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Shikantaza: -erfarenheter av flow och rent medvetande i enzenbuddhistisk kontext
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Shikantaza : -experiences of flow and pure consciousness ina zen buddhist context (English)
Abstract [en]

Shikantaza - erfarenheter av flow och rent medvetande i en zenbuddhistisk kontext

(Shikantaza - experiences of flow and pure consciousness in a zen buddhist context)

The zen buddhist meditation practice of Shikantaza (just sitting) is the core practice of the japanese soto-zen tradition. It is described as one of the simplest yet most subitle forms of meditation but also one of the most easily misunderstood. In this study the experience of Shikantaza meditation is investigated from a psychological point of view. Six in depth interviews are analysed with support from the theoretical framework provided by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Robert Forman. The result of the study suggests that the core experience of Shikantaza zazen can be identified as a pure consciousness event and that this experience, with continuous practice, can become permanent and brought in to the daily life of the practitioner. The study also shows that this experience, when it has become a part of the ordinary life, helps the practitioner to cultivate autotelic personality traits and as a result of this he or she can appreciate and enjoy the simple and small things in life.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 59
Keywords [en]
Psychology of religion, mystical experiences, Zenbuddhism, meditation. Författare:
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Religious Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-152772OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-152772DiVA, id: diva2:1258035
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Science of religion
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Available from: 2018-10-23 Created: 2018-10-23 Last updated: 2018-10-24Bibliographically approved

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