Thursday, May 31, 2012

"McMindfulness", MBSR, & Buddhism

     Panelists Trudy Goodman, Vincent Horn, Ethan Nichtern, Diana Winston, & Jack Kornfield explore how we can support 21st century dharma by harnessing the wisdom of the ages without dumming down into McMindfulness.
Video from the 2011 Buddhist Geeks Conference

     "One of Jon Kabat-Zinn's definitions of mindfulness (heartfulness) is 'paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally' and sometimes added on is 'with open-hearted compassion.'
     I also like a very simple way of describing mindfulness as simply observing things as they are and learning from that. ... I sometimes describe mindfulness as being an ABC skill - the A being awareness, the B being being with - actually staying with our experience, and then that leading to C choice - that freedom of how we then can use what we learned to hopefully act more skillfully in the world."
Ed Halliwell, co-author of "The Mindful Manifesto", in a Buddhist Geeks interview:

     “It is the continuity of mindful awareness that deepens concentration, that reveals the true characteristics of phenomena and develops liberating insight. Liberation is possible. Don’t be satisfied with rearranging your psychological patterns. Comfort is not a goal worthy of your sincerest efforts.” Steve Armstrong

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