My Name is Martin Pack
I was born and raised in Hertfordshire UK. From a young age I was interested in religion and I always wanted to know more about what people believed in and why.
At the age of fifteen, I began my meditation practice without any formal guidance. Two years later, I met an Indian teacher who provided me with some meditation instructions. Throughout my journey, I have taken these teachings and use them in my daily meditative practice.
It was not until I completed my first Vipassana Course in Thailand, that I began to really understand the true meaning of meditation and the impact and value it had on my life. This course was taken in the Northern Thai Temple of Wat Phradhatu Sri Chomtong (where the venerable Abbott Ajarhn Tong Sirimangalo resides).
After my first Vipassana, I returned many times to the Northern Thai Temple to participate in more retreats. Eventually, I spent longer times at the temple and helped assist the head teacher of the international department. I also spent many months helping to organise and assist retreats in Israel.
Eventually, in 2008 my teacher Kun Thanat asked me to teach basic instructions of Vipassana and organise some courses in the Northern Thai Village of Pai. The experience was so positive, I was asked to stay and continue on. By the beginning of 2009, I got permission from my teachers to teach full Vipassana courses in Pai.
I am very grateful for my teachers who have guided and trusted me over all these years.
Since then I have taught courses in Italy, United Kingdom, France, Austria, Canada, Israel and Greece.
I continue to be impressed by the value and transformational effects Vipassana has, not only on my life, but also the lives of other practitioners. Many of them return to my retreats and I 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? This gives me new insights and motivation to continue with my own practice and teaching.