About the Teacher
Martin Pack was born and raised in Hertfordshire UK.
From a young age he was interested in religion and always wanted to know more about what people believed in and why.
At the age of fifteen, Martin began his meditation practice without any formal guidance. Two years later, he met an Indian teacher, who provided him with some meditation instructions. Throughout his journey, Martin has taken these teachings and use them in his daily meditative practice.
It was not until he completed his first Vipassana Course in Thailand, that he began to really understand the true meaning of meditation and the impact and value it had on his life. This course was taken in the Northern Thai Temple of Wat Phradhatu Sri Chomtong (where the venerable Abbott Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo resided).
After his first Vipassana, Martin returned many times to the Northern Thai Temple. He participated in many more retreats. Eventually, he spent longer times at the temple. And he helped assist the head teacher of the international department. He also spent many months helping to organise and assist retreats in Israel.
Eventually, in 2008 his teacher Kun Thanat asked him to teach basic instructions of Vipassana. And organise some courses in the Northern Thai Village of Pai. This experience was so positive, he was asked to stay and continue teaching Vipassana. By the beginning of 2009, Martin did get permission from his teachers to teach full Vipassana courses in Pai.
Martin is very grateful for his teachers who have guided and trusted him over all these years.
Since then Martin has taught courses in Italy, United Kingdom, France, Austria, Canada, Israel and Greece.
He continues to be impressed by the value and transformational effects Vipassana has, not only on his life, but also the lives of other practitioners. Many of them return to Martin’s retreats and he can see clear changes of how they were before and how they are now. The way they overcome life’s difficulties is truly inspiring! Hence the question arises, who is teaching whom? It gives Martin many new insights and keeps motivating him to continue with his own practice and his teaching.
“Let none find fault with others;
but let one see one’s own acts, done and undone.”
What people say about the retreats & Martin
“Martin ist ein toller Vipassana-Lehrer, dem man seine langjährige Erfahrung anmerkt. Er versteht es, die Vipassana-Tradition auch für Menschen aus dem Westen gut zugänglich und mit Augenmaß zu vermitteln. Ich habe mich bei ihm jederzeit gut aufgehoben gefühlt.”
Martin helped me through many tough times during Vipassana.
He always has an open ear no matter what silly thing I bothered him with. With his help and guidance some of the deepest realizations in my life came to me which have helped me to this day.
Martin knows when to push and when to be patient in the one to one reports, which I greatly appreciate.
I can’t put into words what Vipassana has done for me in such a short time.
I became more confident, learned how to accept myself and found so many answers!
Vipassana does magic and I feel a need to continue practising.
I want to thank Martin for his teaching and for his trust in me.
Thank you for being near when needed and for always finding right words to support.
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