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teacher training

Online – Origins of Mindfulness Workshop

December 8, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm GMT


Mindfulness is clearly acknowledged to have its roots in the foundational Buddhist tradition that stretches back two and a half thousand years. Yet, we may ask, what can this foundational tradition add to our current understanding of MBCT founded, as it is, in contemporary understandings within neuroscience and cognitive psychology? Nevertheless, when we begin to examine this two and a half thousand-year-old tradition it presents us with a highly nuanced psychological understanding of what mindfulness is, how it functions and what it means to be a flourishing human being that is highly congruent with many of the contemporary approaches. The psychological models of Early Buddhism have been a significant influence on the development of contemporary Mindfulness Based approaches such as MBSR and MBCT. They turn out to be remarkably congruent both with the discoveries of Cognitive Neuroscience and psychological research into the mechanisms of depression, anxiety and a wide range of mental health conditions. The experience of training mindfulness teachers at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC) over many years has confirmed that it is very helpful for mindfulness teachers and teacher trainees to have some understanding of these Buddhist psychological models in order to support the effectiveness, integrity and depth of their work. Such study comprises an integral component of all the Mindfulness teacher training pathways offered at the OMC and other major European centres. This workshop will provide an introduction to the key relevant components of Buddhist psychology that can inform, enrich and deepen the work of Mindfulness teachers. We will examine the nature of human distress, to which Mindfulness is directed, and the aetiology of this distress together with a close examination of the self as a process rather than as something fixed, and why this important to understanding MBCT in the contemporary world.

Event Details

December 8, 2021
9:00 am - 5:00 pm GMT
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Mode of Attendance:
Specific Audience:
The workshop is open to all trained mindfulness teachers and forms part of the training pathway for those training to teach MBCT.
Event Mindfulness Approach:
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
This event will be taught by:
Chris Cullen

Partner Profile

Oxford Mindfulness Centre UK

Oxford Mindfulness Centre UK

Registered Jun 2020
Training Partner


The Oxford Mindfulness Centre, within the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, has been at the forefront of mindfulness research and training since 2008. At the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC) our mission is to reduce suffering, promote resilience and realise human potential across the lifespan through mindfulness. Its work is supported through a collaborative agreement between the University of Oxford and an independent not-for-profit charity, the Oxford Mindfulness Foundation (OMF). The mission is accomplished through robust training programmes and a range of accessibility initiatives all informed and shaped by rigorous scientific research. The OMC works to advance the understanding of evidence based mindfulness through research, publication, training and advocacy. We engage in: Research – undertaking world leading academic research and initiatives to promote mindfulness in the wider community. Training – we offer training in how to become an MBCT teacher and a programme of continuing professional development. Teaching – we offer introductory MBCT courses, open to all, throughout the year. Charitable initiatives – we actively work to make MBCT accessible to all.


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Oxford, United Kingdom