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Happy Birthday to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

July 6 will be the 80th birthday of His Holiness (HH) the Dalai Lama. I first encountered the Dalai Lama when he would have been 49 (I was considerably younger then too!) I have had two “close encounters” with him […]

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The Awakened Introvert on the Radio

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I had the pleasure, again, of being Mark Johnson’s guest on WDEV for his morning call-in radio program. Mark and I connect as fellow introverts. Click here to listen to the show. We talked about the differences between introverts and […]

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Mindful in Relationship: The Biggest Spiritual Challenge We Face

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Our closest relationships are often the most challenging places to be mindful. We may be prone to feelings of unworthiness, superiority, and fear as well as a host of other feelings that push us around. When we can bring equanimity […]

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Getting Out of Our Own Way: Finding Liberation in the Moment

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

If you are like me, you spend more time than you would like caught up in imagined stories that don’t feel good and keep you stuck. How can you get out of your own way and stop beating yourself up […]

Living in the Present Moment of Clinical Work

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

There are a number of name brand mindfulness-based interventions for use in clinical work, starting with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in 1979. Since then, we’ve seen the emergence of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP), Acceptance […]

Visit With an Old Friend: Three Steps to Awakening By Larry Rosenberg

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Larry Rosenberg’s latest book came out in 2013 and I am just getting to it. I’ve been holding offer, like saving something precious that you know will likely not be replaceable. Larry is now in his 80s, and while he […]

Buddhist Icon–Thich Nhat Hanh Recovering in Hospital

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Beloved Buddhist monk and teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh (TNH) has experienced a severe cerebral hemorrhage and remains in critical condition. He recently had his 88th Birthday. I surmise that he is, along with the Dalai, Lama, one of the two […]

Mindfulness and Climate Action

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

One Earth Sangha presents Mindfulness and Climate Action, a series of online conversations. These are free and start today and will continue through October into November. I am especially excited that Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield will be presenting today. […]

Enlightenment Meets Enlightenment: Finding the Buddha in the Secular West

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I recently gave a talk at the University of Vermont College of Medicine called “Beyond Stress Reduction: Mindfulness as a Radical Technology. In this talk, I spoke about the indictment that the healthcare and corporate-related applications of mindfulness are tantamount […]

Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth: Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, Education and Research Conference

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The program committee of the 3rd Annual Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth: Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, Education and Research conference in San Diego is pleased to announce that they have finalized the agenda for this year’s conference. The […]

Living Buddha, Goenka, Dead at 90

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I was surprised by the news of S. N. Goenka’s death this past Saturday. He was almost 90 years old. In the summer of 1989, I sat my first vipassana meditation retreat with Goenka at the Vipassana Meditation Center in […]

Shinzen On Insomnia

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

My dharma brother Shinzen Young has some sage advice for sleeping here is his blog: Help for Insomnia: Yet Another use for Mindfulness. He recommends what I call “Beditation.” If you can’t sleep than you can use the sleep window for […]

Grief is the Admission Price to the Present Moment

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I am back from teaching Mindfulness A-Z: Liberating Regret, Stuckness, and Perfectionism at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. One insight that arose during the week was that “grief is the admission price to the present moment.” We are often […]

Contemplating How Regret and Perfectionism Keep Us Stuck

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I’ve been thinking a lot about regret, stuckness, and perfectionism leading up to my Kripalu workshop that starts on Sunday. Regret is a variant of stuckness. We are locked into the past, replaying a loop of a past event, usually […]

Getting Unstuck

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I was interviewed by Kripalu blogger Jennifer Mattson for her brief article entitled How to Get Unstuck and Back to Your Practice. “Arnie suggests looking at the resistance with kindness and genuine inquiry. Ask yourself, “What’s going on here?” What […]

Story Art: The Bridge Between Narrative and Liberation

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I developed a technique called Story Art that combines journaling practice, meditation, and creativity to help people to free themselves from difficult situations. The writing helps to take the issue out of your head space and onto paper. The Story […]

Mindfulness A-Z: Liberating Regret, Stuckness, and Perfectionism: Coming Soon at Kripalu

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

In less than two weeks my Kripalu workshop Mindfulness A-Z: Liberating Regret, Stuckness, and Perfectionism will be underway! There is still time to register for this 5-day workshop, August 4-9. We will start the process on Sunday evening and then […]

Perfectly Imperfect: A Gallery on Beliefnet

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Please check out the gallery on perfectionism that is currently featured on the Beliefnet homesite: Overcoming perfectionism is one of the major themes of my upcoming Kripalu workshop starting August 4. More information here: I hope you can join us!

