Andy Wistreich was born in England in 1950 and spent most of his career in further education. During the eighties, he began to practise and later teach Buddhism, leading and undertaking retreats, and became a regular teacher at FPMT centres in the UK. He has recently co-ordinated the establishment of Land of Joy, the FPMT retreat centre in the UK, and a secular meditation class in Bristol. His commitment to spreading the Buddha’s teachings is firmly based in his concern for the planet and the beings who share it.
With his wife, Shan, he co-founded Saraswati study group in Somerset in 1992. He is registered with FPMT to teach up to the level of Basic Programme, and to lead retreats.
Andy’s first Dharma course was on the first two chapters of Bodhicaryavatara back in 1980, taught by the late Khensur Jampa Tekchog. Since then he has studied it with the Dalai Lama and other teachers, and has taught the entire text a couple of times.
Andy has led numerous retreats on the Kalacakra practice in FPMT centres in England, France, Russia, USA, Spain and India. Andy has been practising Kalacakra since 1981, and is a co-founder of the International Kalacakra Network.
Listen to his teachings on ‘Relating to a Spiritual Teacher’ here