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Title: Towards the beauty of Buddhism : the development and validation of a Buddhist aesthetics scale
Authors: Song, Y 
Qin, ZZ
Keywords: Buddhism
Buddhist aesthetics
Scale development
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI)
Source: Religions, May 2019, v. 10, no. 5, 343, p. 1-13 How to cite?
Journal: Religions 
Abstract: Buddhist aesthetics, as a profound intrinsic value of pleasure, has continually attracted scholars to shed light on its influential effects. Its aesthetic nature, however, has drawn on the laws of profound Buddhist thoughts, which is challenging for empiricists to generate evidence for. Though some individual components or factors deriving from Buddhist aesthetics have been developed and exploited in previous studies, a holistic construct of Buddhist aesthetics remains ambiguous and lacks a pragmatically useable measure. This study fills this gap by creating a Buddhist aesthetics scale. A total of fifteen items have been found valid and reliable to measure three determinants, namely, value, acumen, and response. This scale can be used in further empirical studies in designing objects aiming to elicit the unique Buddhist aesthetic experience. Moreover, it can be utilized in measuring Buddhist aesthetics as a determinant in relevant practices, such as religious psychotherapy, cognitive engineering, and business.
EISSN: 2077-1444
DOI: 10.3390/rel10050343
Rights: © 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
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