The mindfulness culture is showing us just how hard it is to reseed classical legacies of ancient times. Buddhism emerged from several millennia of (Jain) and proto-Shaivite experiments with meditation and the path of enlightenment.
It was dead center, so to speak, in the Axial Age, and the result was a new buddha field that did just to its predecessors. We can see how the modern case is getting so vexed: it is not building on any legacy but science, and science so far has mangled the subject. I think science one day will kick in with something intelligent in this sphere, but the current take on mindfulness leaves no room for optimism. I think that American buddhism should have been able to address this situation, and perhaps behind the headlines it is, but the the relentless assault of the scientism cult is not likely to tolerate buddhism for long.
Noone seems to see just how bad the science perspective is on these questions.