Diana Winston — Buddhist Nun, Art of Fully Present, Uncovering Natural Awareness, Mindful Parenting, and More (#100)

“You’re not your grief. You’re not your anger. You’re so much more profound than that.”

– Diana Winston

Diana Winston is the Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA Semel Institute’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) and the co-author, with Susan Smalley PhD, of Fully Present, the Science, Art and Practice of Mindfulness. Called by the LA Times “one of the nation’s best-known teachers of mindfulness,” she has taught mindfulness since 1999 in a variety of settings including hospitals, universities, corporations, non profits, and schools in the US and Asia.

A sought-after speaker, she developed the evidence-based Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPS) curriculum and the Training in Mindfulness Facilitation, which trains mindfulness teachers worldwide. She is a founding board member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association.Her work has been mentioned in the New York Times, O Magazine, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, Allure, Women’s Health, and in a variety of magazines, books, and journals.

She is also the author of Wide Awake for teens, and has published numerous articles on mindfulness. She is considered one of the early founders of meditation programs for youth, and taught on the seminal mindfulness and ADHD research study at UCLA in 2005. Diana is a member of the Teacher’s Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Northern California where she was trained to teach by Jack Kornfield. She has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 1989, including a year as a Buddhist nun in Burma. Currently Diana’s most challenging and rewarding practice involves trying to mindfully parent her young daughter.

New book: The Little Book of Being

Other bookshttp://www.dianawinston.com/quotes.html

Check out her Meditationshttp://www.dianawinston.com/meditations.html

Please enjoy!

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Topics we discuss:

  • What was your reason to becoming a Buddhist nun?
  • Mindful parenting
  • Art of fully present
  • How do you cultivate positive emotions and joy in your life?
  • Do you have a formal meditation practice now?
  • and much more!

People Mentioned: Sam Harris, Dan Harris, Pamela Weiss

Book Mentioned: A Bigger Sky: Awakening a Fierce Feminine Buddhism

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One thought on “Diana Winston — Buddhist Nun, Art of Fully Present, Uncovering Natural Awareness, Mindful Parenting, and More (#100)”

  1. hello Nishant, thank you for this beautiful interview. Your questions were very interesting and Diana gave interesting answers. May I ask you, how did you get started in interviewing well-known mediation teachers for public consumption/teaching? This is something I may be interested in for my blog, not to provide a good competition, but rather to increase connection and dialogue and to add to my own practice as well as help others. Plus, it seems like it may be fun. Your questions are unlike many of the commercially available questions in podcasts on meditation, so it seems to be a good niche.

    Check out the 10 minute meditation Diana recorded for me (as a gift for donating to MARC), which I thought may be beneficial to others as well: https://sheelasingla.com/meditation-guided-by-diana-winston-for-exploring-the-empty-quality-of-awareness-with-kindness/


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