UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center

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About MARC

UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC)

The mission of the Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) is to foster mindful awareness across the lifespan through education and research to promote well-being and a more compassionate society. Mindful awareness (mindfulness) can be defined as paying attention to present-moment experiences with openness, curiosity, and a willingness to be with what is. Mindfulness can be trained systematically, and it can be implemented more fully in daily life by people of any age, profession, or background. MARC offers classes, programs, trainings, and events to UCLA, the Los Angeles community, and to a wider global community through virtual and in-person learning, web resources, and our free app with guided meditations, "UCLA Mindful"

Specialty Care: Education/Research - Integrative Medicine | UCLA Health

Contact Us

UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
740 Westwood Plaza, Rm. 17- 468
Los Angeles, CA 90095

For more information, please contact us at [email protected]

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Mindful Awareness Practices

Mindful Awareness Practices are the signature evidence-based educational programs of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. These six-week class series are open to the public and to all UCLA staff, faculty, and students. The classes lay the foundation for students to understand basic principles of mindfulness, develop a personal meditation practice, and to apply the principles in their daily life on an ongoing basis.

MAPs III: The Buddhist Roots of Mindfulness: The Eightfold Path with Diana Winston

This class will explore core Buddhist teachings that are implicit in mindfulness practice. he eightfold path can be considered the Buddhist prescription for living a healthy life where we take our meditation practices into all aspects of our experience.

The 8-fold path includes teachings on ethics, meditation, and wisdom, and we will apply these teachings to our personal practice and life.

Thursdays, March 9- April 13, 10:00AM- 12 Noon, PT

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What is Mindfulness Meditation?

Join Diana Winston, director of mindfulness education at the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC), and learn the science behind mindfulness, as well as practical, scientifically-proven techniques for reducing stress and cultivating well-being.

Upcoming Events

Find Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs), drop-in meditations, workshops, and retreats. 

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Live-Online and Pre-Recorded MAPs Classes

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MAPs III: Forgiveness with Gloria Kamler

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Mindfulness for the Workplace

Free Programming at MARC

Stream or download our Free Studio-Recorded Guided Meditations, or our Weekly Live Podcasts. La meditación en español está disponible.

UCLA Mindful App

Download the free UCLA Mindful App for iOS and Android.