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Comments from NK: mindfulness

May 11th, 2015 · No Comments

NK
Submitted on 2015/05/11 at 10:48 am
To conclude, it is my impression that many of the psychologists, cognitive scientists, and sociologists doing research on Burmese style mindfulness practices seem to assume that the psychological benefits of such practice are born out by centuries of Buddhist experience. Such is not the case. To the extent that the modern
approach to mindfulness can be found in premodern Asia, it was a minority position
that was met with considerable criticism from traditional quarters.

http://buddhiststudies.berkeley.edu/people/faculty/sharf/documents/Sharf%20Is%20Mindfulness%20Buddhist.pdf
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NK
Submitted on 2015/05/10 at 12:25 pm
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/mindfulnessdefined.html
The issue is confused in the West because Jack Kornfield/Joseph Goldstein/Kabat-Zinn became the most popular writers on the topic and they were heavily influenced by the Burmese “moment to moment…whatever arises” technique.

When “sati” became McMindfulness, something didn’t translate
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NK
Submitted on 2015/05/10 at 12:22 pm
“Sati” is actually very easy to translate & meditation is very much goal oriented and about wanting something (I.e. skillful desires):

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