Recognized as an innovator in the field of mindfulness-based psychology, Dr. Arnie Kozak is northern New England's leading expert in the field. Dr. Kozak's ability to translate ancient healing traditions into pragmatic applications suitable for modern lifestyles through the use of metaphors have made him a strong voice in healthcare and business.
Beginning with a journey to India in the 80â€™s where he took the Bodhisattva vows from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Arnie Dr. Kozak began his lifelong practice in mindfulness meditation. Intent on finding a way to bring the practical healing attributes of mindfulness he began incorporating these techniques in his private practice. In 2002 Dr. Kozak created Exquisite Mind in Burlington, Vermont as a vehicle that could expand his wisdom to larger audiences beyond individual psychotherapy to professionals and corporations, health care providers, public groups and, most recently with Exquisite Mind Golf, amateur and professional golfers. His award-winning new book, Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness (Wisdom Publications, 2009) is a thoughtful, funny, and inspiring translation of mindfulness practice through the inventive use of metaphor applicable to our daily lives.
In addition to his work with Exquisite Mind, Arnie Kozak, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologistâ€”Doctorate has been a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Vermont and is a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry and Medicine, University of Vermont College of Medicine. He has studied and practiced clinical psychology, meditation, and yoga for more than 25 years. He has studied with several meditation masters, including S. N. Goenka, Larry Rosenberg, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. After receiving his bachelors degree with honors from Tufts University, he was awarded a Presidential Fellowship to get his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University at Buffalo. He completed his training as a Psychological Fellow at the Harvard Medical School. Prior to founding the Exquisite Mind in 2002, Arnie worked ten years in the private sector for the PKC Corporation consulting on mental health content for this revolutionary software company.
Mindfulness A to Z official release is 3 days away! Here is an excerpt from “L is for Loving-kindness” Buddhism retains a very strong tradition of deliberately opening our hearts to others. This practice is called “loving-kindness” or metta in Pali. […]
Mindfulness A to Z official release is 4 days away! Here is an excerpt from “U is for Uncertainty” As uncomfortable as it may seem, uncertainty is the bedrock of our reality—everything is always changing. No matter how hard we may […]
Mindfulness A to Z official release is 5 days away! Here is an excerpt from “F is for Fear” Fear arises from a mistaken apprehension of reality. The Buddha called this mistaken apprehension “ignorance” or “delusion.” We labor under the erroneous […]
Mindfulness A to Z official release is 6 days away! Here is an excerpt from “D is for Delusion” Buddha used fire as a metaphor for the emotional impulses that drive us to suffer. All of the myriad emotional states that […]
Mindfulness A to Z official release is 7 Days Away! Here is an excerpt from “N is for Nirvana” Nirvana is one of the most commonly misunderstood concepts in Buddhism. It literally means “blown out,” as when the flame of a […]
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I was recently on the Mark Johnson Show on WDEV in Vermont. We spoke about the Buddha and Buddhism themes that are covered in my new book, The Everything Essential Buddhism Book. It’s always a pleasure to talk with mark […]
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Tune in Tuesday August 11 at 6 PM (3 PM PST) for my radio conversation with Dr. Michelle Skeen, host of Relationships 2.0. We’ll be discussing relationship challenges for introverts and guidance from my book, The Awakened Introvert. If you miss the […]