Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 52, Issue 1, pp 299–306 | Cite as

The Use of Mindfulness Practice in the Treatment of a Case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Sri Lanka

  • Piyanjali de ZoysaEmail author
Original Paper


For over 20 centuries, Buddhism has been the spiritual practice of the majority of Sri Lankans. Though Buddhist practices have been increasingly influencing psychotherapy in the West, the use of such practices in psychotherapy in Sri Lanka is not common. This paper attempts to bridge this gap by presenting a case study where Buddhist mindfulness practice was used successfully in the treatment of a case of obsessive compulsive disorder. This paper also presents an outline of the association between Buddhist mindfulness practice and mindfulness practices used in modern-day psychotherapy and discusses issues in the use of mindfulness practice in psychotherapy.


Buddhism Obsessive compulsive disorder Meditation Mindfulness Psychotherapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of ColomboColombo 8Sri Lanka

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