As the conditions of our world become more intense, it becomes more challenging to be open and present with what is going on—beyond our individual concerns. Simultaneously, our engagement becomes more crucial for the health, safety, and sanity of our fellow humans and the world at large. For this reason, mindfulness remains as important as ever.
Rather than a trend of the past few years, mindfulness is a natural ability of the mind to hold our attention on a given object or situation. This ability can be cultivated through practices belonging to a wide range of spiritual and secular traditions—including the formal practice of mindfulness meditation, which was introduced 2,600 ago by the Buddha, and is the origin of the approach to mindfulness which has recently become popular.
Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown is a seasoned teacher of mindfulness meditation and a Buddhist scholar. In the video below, Acharya Simmer-Brown gives some historic background and modern context for this crucial discipline.
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Shambhala Mountain Center hosts Heart of Buddhist Meditation: Origins of Modern Mindfulness with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, January 3–8 — click here to learn more
About the Authors
Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University, and Dean of the Shambhala Teachers’ Academy. She has been a Shambhala acharya, senior dharma teacher, since 2000, and is author of Dakini’s Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism and Meditation in the Classroom. She and Richard have two adult children and three grandchildren.
Travis Newbill (Good Highland Prankster) is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, an MFA student in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, and a student of Ikebana under Alexandra Shenpen, Sensei. Singer-songwriter, poet/writer, and fan of the band Phish, Travis resides in Boulder, CO with his partner Heather. // TravisNewbill.com