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Over the last 30 years Buddhist mindfulness meditation has been integrated into mainstream medicine and science. Mindfulness-based research is regularly funded by the NIH and a mindfulness-based therapy has been mandated nationwide by the NHS. This Special Issue of Contemporary Buddhism is devoted exclusively to invited contributions from Buddhist teachers and contemplative scholars, together with mindfulness-based professionals on both the clinical and research sides, writing on the broad topic of mindfulness and the various issues that arise from its increasing popularity and integration into the mainstream of medicine, education, psychology and the wider society. The contributors, all experts in the fields of Buddhist scholarship, scientific research, or the implementation of mindfulness in healthcare or educational settings, have risen to the challenge of identifying the most salient areas for potential synergy and for potential disjunction. Out of these interchanges and reflections and collective conversations may come new understandings and developments that will provide both direction and benefit to this promising field. The guest editors are Prof. Jon Kabat-Zinn (Center for Mindfulness in Medicine U. Mass. Medical School) and Prof. Mark Williams (U. Oxford Dept. Psychiatry & Oxford Mindfulness Centre).
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