Batchelor: What Draws Others to Mindfulness? – De-Mystifying Mindfulness by Universiteit Leiden #12


Well I think this is a moving phase. I think people say, 15 or
20 years ago when they hear of, I suspect 15 or
20 years ago if people were introduced to Buddhist meditation, call
it mindfulness, be passing or whatever. They would have come preloaded with
a lot of probably somewhat fanciful ideas about oriental, exotic religion and
all this kind of stuff. The fact that mindfulness has now
become so mainstreamed and has become seen as something that you may do
to work with some health issue or your partner, your friends or
whatever done it, if your partner or friends or whatever have done
a 8-week mindfulness course. You’re going to approach
it differently to them. I think there’s a much
greater level of information available through the media, available
through popular books on the subject now. And so I don’t think mindfulness
necessarily carries the sort of baggage that it used to, which was obviously
heavily weighted by Buddhism. So I think it is a difference now. And possibly some people for religious reasons might have some
objection to its Buddhist sources. I suspect that’s quite
likely though I imagine for younger people that’s
probably less of an issue. And there maybe people now who
are looking skeptically on mindfulness. They might have read something
negative in the press. Or claims that its virtues
are being overrated or whatever. So they might not even come with those sort of preconceptions about it
being Buddhism in disguise or whatever. But rather,
maybe not entirely trustworthy. So, it’s difficult to say.

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