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Jon Kabat-Zinn
Founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program

Full Catastrophe Living (1990)
Documents the 8 week MBSR program and serves as a textbook for his course.

Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life (2005)
Warm, accessible, and personable.

Saki Santorelli
Current Director of the Center for Mindfulness

Heal Thyself: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine (2000)
Also warm, accessible, and personable.


Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective
Mark Epstein, M.D. (1996)
A very thoughtful inquiry that is also quite applicable to daily life and helpful with one's own practice.

Ethics for the New Millennium
H.H. the Dalai Lama (Reissued 2001)
Very practical applications of mindfulness to life in the 21st Century. One of his best, and written by him rather than transcribed or compiled from his teachings.

Mindfulness and Psychotherapy
Germer, Siegel, & Fulton (2005)
Recent essays by a number of authors; good overview.

Psychoanalysis and Buddhism
Jeremy Safran, Editor (2003)
Essays, commentaries, and responses; for those interested in more depth.


Ruth Baer
University of Kentucky, Dept. of Psychology

Baer, R.A. (2003). Mindfulness training as a clinical intervention: A conceptual and empirical review. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 10, 125-143.
An excellent review paper of the research on mindfulness in clinical applications.

Paul Grossman
Freiburg Institute of Mindfulness Research
Dept. of Psychology, University of Freiburg, Germany

Grossman, P., Niemann, L., Schmidt, S., & Walach, H. (2004). Mindfulness-based stress reduction and health benefits: A meta-analysis. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 57, 35-43.
Another excellent review paper, this time of the research on mindfulness in context of stress reduction.


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An Experiential Approach to Behavior Change
Steven Hayes, Kirk Strosahl, & Kelly Wilson (New Edition, 2003)

A Practical Guide to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Steven Hayes & Kirk Strosahl (2004)

Mindfulness and Acceptance: Expanding the Cognitive-Behavioral Tradition
Steven Hayes, Victoria Follette, & Marsha Linehan (2004)

ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) incorporates mindfulness for seeing and understanding aspects of behavior one wants to change, and emphasizes developing a program for implementing actual behavioral changes. The second book includes sections applying the ACT approach to anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance abuse. The third book includes other mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral approaches to change, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for working with intense emotions (Linehan).


Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders: A Practitioner's Treatment Guide to Using Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Values-Based Behavior Change Strategies
Goerg Eifert & John Forsyth (2005)
A detailed and practical addition to the literature.

Acceptance- and Mindfulness-Based Approaches to Anxiety: Conceptualization and Treatment
Susan Orsillo & Lizabeth Roemer (2005)
An scholarly integration of mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral therapy to address anxiety.


Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression
Segal, Williams, and Teasdale (2001)

The Mindful Way through Depression
Williams, Teasdale, Segal, and Kabat-Zinn (2007)

The first book describes a program designed by these three researchers using mindfulness in conjunction with cognitive behavioral therapy for preventing relapse after major episodes of depression. The second is more of a "how to" guide written for a general audience, and includes a CD of guided meditations by Jon Kabat-Zinn.


Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder
Marsha Linehan (1993)
Linehan's work was one of the early clinical methods combining mindfulness with cognitive-behavioral therapy, in context of the intense emotional reactivity of borderline personality disorder.


Ellen Langer
Harvard University, Dept. of Psychology

Mindfulness (1989)
Mindfulness: The power of mindful learning (1997)

Langer understands mindfulness quite differently from other researchers, focusing narrowly on its effects on cognitive function and memory. These two books are written for a general audience.


Joseph Goldstein
Vipassana/Theravada Buddhism

Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom (2003)
Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation (With Jack Kornfield, 1987)
Insight Meditation: An In-depth Correspondence Course
(With Sharon Salzberg, Unabridged Edition, 2004)

A founding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, Joseph Goldstein's writings are exceptionally clear, straightforward, and helpful. If you don't have a personal relationship with a teacher, Joseph Goldstein's books and the CDs in the correspondence course provide valuable guidance for practicing on your own.

Pema Chodron

The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times (2001)
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times (1997)

Pema Chodron writes in a very down to earth, no-nonsense fashion about applying mindfulness to our everyday habits of mind and daily living. Her writings are particularly clear for working with difficult emotions and habitual negative patterns of behavior in relationships of all kinds. Shambhala publishes many books by Pema Choedron, of which these are a few personal favorites that I find especially helpful at times of inner struggle.

Thich Nhat Hanh
Vietnamese Zen

Being Peace (3rd Edition, 2005)
Call Me By My True Names: Collected Poems of Thich Nhat Hanh (1993)
Interbeing (3rd Edition, 2005)

Thich Nhat Hanh writes in a beautiful and gentle fashion. Parallax Press has a long list of titles by Thich Nhat Hanh, these are simply three of the many choices. The first is about practice, the second inspiration, and the third social responsibility.

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