Religion and Beliefs
This research focuses on Japanese people who practice a Burmese Buddhist meditation technique called “Pa-Auk”. Many Japanese choose this kind of meditation after trying traditional techniques, such as Japanese Zen, and other popular meditation practices including Mindfulness and Yoga. Interviews and observations conducted with practitioners in Myanmar and/or Japan shed light on their experience, motivations and expectations with regards to Pa-Auk meditation. To put this into context, this paper also examines the development of Buddhist meditation in Myanmar with reference to the sacred scriptures of the Pāli Canon. This analysis shows that the practice of Pa-Auk meditation among Japanese is not simply about the allure of foreignness. Rather, it is a valuable tool to negotiate everyday life in a modern society by means of developing happiness through concentration.