Professor Ronald Purser Interviewed in Vice Article on Mindfulness Training in the Armed Forces

Professor of Management Ronald Purser discussed how mindfulness training in the armed forces have extracted only the stress relief aspect of mindfulness, ignoring other fundamental elements of the practice.

While some countries are increasingly providing training in mindfulness tools to manage stress, enhance wellbeing and resilience, and improve combat effectiveness in their armed forces, Purser argues that this training is in conflict with the ethical components of mindfulness. “Had the ethical aspects of mindfulness not been removed," he says, "such forms of training would not be compatible with the mission of the military, whose soldiers are indoctrinated from boot camp to inflict harm and pain on the enemy."

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