This essay argues for the permissibility of teaching Buddhist mindfulness meditation in a critical thinking course. One might object that Buddhist mindfulness meditation is part of a religion, and religions are thought to be dogmatic and uncritical, and thus inappropriate for a critical thinking course. However, I argue that there is a pathway from the importance of self-regulation for good critical thinking to the permissibility of including mindfulness meditation in a critical thinking course. I offer three arguments for the permissibility of inclusion: the self-regulation argument, the expansion by way of cognitive science argument, and the persistence through emotional volatility argument. I then defend mindfulness meditation as an appropriate form of meditation to include in a critical thinking course.
attention, mindfulness meditation, self-regulation emotion regulation, stereotype threat
Anand Jayprakash Vaidya. "Is it Permissible to Teach Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation in a Critical Thinking Course?" Informal Logic (2020): 545-586. https://doi.org/10.22329/il.v40i4.6311
"Is it Permissible to Teach Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation in a Critical Thinking Course?" was originally published in Informal Logic, 2020, Volume 40, Number 4, pp. 545-586.