Mindfulness in Context: A Historical Discourse Analysis

  title={Mindfulness in Context: A Historical Discourse Analysis},
  author={Jessie Sun},
  journal={Contemporary Buddhism},
  pages={394 - 415}
  • Jessie Sun
  • Published 3 July 2014
  • Psychology
  • Contemporary Buddhism
‘Mindfulness’ has become a buzzword, yet its meaning and origins have received relatively little critical consideration. This article places the current ‘mindfulness movement’ in context, examining the evolving discourse surrounding the concept of mindfulness. Through the first systematic etymology of the term, drawing from old Western and Buddhist writings, contemporary psychology and popular media, it is established that the contemporary understanding of mindfulness has been substantially… 
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