Yudron wrote:Jikan wrote:I'm writing my dissertation right now (well not right NOW exactly... ) on instrumental uses of "mindfulness": in the workplace, as therapy, in schools, and so on. I agree, it's really interesting. It does pose some tricky questions though: if this expertise in this practice becomes a professional qualification (cue Trungpa's Myth of Freedom on the topic of accumulating credentials), then how does one demonstrate competence? and so on. It's a remarkable thing.
Well, you certainly know a lot more than I do about the topic. My yawn button is pushed by the whole mindfulness thing, big time.
I don't think Trungpa Rinpoche's warnings apply here because they do not consider themselves to be on a path to enlightenment.
The chair of Ford Motor Company called the Wisdom 2.0 conference wanting to be added to the program because he is a meditator. This movement is certainly unique in history.
OK, off to track down that source on the boss at Ford...
...but before I do, it seems to me that some in the "mindfulness" or "conscious capitalist" or "contemplative pedagogy" or "consciousness and leadership" set do indeed believe themselves to be committed to a path of enlightenment. Or that they're already there, or are close, because their life coaches are. All this opens onto some wild territory claiming and defending: our consciousness-enhancement is the best and brightest, much better and brighter than yours. For instance...
We will produce a documentary series that illustrates Integral thought and establishes Ken Wilber as the most important and best known philosopher of our times.
A group called Buddhafest based here in DC just sent out an announcement on this very topic; it suggests to me that there is a point of contact between Buddhist communities in the US at least and this new phenomenon of secularized meditation performance-enhancement optimization therapeutics for leaders if you will.
We live in interesting times.