What is Story Art?

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Arnie talks about his therapeutic technique for overcoming stuckness–Story Art

Long Before Mindfulness was a Buzzword …

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Arnie talks about his involvement with mindfulness and meditation spanning the past thirty years.

What is Mindfulness?

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Watch this video, the first in a series, explaining mindfulness and other related topics.

Mindfulness A–Z: Liberating Regret, Stuckness, and Perfectionism

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

From Sunday August 4 to Friday August 9, I will be presenting this special workshop at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. If you are not familiar, Kripalu is a wonderful place. Nestled in the Berkshire Mountains, it is […]

Polly Young-Eisendrath: Getting Free Of Self-Importance Is The Key To Happiness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

My dharma friend and sister, Polly Young-Eisendrath presented at the TEDx Conference at Middlebury College. The theme of the conference was “The Road not Taken.” Polly is a world renown author, Jungian analyst, and integrator of Western psychology and Buddhist […]

Tara Brach Speaks on Deliberate Practice

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

My dharma friend, Tara Brach posted a short video where she speaks of “deliberate practice.” By this she means coming to this moment regardless of what is happening. It means not shying away from difficulty if that is what this […]

Pema Chodron with Bill Moyers: Speaking of Faith

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

This classic video features a 2004 interviews between Pema Chodron and Bill Moyers on Moyer’s series, Speaking of Faith that aired on PBS. While it took place in 2004, it’s message is timeless. I show this to my Mindfulness in […]

An Innovative Approach to Reducing Stress and Burnout and Fostering Student Self-care and Professionalism

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The University of Vermont College of Medicine’s Committee for the Program in Integrative Health (PIH) recently had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Avaid Haramati from Georgetown Medical School. Adi, as he was affectionately called, talked about the course he has […]

One Thing I Have in Common with the Buddha: Love of Metaphors: “I, Me, Mine: Untangling the Dharma of “Self” Through Metaphors and Mindfulness at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS)

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s that time of year again. I will be teaching my annual workshop at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies entitled: “I, Me, and Mine: Untangling the Dharma of “Self” through Metaphors and Mindfulness. I invite you to join me […]

Finding Joe: A Movie About Possibility, Bliss, and Discovery

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I have had the pleasure of viewing and reviewing the movie, Finding Joe that focuses on the teachings of the late great mythologist, Joseph Campbell. Notable authors, teachers, and athletes are interviewed.The film is beautifully edited and visually appealing, the […]

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Answers Questions from Prayer to Dying

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

On Saturday, 13 October, His Holiness (H. H.) gave a thirty minute talk at Middlebury College as part of his Cultivating Hope, Wisdom, and Compassion tour. His simple message, there is “one humanity.” He then sat down, put on his red […]

Dalai Lama Regales Middlebury Crowd with Simple Message: “One Humanity”

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

His Holiness, the Dalai Lama gave his public talk at Middlebury College today to a crowd of a couple thousand or so people. I had the fortune of being in that crowd. It had been a long time since I […]

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Coming to Middlebury College

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The Dalai Lama is coming to Vermont and giving two talks on his current tour. The one for the public is entitled, “Finding Common Ground: Ethics for a Whole World.” I wasn’t planning on going, I did not wake up […]

Yoga on the Mountain a Benefit for the Center for Mindful Learning

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

My dharma friend, Soryu Forall, has founded the Center for Mindful Learning. “The Center for Mindful Learning (CML) is a non-profit organization devoted to improving lives and strengthening communities by offering mindfulness training that cultivates happiness, compassion, and success for […]

