Alicia Bazán-Jiménez has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1999. Her practice has become the center of her daily life and has guided her work as a hospice volunteer and other activities with which she is engaged. She participates in a monthly Sutta Study group, two Kalyana Mitta groups, one of which focuses on the contemplation of Aging, Sickness, and Death. She also participated in a Deepening Practice Group. She teaches a weekly class at her home, and is part of the teaching team at Cedar Lane Universalist Unitarian Church in Bethesda. She served as member of the Board of Directors of IMCW.
For over 25 years, Alicia’s international career took her to many countries where disease, infant mortality, and early death are common and painful events that touched her deeply and had a significant impact on her life. Her meditation practice and spiritual path are mainly focused on the human experiences of aging, sickness, death and loss.
Alicia has attended several courses, retreats, conferences, symposiums, and workshops on the spiritual and contemplative aspects of these compelling and sacred human experiences, with teachers such as Sogyal Rinpoche, Joan Halifax, Tara Brach, Frank Ostaseski, Dr. Micheal Kearny, Dr. Ira Byock, Dr. Diane Meier, Judith Lief, and other spiritual teachers. She has been a hospice volunteer for over 8 years.
Alicia graduated from the Dedicated Practitioner Program and in September 2012 from the Community Dharma Leadership IV Program, both sponsored by Spirit Rock Meditation Center. In 2012 she participated in the Buddhist Contemplative Care Symposium sponsored by the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care.
Alicia was born in Lima, Peru. She studied Economics and Sociology at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, and conducted doctoral studies in Economics in the United States. Since 1981, Alicia and her family have lived in Maryland. She retired after working 25 years for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as an economist. In that capacity, she regularly traveled to Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and had the opportunity to better understand situations of extreme poverty and economic hardships experienced by many people. These experiences have determined her continued interest in social and economic issues.