Implicit Religion, Vol 20, No 4 (2017)

Perfectly Present: Mindfulness Curriculum as Implicit Religion

Mary Hale
Issued Date: 6 Jul 2018

Abstract


Mindfulness has become increasingly popular in western education: both as a pedagogical term and as a curriculum tool. Although promoters, with varying degrees of emphasis, claim that mindfulness in this context is non-religious, this paper challenges those assertions. Using Charles Taylor's arguments regarding belief and unbelief and his conception of fullness and Edward Bailey's conception of implicit religion, I contend that mindfulness as curriculum or as curriculum enrichment is a form of implicit religion.

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DOI: 10.1558/imre.32759

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