Thinking about Cheerleaders for Mindfulness: Candy Gunther Brown

For those who weren’t there, or who won’t be…

Candy Gunther Brown (Religious Studies, Indiana University) contributed to the panel on “Buddhism, Capitalism and Consumer Culture,” Buddhism in the West Group, American Academy of Religion meeting, 2014/San Diego. She is also scheduled to be a presentor at this year’s meeting in Atlanta, as a member of the seminar on “Economics and Capitalism in the Study of Buddhism.”

Continuing from her work on complementary and alternative medicine (The Healing Gods: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Christian America, Oxford, 2013) Dr. Brown has initiated a research program on the Mindfulness movement. She has posted parts of this research in her blog on Huffington Post. These are well worth reading. See:

Mindfulness Meditation in Public Schools: Side-Stepping Supreme Court Religion Rulings

Mindfulness: Stealth Buddhist Strategy for Mainstreaming Meditation?

She has also looked at the significance of similar rhetorics of secularization of religious practice in relation to yoga.