Trudy Goodman


Pioneers of Mindfulness Meditation Gather in Santa Monica Nov. 15 for ‘Joyful Spirit’

A group of pioneering teachers of meditation in the United States are coming together to celebrate the explosion of interest in what they’ve been heralding as a fruitful way of life for decades.

They will take part on Nov. 15 in “Living With a Joyful Spirit and a Wise Heart,” an event at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Actor Sandra Oh will be host of the proceedings, which will benefit InsightLA, a nonprofit mindfulness meditation organization.

Trudy Goodman, founder of InsightLA, and internationally renowned meditation teacher Jack Kornfield will join Oh on stage, where they will be in conversation with — via live video connection — colleagues including U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), a proponent of meditation in education and other fields, and the influential writer and spiritual teacher Ram Dass, author of the hugely popular book “Be Here Now.”

Among others who will appear by video are Jon Kabat-Zinn, the University of Massachusetts Medical School professor emeritus who created a mindfulness-based stress reduction program used around the world; psychologist Tara Brach, a Vipassana meditation teacher and author; and Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg, who with Kornfield founded the Insight Meditation Society in 1976 in Massachusetts…

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