Wendy Garling is a writer, mother and independent scholar. She has a BA from Wellesley College and an MA in Sanskrit language and literature from the University of California, Berkeley. Garling has been a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner since her travels to Asia in her twenties. She took refuge with HH the 16th Karmapa in San Francisco in 1976. In 1998 she began teaching in the women's spirituality program at the Women's Well in Concord, MA. Garling’s emphasis is on the sacred feminine and women’s stories. She also teaches Buddhism in the Lam Rim tradition in community settings. Her book is Stars at Dawn: Forgotten Stories of Women in the Buddha’s Life.