“Our difficulties are not obstacles to the path;
they are the path itself.”
– Ezra Bayda

Lulu Cook Bio

Lulu Cook

Lulu has studied Buddhism for over a decade, and is deeply influenced by her primary teacher, Ayya Tathaaloka of the Dhammadharini bhikkhuni sangha. Lulu trained extensively to teach meditation with Against the Stream  Buddhist Meditation Society and Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders programs. Through the charity Mind with Heart she also teaches mindfulness in the schools. 

Lulu is certified as a mentor in the Meaningful Life and Meditation Interventions for the Addiction Process model, supporting individuals to  create sustainable habit change and find freedom from suffering. Lulu has taught meditation internationally, yet finds that the richness of dharma practice reveals itself equally in daily householder life.

Victor Von Der Heyde

Victor von der Heyde

Victor von der Heyde has been practising meditation for thirty five years. He studied with a wide range of dharma teachers, spent over two years in silent retreats and has taken dharma teaching roles since the mid 1990s. He has also been leading yatras (walking retreats) since they started in Australia in 2006.

Victor has an interest helping people understand the varieties of meditation so that they’re in a position to choose what works for them. He is committed to environmental ethics and has spent two decades helping manage a small overseas aid organisation as well as working for many years as a counsellor.

Patrick Kearney Bio

Patrick Kearney

Patrick Kearney is an independent dharma teacher in the lineage of Mahāsī Sayādaw. He has trained extensively in the Mahasi approach to insight meditation, his principal teachers being Paṇḍitārāma Sayādaw and John Hale. He has also trained in the Diamond Sangha lineage of Zen Buddhism. His original teacher was Robert Aitken Rōshi, and he has also studied with Paul Maloney Rōshi.

Patrick has a particular interest in the original teachings of the Buddha — Buddhism as it was before Theravāda or Mahāyāna were ever thought of. He studies Pāli, the language of the earliest surviving Indian recension of the Buddha’s teachings, and seeks to bring his understanding of the early texts to the practice of dharma in the contemporary world.

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