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Jon Kabat-Zinn    

Mindfulness Teacher & Founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. is internationally known for his work as a scientist, writer and meditation teacher engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. He is Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he founded its world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic (in 1979), and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society (in 1995).

He is the author of two best-selling books: "Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body" and "Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness" (Dell, 1990; 2nd edition, revised and updated, Bantam, 2013), published in Spanish, German, Russian, Japanese, Italian, Dutch, Korean, Finnish, French and soon Chinese; and "Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life" (Hyperion, 1994, 2004), published in German, Italian, French, Spanish, Czech, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, Russian, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Hebrew, Polish, Vietnamese, Korean, Croatian, Bulgarian, Finnish, Chinese and Norwegian.

His books and guided meditation programs describe meditation practice in such commonsensical, relevant and compelling terms that mindfulness meditation practice has become a way of life for thousands of people. His work has contributed to a growing movement of mindfulness into mainstream institutions in our society such as medicine, health care and hospitals, schools, higher education, corporations, prisons, the legal profession and professional sports.

Dr. Kabat-Zinn received his Ph.D. in molecular biology from MIT in 1971 with the Nobel Laureate in physiology and medicine, Salvador Luria. Dr. Kabat-Zinn's research between 1979 and 2002 focused on mind/body interactions for healing, on various clinical applications of mindfulness meditation training for people with chronic pain and/or stress-related disorders, on the effects of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) on the brain and how it processes emotions, particularly under stress, and on the immune system; on the use and effects of MBSR with women with breast cancer and men with prostate cancer; on patients undergoing bone marrow transplant; with prison inmates and staff ( view PDF); in multicultural settings; and on stress in various corporate settings and work environments.

During his career, Dr. Kabat-Zinn has trained groups of judges, CEOs and business leaders, lawyers, clergy, and Olympic athletes (the 1984 Olympic Men's Rowing Team) in mindfulness.

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