Siddhartha's Brain, written by science journalist James Kingsland, opens with what would be a somewhat shocking quote from Ajahn Amaro, a Buddhist monastic in the UK. We are all mentally ill. While this should not quite raise the eyebrows of mental health professionals, it is a rather bald (apologies to Ajahn Amaro!) statement to make in [...]
Mindfulness-Based programs have become the go-to treatment around the world and their popularity has made treatment more accessible in many ways. Despite the popularity or maybe because of it, several articles have argued against mindfulness because it (1) seems to be the fix-it for many ills, (2) doesn't stay true to its Buddhist roots and (3) understates its [...]
There's been a lot of chatter on the internet these days about Mindfulness and Buddhism. In a nutshell, practitioners, writers, and philosophers of Buddhism have expressed concern about the potential misuse of Buddhist beliefs and concepts by mindfulness-based interventions or programs. There is much merit to these concerns although the discussions tend to become bogged [...]
The OMC began in 2003 with a class of 10 people drawn from our private practice. We met in a conference room at the Riverside Hospital that barely fit 12 of us and a three-section oak conference table. Each evening that table had to be stacked in the corner so we could do the Body [...]
Thanks to UCSD Center for Mindfulness and Mindful Coaching for the link.