Jean Beebe has had a lifelong interest and exposure to the practice and study of spirituality since childhood where she was raised in a home where prayer, Bible study and hymn singing in the Protestant tradition were part of family life. As a teenager, her interest in Buddhism and meditation was piqued, which led to a minor in religion in college and her first exposure to traditional Zen meditation. Since, Jean has taken Buddhist refuge and bodhisattva vows while still appreciating the religious roots of her upbringing.
After graduate school, Jean received a certificate from Harvard University in Religion and Education and was honored to lead a webinar on teaching about the 2001 World Trade Center event in the classroom. She currently also holds a certificate from Mindful Schools, a cutting edge educational program that trains teachers to incorporate mindfulness and meditation in teaching youth, a practice she uses in her own work as a high school teacher. Jean is the current director of the LGBTQI meditation group at the Boston Shambhala Center as well as being a regular umdze and instructor in the Learn to Meditate offering there. Jean is also a current member of Coro Allegro, Boston’s chorus for members of the LGBTQ community and their allies. Jean resides in Quincy with her wife and enjoys cycling, travel, reading, and music-making.