INSIGHT & MINDFULNESS
(AS OPPOSED TO INSIGHT OR MINDFULNESS)
The teachings of the modern “mindfulness movement” are of course greatly derived from the Buddha’s teachings on mindfulness. And yet there’s a commonly held impression that we have an either/or choice: either we’re practicing secular mindfulness, and eschewing the spiritual side of things in favor of a practical, scientific approach, or, we’re practicing as Buddhists, through a primarily “religious” lens. As though the two are exclusive by nature.
The reality is that if we care about and practice only one of these approaches, we may well be missing something. That’s the thinking behind our new online course, Insight & Mindfulness: to bring together experts steeped in both Buddhist Insight meditation and secular mindfulness training, so that each can illuminate the other and help us deepen our practice. (And if we’re mindfulness teachers, so that both can illuminate and deepen our teaching!) In short: why should we settle for “either/or” when we can have “both/and”?