You all have probably seen these articles but it seems it’s worth adding them here.
American capitalism has had a long and durable romance with Eastern spirituality, and the latter has hardly undermined the former. For well over a century, business-minded Americans have been transforming Hindu and Buddhist contemplative practices into an unlikely prosperity gospel.
I would like to point out that it is all too easy for any of us to respond to this with a “circle the wagons” mentality, but the important thing is to note that thought leaders in the US are starting to comment widely on the commercialization and commodification of mindfulness. If your goal is to get something out there deeper than this, then please don’t jump on a bandwagon of dismissing these articles, but rather use them for information about what you need to avoid in your own teaching practice.