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Contemplative & Mindfulness-related Resources

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The following list includes Education, Dharma, and research-related centers across the world interested in mindfulness and meditation

Centers and Websites

1. Mind and Life Institute [Link]

2. UMASS – center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society (JKZ) [Link]

3. UK Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy – [Link]

2. – A Shambhala Sun publication [Link]

3. – [Link]

4. Mind Body Awareness Project [Link]

5. Mindful Research Guide (David Black) – [Link]

6. The Mindfulness Center [Link]

7. Mindsight Institute [Link]

8. Shinzen Young – Meditation in Action [Link]

9. Upaya Zen Center (Roshi Joan Halifax) [Link]

10. Metro-Area Research Group on Awareness & Meditation (MARGAM) [Link]

11. Zen and the Brain – Jim Austin’s web of resources [Link]

12. Dharma Seed – Vipassana talks and more [link]

13. Audio Dharma – Archive of Dharma talks given at the CA Insight Meditation Society -[link]

Mindfulness-related Research Centers

1. Harvard Medical School –

a. Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory (BWH) – [Link] – Cognitive, Affective, and Contemplative Neurosciences [Link]

b. Benson Henry Institute for Mind-body Medicine – [Link]

c. Lazar lab (MGH) – [Link]

d. Neuroscience of Meditation, Healing, and Sense of Touch  (Kerr lab) – [Link]

e. Osher Center for Integrative Medicine  – [Link]

f. Khalsa Lab on Yoga Research [Link]

g. Ellen Langer’s Lab (Harvard) [Link]

2. Roemer Research Team at UMASS – Boston [Link]

3. Emotion, Brain & Behavior lab at Tufts University [Link]

4. Sue Orsillo’s Lab (Suffolk University) [Link]

5. Center for Investigating Healthy Minds – University of Wisconsin (Richie Davidson lab) – [Link]; Lab for Affective Neuroscience[Link]

6. Stanford cCARE – Center for Compassion & Altruism Research & Education [Link]

7. Stanford Center on Stress and Health [Link]

8. University of California, Davis Center for Mind and Brain – Saron Lab (Shamatha project) [Link]

9. Britton lab (Brown) of Contemplative, Clinical, and Affective Neuroscience [Link]

10. Brown Contemplative Studies Initiative [Link]

11. Yale Therapeutic Neuroscience Clinic (Brewer Lab) [Link]

12. University of California, San Francisco Osher Center for Integrative Medicine [Link] and Department of Psychiatry [link]

13. Kent State University – Psychopathology and Emotion Regulation (Fresco) lab  [Link]

14. The Jha Lab – University of Miami – Exploring the Stability and Mutability of Attention & Working Memory [Link]

15. Penn Program for Mindfulness [Link]

16. University of Virginia Contemplative Sciences Center [Link]

17. University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill – Integrative Medicine [Link]

18. University of California – San Diego Center for Mindfulness [Link]

19. Centre for Mindfulness (University of Toronto – Zindel Segal) – [Link]

20. Atlanta Mindfulness Institute [Link]

21. Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches (Germany) [Link]

22. Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies [Link]

23. Seattle Pacific University Lustyk Lab [link]

24. University of California, Los Angeles Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) [link] & Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology [link]

25. University of California, San Diego Center for Mindfulness [link]

26. New York University – Zoran Josipovic Contemplative Science Lab [Link]

Mindfulness-related Clinical-based Research Centers

1. Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy – Boston [link]

2. Society for Clinical Mindfulness and Meditation [link]

3. Duke Integrative Medicine [link]

4. Center for Mindfulness and Psychotherapy – LA [link]

5. Center for Therapeutic Neuroscience – Yale (Jud Brewer) [Link]

6. Center for Mindful Eating [link]

7. National Center for Complimentary & Alternative Medicine [link]

7. Mindfulness Practice Center at the University of Missouri [link]

8. Mindfulness Practice Center at the University of Vermont [link]

9. Mindfulness Training Institute of Washington [link]

10. Mindfulness-based Relapse Prevention (Univ. of Washington) [Link]

11. eMindful Evidence-Based Mind Body Wellness [Link]

