Teachers by Country
AustriaRev. MyoE Doris Harder is an ordained Soto Zen priest. She practised for 6 years at San Francisco Zen Center where she completed her studies with the ceremony as a head monk- shuso. Doris is living and working in Vienna, Austria. She is an active member of the ÖBR (Österreichische Buddhistische Religionsgesellschaft), the umbrella organization of Austrian Buddhists for which she organized a Buddhist Film Festival. She is teaching Zen, writing articles, and leading Zen retreats in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Besides teaching Zen she is working as a director for the theatre
Kurt Gakuro Krammer became interested in Buddhism in the 1960s and started Zen training and koan studies with Genro Osho and Joshu Sasaki Roshi in Austria and USA in 1986. After taking Bodhisattva vows in 1992, he founded Zendo Salzburg on his teacher’s advice. He taught students and teachers at Austrian Schools, worked as school-inspector for Buddhism, lecturer for Zen-Buddhism at the University of Vienna and gave lectures in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. For three years he served as Vice President of the European Buddhist Union. Over the last 20 years he has engaged in Intra-Buddhist as well as Interreligious Dialogue, be it at grassroots level or at international conferences.
BelgiumMichel Mokusho Deprèay started practicing Zen in 1995 and received monk ordination from Ryotan Tokuda Roshi in 2000. He has been in charge of a Soto Zen center in Mons (Belgium) since 1996 and was chairman of the Buddhist Union of Belgium from 2009 until 2012. In addition to teaching in Mons, he leads Zen retreats and gives talks in the French-speaking part of the country as well as a course in Buddhist philosophy for Buddhists and non-Buddhists. He is very interested in interreligious and intra-Buddhist dialogue. He has been in charge of a Soto Zen center in Mons since 1996.
CroatiaZarko Andricevic Founder of the Buddhist Center in Zagreb, Croatia. Zarko first encountered Buddhism in 1975 and has been a martial arts and yoga teacher since the 1970s. In 1985 he started the first Buddhist study and meditation group in Croatia which in time grew into the first Buddhist community there. This community is known as Dharmaloka nowadays. In 1996 he met Chan Master Sheng Yen and became one of his students and he has dedicated himself to the practice of Chan meditation and has attended Master Sheng Yen's retreats regularly. Zarko received Dharma transmission from Master Sheng Yen in June 2001, thus becoming one of his five Dharma heirs in the West.
FranceDenys Rinpoché is the superior of the Rimay International Community recognized by the French government in 1994 and a regional centre of the World Buddhist Fellowship of Buddhists. Rinpoché is a renowned Dharma teacher of the Mahâmudrâ-Dzogchen. As a spiritual heir of Vajradhara Kalu Rinpoché (1904-1989) he is a holder of the Palden Shangpa Kagyü tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He teaches universal lay ethics & spirituality and the fundamental yogic path of Buddha-Dharma. Former president of EBU, as an engaged Buddhist he works for a society of harmony and is the founder of Rimay University, Nature Scouts and the Open Mindfulness Fundamental Training.
GermanyLily Besilly is a junior teacher of Tara libre and was trained and authorized to teach in 2008 by Sylvia Wetzel. She teaches and guides retreats with the themes of the female Buddha Green Tara and other topics. She is part of the leading team for the annual Ravensbrück Retreat at the former concentration camp for women. Learning and teaching both for and amongst women is a special concern for her, as well as handling strong emotions with the help of Buddhist methods and interreligious Dialogue. Other important teachers are: Lama Lodrö Rinpoche, Tsültrim Allione, Rigdzin Shikpo, Shenpen Hookham, Barbara Wegmüller and Peter Gäng.
www.besilly.deKlaus Shantivirya Kraler. Shantivirya is an ordained Zen-priest and authorized Zen teacher (Dharmacharya) in the Linji/Rinzai Zen Buddhist lineage. He became interested in Zen 1979 and started his Zen training in 1983 with Genro Koudela Osho, Joan Rieck, Dorin Genpo Osho, Hozumi Gensho Roshi and Hsin Tao An Marcel Geisser, and it was from the latter that he received his ordination and the authorization to teach as a Dharmacharya of the Sati-Zen-Sangha. He is the co-head of the Sati-Zen-temple An Tao in Bavaria, and teaches in Germany and Austria, although he mostly teaches at the Meditation Center Haus Tao in Switzerland.
