Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. is Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he founded the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society (in 1995), and (in 1979) its world-renown Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Clinic.  He is the author of ten books, including the bestsellers Full Catastrophe Living, Wherever You Go, There You Are, and Mindfulness for Beginners.  With Mark Williams, he is co-editor of Mindfulness: Diverse Perspectives on its Meaning, Origins, and Applications (2013).  His books are published in over 40 languages.  His work has contributed to a growing movement of mindfulness into mainstream institutions such as medicine, psychology, health care, neuroscience, schools, higher education, business, social justice, criminal justice, prisons, the law, technology, government, and professional sports. Over 700 hospitals and medical centers around the world now offer clinical programs based on training in mindfulness and MBSR.  Jon lectures and leads mindfulness workshops and retreats around the world.

This profile was last updated on January 1, 2018

Mind & Life Connections


2020 Contemplative Research Conference Session

Meditation: “Taking a Stand by Taking Your Seat”

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Topics: Interconnection | Self & Other | Social Change


Mind & Life Videos

The Mind & Life Institute

Mind and Life Institute • November 25, 2015

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Contemplative Wisdom | Mindfulness | Social Change


2014 International Symposium for Contemplative Studies Session

Concurrent Session 3 – Looking Back to Move Forward: Exploring Shortand Long-Term (20-year) Impacts of Early Exposure (Elementary School) to Mindful-Based Learning (MBL)

Julianne Cheek, Jon Kabat-Zinn, David Lipschitz, Yoshio Nakamura, David Vago

Topics: Education | Mindfulness


Mind & Life Videos

Mind & Life XIII – Session 3

Mind and Life Institute • November 8, 2005

Topics: Mental Health | Mindfulness | Stress & Resilience

Mind & Life Videos

Mind & Life XIII – Intro, Opening Remarks, and Session 1

Mind and Life Institute • November 8, 2005

Topics: Mental Health | Mindfulness | Stress & Resilience


1990 Mind & Life Dialogue III

Emotions and Health

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom | Mental Health