From Innovative to Conventional: Transformations of Practice in Psychology and Meditation

Helen Rosen

Abstract


Recently, I mentioned to a friend (and experienced meditator) my experience at the conference I had gone to in San Francisco and how the “scientific” exploration of “mindfulness” as a technique had apparently taken over the country. Like so many others, I was complaining that, of course, it isn’t “really” mindfulness meditation because it takes place outside of any theoretical or religious context. My friend’s response was, “But it works…it helps people”.

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