Katherine Kim Kelso
Kim Kelso began studying and practicing meditation in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition in 1980 and began teaching in 1992. She has been a member of the Kootenay, Vancouver and Victoria Shambhala Centers in British Columbia, Canada and now a member in Phoenix, AZ. She was formerly a shastri and has taught extensively in Phoenix, Tucson, and Albuquerque. She has been a Scorpion Seal student since 2009 and completed SSA8. She finds the Buddhist teachings to be profound, and particularly refreshing, unbiased, and practical. She is especially inspired by the vision of Shambhala with its foundation of Basic Goodness, its path of warriorship and its notion of Enlightened Society. She has taught the full Way of Shambhala extensively. She is particularly inspired by the bodhisattva path of awakened heart and has often taught the lojong slogans and Buddhist studies curricula. Recently she has developed and taught curricula particularly suited to our times such as a weekend prajnaparamita class, a 5 week course on “Working with Change and Uncertainty” and weekend and weekthun curricula with the theme “Chaos, Compassion and Confidence.” She has a Bachelor of Social Work degree and an MA in Adult Education, Leadership and Organizational Change. In 2008, she retired from a career in social work to move to Arizona to care for her mother who recently passed on at the age of 102. She is married and lives in Yarnell. AZ where she leads a thriving weekly meditation group.