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Milken Scholar 1998
Scholar Profile

Dan Vazquez, Jr.



Dan fell in love with mindfulness in his early 20s when he was having what people now-a-days call a quarter life crisis. Everything seemed to be going great from the outside--a Harvard grad, working for LA times, in a great relationship, making good money--but something didn't feel right. A 14-hour bus ride; an encounter with an old friend who studied Taoism; a boat ride to Stone Island off the coast of Mazatlan; and meeting a monk who taught him how to meditate changed the course of his life. He went to India for 10 months where he practiced regularly and upon returning to NY became a middle school teacher and administrator where he taught both parents and kids ways to work more skillfully with their own minds. Dan offers mindfulness workshops and retreats online and in-person for various communities, corporations, and other organizations across the country. Dan has participated in MBSR, Google-developed Search Inside Yourself, Mindful Schools, and iBMe teacher training.

High school:  Regis High School


College Year Degree
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
2002 A.B. Social Studies
Hunter College
New York, NY
2009 M.S. Special Education
Bank Street College
New York, NY
2012 M.A. Education