Is Mindfulness the same as Buddhism?

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 [...]

International Conference on Mindfulness with Youth in Banff AB – July 15-17, 2011

From the Mindfulness Institute website: Mindfulness is a natural part of being human that involves present moment awareness and can be cultivated through formal and informal mindfulness exercises.  Scientific research in this field demonstrates a multitude of positive outcomes in academic, psychological, and physical domains. Effects of mindfulness on the prefrontal cortex and interconnections involved in [...]