Shinzen Young

Meet Shinzen Young, author of The Science of Enlightenment, mindfulness teacher, and neuroscience research consultant, and part of our growing family of meditation teachers in the Calm app. You can connect with his teachings in the following ways.

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Discover meditations for pain, performance anxiety, and daily life by Shinzen Young available exclusively in the Calm app.


About Shinzen Young


Shinzen Young is an American meditation teacher and neuroscience research consultant. He is known for his innovative “interactive, algorithmic approach” to mindfulness, a system specifically designed for use in pain management, recovery support, and as an adjunct to psychotherapy. After majoring in Asian languages at UCLA, he entered a PhD program in Buddhist Studies at the University of Wisconsin. As a part of his thesis research, he lived as a Shingon (Japanese Vajrayana) monk for three years at Mount Koya, Japan. It was then that he received the name Shinzen. He has collaborated with Harvard Medical School, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Arizona. Today, he guides meditation retreats throughout North America, leads numerous mindfulness centers and programs, directs Brightmind, and consults widely on meditation-related research.



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