Relevance of the No-self Theory in Contemporary Mindfulness

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Abstract

The ideas of mindfulness and no-self are intimately connected in Buddhist hilosophy. This is because, in Buddhist Philosophy, the practice of mindfulness leads to the realization that there is no self. In contemporary mindfulness in psychology, the no-self theory has not played such a basic role. An outline of Buddhist philosophy is given showing how the ‘root delusion’ of having a
self lies at the base of human suffering and how mindfulness, when appropriately deployed, enables one to free oneself from this delusion and thus achieve psychological well-being. This is not to say that mindfulness based interventions do not help to alleviate suffering. Nor is it to say that people working in these
areas should not use mindfulness in their own way. It is only to say that by ignoring the no-self experience, teachers and practioners are falling short of achieving what mindfulness was originally employed to achieve.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
Volume28
Pages (from-to)298-301
Number of pages4
ISSN2352-250X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2019

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