Cory Muscara, M.A.P.P.

Chief Mindfulness Officer


This is My Story

Cory is on a life-long journey to understand the causes and conditions that lead to suffering and wellbeing. As founder of the Long Island Center for Mindfulness, Cory’s work is primarily in the field of mindfulness meditation, and he regularly offers a variety of mindfulness workshops, courses, and residential retreats across the country, but specifically in the Long Island and New York area.

Cory got into meditation to impress a girl. Unfortunately, that didn’t work because she broke up with him shortly after. However, what started as a superficial undertaking soon became a relentless passion. Cory made a 180 shift in his life, and instead of pursuing a career on wall street, he immersed himself deeply and quickly into the world of mindfulness meditation, completing trainings and certifications in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindful Schools, Search Inside Yourself, Integrative Health Coaching, haha yoga, and more.

Inspired deeply by his teachers and the benefits he was experiencing through mindfulness, Cory wanted to go deeper; he wanted to go to the source. So in 2012, he spent six months in silence ordained as a Buddhist monk in Burma, practicing meditation 14+ hours a day under the instruction of Saydaw U Pandita. The experience taught him the great capacity we have to create our own wellbeing, independent of external circumstances.

Since returning from Asia, Cory has continued to teach mindfulness. He currently serves as faculty at Columbia Teachers College where he teaches mindfulness to school leaders from across the country, and is also an assistant instructor for the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 2015. He offers keynotes, mindfulness training and mindfulness-based leadership consulting to businesses, schools and healthcare systems, and is a regular guest on the Dr. Oz show in the topic of mindfulness meditation.

In the last few years, Cory has been on a journey of “waking up” to what it means to be a straight, white, male in America, the unique privilege that comes with, and how that privilege might be used to challenge injustice rather than perpetuate it. His other passions include golf, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, skiing, and travel. You can learn more about Cory on his website at:

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