Irina currently lives in Uppsala, Sweden. The idea of evolutionary impulse and of humanity standing on the brink of a transformation of consciousness when we can go beyond our conditioned mind structures strongly resonates with her and propels her to explore her own role in the growth of the collective consciousness by engaging with the communities that share this belief, both on the local level and through teleclasses bringing together people from all over the globe.
The Buddhist rather progmatic approach appeals to Irina with its attitude of curious and gentle inquiry and variety of tried-and-true techniques of mind training that can help her cultivate a strong and stable attention that can be used in dismantling the habituated patterns.
At the heart of Irina’s current practice are the following questions:
- how can I live with the tension between engaging with the external world and having the internal needs met?
- how can I be awake in the activities of life itself?
- how can I love without holding back?
- how can I live in my body? what is its spiritual potential?
- how can art be a doorway to serious and transformative spiritual practice?
Irina has been exposed to Soto Zen and other Buddhist traditions as Insight Meditation and Japanese Shingon but is not so much interested in adopting the concepts based on male monastic life tradition hundreds of years ago. What resonates with her is a more intergral approach that combines the insights of the Eastern and Western wisdom and is better fit for a Western mind.
Irina does professional personal growth and creativity coaching, occasionally facilitates Cuddle Party events in Sweden and now together with her life partner Björn produces and hosts Open Questions, a bilingual podcast.
Andy (endlessriver) is a Tibetan Buddhist of the Gelug (dGeluks) lineage, living in Canterbury, UK. He has a chronic illness, three young children and a PhD in botany. His main aim is to understand the basic dharma practices which are of practical use in everyday life and then teach these to others. He is currently studying the Foundation of Buddhist Thought course at Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London.
I am a single dad who received Shukke Tokudo ordination in 2010 and is now a Zen Priest in training.
I encountered Buddhism in my early teens, and was captured by it’s sense of “seeking what really is”. For me Buddhism is not some kind of high and fancy prancing around in robes, singing and chanting. It is a way to try to see for yourself (and maybe do) what REALLY is. In a sense what “reality” is… But can you be really sure of that? 😉 For as the Hsin hsin ming says, “all is one and one is all”… And according to Buddhhism that is not so far from the “bull’s eye” and, at the same time, miles away.