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.
Yangsi Rinpoche was recognized as the reincarnation of Geshe Ngawang Gendun, a renowned scholar and practitioner from Western Tibet, at the age of six. Rinpoche trained in the traditional monastic system for over 25 years, and practiced as a monk until the age of 35. Rinpoche teaches in English, and is admired wherever he travels for his unique presentation of the Dharma, his interest in and enthusiasm for Western culture, and his evident embodiment of the wisdom and compassion of the Buddhist path.
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 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.
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.