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Maureen Cooper

Maureen Cooper

Maureen Cooper is the author of The Compassionate Mind Approach to Reducing Stress, which is due to be published in the UK in September 2013. She combines more than thirty years of experience as a professional educator and senior manager in a non-profit organization with a hands-on education in Buddhism. In 2004 Maureen founded Awareness in Action, a consultancy dedicated to the secular application of mindfulness, meditation and compassion in the workplace. She has been a student of Sogyal Rinpoche since 1977.

 

 

Thursday, 20 June 2013 16:14

Are we headed for slot-machine dharma?

It seems that everywhere you look now someone is telling us how to apply meditation to all and any aspects of our lives—work, parenting, health, education, politics, eating........The development of mindfulness training—which is based on Buddhist meditation but can be taught and practiced without any reference to religion in any form—has seen this trend take off in a big way. Now compassion training is following a slower and more cautious but equally impressive upward curve. Scientists are producing fascinating research results, which confirm what Buddhism has taught for the last 2,500 years—that mindfulness and compassion training have innumerable benefits both for the people who engage with it and for those they live and work with. Psychologists and therapists are coming to see that including mindfulness and compassion techniques in their approaches to patient support produces more sustainable results. Not only ground-breaking hi-tech companies such as Google, Paypal, Twitter, Facebook and Apple are seeing the benefits of mindfulness and compassion training for their staff but more mainstream companies like General Mills are setting up in-house programmes for staff.