Is mindfulness Buddhist? (and why it matters)

  title={Is mindfulness Buddhist? (and why it matters)},
  author={Robert H. Sharf},
  journal={Transcultural Psychiatry},
  pages={470 - 484}
  • R. Sharf
  • Published 1 August 2015
  • Psychology
  • Transcultural Psychiatry
Modern exponents of mindfulness meditation promote the therapeutic effects of “bare attention”—a sort of non-judgmental, non-discursive attending to the moment-to-moment flow of consciousness. This approach to Buddhist meditation can be traced to Burmese Buddhist reform movements of the first half of the 20th century, and is arguably at odds with more traditional Theravāda Buddhist doctrine and meditative practices. But the cultivation of present-centered awareness is not without precedent in… 


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