About The Teacher
Pema is a Iyengar yoga, and Buddhist meditation practitioner and teacher. He studied in various schools and temples, and today mainly follows the non-sectarian Khyentse lineage of Buddhism.
In his childhood he lost his father before he turned five years old, and four years later his mother. All of the wealth his parents had left for him by will, was stolen by others in his family, while he was still young. As a teenager and into his mid-twenties, he struggled with this betrayal and loss, while pursuing a career as a professional musician, but eventually developed addiction problems and an unsustainable lifestyle. All of this led him to the edge of suicide.
One night, just a moment before jumping out of a sixth floor window into a stinky, grey backyard in Berlin, Pema had a flash of insight into the nature of being, and understood that all good and bad is equally just a projection of the mind. Instead of taking his own life, he became clean and went on a journey to his inside. He gave away his belongings and went to live and study with various lamas and yogis around the world, including two years spent in tibetan buddhist monasteries and schools, and a one year yoga teacher training in Colombia. His journey finally allowed him to cultivate a serene and peaceful state of mind. To share this gift, he opened up La Casa De Loto.
Pema’s main teachers are H.H. The Karmapa, Thich Nhat Hanh, Lama Tarchin, Losang Dawa, and Maria Mercedes Lopez.