Venerable Fedor Stracke – Resident Teacher of Aryatara Institute

Ven. Fedor teaching at the Shantideva Meditation Center, New York

Ven. Fedor teaching at the Shantideva Meditation Center, New York

Venerable Fedor teaches the FPMT study programs “Discovering Buddhism” and “Basic Program”
at Aryatara Institute. He also teaches the basic program in intensive form at Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu every summer. In addition, Venerable Fedor translates Buddhist texts from Tibetan into English or German and publishes them under HappyMonksPublication.

Vita

Venerable Fedor was born in 1967 in Saarbrücken and grew up in Munich. Inspired by a book, he began to meditate in the Zen tradition in 1985. In 1986, during a long trip to Asia, he went overland to India to find a meditation teacher, among other things.

After a stay in Tibet, he found his way to Nepal, where in 1987 he participated in several Lamrim teachings at Kopan Monastery,  meditated about Lamrim and received his first monk vows. In 1988 he received the Getsul vows and in 1994 the full ordination, each from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Ven. Fedor translating a talk of Ösel Hita Torres, Feb. 2017, Munich

Ven. Fedor translating a talk of Ösel Hita Torres, Feb. 2017, Munich

From 1990 he spent more than ten years at Sera Je Monastery University in southern India to study for the Geshe exam. Venerable Fedor was one of the co-founders of the IMI House for Western Monks in Sera-Je and became its first director in 1996.

Since 1996 he has served as interpreter for various Tibetan Lamas. Since 1988, Venerable Fedor has taught at FPMT centers in India, Nepal, New Zealand, Latvia, Australia and Germany and was appointed Resident Teacher of Aryatara Institute in 2007 by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

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