The first full look at the impact of buddhism and the mindfulness movement on american culture makes for a fascinating and important read wilson tells the story of how both asians and westerners contributed to the evolution of buddhism from a supernatural religion based in monasticism to a secular movement based on the personal benefits of meditation. Mindful america the mutual transformation of buddhist meditation and american culture jeff wilson the first comprehensive exploration of the practice of mindfulness in america outlines how buddhism influences and is appropriated and adapted by non buddhist cultures in the united states and elsewhere. Mindful america the mutual transformation of buddhist meditation and american culture by jeff wilson oxford oxford university press 2014 280 pages isbn 978 0 19 982782 7 hardcover 2995 isbn 978 0 19 982782 4 ebook reviewed by per drougge stockholm university. Mindful america book read 6 reviews from the worlds largest community for readers start by marking mindful america the mutual transformation of buddhist meditation and american culture as want to read the book is a thoughtful counterweight to the dominant influence of mindfulness in american culture the author asks the . Focusing on such processes as the marketing medicalization and professionalization of meditation jeff wilson reveals how buddhism shed its countercultural image and was assimilated into mainstream american culture the rise of mindfulness in america wilson argues is a perfect example of how buddhism enters new cultures and is domesticated
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