Kate “Lila” Wheeler is one of the coordinators of the 2016-2020 meditation teacher training at Spirit Rock, the most diverse teacher training to date in Western convert Buddhism. She was given rein to teach in the Theravada Insight tradition, Vajrayana, and the Advaita approach of HWL Poonja. Kate grew up in Latin America and has spent time in traditional Asian practice communities, as a nun in Burma in 1988 and the caves of Tso Pema more recently. She practices at Spirit Rock, Pema Kilaya in Washington State, and some other communities in the West. She’s married to David Guss, lives in Somerville, MA, and is also a published writer of fiction and journalism.