Venerable William Van Gordon has been a Buddhist monk for 10 years and is operations director of the international Mahayana Bodhayati School of Buddhism. He has also received the higher ordination in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. He is co-founder of the Awake to Wisdom Centre for Meditation and Mindfulness Research and is a research psychologist based at the Nottingham Trent University (UK). William is currently principal investigator on a number of research projects investigating the applications and effectiveness of an 8-week intervention (known as Meditation Awareness Training or simply ‘MAT’) that he co-developed with Ven Edo Shonin. He sits on the editorial board for the International Journal of Buddhism and has over 100 academic publications relating to the scientific study of mindfulness and meditation. He is the co-author of ‘The Mindful Warrior: The Path to Wellbeing, Wisdom and Awareness’ and co-editor of academic volumes on ‘The Buddhist Foundations of Mindfulness and Mindfulness’ and ‘Buddhist-derived Approaches in Mental Health and Addiction’. William is internationally recognised as an expert in the research and practice of mindfulness and Buddhist meditation, and he regularly travels all over the world to deliver lectures, workshops and retreats on mindfulness and Buddhist practice.