Category Archives: mindfulness

How Much Does Science Know About Meditation?

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Putting the Meditator at the Centre of the Research

Do you meditate or practice mindfulness? I am currently undertaking an academic survey into meditation and wellbeing. I would like to ask meditators over the age of 18 to complete a short anonymous questionnaire about their practice (it should take … Continue reading

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Is Mindfulness Buddhist and Does its Social Context Matter?

Title: Is mindfulness Buddhist? (and why it matters) Author: Robert H. Sharf Year: 2015 Summary: Modern mindfulness meditation is often associated with the state of ‘bare attention’, paying attention in the moment, non judgementally but deliberately. This particular state is … Continue reading

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No Agreement over the Meaning of the Term Mindfulness

Title: What does mindfulness really mean? A canonical perspective Author: Bhikkhu Bodhi Year: 2011 Summary: The mindfulness movement is inextricably linked with Buddhism, both Buddhist teachings and meditation practice. It is then of particular interest when Buddhist scholars of the … Continue reading

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The Origins of MBSR; Zen and Mindfulness

Title: Some reflections on the origins of MBSR, skillful means, and the trouble with maps Author: Jon Kabat-Zinn Year: 2011 Summary: In this frank an open exposition of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s development of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) system, readers … Continue reading

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Mindfulness Meta-study Reveals Conflicting Findings

Title: Meditation Programs for Psychological Stress and Well-being: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis, Authors: M Goyal, S Singh, EM Sibinga, NF Gould, A Rowland-Seymour, R Sharma, Z Berger, D Sleicher, DD Maron, HM Shihab, PD Ranasinghe, S Linn, S Saha, … Continue reading

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Reliability in the Definition of Mindfulness

Title: On Some Definitions of Mindfulness Author: Rupert Gethin Year: 2011 Summary: Rupert Gethin cites Rhys Davids as the first person to translate the concept of mindfulness from the Pali sati or the Sanskrit smrti, although he stresses subsequent difficulties … Continue reading

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Problems in the Definition of Mindfulness

Title: Is mindfulness present-centred and non-judgmental? A discussion of the cognitive dimensions of mindfulness Author: Georges Dreyfus Year: 2011 Summary: Amongst the issues that are publicly manifesting in the research of ‘mindfulness’ are fundamental problems achieving reliable and consistent understandings … Continue reading

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Does Meditation Need a Social Context?

Author: Laurence J. Kirmayer Year: 2015 Title: Mindfulness in Cultural Context Summary: Whilst western psychology has acknowledged the strong relationship that exists between the mindfulness movement and Buddhism. There appears to be a limited appreciation of the implications of social … Continue reading

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Investigating the Phenomenological Matrix of Mindfulness-Related Practices from a Neurocognitive Perspective

Title: Investigating the Phenomenological Matrix of Mindfulness-Related Practices from a Neurocognitive Perspective Authors: Antoine Lutz, Amishi P. Jha, John D. Dunne, Clifford D. Saron Year: 2015 Summary: This review of research into mindfulness summarises a significant amount of recent nonclinical … Continue reading

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