Brief Backgrounder

My meditation practice began in the mid-nineties when a stressful business career and study of classical piano collided in a health disaster. What started out as an effort to address physical pain and depression has now, 24 years later, turned into a way of life. It’s now a daily personal practice that touches everything I do.

I was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2004, and regularly teach and lead retreats at the Boston Triratna Buddhist Community and Aryaloka Buddhist Center.

Coaching came as a natural part of teaching meditation. I received my training from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) in 2008 and have been coaching individual clients ever since.

I took on MBSR teacher training in 2011 when mindfulness began to gain acceptance in the mainstream and scientific communities. My training is with the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center. I’ve now taught over 30 cycles of MBSR classes in the Boston area, and continue to offer them 4 times a year.

Prior to all this, I worked for 16 years in high tech product management, most notably at Lotus Development/IBM and numerous software and internet startups. I also worked briefly in the not-for-profit world in classical music administration.

A Full Retelling

I am honored to have been featured in an interview with Helene T. Stelian in her blog Next Act for Women. Here is the full retelling of my story: Becoming a Buddhist Minister and Mindfulness Coach at 47: Sunada’s Story