Venerable Steve (Gelong Thubten Sherab) was born in the UK, and has been studying Buddhism since 1977. He first met Lama Yeshe, the founder of the FPMT, and Lama Zopa, its current head, in 1978. He was ordained as a Buddhist monk by Lama Zopa in 1979 and received full ordination from Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche the following year. Venerable Steve studied for eleven years at Nalanda Monastery in France, and from 1993 to 2004 was one of only a handful of Westerners studying at Sera Monastery in South India. Since 1979 he was a student and subsequently interpreter of the late and revered abbot emeritus of Sera Je monastery, Geshe Jampa Tegchog. Ven. Steve currently teaches the Basic Program and leads a variety of retreats at Land of Medicine Buddha and interprets around the world.
Amy J. Miller (Ven. Lobsang Chodren) first encountered Buddhism in 1987 at Kopan Monastery in Nepal and has been ordained since 2000. She has spent a great deal of time engaged in meditation retreats, study, teaching, and Buddhist center management. Prior to studying Buddhism, Amy was a political fundraiser in Washington, DC, and worked for Mother Jones Magazine in San Francisco, California. She also trained as a hospice counselor during the peak of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco and offers courses and retreats on death and dying and end-of-life care. Ven. Amy’s practical teaching style helps people connect with meditation and mindfulness to gain a refreshing perspective on normally stressful living. She is also the co-author of FPMT’s Buddhism in a Nutshell and a touring teacher for FPMT. For more information on Amy’s teaching schedule and courses, see www.AmyMiller.com.
Originally from Australia, Rommy has worked in a variety of roles from geoscientist to professional dog walker and everything in between.
As the Spiritual Program Coordinator at Land of Medicine Buddha, her goal is to create accessible and deepening programming for everyone – from people attending their first meditation session to seasoned dharma practitioners with decades of experience. She is excited to connect with the local and global LMB community to provide the classes and teachings that people connect within this modern era.
Rama Khalsa is a psychologist and dharma practitioner and has served as County Health and Behavioral Health director for Santa Cruz County. She also serves as a Board member for Tara Home our end-of-life program partnered with hospice to serve patients with limited family support seeking a peaceful end-of-life experience.