Anne C. Klein - Mindful Embodiment and the Senses: Touch, Vision, and Song (ASI 2013)

Mindful Embodiment and the Senses: Touch, Vision, and Song

Anne Carolyn Klein, Rice University

Scholastic and psychotherapeutic communities have to date mainly focused on very particular versions of Theravada and early Mahayana Buddhist mindfulness practice. Much good has come from this. Yet, looking at this work through the lens of Buddhist culture and the wider set of practices, intentions, and body-knowledge in which they are embedded, we are challenged to see if we can take this cross-cultural conversation a step further. To that end, I will propose a template for including in our inquiry such elements of spiritual practice as the integration of mindful attention with sound, imaging and, especially, the traditional theories of embodiment
which give them meaning. I want to explore whether emic categories that do not, at first glance, map easily onto Western ones—prāna and the elements of the body, for example—can be meaningfully aligned with, and possibly refresh, our understanding of self, being, and embodiment, and the therapeutic avenues available to us.

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Comment by Edward theurj Berge on August 13, 2014 at 8:18am

At 24:40 the enlightened state is where all potential is realized and all obstructions are freed. Wow, talk about the metaphysics of presence. As a prior professional bodyworker having worked on some so-called enlightened folks I can assure you that in their body, at least, they were far, far from free of obstructions.

Comment by Ambo Suno on August 13, 2014 at 12:17am

Hi t - I watched it a couple of weeks ago and I don't remember dance or particularly partner dance, but I am embarrassed to say I am not remembering much about the video. So no guarantees. ambo

Comment by Edward theurj Berge on August 12, 2014 at 9:57pm

Has anyone watched this yet? Is there any mention of dance, particularly partner dancing? It combines all of the above, as well as emotions.

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