I was born in the USA and attained a B.A. in
Liberal Arts. Then after travelling through Europe and Africa, I
married a New Zealander and we traveled through Asia to NZ in 1973.
We have two adult sons.
I became a Mahayana Buddhist in Nepal in 1973.
With my husband and two other people we started the first Tibetan
Buddhist Centre in NZ, Dorje Chang Institute, in 1976. In 1995,
I founded and am the Managing Director of Amitabha Hospice Service
Trust. I am the current Vice-Chairperson of the New Zealand Buddhist
Council. In 1992 I became a Registered Nurse. My nursing experience
has led me to specialise in Palliative care. I was critically injured
in a car accident in 2008, which gave me a lot of experience of
being on the other side of the caring equation.
In my work as a nurse with dying patients in
their own homes, I felt my usefulness was more as a spiritual companion
supporting their transition than as a medical practitioner.