A Mindful Nation: The Revolution Has a Voice in Congressman Tim Ryan

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The eleventh district of Ohio has a remarkable representative to congress–Tim Ryan. In 2005, of all the members of House of Representatives who received a copy of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s magnum opus–Coming to Our Senses–apparently Congressman Ryan is the only one […]

Writing and True Love: A Weekend (June 8-10) with Polly Young-Eisendrath and Mark Matousek at Omega

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

My friend, colleague, and dharma sister Polly-Young Eisdendrathis presenting at Omega with Mark Matousek. Polly is a gifted writer and engaging speaker. On the weekend of June 8-10, they will be teaching at the Omega Institute a workshop: Writing and […]

Mindfulness Revolution for Kids

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

My colleagues at the University of California San Diego recently held a conference called Bridging Hearts & Minds of Youth. The conference audio and videos are now available if you missed this conference. They are planning the conference again for next February. […]

Happy Birthday Buddha

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Around this time and around the world, the Buddha’s birthday is celebrated. I’ll take this occasion to reflect on the Buddha and what he means to me. Archeological evidence suggests he was an actual person. The year’s of his existence […]

Obstacles to Practice: Self-Sabotage

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Today I continue the series on obstacles to practice with a focus on self-sabotage that may keep us off the cushion. The other day, I talked about agendas, expectations, and strivng that may arise during practice–in a sense what comes to us unbidden. […]

Religious Education in the Age of Fundamentalism and Political Correctness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I was recently contacted by a courageous Minnesota high school teacher, James Morrison. He has been teaching a world religion course. Over the years he has been accused of “polluting the minds of children with false Ideas” and “doing the devil’s […]

MBCT for Depression Relapse Prevention Training at Kripalu

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

My dharma friends and colleagues Susan Woods and Miv London will be presenting their annual training workshop at Kripalu. Get your CE credits  in the wonderful environment of Kripalu and enjoy this heartfelt training with Miv and Susan. An Introduction […]

“Wait Without Hope …”

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

T. S. Eliot gave us these lines: I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is […]

Is There A Real You? Julian Baggini Explores The Buddha’s Favorite Question

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Watch this video by Julian Baggini, author of the Ego Trick. The answer to the question is yes and no, mostly no — there is no real self if you are looking for some core, essence, or unchanging “permanent truth” that […]

“Waiting”

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

This is the Exquisite Mind Studio in Burlington, Vermont as captured on a sunny day. One of the members of our community, Bruce Post, took this photo and called it “Waiting.” The pregnant emptiness that precedes the group sitting. We […]

Is the Self a Metaphor? Come to the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and Find Out

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I will be conducting my annual workshop at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies the weekend of 17-19 February 2012. I’ll be teaching the Buddha’s dharma through metaphors. This summer I wrote an article for the BCBS online publication Full […]

101 Revolutionary Ways to be Healthy: Free iPhone App for RevActivists

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The folks at Experience Life Magazine and Being Healthy is a Revolutionary Act have just released a very nifty app, “101 Revolutionary Ways to be Healthy” “The “101 Ways” app includes a featured “Revolutionary Act of the Day,” along with […]

Shambhala Book Shelf: What Really Helps: Using Mindfulness and Compassionate Presence to Help, Support and Encourage Others

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

  Today I’m reading What Really Helps by Karen Kissel Wegela, Ph.D. It’s an approachable, well-written text on how to help others. Simple enough you might think. However, not so simple. She highlights our tendency to want either want to […]

Mindfulness of Music: Attending to the Vibration of Now

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

We live inside of sound in every moment of our lives. Sound orients, soothes, irritates, and grounds us. The ubiquity of sound explains why deafness can be such a devastating disability as it disconnects from the envelop of sound. Over […]

TED Tuesday: Paul Zak: Trust, morality — and oxytocin

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Dr. Love, as he is affectionately known, Paul Zak discusses his research on the molecule of connection — oxytocin. While this may be an oversimplification, he presents fascinating findings on experiments of trust and trustworthiness, and opines on whether oxytocin may be […]

Shambhala Book Shelf: Right Here with You: Bringing Mindful Awareness Into Our Relationships

