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TEACHERS OF THE CENTER 

All instructors at our center are highly qualified in terms of training and formal practice. All of them have been authorized in their respective Buddhist traditions, have been practicing anywhere from 20 to 50 years and have been in retreat adding up to several years altogether. Many of them have been or continue to be ordained as a nun or monk.

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Since 1970 Fred von Allmen has been studying and practicing under teachers of both the Tibetan and the Theravada traditions in Asia, Europe and the USA. Since 1984 he is teaching retreats internationally. He is an author of Buddhist books and a co-founder of the Meditation Center Beatenberg.

www.fredvonallmen.ch

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Ursula Flückiger has been practicing insight meditation since 1980 with teachers such as Ven. Ajahn Sumedho, Joseph Goldstein, Christina Feldman and feels very inspired by the compassion practices of the Tibetan Mahayana Tradition. She is a trained Hakomi psychotherapist, has been guiding insight meditation retreats since 1990 and is a co-founder and trustee of the Meditation Center Beatenberg.
Ursula's Website 

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Since 1983 Isis Bianzano has devoted herself to Buddhist mind and heart training under various teachers of the Theravada and Tibetan Mahayana tradition in Europe, Asia and the USA. Authorized by Fred von Allmen she has been teaching Vipassana and Metta meditation courses since 2008 and is a trustee of the Meditation Center Beatenberg. In the last 27 years she has worked in various areas of social work.
www.isis-bianzano.ch

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Samuel Theiler. After various contacts with therapy and meditation, the Buddhist practice path proved to be the clearest and most helpful. He has been practicing for more than 25 years, with Buddhist teachers from east and west. Trained  by Fred von Allmen, he gives  importance to a practical, everyday teaching style. He is a board member of the Meditation Center Beatenberg and manages the distribution of «Dharma Tapes».

www.samueltheiler.ch

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Yuka Nakamura, PhD, has been practicing in several Buddhist traditions (Vipassana, Dzogchen and Zen) since 1993 and has practiced for long periods in the US (IMS, Spirit Rock), Burma and Japan. She was trained as a Dharmateacher by Fred von Allmen and has been teaching since 2014 in Europe and in the US. She is a trained psychologist and MBSR-teacher and -trainer.

www.yuka-nakamura.ch


GUEST TEACHERS 


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Martine Batchelor trained as a Seon nun in South Korea for ten years. She is the author of Meditation for Life, The Path of Compassion, Women in Korean Zen, Let Go and The Spirit of the Buddha. She is a member of the Gaia House Teacher Council. She teaches meditation retreats worldwide and lives in France.

www.stephenbatchelor.org

 

 

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Stephen Batchelor trained for ten years as a Buddhist monk in the Tibetan and Korean Zen traditions. The translator and author of several books, his most recent publication is “Secular Buddhism: Imagining the Dharma in an Uncertain World.” A co-founder of Bodhi College, he teaches and lectures worldwide and lives in South West France.

www.stephenbatchelor.org 

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Chris Cullen has been practising vipassana meditation since 1994 and has been co-leading retreats since 2010. He trained to teach Insight Meditation with Christina Feldman, and did Community Dharma Leader training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Chris co-founded the Mindfulness in Schools Project (www.mindfulnessinschools.org) and teaches mindfulness courses at the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre (www.oxfordmindfulness.org). He is a Core Faculty member of Bodhi College (www.bodhi-college.org) and has a psychotherapy practice in Oxford.

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Christina Feldman has been studying in the Tibetan Mahayana and the Theravada traditions since 1970. She is a co-founder of Gaia House Retreat Center in England, a guiding teacher at IMS in the US and teaches insight meditation worldwide. She is the author of about twelve books. For the past ten years she has also been teaching students in training to become mindfulness teachers on postgraduate courses at Exeter, Nijmegen and Oxford Universities as well as leading retreats for mindfulness teachers and students.
https://gaiahouse.co.uk/retreats/about-the-teachers/#Christina-Feldman

 

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Charles Genoud has been a student and practitioner of Buddhism since 1970. He studied with the Venerable Geshe Rabten and then with Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He has also practiced Vipassana meditation in India, Burma and the USA. Charles studied sensory awareness for several years with Michael Tophoff and spent some time with Charlotte Selver. His unique approach of Gesture of Awareness is the result of the combination of Buddhist meditation with the practice of sensory awareness.

www.vimalakirti.org 

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Patricia Genoud-Feldman has been practicing Vipassana and Dzogchen since 1984 in Asia under the guidance of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Sayadaw U Pandita and later in the West. She completed her teacher training at IMS, USA under the guidance of Joseph Goldstein and others and has been teaching Vipassana meditation since 1997 in Europe, Israel and the USA. Patricia also studied and trained in Insight Dialogue and the Relational Dharma with Gregory Kramer as well as in MBSR in Worcester, MA, USA.

www.vimalakirti.org

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John Peacock, Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and teaches on the Master of Studies programme in MBCT at Oxford University. John is a Gaia House guiding teacher, co-founder of Bodhi College. John is both an academic and a Buddhist practitioner of nearly forty years. Trained initially in the Tibetan Gelugpa tradition in India, he subsequently spent time in Sri Lanka studying Theravada. He lectured in Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol, and has been teaching meditation for more than twenty five years.

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Ven. Sayadaw U Tejaniya trained in Burma under the late meditation master Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw. After a career in business and life as a householder, he became a monk in 1996. He is the meditation teacher at Shwe Oo Min Meditation Centre in Yangon, Burma and teaches insight meditation retreats worldwide. His teachings have been translated and ghost written in several books, including «Dhamma Everywhere» / «Dhamma überall».
www.sayadawutejaniya.org

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Akincano Marc Weber is a Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist. A former monk, he practiced for 20 years in European and Thai Forest monasteries. Particular interests are early Buddhist texts, stillness and contemplative psychology. He is co-founder of Bodhi College. He lives in Cologne, Germany and teaches internationally.

www.akincano.net

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Carol Wilson has been practicing meditation since 1971. She studied with a variety of teachers, including Sayadaw U Pandita and Sayadaw U Tejaniya. She also practiced as a Buddhist nun in Thailand. Since 1986 she has been teaching vipassana and metta retreats around the world, including the annual three-month retreat at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, MA, USA.

www.dharma.org