Martin Pack​

I was born and raised in Hertfordshire UK. I was interested in religion from an early age and wanted to know more and more what people believed in and why. When I was fifteen, I started my meditation practice without formal guidance. Two years later I met an Indian teacher who gave me some meditation instructions. During my trip I took up these teachings and used them in my daily meditation practice. It wasn’t until I completed my first Vipassana course in Thailand that I really began to understand the true meaning of meditation and the impact and value it had in my life. This course was completed in the northern Thai temple of Wat Phradhatu Sri Chomtong (where the venerable Abbott) Ajarhn Tong Sirimangalo resides).


After my first Vipassana, I returned to the Northern Thai Temple many times to do further retreats. Finally, I spent a long time in the temple and helped the headmaster of the international department. I also spent many months organizing and supporting retreats in Israel. Finally, my teacher Kun Thanat asked me in 2008 to give basic instructions for Vipassana and to organize some courses in the northern Thai village of Pai. The experience was so positive that I was asked to stay and continue. In early 2009, my teachers gave me permission to teach full Vipassana courses in Pai. I am very grateful to my teachers who have guided and trusted me over the years. Since then I have taught courses in Italy, the UK, France, Austria, Canada, Israel and Greece. I am still impressed with the value and transformation effects that Vipassana has not only on my life, but also on the lives of other practitioners. Many of them return to my retreat and I can see significant changes in their past and present circumstances. The way they overcome life’s difficulties is really inspiring! This raises the question of who is teaching whom. This gives me new insights and motivation to continue my own practice and teaching.