rebecca li

8:00 a.m. I start each day at my home in central New Jersey with both moving and sitting meditation, followed by about an hour of work on my research paper on Masters Taixu and Sheng Yen as Buddhist thinkers.


12:00 p.m. Usually I arrive around midday at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, where I’m an associate professor of sociology and faculty director of the Alan Dawley Center for the Study of Social Justice. On the day of this shoot, I went over plans with fellow faculty members for shutting down the college campus until further notice because of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, and we determined how we would transition to online teaching. As of March 16, I’ve been working from home.


3:30 p.m. During my office hours, students and my student worker often go over their projects with me. Right now I teach two sections of Introduction to Sociology and guide a student’s independent research project. Since mid-March, all of my meetings with students have been held virtually.


8:30 p.m. In the evening, I like to relax by playing piano before I prepare dinner. On a weekly basis I also host virtual dharma groups for the Chan Dharma Community.

See more of Rebecca Li’s day on Instagram @tricyclemag.

Check out previous installments of “A Day in the Dharma” featuring Ralph Steele, founder of the Life Transition Meditation Center, Reverend Qalvy Grainzvolt, lead meditation guide for the Shinnyo Center, and Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, abbot of the Bhavana Society.

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