www.haustao.chSylvia Wetzel born 1949, experiments with paths to inner and outer liberation since 1968 and practices Buddhism since 1977, mainly in the Tibetan tradition (Lama Thubten Yeshe). Worked for the German Buddhist Union and their Buddhist Quarterly, founding member of the International Association of Buddhist Women Sakyadhita (Bodhgaya 1987) and of the Network of Western Buddhist Teachers (Dharamsala 1993), President of the Buddhist Academy Berlin Brandenburg (Berlin 2001). The author and Buddhist meditation teacher reflects European culture and gender issues and is one of the pioneers of Buddhism in Europe since the mideighties.
www.sylvia-wetzel.deUlrike Shraddhashanti Kraler ordained as a Zen-priest by Marcel Geisser in 2011, in the Linji/Rinzai Zen Buddhist tradition. She started her Zen training in 1986 after some experiences with other paths of meditation. Her first teacher was Joan Rieck, Joun An Roshi – an inspiring counterexample to those who might suggest women are less qualified to teach the Buddhadharma and gain enlightenment. Her later teachers include: Dorin Genpo Osho, Hozumi Roshi and Marcel Geisser. She has been leading retreats since 2009, mostly in the Meditation Center Haus Tao in Switzerland, and is co-head of An Tao Temple in Bavaria. One of her main interests is in the “upaya” of Zen-cooking. She is authorised to teach by Hsin Tao An Marcel Geisser and is a Dharmacharya of the Sati-Zen-Sangha.
www.haustao.chYesche U. Regel was born 1957 in Köln/Germany. Upon meeting the 16th Karmapa at Samye Ling in 1977, he organized a small Karma-Kagyü-Centre in Berlin. 1980 he received monk vows from the Karmapa at Woodstock, N.Y. and since 1981 he is connected to the Kamalashila Institute near Bonn. In 1985 he helped establish a 3-Year-Retreat-Centre and accomplished such a retreat. He started teaching Buddhism and meditation in 1991. 1997 he returned his robes and became a free-lance teacher visiting centres of different traditions in Germany and Europe. Together with his wife he is now running a city-centre in Bonn called PARAMITA. His teachers are Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, Lama Gendün Rinpoche and Thich Nhat Hanh. He is also trained in mindfulness oriented Focusing therapy.
ItalyDario Doshin Girolami is a Soto-Zen priest and a Dharma Teacher in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. He founded the Centro Zen L’Arco of Rome - Italy, where he teaches regularly. He started to practice in 1986 and received Dharma Transmission from Eijun Roshi-Linda Cutts, Abbess of San Francisco Zen Center. He received a Laurea degree in Indian and Eastern Religions and Philosophies. Former Adjunct Professor of “Zen” at John Cabot University, he currently holds regular seminars at the Faculty of Psychology at Sapienza University, and teaches Meditation at Rebibbia Prison - Rome.
www.romazen.itMarina Canova has been a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner within Gelug and Kagyu traditions for over 20 years,following her root Teacher,ven. Paljin Tulku Rinpoche and other teachers.She was first allowed by him to give classes of Lamrin meditation in Mandala Centre and in Drikung Kagyu Mandala Samten Ling. Since 2008 in these same centres she’s been regularly leading mindfulness classes and seminars of Mindful Practices, where the old wisdom and the compassionate background of Buddhism meet the mindfulness aspects which can help to cope with difficult emotions in everyday life.She is also active in interreligious dialogue and in schools meetings.
NetherlandsHenk Barendregt (1947) studied from 1972 to 1979 Zen meditation with Kobun Chino Roshi and in Tassajara mountain center in California, and from 1979 to 2006 Vipasssana meditation with Phra Mettavihari in the Netherlands. In 2006 he was qualified to teach vipassana in the Mahasi style. After becoming emeritus professor of mathematical logic at Radboud University, he continues practice and writes about, researches, and teaches vipassana meditation, including intensive and lighter retreats. Metaphors from science and the arts are often used.
https://barendregt.wordpress.com/vipassana/Mirjam Hartkamp has been practicing Vipassana intensively since 2009 with vipassana teachers from East and West. She is currently teaching with Henk Barendregt and is teacher in residence of the Dutch Comenius Institute. She has an academic background in art & psycho-therapy, and Buddhist philosophy. She is dedicated to the Dhamma on the level of the personal (practice), interpersonal (teaching & counseling), and impersonal (research), with the aim of deepening liberating knowledge and cultivating compassionate happiness. She co-conducts yearly several intensive retreats. She conducts doctoral research on the effects of meditation at Sapienza University, Rome.
