Ryuko Laura Burges, a lay entrusted dharma teacher in the Soto Zen tradition, teaches classes, lectures, and leads retreats in Northern California. A teacher of children for 35 years, she now mentors aspiring teachers. Laura 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. Shambhala Publishers has published Laura's Buddhist Stories for Kids: Jataka Tales of Kindness, Friendship, and Forgiveness, available through the SFZC Online store. A second book about Zen for kids will be coming out in Spring of 2023. Laura’s most recent book, Finding Our Way: Zen Awakening in Recovery, will be published by Shambhala in the Fall of 2023.