Jean-Marie ("Jan") de Wurstemberger's beginnings as a Buddhist student lie in the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, in the mid-nineteen-nineties. His teachers at the time included Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the Dalai Lama. In a conversation Lama Zopa one day advised him to "above all, just sit". Soon after, the unexpected encounter with the Theravada monk and experienced meditation teacher Bhante Sujiva was to give this advice an very specific and incisive form: Vipassana.
Since then, Jan has been practising insight-meditation under Bhante Sujiva’s guidance for over 20 years. In German speaking countries, Jan is also active as Bhante's translator in retreats and was co-translator of Bhante’s standard work on insight meditation: "Tree of Wisdom River of no Return".
In his professional life, Jan works in Switzerland as a teacher, counsellor and systemic coach of teenagers, their families and of young independent adults.