Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation: Spiritual Sustenance and Psychological Well-being

Asst. Prof. Dr. Neekee Chaturvedi

Abstract


This paper is an attempt to describe the religio-spiritual and psycho-secular contexts of mindfulness meditation. The purpose of the description and analysis shall be to enhance the understanding and efficacy of mindfulness meditation.  The first part dealing with mindfulness as a tool for spiritual sustenance shall draw from the corpus of Buddhist scriptures.  The Pāli texts chart out the methodology for mindfulness meditation.  The scriptural descriptions pertaining to mindfulness are a part of core teachings of Buddhism.  One has to begin with a comprehension of the aṭṭhāṅgikamagga that enunciates right mindfulness.  After an exposition of the classical interpretation, the paper shall briefly sketch its role in clinical psychotherapy and everyday practice in contemporary times.  The last section shall draw conclusions by approaching the classical and modern interpretation of mindfulness meditation in an integrated manner to establish its utility and maximize the benefits.


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