How a philosophy of meditation can explore the deep connections between mindfulness and contemplative wisdom

Authored by: John Vervaeke

Routledge Handbook on the Philosophy of Meditation

Print publication date:  May  2022
Online publication date:  May  2022

Print ISBN: 9780367647469
eBook ISBN: 9781003127253
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This chapter builds on earlier work of reformulating the mindfulness construct by transforming the standard feature list for mindfulness into a feature schema. It does this by replacing a language for training mindfulness with a language for explaining mindfulness. This reformulation affords an important distinction between meditation and contemplation as well as generating an explanation of how such mindfulness practices can afford insight and enhanced self-regulation. These explanatory connections are then integrated and extended into an explanation of how mindfulness can contribute to the development of wisdom. This, in turn, requires a reconsideration of the nature of philosophy and a disclosure of the need to integrate the modern academic approach to philosophy with ancient philosophy understood as the love of wisdom.

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