The Spiritual Practices and Experiences of African-American Buddhist Lesbians in the IMC

  • Pamela Ayo Yetunde
Part of the Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice book series (BRWT)


African-American Buddhist same-sex loving women (or lesbians) in the Insight Meditation tradition, who grew up in Christian churches, engaged in a mixed methods research study utilizing the Fetzer Spiritual Experience Index (with some modifications) for the quantitative portion of the study. Five women, Norene, Deborah, Marcella, Alicia, and Mary (not their real names) participated in interviews. The quantitative analysis was put in “dialogue” with the qualitative analysis from the narratives, through a Sequential Nested Transformative Strategy (SNTS) to find that Buddhism, in the Insight Meditation tradition, has a positive relational impact on these women.


Research Mixed methods Narrative Relational resilience Interviews 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pamela Ayo Yetunde
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  1. 1.United Theological Seminary of the Twin CitiesNew BrightonUSA

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