The greasy evolution of mindfulness in the West

Have you noticed the increasing “greasiness” (as my teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche calls it) in the current evolution of corporate and clinical mindfulness? Mushrooming interest in mindfulness led to dilution. Dilution is now manifesting as greed. But entropy is the way of most things, and wherever it has traveled, Buddhism has taken on the cultural milieu. The West is the land of greed and opportunism. Mindfulness is just its latest victim.

In an article in the Guardian Thich Nhat Hanh commented on intermingling of Western capitalism and ‘mindfulness movement’ best exemplified by Wisdom 2.0, “If you consider mindfulness as a means of having a lot of money, then you have not touched its true purpose,” he says. “It may look like the practise of mindfulness but inside there’s no peace, no joy, no happiness produced. It’s just an imitation. If you don’t feel the energy of brotherhood, of sisterhood, radiating from your work, that is not mindfulness… If you’re happy, you cannot be a victim of your happiness. But if you’re successful, you can be a victim of your success.

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