Ryūshin (Dragon Heart) Andrea Thach began formal practice in 1994 in the vipassana community and began Zen practice in in 1997. She joined Berkeley Zen Center, in 1999 where she was ordained in 2005 and was shuso 2009. She held all the temple positions in her 16 years, was an active teacher and received dharma Transmission for Abbot Sojun Mel Weitsman in 2015. Andrea has also practiced with Shohaku Okumura Roshi, abbot of Sanshinji temple in Bloomington, IN, for many years. New to Bellingham in early 2016, she loves the out of doors, all life forms, and especially dogs.
Andrea has spent most of her professional life practicing internal medicine, geriatrics, hospice, and palliative medicine in the inner city of Oakland, California. Currently she practices geriatrics in Bellingham.