Long-term meditation practice in Puno, Peru: a five-level exploratory model of theory and research

Fergusson, Lee and Ortiz Cabrejos, Javier and Bonshek, Anna (2020) Long-term meditation practice in Puno, Peru: a five-level exploratory model of theory and research. The International Journal of Indian Psychology, 8 (3). pp. 755-777. ISSN 2349-3429

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Abstract

Practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique has been well-documented in the published literature since the 1970s. However, the significance of the practice in Latin America generally and Peru specifically has been unrecorded, despite its widespread use in schools, government agencies, and businesses in the last 20 years. This paper examines the theoretical foundations of the practice and compares these propositions to international research findings, all of which have been conducted outside Peru. Using a five-level qualitative approach to explore the practice in Peru, the paper also reports the experiences of six long-term practitioners of Transcendental Meditation in Puno who have practiced the technique for an average of 15 years. These reports have been coded and analysed thematically and organised into the following five levels: consciousness, mental, physical, behavioral, and sociocultural, with Puno data analysed for confirmatory or dissimilar evidence vis-à-vis the international findings. Participants are from the Aymara population, an under-represented group in published literature from South America, making the study distinct. Findings suggest that experiences of long-term meditators in Puno are largely consistent with prior international research outcomes.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2020, Fergusson L, Cabrejos J O & Bonshek A; licensee IJIP. This is an Open Access Research distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any Medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2020 04:33
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2020 00:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: Peru, Aymara, Transcendental Meditation, frequency and saliency analysis
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1799 Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5299 Other psychology > 529999 Other psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280123 Expanding knowledge in human society
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.25215/0803.086
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/40126

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