By M. Bazzano
This number of essays by means of prime exponents of latest Buddhism and psychotherapy brings jointly appreciation and demanding review of Mindfulness, a phenomenon that has swept the psychological wellbeing and fitness box over the past twenty years. The sheer variety and intensity of workmanship assembled right here remove darkness from the present presentation of Mindfulness.
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I have no interest in reciting mantras, visualizing Buddhas or mandalas, gaining out-of-body experiences, reading other people’s thoughts, practicing lucid dreaming, channelling psychic energies through chakras, let alone absorbing my consciousness in the transcendent perfection of the Unconditioned. Meditation is about embracing what is happening to this organism as it touches its environment in this moment. I do not reject the experience of the mystical. I only reject the view that the mystical is concealed behind what is merely apparent, that it is anything other than what is occurring in time and space right now.
Nibb¯ana is considered to be the ‘going out’ or extinguishing of these ﬁres that determine so much of human behavior in ordinary life. Glenn Wallis (2007) refers to nibb¯ana as the ability to ‘unbind’ from patterns of destructive behavior and, rather than likening it to the attainment of a state of being, sees it as a skill that practitioners can become increasingly better at the more that they engage with the path. This is persuasive and ﬁts in with the tenor of much of the Buddha’s teaching, which prime facie is directed towards the development of skills within life, rather than engaged with the kind of philosophical and ontological speculation that dominated his milieu.
Because the mind is invited to become less attached to a rigidly-held view, the person begins to encounter others more freely and directly. Other-centred Approach and Mindfulness In our examination of the Buddhist understanding of mindfulness we saw how the latter can be understood not only as ‘here and now awareness’, but also as an engagement with the spiritual dimension and the deeper truth, which gives rise to that ‘here and now’ presence. In particular, we saw how mindfulness is remembrance.
After Mindfulness: New Perspectives on Psychology and Meditation by M. Bazzano