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Suggested Reading List

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Mindfulness, Self-compassion, and Acceptance in Clinical Practice

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: A New Approach to Preventing Relapse; By Segal, Williams and Teasdale

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness; By Jon Kabat Zinn

Cognitive Therapy of Depression; By Beck, Rush, Shaw and Emery

Baer, RA (Ed.) (2006). Mindfulness-based treatment approaches: Clinician’s guide to evidence base and applications. San Diego, CA, Elsevier Academic Press.

Carmody, J., Baer, R.A., 2007. Relationships between mindfulness practice and levels of mindfulness, medical and psychological symptoms and well-being in a mindfulness-based stress reduction program. J Behav Med.

Baer, RA (Ed.) (2010). Assessing Mindfulness and Acceptance Processes in Clients: Illuminating the theory and practice of change. Oakland, CA, Context Press/New Harbinger Publications.

Germer, CK (2009). The Mindful Path to Self-compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions. New York, NY, Guilford Press

Kuyken, W., Watkins, E., Holden, E., White, K., Taylor, R.S., Byford, S., Evans, A., Radford, S., Teasdale, J.D., Dalgleish, T., 2010. How does mindfulness-based cognitive therapy work? Behav Res Ther 48, 1105-1112.

Orsillo, SM & Roemer, L. (2011). The Mindful Way Through Anxiety: Break free from chronic worry and reclaim your life. New York. Guilford Press.

Goyal, M., Singh, S., Sibinga, E.M., Gould, N.F., Rowland-Seymour, A., Sharma, R., Berger, Z., Sleicher, D., Maron, D.D., Shihab, H.M., Ranasinghe, P.D., Linn, S., Saha, S., Bass, E.B., Haythornthwaite, J.A., 2014. Meditation programs for psychological stress and well-being: a systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA internal medicine 174, 357-368.

Coffman SJ, Dimidjian S, Baer RA (2005): Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Prevention of Depressive Relapse. In: Baer RA editor. Mindfulness-Based Treatment Approaches: Clinician’s Guide to Evidence Base and Applications Burlington, MA: Academic Press. (pdf)

Kenny MA, Williams JM (2007): Treatment-resistant depressed patients show a good response to Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy. Behav Res Ther 45:617-625. (pdf)

Kingston T, Dooley B, Bates A, Lawlor E, Malone K (2007): Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for residual depressive symptoms. Psychol Psychother 80:193-203. (pdf)

Lau MA, Bishop SR, Segal ZV, Buis T, Anderson ND, Carlson L, et al (2006): The Toronto Mindfulness Scale: development and validation. J Clin Psychol 62:1445-1467. (pdf)

Segal ZV, Kennedy S, Gemar M, Hood K, Pedersen R, Buis T (2006): Cognitive reactivity to sad mood provocation and the prediction of depressive relapse. Arch Gen Psychiatry 63:749-755. (pdf)

Teasdale JD, Segal ZV, Williams JM, Ridgeway VA, Soulsby JM, Lau MA (2000): Prevention of relapse/recurrence in major depression by mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. J Consult Clin Psychol 68:615-623. (pdf)

Segal, Bieling, Young, MacQueen, Cooke, Martin, Bloch and Levitan  Antidepressant Monotherapy vs Sequential Pharmacotherapy and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, or Placebo, for Relapse Prophylaxis in Recurrent Depression Arch Gen Psychiatry/Vol 67 (No. 12), Dec 2010. (pdf)

Contemplative Neurosciences

Kabat-Zinn, J., 1982. An outpatient program in behavioral medicine for chronic pain patients based on the practice of mindfulness meditation: theoretical considerations and preliminary results. Gen Hosp Psychiatry 4, 33-47.

Varela, F.J., Thompson, E., Rosch, E., 1991. The Embodied Mind. MIT Press, Cambridge.

Lazar, S.W., Bush, G., Gollub, R.L., Fricchione, G.L., Khalsa, G., Benson, H., 2000. Functional brain mapping of the relaxation response and meditation. Neuroreport 11, 1581-1585.

