenka's Vipassana meditation
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

Goenka's Vipassana meditation (GVM), a widely applied mindfulness training system rooted in Buddhism, is currently widely used. Although the two abilities cultivated in GVM, awareness and equanimity, exhibit certain similarities with the mindfulness cultivated in mindfulness-based psychotherapies (MBTs), they are not major concerns in MBTs. While many mindfulness scales have been created to measure different aspects of mindfulness constructs and certain scales and items can indeed reflect the basic abilities of awareness and equanimity, none of them can adequately capture the way in which those abilities and related ideas are applied in GVM. This paper presents a critical examination of the problems associated with the concepts and measurement of awareness and equanimity and presents potential solutions for achieving better measurement of these concepts in the future.

Author(s): 
Zeng, Xianglong
Oei, Tian P. S.
Ye, Yiqing
Liu, Xiangping
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Journal of Religion and Health
Journal Abbreviation: 
J Relig Health
Publication Date: 
2015-04
Publication Year: 
2015
Pages: 
399-412
Volume: 
54
Issue: 
2
ISSN: 
1573-6571
DOI: 
10.1007/s10943-013-9796-9
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 24222100

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Xianglong Zeng, Tian P. S. Oei, Yiqing Ye and Xiangping Liu. 2015-04. "A critical analysis of the concepts and measurement of awareness and equanimity in Goenka's Vipassana meditation." Journal of Religion and Health 54: 2: 399-412. 10.1007/s10943-013-9796-9.

Wikipedia Citation

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