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.
Music for This Episode Courtesy of Rodrigo Rodriguez
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