Travel for mindfulness through Zen retreat experience: A case study at Donghua Zen Temple.
School of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, 72701, USA.
Institute of Socio-Economic Research, Duy Tan University, 3 Quang Trung, Da Nang, Viet Nam.
Department of Hospitality and Tourism Administration, School of Business, North Carolina Central University, 1801 Fayetteville St., Durham, NC, 27707, USA.
Donghua Zen Temple, Wengyuan County, Shaoguan City, Guangdong Province, 512000, China.
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Apr 01, 2021
This study seeks to contribute knowledge of the Zen retreat experience unique to Buddhist tourism. The research setting is the Zen retreats found at the Donghua Zen Temple in China. This study examined feedback obtained from 520 tourists who stayed at Zen retreats. Zen retreat organizer insights were obtained through online discussions. This study identified four motivations for, and three outcomes of, staying at Zen retreats. Within the Zen retreat experience, this study clarified four themes in knowledge growth (mingxin), three themes in spiritual growth (jianxing), and two mechanisms to foster knowledge and spiritual growth. This study further proposed a figure demonstrating Zen practitioners' lifelong journey, and a figure categorizing tourists in Buddhist tourism into Zen tourism, Zen lifestyle, and Zen retreat by level of involvement. © 2020 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
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