im Burnett is the Executive Director and founder of Mindfulness Northwest. He has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction since 2010 and practicing meditation since 1986. He has completed teacher training with the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) at the University of Massachusetts. Tim was also certified by Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) to teach the Compassion Cultivation program in December 2014 and became a trained Mindful Self-Compassion teacher through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion in 2016.
Tim brings a background in traditional Dharma practice to his mindfulness work. He ordained as a Soto Zen priest in 2000 and over the course of a 20 year apprenticeship with the well known Zen teacher Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Tim received permission to teach Zen independently in 2011 and directs Red Cedar Zen Community in Bellingham. Tim also has a varied professional background including work as an educator, carpenter, software developer and scientist.
Mindfulness takes the essence of a core Buddhist practice and makes it accessible and non-religious: a powerful coming together of modern psychological and medical understanding with ancient wisdom practices. Tim is happy to have strong background in both sides of this new (and old) way of healing and growth. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and other mindfulness based therapies take their inspiration from the Buddhist Satipatthana Sutta which Tim has studied many times.