Current theories of mindfulness (Pali: sati) emphasize attention, emotional regulation, and meta-awareness. This interpretation de-emphasizes an original association of sati with remembrance in relation to cultivating virtue. Recovering remembrance reconnects mindfulness with narrative traditions of loving virtue. In practice, this occurs through cultivating both (1) affective awareness of the source of love, or ultimate reality; and (2) mimesis/imitatio of exemplars of loving virtue. The concept of “heartfulness as mindfulness” helps express this affective remembrance and presents new opportunities for greater sharing between Dharmic and Abrahamic contemplative traditions, while motivating cognitive neuroscience to apply information processing models to the study of meaning. The panel will explore these themes from perspectives of Islam, Judaism, Christianity, and Bhakti Yoga, inviting critical conversations with Linda-Susan Beard (Emmaus Monastery, Bryn Mawr), John Makransky (Buddhism, Boston College), and those in attendance. Behavioral and neuroimaging studies will support conceptual proposals.
Andrew Dreitcer, MDiv, PhD
Claremont School of Theology
Planning Committee Member
Andrew Dreitcer is Professor of Spirituality, Director of Spiritual Formation, Director of the D.Min in “Spiritual Renewal, Contemplative Practice, and Strategic Leadership,” and co-directs the Center for Engaged Compassion at … MORE
John Makransky, PhD
Convening Faculty, Fellow
John Makransky, PhD, is Associate Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College, senior academic advisor for Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s Centre for Buddhist Studies in Nepal, co-founder of the Foundation … MORE