12. Mindful Living Center [Link]

13. Osher Center for Integrative Medicine: San Francisco [link], Boston [link]

Mindfulness-related Education Centers

1. Association for Mindfulness in Education [Link]

2. EDUTOPIA – The George Lucas Educational Foundation [Link]

3. SMART – Stress Management and Relaxation Techniques in Education [Link]

4. CASEL – Collaborative for Social and Emotional Learning [Link]

5. Brown University Contemplative Sciences Initiative [Link]

6. Center for Contemplative Mind in Society [Link]

7. Garrison Institute – CARE – Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education [Link]

8. Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education [Link]

9. Lifespan Learning Institute [Link]

10. Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values (MIT) [Link]

11. Inner Kids – Susan Kaiser-Greenland [Link]

Mindfulness-related Dharma Centers

1. Insight Meditation Society (IMS), Barre, MA  [link]

2. Spirit Rock Meditation Center [Link]

3. Cambridge Insight Meditation Society [Link]

4. Boston Rigpa Meditation Center [Link]

5. Still Quiet Place [link]

6. Plum Village [link]

Yoga and other Embodied Contemplative practice resources 

1. Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health [link]

2. International Association of Yoga Therapists [link]

Mindfulness and Contemplative Science-related Literature

1. Contemplative Science: Where Buddhism and Neuroscience Converge – Alan B. Wallace, Ph. D.

2. The Attention Revolution: Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind – Alan B. Wallace, Ph. D.

3. Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization – Analayo

4. Zen and the Brain: Toward an Understanding of Meditation and Consciousness – James H. Austin

5. The Eternal Legacy: An introduction to the canonical literature of Buddhism – Sangharakshita

6. The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching – Thich Naht Hanh

7. Practicing the Jhanas – Pa Auk Sayadaw

8. Dzogchen: The Heart Essence of the Great Perfection –  Dalai Lama

9. Thoughts Without a Thinker – Mark Epstein

10. Living Dharma – Jack Kornfield

11. Dzogchen: The Heart Essence of the Great Perfection – Dalai Lama

12. The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality – The Dalai Lama

13. Ethics for the New Millenium – The Dalai Lama

14. Stages of Meditation – The Dalai Lama

15. All books by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana 

a. Mindfulness in Plain English

b. Beyond Mindfulness inPlain English –

16. The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience – Francisco J. Varela, Evan Thompson, and Eleanor Rosch

17. The Path of Purification: Visuddhimagga – by Bhadantacariya Buddhaghosa, translated by Bhikkhu Nanamoli

18. Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill – Matthieu Ricard

19. What the Buddha Taught – Walpola Rahula

20. Sleeping, Dreaming, and Dying: An Exploration of Consciousness – The Dalai Lama and Francisco J. Varela, Ph. D.

21. The Heart of Buddhist Meditation: Satipatthana: A Handbook of Mental Training Based on the Buddha’s Way of Mindfulness – Nyanaponika Thera

22. Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain -Antonio Damasio

23. Any Mind and Life dialogues books

24. Any books by Jon Kabat-Zinn 

Another comprehensive list of books in contemplative studies by Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education [Link] and by mindfulnessmeditaiton centers [Link]


1. The FNL-CACN YouTube playlist for “Mindfulness Science” [Link]

2. CCARE YouTube videos – Scientific presentations from the Science of Compassion conference, July 19-22 2012 in Telluride, CO [Link]

3. International Symposia for Contemplative Studies – Master Lectures [Link]

4. “The Healing Power of Mindfulness” – Jon Kabat-Zinn 

5. The Mindfulness Clinic (Toronto, Canada) – Clinical Videos [Link]



Core group of Varela Awardees from 2009:

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