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Ben Yoder-Henley

Ben Yoder-Henley

Ben Yoder-Henley

Knox College

Participant in the 2013 ACM Student Symposium on Off-Campus Study

  • Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor: Creative Writing
  • Graduation: 2014
  • Program: Antioch University, Buddhist Studies in India — Fall 2012


Eat, Pray, Love (A Bald-Headed Man's Search for Enlightenment)

The off-campus experience opened my mind to new ways of looking at life. I would like to focus on how my perception of death has changed resulting in a new way of understanding my society, my education, and myself. Overall, our society is suffering from the fear of death, attachment to material items, and lacking the knowledge of the basic concept of impermanence. Meditation practice while living in a Burmese monastery, conversations with realized Buddhist monks, and exploring death through the lens of Tibetan Buddhism in an independent study were key factors of the program that helped me achieve my understanding.


At left: Video of Ben Yoder-Henley's presentation at the Symposium.


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My outlook on life has changed in a very beneficial way from this experience. My core values have strengthened, helping me feel more grounded as a person and more aware of whom I am as a whole. Academically, I have learned to overcome my stresses and self-doubt as a student in comparison to others. School has become clear to me: the grade is no longer an important factor. I now focus my attention on how I can get the most out of my education in order to continue growing as a person.


Post graduation plans: Work outside, help others, and wake up smiling.
What was the best thing that you did while on an off-campus program? Meditate with thirty-five other students in India.
What is one word or phrase that best describes your experience off-campus? May you be well and happy and free from suffering.
Top 3 reasons why you chose to go off-campus:
1. I wanted to learn how to meditate.
2. I was excited to try Indian food.
3. It was time to break out of the bubble of my small, liberal arts school.
If you could travel anywhere where would you go? Easter Island!
If you could learn to speak any language what would it be? Italian & French
What was the best meal that you had while on your program? Paneer butter masala with nan
What was the last movie you saw that made you cry? La Maison en Petits Cubes

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