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Experience report of vipassana meditation in Thailand

[Speaker] Takahashi, Toru:1
[Co-author] Kawashima, Issaku:1, Kumano, Hiroaki:2
1:Graduate School of Human Sciences, Waseda University (Japan), 2:Faculty of Human Sciences, Waseda University (Japan)

Mindfulness meditation has effects on a variety of mental problems by paying attention to one's own experience in the present, non-judgmentally. Mindfulness meditation is derived from vipassana meditation. Experiences of Japanese students who participated in a retreat of vipassana meditation in Thailand will be reported. The retreat lasted for eight days and seven nights; the meditation that they practiced was characterized by moving their arms or legs, which did not necessitate strong concentration. We hypothesized that they would experience an improvement of their attention regulation initially. However, their attention regulation would not be strong as the meditation that they practiced does not require strong concentration. More importantly, we also hypothesized that they would undergo a state of monitoring their experiences with divided attention, which is an important component of an attention training technique of metacognitive therapy. We aimed to examine these hypotheses by preliminary self-report and qualitative and quantitative data.
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