Viveka (she/they) was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1997 and is based at the San Francisco Buddhist Center where she was chair for 16 years until 2016. An international teacher of Buddhism and meditation, she currently focuses on teaching and leadership retreats. Viveka was a co-founder of Triratna’s Total Immersion longer meditation retreats and has led many month-long retreats. In 2022, she trained as a somatic coach and is enjoying how that is enriching her dharma teaching. Currently, Viveka is President of the New York and Mexico City Triratna Buddhist Centers.

She teaches with an open and compassionate presence, and deep respect for those she engages with. A proud child of Chinese immigrants, she lives in San Francisco with her husband. For 30 years she has worked for racial and social justice as an integral expression of her dharma practice.

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