Providing scholarships for the next movement of
mindfulness educators.

Build a Movement of Mindful Champions One Student at a Time


Fuel A Mindful Movement

Support a new wave of social leaders bringing mindfulness and compassion to trauma-affected communities.


Improve Community Well-Being

Empower individuals to navigate difficult emotions, build resilience, and develop a vibrant quality of life.


Catalyze Social Transformation

Grow a worldwide community of mindfulness facilitators that make a generational impact.

Building a Movement of Mindfulness
Through Teacher Training

The Sounds True Foundation provides a limited number of need-based scholarships for qualified applicants to cover the full tuition of the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program (MMTCP).

MMTCP is the world’s leading training program for learning how to teach skills of meditation, awareness, and compassion. Upon completion, scholarship recipients are certified by the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California at Berkeley. The course includes:

  • Two years of virtual in-depth study taught by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield
  • Two live, in-person events, as conditions permit
  • Individual/group mentorship and practice sessions with qualified instructors
  • Additional broadcasts with special guest faculty

Scholarship applications are carefully selected by a panel of staff at the Sounds True Foundation. Each application is carefully reviewed and considered based on the application criteria and the number of scholarships we have to allocate.

The World’s Leading Mindfulness Teacher Training Program

The World’s Leading Mindfulness Teacher Training Program

Jack Kornfield, PhD

Jack trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, and India and has taught worldwide since 1974. He is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practices to the West. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology and is the cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society and of Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California. He is the author of 15 books, including the bestseller A Path with Heart.

Tara Brach, PhD

Tara has been practicing and teaching meditation since 1975, leading workshops and meditation retreats at centers throughout North America and Europe. She has a PhD in clinical psychology, is the founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC (IMCW), and is the author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge.

"The programs ... provided me with new insights about mindfulness and the practice itself. Lovingkindness, RAIN, and self-compassion are tools that, even though I knew them, I've really got the essence of them and it helped to deepen my practice."

Francisco, Mindful Champion

Application Information

A limited number of scholarships are specifically designated for people in genuine financial need who can demonstrate a deep commitment to bringing the tools of mindfulness to an under-resourced community.

You are eligible to apply if you: 

  • Can show that you are positioned to bring mindfulness into an underserved community
  • Can demonstrate a background in the study and practice of mindfulness
  • Have completed at least one week-long silent meditation retreat in the style of Insight or Vipassana meditation 
  • Are willing to complete The Power of Awareness course taught by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield 

Become A Mindful Champion

To apply for a Mindful Champion scholarship, please follow directions on the application after clicking the button below.  
Learn more about the Awards Criteria.