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The Mindful Society

The Shambhala Sun Foundation is committed to investigating, reporting on, and publishing the work of mindfulness teachers, researchers, and practitioners. We want to support the great work done by the mindfulness movement’s pioneers and help develop the means for mindfulness to become an everyday thing.

Here you'll find some of our finest articles on mindfulness, from both our special March 2010 "Guide to Mindful Living" issue and our extensive archives.

Just click any article's title to start reading.

barry boyce on the mindful society

The Secret of Success for MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)

Barry Boyce talks to the authors of the new, groundbreaking interactive book, A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, and reports on his visit to the annual gathering at the Center for Mindfulness.


Meet the authors of the MBSR Workbook (Video)

Why The Shambhala Sun Is Taking Mindfulness to Heart

Senior Editor Barry Boyce's March 2010 Editorial.

Toward a Mindful Society: Jon Kabat-Zinn on The Mindfulness Movement

As creator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Jon Kabat-Zinn has brought the benefits of meditation practice to hundreds of thousands of people and inspired a movement that is changing our society in many ways. In this exclusive interview with the Sun’s Barry Boyce, he discusses the philosophy, goals, and promise of the mindfulness movement.

Books to Keep in Mind

Barry Boyce shares his top picks from his ever-expanding collection of books relating to mindfulness.

Mindful Divorce

It may sound like a contradiction in terms, but that’s what Judge Michele Lowrance tries to practice in her courtroom.

Overcoming Shyness

Steve Flowers was bullied as a child. Now he helps patients suffering from the pain of chronic shyness and social anxiety, through mindfulness.

The Law of Mindfulness

Traditional legal training focuses on overcoming external challenges. Now, an increasing number of lawyers are working on their inner challenges in an effort to improve their law practice, benefit clients and  colleagues, provide better training for other lawyers, and, ultimately, yield better justice.

Practicing With Cancer

"Without mindfulness, says Elana Rosenbaum, "I actually believe I would have died."

Teach Our Children Well

The most promising initiatives focus on using contemplative techniques to help teachers reduce stress and improve their emotional awareness, concentration, and responsiveness.

The Contemplative Curriculum

A small but growing cadre of university professors who integrate contemplative disciplines into academic training are staking out a unique position in the longstanding debate about what is “higher” in higher education.

Walking The Talk

Meet Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mirabai Bush, and Frank Ostaseski, three pioneers of the mindfulness movement.

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Here, Now, Aware: The Power of Mindfulness

It’s the essence of the contemplative path and the key to transforming our lives. In this teaching from his book, A Heart Full of Peace, Insight Meditation teacher Joseph Goldstein describes this simple yet profound expression of our mind’s natural awareness.

Mindfulness, Compassion, and Wisdom: Three Means to Peace

Joseph Goldstein on how three principles of meditation can be applied to the world's conflicts. The method is mindfulness, the expression is compassion, and the essence is wisdom.

How to Do Mindfulness Meditation

“Mindfulness practice is simple and completely feasible," says Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. "Just by sitting and doing nothing, we are doing a tremendous amount.

Taking Mindfulness to the Mat

Applying the Buddha’s four foundations of mindfulness to hatha yoga asanas, says Frank Jude Boccio, can enrich practitioners’ experiences and cultivate awareness of the unity of body and mind.

Meditation: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

According to the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, spirituality means relating with the working basis of one’s existence, which is one’s state of mind. The method for beginning to relate directly with mind is the practice of mindfulness.

our 2010 "guide to mindful living" issue

Browse the entire March 2010 "Guide to Mindful Living" issue

Featuring an exclusive interview with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh on the practice of mindfulness, Daniel Goleman on mindful consumption — plus Karen Maezen Miller, Steve Silberman, Judith Simmer-Brown, Edward Espe Brown, and more.

mindfulness: online exclusives and discussion

Mindfulness Meditation

Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, and Sharon Salzberg are among the most prominent teachers of mindful meditation in America. They drew their inspiration from Burmese meditation masters Mahasi Sayadaw and U Ba Khin, and from the Thai forest tradition of Ajahn Chah. Enjoy our extensive archive of teachings from masters of Vipassana meditation and Theravada teaching.

Love, Passion & Relationships

A special collection of writings and teachings from Thich Nhat Hanh, John Welwood, Sylvia Boorstein, and many more.

Mindfulness on Shambhala SunSpace

Ongoing coverage of the mindfulness movement on our blog.

Audio: Steve Silberman on Mindfulness in the Wired World

Listen as the author of "Dig You Get the Message?" gets personal about the hows and whys of bringing mindfulness with us as we enter and exit the online realm.

Audio: Edward Espe Brown on Mindfulness in the Kitchen

The author of The Complete Tassajara Cookbook talks with Shambhala Sun Associate Editor Andrea Miller about the aesthetics of food, cooking “in the dark,” his relationship with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, “insipid tomatoes,” and more.

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