The tonglen experiences of individuals with established sitting meditation practices: a grounded theory study

Pardy, Jeff (2016) The tonglen experiences of individuals with established sitting meditation practices: a grounded theory study. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

While there is an ever expanding body of research on various forms of meditation, there is currently a relative absence of academic literature on tonglen. A form of meditation which involves both visualizations and breathing elements, during tonglen one takes in the negativity and suffering experienced by others and, in return, sends back happiness and compassion. The current study explores the tonglen meditation experiences of individuals who have established sitting meditation practices. A qualitative, grounded theory approach was used in looking at what tonglen means to participants, how they engage with the practice, why they practice tonglen, and what they perceive to be the benefits of tonglen in the context of a 28 day practice period. Based on the findings from this study, a model was developed that describes the tonglen experiences of participants.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/11893
Item ID: 11893
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 95-103).
Keywords: Tonglen, Meditation, Mindfulness, Awareness, Grounded Theory
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: May 2016
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Meditation--Buddhism; Suffering--Religious aspects--Buddhism; Meditation--Psychological aspects; Visualization; Respiration--Psychological aspects

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