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Stanford University Mindfulness Classroom provides an insightful look at the mindfulness education for undergraduates that Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu has innovated at Stanford. His approach takes mindfulness far beyond the limits of individual, personal stress reduction to its applications to a whole way of being, doing, and thinking. The design creates educational spaces that build community and bring peace not only to selves but ripple out into the world. This book explores the power of Heartfulness, using the heart and mind in concert to navigate and interact with diverse social and cultural landscapes. 



Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu

Dr. Murphy-Shigematsu is a psychologist in Leadership Innovations and Wellness Education in the Program for Health and Human Performance, School of Medicine. He also lectures in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and is a co-founder of LifeWorks, a program in mindfulness and transformational learning. Instructor for the Global Youth Leadership Program in the School of Engineering, he has held faculty appointments in the School of Medicine, Education, and Humanities and Science. n.


Hiroshi, College student


This book is not just for business leaders, but for anyone who wants to strengthen and deepen their relations with others important to them.

Yuko, Career Counselor


The greatest thing I learned from this book is to completely accept my vulnerabilities. The message that this is the way we grow strong, stays in my heart.

Mariko, Designer


It shows understanding of the way Americans think, and also brings our attention back to Japanese ways of thinking and being.

Stanford Courses

Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu has been teaching courses in diversity, wellness and mindfulness since 2008, as 3-5 unit, 10-week courses in various departments, including Psychology, Human Biology, Education, Anthropology, Wellness education, Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Theater and Performance Studies. The classes are carefully designed innovative educational spaces for transformative learning and community building. All integrate current scientific research, traditional contemplative wisdom and practices, and storytelling.

Student Projects



  • Heartfulness: Mindfulness, Compassion, and Responsibility

  • Transforming Self and Systems: Crossing Borders of Race and Gender

  • Mindful Intelligence: Making Peace in Ourselves and in the World

  • The Flourishing Activist

  • Mindful Leadership

  • Trauma, Healing, and Empowerment in Asian America


Other Courses


  • Living with Mindfulness, Meaning, and Compassion

  • Narrative Psychology

  • The Art and Science of Emotional Intelligence

  • When Half is Whole

  • Culture, Narrative, and Medicine

  • Transnational and Multiethnic Lives

Class Scenes

What does Heartfulness mean to you?