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By J. Mark G. Williams & Jon Kabat‐Zinn (eds)

During the last 30 years Buddhist mindfulness meditation has been built-in into mainstream medication and technological know-how. Mindfulness-based study is frequently funded by way of the NIH and a mindfulness-based treatment has been mandated national by way of the NHS. This distinctive factor of latest Buddhism is dedicated completely to invited contributions from Buddhist lecturers and contemplative students, including mindfulness-based execs on either the scientific and learn aspects, writing at the huge subject of mindfulness and a few of the concerns that come up from its expanding attractiveness and integration into the mainstream of medication, schooling, psychology and the broader society. The participants, all specialists within the fields of Buddhist scholarship, medical examine, or the implementation of mindfulness in healthcare or academic settings, have risen to the problem of determining the main salient components for strength synergy and for strength disjunction. Out of those interchanges and reflections and collective conversations may possibly come new understandings and advancements that would supply either course and gain to this promising box.

The visitor editors are Prof. Jon Kabat-Zinn (Center for Mindfulness in drugs U. Mass. scientific tuition) and Prof. Mark Williams (U. Oxford Dept. Psychiatry & Oxford Mindfulness Centre).

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With certain reservations (which I will discuss below), I believe this characterization is acceptable if understood as a procedural directive for cultivating mindfulness in accordance with certain methods. It helps a novice meditator who has newly embarked on this unfamiliar enterprise get a grip on the appropriate way to observe the phenomenal field. The purpose of the expression would then be seen as pragmatic rather than doctrinal, as pedagogical rather than definitive. When, however, it is considered in the light of canonical sources, it is hard to see ‘bare attention’ as a valid theoretical description of mindfulness applicable to all its modalities.

This is not to say that mindfulness is necessarily present centred (as we will see shortly) nor that it is necessarily nonjudgmental, but there is no doubt that the discipline of being able to keep the mind to stick to the present moment and refrain from its usual chatter is an important stage in the education of attention, which is the basis of meditative practice. Let me make it clear that my point here is not to critique the practice of therapists and Buddhist teachers who have attempted to adapt classical Buddhist concepts to the modern context.

But whereas manasika¯ra generally predominates at the inception of a cognitive process, sati supervenes at a later stage, sustaining attention on the object and making it appear vividly to lucid cognition. Nyanaponika was a keen scholar of the Buddhist psychological system known as Abhidhamma and thus his choice of ‘attention’ to characterize sati could not have been due to carelessness. I suspect that the underlying reason for his choice was a melding of words in the two European languages in which he wrote, German and English.

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