Shinzen Young
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Shinzen Young

Shinzen Young is an American mindfulness teacher and neuroscience research consultant.

His systematic approach to categorizing, adapting and teaching meditation has resulted in collaborations with Harvard Medical School, Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Vermont in the bourgeoning field of contemplative neuroscience.

Shinzen's interest in Asia began at the age of 14 when he decided to attend Japanese ethnic school in his native city of Los Angeles.

After majoring in East 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) Buddhist monk for three years at Mount Koya, Japan. It was then that he received the name Shinzen (真善).

Also during that time, he became friends with Father William Johnston (author of Christian Zen). Fr. Johnston helped broaden Shinzen's interests to include comparative world mysticism and the scientific study of meditative states.

Upon returning to the United States, his academic interests shifted to the dialogue between Eastern meditation and Western science.

Shinzen is known for his interactive, algorithmic approach to mindfulness, and often uses mathematical metaphors to illustrate meditative phenomena.

He is the author of The Science of Enlightenment, Natural Pain Relief and numerous audio offerings.

Shinzen leads residential retreats throughout North America. In 2006, he created the monthly Home Practice Program. These phone-based mini-retreats are designed to make deep meditation practice accessible to anyone in the world regardless of their location, health situation, and time or financial constraints.

Shinzen likes to say of himself:

I'm a Jewish-American Buddhist teacher who got turned on to comparative mysticism by an Irish-Catholic priest and who has developed a Burmese-Japanese fusion practice inspired by the spirit of quantified science.

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    • The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works

    • By: Shinzen Young
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
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    With The Science of Enlightenment, Shinzen Young brings to listeners a lucid guide to mindfulness meditation for the first time: how it works and how to use it to enhance your cognitive capacities, your kindness and connection with the world, and the richness of your experiences....

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    • By Benjamin Davidson on 08-28-18

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    • The Science of Enlightenment

    • By: Shinzen Young
    • Narrated by: Shinzen Young
    • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
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    Demystify mysticism and learn techniques to move yourself beyond emotional and intellectual blocks...

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    • Great Book

    • By Emese on 09-30-03

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    • Working with Thoughts

    • By: Shinzen Young
    • Narrated by: Shinzen Young
    • Length: 40 mins
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    The thinking mind is a powerful ally, but it also creates emotional drama....

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    • shinzen is a grand teacher, wise and compassionate

    • By Victoria Ying Jin on 09-27-18

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    • Start Meditating in 30 Minutes

    • A Beginner's Practice
    • By: Shinzen Young
    • Narrated by: Shinzen Young
    • Length: 34 mins
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    If you've always wanted to learn to meditate but don't have a lot of time or money for classes and retreats, and aren't interested in adopting a new religion or philosophy, Shinzen Young has the solution....

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    • Five Classic Meditations

    • By: Shinzen Young
    • Narrated by: Shinzen Young
    • Length: 1 hr
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    Meditation offers many benefits: increased self-discipline and concentration, new spiritual insights, compassion for other living beings...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Five How To's

    • By Kathryn E McDowell on 04-11-03

    Regular price: $10.47

    • Break Through Difficult Emotions

    • How to Transform Painful Feelings with Mindfulness Meditation
    • By: Shinzen Young
    • Narrated by: Shinzen Young
    • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
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    On Break Through Difficult Emotions, meditation mentor Shinzen Young adapts the core principles of mindfulness training to the treatment of emotional suffering....

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    • Amazing

    • By Mirasol on 10-16-15

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    • Meditation

    • A Beginner's Guide to Start Meditating Now
    • By: Shinzen Young
    • Narrated by: Shinzen Young
    • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
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    Scientific studies show that meditation can reliably increase your internal clarity, reduce fatigue, and improve physical health....

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    • Great beginning

    • By hd55347 on 04-30-15

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    • Meditation in the Zone

    • By: Shinzen Young
    • Narrated by: Shinzen Young
    • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
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    Meditation in the Zone teaches you how to combine simple mindfulness practices with your current exercise routine....

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    • Loved this new way of meditating

    • By Vee Cullis on 04-18-16

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    • The Beginner's Guide to Meditation

    • How to Start Enjoying the Benefits of Meditation Immediately
    • By: Shinzen Young
    • Narrated by: Shinzen Young
    • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
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    What if scientists discovered a way to calm and clarify the mind, transform fatigue into energy...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great teacher, grand heart, and wisdom

    • By Victoria Ying Jin on 09-21-18

    Regular price: $10.95

    • Relieve Pain Naturally

    • By: Shinzen Young
    • Narrated by: Shinzen Young
    • Length: 18 mins
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    Learn how to retrain your relationship to pain naturally with meditation....

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