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

This week, I’m reading Right Here With You: Bringing Mindful Awareness into our Relationships (Shambhala). It’s a wonderful collection of essays from mindfulness and Buddhist teachers, from Thich Nhat Hanh to Tara Brach on the value of relationships for the […]

My Reincarnation: A Compelling film by Jennifer Fox

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

My Reincarnation is a beautiful documentary film by Jennifer Fox about the dharma, Tibetan Buddhism and culture, family, and living everyday life. Spanning three decades, it is an intimate, almost voyeuristic, look into the lives of the family of a […]

Tibetan Rinpoche Likes Ben & Jerry’s

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

This is a personal account of a meeting with a remarkable being – a Tibetan Rinpoche. This meeting took place in October of 2003, in the small city of Burlington, in the small state of Vermont. This account is, at […]

Live Webcast from Dharamsala: Mind and Life XXIII, Ecology, Ethics and Interdepence

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

In 1984, I attended the Inner Science Conference with the Dalai Lama and Western scientists and clinicians. The Inner Science Conference was the precursor to the Mind and Life Series, that is now in its 23rd incarnation. Amazingly, you can […]

Creating a Mindful Society Conference: Free Live Streaming!

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Previously, I announced the Creating a Mindful Society Conference, sponsored by the Omega Institute and to be held in New York City on September 30 and October 1. You can go in person or you can now access it live […]

Satya Sai Baba, “Miracle Man of Bangalore” Dead at 85: Reflections on Bliss

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Satya Sai Baba, perhaps India’s most popular guru died the other day at 85 years of age. Read more from the Washington Post >> I first became acquainted with the orange-clad and afro-sporting guru from hearing Ram Dass speak of […]

TED Tuesday: Kathryn Schulz: On being wrong

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Watch this interesting talk by Kathryn Schulz on the virtues and necessity of being wrong. Being wrong is something we avoid with phobic-like intensity. We might generate a narrative, “If I get it wrong there is something wrong with me.” […]

TED Tuesday: Bill Strickland in His Own Words

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

TED Tuesday :: Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

What does a live well lived look like? Nigel Marsh opines on the critical issue of work-life balance. He muses wryly that we “work long hours at jobs we hate to make money to buy things we don’t need to […]

Zen Brain 2011: Consciousness and the Fundamental Nature of Mind Series :: Part Two

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Want to learn about your brain on meditation? Listen to the podcasts from this recent conference featuring Joan Halifax, Richard Davidson, and others. Here the description from the Upaya Institute and Zen Center website: Buddhist philosophy and meditation practice distinguish […]

TED Tuesday :: Rebecca Saxe: How we read each other’s minds

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Check out this fascinating video about the right temporal parietal junction (RTPJ) which helps us to “read minds.”  

Zen Brain 2011: Consciousness and the Fundamental Nature of Mind Series :: Part One

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Want to learn about your brain on meditation? Listen to the podcasts from this recent conference featuring Joan Halifax, Richard Davidson, and others. Here the description from the Upaya Institute and Zen Center website: Buddhist philosophy and meditation practice distinguish […]

Metaphors, Meaning & Change: Finding Our Way to Mindfulness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

One week from today I will be presenting a workshop at the Barre Center For Buddhist Studies (BCBS). I invite you to join me (25-27 February 2011). Click here to register.  This is an opportunity to spend a weekend at […]

TED Tuesday :: Classic Videos :: Victor Frankl

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Watch some vintage footage of Victor Frankl, author of the classic Man’s Search for Meaning. A book that has inspired generations of healers and other courageous individuals by his example  to persist in the face of humanity’s worst. He even […]

Barre Center for Buddhist Studies

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

From 25-27 February 2011, I will be giving a weekend workshop at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. I am honored to be among the teaching faculty of this august and important organization, dedicated to making the dharma available. In […]

Barre Center for Buddhist Studies

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

From 25-27 February 2011, I will be giving a weekend workshop at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. I am honored to be among the teaching faculty of this august and important organization, dedicated to making the dharma available. In […]

TED Tuesday :: His Holiness the Karmapa: The technology of the heart

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Watch His Holiness the Karmapa, one of the most important figures in Tibetan Buddhism, talk about his life and philosophy.   