Sungrab Woeser. I entered the Mahayana Sakya tradition of the Tibetan Buddhism in the Netherlands. The main teachers who transferred the Dharma where Khenchen Sherab Gyaltsen Amipa, HH Sakya Trizin and HH Dalai Lama. The Sakya roottexts and commentaries were explained by learned and realised teachers, at the International Buddhist Academy in Kathmandu. As all sentient beings, I had to deal with suffering, death and impermanence. Professionally practicing in palliative terminal care, bereavement and with victims of dementia. Now living in Austria, I follow Buddha's footsteps as a wandering monk without a Buddhist Centre. If there is a need from outside, then I come. With teaching, meditation and dharmic advise.
SpainDavid Brazier (Rev. Dr.) - Acharya Dharmavidya is head of the Order of Amida Buddha, an international Pureland sangha founded in Britain in 1998, president of Instituto Terapia Zen Internacional (ITZI), patron of Tathagata Trust in India, an authority on Buddhist psychology, innovator in socially engaged Buddhism, and author of nine books. He first encountered Buddhism in the 1960s, and received the Dharma from Choyam Trungpa (Kargyu), Nai Boonman (Samatha), Kennett Roshi (Soto), Thich Nhat Hanh, and Gisho Saiko (Shinshu).
http://amidatrust.ning.comLama Ngawang Dorje Dondrub, Master of the Vajrayana Buddhist Sakya School, under supervision guidance of His Holiness Sakya Trizin.
He is currently the Spiritual Director of the Sangha Activa Community which he leads with a compassionate and open attitude inviting its disciples to build Sangha from consensus and solidarity.
He is extremely committed to transmitting the Dharma from its very essence and purity while using the right means for western mentalities.
Member to the Buddhist Teacher’s European and the International Dharma Teacher’s Gatherings.
www.sanghaactiva.orgMar Lopez presides the Zen Association of Zaragoza (Spain), is the founder and directs the Center for Zen meditation of Zaragoza, where she teaches the Dharma and the practice of zazen since 20 years ago. She practises and teaches under the spiritual guidance of her master Ven. Dokushô Villaba Roshi of the Japanese Soto Zen lineage. She is Professor of Buddhist studies by the CBSZ and zen instructor of this community. From 8 years ago, in addition, she directs the activities of the Foundation “Living a good Die” that she herself founded to promote an accompaniment of quality at the end of lifMontse Castellà Olivé
Montse Castellà, Tibetan Buddhist practitioner since 1979 within kagyu and gelug traditions. Under the authorization of Lama Thubten Yeshe, she leads seminars and retreats on Buddhist meditation integrating body work. Translator of Buddhist texts. Member of the research group on Tibetan Buddhist terminology of the University of Barcelona (UAB). Co-founder and president of the Catalan Buddhist Union (CCEB). Co-founder and editor of Plecs Budistes: a Buddhist publishing house on engaged Buddhism. Co-founder of Sakyadhita Spain: women and Buddhism association. Member of the General Board of UNESCO Association for Interreligious Dialogue.
Munisha is a British member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, ordained in 2003, teaching at the Stockholm Buddhist Centre. From 1997 to 2015 she taught at the Manchester Buddhist Centre (including 20-30,000 children visiting in school groups) while working for the Buddhist video project, the Clear Vision Trust, making Buddhist video for young people. Since 2013 she has been Triratna's Liaison and Communications Officer, looking after Triratna's relations with other Buddhist traditions in Europe, and communications with the media and within Triratna. She represents Triratna at the Network of Buddhist Organisations UK and the European Buddhist Union.
