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How Buddhist is Modern Mindfulness?

18 September 2023

Over the past forty years, a new transnational movement has emerged in which participants engage in techniques of contemplation that fall under the broad rubric of 'mindfulness'. Originally a feature of Buddhist soteriology, mindfulness has been embraced as a panacea for a range of social and intrapersonal problems. It has been utilised within clinical, corporate, and educational settings and promoted as a privatised lifestyle-enhancement technology.

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The influence of Jaina philosophy on Patañjali

26 September 2022

There are a number of striking parallels between the doctrine of Patañjali and that of the early Jainas. For example, Patañjali's five yamas are identical to the five 'great vows' of Jainism..

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Was Patañjali truly important?

29 August 2022

Although the Yogasūtra, is widely regarded as a classic, the authoritative status of Patañjali's work in premodern yoga has been contested within scholarship. This essay draws on new research to critically assess the importance of Patañjali's Yogaśāstra in yoga's history.

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Cultural Appropriation - Part 3: Empire

21 March 2020

My family was recently given a set of Snakes and Ladders. It’s a cheap, plastic set - a rollup sheet, little pieces..

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Cultural Appropriation Pt. 2: Emerika

03 February 2018

"The wrongs of our past have resurfaced
Despite all we did to vanquish the traces..

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About James

James is a yoga teacher and researcher who's practised yoga for over 23 years. He holds an MA in Traditions of Yoga & Meditation from SOAS, University of London, where he continues to study postgraduate Sanskrit.


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