Lama Brian Hilliard

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About The Teacher

Brian Hilliard has been practicing and teaching mindfulness/awareness meditation for over 35 years. Under the guidance of Tibetan Buddhist masters, he studied the ancient Tibetan wisdom traditions of the mahayana and vajrayana. In the 1970's and 1980's he studied under Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who was instrumental in transplanting authentic meditation practices to the west. In the 1990's Brian completed a traditional three-year retreat under the guidance of one of Tibet's great teachers, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. In the late 1990's and 2000's he studied and practiced the scholastic/yogic tradition of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. Brian is presently exploring the vision of good human society with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and has been appointed Shastri, senior teacher, in the Shambhala tradition. In that role he teaches widely and is also a guest speaker for events and organisations.

Brian's teachings will guide and support you personally in the development of mindfulness in daily life. His teachings are spontaneous, responding to the unique talents or challenges of the participants. He brings a warm, gentle and humorous style to the instructions, conveying the subtlety and depth of these very practical instructions on how to fully live manifesting your best human qualities. He facilitates the process of self-learning and understanding through special physical exercises, group discussion and the practice of mindfulness itself.

The teachings that Brian presents are completely secular and do not require any affiliation anywhere. They are practical, functional, and work directly with the many kinds of difficult experiences we encounter, including stress, anxiety, dissatisfaction, physical pain, and painful emotions. We enable ourselves to meet and overcome these challenges and as well continue the celebration of our lives. Above all you gain confidence that you have the tools you need to meet the challenges of daily life.

Originally from Vermont, Brian has lived in Switzerland, Italy and France for the last fourteen years. He speaks Italian and English. He enjoys running marathons and teaching running with the mind of meditation, cooking Italian and playing the accordion with panache.

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  • Mindfulness Journeys Retreats   November 13, 2014

      Lama Brian Hilliard teaches with profound heart and humour

    I am fortunate enough to regularly hear the teachings of Lama Brian Hilliard. His profound understanding of what the students need come from his 35 years of experience and the deepening he experienced in his three year retreat. He is able to transmit the teachings to beginners and advanced students alike. His sense of humour and approachability make for a wonderful teacher. It's great to be able to travel to all the different exotic destinations with him. He becomes much more than a teacher but a great fellow travel companion.

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