In recent decades, many Quakers have been drawn to the study of Buddhist teachings and to the practices of meditation and mindfulness as taught in Buddhism. Valerie Brown, who is both a Quaker and a Buddhist, explores the gifts that Buddhism has to offer Friends in our search for unity with the Divine Ground, for clarity in our worship, and for equanimity in our lives. Writing as a dedicated seeker in both traditions, she identifies the points of commonality as well as the valuable insights and techniques that Friends can derive from a discipline that has developed through more than 2,500 years of practice.
About the Author(s)
Valerie Brown is a member of Solebury Monthly Meeting (PA) and a popular Pendle Hill workshop leader. She was ordained as a lay member of the Tien Hiep Order in 2003 by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and is a founding member of Old Path Sangha, a Buddhist community in New Hope, PA. Trained at the Center for Courage and Renewal with Parker J. Palmer, she has studied mindfulness and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society. She is a certified Kundalini yoga teacher. Her writings on spirituality have been widely published and include Pendle Hill Pamphlet 386, The Mindful Quaker: A Brief Introduction to Buddhist Wisdom for Friends.
Pendle Hill Pamphlet #386