June 26, 2008

Meditation: The New Black?

The Pew Forum survey continues to turn up interesting tidbits, among them the apparent popularity of meditation in America. Greg Smith, a research fellow at the Pew Forum, summarized:

Almost two-fifths of Americans report meditating at least once a week. This practice is particularly common among Buddhists, with six in 10 saying they meditate weekly. But it’s also interesting that nearly three-quarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses, more than half of Mormons and members of historically black Protestant denominations, and nearly one-half of evangelical Protestants and Muslims say they meditate weekly. One-quarter of the unaffiliated population also reports meditating at least on a weekly basis.

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K's picture

These statistics in themselves are meaningless as it is unclear how each group defines 'meditation'.