Robert Rosenbaum, Barry Magid con What's Wrong with Mindfulness: Zen Perspectives
Mindfulness seems to be everywhere but are we sure that's a good thing? Teachers Sallie Jiko Tisdale, Gil Fronsdal, Norman Fischer, and more explain how removing mindfulness from Buddhism may set a dangerous precedent.
Mindfulness is in fashion. Oprah loves it, Google teaches it to employees it has become widespread as a cure-all for stress, health problems and psychological difficulties, interpersonal trouble, and existential anxiety. But when mindfulness is separated from the Buddhist tradition, is something lost?
The Zen teachers gathered here each offer a unique perspective on what mindfulness means, its strengths, and the potential pitfalls.
Gil Fronsdal and Max Erdstein thoughtfully explore the rich Pali roots of mindfulness
Barry Magid and Marc Poirier examine the unintended side effects of exposing a spiritual tradition to the demands of capitalism
Norman Fischer demonstrates how mindfulness informs his creative process
Grace Schireson shows how mindfulness allows her to engage fully with the world as a feminist
And more, including essays on mindfulness and environmentalism, science, and psychology.
Each chapter offers insights to ground mindfulness in a deeper understanding of both where it comes from, and where it might be headed."
This book is the best thing I ve read on mindfulness and the mindfulness movement. --David R. Loy, author of A New Buddhist Path"
If you re "really" into mindfulness; if you really want to know about mindfulness "deeply," then this is a book for you to read and, more, to contemplate. This isn t about how to use mindfulness to make you happy, or to deal with stress, or to help with your business. This is about knowing more profoundly what it is all about and what it isn t. Be prepared to be moved. --Arthur C. Bohart, professor emeritus California State University Dominguez Hills"
This thoughtful book offers reassurance to those concerned about maintaining authenticity amidst the current hype about mindfulness. The book presents a range articulate and courageous voices that collectively expand the reader's understanding of mindfulness in the context of Zen teachings. "What s Wrong with Mindfulness" merges deep respect for tradition with thorough acceptance of contemporary times. --Deborah Schoeberlein David, author of Living Mindfully"
This timely collection raises urgent questions about Mindfulness capital M now that it has been extracted from its Buddhist roots and forced to stand alone as a secularized discipline. Shorn of its Buddhist allies, Mindfulness has been presented to the world with new clothes, in conformance with our goal-oriented modern marketplace, our workshop-based culture, our instrumentalist education system. The editors show that there is indeed something wrong with this picture, and it is about time to interrogate this development. --Gaelyn Godwin, Abbot, Auspicious Cloud Temple, Houston Zen Center"
Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum is a neuropsychologist and psychotherapist who now devotes himself full time to Zen and Dayan (Wild Goose) Qigong. He received lay entrustment from Sojun Mel Weitsman of Berkeley Zen Center and is authorized by Master Hui Liu as a senior teacher of the Taoist practice of qigong in the lineage of Yang Meijun. Bob is the founding teacher of the Meadowmont Sangha in the Sierra foothills and the author of"Walking the Way: 81 Zen Encounters with the Tao Te Ching" and "Zen and the Heart of Psychotherapy. "He also enjoys leading annual meditation/qigong trekking retreats in the Nepal Himalayas (www.zenqigong.com). Rosenbaum lives in Emeryville, CA.
Barry Magid is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst practicing in New York City, and the founding teacher of the Ordinary Mind Zendo, also in New York. He is the author of the Wisdom titles "Ordinary Mind: Exploring the Common Ground of Zen and Psychoanalysis," "Ending the Pursuit of Happiness: A Zen Guide," and"Nothing Is Hidden: The Psychology of Zen Koans." Magid lives in New York, NY."