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Remembering the PresentMindfulness in Buddhist Asia$
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J. L. Cassaniti

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781501707995

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501707995.001.0001

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Asia and the United States

(p.235) Conclusion
Remembering the Present

J. L. Cassaniti

Cornell University Press

The final chapter returns the analysis back to mindfulness in the United States, and the lessons learned about how mindfulness is understood differently in Thailand, Burma and Sri Lanka compared with its popular meanings in the United States. Drawing from the experiences of over 100 informants in the Pacific Northwest, the concluding chapter shows how the TAPES of temporality, affect, power, ethics, and selfhood are articulated in different ways by people in the different regions. The chapter includes a concluding discussion of how authoritative discourses about mindfulness move through space and time, and how these lessons may inform larger questions about the role of culture in mental processes around the world.

Keywords:   Time, Affect, Power, Ethics, Selfhood, Pacific Northwest, Authority, Discourse, Cross-cultural comparison, Self-improvement

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