SwitzerlandDagmar Dipabodhi Jauernig. Dipabodhi is a Dharmacharya in the Linji/Rinzai Zen Buddhist lineage. She was ordained as a Zen-Priest and authorised as a teacher of the Dharma by Zen-Master Marcel Geisser (Hsin Tao An). She provides retreats in Haus Tao, leads the local meditation group in Zurich and supports other meditation groups of the Sati-Zen-Sangha in Switzerland. Her primary interest is the combination of Zen-Meditation and Hatha-Yoga as an “upaya”, and a practical link of awareness of body and mind in action and in silence. She is on the committee of the Swiss Buddhist Union and is also active in interreligious dialogues.
www.haustao.chFred von Allmen has been engaged in Buddhist studies and meditation since 1970. He has practiced with teachers from the Tibetan Dzogchen- and Gelug- Traditions as well as the Theravada-Vipassana-Tradition in Asia, Europe and the USA and has spent many years in retreat. Since 1984 he has been teaching meditation retreats and Buddhist workshops in Europe, the US and India. Lately he teaches primarily in Switzerland and Germany. He is the author of a number of books in German on Buddhist practice, Buddhist studies and on legends of awakened saints. He is a co-founder and guiding teacher of the Meditation Center Beatenberg in the Swiss Alps and lives in Switzerland.
Hildi Thalmann, Chang She After many years of practice in Christian contemplation and Japanese Zen she became a follower of Master Sheng Yen in 2004 and has since then attended many retreats guided by him and his Dharma heirs. In 2008 she was given permission to teach in the Dharma Drum Mountain lineage by Master Sheng. Since then she teaches and leads meditation groups and retreats for Chan Bern as well as assisting in retreats with Asian and western Dharma-Heirs of Master Sheng Yen. She is a founding member of Chan Bern. Mother of two adult children, retired paediatric neurologist, master of Science of Religion.
Lama Irene (Dorje Drolma) Buddhist nun since 1991 and a bhiksuni since 1994. She studies and practices Buddhist philosophy and meditation since 1979, mainly Tibetan Buddhism. After meeting Mahamudra Master Gendun Rinpoche, she practiced under his guidance at two three-year retreats from 1986-1994. Since 1995 she is authorized as a teacher by Gendun Rinpoche and so she teaches Buddhist meditation in different countries. She is founder and part of the Dhagpo Lama Council (a council of peers). She is teaching a wide range of Tibetan based practices as there are Lodjong Mind Training, Tonglen, Chenresig as well as different forms of basic mindfulness and communication with heart
Dhagpo Kundreul LingMarcel Geisser Dharmacharya Hsin Tao An is an authorized Zen master in the Linji / Rinzai-Zen Buddhist tradition. He began practising and studying Buddhism in 1968. Initially studying in Europe, his practise led him to Asia in 1972, and then latterly the USA. He combines Zen and Vipassana schools of practice and has been teaching since 1983. In 1986, he founded the Meditation Center Haus Tao in the East of Switzerland. Then, in 1994, he received the “lamp transmission” from Dhyana Master Nhât Hanh. In 1999, he founded the Sati-Zen-Sangha, the Zen-Sangha-of-Mindfulness. Besides leading retreats, he offers a three-year Buddhist online study program, together with his young fellow teachers. He is also active in interreligious dialogues and international Buddhist networking.
Rainer Künzi has been practicing insight meditation since 1986, in the Tibetan Tradition since 2002.
He guides vipassana and metta retreats since 2008, with the authorisation to teach from Fred von Allmen.
He worked 18 years as a psychotherapist with children and families and is trustee of the
Meditation Center Beatenberg.
Sabine Hayoz Kalff 1952, Teacher for Buddhist meditation and art therapy, studies Buddhist philosophy and meditation since 1981, mainly Tibetan Mahayana, but also Vajrayana, Theravada and Zen. 1999-2008 teachers training and authorisation to teach from Sylvia Wetzel. Two other main teachers are Lodro Rinpoche and Lama Tsültrim Allione. Since 2000 she is teaching Buddhist philosophy and meditation, the tantra of Tara, the mandala of the Five Dakinis and soul painting. She is co-leading the Buddhistisches Zentrum Zollikon near Zürich, is a teacher of Tara libre and board member of the Zen Center Felsentor.
