what’s wrong with mindfulness (and what isn’t)

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“This book is the best thing I’ve read on mindfulness and the mindfulness movement.”—David Loy, author of A New Buddhist Path

WHAT’S WRONG WITH MINDFULNESS (AND WHAT ISN’T)

Zen Perspectives

Robert Rosenbaum Barry Magid

Mindfulness is in fashion. Oprah loves it, Google teaches it to employees—it has become widespread as a cure-all for stress, health problems and psychological difficulties, interpersonal trouble, and existential anxiety. But when mindfulness is separated from the Buddhist tradition, is something lost?

The Zen teachers gathered here each offer a unique perspective on what “mindfulness” means, its strengths, and the potential pitfalls.

  • Gil Fronsdal and Max Erdstein thoughtfully explore the rich Pali roots of mindfulness.
  • Barry Magid and Marc Poirier examine the unintended side effects of exposing a spiritual tradition to the demands of capitalism.
  • Norman Fischer demonstrates how mindfulness informs his creative process.
  • Grace Schireson shows how mindfulness allows her to engage fully with the world as a feminist.
  • And more, including essays on mindfulness and environmentalism, science, and psychology.

​Each chapter offers insights to ground mindfulness in a deeper understanding of both where it comes from, and where it might be headed.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 208 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 inches
  • $15.95
  • ISBN 9781614292838
  • ebook
  • 208 pages
  • $9.99
  • ISBN 9781614293071
about the author
What’s Wrong with Mindfulness (And What Isn’t)

Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum, PhD, has been a Zen practitioner for forty years and received lay entrustment from Sojun Mel Weitsman of Berkeley Zen Center. Bob is also authorized as a senior teacher of the Taoist practice of Dayan (Wild Goose) qigong in the lineage of Yang Meijun by Master Hui Liu and teaches at the Wen Wu School and the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. For thirty years he practiced Zen and qigong while raising a family, trekking the mountains of the High Sierras and the Great Himalaya Trail, and working as a neuropsychologist, psychotherapist, and specialist in behavioral medicine and chronic pain for Kaiser Permanente. Bob is the author of Zen and the Heart of Psychotherapy. He has also been a Fulbright Professor at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in India and director of the doctoral training program at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Other books by Robert Rosenbaum:
Walking the Way

What’s Wrong with Mindfulness (And What Isn’t)

Barry Magid is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst practicing in New York City, and the founding teacher of the Ordinary Mind Zendo, also in New York. He is the author of the Wisdom titles Ordinary Mind, Ending the Pursuit of Happiness, and Nothing Is Hidden.

Other books by Barry Magid:
Ordinary Mind
Ending the Pursuit of Happiness
Nothing Is Hidden

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