Over time, religion has embedded itself into our cultural traditions. Seemingly secular concepts such as medicine, venture capital, and mindful living have all been influenced in various ways by religious models. Listen as we explore modern day concepts, and why it is imperative to understand these topics through a religious studies lens.
Virtues: Awareness, Curiosity, Interconnectedness
My conversation with Kin highlights awareness, curiosity, and interconnectedness to the systems at work around us. It is important to develop the awareness of historical paradigms and their role in modern society. Once we tune into the ancient religious theory that has influenced everyday behaviors and societal systems such as healthcare, it is essential for us to then remain curious about that theory. Approaching cultural norms through the lens of curiosity helps to keep our guard down and our eyes and ears up. With this, we now have an intent to learn as opposed to the intent to protect our self (or our own belief systems). Curiosity about the inception of mainstream ideas such as media, mindfulness, and ethics, helps us to develop a deeper understanding towards these topics. We then begin to realize how integral religious theory has been to developing structures in society throughout time. Our ancestor’s explanations of the world around them, is interconnected to how we understand the world today. This serves as a reminder, that we are connected as one human species, navigating the waters of life.
Check out these resources if you are interested in diving deeper into my conversation with Kin.
Handbook of Ethical Foundations of Mindfulness
The Web That Has No Weaver : Understanding Chinese Medicine
Shigehisa Kuriyama, The Expressiveness of the Body and the Divergence of Greek and Chinese Medicine
Charles A. Goodman, Paternalist Deception in the Lotus Sūtra
John Hinnell, The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion (Routledge Religion Companions)
Bodhi, Bhikkhu, What does mindfulness really mean? A canonical perspective
Ronald Purser, McMindfulness, How Mindfulness became the new capitalist spirituality
Mark Singleton, Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice
Ruiping Fan, Truth Telling in Medicine: The Confucian View