Stefan Lang is a teacher in the western Vipassana tradition who started his dharma practice in 1983. He studied social anthropology, communication studies and religious studies at the University of Bern. Fred von Allmen authorized him as a dharma teacher. Stefan Lang is active on the board of the buddhist city center Zentrum für Buddhismus in Bern, Switzerland, and in the core group of Vipassana Meditationsgruppe Bern since the year 2000. He gives courses and teaches in different contexts and is committed to a practice that aligns with the needs of practitioners in today’s urban society.
Vanja Palmers is a Soto Zen priest. He is an animal rights activist and a Dharma heir of the late Kobun Chino Otogowa. During the 1970s Palmers spent 10 years as a monk at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. In 1981 he and two fellow monastics at Tassajara founded Buddhists Concerned for Animals (BCA). Palmers returned to Europe in 1983. In 1989 he co-founded Ökumenisches Haus der Stille (House of Silence) at Puregg in Austria along with the Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast. The House of Silence is a place of interreligious dialogue, particularly between Christians and Buddhists. In 1998 he founded the meditation center Stiftung Felsentor in Switzerland.
United KingdomBhante Bodhidhamma started training in Soto Zen in 1977, then in the Mahasi Theravada Tradition with Sayadaws U Rewata Dhamma, U Janaka and U Pandita. In 1986 he ordained, subsequently spending eight years at Kanduboda Mahasi Centre in Sri Lanka. He has been teaching in England, Ireland and internationally since 1998. From 2001- 2005, he was the Resident Teacher at Gaia House. He founded the Satipanya Buddhist Retreat in Wales, a meditation centre devoted to the Mahasi tradition.
www.satipanya.org.ukFive Cram. Teaching has been a practice for me in the Awakened Heart Sangha of Lama Shenpen Hookham since 2007. I've been practising since 1980, mainly in Tibetan traditions, Gelug, Nyingma and Kagyu, also Mr Goenka's Vipassana and John Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness. Like Lama Shenpen my principal enthusiasm is to teach Dharma in a style suited to Europeans.
Jake Lyne is the Chair of the Western Chan Fellowship. He is a longstanding Buddhist practitioner within the Chan (Chinese Zen) tradition, following the Dharma Drum Mountain lineage of Chan Master Sheng Yen. He has trained with John Crook, Master Sheng Yen, Simon Child and other teachers since 1982. He is married with 3 children, is a retired clinical psychologist and leads retreats for the Western Chan Fellowship. He lives in the South West of England.
For four years he has been President of the European Buddhist Union, an umbrella organisation of Buddhist groups across Europe and he is also a member of the European council of Religious leaders, vice President of the International Buddhist confederation and a Director of Religions for Peace UK.
Kamalashila born in 1949, I grew up in Kent and in 1972 met Sangharakshita who gave me my Dharma name. In 1976 I founded the West London Buddhist Centre near Paddington. I moved to Wales in 1979 to become a founder of Vajraloka Meditation Centre and Vajrakuta, Triratna's first residential Dharma study centre. I lived there for many years, and later made a deep connection with Buddhafield (a land based collective running retreats and festivals in nature). I am also a public preceptor responsible for ordinations. Now I live in London and spend my time teaching and on retreat. I write a little and have produced a book on meditation practice.
Lama Shenpen Hookham has trained for over 40 years in the Mahamudra & Dzogchen traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. She has spent over 12 years in retreat and for the past 30 years has been a student of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, one of the foremost living masters of the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
Students inspired by her teaching formed the Awakened Heart Sangha, a spiritual community under her direction.
Lama Shenpen now spends most of her time in semi-retreat at the Hermitage of the Awakened Heart, in Wales, UK. From there, she comes out regularly to teach, as well as giving interviews and advice to students in person and over the phone, by letter and by email.
www.ahs.org.ukSimon Child I am a practitioner and teacher of Chinese Zen meditation (Chan). I have been practising Zen meditation in various forms since I was a medical student. The 'autobiography' of my involvement is published in the book Chan Comes West. In 2000 I received Dharma Transmission from Chan Master Sheng-yen and hence I am a fully authorised teacher in the lineages of Linji (Rinzai) and Caodong (Soto) Chan Buddhism. I am a founder member of the Western Chan Fellowship and lead residential Zen retreats for there and also at Gaia House and some other venues in Europe and USA and also at our local Chan meditation group in Manchester.