Today we’d like to introduce you to Kate ONeil.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I moved to Baltimore from Connecticut two years ago. I had been an active member at the Buddhist center there for a few years. After my boyfriend of many years passed away from pancreatic cancer, I was in a transition. In the healing period, I was open to what the next chapter of my life might look like. At the urging of my teacher, a wise Buddhist nun, I came to Baltimore to work at the Temple. After holding a few different positions at KMC-Maryland, I am now the director. This position has many aspects to it, but the one I am most passionate about is letting people of Maryland know what a treasure they have here. Kadampa Meditation Center is a modern Buddhist Temple where everyone is welcome. The mission is to create world peace, one mind at a time.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Packing all your belongings into a pickup truck and moving to a new area where you don’t know anyone is always a challenge. At the age of 60, many of my friends are settling in and bouncing grandchildren on their knees. So I am choosing a road few of my contemporaries can relate to. I believe by continually challenging myself to experience new things and sharing my skills and talents with others is my personal mission.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I have been a nonprofit professional for over 30 years. It is work that is challenging, sometimes nearly impossible, but very rewarding. In this job, my colleagues and I work to create world peace. It doesn’t get more radical than that.
If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
- Email: Director@meditationmd.org
- Website: www.meditationmd.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tara.love.96995238