In 2011 Marjolein Janssen (pronunciation “Mar-yo-line”) began practicing insight meditation intensively in Europe, the US, as well as Myanmar, where she was ordained as a Buddhist nun.
Marjolein brings both formal practice and practice in daily life to her teachings. She seeks to offer a practical approach to Buddhist concepts and ideas. Her sharing of the Dharma comes from her wish to contribute to the freedom and happiness of all beings.
She practices and teaches meditation in the insight tradition, also called vipassana. Her teachers are the Burmese monk Sayadaw U Tejaniya, as well as the Western teachers Andrea Fella, Susie Harrington, Carol Wilson and Gil Fronsdal.
Marjolein has a bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology1. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Hakomi Comprehensive Training2, and a certified Buddhist Eco-Chaplain3. Currently she is training as a Retreat Dharma Teacher with Gil Fronsdal and Andrea Fella. And as a Nature Retreat Teacher with Susie Harrington, Gil Fronsdal and others.
In addition to her passion, sharing the dharma, she also dedicates time to further practice of the Buddhist path.
Marjolein is the Guiding Teacher at the Insight Meditation Community of Richmond, VA. She also guides online meditation at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA. In addition, she started the Bright Dharma YouTube channel. You can find her upcoming events here.
“When I came in contact with the Dharma I immediatly felt a deep connection. The wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings still inspires me every day. I feel grateful that I can pass on some of that inspiration by sharing my experiences and insights with others.”
1Social psychologists study the circumstances under which thoughts, feelings and behaviors arise and how these variables influence social interactions.
2Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychology uses body-centered techniques to help clients access and work with deep-seated patterns of thought and behavior. It focuses on the present moment, and uses techniques such as tracking sensations and emotions in the body, and exploring beliefs and behaviors through gentle, compassionate inquiry.
3Buddhist Eco-Chaplains support others in creating or strengthening a healthy and compassionate relationship with nature.