From the Archive :: Best of 2010 :: Stuart Brown Says Play is More Than Fun

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Stuart Brown’s fascinating TED talk was the most popular video of 2010. As we move into the new year, we can take his talk under consideration. 2011 can be a year of play no matter what we are doing if […]

Suzanne Matthiessen :: MInd/Body Wellness Awareness Writer, Educator, & Coach

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Suzanne Matthiessen is my eMindful.com colleague and a fellow blogger and mindfulness-baseed practitioner.  She has dedicated her life and work to teaching integrated Mind/Body approaches to well-being for over two decades. She has successfully employed proactive holistic wellness awareness tools […]

TED Tuesday :: Kiran Bedi: A police chief with a difference

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Mindfulness meditation in prison? What better place to practice? Kiran Bedi is a visionary Indian civil servant who, among other things, reformed Tihar prison in New Dehli, one of the biggest and most dangerous prisons in the world. Her work […]

Teachers and Talks: Ram Dass

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Ram Dass, aka, Richard Alpert, a nice Jewish boy from Brookline Massacusetts becomes the voice of a generation. There are few who have done more to introduce the East to the West. Author of the million copy selling, Be Here Now […]

TED Tuesday :: Chip Conley: Measuring what makes life worthwhile

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

What should we be focusing upon? Entrepreneur Chip Conley talks about customer service and the rationale for Gross National Happiness. Would we need a Universal Human Rights Month if we focused more on Gross National Happiness (GNH) than Gross National […]

Mixing Minds: The Power of Relationship in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I had the pleasure of interviewing fellow wisdom author, Pilar Jennings on the release of her recent book, Mixing Minds: The Power of Relationship in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism. PilarJennings was exposed to Buddhist meditation early in life. Her mother took […]

The Dharma According to Me(taphor)

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The Buddha taught the dharma through metaphor. It’s right there in the first Noble Truth and, indeed, The Four Noble Truths themselves are presented in the form of a medical metaphor with the Buddha as physician. With the First Noble […]

Dan Gilbert asks, Why are we happy? on TED Talks

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Dan Gilbert’s research was recently published in Science and featured in the New York Times and discussed in my blog entry from 20 November 2010. Here is an excerpt in case you missed that: A recent article in Science (reviewed […]

Stress Reduction Sunday :: Mindfulness and Yoga: A Potent Combination for Combatting Stress

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s Stress Reduction Sunday. Read my weekly post in the Connecticut Watchdog, This week’s entry Mindfulness and Yoga: A Potent Combination for Combatting Stress Today there are 20 million practitioners of yoga in the United States today. My hometown of Burlington, Vermont sports […]

Teachers and Talks: Jack Kornfield

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I met Jack Kornfield at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center in the late-1980s. And while I only had a brief opportunity to learn from him, I’ve always held a fondness for his writings and teachings. As you will see from […]

TED Tuesday :: How complexity leads to simplicity

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

According to ecologist Eric Berlow in this 3-minute talk, complex is not necessarily complicated. This sounds to me like the human brain — the most complex thing in the known universe. What that brain does can be complicated — if […]

Teachers and Talks: Sharon Salzberg

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Sharon Salzberg is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Societyand the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, both in Barre, Massachusetts. Shehas studied and practiced Buddhist meditation since 1970 and has been teachingworldwide since 1974. She is a guiding teacher at […]

Wisdom Wednesday :: Walking Meditation

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The Buddha spoke of four postures for meditation: sitting, walking, standing, and lying down. Walking meditation is another form of mindfulness practice that helps us to bring mindfulness into movement and our activities in the world. If we are blessed […]

Teachers and Talks: Buddha’s Brain by Rick Hanson

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Meditation doesn’t just make us feel good; it changes our brains. Studies show that meditation changes both structure and function of our brains (in beneficial ways) beyond the period of meditation. Recent advances in neuroimaging along with encouragement from His […]

Meditate Now! (Free)

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

In the spirit of making mindfulness more accessible i am posting CDs worth of my guided meditations to my website, Exquisitemind.com.  The tracks from the first CD are now available to listen to and to download as mp3 to your […]

