In Gratitude

ABOVE: “Old Teachers” Retreat participants, including Jon Kabat-Zinn, gather to honor Ferris Buck Urbanowski, at Mt. Madonna Center, 2018. 

In expression of deepest gratitude to all of the wise, loving, and exceptional teachers who have held high a light brilliantly illuminating my path of mindfulness.

In chronological order, they include:

    • Ram Dass (born Richard Alpert)
    • Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh
    • Jon Kabat-Zinn
    • Ferris Buck Urbanowski
    • Florence Meleo-Meyer
    • Melissa Blacker
    • Jack Kornfield
    • Sharon Salzberg
    • Joseph Goldstein
    • Sylvia Boorstein
    • Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
    • Zindel Segal
    • Mark Williams
    • John Teasdale
    • Christina Feldman
    • Daniel Rechtschaffen
    • Chris McKenna
    • Linda Lantieri
    • Susan Woods
    • Rebecca Crane
    • Others


Thich Nhat Hanh, Monk, Zen Master and Activist Dies at 95 (NY Times)

Thich Nhat Hanh
Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh Photograph: AP


Ferris Buck Urbanowski

Ferris Buck Urbanowski, RIP
Ferris Buck Urbanowski

In loving memory and honor of my first MBSR teacher Ferris Buck Urbanowski who passed away on March 29, 2019. An early student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, she was among the first practitioners of Mindfulness-Based Meditation in the U.S.  For years she worked with her friend Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn as the Director of Training, Center for Mindfulness, UMass Medical Center.  Ferris taught at many spiritual centers, universities, and professional institutions including Tufts, Harvard, Pepperdine, Omega Center, as well as in Canada, Wales and Denmark.


Ram Dass’ Obituary, 1931-2019 (