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Deeply embedded in the practice of contemporary mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) are concepts drawn from the ancient wisdom of meditative traditions. The Dharma of Modern Mindfulness uncovers the essential Buddhist teachings at the heart of this powerful anti-stress program, enabling you to deepen your historical and spiritual understanding of MBSR and nourish you ...more
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Published January 2nd 2018 by New Harbinger Publications
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Lori Tatar
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I took my time reading this and at least practicing some of the lessons. It will be awhile before I habitually live a mindful life. Just writing this review shows me I have a long way to go. I am trying to slow down and actually pay attention to what I am doing, feeling. When I catch myself to do something simple like focus on my breathing, I feel the benefits immediately. My goal is to read this again and again until I fully implement the practices without having to consciously remind myself to ...more
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Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing


This book about is about the author's approach on Mindful Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) a technique made popular by Jon Kabat-Zin. The book is very well written as it chronicles her 8 week MBSR sessions with her clients, who have joined her program with various issues such as diagnoses of terminal cancer, neurological disorder and depression due to loss of family members among others. Through the book she shares the experiences of her students. As she lays out her program week by week, she invit
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Jessica
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful book expanding on the Buddhist teachings behinds Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction techniques. A good practical guide to how Buddhist teachings are grounded in the here and now. Not theoretical but firmly rooted in real life experiences of the author and her students. I found myself highlighting many different parts. Especially about loving-kindness / boundless friendliness and how we as people can offer it freely and without expectations for a certain outcome. Being presen ...more
Cynthia Nicola
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good solid 3 star book for me until the author explained one point. She explained the point of experiencing discomfort while meditating. If you have an itch, you don't scratch it. You examine the feeling and let it be. I have seen this in many other books on meditation but her explanation of why is the only one that has resonated with me. If you let your body/mind practice experiencing discomfort on a small level, when a larger life discomfort comes along, your body/mind knows the bas ...more
Phil Calandra
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
"The Dharma of Modern Mindfulness..." describes the author's mindfulness based program based on Buddhist Meditation Theory and Technique. It should be noted that the author is a medical professional and Zen Practitioner. The author's main contention is that MBSR has the power to transform our lives greatly eliminating suffering and leading to happier and more productive lives. The author gives examples of the aforementioned in chronicling the progress of several of her clients in the MBSR Progra ...more
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Insightful and thought provoking.
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What a comforting book on mindfulness! Many times books on dharma, meditation, or MBSR can be a bit dry. This book by Beth Ann Mulligan was such a solace to read. It's a wonderful "bridge building book" - combing science and inquiry with MBSR techniques and the heart of Buddhism. Mulligan does not teach from a high pedestal: she speaks with a voice of one who has been there and had her share of struggles. Her voice is wise and caring: she sounds like someone who is talking to you over a cup of c ...more
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Beth Ann Mulligan, PA-C, graduated magna cum laude from the Duke University School of Medicine physician assistant program in 1982, and has practiced primary care medicine with diverse populations for the past thirty years. She is a certified mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) teacher and international teacher trainer for the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness ...more

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