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Diana Winston

Diana Winston is the Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center. She has taught meditation retreats as well as mindfulness for health and well-being since 1999 in a variety of settings including in healthcare, universities, businesses, non-profits, and schools in the US and internationally. She created the evidence-based Mindful Awareness Practices Program (MAPs), is the founding director of UCLA’s Training in Mindfulness Facilitation, and is a founding board member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. She has practiced vipassana since 1989, including a year as a Buddhist nun in Burma, and each day she tries to be a mindful mom.

She is the author of Glimpses of Being: A Training Course in Expanding Mindful Awareness, The Little Book of Being: Practices and Guidance for Uncovering your Natural Awareness, Wide Awake: A Buddhist Guide for Teens and co-author of Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness (with Susan L. Smalley, PhD).

Useful Links

  • Visit Diana's website
  • View this teacher's upcoming programs
  • Listen to archived Dharma Seed talks
  • Learn more about Diana’s new audio course for preorder
  • More of Diana’s meditations are available on the UCLA Mindful, 10 Percent Happier, and Waking Up Apps


Featured Talk
June 29, 2019 - The Full Spectrum of Awareness, Emphasizing Natural Awareness

Feel the space around your body, starting with the back and moving outward, then feeling the space around you, and above and below. Let that ability to feel expand out in all directions. Sense into the space, expanding around your body. Now listen to sounds as far out as you can hear, while also noticing your body in this expanded way. Breathe and soften. Don’t try too hard. Now if you want to, open your eyes and expand your field of vision. So that our body is expanded, our listening is expanded, and our vision is expanded. Rest here in this wide open, spacious awareness like the sky. Vast, expansive, boundless.

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