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What was mindfulness? - Tricycle Article
« on: November 18, 2014, 02:19:06 AM »
http://www.tricycle.com/blog/what-was-mindfulness

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Mindfulness meditation is being used by the US military to make soldiers into more effective killing machines overseas—and to treat them for PTSD and suicidal impulses after they get back. Closer to home, companies like Google are using mindfulness to enable employees work harder for longer hours—sometimes for lower pay. Is your job stressful and unrewarding? Mindfulness could be the answer. Do you sometimes feel pangs of guilt about serving the 1% of the population that manipulates our elections, controls our money, and sends meditatively enhanced young soldiers off to fight meaningless wars? Mindfulness could be the answer as well.

The intention behind practice is of great importance. The article discusses how extracting the practice from the path has hijacked the purpose. A useful reminder of the value of the moral foundation of practice.

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Re: What was mindfulness? - Tricycle Article
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2014, 08:27:06 AM »
Mindfulness (sati) is a generic & neutral term. It merely means to 'remember' or 'keep in mind'. Thus, in Buddhism there is 'right mindfulness' (of wholesome objects) and 'wrong mindfulness' (of unwholesome objects). Refer to MN 117.

This term is hijacked because most Buddhists use it incorrectly, to refer to present moment awareness or spacing out.   ??? 


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Re: What was mindfulness? - Tricycle Article
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2014, 04:45:35 PM »
Trust the west to twist up something good.
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Re: What was mindfulness? - Tricycle Article
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2014, 02:23:12 PM »
I think it is a good thing that so many people are meditating!
"THE ALL (god) is MIND; the universe is mental" written in The Kybalion