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Mindfulness: Diverse Perspectives on its Meaning, Origins and Applications [Paperback]

Mark Williams , Jon Kabat-Zinn
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12 Feb 2013 0415636477 978-0415636476 Reprint
Mindfulness-based approaches to medicine, psychology, neuroscience, healthcare, education, business leadership, and other major societal institutions have become increasingly common. New paradigms are emerging from a confluence of two powerful and potentially synergistic ways of thinking: one arising from the wisdom traditions of Asia and the other arising from post-enlightenment empirical science.

This book presents the work of internationally renowned experts in the fields of Buddhist scholarship and scientific research, as well as looking at the implementation of mindfulness in healthcare and education settings. Contributors consider the use of mindfulness throughout history and look at the actual meaning of mindfulness whilst identifying the most salient areas for potential synergy and for potential disjunction.

Mindfulness: Diverse Perspectives on its Meanings, Origins and Applications provides a place where wisdom teachings, philosophy, history, science and personal meditation practice meet. It was originally published as a special issue of Contemporary Buddhism

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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; Reprint edition (12 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415636477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415636476
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mark Williams (also writes as J Mark G Williams) is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford and Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. He has held previous posts in the Medical Research Council in Cambridge and the University of Wales, Bangor. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Academy of Medical Sciences and the British Academy.

His life's work has been research on how best to help those who suffer severe and recurrent depression, and to better understand how to decrease risk of suicidal behaviour in depression. With colleagues John Teasdale (Cambridge) and Zindel Segal (Toronto) and the support of Jon Kabat=Zinn (Center for Mindfulness, UMass) he developed Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for prevention of relapse and recurrence in depression, and research has now found that MBCT halves the recurrence rate in those who have suffered three or more previous episodes of major depression. In Great Britain, the UK National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), working on behalf the National Health Service, has recommended MBCT as a primary treatment for prevention relapse in depression.

Previous books include The Psychological Treatment of Depression (Routledge, 1984, 1992), Cognitive Psychology and Emotional Disorders (Wiley, 1988, 1997; with F. Watts, C. MacLeod & A. Mathews), Cry of Pain: understanding suicide and self harm (Penguin, 1997, 2002) and with Z. Segal and J.D. Teasdale Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: A new approach to preventing relapse (Guilford, 2002).

His book, The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (Guilford, 2007; co-authored with John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn) is written for a lay-readership, and includes a CD narrated by Jon Kabat-Zinn so that readers may try mindfulness practice for themselves.

His recent book and audio-book, Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World (London, Piatkus, 2011, co-authored with Danny Penman) extends MBCT to those who find themselves over-busy, stressed and exhausted; who feel that life is running away from them. It includes a free CD of short meditations, narrated by Mark Williams, that anyone can use to enhance their quality of life.

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J. Mark G. Williams, Ph.D. is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre at the University of Oxford, UK. His research focuses on how best to alleviate depression and suicidality. Previous publications include Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World (2011) and The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (2007).

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. is Professor of Medicine Emeritus, and Founder of MBSR and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA. He teaches mindfulness meditation as AN APPROACH to help people cope with stress, anxiety, pain and illness. Previous publications include Mindfulness for Beginnners: Reclaiming the Present Moment – and Your Life (2012) and Letting Everything Become Your Teacher: One Hundred Lessons in Mindfulness (2009).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The clue is in the title! 25 Feb 2014
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The other two reviewers are missing the point with this book! The clue is in the title! Yes, its obvious that is about philosophical background to the principles of the practice: hence 'heavy' reading. Meaning: perspective: change.
If you want to have a better understanding of the roots and meaning behind the practice then look no further (supported also by many evidence based journal articles and research). If you want to be spoon fed and have a instant coffee attitude to the practice then you obviously don't get it in the first place!
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good 28 April 2013
By RK
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I found this book good but heavy going.
it's only good for you if you are interested in the theory and research of Mindfulness practice.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mindfulness: the dry version 16 April 2013
By sigrun
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Sometimes I wish that western Mindfulness-practitioners spend more time meditating and less time trying to validate why they're doing it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Symposium on Mindfulness 16 May 2013
By Seth Segall - Published on Amazon.com
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The chapters of this book were originally published as articles in the May 2011 issue of Contemporary Buddhism. It contains a number of excellent, thoughtful essays by renowned Buddhist scholars such as Rupert Gethin, George Dreyfus, Bikkhu Bodhi and Andrew Olendzki on how well the English term "mindfulness" maps (or does not map onto) the Pali term "sati," as well as an essay by John Dunne that looks at mindfulness from the point of view of later Mahamudra practice. (I only wish there was also any essay from a Soto Zen perspective!) In any case, this work reminds us that Jon Kabat-Zinn was no purist, and that he derived his own particular approach to meditation from multiple sources, not only from his experience with Theravada-derived Insight Meditation, but also from his Korean Zen practice, his yoga practice, and his familiarity of the works of non-Buddhists such as Krishnamurti, Thankar, Nisargadatta, among others. Two excellent chapters look at the debate over how best to measure mindfulness (one by Ruth Baer, the other by Paul Grossman and Nicholas Van Dam). There are also chapters on Mindfulness and Lovingkindness (Sharon Salzberg) and chapters by luminaries such as John Teasdale (on how mindfulness achieves transformation from a Western psychological perspective) , Mirabai Bush (on mindfulness and Higher Education), Christina Feldman, Martina Batchelor, and others. My favorite chapters, however, were the one's by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. Santorelli writes about his experience of trying to keep the Center for Mindfulness in Healthcare, Medicine, and Society afloat through a series of tumultuous financial and bureaucratic crises and what he learned about leadership in the process. His writing here is thoughtful, heartfelt, and beautiful, and I found myself personally touched by his account of lessons learned. Kabat-Zinn writes the final chapter that serves as a capstone to the symposium. His own account of how the idea of MBSR came to him while on a silent meditation retreat is one I had never heard before. In that chapter, Kabat-Zinn recounts the history of MBSR, its delicate and complex relationship to the Buddhist Dharma, and issues concerning the ethics of MBSR and the future of it as a "lineage." This is not a book for readers wanting to learn about mindfulness practice, or just starting out exploring the territory. It is, however, a first rate book for readers who are already conversant with MBSR, Buddhism, and Western psychology and want to take a deeper look into how these three streams creatively converge.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great history of Mindfulness 5 April 2013
By ben knaebel - Published on Amazon.com
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Being that the word Mindfulness has taken over the Pop Psychology vernacular, this book is a great way to become oriented with its history and implementation across different institutions. From religion to education many of the top researchers/ practitioners explain what Mindfulness is and how to best utilize its positive aspects in order to find peace in your life.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to the library 2 July 2013
By Ken Green - Published on Amazon.com
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When I become interested in a subject I tend to read a lot about it. This book was very informative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Now 26 Jun 2013
By Ray - Published on Amazon.com
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A wonderful compilation of teachings, philosophy, history, science and Practice where many cultures have an opportunity to engage this innate (NOW) way of life!
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