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Upcoming Events

  • ONLINE MINDFULNESS GROUPS. *Coming soon* – Dr. Sears will be offering an 8-week mindfulness program (MBCT/MBSR) online. Check back for registration details, or send an email to to be added to our mailing list.
  • Dr. Sears is collaborating with Alliance Integrative Medicine to do mindful stress reduction groups (based on MBSR and MBCT) at their location in Kenwood — 6400 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236. The Winter 2017 group will start with a free intro lecture on Monday, January 9th at 6:00pm, and the group will be held on Monday evenings from 6p-7:30p, from January 23rd thru March 13th. Download the winter flyer here. The Spring 2017 group will start with a free intro lecture on Monday, March 20th at 6:00pm, and the group will be held on Monday evenings from 6p-7:30p, from April 3rd thru May 22nd. Download the spring flyer here. For more information, or to register, call 513-791-5521.  Introductory lectures are free and open to the public, with no obligation. Those signed up for the course are also encouraged to attend the introduction to learn the background material.
  • NEW: Dr. Sears will be presenting two-day workshops on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for PESI across the United States. For details, visit
  • Dr. Sears will be giving all-day CBT and Mindfulness workshops every month for PESI across the United States. For details, go to, and search under “Sears”.


  • Richard received transmission as a Zen Master in the Five Mountain Zen Order on July 23, 2016, in Kansas City, MO, from his teacher Wonji Dharma. His transmission name is “Geungsan,” meaning “enduring mountain.”

 Geungsan Jishou Transmission


  • Richard gave a talk at the Cincinnati Dharma Center on Sunday, May 1st, 2016.
  • Richard hosted a Zen retreat near Evansville, Indiana, March 11-13, 2016.
  • Dr. Sears gave a talk at the Northern Hills Fellowship on Buddhism 101 on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Click on the link for the recording — Buddhism 101 talk.
  • Richard signed a book contract with PESI Publishing for a book called Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness.
  • Dr. Sears presented on mindfulness at the University of Cincinnati Integrative Medicine Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, January 23rd, 2016.
  • October 30-31, 2015, Dr. Sears co-led and presented at the Ohio Psychological Association’s Annual Union of Psychology and Spirituality Retreat.
  • Richard signed a book contract with Routledge as third author of a book called Perspective and Hopes of Muslim American Women: The Paradox of Honor, which will be written with Dr. Tayeba Shaikh and Dr. Jennifer Ossege.
  • Dr. Sears gave a two day workshop on MBCT October 1st and 2nd, 2015, for MHS at the Mall of America Executive Center in Bloomington, MN.
  • Richard gave a talk on “Practicing Dharma in the 21st Century” at the Cincinnati Dharma Center on Sunday, October 4th, 2015.
  • Dr. Sears gave a 3-hour workshop on Mindfulness in Clinical Practice in Cincinnati for professionals on September 17, 2015, sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation.
  • Dr. Sears was recently interviewed by Live Happy Magazine – to listen, click here.
  • Dr. Sears presented a grand rounds at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (MSB 5051) on July 21, 2015, on “Mindfulness in Clinical Practice.”
  • Dr. Sears gave a public presentation on mindfulness in Cincinnati for NAMI Hamilton County on June 9, 2015. Download the ppts here.
  • Richard was interviewed by Routledge Mental Health about mindfulness. Click here to read the interview.
  • Richard was also interviewed by Elisha Goldstein about mindfulness and his ninja training. Click here to read his interview with Elisha.
  • Richard signed two new book contracts: The Resilient Mental Health Practice: Nourishing Your Business, Your Clients, and Yourself (with Dr. Jennifer Ossege; Routledge/Taylor & Francis), and The Sense of Self: Perspectives from Science and Zen Buddhism (Palgrave MacMillan).
