Boyz 2 Buddhas: Counseling Urban High School Male Athletes in the Zone

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Peter Lang, 2004 - Education - 234 pages
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Is conventional masculinity hazardous to young men's health? Boyz 2 Buddhas proposes that mindfulness meditation can help male teens deal with the unhealthy pressures of growing up today. After examining high school football - a popular activity that evokes troublesome aspects of male consciousness and behavior - David Forbes describes a meditation and discussion group he held with urban high school football players. The students meditated in order to play football in the zone, a state of higher awareness. Along the way they also learned to live their lives in the same manner, resulting in a more mindful, healthy way of growing up to be men. The counseling model illustrated in this book blends popular culture with contemplative practice, and addresses young men's need for greater personal meaning.
 

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Contents

Mindless Masculinity
9
Must Boys Always Be Boys? Mindful Masculinity
29
Life InOut of the Zone
57
Gettin Serious
95
Boyz 2 Buddhas? Findings
147
Integral School Counseling
167
Toward Contemplative Urban Education
193
Bibliography
205
Index
227
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The Author: David Forbes teaches school counseling in the School of Education at Brooklyn College/City University of New York. He received his doctorate in education (counseling) from the University of California at Berkeley, and is the author of False Fixes: The Cultural Politics of Drugs, Alcohol, and Addictive Relations.

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