Buddhists' religious and health practices

W. H. Wiist, B. M. Sullivan, D. M. St. George, H. A. Wayment

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A web survey of Buddhists' religious practices and beliefs, and health history and practices was conducted with 886 Buddhist respondents. Eighty-two percent were residents of the USA. Ninety-nine percent practiced Buddhist meditation and 70% had attended a formal retreat for intensive meditation practice. Eighty-six percent were converts to Buddhism and had been a Buddhist for a median of 9 years. Sixty-eight percent of respondents rated their health as very good or excellent. A one-point increase on a Buddhist Devoutness Index was associated with a 15% increase in the odds of being a non-smoker and an 11% increase in the odds of being in good to excellent health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-147
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2012


  • Buddhism
  • Buddhists
  • Health practices
  • Religious practices
  • Web survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Religious studies


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