Buddhist Teachers in Europe
Each year since 2003, there has been a meeting of a network of experienced Buddhist teachers for three or four days annually at the end of September, immediately before or after the European Buddhist Union meeting.
The meeting is not a conference, though there is often a theme. Many different formats are used to facilitate the meeting, open space discussion, small groups, presentations, practice sessions, world cafe, walks and sharing meals together.
Network coordinator: Marcel Geisser
The inspiration for the Network came from a meeting in 1993 held in Dharamsala, India, between His Holiness the fourteenth Dalai Lama and a group of Western dharma teachers from the major Buddhist traditions in Europe and America.
The Network aims to build relationships and have a sense of continuity through ongoing contact. There is no leader, the emphasis of the network is on the development of peer relationships. New members are invited by consent of the group as a whole. Hence the network does not claim to be representative of European Buddhism, though it comprises teachers from most countries in Europe and from many traditions.