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The mindfulness craze

The mindfulness craze

A talk given during the How to be a Bodhisattva Retreat at Sravasti Abbey in 2015.

  • Sharing from a New Yorker article on the mindfulness movement
  • How Buddhist teachings on mindfulness exist within an ethical framework and the Buddhist worldview
  • How to practice mindfulness of the present moment from a Buddhist perspective
  • Shantideva’s teachings on mindfulness
  • How mindfulness practice leads us to wisdom and full awakening through the four establishments of mindfulness
  • Questions and answers
    • The benefits of the Western approach to mindfulness
    • Tying the mind to mantra recitation
    • Mindfulness and compassion-focused therapy
    • The future of the secular mindfulness movement
    • Viewing the mindfulness movement without arrogance

The second talk in this retreat series can be found here.

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.