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Rande Brown, LCSW

RANDE BROWN, LCSW is a founding board member and formerly the Executive Director of the Tricycle Foundation, publisher of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, America’s leading Buddhist magazine. With a degree in East Asian Studies from Princeton University, Brown lived for many years in Japan, where she was Associate Director of the International Division of the Institute for Religion and Psychology in Tokyo. Upon returning to the U.S., she founded East West Communications, a leading force in cross-cultural programming between Japan and the United States for over 20 years. 


A well-known translator of Japanese spiritual and cultural texts, Brown co-authored the New York Times bestseller Geisha, A Life with Mineko Iwasaki (Atria, 2002), which has been translated into 18 languages and is still in print. A graduate of the first Foundations Course of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, Brown served as a volunteer Chaplain at Beth Israel Medical Center and is a founding member of the Center’s board. Her experience as a chaplain inspired her to become a licensed psychotherapist and psychoanalyst with a specific interest in the intersection of Buddhism, spirituality, and psychology.  Brown is a graduate of the Silver School of Social Work of New York University and a graduate of the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology.  She is currently in private practice in Greenwich Village and has recently finished a new book, Reincarnation Karma: Practical Wisdom for our Time, that will be published in 2020.

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