Jon Kabat-Zinn, Osho and Buckminster Fuller
The Role of Mindfulness in Education
Jon Kabat-Zinn is Professor of Medicine Emeritus and in 1979 created the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health
Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
While studying molecular biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Kabat-Zinn attended a talk by Philip Kapleau, author of The Three Pillars of Zen, that introduced him to the concepts of meditation and mindfulness. Kabat-Zinn completed his PhD at MIT in 1971 and began his career as a science teacher.It was on a retreat led by Thich Nhat Hanh in the United States that he first realized the appropriateness of mindfulness in the treatment of chronic medical conditions. Kabat-Zinn later adapted Hanh’s teachings on mindfulness into the structured eight-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course, which has since spread throughout the western World.
Mindfulness in the Modern World
In Mindfulness in the Modern World, Osho helps us explore both the inner and the outer obstacles that prevent us from bringing more awareness to all our daily activities.
He emphasizes that while techniques can be useful in pointing the way, in themselves they are not meditation. Rather, meditation – or mindfulness – is ultimately a state of being in which we are capable of both action and stillness, work and play, and able to be fully present to each moment of life as it comes.
Osho’s insights into the nature of the modern mind, with its tendency to judge and compare, provides a helpful entry point for longtime meditators as well as beginners. Mindfulness in the Modern World covers a wide range of topics, including five experiential techniques that will help you bring awareness to your everyday life.
Osho is one of the most provocative and inspiring spiritual teachers of the twentieth century. He is known for his revolutionary contributions to the science of
inner transformation, and the influence of his teachings continues to grow, reaching seekers of all ages in virtually every country in the world.
Make the world work for 100% of humanity
“Make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone”.
Buckminster Fuller spent his life working across multiple fields, such as architecture, design, geometry, engineering, science, cartography and education, in his pursuit to make the world work for 100% of humanity. Fuller insisted on resisting monikers of specialization to describe his work, preferring instead to describe his output as that of a 'comprehensive anticipatory design scientist ' - 'an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist.'
The proliferation of new discovery has now far outstripped any individual physician's ability to keep up. This concept is often referred to as Buckminster Fuller's "Knowledge Doubling Curve," a theory which projects that the rate of growth of human knowledge has grown exponentially in the Computer Age and that the sum total of human knowledge is now doubling every year.
In his 1982 book Critical Path, futurist and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller estimated that if we took all the knowledge that mankind had accumulated and transmitted by the year One CE as equal to one unit of information, it probably took about 1500 years or until the sixteenth century for that amount of knowledge to double. The next doubling of knowledge from two to four 'knowledge units' took only 250 years, till about 1750 CE. By 1900, one hundred and fifty years later, knowledge had doubled again to 8 units. The speed at which information doubled was getting faster and faster. The doubling speed is now between one and two years.