Lutz, A., Greischar, L.L., Rawlings, N.B., Ricard, M., Davidson, R.J., 2004. Long-term meditators self-induce high-amplitude gamma synchrony during mental practice. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 101, 16369-16373.

Brown, K.W., Ryan, R.M., 2004. Perils and promise in defining and measuring mindfulness: Observations from experience. Clin. Psychol.-Sci. Pract. 11, 242-248.

Cahn, B.R., Polich, J., 2006. Meditation states and traits: EEG, ERP, and neuroimaging studies. Psychol Bull 132, 180-211.

Creswell, J.D., Way, B.M., Eisenberger, N.I., Lieberman, M.D., 2007. Neural correlates of dispositional mindfulness during affect labeling. Psychosom Med 69, 560-565.

Jha, A.P., Krompinger, J., Baime, M.J., 2007. Mindfulness training modifies subsystems of attention. Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci 7, 109-119.

Desbordes, G., Gard, T., Hoge, E.A., Hölzel, B.K., Kerr, C., Lazar, S.W., Olendzki, A., Vago, D.R., 2014. Moving Beyond Mindfulness: Defining Equanimity as an Outcome Measure in Meditation and Contemplative Research. Mindfulness, 1-17.

Farb, N.A.S., Segal, Z.V., Mayberg, H., Bean, J., McKeon, D., Fatima, Z., Anderson, A.K., 2007. Attending to the present: mindfulness meditation reveals distinct neural modes of self-reference. . Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci, nsm030.

Lutz, A., Dunne, J.D., Davidson, R.J., 2007. Meditation and the Neuroscience of Consciousness, in: Zelazo, P., Moscovitch, M., Thompson, E. (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Consciousness. Cambridge University Press, New York, pp. 499-555.

Grossman, P., 2008. On measuring mindfulness in psychosomatic and psychological research. J Psychosom Res 64, 405-408.

Slagter, H.A., Lutz, A., Greischar, L.L., Francis, A.D., Nieuwenhuis, S., Davis, J.M., Davidson, R.J., 2007. Mental training affects distribution of limited brain resources. PLoS Biol 5, e138.

Hasenkamp, W., Wilson-Mendenhall, C.D., Duncan, E., Barsalou, L.W., 2012. Mind wandering and attention during focused meditation: a fine-grained temporal analysis of fluctuating cognitive states. Neuroimage 59, 750-760.

Holzel, B., Lazar, S., Gard, T., Schuman-Olivier, Z., Vago, D., Ott, U., 2011. How does mindfulness meditation work? Proposing mechanisms of action from a conceptual and neural perspective. Perspectives on Psychological Science 6, 537-559.

Vago DR, Silbersweig DA. Self-Awareness, Self-Regulation, and Self-Transcendence (S-ART): A Framework for Understanding the Neurobiological Mechanisms of Mindfulness. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 2012.

Kerr, C.E., Sacchet, M.D., Lazar, S.W., Moore, C.I., Jones, S.R., 2013. Mindfulness starts with the body: somatosensory attention and top-down modulation of cortical alpha rhythms in mindfulness meditation. Front Hum Neurosci 7, 12.

Luders, E., Toga, A.W., Lepore, N., Gaser, C., 2009. The underlying anatomical correlates of long-term meditation: larger hippocampal and frontal volumes of gray matter. Neuroimage 45, 672-678.

Fox, K.C., Nijeboer, S., Dixon, M.L., Floman, J.L., Ellamil, M., Rumak, S.P., Sedlmeier, P., Christoff, K., 2014. Is meditation associated with altered brain structure? A systematic review and meta-analysis of morphometric neuroimaging in meditation practitioners. Neurosci Biobehav Rev 43C, 48-73.


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 


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]


Great Reading List from Contemplative Science in Higher Education – Worth clicking [Link]

Meditation research overview from National Institutes of Health – National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine [Link]

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

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