Bhikkhu Bodhi on Mindfulness in the Buddha’s Words

Mindfulness in the Western world is perhaps best known in the terms of the words of Jon Kabat-Zinn as: “Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.” Bodhipaksa of Wildmind presents a helpful breakdown of each part of this sentence after offering his own definition of "the gentle effort to be continuously present with experience." Culadasa (John Yates, PhD), author of The Mind Illuminated, describes mindfulness in terms of "optimizing the inter … [Read more...]

Bhikkhu Bodhi on mindfulness, ethics, responsibility and justice with angel Kyodo williams

Mindfulness is the "pop-tune of the 21st Century." So suggests Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi with a smile in an interview published today with Ven. angel Kyodo williams. He continues by praising mindfulness teaching insofar as it is helping people but he worries that mindfulness is perhaps being taught only to make workers more productive or soldiers better combatants.williams responds, suggesting that he means that a Buddhist ethical framework is missing and is really needed for mindfulness to reach … [Read more...]