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Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness 3/2012

01-09-2012 | Orthogonal Rotation In Consciousness

Talking Vietnam Meditation Blues—a Snapshot from the Past, or Is It the Future?

Auteur: Jon Kabat-Zinn

Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness | Uitgave 3/2012

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I started meditating in the mid-1960s. For someone who grew up on the streets of New York City, it felt like quite an unusual thing to be getting into. Almost no one I knew meditated. There were very few good books about meditation in English (and those you had to search for in weird “underground bookstores”), and virtually nothing about it in the media. I never thought of meditation as a “counterculturish” thing to do, in part because the term hadn’t quite been invented yet. I guess it felt a bit oriental in a romantic way, a sense that something had been discovered and nurtured for centuries in the “Mysterious East” that was potentially relevant for living fully and well and therefore might be worth experimenting with. …
Thirty-four years later, I was back in Kresge, where, in September 2003, the Mind and Life Institute, in collaboration with MIT’s McGovern Brain Institute, held the first public dialogue between Western neuroscientists and psychologists and the Dalai Lama and Buddhist monks and scholars on the subject of investigating the mind from both the interior, first person, meditative perspective, and from the outer, third person, traditional scientific perspective in the hope of such conversations spurring new avenues of scientific research and understanding of the nature of the mind. The juxtaposition of these two events in my memory is richly poignant. George would have loved it.
Talking Vietnam Meditation Blues—a Snapshot from the Past, or Is It the Future?
Jon Kabat-Zinn
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Mindfulness / Uitgave 3/2012
Print ISSN: 1868-8527
Elektronisch ISSN: 1868-8535