Lama Surya Das, one of the foremost American Buddhist teachers and scholars, is the founder and spiritual director of the Dzogchen Foundation in Massachusetts and California. He is the author of several books, including the bestsellers Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Modern World and Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be.
Keith Kachtick grew up in Texas, attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and now lives in New York City. His writing has appeared in a number of publications, including Esquire, Texas Monthly, the Missouri Review, and the New York Times Magazine. He is senior instructor of the Lineage Project, a nonprofit, Dharma-based organization that runs meditation classes in youth prisons in Harlem, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.