Teachers and Talks Thursday :: Larry Rosenberg

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Larry Rosenberg is a guiding teacher at the Insight Meditation Society and the founder of the Cambridge Insight Medication Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  I have had the great fortune to receive teachings from many teachers over the past 27 years […]

TED Tuesday :: Sherwin Nuland on Hope

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Surgeon, author, and inspirational speaker, Sherwin Nuland discusses hope. He mentions that the Oxford English Dictionary lists 14 definitions of hope and none of them are particularly satisfying.  His remarks on hope are consistent with mine from yesterday and take […]

Mindfulness Revolution at Home

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Mindfulness has been taught, practiced, and lived in medical settings for over 30 years now. Jon Kabat-Zinn started the revolution and now his students and colleagues Bob Stahl and Elisha Goldstein are taking the revolution to your living room. While Mindfulness-Based Stress […]

Teachers and Talks Thursday :: Noah Levine

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

One of the freshest voices in the community of Buddha, Noah Levine, provides a brief meditation tutorial. He eschews Buddhism in favor of Buddha and recommends a revolutionary path. He suggests that we: •• Defy the lies •• Serve the […]

TED Tuesday :: Martin Seligman on positive psychology

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Martin Seligman is one of the biggest names in the field of psychology. He did the original research ont he concept of learned helplessness and has now helped to found the field of positive psychology with concepts like learned optimism. […]

TED Tuesday :: Srikumar Rao: Plug into your hard-wired happiness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

A life that doesn’t provide radiant happiness may not be worth living according to Skrikumar Rao. Happiness is not from what we have or what we do. He claims that happiness is in our DNA. That claim may seem counterintuitive. […]

The Mindfulness Revolution Continues

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Naomi Morris wrote an article for the L. A. Times entitled “Fully experiencing the present: a practice for everyone, religious or not.” The article focuses on the pioneering mindfulness work of Jon Kabat-Zinn (featured here on Mindfulness Matters a couple of […]

TED Tuesday: Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf: Lose your ego, find your compassion

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

This is the last installment of the Charter for Compassion talks with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf (the Imam at the center of the controversy over the Islamic Cultural Center near Ground Zero). He gives a brief overview of the Muslim […]

Teachers and Talks Thursday :: Jon Kabat-Zinn

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Back by popular demand, here is another video by Jon Kabat-Zinn. If you are on in the LA area you have an opportunity to see Jon speak live and support Breast Cancer Research: Jon Kabat-Zinn, best-selling author and authority onMindfulness […]

TED Tuesday: Robert Wright: The evolution of compassion

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

After exploring compassion from religious perspectives, today we’ll hear about the science of compassion. Robert Wright provides a natural history of compassion and Golden Rule. Feelings, love, and sympathy are not unique to humanity, but all are built into us by […]

Teachers and Talks Thursday: Susan Woods and Miv London

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a research demonstrated effective treatment for depression, especially for preventing future recurrences of depressive episodes. It is built upon the foundation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and was founded by the cognitive psychologists, Zindel Segal, Mark […]

Freeform Friday :: Meditate Now

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

If you missed this live guided meditation on Friday morning, you can watch it here now. This video and the meditation classroom is brought to you everyday by eMindful.com. It’s an opportunity to start your day with 45 minutes of […]

Teachers and Talks :: Jon Kabat-Zinn

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

No one, perhaps, has done more for the transmission of the dharma in the West than Jon Kabat-Zinn and he has done so without ever mentioning the word dharma.  Anyone who teaches mindfulness in a secular, healthcare setting would probably […]

TED Tuesday :: Robert Thurman :: Expanding your circle of compassion

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

TED Tuesday returns with Robert Thurman. More on compassion and the story of Asanga and his search for Maitreya in the form of a mangy dog. It’s a story of compassion through the vehicle of patience and open mind.  He […]

Teachers and Talks: Pema Chodron

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Ani Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun and author whose teachings and writings on meditation have helped make Buddhism accessible to a broad Western audience. She currently directs the Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, Canada, the first Tibetan monastery […]

Teachers and Talks Thursday

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Thursdays will be a day to feature teachers and talks that I have sat with or are familiar with through their writings. As I think back over my 27 years of spiritual practice I’ve had the honor, pleasure, and good […]

