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Mindfulness: The Translation, by Shinzen Young

By Frank Simons

The Meditation Center presents the, What Is Mindfulness? Part 5, “Mindfulness: The Translation,” by Shinzen Young at 5:30pm, Thursday, November 12, at the Center, Callejón Blanco 4. This response to a question by a retreat participant shows how thoughtful Shinzen is. “The genie of mindfulness is certainly out of the bottle and there is no putting it back. I just hope that people don’t sell themselves short by dismissing the Dharma and dumbing down mindfulness to simply non-judgmental attention. There is no discernment in non-judgmental attention and very little insight into cessation and/or that which “knows” arising and cessation. I must confess to the arising of unpleasant bodily sensations when I ask a ‘mindfulness teacher’ about their practice and they answer like a deer in the headlights, ‘Practice?’ I’ve heard through some mindfulness groups in Europe that there is movement afoot to try to legislate the teaching of mindfulness to medical doctors only. Yikes!”

Film Meditation
What Is Mindfulness? Part 5
Thursday, November 12, 5:30pm
Meditation Center
Callejón Blanco 4
415 111 0644

“Shin, is that really true about Europe? Can you give me some more information? If it’s really that bad, I need to talk to Jon Kabat-Zinn and some others about nipping this in the bud.”

“I think your points are important, which is precisely why I choose to define mindful awareness the way I do and insist that mindfulness awareness must be seen as separate from mindfulness the path. By the path I mean the application of mindful awareness toward five specific goals: reduction of suffering, elevation of fulfillment, insight (that’s where rising, passing, cessation, etc. come in), positive behavior change, and a spirit of love and service (i.e., bodhicitta, personal and global responsibility, etc.). All the best, Shinzen.”

There will be an opportunity for discussion following the video. Presentations of the center are offered without charge. Donations are gratefully accepted.


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