Buddhist Foundations of Mindfulness

  • Edo Shonin
  • William Van Gordon
  • Nirbhay N. Singh

Part of the Mindfulness in Behavioral Health book series (MIBH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Edo Shonin, William Van Gordon, Nirbhay N. Singh
    Pages 1-6
  3. Mindfulness and Its Relationship to Core Buddhist Teachings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. William Van Gordon, Edo Shonin, Mark D. Griffiths, Nirbhay N. Singh
      Pages 9-27
    3. Karma Lekshe Tsomo
      Pages 139-157
    4. Edo Shonin, William Van Gordon, Nirbhay N. Singh, Mark D. Griffiths
      Pages 159-178
  4. Integrating Mindfulness into Research and Applied Settings

  5. Further Buddhist Perspectives on Mindfulness

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 263-265

About this book


This book explores a wide range of mindfulness and meditative practices and traditions across Buddhism. It deepens contemporary understanding of mindfulness by examining its relationship with key Buddhist teachings, such as the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eight-Fold Path. In addition, the volume explores how traditional mindfulness can be more meaningfully incorporated into current psychological research and clinical practice with individuals and groups (e.g., through the Buddhist Psychological Model).

Key topics featured in this volume include:

  • Ethics and mindfulness in Pāli Buddhism and their implications for secular mindfulness-based applications.
  • Mindfulness of emptiness and the emptiness of mindfulness.
  • Buddhist teachings that support the psychological principles in a mindfulness program.
  • A practical contextualization and explanatory framework for mindfulness-based interventions.
  • Mindfulness in an authentic, transformative, everyday Zen practice.
  • Pristine mindfulness.

Buddhist Foundations of Mindfulness is an indispensable resource for clinical psychologists, and affiliated medical and mental health professionals, including specialists in complementary and alternative medicine as well as social work as well as teachers of Buddhism and meditation.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Edo Shonin
    • 1
  • William Van Gordon
    • 2
  • Nirbhay N. Singh
    • 3
  1. 1.Awake to Wisdom Centre for Meditation and Mindfulness ResearchNottinghamUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Awake to Wisdom Centre for Meditation and Mindfulness ResearchNottinghamUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Regents University Augusta USA

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