Critical Theory and the Contemporary Discourse on Mindfulness

Zachary David Walsh

Abstract


In the contemporary discourse on mindfulness, I have so far demonstrated how this implicit dualism has produced a false dichotomy between the practice of secular mindfulness and the theoretical concerns of traditional Buddhist and anti-capitalist critiques.  The debate between mindfulness proponents and their critics has reached a deadlock between two sides negotiating the relevance (or irrelevance) of ethics and how to ensure that an ethical framework (either secular or Buddhist) may inform the use of meditation in a capitalist society.  It is my contention that both parties fail to realize that any ethical framework that reaffirms today’s capitalist society will undoubtedly reproduce the same dualities of thought and action.


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