Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Benefits of Mindful Sitting

Mindfulness in America is a rapidly growing phenomenon currently gaining momentum in the form of the awareness meditation movement. While meditation is often taught as a practice distinct from the Buddhist religion, the practice was adapted from and continues to be informed by Buddhist principles.

"Mindfulness is part of the eightfold path for those who would be noble ... taught by the Buddha in his first public teaching at Sarnath," Jay Garfield, a professor of Buddhist studies said. "Mindfulness is necessary to maintain one's practice, whatever one's practice is, for it involves focusing on current state of mind, current intention, current motivation, current action." (MORE)

Source: The Smith College Sophian

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