Jon Kabat-Zinn

Year of birth : 1944
Education : Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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“ Meditation is the only intentional, systematic human activity which at bottom is about not trying to improve yourself or get anywhere else, but simply to realize where you already are.” 

“ Paying attention and awareness are universal capacities of human beings. ” 

“ Breathing is central to every aspect of meditation training. It's a wonderful place to focus in training the mind to be calm and concentrated. ” 

Books by the Master

" Full catastrophe living " ... " Wherever you go, there you are " ... " Arriving at Your Own Door " ... " Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting " ... " Mindfulness Meditation for Everyday Life " ... " Letting Everything Become Your Teacher: 100 Lessons in Mindfulness " ... " Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment--and Your Life " ... " Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness " ... " The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness " ... " The Mind's Own Physician: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama on the Healing Power of Meditation " ... " Mindfulness: Diverse Perspectives on its Meaning, Origins and Applications " 
... " Full Catastrophe Living, Revised 2nd Edition "


Jon Kabat-Zinn is Professor of Medicine Emeritus and founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Kabat-Zinn was a student of Zen Master Seung Sahn and a founding member of Cambridge Zen Center. His practice of yoga and studies with Buddhist teachers led him to integrate their teachings with those of Western science. He teaches mindfulness meditation which claims to help people cope with stress, anxiety, pain and illness. The stress reduction program created by Kabat-Zinn is offered at medical centers, hospitals, and health maintenance organizations.

Thich Nhat Hanh has brought mindfulness to the attention of Westerners. It was on a retreat he led in the United States that Jon Kabat-Zinn, first realized the appropriateness of mindfulness in the treatment of chronic medical conditions. Kabat-Zinn later adapted Hanh’s teachings on mindfulness into the structured eight-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course, which has since spread throughout the western World.

Kabat-Zinn  is also the founder and former director of renowned Stress Reduction Clinic. Kabat-Zinn began teaching the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Stress Reduction Clinic in 1979. MBSR is an eight week course which combines meditation and Hatha yoga and claims to help patients cope with stress, pain, and illness by using what they call "moment-to-moment awareness".

In 1993, Kabat-Zinn’s work in the Stress Reduction Clinic was featured in Bill Moyers's PBS special 'Healing and the Mind' and in the book by Moyers of the same title. Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues published a research paper on the effect of the mind on the rate of skin clearing in patients with psoriasis undergoing ultraviolet light therapy. Kabat-Zinn conducts annual mindfulness retreats for business leaders and conducts training for health professionals in MBSR. He is a board member of the Mind and Life Institute, a group that organizes dialogues between the Dalai Lama and Western scientists.