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The Insight Knowledge of Fear and Adverse Effects of Mindfulness Practices

Auteur: Bhikkhu Anālayo

Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness | Uitgave 10/2019

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Abstract

The insight knowledges, descriptive of meditative experiences in Theravāda vipassanā meditation, are the outcome of a historical development and are specific to this Buddhist tradition; the challenging experiences they describe are not representative of conceptions of the path to awakening in early Buddhism and are of no direct relevance to mindfulness-based interventions. Adverse effects of meditation are recognized in early Buddhism, where the response to a drastic case of mental imbalance leading to suicidal tendencies takes the form of recommending the cultivation of mindfulness. In fact, adverse effects can occur with a range of different meditation practices, which need not have any relationship to mindfulness. Although the practice of mindfulness is clearly not a panacea and in case of trauma and mental illness requires being combined with professional assistance, it has a potential to support and facilitate the facing of difficult emotions.
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Metagegevens
Titel
The Insight Knowledge of Fear and Adverse Effects of Mindfulness Practices
Auteur
Bhikkhu Anālayo
Publicatiedatum
17-07-2019
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Mindfulness / Uitgave 10/2019
Print ISSN: 1868-8527
Elektronisch ISSN: 1868-8535
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-019-01198-4

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