Passaddhi Meditation Centre  


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Marjó Oosterhoff

Marjó Oosterhoff

Marjó Oosterhoff is Passaddhi’s manager and resident teacher. She has been practising vipassana and metta meditation for many years, and in 1995 was authorised by her teacher in the Netherlands (Venerable Mettavihari) and her teacher in Burma (Sayadaw U Janaka) to start teaching retreats in the West.
Marjó started to practise vipassana meditation more than 25 years ago and has trained and practised in Western meditation centres as well as in Asian monasteries and nunneries. She ordained as a temporary nun on three occasions for the traditional rains retreats in a monastery in Burma. Temporary ordination for both men and women is quite normal in the Theravada Buddhist tradition of Thailand, Burma and Sri Lanka. Ordaining temporarily is a time of renunciation and reflection, connecting with the long tradition of the Buddha's followers who have practised and taught his teachings for more than 2.500 years. To practise meditation, one doesn't need to ordain or even to be a Buddhist. However, for Marjó ordaining supports her in her commitment to live wisely and compassionately. It helps her to feel the inspiration of all the monastics who have gone before her, and of those who are keeping the Buddha’s teachings alive through practising them today.
All teachers who are invited by Marjó to teach at Passaddhi are known to her, and she will have been on retreat with them herself.
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Frits Koster

Frits Koster

Frits Koster (1957) began practising insight meditation 25 years ago. He ordained as a Buddhist monk for six years, practising vipassana (insight or mindfulness) meditation and studying Buddhist scriptures in meditation centres and monasteries in Thailand and Burma.
In 1988 he returned to the Netherlands, where he has been facilitating meditation retreats ever since. He has become an MBSR/MBCT trainer at the Institute for Mindfulness (IvM) in the Netherlands and is affiliated as a teacher at various training institutes across Europe (Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Ireland and Norway). With his wife he has set up a private practice from which he organises retreats and training in mindfulness and compassion. Frits has been coming to Ireland since 1990 to teach meditation retreats. For the past 12 years he comes to Passaddhi once a year to teach 10-day vipassana retreats. He has written several books, including Liberating Insight (Silkworm Books, 2004), Buddhist Meditation as Stress Management (Silkworm Books, 2006). Forthcoming is the English translation of his latest book Compassionate Living. For more information on Frits and his work see www.fritskoster.com and www.compassionateliving.info
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Venerable Sister Ariya Nyani

Venerable Sister Ariya Nyani

Venerable Sister Ariya Nyani was born and raised in a small town in Switzerland . She was trained as a music teacher. In 1992 she went to Burma to study with Sayadaw U Janaka, a senior teacher in the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition.
She ordained as a nun at his centre, Chanmyay Yeiktha in Rangoon and has been staying in Burma on and off until now. When the forest centre of Chanmyay Yeiktha opened in 1996, Venerable Ariya Nyani became the guide and teacher for the foreign yogis, looking after their needs as well as translating during interviews, and giving teachings herself.
Since 1999 she has been guiding vipassana retreats in Europe (Beatenberg meditation centre and other venues in Switzerland , and elsewhere), as well as in Australia and the U.S. She has been coming to Passaddhi on a regular basis.
She has translated several books of her teachers’ discourses from Burmese into English and German, notably Metta, The Practice of Loving Kindness as the Foundation for Insight Meditation Practice by Sayadaw U Indaka. She has just finished working on editing and retranslating the classic commentary on the Satipatthana Sutta (the vipassana root text) by the Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw.
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Visu Teoh

Visu Teoh

Visu Teoh is a Malaysian Chinese born in Penang, Malaysia, in 1953. He has been practising meditation since 1982 and was a Buddhist monk for 17 years till he resumed the lay life in 2003. He is married to Barbara, a German national, and together they travel to lead retreats in various countries.
Visu was a journalist for 12 years before he became a monk under the tutelage of Sayadaw U Pandita of Myanmar in 1987. He spent three years training under the guidance of Sayadaw U Pandita at the Mahasi Meditation Centre in Yangon, Myanmar and nine months at Wat Tamaoh Monastery in Lampang, Thailand under Sayadaw U Dhammananda before returning to Malaysia in 1991 where he continued his meditation practice and the study of the Buddha’s teachings. Visu has also learnt from various other teachers including Sayadaw U Lakkhana, Sayadaw U Jatila, Ven Sujiva, Sayadaw U Thondara (deceased), Sayadaw U Wayarmeinda (deceased) and Sayadaw U Pannathami.
Visu has led retreats in Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Italy, Holland, and Czech Republic. He is the author of several books including ‘Curbing Anger Spreading Love’, ‘Loving and Dying’, ‘Hello with love and other meditations’ and ‘Metta – the practice of lovingkindness for a happier life’.
For more information on Visu Teoh and his teaching schedule, please visit www.visuteoh.net
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