Shared interest network
The Mindfulness network
From our point of view, Mindfulness practice should be preserved from deviation as well as skilfully transmitted in order to respond to the context and mentality of our time. Mindfulness transcend the concept of Buddhist religion, hence its spirit and method have been preserved and transmitted in the framework of Buddhist tradition. As such Buddhist practitioners and teachers have some responsibilities in facing the challenge of its implementation in our modern world. Following this perspective, Denys Rinpoché, spiritual Director of Rimay Community, developed a secular Mindfulness protocol: the Open Mindfulness Training (OMT).
OMT is a contribution to an authentic transmission of Mindfulness in its secular, non confessional aspects, matching the need and thirst for a non religious spiritual path in our post modern society. The point is to develop a high quality transmission of Mindfulness according to a lay non confessional paradigm that could be accepted by European governments and use in various social fields as health, educations and organisations. Globally, as an age long, cross cultural and fundamental practice we propose that Mindfulness be registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
Concretely, the Open Mindfulness Training is copy left and creative common licensed (www.openmindfulness.net) and is based on a Dana free donation economic model. It is a Dana project that could be work out in cooperation for the benefit of all Buddhist and non Buddhist.
The proposition is to share this Method with Buddhist groups, who may adapt it to their own contexts according to a non-commercial creative common licence.
Such a Mindfulness method with different colourations adapted to different groups, shared among Buddhist practitioners and oriented to benefit the society would be a major contribution to European culture and ethic; it would have many qualities and advantages, as for example:
• Preservation of a authentic Mindfulness training faithful to its sources
• Bringing the qualities of Mindfulness and compassion in all fields of the society
• Maintaining a high standard instructors training
• Braking through commercial instrumentation of Mindfulness
• Enhance cooperation among Buddhist groups in Europe
• Give the ability to Buddhist meditation instructors to become Mindfulness facilitators within the society and facilitate their social integration
Network coordinator: Veronique Sichem
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