Laura Burges, a lay entrusted dharma teacher in the Soto Zen tradition, lectures and leads retreats at practice centers in Northern California. She received monastic training at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. A teacher of children for 35 years, she now mentors other teachers and helps bring mindfulness practice into the elementary classroom. Burges co-founded the Sangha in Recovery Program at the San Francisco Zen Center and is the abiding teacher at Lenox House Meditation Group in Oakland. She is the author of The Zen Way of Recovery, Zen for Kids, and Buddhist Stories for Kids.