Episode 289 :: Sumi Loundon Kim :: Sitting Together: A Family-Centered Curriculum on Mindfulness, Meditation & Buddhist Teachings

| February 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Sumi Loundon Kim

Sumi Loundon Kim joins us to speak about teaching Buddhism within a family setting.

Many Westerners have come to Buddhism as individuals, having found the teachings to be beneficial in our lives. That may lead us to find other birds with whom we can flock together, but it’s still fairly common for convert Buddhists to be outliers in their biological family. Though of course that’s not the case for everyone, as some who’ve adopted heritage Buddhism share that through generations. Learning about the sasana with one’s family can be a very different and rich experience when one is in a non-Buddhist dominant cultural setting like the U.S.

Sumi Loundon Kim is wrapping up eight years as the Buddhist chaplain at Duke University and the teacher for the Mindful Families of Durham. After receiving a bachelor’s from Williams College and master’s in Buddhist studies and Sanskrit from the Harvard Divinity School, she was the associate director for the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Massachusetts. Originally brought up in a Soto Zen community in the 70s, Sumi has been a student of the Theravada (insight) tradition since her teens. She is the author of Blue Jean Buddha (2001), The Buddha’s Apprentices (2005), and Sitting Together: A Family-Centered Curriculum on Mindfulness, Meditation, and Buddhist Teachings (2017). Sumi will join Yale University as Coordinator of Buddhist Life in mid-2018. For a great selection of children’s books and songs to share with your children, visit her website mindfulfamilies.net.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Big Red Robe Oolong tea.


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Category: The Secular Buddhist Podcast

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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