Hilary Herdman, Ph.D, studied and taught at Rangjung Yeshe Institute at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery since 2000. Hilary was a founding member of Dharmachakra Translation Committee. She continued her education by completing an MA and later a a Ph.D at the University of Bristol, UK. Her thesis concerned the origins of pilgrimage and her research interests include pilgrimage, devotional and ritual practices and their significance in the Buddhist tradition. She is a member of Samye Institute Steering Committee and helps produce content for the site and for retreats and events. She humbly wishes to thank her teachers, Khyabje Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche and Phakchok Rinpoche for their tremendous compassion, wisdom and kindness. Hilary feels deep gratitude to all the excellent Buddhist teachers throughout the years, and the lamas, khenpos, and nuns associated with Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery. Hilary lives in Portugal, and is grateful also for the generous support and flexibility of her husband, Dan.