LEW RICHMOND Chikudo Lew Richmond is an ordained disciple of Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki, and a lineage holder in that tradition. Beginning in 1967, for fifteen years he lived and trained at Tassajara Zen Monastary, San Francisco Zen Center, and Green Gulch Zen Temple, where he was its Head of Practice from 1977-1983. He is the author of three books: WORK AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE: A Practical Buddhist Approach to Inner Growth and Satisfaction on the Job; HEALING LAZARUS, A Buddhist's Journey from Near Death to New Life; and A WHOLE LIFE'S WORk, Living Passionately, Growing Spiritually. His personal website, with information about his books, music, and other activities, is www.LewisRichmond.com. His home Sangha's website is www.VimalaSangha.org. Lew blogs at www.AgingAsASpiritualPractice.com, a site that specializes in seeing the aging process as a dharma gate and opportunity for dharma learning. Lewis lives with his wife Amy in Mill Valley, CA, and has one grown son.
LAMA PALDEN DROLMA Lama Palden Drolma is the Resident Lama of Sukhasiddhi Foundation, based in San Rafael, California. She completed the traditional Tibetan Buddhist three-year retreat under Kalu Rinpoche's guidance in 1985. In 1986 she became one of the first Western women to be authorized as a lama in the Vajrayana tradition. In addition to Kalu Rinpoche, she has studied with many of the great Tibetan masters from all lineages. Lama Palden's personal website is www.LamaPalden.com. Since 1986, Lama Palden's teachings have translated Vajrayana Buddhist principles and practices in ways that make them accessible to Westerners. She has a deep interest in fostering psycho-spiritual awareness within daily life. She is a mother of two children.