NYT reports on Buddha’s “arrival” in psychotherapy

May 27, 2008 - buddhism / meditation / psychology

The NY Times has a silly article on Mindfulness Meditation, here’s the summary:

“Many researchers now worry that the enthusiasm for Buddhist practice will run so far ahead of the science that this promising psychological tool could turn into another fad.”

Yes, another 5,000 year old fad. Of course, western “psychotherapy” was around long before that… Whatever you want to believe. The article is particularly troubling for it’s use of the word Buddha and phrase Buddha-like as a synonym for about 5 completely unrelated concepts. The author even goes so far as to describe what “Buddhist meditation” is “useful” for, i.e. what it can treat. Yes, a prescription for meditation, but only until you feel better…