ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  • I live, work, and study on unceded Wampanoag and Massachusett land: so-called Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • My spiritual life and academic pursuits revolve around Buddhism—a set of practices, communities, traditions, and texts that originate in Asia and are still maintained primarily by Asians and people of Asian descent.
 
ACADEMIC & PROFESSIONAL, CURRENT
  • Rooted in a decade of Buddhist practice and my upbringing in the Jewish tradition, I am preparing for a career in interfaith chaplaincy. As an MDiv student at Harvard Divinity School, my main research goal is to articulate a Buddhist theology of playfulness. My studies focus on spiritual care, collective justice, practical ethics, embodiment, relationality, materiality, dance, poetry, and critical theory.
  • Another cherished academic interest of mine is the study of Pāli, the language of early Buddhist texts. I translated the Mettā Sutta using contemporary American English.
  • Currently, I am a participant in two long-term, intensive trainings:
    • At Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, Founding Teacher Narayan Helen Liebenson is guiding me and a small cohort through a Community Dharma Mentorship program, which prepares us to teach basic forms of meditation.
    • I am a leader-in-training in the body wisdom modality InterPlay
  • In the summer of 2021, I am completing my first unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE, a well-established professional chaplaincy training program). I'm working as an intern in the spiritual care department at University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, VT.
  • Professor Cheryl Giles supervises me as a research assistant on her project mapping Buddhist chaplains across North America.
  • I regularly volunteer as a mentor for teenagers taking part in mindfulness/meditation retreats, through Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) and the Insight Meditation Society (IMS).
  • The Khyentse Foundation has awarded me a Buddhist Studies Scholarship.
 
ACADEMIC & PROFESSIONAL, PAST
 
PERSONAL