CUNY Mindfulness & Contemplative Studies


Academic Centers.

Arizona State University, Mindfulness at ASU.

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Mission: Center strives to change the world into a more compassionate and inclusive place by creating a mindful, welcoming culture of caring and belonging. Individuals are each part of an intricate social web. As such, we understand that as we shift one small part of the system (ourselves), we then have the ability to transform the whole system (the world). The well-being of one contributes to the well-being of all.


Caring and Connection

Classes and Workshops

Custom Workshops and Private Coaching


Center in the News

Meditation Videos

Mindful Writing Group


Research and Publications

Shareable Resources

Equitable Mindfulness Resources

Arkansas University, Mindfulness Program.

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This program’s courses are designed to introduce Mindfulness meditation practice as a way of reducing stress and developing greater balance, control, and fuller participation in your life.

Brown University, Mindfulness Center.

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Mission: ​​The Mindfulness Center at Brown brings together top academics in research with leading educators in mindfulness. Dedicated to rigorous research and student-centered education, our goal is to offer programs that improve individual lives and organizational effectiveness. Our courses are offered in-person and live-online, in our local community, nationally and globally.

Programs Offered:

Teacher Training: Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Teaching.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

Teacher Training: Certificate in MBSR Teaching.

•Sam Houston State University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Laboratory for Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies.

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Mission: The Laboratory for Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies at Sam Houston State University is dedicated to the academic study of mindfulness and contemplative practices, their effects on practitioners, and their application to the relief of human suffering and the advancement of human flourishing.

Stanford University, The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.

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Mission: CCARE investigates methods for developing compassion and promoting altruism within individuals and society through rigorous research, scientific collaborations, and academic conferences. In addition, CCARE provides compassion training programs and teacher training as well as educational public events and programs.

Programs Offered:

Applied Compassion Training

8-Week Compassion Course

Request a Workshop

Global Directory of Compassion Teachers


Featured Videos

Videos From Conferences

Speaker Series

James Doty, MD


His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Campus Conversation on Compassion

TEDx Talks

•University of California, Berkeley, The Greater Good Science Center.

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Mission: The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.

UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center.

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Mission: The mission of the Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) is to foster mindful awareness across the lifespan through education and research to promote well-being and a more compassionate society.

Programs Offered:

Mindful Awareness Practices: Mindful Awareness Practices are the signature evidence-based educational programs of MARC. These class series are open to the public and to all UCLA staff, faculty, and students.

Daylong Retreats: MARC programs numerous daylong retreats throughout the year. Some daylongs are designed for beginners, and some are designed to help deepen an already existing mindfulness practice with exercises such as eating, walking, and sitting meditations.

Intensive Practice Programs (IPP): This 10-month online program (March-December 2023) provides a cohesive mindfulness practice and study course for dedicated students who wish to deepen their personal mindfulness practice in a supportive community.

Mindfulness in the Workplace:Why Mindfulness for your Workplace? There is scientific evidence that supports mindfulness as a means to reduce stress, boost the immune system, reduce emotional reactivity, and promote a general sense of health and well-being. In the workplace, mindfulness has been shown to: Increase Emotional Intelligence, Improve Focus & Productivity, Enhance Creativity, and Improve Team Dynamics and Communication

Natural Awareness Study Group Based on The Little Book of Being: This is a monthly study group for practitioners who wish to explore more deeply Natural Awareness and the techniques from Diana’s book, The Little Book of Being: Practices and Guidance for Uncovering your Natural Awareness. This book covers a Spectrum of Awareness Practices, from Focused Awareness to Natural Awareness, with an emphasis on Glimpse practices to access Natural Awareness in meditation and daily life. Natural Awareness is the open spacious, effortless end of the Spectrum, and can be thought of as awareness of awareness.

UMASS Memorial Health Center for Mindfulness.

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THE CFM GLOBAL ONLINE MEDITATION COMMUNITY: These free weekly online sessions have been established to support worldwide graduates of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) or Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) programs and those with an interest in mindfulness meditation. Join us for a guided meditation, reflection, and discussion.


Mindfulness Tools 4-Week Online Course

Mindfulness for Managing Pain: a 4-Week Online Course

MBSR 8-Week Online Live

MBCT 8-Week Online Live

MBCT and MBSR: The Differences

•University of Northern Colorado, Center for Applied Contemplative Studies.

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Mission: The Center for Applied Contemplative Studies (CFACS) was created to assist members of the UNC community and beyond in cultivating mindfulness in their personal, professional, and scholarly lives.

We strive to provide that assistance in your development. Whether you’ve been practicing mindfulness for years or have never heard of it before.

•University of Virginia, Contemplative Sciences Center.

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Mission: The mission of the Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC) is to advance the study and application of human flourishing at all levels of education—K-12, undergraduate, graduate, professional, and lifelong.

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Flourishing: To flourish is to realize well-being by achieving deep states of health and actualization of potential in all aspects of life (physical, social, emotional, cognitive, academic, professional), as well as to actively contribute to the well-being and flourishing of other people, other communities, and the natural world.

Contemplation: the variety of experiential, integrated, and immersive forms of learning and resiliency that afford deep reflection, integration of the personal and the intellectual, transformative understanding, and the cultivation of skills applicable to all domains in one’s life—is critical to flourishing.

Programs Offered:

Ashtanga Yoga.

Compassionate School.

Flourishing While Black.

Student Flourishing.

Dalai Lama Fellows.

Meditation on the Lawn.

Programs in Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies.


Programs in Mindfulness.

•Lesley University, Mindfulness Programs.

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Programs Offered:

Master of Arts (MA) in Mindfulness Studies (low residency)

Graduate Certificate in Mindfulness Studies (low residency)

•Naropa University, Mindfulness and Contemplative Education.

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Programs Available:

Buddhist Psychology: Mindfulness Meditation

Writing Workshop: Contemplative Poetics

The Contemplative Artist

Nature, the Sacred, and Contemplation

•St. Joseph’s University, Mindful and Contemplative Living Minor.

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This minor is ideal for a student who wants to be in the helping field, such as mental health counselors, clinical social worker, pastor counseling, creative art therapist, or speech pathologist. In order to complete this minor, students need to complete a minimum of 18 credits in contemplative and mindfulness courses from these departments. All courses on this list are currently offered on a regular basis.



PSY 100 – Introduction to Psychology

PSY 326 – Mindfulness in Clinical Interventions

RS 145 – Theology of Death and Dying


RS 315 – Buddhism

RS 168 – World Religions


PSY 210 – Cognitive Processes

PSY 261 – Psychology of Personality

PSY 320 – Positive Psychology

PSY 330 – Selected Topics in Psychology Please Consult with Department on which topic to register for.

RS 173 – Quest for God

RS 145 – Theology of Death and Dying

RS 315 – Buddhism

RS 352 – Latin America at the Crossroads

RS 370 – Special Topics Please Consult with Department on which topic to register for.

ART 183 – Drawing I

PE 116 – Yoga and Stress Reduction I Strongly Recommended

PHI 260 – An Inquiry into Cross Cultural Guides for Living

SPC 208 – Listening Theories and Applications