Mirabai Bush

Mirabai Bush
Founder and Senior Fellow of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

Mirabai Bush is a Senior Fellow of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and served as Executive Director until 2008. Under her direction, The Center introduced contemplative practices into higher education, law, business, environment leadership, the military, and social justice activism. She co-founded the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education.

She has been teaching workshops and courses on contemplative practice in life and work for 45 years. With Dean Carolyn Jacobs, she taught in the Smith College School of Social Work for five years, and she has led an Amherst College 3-day intensive orientation in mindfulness and yoga for first-year students since 2012. She has lectured widely, including at Vassar, University of Michigan, University of Massachusetts, Columbia, and City University of New York.

She co-developed the curriculum for Search Inside Yourself for Google, the first program in mindfulness-based emotional intelligence; it has been attended by thousands of Google employees. She is on the board of Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. A founding board member of the Seva Foundation, an international public health organization, she directed the Seva Guatemala Project, supporting sustainable agriculture and integrated community development.

She co-author with Daniel Barbezat of Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning; co-author with Ram Dass of Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Loving and Dying and Compassion in Action: Setting Out on the Path of Service; and editor of Contemplation Nation: How Ancient Practices Are Changing the Way We Live and Contemplative Practices and Education ((Special Issue of Columbia Teachers College Record).

She lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband, EJ Lynch. She has one son, Owen, a filmmaker, and a divine grand-daughter, Dahlia.