Teachers & Talks: Tara Brach

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Tara Brach, Ph.D.,  is a beloved dharma teacher and the founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, and teaches Buddhist meditation at centers in the United States and Canada (such as Kripalu and Omega). A clinical psychologist […]

TED Tuesday :: Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman asks, “What is the currency of life?” The answer shouldn’t surprise you, it’s the present moment! In this talk he explores the perils of happiness and how memory plays a role versus direct experience. The experiencing […]

eMindful: A Global Live Mindfulness Community: Morning Meditation

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

eMindful.com is a cutting edge leader in online mindfulness education, taking advantage of video conferencing technology to offer mindfulness in unique formats. eMindful brings mindfulness into the Information Age and does so in a way that represents skillful means or […]

TED Tuesday: Karen Armstrong makes her TED Prize wish: the Charter for Compassion

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Former Catholic nun, Karen Armstrong authored the brilliant book on the Buddha’s life, entitled, simply enough, Buddha. She has also published many fine books on the history of religion. Listen to her TED Prize Talk and her invitation to compassion, […]

Shinzen Young: Basic Mindfulness

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Shinzen is one of the world’s most unique meditation teachers and he happens to live in Vermont. That’s very fortunate for us here and fortunately for everyone else, Shinzen travels around the country offering retreats and has a YouTube channels […]

Stuart Brown Says Play is More Than Fun

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

It’s TED Tuesday! We tend to think of play as something kids do and as frivolous for adults in our work-ethic driven culture. But as Stuart Brown demonstrates in this TED talk, play is anything but frivolous and not just […]

Bob Thurman on happiness and becoming Buddha — on TED.com

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The first time I heard of Bob Thurman it was 1984. I was in the small audience of the Amherst College Chapel for the first Inner Science Meeting. The Inner Science Meeting was the predecessor to the Mind and Life […]

Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens and Macho Masters

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

In Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens and Macho Masters Grace Schireson tells the untold story of women in Zen. The unfortunate truth is that the history of Buddhism is not one of gender equality. While the Buddha did finally […]

Matthieu Ricard on the habits of happiness (TED talks)

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Dalai Lama Op-Ed in New York Times: “Many Faiths, One Truth”

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

His Holiness The Dalia Lama wrote an op-ed in the New York Times on Monday 24 May 2010. He begins by saying, “WHEN I was a boy in Tibet, I felt that my own Buddhist religion must be the best […]

Welcome to Mindfulness Matters: Tools for Living Now with Dr. Arnie Kozak

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

I am very happy to be here writing my blog on Mindfulness Matters: Tools for Living Now with Dr. Arnie Kozak. This blog will cover a range of mindfulness-related topics. It will present and comment on mindfulness, meditation, and Buddhist […]

Previous Posts

Happy Birthday to His Holiness the Dalai Lama
July 6 will be the 80th birthday of His Holiness (HH) the Dalai Lama. I first encountered the Dalai Lama when he would have been ...

posted 2:06:43pm Jun. 30, 2015 | read full post »

Introverts and Extroverts at the Neuronal Level
Those of you who are familiar with my work know that I have a thing for metaphors. Those of you who have been to my workshops know that I have a thing for the brain. I have been delighted to read Giorgio Ascoli's book, Trees of the Brain, Roots ...

posted 12:11:28pm Jun. 23, 2015 | read full post »

Set Aside Greed and Distress with Reference to the World
The Buddha encouraged his monks to be "ardent, alert, & mindful" and to put "aside greed and distress in reference to the ...

posted 2:29:24pm Jun. 14, 2015 | read full post »

Tame Your Sabotaging Self-Talk Part 2
The second part of my interview with Self-Promotion for Introverts author, Nancy Ancowitz, is now available on her Psychology Today blog or ...

posted 7:34:40am Jun. 08, 2015 | read full post »

Laughter and Awakening
A recent column in Tricycle: The Buddhist Review discussed laughter. It was written by Bodhipaksa and debunks the quote that is attributed to the ...

posted 7:29:06am Jun. 03, 2015 | read full post »

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