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Mindfulness, Meditation, & Buddhism

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We are a network of Duke alumni, current students, and faculty who share an interest in mindfulness, meditation, and Buddhist teachings. Our affinity group

  • Connects alumni, students & faculty to shared resources
  • Organizes & sponsor speakers, workshops, and more  
  • Supports meditation practice and Buddhist life on campus  

The affinity group is not affiliated with or now supported by any school of the Buddhist faith and is not a proselytizing organization.  

The community welcomes everyone equally – the curious, beginners, experienced meditators, long time Buddhists, those affiliated with other religions, those seeking knowledge of the physiological and psychological benefits of meditation, and more.
We deeply value the role of friendship and community in supporting a thoughtful spiritual path of inner reflection, wisdom, and compassion. 

Coordinators

Roy Maurer

Roy MauerRoy Maurer is currently a partner in The Clarion Group, a boutique management consulting firm providing leadership advice to senior executives around Strategy, Organization Structure, Culture and Leadership Development.
 
Roy graduated from Duke with a BA in Psychology in 1970.  While completing his Master of Divinity at Yale in 1974, he served as a Chaplain and worked in Psychiatry at Yale New Haven Hospital.  In the 4-5 years following, he lived in Zen Buddhist and Catholic (Trappist) monastic settings and participated in multiple courses in the Buddhist Theravada tradition (Mindfulness), including intensive three month retreats, at Insight Meditation Society.  He then taught religion and psychology at Choate Rosemary Hall before returning to Yale for his MBA in 1987 and completing his CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) in 1992.

For the past 30 years Roy has pursued a career in business as an executive in a Fortune 50 financial services company – where he developed domestic and international business ventures in both investments and international insurance – and subsequently as an advisor to business leaders with The Clarion Group.  During that time he served on the Board of Insight Meditation Society for nine years, six as President.

Roy offers Mindfulness classes at West Hartford Yoga (Connecticut) and his wife, Iris, is a full time yoga instructor and personal trainer.  Together they offer workshops combining Mindfulness and Yoga.  They have three grown children and currently split their time between Farmington, CT and Naples, FL. 

Shian-Ling Keng

Shian-Ling KengShian-Ling Keng graduated with a B. Sc. in Psychology and Biology from Duke University’s Trinity College of Arts and Sciences in 2007 and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Department of Psychology at Duke University in 2013, and is proud to call herself a “Double Dukie”. She is one of the founding members of the Buddhist Community at Duke (now Buddhist Meditation Community at Duke) and served on its steering committee for 8 years. Originally from Malaysia, Shian-Ling is currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at National University of Singapore, and her research areas include the application of mindfulness-based interventions in mental health. She began practicing meditation at the age of 19, and has attended meditation retreats held by teachers in Zen and Theravada traditions. She is particularly inspired by teachings by Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Brahmavamso, and Thich Nhat Hanh in her practice of Buddhism and meditation.

Sumi Loundon Kim

Sumi Loundon KimSumi Loundon Kim is the Buddhist chaplain at Duke University and teacher for the Buddhist Families of Durham (BFD). Her most recent book is Sitting Together: A Family-Centered Curriculum on Mindfulness, Meditation, and Buddhist Teachings (2017). She has published two anthologies about young Buddhists: Blue Jean Buddha (2001) and The Buddha’s Apprentices (2005), among other articles and chapters. After receiving a master’s degree in Buddhist studies and Sanskrit from the Harvard Divinity School, she was the associate director for the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Originally brought up in a Soto Zen community in the 70s, she has been following the Theravada lineage for the past 20 years. Sumi and her husband, a native of Korea and professor of Korean Buddhism and culture at Duke, have two children and live on campus as part of the Faculty-in-Residence program.