CMind's History

Beginning in the mid-1990s, the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society (CMind) was dedicated to supporting transformation and engaged action for all through contemplative practices.

Between 2010 and 2022, our work focused on post-secondary education. Our early efforts in this area, particularly the Contemplative Practice Fellowship Program (1997-2009), fostered the development and integration of contemplative approaches in higher education teaching and learning. Our later initiatives furthered our mission and vision by means such as supporting a network of scholars and academic professionals through the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, hosting events including the Summer Session on Contemplative Pedagogy, and creating resources and publications such as the Journal of Contemplative Inquiry.

This page includes annual reports (produced from 2010 through 2017) and summaries of yearly activities for 1991 through 2010. We have also listed descriptions of our former programs and past initiatives with links to learn more on the archived program pages.

2010-2011 Program Activity Report
2011-2012 Program Activity Report
2013 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report
2017 Annual Report

Past Program Areas & Activities

Between 1997 and 2009, over 100 Fellowships were awarded to professors to restore the critical contribution that contemplative practices can make to the life of teaching, learning, and scholarship, and to explore how pedagogical and intellectual benefits can be discovered by bringing contemplative practice into the academy.

In 2013, CMind established the Contemplative Mind – 1440 Teaching and Learning Grants in partnership with the 1440 Foundation. This program provided $5,000 seed grants to 11 institutions, and funding to support visiting speakers on contemplative pedagogy at 12 additional institutions. These grants provided resources to support, develop, and extend the use of contemplative practices throughout their institutions and assess their impacts.

The Contemplative Net Project was a qualitative research project conducted by the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society from 2001 through 2004. The Project researched the ways in which contemplative practices are being employed in mainstream American society.

The Social Justice Program, directed by Dr. Rose Sackey-Milligan, was active from 2004 through 2009. Developed to serve a diverse group of people representing all sectors of the social justice movement committed to creating a more just and equitable world through retreats, workshops and training sessions, participants discovered sources of inspiration and developed transformative practices to create healthier work environments supporting social justice activism.

The Youth Program began in 1997 when CMind, working with Tibet House, developed the youth component of “Peacemaking and the Art of Nonviolence,” a conference with the Dalai Lama and other Nobel laureates. Director Dan Edwards continued to work with youth leaders in incorporating contemplative awareness into youth programs in our local Holyoke/Springfield, MA area and across the nation.

Until 2012, the Law Program explored the integration of contemplative perspectives into legal education, law practice, and the judicial process. Retreats and workshops in contemplative practices demonstrated applications to legal settings, fostering curriculum and program development, research, and scholarship.

Between 2009 - 2011, the Center worked with the US Army to explore the uses of meditation to restore resiliency in chaplains and medical caregivers. The project included a research report, The Use of Meditation and Mindfulness Practices to Support Military Care Providers, and a dialog at the National Cathedral between mindfulness meditation, contemplative neuroscience experts, and Army leaders.

This exploration of the integration of contemplative practices in corporate settings began in 1996 when CMind worked with Monsanto to develop the first program of in-depth insight meditation within a large corporation in the US. In 2008, founding CMind Director Mirabai Bush began working with Google to develop “Search Inside Yourself,” an employee training program on mindfulness and emotional intelligence which is now an ongoing course at Google University.

From 1995-2004, by fostering dialogues on philanthropy and the inner life, providing opportunities for contemplation and reflection, convening workshops and gatherings, and supporting ongoing conversations, the Philanthropy Program worked to deepen and integrate what philanthropists value most in their inner lives with what they value most in their philanthropic work.

In 2011-2012, CMind worked with teacher education faculty members from universities and colleges throughout Israel who explored the role of contemplative practice in teaching and learning, considering how contemplative practices foster teacher resilience and develop capacities to manage the intense stress of the contemporary classroom.

Is there a theory or understanding of leadership that includes the contemplative dimension? A series of 2011-2012 gatherings at the Harvard Graduate School of Education aimed to understand the current situation concerning contemplative leadership and discuss the future place of contemplative theory and practice in leadership formation.

Program Activity Summaries: 1991 - 2010

Program activities from 1991 through 2010 are summarized here, by year. Scroll down the page to browse by year; expand the sections to read about each year's programs.










1991 - 2001