Jon Kabat-Zinn (born KABAT on 5/06/1944) Is Professor of Medicine Emeritus and creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. —– Kabat-Zinn was a student of Buddhist teachers, such as Thich Naht Hanh and Zen Master — Seung Sahn and a founding member of Cambridge Zen Centre. His practice of Yoga and studies with Buddhist teachers, led him to integrate their teachings with those of Science. He teaches MINDFULNESS, which he says can help people cope with stress, anxiety, pain and illusion. The stress reduction program, created by Kabat-Zinn is called MBSR or Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. It is offered by medical centres, hospitals and health maintenance organizations.
He was first introduced to meditation by Philip Kaplean, a Zen Missionary, who came to speak at MIT while Kabat-Zinn was a student. He adapted the Buddhist teachings of mindfulness and developed the MBSR in a scientific context. His secular technique, which combines meditation and Hatha Yoga, has since spread worldwide. Kabat-Zinn MBSR began to get increasing notice, with the publication of his 1st book, Full Catastrophe Living : Using The Wisdom Of Your Body & Mind To Face Stress, Pain & Illness (Delta, 1991). Then, in 1993, his work in the Stress Reduction Clinic was featured in Bill Moyers’s PBS special, “Healing and the Mind”, helping to make Kabat-Zinn nationally famous. In 1994, his 2nd book, titled, “Wherever You Go, There You Are”, became a national best-seller. In the latter part of the 1990s, many MBSR Clinics were opened, either as stand-alone centres or as part of a hospital holistic medicine program. He is a board member of the Mind & Life Institute, a group that organizes dialogues between the Dalai Lama and Western Scientists.