Beyond Mindfulness: The Premise

Jules Shuzen Harris, the first African American Zen master, argues that people in the West practice secularized forms of Buddhism or mindfulness that hide the true meaning of awakening. He claims mindfulness is also a form of “spiritual bypassing,” avoiding psychological problems in favor of “pretend enlightenment.”

His method is to apply the Buddhist philosophy using not only meditation but psychotherapy, mainly Mind-Body Bridging and the I-System (a system that regulates mind-body states by calming your default-mode network).

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