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Inspiring Teachers

Brenda Shoshanna, PhD, a psychologist in private practice in Manhattan and a long-time practitioner of Zen and Judaism, is author of Zen and the Art of Falling in Love and When Someone You Care for Is Sick. In her work as a psychologist, speaker, and workshop leader, she helps people see relationships as spiritual practice.

Larry Ward, director of the Lotus Institute, is a dharma teacher ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh. In his book, Love's Garden, coauthored by his wife, Peggy Rowe, he teaches how to use the practice of mindfulness to navigate difficulties in relationships and uncover one's own innate wisdom and courage to create loving partnerships.

Judy Lief, a Buddhist teacher for more than 30 years, was a close student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who empowered her to teach in the Vajrayana and Shambhala traditions. She recently completed work on a three-volume collection of Chögyam Trungpa's teachings, The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma.