Meditation and mindfulness are everywhere: in hospitals, clinics, and schools; in major medical, psychological, and scientific journals; on TV; and in popular publications—even on the cover of Time magazine. And thankfully so—since Jon Kabat-Zinn developed MBSR, a treatment blending meditation and yoga, it has been proven effective in treating conditions like chronic pain, stress, anxiety, and depression for sufferers around the world. Lesser known, however, are the deep philosophical roots of MBSR known as the Buddhist dharma, translated as “the teachings of the Buddha.” Although they form the very foundation underlying MBSR and other mindfulness-based interventions, they often remain hidden within modern mindfulness practices.
The Dharma of Modern Mindfulness illuminates these cornerstones, communicating previously esoteric teachings with language that makes them easily accessible and applicable to your complex daily life. The book follows the structure of an eight-week MBSR class, paralleling the participant’s journey with that of the Buddha for the alleviation of suffering. With real-life examples, guided reflections, and practices throughout, this book will show you the connections between the ancient wisdom of Buddhism and contemporary MBSR.
Regardless of your background, status, or education, and whether you’re a practitioner, teacher, or trainer, this invitation to explore the essential Buddhist teachings at the heart of modern mindfulness—such as the four noble truths, the noble eightfold path, and the four brahmaviharas: loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity—will expand your understanding and enhance your practice, and, in doing so, connect you with your inner wisdom and deepest humanity.
|Publisher:||New Harbinger Publications|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
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Table of Contents
A Note About the Spirit of This Book 19
1 The Dharma of Suffering: It's Not Personal 23
2 The Dharma of the Body: What We Resist Persists 37
3 The Dharma of Curiosity: What Is Here Right Now? 55
4 The Dharma of Awareness: Turning Toward Stress 69
5 The Dharma of Choice: Finding a Bigger Container 87
6 The Dharma of Our Speech: The Lessons of Relationship and Community 103
7 The Dharma of the Daylong Retreat: Exploring Our Hindrances as Teachings 121
8 The Dharma of Action and Livelihood: Working with Our Ethical Compass 143
9 The Dharma of Wisdom: Practice, Practice, Practice 161
10 The Dharma of Four Good Gardens: Cultivating Attitudes 177
Recommended Readings and Resources 205
Mulligan resides in Banning, CA; Blacker resides in Worcester, MA.