Vishvapani

I’m a writer and teacher of Buddhism, mindfulness and meditation. This site includes lots of my past material as well as new writing and current activities.

I live in Cardiff, UK, with my wife and son and most of my work as a teacher and writer is focused on Buddhism. I recently published a biography of the Buddha with QuercusGautama Buddha: the Life and Teachings of the Awakened One.

I discovered meditation and Buddhism when I was fourteen and became a Buddhist soon after. My Buddhist practice since 1980 has been focused on the Triratna Buddhist OrderPreviously known as the Western Buddhist Order, the TBO is dedicated to practising essential Buddhist teachings in a flexible way that is relevant to the modern world but also true to the ancient traditions of Buddhism and I became a member of the Order in 1992. In 1996 I founded Dharma Life Magazine and edited it until 2005, and from 2003 to 2005 I had a coordinating role within the FWBO in the UK. Challenging Times is an anthology of writing from Dharma Life.

I teach at the Triratna Centre in Cardiff and I’m President of the one in North London. Regular outlets for my writing and broadcasting include Tricycle: the Buddhist Review, The Guardian and BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day.

I work as a trainer in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training through Mindfulness in Action. First I trained with Breathworks, one of the leading UK mindfulness training organisations, and then I trained in MBSR with Michael Chaskalson and the University of Bangor’s Centre for Mindfulness.

I have a First Class BA/MA (hons) in English Literature from Cambridge University and an MA from London University.

Vishvapani speaks with a calm, quiet reasonableness that gently chides yet encourages us all to find the courage to live with uncertainty

Dorothy Rowe (psychologist and author of ‘Beyond Fear’ and ‘Depression: The Way Out of Your Prison’) on Vishvapani’s broadcasts

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