What You'll Learn

with: Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield

Students often share how profoundly mindfulness and self-compassion are transforming their lives and then they ask: What is the pathway to becoming a teacher myself? I love this path I want to share it.

Becoming a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher is a guide for those who might feel drawn to bringing the power of mindfulness and compassion practices to others. In this course, Tara is joined by Jack Kornfield to discuss the major considerations when approaching the role of teaching.

Through these 10 sessions, you will learn about:

  • different motivations that draw people to teaching,
  • personal qualities that contribute to being a good teacher,
  • ways to prepare for being a teacher,
  • challenges of teaching,
  • what mindfulness and compassion teachers actually teach,
  • ways to address the deep sufferings our students bring to us,
  • elements that make up a good teacher training,
  • how to evaluate training programs and determine the right match for you.
  • ever-increasing opportunities for teaching in a world that so needs mindfulness and compassion everywhere.


In this program, Tara and Jack draw from decades of experience in teaching and training others to teach. You’ll hear inspiring stories, examples and reflections that allow you to use this program as a dynamic warm-up, as a first step on the path to becoming a teacher.




Becoming a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher

  • Contains 10 audio lessons of 10–15 minutes each.


What are the sessions within this course?

  • Exploring the Path
  • Exploring the Heart of What We Teach
  • What are the Qualities of a Good Mindfulness Meditation Teacher?
  • What Background Do I Need for Teaching?
  • What Challenges Might I Encounter as a Mindfulness Teacher?
  • How do I Respond to Students Facing Intense Difficulties?
  • The Transformational Potential of Mindfulness
  • Where and Who Will I Teach?
  • What is the Best Teacher Training for Me?
  • Healing Our World


Does this course expire?

  • This is an online, self-paced course. You will retain lifetime access.


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We hope you will join us. Begin a path to greater awareness by starting your first session today!




Taught by Tara Brach & Jack Kornfield

Tara Brach

Tara Brach holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and teaches meditation internationally. Founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC (IMCW), Tara is the author of the bestselling Radical Acceptance, True Refuge, and her latest book, Radical Compassion. For over 40 years, Tara has been exploring the interface of Buddhist and Western psychology in addressing the great suffering that arises when we close our hearts to ourselves and others. Tara's weekly podcasts are downloaded over 2 million times each month. Along with her colleague Jack Kornfield, Tara offers a certification program for mindfulness teachers with participants from more than 50 countries.

Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma. He has been teaching meditation globally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce mindfulness practices to the West. He is co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and the Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California. Over the years, Jack has taught in centers and universities worldwide, led International Buddhist Teacher meetings, and worked with many of the great teachers of our time. His books have been translated into 20 languages and sold more than a million copies. He is a father, husband, activist, and holds a PhD in clinical psychology.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    INTRODUCTION

    • Welcome from Tara and Jack

    • Getting Started

  • 2

    SESSIONS 1 to 10

    • Session 1 – Exploring the Path

    • Session 2 – Exploring the Heart of What We Teach

    • Session 3 – What are the Qualities of a Good Mindfulness Teacher?

    • Session 4 – What Background do I Need for Teaching?

    • Session 5 – What Challenges Might I Encounter as a Mindfulness Teacher?

    • Session 6 – How do I Respond to Students Facing Intense Difficulties?

    • Session 7 – The Transformational Potential of Mindfulness

    • Session 8 – Where and Who Will I Teach?

    • Session 9 – What is the Best Teacher Training for Me?

    • Session 10 – Healing Our World

  • 3

    RESOURCES

    • Additional Resources, Course Completion