Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 43, Issue 3, pp 201–216 | Cite as

Bringing Zen Practice Home

  • Joan Hogetsu Hoeberichts


Buddhist meditation practice is perceived as non-relational. Yet a serious meditator develops an intimacy with herself that is an asset to being in a healthy relationship. In this essay, using composite profiles of patients, I pursue my interest in relationships and family life as a path to mental health and a home to enlightened experience. The intimacy of a relationship with oneself, with another and within family provides a container that may enable us to let go of our fixed sense of self.

meditation Zen Buddhism relationship intimacy enlightenment 


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