András Barta, MA (b. 1973), is an MBSR Mindfulness Meditation Teacher at Mindful.Works, Budapest, Hungary. Also being an Addiction Counsellor his primary focus of teaching and practicing is coming out of habit patterns that cause us harm. These conscious, half-conscious or unconscious habits constitute the base of our real suffering – i. e. the avoidable pain of life.
András was in his late 30’s when he was diagnosed with lymphoma, a type of cancer. This and subsequent treatments like chemo have changed his life in many ways, primarily turning him towards meditation and other body-mind-related approaches. After he had experienced lots of benefits of practice of a few years, as for a former school teacher, it was just natural for him to move forward to teaching meditation – to spread those benefits to other beings, too.
András graduated from Mindful Academy Solterreno, his teachers were Kathy Ward and Bodhin Philip Woodward. Kathy is still his mindfulness supervisor and András is also an assistant teacher to Mindful Academy International, participating in the teacher training process. Although not being UK-based he meets the criteria of the Good Practice Guidelines of the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations. He is a member of the Hungarian Mindfulness and Contemplative Association,elected as the President of Board of Supervision.
He takes care of his Buddhist roots, too, annually participating in silent retreats organised in the tradition of late S. N. Goenka. He thinks his most important teacher is Dupseng Rinpoche from the Tibetan Buddhist Karma Kagyü tradition, whom András got the Phowa (“conscious dying”) transmission from in an urban retreat.
Other ways of experiencing the body like improvisation, free dance, and related approaches are also in his interest. He has taken part in several Dance and Movement Therapy (DMT) courses as well as assisted in some DMT processes. Having acknowledged with Joan Skinner’s Releasing Technique, he is an active practitioner of Contact Improvisation – which he keeps the experimental movement of ‘moment-to-moment decision-making processes.
András is also an author and/or editor of several books, fiction as well as non-fiction. He has worked on various films, TV series, advertising campaigns, he has also appeared on screen. He lives a rich life with his wife and colleague, Éva and a cat, Jolika.