Karen Van Dine connected with the San Francisco gay community in 1985 as a member of Radiant Light Ministries, where she served as a prayer counselor. Through the AIDS Epidemic of the 80’s and 90’s, Karen worked with the San Francisco Healing Circle and R.L.M., leading meditations, memorials and assisting many in conscious dying. After her time as a student at Tassajara Zen Monastery and retreats with Thich Nhat Hanh, she founded the Living Peace Meditation Community in 1993. The L.P.M.C. began in connection with the San Francisco Center for Living and later moved into its own location when the center closed. She has been the primary facilitator for the L.P.M.C. for 25 years. Three years ago, she was rather stunned to realize that she was now an elder!, so she shifted the L.P.M.C. to the Aquatic Park Senior Center where she serves as a Meditation teacher/facilitator and art teacher. At 78, she also continues her work as a visual artist, writer and public speaker. Through her many years of meditation, she has deepened her personal practice, insight, and compassion. She has a profound life long love and heart connection with the gay community.
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