Wilmette High Schooler, a Practicing Buddhist, Uses Meditation to Improve Athletic Performance

December 15, 2005

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Glencoe News


On December 15, 2005 Glencoe News reported, "Mental toughness in an athlete isn't something that's easy to define. But one path to achieving that goal is through meditation. Just ask Kelly Lehmann.

As a member of the fastest New Trier girls cross country team in school history -- and a practicing Buddhist -- the senior from Wilmette is an example of how meditation can translate into a peak athletic performance.

She even started a 'meditation club' two years ago at the high school and curiosity about the practice has drawn the interest of more than 40 students over that span.

Lehmann and her family are followers of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, a Tibetan lama who is the director of Shambhala, a worldwide organization of meditation and retreat centers... New Trier girls cross country coach John Burnside is a faculty sponsor of the club and says his involvement has definitely been a learning experience."

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