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Venerable Viraῆani

virananiVen. Vīrañāṇi  began to practice meditation in 1979. In 2003, after several years spent working at the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts, USA, and training in in the Thai Forest tradition, she began a four-year period devoted to intensive practice in the Burmese lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw. She took permanent ordination in Burma with Sayadaw U Pandita on New Year 2006, and now resides at the Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Centre North of Yangon. She teaches loving kindness and vipassanā meditation retreats in Burma, Europe, and Australia.  In 2008 she co-founded Metta In Action, a charity devoted to offering Burmese people in need the means and skills to help themselves.  She is passionate about the Dhamma, about nature, and about using both to help others rediscover the intrinsic goodness in all beings.

Venerable Daw Vimalañani Salayay

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Ven. Sayalay Daw Vimalanani is a Nepalese nun who has studied and trained with Sayadaw U Pandita in Burma since 1991. In 1999, she completed the rigorous Dhammacariya degree which qualifies her to teach the Buddhist scriptures. After many years of training and translating yogi interviews, she began to guide foreign yogis at the Panditarama Forest Meditation Center in 2006.  In addition to teaching yogis during the two-month retreat at Panditarama in December and January, she teaches meditation and Pali at the International Buddhist Meditation Center in Nepal. Sayalay Ma Vimalanani is fluent in Newar, Nepali, English and Burmese.

Brother Dassana

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Brother Dassana has been practising Vipassana Meditation for over 20 years. He has done many years of retreats in Burma, Thailand and Malaysia under various teachers. Most of his retreats are in the Mahasi style, though he has also explored other traditions. He was a monk for 17 years, and this gave him the opportunity and time to study the Dhamma scriptures and to do long intensive Vipassana retreats.

Piero Urban

pierourbanPhd. from the University of Bologna, has a training in Yoga with the Kaivalyadhama Institute S.M.Y.M. Samiti - Lonavla - India with: Dr. Porrovecchio, Dr. Shrikrishna, Dr. M.L.Gharote, Dr. Vijayendra Pratap.

Member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, he has been teaching for 25 years,and has been a counselor for the City of Turin in activities for handicapped people over 14 years of age.

He has been practicing Vipassana Meditation since 1993.His teachers include: Padre Andrea Shnoller, Prof. Corrado Pensa, Carol Wilson, Michele Mc. Donald-Smith, Stephen Smith, Frank Ostasesky, Bhante Bhodhidhamma, Brother Dassana, etc.He has been practicing Vipassana and Metta with Ven. Bhante Sujiva as his main teacher for the last 15 years, and has been translating his intensive retreats and his book on Abhidhamma.He has been teaching the practice and application of these traditions in Hospices for elderly and terminally ill people since 2007.

Bhante Sujiva


sujiva3Bhante Sujiva is a Theravadin monk who was Abbot of the Santisukharama hermitage in Kota Tinggi, Malaysia from 1982 to 1996; since then he has been travelling all over the world to spread the teachings of the Dhamma and instructing in Vipassana meditation. Since September 2006, he’s been living more permanently in Europe where he follows groups of yogis in different countries and conducts Vipassana and Metta retreats, as well as seminars on the study of the Abhidhamma.


Ven. Vivekananda


Ven. Vivekananda is the resident teacher of Panditarama Lumbini International Meditation Centre in Nepal. He has trained under the Ven. Sayadaw U Panditabhivamsa since 1988 and has been teaching Vipassana in the Mahasi tradition and Loving kindness meditation at his center in Lumbini as well as abroad since 1998. With his profound knowledge of the Dhamma and his enthusiastic manner, yogis feel inspired and encouraged to progress in their practice.


Bhante Bodhidhamma



Bhante Bodhidhamma was originally a student of Ven. Sayadaw U Janaka from Burma and was ordained as a monk in the tradition of Mahasi in 1986. He then followed the teachings of Ven. Sayadaw Rewata Dhamma and of Ven. Sayadaw U Pandita, and did a long training period in the Mahasi Tradition at the Kandubada Centre in Sri Lanka. From 2001 to 2005 he was a resident teacher at the “Gaia House” retreat centre in England. Since 2006 he’s been spiritual guide of the Satipanya Buddhist Trust Meditation Centre in Wales, (U.K.) 





