Shambhala Sunday Gathering - So, What’s It Like To Be Asian In The Shambhala Community?

Date: Sunday, February 6, 2022 (15:00 -16:00)
Teacher : Dr. Elaine Yuen
Patron Price: $20.00

I’ve been in the Shambhala community since the early 1970s, but recently, in the midst of current conversations around race, ethnicity, and belonging, took some time to consider my Asian American identity, and how it “shows up” in different contexts. What are the cultural and political differences, and how do I “belong” to diverse social/community groups? Using a personal lens as a starting point, I would like to invite you to join me in considering how our experiences of culture – learned from birth as well as from current contexts – intersects with behaviors and stances that variously evolve into group belonging or political activity. Of particular interest is how Shambhala practices and teachings of meditation and warriorship might support this contemplation.


Elaine Yuen is an educator, chaplain and researcher, most recently a Professor at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado where she taught courses on pastoral caregiving (chaplaincy), contemplative education and Buddhist studies. A senior teacher and Buddhist minister within the Shambhala community, she has taught widely, exploring the interfaces between Buddhism, meditation, creativity, and contemplative care-giving. Elaine has returned to Philadelphia and continues to be deeply interested in how we shape our social interactions with caring and authentic presence. Her website on Contemplative Chaplaincy can be found at


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Sunday Gatherings are produced by Shambhala Global Services and hosted by Shambhala Online

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