Peter Fenner: a biography

Sep 26, 2009 taken from

Photo of Peter Fenner
What I would invite people to do is relax, firstly. Not take the spiritual endeavour so seriously. Not take themselves so seriously. To begin just to accept themselves, accept things as they are.

Not to create some grandiose goal of achieving something in the future, of achieving full enlightenment. But to back off from that a little and say: "OK. Just to taste 'Nirvana' - just to have a five minute resting in that state of pure awareness - that would be great! Then I can develop it from there. And that is within my reach, that is possible."

Then to engage in the teachings that are available now in the non-dual tradition, that make available the presencing of awareness, just allowing us to be with 'what is' without any struggle; existing beyond pleasure and pain.

Peter Fenner is prominent in the adaption and transmission of Asian non-dual wisdom and the development of non-dual therapy.

In 1974 he met Tibetan lama Thubten Yeshe, who accepted him as his student. Four years later he was ordained as a monk. His other teachers included Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, Geshe Thubten Loden, Geshe Lhundup Sopa, Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche and Sogyal Rinpoche. In 1983 he completed a PhD in the philosophical psychology of the Madhyamika school of Mahayana Buddhism.

After several years as a celibate monk, Peter disrobed and embarked on an exploration of Western forms of healing and therapy. In 1986 he began offering adaptations of Mahayana wisdom to mental health professionals. His workshops integrated Buddhist non-dual wisdom with an understanding of group dynamics.

Over a period 38 years he has distilled the essence of traditions like Zen, Dzogchen and the Buddhist Middle Way, and has adapted them to suit our post-modern culture. Peter teaches in varous parts of the world and has presented his work at leading universities and institutions.

The 9-month Radiant Mind Course is the fruition of Peter's teaching over the last fifteen years.

He has written extensively on Buddhist non-dual traditions. His books include:

Radiant Mind - awakening the unconditioned awareness (Sounds True, 2007)
The Ontology of the Middle Way (Kluwer, 1990)
The Edge of Certainty: Paradoxes on the Buddhist Path (Nicolas-Hays, 2002) and
Sacred Mirror: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy (Editor, Omega Books, 2003).

Below is a video interview of Peter Fenner being asked about the the unconditioned mind.

Here is a link that provides a 23-minute audio interview (from entitled Peter Fenner: Entering into Natural Meditation. If you can survive the (to me) irritating 2 minute introduction, what follows is good.