Kyle Kaplan, a second year Master of Divinity candidate at Harvard Divinity School, has spent the last 8 years deepening his Buddhist practice, along with his theoretical knowledge of Buddhist teachings. Kyle has been active in several sanghas, including S.N. Goenka retreats, the Ch’an monasteries of Dharma Drum Mountain and Fo Guang Shan in Taiwan, the Dartmouth Student Mindfulness Group, and the Dartmouth Zen Practice Group, where he studied with Gendo Allyn Field of the Upper Valley Zen Center. Recently, Kyle spent the summer applying his spiritual practice as an interfaith chaplain at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. In addition to his Buddhist practice, Kyle has been exploring yoga since 2006, and enjoys channeling his spiritual and creative energies into sound compositions, computer programming, along with poetic and analytical writing.
Kyle Kaplan has been a practicing yogi since 2006, and a yoga teacher since 2013. He earned his 200 hour teaching certificate in vinyasa-based hatha yoga in 2016 from Liz Heffernan’s Soma Yoga Institute. Along with having practiced a diversity of yoga styles, Kyle is a dedicated meditator with a deep scholarly interest in both Eastern and Western philosophy. His class merges his extensive yoga experience with his meditative and philosophical understanding, resulting in a flow that is both vigorous and contemplative. Kyle has led yoga classes in Taiwan, where he lived for 4 years, at Peace Street Community Center, United Yoga Taipei, Dharma Drum Mountain, as well as in the U.S. for Dartmouth College’s Mindfulness Student Group.
Kyle Kaplan was born and raised in Los Angeles and moved to Montreal in 2006 to study music technology at McGill University. Upon graduating in 2010, Kyle spent a brief period in New York City before moving to Taipei, Taiwan to teach English, study Mandarin, explore distant lands and contribute to East Asia’s intimate, compelling experimental music and media art scene. Kyle returned to the U.S. to complete a Master of Arts at Dartmouth College in Digital Musics in 2014, his studies culminating in a praxis-based thesis which focused on intersections between Buddhist thought and interactive, generative sound art. Concurrent to his studies and art, Kyle has participated in numerous and varied Buddhist retreats in both Theravadan and Zen lineages. Recently, Kyle spent the summer applying his spiritual practice as an interfaith chaplain at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He enrolled as a Master of Divinity candidate at Harvard Divinity School in 2017, and is extraordinarily excited to contribute to Northeastern University’s Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service this upcoming academic year.