Martin is the founder and director of Yeshe Norbu Mind Training Centre. For almost 20 years he’s been on a mission to understand more about the mind, both from a western neuro scientific and an eastern contemplative perspective.
Martin is a licensed CBT Psychologist and has practiced meditation for almost two decades. He is also a graduate of the two-year program Foundation of Buddhist Thought. Among other things, Martin has taught mindfulness in the corporate world as a accredited trainer of Corporate Based Mindfulness Training. He is also the co-author of three books; Fokus på jobbet in Swedish, and I’m Sorry You Were Saying and The Mind of The Leader in English.
Art and engagement are the two red threads in her life, and she has always been interested in human development at both social and individual levels. She has been working mainly at the public sector as a communicator, with art and democracy projects, and has also lots of experience of working with people who are at the late part of their life.
Today, she is endlessly grateful for having come into contact with the Buddhist philosophy and psychology of mind – and being part of starting and developing this Dharma Center in Stockholm.
Kaisa Kaulanen has BA (Fil. Kand) from Stockholm University and the College of Journalism in art history and communication. She studied FPMT advanced Buddhist studies between 2008-2014 at Lama Tsongkhapa Institute in Italy and has a certificate of completion of Master’s program singed by the spiritual director of FPMT Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Kaisa is an FPMT-registered Foundational teacher.
She wishes the Center can help people to have truly meaningful connections with each other, in spite of age, gender, race e t c – and find a place where they can learn more about meditation and mind training.
Anne-Marie has recently moved to Sweden to be Manager of Yeshe Norbu. She met the dharma in 1997, and has offered service as Co-director, manager, board member and volunteer for the FPMT centers, Dorje Chang Institute for Wisdom Culture (DCI) and Amitabha Hospice. In 2007, Anne-Marie studied nursing, specializing in mental health for older people. Anne-Marie has had the great fortune to meet many teachers, study and do short retreats. She deeply appreciates how fortunate she was to have dharma centers available to her in New Zealand, to be able to access the authentic and unbroken lineage teachings from the time of the Buddha (nearly 3000 years ago).
“Due to the generosity and kindness of the Yeshe Norbu community, I have another wonderful opportunity to work for the dharma and be part of this new and exciting centre in the beautiful city of Stockholm”.
She very much looks forward to meeting you!
Zarina has been exploring the subject of happiness from different angles. She studied psychology for her undergraduate degree and wrote a thesis about female happiness. Later when she came into contact with Buddhist philosophy and Iyengar yoga, she found answers to a lot of her questions about the mind, genuine happiness, and meaning in life. Zarina is very much inspired by the message of His Holiness the Dalai Lama about secular ethics – education about cultivating universal human values such as love and compassion irrespective of whether one is a believer or a non-believer. She studied Buddhist philosophy at Sera Je Monastery in India and Europe. Besides managing social media at Yeshe Norbu, as a certified Iyengar yoga and Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) teacher, she teaches meditation and yoga courses.
Trainer in Mindful Self-Compassion
Maria is a licensed CBT-psychologist specialised in mindfulness based interventions and a trainer in Mindful Self-compassion (MSC) and Corporate Based Mindfulness Training (CBMT).
Maria has practised mindfulness and been interested in Buddhism since the year 2000, and she has participated in numerous courses, retreats and teachings all over the world. She is a graduate of the two-year program Foundation of Buddhist Thought.
At Yeshe Norbu she teaches the Mindful Self-Compassion course. She has worked with CBT, mindfulness and self-compassion for many years (e.g. in a specialist unit for burn out syndrome, in a primary care unit and in corporations), both with groups and with people in individual therapy. Maria loves to help people to live happily according to their inner values instead of according to outer demands.
Maria started practising yoga during her years of studying graphic design in Australia in 2000. Mindfulness and meditation followed and in 2010 she came in contact with the teacher Stephan Pende which led to Yeshe Norbu Mind Training Centre.
Today she works as a graphic designer and has created the logo and design guidelines for graphics and interior design at Yeshe Norbu. She also helps with managing events at the centre. Besides graphics, she is an ayurvedic health consultant and a qigong teacher and has a great interest in the many paths to wellbeing.
“I love being part of this vibrant community! Walking into Yeshe Norbu, is like walking into an oasis in the city. Such a welcoming atmosphere. You meet lovely people in a mix of age, gender and background.”
Amanda had the great fortune of meeting Buddhism at a young age. At first she felt hesitant, but kept returning to investigate further the many aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. Organically her interest and dedication grew, and she is now very happy to be a part of the vibrant community of volunteers at Yeshe Norbu. Apart from her time spent at Yeshe Norbu, she is a student in Peace and Conflict research at Uppsala University and enjoy swimming, tea and mushroom picking.