is the founder and guiding teacher of Presence Collective, a contemplative community, and Peace in Schools, a nonprofit organization that created the nation's first for-credit mindfulness class in public high schools. She has been teaching contemplative practice since 2001 and trained for eight years in a silent Zen monastery.
Zen master Bankei said, “Rather than trying to become a buddha, nothing could be simpler than taking the shortcut of remaining a buddha!” We are that which we long for. In the original spirit of Zen, we focus on direct experience. We recognize that we are already the Buddha. Given the fact that we often do not experience ourselves that way, through compassionate awareness we inquire into the nature of what appears to block realization. Even while exploring the mind of limitation, we do so from the recognition of ourselves as whole, complete, and interconnected.