Mindfulness as a teaching of Buddhism that transcends cultural barriers

Maria Kellis

Abstract


Mindfulness is an essential element of the Buddhist practice, through the acquisition of right mind practices.  The essence of mindfulness, besides being a tool for selfrealization, is beneficial for healing. The task of influencing the course of western medicine was by no means negligible, and today it is as valid a course of therapy to seek certain forms of alternative therapies based on mindfulness teachings, as any mainstream therapy, with some patients even preferring the alternative therapies.  As CAM practices are reaching mainstream appeal in the West and are being accepted as a viable healing tool, it is important to consider whether it would serve a useful purpose in future to introduce teaching that are more obviously based in the Buddhist Dharma and what benefit, if any, such an action would bring about.     


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