Welcome to our Program Archive
The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society works to support the contemplative dimension of teaching, learning and knowing in higher education. We invite you to learn more about our current initiatives.
In 2008, the Center began working with Google to develop “Search Inside Yourself,” an employee training program on mindfulness-based emotional intelligence which is now an ongoing course on Google campuses worldwide.
Our Business Program began in 1996 when the Center worked with Monsanto to develop the first program in the country of in-depth insight meditation within a large corporation, including off-site retreats as well as on-site courses in meditation, full-day retreats in silence, and a dedicated meditation room at each corporate location. The program included discussions of personal and professional responsibility and visionary leadership among scientists and managers faced with critical decisions in agricultural and pharmaceutical biotechnology.
In 2003, the Center hosted an insight retreat for executives from Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc. at Medway, a historic home near Charleston, South Carolina. Other companies served include Hearst Publications, National Grid, and Plantronics.
Also in 2003, the Center collaborated with Spirit Rock Retreat Center in a program at Stanford Business School for students and professors. Speakers were Bob Shapiro, former Chairperson of Pharmacia; Rachel Remen, Co-Founder and Medical Director of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program; Charlie Halpern, Chairperson of the Center and former President, Nathan Cummings Foundation; and Jack Kornfield of Spirit Rock, who facilitated the day and led meditation practice. In 2012, Mirabai and board member Jeremy Hunter, professor of management at the Peter F. Drucker School of Management in Claremont, CA, taught a pre-conference workshop on mindfulness in business at the Academy of Management annual meeting.
Working With Mindfulness, a new CD/digital download by Contemplative Mind’s Founding Director Mirabai Bush. Learn more.
Suggested Books for the Contemplative Workplace
|Coming to Our Senses by Jon Kabat-Zinn|
|The Reinvention of Work by Matthew Fox|
|The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of Soul in Corporate America by David Whyte|
|Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity by David Whyte|
Mindfulness at work: What are the benefits? Gill Crossland-Thackray, The Guardian, Dec. 21, 2012
Mindfulness at Work: An Interview with Mirabai Bush. Elisha Goldstein, Mindful.org, Nov. 26, 2012
Mindfulness at Work: An Interview with Mirabai Bush. Elisha Goldstein, PsychCentral, Nov. 2012
The Mindful Office Mindful.org, Nov. 2012
Be More Mindful for a Better Workplace. Jen Weigel, Chicago Tribune, Aug. 21. 2012
Google Searches Barry Boyce, Shambhala Sun, September 2009
Wall Street Bosses, Tiger Woods Meditate to Focus, Stay Calm Nadja Brandt, Bloomberg.com, October 22, 2008 (Although we are not mentioned by name in the article, we co-designed Google University’s “Search Inside Yourself” program; Bob Shapiro is a past member of our Board; and the retreat for Monsanto employees was organized by the Center)
How to succeed in business: Meditate by Oliver Ryan, Fortune, July 20, 2007
Meditation goes to work H.J. Cummins, Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, January 20, 2006
Meditative practices promoted in workplaces
Out of the Monastery and Into the Boardroom Spirituality & Health Magazine, May-June 2003
Contemplating Corporate Culture Helen Tworkov interviews Mirabai Bush, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Summer 2001