Ann began Zen training in 2000 at Yokoji-Zen Mountain Center (zmc.org). She took the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts on October 27th, 2002 and continued participation in center activities until she move to Sarasota in May 2004. The Zen Center activities included weekly chanting and meditation services in addition to weekly sitting in Idyllwild with local non-resident zen Buddhist. Ann has also attended Zen retreats (sesshins), Fall and Spring Training sessions, and the Women’s Monthly meditation classes and annual retreats.
Ann began attending Sarasota Zen Center in November 2013.
Her initial study in Buddhism began October, 1985 with taking refuge in Buddha with His Eminence Ludhing Khen Rinpoche, Sakya Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Head Abbot of Ngor Monastery, Nepal. This series of teachings was organized by the Thubten Dhondrup Ling Sakya Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies and Meditation in Los Angeles, California. The teachings by Ludhing Khen Rinpoche included Hevajra, Padmasambhava, White Tara and Vajrayogini Initiations. Studies and meditations continued at the Sakya Center with Lama Lobsang until he returned to Nepal in 1992. I held the position of Vice-President for the organization.