Upadhyaya (Reverend) Elaine Yuen, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she teaches courses on spirituality, Buddhism, and contemplative practices in modern life. Trained at the University of Chicago and University of Pennsylvania, as well as an interfaith hospital chaplain, she is a Senior Teacher and Buddhist Minister in the lineage of Shambhala International.
A Buddhist and meditation practitioner since the early 1970's, Dr. Yuen recently returned from leading a month-long meditation retreat in Vermont. She has taught national and international programs exploring the interfaces between Buddhism, meditation, creativity, and pastoral care; and has been a regular columnist for the Living Religion Page of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Recent writings include articles on Spirituality and Health Care, Meditation and Healthy Aging, and Spirituality and the Clinical Encounter. She continues exploration of contemporary contemplative life through many activities as a teacher, parent, and artist.