eyuen@naropa.edu | (303) 245-4718

Chair, Department of Wisdom Traditions | Associate Professor, Religious Studies
Core Faculty


BA in Religious Studies
Contemplative Religions
Indo-Tibetan Buddhism
Master of Divinity


PhD, University of Pennsylvania
MBA, Temple University
BFA, University of Chicago

Areas of specialization:  

  • Pastoral care
  • Spirituality and health care
  • Buddhist and contemplative practices
  • Diversity 

Rev. Elaine Yuen, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Naropa University. She is an interfaith hospital chaplain, and a Senior Teacher and Buddhist Minister serving Shambhala International in the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa. A meditation practitioner since the early 1970’s, Dr. Yuen teaches meditation classes and workshops nationally and internationally. She has written and lectured on Buddhism, aging and meditation, contemplative approaches to chaplaincy, and religious diversity; and has been a regular columnist for the Living Religion Page of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Recent writings include articles on “Spirituality and Health Care,” “Meditation and Healthy Aging,” and “Spirituality and the Clinical Encounter.” She continues exploration of contemporary contemplative life through many activities as a parent, artist, researcher and teacher.