  • Three of Richard’s new books, Mindfulness: Living through Challenges and Enriching your Life in this Moment, Perspectives on Spirituality and Religion in Psychotherapy (foreword by Ed Shafranske), and Building Competence in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (foreword by Zindel Segal) are now available on
  • Dr. Sears spoke on mindfulness and holiday stress on December  15, 2014 at the NAMI Clermont County Family Support group meeting.
  • Dr. Sears presented on  preventing depression using mindfulness-based cognitive therapy on November 15, 2014, at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute symposium on Conquering Depression.
  • Dr. Sears presented on mindfulness at the Northern Hills Fellowship – Unitarian Universalist, 460 Fleming Road, Cincinnati, OH , Sunday, Oct 26, 2014.
  • Dr. Sears presented a 7-hour Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Workshop at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention in Washington, DC, August 2014.
  • Dr. Sears was interviewed by Cheri Lawson about mindfulness on local NPR station WNKU. Click here for the audio.
  • Dr. Sears  presented in April 2014 on Mindfulness and Addictions in Evansville Indiana, with a public lecture and a professional workshop.
  • Dr. Sears presented at the Chaplains Association of Ohio Retreat, Thursday, April 3rd, 2014, at Hueston Woods Lodge (State park near Oxford, OH).
  • Dr. Sears is now Volunteer Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
  • On Monday, November 18, Dr. Sears gave a presentation to the Cincinnati Bar Association, “The Mindful Attorney: Reducing Stress & Enhancing Your Work.” For a link to the video, click here.
  • Dr. Sears gave a public lecture on mindfulness at Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
  • Dr. Sears is now clinical/research faculty at the University of Cincinnati Center for Integrative Health and Wellness, where he will be leading mindfulness groups for Clinicians, Cancer Patients, and Pain Patients.
  • Dr. Sears presented two Continuing Education Workshops for the 2013 American Psychological Association Convention in Honolulu in August 2013: “Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: An Introduction and Overview,” and “Building Quality Relationships with Technology in Teaching Psychology” (with Joy McGhee, Jennifer Ossege, & Jennifer Scott)
  • Dr. Sears gave a two-day workshop in Springfield, MO at Burrell Behavioral Health on “Mindfulness in Clinical Practice: Interventions for Clients and for Clinician Self-Care,” on April 12th and 13th, 2013.
  • Dr. Sears taught CBT and Mindfulness workshops for PESI/CMI Education in early 2013 in the Washington DC area, Colorado, Wyoming, and Wisconsin.
  • Dr. Sears presented “Coming to Our Senses: Using Mindfulness to Manage Stress” on March 2, 2013, at the Cincinnati Annual Blood Cancer Conference.
  • Dr. Sears was a panelist at ETHICAL PERSPECTIVES ON SPIRITUALITY AND RELIGION IN PSYCHOTHERAPY – A 3 hour Dayton Area Psychological Association sponsored workshop on February 8th, 2013.
  • Dr. Sears presented on Mindfulness and Stress Reduction for the Alzheimer’s Association in Cincinnati on May 24, 2012 at 6:30pm.
  • Dr. Sears’ presentated on Mindfulness, Stress, and Yoga at Union Institute & University on May 16, 2012.
  • Dr. Sears is now a contributor to Unified Living.
  • Dr. Sears presented a 7 hour workshop on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy at the 2012 American Psychological Association Annual Convention on August 2nd in Orlando, Florida.
  • The new book (and CD) Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, by Sears, Tirch, and Denton, is available for purchase at Professional Resource Press and through Amazon.
  • Dr. Sears was featured on the cover of the Spring 2011 edition of Cincinnati Woman Magazine, and was interviewed about his Mindful Stress Reduction Courses.
  • Dr. Sears gave a public talk on Mindfulness and Self Care at the Milford Retreat Center in the Cincinnati area on Saturday, April 30, 2011.
  • Dr. Sears presented on Mindfulness for Geriatric Populations at the UK Summer Series on Aging in Lexington, KY on June 14, 2011.
