Mindfulness Teachers

I have not studied with all of these teachers in person, but over the years I have read their books and listened to their podcasts regularly. Until I found my teacher, these teachers’ online and written presence helped keep me motivated to practice and continually deepened my understanding of my life.

Many of these teachers have published widely-read books, some listed in Recommended Reading, and teach internationally.


When I began practicing mindfulness it was with lay teachers. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book, Full Catastrophe Living was a catalyst for me. I read it in one weekend on the beach! His teaching is the most secular of the below teachers; his Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course has made mindfulness-based practices accessible for people who would probably not approach them on Buddhist terms.

The teachers below will vary in their usage of Buddhist teaching tools. They teach worldwide, but I have listed their US retreat centers to give an idea of their teaching base.


I consider Thanissaro Bhikkhu, an American monastic in the Thai Forest Tradition, to be my teacher. He is the abbot of Metta Forest Monastery in southern California.

Listen to These Teachers:

Almost any teacher can be found on the Dharma Seed website: http://www.dharmaseed.org