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A Study on Criticism of Mindfulness Based Programs

Lecture in Korean

A Study on Criticism of Mindfulness Based Programs

Photo taken by Kitae Kwon, October 28, 2018, Republic of Korea Army soldiers engaged in a mindfulness meditation session in at Hoguknamsungsa Temple, in Youngdonggun.

Kitae Kwon, Lt. Colonel of ROK Army & Buddhist Monk

Thursday, October 5, 2023
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

10383 Bunche Hall (10th floor)

This study explores into critiques of mindfulness-based programs (MBPs) into a thorough review and analysis of existing research. While recent literature predominantly emphasizes the benefits and practical applications of mindfulness, some scholars have raised valid concerns. These encompass doubts about the program's capacity to bring about substantial personal change. Other concerns are related to potential distress from heightened self-observation, a perceived disconnection from daily life, and an allegation of prioritizing personal well-being over societal responsibility. 

In order to analyze the validity of the criticisms against MBPs, in this presentation, Lt. Colonel Kwon will compare the arguments of the critics and unravel the claims against MBPs. He aims to examine the four major key underpinning components that the MBPs developers consider to be very crucial. It is important to note that this study represents a discourse at the level of a preliminary discussion for such a comprehensive assessment.


*Event is exclusive to CKS Visiting Scholars, graduate/undergraduate students, and faculty

Sponsor(s): Center for Korean Studies, Center for Buddhist Studies

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