Ralph Steele

Ralph Steele is the founder of Life Transition Meditation Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he serves as the guiding meditation teacher. He has practiced Theravadin Buddhist meditation for over three decades and taught since 1987, including at such venues as Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Insight Meditation Society. He completed a year of intensive practice as a monk in Burma and in Thailand. Along with his interest in preserving the Theravada tradition, he is dedicated to making the dharma available to culturally diverse populations. Ralph has done a great deal of work in cultural diversity. He has also worked with youth around the country.  

Ralph received his M.A. degree from the University of Santa Clara in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy in 1979. He holds BA degrees in Humanistic Psychology, and Religious Studies with board honors. Ralph is also the Founder of the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Hospice Training Program at Northern New Mexico Community College. During his tenure as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, he was instrumental in transitioning the EKR Hospice Program, from a two year Associate’s Degree program to a Master’s Degree program in Grief, Bereavement and Counseling. He studied for nine years to become certified as a trauma practitioner,  initially with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Treatment Institute and then with Raja Selvem PhD, PhD for his certification in Integral Somatic Psychology. He is a member of the following organizations:

* The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy

* The American Academy of Pain Management

* The American Pain Society

Articles by Ralph Steele:
Mindfulness ImmersedSubtle Energies Magazine: Bridging Science & Spirit, Spring 2017
In the Lineage of Sister Mary, Tricycle magazine, Spring 1999 issue.
Tending the Fire, Wind Bell, San Francisco Zen Center, 1999 issue.
Black On Black: Interview with Ralph Steele, by William Poe Lee, 2001.
Freedom from Racism, Turning Wheel, Summer 2003 issue.
Teachings Of The Second Noble Truth, Dharma, Color, and Culture: New Voices In Western Buddhism, Parallex Press, 2004
An Introduction to Vipassana Meditation, 1995
Private Coaching of Ralph Steele

Professional Background Of Ralph Steele
Curriculum Vitae
Ralph Steele’s Buddhist Study and Teachers
Description of Ralph's Buddhist Lineage in Asia

“We don’t meditate to see heaven but to end suffering”


-Ajahn Chah


water seeks the ocean 
deep in the over grown riverbanks
my mind all tangled up


--Sabine Schulze-Steele 

"We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.”

—-Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

PO Box 9286, Santa Fe, NM 87504