Great article.

A couple of points:

  1. Buddhism/The Buddha/Buddhists never claimed that there is no such thing as self. The Buddha’s own quest for nihilism of self was a failure from where the middle path arose. Hence the idea was that, there is no ‘separate self’ that stands apart in isolation but is part of a larger consciousness. There is no disconnected self is not the same as “there is NO SUCH THING” as self.
  2. Mindfulness does not stand apart as well. It is integral to The Buddha’s eightfold path to the state of end of suffering. So mindfulness is a combination of “samma sati” (right remembrance), and “samma samadhi” (right concentration), but is part of a package: simultaneous or coexisting other practices of right speech, thought, action, livelihood. You have no way of isolating “mindfulness” effects from the combination of everything else, so a notion of “why mindfulness works” is pointless, really.

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