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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Authorized Curriculum Guide

The decision to open-source the MBSR Authorized Curriculum was made primarily to support the publication of important articles (the one that spurred our decision can be found here:, so that researchers in particular, are assured of the fidelity to the form of the program.

The essence of the MBSR program is not easily conveyed by a written document. The teaching of MBSR is less about following a class plan and more about a deep and personal experience of mindfulness and a concomitant knowledge and skill in knowing how best to convey the practice of mindfulness in a highly experiential learning environment. The person of the teacher plays a substantive role in this conveyance.

Training to become a skilled MBSR teacher takes a great deal of energy, resources and commitment involving an investment in a personal meditation practice over many years, including multiple silent meditation retreats, and a deep study and understanding of the roots and pedagogy of the program.

For this reason, we request that unless you are a qualified MBSR teacher who's received the curriculum in a specific MBSR training, this manual be used solely for researchers and those curious about the content of MBSR, and not for teaching purposes.

Thank you for your understanding. If you have further questions, please direct them to

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Authorized Curriculum Guide