So much for “Mad Men” — Former monk Gregory Burdulis brings mindfulness to an ad-world leader

Gregory Burdulis is a former Theravadan monk who now teaches mindfulness meditation to employees at a famous advertising agency.

Adam Tebbe
22 December 2011

Gregory Burdulis is a former Theravadan monk who spent several years in intensive silent meditation practice in Burma. Today he teaches mindfulness meditation to employees at the famous, 600-person advertising agency, Crispin Porter + Bogusky (CP+B).

Participants are often looking for balance amid a hectic work schedule. “It’s not that I am perfect or enlightened. It’s that I think I can help,” says Burdulis.

In this TED video from last year, Burdulis discusses becoming a monk, practice, and his life and priorities today. Watch and read on for an update on his work below.

In this recent piece from the Daily Camera out of Boulder, CO, Burdulis talks about how he feels more responsibility than ever in his current occupation. Employees at CP+B also share their experiences, talking about how meditation is improving their work lives. According to the piece, “the mindfulness training is meant to combine meditation techniques and counseling for a common goal: strengthening teamwork, increasing creativity and raising morale in high-stress environments.”

Visit Burdulis on the web, here.

Adam Tebbe

Adam Tebbe

Adam Tebbe is owner and editor of Sweeping Zen, an online database of unique interviews with Zen teachers — complete with extensive biographies, audio talks, dharma talk transcripts, Zen news, and more.