Ven. Chandapalo


Ajahn Chandapalo, British, entered the monastic life in 1980 and was ordained 2 years later by Ajahn Sumedho at Chithurst monastery (UK). He has assisted in several monasteries in the U.K. and Switzerland as well as spending 1 year in Thailand. In 1993 he was invited to Santacittarama Monastery - then located in Sezze Romano (LT) - and has been the senior monk there since 1996. 



Ven. Ajahn Chandapalo Il Ven. Chandapalo è un monaco Theravada della tradizione tailandese della Foresta fondata da Ajahn Chah ed è l'abate del monastero italiano Santacittarama.
Questa tradizione monastica del buddhismo Theravada ,é forse la più diffusa nei paesi occidentali e tale sviluppo è dovuto all'opera del Ven. Ajahn Sumedo attualmente uno dei principali maestri di riferimento tra i discepoli di Ajahn Chah. Molti monasteri di questa tradizione sono presenti in Europa, Stati Uniti, Australia e Nuova Zelanda, e molti occidentali hanno intrapreso la via monastica in questa tradizione contribuendo alla diffusione e alla assimilazione del Buddhismo nella società occidentale.
Il Ven. Chandapalo insegna a Pian dei Ciliegi da qualche anno e anche altri monaci della stessa tradizione sono frequentemente invitati. Tra questi ricordiamo il Ven. Ajahn Dhammiko che nel 2001 ha vissuto al centro per circa cinque mesi.
Nel 2001 abbiamo ospitato anche il Ven. Visuddhacara dalla Malesia che ha insegnato qui per due mesi.In passato abbiamo ospitato il Ven. U-Vijaia di tradizione Birmana, e prima ancora il Ven. Ajahn Thanavaro.
Per il futuro pensiamo di continuare su questa linea invitando insegnanti monaci o laici di Vipassana che possano anche risiedere e insegnare al centro per ritiri lunghi.


Charles Genoud



Charles Genoud has been a student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism since 1970. For several years he was a student of the Venerable Geshe Rabten and then of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. His unique approach, Gesture of Awareness, is the result of the Buddhist Madhyamika point of view applied to meditation techniques and complementary work in the field of sensory awareness under the guidance of Michael Tophoff. Charles Genoud teaches Buddhist meditation and leads workshops in France, the USA, England, and Switzerland. Patricia e Charles have founded the Vimalakirti Meditation Centre in Geneva, Switzerland



Patricia Genoud-Feldman



Patricia Genoud-Feldman has been practicing Buddhist meditation (Vipassana and Dzogchen) in Asia and the West since 1984. She received numerous teachings from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and practiced  under the guidance of Sayadaw U Pandita. She has also completed her teacher training at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. USA under the guidance of Joseph Goldstein and other senior teachers. She has been teaching Vipassana meditation since 1997 in Europe, Israel and the US.



Stephen Batchelor



STEPHEN BATCHELOR is a contemporary Buddhist teacher and writer, best known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism. Through his writings, translations and teaching, Stephen engages in a critical exploration of Buddhism's role in the modern world.

He studied in Dharamsala, Tibet, with Ven. Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey and was ordained as a novice Buddhist monk in 1974. In 1975 he studied Buddhist philosophy and doctrine under the guidance of Ven. Geshe Rabten in Switzerland. The following year he received full ordination as a Buddhist monk, and in 1979 he moved to Germany as a translator for Ven. Geshe Thubten Ngawang. In April 1981 he travelled to South Korea to train in Zen Buddhism under the guidance of Ven. Kusan Sunim. He remained in Korea until the autumn of 1984, when he left for a pilgrimage to Japan, China and Tibet. He disrobed in February 1985 and married Martine Fages in Hong Kong before returning to England and joining the Sharpham North Community in Totnes, Devon. During the fifteen years he lived at Sharpham, he became co-ordinator of the Sharpham Trust (1992) and co-founder of the Sharpham College for Buddhist Studies and Contemporary Enquiry (1996). Throughout this period he worked as the Buddhist Chaplain of HMP Channings Wood. From 1990 he has been a Guiding Teacher at Gaia House meditation centre in Devon and since 1992 a contributing editor of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.

In August 2000, he and Martine moved to Aquitaine, France. For several months each year, he travels worldwide to lead meditation retreats and teach Buddhism. He is the translator and author of various books and articles on Buddhism, including the bestselling Buddhism Without Beliefs and Living with the Devil. His most recent publication is Confession of a Buddhist Atheist



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