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Mindful medicine: The Growing Trend of Mindfulness-Based Therapies in the Swedish Health Care System
Lund university, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4004-3438
2010 (English)In: Finnish Journal of Ethnicity and Migration, ISSN 1796-6582, Vol. 5, no 2, 47-55 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article provides a short background to Buddhism in Sweden, focusing on observable trends among Buddhist groups before giving a descriptive account of how Buddhist meditational techniques, as taught in mindfulness-based therapies, have been integrated into the Swedish health care sys- tem. This trend of “non-religious” or “therapeutic” Buddhism seems to be of major importance when considering the impact Buddhism has had on the majority populations. Mindfulness-based therapies have been introduced by a handful of Swedish medical proponents (authors, doctors, educational in- stitutions and individual therapists) who have facilitated their use within the health care system. Out- side clinical settings, a wide range of institutions offer courses in mindfulness as a general life skill. Some of these also are aimed at medical professionals. The article asks whether mindfulness based therapies, viewed as knowledge capital, can have a bridging capacity or linking character, and ends with a discussion of the potential challenges involved when mindfulness is promoted as something that can be taught, and sold, as a commodity.

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The Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration , 2010. Vol. 5, no 2, 47-55 p.
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Buddhism, meditation, mindfulness, therapy, health care
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History of Religions
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-45686OAI: diva2:958096
Available from: 2016-09-06 Created: 2016-09-02 Last updated: 2016-09-06Bibliographically approved

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