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Meditation as Medicine: A Critique
Cross Currents
Short Title: Meditation as Medicine
Format: Journal Article
Publisher: a9h
Pages: 168-184
Sources ID: 22304
Visibility: Public
Abstract: (Show)
In this article the author examines the use of meditation as an aid to conventional medicine, examines the increased research on the subject, and offers a critique of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), the therapeutic meditation method developed by molecular biologist Jon Kabat-Zinn. A number of topics are addressed including Kabat-Zinn's perception of MBSR as Buddhist meditation without a religious element, the moral framework of yoga and meditation, and the lack of interaction and community in the practice of MBSR.