John Dhiraka Frater

Description of courses:

Meditation and mindfulness practices are crucial for our capacity to fully flourish as human beings. We teach traditional meditation and mindfulness practices delivered in enjoyable intimate small groups. Though traditional we are passionate about translating these essentially eastern practices into the western context. We emphasize the importance of how to approach these practices to enjoy their full benefits. Then the actual process of meditating is described and explained in ways appropriate to the modern secular practitioner. Done with sensitivity meditation can be the most life enhancing of practices.


Mr John Dhiraka Frater

What qualifications or training do you hold?

No. However I did spend 6 years training for ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order (ordained June 2005) and have been developing as a teacher since then with the support and encouragement of other teachers, especially those I worked with for 7 years at Dhanakosa Retreat Centre in the Trossachs.

If you teach MBCT, what professional mental health training do you hold?



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How do you continually ensure your knowledge and skills are up-to-date?

As well as my own ongoing practice I do read relevant books and papers and participate in and lead retreats. Dialogue with a wide variety of other teachers, each of whom have various specialist interests, is also essential and invaluable.

Do you adhere to appropriate professional and ethical boundaries and frameworks in your work as a mindfulness-based teacher?

I take ethical boundaries, as well as professional boundaries, very seriously. I take the 10 Buddhist precepts as my basic guide.