ASAM88 (F20)


My name is Kathy Yep and I look forward to co-creating knowledge with you this semester. There are many ways for students to succeed in this class. I think each student, faculty, and community partner contributes something that deepens the discourse. I structure the class in order to engage with the many different types of learning styles (e.g. visual, auditory, kinesthetic, abstract, applied, etc). This class will have components where we meet at the same time on Zoom (synchronous) and where we will work independently yet together (asynchronous). This class offers project-based assessments such as a podcast or a letter to a future student. Recognizing that we live in a dynamic and volatile world, I have three requests of the students: 1) communicate; 2) communicate; and 3) communicate. Thank you for bringing an open mind and heart as we co-learn for 15 weeks.

Fall 2019: Deer Park Monastery, Escondido, CA



Using a range of modalities, this student-centered course is an introduction to Thích Nhất Hạnh as a social theorist. Through historical and contemporary examples in the texts and our lives, we will focus on creating collective empowerment amidst historical trauma. Through discussion, online community engagement, and collaborative projects, students will learn concepts, will practice, and will apply “interbeing” and “engaged Buddhism” to ‘real world’ problems.



  • “Ask for help or clarification. Sometimes, the issues raised in class might not offer direct solutions or courses of action, which might frustrate or dissuade you.”
  • “Don’t be afraid to speak up. Topics can be…difficult to process, but Kathy is always there to help support and guide you through your thinking. As she would put it, “just let your thoughts marinate”.”
  • “Keep an open mind. The class encourages you to engage in different activities and to consider perspectives and opinions that may differ from your own. Be flexible and recognize that stepping outside of your comfort zone is a testament to your already unwavering strength.”


Pilot moving mindfulness (Qi Gong) during Spring 2020


  • Sakai: all the readings and grading will be available here; explore tools before the semester starts
  • Zoom: class sessions will be here; test out using chat, share screen, polls, and breakout rooms before the semester starts
  • Padlet: create an username and password, become familiar with posting, practice posting on this ASAM88 padlet
  • Kahoot: create an username and password, learn how to take and create Kahoots
  • Hitting some speed bumps with getting on Sakai? : contact your home campus IT
  • Navigating some hurdles with access to technology?: contact me, student affairs at your home campus, Associate Dean of Faculty in Academic Affairs at your home campus, OBSA, CLSA, QRC, CAPAS, AARC, SCORE



  • This class counts toward the Intercultural Studies, Social Responsibility Praxis, and Asian American Studies – Communities requirements.
  • I am learning how to play the guitar and ukulele.
  • Thích Nhất Hạnh is the author of more than one hundred books including bestsellers Peace Is Every Step, The Miracle of Mindfulness, Living Buddha, Living Christ and Anger.
  • An artivist coach, Dr. Gwyn Kirk, will meet with the class several times to support your projects (funded through Sontag Center).
  • This course is a discussion class and your preparation for class discussion is critical to its success. This class is based on a participatory education model and so your commitment to be an active contributor is essential to the learning process for all.


In addition to registering to vote and voting (party affiliation and how you voted is not disclosed):

1) Participate in or watch online Qi Gong (movement-based interbeing)

2) Participate in or watch online vigils to explore engaged Buddhism (systemic interbeing)

3) Engage with #FreeThemAll and #StopICETransfers campaigns to explore key concepts; start the process of proposing Green Legacy Hiroshima at PZ or propose something from a pre-existing relationship that you have that is relevant to course themes and concepts (systemic interbeing)

For Warmth

I hold my face in my two hands.
No, I am not crying.
I hold my face in my two hands
to keep the loneliness warm—
two hands protecting,
two hands nourishing,
two hands preventing
my soul from leaving me
in anger.

This healing poem “For Warmth” was written by Thích Nhất Hạnh during the American war in Viet Nam. He said that this was written after he heard about the bombing of Ben Tre and the comment made by an U.S. soldier (“We had to destroy the town in order to save it.”)

Fall 2018: Vigil outside of Immigration Detention Center with community partner, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity




Content Warning: Violence, Death, Suffering
Online Vigil: Community Partner: Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity

Community Partner: Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity
Zenju Earthlyn Manuel: Interbeing, Engaged Buddhism in the context of race, gender, and gender expressions

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