Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 46, Issue 4, pp 471–479 | Cite as

Efficacious Surroundings: Temple Space and Buddhist Well-being

  • Michael J. WalshEmail author
Original Paper


This essay argues that the prospect of health and well-being from a Buddhist perspective must take into account an understanding of religiosity as a process of becoming, a culturally and contextually defined praxis of what and who it is we are and would like to become. It is in this process of becoming that a space of healing is made possible. It is not simply that Buddhist temple space is ‘good’ in some sort of clinical manner, but rather that it is active in its will to achieve a space of becoming healthy and whole.


Buddhism Temple space Religion Centrality Well-being Praxis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ReligionVassar CollegePoughkeepsieUSA

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