Therese Fitzgerald brings decades of Dharma practice at the San Francisco and Tassajara Zen Centers and then with Vietnamese Zen monk and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh, who ordained her as a Dharma teacher. Therese has served as Director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and co-founder of the Community of Mindful Living, which developed programs for social service in Vietnam and, with Maxine Hong Kingston, offered mindfulness-and-writing workshops for veterans of war. Therese is presently director and teacher of Dharma Friends, based on Maui, Hawai‘i.
Wendy Johnson has been practicing Zen meditation since 1972. Ordained as a lay Dharma teacher by Thich Nhat Hanh, Wendy has also trained at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in northern California for more than three decades, combining engaged meditation and organic gardening practice, and has led retreats for environmental activists over the last decade. Her book, Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate, published by Bantam Books, came out in the Spring.
Maxine Hong Kingston, author of “The Woman Warrior,” “China Men,” “Tripmaster Monkey” and others, will receive the 2008 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the National Book Foundation announced today.Maxine Hong Kingston, author of “The Woman Warrior,” “China Men,” “Tripmaster Monkey” and others, received the 2008 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation.