Mindfulness Education and Conference

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society transforms higher education by supporting and encouraging the use of contemplative practices and perspectives to create active learning and research environments

The Fredric P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism strives to foster the growth and development of an authentic American Buddhism that takes its inspiration from the wisdom traditions of the East but adopts new forms, new approaches, and new applications that are uniquely suited to contemporary American society and culture

The Mindfulness in Education Network  facilitates communication among all educators, parents, students and any others interested in promoting contemplative practice (mindfulness) in educational settings

A handful of competitive scholarships are provided by the Center and are available to University of Pittsburgh undergraduate/ graduate students who are interested in attending local mindfulness based trainings, workshops or retreats. Open a pdf file for more information.

Mindfulness Service

Buddhist Society of Pittsburgh  (BSP) is composed of representatives from the Pittsburgh Buddhist Center, Three Rivers Dharma, Olmo Ling Temple, Pittsburgh Shambala Meditation Group, Dzogchen Sangha of Pittsburgh, the Laughing Rivers Sangha and all other sanghas who wish to participate.

Laughing Rivers Sangha is one of hundreds of communities worldwide that practices mindfulness as taught by Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh

Mountain Wind Zen Meditation (MWZM) was founded in 1996 by Venerable Shih Ying-Fa. For more than ten years MWZM has been meeting in the Pittsburgh area.

Olmo Ling Center for Medication and Compassionate Outreach is a religious educational nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the teachings of the Bon tradition of Tibet and making them available and accessible to lay practitioners.

Pittsburgh Buddhist Center is located in Natrona Heights and is the first Theraveda Temple established in Western Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh Shambhala is part of an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Stillpoint is a community-led group practicing the Soto Zen tradition. In addition to regular twice-weekly services, the group hosts extended sittings, retreats and seminars with vising teachers.

Three Rivers Dharma Center is committed to providing the Pittsburgh region with access to the timeless practical teaching of the Buddha.

Zen Center of Pittsburgh is a Soto Zen Buddhist Temple serving the community by offering daily meditations and services.

Zen Group of Pittsburgh is a local affiliate of the Kwan Um School of Zen.

Mindfulness in Health

Pittsburgh Integrative Mental Health provide counseling and consultation on a range of mental health issues for individuals, couples, and families.

UPMC Mindfulness Program aims to develop skills that can be flexibly applied in everyday life to stress, pain, and illness

Mindfulness Technology (helpful apps compiled by Center staff)

Headspace walks you through your entire mindfulness journey step-by-step. Narrator Andy Puddicombe teaches you the basics of mindfulness and then slowly introduces longer and more advanced meditations. After completing a 30-day foundation course, users can choose themed packs in areas such as “anxiety” and “creativity.” To keep you on track, the app displays your progress and sends reminders to sit as designated times. You can try it out for 10 days for free, and afterwards it is $14 per month or $93 for the year.

Stop, Breathe, and Think is for those who would rather meditate spontaneously than have a regimented practice. When you log in, the app asks how you are feeling and suggests meditations that match your mood. Most of the app’s services are free, and you can purchase bonus guided meditations like “Falling Asleep and “Dealing with Anxiety” for a dollar or two each.

Smiling Mind is a mindfulness app with services specifically geared toward children. Mom and Dad can rejoice, too, because the app is completely free.

Insight Timer offers 1000 guided meditations from teachers in the mindfulness and Buddhist communities. It also includes a customizable, virtual bell with options like “ring every 5 minutes during 25-minute meditation.” Furthermore, users can join discussion groups to support their practice on topics like “Poetry and Meditation” or “Women Meditate Worldwide.”

Chill sends the user “Mindfulness Reminders” to come back to the present moment throughout the day. Additionally, Chill provides a unique quote to enjoy and contemplate every day.

Recommended Articles

Am I Doing This Right? on – Answers to the top 10 questions that everyone asks about meditation by Tara Healey and .

Are You a Creature of (Bad) Habits? on – “A few simple steps can help you break the cycle of unhealthy actions and develop the skills to cultivate good ones.” Article by Hugh Byrne.

Take Your Mind for a Walk on – “Meditation can seem so meaningful and significant that it becomes a great big chore. In fact, with a slight shift in attitude, it can be as simple as walking the dog.” Article by Steve Hickman.

The Top 5 Myths About Mindfulness Meditation on – Elisha Goldstein debunks some common misconceptions about mindfulness meditation.

How to Practice Walking Meditation on Lion’s Roar. Article by Leslie Booker.

Research Funding
American Mindfulness Research Association serves as a professional resource to the sciences and humanities, practice communities, and the broader public on mindfulness from the perspective of contemplative practice

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange provides funding all over the world for various research and academic programs

John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality

Kalliopeia Foundation is a private grant-making foundation that contributes to the evolution of communities and cultures that honor the unity at the heart of life’s astounding diversity

Mind & Live Institute is a non-profit organization committed to building a scientific understanding of the mind as a way to help reduce suffering and promote human flourishing

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health is the Federal Government’s leading agency for scientific research on complementary and integrative health approaches