Becoming a Buddhist Minister and Mindfulness Coach at 47: Sunada’s Story

I’m very honored to be interviewed on the blog Next Act for Women, featuring women who reinvent themselves in midlife. Thank you to Hélène Tragos Stelian for arranging this. Here’s a link to the full post.


Becoming a Buddhist Minister and Mindfulness Coach at 47: Sunada’s Story

with my dad in Japan

with my dad in Japan

Chronic ails in midlife forced Sunada to reevaluate the path she was on. She found Buddhism, gave up her high tech career, and dedicated her life to helping others…

Tell us a little about your background…

I was born in Tokyo in 1957, the youngest of three children. We emigrated to the US when I was three, as my father had accepted a job here.

I come from a family of ultra high achievers. Every male member of my extended family attended Tokyo University (Japan’s equivalent of Harvard). My mother went to the best high school for girls in the country (girls in her generation didn’t go to college). I come from a family of doctors, executives, and Ph.Ds. While growing up, I didn’t experience pressure to achieve; my parents simply expected it and took it for granted. And I, of course, never even thought to question it…

One Comment on “Becoming a Buddhist Minister and Mindfulness Coach at 47: Sunada’s Story”

  1. Alina

    Hi Sunada!What an great life story, inspirational!! Thanks for sharing. Alina
    http://www.allmeditate.com

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