Garrison Institute News

Jonathan Wiesner Will Head the Garrison Institute

The Garrison Institute is pleased to announce that Jonathan Wiesner will become its next CEO. His career spans 35 years as a successful executive and entrepreneur in the apparel business, and 25 years serving on the boards of major non-profits and NGOs. Founded in 2003, the Garrison Institute is a non-profit organization which applies the transformative power of contemplation to…

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Search Inside Yourself (SIY) Field Report:

Technology and cultural globalization are changing societies around the world. The impact is swift, constant, and almost unavoidable—regardless of where people live. This is why Bhutan, a country with a predominantly agrarian lifestyle that’s experiencing a rapidly changing society, is working with Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. With great foresight, the country’s Ministry of Education took initial steps of training…

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Creating a Culture of Mindfulness at Work

Our careers provide us the opportunity to contribute to society, help us support ourselves and our families, and give us a sense of purpose of fulfillment. But for a great many people, the gap between this ideal scenario and their day-to-day seems to only get wider, as their working lives become more and more stressful and frustrating. The benefits of…

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Reflections on the CBR Training in Jordan

“Because of this work, I lost the taste of food and the taste of life” These were the words spoken by Ahmad*, who has spent the last few years managing Child Protection and Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) cases with Syrian refugees in Jordan. Over our lunch together, he explained how the stories of human suffering he had heard…

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Champions Come Together for the Inaugural Workplace Wellness Leadership Summit

Last week, the Garrison Institute in partnership with the International Well Building Institute hosted the inaugural Workplace Wellness Leadership Summit (WWLS) as a part of the Institute’s Transformational Leadership Initiative. The WWLS brought together nearly 100 interdisciplinary leaders from across North America who serve as champions of workplace wellness, spanning roles in sustainability, human resources, health, organizational development, interior design,…

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How Does Chanting Work?

They say that every repetition of every one of these Names (Divine Names) is a seed that we plant in our life stream. Sri Ramakrishna, who was a great Indian saint in the 1800’s, talked about how this practice of the repetition of the Name works. He said that every Name is a seed, and just like a little tiny…

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Remembering Bernie Glassman

This piece, written by Naropa University President, Chuck Lief, memorializes the passing of Bernie Glassman, a pioneer for Buddhism, teacher, and dear friend to many. We hope that you will join us in reflecting on his life, work, and passing.  My heart is heavy as I acknowledge the death yesterday morning of Roshi Bernie Glassman, my longtime friend and collaborator,…

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Reflections on Father Thomas Keating

With the recent passing of Father Thomas Keating at age 95, Garrison Institute lost a great source of wisdom and a beloved friend. He was one of Garrison’s original three spiritual advisors, along with Gelek Rimpoche and Rabbi Zalman Schacter. Father Thomas, or simply “Thomas” as he usually preferred, was many things. He became a Cistercian monk in 1944. In…

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