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Zen Teacher, Scholar-Practitioner, Integral Health

I am a Zen teacher in the Soto Zen lineage of Suzuki Roshi. Across twenty years of work within academia as a scholar-practitioner, I have woven together critical thinking, experiential learning and contemplative practices in a holistic process of education. While I was recently based at Tufts University and Northeastern University, I have now accepted the position of Associate Professor, Wisdom Traditions at Naropa University.

At Wellesley College, I served as a team member within the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and Intercultural Education. This interreligious team, composed almost entirely of women, met weekly to discuss world religions and the spiritual dimensions of our shared lives and learning. As chaplains, we were both educators and healers, drawing upon ritual, spirituality and the arts in order to bring about a truly diverse and inclusive college community.

For my doctoral dissertation, I conducted narrative research with traditional Buddhist healers to explore the role of worldview in their healing praxis, using an indigenous psychology lens. I presented my findings at the Contemplative Mind in Higher Education conference in 2013. I have a deep research/praxis interest in intercultural aspects of psychology.

In 2020-2021, I served a chaplain residency at UCSF Medical Center. This has strengthened my insight into spiritual care, and what may be known as pastoral care.

My book on Zen, Living the Season: Zen Practice for Transformative Times was released in 2013. Working with people, I help them find their inner resources, and reflect back the hope and wisdom that I see within them. The ways I work with people include

* Teaching (as a Buddhist scholar- practitioner)
* Spiritual Care and Counseling
* Meditation & Mindfulness- Based Stress Reduction

Specialties: narrative approaches, cross- cultural dialogues, spirituality and healing, global and transpersonal psychologies.

My story can be found here.

My blog can be found here.

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