I recently discovered the paper above. My print preview tells me it is 13 pages long, but it is FAST read. I think any westerner interested in Buddhist meditation will find the paper absorbing.
Basically, Patrick Kearney, a meditation teacher examines what he thinks are flaws in the interpretations of Buddhism by western psychotherapists. A large and fascinating portion of the paper takes a look at Jack Kornfield's views as well as his book "A Path With A Heart". I found that to be most interesting as a chunk of my earlier exposure to Buddhism was through the popular books published by the IMS crowd.
Kearney interprets Kornfield as claiming that the westerner of average mental health is likely to be to be unfit for advanced vipassana bhavanna ( insight meditation ). This is the result of childhoods that were less than ideal due to emotional abandonment and neglect issues resulting from divorce as well as dysfunctional families. Westerners can only expect so much benefit from vipassana bhavanna unless psychotherapy is also used as an aide. I can't do justice to Kearny's reply to this claim. Kearney states less than ideal childhoods are not a new form of suffering unique to westerners, but have also existed in Asia back before the Buddha's time, yet many Asians over 2600 years found Buddhist meditation and teachings combined together, sans psychotherapy to be profoundly liberating ( from dukha ).
Kearney goes on to analyze more of "A Path With A Heart" as well as prominent writings of other psychotherapists who are interested in Buddhism. Kearney makes arguments that their interpretations of Buddhism are so flawed that these authors are not adapting Buddhism to the west, but creating something new and different under the old name
My opinion from reading this paper is that a lot of it is simple quoting out of context.
Aside from what I already wrote I found this paper interesting as I have been in the process of resolving the popular western conception of Buddhism I got from the IMS crowd and academics, with what I am actually finding by reading the suttas.
I think anyone here would find this paper clarifying and useful as well as an absorbing read.
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.