Episode 262 :: Kim Allen :: Organizational Evolution in Buddhist Communities

| November 5, 2016 | 0 Comments


Kim Allen

Kim Allen joins us to speak about the challenges and necessities of succession planning in contemporary sanghas.

You may be part of a thriving dharma community. People are actively involved in programming, interest is high, and the head teacher has the unique ability to challenge and inspire you on the path. And then anicca, impermanence, steps in, shuffles the deck, and confusion reigns where wisdom once held sway. Mostly wisdom held sway. Sometimes those who are wonderful teachers and the organizational infrastructure supporting the sangha have an unintentional gap, and haven’t gotten around to addressing what might happen in times of change. Who will lead? How will they lead? And what might they do to help with the transition, before impermanence makes its presence known?

Kim Allen began practicing Buddhist meditation in 2003 with Insight teacher Gil Fronsdal and now serves on the Teachers Council at Insight Santa Cruz. She has also completed the Sati Center’s Buddhist chaplaincy training, and offers spiritual care and meditation in a hospital. In 2009, she co-founded the Buddhist Insight Network and served as its first President until 2015. She also has a Ph.D. in physics and a master’s degree in sustainability, and consults to Dharma groups on organizational development and teacher transitions.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Rainy Day tea.

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Music for This Episode Courtesy of Rodrigo Rodriguez

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Ted Meissner

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Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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