This raises an issue that has concerned me for a long time: is it genuinely beneficial, for the individuals involved and society as a whole, for mindfulness practice to become mainstream, or do those of us that teach mindfulness practice also need to insist on educating people about the values we associate with it, as laid down in our tradition in the 5 and 14 mindfulness trainings? Even if mindfulness is used by the banker or the soldier to improve their professional skills, he says, it will also nurture the innate compassion of their humanity. I think that the more exposure people have to the essence of mindfulness training, the more compassion they will develop. I fell that the more people learn about loving kindness and compassion, the more they will feel their connection with people, plants, and animals.
My hope is that instead of using mindfulness for their personal gain, bankers and politicians will have an awakening in which they reach out to their fellow beings and actually do something about poverty, health care, and global warming.


The Importance of SanghaTomorrow, I'm going to the Earth Holder Retreat at the Deer Park Monastery where the importance of sangha in Buddhist practice is realized. Real MeditationThese words of wisdom about real meditation come from one of the world's most beloved spiritual teachers - Jiddu Krishnamurti. A New Meditation for SleepHere is a new meditation for sleep that I have been using lately.
Jon Kabat-Zinn is now in the process of having top level discussions with political leaders in the UK about mindfulness in health care.
Kabat-Zinn is the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the University of Massachusetts in 1979.


The same question has been raised, for me, by news of bankers practicing mindfulness and the US army providing mindfulness training to its soldiers: will they just become more effective and efficient at doing things that damage life and deepen hunger and poverty?
The wide spread teachings of mindfulness in the areas of neuroscience, psychology, and health care are developing awareness of the interdependence of all things.



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