Teachers

Regular teachers

Marina Brucet holds a BA and a MA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a PhD from the University of Barcelona, where she also performed postdoctoral studies. She has been studying and practicing Buddhism for years, and is a student of great Tibetan lamas such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Jampa Monlam and Khensur Jampa Tegchok, amongst others. She has completed the six-year study program Masters Program of Advanced Buddhist Studies of Sutra and Tantra at Lama Tzong Khapa Institute, Italy, as well as a one-year individual meditation retreat, among others. Presently, she focuses on meditation retreat, while combining it with teaching meditation and Buddhist philosophy, at both general and specialized levels, with an approach that always takes into account the context and circumstances of the Western life. 

Hans Burghardt holds a BA and a MA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a PhD from the University of Barcelona, where he spent seven years doing research on diabetes and cancer. Since 2002, he meditates and is a student of great Buddhist Tibetan and Western masters including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Jampa Monlam, Khensur Jampa Tegchok and Alan Wallace amongst others. He has completed the Masters Program of Advanced Buddhist Studies of Sutra and Tantra at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa (Italy) —a 6-year advanced program of buddhist studies— and has completed a one-year individual meditation retreat. He currently combines intensive meditation practice in retreat with teaching meditation and buddhism. Hans has experience as a teacher —both at the university and in meditation centers— and as a translator of Buddhist texts from English into Spanish.

Visiting teachers

Lama Jampa Monlam was born in Tibet in 1926 and has spend more than 30 years in retreat, practicing mainly White Tara, Yamantaka, and Vajrayogini. At his 90 years, Lama Monlam keeps meditating and teaching, sharing with others his great qualities and experience, with great vitality, joy, and warmth.

Ven. Charles Trébaol has been completing, for the last four years, a round of 108 Nung nays at the Vajrayogini Institut in France. He is, therefore, a unique guide to this practice.

Originally from California, Ven. Sangye Khadro (Kathleen McDonald) began studying Buddhism with Tibetan lamas in Dharamsala, India, in 1973. She became a nun in Nepal the following year, and received full (bhikshuni) ordination in 1988. At the request of her teachers, she began teaching in 1980, and since then has been teaching Buddhism and meditation in various countries around the world, occasionally taking time off for personal retreats. She served as resident teacher in Buddha House, Australia, for two years and in Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore for eleven years. She is a graduate of the Masters Program in Buddhist Studies in Sutra and Tantra, which she followed at Lama Tsong Khapa Institute in Italy from 2008-2015. Ven. Sangye Khadro is the author of the bestselling book How To Meditate, among others.

Ordained by the Dalai Lama more than thirty years ago, Swiss monk Ven. René Feusi has studied with some of the greatest scholars and inspiring lamas in the Tibetan diaspora. He has also performed numerous extensive retreats, including a two-and-a-half-year seclusion focused on developing mental stability. He has led large Buddhist events in Europe, Asia, and North America, and he has students worldwide. The resident teacher at Vajrapani Institute in the Santa Cruz mountains from 2001 to 2007, he now splits his time equally between teaching and retreat. He lives in Tonasket, WA.  He has recently published The Beautiful Way of Life: A Meditation on Shantideva's Bodhisattva Path.

Antonio Satta was born in Italy in 1956. He was first introduced to Tibetan Buddhism at Lama Tsong Khapa Institute, Italy. After meeting Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Italy he took ordination in 1979. He has studied Buddhism and Tibetan language from various teachers including 4 years at Tharpa Choeling Switzerland with Geshe Rabten and 4 years at Nalanda Monastery with Geshe Jampa Techok. Since 1991 he has been living in Australia, first translating and teaching at Vajrayana Institue, Sydney then teaching and tutoring for the Buddhist Study Program at Chenrezig Institute. Over the last 4 years Ven Antonio has been concentrating on leading Vipassana and basic Mahamudra retreats in Australia, New Zealand, Italy and India as a way to introduce students to the practice of meditation. 

The artist Andy Weber spent seven years living and studying the iconographical art of Tibetan Buddhism under the guidance of accomplished masters in India and Nepal, and has over 35 years of experience in painting thangkas (= Tibetan scroll paintings). His artworks can be seen in Buddhist centres and temples throughout the world including the Potala Palace in Lhasa and his images have become well known and popular through numerous publications. Andy also teaches art courses, workshops, lectures and individual study programmes at various Dharma centers and universities all over the world and throughout the year.

Bruno Rizzi follows Buddhism since 1981, he has ordained for 7 years  studying in Nalanda Monastery. Since 12 years he works as nurse in Christophorus Hospice in Munich as well as taking part in activities inspired to UEWC. Since more then 10 years lead courses and retreats on this subject in Italy and Spain.

A student of the renowned thangka painter Andy Weber since 2008, Fred van der Zee draws traditional Tibetan thangka’s, based on centuries old methods but drawn on modern computers. After several years of experimenting, he has now developed the basic techniques to confidently draw the various Buddhist figures and symbols. Teaching these techniques is the next step in his quest to offer high quality digital thangka’s to the world.