I am a clinical psychology doctoral student at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. and also a research assistant. I have been asked to help with research involving a survey of meditation practices tailored for Theravada practitioners. I am currently modifying one line of a previous survey that was originally conducted with American Tibetan Buddhist practitioners. The question served as a demographic item to gauge their level of experience / knowledge of Mahayana Buddhism:
"How familiar are you with Lojong (mind training)".
My naive understanding is that "Lojong" is a term for a mind training practice that is confined to Mahayana practitioners. Is this basically correct? If so, is there some equivalent term or practice in Theravada that would be logically comparable and what would that be? What would be an alternative to the above question that would make sense for the Theravada community?
If there isn't any logical equivalent in Theravada that is OK too, I can ask that the line just be removed if it doesn't apply to Theravada Buddhists.
I hope that make sense, I apologize in advance for my novice understanding.
Thanks in advance for any and all replies.
Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)
The Wright Institute