The newest episode of our university podcast, ‘MindfulU at Naropa University,’ is out on iTunes, Stitcher, and Fireside now! We are excited to announce this week’s episode features Elaine Yuen, PhD, Chair of the Department of Wisdom Traditions at Naropa University.
Episode 22 – Elaine Yuen: Engaging Our World with Contemplative Practice
“How do we blend contemplative practice with service in the world? How can we extend ourselves, offer ourselves to that world in an authentic way? One where we’re not burning out at the same time? How can we support people both at the peak of tragedy, getting over the most difficult parts, as well as the lasting repercussions? We meet people there, with them, where they are, with an open heart, acknowledging with them moment by moment by moment. I feel that’s where our contemplative practices are most supportive, helping us be more present with that moment to moment disillusion. There is one moment – the one moment that is all of our life really. This thought is embedded deeply in Naropa’s curriculum.”
Elaine Yuen, ordained in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, is a Senior Teacher within the Shambhala mandala, and Associate Professor and Chair of the Wisdom Traditions Department at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. She teaches courses on spirituality and ritual, Buddhism, and pastoral care, and is an ongoing member of the International Shambhala Diversity working group. (Via www.shambhalamountain.org)