Beyond McMindfulness (1.25CR)


Are you practicing mindfulness or "mcmindfulness"? Dr. Miles Neale explores the differences between an ancient contemplative practice and the commodified version we are seeing centerstage in modern culture.

PREVIEW: "What is McMindfulness?"

In this workshop, you'll learn...

  • the difference between an ancient "mindfulness" practice and the contemporary "mcmindfulness" practice. 
  • tools to discern between the former and the latter. 
  • the historical development that brought us to the range of mindfulness practices we have today. 
  • some of the basic tenets of Buddhist philosophy and teachings.

"Beyond McMindfulness"

Mindfulness meditation has entered mainstream American culture. While secular versions of the practice offer well researched health benefits for a wide variety of conditions, there is also a backlash against the potential dilution, commodification, and mass-marketing of mindfulness as a panacea. In this talk Dr. Miles Neale offers his critique of mcmindfulness and explores the clinical application, underlying psychological mechanisms and efficacy of secular mindfulness. He contrasts these two approaches with the way mindfulness is used traditionally in Buddhist psychology where it is combined with ethical lifestyle and a quantum view of reality for the purpose of conscious evolution and awakening.

A Little about Dr. Miles Neale...

Miles Neale is a Buddhist psychotherapist in private practice, Assistant Director of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, Clinical Instructor of Psychology at Weill Cornell Medical College, and contributing expert on mindfulness meditation for the BBC World Service. Miles earned a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and has spent twenty years studying Buddhism under American Buddhist scholars Joe Loizzo and Robert Thurman as well as Tibetan masters Gelek Rimpoche and Lama Zopa. Dr. Neale’s approach to personal healing and transformation isinformed by contemplative neuroscience, an eclectic hybrid of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist psychology and meditative arts, depth psychotherapy, and the current neuroscience of trauma resilience.

Your investment for this masterclass is $27. 
1.25 Embodied Philosophy Credits will be applied to your account. For information about the Wisdom Training Accreditation, go here.

The masterclass runs for about 75 minutes. You will have instant and ongoing access to the online recording so you can watch it whenever you want, how often you want.


If you're new to online workshops, don't worry, it's very easy. It's just like any workshop, except on video and online.

After you submit your payment, you’ll be sent an email with the link to the masterclass website page. There you can watch the workshop and will be given an option to download the video to your personal wisdom library. You don’t need any special software or equipment. You can watch the workshop streaming online, but if you don't have an excellent wifi connection, it will be best to download the video before viewing. 


“Dr. Miles Neale's provocative talk was eye-opening and educational.”   Terrence

“I don't think I've heard anyone talk so bluntly about the commodification of Buddhist mindfulness. It's an important conversation for us practitioners to be having.” – Gina

“I love these offerings! So nice to have access to such thoughtful teachings when you live in a place as remote as I do.” – John


Get the whole series...

Dr. Miles Neale's talk is part of a 15-hr series exploring the teachings of Buddhism. Save 50% by purchasing all ten videos today. 

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