Mirabai Bush

Mirabai Bush is a Senior Fellow and former Director of the Center on Contemplative Mind in Society, which works to integrate contemplative practice into
contemporary society in order to create a more just, compassionate, and
reflective society.

She formerly directed the Seva Foundation Guatemala Project, which
supports sustainable agriculture and integrated community development.
She co-developed Sustaining Compassion, Sustaining the Earth, a series
of retreats and events for grassroots environmental activists on the
interconnection of spirit and action.

She has studied meditation, yoga, and aikido with many contemplative
teachers, including Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Neemkaroli Baba. She is
co-author, with Ram Dass, of Compassion in Action: Setting Out on the
Path of Service.

Contemplation and Global Change


In 1969, horrified by the war in Vietnam and the bombing of Cambodia, I left graduate school in search of a way of living on the planet that didn’t require us to kill each other. I was deeply confused by what I perceived to be the utter disconnection between my own values and behavior and those of the people who were planning, funding and fighting that war.