The Mind & Life Service Award is given annually to a nominee who has provided recent service (within two years) based on the quantity and impact of their contributions to Mind & Life, as well as how well they exemplify Mind & Life values. Board members are not eligible.

Each recipient receives a plaque, public acknowledgement, and an award ceremony at a Mind & Life event.

Past Recipients


Helen Weng, PhD

In late 2019, Helen Weng, PhD was honored with the Mind & Life Institute Annual Service Award. The award is given to individuals who are distinguished by the breadth and depth of their involvement with Mind & Life, and who embody its core values of compassion, integrity, curiosity, inclusion, and excellence. Dr. Weng will be formally acknowledged at Mind & Life’s Contemplative Research Conference in November 2020.

Read a tribute to Dr. Weng and learn about her innovative research on our blog »


Clifford Saron, PhD

At the 2018 International Symposium for Contemplative Research, Mind & Life presented Clifford Saron, PhD with its inaugural Service Award. Said Mind & Life President Susan Bauer Wu, “From 1990 to this very moment, Cliff has worked in continuous service to Mind & Life. His heart, mind, wisdom, and brilliance are woven throughout the fabric of our work.”

Read our tribute to Dr. Saron and his nearly three decades of service to Mind & Life on our blog »