Beyond the Educated Mind: Towards a Pedagogy of Mindfulness

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Bai, H. (2001). “Beyond the Educated Mind: Towards a Pedagogy of Mindfulness,” in
Unfolding Bodymind: Exploring Possibilities Through Education, eds. B. Hockings, J.
Haskell, & W. Linds (Brandon, VT: The Foundation for Educational Renewal), 86 - 99.

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2001
Keywords: 
embodiment
mindfulness
interbeing
environment
Earth
perception
Non-conceptual awareness
education
Buddhism
meditation
Abstract: 

Faced with increasing social and environmental disintegration worldwide, and

moreover, a seeming inability to respond adequately to the exigency, I

problematize the intellectualist bias and resulting disembodiment in our

educational practice. I argue that this bias contributes to the problem at two

levels: lack of intrinsic valuing of the world; and inability to translate knowledge

into action. I then propose the practice of mindfulness as a tool with which we

can recover our ability to value the world intrinsically and to embody

knowledge.

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English
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