JACOB LINSDLEY presented his Maitripa College thesis paper at the Mind and Life’s International Contemplative Studies symposia, on a Madhyamikan critique of modern mindfulness based interventions. As a result of his Maitirpa College education, Jacob explains that he  has made connections between mindfulness based interventions and their origins in Buddhist thought and practice. He has a greater appreciation of both traditional Buddhism and mindfulness studies, and sees new ways in which modern contemplative practice can be improved. To this end, Jacob has applied to clinical and research doctoral programs in psychology, and looks forward to working in the field of contemplative psychology.

As an alumnus Jacob continues to give back to our community by supporting Yangsi Rinpoche’s Madhyamika meditation class as a teaching assistant, and running a pilot for a meditation teacher training program for advanced standing students based on a curriculum he and another graduate developed, as well as serving on staff as registrar and assessment coordinator.