Adverse Effects and Difficult Stages of the Contemplative Path

This research investigates difficult or challenging mind (and body) states as a result of intensive meditation practice, and includes interviews with more than 20 meditation teachers (Jack Kornfield, Shinzen Young, Joseph Goldstein, Adyashanti) and Buddhist scholars (Thupten Jinpa, John Dunne, Alan Wallace) as well as a number of experienced practitioners.

The research investigates:
1) the phenomenology of these experiences, including their duration, associated functional impairment and estimated prevalence
2) the wide range of interpretations from "Progress to Pathology" from well-known teachers and Buddhist scholars
3) "exacerbating factors" (practitioner characteristics, type of practice, available support) which may exacerbate expected (but perhaps difficult or challenging) meditation effects into the need for additional support measures

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