Lila Kate Wheeler attended her first meditation retreat in 1977. She was a Buddhist nun in Rangoon, Burma and has practiced in a variety of traditions and contexts. She is empowered to teach in the Insight/Theravada and Vajrayana traditions. She has won prizes for her fiction, essays, and her travel journalism and edited two books for her Burmese teacher, the late Sayadaw U Pandita. Lila lives in Somerville, MA.