Research Projects

The Spiritual Engagement Project

Cassandra Vieten, PhD

A Longitudinal Study of Spiritual Engagement, Self-transcendence, and Human Flourishing

Status: Complete

The Spiritual engagement Project is a longitudinal study that explores the relationship between people’s engagement in spiritual practices and communities, and their health and well-being.  Building on previous work, we are now examining in detail how deep, dramatic, and permanent shifts in people’s worldview can result from engagement in transformative spiritual practices.

Related Link: Spiritual Engagement Project at Sutter Health CPMC

We would like to acknowledge the following for supporting this project:  The Fetzer Institute, Duke University Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, and the Templeton Foundation

Co-investigator:  John Astin

Key Collaborator: Church of Religious Science/Science of Mind, Contemplative Outreach/Centering Prayer, Open Gate Sangha, Project Implicit, Harvard, Mica Estrada-Hollenbeck, California State University, San Marcos, Mark Litt, University of Connecticut

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