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Maureen Chen is the author of the new book "Mystic at the Edge". In this online event, Maureen will be in conversation with our COO Victor Perton, author Mary C. Dwyer and culture and values leader Stephen Berkely.
Maureen is a member of The Centre for Optimism and, in the book, talks about her initial negative reaction to our work at The Centre for Optimism which developed into support - see the extract Mystic at the Edge: Optimism
Mystic at the Edge: Optimism
While Victor was working on The Australian Leadership Project,Victor found Maureen's work on The Future of Power very interesting and useful and participated in several of its fora. Victor caught up with Maureen in Taiwan last year to hear about her spiritual work.
Panellist Mary Dwyer is CEO of Impact Solutions International, award-winning author and sought after speaker on Spirituality and Leadership in Contemporary Life. Mary is the author of The Final Act of Grace.
Panellist Stephen Berkely is a values and culture leader and recently returned from working in the leadership team at India's J Watumull Global Hospital & Research Centre working at the best of western and ayurvedic medicine.
About the Book "Mystic at the Edge"
The first part of the book spans Maureen Chen's life from growing up in 'White' Australia, marrying her Chinese husband, travelling through Asia in search of a monastery where they could pursue the teachings of Buddha; he to become a monk, and her a nun, onto Europe and back to Australia through Asia once again. In Australia, Maureen and Tom come across the Brahma Kumaris and begin to follow their teachings. They ended up returning to Asia where Maureen opened a number of Brahma Kumaris Meditation Centres with her current project in Taiwan.
In parts two and three Maureen shares deep and meaningful explorations and contemplations on practical spirituality and how her spiritual philosophy and lifestyle interface with wider world views. Entertaining yet powerful, and perhaps at times challenging, Mystic at the Edge shows that spirituality is not about being flaky, counter-cultural, or religious. Spirituality is a natural calling in all of us to practice being who we really are and support each other
About Maureen Chen
A native of Sydney, Australia, Maureen Chen has travelled, read and learned widely. She has studied and taught Raja Yoga Meditation with the Brahma Kumaris for over 40 years, establishing and sustaining Meditation Centres in Australia, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and the Philippines.
In Hong Kong, Maureen was the Moderator of the Hong Kong Network on Religion and Peace, Chairperson of Unity for Peace, Secretary of the Living Values Education and Secretary of the Asian Business Leadership Exchange, ABLE. She also helped to establish the Foodlink Foundation, an NGO linking hotels and restaurants with social welfare organisations.
Maureen went on to establish social enterprises for victims of landmines; the Khmer Independent Life Team (KILT), and the Peace Cafe; a vegetarian community cafe offering values and environmental training in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
In August 2010, she moved to India to devote her time and efforts exclusively to organising and facilitating over 50 programs for the Future of Power project, bringing leaders together to explore the use of personal power.
After returning to Sydney to coordinate activities at the national office of The Brahma Kumaris she was pulled back to Asia. Today she is based in Taiwan where she has opened a Meditation Centre in the southern city of Kaohsiung.