The Moral Arc of Mindfulness: Cultivating Concentration, Wisdom, and Compassion

  • Lynette M. Monteiro
Part of the Mindfulness in Behavioral Health book series (MIBH)


Mindfulness and ethics are inseparable. Much of the debate about the meaning and intention of ethics in this context circles around the implications of taking a spiritual practice and secularizing it for various uses in the mental health and wellness fields. This chapter serves as a map of this section on second-generation mindfulness programs that have emerged since the original mindfulness programs. I discuss the complexities inherent in what it means to ask for ethics to be explicitly included in a mindfulness program and the subtle presence of ethics in the relational aspect of teaching secularized mindfulness. The overarching themes of cultivating virtues, values, and the guidance offered by concepts of moral development are explored as it relates to the content of mindfulness programs and the training of mindfulness teachers.


Mindfulness Moral development Values Virtues Ethics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ottawa Mindfulness ClinicOttawaCanada

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