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Diana Winston

Diana Winston is the Director of Mindfulness Education at the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center MARC . She is the author of The Little Book of Being, published by Sounds True, and the co-author of Fully Present: The Science, Art and Practice of Mindfulness. She is a member of the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and is a founding board member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association.

Recent Articles

The Power of Mindfulness

Diana Winston on how to use the tools of mindfulness to work with negative patterns like shame, guilt, and self-criticism that stand in the way of caring for and liking yourself.

3 Ways to Uncover Your Natural Awareness

Diana Winston on three ways to bring natural awareness into your mindfulness practice — and your life.

Siddhartha’s 100th Birthday

A century after its publication, Randy Rosenthal explores how Hermann Hesse's classic novel "Siddhartha" came to be amidst the author's personal struggles and search for life's deeper meaning.

Say Yes to an Open Heart

Diana Winston reflects on the intertwining of mindfulness and compassion, as practiced with an open heart.

Can Meditation Actually Be Dangerous?

After seeing multiple headlines about the dangers of meditation, Randy Rosenthal decided to investigate it for himself. Here’s what he found.

Four Meditations to Practice in the Wake of a Tragedy

Diana Winston teaches a step-by-step meditation to practice in times of tragedy.

Let It Slide

Tens of times a day, Diana Winston's two-year-old daughter helps her practice letting go.

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How to Meditate Every Day

Featuring “Ten Suggestions for Having a Regular Daily Practice Even if You Would Rather Be Thrown into a Shark-Infested Ocean.”

Francis Story and the Case for Rebirth

For the fiftieth anniversary of Francis Story's death, Randy Rosenthal looks back at the life and work of the lesser-known Buddhist thinker

The Root of Zen: An Interview with David Hinton

Randy Rosenthal interviews the award-winning translator, whose new book, "China Root," goes deep into the Taoist origins of Chan (Zen).

Understanding What We’re Made Of

Randy Rosenthal breaks down the Buddha's discourse on establishing awareness in the "Mahasatipatthana Sutta."

Is Buddhism Violent?

Buddhism is a religion of peace. So why do some monks carry guns and preach hatred? In this conversation with Lion's Roar, religious studies professor Michael Jerryson says that, if you look closely, "violence abounds" in Buddhist doctrine.

Buddha sculpture

The Case Against “Buddhism”

Randy Rosenthal talks to scholar Glenn Wallis about his thought-provoking new book" A Critique of Western Buddhism: Ruins of the Buddhist Real."

What’s the connection between Buddhism and ethnic cleansing in Myanmar?

How have Buddhists become implicated in one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world? Randy Rosenthal looks through history to understand how a religion of peace has become a justification for violence.

How to Meditate Every Day — Even if You Would Rather Be Thrown into a Shark-Infested Ocean

Diane Winston sympathizes with those who struggle to sit every day, and gives ten suggestions for having a regular daily practice.

One mom’s key to meditating with baby? Lowering the bar

New mom Diana Winston "desperately wanted" her ideas about meditation with her baby to work. Here she shares her most successful experiments.

Suffering Is Optional

Physical pain is unavoidable, but meditation practice can ease the mental suffering that often accompanies it. Diana Winston teaches us how.

Meditate with (and like) a toddler

Diana Winston on the difficulties and benefits of meditation while raising a toddler.

Mindfulness with Baby: Yes, it’s possible!

Diana Winston on maintaining meditation and mindfulness practice while being the mother of a young child.

Forum: Next-Gen Buddhism

Forum: Next-Gen Buddhism

Sumi Loundon Kim, Norman Fischer, Rod Meade Sperry, and Iris Brilliant discuss the future of Buddhism in a post-baby boomer world.