Robert Thomas accidentally discovered Buddhism while traveling in Thailand in 1993. After practicing at Wat Pa Nanatchat, he returned to the US and began monastic training at Tassajara. Robert was ordained by Zoketsu Norman Fischer in 2000 and received Dharma Transmission in 2009.
Robert teaches at the San Francisco Zen Center and co-leads retreats with his wife, yoga teacher and acupuncturist, Samantha Ostergaard. He is also a visiting teacher at the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe. In addition to teaching, Robert is active in the local community and has been a leader at the San Francisco Zen Center since 2001, including serving as its President from 2005 to 2013.