  • Dr. Sears presented on Mindfulness and Tobacco Cessation on April 9, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio for the Breathing Association.
  • Richard received inka from Paul Dochong Lynch on March 25, 2011, which authorizes him to teach and conduct koan interviews.
  • Dr. Sears was a keynote speaker at a meeting for the Alzheimer’s Association in Cincinnati on November 12, 2010.
  • On May 21, 2010, following his performance for the opening of the Dalai Lama’s teachings in Indiana, award-winning cellist Michael Fitzpatrick performed in Cincinnati for the inauguration of the Center for Clinical Mindfulness & Meditation, which is part of the PsyD Program at Union Institute & University. Fitzpatrick also previewed his film about the Dalai Lama and Thomas Merton, Compassion Rising. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said, “The emotion induced by Michael Fitzpatrick’s music is so powerful it seems almost verbalized. His music brings peace of mind – and deep feelings of peace.”The Center for Clinical Mindfulness & Meditation is dedicated to researching and promoting the clinical uses of mindfulness and meditation to foster mental wellness in individuals, schools, and organizations. Mindfulness involves learning to pay attention to and wisely work with our thoughts, bodily sensations, and emotions to prevent stress, anxiety, and depression.
  • Dr. Sears received ordination as a Zen Bodhisattva priest on March 28, 2010, from Paul Dochong Lynch, JDPSN at the Great Cloud Zen Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Dr. Sears and Dr. Frank Wood presented on Mindfulness and Tobacco Cessation on March 6, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Dr. Sears and Dr. Brian Denton presented a workshop on “Using Mindfulness in Your Professional and Personal Life” for the Dayton Area Psychological Association, November 6, 2009.
  • On October 16, 2009, Dr. Sears presented a brief workshop on Mindfulness and Non-Violence to Self as part of a Laughter and Peace event with Patrick Murphy Welage and Betty Finney. The program starts at 6pm at the ROC Conference Center, 969 Reading Road, Mason, Ohio.
  • On October 22, 2009, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Richard presented a workshop on Mindfulness in Clinical Practice at the Ohio Psychological Association annual convention in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Richard presented a workshop on mindfulness and dealing with difficult clients in Columbus, for the Ohio Psychological Association, on Friday July 31.
  • Richard presented a workshop for the Cincinnati Gestalt Institute on Mindfulness, Meditation, & Therapist Self-Care on Saturday, June 20, 2009.
  • Richard has been named Director of the Center for Clinical Mindfulness and Meditation at Union Institute & University.
  • Richard presented on “Mindfulness and Therapist Self Care” on April 6, 2009 for the Cincinnati Academy of Professional Psychology.
  • Brian Denton and Richard Sears co-authored a book chapter on “Clinical Uses of Mindfulness” in the recently released book Innovations in Clinical Practice.
  • Richard presented with John Rudisill “Adding Consultation to Your Clinical Practice” for the Dayton Area Psychological Association on November 7, 2008.
  • Richard received his 5th degree black belt in To Shin Do in February of 2008, while traveling with Stephen K. Hayes in the Himalayan mountains of Nepal.
  • Richard attended a private luncheon with the Dalai Lama, Stephen Hayes, and John & Elaine Mellencamp in October of 2007. The Dalai Lama put forth that Western science and Eastern practitioners need to collaborate for research and dialogue.
  • Richard presented a seminar on Psychological Obstacles on the Spiritual Path at the World Congress on Psychology and Spirituality in Delhi, India in January of 2008. He will then met up with Dr. Brian Denton, Dr. Kathy Joseph, and Stephen K. Hayes in Nepal in February.
  • Richard is teaching martial arts classes Wednesday evenings at the Dayton Quest Center of Stephen K. Hayes.
  • Richard co-hosted a meditation and martial arts retreat from June 21 to June 24 for the Daiun-Ji Great Cloud Temple.
  • On February 4, 2007, Richard conducted a seminar on “Psychological Obstacles on the Spiritual Path” in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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