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Ven. Vivekananda


Sayadaw U Vivekananda started training under the Ven. Sayadaw U Panditabhivamsa in 1988. He is a resident teacher at Panditarama Lumbini International Vipassana Meditation Center in Nepal, where he has taught insight meditation and Brahmavihara meditation since 1998 and internationally since 2000, guiding meditators in English, German, French and Burmese. Dhamma talks given by the Ven. Sayadaw U Panditabhivamsa at Panditarama Lumbini and at the Forest Refuge were translated by Sayadaw U Vivekananda and have been published as Beautifying the Mind, Inward Path, 2007, and The State of Mind Called Beautiful, Wisdom Publications, 2006. Sayadaw U Vivekananda has written several articles about Buddhism and the environment.


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. 

Santacittarama Monastery




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

Martine Batchelor


 MARTINE BATCHELOR is a French lay Dhamma teacher. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in Korea in 1975, and studied Zen Buddhism under the guidance of the late Master Kusan at Songgwang Sa monastery until 1984. Her Zen training also took her to nunneries in Taiwan and Japan. From 1981 she served as Kusan Sunim's interpreter and accompanied him on lecture tours throughout the United States and Europe. She returned to Europe with her husband, Stephen, in 1985 and was a member of the Sharpham North Community in Devon, England for six years. She worked as a lecturer and spiritual counsellor both at Gaia House and elsewhere in Britain. She was also involved in interfaith dialogue and was a Trustee of the International Sacred Literature Trust until 2000. She is now living in the south of France, and leads meditation retreats in various parts of the world, either alone or with Stephen. Her approach is concerned with in meditation in daily life, Buddhism and social action, religion , women's issues and ecology. She is the author of many books, among which 'Meditation for Life' , and ‘Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits’. Her latest book is ‘The Spirit of the Buddha’.


Hannes Huber



Hannes Huber, is an experienced teacher who has practiced Vipassana Meditation since 1985. His teachers include Godwin Samararatne from Sri Lanka, and Sayadaw U Pandita from Burma, who authorized him to give teachings. He has a training in Psychosynthesis with Sascha Dönges, Switzerland. He teaches Vipassana Meditation in Austria and other European countries, and is an MBSR trainer. From 2022 he is the spiritual guide of Pian dei Ciliegi.

Hannes Huber website


Andrea Huber



Andrea Huber è un’insegnante di Dhamma, nonchè trainer MBSR (il metodo di riduzione dello stress basato sulla consapevolezza ideato da Jon Kabat Zinn). È di origine austriaca e si è formata presso l’Institut of Mindfulness and Stress Reduction della Dott.ssa Linda Lehrhaupt a  Bedburg, Germania. Ha una  solida esperienza di meditazione Vipassana secondo la tradizione di Mahasi Sayadaw,  avendo praticato per lunghi periodi sotto la guida di  Sayadaw U Pandita e del Ven. U Vivekananda.


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Beate Gloekner



Beate Gloeckner is a German teacher who started her meditation practice in 1986 and has a long experience of retreats in the Mahasi tradition under the guidance of Ven. U Pandita and Ven. U Vivekananda, who authorized her to give teachings. Thanks to her training as a psychotherapist, she belongs to that new generation of teachers that can pass on ancient teachings in such a way that western yogis will still find them meaningful for their lives.

Letizia Baglioni



Letizia Baglioni has been studying and practicing Dhamma and meditation since 1980, with a special emphasis on the Thai Forest tradition of Ajahn Chah. For six years she was an eight precepts lay-resident in monastic communities led by Ajahn Sumedho in England and Italy. She is also translator and editor of books on Buddhist teachings and a psychologist trained in body-oriented psychotherapy. From 1999 and 2011 she taught regular meditation classes at the A.Me.Co. (Association for Insight Meditation, Rome) and is being leading retreats at Pian dei Ciliegi since 2004.



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