In Buddhism, mindfulness is one of the factors in the Noble Eight-fold Path towards the purification of our minds and, ultimately, enlightenment. In recent years, however, the practice of mindfulness had become popular but for a different set of reasons. Businesses, schools and even governments have found mindfulness useful as tools to further their goals. How should we as Buddhists understand the popularization of secular forms of mindfulness, divorced from the totality of the Buddhist teaching? What are the differences between Buddhist mindfulness and secular mindfulness that we should be aware of?
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