Lila Kate Wheeler wanted to be a saint when she grew up. Nowadays she’s aiming for a more open heart and a moment-to-moment encounter with reality. As “Kate” she's a fiction writer, essayist, and travel journalist with books and prizes to her credit. As “Lila” she teaches and practices in the Vipassana and Tibetan Nyingma Buddhist lineages. She is married to a poet/professor/anthropologist, lives in the Boston area, hopes to contribute to the welfare of all beings.